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Surprised? Sugar Land Minor league team’s name - Skeeters By Elsa Maxey The Sugar Land Skeeters, the selected name of the minor league team, did not seem to be a big surprise when it was announced last Wednesday at Lakeview Elementary School. But it was evident that the media, special guests and students were full of excitement upon hearing the official name declared for the first time. The red curtains of the auditorium’s stage were commanded to be opened and they revealed a huge banner with a giant, Texas sized mosquito holding on to a baseball, and its stinger, called a proboscis, was pierced right through the Lone Star State where Fort Bend County is located.

“That skeeter has an attitude,” said Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson as he described the look on its determined face. Sugar Land resident Tony Johnson, who grew up in Quail Valley, was announced as the winner of the lifetime season tickets. He was selected from a random drawing of all those who submitted “Skeeters.” The rationale for the Skeeters name proposed by Johnson in the submission was for its relevance to Fort Bend County, youth appeal and for the kind of fun that is synonymous with minor league baseball. Opening Day Partners (ODP), who will own the Sugar Land Skeeters team, had its represen-

tatives at the Lakeview school event and they said the minor league team’s name came from more than 8,000 entries in a contest. Final votes were cast for Sugar Land Skeeters, Sugar Land King Canes, or Sugar Land Lizard Kings. “The voters have spoken” said ODP officials, when the Skeeters name was announced. Season tickets are now on sale for the 70-home games of the 2012 inaugural season, which are about $8 per game. The team’s website, www.sugarlandskeeters. com, is now live. Baseball legend Deacon Jones joined ODP’s Vice President Chris Hill, Sugar Land Skeeters President Matt O’Brien and Lakeview Elementary School Principal Janet Moring for the unveiling of the name along with Mayor Thompson and the cheering students of Lakeview.

FBISD rezoning/possible school closure talks continue Parents rallying around Colony Bend Elem. By Elsa Maxey After significant objections to an FBISD rezoning proposal, parents with more feedback on two rezoning options for middle schools appear to have received them much better, especially 4-C edited, the one that keeps students together at Sartaria in the New Territory subdivision. Parents complained about FBISD’s new middle school #14 and how it was intended to alleviate overcrowding, but it would mean some students would leave their friends and attend a school away from their neighborhood. Some parents even said the district has moved their children around enough already, and one of them referring to elementary school changes said that during the past four years, kids in one neighborhood had been zoned to three elementary schools and now they may be shifted to Pecan Grove. The latest upsetting news to FBISD parents is talk about school closures. “Our school

Shown are (l-r): Shay Shafie, General Manager of Imperial Sugar Redevelopment; baseball czar Mike Hobbs, Sugar Land Special Projects Manager; local attorney Amy Mitchell of Mitchell & Duff; Sugar board has recently announced Land Mayor James Thompson and Sienna Plantation’s Marketing Director Suzie Goff excitedly do a plans to close Colony Bend “ta-dah,” in front of the Sugar Land Skeeters banner at the name unveiling of the minor baseball league Elementary and repurpose the held at Lakeview Elementary School. building for administration use,” said Jake Balzer, a Colony Bend Elementary school student parent. Word on the street is that another option for the closure is for the purpose of selling it. Balzer is very concerned as are By Elsa Maxey Doug Adolph confirms that the sider the annexation of territory other local parents, and they are Described as a no-man's land, city replied to a letter from MUD if requested by property owners. rallying, he reports. neighborhoods served by Fort No. 25 and it was not a request Adolph said the MUD district “The school board has claimed Bend County Municipal Utility for annexation. “They asked for includes some non-contiguous the school should be closed District (MUD) No. 25 may our assistance in obtaining an areas and “this is problematic because it is under attended,” said be looking at getting out of the ETJ adjustment to get out of the from a municipal ETJ perspecBalzer, noting that the ones nearby Houston extra territorial jurisdic- Houston ETJ,” he said. “They tive.” Hypothetically, he said that are overcrowded, including those tion (ETJ), where they are locat- specifically did not want to be “moving MUD 25 to our ETJ that would take in the shifted ed. They live west of the Sugar annexed at this time.” would cut-off (isolate) Houston's elementary school students. He Land airport, like in Old Orchard. According to its Annexation Cullian Park ETJ, essentially sursays a much better solution would Although it has been reported Plan for the years 2010 - 2012, the round City of Houston property be to rezone and send the kids they were rejected earlier this year City of Houston does not propose by Sugar Land corporate limits from the overcrowded schools to by the City of Sugar Land to to annex any territory for general and ETJ.” Colony Bend Elementary school. be annexed, city spokesperson purposes, except that it will conSee ETJ, page 12 Just a year ago, Balzer said FBISD spent $1.5 million to renovate the Colony Bend school and he wants to make sure that people know it's the one proposed for closure. On Sunday, December 12, at 7 a.m., two will be closed including Highway 90A prior to the See REZONING, page 12 metal buildings at the historic Imperial Sugar blasts. Public parking will be available at Lakeview Company refinery located on Highway 90A in Elementary, 314 Lakeview Drive, and Sugar Land Sugar Land will be imploded to make way for Middle School, 321 Seventh Street. Spectators Johnson Development Corporation’s newest proj- should be in place by 6:30 am due to road closures, trauma. Those ect: Imperial. A public viewing area will be avail- and Johnson Development is planning additional injuries are able to the east of Main Street north of Highway security and traffic control for the event. For more alleged to have 90A; however, cars will not be admitted to the information on the implosion including available occurred at a immediate viewing area as streets around the site parking, please visit www.imperialsugarland.com home-based childcare facility in the New Territory subdiJennifer Sides vision under the By LeaAnne Klentzman blanketed the area searching for which included assistance from supervision of Jennifer Sides, said Shortly before 2 a.m., on the pair. the Houston police department Carlson. Friday, Decmeber 3, Sugar Land Within minutes, Missouri City resulted in the discovery of the The Fort Bend County Police responded to an aggra- Police notified Sugar Land that second suspect as well as eviSheriff’s Office is asking any- vated robbery at the IHOP in the they had a possible suspect vehi- dence of the IHOP robbery. one with information pertaining 16530 Southwest Freeway . cle stopped and one occupant had According to police, evidence to this or similar cases with this According to reports, two been detained. A second occu- linking the two to the IHOP robhome-based childcare facility to masked intruders entered the pant had fled on foot - after being bery was also recovered in the contact the Fort Bend County back door of the restaurant; one handcuffed. All available units suspect vehicle. Dashon Blunt, Sheriff’s Office – Special Crimes armed with a pistol and the other converged on the search area, 18, and Charlie Jenkins, 19, both Unit at (281) 341-4685. with a knife. The duo robbed which was in the 5200 block of residents of Fresno, were arrestthe business with weapons in State Highway 6 S in Missouri ed and charged with aggravated hand. Responding police units City, to assist. A lengthy search robbery.

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Babysitter turns herself in By LeaAnne Klentzman Jennifer Stacy Sides, 34, a resident of the New Territory subdivision, was arrested after she surrendered to county authorities last week after she was indicted by the Fort Bend Grand Jury charging her with Injury to a Child. Her bond was $30,000 bond. The charges against Sides stem from a year long investigation regarding an incident that occurred on November 7, 2009, said sheriff’s spokesperson Terriann Carlson. Authorities were notified in 2009 by Memorial Hermann Hospital regarding a 9-month old infant who was in their care and being treated for severe head

Tag, You’re It!

By LeaAnne Klentzman originally planned. So, he boltOn a recent Sunday after- ed. Across the parking lot they noon Sugar Land police were ran…headed for the freeway. called to First Colony Mall Realizing that a foot chase after a shoplifter ran on the freeway was from a Macy’s loss prenot the way to spend a vention officer. As the holiday shopping afterofficer rolled up…he noon…and the fool shopsaw the loss prevention lifter would not stop runofficer in possession of CRIMINAL OF THE WEEK ning…the officer pulled the suspect. his Tazer and tagged Well, upon seeing the offi- the fleeing crook. Bagged and cer, the shoplifter musta’ took tagged. Tis’ the season! the clue…his Christmas was Gotta love a good game of gonna be a little tighter than Tag!

