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City staff will be on hand to provide information about the youth. The following month, With a $40M bond package on four proposals which include: Jacqueline Jean-Baptiste, the table for the May 10 election, • $6.5 million for drainage Executive Director of the Fort Missouri City has scheduled two projects Bend Youth Football League informational meetings to discuss • $5.7 million for public and a volunteer with the Cobra what the measure means for facilities Football League, approached residents and to address potential Stafford City Council asking for concerns. their help in paying for those The first town hall meeting fees. Council passed the vote is slated for Tuesday, March 25 unanimously, though the board in the Community Center in the said future discussions were City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas needed on this topic. Parkway from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 Since then, Councilman p.m. On February 17, 2014, the Cecil Willis has been working The second meeting is on SMSD School Board hired and tweaking a proposal for Monday, April 14 in the Sienna Arrow Consultants to assist the sponsorship of City youth Plantation H-E-B Community with their efforts to hire a programs. He has made clear that Room, 8900 Highway 6 from superintendent that meets “if it were up to me, it would be 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. the needs of SMSD and the 100% Stafford kids” participating Missouri City's Assistant Stafford community. In in their football, swimming, City Manager, Scott Elmer says support of their efforts, the and basketball programs. In residents will be encouraged to Stafford community is asked to the new guidelines presented provide input and ask questions. participate in this complex and at the last council meeting, the 70% minimum participation requirement was a sticking point for the basketball and football By Betsy Dolan
a vote that barely passed— implemented a mandatory 70% This topic of city sponsorships, participation rule of Stafford or rather, waiving field usage MSD students in the city’s youth fees, has been on-going for programs to avoid paying their months at the Stafford City usage fees. Council meetings and the SMSD Beside their best efforts, Board of Trustee meetings. Last the Cobra’s Football and year, in an effort to cut costs for Cheerleading only had 63% the District, the SMSD board—in participation from the Stafford By Karen Daniels
Women’s Center presents Boogie 2014 Fundraiser M*A*S*H
• $5 million for Fire Station #6 • $22.8 million for transportation The bond package was the result of an 8 month effort by the MISSOURI CITY, continued on page 4
SMSD Superintendent search has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting tonight March 19
important process by providing input for characteristics that will be used to assess candidates. An electronic survey is linked to the district’s home page at www. staffordmsd.org and will remain open through Friday, March 21. The survey is available in both SMSD, continued on page 4
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Here today… By LeaAnne Klentzman
Remember the guy who was busted for burglarizing the Sugar Land CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK Police chief’s house? Yeah, you do, it was early last year when he and some buds were out liberating other people’s stuff and they found themselves inside the police chief’s house…loot’n HIS stuff. Not that he is more special than any of the rest of
The Fort Bend County Women’s Center (FBCWC) and Classic Chevrolet present Boogie 2014 on Saturday, March 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 pm at the Stafford Centre, in Stafford. To volunteer for Boogie 2014 or any other Women’s Center special event, contact the Special Events Volunteer Coordinator Patty Holt at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 281-344-5761. Shown are: Front row: Lizzie Dragon; Back row left to right: Cassie Oppman, Himesh Gandhi, Dorine Craig, and Don Kerstetter. See related article on page 2
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Sugar Land Police Department was in the midst of a DWI Task force operation when a drunk plowed into a traffic stop. It was almost 2:30 a.m. on the morning of March 12, when two police cars were hit by an imparted driver along State Highway 6 S near the intersection of Oyster Creek Trail. According to police spokesman Doug Adolph, the Task Force had taken one driver into custody and as they worked that scene, another, reportedly imparted, driver crashed into the rear end of one patrol car forcing that one into yet another car; all the time the original arrestee was in the back seat. After everything came to a stop, the second suspected drunk driver DWI, continued on page 4
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Body of man found in truck By LeaAnne Klentzman
At press time there is still no confirmed identity for the body discovered Monday just outside of Richmond in Fort Bend County. Monday morning a Sheriff’s deputy was sent to 5400 block of Riverwood just outside of
Richmond to investigate what was determined to be a deceased man in a silver Dodge pickup truck. As the case was near the border of their respective jurisdictions both the Richmond Police Department and the BODY, continued on page 4
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Women’s Center presents Boogie 2014 Fundraiser M*A*S*H The Fort Bend County Women’s Center (FBCWC) and Classic Chevrolet present Boogie 2014 on Saturday, March 29, from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 pm at the Stafford Centre, in Stafford. This year’s theme based on the popular television series M*A*S*H evokes fun nostalgia from the 70s, making this the costume party you won’t want to miss! Boogie 2014 partygoers will enjoy an evening of bar-b-que dinner, dancing to the red hot sounds of Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, a live and silent auction and more. After dancing, cool off as Another Time Soda Fountain
of Rosenberg takes you on a sweet ride with their ice cream sundae station and participate in the costume contest. “The Women’s Center is extremely excited about this year’s event. We certainly could not provide the life-changing services that we do without the support of the community,” said Vita Goodell, FBCWC Executive Director. A special thank you to Boogie 2014 sponsors and supporters. Individual tickets for Boogie 2014 are $75 each and can be purchased online at www. fortbendwomenscenter.org or by calling the Women’s Center’s office at 281-344-
5750. Event sponsorship and auction donation opportunities are still available. For more information, contact Jacki Breckon at jbreckon@gmail. com or at 832-435-1322. All proceeds raised by Boogie 2014 are used to provide free and confidential services to women and children impacted by domestic violence and sexual assault in Fort Bend and surrounding communities. To volunteer for Boogie 2014 or any other Women’s Center special event, contact the Special Events Volunteer Coordinator Patty Holt at pholt@fortbendwomenscenter. org or at 281-344-5761.
