Greatwood - January 2022

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Greatwood JANUARY 2022


A publication of the

Contents & Staff January 2022

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Ruby Polichino GRAPHIC DESIGNERS Melinda Maya Rachel Cavazos WRITERS & CONTRIBUTORS Marquita Griffin Scott Reese Willey Ryan Dunsmore


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FEATURE | With time on his hands and musings in his mind, retired police officer Forrest Rippey releases his first work Baby Blues, followed up by Tugboat Blues. IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Lunches of Love presents its annual Taste of Fort Bend fundraiser which supports the nonprofit's battle against childhood hunger in Fort Bend community.




TALK OF THE TOWN | Lamar Consolidated ISD educators adopt a trio of brothers. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | The Felicia Smith Jigsaw Puzzle Competition happens this month.

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A photo of Rippey’s son Matthew holding his son Mateo serves as the cover of “Baby Blues.”

Forrest Rippey is also the author of Tugboat Blues: Tragedies and triumphs survived by the very old and the very young. In this 90-paged book, biography morphs to fact-based fiction. The synopsis of the book reads: “An aging retired police detective, living on a World War Two former Navy tugboat, works through a tragedy with a 10-year-old orphaned boy, who has no place to go. But he does live on his own fifty-four foot sailing yacht in Galveston, Texas. The maritime setting provides an exotic backdrop for the bond that forms between the very young, and the very old.” Tugboat Blues is also available on

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Talk of the Town

‘We fell in love with them’ says foster parents who adopted boys

story and photos by SCOTT REESE WILLEY |


udge Walter G. Armatys typically hears cases involving, well, the tragic side of life: murder, robberies, thefts, illegal drugs. On, however, in November he was involved in a truly heart-warming case — the adoption of three brothers, Elijah, 1, Jacob, 4 and Noah, 5, by two Lamar Consolidated ISD educators.

“We fell in love with them,” said first-time parent Katie Marchena, 39, executive director of teaching and learning for LCISD.“They were such sweet boys we couldn’t help but want to keep them for ourselves.” Katie and her husband Antonio, 43, have been fostering children for the past seven years — 12 kids in all. “We fell in love with numbers 10, 11 and 12,” said Antonio, the math and science coach at Smith Elementary School. “In the year we fostered them, they brought a lot of joy to our lives.” The adoption event, one of 13 adoptions to take place at the Justice Center on National Adoption Day, was arranged in part by Child Advocates of Fort Bend County. Armatys, along with Judge Janet B. Heppard and Judge Kali Morgan, helped make the lives of more than a dozen foster children richer and the lives of their new parents fuller, Child Advocates of Fort Bend executive officer Ruthanne Mefford said at the conclusion of the ceremony. “This is the most wonderful day of the year, the day all these children found their forever homes.”

Antonio and Katie Marchena beam minutes after formally adopting three brothers who they fostered for the past year. Judge Walter G. Armatys, center, conducted the adoption hearing in his 328th judicial district courtroom inside the Fort Bend County Justice Center on National Adoption Day. From left are Noah, 5, Jacob, 4 and Elijah, 1.

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Three brothers, Elijah, 1, Jacob, 4, and Noah, 5, opened gifts from grandma in the hallway of the Fort Bend County Justice Center after they were formally adopted by Antonio and Katie Marchena.



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he city of Sugar Land recently celebrated T.E. Harman Center improvements made possible by donations from Dr. Antoinette Ripepi and her husband, Dr. Alan Cramer. The donations were coordinated through the Sugar Land


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Celebrating at the T.E. Harman Center are Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman; Ripepi; Cramer; and Councilmembers William Ferguson, Suzanne Whatley, Carol K. McCutcheon, Naushad Kermally and Stewart Jacobson.