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Stafford man arrested by Sugar Land Police By LeaAnne Klentzman Michael Eugene Herrmann, 32, of Stafford, was arrested by Sugar Land police and charged with criminal trespass, said police spokesperson Dough Adolph. He said Herrmann’s arrest was the result of an investigation focused on reports of a man who illegally entered at least two condominiums in the Grants Lake community and watched more than one woman sleep while standing in close proximity to their beds. In both cases Herrmann is

believed to have gained access to the bedrooms through an unlocked sliding glass door. Adolph said the victims awoke Michael Herrmann to find a man standing in their bedroom watching them sleep. Over the past year police have investigated several reports of a man looking through windows in the Grants Lake neighborhood

and believe that with this arrest those calls will stop. This case was solved after a woman watched a recently aired news report of the continuing incidents in Grants Lake. She notified police telling them that, although she had not reported it at the time, a man had illegally entered her patio then stood there and stared at her through the sliding glass door. This victim was able to identify Herrmann in a lineup. Herrmann was arrested but has since bonded out of jail.

Taxes and real estate appraisal different Lucky break for some

By Elsa Maxey What if your house appraisal showed a 12 percent decrease for 2010? Would that be a good thing? For one resident in Sugar Land, she believed this was not the case. From the standpoint of paying lower taxes, it’s always a plus for a homeowner, but if you’re trying to refinance your house, which was the homeowner’s intention, she had some concerns because the value of her loan would be tied directly to an appraisal of the home’s value today…but, which appraisal? According to Glen Whitehead, Chief Appraiser of the Fort Bend County Appraisal District, he says that an independent appraisal, which a homeowner can obtain, holds more weight than that of an appraisal district since the appraisals for tax roll purposes are done en mass. “We look at what has occurred in the market in the past 12 to 18 month period, sometimes further back, and each area is unique,” he said. “In some places, it’s hard to find sales in the last five years,” he adds. Some appraisals have differing opinions, he admits, and “some are good and some are bad.” And if a homeowner ends up with an independent appraisal higher than that of the appraisal district, yes, it’s a good thing. From the standpoint of refinancing and having a tax appraisal for lower property taxes, this outcome turns out to be advantageous. There is, however, some confusion about the appraisal district’s process for reviewing protests. One particular homeowner found out that although she did not meet the June deadline to file a protest, there was still a window of opportunity for the property to be reassessed. Whitehead advises that after the filing deadline for protesting a home’s appraisal, an appraisal board may consider hearing a protest on a case-bycase basis. But, in order to have a protest heard after the deadline, the board will first have to determine that the reason for missing the deadline has merit. Whitehead said the tax appraisal values will be set for 2010 on the first day of January.


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Member orientation Learn how to maximize your chamber membership. Central Fort Bend Alliance will host this orientation Thursday, December 9, 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m., Upstairs conference room, 4120 Ave H, Rosenberg. For more info call 281-342-5464. Intro computer classes Mamie George Branch Library,320 Dulles Ave., Stafford will hold “MS Word Survival Basics” Thursday, December 9, 10 a.m. & “MS PowerPoint Survival Basics” on Thurs., Dec. 16, 10 a.m. Class are free & open to public. Reservations required, call 281-238-2880. Intro computer classes Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, will hold “Hands on the Internet”. Thursday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m., Conference Room. Free & open to the public, reservations required. Info & reservations at 281-238-2100. Intro computer classes First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, will hold “Computers 101” Thursday, Dec. 9, 10 a.m., Conference Room. Classes are free & open to the public, reservations required at 281-2382800.

DECEMBER 10

Film showing in Stafford Thoreau Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 3945 Greenbriar, Stafford, will show “Creation”, Friday, Dec. 10, 7:15 p.m. No charge to attend, refreshments offered. Visit www.tuuc.org.

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Babysitter’s training class offered American Red Cross, 2610 B.F. Terry Blvd., Rosenberg, will offer this training class for ages 11-13, December 11, 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Pre-registration required at www. houstonredcross.org or call Shia at 281-342-9480. Holiday movie to be held Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, will show 2 film versions of a Dr. Seuss holiday tale, Saturday, December 11, a short, antimatter version will begin at 2 p.m. & full length version at 2:30 p.m., Free & open to the public. Snacks & drinks provided. Call 281-238-2140 for more info. Festivals around the World In conjunction with Parents for Academic Excellence (PACE), the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land presents “Festivals Around the World” Sat., Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. An opportunity for

the entire family to explore holidays Fee $10, reservations required at 281& traditions of different cultures & 342-3034 ext. 7030. countries. Free with Museum admisFall family movie series sion. Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna DECEMBER 12 Springs, Missouri City, will feature “A Christmas Concert” a modern re-make of a traditional The holiday season is often associ- Charles Dickens holiday tale Mon., ated with giving, children, & music. Dec. 13, 6 p.m. Free & open to “A Christmas Concert” will wrap all the public. Light snacks & drinks three into one event, Sunday, Dec. provided. For more information call 12, 6 p.m., sponsored by The Church 281-341-2677. of Jesus Christ of Latter-say-Saints, DECEMBER 14 14555 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land. ABWA network luncheon Texas Children’s Hospital President American Business Women’s Assoc. & CEO, Mark A. Wallace will be SW area Express Network lunch honored. Refreshments served. Info meeting will be held Tuesday, Dec. call 281-761-4467, Brad Thomas. 14, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Sugar Creek DECEMBER 13 Country Club, Sugar Land. Speaker Sienna Book Club meets to discuss ways to de-stress for the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna holidays. Toys & can goods being Springs, Missouri City, Mon., Dec. collected. Gift exchange & vendors 13, 1 p.m., to discuss “The Time are welcome to attend. Call Suzette Travelers Wife”. Anyone interested Peoples at 281-980-3322 to RSVP. in joining this literary-review club is Visit www.ABWASWAPEN.org for invited. For more info 281-238-2900. details. Unwanted visitors - Feral Hogs Book Clubs cater to readers Having problems with unwanted First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Feral Hogs? Learn what’s legal Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, Sugar & what’s not in controlling them. Land Great Books Adult Discussion AgriLife Extension will hold this Group will meet earlier this month, program Mon., Dec. 13, 6 p.m. to Tues., Dec. 14, 7 p.m., to discuss 8 p.m., Fort Bend Co. Fairgrounds, Bldg. D, Hwy 36 South, Rosenberg. See STARRINGS, page 3

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Don’t forget Thursday night.....If you live in a subdivision serviced by First Colony Community Assn. remember the election for the board is Thursday night at the Marriott in Town Square. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. at the Sugar Land Marriott. You can bring your numbered ballot there and vote that night or you can fax your ballot to 832645-7514 which is the CPA firm working the election. If you fax, you are asked to please e-mail the reform group that you did. Their e-mail is commonpetition@ yahoo.com. Or you can drop off your ballot at the FCCA offices, 4350 Austin Parkway (at the Aquatic Center). The reform group is asking that you vote for Eleanor Blain and write in Myatt Hancock and Howard Paul. The Reform group in FCCA has three simple proposals. They want (1) a top to bottom review in order to reduce expenses and staff, (2) hold all future assessment increases to the previous year’s inflation rate, and (3) keep a minimum of reserves for future maintenance of infrastructure and amenities. They are against the current board proposal to raid the reserves of $11 million to build water parks. There is a longer guest editorial on the Sugar Land zone page to

en on bad times and can’t pay their homeowner dues. But I certainly wasn’t surprised that he is in favor of no one raising questions about anything since he is the council member you can blame if you can’t even look up crime in your neighbourhood now. Mr. Jones has never believed in the First Amendment and he’s not going to start now. The First Amendment in case you’ve forgotten, prohibits the making of any law which infringes on the freedom of speech, infringes on the freedom of the press, interferes with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibits the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances. I don’t know about that last part about “governmental redress” but I’ve known him a long time and I’ve seen him over the years try to block all the other parts. I’ll bet if we tried a little “governmental redress” in the form of recalling him from office, he wouldn’t be in favor of that either. And if that isn’t bad enough....If the board of directors of FCCA is unresponsive to its members, I think the board of trustees of FBISD can teach them a thing or two. Parents at Colony Bend Elementary were shocked to hear last week a proposal to close that school and ship the students to surrounding elementary schools. Low enrollment was cited as the reason. Parents are claiming that schools in the surrounding

neighborhoods are overcrowded and sending their students to those schools will only exacerbate the situation. If this is true, that surrounding schools are overcrowded already, then why aren’t some of those schools being rezoned to Colony Bend with its low enrollment. One thing you have to remember. We are dealing with a group of people who want to persist in building a “global science center” in the face of a severe shortage of funds, a layoff of staff and closing of schools. God, I wish we had Betty Baitland back as superintendent. She had a lick of sense. I did an Open Records request for the architect’s plans for the “global science center” more than the required 10 days ago and I have yet to receive them. I guess I’m going to have to sic the Attorney General on them. Oh, wait! That’s been done before. On another subject....One of these days I’ll have room to rant about the current national policies. Not today. But I’ve finally decided that what all you Republicans have been saying about our President is true. He is either stupid or has bad advice. He runs off to Afghanistan, where we don’t even want to be, on the very day that bad reports come about unemployment. I give up. B.K. Carter is the owner/ publisher of the Fort Bend/ Southwest Star. She can be reached at bkcstar@earthlink. net.

