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Rev. Kalonji returns from a mission trip to Africa
or the past decade, Rev. Dr. Stéphane Kalonji, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rosenberg, has traveled on an annual mission trip to his native Democratic Republic of Congo. This past June, the pastor’s mission work consisted of several humanitarian efforts, such as the seminars hosted for pastors and lay leaders of Christian churches. For most of the seminar’s participants, the biblical and theological education Kalonji provided is the only opportunity to receive advanced education in God’s word during the year. Kalonji also helped free 13 babies and their mothers during this year’s mission. According to associates familiar with the mission work,it’s common for babies to be detained in clinics because their parents can’t afford to pay the medical bills after birth.The babies Kalonji helped free also received clothes donated by Richmond and Rosenberg residents. Babies weren’t the only children assisted by Kalonji this year. During the pastor’s mission trip, hundreds of children, who regularly go without a daily meal, had the opportunity to receive nutritious meals during the mission trip, and weekly between the missions trips, however, the ability to provide the meals is based on the available funding. The mission trip also included purchasing bibles in local languages — French, Swahili, Lingala,Tshiluba, and Kikongo — for local leaders; providing more than 50 pairs of reading glasses to those in need, some of whom waited for years before receiving their first pair of reading glasses; and buying motorcycles. For the first time,Kalonji had the funds to purchase five motorcycles and gave them to leaders to assist in their travels to spread the gospel of Jesus Christ throughout their towns and villages. At the end of August, following a morning worship service, Pastor Kalonji held a free and public PowerPoint presentation about his mission trip at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1208 Fifth St., Rosenberg. Pastor Kalonji will also make himself available to churches, groups, or organizations interested in viewing the presentation. For more information, contact him at 252-876-5192.
The Rev. Dr. Stéphane Kalonji, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Rosenberg is surrounded by villagers in his hometown, located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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Oboist Kai O’Donnell leaves his mark in music and focuses on the future by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | firstname.lastname@example.org
efore Kai O’Donnell crossed the threshold of senior to high school graduate, his future was already forming, and he was the one shaping it. The recent Foster High School graduate, who began performing music in sixth grade, was selected into the Texas Music Educators Association for four consecutive years — a first for a Foster and the school district. As the governing body for music education in Texas, the Texas Music Educators Association provides professional growth opportunities for students and supports music education through several efforts, such as offering scholarships to music education majors. “As a freshman, I didn’t really know anything about it,” said O’Donnell, now 17 years old. “But once there, I wanted to go back every year.” And so, he did. His freshman year he was selected into TMEA as a bass clarinetist but changed to the oboe before being selected into the association again his sophomore year and earning First Chair Oboe for Texas 5A All-State Band. It was the “curiosity and complexity of the oboe’s sound” that O’Donnell said initiated his decision to change instruments. In addition to the bass clarinet and the oboe, O’Donnell also plays the clarinet, saxophone, English horn, f lute, piccolo, and mellophone. But the “versatility of the sound and the ability to create different moods, especially because of the obscure timbre it produces,” is why O’Donnell settled on the oboe. “Later, I asked my band director, and he encouraged me and allowed me to embrace the new challenge.” And if O’Donnell’s accomplishments in TMEA his junior and senior years are any indication, he embraced the challenge successfully. “I worked to get First Chair 6A — although at a 5A school — in my junior year. Senior year was crazy given COVID-19, yet I made it again, in 6A. Sadly, we didn’t get to go to TMEA San Antonio this year and compete for chair placement.” Aside from those victories, O’Donnell received the UIL Outstanding Soloist at the UIL Texas State Solo and Ensemble Contest. He also participated in the Houston Youth Symphony and the Houston Virtuosi Program. “Outside of family [music] is kind of the center of my world. Most everything revolves around it,” O’Donnell said.“Many of my friends are from the music program, my daily schedule has a heavy dose of it, and now my education is fueled by it.” He notes that music also provided him with “a good amount of confidence.” “As a freshman, I would have never thought I would be on big stages belting out a solo in front of thousands. “Today, that is like breathing to me.” STARTING SOMETHING SUBSTANTIAL Being the first student from Lamar Consolidated ISD to make TMEA for four consecutive years wasn’t a record O’Donnell set out to make, but he is undoubtedly proud. He takes a moment to reflect on the band program — which includes band, jazz, and
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Golf Fore Autism Charity Tournament set for Oct. 11
