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FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS A vast array of colorful fireworks lit up the night sky at BAPS Swaminarayan Temple in Stafford Oct. 17, marking Diwali, the Festival of Lights and the Hindu new year. The celebration also marks the triumph of good over evil and removal of ignorance or darkness. Left, Annakut, which literally means ‘a mountain of food,’ is offered to God to celebrate the beginning of the Hindu New Year. Another symbolic meaning of this ritual is to give up unto God all that one loves most, indicating that the individual will be devoid of all desires. Over 1,000 food items were offered in this ritual when family, friends and relatives get together and strengthen their bonds through the festivities.

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Past Humanitarian of the Year honorees join the newest honoree at the rotunda stairwell in the old county courthouse, in Richmond. From front to back are Dee Koch, this year’s honoree; Louis Garvin, Sunil Sharma, David Wallace and James Patterson. Dee will be honored at a special event on Nov. 12, at Safari Texas. For more information, contact Cheryll Landis-Gerber at 832-443-7616 or cheryll@preservingmemories.biz. See story on Page 8.

Stafford police sued over teen’s death By BARBARA FULENWIDER Stafford residents Steve and Pam Hobart have filed suit against Stafford, its police chief and Stafford Police Officer Jesus Estrada for the death of their mentally ill son. The suit filed Thursday in U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas Houston Division says their 19-year-old son’s death was the result of lack of officer training in how to best deal with mentally ill people and that their son is dead today because even though other options were open to Estrada, he drew his gun and fired six bullets, five of which hit the teen. The suit also says that on Feb. 18 Pam Hobart called 911 and requested a crisis intervention team to take their son Aaron to the hospital because he “was experiencing an acute mental health crisis.” The crisis, according to the suit filed, resulted from “tapering off his medications at the time of this event.” The lawsuit says Aaron, had the disability of schizoaffective disorder. According to the suit, Pam Hobart told the 911 operator that her son “needed to be in a See DEATH, Page 3

David Noirot, left, director of the business office, Bob Brown, director on the Polly Ryon Foundation board, and Ron McCann, president of the OakBend Medical Center hospital board at the opening celebration . By SESHADRI KUMAR The Fort Bend Community last week celebrated the opening of the new OakBend Medical Center’s campus at US 59 and Williams Way. The impressive full service, acute care facility is designed to accommodate an expansion of three additional floors – eventually increasing capacity to over 200 beds. It includes inpatient and outpatient radiology and laboratory services as well as surgical facilities, emergency department, intensive care unit, and a floor devoted exclusively to women’s health services. Attended by over 250 guests, the festive celebration began with welcoming remarks by Board President Ron McCann, followed by comments from past board president and County Treasurer Jeff Council, County Judge Robert Hebert and State Representative John Zerwas. A short video presentation was followed with a special thanks and closing remarks by Chief Executive Officer

Freudenberger Joe Freudenberger. The project was completed two months ahead of time and under the budget of $41 million, Freudenberger said. The project broke ground in April 2008 with an anticipated completion date of Dec. 2010. Ahead of schedule, the facility will open in phases beginning this week with the outpatient laboratory and radiology departments. The emergency department, medical and surgical

FORT BEND FABULOUS INTERNATIONAL SHOW. Finalists selected for model search finale show at Fort Bend Education Foundation’s 4th annual festival on Nov. 7 at Sugar Land Town Square. The model search finale will be from 12 to 1 p.m. For more information visit www.fortbendisd.com\foundation. Bottom row (l to r): Skyla Jacobs, Abigail Cousins, Marissa Schuchart, Jenna Christoffel, Alexa Sarpy, Lauren Bustos, Stacy Bynes (International Festival Chairman), Jasmin Patel (Model Search Chairman), Carson Wetsel, Isaiah Colon, Jonathon Chang, Michael Cangemi, and Noah Nwadei; Middle row (l to r): Carl Ferguson, Myles Hawkins, Leah Emert, Megan Gonzalez, Mikeala Morris, Joanna Lu, Kyra Guerrero, Brooke Hillegeist, Lauren Neal, and Raila Driver; Top row (l to r): Jennifer Wang, Alex Smith, Avani Patel, Rachel Harding, Jade Anderson, Kevin Sabouni, Reece Morgan, and Von Harrington.

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services, and intensive care unit opened Oct. 19 - and labor and delivery will open on Oct. 26. Initially a 57 bed facility with the capacity for 90, the expansive new medical campus will eventually include a 60,000 square foot medical office building scheduled for completion the first quarter of 2010. The new 133,000 - squarefoot, acute care facility broadens the scope of services now available to Fort Bend residents. Freudenberger said that the new hospital campus was designed for the comfort, convenience and care of its patients and their loved ones – each room including separate family, patient and caregiver zones and allowing for maximum sunlight through the specially designed oversized windows. “Each room will have accommodations for family members to stay overnight,” said Freudenberger. To learn more about the new facility, visit www.oakbendmedcenter.org.

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our community and are proud to support the organization by contributing two fashion shows to this key fundraiser,” said Colleen Curry, General Manager, Macy’s, First Colony. “We could not be more pleased that such a leading retailer like Macy’s has partnered with the FBJSL to help make this year’s event truly magical for our beneficiaries,” said Melinda Slauson, Sugar Plum Market Fashion Show Chairperson. Friday evening fashion show contributors include JoAnn’s, Jos. A. Bank, Latte Tots, Urban Rendezvous, and Wardrobe the boutique. The Sugar Plum Market has become a Fort Bend County holiday tradition. Featuring a fashion show and luncheon each day, a highly entertaining Friday

evening fashion show and dinner, over 85 vendors, an elaborate raffle and more, you do not want to miss out on this “magical” event. Fashion show tickets are $65 each and include entrance to the market for shopping on both days. General admission tickets are $10. Proceeds from this year’s market will benefit Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Fort Bend Community Partners Rainbow Room, Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, and FBJSL’s Community Assistance Fund. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the Sugar Plum Market’s Title Sponsor. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, vendors, or tickets, please visit www.sugarplummarket. com or call 281-636-6272.

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Wallace-Bajjali to develop assisted living and independent living senior facility By BARBARA FULENWIDER The conversation and questions almost wouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t stop when Missouri City Council got to the agenda item to hear public comments on a rezoning of some 20 acres that front Murphy Road. The request was on behalf of the real estate development firm owned by former Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace and Costa Bajjali. Bajjali attended the Oct. 5 meeting to provide council with everything they wanted to know about the proposed mixed use development for senior citizens. The development is to include independent and assisted living facilities, patio homes, commercial and medical pad sites and is located north of Hampton Drive, east of Murphy Road behind Wells Fargo Bank and south of Oyster Creek and the Quail Valley Thunderbird West Courtyard Homes. The development plan shows eight acres are designated for 44 one-story to one-and-a-half

story patio homes; 78 beds in the two-story assisted living facility, and 70 units in the three-story independent living facility. Only people 55 and older would be allowed to live there. Bajjali said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a master planned community designed specifically for the elderly where they can feel safe and have the amenities and services they can use and transition into additional services as needed.â&#x20AC;? When Bajjali was asked if a similar concept at nearby Lake Pointe would impact his proposed development he said a market study he commissioned shows that 550 beds are needed to service the immediate area and there are 220 available, â&#x20AC;&#x153;so thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a huge gap.â&#x20AC;? The developer also told council members that â&#x20AC;&#x153;most of our projects are done in partnerships with developers as well as operators. A joint venture will build both of these projects together. We have approval for the financing of both, the assisted and inde-

pendent living facilities.â&#x20AC;? The applicants requested numerous deviations from the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s zoning ordinance including reducing the allowable greenbelt for the independent living facility, using Hardiplank siding on exterior walls facing the interior courtyard of the assisted living facility, deviate from screen parking with a multifamily dwelling unit building. Also, not have to provide garages for multifamily uses, provide 52 percent of parking spaces as carports, reduce width of buffer yards and provide alternative methods of screening and providing 35 parking spaces for the assisted living facility and 111 for the independent living facility. Quail Valley Thunderbird West resident John Lillehaugen was the only public speaker and he was â&#x20AC;&#x153;not totally thrilledâ&#x20AC;? about the proposed development. He said additional traffic and more congestion are a major concern of his along with the fact that if the patio homes are sold for less

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than the proposed $180,000 to $220,000 they would negatively impact the value of his property. Mayor Allen Owen responded to Lillehaugenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s concerns by saying: â&#x20AC;&#x153;The independent living center we have on Cypress Point is a larger project than this one and there were the same concernsâ&#x20AC;? about it before it was built. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t control traffic or the age of people in the units and we have. That project hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t impacted traffic or the value of those patio homes across the street. We regulate the maintenance of those buildings,â&#x20AC;? he said. When all was said 75 minutes later council had decided the developers must provide garages to residents who request them. With Councilman Robin Elackatt absent, council voted 6-0 to rezone the acreage from R-5 townhouse residential to planned district. The second and final vote will occur at councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Oct. 19 meeting. If approved, building will begin the first quarter of next year.

