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Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Two weeks into the 2012 budget and what does it all really mean?

Fort Bend County budget shows 5.18% increase By LeaAnne Klentzman Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved the 2012 budget in late September and as of October 1, the new fiscal year began. The total adopted budget to run Fort Bend County for fiscal year 2012 is $252,079,490.00. During budget preparation, elected officials and department heads were encouraged to cut their operating budgets, or at the very least maintain their 2011 expenditures. According to the budget summary, 2012’s budget is 5.18% over that of 2011. The operating budgets for elected officials changed very little from 2011 to 2012. The county judge’s

budget shows a decrease of -.02%. His budget in 2011 was $516,782, and for 2012 it is $516,700. Commissioner Pct.1 (Richard Morrison) had an increase of .23% from 2011 to 2012, from $378,429. to $379,300. Commissioner Pct 2 (Grady Prestage) also had a slight increase of .26%; $507,341 in 2011 to $508,667. For 2012, Pct. 3 Commissioner (Andy Meyers) shows a decrease of .75% from $394,453. to $391,479. Commissioner Pct 4 (James Patterson) cut his budget the most with a decrease of 1.65%. His budget went down from $354,174 to $348,338. County Clerk Diane Wilson decreased her budget by .04% as did District Annie Elliott with a decrease of 1.05%.

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The office that consumes the largest part of the budget is the Sheriff--the detention and enforcement operations, that is. His budget total budget for 2012 is $457,406,054 including jail, courthouse security, and law enforcement. His detention operations are up about 4% and his enforcement operations are up by 3.81% over last year. The most glaring line item that showed the largest substantial increase was for Public Defender Mental Health, up 132.63%. However, when reviewing the actual dollars involved, it appeared quite frugal. In 2011 Public Defender Mental Health was $127,161. In 2012 it INCREASE, continued on page 10

Tea and Symphony?

By Elsa Maxey If you’re a property owner in Fort Bend County, check out your Since those convicted stay on death city and county tax rate and othrow for an average of 20 years, do you ers affecting you, like MUDs or think Texas should just replace the death penalty with this option in all special districts. You might end capital crimes? up paying less in property taxes than you did last year. That’s As of press time results Yes...............................................................(72%) because cumulatively, property values came in at lower amounts when the tax rolls were released No.................................................................(28%) by the Fort Bend Central Tax PROPERTY, continued on page 10

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See what think’n does for ya? By LeaAnne Klentzman Late last week one of the “Star” management types was roll’n to the office, CRIMINAL when they saw OF THE WEEK a Sugar Land police officer issuing a motorist a ticket. Now, you know what they were think’n….ahhh, bless her heart… it wasn’t me!  Then coming off a side street, a woman in a car either got so close to that ticketing officer that she kissed his gun belt or spun him to the next violator,

Luckey, not so lucky

By LeaAnne Klentzman A Greatwood family and two friends were arrested by narcotics agents after a lengthy investigation. They all have been charged with class B misdemeanor possession charge. In a press release by the sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, he gave credit to tips from the neighKatherine Maidens borhood for the


SEE, continued on page 10

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Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra members capture the mood of their 20th season opener, In An English Garden, set for October 16 at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre. From left, Diana Quam, violin; Rufus Chaney, French horn; Joe Mack, bass; and Marilyn Conger, clarinet and a founding member of FBSO. Tickets may be ordered at or by calling 281.276.9642. See related article on page 7.

FBISD land buy at Telfair may not be for high school By Elsa Maxey Saying it didn’t make it real, seeing it on a master plan map was more convincing, but now that the Fort Bend Independent School District has purchased land at Telfair, the idea of a new school there probably feels like the real deal to those holding on to that prospect. But the school

district, however, may not go for a high school. There were several accounts last week about a Newland Communities’ announcement of a 65-acre land purchase for a future high school at University Boulevard and Chatham Avenue. This Monday, in statements to the "Star" from Ben Copeland,

FBISD’s Chief Auxiliary Services Officer confirming the 65-acre purchase in the Telfair community, he said, “ The land was acquired for the future needs of the district and no determination has been made as to what type (elementary, middle school, high school), or size, of school will be located there. “ He also said the

funds to purchase land “for future schools” was authorized by voters in 2007, when they approved a bond referendum. The price of the land was estimated to be $2,831,000 before a survey, according to the school district’s incoming FBSID, continued on page 10

Venetian Estates burglars busted by Sugar Land’s finest Jacob Maidens

Emily Maidens

month long investigation that resulted in the arrest of a mother, her two teenage children and two friends. Haenel said, “The Fort Bend County Narcotics Task Force, which is a Houston HIDTA (High LUKCEY, continued on page 10

By LeaAnne Klentzman Monday, shortly after noon, Sugar Land Police responded to a burglary in progress at a home on Savoy in the Venetian Estates neighborhood. As multiple patrol units converged on the scene, they were able to stop the fleeing crooks because an alert witness was able to provide police a good description

of the suspect vehicle. As the suspect vehicle turned off Savoy onto US 90A at the intersection of Eldridge Road, police snagged them. According to Sugar Land police spokesman Doug Adolph, a passenger in that suspect vehicle attempted to flee. After a brief struggle with converging officers, the suspect reached for a handgun he had in

his waistband. Adolph said, after he lost control of the weapon, he fled on foot into a nearby neighborhood. That suspect, identified as Robert Turner, 40, of Houston, was caught in that neighborhood and another struggle occurred. He was eventually taken into custody. The driver of the suspect vehicle, who has been identified

as Jermaine Henderson, 27, of Houston, was taken into custody without incident. Turner, a career offender, faces charges of burglary of a habitation, aggravated assault w/ deadly weapon, evading and resisting arrest, unlawfully carrying a weapon and possession of stolen property. Henderson also faces burglary and evading charges.



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Gaming the system...... Sheriff candidate Craig Brady spends more of his time trying to get around the law rather than obeying it. Is that the kind of sheriff you want? Then he uses his county paid employees to do his dirty work. When the Attorney General told him to remove his bandit signs from the right of way and even private property, he protested and delayed and used every subterfuge to try to get around the order. Now he’s putting up more illegal signs supposedly asking you to vote against a constitution amendment. Only problem is his “sheriff” sign is the largest part of the sign. And to rub salt in the wound, some of his “undercover” narcs are out openly putting the signs out in broad daylight and prob-

ably on county time. I think these are the same narcs that made a huge drug bust last week. Here’s the story. I was trolling for signs, couldn’t find any and then.... poof! Look what fell across my vision about 11:30 in the morning. We took several photos before they ran, then got more when they turned down a dead end street. Don’t these guys have a GPS system?

Do these sign guys look familiar? They should. They are the same ones who were putting up and taking down Brady signs this summer during work hours.

They are the same folks that, according to the sheriff’s hired liar, spent a month working on a High Intensity drug case, with paid overtime, in Greatwood. That case netted the arrest of a mother, her two teenage kids and two others; 19 and 21, for a class B misdemeanor possession of marijuana charge. Each had a $500 bond. Boy, after working that hard for a month, sign duty is probably about all they could muster. Wouldn’t they better serve the taxpayers at real work, not putting up the boss’s signs? I guess Brady law trumps state law and that’s not exactly the kind of sheriff I want. County budget woes.... Looks like our county commissioners are in the process of bailing out Fort Bend Country Club. Fort Bend County Club,

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but they have to get the go-ahead from all of the taxing entities in Fort Bend, which numbers over 100. Getting 100% agreement from over 100 entities makes building a new building impossible. So the country stepped in and bought the land, will build the expansion next to the already existing building which the county owns and leases to the CAD. The county will lease the new expansion to the CAD also. Here’s the rub: Expanded space is only needed once a year when tax notices are sent out. Used to be one had to go to the CAD office to protest your appraised values. Now you can do it online or fax a protest with forms you downloaded online. Then you have to either work out an agreement with the CAD by setting an appointment and meeting with an officer or you have to continue to appeal the decision and appear before an arbitration board. That’s when it gets crowded. I do not understand why these meetings with staff to work out agreements or the appearance before the board can’t be handled offsite--like maybe in city council chambers scattered all over the county and used but once a week at the most. This would take the process to the people close to where they live rather than making so many people try to find the CAD office on FM 2218 in Rosenberg. But then the CAD has never that the change order allowed for cost savings negotiations wanted to make it very easy for to the benefit of the city, and taxpayers and only went to the ultimately the taxpayers. protest online when forced to do so by extreme space constraints. I was told by a commissioner that the CAD couldn’t hold the meetings offsite because they like every other country club in the world, is struggling with hard times. Its next door neighbor, Del Webb, offered to buy the club, but the members didn’t think it was a very good deal. I don’t know what was offered, but the country club was insulted. But not to worry. County Commissioners voted last week to buy two acres of land from the county club in order to expand the main library in Richmond. I personally think if the library is to be expanded, then it should be expanded in an area that is growing. Now I know we have libraries scattered all over the county, but I just don’t see throwing more money at the location in Richmond. Maybe we should be buying more sheriff cars (joke). But at half a million dollars for two acres, the country club came off better than the landowner next to the CAD. Commissioners turned around and paid $1 million for 5 acres next to the Fort Bend Central Appraisal District. (I haven’t had time to find out who owned that land, but I will next week.) The land next to the CAD is to be used for expansion of its offices. The CAD has tried for years to build a larger building,

Sugar Land city contract change order amount doubles By Elsa Maxey An adopted ordinance in Sugar Land this month gives the City Manager, Allen Bogard, the authority to approve contract change orders in any amount up to $50,000. It used to be $25,000, but the city reported that at the end of the 82nd legislative session, HB679 increased the amount that a governing body could delegate to an administrative official for approval of a contract change order. The authorized amount of up to $50,000 doubled de novo for the second time since it did not go into effect the first time it was passed by the legislature. This go-round, the bill was signed by Governor Rick Perry in June and was effective immediately. Staff information to the Sugar Land City Council said that in 2009, after changes to Texas legislation at that time, the City Council approved

an ordinance for the increase to $50,000. But, it said that the section of the Texas Local Government Code on change orders did not change. So, the maximum amount remained what it had been until now. Change orders, by the way, are both for increasing or decreasing the amount of a contract awarded by a city as per state statute. Typically a change order means a necessary change in the plans or specifications or a necessary decrease or increase in the quantity of work to be performed or of materials, equipment, or supplies to be furnished, after a contract has been awarded. Recently, city council members in Missouri City wrestled over a change order relating to the city’s surface water treatment plant under construction. Some maintained that it could have been best handled as a bid since the work termed a change

order was considered to be outside of the original scope of an awarded project albeit related to it. It turned out, however,

Toys for Tots Fort Bend 2011 Campaign seeks donation sites and volunteers The Toys for Tots Fort Bend program is under way recruiting toy drop-off locations and volunteers for the seventh annual campaign that helps Fort Bend area families. Last year’s successful program provided assistance to more than 2,400 local children. “We are proud of how our community comes together for this annual event that brings joy to so many children,” said Jack Molho, coordinator for Toys for Tots Fort Bend. “Since 1948, Toys for Tots and the United States Marine Corps have been providing toys for our most needy children but

this is once again a very challenging economic time. With that in mind, we still are asking local businesses and residents to support our 2011 campaign.” In addition to toy drop-off at First Colony Mall, Toys for Tots is seeking additional locations for residents to conveniently drop-off a new, unwrapped toy. To become a collection site, volunteer or donate, please visit the website at www.stafford-tx. or call 281-8913401.

needed their paperwork. Then my question is why don’t they spend the money upgrading their computer system and putting everything online rather than investing in bricks and mortar. I really dislike and disapprove of bureaucracy. Look a little closer.....the new flavor of the week in Republican circles is Herman Cain and he is just as goofy as the rest of the line-up with the possible exception of Mitt Romney. Cain has a plan he calls 9-9-9 which calls for a 9% flat sales tax rate on everything we buy, country-wide. Let’s see. Couple that with the 8+% we pay for state sales tax, and we would be paying almost 20% on anything we purchase. Everyone with a high school education knows that flat rate sales taxes are regressive because they hit the poor more than anything. The poor would be paying a higher percentage of their salary for basics than would those better off. In simple terms, if the poor person makes $100 a week and has to pay 17% sales tax for a new pair of shoes, it hurts their pocketbook much more than a person making $200 per week buying a new pair of shoes. I know, let them go barefoot! B.K. Carter is the owner/ publisher of the Fort Bend/ Southwest Star. She can be reached at beverly@fortbendstar. com. Follow Bev on Twitter. Search for BevsBurner.

