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Even though you were not driving your vehicle when it was caught on camera taking a red light, if you own it, the ticket and responsibility for paying it is yours. That’s one of the flaws that Capt. H.F. Van Der Grinten dislikes most about the red light camera operations in Sugar Land. Capt. Van, who lives in (Top photo) Miracle on Morton Street Festival 2012 was held this New Territory, is the founder of past weekend where everyone had a great time! Queen Theatre’s the Houston Coalition to Ban Carolers sing from Richmond’s Antique Fire Truck! Shown (l to r) Red Light Cameras. He also are: Taylor Sweatt, Kiley Ritchards, Marcie Doss, Dylin Waldorf, backs non-payment of a red light Aedin Waldorf, Addie Doss, Gavin Doss, & Jason Sweatt. camera ticket fine saying that paying it is “virtually voluntary. “ (Inset photo) Gavin Doss found the real Santa Claus at the annual But is it? Miracle at the Morton Street Festival. “The city works with a collection agency for the collection of past due violations,” said Sugar Land spokesperson Doug Adolph. He also reports 87,569 violations year- to-date announced they the men pistol whipped the with an 80 percent collection rate By LeaAnne Klentzman are looking woman.” Adolph said, “The for each at $75 a pop, a civil and Back in September a Telfair for Maydevis suspects left with a large amount not a criminal fine, he said. “This family was terrorized and held Molina, 23, of of cash, electronics and the collection rate is consistent with hostage by armed intruders; Houston, one woman's 2003 Toyota Camry. previous years.” one suspect has been arrested. of the men The vehicle was later recovered Capt. Van maintains that On Monday night, September believed to by police in Houston.” motor vehicle registrations WANTED 24, 2012, shortly before 10 p.m., be a suspect Sugar Land's investigation will not be denied due to Maydevis Molina a family residing at a home the Sept. 24 has led to the arrest of outstanding red light cam fines. on Baldwin Crossing in the aggravated Aaron Nathaniel Reyes, Sugar Land also does “not Telfair subdivision answered a robbery. Sugar 18, of Houston, on Oct. 30. participate in the registration knock at the front door. When Land police He has been charged with the resident opened the door spokesman aggravated assault. Police for a purported pizza delivery Doug Adolph continue to search for Molina man, the house was stormed said, “The men and the two other men. by pistol wielding men. demanded Anyone with information During the home invasion, money they should call the Sugar Land Aaron Reyes the 53 year old woman of the believed was Police Department at (281) home was beaten in the head. inside the house. The woman 275-2540 or Fort Bend According to police, her injuries did not immediately provide County Crime Stoppers at were not life threatening, the location of the money, so (281) 342-TIPS (8477). however she was transported to By Elsa Maxey a Houston hospital for treatment. During the intrusion the Many Fort Bend County suspects took televisions, residents probably know that cash, jewelry, phones, and Segments C and D of the Grand the family’s 2003 Toyota Parkway are each primarily Camry. According to police, located within their county. the family has business But what they may not know interests in the metro Houston in a white Suburban that had is that a public workshop on By LeaAnne Klentzman area. The suspects were all been reported stolen out of Segment C is about to take described as males with In what can only be described Montgomery County. Virata said place. The Grand Parkway bandanas covering their as a bungled trifecta, the county's the getaway car was found just Association and TxDOT will faces, armed with handguns, latest three bank robberies may be blocks away, abandoned behind present the workshop this driving a silver Toyota. related. some trees on Cash Road. Thursday, December 6, 5:30 – After a lengthy investigation It all started on Wednesday, Interestingly pink paint 7:30 p.m, at the George Ranch Sugar Land Police have November 21, 2012 when splatters were all over the inside two men robbed the Houston of the Suburban's windows. Virata Community Bank located at said the red/pink dye was an 13811 FM 1092 indication that near Houston the dye pack Community in the stolen college in money had By Betsy Dolan By LeaAnne Klentzman Stafford. In that exploded inside case the two the vehicle. The 'Tis the season for gift giving Recently entered the bank Suburban and and the City of Sugar Land we had picture wielding pistols some cash were is giving taxpayers an early proof that lame demanding recovered by present--more than $85,000 in duck Sheriff money at about 2 in the afternoon. police and FBI agents. savings from energy efficiency CRIMINAL Milton Wright OF THE WEEK According to Stafford police The next bank robbery pulled improvements to city facilities. either can’t read spokesman Raphael Virata, by two men who very much The savings exceeded the or is just so arrogant that he the men ran into the bank, one resemble the Stafford duo was on City's earlier projections by thinks he is above the law; jumped the counter and began to the following Wednesday near almost $20,000. you decide. load cash into a bag from a teller’s Sugar Land. Sheriff’s spokesman In 2010, Sugar Land was A photo was snapped of drawer while the other lurked in Bob Haenel said at 9:03 a.m. awarded a $780,000 grant him parking his car in a Fire/ the lobby. As the counter-jumper Wednesday, morning, Nov. 28, from the Department of Tow Away Zone in front was loading his loot into his bag, 2012, deputies responded to a Energy. The money was part of the Justice Center then many of the bank employees robbery call at the Chase Bank, of a $2.7 billion block grant bragging about it, just cuz escaped out the back door of the located in the 5800 block of New program, funded under the he can. building to wait for police. Territory Boulevard in the New American Recovery and The two crooks fled out the Reinvestment Act to encourage ONCE, continued on page 5 ROBBERIES, continued on page 5 front door and left the scene communities to reduce fossil

hold process,” said Adolph. But what irks Capt. Van is that “the mailed violation notices state that failure to pay may result in a hold placed on your vehicle registration,” he said, calling it a false statement. But not intentionally paying for fines is what is called scofflaw, a disregard and contempt for the law. However, “If I received an RLC (red light camera) ticket in Sugar Land and I felt that I got caught fair and square, I

would feel morally obliged to pay the fine,” said Capt. Van in prepared statements. He’s now on a campaign to collect signatures on a petition to place the red light matter on a ballot allowing Sugar Land voters the say so on operating the cameras. Neighboring Houston did away with them in a referendum approved by its voters. CAPTAIN, continued on page 5

Suspect nabbed in Telfair terror

Capt. H.F. Van Der Grinten of New Territory has 971 signatures of 2,600 needed to place banning red light cameras in Sugar Land on a future ballot as a public referendum so that voters can decide on the measure.   During the November 6 General Election he was able to collect many of the signatures.

