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LCISD responds to inappropriate bachelorette party claim
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Toys for Tots / Santa’s Exchange
Party – yes, dildos – no employees at the building, confirmed that a reception The occurrence of an alleged was held for 45 minutes on bachelorette party for a Lamar “October 25 and (it) occurred Consolidated Independent School during the lunch hour, starting District (LCISD) employee has at approximately 11:30.” He been confirmed by the school said this was a come-and-go district, but without dildos, “with people stopping by for according to a school district a snack and leaving a gift,” so spokesperson, who also referred those attending did not stay the to the party as a reception. entire time. “But based on the The school district’s information we gathered, the Communications Coordinator number wasn’t very large,” he Phillip Sulak told the "Star" said. in response to a taxpayer’s The citizen complaint sent concerns and inquiry about the to the "Star" alleges that a alleged incident that, “There bachelorette party at the LCISD was a reception of sorts at the administration building took Administration Annex, located place during school hours on Avenue N in Rosenberg, for (confirmed to be between 8 a.m. someone who is getting married and 4:30 p.m.), with top LCISD in the near future.” He later said officials, and that it lasted for the employee was now already three hours and “among other married. things, dildos were displayed Sulak, who indicated he LCISD, continued on page 8 spoke to several school district By Elsa Maxey
Fort Bend ISD sees changes coming in next UIL realignment By Betsy Dolan
Fort Bend ISD expects to see another round of changes when the University Interscholastic League announces the newest realignment in February. The changes are not expected to be as significant as in 2012 when the district added an 11th school and had to be broken up. "It's the nature of the beast every two years", said Fort Bend ISD Athletic Director, Philip O'Neal. "But we know that rivalries will continue, new ones will be made, and that Fort Bend schools will still be playing Fort Bend schools." The UIL released their initial plans in early December which includes a name change for the classifications. Every team bumps up a division so that
six-man football will be renamed Class 1A; Class 1A becomes 2A and current 5A schools will be grouped in Class 6A. The UIL also tweaked enrollment requirements with Class 6A at 2,100 and above and Class 5A at 1,060-2,099. Based on that, current 5A schools Bush and Elkins will drop down to join Marshall, Ridge Point and Willowridge in the lower classification. Clements, Dulles, Kempner, Hightower, Travis and Austin will play in 6A. O'Neal said the district's 5A school enrollments will make them competitive but the bigger discrepancy is in the 6A division where enrollment numbers in Fort Bend schools are closer to the bottom of the range. "It's a challenge because our 6A schools could possibly face teams in the playoffs like Plano with an enrollment of over 5,000 kids", O'Neal said. The UIL had always kept
By LeaAnne Klentzman
After this kind of stupid, wanna bet just who’s gonna get the last CRIMINAL laugh? OF THE WEEK Ya’ see there was this pack-o-Judges, they were the wisest in the land… ok, so they are supposed to be smart and they were warned… “Take a Bailiff with you,” but Nooooo, they are lawyers! Well, fast forward to their Christmas party/dinner/holiday celebration; call it what you will, but as they dined….out in NINJA, continued on page 8
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(Top Photo): The Toys for Tots/Santa’s Exchange turned out over 1,000 volunteers leading up to and including the day of the event with this group that includes high school students representing the morning shift the day of the event. (Left photo): Exchange Club of Sugar Land co-chairs Farha Ahmed (right) and Kevin Barker (left) join Carolyn Tarver (center) of Project S.M.I.L.E. as parents “shopped” for gifts donated for needy children in Fort Bend during this past Saturday’s Toys for Tots/Santa’s Exchange held at First Colony Church of Christ in Sugar Land.
Toys for Tots/Santa’s Exchange service beyond self project effort rooted in tribute to Stan By Elsa Maxey
The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Toys for Tots, Sugar Land Rotary and the Exchange Club of Fort Bend along with so many other volunteers are responsible for bringing needy children Christmas cheer this year. This past Saturday at First Colony Church of Christ on First Colony Boulevard in Sugar Land over 5,000
children were provided with toys that would have otherwise not come their way. Imagine their faces! Santa Claus and a bunch of volunteers, the elves, were all part of the entertainment that included games and fun craft projects. Parents, sent an invitation to visit had signed up on the Toys for Tots website and were helped by elves, as they “shopped” for three new toys for each child, while the kids were being entertained.
“This process is so unique, nobody gives toys like this,” said Farha Ahmed, co-chair of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land noting that this turns out to be a shopping experience, not a hand out, and a good fit of the donated and purchased toys for the children, and also for older kids, like teenagers, who get gift cards. Ahmed said any left over toys are donated to places like Bethel Ministries, the Fort Bend Women’s Center and other
agencies that have toy drives. Almost going on 20 years, the renamed Toys for Tots/Santa's Exchange this year was a huge success, reports Sue Lockwood with the Exchange Club of Sugar Land. She credits the cooperation of all the service agencies, co-chairs Farha Ahmed and Kevin Barker, along TOYS FOR TOTS, continued on page 8
A tale of two hotels starring the City of Stafford By Karen Daniels
Chris Riggs, Building and Zoning Administrator for the City of Stafford, introduced a Specific Use Permit (SUP) request to the Planning and Zoning Commission for Towne Place Suites to build a four-story hotel on the 2.4 acres located on Fountaindale Drive, directly next door to the Staybridge Suites. Nupen Patel and Rahul Bijlani, representatives from K&K Hotel Group, are making the request to build the 96-room, mid-market, extended stay hotel. The average duration for a stay at this type of hotel is between five days and one month. According to research presented by K&K, “Stafford’s hotel revenues have increased 15% a year for the last three years.” The majority of rooms are considered studios with kitchenettes and work stations,
but some rooms will be available with one or two bedrooms. Amenities like free Wi-Fi and food and beverage availability are provided for the “no-frills experience for the business person that wants to get in and get out.” The hotel representative are predicting 15 to 20 new permanent jobs will be created, aside from obtaining bids from local businesses during the construction phase. When the public hearing was opened, Nazar Momin, owner of Staybridge Suites, said that he is in favor of “controlled growth” in the City of Stafford. It has taken him “two years to finally be able to pay the bills” and he’s worried that a new, very similar hotel right next door to his, will hurt business. He would “prefer that they wait three to four years for the project” so that he may be better established. K&K Hotel Group said that
the project will take at least 18 months to complete. The design and planning will take four to five months and they hope to break ground in July or August of 2014. K&K further added that the two hotels are not direct competitors and Towne Place Suites is “one tier below” Staybridge Suites. City Attorney, Art Pertile,
advised the Planning and Zoning Commission that they were not to base their recommendation to Council on the fact that there will be two hotels next door to each other, but on the fact that their request meets the City’s requirements. The Commission unanimously made the recommendation for their approval to City Council.
