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Rep. Ron Reynolds named House Democratic Whip State Representative Ron Reynolds (Fort Bend County-D, District 27) was named as the House Democratic Whip. The Whip is the second highest ranking position in the Democratic Caucus. The Democratic Whip assists the Democratic leadership in managing the party’s legislative program on the House floor. The Whip keeps track of all legislation and ensures that all party members are present when

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both sides of the aisle to pass legislation that benefits all Texas families,” remarked Reynolds. Rep. Reynolds is serving in his second session. Last session he was voted by his House colleagues as “Freshman Legislator of the Year” and “Public Servant of the Year” by the Houston Minority Contractors Association. He currently serves on the Environmental Regulation and Technology committees.

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Sugar Land approves tax abatement package By Betsy Dolan

As expected, Sugar Land's City Council unanimously approved the tax abatement package for Texas Instruments Inc. as part of the company's plan to build a research and development center that will

employ 375 people. The council also changed the zoning on the planned 7.2 acre site on the northeast corner of University and Lexington in Telfair from interim singlefamily residential to business office. TI said last year it would close

Missing woman found By LeaAnne Klentzman

A Missouri City woman was found deceased just hours after she was reported missing. Missouri City police were notified early Monday morning, February 4, around 1:46 am that Teresa Millhouse, 48, was missing. According to police, Ms. Millhouse resided on Tuscan Shores in the Lake Shore Harbour subdivision. In a written statement police officials said, “Officers arrived on location and immediately began

searching nearby streets, and neighborhoods.” Ms. Millhouse’s body was discovered at approximately 7:20 am that Monday morning when an officer on the scene saw what appeared to be a body floating in the retention pond behind the 4000 block of Tuscan Shore.  Teresa Millhouse’s body was recovered from the pond that morning.   “This incident is currently under investigation by the Missouri City Police Department,” said a spokesman for the department.

its 45-year-old semiconductor factory in Stafford, eliminating 500 jobs. But the Dallas-based company decided to relocate their research and development group to Sugar Land after studying incentive packages from several communities in the Houston area. TI plans to invest more than $35 million to build a 155,000-square-foot office building. The company expects construction to be finished by early 2014. Sugar Land, the Sugar Land Development Corporation, and Fort Bend County offered a joint incentive package to keep TI in the county. Sugar Land approved a 50 percent tax abatement for 10 years. The Sugar Land Development Corporation approved a $2.5 million grant. Fort Bend County approved a 75 percent tax abatement on real improvements and personal ZONING, continued on page 12

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Fort Bend’s most unique social event of 2013 has come and gone. The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce kicked off the New Year with its annual Chairman’s Gala on Friday, January 25 at the Safari Texas Ranch. After the awards presentation, the over 400 guests made their way to the Blues Brothers Lounge for music, flaming desserts and casino and garage games. The party had just begun! Shown is Don Kerstetter who was awarded the Community Spirit Award and is flanked by The Blues Brothers Tribute Band members. See related article on page 13

Fort Bend ISD suspends 15% rule; approves facility needs assessment assessment for the district. The $1.7 million dollar In preparation for what assessment will be a top to could be a bond proposal put bottom analysis of the district’s to voters next year, Fort Bend schools.  It will provide ISD's Board of Trustees (BOT) a comprehensive look at approved a plan to hire Jacobs everything from HVAC units, Engineering Group, Inc. to to classroom square footage, prepare a five year facilities needs to technology inadequacies. By Betsy Dolan

Teamwork pays off - nabs burglar By LeaAnne Klentzman

Last week a Pct. 4 deputy constable and deputy sheriffs busted a copper thief. This week a Pct. 3 deputy constable and deputy sheriffs busted a residential burglar. Go Team! According to sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, it all began about 4 am, on the morning of January 30. It seems that both sets of deputies

responded to a 911 call for service at the Ashley House Apartments in the 3900 block of South Mason Road David Moehle after a report of a burglary in progress. This incident was discovered TEAMWORK, continued on page 12

Man uses stolen credit card at Target

Strayer University has just opened a new campus in Stafford at the corner of S. Kirkwood and Highway 59, across from The Fountains. For more information, call 281-201-3800 or www.strayer.edu/texas/stafford. Shown from center (left to right) Stafford Mayor Leonard Scarcella joins Michael Plater, Ph.D., president of Strayer University, and members of Strayer University’s Stafford campus team in celebrating the opening of Strayer University’s new campus in Stafford, Texas on Jan. 30. See related article on page 13

Sugar Land police are looking for a man who used a stolen credit card at Target, 16300 Southwest Freeway, on Nov. 12. Surveillance video from Target shows a man with three children using the credit card to purchase Apple iPods and Xbox games totaling more than $820. The credit card was among several cards in a wallet left by accident at McDonalds, 3400 Highway 6, on Nov. 11. The owner of the wallet said he was at the McDonalds from 6:45 to 7:15 p.m.  Later that evening, his bank contacted him about a

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fraudulent debit card charge at a Shell gas station, 1750 Williams Trace Blvd., so he cancelled the card. The bank alerted him the next day that fraudulent credit card charges were attempted at Walmart, 5501 Highway 6, and Target.  He then realized his wallet was missing. Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at (281) 275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477). Surveillance video posted at www.sugarlandtx.gov/_blind/ creditcardabuse-11-11-12.

"We need to do an assessment now to determine the current facility conditions and give an estimated cost to fix these items regardless of the funding mechanism," said Max Cleaver, Chief Auxiliary Services Officer. "Using a third party vendor will help keep things transparent."  Cleaver told the BOT that a complete assessment would require over 10,000 man hours and the district does not have the manpower to do the job.  Sam Wilson with Jacobs Engineering said it would take 10 months to complete the assessment including time in the fall to update the community on the progress.  FBISD, continued on page 12

Work’n the odds By LeaAnne Klentzman

You know those copper steal’n crooks were think’n there was no CRIMINAL way that “old” OF THE WEEK man cop was gonna catch’m. So, they took flight and ran.  Who’da ever guessed that deputy Dunn would be right on their heels?  Yes, he was...like skin on a sausage!    However, this incident begs many questions … First of all, Really? A sprint’n cop over 30? Wow!

