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April 2012

Character Counts!


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rowing up with a houseful of siblings (including an identical twin brother) in Wisconsin taught Troy Nehls a bunch about working things out. His late father, Edwin Nehls, served as a county sheriff in Wisconsin. Troy’s older brother, Todd Nehls, is in his third term as the elected Sheriff in Dodge County, Wisconsin. Troy’s twin, Trever Nehls, an 18-year employee of the Sugar Land Police Department, is seeking the Republican nomination for the Precinct Four Constable’s office. Troy says, “My brother, Terry’s been living here for years. Trever and I used to visit, and I knew this was where I wanted to settle down and raise my family. We love living close to Terry, Trever, and their families. Knowing our kids will grow up together, involved in this community means the world to me. My wife, Jill, and my step-daughters Jenna and Cambry love Fort Bend as much as I do!” Before moving here to Texas permanently, Troy served in the military. He says, “I think it’s an excellent choice for any young person who’s not sure which path to take in life. I started at the bottom as an E1 Private in basic training. I became squad leader, and was proud to be one of the three men from my unit to be promoted to E2. That’s still just one step up from the bottom! I kept working and learning...and it paid off!” Troy retired as a Major in the Army Reserve, after twenty-one years of service that included overseas combat assignments in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan. During that time, he earned several awards, including two Bronze Stars. During Troy’s assignment as Deputy Commander of a Provincial Reconstruction Team in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan, he suffered a loss he carries with him today. On May 20, 2008, a patrol team under Nehls’ command came under attack, and two Lieutenants, Jeffery DePrimo and Jeffery Ammon, were killed in the line of duty. Nehls


Committed to Country, County, and Community:

One Local Father Serves and Protects Fort Bend said that both men were dedicated leaders committed to ment, but the management, operations, and mindset of the improving Afghanistan. As a sign of honor and respect, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office need to revamp into that Nehls wears a bracelet with their names engraved on it. of a proactive and efficient law enforcement service proTroy says, “We must never forget our military veterans’ sac- vider. The bottom line is that there are areas where we can rifices for preserving our freedom. This increase efficiency, save money, and isn’t something we can ever afford to improve our crime solve rates.” take for granted.” Currently the Uniform Crime Currently the Reports indicate that over the past Law enforcement was a natural next Uniform Crime step for Troy. He received a BA from 10 years the Sheriff’s office has never Liberty University and a Masters in solved more than 5% of burglaries, a Reports indicate that Criminal Justice from the University number consistently 50% below the over the past 10 years of Houston-Downtown. He served two state average. Troy calls that statistic terms as the Fort Bend County Precinct “Unacceptable” and said he intends the Sheriff’s office has Four Constable, and has a total of nineto improve the Sheriff’s office perfornever solved more teen years in law enforcement. He says, mance and create a culture committed “My civilian education and military to delivering better service to citizens. than 5% of burglaries, experience will help me implement “I consider the Uniform Crime Reports a number consistently sophisticated law enforcement practices a sort of report card on the progress of to one of the largest sheriff’s offices in the Sheriff’s office. As principal of 50% below the historic Jane Long Elementary School, Texas.” state average. my wife and her team worked to help “When I decided to run for Sheriff of Fort Bend County in the Republican the school earn an Exemplary rating. I primary election scheduled for May don’t think you can look at the current 29th,” says Troy, “I used my law enforcement experience Uniform Crime Reports for the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Office and military background to analyze the current operations and say the same thing.” for areas that need improvement. The street-level employ“I grew up in a law enforcement household...and serving ees of the Sheriff’s office exemplify the best in law enforce- citizens, via law enforcement and the military, has been my focus for my entire career,” says Troy Nehls. “My family and I are proud to be part of Fort Bend and we look forward to giving back to this great community for years to come!”

Troy Nehls

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Tired Legs? Get More Pep in Your Step Dominique Brooks onica Arellano didn’t like the way her legs looked. Here she was – a slender woman -- with unsightly swollen leg veins – which made her unwilling to wear shorts even in the Texas heat. She has three children with a very demanding schedule and also got tired a lot – especially when standing and had no idea that the lack of energy was related to her veins. Her primary care provider referred her to Dr. Baltazar, a board-certified surgeon with a special certification in vascular surgery, for evaluation and treatment of varicose veins. When Monica first arrived at the office, she did not know what to expect. “I was unsure when I first went in, but after speaking with the doctor, and learning that the symptoms I had were more than cosmetic, I felt confident that he knew what he was doing,” she notes. During the examination, Dr. Baltazar discovered that besides having varicose

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veins, Monica also had venous insufficiency. That scared her and she was really grateful for Dr. Baltazar’s expertise. She quickly scheduled the procedure. To her delight, by the two week follow-up appointment, Monica could really tell a difference in the appearance of her legs – the veins were now flat! She also became aware of the noticeable difference in her endurance to stay afoot. There were no words for her excitement. Dr. Baltazar also referred her to a dermatologist to treat the smaller spider veins on her legs. Imagine her pleasure when this doctor commented that Dr. Baltazar was a great surgeon and that Monica’s results were fabulous. She knew she had made the right decision! Monica is one of the many people who have medically benefited from the treatment of their varicose veins. Dr. Baltazar emphasizes that varicose veins are more than a cosmetic problem. “These can be a vascular health problem. Treating them can improve the look of your legs...and your vascular health!” It’s been more than a year and Monica is still thrilled by the changes in her life. “I have no issues wearing shorts or skirts of any length!” she says. “All I can say is that Dr. Baltazar is very good at what he does. I don’t think I could have gone to anyone better!” Call today for your consultation. Ulises Baltazar, MD, RVT, FACS Sugar Land Vein Specialists 281-201-6052 16605 Southwest Freeway Ste 505 (in the Methodist Professional Building 3) http://www.slveins.com/

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Body by Ahmadi Ready to Succeed?

