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FEATURE | After nearly five years, author Bili Morrow S h e l b u r n e ’s s e q u e l Racing With The Tide will return readers to the mysterious story of Clementine Foster. IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Even during a pandemic A n n a b e l l e ’s A m a z i n g Graces, founded by Daniel and Shelley van Deursen, continued its efforts to support GNAO1 mutation research.

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TALK OF THE TOWN | Less than a month after becoming operational, Lamar Consolidated ISD’s police department was on display in the community. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | Entries are wanted a Texas Juried Exhibition and a local poetry slam competition. HEALTH | Recognizing the myths and misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder.

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CLEMMIE RETURNS Author Bili Morrow Shelburne continues the Clementine Foster tale by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | mgriffin@fbherald.com


fter completing her third novel, Bili Morrow Shelburne set her mind to her next work, a piece of fiction she wasn’t certain she wanted to

complete. “I wrote it on and off, on and off,” Shelburne said. “I would pick it up and put it down.” The hesitation, she explained, was because it was a sequel to her beloved book, Clemmie. “I kept thinking: I can’t do a sequel. I don’t think I’ll like it,” Shelburne said. “But friends kept asking me to write it.” Nearly five years later, Shelburne honored the wishes of her Clemmieloving friends with the December 2020 release of Racing With The Tide. Clemmie, set in Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, tells the story of a young woman desperately searching for clues to her forgotten past in a world of love, voodoo, pain, loss, and revelations. Its sequel, Racing with the Tide — to the delight of Shelburne’s fans — returns to the island and characters from the first novel, including Clementine, Daniel, and of course, Mama Rae. “Everybody loves Mama Rae,” Shelburne said with a laugh. Jennifer Pearson, who said she’s been a fan since Shelburne’s Blackbirds and Butterflies, took to Amazon to review Shelburne’s fourth novel, calling it “one of the best things to come out of 2020” and “a beautiful tribute to Clemmie’s resilience and determination to find happiness.” “This novel doesn’t disappoint as [Shelburne] continues her stellar tradition of storytelling,” she posted.


Although she’s slightly anxious about the reception of her first sequel, Shelburne feels energized at the idea of Racing With The Tide in the hands of a fan or new reader. In her enthusiasm, she begins sharing slices of the tale; just enough juicy tidbits to pique interest, not spoil the story. Clementine Foster, her title character, returns her roots on Hilton Head Island where she reconnects with Mama Rae and lands a job with a mysterious man who runs a mysterious company. Then, of course, Shelburne adds laughing, there’s romance thrown in. “Both her wit and her grit will be sorely tested as events

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rapidly unfold,” Shelburne concluded by reading from her book’s cover. Readers who thought its predecessor was a page-turner should prepare for the same type of intrigue and mystique in Racing With The Tide. Although a challenging process, Shelburne said she appreciated the journey sparked by Racing With The Tide, particularly since it allowed her the chance to revisit the setting of Hilton Head Island, a place she once described as “like a Garden of Eden.” Her writing was aided by feedback from three close readers, a writer’s network, and her husband Ralph. “He is my biggest cheerleader, but my harshest critic,” Shelburne said sweetly, explaining she would give him a chapter at a time to review. “I’d tell him: “Make any and all suggestions you want; I may or may not take them.” Her laughter follows again, long and mischievously, in the way of a longtime married woman. But the truth is, her husband was an ideal sounding board for Shelburne’s writing process. Not only is Hilton Head Island the backdrop of Shelburne’s Clementine-centric novels, but it was also once the Shelburnes’ home. “We had a villa there for 22 years,” Shelburne said, noting that it’s the same villa detailed in the novel. Shelburne is quiet for a moment, reliving those years. “They use to have a festival on the island a long time ago, and it was fantastic.” It was only right, Shelburne said, for Clementine to return to the island in Racing With The Tide. “I hope I wrote a proper sequel,” she said with a hint of nervousness in her voice. An advance review from Kirkus Reviews called the book [...] an engaging tale of new love and second chances,” but Shelburne yearns for even more feedback from readers. She wants to know if she nailed a sequel her first go at it. “I did my best,” she said.“I do hope people like it.” In addition to Racing With The Tide and Clemmie, Shelburne authored Blackbirds and Butterflies, her first novel, and Collateral Justice, her third novel. Follow Shelburne and her works at www.bilimorrowshelburne.com

About the Author Bili Morrow Shelburne’s roots begin in the heart of the Kentucky Bluegrass region where she developed a love of horses and the outdoors. She received a B.A. from the University of Louisville and an M.A. from the University of Kentucky. She spent 20 years as a teacher and college instructor, primarily teaching writing and language arts, before leaving the academic world to become a full-time writer. While a former resident of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, Bili and her husband Ralph have lived in Fort Bend for nearly 30 years.

