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Attorney in school finance lawsuit hopeful change is coming soon By Betsy Dolan

Attorney David Thompson has knocked around public education and Texas' school funding issue too long to be pie-in-the-sky about changes in the near future.  But at a recent Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce luncheon he was optimistic that, for

the first time in over 30 years, fixing Texas's school finance issue may be gaining momentum. "The legislature is working very productively this session since the ruling came down.  I think they have heard your voices," Thompson told the audience of community leaders and educa-

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tors on April 4. Thompson is the lead attorney for 84 school districts including Fort Bend ISD who joined three other school districts to successfully challenge the constitutionality of the current school funding system.  ATTORNEY, continued on page 8

Some LCISD parents upset by re-zoning plan for new elementary school Fort Bend residents healthier 1,350 white stakes with blue ribbons stand outside the Fort Bend County Courthouse in Richmond in recognition of April as National Child Abuse Awareness Month. Each stake represents a child served by Child Advocates of Fort Bend in the last year. The Exchange Clubs of Fort Bend, Richmond and Rosenberg created the awareness field.

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Tears and frustration from parents were common at a community forum April 2, to discuss the Lamar CISD Attendance Boundary Committee recommendations in regard to the opening of Adolphus Elementary in August. The committee's proposal will move some students who are currently attending McNeill, Frost and Hubenak elementaries to Adolphus.

All of the elementaries, including Adolphus, feed into Briscoe Junior High and Foster High School. Some parents who are not currently zoned to attend the new elementary school want their children to attend Adolphus. Other parents who are zoned to attend the new elementary school want their children to stay where they are. "You just can't continue to move my children," said Melinda Litchfield, from the

Parkway Lakes neighborhood. Her two children currently attend Hubenak after her neighborhood was re-zoned from McNeill two years ago. "(Adolphus) will be my fourth grader's third elementary school. Our children need consistency. They have made friends and it isn't fair." Residents in Long Meadow Farms, where Adolphus is being built, expressed frustration that a small section of their subdivision LCISD, continued on page 8

than most in the metro area to be at the top tier of a healthy state of well being. Although 20 percent of those in The number one health county Fort Bend County are without rank in Texas went to health insurance, according to the Williamson. Its data shows 18 2013 county health rankings in percent of the population to be the U.S. released by the Robert uninsured, but there are other Wood Johnson Foundation, it is health impacting categories that ranked number 13 out of just went into earning it that title spot. about all of the 254 counties in In fact, a total of 25 factors inTexas. A total of 232 were ranked. fluencing health were examined This is an indication that those for the county health rankings nathat live in the county can be said tionwide, which have been By Elsa Maxey

reported since 2010. They include rates of childhood poverty, smoking, obesity levels, teen birth rates, access to doctors and dentists, educational attainment, access to health and fast foods, physical inactivity levels, and percentages of children living in single parent homes among other factors. Here is one surprise. The percentage of fast food restaurants in neighboring Harris County is fewer than those in Fort Bend County reported at 52 percent and 55 percent, respectively. Harris County, however, was ranked at number 70 for wellness factoring in other measures, including the 30 percent figure for those without health insurance. Bordering families who inadvertently end Fort Bend on the other side toup on the front lines of the mental wards the Gulf Coast is health crisis by virtue of Brazoria County, ranked numnecessity. ber 32 in the state for wellness. That such struggle played out Twenty-one percent of its populast Sunday in Sugar Land when lation is uninsured, according to a 31 year old man sank into crisis.  the report. According to reports, Sean

Traffic stops in Fort Bend Mental health lead to narcotic arrests call ends tragically By LeaAnne Klentzman

Two different men were arrested and charged with trafficking drugs through Fort Bend County in March. Last week Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel released information about two different March drug busts by sheriff’s deputies last week. In the first incident announced, deputies seized almost a quarter of a million dollars after stopping a Marcos Camacho southbound truck on U.S. 59 in Rosenberg. In that incident, on March 19, 2013, a deputy and his drug sniffing “deputy dog” that is attached to the narcotics unit,

By LeaAnne Klentzman

Each and every day across the United States law enforcement is called upon to deal with people who are struggling with mental health issues. These calls for service are not only troublesome for the person fighting the mental health problems, but also their

$231,830 U.S. currency confiscated. stopped a tractor-trailer rig, reportedly for a traffic violation near FM 2218. According to Haenel, during that stop, the “deputy dog” discovered $231,830 in U.S. currency concealed in fake bat-

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City of Stafford gears usSave from up for 20th Annual ourselves! City Wide Clean Up

teries mounted in the tractor. The driver, identified as Marcos Camacho, 48, of Humble, was arrested and booked for Money Laundering. He has posted a $15,000 bond and is out of jail pending trial. The second narcotics incident occurred on March 26, 2013, it too was based on yet another federal tip. In this case, Haenel said the deputy assigned to narcotics and his “deputy dog” were working drug interdiction near Stafford on Staffordshire Road at Fifth Street. Haenel said during this roadside investigation, the “deputy Shown are Stafford MSD – AJROTC volunteers at the 2012 TRAFFIC, continued on page 9 Stafford Spring Clean Up.

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Get ready to Trash-Off! This Saturday, April 13, from 9:00am to 1:00pm the City of Stafford along with Keep Texas Beautiful will be holding their 20th Annual City Wide Pride Clean Up. Many civic group volunteers, area businesses, Stafford MSD students and churches get together in groups to help pick up debris and trash along the streets of Stafford, a tradition that began in 1993. STAFFORD, continued on page 9

Recently, a “youngster” (using that term very loosely!) found himself CRIMINAL aged out of OF THE WEEK the juvenile justice system – now you’re gonna’ find this surprising… he was slated to be returned to Fort Bend County where he faced… a murder charge….as an adult no less! Seems in 2010 this “youngster” is alleged to have shot another “youngster” in a

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Chamber to host Candidate Forum for Fort Bend ISD & Stafford MSD Board of Trustees The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host a Candidates Forum Luncheon for FBISD & SMSD Board of Trustees on Friday, April 12, just in time for the May 11 election. All candidates are invited and include: FBISD, Position 3 – Vanesia Johnson and Jim Rice; FBISD, Position 7 – Rodrigo Carreon, Keciana Enaohwo, Cynthia Gary, and Dave Rosenthal. SMSD, At Large – Christopher Caldwell, Ed Castillo, Rosemary Garcia, Greg Holsapple, and Auturo Jackson. The luncheon will be held at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, on Friday, April 12 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. Member Reservation available for $25 . NonMember Reservation available for $35. Register today at

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School daze.......Although he is (mostly) a Republican and I am (mostly) a Democrat, besides the ambivalence about our  political beliefs, Joe Scarborough and I have one thing in common. Today, Tuesday, April 9 is both of our birthdays. Sadly, I noticed he had to do his “Morning Joe” TV show and I have to write this column. I think it is funny that most of the people that former FBISD board member Lisa Rickert and her team fired at FBISD have now been rehired by FBISD if they want to be rehired. The latest is Charles Dupree about whom I have received anonymous critical emails about. But let’s recap: When Lisa Rickert finally got a majority on the school board and an

attack dog in the guise of Liz Mitton, at her first school board meeting, she arranged her election as president of the FBISD school board, and immediately at the meeting, in a show of trailer park manners, she relegated school superintendent Betty Baitland to the end of the table. When Baitland asked if she could wait until the break to move her things, Rickert said “No.”  With that one move, Rickert solidified the coterie against her and made up the minds of those straddling the fence. In that one move, she lost the rest of her term and the next election. Although Dr. Baitland, who had come up through the ranks of FBISD and truly loved the district, offered to stay until a

new superintendent as hired, her offer was refused and the little-experienced human resource assistant superintendent was appointed. The poor lady wasn’t even a very good HR person.  Her appointment accomplished one thing: it allowed Lisa Rickert to slowly dismantle FBISD as it was then.  A disgraced attorney was hired--an attorney who had his office at a Mail Box Etc. When I busted him on that, he rented an office from a Chinese lady attorney which I took a picture of and nobody really believed it was his office decorated in ornate faux Chinese style. As a city council member or an employee of the city of Houston, he was caught several times absent without leave

Lone Star Stomp XXIV recognizes Anita and Davis Harris as honorary chairmen of gala The Fort Bend County Museum Association is proud to recognize Anita and David Harris as honorary chairmen for Lone Star Stomp XXIV. The Harrises, who have lived in Fort Bend County for 31 years, have been invaluable supporters of the Museum and its historical and educational programs. “David and I both love history, which is what drew us to the Fort Bend Museum when we first moved to the area,” Anita said. Anita has volunteered full-time for the Museum Association since 1999 and served as president of the Docent organization in 2005 and 2006. She is currently serving on the Board of Trustees. The Harrises are also involved with other organizations throughout the Fort Bend and Houston area, including the Boy Scouts of America, where David serves on the board of the directors for the Sam Houston Area Council.

