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Sugar Land Town Square hosts the Holiday Dance Showcase Sugar Land residents got into the holiday spirit at the annual Holiday Dance Showcase at Sugar Land Town Square. The free event featured the talent of local dance studios including DanceZone, DanceTech by Hillary, Ann Moody Sill Dance Studio, Dance Dimensions, Laeral Dance Studios, and more.

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Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Opponents say death proves Red Light Cameras don't save lives By Betsy Dolan

A fatal accident on December 8 at an intersection with red light cameras, has reinvigorated the program's opponents who refute the Sugar Land's position that the program saves lives. Sugar Land Police say that footage from the red light cameras at U.S. 90A and Dairy Ashford show that 25-year old Carlos Ybarra of Alamo, died after he ran a red light and hit a woman driving a Chevy Tahoe. A witness at the scene originally told police that the woman ran the red light.

Alcohol is not believed to have been a factor in the crash. The City of Sugar Land has maintained that red light cameras have reduced accidents by 58% and are an important safety tool at high volume intersections. But Helwig Van Der Grinten (Captain Van), who is leading the charge to eliminate the program, says the December 8 fatality is a good example of how red light cameras don't save lives. "Typically this type of accident occurs well into the red light period and these violations are caused by an impaired or distracted driver," Captain

This week the Fort Bend County Appraisal District (CAD) will be announcing its new board of directors for the 2014 and 2015 terms of office. Earlier this month Fort Bend County Commissioners Court voted to cast the county’s ballots in favor of electing five members to the Fort Bend CAD Board of Directors - Al Abramczyk, Albert Glover, Jim Kij, Paul Stamatis and Rhonda Zacharias. This was done the last time the commissioners met at the Travis Building on the 7th floor before moving across the street into the newly renovated courthouse, where they met for the first time last week. The previous CAD board members consisted of Al

Abramczyk, Jim Kij, Paul Stamatis, Kraig Warren, and Rhonda Zacharias. Albert Glover from Missouri City was selected as the candidate to be placed on the general election ballot as everyone else on the existing board except for Warren agreed to serve again if nominated, according to reports. This local board of directors governs the appraisal district and the five members serve a two-year term beginning January 1 of even-numbered years. The taxing entities have a total of

5,000 votes determined on the percentage of the taxes levied. Those taxing entities with the largest number of votes are the Fort Bend Independent School District with 1,365 votes, Fort Bend County with 845 votes, Lamar Consolidated Independent School District with 600 votes, and the conservation districts (MUDs and LIDs), which have a total of 1,075 cumulative votes. The City of Sugar Land has 130 votes.

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In the ongoing battle over how best to meet groundwater reduction rules by 2016, the cities of Richmond and Rosenberg have decided to sue the Fort Bend Subsidence District (FBSD). At issue is the district's

recently amended regulatory plan which the cities say limits their options to explore alternative water sources and steers them toward building an expensive surface water treatment plant. “The FBSD Board has previously been made aware that the cities would pursue legal action if the District’s

By Karen Daniels

December 17, 2013 was officially proclaimed Fire Rescue Appreciation Day by the City of Meadows Place. Mayor Charles Jessup and City Council presented Chief Larry Di Camillo of the Stafford Volunteer Fire Department with a certificate recognizing that fighting fires is one of the most hazardous professions requiring physical strength, stamina, extensive training, courage and a selfless concern for the welfare of their citizens. MEADOWS PLACE, continued on page 5

of once Tang City Plaza By Elsa Maxey

Bordering what used to be Tang City Plaza in Missouri City is U.S. 90A, and the name change of three streets in that area will have practically wiped out, in a physical sense, the memory of what used to be and could have been. Recently,

the Missouri City City Council adopted an ordinance changing the name of Tang City Drive, Lo Yang Drive and Changan Drive to Dream Court, Pheasant Valley Drive and Paloma Bend, respectively. There are some that may STREET NAMES, continued on page 5

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regulatory plan was amended in such a way that would eliminate available options for alternative water sources,” said Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales, Jr. According to Patrick Lindner, the cities’ legal counsel on the item, the purpose of the suit is to “protect the rights of the cities and their citizens and water customers.” The FBSD had no public comment on the proposed lawsuit. All large water users in Texas must convert 30% of groundwater usage to an alternate source by 2016, and 60% to an alternate source by 2025. Richmond and Rosenberg want to hire Houston-based Electro Purification LLC to drill 10 commercial wells in Austin and Waller counties. But area ranchers, farmers and the city of Simonton are concerned that removing large quantities of water--20 million gallons a day-- will increase the threat of subsidence, or land sinking, which can lead to flooding. There are also concerns about a diminished and lower quality water supply. O.K. LAWSUIT, continued on page 5

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Who will govern the Fort Bend appraisal district for next two years? Street names last to go By Elsa Maxey

Van wrote in an email to the "Star". "When a traffic light turns yellow drivers must base a snap stop-or-go decision on where they think they might be when the light changes to red".

