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Community gears up to tackle school dropouts

Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup, left, Sugar Land Mayor Jimmy Thompson and Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen put their sneakers on to symbolically show their readiness for the Sept. 12 Dropout Recovery Walk.

By SESHADRI KUMAR The Dropout Recovery Walk 2009-2010 will take place Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to noon. The walk is a county-wide effort by school districts in Fort Bend County and will benefit high School students who have dropped out of school or who are likely to dropout due to varying circumstances. The volunteers will make home visits to select students and provide them with information on re-enrolling in school and completing high school graduation. Area school districts have trained volunteers who will be able to target the potential dropouts in their homes and the school districts have a list of the students who have dropped out. Some volunteers will make phone calls instead of walking door-to-door.

Participating volunteers represent a cross-section of the community, including businesses, nonprofits, local government and schools. Volunteers will travel in teams to deliver the message about the value of earning a high school diploma. The Dropout Recovery Walk is being observed on the same day in the greater Houston area school district. Stafford MSD has been participating in the walk for the last two years and Lamar CISD for the second year. Fort Bend ISD is joining the walk for the first time this year. Achieve Fort Bend County is a new not for profit agency that is coordinating this year’s dropout recovery walk. Lucia Street, president of Achieve FortBend, told a gathering of community members last week that Achieve FortBend is a county wide initiative committed to dropout prevention and recovery. Achieve FortBend is a diverse group of business, community and education leaders whose focus is to provide resources to reduce dropout rates and provide opportunities for those without high school diplomas. Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen, who is the current chairman of the Council of Mayors and City Councils, representing 18 cities in the county, said all mayors are concerned about dropout and truancy which contribute to an increase in crime. In the Missouri City Mu-

nicipal Court, for example, he saw 800 truancy cases in one month and the fine for each case is $240. Owen said he learned from the Mayor’s youth council members that 16 years ago their concerns were drugs, teenage sex and violence. Today their concerns are truly eduction, lack of good teachers and some are concerned about the lack of adequate homework, Owen said. Highlighting the need for preventing school dropout the mayors’ council adopted a resolution in support of the Dropout Recovery Walk. In Texas 119,000 students drop out annually resulting in a loss of $377 million, the resolution said. One out of every three students in Texas from the freshman class leaves school prior to graduation without a high school diploma. Every nine seconds in America a student becomes a dropout and two-thirds of inmates in state prisons are dropouts, according to facts gathered by Achieve Fort Bend. High school dropouts are 72 percent more likely to be unemployed compared to graduates. Achieve Fort Bend has set up several task forces to establish different initiatives for achieving the goals, Street said while accepting the resolution. For more information, visit www.achievefortbend.com or call 281-340-1991.

A teaching moment Lucia Street, left, receives a resolution in support of Achieve Fort Bend’s initiatives to prevent school dropouts from Mayor Allen Owen, who chairs the Council of Mayors and City Councils in Fort Bend County.

The White House posted President Barack Obama’s remarks on its web site on Monday. He was scheduled to deliver the talk Stafford Municipal School District Superintendent H.D. from a school in suburban Arlington, Va. Tuesday. Obama tells the students that all the work of parents, educaChambers, left, and Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella lend tors and others won’t matter “unless you show up for those their support to the Dropout Recovery Walk. schools, pay attention to those teachers.” “What you make of your education will decide nothing less than the future of this country,” Obama says. “What you’re learning in school today will determine whether we as a nation 3200, which ran into a few thou- are there enough doctors to can meet our greatest challenges in the future.” Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s department has taken sand pages, Dr. Crumb said treat them? Why then can’t insurance heat for proposed lesson plans distributed to accompany the the current course of healthcare reform has to be stopped. companies approve payments speech, besides the criticism from a section of parents. On Sunday, the secretary acknowledged that a section about “Our medical system is very for less expensive, alternative good. Dismantling the current medicine instead of sticking writing to the president on how students can help him meet education goals was poorly worded. It has been changed. system to an unknown system to the traditional medicine? “We just clarified that to say write a letter about your own Olson in his remarks outis not the best way,” Crumb lined three major objections goals and what you’re going to do to achieve those goals,” said. In any healthcare system, to the current helathcare re- Duncan said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” In Fort Bend ISD, the decision to show President Barack the private sector needs to be form proposals. It increases the debt by $1.5 Obama’s Back-to-School Message was a campus-based deciinvolved, he said. Dr. Parr said the current trillion, per low estimates, sion. The school administration sent a communication to all camsystem needs some tweak- will increase taxes on small ing, but it does not need to be businesses and introduce a pus principals on Sept. 2 stating that they should work with public option, which would their Campus-Based Leadership Teams to determine the best thrown out. Questions from the audi- eliminate competition and end decision for their campus. For those campuses that choose to show the President’s mesprivate sector insurance. ence included: Olson said tort reform sage, they have been encouraged to work though their Social Where will the poor go for would go a long way in bring- Studies department/classes. treatment? However, as Fort Bend ISD has done in the past, if any parWhy can’t health insurance ing down the healthcare costs. companies which make huge He cited Texas as a model. ents or students request to be excused from viewing the mesDefensive medication or sage, the campus honored this request and provided an opprofits reduce the premium? Why is the healthcare cost treatments given out of fear portunity for those students to engage in another constructive of lawsuits cost $214 billion activity on the campus during the broadcast. soaring? A parent letter was provided to all secondary principals to How would those with pre- a year. Over a quarter of the existing conditions get afford- tests, referrals and consulta- send home with students that would allow a parent to opt-out of tions are made out of fear of having their student view the message. Elementary campuses able insurance? sent the letter with an opt-in, or opt-out, option. Why is there such a “waste” lawsuits. Within the past 24 hours, the district has received numerous The health insurance should in Medicare? If 50 million more unin- be made portable across state calls and emails from parents expressing their opinion about sured are added to the system, See PANEL, Page 3 the President’s address. See SPEECH, Page 4

Panel debates role of government in healthcare By SESHADRI KUMAR The message was loud and clear, but the crowd was not chaotic. Everybody wanted some change, but all of them wanted to ‘keep’ what they know instead of buying into the ‘unknown’ aspects of ‘healthcare reform’ as touted by Congress in H.R. 3200. There was no “Obama bashing” or placards displaying Nazi symbols and antiObama slogans. Unlike the other town hall meetings held by elected representatives, this one, on Sept. 1, was hosted by Lifetime Fitness and Houston Association of Health Underwriters, with the support of some ‘grass root conservative community organizers.’ The basketball court inside the Lifetime Fitness in Sugar Land was the venue as about 500 people attended the forum. On one side were medical doctors and on the other sat representatives of the medical

insurance industry. In between was U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, Republican representing Dist. 22. No representatives from the Democrats attended. The medical panel included Dr. John Pozzi, Dr. Charles Crumb, Dr. Greg Howard, Dr. Kulvinder Bajwa, Dr. Thomas Parr, Joannie Parr, a CPA and Bruce Gingrich, owner of Lifecheck Drug, a pharmacy chain. The health underwriters included Lonnie Klene, president Klene and Bratsakis, Rand Wall, president, Lone Star Health Plans, Jay Donnella, independent healthcare consultant, Ken Janda, president, Community Health Choice, and Jo Middleton, Colonial Life. Mike Gibson and his wife Tina, both local Republican activists, helped in organizing the forum. Former Sugar Land Mayor Dean Hrbacek moderated the discussion. Citing the stack of H.R.

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Community happenings HBJ names Wong’s firm in top 100 list

Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc. is being recognized as one of the top 100 fastest growing businesses in the Houston Metropolitan area on Sept. 11, at the Intercontinental Hotel by the Houston Business Journal. Tolunay-Wong Engineers, Inc. has been providing geotechnical engineering, environmental and materials testing services since 1993. The firm is also listed by the Houston Business Journal as one of the top 25 largest Houston-Area Civil and Structural Engineering firms. The company’s top executive is former Sugar Land Councilman Daniel Wong.

