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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2011

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Missouri City keeps tax rate at current level despite budget hole By BARBARA FULENWIDER After a lot more debate than in past years over the city’s tax rate, Missouri City council members voted to keep the property tax rate at the current level of 52.84 cents per $100 valuation. City council decided not to increase rather than increase the tax rate by 1.66 cents as proposed by Alan Mueller, interim city manager, and Wes Vela, director of finance. They proposed the 1.66 cent increase in order to keep the approved $32.1 million budget whole after the city received certified taxable values from the Fort Bend and Harris County appraisal districts in late August. The values came in at 3.1 percent less than last year’s. Vela told council that while the $0.5450 looks like an increase it isn’t since the average home value last year was $166,000 and the average this year is $155,000. “On average,” he said, “a homeowner will actually pay less.” Councilman Jerry Wyatt countered by saying, “Except if your tax value went up,” and Vela agreed. “So we’re asking those of us whose rates went up to pick up the slack for those whose rates went down. Is that what we’re saying?” Wyatt asked. Vela replied, “It is still less than the effective tax rate” of $0.59 per $100 valuation. Wyatt asked how much the city needs to collect in taxes in order to pay its budgeted bills, and Vela said $760,000 more than last year. Wyatt said, “I’m not looking at raising anybody’s rate and this is a rate increase.”

Mayor Allen Owen entered the discussion by saying, “When we got our tax role it’s 3.1 percent revenue-wise less than it was last year, which is some $800,000. If we don’t do this we’ll have to cut $800,000 somewhere” from the budget. Wyatt said, “We can take it out of the ending balance. Our goal is to maintain the ending balance somewhere between 15 and 20 percent and ours is at 21 percent. We told people when we asked for bonds to build the community center and tennis center that we would not raise their tax rate, and for at least the next year, I propose that we pass a tax rate identical to what it is today.” Mueller said that the “tax rate is already 3.2 cents less than it should be to break even. If you leave it exactly the way it is today for another year, that’s about $760,000 that needs to be cut out of this year’s budget. Next year you’ll be five cents in the hole in terms of your tax rate and next year you will have increased operational expenses with the opening of the tennis center and community center. “You are already drawing down on your fund balance, you have been cutting people and expenses for three years and you have new expenses coming on line next year. I recommended a higher rate to get the city better positioned going into next year and the years after that,” the interim city manager explained. Owen said, “We’re not going to see the value of houses jump next year. I don’t think we’ve seen the (housing bust) bottom. We’ll see property values continue to plummet in

many areas of this city. Right now the foreclosure rate on homes in Missouri City is 19 percent.” Councilman Robin Elackatt urged council to look at “every other route we could take” to cut the budget, and Wyatt said, “There’s nothing you can cut in the budget other than reduce the ending balance.” Mueller said the 2012 ending budget balance is just under $670,000 and taking that down to 20 percent reduces it to $500,000. He also said there are still various budgeting contingencies for the rainy day fund and that the uncommitted contingencies at this point amount to $400,000. “You could commit all your budgeted contingencies and draw down the fund balance to 20 percent and still do it within the existing tax rate. That is certainly acceptable and puts you within your financial parameters,” Mueller said. Wyatt said, “This is not a promise forever. Next year may be different but if we can do it for this year we need to. The budget is a representation of services to the entire city. If we keep the tax rate the same as it is, that is a tough decision.” Tax bills will go out next month and 34.7 cents of the 52.84 cents homeowners will pay per $100 of assessed value will go toward maintenance and operations and 18.1 cents will pay debt service. The average home value in Missouri City is $159,634 and the tax bill on such will be $843.51 for a decrease of $35.08 from last year when the average home value was $166,274 and the tax bill was $878.59.

For the last two years the incredible talent of the Kempner High School Drama Department has been recognized and selected to participate in the prestigious Tommy Tune Awards. This year Oct. 5 through Oct. 8,they will perform the musical production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Taking place in New York City in 1922, the play tells the story of young Millie Dillmount, who has just moved to the city in search of a new life for herself. It’s a New York full of intrigue and jazz - a time when women were entering the workforce and the rules of love and social behavior were changing forever. Filled with frisky flappers, dashing leading men and a dragon-lady of a villainess audiences will love to hate, Millie is a perfectly constructed evening of madcap merriment. The performance will be at the Kempner High School Main Stage at 7 p.m. Pre sale tickets will be available during all school lunches from 11a.m until 1 p.m. from Sept. 28 – Oct. 7. Pre sale prices are $6 for students and $8 for adults. At door prices are $8 for students and $10 for adults. Above,the cast of Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kempner Thespians.

Sartartia principal reassigned Sartartia Middle School Principal Tom Thompson has been reassigned to McAuliffe Middle School as assistant principal. Superintendent Tim Jenney said: “I determined that the reassignment of Mr. Thompson was in the best interest of the District because I lost confidence in his ability to effectively lead Sartartia Middle School. Out of respect for our

employees’ privacy and in order to help foster a collegial working environment, the District maintains the confidentiality of sensitive personnel information to the greatest extent possible. Accordingly, I believe it would not be appropriate or productive to engage in a public discussion of the specific reasons for the reassignment.” Thompson was hired as the

Associate Principal of Fort Settlement Middle School in August 1997. He became principal of Sartartia Middle School in July 2010. . Bruce Drennan has been appointed as the interim principal at Sartartia. Drennan is a retired Fort Bend ISD school administrator. According to sources, the disciplinary action follows alleged financial mismanagement by some school staff.

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FBISD avoids increase in tax rate By SESHADRI KUMAR Fort Bend ISD has averted a two-cent hike in the tax rate and decided to keep the total tax rate at $1.34 per $100 valuation, same as last year. Monday night, the administration recommended approval of the ordinance adopting the combined tax rate of $1.34 per $100 of valuation for the school district for the 2011 tax year. The tax rate includes $1.04 to be used for maintenance and operations and 30 cents to be used for payment of bonds. The administration fur-

ther recommended that the Board of Trustees authorize an amendment to the debt service fund to reduce the proposed debt service tax revenues by $2.1 million. The operating and debt service budgets for the 2011/12 fiscal year were adopted by the Board of Trustees on June 13, with $462.67 million for operation and maintenance, $25 million for child nutrition and $74 million for debt service. The maintenance and operations budget was developed with a tax rate of $1.04, but the adopted debt service budget

assumed a tax rate of 32 cents. Property values remained flat and collections are not projected to exceed the amounts collected during the current fiscal year. Based upon a review of the debt service financial statements for the previous year, the administration identified $2.1 million from debt service fund balance which will be utilized to reduce the proposed debt service tax rate to 30 cents. The projected debt service revenue will be $70.9 million instead of the original estimate of $73 million.

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News Concussions ,a serious heads-up on sport injuries

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A concussion is a brain injury that can result from a bump, blow or jolt to the head. The resultant injury may present in many different ways, but most often involves a headache and some change in ability to process information. Most commonly seen in children ages 7 to 17 who play contact sports such as football, hockey, lacrosse and wrestling; and in limitedcontact or noncontact sports such as baseball, basketball, cheerleading and gymnastics, concussions are serious head injuries that must not be taken lightly. “Concussions can be especially dangerous for youths and teens who experience repeated head injuries,” says David Braunreiter, M.D., board-certified in family medicine and sports medicine and credentialed as an ImPACT Concussion Consultant. “Often players return to a sport before they should, thinking there is nothing significantly wrong, or that a “bell-ringer” is not a serious injury. However, this is not true. The child’s brain is still growing and developing, so extra care in return to normal activities is imperative so as to prevent any long-term damage or cognitive impairment. The youth’s brain takes longer to recover from this injury than the adults, so we cannot assume that the same time frame we use for an adult is appropriate for children.”