Fort Bend County launches marketing campaign Stakeholders in Fort Bend County recently launched a national marketing and branding campaign aimed at attracting new business in order to further its vibrant economy. The five-year campaign, which is funded by a variety of public and private entities, will educate its target market about the facts of Fort Bend that make it a premier place to work, live and play. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are many quantifiable facts about Fort Bend County that are impressive and demonstrate what a great place it is for businesses and families to thrive and grow,â&#x20AC;? said Tom Wilcox, chairman of the Greater Fort Bend

Economic Development Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Program Oversight Board, who oversees the campaign. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Our countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s low crime rate, low tax burden, educated workforce and overall low cost of doing business foster a very favorable business climate for those looking to relocate or start a new business.â&#x20AC;? In addition, Fort Bend County companies benefit from being in Texas -- one of only seven states in the nation that do not have a state income tax. The campaign will consist of a variety of advertising, marketing and public relations efforts including television, radio and

print advertisements, billboards and direct mail, as well as media relations and social media activities. Public entities contributing to the campaign include Fort Bend County and the cities of Missouri City, Rosenberg, Stafford and Sugar Land. Numerous private firms also contributed to the campaign.. According to the 2008 U.S. Census, Fort Bend County has more than 530,000 residents and is projected to grow to one million by 2017. Fort Bend County is among the top 10 counties in the nation in terms of economic strength,

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Mortgage Banker can do loans in less than 30 days! Call Suzette for more info! A Spirit of Freedom Republican Women special event will feature HANNAH GILES: â&#x20AC;&#x153;STANDING AGAINST GOLIATHâ&#x20AC;? COURAGE IN ACTION, Exposed ACORN Corruption. (As seen on FOX News) Saturday, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m. Sugar Creek Country Club, Sugar Land. For reservations: Call Judy 281-980-8594 or email Babs bmillergop@gmail.com.

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ART WALK ON TOWN SQUARE. Sugar Land Area Artists are sponsoring an Art Walk on Town Square beginning Nov. 7 and ending Nov. 14. The art walk event will exhibit prize winning paintings by local artists from elementary school through professional artists. Town Square Management will open two locations on Town Square for this event for eight days. Art lovers are encouraged to walk through each location. The exhibit will open, Saturday, Nov. 7 at 2:30 p.m for the public. Most of the art will be available for purchase. The public will be invited to vote for their â&#x20AC;&#x153;Peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Choiceâ&#x20AC;? award. That winner will be announced at the end of the exhibit on Nov. 14. For more information regarding the exhibit contact publicity chairman, Sylvia Morgan, at slsgmorgan2@hotmail.com. Above, Carmen Flores with her painting of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pears.â&#x20AC;?

Death From Page 1 hospital and needed medicationâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;did not have a weapon and was not under the influence of any drug.â&#x20AC;? When Estrada arrived at the home, Aaron, the suit says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;became more distraught and tried to leave. He clearly had no weapons. Aaron tried to pass Estrada and caused physical contact with him, creating a confrontation situation.â&#x20AC;? A press release from the city of Stafford says the city and Fort Bend County district attorneyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office each â&#x20AC;&#x153;conducted comprehensive investigations of the facts and circumstances surrounding Mr. (Aaron) Hobartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s death.â&#x20AC;? The information then went to the Fort Bend County grand jury, which â&#x20AC;&#x153;determined the officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions were justified under the deadly circumstanc-

es created by Aaron Hobart. â&#x20AC;&#x153;The officer believed his life was in jeopardy due to Mr. Hobartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s violent and unprovoked assault so the officer fired in self-defense to stop Mr. Hobartâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s potentially deadly attack. The facts developed during all investigations substantiate the officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s report and reasonable basis of belief that his life was in danger when he fired. Accordingly, all indications are that the officerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s actions were consistent with the state-mandated law enforcement training, which all Texas peace officers receive. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In light of the circumstances and outcome of the independent investigations, which have already been conducted, the city will vigorously defend against any baseless or frivolous claims brought against it or its employees,â&#x20AC;? the press release says.

The Hobart suit states the causes of action against Estrada are â&#x20AC;&#x153;unconstitutional use of excessive and deadly force, assault and batteryâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;bystander injury.â&#x20AC;? The suit says it is suing Stafford Police Chief Bonny Krahn and the city because they â&#x20AC;&#x153;failed to properly supervise Estradaâ&#x20AC;? and that the cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s supervisory policies are unconstitutional in various areas including â&#x20AC;&#x153;improper use of a firearmâ&#x20AC;? and â&#x20AC;&#x153;not dispatching appropriate personnel to respond to mental health calls.â&#x20AC;? The Hobartsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; suit seeks unspecified damages, attorneysâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; fees and an injunction to keep the Stafford Police Department â&#x20AC;&#x153;from continuing their current policies, customs and procedures related to mental health service calls.â&#x20AC;?

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Opinion Texas Straight Talk Very busy politicians in Washington D.C. By RON PAUL With a faltering economy, multiple wars, and the approaching demise of the dollar’s reserve status, there are more than enough problems to keep politicians in Washington working day and night. In between handing out cash for clunkers and nationalizing healthcare, the administration is busy sending more troops overseas, escalating existing wars, and seeking out excuses to start new wars. Congress is working on “urgent” legislation to address crises like healthcare reform and climate change. The reforms are so very urgent that legislation must pass swiftly with no time to read the bills even though the new laws wouldn’t take effect for several years! Meanwhile, the Federal Reserve is busy dealing with our dollar crisis by printing up more dollars. Yes, there certainly is a lot for Washington to do these days. Most, if not all, of what Washington is doing however, is more of what created the problems in the first place. Capitol Hill is filled with politicians running around putting out fires – but with gasoline. The truth is that all these fires keep so many powerful people employed and wealthy that it is not truly in many decision makers’ interests to be very effective problem-solvers. If Washington ran out of problems, think how many lobbyists would be out of a job, and how many special interest groups would just disband? Sadly, whatever is bad for the greater economy is good for the econo-

U.S. Rep. Ron Paul my and job market in DC. Of course, no form of government, not even one that respected its Constitutional restraints, would magically create a problem-free society. The question is: how should a society deal with its problems? The form of government that our founders envisioned, in which the federal government was strictly constrained by the Constitution, allows private citizens and communities to solve their own problems. The role of the government should be to protect contracts, punish fraud and violence through appropriate laws, law enforcement and the courts. Not a whole lot of laws or bureaucrats are really necessary to work on just that. Instead, new laws are constantly needed to fix the problems that previous unconstitutional laws created. We have ended up with an incomprehensible maze of laws and regulations that severely constrains the people and expands the government – the exact opposite of what our founders intended.

This is all because the Constitution is treated like a suggestion manual instead of the supreme law of the land. Under the Constitution, politicians’ hands are supposed to be tied in most of the areas they involve themselves in today. But somewhere along the line, politicians stepped out of Constitutional bounds and started pretending to solve our problems for us. All we have to show for it is more problems. Today, Washington politicians can busily “solve” one problem, knowing that unintended consequences from that “solution” will keep them and their friends all very busy tomorrow. The people are ultimately left suffocating under the burden of Washington’s helping hands. It is coming to a point where our economy, our dollar, and indeed, the rest of the world have had about all the help from Washington that they can stand. The United States is headed the way of Rome and the Soviet Union, for the same reasons, unless we reverse the trend. I continue to hope that enough Americans will realize that the true strength of our country doesn’t come from Washington, but rather the limitations placed on government in the Constitution. We must resolve to reverse the destructive course that we are on and then never again let big government problemsolving take over our lives and our country. (Ron Paul represents the 14th Congressional District in Texas.)

Making Missouri City more inviting By JANICE SCANLAN Wow, what a weekend. After all the 90+ weather, a weekend in the low 70’s with sunshine makes you realize that while much of the rest of the USA is starting to “bunker in” as cold weather approaches, the best for us is yet to come! And we all have our going swimming outdoors on Christmas or New Year’s Eve stories. Or having Thanksgiving on the patio or a picnic at a park. Even our hot weather is nice—if you have shade . . . and the wonderful shade of trees is not something you get instantly . . . no matter how much money you have. So those “old trees” are really special in their stature, size and cooling ability. So the first idea for standing out and making Missouri City more inviting is getting more shade along the trails . . . and making wider use of existing trails with shade (like at Quail Valley Park) more broadly available to the public who is footing the bill for development . With the El Dorado course opening November 27, adjusting trail hours at Quail Valley

Scanlan with an early and late course. One course to stay open late and open later . . . and another that opens early and closes earlier. Golf revenue would still come in, but the entire community would see its investment realized. When you’ve had your garden selected by multiple garden tours, you know how to stand out and that’s Master Gardener Arvada Simcoe. One of Arvada’s ideas was “keep a sugar bowl with loose change” that you use to buy pick me ups—such as a tray of annual flowers. For now, she believes

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there’s nothing like Snapdragons to have a standout cluster of beauty, and yellow is so showy. She also emphasized maintenance and upkeep. Liz Lyles wants to make sure we include “latch key” kids in our recreational opportunities and ensure they have safe sidewalks to walk and bike to recreational centers. She’s concerned if thought and emphasis is not put into opening a new recreational center in Quail Valley and closing the one at City Hall, that “latch key” kids will lose a place they are supervised after school and encouraged to keep active in positive activities and not as vulnerable to getting into trouble. Her suggestions beyond sidewalks are better timed safety crossings for children and seniors. Placing as much emphasis on pedestrian safety to make our accident records as impressive as our Police and Fire safety records on crime and response time. Banners for existing traffic lights? Showy, not a large capital project. Begins somewhere. One reader suggested volunteers to clean the lakes on the golf courses. Why not lakes all over MC? Moving our mindset from “why we can’t” to “how we might” is free. Thinking more about impact and how to multiply investment helps taxpayers see more value in their tax investment. Those good feelings alone help our community stand out so others want to have a business, live and play here! Write Janice at open. space@earthlink.net

The View From Sugar Land HOAs support city By RUSSELL C. JONES This week Sugar Land councilmembers are attending the annual convention of the Texas Municipal League, an organization whose primary task is to educate city officials on how to provide competent leadership for their communities. TML also has a role in trying to prevent bad legislation from impinging upon local control of city government. While at the convention, I am introducing a resolution to the membership requesting that it support property owner associations in opposing bad legislation which would result in a reduction of their ability to serve their neighborhoods. Almost every homeowner in Sugar Land lives in a subdivision subject to the rules and regulations of a property owner’s association. These associations are created by the developers at the time that subdivisions are first platted, before any lots are sold to anyone who will ultimately live there. The associations provide valuable services to neighborhoods. Playgrounds, club houses, swimming pools, landscaping of common areas, architectural control and, in some cases, additional security patrols may all be provided. Because these associations are so important to the city, Sugar Land offers to meet with representatives of all associations in the city on a quarterly basis, providing a communications link between the city and the neighborhoods. These communications go both ways, with the city keeping the associations informed of how the city can help the subdivisions, and associations providing feedback

associations when they purchased their homes. If the associations cannot provide services to their own communities, the cities will have to take over those functions. The result will be higher taxes paid to government, with less control over neighborhood affairs by the people who live there.

