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Bizarre campaign tactics in local races Cirque du Chambre on Nov.10

The Presidential election in Fort Bend County is likely to be decided largely by straight party voters. Also, there is a perceivable enthusiasm among Republican voters as evidenced by more early voting in Republican areas of the county. For example, noted Republican strongholds, Cinco Ranch and Pecan Grove areas, have shown very high turnout, partly because of the mailers sent by the local Republican Party urging people to vote early to avoid likely misuse of the large chunk of missing voter registration cards in two zip codes. Turning to the local races, three state representative races, the county sheriff race and the Precinct 1 County Commissioner race are significant, though no upset victory is expected in any of the races. The Pct. 1 commissioner race, in particular, has acquired some notoriety, with the incumbent Democrat, Richard Morrison, on the driver’s seat even as his Republican opponent, Bruce Fleming, has been formally dumped by his own party. That is Fleming’s own undoing as he allegedly voted in two states simultaneously. In the absence of Fleming’s denial of the charge, the evidence gathered by his opposition is sufficient to doubt his integrity, though that may not be sufficient to convict him in a court of law. Despite three or four alleged election law violations, only one that allegedly occurred in 2010 is eligible for prosecution, if the district attorney is able to gather additional, incontrovertible evidence to indict Fleming. The executive committee of the Fort Bend County Republican Party took the extraordinary step of withdrawing support to Fleming, as a matter of abundant caution. That does not deter Democrats from accusing Republicans of voter fraud, thanks to one new entrant to the Republican Party, who was unknown until a few months ago. Even in the absence of the voting scandal, Fleming’s chance of victory over Morrison was slim to none. Morrison has assiduously courted his constituents and he probably voted more times with a Conservative Republican commissioner than with his Democratic counterpart. Also, Fleming was such a novice that he did not know who County Clerk Dianne Wilson was. He dug his own grave by bad-mouthing to Wilson her own favorite Jacquie Baly Chaumette, who ran unsuccessfully for State Rep. Dist. 26 against Rick Miller in the Republican primary. This election cycle also witnessed the spectacle of Republicans endorsing Democrats in certain races. Wilson, along with Pct. 1 Constable A. J. Dorr endorsed Morrison publicly. Morrison sent out a mailer, urging Republicans to split their vote between Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney and himself. Morrison went a step forward and put Fort Bend GOP chair Mike Gibson’s picture as if he is endorsing the Democrat. Morrison exploited the

Opinion: Inside Track By Seshadri Kumar GOP’s withdrawal of support to Fleming to his advantage, as if the wide publicity it received was not enough. One would have thought that Republicans would have stopped with dumping their tainted candidate, but some Republicans were too eager to get their pictures in Morrison’s mailer. While Democrats were making hay of the disgraced Republican candidate in Fleming, their own candidate Ron Reynolds, seeking re-election for State Rep. Dist. 27 is basking under the glory of campaign finance law violations, censure by the bar and even a charge of barratry. (See Page 5) Reynolds is opposed by Kris Allfrey, Republican, and he could not get his own party to highlight Reynolds’ ethical problems. The local GOP could have done what Morrison did and asked Democrats in Dist. 27 to split their votes between President Barack Obama and Allfrey. Allfrey did not get much financial support either because conventional wisdom is that Reynolds cannot be defeated by a Republican in that district. Two years ago, despite similar ethical issues, Reynolds won over the veteran Democrat Dora Olivo, and got the party’s nomination. He is set to repeat the same victory as his base believes Reynolds when he says he has taken care of the problems. Period. Now, Olivo is running against Phil Stevenson in the newly created State Rep Dist. 85. Fleming’s case also provided fodder to another group which hates white, Republican, Christian, conservative

men or Rick Miller. They beat the dead horse (Fleming) again and again and give credit to Miller, where it does not belong. That Fleming was “found” by Miller is the charge. Miller and Fleming are in the same picture, and so, Miller is as tainted as Fleming. Miller and Fleming once shook hands, so Miller is tainted as well. Thus, detractors of Miller keep repeating Fleming and Miller a la the German propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels. It does not matter if Miller had not “recruited” Fleming or “appointed” him as precinct chair. The best precinct chair award was not instituted to reward Fleming. It was established in 2009 and in 2010 Fleming shared the award with Bill Rickert. Obviously, neither Miller nor the committee which approved the award at that time knew of no wrong doing by Fleming. After hurling all kinds of allegations against Miller during the Primary election, his opponents are now playing the Fleming card. Miller’s opponent, Vy Nguyen, could garner votes, especially the straight party votes. Whether that number in Dist. 26 would be sufficient to win is doubtful. Nguyen is a newcomer to the Fort Bend political scene and she emerged as a Democrat early this year. One of her supporters, who hates Miller, says one should vote for Vy Nguyen because her name sounds “We win.” If you want more reason to vote for, she is a minority, and a female, says her supporter. In the sheriff’s race, some Republicans, are clandestinely supporting Democrat Mike Ellison because they did not like Constable Troy Nehls. Nehls had a good showing in the Republican primary after a bloody battle with Craig Brady, and the same allegations won’t make a difference in the general election, especially when the Democrat is under funded. Why underestimate the voters to such an extent?

PRETTY IN PINK. The community charity event, Pretty in Pink—Town Square, raised more than $103,000 to benefit local cancer patients through the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) Cancer fund. Above, participants Maria Socci, Karen Seliger, Sam Puglisi, Melissa Roca, Marlene Gonzalez and Melissa Montemayo. See Report on Page 8.

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Celebration Ball Committee members and Presenting Sponsors: Top row from left: Chuck Bucek, Blake Greer and Allison Wen. Middle row: Amber McDonald, Lisa Matthews and Shanta Kuhl. Bottom row: Ron and Juliana Ewer and Dr. Margaret and Kevin Patton. The Central Fort Bend Soleil entertainment company. the Safari Texas Ranch’s Texas Chamber Alliance has decid- There will be a fire dancer, Ballroom, 11627 FM 1464, ed to add a few twists (along a Hula Hooping stilt walker, Richmond. The Ball will comwith just about any other kind Brazilian dancers, an aerialist, mence at 6 p.m. with a cocktail of physical contortion one can a juggler and a contortionist. reception, followed by seated imagine) to its annual Celebra- Kevin Kline of the 93Q Morn- dinner, live entertainment and a live auction. ing Zoo will emcee the event. tion Ball. For more information about The Celebration Ball is an On Saturday, Nov. 10, the Chamber’s annual Celebra- annual event honoring member the 2012 Celebration Ball or tion Ball, which is presented businesses, organizations and for individual registrations, for the second straight year by individuals who are the back- contact Cristy Jennings at 281Legacy Ford and Kevin Patton bone of not only the Chamber 342-5464 or cjennings@cfbca. State Farm, will adopt a Cirque but also the business commu- org, stop by the office at 4120 Ave. H (Hwy. 90) in Rosendu Chambre theme, featuring nity. The black-tie affair is sched- berg, or visit www.CFBCA. live performances based on the world-renowned Cirque du uled for 6 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at org.

