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CONTESTED POLITICAL RACES IN THE FORT BEND REPUBLICAN & DEMOCRATIC PRIMARIES ON MAY 29, 2012 REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

State Rep. District #26 (4 Candidates)

District Judge 387th (2 Candidates)

County Commissioner, Pct. 1 (3 Candidates)

FBISD ELECITONS - May 12

CITY COUNCIL RACES - May 12

U.S. Rep. District #22 (2 Candidates)

H Jacquie Chaumette

H Brenda Mullinix

Justice of Peace Pct. 1, Place 1 (2 Candidates)

Fort Bend ISD Board of

Sugar Land City Council (3 Candidates)

H Barbara J. Carlson

H Diana Miller H Rick Miller

Sheriff (4 Candidates)

Constable, Pct. 2 (2 Candidates)

Trustee Position 6 (6 Candidates)

H Naomi Lam

H Pete Olson

State Rep. District #85 (2 Candidates)

H John Minchew H Troy Nehls

H Daryl Smith

H Jenny Bailey

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In just eight days, on April 26, the much anticipated first pitch of the Sugar Land Skeeter's inaugural season will be thrown at Constellation Field. Amid construction crews putting the finishing touches in place, the team held their very first mediaday on Friday, April 13, giving the press the opportunity to interview players and coaches. One of those players, Josh Pressley, 32, will likely be the

Missouri City is preparing to expand Lexington Boulevard after council members approved a $265,000 agreement for design services to LJA Engineering, setting the stage for a possible town square concept incorporating City Hall. The expansion project includes putting in traffic

isn't still hoping," Pressley said. "That's why the fans will enjoy the games so much. It will be exciting, fast-paced baseball." The Skeeters are members of the independent Atlantic League which has no alliance with any major league organization. The Atlantic League plays at a level similar to AA or AAA in major league farm clubs. Many of the players in the Atlantic league have some big league experience, including Skeeters right handed pitcher, Gary Majewski, 32, who grew up in Houston and attended St. Pius. He has had stints with Montreal, Washington, Cincinnati and Houston and after taking last year off, signals, turn-lane improvements wants to try one more time. at Texas Parkway and a four"It's nice to be able to go lane boulevard walkway with home to my wife and kids. It sidewalks from Texas Parkway puts me at ease," Majewski to Scanlan Road. Fort Bend said of being in Sugar Land, County is picking up the tab for "I'm here to give it one more the project through a $2.5 million shot and see what happens." dollar Fort Bend Mobility Bond Skeeter manager and former Election although Missouri major league all-star, Gary City will oversee the project. Gaetti, is excited about the opportunity to be at the helm EXPANSION, continued on page 16 of the team's first season. “It’s so unique to have an opportunity to build a team”, Gaetti stated. “I’d be proud to see some of these guys make it to the big leagues. We can’t wait to get out on the grass and get down to baseball business”. that filed a lawsuit against the The Skeeter's first game will state, was the keynote speaker be at 7:05 on Thursday, April 26 at the Fort Bend Chamber of against the York Revolution. Commerce Education Division Public Open House luncheon on Friday, April 13. The Skeeters will be hosting a More than half of the school free open house at Constellation districts in Texas--including Field on Saturday, April 21 Fort Bend ISD-- filed suit and is open to the public. against the State, claiming the method for funding Texas public There will be stadium tours, schools is unconstitutional. Skeeters’ mascots Swatson Those districts represent and Moe will be on hand.

School finance lawyer addresses chamber By Betsy Dolan

Using a typical splattered painting by the abstract artist Jackson Pollock to describe what the school funding issue currently looks like in Texas' public schools, lawyer David Thompson warned the audience to expect "at least two more years of belt-tightening" before the school funding issue is sorted out. Thompson, who is representing the school districts

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Skeeter's first baseman this season and a key offensive player for the team. In 1998, he was drafted by the Tampa Bay Rays in the 4th round and has played with various minor league and independent organizations over his career including five years with the Somerset Patriots in the Atlantic League where he was named the Atlantic League MVP in 2008. That big league dream, Pressley said, is still very much alive. "There isn't a guy here who

Missouri City approves Lexington expansion By Betsy Dolan

Thursday, April 19th - 6:30 pm Sugar Creek Baptist Church Chapel (next to Classic Chevrolet) keynote by Barbara J. Carlson and a Sheriff’s Forum/Debate. Wednesday, April 25th - 6:30 pm New Territory’s Clubhouse keynote by Barbara J. Carlson and a Constable 4 Forum/Debate.

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Sugar Land Skeeters ready for opening day By Betsy Dolan

Please join us at these exciting upcoming Forums, with keynote speaker, Barbara J. Carlson, our U.S. District 22 Republican Conservative Constitutional Candidate.

LAWYER, continued on page 16

SKEETERS, continued on page 6

Mad Hatter Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show set for Friday, April 27

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The media then gala goers got an impressive view of Sugar Land’s new baseball field, Constellation Field. In addition to a media day, a charity event for Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and the Skeeters Youth Foundation brought out Fort Bend’s glitterai, many dressed in baseball regalia.

How low will it go?

Political billboard destroyed by unknown vandals By LeaAnne Klentzman

You always hear truth is stranger than fiction; well, we can’t make this stuff up! We, here at the "Star", have discussed the 2012 Fort Bend County Sheriff’s race ad nauseum. However, this latest turn of events surprised even some of the most jaded campaigners. It appears that Milton Wright, the current elected sheriff and the race for his replacement have reached a new, all time, low, even for good ol'e boys of Fort Bend County! Candidates in all races have been complaining that their signs are disappearing, especially the race for sheriff. It's sad but true and it's commonplace

Sheriff candidate Troy Nehls, himself a Fort Bend County constable, reported his billboard destroyed to the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Department, which has jurisdiction. Cost of the billboard has been estimated at between $4,000 to $5,000. every election cycle. Signs disappear, fingers get pointed and candidates are forced to either do without signs or reorder more. Everyone would like to believe that no candidate has the time or lacks the moral fiber to actually go out and take an opponent’s sign.

Fort Bend County resolute on courthouse restoration By Elsa Maxey

In spite of not having received a state grant for the county court’s restoration, which Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert terms to have been for “reasons beyond our comprehension,” the county is moving forward with the project. Last week Commissioners Court approved

a contract with the George Foundation for a $2 million grant for restoring the historic, three-story rotunda courthouse. It has been actively used since its construction back in 1909, until its offices and courtrooms were moved to the new Justice Center two RESTORATION, continued on page 16

Big changes coming to Stafford MSD reading scores. The Lead The Stafford School Board of and Learn Trustees unanimously approved program a contract with the Leadership comes with and Learning Center last week a hefty price to provide instructional staff of just over development for the 2012-13 and $645,000, but Supt. Lance Hindt 2013-14 school years. Proposed according to by Superintendant Lance Hindt, Stafford MSD, no budget the program consists of intense increase is needed and consulting with teachers to no bond money will be develop a customized curriculum that goes beyond taking tests and BIG CHANGES, continued on page 16 By Karen Daniels

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Ticket sales are well underway for the 5th Annual Mad Hatter Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show. The luncheon, chaired by Terri Wang along with honorary chair, Jacquie Chaumette, is scheduled for Friday, April 27, at the Stafford Center from 11:30 am – 1:30 pm and will benefit Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. To sponsor, decorate a table or attend this “hats-on” event, please contact Kristin Weiss, Director of Development, at Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, at 281-633-7057 or kweiss@fortbendseniors.org. 2012 Mad Hatter models shown are:First row (l-r): Wanda Sdao, Juliana Ewer, Jacquie Chaumette-Honorary Chair, Terri Wang-Event Chair, Laura Thompson, Rachel Novoa; Back row: Cindy Cheng, David Wallace, Catherine Kubala, Ron Ewer, Ray Aguilar, Jeff Tallas, Tanya Dannhaus, and Kevin Patton. Not Pictured: Nancy Olson and Kate Olson. See related article on page 4.

Although, after last week, taking signs has now been relegated to child’s play; now, somewhere out there, “someone” HOW LOW, continued on page 6

State jail time for two hogs By LeaAnne Klentzman

After realizing that he was getting ripped off the owner of a Stafford Chevron CRIMINAL on South Main OF THE WEEK out smarted a pair of crooks. According to the District Attorney’s office, the station owner rigged up video equipment for security at the station. He wisely had the system broadcast the signal from the station to his home. Shortly thereafter - the trap was set and the bait was taken.

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Some’s Hot, Some’s Not! This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the publisher. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Names can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number. City Manager Alan Bogard is a Star Video’s Elsa Maxey is a fan of

Baseball was the star....... The major piece of entertainment at the Sugar Land Heritage/Skeeter’s Youth Foundation Gala this past Saturday night was nothing fancy, just Constellation Field itself. That’s the new name for Sugar Land’s minor league baseball field. And it was fabulous! For many of us it was our first look at the new field and for many of us who have been around a looooong time, we never dreamed that Sugar Land would have something like this field. What a remarkable addition to the amenities in our city. The field is nothing really fancy. It’s just large, and com-

fortable, and usable and NEW! The Saturday night event consisted of picture-taking; cocktail hour; silent auction; live auction; a few speeches; and fireworks. Attendees had dinner down on the field, a place most of us will never be again, and got to meet the coaches and team members. It was a great night pulled off mostly by Dee Koch and Nancy Olsen. Lyn Halford was the volunteer that helped me get to my seat. I’m sure they had a lot of help, but they were the ones running around and running things Saturday night! I don’t know right now exactly how much the stadium cost Sugar Land, but

there are certainly worse ways to spend money. I think the stadium will be a great place for future community events and some good baseball. Is there no end?......I wrote not long ago about how my deceased mother was still getting soliciting letters from Sheriff Milton Wright to support the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. Now my deceased daughter is getting the same sort of stuff from the Texas DPS Troopers Foundation as well. Both of these associations use telephone solicitors also. They call you and act like if you don’t send money, then you are not support-

THE DEVASTATING DEBT-CEILING VOTE – POOR JUDGMENT AND INEPT RHETORIC passage of this vote, our country’s credit rating dropped from a AAA rating to a AA rating—the first time ever in history. The questions posed: Why is our Constitution being ignored and why is our representative ignoring us—we who support his livelihood while he is supposed to be representing us, we the people? What Carlson has repeatedly heard out on the campaign trail, “What’s even more comical is that Olson touts that he supports a balanced budget. It’s an impossibility.” In essence, the Republican majority House virtually handed the president a free-for-all without the necessity to even go to the Senate for a 2/3 majority vote. Constituents are furious with Olson’s sellout. So not only on a global scale have we lost enormous credibility as a fiscallyresponsible leader with the decrease in our credit rating, but our representative—in selling us out and compromising with the Democrats— is not making the critically necessary cuts now to our nation’s debt crisis. Our nation will be facing the next hurdle in September—ironically after the May 29th primary is long gone. If the tough decision to address our debt crisis had been handled correctly back in September, we could be working toward turning our country around. Instead, our establishment incumbent

is sitting back, waiting for May 29th to pass. What rhetoric will our district be fed then? Are we going to “kick the can,” as Olson loves to say, down the road again and allow Congress to continue to spend our money when Congress’ retirement is insulated and isolated that we cannot dip into during this nation’s debt crisis no matter how bad it gets? We have the poorest Congressional performance ever in our country’s history and it is time…to clean House. Is Carlson one strong lady? “You betcha,” one constituent told her friends. Carlson explains, “I better be one strong lady. If not, either Washington will eat me alive or that’s how the rubber-legged candidates get pulled into the establishment agenda. It’s all about making the right choice.” It is time that we send a courageous leader to Washington. It is time that we do what’s right for our nation and that we fight for our very survival—for we are falling over the cliff. Peruse Barbara’s educational website at www.Carlson22.com. I would be deeply honored to receive your vote on May 29th. I would be deeply honored to serve our district. Are you still puzzled why Olson is still refusing to debate Carlson and answer to us, the voters, about his poor voting record?

