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Freedom means opportunity -- the opportunity to succeed, to chase your dreams, to find your calling and answer it, to live, to learn, and to grow, unencumbered by the shackles of class. It means we have the opportunity to rise to any height -- President, Governor, CEO, star athlete, celebrity, community leader -- regardless of your starting point in life. But freedom also means the opportunity to err and to fall short.

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JUDGE DAN HINDE IS THE PRESIDING JUDGE OVER THE 269TH CIVIL DISTRICT COURT IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.

BISHOP ANTHONY ALLEN, AND HIS WIFE MATISHE ALLEN are all smiles after witnessing Marcus Allen, and Antonishe Rice (their two children) receive their diplomas from Dickinson High School recently. ON PAGE 5 HISD Board Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones (District II) will be challenged by Darlene “Koffey” Smith in the 2015 General Election. ON PAGE 5 HISD Board Trustee Paula Harris (District IV) will face a stiff challenge from Jolanda “Jo” Jones, a former at-large City of Houston Council Member in the 2015 General Election. ON PAGE 22: Missouri City is ranked as the “4th Best Suburb” in the Houston area, says Mayor Owen.

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o me, true freedom is only realized by the person who allows their spirit to open up to the realization that GOOD IS REAL. And that He is working behind the scenes on their behalf.

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So don’t be bewildered or dismayed if you feel like your destiny has escaped your grasp. Your destiny isn’t hiding from you — nor is it beyond your reach. God knows

exactly where you are right now. And He knows exactly what it’s going to take to get you to what He has in mind for you.

EMBRACE IT

Your future is shining bright. There’s nothing holding you back – or hostage.

So trust God. And turn the page on any circumstance or situation seeking to distract you. And please, never forget that no

one can stop, block, or take what God has already prepared for you.

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“So if the Son sets you free, you are free indeed.” Now step forward boldly in the freedom that’s been granted to you by our CREATOR. And finally, go out and have yourself a happy and safe “JUNETEENTH” and “FOURTH OF JULY” holiday in 2015.

HERE ARE TWO OF THE 2015 MAYORAL CANDIDATES WHO VALUE US

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*Ben Hall Finished as the Runner-up in the 2013 Mayoral Election DON’T FORGET TO VOTE ON TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015

“Ben Hall finished 2nd behind Mayor Annise Parker back in the 2013 City of Houston Mayoral Election. There were (8) eight other candidates in the race. Ben is asking for our prayers, vote, and support in the 2015 RACE FOR MAYOR OF HOUSTON, TEXAS.” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

BEN HALL: “I’m asking for your vote.” - SEE P.16

“Victoria Lane finished 4th in the 2013 City of Houston Mayoral Election. There were (8) other candidates in the race for mayor back then. Victoria Lane is a businesswoman with more than 40 years of experience. And she’s asking for our vote, prayers, and support.” -- AUBREY R. TAYLOR

VICTORIA LANE: “I’m asking for your vote.” - SEE P.31

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Ben Hall Is Asking for Our Prayers, Vote and Support! FROM BEN HALL FOR MAYOR CAMPAIGN

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Dear Neighbor:

I am Ben Hall and I want to be Mayor of this great city! Many of you probably know me, but for those of you who don’t, I am a husband, father, businessman and attorney. I left the private sector during Mayor Bob Lanier’s term, to lead the City Attorney’s office. During that time, I gained the skills and knowledge to move our city forward, by using private sector experience to solve problems. I learned from Mayor Bob that in order to lead this City it requires a focused and committed leader. Saundra and I love Houston and the opportunity it has given us to be a positive force in the lives of others. We want to continue that by giving back to a city that has given so much to us.

Our streets need to be repaired; our neighborhoods need to be protected; Houstonians need jobs; and our city debt must be addressed. We can’t do this if we don’t work together. As your next Mayor, my focus will be on our City’s basic needs, and to make sure that businesses can flourish without the harsh penalty of more taxes and fees.

I am asking you to join Saundra and me in moving our city forward.

Sincerely,

Benjamin L. "Ben" Hall, III 2015 Candidate for Mayor of Houston Photo: Ben and his wife of 34 years, Saundra Hall

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Yadira Banuelos attended Tijerina and J.P. Henderson Elementary and Jackson Middle schools before coming to Austin. She serves as president of the National Honor Society, president of the senior class, and secretary of Interact (a service club affiliated with Rotary International). Banuelos has also been active on the debate team.

Honor Society, and the Hindi National Honor Society. Prasad is also active in the Debate Club and the Astronomy Club. He lists his favorite subject as calculus. Prasad is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a National Merit Commended Scholar who has been recognized at the regional, state, and national levels for his performance in French language competitions. In his spare time, he enjoys playing the guitar, drums, and piano. Prasad attended T.H. Rogers before enrolling at Bellaire.

Dayne Yulber Beronque Austin High SchoolSalutatorian

Nakiyah Myasia Scott Booker T. Washington High SchoolValedictorian

Dayne Beronque attended Briarmeadow Elementary and a middle school in Alvin ISD before coming to Austin. He plans to attend the University of Texas, where he will pursue a degree in pharmacology. Beronque is a member of the soccer and football teams. He is also active in the National Honor Society.

Michael Anthony Ortiz Booker T. Washington High SchoolSalutatorian

Sophia Deqi Cen Bellaire High SchoolValedictorian

Sophia Cen is a member of the debate team, the Red Cross Club, and Business Professionals of America. She attended Askew Elementary School and T.H. Rogers before coming to Bellaire, and she hopes to pursue a degree in business at the University of Pennsylvania.

Aditya Srinivas Prasad Bellaire High SchoolSalutatorian

Nakiyah Scott plans to attend the University of Virginia and pursue a degree in chemical engineering. She has been active in her school’s National Honor Society and serves as captain of the drill team and vice president of Mademoiselles (a service organization). She lists her favorite subjects as social studies and calculus.

Our Youth are the future for our city, nation and world. Therefore, we must pray for them daily. As believers, we declare that our Youth are the righteousness of God! We declare that they walk in obedience and they are growing in the wisdom and stature of the Lord.

Aditya Prasad plans to attend Brown, Stanford, or Rice University this fall and study computer science. He is a member of the National Honor Society, the French

Michael Ortiz attended Sánchez Elementary and Stevenson Middle schools before enrolling at Washington. He has served as president of the National Honor Society, president of the Mexican American Engineering Society, and project manager of the Rocketry Club. Ortiz has also been active in FIRST Robotics competitions. Ortiz plans to attend Texas A&M University, where he will pursue a degree in aerospace engineering using the Elliot-Chandler Foundation and Century Scholarships he has received. He lists his favorite subjects as Advanced Placement calculus and English literature. In his spare time, Ortiz enjoys jogging, strumming the guitar, and learning to play new instruments.