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Ninja Japanese Cuisine 1800 FM 359, Suite 180 Richmond, TX Cuisine: Japanese & Sushi This restaurant came recommended by a few readers. It’s a small place in a strip center near Pecan Grove with a warm family feel inside. The wait staff was very eager to seat me, place a menu in my hands and take my order… almost in the same breath. After needing more time to study the menu, that changed slightly as I annoyingly had to flag them
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Missouri City, FBISD to host Student Career Day March 26 From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, March 26, the City of Missouri City will continue its commitment to fostering student development and partner with the FBISD to host a special Student Career Day at the Community Center in the City Hall Complex, 1522 Texas Pkwy. At the annual event, students from Ridge Point, Marshall, Elkins, Willowridge and Hightower High Schools will have the opportunity to earn employment or student internships from local businesses and corporations.
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Benefits Access Fair set for March 25 The United Way Service Center of Fort Bend will host the Benefits Access Fair, Tuesday, March 25. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the United Way Fort Bend County Servce Center, 10435 Greenbough Dr., Ste. 200, Stafford. The fair is an opportunity for residents to receive assistance in applying for Medicaid, Medicare, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps).
Participants also can get information on dental and medical services and on utility and rental assistance. In addition, free tax preparation, and job training and financial counseling information are available through United Way THRIVE. Participants apply for benefits should bring the following information: Identification, proof of address, proof of household income and proof of household composition. For information, please visit, www.unitedwayhouston.org.
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have appealed their property’s elevation and maybe even won to enhance the accuracy of the the appeal. “Even now, property flood modeling,” Fort Bend owners may request a letter of ua ry map revision if they can prove County Judge Bob Hebert told their property elevation is in the Star about the area’s maps. error,” said Judge Hebert. LIDAR (Light Detection and There are now some property Ranging) is a remote sensing owners in a flood plain without friends. She was al- method used to examine the benefit of a levee and these are ways very apprecia- surface of the earth and the the ones facing flood insurance tive of what others systems used allow mapping premiums of up to 1500% in professionals to examine natural would do for her. Janie was pre- and man made environments with some cases. This is because the national flood insurance program ceeded in death by precision. Judge Hebert said the her parents, her hus- study, a “$1.1 million investment, re-authorization of 2012 ended, band Joseph “Fred” assured an extremely high degree which included grandfathering provisions. This problem has been Schuman, brother of accuracy in the calculation addressed in an amendment to the Charlie Giambel- of the 100 year flood elevations national flood insurance program luca, sisters Carrie throughout the county.” called the Grimm amendment, Ferro, Mary MaiThe FEMA mapping project advises Judge Hebert. It passed orka, Laura Carso, Lena Ferro, has changed flood elevations both houses of Congress and has and Rosa Lee Macek. throughout the county, confirms Janie is survived by her Judge Hebert, but because “the been sent to President Obama to brothers Joe and Sam Giam- maps were published over a year sign into law. In the meantime, if a property belluca, sister Josephine Dise, ago,” some property owners may close friend Diane Dusold, and numerous nieces and nephews. FEMA, continued from page 1
Janie Giambelluca Schuman, 96, of Sugar Land, passed away Saturday, March 8, 2014. She was born July 28, 1917 in Bryan, Texas, to Jack and Josephine Giambelluca. Janie was a long time resident of Stafford until she went into Sugar Land Health Care Center in 2004. Janie was a homemaker and dearly loved her family and
owner’s flood zone status has changed and since the national flood insurance program is administered by FEMA, it will notify individuals if their status is changed. “Any notice would have to take into account provisions of the Grimm Amendment which won't become law until signed by the President,” cautions Judge Hebert. At this junction, Fort Bend County’s proactive success takes into account areas protected by levees locally, which were built some time ago and conform to federal regulations setting national standards for a protective levee. “Our levees are considered fully protective,” said Judge Hebert. But because the National Flood Insurance Program will have to be reauthorized in 2017, “we have another fight ahead of us,” referring to the treatment
of “our levee protected property in the same manner as property located naturally above the 100 year elevation” for national flood insurance purposes. If property owners believe their property has been wrongly designated as flood hazard area, a “Letter of Map Amendment” from FEMA may be requested for an area on high ground that has not been fill elevated and would not be deluged with water in a major rain event. A licensed engineer or surveyor will need to confirm and document these facts, reportedly costing about $500. For many, probably a small price to pay considering the high flood insurance cost alternative. To determine the flood prone status of a property in Fort Bend County, visit fbcmap.co.fort-bend. tx.us/floodplainmap/
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City's Bond Exploratory Committee which was comprised of 35 homeowners representing all areas of Missouri City. • The BEC was a citizen driven process", said Stacie Walker, Director of Communications with the City of Missouri City. "These people came together from every area of Missouri City to advise the city on the issues that need the most attention". Walker says the bond amount is designed based on the capacity to sell bonds during a 10-year period with no tax increase. Part of the struggle in Missouri City is balancing the repair in the older areas with the need for additional infrastructure in the newer areas. • All four of these propositions are just as important as the other", Elmer said. "Drainage in the northernmost part of the city involves some of our oldest sections that are in the
FEMA flood plain with people not being able to get in or out during storm events. We also have significant industrial and commercial growth in that area. These are very real needs. They do not go away." Transportation takes up over half of the total bond amount, something Elmer says isn't surprising when you consider that in 1970 Missouri City's population was 41,000 and today it is 75,000. Fifty percent of the
road construction costs are being shared with Fort Bend County through their mobility bond.• We're getting $16.4 million dollars of road improvements and upgrades for half the cost", Elmer said. $3.3M of the $22.8M will be spent on sidewalk rehabilitation. The $5.7M Facilities portion of the bond allocates $3M for the expansion of the Public Safety Headquarters and $2.7M for immediate repairs to the roof system at the City Hall complex.