Honorary chairmen of this year's gala are David and Anita Harris. Candy Jones, Executive Director of Fort Bend County Museum Association said, “Anita and David Harris are an incredibly classy and gracious couple that have quietly supported the Museum Association for many years. They truly epitomize the warmth and generosity of the Lone Star State.” Lone Star Stomp XXIV will

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take place on Saturday, April 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m. at the George Ranch Historical Park, 10215 FM 762 in Richmond. Tickets are $65 each and reserved tables are available for groups of eight or more. All proceeds from the evening will benefit the educational and preservation efforts of the Fort Bend County Museum Association. For more information or to purchase tickets and sponsorships, visit www. fortbendmuseum.org or call (281) 342-1256. Sponsorships are available through March 15.

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from his job--washing his car, taking his children to the Zoo, etc. He immediately was charged with finding some legal dirt on Dr. Baitland and Dr. Dupree, the CFO she had promoted. He found nothing, no matter how bad Liz Mitton  tried to make it sound in various blogs. In fact,  a famous line from the time was board member Stan Magee shouting, “Do you mean to tell me that’s all you can find!?!”  Baitland happily retired,  spending a lot of time with her grandchildren at the beach and Lisa and Liz both lost their next elections amid large vote margins and many tears and much gnashing of tears. So that’s how we got Tim Jenney. I suspect there weren’t many qualified applicants after word got out about FBISD.  I notice that Lisa Rickert may be trying to make a  comeback as I’ve seen her out and about a various events. School daze again......Then another story that is about one to two years old but has surfaced in another local weekly paper that, I guess, has nothing else to print. The story is all about former FBISD Superintendent Raj Chopra who eventually left here, but not after the board had given him a sweet contract and four years later a sweet deal to leave.  Among other things, Dr. Chopra was given a contract that called for FBISD to pay for his house back in Kansas until it sold. Of course, it wasn’t going to sell very soon as his older children were still living in it to go to college. He eventually sold it for much more than he told the board it would sell for. He never told the school board any different.  He was given a huge car allowance, a large “entertainment” budget, a membership in the local country club with  monthly dues paid, an expense account, and a payment of his house in Fort Bend among other things. When we criticized this, we were told that most executives were given these perks in private companies and the school district had to compete.  Then besides all this, he was

fired before his programs really had a chance to work, although he greatly reduced administrative jobs and brought up test scores. He was sent off with  a nice severance package. Interestingly, these same criticisms were lodged at him some 10 years later in his new school district,  proving once again that a tiger doesn’t change his spots. (Yes, I know it’s stripes. I’m trying to be funny, but I don’t want you to think I’m simply stupid.) At Southwestern  College, where Dr. Chopra was superintendent,  his contract called for him to receive a salary of $204,000. In addition to his salary, he had an automobile allowance of $1,000 a month, an entertainment allowance of $14,000 a year, and a housing allowance of $28,000 a year. He resigned in November  2010, and  received the equivalent of six months’ base salary.  Since he was indicted with many other school officials from other districts at the same time in 2012, I have searched the web for additional news only to come up dry. I have a feeling the charges have been quietly dismissed. At the time he was reported to be in Texas suffering from depression. Wanna bet it’s in Fort Bend? More school daze..... In other school news,  State Rep. Rick (Dana) Miller was the only member of the Fort Bend delegation to vote for the school vouchers which are

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reportedly dead in the water.  I called Commissioner James Patterson to chide him for supporting Miller and he told me he didn’t support any candidate because as a County commissioner, he has to work with whoever wins. That’s not what jacquie Baly and her friends think.  I believe Patterson but I know for a fact that Miller told former school board president Sonal Buchar that he did not support vouchers. Since State Senator Dan Patrick  was his big buddy you would have to be pretty stupid to believe that he would actually vote against vouchers. Next.....It seems I am an international star after all. The following is an email I received from Ireland: “Hi Bev, Just watched you on Irish TV. Charlene Hill murder trial. Just wanted  to say well done. You came across a strong, fine women. If you’re ever in Ireland, you can stay with me.  Not a big house, but house that has loads of fun and love.  Well done again, Ellie” I’m a little nervous that Ellie might be like that French model on the TV ad. B.K. Carter is the owner/ publisher of the Fort Bend/ Southwest Star. She can be reached at beverly@fortbendstar.com. Follow Bev on Twitter. Search for BevsBurner.

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get to a loved one’s death bed in time to pray with them and say final good-byes or families can’t help their loved ones get the critical medical help with mental illness because access is denied while law-abiding arms purchases will be public record across the globe—including to our enemies that we are waging war against and then gullible enough to spend $$$ rebuilding their countries. Simply put: We are funding the UN that is hell bent on destroying us—with this administration leading the pack and Congress still refusing to begin impeachment. When the Senate votes to ratify this Treaty, every approving senator needs to

be run out of Washington in their next election. Remember the horrendous 2008 housing collapse that cost us $131Billion so far? The WA Post reported last week that this administration is pushing banks to give out more home loans to people with weaker credit— even after 1.8Million properties received foreclosure filings just last year. Will the next failure be George Bush’s fault again? We not only have the Senate’s Gang of 8 preemptively forming our country’s illegal immigration legislation, but last week the House went into lockdown mode in forming its own Gang

of 8—but no one is admitting who the eight are. Boehner, where are your “leadership” skills here? Washington has turned into a farce and forging ahead at morph speed into becoming the laughing stock on a global scale. Need a bit of humor from last week’s dismal news? Turn to Dan Pfeiffer’s video that The Drudge Report “hurts what we’re [the White House] trying to do.” Go, Matt Drudge, go! You betcha, remember the saying: This nation was founded by geniuses but it’s now run by idiots. For comments, contact Barbara J. Carlson at Barbara@ FortBendBusinessJournal.com.

Sugar Land again named ADL Community of Respect Five years after being named the nation's first "Community of Respect," the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) again recognized Sugar Land for its ongoing commitment to foster an inclusive and respectful community. Sugar Land has been a recipient of the award every year since the program's inception. The ADL formally presented its 2012 "Community of Respect" award to Sugar Land during a City Council meeting on March 5. The "Community of Respect" program is an initiative to help governments, non-profit organizations, faith institutions, businesses and institutes of higher learning create an atmosphere that rejects prejudice and fosters respect and an appreciation for diversity.

Sugar Land was recognized for efforts to complete three activities supporting a "Community of Respect," including: • implementation of multi-cultural training for more than 180 employees; • an ongoing series of community newsletter articles that focus on multicultural traditions that reflect the demographics of Sugar Land; and • an evaluation of future park programming options to reflect the diverse needs of the community. "The City of Sugar Land is proud to receive this designation, one that recognizes the City's Pictured (L-R) during a recent presentation at a continued commitment to promote, City Council meeting are Ian Scharfman, ADL respect and celebrate each of our vice chair for the southwest region, and Mayor multi-cultural communities," said James Thompson. City Manager Allen Bogard.