Yadira Banuelos Austin High SchoolValedictorian

2015 HISD SCHOOL BOARD RACES TO WATCH

Key 2015 HISD District Races

here will be four Houston ISD Board Members on the Tuesday, November 3, 2015 General Election ballot. However, we’re not sure at this time how many of the trusees will draw challengers. Rhonda Skillern-Jones, the trustee for District 2; Manuel Rodriguez, Jr., the trustee for District 3; Paula Harris, the trustee for District 4, and Juliet Stipeche, the trustee for District 8; are the current HISD sitting incumbents who will be on the ballot on Tues., Nov. 3rd. Trustee Rhonda Skillern-Jones (District II) has drawn an opponent already. So has Trustee Paula Harris (District IV) -- and we’re still months away from early voting, which begins on Monday, October 19, 2015 and DARLENE SKILLERNends on Friday, October 30, 2015. JONES

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In the race for HISD Trustee – District 2, incumbent Rhonda Skillern-Jones is being challenged by Darlene “Koffey” Smith. DARLENE “KOFFEY” SMITH: “I am asking for your VOTE so my VOICE can become your VOICE to IMPROVE, PROTECT and SERVE on the School Board at Houston ISD for our Students, Parents, Teachers and School Campus Administration according to Policy and Procedures, the Education Code, State and Federal Law for the Progression of our children to receive a FAIR and QUALITY Education.” In the race for HISD Trustee –District 4, incumbent Paula Harris is being challenged by well-known attorney, and former City of Houston At-Large Position 5 Council Member Jolanda “Jo” Jones who plans to use her unique skill set to work along with other school board members and the superintendent to improve education for our young people. Stay Tuned... PAULA HARRIS

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Brett Gu plans to study chemical engineering at Yale University using the Houston Chinese Civic Center and Houston Chinese Association of Professionals Scholarships he received. He lists his favorite subject as chemistry, and he attended River Oaks Elementary School and T.H. Rogers before graduating from Carnegie.

Seth Kennedy Taylor Carnegie Vanguard High SchoolValedictorian

Although he has not yet decided upon a university, Seth Taylor plans to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering. He attended Garden Oaks Montessori and T.H. Rogers before coming to Carnegie. Taylor is active in the Robotics Club and the Carnegie Engineering and Technology Association.

Leticia Ortega Cesar E. Chavez High SchoolValedictorian

Leticia Ortega is a member of the National Honor Society, the Spanish National Honor Society, and the EMERGE program. She attended Bonner, Cornelius, and Golfcrest Elementary and Stevenson Middle schools before coming to Chávez. She lists her favorite subject as mathematics, and her hobbies include reading, surfing Reddit, and practicing martial arts. Ortega plans to attend Harvard University, where she will major in engineering. She has received a Jones Scholarship from the Houston Endowment and has been recognized as a Dean’s List member and a National Commended Scholar. Ortega is also the recipient of a Junior Achievers Award from the British American Foundation of Texas.

Mireya Estrada Cesar E. Chavez High SchoolSalutatorian

Mireya Estrada attended private schools before enrolling at Chávez. She plans to study psychology at Barnard College this fall using the Jones Scholarship she received from the Houston Endowment. She lists her favorite subject as mathematics and two of her hobbies as reading and photography.

Thanh-Hang Thi Tran Cesar E. Chavez High SchoolSalutatorian

Thanh Hang Tran is a member of the National Honor Society, the Student Senate, and Interact (a service club affiliated with Rotary International). She has also been active in the Asian American Club and she lists her favorite subject as mathematics. Tran will pursue a degree in business from Brandeis University. Tran attended the Bellfort Academy, Lewis Elementary, and Stevenson Middle schools before coming to Chávez. She has been included on the Dean’s List and received the highest score possible (a “5”) on the Advanced Placement Calculus exam. In her spare time, Tran enjoys acting, baking, and participating in Vovinam (Vietnamese martial arts).

Gabriella Chehab Wannall Challenge Early College High SchoolValedictorian

Gabriella Wannall plans to attend the University of Texas in the Permian Basin, where she will study paleontology. She is an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction who has also been recognized for her performance in Spanish and business management. In her spare time, Wannall enjoys ballroom dancing, watching 1980s movies, and working with fossils.

Moises Tacam Challenge Early College High SchoolSalutatorian

Moises Tacam intends to study biomedical engineering at Duke University. He is a member of the National Honor Society and was named an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and a National Hispanic Recognition Scholar.

Ashley Espinosa Davis High SchoolValedictorian

She is a member of the National Honor Society and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA). She is also active on the school’s tennis team. When not studying, Espinosa enjoys playing tennis, listening to music, and spending time with her family and friends.

Maricela Villegas Davis High SchoolSalutatorian

Maricela Villegas intends to study accounting at the University of Houston using the Project GRAD Scholarship she received. She attended Roosevelt Elementary and Burbank Middle schools before coming to Davis. Villegas is a member of the National Honor Society and Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).

Teresa Angela Lee DeBakey High SchoolValedictorian

Teresa Lee is a member of the National Honor Society and HOSA (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America). She also served as president of the BETA Club (a service organization). Lee lists her favorite subjects as chemistry and physics.

Rachel Marie Shenoi DeBakey High SchoolSalutatorian

Rachel Shenoi attended T.H. Rogers before enrolling at DeBakey. She is a member of HOSA (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America), the Mayor’s Youth Council, the BETA Club (a service organization), and the Houston Girls Chorus. Shenoi also served as president of the National Honor Society.

Poornima Lakshmi Tamma DeBakey High SchoolSalutatorian

Ashley received instruction at Roosevelt Elementary and Hamilton Middle schools before coming to Davis. She plans to pursue a degree in computer science at the University of Houston, from which she has already received an Academic Excellence Scholarship. She was also awarded a Project GRAD scholarship, and she has received a letter jacket through the school’s Academic Letterman program for maintaining a “straight A” average. Espinosa lists her favorite subject as mathematics.

Poornima Tamma attended River Oaks Elementary and Lanier Middle schools before coming to DeBakey. She plans to study biomedical engineering at the University of Texas this fall. She has been recognized with the Dean’s Award, the Principal’s Award, and the Wellesley College Book Award. Her favorite subject is calculus. Tamma served as president of the French Club and coach of the debate team. She has also been active in the National Honor Society, HOSA (formerly known as Health Occupations Students of America), and the BETA Club (a

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Jenniffer Arce East Early College High SchoolValedictorian

Jenniffer Arce, who enjoys baking, crocheting, and riding bicycles, is a product of Eliot Elementary and the Rusk School. She is an Honor Roll student who is active on her school’s debate team and in the Houston Police Department’s Explorers program. Arce is also a member of the National Honor Society and Phi Theta Kappa. She has received scholarship offers from the University of St. Thomas and Houston Baptist University.

Dariana A. Resendez East Early College High SchoolSalutatorian

Dariana Resendez is a member of the Student Council, the Feminist Majority Leadership Alliance, and the EMERGE fellowship. She also serves as vice president of the National Honor Society. Resendez is an Honor Roll student who has been recognized for her performance in music, Advanced Placement chemistry, and Advanced Placement statistics.

Joshua Nugent Eastwood Academy High SchoolValedictorian

Joshua Nugent received instruction from schools in Illinois before enrolling at Eastwood. He serves as president of the National Honor Society, and he is a member of the National Science Honor Society, the Chess Club, and the Texas High School Aerospace Scholars. Nugent lists his favorite subject as mathematics, and he hopes to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering at Duke University. He has been named an Advanced Placement Scholar with Distinction and been recognized for his involvement with the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership organization. In his spare time, Nugent enjoys cycling, competing at chess, and playing video games.