Stafford Council listens to Catch-22 of Youth Programs would likely never meet the 70% requirement. Mr. Collins leagues. (Swim team met this said that kids from neighboring goal.) Councilman Willis said, “It cities come to play basketball is everyone’s responsibility to get for SYBA because “we truly more Stafford kids involved.” develop the kids at every level of The agenda did not list this play.” Jeri Thompson, president of the Stafford Stingrays, said item as a public hearing, but Council graciously allowed she doesn’t “think it’s about the audience members to speak. John percentage, but about getting kids Collins, President of SYBA said, and parents involved.” that of the “288 kids who signed So the question becomes: up last season, approximately Why penalize these Stafford 100 were Stafford kids” so they youth groups because they’ve STAFFORD, continued from page 1
Body of man found in truck
third male and dragging him to a silver truck.” Neinast said the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s caller told the dispatcher it was Office looked into the incident. all occurring in the parking lot of As evidence began to come an apartment complex at 1930 together it was determined that Rock Falls in Richmond. the incident that possibly led to When Richmond officers the man’s death might well have arrived on the scene they were occurred in the city of Richmond. unable to locate the truck or any According to Richmond police people. However, at about 7:15 spokesman Master Sergeant Monday morning Richmond Lowell Neinast, “Sunday night police took a missing persons at about 10:00 pm., Richmond report on a man believed to be police received a third party call driving a silver Dodge Ram reporting two males beating a pickup truck. Neinast said it was not long after the missing persons report was taken that a Sheriff’s deputy found the body of a man in a silver Dodge Ram pickup BODY, continued from page 1
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SUGAR LAND METHODIST CHURCH • 281-491-6041 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Worship @ 9:00am and 11:15am Bible Study, all ages, @ 10:10am www.sugarlandmethodist.org CHURCH OF CHRIST
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
SUGAR LAND CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-561-0881 15590 Voss Road • Sugar Land • www.slcoc.org Sunday Worship Services: 7:00am • 10am • 5pm Bible Study (all ages): Sun. 9am & Wed. 7pm Tuesday Seniors' Bible Study: 10am Scripture of the week
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. —Romans 15:13
FISHERS OF MEN LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) • 281-242-7711 2011 Austin Parkway - Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.fishersofmen.org Sunday Worship: 8:30am - 11:00am Sunday School classes for ages 2 & up: 9:40am
NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) • 281-499-7611 1424 FM 1092 Rd., Missouri City, 77459 Worship w/Holy Communion: 8:00 & 10:30 am Education hour for all ages: 9:15am www.newhopelc.org
FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS 281-242-7729 800 Brooks St., Sugar Land Sunday: 8:00 am Traditional Worship 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Worship (Nursery Available) 4:00 pm Spirit of Life Worship NON DENOMINATIONAL
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
FREEDOM CHURCH • 281-240-1055 121 Wood ST. • Sugar Land, TX 77498 Sunday Worship: 11:00am www.facebook.com/freedomchurchintl Pastor - Bryan Eggenbeger
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Originally, the bond proposal called for $10M for Facilities, with $7M spent on rehabilitating City Hall. But the money was moved to the Transportation part of the bond. An additional $300,000 for a utilization study was also moved to transportation. The $5M for construction of Fire Station #6 will help the city improve its average response times from 6.5 minutes to 5 minutes, Elmer said.
DWI Task Force attracts drunks
developed a spectacular program that draws kids from other areas? This topic was discussed for nearly two hours, and little by little, you could see each of the Council members realize this notion. Mayor Scarcella said, “This has been a revelation” and suggested they “reflect on this.” Councilman Willis said that the next item to work on would be an inter-local agreement between the City of Stafford and SMSD.
truck registered to the individual who was reported missing. Riverwood, while in the county’s jurisdiction, is not far from the apartment complex on Rocky Falls in Richmond. Neinast said there were indications that the body of the man found in the Dodge had been beaten. The victim will be positively identified during an autopsy and then his identity will be released. There has been no mention of suspects thus far in this case. Anyone with information is asked to contact Master Sgt. Neinast at (281) 342-2849 or Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS.
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was in custody for careening his car into one patrol car that was then crashed into the second patrol car. In all, four cars had to be towed from the scene. Adolph said no injuries were initially reported. This night for the Sugar Land DWI Task Force ended with a bang; two suspected DWI drivers in jail, two police cars wrecked, and two suspect’s cars towed. Future DWI Task Force operations are scheduled to continue across Fort Bend County. Hopefully they will not be quite so attractive in the future.
PROUDLY SALUTES Top Producers for the Month of February 2014
Stafford MSD Superintendent search has scheduled a Town Hall Meeting tonight March 19
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English and Spanish. Another way to provide input is at the Superintendent Search Town Hall Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, from 6:30-7:30 PM in the Margaret Havens Library Media Center. The meeting provides SMSD parents and Stafford residents a forum to express the qualities they feel the next SMSD Superintendent should possess and criteria which all candidates should meet. This is not a forum to recommend specific candidates for the position. The SMSD School Board appreciates and welcomes your input. Thanks in advance for your participation and for supporting SMSD!
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Stafford MSD graduate needs help to "Go the Distance" By Karen Daniels
Amanda Sanders began playing volleyball in the 7th grade at Stafford Immediate school. Through hard work and dedication, strength and sacrifice, she continued this extracurricular activity through high school, playing on the varsity team as a freshman, and college on scholarship. Currently she is a senior at Oklahoma Wesleyan University majoring in Exercise Science Pre-Therapy. During her volleyball career, Amanda has received many awards for academia and athleticism, in fact, 3 awards for Libero of the Week were earned within two months in 2013. She also was given Honorable Mention 2nd Team at the Midland Conference in 2011,
all while making the deans list. Amanda has been selected to represent the USA by AIST, American International Sports Teams, and will travel to Italy this summer to compete in cities like Rome, Pistolla, San Marino, Vecenza and Erba. “I have been playing competitive volleyball almost my entire life, from travel teams to high school, college and highly ranked club programs,” Amanda explained. “We are heading to Italy to compete against teams from all over the world, visit important historic sites and work with some of the best coaches in the sport.” But she needs help getting there. She’s asking for sponsors of $25 or more to help cover the travel costs. If you sign up through her website:
reachingourgoal.com/KBBPOZ. Amanda will keep you up to date on the “highlights during the trip so you can see what I see!” At this time she is $1,900 away from making her dream a reality. Proud Dad, Kevin Sanders, said, “My wife Jennifer, and my two sons Joshua and Caleb, are so proud of Amanda. She has become a more caring person. She has matured in that respect. I am proud that she has a good core of friends from high school. They still hang out together when Amanda comes home for the holidays. I appreciate the coaches and teachers at Stafford that helped her from middle school through senior high. Also I appreciate the Club coaches that helped her improve as volleyball player.” Next fall, even though
Amanda Sanders Amanda has earned enough credits to graduate a year early, she will return to OKWU to play her final year on the volleyball team. Now that’s dedication!