Classroom assignment turns into book deal for Quail Valley GT Academy Student Young author Alice Harvey (center) is shown with David Sebek, GT English Language Arts teacher (left), and Abigail Priest, GT Academy Coordinator. Twelve-year-old Quail Valley GT Academy student, Alice Harvey, is reaping the rewards of a classroom writing assignment after having her eBook, Time Star, published on Amazon Kindle. Last year, Alice and her sixth-grade English Language Arts classmates were instructed by their teacher, David Sebek, to develop stories as a writing assignment. Alice wrote a story about a teenage girl, Alora, who is pulled into the secret world of the Time Travel Agency to help stop the world from being destroyed. Sebek found Alice’s story to be so interesting and well written that he suggested her family consider getting it published as an eBook. The family agreed and decided to self-publish on Amazon. During the summer, Alice worked on the cover artwork and made a few edits to her novella. The book went live on September 4 in Amazon’s Kindle store, and within a week had sold 28 copies. “I was really excited to see how many people were buying my book,” said Alice. “I can’t believe how happy it made me feel.” Alice has received many rave reviews on her book, most of which include requests for a sequel. Time Star has also become popular overseas. In fact, a school teacher in the United Kingdom used the book as part of a homework assignment to encourage her students to practice their writing skills. At only 12, Alice is realizing one of her life’s dreams and hopes that her book will inspire many other children to pursue their creative dreams as well.

Swim mom Debbie Phelps joins local after-school supporter CASE to promote National Parent Involvement Day on Nov. 15 Parents, community leaders, & educators are invited to hear keynote speaker Debbie Phelps for luncheon, panel discussion Swim mom Debbie Phelps, mother of Olympian Michael Phelps, partners with the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment (CASE) to promote National Parent Involvement Day on Nov. 15 from 11 a.m.2 p.m. at the Hermann Park Garden, 1500 Hermann Circle Drive, Houston, Texas. Debbie Phelps Keynote speaker Phelps shares her success story as a single mother of three. Her insight as an educator provides testimony to the difference a parent can make in a child’s education. Local leaders join Phelps in a panel discussion and question-and-answer session. The event includes lunch and a parent resource fair. Tickets are $35 with discount available for students (with ID). For information or to register, go to www.afterschoolzone. org or call (713) 696-1360. About the Cooperative for After-School Enrichment, or CASE: CASE provides and supports after-school programs in 100 after-school sites in Harris County for over 12,000 students in elementary through high school in greater Harris County. The CASE mission is to strengthen, support and sustain after school for all children. Formed in 1999 by Harris County Department of Education, the CASE vision is to ensure that every child in Harris County has access to a quality after-school program. Access www.afterschoolzone.org for more information.


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News HCC, UT Tyler sign agreement Houston-area students will now be able to obtain a Bachelor of Engineering degree from University of Texas at Tyler and Houston Community College. In an innovative partnership, students will be able to earn their Associate of Science degree in engineering with a set degree plan qualifying them for transfer to the UT Tyler Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering program. Starting in the spring 2013 semester, students will have the convenience of attending classes for their associate degree and the bachelor’s degree at the newly established UT Tyler Houston Center for Engineering located at HCC’s Alief Campus, 2811 Hayes Road in Houston, Texas. In addition to the convenience of having the opportunity to continue their education locally, this program partnership will save students nearly 50 percent in tuition costs. Dr. Mary S. Spangler, HCC Chancellor; Dr. Art Tyler, HCC Deputy Chancellor; HCC Board Chair Mary Ann Perez, District III, and HCC Board members Neeta Sane, District VII, and Richard Schechter, District V; Dr. Zachary Hodges, President, HCC Northwest, and Bart Sheinberg, Interim Director of Resource and Economic Development for HCC, joined

Back row: HCC Trustee Neeta Sane, District VII; Dr. Zachary Hodges, President, HCC Northwest; HCC Trustee Richard Schechter, District V. Front row: HCC Board Chair Mary Ann Perez, District III; Dr. Mary S. Spangler, HCC Chancellor; and Dr. Rod Mabry, President of UT Tyler Dr. Rod Mabry, President of UT Tyler; Alisa White, Provost and Vice President for UT Tyler Academic Affairs and Dr. James K. Nelson Jr., Dean of the UT Tyler College of Engineering and Computer Science, to sign the memorandum of understanding at the HCC Administration Building, 3100 Main, Tuesday, Oct. 22 at 9:30 a.m. The representatives of both institutions were enthusiastic about the opportunities the partnership will bring to students. Dr. Mabry said, “We are excited about the partnership we’re creating. It’s all about the students and giving them the opportunity to attend two excellent institutions to fulfill

their goals. This is the first time in Texas that a two-plustwo program accredited by the Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology is available to students. Through this program, we have solved a problem and that’s a national change for students.� Dr. Spangler said, “We appreciate UT Tyler’s commitment to work with HCC. This is a terrific opportunity for our students. The program will provide a seamless transition into the baccalaureate program and a direct line into good paying jobs with employers who need workers with this level of training and expertise.� Houston Community Col-

lege’s and UT Tyler’s leadership recognizes the necessity of steering Texas school children towards mathematics and science. Dr. Hodges, the president of HCC Northwest, emphasized how important it is for students to be calculusready to create the new Texas engineering pipeline for employers. Dr. Nelson added that identifying students early and moving them along will shorten the time invested in their degree, thus saving them money. The program will offer significant advantages to HCC students when considering transfer to UT Tyler or other engineering schools nationwide. While the program offers exceptional benefits for the student, it is also designed to support the engineering field and the businesses which need to fill highly skilled job opportunities. “While putting a significant number of students through the engineering pipeline, we need to get the word to students about the kind of jobs that are available,� said Dr. Mabry. “And we need to let local firms know about the talent that is on the way to fill those engineering jobs they so desperately need.� The total tuition cost for the HCC associate degree and UT Tyler bachelor’s degree in engineering in this program will be around $22,500.

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pass it,� the city engineer said. He also said the time frame to start construction on the project was initially March of this year, then it was moved to July and “now I hear that it’s the first of 2013.� Meanwhile, UPRR and the City of Sugar Land have reached an agreement over the right of way the railroad needs on Kempner Street in front of the

former sugar mill. In a joint negotiation with the city and NALCO, the UPRR has agreed to re-locate the loop serving the chemical factory to the north at no cost to the rail company. At the same time, the city will get a new at grade crossing for University Boulevard across U.S. 90A and connect to the Stadium driver in the Imperial de-

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Opinion Strategies for the stretch run to Nov. 6

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Desperate campaigning By RUSSELL JONES Negative ads have become synonymous with the presidential campaign. Texas has escaped the worst, largely because Obama long ago determined that holding fund raisers here and spending the money in Ohio and other competitive states would be far more beneficial than actually spending time here. Perhaps the Texans who aided his campaign are proud of how the incumbent has spent their money. While in Virginia a few weeks ago, a state then thought to be winnable by Obama, this columnist experienced a barrage of negative ads from both candidates during prime television time. Obama had just experienced the embarrassment of the first debate, and Biden was just snickering and giggling his way through his matchup with Ryan. It was not yet clear that Romney had begun a continuing charge in the polls that looked as if it might be unstoppable. The ads were blunt, hard hitting, and simply false in terms of the underlying facts. The ads were irritating with their accusations, but they were not in bad taste, as political ads go. Now, with all of the debates in the past, the Obama camp seems to have shifted its campaign into desperation mode, and good taste no longer seems to be a requirement. Late last week Obama released a new ad aimed at young women full of a double entendre comparing the tattooed announcer’s loss of virginity to voting for Obama. For your first time, she advises, “it should not be with just anybody. You want to do it with a great guy. . . . My first time voting was amazing. . . . Before I was a girl. Afterwards I was a woman.” Of course it was Obama who made a woman out of her. Over the weekend, still another appeared. The ad features a screenful of zombie-like kids of varying ages,

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Benghazi news New leaks about the truth of the 9/11/12 attack on Benghazi

seem to be emerging daily. It seems that the career employees in the State Department, and maybe even other agencies better known for keeping secrets than publicizing them, may be hesitant to be thrown under the bus to protect the reelection chances of the incumbent president. The leaks are consistent among themselves, but inconsistent with the version released by the political operatives of the administration. Without summarizing all the details, it is clear that the cover-up goes into the White House, if not to Obama himself. High ranking members of the military and the administration were almost certainly gathered in the Situation Room during the consulate attack, where they watched the seven-hour siege as it happened. Is it really believable that no one told Obama what was going on in the Situation Room? Is it believable that the decision not to send in rescue forces, where a rescue would require bringing in troops from another country, could have been made below the presidential pay grade? Is it believable that hours were lost while the State Department tried to convince Libya to send in its troops for a rescue? Is it believable that the four-star general in charge of American forces in Africa believed that he could intervene and conduct a successful rescue, but was never given the order to do so? Shameful! 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.