Legacy Foundation. Ripepi and Cramer — Sugar Land residents, long-time members of the senior center and medical doctors — wanted to contribute in a way that provided health and wellness benefits to seniors. Their initial donation included full-length mirrors in the multipurpose rooms used for dance and exercise classes, a charging locker station to charge mobile devices and the conversion of the T.E. Harman Center’s library and computer room into an exercise room with a treadmill, elliptical machines and other exercise equipment. Their second donation transformed a rarely used patio behind the senior center into a relaxing outdoor space with the addition

of retractable shades for relief from the afternoon sun, as well as new patio furniture, outdoor games and greenery. “These improvements would not have been made possible without the generous donations of Dr. Ripepi and Dr. Cramer,” said Director of Parks and Recreation, Joe Chesser.“We appreciate their commitment toward senior health and wellness and know that these additions to the center will be well used for many years to come.” The ribbon-cutting ceremony and celebration were attended by the City Council, city staff and members of the T.E. Harman Center. For more information about the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation and donor opportunities, visit For more information about parks projects and programs, contact Sugar Land Parks and Recreation at 281-275-2825 or visit For other updates, follow Sugar Land Parks and Recreation on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @SugarLandParks.

Chamber announces appointments to executive committee


he Central Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce has appointed three new members to the chamber’s 2022 board of directors and named its 2022 executive committee. The board and committee members’ terms began on Jan. 1. The slate of executive committee members and the new board

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he historic Landmark Community Center in Missouri City is set to be the backdrop of this year’s Felicia Smith Jigsaw Puzzle Competition presented by LearningRx Sugar Land. The jigsaw puzzle piece was formerly internationally represented as a symbol to show the complexity of autism spectrum disorder and how many people work tirelessly to put together the pieces to find better research, support, and understanding for families with children on the spectrum. Hope For Three, a local nonprofit and advocacy organization, works to raise community awareness and provide resources and support to families with children diagnosed with autism. It hosts the Felicia Smith Jigsaw Puzzle Competition event annually to raise funds for the families and children that the organization serves. Each piece is different in a 500-piece jigsaw puzzle, just like the diversity of individuals with autism. This symbolic competition consists of teams of four with puzzlers ages ten and up. Each team opens their puzzle, donated by Robert Poppy Lampkin, at the sound of a bell at 10 a.m. and has until noon to complete the challenge. First through fifth place awards immediately follow, and raffle prize winners are drawn. This year’s competition is set for Jan. 22. “The venue is one of the oldest buildings in Missouri City,” shared Board Member and Councilwoman At-Large Lynn Clouser. “The transformation is nothing short of magical, and now with a new purpose to serve communities.” Proceeds from registrations and sponsorships help local children with autism gain access to valuable resources, therapies, and support they might otherwise go without. For more information, to register a team, or receive autism resources and referrals, visit

phy, drawings, jewelry, ceramics and more. In addition, student artists from area schools participated.The event raised $5,000 for A Shelter for Cancer Families, which is celebrating 20 years of providing stability, shelter and support for families seeking cancer care. “The weather was sublime and just perfect for a relaxing day outdoors,” said Allison Bond, Sienna Marketing Director. “We were thrilled to have so many students participate. The artwork from both adults and youth was impressive. Being able to support the mission of A Shelter for Cancer Families was a happy bonus.” Adult artists participated in a juried art show judged by Lani Anderson. Winning Best of Show was Abdul Basit. Robert Wilkins won first place; Elizabeth Barrow, second; Sudha Iyengar, third; and Norma Richter and Rupa Munish, honorable mention. Student artists participated in a People’s Choice contest. Addison Harris won in the elementary school category and Madeline Walsh took top honors among middle school artists. Aditya Rajan won in the high school category. In addition to browsing and shopping art, eventgoers enjoyed seeing chalk artists at work. Face painters and balloon artists entertained young guests, who could also visit the Imagination Station tent to create their own art. A variety of food trucks and breweries were on hand, as well. “We could not have hosted an event of this magnitude without the help of our generous sponsors, many of which build homes in Sienna,” Bond said.

Nearly 2,000 people visited Sienna Art Festival this year, an outdoor event that raised $5,000 for A Shelter for Cancer Families. The festival featured work from more than 50 area artists as well as many student artists.

