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Opinion

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Sports

2016 Atlantic League Player of the Year Jeremy Barfield resigns with Skeeters,

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Events

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Crusader blames brakes, not distracted drivers, for crashes Man says no one in authority will listen to him By Joe Southern jsouthern @ fortbendstar.com

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Lillian Cox at her 110th birthday party with her granddaughter Alyson Smith and great-great-granddaughter Quinn.

Woman celebrates 110th birthday By Theresa D. McClellan For The Fort Bend Star She loves fried catfish, drinks three cups of whole milk daily, eats her dessert first and uses her walker to visit with friends at the senior living center in Meadows Place. Perhaps these are the secrets of longevity for 110-year-old Lillian Cox, who celebrated her milestone birthday with family and friends last month in her residence at the Hamptons at Meadow Place. She received more than

Charles Brixey claims Sugar Land has it all wrong with its red light cameras and now the pending cell phone ban for drivers, but no one will listen to him. Brixey is convinced that all the studies the city cites as causes for accidents to justify the red light cameras and the cell phone ban are in error. He said the

majority of crashes blamed on inattentive or impatient drivers are actually the result of intermittent anti-lock braking system (ABS) failures. “Red light cameras are not going to stop the accidents,” he said. “It’s a farce.” Brixey provided the Fort Bend Star with copies of numerous emails he has exchanged with various elected officials, broadcast news agencies and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) outlining his concerns that law enforcement and traffic safety officials have been overlooking or ignoring the problem of intermittent ABS failures. Despite the lack of response from officials, the Quail Valley man maintains his lone ranger pursuit of blaming brakes and not drivers in many

crashes. He has even created a website (www.fixautosa.com) to document his assertions. On the site he describes how his crusade began with a personal experience 10 years ago. “I experienced ABS Brake failures on two different cars in a period of 10 months,” he wrote on the site. “With the

obvious seriousness of this failure, I reported the failure to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). I experienced a significant firewall around NHTSA, trying to get their attention on this potentially fatal problem. “With my insight into the failure of ABS systems, many reported accidents scream to me that the accident was caused by an ABS Brake failure. All these accidents were reported to be caused by other reasons. Most of the worst accidents were reported to be caused by alcohol, training the public to accept any accident to be caused by alcohol whether any proof was available or not.”

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MARSHALL FINISHES SECOND IN 5A STATE

350 birthday cards and an on-air birthday wish from television journalist Bill O’Reilly. “Oh I do enjoy the cards,” said the silver-haired supercentenarian who turned 110 on Feb. 22. “I don’t know how Bill O’Reilly found out. He said he doesn’t normally give out birthdays wishes but 110 is 110,” said her grand-daughter Alyson Smith. A friend told them about the O’Reilly shout-out and Smith captured a recording

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The Marshall Buffalos pose with their trophy after defeating Manvel 82-57 and advancing to the 5A Final Four last weekend in San Antonio. The Buffalos placed second in state after losing the 5A championship game 74-66 to Mansfield Timberview. See related story on page 11.

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The Stafford Spartans Robot Team consists of (from the left) Christopher Aguilar, James Phan, Agustin Macedo, program director Frank Hoang, Mark Excudero, mentor Thinh Nguyen, Lauren Schomburg, mentor Trac Nguyen and Leonel Avellaneda.

Stafford students build robot to conquer the world By Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star For the past two months, a handful of Stafford High School students, working out of the Stafford Engineering Academy Laboratory (SEAL Lab) on the Stafford campus, has been quietly assembling a robot that they hope will conquer the world. The FIRST Robotics World Championship that is. FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) was founded in 1989 by Dean Kamen, the creator of the Segway mobile

device. Kamen’s goal was to get kids excited about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). FIRST offers four programs: FIRST Robotics competition for high school kids, FIRST Tech Challenge for grades 7-12, FIRST Lego League for grades 4-8, and FIRST Lego League Junior for grades K-4. This year, over 460,000 students in 85 countries will participate in 2,600 FIRST programs. The Stafford Spartans Robot Team is in its second year of competing

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Missouri City to host MCTX FEST

Celebration of food, music and art set for April 8 This spring, the “Show Me City” is set to host its inaugural MCTX FEST—a new parks and recreation initiative that will feature an exciting day full of live music, art and food for residents and visitors. The festival of fun will take place on Saturday, April 8, from noon to 9 p.m. at 5855 Sienna Springs Way. This first-of-its-kind celebration will allow guests to try food from local restaurants such as Brandani’s and Soto’s Kitchen, and stroll through an art market, showcasing creations of local artisans. Guests will also be able to enjoy live music by festival headliner Blue Water Highway and dance the day away to other musi-

cians such as Griffin House. “Last fall, we had the opportunity to promote Missouri City as an entertainment destination with our first annual Community Night Out in the City Hall complex. This spring, we are launching MCTX Fest as an all-day, premier music festival in line with efforts by our new 501c3 Parks Foundation and Parks and Recreation Department to brand the city as a prime tourist destination,” City Manager Anthony Snipes said. “We are excited to share the great combination of food, music and art with the public in an exciting and groundbreaking way for the Show Me City.” Entry for the festival is free, though food and bev-

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Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club raises funds for student scholarships The Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club is conducting its sixth annual raffle, which raises funds to provide scholarships to deserving Fort Bend students attending Texas A&M University, College Station or Galveston campuses and Texas A&M-Blinn TEAM students. This year’s grand prize is a 2017 Toyota Corolla L provided by Fort Bend Toyota valued at $15,778. The first place prize, valued at $1,300, is a Lexus loaner weekend, a Lexus golf bag and a round of golf for two at Sugar Creek Country Club compliments of Sterling McCall Lexus. The second place prize is a three-night stay at Tapatio Springs Hill Country Resort and Spa located in Boerne. The package includes a stay in a two-bed, two-bath condominium with access to all available resort amenities including golf, swimming pool, saunas, fitness center and horseback riding, subject to availability and applicable date restrictions. Donated by Nancy Benevides, owner of Benevides and Associates, the package is valued at $900. The third place prize is a limited edition Benjamin Knox signed and numbered custom framed print titled

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Pictured from the left are Exchange Club of Sugar Land Board Members Nick Landoski, Duyen Le, Exchange Club of Sugar Land President Carlos Perez, Scott McClintic, Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford, Kevin Barker (in the back), Rod White (kneeling), Child Advocates of Fort Bend Board President Jim Lockwood, Leslie Woods, Jaime Williams and Ray Aguilar. (Submitted photo)

The Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club is raising funds for student scholarships through its annual raffle. From left Sally Berlocher, Terri Wang and Carol Gass. (Car color may change at the time of availability).

“Aggie Mom Quilt” valued at $300. Custom framing is furnished by Aaron Brothers Sugar Land. Tickets are $50 each, and only 800 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be on Saturday, April 8, during Family Weekend at Texas A&M. Winners need not be present to win.

For raffle tickets or information, contact Terri Wang at 281-731-7691 or ter r iw @ rocketmail.com or Carol Gaas at 832-7467739 or cagaas99@swbell. net. Raffle tickets are also available on Eventbrite. com. Search for Aggie Moms to find the event.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend announces gala theme Exchange Club of Sugar Land and OCuSOFT, Inc. will be Ringmaster Sponsors for Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s 17th annual gala - Le Cirque, a whimsical, fantastical ball on Saturday, April 29, at 6 p.m. This fun, adult event will take place at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square and will

feature Cirque du Soleil style entertainment, a live auction, silent auction, raffle, wine pull, dinner and dancing. Michele Fisher will emcee and Ray Aguilar will serve as auctioneer. Black tie and costumes are optional. Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are

available ranging from $2,000 to $15,000. Individual tickets are available for $150. To attend the gala, become a sponsor or for more information, go to https://www.cafb.org/ events/gala/sponsorship-opportunities/ or contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or lmoore@ cafb.org.

