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WEDNESDAY • APRIL 19, 2017
Fort Bend / Southwest • Volume 39 • No. 35
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Petra Nova program a win-win for environment, energy production By Joe Southern jsouthern @ fortbendstar.com
Calling it a win-win for the environment and energy production, Gov. Greg Abbott, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and a host of dignitaries gathered last Thursday at the W.A. Parish generating station in Thompsons to celebrate the operational status of Petra Nova, the world’s largest carbon capture facility. The joint venture between NRG and JX Nippon Oil & Gas Exploration filters carbon dioxide (CO2) from the emissions of the coal-fueled electrical plant and pipes it 81 miles to the West Ranch oilfield near Port Lavaca, where it is used to increase oil production while at the same time trapping the green-
house gas underground. The CO2 increases the viscosity of the oil, freeing more of it from underground. “It captures 17 tons of carbon dioxide every second preventing it from entering out atmosphere,” said NRG President and CEO Mauricio Gutierrez. With U.S. and Japanese flags hanging from the giant structure, officials gushed like geysers at the potential the Petra Nova project has to help clean the air and increase domestic oil production. “This is a stunning display of what American and Japanese innovation working together can do,” said Perry, former governor of Texas. “We’re investing in cleaner (Photo by Joe Southern) power.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and former Gov. Rick Perry, now Energy Secretary for the Trump
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administration, turn the wheel in a symbolic ribbon cutting at the Petra Nova site at the W.A. Parish generating station in Thompsons last Thursday. Several dignitaries attended the ceremony that celebrated the operational status of the world’s largest carbon capture facility.
Skeeters wrap up Fan Fest, prepare for Family Fun Day By Joe Southern jsouthern @ fortbendstar.com
The Sugar Land Skeeters hosted their annual Fan Fest last Saturday, giving fans the chance to come to Constellation Field to meet the team, take batting practice, shop the garage sale and enjoy some fun and games. On May 6, the Skeeters will once again open the ballpark for your enjoyment as the team partners with the Fort Bend Star to present the inaugural Family Fun day. The free event will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature several fun activities for children along with vendors with information about a variety of topics, including summer camps, schools, hospitals, churches, vacation Bible schools, music schools, retailers, doctors, dentists and so much more. This is a day that will showcase the best of summer events and activities
in the greater Fort Bend County area. It will be like a one-stop-shopping event for parents to learn about things they can do for and with their children over the summer. Kids can participate in many activities throughout the day. Activities include having the photo taken with Swatson, the Skeeters mascot, visiting with and getting autographs from Skeeters players, playing on the Skeeters playground and bounce houses, walking around the Skeeters outfield and enjoying food purchased from the Skeeters food kiosks. In addition, participants will receive a coupon for a discount ticket to a Skeeters baseball game. They can even redeem it for the game that night against the New Britain Bees. The Skeeters begin defense of their first Atlantic League of Professional Baseball championship on April 20.
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Fort Bend ISD to issue green bonds to fund new schools The Fort Bend Independent School District will make history by becoming the first in Texas to issue green bonds, which will finance the environmentally sustainable construction of three new elementary schools. The district plans to issue a total of $99 million tax-exempt bonds this month, and approximately $52 million of the bonds will be designated as green bonds, part of a $484 million bond package approved by the district’s voters in 2014. The bond issue will be senior managed by Siebert Cisneros Shank & Co., LLC (SCSCO) the nation’s top minority- and woman-owned municipal finance firm. Proceeds from the sale of the green bonds will finance the construction of Donald Leonetti Elementary School in the Sienna Plantation subdivision, James C. Neill Elementary in the Harvest Green subdivision, and James Patterson Elementary in Grand Vista. Following the approval of the 2014 bond program, the FBISD Board of Trustees adopted its elementary school education specifications, which state that the district’s future elementary schools should be designed to LEED/highperformance standards and obtain LEED certification. The three new elementary schools opening for the 2017-18 school year will include green features such as building materials with higher levels of recycled content, energy efficient HVAC equipment, and heat reducing features such as light-colored building materials and green space.
(Photo by Joe Southern)
Former Skeeters pitcher Robbie Weinhardt tosses balls to fans participating in batting practice Saturday during the Sugar Land Skeeters Fan Fest at Constellation Field.
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Escape virtual reality and get into the game at Escape Room Games By Joe Southern jsouthern@ fortbendstar.com
Get off the games and get into one at Escape Room Games of Missouri City and Sugar Land. The global phenomenon that encourages teamwork and super sleuthing skills has finally arrived in the Southwest Houston area. Owners Bob and Jenny Bailey discovered escape rooms two years ago while on vacation in Utah. “We had no idea what an escape room was,” Jenny said. “I
had no idea what I was getting into.” Basically, an escape room is a themed room where a team of about four to six players enters and search for clues, puzzles and ciphers to solve the problem, usually within an hour time limit. It’s live-action and interactive and helps participants stretch their minds and imaginations along with their legs. Bob said that even though escape rooms are popular video games, the virtual reality can’t compare to the experience of playing live. Escape Room Games opened
two weeks ago and has two of its four rooms open for business with the other two to follow soon. Players can try to discover the secrets of Area 51 or find Leonardo da Vinci’s lost diary in Da Vinci’s Workshop. Soon, local gamers will be able to solve the puzzle of Yin Yang, where everything but the gumball machine is black and white, or prevent a murder on Baker Street as you search for clues in the office of Sherlock Holmes. The week before opening, the Bailey’s invited groups of players to come in and beta test the rooms. Some of the players
were experienced and others were beginners. With the clock ticking, the adrenaline started pumping and the players started hunting, solving and guessing in their quest to find da Vinci’s diary. “Newbies tend to stick together in a pack,” Bob said. It doesn’t take long, however, before leaders emerge. “You’ll find your alphas show up,” he said. The Bailey’s said the game is a great team-building exercise for businesses, as well as a fun way to interact with family and friends. As the beta testers from
(Photo by Joe Southern)
Ethan Mock, Colin Waldorf, Luca Falcone and Dante Rivera search for clues in Da Vinci’s Workshop at Escape Room Games. Clements High School hunted for clues, solved problems and unlocked more mysteries to solve, the Baileys and their game master, Davis Dunham,
watched on monitors in a control room where they got
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700 robots to invade Houston this weekend By Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star
(Photo by Bill McCaughey)
Pictured from the left are Chris Culbert, chief technology officer for Johnson Space Center; Lucia Sevcik, Houston regional director for FIRST; and Fiona Hanlon, volunteer resource coordinator for FIRST.
The FIRST Championship is coming to Houston April 19-22, bringing 700 robot teams from more than 30 countries, including a team from Stafford. The event will take up over 1.8 million square feet of event space in the George R. Brown Convention Center and Minute Maid Park,
along with events in Discovery Green. The 25,000-plus attendees will make this event one of the top five conventions in Houston in 2017. Lucia Sevcik is the Houston director for FIRST (For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology). “This is the first year the world championship is being held in Houston, and it will be here for the next four years. The championship is free and open to the public,
and the matches are very entertaining,” Sevcik said. “There will be six playing fields in the George R. Brown Convention Center with the finals to be held in Minute Maid Park. It’s a lot of work, but it’s all about the kids.” “We expect 400 robot teams in the Robotics competition, which is for grades 9-12, along with 128 teams in the Tech Challenge, which is for grades 7-12, 108 teams in the LEGO League, grades
4-8, and 60 teams in the LEGO League Junior division, which is for grades k-4,” said Fiona Hanlon, volunteer resource coordinator for FIRST. “Each year FIRST students receive over $50 million in scholarships. Last year, over 13 percent of the applicants to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology were FIRST alumni.”
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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Senior Vice President and CEO Greg Haralson accepts the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award from Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross during the annual Quest for Excellence Conference in Baltimore, Md., on April 2. Pictured from the left are Kent Rochford, Acting Undersecretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology and Acting Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology; Dr. George Benson, Chairman, Foundation for the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award; Malisha Patel, Vice President of Operations, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; Greg Haralson, Senior Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital; and Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Commerce.
Secretary of Commerce presents national award to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross presented Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Greg Haralson with the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award during the annual Quest for Excellence Conference in Baltimore, Md., on April 2. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is the first Houston healthcare organization, and only the third in Texas, to receive the award which is the
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the OPINION Oak Ridge Boys rock the Redneck with energized show I’m singin’ Elvira and doing my oom poppa oom poppa mow mows. Thanks to Michael Berry, my wife and I got to see the Oak Ridge Boys Friday night at the Redneck Country Club. Oh man, did that ever take me back in time. I’ve been a fan of the Oaks since the 1970s and this was the second time I’ve gotten to see them in concert. Although I consider myself to be a big fan of theirs I admittedly haven’t listened to anything other than “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” in the past several years. After all these years, even decades in some cases, I found myself singing along with old songs as if they were popular on the airwaves today. Hearing songs like “Dream On,” “Sail Away,” “Y’all Come Back Saloon” and “Leaving Louisiana in the Broad Daylight” turned me into a teenager once again as part of the soundtrack of my youth played out live on stage from the mouths of septuagenarians. Don’t let their age fool you. These guys have still got it. Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban may be long in the tooth but they are full of energy and their smooth harmonies haven’t skipped a beat or soured a single note. Throughout the 1970s I listened almost exclusively to country western music. You can’t do that and not be a fan of the Oak Ridge Boys. Their Greatest Hits album (which, ironically, came out before they made their greatest hits) was one of the first albums I ever owned. I had it on cassette and nearly wore it out because I listened to it so much. Sadly, someone stole it from me the same summer that I got to see them for the first time in concert.
