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Morse, who is defending Later, a suspect was arrested Pikett, said a reporter with the on DNA evidence and admitNew York Times was the lat- ted to the slaying of 53-year-old est in the daily callers seeking Sally Blackwell, a CPS caseinformation on the defense side worker and a neighbor and close of the case. friend of Captain Buchanek, Pikett, Fort Bend County, and Easley said. the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Morse said he could not speak #OMEEXPERIENCEFALLANDSEETHEWIDEVARIETYOFPUMPKINSATTHE0UMPKIN0ATCHLOCATEDAT3UGAR,AND&IRST Office have been named in two to the elements of the ongoing 5NITED-ETHODIST#HURCH)TISOPENTOTHECOMMUNITYNOW FROMAMUNTILDARKEACHDAYATTHECORNEROF federal lawsuits. The first lawsuit civil case, but he felt it was being %LDRIDGE2OADAND3EVENTH3TREET3HOWNAREBROTHERS0ETERAND"RAYDEN$ORAN filed by Michael Buchanek, a tried in the media. “I have the retired Victoria County Sheriff’s utmost respect for the media and Captain, has garnered the most we would be no where without attention. The latest lawsuit, filed them but I cannot try this case by a Yoakum man, is in the pre- in the press as it appears is being liminary stages in court. done,� Morse said. Buchanek was named a “perSee MEDIA, page 14 By Cheryl Skinner Jan Jones, now deceased, was passed away last year at the age Three veteran lawmen from the Assistant Chief of Police of of 67, and retired only months Fort Bend County were remem- the Stafford Police Department. before his long battle with cancer bered last week during the official It was Ennis and Jones who and heart disease claimed him, TH!NNUALh2IDE4O2OSENBERGv opening of the new Gus George followed a dream of estab- would have been very proud of #AR3HOWSETFOR/CTOBER Law Enforcement Academy and lishing a local academy for the honor bestowed on him by each of them will have a perma- police officers. The two men, the Academy. nent classroom named in their along with a host of volunteers It wasn’t until Gus George honor. from throughout the local law was elected sheriff that their Fort Bend County enforcement community, put on dream came to fruition. Taking Commissioners gave official training classes in fire stations the bull by the horns, so to speak, approval on naming the class- and donated office space for George moved forward with rooms after Lt. Don Martin, Jan years as they raised money to making the Academy a reality. Jones and Bill Ennis. Martin was build the hoped-for academy. He hired Lt. Martin as the first the first director of the Academy, Jones, who was a sergeant director and the rest, as they say, which was then known as the Fort with Stafford PD during those is history. Martin developed all Bend County Law Enforcement early years, often said it was of the operating procedures still Academy, under the leader- important for local officers in use today. ship and guidance of deceased to get advanced training that The Academy has become Fort Bend County Sheriff Gus would not only keep them cur- well known in the law enforceGeorge. 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THEBEAUTIlCATIONOFTHEHISTORICDISTRICT4OREGISTER on Tuesday, She has been servYOURCARCONTACT,INDA2ULAUFOR  OR ing as Interim Director since VISITWWWSCRIDESCOMFORAPRINTABLEENTRYFORM last November, and served as Assistant Director for 5-1/2 years before that. “I am looking forward By Cheryl Skinner the city is facing a challenging very much to Missouri City officials last economy, Missouri City is in a working with week approved the effective tax “sound financial condition and library staff to rate for the forthcoming fiscal the City has a proud fiscal legacy keep moving year, setting it at 52.84 cents per to continue to build on.� our system for$100 valuation. The 2008 property valuation ward in filling Officials said the decision was 51.7 cents. 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Sugar Landâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s public health authority, Dr. Joe Anzaldua, recently inoculated Mayor James Thompson against the seasonal flu, a measure intended as a public health alert to encourage citizens to follow the mayorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s example. The public gesture emphasized the pandemic threat facing Sugar Land, as evidenced by major outbreaks across the state. â&#x20AC;&#x153;County health officials recommend obtaining the 2009 seasonal flu shot, as well as the H1N1 flu shot when available,â&#x20AC;? said Thompson. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Both shots are recommended to avoid becoming ill with more than one strain of influenza and certainly not at the same time.â&#x20AC;? City preparedness efforts include the development of a Disease Control and Response Plan to address a variety of public health threats, including pandemic influenza and coordination and partnering with agencies and healthcare providers. Sugar Land has initiated several procedures to minimize disruption of city services. The major preventive measure is vaccination of city employees, beginning with those who have direct contact with the public. The city will also work to

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The Gingerbread Market Makes Holiday Shopping A Breeze! Get ready to shop until you drop for great holiday gifts at Siennaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 5rd Annual Gingerbread Market. Beat the crowds and join us on Saturday, October 17 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Club Sienna, 9600 Scanlan Trace, for this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s shopping extravaganza. This fun day will feature over 30 vendors offering unique and clever holiday gifts, refreshments and holiday surprises.

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-ISSOURI#ITYlRElGHTERSPERFORMINGSAFETYSHOWSATELEMENTARYSCHOOLS acts together and recently shared a story about how one student used tips he learned from the clowns to save his sisterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s life. The shows provide a â&#x20AC;&#x153;good message for kids. Once, a little boy saved his sister from a seizure and when asked how he did it, he said he saw the Firehouse Clowns and they showed him how to do it.â&#x20AC;? Separately, as part of their prevention push this month, firefighters will also be teach-

ing about 1,200 day-care children about safety techniques. These youngsters will learn about the â&#x20AC;&#x153;stop, drop and roll,â&#x20AC;? method, the importance of calling 911 in an emergency and will be allowed to view fire trucks. Kitson said he â&#x20AC;&#x153;enjoys interacting with the kids and teaching them the message. If they learn these lessons now, they can be safe and prevent fires and accidents down the road.â&#x20AC;?

4AYLOR.ELSONNAMED!LL !MERICAN3CHOLAR The United States Achievement Academy has announced that Taylor Deshun Nelson, a 7th grade student at Stafford Intermediate School, has been named an All-American Scholar. The All-American Scholar Award Program pays recognition to superior students who excel in the academic disciplines. These scholars must earn a 3.3 or higher grade point average. Only scholars nominated by a school instructor or counselor are accepted. She was nominated by Desiree L. James with Stafford Intermediate School. Taylor will appear in the All-American Scholar Yearbook which is published nationally. Taylor takes all Honor classes and maintains a A+ average. She currently plays volleyball at Stafford Intermediate. She is the daughter of Robert

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Me and TV......I let a television program interview me last week. I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really want to because in my mindâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s eye, I am much younger, prettier, and thinner than I show up on a camera. But I remember when I started a local television channel that was a precursor to the municipal channel that exists today. However, ours was much better. We had a three times a week newscast, Linda Howell went to parties and interviewed everyone who would stand still, and we taped and showed all the football games. My daughter, Sherry Carter, who is in the video business, ran it for me and it was pretty good if I say so myself.

We also taped commissionerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s court, school board meetings, and city council meetings, which was a novel idea in Fort Bend back then. We had to twist some arms to get them to let us do it. Some elected officials were convinced that people would want to sign up and talk during the â&#x20AC;&#x153;hear from the publicâ&#x20AC;? part of the meeting just to get their faces on television. That didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen although some elected officials did a little grandstanding themselves while the camera was on. But I got crosswise with former Sugar Land mayor Dean Hrbacek and he pulled the plug on it. Punish me! Little did Hrbacek

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know that I never made a penny in that businesses so I was relatively relieved when I was sent to the bleachers. I hated disappointing all the people we had assembled to help with the production, but that was that. All of this brings me to the point I was attempting to make about agreeing to do an interview. I had experienced some peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s hesitancy about appearing on camera, so when â&#x20AC;&#x153;48 Hoursâ&#x20AC;? appealed to me on that level, I was weak. Now since the hour-long show will distill a 2 1/2 week trial which they taped almost all, and countless other interviews, my part will probably be cut to about 15 seconds. But we taped for two hours and let me tell you about it. It was at the Marriott where â&#x20AC;&#x153;48 Hoursâ&#x20AC;? had booked a meeting room. They had several cameras set up although it was dark and I couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t tell how many. They told me that all of the camera men were local, meaning Houston, and a couple lived in Fort Bend and frequently work for â&#x20AC;&#x153;48 Hours.â&#x20AC;? Before I went I got all gussied up, laid my make-up on with a trowel, and did my hair. I was going for the Tammye Fay Bakker look, without the crying. But when I got there, they had hired a make-up artist who went to work on me in earnest. I guess

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they thought I really needed the help! I was interviewed by on air correspondent Richard Schlesinger whom I had met at the trial and started talking to because I thought I knew him. Well, duh, I had seen him on the show many times but just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t connect it. When he told me his name, I asked if he was related to Robert (Newsweek), Arthur M. (Robert Kennedy biography) or James (CIA, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of Energy) all of whom had a last name of Schlesinger. He claimed, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Nope, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not that smart.â&#x20AC;?

Anyway, although I was dreading it, the â&#x20AC;&#x153;shootâ&#x20AC;? ended up being worlds of fun as you can see by my picture included here. It may all end up on the cutting room floor, but it was especially interesting to see how real professionals handle interviews. How to make a Republican head explode........Give Obama a Nobel Peace Prize. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll admit that Obama really hasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done quite as many things as most people do to get a Nobel, but it was so much fun watching the Republicans be-

Although he claims to not be very smart, he sure can interview. He asked me every question I hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t even thought of--twice! We sat there and I could feel my hair flattening. But I didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t feel so bad as his head was shining and he had to keep applying powder. Nobody offered to powder me except the make-up artist who had left by that time.

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side themselves. I thought Rush (what kind of drug name is that?) Limbaughâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s head was going to swivel around like the girl from â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Exorcist.â&#x20AC;? However, whether you want to admit it or not, Obama has been very busy his first 10 months in office. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s averted an economic crisis; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s strengthened international diplomacy; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s made some peace with the Muslim world; heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s spurred the health care debate; and heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s working on everything he said he would, including, finally, gays in the military. But finally, the number one thing that Obama has done---heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not George Bush. Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not my thought. I think thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the Nobel committeeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s thought. B.K. Carter is the owner/ publisher of the Fort Bend/ Southwest Star. She can be reached at bkcstar@earthlink. net.

