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Fort Bend ISD considers eliminating K-6 initiative Five years after its implementation and touted as a way to improve the academic success of students attending under-performing schools, Fort Bend ISD is considering abandoning the K-6 initiative because its results have not been what the district had hoped. During a Board of Trustees workshop on September 10, Assistant Superintendent Rhonda


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McWilliams offered trustees a report card on the K-6 Initiative and called on the board to approve a return to a standardized district where elementary schools would be K-5 and middle schools would be 6-8. "During five years of the initiative, we have seen pockets of improvement in student achievement," McWilliams said. "However, overall there is not evidence of sustained academic growth based upon the K-6

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initiative." The initiative, which was launched in the 2007-2008 school year, involved 13 underperforming elementary and middle schools in the district. The peak of the program's success occurred in the 2008-09 and the 2009-10 school years when there were multiple exemplary and recognized K-6 campuses. The current K-6 alignment shows 9 FBISD, continued on page 7

Great parent turnout at SMSD Board Meeting continually altered until the ideal per student ratio is completed. There's a saying "If you build Currently, eleven new it, they will come." This couldn't teachers are being hired. Once be more true for Stafford construction is completed, MSD. Parents who spoke at the there will be plenty of room for September board meeting to the increase of students, in the Dr. Hindt and the Trustees had meantime, the District is asking concerns as well as praise for for patience. the District so far. Attendance The following are the for all schools at the time of concerns parents shared: the meeting was at 3,352, (two • When will books and lockers hundred more than last year) and be assigned? By the time you due to the constant growth since are reading this, all books the start of school, balancing will have been distributed and kids per class has to be lockers allocated. Not to blame By Karen Daniels

everything on construction, but the high school staff could not get into the school until two weeks prior to school. • Is four minutes between classes enough? Walking from Point A to Z can be accomplished in this amount of time (4:30 is the time). If it is a matter of using the bathroom, Dr. Hindt assured no child would be denied, but asked that they go to class first and get a pass. SMSD, continued on page 10

Missouri City slow to pull trigger on May bond vote don't start addressing it, our property values will be affected," Missouri City's City Council Mayor Allen Owen said. "At members on Tuesday began the the same time, I do not want our work of discussing what direction bond rating affected. I don't want to take in regard to a proposed to tax our citizens to the point bond referendum in May that that they don't understand the would help repair the city's streets importance of this bond issue. and sidewalks. Because the bottom line is that if "This city is at the age where they don't authorize it we can't do our streets are worn out. If we anything about it." By Betsy Dolan

The boys and girls at Settlers Way were celebrating Patriots Day and honoring the first responders of our community.  They encouraged  everyone to wear red, white and blue for the special day.

Fort Bend County employees get 2.35% raise

Over $250M budget adopted By Elsa Maxey

“We have a recession underway,” said Judge Bob Hebert at the Sept. 11 commissioners court meeting shortly before action was taken approving a 2.35 percent across the board salary increase for the county’s workforce. That’s when he made his position

clear about neither supporting reclassifications in the form of adjustments for the district attorney’s office nor that of the assistant county attorney’s salary. There was also an adjustment proposed in the sheriff’s department. Commissioner Richard Morrison said that his argument in support of both the county

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Missouri City Manager Edward Broussard said the initial plan was to put a smaller bond package together that would focus primarily on street and sidewalk repairs with consideration given to drainage improvements, park By LeaAnne Klentzman and trail improvements and construction of Fire Station #6, A couple of weeks ago the "Fort Bend Star" told readers BOND VOTE, continued on page 7 about a trio that posed as utility

Man busted on marijuana grow house in New Territory search warrant By LeaAnne Klentzman was executed After several months of on September investigation and utility 12. He said, tracing, the Fort Bend “The narcotics County Narcotics Task Force agents located obtained a search warrant on a a sophisticated hydroponic grow operation in indoor the New Territory subdivision. Justin Fonville marijuana The home in question is operation being conducted in located at 915 Featherbrook four rooms of the residence. “ in the Laurel Crest/ Chapel They recovered 343 Marijuana Bend section of New Territory. plants inside the home along According to county records with indoor grow lights, scales, the home is owned by a Family water pumps, fans, invertors and Trust in Walnut, California. assorted equipment all used in the According to Sheriff’s This is what a marijuana grow house looks like in full operation in a MARIJUANA, continued on page 10 spokesman Bob Haenel, the Fort Bend County neighborhood.

company workers and lured an elderly man into his backyard under the auspices of looking at a meter. While the female “utility employee” was chatting with the elderly Richmond resident, her two “associates” were inside the man’s home pilfering his safe. The case was given some media attention but was gone with the day’s news. Well, it has happened again, this time in Sugar Land. At press time the "Fort Bend Star" is still waiting on specific information from the Sugar Land Police department. However, we can tell you that while the victim in the Sugar Land case was not physically injured, their life has been immeasurably changed, along with the lives of their family members. As one hears of this kind of crime it is hard to imagine it happening to you. We convince IMPORTANCE, continued on page 7

and district attorney’s office adjustments relate to undue taxpayer costs incurred for retraining when staff leaves for more attractive salaries and/ or benefit offers. He said this causes civil court dockets to bog down and he contrasted how with the retention of attorneys, commissioners court runs smoothly because legal advice is provided in a timely manner. “It’s going to take at least a year to train a new lawyer on how things run, and so I thought this was a reasonable request from both the district attorney and county attorney,” said Morrison, and “it’s just something that the public needs to know.” $250OM, continued on page 7


Smarter crooks By LeaAnne Klentzman

Just say’n… we need a better class of crooks! While it is nice that the crooks CRIMINAL are sharing OF THE WEEK the wealth by moving westward in their quest for bounty…Really! They need to hit the right houses! That’s right, since December of last year, the Westpark Toll way corridor (Cinco Ranch and surrounding communities) have seen an increase in home invasion robberies. Only, the


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QV PROUD HOTLINE ELDORADO BRIDGE: Bridge CLOSED Friday, September 14th. Golf carts and pedestrians will have access until demolition actually starts. Access facility and parking lot via La Quinta. S P E C I A L ANNOUNCEMENT: Almost there! Just a few more touches and the new City Centre will be open. UPDATE ON “NEW” CITY TENNIS/FITNESS CENTER IN QV: From July 14th to August 31st sold 640 “new” memberships. There are 330 “annual” memberships from FM 2234 facility. They were given 6 month grace period to use “new” facility. TENNIS LESSONS? Lessons for those in wheel chairs. (281-403-8637) TENNIS COURTS? Old courts resurfaced. They are asphalt courts, not concrete. Some minor low spots on courts. TENNIS COURT I N S P E C T I O N S : Representatives from Houston and United States Tennis

Associations did inspections and said courts were in “very good” condition. EL DORADO ENTRANCE: Fund HOA, in conjunction with CITY, working on a beautification project close to the main entrances where there are utility boxes. QV MONUMENT SIGN, CARTWRIGHT @ MURPHY: Lights being changed to LED lights. QV FUND HOA “New” BUILDING: Location: Glenn Lakes @ Ridgeview. 281-4998371. Electronic message board will replace current sign. POLITICAL SIGNS. Reminder: “political” signs cannot go up until October 6th. ONLY one sign per lot. ONLINE INVENTORY FOR YOUR HOME: https:// mainPage.aspx “FREE” ADMISSION: ANNUAL GARDEN ART & PLANT SALE. Sugar Land Garden Club 14th Annual. Saturday, September 22, 8:30 am to 1 pm at


Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Drive. Visit OR call 281-491-9609. STATEWIDE HEALTH CONTEST. Encourages people to be active and live a healthier lifestyle. Two main activities: Community Health Fair (281403-8637) and “RALLY” to get citizens involved in an eightweek FRIENDLY FITNESS CONTEST between Sugar Land and Missouri City…..visit www.hebcommunitychallenge. com to sign up. SUPPORT QUAIL VALLEY PROUD. Just $20 a year helps PROUD sponsor QV projects. MAILYOUR DONATION TO: Frost Bank, Lock box Department, Quail Valley PROUD, P. O. Box 367 Dept. 06, Houston, Texas 77001. Q U E S T I O N S ANSWERED. Email the PROUD HOTLINE at OR Phone/Fax 281-438-4714. SIGN UP FOR QUAIL VALLEY NEWS. Email your name/address to:




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Woman's Club of Missouri City hold kick-off meeting The Woman's Club of Missouri City had its kick-off meeting for the new season at the home of Allen and Jane Owen. As the club moves forward, its theme will be Catch the Spirit! Join the Club!  President Jo Butterfield anticipates an exciting year and told the members that "we have begun to revitalize our club with new members and new adventures." She introduced and welcomed three new members -- Carol Grates, Jeannie Hillier and Linda Emery. The Woman's Club of Missouri City is the oldest service organization in Fort Bend County. It has been providing community service since 1956. Leadership includes Jo Butterfield, President; Jane Thompson, Vice President; Jane Owen, Recording Secretary; Milly Smith, Corresponding Secretary; Nancy Thurmond, Treasurer; Ann Smith, Parliamentarian; and Jean Shelledy, Historian.

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es shows that Commissioner Prestage spent $3179.04 for 12 months of mileage reimbursements. That averages about $264 per month. For some reason I failed to get his September, 2011 mileage in my open records request. One expense that stands out is the mileage he charges for attending commissioner court meetings or any other meetings in Richmond, the county seat. Commissioner Prestage’s office is located in Missouri City. However, Commissioner Prestage is certainly not alone. All the commissioners charge mileage in their expense report almost every Tuesday when commissioners court meets. Some sort of hide it by calling it “Jackson” on their mileage request (Patterson), while others just flat out call it “commissioners court.” I don’t know why that has always rankled me. I guess because I think you could at least attend commissioner court meetings without turning in mileage since you are being paid over $100,000 a year to attend the meetings. Used to be that Commissioner Andy Meyers was the only commissioner to do that. After I pointed it out in a long ago column, all the other commissioners started doing it. Talk about the government teat. Yeah, and three of them are Republicans.