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tests or the posting of the jobs to which she was promoted. What people do in their private lives is their own business until they start using tax dollars to enrich themselves or their family. Milton Wright should have fired him the minute he discovered that Brady had impregnanted his subordinate. You remember that when you go to vote on May 29. B.K. Carter is the owner/

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Mad Hatter Spring Luncheon & Fashion Show slated for April 27 It’s time to get out your spring hat and head to the 5th Annual Mad Hatter Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon, presented by Wells Fargo Bank and chaired by Terri Wang, along with honorary chair Jacquie Chaumette. The Mad Hatter Luncheon, benefiting Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, is set for Friday, April 27, at the Stafford Centre located at 10505 Cash Road in Stafford from 11:30am – 1:30pm. Get ready to laugh, cry and laugh again as Aly Clavo and Andrea Kulberg, otherwise known as, Aly & Andrea, take the stage as the Keynote Speakers. Extremely premature birth. Blindness. Poverty. Rejection. Divorce. Failure. Cancer. These are not just topics of discussion for Aly &

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along with paired wines from Becker Vineyards. The fashion show will feature “celebrity” area models. Among those modeling this year, are Cindy Chang, Catherine Kubala, Laura Thompson, Ron & Juliana Ewer, Wanda Sdao, Rachel Novoa, Ray Aguilar, and Kevin Patton… just to name a few. Sponsorship opportunities

are available at the following levels: Eugenie Hatter - $5,000; Sunbonnet Hatter - $2,500; and Derby Hatter - $1,000; Individual tickets are also available for $60. Additional details for sponsors can be found at www.fortbendseniors.org. The Mad Hatter Fashion Show and Luncheon is one of Fort Bend Seniors’ signature fundraising events.

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Police volunteers partnering with Skeeters, Harley Davidson for Memorial Ride Sugar Land’s 4th Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Ride on May 12 will end this year with a Parade of Chrome at Constellation Field. This year’s event is being organized by the Sugar Land Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association, Republic Harley Davidson and the Sugar Land Skeeters. The memorial ride, now in its fourth year, continues a local tradition of honoring men and women who place themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve and

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Missouri City residents encouraged to share ideas on sustainable development Residents are invited to attend a public input meeting on April 24, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., Fort Bend Co. Annex in Missouri City, 307 Texas Parkway, Suite 204, to share ideas and opinions on ways to improve and keep Missouri City prosperous and healthy for years to come. Those attending the public forum will have an opportunity to speak with planning experts and community leaders on

key issues such as where the new residents will live and how the population growth with affect the quality of life and transportation. The event is also being co-sponsored by the Third Ward Community Cloth Cooperative Housing and Environment Thread. For additional details on the initiative, please visit: www.ourregion.org.

all remember and honor the memories of our law enforcement family,” said Police Chief Doug Brinkley. “That’s what we’ll be doing on May 12 - making sure their contributions are never forgotten and recognizing the hard work and sacrifice of those who serve on a daily basis.” Sugar Land’s event on May 12 begins with ride registration at Republic Harley Davidson, 12707 Southwest Freeway, from 2-4 p.m. Fort Bend County’s new tactical, armored response and rescue vehicle, the Bearcat, will

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Last week a Special Crime Stoppers Alert was issued after a Rosenberg Boy Scout Troop’s cargo trailer was stolen. This week, the Boy Scouts have been given a new cargo trailer. Although the donor’s identity has not been made public, Mike Davis Signs in Rosenberg generously customized the trailer with graphics specific to Boy Scout Troop 1630. On Monday evening, when the trailer was delivered to the surprised pack of Scouts, Photo courtesy of Missouri City Constable Troy Nehls said he The Houston-Galveston Area Council has partnered with 25 organiza- was honored to have been a tions to create a 13-county regional plan for sustainable development that part of the happy occasion. will analyze ways to improve and preserve important resources such as air, The stolen trailer was water, jobs, housing, transportation and green spaces. taken from the First United

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be on public display during registration. It will join the procession of police and civilian riders as they embark for Sugar Land’s new professional minor league baseball stadium at 5:45 p.m. Other festivities at the stadium will include a presentation of the colors by Sugar Land’s police honor guard and a bagpipe rendition of Amazing Grace by Sugar Land Fire Lt. Robert Rogers. The tradition of playing bagpipes for fallen police and firefighters is a time-honored tradition of more than 150 years.

Methodist Church parking lot located on 3rd Street in Rosenberg between March 11 and March 13, 2012. The trailer was secured by a chain, but had no identifying marks and was painted solid white. Authorities said the trailer’s license plate number is TX 31YYFL. The VIN number is 16HCB12226K008679. Rosenberg Police detectives are seeking information from anyone who may have seen the trailer or who may have seen activity around the trailer from March 11 to March 13. Anyone with information about the theft of the Boy Scout’s trailer is asked to contact Rosenberg police department or Crime Stoppers at 281-372-TIPS.

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Fort Bend Community Calendar Be sure to thank these businesses for sponsoring these community, club and charity weekly happenings EVERY EFFORT IS MADE TO MAKE SURE EVERY NON-PROFIT EVENT GETS PUBLISHED THE WEEK PRIOR TO YOUR EVENT Email to: starnews@fortbendstar.com or mail: Fort Bend Star • 4655 Techniplex Dr., Stafford, Texas 77477 Afternoon book break Book-lovers are invited to take a Book Break on Thursday, April 19, at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond,12:00 noon, in Room 2D. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a literary discussion of A Reliable Wife, written by Robert Goolrick. This book club is free and open to the public. Call the library at 281-341-2677 for more information.

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Spring book sale The spring Book Sale of the Friends of Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City, will be Thursday, April 19, 6-8 p.m., Friday, April 20, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., and Saturday, April 21, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Children’s and adult books will be for sale; most are $.50-1.00. A rack of special books such as autographed copies are slightly more expensive. Master Gardener Meeting Join the Fort Bend Master Gardeners sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service to hear Mike Frismanis, Fort Bend Master Gardener and Bamboo Grower. He will speak about Bamboo varieties & growing them in our area. The program will be held April 19, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.. Bud O’Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. The program is free to all. No reservation required. Anyone with an interest in gardening is encouraged to attend. 281-341-7068 or www.fbmg.com for more information. Intro computer classes Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford, will present free, introductory computer classes this month on using Microsoft Excel and Word. The “MS Word Survival Basics” on Thursday, April 19,10:00 am.The “MS Excel Survival Basics” on Thursday, April 26,10:00 am. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations are required. Call 281-238-2880.

Free legal advice by phone Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) will offer free advice by phone to low-income Fort Bend County residents Friday, April 20. Call 281-239-0015 to qualify for this service between 10:00 a.m. and noon. The attorney will return calls from 1:00-5:00 p.m. that same day. Lake Olympia Garden Club meeting The Lake Olympia Garden Club will meet Friday, April 20, 9:00 a.m., Lake Olympia Marina Clubhouse, 180 Island Blvd., Missouri City. Linda Gay, Horticulturist and Past Director of Mercer Arboretum will speak. For more information contact Jo Ann Keene, 281-4382174 or keeneja@yahoo.com.

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St. Theresa’s World Bazaar St. Theresa Catholic Church will host this World Bazaar Saturday, April 21, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Sunday April 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the church, 705 St. Theresa Blvd, Sugar Land. There will be games, rides, silent and live auction, great food, a raffle and a huge garage sale!! 1st Annual Peace Love Pink Bazaar The Crossing at Sienna Ranch, 4309 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City, will hold this bazaar Saturday, April 21, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Outdoor booths with unique items, food, raffles, kids activities, (raffles and kid activities require tickets, which can be purchased at the event, cash only).The first 250 adults will receive a FREE Pink Tote Bag. Free admission, strollers welcome, rain or shine. Proceeds benefit Komen 3-Day for the Cure.

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Blessing of the Animals to be held The Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Fort Bend County is holding a Blessing of the Animals Sunday, April 22 at South Meadowland Park, Sugar Land. You are welcome to bring your well-behaved pets to the park to be blessed by minister Rev. Lillie Henley. Service at 11:15 in the pavilion near the dog park, 15300 University Blvd. Please bring pet food to donate for Animeals.

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Intro computer classes in Chinese University Branch Library, 14010 University , Sugar Land, will present a free, introductory computer class, “Computers 101 for Chinese-Speaking Adults,” Tuesday, April 24, 10:30 am, Computer Lab. This

class presents a basic introduction to using computers, and will be taught in Mandarin Chinese.The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations required. Call 281-633-5100 to register or more info. National dance week with musical films Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City, will show two movies renowned for their song and dance. Bring the family and watch classic dance moves of the 1950s as well as the popular dancing of today. The first movie Tuesday, April 24, 6:30 pm, Large Meeting Room. On Thursday, April 26, enjoy the modern dance styles of Zac Effron, Ashley Tisdale, and Vanessa Anne Hudgens. Showtime is 6:30 pm; this film is rated G. Free and open to the public. For more info, call t281-238-2900 or library’s 281-341-2677. Learn how to share digital photos Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs in Missouri City, will present an introductory program, “Digital Photography for Beginners,” Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 am. Computer Lab. Participants are encouraged to bring their fully-charged digital cameras, memory card, USB cable or separate memory-card reader, camera manual, and an active email address with password to the class for hands-on instruction. The class is free and open to the public. Seating limited, reservations required 281-238-2900.