he 6th Annual Golf Fore Autism, presented by Timewise and hosted by Hope For Three Autism Advocates, is set for Oct. 11 at Sweetwater Country Club in Sugar Land. Proceeds benefit local families and children living with an autism spectrum autism disorder.Today 1 in 54 children have autism, with over 5,000 students on the spectrum enrolled in the Fort Bend County public-school systems. The nonprofit has coordinated a diverse event for golfers to play on either the Pecan or Cypress with an opportunity to participate in creative contests at various holes. Dinner and awards ceremony will follow the tournament and includes a live and silent auction,incredible raffles, and surprises. Primeway Federal Credit Union is gifting two lucky golfers with a TV for the closest to the pin contests. Patrons and community neighbors can take a chance and win gas for a year, and two-lucky players might drive away in a brand-new car with a hole-in-one on both courses. There’s more: Wine Pull, “Big-Boy” Raffle, Food Trucks (Lopez Mexican Restaurant, plus more), and great networking. Foursome teams are $600, and individual play is $150. Registration begins at 9 a.m., with a hearty, healthy breakfast sponsored by First Watch,The Daytime Cafe. The tournament begins with a shotgun start at 11 a.m.To register, sponsor, or donate, visit www.hopeforthree.org/events/golf-2021/.
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Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors to host ‘Life Is Wonder-FALL’ luncheon
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he FBFN Foundation will host a fundraising luncheon at the Safari Texas Event Hall on Oct. 21 with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund for Fort Bend County students pursuing college educations offered at local colleges. The October luncheon theme is Life Is Wonder-FALL. This fundraiser will offer an online auction, live auction, and Marsha’s Bakery (a bakery auction). The Life Is Wonder-FALL Luncheon brings together people in Fort Bend County who care about students, foundation officials said. Amidst all the challenges facing families and students across the county, the event provides an opportunity to share FBFN Foundation’s vision to ease the college debt burden so that Fort Bend students can learn and thrive. FBFN Foundation was established in 2012 as a non- profit, taxexempt Texas organization, and charitable arm of Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors social club. The foundation’s mission is: “To undertake and promote charitable and humanitarian projects within Fort Bend County and to form enduring friendships within the community.” The foundation’s primary focus is to carry forward the scholarship program first founded by Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors social club in 2005. Many students benefited from these scholarships allowing them to attend one of the Fort Bend County college campuses
Hispanic Heritage Month program spotlights Latino WWII veterans
n recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month Fort Bend County Libraries will host an online presentation,“Answering the Call: Latinos & World War II,” on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 3 p.m. The program will be live-streamed via Webex, so that it can be viewed from home. Dr. Jesus J. Esparza, an assistant professor of History at Texas Southern University, will talk about contributions made by Latinos to World War II. Gain a better understanding of why thousands of Latinos were among the first to enlist in the war effort. More than 350,000 Latinos (including Mexican Americans and Puerto Ricans) fought and served with distinction throughout Europe, in the Pacific Theater, North Africa, the Aleutians, and the Mediterranean. For those who are unable to participate in the live Webex session, the presentation will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be made available on the FBCL website and
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Be on the lookout for armyworms
by JANET HURLEY | Texas AgriLife Research Extension Program Specialist
e on the alert for fall armyworms this fall. Higher-than-normal populations of this lawneating insect have been reported from many areas in Texas this past summer and we have started to see them in San Antonio and Austin areas. While fall armyworms are nothing new, according to Wizzie Brown, Extension Program Specialist for IPM in Austin, these worms started appearing in home lawns in late July to early August. Usually, infestations take place in late summer or early fall, but the weather can play a big part.The amount of rain we have had this year helped with egg survival and it can also delay predators from feeding on the eggs. Fall armyworm (FAW) is the caterpillar stage of a drab gray moth, known scientifically as Spodoptera frugiperda. It feeds primarily on grasses, though it has been reported feeding on dozens of non-grass plants and weeds. It earns the name “armyworm” from its habit, during times of major outbreaks, of marching, army-like, across fields, roads, and yards, consuming everything in its path. The armyworm caterpillar is identified by three thin white or yellow stripes on the shield behind the head (pronotum), an inverted white Y on the face between the eyes, and four dark hair-bearing bumps (tubercles) on the top of the 8th abdominal segment. It takes three to four weeks of feeding to reach its full length of about 1.25 inches (34 mm). For a video that will help you recognize this worm check out this episode of Backyard Bug Hunt. The adult FAW moth has a wingspan of about 1.5 in.The hind wings are white; the front wings are dark gray, mottled with lighter and darker splotches. On male moths, each forewing has a noticeable whitish spot near the extreme tip. DAMAGE AND CONTROL
Fall armyworm on bermudagrass
Damage often appears to occur overnight, though armyworms need at least three to four weeks to complete their six larval stages (instars).The last week or two of the larval stage is when most of the feeding, and damage, occur. Fall armyworms feed on most common lawn grasses like bermudagrass and St. Augustinegrass. But because armyworms feed on the leaves, and not on the critical roots and stolons, a little irrigation or rain should restore lawns to their original condition within a week or two.