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I was working on camp staff at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in Red Feather Lakes, Colo., when we got word that the Oak Ridge Boys would be performing a couple hours away at Cheyenne Frontier Days. It must have been about 1982 or ’83. It was a weekend show and my buddies and I wanted to see them. We went up and stayed with a friend from camp who lived there. We spent the day at Cheyenne Frontier Days taking in all the sights and sounds. Buying a concert ticket on a camp staff budget wasn’t going to happen, so we thought we would stroll around and listen from outside the rodeo arena. As the show started, we happened across a gate that was unchained and hanging open. With quick glances and not saying a word, we slipped inside and found seats high up in the bleachers. It was one of the most spectacular concerts I’ve ever seen and to this day is one of the most memorable. I don’t know what made it more memorable, the show itself or the adrenaline rush of having sneaked in. Either way, it was one of those youthful indiscretions that I have never forgotten. “Elvira” and “Bobbie Sue” were still getting ample airtime on the radio and the Oak Ridge Boys just nailed them both that night in Cheyenne. I was totally captivated by the
(Photo by Joe Southern)
The Oak Ridge Boys perform before a full house Friday night at the Redneck Country Club in Stafford. Pictured from the left are Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban. energy and passion the quartet showed on stage. Fast-forward about 30-some years and little has changed in that regard. That came as a complete and pleasant surprise to me. About a month ago I had just hung up the phone from an interview with B.J. Thomas (who is coming to the Stafford Centre on May 4) when a publicist called me out of the blue and asked if I wanted to do an interview with the Oak Ridge Boys. As much as I didn’t want to give free publicity to a venue that doesn’t advertise with our paper, there was no way on earth I was going to turn down the opportunity to interview one of my childhood favorites. A couple weeks later I had Richard Sterban (the one with the really deep voice) on the phone. Initially, I wasn’t impressed. He sounded old. Having just recently been disappointed in Willie Nelson’s concert at Rodeo Houston, I thought I was going to be in for another letdown.
During the conversation, Sterban slipped into “interview mode” and rambled on, hitting all the usual points of an artist interview. I didn’t even have to ask many questions. Then the power blinked and the call was disconnected. As we struggled to get everything back up again, he called back and left a message with me at the same time I was trying to call him back. He was determined to make sure we finished the interview. That changed my opinion in a heartbeat. He could have just let it go, but he showed the decency and integrity to follow through with it. The publicist, Sanford “Sandy” Brokaw, said the club’s owner, Michael Berry, liked the story I wrote so much that he agreed to leave me a pair of tickets. When my wife and I got to the door, the tickets weren’t there and our names were not on the list. No worries, Berry’s people cleared things up and we got
in. Now at this point I need to stop and give a shout-out to Michael Berry and the Redneck Country Club. I rarely drink and I’m no fan of bars. This place, however, was different. It was clean and well managed. The décor was tastefully tacky. The staff and patrons were all very friendly and accommodating. As a photojournalist for the last 36 years, I’ve learned to get a little pushy to get the shots I need. I fell into that mode as I tried to see through the crowds to get clear shots of the stage. To my surprise, people stepped aside and invited me to move up to get pictures. I never in my life would have thought that would happen in a crowded bar. What really made a lasting impression, however, was when Berry came on stage to
introduce the Oak Ridge Boys. He made a point to honor the military veterans in attendance as well as make sure everyone understood that wives are respected there. “This is a place to bring a date, not find one,” he said. That is classy. Really classy. I don’t know Michael Berry, but my respect for him is sky high. As the concert was ending, I came to the realization that I’ve now seen the Oak Ridge Boys twice and have never bought a ticket. I think I might owe them for that. Fortunately they are coming back in October to do a charity concert at the Redneck Country Club. I think I’ll just have to buy tickets to that show. In the meantime, I’ve got plenty of time to work on my oom poppa oom poppa mow mows.
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ORDER OF GENERAL ELECTION (ORDEN DE ELECCIÓN GENERAL) To the Registered Voters of Sugar Land, Texas: (A los votantes registrados de Sugar Land, Texas:) An election has been ordered by, Ordinance No. 2078, to be held on May 6, 2017 for the purpose of electing one (1) person to serve the full term of Council Member District Four. (Ordenanza Número 2078 decrete que se lleve a cabo una elección a tener lugar el 6 de mayo, 2017 con el fin de elegir una (1) persona para servir el término completo de miembros de Consejo de distrito cuatro.) The Early Voting Clerk will receive applications for a ballot to be voted by mail until the close of business on April 25, 2017. (El Funcionario Electoral de votación adelantada recibirá las solicitudes para la elección por correo no más tarde que al cerrar las puertas de negocio el 25 de abril, 2017.) Mail applications to vote by mail to: (aplicaciones de correo para votar por correo a:) Early Voting Clerk Office of Elections Administration 4520 Reading Road Rosenberg, TX 77471-2133 Early voting by personal appearance will be held at the locations, times and on the days as set forth in the below schedule. Votación Temprana mediante la comparecencia personal se celebrará en los lugares, los tiempos y los días establecidos en el calendario a continuación. Election Day Vote Centers will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the locations as set forth below. Centros de votación el día de las elecciones estarán abiertas desde las 7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. en las ubicaciones en las que se enuncian a continuación.
Early Voting Schedule May 6, 2017 Joint Election Horario de Votación Temprana 6 de Mayo del 2017, Elección Conjunta Hours (Horas) Monday-Friday Saturday April 29 Sunday April 30 Monday-Tuesday April 24-28, 2017 (Sábado) (Domingo) May 1-2 (Lunes-Viernes) (Abril 29, 2017) (Abril 30, 2017) (Lunes-Martes) (Abril 24-28, 2017) (Mayo 1-2,2017)
Early Voting Location
Irene Stern Community Center- 6920 Fulshear-Katy Road, Fulshear, TX Missouri City Old Municipal Court - 1522 Texas Pkwy, Missouri City, TX Fort Bend County Road & Bridge - 3743 School Street, Needville, TX Fort Bend County Rosenberg Annex - 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX Richmond Water Maintenance Facility -110 N. 8th St., Richmond, TX
8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m
8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m
7:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m.
First Colony Conference Center - 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX Hightower High School - 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX Four Corners Community Center - 15700 Old Richmond Rd, Sugar Land, TX Sugar Land Branch Library - 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, TX James Bowie Middle School - 700 Plantation Dr, Richmond, TX Randall’s - 5800 New Territory Blvd., Sugar Land, TX
8:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m
8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m
7:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m.
Sienna Branch Library - 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City, TX Sugar Land City Hall - 2700 Town Center Blvd, Sugar Land, TX Chasewood Clubhouse - 7622 Chasewood Drive, Missouri City, TX
10:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m
7:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m.
8:00 a.m. To 7:00 p.m 8:00 a.m. To 5:00 p.m
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4400 Austin Pkwy
Kempner High School
14777 Voss Rd
Beasley City Hall
319 S. 3rd St
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180 Island Blvd
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16000 Blue Ridge Rd
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3323 Mission Valley Dr
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2335 Dulles Ave
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1625 Hunter Green Dr
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3703 Lost Creek Blvd
7622 Chasewood Dr
Meadows Place City Hall
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4200 Elkins Dr
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16200 Beechnut St
4330 Knightsbridge Blvd
Missouri City Baptist Church
16816 Quail Park Dr
Crockett Middle School
19001 Beechnut St
Missouri City Old Municipal Court
1522 Texas Parkway
DeSeo at Grand Mission
19002 Mission Park Dr
Missouri City Parks & Recreation
2701 Cypress Point Dr
Elkins High School
7007 Knights Court
Museum of Natural Science
13016 University Blvd
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8411 Sienna Springs Blvd
Mustang Community Center
4525 FM 521
FBC Library - Sugar Land Branch
Pinnacle Senior Center
5525#C Hobby Road
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14010 University Blvd
Quail Valley Elementary School
3500 Quail Village Dr
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3743 School St
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4520 Reading Rd
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5800 New Territory Dr
First Colony Conference Center
3232 Austin Parkway
Richmond Water Maintenance Facility
110 N. 8th St
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4310 Highway 36S
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500 Waters Lake Blvd
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15700 Old Richmond Rd
Ridgegate Community Association
5855 W. Ridgecreek Dr
7227 W. Grand Pkwy S
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5353 Ridge Creek Circle
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18550 Old Richmond Rd
Rosenberg City Hall
2110 4th St
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6707 FM 1464
Seven Lakes High School
9251 S. Fry Rd
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3333 Hurricane Lane
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930 Sugar Lakes Dr
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695 Independence Blvd
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1715 Eldridge Rd
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234 Matlage Way
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2700 Town Center Blvd North
Irene Stern Community Center
6920 Katy-Fulshear Road
Stafford City Hall
2610 Main St
Townewest Towne Hall
10322 Old Towne Ln
James Bowie Middle School
700 Plantation Dr
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Notice of such election is given by posting a substantial copy of this election notice, in English and Spanish, at City Hall and three other places in the City, not less than fourteen days nor more than thirty days prior to the date set for the election; and a substantial copy of this election notice, in English and Spanish, published on the same day in each of two successive weeks in a newspaper of general circulation published in the city, the date of the first publication being not more than thirty days and not less than fourteen days prior to the date set for the election. (Este decreto de tal elección constituirá un aviso de elección y se fijará en el tablón del Ayuntamiento y también en tres otros lugares en la cuidad en Ingles y en Español no menos de catorce días ni más de treinta días antes de la fecha fijada para la elección; y una copia sustancial de este decreto de la elección será publicada en Ingles y en Español en el mismo día en cada una de dos semanas sucesivas en un periódico publicado en la ciudad de circulación general no más temprano que 30 días ni más tarde que 14 días antes del día de la elección.) Issued this the 6th day of April 2017. Emitido este día 6th de abril, 2017.
