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VOL. 6 No. 41

FORT BEND news FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE. news WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2013

P. O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623

Official newspaper of Fort Bend County, Missouri City & Sugar Land

Nature photography

Throughout the months of October and November, Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library will host a display of award-winning nature photography from the Cullinan Park Conservancy. Winners of the Cullinan Park Conservancy’s annual photography contest in 2013, the photographs depict various scenes of the park and its inhabitants. Enjoy the tranquility of the park’s natural beauty, its landscape, and its wildlife, as captured by area photographers. Located on the southwestern outskirts of Houston, west of Addicks-Howell Road and north of U.S. Highway 90 in Sugar Land, the Joseph S. and Lucie H. Cullinan Park at Oyster Creek consists of 750 acres, encompassing White Lake and Pumpkin Lake, with frontage on Oyster Creek and Red Gully. The public park also includes extensive prairie and woodland acreage. The exhibit may be viewed during regular library hours. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2800 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

Fort Bend Symphony’s season opener Popular music by famous American composers George Gershwin and Aaron Copland awaits concertgoers as the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra raises the curtain on its 22nd season on Sunday, Oct. 20. The 2 p.m. concert at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, also features the talented student winners from the 2013 Houston Music Teachers Association Concerto Competition. American Showcase I includes Copland’s Down a Country Lane, a composition originally commissioned and published by Life magazine to offer piano students quality music. It has since been transcribed for orchestra. Also on the program is Morton Gould’s Revival: Fantasy on Six Spirituals. Besides the music of these late composers, FBSO will perform works from living American composers. Savannah River Holiday by Dr. Ron Nelson contrasts the power and serenity of this major river. Also featured are works by Dr. Robert Nelson of Houston and Dr. Monte Keene Pishny-Floyd of Saskatchewan, Canada.

Missouri City adopts increased tax rate with overwhelming public support By SESHADRI KUMAR After a three-hour meeting in which more than 50 people spoke, Missouri City City Council made a momentous decision Monday night to increase the property tax rate by 2.9 cents to 57.375 cents per $100 valuation. The vote was 5-2, with Councilwoman Yolanda Ford and Councilman Robin Elackatt voting against the tax increase. Mayor Allen Owen and other councilmembers, Danny Nguyen, Jerry Wyatt, Floyd Emery and Don Smith, voted for the tax increase. Of the 53 people who signed up for speaking, eight opposed the tax rate increase. The administration justified the tax rate increase as necessary because of the approval of a long overdue pay raise to employees, including the police and firefighters, creation of a new motorcycle unit with five officers and one new firefighter position. Opponents of the tax increase argued that the city squandered money on the golf course, city center and tennis center in Quail Valley, while ignoring the needs of other parts like the Texas Parkway. The first speaker, Karen Lambert, a member of the Texas Parkway Alliance urged the city council not to raise the tax rate and she would like a lot of things improved in her neighborhood. Roger Morris from Fondren Park, who followed strongly supported the tax increase for improving public safety. His homeowners association recently increased the maintenance fee from $215 a year to $315 a year, Morris said. While taking note of the enthusiasm of the opponents of the tax increase, Morris said it was disquieting to see the ad hominem attack on city council

members, impugning the honor and honesty of council members. “Refrain from personal attacks on city council,” Morris said. Former city council member, Cynthia Lenton-Gary said “Now is not the time. We need to be more cognizant of people living on fixed income.” The city needs to be fiscally more responsible and transparent, she said. She also questioned the need for two assistant city mangers and a city manager. Several former city council members lined up to speak in support of the tax rate increase, Skip Belt, Eunicer Reiter, Scott Mosely, Joe Workman, Jim Wilson and Barbara Gibson, to name a few. “All of this is a question of trust. Vote them out, if you don’t trust them. Don’t cast aspersions that they are not doing their level best,” Belt said in defense of city council. Fred Grates, who described h i m s e l f a s a Te a p a r t y Conservative, said “Now is the time to do this increase... this is not an example of extreme government overreach.” E. Mathews, representing the Knanaya Homeowners, opposed the tax increase. He called for homestead exemption for seniors. He also pointed out the poor condition of Staffordshire road and said the city should give priority to improving the road. (Mayor Owen said the project is on the proposed county bond list and the city is doing its part.) Reiter, a Missouri City resident for 50 years said very few people would take up arms for a $23 tax increase. “This is not about taxes...I believe it is the insistent voice of a very few who don’t like you and who will do and say anything, true or not to defame this council.” Jim Young said he can’t

support the tax increase and there are other ways to support police and firefighters. City should try to get more sales tax, reduce waste and cut expenses, he said. “Get rid of stupid permits,” Young added. Linda Ricks said Texas Parkway is a mess. She would support the tax increase if there was a golf course or tennis center on Texas Parkway. The police station has been removed from Texas Parkway. “We are not dividing the city. We want what is fair. I don’t play golf, but we went along with it (acquisition of QVGC). Nothing is in this area. Why can’t we balance the scale,” Ricks said. Kris Allfrey, who moved to Missouri City in 2006, said “We don’t have good financial management.” The city spent $30 million on the city center, golf course and tennis center, while streets are falling apart, Allfrey said. “For six years none of you gave a darn thing to the police and firefighters.... We love our employees. We are against your financial mismanagement. This is not about $20 or $30. What have you done with that money For 7 years, you have done nothing but Quail Valley.” He also criticized the city for giving away tax abatements to businesses relocating in Missouri City. Amy Robinson, a single mom, with a college-going son and herself attending school, was glad about public safety in Missouri City. “$50 a year is not a big deal for public safety,” she said. David Fish pointed out that at the first meeting on the acquisition of Quail Valley, There was not one word against it. “The golf course is in your

city. It has not moved anywhere. Don’t beat the dead horse,” Fish said. Noel Pinnock, an aspirant to the mayoral seat, said he was not a critic of the mayor and city council. “I am not your critic. I am your conscience,” he said. He suggested that the city find where there are cost overruns and find ways to increase sales tax revenue. Every resident deserved a homestead exemption, he said. “In order to keep up, Missouri City needs to step up,” said Don Avera in support of the tax increase for public safety. Alysa Jarvis described herself as a Constitutionalist. “I take the stand of ‘We the People’....I am the first responder in my home. I am tired of the government telling me it is their job to keep me safe. Get rid of the non-essentials before coming to me asking for more taxes...the problem is uneducated public,” Jarvis said. Andrew Kayes pointed out that the city council voted 7-0 in support of the budget. “If you vote no now, you did not do your homework before. You can’t go back on what you voted for,” Kayes said. Before casting the vote, Councilman Nguyen rejected the charge that council was not transparent. There were several opportunities for public input , he said. The tax rate increase is an investment and not an expense, he said. He made the decision to support the tax incrase after due diligence. Nguyen took exception to the threatening and disrespectful emails and said he would not respond to such emails. Wyatt pointed out how every single voting precinct in Missouri City approved the golf course See TAX, Page 3

Missouri City man convicted for cheating investors Myron Lester was sentenced to a total of 30 years in prison for three separate criminal charges on Sept. 30 by Judge Clifford J. Vacek. Lester plead guilty to multiple counts of Theft, Money Laundering and MisapplicaDr. Héctor Agüero begins his tion of Fiduciary Property besixth season as music director fore the court assessed 10 years on each charge. The Fort Bend of the Fort Bend Symphony. County District Attorney’s Of“People often think of the fice proved that the 47 year-old Fourth of July when it comes to American music,” said FBSO Music Director Dr. Héctor Agüero. “American Showcase I, as well as our American Showcase II concert in May, features works from America’s contribution to the standard body of musical literature.” Tickets are available at fbso. org or by calling 281-276-9642. Children 12 and under are free when accompanied by an adult, but need a reserved ticket.

Right, Quail Valley Yard of the Month Winners are Linda and Nathan Walker of 2819 Hampton Drive. A tailored garden, its design invites you to the entry which is set off by two dramatic Cherry Laurels enhanced by seasonal color, Foxtail Fern and variegated flax. Beautiful trees, a dry creek bed complete with cranes surrounded by Asiatic Jasmine softens the drive-way. The rosy red roses and seasonal Cora Vinca pop with color. The Walkers received a fall Croton from Flowers by Adela and a Certificate from the Quail Valley Garden Club, which is pre-selling Caladium Bulbs. Pre-order this month to save, pay in March on delivery. Five varieties, 70 cents per bulb. Contact Nancy Lindsay at 281 499-2047. http://traction.typepad.com/QVGC

Missouri City man had bilked over $200,000 from a retired veteran in 2008. According to prosecutor Rodolfo Ramirez, Myron Lester was the co-owner of Logos Capital Group. He convinced his victim to invest approximately $222,000 of his retirement money into Logos in 2008. The victim thought that See CHEAT, Page 3 COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE OCT. 26. Bargain hunters will want to visit Riverstone Saturday, Oct. 26, for the community’s semiannual garage sale, set for 8-11 a.m. at the Creekstone Village Recreation Center, 5438 Creekstone Village Drive, Sugar Land. More than 50 families are registered to participate in the sale, which will feature an array of toys, furniture, clothing and household items. Early shoppers will enjoy free coffee and donuts. “This is one of the largest community garage sales we’ve hosted,” said Natasha Hakala, Riverstone’s lifestyle director. “With more homes being sold in Riverstone than ever before, we have plenty of new residents looking to unpack those final boxes and get rid of items they realize they no longer need.” For more information, visit www.riverstone.com. Above, Riverstone Boardwalk.


