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Are you ready for rugby? Houston SaberCats to start play in Sugar Land Saturday By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
The Houston SaberCats open their inaugural exhibition season with a game against the Seattle Saracens on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Constellation Field in Sugar Land. The SaberCats will be a member of Major League Rugby which includes the Austin Elite Rugby, Glendale (Colo.) Raptors, NOLA (New Orleans) Gold, San Diego Legion, Seattle Saracens and the Utah Warriors. The league begins play in the last week of April. The SaberCats will play a ninegame exhibition schedule before starting league play. The SaberCats head coach is Justin Fitzpatrick. Previously, Fitzpatrick was Director of Rugby for the Seattle Saracens, and he played 26 games for the Ireland national team, including games in the 1999 World Cup. Fitzpatrick also played 156 games with the Ulster Rugby team, which was the first Irish team to win the Euro-
pean Cup. Sam Windsor is the assistant coach and will play fly half back for the SaberCats. Windsor has been playing rugby since he was seven. “I grew up playing both soccer and rugby, but my father was a rugby player, so I focused on rugby,” Windsor said. “I have played in Australia, London, other parts of England, Ireland and now in Houston.” The SaberCats have several stars on their roster. Osea Kolinisau was the captain of the Fiji Olympic gold medal winning team in 2016 in Rio. The Fiji Olympic team selected him as their flag bearer in Rio. Kolinisau, 31, first played for the Fijian national team in 2008 and he led them to back to back World Series titles in 2015 and 2016. “Osea is a great player. The fans will really like his style of play,” Windsor said. Jamie Dever joined the team from
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It’s not football, so what is this game? By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
If you combined soccer, football and that old playground favorite, kill the guy with the ball, you would come close to describing rugby. The key features of the game are: • Rugby has two 40-minute halves and no stoppage or injury time. • The winner is the team with the most points after 80 minutes. • The field is 100-meters long by 75-meters wide. There are two dead
goal areas, think end zones, at each end of the field that are 10 to 20 meters long. • Scoring a try is worth five points, and it is awarded by touching the ball to the ground in the dead goal area. After a successful try, a conversion is awarded. A successful conversion is worth two points, and is scored by kicking the ball through the goal posts, similar to a football extra point. • If a team is called for a penalty,
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Members of the Houston SaberCats practice in a recent scrimmage. The professional rugby team will make its pre-season debut Saturday at Constellation Field. (Submitted photo)
Reflections of 2017 What were Fort Bend County’s top 10 stories of the last year? By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM
Looking back at 2017, it is apparent that it was quite a busy news year. The weather and sports played a big part in our lives last year, as did politics. Without a doubt, Hurricane Harvey and the floods it brought are clearly the top story of the year. Because of that, there is no need to print a Top 10 Stories of 2017 list in reverse order to build anticipation over what was the biggest newsmaker of 2017. Therefore, we are going to list Fort Bend County’s biggest news stories for 2017 in order. Without further ado, they are:
Willowridge High School molded over the summer and had been undergoing extensive remediation and reconstruction.
2. Willowridge High School mold problem In
A house on FM 359 in Richmond sits in floodwaters from Hurricane Harvey.
1. Hurricane Harvey Hurricane Harvey hit the Texas coast near Corpus Christi on the evening of Friday, Aug. 25, as a Category 4 hurricane. It slowly meandered to the northeast, dumping as much as 50 inches of rain on the Greater Houston Area over the next several days, causing widespread flooding. Missouri City and Sienna Plantation were the hardesthit areas of eastern Fort Bend County with tornadoes and floodwaters. The Brazos River crested at a record height of 55.18 feet, causing additional flooding in parts of Fort Bend County. The storm caused the Sugar Land Skeeters baseball team to move a home series to a road game, as the stadium was converted into a makeshift shelter for people and pets.