RACING WITH THE TIDE Clemmie​returns to her roots on Hilton Head Island where she reconnects with her old friend and mentor, Mama Rae, an enigmatic character who lives in the woods and who appears to practice a little Voodoo on occasion. As she becomes increasingly entangled in the machinations of her new mysterious employer, she simultaneously meets and is wooed by a handsome young man who just might become the new love of her life. Still haunted by the ghosts of her past, Clemmie strives to attain normalcy and happiness in her island home, but soon there is trouble in paradise. Both her wit and her grit will be sorely tested as events rapidly unfold. COLLATERAL JUSTICE When attorney Matt Stevenson returns to his hometown to attend his mother’s funeral, he inadvertently becomes embroiled in a homicide involving an old and trusted friend. Matt and his friend, along with two other witnesses, are confronted with both a moral and legal dilemma: Do they tell what they know and risk ruining their lives and careers or stay silent in hopes that the truth will never be exposed?

CLEMMIE At the age of 23, Clementine Foster finds herself in a mental hospital with no recollection of how or why she came to be there. Her struggle to regain her memory leads her to navigate the treacherous shoals of her past and to uncover secrets that might best remain hidden away. As the layers of Clemmie’s past are peeled away, her lost loves, friendships, and family come to life with each surprising revelation. BLACKBIRDS & BUTTERFLIES In the summer of 1959, the tranquility of a small town in rural Georgia is shattered by the violent acts of a few, forcing young Jesse Wheeler to reach manhood in a hurry. Jesse Wheeler’s last summer before college should have been nothing but a romp with his friends and his best girl. But events conspire to change all that. When Jesse is targeted by local thugs and, later, when family tragedy strikes, he is forced to come of age in a rush. With sage advice from his old friend Gabriel, an ancient black man, he teams up with the local sheriff’s deputy and a state police investigator, then goes on the offensive to set things right.

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he Exchange Club of Sugar Land’s 34th Annual Spaghetti Dinner, the club’s primary annual fundraising event, will be held virtually on April 17at 6 p.m. The club typically hosts this event in-person, however due to COVID-19 and associated challenges, the club chose to hold the event virtually this year. “It’s amazing how wonderful the community support has been for this event, and this year’s fundraiser is more critical than ever,” said President Paul Barnett. Raffle tickets and sponsorships can be bought by texting NOODLE TO 71777 and filling out the donor form, or by connecting online at app.mobilecause.com/vf/Noodle. The Live Event link is www.facebook.com/sugarlandmorningexchange. The Silent Auction link is www.32auctions.com/Spaghetti2021. The auction opened April 1. Previous events included local law enforcement agencies and fire departments preparing a variety of spaghetti sauces and competing to win the cook-off trophy. This family-oriented dinner will feature great raffle prizes, a live auction, a silent auction, and a children’s area with fun and games. The funds raised allow The Exchange Club of Sugar Land to continue supporting local non-profits including Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Fort Bend County Women’s Center,Texana Children’s Center for Autism, Fort Bend Council on Substance Abuse, Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels, Crime Stoppers,YMCA, Literacy Council of Fort Bend, and many others. These funds also support our community service projects: • Santa’s Exchange distributes over 10,000 toys annually to underprivileged children. • Back to School Bash provides backpacks, school supplies, and new shoes for kids needing a head start before the new school year. • Give a Kid a Flag to Wave distributes over 30,000 American flags along the Fort Bend County Fair and Houston Rodeo parade. • Service to Seniors provides a monthly party for Fort Bend Seniors as well as health and entertainment events. • Youth of the Month recognizes FBISD students for outstanding academic achievement and good citizenship. • One Nation Under God breakfast honors our veterans and active military members. For more information visit www.ECSL.org or email President Paul Barnett at president@ecsl.org