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Miss Janie Rayann Baker and Mr. Casey Dean Shoffit were united in marriage on Saturday, August 29, 2009 at seven oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock in the evening at the Sugar Land First United Methodist Church. The double-ring ceremony was officiated by the Reverend Martin Nicholas with music provided by organist, Mr. Brian Granquist and by harpist, Miss Meredith Arnold. Following the ceremony, the brideâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s parents hosted a dinner reception at the Riverbend Country Club in Sugar Land. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Baker of Sugar Land. She is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. William D. Baker of Sugar Land and Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Torrence of Nacogdoches, Texas. The groom is the son of Ms. Patricia Shoffit of Sugar Land and Mr. Michael Shoffit of El Paso, Texas. He is the grandson of Mrs. June Snyder of Houston, Texas and the late Mr. Arthur Snyder and Mr. C.D. Shoffit of El Paso, Texas and the late Mrs. Nathalee Shoffit. Given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father, the bride wore a couture Oleg Cassini gown with a chapel length train. To complement her gown, the bride wore a tiara and carried a hand-tied bouquet of red and white roses. Miss Heather Hendrickson of Houston, Texas served as the Maid of Honor. Bridesmaids were Miss Meredith Arnold of Sugar Land, Texas, Mrs. Barbara Baker Jones of Sugar Land, Texas, Miss Jill Crawford of New York City, New York and Miss Kristin Ott of Austin, Texas. Serving as the flower girl was Miss Lily Grace Baker of Missouri City, Texas. Mr. Craig Shoffit of New York City, New York served as his brotherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Best Man. Groomsmen were Mr. Cody Baker of Sugar Land, Texas, Mr. Ricky Lyons of Houston, Texas, Mr. Todd Halbert of New Orleans, Louisiana and Mr. Tommy Wolfenberger of Houston, Texas. Serving as the ring bearer/page was Master Nicholas Baker of Missouri City, Texas. Serving as ushers were Mr. Austin Baker of Sugar Land, Texas, Mr. David Baker of Sugar Land, Mr. Benjamin Baker of Missouri City and Mr. Hewitt Woolner of Houston, Texas. The bride and groom are both Golf Professionals at River Oaks Country Club in Houston, Texas. Following a honeymoon to Playa de Carmen, Mexico, the couple now reside in their new home in Sugar Land, Texas.

&"43,WELCOMESNEWMEMBERSWHOAREEAGERTOSTARTVOLUNTEERINGTO SERVE&ORT"END#OUNTY Fort Bend Teen Service League (FBTSL) recently held its new members luncheon to welcome 44 new teens to the Teen League for the 2009-2010 year. The new members, together with the current members, are excited to be volunteering across Fort Bend County. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Because the FBTSL has done such a great job volunteering and being outstanding leaders in the local community, several Fort Bend non-profits have contacted us to see if we can help their organizations for future events,â&#x20AC;? said FBTSL Advisory Board Special Events Vice President, Shannon Woodruff. In the spring of 2010, the FBTSL will host its first fundraising event, Glitter & Gloss, to be held on April 10, at the Sugar Land Community Center. Proceeds from this event will benefit various local non-profit organizations through the Fort Bend Junior Service Leagueâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Community Assistance Fund. For more information on the Teen League visit www.fortbendteenleague.org.

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Mr. and Mrs. David Strutton of Austin, TX are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Meredith Ann, to James Campbell Todd, son of Mr. and Mrs. James P. Todd of Sugar Land, TX. Meredith is a 2004 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin. She is a teacher pursuing her masterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree from Texas State University. Cam is a 2007 graduate of Texas A&M University and is a graphic designer for an education association. The couple will marry in December 2009.

WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The FIRST COLONY L.I.D. #2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on November 3, 2009 12:00 PM at 3 East Greenway Plaza, Suite 2000 Houston, TX 77046. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

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STARRINGS.......................................................................................................................................................................................... from page 2 p.m., Sugar Land Town Square, in the Plaza. Family-friendly event with live music, face painting, raffles, & more. 3UGAR,AND,IONS#LUB ANNUALGARAGESALE The Sugar Land Lionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Clubâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s annual garage sale will be held at the Sugar Land Community Center, 222 Matlage way, Sugar Land, Saturday, October 17, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Something for everyone, super prices. Great raffle prizes, food & drinks, & free parking. Arrive early for best selection! For info call 281980-3734. #OMMUNITY#HALLENGE GARAGESALE The Weston Lakes Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Association to host this garage sale Saturday, October 17, 8 a.m. to noon, Fulshear First United Methodist Church, Fellowship Hall, 8201 Harris, Fulshear. Proceeds will benefit community needs in the Fulshear/Simonton area. Follow the

signs to the sale. 4HOSE"LESSED0ETS Holy Cross Episcopal Church, 5653 West River Park Drive, Sugar Land, will be having its annual Blessing of the Animals ceremony Saturday, October 17, 4 p.m. Put your dog on a leash or kitty in a crate & join the fun for the annual celebration. )NTROCOMPUTERCLASS Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, Sugar Land, will present a free intro computer class, Sat., Oct. 17, 10 a.m., Tech Center. Free & open to public. Call 281-277-8934 for more info. -URDER -YSTERY"OOK#LUBMEETS The Murder & Mayhem Book Club will meet Saturday, Oct. 17, 11 a.m., Meeting Room, Missouri City Branch Library, 1522 Texas Parkway. Book to be discusses is â&#x20AC;&#x153;1st to Dieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, by James Patterson. Free & open to the public. For more info 281-499-4100.

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/#4/"%2 3CRAPBOOKINGFOR !LZHEIMERS$ISEASE Home Instead Senior Care & The Scrapbook Village are hosting this fundraiser Sunday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Scrapbook Village, 3424 FM 1092, Suite 270, Missouri City. The donation is $20 & all proceeds will go to the Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Assoc. Refreshments will be served. Call 281-208-5251 for more info. & to RSVP. 'OLF4OURNAMENTSET American Diabetes Association to hold this tournament Monday, October 19, Riverbend Country Club, 1214 Dulles Ave, Sugar Land, 11 a.m. registration, buffet begins at 11:30 a.m. Sponsorships available. Teams $600, individual$150, tee signs $200. Call Betsey Montle at 713-977-7706 ext. 6086 or emontle@diabetes.org. $IALOGUESON3PIRITUALITY Cath, a Path of Spiritual Unfolding presents monthly meetings on finding spiritual life in daily life. Next meeting Oct. 18, 1 p.m., Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congreation, 3945 Greenbriar, Suite D/E, Stafford. Call 281-2655044 for info. /#4/"%2 'REAT"OOKS'ROUPMEETS Sugar Land Great Books Adult Discussion Group will meet Tuesday, October 20, 7 p.m., Conference Room, First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land to discuss â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Age of Innocenceâ&#x20AC;?. Free and open to the public. Call 281-2382800 for more information. ,OVING&RIENDSTOHOST4EA0ARTY This widow/widowers group is hosting this tea party Tuesday, Oct. 20, 5:30 p.m., The Terrace in Sugar Land. Special guest speaker is the owner of the only organic tea shop in the Houston area. Cost $15 for meal. For more info Rena @ 281499-9289. h'ARDENING7ITHOUT A&LOWERBEDv Sugar Land Garden Club will host John Ferguson who will present this program â&#x20AC;&#x153;Gardening Without a Flowerbed Tuesday, October 20, 9:30 a,m,, Sugar Land

Community Center, 226 Matlage Way, Sugar Land. For more info www.sugarlandgardenclub.org or call 281-491-1621. /#4/"%2 3UPPORT'ROUPTOMEET Alzheimerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s/Dementia support group for caregivers will gather Wednesday, October 21, 1:30 p.m., St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd., Social Concerns Conference Room, Sugar Land. Join them to share and care. Questions, please call Jane Relton at 281-313-2500 or 281-788-3734. ""%XPO.ETWORKING%VENT This networking event is for HealthCare and small business to be held Wednesday, October 21, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sugar Land Oaks, 151 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land. Complimentary admission, refreshments, vendors, & door prizes. Contact Dorothy Gurka 281-290-0190 or dorothygurka@att.net. /#4/"%2 6OLUNTEERSNEEDEDFOR "OOGIEFUNDRAISER The Fort Bend Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center is seeking volunteers to participate in its Boogie fundraiser. Anyone interested in volunteering can attend and informational volunteer kick-off reception on Thursday, October 22, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. For reservations & more details call 281-344-5757 or boogie@fortben dwomenscenter.org. 4HE'ATHERINGOF-EN IN&ORT"END This group will hold their luncheon Thursday, October 22, 11:30 a.m., LYF Center of Sugar Creek Baptist Church, Hwy. 59 @ Dairy Ashford, next to Bally Fitness Center, 13444 S/W Freeway, Sugar Land. Guest speaker Jerry Gallion with the Kirby Corp. Cost of luncheon $15. Call Andy Ramos at 281-732-5646 for reservations. /.'/).' )NTERESTEDIN)NVESTING The IBM Investment Club meets the first Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in Stafford. Come join us for a lively investment discussion and some refreshments. RSVP at 281-615-5946 or email leemdcam@aol.net.

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-EDITERRANEAN&ESTIVALSETFOR/CTOBER The Sugar Land Mediterranean Festival will be held Friday, October 23 through Sunday, October 25 at 340 Eldridge Road in Sugar Land from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday, and 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Sunday. This inaugural event includes delicious foods from Fadiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mediterranean Grill, Rayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Grill, Pepperoniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Fruituzy, Hellenic Food Imports and more. Enjoy Mediterranean music, folk dance performances and cultural discussions. Browse for Mediterranean groceries and gifts as well as jewelry and souvenirs from fine vendors. Taste specialty

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Sunday November 15th Jog for Jim 1 PM to 3 PM at Eldridge Park in Sugar Land B-B-Q and Auction 5 PM to 7 PM at Knights of Columbus Hall in Sugar Land Jim Hardzog, a Realtor at Keller Williams Realty, Sugar Land, has been diagnosed with a stage four brain tumor. Jim and his family need your help to defray medical expenses. For sponsorship and donations please contact: Patsy Stikeleather at (281) 844-1776 or Mike Wong at 713-935-5800 or email JamminForJim@gmail.com Visit www.JamminForJim.com for details.