June, work was being done to renovate and remodel parts of Willowridge High School. Power was cut off for a few days due to the nature of the work being done. When workers returned, they found that mold had rapidly spread throughout most of the building. That forced the closure of the school and the relocation of the students and staff to Marshall High School. The mold remediation was estimated cost about $7.5 million and is being paid for out of the district’s contingency fund. “Every single ceiling tile in that whole building is coming out of the building and is going to be replaced with new ceiling tiles,” Superintendent Dr. Charles Dupree said. “All the air conditioning ducts, all the pipes for the air conditioning are being removed and replaced with brand new ducts. Everywhere there’s carpet in the building, the carpet is being removed and we’re putting brand new tile. The entire building is being painted inside with fresh, new Willowridge Eagle colors, and we are also replacing every bit of furniture in the building.” The building is scheduled to re-open when students return from the holiday break on Jan. 8.
Greatwood (pictured) and New Territory were annexed by Sugar Land in December.
3. Sugar Land annexation Sugar Land grew by more than 30 percent on Dec. 12 with the annexations of the New Territory and Greatwood Municipal Utility Districts, increasing the population from 87,367 to 117,869 residents. In 2016, the city council unanimously approved the annexations of both areas. The city’s 2017 fiscal year budget was also amended to begin the pre-annexation work to provide the areas with city services. Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman said the annexations have been part of Sugar Land’s planning for the past 10 years. He added that city officials worked with elected representatives of both MUDs and homeowner’s associations to negotiate Strategic Partnership Agreements (SPAs), which outlined each party’s various responsibilities and timing for the future annexations. New Territory and Greatwood will be temporarily placed within City Council District Two and City Council District Four, respectively. The newly annexed areas will be able to participate in the mayoral and atlarge elections in May of 2018.
Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land officially opened for business in January with two shows featuring Jerry Seinfeld.
venue, made its long-anticipated debut in January. Located near the intersection of University Boulevard and the Southwest Freeway, the facility welcomed comedian Jerry Seinfeld as its inaugural performer on Jan. 14, followed the next day with a concert by Don Henley. Designed for flexibility, the 200,000-square-foot venue incorporates innovative moveable walls that can expand and contract to create four different seating capacities that range from an intimate setting of 3,400 seats to a maximum of 6,400. It also features 14 luxury suites, corporate hospitality areas, and the latest sound, light and video technology. Other offerings include space to house up to 14 production trucks and buses, as well as 2,500 guest parking spaces. In May, the city dedicated a new plaza outside the facility.
5. Skeeters hire new manager to replace Gaetti
4. Smart Financial Centre opens for business
Pete Incaviglia, a left fielder who played 12 years in the Major Leagues with six different teams – including two stints with the Houston Astros – was named the second skipper in Sugar Land Skeeters
Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, the city’s new $84 million performing arts
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See To Succeed program continues its vital service to schoolchildren Staff Reports FOR THE FOR TBEND STAR
Seventh graders Maria Pena, Lanea Autry and Regan Barrett from Leaman Junior High in the Lamar Independent School District giggled nervously as they waited their turn to be tested for eyeglasses in the Houston Health Foundation’s See to Succeed program. The girls agreed it was hard to see the board, hard to take notes and to do work in the classroom. “I failed the eye test at the nurse’s office, so I got to come,” Autry said. Any student identified by school nurse or teacher is eligible. Pat Segu, O.D. Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Houston College of Optometry and Clinical Director of See to Succeed shared that they are in the seventh year of this safety net program providing free eye exams and glasses to students. “We can bridge that gap for kids that never get to see an eye doctor. We can now see over 400 children per day, for six weeks totaling over 10,000 children per year. It takes all of us working together to make a difference for the kids in our community,” Segu said.
