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BRIEFLY Rep. Miller to set up District 26 Tax Advisory Team Texas State District 26 Rep. Rick Miller (R-Sugar Land) plans to address growing concerns about rising property taxes REP. RICK MILLER with a District 26 Advisory Team on “tax issue” this fall. Last week, a group of 1,000+ Fort Bend County residents have protested what they believe to be high and arbitrary property taxes this year in front of the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District offices in Rosenberg. During their most recent protest earlier this week, representatives from the respective offices of Miller, State Rep. Phil Stephenson (R) and State Sen. Joan Huffman (R) communicated with the protesters. All three legislators represent part of Fort Bend County. “I believe we have some issues we need to follow-up on regarding the appraisal system and property taxes,” Miller said. “I look forward to working with this group and discussing these issues.” Courtney Hjaltman, Chief of Staff for Miller, said the Advisory Team will be comprised of members from the Appraisal District, local government entities and citizens. “It will be charged with reviewing each of the taxing areas in place currently as well as coming up with possible solutions that we might look to address next session,” Hjaltman said. Hjaltman said the Advisory Team, which will include approximately 11 members, will begin meeting in September. While some taxpayers are looking forward to the dialogue, Katy realtor and tax protest leader Aaron Layman doesn’t think it will result in real changes to the current system. “It’s the common formula of delay, obfuscate and distract,” Layman said. “You saw the same thing on the federal level with the robo-signing scandal and the national mortgage settlement. They created a task force (working group) to analyze the cases.”

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By Subhrata Barot For The Star A city only 300 miles away from Fort Bend County – is the newest municipality to be put on the center stage for police and civilian relations. Earlier this month, McKinney Police officers were dispatched to an altercation at a pool party. A bystander took a cell phone video of MPD officer Eric Casebolt bringing an unarmed teenage girl to the ground, taking out his service revolver and yelling obsceni-

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larger cities and both have a predominantly white population. According to recent U.S. Census Bureau statistics, Collin County is 75 percent Caucasian whereas Fort Bend County is almost 58 percent Caucasian. Collin and Fort Bend counties are nine and 21 percent black, respectively. Though both counties are predominantly white, Fort Bend County is more diverse in race. Fulshear Police Chief Kenny Seymour refused to comment on what actually happened in McKinney due

to lack of factual information, but did say that this sort of situation can happen anywhere. He also added that with the advent of social media, citizens are don’t have the facts regarding law enforcement situations. “A lot of people really believe what they read and what they see on social media,” Seymour said. “There are a lot of things that people are misinformed about when it comes to law enforcement. We are not against you, we are out there for you.”

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Above: Sienna Plantation resident Nadine Moon made an elaborate 10-foot cake that was featured on the Food Network last week. (Submitted photo)

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Sienna Plantation resident Nadine Moon has a sign with a Julia Child quote in her office – “A Party without a Cake is just a Meeting.” If that one-liner rings true, Moon is responsible for creating some great parties throughout the Houston area and beyond. She built a 10-foot-cake

in the design of Cinderella’s Carriage for former Houston Texans defensive lineman Ryan Pickett and his wife. “People realized what could be done with cakes, and they’ve become more and more elaborate,” Moon said. Moon, owner of Houstonbased “Who Made The Cake” – a premier custom cake design studio, has become one of the most recognizable wedding cake designers in the United

States. The Food Network took notice and featured Moon on an episode of “Outrageous Wedding Cakes 2.” It debuted last week but will air again at 2 p.m. Friday. For the episode, Moon and her staff of 12 employees created another 10-foot-tall elaborate cake that would help create a “fairy tale” atmosphere. They used real gold and spent weeks on getting the

design right. There were logistical challenges to moving such a large cake from the shop to the venue, but it all worked out, and the segment concluded with the bride & groom – Leah Moreau and Carlos Murillo – thrilled with the outcome. Moon, who’s called Fort Bend County home since 1996, meets with every couple before designing their cake. “They tell me things they

like and I’ll start sketching them,” Moon said. A large cake, such as the one from the Moreau-Murillo Wedding, can cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $5,000-$6,000. Moon has worked on large cakes, but a large part of her business goes to regular-sized wedding cakes that range from $4-5 per slice.

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ties at the teenagers, many of whom were African-American. Casebolt is Caucasian. The video went viral, and Casebolt resigned from the force amid protests and apologized for his actions. Fort Bend law enforcement officials are aware of similar incidents around the country, and they’ve taken a pro-active approach in ensuring similar situations don’t take place here. There are some significant demographic similarities between McKinney’s Collin County and Fort Bend County. Both areas are suburbs to

Within the next two years, western Fort Bend County residents in the Grand Parkway/ Harlem Road area won’t have to travel north to Katy or east to Sugar Land for their shopping needs. Houston-based Read King, a Commercial Real Estate and Development Company, is de-

veloping 130-acre Water View Town Center at the Northwest Corner of Grand Parkway/Harlem. “It’s an opportunity for residents to have all goods and services close to their home,” said Jeff Read, Read King managing partner said. Read King broke ground on the project, which is expected to include big box retail, restaurants, a health club and entertainment, in March, and

retail shops will begin opening in the first quarter of 2016. It’s expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2017. Read said he can’t reveal the names of any of the retailers until later this year, but noted that it will be a “single story” retail development, as opposed to the more vertical La Centerra in Cinco Ranch. Read King recently completed a comparable mixed use retail development on the

northeast side of Houston, close to the Summer Creek neighborhood. Two hundred and seventy luxury apartments are being built, and there will be about 600 when the development is complete. Read King is negotiating with some hotels, but they probably wouldn’t be built until 2017—after the retail element is complete. The Town Center is nearby

several large communities, including Aliana, which is one of the fastest growing areas in the U.S. Other nearby developments include Waterside Estates, Water View and Harvest Green. “All of the growth here is driven by the Grand Parkway,” Read said. Read King is also working on building a new HEB Supermarket in Cross Creek Ranch in Fulshear.

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Fort Bend Sheriff’s Deputy Nora Matheny By Keon Broadnax For The Star “Life’s too short to not do what you want.” These are the words that the first woman to patrol in District 18 lives her life by. Deputy Nora Matheny received an award for being a deputy for 30 years in the Fort Bend County. She has been a part of the Fort Bend patrol team, criminal investigation division and detention deputies, as well as, a part of the dispatch team in Stafford for two years. She described her motivation for taking up law enforcement from her days as a teenager calling herself a peeping one, or a teenager who always got into trouble. She said that she wanted to make the community better by changing one of those kids one at a time as an officer. “If I could keep one kid from going that path and show them a better path to take… so they could grow up to become responsible adults.” Matheny said.

Yet Matheny has not only given back to her community as a law enforcement officer, but also as a voluntary church member. She has served on countless committees such as the mission committee, Red Cross committee and the hospitality committee. Most importantly, Matheny has been a bible study teacher for elementary students for a while, and that has influenced the next chap-

ter in her life. Each morning, Matheny tells each inmate within the jail, “Good Morning (inmate’s name), today is a brand new day, one day closer to your brighter future.” This is the statement that Matheny tells to the inmates at the jail at the beginning of each day, but soon she will saying that statement to young students ready to learn. Currently, as Matheny serves as a detention deputy at the Fort Bend County Jail, but she plans to retire soon and start a new adventure as an elementary teacher. Matheny is taking classes at the University of Houston-Sugarland to get her teaching certificate. She is now two years away from starting a new chapter in her life. From teaching inmates how to sew at the tailor school in the jail, to teaching children about the Bible, to making arrests, to skydiving with her children, these are just some of the things that Matheny has done in her lifetime and she plans on doing more.

