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Like much of Fort Bend County, Missouri City is experiencing growth on several fronts, from sheer population to its business footprint. The city’s economic development took another step forward last week as

a Houston technology giant expanded further into Fort Bend County. Mayor Yolanda Ford, City Manager Anthony Snipes and council members joined the Missouri City community and Comcast officials as the company unveiled a new technology center with a special ribbon cutting at the brand new location

across six acres at 551 Buffalo Lakes Blvd. “Today is an exciting day to welcome Comcast into Missouri City, not just as a new business but as a community partner,” Ford said “This is only possible through our collaboration and commitment to Mis-

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The residents of Fort Bend County have made their choices. We’re proud to announce the winners of the fifth annual Fort Bend Star Reader’s Choice Awards in this week’s edition. Over the course of the last few weeks, voters cast their ballots for businesses of all types and sizes. Today, these top-notch businesses have a new trophy to put on their mantle – Reader’s Choice winner. As your community newspaper, we love spotlighting these businesses and bringing their stories to you, the readers, because our mission is to help bring the community together. It’s a good reminder that we’re all in this together. As we look forward to 2020, 2021 and beyond and Fort Bend County continues to grow, we hope that more readers will take a few moments each year to cast their ballot for the top businesses and services of Fort Bend. Encourage your friends and family to support the best in Fort Bend—whether it’s a mom-and-pop shop or a big box store. Many of us already know where our favorite place is to go for a quick drink, to get a quick, quality haircut or for our home improvement needs. Now, the community knows about more of the high-quality businesses populating our slice of the Greater Houston srea. Congratulations to the winners! If you haven’t visited some of these businesses, today is a great time to start.

Allie Garrett sits with her and her family's new best friend, Phoenix. After Phoenix was found abandoned and injured with chemical burns earlier this month, Garrett and her husband began fostering the dog to help him on his road to recovery. (Contributed photo)

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Phoenix was abandoned, left to suffer alone. Fort Bend County residents Allie and Garrett Post have an animal rescue shelter on their property in Fulshear, and already have their hands full with five family pets. But thanks to a recent twist of fate, the Posts might soon add to their family while giving Phoenix a home. The pup and the Posts have become intertwined in each other’s lives during the last two weeks. During that time, a severe case of apparent animal cruelty has morphed into the perfect marriage of a loving family and a rejuvenated dog. “This little guy has our hearts,” said Allie Post, who works for Fort Bend County Animal Services. The love story began June 12, when a field officer with Fort Bend County Animal Services found Phoenix abandoned near a tow truck company in the Rocky Falls area of Richmond, chained up with severe apparent chemical burns over about 25 percent of his body. Upon being brought to animal services, Phoenix was immediately transferred to the Fort Bend Animal Hospital.

Phoenix, who was found abandoned and injured June 12 by Fort Bend County Animal Services, has been staying in Fulshear with dog rescuers Allie and Garrett Post. The couple plans to keep Phoenix and already considers him part of their family. (Contributed photo)

The black Labrador, who the Posts believe to be 3 or 4 years old, had to be sedated due to severe pain caused by third-degree burns, some of which have yet to heal. “He was basically aggressive to everything,” Garrett Post said. “He didn’t want anything

to do with anybody,” Allie added. Due to the severity of his burns – skin may never grow back in some places – Phoenix needed not just a clean environment, but a sterile one. That was nearly impossible at the clinic because of the dozens of animals coming in on a

daily basis. So the Posts made a choice. “I decided to take him home,” Allie said. “I thought we could put him in our office, away from everyone, and in a place where he could relax and recover … and after a day at the house, he was completely differ-

ent.” Allie Post has 10 years of veterinary tech experience and said she has always harbored a passion for pets. Nearly a decade ago, that passion spawned her Precious Paws, a service for helping people take care of their animals. “I wanted to be there to help and educate,” she said. “It took me further into the process of care, where I saw a lot of negligence and cruelty.” Soon after, she and her husband began a pet rescue and hospitality center on their five-acre property in Fulshear. And though they have helped and treated a multitude of animals, she said when Phoenix’s case came about, it was a different animal. “I feel like Phoenix has come into our lives to help the rescue grow and show what we’re here for and what we can do,” she said. “Animals are helpless. They don’t have a voice. Who’s going to help them if we don’t?” It takes a village The Posts were quick to thank the Fort Bend County community for their support in Phoenix’s road to recovery. Payment for his medical bills are

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Growth, forward thinking define retiring Bogard's tenure From Staff Reports

Helping guide a city through burgeoning growth is never easy. But it's a challenge from which Allen Bogard never appears to have shied away. Now he will soon move on to a new phase of life. According to a news release from the city of Sugar Land, Bogard plans to retire Jan. 31, 2020. He has spent more than four decades in

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since 2001. "I'd like to thank our current and former members of city council for the opportunity to work in a special place like Sugar Land," Bogard said in the release. "When I accepted the honor of serving as Sugar Land city manager, I made a commitment to myself to leave the city in as good or better condition than I received it. I believe that I will achieve this commitment upon my departure from the city as evidenced by

the city's high level of service and financial strength." During his time at the helm, Bogard has overseen and in some cases implemented forward-thinking initiatives as the city has mirrored Fort Bend County's growth. Recognizing the change and growth in population and demographics within the city in 2008, Bogard created the city manager's Multi-Cultural Advisory Team, with which he has worked to host "101" sessions for key staff in an

effort to ensure the city was meeting the needs of residents, according to the city's website. Sugar Land has more than doubled in population under Bogard's leadership and seen the development of Sugar Land Town Square, First Colony Mall, Constellation Field, the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, the University of Houston at Sugar Land and the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land. "Allen has done an out-

standing job in building an exceptional team, and we wish him well in his future endeavors," Mayor Joe Zimmerman said in the release. "Our city is safer than ever before, our economy is strong and we continue to offer the high level of services our citizens expect while maintaining one of the state's lowest tax rates. While it will be impossible to replace