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H OME S HOWCASE New Territory/Chapel Bend - Designer touches throughout this gorgeous home! Upgrades incl: tile flring in all baths/kit/ breakfast & gleaming hardwood flring in the rest. Kit. & baths w/high-end granite. SS GE Appls. Vaulted ceilings in Main LR w/wall of windows overlooking 20’X10’ covered slate patio w/outdoor Kit. No backyard neighbors-backs to a greenbelt. $268,000 Call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM4414IP)
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SUGARWOOD – Gorgeous Custom Home w/Huge stately Oak w/up-lighting w/ ft.porch. $130k in Upgrades/Updates Incl.-Custom Kit. Cabinets w/soft closing drawers & slideout shelves, Highend Granite counter tops, SS dual fuel range/double oven, Built-in SS JennAir counter depth Ref., Wine ref., tumble tile splshbk., under-cabinet & pendant lighting. 5’’Hardwood flring, brush marble & flagstone flring downstairs. New paint & carpet upstairs (7/16). Vaulted ceiling in both dwnst. Liv.Rms. 2-FP. Pool/ Spa w/prt.cv.patio. $399,900 Call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200. (VM1714RP)
THE HIGHLANDS/FIRST COLONY – Charming 4/2/2-Att. Home in Desired Master Planned Community. Easy access to Hwy 6 & I-59, Area shopping & dining! Updated kitchen w/Granite countertops, SS Microwave, oven w/smooth cooktop. Breakfast Bar. High Vaulted ceiling in living area w/brick hearth fireplace w/laminate ‘’wood style’’ flooring. All bedrooms w/lighted ceiling fans, walk-in closets & light tan berber carpet. Tiled bathrooms, kit., dining & entry! Large back yard w/nice deck & dog run. Swing garage style updated driveway. $194,500 Call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM2715QH)
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Shadow Glen At Riverstone – Over $50,000 in upgrades-Gorgeous Perry 1-story w/Brick & Stone accented ext. & lushly landscaped corner lot w/stately pecan tree & several oaks. High Ceilings w/crown molding, 2’’ blinds, lg. tile flring or 5’’ slated hand-scraped dark engineered hardwood flooring throughout. Lg. Covered patio. Sprkl.sys. 3-car gar. $385,000 call Virginia Mack 281207-5200 (6011SLL)
THE HIGHLANDS/FIRST COLONY– Terrific 4/2/2-Att. Home in Desired Location! Close to Shopping/Dining. Easy access to Hwy 6 & I-59. Brick Ext. w/updated Hardi-Board Siding. Tile thru-out except 3 of the 4 bedrms. Updated Light/Water Fixtures. Bathrms updated w/Granite counters & framed mirrors. Updated A/C(2011), Roof(09). Vaulted Ceilings. Updated Double Paned French Doors off Master & Sliding Door off the 4th bedrm (could be a study/media room). Smooth top SS range & new SS microwave(1/17). 2 Patios. Back gate leads to Greenbelt. $187,500 Call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM2206ST)
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LAKE OLYMPIA - Beautiful 2-Story 4/2.5/2-Att. w/tons of updates! Kitchen w/Granite C-TOPS w/Stone Back-splash, Custom Kraft-made Maple Cabinets w/ Soft-closing Drawers. Appliances. Hardi Plank Siding. Double Paned Windows (2012). Refinished Wood Floors in Living & Dining Room. Master Bath w/Granite Countertop Vanity & Tiled Shower. Back Yard Covered Pergola Pavered Patio. $224,900 Call Virginia Mack 281-2075200 (VM2730PV)
NEW TERRITORY SUNSET COVE - 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath home completely remodeled. Located in a gated community close to recreation area, tennis courts, workout area & swimming pool. $273,900 Call Arlene Rolsen 281-414-8400 (6402PC)
SIENNA PLANTATION - “Move In Ready” Totally Re-Done Inside and Out, Light and Bright, Quiet Cul-De-Sac lot with Swimming Pool located on Sienna Golf Course. $359,900 Call Arlene Rolsen 281-414-8400 (3522BC)
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FIRST COLONY - Located on a quiet Cul-desac this Newmark 5 Bedroom, 3.5 Bath home is complete with 3 Living areas. Spacious Master retreat has a private lounging area. Just a short walk to grade school. $473,000 Call Arlene Rolsen 281-414-8400 (3334NBL)
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Gorgeous updated 1 story w/golf course view in country club subdivision. Shows like new! Large gourmet KIT, wood floors, custom closet, atrium, granite, formal dining, outdoor fireplace. Looks like a decorator lives here. Great home for entertaining. Open, light & airy. Just beautiful! $439,000 CALL BARBARA MONTGOMERY.
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“The reviled CO2 is being captured and put to use doing what Texans know best how to do, and that is to produce even more energy from our oil fields,” Abbott said. Petra Nova is a 50-50 joint venture between NRG and JX Nippon. It captures more than 90 percent of CO2 from the 240-megawatt power plant, the equivalent of taking 350,000 cars off the road. The system has delivered more than 300,000 tons of captured CO2 to the West Ranch oil field since it went operational on Sept. 19. Hilcorp Energy Company, the operator of West Ranch oilfield, uses the CO2 to boost production at West Ranch oilfield, jointly owned by NRG, JX Nippon and Hilcorp. Both Hilcorp and the University Of Texas Bureau Of Economic
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Geology are monitoring the movement of CO2 deep in the oil reservoir. Over the next few years, oil production at the field is currently estimated to increase from approximately 300 barrels per day before beginning Enhanced Oil Recovery (EOR) operations to production of up to 15,000 barrels per day using captured CO2. JX Nippon CEO Shunsaku Miyake said he wants the project to be replicated for other enhanced oil recovery projects. “In the future, we would like to develop this type of CO2 EOR project not only in Texas but also across the United States, and indeed globally,” he said, adding, “All of us who have supported this project must continue to cooperate in order to achieve our overall goal, which is increasing oil production and decreasing the emissions of CO2 into the atmosphere.” Hilcorp CEO Jeffery Hil-
the same direction, leading all paths to the same point at the end. Bob said some players try too hard to find clues in objects in a room, finding some where they do not exist, while others overlook even the simplest things. “You don’t see what you’re not looking for,” he said. He said the game isn’t meant to be physically challenging, so clues will not be hidden on or behind things that are too heavy to move or permanently secured in place or on a wall. Even so, players can quickly dismantle a room as they rush OME to beat the clock. The beta testers in Da Vinci’s Workshop
managed to leave the room in disarray, but found the diary with just scarce minutes to spare. As the players left, they were talking, laughing and rehashing their hour-long event. They were fully engaged and without a single person using their cell phone. Jenny said that was a big part of the appeal to them when they decided to open Escape Room Games. They want people to interact and engage without electronic gadgets. “There’s a motive for them HOWCASE to get along,” Bob said. “They have a common goal.”
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debrand said the carbon capture technology will significantly enhance West Ranch production. “The West Ranch field is getting a new lease on life,” he said. The $1 billion Petra Nova project was completed on time and on budget thanks to the partnerships and about $190 million from the Department of Energy. “I commend all those who contributed to this major achievement,” Perry said. “While the Petra Nova project will certainly benefit Texas, it also demonstrates that clean coal technologies can have a meaningful and positive impact on the nation’s energy security and economic growth.” He said the project epitomizes the goals of the Department of Energy, which will not pit environmental concerns against the economic needs of the energy industry.
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DELL WEBB SWEETGRASS - Del Webb 55+ community. Only 1.5 years young, this 2 bedroom, 2 bath home features large, open living area, enclosed sunroom, spacious kitchen w/ granite counters, pendant lighting and awesome sunset views!! $227,800. (330RH)
HERITAGE COLONY - 4 bed, 2 1/2 bath. Family-friendly floor plan w/open livingdining area & spacious den. Loft & gameroom up, master down. Freshly painted, new carpet, updated lighting thru-out. Recent appliances including induction cooktop; updated drawer pulls. Nest thermostats for energy efficiency. New roof Jan 2017. Large cul-de-sac yard & NO BACK NEIGHBORS! $297,000. (5026BM)
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“We can and we will be stewards of both,” he said. Naturally, having the biggest carbon capture facility in the world and an innovative and strategic global energy partnership were facts that Abbott took great pride in. “They say everything is bigger in Texas, and this is exactly why,” Abbott said.
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Alice Ehrlich Jacqmin of Sugar Land, Texas passed away peacefully at home Wednesday, April 5, 2017. She was born in Flandreau, South Dakota on January 15, 1923 to Earl and Fae Ehrlich Wheeler. After graduating from Gallia Academy High School, Gallipolis, Ohio, in 1940, Alice attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio for two years. Then, like many young woman during that period, she left college to help with our country’s war efforts. In 1942 she was hired as a junior chemist at the General Chemical Defense Company Point Pleasant, West Virginia, TNT manufacturing plant. There she met her future husband, Harris John Jacqmin. They were married in Gallipolis, Ohio on October 15, 1943. The couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey, where Alice worked as a sales representative for Proctor and Gamble. In 1947 Harris took a job with the Shell Oil Company. The Company transferred the couple to several of their oil refineries including Shell Oil’s refinery in Deer Park, Texas. There, Alice discovered her passion for social causes when she became active in the League of Women
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After receiving her MLS, she started working at the Houston Public Library’s Fine Arts Department. After her retirement they moved to Bastrop, Texas. Alice immediately became active in her new community by becoming a literacy volunteer and tutor. She and Harris formed the Jacqmin Foundation which focused primarily on funding projects for small public libraries in Texas. One of her favorite projects was providing funds for the Jacqmin Reading Room in the Bastrop Public Library. Alice is survived by her son David Jacqmin and his wife Maxine, daughter Deborah Jacqmin Kramer and her husband Gregory, granddaughters Hilary Jacqmin, Laura Jacqmin and Allison Kramer, her sister Dorothy Swearingen, sisters-in-law Marguerite Soffa, Mary Jacqmin, Carolyn Wheeler, Stella Wheeler, and numerous nephews and nieces. The family wishes to express its gratitude to the many devoted caregivers who cared for Alice in her final years. Donations may be made in her memory to the Fort Bend Women’s Center, http://www. fbwc.org/get-involved/donate/.