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Thanking my dad for life lessons... Growing up, I always thought that Father’s Day was somewhere between a reason to have a nice family gathering, and a Hallmark Holiday. Things have changed now that I live two states away from my father, and most of the time, we’re apart during that special Sunday in June. Thanks to technology, we use FaceTime communicate on a weekly basis, but there’s nothing like spending time in person. When it comes to the things that my dad has done for me over the years, well, there’s not enough space in the entire newspaper to go through it all. One of the fondest memories of my childhood was the experience of having my father coach my youth basketball teams. I learned about his patience during the first couple of years. I scored a combined four points in the third and fourth grades, but he was still there, teaching the game and never losing faith in my abilities. The proverbial light bulb went off the following year, and nobody was prouder than my dad.

In fact, my skills had improved enough that I was chosen to be one of the members of a select team that traveled to play other nearby towns. My dad volunteered to coach that team as well, dedicating even more time. It meant waking up early on weekend mornings and planning practices during the week, when he could have been watching television or taking a nap. He signed me up for multiple basketball camps and summer leagues, driving through traffic at inconvenient times to make sure I had the best training available. Our town was basketballcentric, and making the high school varsity team was a goal of every young athlete in the town. I know there was a time when my dad wanted me to live that dream, the same as he did 30 years earlier in another nearby town. But when he realized it wasn’t going to happen, he was very understanding. He even apologized to me, saying that he was probably tougher on me

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during all those years of training. His apology was unnecessary. We both came to realize that it was the journey, not the destination, that mattered. And I didn’t think he was as tough on me as he thought. I’ve surely benefited in all facets of my life from those athletic experiences of my youth, but memories of my father’s

dedication to my development as an athlete, and more importantly, a person, came rushing back to me last year. That’s when I heard a song called “I Was There” by Paul Brandt, who is the Canadian Garth Brooks. Brandt had a hit in the U.S., the wedding song, “I Do,”in the mid 1990s before moving north to focus his efforts in his native Canada. “I Was There” is a song about hockey, but it could really about any dedicated parent of any sport, or extracurricular activity, for that matter. When Brandt sang, “I was there when there was nobody else around, I was there, I was that voice out in the crowd, shouting get back up, gotta give ‘er, gotta get ‘er done, ooo I was a locker room prayer,” it brought me back to a hardwood basketball floor in a small Massachusetts town. I’m glad I heard that song, which is now among my favorites, but more importantly, I’m happy that my dad helped make me a better person and set the standard for the father I hope to be someday.

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STATUE OF LIMITATIONS If we could change history, I probably would have picked Poland over Germany and given Custer the edge. Alas, we must make do with what we have. That is why students at The University of Texas at Austin -henceforth known as The (The is part of the name) University or UT -- should leave poor Jefferson Davis where he is, or at least keep him on campus. After all, if it weren’t for Davis, UT would be trying to catch up to Texas A&M instead of the other way around. In case you missed it, there is a movement by some Longhorns to remove a statue of Davis from the South Mall of the Forty Acres. Indeed, an overwhelming majority of the Student Government adopted a resolution in March supporting his ouster. Someone using blue chalk wrote “chump” on the statue’s base with an arrow pointing up to Davis. Then a few weeks ago someone wrote. “Davis must fall” and “Emancipate UT.” Students, keep rewriting history: drain Littlefield Fountain. George Littlefield gave more money than any other single individual to the university, including funds for the fountain and Littlefield Dorm. Years before, he was a member of Company I, Eighth Texas Cavalry, Confederate Army. The midnight graffiti artists probably would not have been so bold dealing with the original. Davis was a West Point graduate, spent more than eight years as an officer in the army and was cited for bravery in a saber fight during the Mexican-American War. He had come through Texas during that conflict and kept an admiration for Texans. Years later, at the start of the Civil War, when the first companies of Texas soldiers reached Richmond, Va., bythen-Confederate President Davis greeted them by declaring, “Texans! The troops of other states have their reputations to gain, but the sons of the defenders of the Alamo have theirs to maintain.” This is not the first time there was a movement to oust Davis. In 1991 a bill was introduced in the Texas Legislature by Rep. Sam Hudson to remove Davis’ statue from the UT campus. Hudson wanted the statue either destroyed or put in storage. Hudson, an African-American, said the statue “is an abrasive reference to slavery.” The Legislators didn’t have to walk those blocks to the UT campus to see reminders of the Confederacy. They could look out their office windows. The Capitol grounds have more monuments to Texas’ role in the War Between the States than to anything else. Let’s

rename Jeff Davis County, the Davis Mountains, several hospitals and vast numbers of schools. If we remove Davis from our thoughts and history, we had better do the same to Robert E. Lee, who spent more time soldering in Texas than in the Confederate Army. Then there are Albert Sidney Johnston, Dick Dowling, Ashbel Smith, John Reagan, John Bell Hood, and Sul Ross, great president of Texas A&M. The Aggies even have a big statue of him prominently displayed on campus. Uh, but that is General Sul Ross, formerly of the Confederate Army. And what do we do about Sul Ross State University? The list of Texans who wore gray is long, mainly because we sent a higher percentage of our men off to war than did any other state, north and south. But we must not stop here. Sam Houston beat the Mexican Army. Perhaps that is unsettling to some whose ancestors fought for Santa Anna. Mirabeau B. Lamar hated Indians and had as many killed as he could. Scratch Lamar University. Scratch Fort Hood. Ditto for Dowling Street. There are more than 1,000 sites in the state that memorialize the Confederacy. Actually, just to play it safe, we may wind up naming our cities after vegetables and our schools after rocks. Six flags flew over Texas. All six, like the statue of Jefferson Davis, stand on the UT campus and not just among the trees on the South Mall. Check out the Longhorns’ football stadium. Six seals of six governments are on the floor of the Capitol rotunda. Forget the blue chalk. We need a jackhammer. One of those flags and seals represents the France of Louis XIV. He was a despot, a tyrant, who lived in opulence while his people starved. Remembering him does not mean we like him. Another flag, another seal, is that of Spain. The Spanish flag flew over Texas longer than all the others combined. It was the Spain of Torquemada. Are we to say this means we approved of the Inquisition? Mexico’s flag marched with Santa Anna as he butchered his way across Texas. Should it come down? And there is the Lone Star flag. The Republic of Texas had monumental problems. We are still working on them. Getting back to Jefferson Davis, when the Confederacy collapsed in the spring of 1865, Davis sought to escape across the South and into – guess where? -- Texas. However, he was captured, imprisoned and kept in leg irons, so getting your pedestal marked in blue

I am, once again, sick at my stomach after trying to protest my real estate taxes in Fort Bend. I just purchased a home in a one street neighborhood. All but one of the homes in on about the same sized lot. All have similar quality of construction, even though the square footages differ. But, the taxing authority has the per square foot values all over the place! I know square footage is certainly not the whole value, however on this one street, the values range from approximately $83.00 to $141.00 per square foot. It seems completely arbitrary on the county’s part. The tax appraiser told me that was tough. That what we paid was the only value they would use. In addition to the disparity on per square foot values

on the street, there were no comps to use. The county used comps from another another city in Fort Bend. I am so frustrated.   This happens year after year. I think the county should be challenged on their arbitrary valuations and their lack of consideration of facts presented by citizens.  