Houston Humane Society partners with Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department by AVERIL GLEASON | agleason@fbherald.com


hen Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan was running for office, he expressed a clear vision for the future of animals in the area. So partnering with the Houston Humane Society to hand out free pet food to county residents was a no-brainer. One Saturday morning in early March, dozens of cars lined up outside of Gus George Law Enforcement Academy to receive pet food, toys and treats. “We’re working with sheriffs, DA’s and constables across the area to give out free pet food for pet owners in need all over the region,” Katie Fine with the Houston Humane Society explained. “Before the

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pandemic, we learned people’s pets are going hungry. We realized that there was a need for pet food banks. And then when the pandemic hit, and more recently, the freeze, the need was extremely high.” Fine explained that by giving away free pet food, it relieves the burden of extra spending on households. Set up outside the law enforcement academy was more than 6,000 pounds of food. According to Fine, people started lining up over an hour before the event began at 10 a.m. “This was mutually beneficial,” Fagan said. “My kids, when they were small, volunteered at the humane society. When I became sheriff, I reached out and they were nice enough to collaborate with us.” Fagan said when he was running for office, he realized there was a need for pet safety. Just months after winning the election in November, Fagan appointed Jordan Kelley as animal cruelty investigator, the first of its kind. “The great thing is the humane society is offering this to anyone in need,” Fagan continued.“They’re working with law enforcement hand-in-hand to help the people of Fort Bend County.” The Houston Humane Society is dedicated to ending cruelty, abuse and the overpopulation of animals while providing the highest quality of life to those in our care. For more information, call 713-433-6421.

The Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Department partnered with the Houston Humane Society over the March 6 weekend, when 6,000 pounds of pet food were given to families across Fort Bend. Pictured is Animal Cruelty Investigator Jordan Kelley, Sheriff Eric Fagan and Houston Humane Society Executive Director Gary Poon.

Lamar CISD PD on display


amar Consolidated ISD police were on full display in March when officers showed off the department’s vehicles, uniforms, badges and arm patches. The school district’s police department become operational on Feb. 22, almost one year after trustees voted to form their own police force. Over the past year, LCISD has been working with the Rosenberg Police Department to transition and prepare to serve the Lamar CISD community as the district’s first police department. LCISD has worked collaboratively with the Rosenberg Police Department for more than 20 years to provide students and staff with a safe learning environment through the School Resource Officer program. On Feb. 22, the contract with the Rosenberg Police Department ended.

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Rosenberg city council voted not to renew the contract with LCISD back in January of 2020. “Serving the Lamar CISD community through our School Resource Officer program has been an honor for the Rosenberg Police Department and the City of Rosenberg,” said Rosenberg Police Chief Jonathan White.“Through this partnership, relationships have been established to ensure the safety and security of all stakeholders of Lamar CISD and the City of Rosenberg alike. “We look forward to continuing this relationship with the newly created Lamar CISD Police Department as we continue to serve alongside them.” The LCISD Police Department is led by Chief Dallis Warren and currently consists of the district’s safety coordinator, 24 school security officers and 18 police officers. Warren had served as chief of Rosenberg PD before accepting the position at LCISD. The LCISD PD will align with district policies and procedures, while providing the same level of safety and security at all campuses and facilities. “The creation of the Lamar CISD Police Department is a sign of growth for the District and we will continue to develop meaningful relationships with our students, staff and community,”said Chief Warren.


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ebruary’s Arctic blast was one for the books! All of us were cold – both in our homes and outside. We are now in recovery mode and working hard to fix any freeze-related home damage. Included in that damage assessment is the damage dealt to our landscaping. In many ways, our landscaping suffered from very low temperatures and even lower wind-chill temperatures. Our first thoughts may be to start pruning back the dead foliage on our plants and trees. But we should wait before starting to prune our shrubs and plants! I know that in my yard, the damaged plants and shrubs look bad. For example, the shrubs here in southeast Texas are usually able to handle the normal cold temperatures that we get each year and don’t show much stress. However, in most of the shrubs that I have seen, the leaves are brown and looked like they are “wind-burned”. In fact, they are wind-burned from the strong north wind that