Special Crime Alert! By LeaAnne Klentzman

Fort Bend County Crimes Stoppers, Inc. has announced they will pay up to $5,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved in several fraud cases in Fort Bend County and the Greater Houston area. Sheriff’s spokesman, Bob Haenel, said detectives are looking for a woman and two men who have stolen personal information of Fort Bend County residents using that information to obtain credit cards and make purchases Shown are Chief Larry Di Camillo, of the Stafford Fire Department and with the fraudulent cards. Meadows Place Mayor Charles Jessup. Haenel explained that one

victim was not alerted to the fraud until she began receiving bills from companies from which she Woman Suspect had no contact. According to Haenel, stores such as Sears, JC Penney, Sam’s Club and others were targeted in this fraud scheme and their losses exceed $9,000. The suspect using the fraudulent cards in these cases appears to be a middle-aged white female with closely ALERT, continued on page 5

Fashion statement or faux pas?                      By LeaAnne Klentzman

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Sugar Land finalizes plans for New Year’s Eve Party Say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 at the City of Sugar Land’s New Year’s Eve on the Square celebration on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at Sugar Land Town Square.   To ensure visitors of all ages have a chance to celebrate, the evening will be divided into two segments. A children’s celebration beginning at 7 p.m. will feature music and entertainment from Radio Disney on the main stage, a bubble artist, LED balloon artists and other great street performers roaming City Walk Drive. The celebration will close with a spectacular fireworks show at 9 pm. The party resumes at 9:30 p.m. with the New Year’s Eve celebration where alcohol will be available for purchase to

responsible adults until 1 a.m.   A brand-new, never-beforeseen 3D video projection mapping show with fireworks is scheduled for this year’s midnight presentation.  Illuminated statuesque “Light Beings” will seem to glide along the columns of Sugar Land City Hall while elaborate cirque jugglers and stilt walkers entertain the crowd within the plaza.   An entertainment staple in New Orleans’s French Quarter, the Dragon Masters interactive comedy team will keep everyone laughing while Flipping Out, a stunt trampoline group from Florida, will amaze the crowd with their air-catching moves. This is a free event with parking available at both the Texas and Lonestar Garages.  There will be

additional parking at Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Blvd., with a free shuttle service to Town Square from 6:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Sugar Creek Baptist Church is sponsoring this year’s Get Home Safely program –people who identify themselves as designated drivers will receive free soft drinks and water throughout the evening from any beverage station at the event.  Taxi available starting at 11 p.m. can either be prebooked or booked that night by visiting the City of Sugar Land information kiosk. All taxi fares and charges will be the responsibility of the passengers. For more event information, visit the city’s website at www.sugarlandtx.gov/nye or call (281) 275-2885.

Quail Valley Garden Club selects holiday lighting winners Music, dancing lights, faith and joyous expressions of the holidays. Whether it’s an entire neighborhood showing off Christmas Cards tied together by lights, a dial-your-car radio to wonderful Christmas music all light synchronized and dancing, or the many emotions of the holidays, you find neighbors sharing the holidays in Quail Valley.  The Quail Valley Garden Club recognizes these efforts annually. 2013 winners are Jessica Ransom, 2906 Robinson Road; Alan & Jennifer Burkhalter, 3834 West Pebble Beach; and Frankie & Curtis Hyman, 3015 Robinson Road. Honorable mentions are Richard and Sharon Allen, 3711 West Valley; Isaac & Edith Hunt, 2503 Bermuda Dunes; Gregory & Cheryl Herring, 3811 West Creek Club. Enjoy a peek by visiting http:// traction.typepad.com/QVGC  or better yet, drive around!

