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When the Fort Bend Pastor’s Council announced a town hall meeting to explore the differences between singlemember districts and at-large member districts for the Fort Bend ISD, community groups publicized and supported the Friday night event. Upon hearing one pastor say he saw no problem in the district and after listening to an hour-long lecture on why non-voting African-Americans were the issue so there was no need for a single-member district, half the room walked out calling the session biased and misinformed. During the question and answer period where more than 50 questions were collected, the tone grew conten-

tious as some questioned the pastors “agenda.” “I have a lot of skepticism. It was literally a staged event to indoctrinate the masses,” said Venesia Johnson, founder of CASE, (Citizens Advocating for Social Equity) and part of the coalition pushing for a public vote on single-member districts. “They were saying the same things as Kristin (former FBISD board president Kristin Tassin) who is opposed to a singlemember district. The pastors were like her minions to squash our movement. This was a direct oppositional movement to our stance, which is exciting. We must be a threat.” Tassin was present, answering questions along with the pastors, but no supporters of the single-member side had the microphone. The Fort Bend Pastors Council held

the three-hour session Thursday night at Christian Bible Church, home of pastors council president Rudolph White. At one point Pastor Donald G. Burgs Jr., senior pastor of the Alief Baptist Church, told the packed room that instead of trying to collect 15,000 signatures to put the matter on the ballot, they should be using their energy to find ways to get out the vote in communities. “The Fort Bend Pastors Council does not support single-member districts. The African American population represents 28 percent of the district. We are the majority and we must operate as a majority, from our strength,” White said. “This is not a civil rights issue, but we are not leaving our home to get out the vote.” According to demographics, blacks represent 28 percent, Hispanics 27

percent, Asian 26 percent and Anglos 16 percent. But the majority of the FBISD seven-member board of trustees is predominately white with only two racial minorities on the board; African-American Addie Heyliger and Indian-American K.P. George. White said, “everything is not racial. We all want representation.” Burg said the pastors council does not support single-member because it hinders growth. “They lose sight of all the children in the community,” he said, citing the controversies within the Houston Independent School District, which has single-member districts. State Rep. Ron Reynolds, who has led the charge for single-member districts, said op-

First Colony group names interim leader


Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Sugar Land

From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

From staff reports

The First Colony Community Service Association (FCCSA) has appointed Jack Molho as interim executive director to assist its community-elected board of directors in working to promote and maintain First Colony as a notable premier community. Molho, a Sugar Land resident for over 30 years, is the founder and CEO of SecureCheck LLC – a security Jack Molho integrator and distributor of MACE Surveillance Systems and MACE Home Security products. He oversaw operations that served master planned communities and home owners’ associations throughout Texas and the Southeast for monitoring activity to deter crime and protect homes and residents until its sale in June of this year. “This is the ideal time for Jack Molho to become associated with First Colony in this capacity. We’ve selected a very strong leader at a time when First Colony, which just this past year celebrated its 40th anniversary, is in a strong position to translate a citizendriven vision communicated by the board that will continue to capitalize on opportunities in front of us. We feel Molho has an incredible ability to energize our mission,” said Rick Conley, FCCSA board president. With First Colony entering its next chapter as a respectful and model master planned community, it will be guided by its board along with Molho, who most recently was president of the Greatwood HOA. Molho prided himself as a “hands on” president who oversaw the day-to-day operations of the community of over 4,200 homes. In the lead position for three consecutive terms, Molho served a key role in the annexation of Greatwood into the City of Sugar Land. He has also served as president and vice president of the Greatwood Master MUD (Municipal Utility District), and as president of two other large master planned communities, including First Colony and Glen Laurel. Molho is also a licensed realtor and broker with extensive experience in commercial and residential management, and budgeting in both the public and private sectors. “I have been a resident of Sugar Land since 1984 and enjoy being in one of the finest places to live. I welcome this new opportunity to serve in the best interest of the association,” Molho said.


Meadows Place Parks and Recreation Director Colene Cabezas holds one of the bearded dragons at the city’s new Discovery and Nature Center. (Photo by Joe Southern)

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Meadows Place opens Discovery & Nature Center By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