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This tax cut has a greater impact on Fort Bend County, which is currently dealing with flood mitigation. Precinct 4 is undergoing a huge effort to improve its levees and safeguard neighborhoods that are increasingly vulnerable to floods. Needless to say, this tax cut will definitely impact

the funding of these Levee Improvement District (LID) projects. A new approach and thought process is needed in times like these to circumvent the disruption to the city and county’s responsibility to provide safety to its constituents. Fort Bend County is one of the fastest-growing in terms of population and businesses and we want to keep it thriving. My approach to the legislature is simple: find alternative ways to correct the problem. Being an engineer allows me to think outside of the box and to delve into the basics. The idea is to find innovative ways to address issues and mitigate problems. My wealth of experience in the public and private sector has helped me to

analyze situations with a different view. With this approach, the county is making strides to find savings and pass it on to the community. The recent LID reform, specifically with LID 14, is just one such example of how this works. Delve into the facts and find solutions. By working out an agreement with LID 14 to collect LID taxes using the Fort Bend County Tax Assessor Collector assisted in a LID tax savings of 98 percent. This was a result of eliminating the private LID and MUD collection agency and centralizing the operating of collections with the county. With this simple change the taxpayer will reap the benefits. We have also been able

Bogard's professional leadership and accomplishments were recognized in 2005 when he received the Administrator of the Year Award given by the Texas City Management Association in recognition of his significant contributions to local government. He was also nominated

for the 2014 Public Official of the Year award from the University of Houston, which recognizes officials for their dedication to the communities they serve. However, Bogard said he could not have done it without a team behind him. "We have achieved a lot

during the last two decades, but the credit should go to our effective, ethical elected leaders and our champion employees," Bogard said. "I'm confident that the talent within our family of dedicated employees will continue to exceed the high expectations we set for ourselves."

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Recently headlined in the news was Gov. Greg Abbott’s signing of Senate Bill 2, which is designed to limit property tax growth in the state of Texas. With the new law in place, cities and counties can collect only 3.5 percent more in tax revenue than the prior year without voter approval. This is a warranted relief for some taxpayers who have seen their taxes increase limitlessly. The ramifications of the tax cut to the cities and counties in Texas, however, is stifling. City and county budgets are directly linked to the revenue gained by taxes, which enables local governments to provide public safety.

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★ BOGARD, FROM PAGE 1 Allen's leadership, we have worked hard during the past several years to focus on developing future leaders within our organization. A number of high-profile promotions during the recent past are proof that Allen's efforts have left us in good hands." Bogard has provided leadership for multiple annexations, including First Colony, Avalon, RiverPark, Greatwood and New Territory. Most recently, according to the city's website, Bogard, residents and the city council worked together to affirm the long-term "Vision 2025" and adopt guiding principles for Sugar Land as it continues to become a nationally recognized and inclusive community with growing economic, cultural and entertainment opportunities.

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SLPD to target impaired drivers during holiday week "You are putting your life and the lives of others on the line." Convicted first-time DWI offenders face penalties that include fines up to $2,000, six months in jail and loss of driver's licenses for up to a year. To regularly receive news on initiatives such as this one, readers can follow the Star on all of our social media pages @FortBendStar.

Program (STEP) grant. The STEP grant provides overtime funds for enhanced DWI enforcement during holiday weekends when there have traditionally been more alcohol-related traffic incidents. "Driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs is not worth the risk," Sgt. Daryl Stroud of SLPD's traffic division said in a news release.

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Sugar Land police will conduct a special drunk driving enforcement initiative during the week of July 4. The enforcement period is funded by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) through a Selective Traffic Enforcement

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Missouri City Mayor Yolanda Ford (center, with scissors) was joined by city council members as well as Comcast officials and Fort Bend EDC Director Jeff Wiley (far left) to celebrate Comcast's new technology center at 551 Buffalo Lakes Blvd. (Photo by Quy Tran)

★ CENTER, FROM PAGE 1 souri City.” Working closely with the Fort Bend Economic Development Council (EDC) was paramount in making the $16 million project happen, officials said. The Fort Bend EDC and its economic development partners advocate for public policy that encourages businesses to relocate to and expand within the county, commit capital investment, and retain and create quality jobs.

“It’s a partnership that we relish, and it’s built on building quality facilities in our community. Before this building gets done, there’s a whole host of things that needs to happen to ensure there’s quality, standards, and things that prepare our community for that development,” Fort Bend EDC Director Jeff Wiley said at the opening. Comcast Houston operations supervisor Rick Seamon said Wednesday’s proceedings were the culmination of a dream the company has to implement the tech-

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Frank passed away at his home after a short bout with cancer. He was cared for by his family and visited by as many of his family as could come. His Father’s Day was a wonderful celebration with eight members of his family gathered around his bed, and Frank telling tales of his youth and marriage.

Birmingham, AL, settling down in Pleasant Grove, AL. to be close to his wife’s parents as they aged. He volunteered with a program that helped elderly get repairs for their homes that they could not otherwise afford. He also began volunteering with Habitat for Humanity and VITA and AARP tax assistance programs.

He was born in Eufaula, AL, the youngest child of Frank Charles Clapp and Benita Bailey, who predeceased him along with his brothers, Allen F. Clapp and Merwin B Clapp and his sister Florence Langford.

When he retired, they moved to Missouri City, TX to be near their children and grandchildren. Never one to be idle, he spent his retirement years as a handy man – enjoying the company of his customers -- and continuing his volunteer tax work during the tax season. Frank was a conservative in thought, word, and deed; always willing to lend a helping hand to friends, neighbors, family, and strangers. Problems were to be taken apart, studied and solved, not lamented over. Our family will miss his steady love, guidance and generosity. A Memorial Service will be held at a later date to allow for his grandchildren, overseas and here in the states, to be present.

He leaves behind his wife of nearly sixty years, Barbara Tamblyn Clapp; two daughters;Sharon Marie Cooper (Rick) and Judi Denise Perkins (Brad); seven grandchildren, Richard Cooper (Heather), Robert Cooper (Margaret), Jennifer Gilroy (Oscar),Christina MacDougall (Daniel), Cory Perkins (Karen) Casey Perkins (fiancee Alexis), and Scott Perkins; a sister, Esther Welch (James), and a

sister-in-law Katherine Aderholt Clapp Giddins. His twelfth great grandchild is due in October. Frank graduated from A. P. I. (Auburn University) in 1959 with a degree in Civil Engineering and two months later married fellow student Barbara Tamblyn. He worked as an engineer for Chicago Bridge and Iron for twenty seven years, starting in the Birmingham office. His career with them enabled him to live in the Chicago area, Houston, England, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, as well as in New York State, Nebraska, Florida, Louisiana, and Mississippi. After leaving CBI, he worked for Ted Dasher and Assoc. in