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cians on-site for most local high schools. The main treatment for a head injury is to rest until symptom free. Use of computerized cognitive testing to assess for impairment is a critical part of helping determine the severity of the injury and when it appears to be safe to return to normal activities. For emergency attention, take your child to the Emergency Department at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. To make an appointment with Dr. Braunreiter or a MOST physician for a physical, sports injury evaluation or a follow-up visit, call 281-494-MOST (6678). The Spirit of Freedom Republican Women will hold their next monthly meeting on Friday, Oct. 21 at Sugar Creek Baptist Church Chapel 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. featuring the candidates for the Texas US Senate seat currently held by Kay Bailey Hutchison who is not seeking reelection. Please RSVP to Cindy Bond at 281-9805719 (home), 281-435-3547 (cell), or cindybond7@ gmail.com.

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Ex-communist-turned conservative David Horowitz links American left and radical Islam By SESHADRI KUMAR Conservative author and speaker David Horowitz was the featured speaker at the Fort Bend County Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s fundraiser on Sept. 16. Born into a communist family, Horowitz turned into a conservative, and who else knows better the inner workings of a leftist than Horowitz. “Democrats are leftists, not liberals. They have the mentality of giving government more control of your life. Theirs is a crypto-religion against the evils of corporations and capitalists. They are trying to make a better and different world and believe in creating a kingdom of heaven on earth as the liberals see themselves in the role of saviors. Democrats think they are on a noble mission and they are saints, while conservatives are a party of the Satan,” Horowitz said. “If you get in their way, they will destroy you. They are not like us,” Horowitz said of Democrats. He chastised Republican elected officials for being politically correct and being civil in treating the Democrats, instead of calling a spade a spade. “Social justice is same as socialism. Happiness of human race is at stake for the leftists. We are too polite to point this out,” Horowitz said. Republicans are portrayed as being against the poor and the minorities, but poor black and Hispanic children are be-

ing betrayed by Democrats. Progressives create poverty in inner cities. Poor blacks and Hispanics are the victims. His belief is that the black community in America has been devastated by left-wing policies because of the evidence in major inner-cities in America, including Los Angeles, New York, Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia which are exclusively run by the Democratic Party. In his book, “Unholy Alliance: Radical Islam and the American Left,” Horowitz examines what he calls the relationship between liberal American ideologies and radical Islam through shared interests and beliefs. Horowitz also claims that American liberals are so against the war on terror that they have attacked American homeland security policies as well as their international policies. Horowitz deplored the dismissive attitude of some when it comes to radical Islam, which not only hurts the freedom of all Americans and immigrants but also the freedom of Muslims who flee Islamic countries for a better life here in America. David Horowitz spoke briefly about his new book, A Point In Time, where he speaks on the troubling character of leftist political religion with his own attempts to make sense of life and mortality. Why the left supports Islamic fanaticism or is not con-

cerned about them? For the left, being a Christian hater is very normal, he says. Islamic fundamentalists hate the west because “we are Christians and fair. Our women are free. We tolerate gays. We are the Great Satan. The left thinks exactly the same way. “Lot of well meaning conservatives say all Muslims are not terrorists. That is true. “There were ‘good’ and ‘bad’ Germans, but good ones made no difference and could not prevent the holocaust,” Horowitz said. “As long as Islam is not reformed, nothing good will happen,” Horowitz said. Islamophobia is the name given to the modern-day thought crime. The term Islamophobia is to suggest that any fear associated with Islam is irrational. If the fear of Islam stemmed from the 9/11 attacks, then the term Islamaphobe suggests that the fear is bigotry and that itself should be feared. Fearing the charge of Islamaphobe, one should not give up the spirit of critical inquiry of Islam, Horowitz argued. Islamaphobe is a concept that confuses criticism of Islam as a religion with the stigma attached to those who believe Islam. The very term Islamaphobe has roots in leftist political jargon as in “homophobe,” Horowitz said. “The Left is behind the movement to outlaw Islama-

phobe and in this effort, the left smears its opponents as “racists.” “Islamaphobe is the latest weapon used by the left to stigmatize and silence its critics,” Horowitz said. Growing up, Horowitz was immersed in Communism because of his parent’s deep devotion to the ideology. It was only after becoming an adult that he began to take a look at the ideological spell that kept him on the side of being a radical leftist. He spoke about Israel and the Jewish state and that even though the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, called for the annihilation of the Jews, there isn’t much support for Israel. In 1988, Horowitz created the Center for the Study of Popular Culture (CSPC) — renamed by its board of directors the David Horowitz Freedom Center (DHFC) in July 2006 — to institutionalize his campaigns against the Left and its anti-Americanism. The DHFC’s mission is to defend the principles of individual freedom, the rule of law, private property, and limited government. It further seeks to defend free societies in the war against their enemies, and to reestablish academic freedom in American schools. For more information about the David Horowitz Freedom Center visit http:// www.horowitzfreedomcenter. org/

Memorial Hermann Medical Group Sugar Land welcomes Family Medicine / Sports Medicine Specialist Board-certified family medicine/sports medicine physician Rehal Bhojani, M.D., has joined Memorial Hermann Medical Group on the Campus of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. A graduate of The University of Texas at Dallas, Dr. Bhojani earned his medical degree with distinction in research from The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and completed his family medicine internship and residency at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Houston, where he also served as chief resident. Dr. Bhojani completed fel-

Bhojani lowship training in primary care sports medicine at Henry Ford Hospital System in De-

Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land brings “Pictures of Hope” Giving back to the community has been a priority for Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land from the day it opened just a few short years ago. For Don Kerstetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet, the chance to make a difference in Fort Bend County is especially gratifying. “As a car dealer, you have a real opportunity and, in my opinion a moral duty, to give back.” This October, Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land sponsors the Pictures of Hope project, a nationally recognized photography-mentoring program for the Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB). The program is led by award winning photojournalist and author, Linda Solomon. Nationally recognized for her work, Solomon has divided her career between capturing the most famous personalities of our time and teaching others to express themselves through photography. She has founded several educational programs including the “Pictures of Hope” program. On Oct. 11th at 4 p.m., the Pictures of Hope event will be held at the CAFB headquarters. Solomon will donate her time and Classic Chevrolet will donate cameras for the children to express themselves through the lens of a camera. “It’s incredibly important for these neglected and abused children to be given freedom of expression,” says Kerstetter. “I think we all have an invaluable opportunity to learn from them just exactly what they see and feel.” Each child will have photographs chosen and these will then be sold all over Fort Bend county as cards to raise money for the Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Kerstetter said, “When Chevrolet asked if I was interested in sponsoring Pictures of Hope, a mentoring program greatly admired by Mark Reuss, GM President North America, I knew exactly who to call. The first charitable organization that I supported upon moving to Fort Bend was CAFB and we happily provide yearly assistance to this incredible organization. The stories of these children’s ordeals moved me greatly, as I am a parent and cannot imagine standing by and doing nothing. I am also honored that Linda Solomon will be providing these children with the tools, training and inspiration that will allow them to see the world through photography.” Visit LindaSolomonPhotography.com or look for them at your local Fort Bend retailers including Classic Chevrolet of Sugar Land.

troit, MI. Dr. Bhojani serves as Medical Director for the Sports Medicine Outreach Program at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, team physician for the Fort Bend Christian Academy and Logos Preparatory Academy, and the head team physician for the Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team. Dr. Bhojani joins two family medicine physicians and one sleep medicine physician as part of Memorial Hermann Medical Group Sugar Land. “We are proud to include Dr. Bhojani among the physicians in our group,” said Jim

Brown, chief executive officer at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “Adding a fellowship trained sports medicine / family medicine doctor complements the already strong base of physicians in Memorial Hermann Medical Group, allowing us to broaden the continuum of services we offer the community and our local athletes, both school-aged and professional level.” Dr. Bhojani is seeing patients in Medical Plaza I at 17510 West Grand Parkway South, Suite 510, Sugar Land, TX 77479. He can be reached at 281-725-5855.