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regional wines. Take in the Icon Exhibition including two famous â&#x20AC;&#x153;weepingâ&#x20AC;? icons said to have performed miracles. Kids will enjoy the kiddie rides and face painting! Bring your family and experience the vibrant culture of the Mediterranean. Admission is just $3.00, children under 12 free. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will benefit the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. For more information or to purchase tickets please visit: www.sugarlandfestival. org. For more information about the Literacy Councilâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s programs please visit www.ftbendliteracy. org or call 281-240-8181.

WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

WATER DISTRICT NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE

The FIRST COLONY L.I.D. will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on October 27, 2009 4:00 p.m. at offices of Southwest Water Company, 12535 Reed Road, Sugar Land 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 on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

The Fort Bend County Levee Improvement District No. 15 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Monday, October 26, 2009 at 11:00 a,m. at the offices of SWWC Services, Inc. located at 12535 Reed Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted.

FOR the proposal:

Gary Knapp, Scott Jacobson, Richard Sherrill

AGAINST the proposal:

None

PRESENT and not voting:

None

ABSENT:

None

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

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$ .19460/$100

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K. Matocha, and F. Yonish

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D.L. Koy

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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. Bob Leared, Tax Assessor-Collector 713-932-9011

If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236 (d), Water Code. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.


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4EXANA#ENTERCELEBRATESOPENINGOFNEWBUILDING The Texana Behavior Treatment and Training Center (BTTC) along with the Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance hosted a ribbon cutting celebrating the opening of its new building addition. The $734,000 two story addition has seven treatment rooms, an additional training kitchen with different styles of restaurant seating, a video viewing area for parents, and a fun room complete with a mini rock climbing wall. Dianne Wilson, Texana Center Board of Trustees Chair, welcomed attendees to the new building addition for Texanaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

nationally recognized Behavior Treatment & Training Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day Treatment and Outreach Programs for children with autism spectrum disorder. A special presentation was made to Christie Enzinna, BTTC Manager, from Scott Jackson, Co-Founder of Tackling Autism Foundation and parent of a child with autism who graduated from the Texana BTTC Day Treatment Program. Scott presented two framed autism awareness themed posters to decorate the new building addition. George Patterson, CEO, told attendees about new statistics

which were recently updated on the prevalence of autism increasing from 1 in 150 children to 1 in 91 children. In boys is it even more common increasing from 1 in 80 to 1 in 58. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Texana is proud of its success in helping children with autism through Applied

Behavior Analysis. This expansion means that we can help more childrenâ&#x20AC;? said Patterson. For more information regarding the Texana Behavior Treatment and Training Center, contact the Day Treatment Program 281 239 1497 and Outreach Program - 281 239 1328.

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WESTHEIMER LAKES .......$149,900

WATERFORD PARK ............$252,500

VICKSBURG...........................$184,900

WESTWOOD ..........................$124,900

SOUTHWEST HOUSTON ..$124,900

THE CROSSING AT RIVERSTONE ......$535,000

SUGAR MILL..........................$189,900

4/2.5/2 Lodge like den with Hi-Ceilings + wooden beams. Master down. Gorgeous back yard. 3 car garage + work shop. (618RM)

VILLAGE OF OAK LAKE............................... 4/2.5/2. Ceramic tile flooring downstairs. Open & spacious family rm & Isl. Kit. Fantastic pool & covered outdoor living area. (15607Oa)

BRIGHTWATER ....................$355,000

CINCO RANCH.....................$347,000

GRAND MISSION ESTATES..$239,900

HERITAGE COLONY ..........$210,000

WEST LANE PLACE.............$739,000

TELFAIR....................................$306,000

PECAN GROVE .....................$229,900

VILLAGES OF AVALON ....$475,000

SUGAR CREEK..................... $227,500

MEADOWS ............................ $155,900

CANYON GATE ....................$219,900

MEADOWS .............................$156,500

CANYON GATE ....................$189,895

WOODBRIDGE ....................$198,000

COLONY COVE.....................$339,500

HUNTWICK FOREST .........$199,900

4 or 5 bed rms/ 2 bed rms down, granite & stainless in Kit. Double pane windows, sprinkler, Gorgeous corner lot with Pool. (9019Sh)

4/2 1/2/3 Lrg lot in cul-de-sac. Hardwoods in den, entry Dining & study. Kit w/glass front cabinet. Private Master Down. Game rm & Study up. (3323Br)

60 x 120 lot in up and coming Westwood subdivision, close to Med Center, downtown, Greenway Plaza. (4102WO)

Home in great location. Formal dining. Family room w/fireplace overlooks the backyd. Indoor util rm. Gameroom upstairs. (15210MR)

4/3.5/2 Beauty. Open light and bright home with Master down. Game rm up. Neutral décor. Refreshing Pool. (6422CC)

By First Colony Library, Clement High School zone. 3,100 SQ FT. 2 story, High ceilings, 4 bed rms, 3 1⁄2 baths, Master bed rm down. (2906Mo)

4/3.5/3 On Lushly landscaped cul-de-sac lot. Curved staircase, soaring hi ceilings, updates & upgrades abound. Master down. 2 FP. (5406 EP)

4-2-2 Both formals, fresh paint, tile floors, master down! Bath Updated. Extra rm upstairs used as a studio/study. (11830Am)

Huntwick home, cul de sac lot! Formals, Den w/built-ins! Master/study/built-ins down three bedrms up - two open to a balcony (5322GR)

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TERRI KURKJIAN

4/2.5/2 Gated Community. Corner lot. Hi-ceilings in Family w/gas log FP. Master suite down/gamerm up. Lrg Pantry & walk-in closets. (6359BO)

4/2/2 Covered patio, pool, new carpet, fresh paint in and out, New wood laminate floors, double ovens, formal dining. Ready to move. (11914Me)

3/2/2 Elegant updated 1 story with study and sunroom. Also, for lease $1,795 or sale $229,900. (1118BI)

3/2/2 Plantation Home, split bedrooms, Soft neutral colors, Corian counters, build-in deskand bookcase, Ceramic Tile, generous storage areas. (3767HC)

ANITA MILNE

3/2/2 Patio home. Bright Hi ceilings, crown molding, hardwood floors, Kit w/granite appliances, Sink, & fixtures, lots of Built-ins. (2915CC)

3/2.5/2 Patio home. Formals, media rm, hardwood, tile flrs in baths & utility rms. Granite , SS Steel sink, oversized Isl. (2110AL)

4/3/2 SHORT SALE bargain. Gourmet Kit, granite countertops, SS appliances, Study, Mud sink In utility & garage. Oversized gar. (19919MP)

JIMMY FARAG

MARIA MALDONADO

JIMMY KAO

DENISE HULSE

DIANE HOPGOOD

4-5/3.5/2 Hardwood floors thru-out, Gourmet Kitchen w/Granite. Living areas, soaring ceilings w/courtyard pool and spa. (2787WL)

5 Bed rms/ 3 full baths, 2 half baths + 3 car Tandem garage. Beautiful pool. Backing to wooded, bayou area. Isl. Kit w/counter tops. (3214OP)

MECHELLE MILLER

5-6/3.5/3 Cul-de-sac, Hi ceilings, study/build-ins down, Media/screening rm & game rm up, Huge master suite down + spacious Isl kit. (4210LA)

5/3.5/3 Bright,airy/open concept Media room w/ leather chairs, projection TV, surround sound. Heated pool/spa,very private! (4519CO)

VIRGINIA MACK

Immaculate 2 story 4/2, 5/2! Big Master down. Huge game rm up. Wood burning FP. Quiet cul-de-sac near park. backyard w/covered patio/deck. (7126Na)

MARTHA LUSK

TRISH HAZELDINE

VAL HARRIS

IRMA KLENK

JOHN GILLEN

3/2.5/2 Model * Reduced * On the water * Gorgeous water views*Granite countertops *Double pane * www.gayledaniel.com (2338WP)

3/2.5/2 + loft. Game rm, study, office upstairs. Ceramic Tile. Large laundry rm & Kit. Open floor Concept. (11034DC)


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RICHMOND ...........................$795,000

ROYAL LAKES MANOR .....$600,000

BRIARGATE..............................$89,900

WATERFORD PARK TOWNHOMES ....$199,500

SUGAR MILL .........................$322,000

SUGAR CREEK......................$279,900

WEST OAKS VILLAGE ......$168,500

SUGAR CREEK......................$296,000

PECAN GROVE .....................................

WATERFORD PARK ............$255,000

OXFORD ...................................$309,900

SUGAR CREEK......................$729,000

4/2.5/2 Home overlooking GOLF course. Updated Kit w/Dacor App., built-in Kit Aid Fridge. Huge sun rm & 2nd floor balcony. (606SC)

COMMONWEALTH/BRIDGEWATER..$289,900 4/2/3 Corner cul-de-sac lot. Upgraded kit. w/Silestone countertops. Open concept floorplan w/both formals. Huge exec. master w/sitting area. (5002BE)

QUAIL VALLEY .....................$169,900

SIENNA POINT .....................$625,000

THE GROVE ...........................$134,900

GLENN LAKES ......................$155,000

PLANTATION BEND ..........$288,550

GREATWOOD .......................$324,900

BRIDLEWOOD ......................$595,000

NEW TERRITORY.................$220,000

SIENNA PLANTATION......$179,900

WATERSIDE ESTATES........$250,000

BELLAIRE.................................$195,000

AVALON ...................................$549,888

OLD ORCHARD ...................$349,888

PARKWAY LAKES ................$255,000

ASHFORD LAKES................$294,000

0.82 Acre wooded lot! Water view. 1 yr old. Gated custom section. Travertine, hardwds, Hi ceil. crown molding, 4 zoned hi effic. ACs. (418RL) CATHY STUBBS

2.25 acres hrdwd floors built-ins! isl kit ss appl, butler’s, pantry Formals, FP; study/den, game or media rm, outdr kit, pool & spa! (2826PB)

OUTHWEST

Custom 4/3.5/3 home nestled on cul-de-sac lot. Beautiful updates in Master bath and island kitchen. (13810WF)

5/3.5/2 Tiled front porch. Formals, study & Master down. Big den with corner FP. Covered patio, Pool. Well planned upstairs layout. (335FB)

4/3.5/2 Cul-de-sac, formals, gamerm up. Lge isl kit w/updated appliances. Tile in entry, den, breakfast rm. Beautiful pool! (3115PW)

5/6 bedrooms, 4 baths, gameroom, media room, study, upgraded carpet, formals, stone fireplace, sprinkler. (23310 FI)