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Rudolph “Rudy” Castillo Jr. was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle, cousin and friend. He loved to be called “Daddy” and “Pa”, and so it was only fitting he went home with the Holy Father on Father’s Day, June 16, 2019. He was 64 years old. Rudy was a builder and his garage was filled with every tool from Lowe’s and Home Depot. If it was broken, he fixed it. If was dull, he stained it. If it was old, he made it look new. He was a man of many talents and hobbies, from running to football to fishing. He was very proud of the 10 feet long Blue Marlin hanging in the game room. Later in life, he found his love of hunting. He wanted everybody to taste deer sausage. Rudy’s Catholic faith was strong. He started as an altar boy and later joined the Knights of Columbus. He also met his wife, Gloria, at Holy Family Catholic Church. It’s where they were married and where his children received their sacraments. Rudy’s life was a living example of his favorite Bible verse,

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nology centers all around the Houston area. Every year for seven years, he said, they have examined the possibility of building more facilities. The 32,000 square-foot facility that includes a 5,000 square-foot warehouse, will house 300 employees who will support customers in Missouri City and its surrounding areas. “One of the reasons we chose Missouri City is because of the fast-paced economic growth happening there,” Comcast spokesperson Michael Bybee said. “It also brings our employees even closer to customers in Missouri City and the surrounding areas, which will result in a better experience.” Now, that vision is here in Missouri City. “It doesn’t get done without the hard work and the grind of [Missouri City’s] staff. It takes that partnership with a city,” Wiley said. “We’re very blessed in Fort Bend County to have a cooperative relationship between the public and private sector, and we look forward to [Comcast] being successful in our community.”

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MISSOURI CITY CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-261-8944 2019 Bright Meadows Dr. - Missouri City, TX 77489 www.mocitycoc.org Sunday morning services: 10:15 am (includes separate youth, bible hour and nursery services)

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CHRIST CHURCH SUGAR LAND • 281-980-6888 A United Methodist Community 3300 Austin Parkway • Sugar Land, TX 77479 Sunday Worship in the Sanctuary Simple Service / Prayer & Communion: 8:15 am Contemporary: 9:30 am / Traditional: 10:55 am Sunday School for all ages available at 9:30 & 10:55 am. www.christchurchsl.org

SUGAR LAND METHODIST CHURCH • 281-491-6041 431 Eldridge Road, Sugar Land, TX 77478 Worship @ 8:30, 9:45 and 11:00 am Bible Study, all ages, @ 9:45 am www.sugarlandmethodist.org EPISCOPAL

ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH • 281-499-9602 605, Dulles Avenue, Stafford, TX 77477 SUNDAY: Bible Study: 9 am Worship: 10:15 am THURSDAY: Bible Study 11:30 am www.allsaintsstafford.org

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SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH • 281-499-2310 4200 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, 77459 Sunday School 9:00 am Fellowship & Coffee 10:00 am Worship 10:30 am www.southminpres.org

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF SUGAR LAND • 281-240-3195 502 Eldridge Rd. Sugar Land, Tx 77478 Sunday School: 9:30 a.m. Sunday Worship: 8: 30 a.m. and 11 a.m. www.fpcsl.org PCUSA LUTHERAN CHURCH

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The project consists of the installation of a new 24-inch siphon to replace an abandoned 18-inch siphon that crosses Oyster Creek at HWY 59 (within TxDOT ROW). All work described in the bid form and in these specifications and drawings will be performed under a single prime contract.

CIP PROJECT NAME: Rehabilitation of the 0.44 MG Ground Storage Tank No.2 and 1.50 MG Ground Storage Tank No.3 at the Austin Parkway Water Plant and 0.50 MG Ground Storage Tank No.2 at the New Territory Water Plant CIP PROJECT NUMBER: WA1903 LOCATION OF WORK: 1402 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land, TX 77479 4402 ½ New Territory Boulevard, Sugar Land, TX 77479

Bid documents may be obtained from www.CivcastUSA.com, Fort Bend County, Sugar Land. Bidders must register on this website in order to view and/or download specifications, plans, and bid documents for this project. There is NO charge to view or download documents.

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Sealed bids one (1) original and two (2) copies, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, City Secretary Office, 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Room 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 18, 2019, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

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, July 18, 2019, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held at 9:00 a.m. CST on Tuesday, July 9, 2019 at the Sugar Land City Hall Brazos Room, City Hall 2700 Town Center Blvd. North Sugar Land, Texas 77479.

A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held at 2:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2019, Cane Room, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479.

Questions regarding this bid must be received by Thursday, July 11, 2019 on or before 5:00 p.m. Questions will be submitted through the CivCast Website – www.civcastusa.com.

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Could it be that all the players getting their contracts purchased by major league organizations has finally caught up with the Sugar Land Skeeters? Last season the Skeeters won the Atlantic League championship despite having a record 14 contracts purchased. This year it looks as if the next-man-up magic has worn off. Closer Felipe Paulino – who led the team with 14 saves – became the 12th Skeeter this season to have his contract purchased by an outside organization, and the 11th by a Major League Baseball team, when the Houston Astros picked him up a week ago. Those acquisitions lead the Atlantic League this season. Not coincidentally, the Skeeters went 1-5 on the road last week and suffered their first sweep of the season. The York Revolution, who won two out of three games against Sugar Land,

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closed the gap in the race for the first-half Freedom Division championship and a playoff spot this fall. The Skeeters magic number is six and they’re six games ahead of the Revs with 12 games to go in the first half. The Skeeters hold a season-worst four-game losing streak and are in the midst of a 3-9 stretch. It won’t get easier when the upstart High Point Rockers (33-25) come to town this week for to match the first $7,500 it received in donations. As of publication, about $8,700 had been raised to pay for Phoenix’s treatment and recovery. Garrett said the Posts’ Fort Bend For Phoenix Facebook page has also taken on a life of its own since they created it June 16. “The people who live (in Fort Bend County) are especially generous toward causes like this,” he said. “We’ve got people who are following his recovery every

★ PUP, FROM PAGE 1 being provided for by the county’s animal services and Fort Bend County Pets Are Worth Saving (PAWS), which was founded by Precinct 1 Commissioner Vincent Morales in 2015. PAWS put out a fundraiser for medical expenses for cases like Phoenix, and within a week had already surpassed its goal. As part of the fundraiser, PAWS agreed