Courtesy Hope For Three | In 2021 the competition was held virtually and resulted in 52 teams of four participating from six states. First-place winners, “Puzzle Twist and Shout,” from St. Paul, MN completed the 500-pc puzzle in a record-breaking time of 37 minutes.



early 2,000 people gathered outdoors to browse art, sip craft beer and wine and enjoy the sunshine during the recent Sienna Art Festival. Sienna’s second art festival drew more than 50 artists from across the region who displayed original paintings, photogra-

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Gardening Resolutions You’ll Want to Keep by SANDRA GRAY | Fort Bend Master Gardener


t the beginning of the year, I typically make a number of resolutions that I’ve discarded by the end of January (or sooner). This year will be different. I am only making gardening resolutions I really want to keep. Here are some of mine, which you are free to adopt. • Have a specific spot in my garden for a plant before I buy or adopt it.This ensures I always choose the right plant for the right place, which is key to helping the plant thrive. When I grab plants just because I love the way they look, I often struggle to put them in the right place. Ultimately, I have killed a lot of plants this way (and wasted a lot of money). Learn how to read a plant label at Fort Bend County is in Hardiness Zone 9a. Confirm your Hardiness Zone at https://gpsr.ars. • Prune plants each in their own time. Different plants have different times to be pruned and, by respecting this time, I will spread pruning out over the whole year rather than one big back-breaking major pruning. For example, shrubs that bloom during last year’s growth (e.g., Redbud, Azalea, Viburnum) should be pruned after flowering. Oaks should only be pruned from August through January to prevent the spread of Oak Wilt disease. Learn about proper pruning techniques at https://aggie-horticulture. • Add plants native to our area.These plants will benefit native fauna and do well in our varied weather. I will add flowers for

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the pollinators, plants with berries for the birds, and a few herbs and veggies for the native humans. Information about native plants can be found at . Learn about gardening for local fauna at https://agrilifeextension. • Don’t water the sidewalk or street. I will do an irrigation audit to ensure the spread of water is done efficiently but with complete coverage. This should be done two to four times a year and can save money without depriving my landscape but even once a year will have benefits. Learn about irrigation audits at • Get a soil test.This is relatively inexpensive and only needs to be done once every 2-3 years.This year is going to be the year.This might save money by knowing whether or what I need to fertilize. Learn about soil tests at • Fertilize only the plants that need it. Most of my trees and shrubs are well established and thriving so they don’t need fertilization.When I add any new plants, I will check whether they need fertilization or not and mark my calendar accordingly.This will save money and work while protecting the environment. Learn about garden fertilization at gardening/fertilizing/. I will also use fallen leaves as slow-release fertilizer by mowing them or using them as mulch. Learn more at dontbag/DONTBAG.html. • Respect the Southern sun when working in the garden. Skin cancer, sunstroke, heat exhaustion, and other heat and sun dangers should be enough motivation for this goal. Learn how to protect yourself at • Enjoy the beauty and peace my garden brings to my family and me. It is well documented that gardening helps improve mental health. However, it is easy to forget to appreciate your garden as a place of beauty and peace – and give yourself credit for achieving it. I plan to do better and hope you can too. Learn how gardening can help your mental health at https://agrilifetoday. 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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Continued from page 11 members were approved unanimously at the fall board of directors meeting. Courtney Diepraam with Memorial Hermann Healthcare System will lead the 2022 board of directors as chairman of the board. The other executive committee members will be Matt Breazeale, a professional engineer with Jones|Carter, chair-elect; Luis Garcia, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, treasurer; Kim Sachtleben, Costello, Inc., secretary; Beth Johnson, University of Houston, past chair; and Kristin Weiss, IOM, president and CEO of the chamber. “It has truly been a privilege to be a part of this incredible chamber under the leadership of Kristin Weiss and the guidance of outgoing board chair Beth Johnson, who have both influenced Fort Bend County in such a positive light over the last year,” Diepraam said. “With that said, I cannot begin to tell you how honored and excited I am to lead the Central Fort Bend Chamber Board in the coming year. “The challenges may certainly pose themselves, however, I am truly confident this incredible group will prevail in every facet imaginable and continue to make this amazing community and its businesses even greater.” New board members for 2022 include Tia Baker, LJA Engineering; Tony Francis, A.L. Francis & Associates; and Steve Sams, Johnson Development.These new members will take the place of the 2021 retiring board members John Kennedy, Texas State Technical College; Josh Merritt, Merritt Media; Trey Reichert, Johnson

