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Former Missouri City council member Robin Elackatt won’t be part of the hiring process as his former colleagues choose the next City Manager in late June or early July. But he hopes the city isn’t conducting another search for the city staff’s chief executive within the next few years. “The next city manager must understand that Missouri City is not a lab, a career launching pad or a stepping stone for his or
her next job,” said Elackatt, who served District C on council for three terms from 2009 until earlier this season, Former Missouri City before declincouncil member Robin Elackatt ing to run for a fourth term earlier this year. “He or she must have impeccable character that will allow him or her to disagree with council if necessary, without becoming disagreeable and certainly
without the fear that the council will ask for the resignation if they do not comply with the directive of one council member.” “We need someone who will take the bull by the horns – someone who is a total outsider,” Elackatt continued. Including interims, Missouri City has had three city managers in less than three months. Former City Manager Ed Broussard left for Tyler after 26 months in office, and interim city manager Bill Eisen, the retired city manager of Pearland, resigned earlier this month due to pre-
viously-scheduled vacations. Former assistant city manager Bill Atkinson was named interim city manager earlier this month, but he hasn’t expressed an interest in the permanent position. The city paid a recruiting firm $25,000 to find a new city manager, who according to the city’s communications department will continue “Missouri City’s legacy of leadership that focuses on community, communicating and collaboration”
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Organizer says tax demonstrations are part of long-term strategy
FBISD board approves raise for teachers, staff FBISD Board of Trustees Approves Compensation Plan for 2015-2016 fiscal year The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees reaffirmed its commitment to recruit and retain the very best talent during the Monday, May 18 Board meeting, approving pay increases for teaching and non-teaching staff members. The new pay scale approved Monday includes a starting teacher pay scale of $50,500, with uniform $500 steps through year 21. During the last budgeting cycle, the FBISD administration’s updated scale implemented uniform $500 steps at the beginning of the scale. The commitment was made at that time to address years 11 through 17 the next year. Under the plan approved Monday, all current teachers will receive a minimum raise of $1,000 with percentage increases ranging from 1.6 to 3.4 percent. The average percent increase for current teachers is 2.1 percent. The published scale for teachers new to FBISD goes through year 25. Current teachers with 25 or more years of experience will receive the $1,000 raise. Special Education teachers will also receive a $1,000 stipend. Non-teacher salaries will be increased by 2.0 percent of their job class mid-point. The Fort Bend ISD administration believes the increases approved Monday will allow the District to remain competitive.
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Sugar Land resident Eva Fackeldey started the Cinderella-Cinderella Project in 2000 to help economically disadvantaged high school seniors attend their proms. The non-profit also pairs the students with sponsors who mentor them. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter)
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Eva Fackeldey never attended her own prom, but she’s made the celebratory event a reality for more than 1,000 Fort Bend students who may have otherwise missed the event. The Sugar Land resident founded the Cinderella-Cinderfella Project 15 years ago. The non-profit helps economically disadvantaged students with the opportunity to attend their high school proms. Fackeldey grew up in Lima,
Peru where proms were not a big deal, but when she was raising her own daughters in Sugar Land, she realized its importance. In 1999, Fackeldey—then the president of the Sugar Land Rotary Club—read an article about a group of teachers who helped a girl attend her prom. “I was crying after reading that article, and I didn’t think there was anything I could do about it,” Fackeldey said. Shortly thereafter, Fackeldey’s husband was at a meeting at Temple Beth El in Missouri City where he was
asked to come up with an idea. That idea became the beginning of Cinderella-Cinderfella Project, which was established in the spring of 2000. Fackeldey quickly built partnerships with Fort Bend ISD social workers like Paulette Bray and Rod Martin. Each January, students interested in the program were required to submit an essay. Acceptance depended on financial need, and whether the applicant was economically disadvantaged. The number of students in the program can range from
25-to-70 per year, and the students come from all over Fort Bend ISD Martin was in charge of pairing a student with a volunteer “sponsor”. All of the sponsors and volunteers are required to be cleared by FBISD, including a criminal background check. The sponsor serves as a mentor and helps the student as they prepare for college or the workforce, from February through May of their senior year.
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"They were farm animals and painting," said Stevens, who rode horses competiGrowing up on a ranch tively at Blinn College in in the central Texas town Brenham. of Fayetteville, Sandra Stevens had two constants in Sugar Land artist Sandra Stevens enjoys painting horses and her life. cows, and using Surrealism. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) H SEE ARTIST, PG 7 msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com
Allison Walla received the Notice of Appraised Value on her Fulshear home from the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District (FBCAD) and was surprised to see a sharp increase from $338,270 last year to $372,500 this year. She’s protested the appraisal before an Appraisal Review Board (ARB) before, but she wanted to make a visual demonstration against the appraisal. Walla organized a protest outside FBCAD’s Rosenberg office last week, and about a hundred people showed up. But her “FBC Appraisal District Protest” page on Facebook went viral with 1,424 new followers almost overnight. Fort Bend residents from all ages and walks of life have supported the movement. If the current appraisal stands, it would mean an increase in taxes of $3,200 over the past two years. Protests with ARBs began earlier this month. If the property owner and FBCAD appraisers can’t come to an agreement, the property owner has the right to bring the appraisal before an ARB. The deadline to file protests with FBCAD is June 1 (some FBCAD tax protests have a deadline of June 12, due to an error that miscalculated approximately 145,000 appraisals.) Walla said she has no illusions that carrying signs and chanting slogans will lower her taxes overnight. But it’s a start, and Walla said she’s already working on organizing more demonstrations in front of the FBCAD office.
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anything in reference to Mr. Smith is just that – an allegation.” Smith, an 11-year NFL veteran from Oklahoma State, played five seasons for the Texans from 2009-13. Smith, 33, played for the Oakland Raiders last season before signing a one-year, $2 million deal with the Broncos on April 2. Only his $500,000 signing bonus is guaranteed, providing there are no violations of the league’s personal
conduct policy. “Last night, we became aware for the first time of an allegation involving Antonio Smith,” the Broncos said in a statement. “We are now in the process of gathering more information.” Smith’s agent, Drew Rosenhaus, sent a text saying he had no comment at this time. Broncos players were dismissed for the holiday weekend following their workout Wednesday.