Raising Funds for Fort Bend Families in crisis

Second Mile Mission Center announces 9th Annual Banquet Second Mile Mission Center’s 9th annual fundraising banquet and silent auction will be held Friday, April 19 at Safari Texas Ranch.  The reception and silent auction begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. This year’s event is made possible by presenting sponsor

Sugar Creek Baptist Church. “This is Second Mile’s largest fundraising event of the year and will ensure that thousands of families facing poverty or a time of crisis receive the support they need,” said Sarah White, Second Mile’s Executive Director.  “It’s also an opportunity to share stories of life change that happen as countless individuals donate their time and resources to sustain the Mission.”

The banquet theme is “EMPOWER,” and will feature remarks and original music from Jimmy McNeal. McNeal is a worship leader at Austin Stone Community Church and an American Idol finalist.  The annual dinner and silent auction event raises operating funds for Second Mile.  Businesses, organizations and individuals throughout Fort Bend County support this

event through sponsorships and donations to the silent auction.  Corporate and table sponsorships are available, as well as individual tickets.   To register or learn more visit www.SecondMile.org or call Sheena Abraham at (281) 261-9199, ext. 13.  To donate a silent auction item, please call Carol Wells at (281) 261-9199 or email volunteer@secondmile.org

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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

“By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.”—1 Corinthians 15:2

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

To place an ad in The Fort Bend County Worship Directory 281-690-4200

For the fourth consecutive year, Fort Bend County has earned a Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts for setting the bar for financial transparency and opening the county's books to the public.  The Texas Comptroller's

Leadership Circle Program recognizes local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high standard for financial transparency online.  These reports provide citizens with a clear, consistent picture of spending and sharing information in a user-friendly format. 

Schiff Elementary announces fundraising event on April 12 Schiff Elementary has announced that it will hold its 2013 Shark-a-thon on Friday, April 12, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. All community residents are invited to participate to support the local school. The Shark-a-thon is Schiff Elementary School’s annual fundraising event and is the largest fundraiser for the school in terms of total dollars raised. Ideas currently under consideration for this year’s proceeds will go towards continued investments in classroom technology, an outdoor pavilion, and additional interior beautification. The 2013 Shark-a-thon will consist of games, inflatables, a rock wall, gyro spin, laser tag, food, raffle and a silent auction. Tickets are available for purchase the day of the event at the front of

the school. Schiff's principal Mary Brewster states, "Our recent Shark-a-thons have raised enough funds to build an incredible playground and a shade structure, a broadcasting system, extensive classroom technology and a science lab in four short years. We are grateful for our community that has been so supportive of our school. This year we will continue to build on what we’ve accomplished. Schiff Elementary is located at 7400 Discovery Lane, in Sienna Plantation, Missouri City. Schiff Elementary opened in the fall of 2008 and is named after Jan Schiff, a beloved educator who dedicated her life to public school education. Visit www.schiffpta.org for additional information.

Fort Bend County Women’s Center invites volunteers to Pennies open House The Fort Bend County Women’s Center is inviting the community to learn more about the PennyWise Pennies volunteer opportunity at PennyWise Resale Centers. Three open houses will be held on April 11 and 12. Attendees can learn more about the various volunteer opportunities offered at PennyWise while enjoying refreshments. Open Houses will be held at the following times: • Thursday, April 11 from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at PennyWise Richmond, 1120 Hwy 90A, Richmond 77406 • Thursday, April 11 from 4:30 pm – 6:30 pm at

PennyWise Stafford, 13945 Murphy Rd., Stafford 77477 • Friday, April 12, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at PennyWise Mission Bend, 6808 Hwy 6S, Houston 77083 Please RSVP to Liz Moreno (lmoreno@ fortbendwomenscenter. org or 832-274-4542). If you are unable to attend an Open House, but would like to become a Penny or volunteer for the Women’s Center in any other capacity, please visit www. fortbendwomenscenter.org or contact Amber Paaso (apaaso@ fortbendwomenscenter. org or 281-344-5759).

Citizens may view Fort Bend County's Financial Transparency Report by visiting the Fort Bend County website www.fortbendcountytx.gov/ index.aspx?page=393.

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Free joint replacement seminar offered by Methodist Hospital Sugar Land Joint replacement is one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed today, with the hip and knee being the most frequently replaced joints. In fact, knee replacements have doubled in the past decade, and not just among the elderly. Joint replacement may not be the best solution for everyone. Many factors will determine whether trading in your aching joint for a stronger, better, faster replacement is the right step for you. “Joint deterioration has a number of causes,” says Carl Hicks, M.D., board certified joint reconstructive surgeon with Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST). “Injuries, autoimmune

conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and the general wear and tear that occur over time may all take a toll on the body’s joints, causing pain and inhibiting motion.” “The severity of your condition will likely be a significant factor in the decision to have joint replacement surgery,” he said. Alternatives to surgery Depending on the cause of your joint pain, medications, physical therapy or aids such as a brace may be effective treatment options. Your age Little research has been done on the longterm effectiveness of joint replacement for a younger, more physically active

Shown is Carl Hicks, M.D., Joint Reconstructive Surgeon. generation. Prosthetic joints typically last only 10 to 15 years, making younger candidates more likely to need additional surgeries.

Your general health Certain diseases, such as high blood pressure or heart and lung disease increase the risks associated with surgery. Osteoporosis and bone or joint deformity may affect joint replacement success. Your weight Obesity can prolong recovery and affect the durability of the new joint. Free seminar Join us for a free Joint Replacement Seminar presented by Dr. Carl Hicks. April 25, 6:00 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. There will be refreshments and door prizes for attendees. Call 281-2747500 or email SLRSVP@ tmhs.org to reserve a seat.

Campbell Elementary Kids for Kindness hosts Book Drive They love their librarian, Mrs. Peters!  To show their appreciation, they collected gently used books and donated them to Seguin Early Childhood Center.  The book drive was held hosted during the week of the Spring Book Fair.  Students dropped off gently used books to donate as they went in to purchase new books for themselves.  They collected over 500 books.  The staff

at Seguin Early Childhood Center were very excited with a surprise load of good books to share with students.  This month they learned about the virtue of honesty.  Honesty is choosing to be truthful in whatever you say or do.  Go out into the world and spread some  kindness.  As Mrs. Koerth, their principal would say, “Do something nice for yourself and someone else.”

Dew Tell Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Speakers Committee Members Ivan and Jo Butterfield performed “Dew Tell-A Murder on the Bayou” for Dew House Docents in April--the “ghosts” from the mid 1900’s performed the story of Frank Dew (Frank and his brothers were among the early founders and supporters of both the Houston Fat Stock Show and the Ft Bend County Fair) and Lucyle Richards, the Cowgirl Rodeo Star, who shot him.  In this creative way, the Butterfields and their other committee members promote the rodeo, which brings in millions of educational dollars as well as the historic Dew House located in Kitty Hollow Park.

Shown in the photo are: Bottom Row:  Brynn Johnson, Cassidy Hoang, Claire Evers, Ava Ward, Bailey Rech, Olivia Lober, & Johnathon Paz; Middle Row:  Megan Braun, Ryan Jones, Stasja Nossa, Caroline Morrison, Scottlyn Goodmanson, Ashley Wandling, Matthew Krafcheck, & Madison Braun; Back Row: Vicki Peters, Librarian; Lakyn Diller, Janean Silva, Brooklyn Chapman, Kaley Edelbrock, Nicole Sampaio, Coy Cook, Caleb Degeyter, & Suzanne Stavinoha, Counselor.