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six games, followed by the best team in the league right now, the Long Island Ducks (35-21). The Skeeters will try to turn things around on the mound with the recent acquisitions of three pitchers. Leading the way is former major leaguer Robbie Ross Jr., who appeared with the Texas Rangers in 2012-14 day.” Phoenix, who remains on two different kinds of antibiotics and pain medication, likely has another month or two before he’s healed up enough to play with other animals and another five or six months until hair starts growing back. It also remains a challenge for the foster family to contain the pup’s natural happiness. But two weeks after they welcomed him into their

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22 walks in 53 innings pitched. He’s the only player on Skeeters roster who had yet to make a pro appearance prior to joining the team. When the Skeeters take on the Rockers, left-handed pitcher Daniel Gibson will go against his former team. He was traded to the Skeeters for a player to be named

home, the Posts say his true disposition has come out, and he’s now the most happy-go-lucky animal they’ve seen. “He’s gentle enough now that he’s been around our 16-month-old daughter and has no problems being around her. He’s such a sweetheart,” Garrett said.

“All he wants to do is go out and play with other dogs. He’s just not healed enough to be able to do that yet. If he sees the other dogs at the rescue, all he wants to do is go up and smell them and love on them.” If the worst problem the Posts have is simply holding back his excitability until

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Skeeter of the Week Skeeters outfielder Jared Mitchell extended his hitting streak to 11 games in Sunday’s loss. Mitchell has hit .368 with a .432 onbase percentage to go with a homer and eighth RBIs throughout the streak. Mitchell went on an 11-game hitting streak from May 3-14, which is the longest from a Skeeters hitter this year.

For now, Phoenix remains on multiple painkillers and antibiotics, and it will be at least another month before he will be able to safely go out and play with other animals. However, the Posts say that has not dimmed the Labrador's excitement or happiness. (Contributed photo)

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he’s ready, they’ll gladly take it. “He could’ve completely hated other humans and animals for the rest of his existence, or he could’ve gone this way,” Garrett said. “He trusts us, and he loves other animals.” As a result, the Posts say there is a high likelihood that Phoenix will be officially welcomed into their family sooner rather than later. There’s no need to find him a forever home, because he’s already there. “He’s grown to trust us, and we love him so much. In his case, if he goes to somebody else’s home, he’s going to be stressed and anxious. It’s going to be upsetting for him,” Garrett said. “With developing his trust with us, and with how much we care about him, he’s going to be a part of our family.”

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June Promotions 1st: Fireworks / Boy Scout Sleepover 2nd: Take Meow-t to the Ballgame / Sunday Funday 10th: Margarita & First Responder Monday 11th: Silver Skeeters Tuesday (Advanced Hearing Center) 12th: Super Splash Day 13th: Teacher Appreciation / Thirsty Thursday 14th: Fireworks 15th: Used Car Night 16th: Father’s Day / Sunday Funday / Beer Mug Giveaway (Silver Eagle) 17th: Margarita & First Responder Monday 25th: Silver Skeeters Tuesday (Advanced Hearing Center) 26th: Dollar Dog Wednesday / White Claw Wednesday 27th: Thirsty Thursday 28th: Fireworks / Women’s Veteran’s Night (Grace After Fire) 29th: Skeeters Patriotic Hat Giveaway (Well Care / Texan Plus) 30th: Swatson’s Birthday / Sunday Funday

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Harvest Green camps began June 24. (Contributed photo)

Fort Bend County kids can slice, dice, mix and bake at five “CookLearnGrow” summer cooking camps hosted by Harvest Green. CookLearnGrow, a mobile educational program focusing on food literacy, can be found in the Houston area as well as Austin, Dallas and Seattle. Registration is now open for the camps taking place at the Farmhouse, 3400 Harvest Corner Dr. in Richmond.

Designed for kids ages 7-13, camps will teach kids to prepare a variety of dishes using fresh produce from the Richmond community’s Village Farm. The cost is $220 per child per camp. “We want to educate people about the food they eat and help them make healthy choices,” Harvest Green’s Sylvia Morgese said in a news release. “These camps start kids down that road through

fun hands-on learning activities that also reinforce math, science and social skills.” The first camps began Monday and run through Thursday. From 9 a.m.noon, “Cooking Thru the USA” will take kids ages 7-9 on a journey through America’s most popular regional dishes, including Florida’s key lime pie and Hawaii’s pineapple upside down cake. Kids ages 10-13 will attempt culinary challenges worthy of a “Master Junior Chef” from 2-5 p.m. Two camps are available

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for children ages 7-9 from 9 a.m.-noon in July. “Baking 101” teaches the basics of baking July 8-11, while kids can learn about growing and cooking with seasonal foods at “Farmers Market” camp July 29-Aug. 1. Tarts, cupcakes and meringues are on the menu for kids ages 10-13 at “Baking 102” camp from 2-5 p.m. July 8-11. Parents can register their children at cooklearngrow. com/houston-camps. Some camps can accommodate children with nut allergies.

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This annual campaign is one of the largest fundraisers for The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center. The center offers confidential, without judgment, and free of charge services to any woman in an unplanned pregnancy. Churches, businesses, schools and other groups come together to support the mission. Bottles can be filled with loose change, bills, or a check made out to PRMC. To participate or donate, visit www.prmcfortbend.org/partner-with-us.

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 TO THE MOON AND BACK

First Colony Branch Library presents F. Don Cooper, 10:30 am, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Mr. Cooper will share his experiences creating the technology that helped launch Apollo 11 in 1969. Ò Of the seven primary people who did this, I am the last one alive,Ó says Cooper. Ò Students do not know much about Apollo since it all happened before they were born. My objective is to show them how it happened, emphasize that education is essential, and show how math and physics solve real-world problems.Ó Free & open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.

JOURNALING & MEDITATION WORKSHOP

At the University Branch Library, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Learn how journaling can be used as a form of meditation and discover best practices to incorporate for maximum effect. Free & open to the public. For more information, visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, or call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.

MONTH OF JULY CHILDREN’S PROGRAMS

Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, presents a variety of free childrenÕ s programs -- Toddler Time, Story Time, Pajama Night Story Time, and School-Age Programs -- every month. Free & open to the public. For more information, visit www.fortbend. lib.tx.us or call 281-238-2100.

