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Trailside exhibit opens in memory of Orin Covell
Nalco General Manager and board member of Child Advocates of Fort Bend Kurt Kirchof was honored as the Texas CASA Excellence in Governance Board Member of the Year by Texas CASA. The statewide network of local Court Appointed Special Advocate programs recruit, train and support volunteers who speak up in court for children in the foster care system. The award was presented during Texas CASA’s annual conference in San Marcos on Oct. 25. The conference, Improving Outcomes for Children, was held by Texas CASA in San Marcos. The conference, which drew nearly 600 volunteers, staff and board members from around the state, featured presenters with expertise on caring and advocating for abused and neglected children in the child welfare system. “A local CASA program’s board of directors plays a key role in the success of nonprofit organizations. A board member’s official role is to enable an organization to achieve its purpose and protect the public interest by making sure the organization’s resources are spent appropriately, “said Vicki Spriggs, Chief Executive Officer of Texas CASA. “Good board members go beyond that definition, generously contributing their time, talents and resources to the CASA cause.” Kirchof was nominated by Child Advocates of Fort Bend, where he has served five years on the board of directors and the
Child Advocates of Fort Bend Executive Director Ruthanne Mefford, left, Kurt Kirchof and Texas CASA Chief Executive Officer Vicki Spriggs. executive committee. He has overseen the agency’s launch of the Voices for Children sustainable fundraising initiative, which ensures that the services for abused children provided by Child Advocates of Fort Bend will continue uninterrupted so that no child will fall through the cracks. He is also a strong supporter of the WINGS Program for aging out foster youth and hosts youth each summer at Nalco where they learn about careers, job interviews and the importance of education. According to Child Advocates of Fort Bend Executive Director Ruthanne Mefford, “Kurt truly believes in making a difference and empowering youth to overcome obstacles and achieve their hopes and
dreams.” CASA volunteers are specifically trained to advocate for children in foster care. Volunteer advocates get to know the child and speak to everyone involved in the child’s life, including their family members, teachers, doctors, lawyers, social workers and others. Their recommendations, based on the information they gather, help the judges overseeing the cases make informed decisions. CASA volunteers commit to a child until the case is closed and the child is in a safe, permanent home. If you are interested in changing children’s lives, contact Child Advocates of Fort Bend at www.cafb.org or 281344-5146.
Pretty in Pink raises funds for cancer patients
Orin’s daughter Lara Covell Tucker and two year old granddaughter Brooke were the first to use the new bird watching scope. Approximately 50 family members and friends gathered together on Friday October 25, for the ribbon cutting ceremony launching a new trailside exhibit at the George Ranch Historical Park. The exhibit is located on the bridge at the midway point of the George Ranch Heritage Trail at a particularly scenic section overlooking Dry Creek. George Ranch Historical Park Director Candace Jones explained that the project had been in the works for about a year and celebrated Orin Covell’s love for sharing the prolific bird life with visitors and friends. The exhibit consists of four panels showcasing original artwork of twenty common birds of the prairies and wetlands. The highly detailed watercolors were done by Austin artist Elishea Smith who specializes in bird images.
An all-weather spotting scope is also included for up close viewing of birds and wildlife. A dedication inscription on the first panel reads “And He will bear you up on eagle’s wings…and hold you in the palm of His hand.” Bird identification exhibit and spotting scope given in loving remembrance of Orin Covell by his family, friends, and the George Ranch Historical Park. Director Jones spoke of the generosity of Covell to his community and the great sense of loss felt when he passed away. She mentioned his selfless service given to so many organizations such as the Rotary, the Fire Department, and the Fort Bend County Museum Association. Covell had served for about ten years as the Administrative Officer for the George Foundation and had officed
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at the Historical Park for several years. During that time he had enjoyed interacting with visitors and would frequently take them for an impromptu bird watching drive along the creek as a special treat. Jones stated that, “Orin always took the time to make a personal connection with people and he was never too busy to stop and visit. He was very generous and caring and loved sharing information with others.” She continued, “I feel that this exhibit will keep that connection alive for future visitors. It’s a very personal and lasting tribute that will continue to bring pleasure to many thousands of people.” George Foundation Ranch Operations Manager Rocky Parr remembered the many times that he and Orin had driven along the banks of the creek to take a quick break from the office. Parr said, “Orin was always spotting some new bird and would ask me to take a photo so he could look it up on the computer. I know he would really like this new exhibit.” Covell’s wife Becky and his sister Ann Council thanked Jones for her commitment to create the exhibit and expressed their deep appreciation to the George Ranch Historical Park and the other donors who funded the project. The exhibit was officially opened on October 26th.