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ired of trying and failing to get the body of your dreams? One fortynine-year-old woman says she has new body like a twenty-year-old...thanks to the amazing work of double boardcertified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ahmadi. She writes: Dr. Ahmadi’s Lipotuck™ procedure has made my dreams come true! For most of my life, I have always had a small frame (5’4; 128lbs; size 9/10) and loved to dance as well as choreograph dance numbers. I maintained this size, until age 34, when I had my third child and obtained a job which required me to travel around the world. This travel entailed late night dinners, wine, desserts, and a hectic schedule. Over the fifteen years of traveling and raising my children, I went from a size

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9/10 to a size 16/18. I tried hard to lose weight and get in shape by going to a diet doctor, and trying diets like the Atkins Diet, the Hollywood Diet, Weight Watchers, South Beach diet, Jenny Craig...and on and on. I joined a gym and hired a trainer. My weight did not change very much at all. I even had a Lap-Band procedure done. I lost ten lbs... and that was it. I had two adjustments by the Lap Band surgeon and I still didn’t lose any inches or lbs. Finally, I saw Dr. Ahmadi’s article in a local magazine...the before and after pictures were amazing! I was so impressed with his skills, education, and talent and I couldn’t believe that he was located right here in Sugar Land! It was a miracle to me, the answer to my prayers! After the Lipotuck™ surgery, I am already in a size 12 and it has only been two and a half weeks! I can fit into all of the clothes that I haven’t been able to wear in ten years! WOW! I am showing people my new body and they cannot believe the results! Dr. Ahmadi, this is the happiest time of my life! I thank God that he put this man in my path of life! He has so much confidence in how he redesigns your body. Thank you again Dr. Ahmadi and staff! May God continue to bless your mind, hands, and spirit as you continue to change the lives of others in your lifetime!

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Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should! so shipping delays can cost you more than time...they can compromise your health. Worst of all, ordering online means you and your doctor don’t have a personal relationship with your pharmacist. You don’t know what conditions your medication is being compounded in. And if you have questions, you won’t get the kind of informative answers and open discussion you’ll find a local pharmacy like Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy. Dr. Campbell says, “I have a passion for listening to patients and working with doctors to tailor your medication to your personal situation. That’s not something you can do online.” Good things come in threes, especially the triad of compounding. What’s that? It’s the faceto-face collaboration between a patient, a doctor, and a compounding pharmacist that makes compounding medication legal. Dr. Campbell says, “Without that personal component, your doctor can’t be sure of the safety of the medication you’re getting...and neither can you. That face-to-face relationship ensures that there’s accurate, clear communication between you, your doctor, and your pharmacist. Better communication means less chance of mistakes and better safety.”

A hot oven or a hot delivery truck.... IT’S THE SAME THING

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hat’s a good rule in life, and it’s something to remember when you choose medication. Your vet is licensed and trained to perform surgery on animals, but (barring a zombie apocalypse) you probably don’t want him to do your appendectomy. Just because a pharmacist technically knows how to compound medication doesn’t make them the best choice for you. Dr. Lance Campbell, Pharm. D., R.Ph. says, “Actually being a compounding pharmacist is different from knowing only the basics. This is something we do every day. Compounding is more than my profession...it’s my passion!” Ordering online isn’t the best choice for your compounded medication.Compounded medication online may not be patient specific, so you won’t be getting all the benefits of a medication tailor-made for you. Some drugs are not stable in heat or cold,

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Some drugs are not stable in heat or cold, so shipping delays can cost you more than time...they can compromise your health. Stop by your friendly neighborhood pharmacy anytime. You can see for yourself why Dr. Campbell says, “If our staff can’t make it…then you probably don’t need it!” Campbell’s Compounding Pharmacy 281-980-2555 4760 Sweetwater Blvd. Suite 103 www.CampbellsCompounding.com

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Do You Know Any Classic Look-Alikes? Sarah Warburton

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o you know a car and driver with so much in common...they actually look alike? Anyone who knows Oscar Gonzales, owner of Continental Cleaners, knows his black and white 1970 Chevelle. There’s no doubt that car’s a Classic! Oscar says, “My first car was a Chevelle, and I just love this one. It’s even got a black engine for it that I found from the guys at Classic Chevy!” “I’ve been into cars since I was fifteen. My dad taught me how to fix them up. They’re fun to work with and doing it keeps youth in your blood. I started off as a mechanic by trade, before I opened Continental Cleaners. Continental Cleaners has been here for seventeen years, since January 1995, and we’ve really seen Sugar Land grow. I love owning my own business. It’s a real opportunity to get to know the community and also have time to spend with my three sons. They’re twelve, fifteen, and eighteen-years-old, attend Dulles Middle & Dulles High School, and are all really active in sports, so if you don’t see me at Continental Cleaners

or talking cars at Classic Chevy, I’m probably on the sidelines of one of their games.” “When that other dealership went under, I didn’t think we’d ever get another Chevy Dealer here. When Classic Chevrolet opened up, I bought parts from them and I had a good experience...so I kept coming back. One day Don Kerstetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet, came into the cleaners to pick up some clothes and we got to talking. He’d just moved to the area and was interested in getting to know other local business owners. He’s a great guy, really committed to doing the right thing.” “Since then, I’ve met ever yone in the Used Car part of Classic Chevy. Jerr y Dixon’s my main guy. He’s seriously old-school and really knows what he’s doing. I’ve also had a lot of good conversations with Stuart.I sold them one of my vehicles and also brought in some of my relatives from Del Rio and San Antonio. I’ve even sent in three of my employ-

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ees. I guess over the years I’ve had a part in at least ten car sales from Classic Chevy. I trust them enough to send anyone over there. They’ve got really good people who really know what they’re doing. I wouldn’t trust just anyone to help me fix up my Chevelle! I mean, look at this car!” Do you know someone who looks like their car? Visit Classic Chevy on Facebook to post your pictures and cast your votes for the best look-alikes! Classic Chevrolet Sugar Land 13115 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Sales: (866) 498-5485 Service: (866) 500-1660

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The Biggest Event of My Life: Vanessa’s Story: “Over the years,

I’d been from Ob to Ob because I couldn’t have a regular cycle on my own, but no one could solve the problem. So when my husband and I decided to start a family, we came to Dr. Chauhan. After talking to me and running all the tests, he knew exactly what was going on!” “Dr. Chauhan said I showed some symptoms of PCOS, but the main issue was my brain not communicating with my ovaries. He recommended we start with the easiest possible solution, Clomid. When that didn’t work he gave us a choice between gonadotropins and IUI or IVF. He explained the success rate for each and we decided to go straight to IVF. We had a good egg retrieval and ended up with six embryos.” “After the first transfer we found out it hadn’t worked. Everything up to that point

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had gone so well, that we were just devastated. I wondered if I would ever be able to have a family, but Dr. Chauhan explained that sometimes the body just knows something’s not right. He reassured us that we’d work through this. He was so empathic and understanding, that I believed him and trusted his experience.” “So we decided to jump right into the next frozen cycle. It was a lot easier the second time. The next two embryos thawed perfectly, Dr. Chauhan transferred them, and four weeks later a blood test confirmed that I was pregnant. After that I had more ultrasounds to make sure everything looked good ... and finally Dr. Chauhan helped me find an Ob in Katy who’s just as great as he is.” “Throughout the process, Dr. Chauhan and his nurses were wonderful, like friends or family. They were so compassionate and always there for me. Whenever I was worried about anything, I’d email Dr. Chauhan and he’d email or text right back. When my nurse, Chris, hugged me and told us we were pregnant, it was amazing! I know it’s their job, but it was the biggest thing that had happened in my life and they never forgot that for a minute. I completely trust Dr Chauhan and his team...and they made our dreams of a family come true!”