Stafford coaches under investigation for misconduct A Stafford Middle School student says he was slapped by one coach and threatened by another. Now both employees are under investigation. The mother of that 8th grader tell us she feels those two teachers went too far. "I have never put my own hands in my child's face that I birthed and brought into this world," said Colette Williams, who couldn't believe the call she got from her son Wednesday morning. "He was crying and upset," because he told her "my coach during athletics, my coach slapped in the face."
Williams says it was first period when one coach reportedly slapped him and another followed suit by taunting her son, saying "that's why he slapped you and he'll do it again, then he said yeah you ran out like a little b…but he used the full word." Williams says it was all because her son wasn't doing an exercise properly. "This is far beyond anything and it's illegal and it's not acceptable," she says. Stafford Municipal School District confirmed it is looking into the claims and has put both employees on administra-
tive leave until an investigation is complete. Williams says she's satisfied with the school's response for now. "But I won't be satisfied until there is complete justice so they got the ball rolling now but I want to see it go all the way. Williams adds that her son is too traumatized to go back to school at this point. Meantime, Stafford MSD says it doesn't tolerate this kind of behavior from any employee and it is cooperating with police as they complete their investigation.
Jane Thompson named WCMC Woman of the Year The theme of the Woman's Club of Missouri City is team ...giving back to our community, our students and each other. Teams cannot exist without dependable members. The WCMC member, Jane Thompson is representative of the goals of the organization and the year's theme. A member since 1979, Jane has served in different capacities through the years, including two terms as president. The Woman's Club of Missouri City is honored to recognize Jane Thompson as its 2015 Woman of the Year.
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the OPINION Local communities must ban texting & driving Raise your hand if you’ve ever sent a text message or checked social media while you’ve been driving a car. If you haven’t raised your hand, I assume that you’re currently sending a text or a tweet – but hopefully, not while you’re behind the wheel. Texting & Driving has become a habit for many drivers – whether they’re actually moving or at a stop light. Statistics show that 43 percent of teenagers admit to texting & driving, and 77 percent say that they’ve seen their parents do it. Texas-based telecommunications giant AT&T has started an excellent outreach program, “It Can Wait”, in which they visit high schools and put on assemblies where they encourage teenagers to keep their eyes on the road – and off their phones. I had the opportunity to cover such an assembly
last year in Houston, and it consisted of videos where teenagers died or were seriously injured from texting-while-driving. According to AT&T, drivers are 23 times more likely to crash when they’re texting and driving, and if driving 55 miles per hour, texting while driving is like driving the length of a football field with your eyes closed. Reaction time decreases by half when distracted by texting. Texting and Driving is already against Texas law for drivers younger than 18, school bus operators and motorists who have had their learner’s permits for six months or less. State law also prohibits motorists from texting or using their phones in a school crossing zone, during certain hours. That is good policy, but why not expand it to include the entire population of motorists? By its inaction, the state
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legislature is essentially telling Texans who don’t fall into the aforementioned prohibited criteria, that they can be trusted to juggle driving and texting. The 84th state legislature is winding down, and a proposed bill is unlikely to end up on Gov.
Greg Abbott’s desk. Earlier this year, the House of Representatives passed a bill to fine first-time “text & drive” offenders, $99, and $200 for a second time offense. But the State Senate may not have the support to bring it to a vote. If it fails to proceed, or if Abbott vetoes it, the next opportunity to pass such legislation will be two years away. It should have been accomplished four years ago, but a certain former (and perhaps, future) presidential candidate took issue with it. The bill had bi-partisan support, but then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a similar bill in 2011 that would have outlawed texting and driving. The bill was written by former House speaker Tom Craddick (R-Midland). Perry defended his veto to the Associated Press
by saying that passage of the bill would serve as a “government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.” There are plenty of examples of government overreach in our society, but an effort to make our roadways safer is not one of them. Would everyone stop texting and driving? Probably not, but it would make motorists think twice. There may be complications from an enforcement standpoint. What if the motorists disputes that they were texting? Well, there is the electronic paper trail. Would officers enforce the law at stop lights, or only when the vehicle is moving? That would be a question for the legislators to consider. However, if the passage of the bill saves one life, it will be worth it.
The good news is that while the bill gets stalled in the state legislature, local communities – including many here in Fort Bend County – aren’t waiting around to take action. Missouri City passed an ordinance in February 2010 that fines motorists up to $500 for texting and driving. Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley has indicated that he will request that city council come up with a similar ordinance. The bottom line is that we all have busy lives, but are any text messages or social media updates that important that we can’t wait five minutes, or pull over to the side of the road? In many cases, nothing will happen if you text and drive, but why risk putting your life, and the lives of others, in danger by continuing that potentiallydestructive habit?