Children from school districts all over the area participate. Over 40 volunteers from University of Houston, San Jacinto College, Texas Women’s University, the Lion’s Club, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons), and others from the community are needed to run the comprehensive eye testing sessions each day. According to the Kid’s Vision for Life See to Succeed program, 80 percent of what children learn comes through their eyes. Poor vision can affect a child’s emotional, neurological and physical development. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notes that the average lifetime cost of vision impairment is about $566,000 per person. It is important to catch vision problems early on and put in place preventative measures that will allow children the opportunity to see clearly. Pena, Autry and Barrett followed the four-step process which included vision screening for color blindness, depth perception and visual acuity, Slit Lamp, checking pressure in the eyes, Auto Refractor where the prescription is determined, and fi-
nally Optical where they picked out and were fitted for frames. “I couldn’t see, I did bad on the tests. I’m OK with getting new glasses so I can see better,” Pena said. In the Slit Lamp area Elder Pham, a Mormon missionary serving in Houston from a small island in Vietnam, appreciated first-hand what the program does. “When I lived in Vietnam as a child we never had the opportunity to check our eyes. This is my fifth time to help here – it is so great for them, I feel so happy for them,” Pham said. Cydney Cameron, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator with the City of Houston Health Department, was grateful for all the volunteer support. “Each week until they get here I have gaps and when they come we are able to do the project successfully because of their support. The world would be a better place if every young adult would do missionary work like y’all do for two years,” Cameron said. Seven weeks later, glasses were delivered to Leaman Junior High. Frank Gazmen, a volunteer optometrist was on
Students have their vision tested as part of the See To Succeed program. (Submitted photo)
hand to make sure the glasses were a fit. “Having the kids be able to see and to learn is so important. They need quality glasses that they pick out. If they don’t like them they won’t wear them,” he said.
When fitted with the new glasses Barrett exclaimed, “I can see things far away now. With these glasses I can read the board perfectly fine!” Pena and Autry were equally thrilled. They giggled as they peered at
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the mirror and posed for a photo commemorating the occasion. “This is what it’s all about. When I see the light on their faces, it gets me right here,” Guzmen said as he put his hand on his heart.
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Members of the Houston SaberCats practice in a recent scrimmage. The professional rugby team will make its preseason debut Saturday at Constellation Field against the Seattle Saracens. (Submitted photo)
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Response to stories on Trump protestors came fast & furious
hoa there partner! Two weeks ago we ran a pair of stories on the front page about two people protesting President Donald Trump – Karen Fonseca and Gale McCray. The feedback came fast and furious and was filled with spite and hate. To read the emails, letters, and comments on social media, you would think that we were in cahoots with the protestors and that the Fort Bend Star is in league with some left-wing media conspiracy to remove Trump from office. Let me tell you, nothing could be further from the truth. We are not part of any conspiracy and I am about as conservative Christian as they come. Although I can’t speak for the ownership, I dare say they would identify the same way. As responsible journalists, however, we can’t let personal biases get in the way of reporting the news. Since nearly every single person contacting us about the stories lacked the personal integrity to allow us to use their names with their comments, I’m going to share a few of these nastygrams anonymously to give you an example of the vitriol that has been spewed at us for the last couple weeks. I’m sharing these abbreviated but otherwise unedited, as written, mistakes and all. “Why the f**k would you print 2 anti Trump stories on the first page? You do realize he was elected president of the
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USA by the people of the USA! Where the f**k is your head give the man the support that goes with the office, Who gives a f**k about Karen F**koff or the old man and his sign? I put you in the category with CNN and its fake news. F**k your newspaper ! They would like you in the Middle East.. Put my address on your don.t not throw list, you commie bastards” Given the fact that we have received a high volume of response to these stories and they did happen here, I’d say that makes it local news. “Please check your facts before reporting … There is so much more to the story..... eventually it will all come out. Freedom of speech...we all have that right but her arrest was based on her not being a good citizen.” There is always a lot more to every story. The purpose wasn’t to dig into her past, but to giver her a chance to tell her side of the story after Sheriff Troy Nehls told his the previous week – a fact that many people seem to have overlooked or forgotten.
