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for sheriff in 2012 was arrested. That arrest and his perceived preferential treatment, a personal recognizance bond at the behest of his buddy, the chief, caused the “Star� to look even further into the chief deputy’s campaign contributions for an election that is well over two years away. In the chief’s first filed report, July of 2009, he collected

$27,125 in expendable contributions, $25,000 of which came from his crony that was arrested in early January 2010. According to his report, he spent $13,246.19 and was gifted 1â „2 a table at a Republican function and printed business cards; the table was from the current sheriff and the business cards from ousted sheriff Perry Hillegist. On that same

report, he was pledged another $50,000 from his arrested crony, $10,000 from his Houston attorney, $100,000 from his parents and $25,000 from an uncle in Bryan Texas. Interestingly, according to the Texas Ethics Commission, once a candidate lists a pledge, it will not again appear in their filings, if or until, the money is listed as an expenditure. Then while it may be listed as an expenditure, the “pledge� does not have to be listed again. you are being followed, day or See MONEY, page 6 night, to call 911 and do not go home. Going to a well lit area or finding a police department or fire station is preferable to returning home where you are more vulnerable. If you believe you are being followed but are unsure, make three consecutive left hand or right hand turns. If the suspicious car follows the same course, and you have a cell phone, contact authorities immediately. See SAFETY, page 6

3UGAR,ANDWOMANROBBEDINDRIVEWAY By Cheryl Skinner A Sugar Land woman says she was followed home and robbed at gunpoint last Friday night about 10 p.m. Police say if you think you are being followed call 911 and do not go home. The woman, a resident of the Eldridge Lake subdivision, told officers she noticed a car following her from southwest Houston.

"AILOUT By LeaAnne Klentzman S e e m s R o s e n b e r g $5-" police were dispatched to a bank robbery at the Capitol One #2)-).!, /&4(%7%%+ on First Street again. When they arrived, the mullet was still in the parking lot. Yep, he was bagged and tagged. Then, to add insult to injury, as the investigation progressed police determined that he was the same guy who robbed the same bank late last year. You gotta wonder ... has he figured out yet that the Bailout Program he’s been hearing about on TV is just for those who looted Wall Street - NOT local bank robbers. Poor mullet, he’s still listed as a resident at the local hoosegow.

When she got to her home in the 13100 block of Brookside Drive, three black males, displaying weapons, took her purse and cell phone. They fled the area and she was not injured, police said. The men were in a newer model, red Chevrolet Cavalier and ranged in height between 5 feet 11 inches to 6 feet tall. The trio was reportedly wearing black clothing. They apparently used black ski masks in an attempt to disguise their identity. Police stress that if you feel

her destination and she was uncertain of whether or not a true police officer was behind her, she continued to her destination and pulled into the driveway. When she exited her vehicle a male rolled down his window, made several derogatory comments to her and subsequently sped away. The vehicle was occupied by three black males. One of the occupants is described as having a dark complexion, short hair and approximately 19 years of age. He was wearing a red shirt and a black baseball cap. Officials with the Sheriff’s Office stress that it is rare for a traffic stop to be made by an unmarked patrol car or by a deputy in plain clothes. See SUSPICIOUS, page 6

-ISSOURI#ITYCITYCOUNCIL VOTESTOHELPCLEANUPGRAFlTI By Cheryl Skinner Missouri City council members voted last week to establish a new ordinance and to provide what they deem “a temporary fix� aimed at cleaning up graffiti in the city. Officials say the city will paint over graffiti as a temporary fix and then the property owner will be required to finish the job. City Manager Frank Simpson said, “We will cover the graffiti and the owner will follow up with a more permanent fix.� Officials said the city will have a limited number of paint colors available. However, the city

vowed to respond to situations quickly to avoid any problems. Under provisions of the new ordinance, if a property owner declines the city’s offer to cover graffiti, he or she will then have 15 days to remove it at their own expense. If the defacement is not removed, it will become a code violation. The city can then cover up the graffiti and bill the property owner for the expense. The previous ordinance governing graffiti offered no temporary fix by the city but now there is a way to jump start the clean up process, officials said.

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JANUARY 27 Better Marriage seminar series Colony Creek Community Church, 7555 Hwy 6 south, Missouri City, will offer the series “Laugh Your Way to a Better Marriage� beginning Wednesday, January 27, 7 p.m. They will continue on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday through March 24. More info? www.colonycreek.org or call 281-208-1414. JANUARY 28 Business Blender Join Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance for an evening of live music, hors d’oeuvres, & libations, celebrating the parternership between U of H SL & WCJC, at their shared campus on Thursday, Jan. 28, 5:30 p.m., 14000 University Blvd., Sugar Land. Call 281-2753300 for info.

JANUARY 30 “Last Saturday Peotry Reading� The Fort Bend Poets Group will commence January 30, 10 a.m., Fill Your Cup Coffee shop, 1410 East Hwy 90A, Richmond. Call 832-6308451 for more info. FEBRUARY 2 Weekly children’s program begins First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, to host these free children’s programs beginning with Mother Goose Time, Feb. 2. There are a variety of these programs for diffeerent age groups. Call 281265-4444 or 281-341-2677 for other programs. Free & open to public. FEBRUARY 3 Intro computer classes George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond will offer free

intro computer classes this month beginning with “Mouse Practice for Scaredy Cats�, Wed., Feb. 3, 10 a.m., computer lab. Call 281-341-2604 or visit the library for the other classes to be offered. FEBRUARY 5 Fort Bend Tea Party This group is hosting an evening of speakers Fri., Feb. 5, 8 p.m., First Colony Community Center, 3232 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. You are invited the to learn how to enter & affect the political system. It is vital that Americans stand together to regain control of their future. Visit www.fortbendcountyteaparty.com to reserve seating. FEBRUARY 6 Bargain Book Sale Friends of First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, will hold their monthly bargain book sale Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Good condition only books may be donated during regular library hours or at the sale & are tax

deductible. Children’s items especially needed. Call 281-416-0936 for more information. Saturday with the Master Gardeners Visit the Demonstration Gardens, Agriculture Center, 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg, Saturday, February 6, 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. & talk to the volunteers who design & maintain them. Walk to the back of the building to find the Master Gardeners. Call 281-341-7068 or www.fbmg.com for more info. Learn about Buffalo Soldiers In celebration of Black History month, Missouri City Branch Library will present a special program on the history of Buffalo Soldiers, Sat., Feb. 6, 2 p.m., 1530 Texas Parkway, Meeting Room. Program free & open to the public. Call 281-499-4100 or 281-341-2677 for more info. Radio Disney Valentine’s celebration Sugar Land Town Square invites everyone out for a celebration, Saturday, Feb. 6, 3-5 p.m., “Alice

in Wonderland� style. Radio Disney will be on site to celebrate with Mad Hatter Valentine Hat Decorating, for the first 200 kids ages 16 & under. FEBRUARY 7 Inaugural recital series: “Concerto� Sunday, Feb. 7, 5 p.m., New Hope Lutheran Church will host this final series of public concert. The event is conducted by Daniel Bachman & the Sugar Land Philharmonic. Call 281499-7611 to speak to Daniel, Lois, or Richard, for more info. UPCOMING NAMI to offer course National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) will offer a series of 12 weekly classes for family members with close relatives with major depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and schizoaffective disorder. Classes begin March 1, First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington, Missouri City. Classes are free. For more info & registration call 281494-5193.

