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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Protecting and serving as Sugar Land Police nab hoodlums By LeaAnne Klentzman

The Sugar Land Police were out in force the other day when a group of hoodlums were out plying their trade. In the early afternoon of August 2, Sugar Land Police were called to investigate a suspicious vehicle in a

neighbor’s driveway in the 3900 block of East Wisteria Circle. According to reports, a Hispanic male could be seen removing property from the home and placing it in that suspicious vehicle in the driveway. Before police could arrive, a second rather suspicious vehicle was

seen driving through the neighborhood, followed by the first suspicious vehicle. Suspicion abounded. Police found the two suspicious cars and when they hit the lights, their fight or flight syndrome kicked in. PROTECTING, continued on page 8

Fort Bend County approves Imperial Redevelopment TIRZ agreement with Sugar Land By Elsa Maxey

Sugar Land Police arrest burglars near the intersection of Austin Parkway and Settlers Grove.

Sugar Land City Manager presents Fiscal Year 2014 Proposed Budget City Manager Allen Bogard presented a $206.76 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 to City Council on July 23.   Sugar Land's fiscal year 2014 begins Oct. 1, 2013, and ends Sept. 30, 2014.  The budget includes all funds, a five-year financial plan and five-year capital improvements program. "This budget proposed for fiscal year 2014 continues to deliver high quality service levels," said Bogard.  "It is structurally balanced and addresses the City Council priorities. The proposed budget leaves the current tax rate unchanged and ensures continued financial strength by meeting all financial policies." Sales tax has grown as projected for 2013.  The fiscal year 2013 budget

Travel’n man By LeaAnne Klentzman

So… ‘bout nearly 25 years ago there was this guy here in Fort Bend CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK County, he was into liberat’n cars. Now we’re talk’n 1980’s! He got himself caught and went to the Big Joint. My how things have changed, huh? Anyway, mullet man goes to the joint and bingo – it appears he has perfected his criminal behavior or given up that kind


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anticipated 3 percent growth in collections over the prior year. Development activity remains strong in the city, with commercial projects such as Costco, Telfair Exchange Lofts and Texas Instruments all beginning construction during the year. The proposed budget has been

prepared based on conservative revenue estimates for both sales and property taxes. Sales tax growth is projected at 2.7 percent and property tax at 7 percent, figures driven primarily by the significant growth in commercial valuations. BUDGET, continued on page 5

Meadows Place says goodbye to city secretary By Karen Daniels

The City of Meadows Place recently threw a brunch for outgoing City Secretary, Yolanda Wilson, to thank her for the dedication she has given to the City for the past year. "We are not celebrating that Yolanda is leaving," Mayor Charles Jessup stipulated. "We are celebrating the time we've had her as part of our team." MEADOWS, continued on page 5

Fort Bend County’s latest agreement with the City of Sugar Land for participating in a Tax Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) allows for it to expire at a later date than initially agreed upon, extending the duration four more years to 2042. However, in a motion to approve the county’s participation in the TIRZ, previously endorsed as a memorandum of understanding, and a corresponding interlocal agreement with the city, Fort Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson injected language making it clear that the county’s participation would exclude payment of “any and all past and future costs to construct the sports stadium.” Commissioner Patterson said that “the TIRZ agreement since day one has been we will participate and we will not be a part of repaying for the construction of the baseball stadium.” He said that conceivably 10 years from now someone could look at the agreement which would not state “you can’t do anything to the baseball park with this money.” In other words, “you can’t spend the county’s 50

percent on the baseball stadium,” said Precinct 1 Commissioner Richard Morrison affirming his understanding of the county’s participation in the TIRZ, which would authorize road expenditures, for example. “Several entities came in during boom time and it never made economic sense,” said County Judge Bob Hebert, noting that Sugar Land put a deal together “and this is type of projects TIRZs are reasonably

Man found guilty and automatically sentenced to life for killing woman who gave him opportunity. Just over three years after her July 2010 murder, Leesa Nascimento’s murderer was sentenced to life in prison. On July 30, 2013 Lorenza Andre Sam was convicted of the Capital Murder of his former employer and business owner. In 2010, Leesa Nascimento

Woodfin was a passenger in a truck that ran a stop sign at the The Foster High School Senior intersection of Texas 41 and Class of 2013 ended the year Texas 27 near Mountain Home, with the tragic loss of Senior Texas, in Kerr County.The truck Bailey Cooper, now the class of and its six occupants, all LCISD 2014 starts the year with the loss students and athletes, were hit of Austin Woodfin. by an oncoming dump truck that Austin Woodfin, a 2014 Foster was unable to stop. Falcon was a senior this year The boys, all baseball players, and dreamed of playing college with a history in the Lamar Little baseball. That dream was dashed League were returning home when he was killed in a horrific from a summer trip to the Frio traffic accident in Kerr County River. last Thursday. According to State Troopers, LCISD, continued on page 8 By LeaAnne Klentzman

Music Fest 2013 Sold Out It’s Time to Rock and Roll for the Fort Bend County Women’s Center at Music Fest 2013! This year’s event, features 70’s folk rock band America. Music Fest will be held on Saturday, August 10 at the Stafford Centre at 8 p.m. Remember these songs by America - “Horse With No Name”, “Tin Man” or “Ventura Highway”? In fine Music Fest tradition, America is sure to keep everyone on their feet! All proceeds from the event will benefit the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault served by the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. Shown are Gerry Beckley and Dewey, Bunnell of America