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Sugar Land AARP 4075 meets Sugar Land AARP Chapter 4075 meets Wed., April 25, 1 p.m., Senior Center, 200 Matlage Way. Cards & games 10 a.m., meet the school candidates will be the program. Bring a sack lunch & join them. Remember your food donations to Meals on Wheels.

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Intro computer class in Hindi/Urdu University Branch Library,14010 University Blvd, Sugar Land, will present a free, intro computer class, “Computers 101 for Hindi/Urdu-Speaking Adults,”Thursday, April 26, 10:30 am, Computer Lab, taught in Hindi/Urdu. Free and open to the public. Seating limited, reservations required. Call 281-6335100. Learn about online recipe sites Discover the world of online recipes at a special library program “Byte-Sized Recipes” Thursday, April 26, 10:00 am, Computer Lab, Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City. Cooks from beginners to professionals can always use new recipes, and the Internet contains a wealth of free recipe websites. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations required. program. Participants may register by calling the library at 281238-2952, or by visiting the library.

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That’s right, this administration which constantly talks about how we need more investment in our future and our economy wants to punish those with the wherewithal to actually do that investing. Instead of being honest, the liberals are controlling the message and repeatedly say people who have succeeded are suddenly paying less taxes than their secretary. They said it once. Then repeated it. Then said it again, again, and again ad nauseam until a recent poll shows 50, 60 or 70 percent of Americans agree with the “Buffet Rule.” Along with the lie that Warren Buffet pays less than his secretary (incidentally, he pays less than all of us as he currently owes $1 billion in back taxes that he’s fighting), this president has also said over and over again, ‘everyone should pay their fair share.’ Well, who’s going to disagree with that? I wholeheartedly agree with the president. What he leaves out is that 53 percent of us are paying ALL of the taxes while 47 percent either pay nothing or get more back than they pay.

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Right is Right but the Left Controls the Message In the mid-late 80s I was a manager at Domino’s Pizza. What a concept: Pizza in 30 minutes or less and Coke. That was it. Not 18 different products. Just Pizza and Coke and we’d get it to you in 30 minutes or less or you’d get it for free. It was the delivery system that was the selling point. Once the word got out, it was hard to keep up with the demand. This isn’t a model that only works for selling pizzas — it is a proven formula promoting anything. Radio shows, cookies, tire stores, fast food, diapers (you get the picture) and even political messages. In this sense, Republicans are failing and Democrats are get-

ting it right. Of course, much of what the president and his surrogates say and do regarding the economy, tax policy, regulation, energy policy is straight out of bizarro world. Yet, many Americans still firmly support what they’re being fed. For example; The Buffet Rule - what is it? In essence, it’s a punitive tax increase for the evil Americans who have an income of a million dollars a year or more. This is not a payroll-income tax increase because people with that kind of income already pay the highest rate of 35 percent. This is an increase in the capital gains and/or dividend tax rate from 15 percent to 30 percent.

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is wielding a chainsaw and they know how to use it and have no fear of being caught. Sometime last Thursday night or early Friday morning, “someone” vaulted over a six foot cyclone fence topped with strands of barbed wire along FM 723 to get to a Troy Nehls’ for sheriff billboard. Not only was the billboard itself destroyed, all 5 telephone poles were sawed off at a perfect angle to fall the structure away from the actor, but the vinyl “skin” attached to the structure was also shredded and absconded, leaving only one corner that perfectly matched the saw markings on the sign. The destroyed “skin” displayed the abysmally low crime solve rate that has been such a bone of contention

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In early January of 2010 the owner watched as a white Freightliner truck pulled into the closed station about midnight. When two men got out of the truck, the owner immediately called police. As he continued to watch the surveillance video, Stafford police officers arrived. As the investigation unfolded, police discovered that the truck was parked directly over the access to the underground storage tanks. How handy! One crook was hiding under the truck on a secret shelf, right next to a hidden pump. He was at the ready with a flashlight and a hammer getting ready to open the storage tank and drop in the pump. Imagine his surprise when police lit him up with flashlights! Good thing no one was smoking…. He and his Freightliner would have vaporized! The Freightliner was rigged with several different fuel tanks making it not only a theft device but also a rolling bomb. This pair is just lucky that back in 2010 fuel was cheaper – at today’s prices they would have made it all the way to the Big House not just the play yard.

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exploded with comments about the incident. It did not appear that any of the four candidates for sheriff accused each other of foul play; however, their supporters did not display such dignity. Sadly, a post that appeared to be from Sheriff Milton Wright on Nehls’ Facebook page read, “Milton Wright good move if you can pull it off (sic). What kind of saw did you use Troy? Friday at 10:27pm · Like · 1.” That post displayed the official photo of Sheriff Wright, the man who is the head of the law enforcement agency tasked with investigating the crime. He, by the way, is also the campaign treasurer for his chief deputy, who is one of three opponents against Nehls in the upcoming election. With more than a month to go until the May 29 election, what will happen next? Stay tuned, it is going to have to be real innovative to top the chainsaw play.

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of a Border Patrol agent in Arizona. A good argument can be made that the Big Media is partnering with the Democrats in purveying that message, but it doesn’t help when the front-running Republican is on the campaign trail talking about how he “loves grits.” Here’s what I suggest: every and anytime there’s a camera, microphone, video phone, et al, EVERY SINGLE Republican politician or candidate should say, “why is this president trying so hard to kill jobs? Why is this president trying to stop fortunate Americans from investing in our children’s future? Why is this president attacking the oil industry — an industry that directly or indirectly employs NINE MILLION people? Why won’t this president stop borrowing money from China? Instead, we’re hearing Republicans and Conservatives reacting instead of acting. The time has come to put this administration on its heels by telling the truth about how it’s run this country into the poor house and how another four years of this mess could

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Candidate debate scheduled by Fort Bend Voters’ League The Fort Bend Voters’ League has organized a candidate debate on Tuesday, April 24th for Sugar Land City Council and Fort Bend ISD aspirants. The debate will be held at the University of Houston Branch Library at University Blvd. and Hwy. 59 in Sugar Land. A

meet and greet for Fort Bend ISD candidates will take place at 6 p.m. followed by the debate at 6:30. The school district hopefuls will be followed by the Sugar Land At-Large Position 1 candidates. There will be an opportunity to visit with City Council candidates

after the debate concludes at 8:30 p.m. Additionally, Mayor Jimmy Thompson and Joe Zimmerman, who are unopposed, were invited to stop by. The Fort Bend Voters League is a not-for-profit voter education group, organized in

2011.Its’ mission is to register and educate residents on the electoral process, the issues, and candidates coming before the voters. The Fort Bend Voters League is an unbiased, nonpartisan organization that welcomes those of all political persuasions.

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April 30 – May 4, 2012 May 5, 2012 May 6, 2012 May 7- 8, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CLOSED 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Schedule for: Lost Creek Park – 3703 Lost Creek Blvd, Sugar Land, TX Sugar Land City Hall – 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, TX Day

Date

Hours

Monday – Friday Saturday Sunday Monday – Tuesday

April 30 – May 4, 2012 May 5, 2012 May 6, 2012 May 7 – 8, 2012

10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CLOSED CLOSED 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Schedule for: Fort Bend ISD Admin. Bldg. – 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, TX Willowridge High School – 16301 Chimney Rock, Houston, TX Day

Date

Hours

Monday – Friday Saturday Sunday Monday - Tuesday

April 30 – May 4, 2012 May 5, 2012 May 6, 2012 May 7 – 8, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CLOSED CLOSED 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Schedule for: Meadows Place City Hall – One Troyan Dr., Meadows Place, TX Stafford City Hall – 2610 Main Street, Stafford, TX Day

Date

Hours

Monday – Friday Saturday Sunday Monday - Tuesday

April 30 – May 4, 2012 May 5, 2012 May 6, 2012 May 7 – 8, 2012

8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CLOSED CLOSED 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Schedule for: Randall’s - 1890 FM 359, Richmond, TX 77406 Day

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Hours

Monday – Tuesday

May 7 – 8, 2012

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Locations of Polling Places (Direcciones de los lugares de votación) 2012 Branch Election Day Sites Lugares para votar el Día de las Elecciónes 2012) (All Open from 7:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M. on May 12, 2012) (Todos permaneceran abiertos desde las 7:00 A.M. hasta las 7:00 P.M. del día 12 de mayo de 2012)

Precinct (Distrito Electoral)

Polling Place & Address (Lugar De Votacion y Direcction)

2066, 2099 2100, 2101 2106, 3113, 3083(p), 4117(p)

Mission Bend Elementary 16200 Beechnut Houston, TX 77083

2077

Glover Elementary School 1510 Columbia Blue Drive Missouri City 77489

2081 2070(p)

East End Annex Building 303 Texas Parkway Missouri City, TX 77459

2089

Quail Green Clubhouse 2605 Spring Place Drive Missouri City, TX 77489

2092, 2093 2115, 2136

Meadow Creek Clubhouse 2410 LaQuinta Drive Missouri City, TX 77459

3005(p), 3041(p), 3063(p), 3104 4082(p)

Pecan Grove Elementary Old South Drive Richmond, TX 77406

3009

Sugar Creek Country Club 420 Sugar Creek Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77478

3053, 2016

Barrington Place HOA 13318 Rosstown Ct Sugar Land, TX 77478

4011

Colony Bend Elementary 2720 Planters Street Sugar Land, TX 77479

4026, 4124 4135, 4039

Walker Station Elementary 6200 Homeward Way Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77478

4029, 4105

Knights of Columbus Hall 702 Burney Road Sugar Land, TX 77478

4042 4080

Imperial Park Recreation Center 234 Matlage Way Sugar Land, TX 77478

4044, 4065

Austin Parkway Elementary 4400 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77479

4045, 4125, 4126, 4071

Garcia Middle School 18550 Old Richmond Road Sugar Land, TX 77478

4030

Quail Valley Middle School 3019 FM 1092 Missouri City, TX 77459

4046, 4121

Highlands Elementary 2022 Colonist Park Sugar Land, TX 77478

4020, 4035

Sugar Land Church of God 1715 Eldridge Rd Sugar Land, TX 77478

4047, 4084 4079

Colony Meadows Elementary 4510 Sweetwater Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479