By KARL ROVE This year’s presidential election was transformed between the first debate’s opening statements in Denver and the closing statements in Boca Raton. As a result, most of the negative impressions created by the Obama campaign’s five-month, $300-million television advertising barrage were destroyed. Seen unfiltered, Gov. Mitt Romney came across as an earnest, straightforward, thoughtful conservative with a concrete plan for the nation’s future. Wednesday’s RealClearPolitics.com average of polls showed Mr. Romney with 48% support to President Barack Obama’s 47.1%. On the eve of the Denver debate, Mr. Romney had 46% and Mr. Obama 49.1%. More revealing, in the past week’s 40 national surveys, Mr. Romney was at or above 50% in 11, with Mr. Obama at or above 50% in one. Mr. Romney leads 48.9% to 46.7% in an average of these surveys. At this same point in 2004, President George W. Bush led Sen. John Kerry in this composite average, 48.9% to 45.8%. So what are each candidate’s strategies for the stretch run? New television spots reveal the Romney campaign’s closing message. One says another four years for Mr. Obama would mean more debt, up to 20 million people losing their employer-provided health insurance, higher taxes, rising energy prices and Medicare cuts. Other ads emphasize Mr. Romney has a plan for jobs and showcase his success as a Republican governor in a Democratic state. This three-part strategy— matter-of-factly indict Mr. Obama’s failed policies, highlight a common-sense conser-

vative agenda to create jobs and growth, and stress Mr. Romney’s capacity to provide bipartisan leadership—was evident in all three of his debate performances. The Obama campaign strategy also has three elements. The first was embodied in a glossy 20-page pamphlet issued Tuesday, entitled “The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan for Jobs & Middle-Class Security.” Mr. Obama is distributing 3.5 million copies of it nationwide but it is too late: Voters concluded months ago that he lacks a forward-looking program. The pamphlet itself is a second-rate repackaging of Mr. Obama’s lackluster convention speech and has been rightly dismissed by many in the press as a PR ploy. Even an accompanying TV ad swing won’t rescue Mr. Obama. The second strategic thrust of the Obama message was exemplified in three TV ads released on Tuesday. They warn that Mr. Romney would end all abortion, gut Medicare, and undermine education. But this repeats months of similar messaging, so it is hard to believe that it will undo Mr. Romney’s current momentum. The final element of Mr. Obama’s strategy is to constantly question Mr. Romney’s truthfulness. The president says his opponent suffers from “stage-three Romnesia,” as if the GOP challenger were a disease. While calling his opponent a liar thrills partisans, Mr. Obama risks turning off swing voters, especially since Mr. Romney’s favorability rating is now higher than his own. In an Oct. 21 Monmouth/ SurveyUSA/Braun poll of registered voters, Mr. Romney was viewed favorably by 49% and unfavorably by 39%,

up from 41% favorable and 40% unfavorable on Sept. 16. The president’s problem remains the economy. Facts belie his argument that it is largely healed. Rather, it is producing jobs at a slower rate than last year, generating an average of 131,000 a month so far in 2012. At that rate, it will take three years just to get employment back where it was when the recession started, 138 million. Meanwhile, approximately four million to five million more Americans will have entered the workforce without jobs. Voters are uneasy and disapprove of Mr. Obama’s economic stewardship. This race will be close, depending on a few states. The good news for Mr. Romney is that the ones he needs are breaking his way. He leads in most recent polls in Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, New Hampshire and Colorado. That puts the former Massachusetts governor at 261 in the Electoral College with Iowa, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and the great prize, Ohio, still up for grabs. In those states, Mr. Obama has at best a thin edge, while Mr. Romney has momentum, a stronger argument, and time to grab the seven additional electoral votes he needs. An incumbent president’s final number in opinion polls is often his Election Day share of his vote. Undecided voters generally swing the challenger’s way. So if Mr. Obama goes into Nov. 6 below 50% in these states—as he now is in almost every one—he is likely to lose them and his chance at a second term. This article originally appeared on WSJ.com on Wednesday, October 25, 2012.

Early voting continues at high pace A total of 87,721 people have voted in the first seven days of early voting in Fort Bend County. The Cinco Ranch Library in Katy registered 12,886 votes, while Harmony School along Westpark Tollway registered 3,483 votes. The combined total for Katy area was 16,369. Missouri City recorded 9,653 votes. Chasewood recorded 3,640 votes and Hightower High School 4,975 votes. Sienna Library registered 4,563 votes. In the seven-day period, Pecan Grove recorded 5,806 votes and New Territory Randalls 6,781 votes. Rosenberg recorded 6,534 votes in the same period. In Sugar Land, First Colony registered 8,269 votes, Lost Creek Park 2,979 votes and Sugar Land Methodist Church recorded 4,902 votes. Other early voting sites including Four Corners, Fulshear and Needville recorded 3,865 votes, 2,716 votes and 1,580 votes, respectively. A total of 12,273 mail in ballots were requested, of which 8,204 have been returned. The early voting trend is almost the same as it was four years ago, according to Fort Bend County Election Administrator John Oldham. The actual numbers are a

little higher this year because 40,000 more voters have been added to the voter list. Oldham predicted that total turnout this year will be a little shy of 70 percent. Four years ago, it was 68.6 percent. The turnout in Precinct 3 is way up and in Precinct 2 the turnout so far is about the same as it was four years ago. Going by the precincts where voting is high, observers concluded that the Republican voter base appeared to be more enthusiastic. Consequently, the total number of Republican votes is expected to be higher than the Democrats’ turnout. The second week of early voting was as busy as on the first day and voting is expected to pick up again in the last four days, ending on Friday. On Oct. 29, 12,189 more people voted taking the total to early votes to 99,910...

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Community news Delletia DeFlora receives Chick-fil-A scholarship

DeFlora, left, with Kubala Chick-fil-AÂŽ, Inc. has selected Missouri City resident Delletia DeFlora as a recipient of the chainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s $1,000 Leadership Scholarship. De Flora was nominated by Milton Kubala, Operator of Chick-fil-A at Missouri City Restaurant. DeFlora has worked for Chick-fil-A for a little more than three years. She graduated from Hightower High School in May 2012, and she is currently attending North Texas State University majoring in Broadcast Journalism. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The program recognizes employees who demonstrate the leadership and character qualities to build a successful life, while offering tangible assistance to enrich their lives with education beyond high school,â&#x20AC;? said Milton Kubala. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Delletia has the potential to accomplish great things.â&#x20AC;? The Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship Program began in 1973 out of founder Truett Cathyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s desire to incent restaurant employees to further their education. Since the programâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s inception, more than 3,100 team members have received scholarships, bringing the total amount to nearly $30 million.

