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Money crunch: FBISD may delay some academy programs
TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS. The Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club 2010-2011 college scholarship applications are now available for Fort Bend County students currently attending Texas A&M University College Station, Galveston and Blinn TEAM. Completed applications including transcripts with Fall 2009 grades must be received by Feb. 8, 2010.Scholarship amounts ranging from $500 to $1500 will be awarded in May 2010.Electronic applications can be found online at www.fortbendaggiemoms.com. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or Linda Casey, at 281980-3189. Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club executive board members pictured front row (L-R): Marilyn Conger, Debbie Jacobson, Linda Casey, Mary Ann Dolezal. Second row (L-R): Liz Darden, Mary Beth Morris , Pam Dishberger, Tina Gibson, Anne Pencak, Sharon Jamison, Cindy Grillo. Back row (L-R): Suzette Peoples, Jane Hackemack, Christa Frey, Merry Adamcik, Kathy Stautberg, and Aline Pepping.
By SESHADRI KUMAR The Fort Bend ISD board of trustees is in a predicament over the proposed academies in various high schools in light of the $18 million deficit in the 2009-10 budget. The school board at a workshop on Monday labored hard over the much publicized academies, designed to be the magnets for advanced academic achievements. While the looming funding shortage forced the board to take a fresh look at the proposed academies, the trustees were reluctant to abandon the academies as a whole. Superintendent Timothy Jenney came up with a recommendation that envisioned a gradual implementation of the program instead of doing all at once as planned. Four new academies at Willowridge High School, Elkins High School, Dulles High School and the High School
No. 11 and an International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program at the Missouri City Middle School are scheduled to be opened next year. Jenney said not implementing any academy program would halt the current momentum and that is not desirable. Instead two or three of the proposed academies can be introduced next year, if not all, he said. The board appeared to be in favor of Jenney’s recommendation, but the debate continued on which of the proposed academies would be implemented first. The Emerging Technology Academy at Willowridge seemed to be on the priority list, with a near consensus that it should be opened next year. However, there is still a divided opinion on the proposed relocation of the engineering academy from Hightower to Elkins and the math and sci-
ence academy at Dulles High School. Each of the high school academies would require $125,000. Some start up money has been allocated in the current budget to prepare for the academies. The IB program at Missouri City Middle School drew considerable discussion. The school is a candidate for the IB program and is already offering the courses as a “candidate” school for the IB program. Out of the $168,000 earmarked for the project this year, the school has already hired two teachers at a cost of $100,000 for the IB program. As the preparation has advanced considerably, the program at the middle school is near certain to escape the chopping block. Before making a final choice, the administration is expected to provide the board with a cost-benefit analysis of each program.
Oil equipment company moves headquarters to Missouri City
The City of Missouri City and the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council announced Nov. 9 the sale of 6.2 acres in Trammell Crow Company’s new Lakeview Business Park where Lufkin Automation will construct a 40,000-square-foot company headquarters building. This new $4 million project will relocate an estimated 45 jobs to Missouri City when completed. The City of Missouri City and Fort Bend County Commissioners’ Court approved tax abatements for the project. Lufkin Automation currently is located on Beltway 8 in Houston. Dewayne Atwell, Lufkin Automation General Manager, said “we look forward to working in our new facility. File picture of a prospective student with an adviser at the UH The Missouri City/Fort Bend Sugar Land campus. County location we selected “This event offers a great grams offered. Financial Aid, is accessible not only for our opportunity to learn more Admissions and Student Ser- employees, but also for our about the University of Hous- vices staff will also be on hand customers and vendors. We ton System’s many bachelors to answer questions. anticipate that the Lakeview This Fall semester, WCJC Business Park will provide and masters degree programs and the joint admissions agree- and UHSSL experienced un- Lufkin Automation with an ment we share with Wharton precented enrollment with more than 3,600 students in County Junior College.” The open house will give combined attendence. “Our own tremendous participants a one-stop opportunity to have their questions growth is just another indicaanswered by college experts. tion of the region’s overall Instructional staff from both expansion and the increasing institutions will be available demand for higher education to provide information about in Fort Bend County,” said academic programs, as well Dick Phillips, associate vice as a shared joint admissions chancellor of UHSS. The event at the UHSSL agreement which makes for a seamless transfer from Whar- and WCJC campus in Brazos ton County Junior College to Hall, 14004 University Blvd. the University of Houston. in Sugar Land is free and open Staff will also be available to to the public. For information about discuss admissions, testing requirements, and financial aid. WCJC offerings call 281-242Prospective students can 8412 or visit wcjc.edu. For meet with academic advisers information about UHSSL ofrepresenting more than 60 as- ferings call 281-275-3300 or sociate’s, bachelor’s, master’s visit sugarland.uh.edu. degrees and certificate proShah
UHSSL, WCJC schedule joint open house The University of Houston System-Sugar Land and the Wharton County Junior College will hold joint Open House and Advising Night on Nov. 12, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is a comprehensive event designed to provide participants with as much or as little information as they require in regards to admissions, financial aid, entrance exams, career counseling, and academic programs. “We encourage people of all ages to attend the Joint Open House and Advising Night,” said Betty McCrohan, president of WCJC. “The event is helpful to parents of high school students, students trying to find their way through the college entrance process, adults who are returning to college to make career changes, and currently enrolled students who may have an interest in changing their major or applying for financial aid for the first time. Anyone who is close to completing their associate’s degree may want to take advantage of the opportunity to meet with the University of Houston’s faculty about continuing their education.” “The University of Houston System will have representatives available to speak to the many programs offered at the Sugar Land campus,” explained Dick Phillips, UHSSL associate vice chancellor.
An artist’s impression of the proposed building excellent environment to conduct its business.” “We are all very excited to welcome this growing company to our City,” said Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen. “Lakeview Business Park offers the ideal setting for their business. Its convenient access to Beltway 8, US Highway 90A and the Fort Bend Parkway Toll Road positions it to effectively and efficiently serve the entire Houston metro area. We have a great story to tell and welcome the opportunity for other companies
FBISD student to serve on Federal Reserve Student Board of Directors Hemal Shah, a senior at Hightower High School, was selected to serve on the Dallas branch of the 20092010 Federal Reserve Student Board of Directors. He is among 24 Houston-area students selected to serve on the board. As a member of the board, he will meet with financial advisors to discuss monetary policy and financial literacy, and participate in a financial literacy community project. He is the first student to represent Fort Bend ISD and Hightower High School as a member of the board.
