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Fort Bend County’s plan to take over the historic cemetery of the Sugar Land 95 at the construction site of the James Reese Career and Technical Center has hit a snag. It turns out that the state doesn’t allow counties as large as Fort Bend to own, operate, and maintain a cemetery. To get around that problem the commissioners court unanimously passed a resolution to ask the state Legislature to change the Texas Health and Safety Code to allow the county to own and maintain the burial site of 95 victims of the state’s convict leasing program. The 95 bodies were found a year ago at the construction site of the Fort Bend ISD’s new facility. They were exhumed and examined last summer, but their reinternment was held up by legal action as the school district wanted to remove them to a nearby prison cemetery so construction could be completed on the career and technical center, but community activists wanted them to remain in the cemetery. An agreement was reached in February that would allow Fort Bend County to negotiate with the school district to take over and maintain the cemetery site, but those negotiations were interrupted last week when it was discovered that the Texas Health and Safety Code limits the authority to own, operate, and maintain a cemetery to a county with a population of

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Archeologists work to exhume one of the Sugar Land 95 bodies last summer at the construction site of the Fort Bend ISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Center. Fort Bend County has agreed to take over the site from the school district but first needs a change in state law allowing it to own and operate a cemetery. (Photo by Joe Southern)

8,200 or less. Fort Bend’s population is about 765,000. “Throughout the negotiations between the county and school district, it became clear that a statutory fix was needed to ensure all options are on the table for a fair discussion between all parties,” said Xavier Herrera, communications director for County Judge KP George. The county’s resolution has been sent to Rep. Ron Reynolds for legislative action. “Because this was a unanimously passed resolution by the county, we expect the Fort Bend delegation to help pass this with Rep. Reynolds leading the way,” Herrera said. The resolution passed by the commissioners states, “the Commis-

sioners Court of Fort Bend County supports legislation to modify Chapter 713 of the Texas Health and Safety Code to allow Fort Bend County to own, operate, and maintain a cemetery; and use public funds and county resources to perform such.” “We continue to work cooperatively with Fort Bend County to find a lawful solution for reinterring the remains of the 95 individuals discovered during our construction of the James Reese Technical Center,” FBISD Board of Trustees President Jason Burdine said in a statement on the district’s website. “We appreciate the recent actions by Fort Bend County to step up and present itself as a new partner in these efforts. Like the district, the county has deter-

mined that it also does not have the authority to own a cemetery. “After analyzing all of the options with the county, it has been determined that the county will need to partner with the City of Sugar Land or urge the Legislature to modify the law to allow them to own the cemetery as well. It is a complicated issue, and we appreciate and applaud the county’s and the city’s efforts to partner with us to find a legal way to reinter the remains on site and memorialize the 95 people lost to history. “We will also continue to seek assistance from the State of Texas with reinterment and memorialization since the convict-leasing program was a state-sanctioned program that existed prior to the founding of the City of Sugar Land and Fort Bend ISD. “I am optimistic that together we will be able to find a solution that will allow the community to learn from this historic discovery, and to teach our students and others the truth about the state-sanctioned convictleasing system. Fort Bend ISD has always been committed to preserving the dignity of those buried at the site, and educating our community and students about the role these individuals had in shaping our local economy,” Burdine said. The district is expected to complete the building without one wing and have it ready to open on time. “The school is nearing completion without Wing E and will be open and ready for students in August,” said Veronica Sopher, the district’s spokesperson.

Texans bring nutrition, exercise programs to Ridgemont Elementary By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

If anyone knows how to tackle hunger it’s Houston Texans defensive lineman D.J. Reader. The 6-foot, 3-inch, 330-pound nose tackle and his buddy TORO, the Texans mascot, came to Ridgemont Elementary School last Wednesday to promote the National Football League’s Fuel Up to Play 60 program and Dairy MAX’s Breakfast Games. “One of the things I’ve learned with the Texans is how important good nutrition is at the beginning of every day to help you get started,” Reader said. Reader helped pass out cartons of milk and joined select students for a healthy breakfast before going to the gym and joining TORO and former Texans receiver J.J. Moses for fun and games with the rest of the school. “It’s amazing that I’m eating with an NFL player. This is my first time,” said fourth grader Santos Torres. “It’s pretty exciting,” added his friend, Andrew Sowell. “When I was a kid I wish I had something like this,” Reader said. “I wish I had somebody come in to tell me