SATURDAY, JULY 6 HELPING YOU MAKE THE RIGHT MOVE: A HOME-BUYER SEMINAR

Sienna Branch Library will present the program, 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. Learn about the home-buying process, from beginning to close; mortgage-loan process, programs that are available, and how to get financing. Free & open to the public. For more information, visit www.fortbend.lib. tx.us or call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.

MONDAY, JULY 15 COLLEGE FAIR

at Mission Bend Branch Library, 12:00 noon to 2:00 p.m., 8421 Addicks Clodine Road. Representatives from colleges and universities will share information about college programs. Students will learn opportunities available at the colleges, as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student housing, and more. Schools represented include: Baylor, Houston Community College, Lamar University, Texas A&M University Ð Kingsville, Texas State University, University of North Texas, University of Houston Ð Downtown, University of Texas Ð Dallas, and University of Texas Ð San Antonio, University of Alabama Ð Birmingham, University of Louisiana Ð Monroe, and University of Oklahoma. Free & open to the public. For more information, visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, or call 832-471-5900.

SATURDAY, JULY 20 NASA’S APOLLO 11 MISSION DOCUMENTARY

Hosted by the Missouri City Branch Library, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., 1530 Texas Parkway. Released in 2019, the film focuses on the first spaceflight to land men on the moon. The documentary is rated G. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver. Free & open to the public. For more information visit

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Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land is offering annual student physicals from 9 a.m. to noon for Fort Bend ISD, Stafford MSD and any other student needing a physical. at 16811 Southwest Fwy., Sugar Land, TX, 77479. Physicians will be on-site to provide additional clearance as needed. The cost is $20 (cash only) for ages 12 through 18. Be sure to bring a completed UIL Physical Evaluation form, from events.houstonmethodist. org/physicals-sl along with the Houston Methodist release form. Proceeds from the physicals are donated back to the athletic training programs of Fort Bend ISD schools. For more information, call 281.275.0447.

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ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Caregivers of patients with AlzheimerÕ s disease or other related dementias are invited to attend the first Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. JohnÕ s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street in Richmond, across from the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 713-314-1313 or 1-800-272-3900.

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center has moved to 4411 Avenue N in Rosenberg across from Navarro Middle School. Volunteers are needed on a continual basis. For information on volunteering or supporting the PRMC in other ways, email info@prmcfortbend.org.

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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.

SECOND FRIDAY OF EACH MONTH CRAFTERS OUTREACH

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 281633-4734.

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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 Ò I read to a catÓ 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.

Join us 11 a.m. to noon every Tuesday at St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City. All are Welcome. For more information or to register please contact Melinda@siennachurch.org. Pilates cost is $25 a month.

Crafters meet at St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City to crochet and knit chemo caps for local hospitals and lapghans for area nursing homes. Join us anytime from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information please contact Melinda@siennachurch.org. 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.

WHILE WE’RE WAITING SUPPORT GROUP

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2019

READER'S CHOICE AWARDS CONGRATULATIONS WINNERS & FINALISTS ANIMALS & PET SERVICES Best Day Care WINNER – Camp Bow Wow FINALISTS –Sugar Creek Animal Clinic Best Grooming WINNER – Mel’s Dog House FINALIST – Sugar Land Pet Hospital Best Veterinarian WINNER – Sugar Creek Animal Clinic/Dr. Cox FINALISTS – Foster Creek Veterinary Hospital/Dr. Moore AUTOMOTIVE SERVICES/PRODUCTS Best Auto Dealer WINNER – Classic Chevrolet FINALISTS – Sewell Audi Sugar Land Best Auto Repair WINNER – Christian Brother’s New Territoy FINALISTS – Crissman Automotive Best Towing WINNER – Fred’s Towing FINALIST – A&M Wrecker BEAUTY

Best Live Music Venue WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Smart Financial Center Best Local Museum WINNER – Children’s Discovery Center FINALISTS – Sugar Land Museum of Natural Science FOOD & RESTAURANTS Best Asian Restaurant WINNER – Hunan Garden - Rosenberg FINALISTS – Thai Spice Best Bakery WINNER – Hummingbird Bakery FINALISTS – Old Main Street Best BBQ Restaurant WINNER – The Swinging Door FINALISTS – Witt Pitt Best Breakfast Spot WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Bob’s Tacos Best Caterer WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Another Time Soda Fountain

Best Day Spa WINNER – The Retreat Salon and Spa

Best Date Place WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Hunan Garden - Rosenberg

Best Hair Salon WINNER – Strands Hair • Nails • Makeup FINALIST – Zena Salon

Best Dessert WINNER – Hummingbird Bakery FINALISTS – Anthonie’s Market Grill

Best Stylist WINNER – Yolanda DiSimone FINALISTS – Shanyn Williams

Best Hamburger Joint WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Burger Barn

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Best Hot Wings WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Wing Stop

Best Bar WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Berryhill Sugar Land Best Coffee Shop WINNER – Mugz Coffee Shop FINALISTS – Coco’s Café

Best Ice Cream WINNER – Baskin Robbins FINALISTS – Marble Slab Best Irish WINNER – Clancy’s Public House

Best Happy Hour WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Berryhill Sugar Land

Best Italian WINNER – Lamonte’s Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria FINALISTS – Carrabba’s Italian Grill

Best Sports Bar WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALIST – Bullpen Pizza & Sports Bar

Best Lunch Spot WINNER – Hunan Garden - Rosenberg FINALISTS – Clancy’s Public House, Vasos BBQ

Best Wine Bar WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Vino and Vinyl

Best Mexican WINNER – Carmelo’s Mexican Grill FINALISTS – Berry Hill

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Best Pizzeria WINNER – Il Primo Pizza & Wings FINALISTS – Brooklyn Pizzeria

Best Learning Center WINNER – Unique Minds Montessori FINALISTS – ParkPoint Montessori Best Nursery/Day Care WINNER – Unique Minds Montessori FINALISTS – ParkPoint Montessori Best Private School WINNER – Unique Minds Montessori FINALISTS – ParkPoint Montessori ENTERTAINMENT & FINE ART Best Art/Craft Activity Venue WINNER – Fire It Up Pottery & Art Studio FINALISTS – Paint Until You Faint Best Community Theater WINNER – Inspiration Stage Best Family Entertainment Center WINNER – Tanks Paintball FINALISTS – AMC Bowling Center