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like Lufkin to become a part of our growing city.” “The 157 acre Lakeview Business Park represents what companies expect to find in Fort Bend County—a pro business atmosphere, an amenity-rich environment, excellent access to all of Greater Houston, and a perfect answer to the question of how to maximize value without sacrificing quality,” Barkley Peschel, vice president of development/operations at the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council. “Lufkin Automation is a perfect fit for Lakeview and Fort Bend County.” Bob Graf, the city’s Economic Development Coordinator, said Lufkin is the type of growing company that the city looks to attract to Missouri City. “Lufkin’s project will be the catalyst for companies to take a look at relocating to this great new development with sites that are shovelready for development.” Lufkin Automation manufactures technically advanced, electronic well automation equipment and supplies artificial lift optimization and training. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2010.
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Stafford student advances in Lions International peace poster contest Emily Clement, an 8th grade student at Stafford Middle School, has taken the first step to becoming an internationally recognized artist by winning a local competition sponsored by the StaffordMissouri City Lions. Clement's poster was among more than 375,000 entries submitted worldwide in the 22nd annual Lions International Peace Poster Contest. Lions Clubs International is sponsoring the contest to emphasize the importance of world peace to young people everywhere. "Peace starts with us,â€? the 13 year-old from Stafford said. The poster was selected by a group of judges for its originality, artistic merit and portrayal of the contest theme, "The Power
Carol Moseley, left, art teacher, Emily Clement, Marilynn Gerloff, president of Lions Club. of Peace." The judging was held on Nov. 4 at Stafford Middle School.
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Missouri City approves La Qunita Inn on Hwy. 6
By BARBARA FULENWIDER If all goes as smoothly on the second reading as it did on the first, Missouri Cityâ€™s first hotel will be a La Quinta Inn & Suites at the intersection of Williamsburg and Township lanes just south of the Wal-Mart shopping center on Hwy. 6. On first reading at councilâ€™s Nov. 2 meeting, council members unanimously approved a request by TexLa Hotel, LLC of Sugar Land to amend an ordinance pertaining to Planned Development District No. 14 to allow for deviations from the architectural style of visible roofing and color and deviations of the primary brick on the inn. In keeping with La Quinta Inn and Suitesâ€™ color of brick they requested the use of antique plum with a red tint mortar and have a bronze metal colored roof or prefinished terra cotta metal roof. Members of the Missouri City
Planning & Zoning Commission (P&Z) submitted a positive recommendation for approval on the architectural changes. The La Quinta project will be a three-story, 55-room property with a meeting space to accommodate 41 people. The owners told P&Z members they hope to start construction by March and finish by the end of the year. Owner A. J. Dhingra also told P&Z members he has â€œalready obtained the franchiseâ€? and believes it is a good fit for Missouri City. The applicant did not attend councilâ€™s Nov. 2 meeting. Mayor Allen Owen noted that it will be cityâ€™s first hotel and believed it is in an appropriate location. Owen hoped the applicant will attend councilâ€™s Nov. 16 meeting when the final vote is taken. When Owen asked if any coun-
cil members wanted to comment, Brett Kolaja said he wants â€œto see something further south on Hwy. 6. This isnâ€™t unique. There are some hotels in the Stafford area on Techniplex that you have to access by a side street. This is a well known chain.â€? Owen said heâ€™s â€œtalked to the La Quinta people and they are very excited about this new facility they are building here. There will also be a hotel/motel tax (collected by the city) for a change. People come here to visit relatives and attend weddings and other events and itâ€™s nice for us to have a place for them to stay and rent a car and shop and eat at our restaurants.â€? Planning Development District No. 14 is 4.229 acres and already has an auto rental agency, transmission repair and medical facility on it. The three tracts left will now be used by a La Quinta.
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pression and creativity of the students at Stafford Middle School. "It's obvious that these young people have strong ideas about what peace means to them. I'm so proud that we were able to provide them the opportunity to share their visions. "Clement's poster will advance to face stiff competition through the district, state, and international rounds of competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner," Gerloff said. One grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners will be selected. The grand prize includes a cash award of US$2,500, plus a trip for the winner and two family members to New York City, New York, USA for awards ceremony at Lions Day with the United Nations. The 23 merit award winners will each receive a certificate and a cash award of US$500. "Our club is cheering for Emily as her poster advances in the competition, and we hope that her vision will ultimately be shared with others around the world," Gerloff said. Locally, Clement was honored for her participation by the Stafford-Missouri City Lions Club on Nov. 5, at their meeting. View international grand prize and merit award winners at www. lionsclubs.org.
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(L-R) Mary Scalise, Casa de Esperanza Fort Bend County Coordinator; Gina Miller, Co-Chair Wish Upon a Season 2009; Glenda Kirshbaum, Casa de Esperanza Director of Community Development; and Tami McGuire, Co-Chair Wish Upon a Season 2009 Casa de Esperanza-Fort Bend is kicking off the holiday season with its third annual Wish Upon A Season holiday extravaganza on Friday, Dec. 4, at Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond. The proceeds from this event will help provide the resources for Casa de Esperanza-Fort Bend to continue and expand crucial services to their foster/adoptive children and their families in Fort Bend. The theme of Wish Upon A Season 2009 will be â€œStars of Today and Tomorrow.â€? The honorees are Fort Bend fathers and daughters who are current and future stars in our community, providing vision and commitment of their time and talent in support of civic and charitable organizations in Fort Bend. At the Dec. 4 extravaganza,
Casa de Esperanza-Fort Bend will pay tribute to Don Kerstetter and daughter Grace, Dr. Scott Breeze and daughter Ava, Quinn Wright and daughter Caylin, Will Hardee and daughter Heather Gobert, and Chris Breaux and daughters Kimberly and Aimee. Casa de Esperanza - Fort Bend has shown its commitment by undertaking to serve the youngest residents of Fort Bend County. For more than 27 years, Casa de Esperanza has provided residential, medical and psychological careâ€” without chargeâ€”to specialneeds infants and young children (ages six and under) who were in crisis because of abuse, neglect, or the effects of the AIDS virus. Casa de Esperanza-Fort Bend is only the second organization nationwide and the single organization in Texas to recognize and respond to the
need for specialized residential care of children infected with HIV/AIDS, and has been serving HIV-positive children longer than any other agency in the country. In addition, the organization supports 15 foster and 10 adoptive families and their children who reside in Fort Bend County. Wish Upon a Season 2009 will include a cocktail reception, Wishes-to-Go, a Cookie Extravaganza, and Gifts to Go, as well as a live auction, dinner, and an entertainment to celebrate the season. The honorees will be introduced to everyone in a special presentation. Sponsorships for the event are still available; contact Gina Miller at 281-491-6440 or 281-773-5700. Call the same numbers for more information about the event or to request an invitation.
