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TO ADVERTISE If you are interested in advertising in the West Fort Bend Living, please call 281-342-4474 and ask for Stefanie Bartlett or Ruby Polichino. We’ll be happy to send rates, and deadline information to you. PHOTO & ARTICLE SUBMISSIONS We are looking for fresh story ideas and enjoy publishing your articles in the West Fort Bend Living. If you have an story idea or photo to publish please send your information to with “West Fort Bend Living” in the subject line. © 2020 West Fort Bend Living. All Rights Reserved. West Fort Bend Monthly is a sister publication of Fulshear Living Monthly, Greatwood Monthly, Pecan Grove Monthly and is a publication of the Fort Bend Herald. Our publishing headquarters is 1902 S. Fourth Street, Rosenberg Texas 77471.

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Wait! – Don’t throw away those fallen leaves



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, clay-dominated 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. 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 timerelease fertilizer for your plants. Incredibly, they still contain 50-80 percent of the nutrients that they had as a living part of your tree. TheTexas 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

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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.

Learn all about tree care in an upcoming online gardening program


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 live-streamed 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 nutrient 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 (, 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


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.

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Public Fall Book Sale for Nov. 6


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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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 (, or call George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455. Speaking of book sales — local library-loving groups request book donations The Friends of the Library (FOL) organizations that support Fort Bend County Libraries (FBCL) are requesting donations of gently-used books, DVDs, CDs, and audiobooks so they can replenish their supplies and continue their book sales and fundraising efforts. Donations can be brought to any FBCL location during business hours. The FOL groups have long had ongoing book sales in the libraries, as well as special book-sale events periodically throughout the year. These book sales are a primary fundraising source for the organizations. Money raised by the Friends of the Library Book Sale has provided funding for special adult and children’s programs, cultural events, and staff-development and continuing-education programs for library employees. In addition to books, DVDs, and CDs, donations of gently-used LPs, Blu-ray discs, and puzzles are also welcome. Items that cannot be accepted include cassettes, VHS tapes, encyclopedias, legal statutes, case books, National Geographic and some magazines, or books that are damp, moldy, dirty, or insect-ridden. The Friends organizations are 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporations. Donations and contributions to the Friends are tax deductible. 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).

Laceys Ladybugs twirlers earn awards at 2021 AAU Junior Olympics


he Laceys Ladybugs S ch o o l o f Tw i r l i n g 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 Madeline Martinez, Gavin Warncke, Houston, and returned home Savannah Warncke and KayLynn Rieger.

From left, bottom row: Faith Hernandez, Brooklyn Jimenez, Eliana Hernandez, Payton Zapalac, Gavin Warncke, Savannah Warncke, Sienna Lehmann; middle row: Madelyn Martinez, Jillian Hernandez, Dakotah Lehmann, Peyton Gamino, Leila Svatek; top row: Directors Michelle Castle, Raeven Lehmann, and Amanda Warncke.

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 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.



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From left, bottom row: The Gold medalists —Brooklyn Jimenez, Peyton Zapalac, Eliana Hernandez, Gavin Warncke, Savannah Warncke; top row: The Bronze medalists — Peyton Gamino, Dakota Lehmann, Sienna Lehmann, Faith Hernandez, Madeline All Around Champions KayLynn Martinez and Jillian Hernandez. (Lelia Rieger and Savannah Warncke. Svatek is not pictured)

TSTC welding instructor embraces creative side of metalworking


ustin Hargett makes roses bloom from metal — thorns and all. The Texas State Technical College Welding Technology instructor can also get scorpions to skitter out of aluminum, bees to buzz around a honeycomb of hex nuts, and many other feats of metalworking. A co-worker who became a friend showed Hargett the ropes when it came to exploring the different applications of welding beyond industry. “He was kind of an inspiration to me to get into that side of the