Jennifer Cruz Eastwood Academy High SchoolSalutatorian

Jenifer Cruz is a member of the National Honor Society who is active in Skills USA activities and the EMERGE program. She intends to pursue a degree in architecture or computer science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, using the Leadership and Holy Cross Scholarships she has received.

Elijah Malik Harris ESTEM CentralValedictorian

Elijah Harris, who lists his favorite subject as mathematics, is a member of the National Honor Society, the Math Club, and the science team. He has also been active on the football, soccer, and track and field teams. Harris is a product of Alcott Elementary and Stevenson Middle schools. He plans to pursue a degree in computer science at Prairie View A&M University using the Merit Scholarship he has received. Harris lists a few of his hobbies as listening to music and spending time with friends.

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Briana Denae Myles ESTEM CentralSalutatorian

service organization). In her free time, Tamma enjoys reading, playing the piano, and participating in debate.

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Briana Myles, who lists English as her favorite subject, received instruction at an Alief ISD elementary school and a charter middle school before coming to E-STEM. She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Society of High School Scholars. She is also active on the basketball, volleyball, track and field, math, and science teams.

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Congratulations to Fort Bend ISD's 2015 Valedictorians and Salutatorians!

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ORT BEND ISD – Fort Bend ISD is proud to announce the names of the 22 high school students who earned the distinct honor of being named the 2015 FBISD valedictorians and salutatorians. These top scholars earned the two highest rankings among their graduating classes after years of hard work and commitment to their academic careers. We congratulate them on their accomplishments and wish them continued success along their college and career journeys.

The FBISD 2015 valedictorians and salutatorians are: Austin High School

Valedictorian: Neelesh Mutyala College: University of Houston Field of Study: Honors Biomedical Sciences/Medicine in Society *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Believe, Persist, Achieve

Austin High School

Salutatorian: Steven Schepanski College: Rice University Field of Study: Biomedical Engineering *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Amidst all of the long hours of studying, be sure to take time to enjoy life because time flies by faster than you think. ----------------------------------------------------------------------------

Bush High School

Valedictorian: Alexis Nguyen College: University of Houston Field of Study: Biochemistry *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Work hard.

Bush High School

Salutatorian: Arlene Sanchez College: Houston Baptist University Field of Study: Nursing Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Quitting is taking the easy way out

Clements High School

Valedictorian: Zachary Tu College: Rice University Field of Study: Applied Math *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Don’t accept advice from people on the basis of class rank.

Clements High School

Salutatorian: Elysia Gao College: Johns Hopkins University Field of Study: Biomedical Engineering or Economics/Math *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: For one minute, walk outside, stand in silence, look up at the sky and contemplate how amazing your life is and what makes it amazing.

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Dulles High School

Valedictorian: Saiesh Kalve College: Rice University Field of Study: Bioengineering/Neuroscience *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Work hard, play hard and try hard.

Dulles High School

Salutatorian: Anirudha Chatterjee College: Rice University Field of Study: Bioengineering *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Don’t let the apples you pick represent the orchard you’re in.

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Elkins High School

Valedictorian: Tia Lal College: University of Houston Field of Study: Mathematics *Words of Advice to fellow graduates:

Set reasonable and personal goals, and achieve those goals through hard work, determination and diligence.

Elkins High School

Salutatorian: Laura Luo College: University of Texas Field of Study: Biochemistry *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Life is nothing but a game, so take multiple routes to beat it.

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Hightower High School

Valedictorian: Prazwal Athukuri College: University of Texas Field of Study: Business Pre-Med/Computer Science and Psychology *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Remember to make the best of every situation and think through all decisions that are asked of you. It is important to remember where you came from and what made you who you are.

Hightower High School

Salutatorian: Shawn George College: University of Texas Field of Study: Chemical Engineering *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Even when times seem tough, a good work ethic and positive attitude can go a long way.

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Kempner High School

Valedictorian: Kajal Patel College: University of Texas Field of Study: Biology/Spanish *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Always find positives, even in the most negative situations.

Kempner High School

Salutatorian: Kashaf Momin College: Georgetown University Field of Study: Biology *Words of Advice to fellow graduates:

Go ahead and chase your dreams, but don’t lose sight of the other meaningful things in life.

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Marshall High School

Valedictorian: Tristan Bibbs College: University of Texas Field of Study: Electrical Engineering *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Always stay determined and don’t let anyone tell you what you can or cannot do.

Marshall High School

Salutatorian: Chelsea Conway College: Prairie View A&M University Field of Study: Electrical Engineering/Kinesiology *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Work hard and stay humble.

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Ridge Point High School

Valedictorian: Madeline Spencer College: University of Texas Field of Study: Biomedical Engineering *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Be passionate about everything you do. Passion pushes you forward and drives you to succeed.

Ridge Point High School

Salutatorian: Marleini Ilanga College: Texas A&M University Field of Study: Biochemistry/Spanish *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: As you work towards your own goals, don’t forget that you have a chance to impact and encourage those around you each day.

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Travis High School

Valedictorian: Dong Huang College: University of Texas Field of Study: Business/Public Accounting *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Your mistakes do not define you. Learn from them and never let them hold you back.

Travis High School

Salutatorian: Sonia Mulayath College: Rice University Field of Study: Chemical Engineering/Pre-Med *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Even if the going gets tough, work hard to achieve your goals. Even if you don’t achieve them, you’ll be in a better place than before.

Willowridge High School

Valedictorian: Magdiel Bautista, Jr. College: University of Houston Field of Study: Biology/Business Administration *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: Never give up, finish what you started and never let go of your dreams.

Willowridge High School

Salutatorian: Alysia Duhart College: University of Texas Field of Study: Film and Television/Business *Words of Advice to fellow graduates: The most rewarding paths are the ones with a prize at the end, even if the road splits or becomes a mountain.

FORT BEND INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT

Fort Bend ISD welcomes Heyliger as new trustee; James sworn in for second term Board of Trustees certifies results from May 9 Election

FORT BEND ISD -- The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees certified the results of the May election during its regular Board meeting held recently. On Saturday, May 9, voters elected Addie Heyliger as a new member of the Board, and re-elected Board President Grayle James to her second term. Heyliger, a Technology Operations Project Manager at CenterPoint Energy and adjunct professor at Houston Community College System, lives in Fresno. Heyliger replaces former Trustee Jenny Bailey and will represent Position 6. Heyliger has two children enrolled in Fort Bend ISD, with sons at Hightower High School and Lake Olympia Middle School. Heyliger and James were BAILEY sworn in during Monday’s Board meeting. James, a chemical engineer, is a parent to a current Kempner High School student and two graduates of Fort Bend ISD. James represents Position 2. Heyliger and James will serve three-year terms. During the recent meeting, Superintendent Dr. Charles

Dupre and members of the Board of Trustees expressed their appreciation to outgoing Trustee Jenny Bailey. Bailey was elected to the Board of Trustees in May of 2012 and most recently served as Secretary. Officers were also elected during the recent board meeting. Grayle James was re-elected President. Dave Rosenthal was re-elected Vice President, and Kristin Tassin was elected Secretary.

Addie Heyliger (left) was recently elected as a new member of the FBISD Board. While Board President Grayle James (right) was re-elected to her second term.