Prayer List Darren Glynn, civilian contractor Corporal Jarrod Wayman, USMC Sgt. Simon Gutierrez, USMC Pvt. Marques Roberson, U.S. Army Capt. Daniel Seiter, U.S. Army Mike Carroll, 1st Lieutenant, USMC Dan Carroll, 1st Lieutenant, USMC Henry Blassingame, contractor SPC Christopher Kimrey, U.S. Army Sgt. Bryan Lemmon, USMC Pvt. Ezequiel Grimaldo, U.S. Army Capt. Matthew Fox, U.S. Army Cpl. Jason Lee Mejorado, USMC Airman Oscar Mejorado II, USAF Seaman Jacob G. Mejorado, USN Capt. Richard Carrell, USAF Sgt. Jeffrey A. WIlliams, USMC Sgt. Holly K. Williams, USMC Maj. William J. Stoesser, U.S. Army Airman Caleb J. Powell, USAF Cpl. Erick Tijerina, USMC LCDR James D. Shaw, U.S. Navy TSgt. Daniel Vargas, USAF LCpl. Jeffrey B. Brock, USMC FC2 Penny McGaughy, U.S. Navy LCpl. Raymond Padilla, Jr., USMC LCpl. Robert Originales, Jr., USMC PFC Patrick Fege, U.S. Army Corporal Jonathon Ross, USMC Capt. Clay Bland, U.S. Army Capt. Hunter Bland, U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Gomez, USMC PFC Eli Harrington, USMC LCpl. “Trey” L. Chapa III, USMC Lt. Col. Bentley Nettles, U.S. Army Cpl. Jose R. Zepeda, USMC Jerry Zepeda, civilian contractor FR Brad Lindsey, U.S. Navy Capt. Chris Taylor, U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Pereira, USMC LCpl. Kevin Canada, USMC SPC Donald McPaul, U.S. Army SSgt. Percy Engineer, U.S. Army LCpl. Douglas R. Johnson, USMC Sgt. Jerome Estrada, USMC SSgt. Joseph Crow, USAF DaNetra D. Pittman, Civilian Conractor Airman Shannon Fleming, U.S. Navy Corporal Jake Crocker, USMC Corporal Armando Olivares, USMC Corporal Jonathan McCoy, USMC

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No, the majority of Commissioner Prestage’s expense report is for travel expenses out of the county. He spent $7,021.30 for travel. Most other commissioners spent far less than that, although Commissioner Andy Meyers did spend almost $2,000, but Commissioners Morrison spent less than $1,000 and Commissioner Patterson spent less than $500. So where did Commissioner Prestage go? He went to Fort Worth, Texas, Portland Oregon, and Washington, D.C. He also traveled to College Station, Decatur, Ga, San Antonio, and Pittsburgh, Pa.

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Missouri City “Team Clean” Day is September 21 On Friday, Sept. 21, Missouri City employees will join forces for a “Team Clean” and dedicate the day to cleaning out and organizing their work areas. All non-emergency City offices will be closed except for Permits & Inspections; that office will be open from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to accept monthly Planning & Zoning submittals. It will be closed for the duration of the day. City offices will reopen for regular business hours at 8 a.m. on Monday, Sept. 24. Residents who have questions about City services and programs should call 281.403.8500 and leave a message. Residents

and businesses with questions about inspections and permits should call 281.403.8600 and leave a message. City staff will promptly return all calls on Monday. For emergencies, please call 281.403.8700. The goal of the “Team Clean” project is to provide City staff an opportunity to review, organize and archive electronic and paper files, clear out non-essential files and clutter, and to recycle paper, office equipment and other accessories. A newly formed City Green Committee will coordinate the recycling portion of the project.

FBISD observes National Arts in Education Week Fort Bend ISD joined school districts across the nation in observing National Arts in Education Week. Held the second week of September, National Arts in Education Week promotes the immense role that arts education has in producing engaged, successful, and college and career-ready students. FBISD is proud of the accomplishments of its students who participate in the visual and performing arts. FBISD students have received numerous national and state awards honoring their skills and achievements throughout the years. To help celebrate National Arts in Education Week, FBISD fine arts teachers have created wall displays of student-produced artwork in the Atrium of the FBISD Administration Building, 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. Shown are examples of student artwork displayed

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This has nothing to do about anything above.......I am constantly amazed about how elected officials will lie to you in your face even when you tell them you know they are lying. How many times in the past have I called an elected official and prefaced my remarks with a reminder that I don’t usually ask questions unless I already know the answer. Then I usually also say something like this: “You know, I have always supported you and felt you do the right thing and the following question I am going to ask you is very important to me. If you lie to me, I will never trust anything else you ever, ever say.” Now if someone said that to you, don’t you think you would think long and hard about the answer you gave me? In the past, I have been looking at the picture of a burned up ambulance and asked if a bottle rocket in the back door caused its demise. I’ve been told by an elected official who should have known better, “What ambulance? What bottle rocket?” So.....the reason I’m talking about this today is because I think it is a good thing to remind everyone of my little tendency. I don’t ask questions for which I don’t already know the answer. Most of

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Over the years, I’ve heard complaints from other elected officials that Commissioner Prestage spends taxpayer money going to the National Organization of Black County Officials and the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation. I’ve always felt that Commissioner Prestage is going to learn as much going to any conference, whether exclusively for certain races or not. And as far as his travel expenses being more than other commissioners, I feel that our commissioners should have exposure and interaction with commissioners and elected officials from other areas. In fact, I think they should have more and I don’t feel that Commissioner Prestage’s travel expenses are excessive. They are always well documented and his hotel bills do not show any untoward charges (mini-bar or porn). Maybe if some of our commissioners travelled to conferences more, they would learn how other counties handle their problems. Contrary to what they think, they don’t know everything!



Where are you going this month?.....This past month I’ve been looking over the travel expenses of Fort Bend County Commissioners, sparked in part by a plan to establish a new department in the county to buy and manage county vehicles. This plan suddenly appeared in a memo circulated throughout the county. I’m certainly not opposed to a “fleet management” department. I just wonder where it was when the Fort Bend Sheriff’s department was running rampant concerning cars for their “friends” in the department. In an earlier column I explained how commissioners used to get a $500 monthly car allowance plus gas, oil changes, tires, batteries and other maintenance items, but that amount was rolled into their salary. After that, commissioners were required to turn in mileage and other expenses for reimbursements. I also discussed amounts that every Fort Bend Commissioner claimed for the past year. The commissioner who turned in the most expenses for the past year is Pct. 2 Commissioner Grady Prestage. Since 6/3/2011 through 7/30/2012 (actually 13 months), Commissioner Prestage turned in expenses of $10,200.34 for the year. A closer look at his expens-

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Eldridge Park Trail gets support from Great American Trails Grant Sugar Land recently completed the expansion of Eldridge Park Trail, a project supported with a $15,000 Great American Trails grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Darden Foundation. Sugar Land was one of eight communities to receive a 2012 grant and used the funds for enhancements that included benches, trail signage and trash receptacles along the mile-long trail. The grant was transferred from NRPA (a national non-

profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts) and the Darden Foundation (the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc.) to the City through the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation. The grant-funded amenities enhanced a cityfunded project to lengthen the trail at Eldridge Park. "Thanks to the Darden Foundation, the NRPA and the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation, residents can


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now enjoy longer, leisurely strolls along Eldridge Park's newly expanded walking trail," said Director of Parks and Recreation Jim Browne. "Local parks and trails are community resources supporting conservation and environmental sustainability. The Great American Trails grant helped improve the infrastructure at Eldridge Park and contributed to the multitude of benefits our trail system provides the community." LongHorn Steakhouse, a division of Darden Restaurants, Inc., helped secure Sugar Land's grant. Trails in Sugar Land are intended to contribute to a more interconnected community and foster active modes of transportation such as walking and biking. They also protect, sustain and restore open spaces - making the community more livable and improving the quality of life.

The Sugar Land Legacy Foundation, a private nonprofit organization established in 2010 to create a vehicle for sustainable charitable and planned donations for parks and civic facilities in Sugar Land, facilitated the grant from the Darden Foundation. Contributions to the Legacy Foundation support the City of Sugar Land's acquisition, ownership, construction, development, improvement, operation or maintenance of land and facilities. This includes capital projects and funds supporting activities for recreation, entertainment, sports, the arts or similar activities that might benefit the citizens of Sugar Land. For more information on the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation, call (281) 980-8981 or visit www. For more information about the Great American Trails program, visit www.nrpa. org/greatamericantrails.

Pictured (L-R) during a recent ribbon cutting ceremony were Joe Chesser, Sam Jones, Karen Glynn, Phil Martin, Himesh Gandhi, Bill Roy, Jennifer May, Paul Barnett, Harish Jajoo, Joe Zimmerman, Don Smithers, Jim Browne, Sunny Sharma, Gene Reed, Kimberly Terrell, Bridget Yeung, Merle Smithers, and Karen Daly.

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital employee elected to international leadership post Peggy Boineau, a Senior Occupational Therapist at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, was recently elected Treasurer of the International Federation of Societies for Hand Therapy (IFSHT). IFSHT is a global organization that provides networking and educational opportunities to develop and enhance the practice of hand therapy around the world. “To be elected as an officer in a worldwide organization is a tremendous honor and a real recognition of Peggy’s stature within her profession,” said Sean Croft, Director of Rehabilitation Services for Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Over the past 10 years, Peggy’s dedication and service to the field of hand therapy has been unmatched. We are extremely fortunate to have


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such a highly qualified, highly skilled individual here at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.” Boineau Peggy Boineau brings a wealth of clinical expertise to her job at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (MOST) and Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH). She has been a Certified Hand Therapist for more than 20 years, and has a long history of leadership roles in state, national and now international organizations. In fact, Boineau is a former President of the American Society of Hand Therapists, a position she held in 2010. Hand therapists such as Boineau are occupational or physical therapists that help rehabilitate patients with hand and wrist injuries and conditions, treating acute traumatic injuries such as crushed fingers, fractures, amputations and lacerations with nerve damage, along with repetitive-use conditions such as carpal tunnel syndrome. Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Physical Therapy & Sports Rehab services are located at Methodist Orthopaedic Specialists of Texas (Highway 6 and Brooks St.) and at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Spine Center off Town Center Boulevard. To schedule an appointment please call 281-201-0405.

Come out and listen to the Fort Bend Symphony at Town Square. The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra will perform a free, outdoor concert as part of the annual M.D. Anderson Pink Lighting event at Sugar Land Town Square on Saturday, Sept. 29 beginning at 7 p.m. The concert features “Over the Rainbow” as the event’s signature song, plus “Stars and Stripes Forever” and a salute to members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Also on the program are plenty of fun tunes for the entire family, like “Lion King,”

“Grease,” and “New York, New York.” The concert is hosted by Square Land Town Square. Attendees should bring lawn chairs and wear pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra opens its 21st anniversary season on Sunday, Oct. 28 at the Stafford Centre. FBSO is under the musical direction of Dr. Héctor Agüero. More information about the upcoming season is at

Another West Nile case reported in Fort Bend Over the weekend, one additional West Nile Virus illness case was confirmed in this area. Fort Bend County Health and Human Services reports a total of 9 West Nile cases in Fort Bend County. To date there have been no deaths this year in the county due to West Nile Virus. See West Nile Fever (WNF) and West Nile Neuroinvasive CASE # 1 2








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Did you get a new Kindle, but you’re not sure how to use it? Fort Bend County Libraries will present an introductory program, “Shift Into OverDrive with Kindles,” on Wednesday, October 3, beginning at 10:00 am, in the Computer Lab at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. Learn how to download eBooks to your Kindle from the library’s online digital library collection, OverDrive. Those attending this class should bring their Kindle, their library card, and their PIN. Anyone who is just thinking about purchasing a Kindle may also like to attend to learn about other people’s experience with Kindles and to see how easy it is to download free eBooks from the library. The class 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., 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.