Shown at the celebration of service are Yolanda Wilson and Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup.

was the owner and proprietor of “Artful Occasions” a flower boutique in the Sugar Creek Shopping Center. At the time of her death, it was revealed that Sam had worked for Nascimento for only three months before she realized he was stealing from her; she fired him. Some six weeks later Sam went to Nascimento’s Sienna Plantation home and robbed and killed her. He dumped her

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designed to benefit.” Steve Robinson with Allen Boon Humphries, LLP representing the Imperial Redevelopment District, which is the overlay management district for the development of the district’s infrastructure, was at the meeting. He told commissioners that Sugar Land created the TIRZ in order to finance the infrastructure within the Imperial

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tirelessly for her beliefs. Whether the Republicans like it or not today, she was one of the key pieces for them to be able to capitalize on the “Reagan Revolution.” She was so disappointed in eroding developments in

MY condolences Jean, I’ve been so saddened by the great loss of Bev Carter. She was a great visionary for Fort Bend who stood

a party that, I believe she felt “left her” and many others by letting the inmates run rampant with unproven ideology and hateful words. Janice Scanlan

2013 Sugar Land Superstar finale scheduled for Aug. 10 Fort Bend County’s favorite singing competition is back for its eighth summer! The finale of Sugar Land Superstar – Sugar Land’s American Idollike competition – will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at 7 p.m. in the Plaza of Sugar Land Town Square. One lucky winner will be named the 2013 Sugar Land Superstar.

The 2013 finalists were selected earlier this summer by a panel of local, celebrity judges. Finalists include Dani Beale, Taylor Breedlove, Jenae’ Brown, Darcy Campbell, Laura DeJesus, Sant DeLeon, Carman Hammond, Reagan Johnson, Bralyn Medlock, Kelsey Marlow and Brittany Villamil. Audience members


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A NEW RESIDENT ASKS: How do I Recycle? Many of the schools and churches have LARGE drop boxes for newspapers in their parking lots. The revenue is then used by the school students or the church youth for projects or youth programs. For additional information here is a LINK to the web page for City of Missouri City: http://www.missouricitytx. gov/indes.aspx?NID=296 SUMMER BINGO NIGHTS: Tuesday, August 20th, Tennis & Rec Center in QV, 6:30pm to 8 pm, $5 registration fee. Register IN ADVANCE at the Rec Center. CONSTRUCTION BEHIND WELLS FARGO : At intersection of FM 1092 and Hampton, a 60 bed Skilled Nursing facility is being built. LIKE HIGH SCHOOL

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Corporations are Not people - Money is Not speech Ben Ball, Sugar Land resident presents "The Frankenstein Contest Revisted" - Learn how corporate 'beings' were 'born' under the  black robes of the court.  Learn how they were transformed bit by bit, into 'super-humans' over the past 200 years.  Understand how they now usurp our constitutional principles without accountability or redress.  See how our democracy suffers when corporation-government boundaries become obscure.  Find out what we must do to regain control of our government. This special event presented by Sugar Land Democrats Club is Saturday, August 10, 3:00pm

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to educate the children about conservation and nature." Volunteers and sponsorships from the PARC, Sugar Grove Church of Christ, and Ashbrook Simon-Hartley will be on hand to assist the youth with the proper ways to bait a hook, remove the fish from the hook, as well as measure, keep records, and hand out water. The lake at McGrath Park is ecologically responsible and uses only reclaimed water with a pump system developed by Ashbrook Simon-Hartley.

to 5:00pm, Flying Saucer Restaurant Bar, 15929 City Walk, Sugar Land Town Square. Food/ drinks for purchase. Dutch Treat. Democrats, Independents, and Non-Partisans are invited to attend. SLDC is proud to present, along with Ben Ball, President of Ball and Associates, Dr. Mike Badzioch, PhD Human Genetics and leader of the Houston Tanner Cabezas & mom Colene chapter of Move to Amend. show off his catch.


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Get ready to fish! Saturday, August 17, from 7:00 to 9:00am, the City of Meadows Place is "reeling" up for their 2nd Annual Kid Fish Derby at McGrath Park. In an effort to make this an enjoyable morning of learning fun for kids aged 5-12, all you have to do is show up. If you have your own fishing gear and bait, great! Bring it. If not, supplies will be provided. Grand prizes for biggest fish, smallest

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do to Fort Bend County’s thriving housing market once Obamacare premiums are enumerated on income tax returns. People will be grossly impacted in the purchase of a home and/or business. Americans grasp that the 40 artificial House votes to repeal Obamacare has been a calculated political sham—with the House never intending to defund this train wreck. We are headed down the same path with the House’s amnesty bill. It is time that Congress is also forced into exchanges— with no subsidy and denied healthcare. Until Congress has skin in the game, the intentional destruction of our forefathers’ vision, laced with contempt, disregard, fiscal irresponsibility and weak-kneed leadership toward each and every one of us will continue. Ethics have long disappeared from DC’s corridors. Still sitting on the edge of your seat for the House’s amnesty bill...that “promises” our borders will be secure without knowing who the new Secretary of the DHS will be? For comments, contact Barbara J. Carlson at Barbara@

Sugar Land extends spectacular pet adoption special through August 10 The Sugar Land Animal Shelter is extending reduced Independence Day holiday prices on adoptions through Aug. 10. The adoption fees for dogs and puppies are $50, and cats and kittens are $30. This is a reduction from $105 and $90, respectively. These reduced fees include vaccinations, spaying or neutering and a microchip with lifetime registration.

