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Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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FBISD gives reins to community as facilities & zoning work begins By Betsy Dolan

Approximately 50 volunteers have been chosen to lead the charge in a mammoth undertaking to craft a five year plan for the way the district uses its facilities, handles elementary school zoning issues and plans for the future. The volunteers

were chosen from a pool of 200 attendees from the Educational Futures Conference held September 18 and represent the geographic diversity of the district. The steering committee will hold six meetings between now and the end of January creating a Facilities Master Plan and the

District Strategic Plan. The board will vote on the two plans in February. The elementary school boundary plan discussions will begin in mid-February. The district's timeline calls for several opportunities for community input. Four FBISD, continued on page 8

Rosenberg's State of the City address 'No more status quo' for Rosenberg Tip of the Spear, a volunteer group, sends packages and supplies to our servicemen and women serving our country in Afghanistan. There is no refrigeration so the troops in Afghanistan get a wet sock, put a water bottle in it and hang it in the shade. It cools down the water so they can drink it. This photo was taken in the Nawa District of the Helmond province of Afghanistan. Tip of the Spear is also having their annual fundraiser October 17. One hundred percent from this fundraiser will go directly towards purchasing the contents of the packages and postage to send them. See related article concerning the upcoming fundraiser on page 5.

square foot distribution facility and divisional headquarters on Highway 90, west of Highway 36 in addition to a new store on Reading Road. A new business park on FM 2218 and a new professional business park on Reading Road are important components of offering shovel

Meadows Place wows audience at 28th annual Water Symposium

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On September 17th in Denver, Colorado, Mayor Charles Jessup and Public Works Director, Dan McGraw, gave a presentation at the 28th Annual “Watereuse Symposium.” The topic, No City is Too Small for Water Reuse, is something the City of Meadows Place, a city less than one square-mile, knows a lot about. Their presentation was slated for twenty minutes of lecture and ten minutes of questions, however, the questions’ segment was extended by thirty minutes due to audience interest, which spilled over to the entire hour. From basic questions to the more complex, other cities were intrigued (and a little shocked) that a project of this magnitude,

Fair Parade safety By LeaAnne Klentzman

Rules? We don’t need no stink’n rules!! Or so it seemed for a float in CRIMINAL last week’s Fair OF THE WEEK parade. The story goes that participants on one float must have thought they were in a Mardi Gras! Yep, there are rules about pitch’n stuff from the floats in this parade– that’s a BIG, uh, NO!! We were told, that they were told, DO NOT


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involving other agencies, could be accomplished. How was it done? Mayor Jessup said, “We got very creative and put in an amenity to use and love every day.” What started with a $75K grant to the Meadows Place Parks Department from Texas Parks & Wildlife, turned into an award winning 1.5 acre lake with two wetlands and walking trail with hills. Most importantly, this project addressed the issue of subsidence. Meadows Place (along with other cities in Fort Bend County) is sinking. Since 1977 they have dropped 15 feet.

Sitting in the middle of prime rail and interstate routes and with the majority of its 108 square miles of land undeveloped, Rosenberg Mayor Vincent Morales knows the city's brightest days are ahead. "Our location is attractive to commercial and residential development," Morales told the crowd at Safari Texas during Rosenberg's State of the City Address September 30. "Between here and Houston, we have the When the parks department most undeveloped land along the announced they wanted to use I-69 corridor". the money to build a lake that Citing "phenomenal growth everyone could benefit from, in the last 10 years", Morales Mayor Jessup realized they said the city of 31,000 saw 435 would not be able to pay the new homes and 676 new platted water usage fees to keep the lake plots for 2013. In addition, the filled. But he didn’t give up there. city added 1300 new jobs and The Mayor approached Dan boasts a 6.6% unemployment McGraw who knew exactly how rate which is lower than the state to do it. Aside from outsourcing and national rates. City sales tax the plans and profile, all of the revenues increased 16% between work to build their water plant 2009 - 2012 largely because was done in-house with a crew of of the success of Brazos Town three, 312 hours of meetings, and Center. one year of planning. The project The city recently inked a deal with discount grocer, ALDI, MEADOW PLACE, continued on page 8 who plans to build a 650,000

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Could neighborhood murder have gang overtones subdivision which is along FM 1093/Westpark Toll Road, Thursday night just minutes between Mason Road and Texas before midnight, 911 calls of 99/Grand Parkway. shots fired in the north Fort Bend The deceased man was County neighborhood of identified as George Lakemont began rolling Harold Kemp Jr., 20, in at the Sheriff’s Office. who died from multiple According to gunshot wounds. authorities, a caller on Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Granite Trails Lane Haenel said, “Witnesses reported hearing four told deputies they were gunshots behind his riding with Kemp Brandon Lacour house, looked out and in Kemp’s vehicle. saw three shirtless males, running Kemp drove to the Lakemont past his home. Another caller subdivision to confront Brandon reported the gunshots and yet Lacour over a personal matter. another caller reported seeing a Kemp parked down the street body in the street. Shortly after from Lacour’s residence and midnight when the first deputy called him on his cell phone, arrived on the scene he found challenging Lacour, 17, to a fight. the body of a man in the 7500 block of Rosepath Lane in the ONE SUSPECT, continued on page 9

After arriving for work, three men were killed by a co-worker who, just minutes before, was terminated. Sunday morning about 10 a.m., several of the employees of the Royal Wash Mobile car detailing service met at their base of operations located at 393 Avenue E in Stafford to head to Reliant Stadium. According to Stafford police spokesman Sergeant James Leedom, this team, led by business owner Harvey “Troy” Simmons, had a contract to wash and detail vehicles during

ready sites in order to attract new businesses, Morales said. "What has happened to us in the last 10 years is just the beginning of what is to come," Morales said. "The challenge for us, as a city, is to figure out how ROSENBERG, continued on page 8

Texans’ games at the Reliant Stadium parking lot. However, last Sunday was a wash out due to inclement weather, so Simmons offered to pay employees just for showing up. Sgt. Leedom said witnesses indicated that tempers flared and LaMelvin Johnson was terminated by Simmons. Instead of leaving, Johnson went to his car, retrieved a pistol and began shooting. Owner Harvey “Troy” Simmons, 34, his uncle Johnny Simmons, 59, and Donntay Borom, 18, a recent Dulles THREE, continued on page 8

Business Expo draws crowd to T.E. Harman Center

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Shown left to right, John Sazma, Elsa Maxey, Diane Strehel, and Jerry Poscovsky of the “Fort Bend Star” at Monday’s Fall Expo Business Showcase joined many businesses at T.E. Harman Center in Sugar Land. A portion of the proceeds from the expo will go to the Fort Bend County Women’s Center. Rice and Garnder Consultants was the title sponsor of the “best expo in town.”

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Click, click, click sounded the stilettos on the pavement this past Saturday morning at Sugar Land Town Square during the Stiletto Stampede sponsored by CBS Radio benefitting The Rose in support of breast cancer research and breast cancer survivors. This race also included the Survivor Stampede, the Stroller Stampede, the Men's Heat, the Pooch Scooch, and the Boot Scoot.

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Missouri City Fire Department to host 2nd Annual Open House on Oct. 5 Missouri City’s Bravest are set to host their Second Annual Fire & Rescue Services Open House on Saturday, Oct. 5 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Fire Station 1, 3849 Cartwright Rd.The theme of this year’s fire prevention celebration will be “Kitchen Safety”. Activities and demonstrations • A Roof Rescue by the Fire Department’s Tactical Response Team; the exercise is scheduled for 11 a.m. • A simulated smoke house to exhibit hazards associated with a typical home fire; firefighters will share effective evacuation techniques for families to practice

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YOUR COMMUNITY NEEDS YOUR HELP: Volunteers are needed for the QV Crime Watch. Just 2 hours per month. Contact Alan Trott at NOTE: Volunteers must be able to pass a criminal background check and attend a one hour training session. PHASE 2 CITY CENTRE LANDSCAPING: QV Garden Club continues with a landscaping project. Their Beautification Committee continues to enhance public spaces. Go to the following link for more information: http://traction. p2citycentre.html LADIES BEGINNER GOLF CLINIC: (Begins October 3rd) Thursday evenings from 6 to 7 pm. All 4 “group” sessions only $90. Individual sessions $25 per session. Additional information: 281-403-5910 VENUS PLANT: Only planet named after a female. Hottest “world” in our solar system. Surface extremely dry due to high temperatures which reach 870 degrees F (465 degrees C). Covered by flat, smooth plains marred by thousands of volcanoes. The

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October 19, 2013 from 10am-5pm, Sugar Land Artists Guild will be sponsoring their 1st Annual Art Fest at Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery. This familyfriendly, day long festival will feature approximately 40 local artists and small businesses, including a kids craft booth and a featured art booth, where each artist from the show has included a painting which will be sold for $25 as a fundraiser to the Artists Guild. Bring the whole family by for a day of art, food, and fun! Art Fest will be located at 104 Industrial Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas 77478.