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Missouri City's Drought Contingency Implementation update Effective immediately, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality has rescinded its Order requiring the implementation of certain water use restrictions. As a result, the City of Missouri City has now moved from Stage 2 to Stage 1 of its Drought Contingency Plan for its Surface Water Treatment Plant Utility Service Area. This is the area served by Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility Districts. The conservation goal for Stage 1 is a 5 percent reduction of water use. The City in conjunction with the Gulf Coast Water authority will be

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Who in the heck?......thinks I want or need woodworking plans. I get oodles of e-mail every day. I’ve never counted because I have too much other things to do, but I get some crazy emails. They seem to run in packs. It was Canadian medicine for several months, then it was guaranteed loans. Lately it has been woodworking plans. Not only do I not understand what web site I visited that caused the woodworking plans to be sent to me every day about 3 times a day, but since it is probably a mass mailing and you’ve received your share of invitations to buy woodworking plans, I wonder who thought that thousands, nay millions, of people should get woodworking plans. It simply defies imagination. I also get many offers to teach me IPad instructions. Now IPads are simpler to work than your average computer. In fact, I saw a monkey (on TV) using an IPad yesterday. In fact my grandson Jack, who was 4 years old at the time, received an IPad for Christmas and by New Year’s had mastered the machine and carried it around like his binkie.

Some days I don’t even like to look at my email. Kenneth Craig Brady......If you wonder who that is, it’s the same Craig Brady who was the Chief Deputy that spent one-half million dollars running for Sheriff and was soundly defeated in a four-man race. He is now applying to be the Chief of Police in Alvin as Kenneth Brady. I guess he wants to start a new life and we applaud him for that, but if I were an official in Alvin, I guess I would have my doubts about someone applying for a job as the chief law enforcement officer under a new name. I would wonder what he was trying to hide. Asian day of beauty......Okay, I am going to make an old joke. I’m warning you so you can skip this paragraph. After being sick for several weeks, when I finally arose from my sick bed I desperately needed some beauty treatment. I went to my favorite beauty salon where the young lady who cuts my hair is actually named Phuong Die^.p, but to her customers, she is called “Tiffany.” Then I went to my favorite nail

Fort Bend ISD will host District Spelling Bee on February 9 Fort Bend ISD will host its District Spelling Bee on Saturday, February 9, from 9:00 a.m. to approximately 12:00 p.m., in Fort Settlement Middle School’s cafetorium, 5440 Elkins Road, Sugar Land. The district event will

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Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity's ReStore looking for volunteers Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity ReStore is currently looking for volunteers to work in the store. Volunteers are critical for processing, organizing and stocking donations, as well as providing customer service to visitors. Volunteering at the ReStore directly helps us raise money to build more

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City of Meadows Place plans for spring Swinging Door on February 16th. April 27, Saturday afternoon Although the weather in Fort from 2:00pm to 5:00pm, the Bend County feels like spring, Meadows Home and Garden according to the calendar it's still Club will present the Don't Move, winter. But soon spring really will IMPROVE! spring home tour. be here and the City of Meadows Come see remodeled gourmet Place is hard at work making kitchens, outdoor utopias, man plans for citizens to get out and caves, and more as you tour participate in the fun. Be sure to nine different homes graciously jot these dates on your calendar opened to the public. Tickets or put them in your smart phone. purchased prior to the event date April 12, Friday evening, will be $10. On the day of the Concert at the Lake will be event tickets will be $15. Money held on Brighton Lane from raised is put toward scholarships. 7:00 - 9:00pm. The band, The May 11, Saturday from 7:00am Revolving Doors, is a nine piece - 7:00pm, The City of Meadows band that plays classic rock and Place will hold their general takes requests. Bring your blanket election. If you have a desire to and chairs and dance to some serve and make a difference in great music. If you're interested the community, two alderman in hearing this band before the positions are available. Position event, they will be playing at the 4 - Alderman Terry Henley and By Karen Daniels

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Imperial Redevelopment TIRZ extended by Sugar Land The plan is to develop 840 acres which includes the The Sugar Land City prison farm property and the Council unanimously approved Imperial Sugar refinery site. an ordinance extending a tax “We need the extension increment reinvestment zone to make up for some of the (TIRZ) for the Imperial Sugar lost time that this project Redevelopment project. The suffered during the economic extension runs through 2042. downtown,” said James Originally approved in Calloway, Sugar Land’s 2007, the TIRZ No. 3 is an Executive Director of agreement between the City Community Development. of Sugar Land and Cherokee The City Council also Investments Sugar Land to approved a nearly $150 create a special tax generating million final project district to fund the Imperial and finance plan for the Sugar redevelopment project. TIRZ No. 3.The Imperial Fort Bend County has Redevelopment District’s entered into a memorandum Board of Directors gave their of understanding (MOU) approval back in December. with the project. Sugar Land City Council By Betsy Dolan

members Amy Mitchell, Bridget Yeung and Himesh Gandhi are among those serving as board members. “The TIRZ No. 3 will work in conjunction with the Imperial Redevelopment District which does not have ad valorum taxing authority in the zone,” said Calloway. “So what you see is a combination of the approximate $150,000,000 in projects that can be implemented by both the district and the TIRZ within the zone.” Both plans call for improvements and projected costs for public infrastructure and facilities including the preservation of certain historic structures at the

Imperial Sugar site. The plan also supports the future extension of University Boulevard north across the Union Pacific railroad tracks and reimburses the city for public infrastructure necessary to support the initial phase of development in the zone. With the approval of the final plan and the financing plan, the MOU with the county and a so-called tri-party agreement can now move forward. The tri-party agreement identifies which improvements will be financed by the Redevelopment District, the TIRZ and the City, said Calloway.

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figures. Additionally, when construction is complete at SMSD there will be added costs to factor in such as electricity and general upkeep. The 2010-2015 Strategic Vision Plan will drive the actions of the District and guide its budget action. Included in the plan for the 2013/14 school year, parents will be provided the opportunity to complete 2 six-hour courses for career and college readiness to assist their children. Campus administrators and counselors will encourage parents to attend the courses which will be focused on strategies

and activities parents can do at home to support current learning or college entrance. Dr. Hindt stated that this will be tough to accomplish without additional resources to run the library. Meetings and discussions included requesting funding from Fort Bend County Commissioners Court. Mayor Scarcella pointed out that Stafford is the only major city in Fort Bend County that does not have a county library. With the additional funding, Stafford MSD will be able to keep the library open until 8:00pm benefitting parents and the entire community.