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Fall armyworm damage on sports field
If this is unacceptable to your customer or school district, FAW is relatively easy to control with any pyrethroid insecticide. Organic customer lawns can be treated with products containing spinosad, a naturally occurring microbial toxin. Be sure to avoid treating areas with flowering weeds or clovers that might attract bees, or else mow the lawn (and flowerheads) before treating. This will help protect pollinators that might otherwise be attracted to freshly sprayed lawns. Fall armyworm adults are strong fliers, traveling hundreds of miles from overwintering sites in south Florida, south Texas, and Mexico each spring. In a strange, apparent case of migration suicide, offspring of these northern migrants cannot survive freezing winter weather. And unlike monarch butterflies which return to Mexico each winter, FAWs never return south.Therefore, they and all their offspring perish in the cold weather. The evolutionary advantage of this unusual behavior, if any, is not well understood. For further information on this and additional topics regarding Integrated Pest Management, check out visit schoolipm.tamu.edu. Happy Gardening!
First Friday Market’s return
hoppers can expect to find fresh produce from local growers, prepared foods, as well as artisan vendors during the City of Richmond’s “First Friday” Farmers Market, which became operational again in September. The market will run from 3-7 p.m. on the first Friday of each month at St. John’s United Methodist Church parking lot at Jackson and Fifth Street in historic downtown Richmond. This ‘First Friday’ market will run through June 1, 2022. Online gardening program on backyard fruit trees set for Oct. 26 Fort Bend County Libraries will present an online gardening program,“Fruit Trees for the Backyard,” on Tuesday, Oct. 26 at 2 pm. Part 7 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. Fort Bend County Master Gardener Deborah Birge will talk about varieties of fruit trees that can thrive in the Gulf Coast climate. Hear about proper planting techniques and recommended maintenance tips to encourage fruit production, including pruning, feeding, and watering. Having earned her Fort Bend County Master Gardener certification in 2002, Birge has since earned advanced certifications in Citrus Culture, Home Fruit Production, and First-Detector Plant Disease. She is currently conducting a citrus-hardiness demonstration using 72 citrus trees of 12 varieties and maintains a home orchard of more than 60 trees and vines, both in-ground and in containers. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required for the program.A link to the Webex session 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 date indicated. Participants may also register by calling Fort Bend County Libraries’ Communications Office at 281633-4734.