Voters in their campaign to end the poll tax in Texas. In 1960 they moved to Westport, Connecticut where Alice continued being active in the League of Women Voters and the YWCA. In 1970 when they were transferred to Houston, Texas, Alice decided to resume her academic career and enrolled in the University of Houston. She was in the Honor Society Phi Kappa Phi and in 1974 she graduated cum laude with a BA in English Literature. After graduation she temporarily relocated to Austin and earned a Master of Library Science degree from the University of Texas in 1975.
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HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH • 281-403-4994 2223 FM1092 • Missouri City, TX 77459 Ed Byrnes, Senior Pastor Sunday Bible Study 9:30 am • 6:00 pm Sunday Worship 10:45 am • 6:00 pm Wednesday: 7:00 pm Bible Study / AWANA “A Place To Call Home” - www.hbctx.org
THE FORT BEND CHURCH • 281-980-8322 1900 Eldridge Road • Sugar Land Byron C. Stevenson, Senior Pastor Wednesday Bible Studies Adult – Noon Youth & Children’s Easter Program 7:00 p.m. Good Friday Service 7:00 p.m. Easter Sunday Worship Services: 6:30 a.m., 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m. www.thebend.org METHODIST CHURCH
CHRIST CHURCH SUGAR LAND • 281-980-6888 A United Methodist Community 3300 Austin Parkway • Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sunday Worship in the Sanctuary Simple Service / Prayer & Communion: 8:15 am Contemporary: 9:30 am / Traditional: 10:55 am Sunday School for all ages available at 9:30 & 10:55 am. www.christchurchsl.org
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-499-3502 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77459 8:00 am: Chapel Worship 9:15 am: Sunday School For All Ages 10:30 am: Open Skies Worship in the Fellowship Hall 10:30 am: Sanctuary Worship For more information, please visit www.fumcmc.org
SUGAR LAND METHODIST CHURCH • 281-491-6041 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Worship @ 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 am Bible Study, all ages, @ 9:45 am www.sugarlandmethodist.org
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James McFrancis Crumb, Sr., went to be with his Lord and Savior on April 13, 2017. He was born March 5, 1935 in Des Moines, Iowa to Carrell and Catherine (Sellers) Crumb. James was an excellent provider and was devoted and loyal to his family. He had many hobbies, but always put his family first – whether it was going to church together as a family or helping his children in their endeavors. He was an avid hunter, golfer, motorcyclist and had a passion for cars. He spent over 30 years of his life as a professional Chef. James, a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend will be missed. James is preceded in death by his wife, Yvonne Crumb; his parents, Carrell Crumb and Catherine Durden; and sisters, Minnie Johnson and Carroll Stoval. James leaves to celebrate his life, his daughters, Tarla Sherilynne
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a.m. on Thursday, April 20, 2017, at The Church at Bethel’s Family, 14442 Fonmeadow Drive, Houston, Texas 77035. Burial will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg. Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www.davisgreenlawnfh. com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd., (Hwy 59 South @ FM 2218) Crumb and Toni LeAnne Crumb – in Rosenberg, Texas 77471, Phone: both of Sugar Land, TX, son, James 281-341-8800. McFrancis Crumb, Jr./Angela of Herndon, VA, grandchildren, Brandon Thomas of Los Angeles, CA and Semaj Crumb of Atlanta, GA; sister, Gertrude Johnson of Des Moines, IA; along with a host of nieces, nephews and friends. FUNERAL CHAPELS, CEMETERIES & MAUSOLEUM Visitation will be held from 281-341-8800 10:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. with the service beginning at 11:00 www.davisgreenlawnfh.com
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Hosted by The University Branch Library, 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. Free and open to the public. Reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on Events, select the University Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-6335100.
LADIES NIGHT OUT
Join us for a talk on women’s pelvic floor health. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is hosting Ladies’ Night Out from 6-7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. Register for this free event by calling 713-222-CARE (2273) or email SLMarketing@ memorialhermann.org.
BUS TRIP TO LA GRANGE
The 50+ adults of St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church, 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City are sponsoring a bus trip to La Grange. Cost is $35 per person, which includes bus transportation, quilt museum admission, and lunch. Please RSVP by April 3. Bus will leave St. Catherine’s at 8:30 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Melinda firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-778-2046.
FRIDAY, APRIL 21 30TH SPAGHETTI DINNER
The Exchange Club of Sugar Land’s 30th Annual Spaghetti Dinner will take place 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Fluor Corp. Cafeteria, 1 Fluor Daniel Dr, Sugar Land. All proceeds support local non-profits the exchange club works with throughout the year. $25/adult, $5/ child or $100 for a raffle ticket that includes two adult and two children’s spaghetti dinners. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit www.ecsl.org.
SATURDAY, APRIL 22 BIRD-WATCHING FOR BEGINNERS
Hosted by the Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, 2 to 4 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2100 or 281-633-4734.
TUESDAY, APRIL 25 FLO BERKMAN AWARDS LUNCHEON
Chadwick Sapenter, a former foster child turned entrepreneur, will be featured at the 16th annual luncheon to benefit Fort Bend Rainbow Room at Sweetwater Country Club, 11:30 a.m. For more information, visit FBRR.org or call 832-451-4867. Hosted by the Sienna Branch Library 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. The series will continue on April 25, at the same place and time. Different topics are discussed each night. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.
George Memorial Library in Richmond, 1001 Golfview, will celebrate this family event, 1:30-4 p.m., with guest appearances and book signings by popular graphic novelists Falynn Koch, Dave Roman, and Ru Xu. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.
Learn how to grow plants from plants, 6:45 p.m. at Lakes of Brightwater clubhouse, 2410 Brightwater Dr., 77459. Visit www. brightwatergardenclub.com or call 281-499-9942.
The author, Eva Piper, will be the featured speaker at St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church, 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City at 10:30 a.m. She will provide insight into the caregiver role and how God’s love and strength brought her through the darkest time of her life. For more information, contact Melinda melinda@ siennachurch.org or call 281-778-2046.
BRIGHTWATER GARDEN CLUB
FRIDAY, APRIL 28 ZUMBA FOR ADULTS
Hosted by the Sugar Land Branch Library, 2 to 3 p.m., in the meeting room of the library, 550 Eldridge. Please wear comfortable clothes and sneakers, and bring a bottle of water. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-6334734.
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 BOOK DONATIONS ACCEPTED
Donated books will be collected at Settlers Way Elementary, 3015 Settlers Way Blvd., Sugar Land, from 9-11 a.m. The books will be donated to orphanages, literacy programs and low-income schools. Girl Scout Cadette troop 19190 and Junior Troop 19430 are working for their Silver Award. For more information, call Ann Velasco at 832-455-8757 or email email@example.com.
DRUG DISPOSAL DAY
Turn in your unused or expired medications at FBISD Mercer Stadium parking lot, 16403 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, visit www.dea.gov.
George Memorial Library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond will host this presentation 9:30 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public, reservations are required. Register online at www.fortbend. lib.tx.us and find the program, or call 281-341-2608.
CELEBRATE EARTH DAY
Hosted by the First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, 10:30 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.
George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond, invites everyone to an Earth Day Celebration 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Programs throughout the day include: Earth-kind landscaping, recycling, composting and raising chickens. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.
COMMUNITY CHALLENGE SOFTBALL
Houston Methodist Sugar Land presents the Community Challenge Event at Missouri City’s Community Park – 1700 Glenn Lakes Lane, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The event benefits Access Health, a local United Way agency. Community Challenge sponsors help make quality healthcare affordable for families who would otherwise likely go without the care they need. For more information and to register a softball or kickball team to compete, call 281-633-3144, or visit www.myaccesshealth.org.
GLOBAL ISSUES SUMMIT
The Global Studies Academy, a magnet program in Clements High School, is hosting the Global Issues Summit at the school. Registration ends April 1. The Summit spreads awareness of a range of global issues and how to take action on those issues. For more information, visit www.globalissuessummit.org.
CANINE CARNIVAL & FUN RUN
Sienna Plantation will host the Canine Carnival and Doggone Fun Run 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sienna’s Village of Sawmill Lake, 9815 Cameron Way. Pooches and their people can choose a 5K run or 1K fun run/walk, followed by carnival rides and games. Well-heeled dogs can participate in a costume contest and everyone will enjoy inflatables, food trucks, face painting, the Houston Disc Dogs and a chance to take home a furever friend.
4TH ANNUAL DOGGONE FUN RUN
Fort Bend Cares will host this new event at the Village of Sawmill Lake in Sienna Plantation from 8-11am. 5K run (without dogs) and a 5K run and a 1-mile fun run/walk (with or without dogs). $30 5K entry fee for ages 12+ until April 10 and $35 thereafter. $30 for 1 child and 1 adult for 1 mile walk until April 10. To register, visit www.FortBendCares.org.
SUNDAY, APRIL 23 STRIKE OUT AUTISM
Hope For Three, Sugar Land Skeeters, and elected officials will host this “ausome” event at Constellation Field. 11 a.m. begins the day with activities on-going all day. Register now (free) to attend. Pre-registration required, deadline is Sunday, April 16. Limited to the first 100 registered families. Visit: http://www.hopeforthree.org/ strike-out-2017 for more information.