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Garden art and plant sale Many talented local artists are offering a unique selection of garden-themed items at the Sugar Land Garden Club’s 11th Annual Garden Art and Plant Sale on Sept. 19, 8:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Dr. in Sugar Land, 77478. The sale will feature new perennials, old favorites, and Texas Native plants from Treesearch Farms plus herbs from the Fort Bend Master Gardeners. Pictured (l-r) are Jane Schnell (Fort Bend Master Gardener), Becky Smith and Suzanne Dworsky (stained-glass concrete items), Annette Pollock and daughter Leah (lavender products, gathering baskets). Other handmade items offered include knit scarves, butterfly magnets and wooden angels, handcrafted soap, handmade books and book-craft, homemade jelly, nature photos, gourd-craft, jewelry, ceramics, Mexican ironworks, and more. The public is invited to the sale on Sept. 19 and to preview plants and artwork on Sept. 15 at 9:45 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, 77478. Proceeds are used for the club’s community projects. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub.org or call 281-565-9813.

Fort Bend Boys Choir to serenade Miss Mamie George at Safari Texas The Fort Bend Boys Choir will be part of the festivities at Safari Texas’s 8th Annual Salute to Fort Bend, honoring the late Miss Mamie George, whose 93 years of kindness and generosity have made such a lasting impact on the citizens of Fort Bend County. The Salute will take place on Friday, September 11, from 7 to 10:30 p.m, at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond. To celebrate the birthday of Miss Mamie, who lived to age 93, Neil Banfield has created a special birthday cake, which will hold 93 candles. Each donation of $100 will light one of 92 candles, as a gift to Miss Mamie’s memory. The final candle topping the cake will be auctioned off to the highest bidder on the evening of the celebration. Once the honor of the final candle is won, the young men of the Fort Bend Boys Choir will sing Happy Birthday to Miss Mamie as the final candle is lit. If you would like help hon-

or Miss Mamie by purchasing a candle at $100 each prior to the event, call Dee Koch at 281-980-2909 or Joyce Kennerly at 713-385-5592.

All proceeds from the donations towards the candles will benefit the local needs-based organizations chosen as beneficiaries for this year’s Salute.

These seven organizations, which provide basic human services to the citizens of Fort Bend County, include: Common Threads/LCISD, Shared

Dreams/FBISD, Fort Bend CORPS, Fort Bend Family Health Center, Fort Bend Family Promise, Fort Bend Senior Citizens-Meals on Wheels, and Catholic Charities. Allison and Cassandra Wen have shown extraordinary generosity in committing to underwriting a fundraiser to assist a Fort Bend organization each year, and that is of great benefit to the Fort Bend community. The Wens, the Safari Texas Ranch staff, and the event committee work very hard to make the event a success, and each year the Salute becomes one to “top” the following year. Allison and Cassandra Wen extend a personal invitation to everyone to join in this special Salute to the Fort Bend community this year. For more information about sponsorships or tickets, contact Dee Koch at 281-9802909 or deesuekoch@gmail. com, or Joyce Kennerly at 713-385-5592.

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Smelley enters county commissioner’s race Former FBISD board president, Steve Smelley, a Missouri City resident for over 17 years, has announced his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for Fort Bend County Commissioner Precinct Four. He will face incumbent James Patterson. Smelley says he is seeking the position “to bring a strong fiscally conservative business background and a proven record of engaged leadership to better serve the citizens in Pct.4. I will listen to the citizens and give them a voice on important issues such as transportation, technology and preserving the quality of life that attracted residents to move to Fort Bend County.” Smelley has 10 years of service on the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees. “It is time for the residents of Precinct Four to have a choice for Commissioner and I want to give a voice to the people of Precinct Four and commit to represent them well on Commissioner’s

and my previous years of dedicated service to the people of Fort Bend County demonstrate my passion to help my fellow man. ... I look forward to working for and listening to the residents of Precinct Four to find ways to reduce our taxes and the intrusion of government in our daily lives,” said Smelley. A native Houstonian and a fifth-generation Texan, Smelley graduated from the University of Houston with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management. He is a sales manager for a national manufacturing company. Smelley is past president of Sugar Land Rotary Club (19992000), and was the President of the Year for District 5890 the same year. He served on the Board of Directors for Sugar Land Rotary numerous times and was the Sugar Land Rotary Shrimpfest Chairman for 20062007. He also served as a past assistant district governor of Rotary District 5890.

Smelley Court.” Smelley says he is “a lifelong conservative Republican going all the way back to ‘licking and stuffing’ envelopes for Barry Goldwater for President at the ripe old age of six.” “My business strength and proven ability to analyze budgets to find areas to reduce cost and bring greater efficiencies will be beneficial to all of the taxpayers,” he says. “I firmly believe my calling is to be a community service leader

Other service to the community includes volunteering with the Fort Bend Education Foundation Gala and Bike Ride, the Fort Bend Child Protective Services’ Rainbow Room, Clements High School Interact Club, Austin Parkway Elementary Walk-a-thon, the University of Houston Fort Bend Alumni Chapter, and currently serves as President of the University of Houston Sigma Chi House Corporation and is a former soccer and football coach. Smelley, and his wife, Brenna, have a daughter and son and attend Williams Trace Baptist Church. Fort Bend County Pct.4 encompasses neighborhoods in Sugar Land, Missouri City and areas including Belknap-Brookside, Brightwater, Commonwealth, First Colony, Mayfield Park, New Territory, The Hill, Old Orchard, Plantation Colony, Riverstone, Venetian Estates, Sugar Lakes, Sugar Mill, Sugar Wood, Sweetwater, and Telfair .

Patterson seeks 4th term as commissioner Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson announced recently that he intends to seek re-election for a fourth term, in the March 7, 2010, primary. “Fort Bend County Commissioners’ Court has accomplished a great deal for the benefit of Fort Bend County citizens in the years I’ve served, and there is more to do for this rapidly growing county” Patterson said in a statement. “Since 1999, we’ve seen major road and highway construction, the beginning of public transportation, road and bridge improvements, significant drainage and flood control projects, reactivation of the Surface Water Supply Corp. and the establishment of Fort Bend County Fresh Water

Supply District #2,” Patterson said. But continuing population growth in Fort Bend County and the challenges that come with it require the county Commissioners Court - made up of county commissioners and the county judge - to “solve the transportation, water, spending and qualityof-life issues that are important to all citizens,” Patterson said. “I sought election as County Commissioner because I believed I had the leadership and management skills to help Commissioners’ Court get the job done for Fort Bend citizens,” Patterson said. “Nothing has changed my mind about that in the past 10 years.”

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Mandatory insurance would spread the risk and reduce the costs. Also, getting the right care at the right time would reduce costs. The medical system should embrace “preventive care” instead of “sick care.” What needs to happen is not “rationing,” but rationalization of health care, according to the insurance industry. Doctors cornered the insurance companies and the federal government by eloquently exposing the ever dwindling compensation for doctors on a skewed formula while the costs of running a hospital continued to increase. Also, if a poor patient visits a doctor, the doctor cannot charge the patient less than what Medicare allows and the doctor would be violating the law if he or she charges less. “Doctors have dropped their rates every year. Doctors are paid less and less every day. Minimum wages have gone up and fuel costs have gone up. But, insurance companies continue to make profits and give high bonuses,”

Dr. Bajwa said. Also, there is a shortage of doctors as there is a limit on the number of available seats in medical schools. There may not be direct rationing of healthcare services, but as resources dwindle, there would be limits on available beds and procedures, doctors said. One audience member faulted Olson for not citing the assault on the Constitution as a reason for opposing H.R. 3200. Another told Olson: “None of you are good, neither Republicans nor Democrats.” Another question raised concern about some “liberal Republicans” backing a watered-down version of the “socialized” healthcare bill. Olson said “I have never seen an issue like this before. The bill is not the answer to the healthcare problem.” “It is not the healthcare that needs to be reformed. But, the government needs to be reformed,” summed up a member of the audience and the entire crowd cheered him with a standing ovation.