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Elkins football players make season bright for Lantern Lane youngsters  Demonstrating their usual charitable spirit, Elkins High School football players and coaches held their annual toy drive to benefit students at Lantern Lane Elementary School. Students and staff at Elkins generously donated more than 100 toys for the young students to enjoy. The Elkins football team delivered the toys to Lantern

Lane students who where identified by teachers as ideal candidates to receive gifts. The players filled empty tables in the school’s computer lab with the toys and allowed each child to select up to four toys. A drawing was also held to award a bicycle to one lucky student. The recipient of the bicycle was kindergarten student, Winnie Christopher.

Fort Bend Children's Discovery Center receives major gift The Spencer Company, which for more than 50 years has provided commercial landscape management services to businesses and homeowner associations throughout the area, has announced a major gift to sponsor the Town Square Park within the Kidtropolis exhibit in the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center: A Very Special Project of the Children’s Museum of Houston.  “This is our way of passing along to children the importance of horticulture and landscape management in our everyday lives,” notes Brad Wander, owner of The Spencer Company along with his wife Diana. 

The Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center is scheduled to open 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.   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?” “The museum provides a venue for sponsors to reach out to families with a positive message about their respective businesses,” said Tracy

Golden, capital campaign manager for the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center. After meeting the George Foundation’s $1-million matching challenge grant months ahead of the deadline set by the Foundation, the museum’s capital campaign committee is working to raise the last $231,000 needed by the end of 2013 to move forward with the project.  The figure represents the museum’s first three years of programming

and operating costs. Those interested in contributing to the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center should contact Tracy Golden at 281-494-0297 or at tgolden@cmhouston.org. For more information on the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, go to www. fortbendchildrensdc.org.  Also, “like” the museum on Facebook, www.facebook.com/ FortBendDiscoveryCenter.

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Fort Bend ISD schools and offices announce closures for winter holidays Fort Bend ISD Schools and Offices will be closed Monday, December 23 through Friday, January 3, for the Winter Holiday Break. 

The district will resume regular business hours on Monday, January 6. Students will return to school on Wednesday, January 8. Happy Holidays!

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FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH • 281-499-3502 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City, TX 77459 Sunday School all ages: 9:00am Combined Worship: 10:30am www.fumcmc.org

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MURPHY RD. CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-261-5216 2025 FM 1092 • Missouri City Sunday Worship: 9:30am - 5:00pm Bible Classes: Sunday 10:45am Bible Study: Wednesday 7:30pm www.murphyroadchurch.org

SUGAR LAND CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-561-0881 15590 Voss Road • Sugar Land • www.slcoc.org Sunday Worship Services: 7:00am • 10am • 5pm Bible Study (all ages): Sun. 9am & Wed. 7pm Tuesday Seniors' Bible Study: 10am Scripture of the week Therefore, my brothers, I want you to know that through Jesus the forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you. Through him everyone who believes is justified from everything you could not be justified from by the law of Moses. —Acts 13:38-39

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Clements High School students benefit from $15.7 million Fort Bend Education Foundation grant funded by Schlumberger

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FISHERS OF MEN LUTHERAN CHURCH (LCMS) • 281-242-7711 2011 Austin Parkway - Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.fishersofmen.org Sunday Worship: 8:30am - 11:00am Sunday School classes for ages 2 & up: 9:40am

NEW HOPE LUTHERAN CHURCH (ELCA) • 281-499-7611 1424 FM 1092 Rd., Missouri City, 77459 Worship w/Holy Communion: 8:00 & 10:30 am Education hour for all ages: 9:15am www.newhopelc.org

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH, LCMS 281-242-7729 800 Brooks St., Sugar Land Sunday: 8:00 am Traditional Worship 9:15 am Sunday School 10:30 am Contemporary Worship (Nursery Available) 4:00 pm Spirit of Life Worship NON DENOMINATIONAL

BRIGHTON CHURCH • 281-988-7755 11925 SW Frwy 59 • Stafford (Between W. Airport and Murphy Rd.) Sunday Worship: 10:30am www.brightonhouston.org • Refreshing & Relevant

FREEDOM CHURCH • 281-240-1055 121 Wood ST. • Sugar Land, TX 77498 Sunday Worship: 11:00am www.facebook.com/freedomchurchintl Pastor - Bryan Eggenbeger