MONDAY, APRIL 24 FBISD PRE-KINDERGARDEN REGISTRATION
Pre-kindergarten registration dates are set for the 2017-18 school year. Online process begins April 24. Visit www.fortbendisd.com and follow the process.
UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL SECURITY
Hosted by the Sugar Land Branch Library, 6:30 to 8 p.m., 550 Eldridge. Free and open to the public. People aged 60 to 65, as well as their family members and caregivers, are encouraged to attend. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.
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HIT THE TRAILS
Cross Creek Ranch will host Hit the Trails Fun Day, noon to 4 p.m. The first 500 families visiting the welcome center at 6450 Cross Creek Bend Lane, will receive a complimentary backpack filled with goodies. Enjoy an afternoon of RC boat races, kite flying, music and bounce houses. Free and open to the public for more information visit www. crosscreektexas.com.
RUN TO ATTACK POVERTY
Presented by UT Physicians. Competitive 10K, 5K, KidK and Toddler Trot. 7:30 a.m. to noon, 1305 Clay St., Richmond. Run, walk or volunteer. Visit and register at attackpoverty.org/5K Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has a team participating in the first-ever Fort Bend Walk for Babies, 9 a.m. at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive in Sugar Land. You are invited to join our team and participate in the 3.2-mile walk to raise funds that support healthy childbirth and babies. Easily sign up at marchforbabies.org/team/ HoustonMethodistSugarLandHospital and click on the pink Join This Team button on the right. Or donate to the team by clicking on the orange Donate button.
Enjoy Houston’s Coolest Crawfish Boil, noon to 4 p.m. at The Club at Riverstone, 18353 University Boulevard. Entertainment and activities for children. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RiverstoneCommunity.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 3 MOTHER’S DAY STYLE SHOW AND TEA PARTY
FBWC PennyWise Resale Store – Stafford, 10 a.m. to noon. Customers will model their favorite resale store fashions. For more information, contact Liz Moreno at firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, MAY 5-6 JOY OF QUILTS
Quilt Guild of Greater Houston presents two special events. Friday May 5, 1:30 p.m. – parade and presentation of charity quilts; Saturday May 6, 11 a.m. – live auction of handmade quilts. Both events take place at Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road. For more information, call 713-2403256 or email JoyofQuilts@qgghouston.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 6 SHELTER PETS EXPO
Fort Bend Pets Alive! is hosting the annual event at Sugar Land Town Square. Featuring healthy, adoptable animals from many local shelters. Free to attend. For more information, visit www. fortbendpetsalive.org.
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TUESDAY, MAY 9 SAFE SEMINAR
Presented by St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church, 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City, at 10 a.m. Free and open to the community. For more information, contact Melinda melinda@ siennachurch.org or call 281-778-2046.
FRIDAY, MAY 12 FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT
A family movie night with a petting zoo at St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church, 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City, from 5:307 p.m. Grills will be available for picnicers. The movie Zootopia will be presented at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Melinda email@example.com or call 281-778-2046.
SATURDAY, MAY 20 IMPACT A HERO 5K
The 13th Annual 5K Run/Walk/Wheel starts at 7:30 a.m. at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. Help support wounded heroes from the War on Terror and their families by entering to run individually (or with a team), walk, donate or raise funds. For more information, visit www.impactahero5k.com.
WEDNESDAY, MAY 24 NON-PROFIT & HOME-SCHOOL PROVIDERS
Fort Bend ISD will host a meeting for nonprofit and home-school providers serving Fort Bend ISD. This is an opportunity to discuss participation in federally-funded educational services provided by FBISD. FBISD Administration Building Board Room (16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land) 9-10 a.m. For more information, call 281-634-1354.
SUNDAY, JUNE 4 SUMMER SPLASH DAY
Join St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church, 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City, for Summer Splash Day from noon to 2 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Melinda firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-778-2046.
SATURDAY, JUNE 10 FURNITURE REHAB 101
FBWC PennyWise Resale Store – Richmond, 10 a.m. to noon. Learn how to turn used furniture into something fresh and new. For more information, contact Liz Moreno at email@example.com.
ONGOING STORY SPINNERS WRITING CLUB
Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30 to 8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.
ADOPT A SHELTER CAT
Fort Bend Pets Alive is partnering with Half Price Books in Sugar Land to find homes for shelter cats and to promote literacy among young readers. School aged children are invited to come read to a cat, receive a “I read to a cat” bookmark and to be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off that day. Held 1:30- 4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land.
SPRING CLEAN UP
Every Saturday to help revitalize the community in North Rosenberg. If you or your group would like to join, please email: Barry@attackpoverty. org or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NAMI FORT BEND LAST SUNDAY OF EVERY MONTH
Chinese Family Support Group to support all Chinese speaking families with a family member living with mental illness. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call NAMI 281-494-5193 or Chinese line 832-273-3117.
BOOK OF MORMON STUDY GROUP
Free study sessions focusing on the sermons and teachings of the Book of Mormon prophets - King Benjamin, Nephi, Alma, and Jacob about the Savior Jesus Christ begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday nights at 14555 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Call (713) 371-8979 for more information. See www.mormon.org.
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A PARTY FOR THE PLANET
Hosted by Harvest Green in Richmond, noon to 4 p.m. A farmers market, kayaking, a petting zoo and more are planned for the free Earth Day Extravaganza. For more information, visit www. harvestgreentexas.com.
YOGA FOR ROMAN
Bells Yoga is sponsoring a benefit for Roman, the littlest warrior. At 2 years old Roman is living with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome. Join in from 9-11 a.m. at Wessendorff Park, 500 Preston St., Richmond. Visit bellayogwellness.com to register and for more information.
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Farmer Keenan Hooper of Loam Agronomics gives a farm tour during the farm’s grand opening event March 26 near Richmond. The 288-acre sustainable farm grows organic vegetables (certification is pending) and is operated by The Edible Group, the parent company that owns Edible Earth Resources, Agmenity and Farmstead. For more information, visit loamagronomics.com.
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ARE YOU AT RISK FOR A STROKE OR HEART ATTACK? Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S. and the leading cause of disability. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death — not only in the U.S., but in the world — and has many of the same risk factors as stroke.
Join us for an informational seminar on how to prevent and identify a stroke or heart attack. Tuesday, May 2 | 6 p.m. Two of our leading specialists will discuss: • How your brain and heart health are connected • Risk factors • Symptoms • Prevention
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OakBend Medical Center announces Restaurant Week fundraiser OakBend Medical Center announced its first Restaurant Week taking place from May 19-29. The fundraising idea was the brainchild of Daniel Ornelas of Ol’ Railroad Café, Andres Novoa of La Cocina and Jimmy Cantu of Pier 36 and the three restaurants were the first to sign on for the event. For the 11 days of Restaurant Week, participating restaurants will offer a special 3-course Restaurant Week menu. The restaurants will make a donation to OakBend Medical Center for every meal ordered off the menus during regular business hours
and the proceeds will support the hospital’s Vision 2020 campaign. Vision 2020 is a comprehensive renovation campaign that will bring the most advanced concepts for a healing environment to OakBend Medical Center. Launched in May 2015, the campaign has already resulted in significant improvements at OakBend’s historical home in Downtown Richmond. Progress from the campaign was seen immediately beginning with updates to the building’s exterior and landscaping in the fall of 2015.
Additional projects that have been completed as part of the campaign include renovations to the Jackson Street Emergency Care Center and the Skilled Nursing Facility. Major renovations are currently planned for the hospital’s two largest medical-surgical units on the fourth and fifth floors. Future Vision 2020 projects include the expansion of the ACE Unit, additional upgrades in the Skilled Nursing Facility, and renovations to the hospital’s common areas including main hallways, restrooms and cafeteria. When complete, Vision 2020 will create an en-
vironment of care that inspires patients and their families and fosters faster healing. As of March 28, participating restaurants include Another Time Soda Fountain, Japaneiro’s, La Cocina, Ninja Japanese Cuisine, Ol’ Railroad Café, Pier 36, Sandy McGee’s, The Ginger Mule, The Swinging Door and Veritas Steak and Seafood. There is still room for a few more restaurants to join in the event and if any restaurants are interested they should contact the hospital’s Development Department. “We are excited to kick off
a new fundraising event for Fort Bend County,” said Joe Freudenberger, CEO of OakBend Medical Center. “It is impressive to see local restaurants getting onboard and we are looking forward to even more joining before the event. This is a great opportunity for everyone to support both the hospital and local restaurants.” To find out more about Restaurant Week, visit www. oakbendmedcenter.org/restaurant-week or contact the OakBend Development office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 281-341-3094.
Pictured from the left are (front row) Jimmy Cantu, Pier 26; Andres Novoa, La Cocina, (back row) Steve Onstead, Swinging Door; and Zhou Zhong, Ninja Japanese Cuisine.