“What a shock to my system. The front page of your December 20, 2017 issue of The Star was. I have read your newspaper for years and have enjoyed it. I considered it a newspaper covering local news with an objective view point. However, I detected a rather strong point of view on page 1 as belittling President Donald Trump in your choosing to highlite two articles 1. Trump that boy don’t act right 2. F-Trump woman tells her side story … I’ve had it ‘up to here’ with the media, TV comedians and actors and actresses and musicians insulting me personally, my intelligence and my judgment because I voted for Trump. And, if I’m not mistaken, you as editor of this newspaper think so too. I’d be crazy to continue giving you my precious time when I know what you think of me. … I watch CNN and FOX too. I like to hear both view points. I recommend that you do too. I read the main, most important page of your newspaper and have decided not to read it again.” Is this guilt by association? Just because we report on something does not necessarily mean we agree with it. “I saw the ‘white garbage truck’ in the HEB parking lot. It’s more offensive in person than seeing it on tv. It should read, ‘truck occupied by trash’. I’d hate to have young kids who see a ‘supposed adult’ display-
ing such garbage. I feel sorry for their kids.” “…that’s why any journalistic viewpoint, merely giving coverage or actual support to Fonseca, is called ‘yellow journalism.’ Sensationalism sells.” Our paper is delivered free. We’re not trying to sell copies. We are reporting local news. “I read your editorial about the Trump hater and her husband. I understand the need for free speech but not the need for vulgar free speech, especially where children can see it. Isn’t there an obscenity law? I also don’t see the need to show the crybabies that don’t like the fact that Trump won the election fair and square. … These two people ( I use that term loosely) have no class at all. Mrs. Fonseca said she had 12 children & this is the way she is raising them? Where is CPS? I also don’t understand why you give this loser of a husband and wife team free publicity. There must be other quality stories your paper could cover during this time of the year about acts of unrequired kindness people do for one another in the aftermath of Harvey, the floods, the shootings and other things that have happened during the past year. Your paper put the two of them on the front page? If stories like this are published because the news media likes to sensationalize the news, then you have succeeded. Even if you succeeded, you have lowered yourself to the level of these
two and in doing that, you ultimately have failed to maintain your own decency and integrity.” The week before we had front-page stories about a woman who is continuing to help victims of Hurricane Harvey, as well as the arrival of a nonprofit organization that helps abused women. Those stories didn’t elicit nearly the same response. Also, I think I maintain my integrity for printing stories with viewpoints so diametrically opposed to my own. It shows we are trying to be fair and balanced in our coverage. Not all the response was negative. I wrote a column in the same edition of the paper denouncing Fonseca (the F-Trump woman) and many people agreed with my conclusions. “As a former journalist my-
self, I thought your editorial was well done in that you certainly showed both sides of the issue yet came to the right conclusion. I especially liked your close: “find a positive message that will help solve problems, not create them.” We’re in an awful divide right now. I’m a Trump supporter and the new tax bill will be awesome for all; and, hopefully, change the opinions of the many Trump haters. Although doubt it. It’s hard to get rid of hate. And, I say that about many of my intelligent friends and family.” “Your column in the December 20th issue of the STAR regarding the woman (I won’t refer to her as a lady) with the vulgar signs on her pick-up was very well written. I totally agree with your opinion, and I commend you for writing it.”
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Letters to the Editor Someone needs to wash her mouth out with soap Dear Editor; Thank you for your excellent opinion piece today. I enjoyed every word. I am saddened by the depths of vulgarity to which our society has sunk and I don’t see any hope for improvement unless more
and more of us are motivated to mirror your thoughts and graciously express our disapproval of such offensive displays as this woman has placed in our face. In my day, dirty words were washed out of our mouths with
soap. Sorry to say that no one loved her enough to perform that task. Of course back then Damn and Hell brought out the soap. Sincerely, Richard Avery Stafford
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Missouri City adopts bad policy for shelter pets Good morning and Merry Christmas, I find myself thinking, this morning of the Missouri City Animal Shelter dogs and cats who did not have a chance to be adopted this Christmas because you locked the shelter and made it extremely difficult for people to search for a new friend. I attended the city council meeting concerning shelter
animals and the city’s interest in their welfare. I am having trouble understanding the ways in which you show your concern. You have limited the volunteer hours, taken the hours of operation off the shelter door and now have a “by appointment only” adoption policy. The animals are now receiving less care and at-
tention and citizens have to work at adopting them. As a resident of Missouri City, a shelter volunteer and a proud rescuer of two pets, I am shocked and dismayed. I sincerely hope you will reconsider your harsh shelter policies and help the animals who are the innocent victims of those policies. Gae Barron Missouri City