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Focus Media, publishers of Fort Bend Focus, Pearland Focus and Focus on Women, is proud to announce the acquisition of two new magazine titles: absolutely! Memorial

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and absolutely! Katy. The publishing company purchased the two six-year-old absolutely! titles in September of 2011 from founder and publisher Beth Nightingale. “Focus Media is proud to add to our roster of publications these two outstanding community magazines,” said Michael Fredrickson, owner, along with wife Lisa, of Focus Media. “Our mission with our Focus community titles

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is to provide an informative resource to their respective areas and be essential partners with the community as a whole. We look forward to expanding this mission to the Memorial and Katy areas with the absolutely! magazines.” With an extensive newspaper background, the Fredrickson’s started Fort Bend Focus magazine in 2004, and it quickly became the magazine focusing on people, places and happenings in Fort Bend. In 2009, they expanded with a regional women’s magazine, Focus on Women, and in 2010, they added the Pearland Focus title. All three titles have won awards for their editorial, columns, graphics, online and special events. As part of Focus Media’s commitment to their publishing communities, the Fort Bend and Pearland titles are regionally distributed in their respective communities via complimentary subscriptions and strategic rack distribution in area businesses. The absolutely! Memorial and Katy titles will feature the same complimentary distribution in their target areas insuring a broad and diverse distribution available and easily accessible to the entire community. Both absolutely! titles will have local associate publishers at the helm. For absolutely! Memorial, veteran journalist and television host Lara Bell will serve as the associate publisher. A familiar face in the greater Houston area, Lara hosted a weekly magazine show, Wild about Houston, on KTBU-TV Channel 55 for the past fourteen years, and she and

her family reside in Memorial. Her emphasis for the magazine will be to continue to tell compelling, fun stories while supporting the community she loves. “My goal is to make absolutely! Memorial magazine the go to neighborhood resource for information, fresh ideas and interesting tidbits,” said Bell. Katy resident Claudia Richter will serve as the associate publisher for absolutely! Katy. Claudia has served as the Editor-in-Chief of the magazine for the past five years and brings not only her journalism skills to the publication but also plans to utilize another of her talents: her extensive culinary background. With a degree in culinary arts from Horst Mager Culinary Institute, Claudia plans to “beef” up not only the dining section with expert restaurant reviews, recipes and dining tips, her plans include focusing on area businesses. “Our goal with absolutely! Katy is to continue to be a vital part of our community focusing on our people and events while integrating the many aspects of our business community that make our area not only successful, but a great place to live, work and raise our families,” said Richter. For the remainder of 2011, the absolutely! titles will remain a bi-monthly publication with the completion of the November/December issue. Beginning in January of 2012, both magazines will be published monthly. For more information on Focus Media or any of their magazines, call 281.690.4242.

FBISD Academic Advisory Council call for new members Fort Bend ISD is seeking business and community members, and parents of students enrolled in FBISD schools to volunteer on its Academic Advisory Council (AAC) for the 20112012 school year. The Council

works with the Board of Trustees or its designee in establishing and reviewing the District’s educational goals, objectives and major district-wide classroom instructional programs. The Council serves exclusively in an advisory role except for approval of districtwide staff development. The Council consists of campus teachers, support personnel, and administrators, as well as parents, community and business members. FBISD is currently seeking the following representatives to serve on the Council: Two business members; two community members and one high school parent. The AAC meets up to five (5) times a year on Wednesday afternoons at 4:15 p.m. in the FBISD Board Room (located in the FBISD Administration Building at 16431 Lexington Blvd, in Sugar Land). Selections for the Council will be made from a random drawing from all names submitted. If you would like to volunteer on the Council, please contact Jayne Keyser at 281-634-1812 or jayne. by October 18, 2011.

Lee Duggan, lll, announces candidacy for State Rep. in the new HD 85 Sugar Land businessman Lee agriculture through ranching and Duggan, III, is a conservative farming activities. Republican running for the newly His community involvedrawn State Representative ment includes serving as a House District 85, an open seat. Board Member of the Fort Bend HD 85 includes southwestern Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Bend County and all of Central Fort Bend Chamber Wharton and Jackson Counties. Alliance, where he also served as "I was honored when leaders a member of the Governmental and members of the commu- Affairs Committee. He has nity asked me to run for served as a Member of State Representative of the Executive Board this new district", said for Fort Bend County Duggan. Young Life,is cur"I am a lifelong conrently on the Board of servative Republican Trustees for Fort Bend capable of bridging Cares. the rural and suburban Lee Duggan has needs of District 85. I Lee Duggan, lll been a resident of Fort am guided by strong Bend County for more family values and conserva- than 40 years. His father, Lee tive fiscal and social principles. Duggan, Jr., served as Mayor Fighting for those values and of Sugar Land for nine years. principles will be the cornerstone Lee and his wife of 30 years, of my campaign and my legisla- Susie, are active members of tion, if elected. I will listen to Christ United Methodist Church the constituents and serve honor- and have two married daughters, ably." Sara and Haley. Duggan is at the helm of two The campaign has launched successful, long-time businesses its Facebook page at Lee Duggan in Fort Bend County, both of for State Representative and which focus on construction. He can be followed on Twitter @ has also had business interests in DugganCampaign. The full webthe energy industry. Duggan and site will launch soon at www. his family have a long history in

MADD Action Group now in Fort Bend Do you know someone that has been injured or killed in a drunk driving accident? Please help us with our study on Ft. Bend County drunk driving status. Call Dave Anderson at MADD. or email him at dave.

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 Sgt. Cory Wolston, U.S. Army LCpl. Brad Robideaux, USMC PFC Kent Finley, 1st Cavalry Ens. Leslie Ward, USN LCpl. Chris White, USMC Spc. Mark Shimala, U.S. Army Sgt. Matthew Austin Gaines, U.S. Army PFC E4 Michael Andrew Hernandez, U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Cannata, USMC John R. Simmons, U.S. Army Capt. Sean Nolan, U.S. Army Pvt. V. JordanVoss, U.S. Army LCpl. Alfred Paul Garza, USMC John David Woodcock, Petty Officer, US Navy Lt. Ryan Stevens, U.S. Army Senior Airman Oscar J. Perez, USAF Spc. Johnny Ray DeLeon, U.S. Army Capt. Robert Jason Wisham, U.S. Army PFC Zachary T. Gazaway, USMC PFC Luke M. Havemann, U.S. Army PFC Zachary Johnson, U.S. Army PFC Charlie Kasel - U.S. Army LCpl. Adam C. Turek - USMC PFC Sean (CJ) Johnson, U.S. Army Seaman Fernando Hernandez Jr., USN Chaplain Joe G. Grace II, Army Reserves LCpl. John Rossi, USMC SR Francisco Quintanilla, U.S. Navy SR Joel Soto, U.S. Navy PFC Miguel Soto, Jr., U.S. Army RP Jeffrey (Bubba) Evans, U.S. Navy PFC Rodolfo Castellanos, U.S. Army Pvt. Domingo Arrona Jr., USMC Lt. JG Megan Haydel, U.S. Navy Pvt. Matthew Butcher, U.S. Army SPC Michael Spencer Tesanovich, U.S. Army Cav. PFC Michael Fleming, USMC Pvt. Andrew R. Winchell, US Army PFC Bryan Horner, U.S. Army PFC Shawn Robinson, U.S. Army Petty Officer (AET3) Kameron Kelso, USCG OSSR Dustin Stratton, U.S. Navy PFC John Lundgren, US Army Alex Quintanilla, U.S. Navy Sgt. Derek A. Hibler, US Army

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Look good-feel better class Thursday, October 13 from 10 a.m. – noon, The Look Good…Feel Better class will be held in the first floor conference room of the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land at 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway. Pre-registration is required; par-

ticipants can call (281) 566-1800, ext. 2 to register or get more information. The program is open to MD Anderson patients as well as any cancer patients in the Fort Bend area. Giving Spirits Concert Series Bring your friends to enjoy a night of live music in the Plaza at Sugar Land Town Square, Thursday, Oct. 13, 7-9 p.m., sponsored by Bud Light. This month’s concert will benefit the Fort Bend Walk to End Alzheimer’s! Travis HS Theatrical Company Travis HS Theater Dept. will present “Dearly Departed”, Oct. 13, 14, 15 and again Oct. 20, 21, 22 at 7:00 p.m., Travis High School Auditorium, 11111 Harlem Road, Richmond. Adults $7, students $5. For more information call 281-6347138. Book Break club to meet Members of the Sugar Land Book Break meet on the second Thursday of the month, Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, 1:00 pm, in the Conference Room. The book club discussion on Thursday, October 13, will be on The Freedom Writers Diary: How a Teacher and 150 Teens Used Writing to Change Themselves and the World Around Them. Bring a lunch, if desired. For an evening alternative, meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month, beginning at 7:00 pm. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-341-2677. Retired educators to meet The Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators will meet October 13, 1:00 p.m., Great Hall, Sugar Land United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road. The speaker Is Ivan Butterfield who will tell the group about Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, a literacy project designed for young children. Members, please remember to bring children’s books for our own Children’s Book Project.


Faithful Moms This group of moms’ meeting is set for October 14 & 28, 9:30 AM- 12 Noon, Faith United Methodist Church, 4600 FM 359, Richmond. A Christian Mothers group providing fellowship, guest speakers, crafts, breakfast, and childcare in a safe & positive environment. Monthly MNO & play dates scheduled. For more info, Shelly 281-3423437 or Kristen at Music in the Plaza Come for a free night of Music in the Plaza at Sugar Land Town Square, Friday, Oct. 14, 7-9 p.m. Enjoy great live music, featuring the sounds

of local Jazz Saxophonist Steve Richard. Sienna Library Friends’ Book Sale The Fall Book Sale of the Friends of Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., Missouri City, is Friday, October 14, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. Thousands of children’s and adult books as well as CD’s and DVD’s will be for sale, most from $.50 to $1.