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we received. Included are three photos from my landscaping.As you can see in all three (sadly there are more) suffered. Since the Bird of Paradise is a tropical plant, it is not surprising that it received damage. However, the boxwoods are very hardy and rarely show stress.As you can see in the photo, the yellowed leaves on the boxwood show the extent of the damage. The orange tree has sustained damage as well as indicated by the drooping, brown leaves. Why wait to prune? We need to wait before we start to prune back any dead foliage. There is a short write-up on the Fort Bend Master Gardeners website (www.fbmg.org) with this advice. As well, the website has further information as well as a link on how to correctly prune once that time comes. Larry Stein, Texas A&M Horticulturist, has a short video on the Aggie Horticulture Facebook page entitled, “What’s Growing on with Freeze Damage” (www.facebook.com/Aggie-Horticulture-26803072143). He recommends that we all wait at least two weeks before deciding where to start our pruning. We want to wait and see if the plants start to put out new leaves. If so, they are coming back and you probably do not want to prune that particular branch. As Larry recommends, “hurry up and wait, and, learn to love ugly” — at least for a while. Uncover your plants For the plants and trees that you had covered or wrapped during the freeze, remember to uncover them. They need exposure to sunlight. They may have foliage or limbs that droop after having been covered. Mostly what they need right now is some time to rebound from the shock of the cold weather. Sprinkler/Irrigation System Given that many of us have broken water pipes in our homes, it

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is very possible that we also have broken pipes outside. One area to check is the sprinkler/irrigation system that you use to water your yard. Areas that can break are the pipes above the ground that surround the backflow valve. You probably have these pipes wrapped, but you may want to consider unwrapping them and checking for any leaks. Also, repairs done on the main water lines to our homes may have brought debris in the water that may clog the sprinkler heads or valves. It is recommendable to hire a local licensed irrigator to evaluate your system before turning it back on for spring. Finally, the cold weather did bring snow and ice with it. This is beneficial for the roots of our plants and shrubs and did provide some support. But don’t forget to continue to check your plants for moisture as they try to recover. Wishing you warmer temperatures – and electricity! Happy Gardening! Fort Bend County Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in educating the community using research-based horticultural information.

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ort Bend County Libraries will present an online program, “Gardening Success Begins with the Soil,” on Tuesday, April 20, from 2 to 3:30 pm. Part 1 of the Texas AgriLife Extension Office’s “Landscape Success” series for homeowners, this program will be live-streamed via Webex; it will not be in person. James (Boone) Holladay, County Extension Agent with the Texas AgriLife Extension Office in Fort Bend County, will talk about how to create and install a sustainable Earth-Kind® landscape by starting with proper soil preparation. Hear about different research-based water-saving technologies, irrigation systems, and turf-management techniques to maintain attractive, dense lawns and landscapes without wasting water. Holladay will also talk about landscape diseases and pests, and ways to manage them while reducing fertilizer and pesticides. Gardeners of all experience levels who are interested in learning more about sustainable landscaping are welcome to attend. Holladay received his undergraduate degree in Horticulture from Stephen F. Austin State University and his graduate degree in Agricultural Education from Texas A&M University. He helped to develop an urban youth horticulture program in Houston, and has also worked at Moody Gardens in Galveston. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the program so that a link to the Webex session can be emailed to all who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the date indicated. Participants may also register by calling Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office at 281-633-4734.



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n recognition of National Poetry Month in April, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special online “Author Spotlight” event, featuring internationally recognized poetry-performance artist Deborah D.E.E.P Mouton, on Saturday,April 10, beginning at 2 pm. This event will be livestreamed via Webex; it will not be in person. Hear about Mouton’s journey to having her works published, challenges she has faced along the way, and the inspiration behind her passion for writing and performing. Viewers will have an opportunity to submit questions and ask about her work and her experiences. An internationally-known writer, educator, activist, and performer, Mouton is a Poet Laureate Emeritus of Houston. Formerly ranked

the #2 best female performance poet in the world, Mouton has established herself as a notable force in the performance- and slampoetry world. Her work has appeared in Houston Noir, The BreakBeat Poets Black Girl Magic, the Texas Observer, and Fjords Journal, and on platforms such as NPR, BBC, ABC, Apple News, Blavity, Upworthy, and across the TedX circuit. This event was previously scheduled in February, but was postponed because of the winter storm. This online event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required; a link to the Webex sessions will be emailed to all who register.To register online at the library’s website (www.fortbend. lib.tx.us), click on “Classes & Events,” select “Virtual Programs,” and find the program on the scheduled date. For more information, call FBCL’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.



