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CHAIRMAN, EDITOR & PUBLISHER Clyde King cking@hartmannews.com ASSISTANT MANAGING EDITOR Marquita Griffin mgriffin@fbherald.com ADVERTISING Stefanie Bartlett sbartlett@fbherald.com Ruby Polichino ruby@fbherald.com

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FEATURE | Abigail’s Place continues its mission of being a resource and advocate for displaced mothers and their children, and its continued expansion speaks to the need in the Fort Bend community. IN THE SPOTLIGHT | Faith Parle earns awards once again at the Josie Music Awards, and she’s shared the song that helped her win.

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TALK OF THE TOWN | Sugar Land campaign spotlights ‘It’s OK not to be OK’ mental health message. ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT | The Laceys Ladybug twirlers shined at the 2021 AAU Junior Olympics.

TO ADVERTISE To advertise in Greatwood Monthly please call Lee Hartman, Stefanie Bartlett, or Ruby Polichino, our advertising representatives, at 281-342-4474 for rates, information and deadlines. PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS We are looking for fresh story ideas and enjoy publishing your articles in the Greatwood Monthly. If you have an story idea or photo to publish please send your information to mgriffin@fbherald.com with “Greatwood Monthly” in the subject line. ©2021 Greatwood Monthly All Rights Reserved. Greatwood Monthly is a sister publication of Fulshear Living Monthly, Pecan Grove Monthly, West Fort Bend Living and is a publication of the Fort Bend Herald. Our publishing headquarters is 1902 S. Fourth Street, Rosenberg Texas 77471.

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Talk of the Town

‘It’s OK not to be OK’ mental health campaign launched in Fort Bend County

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he city of Sugar Land recently revealed three Project Hope murals at Brazos River Park, Sugar Land Memorial Park, and Cullinan Park. “Blooms,”“Butterflies” and “Birds” are three murals the city commissioned to increase the visibility of mental health resources and dispel the stigma surrounding mental health.The project was started by staff as a part of the #AllInForSLTX initiative, and the three murals have been placed in city parks. Krista Birnbaum created “Birds,” “Blooms” and “Butterflies” with

Hope For The Day’s core messages alongside a QR code that provides users access to mental health resources. In partnership with Hope for the Day, a suicide prevention and mental health education nonprofit organization, Sugar Land intends for the murals to serve as a resource for citizens and visitors of Sugar Land. The project is part of the city’s #AllInForSLTX initiative, a program that supports local businesses as they responded to the COVID 19 pandemic. “Project Hope Murals allow the community to start a conversation and break the stigma around mental health. Projects like this will increase resiliency for our community while simultaneously supporting our local artists, which is a part of our economy that has been significantly impacted by COVID 19,” says Director of Economic Development Elizabeth Huff. This particular project focused on support for local artists while also promoting mental health resources to the community and is being funded in partnership with Fort Bend County. Commissioner Ken R. DeMerchant added:“We’re appreciative of the opportunity to partner with the city of Sugar Land to support our local artists and to respond to the mental health needs of our community. Each mural is unique, captivating and provides access to many mental health resources available via a QR code” The Project Hope Murals incorporated one of Hope for the Day’s core messages: “It’s Ok Not to Be OK” or “Have Hope” and have been installed as part of National Suicide Prevention Month. Each location features a QR code and webpage (www.SugarLandTX. gov/MentalHealth) allowing visitors quick and convenient access to local, state, and federal mental health resources many of which are free. For more information about the Project Hope Murals or the city’s #AllInForSLTX initiative, email ecodev@sugarlandtx.gov or call 281275-2229.

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he Cameron Foundation announced Child Advocates of Fort Bend as a new grant recipient, and because of the $5,000 grant, the foundation is helping revive a local nonprofit that provides services for children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Based in Houston, The Cameron Foundation was established in 1966 with a mission “to promote compassionate giving that serves the needs of our community.” In a release provided by Child Advocates, officials said the foundation’s support is critical to filling the agency’s funding gap caused by the COVID19 pandemic. “While children were more desperate than ever, we were forced to cancel our in-person fundraising events and experienced a decline in donor giving, which caused a gap in funding and our ability to serve every child victim,” said Ruthanne Mefford, CEO of Child Advocates of Fort Bend. The grant will be used to further support services and programs provided by the agency, which saw a spike in abuse severity and incidents following the 2020 pandemic lockdown. In 2020, the number of children who were sexually abused, physically abused, and neglected, and were consequently served by Child Advocates of Fort Bend surged 22%. In comparison to last year’s rate, Child Advocates has experienced a 35% increase in cases. For more information on to get involved with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5123 or jbrown@ cafb.org or visit www.cafb.org.