The Hobbit comes to Fort Bend Theatre Fort Bend Theatre will be producing The Hobbit from April 13 to May 5 with performances on Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm. Based on the classic novel by J. R.R. Tolkien, Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It's

Jo Butterfield

the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results— not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth—and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic. Tickets are $9 and are available on the FBT website www.fortbendtheatre.com. For more information, please call 281-208-3333.

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A broken foot or ankle is a common injury. Experiencing a fall, involvement in a car accident, having something heavy land on the foot, or a simple misstep can result in a broken bone. Medical procedures such as an X-ray, bone scan, CT scan, or MRI can help to pinpoint the exact location and determine the specific type of injury. Results can indicate whether casting or surgery will be necessary to repair the damage. If you have broken your ankle or foot, you may experience symptoms of swelling and tenderness and have difficulty walking or performing any weight-bearing activities. Should you suspect that you have a broken foot or ankle, contact your podiatrist immediately. We are dedicated to the treatment of all foot and ankle ailments and injuries in a comfortable, convenient office setting. We also take the time to ensure that every patient is well-educated about their condition and treatment options in order to achieve optimal recovery and good foot health. As a trusted podiatrist we specialize in pain relief and restoration of function in the foot or ankle. We treat most common foot disorders. Please call us at 281-980-3668 to schedule an appointment. We are located at 3143 Hwy. 6 South. Don't take your feet for granted - call us for an appointment. Make your next step a comfortable one - call us for an appointment. HINT: To avoid breaking a toe when getting up during the night, use night lights.

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RIVERSTONE..... $1,095,000

WOODBRIDGE......$212,500

RICHMOND............$249,000

LAKES OF WILLIAM RANCH.. $1,299,000

BAYOU CREST........$220,000

CREEKMONT.........$194,900

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BRIGHTWATER.....$239,900

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WATERSIDE ESTATES.$318,000

PECAN LAKES........$193,800

RIVERSTONE.........$750,000

SIENNA STEEP BANK VILLAGE...$209,900

OAKS OF ROSENBERG....$239,000

ROSENBERG...........$129,900

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Great Westchase location! Large 1/1 corner unit; ground lvl condo ceiling fans; 2 Lighted tennis courts; (10051WE)

WINFIELD LAKES..$89,900

SUGAR LAKES.......$367,500

ANGELTON...............$20,000

GREATWOOD.........$269900

SWEETWATER........$520,000

COLONY MEADOWS..$319,000

Double front door. E story foyer w/ paino parlour. 5-6 bedrooms/5 full & 1 half baths/3 car garage (4831SH)

Approx. 4 UNRESTRICTED acres. Completely fenced, 4 ft. horse fence. 5,000 sq. ft slab & frame. (2500PL)

Lovely 1-story Perry 4/2/2. Granite counters in kit & ss appl. Energy efficient dble pane windows. (4014HP)

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3/2.5/2, 2254 Sq. Ft. Open floor plan. Light and Bright. All bedrooms upstairs. (2319BO)

Short Sale. Beautiful 5/3.5 Hammond home on quiet cul-de-sac. Huge master down. (8115SW)

Handy Man special! Interior has an Atrium with Water Fall. Large kitchen, Brkfst area. (12814CA)

Stunning custom home w/groin vaulted ceilings & designer touches throughout! Pool/Spa (1007GE)

Beautiful waterfront patio home: 2 beds + study & 2 baths, hight ceilings, remodeled bath & kit. (1615SC)

Beautiful home in desirable Sienna Plantation. 4/2.5/2 A must see! (3927WA)

CUSTOM HOME, approx. 3,468 sq. ft. /CAD. BEAUTIFUL INTERIOR was updated in 2012. (1131CA)

Gorgeous Sweetwater Golf course one story Home! Over $200,000 in updates/upgrades & much more! (52GL)

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Customized Perry with waterfall pool, gameroom & media room, granite. Much more! (1539LP)

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1/2 acre site that had a home on it & was removed. Property is clean & clear, ready to build on. (539AN)

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BROOKE SMITH...$379,900

BONBROOK PLANTATION. $244,500

BRIARBEND............$425,000

SETTLERS PARK...$195,000

LAKES OF MISSION GROVE. $60,000

AVALON....................$798,000

GREATWOOD........$338,000

SIENNA STEEP BANK VILLAGE...$326,900

SIENNA PLANTATION. $350,000

IDLEWOOD CONDO......$29,900

LAKES OF MISSION GROVE...$539,900

SWEETWATER........$498,600

AUTUMN LAKE.....$244,900

ALCORN BEND.....$948,800

TARA...........................$134,900

SWEETWATER.... $1,290,000

GREATWOOD........$345,000

QUAIL VALLEY/ELDORADO...$269,900

TEXANA....................$129,900

FORT BEND SOUTH...$145,000

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3/3 full baths 2 1/2 baths. View of Golf Course & Oyster Creek from balconies. Custom Home. (3011GT)

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Rare opportunity to build your custom dream house on a treed 1.04 acre backing to a natural creek! (AMP)

Fannie Mae property. Gorgeous 5 bedrooms/3/5 baths. Garage apt. Split Staircase. (9311SFW)

Foreclosure, Luxury home on 1/2 acres, wterfront, 4373SF, 3 car garage, loaded w/custom features. (3811TA)

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WATERFRONT! POOL & SPA! 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, study, gameroom. (5318TL)

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Sought after 1 story w/country charm. Large Den w/gleaming hardwoods. Park like backyard. (16GL)

Elegant residence on desirable street with pool, spa, elevator and decorated to the max. (39DP)

3/2/2 + Study. Stone on front elevation. Hi ceilings, extended tile foyer, crown molding thru-out. (118EL)


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SUGAR CREEK • Lovely 3-BD 1-story patio home with wonderful landscaping on a private cul-de-sac & the golf course. Huge living area w/high ceilings, lots of storage & closet space. Glassed in hot tub area with skylights. Sunroom could have other uses!!! Master has sitting area. 2-Living areas in the huge living area, fireplace, wet bar, formal dining. Open, light, airy. Sq ft is larger per seller by recent measurements. Great traffic flow for entertaining! $311,000. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

EXOTIC ISLE • great 2 story private retreat on Colorado River 7 miles from Intercoastal & 14 miles from gulf. Incredible river view, gorgeous screened in deck, pier & cleaning table, bulkhead just repaired. Huge gameroom, mud room, extra bdrm & bathroom down. Master, kitchen, living up for view. Appliances & most furniture stay. Also golf cart. 45A island w/15 homes, full time caretaker. Pool, never flooded. Quiet peaceful unique! $325,000. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

BONBROOK PLANTATION NORTH • Better than new starter home or downsizing. The home is clean and shows beautifully.Don’t miss out. Priced below new construction.You won’t be disapponted. $152,088. Call Brooks Simmons to see!!! 713-502-8905

SIENNA • Beautiful Coventry Home on an oversized cul-de-sac lot! Ultimate FAMILY HOME w/ lg bedrooms, closets, child’s study, huge back yard, & UPGRADES GALORE including decorator PAINT, remodeled ISLAND KITCHEN w/ granite counters, remodeled master bath w/ FRAMELESS SHOWER & granite counters, NEW CARPET, SURROUND SOUND, new hot water heater, WATER SOFTENER, 2 patios, & more. Home also has PLANTATION SHUTTERS, BUILTINS, a roomy laundry room, & an OVERSIZED garage for all the kids’ toys. New roof 2010. $349,088. Call Brooks Simmons to see!!!! 713-502-8905