Houston Texans defensive lineman D.J. Reader opens a carton of milk while having breakfast with students at Ridgemont Elementary School. Pictured with him are Santos Torres and Andrew Sowell. (Photo by Joe Southern)

these things.” He said it’s important for children to have nutritional fundamentals at an early age. “Even if they’re not the best at it, at least they have the nutritional basis of what

category the foods are in, of how things work, and how important those things are to you,” he said. In addition to eating right, he also knows the importance of getting exercise. “I think it’s super impor-

tant, you know, 60 minutes a day,” he said. “Tremendously important, as long as you’re up and active and moving around, you know, they’re kids they’ve got plenty of energy, they’re always moving around and you’ve got to

find a way to burn off some energy because if you don’t you’re going to lose their attention and lose a lot of things and start living an unhealthy lifestyle. It’s just super important they get up and get active, have fun and

hang out with their friends, it’s valuable.” Going into his fourth season with the Texans, Reader has seen the difference the Fuel Up to Play 60 program is making in children all over the Houston area. “It’s making a huge difference. Kids know it’s fun to go outside, it’s fun to play,” he said. “As I was talking about with the food things, I didn’t know what categories different foods were in. There’s no way I could come in and do the chart these kids are doing. So, I think it helps give them a base of how to live a healthy lifestyle the rest of their life.” Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre joined the pupils in the gym, waving colored pom poms and cheering the youngsters on as they did tasks and completed obstacles. “This is a thrilling event. We can’t do anything without our collaborative partners and Fuel Up to Play 60 and Dairy MAX and the Texans, I mean this is a great partnership to really make a difference in the lives of kids,” he said. “By bringing a football player here, a name they recognize, some-

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Senate approves teacher pay raise, Harvey-related bills By Richard Lee FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Teachers would get a $5,000 boost to their annual salaries as the Senate passed its first bill of the 86th Legislature last week. SB 3, by Finance Committee Chair and Flower Mound Sen. Jane Nelson, would make that raise effective for the school year beginning this fall. Nelson said she’s set aside nearly $4 billion in the state budget to cover the pay hike for the state’s 350,000 public school teachers. “The one thing we should do, first and foremost, is to recognize the need to uplift our entire teaching profession,” she said. An amendment added to

the bill on the floor would include school librarians in the pay raise. Nelson was emphatic in her remarks on the floor that this bill wouldn’t prevent additional, merit-based pay scales expected in the Senate’s forthcoming school finance bill. The second bill to pass this year also belongs to Nelson, and it seeks to increase access to mental health care for children and adolescents. In presenting the bill Tuesday, she said she is deeply troubled by the impact that mental illness is having on the state’s young people. “The goal of this bill is to provide early intervention for these children and adolescents and get them into treatment before they

become a danger to themselves or others,” said Nelson. Her bill would create a consortium of mental health professionals at the state’s medical schools to develop plans to leverage remote medical technology to provide that intervention. One provision would create a system where pediatricians who detect signs of developing mental issues in their young patients could use telemedical services to consult with psychiatrists based at medical institutions. Another would ask this consortium to develop a system whereby at-risk students could be assessed via telehealth technology and referred to treatment as needed. Wednesday, Lt. Gov.

Dan Patrick joined Senate members to announce a package of bills dealing with disaster relief and recovery in the wake of 2017’s Hurricane Harvey. Those three measures would help the state plan for, pay for, and respond to future natural disasters. The first, SB 8 by Lubbock Sen. Charles Perry, would create a statewide flood mitigation plan, one that divides the state into regions based on river basins and then allows regional officials and stakeholders to figure out what projects they need to protect people and property from flooding. The state would ensure that those plans work with each other, and combine them

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FBISD concerned about bill to raise teacher pay From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