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Anxiously we are wondering what you will look like. Probably brown eyes, my feet, his ears, my hair. Special and sweet as candy and you will be such a dandy!

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You’re My Lifesaver!

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hen a post-surgery complications left Rose Guerrero with a dangerous oral infection which resulted in the loss of teeth and tissue from her lower jaw, she didn’t know what the future would hold. She says, “I ended up with a wonderful oral surgeon, who did a dental CT scan and biopsies and found the infection. Eventually, I started to get relief, but I couldn’t get a permanent solution since I might need more CT scans. I had lost hope by the time I came to Dr. Lomonte’s office." “I told Dr. Lomonte everything and he said ‘Let’s see what we can do for you.’ He started with minor gum treatments and cleaning...then after some research and a chat with my oral surgeon, he said, ‘Let’s do some partials.’ Not only was it great news, it was also really fast...just three sessions start to finish! He did the impression, next thing you know I was trying them on! I hadn’t seen teeth on my bottom jaw in over a year. Dr. Lomonte was my miracle!” “When I saw myself, I was so happy! He had matched my teeth perfectly. Also, I have always had a gap between my top front teeth. Dr. Lomonte asked if I wanted it filled in, but I told him all my friends said that was my signature. He laughed...he’s just so easy to talk to! Everyone at his office makes you feel so welcome, like one of their own.” “I was so happy to go back to work again. I’m only fortyeight and I had been covering my mouth with my hand whenever I smiled. Those missing teeth had made me so

self-conscious. All my friends at work say ‘It’s great to really see you smile again!’ My friends at work held a fundraiser to help out with my medical bills and Dr. Lomonte’s office offers lots of payment plans to keep it simple. They really work with you!” “Whenever anyone asks, I tell them I highly recommend Dr. Lomonte. He’s got a great ‘chairside’ manner...and when I saw my new smile for the first time, I was shaking like I had won the lotto! I told him right then, ‘You’re my lifesaver, Dr. Lomonte!’” Thomas M. Lomonte, D.D.S. 12122 Murphy Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 (281) 530-1440 www.drthomaslomonte.com

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One Center With Solutions for Every Student

Sarah Warburton here are as many different ways to learn as there are different kinds of kids. Betsy de Vega, a Learning Specialist with over twenty years of experience founded the Kn.I.L.E. Center, home of KnILE Prep Academy (KPA) and EduCoachNow to be the one place to find educational resources for every student. She says, “Through our after-school educational coaching, our private school, our screenings, and our SAT and college-prep workshops, we offer the kind of flexible, effective support every student needs to succeed!” Some students work quickly and get bored in a traditional classroom, others need extra help. In KPA’s relaxed atmosphere, each child works at his own pace through a challenging, technologyenhanced curriculum customized for optimal learning. Betsy says, “We are a 4th−12th grade private school with both an accelerated and an accommodated curriculum. Our low ratios and flexible environment allow us to tailor the curriculum to your child. We’re currently accepting enrollment for the 2012 school year...but space is limited.

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Call to schedule your tour today and lock in this year’s tuition if you enroll by May 15th.” Imagine trying to read if the words seemed blurry or kept moving off the page. As a certified Irlen Syndrome screener, Betsy says, “If your child suffers with attention, comprehension, headaches, and light sensitivity, Irlen Syndrome might be to blame. Irlen Syndrome isn’t a visual disorder, it’s a visual perception problem in the brain. Kids with Irlen Syndrome are sensitive to fluorescent lights (the kind used in most public schools). The fix is relatively simple...colored overlays or glasses. Call the Kn.I.L.E. Center to schedule your screening.” Don’t let summer set your child back. EduCoachNow offers one-onone, pay-as-you-go educational coaching sessions that teach kids how to learn. Reserve your summer session today and help your child hold onto those school-smarts all summer and start the next year strong! After school, over vacation, or all year long, students (and parents!) find the support and resources they need at the Kn.I.L.E. Center. Betsy says, “We set kids up for success!” This April the Kn.I.L.E. Center will host an educational, college-prep workshop led by Dr. Kuni Beasley, owner of the New College Preparatory. Call for more information and to reserve your space.

Don’t let summer set your child back. EduCoachNow offers one-on-one, payas-you-go educational coaching sessions that teach kids how to learn.

Betsy de Vega 281-682-4573 Kn.I.L.E Center, LLC • EduCoachNow KnILE Prep Academy 245 Gonyo Lane • Richmond, TX 77479 www.educoachnow.com

Reason to Celebrate!

Becca Bragg o you celebrate the arrival of summer? Swimming pools, summer camp, and baseball games are just around the corner....and Jackson Air’s got some special treats to help you get ready. Brian Jackson says, “We’re proud to celebrate thirty years of service here in Fort Bend. As a way of saying thank you to all our loyal customers, we’d like to offer free Skeeters baseball tickets along with up to $2250 in instant rebates or 0 percent financing on a new Trane system.” Has your air conditioner been a bit of a slump? If last summer was a nail-biter and you didn’t know if your system would make it, call Jackson Air. Brian says, “Summer heat in Texas always goes into extra innings, so this is the time to make sure your home is prepared.Whether you need your old system tuned-up or it’s time for an energy-efficient replacement, we’ve got all the bases covered. When you switch to a new Trane air conditioner, it’ll be more effective at controlling the heat and humidity we always expect here in Texas. In a nutshell, it won’t have to work so hard to do a better “We’re proud to celebrate thirty years of job, so you’ll save on your energy costs and service here in Fort Bend. As a way of saying you’ll feel more comfortable, too!” What does it take to be an air condithank you to all our loyal customers, we’d tioner All-Star? As Sugar Land’s oldest like to offer free Skeeters baseball tickets independent Trane dealer, Jackson along with up to $2250 in instant rebates or Air started playing for the pros 0 percent financing on a new Trane system.” thirty years ago by offering exceptional customer service, skilled experts, and fair pricing. Now eighty percent of their new customers are referrals from friends and family of existing customers. Not only that, but Jackson Air was also awarded this year’s Angie’s List Super Service Award and the BBB Award of Excellence. Brian says, “We know that the only way to score a professional home run is to keep our fans comfortable! What are our secrets to success? We knock it out of the Jackson Air and Heat, Inc. park with our high-tech solutions, prompt and professional service, and Sugar Land’s Oldest Independent Trane Dealer a deep commitment to the families of Fort Bend! Come see us for a 281-240-1037 • www.LicenseToChill.us great deal on a new Trane system...and Skeeters baseball tickets, too!”