5/3.5/2 Formals, study, game rm, Media rm, hi ceilings. Avanza counter tops. Kit. open to family rm. Master down. No back neighbors. (12534EN

WAYNE RUSSELL JOY ROUSSELL KATHY RICHARDSON BRENDA PULLEN

CECIL PESCHEL

2 story. 4/2.5/2 Spacious 2 story family home. Family rm, gourmet Kit!, Big master bed rm down! Media rm! Game rm! Tile floors, formals. (13019CG)

4/3.5/3 Custom home, upgrades, high ceilings. Formals, lrg living rm, gourmet Kit with Granite counter tops. Master down. Lrg living rm. (5226TL)

LARRY PARKER

JOELLA MULLIS

MARY LOU MORTIZ

JIMMY FARAG

Corner lot w/pool/spa, Isl kit, SS appl, Tile/wd flrs, Atrium w/koi pond. 3 Full baths, 2-1/2 baths, Gamerm dwn! 3 Car garage+bath (3134SB)

4/2.5/2. Tons of upgrades. Kit and all bath rms have been completely remodeled. SS appl, crown molding, marble FP. All windows replaced. (9310Sh)

Gated community. Two bedrm, Great open floorplan. Spacious den w/built-ins, Lrg isl/kit flrs. Study/Bed rm. Recent paint, tile & roof. (6522PC)

KELLI PARKER

QUAIL VALLEY .....................$279,900

4/2/4 Formals. Granite counter tops. Wood and Tile flrs. Flagstone patio w/aluminum cover. Home is perfect for allergy suffers. (4315TB)

Country living. Screened in heated Pool, Adjacent 1 bed rm quarters + Lrg storage. RV storage. Slate Flrs, 2 story dining. Game rm up. (7219RO)

4/2.5/2 Recently painted, roof replaced. Both formals, master bed rm down. Empty lot on one side. Backyard has plenty of rm for a pool. (2015PC)

MELYNDA O’REILLY

4/2.5/2 Home with granite countertops in Kit. Cherry Cabinets, upgraded Blk GE appliances. 2 inch wood blinds, Master down, game rm up. (6023LC)

Newmark home w/the foyer, archways, ceilings & faux painting! Master suite Huge game room upstairs w/3 bedrooms & 2 baths. (2014US)

3/2/2 Spacious den w/hi ceilings + FB. Large master w/walk-in closet. Lrg backyard w/ Flagsone patio. Fresh paint in and out. (2523GH)

RUTH OLSON

Open Floor plan, high ceilings, 2 story home! 3,259sq. ft., 4 bedrm. Master down. 3 1⁄2 baths. Spacious utility w/sink. Spacious gar. (4922CP)

4-6/3 full baths 2 half baths, 3 car garage. Lrg master w/ Sitting area. Granite Isl. in Kit, formals, study, game rm, Media rm. Covered patio. (9111TL)

DEAN OLSON

4/2/2 Sparkling pool and spa. Covered patio, hardwood in game rm w/ FP & all bed rms. Granite counter Tops in Kit. & hall bath. (3026BB)

4/2.5/2 Hardwoods, French doors in family rm. Isl. Kit w/SS Dishwasher, double ovens. Finger Print door lock. Extended patio. (4207 SI)

GLENN NICHOLS

3/2.5/2 Water views from the family room, k i t . , dining, master bedrm/gameroom. Mediaor gameroom up * www.gayledaniel.com. (2222WP)

JAN SAUNDERS

MICHELE SERGIE

Corner/cul-de-sac. 3-2-2 pool. New kit sink/granite counters, solar scrns, ceiling fans, tile flooring, appl/landscaping around the pool. (18007OM)

4/2.5/2 One story home. Ceiling medallions, crown molding, Formals, corner FP. Silestone counters, butcher block Isl.,tile flooring. (831Lo)

KELLY STEWART

JENNIFER WANG

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3/2.5/2 Never lived in * Master suite down* Open floorplan * Granite in kit * High ceilings*S p r i nkler system * www.gayledaniel.com (4014WP)

BARBARA SINKOVEC

81- 491-1776

SHORT SALE. 3/2/2 High ceilings with open Spacious floor plan. Approximately 1,572 Sq. Ft. per appraisal district. (15742Br)

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RICHMOND ...........................$795,000

ROYAL LAKES MANOR .....$600,000

BRIARGATE..............................$89,900

WATERFORD PARK TOWNHOMES ....$199,500

SUGAR MILL .........................$322,000

SUGAR CREEK......................$279,900

WEST OAKS VILLAGE ......$168,500

SUGAR CREEK......................$296,000

PECAN GROVE .....................................

WATERFORD PARK ............$255,000

OXFORD ...................................$309,900

SUGAR CREEK......................$729,000

4/2.5/2 Home overlooking GOLF course. Updated Kit w/Dacor App., built-in Kit Aid Fridge. Huge sun rm & 2nd floor balcony. (606SC)

COMMONWEALTH/BRIDGEWATER..$289,900 4/2/3 Corner cul-de-sac lot. Upgraded kit. w/Silestone countertops. Open concept floorplan w/both formals. Huge exec. master w/sitting area. (5002BE)

QUAIL VALLEY .....................$169,900

SIENNA POINT .....................$625,000

THE GROVE ...........................$134,900

GLENN LAKES ......................$155,000

PLANTATION BEND ..........$288,550

GREATWOOD .......................$324,900

BRIDLEWOOD ......................$595,000

NEW TERRITORY.................$220,000

SIENNA PLANTATION......$179,900

WATERSIDE ESTATES........$250,000

BELLAIRE.................................$195,000

AVALON ...................................$549,888

OLD ORCHARD ...................$349,888

PARKWAY LAKES ................$255,000

ASHFORD LAKES................$294,000

0.82 Acre wooded lot! Water view. 1 yr old. Gated custom section. Travertine, hardwds, Hi ceil. crown molding, 4 zoned hi effic. ACs. (418RL) CATHY STUBBS

2.25 acres hrdwd floors built-ins! isl kit ss appl, butler’s, pantry Formals, FP; study/den, game or media rm, outdr kit, pool & spa! (2826PB)

OUTHWEST

Custom 4/3.5/3 home nestled on cul-de-sac lot. Beautiful updates in Master bath and island kitchen. (13810WF)

5/3.5/2 Tiled front porch. Formals, study & Master down. Big den with corner FP. Covered patio, Pool. Well planned upstairs layout. (335FB)

4/3.5/2 Cul-de-sac, formals, gamerm up. Lge isl kit w/updated appliances. Tile in entry, den, breakfast rm. Beautiful pool! (3115PW)

5/6 bedrooms, 4 baths, gameroom, media room, study, upgraded carpet, formals, stone fireplace, sprinkler. (23310 FI)

5/3.5/2 Formals, study, game rm, Media rm, hi ceilings. Avanza counter tops. Kit. open to family rm. Master down. No back neighbors. (12534EN

WAYNE RUSSELL JOY ROUSSELL KATHY RICHARDSON BRENDA PULLEN

CECIL PESCHEL

2 story. 4/2.5/2 Spacious 2 story family home. Family rm, gourmet Kit!, Big master bed rm down! Media rm! Game rm! Tile floors, formals. (13019CG)

4/3.5/3 Custom home, upgrades, high ceilings. Formals, lrg living rm, gourmet Kit with Granite counter tops. Master down. Lrg living rm. (5226TL)

LARRY PARKER

JOELLA MULLIS

MARY LOU MORTIZ

JIMMY FARAG

Corner lot w/pool/spa, Isl kit, SS appl, Tile/wd flrs, Atrium w/koi pond. 3 Full baths, 2-1/2 baths, Gamerm dwn! 3 Car garage+bath (3134SB)

4/2.5/2. Tons of upgrades. Kit and all bath rms have been completely remodeled. SS appl, crown molding, marble FP. All windows replaced. (9310Sh)

Gated community. Two bedrm, Great open floorplan. Spacious den w/built-ins, Lrg isl/kit flrs. Study/Bed rm. Recent paint, tile & roof. (6522PC)

KELLI PARKER

QUAIL VALLEY .....................$279,900

4/2/4 Formals. Granite counter tops. Wood and Tile flrs. Flagstone patio w/aluminum cover. Home is perfect for allergy suffers. (4315TB)

Country living. Screened in heated Pool, Adjacent 1 bed rm quarters + Lrg storage. RV storage. Slate Flrs, 2 story dining. Game rm up. (7219RO)

4/2.5/2 Recently painted, roof replaced. Both formals, master bed rm down. Empty lot on one side. Backyard has plenty of rm for a pool. (2015PC)

MELYNDA O’REILLY

4/2.5/2 Home with granite countertops in Kit. Cherry Cabinets, upgraded Blk GE appliances. 2 inch wood blinds, Master down, game rm up. (6023LC)

Newmark home w/the foyer, archways, ceilings & faux painting! Master suite Huge game room upstairs w/3 bedrooms & 2 baths. (2014US)

3/2/2 Spacious den w/hi ceilings + FB. Large master w/walk-in closet. Lrg backyard w/ Flagsone patio. Fresh paint in and out. (2523GH)

RUTH OLSON

Open Floor plan, high ceilings, 2 story home! 3,259sq. ft., 4 bedrm. Master down. 3 1⁄2 baths. Spacious utility w/sink. Spacious gar. (4922CP)

4-6/3 full baths 2 half baths, 3 car garage. Lrg master w/ Sitting area. Granite Isl. in Kit, formals, study, game rm, Media rm. Covered patio. (9111TL)

DEAN OLSON

4/2/2 Sparkling pool and spa. Covered patio, hardwood in game rm w/ FP & all bed rms. Granite counter Tops in Kit. & hall bath. (3026BB)

4/2.5/2 Hardwoods, French doors in family rm. Isl. Kit w/SS Dishwasher, double ovens. Finger Print door lock. Extended patio. (4207 SI)

GLENN NICHOLS

3/2.5/2 Water views from the family room, k i t . , dining, master bedrm/gameroom. Mediaor gameroom up * www.gayledaniel.com. (2222WP)

JAN SAUNDERS

MICHELE SERGIE

Corner/cul-de-sac. 3-2-2 pool. New kit sink/granite counters, solar scrns, ceiling fans, tile flooring, appl/landscaping around the pool. (18007OM)

4/2.5/2 One story home. Ceiling medallions, crown molding, Formals, corner FP. Silestone counters, butcher block Isl.,tile flooring. (831Lo)

KELLY STEWART

JENNIFER WANG

Fort Bend County e value INSTANTLY of the mouse

3/2.5/2 Never lived in * Master suite down* Open floorplan * Granite in kit * High ceilings*S p r i nkler system * www.gayledaniel.com (4014WP)

BARBARA SINKOVEC

81- 491-1776

SHORT SALE. 3/2/2 High ceilings with open Spacious floor plan. Approximately 1,572 Sq. Ft. per appraisal district. (15742Br)

MARY STEWART

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When something happened the reporter was either on the scene or shortly thereafter in the squad room talking directly to the officers and looking at all the reports as they were being produced. Bill Ennis and Jan Jones were just getting started on their dream of having a real law enforcement academy for all of the officers in the county. They worked countless hours trying to raise funds, find volunteer instructors, and donated space for the classes that were being held by the newly incor-

porated Fort Bend County Law Enforcement Academy. I was so taken with their dedication and zealousness, I got all caught up in it and the next thing you know I was pushing for an official â&#x20AC;&#x153;law enforcement appreciation weekâ&#x20AC;? with a parade and activities to raise funds for their project. I wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t ever do that again. We had a parade, a dance, a basketball game and a host of other events that week. We made some money and my feet still hurt when I think of the work that went into it.