The community charity event, Pretty in Pink—Town Square, raised more than $114,000 to benefit local cancer patients through the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital 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 was so honored to be a part of this important event for the second year in a row,” said Dr. Sandra Templeton, breast surgeon. “It was a great way to give back to the community and help bring awareness to the difficulties that so many patients face as they battle cancer. I especially like the fact that all money donated will stay at our hospital and relieve some of my patients’ financial burdens.” “As a breast surgeon I see the financial toll a cancer diagnosis can take on my patients. Raising money for the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital cancer fund gives me the opportunity to help my patients on a different level,” said Dr. Kelly Dempsey, breast surgeon. “It was amazing to see the community come out and support the event. It was a tremendous turnout, which helped us raise more money for the cancer fund.” “We wanted to create a fund where our patients could directly benefit from our efforts. Cancer patients often incur extra costs related to their condition, and in many cases, they can’t work for extended periods of time,” said Leena Taneja, sponsorship
Sugar Land Town Square turned pink to support Breast Cancer Awareness Month. chair and director of physician na. “We look forward to seerelations at Houston Methodist ing the funds raised help those Sugar Land Hospital. “While fighting cancer in our commuthe fund cannot pay Houston nity.” Methodist directly for medical You too can help support; bills, it can help pay for other donate now, even if it is somenon-hospital related costs, such thing small. as medical equipment, medicaTo donate, visit our website tions, dentistry, car payments, at houstonmethodist.org/sughouse payments, wigs, etc. arland and click on the “DOOur hope is to make the fight NATE NOW” button. against cancer a bit less finanFor assistance or more incially stressful for our patients. formation regarding the funds “Pretty in Pink was a great available, call or email Frances example of how we can come Goerlich at 281-274-7930 or together as a community to fgoerlich@houstonmethodist. help others in need,” said Lee- org.
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Stafford case hearing set for Nov. 6 in New Orleans By BARBARA FULENWIDER On Wednesday at 1 p.m. lawyers with the Texas Municipal League will make their best arguments on behalf of Stafford at a hearing before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. Even though the three judges normally take months to return their verdict, Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella said, “My experience with oral arguments is you get a pretty good feel of what the judges are thinking. Sometimes you do get a surprise,” said the mayor who has been to the appellate court three times for the city. What the city is appealing is a lower court judge’s refusal to grant qualified immunity to one of Stafford’s men in blue and the city’s police chief. The immunity would have removed Police Officer Jesus Estrada and Police Chief Bonny Krahn from the civil suit filed. The suit was filed against the city, as well as the officers for the death of Aaron Hobart, 19, at the Hobart’s home on Feb. 18, 2009. The complaint was initially filed in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas, Houston Division for plaintiffs, Steve and Pam Hobart. The civil
suit contends that the shooting death of their son by Estrada occurred because the officer was not adequately trained to have answered the call for help. Pam Hobart made the 911 call and says in the complaint that she “specifically asked for a Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) because Aaron was experiencing an acute mental health crisis. Rather than sending a CIT, the Stafford Police Department sent Defendant Jesus Estrada, a police officer who lacked adequate training in mental illnesses. Estrada was unable to appreciate and accommodate the Hobarts’ mental health crisis.” The complaint filed in the U.S. District Court goes on to say that “when Estrada arrived at the Hobart home, he fatally shot Aaron Hobart. At the time, Estrada had easy access to several non-lethal alternatives, were such needed. Estrada’s conduct, under color of law, was a gross violation of the Hobarts’ Fourth and 14th Amendment rights to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.” Stafford officials have strongly defended the city’s police actions and after the incident said in a statement
that “Estrada, after responding to a call for help, properly and appropriately acted to defend himself after being viciously attacked by Mr. Hobart.” Scarcella said, “What gets me is a (police) officer walks in (to the Hobart’s home) and some nude guy jumps on him and starts beating on him. You realize from the videos all of this takes place in a matter of seconds. “The rapid development of the circumstances seems to be ignored in this case. They were all instantaneous actions within a few seconds. When things like that are happening to you in a compressed, extremely emotional time frame, people react to defend themselves. You went there to try to help them and they did nothing to assist the officer,” the mayor said. “From what I’ve read of the law, this is where I feel Officer Estrada and all of our police officers acted very, very responsibly and professionally but were put under the most adverse circumstances and had to make instantaneous judgments to determine what was going to be the officer’s fate. “To be thrust into that and then be accused is a stretch.
Judges have taken a very conservative and protective position in terms of law enforcement officers. Each case has its own facts,” the mayor said. Stafford previously filed a motion requesting a summary judgment on the plaintiff’s claim that the city and Krahn failed to train on using appropriate force. U.S. District Court Judge Keith P. Ellison denied it along with the defendants’ motion for summary judgment on the Hobarts’ claim against the city for encouraging and condoning excessive use of force. If the Fifth Circuit Court denies Stafford’s appeal, the case can go to trial as is or include stipulations the judges may add. This is the third time Stafford has gone to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to get a lower court judge’s ruling over turned. The first two times they won and were allowed to create Stafford Municipal School District. The third time they were trying to prevent Union Pacific Railroad from adding a second track along U.S. 90A through Stafford. The court heard that case in 1995 and while the city lost that one, Scarcella said, “it held them off from doing anything for almost 20 years.”
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Chris Morales announces candidacy for county court-at-law judge Life long Fort Bend County resident, small business owner, and community leader Chris Morales, has announced his candidacy for Judge of County Court at Law No. 1. “It is my goal to ensure the integrity of the court and the rule of law is upheld to the highest standards. Our county deserves to have a Judge who is a student of the law and will apply it as prescribed by our legislature and Supreme Court” said Morales. “I believe serving as Judge is the highest form of public service one can provide in the legal field. I am proud of my current and past community involvement and if elected I
look forward to helping Fort Bend County in a different capacity. My personal experience as a small business owner and community servant have prepared me to step into the role of Judge and serve the residents of this county. “If elected Judge of County Court at Law No. 1, I will aspire to be instrumental in progressing the court in an ever expanding county, and look forward to the challenges that lie ahead.” Chris and his wife Vanessa are life long residents of Fort Morales Bend County and proud parents to Madelyn and William. Chris of criminal law, juvenile law, is the principal of The Morales probate, guardianship law, and Law Firm, PLLC in Richmond, civil litigation. Texas practicing in the areas Morales started his legal ca-
reer with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office and draws upon his countless hours of courtroom experience as a prosecutor and defense attorney to assist his current clients obtain their goals. As a graduate of B.F. Terry High School and Texas A&M University, Chris’ roots run deep in Fort Bend County. Public service has been instilled in him through examples of family members. Morales’ great-great uncle was a Fort Bend County Commissioner, his father is the current Mayor of Rosenberg, and his mother serves as the Director of Economic Development for Sugar Land.