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Always Looking Out for You

Sarah Warburton o you know all about the itchy agony of dry eyes? When a DIY approach of over-the-counter drops isn’t working, you need professional help...from an expert like Dr. Anh Doan of Missouri City’s Vision Source. Eight years ago, Lauren Nguyen first came to Dr. Doan for an eye exam and new glasses...but she ended up needing help with so much more! She says, “When I was in college, I was careless with my contact lenses, sleeping in them, not cleaning them properly. I don’t know if that’s the reason, but I suffer from terrible dry eyes now. Regular over the counter drops didn’t work, night-time eye ointments didn’t work. First Dr. Doan prescribed Restasis drops, but after a few years they stopped working. She has a machine that can measure the number of seconds after a blink before my eyes dry out. A normal eye is 8-10 seconds, mine was 3-4 and Restasis brought me to 5 seconds.” “Dr. Doan never stopped looking for better solutions. We tried punctal plugs that plug your tear ducts to let tears build up in your eye, but they didn’t fit me well. Then she suggested dissolvable punctal plugs...and they make such a big difference! I get new ones put in every five months and a day

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or so after they dissolve, I call up for an immediate appointment.” “I know Dr. Doan really cares about finding solutions for every situation. I was voted “Sweetheart” for the upcoming ball of my women’s organization. Dr. Doan fitted me with special contacts for the photos, helped me build up my tolerance, and called the following Monday to check in. I felt beautiful at the ball wearing contacts with my tiara and flowers.” “Since I can’t wear contact lenses comfortably anymore, I was considering LASIK. Dr. Doan gently explained that Lasik can make eyes drier...and that would be agony for me. She called me after an optometric conference to say they’re working on developing a new form of Lasik that’s better for people with dry eyes. She told me she thought of me immediately, and it felt good to know she’s looking out for me.” Missouri City Vision Source Dr. Anh Doan, O.D. Vision Source! 4725 Highway 6 South 281-261-2647 www.visionsource-missouricity.com

Guess Who? Do you recognize him from his childhood picture? We’ll give you some clues:

You’ll find the answer in the pages of UpClose (hint, he’s on the cover)

Identify the mystery face!

He has an identical twin brother He makes a mean chicken-fried steak His favorite color is yellow His favorite teams are the Green Bay Packers and the Texans His favorite pastime is watching his step-daughters swim, basketball, and gymnastics teams. His father served as a county sheriff in Wisconsin. He served in the military. His favorite music according to his youngest step-daughter is Neil Diamond

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One Family’s Legacy in Learning

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ayada and Thomas Coleman have two sets of twin daughters, so the challenges of finding just the right school are doubled! “When my oldest daughters were in elementary school,” says Mayada, “we wanted a school that emphasized learning and encouraged parent participation. Driving past the sign for the International Preparatory School (IPS) on Dulles, I spontaneously stopped for a tour. The Owner/Administrator Susan McMahon took me around and introduced me to several teachers. IPS has a welcoming environment with a family feel. Sue’s ability to manage the school, her patience with the kids, and the time she puts into them is amazing....she loves those children like they’re her own and she’ll do anything to give them the best.” “At IPS, they challenge every child like a GT student. The education and discipline my oldest girls received at IPS gave them the tools to excel. This year as a ninthgrader at Ridgepoint High my daughter, Tamara, (inspired by her seventh-grade history teacher at IPS) did a presentation on the Bolshevik Revolution for the FBISD History

Day Competition. She won first place in her school, first place for the district, and now she’s going onto state. Her sister Rachel mastered so many concepts in her algebra class that her teacher’s running out of places to record them...it’s unbelievable!” “IPS recognizes each child’s individual talents and fosters their interests. When we

first came to IPS, my youngest two weren’t in school, but I wanted a preschool that would challenge them and get them learning interactively. They’ve thrived at IPS since they started in the pre-K program... and now they’re in the third-grade! Noor looks forward all year to the Christmas play. Mr. Robinson really gets the best out of her on stage...and she’s doing well academically, too. Zeena has A’s beyond A’s and is really mastering all her classes.” “At IPS, the older kids are encouraged to look out for the younger ones...and the younger ones really look up to the older ones.They’re learning to be good students... and good people, too!” Call for more information about International Preparatory School’s summer programs or registration for the 2012-2013 school year. International Preparatory School 281-208-1403 1717 Dulles Avenue Missouri City, TX www.InternationalPreparatorySchool.com


Katy Movers, Moving Your Memories

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oving to a new home can be a hassle... and also an emotional ordeal. Whether you are leaving behind the home where you grew up or the place your raised your family, the task comes with a whirlwind of emotion. Is moving filled with adventure, the excitement of going somewhere new and different, or the possibilities of moving somewhere bigger to grow your family? Or are you sorry to leave behind a home filled with memories? Whether you’re thrilled or resigned to moving on, one

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lovely daughters in Katy, while running her business. She has been in the moving business since 1983 and is on the cusp of entering her fourth decade in caring for your personal possessions. Her movers are professionally trained...no move is too big and no piece of furniture is too heavy for Katy Movers! They will move your home, apartment, or office anywhere in the state of Texas. They offer exceptional packing services as well, before the day of the move. Being a family-oriented company, Katy Movers understands the emotional attachment you have to your home. They will move your memories

with ease and care. Moving is more than packing up your things, it’s packing up your memories and getting ready to make some new ones! Katy Movers cares for your belongings, just as they do for their customers too. They’ll make sure your memories of moving with Katy Movers are wonderful ones! Katy Movers Inc. ~ Aurora Beil 281-391-3536 5003 Mockingbird Lane Katy, TX 77493 www.KatyMovers.com

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thing’s for certain...it’s a lot of work! You’re guaranteed to be busy deciding what to keep and what to leave behind, getting rid of old junk, and packing up everything to take to your new home. You don’t need the additional stress of having your well-meaning (but unprofessional) friends and family trying to move your beautiful furniture and precious belongings. Katy Movers is family-owned and operated by Aurora Beil. This amazing woman raised three

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METHODIST CARDIOLOGY ASSOCIATES