Heart and Sole 5K Run and Walk set The annual Heart and Sole 5K Run and Walk returns to Riverstone 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, benefiting the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. Racers following a certified course through the community. Cost for the adult run/walk is $25 and kids’ run registration is $10. Register at riverstone-heart-and-sole-5k-run-and-walk-2011. For more information, visit or phone Melanie Rushé at 713-817-6427. Garage sale Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land, 8:00 am – 11:00 am (Public invited). Infant, toddler and children clothing, maternity clothes, shoes, toys, cribs, furniture, strollers, car seats, exersaucers, outside toys and much more! Fort Bend Parents of Multiples (FBPOM) and Mocha Moms, Inc. South Houston For more information, visit: www. Movie Under The Moon Bring your family, friends and lawn chairs to the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza, Sat., Oct. 15, 7:30-9:30 p.m. to enjoy a free movie under the moon sponsored by Minute Maid. Austin School Carnival Join them for a day of family fun; hayrides. haunted house, train rides, jeepers creepers jail, Wii tournament, scary spaceballl ride, concessions. The event will be held Saturday, October 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., 1630 Pitts Road, at the school.


Culinary book club meets This club will meet Sienna Branch Library on Monday, October 17, 1:30 pm, Large Conference Room, 8411 Sienna Springs, Missouri City. This new monthly book club is for people who enjoy cooking and would like to expand their culinary experience by sharing their interest with other food lovers.The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-341-2677.


Archeology program “Quest for Solomon’s Mines” will be the Fort Bend Archeological Society program at 7 p.m., Tuesday, October 18, in Room 2B of the George Memorial Library, 1001Golfview Drive in Richmond. The program is free and the public is invited. Sugar Land Tea Party meets Sugar Land Tea Party will host well-known activist, author and blogger, Pamela Geller, Tuesday, October 18, at the Hyatt Place located at 16730 Creek Bend Drive in Sugar Land. The event will start with a meet and greet at 6:30 p.m., with Pamela’s presentation from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. For more information or to get involved, please visit Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens Sugar Land Garden Club and the Fort Bend Master Gardeners are having a meeting on October 18, at 9:30 am at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 702 Burney Rd, Sugar Land. Greg Grant will speak on “Yesterday’s Plants for Today’s Gardens. Community Calendar, continued on page 11

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This event raises funds for graduating seniors of Wharton, Boling and East Bernard High Schools. A live auction will take place. Some of the items up for sale: Paul McCartney Autographed Guitar Led Zeppelin Autographed Guitar Weekend trip to Fredericksberg Hunting Trips Hand Made Quilt

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On a night that would be perfect for trick or treating, the Travis Tigers took to the astroturf covered Mercer Stadium Friday night to battle with the unpredictable Austin Buldogs. This game was for bragging rights, with both teams families growing up together. Coach Randy Cunningham came into the season with high hopes for his Travis Tigers, but they are off to a somewhat slow start. Beating Clements last week 35-0 was the Tigers largest margin of victory thus

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a nice 9 yd gain on 1st down. On 2nd down and 1 yard to go, Woods pass was bobbled by his receiver and again Oliver was right there to intercept the ball and took it all the way down to the Austin 8 yd line. On 2nd and goal, the Travis offensive line sealed victory as QB Teegan Nehls scooted into the end zone untouched. I heard the Texans are looking for a QB with guts. Coulter and Nehls have my vote! Final … Travis 14 - Austin 3 Quote for the week, get good or get out. Til’ next week, here’s to good golf, good tennis, and great family time.

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Travis shows Austin the Eye of the Tiger

Early in the 3rd quarter Nehls would show some fight as he ran the ball on 4th and 8 for a big 1st down. Feeling it now, Teegan fired a 15 yd pass down the field to WR Cody Moncure. Then on the next play, he juiced another beauty to WR Devon Scoby. Travis now on the Austin 18 yd line, gave the ball to the powerful RB RJ Norriega who took 5 Austin defenders on his back with him to the 6 yd line. Nehls would complete the drive with a touchdown pass to WR Dylan Prep. Travis took the lead 7-3. On the next Austin possession, they would fumble the ball and defensive MVP Chris Oliver would recover for the Tigers with 4:32 left in the 4th quarter. After a great play by Austin’s Javi Garza to knock Travis for a loss, forcing a punt. Taylor Woods connected with Sam Volmar of the Bulldogs for


Mr. and Mrs. Paul Richardson of Kingwood, are very proud to announce the engagement of their daughter, Christine Richardson to Nicholas Riley, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin Riley of Stafford. Christine is a 2004 graduate of Kingwood High School. She continued with a Masters in Accounting from Stephen F. Austin St. Univ. graduating in 2009. Nicholas is a 2004 graduate of Stafford High School. He continued with a BBA in Business from Stephen F. Austin St. Univ. graduating in 2009. They are both working in Houston and are planning their wedding for May of 2012 in Kingwood.

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Get the facts on radiation exposure and mammograms on October 19 When you think of radiation exposure, does a nuclear power plant disaster come to mind? How about airport scanners? Or medical imaging such as CT scans and mammograms? There have been media reports questioning dangerous levels of radiation exposure from these sources, and as a result, there’s growing concern about the safety of mammograms and other imaging routinely used for detecting diseases like breast cancer. The fact is, the health benefits of getting a mammogram that may help diagnose breast cancer in its early stages far outweigh any risk of radiation associated

with the test. “It’s important for women to know that mammograms are considered safe, and it’s proven that they can save lives,” says Kelly Dempsey, M.D., board-certified surgeon specializing in breast surgery. The National Cancer Institute and the American Cancer Society recommend that women age 40 and older get mammograms every one to two years. “Women with above-average risk for breast cancer should talk with their doctor about when to start screening and how often to get mammograms,” Dr. Dempsey adds. Risks associated with radiation

exposure from mammograms and other X-rays are minimal. “There is a slightly elevated risk of cancer from excessive exposure to radiation, but the amount of radiation from a mammogram is very low, and the benefit of early detection of cancer far outweighs the risk,” says Stephen Phillips, M.D., board-certified breast radiologist and medical director of the Breast Center at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Mammograms help physicians detect small tumors in the early stages of cancer, when there are more treatment options and greater chance of survival.” The Breast Center at

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital limits unnecessary exposure to radiation by using the lowest dose possible for all kinds of screening tests, including mammograms. Digital mammography equipment provides higher-quality images and a lower radiation dose compared to film mammography. “In addition, our Breast Center is reviewed by national and international radiol-

ogy protection councils to make sure we are meeting certain safety standards,” Dr. Phillips says. To schedule a mammogram at the Breast Center, please call 281-242-PINK (7465). Free seminar Join a multi-disciplinary panel of physicians to discuss Updates on Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment and have your questions answered. October 19 at

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WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The First Colony Municipal Utility District No. 9 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2011 on Thursday, October 27, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. at the offices of Quail Valley Utility District located at 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, TX. 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. FOR the proposal:

A.K. Sandersen, G.P. Perry, M. Burton, S. Grogan, and R. Castells

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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. Kelly Dempsey, M.D.; Stephen Phillips, M.D. and Sandra Templeton, M.D.

Fort Bend Symphony opens season with world premiere As the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra opens its 20th anniversary Season of Surprises on October 16, look for audience giveaways and the world premiere of “Fanfare: Texas Surprise.” The season opener, aptly titled In An English Garden, begins at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre and features selections by British composers like Edwin

Elgar, William Walton, and The Beatles. FBSO and its music director, Dr. Hector Aguero, commissioned Canadian composer Monte Keene Pishny-Floyd to write the fanfare in celebration of the orchestra’s 20th anniversary season and Pishny-Floyd’s 70th birthday. Pishny-Floyd has served

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Average taxable value $ 191,228 $ Tax on average residence homestead $ 583.25 $ Annual increase in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted $41.53 and percentage of increase 7.1205%

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

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THE HIGHLANDS SEC 1 – Pride of ownership shows through-out. Many updates & upgrades! Has a flex room. 4th Bedroom could be a study. Kitchen has granite countertops & updated appliances. Replaced all sliding glass doors with French doors. Tile floors & berber carpet. Large back yard patio with lush garden. Great location & area schools. $149,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM1814TS)


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BONBROOK PLANTATION SOUTH • HUGE PRICE REDUCTION!! Model home w/tons of upgrades & great view of lake. 2-story plan w/4-bdrms, 3.5-baths & media rm. Master bdrm & gamerm w/high ceilings. Wrought iron staircase, maple kitchen cabs, 1-1/2’’bull-nose granite counter top w/under mount sink, ceiling fan in master, family & gamerm, all bdrms are pre-wired for phone & cable. Limestone FP w/remote control direct vent, hrdwd flrs in entry plus more. $209,900. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

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! $376,000. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

RIVERSTONE • Former model luxury stucco custom townehome in pristine condition in gated community. Huntington floor plan w/3 bedrooms & master retreat. Downstiars has open floorplan, great for entertaining, gourmet island kitchen open to living area & formal dining, granite,tile, covered patio, in house fire sprinkler, sep yard sprinkler system. Lots of trim work, whirlpool tub. Great value for this price! Gorgeous! Great location! $239,000. Call Barb Montgomery 713-898-3938.