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“What are the Benefits of Nitrogen in Tires” Compressed nitrogen has long been used to inflate the tires of race cars and aircraft. Regular air is approximately 78 percent nitrogen, 21 percent oxygen and 1 percent water vapor. The oxygen and water vapor can degrade tires and wheels, shortening tire life. Nitrogen inflation is now available from many commercial and passenger car dealers. David Alexander Slower Inflation Pressure Loss - A tire inflated with Service Director regular compressed air will lose about one and a half to two psi of pressure per month. Most of the pressure loss is due to oxygen molecules permeating through the tire rubber. Replacing the air with 95 to 98 percent nitrogen reduces the pressure loss to less than one-half psi per month. Since many drivers do not regularly check their air pressure, nitrogen inflation will allow their tires to maintain proper inflation levels longer. The major benefit of properly inflated tires is optimum Oxygen can cause oxidation of tire rubber and corrosion of metal and alloy wheels. The water vapor in air can accelerate these processes, especially under pressure like the compressed air in a tire. The corrosive effects of both oxygen and water vapor are multiplied when a tire overheats due to under-inflation. Nitrogen is an inert gas and will not cause corrosion or rust. Nitrogen also will not degrade the seals in air valves, further preventing pressure loss. Improved Tire Life - Using nitrogen to pressurize tires has benefits over regular air for tire longevity. The greatest threats to tire life are heat and uneven tread wear. Both of these result from improper tire pressure; using nitrogen will maintain a more even tire pressure over the life of a tire. Also, the rubber inner lining of a tire will degrade over time in an air environment. As the rubber lining degrades, air pressure will be lost faster, accelerating the effects of under-pressurization. Nitrogen will not cause the inner lining of a tire to degrade, extending its useful life. According to the Innovative Balancing website, inflating tires with nitrogen can extend tire life up to 25 percent. Classic Chevrolet Nitrogen for Life - Classic Chevrolet will install Nitrogen in your tires for $39.95 for life. That means when you purchase Nitrogen for your Vehicle, all of your tires that you purchase from Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land for the life of that vehicle we will put nitrogen in them for free.

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Sugar Land City Manager presents Fiscal Year 2014 Proposed Budget BUDGET, continued from page 1

The growth in commercial valuation supports existing services offered by the City and allows for inclusion of City Council priorities in the FY14 proposed budget. These priorities include operating the surface water treatment plant, establishing high quality emergency medical service within the City, addressing drainage issues, continuing an emphasis on pavement rehabilitation and emphasizing economic development activities that attract high quality businesses and development. Resources are included in the FY14 proposed budget to address drainage and pavement rehabilitation issues that have been identified by City Council as a priority. The FY14 proposed budget contains the final step in surface water rate increases. To minimize the impact to utility customers, there are no increases for the water or wastewater portion of the utility

bill. Residential solid waste rates were scheduled to increase 2.5 percent in January. "The surface water fee increase is the last in a planned series of stepped increases that have been planned over a number of years, and the solid waste increase is based on contractual requirements," said Bogard. The proposed 2013 tax rate for the City is unchanged at 30.895 cents and remains one of the lowest rates in the state. The average residential tax bill will increase about 2 percent due to growth in values. The five-year capital improvement program totals $267.6 million, with first year funding of $37.05 million included in the proposed fiscal year 2014 budget.  Projects proposed as funded focus on the "needs" of the City to maintain existing infrastructure such as sidewalks, streets, drainage, water distribution and well rehabilitation and wastewater projects such as lift station and collection system rehabilitation. The CIP includes planned

funding for a performing arts center based on development agreements approved by City Council on July 23. Construction will be supported by economic development sales tax as approved by voters in 2008. Projects included in a planned November general obligation bond election are not included in the proposed CIP and may be added pending the outcome of the election.  A citizens' bond committee recently recommended a $50 million bond election for four quality of life parks projects.  The bond election will provide an opportunity for citizens to choose whether to invest in quality of life projects that will make Sugar Land an even more attractive destination for residents, business and visitors.  The City's current tax rate structure can support existing parks, streets, drainage and utilities; however, the tax rate does not have the capacity for new parks projects. The FY14 proposed budget includes the addition of 14.5 full-time equivalent positions,

Meadows Place says goodbye to city secretary MEADOWS, continued from page 1

Yolanda responded by saying, “I am deeply humbled having worked with such a loyal, dedicated, and hard working group of people. The employees and residents of Meadows Place will always have a special place in my heart.” Wilson served an intricate role in streamlining services and technology upgrades that were necessary for the day to day

operations and helping to bring the City of Meadows Place into the 21st century. This wasn’t an easy decision for Ms. Wilson, who has lived in Fort Bend County for over 20 years; however, when her husband, Deon Wilson, received a job promotion that required a move to Dallas, she couldn’t say no. For a while, Ms. Wilson contemplated staying until the end of the year, but their daughter, Nasia, will start her

high school career in the fall, and the decision for her to begin her freshman year with all the other incoming students was for the best. “This was a very difficult decision, but the Mayor agreed, family first.” Yolanda will continue to complete her certification classes for the Texas Municipal Courts program. City staff will remember Ms. Wilson for her happy disposition and caring attitude. Good luck in the Big-D, Yolanda!