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won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about the absurdity of Texas policies. Should she pack up and leave Texas? This is just plain intolerance! It takes people with different views and ideas to make Texas a great State. Unfortunately, most people do not realize that. It would be nice if the news media pointed that out a little more instead of trying to alienate people or chastise someone just because they have a different opinion. If you look up the definition of Liberal, is says “generous, kind, and open minded”. Those don’t seem like qualities that are terrible to me. Kathy Starr Sugar Land
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Stephanie Williams named FBISD’s Director of Teacher Development The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved Stephanie Williams as the Director of Teacher Development at its May 11 Special Called Meeting. Williams most recently served as the District’s Coordinator of Secondary Mathematics in the Curriculum and Instruction Department. An educator of 21 years, Williams joined FBISD in 2001 as a Geometry teacher
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and was the only candidate to miss the Candidate Forum in April – finished with 289 votes. He finished a distant fifth, but both Honore and Guerra are concerned that Garcia ran as a "ghost candidate" that may have affected the outcome of the election. Efforts to reach Garcia were unsuccessful. Virginia Rosas served on the school board since 2009 until she was elected to city council on May 9 with the second-most votes (644). Rosas, who didn't respond
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Dear Tabby County Animal Services, to help improve the lives of the companion animals brought I live in Fort Bend into the shelter. As with all county and am a huge animal organizations, they’re animal lover. I would love always looking for help. to get involved in an orSaving Our Companion ganization that helps the Animals - Fort Bend County pets in our area. Is there (SOCA-FBC) was formed in any such group looking for January of 2015 by a group of help? concerned citizens, to work directly with Fort Bend County Eager philanthropist Animal Services (FBCAS) to in Fulshear save and improve the lives of the companion animals who are brought to the shelter. The volunteers help socialDear Eager Philanthropist, ize and care for animals, take pictures and promote animals You’re in luck! I just caught for adoption, work with local wind of a new organization, and national rescues to save working closely with Fort Bend lives, plan and attend adop-
tion events, help citizens find alternatives to shelter surrender and just about anything you can think of to help an animal in need. According to the organization’s secretary, Rita Garretson, since it's inception, SOCA-FBC has worked hand-in-hand with FBCAS to increase the live release rate and spread community awareness about the shelter itself. Almost every Saturday, you can see the group’s volunteers assisting shelter staff at Petco, (24944 FM 1093) in Richmond with adoption meet and greets as well as at many other events throughout the county. The group’s volunteer Face-
book pages SOCA-FBC, and Pets at Ft. Bend Animal Control, along with the County page, Fort Bend County PetsFort Bend County Animal Services, help highlight the great animals at the shelter. In addition, many lost pets are now reunited with their owners through the county's new software and the website www.petharbor.com. Even though the group has made great strides in a short time, they’re the first to admit that their work is just beginning. This is where you come in: Community support and assistance is essential to the group’s continued success. Their most urgent need is for families who can open their heart and home to a pet in need as either a short-term or long term foster. This may be for a rescue that they partner with, or as a foster for a medically-urgent pet. For more information email rita.garretson@yahoo. com. If you’re interested in caring for or socializing pets at the
the market change as required with by the Texas Property Tax Code.” “There have been protesters here every year – it’s part of the process to resolving the disputes,” Whitehead continued. “This year, a group got together with signs and called the media.” “Cap Is Too High” Walla said she has no problem paying property taxes, which fund schools, streets, roads, police, fire protection and many other services. But she believes that local government entities should be able to trim the fat in their respective budgets and cap the rate of increase at 3 or 4 percent at per year – rather than the current 10 percent. Only the State Legislature can make a change in capping the rate increase. She pointed to a Lamar CISD school that’s under construction. She said it’s being built with a lot of what she believes are, unnecessary amenities. Individuals over 65 years old have their tax rates frozen with the homestead exemption, but Carole Habash, a 74-yearold Sugar Land resident, said
her taxes will still increase by $353 this year – if the original appraisal withstands the protest. While property values have risen in Fort Bend County, Habash and others say the appraisals don’t mirror the actual prices. Habash, a disabled retiree, said the “total improvement market value” on her 24-yearold home was $536,030 – up almost $200,000, and far higher than comparable homes in her neighborhood. The Total Assessed Value is $480,500 – still a large increase from $436,820 last year. Appraisers don’t generally look at the inside of homes – at least in their initial appraisal of a property. According to the Texas Property Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights, homeowners “have the right to ensure that your property is appraised uniformly with similar property in your county.” But Habash disputes that it’s the case with her home. “I couldn’t get a fraction of (the $536,030) if you put it on the market,” Habash said. “I’d be lucky to get $400,000 on it.” Even with the homestead exemption, Habash said her
homeowner’s insurance will increase and it will be difficult to sell the home to an owner who will have to pay the taxes, without the advantage of the homestead exception. The Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights also affords Texas property owners the right to appeal the ARB decision in district court. But many middle class families don’t have the resources of pursuing legal action the way some large corporations do, said Aaron Layman, a realtor who lives in the Katy portion of Fort Bend County. Layman said that politicians – despite their rhetoric – haven’t done much to stop what the protest group sees as out of control tax increases with the “Mass Appraisal system.” “In Texas, you no longer own a home – you rent it from the state, even if you pay cash for it,” Layman said. “A large part of the population would be better with a state income tax. A large percentage of your income goes to property tax. If you’re a million dollar earner, you’re OK with (the current system). For the average middle class homeowner, you’re getting steamrolled.”
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H FBCAD FROM PG 1 “There’s power in numbers,” Walla said. “It’s not in my DNA to roll over without a fight. Year after year, I’m being bled dry by 10 percent compounded (increases). Everybody is experiencing the same exact gaughing. Ultimately, we plan to get thousands and thousands of people to protest in one place.” FBCAD chief appraiser Glen Whitehead countered the demonstrators’ claims by saying the state has extensive protections and resources for property taxpayers, from the “ARB Protest Process” to the “Property Taxpayers Bill of Rights”, which is available in full at comptroller.texas. gov., along with a graphic that describes the property tax process. “All who file a protest will be given the opportunity to present evidence regarding their property whether it’s a value issue, ownership issue, exemption issue or other issue – it is their right,” Whitehead said. “With the rising real estate values, (FBCAD) will reflect
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shelter, volunteer orientation is held twice a month in the Adoption Center at FBCAS. Announcements for orientation times and dates are posted on the group’s Facebook page. For those whose schedule does not permit, donations of pet food and supplies can be made from their wish list on Amazon. Of course monetary donations are always happily accepted at www.soca-fbc.org. This money will help support the organization’s emergency medical fund, “Spay It Forward” program, “Positive Alternatives to Shelter Surrender” (PASS) program, and much more. There’s not a more rewarding experience than helping an organization working so hard to fill a huge need in our community. Anything you can do to help is appreciated. Thank you for striving to make our community a better place for animals and the people who live here! Do you have a question for Tabby? If so, email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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H CITY MANAGER, FROM PG 1 with city council, city staff and citizens.” Interviews for the new city manager are expected to begin within the next two weeks. District D Council member Floyd Emery said he hopes the next city manager gives Missouri City some type of longevity but understands the “double-edged sword” of good employees being sought-after employees for other cities. “We’d rather have someone with us for 5-7 years or longer,” Emery said. Jerry Wyatt, a Missouri City council member since the 1980s who serves in an at-large position, declined to comment on the hiring pro-
H STAFFORD, FROM PG 4 Herrera and Hinojosa were elected, but Hutchinson was defeated by Alicia LacyCastille in a special election. Herrera, a parent of SMSD chidren, said his campaign for the school board
H GODMOTHER FROM PG 1 The mentorship program sets Cinderella-Cinderfella apart from non-profits that simply provide the clothes for prom. At her home, Fackeldey keeps scrapbooks of past years’ proms, and she beams as she turns the pages. One student is now a medical doctor. Another was named Student of the Year at the University of Houston. “We teach them a lot,” Fackeldey said. “We teach them about being responsible and respectful and how to treat each other.” Fackeldey has seen students’ lives change through the program, and she’s watched their self-esteem skyrocket. Stores in Fort Bend County donate gowns, and
cess, except to say that the city is determined to hire “someone who is very qualified.” Elackatt said in addition to being qualified, the council must guard against hiring someone who is shy about expressing their expertise to long-time council members, such as Wyatt or Mayor Allen Owen, who has been Mayor since 1994 and on council since the 1980s. Efforts to reach Owen for comment on the city manager search were unsuccessful. Elackatt hopes Missouri City can hire a candidate similar to Allen Bogard, Sugar Land’s City Manager since 2001 who is regarded as one of the best in the state and has executed a vision for
the city under three different mayors. Maroulis, Elackatt’s newly-minted successor in District C, said the new city manager must “be a change agent” and “challenge the status quo.” “Missouri City needs a family destination,” Maroulis said. “We can’t wait for it to come to us. We have to attract businesses to occupy vacant buildings. We’re landlocked, so we have to make sure we build for the future in the land that we have left.” Another challenge for the city manager will be hiring a new Finance Director and Parks & Recreation Director. The city council is responsible for hiring a new City Attorney.