In advance of the current 86th Legislative session, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees adopted resolutions urging lawmakers to make school finance and school safety legislative priorities. Since then, district staff and trustees have been actively involved in many conversations with lawmakers to advocate on behalf of the district’s more than 76,000 students and more than 11,000 staff members, and remain hopeful that a

long-term solution to the state’s broken school finance system can be achieved. Senate Bill 3, adopted by the Senate this week, would increase teacher pay by $5,000. Prior to Senate approval, language was added to include librarians. However, FBISD Chief Financial Officer Steve Bassett is concerned about what the bill lacks: Funding to make the raises sustainable and available to other employees. “We recognize the need to increase teacher pay

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Republicans rally to thwart progressive socialist movement I watched as hundreds of mostly white people paid extra money and stood in a long line just to have their picture taken with a black man. I watched as the mostly white crowd of about 700 people gave a standing ovation to an Indian-born Muslim after his speech. For a political rally, one might think I was at the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee. I wasn’t. I was at the Safari Texas Ranch covering the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner for the Fort Bend County Republican Party. As I watched the events of the evening unfold the night of March 1, it occurred to me that some of the rhetoric espoused by the local Republicans was not unlike the rhetoric pushed by Democrats recently. Both sides talk about the importance of diversity and inclusiveness. They talk about empowering women and minorities. They talk about ending the violent culture war and seeking common ground. They talk about principles and values, albeit different ones. That’s where the wall goes up between the two ideologies. Specifically, President Trump’s border wall – or more accurately, Trump himself. The President has become a lightning rod of criticism and contention from both sides of the aisle. That black man I mentioned earlier is Dr. Ben Carson, the famed neurosurgeon turned presidential

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candidate and currently the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. As he put it in his keynote address, “Our president is not a choirboy.” “He is what we need right now,” Carson continued. “Those who want to fundamentally change this nation, they hate him because he represents all the things that they are trying to change.” What Carson and fellow speaker, U.S. Rep. Dan Crenshaw, said is that there is a growing, radical, far-left element under the progressive banner aiming to transform the country into something resembling a socialist state. “It’s not about Republicans and Democrats, it’s about people who love our nation and our system and people who want to fundamentally change us into something else. We have a fight on our hands. What we have is really worth saving,” Carson said. Trump has always been a controversial figure with failed marriages and shady business dealings littering his past. His crude, bull-ina-china-shop recklessness has rankled many in the

GOP who back him not because of who he is or how he gets things done but because of what he does get done. After eight years of Barack Obama, results matter. As for Trump’s wall, I honestly don’t care if it gets built or not. It wasn’t an issue until Trump made it one. Border security, however, is increasingly important. There are other ways to deal with it without building a wall. I do agree with him that there is a crisis at the border. It’s a crisis of policy and enforcement. America’s inept enforcement of its immigration laws has allowed this crisis to build over a period of decades or more. Forget the tired, the poor, the huddled masses yearning to breathe free, what we have are the corrupt, the immoral, and the criminal pouring into the country. Sure, there are plenty of people trying to come into America with the hope for a better life. That better life, however, follows a legal immigration process. Sneaking into the country and leaching off the welfare system isn’t prosperity, it’s trespassing and theft – taking something that doesn’t belong to you that someone else worked and paid for. Yet there are some ideologists dancing around on the far-left fringes who have no problem with that. There are some who feel that if you are rich you must be inherently evil and have made your fortune on the backs of the oppressed

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and the poor and therefore do not deserve to keep what you have earned and worked and risked everything for. What these progressives are doing is working to undermine the country from within. They’re politically active, getting elected and pushing laws that countermand the Constitution. They infiltrate the schools and spread their beliefs to the next generations. They become talking heads on “news” programs and disseminate their agenda to the masses. We’re just 17 years removed from the 9/11 attacks and they want us to forget that it was Muslim extremists who brought war to our shores. They

seem to want us to be openminded and accepting of our Muslim brethren to the extent of rejecting our Judeo-Christian beliefs and heritage. That’s what made the appearance of Dr. Shahid Shafi such an enigma at the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner. Regrettably, I did not record or take notes on Shafi’s remarks. If you have not heard of Dr. Shafi, he is on the Southlake City Council and is vice chairman of the Tarrant County Republican Party in the Dallas area. The Tarrant County GOP tried to oust him as their vice chairman last year because he is a Muslim. He survived the effort, which redoubled his belief