CORRECTION A story in last week’s paper about Scanlan Oaks Elementary School’s Boosterthon Fun Run should have said 990 stu-

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the OPINION Fried fair fare on a stick judged good eatin’ at Rodeo Houston I made my return to the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo last Thursday as a judge for the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards (also known as 101 Ways to Totally Trash Your Diet). It was the second time in three years that I’ve been a Gold Buckle Foodie judge. I missed last year because I was transitioning to the Fort Bend Star from The Sealy News. I regret missing last year. One of my rules for good living is to never turn down an opportunity to be a foodie judge. This year, however, the competition just about did me in. Three hours of sampling fair fare is enough to bloat an elephant – which is pretty much how I felt as I waddled out of the room when it was over. When it comes to eating food at the HLSR there are two things you must understand going in: First, it will be hard on your waistline. Second, it will be hard on your wallet. Let’s face it, fair food isn’t cheap, but cheap food isn’t this much fun. The Gold Buckle Foodie Awards are judged by local media personalities. When it comes to eating free food there are no better judges than us media types. We’re drawn to fried stuff on a stick like a cop to a box of donuts. This year I was blessed to share a table with Carder and Rachelle, who do the morning show on KSBJ (89.3). Joining them was Chris Chicago, morning DJ for KSBJ’s sister station NGEN Radio (91.7). Filling out (their waistlines at) our table were Houston Food Finder Scott Sandlin, Gwendolyn Knapp of the Houston Press and Cowboy Dave, one of the morning DJs at 100.3 The Bull. As we began, we were re-

Saltgrass Steakhouse’s baby back rib platter was not only the best thing I ate at the contest, it was a good deal at $12. The next category was Food-on-a-Stick. We had some really good mystery meat that I loved (but it didn’t place) and a very good Corny Dog. Of course, it isn’t fair food

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minded to pace ourselves, as this was a marathon and not a sprint. Two years ago I left the competition hungry. I (Photo by Joe Southern) heeded the advice a little too Carder and Rachelle of KSBJ radio eye some funnel cake being closely and didn’t take very served up by Jennifer at the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards at the big samples. I was also wear- Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. ing braces at the time and just had them tightened that GOLD BUCKLE FOODIE AWARDS morning, so my mouth was in pain. This year I made the Breakfast Food: sophomore mistake of going 1st: Stubby’s Cinnamon Rolls: The “Works” cinnamon roll for the gusto and enjoying 2nd: Stubby’s Cinnamon Rolls: Big Stone Breakfast Sandwich this culinary journey. That 3rd: The Finer Diner: Chicken & Waffles was actually a good strategy Classic Fair Food: until the third hour rolled 1st: Stubby’s Cinnamon Rolls: Cinnamon roll with icing around (it was supposed to 2nd: Ranch House: Smoked turkey leg last two hours). 3rd: Holmes Smokehouse: Carved brisket sandwich In that time we officially Best Value: tasted 28 foods. We volun1st: Stubby’s: Loaded baked potato ($6.50) tarily sampled another, but 2nd: Saltgrass Steak House: Babyback rib platter ($12) more on that later. None of 3rd: Stubby’s Cinnamon Rolls: Original cinnamon roll ($4) the judges sampled everyBest Food-on-a-Stick: thing. Too many judges and 1st: Berryhill: Shrimp Diablo too much food. There were 2nd: Holmes Smokehouse: Bacon-wrapped sausage on a stick eight categories and multiple 3rd: Fletcher’s Corny Dogs: Corny dogs entries in each. Best Fried Food: First up were the breakfast 1st: Berryhill: Crispy shrimp taco foods. We got chicken waf2nd: Sills Funnel Cakes: Fried pecan pie fles, which were not great. 3rd: Yoakum Packing Company: Deep-fried brisket balls It placed third out of three. Most Creative Food: Apparently breakfast isn’t a 1st: Cowboy Kettle Corn: Nitro Pop big thing at the rodeo. That 2nd: Custom Confections: Donutwich Deluxe was followed by Classic Fair 3rd: The Corn Shack: Flamin’ Hot Cheetos roasted corn Food. In that category we Best New Flavor: sampled funnel cake, nachos 1st: Mad Hatter funnel Cake No. 2: Chocolate-dipped oatmeal crème pie and a turkey leg. The turkey 2nd: Mad Hatter Funnel Cake No. 1: Chocolate-dipped pecan pie leg placed second, but I liked 3rd: Paradise Burgers: Fried nachos the funnel cake better. Best Dessert: The Best Value category 1st: Fried What: Buckeyes was for me the best overall. 2nd: Mad Hatter Funnel Cake No. 1: Chocolate-covered strawberries We had to consider taste 3rd: Sills Funnel Cakes: Nana’s Banana Split and price. For my money,

if it isn’t fried, right? I gave my highest scores in this category. The deep fried brisket balls were outstanding. They were just a couple shades better than the fried fish tacos and the fried green beans.

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H RODEO, FROM PG 3 The Most Creative Food category was by far the most colorful. We sampled corn on the cob and pizza, both flavored with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos. The problem is that the Cheetos lose their heat and crispiness when they’re cooked, so the look and the name are more appealing than the product. What won this category and what we asked to sample after the competition was the Nitro Pop from Cowboy Kettle Corn. This colorful concoction of candied kettle corn is frozen in dry ice. When you eat it, your mouth turns into a fog machine. Food has never, ever been this much fun to eat! The Best New Flavor category requires that the food be new to the HLSR, not necessarily a new food. The winner this year was one of my favorites – Chocolate Dipped Oatmeal Cream Pie! It could have won Best Dessert, but

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Carder and Rachelle of KSBJ radio aren’t taking any bull as judges at the Gold Buckle Foodie Awards at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. it wasn’t entered in that category. That was won by Fried What’s deep-fried Buckeyes (chocolate-covered peanut butter balls). I’m still drooling at the mere thought of them! Of course, don’t take my word for it. You’ve got to come to the Houston Live-

stock Show and Rodeo to try these foods for yourself. Just remember that your waistline will expand exponentially to the rate that your wallet thins. Your taste buds and your children, however, will thank you.

Seto’s Golden Wedding Anniversary Rodney and Linda Seto are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on March 18, 2017. United in marriage at St. Paul’s Methodist Church in Houston, the Seto’s have lived in Quail Valley, Missouri City for over 45 years. Their two children and their families reside in Pearland: Gregory & Cynthia Seto, children: Laura Kay, Patrick & Robert; and Michael & Michelle Seto Kloesel, children: Morgan & Maxwill (Max).

Teachers who commit sex offenses would automatically lose their teaching certificate under a bill unanimously approved by the Senate Wednesday. Senate Bill 7 author, Houston Senator Paul Bettencourt, said the number of inappropriate teacher-student relationships has grown dramatically. He pointed to a 43 percent increase in investigations into such cases in the first five months of this fiscal year as compared to last, up to 97 cases. Some of these cases involve the youngest student populations. “Members, when we have teachers having sexual relationships at elementary schools, I would consider this literally an epidemic,” he said. Part of the problem, say bill supporters, is that when a teacher is guilty of sexual misconduct, many times they come to an arrangement with the administration to resign rather than get fired, to avoid legal liability for the school district. The problem is compounded when the teacher applies to work at

a new school. When looking into the employment history, the new administration sees a clean record, and the teacher’s former employers might not even tell the prospective hirers about past incidents. This practice, called “pass the trash,” leaves students vulnerable to a sexual predator at school, and parents, other teachers and administrators are none the wiser. “We’re talking about the health and safety of our kids,” said Bettencourt. “We cannot afford that these issues be swept under the rug anymore.” In addition to the automatic revocation of teaching privileges for offending teachers, administrators who don’t report sexual misconduct by teachers to the state would face criminal charges. If it is discovered the administrator intentionally helped to cover up the offense, he or she could face state jail time. It includes provisions to aid the Texas Education Agency in investigating these cases. The bill also expands the reporting requirements from just superintendents to include principals. An amendment to the bill added by Plano Senator Van

Taylor would strip any teacher convicted of certain sexual offenses involving students of their state pension. “Under no circumstances should a teacher who preyed on children receive a reward for that crime,” he said. All 31 members of the Senate co-sponsored the bill, leading to unanimous passage. SERMON SAFETY The Senate also passed a bill Wednesday aimed at protecting the First Amendment rights of pastors in delivering sermons. In 2014, the City of Houston issued civil subpoenas for the sermons of five area pastors they believed were opposing a local equal rights ordinance from the pulpit. The city eventually withdrew those demands, but bill author Joan Huffman said the action caused a national outcry. Her bill, SB 24, would make it illegal for a government entity to subpoena a preacher’s sermons for civil proceedings. “This bill is narrowly tailored to protect First Amendment rights and prevent government over-reach and intimidation,” she said. This bill also received unanimous support from the Senate.

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Waller County native Clint Cannon rides in the bareback competition Saturday at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. This is Cannon’s 14th and last year to ride in the Houston rodeo. He is retiring due to problems with concussions. Although he made three successful rides in the Super Series II, he didn’t score high enough to advance to the final rounds.