was about improving the district for the students – not establishing political coalitions. “I want to work with the entire Stafford community and help support the kids and improve academic progress,” Herrera said. With the state’s only mu-
nicipal school district, the city council and school board have worked closely since the inception of SMSD in 1982. “AJ and I will have to work very hard to bring this community back together,” Guerra said. “Due to the elections, it’s fragmented right now.”
Fackeldey said she only accepts high-quality ones. Many of them are high-end dresses that are from the previous year. The non-profit pays to keep all of the dresses stored at Miriam’s Closet, which Fackeldey named in honor of her late mother. The girls keep the dresses, shoes and accessories -- even after the prom. Houston-based Al’s Formal Wear allows the boys to rent tuxedos for the event— free of charge. The sponsors’ leadership doesn’t end after prom night. They help the students with their college applications, and some students decide to become volunteers for the program after they graduate high school. “The sponsors go above and beyond. they do far more than we ask them to do,”
Martin said. While support for the project has been strong, Cinderella-Cinderfella CEO Wyndy Johnson said the program needs more donations and volunteers to continue to provide opportunities and guidance to the students. “We are scarcely able to keep up with the growing need and find it necessary to appeal to the community for help to defray the expense of housing the dresses and accessories, not to mention administrative costs,” Johnson said.
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H ARTIST, FROM PG 1 Her aunt helped teach her how to paint, and the most obvious subjects were the horses, cows and other animals on the ranch. “My art education comes from observation and practice, and what I learned from my aunt,” Stevens said. Stevens, who has lived in Sugar Land since the late 1980s, combined those two things to begin painting as a hobby. Upon retirement from a job in the legal industry, it has become her career for the past eight years. Her work is featured in galleries throughout the state
(Austin, Bellville, Marble Falls, Coriscana, Round Top and Clifton), and she was recently asked to have her work featured at the Worrell Gallery in Santa Fe, N.M. Her work is also featured in private collections throughout Texas and the United States. “I like to be able to drive to my galleries, but when you get an invitation for a prestigious gallery, you go,” Stevens said. For many years, Stevens observed livestock and other country scenes, and painted them. But she’s recently become interested in surrealism. Each of her paintings takes about a week to complete.
Her current project is a painting of a cow situated in an old-fashioned bathtub. “I was a longtime photographer, so I have that eye everywhere I look,” Stevens said. “I like painting a realistic animal in a different environment. It’s a lot of fun, and people like it, too.” Stevens regularly paints from her studio, inside her home, as well as her Longhorn ranch in Columbus, a little over an hour northwest of Sugar Land. “I love cattle – I keep gravitating toward cattle,” Stevens said. For more information on Stevens’ work, visit sandrastevensart.com
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ORDINANCE NO. 1041 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF STAFFORD, TEXAS, AMENDING CHAPTER 102 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY, THE SAME BEING THE COMPREHENSIVE ZONING ORDINANCE, BY GRANTING A SPECIFIC USE PERMIT TO DSK HOLDINGS LLC TO ALLOW THE CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF A FOOD PROCESSING PLANT, ON A TRACT OF LAND LOCATED WITHIN THE CITY IN ZONING DISTRICT RCT “RESIDENTIAL COMMERCIAL AND TECHNOLOGY”, AND FURTHER IDENTIFIED AS A 9.083 ACRE TRACT OF LAND KNOWN AS UNRESTRICTED RESERVE “A” NEWAY BUSINESS PARK LOCATED AT 13843 STAFFORD ROAD, STAFFORD, TEXAS; PROVIDING REQUIREMENTS AND CONDITIONS FOR THIS SPECIFIC USE PERMIT; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; AND PROVIDING A PENALTY IN AN AMOUNT NOT TO EXCEED $2,000 FOR VIOLATION OF ANY PROVISION HEREOF. Passed, adopted and approved the 20th day of May, 2015.
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Sealed bids in duplicate addressed to Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 142 will be received in the offices of Jones & Carter, Inc., 6335 Gulfton, Suite 100, Houston, Texas, 77081, until 10:00 a.m., June 3, 2015 and then publicly opened and read for furnishing all plant, labor, material and equipment and performing all work ,required for the construction of: CREEKSIDE RANCH OFF-SITE LIFT STATION AND 6-INCH AND 8-INCH FORCE MAINS The project is located approximately 2,610 feet east of F.M. 359 Road and approximately 5,808 feet south of Fulshear Gaston Road (Fort Bend County Key Map 524-T). For construction contracts $50,000 and over but less than $250,000, the bidder shall submit a certified or cashier’s check on a responsible bank in the State equal to two percent (2%) of the maximum total bid amount. For construction contracts over $250,000, the bidder shall submit either a 2% certified or cashier’s check or a five percent (5%) bid bond of the maximum total bid amount. Make the cashier’s check or bid bonds payable to the Owner. Plans, specifications, and bidding documents are available at www.civcastusa.com. Search for “Fort Bend County M.U.D. No. 142 Creekside Ranch OffSite Lift Station and 6-Inch and 8-Inch Force Mains”. Said documents may be examined without charge in the office of Jones & Carter, Inc., 6335 Gulfton, Suite 100, Houston, Texas, 77081. There will be a pre-bid conference in the offices of Jones & Carter, Inc., 6335 Gulfton, Suite 100, Houston, Texas, 77081, at 10:00 a.m., May 27, 2015. Attendance is not mandatory. The Owner reserves the right to reject any or all bids and waive any or all irregularities. No bid may be withdrawn until the expiration of 60 days from the date bids are open.
sought by a small manufacturer of electrical switchgear, drives and automation equipment. Engineering for electrical equipment including power electronics, switch gear, and automation controls. Specific duties include preparation of schematics, bills of material, part specifications, manufacturing documentation, engineering studies, and customer documentation. Communicate with customers regarding specification requirements and project status. Assist with testing and commissioning of electrical equipment. Job will be at our Houston, Texas office. Some travel to domestic and international job sites required.
sought by a small manufacturer of electrical switchgear, drives and automation equipment. Supervising commissioning activities. Commissioning variable frequency drives, automation systems, electrical controls and switchgear. Specific duties include troubleshooting and repairing equipment that requires technical service. Testing equipment prior to shipping. Assisting with engineering design. Interfacing with customers for scheduling, technical issues, and problem resolution. Job location at our Houston, Texas office. Some travel to domestic and international job sites required.