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a controlled access toll road. There will also be right-ofway required, and TxDOT personnel at the workshop will provide information about land acquisition relating to the project. Segment C will be a 26-mile, four-lane, controlled access toll road that is for enhancing mobility in this area. It will have frontage roads from US 59 to SH 288 through the two affected counties. SECTION C, on page 5

City of Sugar Land lightens load on taxpayers with energy savings fuel dependency and convert to energy-efficient technologies. McKinstry Essintion, Inc. was hired to design and construct improvements that primarily included interior and exterior lighting changes at nine of the City's largest facilities as well as building automation enhancements at Sugar Land's police and municipal courts facility. The work was completed in 2011. "The grant money allowed us to change out the interior and exterior light bulbs and ballasts in our larger facilities and it made a substantial difference," said Mike Leech, Assistant Public Works

Director. "It sounds very simple and basic but we are seeing just how far lighting technology has come in terms of energy consumption." In addition, Leech said, McKinstry installed a targeted temperature control system that monitors all of the larger H-VAC systems in order to make sure that they are functioning at optimum energy efficiency. "The system can adjust the temperature inside the facilities in off-peak hours so we aren't running the system when no one is in the building," Leech TAXPAYERS, continued on page 5


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our kids to be part of it.” Shirley Bellard, of the Powerhouse of Love, said the group enjoys reaching out to the community. “This is our second year to volunteer,” she said. “Our outreach group meets once a month to organize projects that give back to the community.” Joe Torres, whose father pastors Bethel Ministries, said: “We have a food program and serve about 500 families every week. We are glad to help those less fortunate.”

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Cholesterol is an important component for the body. It is made in the liver. When too much bad cholesterol (called LDL) travels to the blood it may build up in the vessel walls causing hardening and narrowing that can limit proper blood flow. The increased LDL may increase the risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Other risk factors for high cholesterol levels include older age, male gender, post-menopausal women, and whether or not it runs in the family. The goal of lowering cholesterol is to reduce the risk of heart disease. Lifestyle changes and medications are the main treatment methods. LDL can be lowered by changes that include increased exercise, reduced satu­ rated fat, and limiting high cholesterol foods. Drugs called HMG-CoA Reductase inhibitors, such as Crestor, and Lipitor reduce the amount of cholesterol made in the liver. Another name for these drugs is statins. Drugs called Fibrates (Lopid, TriCor) work to decrease LDL levels and increase good cholesterol (HDL). Bile acid resins (Questran, Welchol) work to decrease the amount of fat that is absorbed into the body, but it may cause constipation. Ezetimibe (Zetia) inhibits cholesterol absorption from food. Niacin (Niaspan, Niacor) helps increase HDL and lower LDL. A combination of medications is sometimes recommended.

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Marshall HS's Deon Hollins nominated for Gridiron Legends Player of the Week Deon Hollins, a senior Marshall High School football player, has been nominated for the Gridiron Legends Player of the Week award, presented by Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. The award is decided solely on fan voting. Each selected Player of the Week is then a candidate for their Player of the Year award. Deon has already been selected to play in the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl on January 4, and he has committed to play football at

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Stafford Municipal School District high school senior urges Stafford residents to attend public hearing Dear Editor,

the health of your family and friends. People's jobs should Did you know that there is not give them heart disease, NO risk-free level of exposure emphysema, cancer and many to secondhand smoke that other health problems that contains over 7,000 chemicals are caused by secondhand of which hundreds are toxic? smoke. Everyone's health (Surgeon General's Report matters whether you work in 2010) And did you know that a restaurant or a bar. How food service workers are 50% can a business suffer that more likely to die from lung cares about the lives of their cancer than the general public? customers and employees? (Surgeon General's Report As a high school senior 2004) And that smoking costs who has attended Stafford Texas health care over $5.83 schools for nearly 10 years, billion every year? (Tobacco this is very simple to me. We Free Kids Campaign, March expect businesses to provide 2012) Did you know that you safe food, pure water, and can help reduce the dangers a safe environment. Safe of secondhand smoke inside indoor air is expected as well. public places in Stafford? Hope to see you at the Here's how: attend the council meeting on Dec. 12. public hearing at Stafford Together we can help make City Hall, 2610 S. Main St. Stafford a healthier place on Dec. 12 at 7:30 p.m. City to live and do business. council members need to Everyone deserves hear from Stafford residents to breathe safe air. especially. So this is your chance to make a difference in M. Shelton

Reader responds to Guns, Guns, Guns article of 11/28 by Barbara Carlson Dear Editor,

History is full of examples. Read it sometime, The kind of rhetoric Barbara it's quite fascinating. Carlson is saying is fear Every time a Democrat is mongering, pure and simple. elected president, gun sales And when people start strongly increase, nothing new. to do this, it opens the way for tyrants to take over, and Regards, civil discourse to escalate to Joe Kudrna civil conflict, and worse.

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has completed construction on a new hybrid operating room that is the first of its kind in the nation. The hybrid OR incorporates advanced technologies with traditional surgery capabilities to offer patients a new range of diagnostic and treatment procedures that can streamline care, reduce recovery time and complications. Methodist’s new hybrid OR is the first in the United States that combines the most advanced operating table created by Maquet, a German company specializing in OR equipment, integrated with the latest C-arm robotic system for angiography from Siemens Healthcare, one of the world’s largest suppliers of imaging equipment. This combination of technologies allows patients to be diagnosed and treated more rapidly and with better outcomes for a range of conditions, including vascular, cardiac, orthopedic and neurological. In addition,

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Christmas concert to be held at Southminster Presbyterian Church Sunday, Dececnber 16 Southminster Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir presents its annual Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 16, at 7:00pm. The church is located at 4200 Cartwright Rd., Missouri City. The Chancel Choir, Handbells, and Youth Choirs will present their annual Christmas Concert on Sun., Dec.16 at 7:00pm in the sanctuary. This year's concert will feature the music of Houston composer, Rob Landes, founder of the Rob Landes Trio and organist/ composer-in-residence at St. Luke's United Methodist Church. The chancel choir will present Landes' "Magnificat," accompanied by a professional brass and percussion ensemble, as well as Landes' famed "Jazz Gloria," accompanied by a professional jazz trio, including Donald Doucet on piano, Darrell Parrish on bass, and Robert Amyx on drums. The Handbells and Youth Choirs will also perform on the program. They invite you to come out and enjoy this evening of stirring Christmas music with a contemporary flair!