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Opinion Texas Straight Talk Healthcare reform is economic malpractice By RON PAUL As Washington continues debating healthcare reform the rest of the country is primarily concerned about jobs and the economy. It is still uncertain what policies will be implemented, but I am certain about one thing: It will only further devastate our economy and our dollar. The leadership has come up with a proposal they are confident will be what they consider fiscally responsible, only to have it scored as nearly twice as expensive by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. Estimates of past healthcare spending programs have been off by as much as 100 percent so there is no telling what the actual cost will be. The past century should have taught us one thing: that government intervention is expensive. Government programs lend themselves so easily to waste, fraud and abuse. Combine that with overall inefficiency and it all adds up to a hefty price tag for the taxpayer, with not much leftover for actual services. An outright takeover of an entire sector of the economy, especially one as important as healthcare, is something that we just cannot afford for the government to do right now. Not to mention the fact that it is completely un-
U.S. Rep. Ron Paul constitutional. But Washington insists on torturing the numbers and tinkering around the edges rather than facing this truth. If healthcare reform does indeed pass, we should not be under the illusion that it will be free. The money to pay for it will have to come from somewhere. They say they will get the money from cutting waste, fraud and abuse, but all of that is seemingly intrinsic to government programs. Since they want to expand the government’s reach we have to assume we will be trading waste, fraud and abuse for waste, fraud and abuse with a bigger budget. The powers that be have insisted the money won’t come from higher taxes, it won’t come from rationing of care, and it won’t come from higher premiums. This can only then put
more pressure on the Fed to print the money out of thin air. We already have a weakening dollar. They are accelerating everything that weakened it in the past. Adding this new, monumental pressure could very well be the straw that will break the dollar’s back. Foreign creditors are already nervous about continuing to invest in the U.S .because of our skyrocketing debt. The explosion of debt that is certain to accompany the enactment of this national health care bill can only add to that nervousness. Ironically, enactment of the health care bill could help the cause of liberty by hastening the day when Congress is forced by economic circumstances to stop increasing the welfarewarfare state and return to the Constitution. There are many problems with our current healthcare system, to be sure. There are many tragic stories to be told. However, we need to look at the root of our problems in order to address them properly. More government intervention and bureaucracy injected into healthcare will take a flawed system and make it immeasurably worse. (Ron Paul represents the 14th Congressional District in Texas.)
Musings: Paths crossing By JANICE SCANLAN There’s nothing like working with other people to get to know and remember them in an unexpected place. Since I don’t have kids, I don’t meet many children. We have only one household with kids on our block (other than one in college) and most grandkids live outside the neighborhood as well. That limits my opportunities to enjoy children. Participating in the Planting the Promise to Stay Drug Free at Quail Valley Elementary allowed me and other Quail Valley Garden Club participants to work with children and for me specifically closely with four boys who helped with the heavy work. These young men were fun, but took instruction and working with some pretty dangerous tools like Dutch Hoes seriously. We were very proud of weeding, composting and tilling the soil so others could plant tulips as the picture shows. So I was thrilled Halloween night when one of the young men came to our door Trick or Treating! At first he didn’t recognize me because I was wearing glasses—now that’s a role switch on Halloween. It was so nice to have a brief conversation with this young man . . . about the tulip
By RUSSELL C. JONES Congratulations are in order to the Greater Houston Rowing Club for the grand opening of its new boathouse in Lake Pointe Plaza. Not knowing what to expect, I arrived Saturday to find an impressive 4800 sq. ft. building, capable of housing 60 or more shells ranging from 27 foot sculls to 60 foot sweep boats. The project also includes two new launches featuring floating docks able to accommodate the longest of the boats. A large paved area approaches the boathouse from the launches. The construction was financed in part by the First Colony Community Association which has plans to offer rentals to residents. Major contributions were also made by Planned Community Developers. The Rowing Club meets regularly on Saturdays, Sundays and Thursdays, and rows Oyster Creek. In the past, rowers only plied the creek south of Lake Pointe Plaza, but one of the new launches, north of a small dam on the creek, will now allow them to travel throughout Sugar Land.
Worst bill ever The Wall Street Journal called it the “worst bill ever.” After it was passed by the House of Representatives at midnight last Saturday, the President called the vote “courageous.” Maybe both were right. The bill, which if adopted by the Senate would transform the way that health care is delivered in this country, passed by a mere five votes. Those
Jones who voted against the bill, Democrats and Republicans alike, either agree with the Wall Street Journal’s analysis, or at least recognize that a majority of Americans agree with the characterization. Presumably, the President meant that the House was “courageous” to vote for such a bad bill, because, surely, those who supported it are likely to be voted out of office next year. The real problem is that “courage” does not really mean voting for your own political point of view despite the fact that the rest of the world knows that you are wrong. Instead, it means doing the right thing in the face of the pressures of your peers. On second thought, maybe only the Journal was right.