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SL Town Square’s pink lighting celebrates breast cancer survivors & focuses on awareness Listen up! According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer, the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, will have affected an estimated 232,340 additional women by the end of 2013 in the U.S., and about 2,240 men will represent new breast cancer cases, also by the end of the year. Shocking information, but the very reason why the lights were glowing in pink at Sugar Land Town Square this past Saturday. It was an annual observance publicly

shining a light to celebrate breast cancer survivors and also to raise breast cancer awareness in relation to the many services here for prevention and/or treatment after a diagnosis. Organized by the MD Anderson Regional Care Center, the Sugar Land Pink Lighting event is among those in the community kicking off breast cancer awareness this month throughout Fort Bend. “The Sugar Land Pink Lighting event gives us the opportunity to recognize those

Local singer wants to be The Voice Ta m a r a Williams has always had a talented voice. But can she be The Voice? In the coming weeks, the 2008 Terry High Tamara Williams School graduate will appear on NBC’s The Voice, where she will compete against singers from across the country. During blind auditions for The Voice, celebrity “coaches” choose singers for their teams based solely on their voice. After the teams

are formed, the celebrities work with the individuals to improve their singing and stage presence. Williams began singing at an early age, traveling as the “Young Gospel Sensation” throughout the United States, competing in numerous showcases and making appearances on Christian networks. She was awarded the Texas Most Sought After Youth Solo Artist by the Texas Gospel Music of Excellence Organization.  While at Terry, she performed the National Anthem for the Houston Rockets and the Comets as a solo artist as well as with Terry High School Choir.



in the midst of – or looking back on – their cancer journey, and to share vital information on prevention, screenings and resources.” said radiation oncologist Shalin Shah, M.D., Sugar Land’s MD Anderson Regional Care Center medical director. At the stage-like platform facing the Town Square plaza, the Allen Oldies Band acknowledged the survivors present and they played late 60's and 70’s upbeat songs fit for dancing at the one of a kind family, community gathering, where many danced. Some of those celebrating

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said they are grateful to have the Sugar Land Regional Care Center here with multidisciplinary care, chemotherapy infusion, radiation treatment, pain management and supportive care, also overseeing support groups. Fort Bend recognizes the important role of the health care providers in this field and encourages individuals to take advantage of awareness programs in order to take charge of their health. For a short video clip of the Town Square event to catch a glimpse of the pink, see this story online at www.


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Gracias Choir brings Christmas to Stafford Saturday, October 7 Gracias Choir, an international award-winning choral and orchestral group, will perform their signature Gracias Christmas Cantata, a three-stage musical Christmas concert at the Stafford Centre's 1,104 seat October 7 at 7 PM. Gracias Christmas Cantata boasts a very diverse repertoire—the nativity scene in Bethlehem to cherished Christmas songs for the family and finally Handel’s glorious Messiah. Gracias

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Recycle for Reuse – Saturday, October 12 Keep Sugar Land Beautiful (KSLB) will host their 10th Annual Recycle for Reuse Event on Saturday, October 12, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, in partnership with the Fort Bend Education Foundation, and the Fort Bend Women’s Center. This

is an opportunity to donate your unwanted gently used items for reuse. Books, Games, Puzzles, Flash Cards, DVDs, Clothing, Furniture, Household Items, Eyeglasses, and Cell Phones will be accepted. Classroom items will be donated to FBISD

teachers, household items will be donated to the FB Women’s Center, and eyeglasses will be donated to Recycle for Sight. Cell phones will be responsibly recycled by Keep Sugar Land Beautiful. Please remember all items, except cell phones, will be

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Free Family Law Workshop Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) Family Law Workshop welcomes lowincome residents of Fort Bend with family law questions and is an open forum. Veterans who are low-income residents of Fort Bend County are invited to attend. Bring to the workshop any prior court orders or documents that you have prepared. Call 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify. The workshop is October 2, 6:00 – 8:00 pm, Parish Hall of Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond.


“Perfection in Virtue” Paul Cranley and Jim Siebenthal of Richmond will give a presentation titled “Perfection in Virtue” describing how to grow in all the virtues by focusing on the virtue of Love. Thursday, October 3, 6:30-8:00 p.m., University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land. (Large Meeting Room) Come hear how to experience God’s power daily through the practice of the virtues. All ages and faiths are welcome and can learn this devotion in the privacy of their own home.


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Election 2014 Planning Meeting Fort Bend Libertarians will host a planning meeting and social gathering at noon on October 5, Carlos Tacos #1, on Crabb River Road. RSVP: http:// Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Museum Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Museum, 198 Kempner St, Sugar Land, is open every Saturday from 9.00 am-1.00 pm, the same hours as the Imperial Farmer’s Market. On display are artifacts, photographs, maps, video presentations outlining Sugar Land’s rich history as a company town. Free to the public. Visit “Butterfly Gardening” Join the Fort Bend County Master Gardeners’ in their 4 acres of demonstration gardens on Saturday, October 5 and talk to the MG volunteers who design and maintain them. It’s a great way to learn about gardening and plants. Park in front of the Agriculture Center located at 1402 Band Road, Rosenberg. Take one of the sidewalks back to the area behind the building where you’ll find the gardens and Master Gardeners at work. Gardens will be open from 9:00-11:00 a.m. on October. Attend an informal garden talk on Butterfly Gardening which starts at 10:00 a.m. in the Butterfly Habitat. Call 281-341-7068 or visit for more information. Bargain Book Sale Join the First Colony Friends of the Library on Saturday, Oct. 5, 9:00 a.m.2:00 p.m. at the monthly book sale at First Colony Library (2121 Austin Parkway). Paperbacks, hardbacks, DVDs, children’s/youth books, nonfiction and so much more at bargain prices~ most items $1 or less. Proceeds benefit the library and its programs.

or Interested about breastfeeding? Mothers wishing to find out more about breastfeeding are invited to attend a meeting of La Leche League of Fort Bend every second Monday at 7pm at Memorial Hermann Sugarland Hospital or every third Monday at 10:30am at St. Theresa Catholic Church Family Life Center. Babies are always welcome at meetings. For more info call Erin: 281-325-0618, Laura: 281-2774989, Lisa: 281-710-7171, Briana: Free ESL classes offered Sugar Land Family Church is pleased to offer free English as Second Language classes for adults. Fall classes begin September 10, and registration is required before attending. Registration will be August 29 and September 5 between 9-11am and 4-6pm. Sugar Land Family Church, 1110 Burney Road in Sugar Land. Interested students are encouraged to stop by during the registration times to be placed in the appropriate class level. All classes are taught in English. For more information about Sugar Land Family Church and the ESL program, please visit Vendors Wanted for 38th Annual Craft Show The Meadows Place Home and Garden Club is accepting booth reservations for the annual craft show. Handcrafted items only. This craft show will be held Saturday, November 2, from 9 to 4 at Sugar Grove Church of Christ 11600 W. Airport. Contact Joe at 281-530-2566 or



1st Annual Chris Johnson Golf Tournament The 1st Annual Chris Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament will be held at Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club, 3000 Plantation Drive, Richmond, Monday October 7. Registration begins at 11:30 am. Proceeds will directly benefit the foundation in increasing awareness of Renal Medullary Carcinoma. For more information visit: or call Eric Arredondo at 713-417-4485.


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Become a FBISD Mentor Fort Bend ISD is recruiting volunteer mentors to meet with students from all grade levels for 30 minutes to one hour each week. Interested individuals who have a desire to help students be successful are invited to attend a one hour training session on October 9, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Board Room at the FBISD Administration Building, 16431 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-634-1112.


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Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets Al-Anon Support Group Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005. Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon @ The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club) , 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact Cindy Fauvelle,713-829-0550

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HELDT Sharon D. Heldt, 56, passed away of natural causes on September 10, 2013 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She received her bachelor’s degree at the University of Arkansas and her law degree from the University of Houston Law School. She spent 20 years in private practice, focusing on family law, probate, real estate and bankruptcy. Sharon volunteered many years for Habitat for Humanity. She, along with several committed volunteers, founded the Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity in 1992. She served Habitat for Humanity as executive director for Fort Bend County and also Habitat for Washington County, Arkansas. She also served

a number of years as President of Quail Valley Townhouses. She was a very giving person and touched the lives of many. She was preceded in death by her parents, Marian and Richard Heldt. She is survived by her brothers, James Heldt (Amy) of Carrollton, Texas, Scott Heldt of Corpus Christi, Texas, and nephews, Gabriel Fain, Zach Fain and Noah Heldt. She is also survived by relatives in Pennsylvania. Services will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church in Missouri City, Texas on October 3, 2013 at 11:00 am. In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity.