answer many questions. To quote from that editorial because it needs to be said more than once: “All members of the FCCA agree that a strong BoD at the FCCA benefits all members of this association. Strength is not measured in a BoD’s single-mindedness to take a path to which their own constituency is opposed. Strength is measured in the ability to listen to and reasonably adjust to the circumstances at hand, which in this case may include amending the FCCA BoD’s “master plan” to be more in harmony with the legitimate concerns of their members. The FCCA BoD has been tone deaf to their dues paying members and that is what has created the current controversy.” As a newspaper columnist (award-winning, by the way) I do not need an excuse for writing about various community issues, but in the interest of full disclosure, I belong to FCCA and pay annual dues for them to ignore me and ignore many of my neighbors’ wishes. Sugar Land city councilman Russell Jones recently published an article where he spewed all sorts of allegations against the people complaining about FCCA. STARRINGS................................................................from page 2 Al Anon Group meeting I find that interesting since Mr. “Eugene Onegin”. First Colony Book Jones makes his living from suing Group will meet Dec. 15, 1:30 p.m. to Sugar Land/1st Colony Al Anon meets homeowners who may have fall- discuss “Tailspin”. Free & open to the every Monday, 12 noon, Christ United

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This is a group of widows & widowers to socialize & enjoy a meal & entertainment. Meeting is Wed., Dec. 15, Sugar Creek Country Club, Sugar Land. Yearly dues $24, dinner each month $17, Your reservation & check paid must be made by Thursday, Dec. 9. For more info call Georgia at 281-438-5224.

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Sugar Land Chapter 4075 is holding their annual Christmas party Wed., Dec. 15, 11:30 a.m., catered holiday dinner and Christmas music, Sugar Land Community Center, Matlage Way, Sugar Land. Mayor James Thompson will install officers & directors. For more information call Gerry @ 281-208-2072 or Herbert @ 281-494-7750 or Agnes @281-313-4540.

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Uhyrek - Cooper Engagement The parents of Lauren Rochelle Uhyrek and Daniel Wayne Cooper are pleased to announce their engagement and upcoming marriage. Lauren is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard A. Uhyrek of Meadows Place, Texas. She is a 2004 graduate of Dulles High School, and a 2008 graduate of the University of Houston Downtown, with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Psychology. While at UHD, she was a member of Alpha Phi Sigma. Lauren is employed by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer. Daniel is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Layne Christian of Crosby, Texas and Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Cooper of Humble, Texas. He is a 1998 graduate of Crosby High School, a 2002 graduate of San Jacinto College with an Associates Degree in Social Science and a 2008 graduate of the University of Houston Downtown with a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice. Daniel is a police officer for the Humble ISD Police Department. Both Lauren and Daniel are 2010 graduates of UHD Police Academy. The couple is planning a January wedding in Wallis, Texas, after which they will make their home in Humble.

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Come Celebrate the Christmas Season at Heritage Baptist SANCTUARY CHOIR CHRISTMAS PRESENTATION........ Dec 12 • 10:45 AM CHILDREN’S CHOIR PERFORMANCE............................... Dec 19 • 10:45 AM FAMILY CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION................................. Dec 19 • 5:00 PM CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE............. Dec 24 • 6:00 PM

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As Christmas trees, gifts and family gatherings dominate our attention this month, we need to make sure Jesus Christ stays in the center of our thoughts. He was sent by God the Father to make the perfect sacrifice for our sins and died in our place on the cross. He will return for those that have accepted Him as Savior one day. Join Heritage Baptist Church in Missouri City and senior pastor Dr. Charles Murphy as we reflect on Christ’s first coming – as a baby 2,000 years ago – this Christmas season. The celebration begins Dec. 12, in our 10:45 a.m. worship service with our Sanctuary Choir Christmas Presentation. The choir and orchestra, led by music minister Dennis Bell, have been working hard on this

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In 2008, Mr. Morrison ran for County Commissioner and won with 52% of the votes. Stay involved and informed through the Fort Bend Chamber. Make reservations on-line at www.FortBendChamber. com or email Jaine Garvin at jaine@fortbendcc.org or call 281.491.2407. Individual reservations are $10 for Fort Bend Chamber members & $20 for prospective members and members at the door.

Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land holds successful fundraiser The Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land held its 28th Annual Fun Run / Walk on November 7. Over $17,000 was raised in sponsor support and runner/walker registrations. In addition over $4,500 in merchandise and services were given away in a drawing at the end of the race. The proceeds go to fund vari-

ous youth related projects in Fort Bend County. The largest project is a $1,000 college scholarship to one senior in each of the 14 High Schools. One hundred thirty five registered for the event. The overall winning times were 27:01 for Leah Richmond and 24:33 for Brett Cole.

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BalletForte celebrates 15th anniversary of the Nutcracker Fort Bend County and Southwest Houston will once again be delighted and captivated with the magic and mystery of the beloved tale of Clara and The Nutcracker Prince. This year celebrates the 15th anniversary of this much-anticipated holiday tradition. Balletforte has created a live orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Wayne H. English, to honor this monumental occasion. With a cast of over 120, directors Michael Banigan and Dianne Jarrell will meld the considerable talents of BalletForte company dancers with dozens of other young dancers from Fort Bend County/Southwest Houston area to provide an enchanting performance. BalletForte invites Fort Bend County and Southwest Houston to “Dare to be Moved” at this magical Holiday tradition. The performances will be held December 10, at 7:30pm, December 11, 2010 at 2:00pm and 7:30 pm and December 12,

These two beautiful young ladies are part of the cast. at 2:00pm at the state of the art Stafford Center, Performing Arts Theatre. Tickets range from $14.50 to $27.50. Tickets go on sale October 18. As part of their community outreach program BalletForte will offer elementary and middle school students in Title I schools in Fort Bend, Lamar, Stafford and HISD a field trip to a Friday

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In the past month, Uttam Tripathy, M.D., cardio thoracic surgeon has performed two types of heart at Uttam Tripathy, M.D surgeries Methodist Sugar Land Hospital that were the FIRST of their kind in Fort Bend County. The first was a minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting procedure. A coronary artery bypass surgery is needed when one or more of a patient’s coronary arteries are blocked, and the heart is not able to pump blood effectively. Usually, coronary artery bypass procedures are performed through an open heart approach, in which the chest is spread. In minimally invasive approach, the surgery is performed by spreading the

ribs rather than opening the chest. Henrieto Delosreyes and Larry Jackson were two of the first patients Larry Jackson to have this surgery. “I have had a surprisingly painless recovery, and I was able to go back to work two weeks after the surgery. Mr. Jackson, another of Dr. Tripathy’s patients, said “I was out of bed the morning after my surgery, and I walked out of the hospital only four days later.” Dr. Tripathy also performed Fort Bend County’s first minimally invasive aortic valve replacement. In this procedure, the valve between the heart and the aorta is replaced while the patient’s heart is still beating. “Performing minimally inva-