Questionable supporters Amazingly the AARP publicly endorsed this bill, which will eliminate the subsidies provided to10 million elderly for the Medicare Advantage program. Why would the AARP, which supposedly is an advocacy group for the el-
derly, do such a thing? The answer is simple. The AARP is one of the largest providers of Medigap insurance, a high cost coverage that pays what Medicare does not. The Advantage program cut into Medigap revenues. If the “worst bill ever” becomes law, seniors will replace their Medicare Advantage with Medigap, and the AARP will reap a financial windfall. Similarly, the American Medical Association supports the bill, even though it promises to lower the expenses of the users of medical services. The AMA support was the result of a deal eliminating a 21% cut in physicians reimbursements. But, you may ask, how could you possibly reduce medical expenses if the providers of the services do not take a cut? Good question! You can’t, and playing games with the numbers will not make it so. When the makers of medical devices would not go along with the bill, a tax on their products, such as pacemakers, stints, artificial limbs, and similar devices critical to modern medical treatment, was added to the program. Another non sequitur? We are going to reduce medical costs by adding a tax to the price of critical components of medical treatment. Hmm. Does that make any sense? You know the answer to that question too. Jones is the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Sugar Land and serves as Councilman for District 3. He was first elected to the City Council in 1993. He owns a law firm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.
Letter Missouri City policies are out of sync
Students show the pure joy of community and working with others at Quail Valley Elementary’s Planting the Promise to Stay Drug Free. planting and about my lighted courtyard for Halloween complete with my friendly witch Broom-Gilda. Our pathways crossed . . . and I felt enriched from the simple pleasure of feeling community. It’s a “feel good” that can often gets lost in budgets and allocation of resources. I feel good about early and late trail times being extended to El Dorado trail at Quail Valley on Nov. 27, coinciding with the golf opening, despite the severe limitation of hours. I can understand how the golf operation wants to get a better experience of its volume and how to better manage its capacity.
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Right now I trust common sense will be used to provide access and work with the public as more is known. I’m delighted that Lufkin Industries is in final negotiations to move to Lakeview Business Park and that a La Quinta Inn is in the process of locating a property near Wal*Mart and the Oyster Creek Trail. These are exciting events for Missouri City. However, I’m getting a lot of mail, facts and figures about the Missouri City tax increase that are not “feel good.” I believe the heart of the matter has, not as much to do with money, as it has to do with whether people perceive value and see benefit from their tax dollars. People don’t see how the plans connect to them personally . . .how they might enjoy a resource or even feel pride because of it. Some think a disproportionate figure has been spent on golf and Quail Valley with many recent proposals merely “throwing taxpayers a bone” or worse, signs of an election year. Are we building a community where people of many interests have a chance for their
To the Editor: Missouri City residents have every right to be proud of their City. We have many beautiful, well maintained neighborhoods, good shopping areas, great parks and the City has received at least one award recently for being a great place to live. The “Show Me” city has much to offer its current and future residents and should strive whenever possible to maintain and improve its image in this respect. The last thing we need is to portray ourselves as a city in turmoil, and in perpetual disagreement with its residents and local business interests. Unfortunately, that is exactly what is happening and much of the fault lies with the city’s government. A Missouri City Council Member voicing criticism of another for her vote on a Council issue is a good example of how not to impress the public. It should be standard decorum for City Council members to have the freedom to choose to vote however they wish to best represent their constituents without being criticized by other council members. Certainly, to aggravate the situation by allowing it to be publicized was bad policy. paths to cross? Feel included. It’s not parades or large events as much as more opportunities for people in their day-to-day life to feel more community connection, see people casually without an appointment, meet new acquaintances, feel community in every neighborhood. It’s paths crossing. Write to Janice at open. firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, the issue voted on, a tax increase, is a sore spot for many residents. There are a great many of us who support a “no” vote on tax increases simply because we have seen too many such increases in the past. The city’s position was inconsistent with its residents on this issue and they exacerbated the situation by making a public spectacle of one council member’s opposition to the vote. The city government needs to portray a friendlier image and decrease the tax burden on its residents. What could be more damaging for a city’s business image than condemning and taking possession of nearly 400 acres of a business owner’s property using eminent domain? To make matters worse, this is happening in Missouri City at the precise time when our tax base needs new business development. Certainly, Missouri City needs to cultivate a business friendly image, which it has not had in the current past. We are predominantly a residential community and we need commercial development within the city limits to improve our tax base. I personally would like to see a greater effort by the city
government to foster business interests and encourage new investment. Due to pressure from its various neighborhoods and poor city planning in the past, the city has recently sought to placate voters with large expenditures to improve its parks and infrastructure. The city’s timing for these financial outlays could not be worse. Many Missouri City residents see the city’s expenditure of almost $10 million of public funds for a golf course in the middle of an economic recession as ill-advised and ludicrous. Due to the recession, a number of Missouri City residents are facing financial crises due to lost jobs and other problems. Plainly, this is an era of belt tightening not spending. More recently, the city government has again shown that it is out of touch with resident feelings on issues with its over aggressive stance on trash can placement. This was plainly an over reaction to a minor problem. Missouri City government and its policies are clearly out of sync with the opinions and feelings of many of its residents. Howard Moline Missouri City
Canned Food Sculpting
Film critic praised
Area high school students will build structures out of canned and other non-perishable goods in the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza with all food benefiting three local food pantries on Sat., Nov. 14. Come check out what each team has sculpted, enjoy live music by the teen band, “Paradox Lost” and bring non-perishable food items to support the efforts of a countywide food drive.
To the Editor: I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy the column in your paper written by Larry Harrison. I look forward to his movie reviews, and respect his opinion. His column is witty and informative. He is an asset to your newspaper. Janice Stanford
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Gerald Wall announces candidacy for U.S. Congress In a bid to unseat incumbent Dist. 14 U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, Gerald Wall has announced his bid to seek the Republican nomination for Congress in Texas Dist. 14. Wall believes that the most serious problem our country faces today, are the career politicians who no longer represent the people. Wall claims to have serious differences of opinion with Paul on issues such as: Paul’s
refusal to protect the American Flag; his refusal to support our young men and women in uniform during a time of war; his vote against protecting our teenage daughters from being transported across state lines to have an abortion, without parental consent; his vote against protecting the consumer against price gouging during a disaster ; and many other issues where Congressman Paul seems to be out of
step with his voters. Wall says, “As our country spirals towards a financial meltdown, our very Freedoms and Liberties are in jeopardy. At a time when, the future of our children’s prosperity is being robbed, the last thing we need are more doctors and lawyers in Washington. We need a representative, ‘of the people, elected by the people, who will stand for the people.’”