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Captain sails course to ban Sugar Land’s red light cams with cameras City of Sugar Land lightens load that 60 percent of the citations are programs and traffic enforcement, Land has now reached 971 of the on taxpayers with energy savings CAPTAIN, continued from page 1

Capt. Van’s other reasons for refusing to pay these fines is the assertion that red light cameras are unfair because drivers are forced to guess the time length of the yellow light. Also, if the violation was for a rolling stop for a right turn on a red light, “I would feel justified in paying a fine of only $7.50 because I have proof that this violation is only one tenth as serious as a straight through violation and the fine should reflect the seriousness of the violation.” Capt. Van said that since the city will not accept the reduced fine “I would pay nothing.” By the way, he reports

issued for rolling stops. Accounts indicate that 24 states and the District of Columbia currently use red light cameras. A reported claim against their use is that “The United States Department of Transportation and the states are conspiring to make it a civil crime so they can eliminate due process.” Of the money Sugar Land generates from operating the red light cameras, installed for public safety, it is split between the state and a special city account, states Adolph. He said it funds traffic safety programs, intersection improvements, public safety

Once again, the photo says it all ONCE, continued from page 1

Well, here is a snapshot sent to the “Star” by a citizen who only said, “REALLY!?!?” Guess this is more picture proof that the lame duck Sheriff’s

arrogance apples don’t fall far from the tree, huh? And yes, everyone can see the EXEMPT on the license plate…that does not mean you can park in this spot just cuz you don’t want to walk! Really!

including the Safe Light Sugar Land initiative. Captain Van’s petition to place the red light camera operation as a public referendum in Sugar

2,600 signatures needed. “Those signatures have been verified contractor must reimburse the TAXPAYERS, continued from page 1 by the Voter Database Search as City for the shortage or replace valid Sugar Land resident voters,” the necessary equipment he said. said. "And then it is smart to meet the performance enough to adjust the requirements. temperature 30 minutes before "Going forward, as people get to work to make sure equipment wears out, we’re it is sufficiently cool inside." going to get more energy ROBBERIES, continued from page 1 The performance contract efficient systems," Leech said. surveillance photos showed a with McKinstry guarantees a lone suspect entering the bank "This is how we are going 100 percent return on the City's to do business from now on Territory subdivision. wearing a suit, sunglasses, a investment over 15 years. If He said that two armed men black or dark blue bandana and because we want our return Sugar Land does not realize entered the bank with bandanas a floppy hat. Haenel described on investment to be as high as $64,102 in annual savings each possible so we'll put in green covering their faces dressed in him as as a light-complected baggy suits and floppy brimmed male. He was waving a gun at the year for the next 15 years, the equipment whenever we can." hats. He described the suspects tellers and provided them with a as white males, one being black or gray bag to fill with cash. about 6’1” to 6’3”. The other Responding law enforcement See more stories at FortBendStar.com suspect is about 5’9”, he said. In personnel swarmed the area. this incident as in the Stafford During the ensuing search robbery, many bank employees evidence relating to the robbery were able to escape out the back was recovered. No robberies have door of the bank; with no one to been reported since last Friday. give the gun wielding crooks any Investigators from the Stafford cash, they left this bank empty Police Department, the Fort Bend handed. The getaway vehicle Sheriff’s Office, and the FBI are CAR REPAIR AND MAINTENANCE CARE was identified as light-colored working together on these cases. Chevrolet Impala. Information which leads to the Call Craig or Mark Today 281.498.6364 At press time the last reported apprehension and or conviction • Over 85 Years Combined • Genuine Honda Parts Experience • Factory Trained Technicians bank robbery believed to be of the suspect(s) involved could • Averaging 20%-30% attributed to this pair was reported earn a reward of up to $5,000 Saving Over Dealership Prices on Friday, November 30, 2012, from Crime Stoppers. Call Fort at 1:53 in the afternoon. In this Bend County Sheriff’s Office at Mention this ad for a robbery just one of the duo 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime walked into the Capital One Bank Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS in the 11500 block of Highway (8477) or text plus the tip to (Maximum Discount $50) C&M-SPECIALIST-INC 6 S near the Woodbridge CRIMES (274637). Tips also 12999 Murphy Rd. #D2 HOURS: MON-FRI SAT. & SUN. subdivision wielding his gun, can be submitted online at www. 7:30am - 6:30pm • CLOSED (near Grand Slam Battling Center) again jumping the counter and fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org. demanding cash. All calls to Crime Stoppers are Haenel said provided anonymous.

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

GREATWOOD • Adorable one story ready for move in, freshly painted interior and exterior, new granite counters with splash back and new carpeting in 2012. 4 bedrooms or one bedroom can be a study or study. Both formals open floor plan with skylight and island in the kitchen. Spacious master suite and master bath with granite counters, jetted tub, shower and dual sink. Extended garage great for workshop. Excellent schools, minutes to HWY 59, HWY 99 and easy access to HWY 90 and HWY 6. At $199,900 CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102

ORCHARD LAKE ESTATES • Fabulous One Story in a Gated Community. The Community is Built around Pumpkin Lake and Surrounded by Walking Trails & Open Green Space. The Entry welcomes you to both Formal Dining and Living Room. 4 Bedrooms and 3 Full Bathrooms, Spacious Kitchen that opens to the Den and the Breakfast area. A Corner Lot with Front and Back Covered Patio. Close proximity to Town Square shops & restaurants. $255,000 CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102