that the Grand Old Party has a big enough tent for all people, not just rich, white folks. This is important because the left works so hard to paint the right as racist, which is untrue. I don’t recall exactly what Shafi had to say, but I do recall feeling strongly that the Republican Party had turned a page when it could so warmly and affectionately welcome a Muslim man into its ranks. He was here to reinforce conservatism, not alter it. To me he represented a push toward middle ground. He is proof that when followed properly, the U.S. immigration system works well. He came here with little, became a doctor, and has built a successful medical practice and become a respected member of his community. He did it at a time when immigrants and Muslims were facing extreme prejudice. I have to admire that. Ultimately, I think the point I’m trying to make here is that we can have peace and civility despite our differences. What we need is to teach ourselves and our children how to have reasonable discussions with those who are different from us. We can disagree without being disagreeable. By finding common ground and working together we can weaken the radical fringes on both sides and rediscover that united spirit that we all felt in the days right after 9/11.

Community bullying FBISD trustees over rezoning By Kristin Tassin FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

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existing schools become overcrowded, new schools must be built, and student populations have to be shifted to balance enrollment. We do our best as trustees to listen to feedback from every community. Ultimately, we must make decisions based on data and what we think is best for kids. Usually, even when residents are unhappy with our decisions, they understand the difficulty of our job and realize the impact decisions have on their neighboring communities. Most communities work for compromise and are constructive in their feedback and how they engage with trustees. Recently, however, members of one community have chosen to harass and bully trustees into cowering to their will. Members of this community, which is a small portion of the Riverstone development, are acting like they are the only community that matters. The divisive tactics employed by these

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Simeon Woods Richardson reports to Mets’ spring training By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Last year at this time Simeon Woods Richardson was preparing for his senior season at Kempner High School. This year he is at the New York Mets’ spring training camp. After winning the District 20 6A Most Valuable Player award last year, Woods Richardson was drafted 48th overall by the Mets. He was the 12th pitcher drafted. “Going through my senior year, I knew I was a draft prospect, but I didn’t know what round I might be drafted. A lot of teams visited me my senior year. I was expecting to be drafted in the third to fifth rounds. On draft day it was pretty unbelievable,” Woods Richardson said. The Mets assigned him to their Gulf Coast League team where he pitched in five games. He threw 11.1 innings, gave up nine hits and no earned runs. He also struck out 15 while walking only four batters. “At the Gulf Coast League, I was just trying to stay humble, do the best I could

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do and be myself. Everyone back home was telling me to just stay within yourself and don’t try to over-do it. Just play my game,” Woods Richardson said. Based on his Gulf Coast performance, Woods Richardson was promoted to Kingsport in the Rookie Appalachian League. He started two games, pitching six in-

nings and giving up six hits and three earned runs. He also struck out 11 batters while not giving up any walks. “Striking out 11 with no walks, that was pretty good,” Woods Richardson admitted. During his end of the season meeting, the Mets told him to work on his mechanics and his conditioning. They plan on sending him to

Class A Columbia to begin this season. “They want me to just work on my mechanics, just clean up a few things that were bothering them. I tended to get a little sloppy with the mechanics when I got tired. That and eating right and working out to get stronger, faster and bigger for the new season,” Woods Rich-

ardson said. This spring, Woods Richardson has been working out at Kempner several times a week. “Simeon has been throwing live batting practice to our hitters this spring, which they really don’t like,” Kempner baseball coach Eric Folkerts said. Folkerts is in his first year as head coach at Kempner, but he was Woods Richardson’s pitching coach the last four years. When asked what makes Woods Richardson better than others, Folkerts said, “His work ethic. He really puts in the time. I had to stop him from time to time because he was overdoing it. He throws all of the time. He wants to be the best and wants to perfect his craft. I think the Mets have realized what they have in Simeon. They have invited him to go to spring training early, and I think they have figured out what kind of gift they have in him.” Woods Richardson has always had a great fastball and slider, but he has been working on his change-up this offseason. “My fastball and my slider

are my strike out pitches. I have been working on my change-up this spring, so I will be comfortable throwing it for an out in a tough situation,” Woods Richardson said. Folkerts concurs. “His slider is just out of this world. His fingers are extremely long and its insane how much leverage he gets when he throws the fastball and curve. When he was growing up, his spin rate was the highest in his age group for most years. He gets a tremendous amount of torque out of his tall body,” Folkerts said. If Woods Richardson gets off to a good start, he may be elevated to advanced Class A at St. Lucie in the latter part of the season. “My goal for this year is to have command of all of my pitches, so I have the confidence to throw all three of them at any time. I also need to get guys out with out getting into high pitch counts. I need to be more efficient,” Woods Richardson said. The Columbia Fireflies open their season on April 4 against the Charleston RiverDogs.