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Co-Owners Minesh Patel and Mario Rios of RE/MAX Fine Properties in Sugar Land would like to welcome new agents Greg Vannostran and Rosalind Fontenot. Both Greg and Rosalind have concentrated their business inside the Loop and are now looking to expand their services to Fort Bend. “We are very excited to bring in two Realtors with Inner City living experience to RE/MAX Fine Properties to complement our existing family of agents,” says Minesh. “Each agent will definitely be a unique asset to the office and we look forward to them expanding their services to our community.” Rosalind has been a Real-
tor since 2003 and is currently expanding her knowledge by attaining her GRI while Greg has been a Realtor for 3 years and winner of several Top Producer awards from his previous affiliation with Coldwell
Bankers. If you would like to contact Greg or Rosalind, you can reach them at 281-265-5533 or visit their website at www. RemaxFine.com.
Wall has made a pledge to term limit himself, by serving no more than eight years as a servant of the people. Rep. Paul says he supports term limits, yet he has been in Congress for over twenty years. You can learn more about Gerald Wall’s candidacy at www.geraldwall2010.com
Sugar Land Town Square is offering free photos with Santa Claus on Sunday, November 29 and Sunday, Dec. 6, 13 and 20 from 1 – 5 p.m. Guests will have access to a free electronic copy that can be sent to Grandparents, uploaded to Facebook or saved
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sion that is “black.” Oh, did I mention that Kevin Spacey plays Sgt. Larry Hooper who is the nemesis of the Good Earth Boys? Or is he? Who knows or cares. If you are wondering why my comments are disjointed and make little sense thus far, then you understand the fabric of this movie. Director Grant Heslov lost control two minutes into this flick and never righted the ship. The only traction in the story is displayed when Clooney and McGregor are sloshing through the desert sand and we can see their foot prints. But during the entire movie, I had the recurring thought that these four outstanding actors (Clooney, Bridges, McGregor, and Spacey) must have all agreed to do this project if the other three also agreed. The four of them seemed to be winking and laughing under their breaths in every scene.
This story is bizarre slapstick. Is that an oxymoron? Note: In an effort to make full disclosure and to ensure transparency, I must admit that I’ve stared at a few goats when I was younger. I bet there was more than just a few beers (and doobies) consumed by them during the making of this movie. I have never counted my laughs during a movie before this experience, but almost instantly I could tell that this was going to be a bust but with some laughs. I laughed 23 times. Some were little more than a giggle but most were guffaws. I laughed more than the other seven sitting in Theatre #12 on this beautiful Friday afternoon. Rock ‘n Roll. Grade 73. Larry H. Email email@example.com
Simple Organization Tips that need to be done and a timeline to keep them in order. Some of your routines may need to wait until after the holidays. 1. Organize and declutter your home, especially areas your company will be using. 2. Prepare a menu and then delegate certain dishes to family and friends that will be coming. 3. Set a day to shop. Some of the produce may need to be purchased the day or so before to prevent spoilage. 4. The week before the event, do a quick house cleaning so you don’t have to think about it at the last minute. 5. The day before and the day of the event concentrate your efforts on cooking and
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Dear Lisa, The holidays are almost here and I am dreading them. My husband and I both work and we have 3 school age children. It is my turn to host the Thanksgiving dinner for my family. How can I get my house in order, plan a menu, shop, cook and take care of my regular routines? Help! JG
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www.tasteofsugarland.com, or by calling First Presbyterian Church of Sugar Land at 281-240-3195. The East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry (Food pantry), and the Fort Bend Family Promise are the beneficiaries of the event.
Mazal Hadassah Group will meet at Chabad of Sugar Land, 873 Dulles Ave., #B, Stafford on Thursday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Featured speaker is Chaya Feigenson, “The Feminine Side of Hanukkah: The Role of Women in the Miracle and Celebration of Hanukkah.” Cooking demo; $5 cover at the Take a walk down memory door. RSVP a must to Mindy, 281-242-4454. Hadassah sup- lane as Fort Bend County Liports health care and medical braries’ Sugar Land Branch research throughout the world. Library, in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the city of Sugar Land, presents a photographic history of the city on Saturday, November 14, beginning at 11:00 am, in the Make plans now for Friday, Meeting Room of the library, Nov. 13, from 6:30 – 10 p.m. located at 550 Eldridge. Mara Soloway, a volunteer as Fort Bend Theatre presents for the City of Sugar Land, its Annual Awards Gala and will share remarkable historic Silent Auction starring local photographs of the city’s rich celebrities to be held at Safari 50-year history, with interestTexas Ranch. ing facts from its past. The Along with great food, live program is free and open to music, song, and dance, there the public. For more informawill be a celebrity musical spoof entitled The Wizard of tion, call the branch library at Aaahs, featuring performanc- 281-277-8934. es from Chloe Dao, Season 2 Project Runway Winner, Doug Johnson of Channel 2, Michele Fisher of 96.5 FM, Dave Wallace, former mayor of Sugar Land, Louis Garvin Fort Bend County Librarthe president of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce and ies’ Mamie George Branch even more surprise guests Library, 320 Dulles Avenue to be confirmed. Call 281- in Stafford, will present the 208-3333 or visitwww.fort- program “Understanding Personality Differences: A Key to bendtheate.com. Success in Life,” on Monday, Auditions Fort Bend Theatre will hold Nov. 16, beginning at 7 p.m. auditions for Princess Christ- Deidre Tretsven will discuss mas to be performed Dec. 5 how inherited personality dif– 20 playing Saturday & Sun- ferences and learned personday at 3 p.m. and the 21st at ality differences affect a per10 a.m. Auditions are open to son’s communication style in children (8+), teens and adults. the workplace. Some of these Newcomers and beginners are differences could include genalways welcome. Bring a erational, cultural, ethical, or head-shot or picture to the au- varying attitudes toward work dition. For more information, and problem-solving. By bevisit www.fortbendtheatre. coming more aware of different personality traits, people com or call 281-208-3333. can work more effectively with each other. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-4918086, or the libraries’ Public Information Office at 281The Woman’s Club of Mis341-2677. souri City will kick off its new season by planning a fall fundraiser. The event which will offer dinner, tasting a favorite wine and mini auction Sugar Creek Garden Club will be held at Quail Valley Country Club Grille on Sat- monthly meeting will be held urday, Nov.14, beginning at on Nov. 19 at Sugar Creek 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $50 per Country Club beginning at person with proceeds going 9:30 a.m for the social hour. to scholarships and ongoing Scott Hasty, Proprietor & charity support. For tickets Floral Artist, will present the or more information, contact program, “Home for the HoliHelen Curd @ 281-437-8996 days.” This is one that you or e mail 2curd@sbcglobal. don’t want to miss. Call Aileen Flack at 281-242-8488 for adnet. ditional information.