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We haven’t neutered our dog yet. My husband doesn’t want to have our pup fixed because he’s afraid it’ll make him less “manly”. I’m still on the fence about the whole thing. What’s your opinion regarding to neuter or not to neuter? On the fence about neutering in Fulshear Dear On The Fence, With Father’s Day coming up this weekend, your question is indeed timely. So, in honor of Father’s Day, I’d like to help encourage you to

KEEP your pet from ever becoming a father in the first place. Today, we’re tackling the common misconceptions surrounding pet neutering and debunking some of the social mores surrounding the topic. Neuter is the term for the surgical removal of the testicles, rendering a male sterile. Neutering can be performed as early as 3-6 months of age and is done under general anesthesia by a veterinarian. The procedure itself is not felt by the patient. There may be mild discomfort after the surgery, but most animals return to normal activity within 24 to 72 hours. Costing less than most major surgeries, the prices of neutering vary but many low-cost spay/neuter facilities advertise the procedure as low as $40 for a male cat neuter

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Lorene Scherbeh Nulisch Lorene was born Feb. 26, 1932 in Damon, Tx. She passed away at home on June 13, 2015. She was proceeded in death by her husband of 54 years, Alvin Nulisch, parents Hugo and Mary David Scherbeh and brothers Arnold Scherbeh and Frank Scherbeh. Lorene is survived by five loving children. Sons: Kenneth Nulisch and wife, Agnes of Needville, Alvin Nulisch and wife Linda of Round Top, Charles Nulisch of Damon; Daughters: Betty Law and husband Bobby of Richmond, and Kathy Cartwright and husband Joe of Richmond. Sister: Olga Schulte of Sweeny. Ten grandchildren; one step grandchild;

7 great grandchildren and one on the way. Lorene retired from Imperial Sugar after 34 years.. Visitation is from 5 PM - to 8 PM Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at DavisGreenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg. Services will be held at 2 PM Thursday, June 18,2015 at DavisGreenlawn Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg with Rev. Allen Bauer officiating the services. Funeral arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd. in Rosenberg, 281-341-8800.

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and ranges from $50-$90 for dogs, based upon their weight. Now, let’s separate some fact from fiction: Fiction: If I have my pet neutered, he’ll be lonely for a mate and effeminate. Fact: As a loving pet owner, it’s hard not to project your own feelings onto your pets, but it’s important to remember that pets don’t have a concept of sexual identity or ego. Your pet will not miss the intimacy or the romance of sex--trust me, there’s none of that stuff in the animal world anyway. Neutering can also correct behavioral problems caused by the sex instinct, keep male cats from roaming and spraying and decrease the occurrence of prostate disease in pets. Fiction: Neutering my pet will cause him to become fat

and lazy. Fact: That’s another puzzler because we all know how pets--and people, for that matter--become fat and lazy: lack of exercise and an overabundance of food. Fiction: If my pet fathers a litter, I’ll help find homes for all of the puppies or kittens. Fact: The market is absolutely saturated with adorable puppies and kittens looking for homes. What makes you think that your pet’s offspring will be the lucky ones to find loving homes and not end up in a shelter (like the 6-8 million who come to shelters every year <3-4 million of whom are euthanized> according to the ASPCA)? Simply put, neutering is an easy procedure that will save lives, reduce the strain on our area animal shelters and increase you and your pet’s quality of life. It’s time to “man-up” this Father’s Day and cross “neutering your pet” off your list. Do you have a question for Tabby? If so, email her at deartabbyquestions @gmail.com.

Tickets Going Fast for Sugar Land’s Star Spangled Spectacular Come out and celebrate America’s birthday with food, fun and fireworks during the City of Sugar Land’s Star Spangled Spectacular at Constellation Field on July 4, from 7-10 p.m. The event will feature a variety of entertainment, various fun-filled games for the family and a patriotic fireworks finale. A limited number of tickets remain for this highly anticipated event. Sugar Land residents are encouraged to get their free tickets (maximum of six tickets per household) by June 21 at the Imperial Park Recreation Center, 234 Matlage Way, during regular operating hours.  Everyone attending the event must present a ticket for entry to Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive. After June 21, remaining tickets will be made available to the general public. The event, produced in partnership with the Sugar Land Skeeters, will feature patriotic recognitions, inflatable games, face painters, magicians and

balloon artists, as well as larger-than-life walk-around entertainment. The main stage will feature a variety of acts ranging from bands to live-art painters. No coolers or outside food are allowed in the stadium; however, food and drinks will be available for purchase at any of the concession stands. Families may bring blankets to spread along the outfield for an ideal view of entertainment while enjoying the largest Fourth of July picnic in town. At the end of the night, sit back and be prepared to be amazed by a one-of-a-kind fireworks show and finale. Limited parking will be available at the stadium. Additional parking is located at Kempner High School, 14777 Voss Road. Shuttle service from the high school will run from 5:30-11:15 p.m. For more information, contact Sugar Land Tourism and Destination Services at 281-275-2045 or visit www.VisitSugarLandTX.com.

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PET of the week Meet Topher. This 2 month old pointer-mix is ready to romp and play in his new home. Topher is expected to grow to the size of a lab and he and his littermates love to spend all day playing and napping-now that’s the life! Pointers are known to be sweet, gentle and polite when welcoming strangers. Topher would be ideal for almost any family--could yours be the one? If so, call Sugarland Animal Services at: (281) 275-ADOG (2364).

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Clements graduate aims for career in policy and research Do not take hurricane By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter @ fortbendstar.com

Three years ago, Clements High graduate Bailey Arlinghaus wasn't sure what she wanted to do with her life. Now, she's headed for a career in policy and research, perhaps in Dallas or Washington D.C. Arlinghaus, a senior at Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich.,recentlycompletedanin-

H PRO-ACTIVE, FROM PG 1 Seymour also added that altercations like the one in McKinney happen because of non-compliance on the part of citizens. “Anytime you have a non compliance issue it heightens the situation up both on the law enforcement side and on the suspect side,” Seymour said. “We aren’t just going to go away – we have an obligation to act.” Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Constable Trever Nehls said that the greatest asset area police agencies have is engaging different communities within the county and building upon the mutual trust between both civilians and law enforcement. The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office has put together an outreach program to present at area high schools. The program is designed to communicate

H CAKE, FROM PG 1 She’s also made birthday cakes for celebrities such as Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Matthew McConaughey, Elton John, Wayne Newton and TLC’s “The Little Couple” – Houstonians Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold. The cake for The Little Couple, which was made for their

ternship with the Washington-Hillsdale I nt er nsh ip Program (WHIP). Hillsdale, which BAILEY ARLINGHAUS has been described as "the conservative Harvard", strongly emphasizes the U.S. Constitution and is committed to America's Founding Principles.