Stafford P&Z recommend consultant for Comprehensive Development Plan By Karen Daniels
It’s been 44 years since the City of Stafford has initiated a comprehensive development plan, but now they are one step closer to making this happen. Shad Comeaux, an urban planner with Freese and Nichols, gave a presentation to the December’s Planning and Zoning Commission about his company
and what the City of Stafford can expect from them. Freese and Nichols was selected by the City working through H-GAC’s list of precertified consultants. They were founded in 1894 as engineering company, but over time have adapted to also include planning, architecture, environmental
Richmond prepares for projected Townwest murder solved growth with master plan development of a comprehensive master plan that will help guide By the time spring rolls round, the city's development for the the City of Richmond will be in next 20 years. The plan must the midst of a re-birth, thanks be in place by May 2014. to a bounty of undeveloped "Our existing plan dates land and freedom that comes back to the early 1940’s, so from a new city charter we have decided to formulate approved by voters in May. a new modernized plan that City leaders have hired a makes sense for today and Houston urban planning firm, tomorrow’s Richmond", said Kendig Keast, to help in the Mayor Evalyn Moore. By Betsy Dolan
Last May, Richmond voters approved a change to the city's charter from general law to home rule and ok'd a planning and zoning board. The changes mean Richmond can now use its city charter to govern its own affairs rather than rely on state statues. In addition, citizens can push for change RICHMOND, continued on page 8
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last suspect arrested By LeaAnne Klentzman
A murder in the Townewest subdivision has been solved and five of the six suspects are in custody. On Wednesday,
December 4, Sheriffs deputies responded to a homicide in the 14200 block of Bay Gardens in Townewest. The man who discovered the grisly scene was the brother of the victim, 32-yearold Antonio Cesar Hinojosa. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, TOWNWEST, continued on page 8
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by having that candidate linked to them. Decisions, Lost in translation: Lawd decisions, decisions…. Help, if I’d done it on purpose it Where to begin? I will start by would have been far more clever! saying Sorry D.F. "Rick" Miller In an effort to keep everyone for missing the R in front of your updated last week I listed all alphabet soup listing. It should the local candidates for the have read: R) D.F. "Rick" Miller. March Primary. While typing And to the Democrats, my bad, that list I made a mistake; believe me, it was a typo, and my bad! I don’t know who to I am so sorry for associating apologize to first, a candidate that candidate with your party. for misplacing his initial or the Now, that said, the vitriol this other party who was offended has brought forth is interesting. By LeaAnne Klentzman
Are we only a label? What does that label really say about you? Interestingly when you talk, one on one, to most folks, they don’t seem to be as carpet chewing crazy about their political ideology as they do in a group. There are studies on that, really. However it seems we have found ourselves on the brink of not even being able to play in the same yard. That yard is what connects honest, hardworking, compassionate Americans together to form our great Nation. Think about it, is there any wonder why we are at such an impasse in Washington, just listen to the talking heads on “your” channel or “theirs.” It
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is enough to make you run screaming from the house. It is just NASTY! Shame on us all for allowing bottom-feeding, hate spewing, and partisan talking-heads, embarrass us across the globe. They are whipping folks into frenzy for their own ratings, quit being a tool for them.
It is Christmas and a time for Christians to celebrate the birth of their savior; as you gather with family to celebrate the birth of Jesus, reach out and touch the lives of those around you. Pray for them with the same lips and tongue that you have used to lash your opponents with, it will make you a better person.
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LOCAL VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION ships much needed supplies to “adopted platoons in Afghanistan in time for Christmas. This time each solder in that platoon got special packages with gift bags donated by St. Laurence Catholic Church/ School and Fort Bend ISD. NOTE: As the “draw down” continues, supplies are in short supply and not being restocked. We still have troops risking their lives every day for our freedom and they still need us. TIP OF THE SPEAR. org (is a 100% volunteer, tax deductible 501©3 organization) and is continuing to ship to our troops in harm’s way “until the last one comes home!” PLEASE HELP WITH THIS MISSION. Donations of protein food items and toiletries take to Sugar Land Ice and Sports Center at 16225 Lexington Blvd “any time”. Also, donations can be made at their website HYPERLINK
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Fort Bend Children's Discovery M.R. Wood Center for Learning Center close to fundraising goal promotes “No Place for Hate” Less the $160,000 – that’s all that remains to be raised in order to make the dream of a worldclass, year-round children’s museum in Fort Bend a reality. Yet organizers of the museum’s fundraising efforts have only days left to raise this amount and reach the $3.65 million plateau to cover the museum’s first three years of operating expenses by December 31, 2013. If the museum falls short, then all hopes for a true landmark for Fort Bend families will be dashed, says Tracy Golden, capital campaign manager for the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. “The community has been amazing, but we just need a little more to get us over the top,” she says. “We are asking all our businesses as well as those who live and work in Fort Bend for their support.” If organizers raise the final $160,000 by the end of the year, then plans will proceed to open the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center in the new Imperial development in Sugar Land in the summer of 2015 with a look and feel similar to the Children’s Museum of Houston. “All these years I’ve watched children and their parents enjoy the Children’s
To help spread a message of “No Place for Hate,” students at the M.R. Wood Center for Learning presented a production of
Museum of Houston,” says Sugar Land resident Charlene Pate, fundraising committee co-chair with fellow resident Rachel Leaman. “I’ve always imagined just how wonderful it would be to have a year-round children’s museum of that quality right in Fort Bend County.” Six primary exhibits, managed as platforms for learning for children birth through 12 years, will focus on childhood questions such as “How Does It Work?,” Where Does It Come From,?” and “Can I Solve That?” with a look and feel similar to the
Children’s Museum of Houston. “We’ve come so far,” adds Leaman. “We will meet this goal -- I am sure of it.” Those interested in contributing to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center can contact Tracy Golden at 281-494-0297 or at email@example.com. For more information on the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, go to www.fortbendchildrens.org. Also, “like” the museum on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ FortBendDiscoveryCenter.