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Pictured at the grant presentation are (front row, kneeling from left): students Alexander Aitken, Annie Chang, Ivy Moore, Xinhe Ren, Zal Darogo, Michael Fink, Michael Li; (second row) student Raymond Chee, Charles Dupre, FBISD Superintendent of Schools; Andy Ralph, FBEF President; David Yaffie, CHS Principal; Lubna Lorena, math teacher and Computer Science Club sponsor; Paula Harris, Director of Community Affairs for Schlumberger; Rod Nelson, Vice President of Government and Community Relations for Schlumberger; and (back row) Brenna Smelley, FBEF Executive Director; Dr. Phillys Hill, FBISD Associate Superintendent; Molly Perkins, CHS Assistant Principal; and Joshua Fugel, math teacher and Computer Science Club assistant. providing this program. Clements is one of only two high schools in the world to pilot the program. “I would like to thank our business partner, Schlumberger, for their outstanding and

continued support for the teachers, students and schools in Fort Bend ISD,” said Brenna Smelley, Executive Director of the Fort Bend Education Foundation.

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Count down to the New listening to music and counting Year with the staff at Fort Bend down to 12:00 noon (instead All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries’ Sugar Land of midnight!). Refreshments, County Libraries will be closed Branch Library at a special including cookies and punch, on Tuesday, December 24, “Open House: Countdown to will be on hand for the through Wednesday, December 2014” on Tuesday, December New Year’s celebration. 25, for the Christmas holiday.  31, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm, The Open House is free and Regular library hours will resume in the Meeting Room of the open to the public. For more on Thursday, December 26. library, located at 550 Eldridge. information, call the branch The libraries will close at Make festive poppers while library at 281-238-2140. 5:00 pm, on Tuesday, December 31, and will remain closed through Wednesday, January rayer ist 1, for the New Year’s holiday. Regular library hours will Sgt. Cory Wolston-U.S. Army Darren Glynn-Civilian Contractor resume on Thursday, January 2. LCpl. Brad Robideaux-USMC Staff Sgt. Jarrod Wayman-USMC Your online library is always PFC Kent Finley-1st Cavalry Sgt. Simon Gutierrez-USMC open at www.fortbend.lib. Ens. Leslie Ward-USN Pvt. Marques Roberson-U.S. Army tx.us for searching the catalog, LCpl. Chris White-USMC Capt. Daniel Seiter-U.S. Army renewing books or placing Spc. Mark Shimala-U.S. Army Mike Carroll-1st Lieutenant, USMC holds, downloading e-books, or Sgt. Matthew Austin Gaines-U.S. Army Dan Carroll-1st Lieutenant, USMC using the research databases. PFC E4 Michael Andrew Hernandez-U.S. Army Henry Blassingame-Contractor For additional information, SPC Christopher Kimrey-U.S. Army LCpl. Michael Cannata-USMC contact the Public Information John R. Simmons-U.S. Army Sgt. Bryan Lemmon-USMC Office at 281-341-2677. Capt. Sean Nolan-U.S. Army Pvt. Ezequiel Grimaldo-U.S. Army

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sweater over a pink shirt. He also was wearing a hat with flaps over the ears said Haenel. The female suspect was about the same height and size with short black hair that appeared to be gray in the surveillance footage. Heanel said she was wearing what appeared to be a gray-colored velour pant suit with a black scarf. Fort Bend Crime Stoppers

is willing to pay up to $5,000 for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of these two car burglars. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-3414665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www. fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org.

Street names last to go of once Tang City Plaza STREET NAMES, continued from page 1

ask, what was Tang City Plaza? Yet others will remember that on the nine and a half acres of land, there used to be a huge shopping center styled in Chinese architecture that had Asian shops of all kinds and also, market places featuring an elaborately sophisticated arched entrance to the center. That was back in 1986, when a bilingual ribbon-cutting ceremony signaled the forecast of a center to take its place as the nation's first master-planned Chinatown. But it closed a few years later and it remained vacant

later styling an abandoned sort of look. Had Beltway 8 been around, perhaps things could have turned out differently. In 2000, the property was purchased by former Houston Rockets player Hakeem Olajuwon, who resided in Sugar Land. Intending on building a mosque with a private school, library, landscaped gardens and a 35 foot Islamic architectural styled dome, the project did not come to fruition. The former Tang City shopping center with its declining structures subjected to vandalism thereafter met its fate and was leveled in 2004. Last year, the

Missouri City City Council authorized rezoing about half of the acreage of the site for the construction of a mixed use complex development to include a two-story office/ warehouse building, a twostory, office/storage/service building and an outdoor yard for equipment storage. To some, this area will always be remembered as the location of the former Tang City, and historians may take it bit further back recalling that it used to be both a track for boat racing in the 1930’s and later, for horse racing once upon a time just as Tang City.

