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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2011

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The grand-opening ceremony of Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will take place on Thursday, November 10, beginning at 6:00 p.m. at the new library, located at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. The library is a joint project between Fort Bend County, the University of Houston System at Sugar Land, and Wharton County Junior College. The grand opening will be officiated by Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert, who will be joined by other county, university, and local officials. All area residents are invited to come out and take part in the grand-opening reception. The library sits on the University of Houston-System Sugar Land campus. The new library, designed by Baily Architects, Inc. of Houston, is a two-story building of 40,193 square feet, making it the third largest library in the system. A bond referendum approved by voters in May 2006 included funds for three county library construction projects: the University Branch Library in partnership with the University of Houston campus in Sugar Land and Wharton County Junior College; the Sienna Branch Library in partnership with Houston Community College; and renovations at George Memorial Library

in Richmond. The University Branch is the second joint-use facility in the Fort Bend County library system. The library includes community meeting rooms, study rooms, a puppet theater, and a computer lab for technology classes and general public use. Additional computers will be available for public use outside of the computer lab. The library has free WiFi access for individuals wishing to bring their own laptop computers to the library. Beginning the week of November 14, the Youth Services department will have a full range of children’s programs, including Mother Goose Time for infants, Toddler Time for babies from 12 to 36 months of age, Story Time for 3 to 6-year-old children, schoolaged programs for children in grades 1 through 5, and programs for tweens. The library will offer introductory computer classes for adults. Patrons may learn computer basics such as how to use a computer, how to search the Internet, and how to use Microsoft Office programs such as Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. A wide variety of books for children and adults are available for recreational reading and research. Magazines, newspapers, and audio-visual

materials are also on hand. The library offers audio books that can be downloaded from home, as well as a generous assortment of databases that patrons may access in the library or from home. The University Branch Library will utilize Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology in its check-out system. “The University Branch Library is the second county library/college partnership in the Fort Bend County library system,” says Library Director Clara Russell. “Part of our library mission is to provide an environment of lifelong learning and enrichment for the entire, diverse community, and this new venture just reinforces our commitment to providing a continuum of service for people of all ages. We hope the residents in the area will find the new library a pleasant and enjoyable place where they can study or just relax with a good book.” The hours of operation for the new branch library will be as follows: Monday, 12 noon 9 p.m; Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m – 9 p.m, Wednesday, 10 a.m – 6 p.m; Friday, 12:00 noon - 5 p.m; and Saturday, 10 a.m - 5 p.m. The library will be closed on Sundays. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

Filing deadline for March 6 primary changed By SESHADRI KUMAR The filing deadline for the 2012 March primary elections has been changed, following a court order. The filing will begin on Nov. 28 instead of the originally scheduled date of Nov. 12. A three-member panel of federal judges in San Antonio, which is hearing legal challenges to the redistricting plan adopted by the State Legislature, issued the ruling last week. The court is working on drawing new district boundaries for the upcoming elections but has not yet finished, and candidate filing was to have begun next week. Earlier this year, the Texas Legislature moved up the primary filing period for candidates by about a month because lawmakers wanted to give military voters more time to cast ballots. But because the state’s new redistricting plans are still tied up in courts, the panel of judges in San Antonio moved the filing date and shortened the filing period. The court has also issued a revised ruling on residency requirements. Since the composition of House and Senate districts in which candidates might offer themselves is uncertain until the Court enters an order pertaining to the districts of the offices and to be fair to the present officeholders, potential candidates and the citizens of Texas, the court found it necessary to modify the residence requirements. “Therefore, it is ordered that for the 2012 elections to

Roberts the Texas House of Representatives and Texas Senate a person must be a resident of the district the person seeks to represent from December 15, 2011 until the date of the General Election. It is further ordered that an incorrect precinct designation on an application for a place on the ballot shall not render the application invalid if the designation is corrected on or before December 19, 2011. An application for a place on the ballot for the office of precinct chair shall not be invalid if filed more than 90 days before the end of the filing period.” The first day to file an application for a place on the Primary Ballot as described in Texas Election Code shall be November 28, 2011. An application for a place on the general primary election ballot must be filed not later than 6 p.m. on December 15, 2011 as described in Texas Election Code. On Nov. 7, 2011, Fort Bend County Republican Party Chairman Sharon Robrts issued an advisory for all pre-

and Cheese will receive a complimentary examination visit and those who donate 25 boxes will receive their regular office visit including an adjustment. “Thanks to our staff and patients, last year was our biggest year, exceeding 1,000 lbs Serving on the Veterans Day planning team are Sugar Land Rotarians of Mac & Cheese and we hope to grow that amount with this Sonny Johnston, Lerleen Hawkins, Hal Jay - Event Chair, and Greg year’s drive. Frequently, we have people who are not even Pendley - Sugar Land Rotary President. patients, just drop off several boxes and we are glad to give the community that opportunity to share,” said Dr. Felker. Each food order sent from the pantry includes two boxes of pasta. East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry has been helping our neighbors in need for over 20 years. To learn more about EFBHNM visit www.HumanNeeds.org, All donations are tax deductible.

cinct chairs, elected officials and announced candidates with an update on the 2012 primary election filing period and changes to the election calendar over the next several weeks and months. Roberts said, “As a result of a court order from a federal panel of judges in San Antonio, the new filing period for the March 2012 Primary Elections has been condensed and pushed back from November 28 to December 15, 2011. These changes apply to all races on the March 2012 Primary Election ballot in Texas - federal, state, county, an local offices.” Roberts remarked, “At this time, it is not clear what legislative lines and districts will be ordered by the court, and this delay in their ruling has necessitated the changes in the election calendar. We do expect that the federal panel will be handing down interim maps later this month. “In a related topic for our County Commissioners Court to decide, once those interim maps are implemented, the federal panel in San Antonio has granted a deadline of December 13 for new precinct lines to be enacted so that our county’s precincts can be properly organized along the lines of the new districts.” To comply with the new filing period, Roberts also announced that she will be available to receive applications for a place on the Republican primary ballot at the following location(s) and date(s). (See the listing on Page 8.) Sugar Land Rotary will honor our nation’s veterans at a special Annual Sugar Land Rotary Veterans Day Celebration on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 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, said “This year we will have Rick Yarosh, a hero from the War on Terror, as our speaker. I have known Rick for several years as one of our Impact a Hero soldiers, and he will have a tremendous story to tell.” For reservations contact Sonny Johnston at sonnycpa@windstream.net or (281) 240-5700.

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Brain injury association honors Dr. Zerwas

Erin Garrison, left, Administrative Director of BIATX, with Representative John Zerwas, M.D. On Wednesday, Novem- Legislative Excellence Award ber 2, the Brain Injury As- in recognition of his dedicasociation of Texas presented tion to the survivors of brain Representative John Zerwas, injury and their families. M.D. (R-Richmond) with its The Brain Injury Associa-

Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Offers Tutor Training Become an essential part of an adult student’s life by signing up to be a tutor at the Literacy Council! The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County will be holding tutor training on Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., Monday, November 14 and Wednesday, November 16 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. After 12 hours of training, outstanding volunteers are equipped to teach Basic Literacy and English as a Second Language (ESL) classes to adults. The training prepares tutors to organize and compile lesson plans, learn about various tutoring techniques, understand the purpose of the Literacy Council and much more. Tutors do not need knowledge of any foreign language, nor do they need formal teaching experience. There are only three qualifications needed to become a tutor at the Literacy Council, a desire to help adult students, patience and commitment to three hours of tutoring per week. “The reward that our tutors feel after helping a student find their “voice” is indescribable,” said Amelia Perez, Program Director. “Students arrive at the Literacy Council timid and shy, but once they feel comfortable with the language and their speaking abilities, their confidence soars and they are saying ‘Hello’ to everyone they pass in the hallways. It is an incredible transformation and a source of pride for the tutors.” If you are interested in impacting someone’s life by becoming a tutor, please contact the Literacy Council at 281-2408181 or visit the website at www.ftbendliteracy.org.