SIENNA PLANTATION • immaculate Trendmaker home located on the #7 Fairway of Sienna Plantation Golf Course. Tenderly lived in this home has all the upgrades. Recent appliances, ceiling fans, and hardwood floors. Balcony offers magnificent views and numerous fruit trees in backyard. Create your own paradise. $379,788. Call Brooks Simmons to see!!!! 713-502-8905

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SIENNA PLANTATION Beautiful Sienna Plantation home, Over 5300 sf by Perry, master wing, hardwoods, tile, huge island kitchen + morning room, sunroom, 3 car auto court, gameroom, media room up, highly customized, across from golf course, close to water park, new access this year,super clean & ready for you! Oversized lot. $499,000. (9106ST)

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SHARPSTOWN COUNTRY • Nice 3 bedroom hardwood flooring & tile flooring throughout. Large rooms. Circular driveway, remote gate for entry to back yard/ garage. Pool. pool care and lawn care are included in the price. Washer/dryer and fridge included. $1,800/m Residential Lease (7807BE)

BRAEBURN GARDENS • best buy in the area. 85,500 Sq.Ft lot. Priced at an incredibly low $3.39 a Sq.Ft. Get this before someone else scoops it up! This is two lots combined to total 1.9628 Acres. The other lot included in this price is 10223 Brighton. Unrestricted property, build your own business or home. Motivated owner. $289,900 (10215BR)

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55 OLD WOODS PASSAGE Sienna Plantation 4/3.5/3: One acre lot property. Formals, 2-story den, granite in kitchen, & balcony. Nell Osborn $620,000

REDUCED 4210 SILVER RUN Estates of Silver Ridge 5/4.5/3: Built on beautiful 1.6 acre lot. Gourmet kitchen w/island and granite counters. Nell Osborn $659,500

REDUCED 12207 MOSSY TRAIL Southern Trails 4/3.5/2: Cul-de-sac lot property w/ neighborhood amenities. Hardwoods, double wine fridge. Debbie Ashley $334,900

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2210 SIGNAL HILL COURT Shadow Creek Ranch 5/3.5/3: Large bedrooms, game room, tall ceilings, formals, & den w/French doors. Mike Martin $335,000

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3411 CALOWAY CT. Sienna Plantation 4/3.5/3: Hardwoods, spacious island kitchen, game room, and newly installed carpet. Sharon Kaye $256,900

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SIENNA PLANTATION Built in 2005! Original owners. 4100 sqft! with 4 bedrooms 3.5 bath, study & gameroom. Almost $50K in upgrades! Huge corner lot with 3 car + extension detached garage! All tile and hardwoods downstairs. A great home priced to go at $365,000!

STAFFORD/FORT BEND SCHOOLS 2 STORY 4 bedrooms 2.5 bath. Master down. Gourmet kitchen, fresh paint and very open plan. Low Stafford taxes & Fort Bend Schools. Free Home warranty . Priced to go at low $100’s.

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What a Great Opportunity priced well below market! An opprortunity not often found in this huge home on heavily wooded lot with lots of space and special touches throughout!! Note room sizes, this home features a spectacular kitchen and master suite, downstair and upstair game room, den with soaring ceilings and fireplace, wet bar, formal dining, workshop, master down, lots of storage space, laminate and hardwood floors, silestone counters in kitchen, don’t miss this opportunity!!!!! Call for details!

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SUGAR LAND! GOLF VIEW LOT! Over 3900sqft! 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths 3 car garage! 2 Masters! One up and One down. Over $75,000 in upgrades! Huge corner lot with room for pool! Hardwoods & tile thru-out! Price reduced $50K. Price to go in low $400’s Hurry will go fast!

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FORT BEND! 1 story 3 bedrooms 2 full bath. Washer/dryer, Fridge, & blinds, all included! Plus closing cost help with Builder’s lender. Over 1800 sqft! Better than Renting. Close to Hwy 59 South. Call for details! Great Investment home too. Pool & Lake in neighborhood and close to shopping.

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GREATWOOD • Beautiful large homesite with pool retreat. Home has been updated with 18’ tile, lighting fixtures,hardwoods & more. Kitchen is open to family room and has all the bells and whistles. Master down.

TELFAIR • Home was built in 2007. Beautiful features thru-out. Formal dining has halo lighting & double crown moldings. Study w/french doors. Open family room w/scultured mantle. Island kitchen w/mahogany cabinets. Master suite down w/fireplace sitting area. Media room has 7.1 wiring system. Upgraded elevation. (1607BT)

GRAND LAKES • 7 Bedroom/4 Full and 2 Half Baths/3 Car Gar. Oversized lakefront lot. Backyard has 40,000 gal salt water pool/spa, arbor & covered patio & pool half bath. Homes has numerous appointments incl plantation shutters, hardwoods, 18’ tile,moldings, & much more. Master down and one upstairs. (21803BA)

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AVALON - GARDENS OF AVALON • fully furnished house. Amazing waterfront property in the Gardens of Avalon. Awesome floorplan. Located on a cul-de-sec.Featuring 5 bedrooms with an open floor plan. Fully painted interior and exterior recently. New wood floors in formal dinning and living. Gameroom upstairs. Zoned to awesome schools. $519,900 (5218WE)

OLD ORCHARD • BARELY LIVED IN! Come tour this DR Horton home in the beautiful gated community of Old Orchard. Zoned to exemplary Austin high school.The community offers its residents a resort-style pool, recreation center, and several scenic lakes. ALL FURNITURE INCLUDED!!!. $179,000 (13106OR)

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ALMOST NEW! Taylor Morrison in sought after Cinco on culdesac street! Gorgeous wood floors in elegant entry, living area, study & dining! Island kitchen opens to living, w/beautiful cabinets, & granite. Large master suite down w/5th bed & bath down as well! Gameroom up along w/media, & TEXAS basement! Iron spindles on staircase-stainless appliances, water softner, sprinkler system & covered patio w/tile flooring! $349,900 (10207WP)

Unbelievable cul-de-sac lot! Room to add pool and have room to spare! Beautiful 2 story, master down, gameroom and 3 nice guest rooms up. Large island kitchen opens to two story living area! Nice formal dining, blinds throughout, iron staircase,granite countertops in kitchen with tile backsplash, water softener, & more! $214,900 (6303NG)

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Weichert, Realtors® - Wayne Murray Properties announces 2012 national honorees Seventeen high achievers were honored by Weichert Real Estate Affiliates, Inc. (WREA) at a banquet on March 27. Karen Archer, Kendyl Maurer, Sherry Glazener, and Susan Bolz, were inducted into the WREA 2012 President’s Club, Crystal Lucas and Kathy Litchen, were inducted into the WREA 2012 Ambassador Club, Ann Magoon, Daryl Pavlicek, Debny Greenlee, Steven Emery, and Vicki Haislup, were inducted into the WREA 2012 Executive Club, the three top categories of awards to agents presented annually. The WREA 2012 Sales Achievement Award was presented to Bertha Tsokos, Cynthia Olivier, Sandra Rodriguez, Steven Conway, and Tracy Faultry. All awards are based on

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Fort Bend Boys Choir first printed book now available After over a year of preparation and reviewing thousands of photographs, The Fort Bend Boys Choir is now ready to release their first book. The title is, “Where’s My Left Shoe?” and is a direct quote from one of their recent choirboys while on tour! This hardbound book pictorially chronicling the past thirty years has 40 pages of 100 pictures, in both black and white and full color. From the very first rehearsal in 1982 through their recent

30th anniversary performance tour to France in June 2012, this book highlights a little bit of everything – from behind the scenes shenanigans to prestigious concerts. The Fort Bend Boys Choir is currently taking pre-orders for this commemorative book. The cost per book is only $35 plus $5 shipping and handling. Simply email to wra@fbbctx. org or call the choir office at 281-240-3800 with your information and indicate how many books you want. The

books are professionally printed and perfect as gifts for the past and present Fort Bend Boys Choir members in your life. To learn more about the Fort Bend Boys Choir of Texas, one of the largest independent boychoirs in the nation, visit their website at www.fbbctx.org. You may also visit their Facebook page for the latest information. HHHHHHH Shown is the cover of the book that is now available for ordering.