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Your voice and message significant impact of area's largest circulation newspaper: Fort Bend Star news, public information, records, advertisements, and About to celebrate 35 residents’ feedback serving years, the Fort Bend Star the common good…that is a staple of the Fort Bend “obligation to my readers for community, like bread, milk telling it like it is,” which and butter, all good things Fort Carter long ago branded and Bend. Under the leadership instilled as the Star’s operating of its publisher, Michael philosophy and mantra. Fredrickson, he is continuing Information published in the legacy of Bev Carter, the weekly Fort Bend Star who founded the newspaper has caught the attention of in 1978. It will continue to national news programs uphold that strong sense of spurring interviews on 48 public integrity holding elected Hours, 60 Minutes, Discovery officials accountable, which Investigates, and earlier this remains the basis of the Fort year, one of the Star’s articles Bend Star’s foundation, a was lifted complete with a long honored reality check of reporter byline and used on telling it like it is. The Fort the front page of the Fort Bend Bend Star is your voice. Herald. Unsure about what Since its inception, residents really happened after the Star’s have been able to count on query about the irregularity, the Star’s in-depth reporting the Star was paid for the use relating to politics, policy, of this one already archived, the community and virtually two month old, previously any subject of importance published story. In the end, this to area residents. The long incident served to represent established focus on news and the high regard and mark of information without spin is respect for the Star’s work, what keeps readers eager for communicated loud and clear. each issue featuring their local Classic Chevrolet news, and retail and classified Sugar Land – Mark Kolan ads from places like Sugar “We love the Star,” Land, Katy, Stafford, Missouri General Sales Manager Mark City, Richmond, Rosenberg Kolan says about Classic and Meadows Place. Chevrolet Sugar Land’s For over three decades as advertising experience with the Fort Bend Star “speaks” it. As for the best thing about on your behalf, it has Classic’s presence in Fort continued to benefit readers Bend, it’s having the feeling and advertisers alike. This of community, he adds. is greatly due to its largest So, when it comes to local circulation newspaper status in advertising, Kolan says “we the county. The rave reviews feel the commitment to the have also earned it numerous community is important.” Now state and national awards. four years and going strong, They line one, long hallway Classic Chevrolet Sugar wall in the newspaper office. Land under Don Kerstetter’s They are a tribute… marks ownership and lead of respect acknowledging the understands the importance admiration and high regard of shopping locally. “We for the Fort Bend Star as a all need to support each vital source of community other,” says Kolan, “and By Elsa Maxey

remember that when we shop with local businesses, we employ local people.” Leavings Concrete Co. – Don Leavings What Don Leavings, who owns and operates Leavings Concrete Co in Rosharon, says he likes best about being here is “less traffic congestion and lower taxes than Houston,” and this comes “with (a) small town atmosphere.” Leavings has operated the concrete company in Fort Bend County for over 41 years and advertising with the Star, he says, has impacted his business since it keeps him “from having to travel great distances.” In fact, his advertising experience with the Star has been “very good,” resulting in many calls for his company’s service, he said. Leavings acknowledges the importance of shopping Fort Bend, it “supports our local economy in revenue and taxes, which benefits each one of us.” Go Ahead Tours Lou Ann Kelly Lou Ann Kelly, a Group Tour Coordinator with Go Ahead Tours, recruits travelers for the tour company, and she says her first group took about a year to assemble, 14 travelers that went on a trip in 2012. She works for an international travel company and made use of a Star’s ad for a subsequent summer 2013 trip with 25 travelers. Kelly recently placed another ad for a September 2014 trip, and she’s looking for some bookings from this area. Kelly, who has met many people in Fort Bend County says she hopes “they recognize my name as they read my ad, and of course will want to travel with me. I believe that

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I have difficulty getting into and out of the bathtub… what can I do? If getting in and out of the bathtub is difficult for you or a member of your family, it’s obvious that you need to make some modifications so bathing can be both easier and safer. When you consider your options, you realize that a complete bathroom remodel and installation of a walk-in tub Paul Barnett are simply not in the budget. Then, you see an ad for the Easy Step®, the tub to shower conversion offered by Miracle Method, and know it’s the solution you need! The Easy Step conversion allows seniors and the mobility challenged to step through, not over, the side of the bathtub…reducing the chance of slip and fall accidents. With no expensive remodeling required, the Easy Step tub to shower conversion is an affordable solution for homeowners and commercial properties. The Easy Step is installed into an existing bathtub and the conversion can be completed in as little as one day, often in the same week ordered, and is suitable for steel, cast iron, fiberglass, acrylic, and cultured marble tubs. Additionally, the Easy Step can be installed with or without a watertight sealable door – perfect for bathrooms being used by residents with varying mobility ranges. To make bathing even safer, Miracle Method can also add grab bars, a slip-resistant surface to the bottom of the bathtub, a curved shower rod and a hand-held shower nozzle. When the Easy Step conversion is no longer needed, Miracle Method can re-install the cut-out section, returning the tub to its original look.

The Insurance Company responsible for your claim must pay you an amount equal to the retail value of your vehicle, less your deductible if you are the insured. If you Chuck Charlton do not feel this is an adequate amount, you will need to substantiate y our claim for a higher dollar amount with independent written evidence showing the worth of a similar vehicle (year, model, mileage, condition and options) in the same market area. The market area may be local or regional depending upon the number of vehicles for sale in the area. Remember, upon extension of their offer to you, the Insurance Company has fulfilled its obligation and can, at that time, stop payment for rental car expenses. If your vehicle is totaled, visit your local dealerships or go online and obtain information that substantiates your claim of what you believe your vehicle is worth.

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Is there anything I can do to reduce my high monthly office expense? This is a great question right in line with our trying economic times. ProStar Communications has an answer for reducing that large monthly expense for office space. If you have the type of business where you deal with your customers over the telephone instead of face-toface, then a VIRTUAL OFFICE is the answer for you. With a virtual office, you can Lydia Ouellette work from anywhere…..even from home. You can have your own telephone number with customized automated attendant and voice mail box greetings. There are other great features like having your voice mail messages sent to your cell phone, BlackBerry or E-Mail. You can have a telephone set at your house or work on a laptop Softphone anywhere there is internet. And the best part is your customers will never know if you are at an office, at your home or in a hotel on vacation. If you need office space to see clients, but want to downsize then send most of your employees home. With the Panasonic IP telephone equipment, we recently took a company with 20 employees that did a majority of their business over the telephone and set up 15 of them at home. This drastically reduced the company’s monthly expense for office space. Incoming calls can be answered at the main office or a remote site and transferred between locations seamlessly and the caller never knows. ProStar Communications and Panasonic have many more solutions for your office communication needs. ProStar is an authorized Panasonic dealer serving the Fort Bend and Houston area since 1992. Please call us at 281.265.3500 for a free consultation to discuss your needs for today and into the future.

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I have just been diagnosed with a hearing loss; do I need to get hearing aids now or can I wait until my hearing is really bad? Obtaining hearing aids is a very personal decision and only you can decide when you are ready to pursue amplificaTerry Snook tion. Several of our patients have comAuD, FAAA mented that the only regret they have is they wished they had obtained hearing devices sooner. Sensory deprivation is real and even though your hearing loss may not be severe you do get used to hearing things differently. The longer you wait the more difficult it is for you to acclimate to hearing sounds you have not heard for a while. Dr. Frank Lin and Dr. Susan Resnick recently published a study in “The Archives of Neurology” in 2011 that revealed that hearing loss is related to dementia. When hearing loss is present, more cognitive resources are dedicated to auditory processing. This can diminish the cognitive reserve available to other cognitive processes and lead to an earlier onset of dementia. So I recommend that you gather as much information as you can and listen to a demonstration so that you can evaluate for yourself if it is time to pursue better hearing.

You’re driving along and suddenly the “Check Engine Light” comes on. What does it mean and what should I do? Depending on the year, make, and model of your vehicle, there are literally hundreds of reasons a “Check Engine Light” may appear. Can the vehicle be driven? The general rule is: if the “Check Engine Light” is on, and the car seems David Alexander to be running ok, you can drive it, however Service Director if the engine light is on and it is flashing, you should get the vehicle checked immediately. If the light is on and not flashing, you should have it checked at your earliest convenience. The “Check Engine Light” is a warning light for multiple systems operating in your vehicle. In simplest of terms, it’s like an engine management warning system to alert you of a potential problem. Just like your computer pops up with an “error message” saying that something’s wrong, your check engine light turns on to warn you that it has detected a malfunction: mechanical, technical, software, or otherwise. Many people will try to reset the check engine light on their vehicles, this will actually only mask the problem. Most manufacturers advise against it. All this does is reboot your computer and it will go into a process called “relearn” losing all stored data for proper diagnosis of the problem. The best thing to do would be to call your service provider to schedule an appointment to run a diagnosis on your vehicle. That way you and your family are safe so you can “relax and enjoy the difference.”