Opponents say death proves Red Light Cameras don’t save lives a method to reduce side impact after the first of the year. crashes that lead to fatalities and serious injury", said Adolph. City of Sugar Land On November 19, Van Der spokesman, Doug Adolph says Grinten's group, the Houston that the police department has Coalition Against Red Light several traffic safety enforcement Cameras, suffered a set back programs designed to encourage when the Traffic Safety Task drivers to follow traffic laws, Force recommended that the including red light cameras. red light program remain with "Red light cameras are one a few modifications. The city of the programs that the chief council is expected to make a (Doug Brinkley) has identified as decision on the recommendations RED LIGHT, continued from page 1

Captain Van continues to push for the red light camera issue to be put on the ballot and voted on by Sugar Land residents. He has started a legal action fund to raise $5,000 to force the City of Sugar Land to put the issue to a vote. Paul Kubosh, an attorney who was successfully in his fight to ban red light cameras in Houston two years ago, has contributed.

Richmond, Rosenberg, O.K. lawsuit against Fort Bend Subsidence District denied the two cities’ request O.K. LAWSUIT, continued from page 1

"alternative water source". "Groundwater withdrawn from any county outside the district does not qualify as an alternative water supply unless the permittee can demonstrate that the groundwater withdrawals will not cause groundwater level declines," the amendment stated. The subsidence district’s board of directors in November

for rehearing on amendments it made in August. “The filing of this lawsuit is emblematic of our dedication to our citizens and our communities’ futures", said Richmond Mayor Evalyn Moore. "We are committed to securing a water supply that will provide for development and independence well into the future.”

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Well they ran, best as they could with dropped drawers and all you know....they jumped into a getaway ride and took off. Armed with a detailed physical and vehicle description the po-po, well.. they began to circle; Needville police found’m first and the chase was on…down a dead in street! Yep, the street ends and everybody bails out and runs

like rats leaving a sinking ship! Now you know the cops had to be … disgusted, it’s Christmas, and NOT a one of them ask for a RUN!!! Blessedly the run was short as one of the fashion savvy burglars was sag’n his pants and suffered a wardrobe malfunction….. YesSirReeeBob, he ran right out of that sag’n fashion faux pas and was bagged in his boxers.

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of each appraisal district. A state Property Tax Assistance Division performed the reviews for 125 appraisal districts in 2011 in Texas, including the Fort Bend County Central Appraisal District. The local district’s report showed areas in need of improvement which needed to be addressed. One in particular was that the Fort Bend CAD was requested to develop written policies and procedures for evaluating complaints filed against appraisal review board members.

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Mayor Jessup said, “This city has a tremendous working relationship since its inception and continues to work with the City of Stafford and Fire Department.” Meadows Place became a city in 1983, but was working with the City of Stafford prior to then. Meadows Place supplies the fire station and contents and Stafford provides the man power and equipment, a real team effort. On hand to share the honor from the Stafford Fire Department: Lieutenant Matthew Berg, Firefighters Dillon Merchant, Blake Cernosek, Jerry Parker, Josh Palma, and Dante Jones. Thanks for all you do! It was also announced at the meeting by Captain Jack Ashton that the Meadows Place Police Department will be training all of their officers to be Certified Mental Health Officers. Currently six officers have this distinction, but by February 2014 the remaining 11 will also be trained. In a follow-up interview with Chief

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Gary Stewart, he explained that all of their officers are certified as C.I.T. (Crisis Intervention Team) officers and have training in dealing with people in distress. This new certification will provide more education to effectively read major cues and provide a calm presence. The training consists of 40 instructional hours, and before the officer can take the written exam, he must pass a “scenario realitybased situation.” Chief Stewart said there was a “countywide push to get this done.”

Burglaries are a big concern at Meadows Place Police Department this time of year. “Bad guys know that people are shopping right now. And they are shopping, too.” Chief Stewart spoke of the department’s TLC program. Officers leave pass/fail cards on the windshields of vehicles parked around the city. When they notice packages left in plain sight, windows down, doors unlocked, these are typically “fail” cards. For the month of December, 121 passed and 32 failed.