ONGOING Investment group meets monthly The IBM Investment Club meets the first Wednesday of every month, 6 p.m., in Stafford. Come join us for a lively investment discussion and some refreshments. RSVP at 281615-5946 or email leemdcam@aol. com. Sweet Adelines Chorus meets Mondays This group is open to women of all agess who enjoy singing four part harmony, barbershop-style. Sugar Land Chapter meets on Mondays, 7-9 p.m., Christ United Methodist Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. For info call 713-7743975. Learn typing basics George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond, will hold these classes every Monday in Feb., 9 a.m., Learning Lab. Free & open to the public. Seating limited, reservations required at 281-341-2604 or visit the library.

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Honeymoon in Vegas.....I’ve been out of town for a few days this past week to a “destination� wedding in Cancun, Mexico. When I returned home, exhausted from being frisked at security and customs on both sides of the border, and about half sick, I discovered my email box full. Most of the emails were an agenda item from the commissioners’ court agenda for this week: 2) Sheriff’s Office: Ratify travel by Craig Brady and Vanessa Brady to Las Vegas, Nevada, January 19-21, 2010, for extradition of prisoner back to Fort

Bend County. (Fund: Sheriff, Enforcement, Travel) So let me get this straight. Suddenly the Fort Bend County Sheriffs Department has to send two employees to Las Vegas for three days to bring a prisoner back. And these two employees, rather than the usual warrant deputies, were the Chief Deputy and a detective who just happen to be married to each other. Since there are flights in and out of Las Vegas every 30 minutes on the hour, I can’t understand why it would take them three days to extradite a prisoner. Fly in the

morning-2 hours, get the prisoner released -3 hours, grab a plane out -two more hours. I checked the commissioner’s court agenda for the past two months and noticed that while two people were usually sent on an extradition errand (we send deputies out alone on patrol), at no time were three days necessary to bring back a prisoner. And in all of the exotic locations like Thibodaux, La., Bisbee, Ariz., Columbia, S.C., Marksville, La., Memphis, TN., and Little Rock, Ark., Chief Deputy Craig Brady and his lovely bride did not accompany them. As I’ve told you before, Brady announced he was seeking the sheriff’s office four years before the election. In fact, he announced the very day that the sheriff gave patrolmen and detectives $1,000 each from an “anonymous� donor. Here is what one local Jean Juanita humorist,

Herownself, says about that: “Brady announced four years in advance that he’s gonna run for sheriff when the current sheriff retires or goes to that great gun rack in the sky. I’m not saying that Brady runs up behind the current sheriff and loudly hollers BOO every chance he gets, but we do often see him looking at the sheriff, rolling his eyes, tapping his foot, and looking at his watch.� Three days! Three days to get one prisoner and bring him back? I think it was the chief deputy and his baby bride’s honeymoon since they didn’t get to honeymoon before as she was busy expecting a baby and he was busy getting a divorce. Everyone should have a honeymoon. I just don’t think the taxpayers should have to pay for it. They can at least pay their own hotel bill. What bothers me the most about this is that he is either stupid or arrogant to pull something

By Cheryl Skinner Huge boxes of decadent chocolates and fuzzy teddy bears may be the gifts that most expect for Valentine’s Day, but Fort Bend County Precinct 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage and Second Mile Mission Center are hoping that local citizens share their heart by giving during the Share Your Heart Food Drive which begins two days before Valentine’s Day The second annual Share Your Heart Food Drive kicks off February 12 and ends March 27. Officials are asking local residents to “express your care, concern, and love, for individuals and families that are in need of support at this time by organizing a food drive in your neighborhood, school, church organization or office to collect food items.� Precinct 2 Commissioner Prestage says it’s not too late to sign up to help. “These are difficult times for many Fort Bend residents who are still dealing with set backs as a result of loss of work and the rising cost of living. Residents are anxious about

our struggling economy, failing businesses and loss of jobs. In an effort to meet the basic needs of families in the Fort Bend area,� Prestage said. He has partnered with Second Mile Mission Center to host the 2nd Annual Share Your Heart Food Drive benefiting Second Mile Mission Center. Second Mile Mission Center is a faith-based outreach for Fort Bend families in need. The center is completely community funded and is one of the largest standalone benevolence centers in the Houston area. Items being collected include: Canned or packaged soup, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter & jelly, fruit juice, dry assorted items such as hamburger and tuna helper, instant potatoes, pancake mix, and baby items such as cereal, formula, wipes and diapers. Donations can be dropped off at 303 Texas Parkway in Missouri City. If you would like more information on this outreach effort or to host a drive at your location contact Brenda Patton at 281-403-8001 or e-mail brenda. patton@co.fort-bend.tx.us

TH!NNUALh'IRLFRIENDS'IGGLEv h$IVA$ENvTOTAKEPLACE&EB 3ECONDANNUALFOODDRIVETOLAUNCH Girlfriends Giggle will take Co-Chair, Josalyn Dean. Girlfriends Giggle, billed JUSTPRIORTO6ALENTINES$AY place on Thursday, February 4 at Fluor Corporation’s “Diva as a “Grown-up Girls’ Pajama Den� from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m in Sugar Land, Texas. “The Women’s Center assistance and programs serve a large need in Fort Bend County helping domestic violence victims and their children achieve violence-free lifestyles and get back on their feet. Our committee of local women has worked passionately to build this event into Ft. Bend County’s ultimate Girls’ Night Out, all for a great cause,� says Girlfriends Giggle

Party,� is a night of local food and drinks, dancing, shopping and a variety of indulgences to pamper guests. The 5th Annual fundraiser is presented by the STARS Auxiliary of the Women’s Center. Proceeds benefit the women and children served by the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. For information on how to purchase tickets or to become an event sponsor, please call Stefani Fitzgerald at (713) 515-5779.

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like this when he is running for sheriff under questionable circumstances anyway. Surely he knew this would become known. He either didn’t know (stupid) or didn’t care (arrogant)--neither of which we need in a sheriff. A word about commissioners...They can only ratify what has been budgeted for travel, although in this case the listing should have said (Fund: Sheriff, Entertainment, Travel). Commissioners can only dictate when budget time comes. Then they can make sure the sheriff

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only has enough money to do what he needs to do, not send his chief deputy on a belated honeymoon or give everyone in the sheriff’s department a “take home� car. In this day of cutting budgets all over the state, the fact that commissioners refuse to rein in the sheriff’s predilection to give everyone a car, tells me he has something on every one of them. B.K. Carter is the owner/ publisher of the Fort Bend/ Southwest Star. She can be reached at bkcstar@earthlink. net.