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Jones to the city. Because of their early priority in development projects, the covenants and restrictions imposed by the developers to be enforced by the associations become binding on all subsequent owners, including every individual homeowner. These restrictions are in the public record and are typically provided to homeowners at the time that they purchase their property. Unfortunately, property owner associations have gotten a bad rap from the state legislature over the last few years. Some legislators, including several from the Houston area, have attempted to create new laws which would restrict the ability of associations to do the job for which they were created. These attempts have included everything imaginable, including an attempt to eliminate the ability of associations to collect assessments from property owners to pay for services. Each of these proposals has been in direct contravention of the agreements which individual property owners have previously made with their

The new Pawm Springs Dog Park has opened in Sugar Land Memorial Park. Rarely, if ever, has there been so much excitement and so many residents attending the opening of a new city venue. After the opening ceremony, the rush of dogs and, more significantly, their human handlers to the entrance gate simply could not be stopped. My own dog, Buddy, had the honor of being the first patron of the park. He soon also became the first to splash into the pond in the center of the park. As we left a half hour later, dogs and their owners were still pouring in. The park director estimated that more than 400 canine visitors came that first morning. This past Sunday afternoon Buddy and I again visited the park. About 75 humans, each with a four-legged friend, were wandering around, enjoying chats with neighbors and watching their pets. Oh yes, the dogs were having a great time 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.

Importance of keeping a current medication list By THOMAS J. PARR, M.D. Do you have a list in your billfold or purse stating ALL the medications you are currently taking? Do you always remember to tell your doctor about both the medications which are prescribed by a physician AND about all the over-the-counter and herbal medications you take? Do you remember to include vitamins? Both your physicians and pharmacists need to be aware of all the drugs you take at all times. We need to know the dose (size of the medication), how you take it (mornings, evenings, with meals), and how often you take it (once a day, twice a day, every four hours). We need to know about the over-the-counter drugs and the herbal drugs you take as well. Anti-inflammatory medications taken in the right dose and at the right time can be very helpful; but if you don’t tell your doctor you take an aspirin every day and you are given a prescription for a more powerful anti-inflammatory medication, you might develop stomach or kidney problems, or lose the heart protective effect of the aspirin you are taking. In addition to interacting with your body chemistry to protect your health, drugs interact with each other -sometimes for the good and sometimes for the bad. In providing for your health care, we physicians must take drug interactions into consideration. This is a little more challenging because there are so many brand name drugs and herbal supplements, with different names for similar ge-

Thomas Parr neric drugs. Doctors and pharmacists also need to know about your medication allergies. Many drugs are actually a careful combination of several drugs. For example, Tylenol No. 3 is really acetaminophen and codeine. If you are allergic to codeine, then that is not a pain medication you should be taking. You need to take your medications as prescribed. “Selfmedication” is dangerous. I once had a Lieutenant Colonel with bad knees, and I put him on an anti-inflammatory medication twice a day at mealtime so he could still train with his troops. On his own, he decided that if taking one pill twice a day was such a good plan, then he would take two several times a day without any food. It wasn’t long before he ended up in the hospital with a severe bleeding stomach ulcer and was lucky he didn’t die. I frequently remind my patients that the only difference between a medicine and a poison is usually just the dose involved. The next time you go to your doctor and he or she wants to measure your height, weight, and blood pressure, don’t get

upset. Many medications are partly dependent upon weight for proper dosing. Also, many medications can affect blood pressure, so it is important for your doctors to monitor how your blood pressure is affected by the medications you are taking. Herbal drugs are still composed of chemicals, even though they are considered “natural” and not regulated by the FDA. They do interact with prescription drugs and anesthetic agents. They have also not been subjected to scientific testing. They are typically sold with anecdotal stories. But the plural of anecdote is not scientific data. There are some herbal drugs on the market that seem reasonable to take under specific circumstances. There are others that are not, especially if you are going to have surgery. You need to have your physician help you decide what is best for you -- not a friend, coworker, or sales person in an herbal store. If you will keep an updated list of current medications with you at all times, it will make your visits to your doctors more helpful, and in emergency situations, it could be the critical information your medical team will need to give you the best emergency care available. Dr. Thomas Parr, an orthopedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be reached at 281-4917111. Dr. Parr and his wife, Joannie, have been a team for well over 40 years and she has contributed to this article. Visit www.tomparrmd.net for more information.


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Community news Letter Making a joke of “honesty” Regarding your editorial of Sept. 30: “Apparently, the city council, unlike the county, does not want to incur the wrath of Carter, and would renew the contract at the same high price of $8.50 per column inch. Carter’s continued intimidation seems to have worked and Sugar Land taxpayers will have to shell out more for the same service which is offered at nearly half the price by another newspaper. This newspaper is obviously being discriminated against. But, why? I leave it to your imagination.” It takes no imagination to understand why the Star received the bid. We provide honest and best service to the city, and we tell the truth about our circulation figures. This is witnessed by the fact that we have “help wanted” ads in our newspaper. We have many “garage sale” ads in our newspaper. These are all called in to our offices In keeping with this newspaper’s policy Bev Carter’s response to our editorials has been published in full above. This is distinctly different from Carter’s own policy. Fort Bend Independent did not make any misrepresentation regarding its circulation and Carter has no basis for asserting otherwise. Carter’s only proof of her circulation is her own claims. The many “help wanted” ads and “garage sale” ads do not support Carter’s claim to honesty. They are only to be expected in a 31-year-old newspaper. Independent has been in business for less than two years and already Carter is attempting to muzzle it. Carter says she did not get

because the businesses and residents know that the Star is being delivered. They are getting it in their own homes. Perhaps if the Fbindependent delivered to the areas it claims, it too would receive the items that make it a “real” newspaper--weekly letters to the editor, help wanted ads, garage sale ads, items not readily apparent in the issues of the Fbindependent. As far as Ms. Skinner is concerned, she watched the same on-line video of the Fort Bend ISD meeting as the Chronicle reporter who did not attend the meeting in question either. I don’t know why he or any other newspaper think they have an exclusive on Fort Bend ISD news. FBISD has an entire department for the dissemination of news releases. No wonder they sound alike. If more than one newspaper accuses Skinner of copying their work, it is because they are jealous that she gets so many more “scoops” then the Independent delivered to her home in Sugar Land and so concludes our circulation numbers are dishonest. I know of a city councilman in Sugar Land who did not get her paper until a couple of weeks ago. Does it mean Carter’s claim to honesty smacks of a double standard? Also, according to Carter garage sale ads and help wanted ads make her paper “real.” What a dubious claim! Regarding her reporter Skinner, Carter again got her facts wrong. By watching the same video, two reporters cannot make an identical gaffe by misidentifying the first name of a trustee. That is too much of a stretch to cover up blatant

(sic) they. It is the reason that the newspaper you both used to work for, which fired you too, hired her from the Star and tried to make her sign a non-compete agreement. You use the word “intimidation” and sound very familiar with it. Perhaps it is part of your sales presentation? I am writing you this letter even though I do not receive the Fbindependent at my home, but because I want you to know personally what I think of your shoddy product. Although I live in a neighborhood in the heart of Sugar Land, I have not ever received your product at my home. However, each and every week in my neighborhood and many others like it, the Star arrives predictably. For 31 years we have given the people of Sugar Land and the surrounding cities HONEST service with over 65,000 newspapers per week. B.K. Carter

plagiarism. Now, who in their right mind will be jealous of Skinner’s reporting skills? Regarding Skinner’s hiring by another newspaper Carter got it wrong once again. As the editor of another local newspaper I hired Skinner when she wanted a job as she was not working for Carter at that time. I did not make her sign a non-compete agreement as Carter incorrectly alleges. Carter is confusing the issue with a sales person who was hired. Finally, on intimidation. The tone and content of our respective newspapers bear ample testimony to who intimidates whom. Seshadri Kumar

Food pantry needs help for holiday program The Food Pantry at East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry is gearing up again this year for its Holiday Food Program. During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season the food pantry provides all the groceries needed to make a traditional holiday meal to families in need in Fort Bend County. This year food and cash donations are needed more than ever. The ministry has experienced a 25 percent increase in the number of families needing assistance while donations have decreased. “We need help from the community to keep our food pantry stocked during the holiday season,” said Vickie Coates, Executive Director.