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Lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch with family, friends or a date, Salvatore Italian American Bistro on Wilcrest Drive and U.S. 59 is quite a find. If you're not in work mode during lunch, have that glass of wine to wind you down a bit before your meal. The restaurant, previously operated as Mangola's since the 1980s, has been made over after a fire that totaled the place less than 10 years ago. It was rebuilt and today, there’s new management, a new chef, a new crew, and there’s also a new menu. “We’ve changed Cheers, Dino!  That's what Salvatore/Amore General Manager and the conceptual operation Executive Chef Michael Wagner seems to be saying to the Dean Martin with people who care about cutout  with a toast about new and exciting things to develop at  the the restaurant, the guests and rebranded Italian American bistro. the food,” said 42-year old Executive Chef Michael, who’s also the General Manager. “We put a little taste of Louisiana and Gulf Coast in our cooking,” he said smiling. by Dr. Eric Tepper He fondly remembers the restaurant he now oversees. BOARD CERTIFIED PODIATRIST, ACCPPS “It was where movie stars DOUBLE CHECK and football players went to “Foot cellulitis” is a bacterial infection of the connective tissues of the eat,” like Sylvester Stallone, skin. There are three main types of bacteria that can cause cellulitis. While on Warren Moon, other Houston the skin’s surface, they are not cause for alarm; however, when they infiltrate Oilers, and Lyle Lovett, too. through an open wound, they become dangerous. Initially manifesting itself as a simple irritation, the area will become itchy and hot, and it may blister Salvatore also now has and discolor. Foot cellulitis can quickly morph into a severe infection, Amore. That’s the name of a potentially life-threatening situation. Immediately report any signs to its full bar with large TV your podiatrist if you suspect you have cellulitis. He or she may start your screens featuring raw oysters. treatment with antibiotics. You will be required to elevate your feet and perhaps soak them in salt water or apply warm compresses. Out with a couple of work When your feet cause you pain, there are many steps you can take friends, it was the perfect to get relief. The first is a visit to your podiatrist. Let us do what we do setting for lunch…family best—diagnose and treat the problem so you’re back on your feet quickly and painlessly. Whether it means a change in footwear or a more medical style. It took about eight to approach, there is help for your aching feet and lots you can do to make sure 10 minutes to prepare the your feet stand up to years of wear and tear. Complete footcare is available at $8.50 per person lunch with 3143 Hwy. 6 South. Please call 281-980-3668 to schedule an appointment. Don't take your feet for granted - call us for an appointment. Make your next a beverage. “Welcome to step a comfortable one - call us for an appointment. our family,” said Michael HINT: Athlete’s foot causes tiny breaks in the foot’s skin and can Dinner entrees range from therefore be an invitation to cellulitis. $10 to $23 and dinner is served with a fresh garden salad for every meal ordered. There’s also a wine list of high quality, traditional wines, and other choices by the 1350 S Velasco St. Angleton, TX (713) 653-8081 glass. Bottle specials are on Tuesday night, when the wine New & Used Factory is half off and on Wednesday, Motorcycles Trained buy one and get one free. Technicians "We make memories and the real ambience is created by 018481 018481 the food and drink we serve our guests. Salvatore is about family…yours and ours.” Salvatore also offers catering and there’s also a “take a chef Financing Parts and home” alternative. On Feb. Available Accessories 21 a wine tasting and dinner for singles is scheduled and Valentine’s Day at Salvatore Free Harley-Davidson®311200 Sling Backpack 065149 will be special - a four course *While supplies last! Bring this coupon to Goe H-D® meal with a bottle of red or white wine from the wine list.  for your free Harley-Davidson® 018481 All of it for $75 a couple. Sling Backpack. Salvatore/Amore is open Name: ____________________________ Tuesday – Friday, 11 a.m. - 9 Address: __________________________ p.m., extended to 10 p.m. for City/St: ________________ Zip: ________ incoming guests; Saturday Email: _____________________________ and Sunday from 12 noon to 9 p.m., also opting for a 10 p.m. closing, and on Monday the restaurant is closed. There’s no party room, “but we make room for special

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MURPHY RD. CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-261-5216 2025 FM 1092 • Missouri City Sunday Worship: 9:30am - 5:00pm Bible Classes: Sunday 10:45am Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30pm www.murphyroadchurch.org

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BRIGHTON CHURCH • 281-988-7755 11925 SW Frwy 59 • Stafford (Between W. Airport and Murphy Rd.) Sunday Worship: 10:30am www.brightonhouston.org • Refreshing & Relevant

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Looking for a country feel with convenience to everything, check out this gorgeous property on huge lot with no back neighbors and view of wooded acreage and wildlife, awesome curb appeal sets this house off, interior includes, custom slate flooring, huge kitchen with granite counters and large bkfst bar, open to den with gas log fireplace, high ceiling throughout, huge master suite with spectacular dressing area, double staircase, custom wrought iron, seller will consider a lease purchase!!

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Twedt family receives Quail Valley Yard of the Month Quail Valley Yard of the Month for February is Darwin and Joyce Twedt of 2907 Del Monte Court. For year round color in the garden, the Twedts use accent colors in a disappearing water feature as well as the front entry. For winter the red Holly berries provide color and attract birds. The dwarf Bottle Brushes are just starting to bloom with the budding begonias and window box. Yellow Bulbine will be in full flourish

when the violet Loropetalum blossom in the spring. Drive by to experience how the color stimulates the eye to travel and provides texture in this garden. The Twedts received a plant from Flowers by Adela as well as a Certificate from the Quail Valley Garden Club. The public is invited to their February 14 program on potpourri. Contact Sharon Wright at 281 438-3653 or visit www.traction. typepad.com/qvgc for details.

= “Ladies Nights Out” Dorothy Yee from Re/ Max Fine Properties and Jim Giles, Quinton Wallace sponsored the “Ladies Night Out” in Sienna Plantation at the Pulte Model home on Thursday night January 30th.  It was well attended by Ladies.  Mari Allison Page of Wells Fargo donated two prizes, Jim Giles & Quinton Wallace of Pulte homes provided the food and two door

prizes plus several give away items. Daana  Blaschke, Senior Vic President/Branch Manager and Sharilyn Schuh of StarTex Title donated two bottles of wine.  The Pulte home was beautiful and the food was fabulous.  The Pulte Model home was beautiful.  Ladies, if you didn’t attend you missed great conversations, great Tom Anderson, Executive Vice President and Partner; Anne Incorvia, food and a chance to tour Vice President of Relocation and Business Development; Martha Turner, the beautiful model home.   President and CEO

Speaker for ABWA Fort Bend Chapter Suzette Peoples Real Estate Broker and Author Speaking at the ABWA Fort Bend Chapter on Feb. 7th. She will be speaking on Networking and Marketing you and your business in 2013! Over 24+ years of successful Real Estate Career and over 28 years involved in a National Woman’s Organization, she will share her knowledge of Networking with others successfully and Marketing your business to make you money. Work smarter not harder is her motto. Her goal is to help Woman be the best and most successful they can be both personally and professionally. She has just launched her new book called “It’s All About You,You,You.” Now on Amazon and Barns