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searching terrorists. We don’t need full body xray machines. It is real simple. There should be two lines at every gate; one line for those with a U.S. passport and one line for everybody else. Why is this so difficult for the government? Oh yeah, this is the same federal government that couldn’t get any aid to New Orleans hurricane victims for weeks. Maybe those American citizens that don’t have a passport will get one if they fly even somewhat frequently. You see visitors to our country don’t have U.S. passports. People with student visas don’t have U.S. passports and not one single airplane bombing was attempted by any U.S. born citizen (or naturalized for that matter). I didn’t say people in the passport line were given a free pass, but they will be given the benefit of the doubt. Everybody in the other line can be searched, examined, questioned, x-rayed, patted-down, “wanded�, etc. I don’t care. That is the line that the terrorists would be in if they were present. I went through an airport two or three years ago, I think it was Orlando or Miami but I’m not positive, that had an enclosure that when you walked in, it blasted air from your feet straight up to a vent on the top that sniffed out explosives. I haven’t seen another since then or saw one in another airport anywhere else. Why is that? Did it work? If it didn’t, why did that

airport spend the money on it in the first place? Now, back to the passport line. Did I forget to mention that when you show your U.S. passport and they see that you were not born in the U.S. (a naturalized citizens) you might undergo additional questions at the little kiosk at the end of the cattle line. That is fine. If a citizen was eventually turned into a terrorist in the future, the first would probably be a naturalized citizen. Don’t even get me started on the no-fly list. Why are these people walking our streets breathing my air? Government spokespeople report around 500,000 names on a no fly list? If the FBI is not preventing Bernie Madoff or Allen Stanford ponzi schemes what are they doing? There is a list, now go get’em. If they can’t get’em for something then take the name off the list. I forgot to mention, who they talk to in either line and the “flags� that merit additional questioning is secret. In other words, not public and not public information and may very well change over time. This column expresses the personal opinions/views of General Manager Michael Fredrickson. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number. You email comments to Michael@FortBendStar.com.

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0AYYOURPROPERTYTAXESON THE GO The new Fort Bend County Tax Office facility, located at 1317 Eugene Heimann Circle in Richmond, sports a twowindow drive through on the east side of the building. To utilize this convenient payment option, taxpayers must have their current tax statement and pay with cash, check, money order or credit card. Credit card transactions include a thirdparty vendor convenience fee. Debit cards are not accepted in the drive through at this time. You may also pay your taxes by credit card or e-check by visiting our web site at www. FortBendCountyGov.com. A convenience fee is charged by our third party vendor. Because January 31 falls on a weekend, the 2009 Property tax payments must be postmarked by the United States Post Office or hand delivered to one of the tax offices on or before February 1, 2010 to avoid penalty and interest. If you mail your payment these last few days of January or February 1, please go inside

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Make sure to purchase your Golden Ticket to the third annual Pancakes & Pajamas Children’s Festival, presented by Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) and Texas Children’s Hospital. This family-friendly event will be held on Saturday, February 6, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at The Honor Roll School, 4111 Sweetwater Blvd. in Sugar Land. Proceeds will benefit East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry and Fort Bend Lawyers Care. Jump out of bed and wear your pajamas to an event that will appeal to children of all ages with this year’s “Wacky Wonka and the Pancake Factory� theme. Time spent at the “Pancake Factory� will be filled with adventure and fun. Event admission tickets are

on sale now! You can purchase your Golden Ticket to adventure and fun at all Fort Bend County Randalls locations, JoAnn’s in Sugar Land Town Square or by emailing pancakes@fbjsl.com. Your Golden Ticket is an allinclusive pass that includes breakfast and participation in all games and activities. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Children 2 and under are free. FBJSL invites you to support the event beneficiaries through event sponsorship, raffle donations or by purchasing an ad in the 2010 event program. If you are interested or would like additional information about these and other opportunities, please contact CoChairs Cherie Bauch and Ashley Grubbs at pancakes@fbjsl.com.

the post office and ask for the postmark date. If you deposit your payment in your mail box at home for postal carrier pickup or use the outside mail box located in the Post Office parking lot you may not get that current day’s postmark and the payment may be shipped to another post office before it receives a postmark date. The tax office will not honor a metered date. The envelope must have the official Post Office postmark date. Payments postmarked Feb 2, 2010 or after will be considered late and additional penalty and interest will be due. The tax office is required, by law, to charge penalty and interest. There is no recourse to avoid penalty and interest if it is late. Fort Bend County Tax Offices are located in Richmond, Sugar Land, Missouri City and Needville. Please call 281-3413710 for assistance with directions to one of these locations. On Monday, February 1, 2010, all offices will be open from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

fulfill its mission to provide its services to everyone, regardless of their inability to pay. A donor can designate their gift to be used to support a particular facility or program. The T.W. Davis Family YMCA’s fundraising goal this year is $115,000 Achieving this goal will mean that more people will be able to experience positive YMCA programs. Throughout the Greater Houston area and the surrounding eleven counties served, more than 1,500 volunteers participate in the YMCA’s annual Partners Campaign, making sure even more people benefit from YMCA programs and services. How can you get involved? Call the T.W. Davis Family YMCA at 281-341-0791 to speak with Jess Stuart, the Executive Director. You can become a donor, volunteer or both. “Together we can ensure the YMCA makes a positive difference for kids, families and communities every day,� said Jess.

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Several Girl Scouts from Rainbow Star Service Unit discovered the spectacular masterpieces of Carl Faberge, a legendary jeweler who is still celebrated for his inventive design and meticulous craftsmanship at The Houston Museum of Natural Science exhibition FabergĂŠ: Imperial Jeweler to the Tsars. When the girls first arrived at

the exhibit, they were expecting to only see Imperial Easter Eggs created for the Russian Royal family. But to their surprise, the House of Faberge creating amazing fashioned jewelry and luxurious gifts for many ruling families of Europe. Of course, the diamond tiara created for Empress Josephine was the girls’ favorite.

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in the room wanted to take one home but instead they were given samples of some of the CHI or BOISILK hair products.

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.ON PROlTSGROUPSTOPOST NOTICESON3UGAR,AND#ABLE46 Non-profit organizations may now post meeting and event notices on Sugar Land’s recently created community bulletin board, which is broadcast two hours daily on the City’s cable television channel. City’s Council’s action at its regularly scheduled meeting on Jan. 19 adds non-profit organizations to government agencies, homeowners’ associations and property associations that are currently allowed to post content on the bulletin board. The community bulletin board is limited to text slides and airs on SLtv 16 from 7 to 8 a.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. SLtv 16 is Sugar Land’s governmental access channel, which is available on Channel 16 to Comcast subscribers in the city’s corporate limits. The new community bulletin board is intended to address a community need to publicize meetings and events. To allow for proper production, scheduling and publicity, community bulletin board requests must be received 15 business days in advance of the scheduled event. Meeting and event notices for the community bulletin board will be limited to no more than one notice/event announcement per organization per week. Items are eligible to begin airing 30 days before event. Requests for meeting and event notices on the community bulletin board should be submitted to pubinfo@sugarlandtx.gov or they may be delivered in person to

)NTROTO.ITHYA9OGA TOBEPRESENTEDAT 3,"RANCH,IBRARY Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library presents a special, introductory program on Nithya Yoga on Saturday, February 20, from 3:00 to 4:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 550 Eldridge. Ma Daivi Nithya, a certified Nithya Yoga instructor from the Houston chapter of the Life Bliss Foundation, will present a basic introduction and demonstration of this ancient form of yoga. Anyone interested in learning more about meditating, reducing stress and improving self-awareness through the practice of yoga is encouraged to attend. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-277-8934 or the libraries’ Public Information Office at 281341-2677.