"Hillsdale's been a huge blessing for me – I couldn't have found a better school," Arlinghaus said. "My professors challenged the students in the classes, and I made friends that will last a lifetime." Arlinghaus decided to apply for the internship program in order to take what she's learned as double-major in Political Economy and Spanish, and apply it in the real world. Only 10-to-20 Hillsdale

students are accepted into the program. Arlinghaus worked for the Heritage Foundation, a large Washington D.C.-based Think Tank. She's considering law school but would also like to working as a policy analyst. Arlinghaus is a firm believer in "Courageous Conservatism" and hopes to promote "freedom and free enterprise" as much as possible.

different law enforcement activities to a critical demographic. Topics during the presentation include what to do during a traffic stop and how to respond if an officer approaches. The first presentation happened a month ago at John and Randolph Foster High School in Richmond. Nehls added that for some people, being stopped by a police officer could be a very traumatic experience. People can get nervous and don’t know what to do. He hopes that this program will continue to bridge the gap between law enforcement and citizens’ perception. Seymour also added that in addition to citizens, it’s important for law enforcement administrators to reach out to officers and provide them with additional support from the agency. “We have meetings,” Seymour said. “We conduct reinforcement training with our guys, we touch based

with them and there is recurring training.” Since the Ferguson tragedy, Seymour said that he sent out a letter to his officers saying that the profession is currently dealing with different challenges and to do the right thing. In addition, his department is finalizing a body camera model to utilize in the event that a McKinney-like incident occurs within his jurisdiction. Texas Senate Bill 158 was recently approved by the state legislature that gives law enforcement agencies around the state a choice as to whether or not they want to implement a body camera program within their department. “We are looking into cameras and it’s not because the public has asked, it’s because the officers have asked,” Seymour said. “They see the need to give a version of what is taking place from their perspective.” Missouri City Police Chief

Mike Berezin also added that his agency provides ongoing training to his officers. “Training is a never ceasing process for the members of the Missouri City Police Department,” Berezin said. “We consistently provide training on a variety of topics to our officers and officers from agencies across the Nation.” Nehls believes that any neighborhood – including Fort Bend County is susceptible to what happened in McKinney. He added that the collaborative nature between law enforcement leadership and leadership within the different ethnicities and cultures is key to building civilian trust and confidence in law enforcement. “As long as there is a mutual trust, how can we go wrong?” he said.

Vow Renewal ceremony, was recognized by People Magazine. Moon’s also appeared on programs such as the Steve Harvey Show – where she was awarded a Golden Spatula. Martha Stewart and Good Morning America have recognized her work as well. Moon grew up in South Texas where she learned about making cakes from her mother.

She decided to study medicine at Brown University in Providence, R.I., but baking had always interested her. “It became the creative outlet that took over my life,” Moon said. Moon worked a day job through the 1990s while making cakes, and then made the leap to open her Houston-based shop in 2002.

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advisories lightly While Sugar Land is somewhat removed from the Gulf Coast area, it is not immune from Mother Nature during tropical storms and hurricanes. Here are some suggestions on staying safe: Get A Kit / “To-Go Bag” Get an Emergency Supply Kit, which includes items like non-perishable food, water, a battery-powered or handcrank radio, extra flashlights and batteries. You may want to prepare a portable kit and keep it in your car. This kit should include: Copies of prescription medications and medical supplies; Bedding and clothing, including sleeping bags and pillows; Bottled water, a battery-operated radio and extra batteries, a first aid kit, a flashlight; Copies of important documents: driver’s license, Social Security card, proof of residence, insurance policies, wills, deeds, birth and marriage certificates, tax records, proof of residence, pictures of your family including pets, and comfortable clothing and blankets; etc. Make sure you have a “to-go bag” ready in case you need to evacuate. Make a Plan-Prepare your family Make a Family Emergency Plan. Your family may not be together when disaster strikes, so it is important to know how you will contact one another, how you will get back together and what you will do in case of an emergency. Plan places where your family will meet, both within and outside of your immediate neighborhood. Be Informed Familiarize yourself with the

terms that are used to identify a hurricane. A hurricane watch means a hurricane is possible in your area. Be prepared to evacuate. Monitor local radio and television news outlets or listen to NOAA Weather Radio for the latest developments. Local governmental entities, including the city and county have websites devoted to information during disasters, including hurricanes and tropical storms. However when a storm hits, the internet may not be available. A hurricane warning is when a hurricane is expected in your area. If local authorities advise you to evacuate, leave immediately. Hurricanes are classified into five categories based on their wind speed, central pressure, and damage potential. Category Three and higher hurricanes are considered major hurricanes, though Categories One and Two are still extremely dangerous and warrant your full attention. If flooding and heavy rain is expected, there are a number of preventive measures you can take to minimize the damage. Cover all of your home’s windows with pre-cut ply wood or hurricane shutters to protect your windows from high winds. Plan to bring in all outdoor furniture, decorations, garbage cans and anything else that is not tied down and could be a projectile as a result of high winds. Keep all trees and shrubs well trimmed so they are more wind resistant. Turn off utilities as instructed. Otherwise, turn the refrigerator thermostat to its coldest setting and keep its doors closed.

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STHRSPOTTER Medical Fundraiser for Young Dad in Fort Bend Raising hope by giving forward By Elsa Maxey

Having just turned 33 year on June 9th, this young dad, diagnosed with stage 4 colorectal cancer, is finding himself enduring medical treatment that has thrown his family into crisis. In need of community support to chip away at medical and related expenses aimed at finding that road to back to health, an $8/person BBQ fundraiser will be held this upcoming Saturday, June 20th in Rosenberg at 1700 Avenue K, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.    Martin Joseph Villarreal, the father of four children, the youngest of whom is two

years, is the nephew of Stafford City Councilmember Virginia Rosas. He was diagnosed with the illness the early part of this year.  “Although the treatment has been very aggressive, he continues to receive alarming news,” said Rosas.  She also said, “he is doing his best to continue to work, as well as his wife,” Cindy.  Villarreal has health insurance and his employer, Maintenance Supply Headquarters in Stafford, has shown caring and compassion as accommodations are made in the workplace, while he continues to be productive albeit undergoing somewhat

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Virginia Kathryn Meier April 30, 1933 – June 14, 2015

Virginia “Ginger” Kathryn Meier peacefully moved from life to new life on June 14, 2015, at the age of 82. Born on April 30, 1933, in Ryan, OK., Ginger grew up in Ryan and eventually moved to Hollywood, CA. There she met Jay Meier; they married on March 2, 1952, and celebrated 63 years this past March. Together they raised three children. Their children and their grandchildren are their proud legacy. Ginger was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi sorority for 50 years and has always been very involved with the sorority. With Jay, Ginger loved the mall walkers, was an avid reader, liked swimming, the Houston Astros and Texans, loved to travel seeing the world, but her favorite was sunsets on a Hawaiian beach. Ginger’s brightness of smile, easy laughter and heart for others lives on in our hearts and, we are forever grateful.