Merit Semifinalists Named The Fort Bend Independent School District is proud to announce the names of 48 students who have been named semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. To put that number in perspective, Fort Bend ISD has one of the highest percentages of National Merit Semifinalists among the larger school districts in Texas. The 48 semifinalists were selected from more than 1.5 million high school students in more than 22,000 United States high schools who entered the 2013 Merit Program by taking the PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. The number of semifinalists in a state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the national total of graduating seniors. Fort Bend ISD's 2013 National Merit semifinalists by campus are: • Austin High School – Ryan Ding, Steven Haussmann, Anthony Hresko, Azim Pothiawala, Yash

Tarkunde, Courtney Walker, Tucker Westfall, Lawrence Wu, and Travis Yeh; • Clements High School – Sarah Bernardo, Steven Gutzwiller, Christopher Herzog, Megan Kallus, Naureen Kheraj, Kimberly Khoo, Claire Kimutis, Anna Kong, Maxwell Lee, Chang Liu, Douglas Mill, Quan Nguyen, Alexandra Parsons, James Paul, Jack Ren, Lilly Shen, Kyle Smith, Benjamin Tu, Brian Wang, Cassie Wang, Haotian Wu, Sang Xie and Samuel Younan; • Dulles High School – Daniel Fan, Peter Feng, Kevin Javier, Jonathan Keller, Jorge Martorell, Robert Shen, Sarah Sun and Emily Wu; • Hightower High School – Sanjiv Gopalkrishnan; • Kempner High School – Theresa Cockerham, Haley Escamilla, Brittany Irizarry and Christopher Sabbagh; • Travis High School – Swathi Ariyapadi, Priyanka Chandraker and Elizabeth Gerzina. These high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 8,300 Merit Scholarship awards valued at $32 million that will be offered next spring.

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The Conservative Voice By Barbara J. Carlson

“Keep Printing, Keep Spending and the Heck With Security” At what point will this administration leap to the conclusion that 9/11 “was not premeditated,” as was Ambassador Susan Rice’s pitiable explanation for the American consulate’s attack last week in Banghazi, killing four innocent Americans? How much more evidence do the American people need that this president is not upholding his oath of office in keeping our country safe—and our American consulates—especially on 9/11? When Bush isn’t being blamed, then the American people are being fed rhetorical bunk. Have we swallowed enough bogus propaganda yet, as the Democrats don’t hesitate to disparage our intellect as to what’s happening both domestically and on a global scale under this administration? Time is running out for the Democrats, as Romney is still leading 47% to 45% in the Rasmussen Poll, as we anxiously await the first presidential debate on October 3rd and Ryan’s only VP debate on October 11th. After this polarizing week, one

can only ponder who Gallup is really polling and why the returns aren’t showing a 70% to 30% real number. How much more evidence do the American people need that this administration is hell bent on a mission to financially destroy the stability of our great nation? Not only does this president need to be retired but his entire cabinet—with Fed’s Chairman, Ben Bernanke, following right behind our president. QE1 and QE2 didn’t work, so why would Bernanke think that QE3 will help the American economy—now with the Feds offering to buy $40 billion worth of mortgage-backed securities? In essence, another stimulus package is being pushed down our throats. QE3 will have no positive effect on creating a stronger job market. Not only will we, the taxpayer, be saddled with this impolitic $40 billion burden, but the massive printing of money has escalated—again with no fiscal accountability. One has to question, “What grade did these guys really receive in Economics? Or did they even attend class?” Last week our

country endured another historic financial downgrade—again under this inept administration. Why isn’t our Congress fighting for the American people? Where is our Conservative leadership? To make matters worse, after Americans bailed out GM ($50 billion in 2009), now GM is wanting out from under the government’s fist. They’ve figured out that, well, it’s not quite the fun “free” ride that they had anticipated. GM argues that it’s because

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government’s iron fist limits its ability to recruit the best and offer lucrative salaries while hurting its reputation. $50 billion is “limiting”? Let’s see if we can swallow that one with a big smile. As expected, this administration is saying no, as it would lead to a multibillion dollar loss for the government. The two questions one must pose are (1) “Being that we all now own 27% of GM, why haven’t we received our dividends in the mail;” and, (2) “If GM purchases back the 200

have this festival. As Carol set up the ground work to create one, she received a breast cancer diagnosis. The festival was put on hold so she could beat the cancer--which she did! The following year, Carol and her husband went back to Austin to meet with vendors and organizers to pursue the dream of a hot sauce festival in Houston. Each year the event gives money to the Snowdrop Foundation, benefitting pediatric cancer. "I was lucky," Carol said. "I had excellent insurance, but so many people did not. When I set the festival up, I wanted to give back." From a fire breathing juggler to the execution station. A hula hooping contest to a ghost pepper eating contest. Live music, a children's area, and vendors with original artwork and jewelry. There was something for everyone. Though the projected forecast was not favorable to outdoor festivals, the rain held off until closing on the second day. Mother Nature must also agree that having the Houston Hot Sauce Festival is a good thing.

By Karen Daniels

Making hot sauce is an art form. Just the right amount of ingredients. Just the right amount of heat. For the past 12 years, Carol Borge, organizer of the Houston Hot Sauce Festival, has been bringing that heat, and for the last four years, that heat has found a home at the Stafford Centre. With the perfect blend of seasonings and imagination, contestants bring their created flavors from around the world (the farthest one coming from Australia) to be judged by the attendees. The voting process is per ingredients with categories such as: hot sauce; green sauce, habanera sauce, barbeque sauce, marinade, dips, jams and jellies, to name a few. Best In Show went to Red Back Chili's Horrible Haggas. Carol Borge attended her first hot sauce festival nearly 15 years ago in Austin. She had such a great time, she wanted to know when it would be in Houston. After checking around, she learned Houston did not

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million of its 500 million shares, will GM pay those monies down against our deficit and promise never to be bailed out again?” Conservatives continue to shake their heads and question, “Why didn’t anyone in Congress have the courage to stand up and impeach this president when we had the chance—and with more evidence than with any other president?” We saw far ahead of the curve where this “stranger” to all of us was taking us but our Conservative voices were


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The Sienna Plantation Levee Improvement District of Fort Bend County, Texas will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at 11:30 a.m., at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP located at 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2400, Houston, TX 77027. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The Sienna Plantation Municipal Utility District No. 10 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at 3:45 p.m. at the offices of the Fort Bend Chamber, located at 445 Commerce Green Boulevard, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

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If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

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of the 13 schools not making adequate progress for this year. McWilliams partially blamed the programs' decline on the reduction in force (RIF) that occurred in 2010. "The core of the initiative was based upon the addition of staff," McWilliams said. "While it is difficult to isolate what has hurt those K-6 campuses the most, I think the loss of those positions has been tremendous." Trustees were shown a break down of enrollment numbers under the current initiative and what those numbers would look like under a standardized plan. Four elementary campuses would be at just 60% building utilization without sixth grade.

Only Missouri City Middle School would see its enrollment go above its functional capacity with the addition of sixth grade. Justin Silhavy, FBISD's Demographic and Planning Coordinator told the trustees that standardizing the district provides an opportunity to "reconfigure everything to address overcrowding at elementary and middle schools and consider possible boundary changes." The overview of the K-6 Initiative also included survey results of parents and teachers. Among the parents, 68% said they were satisfied with the initiative, 75% were satisfied with their child's overall academic performance and 70% want the program

Over $250M budget adopted explained that commissioners court has “to react to what we Commissioner Grady Prestage, can do, and my problem and who made the motions for the the reason why I will vote salary adjustments, proposed that against this is that I can’t do it for everyone, so I’m not going by April 2013, which is the mid to single out departments that point of the new budget year, a we’re going to do it for.” One District Attorney prosecutor’s of the motions for the budget salary be increased to $102,737. adjustments failed and the other He also asked commissioners court to adjust the Assistant was withdrawn. County Attorney’s salary in the There was also no action amount of $19,630. taken on position adjustments Although sympathetic about in the sheriff’s detention Morrison’s position, Judge and law enforcement areas. Hebert said “if we lose a skilled Commissioner Prestage said drag line operator from the Road there was concern about whether any action taken “would be and Bridge Department,” it also legal.” Prestage was probably hurts the county. Judge Hebert $250M, continued from page 1

to continue. But among the teachers surveyed, 60% said they were satisfied with student achievement, 68% thought students were getting a better education with the K-6 Initiative but just 33% wanted the program to continue with 26% "unsure". Trustees were also told about the difference in Fine Arts opportunities for sixth graders attending K-6 schools compared to sixth graders attending middle schools. McWilliams said the choices are fewer at K-6 schools, students get less instructional time, the Fine Arts teachers are spread too thin and K-6 students are less likely to continue with Fine Arts activities once they get to middle school. "We can't offer anything but art and band at the K-6 campus. referring to whether the action would comply with “the civil service act we adopted earlier this year,” said Commissioner Andy Meyers. Last week, Fort Bend County Commissioners Court also voted unanimously to adopt the county’s 2013 fiscal year budget which totals $250, 277,339. It includes the addition of a $300,000 non departmental contingency increase over last year amounting to $ 1,600,000. It also includes the raises for full time and part time employees, and funding for 2,076 positions, nine of which are newly created. In other action, commissioners court’s set the salaries for elected officials of Fort Bend County

But kids in the sixth grade in middle school can choose from choir, orchestra, speech. That's been a negative (with the initiative) and it has affected us all the way up through our high school programs," McWilliams said. The cost of standardizing the district would be nominal, according to the data compiled by the district. Fort Bend ISD would need to hire one additional counselor at a cost of around $70,000 and temporary buildings would need to be moved at a cost of $35,000 each. Reassigning staff, moving furniture and supplies and transportation changes would be minimal. The board hopes to discuss eliminating the K-6 Intiative at their next board meeting on September 23. in accordance with state law. The county judge’s annual salary is now $107,470, and commissioners will each earn $102,350 per year. Why is it that district judges will not get a raise from commissioners court? “The state district judges’ salaries are set and capped by law and they are currently under the maximum limit allowed under state law,” said Judge Hebert. “It’s not a matter set by the (commissioners) court, but by state law.” Fort Bend County’s tax rate will remain the same for the new fiscal year beginning in October. To review the new fiscal year salary and position listings, see this story online at fortbendstar. com.

ourselves we are smarter than that; we’re not. We have talked with our elderly parents and told them what to do and how to handle a stranger at the front door. We have talked with our children and told them not to answer the door. Yet, all the talking in the world does not undo the lessons to be nice to one another, help thy neighbor and answer the door when the bell rings, heck even the dog runs to the door to see who has come to visit.

the door know that someone is at home. You never want a crook to On the flip side of strangers grandchildren. Also lost in cases think you are not home and come at the door is the weekly visitors such as these is heirloom jewelry on in, especially if you are inside! who have become a fixture at which is far more valuable to The best information available your home; the cleaning lady, the family than any amount of from law enforcement sources the yard guy, the pool service, money. Documents are lost as is to respond to a knock at the the plumber, the a/c repairman well as cash. Many of the victims door, do not open it for a stranger, to name just a few. While you in these type cases are depression and inquire as to what they or your parents may know these era folks who have lost faith in need. Provide what information the banking system. folks, do they really? They have you choose to impart through been given unfettered access to As victim’s families have the closed door and if you are your home and all your worldly learned, it is always important to uncomfortable, call 911 and tell possessions, including access to develop a plan, especially with police that a stranger is asking any financial information that seniors. That being said, seniors you to leave your home. may be stacked up on a counter are not all that interested in Most importantly, the on laying on a bar. listening to their adult children, community is only as safe as As the families who recently however, there are lessons to the neighbors who look out for lost safes in these nasty burglaries be learned, on both sides, while each other. If you know you have have learned, there is far more developing a working plan. an elderly neighbor, keep an lost than the safe; which have While no one advocates eye on them, if you know there been the size of a refrigerator; being afraid to open the door, are children at home without a hidden in a secret place. it is critical that one is mindful parent, keep an eye out for them Along with the loss of the who is on the other side when as well. the doorbell rings or someone safe itself, these victims lose Fort Bend is a community of knocks. As we have learned it is historical mementos that link neighborhoods. Be neighborly past generations to tomorrow’s also important to let whoever is at and we will all be safer.