SIENNA PLANTATION • Architectural Dream! Beautiful Coventry Home in resort style community. Open floor plan w/coffered ceiling, custom crown moulding, custom shutters, 7’’ handscraped wood floors in main living & master bed. Gourmet kitchen w/skylight above island, rich cherry cabinets, slate floor & backsplash. King size master retreat w/ private door outside. Dramatic master bath w/roman columns above jetted tub. Room size master closet w/shelves. Huge utility room. Sprinklers. $285,000 Call Kristi Holcomb at (281)221-4980

GREATWOOD • Pristine living! Enter thru the rich mahogany, leaded front door. Two story tile entry opens to elegant living & dining room. Spacious gourmet island kitchen, 42 maple cabinets, large pantry, lots of counter space and sunny breakfast area. Chair rail & crown moulding in most rooms including large master bedroom & bath. Custom draperies. Upgraded carpet throughout. Large covered paver patio w/ceiling fan. Sprinklers front & back. Home surge protector. Original owners & gently lived in. Greatwood Townhome. $189,000 Call Kristi Holcomb at (281)221-4980

LAKES OF MISSION GROVE • Dream Lot available in the Prestigious neighborhood in The Lakes of Mission Grove. A planned community of custom homes. No time restrictions to build. Public water and public sewer, and LOW tax rate of 1.79%! No MUD taxes! Call me for a copy of the Architectural Guidelines and Deed Restrictions available. Build your dream house today! $38,000 Call Kristi Holcomb at (281)221-4980









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SWEETWATER: Charming 2 Story Home Nestles on Sweetwater Golf Course offers Both Formals; Private study w/Fireplace; Island Kitchen; Wood & Tile Flrs; Upgraded Master Bath; 3 Bedrms/3Baths. $449,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (40GL)

SIENNA PLANTATION: 2-Story Home; Acre Wooded Lot; Hardwood & Tile Flrs; Granite Counters Thruout; 1st Flr Master Suite + Guest Quarters; Game + Theater Rm; Much More! $750,000 OR $5,000/ FULLY FURNISHED! Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (10WS)

SUGAR CREEK: One-story Patio Home; Cul-de-sac Lot w/Views of Golf Course & Greenbelt; Silestone Counters; Sun Rm; Study; 3/2.1/2. $184,900 Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (37WE)

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SIENNA PLANTATION: Perry Designed 2-Story Home; Private Study; Granite Counters; Plantation Shutters; Wide Plank Hardwood Flrs; Neutral Carpet; Mint Condition; Walking Distance to Lake & School. $274,900. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (8922SR)

SIENNA PLANTATION: Beautiful 2-Story Designed Home; Tile & Wood Flrs; Granite Counters; SS Appliances; Both Formals + Family; 1st Flr Master & Guest Quarters; Extensive Landscaping; 4/3.1/3A. $525,000 Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (8907LE)

CITY PLAZA AT TOWN SQUARE: 5th Floor Unit; Hardwood Flrs; Tile Flrs in Bathrooms; Neutral Carpet In Bedrms; Granite Counters; Stackable Washer/Dryer; Refrigerator; Partially Furnished. $2,300. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (2229LO)

SWEETWATER: Custom Fedrick Harris 2-Story Designed offers Both Formals + Family; Island Kitchen w/ SS Appliances; Updated Master Bath + Secret Owners Retreat; /Card Rm; Pool/ Spa; and So Much More! $754,000 . Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (4914ME)

LONG MEADOW FARMS: Village Designed 2-Story Home; Oversized Cul-de-sac Lot; Private Study; Granite & SS Appliances; 5 Bedrms; Pool/ Pergola/Firepit; No Back Neighbors. $314,900. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (8002CK)




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RAVENEL 4/3/2 • $469,000

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LAKE OLYMPIA 5/4.5/3 • $399,900

QV: Nicely updated 4/2/2 one story with screened-in sunroom, beautifully landscaped, sprinklers, granite counters, updated stainless appliances, updated flooring, master shower. Lots of storage, built-ins. Replaced windows, Plantation shutters, formal dining, big family room, only $149,000! (3219LC)

QUAIL VALLEY 4/2 ½ /2 with master down; separate jetted tub & shower. Light laminates thru downstairs. Study with French doors, high ceilings, tiled kitchen & breakfast that opens out to the family room with fireplace. Formal dining. Gameroom up. 2-story entry. Island kitchen w/breakfast bar, gas stove. $139,900. Possible short sale, getting approval now. (4011SS)

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39 FOSTERS GREEN New Territory Elegant 5+/3.5/2 Newmark, formals, hardwoods, granite island kitchen, pool. Joan Berger $429,000

2428 HARTLEDGE Rosenberg 3/2.5/2 dream acreage, house, pool, pond, cabana, bunk house, barns, pasture. Mike Martin $625,000

14 STALYBRIDGE Commonwealth 4+/3.5/2 Perry, completely updated, heated pool, spa & pool bath, California closets. Sharon Kaye $385,000

1926 CHEYENNE RIVER First Colony Lovely 4/2.5/2 home, formals, spacious master suite, back yard oasis, extra storage. Nell Osborn $199,900

2911 SPRINGDALE Pearland Model-like 4/2/2, David Weekly one story, quiet cul-de-sac, Silestone counters. Mike Martin $189,000

17903 AUTUMN TRAILS Copperfield Perfect 3/2/2 starter home, granite in kitchen & both baths, new appliances & carpet. Wendy Mottern $84,900


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Built in 2005! Original owners! 3 bedrooms & study! Open plan with tile thru out gourmet kitchen. great culdesac street Free home warranty. $150’s

Light and bright w/ high ceilings. Located on an oversized corner lot. Master bedroom down. Formals, & a family room w/fireplace plus gameroom & loft upstairs. Xtra large kitchen has lots of cabinets & counters & opens to family. Bright & cheery breakfast rm w/ built-in storage. $206,000





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FIRST COLONY/SUGAR LAND Paradise heated diving pool & spa! Huge culdesac lot! 4 bedrooms & gameroom, Totally updated over $50K. 2 story living very open plan. Priced to go fast in the $270’s.

FIRST COLONY/SUGAR LAND! Almost 3100sqft! 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths, both formals, gameroom and master down. Over $42K in upgrades/ improvements. All bedroom furniture stays & Fridge & pool table too. Free home warranty. Big culdesac lot. Priced to go in the $280’s.




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Neat and clean and lovingly cared for by original owner. Front living room w/ see thru fireplace to family room has french doors and could be a study. 18x18 Country kitchen has breakfast nook. Beautifully landscaped backyard with poolsize yard. $219,900





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GREATWOOD/SUGAR LAND Built in 2002! Grand 2 story w/ 4 bedrooms 3.5 baths. Master down with study & gameroom up. Hollywood bath too. Upgrades w/ granite counters/SS appliances, wood & tile floors. Culdesac lot and no neighbors behind you! Priced to go low $300’s




Adorable David Weekly 2 story home built in 2005. 4 bedrooms 2.5 bath mast down and gameroom up. Also study down. Culdesac street. Shows like a model home. Priced at $170’s.

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SEDONA CREEK • Over 3500 sq ft. Large living, den and gameroom. Island kitchen has lots of storage and counterspace. Beautiful upgrades. Gameroom is approx 36x17 and could also be a media room. Master down. (2931KE)

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PLANTATION CREEK • Wonderful home w/upgrades. Ceramic Tile in entry, kitchen, breakfast room, living & dining rooms, master & master bath. High ceilings open up floorplan. Living room, dining room, den & gameroom are spacious. Master down. Covered patio. (4410RI)

5/3.5/2 • $349,900


PEARLAND • over 3/4 acre with historic Heights home that has tons of updates. Located at end of cul-de-sac. Front and rear porches. Beautiful hardwoods thru-out.(4910CE)

3/2.5/2 • $199,900



RIVER EDGE • Lakefront! Stunning and appointed home. Large dining,formal living room open. Island Kitchen with large pantry. Their exercise room down could be second bedroom. Master with sitting area. Large list of upgrades including plantation shutters,media room wired for projection system. Two story covered patio overlooking beautiful lake. (107WB)

WOODSTREAM • 3/2.5/2-perfect for family & entertaining. Large family room and separate dining room. Island kitchen with lots of cabinets. Master down with executive master bath. Gameroom up. Lots of updates. Clements High School

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WOW – Custom 1 story w/ over 3800 sq.ft. & 5 car garage on 1 acre tract!! 4 bedrooms, 2/1 baths, both formals plus den. Island kitchen. All with great backyard and Pool views. Split plan, HUGE gameroom. 2 car attached garage w/ extra (A/C’d) room above for storage. 3 car detached with full 2nd story that can be finished out as another room or just used as-is for storage! MLS# 58740103 $395,000. (5222CH)

SIENNA – Big 5 bedroom home on corner lot of cul-de-sac street & NO back neighbors!! Beautiful wood floors in entry, study & dining. Oversized den w/custom faux paint. Island kitchen w/ granite counters. Master suite down. Huge gameroom & 4 big bedrooms up. Oversized faux flagstone patio for hosting those family BBQ’s. Short walk to fitness center, pool & playground. MLS# 23936642 $279,000. (10527CA)

QUAIL VALLEY – Beautifully maintained and updated one story with pool!! 4 bed, 2 baths. Granite kitchen counters, recent appliances, tile flooring w/granite insets. Updated master w/French doors to pool, tiled shower, counter top. Master bath handicap access. Wood flooring in den and dining. Recent carpet, roof-2011. A real Beauty! $162,000. MLS# 77367878 (4002WV)

QUAIL VALLEY – Grand magnolias & updated landscaping frame this charming Colonial 5 bedroom 3/1 bath home. Stately pillars at the front porch entry opens to freshly painted interior. Recent carpet, updated tile flooring. Formal dining, study. Spacious kitchen w/ updated appliances. Huge den area w/ built-in bookshelves. Master down. 4 Big bedrooms up. Covered back patio & just a 5 iron from golf club! MLS# 89713450 $212,000. (2902NB)

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 $185,900 (3530TI)


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RICHMOND/ROSENBERG AREA – Beautiful, completely renovated, riverfront ranch style 5brm w/study on 5.5+acres. Custom full granite chef-style kit & sep full wet bar; perfect for family, entertaining or weekend getaway. Quiet & serene property boasts a 5-stable barn w/tack, strg, elec/water. Mature Pecans & Oak trees. Country living only minutes from shopping. $499,900 Nancy Marcis 713-817-6970 (730HA)


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Wow! Absolutely gorgeous! Updated! Corner lot with 3 car garage and fabulous, oversized backyard paradise! Large pool and spa, patio, plus deck, surrounded by trees! Updates include granite countertops in kitchen, and remodelled baths, tile floors and backsplashes. Master carpet replaced along with roof, heaters, duct work, appliances, A/C down. $209,900 (3803WV)


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MISSION BEND – WOW! Updated to the Max! Immediate move-in. Clean-Clean-Clean!! New in 2010-roof,siding,ext drs & garg dr. New kit cbnts, vanities, carpet, AC ductwork, tile flrs, solar screens, cvrd deck & plumbing fixtures. Next best thing to a new house!! Lrg living area. Nice sized yard w/established landscaping. Don’t Miss! $115,000 Nancy Marcis 713-817-6970 (7418MA)

POST OAK MANOR – Spacious, open & very functional floor plan. Both formals, large family rm & backyard. Recent cooktop, oven, dishwasher & water heater. Flooring recently replaced & freshly painted. Fridge, washer & dryer included. Close to Med center & shopping. Easy access to 610, 59 & Hwy 90. $1,300/lease Arroyos Team 832-282-9115 (4803BE)

GREATWOOD – WOW!! Custom shelving in tiled greatrm, Berber carpet in bdrms, gaslog FP, painted in & out, extra rm c/b formal liv, media or Study, oversized bckyrd beautifully lndscpd w/waterfall & pond & lrg hot tub on deck. Clean, neat & ready for immediate move-in! $288,900 Linda Bell Team 281-684-9112 (8538HI)




Really nice one story in sought after First Colony! Many updates include granite countertops,stainless appliances, tile floors and much more. Great floor plan with 4 bedrooms plus study.Sought after schools, and neighborhood! So convenient to EVERYTHING! $304,900 (26HE)

NEW TERRITORY – Have Allergies???? No worries….all wood & tile w/exception to master bdrm!! Nicely maintained home, very clean, open floor plan, both formals, gameroom, granite in kitchen, full sprinkler sys, new hot water heater, AC 2009, new siding 2007, appl replaced 2007-2010 & new deck 2011!! Ready for quick movein! $174,900 Ann LeTulle 832-818-4764 (4742SP)

SO BONBROOK PLANTATION Beautiful 1 Story Home ON THE LAKE! 4th Bedroom or Gameroom/Bonus Rm. 10 Foot Ceilings,Plenty of closet space. Oversized Master Bedroom with Lake View, Large Master Bath with Garden Tub and Seprate Shower. Huge Master Closet!! Kitchen for the Chef with additional Butler’s Pantry both with 42’ Cabinets. $239,900 (835AV)

several new neighborhoods and models this year, a new price point from the $500,000s to $900,000s and builders Partners in Building and Toll Brothers. Plus, construction on University Boulevard is now underway.