Ginger is survived by her husband, Jay Meier of Sugar Land, children Debbie, husband Gehrig Smith and daughter Erin; Kathryn Duecker, husband Robert and daughter Mary Kathryn; Larry Meier, wife Beverly, daughter Morgan and, son Michael Ryan. She is also survived by her step mother, Mildred Ryan (95) of El Paso, TX., sister-in-law Barbara Mueller and a wonderful array of nephews and a nieces. A memorial service will be held Saturday June 20, 2015 at 2pm at Christ United Methodist Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, online or donate by mail to 230 East Ohio Street, Suite 304, Chicago, IL 60611-3201. For more information contact Sugar Land Mortuary 281-2771818.

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Mrs. Irene Washington Brown, residing at the Terry Jude Miller, Fort tional Poetry Festival and Bend County poet, attended the Austin International Po- Spring Branch Transitiona master poets workshop at etry Festival.   In addition, al Care Nursing Home in Walt Whitman's birthplace one of Miller's poems will be Houston, quietly joined on Long Island in May.  The published in the 2016 Texas her Creator on Thursday, May 28, 2015. workshop was taught by Pu- Poetry Calendar. She was born in litzer Prize-winning poet, A resident of Pecan Grove, Yusef Komunyakaa (pictured Miller and his wife, Gloria, Terry, Mississippi in 1928 to Irene on the right).   Only twenty- have lived in Texas for the and Earnest Washington. She had five poets in the country were last twenty-seven years.  16 brothers and sisters of which invited to attend the work- They have two adult chil- now only one survives. In 1949 shop which covered advanced dren, Heather Miller, who is she moved to Newark, N.J. and topics in poetics and poem de- an elementary school teacher worked as a maid. She bought her velopment. in Fort Bend ISD, and Am- first house and moved herself and Miller has recently won ber Miller of Denton, who is her 3 children to Lakewood, N.J in several local poetry hon- a psychology therapist.  More 1967 where she initially worked as ors including publication in information about Miller can ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ ✢ the 2015 anthologies of the be found at PoetTerryMiller. Rio Grande Valley Interna- com.

FBISD Trustee Jim Rice appointed to leadership role with regional school board association Rice to serve as Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards Director Fort Bend ISD Trustee Jim Rice has been appointed to fill a leadership vacancy with the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards. The GCAASB Executive Board selected Rice as a director after the person elected to serve in the position failed to be re-elected to his local school board. Rice is currently serving his second term on the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees and represents Position 3. First

elected in 2010, Rice previously served as Board Secretary (2011-2012) and Board President (2012-2014). Rice is president of Rice & Gardner Consultants, Inc., an engineering and construction management firm. He is also active with the Boy Scouts of America and currently serves as the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Education Division Chair. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of School Boards, serving as the Legislative Committee Chair.

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in both SPJST Lodge 88 in Houston and the Metropolitan Houston Chapter Chevron Retirees Association in Houston. Joe married Blanche Sobotik, whom he met in college, on June 14, 1958, at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church in Houston. Their honeymoon took them to Mexico City and Acapulco. They built their own home, designed by Blanche, in Stafford where they lived for 34 years. They were blessed with two children, Colette and Kenrick Stibora. Blanche retired from Exxon USA to raise the children. The family enjoyed traveling throughout the United States, Mexico and Hawaii, and Blanche and Joe enjoyed two trips to Europe in 1993 and 1996. On July 4, 1993, they had an audience with then Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome. While in Europe, they also visited the gravesite of Blanche’s brother, 2nd Lt. Stanley Sobotik (killed over Germany in WWII), who lies buried in the beautiful Netherlands American Cemetery in the village of Margraten, Netherlands. Survivors include wife Blanche of 57 years, daughter Colette and husband, Mike Surman, and their children, Caitlin, Jake and fiancee Tori Hutton, of La Grange, son Kenrick and wife Noel and their children Faith and Britain, of Watauga. Sisters

a food service worker for the State of New Jersey. Years later she and her spouse started Brown’s Used Furniture in Lakewood and Brown’s Antiques in Asbury Park. She and her husband retired to Houston, Texas in 1988. She is the beloved Mother of Pat of Laurel, Maryland. She also leaves to cherish her memory her only grandchild Rodrick ; two other children Gail and Wesley; her husband John ; her sister Dorothy Kendrick of Terry, Mississippi, and a host of loving nieces and nephews.

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JOSEPH JOHN STIBORA Joseph John Stibora III passed away June 12, 2015, with his family present. He was born to Adella Cook and Joe Stibora on August 26, 1930, on a farm near Ellinger, Texas. He received his primary and secondary education at the Ellinger Public School, Ellinger,Texas, and at La Grange High School, La Grange, Texas. Postsecondary education occurred at Southwestern Business University and the University of Houston College of Business Administration, Houston, Texas. After being drafted into the US Army at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, on March 15, 1951, to serve his two year obligation, he was assigned to Fort Bliss Army Base in El Paso for basic and advanced basic training with an eventual assignment to Headquarters Battalion, 1st Guide Missile Group, Personnel Office until his honorable discharge as Sergeant (E-5) on March 14, 1953. Upon his return to Houston, he became employed by Gulf Oil Corporation in its Houston Accounting Center and served in several capacities, eventually retiring as Senior Supervisor over Financial Reporting for the Chemical companies on July 29, 1983. In February 1971, he was appointed to Stafford City Council where he served until April 1976. He also served on several community committees and sometimes held officer positions. This community service included the Stafford Economic Development Commission, Stafford/ MissouriCity Lions Club, StaffordMissouri City Little League Baseball, Friends of Fort Bend County Library and Holy Family Church in Missouri City. In 1994 he was honored as the 4th of July Parade Marshall for the City of Stafford. In November of 1983, Mayor Leonard Scarcella and City Council named Joe to serve as the city’s first Director of Finance and Administration. He served in this capacity until he retired on December 31, 1990. Joe also held memberships

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Sugar Land native leads TCU to College World Series By Michael Sudhalter msudhalter@ fortbendstar.com

Last week was an exciting one for Sugar Land native Mitchell Traver. The TCU pitcher led the Horned Frogs to the College World Series (CWS), earning the victory on the mound in a 54, 16 inning victory over Texas A&M. Two days later, he was drafted in the 28th round by the St. Louis Cardinals. Traver isn’t sure whether he’ll sign with the Cardinals or return to TCU where he has two seasons of eligibility remaining. Before the 2015 season, Traver had only pitched oneMitchell Traver. third of an inning at the college (Submitted photo) level. It’s been a long road to success for Traver, who is

9-2 with a 1.60 earned run average for the Big 12 Champion Horned Frogs (50-13), who qualified for their second consecutive CWS in Omaha, Neb. TCU defeated LSU in its CWS opener and faced defending national champion, Vanderbilt, on Tuesday. Results were not available at press time. As a freshman, Traver was recovering from Tommy John Reconstructive Surgery. Last season, the Horned Frogs advanced to the CWS, but Traver was sidelined with a stress fracture in his back. “I want the chance to pitch in Omaha,” Traver said. Earlier in this year’s NCAA Tournament, TCU overcame an 8-1 deficit in the eighth inning of a Regional Championship Game against North Carolina State in Fort Worth.