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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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In addition, the Fort Bend Subsidence District, which oversees compliance with the state mandate, is encouraging the use of surface water. The FBSD amended their 2003 Groundwater Reduction Plan in August by changing their own definition of an

January, the oath of office will be administered to the newly elected CAD board Fort Bend CAD Chief members and the election of Appraiser Glen Whitehead is responsible for counting the votes officers will also take place. It is important to note that and declaring the election of the Texas Legislature enacted the five candidates who receive a law in 2009 requiring the the most votes. Although there were only five candidates for the Comptroller of Public Accounts five board member positions, to review appraisal districts an election was required. All every two years. Referred to the governing bodies of taxing as the Methods and Assistance entities were asked to vote and Program, the review studies submit their results to the Chief the governance, taxpayer Appraiser before December 17. assistance, operating procedures and the appraisal standards, At the board’s regular WHO, continued from page 1

Suspects in the credit card theft.

Hopefully they added a charge for running around in public in his drawers, too! Yep, we always knew….. Sag’n leads to bag’n.

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cropped brown hair. Haenel said, “She is heavy-set and wears dark-rimmed glasses, and in one case, was wearing a purple and black sweater and black slacks and shoes. She also had a choker-style necklace.” Her two co-conspirators appear to be black males. In one surveillance shot, one of the men could be seen wearing dark pants and a white t-shirt. “The trio was caught on video at a gas station. They are driving a late-model Ford F-150 pickup truck. The vehicle is dark red and it has a matching cover over the bed of the truck,” said Haenel. The second suspect is believed to be 6', with a stocky build and in one incident was wearing an orange jersey and a beanie cap. Information which leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspects involved could earn a reward of up to $5,000. Call Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office at 281-341-4665, Fort Bend Crime Stoppers, Inc. at 281-342-TIPS (8477) or text plus the tip to CRIMES (274637). Tips also can be submitted online at www. fortbend-tx-crimestoppers.org.

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Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man and woman who have been caught on camera using stolen credit cards. A car was burglarized in the parking lot of a Crossfit Gym in northwest Fort Bend County. The victim told responding officers that she had parked her car at the rear of the building, gone in to work for about an hour and returning to her car to find it burglarized. She identified the missing items as cash and credit cards. According to Sheriff’s spokesman Bob Haenel, “Detectives discovered that the culprits in this case quickly used the victim’s credit cards at an area HEB, two CVS locations and a Wells Fargo ATM. The loss totaled more than $2,500.” He described the suspect duo as a black male and a black female; he is reportedly about 5’10” and heavy set. At the time of the incident he was wearing a raspberry-colored

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May Peace, Happiness, Love and Goodwill be with You and Yours not only on Christmas but through out the year and beyond. Merry Christmas and Happy New Years. TELFAIR - Classic Designed 2-Story Home offers Both Formal + Family; Island Kitchen w/ Granite; Wood & Travertine Tile Flrs; Game + Theater Rm; Gentleman’s Library; Putting Green w/6 Holes; Bocce Ct; Salt-Water Pool/Spa.5/4.1/3A $1,050,000. Call Arlene Rolsen (281)414-8400 (7514TA)

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SO GRAND MISSION - Fantastic 5 bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms study w/French door. Two story soaring ceilings in the family room. Open floor plan, huge kitchen/ breakfast area. Spacious master, double closet and vanity. Wood laminate flooring throughout the 1st level, stairs/ game room. Big back yard with covered patio and built in deck. Master plan community, HOA includes home security and fitness center, pool, splash pad, etc Excellent Fort Bend ISD ,great location with easy access to Westpark toll, HYW 99 and I-10. AT $239,900 CALL DEBBIE AT 281-782-2102 (7127PA)

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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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Fort Bend County Historic Courthouse Fifteen families adopted through Bush High School's Holiday Sleigh Project Christmas Tree lighting held On December 13, Fort Bend County Attorney’s Office and the Fort Bend County Judge’s Office welcomed county employees to the 2013 Christmas Tree Lighting at the newly renovated Historic Courthouse.  The Lamar Consolidated Varsity Choir performed several carols in the rotunda under the direction of Choir Director Sean Saunders.  Employees enjoyed tours provided by the Fort Bend Historical Commission and the traditional warm refreshment of Wassail.  Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert welcomed everyone and presented the lighted tree in the traditional manner it has been presented

for many years. “We are pleased to have the annual Christmas Tree lighting once again in our Courthouse.  We will continue

the tradition for years to come, and honor the history of Fort Bend County that our Courthouse represents.”