News tion of Texas (BIATX), founded in 1982, strives to meet the urgent need to develop programs for public awareness and education regarding brain injury, to support research and rehabilitation and to provide family guidance. During his time as Representative of District 28, Dr. Zerwas has introduced a myriad of health and human services initiatives that have improved the healthcare of Texas patients. As a physician for more than 30 years and one of three doctors in the Texas House of Representatives, Representative Zerwas brings a unique perspective to the legislature. Dr. Zerwas has been an influential member of the Public Health Committee since he was elected to the office in 2006, and he is the chair of the Appropriations subcommittee on Health and Human Services. He also serves on the Calendars Committee.

Professional Compounding Centers of America (PCCA) presented a check for $41,000 to the Fort Bend County Women’s Center (FBCWC) on October 21, the final night of their International Seminar and 30th anniversary celebration in Sugar Land. From left: Jim Smith, PCCA President; Vita Goodell, Executive Director of FBCWC; Linda Schoonmaker, President of FBCWC Board of Directors; Lizzie Dragon, PCCA Vice President of Marketing, Education & Member Relations and Cyndi Hicks, PCCA Director of Event Management.

Name Your Mascot: Skeeters announce contest submit to the organization. Forms will also be available at the Pro Shop located in Sugar Land Town Center. Kids ages 13 and younger are encouraged to write-in their favorite name for the new mascot. The winner of the contest will be named President of the Kroger Kids Club for the 2012 season. The President will receive honorary membership in the Kroger Kids Club as well as four tickets to the Historic Opening Day Game on April 26, 2012. The contest will run from November 7-25. The mascot was created by Dave Raymond of Raymond Entertainment Group. Raymond pioneered the field of sports mascots with his innovative inhabitation of the

The Sugar Land Skeeters has announced the start of the “Name Your Mascot” contest. “Our mascot is a character that will always be with us, whether it is the preseason, postseason or off season,” said Christopher Hill, Skeeters Vice-President for Business Development. “Our mascot will stay with us forever and becomes the face of the organization in the community. When people see our mascot out and about, they will think Sugar Land Skeeters.” The mascot will be named by the children of Sugar Land and surrounding communities. Children must go online to the team website (www. SugarLandSkeeters.com) and download a form to color and

world-renowned Phillie Phanatic. He was the original Phanatic, and his vision and performance skill spawned a revolution in the mascot industry. The Sugar Land Skeeters minor league baseball team, led by Manager and former Major League All-Star Gary Gaetti, will play in the $35 million-dollar StarTex Power Field, which is being constructed by the City of Sugar Land and the Skeeters at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A. The Sugar Land Skeeters will play 70 regular season home games annually, beginning in April 2012. StarTex Power Field will play host to a multitude of other sporting events including football, soccer, lacrosse, cheerlead-

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News With new leader at the helm, Stafford gives boost to school district By BARBARA FULENWIDER The new superintendent of Stafford Municipal School District, Lance Hindt , will be the featured speaker on Dec. 9 at the Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce luncheon being co-sponsored by the city of Stafford. With this feather in the school district’s cap it appears to be an ideal time to try and get more Stafford businesses actively supporting the state’s only municipal school district. So the city plans to invite a number of Stafford CEOs to sit at the city’s sponsored table(s) at the event. Mayor Leonard Scarcella started council’s discussion on the matter at their Nov. 2 meeting and all agreed that “this is a most important function to enable the city to connect the school district with the business community.” The mayor went on to say that “a lot of the CEOs of companies in Stafford live in Fort Bend ISD so support that district’s programs. We need to take action now and try to get as much support and attendance at this luncheon as we can” for Stafford Municipal School District (SMSD). Councilman Robert Sorbet told council that at the reception held for Hindt in September, “We had more peo-

ple who attended than were expected, and that’s a good thing.” Sorbet also said that invitations to the chamber luncheon need to go to all Stafford businesses that get the Freeport exemption or are in the enterprise zone and that the city needs to target businesses that are not on the chamber’s list. “The goal,” Sorbet said, “is to promote Stafford, Stafford Centre and SMSD. We want the largest businesses there so they can partner with SMSD and will book their future events at Stafford Centre and not at hotels in other cities.” “Many business people here,” Scarcella said, “act like they don’t know SMSD exists. Those are the ones we particularly want to invite.” Sorbet said he will personally follow up with phone calls to CEO’s after the invitations are mailed. Hindt, who was in the audience and spoke at the meeting, said the school district “has been engaged in trying to get in the door and talk to the right (corporate) people.” He asked that the city specifically put the CEO’s names on the invitations. Scarcella noted that the city paid $511,148 for services to the school district. Total city police services ran $190,210, facility usage cost $226,014

Administrator needed Looking for a part time job? Do you know Quicken and Excel? Are you good on the telephone? The Republican Party of Fort Bend is looking for a Primary Election the total of 3,561 school age Administrator. For more information, please send students living in Stafford, an email (include contact details) with background 2,632 attended SMSD last information to sharonroberts@fbcgop.org. year.

Hindt and total city programs cost $94,925. The mayor also pointed out that if all school-age children who live in Stafford attended SMSD, the school district would not have to send any more of its tax dollars to Austin because it would no longer be considered a property rich school district. To back that up, Scarcella presented U.S. Census figures in a chart, which showed that in 2010 white students living in Stafford numbered 421 but only 152 attended SMSD. Out of 579 Asian school-age children living in Stafford only 268 attended; of Latinos 1,250 lived in Stafford and 1,114 attended SMSD; Black/African American students living in Stafford totaled 1,240 and 1,027 attended SMSD. Out of

The city of Stafford’s 2010 Census figures for the city of Stafford show almost an equal number of all ethnicities. There were 3,972 whites, 4,740 blacks, 4,590 Latinos, 4,000 Asians and 391 other for a total population of 17,302. In 2010, students who attended SMSD but did not live in Stafford totaled 600 and that is the same number again this year, Hindt said. Scarcella said that a huge issue for the city is the availability of land – and we don’t have enough for commercial purposes. He showed a slide of the city’s extra territorial jurisdiction (ETJ) and said if that were annexed the city would be 23 percent bigger. “The only reason we don’t is because we want to continue to maintain and be able to do what we can for SMSD. If we annexed these areas we’d be in the districts of Fort Bend, Alief and Houston. We then could no longer give the money to Stafford because we’d have to give all the districts the same amount of money. Not annexing the ETJ keeps SMSD’s integrity intact.”