Quail Valley East Clubhouse 2206 Turtle Creek Drive Missouri City, TX 77459

Precinct (Distrito Electoral) 1003, 1134 1058,1094 1109 1097, 1118

Polling Place & Address (Lugar De Votacion y Direcction) Mustang Community Center 4525 FM 521 Fresno, TX 77545 Sienna Crossing Elementary School 10011 Steep Bank Trace Missouri City, TX 77459

4049, 4127

Lexington Creek Elementary 2335 Dulles Ave Missouri City, TX 77459

1114

Burton Elementary 1625 Hunter Green Lane Fresno, TX 77489

4062

Palmer Elementary 4208 Crow Valley Drive Missouri City, TX 77459

2017, 2031 2051, 2052 2055, 2056

Briargate Elementary 15817 Blue Ridge Road Missouri City, TX 77489

4064

Settlers Way Elementary 3015 Settlers Way Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479

2022

Meadows Place City Hall One Troyan Drive Meadows Place, TX 77477

4102

Fort Settlement Middle School 5440 Elkins Road Sugar Land, TX 44479

2023, 2123

Ridgemont Elementary 4910 Raven Ridge Road Houston, TX 77053

4107, 4027

Sugar Lakes Clubhouse 930 Sugar Lakes Drive Sugar Land, TX 77478

2060(p), 2078 2112(p), 2137(p), 4028

Quail Valley Elementary School 3500 Quail Village Dr Missouri City, TX 77459

4110

Sugar Land City Hall 2700 Town Center Blvd North Sugar Land, TX 77478

2033, 2036 2090, 2091

Lantern Lane Elementary School 3323 Mission Valley Dr Missouri City, TX 77459

4111

Settlers Park HOA 3010 Settlers Way Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479

2034, 2061 2108

Elkins High School 7007 Knights Court Missouri City, TX 77459

4119

Clements High School 4200 Elkins Dr Sugar Land, TX 77479

2043, 3032 3098, 4086

Townewest Elementary 13927 Old Richmond Road Sugar Land, TX 77498

4129

Commonwealth HOA 4330 Knightsbridge Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479

2050, 2116

Hunters Glen Elementary School 8295 Independence Blvd Missouri City, TX 77459

4131

First Colony Conference Center 3232 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77479

2059, 2075, 2088(p)

Missouri City Branch Library 1530 Texas Parkway Missouri City, TX 77489

4140

Lost Creek Park 3703 Lost Creek Blvd Sugar Land, TX 77479


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Finalists for Sugar Land Town Square’s 2nd Annual Junior Superstar competition will compete for the winning title on Saturday, April 28 from 7 – 9 p.m. in the Plaza. Due to the popularity of Sugar Land Superstar, Town Square’s American Idol-like singing competition held each summer, Junior Superstar was created to provide a venue for the community’s

younger vocal talent. Auditions were held last month and the judges selected finalists, ages 9 to 13, to perform during the live finale. Come out and see who will be named Sugar Land Junior Superstar! This event will be free and open to the public. For more information on the competition, visit www. sugarlandtownsquare.com.

Austin High School 2012 ProGrad to host dinner and auction On Saturday, April 21, the Austin High School Class of 2012 will host its annual Dinner and Auction in the school’s commons (3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land. The event will feature Austin seniors, assisted by Austin juniors, serving dinner catered by Café Natalie with tables decorated in themes designed by the students. The event begins at 6:00 pm, with dinner served at 6:30 pm, followed by the dessert

auction featuring delicacies from around the area. The silent auction begins at 6:00 pm, concludes at 8:00 pm, and will be followed by a live auction. The ticket price is $25 per person. All proceeds from the event will go to AHS ProGrad 2012. To purchase tickets, please contact Chris Jonas at scrapperfun2004@yahoo.com or 281-543-2319; or contact Georgia Keating at glinton26@ gmail.com or 404-516-5441.

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Medications for an Upset Stomach

Dyspepsia, also described as indigestion, is a condition that causes discomfort or pain in the upper part of the stomach. Approximately 25% of persons report experiencing dyspepsia each year. Many dietary hab­ its may contribute to an upset stomach, including overeating, excessive caffeine intake, eating fatty foods, and eating spicy foods. Non steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin) and naproxen (Aleve) may also lead to symptoms of dyspepsia which include feeling uncomfortably full after a meal, feeling full quickly after eating, and pain and burning in the upper stomach. Dietary changes may improve symptoms, including avoidance of fatty foods and avoidance of specific foods that trigger symptoms. H2 recep­ tor antagonists (H2RAs) and proton pump inhibitors (PPIs) may be rec­ ommended to decrease stomach acid. Omeprazole (Prilosec) is available both over-the-counter and with a prescription. Ranitidine (Zantac) and cimetidine (Tagamet) are H2RAs that are available over-the-counter. Metoclopramide (Reglan) improves movement in the upper gastrointes­tinal tract and favorably increases gastric emptying. An antidepressant, such as amitriptyline (Elavil) or desipramine (Norpramin), may be pre­scribed for treatment of associated pain.

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State of the City: THE MOVIE featuring Mayor Allen Owen The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will host Missouri City State of the City: THE MOVIE featuring Mayor Allen Owen on Wednesday, April 25.The luncheon will be held at Star Cinema Grill, 4811 Highway 6 S.,

Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen

Missouri City 77459, from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm. State of the City: THE MOVIE is guaranteed to be the hottest ticket in town! Join us for this unique event, complete with a red carpet entrance and paparazzi. Mayor Allen Owen will take moviegoers on a tour of “The Show Me City” as he showcases the many hats a Mayor will wear and how everything comes together. Keep informed and engaged by attending this important and relevant luncheon. Big Screen Sponsor available for $1,000 - Corporate VIP Row available for $300 - Individual Admission available for $30 – Prospective Member Admission available for $35 – At the ticket booth $45. Register today at www.FortBendChamber. com or contact Farrah Gandhi at 281-566-2152 or Farrah@fortbendcc.org.

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GREATWOOD FOREST Stately Showcase COMMONWEALTH ESTATES – Exquisite PARKWAY LAKES –– Grand Stunning Home w/up to $35,000 of Executive Perry on Lg. cul-de-sac street. No back Perry home with state size lot adorned by mature Upgrades! formals, great entertaining. concept floorplan! neighbors! ExtraSpacious designer touches include fluted for & Pecan Trees. GrandOpen elevation with usable balcony. crown moldings, tons of built-ins, lg. 18’’ tile floors Custom kit. cabinets exhibit an intriguing showcase Kitchen w/lg. island, granite countertops & SS appliances. Large family room & recent paint, new shower, updated kitchen w/ design. Granite countertops w/SS appliances. Popular w/ fireplace & 5stone - looks hardwoods like 5’’ inslat scraped granite countertops, burneraccent. thermadorTile pop floors up 5’’ distressed foyerhand & dining rm. Hg. cooktop on lg. island. SS dishwasher & microwave. gamerm up & study w/wall of built-ins. Master bedrm hardwood! Lg. master bedrm & bath w/granite countertops. Oversized back Open concept w/wall of windows overlooking 2 decks overlooks lush landscaped sculpted pavered patio,hot recently stained,one with pergola coverofw/ceiling & backyd. Doubled paned Plantation patio. Hg. backyard, plenty room fan for atubpool & children’s playwindows area. &Also has by huge sparking pool, w/extra green space. Extra Shutters! Updated light fixtures, 3 car garage, alighting,sprkler 10x12 storage car tandem heater & much system shed. & alarm3 $365,000 call garage. sprinkler Tankless sys & room water for a pool! $390,000 call Virginia$239,900 Mack 281-207-5200 (VM7934AT)Mack Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM4407SM) more! call Virginia 281-207-5200 (VM7722EL)

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COMMONWEALTH OXFORD/COMMONWEALTHESTATES – Gorgeous– Breathtaking Perry 1-story entertainment size hm & charm! Formals home that shows pridew/warmth of ownership through out. w/hardwoods. Downstairs w/built-in shelves Gleaming hardwood floors inlibrary formals, family rm, study && Fr. Doors. Family rm. w/wall of windows overlooking hallways. High vaulted ceilings w/beautiful archetectural pool/spa. Renovated kit. w/custom 46’’ cabinets design details. Double french drs to For. Living which w/15’’ deep shelves & granite counters. Built-in hutch could be enlays. a 4th bedrm. Customisland made w/breakfast cornice boards w/glass Hg. granite bar.& window floors toppers. light fixtures, hardware & fresh 18’’tile onUpdated the diagonal. Updated light fixtures. paint.bayLarge exec.seat master & bath rm. w/updated Hg. window in breakfast Upstairs shower media & room for a sitting area. w/wall Kit. updated recent restained rm/study/6th bedroom of built-ins. 3 car insulated $574,900 call Virginia cabinets & gar. appls.w/A/C. Sprinkler & Alarm sys. $299,500 call Mack (VM4415SM) Virginia 281-207-5200 Mack 281-207-5200 (VM4423WD)

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OF AUSTIN PARK – entry. ‘’Resort GREATWOOD ARBOR home +from beginning COMMONWEALTH PARK– Stunning – Lovelyshowcase 4/3.5/2det. study homeLAKES w/grand brick column Living’’-enjoy this Tropical Oasis in your to end! Grandon2 story entry w/curved built-ins thru-out. Style 9’ceilings 1st floor. Soaringstaircase. 2 storyCustoms foyer w/new(6/11)20’’ porcelain tile. Bamboo wood own back yard! Deep wooded lot. Sparkling Dble French to study. Lg living rm w/soaring ceilings, built-in entertain. Lagoona 20’’ style porcelain (heated) pool tile withfloor. large floors. Lg.doors island kit. w/new(6/11)granite countertops & new(6/11) ctr. Open concept kit. w/island, SS appls., convec. microwave & tons of spa & tanning ledge! Plenty of yard left for Spacious master ste w/a view of the wooded backyd. Hg. master bathchildren’s w/2 walk-in closets. entertaining, play area etc. Extended cabinets & counter space. Brkfast rm overlooking extend. cov. patio w/lush Ex.lg. upstairs gamerm. No backyd neighbors. Slate patio. Newpressed roof concrete (3/2011). Freshcovered int.paint patio. Outdoor Lanai landscaping. Hg exec. master ste w/sitting area & grand bath w/hg walk-in with ceiling fans & recess lighting! $274,900 & recent carpet.built-ins! Ext. ACLgunits ‘03. Water ‘11. Cul-de-sac street. $319,900 call Virginia closet w/fabulous gamerm. up. J&JHeater bath.Plantation Shutters, call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 Mack 281-207-5200 Must See! $355,000 call (VM3739SB) Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM7618TR) (VM4427GC)