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NEWS Imperial Sugar Land homebuilders unveil home designs at first public event

After years of careful planning, the public will have the opportunity to visit with Imperial Sugar Land’s home builders for the first time to learn more about the new, luxury patio homes, garden homes, and town homes available for sale in Sugar Land’s new master-planned community. Representatives from Partners In Building, Darling Homes, Sitterle Homes and Trendmaker Homes will present their designs at a “Meet The Builders” event on Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. - noon at Constellation Field located on Stadium Drive off Highway 6 just north of Highway 90A. The event is free and open to the public. “This will be a terrific opportunity for those interested in a new, highly amenitized, lowmaintenance home in the heart of Sugar Land,” notes Imperial Sugar Land General Manager Shay Shafie, who will join the home builders at the event to present an update on the 700+ acre master-planned community. He adds the new homes slated

for the master-planned community, which will be available for sale by the end of 2013, are designed to appeal to active empty nesters and busy young professionals interested in a low-maintenance home with state-of-theart interior features and designs. “It’s difficult to find a new patio, garden-style or townhome in Sugar Land,” he says. “The market for these homes grows every year as new empty nesters who raised their families in the area look for a home that compliments their care-free lifestyle. They are also quite popular with busy young professionals.” Imperial Sugar Land’s first neighborhoods will include 116 patio homes, some with waterfront views, and 27 single and two-story townhomes facing Imperial Boulevard, one of the community’s signature, treelined parkways. Ranging in size from 1,800 – 4,000 square feet, all of the homes will offer custom features, gourmet kitchens, open floor plans, large master suites and outdoor entertaining spaces.

A limited number will be available in Imperial’s gated, waterfront neighborhood of Quiet Cove. Details on Imperial Sugar Land’s new patio homes, garden homes and townhomes can be found at www.imperialsugarland.com.

“Beneath the surface” exhibition

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land and Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospitals co-sponsored an event, “Beneath the surface,” on Friday, Oct. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at First Colony Mall (Main Entrance) and visitors took a walk through the AmeriBreasts® exhibit, the world’s only walkthrough tour of the human breast. The inflatable display inside featured large representations of noncancerous lumps, inflammatory breast cancer stages, milk ducts, blood vessels and lymph nodes. Visitors met with affiliated breast experts and genetic counselor.

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News Bond Exploratory Committee Public Meeting set for Oct. 15

Since January, a Bond Exploratory Committee comprising Missouri City has met to discuss proposed projects for a potential May, 2014 referendum, including infrastructure improvements for roads, bridges and sidewalks, facilities, public safety upgrades and Parks & Recreation. Residents serving on the committee were appointed by City Council and have been assisted by City Staff members who have provided presentations concerning the pertinent aspects of different departments. Staff’s goal was to help residents determine the types of projects needed in the City, based on the existing condition of infrastructure, taking into account zoning ordinances, the Comprehensive Plan that was adopted in 2009, the land

use plan, development capacity, mobility and transportation planning, and a Parks Master Plan that is determined with citizen input. Initial Committee recommendations to date are as follows: *$6.5 million for drainage projects *$8 million for public safety— construction of Fire Station #6 and the expansion of the Public Safety Center *$10 million for City Hall; would include funding for a feasibility study and improvement *$2.5 million for park improvements *$13 million for transportation improvements Following the public input meeting, next steps include presentation of the projects to the Planning & Zoning Commission on Wednesday, Nov.

13 and to City Council in December. When: Tuesday, Oct. 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Where: City Centre at Quail Valley in the Bluebonnet Room, 2880 La Quinta Dr. Past bond elections have provided funding for Public Safety Headquarters—3849 Cartwright Rd., additional equipment and training facilities for the Police and Fire departments, Buffalo Run Park, road improvements, Texas Parkway

sidewalks, traffic signal upgrades and the City Centre at Quail Valley—2880 La Quinta Dr.—and the Recreation and Tennis Center—2701 Cypress Point Dr. The City’s last bond election was held in 2008 and received support from more than 72 percent of voters citywide. Prior elections were in 2003 and 1995. For updates on the current bond committee’s progress, check the City’s website— www.missouricitytx.gov.

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Oyster Creek Elementary Student named winner in Skeeters Reading Program

Sugar Land Skeeters players Michael Nix (Pitcher), Kevin Rios (Infielder) and Adam Godwin (Outfielder) visited Oyster Creek Elementary School to congratulate fourth-grade student, Eduardo Guerra, on winning the Skeeters Reading Program contest. Guerra’s name was drawn from a pool of students who participated in the program by reading four books over a four to eight-week period. As the winner, Guerra received four passes to attend a Skeeters’ Readers game and the opportunity to have Skeeters players visit his school. The Sugar Land Skeeters, along with Minute Maid, believe that reading helps children and adults prepare for the game of life. Last year, Skeeters had more than 68,000 students participate in the reading program. The program promotes literacy in our community by providing incentives for students to grow as readers.

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for fraudulently obtaining a loan and sentenced to a federal penitentiary. “No one believed Lester’s claim that he thought he could spend his client’s money for his own expenses. That’s ‘Financial Responsibility 101’,” said Assistant District Attorney Rodolfo Ramirez, “Simply put, the defendant was living large off of a military veteran who worked hard to ensure he would be financially secure in his later years.” Lester was prosecuted in the 400th District Court. Theft,

Tax From Page 1

By CAROLYN BOWDEN At the last moment of the annual Celebrity Golf tournament, a member who had planned to play cancelled. The Pro Shop called Clifford, who was at work, to come substitute. (He had not planned to play.) He raced home, (from Houston) into the house, into golf clothes and shoes, grabbed golf clubs and dashed to check in. He parked, grabbed his clubs, and, all out of breath, arrived ready to play. Except, he had not known that the “gift” for playing this tournament was a new, fancy golf bag, which meant, he had to switch his clubs. This would have been “no problem”, but he was told that the “celebrity” in his foursome was already standing on the first tee, quite aggravated with the time delay and he was, “literally”, tapping his foot and frowning. By now, Clifford was VERY flustered, as he transferred golf clubs, balls, tees, etc. and hauled it up to the first tee. Once there, he learned he was scheduled to tee off first! With no opportunity to “warm up”, he teed up his ball and immediately hooked it into the cart shed!

Cheat From Page 1

expenditure. “Go to the District Attorney and file a complaint, if we have done anything wrong,” Wyatt said. He pointed out the net expenditure on parks and recreation in Missouri City was $2.8 million, compared to Sugar Land at $5.2 million and Pearland at $6.2 million. Parks are a factor in economic development, Wyatt quoted the city of Sugar Land website as saying. Wyatt took exception to posting of pictures of councilmembers, including himself, in a fast food outlet, on a Facebook blog. “It is pretty threatening. Why would people follow us and post the picture? I am asking the police department to monitor this blog,” Wyatt said. Councilman Emery highlighted how the city administration has been down sized and not bloated. After looking at the budget three times, it is disingenuous to go back on that promise, Emery said. Councilman Don Smith highlighted how the city has retained some highly qualified people on its staff. Also, issues like racial profiling and gang

activity have become a thing of the past, he said. Ford, who was elected to city council in May, said she supported the first responders and she supported her constituents. As a former city employee, “I have a different perspective. We can do a better job inhouse before asking residents for money,” she said before voting against the tax rate increase. Councilman Elackatt said he had the opportunity to talk with neighbors and others who could not be present at the meeting. “I also listened to my constituents. I am voting against the tax increase.” The pay raise to police personnel did not amount to anything as the city has taken away their vehicles, Elackatt said. He said he was not looking at the issue as mismanagement, but felt that there were areas where the city could reduce costs and cut programs. Mayor Owen said at the time of approving the budget, not one single suggestion was made by any council member to cut one program. He challenged the community to look at the budget carefully and suggest which program they would like to cut.

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Money Laundering and Misapplication of Fiduciary Property are all second-degree felonies in this case, punishable by 2 – 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000 on each case. The defendant was sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of the three charges after requesting the court to determine his punishment. Under Texas law, the sentences will run concurrently. Assistant District Attorneys Rodolfo Ramirez and Zahra Jivani Fenelon prosecuted the case. Attorney John LaGrappe represented the defendant.

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(281)277-7800 Bowden At this point, the “Celebrity Golfer”, well known for having a bad disposition, broke into laughter. All Clifford’s golfing buddies, who were lined up along the fairway (as spectators), joined in the laughter. This good natured laughter helped to lift the earlier tension and the “tone” of the day was off to a much better start. For your information, at this point in Clifford’s golfing career, he was an excellent golfer. To his credit, he did play the rest of the round “under par”. NEXT COLUMN: (Oct. 23) Write to: CVBNeighbors@ aol.com about this column

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NOTICE OF BOND ELECTION TO ALL THE DULY QUALIFIED, RESIDENT ELECTORS OF CITY OF SUGAR LAND: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an election will be held in the CITY OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, on the 5th day of November, 2013, in accordance with the following ordinance:

ORDINANCE NO. 1927 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, CALLING A BOND ELECTION TO BE HELD ON NOVEMBER 5, 2013 FOR THE PURPOSES OF ACQUIRING AND CONSTRUCTING ADDITIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY’S PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES; AND SETTING FORTH OTHER PROVISIONS RELATED THERETO.