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

SUGAR CREEK • Lovely custom home in Sugar Creek with one of the best views you will ever see of the golf course. Sitting on the 3rd green of the Trent course you can see water, trees, several golf holes & think you are at a resort. Separate office off one of the 2-car garage, could be quarters or garage apt. Has 4-car garage, high ceilings, light & bright, sep study, master down & game rm. up, 2-balconies to enjoy outside & views. Tile roof, cul-de-sac. Gt home for entertaining or just relaxing!! Just gorgeous! $527,500. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

SUGAR CREEK • Lovely custom Sugar Creek home with pool & many updates. Silestone & stainless in kitchen. Hard to find 2 bedroom down. High ceiling, open, lite, airy. Perect for entertaining. Large deck, gameroom up. Tv on wall in master is negotiable. Lots of storage, huge utility room with built ins. Wet bar, huge corner lot. Don’t miss this wonderful home. $279,900. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

SIENNA PLANTATION • Beautiful home located in a quite neighborhood of only a few homes. This is the former Newmark model and is located on Oyster Creek. The screened porch makes for a relaxing evening watching the birds and enjoying the outside views provided by the natural setting. The welcoming entry way leads to a elegant study with hardwood floors, open formal dining room with glass block, 20’’ tile floors, oversided island kitchen, custom cabinets,granite counter tops, and stainless appliances.Solar screens. $296,988. Call Brooks Simmons to see!!!! 713-502-8905

SIENNA PLANTATION • immaculate Trendmaker home located on the #7 Fairway of Sienna Plantation Golf Course. Tenderly lived in this home has all the upgrades. Recent appliances, ceiling fans, and hardwood floors. Balcony offers magnificent views and numerous fruit trees in backyard. Create your own paradise. $409,323. Call Brooks Simmons to see!!!! 713-502-8905

SIENNA POINT • Custom home located in one of Sienna’s nicest neighborhoods. Kids can walk to highly ranked scanlan oaks elem. and play safely in the secluded area. This is a custom home built by Shawn Regan when he was with Terramark. Shawn has since formed Regan Custom Homes and does some of the finest custom home building in the Houston area. This impressive home is situated on a 1/3 acre lot and has a backyard paradise with 2 covered porches, outdoor kitchne, and fantastic landscaping. $495,000. Call Brooks Simmons to see!!!! 713-502-8905








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SUTTON FOREST: Gorgeous 2-Story Home offers Both Formals + Family, Study, Island Kitchen w/ Stainless Appliances & Wine Cooler, Wood & Tile Flrs; Game Rm, Concrete Stamped Covered Patio; 5/3.1/3D $449,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (5107CA)

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VENETIAN ESTATES: Beautifully Renovated 1-Story Home situated on Gorgeous Water Lot on Private Cul-de-sac Complete w/Boat Dock & Sparkling Pool. $96K Additional Upgrades; 3 Bedrms; 3 Baths $674,900. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (906GO)

COMMONWEALTH PARK: Grand 2-Story Perry Designed Home offers Library, Huge Family & Game Rms, SS Appliances; Lots of Closet Space; Wood & Tile Flrs; Close to Lake; Zoned to Excellent Schools! 5 Bedrms/3.1 Baths/ 2 D $389,500. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3823ST)

SIENNA PLANTATION: Stunning 2-Story Home situated on #3 Fairway of Golf Course offers Private Study, Wood Flrs, Remodeled Island Kitchen w/ Granite, High Ceiling, and Much More! 4/3.1/3A $269,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3415PO)

WATERSIDE VILLAGE: Charming 1-Story Home offers Both Formals, Wide-Plank Laminate Wood Flrs, Family Rm w/Gas Log F/P, and Open Kitchen. Great Starter Home! 3/2/2A $153,800. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (4910LW)

Anita Milne 281-413-9732

NEW TERRITORY: Wonderful 2-Story Home offers Both Formals, Family Rm w/ High Ceiling, Gentleman’s Library, Huge Open Island Kitchen, Game + Bonus Rm, Pool/Spa w/Private Pool Bath, 4 or 5 Bedrms/4.1 Baths/3A $418,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (18RC)



BRIDLEWOOD ESTATES: Fabulous custom built 2-story home on 1 acre. Spacious living areas, 2 master bedrooms; great kitchen; 2 balconies; covered patios. $465,500. Call Linda Guerrero (713)885-7314 (5903EE)






SOLANO CT. 4/2.5/2 • $159,900


BLAIR MEADOW 3/2/2 • $136,900






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Upgraded Newmark, 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths, wonderful master down, great bath: jetted tub, sep shower, sep sinks. Gameroom up, formals + den, gleaming floors, tile in all wet areas, big island kitchen, gas cooktop, granite counters, lots of fabulous cabinets! Rounded corners & archways. Big pantry, laundry, breakfast bar opens to the den, gaslog fireplace. 2-story entry. 3317 s/f per builder. $239,500 ** YOUR HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS ** Plenty of room to decorate – come see!! (3518BC)

QUAIL VALLEY TOWNHOMES 3 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, 2 car garage townhome with granite countertops in kitchen, stainless appliances. Short sale for $89,900; 1850 s/f per tax rolls. Laminate floors down, 2 living areas, formal dining alcove, breakfast & breakfast bar, fireplace. Great townhouse for investors, tenant occupied! (2917NO)


SIENNA PLANTATION 3/2/2 with lots of extras. Big master & bath, huge kitchen, lots of storage, extended covered back patio, beautifully landscaped. Front porch with patterned floor. Split floor plan, granite, tile, skylight, fireplace in den, high ceilings. $189,995! (10311AA)

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S. KIRKWOOD 3/2.1/2 $104,900


STAFFORD/HOUSTON UNINCORPORATED UNRESTRICTED AND NO HOA. 2 homes for sale on almost 1/3 ACRE lot! Close to HWY 59 and FM 1092. One home 2 beds 1 bath updated. Other home 1 bed/1 bath. Well & Septic and gas available. RESIDENTIAL OR BUSINESS. REDUCED to $225K





2722 COUNTRY CLUB BLVD. Sugar Creek 3/3.5/2: Golf course lot, open floorplan with large rooms and high ceilings. Sharon Kaye $309,900

9405 SUNNYVIEW Sunrise Lakes 5+/3.5/2: Recessed ceiling, study, gamerm, open stairway, plantation shutters, pool & spa Wendy Mottern $234,900

REDUCED 10919 RESTON POINT DR. Westheimer Lakes 4/2.5/2: Cul-de-sac location, stuccostone-brick elevation, huge master bedroom. Wendy Mottern $229,000

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2125 BROADLAWN DR. University Green 3/2.5/2: Move-in ready, landscaping, updates include a heat pump system, and more. Debbie Ashley $115,900

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REDUCED 2107 SPUR CANYON CT. Riverpark West 4/3/2 Meritage Wimbledon flr plan, kit. w/42 in. cabinets, master bath w/whirlpool tub, formals Mike Martin $233,900

REDUCED 3827 HERITAGE COLONY DR. Heritage Colony 4/2/2: Neutral colors & open floor plan w/arches. Recent tile backsplash in kitchen Joan Berger $189,950

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Beautiful waterfront home. Fresh paint. New carpet upstairs. Enjoy the lake from your patio or the balcony off the huge gameroom with its own wet bar. There is a study downstairs and another upstairs as well. $355,000


Waterfront 2story home w/no neighbors to the back or side, very private. Staircase w/iron wood rails. Family room has fplace, hwood floor,& windows galore. Island kitchen w/granite countertops, breakfast area & bar area. Great master suite. $297,500

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S 2 story home almost 3200sqft! Master and full bedroom/bath down, gameroom up. 4 full baths.Owner spent almost $200K in upgrades/ improvements. Rare find and breathtaking views of a huge lake! 2 balconies, custom quality thru-out! PRICED AT $370’s WILL GO FAST!



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SUGAR LAND! Built in 2005!! 2 story original owners! 4 bedrooms 2.5 bath & study & gameroom! Master down. Looks like new. Tile floors thruout downstairs. Gourmet kitchen, custom blinds and double pane windows! Upgrades and more! Priced to go $150’s Hurry!!


Over 3100 sqft! 4 bedrooms / 3.5 baths, Study & gameroom. Totally updated!! Big culdesac lot! Priced to go $260’s


NEWMARK home on big corner lot. Original Owner. 3 bedrooms & study barely lived in. Upgrades galore and tile floors thru-out. Custom blinds and lots of upgrades. PRICED TO GO LOW $200’S


PECAN GROVE FORT BEND SCHOOLS! POOL/SPA/ WATERFALL! 1 story 3 bedrooms & formal dining. New interior paint, wood laminate floors thru-out. Updated over $20K. Seller to pay $2K towards buyers closing costs. Shows great and ready for fast sale! Bring your offers! $170’s

FIRST COLONY/SUGAR LAND! CUSTOM HOME!! Almost 3500sqft! 5 bedrooms, study & gameroom. 3.5 baths. Oversize garage with Mans cave workshop (a/c 11x10) Upgrades over $62K!! RARE FIND!! $340’S HURRY THIS WILL GO FAST!!