The delicately handcrafted, 1/3-life-sized 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 master’s degree in Education, Counseling and Guidance from the University of Houston, and has used her puppetry skills to enrich classroom education. The program is free and open to the public. For more information, call the branch library at 281-238-2800 or the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.
living in the deep south in the 1920s and focuses on the themes of love, resistance to hate, revenge and pain. “We wanted the production of this play to become a springboard for conversation between students, staff members and parents on the issue of hate,” said Edshone Atwood, Social Studies teacher.
HHHHHHHH Atwood (third from the right) is shown with cast members (from left) Christian Castro, Shawn Johnson, Armann Tharyani, Keymon Sanders and China DeVaughn.
"How Does It Work?," one of the primary exhibits planned for the Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center.
First Colony Branch Library hosts winter show "Sleeping Beauty" Thursday, January 2 The Youth Services department at First Colony Branch Library will host a special marionette puppet show, “Sleeping Beauty,” on Thursday, January 2, beginning at 2:00 pm, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Master puppeteer Jean Kuecher, producer of Marionette Playhouse, will entertain children of all ages with her beautifully handcrafted marionettes on an elaborate stage, with music and lighting. After the performance, stay to learn some of the backstage secrets.
S. M. Shephard-Massat's poetic drama Levee James. The play explores the issue of hatred as experienced by three African Americans
Horns! Ducks! Mustang Band - Can't get any better than that!
The Lamar Consolidated High School Band will perform at the Alamo Bowl, Dec. 30, in San Antonio.The game features the Texas Longhorns and the Oregon Duck.
Greatwood Lunch Bunch participates in “Santa’s Exchange” The Greatwood Lunch Bunch gathered at the home of Sue Lockwood (center) for their annual Christmas Luncheon. The ladies all brought toys for “Santa’s Exchange.” Toys for Tots, The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary and The Exchange Club of Fort Bend have partnered in a joint community service project to provide toys for over 5,000 children this Christmas. The marionette puppet show will delight all those that are attending. Free & open to the public.
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The Gift of Literacy - Donate this season Imagine the loneliness and isolation of living in Fort Bend County and not being able to read, write or speak English. Imagine being considered for a promotion in your workplace and not getting it because your reading and writing skills are at a 1st grade level. Imagine not trusting yourself to give your children their medication because you are unable to read the medicine bottle. Imagine not being able to communicate with your child's teacher. While these things may be hard for you to imagine, they are not hard for
24% of our fellow Fort Bend County residents to imagine. Yes, 24% of Fort Bend County residents are functionally illiterate, and for over 26 years The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County has been changing lives of the functionally illiterate. They would like to invite you to be a part of their efforts with the Gift of Literacy. Your gift will help support their six programs; basic literacy, English as a Second Language, basic computer skills, GED preparation, U.S. citizenship, and transitions to post-secondary education.
Donate now 5 ways you can help 1. Become a literacy tutor 2. Help with fundraising events 3. Raise literacy awareness 4. Become a volunteer 5. Make a donation Please consider donating gently used books, cash or checks. Your donations will be greatly appreciated by a family this year! The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is located at 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land. For more information 281-240-8181 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital honors outstanding nurse with DAISY Award Suresh Thampi, RN, is Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s DAISY Award winner, a national honor that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary nurses. Suresh, house supervisor, was chosen because he always offers the highest level of compassion and support to fellow nurses. He is known for his cheerfulness and great attitude, even during high stress situations. He is honest and ethical in everything he does, and he is an inspiration to other nurses in the hospital
for his strong devotion to work and the Houston Methodist I CARE values. Recently, a patient came to us from another emergency room for surgical intervention and Suresh personally took the patient to the post anesthesia care unit and helped him get ready for surgery. He consistently demonstrates this level of exceptional care and that makes him such an asset to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “Suresh embodies the values we strive for,” said Janet
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certificate of appreciation, a DAISY Award pin and a beautiful sculpture titled “A Healer’s Touch,” handcarved by artists of the Shona tribe in Zimbabwe. Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s committee selects a DAISY
Open letter from FBISD Superintendent To help plan for the future of Fort Bend ISD, more than 500 attended a Community Dialogue meeting making it the highest attended forum in recent FBISD history. Those participating in the meeting were very positive and highly engaged in discussions leading to plans and recommendations that will ultimately be presented to the FBISD Board of Trustees in early 2014. Fort Bend ISD needs your help to prepare for the District’s continued growth, as well as the current and future needs of our students. We are partnering with the FBISD community to develop a strategic plan and a facilities master plan. Both will provide a roadmap for planning for educational programs and facilities improvements for the foreseeable future. We expect to finalize the plans in early 2014. At that time, the plans and recommendations will be presented to the Board and will help them
make decisions to deal with the needs of the District. Throughout the community, some have referred to these Community Dialogue Meetings as “rezoning” meetings. It is important to note that some of the options considered include the idea of rezoning various schools; however, the planning process will not include specific boundary suggestions. A rezoning process takes place when new schools are constructed or repurposed, or when it is necessary to relieve overcrowding at a school due to growth, but how any rezoning would take place is not for us to decide at the moment. Any rezoning will take place at a later time, with community feedback. For now, it is our goal to determine how to best use district facilities to meet educational needs throughout the district. Charles Dupre FBISD Superintendent
DAISY Award recipient, Suresh Thampi, RN, with wife and the DAISY Award committee. Award winner each quarter. The DAISY Foundation was established by family members in memory of J. Patrick Barnes, who died in 1999 from an auto-immune disease. The care Patrick and his family received from nurses inspired this unique award as a way of thanking nurses for making a profound difference in the lives of their patients and patient families. Today, more than 1,300 hospitals across the U.S. participate in the program. “We are proud to be among the hospitals participating in
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University Branch Library will present an origami demonstration, “Paper with a Holiday Twist,” on Thursday, December 19, beginning at 7:00 pm, in Conference Room 1 of the library, located at 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. Library staff members Amy Hingst and Jessica Williams will demonstrate how these delicate origami art forms are made by twisting paper into unique shapes that can be used as a decoration for the holiday table, a handmade ornament to
adorn a tree, or a personalized topper for gift packages! You can also learn how to make a dove of peace, a holiday tree, and a gift bow. This class is for older teens and adults. The program is free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are recommended. To register online at the library’s website (www. fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Calendar,” select “University Branch,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-6335100, or by visiting the library.