WHEREAS, the City Council (the “City Council”) of the City of Sugar Land, Texas (the “City”) finds and determines that it is necessary and advisable to call and hold an election for and within the City on the propositions hereinafter set forth; and WHEREAS, it is hereby officially found and determined that said election shall be held on a uniform election date established by Section 41.001(a), Texas Election Code, as amended, as required by Texas law; and

EXHIBIT A ELECTION DAY POLLING LOCATIONS

WHEREAS, the City Council, pursuant to the applicable provisions of the Texas Election Code, has agreed to enter into a Joint Election Agreement with Fort Bend County (the “County”) and contract with the County Elections Administrator (the “County Elections Administrator”) for election services; and WHEREAS, the City Council finds and declares that the meeting at which this Ordinance is considered is open to the public, and that the public notice of the time, place and purpose of the meeting was given, as required by Chapter 551, Texas Government Code, as amended; Now Therefore,

PRECINCT

SHALL THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, BE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE AND SELL AT ANY PRICE OR PRICES THE BONDS OF THE CITY IN THE AMOUNT OF $21,300,000 WHICH BONDS MAY BE ISSUED IN VARIOUS ISSUES OR SERIES, MATURING SERIALLY OR OTHERWISE WITHIN 40 YEARS FROM THEIR DATE OR DATES, AND BEARING INTEREST AT SUCH RATE OR RATES, NOT TO EXCEED THE MAXIMUM INTEREST RATE NOW OR HEREAFTER AUTHORIZED BY LAW, AS SHALL BE DETERMINED WITHIN THE DISCRETION OF THE CITY COUNCIL AT THE TIME OF ISSUANCE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY’S PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, INCLUDING PHASE TWO OF BRAZOS RIVER PARK AND AN ADJACENT FESTIVAL SITE, AND TO LEVY TAXES UPON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY ANNUALLY SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE BONDS AS IT ACCRUES, AND TO CREATE A SINKING FUND TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF THE BONDS AS IT MATURES?

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4135 (p)

EXHIBIT B EARLY VOTING LOCATIONS, DATES AND TIMES Fort Bend County Early Voting Schedule November 5, 2013 Election Horario de Votación Temprana del Condado de Fort Bend 5 de Noviembre, 2013 Elección

PROPOSITION NO. THREE SHALL THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, BE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE AND SELL AT ANY PRICE OR PRICES THE BONDS OF THE CITY IN THE AMOUNT OF $10,160,000, WHICH BONDS MAY BE ISSUED IN VARIOUS ISSUES OR SERIES, MATURING SERIALLY OR OTHERWISE WITHIN 40 YEARS FROM THEIR DATE OR DATES, AND BEARING INTEREST AT SUCH RATE OR RATES, NOT TO EXCEED THE MAXIMUM INTEREST RATE NOW OR HEREAFTER AUTHORIZED BY LAW, AS SHALL BE DETERMINED WITHIN THE DISCRETION OF THE CITY COUNCIL AT THE TIME OF ISSUANCE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY’S PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, INCLUDING A CONNECTING NETWORK OF APPROXIMATELY TEN MILES OF HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS AND BRIDGES, AND TO LEVY TAXES UPON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY ANNUALLY SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE BONDS AS IT ACCRUES, AND TO CREATE A SINKING FUND TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF THE BONDS AS IT MATURES?

ZIP

77479

4011

PROPOSITION NO. ONE

PROPOSITION NO. TWO

ADDRESS

River Pointe Community Church

3098 (p)

Section 2. Election Ordered; Date; Propositions An election (the “Election”) shall be held for and within the City on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 (“Election Day”), in accordance with the Texas Election Code (the “Code”). At the Election the following propositions (the “Propositions”) shall be submitted to the qualified voters of the City in accordance with law:

SHALL THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, BE AUTHORIZED TO ISSUE AND SELL AT ANY PRICE OR PRICES THE BONDS OF THE CITY IN THE AMOUNT OF $18,540,000, WHICH BONDS MAY BE ISSUED IN VARIOUS ISSUES OR SERIES, MATURING SERIALLY OR OTHERWISE WITHIN 40 YEARS FROM THEIR DATE OR DATES, AND BEARING INTEREST AT SUCH RATE OR RATES, NOT TO EXCEED THE MAXIMUM INTEREST RATE NOW OR HEREAFTER AUTHORIZED BY LAW, AS SHALL BE DETERMINED WITHIN THE DISCRETION OF THE CITY COUNCIL AT THE TIME OF ISSUANCE, FOR THE PURPOSE OF THE ACQUISITION AND CONSTRUCTION OF ADDITIONS AND IMPROVEMENTS TO THE CITY’S PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES, INCLUDING A 65-ACRE MAJOR COMMUNITY PARK LOCATED AT CHATHAM AVENUE AND EASTON AVENUE, AND TO LEVY TAXES UPON ALL TAXABLE PROPERTY WITHIN THE CITY ANNUALLY SUFFICIENT TO PAY THE INTEREST ON THE BONDS AS IT ACCRUES, AND TO CREATE A SINKING FUND TO PAY THE PRINCIPAL OF THE BONDS AS IT MATURES?

POLLING PLACE

1076 (p)

BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS: Section 1. Findings. The statements contained in the preamble of this Ordinance are true and correct and are hereby adopted as findings of fact and as a part of the operative provisions hereof.

INCL PCT

Schedule for: Horario para:

Rosenberg Annex Building - 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX Beasley City Hall – 319 S. 3rd Street, Beasley, TX Cinco Ranch Branch Library – 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy, TX Irene Stern Community Center, 6920 Fulshear-Katy Road, Fulshear, TX Four Corners Community Center – 15700 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land, TX Hightower High School – 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX Meadows Place City Hall – One Troyan Dr, Meadows Place, TX Missouri City Community Center - 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX Day (Día)

Date (Fecha)

Hours (Horas)

Section 3. Official Ballot. (a) Voting at the Election, and early voting therefor, shall be by the use of the lawfully approved County voting systems and ballots. (b) the preparation of the necessary equipment and the official ballots for the Election shall conform to the requirements of the Code so as to permit the electors to vote “FOR” or “AGAINST” the aforesaid Propositions which shall be set forth on the ballots substantially in the following form:

Monday – Friday

October 21 – 25, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Lunes – Viernes)

(Octubre 21 – 25, 2013)

(8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.)

Saturday

October 26, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Sábado)

(Octubre 26, 2013)

(8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.)

Sunday

October 27, 2013

CLOSED

(Domingo)

(Octubre 27, 2013)

(CERRADO)

Monday – Wednesday

October 28 – 30, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Lunes – Miercoles)

(Octubre 28 – 30, 2013)

(8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.)

Thursday – Friday

October 31 – November 1, 2013

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

(Jueves – Viernes)

(Octubre 31 – Noviembre 1, 2013)

(7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.)

PROPOSITION NO. ONE [ ] FOR

[ ] AGAINST

) ) ) ) )

THE ISSUANCE OF $18,540,000 BONDS FOR PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES INCLUDING A 65-ACRE MAJOR COMMUNITY PARK LOCATED AT CHATHAM AVENUE AND EASTON AVENUE PROPOSITION NO. TWO

[ ] FOR

[ ] AGAINST

) ) ) )

THE ISSUANCE OF $21,300,000 BONDS FOR PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES INCLUDING PHASE TWO OF BRAZOS RIVER PARK AND AN ADJACENT FESTIVAL SITE PROPOSITION NO. THREE

[ ] FOR

[ ] AGAINST

) ) ) ) )

THE ISSUANCE OF $10,160,000 BONDS FOR PARKS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES INCLUDING A CONNECTING NETWORK OF APPROXIMATELY TEN MILES OF HIKE AND BIKE TRAILS AND BRIDGES

Schedule for: Chasewood Clubhouse - 7622 Chasewood Drive, Missouri City, TX Horario para: First Colony Conference Center - 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX Sienna Branch Library – 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City, TX FBC Road and Bridge (Needville) – 3743 School Street, Needville, TX Sugar Land Branch Library – 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, TX Randall’s – 5800 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land, TX Harmony Science Academy – 22400 Grand Corner Dr, Katy, TX Lost Creek Park – 3703 Lost Creek Blvd., Sugar Land, TX Sugar Land City Hall – 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, TX

Day (Día)

Date (Fecha)

Hours (Horas)

Section 4. Persons Qualified to Vote. All resident, qualified electors of the City shall be eligible to vote at the Election. Section 5 Election Precincts, Voting Locations and Voting Hours on Election Day. The election precincts for the Election shall consist of the territory within the boundaries of the City situated within one or more County election precincts, which bear the precinct numbers set forth in Exhibit A attached hereto and incorporated herein. The voting location for voting on Election Day for each election precinct shall be as set forth in Exhibit A, or at such other locations as hereafter may be designated by the County Elections Administrator. On Election Day the polls shall be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Section 6. Early Voting Locations, Dates and Times. Early voting by personal appearance for all election precincts shall be held at the locations, at the times and on the days set forth in Exhibit B, or at such other locations as hereafter may be designated by the County Elections Administrator. The County Elections Administrator, John Oldham, is hereby designated as the Early Voting Clerk. Applications for ballots to be voted by mail should be mailed to: Fort Bend County Elections Attention: John Oldham 301 Jackson St. Rosenberg, TX 77471

Monday – Friday

October 21 – 25, 2013

(Lunes – Viernes)

(Octubre 21 – 25, 2013)

Saturday

October 26, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Sábado)

(Octubre 26, 2013)

(8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.)