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“I’M ASKING FOR YOUR PRAYERS, VOTE & SUPPORT”

Carroll Will Serve As The Taxpayers’ Voice “As City Controller, I will not only be the financial watchdog of city government and The Taxpayers’ Voice at City Hall, but also, under my leadership, The Controller’s Office will be The Solution Center of City Government.” -CARROLL G ROBINSON, 2015 CANDIDATE FOR CITY OF HOUSTON CONTROLLER

“WE’RE ALL ENDORSING CARROLL G. ROBINSON FOR CITY OF HOUSTON CONTROLLER” -- Ruben Davis (FORT BEND CONSTABLE, PRECINCT 2)

ELECTION DAY IS TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2015 VOTE EARLY MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH THROUGH FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30TH

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Carol Mims Galloway (COUNCILWOMAN AND HISD BOARD MEMBER EMERITUS), Edgar Colon (HARRIS COUNTY SPORTS & CONVENTION CORPORATION CHAIRMAN), Eva Loredo (HCC TRUSTEE DISTRICT VIII), Fred Zeidman (FINANCE CHAIR), Hector C. Carreño (MANAGING PARTNER OF CAPWEST STRATEGIES), Hon. Chase Untermeyer (UNITED STATES AMBASSADOR EMERITUS), Jarvis Johnson (HOUSTON CITY COUNCIL MEMBER EMERITUS), State Rep. Senfronia Thompson (TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; 141ST DISTRICT), State Rep. Borris Miles (TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES; 146ST DISTRICT), State Rep. Ron Reynolds (TEXAS HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, DISTRICT 27). JOIN US IN SUPPORTING CARROLL G. ROBINSON IN THE RACE FOR CITY OF HOUSTON CONGROLLER. Please take a moment to visit: www.carrollgrobinson.com

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Mean to You? AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you?

AMONA FRANKLIN: “Freedom reminds me of a beautifully handcrafted quilt. Each patch in the quilt symbolizes the uniqueness of one being permitted to live the way a person chooses to live without unlawful restraints. One patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom stands for one to live in the United States with the opportunity to lawfully speak his or her mind without being censored. Another patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the right of religion. The third patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom allows a woman the right to make decisions for her own body. The fourth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom allows a law abiding citizen to live anywhere they desire to live. The fifth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the ability to receive an education. The sixth patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the ability for one to think as one wants without constraints. The last patch that is crafted in the quilt of freedom is the right of choice. Freedom symbolizes the complete handcrafted quilt that has all of its unique and beautiful patches woven together.”

UDGE DAN HINDE: “Freedom means opportunity—the opportunity to succeed, to chase your dreams, to find your calling and answer it, to live, to learn, and to grow, unencumbered by the shackles of class. It means we have the opportunity to rise to any height—President, Governor, CEO, star athlete, celebrity, community leader—regardless of your starting point in life. But freedom also means the opportunity to err and to fall short.

ATTORNEY RAMONA FRANKLIN - A FEW OF HER PRACTICE AREAS ARE: BUSINESS, CRIMINAL, FAMILY, and PERSONAL INJURY.

JUDGE DAN HINDE IS THE CURRENT JUDGE FOR THE 269TH CIVIL DISTRICT COURT IN HARRIS COUNTY, TEXAS.

Essentially, freedom gives us the opportunity to be Theodore Roosevelt’s “Man in the Arena”—to strive valiantly, to do great deeds, and, yes, to fail. But to borrow again from Roosevelt, freedom means that we have the opportunity to fail while daring greatly, that we are not consigned forever to the fate of those “cold and timid souls” who know neither success nor failure.

But as is often said, freedom is not free. We enjoy such great opportunity because of the hard work, dedication, blood, and sacrifice of so many men and women who preceded us, giving, as Lincoln said, the last full measure of devotion, so that we—their heirs—might enjoy the freedom they earned. In turn, we owe it to our children to pass on this freedom so that they may enjoy the opportunity to dare greatly and reach for their dreams as well.”

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “PLEASE SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE US, AND OUR COMMUNITY

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Steve & Marjorie Harvey Foundation

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The Steve Harvey National Mentoring Camp kicked off in Dallas, Texas on Tuesday, June 9th Application Process Closed

Application process for the 2015 National Mentoring Camp in Dalls is now closed. Visit our website and stay tuned for highlights from the upcoming camp and information on the application period for our next camp.

NATIONAL MENTORING CAMP

The goal of “The Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men� is to break the misguided traits of manhood and create a generation of men who are emotionally, socially and economically strong. The National Mentoring Camp, held in Dallas, is a four day, three night interactive program whose sole purpose is to share & teach the principles of manhood and dream building to young men. The program helps young men to realize their potential and envision a future where they are physically and emotionally equipped, responsible and productive men. Hosted by Steve Harvey, this program includes a host of workshops that focus on personal responsibility, dream building, and the importance of nutrition and physical fitness. In addition, the participants are introduced to positive male role models who are leaders in various areas, including business, their communities, entertainment and the military. Since 2009 thousands of applications have been received for consideration and hundreds of young men from single female-headed households have participated in the Steve Harvey Mentoring Weekend for Young Men.

REGIONAL MENTORING CAMPS

The Steve Harvey Regional Mentoring Programs were launched in 2011 as a direct response to the mentoring needs of boys across the country. The program has gone into the Los Angeles, New York, New Orleans and Atlanta markets. Our goal in spreading this program to additional cities is to expand our reach and help parents & community leaders nationwide to bring change to boys in their communities. This twoday experience introduces our core Dallas programming to 100 young men in each city.

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CELEBRATING JUNETEENTH I 2015

WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO ALWAYS SUPPORT PEOPLE WHO VALUE US, AND HAVE A HEART FOR OUR COMMUNITY!

FEATURED EVENT: From Thursday, June 18th through Friday, June 19th A Juneteenth Homecoming Will Take Place at Reedy Chapel AME Church Located in Galveston, Texas @ Broadway and 20th Street

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hanks in part to the generosity and community spirit of the Mary Moody Northen Endowment, SLC Investments, Frost Bank and Members of Reedy Chapel AME Church a historic 2015 Juneteenth Homecoming Celebration will take place at Reedy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church where the Rev. Mary Reed is the pastor. And in case you plan on attending: Reedy Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church is located at Broadway Street and 20th Street in Galveston, Texas 77550. For more information on their “150 Years of Faith and Freedom” celebration call (409)762-2016 today. And YES, all events are FREE to the public.

Buffalo Soldiers Encampment

Learn what a soldier’s life was like in 1865. This living history demonstration is conducted by troopers from the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum.

From 9:00 A.M. through 5:45 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 at the Old Galveston Courthouse located at 722 – 21st Street in Galveston, Texas you will be able to actually meet uniformed troopers and see authentic gear and demonstrations. You will be afforded the opportunity to visit the encampment anytime during the day as you move between the many celebratory activities taking place throughout the city. Other Civil War era living history reenactors are strongly encouraged to attend the festivities taking place throughout Galveston in association with the “150 Years of Faith and Freedom” celebration.

AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “I would like to personally thank the Mary Moody Northen Endowment, SLC Investments, Frost Bank and Members of Reedy Chapel AME Church for finding value in celebrating this very important holiday. It warms my heart when I run across people who truly value our rich culture and heritage – not only with lip-service; but also with sweat-equity and their resources.”