Best Place to Host a Party WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Hunan Garden Rosenberg Best Sandwich Shop WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Sandy McGee’s Best Seafood WINNER – Pier 36 Seafood & Oyster Bar FINALISTS – Clancy’s Public House Best Service WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Hunan Garden - Rosenberg Best Steak House WINNER – Clancy’s Public House FINALISTS – Perry’s Steakhouse Best Sushi WINNER – Japanerio’s FINALISTS – Ninja Best Takeout

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WINNER – Hunan Garden - Rosenberg FINALISTS – Ninja Best Tamales/Tacos WINNER – Bob’s Taco GENERAL SHOPPING Best Bookstore WINNER – Half Price Books FINALISTS – Barnes & Noble Best Bridal Store WINNER – David’s Bridal FINALIST – Parvani Vida Best Children’s Clothing Store WINNER – Penny Wise FINALISTS – Once Upon a Child Best Jewelry Store WINNER – Gold Connection Jewelry FINALISTS – Dostal’s Jewelry Best Musical Instrument Store WINNER – Guitar Center FINALIST – Music & Arts Best Resale Shop WINNER – Penny Wise Resale Center FINALIST– Tri-City HEALTH CARE Best Assisted Living Home WINNER – Colonial Oaks Senior Living FINALISTS – Legacy at Long Meadow Best Chiropractor WINNER – Dr. Kolenko - Freedom Chiropractic FINALISTS – Dr. Jeff Hogan Best Dermatologist WINNER – Advanced Dermatology Best Dental Office WINNER – Dr. Rodriguez- Eagle Dentistry FINALISTS – Tyson Harrell

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Best Home Decorating Store WINNER – Home Goods FINALIST – Hobby Lobby Best Decorator WINNER – Kelly Randolph FINALIST – Kimberly Patterson Best Pest Control Company WINNER – Integrated Pest Management Inc. FINALISTS – Gillen Pest Control Best Plumbing Company WINNER – Steinmetz Plumbing, Inc. FINALISTS – Alan’s plumbing Best Roofing Company WINNER – Beam Roofing FINALISTS – Rod’s Roofing PROFESSIONAL SERVICES Best Attorney WINNER – Romano & Sumner FINALISTS – Deborah Crain Best Bank/Credit Union WINNER –Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union FINALISTS – 1st Service Credit Union Best Financial Advisor WINNER – Dalyn Hoegemeyer - Edward Jones FINALISTS – Troy Wooten - Edward Jones Best Custom Home Builder WINNER – Pierce Built Homes FINALISTS – HIghland Homes Best Developer WINNER – Johnson Development Best Florist WINNER – Nora Anne’s Flower Shoppe FINALISTS – House of Blooms Best Funeral Home WINNER – Sugar Land Mortuary FINALISTS – Davis-Greenlawn

Best Insurance Agent Best Eye Care Provider WINNER – Jeremy Adams State Farm Agency WINNER – Advanced Family Eye Care, Dr. Bill Richey FINALISTS – Tracy Walker - State Farm, FINALISTS – Visionary Eye Care Best Mortgage Company Best Hospital WINNER – HomeWay Mortgage WINNER – Methodist Hospital Sugar Land FINALISTS – Martin Mortgage FINALISTS – Memorial Hermann Hospital Sugar Land Best Real Estate Agent Best Urgent Care WINNER – Jeanne Gregory – Remax SW WINNER – Next Level Urgent Care FINALISTS – Jimmy Jones The Franklin Team HOME IMPROVEMENT/MAINTENANCE Best Appliance Store WINNER – Lowes FINALISTS – Sara Appliances

Best Real Estate Company WINNER – RE/MAX Southwest FINALISTS – Freedom Realty Group SPORTS & FITNESS

Best Electrician WINNER – Macri Electrical Services FINALISTS – LM Electrical

Best Dance Studio WINNER – Robin’s Dance Studio FINALIST – Cookie Joe’s

Best Flooring Store WINNER – Ideal Carpet FINALISTS – Harris Carpet and Floors

Best Golf Course WINNER – Sugar Creek Country Club FINALISTS – Sweetwater Country Club

Best Garden/Landscaping Company WINNER – Plantation Irrigation & Landscaping FINALISTS – H&H Landscape-Hubert Escobar

Best Sporting Goods Store WINNER – Academy

Best General Contractor WINNER – Colt & Payne Construction FINALISTS – Southern Carpentry and Construction Best Hardware Store WINNER – Plantation Hardware on 359 FINALISTS – Court Hardware Best Heating & Air Conditioning Service WINNER – Texan Mechanical A/C and Heating FINALISTS – Hartford Services

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Best Sports Team WINNER – Sugar Land Skeeters Best Workout Facility/Gym WINNER – Anytime Fitness-Missouri City FINALISTS – 24 Hour Fitness Best Yoga WINNER – Yoga by Maya

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Representatives from Reliant (yellow shirts) present members of Lunches of Love (red shirts) with their $100,000 check from the Reliant Gives contest. (Contributed photo)

Rosenberg nonprofit receives $100,000 from Reliant Gives From Staff Reports

Lunches of Love helps fill the gap when children are out of school and would otherwise not know when and from where their next meal would come. Lunches of Love will be able to serve more than 4,300 children in Fort Bend County after receiving the most votes during the Reliant Gives public voting campaign. Reliant recently

presented the nonprofit with a $100,000 donation. Lunches of Love, located at 1122 4th St. in Rosenberg, provides free nutritious sack lunches to Fort Bend County children that depend on breakfast and lunch provided by their school. The nonprofit offers that service during extended school holidays as well as the summer and weekends. The donation will provide 133,333 lunches to children in Fort Bend County and

allow Lunches of Love to add a sustainable garden at its facility to teach children about fruits and vegetables. Launched in 2016, Reliant Gives is the energy company's crowd-sourced, charitable program that has awarded funds to 24 nonprofits. The program allows the public to vote and direct company donations to three nonprofits, which are nominated by employees. The nonprofit with the most votes receives $100,000.

From left to right, Jessica Huble, Keri Schmidt and Melissa Raju with the Fort Bend County Chamber of Commerce received the "Best Website" award at the recent TCCE conference in El Paso. (Contributed photo)

Fort Bend chamber wins 'best website' at annual conference From Staff Reports

The Texas Chamber of Commerce Executives (TCCE) held their annual conference in El Paso on June 18-20.