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4-5/2.5/2 • $159,900



LAKE OLYMPIA • very updated! Large living & dining. Open kitchen with lots of cabinets & storage. Family room is open to kitchen. Home has pergo & ceramic tile. Recent roof, double paned windows, plumbing & light fixtures, appliances, double ovens, blinds, granite, zoned a/c, siding & more. Landscaped backyard with patio. (2654TR)

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4/2/2 • $149,900

4/3.5/2 • $279,900




SWAN ISLAND @ LAKE OLYMPIA • OVERSIZED LOT in gated community. Surrounded by 130 acres of natural lakes & nature reserve. Neighborhood amenties include marina club, fishing, boating, wildlife reserve, trails, pools, tennis. Minutes from major work centers. No time limit to build. (73PA)

MEADOWCREEK • Formal living & dining. Open kitchen to family room. Covered patio overlooking pool & landscaped backyard. Many updates & upgrades.

AUSTIN PARK • Very updated. Master down. Many updates: granite, hardwoods, and more.


4/2.5/2 • $249,900



WOODSTREAM • Extremely updated and upgraded. Energy package includes double paned windows and a 20 SEER a/c and furnace. Open living room. Separate formal dining. Beautiful touches--list is available upon request. Clements High School. (3310LH)




SILVER RIDGE – Everything is special about this home! 1.8 acres of serene lakefront property. Beautifully customized w/ hardwoods, granite, lighting, fixtures – too numerous to list all. Master down w/room-sized closet. HUGE gameroom up. Formals, Study, 4 bed, 3 ½ bath, and 4-car garage! Fabulous covered patio area. Your own private paradise! $588,000. MLS# 26273044 (4710AL)

LAKE OLYMPIA - Fabulous open floor plan perfect for growing families. All 4 bedrooms up, spacious formal living & dining on 1st floor. Updated kitchen with Granite counters, undermount sink. Gleaming wood floors in breakfast and family room. French doors open to backyard. Sits across from nature reserve so no neighbors in front. MLS # 21372600 $162,500. (2726PV)

SIENNA - One year young and barely lived in!! One story 4bedroom, 3 full bath, study, formal dining. Beautiful tile flooring, granite counters, stainless appliances including gas cooktop. French doors to covered back patio. Nature reserve behind so no back neighbors and side lot also reserve area so only one side neighbor! $258,000 MLS# 58021145 (3119LO)


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SAVANNAH – Wonderful 4 bedroom home perfect for growing family. Wood floors in den, dining, study. Tile in kitchen. Oversized gameroom. Huge backyard. Short walk to area pool, park, etc. Close to schools. $167,000. MLS# 49895264 (14209RB)

SUGAR LAND – This former model home has everything a family could want. Beautiful wood flooring in formals and den. Gourmet island kitchen. Master suite down and 4 spacious bedrooms up. Plus huge gameroom. Custom heated pool/spa and flagstone decking! No back neighbors! MLS# 78636943 $297,000. (13919BV)


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Custom Four bedroom with higher ceilings in natural lake community-gameroom up-wood floors throughout most of downstairs-plantation shutters, art niches, butlers pantry, lots of storage! Very open plan, rounded breakfast room, two staircases, dramatic entry. Two car w/portocochere, and workshop. Descending steps into pool from covered patio-raised hot tub- private backyard. $369,900 (2510PE)



Top 2 Bottom Real Estate Inspectors taps Charles Pogue Top 2 Bottom Real Estate Inspectors is pleased to announce that Charles (Chuck Pogue) has joined the Charles Pogue Inspection team at Top 2 Bottom Real Estate Inspectors. “Chuck has over 30 years of residential and commercial building construction, project management and due diligence experience. “Along with his knowledge of homes and his excellent observing and reporting skills, Chuck also possesses the seasoned experience to properly

PECAN GROVE - Pride of ownership shows in this 4 bed, 2/1 bath home. Beautifully updated with real wood floors in dining and den. Remodeled kitchen w/Granite counters, tile backsplash, master bath w/ all new counters, sinks, mirrors, shower, even toilet! Master down, 3 big bedrooms and gameroom up. MLS# 21443044 $172,500 (3530TI)

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FABULOUS Mediterranean on culdesac. Almost new home in sought after Spring Valley! Seller spared no expense! Beautiful entry with Juliet balconies. Unbelievable wetbar area with wine closet and cooler! Travertine with inlays.Beautiful hardwoods, upgraded granite, and Plant.Shutters. Custom woodwork throughout! Two master suites, one with fireplace. 5th BR could be gameroom- 5/1 baths,3 car.Media room down!Study for two up! $1,115,000 (8831CA)


Live at your own resort! Fabulous home with beautiful views of lake and resort style pool.Swim up to your sunken wetbar, and rest on the stools in the pool! Custom built, and like new! Large kitchen opens to family room. Dramatic living area! Fabulous lake views from almost every room! Master retreat with study, two sided fireplace also in master bath! $525,000 (2734PE)


Beautiful four bedroom w/gameroom in golf course community! Spacious kitchen w/ granite countertops that opens to large living area-great for entertaining! L.wood flooring thoughout most of downstairs, including staircase. Master w/bay window. Bath w/ seperate shower & wirlpool. Large gameroom upstairs along w/ spacious guest rooms. $194,900 (2022QU)




Beautiful two story with pool and spa, NO rear neighbors! High ceilings, with island kitchen open to den. Granite countertops, replaced appliances, and beautiful cabinets. Butlers pantry, as well as lam. wood flooring in dining and family room/gameroom. Breakfast area with window seatfresh paint. LARGE family room/gameroom down, as well as gameroom up! Master with cozy firelace and sitting areawirlpool. $234,900 (2214CH)

Absolutely breathtaking! This home shows like a model! Grand entry w/high ceilings. Tile throughout most of downstairs. Granite countertops, rich 42’’maple cabinets in kitchen that opens to living area. Nice master down w/ executive master bath! HUGE utiltity room w/ sink! 3 Spacious bedrooms up along w/gamerm. 2’’ blinds throughout $179,900 (5418HH)

2012 BENCHES & BARSTOOLS OPEN FOR BIDDING ONLINE INSTRUCTIONS: Simply place your name, contact information and bid amount in the comment section under the photo of the bench or barstool you'd like to bid on! Good Luck!

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ALL BENCHES AND BARSTOOLS CAN BE FOUND IN THE PHOTO ALBUM “Items up for Bid” We will be auctioning some of the items on October 11 at our WCR Business Resource Meeting. Call in bids will be accepted, or proxy bids.

evaluate homes, structures and real estate property critical to home buyer and Real Estate Agent transactions ,” says John Onofrey, President of Top 2 Bottom Real Estate Inspectors. Located in Fort Bend County, Top 2 Bottom Real Estate Inspectors specialize in Home and Termite Inspections of Residential properties for Houston, Texas, Fort Bend and Harris counties and surrounding areas since 2003. Well known for their accuracy and professionalism, Top 2 Bottom Real Estate Inspectors can be reached at 281-565-4677 or visit their web site at

“WCR BENCHES ABWA’s Fort Bend Annual Membership Drive, October 4 ABWA Fort Bend Chapter Accessory Package: valued at $350 for a 2 AND BARSTOOLS” would like to invite you to their Includes a lovely Ruana night stay at the Victorian




Annual Membership Drive. Come out and learn about ABWA and have a fantastic dinner at Kelley’s Country Cookin’, “the best in country cookin’.” There will be plenty of raffle items, including the following: • Michele Barnes - $150 gift certificate to Emmanuel Salon QB Data • Tara Cook - Jewelry valued/$52. • Monica Whisman - $25 gift certificate from Pampered Chef

• Ranee Gilbert - fashion bag valued at $120.00 • Suzette Peoples - scented wax warmer valued at $35 • Sandy Davis - Craftster Case on Wheels and $40, Wal-Mart Gift Card, $75.00 value www.africanbutterflyhouston. com • Louise Grasse - Miche Bag Base and 2 Shells value $148.00, • Cheri Pemble

(which is really a wrap), retail value $54.00 Watch, retail value $30.00 Necklace and earrings set, retail value $20. Total retail value… $104. • Becky Hall - gift certificate

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Jewelry store robbed Southbound lanes of US 59 equals cash cow

By LeaAnne Klentzman

A Zales Jewelry store in the Bella Terra shopping center was robbed, shortly after noon on Saturday September 8. Three men all dressed in black entered the store just east of the Bella Terra subdivision, south of FM 1093/ Westpark Toll Road. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, the three suspects entered the store, one wielding a gun. While the gunman ordered employees to the

floor, his co-conspirators took out hammers and claw tools to access the backs of the display cases. Once the cases were accessible, the duo raked out the jewelry into trash bags and fled the store. The armed robbers fled the parking lot in a gold colored Chrysler 300, said Haenel. Information which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspect involved could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Anyone with information is asked to call 281-342-TIPS.


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As if by magic the Fort Bend Narcotics Task Force, along with their federal counterparts, have again found a stash of cash in a random vehicle traveling southbound along US 59. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “Members of the Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force, and a Houston High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area initiative, seized $509,000 in U.S. currency last week concealed in a vehicle traveling south on U.S. 59.”

According to law enforcement officials, the Task Force was on US 59 last Wednesday conducting Javier Lopez “Highway Interdiction” when Detective M.R. Hricko observed a tractor-trailer traveling on U.S. 59 near Cottonwood Church Road. Haenel said, “Hricko observed the tractor trailer make several erratic lane changes, and then conducted

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In this week’s special Crime Alert Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in a September 12, Kingsbridge

Wanted: Smarter crooks WANTED, continued from page 1

crooks are hitting the wrong houses! They are barging in all Rambo crazy and all - demanding safes, jewelry and cash! Only nobody in the house has a clue what they are talking about. So all you folks raising the undisciplined degenerates of tomorrow … PLEASE!teach them to read maps and pay attention! Heck, if ya’ would just teach’m that, maybe they wouldn’t become crooks. What a concept!

Place aggravated robbery. Sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, said on Monday morning September 12, at about 12:30 a.m., deputy sheriffs responded to a home invasion robbery in the 9600 block of Weldridge Drive located in the Kingsbridge Place subdivision just north of the city of Sugar Land. Haenel said when the deputies arrived on the scene they discovered four victims inside the home bound with restraints. He said, “One male victim had been

a traffic stop on the vehicle near Daily Road.” During that traffic stop, Hricko’s partner, a K9 unit named Mike, searched the truck and discovered $509,000 in concealed cash. The driver, identified as Javier Jose Lopez, 38, from Harlingen, Texas was arrested and charged with Money Laundering greater than $200,000. His bond was set

at $125,000. The first degree charge carries a punishment of up to 99 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.  The charge is also punishable with probation.   Haenel said, “The vehicle and the U.S. currency was impounded by Task Force Agents and a Chapter 59 Seizure Affidavit was filed with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office.”

assaulted and was treated for a head injury by first responders from Northeast Fire Department and the Fort Bend County EMS.” Haenel went on to explain that the victims told the deputies that four Spanish speaking men entered their home and held them at gunpoint. Aside from the four adult victims Haenel said there were also two children in the home at the time of the incident; they were not harmed. The suspects were all dressed in black pants, shirts, gloves and ski masks. However, one victim told deputies that one of the suspects, although dark-skinned,

did speak English. Haenel said, “Some of the (suspect’s) t-shirts had NARCOTICS on the back.” The intruders ransacked the home and fled with an undisclosed amount of cash said Haenel. Any information that leads to the apprehension and or conviction of these suspects could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous.