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pay them for the hours while they are passing legislation, While you were sleeping – imagine how fast they get to The federal government has work. Heck, we could even shut down and all the spoiled help save on their living children we have sent to expenses by providing them Congress have taken their toys dormitories with a communal and gone to their respective bath on each floor. If it’s good corners. Shame on them. Shame enough for our future, it should on us! This is like rewarding be good enough to remind incorrigible children, we know them of where they came, better but can’t seem to stop where they need to go and ourselves, then complain most importantly, with whose when they keep acting out! money they are getting there. It is time to take action and Yes, “We the People” are tired send the lot of them home on of paying for something we their own dime, without any are not getting…responsible more insurance, office staff, adult behavior in Washington. or retirement! Time they faced Hot! Not, the weather - HOT the reality of the world where stands for Hotel Occupancy many of their constituents Tax, charged by cities across live.  As many a wiser mind the state and monitored by than mine has said, if we only the Texas Comptroller. This By LeaAnne Klentzman

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A note from a Marine Lieutenant in adopted Platoon at FOB TAGAB "I just wanted to say thank you once again for all of the support that "Tip of the Spear" has shown the Platoon here at FOB TAGAB. This morning we received the microwave that was sent by your wonderful organization. All of the soldiers were extremely excited and overwhelmed by everything that you, the "Tip of the Spear" team, have done for them these past few months. I cannot express to you how much all of the support has truly meant to every individual. It is evident with every package received how much time and love was placed into the packaging for

the soldiers. The commitment that the organization has shown to the soldiers has helped to keep every individual's moral high. Your organization has contributed immensely to everything that we as a Platoon have been able to accomplish due to this increasing moral. Again, I can never thank you enough for everything that you and the organization have done. I look forward to you receiving the letters of gratitude and hope that we can find some way to help this great organization continue to support troops. Have a wonderful day."

The Conservative Voice By Barbara J. Carlson Hit the Cruz Control Panel or Submit to the Collapse Chorus Last week our nation witnessed leadership at its best in more than two decades with Senators Cruz and Lee fearlessly taking on the Left and exposing the corrupt inner workings of Washington. Americans took note that McCain, Graham, McConnell and many other Republicans refused to stand with Cruz and Lee who grasp the intensity of Obamacare and why it must be repealed. Every form of Social Media was lit up into the early morning as Cruz spoke for 21 hours, educating Americans that Reid was refusing the open amendment process and Reid, himself, would cast a single amendment. Cruz and Lee explained the importance of voting “no” on cloture and the misperception of voting “yes” as many Congressmen will return home and tell their constituents that “they did their job.”

How many times has the world had a microscopic view into the inner workings of Washington’s inside-thebeltway corrupt leadership? The world witnessed the clarification of Congress’ unconstitutional exemption and got a clear glimpse of what Americans are facing with this most corrupt and fiscally irresponsible administration and Congress. As Cruz reiterated what I’ve written numerous times, until there’s skin in the game, this Congress won’t behave differently. How many leaders have had the courage to call the corrupt leadership out, speak for the American people as Cruz read tweet after tweet of Americans begging for reprieve? As the Left tried to derail Cruz and Lee, did any Liberals agree to jump into the boiling water with the




Schulze’s Bar-b-que 1214 First Street Rosenberg, TX 77471 Cuisine: Barbecue This is another long-time barbecue establishment with an equal reputation for goodness. It came highly recommended by our readers, so I went in with high expectations. In a very casual, dated, cafeteria atmosphere, you order up and build your plate as you go through the line. The usual one-, two-, or threemeat dinner plates are offered with choices of sliced beef, smoked ham, chicken, pork ribs, sausage, turkey, and … drum roll... pulled pork! Also on the menu were a large variety of usual and unique sides and homemade pies. Prices are reasonable and right in line with the competition at $10.95 for a 3-meat plate. The chicken was not

outstanding, but otherwise this is hands-down the BEST barbecue I have tasted so far. The meats had a full-bodied smoke flavor, not overbearing, well seasoned, tender, juicy, and generously portioned. The sauce was perfect too: thick, dark, sweet, tangy, smoky, and oh so good! I felt like I had finally arrived at barbeque heaven. Side dishes were equally good. Of special note, their hot potato salad, more like a potato casserole, was to die for. OMG! It was good. We all wanted more. So there you have it folks! The BEST barbeque in Fort Bend County! If I find one that tops this, I will let you know. Enjoy! Overall Rating: 5 stars. If you have a favorite recipe you would like to share, please submit to denise@fortbendstar. com for consideration.

tax is similar to sales tax only it is 13% and can only be charged by hotels and motels on overnight stays. The breakdown for HOT is 6% to the State of Texas and the remaining 7% to the city.  This 7% windfall of HOT taxes has very specific guidelines on how it can be spent. Those requirements mandate that HOT monies must generate “Heads & Bed”, meaning that all taxes generated by HOT taxes must be spent on generating more tourism and visitation to the city.  According to Sugar Land’s Regina Morales, Director of Economic Development, only the hotel/motel industry is allowed to collect this tax and it must channeled back into the tourism and visitor industry.  HOT has raised just shy of

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two million dollars in the City of Sugar Land with those funds earmarked to further tourism, conventions, and destination travel to the city of Sugar Land.   Cultural art centers, museums, music hall, sports facilities, community events that generate tourist or hotel/ motel visits are also the types of venues where HOT funds may be spent. Over the next few weeks we will provide the numbers for the other cities in Fort Bend County.                For more information on the City of Sugar Land HOT go to    e. Until the tap dance is over….. Send questions or inquiries to LeaAnne Klentzman Fort Bend Star 4655 Techniplex Dr. Suite 300 Stafford Texas 77477

Tip of the Spear Bar-B-Q fundraiser set for Thursday, October 17 Good news! The Bar-B-Q Fundraiser, made possible by the Texas Roadhouse and the Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center, is here again! This event, will be held at the Sugar Land Ice Rink from 11:00 to 1:30 on Thursday, October 17.  Meal tickets are once again $8 with 100% of the proceeds going to Tip Of the Spear.  Yes, the entire $8 will go directly to support our deployed troops in Afghanistan. As last year, the meal is wonderful, the portions are generous and it's a bargain at the price of $8.  The meal includes pulled pork, ribs, mashed potatoes and a roll.  Tickets can be purchased at the Sugar Land Ice Rink, 16225 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, (281-2677465).  Checks for meals:  Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center.  Checks for  donations

without a meal should be made to Tip Of the Spear. Large orders can be placed in advance by contacting Jamie Feltus at the Sugar Land Ice Rink.  They would like to have a large order count by October 2 this year.  They will continue to sell tickets up to October 14.  Their participants from last year have committed to buying meals again this year in addition to some new donors!  They do have some limited delivery to school faculties in the immediate area and some large orders over $100. There will be tables available for those who wish to dine on site. Please help them make this fundraiser another successful event. If you can't make it for the fundraiser, please make a donation to Tip Of the Spear on our website, www.tipofthespear. org  Also, visit their Face Book for pictures and current events.

rest of us or agree to give us a full tax credit because of our rising medical costs and lost wages? Did the Left confirm that every single American would have full coverage while we are subsidizing this train wreck? Did the Left admit the massive fraud that will occur under Obamacare? Did they agree to treat our Veterans within 30 days under Obamacare? Did they promise that our loved ones who are ill will continue to get their medications? Instead, Obama tells Americans that he will not negotiate. In the United States, the Presidency is one branch of government—not a dictatorship. Boehner and the House thought they’d fool Americans with their request for a year delay—stripped of their own exclusion, which at this juncture the House knows won’t fly with the Senate. Americans don’t want a year delay but to defund the most exclusionary and unconstitutional law that will destroy the best medical care in the world. The symbolic votes will be cast. After the Teamsters have thrown their temper tantrum, they will get further exclusive coddling while the rest of us will be told who we see and if we even receive care. Many 30-and-younger are asking, “Is Cruz our generation’s Reagan?” The irony that the Left demands that government stay out of a woman’s decision to abort but has no concern with Obamacare’s invasion into the rest of America’s health. You think our President grasps the travesty that’s being forced upon us—now that he’s no longer calling it Obamacare but the Affordable Care Act? Are we approaching a juncture in our history of demanding sanctions from an administration that now uses a government shutdown (the 18th time) as another scare tactic to our elderly—some in our very own community who have pulled all their funds from the banks? Will this administration be held accountable for its bully tactics and if these innocent people are robbed of all of their savings? This is the signature behavior of how every single dictator has ruled—frightening its citizens into forced submission. Term limits? A 100-page limit on all legislation?