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District Attorney John Healey announces for re-election
Incumbent Fort Bend County District Attorney John Healey announced last week that he will seek the Republican nomination to again be that party’s candidate for district attorney in the November 2014 general election. Primaries for both major parties will be conducted next March. Healey is now serving his fifth elected term as district attorney, following an appointment in 1992 to perform the duties of the office. Healey said, “My continuing promise has always been to maintain the faith of the public in their district attorney’s office. To accomplish this, I’ve kept an open door policy in which everyone may come and discuss their concerns with me.” Prior to assuming the DA’s post, Healey spent 11 years as an assistant district attorney in Fort Bend County, primarily as a trial attorney. He tried in excess of 50 felony cases without suffering any reversals on appeal. Healey served as Chief Prosecutor of the county’s 268th and 240th District Courts, and served as Chief of the intake/grand jury division. In order to serve one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties, Healey maintains a staff of 97 people, including 50 prosecutors. Healey stated: “My office has provided a service level consistent with the demands of the public, while striving to save taxpayer dollars. I have saved the county approximately $2,000,000 since 1993 by vigorously pursuing federal and state grant money. As a result, eight positions have been funded in whole or in part, including a Narcotics Chief Prosecutor, a Juvenile Crime Chief Prosecutor, and a Domestic Violence Chief Prosecutor.” Healey has instituted the development of specialized
Healey caseloads, with experienced and specially trained prosecutors and investigators focusing on single areas of practice. Specialized caseload categories include child abuse, narcotics, domestic violence, juvenile law, appellate law, defendants with mental health issues, and economic crime. Under this system, he contended, his office has delivered more expert representation in the courtroom. Positive results have accompanied this specialization, and Healey mentioned a few examples: “In the last eleven years many more child abuse cases are being filed, and more contested cases are being won, thanks to an increasingly experienced and aggressive group of prosecutors specializing in child abuse. Sentencing offenders who are juveniles engaged in serious crimes has increased under my administration. Successfully prosecuting high profile capital murder cases, domestic violence cases, juvenile cases, and economic crime, has continued throughout my tenure as District Attorney. These cases tried during the last four years have added to the success of the office.” “I’m proud of the regard in which our professional staff is held,” stated Healey. “I have prosecutors who have been
instructors in trial advocacy at the national academy, and at the Texas District and County Attorney’s Association. Each year, my staff provides the training at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy in the penal code, code of criminal procedure, juvenile law, narcotic law, Constitutional law, search and seizure, and how to professionally testify in a courtroom. Additionally my prosecutors visit many police agencies to train their officers in updates in search and seizure and confessions. Every time the legislature passes new laws, the Sheriff and I host a day-long county wide training to update policemen in the changes in criminal law.” The Victim’s Assistance Division of his office has taken on an expanded role, Healey pointed out. “The people in this division have tirelessly worked toward sympathetically delivering the many services which crime victims must receive by law. Additionally, this division provides services not mandated by law, but which crime victims have every right to expect. They make the time, no matter how long it takes, to assist and comfort our victims.” Healey has also reached outside his office in efforts to support criminal justice causes. For example, he took a lead role in working with Child Advocates of Fort Bend County to create a local children’s advocacy center. Quickly gaining the backing of the local law enforcement community, Children’s Protective Services, and civic leaders, the center became a reality in 1997. Healey is proud of the fact that for his efforts in helping to create the Child Advocacy Center, he won the award of Child Advocate of the Year in 1997. Healey is a 1981 graduate of
South Texas College of Law. Healey and his wife, Theodora, have been married for 35 years and are 31 year residents of Fort Bend County. Theodora has taught gifted and talented children in the Spring Branch school district for 35 of her 40 years of teaching. “The Fort Bend County’s District Attorney’s Office has assembled a team of talented attorneys, investigators, secretaries, and clerks, who firmly believe in delivering quality prosecution. I would be honored to continue to lead this team, and to serve the people of our county, for another term,” Healey said.