Fort Bend County employees gather around for the Christmas tree lighting in the lobby of the newly renovated Courthouse.

Fort Bend Star will be closed Tuesday, December 24 and December 25. The Star office will be open Thursday, December 26.

Fifteen families throughout the Fort Bend ISD community will benefit from the generosity and caring spirit of Bush High School students and staff who took part in the school's Holiday Sleigh project. Initiated by social studies teacher, Jan Robertson, the annual event provides gifts, toiletries and food items to families identified as needing assistance by Fort Bend ISD social workers. Student organizations (including the National Honor Society, AVID, JROTC, Student Council, Latino Club and several others) donated gift items on the recipients' wish lists. The school then scheduled a day for recipients to pick up their holiday packages. As guests arrived, they were greeted by “Santa Claus” and his "elves,” who offered good tidings and wishes for a happy holiday. “This is my first year being a part of the project,” said Adrias Covington, who greeted

guests as Santa. “I'm happy I did, because this is the true meaning of Christmas and a blessing for so many people.” Robertson began the Holiday Sleigh project as a community service activity for her social studies students. “My idea was to have students experience the rewards of giving back to the community,” she said.

“When people found out what we were doing, they wanted to be involved in the project; so, it quickly grew from a classroom activity to a school-wide initiative.” Robertson and her cohorts are already making plans for next year's event; and if this year's event is any indication, it will definitely be a success.

Shown (from left to right) are: Jaylan Davis, Alda Maldonado, Monica Meade, social worker; Adrias Covington as Santa, Jan Robertson, social studies teacher; Mary Boisen, volunteer; Tylandra Johnson and Walter Perez.

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Stafford man’s arrest a lesson on possession the traffic violation into an investigation and a search for During a May 2011 traffic marijuana. During that search, stop in Sugar Land, police found marijuana and paraphernalia marijuana in a car operated by were discovered, including a 23 year old Stafford man. a smoking pipe that was still According to the Fort Bend warm. According to Sweeney, County District Attorney’s “Walia claimed responsibility for Office, Anil Walia of Stafford the drugs but later claimed he was arrested in May 2011 during didn’t know it was in the car.” a traffic stop in Sugar Land when At trial last week, Walia’s police found marijuana in his attorney argued that he did car. Assistant District Attorney not possess the drug because Susan Sweeney said, “Walia when the car was searched, the was driving a car with three marijuana and paraphernalia other passengers when the Sugar were found closer to the front Land Police Department stopped passenger, a tactic that has him for running a stop sign.” worked well in Fort Bend During that traffic contact the County for many years. officers could smell marijuana However, in this case wafting from the car turning Assistant District Attorney By LeaAnne Klentzman

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Sweeney told the jury, “The crime occurs with knowing possession, not ownership, and possession is not exclusive. Often, several Anil Walia people will possess the same narcotics together.” At the end of the trial in County Court at Law 1, the jury convicted Anil Walia of possession of marijuana in less than an hour. He was sentenced to 1 year probation, 48 hours of community service, attendance in a drug education program, and a $400 fine.

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Jury convicts grandson of elder abuse By LeaAnne Klentzman

Early in 2013 Cliffton Javon Johnson, 32, of Houston, showed up at his sister’s home in the Houston area of Fort Bend County. During that visit Johnson got into an altercation with several people at the home. According to reports, Johnson was removed from the altercation and was being

calmed by his 82 year old grandfather when Johnson hit him and knocked him to the ground. At trial, Clifton Johnson Johnson testified that he did not recall knowingly striking his grandfather and that

any contact was unintentional, said a DA’s representative. In less than two hours a jury in the 268th District Court found Johnson guilty. That same day the punishment phase of the trail began and based on the jury’s decision and his prior criminal history, Judge Brady Elliott sentenced Johnson to three years in prison for the assault on his grandfather.