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PAGE 2B H Wednesday, April 19, 2017 page 6B of today’s paper. Sponsorships and vendor space is still available by Among the vendors that calling 281-690-4200. will be there are Urban Air Adventure Park, Escape Room Games in Missouri City and Sugar Land, Red Bow Gift Shop, Evolution Rx Pharmacy, My Dental in Sugar Land, Sweetwater Country Club, Young Leaders Campus, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, Lisa Sims State Farm, Allegnia Enchanted Adventures, Beam Roofing, Icon Bank, Joe McGee Allstate Insurance, Kennedy Roofing and Exteriors, Medwin Family Medicine and Rehab, Mon Ami Dolls, Montessori Kids Universe, New Vistion Family Eye Care, Sugar Creek Animal Clinic and Silver sponsors Texas Caregiver Support Services and Lemke Orthodontics. Limited sponsorship and vendor space is still available and can be obtained by calling 281-6904200. Family Fun Day is a free event, but registration is requested by visiting www. fortbendstar.com, calling 281-690-4200 or filling out and mailing in the form on
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Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation announces new seat cushions Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF) recently announced it has placed beautiful and comfortable new cushions in the Sugar Land Auditorium. The Take a Seat campaign to add the cushions to the original 394-seat auditorium began in 2016 and with the support of the community, patrons can now enjoy the performing arts in comfort. The primary tenant for SLCAF’s treasured Sugar Land Auditorium, Inspiration Stage, is a National award-winning performing arts studio and theater dedicated to empowering and encouraging students from ages 4 to adult in the art of musical theater. As artistic director of Inspiration Stage, Mandy Seymore-Sensat choreographs, directs
and manages the programs at the Sugar Land Auditorium. Broadway hits for both youth and adults have included Bring It On the Musical, Disney’s The Little Mermaid and James and the Giant Peach Jr. . Upcoming shows include Sweeny Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 13 the Musical and Legally Blonde Jr. SLCAF Board President, Tim Stubenrouch said, “We are very proud of the historic auditorium and consider it a wonderful ‘avenue’ for spreading our mission of promoting the arts. We have maintained the historic detail of the building while adding comfort to a venue that hosts quality entertainment to our supporters. We hope to see you and your families comfortably enjoying a terrific show at the auditorium, soon.”
Missouri City man gets 40 years for sex assaults On April 7, 240th District Court Judge Chad Bridges sentenced Fadhil Al Musawi to 20 years in prison on each of two sexual assault charges. After sentencing the 45-year-old Missouri City man to the maximum prison time allowed in each case, the court stacked the sentences and ordered that they be served consecutively – resulting in a 40-year prison term for the defendant. Al Musawi pled guilty to each offense in October 2016 and requested the court to determine his sentence. As a result, a sentencing hearing began April 4. Judge Bridges rendered the sentences following the emotional testimony of several individuals who suffered physical, sexual and emotional abuse at the hands of Al Musawi, includ-
ing two former wives. Evidence presented by prosecutors Jenna Rudoff and Suzy Morton, both assigned to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Child Abuse Division, revealed that Al Musawi had engaged in the repeated sexual assault of one individual over a period of time, and had also engaged in brutal sexual, physical and emotional abuse of that individual and others over the last 15 years. The investigation was conducted by Detective Justin Harris of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. The defendant, who came to the United States from Iraq in 1995, testified during the punishment hearing. He begged the judge to give him a chance and to have faith in him. He told Judge Bridges that he “did not want to be a monster anymore.” But all the witnesses called by the
Fadhil Al Musawi defense who were familiar with Iraqi culture, testified that the sexual assault and physical assault of women and children are among the most egregious offenses in the Iraqi culture, and are worthy of the harshest punishments.
Rudoff commended the witnesses who revealed the abuse they had suffered. “All of the individuals who testified described horrible treatment at the hands of this defendant. It took great courage to come forward and face this serial abuser,” Rudoff said. Rudoff especially praised the survivor of the sexual assault cases, “Because she was able to stand up for herself by telling what happened to her, she stood up for all survivors of sexual abuse and physical abuse – child survivors and adult survivors as well.” Sexual assault is a seconddegree felony punishable by two to 20 years in prison and a fine up to $10,000. Under Texas law, the defendant will not be eligible for parole consideration for 20 years. Al Musawi was probation eligible. Attorney Michael Nassif represented the defendant.
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SPORTS DISTRICT 23 5A TRACK MEET
(Photos by Bill McCaughey)
(Left photo) Daijuan Johnson of Willowridge clears final hurdle and wins 110-meter junior varsity hurdles at the District 23 5A track meet April 13 at Hall Stadium. (Right photo) Galveston Ball’s Leyha Williams beats Marshall’s Nia Henderson to the finish line in the 110-meter hurdles at the District 23 5A track meet at Hall Stadium. (Middle photo) The Marshall girls win the 4x200 relay at the District 23 5A track meet at Hall Stadium.
Skeeters re-sign Marshall, add Patterson The Sugar Land Skeeters signed two more players to its 2017 defending championship roster. The most recent additions include the return of righthand pitcher and former big leaguer Brett Marshall and Atlantic League catcher Chase Patterson. Marshall, 27, returns for his third stint with the Skeeters after making 17 appearances for the team last season, including starting game three of the Atlantic League Freedom Division Championship Series. Marshall went five innings and the Skeeters went on to win the game and sweep the Revolution 3-0, making it to the Atlantic League Championship Series and capturing their first ever title. In 2016, he was 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) and totaled 67 strikeouts in 81 innings pitched. Marshall has recorded a 12-10 record in independent league action with a 3.79 ERA in 27 games pitched. In nine minor league seasons, he has appeared in 153 games, 135 starts and has a 4.49 ERA in 746 innings
pitched. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Sterling High School in Baytown. He made his major league debut with the Yankees on May 15, 2013 verses the Seattle Mariners and made three appearances in his only season in the big leagues (00, 4.50 ERA in 12 innings pitched). Patterson, 23, is entering his sixth season in professional baseball and his first with the Skeeters. Patterson is no stranger to the Atlantic League, playing for the Camden Riversharks in 2014 and all of last season with the Lancaster Barnstormers where had two homers and five RBI in 40 games. Patterson was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 out of Mary Montgomery High School in Semmes, Ala. His father, Ricky Patterson, managed in the minors for the White Sox, Cubs, and Yankees between 1988-1996. The 2016 Atlantic League champions open their 2017 season on Thursday, April 20, at Constellation Field when they host the Bridgeport Bluefish in a 7:05 p.m. game.
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Skeeters first baseman Travis Scott watches a fly ball head to the outfield as he drops his bat to run to first during Sugar Land’s spring training game Saturday against Alvin Community College at Constellation Field. Although Scott was out on the play, the Skeeters won 1-0.
Skeeters second baseman Josh Prince throws to first after getting a runner out in the second inning of Sugar Land’s spring training game against Alvin Community College Saturday at Constellation Field. The Skeeters won the 10-inning game 1-0. Opening day for the Skeeters is Thursday, April 20.
National Urban Professional Baseball League to launch new teams, hold tryouts The National Urban Professional Baseball League (NUPBL) will launch four new Urban Baseball League teams in the spring of 2018. The league is currently looking for new talent. Baseball players 17 years of age and older are invited to Houston area tryouts on June 14-15, at George Bush
H ROBOTS, FROM PG 1A Stafford High School, in just its second year of competition, will be competing in the robotics competition. They qualified by winning the Alamo Regional two weeks ago. “We are really excited about qualifying for the championship,” Stafford coach Frank Hoang said. “This is only our second year and we beat some really good teams to get here.” Other area teams include CRyptonite from Cinco Ranch High School, Iron Plaid from Duchesne Academy, Cy-Borgs from Cypress Ranch High School, VorTX from Klein High School, Spectrum from St. Agnes Academy and Strake Jesuit, Jersey Voltage from Jersey Village High School, and Pearadox from Pearland ISD. Two area teams who previously won world championships will also be competing. The Robonauts from Clear Creek ISD won the world championship in 2015, and Texas Torque from Conroe ISD won it all in 2013. Lucien Junkin, the lead mentor for the Robonauts, wanted to be a football coach after he graduated with an engineering degree. “My high school coach told me to give engineering five years and if it didn’t work out,
High School (6707 FM 1464, Richmond). All baseball players interested in trying out for a team should call 972548-8894 or visit the NUPBL website (www.urbanbaseball247.com) for registration information. The league is offering an eight-week fall league in Arizona, September through October 2017.
All participants who make the teams will be paid. The creation of this professional Baseball League is designed to provide family entertainment and honor the history and memories of past African America baseball players (the same as the Negro League Museum in Kansas City, Mo.). The
names of the teams in this league will reflect that of past Negro League players (i.e. Rube Foster All-Stars, Cool Papa Bell All Stars, William “Skinny Legs” Blair and the Buck O’Neil All Stars). “We are seeking to identify potential sponsors for the NUPBL that supports diversity, engages employees, and
then go into coaching,” Junkin said. Engineering apparently worked out as Junkin is now the Johnson Space Center’s Chief Engineer for Human Rovers – Moon and Mars, and he is probably the hardest working man in the FIRST world. He may not be on a football field, but Junkin is a coach as he constantly encourages his students to give their best. “It’s all about our players,” Junkin said. “I want to give them every opportunity to succeed.” “We limit our Robonauts team to 60 students from the six high schools in our district,” Clear Creek ISD Robotics Chief Luis Medina said. “Overall we have over 1,000 students from elementary school to high school involved in robotics programs. Almost 100 percent of our Robonaut team members go on to college, with most majoring in mechanical or aerospace engineering. Many of them come back to work at NASA after they graduate.” “Our kids have really worked hard this year. Our driver got really good at avoiding defense,” Texas Torque Lead Mentor Scott Rippetoe said. “I have been doing this for 10 years and this is the best group of kids I have had.” Rippetoe, a retired physics
teacher with an aerospace engineering degree, oversees 66 robotics teams in the Conroe ISD. Like other student activities, robotics can consume the whole family. Ross and Kris Pettinger continue to spend their weekends during build season at the Robonauts practice facility, even though their kids have graduated. Ross is a lead mentor for software, and Kris has developed a scouting application for the Robonauts. In their real jobs, Ross develops software for the Johnson Space Center, and Kris develops training simulations for the space vehicle Boeing is developing. Their son Adam, now a senior at the University of Texas – Austin majoring in mechanical engineering, was a driver for the Robonauts for two years, and when he graduated, their daughter Danielle, now a sophomore at UT majoring in mechanical engineering, took over as driver. Danielle also has founded a technology startup company. “Danielle owns bragging rights in the family as she was the driver of the world championship team in 2015,” Ross Pettinger said. “I attribute their interest in engineering and tech start-ups to their experience in the FIRST program.”