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Guest Editorial By Michael Jurenko On November 24, 2010 Mr. Russell Jones, Sugar Land City Councilman, a member of the First Colony Community Services Association (FCCA) nominating committee, and an attorney representing the interests of various homeowners associations published an article full of inaccuracies and outright distortions that need to be addressed. As many people are aware, there have been a number of controversies surrounding the current management and actions of the First Colony Community Services Association (FCCA) Board of Directors regarding improvements and capital expenditures by the FCCA. These controversies have been reported in local newspapers as well as the local television news media. $11 million plan Mr. Jones states that there has been an “all out war” regarding FCCA’s current spending plans. Nothing can be further from the truth as no one has declared “war” on the FCCA. As dues paying members of the FCCA, the members are entitled to question the actions and expenditures of their home owners associations and when necessary bring those controversies into the light of day, to which the FCCA has taken great umbrage. Mr. Jones fails to mention that the spending plans (e.g. Master plan”) included the expenditure of $11,000,000 while we are in the middle of worst recession since the Great Depression, the planned destruction of five of 10 perfectly good and functional neighborhood swimming pools without replacements, the construction of a splash park in the Lakes of Edgewater which is redundant and virtually no one wants, and

the irregularities surrounding the nominating process to members of the FCCA Board of Directors for which FCCA has been previously sued and lost. Another example of the ridiculous spending proposed by the FCCA Board of Directors is that the city of Sugar Land has just been named the safest city in Texas and the 12th safest in the United States, yet FCCA also wants to spend money on license plate reader cameras in the interest of “crime prevention” and to monitor the comings and goings of their members. What is FCCA hiding? Despite our request for open meetings regarding the current nominating process we were told by Mrs. Sherri Knopfel that the FCCA is not subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act, nor the Texas Open Records Act. What does the FCCA have to hide? Those who are currently seeking to be elected as directors of the FCCA have legitimate concerns with the way the FCCA is currently conducting their business. Candidates Eleanor Blaine, and write in candidates Myatt Hancock and Howard Paul are not now nor ever been involved in the litigation against the FCCA nominating process. Proud of our neighborhood Mr. Jones goes on to ask “Does First Colony look like its staff is “unresponsive” and needs to be replaced?” As far as the current FCCA directors the answer is unequivocally yes !!!!!. No one I’ve spoken to seems to have a problem with the 32 or so staff members of the FCCA other than the Executive Director, Mrs. Knopfel. If the FCCA BoD and Mrs. Knopfel were responsive to their members, the ensuing news coverage to

which Mr. Jones is so vehemently opposed would not be occurring. While Mr. Jones states that Messer’s Blaine, Hancock and Paul are demanding change without explaining what their change may be, their positions are clearly stated at FCCAreform.org and consists of three simple proposals. 1. Conduct a top to bottom review in order to reduce expenses and shrink staff (currently 32 employees). 2. Hold all future assessment increases to the previous year’s inflation rate, and 3.Keep a minimum of reserves for future maintenance of infra-

structure and amenities. We are against the current board proposal to raid the reserves of $11 million to build water parks. This is hardly tearing down or destroying the FCCA as we know it. Controversy won’t go away All members of the FCCA agree that a strong BoD at the FCCA benefits all members of this association. Strength is not measured in a BoD’s single-mindedness to take a path to which their own constituency is opposed. Strength is measured in the ability to listen to and reasonably adjust to the circumstances at hand, which in this

Girl Scouts show the true meaning of the holidays One day you may look around and realize that the true meaning of the holidays has been missed. You’re missing it and more importantly, your kids are missing it. But this will not be true of the Girls Scouts in Troop 28155 (Rainbow Stars Service Unit – New Territory). The girls earned money to be used to purchase bikes for charity during the holidays. The troop collected enough money or change to purchase

2 bikes and helmets from Academy. In addition, Academy was generous enough to donate a third bike and helmet in support of the troop’s efforts. As amazing as this was, the troop was not done yet. They will be donating an additional 5 bikes to the Elves and More Program on December 18. If you are interested in joining the fun in Girl Scouting in New Territory, please contact Lisa Rickert at lisa@rickert.com

case may include amending the FCCA BoD’s “master plan” to be more in harmony with the legitimate concerns of their members. The FCCA BoD has been tone deaf to their dues paying members and that is what has created the current controversy. Apathy of the members is what will destroy FCCA or any other HOA faster than any army of lawyers. The current apathy of the FCCA BoD towards the concerns of their members is currently destroying what previously had been and hopefully will continue to be one of the best managed HOAs in Texas, if not the country. In summary, before writing his editorial Mr. Jones should’ve done his homework to avoid his

inflammatory and untrue rhetoric which only feeds the current controversies surrounding FCCA. This cannot be good for the community, FCCA, the City of Sugar Land, or the businesses in our community. He and the FCCA Board of Directors can rest assured that these issues will not go away until the FCCA Board of Directors starts listening to the people who pay their dues. Michael Jurenko is President and CEO of Dynamic Equipment USA, an oil field services company and has lived in First Colony since 1997. Mr. Jurenko is not running for the FCCA Board of Directors nor is he involved in any litigation against the FCCA.

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“Ragtime” comes to Austin High Ragtime, the Musical, is an epic tale of a young America played out in song and dance. It paints a nostalgic portrait of life at the turn of the twentieth century. The musical melds three distinct stories that poignantly illustrate history’s timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and love and hate. Ragtime plays the Austin High School Auditorium on Jan 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29. Showtime is 7:00 pm all nights. The production features Blake McCardell as Coalhouse Walker Jr., Mimi Ijir as Sarah,

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Guest Editorial By Michael Jurenko On November 24, 2010 Mr. Russell Jones, Sugar Land City Councilman, a member of the First Colony Community Services Association (FCCA) nominating committee, and an attorney representing the interests of various homeowners associations published an article full of inaccuracies and outright distortions that need to be addressed. As many people are aware, there have been a number of con-

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Nothing can be further from the truth as no one has declared “war” on the FCCA. As dues paying members of the FCCA, the members are entitled to question the actions and expenditures of their home owners associations and when necessary bring those controversies into the light of day, to which the FCCA has taken great umbrage. Mr. Jones fails to mention that the spending plans (e.g. Master plan”) included the expenditure of $11,000,000 while we are in the middle of worst recession since the Great Depression, the planned destruction of five of 10 perfectly good and functional neighborhood swimming pools without replacements, the construction of a splash park in the Lakes of Edgewater which is redundant and virtually no one wants, and the irregularities surrounding the nominating process to members of the FCCA Board of Directors for which FCCA has been previ-

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A chirping sound coming from a vehicle can be generated by anything from brake pads to a cam angle sensor. The source of the sound often requires the help of a passenger to listen from various spots in the automobile while the driver operates the vehicle under varying conditions. Very often, chirping is a warning sound that some brake pads make to indicate that the pad material is reaching minimum thickness. The sound comes from the wear sensors as they contact the brake rotor in motion. As the brake pads reach their minimum thickness, the chirping will occur when the brakes are depressed. At this point, a change of brakes (and perhaps rotors) is required. When something is not quite right with your vehicle, it sends you a signal. If you hear chirping as you drive, it probably means that you need to replace the vehicle’s brake pads. Please call AUTO CENTRAL at 281-499-9684 to schedule an appointment. One of our ASE Certified Master Technicians can perform a thorough under-the-hood inspection of the brake pads, brake fluid, belts and hoses, and filters. We service foreign and domestic cars, trucks, and SUVs. Visit us at 2526 5th St., Stafford. Do you have a car care question? Visit our discussion board on Facebook-Auto Central. Autocentralautomotive.com. HINT: Braking components should never be replaced with parts that are of lesser quality than the original equipment. By: David and Cindy Fauvelle, Owners

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ously sued and lost. Another example of the ridiculous spending proposed by the FCCA Board of Directors is that the city of Sugar Land has just been named the safest city in Texas and the 12th safest in the United States, yet FCCA also wants to spend money on license plate reader cameras in the interest of “crime prevention” and to monitor the comings and goings of their members. What is FCCA hiding? Despite our request for open meetings regarding the current nominating process we were told by Mrs. Sherri Knopfel that the FCCA is not subject to the Texas Open Meetings Act, nor the Texas Open Records Act. What does the FCCA have to hide? Those who are currently seeking to be elected as directors of the FCCA have legitimate concerns with the way the FCCA is currently conducting their business. Candidates Eleanor Blaine, and write in candidates Myatt Hancock and Howard Paul are not now nor ever been involved in the litigation against the FCCA nominating process. Proud of our neighborhood Mr. Jones goes on to ask “Does First Colony look like its staff is “unresponsive” and needs to be replaced?” As far as the current FCCA directors the answer is unequivocally yes !!!!!. No one I’ve spoken to seems to have a problem with the 32 or so staff members of the FCCA other than the Executive Director, Mrs. Knopfel. If the FCCA BoD and Mrs. Knopfel were responsive to their members, the ensuing news coverage to which Mr. Jones is so vehemently opposed would not be occurring. While Mr. Jones states that Messer’s Blaine, Hancock and Paul are demanding change without explaining what their change may be, their positions are clearly stated at FCCAreform.org and consists of three simple proposals. 1. Conduct a top to bottom review in order to reduce expenses and shrink staff (currently 32 employees). 2. Hold all future assessment increases to the previous year’s inflation rate, and 3.Keep a minimum of reserves for future maintenance of infrastructure and amenities. We are against the current board proposal to raid the reserves of $11 million to build water parks. This is hardly tearing down or destroying the FCCA as we know it. Controversy won’t go away All members of the FCCA agree that a strong BoD at the FCCA benefits all members of this association. Strength is not measured in a BoD’s single-mindedness to take a path to which their own constituency is opposed. Strength is measured in the ability to listen to and reasonably adjust to the circumstances at hand, which in this case may include amending the FCCA BoD’s “master plan” to be more in harmony with the legitimate concerns of their members.