Stafford mayor proposes $34 million budget By BARBARA FULENWIDER Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella has proposed a $34 million budget, which includes $6 million from the Stafford Economic Development Corp., and a general fund shortfall near $2.5 million. In his annual budget message Scarcella noted the nation’s “worst recession since the great depression,” and added that there are some silver linings in the not nearly as bleak hometown economy. “The vital manufacturing and wholesale sectors are visibly suffering,” he said. Because of that city sales tax receipts, which pay for city services, are expected to decline by 3.5 percent, Scarcella said. The

tion fees, $562,000 and building permits, $300,000. The city’s nearly $30 million in cash is earning only a bit more than one percent interest, which will amount to $362,000. This small amount, the mayor said, “underscores that the federal government and Federal Reserve went overboard to help out Wall Street and big banks while strangling the depositors on Main Street.” The mayor put the estimates to provide city services at $5.25 million for police, and just over a million dollars for the city’s fire department. A quarter of a million is designated for the recently established emergency management cate-

silver linings are “an increase in retail sales” and having avoided an onslaught of home foreclosures. With that estimated shortfall and $8 million worth of street related construction and enhancements planned for this year, Scarcella said the city has nearly $30 million available cash reserves and expects that to be reduced by more than $7 million. He also said the city’s receipts from sales taxes are expected to total $13.9 million. Other significant revenue sources include $1.6 million from franchise taxes; $1.2 million from Stafford Centre; slightly less than $1 million from hotel/motel taxes; fines/violations, $940,000; garbage collec-

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Opinion What lessons will President Obama be teaching? By LIZ MITTON On September 8, President Obama is scheduled to deliver a national speech (via the web) to all public school children (K-12). Ostensibly, he plans to promote the importance of getting a good education. Below are excerpts from the letter the Secretary of Education has sent to all school principals: “Since taking office, the President has repeatedly focused on education, even as the country faces two wars, the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and major challenges on issues like energy and health care. The President believes that education is a critical part of building a new foundation for the American economy. Educated people are more active civically and better informed on issues affecting their lives, their families and their futures. This is the first time an American president has spoken directly to the nation’s school children about persisting and succeeding in school. We encourage you to use this historic moment to help your students get focused and begin the school year strong. I encourage you, your teachers, and students to join me in watching the President deliver this address on Tuesday, September 8, 2009. It will be broadcast live on the White House website www. whitehouse.gov 12:00 noon eastern standard time.” The “lesson plans” initially

put out by the Department of Education for teachers to use before, during and after the speech read more like pure propaganda. For example, before the speech teachers are supposed to have students excerpt “notable quotes” from Obama’s speeches about education. They are to ask students, “How will he inspire us?” The words “inspire” and “Inspiring” are used numerous times in the lesson plan. Teachers are also supposed to ask students “What other historic moments do you remember when the President spoke to the nation?” Young students are supposed to prepare for the speech by “reading books about Barack Obama.” After the speech, it’s suggested that students “Write letters to themselves about what they can do to help the president.” (Not their country, or their family or themselves but the president!) Perhaps most ominously, teachers are supposed to ask students, “Why is it important that we listen to the President and other elected officials?” What happened to teaching critical thinking and the responsibility citizens have to question elected officials and policies? NO WHERE in the lesson plan does it ask teachers to probe these kinds of questions…. What role does/should the government play in the educational systems of America? What is the track record of success of the federal govern-

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Action on President’s speech: School districts’ unpatriotic act By TAMMIE LANG CAMPBELL The Honey Brown Hope Foundation along with the University of Houston NAACP College Chapter and Rev. Craig Hayes, Pastor of Lighthouse Christian Center held a prayer vigil for school districts that are sending contradicting messages about school drop-out at 16431 Lexington Blvd., (On the sidewalk in front of the Administration Building), Sugar Land. We must pray for those school districts that spitefully use our children in the name of education. It is unpatriotic for schools to send our children contradicting messages to stay in school and be productive citizens, but not emphasize the importance of the United States’ President, Barack Obama’s, message to stay in school. This act is a clear message to all students that one president’s message is not as important as other presidents’ messages that were broadcast during past general school assemblies. School Drop-Out is one of our educational system’s and

ment’s involvement in education? What would a Founding Father like President Thomas Jefferson say about government involvement in education? What most distresses you about our current public education system? What most distresses you about President Obama’s speech? Divide a sheet of paper into two halves. On one half list the pros of governmental involvement in schools. On the other half list the cons of governmental involvement in schools. Define “nationalism.” What are the impacts of nationalism on free thinking? For anyone who is a student of history, this is more than disturbing. Education played a very important part in Nazi Germany in trying to cultivate a loyal following for Hitler and the Nazis. The Nazis were aware that education would create loyal Nazis by the time they reached adulthood. Indoctrination and the use of propaganda were a common practice in Nazi schools and the education system. I am not suggesting Obama’s planned speech is the equivalent of Nazi propoganda – however, it’s also By NANCY HENTSCHEL Following is a letter renot a road we should not beceived by parents in one of the gin down without thinking FBISD schools. through all the possible future Dear Parents, implications. On Tuesday, September 8, Mitton is a Sugar Land res- 2009, President Obama will ident and her children attend deliver a national address directly to students on the imFBISD. portance of education. The President will challenge students to work hard, set educational goals, and take responsibility for their learning. The address will air at 12:00 eastern time and will be broadcast live. Here at XXX XXXX Elemenarranged by these categories tary, we will record the adso this will help you find just dress and integrate it during the right plant for your re- our social studies time at 2:00 p.m. XXX XXX Elementary quirements! You can also go out to their and Fort Bend ISD are not website www.sugarlandgar- requiring students to view the denclub.org to see the va- address nor will we take any rieties, some with pictures grades during the address. We understand that some and a downloadable file with requirements including info parents may not want their on attracting butterflies and child/children to view the address so we are asking that you hummingbirds. Or you can go to the sale fill out the form below grantand head to the right area for ing your permission for your child to view the address. your garden needs. If you choose for your child On a budget? Seeds are available as well. There will also be a section of herbs to plant now so you’ll be ready for holiday cooking. Page 1 Or you can go and pick up From Based on the comments we that special yard art piece or have received, we believe our gift for a friend. Initially the position to provide parents club tried the “do it yourself with a choice as to whether route” but found out very their child does or does not quickly that people said, “oh, view the message is in the best I can do that myself.” interest of all of our families So they now have profes- in Fort Bend ISD, the school sional vendors who show and district said. sell their wares. Campuses that will not The sale is Saturday, Sep- broadcast this event on September 19 from 8:30 a.m .to tember 8th will encourage 1 p.m. at Sugar Lakes Club those parents who would like House, 930 Sugar Lakes their child to view the mesDrive. sage to do so via the replay Proceeds from the sale ben- or the internet. Parents can efit the various good works view the President’s address and education Sugar Land at www.ed.gov. Garden Club has been providThe district asked parents ing since 1932. to contact their child’s campus Want a free preview and to learn more? Heidi Sheesley of Treesearch Farms who supThe Fort Bend County Spanplies the plants will present ish Language Advisory Group “Colorful Perennials to Grace will hold their next meeting at your Garden” at their meeting, 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 15 in the ConTuesday, September 15, reference Room of the County’s freshments at 9:30; program at Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading 10, at Sugar Land Community Road. Among the items to be disCenter, 226 Matlage Way. cussed will be voter outreach efOr you can reach me at forts planned for this year’s Fort open.space@earthlink.net and I’ll get you pointed in the right Bend County Fair. The mission of the Spanish direction.