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Schmidt port the sale of our products,” said Hammond. “Our sales at Imperial have been strong and steady.” In addition to strong sales reported by farmers market vendors both at the event and online, nearby merchants also have witnessed an increase in sales since the opening of the Farmers Market at Imperial back in October. Jaime and Theresa Crespo, whose restaurant Teresitas is tucked away on nearby Eldridge Road, say exposure from the Farmers Market at Imperial has had a positive impact on their business. “Our experience with the Farmers Market at Imperial has been, by far, our most effective marketing tool yet,” says Theresa Crespo. “Since the market has opened, we’ve seen an 18% increase in traf-

FROM THE DESK OF G. M. MAJORS, LIEUTENANT FORT BEND COUNTY PRECINCT TWO CONSTABLE DEPARTMENT 303 TEXAS PARKWAY, SUITE 124 MISSOURI CITY, TX 77459 OFFICE# 281-403-8010 PERSONAL FAX #281 -403-8033 November 4, 201 1 ATTENTION: SHAYLON D. JOHNSON YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED TO CALL (281) 403-8010 IMMEDIATELY TO DISCUSS THE PAYMENT OF AN EXECUTION OF JUDGEMENT AND ORDER OF SALE: Winfield Lakes Community Association Vs SHAYLON D. JOHNSON Civil Docket Number: 10-DCV-180107 lf we do not hear from you immediately, we will proceed to collect this judgement by seizing the property and completing the ORDER OF SALE in accordance with the law. This notice is being sent as a courtesy with the intention of saving you time and additional court costs. NOTICE: All payments must be made through this office to assure proper credit towards the judgement. Payment should not be made directly to the Plaintiff. BEFORE PAYING ANY AMOUNT, YOU MUST CONTACT OUR OFFICE. If property has already been seized under court orders then you will ftnd an attached sale notice. Such Sale can be avoided by full payment of judgement and cost, please contact our office immediately. Sincerely, G. M. Majors, Lieutenant

fic to our restaurant. Plus, we’ve booked more off-site catered events,” said Theresa Crespo. Located at Highway 90 and Ulrich Street in front of the Imperial Sugar silos and historic Char House, the Farmers Market at Imperial is held rain-or-shine Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Organizers recently announced plans to keep the event open year round. Presented by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, the event is certified as an official GO TEXAN Farmers Market by the Texas Department of Agriculture.

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CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 31, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10-DCV-180102 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $6,790.28 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same.

I have levied on NOVEMBER 3, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - KATINA M. DEVAUGHN had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT SIX, IN BLOCK THREE, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 4, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 2477/A OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 3202 VILLAGE POND LANE, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545.

I have levied on NOVEMBER 3, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - JOSEPH AND NEKISHA MAL VEAUX had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 36, IN BLOCK FIVE, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 6, IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED UNDER PLAT FILE NO. 20050039 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 2726 DARBY BROOK DRIVE, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545.

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Opinion The View from Sugar Land Swatting Skeeters By RUSSELL JONES Sugar Land’s minor league Skeeters will celebrate their first opening day ever against the Atlantic League champion York Revolution next April 26, according to the buzz surrounding the team released by the front office. Managed by major league All-Star Gary Gaetti, the team will inaugurate the new StarTex Power Field, now rapidly rising above the treetops at the intersection of Hwy. 6 and 90-A. The stadium’s luxury suites are sold out, but a few shares are still available from the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. According to team officials, season ticket sales have been running above expectations, but plenty of seats will be held back for sale on game days. Fred and Fan Need Attention Most honest analysts believe that the semipublic institutions known as Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were at the epicenter of the 2008 economic disaster. Pretty much everyone involved in the home mortgage industry should have recognized that those two behemoths could not indefinitely continue business as usual. Charged by the government with expanding home ownership at any cost, they guaranteed loans without serious regard to the ability of borrowers to repay. Fan and Fred repeatedly lowered their standards for loan quality at the behest of a politically motivated Congress, purchased loans of doubtful quality and repackaged them for resale to a gullible public, posturing them as being as safe as federally issued treasury bills. As long as they were making profits, Fan and Fred’s private shareholders pocketed the gains.

Jones But as soon as they reached the point where any other company would have filed bankruptcy, the federal government fed them billions of taxpayer dollars, keeping both alive and taxpayers gagging on the losses. Now we learn that executives at the two housing giants received bonuses in six or seven figures over the past two years. Those bonuses were paid to individuals who were a part of the housing disaster. Those bonuses were paid despite record losses. Those bonuses were paid with taxpayer dollars. In early 2011, Senators Chris Dodd and Barney Frank sponsored an overhaul of the nation’s financial system, creating dozens of additional regulatory agencies, slapping thousands of pages of new regulations on private banks, and assuring that the public would bear the burden of the new costs. The decision of Bank of America to charge monthly fees for use of debit cards, widely criticized by public and politicians alike, can be traced directly to the Dodd-Frank law. Amazingly, Dodd-Frank failed to address any of the shortcomings of Fannie Mae or Fred-

die Mac. Perhaps Dodd’s special treatment on personal loans from Countrywide may account for part of that Congressional omission. Just as likely is the close personal relationship of Frank to a senior official at Fannie, while Frank was on the House Banking Committee working to deregulate his friend’s agency. Regardless of the reason, the underlying dysfunctionality of the two entities most responsible for the Great Recession of the Obama years have not been addressed. Sympathizing with OWS A few weeks ago, this column suggested that sympathy with the cause of the Occupy Wall Street crowd is not entirely misplaced. Despite the amorphous nature of the group’s goals, despite the occasional violence, drugs, and filth, despite the general left wing cast of the protesters, it is impossible to say that they are completely delusional. The billions of taxpayer dollars being loaned to so-called green companies, rewards for union leaders whose tactics directly led to the demise of the American car companies, the gifts of taxpayer funds to municipalities for everything from ice rinks to bridges to nowhere, are all examples of the crony capitalism which we see coming out of Washington and deserving of the protestations of OWS as well as the Tea Party. The problem with OWS is that it does not know where the true culprit lives. At least the Tea Party understands that the real problem is as much in Washington as it is on Wall Street. Jones served as a member of the Sugar Land City Council from 2003 through June, 2011. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

Musings: Making laws work... By JANICE SCANLAN I ran across a fascinating story in reading about the pioneers who settled the Routt County on the west side of the Continental Divide in Northwest Colorado. What it took for homesteaders and pioneers to settle that challenging part of the country with snow, mountains, and great challenges of distance—building railroads. One of the biggest challenges is making laws and rules that work for people, are fair, and can be administered without a giant bureaucracy or interfering with entrepreneurship. The Great Depression of the 1930s especially hit those farming and ranching settlers. Extreme weather conditions as well as a slow economy. Sound familiar? There has always been enmity between cattle and sheep ranchers. Cattle can range fairly near to one place, but sheep will quickly over graze and destroy the plants by eating the roots. They have to keep moving and range far. The 1934 Taylor Act created a Grazing Services Department so Harold Ickes, Secretary of the Interior for Franklin D. Roosevelt, was vetting its first Director to administer grazing land in ten western states. He had been impressed with testimony before Congress that an attorney and cattle rancher had provided. Farrington R. “Ferry” Carpenter was a 1909 Princeton

Scanlan graduate and a 1912 grad of Harvard Law. He was also a practical visionary who fell in love with the west and staked a homestead claim when he was 21 and still going to college, working summers to “prove up” the claim. Secretary Ickes interviewed Ferry and asked if there was any reason why Ferry should not be chosen for the job. Ferry said there were several. First, he had represented the cattle ranchers against the sheep ranchers. Moreover, he was a Republican, and if the government was trying to set up a bureaucracy like they did with the Forest Service, he didn’t want the job. Ickes replied he didn’t care what party he belonged . . . and there was such a small budget for the Grazing Service, he could not build a bureaucracy if he wanted. He then asked who he should talk with about Ferry with the sheep men. Ferry furnished the attorney who represented the sheep ranchers. Secretary Ickes talked with the man, who wanted a sheep