Great parent turnout at SMSD Board Meeting SMSD, continued from page 1

• Is the school in compliance with safety and fire codes? The fire marshal has been to all schools and the District is in compliance. The ratio for Pre-K - 4th is 22:1 and 5th - 12th is 25:1.

• Are there enough desks and supplies? New desks have been ordered to accommodate the influx and have already arrived. The District has no shortage of books. Assistant Superintendent Marva Rasberry informed the board that the State is requesting

more bully prevention and college and career readiness class time. Bond updates were given and so far the district is on time, on schedule and on budget. A vote to keep the board seat vacant until May passed unanimously.

Man busted on marijuana grow house in New Territory MARIJUANA, continued from page 1

manufacturing, packaging, and selling of marijuana, said Haenel. The street value of the seized marijuana was assessed at $300,000.

Justin Fonville, 32, was at the scene and arrested and charged with Possession of Marijuana greater than 50 pounds but less than 2,000 pounds in a drug free zone. His bond was set at $150,000. According to county

records, Fonville was handled for possession of marijuana in 1998 and possession of a controlled substance in 2000. There is no word if other arrests are expected or if more suspects were involved.





2223 FM1092 • Missouri City, TX 77459 Dr. Charles Murphy, Pastor Sunday Bible Study 9:30am - 6:00pm Sunday Worship 10:45am - 7:00pm Wednesday: 7:00pm Bible Study / AWANA "A Place To Call Home" -

4200 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, 77459 Contemporary Worship Service: 9:00am Sunday School: 10:15am Traditional Worship Service: 11:15am


CHRIST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-980-6888 3300 Austin Parkway • Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sunday Worship: 8:15am - 9:45am - 11:05am the hub - 11:00am Sunday School for all ages - 9:45am




MURPHY RD. CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-261-5216 2025 FM 1092 • Missouri City Sunday Worship: 9:30am - 5:00pm Bible Classes: Sunday 10:45am Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30pm

Anthony Baber, Kent Savage, James Grotte, Brian Janak, Julie Decker

AGAINST the proposal:


PRESENT and not voting: None


The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

1424 FM 1092 Rd., Missouri City, 77459 Worship w/Holy Communion: 8:00 & 10:30 am 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missori City, TX 77459 Education hour for all ages: 9:15am Sunday Worship: 8:30am, 9:45am, 11:00am Open Skies Worship: 8:30am • Sunday School All Ages 9:45am FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS 281-242-7729 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Worship @ 9:00am and 11:15am Bible Study, all ages, @ 10:10am

FOR the proposal:

2011 Austin Parkway - Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sunday Worship: 8:30am - 11:00am Sunday School classes for ages 2 & up: 9:40am



The Fort Bend Municipal Utility District No. 112 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2012 on Thursday, October 4, 2012, 12:00 p.m. at the offices of Schwartz, Page & Harding, 1300 Post Oak Blvd, Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77056. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

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121 Wood ST. • Sugar Land, TX 77498 Sunday Worship: 11:00am Pastor - Bryan Eggenbeger

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“Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good”—Eclesiastes 9:18 To place an ad in The Fort Bend County Worship Directory 281-690-4200



Last Year This Year Tax rate $ 0.38000 / $100 $ 0.38000 /$100 Adopted Proposed Difference in rates per $100 of value

$ 0.000

Percentage increase/decrease in rates (+/-)


Average appraised value




General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions) $ 0 $ Average taxable value $ 205,243 $ Tax on average residence homestead $ 779.92 $ Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-) $ 22.21 and percentage of increase (+/-) 2.85%


0 211,088 802.13

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.

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STAFFORD MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT Stafford Municipal School District will hold a public hearing on the School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas at the October 8, 2012 School Board Meeting beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Stafford Municipal School District Administration Building in the Boardroom, 1625 Staffordshire, Stafford, TX 77477

C. Mark Mann School of Dental Assisting 1111 Hwy 6, #220, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Certified by: The Texas Workforce Commision Career Schools and Colleges


Estimator for established Stafford Shop. Must know estimation program for CCC and must be a People Person! Monday thru Friday position.



FLEET MECHANIC - STAFFORD, TX This position will maintain and repair fleet tractors & cryogenic tankers; diagnose mechanical problems & provide service & maint. on tractors & trailers as well as performing routine inspections; replace tires as needed & maintain accurate paperwork. Certification from a mechanic trade school or 2 yrs. of related exp. & a CDL with the ability to obtain HAZMAT & Tank endorsements. PC literate, possess own hand tools & up 1/2 inch air impact & sockets. Cryogenic and /or hydraulic exp. a plus. This is a day shift position, must be willing to travel as needed. Competitive pay with benefits in a growth-oriented environment.


IMMEDIATE FULL-TIME OPENING FOR AN OFFICE MANAGER / RECEPTIONIST in a well-established, upscale Residential Real Estate Company that serves the great Houston area. This position is for the Sugar Land branch location, Monday Friday. Responsibilities include opening and closing the office, answering the phones, maintaining functional workspaces, compiling marketing tools, distributing mail, etc. REQUIRED: Prior experience as an Office Manager, excellent administrative skills & people skills. Must have the ability to operate and trouble-shoot computers and office equipment. Preferred: Administrative experience in a residential real estate brokerage and knowledge of MLS data entry, TREC forms and marketing presentations. SEND RESUME, REFERENCES AND SALARY REQUIREMENTS BY FAX: 713 559 0452





NOTICE TO BIDDERS Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following item at the Quail Valley U.D. office, Thursday, September 27, 2012 until 10:00 A.M., then publicly opened and read aloud.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following item at the Quail Valley U.D. office, Thursday September 27, 2012, until 10:00 A.M., then publicly opened and read aloud.


120,000 lbs. Liquid Polyphosphate

Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley U.D. office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 Phone: (281) 499-5539.

Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley U.D. office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 Phone: (281) 499-5539.

NOTICE TO CREDITORS Notice is hereby given that original Letters Testamentary for the Estate of ROBERT JOHN PRITCHARD, Deceased, were issued on June 25, 2012, in Docket No. 12-CPR-024682 pending in County Court at Law No. One (1) of Fort Bend Country, Texas, to RODERICK LEE KESSLER JR. The address to which claims may be presented is:


NOTICE TO BIDDERS Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following item, including delivery, to Quail Valley Utility District Office, Thursday, September 27, 2012, until 10:00 AM, then publicly opened and read aloud: 36,000 lbs. liquid chlorine in 2,000 lb. containers 22,000 lbs. liquid chlorine in containers 1,000 lbs. hypochlorite


150 lb. calcium

20,000 lbs. liquid sulfur dioxide in 2,000 lb. containers Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley Utility District Office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas (281) 499-5539


RODERICK LEE KESSLER JR Independent Executor of the Estate of ROBERT JOHN PRITCHARD, Deceased 7406 Guinevere Drive Sugar Land, TX 77479 All persons having claims against this Estate which is currently being administered are required to present them within the time and in the manner prescribed by law. The Independent Executor hereby states his choice that claims be addressed in care of the Independent Executor at the address shown above. DATED the 17th day of September, 2012

TEXAS COMMISSION ON ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY NOTICE OF APPLICATION AND OPPORTUNITY TO REQUEST A PUBLIC MEETING FOR A NEW MUNICIPAL SOLID WASTE FACILITY REGISTRATION APPLICATION NO. 40264 Application. Stericycle, Inc., 2725C FM 521, Fresno, Fort Bend, Texas 77545, has applied to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for proposed Registration No. 40264, to construct and operate a Type V municipal solid waste Transfer and Treatment Facility. The proposed facility, Stericyle Fresno will be located on the east side of Farm-to-Market FM Road 521 approximately 2.8 miles north of Hwy 6, 77545, in Fort Bend County. The Applicant is requesting authorization to process, store and transfer municipal solid waste which includes Special Waste from Health Care Related Facilities, medical waste, non-hazardous pharmaceuticals, non-hazardous chemotherapy waste, confidential documents, and Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. The registration application is available for viewing and copying at the Stimley-Blue Ridge Neighborhood Library, 7007 W. Fuqua, Houston, Texas 77489, and may be viewed online at The following link to an electronic map of the site or facility’s general location is provided as a public courtesy and is not part of the application or notice: assets/public/hb610/index.html?lat=29.546944&lng=-95.444166&zoom=13&type=r. For exact location, refer to application. Public Comment/Public Meeting. Written public comments or written requests for a public meeting must be submitted to the Office of Chief Clerk at the address included in the information section below. If a public meeting is held, comments may be made orally at the meeting or submitted in writing by the close of the public meeting. A public meeting will be held by the executive director if requested by a member of the legislature who represents the general area where the development is to be located, or if there is a substantial public interest in the proposed development. The purpose of the public meeting is for the public to provide input for consideration by the commission, and for the applicant and the commission staff to provide information to the public. A public meeting is not a contested case hearing. The executive director will review and consider public comments and written requests for a public meeting submitted during the comment period. The comment period shall begin on the date this notice is published and end 60 calendar days after this notice is published. The comment period shall be extended to the close of any public meeting. The executive director is not required to file a response to comments. Executive Director Action. The executive director shall, after review of an application for registration, determine if the application will be approved or denied in whole or in part. If the executive director acts on an application, the chief clerk shall mail or otherwise transmit notice of the action and an explanation of the opportunity to file a motion to overturn the executive director’s decision. The chief clerk shall mail this notice to the owner and operator, the public interest counsel, to adjacent landowners as shown on the required land ownership map and landowners list, and to other persons who timely filed public comment in response to public notice. Not all persons on the mailing list for this notice will receive the notice letter from the Office of the Chief Clerk. Information. Written public comments or requests to be placed on the permanent mailing list for this application should be submitted to the Office of the Chief Clerk mail code MC 105, TCEQ, P.O. Box 13087, Austin, TX 78711-3087 or electronically submitted to If you choose to communicate with the TCEQ electronically, please be aware that your e-mail address, like your physical mailing address, will become part of the agency’s public record. For information about this application or the registration process, individual members of the general public may call the TCEQ Public Education Program at 1-800-687-4040. General information regarding the TCEQ can be found at our web site at Further information may also be obtained from Mr. R. Mark Triplett, PE, BCEE, Regional Environmental Manager, Stericycle, Inc., at the address stated above or by calling Ms. Amy R. Hesseltine, PE at 1-361-883-1984 or Ms. Lara Garey at 1-936-499-1041. Issued: August 28, 2012



Sienna Montessori School NOW HIRING

FT Montessori Certified Teacher PT Spanish Teacher Please call or fax resumes to the following address:

10010 Steep Bank Trace Missouri City, TX 77459 Fax (281) 778-2225 Phone (281) 778-2223 E-mail address:

Keller Williams

Matheson Tri-Gas, Inc. a leader in the industrial gas industry is looking for a:

STAFFORD MUNICIPAL SCHOOL DISTRICT for Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment, RFP# 2013-0001, at the Stafford MSD administration building conference room in Stafford, Texas before 2:00 p.m. local standard time on the 27th day of September, 2012. Bid document can be found on the District’s website NOTICE TO CREDITORS On the 20th day of August, 2012, Letters Testamentary upon the Estate of Richard H. Barrick, M.D., Deceased were issued to Richard Herbert Barrick, Jr. and Susan Barrick, Independent Co-Executors by the County Court at Law No. 2 of Fort Bend County, Texas, in Cause Number 12-CPR-024855 pending upon the docket of said Court. All persons having claims against said Estate are hereby required to present them within the time prescribed by law at the address shown below. The name where claims may be sent is Sally S. Andrews, Law Offices of Sally S. Andrews, whose address is 800 Bering Drive, Suite 200, Houston, Texas 77057-2130, Telephone: (713) 787-6648, Fax: (713) 787-6182, Texas Bar No. 01249700.