Sponsorship provides five LCISD campuses free access to financial literacy program

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ive Lamar Consolidated ISD high schools will have free access to an online financial literacy program because of one credit union’s effort to help students develop fiscal skills. First Community Credit Union of Houston Texas announced it is sponsoring Banzai, an award-winning online financial literacy program and content library of economic-related resource material. Since 2016, First Community Credit Union of Houston Texas has worked with Banzai to build financial literacy in the community by investing time, money, industry experience, and credit union resources. This recent sponsorship, however, enables more than 13,700 students and teachers at 59 Texas schools free access to the program. Included in that 59-school coverage is LCISD’s Lamar Consolidated, B.F.Terry, Foster, George Ranch, and Fulshear high schools. Banzai is used by more than 75,000 teachers across the nation; its courses align with Texas’ state curriculum requirements; and it teaches real-world finance, covering topics like borrowing, budgeting, saving, spending, setting goals, and Internet safety. And while students learn, their teachers can monitor and grade their progress remotely. In addition to its courses and printed workbooks, Banzai also provides a digital library that covers more complex topics like health insurance, the 50/30/20 rule, and how to pay off a credit card. “Kids get their own accounts, and they work through assignments that are based on real life,” said Morgan Vandagriff, co-founder of Banzai. Banzai’s objective is to help students build a foundation of practical knowledge for a sound financial future and Vandagriff stressed how the

credit union’s sponsorship furthers financial education in local students. “More than ever, it’s important that kids develop sound financial skills to prepare them for the real world,” said Vandagriff. “And First Community Credit Union of Houston Texas realizes that, and they’re doing something about it.” For more information, visit fccu.teachbanzai.com or teachbanzai. com.

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e sometimes think of those fallen leaves in our yards as a nuisance – or worse, but before you go through the process of raking and bagging up all of those leaves for the trash man, consider adding the leaves to your flowerbeds. Your plants just might thank you, and your trash man certainly will thank you. It has been estimated that up to 20 percent of the solid waste that is generated by Texans comes from landscape wastes, including tree leaves. Landscape wastes that are discarded occupy limited landfill space, deny the soil valuable nutrients, and adds to community taxes and service fees. Why amend your soil with leaves Our soil along the Gulf Coast is generally a nutrient-poor, claydominated soil that needs nutrients added regularly.While there are plenty of options (such as fertilizers) that help to maintain nutrients in the soil, we often overlook the value of our tree leaves as part of this solution. It has been established that one acre of trees will shed up to two tons of leaves each fall.

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That is a lot of leaves that can be beneficial to your soil. This natural carpet of leaves over the soil helps to conserve moisture, modifies temperatures, and helps to reduce clay compaction. Organically, the bacteria, fungi, and other organisms in the soil will decompose the leaves. This is like having a time-release fertilizer for your plants. Incredibly, they still contain 50-80 percent of the nutrients that they had as a living part of your tree. The Texas A&M Agrilife Extension (Earth-Kind Landscaping) has published several articles on this issue. One article in particular (Don’t Bag It – Leaf Management Plan) was very helpful and can provide further information. HOW TO USE YOUR LEAVES: Mowing • Mowing the leaves will distribute them on the lawn • Mow with a mulching mower once a light layer has accumulated Mulching • Use a mower with a bagging attachment to collect shredded leaves • Shredded, or mulched, leaves will decompose faster • Apply a 2-3 inch mulch of shredded leaves in flower beds Direct application • Distribute raked leaves into flower bed soils • Tilling the leaves into the soil will improve aeration and drainage Composting • Add leaves to your existing compost pile (grass clippings, pine needles, prunings, etc…) • If you have the space, a compost bin or pile works well • Smaller areas such as vegetable gardens can use trench composting if limited on space • Prepare compost mixture in heavy-duty trash bags • Purchase a composting device such as a box, bin, or barrel to start the process Be sure and see that the leaves that you are putting into your flower beds or compost piles are healthy. Diseased leaves should not be used and should be disposed of by sending them to the landfill. So when the leaves start falling, think about adding them to your flower beds. After all, your plants just might thank you. 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 gardening program, “Tree Care Basics,” on Tuesday, Nov. 16, at 2 p.m. Part 8 of the Texas AgriLife Extension Office’s Landscape Success series for homeowners, this program will be livestreamed via Webex; it will NOT be in person. James (Boone) Holladay, County Extension Agent with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Office in Fort Bend County, will provide an overview of tree care for the Texas Gulf Coast region. Learn about different varieties of trees that perform well in this area, which ones are high or low maintenance, where to plant them, and how to water them. Hear about the optimum soil recommended for different varieties of trees, as well as nu-

trient requirements and types of fertilizers. Holladay will also talk about common pests and diseases that affect trees in this region and how to combat them. 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. 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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FORT BEND TEEN SERVICE LEAGUE VOLUNTEERS GET CRAFTY AND ARTSY AT LOCAL MUSEUM