Sugar Land Rotary celebrates Veterans Day on Nov. 14 Plan to join Sugar Land Rotarians in honoring veterans at a special Annual Sugar Land Rotary Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Hal Jay, Veterans Day Event Chairman, plans to use the event to honor veterans in the local community. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This year we will have James Johnson retired a Staff Sergeant from the U.S. Army as our featured speaker. He has been given many state and federal awards including the Iraq Campaign Medal and the Purple Heart,â&#x20AC;? said Jay. As a member of the Los Angeles Army National Guard, Sgt. Johnson served as an Infantry Squad Leader. His unit was deployed to Baghdad, Iraq in 2004, and while on patrol in January 2005, the vehicle his squad was riding in was struck by a huge roadside bomb. Two of his fellow soldiers were killed and four, including Johnson, were severely wounded. He spent the next year recovering at Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. As a result of the explosion, James was left with many

Pictured from left to right at a recent Sugar Land Rotary Club meeting are: Past District Governor Jeff Tallas; Sugar Land Rotary President Jared Jameson; Chris Schneider; Sugar Land Rotary President-Elect Ward Pendleton; Past District Governor Dr. Steve Harris; and Assistant District Governor Frank Parrilla. broken bones, internal burns, and Friends for all veterans or fax (281) 242-5757. Chris Schneider, Governor a traumatic brain injury, and and their spouses. The cost a spinal cord injury. Through for Rotarians and non-veteran for District 5890, and a vetyears of physical therapy and guests will be $25 per person. eran of the U.S. Army said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;It Table sponsorships are is extremely important to recgreat support from his family, he has made a remarkable re- also available for $200 each. ognize our Veterans.â&#x20AC;? He gives this reminder covery despite being 100 per- For reservations or a table sponsorship, contact Sonny when he speaks at Rotary cent disabled. The meal will be compli- Johnston at sonnycpa@wind- clubs throughout the District. mentary of Sugar Land Rotary stream.net or (281) 240-5700

Meet the REAL Ron Reynolds Legal Issues On February 9, 2005 Reynolds pled guilty to Professional Misconduct, violating Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct and State Bar Rules. [Kazan â&#x20AC;&#x201C; H0120316864, Schillereff â&#x20AC;&#x201C; H0010410145, Grimes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; H0110419048]. Reynolds failed to respond to 2 summary judgment motions and settled one case without his clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consent or knowledge.

On October 21, 2005 Reynolds pled guilty to Professional Misconduct for settling a case without his clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s consent, kept the proceeds and lied to his client stating that he was still working on the case. [Randolph â&#x20AC;&#x201C; H0020519586]

On November 22, 2005 Reynolds accepted sanctions by the State Bar of Texas for Professional Misconduct in the Randolph case. Most notable is the acceptance of the â&#x20AC;&#x153;ruleâ&#x20AC;? violation 8.04(a)(3): Engaging in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit or misrepresentation. http://neighborhood-media.com/pdf/Document.pdf

On April 12, 2012, Reynolds was accused of settling a case without his clientâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s permission and pocketing the proceeds of the settlement ($60,000). http://truthaboutron.com (ďŹ nish the url and make it public for the pdfs) http://www.hcdistrictclerk.com/edocs/public/CaseDetails.aspx?Get=47XbXqZJwy9f/ fuqw0XWdwQORIvCy6ns2bMPjAVV6s00t3xWVEP9uwV+li4SGFqPLeYlb69iCVNr/dbAdFpt2idZz8zaQdPf7Up84Mg/Y=

Criminal Issues In April 2012, Reynolds was indicted on the charge of Barratry (a felony). Since then, Reynolds has dismissed every attorney prior to arraignment in an attempt to stall having his day in court. His next court date has been postponed until after the election (November 14th).

Ethics Issues In June 2011 Reynolds had been ďŹ ned by the Texas Ethics Commission $10500 for failure to ďŹ le two reports (July 2008 & January 2009). He has yet to pay the ďŹ ne. http://www.instantnewsfortbend.com/2010/02/17/44040

As of October 8, 2012, Reynolds has yet to ďŹ le his July 2012 report. http://www.ethics.state.tx.us/php/ďŹ ler.php?acct=00062098COH

Legislative Issues Mr. Reynolds is a member of two committees (Environmental Regulation & Economic and Small Business Development). Mr. Reynolds has not attended any committee meetings in 2012. Environmental Regulations Committee: -XO\0LQXWHVKWWSZZZFDSLWROVWDWHW[XVWORGRFV5PLQXWHVKWPO&+70Ä&#x161;0DUFK 22, 2012 Minutes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/minutes/html/C2602012032209001.HTM Economic and Small Business Development Committee: June 28, 2012 Minutes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/minutes/html/C2352012062810001.HTM April 25, 2012 Minutes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/minutes/html/C2352012042509001.HTM March 15, 2012 Minutes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/minutes/html/C2352012031510001.HTM January 26, 2012 Minutes â&#x20AC;&#x201C; http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/82R/minutes/html/C2352012012610001.HTM

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Fort Bend ISD, in accordance Texas Education Code 44.031, is soliciting prospective qualifications for FIVE (5) YEAR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PLAN, RFQ 13-035ML, due 11/13/12 @ 11:00 A.M. CST. NO LATE QUALIFICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Contact: Michele Leach @ 281-6341828. Qualification packet may be downloaded from: www.fortbendisd.com/finance/purchasing.cfm. Mail qualification in SEALED envelope to: FBISD, 555 Julie Rivers Drive, Sugar Land, TX 77478, ATTN: Michele Leach. CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the August 17, 2012 by the 240th Judicial District of Fort Bend County, Texas, in cause # 09-DCV-170555 in favor of the Plaintiff - Olympia Estates Community Association Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,479.37 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on September 12, 2012, and will offer for sale on the 6th day of November, 2012 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 defendant Jordan Williams Jr. had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT TWENTY (20), IN BLOCK ONE (1) OF OLYMPIA ESTATES, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO. 2330/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (SUBJECT PROPERTY) 2627 ATLAS DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. TERMS: Cash, TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11 A.M. Ruben Davis, Precinct Two Constable Fort Bend County, Texas BY: Lieutenant G. Majors, #73 Deputy Constable NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the August 31, 2012 by the 240th Judicial District of Fort Bend County, Texas, in cause # 10-DCV-186052 in favor of the Plaintiff Quail Green Homeowners Association Plaintiff, for the sum of $7,104.76 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on September 10, 2012, and will offer for sale on the 6th day of November, 2012 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 defendants Charles Anyanwu and Chinkata Anyanwu had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 20, IN BLOCK 1 OF QUAIL GREEN, SECTION 2, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 1 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. (THE PROPERTY) 2723 EVENING SHADE COURT, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489. TERMS: Cash, TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11 A.M. Ruben Davis, Precinct Two Constable Fort Bend County, Texas BY: Lieutenant G. Majors, #73 Deputy Constable

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 25th day of September 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRlCT VS. JAMES F HOULINHAN, ET UX in Cause #09-DCV -169789 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1:GEO: 5040010090170907 LOT SEVENTEEN(17), BLOCK NINE (9), OF MISSION WEST SECTION ONE (1), A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 23, PAGE 17 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 3RD day of October 2012 as the property of JAMES FRANCIS HOULINHAN, CINDY JEANEAU HOULINHAN to satisfy a judgment amounting to $242.92, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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; FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND; FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL FLOOD ROAD CONTROL; FORT BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT #30, AND HARRIS-FORT BEND EMERGENCY SERVICE DISTRICT # 100. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 3RD day of October, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338

Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 400th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on August 13, 2012 in cause numbered 09-DCV175332 styled QUAIL VALLEY FUND INC. vs. DARLENE JOHNSON, in which a judgment was rendered on FEB 10, 2011, in favor of QUAIL VALLEY FUND INC. for the sum of Four Thousand five Hundred Sixty-Nine Dollars and Eleven Cents ($4569.11); plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on Sept 10, 2012 and will on Nov 6th, 2012, Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest DARLENE JOHNSON to and in the following described Real Property: Lot Twenty TWO (22), Block 10 of THAT CERTAIN SUBDIVISION KNOWN AS THUNDERBIRD WEST 1 IN FORT BEND COUNTY , TEXAS AS RECORDED IN THE DEED OR OTHER RECORDS of Fort Bend County, Texas , IN BOOK 10, PAGE 15. The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of QUAIL VALLEY FUND INC., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: Nov 6, 2012 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SERGEANT M. KUTACH TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 6th day of September, 2012 by the Honorable County Court at Law # 2 of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 10-CCV-041820 in favor of the Plaintiff - Mission Bend North Civic Improvement Association Plaintiff, for the sum of$7,469.82 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on October 1, 2012, and will offer for sale on the 6th day of November, 2012 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 defendants Vilma A. Morales and Carlos G. Cuchilla had of, in, or to the following described real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT ELEVEN (11), IN BLOCK THREE (3) OF MISSION BEND NORTH, SECTION TWO (2), A SUBDIVISION PARTLY IN HARRIS COUNTY AND IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 265, PAGE 116 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF HARRIS COUNTY AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 21, PAGE 28 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS SUBJECT PROPERTY LIES WHOLLY WITHIN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE PROPERTY) 6811 SAN PABLO, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77083. TERMS: Cash, TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11 A.M. Ruben Davis, Precinct Two Constable Fort Bend County, Texas BY: Lieutenant G. Majors, #73 Deputy Constable NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 10th day September 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. RALPHARD R. HENDERSON AKA RALPHARD RAY HENDERSON AKA RALPH HENDERSON, ET AL in Cause #11DCV-191465 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 5890010090560907/ 1939006000056 LOT 56 IN BLOCK 9 OF CORRECTED PLAT OF QUAIL RUN, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY,TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 22, PAGE 14 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 24th day of September 2012 as the property of RALPHARD R. HENDERSON, AKS RALPHARD RAY HENDERSON AKA RALPH HENDERSON , JP MORGAN CHASE BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, FKA WASHINGTON MUTUAL BANK, THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA to satisfy a judgment amounting to $7150.61, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day of September, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 10th day of September 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. ROBERT PRITCHETI, JR., ET AL in Cause #09-DCV173901 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 4600006095002907 A TRACT OR PARCEL OF LAND OUT OF TRACT 609 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 PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; THIS PROPERTY IS BOUNDED AS FOLLOWS: a) ON THE NORTH BY SOUTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF A TRACT OF LAND DESCRIBED IN A DEED RECORDED UNDER FORT BEND COUNTY CLERK’S FILE NO. 9376306; b) ON THE EAST BY WESTERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF A TRACT OF LAND DESCRIBED IN A DEED RECORDED UNDER FORT BEND COUNTY CLERK’S FILE NO. 2003110755 c) ON THE SOUTH BY THE NORTHERLY BOUNDARY LINE OF A TRACT OF LAND DESCRIBED IN A DEED RECORDED UNDER FORT BEND COUNTY CLERK’S FILE NO. 2004085930; AND d) ON THE WEST BY EASTERLY RIGHT OF WAY LINE OF SCHOOL STREET (FORMERLY KNOWN AS COLORADO STREET); BEING THAT SAME PROPERTY IDENTIFIED ON PLAINTIFF’S TAX ROLL AS ACCOUNT NO. 460000609500297. Levied on the 24TH day of September 2012 as the property of ROBERT PRICHETT, JR. EULA ANN PRITCHETT AKA EULA DAVIS PRITCHETT to satisfy a judgment amounting to $4,934.54, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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 AND ALL OTHER RELATED ENTITIES. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day of September, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338 NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 30th day August 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of NEEDVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. CLIFTON T. LOTI in Cause #11-DCV-192438 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 0477000000141906 ALL THAT CERTAIN 0.367 ACRE TRACT OF LAND OFF THE NORTHEASTERLY END OF TRACT # 13 OUT OF THE JOHN VALKA 61.50 ACRE TRACT, SECTION #26, H. & T. C. RAILROAD COMPANY SURVEY, ABSTRACT 477, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 7th day of September 2012 as the property of CLIFTON T. LOTT to satisfy a judgment amounting to $2,462.98, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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 NEEDVILLE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT; CITY OF NEEDVILLE, FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND; FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT; FORT BEND COUNTY LATERAL FLOOD ROAD CONTROL AND WHARTON COUNTY JUNIOR COLLEGE. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day of September, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338 NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 10th day September 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. REGINALD DARNELL BURT, ET AL in Cause #10DCV-186009 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1:GEO: 4950040281900907 LOT NINETEEN (19), IN BLOCK TWENTYEIGHT (28), OF THE MEADOWS, SECTION FOUR (4), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN VOLUME 11,PAGE 4, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 24th day of September 2012 as the property of REGINALD DARNELL BURT AKA REGINALD D. BURT, KAREN E. BURT to satisfy a judgment amounting to $9,273.57, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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 MEADOWS PLACE; FORT BEND COUNTY. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day of September, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 10th day of September 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. RODERICK DANIEL, AKA RODERICK DEWAYNE DANIEL in Cause #11-DCV-192515 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1:GEO: 9550010247085907 UNIT NUMBER 7085 IN BUILDING SITE NUMBER 24 OUT OF RESERVE A, OF WILLOW PARK, SECTION 1,A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 11,PAGE 5 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED FROM HUGH A. ST. MARY, BY SUBSTITUTE TRUSTEE TO RODERICK DANIEL DATED JUNE 5, 2001 AND RECORDED UNDER CLERK’S FILE NO. 2001055221 IN THE OFFICIAL PUBLIC RECORDS OF REAL PROPERTY OF HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS, TOGETHER WITH THE RIGHTS IN THE COMMON AREA AS SET FORTH IN INSTRUMENT FILED FOR RECORD IN VOLUME 589, PAGE 632 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; AND BEING THAT SAME PROPERTY DESCRIBED ON THE PLAINTIFF’S TAX ROLLS AS UNIT 7085 IN BUILDING SITE 24 OF WILLOW PARK (RESERVE A), SECTION 1 AND IDENTIFIED AS ACCOUNT NO. 9550-01-024-7085-907. Levied on the 24TH day of September 2012 as the property of RODERICK DANIEL, AKA RODERICK DEWAYNE DANIEL to satisfy a judgment amounting to $4,582.28, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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, FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT, FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND AND CITY OF HOUSTON. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day of September, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 25th day of September 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY, ET AL VS. EARNEST ALLEN BURR, ET AL in Cause #06-DCV-150879 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 2150030010200907 LOT 2 IN BLOCK 1 OF BRlARGATE, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 9, PAGE 7 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. (ACCOUNT NO. 2150030010200907/1938012500002) Levied on the 3rd day of October 2012 as the property of EARNEST ALLEN BURR, CHERYL ANN BURR to satisfy a judgment amounting to $9,734.05, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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 AND CITY OF HOUSTON. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day of September, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338 NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 2nd day of August, 2012 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 09-DCV-173637 in favor of the Plaintiff - Kingsbridge Community Association Plaintiff, for the sum of $5,918.27 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 7th day of September, 2012, 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) - Luis M. Rivera had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 6th day of November, 2012 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 5, BLOCK 1, OF KINGSBRIDGE PLACE SECTION, THREE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO(S) 1897/B AND 1898/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE “PROPERTY”) ALSO KNOWN AS 14730 RAVENSCROFT, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $211,420 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 Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338