Sunday

October 27, 2013

CLOSED

(Domingo)

(Octubre 27, 2013)

(CERRADO)

Monday – Wednesday

October 28 – 30, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

(Lunes – Miercoles)

(Octubre 28 – 30, 2013)

(10:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday – Friday

October 31 – Nov. 1, 2013

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

(Jueves – Viernes)

(Octubre 31 – Nov. 1, 2013)

(7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.)

Schedule for: Pecan Grove Baptist Church – 1727 FM 359, Richmond, TX Horario para:

Section 7. Joint Election. The City has agreed to participate in a joint election with other participating governmental entities in the County who are also holding elections on Election Day and has contracted with the County Elections Administrator for election services. Section 8. Appointment of Election Officers. Prior to the Election Day, the election judges, alternate judges, clerks and other personnel necessary for conducting the Election will be appointed by the County Elections Administrator, and the election judges and alternate judges may be changed and the polling places may be combined for some precincts, pursuant to decisions of the County Elections Administrator. The County Elections Administrator shall also be responsible for establishing the central counting station for the ballots cast in such election and appointing the personnel necessary for such station. The City Council hereby authorizes the City Secretary to appoint any such other officials not designated herein or appointed by the County Elections Administrator as are necessary and appropriate to conduct the Election in accordance with the Code. Section 9. Notice of Election. Notice of the Election, in English and Spanish, stating in substance the contents of this Ordinance, shall be (i) published on the same day in each of two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation within the City’s territory, with the first publication to be not earlier than the thirtieth (30th) day or later than the fourteenth (14th) day before the Election; (ii) posted on the bulletin board used by the City Council to post notices of its meetings no later than the twenty-first (21st) day before the date of the Election; and (iii ) posted, not later than the twenty-first (21st) day before the date of the Election, in three (3) public places within the City and at City Hall. Notice of the Election shall also be provided to the county clerk of the county in which the City is located not later than the 60th day before the Election Day. Section 10. Conduct of Election. Said Election shall be held in accordance with the Code, except as modified by the Texas Education Code, and the Federal Voting Rights Act of 1965, as amended, including particularly Chapter 272 of the Code pertaining to bilingual requirements. Section 11. Necessary Actions. The Mayor and City Council of the City, in consultation with the City’s attorney and bond counsel are hereby authorized and directed to take any and all actions necessary to comply with the provisions of the Code and the Federal Voting Rights Act in carrying out and conducting the Election, whether or not expressly authorized herein. ADOPTED on first consideration on August 20, 2013 under Article II of the City Charter.

/s/ James A. Thompson ___________________________________ Mayor City of Sugar Land, Texas

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Day

Date

Hours

Monday – Friday (Lunes – Viernes)

October 21 – 25, 2013 (Octubre 21 – 25, 2013)

Saturday (Sábado)

October 26, 2013 (Octubre 26, 2013)

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Sunday (Domingo)

October 27, 2013 (Octubre 27, 2013)

CLOSED (CERRADO)

Monday – Wednesday (Lunes – Miercolas)

October 28 - 30, 2013 (Octubre 28 - 30, 2013)

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday (Jueves)

October 31, 2013 (Octubre 31, 2013)

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Friday (Viernes)

November 1, 2013 (Noviembre 1, 2013)

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

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AVISO DE ELECCION DE BONOS

Sección 9. Aviso de elección. Se dará aviso de dicha elección en inglés y en español declarando esencialmente el contenido de esta Ordenanza por medio de: (i) publicando el aviso en el mismo día semanal en dos semanas sucesivas, en un periódico de circulación general dentro del territorio de la Ciudad, siendo la primera publicación no antes de treinta días (30) ni más tarde de catorce días (14) antes de la fecha de la Elección, y (ii) publicando el aviso en el tablero de anuncios que se utiliza para publicar los avisos de reuniones del Consejo Municipal al menos veintiún días (21) antes de la fecha de la Elección; y (iii) publicando el aviso al menos veintiún días (21) antes de la fecha fijada para la Elección en tres (3) lugares públicos dentro de la Ciudad y en la Alcaldía.. El aviso de la Elección debe darse al secretario del condado del condado en el que está ubicada la Ciudad al menos 60 días antes del Día de la Elección.

A LOS RESIDENTES, ELECTORES CAPACITADOS DE LA CIUDAD DE SUGAR LAND POR EL PRESENTE SE DA AVISO de que se celebrará una elección en la CIUDAD DE SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, el día 5 de noviembre de 2013, de acuerdo con la siguiente ordenanza:

Sección 10. Realización de la elección. Dicha Elección deberá realizarse de acuerdo con el Código, excepto como está modificado

ORDENANZA No.1927

por el Código de Educación de Texas, y la Ley Federal de Derechos de Votación de 1965, según está enmendada, particularmente el Capítulo 272 del Código relativo a los requisitos bilingües.

UNA ORDENANZA DE LA CIUDAD DE SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, CONVOCANDO UNA ELECCION DE BONOS QUE SE CELEBRARA EL 5 DE NOVIEMBRE DE 2013 CON EL PROPOSITO DE ADQUIRIR Y CONSTRUIR AMPLIACIONES Y MEJORAS A LOS PARQUES Y A LAS INSTALACIONES RECREATIVAS DE LA CIUDAD; Y ESTABLECIENDO OTRAS DISPOSICIONES RELACIONADAS CON ELLO

Sección 11. Acciones necesarias. El Alcalde y el Consejo Municipal de la Ciudad, consultando con el abogado de la Ciudad y asesor legal para bonos, por la presente quedan autorizados y se les indica que tomen cualquier medida necesaria para cumplir con las disposiciones del Código y de la Ley Federal de Derechos de Votación, para realizar y dirigir la Elección, ya sea o no autorizado expresamente en este documento.

POR CUANTO, el Consejo Municipal (el “Consejo Municipal”) de la Ciudad de Sugar Land, Texas (la “Ciudad”) considera y determina que es necesario y aconsejable convocar y realizar una elección para y dentro de la Ciudad sobre las proposiciones descritas a continuación; y

ADOPTADA en la primera deliberación el 20 de agosto de 2013 bajo el Artículo II de la Carta Constitutiva.

POR CUANTO, por el presente se encuentra y declara oficialmente que dicha elección se celebrará en una fecha uniforme de elecciones

/s/ James A. Thompson

establecida por la sección 41,001 (a), del Código de Elecciones de Texas, según está enmendado, como está requerido por las leyes de Texas; y

___________________________________

POR CUANTO, el Consejo Municipal, según las provisiones aplicables del Código de Elecciones de Texas, ha acordado realizar un Acuerdo de Elecciones Conjuntas con el condado de Fort Bend (el “Condado”) y un contrato con el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado (el “Administrador de Elecciones del Condado”) para servicios electorales; y

Alcalde Ciudad de Sugar Land, Texas

POR CUANTO, el Consejo Municipal encuentra y declara que la junta en la que se considera esta Orden está abierta al público, y que el aviso público de la hora, lugar y propósito de la junta se dió como lo requiere el Capítulo 551, del Código de Gobierno de Texas, según está enmendado; Ahora por lo tanto

ATESTIGUACION:

EL CONSEJO MUNICIPAL DE LA CIUDAD

/s/ Glenda Gundermann

DE SUGAR LAND, TEXAS ORDENA QUE:

________________________________

Sección 1. Conclusiones Las declaraciones contenidas en el preámbulo de esta Ordenanza son verdaderas y correctas y por el presente

Secretaria Municipal Ciudad de Sugar Land, Texas

quedan adoptadas como decisiones de hecho y como disposiciones válidas de éste.