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man for the Director. Ickes simply asked the attorney if he thought Ferry could be fair to the sheep ranchers. The attorney said he could. Ferry took the job and convened a meeting equally divided among sheep and cattle ranchers. The first item of business was to draw a map of the grazing ranges. Not knowing all the natural land barriers or anything about desert grazing, Ferry picked 3 cattle and 3 sheep ranchers. He told them that the rest of the group was convening for lunch. That as soon as the boundaries were drawn, they could go as well. The boundaries drawn that day are still essentially the same today. The second thing Ferry did was take the advice of a Washington bureaucrat, and not define what staying “near” to home base meant for grazing. By keeping that word flexible, he paved the way for solutions that met the different needs of sheep and cow men as well as fit local circumstances. Ickes tried to fire Ferry, but Roosevelt overrode him because he had the sheep and cow men working together. What common sense and sense of purpose. Oh, for more today. Visit http://traction.typepad. com/musings for the name of the book or write to janicescanlan@clear.net

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Home insurance market in Texas By BASIL HOUSEWRIGHT Home Insurance rates are on the increase in the Texas Gulf Coast area since Hurricane Ike in September 2008. Prior to Ike there were several major storms, which did not hit the Texas Gulf Coast directly but resulted in numerous home insurance claims. These were Hurricane Katrina, Rita and Gustave as well as many other tropical storms. Years 2009 and 2010 were not as bad in regard to hurricanes but we still had numerous weather related claims due to several violent hailstorms. Prior to this we had been very fortunate that numerous insurance companies had begun to write new home insurance policies in our area. In 1998 to 2002 we had the mold crisis, which substantially curtailed home insurance availability in Texas and drove the price of home insurance up sharply. With the actions of Texas Department of Insurance promulgating the mold exclusions and limitations of mold coverage on a home insurance policy and the deregulating of home insurance business to a rate and file system, many insurance companies saw the Texas home insurance marketplace as a new opportunity and entered or re-entered the Texas marketplace. This created a price and availability situation in the favor of homeowners with lower prices and more choices of where to purchase their home insurance. Some insurance companies began selling new home insurance policies at 50% or less of the market rates. Then along came Ike and most all the home insurance carriers have reacted with double-digit rate increases in 2010 and 2011 with reports of the same in 2012. Homeowners in Fort Bend and Harris County are again experiencing a limited availability of home insurance options as many insurance companies are limiting their writing of new home insur-

Housewright ance policies in this area and renewal rates and deductible options are increasing. One major issue driving this situation is hail & windstorms and roof issues. Many homeowners do not replace the roofing materials on their homes when it has reached its useful life. Many homes are supplied with a 15 to 30 year warranty on the roofing material when built new. This means the manufacturer does not intend the material to last much longer than this time period. In fact in our weather conditions with extremely hot and humid summers if the roof lasts half of the manufacturer’s warranty period you are fortunate. When asphalt shingle roofing material remains on a home after it has reached its life expectancy and is just “worn out”, it becomes brittle, very rigid and curls up. This leads to roof leaks and shingles breaking away during only mild wind and hailstorms. More and more homeowners do not replace their roof when it is worn out, they just hope for a hailstorm so they can have their insurance company perform this maintenance activity for them. With the prevalence of wind & hail storms in Texas the past few years, insurance companies are replacing roofs at an extremely high rate. To counter this insurance companies have been requiring higher windstorm and hail deductibles for new and renewing home insurance policies. The goal of the higher windstorm and hail deductibles is

to place the roof maintenance costs on the homeowner. But what has happened the roofing industry has been successful in substantially increasing the “Insured Cost of Roof Replacement.” Now if I as a homeowner go out and solicit bids to replace my roof without using my home insurance the marketplace is very competitive and much lower than the “Insured Cost of Roof Replacement.” So much lower that I can replace my roof for the cost of pretty close to my windstorm and hail deductible. What does this mean? Could it be the roofing industry is still working with homeowners to “fade” their deductible? A few home insurance companies have recently revised how they handle roof claims, which basically tightened the controls on verification of payment of the entire full deductible amount by the homeowner to repair or replace their roof. Bottom line if we want affordable home insurance with reasonable deductibles a homeowner is going to need to assume the cost of roof repairs and replacements. The home insurance companies are going to require high enough deductibles and controls to make sure this happens. I have owned several homes through the years and have had several roofs replaced and only once paid for a total roof replacement out of pocket. But that roofing job I paid for out-of-pocket was almost half of what my “Insured Cost of Roof Replacement” was. It looks like it is time for this to change if we want affordable home insurance with reasonable deductibles. I still like my roof repair guy. Basil Housewright, Jr. is manager of Texans Insurance & Financial Group, Inc., a local Independent Insurance Agency operating in Sugar Land since 1991. He can be reached at (281) 277-7800, Fax (281) 277-7801, E-Mail – basil@ texansinsure.com. Visit www. texansinsure.com

Will you outlive your money? By JARED & BILL JAMESON It’s difficult to understand the current economic climate without first recognizing its central theme: debt. Whether we’re talking about the European banking crisis, persistently high unemployment, a collapsing housing market or even a bubble in Chinese real estate, almost every current economic problem can ultimately be tied back to the impact of easy credit resulting in unmanageable debt levels. Below is a summary of some of the most noteworthy debt situations of today, as well as their historical significance. Let’s start with the largest issuer of debt in the world; the US federal government. The current US debt is $14.9 trillion. If we were to divide this by each American citizen, every man, woman and child would owe around $48,000. The $14.9 trillion represents approximately 100 percent of America’s GDP in 2010 (Gross Domestic Product, or the total amount produced by a nation in a year). The only other time debt exceeded production in the US in the last 100 years was during World War II. The government is not the only debtor in America. If you combine outstanding household, business and government debt, Americans owed $50.7 trillion in 2009. This is approximately 3.5 times GDP, and is more than twice as large as the previous high of 150 percent, seen in 1946. Greece has been the focus of most of the financial problems plaguing Europe. Greek debt as a percentage of GDP was 142 percent in 2010, and has only grown this year. Due to this very high level, investors have driven

Bill and Jared Jameson up the yields on Greek debt to more than 23 percent on bonds that mature in 10 years. This makes it almost impossible for Greece to pay its debts, as interest payments take up a larger and larger portion of its budget. For comparison, the current US 10year Treasury yield is 2.34 percent. Other European countries, such as Spain and Italy, are also facing higher interest rates due to their debt levels. Finally, China, the “producer of the world,” claims its public debt is around 19 percent of GDP, which is among the lowest levels in the world. However, the Chinese banking system has a unique structure in which local communities issue governmentbacked loans. According to Victor Shih, assistant professor of political science at Northwestern

University, if you included local with national debt, China’s actual debt is close to 96 percent of its production. Debt will remain a major factor in the global economy for the foreseeable future. The process of deleveraging (paying down debt) and its harmful effects will be a primary factor in future economic growth, both in the US and abroad. This will of course impact future returns on stocks and bonds. Work with your financial advisor to make sure your portfolio is appropriately positioned. WJ Interests is a fee-only financial planning and investment management firm in Sugar Land. For more information, please contact us at wj@wjinterests. com or 281-634-9400.