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Richmond creator sets fashion trends as a form of expression by MARQUITA GRIFFIN | firstname.lastname@example.org
eople still ask Ronnie Miller about the basketball tournament he produced more than 11 years ago, and upon reflection, he considers it a great memor y for his
community. Miller, who was in his late 20s at that time, spearheaded the T-Huff Cancer Awareness Basketball Tournament in Rosenberg. The event honored his friend, the late T’Eddrick Rashaad Huff, who died from cancer at 22. Notably, this tournament was also a chance for Miller to bring health to the forefront in his community and raise funds for leukemia research. “My goal for the tournament was to create awareness of health issues for minorities,”Miller said, explaining he achieved it through the medical check-ups offered during the tournament and sparking discussion on social media. “Reflecting, it was a great thing for Fort Bend,” Miller said, noting that he successfully maintained the tournament for three years. “The community came out and gave a positive review. People still ask about the tournament to this day.” Miller is involved in the community through different means these days, but he is proud knowing that the tournament was his largest community benefit project. Now 37 years old Miller has found other ways and niches in which to support his hometown area. “Although I’m not spearheading any events, I always find time to give back — either volunteering or through donations,” Miller said. “I’m always willing to help out.” A community’s people, events, and even its landscape provide children and the youth with their first view of the world, Miller explained.And a person’s community is the first to teach him or her how to interact with that world, he continued, touching on memories of being reared in the Richmond and Rosenberg area. After graduating college and returning to his hometown, Miller, now a married father of three, said he understands the importance of “planting the right seed to see them grow.”And if nurtured correctly, he continued, those seeds will continue to carry on vital traditions. “But, the best thing about [my] community,” Miller said thoughtfully, “is the diversity; the many different cultures coexisting here.” A FORM OF EXPRESSION Most who have collaborated with Miller on some project, event, effort or organization, can not only speak to his giving personality, but his creativity, energy, and determination, too. Back in 2009, a year before he launched the baskestball tournament,Miller had already started carving out an entrepreneurial route for himself. By the 2010 tournament, he started Illustrious Goods, a clothing company he describes as an extension of his artistic works. With “premium threads for the everyday human or non-human,” Illustrious Goods sells clothing, canvas art, doormats, and even ceramic tile art, and offers custom printing. Miller’s products are his art, each one created with passion. “It allows me to express my thoughts, feelings, and opinions,” he said. “My expressions go through my clothing. Each shirt has a meaning. Nothing is created without substance.” “I consider myself an artist,” he continued.“I feel I have a certain
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Ray Beats Photography (@ RayBeatzPhotography)| Ronnie Miller and some of his trendsetting works. Follow him on Instagram @ illustriousgoods.
style in which I can do everything. “I’m a trendsetter.” A browse through some of the products on Instagram and Facebook (@illustriousgoods) demonstrates the range of his fashion art. Everyone of all ages, races, and backgrounds can find something for themselves, he said. Calling himself a “hustler and creative junky,” Miller said he won’t cease to draw inspiration from the life surrounding him and create with it. “Before starting my family, self-motivation was huge for me,” Miller recalled.“I’m my biggest critic, and I’m not gonna stop until I get it right.” Although his name has been intertwined with Illustrious Goods for the past decade, Miller considers how long he’s been driven to create, to step outside of the box, and dream larger than the naysayers said he should. “The toughest lesson I’ve learned to date is that the people you expect to support you, won’t,” he said.“I’ve learned to not take such a personal approach to the things and just accept it [or] who they are.” But don’t pity him, he said. Obstacles, challenges, or setbacks aren’t deterrents. “Thinking about where I was and how far I’ve come, why would I turn around and go back, when I’m closer to the finish line?” “Honestly, my whole life I’ve been creating art and setting trends,” he said thoughtfully before pausing.“ .... about 30-plus years.” There has been more than one tough lesson along the way, and chances are there will be more, Miller said, but nothing will stop his goal of expanding to a major retail distribution so he can share his art and message on a large scale. Illustrious means to be well-known and respected, Miller said.And that is and will remain the foundation of his efforts. “I’m always looking to enhance or create something new,” he said. “I’m relentless.”
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TALK OF THE TOWN Continued from page 15 YouTube channel. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.A link to view the presentation online will be emailed to all participants 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. Participants may also register by calling the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734. Recognizing notable Hispanic politicians of Texas, too Fort Bend County Libraries will also host an online presentation of “Famous Hispanic Politicians of Texas” on Tuesday, Oct. 12 at 3 p.m. The program will be live-streamed via Webex, so that it can be viewed from home. Dr. Natalie Garza, a professor of U.S. History and Mexican American Studies at Houston Community College, will talk about Tejano political participation and influence following Texas Independence in 1836 to the Civil War era. In 19th-century Texas, the political power held by Latinos was significant in comparison to other territories in the southwest
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region of the United States, but it was also limited. Using examples of prominent political figures such as Juan Seguin, Lorenzo de Zavala, and Jose Navarro, Dr. Garza will talk about t h e h i s t o r i c a l a n d ge o gra p h i c challenges of Tejano political leadership during that period, as well as the successes they achieved. A professor of humanities at Houston Community College, Dr. Garza has a doctorate in history, with a focus on Latin American and Mexican American history. For those who are unable to participate in the live Webex session, the presentation will be recorded, and a link to the recording will be made available on the FBCL website and YouTube channel. The program is free and open to the public. Registration is required. A link to view the presentation online will be emailed to all participants 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. Participants may also register by calling the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.