There was a media contest in which the Fort Bend chamber took the "Best Website" award while competing against chambers from around the state. “We were extremely excited to be recognized

at the conference," Keri Schmidt said. "This is a reflection of the talent and enthusiasm represented by our Fort Bend Chamber team and our web designer Christina Hawkins of GlobalSpex."

Faculty at UH-Sugar Land honored with nursing awards From Staff Reports

Five University of Houston College of Nursing faculty, who work in Sugar Land, have been recognized with the 2019 Good Samaritan Foundation Excellence in Nursing Award. The award, given for the last 15 years, recognizes nurses who are leaders in service to patients, families, employees and students. All candidates were nominated

by peers. “We are proud of our outstanding faculty and all they have accomplished,” said Kathryn Tart, professor and founding dean of the college, which is housed at the UHSugar Land campus. Lenora McWilliams was recognized with a silver award for dedication to excellence in nursing education. Sonya Wade, Danielle Quintana, Lee Anne Lightfoot andShermel Edwards Maddox were recognized with

bronze awards. All winners will be recognized at a September luncheon at the Royal Sonesta Hotel Houston. “Nurse educators are expert teachers, clinicians, scholars and help pave the way for new or experienced nurses to further the profession," Tart said. For more coverage of news like this, follow the Fort Bend Star on all of our social media Professor Shermel Edwards Maddox (white coat) instructs students in the nursing simulation lab. @FortBendStar She was one of five UH-Sugar Land educators to win a Good Samaritan Award. (Contributed photo)

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Teacher raises included in recent budget approval by FBISD board From Staff Reports

The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees adopted a budget for the 2019-20 school year at its June 17 meeting. It included statemandated pay raises for teachers, more options for younger students and increased support for special education students. The district's budget for the upcoming school year sits at $716,864,705, or $9,283 per student, which is projecting for an enrollment of 77,226. The majority of the budget – about 81 percent, according to a news release from the district – will support instruction and instructional support, including classroom teachers and aides, health services, guidance counseling and mental health support. Meanwhile, 17 percent will be allocated for

district operations, including transportation, maintenance and repairs, information technology and police services. Staff compensation increases are included in the budget. The passage of House Bill 3 in the Texas Legislature mandated raises for teachers, and FBISD teachers will receive either a $3,000 or $3,500 raise based on their years of teaching experience. All other non-teaching staff will receive 5 percent of their midpoint. Though teachers received a step increase and staff received a retention payment last school year, there were no districtwide raises. The district said staff raises approved will ensure that FBISD remains competitive for recruiting and retaining staff to support student growth and achievement. FBISD will offer full-

day pre-kindergarten for eligible students starting next school year, when there are projected to be nearly 3,000 such students enrolled. The budget also includes funding to account for the district’s growing number of students who are receiving special education services, which projects to be about 10 percent of district’s 2019-20 enrollment. In the 2019-20 school year, the district will also open the James Reese Career and Technical Center and Malala Yousafzai Elementary. The budget was adopted with the tax rate of $1.29, a five-cent decrease from the current tax rate of $1.34. The average tax bill for a homeowner in FBISD will decrease by about $46 annually, based on a home with an average taxable value of $261,013.

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Youth fashion camp to be held in July From Staff Reports

Fort Bend County residents interested in design will have another option for summer fun. The area’s only summer camp designed to take students on a fourday exploration through the fashion industry, Youth Fashion Week, is a summer fashion camp developed by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service in partnership with the Cooperative Extension program. The camp runs July 1619 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Fort Bend County Extension Office, 1402 Band Rd. Suite 100 in Rosen-

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Sugar Land looking to fill census committee Land residents about the importance and benefits of completing and submitting the 2020 census questionnaire and to encourage every household to participate,” Kocich-Meyer said. The committee will conduct local educational initiatives as well as publicity and promotional activities to increase community participation and the response rate to the 2020 census. Committee members also will be asked to utilize their local knowledge, expertise and influence to plan and implement a census awareness campaign targeted to the Sugar Land community. The committee’s work is anticipated to begin in August and extend through

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Sugar Land is seeking 15-20 residents who are leaders and represent a diverse cross section of the city for a Census Complete Count Committee. “We are now less than a year away from the next decennial census,” Lisa Kocich-Meyer, Sugar Land’s director of planning, said in a news release. “Census Day is April 1, 2020, and we need help from our residents to get the word out.” Applications for the committee are available now through July 1 at w w w. s uga r l a ndt x .gov/ Census2020. “The purpose of the committee is to inform Sugar

June 2020. The decennial census was first taken in 1790, as mandated by the U.S. Constitution. It counts population and households, providing the basis for reapportioning congressional seats, redistricting and distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds annually to support states, counties and local communities’ vital programs — impacting education, transportation, employment, health care, public policy and more. For more information, visit sugarlandtx. gov/Census2020, email longrangeplanning@sugarlandtx.gov or call the Sugar Land Planning Department at 281-275-2218.

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Missouri City is proud to host its annual Fourth of July Celebration and fireworks show on Thursday, July 4. The Independence Day festivities will be at Buffalo Run Park—1122 Buffalo Run Blvd.—from 6-9:30 p.m. and a fireworks show will take place at 9:15 p.m. There will be free entertainment and activities at this familyfriendly celebration, and food will be available for purchase on-site from event vendors. Residents are encouraged to arrive early as

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The annual Sugar Land Wine & Food Affair will take place at multiple venues in Sugar Land from Oct. 24-27 to celebrate the region’s rich diversity of food, drink and culture. Taking the spotlight will be mixologists, worldclass wine tastings and top culinary talents from Sugar Land, Houston and beyond. The event, founded by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, benefits a permanent scholarship endowment created at

the University of Houston Conrad N. Hilton College of Hotel and Restaurant Management. Each year, the event focuses on the many stories and recipes of the region’s melting pot of Asian, African, Latino, European and Southwestern flavors. This year the event will continue to partner with leading culinary talent that reflects the diversity of the locale and showcases the area’s reputation for pushing the envelope on regional cuisine influenced by global tastes, ingredients and traditions.

A highlight of the fourday event will be Friday night’s Masquerade, which promises an evening of pre-Halloween jubilation and merriment. Masked eventgoers will stroll the Brazos River Park grounds under the crescent moon. Wine and spirit producers, top chefs and DJs will contribute to the party atmosphere. A perennial favorite, Saturday’s Sip & Stroll is back and will feature a curated schedule of wine seminars, daytime cocktails and indulgent bites.