Missouri City survey Missouri City will be conducting a 2013 Citizen Survey until Nov. 25. Conducted via phone by Creative Consumer Research, the survey will compile resident feedback on a wide variety of City programs and services and gather demographic information. Utilizing a statistical sample of citizens citywide; residents 18 and older will have the chance to rank Missouri City’s quality of life, from residential and commercial development to public safety and mobility. Residents are encouraged to participate when called as information gathered in the Citizen Survey will be used by City Staff for future planning and development purposes. “We value our citizen partnerships and look forward to the input residents will share with us,” said City Manager Edward Broussard. “The residents’ overall satisfaction with the City and opinions on City programs are vital for the City to progress in the future.” For survey updates and results, visit www.missouricitytx.gov
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Opinion Re/Max Fine Properties joins Texas Sentinels Foundation project to help a wounded warrior
SGT Jorge L. Segura. There are several words that come to mind when thinking about United States Service members, but the most fitting of them all would be hero. The Service members of the United States Armed Forces are the most deserving people in our country and afford us the opportunity to continue to live with freedom in this great nation of ours. They are undoubtedly the bravest and most selfless individuals in our country and sadly, often return home from long, overseas deployments, unable to work due to their combat injuries sustained while at war. This is the case for one Marine, who served for more than 10 years in the Corps, SGT Jorge L. Segura. RE/MAX Fine Properties is proud to be partnering with the Texas Sentinels Foundation, a 501(c)(3) federally recognized not for profit, to provide this Wounded War-
rior, a highly decorated combat Marine with 20 awards and citations as well as a Purple Heart Recipient, a 100 percent debt –free, mortgage-free, ADA compliant, fully furnished new home just in time for the holidays. SGT Jorge L. Segura, United States Marine Corps, was first wounded in Afghanistan on August 23, 2010 with a grade 2 concussion and whiplash after being exposed to a massive Improvised Explosive Device. Once recovered, he was cleared to return to battle. Shortly thereafter, on October 5, 2010, while conducting combat operations in the Helmand Province, Afghanistan, SGT Segura was leading a Marine unit back from a patrol to help Afghan village elders when Taliban insurgents surrounded his unit and ambushed them with an intense firefight. Many Marines were lost that day, one of the bloodiest battles in Afghanistan in the Valley of Death. During the attack, Jorge was trying to save his Marines when he was struck by heavy weapons gunfire and took an 83mm rocket propelled grenade to the chest right above his heart. Nearly 70 percent of his right arm was blown off and later reattached using skin grafts from his right thigh. Jorge sustained two shrapnel wounds to his back which was also broken. He had his spleen removed, endured a lacerated kidney and suffered a collapsed left lung. SGT Segura also had traumatic brain injury and now suffers from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
AROUND THE NEIGHBORHOOD The El Dorado Bridge By CAROLYN BOWDEN THE WORK BEGINS: The developer, builders, and architect met at the proposed club house site. Upon reaching the site, they discovered that the surveyors did not stake the corners of the building so they would know where to place it. Time was short, so they kind of eyeballed the area and the developer said he wanted the front doors to be “here.” A stake was driven at that location and they moved forward. (That would not be allowed to happen in the construction business world of today!) THE “FIRST” EL DORADO BRIDGE: The El Dorado Bridge was under construction, as were the two streets, El Dorado and La Quinta. There was a temporary wooden bridge for work vehicles to go across the creek and it was erected in the middle of the 18th Fairway. The Club House began to take shape and, once the roof was on, it provided shelter for the subcontractors. Many a night they stayed in the Club House because they could not get to Cartwright or FM 1092 due to the mud. Soon, that didn’t happen often, because, if it even thundered, the men would abandon the job like “rats leaving a sinking ship.” Finally the Club House was completed in September 1969. FAST FORWARD TO 2013: With the new City Centre @ Quail Valley the idea surfaced that a “dramatic” entrance would help set the stage as people approached the Centre. The Quail Valley Fund HOA and Quail Valley Proud Neighborhood Association met with the City and offered
SGT Jorge L. Segura is awarded the Purple Heart Despite all of this, Jorge was able to save 11 severely wounded Marines by dragging them 600 meters to a field, where they waited for medevac helicopter lift-off. The compelling story of combat battle buddies and the return of a Fallen Hero to their family was made into an HBO movie, “Taking Chance.” Actor Kevin Bacon relied on SGT Segura to tell the story for HBO. A Cleburne, Texas native, SGT Jorge L. Segura hopes to study to be a trainer for military working dogs. Jorge currently has a service dog named Rocko. Jorge and his wife, Stefani have two daughters and are expecting a baby due in June 2014. Samantha is 7 years old and Olivia is 3 years old. Jorge credits his will to live and
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Fort Bend GOP chair issues disclaimer To the Editor: Recently, an ad ran in your paper taking positions on the Constitutional Amendments and local bond issues. The Republican Party believes this is an excellent exercise of our First Amendment rights. What we do not appreciate is the use of the name of the GOP to further the cause of the individuals. The ad was paid for by “Fort Bend GOP Conservatives.” The Republican Party does not take an official position in non-partisan races or bond issues. I want to clarify that the Republican Party of Fort Bend County is in no way associated with this ad. The individuals responsible for this are well known, respected and their opinion would have likely carried more weight than this anonymous ad. The Republican Party believes each citizen should educate oneself on the issues and vote, and advocate honestly. We encourage everyone to vote. Mike Gibson, chairman, Republican Party of Fort Bend County
Nina Hendee to speak at Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club The Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club will host Texas Historian Nina Hendee on Friday, Nov. 15, at the 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 Roy Cordes Jr. An RSVP is requested by Wednesday, Nov. 13, for those who plan to eat or just attend the meeting for a head count. To RSVP email President Debbie Fancher at email@example.com or call or text her at 281-543-3195. Nina Hendee is a native Texan with a passion for the history of our great state. She was born in Dallas, and developed her love of Texas history at a young age. Nina and her husband, Edd, own and operate the Taste of Texas Restaurant, which is in its 35th year. Hendee started her speaking career with area school children sharing her love of Texas and its rich history. Approximately 13,000
Nina Hendee Houston area students look forward to the Taste of Texas field trip each school year where they hear great tales of our Texas forefathers, tour the restaurant, and enjoy a lunch, compliments of the owners. Nina is now sharing her love of Texas history with second generation students whose parents came as 4th graders. For more information visit www.spiritoffreedomwomen. com or email Debbie Fancher at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Carolyn Bowden to fund beautification of the “standard bridge” the City planned for that location. THE PLANS: The idea was to have planters (filled with colorful flowers), pavers and install decorative street lights on each side of the bridge. The City drew up plans and both organizations gave approval. It was thought that this idea would transform a “standard bridge” into one that had “elegant style”. THE FINISHED PROJECT: On paper the added features looked good but nothing compared to the “real thing.” The color tied in and introduced the City Centre. Then at night, the light from the new street lights presented the bridge as a path leading into “a place of beauty and fantasy”. FUTURE BRIDGES? The end result led the two organizations to determine that, in the future, when the need for a renovation or replacement of a bridge in the Quail Valley area arises; funding would be made available for beautification and special lighting effects. NEXT COLUMN: (Nov. 20) Write to: CVBNeighbors@ aol.com about this column
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Because building operations account for over half of all U.S. electricity consumption and contributes a significant portion of greenhouse gas emissions, it is important that they be engineered and designed correctly to minimize electrical consumption, reduce their carbon footprint and still provide a good indoor environment for building occupants. Designing, installing and utilizing efficient lighting and HVAC systems with properly designed building automation control systems is the first step in reducing building energy consumption, lowering utility costs and providing a good indoor environment. In today’s economy, property owners and managers must demonstrate the value of their property to their tenants, both existing and future, while finding ways to reduce costs without negatively impacting occupant comfort or owner services. It is a delicate balancing act.