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• Nathan Bertness, pitcher – Travis HS/McLennan CC (Los Angeles Angels, 16th round)

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The Frogs scored eight unanswered runs to win in extra innings. Traver didn’t pitch in the game, but being part of something like that was amazing, he said. “That comeback was unbelievable,” Traver said. “I was incredibly floored. You never give up until the last pitch, but

it didn’t look good.” The 6-foot-7, 255-pound redshirt sophomore began his baseball career with the First Colony Little League Cardinals at age 8. He played for two seasons at Fort Bend Christian, before transferring to Houston Christian. After graduating from Houston Christian, the Hous-

ton Astros drafted him in the 39th round of the 2012 MLB Draft. He opted for college instead where he’s on track to earn a Marketing degree. Although his parents now live in the Dallas area, Traver still visits Sugar Land sometimes and enjoys going to Skeeters games at Constellation Field.

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Every baseball game has players, fans and great rule enforcers. For umpires, just like baseball players, going to a World Series, not matter what level, is the ultimate dream. The road to get to the World Series is extremely long and hard even for umpires. Yet through hard work and determination, an umpire can get to that stage, and for Fort Bend resident Roy Riggs that Fort Bend resident Roy Riggs dream has become a reality. will umpire the Junior Little Riggs has umpired for League World Series in Au- many different organizations gust. (Submitted photo) and levels, and for the past six years he has been with Sugar Land Little League. As FORT BEND the Umpires in Charge, Riggs DRIVING SCHOOL and his best friend, Wes Pate, supervise four levels of little Serving the students of league and 12 umpires. Yet Fort Bend for over 25 years it is only him and Pate that FortBendDrivingSchool.com are not paid for their work. For little league umpires to be able to officiate a World Series in Little League, officiating games must be voluntary, if an umpire is paid

then they cannot umpire past the district tournament.    Riggs will go to Michigan Aug. 14 to join 11 other prestigious umpires from around the world to officiate the Junior Little League World Series.  In 2012, Riggs and Pate were appointed to umpire at the state tournament in Tyler. Riggs explained that to be able to be considered for either a regional or the World Series an umpire must go through three years of state first to show commitment. During his third year at state, Riggs was invited to officiate in the Junior Regional Tournament in Albuquerque, NM. Riggs describe the ability to be an umpire at the regional as really big. “It was huge”, he said. “Usually you have to wait a couple of years to be invited to a regional after you finish state.” After his third at State and a Regional appointment to the Southwest Regional in Albuquerque, the waiting began for the phone call that

every umpire hopes for: the World Series. After being evaluated by the board of directors for the job, Riggs received the invitation to go to Taylor, MI to officiate the series as well as receiving an additional invitation to return to Albuquerque to be a part of the regional staff to help evaluate other umpires. His friend, Pate, also received an invitation to go to the regional tournament while in his third at state. Riggs went on to show the rarity of such an accomplishment. “To have two umpires from the same league going to both the regional and World Series, it’s huge,” he exclaimed. “You can go to any other league and they cannot say that.” Riggs has been an umpire for 29 years. He has done every level from little league to the upper levels. Even though he does high school and college he says nothing has been as fun as Little League. Riggs said he enjoys Little League more than the upper levels because he gets to grow with kids.

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Editor’s note: Fort Bend Community Calendar are for non-profit events. Deadline is 12 p.m. every Friday. Please keep wording to a minimum. Answer the “5 W’s”: Who, What, When, Where, and Why. e-mail to StarNews@FortBendStar.com or mail to: Fort Bend Star, 4655 Techniplex Dr., Suite 300, Stafford, Texas 77477. THURSDAY, JUNE 18 The Community Service Awards Gala

The Community Service Awards Gala will be held at the City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 La Quinta Dr. on Thursday, June 18. The reception begins at 7 p.m. and the gala at 8 p.m. Admission is $100 for individuals and $1,000 for a table.

FRIDAY, JUNE 19 Family Fun Day in the Park

Family Fun Day in the Park will be held at Hunters Glen Park, 1340 Independence on Friday, June 19. The family movie “Selma” will begin at dusk. This is a FREE event and is open to the general public. A Community Art Project, “It Takes a Village” by 3D Fabric Artist Carolyn Crump, will be held at the Missouri City Community Center, 1522 Texas Parkway on Friday, June 19. A reception for the exhibit begins at 6 p.m., and the viewing will run from 7 – 9 p.m. This is a FREE event and is open to the general public.

SATURDAY, JUNE 20 Artist/Author Justin Garcia Book Signing

Acclaimed Houston artist Justin Garcia has completed his first book, OneTonGoldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream, and will be appearing at Barnes & Noble in Sugar Land on Saturday, June 20 for a book signing and conversation. 1- 4 p.m. OneTonGoldfish: In Search of the Tangible Dream, is the detailed account of his intimate explorations of his own creative process, which unexpectedly reveal a scientific perspective on the radical effect creativity has on the human race. Garcia takes the reader inside the art world, and into the world of an artist, with fearless, refreshing candor. His remarkable revelations will fascinate anyone who wishes to better understand their life purpose, and apply what Garcia calls “the mechanics of creation” to their own lives.

Crafting at Sienna: Painting Pots

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.

A Bid Whist and Domino Tournament

A Bid Whist and Domino Tournament will be held at the Missouri City Tennis and Recreation Center, 2701 Cypress Point Dr. on Saturday, June 20 from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Both tournaments will be held in the multipurpose room at the center. The entry fee for the bid whist tournament is $35 and is $25 for the domino tournament. Bid whist registration runs from 9 – 11 a.m., and the domino tournament registration runs from 3 – 4 p.m. You can RSVP and pay online atwww.MCJCF. com. You will incur a small fee when registering online; both are open to the general public.

The “One Mile of Smiles” Parade

The “One Mile of Smiles” Parade will be held on Texas Parkway (FM 2234) on Saturday, June 20. The parade will begin at 7 p.m. This is a FREE event and is open to the general public

The Battle of the Bands

The Battle of the Bands will be held at the Thurgood Marshall High School Athletic Field on Saturday, June 20. The battle will begin after the parade. This is a FREE event and is open to the general public.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24 Pink in the Park