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Most teams “We have set up a playing operate on its own, utilizing have mentors with engineering field in our lab to simulate student developed software. backgrounds, and Thinh Nguy- the competition,” said Leonel After that, two student driv- en is the primary mentor for Avellaneda, team captain and ers, one to drive the robot, the the Spartans. Nguyen, a grad- driver candidate. “During the other to operate the shooting uate student in bio-medical autonomous period, we will and grabbing operations, con- engineering at the University shoot the balls that are stored trol the robot. Think software of Houston, assists the students on-board. For the next two mindevelopment, mathematical with the robot design, software utes, we will deliver a gear to computations and all sorts development and engineering. the loading dock and return evof engineering packed into a “I helped the students to de- ery 15 seconds to score as many 120-pound robot. velop the software that controls points as possible. With about An important part of the the robot during its 15 second 15 seconds to go, we will drive FIRST philosophy is coop- autonomous period. It is up to to the rope station, and position erative competition, so each the students to do the work and our robot to grab the rope and competition requires three I helped educate them in the hoist itself up to the three-foot teams to work together in an software,” Nguyen said. “I used level.” alliance. The alliances are to help them with the electron“The hardest part of driving formed by the team captains. ics but they have become so is placement. You must know Qualifying rounds determine proficient with electronics they when to stop and when to go. seeding, and then the top seeds don’t need me for that.” Our programmers have made invite two other teams to join The students work in small the controllers really easy to optheir alliance. The elite teams groups on various projects. erate so it is somewhat easy to have team members scout“There were three to four pick up,” Mark Excudero said. ing the opposition during the students who were responsible Excudero, a junior interested qualifying rounds and using for the software development,” in studying aviation and comanalytics to decide which other Nguyen said. “When creating puters in college, has a drone at two teams would create the software, its more efficient to home and believes driving the most formidable alliance. have a good small group than robot is like flying a drone. 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More than 300 attend Rosenberg’s State of City address Rosenberg Mayor Cynthia A. McConathy addressed key members of the community including business owners, community leaders and elected officials of Fort Bend County during a luncheon highlighting her vision for the future of the city at the annual State of the City address, hosted by the Central Fort Bend Chamber, on Feb. 23 at the Rosenberg Civic Center. McConathy paid tribute to the visionary leaders that have helped cultivate the growth and success of the city citing examples such as the projects and mandates of former mayors Joe Gurecky, Dorothy Ryan, Lupe Uresti and Vincent Morales. McConathy went on to detail her vision for the future of the rapidly growing city, which includes filling in gaps in infrastructure, pilot programs to highlight water conservation, improvements to technology and commu-

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nications, and city-wide preparedness. With that end, McConathy chose to highlight some of the city’s accomplishments over the year, a traditional part of a State of the City address, with a video detailing the complexity and cooperation each city department operated under during the historic Memorial Day flood of 2016. The video highlighted the importance of good planning and follow-through in an emergency situation as well as paying homage to the hard work, dedication, devastation, and ultimately charity that city experienced, collectively. The mayor continued her efforts toward preparation and incident management as she looked to the future. “Preparedness is a huge focus for me, as mayor, and I am happy to say that the city was ready and prepared for such an unfortunate disaster,” McConathy said. “With

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proper emergency training and planning, we were able to help those in the community who really needed it most—in a timely and orderly fashion.” The theme of the event, From Vision to Reality, focused on the importance and sometimes difficulties in dreaming big. Rosenberg has no shortage of community leaders, businesses, and stakeholders helping to make this vision a reality. “With the help and vision of our former mayors, myself, and city staff, we have made great progress in providing cleaner water, improved public safety, improved infrastructure, and development of other economic development projects in Rosenberg.” To view the video that was shared at the event dem(Submitted photo) onstrating the tremendous Pictured from the left are Mayor Joe Zimmerman, City of Sugar Land; Mayor Evelyn Moore, City efforts made by the City of of Richmond; Mayor Cynthia McConathy, City of Rosenberg; and Mayor Jeff Roberts, City of Rosenberg during the Memo- Fulshear. rial Day flood, visit https:// vimeo.com/205443011.

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ROBERT “BOB” JOHNSON DECEMBER 24, 1928

Our Dad, Bob Johnson, was born Robert Emmett Johnson to Emmett and Dolores Johnson on December 24, 1928 in Evansville, Indiana. Dad went home to our Lord and Savior March 7, 2017 at 6:35 AM. Dad’s two children are Diane Johnson Crews and R. Bruce Johnson. Diane resides with her husband, Jack in Temple, TX. Bruce resides with his wife Lisa, in Volente, outside Austin, Texas. Dad’s six grandchildren are Andrew, Courtney, Amanda, Rebecca, Clay and Kaely; and one greatgranddaughter Madden. Dad is also survived by two sisters Carol Jean Primm of Evansville, IN, and Pat Roessler of McMurray, PA. Dad graduated from Bossy High School in Evansville, Indiana in 1946 where he was the drum major. He attended Evansville University and received an Engineering Degree from Purdue University. Dad was a member of Gethsemane Method-

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ist Church in Houston for over 50 years and a member of the Gethsemane Chancel Choir for many years. Dad worked at Honeywell in Houston, where he met his wife Virginia McAllister Johnson. (Mom) He was a Principal at Bovay Engineers and also worked at Page Sutherland Page, both in Houston. After Dad lost our Mom to breast cancer in 1994, he gained the love

of his late second wife, Nell Goetz Johnson, and her family. Dad has five step-children, Greg, Grady, Gretchen, Paula and Gina, and 16 step-grandchildren, and two step great-grandchildren, who all called Dad, Grand Bob. After Nell’s passing Dad gained f the love of his companion, Georgia Lawson, for the last 11 years; her daughter Debbie, and Debbie’s daughters, Arianna and Kayla. Visitation is Friday, March 17th, 7 PM to 9 PM, Earthman SW, 12555 S. Kirk wood Rd. Stafford TX. His Funeral is Saturday March 18th 11am at Gethsemane - St. Luke’s Methodist 6856 Bellaire Blvd. Visitation 10am to 11am. Graveside Service 6pm the 18th 8575 Airport Rd Temple TX 76502 Donations in memoriam are welcomed at two charities, Heart of TX Pregnancy Resource Center (www.heartoftexaspartners.org) or www.junketnyc.org/donate which mentors foster children.

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New Back Country Navigation classes offered at Cullinan Park The Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Department is partnering with REI to offer Back Country Navigation classes at Cullinan Park. The class is the first outdoor learning activity to take advantage of the newly acquired park, which includes 754 acres of mostly inaccessible forest and wetlands north of Sugar Land Regional Airport. Two instructors certified in wilderness first aid will teach groups of 10 people how to use maps and compasses. The six-hour classes are intended to provide students with the basics of land navigation. During the field outings, instructors will help students understand information on maps, the proper use of a compass and how to put the two together while planning trips on the trail. The course covers the tricks of the trade relating to back country navigation as students establish trail

routes, navigate their routes and make necessary adjustments in the field. They will: – learn how to read topographic lines and other basic features on a map; – learn how to orient a map to match the environment both with and without a compass; – learn basic compass features and how to utilize the map with a compass; – learn how to plot current positions on maps; – use a map and compass to navigate to new locations; and – build confidence in navigation skills. REI is the nation’s largest consumer cooperative that provides not only recreational equipment, but classes and community outreach to reduce environmental footprints. Sugar Land annexed Cullinan Park last year after signing historic agreements with the Cullinan Park Conservancy, the city of Houston

and the Houston Parks Board. The conservancy has committed to secure pledges and contributions of at least $5 million within five years and $10 million within 10 years of annexation of the park by the City. More than $1 million has been raised so far. Future development of the property has long been targeted by the community and is consistent with the conservancy’s efforts to preserve the vast natural resources of the park and provide a place where the community may enjoy nature. Class schedules and pricing for the Back Country Navigation classes are available at http://bit.ly/2m4pfV5. Information will also be available by calling the Imperial Park Recreation Center at 281-275-2885 or following the parks department at www.facebook.com/ SugarLandParks.

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THE FORT BEND CHURCH • 281-980-8322 1900 Eldridge Road • Sugar Land Byron C. Stevenson, Senior Pastor Wednesday Bible Studies Adult – noon • All ages – 6:30pm Sunday School: 7:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Services: 8:30 a.m. & 10:30 a.m. www.thebend.org METHODIST CHURCH

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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

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FBISD’s 2017 All Star Talent Draft Job Fair on Saturday, April 1, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Constellation Stadium. FBISD school and department administrators will be on-site to interview applicants and make offers of employment. Applicants are asked to bring multiple copies of their

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program intended to engage students in a variety of topics designed to foster relationships, trust and understanding between officers and teens. Participants will have an opportunity to gain an understanding of police operations through specialized presentations and hands-on activities. The two-week academy will be held at the Sugar Land Police Department from June 12-23. For more information, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/PDteenAcademy or contact Officer Lauren Stockholm at 281-2752956.