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Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital receives Comprehensive Stroke Center Certification


emorial Hermann Southwest Hospital received certification from the Joint Commission as a Comprehensive Stroke Center (CSC). CSC status is the highest level of care of all stroke certifications and is awarded to hospitals with specific abilities to receive and treat the most complex stroke cases. Memorial Hermann Southwest is the first hospital outside of the Texas Medical Center to receive the Joint Commission’s CSC designation. With this announcement, four hospitals in the Memorial Hermann Health System have now received CSC certification, the highest number of CSC-designated hospitals in the same health system in Houston. “Achieving this designation was a team effort by the stroke team at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital who all had the common goal of providing outstanding care to stroke patients,” said Heath Rushing,Vice President of Service Lines at Memorial Hermann. “We are proud to have four Memorial Hermann hospitals in the Greater Houston area recognized with this designation.” This certification recognizes a hospital’s ability to have stateof-the-art infrastructure, the most advanced services, specialists in stroke and cerebrovascular disease, and training to receive and treat patients with the most complex strokes. All of the

hospitals provide rapid and timely care for patients and are dedicated to the best outcomes in the Greater Houston community. “As the population in our community continues to grow, Memorial Hermann Southwest is committed to providing high level quality care to those we care for,” said Malisha Patel, Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Southwest and Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. “This designation speaks to our team’s ongoing efforts to be there for our community.” According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, stroke is the fifth leading cause of death and a leading cause of serious, adult disability in the United States. Each year, nearly 800,000 Americans suffer a stroke and every 40 seconds someone has a stroke in the U.S. The Joint Commission’s CSC Certification is based on standards set forth by the American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association, and affirms that the hospital addresses the full spectrum of stroke care – diagnosis, treatment, rehabilitation and education – and establishes clear measures of excellence to evaluate outcomes. For more information on stroke treatment at Memorial Hermann visit

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A program presented by staff from the San Felipe de Austin State Historical Site will report on the newly opened state of the art museum at the park near Sealy. The $12 million facility is a joint product of the Texas Historical Commission and private partners. The Fort Bend County Historical Commission is hosting the program at its quarterly meeting on Tuesday, May 15 at 3 p.m. NOTE: Location of this meeting is the main meeting room of the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The event is free and open to the public.

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Fulshear High School junior is 1st from new campus to graduate

BY AVERIL GLEASON 2016. The first graduating class is set to 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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BY DIANA NGUYEN ognition of your hard work and tion to your Special Education students.” George Ranch High School Assistant “Every child deserves a champion; an Principal Christopher G. Cuellar nomiadult who will never give up on them, who nated Masters, a life skills teacher who understands the power of connection and was also named the district’s Special Edinsists they become the best they can pos- ucation Teacher of the Month. sibly be.” — Rita Pierson, educator fea“She represents so much more than tured on TED Talks. that title for our campus and she certainThroughout the years of serving in La- ly represents the best of teachers for more mar Consolidated ISD as a teacher, prin- than one month of the year,” said Cuellar. cipal or paraprofessional, Tara Masters, “Tara represents true sacrifice and Hailey Volz, Debbie Isom and Toni Scott servant leadership for her students and championed the students in their lives. colleagues. One of the most giving people And it didn’t go unnoticed. I know on our campus, day in and day out, Masters, Volz, Isom and Scott each re- she goes above and beyond for her kidceived an LCISD Special Education Par- dos.” ents Advisory Committee Appreciation SEE LCISD, PAGE 8A Award at the last SEPAC meeting, “in rec-



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The Fort Bend Retired Educators 11:30 a.m. Associationwill hold its last meeting of The scholarship winners will be anthe 2017-18 program year on Wednes- nounced after the luncheon. The menu day, beginning at 11 a.m. in the St. includes chicken-wild rice casserole, John’s United Church of Christ parish a sweet pepper and tomato salad on hall, 1513 West Avenue in Rosenberg. fresh greens, hot rolls, brownie topped The retired teachers luncheon will with ice cream, and tea and coffee for begin at 11:15 a.m. with the induction $15. Email for resof new officers and lunch served at ervations.