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Free virtual film screening of NASA/CineSpace winners will be shown to the public
ort Bend County Libraries will host a online film screening of winners from the 2020 CineSpace film competition on Friday, Oct.8, from 3 to 4:30 pm. The event,“Space,Above, and Beyond,” will showcase a collection of short films created by filmmakers of all ages from around the world for the CineSpace film competition. Live-streamed via Webex, the film screening will begin with a short Q&A session with panelists from NASA, the Houston Cinema Arts Society, and one of the winning filmmakers. Viewers will then be treated to ten short films from the competition, ranging in length from 2 to 10 minutes each. A collaboration between NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society, the annual CineSpace film competition offers creators worldwide a chance to share their works inspired by and using authentic NASA imagery. Winners of the 2020 competition delve into topics ranging from the first woman astronaut of Indian origin to the whimsical notion of skateboarding into space. The contest is designed to encourage curiosity and creative relationships at the intersection of art and science. Submissions feature NASA footage from 60 years of space exploration,and they are judged on creativity,innovation,and attention to detail. The film screening is free and open to the public. Registration is required; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to participants 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. Participants may also register by calling the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.
Writers wanted for the NaNoWriMo challenge
n preparation for National Novel-Writing Month in November, Fort Bend County Libraries will present a special,two-part“NaNoWriMo Prep-tober 2021” workshop to introduce aspiring writers to the NaNoWriMo challenge. The workshop will be live-streamed on Thursdays, Oct.7 and 28, from 2 to 4 p.m., via WebEx. Established in 1999, National Novel Writing Month is a creativewriting project designed to empower and inspire vibrant creativity among aspiring writers, who are encouraged to write 50,000 words of a novel in the 30 days of November. More than 250 novels that began as a result of the initiative have been published through traditional publishing houses; some of those novels include Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants, Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus, and Rainbow Rowell’s Fangirl. During Part 1 of the workshop (Oct. 7), staff from the libraries’Adult Services department will provide an overview of the writing initiative and how it works. Get tips on brainstorming, developing plot outlines for the big picture, and creating characters and scene cards. During Part 2 of the workshop (Oct. 28), participants will get tips on different planning methods, how to schedule work sessions, and
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how to set attainable goals.They will also be able to exchange tips and ideas and network with other participants. This online workshop is recommended for adults and teens aged 14 and up. Aspiring writers may also view a pre-recorded video,“Drafting Fast,” which will be posted on FBCL’s Virtual calendar on Oct. 1, and may be viewed at any time throughout the month. Get tips on ways to get that first draft onto the page faster. The workshop is free and open to the public. Registration is required; a link to the WebEx session will be emailed to participants 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. Participants may also register by calling George Memorial Library at 281-342-4455.
Culinary Club focuses on pizza this month The Culinary Book Club at Fort Bend County Libraries’ University Branch Library will meet online on Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 pm. The theme of the month is “Pizza! Pizza!.” This videoconference will be live-streamed in real-time via Webex; it will not be in person at the library. The Culinary Book Club meets on the third Wednesday of every month, and different cooking genres are explored each month. Cooking enthusiasts of all ages and experience levels – from beginners to advanced -- are invited to join. Share tips, get ideas and enjoy the camaraderie of other individuals who have an interest in cooking and good cuisine. On Monday, Oct. 18, enjoy a pre-recorded video demonstration of “Baked Cheese Balls.” Discover how to make a tasty appetizer with as few as three ingredients.The dish is easily customizable by using different varieties of cheeses, adding spices, or stuffing them with olives. A link to the video will be posted on FBCL’s online calendar on the scheduled date, and it can be viewed at any time. Registration is not required. This virtual meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is required; a link to the Webex session will be emailed to all who register.To register online, go to the FBCL 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 the University Branch Library at 281-633-5100.