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field,” Hargett said. “It was just something that was new to me. It was fresh. I could create something and use more creativity than just by-the-book standards. I like the artistic side of things because there is no right or wrong way to do it. It’s just whatever you want to make.” Hargett has made rings, bracelets, sculptures and even memorial works for friends and family members. “The more time I spend on something, the more in-depth and cool pieces I end up creating,” he said.“Most of my art that I make is usually for friends, family or for some sort of donation piece. I feel bad for charging for the things that I feel like are just special.” One of his favorite works so far has been a winged cross with a metal rose in full blossom that Hargett made in remembrance of a cousin who died in a car wreck. He fabricated the sculpture at TSTC’s welding shop in Fort Bend County during his free time. “TSTC’s been really supportive of me being able to work on things on campus,” Hargett said.“That’s always very helpful.” Before becoming an instructor, Hargett was actually a welding student himself at TSTC. He discovered a love of welding while experimenting with scraps in his backyard as his father tried to repair a trailer. In high school, Hargett took welding as an elective. “I found out that I was going to be a better welder than a baseball player, so I took off to welding school,” he said. Coming back to teach at TSTC after gaining experience in the field represented coming full circle in Hargett’s journey. “TSTC is ... always supportive of me and supportive of students,” he said. Hargett has seen a lot of students go through the welding program during his year of teaching. “You try to help everyone, and some of the cases are real

special to you and hit close to home,” he said. “I get a lot of feedback and calls back from students that have graduated and are working and how thankful they are that I helped them to get where they’re at. That’s pretty rewarding.” Welders can make an average annual salary of $45,250 in Texas, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Onetonline. org projects that these positions will grow by 13% through 2028. While the demand for welders is high in Texas, Hargett encourages prospective students to keep their interests and training broad. “There are plenty of welders out there, but there is a shortage of quality,” he said. “The more versatile you are, the more processes you learn, the more fabrication you learn, the more blueprints you learn, the more pipefitting you learn, you’re a much more well-rounded person.” Learn more about TSTC at

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Revolutionary heart disease treatment arrives in Fort Bend


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 of breaking up kidney stones. 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, in cl ud i n g b a l l o o n s , 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 u n d e r g o i n g s t e n t Michael H. Koo, M.D., Interventional procedures. The new Cardiologist 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 sugarland to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

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Dr. Joseph Elias joins Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital


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 M e t h o d i s t P hy s i c a l Medicine & Rehabilitation Associates at Sugar Land, with two office locations on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus. He will treat spine Joseph Elias, M.D., physical medicine and and musculoskeletal rehabilitation specialist 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 neurological injuries, such as stroke, 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; ultrasoundguided 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 for the latest news, events and information.

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Breakthrough technology for urinary incontinence unveiled


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 to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Dr. Tsz Y. Lau named director of cerebrovascular and neuroendovascular surgery


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital welcomed boardcertified neurosurgeon Tsz Yeung Lau, M.D., to the medical staff on September 7. Lau joins Derrick Sun, M.D., in the recently opened Houston Methodist Department of Neurosurgery at Sugar Land as the Director of Cerebrovascular and Neuroendovascular Surgery. Lau specializes in a wide range of cerebrovascular and brain repair surgeries. He joins Houston Methodist Sugar Land from Lakeland Regional Medical Center in Florida, where he served as director of the department of neurosurgery and assistant professor of neurosurgery and brain repair at the University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine. He earned his medical degree from the State University of New York in Buffalo and completed his residency in neurological surgery at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Lau also completed two fellowships at the University of South Florida – in skull base cerebrovascular surgery and neuro-endovascular surgery.