Requires a BS in Electrical Engineering (Masters or PhD is strongly preferred), and at least one year of experience.
Requires a BS in Electrical Engineering (Masters or PhD is strongly preferred), and at least one year of experience.
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BARRINGTON PLACE, – Fabulously Updated 2-story home w/soaring ceilings & open concept on a quiet corner culdesac lot. New(2015)light tan speckled frieze carpet & new int./ext.paint(2015). Both Formals. Family room w/open kit. concept & vaulted ceilings to open gameroom upstairs. Master down w/Exec. Master bath, double sink & double walk-in closets. All bedrms w/lighted ceiling fans & lg. walkin closets. Kitchen w/silestone counters. Roof w/ridge vents, solar screens, gutters, covered deck, storage shed & alarm sys. $199,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM2119LC)
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Nice 2 story in sought after gated community with pool! Hardwoods throughout most of home! Large island kitchen with stainless appliances opens to den with fireplace. Formal living with multiple uses! 3rd bay garage is now a ‘’man cave’’with fabulous bar,can be easily converted back! Large gameroom up, with spacious guest bedrooms. Beautiful pool and patio,along with separate hot tub that will stay! Roof-2015! Small,sought after private community with two security gates! Easy access to Ft. Bend Tollroad! $309,900 (4127OA)
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Barely lived in! Nice two story,popular floor plan! Master plus two bedrooms down, with large bedroom,bath,and spacious gameroom up! No backyard neighbors,backs to levy! Kitchen with granite that opens to living area. Beautiful cabinets! 2’’ faux blinds throughout! Master has dual sinks,garden tub and separate shower. Large walk in closet. LARGE floored storage in walk in attic,great storage! Country living, but in subdivision! Great rec. center with work out facility and beautiful pool! $229,900 (6231CA)
Absolutely gorgeous! Lived in 6 months! Popular floorplan ‘’Westminster’’ with added media room! Hardwoods throughout most of downstairs! Two story grand entry with iron spindles on staircase. Beautiful kitchen with large breakfast bar that opens to living area. Stainless appliances,and upgraded granite! 4 bedroom, gameroom, study, PLUS media room! Faux wood blinds throughout with added ceiling fans! Upgraded with stone and brick! Covered patio! This home is Move In ready! Sought after Katy schools! $349,900 (26614GP)
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Skeeters thrive without MLB affiliation By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com
To the untrained eye, it would make more sense for the Houston Astros to have their top affiliate 20 miles away in Sugar Land than 1,764 miles northwest of Minute Maid Park, in Fresno, Calif. But the truth is both organizations are doing well without each year, and there’s not much of a possibility that Sugar Land would become the home of a Major League Baseball affiliate. The Skeeters compete in the Atlantic League, an independent professional baseball league where players can sign with any MLB affiliate or international professional league at any time. Sugar Land set an Atlantic League attendance record, and the Skeeters are one of the Top 10 most successful minor league franchises at the box office – independent or affiliated. “I have had no conversations with Jim about a AAA affiliate,” said Skeeters owner and Houston-based business owner Bob Zlotnik, who also owns about five percent of the Astros. “It would not make financial sense currently.” The level of baseball in the Atlantic League is comparable to affiliated Triple-A. The difference is that players in affiliated ball are coming up through the system, while half of the players in the Atlantic League have played at least a few games at the MLB level. According to Atlantic League president Rick White, more than 100 players have gone from the Atlantic League back to MLB, and another 700 have returned to affiliated ball. In affiliated ball, the players from the affiliate can only go directly to the parent club, unless the parent club trades them to another organization. Owners of independent league teams and coaches/ managers have more freedom in running their organizations. MLB affiliates are run to the tune of the parent organization’s leadership, with the tradeoff that the big league club picks up the tab
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The Sugar Land Skeeters play in the independent Atlantic League, and according to owner Bob Zlotnik, affiliating with the Houston Astros does “not make financial sense currently.” There are other obstacles to affiliating with a Major League Baseball team, but the Skeeters have been successful, on and off the field, as an independent franchise. (Photo by Michael Sudhalter) for salaries, uniforms and equipment. Player salaries can range anywhere from $1,500$3,000 per month. From an on-the-field perspective, independent ball can be more flexible. Case-in-point: then-MLB commissioner Bud Selig ordered a study on “speed of play” and almost a decade later, no rules have been changed. The Atlantic League did the same thing and implemented adjustments within a season. SUGAR LAND AFFILIATION IS “HIGHLY, HIGHLY UNLIKELY” One doesn’t have to move heaven and earth to bring an MLB baseball team to a new city, but it’s not simple either. An existing MLB affiliate would have to be up for sale and purchased, and the price tag ranges between $20-25 million. Then, their league would have to approve the relocation to another city. Stadium leases, other considerations and “hoops to jump through” must be considered. The other option would be the Astros purchasing the Skeeters and moving the rights to Sugar Land. “It’s highly, highly unlikely,” said Astros media relations manager Steven Grande. Either way, the affiliate would likely have to pay some type of compensation to the independent league that would be relinquishing an attractive market. If affiliated ball ever comes to Sugar Land, it will be affiliated with the Astros, since they have territorial rights. The consensus in the baseball community is that the Astros will re-connect with the the Nolan Ryan-owned Triple-A affiliate in Round Rock, and that Fresno is a temporary situation. Round Rock served Houston’s top affiliate from 2005-2010, and they’ve been with the Texas Rangers ever since. In the Austin-Round Rock area, the Astros and Rangers compete for fans who may be on the fence. “Having a team in the suburbs of Houston doesn’t do a whole lot for the franchise,” said former Astros General Manager/former Skeeters advisor Tal Smith. “Most baseball fans in the Houston