Most Points, Fastest Time, Best Teamwork, and Best SWAG! Registration is open to the community, so register now. Limited spaces are available. Register online at: readingPTO.org or pick up forms at the ARJH front office. For more information contact Lisa Keeling, fundraising chair at: fundraising@readingpto. org. Sponsorship, donation, and volunteer opportunities are available by contacting Sofia Sheikh at: president@ readingPTO.org.
Missouri City Don’t Mess with Texas Trash-Off event set for March 29 Missouri City Green, together with Missouri City Parks and Recreation, encourages groups and individuals of all ages to
demonstrate that they love where they live by volunteering for the 2014 Don't Mess with Texas Trash-Off Event
Over 100 volunteers participated in Missouri City Green’s Cleanup event in 2012.
on Saturday, March 29 from 9am to 12pm, with check-in starting at 8am. The event will kick-off at the Civic Center Complex located at 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City. Volunteers will clean up litter and debris from neighborhoods, public parks and waterways in Missouri City. Participants should wear sneakers and gloves. Trash bags and a limited number of trash grabbers will be provided to assist in the clean up. A picnic lunch and awards ceremony will immediately follow the Cleanup. Registration forms are available at the Missouri City Recreation and Tennis Center, 2701 Cypress Point Drive, Missouri City or visit
Five outstanding Clements seniors Exchange Club receive the status of Eagle Scout of Quail Valley
to host annual St. Patrick's Day Scramble March 28
Photo by Mary Favre
Clements High School seniors, (l-r) Michael Erickson, Alex Tolani, Ben Steele, Matt Steele and Travis Stubenrouch, continue to be recognized for their outstanding work as scouts, most recently in a ceremony during Eagle Court of Honor. The five joined cub scouts together at Colony Meadows Elementary school, when they were in first grade, completed their Arrow Light in 2007, and today the scout bond continues in the program’s highest level of attainment.
♥ omg Inside Fort Bend March madness arrives!
March madness means different things to different people. To most, it’s about the exciting NCAA basketball tournament currently underway. But to so many others, like some of our readers, they say this month has brought about maddening moments.
It could be because of the recent contested elections with more to come locally, statewide and also at the federal level. Here are a couple of words of wisdom. Anger, say the experts, is a normal, healthy response to a threat and may be used for a constructive purpose. It can, however, be an emotion expressed in extremes, either by avoiding any show of anger or exploding, sometimes in a rage. Both of these approaches can have a detrimental effect on physical and emotional health. Control it before it controls you.
The Exchange Club of Quail Valley hosts one fundraiser a year that supports charities and persons in need right in our own backyard. That fundraiser is the annual St. Patrick’s Day Scramble that takes place on Friday, March 28, at the Quail Valley Golf Club. Approximately $100,000 is donated annually by the Quail Valley Exchange Club to the many charities in Fort Bend County. As you can imagine, it takes a lot of support from the community to accomplish this monumental task and the Exchange Club is asking for your help. If you, your friends and/or business associates would like to get a team together to play in the tournament, please download the form at www.fortbendstar. com with the corresponding article and forward it to the Quail Valley Exchange Club at Mark@CodeMarkFinancial. com or mail it to PO Box 1205 Missouri City, Texas 77459. If you do not play golf but still want to support charities in Fort Bend County, the Quail Valley Exchange Club has many sponsorship opportunities that you will find listed in the attachment. Additionally, new items are needed for the live and silent auction that takes place after the tournament.
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Teachers & departments to benefit Reading Junior High's PTO to host fundraiser March 29 Reading Junior High PTO will host this fundraiser at the school campus March 29, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Twelve challenges, messy & clean, roadblocks & detours, sprint to the finish… can you handle it? Teams of 2 must decipher clues leading them through 12 crazy challenges that will excite taste buds, get hearts racing, and put minds in overdrive. To participate in this Pictured: Ready for this year's challenge are: Reading Junior High fundraiser the cost will be $15 students Hyatt Hogan, Lauren Burkett, Jason Montgomery and Ibby per person / $30 per team of Sheikh. two. Prizes will be awarded for
www.missouricitygreen. org to register in advance. Oyster Creek Rotary Club and Cartridge World in Missouri City are Trash-Off Friends this year, supporting the event through sponsorship. To add your business as a sponsor, email info@missouricitygreen. org. For questions or more information, call 281.403.8637.
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Emily Wahl - Exhibition: Shades of Emily
The experience of traveling extensively has infused an appreciation in Emily for the intensity and variety in our world’s sounds, textures and colors. This dramatic diversity kindled her interest in capturing the vision and emotion of these moments in watercolor as “Expressions of Life.” This exhibition will feature landscapes, cityscapes, and abstracts. There will be an opening reception on March 21st, from 6pm9pm at the gallery. Please stop by to view these works, and meet the artist. The show will be on view from March 21-March 30, 2014.
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6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Opening Reception for Shades of Emily, an exhibition by Emily Wahl
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Miss Silvia’s Kids Art Exhibition 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Artists Spring Clearance Sale
First Day of Kidz Art Kamp
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For the first time ever, the festival, is April 23 - 27, will feature a craft-beer seminar, and there will be craft beer selections from well-loved brands like Saint Arnold and Goose Island at the Grand Tasting. An expanded beer garden at the Sip & Stroll will feature 25 breweries—including new local favorite, Fort Bend Brewing Company—serving more than 100 beers, along with barbecue, sliders and live music. Tickets to the Brewmaster’s Table beer-pairing dinner are $65 each and can be purchased at www. sugarlandwineandfoodaffair. com/events. For a more intimate experience, an extremely limited number of tickets, priced at $85, are available for the “private pour” meet-and-greet with Reisch prior to the dinner. The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is the largest food and wine festival in the region, featuring top chefs and renowned vintners and brewmasters from all over the country and attracting more than 7,000 visitors annually. The 2014 event is scheduled for April 23-27. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit www. sugarlandwineandfoodaffair.com. Proceeds benefit the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce.