But my heart is still proud. Those were fun days when we all had a vision. Thanks to Sheriff Gus George that vision came to fruition. I miss him. I miss Jan and Bill. They were good guys and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m pleased I had the opportunity to know them well. Lt. Don Martin, the original director of the Academy, is a good guy too. He retired some years ago but showed up for the grand opening. I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t there but I wish a wonderful future to the Academy. Theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve done good.

#OMMEMORATIVESTAMPSDRAWINGTOBEHELDAT)NTERNATIONAL&ESTIVALOF&ORT"END These special-edition, framed commemorative stamps will be prizes for a drawing at the International Festival of Fort Bend on Saturday, Oct. 17, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Stafford Performing Arts Centre, 10505 Cash Rd. Donated by the U.S. Postal Service, they are among a group featuring Super Bowl XXXVIII, Studebaker Series 1953, and three Star Wars images including a storm trooper, Darth Vader and Chewbacca.

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3HOWNISTHE&ORT"END3YMPHONY/RCHESTRA The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra takes the stage at the Stafford Centre to open its 18th season with â&#x20AC;&#x153;Music Fit for a Kingâ&#x20AC;? on Sunday, Oct. 25 at 2 p.m. The program, directed by Hector Aguero, Jr., features music written for and inspired by kings, queens, princes, princesses and royalty. This concert also features the junior and senior division winners of the Houston Music Teachers Association/Houston

4 Bedrooms 3 1/2 Baths all on first floor 3 Car Garage. Court Yard design with Pool and Spa in center of the home. 329 sq. ft. Loggia with Summer Kitchen, High Ceilings, Cul de sac lot, Study, Planning Center, Wine Alcove, Butlers Pantry. 2nd Floor - Billiard Room, Theater with Project System (two levels) Card Room over 200 sq. ft. floored storage

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Young Artist Concert Concerto Competition. To purchase concert tickets, visit http://www.fbso.org or call 281.276.9642. Individual ticket prices for adults range from $10 to $25 per concert. Senior and student prices start at just $5. Children 12 and under are free, but must have a reserved ticket. The Stafford Centre is located at 10505 Cash Road, at the corner of Murphy Road, in Stafford.

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,AMAR#ONSOLIDATEDNEEDSNOMINATIONS FOR'IFTEDAND4ALENTED0ROGRAM By Cheryl Skinner Consolidated Lamar Independent School District officials are reminding patrons that the nomination deadline for the LCISD Gifted and Talented (GT) program is December 18, 2009. Any child in LCISD may be nominated for GT services. Screening will occur during the spring semester. Interested parents may obtain a nomination form by contacting the GT facilitator at your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school. Information about the GT Program is available on each schoolâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s web site, or by contacting Valerie Anderson, Director of Advanced Studies, at 832-223-0145. Anyone wishing to nomi-

nate a child for gifted and talented screening is invited to attend the Nomination and Screening Informational meeting November 2, at Terry High School, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. The meeting will be presented in both English and Spanish. Nomination forms will also be available at this meeting. The GT Facilitator at your childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s school must have a nomination form by December 18 for your child to be screened for gifted and talented services. As per board policy, all current GT fifth graders will be re-nominated for screening and continuation of GT services for the secondary program in LCISD.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District #112 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on Thursday, November 5, 2009 12:00 p.m. at the offices of Schwartz Page & Harding 1300 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 1400, Houston, TX 77056. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal: Carl Dase, Kent Savage, James Grotte, Brian Janak AGAINST the proposal: None PRESENT and not voting: None

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&ORT"END#HAMBERTOHOSTh3OCIAL-EDIA3EMINAR3ERIES The Community Resources Division of the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce presents a Social Media Seminar Series presented by former Sugar Land Mayor David Wallace, Glenn Smith of The Growth Coach and 'LENN3MITH Lach Mullen of Fort Bend County. These â&#x20AC;&#x153;lunch and learnâ&#x20AC;? workshops will be held October 21, 29, November 5, 18, from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The cost is $25 for members and $30 for prospective members and $85 for all 4 workshops. These seminars will be held at the Fort Bend Chamber of

Commerce located at 445 Commerce Green Blvd. in Sugar Land. October 21, 2009: â&#x20AC;&#x153;LinkedInâ&#x20AC;? presented by Glenn Smith of the Growth Coach. You will learn how to join the LinkedIn Network, how to $AVID7ALLACE market yourself and your business, how to find employees, and how to connect with LinkedIn Groups. October 29, 2009: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Twitterâ&#x20AC;? presented by David Wallace with Wallace Bajjali Development Partners, LP. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Tweet Your Way to the Topâ&#x20AC;?: Your customers are using it,

your competition is doing it. Does Twitter play a role in your business? November 5, 2009: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Facebookâ&#x20AC;? with Lach Mullen of Fort Bend County. Learn how to find friends, about the Wall and News Feed, pri- ,ACH-ULLEN vacy settings and Fans and Advertising. November 18, 2009: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bloggingâ&#x20AC;? presented by Lach Mullen and Glenn Smith. To register, please contact Ellen Bush with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce at 281.491.0277 or ellen@fortbendcc.org.

&ORT"ENDRECEIVESRECOGNITIONFORINNOVATIVEPROGRAMS By Cheryl Skinner Fort Bend County has long been known for utilizing cutting edge technology and being the â&#x20AC;&#x153;firstâ&#x20AC;? to put technology to use in the hopes of saving tax payers dollars and make the county wheels turn more efficiently. The Texas Association of Counties (TAC) Leadership Foundation gave the county an award for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Practicesâ&#x20AC;? at a recent ceremony. Fort Bend County was one of only 13 counties around the state honored this year by the TAC

Leadership Foundation for â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Practicesâ&#x20AC;? involving innovative programs that deliver quality services and protect taxpayer dollars. â&#x20AC;&#x153;People in counties across Texas are coming up with such creative solutions,â&#x20AC;? said Marc Hamlin, past TAC president and current Brazos County district clerk. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Counties have so few streams of revenue, and every good idea that can be shared is terribly important.â&#x20AC;? Fort Bend County received a prestigious â&#x20AC;&#x153;Best Practicesâ&#x20AC;? award for innovation in financial

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and general management for its team-model structure approach to Information Technology project management. The selection committee felt following a similar project management structure may help other counties be more successful in

Through the District Awards for Teacher Excellence (DATE) program, 13 Fort Bend ISD campuses and their staffs collectively have been awarded $3,198,450 in performance incentive pay for achieving significant gains in student performance on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) test. In the pilot year, FBISD chose to focus the award program on the 13 campuses that have been reconfigured as K-6 or 7-8 schools in the 2008-2009 school year. Those campuses include Armstrong, Blue Ridge, Briargate, E. A. Jones, Glover, Hunters Glen, Lantern Lane, Quail Valley, Ridgegate, and Ridgemont Elementary Schools; and Christa McAuliffe, Missouri City, and Quail Valley Middle Schools. Each of the 13 campuses has differentiated instruction and programs to meet unique campusbased challenges. Internal professional development and ongoing data disaggegation are additional strategies used to improve student performance and narrow the achievement gap. All of the

The FORT BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 119 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2009 on November 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm at Allen Boone Humphries Robinson, LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, #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. FOR the proposal: ALAN SHELBY, CAROL RICHARDSON, BRIAN KEITH JOSEPH AND JEANETTE SPINKS AGAINST the proposal: NONE PRESENT and not voting: NONE ABSENT: MICHAEL J. GARZA 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. Last Year

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NOTICE OF TAXPAYERSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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.

DATE campuses were officially recognized by Board Members and senior staff on Tuesday, September 30. At least 60 percent of the grant funds are used to reward teachers and principals who positively impact student academic improvement, growth and achievement. The remaining percentage of funds may be used for other allowable activities including awards for identified teachers, principals, and student support staff. In addition, these funds may be used for professional development and to increase local data capabilities to support instruction and accountability. For more information about FBISDâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s participation in the D.A.T.E. grant, you may call the D.A.T.E. Support Line at 281634-1004.

(EALTHCARE FOR3ENIORS THEWAYITWAS MEANTTOBE Introducing Select Senior Clinics, a medical practice devoted exclusively to the needs of Medicare beneficiaries. Select Senior Clinics is a comprehensive primary care clinic dedicated to senior healthcare and wellness. They understand the health and lifestyle issues facing todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors. Their focus is much broader than simply treating your illness. They take a comprehensive approach to your healthcare that includes fitness, nutrition, and personal enrichment. Their goal is to help you live longer and healthier. Select Senior Clinic - Sugar Land is located at 12221 South Kirkwood, Suite 100, Meadows Place. They offer complimentary seminars, wellness center, nutritional counseling, and informational brochures. The Sugar Land location will offer free flu shots to Seniors on Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information about Select Senior Clinics please call 713-234-7384.