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14 years of experience at the top. Leland “Paco” Redmond, captain of the Willowridge championship team, spoke about the impact Nichols had on his life and the lives of his team mates. “Coach Nic was a leader of thousands of young men for several decades,” Redmond said. “He demanded loyalty and hard work from the guys in his program. He instilled those values in us at Willowridge and those values still live within us today.

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On March 9, the University Interscholastic League (UIL) recognized the 25th anniversary of the Fort Bend Independent School District’s Willowridge Eagles winning the boys 5A state basketball championship in 1994. The recognition ceremony was held at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The UIL honors the state champion in each division upon the 25th anniversary of their winning during half-time of the divisional championship game. UIL boys basketball only had five divisions in 1994 (1A-5A). They have added a new division (6A) to accommodate and reflect the growing size of high schools in Texas. The team was recognized and Coach Gary Nichols was singled out for his many contributions to boys’ basketball not only in FBISD, but at the local and state levels. Nichols began his head-coaching career at Willowridge in 1988.

And now, as parents of young men and women, we try and instill those same values of loyalty and hard work in our children.” Redmond went on to say that, “for me, Coach Nic’s lasting legacy is that hard work, dedication and commitment will create a foundation of success for anyone. We are all better men today for having played for a coach like Gary Nichols.” The championship was the first of three titles won by Willowridge. The others were in 2000 and 2001.

On March 9, the University Interscholastic League recognized the 25th anniversary of Willowridge High School winning the boys 5A state basketball championship in 1994. Pictured from the left are (front row) Louis Brown Jr., Coach Mike Vara, Coach Bobby Spain, Coach Gary Nichols, Coach Mike Randle, Coach Anthony Armstrong, Leland Redmond, Corey Syon, (back row) Jason Williams, Alex Sam, Andrae Chretien, Damond Malloy, Damon Bell, Ansu Sesay, Kenyatta Parker, Earnest Swindell, Schun Wells, and Carlos Grace. (Photo by Roland Shaw)

Nichols left Willowridge in 1995 after winning the state championship to open Fort Bend Austin. He stayed there three years before moving

on to coach North Shore in 1998. When he was hired to coach Fort Bend Marshall High school in 2002, he was a 21-year coaching veteran with

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★ FBISD, FROM PAGE 1 statewide. However, it is unfortunate that other employees are not included, such as nurses, counselors, classroom aides, custodians, bus drivers and the others who contribute to the success of our students,” said Bassett. Bassett, a school finance expert who has already testified before lawmakers this year, also expressed concern about the elimination of the Cost of Education Index, which is included as part of House Bill 3, the funding bill introduced in the House on Tuesday. “HB3, as presented this week, will not provide enough funding for FBISD to increase compensation for our other employees, or to make needed investments in safety and security, early literacy, and special education without going back to our taxpayers to increase the tax rate,” said Bassett. “On the surface, the initial estimates produced by the Legislative Budget Board, which are based on 2017-18 data, show that FBISD would gain $207 per student, but the figures do not show the full

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dispose of debris and respond to housing needs. “Senate Bill 6 will serve as a road map to prepare our state for future hurricanes and natural disasters,” said Kolkhorst. The final bill in the package, SB 7 by Conroe Sen. Brandon Creighton, would create a financial structure to pay for aid, planning and flood projects. Many federal aid programs require that local entities put money up front in order to qualify for fund matches. These tend to be quite generous, some programs offering as much as a 9-to-1 federal-to-local fund

ratio, but cities and counties still have to find the funds to participate. The bill would create a fund to help local governments do just that, as well as offer grants or low-interest loans for flood mitigation projects. $1.8 billion from the state’s Rainy Day Fund would pay for the program and the other two bills. Another $1.2 billion in RDF money, said Patrick, will go to cover lost local school tax revenue caused by property damage and to pay back some of the expenses incurred by government agencies over the last year and a half.