The FCCA BoD has been tone deaf to their dues paying members and that is what has created the current controversy. Apathy of the members is what will destroy FCCA or any other HOA faster than any army of lawyers. The current apathy of the FCCA BoD towards the concerns of their members is currently destroying what previously had been and hopefully will continue to be one of the best managed HOAs in Texas, if not the country. In summary, before writing his editorial Mr. Jones should’ve done his homework to avoid his inflammatory and untrue rhetoric which only feeds the cur-

rent controversies surrounding FCCA. This cannot be good for the community, FCCA, the City of Sugar Land, or the businesses in our community. He and the FCCA Board of Directors can rest assured that these issues will not go away until the FCCA Board of Directors starts listening to the people who pay their dues. Michael Jurenko is President and CEO of Dynamic Equipment USA, an oil field services company and has lived in First Colony since 1997. Mr. Jurenko is not running for the FCCA Board of Directors nor is he involved in any litigation against the FCCA.

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Scanlan Oaks Elementary Student Council sponsored a holiday canned food drive during the month of November. Students donated nearly 4,000 canned goods to the Fort Bend Human Needs Food Pantry. Pictured are 4th and 5th Grade Student Council Representatives Back Row: Sydnie Huey, Katy Bruning, Emily DeLorenzo, Ian Stephenson, Nathan Wong, Shelby Quinn, Brendan Wong, Middle Row: Corina West: student council sponsor, Ainsley Heise, Reid Carroll, Tyler Hand, Lauryn Banks, Sean Boden, Ethan Masters, Emily McHugh, Kacey Haight, Shannon Peterson: student council sponsor Front Row: Elli Gallegos, Tatum Condrey, Lauren Metzger, Emily DiPuma, Maddy Bouillion, Liam Moss, Aileen Hickey, Justin Nita, Grace Booker, Madelyn Coffman, Danny Young

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QV Proud Hotline DOES OUR CITY ALLOW “U-TURNS”? The u-turn is NOT illegal. However, if the CITY does a survey and determines that it is dangerous at a particular intersection, they will put a “NO u-turn” sign next to the “left” traffic signal light. Of course, drivers ALWAYS need to use caution when doing u-turns, and yield to oncoming vehicles. QV PROUD NOMINEE SLATE FOR 2011 OFFICERS: FYI: Floyd Emery (President), Bob Mayo (Vice President), Trudy Edwards (Secretary) and Betty Bolton (Treasurer). Election? January 12, 2011 at PROUD Annual Meeting in QV Grille. SNOWFEST (FREE). Saturday, December 11th. Parade starts 9 am on Cartwright Road. FESTIVAL 11 am to 3 pm at Community Park at end of Glenn Lakes Lane in Quail Valley. CITY WEB SITES. Users of the two web sites (city & golf) have been requesting that these sites be made more “user friendly”. Staff is planning a MAJOR overhaul with the latest technology for expanded and more efficient delivery of information. QV GOLF COURSE

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Grant Perdue senior at Elkins High School in Missouri City, officially signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Nebraska on November 11, 2010. Grant will be a freshman in the Husker Gymnastics Program in the fall of 2011. Grant has been training at Houston Gymnastics Academy for 9 years and contributes his success to his coaches Kevin Mazeika, U.S. Men's National Team Coordinator, and Nori Iwai, Olympian and head coach of the men's team at HGA.

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Each month Southminster School students participate in a mission project. For the month of November students collected Teddy bears for the Missouri City Police Department. Officers carry the bears in the trunks of their patrol cars so that they will have them handy in any situation in which children might be involved. Providing this extra TLC is a great gift that Southminster children can give to other children in need. Officer Dan Flagg of the Missouri City Police Department graciously accepted the bears from Helen Jackson, Head of School, and Southminster students.

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SETTLERS PARK: Charming 2-story home remodeled with neutral carpet & 18” tile flrs.Updated kitchen offers top-of-theline appliances, expanded cabinets & counters. A Must See! $187,000 Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3118RE)

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SIENNA PLANTATION: Fedrick Harris Custom Home; Backs to Wooded Reserve; Slate & Wood Flrs; Private Study; 2nd Bedrm Down; Granite Counters; 1st Flr Media Rm; Pool/Spa. $440,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (3806NF)

BARRINGTON PLACE: Charming 2-Story Home Features Both Formals + Family Rm, Sun Rm, Spacious 2nd Flr Master Suite, Recent Neutral Carpet, 4 Bedrms, 2.1 Baths. $166,000 Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (13315TW)

PECAN GROVE PLANTATION: Beautifully Decorated 2-Story Designed Home Features Laminate Wood Flrs; Granite Counters; Updated Cabinets; Tile Flrs; Pool/Spa; Corner Lot; 4 Bedrms/3.1Baths. $247,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (2914OS)

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NEW LANDSCAPING MAKES THIS THE BEST BARGAIN IN FORT BEND! Just remodeled and landscaped! Large house in Quail Valley with guest/maid quarters. New paint-every room and most drawers and cabinets. New carpet and tile in both the main house and guest house. New granite countertops in kitchen, new sinks, new cooktops and new double oven. House has both formals and 3-5 bedrooms with 2 bedrooms down. Guest quarters has 2-3 bedrooms plus living room with cathedral ceiling. Also 2 car garage and swimming pool. Call Becky Faust 713-8289007 (3003CA)

GREATWOOD – 4/3/3, This sought-after one story in a golf course community offers formals, high ceilings, large eat-in kitchen with two islands, and guest suite with full bath apart from other rooms. Master suite offers a sitting area, oversized master bath and large walk-in closet. Three car garage and covered patio. $279,900 (7719NO) BRIDLEWOOD ESTATES – 3+/2.5/3, Lovely two story French Creole home features an inviting front porch, granite island kitchen with stainless steel appliances, double ovens and gas range. Study off spacious master suite, double pane windows, HVAC with air purifier, humidity control and pergola in backyard. $323,000 (7218SG) STRATFORD PARK – 3/2/2, Charming one story flows beautifully from room to room. Elegant touches such as arched doorways and art niches compliment the spacious island kitchen adjoining the den and large, luxurious master suite. The outside offers beautiful landscaping in addition to boasting a recent roof. $157,000 (3310SP)

The upgraded limestone elevation and fabulous landscaping in the front yard, is just the beginning! This 5 bedroom Coventry Home is situated on a quiet cul-de-sac & is walking distance to Club Sienna! Home is beautifully appointed with hardwoods downstairs, dramatic faux painted textured walls & other decorator finishes. Master retreat & master bath have been re-built & upgraded. Large kitchen has lots of cabinetry and great counterspace for prep work and serving. Don’t miss this one! (3410FO) This beautiful Highland Home, with an upgraded stone elevation, is pristine! It is situated in an enclave neighborhood and walking distance to the lake & Scanlan Oaks Elementary. Floor plan has 4 bedrooms, both formals, a gameroom and a media room! The gourmet kitchen has custom Benedittini cabinets, stainless appliances and granite countertops. The kitchen also features a desk area and butler’s pantry. Spend your time relaxing in the heated saltwater pool and spa, by Hipp Pools. (3207SC)

QUAIL VALLEY TOWNHOMES For sale at $99,900. Biggest townhouse in complex! 2223 s/f. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths. Full bedroom & bath down. Redone carpet, tile, master bath. 2 car garage. (2606PR)

AVALON – 4/3.5/2, This jaw dropping, resort-like home will make you feel like you are on vacation in a tropical paradise. Beautiful wall of windows provides a panoramic view of the lake, fountain, pool, spa and lush landscaping. After a hard day’s work, relax on the covered patio, flagstone deck and private dock. $629,000 (5202HA)

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QUAIL VALLEY EAST 3/2/2. High ceiling in living with fireplace, big kitchen with eat-in space. For sale at $114,900 & for lease at $1150. Nice shaded back yard & back patio. Tiled living & kitchen. Master with big closet. Lots of kitchen cabinets & counter space for cooking.. (2814QB)

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MANORS AT RIVERSTONE SEC 1 • Former model luxury stucco custom townhouse in pristine condition in gated community. Huntington floorplan w/ 3 bdrms & master retreat. Downstairs open floorplan great for entertaining. Gourmet island kitchen open to living area & formal dining. Granite tile, covered patio, in house fire sprinkler, yard sprinkler sep. Lots of trimwork, whirlpool tub, really gorgeous. Great location. $265,000. Call Barb M for more info--713-898-3938.