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Missouri City makes pet adoptions difficult Dear Editor, Until our Dec. 18th council meeting, hours on the front door read 8-6 Mon-Fri and 9-6 Sat –Sun. After the meeting they began publishing “hours were by appointment.” When I did my public comments that night I brought to their attention their new website and media releases were contradictory to what the public facility has been for 3 years and asked why. Never given an answer. Today they scraped all hours
Trump won, get over it Dear Editor, The gumshoe mailman and redneck lady pickup driver need to do Our Great Country a big service:... “He won go home and get over it.” August Farfalla Sugar Land
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off the door. No notice, no transparency, just seems to be how they deal with situations they don’t want to deal with. They are strong-arming the volunteer force, probably throwing Juan under the bus, and dismantling the volunteer program. But they claim to “want to save dogs.” It’s hard to save and adopt dogs when no one can come to the shelter without an appointment. This is unprecedented and an obvious choice to show power and
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control. Still putting personalities and egos before policies. Take note citizens of Missouri City. When we all started bringing things to their attention, they got angry. They didn’t want to spend money or man-hours on the shelter. We don’t want a kill shelter on Scanlin Road. Yell it loudly and let your rep that you voted for know this issue isn’t going away. Brenda Clark Missouri City
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6. Sugar Land passes cell phone law; state overturns it Hang up and drive! In a 52 vote, the Sugar Land City Council acted last March to prohibit the use of cell phones and other portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle. On Sept. 1, however, the state Legislature enacted a law nullifying the city’s cell phone ban. The new law says only the state can place limits on the use of handheld wireless communications devices while behind the wheel.
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The bill ended existing ordinances prohibiting use of a cell phone without a hands-free accessory in more than 40 Texas cities, including Sugar Land. State law already bans cell phone use in school zones and for drivers younger than 18. The statewide ban on texting and driving went into effect on Sept. 1. The city’s ordinance required that portable electronic devices can only be used in hands-free mode or if a call is being made because there is an emergency. Devices can include mobile phones, personal digital assistants, MP3s, handheld music players, electronic reading devices, laptop computers, pagers, electronic game device or portable computing device.
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7. Red light camera lawsuit fails in court Helwig F. Van Der Grinten filed a class action lawsuit against the City of Sugar Land in January, claiming the city’s mayor, police chief and city manager are illegally using the red light cameras around the city to supplement the city budget. In August, the 434th District Court of Fort Bend County dismissed his case, basically saying you can’t sue the city. Van Der Grinten said that doesn’t put a stop to what he calls his pursuit of red light traffic camera justice. Van Der Grinten’s lawyer, Scott Stewart, filed a class action suit in January against the City of Sugar Land, claiming it is wrong to collect fines from motorists based on evidence from red light cameras at intersections, in part, because the city never conducted the required engineering studies to justify the cameras. Van Der Grinten and others filed suit naming the City of Sugar Land, Mayor Joe R. Zimmerman, Sugar Land Police Chief Doug Brinkley and City Manager Allen Bogard as defendants. In a July 24 hearing, presiding District Court Judge James Shoemake dismissed the case stating, “the plaintiffs have failed
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to allege facts sufficient to overcome defendants’ defenses of governmental and official immunity,” according to court documents. “The city has deemed itself to be above accountability and unfortunately the court agrees. But we’ve got a good case and expect Sugar Land to fight it every step of the way. We will appeal all the way to the state Supreme Court,” Van Der Grinten said.
8. Missouri City animal shelter dispute Did Missouri City officials retaliate against volunteers in the Municipal Volunteer Program who publicly aired their animal shelter concerns and encouraged residents to question the city? The question, which has been brewing in print and social media and led to protestors packing the second floor of City Hall, came to a head during a City Council meeting in December. Volunteers claim that once they publicly challenged city officials for underfunding the shelter and encouraged the public to complain in letters and emails to the council, they were locked out of the facility and denied the ability to photograph the animals for online marketing purposes. At the meeting, City Manager Anthony Snipes and Mayor Allen Owen made a point to speak before public comments to say they appreciated and applauded the work of the volunteers but changes were already planned. One of those changes is a review of procedures and processes related to drugs and medicines, Snipes said. The city is also bringing in the Texas Department of Health and Human Services and requested an investigator be assigned to conduct a review of policies and procedures at the shelter. He also asked the IT department to use software to track animals in the shelter, document their welfare and medical requirements, publicize adoptable animals online, manage staff tasks and deal with complaints and licensing. “This is a very serious matter and my team is thoroughly reviewing Animal Services Operations and Municipal Volunteer Program policies at this time,” Snipes said.