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Rosenberg community leader died while defending homeland

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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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomes Dr. Svetang Desai


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital announced gastroenterologist Svetang Desai, M.D. has joined Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates at Sugar Land, located in Medical Office Building 1, Suite 250 on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus. Desai earned his medical degree at the University of Tennessee, Dr. Svetang Desai Health Science Center, in Memphis, Tennessee. He completed his internal medicine residency at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. Desai also completed two fellowships, including a gastroenterology fellowship at Duke University and an advanced therapeutics fellowship at Duke University. Desai’s clinical expertise includes abnormal liver functions, colon cancer prevention, endoscopic ultrasound, inflammatory bowel disease, liver/biliary disease and therapeutic endoscopy. “My goal as a gastroenterologist is to listen closely to my patients and create a strong therapeutic relationship with the goal of improving health. I enjoy creating partnerships with my patients and the other members of the treatment team with the goal of improved wellness,” said Desai. “I’m excited to join Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates, where I will offer the same quality and patient-centered care that patients know and expect from Houston Methodist Sugar Land.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Desai or another gastroenterologist, visit or call Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates at 281-801-9303. Visit to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.


Serves 4 INGREDIENTS • 3 cups vegetable broth, such as Pacific Organic brand • 4 cups coarsely chopped stemmed collard greens, preferably organic (1 bunch 10 to 12 ounces) • 1½ cup packaged julienned (matchstick) carrots • 1½ teaspoons chili garlic puree or chili paste with garlic • 1 (12 ounce) package extra-firm tofu, cubed in bite-size pieces • 1 (16 ounce) can unsalted navy beans, drained • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese

Healthy soup offers many different benefits


ood is a critical component of healthy living, helping people to reduce their risk for illnesses and even helping them to overcome colds and other ailments.The properties of soup, for example, can chase away chills and offer other benefits. Soup is hydrating, and the ingredients included in the recipe may be able to do everything from tame coughs to reduce mucus to boost the immune system. This recipe for “Navy Bean and Collard Greens Soup” courtesy of John La Puma, M.D., ChefMD, includes collard greens. When one chops or chews collard greens, he or she gets the powerful, helpful chemicals isothiocyanates and indole-3carbinol. They can help the liver produce enzymes that detoxify cancer-causing toxins in the body. In addition, the soup includes tofu, which will adopt the flavor of other ingredients and add a form of lean protein along with the beans.

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INSTRUCTIONS Combine broth, collard greens, carrots, and chili garlic puree in a large saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until greens are nearly tender. Stir in tofu and beans; cover and simmer 5 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Ladle into shallow bowls; top with cheese. TIPS: Great northern or cannellini beans may replace the navy beans and Swiss chard may replace the collard greens if desired. Also, look for chili garlic puree or chili paste with garlic in the ethnic section of the supermarket. Because the beans are unsalted, there is no need to rinse them before adding to the soup.

• 1 small red onion, thinly sliced • ½ cup button mushrooms, sliced • ½ cup alfalfa sprouts • 1 tomato, chopped • ½ small cucumber • 2 tablespoons olive oil Juice of • 1 lemon Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste • 2 whole-grain pita pockets INSTRUCTIONS Combine all the vegetables, olive oil and lemon juice in a bowl, and season with sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Toss the salad until well mixed. Stuff the vegetable mixture into the pita pockets and serve immediately.

Try a Healthy vegan lunch


eganism is marked by a choice to abstain from the use of animal products, including in one’s diet. It is different from vegetarianism because vegetarians may consume some animal products, namely eggs, milk and honey, while vegans will not.


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At Houston Methodist Neuroscience & Spine Center at Sugar Land, our physicians collaborate across specialties to diagnose and treat common to complex neurological disorders. With innovative and advanced treatment options, we provide personalized comprehensive care — close to home. Our team of physicians treats a variety of conditions, including: • • • •

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