Danielle may not hold the bragging rights for long as Ross was awarded the Woodie Flowers Award at the Lone Star Regional last month. The Woodie Flowers Award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design, and it recognizes mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills. Sponsors of FIRST teams include the Johnson Space Center, Bechtel Corporation, Baker Hughes, Boeing, Microsoft, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Apple Computer and many other high technology companies. “NASA has a huge need for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) people. So, we sponsor FIRST teams and events and then at the other end of the pipeline, we get graduates we can hire,” Chris Culbert, chief technology officer for the Johnson Space Center, said. “One of the things that is not obvious is that our engineers mentor teams. As they mentor the students, our engineers get better. They get hands-on experience building a new robot every year. In the real world, the robot projects are much bigger but you may work on the same robot for five years. So, the
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ucts become part of the game with full-color banners being prominently placed throughout the ballpark. All interested sponsors should contact the NUPBL at 773517-2175. To learn more about the National Urban Professional Baseball League, visit www. nupbl.com.
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Robonauts can launch up to 15 balls per second. FIRST program benefits NASA engineers long after they left their high school team.” Currently no Fort Bend ISD schools participate in the FIRST program. A spokesperson for Fort Bend ISD said their schools offer many programs in the STEM area. Russell C. Jones, former Sugar Land city council member, would like to see Sugar Land and Fort Bend County promote STEM programs like FIRST. “I would like to see Sugar Land get involved in the FIRST Robotics program. The program has created much interest in science and engineering for high school students, many of whom will go off to college and
earn degrees in these areas, and some of these graduates may want to return to Sugar Land,” Jones said. “We have many engineering and technology companies based here, but to retain them and recruit more, we need an ongoing supply of human resources with engineering and technology degrees. We just need to provide programs like FIRST Robotics with local resources.” The FIRST Championships start Thursday morning and run through Saturday evening. The opening ceremony will be Thursday evening at Discovery Green, and the closing ceremony will be Saturday evening at Minute Maid Park.
PAGE 4B H Wednesday, April 19, 2017 H BOND, FROM PG 1A “Texas’ population is booming and we need to build new, state-of-the-art schools to continue to provide the highest quality education for our children,” said Keith Richard, managing director and head of the Texas region for SCSCO. “As municipalities plan ahead, it must done in a way that helps protect and preserve our environment for future generations who will benefit from these new schools. With Earth Day coming up, what better time to reflect and act on our com-
mitment to leave a greener, healthier world for our children.” “As construction of our three schools continues, Fort Bend ISD is excited to issue green bonds and seek new financing opportunities by expanding our investor base as part of our strong commitment to fiscal responsibility,” said FBISD Chief Financial Officer Steve Bassett. FirstSouthwest, a division of Hilltop Securities Inc. will serve as the financial advisor and Bracewell LLP will serve as the bond counsel to the district. Greenberg Traurig,
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NOTICE TO PERSONS HAVING CLAIMS AGAINST ESTATE OF RONALD S. BLOCK, DECEASED
APPLICATION HAS BEEN MADE WITH THE TEXAS ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE COMMISSION FOR A WINE AND BEER RETAILER’S PERMIT, AS WELL AS A FOOD AND BEVERAGE CERTIFICATE BY RC’S TEX-MEX KITCHEN, LLC FOR RC’S TEX-MEX KITCHEN, TO BE LOCATED AT 939 ELDRIDGE RD., SUGAR LAND, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS. OFFICER OF SAID LLC IS RONALD CURNAN.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING PROPOSED REZONING OF APPROXIMATELY 15.2 ACRES FROM PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (PD) DISTRICT GENERAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN TO PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (PD) DISTRICT FINAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN – IMPERIAL BALLPARK TRACT B – 15.2 ACRE SF DISTRICT Planning and Zoning Commission Public Hearing: 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 9, 2017, City of Sugar Land Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, to hear all persons interested in the proposed rezoning of approximately 15.2 acres from Planned Development (PD) District General Development Plan to Planned Development (PD) District Final Development Plan for a single family project located along Imperial Boulevard; further identified as being a tract containing 15.185 acres of land, within the Alexander Hodge League, Abstract 32, a portion of the remainder of a call 60.770 acre tract of land recorded in the name of Cherokee Sugar Land, L.P. in Fort bend County Clerk’s File (F.B.C.C.F.) Number 2007084091 and the State of Texas Permanent School Fund in F.B.C.C.F. Numbers 2007088839 and 2011006652. Details of the proposed rezoning may be obtained by contacting the City of Sugar Land Development Planning Office by email email@example.com or phone (281) 275-2218. The agenda item for this meeting will be placed on the City website at www. sugarlandtx.gov under “Meeting Agendas, Minutes, and Videos” Planning & Zoning Commission no later than Friday, May 5, 2017.
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Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of Ronald S. Block, Deceased, were issued on April 10, 2017, in Cause No. 17-CPR-030168, pending in the County Court at Law No. 2 of Fort Bend County, Texas, to Marolyn J. Block, a/k/a Marolyn Jean Saxe Block as Independent Executrix. The mailing address and county of domicile of the Independent Executrix are as follows: Marolyn J. Block, a/k/a Marolyn Jean Saxe Block 2311 Country Club Boulevard Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Texas, 77478 All persons having claims against this Estate are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. Dated the 13th day of April, 2017. JOEL MUSCAT, P.C. By: Joel H. Muscat 4801 Woodway Drive, Suite 300 East Houston, Texas 77056 (713)-513-6178 firstname.lastname@example.org ATTORNEYS FOR THE ESTATE
INVITATION FOR BID The City of Stafford is seeking to hire a quality contactor to supply labor, material and equipment for concrete pavement repair work within the city limits of Stafford, Texas for the next year and possibly two years. Sealed bids in duplicate, marked “Concrete Pavement Repair” addressed to the City of Stafford will be received by the City Secretary, Ms. Tomika R. Lewis, at the Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477, until 3:00 p.m., local time, Thursday, May 11, 2017. Bids received after closing time will be returned unopened. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. Notice of the award of the contract shall be given by the City within sixty (60) days following the opening of bids. All bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the bid from a Surety Company, authorized to issue Bid Bonds in the State of Texas, as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into a contract and execute Performance and Payment Bonds within fourteen (14) days after award by City Council. Bids without Bid Bond will not be considered. The successful bidder must furnish Performance and Payment bonds upon an approved standard form in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the contract amount from an approved Surety Company authorized to issue Payment and Performance Bonds in the State Of Texas. Plans, specifications and bidding documents may be picked up from the Public Works Department, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477. Information concerning this bid may be directed to Milton Rahman, P.E. at (281)261-3920. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids and waive any or all informalities. No bid may be withdrawn until the expiration of sixty (60) days from the date bids are opened.
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The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: CIP PROJECT NUMBER: LOCATION OF WORK:
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NOTICE TO BIDDERS MAYFIELD PARK PHASE I The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: CIP PROJECT NUMBER: LOCATION OF WORK:
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Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from www.CivCastUSA.com or documents may be purchased with a payment of $50.00 per set at the office of the Project Architect: M2L Associates Inc., 8955 Katy Freeway, Suite 300 Houston, Texas 77024; Contact Karen Rogers, (713) 722-8897 Sealed bids one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 18, 2017, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, May 8, 2017, City Hall Lakeview Room, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. For questions contact Karen Rogers, at M2L Associates Karen., kwrogers@M2LAssociates.net or by phone (713) 722-8897 no later than 5:00 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2017. All questions must also be submitted by Q&A on www.CivCastUSA.com. The City will award contract and give notice within ninety (90) calendar days after the opening date and time.