Five FBISD Schools among the best high schools in state and nation  U.S. News and World Report reviewed 21,035 U.S. public high schools in 49 states and the District of Columbia and five FBISD schools made the publication’s 2013 Best High Schools rankings. The rankings are based on a school’s reading and math results for all students, math and reading proficiency rates for disadvantaged students, and college-readiness performance. Of the 410 Texas schools to make the rankings, Clements High School is among the Top 50 Best High Schools in Texas (ranked 43). Austin High School (70)

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Local DAR Chapter to meet Fort Bend Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet Wednesday, January 8, 2014, 10:30-12:30, chapel of the First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Missouri City. January program will be “DNA by Leon Anhaiser”. Contact Natalieaggarwal@hotmail.com or Gwen jbbumdar@hotmail.com for more info. The Fort Bend Chapter website www.texasdar.org/chapters/FortBend/. AHS ProGrad garage sale Austin High School to have garage sale Sat., Jan. 28, 8a.m.-1 p.m., Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd, Sugar Land. Treasures await you. All proceeds benefit ProGrad. For more information: austinbulldogprograd.weebly.com. Free Family Law Workshop Fort Bend Lawyers CARE (FBLC) Family Law Workshop welcomes low-income residents of Fort Bend with family law questions. It is an open forum. Veterans who are low-income residents. invited to attend. Bring to the workshop any prior court orders or documents that you have prepared. Call Fort 281-239-0015 to pre-qualify. The workshop is Jan. 8, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Parish Hall of Calvary Episcopal Church, 806 Thompson Road, Richmond.

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Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon @ The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club) , 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact Cindy Fauvelle,713-829-0550 or cindyfauvelle@yahoo.com. Christmas Break Camp for students Now thru January 7 (except Dec 25 & Jan 1) True Knight Home School Academy is hosting a Christmas Break Camp for students with special needs through age 22. Camp hours are from 8 am - 4 pm., Brighton Church, 119253 SW Freeway, Stafford. For more info call 281-978-6056, email Diana@ trueknight.org or website www.trueknight.org. Registration now open Sienna Panthers Lacrosse Registration for Spring Season (2014) is now open. Accepting boys from 1st grade to 12th grade! For more information and to register online, go to fbpantherslax.org. Registration is now open for 1st to 12th Grade Boys!! Where: fbpantherslax.org, click on Register Now. For More Information EMAIL: fbpantherslax@yahoo.com. Practice to begin January 2014 at Camp Sienna Fields. Vendors Wanted for 38th Annual Craft Show. Fridays in November Fitness in the Plaza Fridays, Nov. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, 9-11 a.m., Sugar Land Town Center’s Plaza. Featuring FREE Boot Camp with Jon Hood of Fleet Physique and Zumba with a professional instructor! Boot Camp is from 9-10 a.m. followed by Zumba from 10-11 a.m. The Mom’s Club of Sugar Land North Are you a stay at home mom? We have playgroups, socials, mom’s night out, book clubs, and many more fun things planned! Any age children are welcome, or just come yourself if your children are in school. For more info email momsclub_sln@yahoo.com. New Diabetic support group Mondays 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m., Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, 17500 West Grand Paryway South, hospital conference rooms B & C. Aug. 19, 2013, Nov. 18, 2013, Feb. 17, 2014, May 19, 2014. Events are free RSVP to 713222-2273. Info? 281-725-5059. Morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land The morning Exchange Club of Sugar Land is an all-volunteer national service organization for men and women who want to serve their community, develop leadership skills, and enjoy new friendships. The Club meets every Wednesday morning at 7:00 a.m., Sweetwater Country Club, Palm Royale Blvd., Sugar Land. Web site is ECSL.ORG.

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Beat the heat at Gattitown Beat the heat at Gattitown with indoor Laser Tag, Go Karts and much more. Plus enjoy Gatti’s signature pizza buffet for just $3.99 (plus $1.89 bottomless drinks), Monday – Thursday all summer long.Great for groups & birthdays. Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets The Exchange Club of Fort Bend meets every Wednesday, noon, Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royal Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information call Mike Reichek at 281-575-1145 or mike@reichekfinancial.com. Support group for caregivers NAMI Fort Bend (an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness) would like to invite you to a Support Group for caregivers on the second and fourth Thursday of every month. These meetings are free and open to anyone who is giving care and support to a family member who is suffering from mental illness. These are caregiver ONLY meetings and are held at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, in the Social Concerns Conference Room from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Al-Anon Support Group Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, 1 hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Jill 281-416-9005.

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8th Annual Holiday Bowl supported "Toys for Tots"

Although this year’s Holiday Bowl and Toys for Tots collaboration was cold and blustery, however it was a roaring success.  This football game is played each Christmas season between the Sheriff’s deputies and the Sugar Land Police officers as a toy drive for the Toys for Tots charity. The winner of this game went to the Fort Bend Co. Sheriff's Enforcer's. As in the 8 previous years the community was generous and the toys collected will bring joy to many children.

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