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Recently it was proven by the promotion of cadets’ Kyle McFee and Ariel Rasmus. William P. Clements High School NJROTC held a promotion ceremony where the above cadets were promoted to the rank of Cadet Ensign. Both cadets were promoted based on their sustained superior performance, and dedication to the unit. Along with the promotion comes additional responsibilities; Cadet Ensign McFee assumes the duties of the units Administrative Officer, where

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4HROWYOURLINEAT4ROUT&ESTON3ATURDAY *ANUARY Get ready to cast a line for a fishing good time at Missouri City’s annual Trout Fest on Saturday, Jan. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. The free event will take place at American Legion Park, 4015 Lexington Blvd. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department stocks several area lakes with fish during this time of year, allowing lots of opportunities for a good catch. Residents of all ages are invited to bring a rod and reel and sign up to fish on the day of the event. Bait will be provided while it lasts and prizes will be awarded for the

largest trout catches. Missouri City is partnering with a local conservation association to host this event and members of the group will be on-site to assist with baiting hooks and measuring awardwinning fish. Texas Parks and Wildlife does not require a fishing license for anyone under the age of 17 or any person who is 78 or older but can provide licenses to those who need them. For more information, call 281-403-8500 or visit www. missouricitytx.gov and click on !YOUNGlSHERCHECKSHERLINEAT4ROUT&EST the City Calendar.

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!!20DONATES!FGHANBLANKETS Mrs. Lucy Tatum, a Park Manor Quail Valley Rehabilitation Center resident, seated right, is pictured as she receives an Afghan blanket donated by the Missouri City AARP Chapter. The donation of blankets to Park Manor residents was a 2009 community service project by the AARP Chapter. Seated also is John Tatum, Mrs. Tatum’s son. Standing from the left are: Peggy Pryor, Park Manor

Rehabilitation Supervisor, and Adell Meador, a member of the Missouri City AARP Chapter. This Chapter has donated Afghan blankets to residents of local nursing homes each year for the past eight years. Kenneth Vanway is president of the Missouri City Chapter and meetings are held at 11:30 a.m. on the 2nd Monday of each month at the Missouri City Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway.

Two hundred sixth grade students from the Fort Bend Gifted and Talented Academy traveled to Narnia courtesy of the Sugar Land Branch of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. The students walked through the wardrobe and into the magical land as a part of an interdisciplinary field experience on fantasy literature and life science. As students passed into the parallel universe of Narnia, first envisioned by author C.S. Lewis more than sixty years ago, a snowstorm sprinkled their clothes, and artifacts from the motion picture adaptations of “The Lion, the Witch and The Wardrobe� and “Prince Caspian� surrounded them. The students observed and interacted with artifacts of classic fantasy literature. Students sat high atop the ice queen’s

throne, tried to wield a sword, analyzed chain mail armor and fired a catapult high into the parapets of an enemy stronghold. With frozen hands, the 11and 12-year-olds entered the tight confines of a portable planetarium and journeyed to Mars. This field experience is typical of content integration at the academy. Teachers work on overarching themes that can be tied together across content areas so that students gain a global understanding of the constantly changing world they share. The Fort Bend GT Academy is housed at Quail Valley Middle School in Missouri City. The academy is three years old and serves about 450 students identified as gifted and talented from around the Fort Bend Independent School District.

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3PAGHETTI#OOK /FFSETFOR&RIDAY &EBRUARY The Exchange Club of Sugar Land gears up, with pots and pans, for its 23rd annual Spaghetti Cook-Off sponsored by Classic Chevrolet. The event is scheduled for February 19 at the Fluor Corporation cafeteria serving from 5 to 8 pm. This fun filled family oriented event salutes the law enforcement community in Fort Bend County. In addition to the spaghetti, with delicious sauces

provided by the various lawenforcement teams, there will be salad, bread and iced tea. One team’s spaghetti will be judged the best, and that team will have community bragging rights for a year. Dinner tickets are $10 in advance from any ECSL member—children under twelve eat free—or $15 at the door. There will be live entertainment, live and silent auctions, cake walk and a free

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fun-zone for children, and a fabulous raffle to determine who wins the $5000 vacation package Grand prize. Jacqueline and David Chaumette will serve as Honorary Chairs for the evening. The entire proceeds from the Exchange Club Spaghetti Cook-Off go to the prevention of child abuse, the promotion of Americanism, and the support of ESCAPE Family Resort

Center and several Fort Bend County charitable organizations, such as CASA, the Fort Bend Women’s Center, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Fort Bend YMCA, and others. Doug Earl, 2010 Spaghetti Chair and Harish Jajoo, Co-Chair, invite everyone to attend this enjoyable and worthwhile, funfilled family event. For corporate tables please contact Elizabeth Howard at 713-302-3457.

&OLLOWINGTHEMONEY FROMPAGE There is no way to track, if or when, those pledges are ever received as expendable funds. In short, to the observer, pledges should be considered as given and received since the public has no way of knowing when and if the pledges are used. In reviewing the contribution report from July 2009 through December 2009 that was filed on January 15, 2010 the chief deputy reports no pledges. Total political contributions for that reporting period were $61,760.70 with expenses of $22,201.61 leaving a cash stash of $53,857.26. Out of the 217 contributors listed, most appeared to be employees with gifts ranging from a Captain’s $10 to an deputy’s $250. However, some of the other contributors were retreads from the current Sheriff’s campaign and some were new. One of those retreads is a Weston Lakes man who contributed thousands to Milton Wright. This man, while successful, spent more than a little time in the federal penitentiary. However, Sheriff Wright has publicity stated that they are friends and he has paid his debt to society. Wright and his chief deputy have fired employees for their fraternization with felons in the past. Could large political contributions make that different? The chief deputy and this contributor are Harley riding cronies who travel together. They are so close that the chief

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deputy and his detective bride even took this former felon’s daughter and personally delivered her to the Texas department of corrections to serve her sentence for vehicular manslaughter. However, this was only after the victim’s daughter contacted the “Star� and the scam was uncovered. Up until then, the young lady felon had escaped serving her prison sentence in the state prison because the sheriff and chief were allowing her to serve her prison time at the county jail. The sheriff and chief deputy’s behavior on that with many special favors granted her, sent a mini tsunami through the Courthouse. But, as they have proved over and over, they can only be stopped by the voters. Just like a reef, as the predators circle, the little fish scurry away and hide, but they never quit communicating. Especially when they are ruled by elected law enforcement officials that take political contributions from men with criminal backgrounds. In later weeks, we will look at the other contributors who made up the $61,760.70 total.

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&ORT"END#OUNTYHONORSLONG TIMEEMPLOYEEUPONRETIREMENT Allen Winter was honored with a reception for retiring from Fort Bend County after 25 years of loyal service. Joining him at the reception was his brother and sister, several elected officials, numerous county employees and representatives from Texana Center. County Judge Bob Hebert stated, “We are thankful for Allen’s commitment and faithful service to Fort Bend County. He should retire knowing that he has made a remarkable contribution to Fort Bend County and touched the lives of numerous county employees in immeasurable ways.� Allen worked 20 hours a week

in the County Facilities Custodial Department where his duties included light maintenance and grounds keeping. Allen became a friend to many during his years of employment. When out and about in the Richmond area, Allen enjoys meeting co-workers, both past and present. He also works several hours a day at the Texana Authority office in Richmond performing general housekeeping tasks. Allen loves talking to his coworkers and enjoys remembering the birthdays of his co-workers with handmade birthday cards. He loves to watch sports and travel to Austin to spend time with his family.