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with seven included for the operation of the surface water treatment plant, three for the implementation of EMS services, 1.5 for response to increased workload, two for environmental monitoring and one position to support the implementation of a tourism program.

The proposed budget also includes funding for an average 3 percent merit increase to employees based on annual performance evaluations. The budget will be discussed in more detail with City Council during a series of budget workshops. The meetings are open to the public.


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receive specialized instruction concerning the procedures for initiating traffic stops and officer safety. • BUILDING SEARCH / TRAFFIC STOPS: Students participate in exercises that simulate traffic stops and dangerous citizen interactions. Participants operate a fully equipped patrol vehicle under the supervision of a police instructor. • CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS: Texas laws and penalties are discussed, with an emphasis on criteria for assaults, burglaries, robberies and thefts. • COMMON TRENDS IN NARCOTICS USE: Police will cover common street drugs and current drug trends that are seen in the area. This includes prescription drug abuse and illicit drug use. • TELECOMMUNICATIONS / EOC: A public safety dispatcher will explain radio procedures and their role to support police, fire and emergency medical services. Students tour the emergency communications center. • CRIME SCENE INVESTIGATION: A crime scene investigator discusses the collection and preservation of evidence. This unit also includes a tour of SLPD's crime identification lab. • TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE: The class tours the TDCJ Jester Prison Unit. Students visit most areas and learn about how the Texas prison system works. • CRIME VICTIM LIAISON: SLPD's crime victim liaison discusses the process that victims go through and the programs available for victims. Everything needed for the 10-week course is supplied free-of-charge. Call SLPD police Officer Lauren Stockholm at (281) 275-2956 for more information or register online at

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the entrance of the kitchen. We asked for a different table away from the kitchen noise and she awkwardly obliged. The menu was extensive but concise and well organized for easy reading. I was impressed to see gluten free and wholewheat options offered. The Portobello con Porto (sautéed Portobello mushroom in a port wine reduction over polenta) was an interesting appetizer, full of flavor and well plated. The Ravioli Quattro Formaggi, tossed with cherry tomato halves and leeks in a rich four-cheese sauce was a great choice, surpassing expectations. Slightly disappointing was the Tortellini di Pollo e Spinaci, whole-wheat tortellini filled with three cheeses in a tomato


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Sugar Land Skeeters retro baseball game, August 9 The Sugar Land Skeeters and Sugar Land Heritage Foundation (SLHF) are pleased to announce the August 9th game with the Long Island Ducks will be a “Turn Back the Clock Night”. The SLHF has been researching old pictures in effort to help the Skeeters in designing uniforms for the game. Jerseys will have a look of the earlier eras of baseball. Old pictures and other items reminiscent from past will be a part of the evening. Also, there will be a pregame Vintage Baseball Game at 5PM featuring the Houston Babies. There will be a silent auction of the jerseys worn by the players that night with proceeds going to support SLHF programs. More details on the auction will be at the game that evening. This is a great chance to get a one of kind jersey. Successful bidders will be able to get their pictures taken with the respective player, as well as getting the players

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to autograph the jerseys of the winning bidder. This is a regular season game, so your season tickets are good for the game. Additional tickets are available for the game via the Skeeters’ website: prod2/Buy.asp?EventID=84 519&promocode=SLHF Dennis Parmer, SLHF Executive Director, said, “This is going to be a lot of fun, it will be a great night of baseball with an old timey theme. SLHF would like to thank the Fluor Corporation, First Southwest Company, and Bob & Carole Brown for their help in sponsoring this event.” If you like history and baseball this night has both, including baseball history from right here in Sugar Land. The entire theme of the night will involve old school baseball; it is a night I have really been looking forward to, said Ira Liebman “Voice of the Sugar Land Skeeters.”

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Baines Middle School student orientation August 13 and 14 The annual Baines Middle School (BMS) Longhorn “Round-Up” Orientation to prepare students for the 20132014 school year will take place on August 13 and 14. The schedule is as follows: • August 13 – 8th grade orientation, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm • August 13 – 7th grade orientation, 9:00 am to 12:00 noon • August 14 – 6th grade orientation, 8:30 am (check-

in), 9 am to 12:00 pm During the Longhorn “Round-Up,” students will receive their textbooks and locker assignments, as well as have their student ID photo taken. They will also have the opportunity to purchase BMS spirit wear, PE uniforms, locker organizers and more. To help sixth-grade students get acclimated, a full schedule of activities will be offered, as well as a program for parents of sixth-grade students.

Earth-Kind® Kids’ Kamp for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade students offered The Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are hosting Earth-Kind® Kids’ Kamp Monday, August 5 through Friday, August 9, for youth entering 3rd, 4th and 5th grades. Activities will be based on the Junior Master Gardener Wildlife Gardener curriculum covering such topics as birds, insects, amphibians, reptiles and much more. Kids’ Kamp will be held at the Fort Bend County

Extension office at 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg from 9 am until 3 pm each day. A registration fee of $50 includes all materials, snacks, and a T-shirt, and is limited to the first 25 paid registrants. Download and print a registration form at www.fbmg. com/events/event/jmg-kidskamp/ or call Margo McDowell at 281-633-7033 for assistance or information. FBMG is sponsored by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service.