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The City of Richmond’s Freeman Town Park should soon see heavy construction beginning as the construction contract was awarded to South Pool and Spa at a recent Commission meeting. This new park, located near Burnet Street and South 7th Street (just east of the T.W. Davis YMCA property) in what is known as Freeman Town, will primarily serve that community. The City will do the work itself to keep costs down. Richmond staff will work on some of the underground construction, including storm drain improvements, parking subgrade preparation and asphalt. Some of the larger construction, like site preparation, laying of asphalt basketball court and the creation of a 24-footand Spa. The Commission approved the recommendation for $174,284. The new park is part of the City’s Park Master
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FREE EVENT Join us for a day of Fun at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. Family Fun Day offers attendees the opportunity to visit with 50 plus vendors from all types of businesses • Summer camps • Schools • Hospitals • Churches • Vacation Bible Schools • Music Schools • Retailers • Doctors • Dentists • and others. In addition, the kids will enjoy activities all day, including: - Walking on the Skeeters’ outfield - Having their photo taken with Swatson – the Skeeters’ mascot - Visiting with and collecting autographs from Skeeters’ players - Playing on the Skeeters playground and in several bounce houses - Eating ball park food purchased from the Skeeters food kiosks All persons attending will receive a coupon for a discount ticket to a Skeeters’ Baseball Game Sponsorships and Vendor Booth Space available. Call 281-690-4200 for more information
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Travis High School senior takes final bow with Houston Repertoire Ballet By Donna Hill For the Fort Bend Star The Houston Repertoire Ballet (HRB), Houston’s premier pre-professional ballet company, presents the spring performance Celebration of Dance, which features Act II of the ballet classic “Swan Lake,” along with the premiere of “Racketty-Packetty House,” Saturday, April 29, at 2 p.m. and Sunday, April 30, at 2 p.m. at Tomball High School Theatre. The story, based on the classic novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, is a tale of two dollhouses, one of which is owned by the Racketty family. Local ballerina, Kyla Patton, who plays Patsy in the upcoming performance of “Racketty-Packetty House” on Saturday night, is one of the dancers who train with HRB. HRB dancers are committed to sharing the arts with the community. Those events include costumed appearances at nursing homes and group events. The company is under the leadership of nationally acclaimed teachers and choreographers. Their mission is to provide the finest classical ballet instruction, education and performance experience to local gifted students and get them ready for a professional career in the competitive world of dance. They serve the suburban Houston region with productions, providing dance training to some of the area’s young ballet stars. Many of HRB’s dancers advance to professional ballet companies around the country, such as the New York City Ballet, and the Houston Ballet among others. No stranger to the world of ballet, Patton, a William B. Travis High School senior and National Honor Society member, started her ballet training on the East Coast. Patton has wanted to become a professional dancer since she was 12. Prior to moving to Houston with her family,
she danced at the prestigious Northeast Atlanta Ballet. One of her teachers in Atlanta, choreographer Kristy Nilsson, is currently at HRB. Nilsson was one of Patton’s first instructors, so to Patton there was no other placed she wanted to dance in Houston except with Nilsson. Despite a 55-mile roundtrip commute each day from Richmond to Cypress, where she practices at the Ballet Center of Houston, she remains committed to the demands of ballet dancing. What many may not now about this aspiring ballerina is that she was a competitive clogger for five years. Her first dance recital was in competitive clogging. She was 8 at the time, winning championships in traditional and contemporary team categories. By age 10 she won the ladies 9-12 National Traditional Clogging title from the Clogging Champions of America. So what are the basic differences between clogging and ballet, besides the shoes? “Oh, very different. Clogging is like tap, but ballet forces you to use all the muscles in your body,” Patton said. “It forces you to work muscles you didn’t even know you had. There’s a lot more sacrifice involved physically. You can’t take a week off, because it takes an entire week to build up where you left off. It’s definitely a lot about making sure you just keep at it everyday.” So how did she make the switch from clogging to ballet? “My first ballet performance though was the Nutcracker, where I danced as a Dream Fairy in elementary school. That’s when I knew I wanted to do dancing full time,” she said. “That, and my mom said I needed a ballet foundation if I was to continue in dance. So I went to a ballet class and loved it. I started taking two classes a week, then three, and by the end of the year I was at the studio all week. I enjoyed the classes so much.” A typical practice week
Kyla Patton, a senior at William B. Travis High School and a member of the Houston Repertoire Ballet, is shown in costume as Patsy from the ballet “RackettyPacketty House.” for Patton involves pointe technique, where a dancer supports his or her body weight on the tips of fully extended feet while wearing pointe shoes. She’s been working in pointe shoes for five years. Her classes consist of an hour and a half of technique, followed by an hour and a half of rehearsals every Monday through Thursday night, in addition to three hours on Wednesday. Not only does she study ballet during the school year, she’s participated in dance company summer programs at the Boston Ballet and Washington Ballet, among others. She will be attending the University of Texas College of Fine Arts in the fall. Her second major (besides dance) will be psychology. Patton has been contemplating a double major for a while, working toward a possible career as a counselor, as a backup plan to a career as a dancer. “I would like to be involved with counseling dancers,” she said. “Performers need to dance a certain way, need to lose a certain amount of weight even. It can all get in their heads, and I know what that’s like. I wouldn’t mind being a
counselor - someone they could talk to, work through all the issues, which come with dancing professionally. Being a dancer and being in a company puts a lot of pressure and stress on you everyday. Being held to a specific standard and being told you need to do one thing and not another, especially when your body doesn’t let you do that one thing. Sometimes you break down, but you need to pick yourself back up again. I would like to be that person in a psychological sense, who can help future dancers.” She is also aware that advertising and public relations are also a big part of ballet companies. “I’d like working in the adverting area of a ballet company or even public relations,” she said. Whether the performance is big or small, Patton has learned to keep stage fright at bay. “I do think that everybody gets stage fright. There’s always that one moment before you go on stage and it hits you – you’re on stage!” she said. “I had more stage fright when I was younger, but over the years you get into the mindset of, this is what you do and you do it everyday. It’s no different than being in a rehearsal. When you go out on stage the lights are so bright, you don’t even see the audience. It’s like I know there’s a job to do, so that eases the stage fright.” “Being on stage and actually ‘feeling’ the audience around you makes you do more than what you normally would do in rehearsal. And that sorta takes over any stage fright I might have.” Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children and seniors. For ticket information, call 381-940-HRB1 (4721). For more about HRB, visit www.hrbdance. org.
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Sugar land teen wins $100,000 science prize Byron Xu, 17, of Sugar Land recently won fourth place and $100,000 in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017, the nation’s oldest and most prestigious science and math competition for high school seniors, founded and produced by Society for Science and the Public. Byron examined marine seismic data, the reflections of sound waves, with the goal of calculating ocean water temperatures in more detail than current techniques allow. An accomplished violinist, Byron performs with the All-Region orchestras. “Congratulations to Byron on being named a top winner in the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017,” said Maya Ajmera, President and CEO of Society for Science and the Public and Publisher of Science News. “As climate science continues to grow in importance, research like Byron’s will be vital to advancing our understanding of this global challenge.” Of more than 1,700 high
Byron Xu, 17, of Sugar Land received a $100,000 award for his examination of marine seismic data – the reflections of sound waves – with the goal of calculating ocean water temperatures in more detail than current techniques allow. school seniors who entered the Regeneron Science Talent Search 2017, roughly 300 were named scholars in January. Of those scholars, 40 students were named finalists and invited to Washington, D.C., to compete for the top 10 awards, meet with national leaders and share their projects with the public
at the National Geographic Society. These students join the ranks of other Science Talent Search alumni who have gone on to receive more than 100 of the world’s most esteemed science and math honors, including the Nobel Prize and the National Medal of Science.
TSTC homecoming: Instructor finds his way back a second time After five years away from Texas State Technical College, Artemio Olivares is back as the precision machining technology instructor at the college’s newest campus in Fort Bend County. As an alumnus and instructor, Olivares knows the many facets of the college. He was first introduced to TSTC when it was Texas State Technical Institute in the ’80s as a student in machine shop operations. He graduated with a certificate in 1985. “TSTC set me up for success,” said Olivares. “I had a family to support and with the training I received I was able to provide.” Immediately after leaving TSTC he landed a job with National Oilwell in the oil and gas industry as a machinist earning several promotions through the years and an opportunity to continue his education with the company reimbursing his tuition. While working full time, he attended Southwest Texas State University part-time, eventually earning a bachelor’s degree in industrial technology manufacturing in 1995. “It took me nearly 10 years to finish my degree,” he said. “It was hard work, but it was worth it.” Olivares was no stranger to hard work, he served in the Army from 1977-1980 as a Specialist Fourth Class based in Germany. “I’ve done a little bit of everything and that’s why teaching always seemed
Artemio Olivares is back as the precision machining technology instructor at Texas State Technical College’s newest campus in Fort Bend County. right,” Olivares said. “I want to share every single one of my experiences with students who are looking for a path or working toward a goal.” In 1996 and for 14 years thereafter Olivares was the precision machining technology instructor at TSTC’s Harlingen campus. “The students I taught were so ambitious to be successful,” he said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better job or students, but there came a time when I was ready for a change.” Olivares ended up returning to National Oilwell Varco (NOV) for five years before the slowdown in the oil and gas industry led to his layoff. “It’s like they say timing is everything,” said Olivares.
“The job at TSTC couldn’t have come at a better time.” When the opportunity at TSTC presented itself, Olivares was on campus for a job training with NOV. Olivares said one thing led to another and he is glad to be back. “I left TSTC to catch up on industry and the advancements in technology in my field,” he said. “I’m glad to be back though and I’m excited for the opportunity of teaching students the foundations they need to be successful.” When Olivares is not in the classroom motivating students to reach their goals he is spending time with family, fishing or off-roading. “I’m at a great place in my life right now,” he said. “And I’m glad I’m back.”
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Inspired by the most common computer error, the 404 Computer Club was formed making it the first official student club at Texas State Technical College in Fort Bend County. The 404 Computer Club was founded by four cyber security technology students, placing it under the program’s umbrella. “We wanted a creative name but something (computer code) everyone is familiar with,” said Isaias Martinez, club president. “And the 404 error is the most common and recognized.” The 404 Error Page is the page displayed when someone is browsing a website and a page cannot be found. Martinez and the club’s executive board; Vice President Brett McFee, Treasurer Westin Chauvin and Historian Michael Leung said they have big plans for the club. With some community service under their belts, the club leaders hope to continue doing projects that will enhance Rosenberg and the surrounding communities in addition to combining technology with their activities and projects. “One of our primary goals as
Cyber Security Technology 404 Computer Club officers are, from the left, Historian Michael Leung, Vice President Brett McFee and President Isaias Martinez. Not pictured is Treasurer Westin Chauvin. a club is to reinforce the skills we learn in the classroom,” said McFee. “Currently we’re looking into our options and into what we can and cannot do.” A few of the ideas the club’s officers hope to begin soon are; a computer repair program, a replica arcade game cabinet for the college in which they will perform all computer programming, and guest speakers series featuring industry leaders. “We’re going to work hard
to achieve these things,” said McFee. “And once our membership really grows, we’ll be able to reach our goals.” McFee said this is only the club’s first active semester so they are encouraging students in cyber security technology to join and get involved. “This year we’re going to establish ourselves as an organization among our peers,” said Martinez. “Our goal is to grow membership and make it a great experience.”
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