LEADING CARDIAC CARE

Dr. Shan is a long-time Sugar Land cardiologist who is highly respected for his skilled approach to medicine. Dr. Shan uses state-of-the-art technology to identify heart disease at its earliest stages, such as coronary and peripheral angiography, echocardiography, nuclear stress testing, coronary CT angiography, cardiovascular MRI and cardiac catheterization. • Board-certified in cardiovascular disease and internal medicine • Certified in nuclear cardiology and echocardiography • Located on the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus in Medical Office Building One, Suite 450

Call 281-275-0330 today for an appointment. Specializing in treating and managing a wide range of heart problems: • Chest Pain • Coronary Artery Disease • Heart Failure • Irregular Heartbeat (arrhythmias) • Heart Valve Disease

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From the Sawmills of Mississippi to the Streets of Sugar Land Becca Bragg immy Simpson’s been working with trees since he was just seven years old! “I started hauling pug wood with my daddy,” he says. “When somebody wanted ten acres cleared we’d go in, take down the pine trees and haul them to the mill for paper or lumber.” Then when he was only ten, Jimmy lost several fingers in a close encounter with a saw. Fortunately, a skilled doctor successfully sewed them back...and Jimmy went on to play defensive back for Jackson State. His teammate, Walter Payton, aka “Sweetness,” called Jimmy, the “Undertaker.” Now Jimmy and his skilled team are taking out the dead wood all over Fort Bend! Growing up as one of nine kids taught Jimmy how to work with a team. His wife Cammie says, “Two of our team members have been cutting for us for fifteen years each, another three or four for eight to ten years each. They use safety equipment and ropes and harnesses to get up into the trees and rope the trimmed branches down to the guys on the ground. They take care to protect your property and give you peace of mind!” Thanks to April showers the same branches that were bare a month ago could be ruining your roof today. Don’t freak out...but did you know that rats, possums, and squirrels could be getting into your attic from those same overgrown branches? Or that bats, rats, and snakes could

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His teammate, Walter Payton, aka “Sweetness,” called Jimmy, the “Undertaker.”

be living in the dead parts of your palm trees? Remember to get your trees trimmed on a regular basis. For over fifteen years Jimmy and Cammy Simpson of Simpson’s Tree Service have been trimming back branches and removing trees all over Fort Bend. One loyal customer writes: “I have known and been doing business with Jimmy Simpson for 10+ years. He has the same guys working for him each year. They are friendly and VERY competent. They get in, go to work, do an excellent job and clean up very well. I feel Jimmy’s prices are better than most anyone else. I am very satisfied with Simpson’s Tree Service & would recommend them to anyone that I know.” For trimming, cutting, and removal services, call 281-980-0095 www.simpsonstreeservice.com

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Becca Bragg

hen your home needs a lift, nothing does the trick like new flooring. And for floor-

ing and service guaranteed to floor you every time, Fort Bend turns to Bob, Renee, and Shaun McKelvey at All About Carpet and Floors. A glowing recommendation from Ann’s daughter brought Mar y Ashmore and Ann Caraway to the All About Carpet showroom. Ann says, “They did a job for my daughter in Riverstone, a bedroom. There was already wood flooring in the house and they were able to match it very closely. She was so pleased! That’s when we decided to look into getting flooring for this house.” “We talked to Bob and Shaun and fell in love with the Tigerwood floor-

ing. We had three bathrooms re-tiled and one living room and one dining room with the Tigerwood. We’d had carpet to start with and pets, so it was time to get rid of it...and we’re glad we did!” Mary adds, “They had so many samples in the showroom! You could put the wood samples by the tile samples and see the way the floors would flow. Bob let us take a sample of the Tigerwood home, so we could see how it looked with the furniture. They really go out of their way to help you and make sure you’re happy.” Ann says, “They told us upfront what the cost would be, how they would install it, how long it would take, and all the information we needed. They were reputable, competent, and accommodating. Shaun promised we wouldn’t end up with any extra expenses, hidden costs, or unpleasant surprises, and we really appreciated that. They’re just the nicest people!” When you want good work done, ask good people for a recommendation...that’s what Mary did. She says, “Bob’s contractors handled the installation and he gave us the names of painters. They’ve all worked with him for a long time and he knows he can trust them. Everyone he recommended did a super job. We had the

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whole house renovated in a month. They were so nice to deal with!” Ann adds “They also gave us plenty of advice on when to put rugs down, what kinds to choose, and how to keep our new floors looking clean and nice. We’d recommend them to anybody!” Bob, Renee, and Shaun McKelvey say, “All of us here at All About Carpet and Floors take pride in offering the best customer service and the best choices for your flooring, kitchen, and bath. Come on in and see us...we’d love to show you what we can do!” All About Carpet and Floors 281-265-3700 3145 Highway 6 South (next to Shipley’s) www.allaboutcarpet.com

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Who’s Cleaning Your House?

by Sarah Warburton

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ometimes you can tell just by taking a look around. Dad never wipes down the stove, Mom’s too short to dust the ceiling fan, and nobody cleans under the sofa. Even if you have someone come in to clean, there’s always a spot that gets missed...unless you call the professionals! Max McCammond, our local cleaning expert and owner of Professional Maid Service says, “We send in rotating teams of maids. They’re highly-trained to spot every spot, sanitize your bathrooms, and wipe all your dust away for a professional sparkle!” There’s no dream team like a team of Professional Maids. They receive the best training in the nation when it comes to clean-

ing. Many eyes and pairs of hands mean that every square inch of your home will be really, truly, deeply clean. Not only that, but the Professional Maids arrive uniformed in a company car, are bonded and insured and are backed by Max’s personal guarantee. He says, “I believe getting your home clean should be easy for you. We offer no-hassle key drop off and pick up, our maids will dust with Pledge and clean your mirrors with Windex, and the only thing we ask is that you enjoy your home and leave the cleaning to us! We’re always just a phone call away.” This spring when your friends see you in the park with your kids, don’t let them think you’re just having fun. Tell them, “Right now I’m also doing my Spring Cleaning the smart way...by leaving it to the Professionals!” Professional Maid Service 281-342-6500 www.professionalmaidservice.com

Cleaning to the “Max” Max’s Cleaning Tip: Does your dishwasher smell not-so-fresh? Add a lemony scent (or help it work through a really greasy load), with a simple yet affordable fix. Cut a juicy lemon in half, remove the seeds and press the cut side onto the spikes of the upper rack. Run your dishwasher as usual. Once the cycle is finished, discard the washed lemon and admire the miracle of citric acid at work. Do this once a month (without dishes) to keep your dishwasher fresh.

Recommended by Kids, Parents, and Dentists!