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cameras do cut down on accidents at busy intersections. According to the website: – The implementation of red light cameras in Sugar Land resulted in a 58 percent reduction in accidents at targeted intersections from 2009-2012. – Approximately 70 percent of violators do not live in Sugar Land. – In 2011 and 2012, cameras were removed at the following intersections after compliance levels improved by almost 60 percent: U.S. Highway 59 at Sugar Lakes Boulevard and two locations at U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6.

H RED LIGHT, FROM PG 1 He said it doesn’t matter if a driver is drunk or distracted, if the brakes fail, it’s not the driver’s fault. He said the public has become conditioned by lawmakers and law enforcement to believe that driver error and not faulty brakes are to blame, allowing them to make more laws to crack down on drivers rather than pursue automakers. Attempts to contact Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley for comment have been unsuccessful. The police department’s website, however, offers evidence that red light

– Those who receive a red light ticket rarely receive a second ticket. Eighty nine percent of the license plates sent a violation notice never receive a second notice. The city’s new cell phone ordinance goes into effect March 20 and requires that portable electronic devices can only be used in hands-free mode or if a call is being made because there is an emergency. “We have demonized cell phone use,” Brixey said. “They’re trying to modify behavior but they haven’t modified what’s actually at fault.” In a reply to one of Brixey’s emails, Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman reit-

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erates that driver distraction is a serious problem. “According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2010 there were 3,267 fatalities and 27,000 injuries related to the use of mobile devices and driving. The Center for Disease Control states that distracted driving, caused by mobile devices, account for 1.6 million accidents a year,” Zimmerman wrote. “While these statistics are on a national level, in Sugar Land we have seen 232 accidents in 2015 and 224 in 2016 that were caused by distracted driving. “This includes failing to drive in a single lane, driver

inattention, distraction in the vehicle, and the use of a cell phone as causation factors. While we have not previously collected data that specifies the actual action causing distraction (cell phone, applying makeup, eating), we have begun gathering this information. Mobile device usage while driving has been added as a causation factor to accident reports due to the high number of incidents involving the use of mobile devices,” Zimmerman wrote. Despite his research and persistence, Brixey continues to have his warnings fall on deaf ears. “I estimate there are one to

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five fatalities every week in the Houston area due to failed ABS brakes,” he said in reply to Zimmerman. “But our national crash data base has no crashes caused by failed ABS brake and every one refuses help to find the correct fault and greatly reduce crashes and deaths. NHTSA leads programs wanting to lower BAC (blood-alcohol concentration) and ‘distracted driver’ laws which have no effect on reducing failed ABS caused accidents. Sugar Land is following politically correct Pied Piper of NHTSA who remains clueless. Carnage on the roads continue,” Brixey wrote.

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Bark For Life collects thousands to combat cancer Hundreds of pooches and their people gathered in Riverstone Feb. 25 raising thousands for the American Cancer Society. The inaugural Bark for Life walk of Riverstone presented by Lake Olympia Animal Hospital raised nearly $4,500, celebrating cancer survivorship — human and canine — and honoring the caregiving qualities of four-legged companions while supporting the mission of the American Cancer Society. “We are very happy with this first year and hope continued online donations will help us reach our goal of $5,000 by the end of March,” said Nick Deacon, lifestyle director for Riverstone and the event leader for Relay for Life. Bark for Life is a dog-friendly version of the annual Relay for Life, a signature fundraiser of the American Cancer Society that takes place from noon to midnight, Saturday, April 1, at Edward Mercer Stadium,

Bark for Life organizer and Riverstone Lifestyle Director Nick Deacon and Claire Perrott pose with one of the many rescue dogs brought to the Bark for Life event by the Fort Bend County Animal Services

Alex Sundstrom brought little Mookie to the recent Bark for Life in Riverstone, enjoying a day of animal-related fun and a walk benefiting the American Cancer Society.

16403 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land. After the Bark for Life walk, event-goers enjoyed a performance by the Houston Disc Dogs, were able to meet dogs and deputies with the Fort Bend County K-9 unit, could meet with an onsite veterinarian and have their dogs’ nails

trimmed by Pet Spa Mobile Grooming. Face painters, balloon twisters, bounce houses gave children plenty to do. Registration for Relay for Life is ongoing. Teams and individuals can register at relayforlife.org/ greaterfortbendtxor by calling 1-800-227-2345.

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Registration opens for American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life of Greater Fort Bend Hundreds of cancer survivors and supporters will spend the afternoon and evening of April 1 on the track to raise money for cancer research and a variety of cancer-related endeavors during the American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Greater Fort Bend. Planned for noon, April 1, to midnight Sunday, April 2, at Edward Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, the annual fundraiser invites teams and individuals to walk and jog laps to raise money and awareness regarding cancer and to honor cancer survivors and loved ones lost to cancer. More than $63,000 was raised in 2016 and more than $1.4 million since the inception of the local relay in 2003. “Relay For Life draws attention to the progress being made by the American Cancer Society, and the work yet to be done,” said Nick Deacon, volunteer and Relay for Life

of Fort Bend event lead. “Nearly everyone has been touched by cancer, either through their own personal battle or through the battle of someone they love, and this disease has taken too much from too many. Each new team that registers brings us that much closer.” To further emphasize the plight of cancer, relay teams are encouraged to have at least one participant on the track at all times because cancer never sleeps. Teams and individuals can register at relayforlife.org/ greaterfortbendtxor by phoning 1-800-227-2345. “Former and current cancer patients, those who have lost a loved one to cancer, families, businesses, faith-based and civic organizations, and anyone wanting to make a difference in the fight against cancer are invited to take part in this exciting event,” Deacon said. Relay For Life events are held long in to the night (sometimes overnight) as individuals and teams camp out at an athletic

track, park or fairground, with the goal of keeping at least one team member on the track or pathway at all times. Teams do most of their fundraising prior to the event, but some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites at the function. Funds raised during the relay and various pre-events go to support cancer research; Hope Lodge, which provides Houston accommodations for cancer patients receiving treatment; Road to Recovery, which provides needed transportation to patients; Look Good, Feel Better, which teaches women battling cancer beauty techniques to help them improve their appearance and self-image during chemotherapy and radiation treatments; and Reach to Recovery, which matches trained breast cancer survivors with those who have been diagnosed with breast cancer and want to talk to someone who has been there.

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ALL LEADERS IN THEIR SPECIALTIES. ALL HERE FOR YOU. Top specialists at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital provide you with the leading-edge technology, innovative treatments and world-class care you have come to know and trust from Houston Methodist. Houston Methodist Breast Surgery Partners 16605 SW Frwy., Suite 220, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.494.3000 Dr. Sandra Templeton

Houston Methodist Cardiology Associates 16651 SW Frwy., Suite 400, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.456.3077 Dr. Julia Adrogue Dr. Sangeeta Saikia Dr. B. Keith Ellis Dr. Kesavan Shan Dr. Michael H. Koo 3527 Town Center Blvd. S., Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.661.1455 Dr. Toussaint Smith Dr. Sherman Tang

Houston Methodist Gynecologic Oncology Associates 16605 SW Frwy., Suite 450, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.201.0359 Dr. Tarrik Zaid

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Neurology Associates 16605 SW Frwy., Suite 600, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.201.6052 Dr. Carisa Liew Dr. Larry Tran Epilepsy and Seizures Neurophysiology Dr. Rony Ninan Dr. Toby Yaltho Neurology Movement Disorders Dr. Eddie Patton Jr. Neuromuscular Disorders

Houston Methodist Oncology Partners 16659 SW Frwy., Suite 131, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.201.6669 Dr. Jorge Darcourt Dr. Sindhu Nair

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine 16811 SW Frwy., Suite 200, Sugar Land, TX 77479 * 8330 Hwy. 6, Suite 110, Missouri City, TX 77459 281.201.0409 Dr. Vincent Phan Dr. David Braunreiter Hand and Upper Extremity Primary Care Sports Medicine Dr. Kenneth Renney Sports Medicine Dr. Ashvin K. Dewan Knee and Shoulder Dr. Timothy Sitter Knee and Shoulder Dr. D. Dean Dominy III Hand and Upper Extremity Dr. Mark Vann II Foot and Ankle Dr. Carl Hicks Joint Replacement Dr. Karl Vega-Lelkes Spine Surgery Dr. Mark Maffet Knee and Shoulder Dr. Jeffrey Wood Spine Surgery Dr. Eddie Matsu Joint Replacement * Dr. Nader Ayub Primary Care Sports Medicine Office hours available in Sugar Land and Missouri City