A caregiver is someone who has taken on the very selfless role of caring for a loved one. Many times the caregiver has the great responsibility of making sure their loved one’s basic needs are met which requires work and dedication. By taking care of his or her own needs, the caregiver will be able to better care for those who depend on them. Powerful Tools for Caregivers® is an education program to help family and friends caring for older adults with long-term health conditions. Powerful Tools helps caregivers develop skills and confidence to better care for themselves while caring for others. The seminar consists of six classes, each of which focuses on different tools that caregivers can use to become caregivers for themselves as well as for their loved one. Class participants report they are better at caring for themselves; have fewer feelings of anger, guilt and depression; have increased confidence and ability to cope with the demands of care giving; and take greater advantage of community services. This six-week course begins Monday, Oct. 10 and runs through Monday, Nov. 14. Classes are held for 2 hours every Monday from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. in the Sweetwater Pavilion Chapel at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. To register, call the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Spiritual Care department at 281-274-7164 or email SNBowman@tmhs.org. Seating is Limited.

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Opinion The View from Sugar Land Perry implodes By RUSSELL JONES Perry’s latest debate performance was, to put it mildly, disappointing. The day after releasing the hardest-hitting anti-Obama ad of the year, dubbed “President Zero,” Perry should have been building on his frontrunner status. Instead, he let his best opportunity to prove the Republican establishment wrong slip out of his hands like a high school receiver dropping a pass. The ad can be seen on Youtube, where it has garnered acclaim as being of “Hollywood caliber.” Beginning with scenes of empty streets in a dying city out of a postapocalyptic movie, Obama’s voice is overlaid bragging about the success of his economic program. A disappointed job seeker calls out “zero new jobs in August” as the scenes interlace between discouraged workers and Obama’s promise that he is just getting started. Later Perry is seen as the new voice of change, declaring that “America is the last, best hope for mankind.” It is powerful stuff! After that build-up, Perry slid quickly downhill. He seemed to forget his frontrunner status and instead acted like a bully trying to get attention. Opening his first opportunity to speak with a swipe at Romney, he did it again and again. Stiff and ill at ease, Perry would not quit, and took every opportunity to violate the Republican eleventh commandment. Several times Perry seemed unprepared, or, maybe, he just forgot his pat answers to some critical questions, particularly those involving foreign af-

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Jones fairs. At other times, when his positions were inconsistent with large swaths of Republican sentiment, he seemed defensive, or perhaps, just annoyed that he was being challenged on some of his more moderate positions. In short, Perry did not come across in the debate as presidential. Later it was learned that Perry’s most engrossing answer of the evening, an explanation that he had been lobbied on the HPV vaccine issue by a woman with cancer, was not true. His meeting with her, said during the debate to have come before he made his decision on requiring the vaccine for school girls, actually occurred after the governor’s imposition of the policy. It is likely that Perry will soon fall from the top of the opinion polls. He even fell short in the Florida straw poll, where he was expected to prevail, with Cain coming out as the surprising winner. Romney is likely to return to the top of the heap in the race for the nomination. By the weekend, Perry’s weak performance was be-

Sugar Land has closer connections to Saudi Arabia than many realize. Fluor has been a contractor for the desert kingdom for decades, and many engineers and others have had personal experience there. It comes as a surprise to many of us that King Abdullah has announced that women will soon have the right to vote and to hold some public offices there. Pardon my skepticism, but let’s wait and see. Women’s right to vote begins only after municipal elections later this week. This week’s vote is only the second such election “in recent memory,” and no one is sure when the next opportunity to vote will occur. Women will also be allowed to hold positions in the Shura Council, an advisory group appointed by the royal family. But, the king added, that will only start with the “next term.” He made the announcement at the opening of the current term of the Council. It is also not clear when the next term will begin. The king failed to mention any elimination of the ban on women driving or traveling unaccompanied by a male relative, the two restrictions most aggravating to Western women living in the kingdom. Jones served as a member of the Sugar Land City Council from 2003 through June, 2011. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Musings: Chillin’ By JANICE SCANLAN Now that temperatures in the low 90’s seem cool, we keep flirting with cooler weather and rain . . . but both are quite a tease. I was telling a friend about 112 temperatures in Oklahoma in June, and she asked what’s the heat index on that? Well gang, they don’t do heat indexes up there. Part of it is because of low humidity, but 112 doesn’t need someone to hype it up further. Particularly when the wind is blowing 40 mph. We have a wind chill index. I guess a wind blast furnace index could be a new one for bored weather people. Last week’s column on the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells has received a lot of comments. If you missed it, the column was about a 14 story, 455 room, two ballrooms, spa hotel in the middle of nowhere. Not something you expect to see at any rate. Let’s just say I drove around the block, several times. David Hamner said the Kiwanis had their –Circle K, I think, convention at the Baker in 1959. He noted you couldn’t even get a bus to Mineral Wells. Gee, I can’t understand why the convention business might be difficult for such a place, but it shows you the role infrastructure plays in development

Scanlan of any kind. One reader was disappointed they were not giving tours, and that it would be a great day trip with friends from Dallas. Honestly, the outside all by itself is quite a spectacle that likely helps keep the Crazy Water Festival in business , which you still have time to catch on October 7 – 8. It’s the 32nd year for the outdoor event. I don’t know whether they feature crazy water or not; or if lithium is still in the Mineral Wells spring water, but drinking lithium-laced water could certainly induce a positive attitude. The comments about the first Hilton “hotel” down I-20 in Cisco, Texas, got me researching. Are these big hotels in the middle of nowhere common in Texas? And Conrad Hilton was certainly known for his skyscraper hotels, having built his first in Dallas in 1925—it being a 14 story, just like the Baker.

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Was there another skyscraper just 70 miles down I-20 and still 45 miles east of Abilene? Had I missed the mark on really middle-of-nowhere skyscrapers in Texas? Conrad Hilton did indeed buy his first “hotel”, which was the Mobley, in Cisco to take advantage of the oil boom. It was 40 guest rooms. The Mobley no longer welcomes guests, as it did for three 8 hour shifts in 1919 for oil workers; but is now the site of the Cisco Chamber of Commerce, Community Center, and a small museum dedicated to Hilton. You’ll find it as “First Hilton Hotel” in the RoadsideAmerica. com. This website features offbeat places to see such as an arrow dedicated to Quanah Parker—picture and all. There were no pictures of the Mobley in RoadsideAmerica write up or on Cisco’s website, so I doubt it’s an edifice that causes you to drive around the block, several times. But it’s another place to stop if you’re out chillin’ in the middle of nowhere and need to stretch your legs. Visit http://traction.typepad. com/musings or write janicescanlan@clear.net.

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Truth Watch: by Toaster oven Recently, Craig Brady, candidate for Fort Bend County Sheriff in the upcoming Republican party primary, installed huge billboards and one of them is in Sugar Land on U.S. 90A between Gillingham Lane and Eldridge. See the picture on the front page on top. The picture below that shows another sign that the Texas Department of Transportation said was illegal. What makes one sign legal and the other illegal as they both were on the side of a major state highway. Does the size or appearance make any difference? No. Does it make any difference that the legal sign is on the state right of way, but is paid for, while the other one is on a private, commercial property? It should not make a difference and both should be deemed legal. But, TxDOT does not think so. If beautification is an issue, then any bandit sign that mars the beauty of a highway should be taken down. But, TxDOT only picked Brady’s “political” signs as offensive and asked him to remove them. His attorney cited court rulings and other laws to

To add some humor to the local print medium, this newspaper re-introduces “Toaster oven,” who published a few years ago. Remarks in this column carry malice towards none. show that an outdoor sign on a commercial property, is legal and the law does not define the content of the messages on the advertisement. Specifically, the law does not prohibit political message on a sign placed in a private commercial property. Then TxDOT referred the matter to the Texas AttorneyGeneral. The AG’s office was reluctant to make a ruling. Instead Brady was offered a settlement. If he removed the signs, the penalty would be waived and there would be no litigation. In effect, the AG wanted Brady to file a lawsuit and get a court ruling. Brady was not prepared to spend thousands of dollars now to litigate the

sign issue. So, he took the signs down, with the idea of getting back to the court at a later date. TxDOT and other critics of Brady quote the well known Texas Administrative Code which restricts display of political signs to 90 days prior to the election. If one accepts that this rule is applicable in all circumstances, how can the large billboard, carrying Brady’s political message be legal? The law does not say if the sign is paid for or licensed or big, it can carry a political message. Political signs ahead of the 90 day window are just illegal is the argument of TxDOT and Brady’s adversaries. If so, they should now challenge TxDOT and ask them to remove Brady’s huge billboards. Can they? Will they? Anyway, this is a free speech issue, which requires a clear ruling from the court. Hopefully, Brady will be able to establish it. Brady also believes that TxDOT has not taken down hundreds of illegal signs on the state right of way in Fort Bend County, but only asked him to remove his campaign sign. He believes it was discriminatory.