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hen Alicia Brady moved here from Maryland with her husband and two daughters, eight-year-old Emi and nine-year-old Quinn, last June, she needed some recommendations. She says, “We didn’t know anyone at all. I took my girls to my dentist, Dr. Yu, and one of his machines didn’t fit in Emi’s mouth. He referred us to Dr. Biancia Sanchez at Little People’s Dentistry... and my girls have gone to her every since!” “When I was growing up, I don’t remember going to a pediatric dentist, but my girls had one in Maryland they loved...and Dr. Sanchez’s office is very similar. When you walk in the door, it’s obvious it’s a place for kids. They love it! There’s always something fun on the television, they have a giant fish tank and toys. My daughters would love to have their bedrooms decorated the way the back of the office is, with a California surf vibe.” “Not only is the place styled

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for kids, but Dr. Sanchez is really a big kid at heart! She and her staff really know kids and understand them. We’ve needed some cavities filled, and Dr. Sanchez has done a great job. I think at lot of grownups have had unpleasant childhood experiences at the dentist, but Dr. Sanchez makes my girls excited about coming in! Even though they’ve had fillings, they still love coming to see her!” “When Little People’s Dentistr y called and invited us to participate in the ‘Patient Appreciation Party’ we were thrilled! The girls loved the snacks and goody bags and wearing the boas and sunglasses. They felt so special getting their pictures taken by a professional photographer. And we thought Dr. Sanchez made a wonderful tooth fairy!” “I can tell my youngest is going to need some work done, so I’m glad to know that Dr. Sanchez and Dr. Radford offer orthodontics. I’m so glad Dr. Yu recommended Dr. Sanchez to me...and I’ve been recommending her to all my friends! Little People’s Dentistry “Because Kidz Are People, Too.” 281-261-0020 4706 Riverstone Blvd., Suite 200 (behind Kohl’s in Riverstone) www.LittlePeoplesDentistry.com

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Giving You a Second Chance...

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o make a first impression. When it comes to curb appeal, nothing speaks louder than your front door. Have you wondered what yours is saying

to the world? If your front door isn’t saying “Welcome,” loud and clear, call on the experts at Ricks Front Door. Owner Rick Davis says, “Each and every member of my team has what it takes to transform your front door into a work of art!” Is your front door putting its best face forward? Getting it a full makeover is as simple as picking up the phone. Rick’s professional craftmen will bring their mobile workshop right to your home. They can work on any door in any weather...without creating any muss, any fuss, or any stress. Rick says, “Our proven door refinishing process is matched only by our exceptional customer service. We’re members of the BBB, we’re winners of the 2011 Angie’s List Super Service Award for Excellence, and we’re one hundred percent committed to your total satisfaction!” Is your front door scaring away your guests? If they’re afraid to cross your threshold, you need Rick’s proven process. He says, “My team of craftsmen uses the very best stains and urethanes to give a lustrous finish that will stand up to the elements and we lay down a finish without any brushstrokes. We can also replace the weather strip from around your door to keep your warm air in, the critters out... and make your home more energy-efficient to save you money! In honor of spring,

I’m offering some special deals on multiple front door refinishing. If you and a neighbor both need your front door redone, give us a call. We’ll make you a deal you won’t want to refuse!” “When you need your door to look brandnew, we’ll do it on-site, in a jiffy, and leave it looking gorgeous. We even have some same-day appointments available! Call Mrs. Terry, and she’ll schedule you in a morning or afternoon slot. My craftsmen make it fun and easy to get a door as pretty as a fine piece of furniture.” Rick’s Front Door Refinishing 713-427-2487 www.aprettydoor.com

Say “Hello” to Beauty I

f you want to say “Goodbye” to unwanted hair, make your first stop a trip to say “Hello” to esthetician Sarah Krause at Kalologie Skincare and Medspa. She says, “I started working at a MedSpa in La Porte, but a year and a half ago I transferred to the Kalologie in Sugar Land...and I love it here! My favorite things are the warm atmosphere and getting to know so many wonderful people.” A friendly smile and a cheerful greeting are the first things Sarah offers all her clients. She says, “We pamper our clients head-to-toe, and when it comes to laser hair removal, we use the StarLux laser. Whether you need a little underarm or bikini-line touch-up or you want a larger area like your legs or back treated, come talk to us about what you want, and we’ll make our recommendations. I’ve seen it give great results on men and women and we have a variety of appointments available. Our laser hair removal packages also come with three free touch-ups, which is a great deal. We believe that beauty shouldn’t be just for special occasions! That’s why we make it easy and affordable to take care of yourself!” Sarah says, “One thing that I think sets Kalologie apart from any other place I’ve worked is the variety and quality of services we offer...everything from photofacials to Botox. I really love the medical side of beauty, that’s so interesting to me. I really think science makes it easy to get fantastic results!”

Kalologie Skincare/Medspa • 281-265-0880 15890 Southwest Freeway, Whole Foods Shopping Center Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.kalologie.com

Choose Kalologie Medspa’s Spa Pass memberships and you’ll enjoy one facial a month for a discounted price... as well as 10% OFF all medical services, and discounts on Kalologie Lab products, Botox, and Juvederm! Join us this April for an offer that you cannot pass up! Now offering 50% off all Laser Hair Removal!

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Dr Mangal

= DRE AM TEAM

Faith

New Possibilities for Our Family: Carmen’s Story M

y husband and I had been trying to start a family for three years before our Ob/Gyn referred us to Dr. Mangal, at the Fertility Specialists of Houston. Dr. Mangal is fellowship-trained in both advanced reproductive laparoscopic surgery as well as reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI). He is also board-certified in both ObstetricsGynecology and REI.” “I suspected something bigger might be preventing us from getting pregnant, because I had surgery for fibroids when I was only sixteen. Every year and a half afterwards I had reoccurring problems. When Dr. Mangal examined me for the first time, he said, “Carmen, you have severe endometriosis. Unfortunately, you’re like the Queen of Endometriosis.” There are a lot of things I’d like to be Queen of, but endometriosis wasn’t one of them! He explained that I had the worst stage of endometriosis with tissue growth all through my pelvis and abdomen, so that my organs were glued together like frozen bird wings that couldn’t move.” “Even though Dr. Mangal told me it was serious, he was very positive. I had seen multiple doctors for my condition in Louisiana, Dallas, and Houston. In fact, when I was twenty-five one doctor had suggested I get a partial hysterectomy to relieve my symptoms! Not only did Dr. Mangal performed surgery for the endometriosis, he kept my dream of having a family alive. He didn’t argue with me or give me the same old story I’d always heard. He gave me hope!”