NOTICE TO PROPOSERS Six (6) sealed proposals, one (1) original and five (5) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012, for: PARKS LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE SERVICES Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: RFP NO. 2013-04 PARKS LANDSCAPE MAINTENANCE 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 Office of the City Secretary, on or before 2:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, November 8, 2012, City of Sugar Land, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, 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 Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at www.publicpurchase.com or https://www.bidsync. com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site. Questions must be received no later than 3:00 p.m. November 1, 2012. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC City Secretary

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 30th day August 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND COUNTY VS. MOSE WATTS in Cause #11-DCV-191522 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 4600006140050907 A TRACT OR PARCEL OUT OF BLOCK 614 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 PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; BEING MORE PARTICULARLY DESCRIBED BY METES AND BOUNDS IN A DEED FROM SINCLAIR DYER TO MOSE WATTS BY DEED DATED AUGUST 29,1974 AND RECORDED IN VOLUME 626, PAGE 741 OF THE DEED RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS; AND BEING THAT SAME PROPERTY IDENTIFIED AS LOT 5 IN BLOCK 614 ON PLAINTIFF’S TAX ROLL ACCOUNT NO. 4600-00-612-3010-907. Levied on the 10th day of September 2012 as the property of MOSE WATTS to satisfy a judgment amounting to $3,752.45, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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, FORT BEND COUNTY GENERAL FUND, FORT BEND COUNTY FRESH WATER SUPPLY DISTRICT #01, AND FORT BEND COUNTY DRAINAGE DISTRICT. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 24th day of September, 2012. Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338

NOTICE OF CONSTABLES 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 30th day of August, 2012 by the Clerk thereof, in the case of FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT VS. E. REMJ WANDE, ET AL in Cause #11-DCV-188545 and to me, as CONSTABLE directed and delivered, I wiII proceed to sell, at 10:00 0’ Clock AM on the 6th day of NOVEMBER 2012, which is the first Tuesday of said month, at the Fort Bend County Justice Center Parking Garage, 1418 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, Texas, Level I of the Parking Garage at the South End, West Corner, near Stairway “B” of the Courthouse of said FORT BEND County, in the City of RICHMOND, Texas, the following described property, to wit: TRACT 1: GEO: 5856010010140907 THE WEST PORTION OF LOT FOURTEEN (14), IN BLOCK ONE (1), OF QUAIL BRIDGE SECTION ONE (1), BEING A REPLAT OF RIDGEMONT, SECTION FIVE (5), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 25, PAGE 14, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. TRACT 2: GEO: 5856020040121907 THE SOUTH PORTION OF LOT 12, BLOCK 4, OF QUAIL BRIDGE, SECTION TWO (2), ACCORDING TO MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 25, PAGE 15, PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Levied on the 7th day of September 2012 as the property of E. REMI WANDE, VETERAN’S ADMINISTRATION to satisfy a judgment amounting to $11,490.69, representing delinquent taxes, penaIties, 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 AND FORT BEND COUNTY AND ALL OTHER RELATED ENTITIES. ALL BIDDERS MUST COMPLY WITH SECTION 34.015 OF THE TEXAS PROPERTY TAX CODE. GIVEN UNDER MY HAND THIS 7th day of September, 2012.

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 20th day of September, 2012 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 11-DCV192117 in favor of the Plaintiff - Mission West Civic Improvement Association Plaintiff, for the sum of$7,788.42 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 3rd day of October, 2012, 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) Hermes H. Hernandez and Norv Canales had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 6th day of November, 2012 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 38, BLOCK 11, OF MISSION WEST, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 23, PAGE 17, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $63,830

NOTICE OF CONSTABLE SALE NOTICE OF LEVY REAL PROPERTY Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 30th day of August, 2012 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in cause # 12-DCV-196769 in favor of the Plaintiff - Hunters Glen, Section IV Association Plaintiff, for the sum of $4285.16 ++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. Therefore, on the 24th day of September, 2012, 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) - Cleophus Hemphill and Mary AllenHemphill had of, in, or to the following described real property, and will offer for sale on the 6th day of November, 2012 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 89, BLOCK 7, OF HUNTERS GLEN, SECTION IV, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT VOLUME 22, PAGE 26 IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AND MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 2134 RITTENMORE DR., MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77489

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 Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338

Rob Cook, Constable Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338

ADJUDGED/MARKET VALUE: $69,740 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 Precinct Three Fort Bend County, Texas BY: S.D. Sayers, Deputy Constable #1338


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News FINANCE & INVESTMENT: The fiscal cliff The issues we face now are not new to America. The debt ceiling has been raised 76 times since 1962; 11 times during the last 12 years alone. The current unemployment rate of nearly 8 percent is high, but not as high as 10.8 percent in 1982 or 25 percent during the Great Depression. Both the amount and variety of taxes today feel burdensome, but nowhere close to what taxpayers experienced in 1944, when the lowest marginal rate was 23 percent and the highest was 94 percent. Elections have and always will be contested, but few will be more potent or have a more lasting impact than Abraham Lincoln’s defeat of Stephen Douglas, John Bell and John Breckenridge in 1860. What may be new is the convergence of all these events in a short, two-month stretch. This “fiscal cliff”— an assortment of election turnovers, expiring tax laws and automatic federal spending cuts— has created uncertainty in both the US electorate and financial markets around the world. Unfortunately, we do not have a financial crystal ball to gaze into. Not even chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke knows exactly how the coming events will play out. The purpose of this discussion is to lay out the things we know, which are the changes that will take place if Washington does nothing, against the possible outcomes if/when something is done. First, the changes that will occur as of January 1, 2013, if the federal government does not act: The “Bush Tax Cuts” would expire: •The long-term capital gains rate would rise from 15 to 20 percent. This applies to assets sold after being held for more than a year. •Perhaps the largest jump in all categories, qualified dividends would lose their special treatment (currently taxed at 15 percent) and would be taxed at an individual’s highest marginal tax rate. Most US based companies are eligible for qualified dividends. •All marginal income tax rates would increase from their current levels. The 10 percent bracket would disappear and be replaced by a floor rate of 15 percent. The 33 and 35 percent brackets would be combined and increased to 39.6 percent. •The 2 percent reduction in

drive stock prices lower, which is another reason to remain underweighted to equities in all portfolios. It appears that in most scenarios, taxes for high-wage earners will be going up. If this does occur, the tax-free yield from municipal bonds would be more attractive. We may also approach individual clients about selling highly appreciated stocks by the end of this year to avoid paying higher capital gains rates and the new Affordable Care Act taxes, set to take effect in 2013. The issues and potential outcomes discussed above cover the short-term implications of various policies. For the longterm, significant structural issues related to Social Security, Medicare and other government programs still exist, to the tune of hundreds of trillions in unfunded future mandates. These are problems that must be addressed at some point, because there simply is not enough money in the world to patch them up. Bill & Jared Jameson the employee portion of social security taxes would disappear. This was a temporary measure passed for 2011 and extended through 2012. For a worker making the maximum salary considered for Social Security ($110,100), this represents a tax increase of $2,202 per year. •Current estate tax law allows an individual to exclude $5 million from his estate for tax purposes, with anything above that being taxed at 35 percent. In 2013, the exclusion amount would shrink to $1 million, and the tax rate for assets above that level would be 55 percent. An individual with a $5 million estate would go from paying $0 in taxes to $2.2 million. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 had several new taxes attached to it, a few of which begin in 2013: •There would be a new 2.3 percent sales tax on medical devices. This includes pacemakers, implanted defibrillators, hip- and knee-joint replacements, and several common medical tools. •A new Medicare surtax on capital gains and dividends would be implemented. Individuals making more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples) will pay an additional 3.8 percent on investment income. Combined with the expiring Bush tax cuts, the long term capital gains rate would be 23.8 percent (ver-