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minimum requirement per award category in gross commission income or units earned in 2012. These agents earned their recognition from among associates in 35 states at year’s end. Also presented to agents of Wayne Murray Properties at the March event were Weichert® Broker Council Awards for South Texas and South Louisiana. Winners were Susan Bolz, Top Overall Associate, Top Selling Gross Commission Income (GCI), and Top Selling Units; Randy Emery, Rookie of the Year; Kendyl Maurer, Top Listing Gross Commission Income (GCI); and Sherry Glazener, Top Listing Units. The company can be reached at the Houston office, Vicki Haislup with Wayne Murray Telephone 713-728-2300.

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Fort Bend ISD will host a Parent Information Meeting on Dyslexia, on Thursday, April 11, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in Rooms 222-ABC of the FBISD Administration Building (16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar

Land, 77479). The topic will be “Summertime Learning.” The event will feature various speakers representing the Fort Bend County Libraries, Briarwood School, UT Dan L. Duncan Children’s Learning Institute and the

Houston Museum of Natural Science. Free copies of the 2013 Houston Branch of the International Dyslexia Association Resource Guides will also be available. Children are welcome to attend with their parents.

For more information about the meeting, parents are asked to contact the Reading Specialist at their child’s school or Dr. Teresa Grimm, FBISD Dyslexia/ Literacy Coordinator, at 281-634-1242.

Sartartia MS 9th annual "Art from the Heart" show and sale set for April 20 The Sartartia Middle School student artists proudly present their 9th annual “Art from the Heart “art sale on Sat. April 20 from 11-2:00 at Sugar Land Town Center. This year the students have created wonderful works of functional art fashioned from

reclaimed and recyclable materials. The art works will include picture frames, foot stools, two dimensional decorative art works, and some small watercolors. The student art work will be sold and all proceeds will benefit charities throughout the community. In past years students have

chosen to donate the proceeds to Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Citizen Animal Protection, Katrina Hurricane Efforts, Tsunami Relief, Impact a Hero, The Snowdrop Foundation and the Fort Bend County Women’s Shelter. The event is always fun and a

great way to give back to the community. The students have done some wonderful work, come and enjoy Fort Bend ISD visual artists! For more information contact Brenda Tomasello 281-634-6050 or Courtney Border 281-634-6736.

Global Studies Academy presents Global Issues Summit on Saturday, April 20 Clements High School’s Global Studies Academy will host a Global Issues Summit on Saturday, April 20, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the school’s auditorium, 4200 Elkins Drive, Sugar Land.The event is being held to raise awareness of

global concerns among students and inform them of measures that are being taken to address and alleviate those issues. The event will feature guest speakers from various community and international organizations who will discuss such issues as:

Refugee Resettlement, Child Soldiers, Literacy, Malnutrition, Immigration, Disaster Relief, Discrimination and more. Speakers will also share success stories of how they have helped to alleviate world problems. Vendor booths and refreshments

will also be provided. Admission is free. All FBISD high school students, their families, and community members are invited. For more information, visit www.clementsgsa.wix. com/globalissuessummit.

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gang fight in Missouri City. Off he goes into the Texas juvenile offender system for … something unrelated – he turns 19 and they call his momma to come get him! The state doesn’t want to be pay’n for 3 hots and a cot for this “youngster” any longer than necessary, right? Well…. Oops, it was a clerical error but

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considered property poor and their wealthier peers. "In Texas, sixty percent of "We have many kids that are all school age children are low getting great educations, but not all income," Thompson said. "As kids," Thompson said.  "In Texas the concentration of more needy we see a relationship between kids increases, funding should be going up. But in Texas, the money performance level and funding.  actually declines. I think the court Districts that have a high number of commended kids generally have found that significant." Texas ranks 49th in the nation in more money." On February 4, State District spending per student, according to Judge John Dietz ruled that Texas's research compiled by the National school-finance system was unconstitutional because it falls short of the state’s obligation to provide an adequate and equitable public education to all children. "The court found that in the LCISD, continued from page 1 seven school finance lawsuits since the 1980's, the state's performance will not be attending the new now is the worst," Thompson said, school. Those kids are currently citing the decline in state spending slated to stay at Frost Elementary. "It isn't right that we moved per student to $6,293 this year from $7,128 in 2004, the last time into a planned community but we're not allowed to attend the state’s school funding system the school that is part of that wound up in court. community," said Jennifer Taylor The school districts also to the committee members in maintained that they lacked attendance at the forum. "Put “meaningful discretion” under the numbers away, listen to the the property tax structure, which parents, think about our kids and violates a state constitutional keep our neighborhood together." prohibition against a statewide Re-zoning, always a touchy property tax. Some argued that issue for both school districts and wide disparities had emerged parents, is especially challenging between school districts that are for Lamar Consolidated ISD, one of the fastest growing school districts in the Houston area. Estimates indicate that over 29,500 new homes will be built in the district in the next 10 years. LCISD is already projecting the addition of seven new elementary schools in order to accommodate the growth. The district added 856 students last year alone. The addition of Adolphus Elementary will ease over crowding issues along the Grand Parkway corridor and, according to the district, should minimize the need to re-zone those areas when ATTORNEY, continued from page 1

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new elementary schools are built. Parents acknowledged the realities of a growing district and concerns about overcrowded schools but worry more about the impact re-zoning has on neighborhoods. "I saw the impact of what the high school re-zoning did in Pecan Grove," said LouAnn Grey who lives in Long Meadow Farms. "School growth is dividing communities and I'm

worried that eventually Long Meadow Farms will be divided between three high schools." All of the information the committee used in its decision-making process is on the LCISD website. If changes are made, an additional public input meeting will be held at Briscoe Junior High April 16 with the final recommendations made to the LCISD board on April 25.

Fort Bend residents healthier than most in the metro area They are intended to set the groundwork for improvement The county rankings reportedly efforts by leaders in the private show trends for medical and and public sector. social conditions impacting Fort Bend County reportedly geographic populations, including has been recognized for receiving violent crime rates, which in Fort the best overall ranking of the Bend County is 347/100,000, in Houston’s 10 counties, and Dr. Harris County, 834/100,000; and M. des Vignes-Kendrick, Fort Brazoria County, 202/100,000. Bend County Health and Human Essentially, the factors contribute Services Director, recently shared to the kinds of things that may the good news with county determine the longevity of people. officials. METRO, continued from page 1

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dog” located five bundles of marijuana in the trunk of that detained vehicle. Haenel said the marijuana had a total weight of 14.8 pounds with an estimated street value of $10,000. Jacques Verdin, 27, of Stafford, who was driving the car, was arrested for possession of marijuana. His bond was set