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NEW TERRITORY • Lovely updated Ashton Woods home. Recent island kitchen has granite and recent cabinets & appliances(gas stove). Master & 2nd bedroom down with full bath,(or could be study). Recent paint & carpet. Wonderful treed street close to highly rated schools. Could be 5 bedrooms & gameroom or 6 bedroom home. Great floorplan. Vacant, ready for a quick sale. 2 bedrooms down $250,000. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

RIVERSTONE MANORS • former model luxury stucco custom townehome in pristine condition in gated community. Huntington floor plan w/3 bedrooms & master retreat. Downstiars has open floorplan, great for entertaining, gourmet island kitchen open to living area & formal dining, granite,tile, covered patio, in house fire sprinkler, sep yard sprinkler system. Lots of trim work, whirlpool tub. Great value for this price! Gorgeous! Great location! $229,888. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

SUGAR CREEK • Really cute hard to find 1 story townhouse w/2 car attached garage in great area of Sugar Creek Townhomes. Faces grassy area & parking also in front of house. Gated patio. Great storage. Wet bar! Open floorplan w/high ceilings. Study could be 3rd bedroom. Don’t miss this one! Shows well! Replacing roof & carpet!!! $149,900. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

ALCORN BEND • Palm Beach/Hollywood meet Sugar Land! Unique Showplace! Entertainer’s Dream. Contemporary Steve Fuqua custom in a class of its own. Dramatic free standing staircase w/lucite railings and bridge w/sensational views. Glamorous custom touches, furniture. Updated chef’s kitchen. Dramatic Media Room, Sun Room added. Master Ste w/His-Hers toilets, Double Jacuzzi, waterfall fills, Game Room w/ Mural. Sec Sys w 4 cameras, Illumascape Outdoor Lighting, Summer kitchen, w/Pool/Spa. Quiet cul-desac. Exemplary Schools. At $825,000 CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102

RIVERSTONE • Expansive luxury showplace backs to the spectacular 75 acre lake in Hartford Landing 2, gated community w/a Sugar Land address/excellent Fort Bend schools. Variation in plans/square footage may occur. Elevator capable/upscale finishes and millwork, soaring ceilings w/water views from many rooms, highly regarded builder’s product is designed to wow you! Bonus space upstairs allows flexibility for second master, media, and exercise room, whatever fits your needs. AT $1,639,000 CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102

WOODBRIDGE • Adorable 1-story w/open floor plan no back yard neighbors ! Clean and well maintained! Large bright island kitchen open to Family Room with tall ceilings. Spacious Master Suite w/ Jetted Tub, large block glass window, double vanities. Large covered patio (pergola)added by owners. Approx $14,000 in upgrades. Walking distance to Exemplary Elementary, Kempner HS. Middle School is exemplary! A/C replaced 2010, New garbage disposal sink 2011.10 minutes to First Colony Mall, minutes to shops restaurants. AT $179,000 CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102

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VENETIAN ESTATES: Beautifully Renovated 1-Story Home situated on Gorgeous Water Lot on Private Cul-de-sac Complete w/Boat Dock & Sparkling Pool. $96K Additional Upgrades; 3 Bedrms; 3 Baths $685,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (906GO)

GREATWOOD: 2-Story Nested on Culde-sac offers Private Study; Family Rm w/High Ceiling; Island Kitchen w/Granite & SS Appliances; Game Rm + Computer Nook; 2 Balconies; Wood & Tile Flrs; 5/3.1/3 A $359,900. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (1626HS)

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TOWN OF GRANTS LAKE: Adorable Twon Home offers Tile Flrs, Berber Carpet, Spacious Living, Cozy kitchen w/ Tile Counters, 2nd Flr offers Master + 2nd Bedroom w/attached Study/Nursery. Large Patio opens to Shaded Park Area. $129,990. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (2810GL)

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GRAND MISSION: 1.5-Story David Weekley Home; 3 Bedrms; Private Study; Large Kitchen w/Granite & 42” Cabinets; 2nd Flr Game Rm; Oversized Patio. $189,900. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (7411CG)

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SUTTON FOREST: Gorgeous 2-Story Home offers Both Formals + Family, Study, Island Kitchen w/ Stainless Appliances & Wine Cooler, Wood & Tile Flrs; Game Rm, Concrete Stamped Covered Patio; 5/3.1/3D $467,500. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (5107CA)

SUGARWOOD: Beautiful 2-Story Home offers Both Formals, Granite Counters, 1st Flr Master, Wood Deck + Covered Patio, Boat Dock on Oyster Creek. 5/3.1/2. $309,900 Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3123SC)

PENDING SWEETWATER: Custom Fedrick Harris 2-Story Designed offers Both Formals + Family; Island Kitchen w/ SS Appliances; Updated Master Bath + Secret Owners Retreat; /Card Rm; Pool/ Spa; and So Much More! $754,000 . Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (4914ME)

AUSTIN PARK: Newmark Designed 2-Story Home; Family + Game Rm; 1st Flr Master w/Private Study; Island Kitchen w/Stainless Appliances; Tile Flrs; Huge Backyard; Cul-de-sac Lot; 4/3.1/3D. $269,990 Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3807SP)

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SIENNA PLANTATION: Beautiful 2-Story Designed Home; Tile & Wood Flrs; Granite Counters; SS Appliances; Both Formals + Family; 1st Flr Master & Guest Quarters; Extensive Landscaping; 4/3.1/3A. $525,000 Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (8907LE)

PECAN GROVE PLANTATION: Darling 2-Story Updated Home; Both Formals + Family; Granite & S/S Appliances; Fresh Interior & Exterior Paint; Wood & Tile Flrs; Pool; 4/2.1/2D. $239,900. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (503FE)

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MONTICETO 4/2/2 • $139,900

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LEVEL RUN 4/2/2 $89,900

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QUAIL VALLEY GLENN LAKES Welcome to this huge home with 5 bedrooms, 3 ½ baths, sunroom & pool on the golf course. You can enjoy the view all year ‘round from the balcony overlooking it all! The master is down with separate dressing areas, built-in dressers, huge closet, sunken marble tub. Replaced appliances, too. $229,400 & ready to sell! (2047MA)

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1919 FARMER’S CREEK DR. Waterside Estates 4/3.5/2, this home features hardwood flooring, a 2 story family room with gas fireplace, stainless appliances, a spacious Master’s bedroom down, with 3 bedrooms and 2 full baths up. Joan Berger • $250,000 2731 LAKESIDE VILLAGE DR. Lake Olympia 4/3.5/2, this home overlooks the lake and green space, the recently updated kitchen features recently upgraded granite counters, cooktop and sink fixtures. The elegant Butler’s pantry includes a bar sink, wine refrigerator and glass front cabinets. Spectacular back yard with pool with waterfall & spa and lush landscaping. Debbie Ashley • $295,000

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2805 ARBOR BROOK LANE Shadow Creek Ranch 4/2/2, this popular single story plan has an inviting extended entrance with raised coffered ceilings. Island kitchen features GE appliances, granite countertops & 42” cabinets. The Master Bath includes a garden tub, a separate glass enclosed shower, & a huge walk in closet. Mike Martin • $181,490 70 BEES CREEK Sienna Plantation 4/3.5/4, located on a spacious 1+ acre lot, this graceful custom home features a beautiful combination brick and stucco elevation. Inside are lovely slate and hardwood floors, designer wall finishes, and cove lighting. Kitchen features Stainless Steel appliances, granite counters & built-in refrigerator. Spacious Master with separate sitting area, game and media room up. Nell Osborn • $659,900

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QUAIL VALLEY – Grand magnolias & updated landscaping frame this charming Colonial 5 bedroom 3/1 bath home. Stately pillars at the front porch entry opens to freshly painted interior. Recent carpet, updated tile flooring. Formal dining, study. Spacious kitchen w/ updated appliances. Huge den area w/ built-in bookshelves. Master down. 4 Big bedrooms up. Covered back patio & just a 5 iron from golf club! MLS# 89713450 $199,500. (2902NB)

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master-planned communities includes Sienna Plantation and Riverstone, two of the top best-selling masterplanned communities in the United States, as well as Fall Creek, Woodforest, Tuscan Lakes, Edgewater, Silverlake and the new Imperial development in Sugar Land. Will Holder, president of Trendmaker Homes, says the company will continue to build homes in Cross Creek Ranch. He adds the sale will allow Trendmaker Homes to participate aggressively in other communities in Houston. “We’re proud of what we started in Cross Creek Ranch and will continue to explore new areas of growth in the Houston area,” says Holder. Residents in Cross Creek Ranch enjoy a number of resort-style amenities including the Cross Creek Water Park, a large resort-style swimming pool with a 200-foot water

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slide, a wading pool and spray park. It also is home to miles of hike-and-bike trails and a fitness center and sports complex with tennis courts, basketball court, sand volleyball court and playgrounds for all ages. Plus, several parks are located within walking distance of every neighborhood in the community. Builders in Cross Creek Ranch include Ashton Woods Homes, Kickerillo Company, Newmark Homes, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes, Trendmaker Homes and Village Builders. Families in the community currently attend schools in the Katy Independent School District and eventually in the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District as well. In addition, the Cross Creek Ranch Education Foundation will fund enhanced education programs for students of all age groups. For information about Cross Creek Ranch, go to www.crosscreektexas.com.

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Riverstone announces another new neighborhood Presales begin April 28 for Waterside at Riverstone, one of three new neighborhoods opening in the Fort Bend community this spring. The enclave will feature 18 homesites, with most bordering a lake or central park. Fedrick, Harris Estate Homes is the exclusive builder, with designs from its Royal Villa series of floor plans ranging in size from 3,600 to more than 6,000 square feet. The homes will feature tiled roofs and stucco, stone and brick exteriors. Prices will start in the upper $600,000s, with a 5,500-square-foot model opening in August. Sales have already begun in Avalon at Riverstone, a gated neighborhood that has homesites situated between three lakes, Alcorn Bayou and walking trails. Taylor Morrison is the builder

for the neighborhood, which has acreage for 300 homes. Base pricing begins in the $270,000s. Opening later this spring is Auburn Manor, a neighborhood featuring homes priced from the $260,000s by Meritage Homes. “The timing is perfect to open a variety of new neighborhoods in Riverstone,” said Tom Wilcox, general manager of the community. “The national and local housing markets are reviving and just in Riverstone our sales are almost double our record-breaking sales last year. It’s shaping up to be another stellar year.” Riverstone is now listed among the nation’s 15 topselling master-planned communities, according to John Burns Real Estate Consulting. For more information, visit www.riverstone.com.