7HATTODOAT SUSPICIOUSSTOPS FROMPAGE Should someone attempt to stop you that appears suspicious, the Sheriff’s Office offers the following tips: Maintain current speed, obey all traffic laws, and proceed to the nearest police agency. If you feel the need to pull over quickly, drive to a well illuminated area or densely populated location before stopping. Leave your windows up and your doors locked. Through the closed window, ask to see the officer’s credentials, a police photo identification along with the officer’s badge. Use your cell phone to contact the police if you suspect the person attempting to stop you is not a legitimate police officer. If you are still not convinced call 911 and check the ID with the dispatcher or ask to have a uniformed officer respond.

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the vehicle’s make, color and license plate number if possible. Keep your doors locked and windows up and stay in a highly populated or high traffic area until help arrives. Do not take any action that could put your safety at risk.

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CHAN Rita Patricia Quejong Chan, 86, passed away in Sugar Land on January 20, 2010. Her father’s family was one of the earliest Cantonese families to settle in Manila. Her mother was the daughter of a wealthy businessman in China who ruined her chance for a good marriage by indulgingly letting her leave her feet unbound. She arrived in Manila with two maidservants as part of her dowry only to discover her intended husband was not a rich merchant, as touted by the matchmaker, but a bartender at the Manila Elks Club. Nevertheless, her husband turned out to be a kind, quiet man of integrity, and they formed a household marked by civility, where voices were never raised. Rita was the youngest of their eight children, who were all homeschooled to save money until they were ready to enter fourth grade. Like her other siblings, Rita excelled in math and always ranked at the top of her class. Although Rita’s husband Ming was also born in the Philippines, he was sent to China for his education and did not return until he was a teenager. Their marriage, between an introvert and a flamboyant extrovert, proved not only that opposites attract but that the combination sometimes works. Thrown into a clan full of dominating personalities, Rita quietly made more than her share of contributions. In addition to being a helpmate and adviser to her husband, she held a job in advertising and later as a teacher even as she

raised five children. She returned to college when she was nearly forty and eventually earned a master degree in education. After they immigrated to the United States in 1976, she was hired by the Boston School System as bilingual teacher, a job she held until her retirement. Rita and Ming moved in 1998 to Houston where they, along with two of their children and other relatives, replicated the life to which they were accustomed in Manila, in which good food and mahjong were major focal points. They accepted Christ as their personal savior at the beginning of the twenty-first century. After more than four years of dialysis, Rita passed away peacefully at home. She is survived by her husband Mariano Sui-Ming Chan, daughter Susan and her husband Ron Egan (California), daughter Margaret (North Carolina), son Lumen and his wife Ana N. Chan (Texas), daughter Mary Ann and her husband Mario Lee (Texas), son Marciano and his wife Sabine Bornholdt Chan (California), as well as an “adopted� American daughter, Catherine Abbott Carrillo, who used to be a colleague of Ming in Boston. They have eight grand children: Louisa Chan Egan, Leonard, Andrew, and Ann Margaret Chan; and Mark, Michael, Marlon, and Matthew Lee. Rita lived to see a great-grandson, Ethan Lee, son of Mark and Julia. There was a family gathering to celebrate Rita’s life on January 22.

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Corporal Jake Crocker, USMC Corporal Armando Olivares, USMC Corporal Jonathan McCoy, USMC Sgt. Cory Wolston, U.S. Army LCpl. Brad Robideaux, USMC PFC Kent Finley, 1st Cavalry Ens. Leslie Ward, USN LCpl. Chris White, USMC Spc. Mark Shimala, U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Austin Gaines, U.S. Army PFC E4 Michael Andrew Hernandez, U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Cannata, USMC John R. Simmons, U.S. Army Capt. Sean Nolan, U.S. Army Pvt. V. JordanVoss, U.S. Army LCpl. Alfred Paul Garza, USMC John David Woodcock, Petty Officer, US Navy Lt. Ryan Stevens, U.S. Army Senior Airman Oscar J. Perez, USAF Spc. Johnny Ray DeLeon, U.S. Army Capt. Robert Jason Wisham, U.S. Army PFC Zachary T. Gazaway, USMC PFC Luke M. Havemann, U.S. Army PFC Zachary Johnson, U.S. Army PFC Charlie Kasel - U.S. Army LCpl. Adam C. Turek - USMC PFC Sean (CJ) Johnson, U.S. Army Seaman Fernando Hernandez Jr., USN Lt. Matt Malone, U.S. Navy Chaplain Joe G. Grace II, Army Reserves LCpl. John Rossi, USMC SR Francisco Quintanilla, U.S. Navy SR Joel Soto, U.S. Navy PFC Miguel Soto, Jr., U.S. Army RP Jeffrey (Bubba) Evans, U.S. Navy PFC Rodolfo Castellanos, U.S. Army Pvt. Domingo Arrona Jr., USMC ENS. Megan Haydel, U.S. Navy Pvt. Matthew Butcher, U.S. Army SPC Michael Spencer Tesanovich, U.S. Army Cav. Sgt. Jeramy Kitchen, Texas Army Guard, Iraq PFC Michael Fleming, USMC Pvt. Andrew R. Winchell, US Army PFC Bryan Horner, U.S. Army Major Brian Garino, U.S. Air Force PFC Jordan Allen, Texas Army Guard PFC Shawn Robinson, U.S. Army

&REETAXHELP AVAILABLEAT &ORT"END #OUNTY,IBRARIES Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free incometax-preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort Bend County library system. Patrons should bring last year’s tax return to the session. February’s schedules are as follows: • George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond; Room 2B. • Thursdays, February 4, 11, 18, 25; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. • Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. • Cinco Ranch Branch, 2620 Commercial Center Boulevard, Katy; Meeting Room 1: • Mondays, February 1, 8, 15, 22; 1:00 to 5:00 pm. • Sugar Land Branch, 550 Eldridge; Conference Room: • Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17, 24; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. • First Colony Branch, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land; Conference Room: • Tuesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23; 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. • Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17; 10:30 am to 1:30 pm. • Wednesday, February 24, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. • Missouri City Branch, 1530 Texas Parkway; Meeting Room: • Tuesday, February 2; 12:30 to 3:30 pm. • Thursday, February 4; 10:00 am to 1:00 pm. • Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch, 8100 FM 359 South, Fulshear; Meeting Room: • Saturdays, February 6, 13, 20, 27; 1:00 to 4:00 pm. Income-tax forms may be obtained at any of the branch libraries in the Fort Bend County library system during regular library hours. This service is free and open to the public on a first-come, firstserved basis. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-3412677.