This is about as wild as it gets in the small city of Meadows Place. On June 5 the city opened its new Discovery and Nature Center where people can come and have a hands-on experience with nature indoors and out. The center is stocked with a variety of animals that guests can touch and hold while they learn about the different types of wildlife in Texas. There are also learning stations where children and adults can do crafts and activities that give fun facts about things in nature. “We have all these animals that you get to learn about and hold,” said Parks and Recreation Director Colene Cabezas. Among the critters are several breeds of rabbits, two types of snakes, bearded dragons, sugar gliders, box turtles, tortoises, bobwhite quail, and a tree frog. They plan to add more animals later. The center, however, is much more than a miniature zoo. There are touch tables where visitors can handle different objects and try to figure out what they are. They can build a habitat in a box or experience a puppet show. There are kiddy microscopes where objects can be viewed up close. There is a Swap Shop where children can bring in things they’ve found in nature (non-animal), such as rocks or shells, and earn points to exchange the items with other items on the shelves. Cabezas said there will be a new theme each month and stations will change to match the theme. “We will have crafts, story time, and animals on parade where the kids dress up in costumes,” she said. “Everything will have an educational component to it.” All of this takes place on one side of the new center. Out back are more creative spaces where visitors can learn about plants, gardening, and more wild-

Meadows Place Parks and Recreation Director Colene Cabezas and Mayor Charles Jessup hold box turtles at the new Discovery and Nature Center. (Photo by Joe Southern)

life. The box turtles and tortoises have their habitats there and soon the bobwhites will be located outdoors. There are fruit trees and plans for a butterfly garden. Back on the inside, the other part of the facility is built to be a multi-purpose community center. There is a full kitchen where cooking classes can be held or meals prepared for meetings or special occasions. There is a large, flat screen TV mounted above a fireplace that can be used for presentations or entertainment. Upstairs are meeting rooms. Cabezas said the space is now being used by groups that film video segments, including a cooking show and two doctors who have a program called “What’s Up Doc?” “This facility is open to the public, you don’t have to be a resident,” Cabezas said, noting that it can be rented out for parties. She said members of the community have been volunteering to hold programs at the center. She said there has

been one on monarch butterflies and others on cooking. “They have an opportunity to showcase and display their experiences,” she said. “This is truly a community environment.” The Discovery and Nature Center was a house located next to the city pool and community center that Meadows Place purchased last year for $200,000. Mayor Charles Jessup said he originally eyed the property at 11938 Amblewood Drive for future expansion of the city park, but Cabezas came to him with a proposal that made much more sense. Jessup said the new facility provides some much needed meeting space for civic groups and city committees. “This is a cultural focal point to help grow our community together,” he said. “The community was very excited to have a facility like this close to home,” Cabezas added.


The city of Sugar Land has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus at a mosquito trap located in the 6000 block of Walkers Park South in the New Territory subdivision. The mosquitoes were trapped on July 31, and Sugar Land was notified today that at least one tested positive for West Nile. The city has increased mosquito spraying to twice per week in the affected area and will continue working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services to trap and test mosquitos for the presence of the West Nile virus. The traps supplement the city’s larvicide and mosquito spraying operations. Humans can contract West Nile virus from a mosquito bite. Infected mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds. The virus can cause serious illness or death. Dr. Joe Anzaldua, the city’s medical director and health authority, urges residents to take precautions to reduce West Nile exposure. “Residents should use insect repellent whenever they are outdoors and avoid going outside at dusk and dawn,” said Anzaldua. “People over 50 years old and those with compromised immune systems are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill if infected with the virus. If people have symptoms that cause them concern, they should contact their healthcare provider immediately.” There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent West Nile virus infection. Symptoms may include a stiff neck, vision problems, body tremors, mental confusion, memory loss and seizures. The milder form of the illness is West Nile Fever. Symptoms may include fever, headache, muscle and bone aches, nausea and drowsiness. People with the milder form of the illness typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks. Up to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile virus will have no symptoms and will recover on their own. Anyone with questions or concerns should contact their doctor. The Texas Department of State Health Services recommends practicing the “Four Ds” as precautionary measures: • Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. • Dress in long sleeves and long pants when you are outside. • Stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. • Drain standing water where mosquitoes breed. Common breeding sites include old tires, flowerpots and clogged rain gutters.


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A Fort Bend County jury took less than an hour to convict Gary Paul Kirkman for the crime of continuous sexual abuse of young child or children after a weeklong trial that ended on July 30. The 38-year old Sugar Land man was arrested and charged in 2014 after one of his victims revealed the abuse and the Sugar Land Police Department conducted an investigation. A punishment hearing is scheduled for Oct. 5 at 9 a.m. in the 400th District Court. According to Assistant District Attorney Lisa Gregg, Kirkman began sexually abusing one of his victims in 2007, when the victim was approximately 6 years old, and continued until October 2013. During that time frame, the defendant committed many types of sexual abuse against the victim, which included aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child. While Kirkman was sexually abusing the child, he also physi-

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Country star Roger Creager finds it’s ‘Gulf Coast Time’ at Constellation Field By Donna Hill FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