n Thursday,April 22 from 10 - 10:45 p.m. the Vivaldi Music Academy is encouraging families with children (1-5 years old) to join them in the Sugar Land Town Square Plaza for a free, fun morning full of singing and dancing in designated areas of the plaza arranged by lawn rugs. The instructor will be guide families through a fun variety of early childhood activities. No instruments will be used at this time to help prevent the spread of germs.Adult attendees will be required to wear a mask at all times during the event.

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BY AVERIL GLEASON 2016. The first graduating class is set to agleason@fbherald.com walk the stage in 2019. But the 16-year-old junior is graduatFulshear High School is full of firsts. ing early. The school’s juniors were the first “I think it’s pretty cool to know I’m to earn their class rings early this year. literally the only person graduating,” Students had the opportunity to order Sydney said. their letter jackets last year. “I love being able to say I’m one of the Nothing beats the first student to first people to graduate from my high graduate. school.” And Sydney Billings is doing just Sydney transferred from Foster High that. School in 2016. Fulshear High School opened its doors to freshmen and sophomores in SEE BILLINGS, PAGE 3A

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Jesse Mata: My mom [Olivia Mata] would always say, ‘It doesn’t matter how poor we are, that doesn’t mean you cannot be clean.’ She always made sure that when we went out to school, church, any outing, we were clean. She would make sure our hair was combed. you know in the farm, you’re dirty. But she would always tell us, ‘There’s no excuse to not be clean.’ She would also say, ‘always respect the elders. Whether you’re black, brown, white.’ In those days, that’s all that lived here. We grew up as a close-knit family. It was always her thing, be clean and respect your elders.

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ort Bend County Libraries is hosting an online Poetry Slam Competition for teens and young adults. The theme for the competition is “Dare to Hope.” Entries may be submitted online April 5 through May 3. The livestreamed performance-poetry competition will take place on Saturday, May 8 at 2 pm. Students who are 14 to 20 years of age are invited to compete for prizes in this performance-poetry event by reading original works they have created themselves. To participate in the competition, contestants should complete an online entry form on FBCL’s website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us) and upload copies of three original poems they wish to read for the competition. One poem will be read for each round to which the participant advances. There will be two qualifying rounds and one final round. A panel of five judges will determine which competitors advance to the second round and the final round.The order of performances will be randomly chosen on May 8 at the start of the event. Judging will be based on language, idea, theme, tone, mood, vocal strength, emotion, body/facial movement, and fluency. Each poem must be limited to no longer than 3 minutes and 10 seconds in length. Poets may read from a copy of their poem, but they may not use props, costumes, or musical instruments.

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Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring Embodies The Golden Rule by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | mgriffin@fbherald.com


osenberg Carpet & Flooring will continue to stand the test of time if the past six-plus decades are any indication. 1958 was the year when Tony and Hope Lopez planted their eyes firmly on their future and stepped toward their family’s legacy. The family-owned and operated business has withstood significant tests and trials, the most recent being the current COVID19 pandemic. Despite the hardships,Tony and Hope’s son, Michael, who is running the family business, projects a message of hope, not of fear or bitterness. No matter the harsh blows, Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring will continue its commitment to the community, Lopez stressed. Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring has long provided sales and installation of carpet, sheet vinyl, laminate countertops (Formica), wood flooring, wallpaper, and draperies, but this year, it expanded its services and products, adding shower, bath, and kitchen remodeling services to its repertoire. “We do more than floors,” Lopez said. “We do all types of countertops, backsplashes, shower, and bath remodels as well as interior reconfiguration. Our vision is to become a one-stop-shop.A new decade has begun with the third generation of our family. Our son and his wife, Joshua and Ruby Lopez, with the help of Amador Olvera, Chris Frazier, Lorne Darlin, Francisco Gomez, and some of the best installers in the business are here to work for our clients. “It seems like a fresh new start,” Lopez continued.“This young generation has so much knowledge, so many ideas, and compassion to share all that they have. Everyone has to start somewhere or restart somewhere. We believe with our experiences and dedication to serving, that we are going to see our customers more than satisfied.” In this exclusive interview, Lopez discusses the history of his family’s company, and just what inspired the company slogan and business philosophy. Marquita Griffin: What motivated your parents, Tony and Hope, to open the business? Michael Lopez: My father Tony Lopez began as a floor covering installer.A sales manager he worked under always had him calculate customer’s floor plans for him. My father thought to himself:‘I know this business from installation to configuring all projects.’ Looking ahead to the future, and for the sake of his family, they became his motivation. With my faithful mother Hope, they set out to begin their dream. MG: Has the business always been located at 1006 1st St. in Rosenberg? ML: Our business started out of our home. We then moved into a location near the then-Texas Grill Restaurant. In 1975, we moved to our current location at 1006 1st St. MG: What is Gary Tavener’s involvement with Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring? ML: Gary Tavener joined our family almost 50 years ago. He was studying to be a schoolteacher at the time. My father offered him a share of the family business. Gary bought in and became an owner/ partner. He has been a most faithful and honorable man. If there is