,#)3$OFFERING EDUCATIONSERIESFOR SPECIALEDPARENTS Lamar CISD is offering a Special Education Parenting Series beginning Thursday, January 28, at Navarro Middle School. Nancy Kling, a licensed professional counselor, will present the Nurtured Heart Approach. To benefit most from the series, parents need to attend all five sessions. The series will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on the following dates: January 28; February 4; February 11; February 25; and March 4. The series will also be offered later this year, beginning March 25. Please call Rosalie Ramirez at 832-223-0400 for more information and to register for the class. Childcare will be provided, with snacks.

we sometimes forget that there are families and individuals suffering right in our own back yard. Luckily, Commissioner Grady Prestage is there to remind us that help is needed. Grady is a champion of employees and citizens in the county. He is always looking out for the regular guy. The items needed to help a family are so simple. A jar of peanut butter, a bag of rice, macaroni and cheese—can mean the difference between putting the kids to bed in tears or with a full tummy.

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CITY OF STAFFORD Invitation to Bid

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, AMENDING SECTION 12 OF APPENDIX A OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, ENTITLED “THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY ZONING ORDINANCE”; AMENDING STANDARDS FOR OFF-STREET PARKING; PROVIDING A PENALTY; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY.

AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 30, ENVIRONMENT, OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF MISSOURI CITY, TEXAS; AMENDING RULES AND REGULATIONS CONCERNING GRAFFITI REMOVAL; PROVIDING A PENALTY; AND PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY.

The City is seeking to hire a quality contactor to furnish labor, material and equipment for concrete pavement repair within the city limits of Stafford, Texas.

I, Patrice Fogarty, City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the caption of said Ordinance No. O-10-01 approved on second and final reading by the City Council at its regular meeting held on January 19, 2010, as the same appears in the records of my office. /s/ Patrice Fogarty, TRMC City Secretary

ORDINANCE NO. O-10-02

I, Patrice Fogarty, City Secretary of the City of Missouri City, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the caption of said Ordinance No. O-10-02 approved on second and final reading by the City Council at its regular meeting held on January 19, 2010, as the same appears in the records of my office. /s/ Patrice Fogarty, TRMC City Secretary

CITY OF MISSOURI CITY LEGAL NOTICE

CITY OF STAFFORD Invitation to Bid

The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Proposals for the following:

The City is seeking to hire a quality contactor to furnish labor, material and equipment for the installation of pedestrian illumination on US 90A, within the city limits of Stafford, Texas. The proposed pedestrian illumination assemblies and electrical wiring will be installed on existing foundations and in existing conduit that was installed during a separate contract. Refer to the General Notes and Project Plans for more details.

RFP # 088-10 OPERATOR SERVICES FOR MISSOURI CITY REGIONAL WATER TREATMENT PLANT Scope: The City intends to contract with one (1) vendor to operate and maintain the City-owned Regional Water Treatment Plant and associated water transmission system. There will be a non-mandatory pre-proposal conference at 2:00 PM on February 11, 2010 at the City Hall Council Chambers, 1522 Texas Parkway, in Missouri City. Proposal responses will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time March 2, 2010 and then opened. RFP packages are available beginning January 20th from the Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, in Missouri City, by emailing charles@missouricitytx.gov, or by calling (281) 403-8612 and requesting the document number as listed above. Proposal responses must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the RFP name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Responses must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Responses marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Responses are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

NOTICE OF ORDER ADOPTING RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR STORM WATER PROTECTION AND ESTABLISHING PENALTIES FOR VIOLATIONS TO THE RESIDENTS AND TAXPAYERS OF FORT BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 26 AND TO ALL OTHER INTERESTED PERSONS: NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Board of Directors of Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 26 (hereinafter called “District”), at a meeting held on December 16, 2009, adopted an Order adopting rules and regulations for storm water protection and establishing penalties for violations of the rules and regulations. The District’s order was adopted for the purpose of establishing rules and regulations for storm water protection and to establish penalties for violations thereof. This Order was adopted to ensure that all construction activities within the District having storm water discharges have in place a valid NPDES or TPDES permit and a Storm Water Pollution Prevention Plan (“SWPPP”) for all storm water discharges, that such facilities are operated in accordance with such permits and SWPPP, and that illicit and unauthorized connections or non- storm water discharges are prohibited. The Order also provides that District representatives are authorized to enter on land, conduct inspections, issue notices of deficiency for violations, and require compliance of all persons subject to the Order. Persons subject to the Order must also comply with post-construction storm water management policies and procedures adopted by the City of Missouri City, Texas. The District may, without notice, suspend water service, sewer service, or discharge to its storm sewer system to stop any storm water discharge that may present a danger to the environment, the health and welfare of persons, the District’s facilities, surface water or water of the United States. The District may also, after provision of notice, terminate or refuse to provide water or sewer service or access to its storm sewer system for violations of this Order. Pursuant to the authority granted by Section 49.004 and Section 54.205, Texas Water Code, as amended, the District may levy penalties for the breach of any requirement or rule, which penalties shall not exceed the jurisdiction of a justice court as provided in §27.031, Texas Gov’t Code, currently up to $5,000.00. Such penalties shall be in addition to any other penalties provided by the laws of the State of Texas. Further, in any suit to enforce its rules, the District shall seek to recover reasonable fees for attorneys, expert witnesses and other costs incurred by the District before the court. A full copy of the order is on file at the Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 26 Office, 1100 Louisiana Street, Suite 400, Houston, Texas 77002-5211 and at 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459. The order and rules will be in full force and effect from and after five (5) days after the date of publication of this notice. FORT BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 26 VICKIE SABB-ADAMS __________________________ Secretary

Sealed bids in duplicate, marked “US 90 A Pedestrian Illumination” addressed to the City of Stafford will be received by the City Secretary, Ms. Bonnie Baiamonte, at the Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477, until 4:00 p.m., local time, Wednesday, February 10, 2010. Bids received after closing time will be returned unopened. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the 7:30 P.M. Stafford City Council meeting. Notice of the award of the contract shall be given by the City within sixty (60) days following the opening of bids.

Sealed bids in duplicate, marked “Concrete Pavement Repair” addressed to the City of Stafford will be received by the City Secretary, Ms. Bonnie Baiamonte, at the Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477, until 4:00 p.m., local time, Wednesday, February 10, 2010. Bids received after closing time will be returned unopened. The bids will be publicly opened and read aloud at the 7:30 P.M. Stafford City Council Meeting. Notice of the award of the contract shall be given by the City within sixty (60) days following the opening of bids. A pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 1:30 p.m. at the Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477. 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 Lawrence Vaccaro, Jr. at 281-261-3921. 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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A pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at 10:00 a.m. at the Stafford City Hall, 2310 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477. All bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the bid from a Surety Company as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into a contract and execute Performance and Payment Bond 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 licensed by the Texas Board of Insurance Commissioners. Plans, specifications and bidding documents may be picked up from AIA Engineers, LTD. Consultants, 15310 Park Row, Houston, Texas 77084 with a deposit of $100 non-refundable or received electronically by e-mailing zschwartz@aiainc. com. Information concerning this bid may be directed to Zina Schwartz, P.E., 281-493-4140, ext 247.