When one thinks of Gulf Coast time, thoughts of fishing, surfing, sandy beaches, or anything tropical and everything fun come to mind. That is why singer/songwriter Roger Creager decided to call his newest album “Gulf Coast Time.” Creager’s recent performance at Constellation Field, part of the Bud Light Summer Concert series, brought his unique style of country music to the ballpark, showcasing hits from “Gulf Coast Time” back to his earlier album “Having Fun All Wrong.” For Creager, who grew up in Corpus Christi, “Gulf Coast Time” was inspired entirely by his hometown – encouraging him to write all but one of the songs on the album. “When I put the album together, the writing was about getting back to basics – the salt air, being on a boat – things which are so familiar to me, growing up around it, really is a genuine part of my heart. It’s where I’m from,” he said. Creager’s been touring all around his home state – including his own birthday bash last month at the legendary Gruene Hall in New Braunfels. He’ll continue to tour throughout Texas, eventually to a few concerts in Mexico. Creager, now a Houston resident, sang to the enthusiastic crowd, a blend of honky tonk, ballads and Texas country. His high energy performance was familiar to fans who knew what to expect, and occasionally he brought in other music styles, infusing his set

Singer Roger Creager brings his high-energy show to fans at Constellation Field July 28. (Photo by Joe Southern)

with some New Orleans jazz, and even a Billy Joel song. Creager also brought his 84-year-old father, Bill, a retired Army Green Beret, onstage for “Rancho Grande,” which was happily sung with nearly every audience member. The elder Creager, known to his fans as “Crowd Surfing Dad,” didn’t actually crowd surf on this particular leg of the tour, yet it didn’t stop any of the sing-alongs going on in the outfield. The same adventurous spirit Creager gives onstage takes over between tour stops. A lover of surfing and deep sea fishing, he pilots

his own plane, has climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, and more recently, ran with the bulls in Barcelona, Spain. Looking ahead, Craeger is putting plans together for a concert event in Playa del Carmen for the summer of 2019. He’s been performing concerts at the coastal resort town in Mexico for the last 14 years. “It’s a week on the beach in Mexico,” he said. “We do an annual trip there, and will start again next summer. It’s a tropical vacation; and for Texas country music fans, this is the place.”

Mayor Allen Owen announces re-election bid From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen has announced he is filing for re-election in the Nov. 6 municipal election. “I’ve dedicated my life as a committed husband, father, business leader/builder and civic volunteer to make Missouri City the best city imaginable,” he said. Owen and Jane, his wife of 50 years, have made Missouri City home for more than 40 years. Both are passionately proud of the city they love. After retiring from banking, Owen became increasingly involved in improving the quality of life in the city. “We’ve worked hard with City Council, its economic development team and local businesses

to attract many hundreds of millions of dollars in new business, including 31 major companies that have moved their headquarters to Missouri City, leading to thousands of new jobs and to Missouri City being voted as one of two Texas cities of the top 50 cities in the USA to live in,” he said. According to Forbes Magazine, Missouri City continues to be one of America’s safest, most affordable and best quality of life cities to raise a family, build a business, live and retire. In a recent Rice University study, Missouri City is “the most ethnically diverse city in the most ethnically diverse region in America.” “I’m particularly proud of our continuing push by City Council to improve public safety,” he

said. “We recently have opened firehouses and approved pay raises for police and fire forces and all city workers. We’ve hired Missouri City motorcycle police officers.” In spite of struggling economic conditions in other areas, Owen said, “Missouri City home values have jumped many times and are one of the best buys in the area, because of our proximity to Houston, the Texas Medical Center, Energy Corridor and the Port of Houston.” Owen serves on many boards, committees and civic organizations across Missouri City. Owen and his wife are active at First United Methodist Church where they raised their children including a daughter who works as a Fort Bend ISD teacher.

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Rock(et) stars shine on NASA’s stage again I lost count how many times the word “American” was uttered during the press conference, but if the word were rocket fuel NASA would be going back to the moon and beyond much sooner than expected. The space agency held a press conference Friday morning at Johnson Space Center where it introduced the first crews that will fly aboard commercial spacecraft to the International Space Station. As NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine introduced the seven men and two women who will crew the first flights of Boeing’s CST-100 Starliner and SpaceX’s Crew Dragon, he made repeated references to American astronauts being launched from American soil aboard American-made spacecraft. The conference was held in an auditorium with a huge American flag as the backdrop with uplifting music pulsing in the background and hundreds of employees, dignitaries, politicians, schoolchildren, and members of the press waiving little American flags and cheering loudly with each introduction and every inspirational statement made. It made me proud to be an American, and I think the song by Lee Greenwood was the only thing missing from the event. It was evidentially clear that having to send American astronauts into space on Russian ships since the retirement of the space shuttle fleet in 2011 has rubbed