area are Astros fans. There’s not a whole lot to be gained.” However, some franchises have affiliates in their metropolitan areas, or nearby, such as Seattle (Tacoma), Boston (Pawtucket) and Texas (Frisco). “Every single Frisco player is under contract to the major league club, which allows us to promote future MLB stars and to host current MLB players who are rehabbing injuries,” said Jason Dambach, General Manager of the Frisco Roughriders. A STRONG LEAGUE HELPS THE SKEETERS One of the concerns for minor league teams – in any sport – is the stability of the league. The Atlantic League has operated since 1998 and has eight teams, with Sugar Land being the only franchise not located on the Eastern Seaboard. According to White, the league president, the franchises work together like a neighborhood Homeowner’s Association and make sure everybody is keeping their proverbial yards in shape. “The clubs hold each other to a very high standard,” White said. “The owners are highly successful business people who are able to absorb short term bumps in the road.” A former MLB executive for 20 years, White said teams thrive based on the
ownership, not whether the franchise is affiliated or independent. “If you’re a good operator,” White said. “you’ll make money no matter where you are.” Opening Day Partners (ODP), the Maryland-based group that started the Skeeters, had a majority stake in four of the eight franchises at one point. After the 2014 season, ODP sold the franchise to Bob and Marcie Zlotnik, who owned a one-third of the Skeeters since 2012. Today, ODP only owns a majority stake in one team now, “That is the strategic plan of (ODP chairman) Peter Kirk and his associates, and they’re seeing the fruition of that strategy” White said. “They find a local minority owner, and within a few years, that local investor has sufficient interest in the club.” White said the Zlotniks have been instrumental in planning to help expand the Atlantic League into the southwest, and more teams could be added by 2017. At that point, White said the league would change its name to better reflect its geography. With more teams in the southwest, the league could probably create a third division and it would significantly trim Sugar Land’s travel costs.
FOOT FACTS by Dr. Eric Tepper BOARD CERTIFIED PODIATRIST, ACCPPS
wo or more toes fused together are referred to as “webbed” toes. During fetal development, toes are commonly webbed; however, at six to eight weeks, an enzyme usually dissolves the webbing tissue. Webbed toes do not adversely affect one’s ability to function and don’t require surgery unless the patient desires to address them. In that case, a skin graft from the thigh area will be used to fill in the spaces created when the toes are surgically separated. Generally, there is a post-surgical hospital stay that can last up to two days. Clean, dry bandages must be maintained on the area for a few weeks. The application of moisturizer may be recommended since skin grafts are prone to dryness. The cause of webbed toes is generally unknown; although it may be congenital or it may be associated with other conditions. Our goal is to offer comprehensive care for the problems that affect patients of all ages. Located at 3143 Hwy. 6 South, we work closely with our patients to ensure high-quality care. We will do our best to find answers and bring you comfort and relief. Please call 281-980-3668 to schedule an appointment. HINT: “Syndactyly” is the medical term for fingers and toes that are webbed together.
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Scavenger History hunt raises funds and friends for Heritage Foundation The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation launched its first Discover Sugar Land Scavenger History Hunt on Sunday, May 17, with a splash. Fifteen competitive teams took off to discover and locate historical landmark sites in Sugar Land. Despite the morning downpour, the teams enthusiastically embarked on their quest and texted in their answers and locations to earn points throughout the afternoon. The event concluded with a sunny evening as the participants returned to the Fort Bend Toyota facility for a sumptuous buffet and libations generously donated and sponsored by Safari Texas and Allison Wen. The event was hosted at the Fort Bend Toyota dealership, one of the homes of the Title Sponsor, Sterling
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Mackenzie Herzog is ready to win a state championship. The Ridge Point High freshman pitcher moved the Panthers one step closer to their ultimate goal with a stellar performance in the UIL Class 5A Regional Semifinals last Friday at the University of Houston. Ridge Point trailed 6-1 in the fourth inning, when Herzog entered the game. The Panthers scored eight unanswered runs to close out the series, and 15-year-old phenom earned the victory on the mound. Now, the Panthers will return to UH to face 5A-23 champion Santa Fe in the Regional Championship Series,
Thursday through Saturday in a best-of-three series. Santa Fe defeated Ridge Point—the No. 2 team from 5A23 —twice during the regular season, 8-3 (nine innings) and 5-1. Herzog verbally committed to Florida State last summer, and her sister, Ridge Point senior catcher Morgan Herzog, will play for Texas A&M next season. How do you feel about playing district rival Santa Fe in the playoffs? “They got us twice already, and I’m just ready to beat them.” How long have you been playing softball? “Since I was 5 years old. I’ve been pitching since I was 8.” How did you choose Florida State?
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“I really like the campus and the coach. I’ll never find coaches as good as them.” How did you feel about pitching in the playoffs? “I was kind of nervous, but once I got through the first couple of playoff games, I was fine.” What’s it been like playing alongside your sister? “I want to win state, especially for my sister. We’ve never played together for a long period of time. It’s a lot of fun. we know each other, and she’s always there to bring me up when I’m feeling down.” How did you start the tradition of writing the strikeout symbol on your cheeks? “We started writing ‘Ks’ on our cheeks for good luck.”
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Donate before the game to receive a free ticket voucher and T-shirt! Help save a life before the Sugar Land Skeeters take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs on Wednesday, May 27. All who donate or attempt to donate will receive a Commit For Life T-shirt, a voucher for a free Skeeters game ticket, and be entered into a drawing for a chance to throw out the opening pitch at a future game! The blood drive will be from 3 to 7 p.m. on a donor coach outside Constellation Field. Donors should drink plenty of water and eat a hearty meal prior to giving. For more information, visit giveblood.org.
SATURDAY, MAY 30 2nd Annual Keepin’ It Renal 5K Run/Walk
In order to raise funds to support our cause, The Chris “CJ” Johnson Foundation, Inc. will be hosting the 2nd Annual Keepin’ It Renal 5K Run/Walk. This event will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the Sugar Land Memorial Park- Large Pavilion, 15300 University Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas 77479. On-site registration begins at 0730 and the race will began promptly at 0830. Registration fee is $25.00, which includes a t-shirt and refreshments. Children 10 and younger may walk free (t-shirts are $10.00). Please register by May 9th to be guaranteed a tshirt. You may contact: Ritchie Johnson at chrisjohnsoncancerfoundation@gmail. com or call me at 832-721-8998.