Among the brews being served at the dinner are delectable Belgian ales and selections from the awardwinning Goose Island brewery, including the limited-release Bourbon County Stout and a brand-new Goose Island 312 Pale Ale that will be making its official debut just weeks before. Thanks to popular demand, beer will be taking its rightful place at the table at the 2014 Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair, and this one-of-a-kind dinner is the ultimate way for everyone to celebrate beer’s impending arrival to the party.
Calling all beer aficionados! The Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair is proud to announce that George F. Reisch, AnheuserBusch brewmaster and director of brewmaster outreach, will be the guest of honor and speaker for an exclusive Brewmaster’s Table beer-pairing dinner at Jupiter Pizza & Waffle Co. in Sugar Land on March 27. Guests will enjoy six handpicked beers, perfectly paired with five mouthwatering courses while Reisch—a fifth-generation brewmaster—details how the brewing process and ingredients make each of the beers unique.
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ordered him to stop…he did, and then right before the officer could get to his door to chat… he bolted! Umm hum, as one might imagine, the challenge, umm, chase was on! The EVENT between hoodlum and The Law ended a short time later in a nearby neighborhood, just outside the city. Now imagine this, he just might be suspect in yet another burglary, to go along with his evading case. Remember that probation for loot’n the Chief….well, as they say…Here today…Gone tomorrow!
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Hope for Three presents award to special needs Ice Skating Program Local therapeutic skating program shows why “It’s Cool to Care”! Hope for Three, a Fort Bendbased nonprofit whose mission is to raise community awareness and provide financial and emotional support to families with children on the autism spectrum, has announced the latest recipient of the “Caring Friends” award, presented by Hope for Three’s Teen Huddle. This award, presented monthly to an organization promoting acceptance and inclusion of individuals with autism, recognizes the outstanding work of B.L. Wylie and her STARSkaters Skate Therapy volunteers. The Basic Skills Therapeutic Curriculum founded by B.L. Wylie and Jim O’Neill, trains STARSkaters Skate Therapy volunteers to provide exciting
on-ice experience to kids with autism and other special needs. Sugar Land is one of first cities in the country to offer the program. Benefits are both physical – strength, balance – and psychosocial – interacting with coaches and peers, and working to overcome fears. Special needs skating lessons are offered every Saturday morning at Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center. For more information, visit: www.SkateTherapy.org. If you would like a speaker to visit your group, school or organization and share more about the autism awareness program, “It’s Cool to Care”, contact Hope for Three, 800-317-0787 or visit www.HopeforThree.org
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5th Annual Fort Bend Empty Bowls takes place March 28 Save-the-date! The 5th Annual Fort Bend Empty Bowls is set for Friday, March 28, from 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch. Fort Bend Empty Bowls is the single largest fundraising event benefiting East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry. Guests will be served a simple meal of soup and bread as a reminder of families in Fort Bend County who don’t have enough food to eat. Although the meal may be “simple” the soup will be delicious! Local restaurants will be serving a variety of tasty soups to try. A featured part of the event is the pottery; hand-painted soup bowls and other handcrafted pottery items created by amateur and professionals artists from the community. These items will be available for purchase to help raise funds to help families in need in our community. There will also be silent and live auctions, sure to have something for everyone.
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Elkins HS ProGrad Style Show set for March 29 The Elkins High School Project Graduation Style Show will be held Saturday, March 29, in the Elkins HS Commons. The evening includes dinner, silent and live auctions, and the Style Show put on by the class of 2014 seniors. Tickets must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door. Prices are $250-$300 for whole tables, $125-$150 for half tables, or $25-$30 for individual seats. Payment can be made in the form of cash, check or credit card and can be purchased at https://secure.jotformpro.com/ form/33424679102957. All proceeds from the event will go directly to the 2014 Elkins High School Project Graduation Night Celebration.
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Skeeters announce promotional schedule and game times The Sugar Land Skeeters announced today the club’s promotional schedule and game times for the upcoming 2014 season at Constellation Field. This season, the Skeeters’ promotional schedule promises a blend of baseball traditions, such as Thirsty Thursdays and jersey auctions, along with fun-filled, new theme nights, giveaways and more. Opening weekend begins Thursday, April 24, at 7:05 p.m. as Sugar Land hosts the division rival Lancaster Barnstormers on opening night. Magnet schedules, sponsored by ABC Home & Commercial Services, will be given to the first 1,500 fans while Friday introduces the first Fireworks Friday of the year. On Saturday, April 26, the club will give away Skeeters hats, courtesy of MemberSource Credit Union, and the Skeeters join forces with Hope for Three on Sunday for Strike Out Autism, the first of five scheduled jersey auctions taking place in 2014. What’s Coming in 2014 This season, the Skeeters will showcase several new weekly promotions, such as #Winning Wednesdays and Thirsty Thursdays. On #Winning Wednesdays, fans in attendances are guaranteed a win by scoring prizes, giveaways or a FREE ticket to a later game should the Skeeters lose that night. For those looking to take Thursday nights up a notch, Thirsty Thursdays’ discounted beverages are the perfect solution for
affordable entertainment heading into the weekend. The club also prepares to bring unique, engaging theme nights to Sugar Land in 2014, with new theme nights such as Zombie Night (May 22), Princess and Pirates Night (June 29), College Night (July 31) and Great Outdoors Night (August 21). In combination with new themes, the Skeeters are happy to bring back favorites including the Mother’s Day Diamond Dig (May 11), sponsored by Elegant Jewelers, a Father’s Day Remote Dig (June 15) courtesy of Best Buy and an Independence Day Celebration on July 3. Atlantic League AllStar Game The Atlantic League All-Star Game and festivities arrive in Sugar Land on Tuesday, July 15 and Wednesday, July 16 at Constellation Field. On Tuesday, Roger Clemens will host the Rocket Man Celebrity Slam softball game, with a postgame concert to follow. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Roger Clemens Foundation. On Wednesday, July 16, Sugar Land takes on the rest of the Atlantic League in the 2014 Atlantic League “Y’All-Star” Game. This year’s event marks the first time in history for Constellation Field to host an All-Star Game, and the Skeeters are ready to show the Atlantic League a Texas-style good time. Fireworks, Giveaways and More The Skeeters will hold 13
spectacular postgame firework shows this season. Along with an impressive display of lights in the sky and entertainment, the organization will give away terrific keepsakes, including: • Blue camouflage blankets, presented by Texas Direct Auto (Memorial Day – May 24) • Mascot banks, courtesy of Wells Fargo (Mascot Circus/ Skeeter Night Live – June 14) • Basketball jerseys, sponsored by Memorial Hermann (Father’s Day/ Basketball Day – June 15) • Light sabers, courtesy of Deeter Mazda (Star Wars Night – July 19) • Lunch boxes, presented by Republic Services (Back to School Night – August 23) New Game Times Starting this season, every Wednesday night game will begin at 6:05 p.m., while all other week night games (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday) will start at 7:05 p.m. All Skeeter Night Live Saturday games will begin at 6:05 p.m. and Sunday Funday games will remain at 2:05 p.m. for the entire season. Fans are encouraged to stay tuned at www. SugarLandSkeeters.com for updates and a complete 2014 promotional schedule. For more information on how to purchase tickets for Opening Day, the Atlantic League All-Star Game, Independence Day Celebration and the rest of the 2014 season, please call 281.240.4487 or visit the team’s website today.