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The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is excited to honor the sponsors of the upcoming Charity Ball and Casino ~ “Springtime in Paris” by hosting a VIP party at the Toll Brothers Model Home on February 10. The Charity Ball and Casino will be held on Saturday, March 2, at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Proceeds from this year’s gala will benefit the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation’s Universally Accessible Playground Project and the FBJSL

Community Assistance Fund. As presenting sponsor, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, has led the way for a growing number of individuals and businesses eager to join the list of committed sponsors. A variety of sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available ranging from $500 to $7,500. Individual tickets are $125. For more information on sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets online, please visit www.fbjsl.com or contact Charity Ball Co-Chairs, Bridget Labadie or Melissa Saliés at charityball@fbjsl.com

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On A Positive Note… Instead of the bloody facts of what’s happening to our nation, an analytical dissection of Obama’s inaugural speech or why the Establishment refuses to fight for our Second Amendment and resolve our debt crisis, let’s take a break this week and

turn our attention locally. If you were unable to attend both the Stafford and Katy home shows, you truly missed out on two exceptional events. It was exhilarating meeting so many Conservative small business owners who were passionate

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Delayed repair is costly in itself and can become cost prohibitive for the two-story homeowner. One all-toocommon devastating story was a $30,000 bid when the problem could have been alleviated years earlier for pennies on the dollar. Construction has moved away from conventional (steel) slabs and gone to post-tension slabs, needing the homeowner to be even more discerning. Taking a proactive approach at the outset alleviates costly mistakes later on, and your neighbor will thank you. Check out Rootwall

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that the street was littered with shotgun shells recovered by police. Later that same morning Fort Bend Sheriff’s deputies made a traffic stop on a vehicle matching one of the suspect vehicles in this incident. During that interaction, the sheriff’s deputy discovered shotgun shell casing along the windshield that were “similar” to those used in the drive-by. No persons were reported injured in this incident; Missouri City police are still investigating. It is believed to be gang related.

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My vehicle shakes when I apply my brakes, what would cause this to happen? If your vehicle shakes only when you apply the brakes, it means that your brake rotor(s) or drum(s) has warped. This creates high and low spots on the surface (in technical terms: “lateral run out”). This can occur David Alexander from braking excessively for long periods Service Director of time with too much pressure. Heat from the application of brakes being applied causes this problem, creating artificial hard spots in the rotor called cementite that will not wear down evenly. In severe cases it may be necessary to replace the rotors. However, in most cases this is not an expensive repair, because usually they can be “turned” (resurfaced to make them true again) very inexpensively. On many foreign cars the manufacturers recommend replacing the rotors with every brake job. Call around and ask places first, “How much it will cost to turn the rotors on a (year, make and model car)? How much will it cost to replace them? A fail safe method to always remember is: The minimum thickness is stamped on the rotor, so there should be no question on replacing the rotor (drum) or resurfacing. Hopefully this will resolve your question or concern, so now you can “relax and enjoy the difference”

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Fort Bend County Judge Robert Hebert to deliver State of the County 2013

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The 2013 FM 1464, Richmond, from State of the 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. County with The luncheon is currently Fort Bend sponsored by S&B With Valentine’s Day just a vanilla that was better than County Infrastructure, Johnson around the corner, ovens are any other available at the time. Judge Robert Development Corp., Caldwell heating up with sweet treats He discovered the formula he wanted with just $6.71 worth Hebert will be Companies, Allen Boone from the heart. One ingredient of materials. His wife came up presented by Humphries Robinson, LLP, that is almost always included with a cake recipe for the family Robert Hebert the Fort Bend Brown and Gay Engineers, is vanilla extract. Did you to test the vanilla and use the Chamber Inc., Casey Pope Properties, know the most popular brand of Commerce & the Central Costello, Inc., Dannenbaum of vanilla is a product of Texas? food coloring, which he also Fort Bend Chamber Alliance Engineering Corp., IDS That’s right folks! A pharmacist made. She exclaimed, “John, on Friday, February 15. The Engineering Group, J.P. named John A. Adams launched this is the BEST flavoring I have ever used!” Hence, the luncheon will be held at Morgan, HDR Engineering, Adams Best Vanilla Extract in name Adams BEST stuck. Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 Premier Wireless, Primeway Beeville, Texas in 1905. They are celebrating their 125th That was also the invention of a Anniversary this month. famous cake we are all familiar etter to the ditor He started the Adams Extract with today. Yep! Red Velvet Company in Michigan in 1888, Cake was born. Stay tuned next but moved to Texas in 1905 to week for the original recipe. Their two sons, Fred and get away from the harsh climate. Don sold the double-strength Back then, most extracts were extract door-to-door and helped sold to pharmacies with the their father print labels at caution label “Do not bake or night. The bottles of Adams freeze”. Inspired by his wife’s Best vanilla were sold with desire to use a flavoring that a guarantee that if it were would not bake or freeze out, Dear Editor, the city or the RLC contractor he knew he could come up with not the best the customer to demand fine payment. had ever used, the company In its efforts to keep the The contractor only mails would refund their money. revenue flowing the City out two such demands after FORT BEND In the early 1960’s the spice of Sugar Land is deceiving the initial notice of each DRIVING SCHOOL division was added. and in 2002 the driving public. They violation. The demand falsely Serving the students of Adams Extract was moved to don’t want you to know threatens to deny vehicle Fort Bend for over 25 years Gonzales, Texas and renamed that red light camera fines registration for non-payment. FortBendDrivingSchool.com Adams Extract and Spice LLC. are virtually voluntary. I A lawsuit is also threatened. have filed an open records A previous ORR disclosed request (ORR) as follows: that five unpaid fines by “Regarding red light one vehicle did not trigger camera (RLC) tickets please a lawsuit. Also, the Texas provide answers to the Transportation Code Division of J. Louis Deitch Interest, Inc. following three questions: prohibits the reporting 3018 5TH ST., STAFFORD, TEXAS 77477 1. Regarding unpaid RLC of non-payment of RLC fines in the December 7 fines to credit agencies. Fort Bend County’s Largest Scrap Metal Dealer edition of the Fort Bend Star There are three reasons CASH FOR CANS.... 60¢/lb. Doug Adolph stated that Sugar why refusal to pay a RLC Land does not participate in fine may be justified: COPPER & BRASS ALUMINUM ITEMS STAINLESS & ALLOY #1 Copper.................$3.10/lb. Extrusions....................60¢/lb. 304-SS........................50¢/lb. the registration hold process. • doubt about who #2 Copper.................$2.85/lb. 5052............................60¢/lb. 316-SS........................70¢/lb. Why is this threat still being was driving, Lt. Copper.................$2.35/lb. 6061............................55¢/lb. Chrom Wheels.............55¢/lb. made by American Traffic • the violation was for less Hard Brass................$2.15/lb. Clips.............................47¢/lb. Carbide.....................$8.75/lb. Solutions in the notices mailed than one second into the red, Red Brass.................$2.05/lb. Sheet...........................47¢/lb. MISC. ITEMS to offending vehicle owners? • the violation was for a Yellow Brass.............$1.80/lb. Cast.............................47¢/lb. Lead.............................50¢/lb. Radiators..................$1.80/lb. Litho Plates..................58¢/lb. Batteries.................$9.00/ea. 2. How many lawsuits rolling stop on a right turn. AL/CU Coils...............$1.40/lb. Alu-Coils......................47¢/lb. Compressors...........$9.00/ea. have been filed for Any public official Insulation #1.............$1.80/lb. PAS-Gutters.................52¢/lb. Electric Motors............27¢/lb. unpaid RLC fines? including a RLC ticket Insulation #2.............$1.30/lb. Alum/Wheels...............65¢/lb. Note: Prices are subject to change 3. What is the least number hearing officer who denies Jelly Wire..................$1.30/lb. Alum-Shavings............30¢/lb. without notice due to market Bullet Shells..............$1.50/lb. Ins. Alu-ACSR..............30¢/lb. fluctuation. Call for updated quotes. of unpaid violations that that RLC fines are virtually triggered such a lawsuit voluntary is either grossly OPEN MONDAY THRU FRIDAY 8-5PM • SATURDAY 8-12PM against a vehicle owner?” misinformed or is deliberately If you are not selling me your metal, we are both losing money! It must be pointed out engaging in extortion. that contrary to the city’s Don’t Delay, spokesman no collection H. Van Der Grinten Fax 281.261.0047 Call Today! agency is employed by either Sugar Land www.juliusmetals.com