Anexo A Sección 2. Elección ordenada; Fecha; Proposición. Se realizará una elección (la “Elección”) dentro y para la Ciudad el martes 5 de noviembre de 2013 (“Día de la Elección”) de acuerdo con el Código de Elecciones de Texas (el “Código”). En la elección se presentarán las

LUGARES DE VOTACIÓN EL DÍA DE LA ELECCIÓN

siguientes proposiciones (las “Proposiciones”) que serán sometida a los votantes capacitados de la Ciudad de acuerdo con la ley: PROPOSICIÓN NO. UNO

PRECINTO 1076 (p) 2016 3009 3098 (p) 4011 4020 4029 4042 4046 4047 4064 4107 4110 4119 4125 (p) 4129 (p) 4131 4135 (p) 4140

¿DEBERÁ AUTORIZARSE AL CONSEJO MUNICIPAL DE LA CIUDAD DE SUGAR LAND, TEXAS A EMITIR Y VENDER A CUALQUIER PRECIO O PRECIOS LOS BONOS DE LA CIUDAD POR LA CANTIDAD DE $18,540,000, Y TALES BONOS PUEDEN EMITIRSE EN VARIAS EMISIONES O SERIES, A VENCERSE EN SERIE O DE OTRA FORMA EN NO MAS DE 40 AÑOS DE SU FECHA, Y DEVENGANDO INTERÉS A CUALQUIER TASA O TASAS, QUE NO EXCEDAN LA TASA MÁXIMA DE INTERÉS AUTORIZADA POR LA LEY EN LA ACTUALIDAD O EN EL FUTURO, SEGUN SEA DETERMINADO A DISCRECIÓN DEL CONSEJO MUNICIPAL EN EL MOMENTO DE LA EMISIÓN, CON EL PROPOSITO DE ADQUIRIR Y CONSTRUIR AMPLIACIONES Y MEJORAS A LOS PARQUES Y A LAS INSTALACIONES RECREATIVAS DE LA CIUDAD, INCLUYENDO UN GRAN PARQUE DE 65 ACRES PARA LA COMUNIDAD SITUADO EN LAS AVENIDAS DE CHATHAM Y DE EASTON, Y A GRAVAR IMPUESTOS ANUALES

SOBRE TODAS LAS

PROPIEDADES IMPONIBLES DENTRO DE LA CIUDAD QUE SEAN SUFICIENTES PARA PAGAR LOS INTERESES DE LOS BONOS SEGÚN SE ACUMULAN, Y A CREAR UN FONDO DE AMORTIZACION PARA PAGAR EL CAPITAL DE LOS BONOS AL VENCERSE? PROPOSICIÓN NO. DOS ¿DEBERÁ AUTORIZARSE AL CONSEJO MUNICIPAL DE LA CIUDAD DE SUGAR LAND, TEXAS A EMITIR Y VENDER A CUALQUIER PRECIO O PRECIOS LOS BONOS DE LA CIUDAD POR LA CANTIDAD DE $21,300,000, Y TALES BONOS PUEDEN EMITIRSE EN VARIAS EMISIONES O SERIES, A VENCERSE EN SERIE O DE OTRA FORMA EN NO MAS DE 40 AÑOS DE SU FECHA, Y

Incluido Pct

LUGAR DE VOTACIÓN Iglesia River Pointe Community Asociación de Dueños Barrington Place Club de Campo de Sugar Creek Alcaldía de Townewest Escuela Primaria Colony Bend Iglesia Church of God de Sugar Land Sala de los Caballeros de Colon Centro de Recreo Imperial Park Escuela Primaria Highlands Escuela Primaria Colony Meadows Escuela Primaria Settlers Way Clubhouse de Sugar Lakes Alcaldía de Sugar Land – Sala Brazos Escuela Secundaria Clements Escuela Intermedia Garcia Clubhouse - 4102Commonwealth Centro de Conferencias de First Colony Escuela Intermedia Sartartia Parque de Lost Creek

4035,3053 4105 4080 4121 4079,4084 4111 4027

4102

DIRECCIÓN 5000 Ransom Road 13318 Rosstown Ct 420 Sugar Creek Blvd 10322 Old Towne Ln 2720 Planters St 1715 Eldridge Rd 702 Burney Rd 234 Matlage Way 2022 Colonist Park 4510 Sweetwater Blvd 3015 Settlers Way Blvd 930 Sugar Lakes Dr 2700 Town Center Blvd North 4200Elkins Dr 18550 Old Richmond Rd 4330 Knightsbridge Blvd 3232 Austin Parkway 8125 Homeward Way 3703 Lost Creek Blvd

CIUDAD Richmond Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land Sugar Land

Código 77469 77478 77478 77478 77479 77478 77478 77478 77478 77479 77479 77478 77478 77479 77478 77479 77479 77479 77479

DEVENGANDO INTERÉS A CUALQUIER TASA O TASAS, QUE NO EXCEDAN LA TASA MÁXIMA DE INTERÉS AUTORIZADA POR

ANEXO B

LA LEY EN LA ACTUALIDAD O EN EL FUTURO, SEGUN SEA DETERMINADO A DISCRECIÓN DEL CONSEJO MUNICIPAL EN EL MOMENTO DE LA EMISIÓN, CON EL PROPOSITO DE ADQUIRIR Y CONSTRUIR AMPLIACIONES Y MEJORAS A LOS PARQUES Y A

LUGARES DE VOTACIÓN ANTICIPADA, FECHAS Y HORAS

LAS INSTALACIONES RECREATIVAS DE LA CIUDAD, INCLUYENDO LA FASE DOS DEL PARQUE DEL RIO BRAZOS Y EL TERRENO DE FESTIVAL ADYACENTE, Y A GRAVAR IMPUESTOS ANUALES SOBRE TODAS LAS PROPIEDADES IMPONIBLES DENTRO DE LA

Horario de la Votación Anticipada del Condado de Fort Bend Elección del 5 de noviembre de 2013 (Propuesto)

CIUDAD QUE SEAN SUFICIENTES PARA PAGAR LOS INTERESES DE LOS BONOS SEGÚN SE ACUMULAN, Y A CREAR UN FONDO DE AMORTIZACION PARA PAGAR EL CAPITAL DE LOS BONOS AL VENCERSE?

Horario para:

PROPOSICIÓN NO. TRES ¿DEBERÁ AUTORIZARSE AL CONSEJO MUNICIPAL DE LA CIUDAD DE SUGAR LAND, TEXAS A EMITIR Y VENDER A CUALQUIER PRECIO O PRECIOS LOS BONOS DE LA CIUDAD POR LA CANTIDAD DE $10,160,000, Y TALES BONOS PUEDEN EMITIRSE EN VARIAS EMISIONES O SERIES, A VENCERSE EN SERIE O DE OTRA FORMA EN NO MAS DE 40 AÑOS DE SU FECHA, Y DEVENGANDO INTERÉS A CUALQUIER TASA O TASAS, QUE NO EXCEDAN LA TASA MÁXIMA DE INTERÉS AUTORIZADA POR

Rosenberg Annex Building - 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX Beasley City Hall – 319 S. 3rd Street, Beasley, TX Cinco Ranch Branch Library – 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy, TX Irene Stern Community Center, 6920 Fulshear-Katy Road, Fulshear, TX Four Corners Community Center – 15700 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land, TX Hightower High School – 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX Meadows Place City Hall – One Troyan Dr, Meadows Place, TX Missouri City Community Center - 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX

LA LEY EN LA ACTUALIDAD O EN EL FUTURO, SEGUN SEA DETERMINADO A DISCRECIÓN DEL CONSEJO MUNICIPAL EN EL Day (Día)

MOMENTO DE LA EMISIÓN, CON EL PROPOSITO DE ADQUIRIR Y CONSTRUIR AMPLIACIONES Y MEJORAS A LOS PARQUES Y A

Date (Fecha)

Hours (Horas)

LAS INSTALACIONES RECREATIVAS DE LA CIUDAD, INCLUYENDO UNA RED INTERCONECTADA DE 10 MILLAS APROXIMADAMENTE DE CAMINOS Y PUENTES PARA CICLISTAS Y CAMINIANTES, Y A GRAVAR IMPUESTOS ANUALES SOBRE

Monday – Friday

October 21 – 25, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

TODAS LAS PROPIEDADES IMPONIBLES DENTRO DE LA CIUDAD QUE SEAN SUFICIENTES PARA PAGAR LOS INTERESES DE LOS

(Lunes – Viernes)

(Octubre 21 – 25, 2013)

(8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.)

Saturday

October 26, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Sábado)

(Octubre 26, 2013)

(8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.)

Sunday

October 27, 2013

CLOSED

(Domingo)

(Octubre 27, 2013)

(CERRADO)

Monday – Wednesday

October 28 – 30, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Lunes – Miercoles)

(Octubre 28 – 30, 2013)

(8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.)

Thursday – Friday

October 31 – November 1, 2013

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

(Jueves – Viernes)

(Octubre 31 – Noviembre 1, 2013)

(7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.)