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“I was very happy to have a pain-free life after my surgery with Dr. Mangal. A friend gave me the book “Supernatural Childbirth” and it really opened me up to the possibilities God has given us through specialists llike Dr. Mangal. Dr. Mangal suggested that the best option for pregnancy would be to do in-vitro fertilization (test-tube baby), but we could not do that for personal reasons. As a second option, he suggested fertility injections with intrauterine insemination (IUI). After only one treatment cycle, we got pregnant! Dr. Mangal was so pleased. On the day my daughter was born, my parents revealed that in the past doctors had told them when I was sixteen that it was unlikely I’d ever conceive a child. God took the long route with my baby girl, but I’m so glad He brought us to Dr. Mangal.” “When we planned another addition to our family, we went back to Dr. Mangal...and discovered we were already eight weeks pregnant! I believe God used Dr. Mangal’s surgical expertise to make everything work like it should. I encourage anyone who’s ever heard “Not possible” to see Dr. Mangal. He gave us possibilities we’d never had before!” Fertility Specialists of Houston 713-512-7880 www.FSHivf.com

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Three Simple Solutions for a Healthy Life Sarah Warburton

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s a small businessman, as well as a doctor,” says local physician Dr. Jeffrey Alford, “I understand the current challenges we face with our health care. I got into this profession to help people feel well and take care of themselves...and in today’s world that means giving you options that work with your lifestyle and pocketbook. That’s why I offer three different health care solutions.” If you’re happy with your insurance and your deductible, come visit Dr. Alford at the Sweetwater Medical Associates family practice office. In this convenient location you’ll find traditional, insurance-based health care. He says, “Many patients are pleased with this familiar approach, but for those who want concierge patient services, I’m also able to offer a second option: ‘Concierge Choice’ gives you individualized care personalized to your schedule and your needs. I want to make it easy and uncomplicated for people to get good health care and preventative services. Maybe you have a high deductible, you’re self-employed, or have no current health insurance. At Sugar Land Wellness and Weight Loss, Dr. Alford offers a third choice: quality healthexam packages at a fair price. Preventative health care tests identify issues like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Dr. Alford says, “We have a simple menu of tests for different ages, family histories, and genders. You can opt for the basic recommended tests or the comprehensive package…and you’ll know upfront exactly what it will cost. No hidden fees, no worrying about your high deductible, no getting one co-pay at the doctor’s office and another bill from the lab and another from radiology. Everything will be included and easy to understand…your cost and your results!”

“Understanding the changing face of today’s health care options can make your head spin. Keep it simple with three easy options from a local doctor (and small business owner) who understands.” Understanding the changing face of today’s health care options can make your head spin. Keep it simple with three easy options from local doctor (and small business owner) who understands. Dr. Alford says, “My most popular preventative health program is our weight-loss program. I love seeing patients take control of their weight and dramatically improve their overall health. My goal is to make good health easy and affordable for everyone!”

Dr. Jeffery Alford

832-494-7469 16651 SW Fwy #100 www.sugarlandwellness.net

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Never Too Old to Play E

very May we celebrate Older Americans Month to honor and recognize older Americans for the contributions they make to our families, communities and society.The Administration on Aging (AoA)’s theme for 2012, “Never Too Old to Play,” encourages older Americans to stay engaged, active and involved in their own lives and in their communities. Why not start right here in Sugar Land? Do you know someone special in our community turning 100 years of age or older in 2012? The Senior Trust Alliance Fort Bend County will host an Older Americans Month Celebration from 10:00am to 11:30am Wednesday, May 16th in recognition of centennial seniors in our communities. The celebration will include distribution of Certificates, Flowers and gifts/door prizes, and entertainment. Families and friends should R.S.V.P. to Emeritus at 281-491-6257. Contact Ron Norsworthy, President at rnorsworthy1@comcast.net for more information. If you have a family member, neighbor, church member, or others who turning 100 years of age or older in 2012 and reside in our community, please invite them. The event will be held at Emeritus at Sugar Land, 151 Commerce Green Blvd, 77478. John Trevathan, CPA says, “We sponsor this message with UpClose Magazine and joined the Senior Trust Alliance because we support seniors in our community. We hope you’ll join us in making the Older Americans Month Celebration a success!” The Senior Trust Alliance is an organization of highly competent and

trustworthy individuals who specialize in providing professional services for seniors and their families. The Alliance goal is superior and wide-ranging service delivery, providing each senior with a source of trusted solutions to the broadest possible variety of issues seniors must deal with as they age. The power of the Senior Trust Alliance is derived from a simple concept; we listen to senior concerns, search for solutions and solve virtually any problem the senior may have by making use of the vast resources and skills possessed by Alliance members. All members promise to treat seniors with courtesy, respect, and integrity. Nothing less than the best will do! www.SeniorTrustAlliance.org

John Trevathan, CPA, PLLC & Regina Rash

One Easy, Affordable Step

Sarah Warburton hat’s the most dangerous room in your house? According to the National Council on Aging, one in three serious “slip and fall” accidents for adults 65+ happen in the bathroom. Jonee and Paul Barnett of Miracle Method Surface Restoration say, “As you know if you’ve seen our surface restoration of existing counters, showers, and tubs...we’re strongly in favor of ‘aging in place!’ We can transform more than surfaces. Our Easy Step® transforms a bathtub into a shower in a single day for a fraction of the cost of walk-in tubs. We also offer a Safety Package that will make your bathroom even safer!” Every time you step over and into your bathtub, you run the risk of a dangerous slip. The Easy Step lowers the tub side to make entry and exit easier and safer. The Easy Step® walk-in tub conversion allows you to step through and not over to help make bathtub entry and exit safer. Miracle Method’s Easy Step® conversion creates a 24-inch wide by 9-inch tall notch in the side of the tub, so you can step through and into your bath...not over! Walk-in tubs typically require large amounts of time and money to tear out the old bathtub, remove walls, and perform extensive plumbing modifications. Jonee says, “We have the Easy Step® and the Easy Step® with door available... and if you save your cut-out,

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the process is completely reversible!” Transform your bathroom into one of the safest rooms in the house...or take care of a loved one with Miracle Method’s Safety Package. Jonee says, “This package includes the one-day installation of the Easy Step® conversion for porcelain, steel, fiberglass or acrylic tubs, two ADA approved safety grab bars, and a slip-resistant surface applied to the bottom of the tub. Addition options include a curved shower rod, a hand-held shower nozzle, a tub chair...and of course we can always change the color of your tub and tile with our proven Miracle Method process!” You don’t have to suffer through expensive renovations to get a safer, more beautiful bathroom. You’re only one easy step away...with a call to Miracle Method! Miracle Method Surface Restoration 281-240-2284 603 Murphy Road (by appointment only), Stafford, TX www.miraclemethod.com/houstonsw

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Get

TurnedOn!