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Houston Methodist Cancer Center – Radiation Oncology 16655 SW Frwy., Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.671.9617 Dr. Clive Shkedy

Houston Methodist Institute for Reconstructive Surgery 16605 SW Frwy., Suite 450, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.201.6323 Dr. Pierre Chevray Breast Cancer Reconstruction

Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates 16659 SW Frwy., Suite 235, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.201.5938 Dr. Susan Mathew Dr. Angela McCain

Houston Methodist Surgical Associates 16605 SW Frwy., Suite 450, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.763.2502 Dr. Timothy Oppermann Dr. Ashish Saharia Dr. Michael Yaakovian Dr. Nabil Tariq Bariatric Surgery 16605 SW Frwy., Suite 430, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.668.9824 Dr. Ali Mahmood Colorectal Surgery

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SPORTS @FtBendAthletics: Marshall finishes second in 5A state By Bill McCaughey For The Fort Bend Star All throughout their playoff season, the Fort Bend Marshall boys’ basketball team used aggressive defense to trigger scoring runs as they won their way to the state championship game. Last Saturday, the Buffalos came up one scoring run short as Mansfield Timberview beat Marshall 74-66 to win the 2017 5A state championship in San Antonio at the Alamo-

dome. Marshall controlled the first half as their aggressive defense and running game shut down the Mansfield offense as the Buffalos took a halftime lead of 37-27. The second half saw Mansfield out-Marshall Marshall as the Wolves picked up their defensive intensity, causing turnovers leading to a 19-2 run and a 49-43 lead at the end of the third quarter. “They got a run in the third quarter and it came at a bad time for us. We thought we would come out with a run,

but it never came,” Marshall coach Gary Nichols said. “We never got another one.” Mansfield never let up in the fourth quarter as they claimed their first state championship. The final score was 74-66. Jabari Rice led Marshall with 20 points and Taz Sherman scored 17. Marshall ended their season with 32 wins and 8 losses. “I am just so elated about this group, especially the seniors. We fought through adversity all year long. They

are champions,” Nichols said. “They learned a lesson that sometimes you play as hard as you can and still not win. That’s the way life is. As long as you play your best, you are a champion.” “It was a blessing just to play in this championship game. One of our season’s goals was to get here and we got here. We just couldn’t finish it,” Rice said. “We’re not going to hold our heads down.” “This is the best Marshall team ever. We will always have that,” John Walker said.

“We are very honored just to get here. Now we just have to focus on the next thing.” Marshall beat Northwest 82-59 in the semifinals to earn their way into the championship game. The Buffalos used a 13-0 scoring run in the second quarter to take a lead they would not give up. ALL-DISTRICT The District 23-5A all-district team has been announced. Chandler Jacobs of Elkins has been named Most Valuable Player and Albert

Thomas of Elkins was named Coach of the Year. First team members include: Elkins: Jacobs, Larry Kuimi, and Morgan Armstrong Marshall: John Walker, Jabari Rice, and Taz Sherman Second team members include: Elkins: Wentrell Williams and Robert Means Marshall: Floyd Nzamba and Anthony Norman Willowridge: Jalen Knott, Israel Boyd and Calexiun Hollinquest

2016 Atlantic League Player of the Year Jeremy Barfield re-signs with Skeeters Baseball team inks several players to contracts The Sugar Land Skeeters recently announced that the club has re-signed the 2016 Atlantic League Player of the Year, outfielder Jeremy Barfield, for the 2017 season, in addition to several other players. Last season, the Houston native became the first Skeeters player to win the league MVP award in the franchise’s five-year history. Barfield led the Atlantic League and set single season franchise records in home runs (27), total bases (272) and extra-base hits (60). He became the first Skeeters player ever to win the Atlantic League home run crown. Barfield also finished second in the league in runs scored (87), tied for third in RBI (85), fourth in slugging percentage (.533) and walks (62), tied for fourth in hits (156) and finished fifth in doubles (31). The 28-year-old also set a single season franchise record in multi-hit games (51) while placing second in hits (156), RBI (85) and third place in doubles (31). In 2016, Barfield was voted to the ALPB All-Star Game, named to the End-Of-Season All-Star team and was also named the Skeeters MVP hitting .306 with 27 home runs, 95 RBI, 87 runs and 31 doubles. Jeremy batted .308 in the playoffs and helped lead the Skeeters to their first ever Atlantic League championship and a perfect 6-0 record in the post season. Barfield played most of his minor league career in the Oakland A’s farm system reaching as high as AAA Sacramento in 2013. He spent a short time with the Skeeters in 2015 appearing in 17 games, but in that short time, helped the Skeeters put together a 10-game winning streak which tied for second longest in franchise history before being signed by the Colorado Rockies and reaching the AAA level for the second time in his career. The Klein High School graduate was drafted by the New York Mets in the 9th round of the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft. The Oakland A’s chose him in the 8th round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft, but decided to attend college first (San Jacinto College). In eight minor league seasons he batted .260 with 72 HR and 392 RBI. Barfield is the son of former major leaguer Jesse Barfield and the brother of former major leaguer and Atlantic League player Josh Barfield. LANCE ZAWADZKI The Sugar Land Skeeters has re-signed Atlantic League veteran infielder and former big leaguer Lance Zawadzki for the 2017 season. Zawadzki, 30, returns to begin his first full season with the Skeeters after joining the club last season in July. After spending three seasons in the Atlantic League (2014-2016) with the Lancaster Barnstormers, Zawadzki joined the Skeeters last season and played

a significant role in helping the club capture the 2016 Atlantic League championship. During the Skeeters 6-0 playoff run in 2016, he started all six games and batted .261 with one home run and four RBI. He solidified the Atlantic League championship for the Skeeters after catching the final out in the last game of the Atlantic League Championship Series against the Long Island Ducks. Ironically, Zawadzki helped the Barnstormers defeat Sugar Land in the 2014 Atlantic League Championship Series, giving him two championships in the last three years. The power hitting shortstop has 88 career home runs, 167 doubles, 25 triples and 423 RBI in 958 games played. Lance earned Atlantic League All-Star honors with the Barnstormers both in 2014 and 2015. MARK HAYNES

Right-handed pitcher Mark Haynes, 30, returns after joining the Skeeters in September. The Sugar Land native posted a 3.38 ERA in three games last season with the club. Haynes began his Independent League career in the American Association in 2010 with the ShreveportBossier Captains and played two seasons. In 2012 he joined the Laredo Lemurs and pitched four years. Last season prior to joining the Skeeters, he played for the Kansas City T-Bones where he posted a 5-2 record in 40 relief appearances, a 3.86 ERA with 15 saves. In his seven seasons pitching for Independent League teams he has pitched in 206 games (19 starts) with 28 career saves. Haynes was a three-year starter and baseball letterman at Austin High School. The right-hander later played for Rice University, where he was primarily a middle reliever. Injuries limited Haynes his first two seasons at Rice (9 game pitched) but he would appear in 42 games for the Owls from 2009-2010. In his four years at Rice he was 3-0 in 51 total games (3 starts) with a 4.11 ERA in 92.0 innings pitched. ZECH ZINICOLA The Sugar Land Skeeters have re-signed right-handed reliever Zech Zinicola. Zinicola, 32, returns for his second season with the