Japanese sushi-making demonstration
In recognition of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, Fort Bend County Libraries’ Missouri City Branch Library will present a Japanese sushi-making demonstration on Saturday, May 30, from 2 to 4 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 1530 Texas Parkway. Carl Rosa, founder of the Sushi Club of Houston, will demonstrate the art of making sushi rolls. Learn about the Japanese culture and discover facts and little-known secrets about sushi while enjoying a mouth-watering demonstration. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Missouri City Branch Library at 281-2382100 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.
MONDAY, JUNE 1 Take a book break at Sugar Land Branch Library
Fort Bend County Libraries invites book-lovers to join in a Book Break on Thursday, June 11, beginning at 1 pm, in the Conference Room at theSugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge Road. The book to be discussed is The Vow, written by Kim Carpenter. The literary discussion group is free and open to the public; those attending are invited to bring along a lunch, if desired. For more information, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140.
TUESDAY, JUNE 2 Sugar Land Branch Library features award-winning dramatic film
The Adult Services department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land Branch Library features a different movie each month in its “Coffee, Cookies, & a Classic” movie series. The movie drama for this month will be shown on Tuesday, June 2, at 3:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 550 Eldridge. The movie is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. The libraries’ licensing agreement for public showing of films prohibits them from releasing the name of the movie outside of the library. For more information about the featured movies, call the Sugar Land Branch Library at 281-238-2140 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.
FRIDAY, JUNE 5 28th annual National Cancer Survivors Day®
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 14 million American cancer survivors in celebrating the 28th annual National Cancer Survivors Day® this year. Also being recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions to, and support of, cancer survivors help make the celebration possible. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Cancer Center welcomes all local cancer survivors and a guest to join us as we honor survivors living with a history of cancer. The Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Luncheon will be held Friday, June 5 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Conference Center. RSVP Required. Call
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Come dance “Under the Strawberry Moon” with other teens and young adults from Dionysus Theatre( the only inclusion theatre in Texas) on June 6 from 7 to 10 pm. $10 will get you in, and donations will be accepted for karaoke singers. Come sing and dance and meet new friends with” all kinds of abilities.” Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 W. Bellfort, Houston 77058. (713) 728- 0041 for pre-sale tickets.
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The Adult Services department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will host a special summer crafting project, “Crafting at Sienna: Painting Pots,” on Saturday, June 20, beginning at 10:30 am, in Conference Room 2 of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “Sienna Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-238-2952, or by visiting the library.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25 Cancer Center open house
Experience enchantment and magic as Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre presents Disney’s Cinderella Kids, June 6 – 28, on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 p.m. You won’t want to miss out on this musical version of the timeless fairytale, playing at 2815 N. Main St., Stafford, TX 77477. Tickets are only $10 and available online at www.fortbendtheatre.com. Will Prince Charming rescue Cinderella from her evil stepmother? Come see Disney’s Cinderella Kids, and find out!
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has installed a new radiation therapy system, which integrates imaging, beam delivery and motion management to give physicians unmatched control of radiation therapy. Learn more about the cancer services at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital by calling our Cancer Navigator, Frances Goerlich at 281.274.7930 or join us at our Cancer Center open house on Thursday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend, OMG! Legally Blonde:The Musical is Coming to Awardtour, interact with staff and see how our new TrueBeam technology works. We Winning Fort Bend Theatre – SAVE THE DATE! will have tours, refreshments, a free gift for attendees and fabulous door prizes. OMG you guys! Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre is seeking the next Elle To RSVP, call 281.275.0751 or email SLRSVP@houstonmethodist.org. Woods and Company for Legally Blonde: The Musical to be performed at the How Money Works state-of-the-art Stafford Centre, only 5 minutes from Hwy 59 and Beltway 8. Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will present a financial-wellness If you are 15- 70 and you’ve got enough Bend and Snap to pull off a college program, “How Money Works,” on Thursday, June 25, beginning at 7 pm, in the student or Harvard faculty, please bring your headshot or recent photo, your Meeting Room of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri resume, your sheet music or karaoke cd and prepare an upbeat song for audi- City. Sofia taught personal finance in the public-school system for many years. tions on June 7th & 9th , to Fort Bend Theatre, 2815 N. 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Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-taxDid you know Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre has a legacy of training actors preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort who have gone on to become professional movie, commercial, and even Disney Bend County library system through April 15. Patrons should bring the following Stars? The gift of arts will enrich your child for years to come and last a lifetime! information to the session if possible: a photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, Make plans now to attend one of FBT’s musical theatre camps, including tributes spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other to High School Musical, the Wizard of Oz, Into the Woods, and more. Each camp compensation received in 2014; unemployment compensation statements; and will culminate with a FREE showcase for parents, family, & friends. These camps any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. are popular and always fill up fast! To enroll your child or children for a camp, go The FC Patriots currently conducting registration to www.fortbendtheatre.com The FC Patriots are currently conducting registration for our flag, freshmen, MONDAY, JUNE 8 sophomore, and junior football teams (ages 5-12). TO DISCUSS MOLOKA’I IN JUNE Lois Brooks is our registrar. She can be contacted at email@example.com or The next meeting of the University Branch Library Book Club will take place on at 281-635-2602. All our practices are at Clements High School. Monday, June 8, beginning at 7 pm, in the Large Conference Roomof the library, AARP Missouri City Chapter # 3081 Monthly Meeting located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. The book to Monthly meeting at City Hall Complex/Missouri City. 1552 Texas Parkway, be discussed is Moloka’i, written by Alan Brennert. 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The Fort Bend Women’s Center is thrilled to annouce we are piloting two youth camps this summer. These camps will combine volunter prevention education with volunteer service for middle, junior and high school students. Below is a flyer with some more details. For additional information and the camp application visit http://www.fortbendwomenscenter.org/
TUESDAY, JUNE 9 Birds, Books, & More
The Youth Services department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library will host feathered guests from the Houston Audubon Society for a special Summer Reading Club event, “Birds, Books, & More,” on Tuesday, June 9, beginning at 2 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. This School-Age Program is intended for children in grades 1 through 5, and a free hand-stamp – available one hour prior to the program – is required for admission. Live birds will accompany Vicki Stittleburg, Environmental Educator at the Houston Audubon Society, to the library for the afternoon. Soar into the world of birds and learn about their amazing songs and dance. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the First Colony Branch Library at 281-238-2800 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 10 Eagle’s Wings and Hearts in Puppetry Ministry Tour
Join St. Martin’s Lutheran Church for a faith-filled, family friendly evening of song and puppetry. The Eagle’s Wings and Hearts in Puppetry Ministry Tour arrives in Sugar Land on Wednesday, June 10, 7 p.m. at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church, 1123 Burney Road, Sugar Land, 77498. Throughout their national tour, this 33-member high school choir and puppet ministry from Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church in Naperville, IL will be performing at churches, youth centers and assisted living centers. Repertoire from the tour includes a mix of traditional sacred, gospel, spirituals, and contemporary songs. All ages are welcome to attend this free event. St. Martin’s is located at 1123 Burney Road. 281-980-0695. Learn more about St. Martin’s Lutheran Church at stmartinslc.org.