Committee positions in Congress drawn from a hat instead of based on seniority? No more than 10 percent as a profession listed as “attorney” in Congress but ones who have actually run a business? “Incumbent” and years listed in office placed on the ballot by the incumbents’ names? Defund Congress’ lifetime retirement benefits? You betcha. For comments, contact Barbara J. Carlson at Barbara@


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Enlargement of the tissue or bone around a joint at the base of the big or small toe is a bunion. Arthritis, heredity, or wearing tight shoes are the main reasons why bunions develop. Orthotics and medication can alleviate some of the discomfort, and in some cases, surgery may be recommended. The condition of the bones and the individual’s age and health will help determine which procedure will be used. A full medical history, including medications and sensitivities or allergies to medications, latex, and any sort of anesthetics will be studied. The procedure includes the surgeon cutting and realigning portions of bone, ligaments, and tendons of the foot; closing the area with stitches; and applying a sterile dressing. You do not inherit the bunions, but you inherit the foot type that may lead to bunions. Take a look at the feet of your grandparents, parents, aunts, uncles, sisters and brothers. There may be bunions in your family that you were not aware of. For treatment for a full range of foot problems, please call 281-980-3668 for an appointment. Our policy is to exhaust all conservative therapies before suggesting surgical options. We’re located at 3143 Hwy. 6 South. Don't take your feet for granted - call us for an appointment. Make your next step a comfortable one - call us for an appointment. HINT: Aftercare is crucial when dealing with bunion surgery.

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SWEETWATER - Situated on 16th Fairway of Golf Course, Fuqua Designed Home Features Custom Wood Mantal from 1800’s Oregon Railway in Family Rm; Private Study; Double Crown Molding; Wood & Travertine; Granite; 2 Bedrms Down; All Bedrms w/ Private Baths; Lady’s Retreat; Game Rm; Expansion Storage; Pool/Spa. $1,570,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (38CH)

RIVERSTONE - A spectacular stucco & stone Westport designed home offers private study; island kitchen w/granite & SS appliances; 1st flr owner’s retreat+ 2nd bedrm down; game rm; theater rm; pool/spa; summer kitchen; much more! Zoned to excellent schools. 5 bedrms/5.1 ba/3A $1,225,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (4CA)

FIRST COLONY - Custom designed 2-story home situated on corner lot offers cast iron front dr; marble & tile flrs; brkfst area, music rm, & family rm w/3-way f/p; island kit w/granite & SS appls; master bath w/heated flrs; private study with f/p; game rm+media; covered patio; pool; man’s summer kit cove. Zoned to Clements! $729,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3135HI)

FIRST COLONY - Classic Newmark designed home offers both formals + family rm, upgraded neutral carpet, huge game rm, his & her closets in master bath, oversized backyard, and zoned to excellent schools! 5/3.1/2D. $399,990. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3203SM)


NEW TERRITORY - Charming 1-story home offers both formals + family rm, marble & tile flrs, open floor plan, granite counters, lap pool, screened sun room, and wood deck. 4/2.1/2A $359,900/$3,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (17WP)

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Beautifully maintained 3 bedroom, plus study, 1 story Perry home in Lakes of Savannah. Big den with fireplace attached to kitchen with breakfast bar & din-in area plus separate dining room. Lots of tile, Corian counters, huge master & closet, bath with jetted tub & separate shower. High ceilings & fans. Close to the pool, pocket parks, but quiet suburban setting! $153,500, over 2100 sf per builder.(5812WK)



Condo in the medical center. 2/1. Ready for renovation, all has been removed for you to make it your own. Upstairs corner unit walking distance to the dental school. $39,000 (8055CA)




Custom Perry over 5300 sf. Hardwoods, tile with granite inlay, gourmet custom island kitchen, lighting, master wing with retreat & exercise room, 3 car gated auto court, media room, gameroom, 2-story entry & family room, covered patio, new freeway access, oversized lot, ready to sell, home warranty. $485,000. Also for lease at $4300 with maid service, lawn service included (9106ST)




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BARRINGTON PLACE • Gorgeous one story home on a quiet cul-de-sac totally updated with 4 bed 2 bath with new carpet/gas range/ fresh paint and new AC unit added 2012. A must see large and open floor plan. Covered patio. Walking distance to Eldridge park. $204,900 (2407CO)

COMMONWEALTH • Amazing home in the commonwealth subdivision featuring 4 bedrooms. Master bedroom leads to the study. Gameroom leads to a Gorgeous pool with slide. Zoned to all exemplary schools. A must see!. $469,900 (4315KE)

WM LUSK • Country property with no restrictions, atv, horses ok. Country living, four bedroom home is on 1.66 Acres and is ready to move in condition. Oversized kitchen spacious living area, excellent for entertaining, master with three bedrooms. Quiet neighborhood, with quick access to the freeway. A must see! $219,900 (814TO)



3210 OAKLAND DR. First Colony 5/3.5/3: Custom home w/hardwoods. Kit. boasts granite counters & tumbled stone back splash. Deborah Breuleux $595,000

4119 SUNDANCE HILL LN. Riverstone 3/2.5/2: Patio home with wood flooring. Kitchen offers lrg island and SS appliances. Nell Osborn $448,000

14203 WILLOW MOUNTAIN LN. Brunswick Meadows 3/2/2: mins. from the Medical Center, spacious den, kitchen w/breakfast bar & large pantry. Mike Martin $132,000

REDUCED 2810 CARNOUSTIE DR. Quail Valley 3/2.5/2: recently remodeled home in golf course comm., granite counters, recent flooring & paint. Mike Martin $169,000

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SUNRISE MEADOW - Adorable starter home less than 2 miles from Brazos Town Center! 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 2 car garage. Gleaming black Corian counters in the island kitchen. Open floor plan. Spacious back yard. Fresh paint, & carpet. AND FOR ONLY $97,000!! MLS # 11775448. (4002HC)

WATERBROOK WEST - Near Sienna – 1.25 Acre lot. Cleared lot backing up to wooded area. Corner lot in acreage subdivision. Already fenced on 2 sides and has culvert and drive installed. $110,000. MLS # 93906446 (0RA) • 713-416-0791 • email:

Spectacular Trendmaker 1 story,3 car garage,circular drive, HUGE corner lot! Fabulous plan includes impressive entry, 3 full baths,beautiful formal dining,5th bedroom or study,large master suite,plantation shutters and wonderful island kitchen! Open plan,great for entertaining! Slate floors! Unbelievable yard! 24 x 30 extended patio,lush landscaping includes ponds and beautiful trees! Plenty of room for that pool! Exclusive section surrounded by larger homes! Walk to golf course! Hard to find one like this!. $394,900 (9514TA)

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What a BEAUTY,and so well maintained! Updated,and located at the end of a private cul-de-sac! Beautiful hardwood floors downstairs! Kitchen with replaced appliances and tile opens to family room with corner fireplace! Fresh interior paint,as well as replaced carpet upstairs! Remodelled master bath with large bedrooms! Hardware throughout replaced as well! Large utility room, walk-in closets,impressive landscaping,and large oak tree in front. What more could you want? $182,500 (827BU)



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Great Perry built home on cul-de-sac.5 bedroom,plus gameroom and study! 3 car garage! Fresh interior paint,granite in large island kitchen with many replaced fixtures and gas cooktop! Wood in living and dining! Large master suite down, with beautiful tile in bath-whirlpool and separate shower! HUGE closet! Fabulous gameroom up,room for pool table and much more! Four large bedrooms with two full baths up! Large study. Golf course community within walking distance to school, park, and GREAT pools! $369,900 (1627FR)



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What a cutie! Updated and ready to go! Granite countertops including baths! Lam. Wood flooring and tile throughout. Spacious living area with high ceilings! Large eat in kitchen. Bedrooms are very spacious as well,with remodelled baths!. Nice fireplace in living area,wood blinds throughout. Covered patio and large backyard! Fence partially replaced. A/C has been replaced as well. Walk to pool and elementary school! Fabulous,sought after First Colony with all the choice schools! This one is ready to go! $149,900 (3411SH)

Impressive one story on large corner lot of culdesac street! 4 bedroom, with 2 full baths and 2 half baths! 3 car garage,plus room for workshop! Unbelievable storage,includes cedar closet! Vaulted ceiling in large den with wood floors and beautiful fireplace! New ceramic tile,as well as carpet and interior paint! Great covered patio across rear of home,plus large,beautiful backyard! Roof and A/C previously replaced! Walk to golf at new City Center! SPACIOUS ONE STORY IN QUAIL VALLEY EL DORADO SECTION! $194,900 (2903SK)

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"The Sunshine Kids is a nonprofit organization dedicated to children with cancer. Established in 1982, they are committed to providing positive group activities and emotional support for young cancer patients.  The Sunshine Kids provides a variety of programs and events, free of charge, for kids who are

receiving cancer treatments in hospitals across North America.” Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene plans and hosts events to raise funds for the Sunshine Kids. This year’s event is the Flappers an Fellas party benefitting the Sunshine Kids. The event will take place Saturday, October 12, at Momentum

Jaguar, Volvo and Land Rover, on the Southwest Freeway. The funds raised provide the opportunity for “exciting, positive group activities, so the children may once again do what kids are supposed to do…have fun and celebrate life!” Sponsorship opportunities are still available, for more details or to purchase

tickets contact Michelle Posey at 713.504.0066 or michelle@ They look forward to a wonderful fun party and thank you for helping raise much needed funds for these very special children! Please visit www. for more information.