Scanlan gardener who is comfortable with what you have in your garden, this is a place for you to find a pick-me-up to replace those plants that just couldn’t “hack it” this year. You’ll reap a bonus of needing fewer pesticides, chemicals and less water. To be prepared, you need to know your sun and shade requirements: full sun , partial shade, morning sun or full shade. Then how much room do you have? This inspired me to take a gander at two areas of my garden (I hope John is not reading this.) This year the plants will be

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these unpatriotic school districts’ administrators a clear message. Put on your headlights if you are driving your child to school. Dress your child in a President Obama T-Shirt. Pick your child up early at 10:05 on Tuesday to watch President Obama’s speech at home with you, which will allow your child to be counted as present for that day. Call your child’s school and express why you feel that the school district should have allowed President Obama’s message to be broadcasted as a school assembly--for all. Contact Governor Perry to inquire why he is supporting unpatriotic acts like not paying taxes, while not supporting the President’s Stay-InSchool message. Attend school board meetings and contact board members to express your concern about the district’s decision to make President Obama’s Stay In School Message optional. Campbell is the founder/ president of The Honey Brown Hope Foundation.

FBISD’s letter ‘intellectually vile, socially destructive’

Plants for our climate By JANICE SCANLAN If this summer hasn’t made you aware of how harsh the Texas Gulf Coast can be on plants, nothing will. It’s not been a year for plants you have to coax or pet much less water a lot. Yet many of us like that profusion of color and/or watching the birds and butterflies those lazy, hazy days of summer and autumn bring if you have the right plants. In its 11th year, the Sugar Land Garden Club is holding its annual fall art and plant sale which specializes in plants suited for our climate. You’ll not only get to learn about proven plants, but have seasoned and master gardeners and naturalists available to answer questions and offer suggestions. Sugar Land Garden Club President Marsha Smith and member Evelyn Coe were nice enough to walk me through what to expect. Even to the experienced gardener, these plants can seem exotic because they are only available in specialty nurseries. If, like me, you moved into this area or you’re the kind of

nation’s most serious problems. Therefore, it is of utmost urgency that school districts broadcast our President’s stayin-school message-- to all. It is unfortunate that school districts are putting right-wingers’ interest before the interest of our children. “As the current president of NAACP’s University of Houston Chapter, I’m focusing on the younger generation and getting them involved is the best way to empower them. Our theme this year is staying H.Y.P.E, which means taking responsibility for one’s future by demonstrating the change you want to realize. President Obama has made it clear in one of his statements that, “We should be the change we want to see.” “Therefore, it is fitting for young people to give the President their feedback about his stay in school message,” Ashley Dorsey stated. In appreciation for the President of the United States, Barack Obama’s, genuine concern for our children, we are urging parents to take the following steps below and send

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not to view the address, they will be secured in a supervised location for the address and will return to class once it is complete. We are asking that this form be returned on Friday, September 4th so that teachers may plan accordingly in their classrooms. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please call the school. What is FBISD teaching us and our kids with the attachment above?! I was livid to see this come down (presumably) from the district. Why is our president’s address on education being presented to our young people as “controversial?” Indeed, the kids who forget to get their permission slips signed, will not be able to watch the speech (that will later be used in the social studies classroom). As you know a large majority of students forget to have these papers signed anyway. For this reason, the approdirectly if they had questions. Lamar Consolidated ISD said it will record President Barack Obama’s address and then allow each campus to decide the best way to use the speech as a part of its curriculum. LCISD said: “On Tuesday, Sept. 8, the district will record the President’s speech and house it on V-brick, the district’s internal streaming video server. Class instruction will not be interrupted to view/listen to the President’s speech ‘live’ on Sept. 8. “Each campus administrator will view the recording and will make (a) decision regarding the appropriate instructional use of the speech for their grade levels and the

priate means of presenting a controversial (which this is not), but needed presentation would be to have those who do not want their kids to see the speech, sign a statement saying so. But this does not seem to be the intent of our rather political administration and the education that they are less than subtly trying to disseminate. This twisted way of presenting the value of our president’s speech sends a political message that says Obama’s presidency is itself a matter of opinion. It is a way of polarizing our children at the youngest of ages and it sends a terrible message, especially to young people of color, that even a black president can be dismissed and marginalized. It also tells parents, who do not want their children to listen and learn, that it is OK to choose ignorance, even in an academic setting. This letter sends many layers of messages, and almost all of them are intellectually vile and socially destructive. timing of the broadcast with students, as well as the use of suggested activities. Most elementary campuses will incorporate the speech into the Celebrate Freedom Week activities during the week of Sept. 14. “As we have done in the past, if any parent or student requests to be excused from the activity, campuses will honor this request and provide the opportunity to engage in another constructive opportunity on the campus for the duration of the broadcast. No student will be forced to watch the speech or be graded on activities that relate to the speech. An alternative assignment may be assigned.”

Spanish Language Advisory Group to meet Language Advisory Group is to provide voters of Hispanic origin who have limited English proficiency the information, materials, and assistance needed to access the electoral process. The group has been particularly focused on recruitment of bi-lingual Election workers. Although the group’s charter provides for appointment of 14

members, the meetings, and participation in the group, are open to the public. Current members of the group include: Manuel Reyes, Thelma Shelton, Felicita Arriaga, Johanna Compean, Ronald Castillo, Manuela Arroyos, Sylvia Garza, Laura Muñoz, Haydee Carvallo, Ken Stubbe, Ted Garcia, and Robert Jimenez.


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Community news Dianne Wilson seeks eighth term as county clerk Fort Bend County Clerk Dianne Wilson has announced she will seek re-election in the 2010 Primary and General elections. Currently serving her seventh consecutive term as County Clerk, Wilson said that she and her staff have “achieved a multitude of milestones since I first took office in 1983.” Wilson is chairman of the county’s Judicial Steering Team overseeing the conversion of the $7 million integrated judicial case management systems; implemented a property recording system and document imaging system in 1994; converted all paper and microfilm records, dating from 1838 to digital imaging; placed over 30 million digitized documents on the county’s web site; opened a branch office in Missouri City in 1999 and was the third county clerk in Texas to electronically receive and record

property documents. Wilson serves on several state committees. She was appointed in 1999 by then Chief Justice Thomas Phillips to serve on the Judicial Committee on Information Technology and continues to serve. Wilson was selected as the first county official in Texas to electronically record court records through TexasOnline, the official State of Texas website. Wilson has received numerous state and national awards. The one she is most proud of is the Sam Seale Trail Blazer Award presented to her in 2003 by the Texas Association of Counties Leadership Foundation. This premier recognition is awarded annually to only one Texas county official (out of about 4,500 in the state), who over many years has consistently been an outstanding governmental leader, and has

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Wilson paved the way for improvements and enhancements in the delivery of governmental services. In August 2005,Wilson was elected chairman of the board of trustees for Texana Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center serving the six-county region of Fort Bend, Austin, Colorado,

Matagorda, Waller and Wharton counties. She continues to serve as chairman. Texana Center serves over 4000 clients, has a staff of 550, and a $39 million annual budget. The National Association of Social Workers named Wilson its 2006 Public Elected Official of the Year. Wilson is co-founder of both the Literacy Volunteers of Fort Bend County and its very successful Evening of Wine and Music annual fund raiser gala. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas. She and husband Bob have been married for 40 years and have resided in Fort Bend County for most of that time. They have been local leaders in the Boy Scouts of America (their son Chris is an Eagle Scout), the YMCA, as foster parents, and as

Republican Party activists. Wilson is co-founder and served as the first chairman of the Fort Bend Foster Parents Association. She was the first female president of any Rotary Club in Fort Bend County and was Oyster Creek Rotary Club’s 1995 Rotarian Of The Year. “I’ve been actively involved in the legislative process since 1986 and was co-author of the Electronic Recording law as well as over 45 other important legislative bills that are now law,” states Wilson. Wilson was named the 1996 County Clerk of the Year by the County & District Clerks Association of Texas. Wilson also established a Legal Self Help Resource Center at the George Memorial Library in 2003. There are now centers at other branch libraries in the county.