“Many in our area are dealing with financial hardships due to the economy and the holidays can be an added source of stress. The Holiday Food Program is intended to help ease the struggle for our neighbors in need.” Each fall area schools, businesses, churches and community organizations help support the Ministry’s Food Pantry by holding food drives. These food drives collect holiday food items, staple food supplies as well as cash donations. For a complete list of food items visit www.HumanNeeds.org. The success of the Holiday Food Program relies heavily upon the continued support from the community.

Amnesty food drive at Fort Bend County libraries Fort Bend County Libraries will offer an amnesty period, November 2 through 15, during which late fees for overdue items will be waived. Fines for overdue items will be waived during that period only; the regular late-fee schedule will resume on Monday, November 16. Charges for lost or damaged items will not be waived during the amnesty period. To have your overdue fines waived, Fort Bend County Libraries asks that you bring a donation of a non-perishable food item. Students from the Youth in Philanthropy program will take the donated food items to several food banks in the county, including the Second Mile Mission Center, the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministries, the Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands, and the Katy Christian Ministries. For more information, call the libraries’ Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

Holding a food drive is an easy way to help make the holidays better for everyone in our community. If your school, business, church or civic organization is interested in holding a food drive, contact Diane Clark, Programs Coordinator, at diane@humanneeds.org or 281-261-1006 so that she may assist with coordination and scheduling food pick up. East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Inc. has been helping families in crisis in Fort Bend County for 20 years. The services provided at EFBHNM help those in need by providing food, financial assistance, school supplies, holiday programs, referral assistance and many other services. If you would like to donate to East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry visit www. HumanNeeds.org or contact us at 281-261-1006; mailing address 435 Stafford Run, Stafford. All donations are tax deductible.

National Night Out Jana, right, and Jonathan Brown, with their 2-year-old twins Abe and Alex, were among the families enjoying root beer floats at Missouri City’s recent 26th Annual National Night Out event in Quail Valley East. Residents had a chance to meet each other, enjoy refreshments and learn about crime prevention at block parties around the City. Right, Jose and Jenny DeLeon, with their daughter and son - 5-year-old Fatima and 4-year-old Kevin. The family was out on Oct. 6 celebrating National Night Out and Kevin’s birthday. They enjoyed a get-together at Meadowcreek Clubhouse.

Mazal Hadassah Mazal Hadassah Group will meet at the home of Linda Caplan, 835 Harbour Place, Sugar Lakes subdivision on Thursday, Oct. 29 at 7 p.m. Ann Laufman,Certified Financial Planner, will present, “Financial Planning from a Woman’s Perspective.” Hadassah supports health care and medical research throughout the world. For further information, please call Sue at 281-545-2229.

Fort Bend ABWA Meeting Guests welcome to join the next Fort Bend American Business Women’s Association Dinner Meeting which will be held on Thursday, Nov. 5, 6 - 8:30 p.m. at Sugar Creek Country Club. Shelley Nadel, CLTC, will speak on LongTerm Care Planning. R.S.V.P. Hotline 281-319-9995. More information is available at www.abwafortbend.org.

Boathouse grand opening

Jammin For Jim Fundraiser Sunday November 15th Jog for Jim 1 PM to 3 PM at Eldridge Park in Sugar Land B-B-Q and Auction 5 PM to 8 PM at Knights of Columbus Hall in Sugar Land

Jim Hardzog, a Realtor at Keller Williams Realty, Sugar Land, has been diagnosed with a stage four brain tumor. Jim and his family need your help to defray medical expenses. For sponsorship and donations please contact: Patsy Stikeleather at (281) 844-1776 or Mike Wong at 713-935-5800 or email JamminForJim@gmail.com Visit www.JamminForJim.com for details.

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The Greater Houston Rowing Club, in partnership with Planned Community Developers and the First Colony Community Association, will celebrate the grand opening of its new boathouse on Nov. 7 in Lake Pointe Town Center, at 10 a.m. along Oyster Creek at 15910 Creekbend Drive near the dam. For more information visit GreaterHoustonRowingClub.com.

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 for River Forest Section 3, Replat No. 1, being a replat of Lot 7, 8 and 9, Blk. 2 of River Forest Section 3, Pct. 1. 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 Llarance Turner with Kelly R. Kaluza & Assoc. Inc. at 281-3410808 for information prior to the hearing. Submitted by, Dianne Wilson Fort Bend County Clerk

Fort Bend Lawyers CARE

LEGAL NOTICE REQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONS Sealed Qualification Statements will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2009 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). Q10-030 – ENERGY EFFICIENCY CONSULTANT Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualification statements received. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

Fort Bend Lawyers CARE offers to all volunteer lawyers four hours of free Continuing Legal Education (including 1 hour of ethics) at The George Library, in the meeting room, Oct. 30, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Check-in begins at 10:30 a.m. This Adult Guardianship Ad Litem Certification CLE is free to all licensed attorneys who agree to accept two (2) pro bono cases within the next 24 months. Sponsored by Fort Bend Lawyers Care. Topics include: Interaction with Mentally Disabled Adults, Dealing with Family Issues, Problems and Challenges of an Adult Guardianship, and A View from the Bench. Call 281-239-0015 or email holly@fortbendlawyerscare.org.

Stafford MSD Education Foundation plans second annual GOBBLE HOBBLE

Get your running or walking shoes out! The Stafford MSD Education Foundation is gearing up for its 2nd Annual Gobble Hobble 5K Fun Run Walk and Push. The fundraiser is slated for October 31, 2009, at the Stafford Municipal School District complex with an 8:00 a.m. start for the 5K runners. Other participants will step out at 8:30a.m. Registration has been expanded to encourage students to participate with a lowered fee for Pre-K through 12 graders at $10. Sponsors for the event, either in-kind goods or a minimum of $125 donation, will have their names printed on the shirts. For more information, to register or to become a sponsor, call 281-261-9219.

LEGAL NOTICE INVITATION TO BIDDERS Sealed Bids will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specified time will be returned unopened. BID 10-031 – WINDOW WASHING OF VARIOUS COUNTY BUILDINGS Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas LEGAL NOTICE REQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALS Sealed Competitive Proposals will be received in the Office of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All proposals will then be opened in the Office of the Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX 77471 and the names of the proposers made public. Proposals received after the specified time will be returned unopened. RFP 10-033 – RECORDS STORAGE SERVICES Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on AUGUST 31ST, 2009 by the HONORABLE COUNTY COURT AT LAW 1 of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-CCV-033321 in favor of the Plaintiff - RAINBOW LAWN & GARDEN INC., Plaintiff, for the sum of $56,124.72++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the SEPTEMBER 2ND, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RDday of NOVEMBER, 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) -JAMEEL COOK had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 4402 CREEK POINT LANE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash, Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. 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 1ST day of OCTOBER 2009 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-DCV157399 in favor of the Plaintiff - NORTH MISSION GLEN ESTATES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $7,851.36++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 5TH day of OCTOBER, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of NOVEMBER, 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) -EDITH D. MITCHELL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT SIX (6), IN BLOCK TWO (2), OF SECTION SIX (6) OF MISSION GLEN ESTATES, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERE OF IN SLIDE NO. 1302/A OF THE 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: $112,920.00 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


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Legal Notices CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 400th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on August 7, 2009 in cause numbered 08dcv167641 styled Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc vs. Morris and Tracy Woods, in which a judgment was rendered on February 4, 2009 in favor of Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc for the sum of Six Hundred and Four Dollars and Forty Six Cents ($604.46); plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on September 8, 2009 and will on November 3, 2009, Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest Morris and Tracy Woods to and in the following described Real Property: Lot Fourteen (14), in Block One (1) of Village of Oak Lake Estates, Section Two(2), a subdivision in Fort Bend County, Texas, according to the plat thereof recorded in slide number 1422/B 0f the map/plat records of Fort Bend County, Texas together with all improvements located thereon, also known as 15610 Edgemere Ct, Sugar Land, Texas The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Village of Oak Lakes Homeowners Assoc, Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof.

CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 240th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on AUGUST 7, 2009 in cause numbered 08DCV163711 styled NEW TERRITORY RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. vs. DERRICK MCDANIEL, in which a judgment was rendered on JUNE 24, 2009 in favor of NEW TERRITORY RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. for the sum of SIX THOUSAND FOUR HUNDRED SEVENTY ONE DOLLARS AND SEVENTY THREE CENTS ($6471.73); plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on SEPT 8, 2009and will on NOV 3 ,2009 Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest DERRICK MCDANIEL to and in the following described Real Property LOT 15, BLOCK 1 N BLOCK 1 OF SUMMERHILL A SUBDIVISION, IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS,ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1193/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS : 4339 TRAILWOOD DR., SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77479

LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: November 3, 2009 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: DEPUTY S. STEELE

LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: NOV 3 2009 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: SGT. M. KUTACH

TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on September 4th, 2009 by the 268TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-DCV-160111 in favor of the Plaintiff - THE VICKSBURG COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, for the sum of $6,737.57++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the SEPTEMBER 24TH 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RDday of NOVEMBER, 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) -ARIC T BARNETT had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 8, BLOCK 3, OF SEDONA CREEK, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NOS.2360/A AND 2360/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF COMMONLY KNOWN AS 3203 CHINO VALLEY DRIVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459. Terms: Cash, Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. 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 September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 0313 HSHROPSHIRE, ACRES 3.936 MARKET VALUE: $285,180 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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310 CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14th day of September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 0313 H SHROPSHIRE, ACRES 4.118 MARKET VALUE: $298,100 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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310

The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of NEW TERRITORY RESIDENTIAL COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof.