NOVEMBER 9, 2011 • INDEPENDENT • Page 5

Opinion FBISD is about to stumble again There are no ‘minor’ surgeries, just minor surgeons

To the Editor: It was just a few months ago that Fort Bend ISD district refused to equalize the attendance of its schools by not including the entire district in its re-zoning efforts. Of the 11 high schools in the district, there are three schools under-populated: Marshall, Willowridge, and Ridge Point. The other eight are near maximum capacity or beyond. Predictions that some elementary schools would have low enrollment fell far from what was expected. Middle school students who live blocks from a school are being bussed miles to another school because of the district’s poor assessment and planning. Is anyone taking a look at the number of students who are leaving FBISD schools and opting for private educational facilities or home schooling? The district has a huge bond debt, the payment of which has saddled the district’s tax payers, while still trying to appease those who were naive enough to believe that everything developers say is true. Telfair residents, don’t hold your breath waiting for a school to be built in your neighborhood anytime soon. The taxpayers are not against you. They simply are not willing to add to the already exorbitant bond debt. In case you aren’t aware, this district, in 2010, was 30.95 percent Black, 24.48 percent Hispanic, 22.57 percent Asian/Pacific Islanders, 22.57 percent White, and 0.24 percent Native American. That’s right, this district has a population of Blacks and Hispanics that is greater than 55 percent. These students attend school in every area of the district, but the majority of them attend school on the east side of the district. Four of these east end schools, Marshall, Willowridge, Lake Olympia, and Rosa Parks, have been ranked academically unacceptable. FBISD does not want this dark blot on its “stellar” reputation. Hence, immediate steps have been taken to get these schools up to par. New principals, new administrative staffs, new deans of instruction, and intervention specialists have been put into place. Principals have gone before school board members and the public to out-line strategies and plans to be implemented with the hope of improving the academic standing of these schools. In one school, the district found it necessary to escort the entire counseling staff

out of its building. To date, these offices remain vacant and counseling services are no longer available to those students. It appears not much thought was given when this decision was made. If proper thought had been given, temporary staff would have been immediately ready to step into place. Where would a teacher take a student who is contemplating suicide? Certainly not to an empty counseling office! If these counselors were that incompetent, why were they hired in the first place? A better question, who hired them? Isn’t it the responsibility of the Human Resources Department to hire competent individuals? And if they are competent, but made mistakes, would it not be better to train them properly rather than remove them leaving the school void of any counseling services? Is it true, in some instances but not all, that schools that had a large Hispanic and Black population were sent teachers and staff that had been turned down by other campuses in the district? Is it true that when applicants had superior credentials they were steered toward the “elitist” schools? It is clear to me that if you want your entire district to be exceptional, then all district employees must be exceptional! It is unlikely the stumbles would have been noticed had the state not handed down a budget shortfall. Now the district’s dirty laundry has been aired: 1. Poor zoning decisions 2. The building of too many small schools rather than building fewer but larger schools 3. Too many schools too close together 4. Exorbitant bond debt 5. Possible irregularities in employment practices And now, FBISD is about to stumble, yet again. They have increased the teacherstudent ratio, they have closed or planned to close some academies, they have added many of their former employees to the unemployment line, and yet, they have not faced the real issue: Student and parent responsibility. When is the last time you heard of a student being expelled? It doesn’t happen very often anymore, yet there are plenty of disruptive students who impede the learning process of those who actually want to learn. I recently visited one of these schools and I was in awe at the number of students being dropped off at school well past the beginning of first period. There is no excuse for this habitual tardiness.

And I’ll bet many of the late ones are the same ones who are skipping classes regularly. What is the punishment for being tardy? The student gets a discipline slip and is sent to class, only to impede the learning process for others! A large number of slips must accumulate before something more severe can be implemented. Parents need to be held accountable for getting their children to school on time and children should be held accountable for their actions while in school. When is the district going to realize that some kids are never going to be interested in getting an education? Getting an education should be considered a privilege and thus should not be forced upon anyone who does not want it nor on one who does not realize its importance. That’s why it is imperative to get a career school in the areas where these students live. This district can no longer ignore what is obvious: until it gets a handle on how to communicate its expectations to all parents of all students in this district, it will continue its academic decline. It can no longer afford to be driven by the mighty dollar, but by the desire to prepare its students to be productive citizens. If it doesn’t, those who can afford to send their children to private institutions or home school them will do just that. And all that will be left in FBISD will be the poor, the economically disadvantaged, the culturally displaced, the at- risk, and the under-served. This is one stumble the district can not afford to make! — AUDREY JORDAN WILLIAMS

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 31, 2011 by the 400th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-176120 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $9,073.31 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - ALEXANDROS G. VARONOS had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz:

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 31, 2011 by the 400th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-175171 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,151.44 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - JAYE C. CAMPBELL had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz:

Legal Description: LOT 20, IN BLOCK 4, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 6, AMENDING PLAT, FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT, RECORDED UNDER PLAT FILE NO. 20060249 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 2303 BEDFORD OAK STREET, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545.

Legal Description: LOT 1, IN BLOCK 3 WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 6, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED UNDER PLAT FILE NO. 20050039 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS2903 EDGEWICK ELM STREET, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545.

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10-DCV-180159 in favor of the plaintiffQUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $3,977.01++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - CARLOS ERNESTO MERINO AND DEISY GLORIA ZELAYA had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: THE EASTERLY PORTION OF LOT TWO(2), IN BLOCK SIX (6) OF QUAIL BRIDGE, SECTION TWO(2), BEING A REPLAT OF RIDGEMONT SECTION FIVE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 25, PAGE 15 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 5439 RIDGE WIND LANE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77053 . TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 26, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-174699 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $8,270.51 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - CLYDE D. LEWIS II had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 22, IN BLOCK 1, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 6, AMENDING PLAT NO.1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT, RECORDED UNDER PLAT FILE NO. 20060249 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 2923 ACACIA FAIR LANE, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

By THOMAS J. PARR, M.D. Many times, my Physician’s Assistant and I have patients complaining that we are asking them to get laboratory and EKG studies prior to surgery, even for some “minor” surgical procedures. There is a reason we ask for the studies. In surgery, we talk about how there are “no minor surgeries--just minor surgeons,” meaning that surgeons who think what they are doing is minor are just wrong. We make our decisions to obtain preoperative studies based on our patients’ health and social history, not just his or her age. The lab tests we order have a specific purpose and are tailored to each patient’s needs. Sodium, potassium, and other blood chemistry factors affect how anesthetics work and how the heart responds to the stress of surgery. Basic kidney and liver function tests help us predict how the body will metabolize drugs before, during and after surgery, which might potentially lead to medication over or underdosing. A history of high blood pressure, diabetes, or breathing problems, even when well controlled, indicates to us that we need to be even more cautious than usual when administering medications during and after surgery. Smoking compromises the body’s ability to handle the alterations in metabolism and tissue oxygenation that accompany surgery. Quitting smoking only eight weeks before surgery can improve surgical outcomes. Alcoholic liver disease sigCONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 2, 2011 by the 268th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV170570 in favor of the plaintiff-OLYMPIA ESTATES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $2,001.18++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on August 06, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -JAZZMON J. WILLIAMS AND CHANTE R. WILLIAMS had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT ELEVEN (11), IN BLOCK FIVE (05) OF OLYMPIA ESTATES, SECTION TWO, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO(S) 2331/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. 2802 TROY DRIVE MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on SEPTEMBER 29, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-170555 in favor of the plaintiff-OLYMPIA ESTATES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $4,148.88++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -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 (01) OF OLYMPIA ESTATES, SECTION ONE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLATS THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO(S) 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 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