In 2005, the Texas Association of Counties Leadership Foundation presented its Superior Innovation Award to her for founding these unique public service centers.

ShrimpFest Mark your calendars and save the date so you can come to Sugar Land Rotary’s ShrimpFest 2009 on Saturday, September 12, beginning at 5 p.m at the cool and comfortable, air-conditioned Fluor Building complex in Sugar Land on Highway 6.

Amendments to Texas Constitution On November 3, 2009 Ballot By Commissioner Andy Meyers Below is a Summary of the Texas Legislative Council’s (TLC) analysis of the 11 proposed Amendments to the Texas Constitution that will be on the November 3, 2009 Ballot. The “Pros” and “Cons” are based on comments the TLC received for and against the proposed Amendments. For Early Voting dates, times and location and Election Day voting sites go to www.co.fort-bend.tx.us and click “Elections” or phone (281) 341-8670. Amendment No. 1 Authorize municipalities and counties to acquire areas adjacent to a military installation to prevent encroachment or for the construction of roadways, utilities, or other infrastructure to protect or promote the mission of the military installation. Pros Protects military installations from encroachment that might cause it to close. Helps ensure viability of military installations promoting economic stability and security of communities and state. Cons: Results in increase in property taxes on an already tax-stressed taxpayers. Amendment No. 2 Authorize legislature to provide for taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the property’s value as a residence homestead. Pros Will treat homesteads the same as agricultural and open-space land in Texas and prevent homesteads from being taxed as commercial property, which places an unfair tax burden on the owner/occupant. Cons Will cause state taxes to increase as some local school taxes are reduced because of the reduction in homestead values possibly resulting in a shift of tax burden from some “wealthy” ares to “poorer” areas of the state.

Ann Asnaashari, R.N., director of healthcare improvement at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and second from right, displays the Texas Health Quality Improvement Achievement Award earned by the hospital. Also pictured are Maya Bledsoe, M.D., president of the TMF Board of Trustees; William Riley, M.D., chief medical officer, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; and Jim Brown, chief executive officer, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital accepted the Texas Health Care Quality Improvement Achievement Award from the TMF® Health Quality Institute in an Aug. 27 awards ceremony held in Austin, Texas. This award honors Texas hospitals that are performing quality initiatives aimed at improving outcomes in patient care based on specific national quality measures. Earlier this year, the Memorial Hermann system received the National Quality Healthcare Award from the National Quality Forum in Washington, D.C. In addition, the hospital recently earned the prestigious Pathway to Excellence designation from the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Out of 227 hospitals that entered the program, 66 earned the Texas Health Quality Improvement Achievement Award by improving care related to acute myocardial infarction or AMI (heart attack), heart failure, pneumonia and surgical care. These clinical areas are designated as national health care priorities by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and The Joint Commission, an independent nonprofit, standards-setting and accrediting body in health care. “To achieve this recognition, we had to demonstrate significant improvement across several national quality measures. This success illustrates Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment to patient safety and to delivering quality health care” said Ann Asnaashari, director of healthcare improvement. TMF Health Quality Institute is an Austin-based nonprofit consulting company focused on promoting quality health and health care through contracts with federal, state and local governments, as well as private organizations.

Spinal Fusion—an option to decrease back pain Do you have pain in your back? Have you tried weight loss, smoking cessation, steroid injections, traction and physical therapy without significant results? If the answer is yes, spinal fusion may be an option to consider. “Most cases of back pain usually improve with nonsurgical treatments,” says Dr. Rajesh Bindal, board-certified neurosurgeon on staff at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “However, there are circumstances where fusion may be the best Bindal recommendation for decreasing a patient’s back pain.” Before determining if surgery is the answer, your physician will most likely have you undergo an MRI and try nonsurgical methods such as physical or aquatic therapy and injections to alleviate the pain. To learn more about spinal fusion and whether the procedure is right for you, join a free seminar by Dr. Rajesh Bindal and his new associate, Dr. John Park, on Sept. 15, Sept. 29 or Oct. 6 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. located in conference rooms ABCD. Seating is limited. Please call 281-274-7500 to register. For a referral to Dr. Bindal, Dr. Park or a spine surgeon in your area, call 281-274-7500, or for more information, visit www.MethodistSugarLand.com.

Amendment No. 3 Requires uniform appraisal standards and procedures. Pros Results in more equal valuation of property across state. Cons None noted. Amendment No. 4 Establishes the national research university fund to assist state universities achieving national prominence as major research institutions and transfer balance of existing higher education fund to national research university fund. Pros Enable Texas university to become tier-one research universities and attract and retain top talent while generating important research in the state. Cons Funds will be spread too thin among many state universities and goal will be difficult to reach. Amendment No. 5 Authorize a single board of equalization for two or more adjoining appraisal entities that elect to provide for consolidated equalizations. Pros Saves taxpayers money by combining operations of two or more appraisal districts. Cons Does not go far enough as it does not combining two or more review boards operations. Amendment No. 6 Authorizes Veterans’ Land Board to issue general obligation bonds in amounts equal to or less than the cumulative amounts previously authorized. Pros Allows the Board to meet the needs of Texas veterans better than current law. There is a federal statute limitation of $250 million of VLB bonds issued. Cons None noted. Amendment No. 7 Allows a member of the Texas State Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other civil offices. Pros Members of the military or National Guard are allowed to also hold civil offices and this allows members of state militia to do the same. Cons None noted. Amendment No. 8 Authorizing the state to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veterans hospitals in Texas. Pros Encourages U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to partner with Texas in providing additional veterans hospitals in Texas which has the third largest number of veterans. Cons None noted. Amendment No. 9 Protects the right of the public, individually and collectively, to access and use the public beaches bordering the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Pros Would provide that the beach area that becomes public lands as a result of storms and erosion moving the line of vegetation would be accessible to the public. Cons Many private property structures that have stood for generations but as a result of hurricanes and erosion ended up on the private beach side of the line of vegetation and this amendment would restrict an owner’s use of their private property structure. Amendment No. 10 Increases the term that elected members of the governing boards of emergency services districts may serve from two to four years . Pros Reduces possible politicization of a nonpartisan office allowing board members to focus more on policy and operations rather than campaigning. Cons Reduces accountability of board members who have tax levying authority. State representatives have two year terms. Amendment No. 11 Prohibits the taking, damaging, or destroying of private property for certain economic development and prohibits transferring property taken through eminent domain to a private entity for the enhancement of tax revenue purposes, and to limit the legislature’s authority to grant the power of eminent domain to non-governmental entity. Pros Provides greater protection of private property rights. Cons Problem of transferring property taken through eminent domain was resolved legislatively already. Amendment language is unclear which could lead to litigation which may result in judicial interpretations that are different than the legislature intended. Pol. Ad. Pd. By Andy Meyers Campaign 423 Longview Dr. Sugar Land, TX. 77478


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Community Calendar Rainbow Room Luncheon The Fort Bend Rainbow Room will hold its 10th annual Flo Berkman awards luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 10, 11:30 a.m. at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond, to recognize those who have gone above and beyond to help abused and neglected children and adults. Minute Maid President Mike Saint John will be the keynote speaker. Tickets may be purchased online at www.fbrr.org. Sponsorships are also available. For more information call 832-5953029.