Skeeters after appearing in 60 games in relief last season and posted a 2.93 ERA in 61.1 innings pitched with three saves. The righthander helped the Skeeters during their 6-0 playoff run in 2016 as one of four Skeeters relievers who combined for a 1-0 record and allowed no runs in 10.1 IP, five hits, five strikeouts and three walks. Zech was first drafted by the Atlanta Braves (43rd round) in the 2003 MLB Amateur Draft out of Arlington High School (Riverside, Calif.) and would later be drafted again by the Washington Nationals (6th round) in the 2006 Amateur Draft out of Arizona State University. While at Arizona State, he was teammates with a number of current major leaguers including Andrew (Submitted photo) Romine (DET) and Dustin Jeremy Barfield is returning to the Sugar Land Skeeters this year. He is the 2016 Atlantic League Pedroia (BOS). OZZIE MARTINEZ Infielder and former big leaguer Ozzie Martinez has been signed for the 2017 season. Martinez makes his Atlantic League debut with the Skeeters after spending last season in the Baltimore Orioles system. The 28-year-old native of Carolina, Puerto Rico, was first drafted by the Florida Marlins (11th round) in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft out of Porterville College (Porterville, Calif.). He spent six seasons in the Marlins system, making his big league debut with the team in 2010. He was named the No. 5 prospect for the Marlins in 2011 and the No. 10 prospect for the Chicago White Sox the following year. Martinez appeared in 14 games for the Marlins in 2010 and another 20 games in 2011, with a combined .258 batting average. In 2011, he was traded by the Marlins to the Chicago White Sox and would then spend time in the Los Angeles Dodgers, Atlanta Braves and Baltimore Orioles systems over the next five seasons.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING CITY OF SUGAR LAND ANNUAL ACTION PLAN FOR USE OF CDBG FUNDS The City of Sugar Land will hold a public hearing to give all Sugar Land residents an opportunity to voice opinions on the Program Year 2017 Annual Action Plan for use of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds and proposed projects for the upcoming program year. We would like to hear your comments on how we should prioritize programs for the coming year and how we plan to spend CDBG funding. A mandatory pre-application workshop for all agencies requesting CDBG funds will be held in conjunction with the public hearing. Eligible agencies include 501(c)(3) non-profits, City Departments and County agencies. Applications are due by 5 P.M.April 18, 2017, and will be made available only to those agencies in attendance. All attendees are invited to speak on the subject of CDBG at the public hearing on: Tuesday, March 21, 2017 9:00 A.M. Brazos Rooms I & II City of Sugar Land City Hall 2700 Town Center Boulevard North Sugar Land, Texas

RAFAEL MONTALVO After being a part of the coaching staff with manager Gary Gaetti last season as bullpen coach, former big leaguer Rafael Montalvo returns for his first season as pitching coach and brings 13 years of professional baseball playing experience to Sugar Land. He spent time in the

in the minor leagues and was 49-40 with a 3.72 ERA in 914.0 innings pitched. Montalvo went on to serve as a pitching coach in the Tampa Rays organization from 2000-2009 at all levels ranging from Rookie ball

Residents may send comments by April 18, 2017 to the City of Sugar Land Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department, P.O. Box 110, Sugar Land, Texas 77487-0110. Residents may also fax comments to the City at (281) 275-2360. CDBG Program Background The goal of the CDBG program is to develop viable urban communities by providing decent housing, a suitable living environment and expanding economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income persons. Eligible activities include but are not limited to public facility construction and improvements, handicapped accessibility, operational funding for non-profit agencies, rehabilitation of owneroccupied housing, housing development assistance, enforcement of City codes, clearance and demolition, infrastructure improvements, business development and job creation activities. Not less than 70% of CDBG funds must be used for activities that benefit low and moderate-income persons. Fair Housing Issues The Public Hearing will be a forum regarding input on fair housing and related issues. Citizens with suggestions and/or concerns will be provided opportunity to voice those issues during the last portion of the public hearing.

Note: In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, these facilities are wheelchair accessible, and accessible parking spaces are available. Requests for special accommodations or interpretive services must be made at least 48 hours prior to the meetings. Reasonable accommodations will be made to assist your needs. Please contact the Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department at (281) 275-2170 or by FAX at (281) 275-2360.


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Stafford promotes Savanah to athletic director/head football coach The Stafford Municipal School District Board of Trustees chose the path of successful athletic continuity when it voted to name Ken Savanah as athletic director and head football coach during a

special meeting recently. “We are delighted to have coach Ken Savanah take our athletic department to the next level,” Stafford MSD Superintendent Dr. Robert Bostic said. “Coach Savanah is

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a natural leader who challenges his athletes to perform to the best of their abilities on the field, and more importantly, in the classroom. His contributions played a large role in the football team’s historic season last fall.” Stafford MSD Board of Trustees President Auturo Jackson said Dr. Bostic’s recommendations to hire Savanah and add an assistant athletic director were excellent decisions. “We are very excited about Ken Savanah being named our new athletic director and head football coach,” Jackson said. “He has been instrumental in helping elevate our athletic program while nurturing and developing our student athletes. Dr. Bostic’s recommendation challenged our board. SMSD is clearly committed to meeting the academic, artistic, and athletic needs of our students.” Savanah served as assistant head coach/defensive coordinator during the Ron Counter years from 2013-16. The Spartans had their best record in school history during that span, going 38-12 with six postseason victories. Savanah has been serving as the interim athletic director and football coach since Counter departed for another job

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NOTICE OF RECEIPT OF APPLICATION AND INTENT TO OBTAIN WATER QUALITY PERMIT AMENDMENT PERMIT NO. WQ0003060000

APPLICATION. Weatherford Farms, Inc., 13223 Murphy Road, Stafford, Texas 77477, that owns a wholesale greenhouse operation, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) to amend Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) Permit No. WQ0003060000 (EPA I.D. No. TX0104540) to authorize the removal of E. Coli monitoring limits. The facility is located at 13223 Murphy Road, Stafford in Fort Bend County, Texas 77477. The discharge route is from the plant site to the City of Stafford drainage ditch 2B7; thence to Keegans Bayou; thence to Brays Bayou; thence to the Houston Ship Channel/Buffalo Bayou Tidal. TCEQ received this application on December 6, 2016. The permit application is available for viewing and copying at Stafford Municipal Court, 2610 South Main Street, Stafford, Texas. This link to an electronic map of the site or facility’s general location is provided as a public courtesy and not part of the application or notice. For exact location, refer to application. http://www.tceq.texas.gov/assets/public/ hb610/index.html?lat=29.6302&lng=-95.5609&zoom=13&type=r ADDITIONAL NOTICE. TCEQ’s Executive Director has determined the application is administratively complete and will conduct a technical review of the application. After technical review of the application is complete, the Executive Director may prepare a draft permit and will issue a preliminary decision on the application. Notice of the Application and Preliminary Decision will be published and mailed to those who are on the county-wide mailing list and to those who are on the mailing list for this application. That notice will contain the deadline for submitting public comments. PUBLIC COMMENT / PUBLIC MEETING. You may submit public comments or request a public meeting on this application. The purpose of a public meeting is to provide the opportunity to submit comments or to ask questions about the application. TCEQ will hold a public meeting if the Executive Director determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the application or if requested by a local legislator. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. OPPORTUNITY FOR A CONTESTED CASE HEARING. After the deadline for submitting public comments, the Executive Director will consider all timely comments and prepare a response to all relevant and material, or significant public comments. Unless the application is directly referred for a contested case hearing, the response to comments, and the Executive Director’s decision on the application, will be mailed to everyone who submitted public comments and to those persons who are on the mailing list for this application. If comments are received, the mailing will also provide instructions for requesting reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision and for requesting a contested case hearing. 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Following the close of all applicable comment and request periods, the Executive Director will forward the application and any requests for reconsideration or for a contested case hearing to the TCEQ Commissioners for their consideration at a scheduled Commission meeting. The Commission may only grant a request for a contested case hearing on issues the requestor submitted in their timely comments that were not subsequently withdrawn. If a hearing is granted, the subject of a hearing will be limited to disputed issues of fact or mixed questions of fact and law relating to relevant and material water quality concerns submitted during the comment period. MAILING LIST. If you submit public comments, a request for a contested case hearing or a reconsideration of the Executive Director’s decision, you will be added to the mailing list for this specific application to receive future public notices mailed by the Office of the Chief Clerk. 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Any personal information you submit to the TCEQ will become part of the agency’s record; this includes email addresses. For more information about this permit application or the permitting process, please call the TCEQ Public Education Program, Toll Free, at 1-800-687-4040 or visit their website at www.tceq. texas.gov/goto/pep. Si desea información en Español, puede llamar al 1-800-687-4040. Further information may also be obtained from the Weatherford Farms, Inc. at the address stated above or by calling Mr. James W. Weatherford, III at 281-498-7261. Issuance Date: March 3, 2017

the football staff at Strake Jesuit in Houston, where he worked from 1995-2012. Savanah has coached with Counter for 16 of the past 17 seasons, and likely would have had an opportunity to become the defensive coordinator under Counter at 6A Katy Morton Ranch. He chose to stay at Stafford and lead the program, because he values its current and future potential. Savanah said he is blessed to be able to coach his son, Stafford sophomore linebacker Ken Savanah Jr. ¬– something he did for the first time last season. He’ll have two more seasons to coach Ken Jr. Graduating nearly 30 seniors, Savanah knows next year’s team will be young when it hosts Houston North Forest to open the 2017 season, but he said there is potential for another strong season. Savanah was an assistant boys basketball coach this season for a team that reached the regional quarterfinals. He said he’ll miss coaching basketball, but he is excited about the opportunity to positively impact the entire athletic department.