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The Rotary Club of Oyster Creek teamed up with Access Health in Missouri City to hold the annual Access Health-Health Fair. The Rotarians  helped the children and parents as they had fun, received immunizations and backpacks for school. Pictured front left, Rotarians David Fauvelle, Cindy Fauvelle and future Rotarian Diego Guebara. From left back row, Ed Broussard, DeAnna Applewhite and Cristy Guebara. Not pictured Evett Kelly and Dareus Coyle.

Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service of Fort Bend will be holding a youth bullying prevention program, Take A Stand! on Monday, August 12 and Tuesday, August 13, from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at Creekside Christian Fellowship in Needville. Take A Stand! is open to all Fort Bend County Youth who were enrolled in grades 3rd, 4th, or 5th during the 2012 – 2013 school year. This fivepart program focuses on bullying prevention, conflict management, teamwork and cultural awareness, and communication. Take A Stand! is at no cost to participants. To register for the program, please come to Creekside

Christian Fellowship located at 16628 Hwy 36; Needville, on Wednesday, August 7 from 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm or on Sunday, August 11 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. A parent and/or guardian must be present at registration for each child. If you would like more information on the program or alternate registration, please call Jennifer Cheesman at (281) 342.3034 ext. 7028. Persons with disabilities who plan to attend this meeting and who may need auxiliary aids or services are required to contact Texas AgriLife Extension Service at 281.342.3034 five working days prior to the meeting so appropriate arrangements can be made.

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Fort Bend County approves Imperial Redevelopment TIRZ agreement with Sugar Land TIRZ, continued from page 1

Redevelopment District, which includes the historic district and the area across from the airport, some 840 acres. “This project has obviously gone through the downturn session and is now under development again and we are finalizing the financing and project plan to finance.” Robinson said the city’s participation would involve a contribution to the district

of 50 percent of city taxes and 50 percent of city sales taxes generated in this area of the TIRZ, and the county’s participation would be 50 percent of the property taxes from within the district. “The Imperial Redevelopment District, which is the largest payor of the infrastructure for this project would be levying a tax over the entire area, which pays roughly two thirds of the overall cost of the infrastructure within the project,” including the environmental remediation of the

Protecting and serving as Sugar Land Police nab hoodlums PROTECTING, continued from page 1

Police set up a perimeter and shortly thereafter the crooks and both cars were nabbed near the intersection of Austin Parkway and Settlers Grove where police can be seen working.

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Stolen property was recovered from the cars and Juan Puga, 17, of Stafford, and three male juveniles were arrested and charged with burglary of a habitation. Just another day at the office for Sugar Land Police.

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historical district, said Robinson. Robinson stated that the county’s projected contribution was cited at $42 million, referred to as “absolutely pure speculation,” by Commissioner Patterson, “because today our beginning base is $11 million, and today our taxable value is $9 million, so until that value gets above $11 million, our contribution is zero.” The TIRZ agreement is for 30 years for an area previously owned by the Texas General Land Office. Reportedly, there were no taxes being paid on the portion other than the historic district.

Until the site is developed will it generate taxes, and assuming the tax rate stays the same, the county may get $2.5 million more in new taxes for a property that is presently undeveloped. “I am glad it is 50 percent and not 100, that is some improvement,” said Commissioner Morrison of the terms in the TIRZ agreement for an area he said “is indeed blighted property.” In spite of his stating that he does not like accepting these types of deals, he said he would vote in favor, presumably because of the nature of the needy property.

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parents John and Sandra Woodfin; sister Taylor Nicole At press time, Hunter Devine, Woodfin; grandparents; aunts; Chase Watson, Justin Riojas and uncles; many cousins; and Garrett Sandlin all remained a host of friends and fellow in critical condition as a result athletes. of their injuries sustained in Memorial donations may the accident. Justin Reed was be made in honor of Austin’s treated and released. memory to Foster High Funeral services and a School Athletic Booster Club celebration of Austin Woodfin’s (FHSABC/Austin “Woody” life were scheduled for Tuesday Woodfin) Baseball Scholarship; afternoon at Faith United LifeGift; Methodist Church in Richmond. South Texas Children’s Home Austin leaves behind his Ministry LICSD, continued from page 1


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were able to glean. Since the District Attorney declined to seek the death body in a Sugar Land pond behind penalty; upon his conviction Sam her business then stole her car and was sentenced to life in prison. drove it to a rural area of Louisiana then headed to Mississippi. According to prosecutors, Sam was convicted with the assistance of DNA evidence as well as the digital footprint he left by using his cell The Stafford Municipal School District will hold a public meeting at 7:00 P.M. on August 29, 2013 phone and the information police LOUISIANA, continued from page 1


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in Stafford Civic Center at 1415 Constitution, Stafford, Texas. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the school district’s budget that will determine the tax rate that will be adopted. Public participation in the discussion is invited. The tax rate that is ultimately adopted at this meeting or at a separate meeting at a later date may not exceed the proposed rate shown below unless the district publishes a revised notice containing the same information and comparisons set out below and holds another public meeting to discuss the revised notice. Maintenance Tax $1.04005/$100 (Proposed rate for maintenance and operations) School Debt Service Tax Approved by Local Voters $0.20995/$100 (Proposed rate to pay bonded indebtedness) Comparison of Proposed Budget with Last Year’s Budget The applicable percentage increase or decrease (or difference) in the amount budgeted in the preceding fiscal year and the amount budgeted for the fiscal year that begins during the current tax year is indicated for each of the following expenditure categories:

Maintenance and operations Debt service Total expenditures

3.84% increase or 1.75% increase or 3.55% increase or

% (decrease) % (decrease) % (decrease)

Total Appraised Value and Total Taxable Value (as calculated under Section 26.04, Tax Code) Total appraised value* of all property Total appraised value* of new property** Total taxable value*** of all property Total taxable value*** of new property**

Preceding Tax Year $ 2,217,609,944 $ 7,469,907 $ 1,951,771,682 $ 4,572,868

Current Tax Year $ 2,306,304,624 $ 49,477,300 $ 1,963,923,133 $ 29,516,679

* “Appraised value” is the amount shown on the appraisal roll and defined by Section 1.04(8), Tax Code. ** “New property” is defined by Section 26.012(17), Tax Code. *** “Taxable value” is defined by Section 1.04(10), Tax Code.

Bonded Indebtedness Total amount of outstanding and unpaid bonded indebtedness* $63,065,000 * Outstanding principal.

Comparison of Proposed Rates with Last Year’s Rates

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Maintenance & Operations

Last Year’s Rate $ 1.04005 Rate to Maintain Same Level of Maintenance & Operations Revenue & Pay Debt Service $ 1.03236 Proposed Rate $ 1.0405

Interest & Sinking Fund* Total

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$ 0.18814 $ 0.20995

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Local Revenue Per Student

State Revenue Per Student

$ 7,794 $ 7,736

$ 916 $ 923

$ 8,032



* The Interest & Sinking Fund tax revenue is used to pay for bonded indebtedness on construction, equipment, or both. The bonds, and the tax rate necessary to pay those bonds, were approved by the voters of this district.

Comparison of Proposed Levy with Last Year’s Levy on Average Residence

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Under state law, the dollar amount of school taxes imposed on the residence homestead of a person 65 years of age or older or of the surviving spouse of such a person, if the surviving spouse was 55 years of age or older when the person died, may not be increased above the amount paid in the first year after the person turned 65, regardless of changes in tax rate or property value. Notice of Rollback Rate: The highest tax rate the district can adopt before requiring voter approval at an election is $1.04005. This election will be automatically held if the district adopts a rate in excess of the rollback rate of $1.04005. Fund Balances The following estimated balances will remain at the end of the current fiscal year and are not encumbered with or by a corresponding debt obligation, less estimated funds necessary for operating the district before receipt of the first state aid payment:

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CITY OF STAFFORD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON CREATION OF CITY OF STAFFORD, TEXAS REINVESTMENT ZONE NO. 23 Notice is hereby given that the City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas, will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas, regarding the proposal to adopt an ordinance creating Reinvestment Zone No. 23. Said Reinvestment Zone No. 23 is located at 12600 Bates Lane in the City of Stafford, Fort Bend County, Texas. Improvements constructed, erected, or placed on property within such proposed Reinvestment Zone No. 23 will, pursuant to the terms of such proposed ordinance, be eligible to commercial-industrial tax abatement. All persons desiring to be heard regarding the adoption of such proposed ordinance creating Reinvestment Zone No. 23 will be given an opportunity to do so. /s/ Bonnie Baiamonte City Secretary

CITY OF STAFFORD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the Planning and Zoning Commission of the City of Stafford, Texas on Tuesday, August 13, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. and before the City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas on Wednesday, August 21, 2013, at 7:00 p.m., in the City Council Chambers, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas for the purpose of receiving testimony for and against the following: A proposal to adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 102 of the Code of Ordinances, the same being the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, by granting a Specific Use Permit to The Vineyard Church, to allow the development of a sanctuary building to an existing Assembly Group A-3 Occupancy, specifically, a religious facility, on a 4.9867 acre tract of land located within the City in Zoning District MU, and further identified as being located at 5015 Grove West Boulevard. All residents of the City of Stafford and other interested parties are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to be heard. /s/ Bonnie Baiamonte City Secretary

In this week’s Special Crime Alert, Crime Stoppers is asking anyone with information about an aggravated robbery at the Valero convenience store to call, they are willing to pay up. Around 3 a.m., Tuesday, July 23, Sheriff’s deputies were called to the Valero Corner Store in the 14100 block of Bissonnet. When they arrived on the scene they met with the clerk who said she kept the door locked during down time. However, when she heard someone knocking, she went over and opened the door for the man standing there. She said the man who knocked at the door was a Hispanic male, but that once she opened the door, two black males rushed in wielding a pistol and demanding money. As deputies worked their way through the investigation, it was revealed through video that a white female was a part of the robbery team. According to authorities, she stood outside next to a dark-colored four-door sedan. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel described the gunman a black male, 6’ and weighing about 180 pounds. He was wearing a dark shirt; dark pants and had a dark-colored toboggan-style hat with a blue handkerchief covering his face. The second suspect was described as a black male, between 5’9”-inches and 5’11”. He was wearing a Bob Marley T-shirt with gray pants. The Hispanic male was between 5’4”, and 5’7” and weighs about 115 pounds. He wore glasses and a black shirt and red shorts. No clear description was available for the white female.