Ted Poe wants to cut aid to Pakistan “I don’t understand why we pay them (Pakistan) to hate us. They will do it for free,” says U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R) from Houston, who has introduced H.R. 1699 to cut aid to Pakistan until Pakistan convinces the U.S. that it did not knowingly harbor Osama Bin Laden. Poe was a speaker at a luncheon and fund-raiser hosted by the National Indian American Coalition at India House in Houston on Sept. 18. Poe said Pakistan should convince the U.S. that it really did not know where Osama Bin Laden was and Pakistan has not done that. Pakistan gets $2 billion foreign aid and another $2 billion in military aid every year. Nothing should go to Pakistan “until we find out whose side Pakistan is,” Poe said. “Pakistan is a disloyal ally to the U.S. They play more than one side,” he said. Poe is on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the terrorism subcomittee. He has visited Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq and will be visiting India next week. Poe told the audience that members of Congress usually do not discuss Indo-U.S. relations basically due to their ignorance. Responding to a question if the U.S. had a bad relationship with India, Poe said, “I don’t think U.S. has a bad relationship with India because it has no relationship.” Poe called for an efficient immigration system to encourage lawful immigration.

Poe He urged the community to contact the respective congressmen to help expedite lawful immigration. He urged the Indian American community to get involved in America. Shalli Kumar, Chicagobased industrialist, and one of the founders of the National Indian American Coalition, (www.niac.co), said the luncheon was to support Congressman Poe for introducing HR1699 (“Pakistan Foreign Aid Accountability Act”) on freezing foreign aid to Pakistan until Pakistan truly cooperates in fighting terrorism. NIAC supports legislation to cut off all aid to Pakistan unless and until it turns over Al-Zawahiri and Mulla Omar to the US authorities, stop aiding the Haqqani network and others fighting US forces in Afghanistan. In the alternative, Congress should pass Ted Poe’s bill titled “Pakistan Foreign Aid Accountability Act” with an amendment re-

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quiring Congress to certify Pakistan’s compliance. The Indian American community should gain clout in Washington and garner enough support for the legislation, Kumar said. He pointed out the recent support from Illinois Senator, Mark Kirk, who said should Pakistan refuse to change its ways, then the U.S. should tilt towards India. A tilt towards India would help U.S. introducing its troops in Afghanistan, Kirk said. Until six months ago, Kirk was neutral and now he is on the side of India. “ We were able to convince him to study the issue,” Kumar said. The Pakistan lobby has been working hard to defeat HR1699. The Indian American community should wake up and be heard so that the bill gets the required 218 votes in Congress, Kumar said. In the early 80’s, inspired by Ronald Reagan, Jack Kemp and Donald Totten of Illinois, a group of Indian American volunteers in Chicago, joined together to form a group dedicated to support all who championed causes dear to the Indian community in the US. NIAC re-emerged in 2010 in support of the candidacy of Nikki Haley, a second generation Indian American, for the Governorship of South Carolina. This group is now going national with the support of many prominent Indian Americans throughout the country. —Seshadri Kumar in India Herald.


SEPTEMBER 28, 2011 • INDEPENDENT • Page 5

Legal Notices City of Missouri City ORDINANCE NO. O-11-32 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 18, BUSINESSES, OF THE MISSOURI CITY CODE; AMENDING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS RELATED TO FOOD SERVICE REGULATIONS; PROVIDING A PENALTY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY. I, Maria Gonzalez, City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the caption of said Ordinance No. O-1132 approved on second and final reading by the City Council at its regular meeting held on September 19, 2011, as the same appears in the records of my office. /s/ Maria Gonzalez City Secretary

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE STATE OF TEXAS § COUNTY OF FORT BEND § By virtue of an Order of Sale dated JULY 11 2011, delivered pursuant to a Judgment issued out of the 434th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, said judgment rendered in favor of BRIGHTWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION., plaintiff, and against DAVID WINFREY AND CONCEPT WINFREY, defendant, in Cause No. 10-DCV-182682, for the sum of SEVEN-THOUSAND- FOUR- HUNDREDSIXTEEN- DOLLARS AND 25/100’s ($7416.25), plus fees for posting notices, publishing, and all costs of executing sale. I did on the 1ST day of AUG, 2011, at 2:00 PM, levy upon the following described tract of land in Fort Bend County, Texas, as the property of DAVID WINFREY AND CONCEPT WINFREY, defendant(s), towit: LOT 5, BLOCK TWO (2), FINAL PLAT OF BRIGHT WATER POINT ESTATES, , A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1355/B AND,1355/A, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS and on Oct 4, 2011 being the first Tuesday of said month, between the hours of 10:00 o’clock a.m. and 4:00 o’clock p.m., at the north entrance of the Fort Bend County Courthouse, in Fort Bend County, Texas, I will offer for sale and sell at public auction for cash, all the right, title and interest of DAVID WINFREY AND CONCEPT WINFREY., defendant, in and to said property. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE RICHMOND, TX. 77469 DATE: Oct 4, 2011 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 AM BY: BY: SERGEANT M. KUTACH TERMS: CASH AT SALE TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 434TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 15th day of August, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. ESCOTO D, THOMAS, DBA AGAPE MOVERS, in Cause # 09-DCV-171027 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of October, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 8503010050350901 LOT 35, BLOCK 5, FINAL PLAT OF VILLAGES OF TOWN CENTER, SECTION 1, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO(S) 901/A AND 901/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS,Levied on the 26th day of August, 2011 as the property of ESCOTO D. THOMAS to satisfy a judgment amounting to $11,592.03 representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT # 21 FORT BEND COUNTY; CITY OF SUGAR LAND. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 26th day August, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J. M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 22nd day of August, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. JULIAN PENA ALVAREZ in Cause # 09-DCV-176042 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of October, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 4600001144240907 LOTS 4 AND 5 IN THE SOUTH 112 OF BLOCK 114 OF MAGNOLIA PLACE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 2, PAGE 6 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; BEING THE SAME PROPERTY IDENTIFIED ON THE PLAINTIFF’S TAX ROLLS AS ACCOUNT NO. 4600001144240907. Levied on the 29th day of August, 2011 as the property of JULIAN PENA ALVAREZ to satisfy a judgment amounting to $9,820.31 representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 29th day August, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J. M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable

City of Missouri City ORDINANCE NO. O-11-34 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 74, PARKS AND RECREATION, OF THE MISSOURI CITY CODE; AMENDING THE RULES AND REGULATIONS PERTAINING TO PERMITS FOR CERTAIN ACTIVITIES IN PUBLIC PARKS; PROVIDING A PENALTY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY. I, Maria Gonzalez, City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the caption of said Ordinance No. O-1134 approved on second and final reading by the City Council at its regular meeting held on September 19, 2011, as the same appears in the records of my office. /s/ Maria Gonzalez City Secretary