Rich history of Sugar Land
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Arise! Cry Out! Sat., Nov. 14
Moms In Touch International is hosting Arise! Cry Out!, a worldwide day of extraordinary prayer for children and schools on Saturday, Nov. 14. In the Sugar Land area, moms of all denominations will gather at Williams Trace Baptist at 16755 Southwest Freeway from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Check out www.MomsInTouch.org to register (go to Sugar Land when choosing your host site), or contact Mary Kaye Schulte, 281-2656306, email@example.com.
Taste of Sugar Land The 7th annual “Taste of Sugar Land” will be held Sunday, Nov. 15, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (auction and art preview with appetizers begins at 4 p.m. in the lobby). This year’s premier culinary event is again scheduled in the ballroom and adjacent lobbies of the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Tickets are $25 and entitle attendees to sample delights from the 20+ fine area restaurants. There will be continuous entertainment, live and silent auctions, mystery bags, bid board items, and more. Get your tickets at
Convoy of hope Local businesses, churches, and community agencies will unite to bring food and hope to as many as 5,000 children and adults in Fort Bend County. This all-volunteer outreach will include over 700 community volunteers of all ages who will be on hand to unload over 40,000 pounds of food from the Convoy of Hope truck, distribute food, and facilitate all outreach programs on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds located on Highway 36 in Rosenberg. The site will open at 10 a.m. and continue rain or shine until all of the food has been distributed.
Bargain Book Sale Friends of First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway at Grants Lake, Sugar Land, will hold their monthly bargain book sale Sat. Dec. 5, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.. GOOD CONDITION ONLY books, CD’s, DVD’s (no magazines or encyclopedias) may be donated during regular library hours and are tax deductible. Children’s items are especially needed. 281-416-0936.
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Starting Soon Saturdays Only (281) 794-7944 www.Become-A-DA.com C. Mark Mann School of Dental Assisting Career Certified by: The Texas Workforce Commission Schools and Colleges PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Lakemont Ridge, Section 1, Pct. 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on October 23rd, 2009 by the 240TH DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-DCV172937 in favor of the Plaintiff - BRIARVILLA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,144.44++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the NOVEMBER 5TH 2009 and will offer for sale on the 1STday of DECEMBER, 2009 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) -STEVE RILEY JR., had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 54, BLOCK 2 OF BRIAR VILLA, SECTION TWO (2), MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 6010 BERKRIDGE DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77053. Terms: Cash, Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE, Precinct 2 Fort Bend County , Texas By Gary Majors #73 CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14th day of OCTOBER 2009 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #08-DCV-166460 in favor of the Plaintiff - FORT BEND COUNTY & ET-AL Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,367.36++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 21stday of OCTOBER, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 1STday of DECEMBER, 2009 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) -HOGGART MONROE III had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: LOT 8 IN BLOCK 2 OF RIDGEWOOD ESTATES A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT OR THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 5, PAGE 20 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (6400000020800907) TRCAT 2: LOT 9 IN BLOCK 2 OF RIDGEWOOD ESTATES, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF IN VOLUME 5, PAGE 29 OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (6400000020900907) Any properties sold shall be subject to the right of redemption of the defendants or any person having an interest therein, to redeem the property or their interest therein if allowed, within the time and in the manner provided by law. ALL SALES SHALL BE BY CONSTABLE’S DEED AND ARE WITHOUT WARRANTY AS TO TITLE OR CONDITION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS EVIDENCED BY CONSTABLE’S DEED. MARKET VALUE: $15,500 Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check or Money Order; Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, Tx 77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306 CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 28TH day of SEPTEMBER 2009 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #08-DCV-167141 in favor of the Plaintiff - CHASEWOOD COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,367.36++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 9TH day of OCTOBER, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 1STday of DECEMBER, 2009 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten o’clock a.m. and four o’clock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) -ELIZABETH CORMIER had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 15, BLOCK 10, OF WILLOW PARK SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED AT VOLUME 21, PAGE 4 IN THE MAP OR PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. Any properties sold shall be subject to the right of redemption of the defendants or any person having an interest therein, to redeem the property or their interest therein if allowed, within the time and in the manner provided by law. ALL SALES SHALL BE BY CONSTABLE’S DEED AND ARE WITHOUT WARRANTY AS TO TITLE OR CONDITION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS EVIDENCED BY CONSTABLE’S DEED. MARKET VALUE: $91,720 Terms: Cash, Cashier’s Check or Money Order; Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse ROB COOK, CONSTABLE Fort Bend County Precinct 3 12550 Emily Court, Ste 200 Sugar Land, Tx 77478 (281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306
Legal Notices CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on October 23RD, 2009 by the 240TH DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #08-DCV-165176 in favor of the Plaintiff - BRIARVILLA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,987.05++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the NOVEMBER 5TH 2009 and will offer for sale on the 1STday of DECEMBER, 2009 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 SMITH had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 4, BLOCK 26 OF BRIAR VILLA, SECTION ONE(1), MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 16015 BECK RIDGE DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77053. Terms: Cash, Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE, Precinct 2 Fort Bend County , Texas By Gary Majors #73
CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on October 26TH, 2009 by the 268TH DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #06-DCV-149052 in favor of the Plaintiff - BRIARVILLA HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,029.00++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the NOVEMBER 5TH 2009 and will offer for sale on the 1STday of DECEMBER, 2009 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) -GLORIA OSORIO had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 76, BLOCK 2 OF BRIAR VILLA, SECTION ONE(1), MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS 16119 NECORIDGE DRIVE, HOUSTON, TEXAS 77053. Terms: Cash, Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse RUBEN DAVIS, CONSTABLE, Precinct 2 Fort Bend County , Texas By Gary Majors #73
PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, December 8, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Parkway Oaks, Section 6, Pct. 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, 309 South Fourth St., Suite 700, William B. Travis Bldg., Richmond, Texas. You are invited to attend and state your approval or objection on this matter. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 24, 2009 for Okene Court Subdivision being a replat of Reserve “C” Mission West, Section 3, Pct. 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 Chris Brenner with South Texas Surveying Assoc. Inc. at 281-556-6918 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk
COMBINED NOTICE OF FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT AND NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS November 11, 2009 Fort Bend County, Texas 4520 Reading Road Rosenberg, Texas 77471 281-341-4410 This Notice shall satisfy the above-cited two separate but related procedural notification requirements. REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about November 30, 2009 Fort Bend County will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds under Title 1 of the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 (PL 93-383), as amended, and the Community Development Block Grant Recovery (CDBG-R) funds under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (PL 111-5, February 17, 2009) to undertake the following: Project Nature/Scope Sanitary sewer improvements to lift station, pumps, piping, electrical system and sewer mains in Skrabanek subdivision.