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Fort Bend County sheriff race getting dirty - vandalism in the worst form appears Dear Editor, I am writing your newspaper to discuss the recent negative actions by Fort Bend County Sheriff, Milton Wright along with the members of Craig Brady for Sheriff aka “Team Brady.” Recently, some campaign signs for Craig Brady and Troy Nehls have either turned up missing or have been damaged in different parts of the county. Troy Nehls had a large billboard

with his campaign message on it, cut down and destroyed along FM 723. Troy Nehls was stunned to hear of the intentional damage done and went to go see it in person. A photograph was taken of Troy Nehls looking at his vandalized sign lying on the ground. Troy Nehls notified the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office to make a report for criminal mischief. In addition to that, Troy Nehls shared the photograph taken, wrote a message condemning

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the criminal action and asked for continued support. Troy Nehls’ statement never mentioned any specific names and note, there are two other candidates (Billy Teague and John Minchew) who are also seeking the Republican nomination for Sheriff. Well, the “Team Brady” people immediately became defensive and started accusing Troy Nehls of destroying his own sign for media attention. The Facebook Social Media site started to light up with negative comments against Troy

kind of saw he used and added it was a good plan if he could get away with it. As an employee of the Sheriff’s Office, I was completely embarrassed by the reckless, improper comments made by Lieutenant Becky Colunga and Sheriff Milton Wright. I lost what respect I had left for Sheriff Wright and this is a microcosm of the types of things that are happening at our department. I want to know if any disciplinary action will be taken against Becky Colunga for violating Sheriff’s Office policies

that are in place regarding social media and unbecoming conduct. Yes, Troy Nehls is a candidate for Sheriff, but he is also a currently elected official (Constable Precinct 4) that deserves respect. It is time to get this Wright-Brady regime out of office and elect someone with a fresh new perspective. We need someone who can effectively lead us and recover our department’s damaged image. Sincerely, A Concerned Deputy

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declare ”we are doing this for the betterment of the community”. The Sugar Land City Council It should be noted that one and Planning and Zoning member, Jacquie Chaumette, Commission have totally ignored had the integrity to vote their constituency and have against the project. Another made a mockery of the public council member, Tom hearing process. Following an Abraham, had the audacity overwhelming display of public to state that he is against opposition to the proposed apartments and then proceeded location of apartments in the to vote in favor of them. historic Imperial Sugar mill The expressed wishes of site, the council had the gall to the community were also vote in favor of the project and disregarded at prior P&Z hearings/meetings. Our esteemed City Council and P&Z members apparently regard Hearings as a nuance, required by law but without substance. The word “hearing” is certainly a for Fort Bend misnomer, as no one on council Pol. Ad paid by John Minchew for Sheriff Campaign, Cheryl Minchew Treasurer, 1831 Pitts Rd., Richmond, TX 77406 or P&Z heard the constituents

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(except as noted above). The residents neighboring the Imperial tract have always supported the proposed development. We only requested that the apartments be moved away from the historic district to the ballpark and/or Highway 6 area. It is my understanding the Johnson Development Corp. did not object to this suggestion; rather the city P&Z Department favored the historic district location. Residents suggested other options, such has condos or townhouses, but all recommendations were unilaterally dismissed. The City Manager announced the community will still have ample opportunity to have input on individual items as

the project continues through detailed design. Having attended numerous Council and P&Z meetings over the past few years, I now realize that we may be able to influence minor issues such as extending a sidewalk from 5 to 6 feet or adding a bicycle rack - but don’t mess with the apartments! The historic district is the site of the old Imperial Sugar cane refinery; it represents our city’s origin. Are we to turn this historic site into an apartment complex? We need to retain the quality of life of a small close-knit residential community which typifies Sugar Land. Regards, Bob Peterson

Fundraiser scheduled for Kacee Pavelka A fundraiser benefiting a victim of a traffic accident has been set for Friday, April 20. Kacee Pavelka, 23, is a Richmond-area resident and the daughter of Lt. Roger and Deputy Kathy Pavelka of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. On Dec. 15, 2011, Kacee lost an arm in a traffic accident in Rosenberg. The fundraiser will raise funds to address costs that are not covered by insurance. Kacee is a Terry High School graduate and is attending the University of Houston.

The fundraiser will feature a chopped beef sandwich, beans and potatoes with all the fixings. Each plate is $10. This will be a drive-through event only and it will be held in the parking lot of the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy, located at 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle in Richmond (across for the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office). Major sponsors for the event are Ray Briers with T&R Pipeline Services, Kovasovic’s Meat Market in Rosenberg, the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s

Office Traffic Unit and the Roughriders Cookoff Team. The fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Friday, Kacee Pavelka April 20. No pre-event tickets will be sold. All participants will pay as they go through the line. For information, contact Lt. Grant Crochet at grant. crochet@co.fort-bend.tx.us.

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Nehls. Detective Lieutenant, Becky Colunga, was the main instigator of the commentary against Troy Nehls and added it was convenient someone had a camera on the scene to snap a picture for political gain. I guess our Detective Lieutenant is not as bright as she thinks she is because cell phone cameras are readily available in today’s high tech society. You think that is bad, it gets worse! Sheriff Milton Wright himself chimed in on the Facebook postings to ask Troy Nehls what

On Saturday, April 21, the Austin High School Class of 2012 will host its annual Dinner and Auction in the school’s commons (3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land. The event will feature Austin seniors, assisted by Austin juniors, serving dinner catered by Café Natalie with

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second-floor offices of ATOF. The man is about 35 to 40 years old with short hair and a mustache. He was wearing a bright orange “Polo” brand t-shirt, white or khaki shorts, white socks, white shoes a black backpack. He was also carrying a brown dress shirt folded in half on a hanger. Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at (281) 275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477).

Ali Mahmood, M.D., and typically found in board certified colon men under 40 years and rectal surgeon at old. The cysts can Methodist Sugar Land be quite painful and Hospital is the first make everyday tasks, surgeon in Fort Bend like sitting, difficult. County to complete a Dr. Mahmood rhomboid flap surgery performed this complex to help a patient with surgery by cutting a flap Ali Mahmood a painful, chronic of skin around the cyst, condition called pilonidal disease. removing the cyst and a large The disease starts as a section of tissue around it, and small cyst, which can often then repositioning the skin to become infected. The disease cover the area that was removed. manifests itself from an infected “I am pleased to offer hair follicle. They are more this procedure to people in common in men than women, the greater Houston area

Healthy Kids Day slated for April 28 at Fort Bend YMCA ®

On April 28, the Fort Bend Family YMCA is celebrating Healthy Kids Day® with a free community event for kids and families in the Missouri City / Sugar Land communities. Each YMCA across the greater Houston area is taking part in the celebration, meant to kick start physical activity and learning throughout the summer – a critical outof-school time for kids. The Fort Bend Family YMCA’s event will take place at the Y located at 4433 Cartwright Rd., Missouri City, TX 77459 (just one block north of Hwy 6 and one block east of Dulles Ave.)

from 10:00am – 1:00pm. Healthy Kids Day, a national initiative of the Y to improve the health and well-being of kids, is filled with fun, active play and educational activities that will help parents improve their kids’ lifestyles for the long term. Research shows that without access to activities that stimulate the mind and body, kids are more prone to gain weight and fall behind academically over the summer months. They will feature children’s activities such as bounce houses, games and face painting as well as Chef Tim, The Healthy Cooking Chef; Chic-Fil-A; Sweet Tomatoes; HEB Sienna Market; Sylvan Learning Center; Kelsey-Seybold and many other family friendly organizations. KRBE radio will also be here broadcasting live during the event. This event encourages families to Put Play in your Day! For more information, contact the Fort Bend Family YMCA at 281-499-9622 or visit www.ymcahouston.org.

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Recycling increases 200 percent in Sugar Land Recycling increased more than 200 percent during the first four months of Sugar Land’s new solid waste program. Residents recycled more than 850 tons of materials in December, 700 tons in January, 915 tons in February and 1,290 tons in March. More than 30 percent of the waste has been diverted from landfills since the program’s implementation in December. Sugar Land’s curbside recycling program was expanded to include all colors of glass bottles and jars. The addition of a green waste program ensures all green waste -- grass clippings, leaves, brush, tree limbs, etc. -- will be taken to a composting facility and recycled into mulch or compost rather than sent to a landfill. March is typically the month when green waste placed at the curb significantly increases. More than 735 tons of green waste was collected and recycled into mulch or compost last month.

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Notice of NO TRESPASS, NO ENTRY NO CONTRACTORS for the residence located 11618 Brook Meadows Lane, City of Meadows Place, 77477, County of Fort Bend, State of Texas, USA. This extends to any and all persons excepting occupant as listed on Certificate of Occupancy and Listed owner of Property by appointment. Any Persons in violation of this notice will be prosecuted.

The address to which claims may be presented is:

All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. The Independent Co-Executors hereby state their choice that claims be addressed in care of their attorney at the above address.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of SHERRY DAWN CARTER, Deceased, were issued on March 19, 2012, in Cause No. 12-CPR-024297, pending in the County Court at Law No. Three (3), Fort Bend County, Texas, to: BEVERLY K. CARTER. All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them to the undersigned within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. c/o: BEVERLY K CARTER 1622 S. Gabriel River Circle Sugar Land, Texas 77478 DATED the 3rd of April, 2012 Nina Schaefer Attorney for BEVERLY K. CARTER State Bar No.: 17720005 300 Jackson Richmond, TX 77469 Telephone: (281) 238-0504 Facsimile: (832) 595-9566

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experiencing pilonidal cysts,” said Dr. Mahmood. “The main advantage over other treatments is that the cyst is far less likely to return with this procedure, giving people long-term relief and a better quality of life.” Until now, the only treatments for pilonidal cyst involved incision and drainage of the cyst, leaving either an open or closed wound. “Performing the rhomboid flap surgery at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital allowed the patient to receive outstanding care close to home. I am glad that I was able to use this

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Methodist Sugar Land is first in county to successfully perform rhomboid flap surgery

Laptop burglar seen on surveillance video

Sugar Land police are looking for a man who stole several laptop computers from an information technology company. Surveillance video shows the man entering the stairwell of an office building at 1650 State Highway 6 near midnight on March 25. He’s seen leaving in the same stairwell the next morning at 12:37 a.m. Forced entry was made through a stairwell door that provides access into the

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Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the City of Stafford Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 7:30p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas and before the City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas on Wednesday, April 18, 2012 at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas for the purpose of receiving testimony for and against the following: An Ordinance deleting the maximum front yard requirement in Section 102-194(e) (2) a. of the City of Stafford Zoning Ordinance and amending Sections 102-322(e) and (g) of the City of Stafford Zoning Ordinance regarding the Zoning Administrator’s review of site plans.