Beautiful custom built with private backyard, pool, & spa. Two story living area, wood floors, island kitchen with sub-zero, & wetbar with icemaker. Recent carpet, & roof in 00’. Dual staircases. Master suite with large exec. bath. Large utility room, gameroom up,& study down w/built-ins. Sought after Clements H.S.! $539,900 (66PW)

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What a knock out home w/ fabulous tropical paradise for a backyard! Beautiful pool, waterfall, covered patio across back of home, & landscaped to die for! Updated, tile flooring (except for bedrooms)higher ceilings, windows across back w/ spectacular view. French doors, atrium, large master with sitting area and fireplace, remodelled bath with wirlpool. $159,900 (3035GH)



What an incredible golf course view from your spacious living area! Higher ceilings, very open plan, great for entertaining! Beautiful atrium off formal dining, island kitchen with atrium view from breakfast area also. Lovely tile flooring throughout except bedrooms. $122,900 (2703KC)


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Riverstone celebrates 10 Years of Development With 2011 sales 35 percent ahead of last year’s sales and at an all-time record for home sales through August, Riverstone has much to celebrate, including a decade of successful development. A project of The Johnson Development Corp., Riverstone opened in 2001 and recorded its first sale in September of that year. Now, 10 years later, builders have started more than 1,760 homes and closed more than 1,640. More than 5,000 residents now call Riverstone home. To mark its 10-year anniversary, Riverstone is giving away 10 $100 Home Depot gift cards during the “10 Great Years” sweepstakes. Those interested can register on Riverstone’s Facebook page, RiverstoneCommunity, or at the Riverstone sales center, 4855 Rivertsone Boulevard. The contest coincides with Riverstone’s Open Homes Spectacular, Oct. 8-23. A hallmark during Riverstone’s 10-year development was in 2005, when Riverstone announced the

acquisition of an additional 1,100 acres to its master plan. The community also has hosted several large-scale community events throughout the years, including the Tour of Luxury in 2008, which drew more than 6,000 people to Riverstone, and a 2010 visit by internationally known 3-D street artist Tracy Lee Stum. Thousands visited Riverstone to meet the artist and see her work, which received broad news coverage throughout the Houston area. “What a decade it’s been,” said Tom Wilcox, who has been Riverstone’s general manager from the beginning. “We’ve really seen this community grow and prosper and we anticipate continued success. “Over the years, Riverstone has positioned itself as the premier master-planned community in Fort Bend County, is ranked as one of the top 10 selling communities in the overall Houston marketplace and is listed among the top 20 in the nation by housing industry consultant Metrostudy.” Riverstone has introduced




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Lake/fountains - This year, Riverstone is not only celebrating an impressive increase in sales from the previous year, but also 10 years of development. The community, a project of The Johnson Development Corp., recorded its first sale in September 2001 and now has more than 1,600 homes sold and more than 5,000 residents calling it home. Enter Riverstone’s “10 Great Years” sweepstakes on the community’s Facebook page to win one of 10 $100 Home Depot gift cards. Visit http://www.

15 Heart and Sole 5K on Oct. 15 Riverstone is expecting a brisk pace Saturday, Oct. 15, as racers converge on community streets to take part in the annual Heart and Sole 5K Run and Walk. The event benefits Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, which provides services to more than 1,000 seniors daily. The race begins at 8 a.m., with racers following a certified course through Riverstone. Participants will receive a longsleeved commemorative T-shirt, a sports backpack and gifts from sponsors. Cost for the adult run/ walk is $25 and kids’ run registration is $12. Register at http:// Sponsoring the event are Elements Therapeutic Massage Studio; Texas Running Company, which will offer ding gait analyses at the event; and My Fit Foods, which is providing breakfast. “We hope to top last year’s results with more runners and more money raised for a good cause,” said Riverstone’s lifestyle director Melanie Rushé, who is organizing the event. For more information, visit or phone Rushé at 713.817.6427.







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Fort Bend County budget shows 5.18% increase

increased to $295,816. The payment to court appointed defense lawyers was also up, but only by single digit numbers. That however, is an indicator that more cases are being heard and more indigent defendants are working their way through the court system. In 2011 Fort Bend County had a total of 2,013 job positions in the budget. For 2012 an increase of 48 new positions were approved--1 position for Risk Management, 1 in vehicle maintenance, 1 in building maintenance, 2 new prosecutors and 1 investigator in the

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district attorney’s office, 1 new investigator and 5 cadets at the sheriff’s office, 3 positions for the new juvenile truancy court, a kennel officer at Animal control, 18 varied positions for the library system, 1 new facilities coordinator for the parks department, 1 new therapist for juvenile probation, 12 varied detention officers for juvenile detention, and 2 new truancy officers rounds out the new positions for 2012. When it comes to rolling stock, in 2011 Fort Bend County owned and operated 731 vehicles. For the 2012 budget year that number increased by 5. The bulk of those vehicle are assigned to the sheriff with no increase over the current 288, However, 31 of those will be replaced in 2012. The other department with a high number of vehicles is road and bridge with 96, receiving 6 replacements for 2012. Very early in the 2012 bud-

get year, commissioners have made, or are in the process of making, two new acquisitions. The first was the purchase of 2.1 acres of land adjoining the George Memorial Library grounds in Richmond. That land was purchased from the Fort Bend Country Club for $525,000 and the agreement for the county to dig three lakes on club property. When asked, Commissioner Richard Morrison said the acquisition is the first steps in expanding book space and resource availability for the patrons of the library. He said an administrative building and offices will be built on part of the new land with room for future expansion of the library itself. The second acquisition underway is the intended pur-

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Communications Director Nancy Porter. “The Board approved a land purchase contract with NNP-Telfair, LP at a price of $1 per square foot at its May 23 Regular Board Meeting,” she said. Copeland indicated that as part of the 2007 bond package. Funding for an elementary and a middle school had been approved by voters. The elementary school’s planned location is Aliana and the middle school is planned in Glendale Lakes, he stated. But, “There is no money in the 2007 Bond to build a school on the Telfair property.” Many who bought homes in the Telfair subdivision told Sugar Land Planning and Zoning Commissioners earlier this year that they did it because they were told a high school was to be built in the new neighborhood. In 2003, the City of Sugar Land approved a General Plan for the subdivision and several amendments for the development of this new master planned community. It reportedly showed future FBISD schools, including a high

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WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 131 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2011 on Tuesday, October 25, 2011 at 12:00 p.m., at the offices of Sanford Kuhl Hagan Kugle Parker Kahn LLP, 1980 Post Oak Boulevard, Suite 1380, 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. FOR the proposal:

C.R. Campbell, K.R. Loeffler, and G. Hunter

AGAINST the proposal:


PRESENT and not voting: (None) ABSENT:

R. Wells and H. Miller

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. Total tax rate (per $100 of value) $ Difference in rates per $100 of value

chase of raw land adjoining the Fort Bend County Central Appraisal Office (CAD) on FM 2219 in Rosenberg. That 5 acre-property is slated to be purchased for a little over one million dollars and will be used for parking and office expansion in the future. The intent is for the county to own the property and buildings and lease it back to the CAD. FYI: the CAD has never been able to increase its space because it would have to get an agreement from all of the approximately 100 taxing entities in the county. All in all, the 2012 budget is remarkably close to the 2011. Salaries have stayed the same and many of the elected officials have cut what characterize some of the fluff, but what others call “to the bone.”

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Average taxable value $ 118,564 $ 113,303 Tax on average residence homestead $ 1,197.50 $ 1,144.36 Annual decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted -$53.14 and percentage of decrease -4.4376% 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. Questions of comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.

school on 65-acres. When homeowners heard that the Newland Communities developer was interested in closing out its neighborhood project by constructing more homes on the high school site, they became vocal. In February, the developer said that it had not heard back from the school district about buying the acreage set aside for the high school. Three months later, the FBISD board of trustees authorized the land purchase in Telfair. It was in May, and newly elected school board president Sue Hohnbaum said, “We are looking at purchasing land which is different than building a high school.” This implied that the district could be considering the land for other uses and not a high school or the land purchase did not mean school construction would automatically follow…both of which are apparently the case. Telfair, a master planned community in Sugar Land, opened in 2006, and during its first four months according to reports, 330 new homes of the current 2,400 homes sold, comprising the rapid, resident growth of this new area. FBISD opened Cornerstone Elementary School in Telfair in 2008.

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Intensity Drug Trafficking Area) Initiative, concluded a month-long drug investigation of a home in the Greatwood sub- Jesse Luckey division.” After the narcotics agents searched the home, located in the 1400 block of Forest Brook, they recovered marijuana, and the five people in Vincent Giles the home were arrested. Those arrested and charged with Class B possession (2 ounces or less) of marijuana have been identified by the Sheriff’s Office as Vincent Giles, 20, of Rosenberg, Jesse Luckey, 21, Katherine Maidens, 44, Jacob Maidens, 17, and Emily Maidens, 19, all of Sugar Land. Each posted $500 bonds and were released from the Fort Bend County Jail.

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Appraisal District for at least two of the larger cities in Fort Bend County for this tax year. For taxing authorities, which depend on that income to operate at a level residents have come to expect, that meant they had to make budget adjustments in expenditures, make other adjustments and/or adjust the tax rate itself… upwardly. So, for property owners, what you will pay this year depends on the valuation of your property compared to last year and the adopted tax rates affecting you. Sugar Land’s new fiscal year just got started this month as did its new tax rate, which was just a tad higher than last year’s rate. The tax rate is now 30.245 cents, about a quarter of a penny higher. As for the city, it maintains that the new rate brings in the same revenues collected from the same property taxpayers as were collected the previous year. Sugar Land said some tax bills may increase and some may decrease depending on changes to an individual’s property value. In Missouri City, the current property tax rate of .5284 will remain unchanged, although the city also, like Sugar Land, experienced a drop in certified property values. Last month, Missouri City considered a tax increase, but did not go there for at least one more year “with an emphasis on tightening our spending belt even more.” Stafford, the city with no property taxes for the past 17 years, that’s right…zero, places a high emphasis on eliminating its general obligation debt as it continues to focus on enhancing the city’s appearance and make major infrastructure improvements. Reports indicate that its hotel occupancy tax has grown, but

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either way, she garnered the officer’s undivided attention. He bolted to his car and gave chase. Well, as you can imagine…that was news, unfolding right there in front of the little school children, those nasty teenagers and of course, one of us! The nosiest of the nosy!  So what’s a newsperson to do?  Well, that is easy…Follow, got to get the scoop! Well, the scoop was, is…the lady driving her car so very precariously close to the officer said


she really did stop in the 500 block of Dulles, that poor officer must have still been spin’n to have missed that. But, thinking she may have had an outstanding warrant, she decided it would be better to ignore him. Uh, huh? So, how’s that work’n for ya? Sugar Land did not say there was an outstanding warrant for her, but she did go to jail for evading. Yep, that think’n thing will bite you every time.