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really believe in what we’re teaching them.” Savanah plans to keep the current staff intact, and he may add more coaches – both for football and a variety of other sports. He doesn’t expect wholesale changes on the field, although the Spartans may utilize the tight end in the passing game more. Savanah said he will continue to call the defense, but at some point, he will ease another coach into the defensive coordinator role. A native of Houston, Savanah graduated from Booker T. Washington High. He played defensive end and inside linebacker at Sam Houston State and Texas Southern, graduating from TSU in 1985. Incidentally, his first job out of college was in Stafford. He worked in the advertising department for a Stafford valve company from 1985-94, while playing minor league professional football in the United States and abroad. In 1994, he served as a volunteer coach under Oscar Cripps at Stratford High in Spring Branch ISD. The following year, Savanah joined

For the Fort Bend Star The Senate State Affairs committee approved a bill proponents say is intended to protect privacy and provide security in public restrooms. Widely known as the “bathroom bill,” SB 6 would require a person to use restrooms, changing rooms, locker facilities and other areas correlated to the gender listed on a person’s birth certificate in public buildings. Supporters argue that such a measure is needed to keep men from entering women’s restrooms and other facilities. Author Sen. Lois Kolkhorst said the bill is the result of hard work to find a fair and non-discriminatory solution to this issue. “Senate Bill 6, the Texas Privacy Act, is a bill that many of us have spent a great deal of time on carefully crafting to find the balance of privacy, decency, respect and dignity to protect women, children and all people for that matter,” she said in her opening remarks on the bill. SB 6 only applies to public buildings and facilities, including public schools. Private businesses would still have discretion over their own restroom policies. “In other words, businesses do what they do,” said Kolkhorst. “They can handle their restrooms, dressing rooms,

their locker rooms and showers as they see fit.” Private entities that lease public buildings for an event would be able to determine restroom policy. When taking bids from private companies for a public contract, governments would be prohibited from considering a company’s restroom policy. Schools, courthouses and other public venues would be able to make exceptions to accommodate people on a case-by-case basis. Critics of the bill believe that this measure is targeted discrimination against transgender individuals. Houston Sen. Sylvia Garcia asked why the Legislature wouldn’t simply pass a bill saying that people can’t use the bathroom of the opposite sex. “If that’s really what your aim is, why are we doing all these other things like preemption, the reference to the biological sex on the birth certificate?” she asked. “Because I think that’s what leads to the concerns of many of the people in my district to believe that this is discriminatory, and that is targeting transgender children.” Kolkhorst replied that the complexity of the issue and the need to balance the needs of various groups, especially those of school districts, informed the crafting of the bill. She also addressed the issue of discrimination in her layout of the bill. “The legislation offers non-

discriminatory guidance to public buildings and schools by protecting all human rights, including women’s rights and parental rights, and by allowing for personal accommodations for special circumstances,” she said. Kolkhorst laid out a timeline for the development of this issue in Texas. It first arose following a number of local ordinances intended to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity, including allowing people to use the restroom of the gender they identify with. In 2014, the Houston City Council passed such an ordinance, followed a few months later by San Antonio. In April of 2016, the Fort Worth Independent School District passed transgender guidelines, which stated that staff should respect the needs of transgender students, including in bathroom policy. That caused a clash with state leadership, with Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick calling for the superintendent’s resignation and Attorney General Ken Paxton issuing a non-binding opinion that the district may have violated state law. The Houston ordinance was repealed by referendum in 2015 and the Fort Worth ISD ultimately narrowed their guidelines to deal with the issue on a case-by-case basis. The committee heard testimony until nearly five a.m. on Wednesday morning, and passed the bill on a vote of 7-1.

Missouri City teen earns Girl Scouts’ highest honor According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s (GSRI) report, The Power of the Girl Scout Gold Award: Excellence in Leadership and Life, Girl Scout Gold Award recipients receive greater lifetime benefits than their peers with regard to positive sense of self, life satisfaction, leadership, life success, community service, and civic engagement thanks to their experience in Girl Scouting, including earning their Gold Award. Alexandra Sepulveda, a sophomore at Dulles High School – Math and Science Academy, has earned the Girl Scout Gold Award, the

highest honor in Girl Scouting. The award recognizes girls in grades 9 through 12 who demonstrate extraordinary leadership through sustainable and measurable community service projects that require a minimum of 80 hours to complete. Less than 5 percent of Girl Scouts earn the award. To earn the award, Sepulveda created a reading area for each of the kindergarten classrooms at Palmer Elementary School in Fort Bend ISD. She also collected donations of (Submitted photo) rugs, pillows, cushions, books Alexandra Sepulveda, a sophand shelves used to decorate omore at Dulles High School and stock the areas. Sepul- – Math and Science Academy,

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veda, who worked with 20 volunteers on this project, put together the reading areas in four classrooms over the course of two days, including mounting posters and inspirational quotes on the walls. “I always loved reading as a kid; I would read at least two books a week in elementary school,” said Sepulveda. “I wanted other kids to be able to do that too.” After graduating from high school in spring 2019, Sepulveda will attend college and continue to volunteer. To learn more about the Girl Scout Gold Award, visit www.girlscouts.org.


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Independence Pkwy S. LaPorte. All of the proceeds benefit The INTERNET JOB-SEARCH WORKSHOP Lester and Sue Smith Breast Center at Baylor College of Medicine Fort Bend County Health and Human Services is hosting and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center’s Breast Missouri City Branch Library will present an Internet Jobthe Spay and Neuter SNAP Clinic at Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Cancer Prevention and Research Fund. To register, visit www. Search workshop from 1-3 p.m., in the Conference Room,1530 Reading Road. You must call 713-522-2337 to schedule an ap- raceentry.com. Texas Parkway. Learn how to search for jobs, complete an pointment. online application, and submit a resumé. Free and open to SUNDAY, MARCH 26 FRIDAY, MARCH 17 the public. Reservations required. Visit (www.fortbend.lib. FROM RUSSIA WITH VALVES REPUBLICAN WOMEN PAC MEETING The Friends of the Arts committee, First United Methodist tx.us), click on Events, select Missouri City Branch, and find The Republican Women PAC meeting is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m at Church, Missouri City presents in concert, The Brass Ensemble of the program, or call 281-238-2100. Sugar Creek Baptist LYF Center 13444 Southwest Fwy., Sugar Houston, at 5 p.m. in the Chapel of the Resurrection, First United SATURDAY, APRIL 15 EASTER EGG HUNT Land (across the freeway from the main campus). RSVP by call- Methodist Church, Missouri City is 3900 Lexington Blvd. Free ing or texting 281-755-2063 or email info@spiritoffreedomwomen. to the public with love donations graciously accepted. For more The AUTISM Play Group of Fort Bend County will hold com. Visit www.spiritoffreedomwomen.com for more information. information, call 281-499-3502 or visit www.fumc.org. an Easter egg hunt from 10 a.m. to noon at Lost Creek Park SATURDAY, MARCH 18 Pavilion, 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land. The group proTUESDAY, MARCH 28 CANCER SURVIVORS LUNCHEON vides social opportunities for children with Autism ages 1-12 SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION Cancer survivors will be honored at a luncheon hosted by the The Alexander Hodge Chapter of the Sons of the American years and their families while building a support network in American Cancer Society at 1 p.m. in Cross Creek Ranch, 6450 Revolution dinner meeting will be held at the Sweetwater Coun- Fort Bend County. Cost is free but donations are appreciated. Cross Creek Bend Lane. Lunch is free to any cancer survivor try Club beginning at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact RSVP is required. For more information, contact Susan at and one guest, reservations required. To reserve seats, email Tom Meinecke at tmeinecketom@aol.com or call 281-980-1129. susan@susangar.com or 281-726-2665. LADIES NIGHT OUT Karen Humphrey at karenrfl@dlkeh.net. For more information WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29 visit relayforlife.org/greaterfortbendtx. Join us for a talk on women’s pelvic floor health. Memorial UNDERSTANDING SOCIAL SECURITY MONDAY, MARCH 20 The Social Security Administration will present “Understand- Hermann Sugar Land Hospital is hosting Ladies’ Night Out MENDED HEARTS MEETING ing Social Security” at 6:30 p.m., at the First Colony Branch from 6-7:30 p.m. at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. RegMended Hearts Chapter 362 invites those with heart disease Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Learn how and ister for this free event by calling 713-222-CARE (2273) or and their families to attend. 5:30 p.m. at the HBU Bradshaw Fit- when to apply for retirement benefits and Medicare, and the dif- email SLMarketing@memorialhermann.org ness Center, 7731 Southwest Freeway in dining rooms A, B, C, ferences between Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D. Free and open THURSDAY, APRIL 20 second floor. Meetings are open to the public. Parking is free. BUS TRIP TO LA GRANGE to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633DISNEY TRIVIA CHALLENGE The 50+ adults of St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal 4734. The First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, will Church, 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City are sponsorTHURSDAY, MARCH 30 host young adults at 2 p.m. in the Conference Room. Teens can ing a bus trip to La Grange. Cost is $35 per person, which FRIENDS OF CHILD ADVOCATES also show off their creativity and adventurous side by dressing The Friends of Child Advocates present the annual fundraiser, includes bus transportation, quilt museum admission, and in costume as a favorite Disney character. (Costumes must be Mission and Martinis social, 6 p.m. at the home of Susie and Doug lunch. Please RSVP by April 3. Bus will leave St. Catherine’s appropriate for the library). Free and open to the public. For Goff. Hors d’oeuvres and learning about the Friends mission will at 8:30 a.m. and return at 4:30 p.m. For more information, more information, call at 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734. be on the menu. For more information, mail Judy Maddison at contact Melinda melinda@siennachurch.org or call 281-778TUESDAY, MARCH 21 2046. jmaddison@windstream.net.