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the DAISY Award program,” said Leatherwood. “Nurses like Suresh are everyday heroes who demonstrate excellence through clinical expertise and compassionate care, and we are excited to be able to recognize him – and our future winners – as outstanding role models for the nursing profession.” To learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, please visit houstonmethodist. org/sugarland, and visit our Facebook page at facebook. com/methodistsugarland to congratulate Suresh on his award.
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Heritage Rose Elementary kicks off “Greet a Grad” Day Event Faculty, staff and administrators at Heritage Rose Elementary School held their first “Greet a Grad” Day event to give fifth-grade students (The Class of 2021) an opportunity to hear first-hand accounts of college experiences had by District and community leaders. The event welcomed Fort Bend ISD administrators, parents, grandparents, community members and current college students, who enjoyed lunch with students and answered questions students had regarding college. The fifth graders were eager to learn about the college graduates’ experiences in choosing majors, balancing course workloads, living with roommates, paying for school
and other areas of college life. After lunch, the group met in the gym to hear more detailed messages from the college graduates. Superintendent of Schools Charles Dupre was among the speakers to address students. He commended them on taking an interest in college at an early age and reminded them to stay on course. “In fifth grade, you’re basically half way to college already,” said Dupre. “Now is a good time to think about what you would like to become and start preparing for it. Continue to read, learn good discipline and responsibility at school and at home, and know that in today’s world, a college degree is important to help you do what you want in life.”
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Some people love cold weather. For those who work in cold environments or spend a lot of time outdoors during the winter, proper foot care is critical. Prolonged exposure of the feet to cold, wet conditions may result in trench foot. Wet feet lose heat 25 times faster than dry feet, causing blood vessels to constrict. Numbness, tingling pain, redness and bleeding under the skin, and swelling are just some symptoms that cold, wet feet can cause. Should those symptoms occur, footwear and wet socks should be removed, the feet should be thoroughly dried, and the individual should avoid putting any pressure on the feet to avoid tissue damage. He or she should seek transport to a medical facility for immediate care. The components of the foot, ankle, and leg are designed to work together, sharing the tremendous pressures of day-to-day living. When they don’t work properly, though, it can cause pain and other troubles for the rest of the body, and it’s time to get help. The specialized care and treatment we provide can make an important contribution to an individual’s total health and well-being. We offer comprehensive foot care by appointment. Please call 281-980-3668 today. We’re located at 3143 Hwy. 6 South. Don't take your feet for granted - call us for an appointment. Make your next step a comfortable one - call us for an appointment. HINT: Limit your amount of time outside when the weather is very cold.
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Youth in Philanthropy to provide "Once Upon a Time" at the Literacy Council Come one, come all, it’s story time y’all! Youth in Philanthropy presented by the George Foundation and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce will be assisting the Literacy Council with Once Upon a Time, an entertaining and interactive reading workshop for children on January 11, 2014 at the Literacy Council. Once Upon a Time is a family literacy event where YIP students will host a children’s story time theater. All children, age’s three to10 years old, are invited to participate in this free workshop that will include story productions and a craft station. In addition, there will be a presentation on How to Read to Your Child for the parents. There will be recommended reading lists handouts and suggested brochures for parents on reading to their children.
The children will be entertained with the stories of Take Me To Your BBQ, Frog and Toad Are Friends, and The Very Hungry Caterpillar. YIP students will dress in costume as characters from these beloved children’s books and act out the book’s events. Once Upon a Time is sure to enhance your child’s love of reading. The event will be held at the Literacy Council located at 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. There will be two sessions held for children at 11:00 a.m. and at 1:00 p.m. If you are interested in having your child attend this event, please contact Christina at the Literacy Council at 281-240-8181 to reserve a spot for your child at one of the two sessions. Once Upon a Time will be an educational and memorable experience for your child.
Dog gone; gone dogs drove the dogs over to the nearby Pet Medical Center Dog gone, what’s with the of Katy, and asked if they roaming dogs? That is the would scan the dogs for question a couple of Fort Bend microchips.” The vet’s office County patrol deputies ask hit paydirt said Heanel when themselves as they trailed a a scan of the chip embedded couple of escaped dogs in a far in the dogs revealed their north Fort Bend community. owner and home address. While patrolling in the According to Deputy Grand Lakes subdivision Humphrey, the owner was in early December, Deputy happy to have her dogs back David Connolly rolled up on home, although she was two dogs that were clearly not unsure how they got out. where they were supposed Deputy Connolly said, “The to be. So in the spirit of pit bull was very friendly, the season he trailed them but the German Shepherd for a bit then enlisted the wasn’t real sure about us.” assistance of fellow Deputy “Our deputies went beyond Tamica Humphrey. Together the call of duty in finding the the pair were able to lure the owner and delivering the two pair of pooches into a patrol dogs safely to their home,” car with tortillas. Once safely said Sheriff Troy E. Nehls. in the car, Connolly and “It’s a great story, particularly Humphrey began to knock for the holiday season.” on doors to see if they could Humphrey and Connolly locate the lost pet family. are both veterans of Sheriff’s spokesman the Sheriff’s Office; Bob Heanel said, “When Humphrey for 5 ½ years that strategy fell short, they and Connolly for 4 years. By LeaAnne Klentzman
Austin Parkway Elementary and Clements HS teachers form partnership to promote reading www.fortbendstar.com Austin Parkway Elementary School and Clements High School teachers have formed an exciting partnership to promote reading and foster good reading habits among children at an early age. Each month, Clements students are volunteering to visit the elementary to read
to youngsters and serve as positive role models. Clements football players were among the most recent readers to visit the elementary classrooms. Shown reading copies of the classic book, Where the Wild Things Are, to first graders are football players Scott Flolid and Brett Ohmstede.