RIVERSTONE • Adorable one story and well maintained home. Open floor plan. Updated kitchen with granite counters. Formal dining room, spacious living room with fireplace. Master bedroom and master bath with dual sinks. Nice covered patio and in the back yard. Detached 2 cars garage. Refrigerator is included. Low tax at 1.99. Nearby restaurants, mall, shops and hospital. Minutes to HWY 90, and easy access to HWY 59 At $129,900.  CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102

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QUAIL VALLEY IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Beautifully landscaped 4 bedroom, 2 ½ bath with huge living area, formal dining & a fabulous enclosed sunroom looking out to the gorgeous back yard. Accent lighting front & back. Updated kitchen with tile, granite, appliances, huge master down with great bath, separate study. Huge upstairs bedrooms with added study area. $184,900. Quiet street, ready for move-in. (3826PV)

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ENERGY CORRIDOR • Many updates and upgrades.Living area has high ceiling. Separate dining room. Island kitchen.Upgrades include tech shield, roof, a/c,furnance,tile,water heater,plumbing & light fixtures,applia nces,doors,sprinkler system and more. (12423RK)

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Glenn Michelle Taggart has joined Chesmar Homes in Rosenberg Chesmar Homes announces the addition of Glenn Michelle Taggart to the Chesmar Homes sales team, representing The Reserve at Brazos Town Center, located in Rosenberg. Ms. Taggart is a seasoned professional with a rich background in real estate, management, and customer service. The Reserve community is part of the vital Brazos Town Center complex of shopping, dining, and entertainment developed by NewQuest. The area integrates 100 acres of retail beautifully with well-planned residential. Chesmar Homes, known as a leader in energy efficiency, offers two different plan series in The Reserve at Brazos Town Center built to meet the Energy Star 3.0, Environments For Living Platinum, and Green Certifications. Ms. Taggart heads up sales for the community and states that she “looks forward to building a great community spirit.” Work hard, then play hard is Glenn’s motto. Planning for success in everything she endeavors and has no intention of settling for anything less. Buyers will appreciate that she is known for her innovative ideas, energetic approach, her candor, and always putting her customers’ needs first. “Glenn is dedicated to

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

Stafford celebrates 15th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with a very important person. From the top of the fire As the Stafford High School truck, Santa Claus waved to and Middle School choirs the crowd, their bright reds sang festive songs, parents and matching perfectly. Everyone citizens gathered for the annual was invited inside for snacks tree lighting ceremony held and refreshments and more last Thursday at the Stafford holiday singing. Excited kids Centre. The evening had just stood in line to meet Santa enough crispness in the air as their parent's snapped to warrant holiday sweaters this year's holiday photo. and jackets. Part holiday The City of Stafford has celebration, part patriotic held the tree-lighting ceremony recognition, the ROTC posted for the past 15 years (8 at colors, led the audience in the the Stafford Center, 7 at City pledge of allegiance, before the the handle, and without any Hall). Mayor Scarcella feels choir sang a moving rendition hitch the entire Stafford Centre it's important for a city to be of the Star-Spangled Banner. was lit up in bright, white there for citizens when things Mayor Scarcella, wearing lights, as a collected gasp from are good and bad. After Ike, a red and green Gatsby hat, the audience could be heard. the Stafford Centre opened said a few words welcoming The choir began Here their doors for those who were the crowd. Beside him, a large Comes Santa Claus as the temporarily displaced. "It's wrapped box with a handle Stafford Fire Department, wonderful to utilize the city and a decorative bow. After the with their lights and sirens equipment and facilities for the countdown, the Mayor pulled ringing, arrived on the scene children and their families."

providing outstanding customer care” Says Scott Merovitch, VP of Sales for Chesmar. “She jumped in with enthusiasm, and within the first few weeks has already hosted several well attended events to bring current homeowners, Realtors, and prospective homeowners together. There is no doubt, she is already making inroads to foster a real sense of neighborhood!” Locally owned Chesmar Homes was recently honored as one of the 2012 Top Ten Workplaces, and ranked #49 on BUILDER Magazine’s Builder 100 list. The public is invited to visit and tour Chesmar Homes’ beautiful “Apollo” model show home at The Reserve at Brazos Town Center, located at 1407 Ellis Grove across from the community pool and recreation center. Glenn also encourages visitors to join the Chesmar Homes Brazos Town Center Facebook (Chesmar Homes Brazos TC) page to keep abreast of upcoming events.

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carols with music, and play Santa Claus passing out the reindeer topped Satin Hands lotions. The first party is Friday, December 14th at 10 am at the Brazos View Health Care Center on 2127 Preston Rd Richmond, Texas 77469 (before you get

Listed in Texas Monthly 2012 Houston Region, Hal Elrod was awarded as a 5 Star Real Estate Agent. There are many qualities and skills that go into being an excellent real estate professional. Integrity, in-depth community and market knowledge, marketing savvy, effective negotiation skills, and a high quality professional network, all of which are hallmarks of how Hal Elrod works. Hal found that providing the very best service is essentially about putting clients first. This means keeping himself accessible in responding quickly to the clients needs. This “client first” philosophy has always been his approach and it requires Hal to continually improve his skills and ways of doing business. The latest technologies are enabling him to do everything he has always done, only much more quickly and efficiently. They also helped to extend the range of his services that he provides to his clients. You can reach Hal Elrod at Keller Williams Southwest - 281-798-3853.