Shred Day Greenstar Security Destruction and Link Staffing are hosting a ‘Shred Day’ to benefit Jobs Ministry Southwest on Saturday Sept. 12, 9a.m. to 12 noon at the North side parking lot, First Colony Mall. Fort Bend County and Sugar Land residents can bring confidential documents to First Colony Mall and for a minimum $10 donation this service will be provided along with a certificate of destruction. Proceeds benefit JMS. Area businesses may take advantage of this also since Greenstar is issuing a certificate of destruction. Contact Doug Thorpe 281467-5692 .

Glenn Beck 9/12 Viewing Party One If By Land Society, a grass roots conservative organization in Fort Bend County is hosting a Glenn Beck 9/12 Special Broadcast Viewing Party. The event will be held at Alamo Draft House at West Oaks Mall (HW 6 between Richmond and Westheimer, 77082) on Saturday Sept.12 from Noon - 2 p.m. Admission is free. Food and Drinks are available. For more info contact oneifbyland@entouch.net

Genealogical Society The Fort Bend Genealogical Society will meet Sept. 12, at 10 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Calvary Episcopal Church, which is located at 806 FM 762, near the YMCA. Our speaker will be Irene Walters from the Clayton Library, and she will speak on “New York Genealogical Research.” Anyone interested in genealogy is invited to attend. For more information, contact 281762-8029.

Aggie Moms The Fort Bend Aggie Mom’s Club will meet at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14. A panel of Aggie moms will discuss “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Being an Aggie Mom but Were Afraid to Ask!”

SWAPEN Meeting South West Area Professional Express Network will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and the guest speaker will be Ronda SanFilipo of Trustmark National Bank speaking on “Identity Theft and how to Protect your Business.” SWAPEN is a business networking group whose goal is to bring together business women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others to grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support, and national recognition.SWAPEN meets the third Thursday of every month at Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land, From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. For more information visit www. swapen.org

Oliver Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors presents “The Curtain Rises on Another Year,” theatrical and musical show and luncheon, Thursday, Sept. 17 at 11:30 a.m. at Vargo’s Restaurant, 2401 Fondren, Houston. The star studded event will be emceed by our own Sugar Land Councilwoman, Jacquie Chaumette. Delighting you with songs from the Broadway play “Oliver” will be singer and performer, Sean Hardin, along with inspirational music artist, Debbie Fancher, with a song from “Titanic.” For the Grand Finale, renowned author, director, actress and Golden Globe Nominee Jeannette Clift George will perform “Several Women With One Voice.” Members $30, guests $35. Contact Evelyn Traylor at 281-794-0687 or vpluncheons@fbfn.org.

Daughters of the Republic of Texas The Fort Settlement Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas will hold the first meeting of the 2009-2010 year on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10 a.m. at the IBC Bank, FM 2218/FM 1640 in Richmond. For more information, contact Molly Smith at 281-578-7126 or smithmaze@aol.com.

Sugar Creek Garden Club Sugar Creek Garden Club’s Membership Coffee will be held on Sept. 17, 9:30 a.m. at Sugar Creek Country Club. Carol Young will show how to “Have Your Centerpiece and Eat It Too!” A new cookbook, “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed and Something ‘Cordon Blue” will makes its debut. Call Aileen Flack at 281-242-8488 for more details.

First Colony Mall and TLC’s “What Not to Wear” Looking good this fall doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. That is the mantra of the TLC television series, “What Not to Wear,” and the message behind its partnership with General Growth Properties, Inc. malls, which will offer area shoppers expert fashion advice and the opportunity to save money during their next mall visit. The partnership’s fall program, Shop Smart Look Fab, has launched at First Colony Mall with online promotions at www. ShopSmartLookFab.com and culminating in-mall activities planned for September 17-20. Program components include: Sept. 17-20, in-mall activities: $10 GGP Gift Card offers* – Shoppers who spend $75 or more at participating GGP malls will receive a $10 GGP gift card, while supplies last. Free Shop Smart Style Guides – Free booklets that feature the latest style and fashion content will help shoppers make smart wardrobe purchases this season. Special deals on the hottest fall items – Including limited time sales and offers from participating retailers. Visit www.ShopSmartLookFab.com for more information.

Model Search Fort Bend Fabulous Model and Talent Search benefiting the Fort Bend Education Foundation is open to children ages 5-18. Applications are accepted Saturday, Sept. 26. Visit www.fortbendisd.com/ foundation.

Garden art and plant sale The 11th annual Garden Art & Plant Sale of Sugar Land Garden Club will be held on Saturday, Sept. 19, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Dr. The Sale will feature perennials and Texas native plants from Treesearch Farms, SEEDS from members’ gardens, decorative metal Trellises, and various unique garden art. Heidi Sheeesley of Treesearch Farms will present the plants of the Sale on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way. The public is invited to attend both the presentation and the sale. For more information, visit www.sugarlandgardenclub. org or call 281-434-7977 or 281-565-9813.

YardWise Imagine for a moment, you have a healthy, beautiful lawn and … it saves you money, time and effort! Interested in learning how to make your dream lawn a reality? Keep Sugar Land Beautiful would love to show you how easy it can be with YardWise. The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality developed the YardWise program to improve air and water quality. The program simply works, with Mother Nature instead of against her, to maintain a beautiful, healthy lawn. Make plans to join at Whole Foods Market in Sugar Land on Tuesday, September 22, at 2 p.m. to learn more. Keep Sugar Land Beautiful’s mission is to educate and engage everyone to take responsibility for the environmental health of our community. For more information, please visit www. kslb.org.

Houston Hot Sauce Festival The 9th Annual Houston Hot Sauce Festival will be held Sept. 19 and 20, 2009, at the Stafford Centre at 10505 Cash Rd., Stafford, TX 77477. Festival hours are Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from Noon to 5 p.m. It’s a cool $5 to get in with free parking. Proceeds benefit Cancer Research. The vendors are coming from all over the country – California, Maryland, Louisiana, Ohio, Florida and Texas. CaJohn’s Fiery Foods, Ohio, is bringing this choice display… This will blow your mind: The Execution Station! It is a station for “climbing the ladder of heat.” The victim starts with a “hot” sauce and progresses through even hotter ones and ends with Black Mamba or stronger. Those that survive will get a cherry prize. The paramedic dudes will be close by. An unreal amount of products, hundreds of award winning hot sauce, salsa, chips, dips, peppers, spices, jams/jellies, marinades, rubs, wing sauce, and more. Visit www.houstonhotauce.com

Alexander Hodge Chapter #49 Dr. James Kirby Martin, Distinguished University Professor of History at the University of Houston where he has taught since 1980 after teaching at Rutgers University for several years, is coming to Sugar Land. Dr. Martin has accepted an invitation to speak to Alexander Hodge Chapter #49 of the Sons of the American Revolution on Sept. 25. Martin will share a preview of a portion of the tentative release of a PBS television documentary called “American General,” focusing on the life of Benedict Arnold. Contact Marshall Whichard at 281499-6002 or email ranchj3@ gmail.com

Rob Landes’ concert

The Friends of the Arts Committee, First United Methodist Church of Missouri City will present in concert Rob Landes who will kick off the season with “A Walk Down Broadway.” His performance, which will appeal to all ages, will include music from Show Boat, Oklahoma, The King and I, A Chorus Line, Cats, and Phantom of the Opera. Rob Landes has many fans and was brought back by popular demand. The concert will be held in the church sanctuary on Saturday, Sept. 19, 4 p.m. The location is First United Methodist Church in Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. The concerts are free. For more details call 281-4993502 or email fumcmc@flash. net.