9. F-Trump woman clashes with sheriff Sheriff Troy Nehls made national news recently after he was blasted for using his Facebook page to find the identity of a Fort Bend County resident who plastered an obscenity against President Donald Trump and anyone who voted for him on the back of the family truck. That post resulted in publicly identifying Karen Cook Fonseca, which led to her arrest on an outstanding felony warrant for fraud. It has Fonseca’s supporters crying foul and claiming this was just a publicity stunt by the sheriff to get national attention and help for his potential bid for Congress. (Nehls later declined to run.) It all started Nov. 15 when Nehls said someone sent him a picture of the back window of the truck where the obscene message was placed and he posted it on his Facebook page asking the owner to come forward for a talk. “The picture didn’t show the license plate. So I put it out on my Facebook and said we’d like to identify and talk to her about people who are offended,” Nehls said. “Would you consider modifying it and have a conversation. We reached out to the district attorney’s office to the individual who oversees all traffic matters. They said they would consider a disorderly conduct charge. Then the media said I threatened her with arrest and I’m harassing her.” Fonseca said she was growing weary of the new president. “I know f--- Trump is a bold statement to say how you feel. You can say, ‘we don’t like Trump or impeach Trump.’ Everyone says that. But when you’re mad you say ‘f--- Trump and f--- you for messing up our world,” Fonseca said.
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10. Super Bowl, World Series fever hits town
Even though the Houston Texans didn’t make it to Super Bowl LI, it didn’t stop the city from going crazy for the game between the champion New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. Houston hosted the Super Bowl and reveled in two weeks of hype and fun with events and activities across the region. The Patriots trailed 28-3 in the third quarter but came back to win in overtime 24-28. Missouri City and Sugar Land hosted parties and Constellation Field, where the Sugar Land Skeeters had won the Atlantic League title just a few months earlier, served as a staging area for trucks serving the big game. Flash forward to October, and a city beleaguered by Hurricane Harvey celebrated in a big way as the Houston Astros beat the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh game of the World Series to bring home the team’s first world championship.
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TSTC inaugurates first SGA president at Fort Bend campus “Everything I’m doing is for the students,” he said. “They’re trusting me to be their voice.” Ellis added that he conducted student surveys and will work on the things most important to his peers. Other goals on Ellis’ list include creating an intramural sports program and encouraging students to do more community service projects. His supervisor and Director of Student Services Georgeann Calzada said it is Ellis’ leadership, ambition and determination that made him a great candidate for president. “He’s jumped right into his position and has wasted no time in talking with students and finding out what they need and want,” said Calzada. “He is very excited about being an advocate for our students and his confidence will take him far in this position. He’s definitely a great addition to our team and a great asset to TSTC.” Ellis is active in his community by volunteering with the Special Olympics and organizing toy and food drives and fundraisers for those less fortunate and most recently vol-
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Texas State Technical College student Madison Ellis was recently named the first Student Government Association (SGA) president for TSTC’s Fort Bend County campus. It is the 19-year-old’s first semester at TSTC as an electrical lineworker technology student and said he never expected anything like this to happen. “I’m excited that I have been given this opportunity,” he said. “I wasn’t looking for it, it found me. But I’m ready to serve our students.” The Missouri City native closed his first week on the job by adding additional companies to TSTC’s student discount list: Brewingz, Panda Express, Bush’s Chicken, and Bullritos Burritos and Tacos. He is also working on building a partnership with a local recycling center to raise money for either an end-of-semester pizza party for the students or a new foosball table or basketball hoop system to beautify the campus and/or community.