Troy Nehls, CONSTABLE, Precinct 4 Fort Bend County , Texas

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on September 10th , 2009 by the 268TH DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-DCV-170086 in favor of the Plaintiff - HUNTERS GLEN SECTION V HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $4,194.79++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the SEPTEMBER 15TH 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RDday of NOVEMBER, 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) -JANELL D. BATTLEY AND ERNEST P. BATTLEY had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 22, BLOCK, OF SIENNA VILLAGE OF ANDERSON SPRINGS, SECTION ONE-B (1B), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED UNDER PLAT NO.20006082 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 7919 BLACK HORSE COVE, MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS 77459 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 September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: RIDGEMONT SECTION 1, BLOCK 2, LOT 58 COMMONLY KNOWN AS 5303 RIDGEWEST ST MARKET VALUE: $69,030 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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310 CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14th day of September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 0068 WM PETTUS, ACRES 2.0338 MARKET VALUE: $32,290 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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310

CONSTABLE’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 400th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on AUGUST 7, 2009 in cause numbered 08-DCV-165169 styled CHIMNEYSTONE PLANNED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. vs. LINNIE M. HARRISON, in which a judgment was rendered on NOVEMBER 25, 2008 in favor of CHIMNEYSTONE PLANNED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. for the sum of FOUR THOUSAND NINE HUNDERED FORTY EIGHT AND NINETY NINE CENTS (4948.99) Dollars; plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on SEPT 1, 2009 and will on NOVEMBER 3, 2009, Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest LINNIE M. HARRISON to and in the following described Real Property LOT 1, BLOCK 10, OF CHIMNEYSTONE, SECTION 1 A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 24, PAGE 7, OF THE MAP RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, MORE COMMONLY KNOWN AS : 3814 WINDMILL STREET SUGAR LAND, TEXAS 77479. The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of CHIMNEYSTONE PLANNED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC., Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: NOVEMBER 3, 2009 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY SERGEANT MIKE KUTACH Troy Nehls, CONSTABLE, Precinct 4 Fort Bend County , Texas

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14th day of September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: RIDGEMONT SECTION 2 RES D & G, BLOCK 10, LOT 18, R/P COMMONLY KNOWN AS 4801 E. RIDGECREEK DRIVE, HOUSTON, TX MARKET VALUE: $79,620 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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on September 8th, 2009 by the 240TH DISTRICT COURT of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05DCV-143229 in favor of the Plaintiff - QUAIL BRIDGE COMMUNITY IMPROVEMENT ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,129.81++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the SEPTEMBER 29TH 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RDday of NOVEMBER, 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) -STEVENIA R. GORDON had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: THE SOUTHERLY PORTION OF LOT 3, IN BLOCK 5, OF QUAIL BRIDGE SECTION TWO (2) A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 25, PAGE 15 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AND BEING A REPLAT OF PART OF RIDGEMONT SECTION FIVRE (5), LOCATED IN THE J POINTEVENT SURVEY A-305, AND IN THE J POINTEVENT SURVEY A-513, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE “PROPERTY”) ALSO KNOWN AS 16529 GOLD RIDGE LANE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77053. Terms: Cash, Sale to held at or about 11 a.m. 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 1ST day of OCTOBER 2009 by the 434TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #08-DCV-168477 in favor of the Plaintiff - SAN MIGUEL CIVIC ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $1,733.49++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 5TH day of OCTOBER, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of NOVEMBER, 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) -CARL HICKS AND DENISE HICKS, JOINTLY AND SEVERALLY had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT THIRTY-NINE (39), IN BLOCK SIX (6), OF MISSION BEND, SAN MIGUEL, SECTION ONE (1) A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERE OF RECORDED IN VOLUME 21, PAGE 32,, OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, AND COMMONLY KNOWN AS 15714 BEECHNUT ST., HOUSTON, TEXAS 77083 (HEREAFTER REFERRED TO AS THE PROPERTY) 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: $91,640.00 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 14th day of September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 00310 H SHROPSHIRE, ACRES 1.397. (PT) RESERVE “A”, BLOCK 1, AULTMANS ADDITION TO HOUSTON MARKET VALUE: $101,130

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14th day of September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.:

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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310

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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14th day of September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: PENINSULAS AT LAKE OLYMPIA SECTION 3, BLOCK 8, LOT 28 MARKET VALUE: $68,000 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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310

LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 0068 WM PETTUS, ACRES 1.028 MARKET VALUE: $16,320

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 14th day of September 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #05-DCV146103 in favor of the Plaintiff - WEISSER ENGINEERING COMPNAY, Plaintiff, for the sum of $42,734.62++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 16TH day of September, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3rd day of NOVEMBER, 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) -NADEERA T. CHATRAPAL had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: 0068 WM PETTUS, ACRES 11.4899 MARKET VALUE: $182,430 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 SERGEANT J.M. HUTSON Deputy CONSTABLE, #1310

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Riverpark Subdivision for the addition of “No Parking Anytime” signs for a portion of East Riverpark Drive and Summit Creek, Pct. 1. 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’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 434th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on APRIL 27, 2009 in cause numbered 07DCV156472 styled SUGAR LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION vs. FRANK BILL VASOS, in which a judgment was rendered on AUGUST 7, 2007 in favor of SUGAR LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION for the sum of TWO THOUSAND ONE HUNDRED FIFTY TWO DOLLARS AND EIGHTY ONE CENTS ($2152.81); plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on September 23, 2009 and will on November 3 ,2009 Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest FRANK BILL VASOS to and in the following described Real Property LOT TWENTY SEVEN (27), BLOCK ONE (1) OYSTER BAY A SUBDIVISION, IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 27, PAGE 9 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS : 1111 OYSTER BAY DRIVE, SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77478 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of SUGAR LAKES HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: NOVEMBER 3 2009 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: DEPUTY S STEELE TROY NEHLS, CONSTABLE Precinct 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

CONSTABLE SALE Under and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 11th day of SEPTEMBER 2009 by the 268TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #08-DCV-166875 in favor of the Plaintiff -QUAIL VALLEY EAST COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $3,141.00++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 30TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of NOVEMBER, 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) - HILARIO BEJARAN had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 75, BLOC 3, OF QUAIL VALLEY EAST SUBDIVISION, SECTION 1, A SUBDIVISION OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THERE OF RECORDED AT VOLUME 10, PAGE 7 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: $98,770.00 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’S NOTICE OF SALE Notice is hereby given, that by virtue of a certain Order of Sale issued by the clerk of the 240th District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on August 21, 2009 in cause numbered 08DCV165356 styled Summerfield Estates Homeowners Assoc vs. Janice Lynn Condara, in which a judgment was rendered on APRIL 8, 2009 in favor of Summerfield Estates Homeowners Assoc for the sum of One Thousand Two Hundred Seventy One Dollars and Twenty One Cents ($1,271.21); plus fees for posting notice of sale, publishing, costs of suit rendered by the court, legal fees, and all costs of executing this Writ. I have levied upon the below listed property on September 10, 2009 and will on November 3 ,2009 Tuesday, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. proceed to sell for cash to the highest bidder, all the Right, Title, and Interest of Janice Lynn Condara to and in the following described Real Property LOT Fifty Six (56), BLOCK Two (2) REPLAT OF Summerfield, Section Two, A SUBDIVISION, IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS,ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1428/B & 1429/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS : 3126 Summerfield Ridge Ct, SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS 77478 The above sale to be made by me to satisfy the above described judgment in favor of Summerfield Estates Homeowners Assoc, Plaintiff, and the proceeds applied to the satisfaction thereof. LOCATION: FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE, RICHMOND, TX 77469 DATE: November 3, 2009 TIME: APPROX. 10:00 am BY: DEPUTY S. STEELE TROY E. NEHLS Constable Pct. 4 Fort Bend County, Texas

PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing on Tuesday, November 17, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. for acceptance of the traffic control plan for Cinco Ranch Southwest, Section 16 and Section 25, 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 August 21st, 2009 by the 240TH DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #07-DCV-160114 in favor of the Plaintiff - HUNTERS GLEN SECTION V HOMEOWNERS ASSOCIATION, Plaintiff, for the sum of $7,082.20++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the SEPTEMBER 24TH 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RDday of NOVEMBER, 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) -MICHAEL W. HEARN and YOLUNDA M. HEARN, jointly and severally had of, in or to the following described Real Property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 84, IN BLOCK 05, OF SECOND REPLAT OF HUNTERS GLEN, SECTION V-A, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN SLIDE NOS. 844/B AND 845/A OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS AS MODIFIED BY ANY SUPPLEMENTS THERETO OR REPLATS THEREOF. 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 26TH day of AUGUST 2009 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #06-CV-153971 in favor of the Plaintiff - KINGSBRIDGE PLACE COMMUNITY ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $1,733.49++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 14TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of NOVEMBER, 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) -DAVID NSEWO had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: LOT 26, IN BLOCK 6, OF KINGSBRIDGE PARK SECTION 2, AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN SLIDE NO. 1388/B & 1389/A, OF THE MAP/ PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (THE PROPERTY) ALSO KNOWN AS 14419 PARKSGATE DRIVE, HOUSTON, FORT BEND COUNTY, TX, 77083 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: $146,200.00 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 11th day of SEPTEMBER 2009 by the 400TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #09-DCV-170684 in favor of the Plaintiff - MISSION GLEN HOME-OWNERS ASSOCIATION, INC. Plaintiff, for the sum of $2,326.55++++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 28TH day of SEPTEMBER, 2009 and will offer for sale on the 3RD day of NOVEMBER, 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) - ARLENE L. JOHNSONS had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.: LEGAL DESCRIPTION: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: LOT TWELVE (12) IN BLOCK ELEVEN (11), OF REPLAT OF MISSION GLEN, SECTION ONE (1), AN ADDITION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF, RECORDED IN SLIDE NOS. 574/A AND 574/B OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, TOGETHER WITH ALL IMPROVEMENTS LOCATED THEREON, ALSO KNOWN AS 5419 WILDWOOD GLEN DRIVE, HOUSTON, 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: $100,640 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