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In addition to English, Lau is fluent in Cantonese and Mandarin. “I am excited to have a colleague with Dr. Lau’s credentials, skill and expertise joining me at the new Department of Neurosurgery practice,” said Sun. “We are both committed to building on Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s strong reputation for excellence in neurosurgery by providing compassionate, advanced care to our patients.” Lau’s office is on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus in Neurosurgeon Dr. Tsz Yeung Lau Medical Office Building 3, 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 600.To schedule an appointment, call 281-946-2662. Visit to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

Dr. Anam Omer joins Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates


ouston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital w e l c o m e d gastroenterologist Anam Omer, M.D., who began seeing patients in September. Omer joined Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates, located in Medical Office Building 3, Suite 335 on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus. Omer earned her medical degree at Aga Khan University Hospital in Pakistan. She completed her internal medicine Gastroenterologist Anam Omer, M.D. residency at Houston Methodist Hospital. Omer also completed three fellowships, including a gastroenterology fellowship at University of Arizona College of Medicine; a visiting IBD fellowship at University of North Carolina; and an American Neurogastroenterology and Motility Society Virtual Clinical Training fellowship. Omer has received several awards, including ACG Young Physician Leadership Scholar for 2020-2021. “My goal as a gastroenterologist is to provide equitable, compassionate, and personalized care. I believe in being an advocate for my patients, dedicating quality time to meet each patient’s individual need and involving them in their decision making,” said Omer. “I’m thrilled to join Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates, where I will offer the same quality and compassionate care that patients know and expect from Houston Methodist Sugar Land.” To schedule an appointment with Dr. Omer or another gastroenterologist, visit or call Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates at 281-801-9303. Visit to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.


The effects of volunteering on volunteers’ well-being


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 some seniors apprehensive about returning to volunteering. Though each individual should consider various factors before returning to volunteering during the pandemic, the following are some

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options seniors can consider as they aim to safely pitch in once again. · Look for contactless opportunities. Interactions with the people they help and work alongside is what drives many volunteers to lend a helping hand.That’s especially so for seniors whose children have grown up and moved out. In person interactions may be too risky during the pandemic, but seniors can still volunteer via contactless opportunities. For example, in lieu of delivering meals by hand, seniors who work with organizations such as Meals on Wheels can deliver prepackaged meals outside recipients’ residences. · Pitch in with fundraising. A report from Giving USA released in 2021 revealed that Americans gave more to charity in 2020 than in 2019.That increase came in spite of an economic downturn that saw millions of people lose their jobs or take pay cuts as companies scrambled to deal with lost revenue related to the pandemic.Though giving might have increased in 2020, many nonprofit organizations, including local community theaters,likely suffered due to cancellations and audience restrictions. As a result, many local nonprofit organizations are in need of financial support. Seniors who want to pitch in but stay safe can volunteer to help local organizations raise funds. Seniors can participate in fundraising efforts from the comforts of their own homes. · Offer professional expertise. Many seniors retired after spending decades mastering their crafts, and that experience can be an invaluable resource to local nonprofit organizations. Seniors can offer professional advice and mentor youths remotely via apps like Zoom without putting their physical health at risk.

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2021 NATIONAL NIGHT OUT Photos by Scott Reese Willey

Fort Bend County law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and EMS held their annual National Night Out events last month to get to know the people they protect and serve. Rosenberg PD held its at its Brazos Town Center substation while Richmond PD held events across the community.The sheriff’s office also participated.








Richmond police officer Ruben Robles hands a soft drink to Terry High School sophomore Nathan Mire, 16, and his mother Jeanette during last month’s National Night Out event at Walmart. Richmond PD handed out hot dogs, burgers, pizza, and more at numerous locations throughout the community. Helping Robles is and Chad Dzierzanowski, in a cranberry-colored shirt. Rosenberg police officer Kim DeJean congratulates Needville Elementary School kindergärtner Vidal Juarez, 5, for a successful toss in the beanbag toss game in front of the department’s


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to do while meeting with Rosenberg police, firefighters, and EMS during a National Night Out event at Brazos Town Center. Meanwhile, at the Walmart Supercenter in Richmond Kevin and Gabby Peabler of Needville, at right, let their sons, Gabriele, 5, and Owen, 2, climb aboard the Richmond Police Department’s high water vehicle. Rosenberg police officer Josh Manriquez and his K-9 crimefighting partner “Vader” pose for a photo with the Fox children. Ryan, 10, is a fourth-grader; Andrew, 8, is a third-grader, and sister Hadleigh, 4, is in pre-K.

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