BONOS SEGÚN SE ACUMULAN, Y A CREAR UN FONDO DE AMORTIZACION PARA PAGAR EL CAPITAL DE LOS BONOS AL VENCERSE? Sección 3. Balota Oficial. (a) La votación en la elección, y en la votación anticipada de ella, se realizará mediante el uso de balotas y sistema de votación aprobados legalmente por el Condado. (b) La preparación del equipo necesario y de las balotas oficiales para la Elección estará de acuerdo con los requisitos del Código para permitir que los votantes voten “A FAVOR” o “EN CONTRA” de las antedichas Proposiciones que se expresarán en dichas balotas básicamente de la siguiente forma:

PROPOSICIÓN NO. UNO Horario para:

[]

[]

A FAVOR )

EN CONTRA

LA EMISIÓN DE $18,540,000 EN BONOS PARA )

PARQUES E INSTALACIONES RECREATIVAS

)

INCLUYENDO UN GRAN PARQUE DE 65 ACRES

)

PARA LA COMUNIDAD SITUADO EN LAS

)

AVENIDAS DE CHATHAM Y DE EASTON

Chasewood Clubhouse - 7622 Chasewood Drive, Missouri City, TX First Colony Conference Center - 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX Sienna Branch Library – 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City, TX FBC Road and Bridge (Needville) – 3743 School Street, Needville, TX Sugar Land Branch Library – 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, TX Randall’s – 5800 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land, TX Harmony Science Academy – 22400 Grand Corner Dr, Katy, TX Lost Creek Park – 3703 Lost Creek Blvd., Sugar Land, TX Sugar Land City Hall – 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, TX

PROPOSICIÓN NO. DOS []

A FAVOR )

LA EMISIÓN DE $21,300,000 EN BONOS PARA )

[]

EN CONTRA

Day (Día)

PARQUES E INSTALACIONES RECREATIVAS

)

INCLUYENDO LA FASE DOS DEL PARQUE DEL RIO

)

BRAZOS Y EL TERRENO DE FESTIVAL ADYACENTE PROPOSICIÓN NO. TRES

[]

A FAVOR )

LA EMISIÓN DE $10,160,000 EN BONOS PARA )

[ ]

EN CONTRA

PARQUES E INSTALACIONES RECREATIVAS

Date (Fecha)

Hours (Horas)

Monday – Friday

October 21 – 25, 2013

(Lunes – Viernes)

(Octubre 21 – 25, 2013)

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Saturday

October 26, 2013

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

(Sábado)

(Octubre 26, 2013)

(8:00 a.m. a 5:00 p.m.)

Sunday

October 27, 2013

CLOSED

(Domingo)

(Octubre 27, 2013)

(CERRADO)

)

INCLUYENDO UNA RED INTERCONECTADA DE

Monday – Wednesday

October 28 – 30, 2013

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

)

DIEZ MILLAS APROXIMADAMENTE DE CAMINOS

(Lunes – Miercoles)

(Octubre 28 – 30, 2013)

(10:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.)

)

Y PUENTES PARA CICLISTAS Y CAMINANTES

Thursday – Friday

October 31 – Nov. 1, 2013

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

(Jueves – Viernes)

(Octubre 31 – Nov. 1, 2013)

(7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m.)

Sección 4. Personas capacitadas para votar. Todos los residentes, electores capacitados de La Ciudad serán elegibles para votar en

Horario para: Pecan Grove Baptist Church – 1727 FM 359, Richmond, TX

la Elección. Sección 5. Precintos electorales, lugares de votación y horas de votación el Día de la Elección. Los precintos electorales para la Elección consistirán en el territorio dentro de los límites de la Ciudad situado dentro de uno o más precintos electorales del Condado, que

Day

tengan los números de los precintos establecidos en el Anexo A que está adjunto a este documento y formando parte de él. El lugar de votación para votar el Día de la Elección para cada precinto electoral será el que está establecido en el Anexo A, o en cualquier otro lugar

Date

Hours

Monday – Friday (Lunes – Viernes)

October 21 – 25, 2013 (Octubre 21 – 25, 2013)

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 5:00 p.m.)

Saturday (Sábado)

October 26, 2013 (Octubre 26, 2013)

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Sunday (Domingo)

October 27, 2013 (Octubre 27, 2013)

CLOSED (CERRADO)

Monday – Wednesday (Lunes – Miercolas)

October 28 - 30, 2013 (Octubre 28 - 30, 2013)

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

Thursday (Jueves)

October 31, 2013 (Octubre 31, 2013)

7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)

Friday (Viernes)

November 1, 2013 (Noviembre 1, 2013)

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.)

(8:00 a.m. to

como pueda ser designado posteriormente por el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado. El Día de la Elección los centros electorales estarán abiertos de 7:00 de la mañana a 7:00 de la noche. Sección 6. Lugares para la votación anticipada, fechas y horas. La votación anticipada en persona para todos los precintos electorales tendrá lugar en los lugares, en las fechas y a las horas establecidas en el Anexo B, o en cualquier otro lugar como pueda ser designado posteriormente por el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado. El Administrador de Elecciones del Condado, John Oldham, queda designado por medio del presente como Secretario de la Votación Anticipada. Las solicitudes para balotas a ser votadas por correo deben de enviarse a: Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend Atención: John Oldham 301 Jackson St. Rosenberg, TX 77471 Sección 7. Elección Conjunta La Ciudad ha acordado participar en una elección conjunta con otras entidades gubernamentales participantes en el Condado las cuales están también realizando elecciones el Día de la Elección y ha realizado un contrato con el Oficial de Elecciones del Condado para servicios electorales. Sección 8. Nombramiento de los oficiales de la elección. Antes del Día de la Elección, el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado nombrará a los jueces electorales, los jueces alternos, los secretarios y otro personal necesario para realizar la Elección, y los jueces electorales, y los jueces alternos pueden ser cambiados y los lugares de votación pueden ser combinados para ciertos precintos, de acuerdo con las decisiones del Administrador de Elecciones del Condado. El Administrador de Elecciones del Condado también será responsable de establecer la estación central de recuentos para las balotas emitidas en dicha elección y de nombrar al personal necesario para dicha estación. El Consejo Municipal por medio del presente autoriza a la Secretaria Municipal a nombrar a cualesquiera otros oficiales no designados en éste o nombrados por el Administrador de Elecciones del Condado quienes sean necesarios y apropiados para realizar la Elección de acuerdo con el Código.

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Southminster School Fall Festival

Join Southminster School’s 10th Annual Fall Festival Saturday, October 26, 2013, 11a.m-2 p.m 4200 Cartwright, Missouri City, TX 77459. Fall Festival is open to the community and fun for the entire family. Carnival Games, *Rock Climbing Wall, *Dunk Tank, Moon Walks, *CurbGames Video Game Truck, the all-time favorite cookie walk…and much, much more! All-access play passes $15 Additional game and meal tickets available for $1 each. Lunch and drinks sold separately. *Some attractions not included in play pass.


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PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 for Providence at Riverstone, Section One, Amending Plat No. 1, Precinct 4. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact Jorge DeLaRosa with Costello Inc. at 713-783-7788 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 for replat of Louetta Leasing LP 1463, being a partial replat of Unrestricted Reserve “A” of Landmark Roesner, Precinct 3. 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 Mary McKenzie with Hovis Surveying Co. Inc. at 281-320-9591 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 5, 2013 for Valero Store No. 1481, being a replat of Commercial Reserve “A” out of Firethorne, Section 20, Precinct 3. 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 Kevin Reidy with West Belt Surveying Inc. at 281-599-8288 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

Huge Garage Sale Sat. Oct 12 - 9am-4pm

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AUTOMOBILE: Dodge Journey By BARBARA FULENWIDER The 2014 Dodge Journey is a versatile crossover that comes with new option packages for the new model year. They include voice command navigation, rear-seat DVD entertainment and heated leather seating on SXT models. Also new for 2014 is the availability of SiriusXM Radio on all Journey models and the Limited model replaces the Crew. The 2014 Dodge Journey is available in American Value Package (AVP), SE, SXT, Limited and R/T trim levels, and is a most affordable seven-seat crossover with a starting MSRP of $19,495 (excluding $995 destination). The Journey AVP, SE and SXT are powered by a standard 2.4-liter 16-valve DOHC four-cylinder engine, which produces 173 horsepower and 166 lb.-ft. of torque, linked to a four-speed automatic transmission. This four-cylinder engine delivers 26 miles per gallon (mpg) on the highway. The award-winning 3.6-liter Pentastar V-6 engine, optional on SXT and standard on Limited and R/T models, makes 283 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque and is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. The Pentastar V-6 delivers up to 25 mpg on the highway. The interior of the Journey has a large front storage bin with side nets and a multifunction three-spoke steering wheel with standard integrated cruise and radio controls. Noise, vibration and harshness have been reduced. The interior offers bestin-class utility. Second- and available third row seats fold flat to provide 67.6 cubic feet of cargo space. Secondrow seats recline and have available class-exclusive integrated child booster seats. Available third-row seating is a popular option that is available on all trim levels. There are also removable storage bins in the floor ahead of

the second-row seats that can hold or conceal stuff such as a laptop or purse. The Dodge Journey has best in class storage with fold-flat front passenger, second-row and third-row seats, second-row in-floor storage, and front passenger in-seat storage. Journey also offers standard features not commonly found in the segment, such as a 4.3inch Uconnect touchscreen radio, power heated and foldaway mirrors, seven air bags, dual-zone climate control, illuminated cup holders and keyless entry with push-button start. Journey is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick five years running and is loaded with an abundance of more than 40 safety and security features, including standard advanced multistage front passenger air bags, active head restraints, electronic stability control with all-speed traction control, electronic roll mitigation and Brake Assist, driverside knee blocker air bag, sidecurtain air bags covering all three rows, front seat-mounted side air bags, four-wheel antilock disc brakes, LATCH child seat anchor system and trailersway control. Dodge Journey also offers all-wheel-drive capability. The all-wheel-drive system works on demand, driving only the front wheels until power to the rear wheels is needed to maximize fuel efficiency. All-wheel