Have You Seen the Light? S

ure, you could run around hitting one light switch after another to create the right “mood” for your movie night. You could wonder as you pull out of the driveway if the kids turned off their bedroom lights. You could keep getting up out of bed to make sure the lights are off in the study and laundry room. Or...you could step out of the Dark Ages and seize control with a wireless total home control system. We asked Richard Machemehl and Scott Crain of Home Theater Evolutions to shed a little light on their favorite new innovation. Why should you have to move towards the light to control it? Scott says, “The Lutron Home Control Radio Ra2 is a wireless home control system that lets you adjust the lights and regulate the temperature in a single room or throughout your house. Since it’s wireless, we have real flexibility in the installation...and it can be controlled with your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch which makes it really affordable and easy-to-use!”

If you love your existing home, but you also want control over your lighting, it doesn’t have to be a hassle. Richard says, “A home that isn’t pre-wired doesn’t have to re-wired... with the Lutron Home Control Radio Ra2, a wireless lighting control system. Light control, scene adjustment, shade and blind precise movement, time clock events, and even an energy “green button” put options literally at your fingertips. Scott and I love how easy our customers find it to program, change, and maintain. And since it’s wireless...we don’t have to cut into your walls and you don’t have to be near a light switch to control every light in your house!” Ready to hit the lights? You can dim lights to create mood and save electricity, even increasing the life of your bulbs up to 150% and switching off standby power to smaller appliances when they’re not being used. Control your safety lights and patio lights without lifting more than a finger. Program groups of lights to create the right setting for watching a movie, having dinner, or doing work. If you’re driving your son to soccer, you can double-check to make sure he turned off his bedroom, bathroom or game room lights. Best of all, you don’t need a degree to operate this system. All it takes is the Lutron Home Control apps on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. Have you seen the light? Drop by the Home Theater Evolutions Showroom for a firsthand look at how easy your life (and your lights) could be! Home Theater Evolutions 281-980-2300 3157 Highway 6 at Williams Trace www.htevo.com


Teach ‘Em What You Know

Matt Harris

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ant your kids to grow? You’ve got to teach ‘em what you know. That’s the way our country was built. From the colonists who founded America to the pioneers who expanded it, families handed down values like hard work, honest-dealing, and taking care of your neighbor. That’s the foundation of our country...and the bedrock of Alan’s Plumbing. Back in the day, if you wanted a solid wooden table or new horseshoes on your horse, you went to the families who’d built a reputation in the business. Sons followed in their father’s footsteps. That’s what you’ll find at Alan’s Plumbing. Being a family-owned and operated business for the last fifteen years keeps the operating costs low...and Alan’s Plumbing passes those savings on to you. Some companies make all kinds of promises just to get in your front door. They know you don’t have the time to call around and wait to get your plumbing fixed. They offer you a “special deal”

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on the front end and then hit you with the big prices on the final bill. That’s not the way Alan and his team do business. Master plumber, Alan Burkhalter, his brothers Chris and Brian, Alan’s sons––Beau, Luke, and Jake––and fellow plumber Zack believe in

earning your business the old-fashioned way––by giving the best prices on the good work they do. That must be why Alan’s Plumbing has won the Reader’s Choice Award for ten straight years.

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Passing knowledge down from generation to generation strengthens our communities...and our country. When it comes to plumbing, no one’s stronger than Alan’s Plumbing. As an ironworker on the San Jacinto monument, Alan’s grandfather knew the solid values of hard work, straightshooting, and honest pay...and that’s what you’ll find at Alan’s Plumbing, too. Whether you’ve got a burst pipe, a clogged drain, need to replace a hot water heater, or a toilet reset, call Alan, Jennifer, their three sons––Beau, Luke, and Jake––brothers Chris and Brian and fellow plumber Zack. Pass this knowledge on to others, too. Do your neighbor a favor and give them number for Alan’s Plumbing, 281-261-1064. Alan’s Plumbing • 281-261-1064


A Winning Combination Sarah Warburton

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hy is All Out A/C preferred by RE/MAX Fine Properties, one of the highest-producing offices in the 250-office statewide RE/MAX network, and recent winner of the Texas Broker/Owners of the Year? Minesh Patel, owner of RE/MAX Fine Properties at Highway 6 says, “We’re always helping people buy, sell, or lease property. Plenty of times homes need work to be ready to sell or a new resident needs a recommendation. When they need an excellent air conditioning company, we recommend companies we really know and trust.” “All Out A/C has done excellent work in our office, for our clients, and in my own home! At one point when my A/C wasn’t working and my wife was frustrated with the heat, I called All Out A/C and they sent a technician promptly. Furthermore, when he had to order a part, he made the call, found out it was under warranty, and saved me a couple hundred dollars. They really go the distance to help their customers!” “When we had problems with air flow at our office (some offices were hot, others were freezing) we called All Out A/C. They found and fixed some sagging ducts and we’re seeing a fifteen percent reduction on our monthly electric bill. When you’re talking about an 11,000 square foot space with 40 offices, that’s one job that’s paid for itself over time!” “My front desk receptionist first recommended All Out A/C when I needed work done at my house. I realized I’d seen their trucks around town as well...they have a very distinctive logo.

Later I met Bryan Bellamy through a local business network. Since then, I’ve visited their office and their warehouses. I’m very impressed with the level of cleanliness, professionalism, and courtesy of their technicians. Bryan’s a small business owner, but he runs All Out A/C like a Fortune 500 company and everyone there loves it and takes pride in what they do. Professionally and personally I recommend All Out A/C!” For more information about RE/MAX Fine Properties, visit www. fortbendhomesonline.com. All Out A/C and Heating 281-238-9292 626 Highway 90A Richmond, TX 77406 www.alloutacandheating.com

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Being diagnosed with breast cancer is difficult. 

Oncology

Reconstructive Surgery 

 Radiation Therapy

 Support Groups

Breast Surgery 

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Maria Socci, RN

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 Chemotherapy

SURVIVAL!

The path to survival shouldn't be. A breast cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming and make you feel lost. Our Breast Care Navigator, Maria Socci, RN, will guide you through the challenges of breast cancer so you can focus more on healing. Maria will be there to explain your options, schedule expedited appointments, coordinate second opinions and provide emotional support and guidance throughout your journey to survivorship. The path to survival can be difficult—but it does not have to be. Maria, your Breast Care Navigator, will be there for you every step of the way.  For more information, please call Maria at 281-276-8989 or email MSocci@tmhs.org.  To schedule a mammogram at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital call 281-242-PINK (7465).

Breast Center

16655 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, Texas 77479 MethodistSugarLand.com

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