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OXFORD / COMMONWEALTH – Fantastic 2 Story with Updates Throughout! Gleaming Hardwoods in family & formals. Cul-de-Sac lot, No back Neighbors!. Updated Kitchen with Granite Counter tops, large center island (great work space), cabinets galore & much more! Grand Master Bedrm w/large sitting area. Updated Master Bath, shower w/seamless glass with tiled walls, double sink granite vanity & lighting. Lattice covered deck with benches. 3 car garage with one stall converted, sheetrocked & A/C’d, perfect work shop/hobby room! $314,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM3702BC)
SIENNA PLANTATION – Come see this Darling 4/3.1/2 Home in the Highly Desired Sienna Plantation on a Large Corner Lot. Has over $32,000 in Upgrades! Hardwood floors, 2’’ blinds throughout, spacious island kitchen w/Gas Range & Open Kitchen Concept. Lg. Game Room up. Beautiful Plantation style porch in front & back. Loft can be computer nook. 2 Master Suites (1 upstairs & 1 down). Alarm & sprinkler system. Fabulous Area Amenities....Resort Style Community Pools, Private Golf Course & Much More. A Must See! $220,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM6030SB)
D SOL OXFORD / COMMONWEALTH – Beautiful Cul-de-Sac Perry Home w/Sparkling Pool & No Back Neighbors! Fabulous(Summer 2013)Renovations Include: Kitchen w/Granite Countertops, SS Appliances & Recessed Lighting, 2’’ Blinds, Inter. Paint, Carpet, Light fixtures, Master Bath has granite & updated Frameless glass shower, Secondary bath has granite & tile flrs. Roof 4 yrs old. New(2013)Upstairs A/C & Heater. Pool Resurfaced & concrete decking around pool(2013). Double Paned Windows. Hardi-siding. Sprk.sys. Hurry Don’t Miss This One! $349,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM4027BS)
SWEETWATER – Gorgeous 1 Story Sweetwater Golf Course Home! Exquisitely designed, very well built. Harrington builder, built (& lived in) this home for himself. Over $200,000 in updates/upgrades! Kitchen features Granite countertops, SS appliances & walk-in pantry. Beautiful Hardwood floors in all formals & kitchen. Also features Plantation Shutters, Double Crown Molding, Study w/Built-Ins & much more! Oversized back yard patio w/covered deck overlooking a breath-taking golf course view of ‘’rolling hills’’! $489,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM52GL)
BRIGHTWATER – Lovely 2 story home w/tons of recent updates & upgrades! 1/2 a blk from beautiful greenbelt & waterway. Some upgrades include: 5/13 Lt Neutral Carpet, Fresh Int. Paint, Resurfaced Kitchen Cabinets & Front Door, SS Appliances, Ceramic Smooth Top down draft Range, 2’’ Faux Blinds,Gate & partial fence. 2012 Bull-nose edge Granite Countertops, Undermount sink, 20’’ tile floors in Kit. & Bkft, Traventine in entry, hall & 1/2 bath. Hardwood flrs in Dining rm. Study/ Flex Rm. Recent HVAC, Roof & Hardi! $249,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM4107HP)
TELFAIR – Exquisitely Designed 1.5 Story w/Over $70K in Upgrades! Architectural Flair Thru-out with Columns, Art Niches, High Ceilings, Hardwoods in Formals, 20’’ tile, Plantation Shutters, Stained Glass & Much More! Kitchen w/Granite Counter Tops & Center Island. Open Concept Floor Plan. Large Master Suite w/cozy sitting area accented by a wall of windows. Spacious Master Bath w/2 Walk-in Closets, both w/ custom built-ins! Beautiful Sun Room off Formal Living Rm. Lg. Upstairs Media Rm. A Must See! $590,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM1902TL)
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SWEETWATER - Situated on 16th Fairway of Golf Course, Fuqua Designed Home Features Custom Wood Mantal from 1800’s Oregon Railway in Family Rm; Private Study; Double Crown Molding; Wood & Travertine; Granite; 2 Bedrms Down; All Bedrms w/ Private Baths; Lady’s Retreat; Game Rm; Expansion Storage; Pool/Spa. $1,499,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (38CH)
LONG MEADOW FARMS - 5/3.5/3 Beautiful large home! Covered patio, study, formal dining, gameroom, gourmet kitchen. Master planned community! $699,900. Call JoAnn Garza (713)927-0454 (20910LS)
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LAKE COLONY – Wonderfully updated & upgrade Newmark Home in highly sought after First Colony w/Clements High. This fabulous home has Pecan hardwood flooring in both formals & main living area. Plt. Shutters. Granite Counter tops & island kit. w/refurbished cabinets, Bosh dishwasher & GE profile double oven-one is even a convec. oven. Hickory hardwood flrs in Master w/large arched window overlooking cool,refreshing sculpted pool w/tanning ledge, flagstone edge & cool decking. Seamless shower door. Roof-2013. $265,000 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM2827WL)
Exclusive Del Webb adult community (55+) why wait to build when this gorgeous home is ready to move into! $399,000. CALL BARBARA MONTGOMERY 713-898-3938
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SO Gorgeous custom Tommy Bailey home on one of the most magnificant cul -de-sac lots in Sienna! Incredible views from all windows. $1,100,000.