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SIENNA PLANTATION/VILLAS – Exquisite Village Patio Home w/ Courtyard Entry to Private Guest Quarters. Open Concept Floor Plan. Tons of hardwood flooring, 2’’ blinds & vaulted ceilings.Gourmet Style kitchen w/ oversized island & abundance of cabinets! Private library w/built-ins. Spacious Liv. Rm. w/wall of transom windows & French Doors to covered patio. Oversized master bedrm. Dramatic master bath w/whirlpool tub beneath stately columns w/archway. Huge wooded backyard w/covered patio,perfect for a pool. Alarm & Sprklr sys. $272,500. Call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM3318CH)

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LEXINGTON SETTLEMENT • Immaculately kept one story home on cul-de-sac street, tile in entry, kitchen, breakfast room, baths. Island kitchen with granite counters. Faux painting in dining & master. House freshly painted. High ceilings, open kitchen to living area. Master has garden tub w/sep. Shower. Yard nicely landscaped. $146,885. Call Barb M for more info--713-898-3938. BM1102BI

SETTLERS PARK - Beautifully Updated brick 1-story home w/high vaulted ceilings in lg. living room. Fresh inter./exter. paint (7/10). Fresh neutral light tan plush carpet (7/10). Freshly installed lg. tile floors in kit. & baths (7/10). Updated appls: Stainless steel Kenmore Dishwasher & Gas free standing Tappan oven/range (black & white in color). Two dining area & breakfast bar. Walk-in pantry. Freshly installed 2’’ blinds (7/10). Master w/2 walkin closest w/shelves. Master bath w/2 sinks. Lg. covered patio. $144,900 call Virginia Mack 281207-5200 (VM3039MO)

RIVERSTONE – 3/2.5/2, Rich architectural details make this custom-built town home an exquisite beauty. Enjoy a luxurious lifestyle maintenance-free in a gated community while enjoying stylish and modern touches such as a stone dual fireplace, wrought iron banister, and granite island kitchen with custom cabinetry. $245,000 (4210ST)

VICKSBURG VILLAGE – 4/2.5/2, Classic Perry showcases a stunning formal dining room and warm, inviting study, both with hardwood floors and molding. Combined with the granite island kitchen, top of the line stainless appliances, oversized tile and frieze carpet, this home is pleading to entertain guests. $165,000 (2930MA)


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ABR, GRI, E-Pro (WCR & ABWA Member) QUAIL VALLEY • 1 story 4 bedrooms and both formals & 2.5 baths! New roof, carpet, interior/ ext. paint. Hardwood floors/tile thruout. NO NEIGHBORS behind you on park/greenbelt area. LOW taxes! Reduced to go fast $120,000!!

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Pool/spa/waterfall! Built 2003! Trendmaker beauty. Over 4700 sqft! 5 bedrooms! 4.5 Baths! 3 Car! 2 Masters! Rare find on huge oversize culdesac lot. No neighbors next to you. Upgrades galore! Clements school. Priced in the $500’s!

CUSTOM SHOWCASE HOME! Over 4300sqft 4 bedrooms 3 baths & 1/2 bath. Study and gameroom. Private culdesac lot. Thousands in upgrades! Designer Decor thru out the home. Gourmet island kitchen & more! Rare find! REDUCED TO GO FAST AT $450,000.

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Exceptional home in Ft Bend schools area. 2-story entry. Lrg family area down and gameroom up. Isl kit w/upgraded cabinets. Features include berber carpet, updated a/c, dishwasher, upgraded paint, dual a/c & heating, & special energy water heater. Oversized homesite w/auto sprinkler system. (8430FR)

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Pristine house at excellent price. Refreshing pool/spa & covered patio. Beautiful appointments. Sunroom area.Master down. Gameroom up & media room w/surround sound & projection screen system. Plantation shutters. (4614LK)

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

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SIENNA ACREAGE PROPERTY – Elegant Westport home on fabulous lakefront property. 5 bedrooms, 4/1 baths. Perfect for entertaining, the huge kitchen opens to family-sized den and morning room, walk-in wine bar, formals – all with awesome views of the lake. Custom pool and spa extend the fun outside. Gameroom up with balcony overlooking back yard, pool & lake. Meticulously designed!! $688,000. MLS # 82317237 (62OW)

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PARKGLEN WEST – 11530 Plumbrook Dr Seller Will Negotiate!!! Move-In Condition!! Recently redone maple kitchen cabinets, hardwoods in den, great split floor plan. Very nice landscaping w/2- large pecan trees, covered patio. Transferable home warranty. Don’t Miss This One!!! $99,900 Nancy Marcis 713817-6970 (11530PL)

LAKES OF AUSTIN PARK – Open floor plan perfect for entertaining! Both formals, large airy family rm w/gas FP & French doors, crown molding, high ceilings, abundant custom millwork & built-ins. Walking distance to park, lakes & aquatic center & more. 2-zoned HVAC systems replaced 12/07. $250,000 Marlena Berger 713-398-0170 (4415BA)

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THE HIGHLANDS – One story plus loft. 3 or 4 bedrooms, 2 baths. Open floor plan wonderfully maintained and updated with front door, porcelain tile in living/dining areas, double-pane windows thru-out, Hardi-siding, new(June ’10) A/C. Big back yard with patio, shade trees. No back neighbors and sits back from street for privacy. $172,900 MLS # 14043697 (2314SU)

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Beautiful updates, ready to move in! Stainless appliances in light and bright island kitchen-glass cabinets, breakfast bar, built-ins in breakfast room. Updated master bath, includes new seamless shower door, his and her sinks, dec. mirrors, wirlpool & large closet! Large gameroom up with built-ins. Spacious bedrooms. Need storage, large Texas Basement! $259, 900 (2623LV)

SIENNA – Fabulous 5 or 6 bedroom home with master and 2nd bedroom down – perfect for the extended family! Gameroom plus bonus room up. Oversized lot with PebbleDek pool/spa & plenty of yard left for kids to play. Gourmet kitchen with GE Profile & Monogram stainless appliances. Double oven, 6 burner gas stove. Only $399,900. MLS # 48120625 (3103CB)

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VILLAGE OF OAK LAKES – One of the Best Cities to live in. Excellent schools, close to Sugar Land Downtown. Open floor plan, updated light fixtures, recent roof, carpet, dishwasher & 42” kitchen cabinets. Built-ins in master closet. $168,920 Jim DeBolt 281543-5684 (15714BL)

NEW TERRITORY – Excellent schools, option 5th bedroom or media room. Extended patio with bullion coatings, tool shed & workshop with AC. A Must See! $347,400 Jim DeBolt 281-5435684 (2030CR)

HERITAGE COLONY – Move-in ready. Excellent schools, great location. Close to community park, swimming pool & walking trails. East access to 59 and Sugar Land Downtown. Water heater replaced in 2010. $250,000 Jim DeBolt 281-543-5684 (3323BC)

GREAT OAKS SOUTH – Fort Bend School District. No neighbor in the back. Easy access to I-10 and West Park Tollway. Walking distance to elementary school. Washer/dryer & fridge included. $140,000 Jim DeBolt 281-543-5684 (17011IA)

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One story, corner lot, w/lounging pool, mosquito system, and 3 car gar! Dramatic entry w/open floor plan. Open dining rm w/ columns. Fabulous gourmet kit w/isl, built in desk, & brkfst bar. Lrg, master suite w/ sitting area. Covered patio, spacious yard, arbor by pool, & more! $289,900 (9818MC)