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This day will also be an opportunity for residents to place heavy trash at their After the clean up, all curbside for pick up beginning at 7:00am. WCA will be joining participants will be treated to bi t ua ry Stafford's efforts, offering lunch at Stafford City Hall curbside pickup for large items where trophies and awards like refrigerators and freezers, are given out for categories such as: Most Trash Collected; but coolant must be drained from appliances first. Also, no Most Unusual Trash; Most Robert Bradley es, nephews, cousins, Participants in a Group; Most paint, chemicals, batteries, car “Brad” Petras, 35 aunts and uncles. Valuable Trash; and Oldest parts, or household waste will of Richmond Texas Visitation will Trash Collected. Along the way, be accepted. (Batteries can be passed away on Sunbe held Wednesday the City will also have hidden dropped off at Stafford Auto day April 7, 2013. April 10th from surprises for each group to find Supply.) Brad was born on 4:00-8:00 p.m. with that will result in extra spending Again this year, Firestone February 20 1978 to a vigil service at 7:00 cash, so be sure and pick up Tire & Service Center will be Frank and Brenda p.m. at Davis-Green- every piece! canvassing the neighborhoods Petras. He graduated lawn Funeral Chapel In addition to the cleanto pick up used tires (without from Lamar Consoliin Rosenberg. up, residents and businesses rims). Tires can be placed dated High School and received Funeral services will be will be able to bring sensitive curbside as well, but keep it a BBA from the University of Thursday, April 11th at 2:00 documents for shredding. separate from the heavy trash. Houston. He was an avid U of p.m. at Sacred Heart Catholic National Association for The City of Stafford H fan and became known to his Church in Richmond, Texas. Information Destruction will welcomes everyone to join friends and family as “Cougar Words of condolences may be at City Hall from 9:00am the fun. If you have a group Brad.” Brad was deeply loved be left for the Petras family at to 12:00pm, and to make this that would like to participate by his family and friends for his www.DavisGreenlawnfh.com convenient for everyone, you in the clean up or you'd like to charm, humor, and gentle spirit. don't even have to get out of volunteer to assist City staff, He was greatly admired by all your car. The operation will be please contact the offices at for his strong faith, positive atsetup with drive-thru service. 281-261-3941. titude, and steadfast courage throughout his illness. Brad is Fort Bend’s most in-depth news coverage. survived by his parents Frank FUNERAL CHAPELS, CEMETERIES & MAUSOLEUM Check even more stories in our website and Brenda Petras, sisters, 281-341-8800 Kristina Kenney and Leslie Dawww.davisgreenlawnfh.com vis and numerous loving niec-

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arrived on the scene they found the elder Isensees outside the Isensee was unable to get family home in the 3300 block help through medical avenues, of Lakefield Way; their son, he then threatened his family, Sean Isensee,, in crisis, and and ultimately pointed a loaded barricaded inside the home.  rifle at police ending a 13 year Adolph said, “Police set up long odyssey into the abyss of a perimeter and ordered the mental illness.    31-year-old man to exit the According to Sugar Land house.”  Adolph went on to Police spokesman Doug explain, “A short time later, Adolph, about 9p.m., Sunday Sean Isensee, chambered evening Sean Isensee threatened a round, exited the house, his father with a hatchet and a and pointed the rifle toward rock during a family argument officers.”  that was escalating.  Not “Officer Greg Suter fired his being a stranger to this kind if service weapon, striking the incident or the escalation the Sean Isensee twice.  Isensee elder Isensee called police. died at the scene,” said Adolph. Familiar with the address Officer Suter was placed on and the circumstances, police three days leave pending responded to try and help the the outcome of a routine Isensee family.  When they administrative investigation.  MENTAL, continued from page 1

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Public meeting for pedestrian and bicycle master plan is April 15

A public meeting to receive feedback on draft recommendations for the City's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan is scheduled for April 15, from 6-8 p.m., in the Cane Room at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North.   The meeting will begin with an open house at 6 p.m. to allow public review of maps and displays.  A presentation will follow at 6:30 p.m.  Draft goals and a draft map will be posted at www.sugarlandtx.gov/ pedbike prior to the meeting.   The draft plan incorporates public input from a variety of activities, including: • an online survey that resulted in more than 375 responses; • an online mapping activity that resulted in more than 1,000 comments; • nine stakeholder meetings; • a public meeting with more than 50

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attendees; and • an Online Town Hall.   An 11-member citizen task force, including members nominated by City Council, guided development of the plan. The plan will update the City's existing Hike and Bike Trails Master Plan to include the potential for walking and biking as a means of transportation in addition to recreational uses.  The draft plan identifies a network of pedestrian and bicycle routes, focusing on connecting key destinations such as schools and commercial areas. In addition, the draft plan identifies areas for improved crossings at major barriers such as U.S. Highway 59, State Highway 6, U.S. Highway 90A, the railroad and the Brazos River. For more information about Sugar Land's Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, visit www.sugarlandtx. gov/pedbike, email transportation@sugarlandtx. gov or call (281) 275-2218.

The day included double elimination tournaments for both volleyball and softball. The winner of the Competitive Division of Softball was “SWAT Team” of Gillen Pest Control and ELGE, Inc. was the winner of their division. As for volleyball, The Methodist Hospital System team took first place with the team from First Victoria was the runner up. Presenting sponsors included Legacy Ford, the Methodist Hospital System and the TW Davis Family Y. Community Health Choice was a Home Run sponsor for the event. The event was held on Saturday, March 9. with the softball tournament being played on both the T. W. Davis Family Y fields in Richmond and the Travis Park fields in Rosenberg. “We are extremely pleased that our first annual event had all of its brackets filled. We have received great support and plan to expand the tournament next year to include more of our service delivery areas”, said Kelli Metzenthin, Development Officer. Softball teams included Legacy Ford , the T. W. Davis

Family Y, First Victoria Bank, Elge Inc., Si Enviro, Rotary Club of Richmond, Gillen Pest Control and employees of AccessHealth sponsored by the board of directors. Volleyball teams include an AccessHealth employee team, Elge Inc., First Victoria Bank, The Hampton, HealthSouth, the Methodist Hospital System, the T. W. Davis Family Y and the V Dogs. “This day was great fun for those participating and those who were watching. There has been friendly banter between many of the teams who are vowing to be even more competitive next year! At least two of the teams have scheduled regular practices in preparation for next year. We look forward to March 8, 2014, and hope to have two additional softball brackets, ” said Cindy Reaves, Community Relations Specialist. AccessHealth is a private, not-for-profit community health center that serves Fort Bend, Waller, Wharton, Austin and Colorado Counties. AccessHealth is dedicated to excellence in providing integrated health care services to improve the quality of life

in the communities it serves without regard to income or circumstance. AccessHealth is a United Way agency.

For additional information regarding the tournament or the services of AccessHealth please call (281) 633-3169.

AccessHealth CEO Carol Edwards with Team Methodist Sugar Land.

Mayors attend St. Mark’s groundbreaking ceremony Last Sunday, St. Mark’s Episcopal Church held a groundbreaking ceremony to signify the commencement of new construction for a children’s building. In addition to dedicated parishioners, Mayor Vincent Morales of Rosenberg and Mayor Evalyn Moore of Richmond accompanied Reverend Bert Baetz as they shoveled the ceremonial dirt. Also, part of the festivities

was a shovel contest. Best Decorated Shovel was won by Jeri Culberson and Shovel Best Depicting Core Values was won by Lynnett Alderson. Awards were also given to smallest shovel (half inch) and biggest shovel (12 feet). Texas style BBQ was served to all attendees who enjoyed a nice spring day of fellowship in anticipation of their step forward benefitting the community. Conveniently located at 7615 FM 762 in Richmond, St. Mark’s Children’s Preschool will be available for enrollment for the Fall 2014 school year. Reverend Baetz says, “The mission of St. Mark’s is to encourage spiritual, intellectual, social, emotional and physical development in young children through an enriched curriculum rooted in the Christian faith.”

Shown l-r are: Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales, Reverend Bert Baetz, Mayor Evalyn Moore of Richmond.