NOTICE TO PROPOSERS

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Sealed submittals (1) one original and (5) five copies, addressed to the City Secretary Office of the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011 for: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2011-30 UTILITY WATER MASTER PLANNING Submissions shall be appropriately marked in the upper left hand corner as follows: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2011-30 UTILITY WATER MASTER PLANNING Signed and sealed submittals shall be delivered to the City Secretary’s Office, on or before 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All submissions received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the date for the opening of submittals. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of submittals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective submitters and may or may not affect the submission opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all submissions and to waive informalities in submittals received. The award will be made based on a panel evaluation of submittals received. RFQ documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Blvd N, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com . Registration is free. All documents, amendments and other information relating to the submittal will be posted at this site. For questions regarding this request for qualification, please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator, at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or via email at jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and I or Order of Sale issued on the 03rd day of August, 2011 by the 400th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 08-DCV-166340 in favor of the Plaintiff -MISSION BEND SOUTH CIVIC IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of$7,251.64 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and I or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 05TH day of AUGUST, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) -JOSEPH A WILLIAMS AIKIA JOSEPH A WILLIAMS III had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 04TH day of OCTOBER, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; VIZ: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 12, IN BLOCK 3, OF MISSION BEND SOUTH, SECTION 2, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 21, PAGE 29, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 7207 SAN PABLO DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77083. Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. ADJUDGED MARKET VALUE: $72,780.00 Terms: Cash ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J.M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable

Four (4) sealed proposals, one (1) original and three (3) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011, for: INTERNET SERVICES Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: RFP NO. 2011-27 INTERNET SERVICES BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE. Respondent shall sign and date the proposal. Proposals that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Signed and sealed proposals shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, October 13, 2011, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All proposals received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within ninety (90) days following the date for the opening of bids. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of proposals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all proposal and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder based on the evaluation criteria provided in the RFP. Proposal documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site. For questions regarding this request for proposal, please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email at jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov . Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

CITY OF MISSOURI CITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 240TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 23rd day of August, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. SHEILA A. RANSOM in Cause # 09-DCV-176809 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of October, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1:GEO:8100040070260907/810 0040070260 LOT TWENTY-SIX (26), IN BLOCK (1). OF TOWNE WEST SECTION FOUR(4) AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNT, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE NAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 22, PAGE 54, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 30th day of August, 2011 as the property of SHEILA A. RANSOM to satisfy a judgment amounting to $9,332.24 representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT # 2, FORT BEND COUNTY/ FORT BEND COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICE DISTRICT #5. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 30th day August, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J. M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on JULY 22, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10DCV-178297 in favor of the plaintiff - LAKESHORE HARBOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $11,106.12++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 12TH, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - JOHNNY SHUFFORD AND JANICE SHUFFORD had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 14, BLOCK 04, OF LAKESHORE HARBOUR, SECTION ONE, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, UNDER SLIDE NO. 2573A AND 2573B, AS MODIFIED BY ANY AMENDMENTS, REPLATS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO. 3010 PELICAN COVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 3RD 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-175148 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $8,594.12++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 04, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -SHEILA D. SAMUEL had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 4, BLOCK 01, WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 2, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2459/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 3, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV175158 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $4,943.37++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 04, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -DARRICK L. KELLY had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT THIRTY (30), BLOCK ONE (01), OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION SIX, (6), AMENDING PLAT NO. 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT NO. 20060249 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 4, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-172619 in favor of the plaintiffQUAIL GREEN WEST HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $5,208.61++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 19, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -STEVE ORUERIO had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 9, IN BLOCK 10 OF QUAIL GREEN WEST, SECTION ONE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS THEREOF FILED IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, RECORDED IN VOL. 22, PAGE 56 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS(HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS “THE PROPERTY.”

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 3, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV174657 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $9,548.64++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same.

TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.

TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.

Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on JULY 12, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10DCV-179938 in favor of the plaintiff- THE VICKSBURG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $6,986.15++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 19, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -MARK PORTER & ANNA PORTER had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 23, BLOCK 02, OF REPLAT OF VICKSBURG, THE VILLAGE OF SHILOH, SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NOS. 843/B AND 844/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on July 5th 2011 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #08-DCV168318 in favor of the plaintiff- QUAIL GREEN WEST Homeowners Association, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $2,756.25++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 23rd, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -OLUFEMI MOLIKI FASASI had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 44, BLOCK 01, OF FINAL PLAT OF QUAIL GREEN WEST, SECTION 2, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR THE PLATS THEREOF RECORDED IN THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, UNDER SLIDE NOS. 858/B AND 856/A, AND RECORDED IN THE MAP RECORDS OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 1902 GROVE COURT DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489.(HEREINAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE “PROPERTY”)

Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

I have levied on August 04, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -SHARMANE K. STEWART had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT THREE IN BLOCK FOUR OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION SIX, (6), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED UNDER PLAT FILE NO. 20050039 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS FIRST COLONY AND AUSTIN PARKWAY WATER PLANTS MOTOR CONTROL CENTER UPGRADES 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:

First Colony and Austin Parkway Water Plants Motor Control Center Upgrades WA1005 Sugar Land, TX

Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained at the following offices and location with payment of cost for reproduction. A&E Graphic Complex Digital Vault (713) 579-1234 www.aecomplex.com vault@aecomplex.com

LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB #47-12

Construction of Oyster Creek Trail Phase II

Scope: The City of Missouri City intends to award to one contractor a contract for the construction of Oyster Creek Trail Phase II. This project is located along Oyster Creek between Dulles Avenue and Cartwright Road. The project includes a concrete trail system, concrete sidewalk, excavation and fill. The successful contractor shall provide all labor, materials and transportation necessary to perform under this contract per specifications. All construction shall be in conformance with project plans, specifications, City of Missouri City standards, ordinances and comply with Americans with disabilities act requirements. Bid shall include any delivery, fuel surcharge or other miscellaneous charges. The bid shall be lump sum and include the days to completion. Bids will be accepted until 2 PM local time October 10, 2011 and then opened.

Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, October 13, 2011, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 11:00 a.m., Thursday, October 6 2011, City of Sugar Land Public Works, 111 Gillingham Lane, Sugar Land, TX 77478. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

A non-mandatory pre bid meeting will be held at 11 AM, Thursday, September 29, 2011 in the Missouri City Municipal Courtroom at 3845 Cartwright Road, in Missouri City. The bid packages may be obtained beginning September 22nd from Missouri City Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8626. There is no charge for the bid package. 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

TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.


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Seminar on Medicare Author of “Medicare and Health Insurance Survival Guide: What You Don’t Know Will Hurt You,” invites the public to join her Tuesday, October 4 at either 10 a.m. or 6:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Baptist Church LYF Center at 13444 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478. RSVP by calling 832/800-4674 as space is limited. “Medicare is very important to the Senior population and since Medicare’s open enrollment is starting a month earlier this year, many on Medicare are not prepared or know what their choices are,” says Toni King advocate for those on Medicare. Medicare’s open enrollment will be Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 8, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV175147 in favor of the plaintiff - WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,026.83++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 3, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - ROBERT B. WATSON & CRYSTAL RICARD had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT SIXTEEN, (16) IN BLOCK 01 OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 6, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED UNDER PLAT FILE NO. 20050039 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS.