Notice of Public Hearings The City of Missouri City will hold two (2) public hearings to give all Missouri City residents an opportunity to voice community needs and concerns regarding community development issues. We need to hear from you so that the FY 2010 Action Plan will reflect your concerns and your assessment of community needs. The first hearing will be held Monday, February 15th at 7:00 PM at the Missouri City Hall Council Chambers 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City, TX 77489 _______________________________________________________________ The second hearing will be held Monday, March 15th at 7:00 PM at the Missouri City Hall Council Chambers 1522 Texas Parkway Missouri City, TX 77489

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.

CITY OF SUGAR LAND REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Sealed submittals (one original and five copies), addressed to the City Secretary Office of the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, February 11, 2010 for: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS NO. 2010-07 FIRE DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT Submissions shall be appropriately marked in the upper left hand corner as follows: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS NO. 2010-07 FIRE DEPARTMENT ASSESSMENT BIDDER’S NAME, ADDRESS, AND DUE DATE Signed and sealed submittals shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 11:00 o’clock a.m., Thursday, February 11, 2010, City of Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All submissions received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the date for the opening of submittals. A mandatory pre-submittal meeting for all interested parties will be held 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, February 02, 2010, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Cane Room Number 161,Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of submittals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective submitters and may or may not affect the submission opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all submissions and to waive informalities in submittals received. The award will be made based on a panel evaluation of submittals received. Specifications and required documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land Texas, 77479, or by registering at https:// www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All qualification documents, amendments and other information relating to this request for qualifications will be posted at this site. For questions regarding this Request for Qualifications, please contact Todd Reed, Purchasing Manager, telephone (281) 275-2734 or email at treed@sugarlandtx.gov. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

Residents may address the public hearing or send comments to the City of Missouri City, Planning Department, CDBG Section at 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX 77489. Residents may fax their comments to the City at 281-208-5551. CDBG Program Background The national objective 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. Not less than 70% of CDBG funds must be used for activities, which benefit low and moderate-income persons. CDBG goals include: 1. Improve the urban environment in low and moderate-income areas. 2. Eliminate blighting influences and the deterioration of property, neighborhoods and public facilities in low and moderate-income areas. 3. Ensure decent, safe and sanitary housing for low and moderate-income residents. Eligible activities include, but are not limited to: public facility construction and improvements; handicapped accessibility; operational funding for non-profit agencies servicing primarily low-income persons; rehabilitation of owner-occupied housing; housing development assistance, enforcement of City codes; clearance and demolition; infrastructure improvements; business development and job creation activities. Fair Housing Issues The Public Hearing will also be a forum regarding input on fair housing and related issues. Citizens with suggestions and/or concerns will be provided an opportunity to voice those issues during the public hearing. Certification I certify that a copy of the Public Posting for FY 2010 CDBG Public Hearing was posted on the City Hall Bulletin Board and at the Public Library on January 15, 2010. _________________________________ /s/ Betty G. Collins, Administrative Assistant

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CITY OF MISSOURI CITY LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB #113-10 PHASE I (10 MGD) SURFACE WATER TREATMENT PLANT Bid responses will be accepted until 2:00 P.M. local time March 2, 2010 and then opened. Project Description: Construction of a 10 MGD surface water treatment plant including the following elements: • Raw water pump station. • Pretreatment flocculation / sedimentation. • Microfiltration, including membrane building. • Transfer pump station. • Solids handling gravity thickener / belt filter press. • Chemical storage / feed systems. • Electrical / instrumentation. • Related site / civil work. The successful contractor shall provide labor, materials, equipment and transportation necessary to perform under this contract per specifications.

5. The City Council will award the bid to the lowest responsible bidder that complies with all requirements of the Request for Bids. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the bid opening date and time.

There will be a non-mandatory pre-bid conference at 10:00 A.M. local time February 11, 2010 in the City Hall Council Chambers at 1522 Texas Parkway in Missouri City. Although not mandatory, attendance at this pre-bid conference will be considered during the evaluation of the bids.

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The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing a Request for Statements of Qualification for the following: Delinquent Tax Collection Services RSQ #129-10 The City of Missouri City is requesting statements of qualifications for the collection of delinquent property taxes. The City is seeking proposals from law firms with experience in property tax collections, and with adequate personnel and data processing capacity to process and collect the City’s delinquent tax accounts. Statements will be accepted until 2:00 p.m. local time February 15, 2010 and then opened. RSQ packages may be obtained beginning January 27: • Missouri City Purchasing Office at 1522 Texas Parkway, in Missouri City; • by email from cjohnson@missouricitytx.gov or charles@missouricitytx.gov or • by calling (281) 403-8612 Please request the document name and number as listed above. Statements must be sealed, marked with the RSQ name and number as listed above and the date of opening. Statements must be delivered to the attention of the Missouri City Purchasing Manager, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Statements marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Statements are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

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A proposal to adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 102 of the Code of Ordinances, the same being the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, by amending the Specific Use Permit granted to National Coupling Co., Inc., on February 18, 2009 which allowed the expansion and development of a Light Industrial Use, on a 14.0177 acre tract of land located within the City in Zoning District MU, and further identified as being located at 1316 Staffordshire.

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2009 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Black LT STK# 195004 2,331 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $39,450

2006 Lexus LS 350 Black Onyx STK# 001897 33,320 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $26,988

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2008 Cadillac Escalade EXT White Diamond Tricoat STK# 8G199806 Classic Chevrolet 25,869 Miles (888) 460-3199 $47,977

2005 Subaru Outback Brilliant Silver Metallic/Granite Gray Opal 2.5i STK# 357525 Classic Chevrolet (888) 4603199 $13,988

2005 Chevrolet SSR Ricochet Silver Metallic LS STK# 119812 42,432 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $24,988

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Silver Birch Metallic LT STK# 129692 4,622 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $39,988

2008 Chevrolet Cobalt Victory Red LS STK# 232670 36,239 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $10,988

2008 Infiniti EX35 Platinum Graphite Metallic STK# 300861 34,060 Miles Classic Chevrolet 3.5L, 6-cyl, cruise, Bose stereo, tilt, AM/FM/CD, power sunroof. Call Classic Chevrolet (888) 4603199 $31,988

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Dark Cherry Metallic LT1 STK# 240258 28,224 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $17,500

2009 Chevrolet Impala Black LT STK# 119477 29,522 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $15,588

2008 Chrysler Sebring Stone White Clearcoat LX STK# 209556 Classic Chevrolet. (888) 460-3199. $11,900

2007 Dodge Charger Brilliant Black Crystal Pearlcoat SXT STK# 826647 Classic Chevrolet. (888) 460-3199. $18,588

2008 Chevrolet Tahoe Silver Birch Metallic LTZ STK# 114598 29,268 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $39,988

2008 Nissan Rogue Phantom White SL 120670 Classic Chevrolet 41,521 Miles (888) 460-3199 $19,988

2006 Nissan 350Z Magnetic Black Pearl Grand Touring STK# 380479 Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $19,988

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic Dark Blue Metallic LS2 STK# 152946 Classic Chevrolet (888)4603199 $17,988

2004 Nissan Altima Polished Pewter 2.5 S STK# 113299 Classic Chevrolet 2.5L, 4cyl, auto, power windows & locks, tilt. (888) 460-3199. $7,995