George Ranch HS Longhorn Band getting in the “Groove” for March Towards State The George Ranch High School Band competed with 16 other area 4A & 5A bands Sept. 28 in Friendswood. They performed their program

“Groove”, an original piece written for the Longhorn Band. Composer Jason Nitsch, assistant band director at Klein High School, had the idea

to match the music with the aggressiveness, attitude, and personality of the school’s program. It consists of three movements of differing

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grooves. The band received 3rd place in the 4A division.  Their pathway to success will include the LCISD Invitational and Katy Marching Contests.

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Punks amongst us in two separate incidents By LeaAnne Klentzman

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Sunday evening about 7:30 p.m., Sugar Land Police responded to a robbery call in the parking lot of the HEB grocery store in the 19900 block of the Southwest Freeway. According to Sugar Land Police spokesman Doug Adolph, a 23-year-old woman said she was sitting on a bench and approached by two teens who asked to use her phone. When she declined, Adolph said, “One man grabbed her from behind while the other man took her phone.” The duo fled the scene in a gold SUV.


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Fort Bend ISD gives reins to community as facilities and zoning work begins FBISD, continued from page 1

community dialogue meetings will be held on the Facilities Master Plan and the District Strategic Plan. Two additional community dialogue meetings will be held in February on the elementary boundary changes. In addition, a comprehensive web survey will be available the first two weeks In December. "This is not driven by the superintendent or the school board," said Tracy Richter, CEO of DeJong-Richter, the educational consultants hired by Fort Bend ISD to oversee the process. "No one is in the back room making the decisions. This process is truly intended to be

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infrastructure improvements such as sidewalks and lighting to manage the growth and could be part of a future bond continue providing services." election. One of those challenges is Part One crimes decreased the continued revitalization 49% between 1999 and 2012 of the historic downtown area prompting applause from which recently received a the audience. The Rosenberg cultural arts designation from Police Department became the Texas Commission on just the 82nd Texas law the Arts. The area still needs enforcement agency out of additional off street parking and 2,600 to be designated a renovations to the Cole Theater "Recognized Law Enforcement and old City Hall building. Agency" by the Texas Police Morales told the crowd that Chiefs Association.

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itself took three months during the height of the drought. Reclaimed water is now collected, cleaned and redeposited back into the lake, keeping the level constant. Mayor Jessup stated, “Had the county not worked with us we


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couldn’t have done it.” Thanks to the cooperation of the Fort Bend County Road & Bridge and Texas Parks & Wildlife and the departments of Meadows Place Parks & Recreation and Public Works, the community now has a lake stocked with five different species of fish, attracting migratory birds and ducks to

they were looking for and the motive behind the slaughter. graduate, who was there to However, after the shootings interview for a job, were shot the man responsible had fled and succumbed to their injuries the scene in his 1997 Mercury that morning. Grand Marquis, leaving the According to Sgt. Leedom, mayhem behind. Simmons died at the scene. LaMelvin Johnson, 35, was The elder Simmons and Borom publically identified as the were taken to the hospital by suspect just hours after the ambulance where one died massacre. His face, vehicle on the way and the other in description, and family surgery. connections were splashed Nine-one-one calls to police across media outlets. Late began just minutes after 10 that Monday night, at the side of morning. From the beginning “Community Activist” Quanell police had an idea of who X, Johnson turned himself


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The five year plans for facilities, zoning and the district's strategy are part of a bigger goal for Fort Bend ISD--to have no achievement gaps and a 100% graduation rate by 2025. "It's one audacious goal but that is our mind set in 12 short years," said Richter. "That kindergartner in FBISD is going to graduate--no question." Community members who wish to participate in the facilities master plan and district strategic plan discussions can attend two community dialogue meetings this month. The first is October 29 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Elkins High School. The second meeting is October 30 from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Travis High School.

Rosenberg is building a new fire station, about to open a new animal control facility and is working with the City of Richmond on finding an alternate water source to meet groundwater reduction requirements. "We are committed to making Rosenberg a great place to live, work, do business, play, raise a family and making us, once again, the hub of the Gulf Coast," Morales said.

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community driven." Back in June, the Board of Trustees voted to postpone the construction of elementary school #46 in Aliana in order to give the district time to conduct a thorough inventory of the district's schools and facilities and to map out a long range plan for elementary school boundaries. The district hired Jacobs Engineering to conduct a $1.7 million dollar facilities assessment that will examine everything from HVAC units, to classroom square footage, to technology inadequacies. In addition, Jacobs will provide an accurate space inventory of every school using a special software program that the district can utilize long term.

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female, 5’, and about 130 pounds. She had brown hair and was wearing blue jeans and a grey hoodie. The three suspects were described as: •A heavy set Hispanic female with long black hair, about 5' 4", and wearing blue jeans and a grey hoodie. •A skinny Hispanic man with short hair, about 5" 11", and wearing a red hockey mask, black shirt and black pants. •A Hispanic man, 5' 9", about 200 pounds and wearing a tan long-sleeve shirt and blue jean shorts. Anyone with information is asked to call Sugar Land Police.

the area. To date, over 100 cities from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Sweden, and Norway have visited the Meadows Place to learn how they did it. They have been invited to speak at four upcoming conventions to share their information on how other small cities can accomplish this too.

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in Houston. He invited her to return with him to the home on Willow Pond where he was visiting. Upon arriving at the Willow Pond residence, three others followed the man and the performer into the house. Those intruders were wearing masks and threatening the occupants with guns. The man who invited the performer and another man at the home were pistol whipped. The intruders took electronics, jewelry and money from both men. Authorities said a third man and a woman were also in the house, but they were not injured.The entertainer was described as a white or hispanic

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Both suspects were described as black males. One about 5’ 4”, about 120 pounds, wearing his hair in dred-locks. This suspect was wearing a black hat, a vintage blue faded shirt with a red, white and blue circle logo, and green shorts. The second suspect was 5’ 9”, he was wearing a black hoodie. Earlier that same day, about 4 a.m., a man reported being robbed by intruders at gunpoint. It all began at a home in the 4600 block of Willow Pond after a man returned home with a woman from a Houston adult entertainment establishment. According to police, the victim met a performer at Legends

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in at the Harris County Jail knowing there were murder warrants out for his arrest. Johnson was booked into the Fort Bend County Jail about 1:30 am, Tuesday morning, on a felony murder warrant where he remains under a $500,000 bond. In a television interview, at the time of his arrest, Johnson said the act was self-defense. Police said no weapons were found at the scene and there was no indication that Johnson was ever under attack or in danger.


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Fort Bend County now recycles in public places Help from Keep America Beautiful and Coca Cola Foundation By Elsa Maxey

Fort Bend County announces the installation of recycling bins that have been placed in what it calls some of the county’s most highly visited areas in order to promote increased recycling. It’s been maintained that

one of the main barriers to recycling is convenience. Now, 25 recycling bins are in several county buildings like the Justice Center, Sheriff’s Office, Texas AgriLife Extension Services and also the Fairgrounds. The 60-gallon bins are specifically for plastic, glass

or aluminum bottles and cans. “This initiative is a great way for the county to have a larger role in keeping landfills and waterways clear of this type of debris and I encourage all to make use of the bins, said County Judge Robert Hebert as part of the announcement.