Aggie moms feature Benjamin Knox Fort Bend Aggie Mom’s Club is thrilled to have artist Benjamin Knox as our guest speaker for the Monday, October 10 meeting at the Sugar Land Community Center, 226 Matlage Way. Knox is a native Texan and a member of the Aggie class of 1993. He is well known for his distinct style which reflects his passion for design and detail. He opened his own gallery in 1993 in College Station where he currently resides. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. with refreshments and social time followed by the program. CITATION BY PUBLICATION STATE OF TEXAS TO: RICK LYNNE COOPER 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 ROBICHEAUX, LINDA SUE; ROBICHEAUX, MARK, Petitioner, was filed in the 328TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County, Texas on the April 29, 2011 against RICK LYNNE COOPER, Respondent(s), numbered 11-DCV-189537, and entitled In the Interest of Paul Spencer Taylor Reese Cooper, a Child. The suit request TERMINATION AND ADOPTION OF A STEPCHILD 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: June 3, 1997 HOUSTON, HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS 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 September, 2011. ATTORNEY FOR PETITIONER OR RESPONDENT: MARSHA REED LAW OFFICE OF MARSHA REED 3303 LOUISIANA STE 140 HOUSTON TX 77006 713-869-3295

Are milk and honey good for health? All women in the Houston-Fort Bend area are invited to a luncheon on Friday, Oct. 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd.,Sugar Land. Dr. Ulises Baltazar’s presentation “Are milk and honey good for the heart?” will help understand how the treatment of some common health conditions can make life more enjoyable. Dr. Baltazar is a vascular surgeon who practices in Sugar Land. It is hosted NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and I or Order of Sale issued on the 09TH day of AUGUST, 2011 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09DCV171429 in favor of the Plaintiff SEVEN MEADOWS COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,097.56 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 12th day of August, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) IVORY KELLEY AND VEQUIETA KELLEY had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 04th day of OCTOBER, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWO (2), IN BLOCK FIVE (5) OF SEVEN MEADOWS, SECTION 6, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT OF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2316/A OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 7031 MORNING SKY, KATY, TEXAS 77494. Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final.

DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS By Deputy District Clerk Jamie Perez 281-633-7609

ADJUDGED MARKET VALUE: $287,590.00 Terms: Cash Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J.M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable

*** Exhibit A: METES AND BOUNDS JAMES ALSTON SURVEY, A-101 HARRIS COUNTY & FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS A FIELD NOTE DESCRIPTION of a tract of land located in Harris County and Fort Bend County, Texas, situated in the James Alston Survey, Abstract No. 101, being the land recorded under Clerk’s File No. 9650556 of the Fort Bend County Real Records, being known as 11776 Kirkwood Road out of building No.13 of Park Meadow Townhouses (unrecorded) , said tract being more and particularly described by metes and bounds as follows: COMMENCING at the intersection of the westerly right-of-way line of South Kirkwood Road (100-foot R.O.W,) and the northeast right-of-way line of that certain 110 feet wide drainage easement as recorded on the Plat of The Meadows, Section 2 as recorded in Volume 7, page 7 of the said Fort Bend County Map Records; THENCE, call North 08° 18’ 10” West, along said westerly line, a call distance of 312.24 feet to a point; THENCE, South 81° 41’ 50” West, a call distance of 31.92 feet to a building corner found for the POINT OF BEGINNlNG of the herein described tract of land; THENCE, south 81° 41’ 50” West, along the southerly line of Building no. 13 in part with a brick wall and a wood fence, a distance of 83.08 feet to an “X” set for corner; THENCE , North 08° 18’ 10” West along the westerly line of said Building No. 13 a distance of 30.46 feet to an “X” set for corner; THENCE, North 81° 41’ 50” East, along the South line of that certain tract recorded under Clerk’s File No. R-145045 of the said property records in part with an existing party wall and a wood fence, a distance of 83.08 feet to an “X” set for a corner; THENCE, South 08° 18’ 10” East along the easterly line of said Building No 13, a distance of 30.46 feet to the POINT OF BEGINNING and containing 0.058 acres of land more of less·

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 4TH day of AUGUST, 2011 by the 434TH DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 1O-DCV-184043 in favor of the Plaintiff -PARK AT MISSION GLEN HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,821.27 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 19TH day of AUGUST, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) -ROSA DE SANCHEZ had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 4TH day of OCTOBER, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 43, BLOCK 2, OF PARK AT MISSION GLEN, SECTION 3, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NOS. 2397 A AND 2397B OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $126,480.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J.M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on JULY 14, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-179815 in favor of the plaintiffQUAIL GREEN WEST HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $5,595.25++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 04, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -LISA G. WELLS had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz:

TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 2, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-172632 in favor of the plaintiffQUAIL GREEN WEST HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $4,667.46++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 19, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -BERTRAM D. TURNER had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT SIXTEEN (16), IN BLOCK THREE (3) OF QUAIL GREEN , SECTION ONE, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 24, PAGE 12 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, (THE PROPERTY)ALSO KNOWN AS 1539 LAZY SPRING DR., MISSOURI CITY, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77489. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.

Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 2ND day of AUGUST, 2011 by the 240TH DISTRICT Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 10DCV-184304 in favor of the Plaintiff -PARK MEADOW TOWNHOUSE ASSOCIATION Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,401.80 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 11TH day of AUGUST, 2011, I, Constable Rob Cook of Precinct Three Fort Bend County, have levied on and have seized all rights, title, interest, and claim to which the said Defendant(s) -LARRY D. BALDING had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 4TH day of OCTOBER, 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours often o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the above defendant had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 117 SOUTH KIRKWOOD ROAD, STAFFORD, TEXAS 77477 AND BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED IN EXHIBIT “A” ATTACHED HERETO AND MADE APART HEREOF FOR ALL PURPOSES ***EXHIBIT “A” TO PROPERTY DESCRIPTION ATTACHED*** ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $2,860.00 Property is sold with all encumbrances and liens affixed thereto. All sales are final. Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check, or Money Order Sale to be held at or about 10:00 A.M. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J.M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 2, 2011 by the 400th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-183080 in favor of the plaintiffQUAIL GREEN WEST HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,565.82++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 29, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -FRANCISCO & MARCIA PEREZ had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 21, IN BLOCK 01 OF QUAIL GREEN WEST, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS FILED IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS UNDER SLIDE NOS. 586/B AND 587/A, REPLATTED UNDER SLIDE NOS. 1676/B AND 1789/B, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR ADDITIONAL REPLATS THEREOF., ALSO KNOWN AS 2019 GREENCREST DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489.

Legal Description: LOT 18, IN BLOCK 02 OF QUAIL GREEN WEST, SECTION ONE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 22, PAGE 56 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.

by the Sugar Land Christian Women’s Connection. Cost for luncheon is $18. Call 281980-9670 or e mail: sw-houcwc@juno.com.

Stafford Municipal School District will hold a public meeting at 6:30pm on October 10, 2011 in the Administration Building Board Room located at 1625 Staffordshire, Stafford, Texas. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district’s Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) rating. Public participation in this discussion is invited.