Rice & Gardner Consultants provided engineering services for the Fort Bend County North Annex.
Proper engineering design and installation can provide owners with a ten to fifteen percent decrease in their energy bills and a corresponding improvement in tenant satisfaction. Rice & Gardner Consultants has a highly trained staff of Engineers, Project Managers and Commissioning Agents to assist you. To find out how you can lower your building’s electric bills and provide improved occupant comfort contact Rice & Gardner Consultants today. To learn more call us at 713-482-2300 or visit our website at www.ricegardner.com.
Rice & Gardner Consultants continues to provide engineering services for various projects at Fluor’s Lake Pointe Plaza Campus.
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FILM REVIEW: Ender’s Game
Beerfest at Riverbend
Riverbend Country Club General Manager Chuck Cox, Marketing Director Tricia Hawks, Chef Kevin King, and radio host Michael Garfield, The High-Tech Texan®. The prestigious Riverbend Country Club is opening its gates to the public for its second annual Riverbend Beerfest on Saturday, Nov. 16. This special event is open to members and non-members to celebrate the Fall season and the proliferation of Houston and Fort Bend County breweries. The staff of the 56 yearold club in the heart of Sugar Land invites the public to sample unique, seasonal beers from the best local breweries including the brand new Fort Bend Brewery, Buffalo Bayou Brewing Company, Karbach, Saint Arnold’s, Southern Star and more. This is a chance to expand your palette and educate yourself on the craft. Spend your Saturday afternoon drinking beer, eating great food, playing games and listening to “Strange Days” band. To spotlight Riverbend Country Club and the Sugar Land area, local resident and Riverbend member Michael Garfield will broadcast his
popular High-Tech Texan® radio show from the club that afternoon. His long-running show can be heard across southeast Texas on KPRCAM. The event begins at 12 noon and ends at 5 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online at
http://tinyurl.com/lg2omap. Riverbend members are $20 and non-member tickets are $25. A limited amount of tickets will be sold. For more information contact Tricia Hawks, Marketing Director, at (281)269-2526.
I saw this movie at a screening in the IMAX Theatre at Edward’s Marq*E Stadium; and it’s the way to go if you have access to IMAX and 14 bucks. Eric H. and I have been waiting for this film for months. The story is based on the novel by Orson Scott Card. Mr. Card has written many books about Ender and the saga continues. And so does some political and moral controversy. If you are hearing about Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield) for the first time, just remember that there are thousands of Ender devotees who might be sitting next to you and have been chomping at the bit to see anything related to Ender. Young Ender is only twelve years old, but he has been recruited by the International Fleet (earth) to be trained as a warrior. The mission will be to lead
The St. Laurence Catholic School cross country team won the 2013 Greater Houston Catholic Athletic Association cross country finals meet Saturday 10-26-13. The meet was held at Sugar Land Memorial Park. Coach Basil Housewright commented, “This year’s team was our largest cross country team in the School’s history and we had a group of excellent runners.” 8th grader Colton Marks broke the school record on the 1.5 mile course with a 9:02 finish time.