Parr nificantly affects one’s ability to metabolize medications, and also to respond to the stresses of surgery. Many years ago, I had a patient who told me she only had “one drink a day”--a martini with her evening meal. Her daughter confirmed this, but this kind lady went into acute alcohol withdrawal following a total knee replacement on the third day following her surgery. This condition, called DTs, is fatal 20 percent of the time, even if it occurs while in the hospital. When I challenged her and her daughter about this, I found out that her Martini glass was actually more of a fish bowl. It is never nice to be less than honest with your doctor! An article published October 6, 2011 in the online edition of the British medical journal “The Lancet” points out one of the most important aspects of our preoperative evaluations. In a study involving more than 227,000 patients receiving major, non-cardiac surgery the researchers found that patients with even mild anemia had more than a 40

percent increased risk of death within 30 days following their surgery. Correcting the anemia before surgery dramatically reduced the risk. The researchers also found that when anemia was present in addition to even only one other preoperative risk factor, such as those mentioned above, the 30-day serious complication and mortality rates were greatly increased compared with when only one risk factor was present. Thus, the goal of our surgical preoperative evaluation is not to hassle patients, but to detect any conditions that can be improved prior to surgery in order to make it safer for them. We want to proactively determine how best to manage each individual during surgery, and to provide safe postoperative care. By asking the proper questions and obtaining the appropriate laboratory studies, we can discover hidden diseases : which means the patient may have to be referred to another specialist the patient to another specialist (typically a cardiologist)before proceeding with surgery. The reason we are doing this is to make as certain as possible that our patients will not have an adverse outcome from our actions. All of this may be annoying and sometimes much more time consuming than our patients want to expend, but it is for their well being. Dr. Thomas Parr, an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be reached at 281-4917111.Visit www.tomparrmd. net for more information.

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 3, 2011 by the 400th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #11-DCV186804 in favor of the plaintiff- QUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $3,780.25++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -EDWIN M. ROLIN had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: THE EASTERLY PORTION OF LOT TEN (10), IN BLOCK SIX (6) OF QUAIL BRIDGE, SECTION TWO(2), BEING A REPLAT OF RIDGEMONT SECTION FIVE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 25, PAGE 15 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 5407 RIDGE WIND LANE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77053 TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10-DCV-177803 in favor of the plaintiffQUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $6,356.27++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -RAUL R. MEDINA AND ARACELI MEDINA had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz:

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on SEPTEMBER 7, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #11DCV-187289 in favor of the plaintiff- THE VICKSBURG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $6,002.35++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/ or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) -PATRICIA URSETI AND ROBERT ALVAREZ had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT ONE (1), IN BLOCK THREE (3) REPLAT OF VICKSBURG, THE VILLAGE OF SHILOH, SECTION ONE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS THEREOF RECORDED UNDER SLIDE NO(S) 843/A AND 843/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. 3103 TRUESDALE DRIVE MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 3, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10-DCV-185745 in favor of the plaintiff- RIDGEMONT PUD HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $3,430.52++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - JONATHAN MORRIS had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz:

Legal Description: LOT 32, IN BLOCK 4, OF A BENCHMARK, SECTION ONE, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAPS OR PLATS THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 28, PAGE 22 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 5643 SANTA CHRISTI DR., HOUSTON, FORT BEND, TEXAS 77053 TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

Legal Description: LOT 6, IN BLOCK 12 RESERVES D AND G, OF RIDGEMONT SECTION TWO (2) A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 10, PAGE 11 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 4823 E. RIDGECREEK DR., HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77053 . TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable


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Legal Notices PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 for replat of Fulbrook, Section 2D, replat of Lots 5, 6 and 7, Block 4, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact David Leyendecker with Clay & Leyendecker Inc at 281-391-0173 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk THE STATE OF TEXAS CITATION BY PUBLICATION TO: UNKNOWN HEIRS AND I OR UNKNOWN OWNERS AND I OR INTERESTED PERSONS OF JOHN WILLIAMS (DEC’ D) AND I OR THE ESTATE(S) OF ANY OF THE ABOVE UNKNOWN HEIRS AND I OR UNKNOWN OWNERS AND I OR INTERESTED PERSONS OF WILLIE HOUSTON (DEC’ D) AND I OR THE ESTATE(S) OF ANY OF THE ABOVE UNKNOWN HEIRS AND I OR UNKNOWN OWNERS AND I OR INTERESTED PERSONS 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 fortytwo days from the date of issuance of this citation, same being December 12, 2011 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 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT of Fort Bend County sitting in Richmond, Texas, and was filed on August 25, 2010. It bears cause number 10-DCV-183444 and is styled: Harold I. Daily, Abe Daily, Leodis Montgomery, Dorothy Lee Parker & Randy Hillsman vs John Williams, Willie Houston, Unknown Heirs, Unknown Owners and/or other Interested persons The name and address of the attorney for PLAINTIFFS is: MICHAEL W. ELLIOTT 310 MORTON ST. #99 RICHMOND, TX 77469 832-496-5000 The nature of the demands of said PLAINTIFFS is as follows to-wit: THE UNKNOWN HEIRS AND I OR UNKNOWN OWNERS AND I OR INTERESTED PERSONS OF JOHN WILLIAMS (DEC’ D) AND I OR WILLIE HOUSTON (DEC’ D), AS WELL AS ALL PERSONS CLAIMING ANY TITLE OR INTEREST IN LAND UNDER DEED TO EITHER JOHN WILLIAMS OR WILLIE HOUSTON OR IN AN TO 5 TRACTS OF LAND IN THE NOEL F. ROBERTS LEAGUE, ABSTRACT NO. 79, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, TOTALING 128.143 ACRES, MORE OR LESS. If this Citation is not served, it shall be returned unserved. Issued under my hand and seal of said Court, at Richmond, Texas on this the 27th day of October, 2011. DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS Deputy District Clerk Daisy Reyes 281-633-7627

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 26, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-180112 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $3,472.02 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - SHALICIA L. NEAL had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 27, IN BLOCK 5, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 6, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT, RECORDED UNDER PLAT FILE NO. 20050039 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 2823 ACACIA FAIR LANE, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on NOVEMBER 1, 2011 by the 400th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-175412 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,502.30 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 4, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - HILDA YARN had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 9, IN BLOCK 1, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT, RECORDED IN SLIDE 2438B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 3335 BECKER GLEN STREET, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

NOTICE OF RATES AND FEES FOR VARIOUS SERVICES The City of Sugar Land City Council on September 20, 2011 adopted on second consideration City of Sugar Land Ordinance No. 1828: AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF SUGAR LAND, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 2, ARTICLE V, DIVISION 4 (FEES FOR VARIOUS CITY SERVICES) AND CHAPTER 5, ARTICLE VIII, DIVISION 3 (RATES AND CHARGES) OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES BY REVISING CITY SERVICE FEES AND MONTHLY RETAIL WATER AND WASTEWATER CHARGES. Said ordinance is available in the office of the City Secretary, City of Sugar Land, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, (281) 275-2730, and may be examined between the hours of 8:00 o’clock a.m. and 5:00 o’clock p.m., Monday through Friday. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC City Secretary

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on NOVEMBER 1, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-175173 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $7,911.07 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same.