&ORT"ENDHAS AYOUNGPOET INOURMIDST Sartartia Middle School student and young poet, Claire Wood, recently completed her first series of poems on the #LAIRE7OOD four seasons. The series, which is divided into four booklets entitled: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Autumn Anthologyâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Winter Wonderlandâ&#x20AC;?, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Soul of Springâ&#x20AC;?, and â&#x20AC;&#x153;Summerâ&#x20AC;? remind the reader of the little things in life that make each day worth while. Woodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift for articulating the things in life that are most dear to us has given her a growing readership that follows her work. Among her most powerful influences are educators Kelly Falleroni and Michelle Sebesta. Falleroni first identified Claireâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s gift for writing and encouraged her to pursue it. Sebesta continues to mentor Claire outside of school and is her toughest critique and greatest supporter.

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hospital and donate bloodâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; no appointment necessary! Complimentary refreshments and a free t-shirt will be available to all successful donors! If you prefer to schedule an appointment or need additional information, please call 281725-5254. Plan now to â&#x20AC;&#x153;Give the Gift of Lifeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;Give Bloodâ&#x20AC;?.

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h#OUTUREFORTHE#UREv Some of the areaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s best eateries will be showcasing their innovative food stylings during the American Cancer Societyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;Couture for the Cureâ&#x20AC;? Fashion Show, set for 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17. Under the direction of fashion show expert Lenny Matuszewski and featuring the exclusive fashions of acclaimed specialty retailer TOOTSIES, the event will bring to life the James Bond favorite, â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Your Eyes Only,â&#x20AC;? staged in the Sweetwater home of honorary chairs Drs. Shelena and

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Ayeez Lalji. Tickets for the fashion show are now on sale for $100. To purchase tickets, please contact Claire Serxner at claire.serxner@cancer. org or 713.706.5694. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I feel this event is already a success considering the level of enthusiastic support weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve received from our sponsors, donors and volunteers,â&#x20AC;? said KK West, who is chairing the event with husband Scott West. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Unfortunately, we all know someone who has suffered from cancer and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s heart-warming to

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Now under the direction and guidance of Captain Mike Patton, the Academy marked another milestone last week when the doors were open to the new building that provides increased space for training. County officials say the opening was attended by county officials and city officials from throughout Fort Bend County. Also in attendance was Laverne George, the widow of Sheriff Gus George, and peace officers from all the agencies in the area. One officer, who attended the event, said it was like a family reunion for police officers with many of the older, retired officers coming to the training facility that most likely played a part in their careers. Sheriff Milton Wright did not attend the event, but had a representative there in his place, officials said.

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CITY OF MISSOURI CITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 2, 2009, at the City Council Chambers â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1522 Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m.

He said he had filed a motion for summary judgment asking the court to dismiss the case but the motion was still pending in the court. The calls began on a daily basis about two weeks ago when a statewide justice group known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;The Innocence Project of Texasâ&#x20AC;?, put out a huge report critical of Pikett and the scent dogs. The report detailed several cases where the dogsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; identification of a suspect was later proven wrong. At least one man spent a lengthy period of time in jail before the real suspect was identified and he was released. The report also detailed police dog trainers saying that Pikettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s findings should not be used in court. Local attorneys and defense attorneys from across the state are also questioning the accuracy of the dogs and the credentials of Pikett. And, in the latest issue involving the dogs, a Houston attorney defending a man convicted of capital murder in the slaying of six members of a Somerville, Texas family, is seeking subpoenas of stateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evidence from recent dog scent analysis testing done by the dogs. These defense attorneys are also questioning the accura-

actually just not have enough substantiating evidence to file charges. I am just asking the media to question the findings before accepting them at face value,â&#x20AC;? he explained. Several reports suggest Pikett or the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s department is receiving compensation for these out of county scent procedures. Morse said he could confirm that Fort Bend County was not â&#x20AC;&#x153;making moneyâ&#x20AC;? off of the dogs. He said that as far as he knew the only compensation that might be expected is reimbursement for the costs of going to the location. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I can tell you that it is 107 miles to Victoria and 107 miles back. I go there often and when I make a trip, I turn in my mileage reimbursement costs and get $113.85,â&#x20AC;? he said, noting that he felt that is the only type of money that may come in to the county for the services rendered by Pikett. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They (other agencies) come to us, we donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t solicit them and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sure if there are expenses for travel, they reimburse the county for those, but no one is making money,â&#x20AC;? he clarified. County Auditor Ed Sturdivant said there were no records of any billing of outside agencies in the sheriffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s line items budget.

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Simpson explained that cutting spending in the General Fund and devoting tax revenue for the sale of bonds will enable Missouri City to benefit from current low interest rates and construction costs while moving forward with capital improvement projects. This policy will ultimately enable the city to maintain and enhance property values and to create on.....................................from page 1 going savings. Projects to improve mobility, drainage and community amenities are some examples. Overall, Missouri Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 2010 operating budget of $33.2 million was reduced by 2.05 percent from last year, or $695,000. The total certified property value for 2010 is $4,176,574,842, up from $4,167,163,959 last year. The proposed tax rate of 52.8 cents would allocate 34.7 cents for maintenance and operations Russell came to the Fort Bend County library system after working nearly 17 years at Houston Participating Sugar Land Town Public Library, where she served as childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s librarian, branch Square restaurants have teamed manager, regional branch man- up for a good cause. During the ager, and region manager. She week of November 1-8, Town also worked as a childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s librar- Square visitors can take advantage ian at Dallas Public Library for of Sugar Land Town Squareâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s two years. Russell received her Restaurant Week, where threemasterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s degree in library science course menus will be offered from the University of Wisconsin for $25 at select eateries, including Escalanteâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s, Oliveâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Martini at Milwaukee. Bar, Fish City Grill, Japaneiroâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s,

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(M&O) and 18.1 cents for debt for capital projects (Interest & Sinking ) compared to 35.4 cents for M&O and 16.4 cents for I&S last year, thereby shifting tax revenues from operations to capital projects. The new property tax allocation, which was a topic of discussion at about three public meetings, would result in a $750,000 reduction in revenue needed for maintenance and operations. One option to make up this shortfall is salaries, which encompass a large portion of the city budget. The city is considering not filling all full-time vacancies, except police officers, firefighters and public safety dispatchers. All departments are looking at cutting expenses to save $50,000 and the employee health insurance premiums were less than project-

ed for a savings of $100,000. Among the reasons for the decline in property values last year for some homeowners were the national housing crisis, appraisals valued while homeowners were still cleaning up from Hurricane Ike, and a lag in the increased valuations of homes near the Quail Valley Golf Course. Responding to the subsequent tax increase because of these issues, resident Susana Paul, a district aide at Glover Elementary School, said: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m okay with the tax rate increase, because my property values have gone down a little, and Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll probably be paying the same amount. I live on the border of Harris County and get some of my services from the county, but I wish I could have [all] Missouri City services.â&#x20AC;?

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PURPOSE: To receive comments for or against a request by McEntee Engineering & Design, Inc. on behalf of SDI Missouri City Holdings, LLC and Loweâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Home Centers to amend Ordinance O-09-13 pertaining to PD, Planned Development District #70 to remove approximately 7.418 acres and rezone such acres to a separate PD, Planned Development District to allow for deviations from the Cityâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Zoning Ordinance for the development of unified commercial strip shopping centers.

PURPOSE: To receive comments for or against a request by TexLa Hotel, LLC on behalf of TexLa Hotel, LLC, Enterprise Leasing Company of Houston, M.P. & C.P., LLC, and Douglas Watkins to amend ordinance O-00-68 pertaining to PD, Planned Development District #14 to allow for deviations from the architectural style of visible roofing and color as well as deviations from the color of the primary brick in order to develop a La Quinta Hotel Franchise.

SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located on the northeast corner of State Highway 6 and Murphy Rd., south of the Wells Fargo Bank, west of the Quail Valley Thunderbird West residential subdivision at 3803 and 3807 Murphy Rd and 3660 Glenn Lakes Ln.

SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located northwest of the intersection of Township Lane and Williamsburg Lane, south of the Wal-Mart shopping center, east of the Chase bank, and west of the Sterling Auto Body and the Towne Creek School.

SITE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject site can be described as being all of Lowes at Missouri City according to the plat thereof recorded in Instrument #20080212 of the Fort Bend County Plat records and being a 1.54 acre tract of land in the W. Stafford Survey, A-89 and being a portion of Farm to Market Road (FM) 1092 (Murphy Road) as described in deed to the State of Texas recorded in Volume 1071, Page 631 of the Fort Bend County Deed Records and being a portion of a called 2.472 acre tract of land described in deed to the State of Texas recorded in Volume 2241, Page 471 of the Fort Bend County Deed Records.

SITE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject site can be described as being Reserves E-4, E-5, E-6, E-7, E-8, E-9, E-10 of a Final Replat of Reserve E-4 and E-5 of the Township, Section One, as recorded in Slide No. 1861A, of the Plat Records of Fort Bend County, Texas.

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional information and a map of the subject site are available for review at City Hall, Missouri City, Texas on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may call 281-403-8600 or email the Planning Department at planninginfo@missouricitytx.gov for further information.

cy of the evidence. The courts overturned the 1994 conviction of Anthony Graves, a Brenham man, and the state plans to go ahead with a second trial. Pikettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dogs played no part in the original case, according to all records available. Morse said he was defending a civil case aimed at Pikett and had no knowledge of any of the criminal cases that may be challenging the evidence produced by the dogs. He also said the latest federal lawsuit filed by Calvin Miller has just barely gotten started and he didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have a lot of information on the case as of last week. Miller, 43, filed the lawsuit against Keith Pikett in federal court in Victoria on May 12. Pikettâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s dog identified Miller, although his DNA did not match evidence found on the victim, nor was the victim able identify him in a lineup, Easley, who is also representing Miller, said last week. Miller was released from jail after two-months behind bars. While Morse admits that some of the information being released by the Innocence Project may be accurate, some things are misleading, he believes. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They are saying a suspect is cleared of any wrongdoing when they may

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Additional information and a map of the subject site are available for review at City Hall, Missouri City, Texas on Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You may call 281-403-8600 or email the Planning Department at planninginfo@missouricitytx.gov for further information.

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Vineyard on the Square and Taisho Japanese Grill & Bar. Five dollars from each meal will go directly to Fort Bend Cares. Rita Sosebee, marketing and event manager for Planned Community Developers, said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Whether itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s your first time dining in Town Square or youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re a regular customer, thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s something for everybody and a chance

to try out a fantastic menu for a great price.â&#x20AC;? Fort Bend Cares is a charitable foundation with a mission to offer funds and support to organizations and programs that serve Fort Bend County, with an emphasis on disadvantaged youth. For additional information on Restaurant Week, visit www.sugarlandtownsquare.com.