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Missouri City approves Lexington expansion EXPANSION, continued from page 1

When questions surfaced about the close proximity of the new traffic signal at Texas Parkway and the existing on at Scanlan Road, Assistant City Manager, Scott Elmer, said if the town square concept moves forward, the public access drive to City Hall would likely change and the signal at Scanlan road could be removed. Council member, Bobby Marshall, questioned why Lexington was not going to connect to Fresh Meadow, as it had in the past, when Scanlan was just a dirt road.

Assistant City Manager Scott Elmer expressed concerns that re-establishing that link would harm the integrity of Quail Green West Park. "If it will be a benefit to mobility (in the future) we can make, for lack of a better term, a cut through," Elmer said. "We would need input from the neighbors because what we are trying to avoid is another Turtle Creek Drive, Roane Park situation." In 2005, Missouri City started a $2.63 million dollar road construction project on Turtle Creek Drive which restricted traffic to one lane

in each direction and caused headaches for residents who had trouble entering and leaving their subdivisions. Elmer also stressed that any additional components to the project would have to be funded by Missouri City. "We are extremely tight on the Fort Bend County budget for this project," Elmer said. "The roadway is a four-lane intersection and a traffic signal at Texas Parkway. It's a multi-lane intersection at Scanlan Road and it's only two lanes in between. We cut it down to the bare minimum of what was necessary to get it funded by the county."

Fort Bend County resolute on courthouse restoration RESTORATION, continued from page 1

miles away less than a year ago. The reasons for the project’s denial from the Texas Historical Commission are being questioned by the county. The state commission had previously granted the county funds for planning and design phases of this project. In February during his state of the county address, Judge Hebert announced the state agency’s decision, which would delay the renovation and possibly cause structural deterioration

to the iconic courthouse and increase the cost of restoring it. But last month, Judge Hebert requested support from the George Foundation for the project which is projected to cost $4.2 million, according to reports. This year the county will receive one million dollars from the foundation to be supplemented by a half a million dollars during each of the next two subsequent years. The Fort Bend County courthouse on Jackson Street is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. A star in its

Big changes coming to Stafford MSD BIG CHANGES, continued from page 1

used to pay for this. The contract will be paid over a three-year period in the following manner: this year SMSD will pay $65,000, next year $350,000, and the third year $230,000. The Superintendant has $350,0000 in the annual budget for "Staff Development" and has requested the same amount for next year's budget. (Which will be voted on in August.) Sustainable success seems to be the Lead and Learn motto, and while there is no magic bullet for school districts, their two year support

for schools--beginning this summer--allows the work to go beyond the seminar experience. Superintendant Hindt explains, "I have never been an advocate of the hit and miss approach many school systems take when providing development opportunities for staff." For this plan to be truly successful, the Board members pointed out, all teachers need to be on board to embrace change and the plan must engage the students. The difference, according to Lead and Learn, is that their method allows for the individual needs of the child to be met, instead of addressing the class as a whole. Fort Bend ISD began using

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about 3.5 million students or 75 percent of the overall total student population in Texas. In 2005, the Texas Supreme Court struck down the school funding system, ruling that the Texas legislature had over-relied on local property taxes, left local school districts without

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American Cancer Society invites you to “Relay for Life”

The American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Sugar Land would like to invite everyone own right, it has been filmed in the Sugar Land community many times for scenes in movies to the fight against cancer. This and TV shows. Documentation year’s key event will be held at indicates that this old courthouse 7PM, Friday, April 27 at Oyster was actually the fifth one Creek Park. The park is located constructed in Fort Bend County. at 4033 State Highway 6 South It is the only one still standing Sugar Land, Texas 77479. and built to serve a county with Every year the America a population that was a little Cancer Society gathers survivors, over 18,000 when it originated. care givers, and family and With the renovation it is friends to share support and headed towards, preservation understanding of the challenges of the courthouse will have it that unfortunately affect loved joining the new Justice Center, ones. Relay is made up of a symbolic offspring, both fundraising teams, which on the serving the county’s current day of the event, gather to camp and future generations. out at Oyster Creek Park and take turns walking or running around the path. Participants are encouraged to take part in the multitude of fun events this same program in 2007 and throughout the night including their Chief Academic Officer, costume contests, turkey tosses, Dr. Olwen Herron, had this to art fairs, and many more. say. "Over the past five years, Each team is asked to have a the (Fort Bend) District has representative on the track at seen continuous improvement all times during the event. in student achievement and Because cancer never sleeps, made significant progress in Relay is an overnight event. closing the achievement gap. Participants are encouraged The strategies put in place to participate in the multiple through Lead and Lean have events throughout the night. supported these efforts." Relays are different every year Currently, SMSD is rated but tradition stands that there by the TEA as "Academically is always a Survivor Lap, The Acceptable." If the cost of the Luminaria Ceremony, and program is broken down over a the Fight Back Ceremony. two-year period, the price-perFor more information, child is only $100, a bargain please call Lydia Borg at if the rating is upgraded to 832.567.2004 or email her at "Academically Recognized."

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Wayfinding signage project leads motorists to Sugar Land venues The first of Sugar Land’s new wayfinding signs was installed just in time for opening day at Constellation Field on April 26. It’s one way Sugar Land is helping to ensure that seats are filled in the City’s new professional minor league baseball stadium. Constellation Field was funded with a portion of sales tax revenues that may only be used for economic development purposes. No general fund tax dollars will be spent on the stadium. A cost-benefit analysis performed by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International conservatively estimates the project will generate annual economic activity of approximately $7.7 million or a net return of $169 million over 30 years on the City’s investment. The stadium has the potential of attracting more than 300,000 visitors per year. This will benefit hotels, restaurants and other retail establishments, keeping local entertainment expenditures

(sales tax and Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues) within Sugar Land and Fort Bend County. While the signs benefit the stadium, the wayfinding project serves a much larger purpose. In July 2010, City Council approved a community Wayfinding sign program to provide directions to Sugar Land’s major destinations. It’s part of Sugar Land’s ongoing efforts to establish the City as a destination-location and fuel the regional economy. The first of the 40 signs will be installed throughout the year along state highways, guiding motorists to destinations such as Constellation Field, the Sugar Land Museum of Natural Science, Sugar Land Town Square and more. The signs will also be placed along City thoroughfares during a later phase of the project. “A community’s character is determined by the perceptions and experiences of those who live, work and shop there, as well as those passing through,” said Assistant Public Works

Director David Worley. “Urban design enhances a community’s character, and having a comprehensive wayfinding system is a key component for directing residents and visitors to civic, cultural and recreational destinations.” A total of 26 destinations are included in the wayfinding system with plans to expand the program to include future major destinations such as an indoor concert venue. Current destinations include Sugar Land Regional Airport, First Colony Mall, parks, libraries, colleges, hospitals, hotels and more. The $250,000 cost for the first 40 signs is funded with Hotel Occupancy Tax, funds that must be used to promote tourism. To complete the comprehensive wayfinding system, the City plans to install about 20 more signs when funding becomes available. “This comprehensive citywide wayfinding signage program will provide clear guidance to visitors and residents in reaching major destinations,” said Worley. “The

City crews install Sugar Land’s first wayfinding sign at the intersection of U.S. Highway 90A and State Highway 6.

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Skeeters announces Inaugural Fireworks Series The Sugar Land Skeeters pyrotechnics shows will light up the sky over Texas 16 times in the inaugural season the ballclub announced Friday. The post-game fireworks extravaganzas for the Inaugural Season are brought to you by Houston Area Chevy Dealers, the official sponsor for the fireworks series. The shows will be produced by nationally acclaimed production company Pryotechnico. The fireworks schedule begins opening weekend as the excitement and entertainment of opening day will be capped off with a firework display presented by Republic Services. The entertainment will continue as each of the first three games of opening weekend will have a firework display celebrating the start of the inaugural season. The first of three patriotic themed firework displays begin Friday, May 25 with the “Red, White & Boom” show in celebration of Memorial Day Weekend. Join the Skeeters on July 5 for the “Pops in the Park Independence Day Celebration”. Families will enjoy an “AllAmerican” experience with fireworks, baseball and a music performance by a fifty person

delegation of the Fort Bend Symphony. If one show was not enough, the weekend gets a second helping of fireworks after the July 7 game. Selected shows will provide fans with a new multi-media experience. The themed presentations will incorporate music and video, synchronized perfectly as the shells are launched into the Texas sky and burst over Constellation Field. These thrilling themed shows will include a Star Wars designed show on June 8 and a Batman themed show on July 13, Country Music themed show on July 27 and an Elvis themed show on August 24. The Skeeters will close the season with fireworks during Closing Ceremonies Sept. 23. Every Friday home game with one exception, July 6, will feature fireworks. Firework shows will begin immediately following the games, weather permitting. The Skeeters will announce the remainder of their promotional schedule, including giveaways, appearances, postgame concerts, hilarious performers and more at a later date. All promotional dates, including fireworks shows, are subject to change.

Season tickets, eight game ticket plans starting at just $80 and group tickets for the 2012 Skeeters season are available online at www. SugarLandSkeeters.com, in person 16160 City Walk in Sugar Land Town Square, or by calling 281.240.4487. 2012 Fireworks Series Schedule: • April 26 (7:05 p.m.) Opening Day Fireworks • April 27 (7:05 p.m.) May 11 (7:05 p.m.) Friday Night Fireworks • May 25 (7:05 p.m.) - Red, White & Boom Memorial Day Weekend Fireworks • June 8 (7:05 p.m.) - Batman Themed Friday Night Fireworks • June 22 (7:05 p.m.) Friday Night Fireworks • July 5 (7:05 p.m.) - Pops in the Park Independence Day Celebration • June 7 (7:05 p.m.) - Fireworks • July 13 (7:05 p.m.) Star Wars Themed Friday Night Fireworks • July 27 (7:05 p.m.) Country Music Themed Friday Night Fireworks • August 10 (7:05 p.m.) - Friday Night Fireworks • August 24 (7:05 p.m.) - Elvis

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Sometimes you take a picture just because she’s so pretty.