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To the cloud, Fort Bend! County YMCA camp cloud project support generates state grant request By Elsa Maxey

YMCA’s Camp Cloud just the other day, actually this past summer, started out as a joint program between the Fort Bend and TW Davis YMCAs. It was for providing area youth an opportunity to learn about nature by participating in outdoor activities and it began at Bates Allen Park in Kendleton. With the successful completion of a 10-week program for about 500 kids last summer, that seems to have triggered pressing on to the next level. There is now a grant

application pending with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Austin for a one mile, eight foot width recreational trail. Last week Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court authorized sending the request for funding assistance amounting to what will turn out to be a $250,000 project. The funds are intended to help further develop the outdoor education and recreation camp at Bates Allen Park. Twenty percent of the money for the project is proposed to come from the county’s road and bridge department as in-kind services.

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Keith Spencer Bahrt, age 55, of Sugar Land passed away on January 28, 2013 in Sugar Land, Texas. He was born on January 20, 1958 in Petersburg, Virginia to Carl and Barbara (Wolfskill) Bahrt. He married Tina Gleghorn in 1983 and was a graduate of Sam Houston State University. Keith is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife, Tina; 3 children, brother, and other family and friends. A memorial service was held

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ELEANOR JOYCE PAUL, 72, passed away on Sunday, January 20, 2013, at Oak Bend Skilled Nursing Center in Richmond, TX. Eleanor was born to Sidney and Victoria (Cole) Paul on January 10, 1941 in Dayton, Texas. Her brothers, Lawrence, David, and Edward preceded her in death, as did her sisters, Starlene and Yvonne. She is survived by three sisters, Sydnetta Ross of Los Angeles, Jo Ann Paul of Dayton, and Diane Paul–Louviere of Sugar Land. She is also survived by her niece, Georgetta Solomon of Los Angeles, her nephews, Brent Paul of Los Angeles, Sidney Ugoriji of Denver, Kenneth Ross of Los Angeles, and Stephen Scott of Honolulu. She is also survived by one great-niece and five greatnephews. Eleanor attended Colbert School in Dayton, where she enjoyed participating in basketball and track. She was a member of the first band established at Colbert. Eleanor also excelled academically , as a member of the Class of 1959. After graduating from Colbert H.S., Eleanor completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Prairie View A. &

M. She was an excellent, dedicated teacher for 43 years, having taught in Aldine ISD, LaMarque ISD, Los Angeles Unified, and Houston ISD, in that order. She enjoyed her teaching career, stating a few years ago that she knew from an early age that she wanted to teach elementary students. Eleanor enjoyed traveling, even when it meant taking a solo road trip to Los Angeles, stopping for just a couple of hours of sleep during the 28hour odyssey. She also enjoyed visiting the northeastern U.S., especially New England. Family and friends will meet to share memories and celebrate her life from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2013, at the Dayton Community Center, 801 S. Cleveland Street, Dayton, TX. 77535. Eleanor left instructions that no funeral service be held and that her burial be a private ceremony. She was interred on January 28, 2013 at Forest Park Cemetery, 12800 Westheimer Rd, Houston, Texas. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to donate to the organization or charity of their choice in Eleanor’s memory.

Recently, commissioner’s court approved two publicprivate partnering agreements with the YMCA for the development and programming of the outdoor camp. The terms of the agreement call for the continuing development

of the recreational and educational facilities funded by YMCA with ownership and maintenance of the park property assigned to the county. The park is a beautiful 235 acre area on the San Bernard River where YMCA participants

Find out in February at the Lamar Educational Award Foundation’s (L.E.A.F.) annual Men Who Cook, presented this year by SiEnviro.   Men Who Cook will feature the culinary treats of 49 “celebrity” cooks, along with dancing and auctions. The event will be held February 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Texas Ballroom at Safari Texas Ranch. Jeff Council will be the auctioneer for the evening and the Ken Mondshine and the Brotherhood Band will provide the evening’s musical entertainment.

Proceeds from the evening are used to support the creative ideas and classroom projects by Lamar CISD teachers that would otherwise go unfunded. L.E.A.F. also offers scholarship to graduating Lamar CISD students and to paraprofessionals working on their teaching certificates. In 13 years of existence, L.E.A.F. has invested more than $1.69 million into LCISD schools. Tickets for the gala are $60. For more information regarding L.E.A.F. or to purchase tickets, contact Janice Knight at 832.223.0334.