Cute one story, built on 07’. Kitchen is open to living area. Ceramic tile flooring, SS appl! Spacious living area, and large formal dining. Oversized lot, with large backyard,and plenty of space between houses! In process of adding brick patio-Culdesac street, currently no back neighbors! $139,900 (3807PF)

SWEETWATER

Beautiful custom built with private backyard, pool, & spa. Two story living area, wood floors, island kitchen with sub-zero, & wetbar with icemaker. Recent carpet, & roof in 00’. Dual staircases. Master suite with large exec. bath. Large utility room, gameroom up,& study down w/built-ins. Sought after Clements H.S.! $599,900 (66PW)

QUAIL VALLEY

Custom one story, four bedroom with POOL! Very versatile floor plan. Large living area with lots of natural light and view of pool. Lrg isl kit that opens to den or gameroom. Lrg master bedrm w/ two walk-in closets, & double sinks. High ceilings throughout much of the home. 2 wetbars. Cooktop and dishwasher have been replaced, along with fresh paint! $159,900 (3414PL)

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Beautiful custom built home on natural lakefabulous view! 2-story living area. Large isl kit, sunroom, SS Appl-2 firelplaces, large master down with waterview. Hard surface flooring throughout most of home-master suite with seamless shower, wirlpool, and higher ceiling. Gameroom up with large balcony with viewlots of storage! $339,900 (4315CV)

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Kathy Richardson and Michele Sergie join Weichert, Realtors Kathy Richardson and Michele Sergie, have joined WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Wayne Murray Properties in Sugar Land as “The WOW Team (Women of Weichert).” Both Richardson and Sergie have 14 years of real estate experience and serve clients in Fort Bend County, Harris County and surrounding areas. They are members of the Houston Association of REALTORS®, the Texas Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. Prior to joining the Weichert® organization, they were a top producing team with another agency. “Kathy and I have worked together for many years,” said Sergie. “Because of our close working relationship, we provide

Kathy Richardson and Michele Sergie a seamless transaction. Our clients can work with either Kathy or me because one of us picks up where the other left off.” Richardson’s real estate credentials include the GRI (Graduate, REALTORS® Institute), CBR (Certified Buyer Representative) and ABR (Accredited Buyer Representative) The Sugar Land resident holds a bachelor’s degree

in marketing. Her background also includes work as a bankpurchasing manager and as a newspaper advertising sales representative. Sergie also resides in Sugar Land. She is active in the community with church groups in assisting homeless families. She is a member of the Festival Arts Association in Bay City. A world traveler, she speaks fluent French. Her Thanksgiving celebration always include guests from at least 10 different nations and many different faiths. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education with a major in history. In addition to real estate, she has worked as a teacher and as manager of her husband’s medical office.

Three agents announced by Weichert, Realtors Wa y n e M u r r a y Properties has announced the addition of three new agents to the c o m p a n y ’s Uma Basal Houston office. Uma Basal, Cheryl Driskell and Kathy Fewox are specialists in residential sales serving clients in Houston and surrounding areas. All are members of the Houston Association of REALTORS®, the Texas Association of REALTORS® and the National Association of REALTORS®. Baysal, a 10-year real estate

professional, resides in Houston. She holds a b a c h e l o r ’s degree in city and regional planning and Cheryl Driskell a master’s degree in urban design. Prior to real estate, she worked in land development and investment consulting. She is fluent in both English and Turkish and is a member of the Turkish American Association of Business and the Turkish Women’s Association. Driskell, a 29-year area resident, lives in Houston. She holds

a bachelor’s degree in social rehabilitation. In addition to real estate, her background includes work in human Kathy Fewox resources. Fewox is also a resident of Houston where she is a member of the Houston Cactus and Succulent Society and chairs its membership committee. She attended both Houston Community College and the University of Houston. Before entering the real estate arena, she worked in typesetting and graphic design.


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I'm Sick and Tired... I’m sick and tired of all the liberal news stories about the Bush Tax Cuts. Current tax rates have been in effect Michael Fredrickson for 10 years! I wouldn’t call anything these dead duck congressmen are working on “Bush Tax Cuts.” That is absolutely idi-

otic. They don’t refer to social security as the “Roosevelt senior welfare program.” The fact of the matter is we have these things called tax rates and they have not changed in 10 years. There are no tax-cuts in any current legislation what so ever. Senator Claire McCaskill, Democrat, Missouri, stated that she did not agree with giving more money to millionaires. The government cannot give money to taxpayers in the first

place. Second, there is no more of anything. If we kept current tax rates, everyone will pay the exact same taxes they have paid for the past 10 years. There are no tax cuts proposed by Republicans. What Democrats do propose are tax increases! So the only argument in Washington is about the Obama tax increase. Have you heard even one news media outlet say, ‘Will you agree to the Obama tax increase?’ That is all this is - a tax increase. There are no cuts being proposed! President Bush cut income taxes for every American that works almost 10 years ago. Today,

Should We Live by the Ten Commandments? The Ten Commandments certainly seem to be in the news a lot these days. But why? Why is there so much emphasis on this particular section of the Old Testament? Some people believe that the Ten Commandments represent the highest law ever given to man, or that they summarize man’s whole duty toward God and his fellow man. But the Bible does not say that. In fact, Jesus specifically disagreed with it. Jesus was once asked what was the greatest commandment of the Law of Moses, and His reply was to quote nothing from the Ten Commandments (Mt 22:35-40). Today, it is not important to ask what was the greatest command in the Law of Moses, because the Old Testament law has been entirely done away, including the Ten Commandments (Gal 4:2131; Col 2:13-17). In Galatians 3:17-25, Paul says that the Law of Moses was specifically given to the Jewish nation to serve until Christ, and that we are no longer under it. The Law of Moses was not given to all mankind. That is why it was replaced by the gospel, which is for all (Rom 1:16). Some will claim that the Ten Commandments were not part of the law that was done away, so they still endure while the “ceremonial” parts like animal sacrifice and temple worship were abolished. But the Bible never makes such a distinction. In fact, pay careful attention to 2 Cor. 3:516. In this passage, Paul reminds us that at one time, Moses’s face shone so brightly that he had to cover it with a veil, and that the veil kept Israel from seeing when the glow disappeared. Paul says that the Law of Moses (and specifically the Ten Commandments) is like that, because people cannot see that the glory has departed from it. How do we know he is thinking specifically of the Ten Commandments? In verse 7, he says he’s talking about the law written and engraved on stones. Read passages like Deut 4:13, 5:1-22, 10:1-5, and Ex 34:28 and you will see what was written on stone. Paul says that anyone who continues to think that this “law of death” is still glorious has his heart veiled--he cannot see that “the glory has departed.” So are we are free to murder, lie, and steal today? Indeed not! Not because of what God said to the Jews in the Law of Moses, but because of what Jesus said to everyone in the gospel. The Ten Commandments served their purpose, but they are not our standard today. Your comments and questions are welcome.

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liberal elites want Obama to pass a tax increase. They don’t want him to compromise by keeping the highest marginal rate at 35 percent. They insist on raising it to 39.5%. This is known as a tax increase? Currently, income taxes from all the lower marginal rates save taxpayers around $4 trillion over 10 years, while the total savings for the single highest marginal rate is around $700 billion over 10 years. Many Obama voters insist that we need to increase only that highest marginal rate to decrease the deficit. If they were really concerned about the deficit, they would insist on increasing every marginal tax rate to lower the deficit with all $4.7 trillion! So, if decreasing the deficit has absolutely nothing to do with it, why do they care? These are bitter people. They want the highest marginal rate to increase so the government can confiscate more

money from the highest income earners? They think that taking money away from those highest income earners is a “right” since that wealth needs to be spread around. Not only do these people believe in wealth redistribution, but they also think that the highest income earners “owe it to the country” to pay their (higher) fair share. All this while the lowest 50% of wage earners pay zero income taxes. Where is their fair share? If they want to roll back any tax bracket to what it was 10 years ago, I think they should roll back federal spending to the same level it was 10 years ago. Every dollar that government takes away from you, takes away your freedom. Every dollar they get is a dollar that your employer doesn’t have to pay for your health care, a dollar that companies don’t have to give you a raise. That is just

Christmas Musicale set for Dec. 11 The holiday season isn’t off to a great start without the Fort Bend Boys Choir’s Christmas Musicale! Take a break from the crowds of last minute holiday shoppers and attend this annual Christmas concert on Saturday, December 11 with family and friends. All four performing choirs – Training, Town, Tour and Alumni – will be showcased at Sugar Land Baptist Church, 16755 Southwest Freeway in Sugar Land at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available by calling the choir office, from any choir member or at the door. Adult admission is $15 and children 12 and under is $5.00. All proceeds from the Christmas Musicale are used for program support, opera-

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Kevin Wayne Brown of Missouri City, Texas was encircled by his family as his spirit returned to God on the 27th day of November in the year of 2010. Kevin was born on December 5th, 1970 in Houston, Texas to Ronald Wayne and Karen (Penry) Brown. Kevin lived in Channelview, Texas then moved to El Campo where he attended most of his elementary school years. When the family moved to the Missouri City area he finished Photo by Geof Nesossi Pictured (l-r): Fort Bend Tour school, graduating from The Choirboys Caeden Holly and Tenney High School. He later attended Sam Houston State Emilio Fautsch.