NONDISCRIMINATION POLICY In accordance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and its implementing regulation, The Crescent will directly or through contractual or other arrangements, admit and treat all persons without regard to race, color, or national origin, in its provision of services and benefits, including assignments or transfers within the facility and referrals to or from the facility. Staff privileges are granted without regard to race, color, or national origin. In accordance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and its implementations regulations, The Crescent will not, directly or through contractual or other arrangements, discriminate on the basis of handicap in admissions, access, treatment or employment. The Executive Director has been designated as the coordinator implementing this policy. In accordance with the Age Discrimination Act of 1975 and its implementing regulation, The Crescent will not directly or through contractual or other arrangements, discriminate on the basis of age in provisions of services, unless age is a factor necessary to the normal operation of the achievement of any statutory objective.



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NOW HIRING CONTACT: New Millennium Montessori School 2200 FM 1092 Missouri City 281-208-0471

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THIS STATE OF THE ART TRANSITIONAL CARE CENTER WILL OPEN IN SUGAR LAND SOON! Come join the team that is Committed To Excellence! We are looking for professionals with the following experiences:

NURSE MANAGERS • C.N.A. STAFF RN/LVN • HOUSEKEEPING DIETARY • SOCIAL WORKER APPLY IN PERSON Three Sugar Creek Center Blvd, Suite 100, Sugar Land, TX • Mon – Fri from 8am to 5pm •

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EMPLOYMENT ELECTRICIANS NEEDED, must have state of TX license. Send resume to john@ or fax to 979-2723700 CLASS-A CDL FLATBED DRIVERS Home on the weekends! All Miles PAID (Loaded & Empty)! Lease to Own - No Money Down. CALL: 888880-5912. FLEET MECHANIC: Excellent Pay, Benefits. 5yrs exp Tractor Trailers, Own Tools req. CDL a plus! 888215-4285 x2047 or Apply: www.sunset DRIVERS: CO. & O/Ops. Local & Regional! Dedicated. Great Pay & Hometime. Weekly Settlements. 2yrs exp. w/ Clean MVR. 877606-7259. CLASS A CDL DRIVERS Drivers needed in the Glen Flora, TX area. Good MVR. Physically Fit. Min 2 yrs Flatbed exp. Normal schedule is Mon-Fri. Sat. on occasion. Good pay & benefits package. Qualified candidates please send resume to: tmitchell@treetownusa. com




NOTICE TO BIDDERS Sealed bids, in duplicate, on the original forms, signed by an officer of the company, will be received by Quail Valley Utility District, at the offices of the operator located at 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 until 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012 for the construction of: Kiamesha 12” By-Pass Sanitary Sewer from Kiamesha to Boca Raton Drive Quail Valley Utility District, Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas Plans, specifications and necessary information may be obtained from Saliger Engineering Corporation by calling (713) 817-8755. Plans and Specifications require a non-refundable deposit of $100 per set of plans and/ or specifications. E-mail request for plans and specs to Provide contact person’s name, company name and FedEx delivery address. Plans and specs will be FedEx’d when a check for $100 is received. Mail to Saliger Engineering Corp, 8524 Hwy 6 N, PMB #190, Houston, Texas 77095. Bid Security shall be a Bid Bond, Cashier’s Check or Certified Check in an amount equal to ten (10%) percent of the total bid and must accompany each proposal. Bid Bond, Cashier’s Check or Certified Check must be made payable to Quail Valley Utility District. The successful bidder must furnish an insurance certificate, a performance bond and a payment bond in the amount of one hundred (100%) percent of the contract price within the (10) days after receipt of the contract documents. Payment and performance bonds shall be issued from sureties with “A+” rating from Best’s Key Rating Guide and who are authorized by the State Board of Insurance to do business in Texas and to issue said bonds. The bonds must be signed by an authorized representative of the surety, and licensed by the State Board of Insurance. Quail Valley Utility District reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to accept any bid deemed advantageous to them or waiver all irregularities. Dated: September, 2012 Quail Valley Utility District

Fall Decorating and Fix-Up The Fort Bend Star will be publishing a feature section for businesses providing Fall/Holiday decorating and / or fix-up services. This feature package includes a full-color ad 3.5 inches wide and 5 inches tall for each month: September, October and November. In addition, a 300 word story with 1 color photo will be published with your ad each month.

Dates Published: September 26 October 24 November 28 Deadline for first ad: September 21 3 month package price: $650/total To advertise call


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PRIVATE SPANISH LESSONS ($25/hr) ..........................................281-980-2410

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ATTORNEY Richard L. Moseley, Attorney-at-Law..................................................281-438-6345 The Pinak Law Firm, 18 years exp.,



ABE JACOBS INS. - Home/Flood/Auto/Life/Fire . ......................... 281-261-8200 AFLAC Agent - cancer, life & more . ............................................ 281-261-2952 Farmers Insurance - auto, life, home, commercial ..................... 281-561-6000

MARRIAGE COUNSELING DAVID M. BUCKLEW, Christian counselor.................................... 281-438-8910

PAINTING CONTRACTORS CeKay Services - Top quality, Res/Com, Quick FREE Pricing Call .......................................... 281-710-7185

PATIO / POOL DECKS CAROLL BRICK & FLAGSTONE PATIO BUILDERS "Mario, the Italian Craftsman," 39 years exp............................... 713-978-7405

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Sugar Land Boat-RV Storage, W. Bellfort @ Burney.......................... 281-491-0196

CARPET Harris Carpet/Floors Sales & Cleaning................................ 713-723-0693

COMPUTER REPAIR EZTech Computers Sales, Upgrade, Repairs.................................... 281-499-7850

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EXECUTIVE SUITES Executive Suites at Sugar Creek Place Individual Offices - Full Business Services................................... 281-275-4151

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Sugar Land Garden Club hosts 14th Annual garden art & plant sale Sugar Land Garden Club is hosting its 14th annual Garden Art & Plant Sale on Saturday, September 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., at Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Drive. For more information

visit SugarLandGardenClub. org or call 281-491-9609. Admission is FREE. The Sugar Land Garden Club’s plant sale is unlike others due to the unique varieties of plant offerings, the expert

advice offered to customers from the knowledgeable garden club members, and its beautiful location among the mature plantings at the Sugar Lakes Clubhouse in Sugar Land. Plants are from Treesearch Farms, a provider of unique and well-adapted plants for the Gulf Coast area. The plants available at our sale have been hand-selected by the SLGC plant selection committee along

with the recommendations of Heidi Sheesley, owner of Treesearch Farms. Only perennials, flowering shrubs, annuals and vines which have a proven history of doing well in our area, based on the past experience of the SLGC members, will be offered. The plant list for the upcoming sale totals nearly 150 varieties. One-gallon and three-gallon plants are offered

at very competitive prices. What garden art items will be available? Cathleen Disney will offer her sought after Texas wildflower-themed hand-painted ceramic boots. Also for sale will be artist Janet Green’s wire wrapped garden art, Ron Bailey’s hand crafted birdhouses, Anne Ondrusek’s “Lady in the Garden” jellies & pickles, fabric artist and instructor Connie Williams

and her garden aprons and totes. Wrought iron bottle trees, garden hand lotion bars and tools, hats and belts will also be available. Sugar Land Garden Club offers two scholarships to horticultural students each year. This annual event is one of two major fundraisers that support the club’s charitable endeavors. 2012 marks the club’s 80th anniversary.

Wreaths Across America Houston has the support of Travis H.S. MCJROTC

Sugar Land Garden Club President Terri Hurley and members among unique native plants that will be available at the Club's 14th annual Garden Art & Plant Sale, September 22. Admission is FREE. Proceeds from this event support scholarships for horticultural students and community garden projects. Visit for more information.

The William B. Travis Cadet Parent Association and the cadets of the Travis H.S. MCJROTC program are in their first year partnering with Wreaths Across America and they are optimistic that this will be a good year. They would like to invite you to join them in raising funds for Wreaths Across America Houston, an organization that needs help and support. Raising money to place a live Maine wreath upon all of the 59,000+ fallen heroes gravesites at the

Houston National Cemetery is a project that has touched the hearts of their entire team. With your help they can honor all of our veterans, one wreath at a time. Please go to and look for team William B. Travis Cadet Parent Association then click sponsor our team. Please support WAA Houston and The William B. Travis Cadet Parent Association and the cadets of the Travis H.S. MCJROTC program.

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Austin High School junior Walker Shores was chosen to serve on Congressman Pete Olson’s 2012-2013 Congressional Youth Advisory Council (CYAC). Members of the CYAC will meet with community, business, government and military leaders to discuss current issues and offer their input on major bills in Congress. Shores is a Platoon Commander and Academic Team Commander for Austin High School’s Navy JROTC unit. He has received numerous awards at Armed Drill and Color Guard competitions. He has been a member of his school’s Debate Team for the past two years and currently serves as secretary. He is also working on obtaining his brown belt in karate. He has completed

MCPC partnering with DEA on "Take Back Day" In a proactive push to further prevent prescription drug abuse, the Missouri City Police Department is partnering with Drug Enforcement Administration Agents on Saturday, Sept. 29 to help residents safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted pills. The nationwide “Take Back” day will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Rd. During that time, local citizens can bring their medicines and drop them off with DEA officials, who will handle proper disposal of the drugs. “The free initiative will help to safeguard our communities by keeping the pills from children and out of the water supply,” said Capt. Brandon Harris. Last year, officials collected 552,161 pounds—276 tons— of prescription drugs at more than 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in more than 1.5 million

Walker Shores (right) is pictured with Congressman Pete Olson. extensive community service hours, and currently participates in volunteer service projects through Parkway United Methodist Church, where he is also employed part-time. After graduating high school, he plans to become a member of the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M University and then pursue a career as a Commissioned Officer in the U.S. Marines.

pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills. The program aims to promote community awareness of the public health crisis, to combat illegal usage of the pills and to provide a place for proper disposal of the medications. “Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high,” Harris said. “Our goal is to encourage residents to pay close attention to prescribed medicines in their homes and to speak with their families and friends about the dangers of drug abuse.” And, officials caution that flushing drugs pollutes our precious water supply, and throwing them in the trash makes them easy targets for thieves, pets and wildlife. For more information, visit: takeback-day_2012.html or contact Harris at 281-403-5847 or Additionally, Missouri City has a prescription drug drop box in the Police Department Lobby and encourages residents to utilize it year-round to safely dispose of medications.