Band Night Fort Bend ISD will present an evening of competitive marching exhibitions during its annual Band Night, which will be held Monday, Oct. 5 at Mercer Stadium (located at 16403 Lexington Blvd. in Sugar Land). The event will begin at 6:00 p.m. and conclude by 8:30 p.m. Seating will be on the home side only. Admission is free and concessions will be served. Band Night allows parents and patrons to enjoy the outstanding talents of some of FBISD’s finest young musicians, and gives them the opportunity to see and hear the high caliber of the district’s band program. Band Night will feature the district’s 10 high school band and dance teams performing their competition shows for University Interscholastic League Marching Contest, which will be held on Oct. 15.

Auditions at Fort Bend Theatre Don’t miss award-winning Fort Bend Theatre’s production of Disney’s High School Musical 2 to be performed at 2815 N. Main St. Sept. 25 – Oct. 25, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. & Sundays at 3 p.m. The gang’s all here for an action-packed summer extravaganza as Troy, Gabriella and the rest of the Wildcats finish junior year and blast onto the summer scene. At the Lava Springs Country Club, Sharpay reigns supreme while the Wildcats get to work - literally! Tickets go on sale August 25th and are $13 for adults, $12 for students/seniors and $10 for children. For more information or to purchase your tickets visit at www.fortbendtheatre.com or call us at 281-208-3333.

Acting classes Award-winning Fort Bend Theatre launches their Fall Acting classes for ages eight through eighteen. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings beginning Sept. 19 and ending Nov. 14. Each session teaches stage acting techniques, including pantomime, improvisation, vocalizations, and characterization and culminates with a performance for family and friends. The cost is $200, payable by a $50 nonrefundable deposit to hold your child’s place, with the remaining balance due by Sept. 13. For more information visit www.fortbendtheatre.com, or call 281-208-3333 today to register.

Legal Notices 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, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. RFP 09-099 – INMATE MEDICAL SERVICES Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas 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, SEPTEMBER 17, 2009 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 10-026 – CHRYSLER REPAIR PARTS Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic/safety study for Fry Road to establish “No U Turn” at the intersection of Fry Road and Center Village Drive, Pct. 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, October 6, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic/safety study for Blake Road to establish “No Parking” along roadway, Pct. 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 THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: COREY JAMES SUDDS 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 12, 2009 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 401 Jackson Street, Suite105. We are located on the first floor of the courthouse building. The case is presently pending before the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on August 11, 2008. It bears cause number 08-DCV-165905 and is styled: MARY RAMIREZ VS COREY SUDDS, TAMERIA KELLY AND FRANCISCO J. PENA The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: THOMAS F. BICKHAM, JR. BICKAM LAW PC 3120 SOUTHWEST FREEWAY STE 650 HOUSTON TX 77098 713-526-4969 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: JUDGMENT AGAINST DEFENDANTS IN AN AMOUNT WHICH AT THIS TIME IS IN EXCESS OF THE MINIMUM JURISDICTIONAL LIMITS OF THIS COURT TOGETHER WITH COSTS OF COURT, ALL LEGAL INTEREST, BOTH BEFORE AND AFTER THE DATE OF JUDGMENT 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 27th day of August, 2009. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County, Texas Deputy District Clerk DEBRA ELIZANDO Telephone: 281-341-3754

CITATION BY PUBLICATION DIVORCE The State of Texas TO: Kelvin Ballard, and to all whom it may concern, Respondent GREETINGS: 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 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The Original Petition for Divorce of Laura Elizabeth Ballard, Petitioners, was filed in the 328th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on the June 04, 2009 against Kelvin Ballard, Respondent, being numbered 09 -DCV-172343, and entitled In the Matter of the Marriage of Laura Ballard and Kelvin Ballard. The suit requests divorce. The court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree dissolving the marriage and providing for the division of property which will be binding on you. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 1st day of September, 2009. Petitioner’s Attorney: LAURA ELIZABETH BALLARD 14931 HAVENRIDGE DRIVE HOUSTON TX 77083 713-582-5576 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT Fort Bend County Deputy District Clerk Rosalinda Salinas Telephone: 281-633-7649

CITATION BY PUBLICATION STATE OF TEXAS TO: KEITH 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 SHEPPARD, EDREKA; SHEPPARD, CEDRICK, Petitioner, was filed in the 387TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas on the September 01, 2009 against KEITH UNKNOWN, Respondent(s), numbered 09-DCV-174572, and entitled In the Interest of Tateana Douglas, a Minor Child. The suit request TERMINATE PARENTCHILD RELATIONSHIP AND 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: March 08, 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 2nd day of September, 2009. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER RESPONDENT: LESLIE R HILLS LAW OFFICE OF LESLIE R HILLS 1314 TEXAS AVE SUITE 1512 HOUSTON TX 77002 832-721-3970

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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 July 27, 2009 in cause numbered 07dcv1590001 styled Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc vs. Michael Thomas, in which a judgment was rendered on November 11, 2008 in favor of Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc for the sum of TWO THOUSAND NINE HUNDRED FIFTY SIX DOLLARS AND SIXTY SIX CENTS ($2956.66) and TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS ($2,000); 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 August 26, 2009 and will on October 6, 2009, 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 Right, Title, and Interest Michael Thomas to and in the following described Real Property: Lot Twelve(12), in Block Three(3) of Village of Oak Lake, Section Three(3), a subdivision in Fort Bend County, Texas, according to the plat thereof recorded in slide number 1251/A of the map/plat records of Fort Bend County, Texas together with all improvements located thereon, also known as 15619 Brookwood Lake Place, Sugar Land, Texas The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc, Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: October 6, 2009 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: DEPUTY S. STEELE TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, October 6, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the revised traffic control plan for Lamar Elementary School #16 at the intersection of Skinner Lane and Farmer Road to establish “No Parking” zone, Pct. 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 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, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 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 09-105 – PRINTING AND MAILING OF VOTER REGISTRATION CARDS Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas 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, SEPTEMBER 24, 2009 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. 1.BID 09-103 – EDGEWOOD DRIVE BRIDGE OVER DRAINAGE DITCH NO. 9502037. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for the bridge project on Thursday, September 17, 2009 starting at 9:00AM. Vendors are encouraged to attend. Meeting will take place in the Purchasing Department in the Rosenberg Annex located at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas. 2.BID 09-104 – GENERATOR FOR SHERIFFS OFFICE PATROL DIVISION. A pre-bid meeting has been scheduled for the generator project on Thursday, September 17, 2009 starting at 10:00AM. Vendors are encouraged to attend. Meeting will take place at front entrance of the Sheriffs Office future Patrol Building at 118 Legion Drive (Behind the Jail), Richmond, Texas. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas


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FILM REVIEW: Extract

Tickets on sale for American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cure” Fashion Show American Cancer Society’s “Couture for the Cure,” Fashion Show showcasing the exclusive fashions of acclaimed specialty retailer TOOTSIES, will be 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Featuring the suave styling of fashion show expert Lenny Matuszewski, the event will bring to life the James Bond favorite, “For Your Eyes Only,” staged in the Sweetwater home of honorary chairs Drs. Shelena and Ayeez Lalji. The Phoenix Design Group is helping transform the home into a spectacular event. Tickets to the

fashion show are now on sale for $100. To purchase tickets, contact Claire Serxner at claire.serxner@cancer.org or 713-706-5694. “Cancer has touched so many lives in our families, our friends and our community,” said KK West, who is chairing the event with husband Scott West. For more information contact KK West at kkwest@westfirm. com or 713-203-3316. Top to bottom (left to right): Peter Strohmer/Sterling McCall Lexus - Presenting Sponsor, Alex and Tonja Oria/Unisource – VIP Reception Sponsor, Kae-

lyn Stolhand and Leena Taneja/ Methodist Sugar Land Cancer Center, Scott and KK West/The West Law Firm, Drs. Ayeez and Shelena Lalji. Next Row — Meredith Phillips/American Cancer Society, Von and Yolanda Celestine, Brigit Engleman/PB&J Pavement Markings, Inc., Kelley Stephenson, Lisa Storey/ Corporate Settings, Keith and Raj Patel, Tom Shirley/NewFirst Bank, Sara and Shannon Orsak/ St. Michael’s Emergency Center, Mike Svatek/The Phoenix Design Group, Jennifer Smith, Greg Barra, Sarah Moore/Bond Characters.