Clements High School to present communitywide outreach program Clements High School will present an Outreach Program to explore the evils of hatred, bigotry and prejudice through the lessons of the Holocaust, on Monday, February 11. The program will feature testimony from Bill Morgan, a Houston-area Holocaust survivor; followed by a showing of The Shoah, a riveting and moving multimedia docu-drama that examines the Holocaust through the eyes of a little girl and her American liberator. Visitors will also have the opportunity to tour The Hall of Remembrance, a 175foot hallway comprised of student-generated projects,

poignant artwork, poetry and other creative work by current students in nine Clements U.S. History classes. Schedule of events to be presented • Hall of Remembrance viewing – 4:0 0pm to 9:00 pm (Upstairs Lecture Hall – hallway overlooking library) • The Shoah, multi-media docudrama – 5:30 pm to 6:15 pm (Upstairs Lecture Hall) • Holocaust Survivor presentation – 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm (school auditorium) Admission to all events is free. For more information, contact Michael Madden at mike. madden@fortbendisd.com.

Sugar Land approves tax abatement package ZONING continued from page 1

property for 10 years. The incentives are contingent on TI making a $35 million investment and creating 375 “high-paying jobs,” said Regina Morales, director of economic

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Second of all, a sprint’n cop over 30 that refused to stop; one who even played catch and release with the fool before finally nabbing him after a struggle. Wow! And thirdly…Dear Deputy Dunn – we are proud of your dedication and all, but again,

development for Sugar Land. Sugar Land expects to see economic impact from the TI jobs, which carry an average salary of $100,000, according to city documents. It also expects TI to book 750 hotel room nights a year.

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Jacobs will make sure the district receives an “accurate space inventory” of every school using CAD software that the district will then be able to utilize.  The information obtained in the 2002 assessment would also be loaded into the new data base.  “Early in my career, I worked at the Pentagon which is one of the largest buildings in the nation and it has 5 million square feet.  You have 11 million square feet of space.  So you have the equivalent of two Pentagons that you are trying to manage,” Wilson said. 15% STAAR test rule suspended The BOT also voted to suspend district policy that

Teamwork pays off - nabs burglar deputies entered the apartment and discovered the suspect inside the ransacked unit with flashlight in hand. Further investigation revealed that the front door had been kicked and the apartment had already been turned upside down. David Moehle, 21, of Richmond was arrested and charged with Burglary of a Habitation. He is in the Fort Bend County Jail under a $30,000 bond.

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by apartment residents as they returned home. Haenel said when they approached their apartment they noticed that the blinds had been rearranged. They backed away and notified 911. When the posse arrived they discovered the apartment front door closed but damaged. According to Haenel, the

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Chautaiqia Talk: Sugar Land history series on February 12 features former Mayor Bill Little Come to the historic Sugar Land Auditorium on Tuesday, February 12, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., for the second in a special series of lectures on the history of Sugar Land. Former Sugar Land Mayor William (Bill) Little will present “Transition From a Company Town to an Incorporated City” as part of the Sugar Land Chautauqua Talks, co-sponsored by the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation, open and free of charge to the public.

Mayor Bill Little will bring a piece of Sugar Land history alive, as he discusses with local historian Bruce Kelly his perspective on the City’s transition from a company town in the 1950’s to a thriving, incorporated municipality. In 1961, Bill was elected the second mayor of the newly incorporated city of Sugar Land, serving in this role until 1964. During this critical time in the City’s growth and formation, Bill held various executive titles with both Sugarland Industries and

the Imperial Sugar Company. The Chautauqua Talks, a series of entertaining and educational presentations related to Sugar Land history, is suitable for audiences of all ages. The name for the series (pronounced shə-TAW-kwə), is based on an adult educational movement in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, called the Chautauqua Movement, which began in New York State and spread across rural America to small towns like Sugar Land. In response to the movement, the Sugar Land

Fort Bend Chamber’s Chairman’s Gala a resounding success Fort Bend’s most unique social event of 2013 has come and gone. The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce kicked off the New Year with its annual Chairman’s Gala on Friday, January 25 at the Safari Texas Ranch. Chairman, Stewart Jacobson, and Immediate Past Chairman, Bruce Mercer aka “The Blues Brothers” kicked off the night dancing Belushi style to “Can’t Turn You Loose”. This fun-filled event is held each year to honor the leaders

and volunteers of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. Mercer presented the Ursula Coates Award to Don Smithers. This award is given to an individual who has been a true resource and an asset to the Chamber and Chairman of the Board during their tenure. Smithers has supported the Fort Bend Chamber for many years, and “has stepped forward to participate and make successful more programs than you can imagine.” For his phenomenal

support of the numerous great causes in Fort Bend County, Don Kerstetter was awarded the Community Spirit Award. After the awards presentation, the over 400 guests made their way to the Blues Brothers Lounge for music, flaming desserts and casino and garage games. The party had just begun! Don’t miss this annual Fort Bend tradition. Save the date for the next Chairman’s Gala Saturday, January 31, 2014!

Auditorium was designed and constructed in 1918, not only to serve the school, but the entire Sugar Land community. One of its purposes was to have a place to hold the Chautauqua talks. Come to the historic and beautifully renovated Sugar Land Auditorium to celebrate the unique history of Sugar Land at the Chautauqua Talk on Tuesday, February 12, featuring former Sugar Land Mayor Bill Little. The auditorium is located at 226 Lakeview Drive on the Lakeview Elementary School campus, at the intersection of Lakeview and Wood Streets. For more information, please visit www.slheritage. org or www.slcaf.org.

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The Houston Glass Show & Sale slated for February 15-16-17 The Houston Glass Show & Sale will be held February 15-16-17, 2013. This much anticipated event features the nation’s top dealers in Depression Era glass and always brings out the very best merchandise for sale. Through the years the show has been very well attended and customers from far away have come to the show in search of that elusive treasure

to complete their collections. In addition to the standard glass you will also find some fine quality Carnival glass and early pattern glass. On preview night February 15, you can be among the first to shop the show and to enjoy the wine and light hors d’ouevres that are offered for your enjoyment. It’s always my goal to save the best glass I have encountered in

the months leading up to the show and keep it back for this special event. This is the first show of the year for many of the dealers and they are eager to get back on the show circuit. There will be two buildings to explore. Building1 is nothing but glassware and pottery from circa 1920 through the 1970’s and in building 2 will feature an antique show with a great

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Songs and Arias, celebrating the best of Valentine Daythemed romantic classical duets and Broadway favorites! Performing nationally and internationally, Betsy Uschkrat, soprano, and Tyler Smith, tenor, collaborate with Steven Blackmon, pianist, to bring their talents to Fort Bend, benefiting two local non-profit interfaith agencies - Fort Bend Family Promise and the East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. Betsy and Tyler were just named winners of the Big Easy Award for best classical artists in New Orleans 2012, so we are pleased to have them perform in the Houston area for such a deserving cause. Advance Tickets are recommended and available by going online at www. newhopelc.org. or call (281) 499-7611. Light refreshments will be served after the concert so the audience can meet with the performers, and directors from each charity.