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anyone in my life that I would say I could trust, he would be at the top of the list, next to my father. MG: Why would you say a potential client would immediately know Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring is a family-owned business? ML: Being a family-owned business, we believe in “family.” Customers come in all the time and say we are unique, and we believe that because we treat them like family.Yes, we are a business, but I have watched my father and mother, including Gary, treat everyone like a neighbor. As a matter of fact, our slogan was: “We carpeted your neighbor’s home!” It seemed like everyone that walked into our store said those words, so my father made it our slogan. MG: What would you say is Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring’s business philosophy? ML: Our business philosophy is to go the extra mile or “the extra half mile.” I remember my father telling a story years ago. He was installing carpet at a hotel in Pampa, Texas. In those days carpet runners for stairways were made of wool and were 27 inches wide. The hotel owner liked the color and pattern so much that he wanted the whole lobby floor carpeted with it. In those days carpet seams were hand-sewn. My father would say: “If you forgot your thimble, you might as well go home.”After the completion of the lobby, my father calculated that he had sown a half-mile. By the way, he still has that thimble! MG: How has Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring withstood the test of changing or challenging times? ML: Since 1958, our business has withstood many tests and trials. We have been through six decades of every kind of test.The most recent ones are Hurricane Harvey and the COVID-19 pandemic. I believe in my parents’ commitment to righteous principles of hard work, honesty, and integrity. Doing everything it takes to make sure that our customers receive all that they’re expecting and more. It is in these times of testing that peoples’ hearts are revealed. We will always remember our foundation which is to do unto others as you would have it be done to you.That’s our Golden Rule.

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Continued from page 17 Poems must be family friendly and may not include any profanity or sexually explicit content. Poems containing incendiary, offensive, discriminatory, or inflammatory language will be disqualified. Participants who submit poems online during the entry period will be sent a link for the Webex session for the competition. Submissions will not be accepted after 5:00 pm on May 3. Prizes will be awarded to the top three competitors. Sponsored by the Friends of the George Memorial Library, the Poetry Slam is free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-4734.



ecause of the COVID-19 social-distancing recommendations, Fort Bend County Libraries is continuing to offer children’s programming virtually, so families can participate from the comfort and safety of home Videos of Mother Goose Time,Toddler Time, Preschool Story Time, After-School Breaks, and Middle School Programs will be posted on the online Virtual calendar on FBCL’s website each week. Several special online Family Programs, for children of all ages, will also be featured in April. Age-appropriate stories, songs, and puppet shows are featured in the Mother Goose Time, Toddler Time, and Preschool Story Time videos. The schedule is as follows: Tuesdays: Mother Goose Time (infants 1-12 months of age) Wednesdays: Toddler Time (1-3 years of age) Thursdays: Preschool Story Time (3-6 years of age) Families of toddlers and preschoolers may pick up to-go activity packets from the library for the month. These packets contain fun craft activities that can be done at home. Call the libraries to request to pick up the packets through the Curbside Pick-Up service. The After-School Breaks – which take place on the second and fourth Mondays – include crafts, stories, and more for school-aged children in grades K through 5.The schedule for April is as follows: April 12: Rainbow Fizzy Bath Bombs. Make your own DIY fizzy bath bombs. April 26: Coffee-Filter Flowers.Try this easy experiment using coffee filters and water to see if markers have any hidden colors in them!