story due to the elimination of the Cost of Education Index. As presented, and with consideration of current law, FBISD appears to have a break-even scenario at best, leaving no funding left for salary increases, additional safety and mental health resources, or the expansion of programs for our special education and at-risk student populations.” FBISD Board President Jason Burdine also expressed guarded optimism about the impending work in the legislature. Both Bassett and Burdine add that more information will be needed for the

district to fully understand the potential impact to Fort Bend ISD and its students. “We appreciate that HB3 is a good first pass at a longterm solution,” said Burdine. “Upon first review, we are concerned by the elimination of the Cost of Education Index as it looks like what we will receive is less than what we would have received under current law. In the coming days the district will be reviewing the bill in more detail so that we – and our community members – can continue to advocate for what is best for the students of FBISD.”

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★ SKEETERS, FROM PAGE 5 Friday, are largely targeted at pitchers and are designed to increase the action and speed up the pace of play. “Everything that they’re doing is designed to increase the offense and put more balls into play,” said Skeeters General Manager Tyler Stamm. The new rules include: • No mound visits permitted by players or coaches other than for pitching changes or medical issues; • Pitchers must face a minimum of three batters, or reach the end of an inning before they exit the game, unless the pitcher becomes injured; • Increase size of first, second and third base from 15 inches square to 18 inches square;

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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS PHYSICAL ABILITY PERFORMANCE TESTING STANDARDS The City of Sugar Land seeks qualifications for performing all work required for the following project in the City: RFQ 2019-16: PHYSICAL ABILITY PERFORMANCE TESTING STANDARDS Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com.

Sealed bids one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 21, 2019, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

Sealed submittals, one (1) original, five (5) copies, and one (1) electronic copy on flash drive, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at which time the names of the firms submitting their qualifications will be read. Submittals received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

Questions regarding this bid must be submitted on or before 3:00 p.m., Thursday, March 14, 2019. All questions must be posted on Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com.

Questions regarding this submittal must be received on or before 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, March 19, 2019. Please post all questions on Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com.

The City will award and give notice within sixty (60) calendar days after the opening date and time.

The City will award and give notice within one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days after the opening date and time.

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Dream4Adoption’s third annual event is available to order through Easter. Have candy-filled eggs placed in your yard or the yard of someone else. All proceeds benefit Dream4Adoption Home Study Assistance Program to help families through the adoption process. For more information, visit www.Dream4Adoption.org or call 832535-4883.

MONTH OF MARCH ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES

Need practice learning to speak English? Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program for everyone. The Conversation Circles will take place at six locations in the Fort Bend County library system. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-341-2652, or any of the branch libraries.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

The new Mission Bend Branch Library, 8421 Addicks Clodine Road in Southwest Houston, presents a variety of free children’s programs all month. For more information, call 832-471-5900 or 281-633-4734.

NATIONAL CRAFT MONTH

University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd, Sugar Land, will host a series of craft activities for adults and young adults (grades 9-12). Pinterest for Beginners, The Wonderful World of Washi, Crafts and Hobbies Database Demonstration, and more. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100.

MARCH 1 - APRIL 15 AARP INCOME TAX HELP

Fort Bend County Libraries will provide free income-tax-preparation help for low-income taxpayers at several locations. Income-tax forms are not available at the libraries, patrons may use the libraries’ computers and printers to print out the forms from www.irs.gov. Bring a photo ID; Social Security card(s) for self, spouse, and all dependents; last year’s tax return; W-2, 1099s, and any other compensation received in 2018; unemployment compensation statements; and any other documents that are necessary to complete your return. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-4734.

SATURDAY, MARCH 9-16 TEDDY-BEAR CAMP

Children can bring their second-favorite teddy bear, to The University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd for teddy-bear camp, the earlier in the week they come, the more adventures their teddy bear will have! Registration from 10 a.m. March 9 - March 15 at 4:30 p.m. Campers should be backpack-sized or smaller. On March 16 children can pick up their teddy bears, enjoy a snack, and see how much fun everyone had! Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.