Dinner and Auction including a Platinum Sponsorship that features preferential seating, notable recognition and an exclusive performance by the Tour Choir for a future event (subject to availability of course). Proceeds will help support all five ensembles of the Fort Bend Boys Choir. For more information about the Gala Dinner and Auction and the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s 31st performance season, please contact the choir office at 281-240-3800 or visit their website at www.fbbctx.org. You can also become a fan of the Fort Bend Boys Choir on their Facebook page!

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Women's Flat Track Roller Derby Team now forming in Sugar Land Sugar Land's own brand new women's flat track roller derby team is now forming. This isn't the old school roller derby you've seen in the past. They train derby athletes to compete according to the rules and guidelines set forth by WFTDA, the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.   They are actively recruiting skaters, referees, and volunteers.  Skaters must be female, 18 and up, and ready to train.  Referees and volunteers must be 18 and up.   Their first practice is scheduled for mid-February. Yellow Rose Derby Girls (YRDG) will hold Meet-nGreets, Monday, February 4 and

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The Fort Bend Star announces the launch of a new online and on demand TV show in 2013 about real estate professional and companies in Fort Bend County. To be produced by Star Digital Studios, each weekly, 15-minute show will feature in-depth interviews, real estate agents and their listings, current mortgage rate information and real estate issues. The Fort Bend Real Estate/Hot Properties Show is already showing community interest from prospective advertisers who will be offered 30 second commercial spots which can also be produced by Star Digital Studios. Two interviews will each highlight a guest and the company with whom the person is associated. There will also be a photo segment for a real estate agent showcase of listings. Mortgage billboard ads will be included in the show and are available for purchase. These will keep prospective buyers and sellers on top of current rates for the hot property listings. “The new real estate show is being made available in conjunction with the existing real estate ad section in the Fort Bend Star,” said Michael Fredrickson, its managing editor. “We’re very excited to be expanding our impact as one of the advertising leaders along these lines, and we hope to be offering those already in this area and others moving to Fort Bend with valuable real estate information.” To inquire about advertising on the Fort Bend Real Estate/Hot Properties Show, contact Becky Hall at 281-690-4205 or Jerry Poscovsky at 713-569-4204 to schedule an appointment to see our demo DVD. Star Digital Studios will produce videos to help successfully promote your business. Give us a call. We can also help you post your video on YouTube having the potential of reaching millions of views. Call us, 281-690-4280


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Women’s Gin Tourney scheduled for February 22 The dates have been set for the 2013 Fort Bend County Women’s Gin Tournament. This will be the 36th year for the tournament, which is a charity event.  According to tourney chairman, Sandra Croft, proceeds this year will benefit the ATTACK POVERTY organization, which is a non-profit group working to transform the north Richmond area by offering home repairs,

after-school tutoring for children, and teaching sanitary living conditions in an effort to lift the families they serve out of generational poverty. The tournament is slated for the weekend of Friday, February 22, through Sunday, February 24, and will be held at Ft. Bend Country Club in Richmond, TX. Entry fee for the tournament is $40. which includes a meal on Friday night,

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remaining contestants will finish play on Sunday, February 24, beginning at 1:00 p.m.   To enter the tournament, you may contact tournament chairmen Sandra Croft at 281-750-6503, Judy Kveton at 281-808-6905 or Ruth Olson at 281-831-9576; or you may register by email at docboss2001@yahoo.com.  Pre-registration is requested, and cash payment of entry fees will be taken at the door.  No checks or credit cards, please.

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Fort Bend Aggie Mom's Club announces scholarship raffle Fort Bend Aggie Mom's Club are selling tickets for their scholarship raffle. This year the grand prize is a 2013 Camaro! Tickets are $100 each, and only selling up to 500 tickets. Those are great odds! Second prize is an offshore fishing trip for three people; third prize is two nights at the Victorian Condos in Galveston donated by Becky Hall with the Fort

Bend Star Newspaper with a rental car, fourth prize is a 46" LED HDTV! (Sears). If you would like to purchase a ticket please let us know. Remember, this is a tax deduction if you don't win. Call Barbara Nachlas at 281-242-7743 or Stephanie Rammrath at 281-265-9026.  E-mail: ftbaggiemoms@gmail.com.   Drawing will be held April 13, 2013 at Texas A&M.

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Free Family Law Workshop Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) Family Law Workshop welcomes lowincome residents of Fort Bend with family law questions and is an open forum. Veterans who are low-income residents of Fort Bend County are especially invited. Bring any prior court orders or documents that you have prepared. Call 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify. The workshop will be held Parish Hall of Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond, 6-8 p.m. Become a Fort Bend ISD Mentor Fort Bend ISD is recruiting volunteer mentors to meet with students from all grade levels for 30 minutes to one hour each week. Interested individuals who have a desire to help students be successful are invited to attend a one hour training session on February 6, from 9:30-10:30 a.m., in the Board Room at the FBISD Administration Building, 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479. For more information, call 281-634-1112.

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ABWA Fort Bend Chapter meets American Business Woman’s Assoc. (ABWA) Fort Bend Chapter meeting is Thursday, February 7, 5:30 p.m.- networking and 6:30 – meeting, Sugar Creek Country Club, Sugar Land. Guest speaker is Suzette Peoples, Real Estate Broker and author. To rsvp please visit the web site at www. fortbendabwa.org. Learn how to download eBooks to eReaders Fort Bend County Libraries will present an introductory program on downloading eBooks to eReaders on Thursday, February 7, 10:00 am, Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford. It is necessary to have a Fort Bend County library card to check out eBooks from the library. The program is free and open to the public, but seating is limited and reservations are required. Call 281-238-2880, or by visiting the library. NAMI monthly general meeting NAMI Fort Bend (National Alliance on Mental Illness of Fort Bend County) will present a program on support services provided by FBISD, Thursday, February 7, 7PM, First United Methodist Church of Missouri City’s Fellowship Hall, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. The public is invited at no charge. Speaker will be, Dr. Bob Conlon, Director of Support Services, with FBISD.

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Free answers to legal questions Hosted by Fort Bend Lawyers Care, Fri., Feb. 8, and Fri., Feb. 22, 10 a.m. until noon to low income residents of Fort Bend Co. Call to pre-qualify at 281-239-0015. Attorney will return calls from 1 p.m.-5 p.m., on the same day or the following Monday. Veterans encouraged to call.