Then discover how to turn those colorful coffee filters into DIY flowers for Mother’s Day! The Middle School Programs – which take place on the first and third Mondays -- include activities specially designed for kids in grades 6 through 8.The schedule for April is as follows: April 5: Make Your Own Fan! April 19: Drawing Class: Bat Girl. SPECIAL FAMILY VIRTUAL EVENTS April 3: “Sleeping Beauty” Marionette Performance (pre-recorded video) Master puppeteer Jean Kuecher, producer of Marionette Playhouse, will entertain with her beautifully handcrafted marionettes on an elaborate stage, with music and lighting. In this puppet show, the Good Fairy helps the Handsome Prince battle the Wicked Witch’s dragon, but then the prince can’t remember how to awaken the Princess Sleeping Beauty! After the performance, learn some of the backstage secrets and special effects. Recommended for families with children of all ages, this virtual performance is presented in conjunction with Young Audiences of Houston. April 10:“Give Me a Reaction – Science Experiments” (pre-recorded video) In three STEAM experiments, discover the best way to clean old pennies, how to make foamy playdough, and why Ivory soap floats. This program is recommended for families with children of all ages. April 17:“Will Parker’s Children’s Concert” (pre-recorded video) Recommended for families with children of all ages, this virtual performance is made possible by the Friends of First Colony Branch Library. April 17:“Everybody is Smart! Music Performance by JAWAD” (pre-recorded video). This performance inspires young learners to feel empowered and embrace expression through music, art, singing, and character creation. Recommended for families with children of all ages, this virtual performance is presented in conjunction with Young Audiences of Houston. April 24 :“Preschool Story Lab: Vehicles” (pre-recorded video) The Preschool Story Lab is a creative story time event that encourages children to discover and explore concepts in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math (STEAM). FBCL’s children’s librarians will read books, sing songs, and demonstrate a variety of STEAM activities that can be done with simple supplies found around the home. For more information visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us or call 281-6334734.

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Continued from page 18 MG: How has Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring fared during this pandemic? ML: We were thankful for many reasons.The pandemic made us realize there were situations and people we have taken for granted. I don’t believe hardly anyone had a clue on how to prepare or handle the pandemic. I would have to say with God’s help, we have fared well. MG: You’ve touched repeatedly on your passion for the community in previous conversations. Why is community important to Rosenberg Carpet and Flooring? ML: We have served our community for 62 years because our community is especially important to us. We were raised here. We raised our children here and now our grandchildren. Our vision is to work with our community and make a positive impact.A community that cares thrives. If the community thrives, it is because of caring people. We serve because we care. We believe in supporting our community by shopping local, allowing schools, churches, and other organizations access to our parking lot for fundraisers such as barbecues, car washes, etc. Since recent hardships, we are focusing on ways to help our community even more. MG: Speaking of community, tell me about this mural on the side of your building. ML: The Rosenberg Mural on our building was not planned by any means.A young man that I met years ago, Dagoe Marse, came to us with his idea of a mural welcoming people to our city. I showed everyone in the store his idea, and in less the one minute, everyone agreed. I think the mural is monumental and may even become iconic.We hope that visitors and locals will feel the warmth of our beloved city through the mural. Feel free to come by and take selfies with the mural. MG: Lastly, what can clients expect from Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring? ML: Customers can be assured that in serving our clients, we care about your family.We know how important, especially in these times, it is to provide appointments, service, and quality products to accommodate everyone. Our commitment will always be to make sure that all our customers feel safe and secure knowing that we honor their trust.We take our business seriously and have the highest respect for all.

An April 17, 1975 news clipping, covering the ribbon cutting ceremony of Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring.

The mural on the side of the Rosenberg Carpet & Flooring business.