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Loving Friends celebrates 20 Years

Loving Friends is a social group who meet once a month at Sweetwater Country Club. Their goal as they want to move on with their lives after the death of a spouse is to meet new people and fellowship with others. As of October of this year, Loving Friends will have been active for 20 years. They meet the third Tuesday of each month at Sweetwater Country Club from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. for dinner and entertainment. The group also meets for lunch and movies and also have a Book Group who meet monthly. Plans are under way for a trip to Coushatta Casino. The next social will be held on Tuesday, October 18 with Grandma's Boyfriends, a barbershop quartet providing the entertainment. Valet parking is available and reservations are necessary by calling Georgia Lawson at 281438-5224.

interest income, which has been another revenue source for the city, has fallen considerably. So, this year, the city once again did what last year became the firsttime ever used option. It applied money from its reserves to the general fund. On a positive note, it’s just a matter of time, 2014, before Stafford pays off all of its outstanding general obligation debt. Mayor Leonard Scarcella expects it to be one of the few governmental entities operating nationwide to have its total general obligation debt fully covered, a message he aimed at getting the Tea Party’s attention. Richmond ‘s tax rate is the same as last year at .7865. Rosenberg’s property tax rate remains at .50 per $100 valuation. It has stayed consistent for several years. It used to be .55. Fulshear in the northwest part of Fort Bend County lists a property tax rate of .205, the same as last year. Fort Bend County’s tax rate will remain the same at 49.976 cents per $100 valuation. Its adopted budget with a little over five percent of an increase will make up the difference between the income and expenditures gap with funds from the general fund balance. Fort Bend ISD kept the tax rate at $1.34 per $100 valuation, the same as last year. Stafford Municipal School District this year approved an 11 cent increase in its tax rate. It is $1.22 per $100 valuation as compared to $1.11 last year. LCISD’s adopted new property tax rate is $1.39 per $100 assessed value, up two and a half cents from last year. Katy ISD’s budget was developed and adopted with the previous year’s unchanged tax rate of $1.5266. Area residents can expect to start receiving their tax bills in the mail this month.

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Houston man convicted for Missouri City DWI By LeaAnne Klentzman A jury in County Court at Law 2 convicted a Houston man who was driving while intoxicated in Missouri City in April of this year. According Assistant District Attorney Alison Gottlieb, “Olivares ran a red light in front of a marked police vehicle. Missouri City Police Officer Michael Curry stopped the defendant and noticed empty beer cans in his car. Officer

Curry offered Olivares field sobriety tests, which he performed poorly. Subsequently, the defendant was arrested for driving while intoxicated. Olivares admitted drinking three Bud Light beers, but claimed the empty cans were from his friends who rode with him on a previous night. Ironically, the three empty beer cans were all Bud Light cans.” Steve Olivares of Houston, was convicted by a jury on September 29, 2011 for Driving

While Intoxicated. During the punishment phase of the trial The State presented evidence that Olivares had numerous prior convictions and was on parole out of Harris County for a prior prison sentence. Judge Jeffrey A. McMeans sentenced Olivares to 100 days in jail. Assistant District Attorneys Alison Gottlieb and Lesleigh Saunders prosecuted the case. Attorney Chad Dick represented Olivares.

Grand Mission woman attacked in her home By LeaAnne Klentzman A Grand Mission woman was attacked in her home last month and sheriff’s personnel are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect. About 3:00 a.m., on Thursday, September 26, a woman who lives on Rustic Chase Drive near Stone Leaf Drive in the Grand Mission subdivision was attacked and assaulted in her home. Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “The victim went into her bathroom to take a shower, noting she had no towels available, she walked back into her living room where

an unknown black male was standing.” H a e n e l went on to explain that the victim ran into her bedroom where Suspect she was followed by her assailant, who grabbed her inside the bedroom. According to Haenel, the intruder attempted to sexually assault the woman. The attack ended after the two engaged in a struggle and the woman began to pray loudly. Upon hearing her prayers, the

intruder got up and ran out of the residence, said Haenel. The victim told deputies the intruder had long, dark, curly hair similar to an “afro.” He is between 5-feet, 6-inches and 5-feet, 8-inches in height with a slim build. She said she believed him to be between 16 and 18 years old. Anyone who may have seen the suspect entering or leaving the residence is asked to call Detective Tommy Thompson of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit at 281-341-3863 or the Sheriff’s Office Dispatch at 281-341-4665.

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Chris Wiesinger, the Bulb Hunter! Chris Wiesinger, a.k.a. “The Bulb Hunter,” will be Fort Bend Master Gardeners’ special guest at the Monthly Educational Program on October 20th at 7:00 p.m. at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road, Rosenberg. Chris’s topic on October 20 will be The Bulb Hunter: Heirloom Bulbs for Today. His book and some varieties of the heirloom bulbs will be available at the program. Open to the public. Call 281-341-7068 or for more information. Take an afternoon book break Book-lovers are invited to take a Book Break on Thursday, October 20, George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond,12:00 noon, in Room 2D. Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a literary discussion of the 2011 Gulf Coast Reads selec-

Brazos Crossing Chorus Brazos Crossing Chorus, a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, is recruiting new members. They meet every Monday night, 7 - 9:30 p.m., Calvary Baptist Church, Rosenberg. If you love to sing this is the place for you! For more information contact Emma Kueck at 281-342-5857 or Debbie Thomas at 281-232-9293. Exchange Club of Sugar Land This club meets weekly every Wednesday, noon to 1 p.m., Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal, Sugar Land. Contact Mike Reichek 281-275-1145 for more information. Divorce Care, a weekly support group ONGOING You’ll learn how to deal with the The Exchange Club of Fort Bend pain of the past and look forward meets every Wednesday, noon, to rebuilding your life. Join them Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 September 11 – December 4, Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. 5:00pm, iThe Bridal Room, First For more information call Mike Colony Church of Christ, 2140 First Reichek at 281-575-1145 or mike@ Colony Blvd., Sugar Land, 7070. tion, “One Amazing Thing”, written by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni. This book club is free and open to the public. Call the library at 281341-2677 for more information. Intro computer classes offered Fort Bend County Libraries’ Adult Services staff at Mamie George Branch Library, 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford, will present free, introductory computer classes this month on using Microsoft Word and Excel. The “MS Word Survival Basics” class is Thursday, October 20, 10:00 am.The “MS Excel Survival Basics” Thursday, October 27,10:00 am. Free & open to public. Register at 281-238-2880 or visit library.












CH2M HILL Engineers, Inc. (CMAR) is accepting Subcontractor Proposals for the following subcontractor packages associated with the construction of the City of Sugar Land 9-MGD Surface Water Treatment Plant, located at the intersection of Voss and Burney Roads:

An ordinance of the City of Stafford, Texas, amending Chapter 102 of the Code of Ordinances of the City, the same being the comprehensive zoning ordinance, by granting a specific use permit to the Islamic Society of Greater Houston, an existing Assembly Group A-3 Occupancy, specifically, a religious facility, on a 9.844 acre tract of land located within the City in Zoning District MU, and further identified as being located at 610 Brand Lane; providing requirements and conditions for this specific use permit; providing for severability; providing a penalty in an amount not to exceed two thousand dollars for violation of any provision hereof; and finding and determining that the meeting at which this ordinance is passed was open as required by law.

• Programming & Integration – Application Engineering Services Plans and bid documents will be sent via CD and can be accessed via FTP site. Proposal Packages must be received by CH2M HILL Engineers, Inc. no later than October 26, 2011, at the City of Sugar Land City Hall, to be opened for review on October 27, 2011. The last day for questions regarding the request for proposals shall be October 20, 2011. To receive a Request for Proposal Package, please contact Maria Thomas, Telephone: 720-286-0313, Email: maria.

PASSED, ADOPTED AND APPROVED the 21st day of September, 2011.

CITY OF STAFFORD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Notice is hereby given that a public hearing will be held before the City of Stafford Planning and Zoning Commission on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 7:30p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas and before the City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas on Wednesday, October 19, 2011 at 7:30 p.m., in the City Council Chamber, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas for the purpose of receiving testimony for and against the following: (1) A proposal to adopt an ordinance amending Chapter 102 of the Code of Ordinances, the same being the City’s Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance, by amending the Official Zoning District map from Primary Corridor to Single Family Residential on a 27.94 acre tract of land, located south of US Hwy 90A, north of Stafford Run drainage, west of FM 1092, bounded by Promenade Boulevard adjacent to the Promenade Subdivision, within the City in Zoning District Primary Corridor. All residents of the City of Stafford and other interested parties are invited to attend and will be given the opportunity to be heard. /s/ Bonnie Baiamonte City Secretary


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Two men arrested for human trafficking By LeaAnne Klentzman Two men have been arrested for human smuggling after an investigation that culminated on October 5, 2011 in west Fort Bend County. Fort Bend County Sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, said deputies arrested Miguel RamirezRangel, 41, and Eustorgio Penaloza-Lopez, 33, in connec-


6200 block of tion with a Paloma, located “human smugbetween Pleak gling” ring after and Needville. agents of the He said depuImmigration ties assisted and Customs in the invesEnforcement tigation at the (ICE) received house where i n f o r m a t i o n Ramirez-Rangel Penaloza-Lopez 14 individuals which led them to a house located in the were found to be held against their will. Ramirez-Rangel and PenalozaLopez have been charged with aggravated kidnapping. They running south across Bissonnet were found hiding in a wooded toward a drainage ditch behind a area east of the house where the shopping center. victims were held captive, said Fort Bend County Crime Haenel. Both are in the Fort Bend Stoppers has posted a reward of County jail and under an immiup to $5,000 for any information gration hold. leading to the arrest and filing of charges on the suspect responsible for this crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665 or Fort for Fort Bend Bend County Crime Stoppers, Pol. Ad paid by John Minchew for Sheriff Campaign, Cheryl Minchew Treasurer, 1831 Pitts Rd., Richmond, TX 77406 Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477).