$157,500

drive also is used on dry pavement between speeds of 25 and 65 mph to enhance handling during performance driving. When traveling faster than 25 mph, Dodge Journey’s all-wheel-drive system sends torque to the rear wheels when cornering with the throttle open to make the car turn more easily, which makes the handling more neutral. At speeds greater than 53 mph, the control strategy provides minimal torque to the rear wheels under normal driving conditions to provide better fuel economy. Dodge Journey features standard electronic stability control (ESC) and all-speed traction control, which help keep the crossover on path in a variety of road surface and weather conditions. Four-wheel antilock brakes and electronic-roll mitigation also are standard on all 2014 Dodge Journey models. The test drive vehicle was the Dodge Journey SXT model, which comes standard with 17-inch aluminum wheels, fog lamps, SiriusXM Radio with one-year subscription, performance front and rear fascias, body-color exterior mirrors, front and rear floor mats, cargo compartment cover and cargo net. New for 2014, SXT is available with voice command navigation, leather seating and a rear-seat entertainment system. The award-winning 283 horsepower Pentastar V-6 mated to a six-speed automatic is available. Journey SXT also is

available with all-wheel-drive (AWD, V-6 only) and sevenpassenger seating on both the four-cylinder and V-6 models. Numerous options are available. The base price for the Dodge Journey SXT Blacktop is $23,095. With numerous optional equipment on board the price went to $29,750. The Journey provides a good ride, has plenty of space inside for people and cargo and drives well. Those of you in the market for a crossover vehicle that won’t wreck your bank account yet will provide a lot to like should test drive the 2014 Dodge Journey.

St. Martin’s Coffee House On Friday, Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. come and experience a night of entertainment and free coffee at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 1123 Burney Road, Sugar Land. This is free and open to anyone, whether they’re a regular member or have never visited St. Martin’s before. Come and take part in a showcase of music, comedy skits, trivia, poetry and more. Childcare will be provided. Sign up with Interim Music Director Renee Boutelle at (713) 859-5104 or reneemiura@yahoo.com if you would like to take to the stage. Cyber Safety Workshop St. Martin’s Lutheran Church is hosting a cyber safety workshop on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. An educational experience geared toward parents with children aged 11 to 18, it’s the perfect opportunity to get information on how to handle children’s access to the Internet. The workshop is free and all families are welcome. Leading this workshop is local computer guru and entrepreneur Lauralie Bedminster who will focus on teaching parents how to keep their children safe on the Internet. St. Martin’s Lutheran Church is located at 1123 Burney Rd., Sugar Land, Texas 77498.

City of Missouri City NOTICE OF A PUBLIC MEETING Notice is hereby given that the City of Missouri City, Texas Bond Exploratory Committee will hold a public meeting on Tuesday, October 15, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Bluebonnet room of the Quail Valley City Centre, 2880 La Quinta Drive, Missouri City, Texas, to present their finding of projects for the 2014 Missouri City Bond Election. Any interested person is entitled to speak for or against the proposed projects. Any person wishing to make written comments regarding the 2014 Missouri City Bond Election should submit them to: City of Missouri City City Secretary 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City, Texas 77489 mgonzalez@missouricitytx.gov All comments must be received by October 28, 2013. Residents are encouraged to access the City of Missouri City’s website for further information regarding the proposed projects at www.missouricitytx.gov. /s/Maria Gonzalez City Secretary City of Missouri City

NOTICE OF INTENTION TO ISSUE CERTIFICATES OF OBLIGATION NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the City Council of the City of Sugar Land, Texas (the “City”), will meet at the City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, Texas, at 5:30 p.m. on the 19th day of November, 2013, which is the time and place tentatively set for the passage of an ordinance and such other action as may be deemed necessary to authorize the issuance of the City’s certificates of obligation, in the maximum aggregate principal amount of $25,500,000 payable from ad valorem taxation and from a limited pledge of a subordinate lien on the net revenues of the City’s waterworks and sanitary sewer system, bearing interest at any rate or rates not to exceed the maximum interest rate now or hereafter authorized by law, as shall be determined within the discretion of the City Council at the time of issuance, and maturing over a period of years not to exceed thirty (30) years from the date thereof, for the purpose of evidencing the indebtedness of the City for all or any part of the costs associated with the construction of (i) improvements of City’s airport, (ii) street, traffic and related drainage improvements, (iii) a new Public Works Service Center and improvements to municipal facilities, (iv) pedestrian and bicycle improvements in Town Center, (v) drainage improvements and (vi) the cost of professional services incurred in connection therewith. WITNESS MY HAND this 1st day of October, 2013. /s/ Glenda Gundermann ______________________________ City Secretary City of Sugar Land, Texas THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS AT LAW OF JORGE A ROMERO, DECEASED UNKNOWN ADDRESS NOTICE: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not file a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 a.m. on Monday next following the expiration of forty-two days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being October 028, 2013 a default judgment may be taken against you. Said answer may be filed by mailing same to: District Clerk’s Office, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas 77469, or by bringing it to the office. Our street address is 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond TX 77469. We are located on the first floor of the Justice Center building. The case is presently pending before the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on AUGUST 13, 2013. It bears cause number 13-DCV- 208547 and is styled: Deutsche Bank National Trust Company, FKA Banktrut Company Of California, As Trustee For The Certificateholders Of The Vendee Mortage Trust 1992-1, United Affairs Guaranteed REMIC Pass-Through Certificates vs Nitza Yamileth Romero, Individually and As Executrix Of The Estate Of Ana Vazquez, Deceased; Alberto Romero, Jr.; Rodolfo Eduardo Romero; Roger David Romero; And The Unknown Heirs At Law Of Jorge A. Romero, Deceased, IN Re: 6033 Muskingum Lane, Houston, Texas 77053. The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: DUSTIN C. GEORGE MACKIE WOLF ZIENTZ & MANN PC 14160 NORTH DALLAS PARKWAY SUITE 900 DALLAS TX 75254-4319 214-722-5176 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: PLAINTIFF SEEKS MONETARY RELIEF OF $100,000.00 OR LESS AND NONMONETARY RELIEF AS WELL AS REAL PROPERTY KNOWN AS 6033 MUSKINGUM, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77053 AND MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED AS FOLLOWS: LOT SIX (6), IN BLOCK THIRTY-EIGHT(38), OF MAYFAIR PARK, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 313, PAGE 529 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. If this citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said court at Richmond, Texas on this 13TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2013. District Clerk Annie Rebecca Elliott, Fort Bend County, Texas By Deputy District Clerk Lisa Tucker 281-341-4516


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News Domestic violence awareness month Seventeen wreaths with purple ribbons have been placed in front of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office for a reason. Each one of those wreaths represents a death in connection with Domestic Violence in the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction since 2008. The month of October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month and the Fort Bend

County Sheriff’s Office urges residents to join the observance. “The number of Family Violence cases the Sheriff’s Office handles each year is startling,” said Sheriff Troy E. Nehls. “Family violence calls outnumber almost all other crimes we investigate and they have a ripple effect for any family. Family violence touches every member of the

family; it’s not just a husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend situation. More often than you’d like to think, there are children or other relatives who are exposed and suffer the consequences of domestic violence.” To date in 2013, 1,292 cases of Family Violence have been investigated by Sheriff’s Office personnel. The average is just under five cases

of family violence reported to the Sheriff’s Office each day. At the current rate, the Sheriff’s Office jurisdiction will reach approximately 1,725 cases of Domestic Violence for the year. In 2012, the Sheriff’s Office handled 1,848 cases and there were 1,647 cases in 2011. The first observance of Do-

mestic Violence Awareness Month occurred in 1987 and was initiated by the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence. In that same year, a toll-free hotline was begun. In October, 1994, the organization, in conjunction with Ms. Magazine, created the “Remember My Name” project, a national registry to increase

public awareness of domestic violence deaths. The coalition can be reached at mainoffice@ncadv. org. To report Domestic Violence cases, dial either 911 in an emergency or contact the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that the Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, will conduct a hearing at its regular meeting on October 22, 2013 at 1:00 p.m., at the Commissioners Courtroom, 7th floor, 301 Jackson, Richmond, Texas, for the purpose of establishing a reinvestment zone pursuant to Section 312.201 and 312.401 of the TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE as amended, which will enable the County to abate taxes on personal property and real property improvements within this reinvestment zone. All interested persons are invited to attend this meeting and offer any comments on the designation of this zone. All comments will be considered by the Commissioners Court. The attached described tracts are proposed to be designated as the Reinvestment Zone: ___________________________ Dianne Wilson, Fort Bend County Clerk

Standing in front of 17 wreaths wrapped in purple ribbons are, from left, Detective Don Worsham, Victim Liaison Denise Gruwell, Detective Rachel Brooks and Sheriff Troy E. Nehls. Worsham and Brooks are with the Family Violence Unit. Not pictured is Detective Justin Harris and the unit supervisor, Lt. Glenn Norrell.