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unteering during National Make a Difference Day. Leading up to Ellis’ summer 2018 graduation, he said he wants to make positive changes for students and encourage others to work with him as part of SGA to continue the work he has started once he leaves
TSTC. “I’m still soaking it all in. This is such a new role for me to have,” said Ellis. “But I’m looking forward to everything that’s to come.” Though Ellis will remain busy as SGA president, he said he will remain focused on his
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Fort Bend ISD to hold Educational Futures Conference nez, Chief of Staff and Strategic Planning. “We invite the community to join in this important work. Through the community’s partnership, we will be able to ensure that Fort Bend ISD truly is providing an educational system that prepares each student with the attributes of the Profile of a Graduate,” Martinez said. For convenience, there are two opportunities to attend this meeting: Jan. 16 from 7-9 p.m., FBISD Administrative Annex, 3119 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land. Jan.18 from 7-9 p.m., Kempner High School, 14777 Voss Road, Sugar Land.
Fort Bend ISD is inviting ing schools use to ensure high the public to participate in a achievement for all students, community engagement op- innovative approaches to meetportunity by attending an ing the needs of students, and Educational Futures Confer- many other topics concerning ence scheduled for Jan. 16 and public education. The Educational Futures Jan. 18. The Educational Futures Conference will enable comConference will provide an munity members to have a opportunity to engage in a voice in the educational and visionary and strategic conver- facility planning process, and sation about how the district will also serve as a launch of can plan effectively for current FBISD’s Facilities Master Planning process, updating the and future FBISD students. Discussions will be held con- work that began in 2013. “Our efforts to plan for the cerning the global, national and local factors affecting education future of Fort Bend ISD will and, most importantly, students only be successful with the supin FBISD. Topics will include port and participation of the strategies that high-perform- community,” said Beth MartiPAGE 8A H Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Local agencies join forces to fight child abuse In an effort to combat the injustices of child abuse and neglect, more than 20 agencies recently signed an agreement renewing their commitment to work together on behalf of child victims. The ceremony, hosted by the Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) Children’s Advocacy Center, was held at CAFB’s offices. The Protocol and Memorandum of Understanding details the importance of the CAFB Children’s Advocacy Center and lists the responsibilities of each
agency in working child abuse cases. “The Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) is an important piece in the collaboration of agencies working to reduce the trauma to children going through the civil and criminal systems,” said Fiona Remko, CAC Program Director. “The Center helps to bring together those agencies charged with the civil and criminal investigations of child abuse to ensure that the unique needs of abused children are being addressed in a child
friendly manner. The Fort Bend community is very fortunate to have such a strong commitment from police chiefs and agency heads in fighting against child abuse.” The CAC provides forensic interviews, case management services, therapy and criminal court advocacy services for free to families of abuse victims and to partner agencies. Child victims are referred to Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Children’s Advocacy Center by law enforcement or CPS
where trained specialists, social workers and therapists conduct forensic interviews, coordinate the criminal investigation, facilitate resource services, offer criminal court support and provide therapy to help children heal from their trauma. “We value our collaboration and are most grateful for all of our partners who work very hard to make sure hundreds of children receive the services and treatment they deserve,” said Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford.
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Sienna Branch Library will have young adult programs during January, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. in Missouri City. Free and open to the public. For more information and a complete list of activities, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.
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The University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land will have young adult programs during January. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or visit the library.
The Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City presents a variety of programs every month. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-6334734.
SATURDAY, JAN. 6 HOME FRUIT PRODUCTION
Learn about planting and caring for fruit producing trees and vines in your garden, 9-11 a.m. at the Bud O’Shieles Community Center, 1330 Band Road in Rosenberg. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.fbmg.org or call 281-341-7068.
The Sienna Branch Library will present a financial wellness program, 2-3 p.m. Learn how to manage and decrease debt. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.
TUESDAY, JAN. 9 DIGGING FOR YOUR ROOTS
Presented at Sugar Land Branch Library, 550 Eldridge, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Learn how to access online tools for family history research. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.