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13th Annual Nutcracker On FBISD rezoning/possible school Ice to take place December 11 closure talks continue................................ Sugar Land Ice & Sports Center will be transformed into a magical land of sugar plums, candy canes, and fairies as local ice skaters of all ages take to the ice for Sugar Land Ice’s 13th annual production of The Nutcracker On Ice. This unique performance offers patrons the chance to enjoy professional quality skating right at home. The 2010 Nutcracker on

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A gross misuse of taxpayer money and that it’s due to poor planning prior to the renovation, or possibly the renovation was done with the repurposing in mind while willfully misleading parents and the community, he said. “Either possibility is simply unacceptable from the people to whom we have entrusted the education of our children, not to mention our tax dollars.” Mary Ann Simpson, Chief Communications Officer, said FBISD is reviewing several options that may better balance student enrollment across the district. “Given the budget constraints that our district is facing, we are researching all options to help reduce costs by better utilizing our existing facilities. “ Most importantly, she said no decisions have been made to close any

campus nor have they been made about attendance zone adjustments. Decisions along these lines will be made in January or February, according to Simpson, and zoning changes will become effective with the 2011-12 school year. On Monday, Balzer shared an email from FBISD Board President Sonal Bhuchar. In it, she confirms that the district is exploring other options to be taken up at subsequent workshops. Having previously corresponded with him, Bhuchar states, “I also clarified that the decision to present this option was based on the low enrollment numbers and nothing else,” referring to the Colony Bend school closure. In the meantime, Simpson reminds interested persons to visit the district website to review pro-

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posed zoning options. She also calls attention to the feedback feature to express opinions about the options. Balzer said that you have to dig through website and if you send an email, you don’t get a response. He said, it’s like the district has “willfully gone out of their way to prevent people from being able to voice or hear an opinion from us.” Not unlike what many other parents have said, “we moved to this area for the school system,” echos Balzer. Zoning workshops continue with the next one planned Dec.13 in the Fort Bend ISD Administration Building, 16431 Lexington Blvd, at 5:00 p.m. to discuss zoning options. Immediately following the workshop, the district board will have its regular meeting at 7:00 p.m.

“No man’s land” actually in Houston’s ETJ........................................... from page 1 Accounts indicate that several neighborhoods in MUD No. 25 may just want to be incorporated along the lines of a city like Meadows Place. Up until recently, many residents in those neighborhoods were unaware that they lived in a Houston ETJ. Yet others have known that the subdivisions on FM 1464 are neither in Sugar Land nor Richmond city limits, although they have Sugar Land and Richmond postal addresses depending on what side of the road they are situated. Some of them are hoping for an ETJ swap. Like many of the residents near the Sugar Land airport, they are excited about the major league stadium soon to undergo construction and already showing progress as the land gets cleared to allow access. MUD No. 25’s service base

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COMMONWEALTH PARK.$ 329,600

ORCHARD LAKE ESTATES.$ 239,900

GLENSHIRE..........$1,200/MO

ALCORN BEND....$ 789,000

QUAIL VALLEY.....$ 174,900

SUGAR MILL.........$198,890

RIVER PARK WEST....$240,000

SUGAR CREEK.......$239,000

SUGAR LAKES.......$379,900

SIENNA PLANTATION..$274,900

TEXANA PLANTATION. ...$635,000

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WATERSIDE VILLAGE..$169,900

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SUGAR CREEK......$ 249,900

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RIVERPARK.............$183,500

SUGAR MILL..........$170,000

PROVIDENCE .......$154,900

WILLIAMS CROSSING....$395,000

SUGAR CREEK.......$224,900

FOREST OF SUGAR MILL. .. $394,900

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NEW TERRITORY...$259,500

BRIGHTWATER...$255,000

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NEEDVILLE. .............$269,999

ROSENBERG...........$107,000

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5/3.5/2 Corner lot. Outdoor Kit, Hi ceilings, formals, study, den, FP. Master dwn, 4 bdrms, study & gamerm up. (22303FI)

6/5.5/4 Pool w/waterfall, sep. Quarters, study w/ fireplace,huge game rm,media rm (7LP)

5/3.5/3 on quiet cul-de-sac!   Wood floors, kitchen updates. Clements HS. (38DO)

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Fabulous Perry Home. Open concept floorplan. Lge spac. formals, Kit w/ Granite countertops. (3719ST)

Price reduced! Gorgeous updated 4 bed/2.5 Bath/2 living 1 Story on quiet cul-de-sac. (3107CH)

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Light and bright one story, 4-2-2 updated kitchen and master bath, high ceilings and hot tub. (315LO)

Completely updated kit & baths, Low-E windows, 18-inch ceramic tile floors, Replaced Carpet. (3809JU)

Sparkling heated pool, spa, water fall and outdoor shower. Tons of upgrades. (5806PA)

Gorgeous 2 story w/grand foyer. Over 60K in upgrades! Gated Lake front community. (13103PW)

CUSTOM home w/ MANY UPDATES and a relaxing POOL/SPA. UPDATES GALORE! (1010MO)

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Magnificent custom home situated on a beautiful corner lot * Lovely pool, spa and covered porch* (13818WF)

Custom home by Steve Fuqua, waterview, MANY UPDATES, frieze carpet, granite, cul-de-sac. (707SA)

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Pristine Victorian home * Enjoy swinging on your own covered front porch * Hardiboard siding (1022BO)

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Beautiful Perry built home located on large corner lot w/spacious rooms & lovely neutral decor! (4902LG)

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Beautiful Perry home w/neutral decor, 2-story den, game room, downstairs master & pool-sized yard! (4915LG)

Perry home, 4/2.5/2, master dwn, hardwoods. Workshop added to garage. (14711CH)

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“The Best in the West” a rousing success and winner named for vintage Mustang On Saturday, November 20, they came from far and wide to rock the George Ranch Arena for The Arc of Fort Bend County’s annual fundraiser, “The Best in the West”. For the 32nd year, Commissioner James Patterson, Ann Smith and Jo Ann Stevens produced an incredible evening of outstanding live and silent auction

items, legendary barbecue from The Swinging Door and excellent music by The Triumphs, a Rosenberg-based band. Kevin and Carla Casey and Reid Thomas of KR Mustang donated a completely restored, 1966, fire engine red, V8 Mustang to the event. The boot-scootin’ crowd quieted for a few moments

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when Commissioner Patterson welcomed Kevin Casey, Mike Casey (Arc board member and Kevin’s dad), and Michael Cushenberry to the stage. Michael

drew the winning raffle ticket for the Mustang. And the winner was (drum roll) John S. Verchiens of Pearland! The announcement was followed by collective groans

Final preparations underway

CASA Christmas Home Tour right around the corner The Casa Home Tour is set for December 10 and 11, and will feature five distinctive homes in First Colony, Lake Pointe/Alkire Lake and Richmond. The Tour is presented by the Fred and Mabel R. Parks Foundation and RosenbergRichmond Auto Mile and benefits Child Advocates of Fort Bend. Tour hours are December 10 and

11 from 10am to 4pm with a special candle light tour on Friday night from 6pm to 9pm. Tour guests will be treated to a rare glimpse of the featured homes and their creative holiday decorations. In addition, guests will enjoy festive entertainment by local artists and tasty homemade cookies and hot apple cider. A special tour lunch is available at Sweetwater Country Club for $15. One ticket provides admission to all five homes and can be used at any time during the tour. The map to the homes is on the back of the ticket. For more information about the event please call 281-341-9955, ext. 5108. For more information on volunteer training, the Home Tour or how to get involved in improving the life of an abused child, please call 281-344-5124.

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