2007 Nissan Versa Blue Onyx Metallic 1.8 SL STK# 357097 Classic Chevrolet (888) 4603199 $9,999

2007 Ford Explorer Silver Birch Clearcoat Metallic XLT STK# B05524 39,689 Miles Classic Chevrolet 6-cyl, auto, cruise, AM/FM/CD, rear AC, tilt. Call Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199

2009 Dodge Journey Stone White Clear Coat SXT 240760 21,045 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $17,988

2009 Pontiac Vibe Ultra White 1.8L STK# 430168 Classic Chevrolet 29,628 Miles 4-cyl. auto, tilt, cruise. (888) 460-3199. $15,988

2007 Chevrolet Corvette Machine Silver Metallic STK# 107303 14,971 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 4603199 $36,988

2006 Mitsubishi Outlander Labrador Black Pearl Limited STK# 024484 Efficient 4-cyl. automatic, cruise, tilt, Call Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $12,888

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Dark Cherry Metallic Lt1 STK# 240258 28,224 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888 )460-3199 $17,500

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic Dark Blue Metallic LS2 STK# 152946Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $17,988

2009 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Summit White LT STK# 127951 Classic Chevrolet 319 Miles (888) 460-3199. $43,200

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD Graystone Metallic LT STK# 151373 Classic Chevrolet 5,002 Miles (888) 460-3199. $37,100

2007 Chevrolet Tahoe Dark Blue Metallic LT STK# 110465 Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $28,998

2008 Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD Summit White LT STK# 215477 Classic Chevrolet 26,150 Miles power windows & locks, cruise, tilt. (888) 460-3199. $38,055

2005 Honda CR-V Nighthawk Black Pearl Special Edition STK# 063932 Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $13,988

2008 GMC Sierra 2500HD Fire Red SLE Z71 STK# 160926 Classic Chevrolet 29,051 Miles (888) 460-3199. $40,356

2008 Kia Spectra White LX STK# 541828 17,776 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 4603199 $10,988

2002 Nissan Altima Polished Pewter 2.5 S STK# 197469 brand new tires, non-smoker, cruise, auto. Call Classic Chevrolet (888) 4603199 $7,488

2008 Jeep Wrangler Red Rock Crystal Pearl Unlimited Sahara STK# 627856 26,329 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $28,988

2006 Land Rover Range Rover Sport Giverny Green HSE STK# 928010 35,540 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $35,988

2008 Ford Expedition White Suede Clearcoat King Ranch STK# A19945 45,361 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 4603199 $31,988

2009 Chevrolet Tahoe Graystone Metallic LT STK# 103518 Classic Chevrolet 16,411 Miles (888) 460-3199. $35,700

2002 Chevrolet Tahoe Victory Red LT STK# 299232 Classic Chevrolet. (888) 460-3199. $10,988

2008 Chevrolet Express Passenger Summit White LS 3500 STK# 177235 Classic Chevrolet 33,150 Miles (888) 460-3199. $20,200

2008 Honda Odyssey Taffeta White EX-L w/DVD STK# 012629 29,675 Miles Classic Chevrolet 3.5L, 6cyl, heated seats, leather, power windows & locks, CD, Call Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $30,688

2007 GMC Yukon Gold Mist Metallic SLT STK# 348915 48,122 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $31,988

2008 Chevrolet Avalanche Black LTZ STK# 174015 Classic Chevrolet 2,819 Miles (888) 460-3199. $36,500

2005 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Victory Red Z71 STK# 247800 Classic Chevrolet 28,787 Miles (888) 460-3199. $19,900

2007 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 Classic Sandstone Metallic LS2 STK# 112766 Classic Chevrolet. (888) 4603199. $13,995

2008 Ford F-150 Oxford White Clearcoat/Pueblo Gold Lariat STK# B17879 Classic Chevrolet 35,401 Miles (888 ) 460-3199. $29,988

2001 Buick LeSabre Light Bronzemist Metallic Custom STK# 145882 Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199

2007 Chevrolet Corvette Arctic White STK# 101871 25,499 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888 ) 460-3199

2007 Lexus ES 350 Royal Ruby Metallic STK# 041304 Classic Chevrolet. (888) 4603199. $22,500

2009 GMC Acadia Red Jewel Tintcoat SLT-1 STK# 133884 Classic Chevrolet 22,318 Miles (888) 460-3199 $29,900

2009 GMC Sierra 1500 Summit White SLE STK# 160323 23,952 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888)460-3199 $25,988

2006 Acura TL Nighthawk Black Pearl w/Navi STK# 047858 Classic Chevrolet. (888) 460-3199. $21,988.

2008 Chevrolet Suburban Dark Blue Metallic LT 1500 STK# 208613 Classic Chevrolet 33,127 Miles (888) 460-3199 $29,998

2008 Ford Escape Silver Metallic Clearcoat XLT STK# D31648 30,927 Miles Classic Chevrolet (888)460-3199 $16,988

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2006 Lincoln Navigator Peal Wht Ultimate STK# J23427 Classic Chevrolet (888)4603199 $19,988

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2005 Subaru Outback Brilliant Silver Metallic/Granite Gray Opal 2.5i STK# 357525 Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $13,988

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe Summit White LS STK# 125434 Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $15,988

2005 Chevrolet Suburban Pewter 1500 LT Z71 STK# 136212 Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $16,988

2004 GMC Sierra 1500 Summit White SLE STK# 371657 Classic Chevrolet (888) 460-3199 $14,988

2008 Nissan Altima Pebble Beach 2.5 SL STK# 502920 Classic Chevrolet 14,218 Miles (888) 460-3199. $19,990

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2003 Chevrolet Silverado 3500 Dark Gray Metallic STK# 137420 Classic Chevrolet 6.6L V8 extended cab, auto, cruise, tilt, (888) 460-3199 $18,988

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Sweetwater- THISSTUNNINGSTUCCOCUSTOMISSITUATEDONAGORGEOEUSOVERSIZED Lakes of Austin Park - YOUWILLFALLINLOVEWITHTHISCHARMINGHOME LOTINAHIGHLYSOUGHTAFTERNEIGHBORHOOD$739,000

WHICHHASBEENTASTEFULLYUPDATEDMETICULOUSLYMAINTAINED$330,000

sold

sold

4+0#

4+34

Heritage Colony - FALLINLOVETHEMOMENTYOUDRIVEUPTOTHISSTUNNING Commonwealth- YOUWILLFALLINLOVEWEVERYASPECTOFTHISWONDERFUL BRICKSTONEHOMESITUATEDPERFECTLYINAQUIETCULDESAC$267,000

HOME NESTLEDINAQUIETCULDESAC UPDATEDMAINTAINED$475,000

sold in one week 4+,+

4+,+

Crescents On The Green- 0RESTIGIOUSGATEDCOMMUNITYINTHEHEARTOF STCOLONYWITHASPECTACULARHUGEGOLFCRSLOTWSPARKLINGPOOL$360,000

Riverstone-  STUNNING$AVID7EEKLY HUGEOPENFLOORPLAN MEDIAROOM FANTASTICPOOLSPA$519,000

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4+#6

Cypress Valley -%XQUISITECUSTOMSITUATEDONONEOFTHElNESTGOLFCRSLOTSIN ALLOFSWEETWATER-AGNIlCIENTVIEWS%XTERIORSPLENDORABOUNDS$1,585,000

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January 27, 2010