WEDNESDAY, JAN. 10 JOB AND CAREER ACCELERATOR
University Branch Library presents the workshop that will provide assistance on creating a fantastic resumé to accessing area job lists, 2 p.m. at 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. Wednesday, Jan. 17, the library will have a “Resume-Writing Workshop” at 6:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-
5100, or visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us click events select University Branch Library, find the program.
THURSDAY, JAN. 11 THE AAUW FORT BEND
Branch meeting at Kelley’s Restaurant, Stafford. Lorraine Schroeder, M.A., LPC, LGBTQ Resource Center director, will speak on connectedness, positivity, empathy, relator, and responsibility at 7 p.m. The public is welcome. Email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://fortbend-tx.aauw.net/.
The University Branch Library will present the program, 2 p.m., 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land, on the UH campus. Free and open to the public, reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib. tx.us click on Events, University Branch Library, find the program or call 281-633-5100.
SATURDAY, JAN. 13 PUBLISHING 101
First Colony Branch library will host 1-3 p.m., at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Learn about the differences between traditional, indie, and hybrid publishing, and get a better understanding of the roles of agents, editors, and publishers. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.
TUESDAY, JAN. 16 BEAT THE PACK/ STOP SMOKING PROGRAM
Sponsored by Houston Methodist Sugar Land, 5:30-6:30 p.m. in the hospital’s Main Conference Room A. Participants will meet once a week for four weeks with a trained facilitator who will provide tools, tips and support to help smokers create and follow a “quit plan.” The program will be offered each quarter. Registration required. Please visit houstonmethodist.org/events and search for Beat the Pack, or call 281-205-4514.
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SATURDAY, FEB. 24 FORT BEND PANHELLENIC RECRUITMENT WORKSHOP
The annual recruitment sign-up is from 10 a.m. to noon at Parkway United Methodist Church, 5801 New Territory Blvd. For young women who are high school seniors or collegians, and their parents that wish to know more sorority recruitment in the fall of 2018/spring 2019 school year. For more information, visit www. fortbendpanhellenic.org.
ONGOING 4-H, FOOD & NUTRITION
Fort Bend 4-H is looking for input from the community on how it can better serve the public. To learn more about 4-H projects, join 4-H at 7 p.m. at the University Library ( 14010 University Blvd Sugar Land), visit fortbend4h.eventbrite.com or call 281-342-3034.
STORY SPINNERS WRITING CLUB
Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30 to 8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-6334734.
ADOPT A SHELTER CAT
Fort Bend Pets Alive is partnering with Half Price Books in Sugar Land to find homes for shelter cats and to promote literacy among young readers. School aged children are invited to come read to a cat, receive an “I read to a cat” bookmark and be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off that day. Held 1:30- 4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land.
FORT BEND RECOVERS HURRICANE HARVEY HELP
LOVING FRIENDS DINNER
Those needing help with a recovery plan for home repairs, or any unmet needs, Fort Bend Recovers is here to help. Call one of these Helplines today: Case Management Helpline 281-207-2555, Spiritual/Emotional Helpline: 281-207-2505, Lone Star Legal Aid 866-659-0666. A case manager will contact you and get you started on your road to recovery. Visit www.fortbendrecovers.org for more information.
SATURDAY, JAN. 20 COUNTYWIDE JIGSAW PUZZLE COMPETITION
Empowering fathers to develop bonds with their children and improve their parenting skills. Free to any father. Six-week sessions. Babysitting provided with advance notice.
Loving Friends will meet at 5 p.m. at Quail Valley City Cr., 2880 La Quinta Dr.,Missouri City. Loving Friends is a social group of men and women, who lost their spouses. It is not a grief support group. Call 281-208-3124 for reservations. New members are always welcome.
Low Cost Animal Wellness Clinic 713-433-6421 14700 Almeda Rd. Houston, TX 77053 www.HoustonHumane.org
Help Hope For Three Autism Advocates take over Constellation Field to bring awareness to autism. Awards, prizes and bragging rights guaranteed. Visit hopeforthree.org/ for registration or call 281-245-0640.
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Published on Jan 3, 2018