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Houston duo nabbed for Fort Bend robbery the particulars in this case Two teens were arrested match other during a Houston Police incidents in traffic stop linked to at least that same one Fort Bend robbery; area as well more charges expected. as previous Sheriff’s spokesman Bob incidents that Tony Truong Nguyen range across Haenel said Monday, “Tony Truong Nguyen, 19, and Andy Fort Bend/ Duong, 17, both of Houston were Harris/Houston stopped for a traffic violation jurisdictions. on Sunday and arrested by the Fort Bend Houston Police Department. County CourtHaenel went on to explain, at-Law 4 Judge “Sunday, March 2, two Asian Sandy Bielstein males approached a 14-year-old issued warrants girl and her mother outside a for their arrests. meat market in the 8600 block Bond was set Andy Duong of Highway 6 in the Houston at $50,000 area of Fort Bend County.” The for each. At press time teenage girl was assaulted and Nguyen remained in the her cell phone stolen. Many of Fort Bend Co. Jail. By LeaAnne Klentzman
Keep Sugar Land Beautiful receives prestigious State Environmental Award Keep Texas Beautiful (KTB) has recognized Keep Sugar Land Beautiful as one of 10 winners of the 2014 Governor’s Community Achievement Awards for outstanding community improvement. The award is one of the most coveted annual environmental and community improvement honors in Texas. The winners will share $2 million in landscape funding from the Texas Department of Transportation; Sugar Land will receive $270,000 for a landscaping project along a local state right-of-way. Communities submitted
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materials to one of 10 population categories and judges chose the winners based on their achievements in seven environmental and community improvement areas: community leadership and coordination, education, public awareness, litter prevention and cleanup, litter law and illegal dumping enforcement, beautification and community improvement, and solid waste management. The GCAA program has recognized outstanding communities since 1969, with TxDOT providing landscaping awards since 1985. Keep Sugar Land Beautiful will receive its award on
Tuesday, June 24, 2014 in Austin, Texas during KTB’s 47th Annual Conference. Keep Sugar Land Beautiful, is a nonprofit affiliate of Keep America Beautiful and Keep Texas Beautiful dedicated to educate and engage everyone to take responsibility for the environmental health of our community. Keep Sugar Land Beautiful programs and events increase environmental awareness, reduce solid waste, increase recycling, plant trees, prevent litter and illegal dumping, and conserve clean water. For more information on events and programs, please visit www.kslb.org.
Gun shots reported on Matladge Way By LeaAnne Klentzman About 1a.m. on the morning of March 16, Sugar Land Police were called to investigate reported gunshots near a city facility in the 200 block of Matladge Way. According to police spokesman Doug Adolph, “An off-duty deputy working an extra job said a fight occurred between a large group of people at the intersection of Guenther Street and Matlage Way. The deputy thought he heard gunshots. The deputy ran toward the group of people, but they were gone before he arrived.” No gunshot injuries were reported at local emergency facilities. The incident remains under investigation.
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Kempner High School seniors Expanded recycling program in prepare for "An Evening at Sea" Sugar Land receives state recognition
Saturday, March 29, the Commons at Kempner High School will transport those present to a cruise-like Evening at Sea. Attendees will enjoy a fabulous evening bidding on auction items, dining in style, and checking out the Class of ’14 modeling prom fashions.
The community is welcome to attend this worthwhile event. Tickets for An Evening at Sea, the biggest fundraiser for Catch the Wave, will be on sale at school (lunch time) during the month of March. Volunteers are still welcome to help with decorating and setting up on the morning of the event.
An Evening at Sea is scheduled for 6 pm on March 29. Tickets cost $10 (for a chair but no dinner), $20 (for dinner at one of the First Mate’s Tables) or $25 (for dinner at one of the Captain’s Tables, closest to the runway). Kempner High School is located at 14777 Voss Road, just east of Highway 6. Contact Tammie Smith (Tammie.Smith@fortbend.k12. tx.us) or Lindsay Kulhanek kempnerprograd2014@gmail. com) for more information about Kempner Pro Grad, or to buy tickets to An Evening at Sea. You can also look up Kempner Pro Grad on Facebook (Kempner ProGrad) and Twitter (Kempner Pro Grad). Proceeds from the evening benefit the school’s Project Graduation party. This year’s party is entitled Catch the Wave.