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Taylor Recovery Center opens its doors August 15 Taylor Recovery Center, a luxury sober living community, has officially opened its doors on Houston’s east side, just outside of downtown. On a sprawling 22,000 square-foot campus, the newly renovated facility is the passion project of owners, Tom and Kristi Taylor, who are quick to point out that this facility is not what comes to most people’s minds when they think of sober living in Houston. There are a variety of apartments and living options that make this campus accessible to everyone. From shared rooms to private units and completely private luxury spaces, the entire facility has been built from scratch. Apartments feature wood floors, granite countertops, flat-panel televisions, and all new furnishings. To top it off,

the facility is pet friendly and a dog park has been created on-site to accommodate four legged friends. Taylor Recovery Center offers chef-prepared meals three times a day, and on-site laundry for guests’ convenience. The day-to-day living experience at Taylor Recovery Center takes a fresh approach to the sober lifestyle. There are safeguards in place to ensure continued sobriety, including: random testing, curfews, mandatory attendance to on-site or offsite A.A. meetings, and more. However, the overall feeling is fresh and much less clinical than what you find at other local facilities, making the facility an enjoyable experience and a place that has the opportunity to make a lasting difference. To that end, yoga,


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cross-fit, writing groups, art therapy, nutrition, weekend beach & surfing trips, and many more activities are offered to guests. “We wanted to create a more holistic approach to sobriety. So often, when one is going through a rehab program you are insulated from the real world and then, when your program is complete, you re-enter society with all of your former triggers still in place,” said Kristi Taylor, co-owner of Taylor Recovery Center. “The goal here is to

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Sugar Land teen is hopeful his blue eyes get your vote Scholarships are something high school seniors are encouraged to pursue, so a Sugar Land young man submitted a photo. Yes, a photo of his blue eyes. The Prevent Blindness organization is sponsoring a national scholarship contest. The contest runs the entire month of August. There will be a winner selected for each state along with

Michael Breton, a native Texan, is hoping his blue eyes win the votes. As his photo caption says “Everything is big in Texas...especially blue eyes". a national winner who will be awarded a $10,000 scholarship. Michael Breton, a 17 year old senior is one of the older contestants but he is hopeful that his big Texas blue eyes will help him win this scholarship. Michael has dreams of becoming a physical therapist; this scholarship will certainly help him in fulfilling this dream. The Beautiful Eyes scholarship photos are posted on social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Voters select their favorite photo and may vote daily the entire month of August. The state winners will be advanced to the national competition. The voting can be done on Facebook & Twitter.

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Dr. Kozak joins Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine The Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine physicians – Fort Bend’s leading doctors for general and sports-related orthopedic care – are pleased to welcome Dr. Jeffrey Kozak, to their staff. Dr. Kozak recently completed the primary care sports medicine fellowship at Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas HSC College of Osteopathic Medicine in Fort Worth and the

Texas A&M Family Medicine Residency program, where he was named the outstanding graduate and outstanding resident teacher for the Class of 2012. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to continue my association with the outstanding physicians and staff at Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine,” says Dr. Kozak. “Working side-byside with these talented individuals throughout my fellowship has enabled me

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Commissioner Patterson to be speaker Fort Bend Chamber Infrastructure Breakfast set for Aug 15 The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce hosts Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson, Fort Bend County, Precinct 4. The breakfast will be held at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce on Thursday, August 15, from 7:30 am – 9:00 am. This event is underwritten by Sprint Waste Services. James Patterson is a native Texan who grew up in the central Texas town of Normangee. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Sam Houston State University and

Dr. Jeffrey Kozak to see first-hand the superior level of care and treatment provided here. We definitely have a winning team and I am excited to be a part of it.” Throughout his fellowship, Dr. Kozak gained extensive experience in sports medicine with the Houston Dynamo, Houston Aeros, Rice University soccer and volleyball, Fort Bend ISD football, FBISD Bush High School (all sports), the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo and several marathons. Beginning in August, Dr. Kozak will see patients at Houston Methodist Orthopedics and Sports Medicine’s offices in Sugar Land. For an appointment, call 281-6904678 or email MOSTappts@


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his Master’s Degree from the University of Houston. Prior to his current position, Commission James Patterson Patterson was a teacher and coach at Dulles Junior High and Dulles High School. He also served as the Principal to Dulles High School from 1984 to 1992 and Elkins High School from 1992 until he retired in 1998. Commissioner Patterson


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Recovery is Possible Helping Mental Health Patients with Recovery August 8,10:00 am to 2:00 pm, Leisure Learning Center. Register at ceu-classes. Leadership Luncheon Series Missouri City hosts this leadership luncheon, Thursday, August 8, 11:30 a.m., City Centre at Quail Valley, 2880 LaQuinta Drive, Missouri City. Guest speaker is Congressman Al Green. For info email:


Music in the Plaza 2012 Sugar Land Superstar Lauryn Harris returns to the Plaza to perform a free concert 7:3- p.m.-9:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs!


Music Fest 13 Fort Bend Women’s Center announces their Music Fest featuring “America” known as 70s brand of folk rock, on Saturday, August 10, Safford Centre, Stafford. Sponsorships & tickets only on sale until June 12. Info 281-3445041. Sugar Land Superstar Finale Enjoy Sugar Land’seighth annual American Idol-like competition finale where one lucky contestant will be named the 2013 Sugar Land Superstar, Sugar land Town Plaza, 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.