HERE ARE A FEW OF THE EVENTS YOU CAN EXPECT FOR THIS YEAR

Emancipation March and Program

Come out and be a part of this historic and very important moment as you walk in the footsteps of the ancestors in a reenactment of Galveston’s very first celebration of emancipation. Follow their path from the Old Galveston Courthouse to “the colored church on Broadway” to enjoy an inspirational program in the Reedy Chapel A.M.E. Church sanctuary. At 5:45 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the Emancipation March and Program will assemble at the Old Galveston Courthouse located at 722 – 21st Street in Galveston, Texas.

Meet the Artist — Charles Criner

From 6:00 P.M. through 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, June 18th, 2015 you can meet Charles Criner at the McGuire Dent Recreation Center Community Room located at 2222 28th Street in Galveston, Texas.

This talented artist captures the black experience in his images of African Americans that are windows on their leisure and rural lives. Mr. Criner has used his paintings on thousands of Juneteenth posters that he shares with the community. The artist will showcase his creations and talk about his inspiration for the work he is doing. There’s a surprise for first 50 attendees!

At 6:00 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the reading of General Order #3 and the Emancipation March to Reedy Chapel (3 Blocks) at 2015 Broadway in Galveston, Texas will take place. At 6:15 P.M. on Friday, June 19, 2015 the Juneteenth Homecoming Program celebrating “150 Years of Faith and Freedom will be taking place at Reedy Chapel AME Church located at Broadway Street and 20th Street in Galveston, Texas 77550. For more information on is “150 Years of Faith and Freedom” celebration call (409)762-2016 today. And YES, all events are FREE to the public.

Again this program was made possible by the generosity and community spirit of the Mary Moody Northen Endowment, SLC Investments, Frost Bank and Members of Reedy AME Church.

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Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

A tradition of valor...

3816 Caroline Street Houston, Texas 77004 Contact: (713)942-8920

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum (BSNM) a non-profit 501(c)(3) institution was founded in the year 2000 by a Vietnam veteran and African American military historian, Captain Paul J. Matthews. The museum’s Historian is Dr. Franklin D.B. Jackson, a highly decorated Vietnam veteran. Currently, Major Charles Williams, Historian and former member of the United States Army, serves as the Museum’s Chief Docent. The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a proud member of the Houston Museum District. We are the only Museum dedicated primarily to preserving the legacy and honor of the African-American soldier, in the United States of America. The museum is also a proud member of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors Bureau, and the Greater Houston Partnership.

Exhibit Hours:

Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Free Admission on Thursday 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM Saturday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM General Admission: $10.00 per adult $5.00 per student(including college W/ID), Senior 60-older, military, children 5-under-FREE

Museum Booking

Allow the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum to assist you with planning your next meeting, social outing, or business networking event. For more information call (713) 942-8920 or send us an e-mail at info@buffalosoldiermuseum.com

Captain Paul J. Matthews Founder of the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum

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FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE CELEBRATING “OUR”

“I’m Ben Hall and I am asking for your vote.”

RESOLUTION: VOTE EARLY: October 19th-30th, 2015

ELECTION DAY: Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

“My commitment to you as mayor will be to improve our streets,improve public safety, and protect our neighborhoods. That isthe only way that our city can move forward” - BEN HALL

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ecently, legendary Acres Homes' leader, Dr. F. N. Williams, Sr., a man who walked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the civil rights struggle, announced his endorsement of Ben Hall for Houston Mayor. Dr. Williams, a person whose name is synonymous with Acres Homes and a fighter for justice in this city, said his decision to support Hall was easy given Ben Hall's demonstrated commitment to the community. Dr. Williams said, "I have been impressed with Ben Hall for more than 20 years. He is a husband,

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nother Acres Home leader has announced his support for the Ben Hall for Mayor campaign. Rev. Charles Ingram, who has been a leader in the Acres Homes community for years, announced his personal endorsement of Ben Hall for Mayor. Ingram insisted that Hall was the best choice because, "He is independent enough to do the right thing and bring improvements, growth and businesses to the Acres Homes area that have been missing." He continued, "We need more than good speeches. We want to see a mayor who wants to help the entire community. I believe Ben Hall is that person. That is why I am

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father and great businessman. He is an excellent lawyer and will fight for the citizens like he does in court. I am confident he will make a superb Mayor and will continue to fight for all the people of Houston." BEN HALL: “Dr. William's DR. WILLIAMS endorsement of our campaign is significant. His reputation throughout the Acres Homes community and City will help move our campaign forward.”

supporting him!" Ben Hall said he is "humbled" by the outpouring of support he is receiving from all communities in the city. He likened Rev. Ingram and Dr. F. N. Williams Sr's endorsements as significant because REV. INGRAM they show that his candidacy is connecting with real problems that Houstonians have been facing for many years. "I am humbled by Rev. Ingram's brave endorsement and will work every day as mayor to continue to earn his support," Hall said.

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FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

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GIVING BACK: 247th Family District Court Judge John Schmude Encourages 5th Graders at Krahn Elementary to Dream Big

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s the youngest of ten children and the father of two, Judge John Schmude, judge for the 247th Family District Court in Harris County knows a thing or two about what kids need to grow into successful adults. He also knows how important it is for children to be inspired, mentored, encouraged and motivated to do their best at an early age.

Judge Schmude recently returned to the elementary school he attended as a child to speak to current students who were getting ready for their summer break.

JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE: “It was such a privilege to be asked to speak today at the ‘5th Grade Appreciation Day’ at my old elementary school – Krahn Elementary in Spring. I enjoyed telling the kids to dream big, to take their education seriously and to believe in themselves! I want to thank my friend Damiane Lowe Curvey Banieh for extending the invitation.”

According to Damiane Lowe Curvey Banieth, the kids at Krahn Elementary really enjoyed Judge Schmude’s visit. And the staff? Well, the staff at Krahn (located at 9502 Eday Drive) felt honored to have Judge John Schmude to come back and take the time to speak to the students. ABOUT KRAHN

Krahn Elementary is part of the Klein Independent School District. According to their website, the Klein

Independent School District takes great pride in honoring founding families of the Klein community by naming its schools for them. This helps keep alive the cultural heritage of the area. Krahn Elementary School was named after the Krahn family because they were a family of hard-working people who made real contributions to the community. Krahn Elementary has continued in the

tradition of the early Krahn family by making contributions to the community it serves.

ABOUT JUDGE JOHN SCHMUDE

Judge John Schmude is a Native Texan who was born and raised in Harris County. He resides with his wife and children in Spring, Texas. Prior to being election judge for the 247th Family District Court, John Schmude was a successful family law attorney with an extensive business and financial background and a strong record of service to children and to families – especially those children and families who have faced substantial challenges involving extreme poverty and abuse. His wife, Kelly, was employed by Lockheed Martin Space Operations at NASA and MD Anderson Hospital before becoming a full time homemaker. His commitment to family law is motivated by his strong faith and his recognition that families are the first and firmest foundation upon which any healthy society is built. John is an active member of Annunciation Catholic Church in downtown Houston.