STARTING JUNE 11 Heart & Vascular Center Support Group provides support
Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center Support Group provides support, encouragement and education for individuals and their families on the journey to heart-healthy living. “At Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Heart & Vascular Center, our mission is to guide patients through the life-changing experience of heart surgery,” said Jennifer Pazderny, RN, Heart Care Navigator. “As they heal and return to daily activities, we want to ensure that each patient gets the personalized care and support they need.” The Heart & Vascular Center Support Group is open to all cardiac patients, friends, family members and caretakers. Meetings will be held on June 11, August 13, October 8, and December 10, from 5:30-7 p.m. in Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Main Pavilion Conference Rooms A & D. Refreshments will be provided. For more information on the Heart & Vascular Center Support Group, or to RSVP for a meeting, email SLRSVP@houstonmethodist.org or call 281.274.7500.
SATURDAY, JUNE 13 University Branch Library presents “Nrithya”
Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present “Nrithya,” a performance of classical dance from India, on Saturday, June 13, beginning at 2 pm, in the Large Meeting Room of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100, or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.
Missouri City Green Electronics Recycling Event
Missouri City Green, with support from Missouri City Parks and Recreation Department, will host an Electronics Recycling Event on Saturday, June 13 from 8am to 12pm in the Public Safety Headquarters parking lot located at 3849 Cartwright Road in Missouri City. Approximately 90,000 pounds of unwanted and outdated electronics have been properly recycled and kept out of landfills during three recent e-waste events. This event is free but donations are encouraged to enable Missouri City Green to continue providing this opportunity to the public. A wide range of household electronics will be accepted. View the full list of items accepted by CompuCycle at www.missouricitygreen.org. The City of Missouri City and Republic Services are supporting this event through sponsorship.
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EDUCATION BRIEFS Jackson succeeds Zak as SMSD board president The Stafford Municipal School District board of trustees elected Auturo Jackson to serve as its next board president. Jackson, a first-term trustee, succeeds former board president Ettienne Zak, who was defeated by three votes Auturo Jackson
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Also at the meeting, newlyelected Position 6 trustee Addie Heyliger was sworn in, and outgoing Position 6 trustee Jenny Bailey was honored for her efforts as a board member.
nounce that 389 seventh-grade students in the District took the SAT or ACT through the Duke University Talent Identification Program, and of that amount, 194 students quality for State Recognition and 33 qualify for Grand Recognition. Students Qualifying for Grand Recognition include: First Colony Middle School – Wallace Chen, Tony Jha and Wynonah Ella Quiambao Fort Settlement Middle School – Siddhant Arora, Kevin Chang, Stephen Chau, David Drew, Eric Mao, Maggie Miao, Siddharth Muppalla, Shankar Padmanabhan, Nithin Parsan, Allen Ting and Daniel Xie Quail Valley Middle School – Ryan Anselm, Emma Babaian, Sofia Chang, Rannon Huo, Shiva Ivaturi, Ronit Kumar, Varun Reddy, Krish Singal, Aniruddh Sriram, Favian Sun, Helen Wang, Benjamin Wright, Stephan Xie, Junhao Yang, Ethan Zahid and Allen Zheng Sartartia Middle School – Nitya Nakirekanti, Ruixuan Zhang and Benjamin Zhao
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Grayle James The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees certified the results of the May election during its regular Board meeting on Monday, May 18. On May 9, voters elected Addie Heyliger as a new member of the Board, and reelected Board President Grayle James to her second term. James defeated Kathy Li in the Position 2 election on May 9.
Sugar Land resident Ryan Kowalewski has been named to the Dean’s Honor Roll for their work in the spring 2015 semester, a distinction given to those who achieve the university’s highest academic standards. To be included on the Dean’s Honor Roll, a student must record a 3.5 grade point average or better for the semester and no grade lower than a B for their work in qualifying classes. To be eligible for the President’s or Dean’s lists, students must complete at least 12 hours of on-campus class credit for the semester.
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Local group honors patriotism Patriotism was the order of the day, Monday, May 18 at Constellation Field. The Skeeters’ organization has been a proud supporter of the event since its inception in 2013. The event was emceed by Sugar Land Council member Amy Mitchell. A flag processional by the SE Texas Patriot Guard Riders and invocation by member Tom Jessup opened the event. The Kempner AFJROTC Presented the Colors while cadet Michael Salinas sang The National Anthem.
Speaking to the new recruits were several current and former military including, Fort Bend County Sheriff, Troy Nehls, Colonel Mike Hopkins U.S. Air Force and a current NASA astronaut. Army Colonel Scott Reval, Chief of Internal Review for the 75th Training Command, Houston, and Chaplain (Major) Joe Grace, also from the 75th Train-
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2WD, 3.0L L6 DOHC 24V, 6-Speed Automatic, Exterior: Grey, Interior: Grey
2WD, 2.5L L4 DOHC 16V, 6-Speed Automatic Exterior: Red, Interior: Black
2WD,2.5L V6 24V DOHC, 6-Speed Automatic, Exterior: Black, Interior: Grey
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2WD, 2.0L L4 DOHC 16V, 6-Speed Automatic, Exterior: White, Interior: Grey
2WD, 3.6L V6 SOHC 24V, 5-Speed Automatic, Exterior: Red, Interior: Beige
2012 CHRYSLER 300 BASE
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2015 FORD FUSION SE
CAR SALES Sam Houston Tollway
15215 S. POST OAK RD. HOUSTON, TX 77053
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