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Community happenings Want to become a part of Sugar Land’s history? Deadline is Nov. 1 A commemorative artwork is being designed by renowned sculptor Joe Kenney as part of the Sugar Land’s yearlong celebration leading up to its 50th Anniversary on Dec. 29. Corporate and individual sponsorships are being made available to help underwrite the project, which is planned as a permanent and elegant tribute to Sugar Land’s collective history. Citizens and other contributors have the opportunity to become a part of the City’s permanent history with their names prominently displayed and engraved on bronze plaques near the sculpture. Six bronze panels forming a hexagon will convey the values and themes of the City’s history, with a focus on the city’s Imperial Sugar company town roots, strong economy, diverse and safe community and the transformation of the area into one of America’s Best Cities. “Joe Kenney was selected to create the art piece as a salute to our historic Texas and Imperial Sugar roots and the incredible growth and accomplishments of our 50 years as a City,” said Mayor James Thompson. “It will be unveiled at a special final New Year’s Eve event to which the entire City will be invited at the end of this year.” The sponsorship levels and recognition opportunities are tax deductible and will help preserve and celebrate the City’s unique history and provide a lasting legacy for years to come. Contributions of $500 or more will have their names engraved on a bronze plaque that will be permanently installed in City Hall near the commemorative sculpture.

The following sponsors have already committed to following levels of participation: ● Platinum ($5,000 and up): Cherokee Sugar Land, LP; Healix, Inc.; Imperial Distributing, Inc.; and Newland Communities ● Gold $2,500: James and Nathelyne Kennedy and Planned Community Developers, LTD ● Silver $1,000: First Community Bank; First Colony Community Association; Councilman & Mrs. Russell C. Jones; Mercedes Benz of Sugar Land; Null-Lairson, P.C.; and Minghui Cao & Quntao Yu, M.D. ● Bronze ($500): Harvinder, Ranjit, Tanya & Anisha Arora; Lt. Muhammad Ashraf & Family; Sesh, Prabha & Virkram Bala; Subodh & Sonal Bhuchar; Vinod & Vijay Bhuchar; David & Eugenia Blomstrom; Stanton, Liz, Audrey & Alyssa Brown; Robert C. & Carole D. Brown III; Commonwealth Civic Association; Corelli’s Italian Café; Freed Advertising, L.P.; Frost National Bank; Dr. Kim & Betty Gee; Larry & Monique Harrison; Highlands Community Association; Houston Federal Credit Union; Keep Sugar Land Beautiful; The Paul Marchand Family; Jake Messinger and Amy Mitchell; The Pal Family; Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille; The Raghuthaman Family; Settlers Park Home Owners Association; Dinesh and Pritesh Shah; Paula & Charles Stansell; and Marlena Berger and Bill Toomey ● Sugar Cane ($100): AntiDefamation League; Memorial Hermann Sugar Land; Lynn Valentz, and Terri and Bill Roy ● Other: Robin Bryant; Larry & Ann Davidson; Jon & Linda Davis; and Deanna Teel

Sponsorships include the following recognitions: ● Sugar Cane: 1) Recognition in advertising, special programs and on City’s Web site ● Bronze: 1) Recognition in advertising, special programs and on City’s Web site; 2) Historic Commemorative 50th Anniversary Poster, 11” x 17” ; and 3) Name engraved on permanent bronze plaque in City Hall near commemorative sculpture ● Silver: 1) Recognition in advertising, special programs and on City’s Web site; 2) Historic Commemorative 50th Anniversary Poster, 11”X17”; and 3) Name engraved on permanent bronze plaque in City Hall near commemorative sculpture ● Gold: 1) Recognition in advertising, special programs and on City’s Web site; 2) Historic Commemorative Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Poster, 2’X4’; 3) VIP access for New Year’s Eve Signature Event: 4) Name engraved on permanent bronze plaque in City Hall near commemorative sculpture ● Platinum: 1) Recognition in advertising, special programs and on City’s Web site; 2) Historic Commemorative Limited Edition 50th Anniversary Poster, 2’X4’; 3) VIP access for New Year’s Eve Signature Event; 4) Name engraved on permanent bronze plaque in City Hall near commemorative sculpture; and 5) Signed copy of Sugar Land’s 50th Anniversary Commemorative Pictorial History Bookavailable late Spring 2010. The deadline is Nov. 1 for names and donation levels to be engraved on the bronze plaques. For more information, contact Sugar Land Communications at 281-275-2328 or visit www.sugarlandtx.gov.

Area Students participate in Fort Bend Chamber Leadership Forum

Music scholarship lands Sugar Land girl in Scotland

Meredith Arnold, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Tom Arnold of Sugar Land, recently received a post-graduate music scholarship at St. Andrews University in Scotland, studying under the direction of harpist Iain Hood, known for his expertise in Clàrsach (Celtic harp). Hood is a graduate of the Royal College of Music, London, Adjunct Faculty at St.

Andrews University and for nearly 20 years the resident harpist at the Balmoral Hotel in Edinburgh. Meredith is currently pursuing her master’s degree at St. Andrews, majoring in Management in the Creative Industries. For the past nine years she has played harp professionally. She will continue to develop her skills as a harpist while in

Scotland, studying Clàrsach technique and transposing it for her electric harp. Meredith’s electric blue Camac is the only harp of its kind in the U.S. and one of few worldwide. Meredith is a graduate of St. Agnes Academy in Houston and Loyola University, New Orleans where she received the Outstanding Music Business Student Award in Music Industry Studies. While at Loyola she was President of the Music Entertainment Industry Student Association, Regional Representative for Grammy University Network and completed her internship at the Houston Symphony. Prior to entering the University of St. Andrews, she was the production coordinator for Moving Pictures, on the Spinal Tap “UN-PLUGGED & UN-WIGGED” Tour and was a Classical Stage Manager for the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2009. Meredith is an alumna of Alpha Chi Omega, Sigma Alpha Iota and a Paul Harris Fellow. In addition, she is the recipient of the Texas Private School Education Association Scholarship, the Lyons Memorial Scholarship and the benefactor of the Meredith Alison Arnold Instrumental Music Scholarship, Loyola University, New Orleans. For more information visit her website at www.meredithalisonarnold.com.

Fort Bend ISD’s Community Conference is Oct. 23; Registration deadline extended to Oct. 21 There is still time to register for Fort Bend ISD’s Annual Community Connect Conference, which will be held Oct. 23 at Williams Trace Baptist Church (located at 16755 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land), from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The registration deadline has been extended to October 21. (Extended registration date excludes childcare.) To register for the confer-

ence, visit the FBISD website at www.fortbendisd.com. Print and complete the registration form (pages 9 and 10) and mail or deliver it along with the $10 registration fee to: FBISD Community Partnerships, 16431 Lexington Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479. Sponsored by FBISD’s Community Relations and Partnerships Department, Title I, and Special Educa-

tion, the Community Connect Conference will give parents and community members an opportunity to take part in various motivational sessions that will provide knowledge, skills and resources to help strengthen the FBISD community. Separate sessions will be offered in English and Spanish. For more information, call 281-634-1109.

Youth of the FBISD zoning workshop for High School #11 set for Oct. 26 Month

Top left, Joshua Pickle, Logos Prep; Moses Olokoga, Dulles High School; Franklin Jefferson, Fort Bend Tech; Michael Mulcahy, Fort Bend Baptist Academy; Julian Nosas, Stafford High School; Wade Johnson, Lamar Consolidated; (bottom l-r) Laura Hess, Logos Prep; Katie Chan, Dulles High School; Supriya Bhuchar, Fort Bend Tech; Kiara Skokan, Fort Bend Baptist Academy; LaShauna Baker, Stafford High School; Porscha Shaw, Lamar Consolidated ISD. Area high school students participated in a round table discussion with members of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Leadership Forum Class of 2010. October’s Education Forum offered leadership participants and high school students the opportunity to dialogue about the educational environment for today’s teenagers. The leadership class began with breakfast and round table discussion with students

hosted by Fort Bend Baptist Academy, and then proceeded to YES Academy, University of Houston Sugar Land, Fort Bend Tech, and the recently opened Museum of Natural Science Sugar Land. The concept for the Fort Bend Leadership Forum grew out of what was perceived to be a real and increasing need for volunteer leadership in Fort Bend County. Solutions to community needs demand the involvement of informed

citizens. The Fort Bend Leadership Forum offers structured learning opportunities in an atmosphere that stimulates creative thinking and encourages participants to work together to utilize both new and proven tools to meet the challenges of today and to prepare for tomorrow. For more information on the Leadership Forum, contact www.fortbendchamber. com.