to School Scramble helps make our mission a reality—to enrich and enhance the quality of education for all Fort Bend ISD students. For information about the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the Sugar Land Skeeters have an- Back to School Scramble and sponsorship opportunities, contact Carol Evans at nounced a new date for Pink in the Park. Pink in the Park festivities will now take (281) 634-1111 or carol.evans@fortbendisd.com. For more information visit our place Wednesday, June 24 at Constellation Field. Heavy rain forced the move website at www.fortbendisd.com/foundation/ from the original date. If you’d like to register to attend the pregame Survivor ONGOING Ceremony visit http://www.memorialhermann.org/sugar-land-pink-in-the-park/. Al-Anon Support Group The first 2,000 fans who attend will also receive a complimentary gift. Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every THURSDAY, JUNE 25 Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Cancer Center open house Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has installed a new radiation therapy Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005. system, which integrates imaging, beam delivery and motion management to Free Income-Tax Help at give physicians unmatched control of radiation therapy. Learn more about the Fort Bend County Libraries cancer services at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital by calling our Cancer Fort Bend County Libraries will again host representatives from the American Navigator, Frances Goerlich at 281.274.7930 or join us at our Cancer Center open Association of Retired Persons (AARP), who will provide free income-taxhouse on Thursday, June 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. The community is invited to attend, preparation assistance for low-income taxpayers at several locations in the Fort tour, interact with staff and see how our new TrueBeam technology works. We Bend County library system through April 15. Patrons should bring the following will have tours, refreshments, a free gift for attendees and fabulous door prizes. information to the session if possible: a photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, To RSVP, call 281.275.0751 or email SLRSVP@houstonmethodist.org. spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other How Money Works compensation received in 2014; unemployment compensation statements; and Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will present a financial-wellness any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. program, “How Money Works,” on Thursday, June 25, beginning at 7 pm, in the Legally Blonde: The Musical Meeting Room of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri OMG you guys! Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre will be opening Legally Blonde: City. Sofia taught personal finance in the public-school system for many years. The Musical at the state-of-the-art Stafford Centre, only 5 minutes from Hwy 59 He has an undergraduate degree in Business Administration and a graduate and Beltway 8, from July 31 – August 2, on Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00 p.m. degree in Educational Administration, as well as a certificate in Advanced Studies and Sunday afternoon at 2:30 p.m. Based on the hit 2001 film, bubbly Delta Nu Elle in Educational Administration. The program is free and open to the public. For Woods is dumped by her Harvard-bound boyfriend Warner for being too blonde. more information, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900 or the library She is too “Marilyn” for his future political dreams. Distraught, Elle is determined system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734. to get him back and follows him to the prestigious Harvard law school. A hilariLegends of the Knight Movie Screening ous clash of cultures follows as Elle’s perky personality and pink outfits meets the Don’t miss a one-night only screening of a documentary about everyday heroes seriousness of her fellow Ivy Leaguers. Through this journey, Elle finds confidence inspired by the Legendary Dark Knight himself – Batman. Legends of the Knight in herself and proves that she isn’t just another dumb blonde. Tickets are now on by Brett Culp will be shown at 7:30 pm on Thursday, June 25 at the AMC First sale for this upbeat and bubbly musical, and are available at www.fortbendtheatre. Colony 24 at 3301 Town Center Blvd in Sugar Land. Tickets are $11 and can be com. For more information, please call (281) 208-3333. purchased online at https://www.tugg.com/events/18975. Disney’s Cinderella Kids SATURDAY, JUNE 27 Experience enchantment and magic as Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatre Sienna Branch Library hosts special guests presents Disney’s Cinderella Kids, June 6 – 28, on Saturdays and Sundays at 3:00 Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will host special guests — of the p.m. All children attending who come dressed as their favorite Disney Prince of wildlife variety — from Brazos Bend State Park on Saturday, June 27, from 10:30 Princess will receive a prize! Come enjoy this delightful, musical version of the am to 1 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs timeless fairytale, playing at 2815 N. Main St., Stafford, TX 77477. Tickets are only Blvd in Missouri City. The program is free and open to the public. For more in- $10 and available online at www.fortbendtheatre.com. formation, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900 or the library system’s The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe Public Information Office at 281-633-4734. Enter into the magical world of C.W. Lewis’ Narnia as Award-Winning Fort Bend First Colony Branch Library hosts NASA physicist Theatre presents The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, July 4 – 25, Saturdays Almost fifty years ago NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon. At First Colony and Sundays at 3:00 p.m., 2815 N. Main St., Stafford, TX 77477. You won’t want Branch Library on 2 p.m. June 27, retired NASA physicist F. Don Cooper shares to miss out on this exciting adventure as four children enter a wardrobe that his experiences in creating the technology to launch Apollo 11 and how his team leads to a mysterious world full of enchanted characters! Tickets are only $10 contributed to bring the Apollo 13 crew safely home in 1970. Using a model and are available online at www.fortbendtheatre.com. Will the four children be of the Saturn V rocket, his fast paced presentation appeals to all ages. Cooper able to escape from the White Witch’s wrath and free King Aslan? Come see The became interested in math and science in junior high school. His science paper Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe and find out! in the 9th grade was titled, “Destination Moon”. He graduated from Oklahoma The FC Patriots currently conducting registration Baptist University with a major in physics plus a lot of math and chemistry. After The FC Patriots are currently conducting registration for our flag, freshmen, graduation, he worked as a mathematician at the George C. Marshall NASA cen- sophomore, and junior football teams (ages 5-12). ter in Huntsville, Alabama where he created the equations to send the astronauts Lois Brooks is our registrar. She can be contacted at brooks.lois@yahoo.com or from earth orbit toward the moon. He then came to Houston to work for the at 281-635-2602. All our practices are at Clements High School. Johnson Spacecraft Center. The library programs are free and open to the public. AARP Missouri City Chapter # 3081 Monthly Meeting For more information call your local Fort Bend library branch or call the Public Monthly meeting at City Hall Complex/Missouri City. 1552 Texas Parkway, Information Office at 281-341-2677. Missouri City. Second Monday of every month. 11:15 am- 1 pm.. Fun/Food/ SUNDAY, JUNE 29 Fellowship/Learning. Contact Buddy or Barbara 713-859-5920 or 281-499-3345