Single game tickets for the Sugar Land Skeeters’ 2014 Opening Day (April 24), Atlantic League All-Star Game (July 16) and Independence Day Celebration (July 3) are officially on sale to the public now, with regularseason individual game tickets launching next week. Individual game tickets for the remainder of the 2014 season are available via online purchase only. Fans
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The Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) awarded Sugar Land an Operations Excellence Award for increased recycling efforts during 2013 that reduced garbage sent to landfills by 34 percent. Sugar Land's diversion rate -the amount of material kept out of landfills -- has increased each year since the city launched an expanded solid waste program in 2011 that included automated curbside collection and expanded recycling. The city's goal for 2014 is to achieve a 40 percent diversion rate. Sugar Land's curbside recycling program now includes all colors of glass bottles and jars. The green waste program ensures all green waste -- grass clippings, leaves, brush, tree limbs, etc. -will be recycled rather than sent to a landfill.
baseball,” said Skeeters General Manager Chris Jones. “We’re excited to welcome our fans back to Constellation Field and cannot wait until Opening Day. We have a lot of great things in store for our fans this season.” Details for the club’s newlyreleased promotional schedule, as well as a full game schedule, are available for fans at www. SugarLandSkeeters.com. For more information on how to purchase tickets for Opening Day, the Atlantic League All-Star Game, Independence Day Celebration and the rest of the 2014 season, please call 281.240.4487 or visit the team’s website.
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Spirit of Freedom Republican’s Club meets The Spirit of Freedom Republican Women’s Club will host Lt. Colonel (U.S. Army, ret) Jeffrey F. Addicott who will discuss issues in national security. Meeting is Friday, March 21, Sugar Creek Baptist Church Chapel, 13213 SW Freeway, Sugar Land, 11 am to 1 pm. The lunch and meeting are courtesy of Texas State Senator Joan Huffman. An RSVP is required by March 19. Please specify if you plan to eat or just attend. To RSVP contact President Debbie Fancher at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text at 281-543-3195. Free legal advice Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) will offer free advice by phone to lowincome Fort Bend County residents on Friday, March 21. Please call FBLC at 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify for this service, or e-mail Tasha Hernandez at Tasha@FortBendLawyersCARE.org between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Veterans with civil legal questions are especially encouraged to call. The attorney will return calls the same day and/or the following Monday.
SATURDAY, MARCH 22 6th Annual Grant-A-Starr Foundation Fun Run This annual 5K & 1 mile fun run will be held Saturday, March 22, Sugar Land Memorial Park. The 5K through March 20 is $30, Race day $35; the 1 Mile through March 20 is $20. Race day $25. The 5K start time 9:30 a.m.; the 1 Mile course start time 9 a.m. Two level of sponsorships available, respond to email@example.com or 281-731-7691. On-line registration for run/walk closes at noon Thursday, March 20. To register www.grantastar. org/2014 annual fun run.html. Free legal aid Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) proudly offers free legal aid at Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond, in the Parish Hall to low-income, Fort Bend County residents, on Saturday, March 22, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. This legal-aid clinic is open to qualified low-income residents of Fort Bend County with civil legal questions. Please call FBLC at 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify for this service, or e-mail Tasha Hernandez at Tasha@FortBendLawyersCARE.org
SUNDAY, MARCH 23 Dr. Robert Gant recital Dr. Robert Gant in Recital at New Hope Lutheran Church, Sunday, March 23, 3:00 p.m., 1424 FM 1092 RD, Missouri City. Admission is free & open to the public.
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MONDAY, MARCH 24 Brightwater Garden Club meets The Brightwater Garden Club will have its March meeting 6:30 pm, Monday, March 24, Brightwater Clubhouse 2410 Brightwater Drive, Missouri City. Paul Wierzbicki, Missouri City Horticulturist, will take us on a “virtual tour of our Missouri City parks. Brightwater residents and neighbors from surrounding subdivisions are invited to join them. For more info, call 281-261-5913 or 281-499-0695.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 26
AARP Chapter 4075 to meet Sugar Land AARP Chapter 4075 will meet Wed., March 26, 1 p.m., T.E. Hartman Center, 234 Matlage Way. Program will feature candidates from Sugar Land and FBISD for the May elections, For more info 713-724-3113. Sugar Land candidate forum AARP Sugar Land Chapter 4075 will hold a Fort Bend ISD Candidate Forum on Wednesday, March 26, 1:00pm, TE Harman Senior Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. The public is invited to attend. A meet and greet with refreshments will be held following the forum. For information, contact Diana Miller 713-724-3113.
THURSDAY, MARCH 27
Colorectal Cancer Awareness Seminar Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital invites you to join them on Thursday, March 27, for a free Colorectal Cancer Awareness Seminar presented by Dr. Ali Mahmood, Colorectal Surgeon; Dr. Jorge Darcourt, Hematologist/Oncologist and Dr. Nitesh Vachhani, Gastroenterologist. Attendees will receive a free colorectal screening kit to take home. The presentation is 6:30 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. Call 281-274-7500 or register online at houstonmethodist.org/events to reserve a seat. Colorectal Seminar Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, 16655 SW Freeway, Conference Center, will host this seminar Thursday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. Learn about colorectal cancer & take home a free colorectal screening kit. Registration required 281-274-7500 or houstonmethodist.org/events. Door prizes & refreshments.
SUDAY, MARCH 30
Auto Rama at the Ranch This fundraiser is presented by Sterling McCall Auto Group benefitting George Ranch HS Band. The event is Sunday, March 30, George Ranch High School, 8181 FM 762, Richmond. Cars, games, food vendors, entertainment. Sponsorship opportunities available. For more info Kathryn at 832-453-4425 or visit www.ghsband.org. Free admission.