A Bin Grant Program, which has been operational for seven years by the Coca Cola Foundation with the assistance of Keep America Beautiful, is credited for the help to Fort Bend County as one of 156 local governments, schools, colleges and other community grounds nationwide that have

received a grant for this effort. Recipients were chosen based on need, recycling experience and the ability





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Lacour showed up with several other persons, all riding in Lacour’s vehicle.” Haenel went on to explain, “Lacour and his passengers exited the vehicle and approached Kemp. One of Lacour’s passengers was carrying a hand gun. Witnesses told deputies that Lacour told the subject with

the gun to shoot George Kemp, which he did.” Armed with the description of Lacour’s vehicle, a responding Sheriff’s Major discovered the vehicle and engaged in a brief pursuit within the subdivision. Within a couple of minutes the suspect vehicle was stopped by enforcement division Major James Hines, and taken into

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throw things from the float – more than once. Humm…no stink’n rules heeded, So… they kept pitch’n. Well, before that float could even get out of the single digit number streets - the parade starts rolling in on 3rd Street - by 9th Street that float was escorted - by the popo - from the parade route! Yessireeebob, yanked out of the parade for throwing stuff from the float! For those of you not familiar with Richmond, from 3rd to 9th - that ain’t even down the road a piece, it’s just barley past the review stand.

Yep, Richmond Police and the Fair Parade folks, they got themselves some rules, and apparently….they are gonna be followed! Our hat is off to the enforcers. By the way - welcome to Richmond, land west of the Brazos where rules are rules and they are enforced! Those Fair folks, they got themselves some stink’n rules for a reason, and they were made to be followed; that’s what keeps the little children safe. Parades Rule? Parade Rules? No matter where you put the “s” it’s all about safety.

Fort Bend ISD will present an evening of competitive marching exhibitions during its annual Band Night, which will be held on Tuesday, October 8, from 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm at Mercer Stadium,16403 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. The event will feature FBISD’s 11 high school bands and dance teams performing their competition shows in preparation for the University Interscholastic League




Marching Contest, which will be held at Mercer Stadium on Tuesday, October 22. During Band Night, FBISD parents and patrons will enjoy the outstanding talents of some of the District’s finest young musicians, while experiencing the high caliber of the District’s band program. Admission to Band Night is free and concessions will be served. Open seating will be available on the home side only.









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NOTICE OF PENALTY PROVISIONS The following ordinances were adopted by the City of Meadows Place City Council on Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ORDINANCE 2013-19 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MEADOWS PLACE, TEXAS, REPEALING SUBSECTION 150.02(G) OF SECTION 150.02 OF CHAPTER 150 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES AND SUBSTITUTING A NEW SUBSECTION 150.02(G) OF SECTION 150.02 OF CHAPTER 150 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; ADOPTING WITH AMENDMENTS THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE; PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Penalty. Any person who violates or causes, allows or permits another to violate any provision of this Ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) unless such violation implicates fire safety, zoning, or public health and sanitation including dumping of refuse in which case the fine amount shall not be more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00). Each occurrence of any such violation of this Ordinance shall constitute a separate offense. Each day on which any such violation of this Ordinance occurs shall constitute a separate offense. ORDINANCE 2013-20 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF MEADOWS PLACE, TEXAS, REPEALING SUBSECTION 150.02(J) OF SECTION 150.02 OF CHAPTER 150 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES AND SUBSTITUTING A NEW SUBSECTION 150.02(J) OF SECTION 150.02 OF CHAPTER 150 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES; ADOPTING WITH AMENDMENTS THE 2012 INTERNATIONAL ENERGY CONSERVATION CODE; PROVIDING FOR A PENALTY; PROVIDING FOR SEVERABILITY; PROVIDING FOR REPEAL; AND PROVIDING AN EFFECTIVE DATE. Penalty. Any person who violates or causes, allows or permits another to violate any provision of this Ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) unless such violation implicates fire safety, zoning, or public health and sanitation including dumping of refuse in which case the fine amount shall not be more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00). Each occurrence of any such violation of this Ordinance shall constitute a separate offense. Each day on which any such violation of this Ordinance occurs shall constitute a separate offense.


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BOARD OF ADJUSTMENTS NOTICE OF MEETING Notice is hereby given that the City of Meadows Place Board of Adjustments will meet in regular session, open to the public on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 6:00 p.m., at City Hall, One Troyan Drive, Meadows Place, Texas, 77477. The purpose of the Public Hearing is to ratify the approval of the following for the Sugar Grove Church of Christ, 11600 W Airport Blvd.: a) The variance for the enlargement of the monument sign currently located at the corner of West Airport Blvd. & Troyan Dr. is GRANTED but the sign may not be made taller than the existing sign or wider than twenty (20) feet. b) A variance is GRANTED for one additional monument sign to be located at current main entrance on West Airport Blvd. the design and construction to be in accordance with the City’s current Code of Ordinances. c) A variance is GRANTED for the credit of 25 additional parking spaces located at West Airport Blvd. & S. Kirkwood Road for as long as either the Sugar Grove Church of Christ owns the property or the current use does not change. Applications are available for inspection during normal business hours (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.) at City Hall, One Troyan Drive, in the office of the City Secretary Janice M. Moore. (281) 983-2931.

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 their offices located at 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 until 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, October 9th, 2013 for the construction of: REPAIR, RENOVATION & REHABILITATION of WATER STORAGE FACILITIES at QUAIL VALLEY UTILITY DISTRICT WATER PLANTS NO.S 1, 2 & 3 in MISSOURI CITY, FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS


Bid Security shall be a Bid Bond, Cashiers Check or Certified Check in an amount equal to ten (10%) percent of the total bid and must accompany each proposal. Bid Bond, Cashiers Check or Certified Check must be made payable to Quail Valley Utility District.

Penalty. Any person who violates or causes, allows or permits another to violate any provision of this Ordinance shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished by a fine of not more than five hundred dollars ($500.00) unless such violation implicates fire safety, zoning, or public health and sanitation including dumping of refuse in which case the fine amount shall not be more than two thousand dollars ($2,000.00). Each occurrence of any such violation of this Ordinance shall constitute a separate offense. Each day on which any such violation of this Ordinance occurs shall constitute a separate offense.

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 Bests 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.


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Type 1 diabetes is a lifelong medical condition where there is an in­ability of the body to produce insulin. Insulin, a hormone, is released from the pancreas after meals are eaten to aid in the transfer of glucose (sugar) into the body to be used for energy. With diabetes, the pancreatic cells reduce the amount of insulin it produces. Without the necessary insulin, blood sugar levels will be high and may lead to dangerous com­ plications in the heart, eyes, blood vessels, nerves, and kidneys. While there is no cure for type 1 diabetes, there are plenty of re­ sources available to help manage the condition for a healthy life. Most type 1 diabetics will need to be knowledgeable about nutritional educa­ tional tools to keep the body’s blood sugar at a normal level. Persons with this condition are on daily insulin therapy. Most people administer insulin through an injection in the stomach, but other people may have a pump that injects insulin into the body. Insulin lispro (Humalog) and insulin aspart (Novolog) are rapid-acting insulins that are commonly in­jected after meals. Insulin glargine (Lantus) and detemir (Levemir) are long-acting insulins that may be taken at bedtime. A type 1 diabetic must always consult his or her healthcare professional to identify the most reasonable insulin administration times in the day and night.


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Quail Valley Utility District reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to accept any bid deemend advantageous to them or waiver all irregularities. Dated: September 2013 Quail Valley Utility District

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ethodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League are coming together once again for the second annual Pretty in Pink-Town Square – presented by local breast surgeons Dr. Sandra Templeton and Dr. Kelly Dempsey – back for the second year. This year’s event is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 11 at 6 p.m., and will feature live music, children’s games and fun activities for the whole family. At sundown, Sugar Land Town Square will be bathed in pink lights as a visible reminder of the importance of breast cancer awareness. “Last year’s event was a lot of fun, but it was also a great way to give back to the community and help bring awareness to the difficulties that so many patients face as they battle cancer,” said Dr. Templeton, breast surgeon. “I especially like the fact that all money donated stayed in our community and was used to ease some of my patients’ financial burdens.” “The support provided by the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Fund can make a big difference in helping patients feel they are not alone in their fight”, said Dr. Dempsey. “I often see the financial toll that a cancer diagnosis can take on my patients,” she said. “Raising money for the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Fund gives me the opportunity to help my patients on a different level.  I encourage everyone to mark their calendars for October 11 at 6 p.m. and come out to Sugar Land Town Square for Pretty in Pink.” All proceeds from Pretty in Pink-Town Square will benefit the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer Fund, which provides financial assistance to Fort Bend-area residents who are battling any type of cancer. “Cancer patients often incur extra costs related to their condition, and in many cases, they can’t work for extended periods of time,” said Leena Taneja, Pretty in Pink-Town Square sponsorship chair and director of physician relations at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “While the fund cannot pay Methodist directly for medical bills, it can help pay for other non-hospital costs such as medical equipment, medications and wigs and even car or house payments, child care, transportation and other types of non-medical bills. Our goal is to make the fight against cancer a bit less financially stressful for our patients.” Pretty in Pink-Town Square raised more than $110,000 last year, thanks to a number of local sponsors and the generosity of many who attended. To make a donation or to learn more about Pretty in Pink-Town Square, visit MethodistSugarLand.