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Fort Bend community has access to comprehensive cancer care, close to home
id you miss an important cancer screening test because of COVID-19? If so, you’re not alone. Some studies have shown that screenings for the most common forms of cancer fell by as much as 80 percent in the early days of the pandemic and were roughly 40 percent below normal throughout the third quarter of 2020. The good news is that screening numbers have rebounded as 2021 has progressed, according to cancer specialists at Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land. “Screenings are important because today, many cancers can be successfully treated when caught early,” said Joan Burnham, MSN, RN, OCN, MEDSURG-BC, nurse navigator who supports patients undergoing treatment for thoracic, gastrointestinal and genitourinary cancers at Houston Methodist Cancer Center. “Patients who are regularly screened for common cancers such as lung, colon, breast and prostate cancer give themselves a much better chance of a positive outcome.And if a patient needs care, it can all be done right here, close to home – reducing the stress and expense of ongoing treatment.” Early diagnosis is an important part of the comprehensive oncology services offered at Houston Methodist Sugar Land — Fort Bend County’s only hospital with American College of Surgeons - Commission on Cancer accreditation. From screenings and state-of-the-art diagnostics to innovative treatments such as immunotherapy, advanced surgery and the latest, most targeted radiation therapies, the Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land is leading the way in fighting cancer in Fort Bend. High-quality, specialized services such as genetic testing and counseling; clinical trials featuring emerging therapies and procedures; and patient support, including survivorship classes – all offered virtually or onsite at the hospital’s campus in Sugar Land – ensure that patients have convenient access to needed resources and information. The Cancer Center’s team of specialists – including medical, radiation and gynecologic oncologists, hematologists and surgeons – routinely collaborates to ensure each patient receives the best possible care. This partnership draws on each team member’s expertise to help patients fight cancer in a compassionate, caring and supportive environment. The Cancer Center’s physicians are supported by oncologycertified nurses, nutritionists, social workers and the nurse navigators, who provide ongoing information and support throughout the treatment process. “Our patients really benefit from our ‘whole team’ approach to
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care,” said Amalia “Rose” Gonzales, MSN, RN, OCN, CBCN, nurse navigator for patients undergoing treatment for breast and gynecological cancers. “Facing a cancer diagnosis is never easy, but it helps to have a team of specialists on your side who are there with you, every step of the way. As nurse navigators, we work with patients and family members to guide them toward the customized care, support and resources they need – from the day of diagnosis throughout the continuum of care.” The Cancer Center also offers high-risk lung and breast cancer programs designed to help patients prevent the disease with nutrition, education, genetic counseling and disease surveillance. Having access to comprehensive care close to home can make a significant difference in treatment and recovery, doctors say. “We offer everything a patient needs right here at one location,” said Jorge Darcourt, M.D., board-certified oncologist and hematologist at Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land. “Because cancer treatment is often lengthy and requires regular visits, being close to home eliminates many of the logistical challenges that patients face. “Here, patients have a dedicated team that works together closely, and their treatments are accessible and convenient.That’s important because patients deserve every advantage in their fight against cancer.” To learn more about Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land, visit houstonmethodist.org/cancer-sl or call 281-274-7500.
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
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HEALTH NEWS Continued from page 22 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 Neurosurgeon Dr. Tsz Yeung Lau fellowships at the University of South Florida – in skull base cerebrovascular surgery and neuro-endovascular surgery. 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 Medical Office Building 3, 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 600. To schedule an appointment, call 281-946-2662. Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland 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 gastroenterolog ist 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 Gastroenterologist Anam Omer, M.D. completed her internal medicine 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
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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 houstonmethodist.org/spg or call Houston Methodist Gastroenterology Associates at 281-801-9303. Visit houstonmethodist.org/sugarland to learn more about Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.