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Fort Bend County Fair announces entertainment lineup For The Star

Bring out the boots and dust off your hat. The 2019 Fort Bend County Fair has an entertainment lineup that is full of talented artists. The 10-day fair will run from Sept. 27 through Oct. 6. “We are thrilled with this year’s entertainers. We work to give our fairgoers what they want to hear, but we do also try our best to bring acts that are unique to our area,” said Marjie Pollard, the 2019 Fort Bend County Fair president. The 83rd annual fair will kick off with Wade Bowen on Sept. 27. Bowen returns to the fair after a year that saw the Texas country music veteran go through life-changing challenges. Wade allows a raw look at his life in the short film "Inconsistent Chaos." Bowen shares his story of having to undergo vocal cord surgery and enduring a singing sabbatical to recover fully. The nowhealthy singer/songwriter is on a summer tour that has him playing all over the United States and Europe. Opening for Bowen is Katy’s rising star, Hayden Baker. He has opened for Willie Nelson and is nominated for the 2019 Texas County Music As-

sociation Emerging New Artist award. On Sept. 28 if you are a fan of traditional country, specifically George Strait and Alan Jackson, this is a night you don’t want to miss. Southern County Line will be entertaining the crowd, and they are also a part of a special tribute concert that pays homage to Strait. Derek Spence gives a genuine rendition of King George’s look, sound and mannerisms. Also in the lineup will be Doug Brewin, who will be playing many of Jackson’s hits. In 2018, Southern County Line was named band of the year for the Texas Country Music Association. On Sept. 29, there will be a full day of live Tejano music. Master of the accordion, Michael Salgado, will be headlining. The multi-Latin Grammy winner will be bringing his Tejano sounds including his hits, “Cruz De Madera” and “Palomita Blanca.” Returning to the fair will be the all-sister sensation band, Las Fenix. The Houston-based group is talented to no end. From their vocal skills to their musical capabilities,

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they know how to entertain. Las Fenix has been a fan favorite and will be returning to the fair. Lucky Joe, Beatriz Gonzalez and Mariachi Autlan will also be performing. Debuting at this year’s fair will be Bag of Donuts on Oct. 2. The New Orleansbased band is a powerhouse in entertainment. The 1980s cover band brings extravagant costumes, a flamboyant performance and a song list that is filled with hits. Texas native and country

music veteran Neal McCoy will be bringing his talents to the fair Oct. 4. For more than three decades, McCoy has continued to tour and sell out venues. His ability to combine traditional country music and his unwavering

patriotism keeps him a music industry icon. Millions of fans are reached daily on his Facebook Live Pledge of Allegiance ritual. McCoy has a string of hits, including “Wink” and “The Shake.” South Texas country newcomer Robert Ray will be opening for McCoy. Ray just released “Good Country Song” this June and the song is already moving up the charts. East Texas’ favorite son, Jody Booth, will be playing on Oct. 5. Booth grew up in Livingston and came from a long line of musicians. “I like to tell folks that my two greatest musical influences are my momma and Merle Haggard," Booth said. "I love real country music and sharing that music with others. That’s why I’m thrilled to be playing the Fort Bend County Fair. It’s the perfect event for me and the band. Life is good.”

His song, “Life of My Love,” is gaining air play and his tour has him playing all over the Lone Star State. Bellville’s own David Lewis will be opening. To close out the fair on Oct. 6 will be Jake Hooker and the Outsiders. This king of swing is a phenomenal entertainer. His iconic stand-up bass and western-attire suit add to his unique vocal arrangements. His music includes timeless classics, gospel and western swing. The Fort Bend County Fair’s schedule will have nightly rodeo action, carnival rides and livestock shows. Shopping and food vendors will provide plenty of options. All admission tickets include artists’ concerts. For more information on tickets or the fair’s schedule, visit fortbendcountyfair. com or call the fair office at 281-342-6171.

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FBEF presents annual grants From Staff Reports

This year, the Fort Bend Education Foundation awarded 344 grants for $555,661 to

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and $195,630 in pass-through grants. Since its inception, the education foundation has awarded nearly $36 million in grants to FBISD teachers and schools.

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Brazos Bend State Park to reopen ahead of schedule From Staff Reports

There is good news for those who like to frequent Brazos Bend State Park, which plans to reopen June 26. Closed since May 8 be-

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date but said in a news release Friday that it is now scheduled to open a few days sooner. The park was able to coordinate assistance from other crews within the agency to help with recovery.

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The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) recently introduced its 2019-20 board of directors. The incoming board members, who began their term June 1, have a combined 34 years of service with FBJSL. "I'm thrilled to have the privilege to lead this amazing group of women,” said Emily Rhodes, FBJSL president. “Every year FBJSL does amazing work in Fort Bend County. I know this year’s board will support FBJSL and its members to the fullest extent.” FBJSL is an organization of women committed to promoting volunteerism, developing the potential of

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The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved the principal terms of an Interlocal Agreement that will transfer ownership of an abandoned and historic cemetery to Fort Bend County, following the passage of legislation that amended state law permitting the county to own and operate a cemetery. Based on an investigation of the site, which was discovered during construction of the district’s James Reese Career and Technical Center, archaeologists believe the 95 African Americans buried at the property were likely convicts who were leased by the state to provide convict labor

to a local plantation. The action grants authority to board president Jason Burdine to complete negotiations with the county to finalize details of the agreement, prior to the county’s action. “We are excited and hopeful that we will be able to move forward with an agreement that will allow these individuals to be reinterred and memorialized,” Burdine said in a news release. "While the negotiations continue, we are making progress and are confident that we can come to a joint resolution.” Earlier Monday, school district leaders joined with elected officials from the county, the state legislature

and U.S. Rep. Al Green to reiterate a shared desire to appropriately honor the “Sugar Land 95” and celebrate the passage of House Bill 4179. The legislation, signed by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this month, amended a state statute to allow Fort Bend County to own and operate a cemetery, which was not permissible under previous law. “FBISD is thrilled that our county leaders have stepped up to recognize and honor the contributions of these 95 individuals, and the state lawmakers who carried the torch to Austin to change law,” FBISD superintendent Charles Dupre said in a news release.

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