THURSDAY, APRIL 3
Debutante Cotillion meeting An information meeting for a Debutante Cotillion (grade 9-12), will be held April 3, 6 p.m., Sienna Plantation Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City. For more info call 832-367-9087. Home school informational meeting An information meeting for Home School -High School (grade 9-12), will be held Thursday, April 3, 7 p.m., Sienna Plantation Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City. For more information call 832-367-9087. Social media 3 session seminar The Central Fort Bend Chamber will host a 3-session seminar Thursday, April 3, Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 Hwy. 6 So. First session 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.; 2nd session 10:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; 3rd session 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m., (box lunch included). Chamber members $30 1 session, $50 2 sessions, $75 for all 3. Call Shannon at 281-3425464 for more info.
SATURDAY, APRIL 5
Getting your garden ready Fort Bend County Master Gardeners open their Demonstration Gardens, give advice about plants suited to Fort Bend County and offer tips on preparing for the growing season on Saturday, April 5, 9 a.m.-11 a.m., 1402 Band Road in Rosenberg, Call 281-341-7068 or visit http://www.fbmg.com/ for more information. Gala Art Auction Congregation Beth El, 3900 Raoul Wallenberg Dr., Missouri City, to host this live art auction, Sat., April 5, preview at 7 p.m., live auction at 8 p.m. Tickets $20 per person, $35 per couple. Auction features art in all media & price ranges. Early bird incentive, RSVP by April 1 & receive 3 free raffle tickets. For more info 281-499-5066.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 9
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DAR meeting Join the Fort Bend Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, on Wednesday, April 9, 10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., in the Chapel of First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. April program will be “Historic Houston by Story Sloane”. Contact Gwen at jbbumdar@Hotmail.com for more info.DAR website is http://www.texasdar.org/chapters/FortBend/.
MONDAY, APRIL 14
Fort Bend Masters Golf Tournament Central Fort Bend Chamber will hold this tournament Monday, April 14, Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club, 3000 Plantation Dr., Richmond. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m., Shotgun start at 10:30 a.m. Contact Shannan at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure your team or your tent.
TUESDAY, APRIL 15
Sugar Land Garden Club Meeting The Sugar Land Garden Club presents “I Love a Rainy Night – Water Collection, Conservation & Gardening for Drought” with guest speaker Boone Holladay. Meeting will be held April 15, Knights of Columbus Hall, 702 Burney Road, Sugar Land. Refreshments 9:30 am; program 10 am. The program is free and open to the public. Boone Holladay is the Fort Bend County Horticulture Agent.
Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon @ The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club), 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact Cindy Fauvelle,713-829-0550 or email@example.com. Austin HS spring flower sale Now through March 20 Austin HS ProGrad is selling bedding flowers by the flat. Each flat comes with 18 - four in. (4”) high quality flowers, various varieties. Cost $20 per flat or 3 flats $50.They will be delivered to Austin HS, 3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land, March 28 or can be delivered for a fee. Order form online is austinbulldofprograd.weebly.com or call 281-565-0427. Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ Club 3rd Annual Raffle Fort Bend Aggie Moms’ is hosting their 3rd annual raffle benefitting scholarships for Fort Bend Aggie students. Only 500 tickets will be sold at $100 each. !st prize is a Chevy Camaro 2LS Coupe(valued $24,500); 2nd prize is offshore fishing trip for 3 (valued $ 1,500); 3rd prize 46” RCA LED HDTV (valued $599); & 4th prize a weekend night stay at a BCS vacation homes rental (valued $260). You must be 18 to receive prize. Drawing will be held April 12. Contact Barbara Nachlas 281-242-7743. Registration now open Sienna Panthers Lacrosse Registration for Spring Season (2014) is now open. Accepting boys from 1st grade to 12th grade! For more information and to register online, go to fbpantherslax.org.
New Diabetic support group Mondays 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, 17500 West Grand Paryway South, hospital conference rooms B & C. Feb. 17, 2014, May 19, 2014. Events are free RSVP to 713-222-2273. Info? 281-725-5059.
Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land The morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land is an all-volunteer national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships. The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Web site is ECSL.ORG. Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets every Wednesday, noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information call Mike Reichek at 281-575-1145 or mike@ reichekfinancial.com. Support group for caregivers NAMI Fort Bend (an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness)would like to invite you to a Support Group for caregivers on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. These meetings are free and open to anyone who is giving care and support to a family member who is suffering from mental illness. These are caregiver ONLY meetings and are held at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, in the Social Concerns Conference Room from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Al-Anon Support Group Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005. Interested about breastfeeding? Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting of La Leche League of Fort Bend every second Monday at 7pm at Memorial Hermann Sugarland Hospital or every third Monday at 10:30am at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center. Babies are always welcome at meetings. For more info call Erin: 281-325-0618, Laura: 281-277-4989, Lisa: 281-710-7171, Briana: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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"Sugar Tom" Memorial Scholarship established
A luncheon in honor of Thomas Gargiulo, known as "Sugar Tom", was held at the T.E. Harman Center recently. His family was in attendence among others that knew "Sugar Tom" well. Long time community volunteer, Thomas Gargiulo, known as "Sugar Tom", was honored recently at the TE Harman Senior Center. Tom passed away in September 2013 and a Scholarship fund has been established at UH Sugar Land to honor his contributions to the City. Tom's family, wife Shirley, daughter Tina Rondinaro, grand daugters Melissa Kuba and Felicia Rondinaro, and great grandson Jack Kuba all attended. City of Sugar Land Council member Bridget Yeung contributed to the fund and Mayor James Thompson cut the cake. AARP Sugar Land members organized the luncheon and event. The City of Sugar has further honored Tom with a plaque in City Hall Council Chambers in the chair where Tom watched each City Council meeting.
Dew House Docent Jo Butterfield and her husband Ivan performed "Dew Tell" for the Woman's Club of Missouri City Meeting at the historic Dew House. They will also be performing this Dew House Drama (involving the shooting of Frank Dew) on the Rodeo Disney Stage March 23, at 3 pm. The Dew family, along with other Texas families, were underwriters of the 1938 Fatstock Show and Rodeo which eventually evolved into the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo. Dew House is located at the back of Kitty Hollow Park, off Hwy 6 So., Missouri City. Docents are receiving yard sale donations at the house every Sunday in March for their April 5 yard sale to benefit East Fort Bend's only interactive museum!
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