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to start interviewing in and complaints. An audience December to fill the job. member asked why this The City of Meadows Place Until the position is filled, position wasn't filled sooner. has an interesting format during and depending on the gravity The Mayor explained that their monthly City Council of the situation, either the the prior Code Enforcer left meetings. At the end of each police department or public the job suddenly, not giving meeting, the floor is opened to works will handle all calls the City much time to react. audience members who wish to voice their thoughts - for three minutes. Because their council Austin High School Orchestra to host free meetings are well attended holiday concert Thursday, December 6 by residents, this can attract a lot of comments. But it's not In the spirit of the holiday in six orchestras, making it all complaints. Some people season, the Austin High the largest school orchestra use this time to commend the School Orchestra will program in FBISD. Each City for a job well done. present its Holiday Concert orchestra level will be At the November meeting, on Thursday, December 6, represented at the concert. two agenda items were at 7:00 pm in the school’s The AHS orchestra program discussed that prompted many auditorium, 3434 Pheasant has become known for its audience members to speak. Creek Drive, Sugar Land. tradition of bringing quality The first topic was about the Directed by Carolyn music to the community streets shifting and heaving Vandiver and John Law, the – and has earned several due to last summer's drought concert will feature a medley top awards, including: and this fall's rain shortage. of holiday songs and moving • Commended Winner Mayor Jessup is currently renditions of “Overture to in the Mark of Excellence/ looking into ways to raise Messiah” by Handel, “Shabbat National Orchestra Honors funds to fix the roads. One Shalom” by Susan C. Brown project – AHS Symphony way, he suggested, was to and “Dance of the Sugar Plum String Orchestra, directed add a "Road Use Fee" of Fairy” by Tchaikovsky. by Carolyn Vandiver; and approximately 10% onto the Refreshments will be sold • Texas Music Educators current garbage collection prior to the concert, beginning Association String Honor which is $18.10 per month. at 6:30 pm and during Orchestra Finalist, 2012With a potential new revenue intermission. The event is free. 2013 – AHS Camerata of $1.81, in one year's time The concert is made String Orchestra approximately $33,600 would possible, in part, by funding For more information about be available for road services. provided by Fort Bend the Holiday Concert, becoming Mayor Jessup said that ISD and the Austin High a sponsor, or the Austin High he wants the public's input Orchestra Booster Club. All Orchestra Booster Club, please on this matter and a public proceeds from the event will contact Paula G. Key-Connell hearing would be scheduled support Austin’s orchestra at 281-565-0851 or visit the next year when the City program, which currently AHS Orchestra Booster Club and Council have more has 216 members enrolled website at www.ahsorch.org. information gathered. Of the two people who spoke about this during the audience comments time, one was a civil engineer who praised the Set for December 7 and 8, 10 a.m.City for recognizing the 4 p.m., candlelight tour Fri. night streets need attention, but 6-9 p.m.The tour will feature six warned that $33,600 would distinctive homes in Lake Pointe, not be enough money. Sweetwater, Oaks of Alcorn, Lakes The second citizen to of Williams Ranch and Sienna speak suggested that the City Plantation. Tickets are available for aggressively seek renters for $25 at Fort Bend County Kroger the shopping strip located at and Randalls stores, the Sienna West Airport and Kirkwood. Plantation HomeFinder Center, The second topic was the at the door, and online at www. lack of a Code Enforcement cafb.org. Shown (L to R) are: Lin officer. The City has posted Wooten, Tracy Pipes (back) and the job and so far has received Diana Null. For more info 28117 applications. They plan 344-5100. By Karen Daniels

ABWA Fort Bend League Christmas project Members have chosen “Adopt-a-Grandparent” for their sponsorship this Christmas Holiday Season. They have selected 5 senior care centers to give gifts of Satin Hands to their residents this year. They will sing Christmas

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grossly inaccurate to align me to the Nazi Party, my indictment of organized labor, my favorite snacks are supposedly Hostess products (I don’t even know what a Devil Dog is), that I support Hostess because, I guess, I also support Bain Capital, that I drive a (Honda) gas guzzler and that my source is Rush. Oh, how the misinformed wander in their rebuttal and refuse to bring substance to the debate. So not only are certified, skilled professionals only born from a union, but it’s perfectly acceptable that union dues are spent on political power and candidate gain when all union members are NOT in agreement with how union dues are allocated. The U.S. is supposedly on track to becoming the biggest oil exporter—even with strict EPA regulations and moratoriums that have been inflicted on the oil companies. Wait, aren’t the oil companies the greedy, bad guys? The feedback that I have consistently received is “the fair and balanced approach” that Bev’s and my opposing columns that The Star offers all of its readers—which is unmatched with any other paper—and that the Conservative voice is truly represented in Fort Bend County. Here’s a no-brainer: If one doesn’t want to read the Conservative column - one that is researched extensively each week—a logical option is to simply turn the page. Why does the Liberal have to personally attack while he is ignorantly spouting? Why does the Liberal argue that it has to be all or nothing: You either accept what I am throwing down your throat or I need to stifle your voice? It’s either unions or utter chaos. Turn the darn page if you’re upset, just like Conservatives flip the channel when MSNBC comes on and our stomachs start to churn. This disgruntled reader could learn quite a bit if he’d pick up the book “Face It, We’re Broken.” Oh, heck, the Conservatives will pray for the parrot this week.

So what is wrong with Arizona when Arizona law is based on federal immigration laws? Why are Republicans again expected to cross the aisle—what’s called a compromise—on illegal immigration? The Left is pushing for another amnesty when they had already left us with empty promises if enacted that the southern border would be made secure? Are we really going to fall for that fallacy again? Before amnesty can be addressed, we, as a country, deserve our southern border to be secure. There is no other country that is more porous than ours. With amnesty comes an even bigger flow of illegal crossings. Why is Congress unwilling to admit that terrorists are also crossing our porous southern border, destroying private property and killing innocent Americans? Do we no longer value American lives and put ones who are breaking our laws above fellow Americans? Do we no longer have a conscience that we are rewarding illegal perpetrators above fellow lawabiding American citizens? Why is Congress allowing Social Security to go bankrupt while we have paid in for decades while allowing illegals to collect without contributing a dime? Until Congress has “skin in the game,” they will continue this inexcusable fiscal irresponsibility with The Social Security Trust Fund. Why can’t Congress admit that we are endangering fellow Americans with national security issues with our porous borders? When is Congress going to stand up to the plate and admit that they have made a gross mistake for decades and that the illegal immigrant population is financially draining us and we must enforce our laws when our country is in fiscal crisis? When did the quota system get tossed out the window? There were very logical reasons for quotas given to each country.

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When did we deviate from allowing people into our country who are educated and knew the English language? When did Congress say that it was okay to come to our country, take our jobs, be allowed to send money home without being taxed, not wanting to assimilate into our culture with the intention to return home someday? When did Congress stop asking the tough questions if one was coming to our country to truly become a part of the greatest country in the world or simply to use us as a pawn with the intention to return home someday? What does that say about us as the leader of the free world? What does that say to our forefathers who sacrificed much more than any of us to build a nation that they were so proud of? We have lost what we stand for as the greatest country in the world. We have lost what it means to “be an American” and have succumbed to the bully.