Crime Stoppers Alert issued By LeaAnne Klentzman Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers is offering up to a $5,000 reward to any one who can lead authorities to the apprehension and filing of charges on the man who robbed a Walgreen’s store last Thursday. Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011, sheriff’s deputies responded to a business robbery in the 9300 block of Highway 6 South at about 10:40 a.m. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, a Hispanic male entered the Walgreen’s store about 10:20 a.m. and appeared to be shopping. Reportedly, he took several items to a cash register and told the clerk he was going to get additional items. Upon his return, he pulled a handgun and demanded cash from the register, said Haenel. The clerk complied and the suspect left the store with cash and merchandise. No physical injuries were reported. Haenel described the suspect as a Hispanic male, approximately 20 years old, about 5-feet, 6-inches in height and weighing about 170 pounds. He was wearing a red-colored beanie cap and appeared to have a thin mustache and goatee. He was wearing a black sweat shirt with writing on the front. The clerk said he spoke with a Spanish accent. The suspect was last seen

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Sealed bids, in duplicate, on the original forms, signed by an officer of the company, will be received by Fort Bend County M.U.D. No. 26, at the offices of the operator at Quail Valley Utility District located at 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 until 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 9th , 2011 for the construction of: Rehabilitation and Renovations of Existing Lift Station at Existing Wastewater Treatment Plant in Fort Bend County MUD No. 26 1403 Lazy Springs Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas Plans, specifications and necessary information may be obtained from Saliger Engineering Corporation by calling (281) 858-4021 Plans and Specifications require a non-refundable deposit of $100 per set of plans and/or specifications. 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 Fort Bend County M.U.D. No. 26. 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. Fort Bend County M.U.D. No. 26 reserves the right to reject any and all bids or to accept any bid deemed advantageous to them or waiver all irregularities.



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for Fort Bend Pol. Ad paid by John Minchew for Sheriff Campaign, Cheryl Minchew Treasurer, 1831 Pitts Rd., Richmond, TX 77406




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BRIGHTWATER ESTATE SALE. Thursday Oct. 13 - Saturday Oct. 15. 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 2330 reflection court off Brightwater Drive and Cartwright. Key 609B. Full house. Fine furniture, antiques, china, crystal, sliver, sterling flatwear, oriental decor, oil paintings, art, Depression glass, free kitchen and refrigerator. Hundreds of smalls, clothing, mink coat and more treasures. Everything priced to sell. CASH ONLY. Troy 713-480-7605.


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COMMUNITY GARAGE SALE October 22 8 a.m. - noon Colony Baptist Church 19506 Vicksburg Boulevard (Church parking lot) PLANTATION BEND off of Dulles Ave. Multi-families 1903, 1907 & 1911 Cypress Run Dr. Friday Oct. 14th and Saturday Oct. 15th. Furniture, tools, toys, clothing (all sizes), and much more! ESTATE SALE. 7722 Eastwood Lake Lane, Richmond 77407. Friday 10/14. Saturday 10/15. 8 a.m. - ? Antiques, collectibles, tools, 3 dr. refrigerator, & more.

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AUTO TALK with David & Cindy Fauvelle

David & Cindy Fauvelle Owners of Auto Central Car Care Center


When a vehicle exhibits erratic, wandering steering along with significant tire wear, the tie rods may be responsible. These slender rods with attachment points at both ends are part of the steering mechanism that transmits force from the steering rack to the steering knuckle that provides an attachment point for the tie rod to the wheel. With so much riding on this component, it is easy to see how worn tie rods can lead to sloppy steering. The need for replacement can be made on the basis of exerting moderate pressure on the wheels with the vehicle on a lift. Usually, if this motion shows the tie rod socket to be loose, it is probably worn and in need of replacement. When something is not quite right with your vehicle, it will send you a signal. With time and use, vehicle parts wear down. If your vehicle wanders, it may need new tie rods. Please call AUTO CENTRAL at 281-4999684 to schedule a maintenance check. One of our ASE Certified Master Technicians can inspect the various components of the vehicle, including the tie rods, to identify potential problem. We are located at 2526 5th St., Stafford. Do you have a car care question? Visit our discussion board on Facebook-Auto Central. HINT: If tie-rod replacement is necessary, a wheel alignment will also be required since tie rod replacement will disturb the alignment setting. By: David and Cindy Fauvelle, Owners

1st Annual “Elite” benefit Ride set for October 22 This year, “Ride for Heroes” is holding their 1st Annual Ride for Heroes Motorcycle Rally on October 22. The ride will start at Republic Harley Davidson, 12707 Southwest Freeway, 281295-1000, in Stafford, at 8 a.m. and continue to Brick’s Ice House in Galveston. All entry fees and donations raised from the event will be donated to the Navy Seal Foundation this year in commemoration of the Navy Seal helicopter that was recently shot

down in Afghanistan that took the lives of 22 Seal Team 6 members as well as members from the Air Force and Army. They will honor them and their families through this ride. Entry fee is $20 per bike/per pass and will include a “Elite Ride” shirt. They died for us, now ride for them. The event is being co-sponsored by Burgess and Associates, CPA, and Republic Harley Davidson in Stafford.

Fort Bend Family Promise Charity Golf Tournament is October 19 Fort Bend Family Promise’s 7th annual Golf Tournament will be held on Wednesday, October 19th at Greatwood Golf Club located at 6767 Greatwood Parkway in Sugar Land. Schedule of Events for the 4-Player Team Scramble: 11:00 A.M. Practice Range, Instructional Clinic; 12:15 P.M. Shotgun Start; 5:00 P.M. Dinner and Awards. The $125 per player entry fee includes all tournament fees, practice balls, sack lunch, and dinner. Trophies awarded for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place team

finishers as well as awards for the “closest to the pin” and the “longest drive.” All entry fees will go to supporting the organization’s mission of helping families in crisis return to self-sufficiency. Additional tournament information and registration forms available on-line at Registration forms can be submitted on-line or mailed to: Fort Bend Family Promise, 1424 FM 1092, Missouri City. Event Contact: Duane Mccullough (281)639-2100 or

Did George Washington Sleep at AHS? The Stephen F. Austin High School Playhouse opens their fall season with George Washington Slept Here by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman. Tired of the city life, Newton Fuller – unbeknown to his wife - buys a dilapidated old shack in the country where, according to rumors, George Washington spent the night. This dilapidated old house becomes the center of family chaos, neighborly disputes and a bit of a love triangle in this charming 1940’s comedy. Expect to laugh out loud at the

corky characters and watch the detailed scenery change before your eyes from ruins to repair and spectacularly back to ruins. The play will be performed at AHS (3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land) October 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at 7pm. Tickets can be reserved in advance by calling the AHS box office at (281) 634-2071. Tickets will also be available during lunches each week before the weekend performances. Presale tickets are $9.00 for adults and $5.00 for students. Tickets at the door will be $10.00 for adults and $7.00 for students.

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NOTICE OF GENERAL ELECTION (AVISO DE ELECCIÓN GENERAL) To the registered voters of the County of Fort Bend, Texas: (A los votantes registrados del Condado de Fort Bend, Texas:) Notice is hereby given that the polling places listed below will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., November 8, 2011 for voting in a special election to adopt or reject the proposed Constitutional Amendments as submitted by the 82nd Legislature, Regular Session, of the State of Texas. (Notifíquese, por las presente, que las casillas electorales sitados abajo se abrirán desde las 7:00 a.m. hasta las 7:00 p.m. el 8 de Noviembre de 2011 para votar en una elección especial para adoptar o rechazar las enmiendas propuestas constitucionales así como fueron sometidas por la 82 Legislatura, Sesión Regular, del Estado de Texas.)

LOCATIONS OF POLLING PLACES: (DIRECCION(ES) DE LAS CASILLAS ELECTORALES) PRECINCT POLLING PLACE 1001, 1073 George Memorial Library 1002 Kendleton Church of God 1003, 1058, 1134 Mustang Community Center 1008 Orchard City Hall 1010 Fort Bend County Road & Bridge 1012, 1039, 1054 Fellowship Church of Fort Bend 1013, 1074 Calvary Baptist Church 1015, 1024 Frieden’s United Church of Christ 1018 Fairchilds Volunteer Fire Dept 1021 Brazos Bend Home & Ranch 1025 Agriculture Extension Building 1037, 1016 Travis Elementary School 1040 St John Fisher Catholic Church 1048, 1072 Fort Bend County Rosenberg Annex 1067, 1007, 1085 Williams Elementary School 1068 Schultz Trucking Company 1076 River Pointe Community Church 1103 Pecan Grove Baptist Church 1114 FBC MUD 23/M.R. Massey Admin B 1118, 1097 Houston Community College at Sienna 1120, 1087, 1128 Dickinson Elementary School 2017 Briargate Elementary School 2023 Ridgemont Elementary School 2027, 2070, 2140 Houston Community College 2028 Quail Valley Elementary School 2030 Quail Valley Middle School 2031 Ridgegate Elementary School 2033, 2090, Lantern Lane Elementary School 2091, 2115, 2136 2050, 2089 Hunters Glen Elementary School 2051 Chasewood Clubhouse 2052 Briarchase Missionary Baptist Church 2055 Willowridge High School 2056 Mayfair Park Civic Center 2059, 2071, Missouri City Community Center 2075, 2079, 2081 2060, 2137, Bethel Missionary Baptist Church 2138, 2139 2061, 2034, 2108 Elkins High School 2077, 2141 Glover Elementary School 2088, 2078, 2112 Stafford Civic Center

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Rosenberg Annex Building - 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX Beasley City Hall – 319 S. 3rd Street, Beasley, TX Cinco Ranch Branch Library – 2620 Commercial Center Blvd, Katy, TX Irene Stern Community Center, 6920 Fulshear-Katy Road, Fulsher, TX Aliana Clubhouse – 17122 West Bellfort, Richmond, TX Hightower High School – 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City, TX Meadows Place City Hall – One Troyan Dr., Meadows Place, TX Missouri City Community Center - 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, TX Pecan Grove Baptist Church – 1727 FM 359, Richmond, TX

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Applications for ballot by mail must be received no later than the close of business on November 1, 2011. (Las solicitudes para boletas que se votarán adelantada por correo deberán recibirse para el fin de las horas de negocio el día 1 de Noviembre, 2011) List your used car online for free

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Sugar Land’s rate and fee changes for surface water begin January 1 The City of Sugar Land will implement several rate and fee changes beginning Jan. 1. The fees and rates were approved by city council in September. The “surface water” rate will increase from 76 cents to $1.42 per 1,000 gallons beginning Jan. 1. In addition to the normal charges for water usage,

city utility customers pay a separate rate based on billed water consumption. The surface water charges support the city’s mandated conversion to surface water. Construction of the city’s surface water treatment plant is in progress. Although the surface water rate is increasing, water and

Help restock food pantry shelves For over 20 years, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry has been making sure that neighbors in our community have enough food to feed their families. Located in Stafford, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry operates the largest Food Pantry in Fort Bend, helping over 3,000 individuals every month. East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry is a place where residents in our community can go for food and emergency assistance when they have nowhere else to turn. Loss of jobs, increased food prices and economic uncertainty has lead to more people coming to the Ministry seeking help. “Most of those we help come to us when they’ve reached a point of choosing between paying the bills or feeding their families,” said Vickie Coates, Executive Director of EFBHNM. As the Ministry strives to provide food to our neighbors in need, donations are down by 10% and Food Pantry shelves are bare.