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he Fort Bend Teen Service League had a great time volunteering at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land at their annual Fossil Wash.   Twelve of the teen girl members, who are in grades 9-12, volunteered at the arts and craft stations for the children including Dinosaur Names, Fossil Imaging and   Dinosaur Hats. The Fort Bend Junior Service League is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of women, and to improving the Fort Bend County community through the effective action and leadership of trained volunteers. Our purpose is exclusively educational and charitable as well as providing an atmosphere of friendliness, goodwill and camaraderie for all members. Proceeds from various events and fundraisers have made it possible for FBJSL to donate more than $4.5 million to non-profit agencies in the Fort Bend community since its inception in 2001. For more information, visit the FBTSL Facebook page at www. facebook.com/FortBendTeenServiceLeague

who need to get rid of some spare change will find a lot in common at the book sale, where they will discover adult and children’s books, teen/Young Adult books, paperbacks in various genres, DVDs, books on CD, and music CDs, all at prices that are hard to beat. Prices range from 50¢ for paperback books up to $2.00 for select hardback books. The Friends of the George Memorial Library organization is instrumental in funding library programs such as the Summer Reading Challenge. Proceeds from the book sale and annual membership dues also help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at George Memorial Library. For more information, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455. How to become a friend of the library The Friends of the Library groups are nonprofit, all-volunteer organizations. Each library has its own Friends of the Library group, and new members are always welcome. Friends of the Library members support the library in a variety of ways. Some members are able to donate their time and expertise to support, promote, and raise awareness of their libraries, as well as augment the resources of their libraries. They do this through advocacy and through fundraising (usually book sales). For those with limited time, simply becoming a member and paying annual membership dues are a wonderful way to show support of the library. For information on how to become a Friend of the Library, see the Fort Bend County Libraries website (www.fortbend.lib.tx.us), or call any of the branch libraries or the library system’s Communications Office (281-633-4734).

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he Friends of the George Memorial Library will host a Fall Book Sale on Saturday, Nov. 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the front entrance of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond. People who love books, people who love bargains, and people

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he Laceys Ladybugs School of Twirling represented itself and Fort Bend County at the 2021 AAU Junior Olympics in Baton Twirling Aug. 2-4. The Laceys Ladybugs teams, under the direction of University of Houston alumni and Needville High School alumni Amanda Warncke, Michelle Castle, and Raeven Lehmann, the twirlers competed at the George R Brown Convention Center in Houston, and returned home with gold, silver, bronze, and copper medals. Gavin Warncke won the gold in boys solo, and KayLynn Rieger and Savannah Warncke won gold in the individual All Around

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Continued from page 16 Championship in their age division. Additionally, Madelyn Martinez, Gavin Warncke, and Savannah Warncke also received an award for a no drop routine. In total the Ladybugs brought home 10 gold medals, one silver medal , two bronze medals, and three copper medals.

Madeline Martinez, Gavin Warncke, Savannah Warncke and KayLynn Rieger.

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Health News

Revolutionary heart disease treatment arrives in Fort Bend

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ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the first in Fort Bend to offer a new treatment option for patients with severely calcified coronary artery disease. The new technology is a novel application of lithotripsy, an approach that uses sonic pressure waves to treat problematic calcium in the coronary arteries that can reduce blood flow in the heart, similar to the approach Michael H. Koo, M.D., of breaking up kidney stones. Interventional Cardiologist Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Each year, more than 600,000 people in the United States die of heart disease. As people with heart disease, specifically coronary artery disease, grow older and their disease progresses, plaque in the arteries evolves into calcium deposits, which can narrow the artery. Physicians often use stents to open an artery, and of the approximately one million patients that undergo a stent procedure each year, 30 percent have problematic calcium that increases their risk for adverse events. Calcium makes the artery rigid and more difficult to reopen with conventional treatments, including balloons, which attempt to crack the calcium when inflated to high pressure, and atherectomy, which drills through the calcium to open the artery. While atherectomy has been available for several decades, its use remains low, as it can result in complications for patients who are undergoing stent procedures. The new shockwave technology, also known as intravascular lithotripsy or IVL, allows physicians to fracture the problematic calcium - using sonic pressure waves - so that the artery can be safely expanded, and blood flow is restored with the placement of a stent and without unnecessary complications. “The cardiology team at Houston Methodist Sugar Land is steadfast in our commitment to give our patients access to the latest cardiovascular innovations to treat heart disease,” said Michael H. Koo, M.D., board-certified interventional cardiologist with Houston Methodist Cardiology Associates at Sugar Land. “It is exciting to start a new chapter in the treatment of heart disease in some of our most complex patient cases after using the same tools for the last 30 years – especially one that improves the safety of the procedure for the benefit of Fort Bend and surrounding community residents.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Koo or another cardiologist with Houston Methodist Cardiology Associates at Sugar Land, call 713-776-9500.Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Dr. Joseph Elias joins Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