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HOPE FOR THREE HELPS PARENTS EXCEL The Alexander Hodge DAR Chapter will meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Library on the
 UH/Sugar Land Campus, in the downHope For Three is offering a new Caregiver Empowerment Prostairs meeting room. For more 
information, contact Sharon gram to families living with Autism Spectrum Disorder, H.O.P.E. Rollins ringrollins3010@gmail.com or visit
www.texasdar.org/ (Helping Our Parents Excel). A free conference is from 9 a.m. to chapters/alexanderhodge. noon at Memorial Hermann Hospital (West Conference B&C THURSDAY, MARCH 23 Rooms, 17500 W Grand Pkwy, Sugar Land. Pre-registration reLITCLUBFC quired at www.hopeforthree.org/hope. JORDAN RANCH CRAWFISH BOIL
 The First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, will host young adults at 4:30 p.m. in the Conference Room. Readers Enjoy Cajun-style crawfish from noon to 4 p.m. plus beer, live are invited to read any X-Men comic for discussion. Free and music and a kid zone with activities at 30722 Sonora Ridge Dr. open to the public. For more information, call at 281-238-2800 Food trucks will be on hand. Admission is free and donations are or 281-633-4734. being accepted for the March of Dimes. FRIDAY, MARCH 24 MULCH DELIVERY FUNDRAISER

Stephen F. Austin High School Bulldog Band makes mulching your beds easy this spring Order at least four bags, and they will deliver to your driveway free. Delivery areas include New Territory, Pecan Grove, Tellfair and the entire Austin High School zone. Mulch is $5 per bag (2 cu. ft.) and comes in four varieties. Orders must be placed by Friday, March 24, for delivery on Saturday, April 1. Order at www.tinyurl.com/mulchband

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FRIDAY, APRIL 21 EXCHANGE CLUB SPAGHETTI DINNER

The Exchange Club Spaghetti Dinner will be held 5:308:30 p.m. at Fluor Corporation Cafeteria, 1 Fluor Daniel Drive, Sugar Land. Help support by donating $25 for an adult dinner ticket, $5 for a child or $100 for a raffle ticket, which includes two adult and two children’s spaghetti dinners. For more information visit www.ecsl.org.

SATURDAY, APRIL 22 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 SAT/SUN APRIL 1-2 and $35 thereafter. $30 for 1 child and 1 adult for 1 mile walk 39TH SPRING FLING CAR SHOW The 39th Spring Fling Car Show will be held at the Knights of until April 10. To register, visit www.FortBendCares.org. MONDAY, APRIL 27 Columbus park 2007 Kay Cee Dr., Rosenberg. All proceeds benefit BRIGHTWATER GARDEN CLUB Fort Bend Senior Citizens Meals on Wheels. $25 pre-registration, Learn how to grow plants from plants, 6:45 p.m. at Lakes $30 at door. Admission free for spectators. Contact Janet Ward for more information at jlbward98@aol.com, 832-912-7150. By South- of Brightwater clubhouse, 2410 Brightwater Dr., 77459. Visit www.brightwatergardenclub.com or call 281-499-9942. west Street Machines.

SATURDAY, APRIL 8 MCTX FEST

SATURDAY, APRIL 29 HIT THE TRAILS


Presented by Saint Thomas’ Episcopal School showcasing the best in Scottish music and dance. 7:30 p.m. at Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, 18111 Lexington Boulevard, 77479. Tickets start at $25. Proceeds benefit the Saint Thomas’ Episcopal Scottish Arts program. For more information and tickets, visit stes.org/soundsofscotland.

This spring, the Show Me City is set to host its first MCTX FEST featuring a day full of live music, art, and food for residents and visitors. Guests will try food from local restaurants, an art market, and also live music. Free to the public, food and beverages will be available for purchase. Twenty-plus vendors will display their goods. Food and art/goods vendor applications available; for more information, visit www.missouricitytx.gov.

A Solid Foundation 4 U Tutoring presents “A Salute to Seuss!” Elementary students and parents are invited to a free movie, 10 a.m. to noon. At the Wells Fargo building, 2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 118 in Missouri City. The event is free; you must register. Call 281 886-7575.

Presented by UT Physicians. Competitive 10K, 5K, KidK Presented by the Missouri City Branch Library for teens and young adults from 2-4 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library at and Toddler Trot. 7:30 a.m. to noon, 1305 Clay St., Richmond. 1530 Texas Pkwy. Students 14-19 years of age are invited to com- Run, walk or volunteer. Visit and register at attackpoverty. pete in this performance-poetry event by reading original works org/5K FORT BEND WALK FOR BABIES they have created. Prizes will be awarded. Free and open to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has a team parpublic. For more information, call 281-238-2100 or 281-633-4734. BUTTERFLY GARDENING ticipating in the first-ever Fort Bend Walk for Babies, 9 a.m. Sienna Branch Library will present the program from 10:30 at Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive in Sugar Land. You to 11:30 a.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8411 are invited to join our team and participate in the 3.2-mile Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. Free and open to the public. walk to raise funds that support healthy childbirth and babies. Easily sign up at marchforbabies.org/team/HousFor more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734. tonMethodistSugarLandHospital and click on the pink Join TUESDAY, APRIL 11 This Team button on the right. Or donate to the team by PECAN GROVE WOMEN’S CLUB The April meeting will be held at Pecan Grove Plantation clicking on the orange Donate button. CRAWFISH BOIL
 Country Club at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program Enjoy Houston’s Coolest Crawfish Boil, noon to 4 p.m. at will follow at 10:30 a.m. after the 10 a.m. business meeting. The April presentation will be a Spring Style Show coordinated by The Club at Riverstone, 18353 University Boulevard. EnterPaula Gibson. Those wishing to stay for lunch should call or email tainment and activities for children. Free and open to the Loyce Anderson at 281-344-8055 Loyce0519@att.net or Sally public. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/RiverstoneCommunity. Wingard at 713-598-5850, sally.wingard@yahoo.com.

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 A SALUTE TO SEUSS

CELEBRATE SUPERHEROES AND ANIME

Fort Bend County Libraries will hold “Young Adult Animé Cosplay” at George Memorial Library, 10:30 a.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The event will feature a costume contest and movie. Teens and young adults can highlight their creativity through outfits representing their favorite video game, animé, manga, SciFi, or comic-book superheroes. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.

CLASSIC CLUB PARTY, BOOGIE 2017

The Boogie will include dancing, silent and live auctions and food stations all to support The Fort Bend Women’s Center. To learn more and to buy tickets visit FBWC.org.

STEPPING OUT AGAINST STROKE OakBend Medical Center will hold its annual 3k walk. Registration 8 a.m. and the walk at 8:30 a.m. at Seabourne Creak Nature Park at 3831 State Highway 36 in Rosenberg. Free T-shirt for registration by March 15. Call 281-341-3093 or email bjanak@ obmc.org.

3RD ANNUAL 5K FUN RUN

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SATURDAY MAY 6, 2017

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. • Constellation Field in Sugar Land

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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