Yes, my Liberal friend, we are “stuck” with ones that we are sending back to Washington—and not to our liking. Many of us are ready for Boehner to resign. It is time that we demand Congress make the tough decisions even if they’re afraid that they may not be re-elected in another two or four years or try to slip another pay raise under America’s radar. We cannot afford another downgrade—every one that has occurred under this sitting president. We must get our financial feet back on stable ground and address the tough issues. Perhaps we should tax all outgoing Western Union transactions 91%, you know, like what Paul Krugman is suggesting for the top 2%. How about everyone pay “their fair share”? God bless our great country. God bless Israel. For comments, contact Barbara J. Carlson at Barbara@ FortBendBusinessJournal.com.

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A high-quality shop will not provide a loaner, but will offer to Chuck Charlton arrange a rental vehicle if you require one. The cost is $25-$35 per day and there is usually no out-of-pocket expense if the cost of the rental remains within the amount stated in your insurance policy. The policy does not pay for additional insurance coverage offered by the rental company. If the repair shop offers you a loaner and can be absorbed in this cost, they have to recover it somewhere. Are they cutting corners on your repair or charging for work not performed? Beware of the “free loaner”.

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It is true. Google especially loves video and for other search engines, it’s an element that positively impacts website exposure. So, let’s get started. The first step for any video project is to determine your target Elsa Maxey audience and the effect you want when someone sees the video. Do you want to be called for more information or do you want the audience to feel more comfortable about your product or service? Want the viewer to visit your business? Your trade show? Invest money in your business, or order products from your web site? The video needs to speak directly to particular interests and needs with a tailor made message. And for that, you’ll need a script. “If it ain’t on the page, it ain’t on the stage,” goes the old saying. We can write a script for your approval that reflects what you want to say about your business, reaches your target audience and creates the effect you desire. Then, we’ll schedule a video shoot, edit the footage, and do voiceover narration with music and titles to create a custom produced project that shows off your business to potential customers and clients. At Star Digital Studios, we handle all aspects of production from script writing to post-production editing and we do compression for website upload. Call us at 281 690-4280 for a free consultation.

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

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Hope for Three, a local non-profit dedicated to raising awareness and providing support to families living with Autism, is calling for holiday heroes to provide help and create hope. During this giving season, the organization asks that you contribute to its Second Annual fundraising effort, The Many Faces of Autism 2013 Calendar. The calendar, which is an exclusive compilation of unique and differently-abled children, gives the community a snapshot of what Autism can look like, all while generating funds to assist families and connect them to the care and support they deserve, but

many times cannot afford. You can purchase or gift a calendar for $10.00 by visiting www.hopeforthree. org/shop43/#calendar. The Many Faces of Autism 2013 Calendar Cover winner is eight year old Jason Frye, son of Tonya and John Frye and little brother to Bekah, Jesse, Ema and Katie. Jason, who was diagnosed with autism at the age of two, was among dozens of contestants who entered the calendar contest. For opportunities on how you can be the difference, upcoming events or Family Resource information, contact Hope for Three at 1-800-317-0787 or visit www.hopeforthree.org.

Detectives looking for athletic store thief By LeaAnne Klentzman

Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel said, “Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers, Inc. will pay a cash reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the suspects in a theft case at a Katy-area sports store.” The theft at The Sports Authority sporting goods store in the 5400 block of State 99 (The Grand Parkway) occurred Wednesday, Nov. 21, about 8:30 p.m. Haenel said store officials told responding deputies that a lone suspect entered the store and grabbed about 40 licensed sports jerseys, turned and ran out of the store to a waiting getaway vehicle.

Veterans’ Day. Some of their activities included patriotic songs performed by the third-grade choir, a parade of poster tributes and a special luncheon for families and their veteran relatives. First Colony Middle School also joined in the celebration by hosting a Veterans Day Celebration and Breakfast, folowed by a student assembly that welcomed former U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Nehls as guest speaker.

Pictured (from left to right) at First Colony Middle School are: Hannah Bohnsack, FCMS student; Christine Pointer, FCMS speech and theater teacher; Jenny Bailey, FBISD Board Member; Jerrie Kammerman, principal at FCMS; Lieutenant Colonel Trevor Nehls, U.S. Army; Dr. Aaron Libel, WWII Veteran; Melissa Bohnsack; PTO vice president; and Emily Bohnsack, FCMS student.

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Two arrested in Target pepper spray attack Chrishonta Richard, 17, and Angelic Harris, 18, both of Houston, were arrested for a pepper spray attack Angelic Harris in a Target parking lot on November 12. Both were charged with aggravated robbery and are being held in the Fort Bend County jail with bonds of $75,000 each.  The investigation is ongoing, and police anticipate further arrests. Richard and Harris confessed to attacking and robbing two women who were loading merchandise into the trunk of their vehicle at 8:45 p.m.  An elderly woman was also punched, and her purse was stolen. A review of surveillance video inside Target helped identify Richard and Harris. They left the crime scene in a black, four-door passenger vehicle driven by a black man.  Police were able to recover images of the vehicle and a license plate number from license plate recognition (LPR) cameras

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located on Town Center Boulevard South near the AMC Theater. The vehicle's license plate number Chrishonta Richard, was DK2 B894.  There was also a Houston Texans sticker on the rear window. For the last four years, Sugar Land Police have operated a pilot project using LPR systems.  Five mobile systems were installed on police vehicles, and three "fixed" systems were installed at locations in the Town Square/ First Colony Mall area.  The LPR camera systems are valuable tools to help identify vehicles used in the commission of crimes. An expansion of the LPR system is currently being considered at major entrances and exits to Sugar Land. Anyone with information about other suspects in the Target attack should call the Sugar Land Police Department at (281) 275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at (281) 342-TIPS (8477).

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The suspect was described as a black male with short black hair, wearing a blue/gray striped shirt, blue jeans and brown shoes.The vehicle is an older model white Ford Taurus with paper license plates. Officials believe this same suspect and vehicle were involved in other thefts in the Houston area. Information which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspects involved could earn a cash reward. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-3414665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www. fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org.