INFANT SENSORY PLAYTIME

First Colony Branch Library, 2-3:30 p.m. Parents or caregivers with children 12 months of age or younger are invited to this special comeand-go program where their children will have an opportunity to learn by exploring with their senses.

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 13 CHILDREN’S OPERA PERFORMANCE

Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library will present a performance by Houston Grand Opera’s “Opera to Go!” of the children’s opera, The Elixir of Love, at 2 p.m. in the meeting room of the library, located at 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. The highenergy opera is recommended for children in grades 2 through 8. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.

THURSDAY, MARCH 14 FORT BEND - HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING

All public school retirees are invited to the meeting/luncheon 11 a.m. in The Great Hall at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road. There will be a western theme and entertainment will be provided by Jack Hall, a retired educator. Bring a dish to share. For more information, call 281-499-5885.

SATURDAY, MARCH 16 HEROES IN HEELS

DAV Chapter 233 is hosting a free outreach for female veterans to meet over lunch and the movie, Unsung Heroes: The Story of America’s Female Patriots. 10 a.m. at The United Way Center, 12300 Parc Crest Dr., Stafford. Door prizes, goodie gags, child care provided. Register online at DAVChapter233.com/events.

TUESDAY, MARCH 19 SUGAR LAND GARDEN CLUB MEETS

Join us at St. Basil’s Hall, 702 Burney Road in Sugar Land. The annual silent auction begins at 9 a.m., the program starts at 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. Visit www.sugarlandgardenclub. org or call 281-901-1970 for more information.

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Join us for dinner and entertainment at Quail Valley City Cir., 5 p.m., 2880 LaQuinta Dr., Missouri City. Loving Friends is not a grief support group, but a social group. Reservations required. For more information and reservations, call 281-208-3124.

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Dirk Van Tuerenhout, Ph.D., presents “How I spent my summers – Fieldwork in Belize and Guatemala” focusing on his Maya excavations in the ’80s and ’90s. Free and open to the public at the Gus George Law Enforcement Academy, 1521 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, at 7 p.m.

THURSDAY, MARCH 21 JOB AND CAREER ACCELERATOR

Job-hunters can learn about a special online resource, 2 p.m., at the University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land. The Job and Career Accelerator can be accessed remotely from a home computer. Free and open to the public, reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, or call 281-633-5100 to register.

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Relationships: Do you know who you really are? Do you know what you really want and how to work toward it? Pitcher Ministries presents the event at Houston Baptist University, 7502 Fondren Road, Houston, Thursday nights 5-6:30 p.m., March 21 through April 25. Free and open to the public. For more information and to register, visit PitcherMinistries.org or call 832-945-5323.

WOMEN’S AGLOW INTERNATIONAL MINISTRY

Meeting at 10 a.m. Irene Jumawan will speak about “A Journey For Believers.” Coffee and cookies will be served. At Christ Church Sugar Land, 3300 Austin Parkway, rooms 210-211. For more information, call 713-854-9202.

SATURDAY, MARCH 23 TEXAS INDEPENDENCE HISTORY PROGRAM

Presented at the Sugar Land Branch Library, l550 Eldridge, 2-4 p.m. Dr. Nicholas Cox, a professor of Texas and U.S. history at Houston Community College, will discuss the political and social events leading up to the Texas Revolution from fall 1835 to spring 1836. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.

MONDAY, MARCH 25 JOB-SEARCH SURVIVAL TIPS

The Sugar Land Branch Library will present a free, two-part series 5:30-8:30 p.m., 550 Eldridge. The series will continue on Tuesday, March 26, at the same place and time. The two-part series is designed to help all job-hunters, from those applicants applying for a position at a fast-food restaurant to executives looking for a position in a large company. The sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.

INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR

Start your week off by sharing a cup of coffee, exchanging news and chatting with friends at George Memorial Library’s social hour, 9 a.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. People of all nationalities are invited to come to this informal gathering to get to know one another. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281633-4734.

THURSDAY, MARCH 28 MISSION AND MARTINIS

Friends of Child Advocates of Fort Bend will host its annual social in Harvest Green, 6 p.m. In addition to socializing, martinis and hors d’oeuvres, guests will learn more about the mission of Friends. For more information, the location and to RSVP, email kristin.janossy@ gmail.com.