Spirit of Freedom Republican Women host David Walls of Texas Values The Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club will host Texas Values Director of Operations, David Walls. The meeting will take place Friday, October 18th, at Sugar Creek Baptist Church Chapel at 13213 SW Freeway, Sugar Land from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. A light lunch will be served courtesy of Commissioner Andy Meyers and Laura Richard, candidate for Fort Bend County Clerk. An RSVP is requested for those who plan to eat or just attend the meeting for a head count. Meet and greet starts at 11:00 a.m. and the meeting will begin promptly at 11:30 a.m. To RSVP email President Debbie Fancher at info@spiritoffreedomwomen.com or call or text her at 281-543-3195. David Walls is Director of Operations of Texas Values, a group dedicated to preserving and advancing faith, fam-

Walls ily, and freedom in the state of Texas. Prior to working for Texas Values, David was the Grassroots Coordinator for Liberty Institute, a nonprofit legal group, led by Kelly Shackelford. David works to stand for religious liberty, the sanctity of human life, traditional family values, and constitutional rights, coordinating communication, grassroots, and educational efforts in Texas and

speaking to groups around the state. David previously worked on the campaign of Texas State Senator Brian Birdwell and interned for the Family Research Council in Washington, D.C. Mr. Walls has received a MA in Political Science and Legislative Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas and was honored as an Archer Center Graduate Program in Public Policy Fellow. He has also received a MBA from the University of Texas in Arlington and received his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University. David is a native Texan who grew up in the Dallas area. He currently lives in Austin with his wife and son, and is a member at Grace Covenant Church. For more information visitwww.spiritoffreedomwomen. com


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Community news Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital first in Fort Bend to use PFO closure As a baby develops in the womb, a hole in its heart provides oxygen-rich blood from the mother. This hole usually closes naturally when the baby is born. However, about 25 percent of the time, it does not close and becomes known as a Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO). Most people do not experience any symptoms with a PFO and grow up without knowing they have one. However, in some instances, a PFO may contribute to a stroke or a heart attack. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the first in Fort Bend County to offer the minimally invasive PFO closure procedure to prevent recurrent strokes and heart

attacks. “Most people with PFO go through life and never have a problem,” says Dr. B. Keith Ellis, a board-certified interventional cardiologist and fellowship-trained, PFO closure expert at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “But there’s a subset of people in the population that may have a stroke and we cannot find the cause, otherwise known as a cryptogenic stroke. There is an increased incidence of PFO in patients with cryptogenic stroke. Some of our patients that have had multiple cryptogenic strokes and have failed medical therapy may be candidates for closure of PFO.” As an alternative to open

heart surgery, PFO closure is relatively painless and does not require surgical incisions. During the procedure, a catheter is used to guide the placement of the PFO closure device, which resembles a tiny umbrella, which becomes a permanent implant that closes the hole in the patient’s heart wall. Patients are able to go home one day after the procedure and can go back to work and everyday activities in three to five days. “The procedure was pain-

Becky’s Real Estate Corner PFO closures are being performed by B. Keith Ellis, M.D. and Pranav Loyalka, M.D.

Wiley construction (19.1 percent), leisure and hospitality (17.6 percent), and education health services (13.8 percent). “Not only did Fort Bend County accomplish the highest percentage job growth year over year, but the quality of these new jobs is outstanding,” said Jeff Wiley, president and CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Devel-

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Fort Bend County wins national recognition for gains in employment Fort Bend County achieved the largest percentage increase in employment in the nation from March 2012 to March 2013, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). BLS, the independent statistical arm of the U.S. Department of Labor, released results showing Fort Bend tops the list of the 334 largest U.S. counties, with an increase in employment of more than 7 percent, well above the national average of 1.6 percent. While employment in the County is up overall, the largest percentage gain in Fort Bend was in the information segment, which grew 46.7 percent during the same time period. Other notable gains include natural resources and mining (35 percent),

less,” says Errol Lewis, a patient of Dr. Ellis’, who recently had a successful PFO closure procedure at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “My shortness of breath and other symptoms related to my stroke have improved.” To make an appointment with Dr. Ellis or another cardiologist with Methodist Diagnostic Cardiology of Houston, call 713.776.9500 or for more information visit methodistsugarlanddocs.com.

opment Council. “These are high-paying jobs that require greater education levels and reflect the top notch skillsets available in our local workforce.” With recent business expansions and relocation announcements such as ALDI, Costco, Niagara Bottling, and Ben E. Keith, Fort Bend expects to maintain its position as a national job growth leader. To see the full results from BLS, visit BLS.gov. For additional information about Fort Bend County, visit FortBendCounty.com or call 281242-0000. Fort Bend County is located in the Houston metropolitan area of southeast Texas. Its population is among the fastest growing in the United

States and has been recognized as being among the most educated and diverse counties in the nation. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Fort Bend County has more than 585,000 residents and ranks 1st for growth out of the ten largest counties in Texas. Fort Bend’s vibrant economy has also received national recognition: the County leads employment growth in the largest counties in the U.S., according to U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data. For more information about Fort Bend County, including a complete list of recognitions, visit us at www. FortBendCounty.com. Search for Fort Bend County on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter

In Honor of Breast Breat Cancer Awareness Month New Beginnings Image Salon Studios A New Beginning is a season of life people anticipate when faced with an unwelcoming situation The struggle of cancer and hair loss has not only been the battle of just my clients but in a sense mine too. I've been a licensed cosmetologist for 20+ years. The weekly, monthly visits evolve into years of friendship making them family. We provide clients with a safe and private atmosphere. New Beginnings offers customized customize wig ordering (human and synthetic hair), cutting and styling the wig, maintenance and wig accessories. I guarantee a private consultation to discuss their needs. I enjoy making a difference in their lives New Beginnings has flexible hours of operations, makes house calls,tailors tailor wigs to customer's satisfaction, andis conveniently located in Sugar Land. I want to dedicate this to my dear friend Tammy who lost the fight to this atrocious disease. I welcome the opportunity to serve you with a New Beginning. In life, we encounter life difficulties but it is vital we remain rooted in faith, hope, and love. 15315 SW Frwy. Ste.133, Sugar Land•832-628-2169 Send your news to Becky at Sales@fbindependent.com

FILM REVIEW: Gravity

Voices Against Violence 2013 Here’s what they will be saying on the street about this movie: outstanding special effects, Bullock and Clooney were out of this world (cheap but true) and I was on the edge of my seat! And “they” are always right. I had a physical reaction to this film; I watched it in 3D-IMAX. I look good in those nerdy dark glasses. There is an accident caused by space trash so early in the story, Sandra Bullock as Dr. Ryan Stone and George Clooney as Commander Matt Kowalski find themselves floating in space and separated from their shuttle – SDS 157. They were scared, especially Bullock, and so was Larry H. Clooney not so much. When they would reach for a piece of a spaceship or International Space Station, I would literally find myself reaching or at least thinking about moving my arm to “help” them grab something to save them from disaster. I fidgeted with my hands and squirmed in my seat. Bravo, bravo to Alfonso Cuaron who brilliantly directed this visual masterpiece as well as co-wrote the screenplay and put some money in it and was credited as one of the producers. I wondered throughout the movie about the techniques used to create the beautiful

scenes of the up-close space shots with the magnificent globe in the background. I could see mountains and oceans on earth and I thought I saw the Suez Canal. There are only two characters that are seen and speak in the movie – Bullock and Clooney. Bullock is at her best; Clooney is so talented that he could have mailed this one in. The star is Sandra Bullock though, and she is perfect for the part which means that her performance was near-perfect. She is on the screen about three times as much as Clooney, but you will not feel cheated; the story is believable and relatable. Other than these two, there are human voices, but we do not ever see them. One voice is Ed Harris; the same Ed Harris that said “Failure is not an option” in Apollo 13 (1995) when he played Gene Kranz at NASA Control Center. His voice is so recognizable and authentic that I wanted to holler out a “hey” to him to let him know that I had his back. I’m a big fan of Ed Harris. And of this movie. IMAX is the way to go with this flick if you can afford the 14 bucks. Go for it. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 92. Larry H. www.larryhmoviereviews. com

A Domestic Violence Awareness Event Hosted by Asians Against Domestic Abuse & Fort Bend County Women’s Center Thursday, October 17th @ Sugar Land Town Square From 7-9pm Music by M&M Events with DJ J. Brown, Brionna Rivera & Reagan Scott

FEATURING ONE BEAT FROM DANCE DU COEUR

Help us spread awareness concerning domestic violence and dating abuse. Let’s raise our voices and end the silence on violence!

Fort Bend County Women’s Center

Asians Against Domestic Abuse


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sational cent S TOUR of HOMES October 1-31 A “French Bread” Kitchen

A “Bubble Gum” Girls Room

An “Herbal” Living Retreat

... and so much more!

20+ model homes, every one with a scented room. Follow your nose to the sweet smell of luxury! Visit our models for a chance to win big prizes! Tour Riverstone’s 20+ model homes throughout the month of October and bask in luxurious surroundings and decorated spaces. Have your senses aroused with a playful scented room in every model home. And, with our master-plan enhanced by over 200 acres of lakes, parklands and quality amenities—

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Luxurious Waterside Living in Fort Bend

Ashton Woods . Christopher Sims Custom Homes . Coventry . Darling . Fedrick, Harris . Highland . Lespreance Construction . Meritage . Newmark Partners in Building . Perry Homes . Sitterle . Sterling Classic Homes . Taylor Morrison . Teramor Custom Homes . Toll Brothers . Trendmaker . Westin . Westport

$280s-Millions


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