City of Needville
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Sanitary sewer improvements to collection lines and manholes in Collins Road area.
City of Richmond
Construction of new wastewater treatment plant on T.B. Mitchell Rd. to serve entire city.
City of Kendleton
$151,976 CDBG and $488,804 CDBG-R
Sanitary sewer improvements to sewer line in Houston, Walnut and First Streets area. Sanitary sewer improvements to lift station, manholes, piping and electrical system subdivision-wide.
FINDING OF NO SIGNIFICANT IMPACT Fort Bend County has determined that the project will have no significant impact on the human environment. Therefore, an Environmental Impact Statement under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA) is not required. Additional project information is contained in the Environmental Review Record (ERR) on file at the Fort Bend County Community Development Department, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, Texas and may be examined or copied weekdays 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Fort Bend County Community Development Department. All comments received by November 30, 2009 will be considered by Fort Bend County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commentors should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing. RELEASE OF FUNDS Fort Bend County certifies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Robert E. Hebert in his capacity as Fort Bend County Judge consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Fort Bend County to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and Fort Bend County’s Certification received by December 16, 2009 or a period of fifteen days from its receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or other officer of the County of Fort Bend approved by HUD; (b) the County of Fort Bend has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to HUD, 1301 Fannin, Suite 2200, Houston, Texas 77002. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Robert E. Hebert Fort Bend County Judge
NOTICE OF INTENT TO REQUEST RELEASE OF FUNDS November 11, 2009 Fort Bend County, Texas 4520 Reading Road Rosenberg, Texas 77471 281-341-4410 REQUEST FOR RELEASE OF FUNDS On or about November 30, 2009 Fort Bend County will submit a request to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for the release of HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME) funds under Title II of the Cranston-Gonzalez National Affordable Housing Act, as amended, to undertake the following: Project Nature/Scope
Rehabilitation of single-family owner occupied housing units.
Federal Funds $420,222 HOME
The Fort Bend County Community Development Department will conduct a tiered single-family residential rehabilitation program for owner occupied homes. Activity will be scattered and activities are limited to single unit structures. Rehabilitation activities may include: repair or replacement of structure elements such as roof, windows and doors, sheetrock, plumbing and electrical fixtures, mechanicals and upgrades to meet code requirements. Activities under the tiered program are scheduled to begin in January 2010 and specific sites are being determined. The activity proposed is categorically excluded under HUD regulation at 24 CFR Part 58 from National Environmental Policy Act requirements. An Environmental Review Record (ERR) that documents the environmental determination for this project is on file at Fort Bend County Community Development, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas 77471 and may be examined or copied weekdays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PUBLIC COMMENTS Any individual, group, or agency disagreeing with this determination or wishing to comment on the project may submit written comments to the Fort Bend County Community Development Department. All comments received by November 30, 2009 will be considered by Fort Bend County prior to authorizing submission of a request for release of funds. Commentors should specify which part of this Notice they are addressing. RELEASE OF FUNDS Fort Bend County certifies to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development that Robert E. Hebert in his capacity as Fort Bend County Judge consents to accept the jurisdiction of the Federal Courts if an action is brought to enforce responsibilities in relation to the environmental review process and that these responsibilities have been satisfied. HUD’s approval of the certification satisfies its responsibilities under NEPA and related laws and authorities, and allows the Fort Bend County to use Program funds. OBJECTIONS TO RELEASE OF FUNDS HUD will accept objections to its release of funds and Fort Bend County’s Certification received by December 16, 2009 or a period of fifteen days from its receipt of the request (whichever is later) only if they are on one of the following bases: (a) the certification was not executed by the Certifying Officer or other officer of the County of Fort Bend approved by HUD; (b) the County of Fort Bend has omitted a step or failed to make a decision or finding required by HUD regulations at 24 CFR Part 58; (c) the grant recipient or other participants in the project have committed funds or incurred costs not authorized by 24 CFR Part 58 before approval of a release of funds by HUD; or (d) another Federal agency acting pursuant to 40 CFR Part 1504 has submitted a written finding that the project is unsatisfactory from the standpoint of environmental quality. Objections must be prepared and submitted in accordance with the required procedures (24 CFR Part 58) and shall be addressed to HUD, 1301 Fannin, Suite 2200, Houston, Texas 77002. Potential objectors should contact HUD to verify the actual last day of the objection period. Robert E. Hebert Fort Bend County Judge
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Automobile: GMC Terrain By BARBARA FULENWIDER The GMC Terrain is a fivepassenger crossover with a boxy design that has style. The compact SUV is powered by a 2.4-liter direct injection Ecotec engine or an optional 3.0-liter direct injection V6. Both engines are paired with a six-speed automatic transmission. The standard Ecotec engine makes 182 horsepower and 172 torque at 6700 rpm. This engine gets 22 miles to the gallon in the city and 32 on the highway. For Terrain owners who want more power, GMC offers the 3.0-liter DOHC V6, which makes 264 horsepower and 222 torque at 6950 rpm. This engine gets an estimated 25 mpg on the highway and 17 in the city. Highlights of the 2010 GMC Terrain are its design, fuel economy, multi-flex sliding rear seat, premium materials inside highlighted by the warm glow of red ambient lighting, ride and handling, safety, quality and value. The Terrainâ€™s front end, with squared off edges and flared fenders that make a statement appeal to those who want