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iabetes changes your body’s ability to manage blood sugar, but that’s not all. Having diabetes also puts you at higher risk for having serious complications from illnesses and other health conditions. “Diabetes affects blood vessels, nerves and organs throughout the body,” said Travis Goodale, M.D., board-certified endocrinologist with Houston Methodist Endocrinology Associates at Sugar Land. “It also weakens the immune system, making it harder to fight bacteria and viruses that cause infections and illnesses, such as COVID-19, flu and pneumonia.” INTERRELATED RISK FACTORS Many health problems caused by diabetes share the same risk factors, so having one complication can lead to another. Heart disease and stroke. People who have diabetes often have high blood pressure and high cholesterol, so they are twice as likely to have heart disease or stroke as people who don’t have diabetes. Vision problems. Diabetic retinopathy is the most common diabetes-related eye disease. It’s caused by damage to the blood vessels in the retina, which can lead to blindness, if not caught early. Kidney disease. The kidneys help filter waste products that become urine. High blood sugar levels and high blood pressure can cause the kidneys to lose their ability to filter waste from the blood effectively. This puts a lot of stress on the kidneys and can lead to kidney failure. Nerve damage. When blood glucose levels remain too high, nerves throughout the body can be damaged. This condition, called neuropathy, occurs in about half of people with diabetes. Neuropathy often affects the feet. But it can also impact the arms, hands and legs. It causes burning or stabbing pain, numbness and tingling sensations. In addition, neuropathy can affect the heart and blood vessels, bladder, stomach, intestines and genitals. Depending on which organs are affected, neuropathy can lead to
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HEALTH NEWS Continued from page 24 urinary tract infections, diarrhea and constipation, vomiting and bloating, and sexual dysfunction. Skin conditions. People with diabetes are more prone to bacterial and fungal infections of the skin. Infections. Damage to blood vessels and nerves, especially in the feet, can lead to lifethreatening infections. In some cases, amputation may be needed to stop the spread of infection. Diabetes can increase risk of flurelated illnesses, such as bronchitis, pneumonia and sinus infections. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss. And infections can raise blood sugar, making it harder to manage diabetes. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Goodale, visit houstonmethodist.org/spg or call Houston Methodist Endocrinology Associates at 832-2197633.
DIABETES EDUCATION LIVE WEBINAR | OCT. 7 If you think you might have or are at risk for diabetes, we encourage you to join Christine Fisher, M.S.N, R.N., C.D.C.E.S., certified diabetes care and education specialist with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital for our diabetes education live webinar at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7. Topics of discussion will be identifying risks, methods of diagnosis, type 1 versus type 2 diabetes and living with diabetes. Registration is required. For more information or to register, visit join.houstonmethodist.org/diabetes-sl or call 281.274.7500. Endocrinologist Dr. Travis Goodale. His clinical expertise includes diabetes, diseases of the thyroid and parathyroid, osteoporosis, pituitary tumors, adrenal disorders and male hypogonadism.
Fort Bend County EMS Earns National Recognition Fort Bend County EMS has received the American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline EMS Silver Plus Achievement Award for implementing specific quality improvement measures to treat patients who suffer severe heart attacks. Each year, more than 250,000 people experience a STEMI, — a ST-elevation myocardial infarction — the deadliest type of heart attack, caused by a blockage of blood flow to the heart that requires timely treatment. It is critical to restore blood flow as quickly as possible, either by mechanically opening the blocked vessel or providing clot-busting medication. The American Heart Association’s Mission: Lifeline program helps reduce barriers to prompt treatment for heart attacks – starting from when 9-1-1 is called, to EMS transport and continuing through hospital treatment and discharge. Optimal care for heart attack patients takes coordination between the individual hospital, EMS, and healthcare system.
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“EMTs and paramedics play a vital part in the system of care for those who have heart attacks,” said Tim Henry, M.D., chair of the Mission: Lifeline Acute Coronary Syndrome Subcommittee. “Since they often are the first medical point of contact, they can save precious minutes of treatment time by activating the emergency response system that alerts hospitals to an incoming heart attack patient.” Program participants earn recognition by demonstrating how their organization has committed to improving quality care for STEMI patients. “Fort Bend County EMS is honored to be recognized by the American Heart Association for our dedication to providing optimal care for heart attack patients,” said Graig Temple, chief of EMS. “The Mission: Lifeline program puts proven knowledge and guidelines to work daily, so patients have the best possible chance of survival.”
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The Fort Bend History Association will present the 37th annual Texian Market Days festival Oct. 22 & 23 at the George Ranch Historical Park. Enjoy handson activities, battle re-enactments, live entertainment, first-person costumed interpreters, historic home tours, games, cowboys, vintage vehicles, food and craft vendors. The fee is $20 for adults and $15 for seniors and children ages 4 through 12. And should festival-goers attend the event in full historic costume, they will receive half-off admission at the gate. Visit www.georgeranch.org.
Needville Harvest Festival The 2021 Needville Harvest Festival will take place on Oct. 15 and 16. This year’s festival will feature the official renaming of Harvest Park in honor of Don Wenzel. Visit www. needvilleharvestfest.org. Re-Awakenings Re-Awakenings – an open air spiritual concert featuring worldrenowned singer and songwriter Ali Sethi, Syrian-American rapper Omar Offendum, and spoken word artist Amal Kassir will take place 7:30 - 10 p.m. in Sugar Land Town Square. Visit www. sugarlandtownsquare.com.