East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry is in need your help! Consider holding a food drive or making a monetary donation. Please don’t delay. Your help is needed now. By making a donation to EFBHNM you are helping your Fort Bend neighbors who are struggling to makes ends meet during a difficult time in their lives. To learn more about East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry go to, or stop by for a visit at 435 Stafford Run Road. Donations can be made online at HumanNeeds. org or mailed to P.O. Box 1611, Stafford, TX 77497. All donations are tax deductible.

wastewater rates will not change -- an effort by the city to minimize the impact of overall utility bills while Sugar Land transitions to surface water. An average residential utility bill for 11,000 gallons of water usage will increase by $7.25 per month. The city’s water and wastewater system is self-supporting. Each year, rates are adjusted to reflect increasing costs of providing water to customers. All expenses are paid through the fees charged to customers each month. No property tax or sales tax dollars support the utility system. Despite surface water rate increases, residential solid waste

rates will decrease beginning recession on residents. Fees will for Fort Bend Jan. 1 due to implementation be increased 4.9 percent based Pol. Ad paid by John Minchew for Sheriff Campaign, of automated waste collection. on the two year CPI change. Cheryl Minchew Treasurer, 1831 Pitts Rd., Richmond, TX 77406 Customers currently pay $17.63 per month for twice weekly curbside recycling and refuse collecOvercome Your Fear of Flying! tion. The switch in December to Do you get anxious about flying or avoid it automated pickup will result in a altogether? Are you filled with dread at the new rate of $16 per month that prospect of getting on an aircraft? If so, our will be reflected on January bills, FREE class at Sugar Land airport might help. Facilitated by two pilots. To be held in early November. To register email: Visit our website a savings of $1.63 per month. Other user fees -- such as at or call 713-775-4720 for more info. facility rental charges, permits and rental registration licenses -- will also increase in January. These fees are adjusted annually based on the CPI index, to offset inflationary expenses. However, the City did not increase fees in Get ready to shop until you 2011 to minimize impacts of the drop for great holiday gifts

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Admission: One Non-Perishable Food Item to be Donated to the Fort Bend Food Pantry


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You okay with your sidewalks in Missouri City? If not, there will be a meeting on Monday, Oct. 17, at 6:30 p.m., at city hall in the council chambers relating to sidewalks. Reports indicate that there are unhappy residents with concerns about sidewalk repairs and

their upkeep in neighborhoods throughout Missouri City. The special meeting is also for discussing the city’s sidewalk policy to be addressed by members of the city council, according to one of them who provided the information to the “Star”, presumably to notify the public.

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The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 136 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2011 on Thursday, October 20, 2011 at 3:00 p.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP located at 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, 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 of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The inaugural Cover Winner is four year old Bailee Coward of Sugar Land. Bailee is pictured with her father Clay Coward, grandparents Craig and Rosa Coward and Hope for Three, Inc. Founder and President, Darla Farmer during her winning check presentation. You can make your purchase by visiting the website 43/ Hope for Three, a local non-profit focused on assisting families with autistic children, announced that its 2012 Calendar is now ready for sale for $10. Gracing the inaugural cover is 2012 calendar contest cover winner Bailee Coward. Bailee is the daughter of Clay Coward of Sugar Land and granddaughter of Craig and Rosa Coward. The four year old bundle of joy enjoys music and loves to sing and dance.



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Beat the crowds and join us on Saturday, October 15 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Club Sienna, 9600 Scanlan Trace, for this year’s shopping extravaganza. This fun day will feature over 50 vendors offering unique and clever holiday gifts, refreshments and holiday surprises.

On October 19, Republican Women will host a fundraising luncheon, 11:30 a.m., at Safari Texas. Tickets are $50. Radio talk show host, Michael Berry, will be the guest speaker.The purpose of the fundraiser is These shelves are empty. Please to raise money for local Republican candidates and for the clubs many hold a food drive or make a mone- community projects. Shown are: Back row  Linda Hancock, Yvonne tary donation to help them restock Ramsey, Mary Canales, front row are Karen McCarter, Joyce Senior, and their shelves. Penny Hays. For reservations contact Yvonne Ramsey at


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Outdoor activities include playing in the swimming pool, throwing the football and shooting hoops with her dad. Another favorite of Bailee’s is to participate in a jam session with her family. She bangs on the drums, Uncle Chad plays the guitar and her daddy belts out the tunes. Yo Gabba Gabba and the Backyardigans rank pretty high among her cartoon favorites, but her love is Elmo. Little Miss Bailee can often be found blowing bubbles with her Pops (grandfather). “We are so pleased to feature a exceptional calendar filled with the beautiful faces of local children with autism in the coming year. This is yet another opportunity to focus the community on the unique challenges and needs of these wonderful children. We are committed to making a difference and hope that the sale of this calendar will give the community another chance to help. Our goal is to sell 1,000 calendar, by year’s end and reprint in January,” said Darla Farmer, President of Hope for Three, Inc. Proceeds from the calendar will allow the organization to raise funds for assistance grants for families with autistic children. To purchase a calendar visit our website www.hopeforthree. org/shop43/ or call 713-8587965. Blessed Be Hope for Three, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and contributions are tax deductible .

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QV Garden Club offers pre-sale on caladium bulbs

Save by ordering in October, but pay at delivery in March. Three of the four varieties are show in picture with QVGC members. Proceeds benefit the many community projects of Quail Valley Garden Club including beautification and scholarships. Contact Nancy Lindsay at 281 4992047 or Mary Chan at 281 437-7179 or visit www.traction.typepad. com/QVGC and select Caladium Bulb Sales. Pictured (l to r) Jerre Anne Wagner, Karen Meier, Penny Johnson, Barbara Thompson, Marilyn Ellis, Joyce Smith, Nancy Lindsay, Joyce Funderburke, Linn Wells and kneeling Mary Chan.



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First United Methodist Church presents Houston Brass Band After a highly successful, entertaining performance by tenor Jordan Miller in September, The Friends of the Arts committee, First United Methodist C h u r c h , Missouri City is in high gear with its new concert series and is delighted to present the second performance of the season, the Houston Brass Band. The band, founded in 2000, will share the unique spirit and beauty of British-style brass band music. The concert will be held on Sunday, October 16, beginning at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary at the First United Methodist Church, Missouri City located at 3900 Lexington Blvd.

Amber is a 5 month old cream colored mixed breed. She is a sweet pup who loves being around people and loves other dogs. Her favorite things are balls, rawhide chews and playing. She will be a great family pet and best friend. For more information on any of our adoptable pets please go to our website www. . You can call Julie at 832-483-0997 to set up an appointment to meet Amber. You can also see many of our pets at the Petsmart in Missouri City on Saturdays.

Shown is the Houston Brass Band. It will be free to the public, but love donations will be accepted. The band appeals to all ages who enjoy the talents of these professionals and amateurs in the Houston area. For more details, call 281-499-3502 or email us at

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Local Tribute & Gala Honoring America’s Heroes November 10 & 11 By Elsa Maxey In support of America’s heroes, veterans and first responders, Fort Bend’s newest rotary club, Southwest 59 Sunrise, and Operation American Heroes Foundation will host two events in November to honor and celebrate them. The events billed as one commemoration include a Tribute/Celebration and a Gala. The Tribute/Celebration is a free event set for Thursday, November 10, 7-9 p.m. at Sugar Creek Baptist Church. The business casual event is open to the public, especially to all veterans, first responders and their spouses. Seating is limited to 2,000 and those wishing to attend are asked to register for seating. There will be live entertainment by Nash 3, the presentation of awards and a keynote address by (Ret.) General Jerry Boykin, USA. The second event is a Gala at the Sugar Land Marriott, F r i d a y , November 11, 5:45 6:50 p.m. for a VIP Reception Todd Staples with event keynote speakers, 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for dinner/program. The black tie optional Gala will consist of dinner, awards, entertainment and a presentation by Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples. Single seat tickets are $150 and VIP tickets are $250 each. Both keynote speakers are an integral part of the two-day event. Texas Agriculture Commissioner Staples and Jerry Boykin Ret. General Boykin are medal of honor recipients. They have received the highest military medal the U.S. can award in recognition of gallantry, risk of life, and going above and beyond the call of duty. Their participation at the local level will call attention to those being honored for serving and protecting the people of this country and their families. “Join us in honoring the 2011 Service Above Self Award recipients and in saluting Fort Bend County,” invites Rick Miller, event chair of the SW 59 Rotary Club. This commemoration is the first partnership event between SW 59 Sunrise Rotary Club and Operations American Heroes, and it will set the foundation for subsequent annual events, said Miller. The strong partnership is intended to raise funds for use by both organizations specifically to assist veterans and first responder support organizations. “Eventually we would like to establish a national effort with Rotary Clubs across the

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the area of juvenile justice that runs the Juvenile Justice District Court 315. Finally, Deborah Fowler from Texas Appleseed will provide an overview about the recent merger of the Texas Youth Commission with the Texas Juvenile Probation Commission. Sponsorship Opportunities are available. Continental breakfast is included. Cost for a Chamber member is $25, a prospective member is $35 and at-the-door is $35. You can register online at or call Shauna at 281.491.0277 or email

port a great cause! Start time 7:00, goes till 11:00 pm. Player levels: Beginner, Novice and Studs(ettes). Three non-cash winners based on total chip count 1st annual TexasFeast Golf Tournament: Complete your weekend on Monday, October 24th at Riverbend Country Club. The event begins at 12:30, shot-

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“The Impact of Juvenile Justice and Mental Health on Our Children” set for October 14 The George Foundation, The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce along with Children at Risk is hosting the fourth session of The Future of Fort Bend’s Children’s seminars on “The IMPACT on Juvenile Justice and Mental Health on Our Children” on Friday, October 14, from 7:30 am – 9:30 am at the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478. The morning session will provide the findings in our mental health court publication and specialty courts from our partners, Children at Risk. You will hear from expert Lauren Rose with HOGG Fellow Texans Care for Children from Austin, Texas that will share about the connections between juvenile justice and mental health, and how investment in mental health services can lower the burden on the juvenile justice system. The discussion will continue with Judge Michael Schneider, a statewide leader in

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Judges selecting winners in DeWalt Heritage Center photo contest the winners. First Place winning photos and the Grand Prize winner will appear in the first ever DeWalt Heritage Center Calendar. 2012 Photo Calendars with the winning Fort Bend County Photographs may now be preordered for a discounted $15 ($20 after November 15). You may mail a check made out to FBCMA-DeWalt Heritage Center to P. O. Box 460, Richmond, TX 77406-0460 (Attention: Diane Ware). Photos to be featured in the calender include: *Jaci M. Elliott - Wind in the Water; *

Judges are seen here meeting to make the final selection of the winners in the first annual DeWalt Heritage Center photo contest. First place and Grand Prize winners will be featured in the first ever DeWalt Heritage Center calendar which may be ordered at a discount at the reception. Copies of contest photographs will be available for sale and other items ideal for holiday gifts. The DeWalt Heritage Center, which opened this year, is located in scenic Kitty Hollow Park, 9555 Highway 6 South in Missouri City. (l-r) Roger Beeler with judges Marilyn Ellis, Dorianne Eggleston, Lisa Tinsley and Margaret Sloan)

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And, the winners are... The Grand Prize winning photo of the DeWalt Heritage Center's 1st Annual Photo Contest was "Wind in the Water" by Jaci M. Elliott.

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