a strong image. Up front the Terrain also has a GMC-signature threeelement grille accented by a prominent chrome surround and projector-beam headlamps mounted in large, chrome-accented rectangular housings. The interior styling of the GMC Terrain was influenced by industrial sculpture so has a contemporary look and numerous design details such as contrasting stitching and the use of materials that convey an integrated appearance. Thereâ€™s a closed storage compartment under the center armrest that will hold a purse or notebook binder and there are four handy power outlets for phone chargers, laptops and other electronic portable devices. The GMC Terrainâ€™s multiflex sliding rear seat optimizes passenger seating up to five and can increase cargo space. The seat can be moved fore or aft nearly eight inches. When moved rearward, it allows more legroom for rear-seat passengers than any other vehicle in its class and when moved forward expands the rear cargo space. With the rear seat folded down thereâ€™s nearly 64 cubic feet of cargo space. The 60/40 split rear seatback offers additional configurations for passengers and cargo. With the rear seat in place, thereâ€™s 31.6 cubic feet of storage. If you canâ€™t pack it you might want to tow it and the Terrain can. It tows up to 1,500 pounds (personal watercraft or motorcycles) with the 2.4-liter engine and 3,500 pounds with the V6 engine. High-tech standard and
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Fall Festival Set for Nov. 14 More carnival midway amusements, more food and entertainment choices, more arts and crafts vendors, and a silent auction featuring a beautiful, handcrafted quilt are the highlights of â€œA Country Affair,â€? the 15th annual Fall Festival at First United Methodist Church Missouri City from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14. Admission is free to the Fall Festival, which
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Community news Girl Scout Troop 147 earns Silver Award
Drs. Ana Corteguera, Tayma Shaya, Yana Finkelshteyn and Julie Hung
Dr. Tayma Shaya joins Methodist Family Medicine Group
Eleven girls from Troop 147 earned the Girl Scout Silver Award, the highest recognition given to a cadette Girl Scout. The 9th graders received the award recently at a ceremony held at Parkway United Methodist Church. To earn the Silver Award, girls must find a need in the community outside of Girl Scouts and plan and execute a 40 hour project. In addition to the Silver Award, each girl earned the
Girl Scout Community Service bar, the Cadette Challenge and several Interest Projects earned over the past year in addition to rededicating themselves to Girl Scouts as part of the ceremony. The following people/organizations benefited by the girl’s efforts: St.Vincent de Paul, 3rd graders at Walker Station Elementary, CAPs (Citizens Animal Protection), Texas Children’s Hospital, The Fort Bend Women’s Shelter, the Gabriel Project,
Meals-On-Wheels and the TWRC (Texas Wildlife Rehabilitation Coalition). Pictured starting in the back Row: Jessica Brandt, Christine Yu, Cori Picazo and Savannah Reed, middle row: Beth Sullivan, Brittney Gordon, Tejasvi Koka, and Amanda Beaver, front row: Nicole Kohn, Kathleen McGoldrick, Madison Fuqua, Katherine Rickert and Deanna Wightman.
Methodist Family Medicine Group announced last week that family practice specialist Dr. Tayma Shaya has joined their group. Dr. Shaya joins Drs. Ana Corteguera, Julie Hung and Yana Finkelshteyn at the group, which was formally established on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Campus earlier this year. Dr. Shaya is board-certified by the American Board of Family Medicine. She has an extensive background in family practice and specializes in preventive medicine and works with her patients to optimize their health. With a particular interest in metabolic diseases such as diabetes, lipid disorders and thyroid dysfunction, Dr. Shaya is one of a handful of physicians who also
specializes in hormonal balancing through bioidentical hormone replacement for men and women. “We are proud to welcome Dr. Shaya to Methodist Family Medicine Group,” said Ayse McCracken, Chief Operating Officer at The Methodist Hospital Physician Organization and Senior Vice President at The Methodist Hospital System. “She brings a wealth of experience in helping patients of all ages with a personal style and preventive approach that is so important in today’s fast-paced world. She will be a great addition to the Methodist Family Medicine Group in Sugar Land.” Dr. Shaya earned her doctor of medicine degree at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and performed her
residency at Memorial Family Practice in southwest Houston, where she served as Chief Resident in 2001-2002. She has been honored multiple times for her compassionate work with patients, including awards from Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Texas Lions Club. She practiced in a former clinic in the Sugar Land area, since 2002. “Joining Methodist Family Medicine Group allows me to continue to provide the best possible care to my patients, but it also opens up access to the leading-edge technology, outstanding inpatient services and top-notch specialists ,” Dr. Shaya said. To schedule an appointment with the Methodist Family Medicine Group, call 281-275-0800.
Candy donated to troops for Veteran’s Day
Johanna Avila and Donna Moore of Cashion & Cody Dentistry prepare to send candy to American troops overseas for Veteran’s Day. More than 17 pounds of candy was donated by patients in a successful Halloween candy buy-back program. The program spared patients of excess candy, and maybe some tooth decay as well, while sending sweet wishes to American troops.
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Let’s get the party started! Clements Class of 2010 has begun plans for their school sponsored graduation party after successfully raising $16,000.00 in their popular car raffle. The winner, Reena Koshy, of Stafford was thrilled to hear that her name was drawn at halftime of the Clements football game on Oct. 24. She is now the proud owner of a 2010 Ford Mustang from Southern Ford. Vickie Alleman chaired the ProGrad Car raffle and credits the success of the fundraiser to the generosity of sponsors and the commitment of the seniors to sell 353 raffle tickets this year. ProGrad, a tradition at Clements High School since 1977, provides a drug free, alcohol free all-night lock-in party at school the night of graduation. All fundraising for the event is done by senior students and their families. To learn more about Clements ProGrad, visit www.clementsprogradonline.com Standing next to her new Ford Mustang is Reena Koshy from Stafford, Clements Pro-Grad Car Raffle Winner. Also in the picture are Charles Culver, Sales Consultant and Arlene Catania, Owner, Southern Ford.