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Gala chair Nancy Olson who is also the wife of Congressman Pete Olson. Nancy and her committee did a marvelous job of showing off the stadium and raising money for good causes.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert H. Ray of Missouri City are pleased to announce the marriage of their daughter Laura Elizabeth Ray to Donald Heath Thompson of Austin, Texas, on March 31, 2012. Laura attended Elkins High School and is a graduate of St. Edwards University in Austin, where she is employed in the Department of International Education. Heath attended Sam Houston University and is employed by Central Market of Austin. Laura and Heath exchanged vows on a beautiful spring afternoon at the Emily Ann Theatre and Gardens in the small hill country community of Wimberley, Texas. A dinner reception followed at the Wimberley Community Center. After a honeymoon trip to San Francisco, Laura and Heath are residing in Austin. Photo by Will Hollis Snider Photography, Austin, Texas.

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Area residents are among those making history at Constellation Field, home of Sugar Land’s new minor league baseball team. A gala held Saturday at the Skeeters’ teams home field benefitted the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation and the Skeeters’ Youth Foundation earning them $65,150 from the evening’s epic celebration.  (l-r) Steve & Kelli Metzenthin, with John & Diana Null. (Notice Diana’s baseball shirt).

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ymphedema can occur immediately postoperatively, within a few months, a couple of years, or 20 years or more after cancer therapy. With proper education and care, lymphedema can be avoided or, if it develops, kept well under control. The following instructions should be reviewed carefully preoperatively and discussed with your physician or therapist. Anyone who has had either a simple mastectomy, lumpectomy or modified radical mastectomy in combination with axillary node dissection and often, radiation therapy. 1) DO NOT IGNORE any slight increase of swelling in the arm, hand, fingers, neck or chest wall - consult your doctor or HOPE immediately 2) NEVER allow an injection, IV or a blood drawing in the affected arms(s). Wear a Lymphedema Alert bracelet (call HOPE for more info) 3) Have blood pressure checked on the unaffected arm, or on the thigh if bilateral . 4) Keep your arm(s) spotlessly clean. Use lotion after bathing. Be gentle when drying. Make sure it’s dry in the creases and between fingers. 5) Avoid vigorous, repetitive movements against resistance with the affected arm (scrubbing, pushing or pulling). 6) Avoid heavy lifting with the affected arm. Never carry heavy handbags or bags with over-the-shoulder straps. 7) DO NOT wear tight jewelry or elastic bands around the affected fingers or arm(s). 8) AVOID any type of trauma-bruising, cuts, sunburn or other burns, sports injuries, insect bites, cat scratches. 9) AVOID extreme temperature changes when bathing, washing dishes - beware of saunas or hot tubs. Keep the arm protected from the sun. Avoid temperature above 102 Fahrenheit 10) Wear gloves while doing housework, gardening, or any type of work that could result in an injury - even a minor one. 11) AVOID cutting your cuticles when manicuring your nails. (risk of infection) 12) EXERCISE is important. Do not over tire an arm at risk; if it starts to ache, lie down and elevate it. Walking, swimming, light aerobics, bike riding and specially designed ballet or yoga is recommended. Be careful lifting weights if your not use to it. Work your way up slowly. 13) If traveling by an airplane, lymphedema or at risk patients should wear a compression sleeve. Additional bandages may be required on a long flight. Increase fluid intake while in the air. Stay well hydrated. 14) Patients with large breasts should wear light breast prostheses (heavy prostheses may put too much pressure on the lymph nodes above the collar bone), Soft padded shoulder straps may have to be worn. Wear a well-fitted bra - not too tight, ideally with no under wire. 15) Use care when shaving armpits with razors to avoid nicks and skin irritation. 16) Patients with Lymphedema should wear a well-fitted compression sleeve during all waking hours. See your therapist every 4-6 months for follow-up. 17) WARNING - If you notice a rash, itching, redness, pain, increase of temperature or fever, see your doctor immediately. 18) MAINTAIN your ideal weight with a well-balanced, low sodium, high fiber diet. Stay away from processed foods, anything in a box, bag or can usually contain preservatives and is high in calories and salt. Eat raw foods such as fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Salads are your friend, easy on the dressings though. The information listed above is based on clinical experience. It is my intention to educate you and keep you from getting lymphedema. Please do not stop doing what you love to do. You may need to just do things a little differently. Perhaps just doing certain things slower or it could be as easy as wearing protective gloves while gardening. So often I hear “I WISH I KNEW THAT” I would have done it differently or not at all. HOPE is here to help. Please call or visit our web site for more information at www. hopelymphedema.com

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Quail Valley Garden Tour set for Saturday, April 21 Quail Valley Garden Tour features five gardens, plus a drive-by of the Bird Sculptures by Jim Phillips who did the Galveston Tree Sculptures. As always the gardens are extremely varied and for 2012 Variety is the Spice of Life .

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of the owners. Saturday, April 21, 10 am to 3 pm, follow the signs for tickets from FM 1092 & El Dorado, Missouri City. A $10 donation is requested. Call 281 261-2320 or visit www.traction. typepad.com/QVTour

Missouri City Little League honors alumni at opening day The Missouri City Little League honored its first charter induction of past players during the March 24 opening-day ceremony. These former Little Leaguers went on to help their local high school teams earn recognition by Little League of America as part of its 100th year celebration and by the Missouri City Little League. This group is the first official class of past players inducted by the league. These boys will definitely be amongst the next group of ‘Who’s Who” in America.

Rosenberg Railroad Museum to host Rail Fest 2012 Rosenberg Railroad Museum is proud to announce the upcoming Rail Fest 2012 in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. The “24 Hours of Rosenberg Rail “will begin Friday, April 20 at 4:00 pm at the Rosenberg Railroad Museum. Friday evening will start the event with a welcome from Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr, Mayor of Rosenberg. Train enthusiasts will check in to begin the ” 24 Hours of Rosenberg Rail“ experience. Courses will be offered in train safety by Rosenberg Police Department that evening. BR Vino will host a fundraiser event benefitting the Rosenberg Railroad Museum from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at their location at 1909 Ave G in Historic Downtown Rosenberg. A $5 donation will be made to the Rosenberg Railroad Museum for every bottle of wine sold that evening. The public is invited to participate. The Rail Fest 2012 event will happen Saturday, April 21, from 10:00am to 5:00pm. Come back to the 1930’s as we relive the good old days with old fashioned games for the entire family to enjoy along with old time candy and music. Operation Lifesaver classes will be taught along with a class on how to photograph trains. Bring your cameras and note pads to record the passing of over 60 trains a day at RRM. Rail Fest 2012 is a celebration of the Railroad in Fort Bend County. The events will showcase the Heritage of Rosenberg and the life on the railroad. The theme will be 1930-1940. There will be delicious bar-b-que for sale, historic hobo re-enactors, Brazos River Pickers will perform, and there will be a trackless train for riders of all ages. Kids will be able to make a “Hobo Bindle” to take home along with a scavenger hunt with prizes. The downtown merchants of Rosenberg invites you to visit the special shops located in Historic Downtown. The cost is $5.00 for adults and $4 for children. Please contact Rae Taylor at the RRM for further information. 281-723-5559 or email rae@ rosenbergRRmuseum.org.

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Pictured are: Danielle Bohannon, Nick Bartimmo, and Ken Ward of Sterling McCall Lexus.  And Jill Curtis Executive Director of Fort Bend Cares, with Kim Icenhower. (one on ea. course), and banner at tournament.   Registration Sponsor, $5,000 which guarantees being listed on the invitation and program, corporate name with link on website, recognized at registration area, public recognition, 8 golfer spots, and 1 hole Sponsorship. The Welcome Sponsor package is $3,000 including listed in program, corporate name on website, recognized at bag drop area, 4 golfer spots, and one

hole sponsorship.  Beverage Cart Sponsorship is $750, and your name goes on the cart. The Golf Team Package of 4 golfers is $600. Hole sponsor is $500 with your sign at the hole, and $100 is a Super Team Cares Ticket, which allows 2 mulligans per player (8 total) and one team tiger drive. Register online now at:  www.fortbendcares. org.  For further information call Jill Curtis, Executive Director at 832.392.1983.

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SOVEREIGN SHORES ESTATES

24th, at Quail Valley Golf Club located at 2880 La Quinta Drive, Missouri City, Tx. 77459 with a 1pm shotgun start.   Hole-in-One Sponsor Sterling McCall Lexus, at 10422 Southwest Freeway, is challenging us to make that hole-in-one shot with a new 2012 CT Hybrid as the prize.  The fun kicks off with Witt’s Catering of Rosenberg providing a tasty lunch.   Festivities include a sports themed silent auction, various games/contests and then a delicious dinner and awards ceremony to cap off the day.   A special thank you to Budweiser/Silver Eagle Distributors who committed to be our first welcome sponsor.   The seven levels of sponsorship allow you to pick the level that works for you, or your company. Tournament Sponsor Package is $7,500  It includes the following; name listed on invitation and program, plus corporate name, logo, & link on website, corporate name on tournament gift, public recognition with photo, 12 golfer spots, 2 hole sponsorships,

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This award winning elegant french chateau is truely Fort Bends Finest! One could never duplicate this home!It is truly a piece of art!!

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On Friday, April 20 get ready to Rock and Roll as Kempner High School presents ROCKFEST 2012. This event helps raise funds for the pro grad event so come on out for an evening of fun and crankin’ tunes as 12 bands turn it up and rock it out in the Kempner auditorium. Not only will you get to see some great bands but you can participate in the $5 raffle to win a brand new Fender Stratocaster and other prizes. Tickets are available at the Kempner commons in advance for $10.00 and they will be $12 at the door. Doors open at 6:30

the night of the show. The bands playing are Stilettos, Lady Nobility, Category 6, Fakeouts, Funky Monks, Strings Attached,

Silver Lining,The Roosevelt House Band, Live Wire, Wolf Pack In Texas, 3-Way Street and The Instructional Units. Be there or be square.

Friday the 13th isn't always unlucky

Wayne Bland

Stafford Post Office received their camera for passport photos on what is commonly known as an unlucky day. But to Stafford postmaster Fidel Gonzalez, Friday 13th was anything but unlucky! If you need a photo for your trip out of the country be sure and visit their location at 4110 Bluebonnet Drive. Shown is their first passport customer Wayne Bland.


April 18, 2012 - Fort Bend Community Newspaper for Sugar Land, Richmond, Stafford, Mo City, Katy