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ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently welcomed board-certified physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist, Joseph Elias, M.D., to its medical staff. Elias will open a new practice, Houston Methodist Physical

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Medicine & Rehabilitation Associates at Sugar Land, with two office locations on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus. He will treat spine and musculoskeletal injuries and perform electrodiagnostic (EMG/NCS) testing and ultrasound injections at the Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine building located at 16811 Southwest Fwy., Suite 200, Sugar Land,TX. He will also treat post-acute neu- Joseph Elias, M.D., physical medicine and rehabilitation rological injuries, such as stroke, specialist brain injury and spinal cord injury, at 16605 Southwest Fwy., Medical Office Building 3, Suite 600, Sugar Land,TX 77479. Physical medicine and rehabilitation specialists, often referred to as physiatrists, work to restore or improve mobility and function to patients who have injuries or conditions that impact their brain, spinal cord, nerves, bones or joints. Elias specializes in the management of spine and musculoskeletal injuries; electromyography/nerve conduction studies (EMG/NCS) for peripheral nerve injuries; ultrasound-guided peripheral joint injections; rehabilitation management of neurological and musculoskeletal disorders including stroke, spinal cord injury, brain injury or amputation; and spasticity management for patients who have movement disorders. He will work closely with the physicians at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and the Houston Methodist Neuroscience & Spine Center. “I treat patients with a wide range of physical challenges, but the goal is always the same,” said Elias. “I work to enhance my patients’ ability to manage their day-to-day activities and improve their quality of life. I am very excited to build this new practice and help patients across Fort Bend County and surrounding areas.” Elias comes to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from Multicare Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup, WA. He earned his medical degree from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX where he also completed an internship in internal medicine. He completed his residency in physical medicine & rehabilitation at the University of Washington in Seattle. To schedule an appointment with Elias, visit houstonmethodist.org/spg or call 281-729-0076. To learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland for the latest news, events and information.

Breakthrough technology for urinary incontinence unveiled

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ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the first in the area to use a breakthrough technology to treat female urinary incontinence. In May, board-certified urologist Laura Martinez, M.D., successfully implanted the Remeex Female adjustable urethral sling in a patient during a short surgical procedure. Urethral slings are medical devices that lift the urethra into its normal position, eliminating or reducing urine leakage due to stress incontinence. The system is unique in that it is a lifetime solution that can be


adjusted – and readjusted – in the physician’s office while the patient is awake and standing. Currently, it is being used in women who have had recurrent incontinence after a prior traditional sling. “With this device, we have the ability to observe as the patient undertakes the activities that typically cause leakage, such as coughing, and adjust the tension of the sling accordingly to eliminate incontinence without causing unwanted urine retention,” said Martinez. “And as the patient ages or her body shape changes, we can readjust the sling without the need for surgery.” Urinary stress incontinence is a common issue for women because tissue or nerve damage during labor and delivery can weaken the pelvic floor or urinary sphincter muscles, causing the urethra to shift because it is not properly supported. “At that point, whenever the patient does certain physical activities, such as coughing, laughing, sneezing or heavy lifting – she puts stress on the unsupported bladder that causes urine leakage,” said Martinez. Urinary stress incontinence can also result from normal aging, obesity or illnesses that cause chronic coughing. Athletes who participate in high-impact activities, such as running or jumping, can also develop urinary stress incontinence over time. “Of course, bladder leakage can be debilitating, and many women find themselves limiting their activities because they are uncomfortable or embarrassed,” said Martinez. “This is a proven solution that can make a significant improvement in many patients’ quality of life.” For more information or to make an appointment with Dr. Martinez, call 281-276-5280. Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

HEALTH HIGHLIGHT The effects of volunteering on volunteers’ well-being

A recent analysis examining the potential correlation between volunteering and well-being found that volunteering is associated with a higher well-being as well as a positive change in well-being. Authors of the study, which was published in the Journal of Happiness Studies in March of 2020, acknowledged that evidence pertaining to the correlation between volunteering and well-being has accumulated gradually in recent years, though they feel their study offers the most realistic assessment to date in regard to that link. That’s good news for volunteers, many of whom may be quick to point out that they get as much as they give when volunteering. Recent analyses support that notion and may compel millions more to make time to give back through volunteering. Though more studies are needed, the Cleveland Clinic notes that some of the health benefits often associated with volunteering include lower blood pressure, increased self-esteem, lower levels of depression and stress, and greater satisfaction with life. SAFE WAYS FOR SENIORS TO VOLUNTEER One study from Fidelity Charitable found that two out of three volunteers decreased or stopped contributing time during the pandemic. The rollout of various COVID-19 vaccines has allowed vaccinated individuals to return to a certain degree of pre-pandemic normalcy. However, the threat posed by strains of the virus has made

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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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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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