the next battle against the extremely advanced space aliens (Formics) who successfully attacked earth 50 years ago. The intensive training of Ender and other highlyrecruited adolescents takes place on a space station that is orbiting earth. The battle room, which is the center of the strategic combat exercises, is as wide as three football fields and has zero gravity. Hence, we witness the beautifully choreographed floating of these young humans with laser pistols and spacesuits as they learn maneuvers that will help them in fighting the Formics. Colonel Graff (Harrison “Han Solo - 1977” Ford) is in charge of preparing these “launchies” and it’s a brutal regimen; everyone does not make it. Ender, however, is exceptionally brilliant and particularly talented which pleases his superiors who are intent on defending earth and destroying the Formics. Much of the evaluation is based on inherent leadership skills which require some mind games. The special effects and Computer-Generated Imagery (CGI) are amazing. I was
mesmerized the entire movie. Huge attaboys for director and sole screenwriter Gavin Hood. Hood also plays the Giant in this movie. (I did not know this tidbit until the end credits, but I wanted you to be on the lookout.) He’s a frustrated actor and former lawyer, but his directorial career will take a major turn upward in large part due to his exceedingly skillful creation of a dazzling masterpiece in this first of what will surely be many more movies about Ender. The choreography, editing, and set designs were remarkable. The cast was near-perfect and will earn them repeat performances: Viola Davis, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Ben Kinsley, and Nonso Anozie. Who should see this movie? For sure, those of you who have read Card’s novels, and movie lovers who are impressed with stunning special effects and space-age warfare and mystique. Unfortunately, I predict that many of you will not enjoy this movie. I loved it. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 92. Larry H. www.larryhmoviereviews. com
of the available back-up camera system. A Dynamic Radar Cruise Control feature is also available that helps reduce the driver’s workload by using radar sensor at the front of the vehicle to help control speed and keep a safe distance from the vehicle running in front. The radar controls the vehicle speed within a preset range to help maintain vehicle to vehicle distance. The Avalon’s vented front rotor measures 11.6 inches in diameter and 1.1 inches thick, and the solid rear rotor is 11 inches in diameter. The 2013 Avalon is available with a precollision system that helps
mitigate the effects of vehicle impact. The first stage of the pre-collision system tightens the seat belts and prime hydraulic brake system, and the second stage can compensate for inadequate brake pedal pressure by applying optimal brake system effort. A Toyota Avalon is always a pleasure to drive and with more power and quicker starts, it’s now more fun to drive too. It is an extremely comfortable sedan with even more style, ambience and luxury than previous models. The test drive Avalon XLE Premium retails for $33,195 with all standard equipment and there’s a lot.
AUTOMOBILE: Toyota Avalon By BARBARA FULENWIDER Toyota has altered the chemistry of Avalon’s formula by creating a new potent sedan that helps shift the product’s generational appeal while symbolizing Toyota’s new design and product direction for future sedans. The all-new 2013 Avalon combines style, innovation and elevated craftsmanship to help reposition Toyota’s flagship sedan within the highly competitive premium midsize segment. The Avalon’s elegant design offers a longer flowing roofline creating a more appealing side silhouette with a lower vehicle beltline that suggests a sense of motion. The new Avalon exterior is designed to communicate a greater sense of performance and agility. The Avalon’s exterior turnsignal indicators have been located at the lower section of the front bumper to contribute to the slim and sleek appearance. The aerodynamic side mirrors offer features such as a turn signal lamp, electrical adjustment, a mirror heater, memory positioning, a puddle lamp, available Blind Spot Monitor indicator and electrochromatic glass. The Avalon’s front seats offer revised side bolstering using a lighter, denser foam material that helps improve body positioning for driver and passenger. The seats are available as either 10-way or eightway power adjustable for the driver’s seat, and available 8-way and 4-way for the passenger seat. They offer more seat-length and height. An electric seat heater and ventilation system are available for driver and passenger comfort. The 2013 Avalon’s rear seats also offer better side bolster support and available rear-
seat heating. The Avalon is powered by a 3.5-liter, 90-degree, DOHC, six-cylinder engine that features Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing with intelligence). The V6 produces 268 horsepower at 6,200 rpm and 248 lbs.-ft. of torque at 4,700 rpm. It has an EPA-rated 25 mpg combined (21 city/31 hwy). When equipped with the 18-inch wheel combination, the 2013 Avalon is EPArated at 24 mpg combined. The Avalon rides on aluminum 17-inch wheels with 215/55R17 tires. An 18-inch alloy wheel, on V6-powered XLE Touring and Limited models, is shod with P225/45R18. The Avalon offers a long list of convenient, user-friendly technologies along with numerous special features. There are two types of climate control systems: one with three-zone independent temperature control and another with two-zone temperature control. The three zone system allows for temperature to be independently set for rear seat, driver seat, and passenger seat; while the two-zone system controls temperature for the driver and passenger seat. The Avalon features a standard Display Audio System with 6.1-inch TFT touchscreen that offers audio system operation, Bluetooth compatibility, customizable vehicle settings, available rear-camera display, driv-