THE STATE OF TEXAS TO: JOHN 1 DOE A/K/A JEDI 88 A/K/A COLE JAGGIN A/K/A USER 901411, JOHN DOE 2 A/K/A HANS A/K/A USER 924275 AND JOHN DOE 3 A/K/A JAMES KILROY A/K/A USER 219222, DEFENDANTS, GREETINGS. YOU (AND EACH OF YOU) ARE HEREBY COMMANDED TO APPEAR before the Honorable County Court at Law 4 Judge of Fort Bend County, Texas, at the courthouse being located at the Fort Bend County Justice Center, 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle in the city of Richmond, Fort Bend County, texas by filing a written answer at or before 10 o’ clock a.m. of the Monday next after the expiration of 42 days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being the 17th day of October 2011, to Plaintiff ’s First Amended Petition filed in said Court, on the 18th day of August, 2011, in this Cause, numbered 11-CCV-045768 on the docket of said court and styled: Joel A Gordon Vs N A/K/A USER 901411, JOHN DOE 2 A/K/A HANS A/K/A USER 924275 AND JOHN DOE 3 A/K/A JAMES KILROY A/K/A USER 219222, allegations as shown in said First Amended Petition now on file in the Fort Bend County Clerk’s Office. The officer executing this writ shall promptly serve the same, according to requirements of law and the mandates thereof, and make due return as the law directs. ISSUED AND GIVEN UNDER MY HAND AND SEAL OF said Court at office, this the 29th day of August, 2011. DIANNE WILSON, COUNTY CLERK FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 301 JACKSON STREET, SUITE 101 RICHMOND, TX 77469-3108 By Chelsea McDonald, Deputy 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 the next Monday following the expiration of 20 days after you are served this citation and First Amended Petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The name and address of the Plaintiff ’s Attorney is: Joel A. Gordon Attorney At Law 6666 Harwin Suite 220 Houston, Texas 77036 281-943-5555 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 434TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 22nd day of August, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. ELEUTERIO CONTRERAS, ET AL in Cause # 09-DCV-174986 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of October, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 3450000110500907 LOT 5 IN BLOCK 11 OF GA TEW A Y ACRES, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 363, PAGE 117 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 29th day of August, 2011 as the property of ELEUTERIO CONTRERAS, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA to satisfy a judgment amounting to $2,081.01 representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day August, 2011 ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J. M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on JULY 22, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09DCV-175997 in favor of the plaintiff - LAKESHORE HARBOUR COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,061.22++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 8TH, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - PHILLIP WARE JR. had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT SIX, BLOCK FIVE OF LAKESHORE HARBOUR, SECTION TWO, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, UNDER SLIDE NO. 2425B AND DOCUMENT NO. 20050200, AS MODIFIED BY ANY AMENDMENTS, REPLATS OR SUPPLEMENTS THERETO. 2711 LAKE SHORE HARBOUR DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 for replat of Scheigert’s Estates, being a replat of River Forest Estates Section 1 and Replat No. 1, Precinct 1. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Sylvester Jaime, Attorney At Law at 281-597-9495 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 240TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 23rd day of August, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. GARY DONALD, SR Et AL, in Cause # 10-DCV-180558 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of October, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 6254020030700907 TRACT SEVEN (7); IN BLOCK THREE (3) OUT OF RESERVE “D” AND “G” IN RIDGEMONT, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION OF 130.7372 ACRES OF LAND OUT OF THE J. POITEV ANT SURVEY NO.3, ABSTRACT 305, THE E. FRlEDENHAUS SURVEY, ABSTRACT 513 AND THE MOSES MERRITT SURVEY, ABSTRACT 1747, IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 10, PAGE 11 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, SAID TRACT ALSO BEING OUT OF BLOCK THREE (3), ACCORDING TO THE DEED FROM U.S. HOME CORPORATION OF TEXAS TO THE RIDGEMONT P.U.D. HOMEOWNER’S ASSOCIATION, INC., AS RECORDED IN VOLUME 576, PAGE 93, DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 30th day of August, 2011 as the property of GARY DONALD, SR. GARY DONALD, JR. CITl MORTGAGE, INC. DBA CITl FINANCIAL MORTGAGE COMPANY, INC to satisfy a judgment amounting to 24,238.98 representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTCITY OF HOUSTON AND FORT BEND COUNTY AND ALL OTHER RELATED ENTITlES.ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 30th day August, 2011. ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J. M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE THE STATE OF TEXAS COUNTY OF FORT BEND By virtue of an Order of Sale issued out of the Honorable 400TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND County on the 23rd day of August, 2011 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. ELLECIA A. TAYLOR in Cause # 09-DCV-170630 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I will proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 4th day of October, 2011, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Official door of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 6250010043700907 LOT THIRTY-SEVEN (37) BLOCK FOUR (4) OF RIDGEMONT, SECTION ONE (1), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 6, PAGE 14, MAP RECORDS, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; AND BEING THE SAME PROPERTY DESCRIBED IN A WARRANTY DEED OF EVEN DATE HEREWITH, EXECUTED BY VIKING HOMES, INC. TO THE UNDERSIGNED, IN WHICH CONVEYANCE A VENDOR’S LIEN IS RETAINED TO SECURE PAYMENT OF THE WITHIN DESCRIBED NOTE. Levied on the 29th day of August, 2011 as the property of ELLECIA A. TAYLOR to satisfy a judgment amounting to $13,201.13, representing delinquent taxes, penalties, interest, and attorney’s fees through the date of judgment, plus all costs of court, costs of sale, and post judgment penalties and interest recoverable by law in favor of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; CITY OF HOUSTON. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day August, 2011 ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Sergeant J. M. HUTSON#1310 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 22, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-178998 in favor of the plaintiff CREEKMONT COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $3,127.09++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 29TH, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - JOE E. BARRERA had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT FOURTEEN, (14) IN BLOCK THREE (3) OF CREEKMONT SECTION ONE (1), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN THE PLAT NO. 20060058 OF OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, MORE COMMONLY DESCRIBED AS 4414 KIRK MANOR COURT, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 2, 2011 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV170910 in favor of the plaintiff - QUAIL GREEN WEST HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $5,595.25++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 29TH, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - PEDRO & ROSARIO CARTEZ had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 48, BLOCK 01 OF QUAIL GREEN WEST, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS FILED IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS,UNDER SLIDE NOS. 1676/B AND 1789/B AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR ADDITIONAL REPLATS THEREOF. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE STATE OF TEXAS

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COUNTY OF FORT BEND § By virtue of an Order of Sale dated AUG 2, 2011, delivered pursuant to a Judgment issued out of the 268th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, said judgment rendered in favor of BRIGHTWATER HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION., plaintiff, and against DUY NGUYEN, defendant, in Cause No. 10-DCV-179107, for the sum of THREE-THOUSAND-NINE-HUNDREDFORTY-THREE DOLLARS AND 68/100’s ($3943.68), plus fees for posting notices, publishing, and all costs of executing sale. I did on the 29TH day of AUG, 2011, at 11:00 AM, levy upon the following described tract of land in Fort Bend County, Texas, as the property of DUY NGUYEN , defendant(s), to-wit: LOT (42), BLOCK ONE (1), OF LAKESHORE PARK AT BRIGHTWATER, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NOS. 1441/B, AND 1442/A, PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. and on OCTOBER 4, 2011 being the first Tuesday of said month, between the hours of 10:00 o’clock a.m. and 4:00 o’clock p.m., at the north entrance of the Fort Bend County Courthouse, in Fort Bend County, Texas, I will offer for sale and sell at public auction for cash, all the right, title and interest of DUY NGUYEN, defendant, in and to said property. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE RICHMOND, TX. 77469 DATE: OCT 4, 2011 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 AM BY: BY: SERGEANT M. KUTACH TERMS: CASH AT SALE TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 8, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #07DCV-158795 in favor of the plaintiffQUAIL GREEN WEST HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,234.96++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 29, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -BRANNON NEALY had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 08, IN BLOCK 01 OF QUAIL GREEN WEST, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS FILED IN THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS UNDER SLIDE NOS. 586/B AND 587/A, REPLATTED UNDER SLIDE NOS. 1676/B AND 1789/B, AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR ADDITIONAL REPLATS THEREOF, ALSO KNWON AS 2030 GREENCREST DRIVE, MISOSURI CITY, TEXAS 77489. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 10, 2011 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-174826 in favor of the plaintiff QUAIL VALLEY FUND, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $5,267.02 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 29TH, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 4th day of October 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - LISA JACKSON had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT TWELVE, (12) THAT CERTAIN SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS THUNDERBIRD WEST IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AS RECORDED IN THE DEED OR OTHER RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, IN BOOK 10, PAGE 15, 3906 WEST CREEK CLUB DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY,TEXAS, 77459. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable


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Film Review: Puncture This is a uniquely Houston movie about a lawsuit filed by two local personal injury lawyers who are fighting the anti-trust aspects of the nondistribution of safe syringes. The opening scene is in 1995 when a hospital worker is “punctured” by a needle in a Houston hospital ER room; the female worker contracts AIDS. Flash forward to 1998 when our two hero lawyers find out about the policy of most US hospitals’ refusal to buy the new, safer needles that will prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths each year. One of the young, underfunded lawyers is Michael Weiss who leads the David v. Goliath charge against the huge medical supply corporation which thwarts the distribution of the much safer syringe. Weiss is fighting his own demons of sex, drugs, and delusion. This movie is based on a true story as originally told by Weiss’ partner Paul Danziger who faithfully fights this legal battle in spite of the small law firm’s limited resources. Danziger’s wife is pregnant and Weiss is a drug addict

Vinessa Shaw & Chris Evans who runs with prostitutes and street dealers. Life gets complicated. Chris “Captain America” Evans is exceptional as the drug addled Weiss and carried the movie as the central character. I loved Weiss the gallant,

hard-fighting lawyer willing to go to war for his client, but Directors Mark and Adam Kassen did not allow enough character development to win me over as a fan. All the other players were merely adequate second fiddlers as this is Chris Evan’s movie.