It is important to remember when watching this movie that it is the product of a mind that grew up in the 70’s, hit his stride in the 80’s and is credited with the creation of “Beavis and Butt-Head” (1993) and “King of the Hill” (1997). And that could only be the genius of Director and Screenwriter Mike Judge. Judge might be a genius but he, too, is human because this is not a great film, but it is unique, clever, and charming. How else can you describe a story whose hero is Joel (Jason Bateman) the owner of a small vanilla/strawberry extract plant? And Mrs. Joel/ Suzie (Kristen Wiig) has an affair with the pool boy. And oh yeah, the pool boy is really a gigolo hired by Joel to have sex with his wife so Joel will not feel guilty for having an affair with the local bimbo Cindy (Mila Kunis). And if that is not quirky enough for you, Ben Affleck plays Dean the Bartender who has a stash of assorted drugs that would be the envy of a CVS Pharmacy. Dean the Bartender is the devilish influence on the BMW owner, suburbanite, straight-laced Joel who is a decent human with the libido of a 40 year old. And then there’s the little issue of a pending claim against Joel’s extract company due to an injury/severance of an employee’s pri-

Automobile: Kia Soul By BARBARA FULENWIDER The Soul -- yes that is the name of a vehicle – is Kia’s latest edition and “a new way to roll,” according to the company. The first thing that’s different and attractive about the Kia Soul is its unique design. Soul’s style sets it apart from its boxy crowd of competitors. Kia says its Soul is the first of a line of next generation Kia vehicles it plans to launch over the next two years. Soul has a low, wide stance that is paired with an angled window line, rounded nose and large flared back headlamps, all of which give it a playful, youthful appearance. Its face appears friendly and ready to play. Inside there’s 102.3 cubic feet of passenger space and the tall doors and high seating positions make getting in and out easy. Key interior visual features are the uncluttered dashboard with a three-dial instrument cluster, LCD illumination and floating center stack design. The key visual feature is the AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with Sirius Satellite Radio capabilities. There’s also a standard USB and auxiliary input jacks in the center console. The Soul comes in four trim levels: Soul, Soul+, Soul! (Exclaim) and Soul sport.

Pricing for the five-door vehicle starts at $13,300 for the base trim, goes to $14,950 for the Soul+, jumps $2,000 to $16,950 for the Soul! and peaks at $17,900 with all available options included. The Soul sport starts at $16,950 and with all available options included retails at $18,600. The front-wheel drive Soul got plenty of sound deadening materials added to minimize noise, vibration, and harshness and the ride is good for this short a wheelbase. Soul features a fully independent, sub-frame mounted front suspension system with MacPherson struts, coil springs, gas shock absorbers and stabilizer bar designed

to maximize the friction between the tires and road and provide steering stability with responsive handling. In the rear, Soul’s suspension is sub-frame mounted with a transverse torsion beam axle with trailing arms, coil springs and gas shock absorbers for an amazingly smooth ride for this small and inexpensive a vehicle. The Soul is powered by a 1.6-liter, four cylinder engine mated to a five-speed manual transmission. The engine makes 122 horsepower and 115 lb.-ft. of torque. There’s also a 2.0-liter four cylinder available with either the manual or a four-speed automatic transmission. The 2.0-liter engine makes 142 horsepower and 137 lb.-

ft. of torque. Fuel economy for the1.6-liter manual is 26/31 and for the 2.0-liter, 24/30 miles per gallon. Kia Soul standard safety features include an antilock brake system, electronic stability control, traction control system, electronic brake distribution, brake assist, a tire pressure monitoring system, front and rear crumple zones, side-impact door beams and an impact-absorbing steering column. The test drive Kia Soul was the Exclaim model. It was propelled by the smaller engine with dual overhead cam paired with the automatic transmission. Other standard equipment included 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear disc brakes, A/C, audio system with six speakers, remote keyless entry, power windows, door locks and outside mirrors, 60/40 split folding rear seat, tilt steering column, sunroof with tilt, fog lights and intermittent front wipers. As you have probably already guessed I really like the Soul’s sassy looks. It’s a comfortable enough ride and drive to make errand running less of a chore and more of a joy ride. If a roomy runabout is in your future purchase plans, definitely test drive the Kia Soul.

vate equipment. I have to use the euphemism because I can’t say “testicle” in a family newspaper. Oops, I said it anyway. The big winner in this flick is Jason Bateman. He proved that he can be the lead actor in a comedic role surrounded by hot babes. Not a bad gig if you can get it. He’s come a long way from Derek of “Silver Spoons” in the early 80’s. Bateman has good looks but not like a Brad Pitt; he’s more like you and me. His Joel was perfectly understated and ideally suited for this everyman role. I liked Joel, Cindy the bimbo, Suzie the wife, Dean the Bartender, Brian

(J.K. Simmons) and all the goofy, incompetent plant workers. This show bumps up against greatness but is too slow at times and Judge wanders aimlessly, occasionally, in developing his complicated and conflicted characters even though he brings it home in the end. This was a Labor Day Weekend treat and will be a fantastic chuckle for a Friday Date Night.

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New appointments at Texana Center

Tracey Shaw & Andi Wallis Tracey Shaw, has been promoted to the Executive Team at Texana Center as the Director of Fundraising and Community Relations. Shaw joined Texana Center in September 2008 as Community Relations Manager. Since arriving at Texana, her primary focus was to create more awareness of Texana Center through the local communities, its leaders and Texana parents. In her broadened role, Tracey will be responsible for all fundraising activities, media relations, marketing, community awareness, and the volunteer program. Shaw commented “I am honored to be asked to serve in this capacity and look forward to working with the executive team and board to further Texana Center’s mission. “Texana provides a wide array of behavioral healthcare and developmental disabilities services to our community, yet many people do not know who we are or what we do. It is my goal to change this so that people instantly recognize Texana Center as the leading organization for behavioral healthcare and developmental disabilities services.� Andi Wallis has joined the team at Texana Center, as Community Relations Manager. Wallis has several years experience in marketing and community relations, and is familiar with the counties that Texana Center serves, having grown up in Matagorda and lived in Fort Bend county. Following an internship at Matagorda Regional Hospital, Wallis began her marketing career at OakBend Medical Center then went to HCA Kingwood Medical Center where she gained experience in volunteer management. Her most recent position was with West Oak Urgent Care Center where she was involved in business development.

First Colony American recognized On Tuesday, Aug. 18, the First Colony American Stealth were recognized by Sugar Land Mayor James A. Thompson. The First Colony American Little League 12 year-old All Stars recently traveled to Tyler, Texas to compete in the Texas East State championship tournament, finishing in 3rd place. The team’s path to Tyler included winning the District 16 title with a 5-0 record, including a win over the defending state champion Post Oak Little League and culminating with an 8-4 win over First Colony National in the District Championship game. First Colony American then advanced to the Section 3 tournament in Pearland, winning the title with two very close, hard fought victories over Sagemont-Beverly Hills. At the Texas East State Tournament in Tyler, First Colony American defeated Austin Northwest Little League 5-1 in their first game, but lost consecutive games to Lamar National 6-2 and eventual Texas East State Champion, Bridge City, 7-6 in extra innings. Pictured above, right, The players on the team were Nick Airhart, Cody Bowman, Brylan Crivellari, Sean Ennis, Sean Guidry, Bryce Kelly, Troy Lilly, Mason McMeans, Cameron Molfetto, Kishan Patel, Jason Sellers and Brayden Theriot. The team was led by Manager Greg McMeans and Coach Jerry Guidry.

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