ing information such as fuel consumption, and operation of iPod® and USB devices. The head unit is also available with HD radio broadcasts to provide high quality sound. Avalon will also feature Toyota’s Entune™ multimedia system, which functions through a smart phone interface and brings applications such as Bing™, iHeartRadio, MovieTickets.com™, OpenTable®, and Pandora® to the vehicle audio display. This audio configuration also features real-time traffic, weather, fuel prices, sports, and stocks. The Avalon is available with either eight (Display Audio), nine-speaker (Display Audio with Entune) or 11-speaker JBL Synthesis® 7.1 channel matrix sound system (Premium HDD Nav system). The Premium HDD system ncludes two subwoofers. A 12 channel external JBL synthesis amplifier also helps boost power. The ninespeaker system uses two fourchannel amplifiers (one internal and one external) to help boost audio power levels. The new Avalon is equipped standard with a Smart Key System that locks and unlocks the front doors, and a trunk opening feature that enables opening of the doors when the key fob is within a short distance of the door handle. The luxury sedan is equipped with an available rear window power and a lighter weight power sunroof
design has been adopted to help reduce vehicle weight. The inner rear-view mirror is available with such functions as a microphone, compass display and garage door opener. Avalon is available with two millimeter wave radar systems that help add an additional measure of occupant safety. An available Blind Spot Monitor uses radar to enhance safety by helping detect vehicles in the adjacent lane. The same radar technology has been adapted to offer a Rear Cross Traffic Alert that is designed to detect low-speed cross traffic behind the vehicle. The Avalon also includes a back monitor display as part
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REQUEST FOR VARIANCE TO THE 10-FOOT SIDE YARD SETBACK FOR COMMERCIAL LAND USES IN THE MIXED USE CONSERVATION (MUC) ZONING DISTRICT, 402 BROOKS STREET; BEING 0.165 ACRES OUT OF THE SM WILLIAMS LEAGUE, ABSTRACT NO. 97, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETING, NOVEMBER 20, 2013, 5:30 P.M., SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH. ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED VARIANCE SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED VARIANCE MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV. VICINITY MAP:
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Legal Notices LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. BID 14-024 – PURCHASE OF PASSENGER VANS Unit pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are not required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. BID 14-020 – CONSTRUCTION OF PRE-FABRICATED RESTROOM FACILITY FOR FAIRGROUNDS A pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:00 AM (CST). The pre-bid conference will be held in Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX. A site visit will commence immediately following the pre-bid. All bidders are encouraged to attend. This is the only date and time vendors will be permitted to complete a site visit. Lump sum pricing is required; payment will be by check. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
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$144,900 $99,900 LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 for the following until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 2013 at 1:30 P.M. CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Travis Annex, 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, TX 77469 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. Solicitation and any and all addendums will be posted on Purchasing Agent’s website located at www.fortbendcountytx.gov. 1. RFP 14-021 – FOUNDATION REPAIRS AT BUD O’SHIELDS COMMUNITY CENTER AND EXTENSION SERVICE BUILDING A pre-RFP conference for RFP 14021 will be conducted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 2:00PM (CST). The pre-RFP conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, Texas 77469. A site visit will commence immediately following the pre-RFP. All respondents are encouraged to attend. This is the only date and time vendors will be permitted to complete a site visit. 2. RFP 14-022 – CONSTRUCTION OF CANOPY STRUCTURE FOR OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT A pre-RFP conference for RFP 14022 will be conducted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 9:30AM (CST). The pre-RFP conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, Texas 77469. A site visit will commence immediately following the pre-RFP. All respondents are encouraged to attend. This is the only date and time vendors will be permitted to complete a site visit. 3. RFP 14-023 – CONSTRUCTION OF SHERIFF’S OFFICE SHOP AND STORAGE BUILDING A pre-RFP conference for RFP 14023 will be conducted on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 11:00AM (CST). The pre-RFP conference will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Travis Annex at 301 Jackson, Suite 201, Richmond, Texas 77469. A site visit will commence immediately following the pre-RFP. All respondents are encouraged to attend. This is the only date and time vendors will be permitted to complete a site visit. Lump sum pricing is required. Bonds are required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
SPECIAL EXCEPTION 1806 HIGH GATE COURT REQUEST FOR SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT, 1806 HIGH GATE COURT, LOT 24, BLOCK 1, PLANTATION BEND SECTION ONE, IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R1R) DISTRICT. ONE (1) PUBLIC HEARING SHALL BE HELD AT THE ZONING BOARD OF ADJUSTMENT MEETING, NOVEMBER 20, 2013, 5:30 P.M., SUGAR LAND CITY COUNCIL CHAMBER, 2700 TOWN CENTER BOULEVARD NORTH. ALL PERSONS INTERESTED IN THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION SHALL BE GIVEN AN OPPORTUNITY TO BE HEARD. DETAILS OF THE PROPOSED SPECIAL EXCEPTION MAY BE OBTAINED BY CONTACTING THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND DEVELOPMENT PLANNING OFFICE TO SET UP AN APPOINTMENT TO REVIEW ADDITIONAL DETAILS IN PERSON. TELEPHONE (281) 275-2218 OR EMAIL PLANNING@SUGARLANDTX.GOV VICINITY MAP:
City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is issuing a solicitation for: Publication of Legal Notices and Advertising RFP # 056-14 The City of Missouri City is requesting proposals for legal advertising. No pre-proposal meeting is scheduled. All questions shall be submitted by email to email@example.com, Alfonso Guerrero Jr., Purchasing Manager. Solicitation packages are available for download through Demandstar at www. demandstar.com and through Public Purchase at www.publicpurchase.com. Responses must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery package with the solicitation name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Responses must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Responses marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Responses are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers.
THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: ALL KNOWN AND UNKNOWN HEIRS OF BYRON N AROCHA, DECEASED. 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 November 25, 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 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on NOVEMBER 29, 2012. It bears cause number 12-DCV-202564 and is styled: Citimortgage, Inc. vs Byron N. Arocha and the Heirs at Law of Byron N. Arocha, Deceased The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is: CLINT WADE CHASE SHAPIRO SCHWARTZ LLP 5450 NW CENTRAL DRIVE SUITE 307 HOUSTON TX 77092 713-933-1535 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFF OR PETITIONER is as follows to-wit: 2518 CREEKWAY CIRCLE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459 AND LEGALLY DESCRIBED AS: LOT FORTY SEVEN (47), IN BLOCK EIGHT (8) OF MEADOW CREEK, SECTIONS ONE (1) AND FOUR (4), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF OF RECORD IN VOLUME 12, PAGE 12 OF THE PLAT 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 the 8th day of October, 2013. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Deputy District Clerk Layla Helton Telephone: (281) 633-7635
FORT BEND COUNTY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT FY 2012 CONSOLIDATED ANNUAL PERFORMANCE AND EVALUATION REPORT (CAPER) Fort Bend County’s FY 2012 Draft Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) is now available for public review and comment from Thursday, November 7, 2013 to Thursday, November 21, 2013. The document is available for review at the office of the Fort Bend County Community Development Department at 301 Jackson Street, Suite 602, Richmond, Texas, 77469. The public is encouraged to review this document and submit written comments to Marilynn Kindell, Community Development Director, at 301 Jackson Street, Suite 602, Richmond, Texas, 77469, by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 21, 2013. A public meeting to receive comments will be held on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. at the William B. Travis Building, 301 Jackson, First Floor Meeting Room, Richmond, Texas. Comments will be incorporated into the final document, as appropriate, prior to submission to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for review and approval. Persons with vision or hearing impairments or other individuals with disabilities requiring auxiliary aids and services may contact the department at (281) 341-4410 regarding reasonable accommodations for the meeting. This venue is accessible for persons with physical disabilities. Spanish language translators are available at the meeting for persons with Limited English Proficiency. Persons requiring other language translators must contact the department at least 48 hours prior to the meeting at (281) 341-4410 to request translation services for the meeting. For information, please contact the Fort Bend County Community Development Department 301 Jackson Street, Suite 602, Richmond, Texas, 77469, (281) 341-4410. NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013, for: ON-CALL CONCRETE PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: BID NO. 2014-01 ON-CALL PAVEMENT REHABILITATION PROJECT BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE Bids that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Bids shall be delivered to the Office of the City Secretary, on or before 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, November 21, 2013, City of Sugar Land City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All bids received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within thirty (30) days following the date for opening of bids. The City reserves the right to revise or amend specifications prior to the date set for opening of bids. 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 bids and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder. ITB 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. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted on the site. Questions regarding the invitation to bid must be received by Thursday, November 14, 2013 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contracts Manager telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email at jposcovsky@ sugarlandtx.gov. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC City Secretary
City of Missouri City LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is issuing a solicitation for: Grounds Maintenance Services RFP # 050-14 The City of Missouri City is soliciting proposals for a term contract for grounds maintenance services, which includes mowing, trimming, weeding and miscellaneous tasks for various public parks and facilities in the City of Missouri City. Solicitation packages are available for download through Demandstar at www. demandstar.com and through Public Purchase at www.publicpurchase.com. Responses must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery package with the solicitation name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Responses must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Responses marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Responses are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers.
Faith and Freedom What : Faith and Freedom Monthly Meeting When : Nov. 19, 2013 Where : Sugarcreek Baptist Church Chapel 13333 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Texas 77479 Time: 7-9 p.m. True the Vote will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 19th meeting. True the Vote has become renowned for their efforts in demanding free and fair elections. They have worked throughout the United States to equip citizens to understand the voting process and educate them on the importance of getting involved. You can learn more about True the Vote here. If you are interested in learning about how our voting system works and the challenges we face in securing fair and free elections please plan to attend this meeting. We look forward to seeing you there. For more information, contact Faith and Freedom Coalition – Fort Bend County, Chairman Mickey and Lynda Mixon. email: Faithandfreedomtexas@gmail.com website: http://faithandfreedomtexas.com/ https://www.facebook.com/faithandfreedomcoalitionfortbendcountrychapter
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Fort Bend Lawyers Care salutes veterans Fort Bend Lawyers Care is proud to announce its 3rd annual, “A SALUTE TO VETERANS” *WALK- IN CIVIL LEGAL AID CLINIC on Saturday, November 23, 2013 from 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. at Calvary Episcopal Church, in the Parish Hall, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond, Texas 77469. Veterans and/or their spouses are encouraged to attend the 3rd annual, “SALUTE TO VETERANS LEGAL AID CLINIC.” Open to all low-income residents of Fort Bend County with civil legal questions including but not limited to: Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Adult Guardianship, Adoption, Veterans Benefits,
Real Estate, Landlord-Tenant, Credit Issues, Wills and Probate. Veterans who are lowincome, a Fort Bend County resident, and who are seeking legal aid assistance please contact: Margie Connolly to pre-qualify for the *legal aid clinic or for further information. 281-239-0015 or email Margie@fortbendlawyerscare.org. Non-veterans who are lowincome, a Fort Bend County resident and who are seeking civil legal aid assistance, please contact: Tasha Hernandez to pre-qualify for the *legal aid clinic or for further information. 281-239-0015 or Tasha@fortbendlawyers-
CARE.org Fort Bend Lawyers Care is proud to be a participant in the “Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans” State Bar of Texas program. “Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans” was developed to assist low-income, military veterans who otherwise cannot afford or do not have access to the civil legal services they need. If you are a military veteran and in need of civil legal assistance, call: 281-239-0015 or e-mail Margie Connolly at: firstname.lastname@example.org *The Walk-in Civil Legal Aid Clinic is for civil legal advice and counsel only.*
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Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress The United States Congress created the Veterans History Project (VHP) in 2000 as part of the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress. The mission of the Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center is to collect, preserve, and make accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war. You can volunteer to conduct interviews and collect historical documents. You may also organize interview
groups and teach others how to conduct interviews. Educational institutions, retirement communities, veterans service organizations, churches, and other community groups are a few good places to start. Collections may take the form of war veterans’ firsthand oral histories, memoirs, collections of photographs and letters, diaries, and other historical documents from World War I through current conflicts. On behalf of a deceased war veteran, you may submit historical documents like the veteran’s collection of pho-
tographs, letters, diaries and memoirs. You will need to complete the biographical data form and a release form for the deceased veteran. By taking part in the Veterans History Project (VHP), you are contributing to the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, one of the world’s most respected research and cultural institutions. When you participate, you are making history. Visit our Frequently Asked Questions at http://www.loc. gov/vets
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