Speaking of some of the other actors, I saw this film at Landmark’s River Oaks and had not been there since I screened the Michael Biehn movie “The Victim.” As you might recall, Biehn introduced “The Victim” to the audience and then took questions after the showing. Biehn and his wife had small parts in “Puncture” as well. “The Victim” is a better movie. I had extremely high hopes for this movie because I wanted a movie about personal injury attorneys to be a smashing hit since we/they do the Lord’s Work. The disappointment was palpable; it was a clock-watcher. I was bored and frustrated almost from the beginning. There were only ten of us at the 11:15 a.m. showing on this beautiful Friday, so unless the wind blows in another direction and I missed something, this movie will be known as a nice little Houston movie that had a great story, but just couldn’t pull it together for main-stream entertainment. Rock ‘n Roll.

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in and recharged or refueled. This distinguishes the Volt from electric-only vehicles, which cannot be operated when recharging is not immediately available – such as during a power interruption or on a long-distance trip. When the battery energy is depleted, the Volt seamlessly transitions to extended-range mode. Power is inverted from a technically advanced, 1.4L 63-kW (84-hp) gasolinepowered onboard engine. The Volt can reach a top speed of 100 mph, the electric drive unit’s low speed torque is 273 lb.-ft. and takes the sedan from 0 to 60 mph in less than 9.0 seconds and the quarter mile in less than 17.0 seconds. Charging the Volt’s battery can be done through 120V conventional household electrical outlets, or through a dedicated 240V charging station. The vehicle is completely rechargeable in about four hours using a 240V outlet and 10 to 12 hours in a 120V outlet. Once the vehicle is plugged in, owners can schedule either immediate or delayed charges, even coordinating charging according to departure time or when electricity rates are lower. Owners also can manage and monitor the Volt remotely via computer on MyVolt.com; or with the Chevrolet Mobile App

Bluetooth and pause-and-play radio functions; XM Satellite Radio with XM traffic/weather; Bose audio system with six speakers and subwoofer, and five years of OnStar Directions and Connections service. There is more technology inside the Volt than its electric propulsion system. They include touch-control switch system on the center console and a high-resolution, seven-inch, full-color LCD reconfigurable driver information center display.

Sugar Land Town Square to turn pink The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land will recognize Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting the Plaza and fountain in Sugar Land Town Square pink Saturday, October 1 from 7-10 p.m. during the free Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra performance. “It is a pleasure for the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land to host this unique community event, an event that celebrates survivorship, reminds us of those who have lost their battle and encourages every woman to be properly screened for breast cancer,” says Janet Tu, M.D., assistant professor, general oncology at the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land. MD Anderson physicians and staff will be on hand during the event to pass out free educational materials and pink glow necklaces to spread the light of breast cancer awareness and hope. The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land, located on the campus of St. Luke’s Sugar Land Hospital, provides surgical oncology, medical oncology, hematology and radiation oncology services; outpatient chemotherapy; social work counseling; and on-site pharmacy, nutrition and laboratory services. To learn more visit www.MDAnderson.org/SugarLand.

Pass/Fail Does your plan for funding college make the grade? In the last decade, the cost of a college education has increased significantly — and it continues to rise at more than twice the rate of inflation. In fact, parents are projected to meet only 16 percent of the total cost of their children’s college education.* Investing in a 529 college savings plan can help you meet rising college costs and you may also reap significant tax benefits. With so many 529 plans available today, a Morgan Stanley Smith Barney Financial Advisor can help you choose the plan that’s right for you. Call today to learn more about 529 college savings plans, including how to incorporate them into your overall education planning strategy. Ramesh P. Shah First Vice President Financial Advisor 1600 Highway 6 South Suite 100 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-263-1612 ramesh.shah@mssb.com

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FBJSL Sugar Plum Market to feature big & exciting changes For truly savvy shoppers, Fort Bend Junior Service League’s (FBJSL) Sugar Plum Market, presented by Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, is the ultimate shop ‘til you drop extravaganza. This year’s “Walkin’ in a Winter Wonderland� themed event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Stafford Centre Performing Arts Theatre and Convention Center. Proceeds from the 2011 Sugar Plum Market will benefit local Fort Bend County charities. In lieu of fashion shows and luncheons, the market will add vendor spaces and increase the shopping opportunities for guests with more than 100 vendors.

The 2011 Sugar Plum Market will feature a wide variety of new and returning vendors from across Texas. One very popular vendor returning to the market this year is Latte Tots. Jamie Rohlich of Latte Tots remarked, “Sugar Plum Market is my favorite market I do because everybody comes with their girlfriends ready to shop and have a fantastic time. The whole ambiance is fun and you forget you are there to work!� With the expanded vendor space, opportunities for additional vendors are still available. Preview Night will be back for a second year with extended hours held on Nov. 3 for all the early shoppers wanting to get a head start and have a night out with the girls. This year a special VIP hour from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. will be pro-

vided to all sponsors of the Market. For a $60 ticket, preview night shoppers get an exclusive night of shopping while tasting delicious samples from area restaurants. In addition, they will receive two drink tickets. The Preview Night Ticket is also good for readmission to the Market on Friday and Saturday, for even more shopping. Individuals and businesses wishing to be featured in front of over 6,000 anticipated patrons may sponsor the Market as well as place advertisements in the program received by all attendees. General Admission tickets will be $10 each. For additional information visit www.sugarplummarket.com, call 281-636-6272, or e-mail info@fbjsl.com.

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FBSO opens 20th season of surprises

Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra members capture the mood of their 20th season opener, In An English Garden, set for Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre. From left, Diana Quam, violin; Rufus Chaney, French horn; Joe Mack, bass; and Marilyn Conger, clarinet and a founding member of FBSO. (Photo by Coleman Locke) A doctoral graduate of the traordinarily talented junior As the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra opens its 20th Eastman School of Music and and senior division winners of anniversary Season of Sur- an associate of the Canadian the Houston Music Teachers prises on October 16, look for Music Centre, he has written Association/Houston Young audience giveaways and the more than 700 works in his Artist Concert Concerto Competition. world premiere of “Fanfare: lifetime. FBSO will perform some In An English Garden feaTexas Surprise.� The season opener, aptly tures orchestral marches like of the selections from this, titled In An English Garden, William Walton’s “Crown Im- and other season concerts, during its annual free concert begins at 2 p.m. at the Staf- perial.� Commonly performed at at Sugar Land Town Square ford Centre and features selections by British compos- numerous British coronations, on Saturday, Oct. 1 beginning ers like Edwin Elgar, William millions worldwide heard it at 7 p.m. Season ticket packages for during the recent wedding reWalton and The Beatles. FBSO and its music direc- cessional of Prince William FBSO’s four-concert anniversary season are still available. tor, Dr. Hector Aguero, com- and Kate Middleton. Also on the program is Individual adult tickets for In missioned Canadian composer Monte Keene Pishny-Floyd Elgar’s “Pomp and Circum- An English Garden are availto write the fanfare in celebra- stance March No. 1,� a por- able for $10 and $15. Children tion of the orchestra’s 20th an- tion of which includes the 12 and under are free when niversary season and Pishny- well-known music played at accompanied by an adult, but American high school and need a reserved ticket. Floyd’s 70th birthday. Discounts are available for Pishny-Floyd has served college graduations. FBSO will also perform seniors, students and milias FBSO’s composer-in-resiRalph Vaughan-Williams’ tary, as well as groups of 10 dence since 2006. The prolific composer has “English Folk Song Suite� or more. Tickets may be ordered at had his works performed in and a medley of 14 popular the United States, Canada, songs by The Beatles entitled www.fbso.org or by calling 281-276-9642. Europe, South America and “All You Need is Love.� Also performing are the exIsrael and on CBS.

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