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Family Law Workshop &*Pro Se Assistance Family Law Workshop offers legal information, advice and counsel for: Divorce, child support, child custody/visitation, and adoption. Available to low-income Fort Bend County residents only. Call Fort Bend Lawyers CARE to pre-qualify or if you need more information at: 281-239-0015. To be held at Calvary Episcopal Church (In the Parish Hall), 806 Thompson Road, Richmond 6:00-8:00 P.M. Check in starts promptly at 6:00 PM. Please bring prior court orders and/or documents with you. Texas Instruments Houston Alumni Assoc. meets All current and former TI employees are welcome to join them for their monthly lunch and business meeting on April 10,11 a.m., America Buffet, 12815 Southwest Freeway in Stafford. Learn about upcoming social events and day trips. Complete details are on www.tihaa.org or call: (832) 551-8025 or e-mail: tihaamail@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11

Greater Sugar Land CCA event The 16th anniversary of the Greater Sugar Land Coastal Conservation Assoc. banquet & crawfish boil will be held Thursday, April 11, Missouri City Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway (2234). Bar opens at 5 p.m., dunner 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. For tickets call Steve at 713294-8400 or David at 281–808-4870. Retired educators to meet The Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators meets Thursday, April 11, 1:00pm, Great Hall of Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road. The program features the six FBISD school board candidates running for election in May. All retired educators are welcome. Business Briefing Breakfast City of Missouri City will host this breakfast Tuesday, April 11, City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 La Quinta Drive, April 11, 7:30 a.m. Kyle Dawson, guest speaker, is Skeeters Senior Director of Community Development.

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Tees & Tutus Golf Tournament The 1st annual Missouri City Ballet, MCB Tees & Tutus Golf Tournament is Friday, April 12, Quail Valley Country Club, 2880 La Quinta Drive, Missouri City. The 4-man scramble Shotgun starts at 12 noon. Proceeds will benefit the Missouri City Ballet 2013 Season . Sign up your team before April 1, and save $100. For info laurieanne@missouricityballet.org or 713-206-5636. Dancing Under The Stars Bring your dancing shoes to the Plaza at Sugar Land Town Center, April 12, 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. for a night of free Dancing Under The Stars, taught by Fred Astaire Dance Studio instructors.

Home school & private providers meeting Fort Bend ISD’s Special Programs Department will hold a meeting to discuss non-profit private school participation in federally-funded educational services in FBISD, April 16, 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm, Room 222, FBISD Administration Building,16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-634-1354. Archeology Program Dr. Jason Barrett, whose research interests include lithic use wear and the political ecology of the ancient Maya, will be the speaker at the April 16 meeting of the Fort Bend Archeological Society, iRoom 2B, ,George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond. The program will be at 7p.m. and the public is cordially invited. FBISD Trustees candidates’ forum Join the Willowridge PTO and parent groups from surrounding schools April 16, 6:30 pm in Willowridge High School Mini Auditorium, 16301 Chimney Rock (off FM 2234). All candidates have confirmed.

THURSDAY, APRIL 18

Master Gardeners hosts Cheri Foster Colburn Join the Fort Bend Master Gardeners to hear Cheri Foster Colburn, winner of American Horticultural Society and Junior Master Gardeners “Growing Good Kids” Award for “Our Shadow Garden” – part of M.D. Anderson Children’s Art Project, illustrated by M.D. Anderson Children artists.The program is Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, Bud O’Shieles Community Center,1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. Call 281-341-7068 or www.fbmg.com for information. Spring book sale The Spring Book Sale of the Friends of Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City, will be Thursday, April 18, 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 19, 10:00 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, April 20, 10:00 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thousands of gently used children’s and adult books, CDs, videos and DVDs will be for sale. Most are .50- $1.00. Special books, such as autographed or out-of- date copies, are slightly more expensive. Contact friendsofsiennabranchlibrary@yahoo.com..

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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 . Come join us for a great lunch buffet and fun friendships. We have a great line up of speakers. Rotarians, Service Above Self, is our motto. For Information contact Cindy Fauvelle,713-829-0550 or cindyfauvelle@ yahoo.com. Cast Theatrical Company presents “Leading Ladies: by Ken Ludwig, now - April 21, Friday and Saturday evenings @ 8:00 PM; Sat. April 6 Matinee @ 2:30 PM, Sun., April 21, Matinee @ 8:00 PM. No performances Easter Week End March 29 thru March 31. Tickets are $16. Cast Theatre is located at 1909 Ave G, Rosenberg. Call 832- 889-3808 for reservations and tickets.This presentation is presented in cooperation with Samuel French Publications. Recovers is Posible Bring Everyone in the Zone peer group are offered the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., United Way Bldg., 10435 Greenbough Dr. Stafford. For more info 409-550-0538 or www.recovery-is-possible.com. Fitness in the Plaza Fridays, from 9-11 a.m., April 5, 12, 19, 26, Sugar Land Town Center. Join them each Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring FREE Boot Camp with Jon Hood of Fleet Physique and Zumba with a professional instructor! Boot Camp is from 9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 a.m.

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Oyster Creek Rotary’s 33rd Annual Crawfish Boil & Catfish Fry This annual event is a must, the best eating in town! Event will be held Saturday, April 13, Stafford Centre, Stafford, 5 p.m.. Live & silent auction. Activities for the kids also. For sponsorships call Trever Nehls @ 713-5571243 or Troy Nehls @ 713-419-5994. To contribute to the auction call Cindy @ 713-829-0550 or Wanda @ 713-854-6772. Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity Youth Build Challenge Saturday, April 13, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m., Sugar Land Town Center, to come out and support youth teams as they use Legos to create realistic houses and raise awareness and funds for Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity. Teams will be judged in the Best Overall, Most Creative and Most Realistic categories. For more information, visit FortBendHabitat.org. Free legal aid Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) offers free legal aid at Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond, in the Parish Hall to low-income Fort Bend County residents, Saturday, April 13, 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. Veterans who are low-income Fort Bend County residents are especially encouraged to attend this legal aid event. Call FBLC at 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify for this service. Walk-in legal clinic Fort Bend Lawyers Care will hold this walk-in legal clinic April 13, 10:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M., Calvary Episcopal Church, in the Parish Hall, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond. Open to all low-income residents of Fort Bend County with civil legal questions. To pre-qualify, please call 281-239-0015. Railfest 2013 Rosenberg Railroad Museum to host Railfest, Saturday, April 13, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Rosenberg Railroad Museum, 1921 Avenue F, Rosenberg. Live bands, food & drink, play area for kids, free parking, win a train birthday party & more. Adults $5, Seniors $4, kids 1-14, $3. Visit www. RosenbergRRMuseum.org for more info.

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Class of 1983 Dulles HS to hold reunion Dulles High School class of 1983 reunion will take place April 20, 2013, at Riverbend Country Club. Their website: Johnfosterdulles1983reunion. com to sign up. Join the fun and come to the reunion and get reacquainted with former classmates.


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The scene at last Thursday’s City Centre at Quail Valley for the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce hosted network nites was idyllic for the get together. What a beautiful facility that turned out to be and it’s worth a visit. Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen told guests that the golf course and facility were built with taxpayer approval from a referendum passed towards that end. One may remember that in 2008, 72 percent of the voting residents This Frost Bank group with Miguel Enriquez, Gloria Kapuscinski, Lynda said yes to the $17.5 million Hawkins and Edward Gutierrez joined up with Stafford Civic Centre bond referendum to fund park principal Lynda Breland at the recent network nites.

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projects, one of which was the Quail Valley golf course. Eminent domain ring a bell? The decline of the property and its operation posed what were determined to be detrimental effects on Missouri City as a whole, and city officials with public support and engagement moved forward. The rest is history and a new set of significant chronologies for both the city and visitors to the golf course and its amenities will no doubt be remembered. Just ask golf course General Manager Tyson Stilleburg, Food and Beverage Manager Ken Lewis and Economic Development Director Bob Graf from the city staff, who were at the networking event. Also spotted, Lisa Glenn and Cher Binks can tell you a thing or two. Chamber’s President Keri Schmidt and her staff, by the way, put out reminders of the upcoming Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair it organizes. It’s going on its 10th year, kicks off on April 24 and runs through April 28th wrapping up with the bistro brunch at Sugar Land Town Square. Visit fortbendchamber.com for more information.

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