COMMONWEALTH PARK – Stunning updated & upgraded Newmark Hm in the desirable Commonwealth. Highly Rated Schools, Low taxes & wooded parks, playgrounds, pools, splash pad & tennis courts. This gorgeous home has lots of Hardwood flring downstairs & up. Carpet in only 2 bedrooms up-new(7/13). New 2’’ blinds(7/13). Gourmet Kit. w/ granite, ss.appl. 2-headed shower w/frameless glass dr. New spa heater(7/13). Recent paint. Lg. covered Patio w/ceiling fan. Sculpted pool/spa-resurfaced(12). Lushly landscaped w/sprkler sys. $409,900 call Virginia Mack 281-207-5200 (VM22BF)
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Great Perry built home on cul-de-sac.5 bedroom,plus gameroom and study! 3 car garage! Fresh interior paint,granite in large island kitchen with many replaced fixtures and gas cooktop! Wood in living and dining! Large master suite down, with beautiful tile in bath-whirlpool and separate shower! HUGE closet! Fabulous gameroom up,room for pool table and much more! Four large bedrooms with two full baths up! Large study. Golf course community within walking distance to school, park, and GREAT pools! $369,900 (1627FR)
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CEDAR SPRINGS • The Bella Plan is our largest home w/stone accents & brick elevation. This home includes a spacious dining room, open family room, kitchen w/ breakfast bar, granite countertops, maple cabinets, & ceramic tile flooring. Great family home w/5 large bedrooms, 3.5 baths, & huge game room up. Master bedroom located on first floor. Gated community, Easy access to Beltway 8 & Hwy 59. Close to Bellaire Asian Business District. Convenient to Eldridge Energy Corridor & Westchase District.. $209,950 (8834WI)
CREEKMONT • This immaculate PERRY home is stunning and must be seen. Energy efficient, open floor plan, high ceilings, arches, 2 inch blinds, 42 inch cabinets, wet bar area. Mannington hardwood floors in the living room and in the office/study. Builtin entertainment center w/remote control fire place. Over sized backyard with sprinkler system. This is property is a must see. Upgrades are top notch and can NOT be matched. $179,000 (4422KI)
WESTFIELD PINES • Stop this is the one! This beautiful 4 bedroom home offers both formals, family room, large backyard. Lovely crown molding in formals and master bedroom. The warm feeling this home gives off as you walk in makes you want to stay. Enjoy entertaining family and friends, or a night of games or grilling your favorite burgers. A/C replaced in 2012. Come by you will be glad you did!!. $128,000 (5218RU)
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and played with,” conjuring up images of Miley Cyrus’ Video Music Awards performance in August. The complainant also said he was told that several people at the party left “when the inappropriate activities took place,” meaning when the dildos were showcased. Although not an eye witness to the alleged incident, he expressed
concerns in relation to there being no repercussions against those hosting the party “or the administration officials who participated and condoned this party,” suggesting follow-up with the Special Education department in general and the director of Special Education in particular. The complainant outlined several issues in conjunction with the allegations including the inappropriate use of school district facilities, the resulting
hostile work environment from the alleged incident, violation of school district policy and the poor judgment of those running institutions that are meant to educate children. Sulak said that both the Human Resources and Elementary Education Departments found no evidence of inappropriate behavior nor inappropriate items. “We do allow people to celebrate birthdays, bosses’ day, administrative assistant
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sciences, and program management services. The winner of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, they were also voted as one of best companies to work for in Texas in 2013 by The Houston Chronicle. Project completion will take an estimated 17 months. The comprehensive plan will “put the pieces together” for
Stafford to have a roadmap that considers future land use and the protection of private property rights over the next 10 to 20 years. Comeaux said that this will be a “collaborative effort by citizens, elected and appointed leaders, and businesses” taking into consideration city policy, zoning, and capital investment. This will not be a “rigid and unchanging document.” If passed by City Council on
December 18, the study will begin in January 2014, and have a three-phase approach. Phase One: Community snapshot and visioning. Phase Two: Future land use, infrastructure, transportation, parks and open space, community livability, growth management, and economic development. Phase Three: Implementation. Mayor Leonard Scarcella asked if “financial considerations played into
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through the petition process and the city now has increased annexation powers. With 42 square miles in its extra-territorial jurisdiction, city officials say the master plan will be a living document that will help guide them on issues like land use, economic development opportunities and the ability to work in tandem with parks and transportation master plans. "Highway 59 and FM 762 is really our front door", said Gary Gillen, one of three city commissioners in Richmond. "We would like to see a high quality development go in there like a corporate campus or a hotel and some shopping". Other areas with growth potential include FM 359
and zoning, Richmond can move forward with business growth and tax reductions for our residents". Richmond's property tax rate is currently $.78, among the
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is how Tarver began it, personally purchasing and gifting toys to about a dozen disadvantaged with Sugar Land resident Carolyn children the first year. Tarver from Project S.M.I.L.E. What later followed was for the tremendous effort that experienced this year and so manifests itself as the genuine meaning of the Christmas season. many others previously with the gift giving to thousands Since 1995, the Santa of needy children. Exchange further took root With over 1,000 volunteers in the Fort Bend community from local community service after Tarver in 1983 founded and initiated Project S.M.I.L.E. - Stan's clubs, students from high schools Memory Includes Loving Everyone and church volunteers assisting, – a tribute to her teenage son, killed this project is no doubt about celebrating the season of giving in an accident. Spreading cheer to with service beyond self. needy families at Christmas time TOYS FOR TOTS, continued from page 1
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this (report) and how are they addressed in a plan of this nature?” He also mentioned that Stafford’s general obligation debt will be eliminated in 2014. Mr. Comeaux explained that they give “general price gauges for specific projects” but approximate costs on future projects could change based on the current economic situation. The Commission made the unanimous recommendation for approval.