Adopt a Pet First Colony Mall near Apple & Pottery Barn 1-4 p.m. Adoption dog fees $125 (25 lbs or under 6 months), & $95 dogs (26 lbs or more & older than 6 months). Additional pet adoption will return Sat., Aug. 14, 10 a.m.- noon, near Apple & Pottery Barn.


Emergency disaster preparedness Join the Office of Emergency Management for this disaster preparedness seminar, Tuesday, August 13, Expo 8 a.m. to noon, Rosenberg Civic Center. 3825 Hwy. 36 South. CE hours hours for insurance agents & adjusters. Vendors welcome. For info Call 281-342-5326 for more information. German Society to meet The Fort Bend Chapter of the Texas German Society will meet Tues., August 13, 7 p.m., Albert George Branch Library, 9230 Gene, Needville. Movie night & ice cream. Call 281-342-8243 for more info.


Night at Constellation Field Fort Bend Corps Night at Constellation Field. $10 field box seats, Wednesday August 14, 7:05 p.m., Skeeters vs. Long Island Ducks. $5 of each ticket benefits Fort Bend Corps. For ticket information call Fort Bend CORPS 281-617-7416 or


Music in the Plaza Bring your dancing shoes to the Plaza for an evening of live music from Sarah Golden and Aaron Kauffman, at Sugar Land Town Square, 7:30-9:30 p.m.

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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 Cindy Fauvelle,713-829-0550 or New Diabetic support group Mondays 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, 17500 West Grand Paryway South, hospital conference rooms B & C. Aug. 19, 2013, Nov. 18, 2013, Feb. 17, 2014, May 19, 2014. Events are free RSVP to 713-222-2273. Info? 281-725-5059. Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land The morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land is an all-volunteer national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships. The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Web site is ECSL.ORG Fitness in the Plaza Fridays, from 9-11 a.m. - August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Sugar land Town Square. Join us each Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring FREE Boot Camp,9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 a.m. Beat the heat at Gattitown Beat the heat at Gattitown with indoor Laser Tag, Go Karts and much more. Plus enjoy Gatti’s signature pizza buffet for just $3.99 (plus $1.89 bottomless drinks), Monday – Thursday all summer long.Great for groups & birthdays. Recovers is Posible Bring Everyone in the Zone peer group are offered the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m., United Way Bldg., 10435 Greenbough Dr. Stafford. For more info 409-550-0538 or Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets every Wednesday, noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information call Mike Reichek at 281-575-1145 or Support group for caregivers NAMI Fort Bend (an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) would like to invite you to a Support Group for caregivers on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. These meetings are free and open to anyone who is giving care and support to a family member who is suffering from mental illness. These are caregiver ONLY meetings and are held at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, in the Social Concerns Conference Room from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Al-Anon Support Group Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held



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at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005. Interested about breastfeeding? Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting of La Leche League of Fort Bend every second Monday at 7pm at Memorial Hermann Sugarland Hospital or every third Monday at 10:30am at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center. Babies are always welcome at meetings. For more info call Erin: 281-325-0618, Laura: 281-2774989, Lisa: 281-710-7171, Briana:


29th Annual Commercial Heifer Sale Fort Bend County Fair 29th Annual Commercial Heifer sale will be held Saturday, September 28, Beef Cattle Clinic registration 9:00 a.m.; Beef Cattle Clinic 9:30 a.m.; Commercial Heifer Viewing 11:00 a.m.; Heifer Auction Reception 12:00 Noon; Sale begins at 1:00 p.m.; Heifer to be picked up Sunday, Sept 29, 8:30 am – 10 am.


Dragon Boat Regatta This 10th annual Regatts will be held at Brooks Lake @ Fluor Daniel, Sugar Land, 8:30-4 p.m., free to the public. Visit wwwtexasdragonboat. com. Free ESL classes offered Sugar Land Family Church is pleased to offer free English as Second Language classes for adults. Fall classes begin September 10, and registration is required before attending. Registration will be August 29 and September 5 between 9-11am and 4-6pm. Sugar Land Family Church, 1110 Burney Road in Sugar Land. Interested students are encouraged to stop by during the registration times to be placed in the appropriate class level. All classes are taught in English. For more information about Sugar Land Family Church and the ESL program, please visit

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Quail Valley Yard of the Month named Lasting summer color during a very hot summer is a feat achieved by Maria Landis of 3722 Ridgeview, just off Glenn Lakes. Her garden is a riot of color beautifully contrasted to vertical “anchor” plants that define areas and make statements. Whether it’s the dramatic ligustrums central to the entry or the cypress adding their winding shapes, this garden is full of ideas. It’s lush with caladiums, bougainvillea, ixora, vinca, society garlic and roses. The yellows, oranges, reds, pinks shade into the lavenders among many shades of green. For dependable color, Maria uses caladium clusters and varieties with their many colors of foliage. Maria received a plant from Flowers by Adela and a Certificate of Appreciation

from the Quail Valley Garden Club. If you’d like more gardening know how, their programs, open and free to the public, begin, Thursday

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Lasting summer color is tough during the dog days of summer. Maria Landis’ garden at 3722 Ridgeview provides many ideas for adding color and lushness to your garden.

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