EDUCATION

· Cum Laude graduate of South Texas College of Law, Juris Doctorate · Summa Cum Laude graduate of the University of Massachusetts, Political Science · Klein High School, Spring, Texas

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“We are grateful for your prayers, love, vote, and continued support.”

- The Schmude Family

John Schmude

for JUDGE 247TH DISTRICT COURT HARRIS COUNTY

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FROM JUDGE WRIGHT

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JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT DISCUSSES FREEDOM WITH AUBREY R. TAYLOR AUBREY R. TAYLOR: What does freedom mean to you?

ther stomping other men or, in some cases, getting stomped. Had me some money and had me some medals. But none of it seemed a lifetime worth of the pain of the mother UDGE LOYD WRIGHT: Any discussion of that bore me. It was like I was empty. freedom begins with paying homage to the Well, I’m not empty anymore. That’s brave men and women who fought and died what’s important, to feel useful in this to preserve our freedom and liberate others old world, to hit a lick against what’s from tyranny and oppression around the wrong or to say a word for what’s right world. These courageous men and women even though you get walloped for sayselflessly gave life and limb for country and ing that word. Now I may sound like a freedom. The best way to honor them is for Bible beater yelling up a revival at a us to preserve and protect the very freedoms river crossing camp meeting, but that and values for which they so willingly gave don’t change the truth none. There’s everything. right and there’s wrong. You got to do In simplest terms, freedom means the one or the other. You do the one and right to live as we choose so long as we you’re living. You do the other and you don't hurt others or their property. It means may be walking around, but you’re the right to make our own decisions knowdead as a beaver hat." ing that the consequences of those deciNow I know Davy didn't make that sions are ours alone. The exercise of speech, but the inspiring words remind our freedoms ideally contemplates every me of the struggle for freedom and the individual’s inner struggle to be their rugged individualism that defined this "better self", to listen to the "better ancountry and the great State of Texas. gels of our nature”. While in our imperfect world this does not always occur, we realJudge Loyd Wright (Harris County Probate They describe the ideal of how to exerize that living in a free society is worth the Court #1) and Governor of Texas Greg Abbott cise our freedoms - to always strive to "do the right thing". They embody a cost. What meaning would life have without spirit in this country I hope we never the freedom to chart our own destiny and to lose. We must be ever vigilant in protecting our freedoms. As live as we choose? As Ben Franklin said, “They who can give Ronald Reagan said: “Freedom is never more than one generation up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodneither liberty nor safety.” stream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to One of my favorite movies is "The Alamo" where John Wayne do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our (as Davy Crockett) makes the following speech: "……When I children and our children's children what it was once like in the come down here to Texas, I was looking for something. I didn’t United States where men were free.” know what. Seems like you added up my life and I spent it all ei-

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MAKE THE WRIGHT CHOICE AGAIN...TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2018

FREEDOM...and Justice for ALL

Loyd Wright Judge Harris County Probate Court No. 1

Ed Emmett

Harris County Judge

LOYD WRIGHT

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to continue to earn your trust and support as Judge of Harris County Probate Court No. 1” -- JUDGE LOYD WRIGHT

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MAYOR ALLEN OWEN DELIVERS

MISSOURI CITY MAYOR ALLEN OWEN WILL BE UP FOR RE-ELECTION AGAIN IN MAY OF 2016

Mayor Allen Owen Mayor of Missouri City

Missouri City Ranks as the 4th Best Suburb in the Houston area According to 2015 Niche Ranking

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ccording to 2015 Niche Ranking’s recent release, Missouri City is the #4 best city in our area. Niche ranks U.S. suburbs based on livability using grades for weather, safety, schools, and access to activities, jobs, housing, and transportation. A high ranking indicates that a suburb offers a high quality of life to its residents based on information provided on their website. AUBREY R. TAYLOR: “I’d like to congratulate Mayor Allen Owen, the mayor of Missouri City for the fine job he and the council members are doing

to keep Missouri City consistently at, or near the top of almost every ranking released for the best places to live, work, and play in the Houston area.”

MAYOR ALLEN OWEN: “It is great that Missouri City was named #4 out of 50 cities as Best Suburbs in the Houston Area. Missouri City is the ONLY Fort Bend City to be in the top 10. I guess it isn't such a bad place to live after all. And it’s not just my opinion. Others recognize it as well. Congratulations to our citizens for making it that way.” ---------------------------------------------------------------------

Visit www.local.niche.com If you would like more information on the criteria that was used to compile the 2015 Niche Ranking list.

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MAYOR ALLEN OWEN DELIVERS

Missouri City Ranks as the 4th Best Suburb in the Houston area According to 2015 Niche Ranking

MISSOURI CITY MAYOR ALLEN OWEN WILL BE UP FOR RE-ELECTION AGAIN IN MAY OF 2016

Here are a few suburbs that made the list: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

Friendswood - Galveston County, Texas Webster - Harris County, Texas League City - Galveston County, Texas Missouri City - Fort Bend County, Texas Nassau Bay - Harris County, Texas Seabrook - Chambers County, Texas Jersey Village - Harris County, Texas Katy - Harris County, Texas Tomball - Harris County, Texas

10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23.

Pearland - Brazoria County, Texas Hedwig Village - Harris County, Texas Bellaire - Harris County, Texas Stafford - Fort Bend County, Texas Roman Forest - Montgomery County, Texas La Porte - Harris County, Texas Brookside Village - Brazoria County, Texas Rosenberg - Fort Bend County, Texas Pasadena - Harris County, Texas Richmond - Fort Bend County, Texas Humble - Harris County, Texas Woodbranch - Montgomery County, Texas Galena Park - Harris County, Texas Spring Valley Village - Harris County, Texas

24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. 30. 31. 32. 33. 34. 35. 36. 37.

Angleton - Brazoria County, Texas Manvel - Brazoria County, Texas Arcola - Fort Bend County, Texas Dickinson - Galveston County, Texas Alvin - Brazoria County, Texas South Houston - Harris County, Texas Texas City - Galveston County, Texas Lake Jackson - Brazoria County, Texas Freeport - Brazoria County, Texas Santa Fe - Galveston County, Texas Mont Belvieu - Chambers County, Texas Splendora - Montgomery County, Texas Hitchcock - Galveston County, Texas La Marque - Galveston County, Texas

SOMETHING TO DO FOR THE SUMMER IN MISSOURI CITY

Summer is right around the corner! The #MissouriCityTX Summer Day Camp will have an exciting lineup of activities including swimming, sports, crafts, special presentations and field trips! Spaces are limited – sign up your child soon! Camp Sessions

Monday – Friday June 15 - August 7 Community Center 1522 Texas Parkway

Sign your child up for a great summer camp adventure! This camp will feature a variety of daily activities including sports, outdoor games, crafts, swimming and field trips. Ages: 5 to 12 years

Session Cost

Regular Day Cost- $100 per child/session 9:00 AM- 6:00 PM Drop-off- 8:45-9:00 AM Pick-up – 4:00-6:00 PM

Early- Risers Cost- $125 per child/session 7:00 AM- 6:00 PM Drop-off – 7:00-8:45 AM Pick-up – 4:00-6:00 PM

Registration will be available at the Rec & Tennis Center (2701 Cypress Point Drive) from February 23-June 14 and at the Community Center beginning on June 15.