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AUTISM AWARENESS Myths and misconceptions about autism spectrum disorder

Autism spectrum disorder, or ASD, is a class of neurological conditions present from early childhood and is often characterized by difficulty communicating, using language and understanding abstract concepts. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that an estimated one out of 42 boys and one in 189 girls are diagnosed with ASD in the United States. The CDC uses health and school records for children who are part of the Autism and Developmental Disabilities Monitoring Network to arrive at these statistics.ASD is now diagnosed in roughly one out of every 68 children in Canada, and has become the fastest growing and most commonly diagnosed neurological disorder in that country. Even though ASD is widely recognized, studied and discussed, myths and misconceptions about the disorder continue to circulate. Shedding light on ASD can help caregivers, peers and anyone who routinely interacts with individuals who fall on the spectrum. ASD is multifaceted Although “autism” and “ASD” are often used interchangeably, these names do not define one specific disorder. The American Psychiatric Association merged four previously distinct diagnoses together to form the umbrella term of ASD in 2013, which was revised in the fifth edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.” However, it’s important to note that an ASD diagnosis is ever-fluid and medical professionals continue to conduct extensive research that may modify earlier definitions of the disorder or render previous classifications outdated. Generally speaking, ASD is often perceived through communication deficits that can include misinterpreted or nonverbal interactions. Individuals also may have challenges in bonding/friendship development. People with ASD can understand and express emotion Although communication troubles may be present, people with ASD can and do feel emotions. But they may not be able to express these emotions as easily or as clearly as others can. Also, just because someone has ASD doesn’t mean he or she is unable to understand the emotions of others. But the person may need firm and direct indications of how another person is feeling to understand. Reading body language or tone of voice alone may be inadequate to someone with ASD. School-aged children can learn from this, recognizing that someone with ASD may want to have friends and socialize, but he or she may not know how to facilitate these engagements. ASD does not produce carbon-copy symptoms Characteristics of ASD can vary widely from person to person. One person’s limitations or abilities may not be present in another. ASD is not just a children’s disease There is no cure for ASD, and symptoms may not be reversible, which means that ASD is a lifelong condition. Children who are diagnosed will grow into young people and adults with ASD. Many treatments and therapies are geared toward early intervention, but adults can benefit from continued work as well. Adults with ASD can lead successful, independent lives. Autism spectrum disorder is more prevalent than ever. However, despite the recognition of ASD, many people do not understand the nuances involved with a diagnosis.

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Recognizing the symptoms of autism

Autism is a complex bio-neurological developmental disability that is complicated even further by the various ways people exhibit its symptoms. No two children with autism behave in the same way, so symptoms that are identifiable in one youngster will not necessarily be present in another. Learning the various ways that autism can manifest itself can be a good first step toward understanding the condition. The National Autism Association notes that autism is a spectrum disorder, which means it can range from very mild to very severe cases. But the organization Autism Speaks notes that many people with autism have sensory issues that typically involve over- or undersensitivities to sounds, lights, touch, tastes, smells, pain, and other stimuli. Autism Speaks also indicates that people with autism may experience social communication challenges and exhibit restricted and repetitive behaviors. Social communication challenges Difficulty with verbal and non-verbal communication affects both children and adults with autism.Treatment, especially when it begins in early childhood, can help people with autism overcome some of these difficulties, which include: • understanding spoken language • using spoken language appropriately • understanding or appropriately using gestures • making eye contact • understanding or appropriately using facial expressions • understanding or appropriately using tone of voice People with autism also may not understand that certain expressions are not meant to be taken literally. Autism Speaks also notes that additional social challenges may indicate the presence of autism. Such challenges can include difficulty with: • recognizing emotions and intentions in others • recognizing one’s own emotions • expressing emotions • seeking emotional comfort from others • feeling overwhelmed in social situations • taking turns in conversation • gauging personal space Restricted and repetitive behaviors Behaviors associated with autism vary greatly across the spectrum. Someone with mild autism may not exhibit any such behaviors, while they may be instantly recognizable in others elsewhere on the spectrum.Autism Speaks notes that these behaviors may include: • repetitive body movements, such as rocking, flapping, spinning, or running back and forth • repetitive motions with objects, such as spinning wheels, shaking sticks and flipping levers • staring at lights or spinning objects • ritualistic behavior, such as lining up objects or repeatedly touching objects in a set order • narrow or extreme interests in specific topics • a need for unvarying routine and a resistance to change. For example, someone with autism may need the same daily schedule and may need to eat the same meal menu and wear the clothes each day. Autism is a complicated disorder that is often recognizable in young children by the time they reach their third birthdays. Parents who suspect their child might have autism can discuss their concerns with their child’s pediatricians.


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