Driver hit ambulance head on wrong way on Lexington, so the EMS(ambulance) unit activated its emergency lights and positioned the ambulance in front of the oncoming vehicle.” Adolph said the car did not stop and struck the ambulance. He said that the driver of the car was disoriented and transported to a local hospital for evaluation. Since the accident it has been determined that the accident was the result of a medical issue.

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Sugar Land Police were called to a major accident last Thursday, about 3:50 p.m. A car traveling westbound, the wrong way, on Lexington Avenue near Colonist Park Street hit a Fort Bend county ambulance traveling eastbound. Sugar Land Police spokesman Doug Adolph said, “The ambulance driver saw the vehicle going the

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Fort Bend ISD honors the lives and service of U.S. Veterans Each year, Fort Bend ISD students and staff pay tribute to our U.S. veterans for their dedicated and loyal service to our country. Schools host breakfasts, luncheons, parades and presentations honoring the lives and service of all the great men and women who have served in the U.S. military or are currently serving. Sienna Crossing Elementary School was among FBISD campuses to celebrate

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Compliance with posted speed limits improved more than 16 percent during the first two years of the Sugar Land Police Department's Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP). The enforcement initiative funded with an $85,251 grant from the Texas Department of Transportation - also resulted in a 10 percent reduction in accidents since Oct. 1, 2010. The grant period is from Oct. 1, 2010, through Sept. 30, 2013. The STEP grant provides overtime to staff increased traffic enforcement in targeted areas, an extra resource that does not affect SLPD's normal operations.

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already has a staff of qualified, compassionate senior care providers anxious to provide Fort Bend seniors the care they need to stay in their homes, live independently with dignity and respect. “It’s a win-win for everyone, according to Mike Alexander, Fort Bend Seniors Helping Seniors Director, those who give and those who receive learn from each other everyday – and all we hear is about how rewarding it is for both of them.” “There is a huge difference in the kind of home care you can receive from someone who really understands what your

life is like as a senior and the concerns seniors have and their need for independence.” The rapidly growing population of seniors has combined with more and more seniors determined to remain independent in their own homes. “Seniors Helping Seniors is an alternative to being in a long-term care facility, said Mike Alexander.” Seniors Helping Seniors services have affordable rates for those who need services. For more information, please call Seniors Helping Seniors at 281 261-8107 and check the website at www. seniorshelpingseniors.com.

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FUMC presents Chapel Singers in Concert The Friends of the Arts committee, First United Methodist Church, Missouri City will hold its Christmas concert on Sunday, December 9 at 4 p.m. The Chapel Singers will present classic Christmas carol arrangements that are familiar, but have a twist that can certainly be only the Chapel Singers. From The Twelve Days of Christmas and selections from Brittten's Ceremony of Carols to Mel Torme's The Christmas Song, this concert will definitely prepare you for the holiday season. The Chapel Singers come from the musicians, singers and

At the 2nd Annual Wassail held at the ole Dew House in Kitty Hollow Park, kids of every age sat with Santa while listening to the musical strains of the Scanlan Oaks Whistle Stops, the Quail Valley Middle School Ensemble, and the Elkins Knightbeats!  Pictured here with St. Nick is Thane Phillips. Shown are the Chapel Singers of FUMC.

Sienna Branch library hosts holiday puppet show Night Before Christmas,” on Saturday, December 8, beginning at 10:30 am and at 11:30 am, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. Master puppeteer Jean Kuecher, producer of Marionette Playhouse, will entertain children of all ages with a new holiday story, complete with Santa, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, and the

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leaders of the music ministries of First United Methodist Church, Missouri City. The concert will be held in the church, Chapel of the Resurrection at First United Methodist Church located at 3900 Lexington Blvd. It is free to the public, although love donations graciously accepted. Handicapped parking available and a welcome sign is at the entrance on Murphy Road when entering the church parking lot. For more information, please call (281) 499-3502, email us at FriendsoftheArts@ comcast.net or visit the website at www.fumcmc.org.

Sienna Branch Library will host a special marionette show for the holidays, “’Twas The

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lovely Snow Queen. The story begins in Santa’s workshop at the North Pole and follows Santa and Rudolph’s journey through a snowy forest, where the lovely Snow Queen provides a wonderful way to warm Rudolph’s nose and melt the snow away. The sleigh and its crew finally arrive at a family home, where Santa leaves gifts under the tree. The delicately hand-crafted marionettes are built by Kuecher, who also designs their beautiful costumes and majestic scenery. A member of the Puppeteers of America and the Greater Houston Puppetry Guild, Kuecher holds

a masters degree in Education, Counseling and Guidance from the University of Houston, and has used her puppetry skills to enrich classroom education. The two performances are free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2900 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.

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Understanding dementia experience The Alzheimer’s Association Houston & Southeast Texas Chapter is hosting Understanding The Dementia Experience on Wednesday, December 5, 11:30 a.m.-1pm. This free program will take place at Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, 445 Commerce Green Blvd., Sugar Land, One hour of CEU available for nurses and social workers. Please RSVP at 713.314.1313, lunch is provided.

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 6

“Holiday Concert” The Austin High School Orchestra will present its “Holiday Concert” Thursday, December 6, 7 pm, Austin High School auditorium, 3434 Pheasant Creek Drive, Sugar Land, Admission to the concert is free. Refreshments will be sold before the concert starting 6:30 pm and during intermission. Proceeds from the event will support the orchestras. For more info Paula Key-Connell at 281-565-0851 or www.ahsorch.org. Fort Bend-Harris Retired Educators meet This group will have a holiday potluck luncheon, program, and business meeting 12 p.m., Thursday, December 6, Great Hall, Sugar Land United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road. The program will feature the Sugar Sisters. Guests are welcome to attend. Sugar Land’s 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony Experience one of Sugar Land’s favorite Holiday celebrations at the 9th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in Town Square 5-8 p.m. This familyfriendly event features performances by local musical groups, crafts and games for children, and photos with Santa. For more info,visit www. SugarLandTX.gov. NAMI Chrismas Program NAMI Fort Bend(National Alliance on Mental Illness) will present a Christmas program on Thursday, December 6, at 7p.m., First United Methodist Church of Missouri City’s Fellowship Hall, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri CIty. The public is invited. For more info 832-541-1633.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 7

Holidays in the Plaza – Secret Santa Toy Drive KHOU 11 will broadcast live from the Sugar Land Plaza. 4-8 p.m., during their annual Secret Santa Toy Drive, benefiting the Salvation Army. Be a “Secret Santa” to a child in need by donating new, unwrapped toys in the Plaza of Sugar Land Town Square. Holidays in the Plaza Enjoy and evening of Holiday music with the Travis HS Orchestra will play holiday favorites from 6-7:30, Sugar Land Town Center Plaza, followed by a performance by the Houston Choral Showcase from 7:30-9:30!