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Intro computer classes offered University Branch Library,14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, UH campus, will present free introductory computer classes. “Teach Yourself How to Type” Tues., February 12, 10:30 am, Computer Lab.“MS Word Survival Basics” for version 2010, Wednesday, Feb. 27,10:30 am, Computer Lab. Free and open to the public. Seating limited, reservations required. Register at 281-633-5150, or by visiting the library.

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ONGOING Veteran’s support Imperial Arts new location Imperial Arts has a new location underway, although still under construc- Veteran’s of Fort Bend County meets every Wednesday, 6:30pm to tion and located in Historic Downtown Rosenberg, they are in need of 8:00pm, Recovery Is Possible, Inc. 1106 3rd Street, Rosenberg. Bring volunteers for the following when their new Center for the Arts, opening Everyone In the Zone – Veteran Support. More info at 832-278-2168. Recovery Is Possible in mid-Nov. 2012: Guides/docents; box office; ushers; program valets, film night volunteers & children’s art/ community activity volunteers. If you are An ongoing educational class called “Managing Bipolar Disorder” meets interested call 832-278-9763. every Monday, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.,1106 3rd Street, Rosenberg. For more information call 888-320-1622. NAMI support Fitness in the Plaza meetings for Caregivers Fridays, from 9-11 a.m. NAMI Fort Bend (an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) invites you to a support group for Caregivers on the second and fourth February 1, 8, 15, 22 Thursday of every month. These meetings are free and open to anyone who Join us each Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring FREE Boot is giving care and support to a family member who is suffering from men- Camp with Jon Hood from Rush Fitness and Zumba with a professional tal illness. These are caregiver ONLY meetings at St. Laurence Catholic instructor! Boot Camp is from 9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 Church, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land,Social Concerns Conference a.m. Sugar Land Rotary Room for 7PM to 8:30PM. Become a Rotarian! Sugar Land Rotary meets every Wednesday @ 12:00 Great Decisions 2013 Great Decisions 2013, a study of the US foreign policy, will meet at Barnes noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. & Noble, First Colony Town Center, on Tuesdays starting January 29 from Contact Bill Griffin 832-724-3323, bill_griffin@bmc.com. Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets 9:30 to 11 a.m. For more info call 281-937-0612. The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets every Wednesday, noon, Sweetwater Support group for Caregivers NAMI Fort Bend(an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information invites you to a support group for Caregivers on the 2nd & 4th Thursday of call Mike Reichek at 281-575-1145 or mike@reichekfinancial.com. Sugar Land Morning Exchange Club each month . Meetings are free and open to anyone who is giving care and support to a family member who is suffering from mental illness. 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Constable Trever Nehls commends Deputy David Dunn By LeaAnne Klentzman

We are the only permitted gold refinery in town approved by TCEQ. We are now open to the public. You have the opportunity to work directly with a refinery - no middle man! We buy all forms of Gold and Silver. Stop by today and exchange your broken Jewelry for the most cash you can get!

No one can pay higher than us! We pay up to 98.5% of the market value! Want to get the most money out of your gold? Come to us and you will find out the difference! Now running a special on all class rings! Paying up to $18 per gram on all class rings with stone weight.

“On site laboratory will provide a FREE assessment!”

3599 Highway 6 Sugar Land, Texas 77478 (By Kroger at Settler’s Way)

Gold & Silver Refinery 281.313.9999

Bring

300

$

worth of Gold or Silver,

Bring

500

$

worth of Gold or Silver,

get extra $20!

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Coupons limited to public only. Coupons must be presented before appraisal. One coupon limited to one transaction. Expires: 2-14-2013

Coupons limited to public only. Coupons must be presented before appraisal. One coupon limited to one transaction. Expires: 2-14-2013

Bring

1000

$

worth of Gold or Silver,

get extra $80!

Coupons limited to public only. Coupons must be presented before appraisal. One coupon limited to one transaction. Expires: 2-14-2013

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Last week when the "Star" went to press, Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable David Dunn had just jumped some copper thieves preventing them from destroying several businesses outside utilities. Deputy Dunn, who has served in Fort Bend County law enforcement for 25 years and Houston police officer for 10 years prior to that, caught and arrested one of the alleged thieves after a foot chase and struggle, said Nehls' Chief Deputy John Hermann. 

of the theft of copper wiring and tubing from Ruthie’s Mexican Restaurant and neighboring businesses in the New Territory business district. “This is an example of the diligent police work and the cooperation between Precinct Constable Trever J. Nehls presents 4 constable deputies and the Deputy David Dunn with a Letter Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office of Commendation. that residents of our county deserve,” said Constable Nehls. Wayne Bright of Cape As a result of that incident, Coral, Florida, was arrested for Constable Trever Nehls evading and resisting arrest.  presented Dunn with a Letter The Fort Bend County of Commendation for his Sheriff’s Office is continuing involvement in the prevention the theft investigation.

Sugar Land Democrats honored National Day of Service Sugar Land Democrats Club held their monthly meeting in honor of President Obama’s National Day of Service. The President asked Americans to make an ongoing commitment in their communities focusing on the areas of health, faith, education, the environment, honoring our veterans and military families, community resilience, and economic development. Keynote speaker Mr. David Knox, Director of Communications for NRG Energy gave overview of current energy supply and demand in Texas, the future of energy supply, and the recent economic developments for the Parish plant in Fort Bend County. David Knox advised that NRG Energy and the Department of Energy are investing almost $800 million in the first-ever large scale carbon capture and sequestration plant at the Fort Bend County plant. Mr. Knox explained the health and environmental benefits to our community by way of the carbon capture project and their plans to meet the new EPA requirements to reduce Mercury emissions by 2015.

Shown (l-r) are: Mr. "Q" Imam; Co-Chair Sugar Land Democrats Club; David Knox, NRG Energy; State Rep. Ron Reynolds; and Deron Patterson, Co-Chair Sugar Land Democrats Club. State Representative Ron Reynolds HD-27 gave update on the Legislative session. Mr. Reynolds noted how NRG Energy is making sizable investments in solar energy in California, but none in the state of Texas. Texas has incredible sun energy resources; however, the priorities of the Texas government to date have been oil, gas, and wind. Mr. Reynolds advised the top priorities for this Legislative session would be educational funding,

transportation, and water. Rep. Reynolds asked the members to support his bill to create single member voting districts for the Fort Bend Independent School District. Creating single member districts would create more opportunities for diversity on our school board. Today’s FBISD board of seven has only one minority, whereas, the school children of FBISD are African-American 31%, Hispanic 25%, AsianAmerican 22%, and Whites 22%.

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