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CITY OF SUGAR LAND REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS Sealed submittals (one original and five copies), addressed to the City Secretary Office of the City of Sugar Land, Texas, will be received until 2:00 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2009, for: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2010-01 RISK MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE CONSULTANT Submissions shall be appropriately marked in the upper left hand corner as follows: REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS 2010-01 RISK MANAGEMENT AND INSURANCE CONSULTANT BIDDERâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S NAME, ADDRESS, DUE DATE Signed and sealed submittals shall be delivered to the City Secretary Office, on or before 2:00 oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;clock p.m., Thursday, October 29, 2009, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479. All submissions received after the appointed time shall be returned to bidder unopened. Notice of the award of contract shall be given by the City within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the date for the opening of submittals. The City reserves the right to revise or amend the specifications prior to the date set for opening of submittals. Such revisions or amendments, if any, will be announced by addenda or addendum to the specifications. Copies of such addenda so issued will be furnished to all prospective submitters and may or may not affect the submission opening date. The City of Sugar Land reserves the right to reject any and all submissions and to waive informalities in submittals received. The award will be made based on a panel evaluation of submittals received. Specifications and required documents may be secured from City of Sugar Land City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, or by registering at https://www.bidsync.com. Registration is free. All qualification documents, amendments, and other information relating to this request for qualifications will be posted on this site. For questions regarding this request for qualifications, please contact Todd Reed, Purchasing Manager, telephone number (281) 2752734 or email treed@sugarlandtx.gov. Glenda Gundermann, TRMC, CMC, AAE City Secretary

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CITY OF MISSOURI CITY LEGAL NOTICE The City of Missouri City, Texas is now issuing an Invitation for Bids for the following: IFB #082-10 PAVEMENT MARKINGS SUPPLY AND INSTALLATION SERVICES Scope: The City intends to hire a general contractor (s) to provide all materials and labor to perform turnkey on-call installation and repairs of pavement markings at various locations on City-owned roadways within the City Limits of Missouri City. Bid responses will be accepted until 2:00 P.M. local time November 2, 2009 and then opened. Bid packages are available beginning October 14th from the Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, in Missouri City, by calling (281) 403-8612. Bids must be sealed, marked on the outside of the delivery envelope with the IFB name and number as listed above, and the date of opening. Bids must be delivered to the attention of the Sealed Bid Box, City of Missouri City Purchasing Office, 1522 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, Texas, 77489, prior to the acceptance deadline. Bids marked improperly and therefore misdirected may be disqualified. Bids are opened in public in the City Hall Council Chambers. Charles Oberrender, CPPB Purchasing Manager City of Missouri City, Texas

CITY OF SUGAR LAND NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING SPECIAL EXCEPTION 23 BURWICK STREET NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON A REQUEST FOR A SPECIAL EXCEPTION TO THE REAR YARD SETBACK REQUIREMENT IN THE RESTRICTED SINGLE-FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1R) DISTRICT, 23 BURWICK STREET, LOT 3, BLOCK 3, COMMONWEALTH ESTATES SECTION ONE.

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CITY OF MISSOURI CITY NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING LOCATION/DATE: The City Council of the City of Missouri City will hold a public hearing on Monday, November 2, 2009, at the City Council Chambers – 2nd Floor, City Hall Building, 1522 Texas Parkway (FM-2234), Missouri City, Texas at 7:00 p.m. PURPOSE: To receive comments for or against a request by Fort Bend County, Commissioner Precinct 2 to rezone a 2.292 acre tract of land from CF, Community Facilities to PD, Planned Development to allow for an expansion to the existing Fort Bend County – Missouri City Annex and deviations to the City of Missouri City Zoning Ordinance. SITE LOCATION: The subject site is located southeast of the intersection of Texas Parkway (FM 2234) and 3rd Street at 303 Texas Parkway. SITE LEGAL DESCRIPTION: The subject site can be described as being Reserve A of the Fort Bend County - Missouri City Annex all being out of Missouri City Townsite (Volume 4, Page 215; deed records of Fort Bend County, Texas) being in the B.B.B. & C. Railroad Company Survey, section no. 9, abstract no. 118, City of Missouri City, Fort Bend County, Texas.

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2006 CHEVROLET COBALT - Black with great eye appeal 2DR Coupe 40K Very Economical STK# 869487. Sale Price $8,988. Call 888-460-3199.

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2008 Honda Accord Sedan 4-Door V6 Auto EX-L- This baby is loaded - black with Ivory leather interior, 3.5L 6-cylinder with automatic transmission and very low miles, power seats, rear def, power locks and windows, tilt, cruise, CD player. Stock # 064569. $26,888. Call 888-460-3199

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2008 Chevrolet Corvette Conv- Victory red with 6.2L 8-cylinder and 6-speed transmission, CD player and Bose stereo system, heated seats, power conv. top, and power seats, very low miles. Stock # 103408. $45,988. Call 888-460-3199.

2008 Nissan Altima 2dr Cpe I4 CVT S - 2.5L fuel-injected 4-cylinder with autostick, keyless entry, power windows and locks, cruise, tilt, less than 9,000 miles, stock #278112. Call 888-460-3199.

2008 Ford Mustang 2dr Cpe GT Deluxe- 4.6L 8 cyl FI with 5-Speed Manual transmission, power windows and locks, cruise, tilt, leather, AM/FM/CD and MP3 player. Stock # 110051. $22988. Call 888-460-3199.

2004 Toyota 4Runner 4dr SR5 V8 Auto - Automatic transmission, tilt, power windows and locks, cruise, keyless entry, CD player, cassette, luggage rack, Power Sunroof, towing pkg, Stock # 004313. $16,988. Call 888-460-3199.

2008 Chevrolet Express 15-Passenger RWD 3500 155â&#x20AC;? - 6.0L 8 cyl SPFI with Automatic transmission, front and rear AC, tilt, power windows and locks, cruise, tinted glass, front buckets, Stock # 177235. Only $21,888. Call 888-460-3199

2007 Toyota Tundra 2WD Regular Cab Standard Bed 5.7L V8-Tilt, power windows and locks, cruise, TRD Off-road package, front reclining buckets, keyless entry, alloy wheels, CD/AM/FM, less than 4,000 miles. Only $19,988. Stock # 001889. Call 888-460-3199

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 2500HD 2WD Crew Cab Standard Box LT1-6.0L V-8 with fuel injection, automatic overdrive transmission, On-Star system, tilt, power windows and locks, cruise, keyless entry, CD player, cassette, steering wheel audio control, Tow package. Stock # 267261. $21,988. Call 888-460-3199.

2008 Toyota Avalon 4dr Sdn Touring - 3.5L 6 cyl FI, automatic, leather, power windows and locks, cruise, keyless entry, CD player, cassette Stock # 290811. Only $21,888. Call 888-460-3199.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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1999 Nissan Sentra 4dr Sdn XE1.6L 4-cylinder with 5-speed manual transmission, power streering and brakes, am/fm cassette player, rear def, front buckets, Stock # 099733. Only $5,595. Call 888-460-3199.

2008 Volkswagen New Beetle Convertible 2dr Auto SE-Very low miles on this 2.5L with automatic transmission, power locks and windows, tilt, cruise, rear def, heated seats, keyless entry, alloy wheels, CD player. Stock # 409143. $22,988. Call 888-460-3199.

2008 Chrysler Sebring 2dr Convertible LX-2.4L fuel saving 4-cylinder with automatic transmission, power locks and windows, tilt, cruise, rear def, keyless entry, alloy wheels, AM/FM/CD player. Stock # 209556. Only $12,956. Call 888-460-3199.

2005 Chevrolet Tahoe 4dr 1500 Push Button 4WD - 5.3L V-8 with low miles, power locks and windows, tilt, On-Star, cruise, rear AC, keyless entry, alloy wheels, Tow pkg., Bose Stereo AM/FM/CD player. Stock # 252460. $20,888. Call 888-460-3199.

2006 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 2WD Crew Cab Short Box LT1-On-Star System, power locks and windows, tilt, cruise, split front bench, step bumper, tool box, tow pkg., dual climate zone, AM/FM/CD stereo. Stock #207875. $18,488. Call 888-460-3199.

2006 Cadillac CTS 4dr Sdn 2.8LRear wheel drive with autostick, power locks and windows, tilt, cruise, front buckets, keyless entry, AM/FM/ CD, power sunroof. Stock # 111623, $16,900. Call 888-460-3199.

2008 Chevrolet Suburban 2WD 4dr 1500 LS- 5.3L V-8 with automatic transmission, running boards, power locks and windows, tilt, cruise, AM/FM/ CD/MP3 player stereo, luggage racks, dual climate zones, tow pkg., Stock # 159311. $26,900. Call 888-460-3199.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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/CTOBERIS$OMESTIC6IOLENCE!WARENESS-ONTHFUNDRAISERPLANNEDTOBENElT7OMENS#ENTER ZK Homes has partnered with the Fort Bend County Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center and its board of directors to bring awareness against domestic violence during October Domestic Violence Awareness Month. ZK Homes is

hosting a reception on October 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in The Enclave at Lake Pointe located in First Colony, Sugar Land, to kick-off the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s largest fundraiser, Boogie. The reception is being held to

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   WHAT IS RSV? Respiratory synctial virus (RSV) is a virus that infects the respiratory tract. Almost all children are infected with this virus by 2 or 3 years of age. Adults are also susceptible to infection with RSV. The virus typically affects the lower part of the lungs of infants and young children, and the upper respiratory tract of older children and adults. The elderly and persons with a compromised immune system also may experience infection of the lower respiratory tract. The virus can be spread from person to person, or from contact with the surface of a contaminated object, such as a toy. Signs and symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, and runny nose. The sinuses and ears also may be affected. The fall and winter seasons are typically the time of year with the highest rates of infection with RSV, especially in infants born prematurely. Due to the increased risk for severe complications in certain persons, several preventative measures are recommended. Frequent hand-washing is recommended to help prevent infection. Avoidance of exposure to tobacco smoke is also recommended for prevention of RSV. Beta-agonist bronchodilator medications, such as albuterol, may be used to alleviate wheezing. Palivizumab (Synagis) is a monoclonal antibody that is used for RSV prevention in children with increased risk for severe infection.