Bowling Tournament The Fulshear Katy Area Chamber 5th Annual “B.O.B.” Bowling Tournament will be held noon to 4 p.m. at Main Event, 24401 Katy Fwy, Katy, Texas. Call 832-6003221.
Fall Fun Fest The Rosenberg Railroad Museum will host its annual Fall Fest fundraiser from 10 a.m. and end at 4 p.m. rain or shine. Visit www. rosenbergrrmuseum.org. Free flu shot Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is offering community members the opportunity to donate a gift and receive a free flu shot during a convenient drive-thru event at the Cancer Center at Houston Methodist Sugar Land, 16675 U.S. 59 in Sugar Land between 8-11 a.m. Participants are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy that will be donated to local children in need in exchange for a free flu shot. No stuffed animals or clothing items allowed. Please make sure to wait in your car and wear a mask. Visit join. houstonmethodist.org/flushot-sl.
6th Annual Golf Fore Autism Hope For Three is hosting its 6th Annual Golf Fore Autism at the Sweetwater Country Club, 4400 Palm Royale Blvd., in Sugar Land. Visit www.hopeforthree.org/events. Photography Basics Fort Bend County Libraries will present “Photography Basics: What Makes This Photograph Great” for craft and hobby enthusiasts. This episode will focus on American portrait photographer Philippe Halsman. This program is online only and can be viewed any time on the designated release date. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us or call 281633-4734.
Fort Bend Salutes Fort Bend Salutes The Honorable Bob Hebert will be held from 6:3010 p.m. in the Texas Ballroom of the Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464 in Richmond. Email FBSalutes@gmail.com or visit bit. ly/fbsalutes2021
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Document Shredding The City of Richmond is hosting its Annual Document Shred Event at Richmond City Hall parking lot from 9 a.m to noon. This event is for documents, not electronics, and for residents who receive their utility bill from City of Richmond (City residents and MUD’s with utilities managed by City must provide proof of residence). Call 281-342-4114. Party In Pink A free community dance-fitness Zumba class will be held from 7-8 p.m. in Sugar Land Town Square Plaza for Breast Cancer Awareness. Attendees are encouraged to wear pink and donate to Breast Cancer Awareness at the booth on site. Visit www.sugarlandtownsquare.com.
Chili cook-off The Rosenberg Rotary Club will host its fifth annual chili cook-off and fall raffle from 6-8 p.m. at Ol’ Railroad Cafe, 819 Third St. in Rosenberg. Proceeds from the fundraiser benefit the club’s Dictionary Project, which provides dictionaries to all third-graders in Lamar, Needville, and Brazos ISD. To buy tickets or register cook-off teams, email email@example.com.
Zombie Run HOPE, Hispanics Offering People Education, will hold its annual Zombie Fun Run scholarship fundraiser at the Seabourne Creek Nature Park in Rosenberg at 8 a.m. Cost is $25 on the day of the fundraiser. Visit www. hopefortbend.org. Movie Night At The Park Rosenberg Parks and Recreation will host its monthly Movie Night in the Park Food Trucks open at 6 p.m. Movie starts at 7 p.m.
Family Hope Golf Tourney The Family Hope Golf Tournament will be held at noon at the Weston Lakes Country Club. Registration opens at 10:45 a.m. Visit www. familyhopefulshear.org. Shibori Fort Bend County Libraries will present a virtual, pre-recorded program on the Japanese textile art known as Shibori indigo dyeing. Shibori is a resistance dyeing technique dating back to the 8th century in Japan. This program is online only and can be viewed any time on the designated release date. Visit www.fortbend.lib. tx.us or call 281-633-4734.
Crescent Circus A world-champion magician and circus artist featuring magic, juggling, hand balancing, wirewalking and acrobatics is coming to Sugar Land Town Square Plaza from 7:30-9 p.m. Hailing from New Orleans, The Crescent Circus has entertained corporate and collegiate audiences across the country and even overseas. Their original stage work has earned them six international titles, performances at London’s prestigious Magic Circle Theater and an appearance on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Visit www. sugarlandtownsquare.com.
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