A Christmas 2012 Imperial Performing Arts is hosting their signature Christmas concert “A Christmas Evening 2012 Friday, Dec. 7, & Saturday, Dec. 8, 7:30 p.m. and a Sunday matinee at 2 p.m., 823 3rd Street, Rosenberg. Buy your tickets at www.theimperial.org. Adults, $20; $18 students, seniors, military, & children. Call 281-277-7444 for more information. Christmas in Quail Valley For the 20th year residents on Boca Ct and Kiamesha in Quail Valley invite your family to their North Pole. Santa will be in attendance December 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

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Fort Bend Autism Play Group This group provides social opportunities for children with Autism ages 1-12yrs & their families while building a support network. They meet the 1st Saturday of every month. The next play date is De. 8, 10 a.m.noon, Sugar Land City Park, 225 7th Street, Sugar Land. Cost is FREE but donations are appreciated. RSVP is required. For more information, please contact Susan at susan@susangar.com or 281-726-2665. Winter book sale at University Branch Library Friends of University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, will hold their first book sale this Saturday Dec. 8, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Items are priced from .25 to 3.00. Adult and children’s books, DVDs, CDs and magazines. The library accepts donation items during regular library hours and are tax deductible. Movie Under The Moon Bring your family to the Plaza, Sugar Land Town Center, 7-9 p.m., to enjoy a special holiday Movie Under The Moon. This month’s featured movie is ELF, a Holiday classic sure to please all ages!

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Finish Line Sports 30K Bring holiday cheer to the runners in this marathon warm-up series that starts and ends in Sugar Land Town Square, 6:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.! Race Day registration is available at Amegy Bank in Town Square. Visit SLFinishLineSports.com or call (281) 242-7700 for more info! Hanukkah Menorah Lighting & celebration Come to the SL Plaza and be a part of the annual Hanukkah Menorah lighting and celebration, 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.!

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 12

TI Alumni Assoc. meets All current and former TI employees are welcome to come to the monthly luncheon Wed., Dec. 12, 11 a.m. at America Buffet, 12815 Southwest Freeway, Stafford. Learn about upcoming social events and day trips. Complete details at www.tihaa.org or call: (832) 551-8025 or e-mail: tihaamail@gmail.com. Learn about TAMSA Join Fort Bend County School Districts, FBISD LCISD, & SMD Wed., Dec. 12, 7 p.m., FBISD Annex, 3119 Sweetwater Blvd. Sugar Land, to learn about Texans Advocating for Meaningful Student Assessment (TAMSA), with TAMSA guest speakers To learn more about TAMSA visit www.tamsatx.org.

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 14

Christian Women’s Connection mets The Sugar Land Christian Women’s Connection will meet Friday, December 14, 11:30 a.m., Sweetwater County Club located at 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. The featured speaker will be Brenda Copeland, a former Miss America Preliminary winner and a recording artist. Luncheon $18 inclusive and RSVP required (281) 980-9670 or via email at sw-hou-cwc@juno.com. Complimentary valet parking is available. Holidays in the Plaza The Sugar Land Express Singers, a group of local children led by Director Jeannie Bryant, will perform a live concert of Holiday hits in the Sugar Land Town Center Plaza, 7-9 p.m.!

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Imperial Arts new location Imperial Arts has a new location underway, although still under construction and located in Historic Downtown Rosenberg, they are in need of volunteers for the following when their new Center for the Arts, opening in mid-Nov. 2012: Guides/docents; box office; ushers; program valets, film night volunteers & children’s art/ community activity volunteers. If you are interested call 832-278-9763. Recovery Is Possible An ongoing educational class called “Managing Bipolar Disorder” meets every Monday, 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.,1106 3rd Street, Rosenberg. For more information call 888-320-1622. Photos with Santa Sunday, December 2, 9, 16 1-5 p.m. Grab your Christmas list and head to Town Square for a free photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Photos will be taken in the lobby of the Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. Fitness in the Plaza Fridays, from 9-11 a.m. December 7, 14, 21, 28. Join them each Friday morning for Fitness in the Plaza featuring Free Boot Camp with Jon Hood from Rush Fitness and Zumba with a professional instructor! Boot Camp is from 9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 a.m. Sugar Land Rotary Become a Rotarian! Sugar Land Rotary meets every Wednesday @ 12:00 noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Contact Bill Griffin 832-724-3323, bill_griffin@bmc.com. Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets every Wednesday, noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information call Mike Reichek at 281-575-1145 or mike@reichekfinancial.com. Sugar Land Morning Exchange Club The Sugar Land Morning Exchange Club is an all-volunteer national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships. The club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd, Sugar Land. Web site is ECSL.ORG UPCOMING “The Wizard Oz” Broadway Bound will launch its 2012-2013 season with the family favorite, “The Wizard of Oz” the Broadway. Tickets range from $10-$25 and can be purchased at the ticket office, by phone 281-242-1055 or online at bbarstcentre@aol.com. For more information visit www.bbartscentre. com.


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It was a beautiful day for Bike the Bend It was another successful Bike the Bend 2012 with beautiful weather and 402 riders. Bike the Bend raised over $25,000 for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Riders came from all over the greater Houston area to ride in the Bike the Bend. The ride is a BP MS150 Recommended Ride also allows riders to choose between three different route lengths 20 miles, 35 miles or 62 miles. The ride started at Foster High School and from there lead riders into the countryside of Fulshear, Simonton and Wallis.

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