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LCISD's Velasquez Elementary named National Blue Ribbon School Lamar CISD’s Velasquez Elementary joined the ranks of the nation’s elite schools on Friday, receiving official word that the campus is a National Blue Ribbon School. Velasquez is one of only 18 schools in Texas to receive the nation’s highest honor for academic achievement. U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized 269 schools as 2012 National Blue Ribbon Schools based on their overall academic excellence or for

making progress in improving Elementary. a recognition ceremony on Nov. student academic achievement The Department of Education 12-13 in Washington, D.C. levels. will honor approximately 219 The program recognizes “I am so proud of everyone public and 50 private schools at schools in one of two in the Velasquez family,” said Velasquez principal Heather Patterson. “That includes every student, parent, teacher and staff member. We have always stressed that they can be the best and this is the proof.” In addition to Velasquez, Lamar CISD currently has two other Blue Ribbon Schools: Austin Elementary and Ray

performance categories. The first category is “Exemplary High Performing,” in which schools are recognized among their state’s highest performing schools, as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. The second category is “Exemplary Improving,” in which schools that have at least 40 percent of

their students from disadvantaged backgrounds demonstrate the most progress in improving student achievement levels as measured by state assessments or nationally-normed tests. Velasquez opened in 2006 and has been ranked Exemplary by the Texas Education Agency every year.

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Fort Bend ISD to observe Bus Driver Appreciation Week

Meyer Elementary prekindergarten student Marco Billasano is the 26,000th student to enroll in Lamar CISD. Lamar CISD continues to grow, and has added 37 students since Marco enrolled September 6. The District grew by 21.4 percent over the past five years and expects to continue to add students. Demographic projections predict there will be 26,708 students in Lamar CISD by the end of 2013.

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Fort Bend ISD's Acting Superintendent Mike McKie has declared next week as Bus Driver Appreciation Week in Fort Bend ISD. From now through September 21, students, parents and FBISD employees are encouraged to show their support of our bus drivers through thank you notes or other small tokens of appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication.

Here are a few facts about FBISD's bus drivers, who safely transport their students to and from schools each day: • Number of buses ran daily – 466 • Average miles driven per day – 31,000 • Total daily ridership – 23,600 twice daily • Extracurricular trips per year – 8,000


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The pre-show reception is from 7-8 p.m.; followed by the show, at 8 p.m.Tickets are available for advance purchase at SugarLandTownSquare. com. Master Gardeners present Program by Brenda Beust Smith Join the Fort Bend Master Gardeners sponsored by Texas AgriLife Extension Service to hear Brenda Beust Smith speak on “What’s Growing in the Lazy Gardener’s Garden The program will be held Thursday, September 20, 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m, Bud O’Shieles Community Center 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. 281-341-7068 or for more information.

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Music in the Plaza Join us for another great evening of Music in the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza, 7:30 p.m. Sarah Golden, former contestant on NBC’s The Voice, will perform her original folk songs live in the Plaza! Free legal advice Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) will offer free advice by phone to low-income Fort Bend County residents on Friday, September 21. Call 281-239-0015 to qualify for this service between 10:00 a.m. and noon. Veterans with civil legal questions are especially encouraged to call. The attorney will return calls the following Monday. Lake Olympia Garden Club meeting This club will gather for its first meeting of the 2012-2013 year on Friday, September 21, 9 a.m., Lake Olympia Marina Clubhouse, 180 Island Blvd., Missouri City. A light breakfast will be followed by a short business meeting and speaker Laura Laine will talk about Healthy Body Rhythm. Guests and new members are always welcome. For more info call Jo Ann Keene at 281-438-2174 or


Take a Swing for History Fort Bend County Museum Association to host 1st Annual Texian All-Star Classic (Vintage baseball) Saturday, September 22, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Constellation Field, Sugar Land. Don’t miss your chance to take a swing for history! Sponsorships, or playing on a team available. Roster space is limited to the first 50 players. For info call Lindsay at 281-342-1256. All proceeds benefits the Fort Bend Co. Museum. Free car show 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring the family out to enjoy a free car show, presented by David Taylor Cadillac, Sept. 22, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be a variety of new and classic Cadillacs on display in the Plaza! Parents of Multiples garage sale Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land, Saturday 22, 8:00 am – 11:00 am. Hosted by Fort Bend Parents of Multiples (FBPOM). For more information, visit: 14th Annual Garden art & Plant sale Sugar Land Garden Club is hosting its 14th annual Garden Art & Plant Sale Saturday, September 22,8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., Sugar Lakes Clubhouse, 930 Sugar Lakes Drive. For more information visit sugarlandgardenclub. org or call 281-491-9609. Admission is free. Venturing Cycling Crew Event Come ride a fixed gear race bicycle at the Alkek Velodrome, 19008 Saums Rd., Cullen Park, Houston, Saturday Sept. 22,10:00 to noon. Attire: shorts, T-shirt, sneakers, helmet (if you have one) and a water bottle. Race bikes will be provided. Parents will have to sign a waiver. For more info: 713254-2926 or; or 713-826-0859 beatbike@

Texas Instruments – Houston Alumni Association All current and former TI employees are welcome to come for our monthly lunch and business meeting on any 3rd Wednesday, beginning 11 a.m. at America Buffett, 12815 Southwest Freeway in Stafford. Learn about upcoming social events and day trips at or e-mail: or call 832-551-8025. Intro MS Excel class in Spanish The Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd, Missouri City, will present a free, intro computer class, “Microsoft Excel Survival Basics for Spanish-Speaking Adults,” Wednesday, September 19, 10:00 am, Computer Lab conducted in Spanish. Free and open to the public. Seating is limited, reservations required. To register call 281-238-2952. Culinary book club meets The Culinary Book Club at University Branch Library will meet on Wednesday, September 19, 1:30 pm, Large Conference Room, 14010 University Blvd, Sugar Land, on the UH campus. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281341-2677. Fort Bend Exchange Club to hear Duke Sandefur SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 On Sept. 19, noon, Sweetwater Country Club, Sugar Land, the Fort Bend Discussion on Fort Bend Family Promise Exchange Club will host Duke Sandefur, who is the Screenwriter for the This event will be held Sunday, Sept. 23, 9-10 a.m., Thoreau UUC, 3945 new movie “Atlas Shrugged – Part 2” which will be in theatres on Oct. 12. Greenbriar Suite D/E, Stafford. The Thoreau Adult Discussion Group will For more information discuss how Ft Bend’s FP volunteer program unites communities of faith THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20 in a collaborative effort to assist homeless families. Host congregations Ft. Bend Friends & Neighbors celebrate provide accommodations and meals for three to five families (up to 14 Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors celebrating their 32nd year, a social people) for one week each two to three months on a rotating schedule Ft and philanthropic organization will be holding their 2012-2013 Fall Bend’s FP volunteer program unites communities of faith in a collaborakick-off luncheon at Sugar Creek Country Club, Thursday, September tive effort to assist homeless families. Open to the public. Visit Website: 20. Members, non-members and new residents of Fort Bend County are, Phone: 281.277.8882 invited to attend. For information email Deadline for ONGOING reservations or cancellations Thurs., Sept. 13. Visit The Mom’s Club of Sugar Land North Quilt Guild meeting Are you a stay at home mom? We would love to have you join our group. The Coastal Prairie Quilt Guild will have its daytime meeting Thursday, We have playgroups, socials, mom’s night out, book clubs, and many September 20, 10:00 am, First United Methodist Church of Missouri City, more fun things planned! Any age children are welcome, or just come 3900 Lexington Blvd. Winnie Fleming is guest speaker. For more informa- yourself if your children are in school. For more information, please email tion 3rd Annual Catwalk on City Walk Fashion Show will be held Sugar Land Rotary Thursday, September 20 7-9 p.m., for the 3rd Annual Catwalk on City Become a Rotarian! Sugar Land Rotary meets every Wednesday @ 12:00 Walk, benefiting Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Pretty in Pink! Pretty noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. In Pink, on first floor Ballroom at the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Contact Bill Griffin 832-724-3323,

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Parenting Connections “Parenting Connections” an eight hour parenting course will be offered on Monday, October 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., Texas AgriLife Extension office, 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg. Pre-registration is required by September 18 at $25 per person or late registrations September 19 through September 25, $30 per person by calling Jacque at 281-342-3034. “The Wizard Oz” Broadway Bound will launch its 2012-2013 season with the family favorite, “The Wizard of Oz” the Broadway. Tickets range from $10-$25 and can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone 281-242-1055 or online at For more information visit www.bbartscentre. com. Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land meets The Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land meets every Wed. morning at 7:00 at the Sweetwater County Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd. Sugar Land.  Visit their web page, for more information.

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MCUSA U10 boys takes 1st place in Sugarland Imperial Invitational The MCUSA U10 boys team came out on top Labor Day Weekend at the Sugarland Imperial Inviational. The boys played two games Saturday, with the first game against National

Fusion, pulling out a 7-1 win, and then winning against the Sugarland Imperials 3-2 in game two. Sunday, the boys came out hard and pulled out a win against Eclipse Solar 8-0.



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The Championship game brought them back up against the Sugarland Imperials, and they pulled out a final win of 2-0! Way to go boys! What a great way to start your season!



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Birthday parties are more than just child’s play for Zachary Ruben - they’re an opportunity to give to those in need. He celebrated his seventh birthday with a party and, like most boys, he asked for sports equipment such as jump ropes and soccer balls. But, unlike many, he then promptly donated his gifts to Armstrong Elementary School, a local elementary school in need. Armstrong Elementary School is a Title I school located in Missouri City. A relatively new school, the elementary school serves many children in need and doesn’t even have a Parent Teacher Organization. And, the school was in need of playground equipment. That’s where Zachary stepped in. He recognized that he could help other children by this selfless act of kindness and consideration. “Zachary had a great time



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Southminster School participates in walk Southminster School's staff and families participated in the Hemophilia Walk recently. They have adopted a "Be A Hero" theme for the school this year and this was the first event where their families gave back to our community. Shown are the group of participants that took part in the walk.

Zachary Ruben at his birthday party. He collected five basketballs, eight soccer balls, 11 playground balls, 18 jump ropes, a hula hoop and a $25 gift card to be used for playground equpment for Armstrong,” said

his mother, Michelle Ruben, “We are so proud of him!” Zachary is a second grader at Scanlan Oaks Elementary School in Sienna Plantation and a member of First United Methodist Church Missouri City.

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