Kyle Krueger of Clemetns High School was honored Oct. 7 by The Exchange Club of Sugar Land as Youth of the Month. Her academic achievements include National Honor Society, English Honor Society and a National Merit semifinalist. She is captain of the CHS swim team and co-chair of Ranger Camp. She is a member of the CHS Student Council and a leader in the PALS program. She is a strong volunteer with the First Colony Dream Team which is a baseball league for special needs children. She has not made a decision about which university she will attend, but wants to get a degree in engineering. The Exchange Club of Sugar Land meets every Wednesday 7 a.m. at the Sweetwater Country Club. Visit www.ecsl. org .— Photo by Ed Lee

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees will hold a zoning workshop to discuss the district’s plans for developing a new attendance zone for High School #11 for the 2010-2011 school year on Monday, October 26, at 5:00 p.m. in the Board Room of the FBISD Administration Building, 16431 Lexington Blvd., in Sugar Land. After the zoning workshop, the Regular Board Business Meeting will begin with a 6:00 p.m. closed session followed by the public session beginning at approximately 7:00 p.m. High School #11 is located at 500 Waters Lake Blvd., in Missouri City, in the Hillwood Development, near Sienna Plantation. Zoning updates will be available for viewing on the district website at www.fortbendisd.com following the Board Workshop. An attendance zone recommendation will not be placed on a Board agenda for approval until after public hearings are held, and the public has the opportunity to provide feedback. The dates of public hearings will be publicized once dates have been confirmed.

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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Community news ZK Homes joins the Women’s Center for Domestic Violence Awareness Month in October

FORT BEND FRIENDS AND NEIGHBORS is hosting a FALL FEST WITH FRIENDS at the Hilton Garden Inn on Hwy 6 in Sugar Land, Thursday, Nov. 5, 9:30 a.m. Come browse through lovely gifts for birthdays, Christmas or yourself and join in the silent auction. There will also be an “elaborate brunch” to enjoy. Hostesses are Paula O’Rosky, Joan Tyler, Gail Grace, Susan McCann and Sharon Schilling.. All proceeds will go to the FBFN Scholarship Fund. The scholarships are presented to Fort Bend County students at the Spring luncheon. Tickets are $25 for members and $30 for guests. For information call Susan McCann at 281-343-1533 or treasurer@fbfn.org. The picture includes from left to right Susan McCann, Sharon Schilling, Joan Tyler, and Gail Grace. Not pictured is Paula O’Rosky.

ZK Homes has partnered with the Fort Bend County Women’s Center and its board of directors to bring awareness against domestic violence during October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. ZK Homes is hosting a reception on Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in one of their luxury model homes in The Enclave at Lake Pointe located in First Colony, Sugar Land to kickoff the Women’s Center’s largest fundraiser, Boogie. The reception is being held to recruit volunteers to help with the event and garner support for the Women’s Center and its programs during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Guests will receive additional information on Boogie opportunities available and support programs rendered by the agency. The Women’s Center assists survivors of domestic violence

Amendments to Texas Constitution On November 3, 2009 Ballot By Commissioner Andy Meyers Below is a Summary of the Texas Legislative Council’s (TLC) analysis of the 11 proposed Amendments to the Texas Constitution that will be on the November 3, 2009 Ballot. The “Pros” and “Cons” are based on comments the TLC received for and against the proposed Amendments. For Early Voting dates, times and location and Election Day voting sites go to www.co.fort-bend.tx.us and click “Elections” or phone (281) 341-8670. Amendment No. 1 Authorize municipalities and counties to acquire areas adjacent to a military installation to prevent encroachment or for the construction of roadways, utilities, or other infrastructure to protect or promote the mission of the military installation. Pros: Protects military installations from encroachment that might cause it to close. Helps ensure viability of military installations promoting economic stability and security of communities and state. Cons: Results in increase in property taxes on an already tax-stressed taxpayers. Amendment No. 2 Authorize legislature to provide for taxation of a residence homestead solely on the basis of the property’s value as a residence homestead. Pros: Will treat homesteads the same as agricultural and open-space land in Texas and prevent homesteads from being taxed as commercial property, which places an unfair tax burden on the owner/occupant. Cons: Will cause state taxes to increase as some local school taxes are reduced because of the reduction in homestead values possibly resulting in a shift of tax burden from some “wealthy” ares to “poorer” areas of the state. Amendment No. 3 Requires uniform appraisal standards and procedures. Pros: Results in more equal valuation of property across state. Cons: None noted. Amendment No. 4 Establishes the national research university fund to assist state universities achieving national prominence as major research institutions and transfer balance of existing higher education fund to national research university fund. Pros: Enable Texas university to become tier-one research universities and attract and retain top talent while generating important research in the state. Cons: Funds will be spread too thin among many state universities and goal will be difficult to reach. Amendment No. 5 Authorize a single board of equalization for two or more adjoining appraisal entities that elect to provide for consolidated equalizations. Pros: Saves taxpayers money by combining operations of two or more appraisal districts. Cons: Does not go far enough as it does not combining two or more review boards operations. Amendment No. 6 Authorizes Veterans’ Land Board to issue general obligation bonds in amounts equal to or less than the cumulative amounts previously authorized. Pros: Allows the Board to meet the needs of Texas veterans better than current law. There is a federal statute limitation of $250 million of VLB bonds issued. Cons: None noted. Amendment No. 7 Allows a member of the Texas State Guard or other state militia or military force to hold other civil offices. Pros: Members of the military or National Guard are allowed to also hold civil offices and this allows members of state militia to do the same. Cons: None noted. Amendment No. 8 Authorizing the state to contribute money, property, and other resources for the establishment, maintenance, and operation of veterans hospitals in Texas. Pros: Encourages U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to partner with Texas in providing additional veterans hospitals in Texas which has the third largest number of veterans. Cons: None noted. Amendment No. 9 Protects the right of the public, individually and collectively, to access and use the public beaches bordering the seaward shore of the Gulf of Mexico. Pros: Would provide that the beach area that becomes public lands as a result of storms and erosion moving the line of vegetation would be accessible to the public. Cons: Many private property structures that have stood for generations but as a result of hurricanes and erosion ended up on the private beach side of the line of vegetation and this amendment would restrict an owner’s use of their private property structure. Amendment No. 10 Increases the term that elected members of the governing boards of emergency services districts may serve from two to four years . Pros: Reduces possible politicization of a nonpartisan office allowing board members to focus more on policy and operations rather than campaigning. Cons: Reduces accountability of board members who have tax levying authority. State representatives have two year terms. Amendment No. 11 Prohibits the taking, damaging, or destroying of private property for certain economic development and prohibits transferring property taken through eminent domain to a private entity for the enhancement of tax revenue purposes, and to limit the legislature’s authority to grant the power of eminent domain to non-governmental entity. Pros: Provides greater protection of private property rights. Cons: Problem of transferring property taken through eminent domain was resolved legislatively already. Amendment language is unclear which could lead to litigation which may result in judicial interpretations that are different than the legislature intended. Pol. Ad. Pd. By Andy Meyers Campaign 423 Longview Dr. Sugar Land, TX. 77478

Women’s Center executive director Vita Goodell (far left) and board member Debbie Marcell (far right) welcome marketing director Paul Silverman of ZK Homes to the community and the Women’s Center’s agency. ZK Homes will host a reception for volunteers, Women’s Center board of directors, COR members. and sexual assault and their children to achieve safety and self-sufficiency, while striving to prevent violence against women. In 2008 alone, 1834 men, women and children were served agency-wide. From the agency’s 24-hour hotline to the Transitional Housing Program from Childcare and Legal Assistance to the new Wellness and Stability Program for victims with mild to moderate mental illness, the Women’s Center strives to

give assistance to those who need it most. “Dealing with the alarming rise of assault cases during this year and the down economy has made it quite challenging for the Women’s Center. We are excited to receive the support from ZK Homes during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month and assist in our cause,” says Vita Goodell, executive director of the Women’s Center. ZK Homes owner, Lee Zieben and marketing director

Paul Silverman want to continue their mission in supporting and focusing on healthy environments and lifestyles which is the focal point of the Women’s Center’s mission. Their newest flagship home development right in the heart of the Sugar Land community provides area residents a higher quality of alternatives to home living. ZK Homes uses eco-friendly materials to create healthy, energy-efficient homes, allowing homeowners to reduce energy costs. Most importantly, the company strives to make sure every home is safe, upholding its green-building practices established by the NAHB Gold certification program. Boogie 2010 committee members have begun preparations for Boogie, the annual fifties-sixties fundraiser, scheduled for March 27, 2010 at the Stafford Centre at 6:30 p.m.. All proceeds raised from the fundraiser go toward providing free and confidential emergency shelter, counseling, crisis intervention, and other supportive services. Volunteers are needed. To RSVP and receive more details, call 281-344-5757 or go to www.fortbendwomenscenter.org or email boogie@ fortbendwomenscenter.org.