SATURDAY MARCH 30 WILLS, TRUSTS, AND ESTATE-PLANNING

Presented by family law attorney Evelyn Gordon, at the First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Pkwy, Sugar Land, 10:30 a.m. to noon. An overview of the advantages of estate planning, as well as the disadvantages of not having a plan. Find out how a trust differs from a will and how community property affects estate planning. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281633-4734.

STORY TIME - THE DANCE OF THE VIOLIN

George Memorial Library will feature a special guest violinist from the Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, 10 a.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Violinist Aimee Petersen and her daughter McKenna will provide musical accompaniment to the story. After the story, Petersen will talk about violins and how she became a musician. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.

Hosted by the Quail Valley ladies and the men’s golf associations, the Texas Tee tournament raises funds for expanding and building new practice facilities for The First Tee of Greater Houston at Quail Valley. The award-winning program teaches Fort Bend students core values and healthy habits along with the game of golf. There are opportunities to sponsor, donate and to play in the tournament – open and women’s divisions. Start time: 12:30 p.m. March 30 on the Quail Valley El Dorado course. For more information, visit www. golfquailvalley.com or email texasteequailvalley@gmail.com.

THURSDAY, APRIL 4 ALOHA FEATURING CELEBRITY WAITERS

Where past and present meet! Old Foster Community Museum presents the affair at Jones Creek Ranch Park, 7715 FM 359, Richmond, 6-11 p.m. Dinner, live and silent auctions, dessert auction, door prizes. For more information, call 713-502-5791.

SATURDAY, APRIL 6 SCHLUMBERGER EDUCATION EXPEDITION BIKE RIDE

A quality ride whether training for the BP MS 150 or just wanting a great day with friends. Themed rest-stops staffed by students and teachers from FBISD high schools vying for the “Best Rest Stop” award. Stay and enjoy lunch after the ride too. 7:30 a.m. FBISD Ken Hall Stadium - Missouri City459. For more information and to register, visit www.fortbendisd.com/foundation.

BARGAIN BOOK SALE

Visit First Colony Library, 2121 Austin Parkway, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Paperbacks, hardbacks, DVDs, children’s/youth books, nonfiction at bargain prices. Donations of good condition books, CDs, and DVDs are accepted any time the library is open. Proceeds from the sale benefit the library and its programs.

SUNDAY, APRIL 7 FREE CAR WASH TO BENEFIT KIDS

Over 100 area teen volunteers are gearing up for the 8th Annual Hope For Three Car Wash for Kids. C & C Dental, 17003 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, will host from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteer and sponsor opportunities available. For more information, visit hopeforthree.org or call 281-245-0640.

THURSDAY, APRIL 11 FORT BEND-HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING

Join us at 1 p.m. at Sugar Land United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road. We will conduct a FBISD Board of Trustees Forum, in which board candidates will be interviewed. All public school retirees are invited. For more information, call 281-499-5885.

FRIDAY, APRIL 12 SECOND MILE MISSION ANNUAL BANQUET AND SILENT AUCTION

Celebrate a year of lives changed and hope renewed throughout Fort Bend County. Your participation helps provide food, financial education, health care and support to neighbors in need. 6 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch, Richmond. For more information to be a sponsor or to attend, visit www.secondmile.org.

ONGOING DAV CHAPTER 233 MONTHLY MEETING

The second Tuesday of every month at the United Way fort Bend Center, 12300 Parc Crest Dr., Stafford, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 281-222-4888.

MISSOURI CITY AARP CHAPTER 3801

Meets the second Monday of every month at 11:30 a.m., at 2701 Cypress Point Dr., Missouri City Rec Center. Lunch, education, and entertainment. All seniors over 50 invited. For more information, call 713-859-5920 or 281-499-3345.

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Volunteers are needed to be a role model, mentor and friend to children with exceptional needs in the community. Training, mileage reimbursement, tax-free monthly stipend if eligible. Call today to help change the world, one child at a time in Rosenberg. For more information, call 281-344-3515.

ADULT EASTER EGG HUNT

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