Call 281-403-8644 if you have any questions regarding our 2015 Summer Day Camp.

REGISTRATION: In order to reserve a spot in any day camp session, a parent or legal guardian must turn in a complete Children’s Programs registration packet. The registration packet can be printed offline, or picked-up at the Rec & Tennis Center (2701 Cypress Point Drive). Additionally, a deposit of $25 per child is required for each session. Full tuition for each session is due by Wednesday at 6 PM the week prior to the desired session. If full tuition is not paid on time, both the camper’s spot and the deposit will be forfeited. Once a session is filled a waitlist will be created to ensure any open spots will be filled. Each session is limited to the first 75 kids to sign up.ORIENTATION: At least one parent of each camper must attend a parent orientation on Wednesday, June 10 or Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 pm at the Community Center Auditorium (1522 Texas Parkway).

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO?

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How to Handle Flood Claims

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By Farrah Martinez, Personal Injury & Accident Lawyer www.InjuryLawyerHOU.com

you speak with your agent. If you still are unable to speak with your agent, send written notice to your insurance company.

Farrah Martinez, Injury and Accident Lawyer, A Guide on How to Navigate the Flood Claim Process.

3. Access the damage. Go through your property and try to separate the damaged goods from the items that have not been damaged. DO NOT THROW OUT ANYTHING! Wait until your insurance company has sent out an adjuster before you get rid of anything.

arris County recently incurred some of the worst flooding in our county’s history. Many homeowners are still overwhelmed by the massive damage those flood waters left behind. This guide is our way to ease the burden by providing you a free overview of steps you need to take to protect the value of your property as you navigate the flood claim process.

1. Contact your insurance agent right away. If you are unable to reach your agent, keep trying. Call every day until

2. Take pictures and video. As with any incident involving loss or injury, it is always recommended to take pictures and video of every area and any item that has been damaged. This should be done before you remove anything.

4. Make a list. List out each item that has been damaged, the date you purchased the item and the place of purchase. Next,

look for receipts, credit card bills, and bank statements to prove how much you paid for the damaged items. If you cannot find your receipt, look for those items online and print and picture along with the price. Look for the serial or model number on your item to find exact matches online. For larger purchases, contact the furniture or electronics store that sold you the product. If you have an account, the store is likely to have a record. 5. File your proof of loss form. Normally you have 60 days to file, but FEMA extended the deadline for Houston’s 2015 flooding, to give flood victims 240 days from the day of loss to file this form. The proof of loss form is provided by FEMA. You must swear that the contents of the form are true and correct and return the proof of loss form with the necessary evidence to show the value of your

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loss. Review step four for details. The more evidence you have, the better.

6. Don’t wait until the last minute. Start today gathering evidence, talking with your agent and reviewing the proof of loss form. The sooner you gather all the evidence you need, the sooner you can submit your claim.

7. For help and legal questions regarding your claim, contact Farrah Martinez Insurance Law Attorney at (713) 853-9296 for a free consultation. -------------------------------------------------------*Disclaimer: The information and materials provided here are for general informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice. No attorney-client relationship is formed nor should any such relationship be implied. Nothing on this blog is intended to substitute for the advice of an attorney. If you need legal advice, please consult with a competent attorney licensed to practice in your jurisdiction.


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Higher Dimension Church www.higherd.net

Pastor Terrance H. Johnson, frequently referred to as Pastor J, is the founder and senior pastor of Higher Dimension Church. His education derives from American Baptist College located in Nashville, TN, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Bible and Sociology. Pastor J is known throughout the country as a premier preacher with extraordinary gifts in biblical exposition, interpretation, and proclamation according to the Higher Dimension Church website. His wife First Lady Torsha Johnson, is spiritually gifted in leading women to the heart of God by developing and nurturing dynamic women's ministries. They are both native Houstonians and have three sons, Terrance, Thailan, and Theophilus, and one daughter, Tirzah. Pastor Johnson and First Lady Johnson uphold and exemplify strong family values; believing the church is only as strong as its families. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

Brentwood Baptist Church www.brentwoodbaptist.org

The Reverend Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff has been married to the former Doris Ernestine Gardner since 1980. He is a native of Lumberton, North Carolina; where in 1962, he began his Christian journey by uniting with The Mt. Sinai United Holy Church of Lumberton. Seven years later, he answered his Call to Ministry while attending Morehouse College. He served as pastor of the Cobb Memorial United Holy Church in Atlanta, Georgia for eight years. Dr. Joe Samuel Ratliff was elected as pastor of Brentwood Baptist Church of Houston, Texas in February 1980 and by the year 2000 had grown it from a 500 member congregation to a mega-church of 12,000. The congregation has reached a plateau of more than 7,000 members with over 5,000 worshipers attending its two Sunday morning worship services. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

St John’s Church

www.stjohnsdowntown.org

Juanita Rasmus is a Spiritual Director with a desire to see a merger between the contemplative life and active life in society. Rudy Rasmus is an author, and global humanitarian with a passion for out-

reach to the world’s poorest citizens. Together they co-pastor the St. John’s United Methodist Church located in Downtown Houston that began with 9 existing members in 1992. St. John’s has grown to over 9,000 members (30% were formerly homeless) in 21 years into one of the most culturally diverse congregations in the country where every week people of every social and economic background and ethnicity share the same pew. The Rasmus’ attribute the success of the church to a compassionate group of people who have embraced the vision of tearing down the walls of classism, sexism, and racism and building bridges of unconditional love, universal recovery, and unprecedented hope. A recent inhouse poll revealed the number one reason people attend St. John’s is because they can “feel the love” from the parking lot to the pew. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

began her career in her family’s business. Now as a supportive wife, mother of two children and a co-pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, Victoria is an inspiration and mentor to women everywhere. She is committed to helping women, children and families discover their purpose and reach their highest potential in Christ. Victoria has recently released a new book from Simon and Schuster, called Love Your Life: Living Happy, Healthy and Whole. In the book, Victoria offers today’s busy modern woman a simple and practical plan to help them embrace joy and live life to the fullest. She speaks directly to women harried by the pressures. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

www.second.org

Dr. H. Edwin Young was born and raised in Laurel, Mississippi and accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior at the age of 12. While in college at the University of Alabama , he felt led by God to become a pastor, and transferred to Mississippi College to continue his education. Dr. Young's preparation for the ministry continued at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary in Wake Forest, North Carolina. His first pastorate was in North Car-

Windsor Village United Methodist Church www.kingdombuilders.com

Kirbyjon H. Caldwell is Senior Pastor of Windsor Village United Methodist Church. Under the leadership of Caldwell since 1982, Windsor Village Church member-

olina, and he pastored in North and South Carolina until 1978 when he moved to Houston, Texas to become the pastor at Second Baptist Church where he continues as senior pastor today. The congregation has grown from 2,000 members in 1978 to over 60,000 members on 5 church campuses. Dr. Young served two terms as president of the Southern Baptist Convention and has authored many books including The 10 Commandments of Marriage, The 10 Commandments of Parenting, and Healing Broken America. Dr. Young and his wife, Jo Beth, have three sons, all in ministry: Ed (author, speaker and senior pastor of Fellowship Church in Grapevine, Texas), Ben (author, speaker and associate pastor at Second Baptist Church, Houston), and Cliff (Creative Media and Communications director and associate pastor for Second Baptist Church, Houston, and founding leader of the contemporary Christian group Caedmon’s Call.) Dr. Young and Jo Beth have eleven grandchildren who light up their lives. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