recruit volunteers to help with the event and garner support for the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center and its programs during October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. An elegant array of hors dâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;oeuvres and refreshments will be provided. Guests will receive additional information on Boogie opportunities available and support programs rendered by the agency. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Dealing with the alarming rise of assault cases during this year and the down economy has made it quite challenging for the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center, says Vita Goodell, executive director of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center. ZK Homes owner, Lee

Zieben and marketing director Paul Silverman want to continue their mission in supporting and focusing on healthy environments and lifestyles which is the focal point of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mission. Volunteers are needed. If you are interested in receiving more information about the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Center or interested in volunteering for the Boogie event, please join us on October 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; spouses, guests, and friends are welcomed. To RSVP and receive more details, call 281.344.5757 or go to www. fortbendwomenscenter.org or 3HOWNARE7OMENS#ENTEREXECUTIVEDIRECTOR6ITA'OODELLFARLEFT AND email boogie@fortbendwomen BOARD MEMBER $EBBIE -ARCELL FAR RIGHT WELCOME MARKETING DIRECTOR scenter.org. 0AUL3ILVERMANOF:+(OMESTOTHECOMMUNITY

4ICKETSNOWONSALEFORTH!NNUAL4EXIAN-ARKET$AYS Tickets are now on sale for the 26th Annual Texian Market Days Festival. The festival will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, October 24 at the George Ranch Historical Park. For the past 25 years, Texian Market Days has showcased Texasâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rich history by presenting a vivid picture of the early 1830s through the 1940s. Costumed interpreters and volunteers will be stationed throughout the Park demonstrating what life was like in a time before running water and electricity. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s celebration will include music, childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activities, live entertainment,

food, arts and crafts vendors and the Texian Time Machineâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a hands-on, role-playing educational outreach program of the Fort Bend Museum. Visitors can also enjoy the lighter side of history with lively music and entertainment from Dr. Bushrodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Medicine Show. Advance tickets will be available through October 21 and cost $8 for adults and $4 for children ages five through 15. Children age four and under are free. Tickets at the gate will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children. Tickets can be purchased at the: George Ranch Historical

(EALTHCAREFOR3ENIORS THEWAYITWASMEANTTOBE Introducing Select Senior Clinics, a medical practice devoted exclusively to the needs of Medicare beneficiaries. Select Senior Clinics is a comprehensive primary care clinic dedicated to senior healthcare and wellness. They understand the health and lifestyle issues facing todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seniors. Their focus is much broader than simply treating your illness. They take a comprehensive approach to your healthcare that includes fitness, nutrition, and personal enrichment. Their goal is to

help you live longer and healthier. Select Senior Clinic - Sugar Land is located at 12221 South Kirkwood, Suite 100, Meadows Place. They offer complimentary seminars, wellness center, nutritional counseling, and informational brochures. The Sugar Land location will offer free flu shots to Seniors on Saturday, October 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. For more information about Select Senior Clinics please call 713-234-7384.

Park, 10215 F.M. 762, Richmond, Texas, (281) 3430218; Fort Bend Museum, 500 Houston Street, Richmond,

&")3$TOHOST!CADEMY%XPO Fort Bend ISD will host an Academy Expo on Monday, October 26, from 6:30 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 8:30 p.m. at Wheeler Field House located at 16403 Lexington Blvd. in Sugar Land adjacent to Mercer Stadium. The district is continuing its plans for a comprehensive academy program to be housed in each of the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s high schools, as well as select middle schools, over the next few years. Academies are personalized, small learning communities that function within a larger high school with a mixture of career and academic classes offered to students. Enrollment of approximately 400 students is eventually anticipated for each academy. Students attending academies generally take more advanced courses in their areas of specialization and have the opportunity to earn college credit. The event will give current fifth- and eighth-grade students and their parents and/or guardians the opportunity to learn about the academies and the application process, and current tenth-grade students and

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All year long at The Brookwood Community, adults with functional disabilities create unique candles, ceramics, garden sculptures, screen-printed and stone-cast items, and more, learning new skills and enhancing their self-esteem. In October, their handcrafted creations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; many of them one of a kind â&#x20AC;&#x201D; will be showcased at a trio of holiday markets open to the public. Proceeds from the events will help fund programs for the Brookwood citizens. The October schedule includes: â&#x20AC;˘ Heavenly Holidays Market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Thursday-Saturday, Oct. 15-17, from 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. daily at Westminster United Methodist Church, 5801 San Felipe, Houston, TX 77057 â&#x20AC;˘ St. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Joy of Giving Market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Tuesday, Oct. 20, from 6 p.m.- 9 p.m. (Preview Party) and Wednesday-

Texas, (281) 342-6478; and Fort Bend County Museum Association, 410 Jackson Street, Richmond, (281) 342-1256.

Thursday, Oct. 21-22, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. daily at St. Martinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Rd., Houston, TX 77056 â&#x20AC;˘ Hearts & Hands Holiday Market â&#x20AC;&#x201D; Monday, Oct. 26, from 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m. (Preview Party); Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m.-7 p.m.; and Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Memorial Drive United Methodist Church, 12955 Memorial Drive, Houston, TX 77079. The Brookwood Community is located at 1752 FM 1489 in Brookshire, Texas. Founded in 1985, it is a God-centered, notfor-profit residential community designed to provide adults with functional disabilities an enhanced life and opportunities for vocational, social, emotional and spiritual growth. For more information, call 281-375-2100.

their parents will be able to learn about the International Baccalaureate (IB) Academy. Representatives from each of the schools listed below will present a brief update about the academies and the application process. 2010-2011 Academies by school, program and enrollment grades: â&#x20AC;˘ Bush High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; International Business and Marketing Academy for current eighth-grade students â&#x20AC;˘ Clements High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Global Languages Academy for current eighth-grade students â&#x20AC;˘ Dulles High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Math and Science Academy for current eighth-grade students â&#x20AC;˘ Elkins High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Engineering Academy for current eighth-grade students â&#x20AC;˘ Hightower High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Medical Sciences Academy, and Telecommunications and Electronic Media Academy for eighth-grade students â&#x20AC;˘ Marshall High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; International Baccalaureate (IB) Academy for current tenthgrade students and Pre-IB for current eighth-grade students; and Electrical Engineering Academy for current eighthgrade students â&#x20AC;˘ Willowridge High School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Emerging Technology Academy (Gaming/3D) for current eighthgrade students â&#x20AC;˘ High School #11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Early College Academy for current eighth-grade students â&#x20AC;˘ Quail Valley Middle School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Gifted and Talented Academy for current fifth-grade students â&#x20AC;˘ Missouri City Middle School â&#x20AC;&#x201C; International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme (candidate school) for current fifthgrade students Students and families who are not able to attend the Academy Expo may obtain an application packet from their guidance counselor. Also, freshmen may still apply to academies during the fall of their ninth-grade year. For general information about the academy programs, please call 281-634-1129 or email Jeannette.Spain@fortbendisd. com. For updated information about the Academy Programs, go to the districtâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s website at: www.fortbendisd.com.

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3T,AURENCE#HURCH"AZAARTOBEHELD/CTOBER  Come to St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land the weekend of October 17-18, for peace, love and the parish bazaar! This

is the 17th year for this popular bazaar which features great food, games, activities, rides, bingo, live music and a raffle. In synch with

the theme â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Peace+Love+Bazaarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;, The bazaar will be held one lucky raffle ticket holder will Saturday evening, October 17, ride away in a 2009 VW Beetle. from 5:00-10:00 p.m., and all day Groovy! Sunday, October 18, from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. All the action will take place across the street from the church, on the grounds of the St. Laurence Religious Education Center, on the corner of Sweetwater Boulevard and

Austin Parkway in First Colony. Entrance is free; food, activity and raffle tickets are available for purchase at the event. A 2009 5-speed â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Sunflower Yellowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; VW Beetle, provided by Archer Volkswagon, will be raffled off at the close of the bazaar on Sunday night; raffle tickets are available for purchase at the

bazaar and in advance at the parish office. Live music by the band â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Nightstarâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; will be featured Saturday evening from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m., and bingo will be offered inside the Religious Education Center from 6:0010:00 p.m. on Saturday, and from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

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Admission to the party is complimentary and guests will enjoy live jazz music from Stephen Richard, food from Amici and a cash bar. Cookbooks will also be available at the St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Health Fair on October 10 from 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. in the parking lot of St. Lukeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sugar Land Hospital and at the Sienna Plantation Gingerbread Market on October 17th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Treasures from the Bend features over 275 recipes and features historical information on eight historical â&#x20AC;&#x153;treasuresâ&#x20AC;? of Fort Bend County. Books are $27.95 each and proceeds benefit Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels. Through the Meals on Wheels program, Fort Bend Seniors delivers hot meals once daily to homebound seniors in our community. The cookbook has benefited from widespread community support.

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!NNUALFUNEVENTTORAISE"REAST#ANCER!WARENESS The Pink Ladies are gearing up for their annual fun-filled event! The golf tournament committee recently announced that this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s event will be held on Oct. 26 at Sugar Creek Country Club. The Pink Ladies Golf Tournament, a 9-hole event, is a perfect way for beginners or those who have never played, as well as seasoned golfers, to have fun and help raise breast cancer awareness. Last year the event raised more than $40,000. The committee is currently securing sponsorships. Raffle tickets to win a $500 Albert Luis

Salon and Spa gift certificate and lunch at Town Square are now available for purchase, 3 for $25. Contact Karen Awalt at kmawalt@yahoo.com. Recently,BarbaraMontgomery, a Pink Ladies committee volunteer was recognized for her service to the community benefiting the American Cancer Society with a Prudential Cares Volunteer Grant. Retired or active agents can apply for the grants which range from $250-$5,000. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s volunteering for a cause,â&#x20AC;? Montgomery said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;To me this is really important. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s amazing

how many people have had breast cancer.â&#x20AC;? Montgomery, herself a breast cancer survivor, is a lifetime member of the American Cancer Society. Her passion for the organization stems from her concern for friends and family members who have suffered with breast cancer. Plan now to attend one of Fort Bend Countyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most fun event! For more information on being a sponsor, donating, sponsoring a hole, or helping with the tournament, please contact Lynn Halford at 281-980-4290, or email her at lhvol@windstream.net.

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