highest in Fort Bend County. But already change is happening in Richmond. Apartments are going up on land the city owns near the Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital along the Southwest Freeway. Commercial development will be built in that location in the next year or two. And Richmond is in the process of hiring an Economic Development Director to handle "However it shakes out, we FBISD, continued from page 1 what everyone knows is coming. expect to be playing non"We're at a moment of the Fort Bend ISD schools district schools that are in close great importance", said together but in 2012, after proximity to here." the district opened Ridge With more non-district teams Gillen. "The potential for Point, the high schools were in the mix, scheduling basketball growth can overwhelm us divided into two districts. The and volleyball games at Wheeler or we can prepare for it." change brought some logistical Field House and Hopson Field challenges with the three 5A House will not be easy. FORT BEND schools, Marshall, Willowridge O'Neal said the district is DRIVING SCHOOL and Ridge Point, playing schools looking at the possibility of a Serving the students of in Tomball. hybrid schedule where schools Fort Bend for over 25 years "In February, we're expecting would play some games in their to have six 6A schools and home gym and some games in FortBendDrivingSchool.com five 5A schools", said O'Neal. one of the field houses. and along U.S. 90A. "Prior to the charter change, Richmond was constrained in its growth potential", said Moore. "But through strategic annexations and planning
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day, upcoming weddings, baby showers, etc.,” he said. “If there had been anything inappropriate that occurred, the matter would have been addressed with the involved staff members.” Sulak further said that the review of the alleged incident included Human Resources Department interviews of staff in attendance at the event. It is not known whether the matter may undergo further review and/or investigation.
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family members had not seen or heard from Hinojosa since watching a football game together on Sunday afternoon. Heanel said the victim’s brother said when he arrived he found his brother’s body and his home ransacked. No further details on the homicide have been released. The sixth and final suspect wanted by Investigators has been identified as Demetrius “Meach” Levale Stalling, 22. He is described as a black
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the parking lot…there was mischief running amuck! Umm, hum….as the festivities waned and the pack-o-judges headed to the parking lot…imagine their surprise…shattered glass! Say it ain’t so! There stood the judges, bare faces hang’n out and wondering who coulda… with all those license plates that declared State Judge, who woulda! Never mind that the joint where they were reveling, while posh and all, is known as a hot spot for thievery and car burglary. Who picked that place? Clearly, there is no honor among thieves. Merry Christmas yo Honors…. Sure would hate to be the next few lawyers or defendants with burglary of motor vehicle cases before this group. Wanna bet the Judges get the last laugh! Ho-ho-ho you should have known!!!
male who is 6', weighing more than 250 pounds. He is likely in the Houston area. Haenel identified the five suspects already in custody as Cynthia Sandoval, 38, Robert McClure, 22, Martin Ferrel, 20, Shakur Briggs, 18, and a 14-yearold juvenile; all from Houston. This just in... The 6th suspect, Demetrius "Meach" Levale Stalling, has been arrested at press time.
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Give the gift of acting this holiday season!
Texana receives grant from Fort Bend Junior Service League Texana Center was thrilled to receive a grant for $18,000 for the Children’s Center for Autism and Behavior Improvement Center in Rosenberg to replace old and worn out playground structure. The current playground structure is not only outdated, but it does not meet Texas Licensed Child Care Center regulations which means that only the older children can play on part of the structure and the younger children are not permitted to use it at all which is problematic when dealing with children with autism. Play does not come naturally to children with autism and other developmental disabilities they have to learn play skills that seem to come easily to most typically developing children. The Texana Children’s Center for Autism and Behavior Improvement Center uses applied behavior analysis to carefully assess each child’s play skills and specifically teaches these important activities. For most children, the playground is typically the first place where they engage with other children and with the world at large. Play is important for developing thinking, language, emotional, problem solving and creative skills in children with autism. Specific activities and design elements will be included in the new play structure to target particular learning objectives which include learning skills such as; how to climb, slide, swing, jump, twist, spin, explore,
The gift of the arts will enrich your child for years to come and last a lifetime! Make plans now to attend award winning Fort Bend Theatre's acting classes beginning February 14 through March 2. Classes will be held on Saturday mornings at 2815 North Main Street in Stafford and conclude with an exciting performance open to family and friends. Discover for yourself what makes our students stand out from all the rest!
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On January 23, The George Foundation will host its College Scholarships/ Financial Aid Information Event to assist students in preparing for college. The event will be held in Room 103 of Brazos Hall at the University of Houston, Sugar Land, 14004 University Blvd. Sugar Land. Event registration begins at 6:00 pm, followed by presentations from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Participants will learn
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The Stafford Economic Development Corporation hereby gives notice, pursuant to Section 505.160 of the Texas Local Government Code, that the Corporation has adopted, as a Project of the Corporation, the expenditure of funds needed for the development of a Request For Qualifications (RFQ) and a Request For Proposal (RFP) for the design of a security technology plan that will promote or develop new or expanded business enterprises that create or retain primary jobs and/or will promote new and expanded business development. The estimated cost for the proposed Project is $25,000.00 from the Stafford Economic Development Corporation and $25,000.00 from the City of Stafford plus costs. The Stafford Economic Development Corporation hereby gives notice that it will conduct a public hearing to solicit citizen input on the proposed Project. Said public hearing before the Stafford Economic Development Corporation is hereby called regarding the proposed Project. Said public hearing will be held at 7:30 o’clock p.m., on January 28, 2014, in the Council Chambers, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas. The City Council of the City of Stafford, Texas will conduct public hearings to solicit citizen input on the proposed Project. Said public hearings shall be held at 7:00 o’clock p.m., on January 8, 2014, in the Council Chambers, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas and at 7:00 o’clock p.m., on January 15, 2014, in the Council Chambers, Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas. Interested citizens are invited to attend and will be given an opportunity to be heard.