Lakewood Church

www.lakewoodchurch.com

Joel Osteen is a native Texan and the Pastor of Lakewood Church, which according to Church Growth Today is America’s largest and fastest growing church. On July 16, 2005 after completing $95 million dollars in renovations, Joel moved Lakewood Church into its new 16,000-seat home — the former Compaq Center. It is the largest regularly-used worship center in the United States. Each week Joel delivers God’s message of hope and encouragement to more than 38,000 attendees. According to Nielsen Media Research, Joel is the most watched inspirational figure in America. His weekly sermon is broadcast into every U.S. television market where it is viewed by seven million Americans each week and more than 20 million each month. His weekly broadcast is also seen in almost 100 nations around the world according to the Lakewood Church website. A life-long Houstonian, Victoria

Second Baptist Church

ship has increased from 25 members to more than 16,000, making it one of the largest Protestant Churches in the country. As a result of Caldwell’s effective social entrepreneurship, both Caldwell and the Windsor Village Church Family have been featured extensively in national and international print and broadcast media, including U.S. News & World Report, the British Broadcasting Corporation, The Wall Street Journal and the CBS Evening News. Caldwell was included in Newsweek’s “Century Club”, the publication’s list of 100 people to watch as America moved into the 21st century. .

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Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church www.wheeleravebc.org

The Reverend Dr. Marcus D. Cosby, the third child born to the late Mr. Rogers Cosby and Mrs. Bobbie J. Cosby, serves as the Senior Pastor of Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church in Houston, Texas. A proud native of Chicago, Illinois and a product of Emmanuel Baptist Church where Dr. L.K. Curry served as pastor, Cosby received


Religion at the Interdenominational Theological Center (ITC) in Atlanta, Georgia and the Doctor of Ministry Degree in Homiletics from Northern Baptist Theological Seminary in Lombard, Illinois. Dr. Cosby is married to his high school sweetheart, Mrs. Audrey Marie Cosby, and they have been blessed with three beautiful daughters, Adrienne Marie, Ashley Marie and Aliyah Marie and two sons, Marcus D., II and Matthew D. Cosby. Visit the website link for more information on this ministry.

the Bachelor of Arts Degree in Religion and English from Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee, the Master of Divinity Degree in Homiletics and Christian Education from the Morehouse School of

Grace Church www.grace.tv

Pastor Steve Riggle is the founding pastor of Grace church, the president of

Grace International, and executive member of the Houston Area Pastors Council. Steve holds a Masters Degree from Oral Roberts University and a Doctorate from The Kings University. Becky has led women’s ministry in the local church, taught bible studies, and speaks at conferences and women’s events across the United States and internationally. Her desire is to encourage women of all ages to grow in God’s word and to live out their God given purpose. Steve and Becky take every opportunity to be with their family and friends. A motion picture is in production that chronicles the unmistakable hand of God moving in Steve and Becky’s life during a mission trip in the Philippines where they were taken hostage in an attempted prison break and were the only survivors.

We’re Building Winning Lives...

“God Wants U 2 Win! God has a plan to prosper your life. Trust in God's Ways Listen to God's Voice. Follow God's Instructions. Move Forward in Faith and Win!” -- Bishop K J Brown

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INSPIRATIONAL THOUGHTS

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Paula White: “Your belief system affects your self-concept.” Dr. David Jeremiah: “Instead of wondering if your sins are forgiven, be sure. If you have confessed them, they are.”

“Recognize that with God all things are possible and He is able to deliver, protect and give you the victory today.”

HOUSE OF HOPE INTERNATIONAL CHURCH

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ouse of Hope International Church (HHIC) has started a new location in the Houston Hobby area and would like to see you there. Bishop Anthony and Pastor Matishe Allen’s desire is to see the saints throughout the USA and around the world operating at a hundredfold level of production in every area of their circle of life. They, along with the HHIC family are seeking those who want to do just that for the Kingdom of God. They believe that our nation will draw closer to the level of expectation it has been call to once the saints have made this necessary adjustment. By providing an altar consecrated for this purposed, and Spiritual teaching to empower the idea, they believe that the journey for the saints will drastically improve to the glory of God. Bishop and Pastor Matishe would like to personally invite you to join HHIC every Sunday at 12:00 noon at the Hampton Inn located next to Hobby Airport at 8620 Airport Blvd, Houston, TX 77061 inside the meeting room. Come and get the hundredfold agreement you need to be all that God has called you to be!

A LOOK AT OUR CHURCH HISTORY

In 1998 Pastor Noah Niewcoste was given direction from God to start a church. So in their garage he and his wife Christine Newcoste started what grew into a community movement. The community had the pleasure of being blessed by the HHC youth choir God's Army and the inspired teaching of Pastor's Noah and Christine Newcoste. In 2002 do to Pastor Noah's illness and other things they were forced to dissolve the movement until it was reestablished by their son Bishop Anthony A. Allen and his wife Pastor Matishe R. Allen.

YOUR DONATIONS ARE WELCOMED AND VERY MUCH APPRECIATED

Visit us at www.houseofhopeic.com for information, updates and to take advantage of the opportunity to financially honor the Lord at a place where agreement is unlimited.

“Come and get the hundredfold agreement you need to be all that God has called you to be!”

- Bishop T.D. Jakes

Bishop Anthony A Allen and his wife Pastor Matishe R. Allen.

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Mia Wright: “He who guards his mouth preserves his life, But he who opens wide his lips shall have destruction.”

- Proverbs 13:3 NKJV

Suzette Caldwell: “Have faith in God! I tell you the truth, you can command the mountain (problem, challenge, obstacle, etc.) to be lifted up and thrown into the sea. Really believe it will happen and do not doubt it in your heart.”

Les Brown Recently Shared These Powerful Words of Wisdom

This is your time! Money, opportunities and possibilities have not left the planet. This is the time that you have to think on your feet. This is the time that you have to become relentless, unstoppable and carve out a place for yourself. Today you have to run, just to stand still. Today you have to look ahead and anticipate things. Expect the unexpected and handle it. This is your time! You must become focused, disciplined, consistent and unstoppable. Develop collaborative, achievement driven, productive relationships that will help you to work on your breakthrough. You have the power, ability and talent to create a new beginning. This is your time. Make it happen. You have something special. You have GREATNESS within you!”

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“Men have no place inside the women’s restroom with us. Vote for me, and we will do something about Mayor Annise Parker’s HERO Ordinance.” - Victoria Lane

“All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men and women do nothing.”

A VOTE FOR VICTORIA LANE IS A VOTE TO DO SOMETHING! VICTORIA WILL: Amend the HERO ordinance to clearly define the difference between a man and a woman; Reduce Houston’s debt; Make Houston the ‘Tourism Capital” of the South; Modernize and repair our streets; Improve the Education System; Employ local contractors for City governmental projects;Make sure every HPD Officer is equipped with a ‘Body Camera”, and work diligently and tirelessly to make Houston more friendly to our environment.

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