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 31, 2011 by the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #10-DCV-180115 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $6,365.69 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same.

I have levied on NOVEMBER 3, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - TRISHA FREDERICK had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 7, IN BLOCK 3, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 6, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT RECORDED UNDER PLAT FILE NO. 20050039 OF THE OFFICIAL RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 2927 EDGEWICK ELM STREET, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.

I have levied on NOVEMBER 3, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - DAVIS FILS MOMPOINT AND JOSETTE P. MOMPOINT had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 42, IN BLOCK 1, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 6, AMENDING PLOT NO. 1, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN PLAT FILE NO. 20060249 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 3411 FARREL HILL STREET, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M.

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

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

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and/or Order of Sale issued on OCTOBER 31, 2011 by the 434th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas in Cause #09-DCV-175915 in favor of the plaintiff- WINFIELD LAKES COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, Inc., plaintiff, for the sum of $5,352.97 ++++ costs as taxed on said execution and/or order of sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on NOVEMBER 3, 2011 and will offer for sale on the 6th day of DECEMBER 2011 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of Ten O’clock A.M. and Four O’clock P.M., and all rights, title, interests, and claims which the said Defendant (s) - MIKE CROCKETT AND GOLDIE CROCKETT had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz: Legal Description: LOT 13, IN BLOCK 1, OF WINFIELD LAKES, SECTION 4, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT, RECORDED IN SLIDE 2477A OF THE MAP/PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, “THE PROPERTY” ALSO KNOWN AS 3326 VILLAGE POND LANE, FRESNO, TEXAS 77545. TERMS: CASH; TIME: Sale to be held at or about 11:00 A.M. Ruben Davis, Constable,Fort Bend County Precinct Two By: Lieutenant G. Majors #73 Deputy Constable

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 for replat of Fulbrook, Section 2C, replat of Lots 5 and 6 Block 1, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact David Leyendecker with Clay & Leyendecker Inc at 281-391-0173 for information prior to the hearing.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 6, 2011 for replat of Fulbrook, Section 4A, replat of Lots 5 and 6 Block 1, Precinct 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Richmond, Texas. Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hearing. You may contact David Leyendecker with Clay & Leyendecker Inc at 281-391-0173 for information prior to the hearing.

Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

CITY OF MISSOURI CITY LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB #74-12

Construction of Surface Water Plant Landscaping and Irrigation

Scope: The City of Missouri City is accepting bids for the construction of landscaping and irrigation at the City’s surface water treatment plant. The project is located at 8850 ½ Sienna Ranch Road in Missouri City. The project includes, but is not limited, to planting of trees, shrubs, groundcover and turf, associated irrigation, and construction of a windmill. The successful contractor shall provide all labor, materials and transportation necessary to perform under this contract per specifications. All construction shall be in conformance with project plans, specifications, City of Missouri City standards, ordinances and comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements where applicable. Bid shall include any delivery, fuel surcharge or other miscellaneous charges. The bid shall be lump sum and include the days to completion. A mandatory pre bid meeting will be held at 10 AM, Thursday, November 17, 2011 at Fire Station #4, 5955 Sienna Parkway, in Missouri City. Bids will be accepted until 2 PM local time November 28, 2011 and then opened. The bid packages may be obtained beginning November 9th from Missouri City Purchasing Office at (281) 403-8626. There is no charge for the bid package. Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

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 3:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011, for: PURCHASE OF CAROUSEL Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: BID NO. 2012-12 PURCHASE OF CAROUSEL BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE Bidder shall sign and date the bid. Bids that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Signed and sealed bids shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 3:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard 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 the opening of bids. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the 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 City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site. Questions regarding this bid must be received by the City of Sugar Land’s Purchasing Office no later than 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 18, 2011. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator, at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email at jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov .

NOTICE TO BIDDERS SUGAR LAND SENIOR CENTER PROJECT The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: Sugar Land Senior Center Project CIP PROJECT NUMBER: MU1102 LOCATION OF WORK: 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained at the following offices and location with payment of $235.02: A&E Reprographics Digital Vault 4235 Richmond Avenue Houston, TX 77027 (713)-621-0022 Sealed bids shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, November 17, 2011, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held 2:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2011, City of Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, TX 77479. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

NOTICE TO PROPOSERS REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS

NOTICE TO BIDDERS

Sealed submittals (1) one original and (5) five copies, addressed to the City Secretary Office of the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 3:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011 for:

Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 3:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011, for:

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2012-10 SWEETWATER BOULEVARD RECONSTRUCTION

PURCHASE OF PICNIC FURNITURE Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows:

Submissions shall be appropriately marked in the upper left hand corner as follows: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2012-10 SWEETWATER BOULEVARD RECONSTRUCTION

BID NO. 2012-13 PURCHASE OF PICNIC FURNITURE BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE Bidder shall sign and date the bid. Bids that are not signed and dated will be rejected.

Signed and sealed submittals shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 3:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All submissions received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the date for the opening of submittals. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of submittals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective submitters and may or may not affect the submission opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all submissions and to waive informalities in submittals received. The award will be made based on a panel evaluation of submittals received. RFQ documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All documents, amendments and other information relating to the submittal will be posted on this site. Questions regarding this bid must be received by the City of Sugar Land’s Purchasing Office no later than 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 18, 2011. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator, at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email at jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

Signed and sealed bids shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 3:00 o’clock p.m., Thursday, December 1, 2011, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard 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 the opening of bids. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the 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 City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site. Questions regarding this bid must be received by the City of Sugar Land’s Purchasing Office no later than 3:00 P.M., Friday, November 18, 2011. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator, at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email at jposcovsky@sugarlandtx.gov. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

Six (6) sealed proposals, one (1) original and five (5) copies, addressed to the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, November 17, 2011, for: COMPREHENSIVE FEE STUDY Sealed bids shall be appropriately marked as follows: RFP NO. 2012-07 COMPREHENSIVE FEE STUDY BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE. Respondent shall sign and date the proposal. Proposals that are not signed and dated will be rejected. Signed and sealed proposals shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, November 17, 2011, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, Suite 122, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All proposals received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within ninety (90) days following the date for the opening of bids. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of proposals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective bidders and may or may not affect the bid opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all proposals and to waive informalities in bids received. The award will be made to the lowest responsible bidder based on the evaluation criteria provided in the RFP. Proposal documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All bid documents, amendments and other information relating to the bid will be posted at this site. Questions regarding this proposal must be received by the Purchasing Office on or before 3:00 p.m., Thursday, November 10, 2011. Please contact Jason Poscovsky, Contract Administrator at telephone number (281) 275-2302 or email jposcovsky@ sugarlandtx.gov . Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary


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FILM REVIEW: Tower Heist I blame Brian Grazer for this debacle. Who is Brian Grazer? He is one of the premier Hollywood producers of this generation; his movies have grossed over $13 billion in recent years. Grazer is an entertainment genius as a writer and producer; his movies have garnered 52 Oscar nominations and his TV shows have 94 Emmy nominations. In 2001, he won an Oscar for Best Picture for “A Beautiful Mind” where he teamed up with his partner/director Ron Howard. The Producers Guild of America gave him the David O. Selznick Lifetime Achievement award and he has really cool hair for a 60 year old, but he ain’t perfect. If you don’t believe me, then spend 10 bucks to see this piece of crap. Grazer was the Big Daddy Producer for “Tower Heist;” he and Eddie Murphy supposedly worked on the story and tweaked the script for years. And this is the best you can

do? I’ve said many times: “Making a great movie is very hard.” And that is a direct quote from Larry H. Feel free to quote me. By now you’ve seen a trailer or heard about this fortuitously well-timed movie about a band of regular 99 percenters trying to steal money ($20million) from Mr. Big (aka Madoff) after learning that he lost their pension money in a Ponzi scheme. The poor working stiffs are employed at the Tower in Manhattan which is a posh high rise where the average price for an apartment costs $5.6 million. Great cast so how did you muck this up, Grazer? Script! That same script that he, Murphy and 42 year-old Director Brett Ratner worked on so hard for years. The script sun got in their eyes. Or they were blinded by lure of Ben Stiller and Matthew Broderick. So, who’s hosting and producing the 84th Academy

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Community news Free flu clinic draws plenty of toys for Santa’s Exchange

Seven couples celebrate wedding anniversaries totalling 235 years Seven couples – Adventurous Austins; Charming Cheathams; Compassionate Clarks; Noble Norrises; Powerful Powells; Regal Reids and Wonderful Woodsons blessed GOD and others recently at their auspicious occasion held at Sweetwater Country Club on Oct. 28. Each couple celebrated from 12 to 49 years of marriage with a total of 235 years of marital bliss. The Anniversary Celebrants with wedding dates were: Jessie & Stanley Reid, October 26, 1962; Jannifer & Cleveland Woodson, October 26, 1968; Brenda & Roland Powell, October 03, 1970; Anita & Bill Cheatham, October 19, 1971; Mable & Mose Austin, October 27, 1978; Bessye & Franklin Clark, October 08, 1994; and Sonja & Garfield Norris, October 19, 1999 .The celebration began with a meet, greet, & photo session; followed by the welcome, the occasion, and introductions; then prayer, sharing, bon appétit, and a fun game. The evening ended with romantic dancing at the the Sugar Land home of Mable & Mose Austin, Co-Founders of Suburban Sugar Land Women (SSLW), a volunteer, non profit, community service organization. Left to Right - back row- Husbands: Franklin Clark; Garfield Norris; Roland Powell; Mose Austin; Bill Cheatham;and Cleveland Woodson,III; Left to Right - front row - Wives: Bessye Clark; Sonja Norris; Brenda Powell; Mable Scott Austin; Anita Cheatham; Jannifer Woodson; and Jessie Reid.

The Republican Party of Fort Bend County NEW Filing dates and locations for Republican Party Candidates! November 28, 2011 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Fort Bend County Annex 4520 Reading Road, Suite A Rosenberg, TX 77471

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with the Sugar Land and Fort Bend Exchange Clubs and the Sugar Land Rotary, provided free flu shots to community members who participated in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend and surrounding county residents graciously brought new, unwrapped toys or clothing items to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in exchange for a flu shot. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in the Fort Bend area during this holiday season. Top row: Armando Saenz, IT physician liaison at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital; Tom Tielke, volunteer for Santa’s Exchange; Steve Griffith, Sugar Land Exchange Club President; Kaelyn Stolhand, marketing coordinator at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and member of Fort Bend Exchange Club; Leena Taneja, Director of physician relations and marketing at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital; Marcia Barham, physician liaison at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital; Bottom Row: Rick Smith, Sugar Land Rotary; Steve Weathered, Santa’s Exchange committee co-chair for Sugar Land Rotary; John Robson, Santa’s Exchange committee chair for Sugar Land Exchange Club; Mike Reichek, Fort Bend Exchange Club President; Amy Mitchell, Immediate Past President of Sugar Land Exchange Club; Jake Messinger, Lone Star Exchange Club President and Himesh Gandhi, Santa’s Exchange committee co-chair for Sugar Land Exchange Club. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with the Sugar Land and Fort Bend Exchange Clubs and the Sugar Land Rotary, provided free flu shots to community members who participated in Santa’s Gift Exchange. “We were very pleased to see such a large turn-out on Saturday morning. It is great to work and live in a community that can come together for a wonderful cause that will benefit the children in our community. We are also proud to once again partner with the local exchange and rotary clubs to provide this community offering and plan to do so again in 2012,” said Leena Taneja, Director of Physician Relations and Marketing. Organizers of Santa’s Gift Exchange 2011 are anticipat-

ing an increase of qualifying families due to recent economic downturns. Santa’s Gift Exchange will provide toys and clothing to more than 3,500 economically disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County. “A special thank you to the 350 plus people who attended the free flu shot clinic and Santa’s Exchange event, as more children will now get the presents they deserve,” said Kaelyn Stolhand, Marketing Coordinator at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “We are thrilled that Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has once again collaborated with Santa’s Exchange for this very worthwhile project. The outpouring of support and toys from the community through this effort was truly

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It’s a Wrap! - Pictured at the wrapping party are George Ranch High School students helping wrap boxes to use at schools to collect gifts for Santa’s Exchange. Co-Chairs for the event include John Robson – Exchange Club of Sugar Land and Steve Weathered – Sugar Land Rotary.

awe inspiring. Through this joint effort, we are well on our way to collecting toys for the underprivileged Fort Bend children that without Santa’s Exchange would not be able to celebrate the holidays,” said Steve Griffith, President of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land. The toy drive will continue through December 14th and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital will remain a site for donations. Please drop off new, unwrapped toys or clothing items to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Main or Sweetwater lobbies. For more information on Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit www.MethodistSugarLand.com or call 281-2747500 for a physician referral. The wrapping room was filled with excitement as volunteers from the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary, and George Ranch High School students, beautifully wrapped collection boxes donated, that will be located at all Fort Bend ISD schools and at schools in Lamar Consolidated ISD from November 13 to December 13. Businesses are encouraged to a request collection boxes as well. For more information, or to request collection box for your place of business, email info@santasexchange. org. Last year alone, 3,500 children received over 10,000 gifts through this project.

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December 20th at 6:30 PM. there will be a meeting for the candidates to select their positions on the ballot. Courtroom of Judge Mary S. Ward 1517 Eugene Heimann Circle, Suite 100 Richmond , TX 77469 Get Involved! January 7, 2012 is just around the corner. This training is for all current precinct chairs, prospective voter registrars, and poll watchers. Your county needs YOU! For more information call 832-766-2800.

The Fort Bend Falcons softball team traveled to College Station, Texas on October 20 - 22, 2011. This team participated in the Fall Classic to compete against other softball teams from around the state. The team from Fort Bend ISD went undefeated again for the fourth year in a row to bring back the gold medal. We are very proud of the coaches and athletes on this Coach Pitch team. Pictured following their softball championship game are (front row holding the banner) Jessica Barrera, Tan Tran, Rina Chen, Kristi Oujesky, L’Air du Robertson (back row) Coach Hillaire Porche, Coach Michael Biasini, Justin Thompson, Veronica Gaines, Matthew Cantarell, Nathan Kail, Yi-No Cheng, Michael Pelz, Andrew Kase, Michael Kidd, Nick Cantarell, Coach Charlotte Sanguinetti, and Coach Lilly Moreno.


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