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Fort Bend Commissioner's Court approves occupancy agreement with Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels On December 10, Fort Bend County Commissioners Court approved an Occupancy Agreement between Fort Bend County and Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels & Much Much More. The Bud O’Shieles Community Center has been home to Fort Bend Seniors for 15 years. This new agreement will allow for renovations of the community center that will include the expansion of the current kitchen and the addition of an administrative building. The occupancy agreement is a 1.5MM commitment to Fort Bend County to be fulfilled by Fort Bend Seniors by 2023. “This new agreement will allow the Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels to have a place to call their own and enable Fort Bend Seniors to provide so many
new services to our cherished generation in Fort Bend County. The renovations and new construction will eventually allow for new programs, such as: Computer Classes, Exercise Room, Nutrition Education, Crafts and Immediate Service on Hot Meals and Frozen Meals.” Manuela Arroyos, CEO Fort Bend Seniors. “This agreement would not have happen without the dedication of the Fort Bend Seniors’ Board and the continued collaborative effort made by the Fort Bend County Commissioners Court with Commissioner Morrison championing the effort. Commissioner Morrison’s vision and dedication to this project was the keystone to its success”, said David Vasquez, Chairman of the Board, Fort Bend Seniors.
Shown are back row L to R: Rick Forlano (FBS Board Member, Assistant Secretary) Eric Robbins (FBS Board Member), Fort Bend County Commissioner Richard Morrison, Jim Coppedge ((FBS Board Member); front row L to R: Joe Guereky (FBS Board Member, Wanda Sdao (FBS Board Member), Manuela Arroyos (FBS CEO), David Vasquez (FBS Chairman of the Board), and Ray Aguilar (FBS Board Member, Secretary).
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The wild Herdman children have invaded the Bradley’s church! Is disaster looming at award winning Fort Bend Theatre? Will it survive this holiday mayhem? Find out at 2815 N Main in Stafford as Fort Bend Theatre presents The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 3pm through December 22. In this hilarious Christmas tale, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting
the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdman’s collide with the Christmas story head on! Tickets are $16 for adults, $15 for students and seniors, and $13 for children, with group rates available. For more information or to purchase your tickets online, go to the FBT website, www.fortbendtheatre.com, or call 281-208-3333.
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A crowd of local officials also were on hand to express gathered to officially open their support of the bridge that a new bridge over the Flat is expected to significantly Bank Creek Diversion reduce commute times. Channel to connect Fort “It’s going to make a Bend’s two premier masterhuge difference in the drive planned communities, Sienna to our schools, shopping Plantation and Riverstone. areas and employment The new bridge connects centers,” noted Sienna Sienna Springs Road in Sienna Plantation resident Richard the Oyster Creek Rotary Club and Literacy Volunteers. Back Plantation to LJ Parkway in Muller. “It’s a life changer at the Foster High School Riverstone, thereby creating for residents of both Sienna finish line, they enjoyed a a regional connection to Plantation and Riverstone.” delicious brunch from local both communities and an The bridge also provides a food truck, Fraiche, and alternative to Highway 6. second route to the Fort Bend refreshments. Cyclists were LJ Parkway is named after Parkway which currently also interviewed by Russ Johns Larry Johnson, founder of The is being extended from from KBRZ local sports radio. Johnson Development Corp., Highway 6 to Sienna Parkway, All proceeds will support the developer of both Sienna just south of the Sienna the life-changing work of Plantation and Riverstone. Springs Road intersection. the Literacy Council of The structure officially Sienna Plantation and Fort Bend County, whose opened when Larry Johnson Riverstone are among the mission is to improve family, and Fort Bend County Judge nation’s top-selling mastercommunity and professional Bob Hebert each drove golf planned communities. lives through adult literacy carts across the bridge for Riverstone ranked #8 education. Cyclists, sponsors the ceremonial “first drive.” and Sienna Plantation and volunteers participating Residents from both Sienna #13 in the mid-year 2013 in Bike the Bend for Clements High School student volunteers from left to right: Luke Plantation and Riverstone report by Metrostudy. Literacy are helping to Stecklein, Braden Pfeiffer, Chris Gloyna, Ethan Carter, and Alexander unlock the potential for Kornegay. determined adults who want to pass a legacy of literacy (proficiency in reading, writing and understanding the written English language) to their children. Elkins High School’s supporting the school. VIPS/PTO, an organization The event will be held on dedicated to supporting Elkins Saturday, January 18, from students and community, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at Lowes in Missouri City 3807 FM is holding a clothing drive 1092 Rd, Missouri City. New fundraiser to give community and slightly used clothing members an opportunity to www.fortbendstar.com clean out their closets while (all sizes), towels, sheets, pillowcases, comforters, purses, belts, bags, small toys, stuffed animals of any fabric or material will be accepted. The donated items will be sold to a textile recycling company to help raise funds to support a campus patio beautification project and the purchase of a digital marquee at Elkins. Larry Johnson, founder of The Johnson Development Corp., takes the Donated items may also be first drive over a new bridge connecting the Fort Bend master-planned dropped off at Elkins, during communities of Sienna Plantation and Riverstone. Along for the ride are school hours, prior to January Larry Wong with Jardain Capital (front row), Missouri City Mayor Allen 18. For more information, Owen and Charlie Pence (second row l. to r.) and Rocky Lai (back) with visit www.elkinsvips.org. Jardain Capital.
14th Annual Bike the Bend for Literacy raises record numbers Despite the frigid wind on November 24, 195 riders from all parts of Houston and the surrounding area came together to cycle in support of adult literacy education. The 14th Annual Bike the Bend for Literacy successfully raised over $40,000 to date, up from $24,000 10 years ago. “The success and growth of this major event would not be possible without the generous sponsors, in-kind donors and volunteers, who give of their products, resources, and time to make their community a better place,” said Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Executive Director, Kelli Metzenthin. She added, “We have our dedicated committee to thank for a large chunk of this year’s success. These committed and enthusiastic individuals reached out to their friends and other cycling enthusiasts to spread the word about our programs and the ride.” Out on the course, the cyclists cruised through a scenic autumn route and stopped off for hydration and fuel at rest stops staffed by
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Purchase select instruments from Guitar Center and get two free music lessons at Guitar Center Studios.*
GUITAR CENTER SUGAR LAND
12790 Fountain Lake Cir., Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 240-4001 *Purchase products from Lucero, Mitchell, Simmons, Sound Percussion or Williams and receive two free 30-minute lessons from Guitar Center Studios. Offer valid until December 31, 2013. Offer must be redeemed by January 17, 2014.
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