Walk in Martha Stewart goes fishing Concert with at Whole Foods Market the Choir The Fort Bend Boys Choir is gearing up for its 6th walka-thon! Called Walk in Concert with the Fort Bend Boys Choir, this walk-a-thon will be held on Sunday, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m. in Oyster Creek Park in Sugar Land. Participants will complete a 3-mile walk and of course, receive a walka-thon t-shirt. Proceeds will help fund the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s scholarship program. Businesses who would like to support the Fort Bend Boys Choir can contact them for information about becoming a sponsor for the Walk in Concert walk-a-thon. If anyone in the community would like to help through a pledge or by participating in the walk-a-thon, call the choir office at 281-240-3800 for details. You can also find more information about this event on the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Facebook web page. Walk in Concert and make a difference in the lives of these talented young boys.

Sugar Land’s very own Martha Stewart consults with Nick Fisher, store promotions specialist, and Waldy Burgos, seafood manager at the fabulous seafood center in Whole Foods Market, Sugar Land. This is all in preparation for the 7th Annual Taste of Sugar Land®, Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. The ever popular “Martha Stewart Dinner” will again be a premier live auction item at the event. Menu planning and entertaining with that special “Whole Foods” gourmet touch is in progress, as Waldy, Martha and Nick approve the ‘catch of the day.’ Proceeds are shared with Fort Bend Family Promise and East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, just in time for the holiday season. For ticket information, call 281-240-3195,or visit www.TasteofSugarLand.com

Dee Koch gets Rotary Club of Fort Bend’s Humanitarian Award The board of the Fort Bend County Rotary Club has unanimously elected longtime Fort Bend County resident Dee Koch as its 2009 Humanitarian of the Year. Koch will be honored at a special event on Nov. 12, at Safari Texas in Richmond. The annual event is a fundraiser for the Rotary’s extensive support of many area charitable and service organizations, as well as scholarship funds. The Humanitarian of the Year award is given to honor an individual (or couple) who is a citizen of Fort Bend County and has been engaged in improving the quality of life for the community by giving of his/her time, money, expertise and leadership on an ongoing basis and in an unselfish, unconditional manner. Members of the club offer various names for consider-

ation, then vote upon the most outstanding individual, based upon “Service Above Self” criteria. Dee Koch perfectly exemplifies both the letter and the spirit of the humanitarian ethic. From her early days of service to the community at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce to her many years as Grant Officer of The George Foundation, Dee has made community service her way of life. A strong advocate of volunteerism, she has long led by example, volunteering continuously to work on charitable organizations’ fundraising efforts, to advise and/or help find ways to support community organizations, and to lend her unique expertise for the development of new program initiatives. “Besides being the great uniter of east and west Fort Bend County, Dee is a lady

who passionately cares about people in all walks of life. She works hard for them, and she always does it with a smile,” says Sunil Sharma, Rotary International District GovernorElect of District 5860. “She is untiring in her giving spirit, working long, long hours to serve her community.” Past Humanitarian of the Year honorees include Sunny and Rashmi Sharma, Louis and Dru Garvin, David and Kathy Wallace, and James and Mary Jo Patterson. The Fort Bend Rotary Club elected not to host this event last year, because of the Hurricane Ike aftermath. For more information about the event, please contact Cheryll Landis-Gerber at 832-443-7616 or cheryll@ preservingmemories.biz; or Marilyn Glover at 713-4982953 or marilynglover@yahoo.com.


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Automobile : Toyota Prius By BARBARA FULENWIDER The all-new 2010 Toyota Prius not only gets 50 miles to the gallon on average it can get up to 71 mpg, according to how it’s driven. It also has more horsepower, more interior room, technology, amenities and improved aerodynamics that help deliver all those miles per gallon. The Prius not only delivers outstanding mileage but also a comfortable ride in a four-door sedan with split/ fold rear seats and a hatchback that is utilitarian. The Toyota Prius was introduced in 1997 and the 2010 model is the third generation. Toyota’s patented hybrid synergy drive system in the 2010 Prius is 90 percent newly developed. It was introduced in 2004 on the second generation Prius and since then nearly 700,000 Prius models have been sold in the U.S. In designing the new, third generation Prius, Toyota engineers refined existing systems and in doing so filed more than 1,000 patent applications worldwide. Toyota has continued to improve fuel economy on each new generation of Prius. The first generation Prius was rated at 41 mpg, the second at 46 and fuel efficiency for the third Prius is estimated at 51 mpg in city driving and 48 on the highway for a combined 50 mpg. This vehicle is extremely green (good for our planet). The new Prius is also built to reduce emissions in every stage of the vehicle’s lifecycle, from production and driving to eventual disposal and dismantling. Any vehicle that has less of

a carbon footprint isn’t going to produce the torque or power of a four cylinder, V6 or V8 yet. So even though the engine in the new Toyota Prius makes 98 horsepower at 5,200 rpm and with the electric motor there’s a net combined 134 horsepower, this is no racehorse. Zero to 60 takes 9.8 seconds, according to Toyota and that’s from the third generation Prius, which has more torque and horsepower than the first and second generations. It’s for sure a trade-off so while the Prius doesn’t provide the goose bumps that a V8 roaring off the line does, it provides a really fun game and that’s seeing how many miles to the gallon you can get by how you drive it. What that means is how much coasting you do, how carefully you study your route to and from work and pay attention to how many lights and stop signs you can delete by going a different route, by never pressing the pedal to the metal, etc. It’s a whole different way of driving and it’s fun, because like golf, you play against yourself. This past spring I was in-

vited to a launch of the 2010 Prius and each driving team was to see how many miles to the gallon they could get by driving one of three specific courses. The winner came in with mileage in the 70s. One team decided to get the fewest miles to the gallon and try as they did they could not get fewer than 44 mpg. Since it was first manufactured Prius has been a full hybrid, which lets it run on engine alone, battery alone or a combination of the two. The third generation got a smaller, lighter inverter, electric motor and transaxle. The redeveloped electronically controlled regenerative braking system has been adopted with control logic for more regeneration. The design of the Prius has some changes but it’s still easily recognized as a Prius. While I test drove it it got some admiring comments about its looks. Toyota says the new Prius got more wind tunnel hours of testing than any other Toyota in History, which resulted in “one of the cleanest aerodynamic profiles of any mass-produced vehicle in the world.” Airflow under the car was studied extensively. The 2010 Toyota got more available equipment, which includes a sliding glass moon roof with solar panels that power a new ventilation system.

The new Prius also comes with a remote air conditioning system, which Toyota says is the first in the world to run on battery power alone. The third-generation Prius is built on a new platform that improves handling and quieter operation. Four-wheel disc brakes are standard. A Touch Tracer Display is also available and with a touch of switches on the steering wheel shows the driver audio or other information on the instrument panel so the driver doesn’t have to take his/her eyes off the road. There’s also a cruise control system that helps the driver stay in his/her lane and a pre-collision system, which retracts seatbelts and applies brakes when a crash is unavoidable. The Prius V model retails at $27,270 and with options came in at $32,329. Standard equipment included a 1.8-liter DOHC 4-cylinder engine, 17-inch wheels, power steering, windows, door locks, anti-lock brakes,

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OakBend Medical Center was the site of a recent gathering to toast the upcoming 2009 Celebration Ball, hosted by the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance. Shown (seated) are Joy Dowell, chamber vice president, Gail Parker, chamber president/CEO, Laura Freudenberger and Carole Brown, and (standing) Allison Wen of Safari Texas, Kamal Ariss of JE Dunn Construction, Joe Freudenberger, OakBend Medical Center CEO, and Bob Brown, past OakBend board member. â&#x20AC;&#x201D;Photo by Larry Pullen

OakBend Medical Center presents 2009 Celebration Ball The 2009 Celebration Ball, an annual event of the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance (formerly the RosenbergRichmond Area Chamber of Commerce) presented this year by OakBend Medical Center, will not only commemorate the phenomenal growth and changes at the Chamber in the past twelve months, but will also herald its expansion and the inclusion of three new divisions, targeting specific populations. Of significant note is the announcement by Governor Rick Perry that he will be attending the Ball, set for Nov. 14 at Safari Texas Ranch. The year has been marked by noteworthy events, as Fulshear geared up to become the third city represented by the Chamber with a big St. Patrickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Celebration in March, followed by the kickoff party for the new Hispanic

Business Division in June, and an upcoming launch party for the Young Professionals Division set for October 29 at the George Ranch, with a festive Halloween theme. The highlight of the year came in August, when the iconic Fort Bend organization changed its name for the first time in forty-plus years, leaving behind its twin city designation and assuming a moniker that defines its growth and its appealing location in the heart of the county. Recently information has surfaced that places the founding year of the venerable organization at 1910, making next year its â&#x20AC;&#x153;Centennialâ&#x20AC;? year, and already setting plans in motion for an even more extravagant gala in 2010. OakBend Medical Center took the top â&#x20AC;&#x153;Titleâ&#x20AC;? honor at the live auction at the 2008 event for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gala, and

they are looking forward to a grand evening, with the Texas Governor as the honored guest at their table. The Celebration Ball will commence at 6:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception to the music of Night Train, followed by seated dinner with brief remarks by Governor Perry. A live auction and dancing to the rousing Texas blues vibes of Ezra Charles and the Works, renowned for his â&#x20AC;&#x153;big band hornsâ&#x20AC;? will cap the festive evening that will also have auctioneer extraordinaire and longtime Chamber supporter, Jeff Council lending his talents, in addition to Michael Garfield, â&#x20AC;&#x153;The High Tech Texan,â&#x20AC;? as master of ceremonies. For more information, call 281-342-5464, stop by the office at 4120 Ave. H (Hwy. 90) in Rosenberg, or visit www. CFBCA.org.

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