Held at the 1830s Stock Farm, Henry Jones will teach Dad the necessary skills such as fire making, hide tanning, and more! The one-hour class will be held at 11 am and 2 pm and is limited to 30 participants for each session, so arrive early. The class is first-come, first-served and included with general admission. Complete Dad’s historic experience with an 1860s Chuckwagon Lunch at 12:30 pm! 9 am – 5 The Arc of Fort Bend County Will Thank Their Volunteers pm (general Park hours). 11 am and 2 pm (Frontier Survival Classes; first-come, Join us as we honor those who have supported our mission of “improving the first-served. Limit 30 per class). lives of those with intellectual and developmental disabilities”. Register at www. School of Rock Sugar Land Grand Opening School of Rock Sugar Land is celebrating its Grand Opening on Saturday, June 20 arcoffortbend.org “Register for an Event”. Annual Awards Dinner. June 29. Safari from 1-4pm. Join us for the Grand Opening Celebration of the brand new School Texas “Forum Ballroom”. 5:30 pm TUESDAY, JUNE 30 of Rock Sugar Land! This all-ages open house event will feature various clinics and Digital Photo Editing workshops, light refreshments, small bites, tours of the school, meet and greets with expert staff, sign-ups for free trial lessons and more! The school provides Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will present the program, students with private lessons, group band rehearsals, performances throughout “Digital Photo Editing,” on Tuesday, June 30, beginning at 2 pm, in the Computer the year in front of hundreds of people, with opportunities to perform on a Lab of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH national tour. Every step of the way, students aborb a deep knowledge of campus. The class is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, the music industry and have a firsthand look at what a career in entertainment and reservations are required. Registration will open on June 16. To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select actually looks like. “University Branch Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register MONDAY, JUNE 22 by calling the library at 281-633-5150, or by visiting the library. Golf Classic Aladdin and Princess Jasmine Marionette Show Join us June 22, the Monday after Father’s Day, at Weston Lakes Country Club in Fulshear, TX, at 10:30 am, for our annual Golf Classic. Following 18 holes of In conjunction with the Summer Reading Club for children at Fort Bend County golf, the award-winning BBQ cooking team, “Yeah, I do”, will serve their delicious Libraries, the Youth Services department at the Sienna Branch Library will host barbecue while Commissioner Patterson conducts the live auction. Register on a special performance of “Aladdin and Princess Jasmine Marionette Show” on line at www.arcoffortbend.org or call The Arc office. Not a golfer? Join us for Tuesday, June 30, beginning at 2 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. The program is free and open to the the barbecue dinner and auction at 5:00 pm. public. Seating is limited. A free hand-stamp, available one hour prior to the event, TUESDAY, JUNE 23 is required for admission. For more information, call the Sienna Branch Library at American Legion Holds Monthly Sugar Land Meeting American Legion Post 942 Of Sugar Land will hold its monthly meeting at the 281-238-2900 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734. THURSDAY, JULY 2 Legion hall at 311 Ulrich St, Sugar Land at 7 pm on June 23. New officers for the Coastal Prairie Chapter – Texas Master Naturalist next year will be inducted at this meeting. Post commander Lionel Villafranco invites U.S. military veterans to attend. The American Legion was founded in The Texas Master Naturalist Coastal Prairie Chapter will present the Texas Parks and Wildlife presentation, “Texas’ Dirty Dozen”. They will discuss invasive spe1919 and is the country’s largest veterans organization. cies that pose a threat to the Texas ecosystem. This program will take place on Thursday, July 2nd at 7 p.m. The meeting will be preceded by a social with snacks at 6:30 p.m. and will be held at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center JAY IS located at 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg, 77471. The meeting is free and open BACK! to all interested people. The Texas Master Naturalist program is sponsored by 11851 WILCREST “Old Fashion Barber Shop” Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Houston, Texas 77031 SHAVE • CUTS • FADES For additional information call 281.633.7033 or email mmcdowell@ag.tamu.edu

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TUESDAY, JULY 7 Summer Movie Series

Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sienna Branch Library will feature a free Summer Movie Series in July. In conjunction with this year’s Summer Reading Club superhero theme, the movies will all be based on popular literary heroes. The movie on Tuesday, July 7, is an epic fantasy-adventure film adaptation of a popular novel by J.R.R. Tolkien. In this second installment of the trilogy, Bilbo Baggins continues his journey with Gandalf the Grey and 13 elves, led by Thorin Oakenshild, to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor. This movie is rated PG-13. Showtime is 5:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. The feature film on Tuesday, July 21, is the third in a trilogy based on a popular novel by J.R.R. Tolkien, completing the tale of Bilbo Baggins. This movie is rated PG-13. Showtime is 5:30 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library. For more information about the featured movies, call the Sienna Branch Library at 281-238-2900 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734. The Sienna Branch Library is located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City.

THURSDAY, JULY 23 Dove Award winner

BJ Thomas, a five time Grammy and two time Dove Award winner, will be live at The Stafford Centre on July 23 produced by CMH Productions. The Triumphs will also make a special appearance. Thomas is celebrating a half a century in music and 47 years since his first gold selling hit on Scepter Records. He has had 15 Top 40 Pop/Rock Hits and 10 Top 40 Country Chart Hits. He is also included in Billboard’s Top 50 most played artists over the past 50 years. Join BJ Thomas with special guests The Triumphs for a memorable night at The Stafford Centre on July 23 at 8 pm. The Stafford Centre is located 15 minutes west of the Galleria on Highway 59 exit Murphy Road. Tickets are available at the box office at 281208-6900 or www.staffordcentre.com.

MONDAY, AUGUST 24 16th annual Back to School Scramble golf tournament

Plan now to golf fore education in the Fort Bend Education Foundation’s 16th annual Back to School Scramble golf tournament scheduled for Monday, Aug. 24, at Sweetwater Country Club. Schlumberger is presenting the Back to School Scramble, chaired by Claude Leatherwood. Lunch is provided by Chick-fil-A. Your entry fee includes lunch, golf and cart, beverages, dinner reception and special gifts. Sponsorship opportunities are available, along with Foursome Teams $1,000 and individual entries $275. The Education Foundation touches every school in Fort Bend ISD. Since its inception, the Education Foundation has awarded over $4 million through its grants to teachers and schools. These grants enable teachers to provide innovative classroom projects for which tax dollars are not available and they help new teachers with zero years teaching experience to outfit their new classrooms. Your participation in the annual Back

Interested about breastfeeding?

Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting of La Leche League of Fort Bend every second Monday at 7pm at Memorial Hermann Sugarland Hospital or every third Monday at 10:30am at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center. Babies are always welcome at meetings. For more info call Erin: 281-325-0618, Laura: 281-277-4989, Lisa: 281710-7171, Briana: brianavalencia@gmail.com.

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Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets

The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon @ The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club), 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact MIKE BAKER, 281-770-0060, thealchemist65@yahoo.com.

Fort Bend Business Network International

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Donors give blood, save lives at Sugar Land American Legion Fort Bend County residents gathered to give blood, plasma and the gift of life at a blood donor event at the American Legion Post 942 hall in old Sugar Land on Sunday, June 7, 2015. “My husband was injured in a terrible accident many years ago,” said Sugar Land resident Rebecca Rodriguez, explaining why she was a donor that day. “His arm was almost severed while working with an augur, and he had to be life flighted to Houston. It was only because of blood donors that his arm -and his life -- were saved,” said Rodriguez. “It’s a shame that the only time most people give blood is when they have been through something like that instead of all the time,” she said. Blood technicians from Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center were present at the hall all Sunday afternoon to take blood from generous donors, who were sent home with small gifts from area businesses,

along with juice, crackers and smiles as thanks for the gift of life to fellow Houstonians. Joe Longoria, spokesperson for American Legion Post 942 in Sugar Land organized the event. The need for the gift of blood became clear to Longoria from personal experience. “About 15 years ago my son suffered from leukemia,” said Longoria, and his son needed a number of organ transplants. “Eventually, I had to take him for blood transfusions and there I witnessed the frustration of a lot people suffering while waiting for blood,” he said. “After that, I vowed I would do everything I could to be sure there was blood in hospitals and surgery units.” Longoria, a U.S. military veteran and a member of American Legion Post 942 in Sugar Land, now organizes blood drives throughout the Houston area in memory of his late son. He says this will be the first of many future blood drives through the local Amer-

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of 3.5%. The model Stafford MSD used for the 2015-16 Teacher Salary Schedule was titled “Closing The Gap”. Working with the SMSD School Board, Dr. Robert Bostic, Superintendent and Daniel Flores, CFO began to plan for the 2015-16 school year. The Board and administration knew something needed to be done about the sag in the current 2014-15 Teacher Salary Schedule between the years

of experience of 4 to 15. The Board and administration felt that Stafford MSD was losing teachers with prime experience due to more competitive salaries in surrounding school districts. For this reason, the Approved Teacher Salary Schedule emphasizes a pay increase of 5% or greater for teachers with years of experience between 4 to 15. Teachers with 25 years or more of experience will receive a $1,000 increase.

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