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A lot to like about OraLee, a breast cancer survivor By Elsa Maxey

“Normally, I get yearly mammograms, but for some reason I missed getting the notice for the one last year,” and OraLee Kirkham also said she was aware of it. The California transplant has been here for over a decade, lives in Missouri City and she had been doing her due diligence getting mammograms consecutively for over 12 years. Last year, almost to the day, she made an appointment for what turned out to be a 3D mammogram, which she was told was state of the art and “better.” “Only because of the 3D machine, this cancer showed up,” said Kirkham. “If I had gone in on time, I would not have had this machine.” Perfect timing, she calls it. One year later, Kirkham was spotted this past Saturday at the Pink Lighting event at Sugar Land Town Square along with many other breast cancer survivors celebrating

life. Cheerful, upbeat, gracious with a lovely personality, Kirkham embraces living here in part because of the M.D. Anderson

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Regional Care Center in Sugar Land. “I knew that’s where I wanted to go.” Her physician referred her and she registered online for what turned out to be an “immediate appointment, the next day,” she said. Part of her flashback is a recollection of a mass discovered on one breast, an ultrasound test she underwent due to the density of her breasts, and the reality that there was no family history of breast cancer. A needle biopsy, an extensive visit with her oncologist and then Kirkham decided on what is commonly called a double mastectomy. After surgery last year in December followed by breast reconstruction by a local plastic surgeon, she also recalls having taken “a family member with me to all my appointments, and we learned so much.” She shares how important it is to enlist the support of family and friends. Today, “I feel absolutely normal again, like not even knowing that anything had gone on,” she said. She does, however, recall pain on the left side like

a bad sunburn that lasted seven weeks after the original surgery, but that’s all gone. On the other side of the fence, OraLee, whose name is her first and middle name “jammed together,” almost like the Civil War era Auralee name, is in an elite group of people, survivors. “I feel like one of the privileged ones compared to other women, they’ve been so brave.” She’s not needed chemotherapy nor radiation treatments. Her cancer was stage one, a very lazy slow growing cancer, caught before it did major damage, she explains. This 71 year old has been married for 52 years and Jim, her husband, “has been my greatest cheerleader, nurse, and friend.” They both have two children and 5 grandchildren. Breast self exams and writing early mammogram exam reminders on a calendar, advises Kirkham. “People never have them and you just have to be fearful for them.” For information relating to breast cancer prevention, visit

Navigating the way to comprehensive, quality care Since opening in 2009, the Breast Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has continued to expand, linking women to the best care in the region. As the first full-service center of its kind in Fort Bend County, patients benefit from the full continuum of care. The Breast Center provides a full array of diagnostic services, including breast MRI, diagnostic ultrasound, digital mammography, ductograms, fine needle aspirations, molecular breast imaging, MRI-guided biopsy, stereotactic biopsy and ultrasound biopsy. While all of these services are important in the process of providing state-of-the-art care, they can be overwhelming to patients. Fortunately, the Breast Center paves the way for patients with a program that makes navigating the maze of care easier. A Breast Care Navigator assists patients who have been diagnosed with breast cancer, serving as a resource expert, helping them understand treatment options, coordinating appointments and attending care conferences and discussions about the patients’ treatment. Maria Socci, a registered nurse with specialty training in oncology, serves as manager and breast care navigator for the Breast Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. Once a patient is diagnosed with breast cancer, Maria gives them her contact information because they are usually in a state of shock when they learn their diagnosis. “I help coordinate their first physician visit usually to a breast surgeon. That

way, patients don’t worry about who to call. I call that surgeon, give them the information and they make an appointment that’s mutually convenient.” Case files of patients are presented at a weekly breast conference with the breast surgeons, the plastic and reconstructive surgeons, radiation oncologists and medical oncologists, along with the pathologists and the radiologists. “The whole team gets to know the patient, and the patient benefits from having multiple opinions contributed to their plan of care.” Discussion of each patient includes topics such as: Is the patient best served by having surgery first or having chemotherapy first? Does the patient need radiation therapy? How will treatment affect future reconstruction surgery? Once the best course of treatment is determined by a team of experts, explains Maria, “The surgeon then has a plan of care with the input of multiple specialists.” Maria’s continuum of care doesn’t end there. In fact, it’s just beginning. “Our physicians are absolutely wonderful. I’ve gone to physician visits with my patients so I can hear what the patients are being told. Patients receive a lot of information. Sometimes it’s overwhelming, so I help them with things they may not understand, reinforce things that are important and help clarify information.” “I try to take some of the burden off of the patient. They are overwhelmed. I’m

somebody they can call, someone that can do the legwork for them when they feel tired, overwhelmed and emotional.” And, Maria’s efforts go beyond the care that patients receive at the Breast Center. “Sometimes patients can’t muster the strength to call to get a wig or transportation. I have a dedicated phone line exclusively to help patients.” Access to Maria is paramount to patients; it’s a lifeline to care. “The biggest challenge I see is the shock factor and how it immobilizes patients. They are new to the world of cancer. It’s so scary for them. They don’t know the information they need to know, so they don’t know what questions to ask.”

While Maria is always available for patients, she encourages patients to bring a support system. “For the initial physician visit, I instruct patients to bring a significant other – someone who can be there emotionally with them and to listen. I also instruct them to bring another person who can take copious notes.” For more information or for a second opinion, please call Maria at 281-276-8989 or email To schedule a mammogram at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Breast Center, call 281-242-PINK (7465) or schedule online at houstonmethodist. org and click on the “Appointments & Online Scheduling” button on the right side of the screen.

Take a tour of the world’s only walk-through breast In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land are hosting Beneath the Surface – a hands-on education event focusing on breast cancer awareness and prevention. Take a walk through the AmeriBreasts®

exhibit, the world’s only walk-through tour of the human breast, Friday, October 4, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., First Colony Mall main entrance, Sugar land. The inflatable display features large representations of noncancerous lumps, inflammatory breast cancer stages, milk ducts, blood vessels and lymph nodes.

Learn about the woman behind the ‘cure’ Thousands upon thousands of women have battled breast cancer. Some have pulled through the disease, while others succumbed to the disease after a brave fight. Few people who have waged war with breast cancer are better known than Susan Komen, a name many instantly associate with the organization Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the most widely known, largest and well-funded breast cancer organization in the United States. Susan G. Komen was born Susan Goodman in 1943 in Peoria, Ill. According to her sister, Nancy, Susan was the high school homecoming queen and a college beauty queen. After graduating from college, Goodman returned to her hometown and pursued modeling, eventually marrying her high school sweetheart, Stan. Komen was diagnosed with breast

cancer in 1977 after finding a lump that subsequent testing revealed was cancerous. Komen underwent a procedure called a subcutaneous mastectomy, in which the outside of the breast tissue was left intact, but the interior breast tissue was removed. The doctor who did the procedure assured Komen that she was cured. Despite urging her sister to get a second opinion, Komen was convinced she was safe. But within six months Komen found another lump under her arm, and, by this point, it was evident that the cancer had spread. Doctors at the Mayo Clinic soon determined the cancer had metastasized to her lung and under her arm. Komen underwent several different treatments to slow the progression of the cancer, including radiation and intense chemotherapy. However, the cancer continued

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to spread and eventually her body developed a resistance to most of the medication. During treatment, Komen repeatedly spoke with her sister about her wish to make the entire breast cancer experience and treatments in the hospital more palatable for women, including improving the appearance of waiting rooms and treatment centers, and doing other things to help comfort those who would find themselves in similar situations in the future. Komen lost her battle with breast cancer in 1980 at age 36. By the time of her death, Komen had undergone nine operations and three courses of chemotherapy and radiation. Nancy Goodman Brinker then made it her mission to do everything she could to help end breast cancer and increase awareness of this potentially deadly disease. In 1982, Brinker established the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer

Foundation in her sister’s memory. Since its inception, the organization, now called Susan G. Komen for the Cure, has provided funding for basic, clinical and translational breast cancer research projects. It also has become instrumental in breast health education and urging women to do self-screening while promoting annual mammograms. Through the years, the foundation has teamed up with many well-known businesses, brands and organizations as part of its fundraising efforts. To date, the organization has invested $750 million in breast cancer research, awarding many thousands of dollars in grants in countries around the world. Through her struggle with breast cancer, Susan Goodman Komen unknowingly inspired an organization that has helped to save the lives of millions. Learn more at

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