sus 15 percent today) and 43.4 percent on dividends (also currently 15 percent). •An increase in Medicare payroll taxes for individuals making more than $200,000 ($250,000 for married couples). The rate would increase the employee portion from 1.45 percent to 2.35 percent. As part of the agreement to raise the debt ceiling in 2011, there also were automatic spending cuts put in place across multiple federal departments and agencies. The cuts are spread over 10 years, and begin in 2013: •The annual defense budget will be reduced by 11 percent, from $525 billion to $472 billion. •Domestic programs would be cut by at least 7.8 percent, with up to 11 percent cuts to the National Institutes of Health, NASA and US National Laboratories. •Medicare would be cut by 2 percent. The most likely outcome from November is a stalemate, where some of the Bush tax cuts are extended and the healthcare reform act taxes are implemented. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) predicts that if Congress is not able to come to any resolution regarding the fiscal cliff, we will likely enter a recession during the beginning of 2013. A recession would

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Colony Meadows Elementary ranks second in Math Contest

Left to right, Will Sun, Andrew Cai, and Benjamin Wright Colony Meadows Elementary School (CME) participated in a recent Texas Math and Science Coaches Association (TMSCA) competition hosted by Klein Collins Intermediate School on Oct 20, 2012. With only three very dedicated math masters, CME placed 2nd overall among 18 Houston area schools, beating many much larger teams. Four TMSCA tests were included, consisting of Number Sense (mental math), Calculator, Mathematics, and Science. The CME math masters also received many individual awards: Andrew Cai (3rd grade) – 1st place in ALL 4 Tests (5th grade contest) Will Sun (4th grade) – 3rd in Number Sense, 2nd in Math, and 4th in Calculator Benjamin Wright (5th grade) – 2nd in Number Sense, 5th in Math, 5th in Calculator, and 7th in Science The CME Math Masters meet regularly to prepare for elementary school and middle school math contests.

Sugar Grove Christian School celebrates fourth Annual 5k and 1 Mile Run/Walk

Nearly 300 participants ran and walked in support of Sugar Grove Christian School’s 4th Annual Making a Difference Fun Run/Walk. Photo credit - Photo by K-P-Photos.com. families outside!” said SGCS Sugar Grove Christian School’s annual event. Director Kim Hearn. Proceeds from the Run/ School (SGCS) laced up for its Sugar Grove Christian Walk go toward the SGCS 4th Annual 5k & 1 Mile Run/ School is a fully-accredited, Building Fund. The Building Walk on Saturday, October 20. non-profi t school providFund supports expansion of Nearly 300 runners and walking academic excellence in a the school via additional classers turned out at Meadows Christian environment to sturooms and a gymnasium – furPlace Park in support of the thering its mission to nurture dents in preschool through 6th the “whole” student – mind, grade. Established in 1969, the school is conveniently located spirit and body. “In our high-tech world of one block off of Hwy 59 and gery; TNT Dynamite; Sugar internet, texting and video West Airport Blvd. in MeadLand Vein Specialists; Pierre games, it’s easy to lose focus ows Place. For more information, conChevray, M.D., Ph.D.; Consol- on the importance of simply unplugging. We believe this tact Nicole Rathjen at 713idated Home Health; Houston event helps raise money for 851-9887 or nrathjen@sgcs. Radiology Associated; Metha great cause while getting org. odist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas; Renew Laser and Skin; EmergiGroup; Greater Houston Anesthesiology; Jorge Darcourt, M.D.; Brain and Spine Clinic, PA; Colorectal Surgical Associates; Richmond Gastroenterology Associates; Sugar Land Colon and Rectal Clinic; Houston Heart Associates; Sweetwater Angiography Center; Telfair by Newland Communities; Stephen PhilTHEY RUN THROUGH ALL 50 STATES. lips, M.D.; Advance Oncology; Charles Conlon, M.D.; Clive Shkedy, M.D.; Paresh Jadav, M.D.; Randy & Gail Parker; Floods are America’s most common natural disaster, Sugar Land OB/GYN; Sugar Land Oncology; Sugar Land so everyone is at risk. In fact, 1 in 4 flood claims Pulmonary Associates; Uttam are filed in low-to-moderate flood risk areas. Tripathy, M.D.; Imran MohiudDon’t risk your home. Call me for flood insurance today. din, M.D. and Turner Construction Company. To see photos from Pretty in Pink, visit Facebook.com/ MethodistSugarLand. You too can help support; Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc. donate now, even if it is some101 Southwestern Blvd., Suite 230 thing small. To donate, visit MethodistSugarLand.com and Sugar Land, TX 77478 click on the “DONATE NOW” 281-277-7800 button. For assistance or more information regarding the funds available, call or email Frances Goerlich at 281-274www.texansinsure.com 7930 or FGoerlich@tmhs.org.

Pretty in in Pink benefits cancer patients The community charity event, Pretty in Pink—Town Square, raised more than $103,000 to benefit local cancer patients through the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) Cancer fund. Presenting sponsors, Breast Surgeons – Dr. Sandra Templeton & Dr. Kelly Dempsey joined a wide range of other sponsors and donors to make Pretty in Pink a huge success. “I am honored to be a part of this important event,” said Dr. Templeton, Breast Surgeon. “It was a great way to give back to the community and help bring awareness to the difficulties Marcia Barham, Kaelyn Bujnoch, Leala Hall, Kimberly Sprague that so many patients face as they battle cancer. I especially geon. ” It was amazing to see costs such as medical equiplike the fact that all money do- the community come out and ment, medications, dentistry, nated will stay at our hospital support the event. It was a great car payments, house payments, and relieve some of my pa- turnout, which helped us raise wigs etc. Our hope is to make more money for the cancer the fight against cancer a bit tients’ financial burdens.” less financially stressful for our At the event, keynote speak- fund.” patients.” “We wanted to create a er Gail Parker said, “The fact “Pretty in Pink was a great fund where our patients could that my hospital, my doctors example of how we can come directly benefi t from our efand my community put on this together as a community to help forts. Cancer patients often inevent means the world to me. others in need,” said Taneja. cur extra costs related to their It is awe-inspiring to see our “We look forward to seeing the condition, and in many cases, community come out to supfunds raised help those fighting they can’t work for extended port such a great cause.” cancer in our community.” periods of time,” said Leena “As a breast surgeon I see Organizers send a heartthe financial toll a cancer diag- Taneja, sponsorship chair and felt thank you to our volundirector of physician relations nosis can take on my patients. teers, presenting sponsors, Dr. at Methodist Sugar Land HosRaising money for the MSLH Dempsey and Dr. Templeton, pital. “While the fund cancancer fund gives me the opalong with all of the Pretty in not pay Methodist directly for portunity to help my patients Pink sponsors including: medical bills, it can help pay on a different level.” says Dr. Texas Spine and Neurosurfor other non-hospital related Kelly Dempsey, Breast Sur-

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Community news SLCS XC Team Wins Championship Meet AUTOMOBILE: Mitsubishi Lancer

The St Laurence Catholic School Saints cross-country team won the Championship meet held October 23, 2012. It was a great ending to an awesome season which resulted in the girls team winning every meet except one and in that meet they finished second only because of two of their top runners did not finish due to injury. The boy’s team was often outrun due to sheer numbers from other competing schools but held their own in their own individual finishes. The Saints were Coached by Basil Housewright & Katie Isaac with team members being Lauren Curran, Amber Boettiger, Grayson Thomas, Betsy Felix, Emelia Bartusiak, Molly Isaac, Kimberly Jimenez, Allie Housewright, Natalie Ellis, Jewel Thomas, Avery Byrne, Lucy Byrne , Grace Noe, Quentin Morris, Colton Marks, Trey Housewright, William Botard, Alex Mills, Adam Jimenez, Jacob Martin.

Sugar Land History Lecture Series begins Nov. 13

The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, in association with the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation, is pleased to present a series of lectures on the history of Sugar Land. The first lecture, “Sugar: The Essential Building Block of Sugar Land” will be presented on Tuesday, November 13, from 7:00-8:30 p.m, at the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, located at the intersection of Lakeview and Wood Streets, in Sugar Land. This lecture will be the first of the inaugural “Sugar Land Chautauqua Talks”, a series of entertaining and educational presentations related to Sugar Land history, suitable for an audience of

all ages. The name for the series (pronounced shə-TAW-kwə), is based on an adult educational movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, called the Chautauqua Movement, which began in New York State and spread across rural America to small towns like Sugar Land. In fact, the Sugar Land Auditorium, built in 1918, was the very site of Chautauqua events nearly 100 years ago! Come remake history as the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation collaborate to revive a noteworthy part of our history—the Chautauqua Talks!

The guest lecturer for the November 13 event is Leon Anhaiser, a former Vice President of the Imperial Sugar Company, who is a native Sugar Lander with 45 years of experience in the sugar industry. Anhaiser earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Sugar Engineering from Louisiana State University; he began his career in sugar as a process engineer and eventually became Imperial’s Vice President of Refinery Operations. In addition, he was Plant Manager at C&H Sugar’s liquid sugar facility in Hawaii and has served as the Executive Director of Sugar Industry Technologists, Inc., an international organization dedicated to sugar refining, scientific research, and sugar processing equipment. This rare presentation— suitable for adults and schoolage children—will be held at no charge in the historic Sugar Land Auditorium, located on the Lakeview Elementary Campus, 226 Lakeview Drive, Sugar Land, on Tuesday, November 13, from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. For more information, please visit www.slheritage. org or www.slcaf.org.

Fort Bend Green seeks public input for Brazos River Recreation Master Plan Fort Bend Green, along with public and private partners on an initial steering committee, is developing a Recreation Master Plan for the Brazos River Corridor. The Committee is seeking broad community input into a plan for the river. A short on-line survey has been created to collect the wishes of County residents and folks from outside the county that might enjoy using the Brazos River for recreation, or that have feelings about conserving this special river resource. The survey can be found at this link: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Brazos_River_ Recreation_Plan The survey should only take 15 minutes to complete. At the end, we welcome you to share any of your personal stories of the Brazos River. Fort Bend Green is asking that organizations and individuals help in spreading the

word about the survey. Fort Bend Green submitted a grant application to the National Park Service’s Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program for assistance in developing a Recreation Master Plan for the Brazos River Corridor in Fort Bend County Texas. Fort Bend Green was notified in November 2011 that it was selected for technical assistance. Since that time a Steering Committee has been working on components of a Recreation Master Plan. This survey is part of the Master Planning process. The initial goals of the committee are to identify recreation and conservation opportunities for Fort Bend County, and to help clarify projects and partners for those projects. Another goal is to help the various communities work across jurisdictional bound-

aries as a region to achieve a unified project, and the unifying presence of the National Park Service (NPS) would assist in this process. This project would ultimately tie Austin County and Stephen F. Austin State Park north of Fort Bend County to Brazos Bend State Park and Brazoria County to the south of Fort Bend County and be an important connection between these two tremendous recreational assets. The Brazos River is the largest waterway in the county and has been called a natural divide; it can also be a connection point for the county. The Brazos River is approximately 75 river miles traversing the entire county meandering from north to south and is the longest river in the State of Texas. For More Information, please contact Kim Icenhower with Fort Bend Green at kim@icenhower.com

By BARBARA FULENWIDER For the 2013 model year, the Lancer SE AWC model – an all-new entry introduced last year – got numerous additions to the list of standard features on five-passenger, 4-door compact that includes All-Wheel Control (AWC) all-wheel drive system. New options that Lancer SE buyers can add include various Thule plug-in roof carriers to accommodate more cargo, bicycles, snowboards, canoes, etc.; 16-inch alloy wheels and a premium package with a glass sunroof, Rockford Fosgate premium audio system, leather wrapped steering wheel and shift knob and a high control meter with color LCD, MID. The chassis design of the 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer is so robust that it is also the foundation of the Mitsubishi Outlander crossover utility vehicle (CUV) and Lancer Evolution – the ultra-highperformance turbocharged sports sedan. The 2013 Lancer DE is the model lineup’s base entry, but it too includes an array of features and amenities that are standard. They include electric power steering; 140watt AM/FM/CD/MP3 audio system with Digital Signal Processing control and four speakers, speed compensated volume and equalization control; remote keyless entry and anti-theft engine immobilizer; power door locks and mirrors with driver-side auto up/down; 4-way adjustable driver’s seat; auto-off halo-

gen headlamps; a tilt-adjusted steering column, and a 12volt power outlet in the center console. One step beyond is the 2013 Lancer ES model that includes essentially all of the standard amenities on the DE model but may also include such deluxe options as a HDD navigation system with music server that can hold up to 3,000 songs; FAST-Key passive entry with panic feature; and FUSE Handsfree Link System™ for operating numerous audio system, iPod® and a Bluetooth™-enabled cell phone functions using simple voice commands. Both the 2013 Lancer DE and ES are powered by a 16-valve 2.0-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine rated at 148 horsepower and features valve timing electronic control system for improved power production and reduced exhaust emissions. These two models get an EPA estimated miles per gallon of 26 in the city and 34 mpg on the highway when equipped

with the continuously-variable transmission (CVT). The 2013 Lancer SE with Mitsubishi Motors’ AllWheel Control all-wheel drive system is powered by a 2.4-liter DOHC MIVEC fourcylinder engine that makes 168 horsepower and provides power to either the front or all four wheels via the continuously-variable transmission. The 2013 Mitsubishi Lancer GT and the Lancer Ralliart pamper their occupants with upscale touches and available accessories while also offering drivers sports sedan athleticism. The Lancer SE is powered by a 2.4-liter engine that provides plenty of in-town and highway power and has a MSRP of $20,295. Options included the power glass sunroof, 710watt Rockford Fosgate audio system, Sirius XM satellite radio, six CD/MP3 in-dash head unit and a color LCD multi-information display, which increased the bottom line by $1,550.

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FILM REVIEW: Cloud Atlas

“An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution.” That’s a direct quote from IMDb which is the truth because IMDb never lies, and I

can’t explain this movie in the time allotted. Here’s the other truth: it’s a movie about the interlocking connection of lives mystically interwoven in a story to showcase some outstanding actors, great make-up and hairdos, outstanding music, and a brilliant screenplay. This screenplay is worthy

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