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nauts will crew the Boeing Starliner test flight. They are: Air Force Col. Eric Boe of Miami and Atlanta who piloted space shuttles Endeavour and Discovery. Navy Capt. Chris Ferguson of Philadelphia, who piloted Atlantis and commanded Endeavour and Atlantis again on the final space shuttle mission. Marine Lt. Col Nicole Aunapu Mann of California who is a test pilot and a rookie astronaut. The Crew Dragon test flight crew includes: Air Force Col. Robert Behnken of St. Ann, Mo., who flew twice on Endeavour and has performed six spacewalks. Marine Col. Douglas Hur-

ley of Apalachin, N.Y., who piloted Endeavour and also Atlantis on the final shuttle mission. Astronauts assigned to the first Boeing Starliner mission include: Navy Cmdr. Josh Cassada of White Bear Lake, Minn. He is a test pilot and a rookie astronaut. Navy Capt. Sunita Williams of Euclid, Ohio, and Needham, Mass., who spent 322 days aboard the International Space Station for Expeditions 14/15 and Expeditions 32/33. She commanded the space station and performed seven spacewalks. The astronauts on the first mission of the Crew Dragon to the ISS are:

Navy Cmdr. Victor Glover of Pomona, Calif., who is a test pilot and a rookie astronaut. Air Force Col. Michael Hopkins of Missouri. He has spent 166 days on the International Space Station with Expeditions 37/38, and conducted two spacewalks. The significance of the press conference was two-fold. First, as was so frequently mentioned, it marks the return of America to the human spaceflight business. Secondly, these crews will be the first in history to fly to space on commercial spacecraft. Only three governments – the United States, Russia, and China – have put humans into space. Boeing and SpaceX will be

the first private companies to accomplish the task. The first flights should take space sometime next year. NASA, meanwhile, is still without a spaceship of its own to fly humans beyond the atmosphere. It is designing the Orion capsule, which will take people to the moon and beyond, but it isn’t ready yet and the timeline for getting back to the moon is sometime in the mid-2020s. Bridenstine noted that, “Only seven astronauts in history have been the first to fly on a brand new U.S. spacecraft.” He asked Mann and Hurley how they felt about it. “It’s absolutely an opportunity of a lifetime,” Mann said. “It’s going to be a proud moment for America… As a test pilot it doesn’t get any better than this.” “That first flight is something you dream about as a test pilot,” Hurley said. “You don’t think it’s ever going to happen to you but it looks like it might.” Behnken noted that flying the Crew Dragon will be an upgrade from the shuttle. “The way we described the space shuttle, there are about 3,000 switches inside and there was no situation the astronauts couldn’t make worse,” he said. “We’re grateful the next vehicle we’re going to fly on is going to be a little bit more automated, have quite a bit less switches… It’s like a glass cockpit; it’s like flying an iPhone, right. It is absolutely like flying an iPhone.”

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Rosenberg drivers’ license office is overcrowded Dear Editor, On July 23 I first went to the Texas Department of Public Safety (Drivers Licenses) at Gessner only to find a huge sign stating that the facility was closed and giving two alternates, one in Fort Bend County, the other two in Houston, farther away than the TXDPS facility at 28000 Southwest Freeway, Rosenberg. I arrived at 3 p.m. and was shocked to find a very long line. I walked and counted the line – over 350 at that time and at the turn of the line, within 30 persons from the entry doors, I asked an elderly couple and their 15-year-old grandson trying to get his first license when they arrived.

They said this was actually their second time that day. They first arrived at 6:30 a.m. and that there were already about 450 persons on line. The facility opened at 7:30 a.m. The grandpa/ grandson/grandma got to the desk about 10:30 a.m. (about 450 persons in 180 min or some 2.5 minutes per person on line). But, when they got to the desk they were told the grandson needed two forms of identification for a first driver’s license. They went home, got an additional document and returned at noon and again joined the line at the rear. It was now 3:20 p.m. and they were 30 from the entry door. At 3:25 the armed deputy announced:

“Next 15 (people) come forward,” and were let into the inner sanctum. It will be another 38 minutes (at 2.5minutes/person) for the grandparents/grandson to stand on line. According to many others I questioned on line, these lines are at the DPS in Rosenberg every day. Another said the Richmond facility was also closed. Why? Why is there only one DPS facility in Fort Bend County? How can DPS not provide temporary facilities to handle the people’s need to comply with state of Texas law and then not provide the facilities to comply? In the meantime I plan to

A letter from Stafford MSD Board President Christopher Caldwell To the residents of Stafford, The past week has been quite unnerving and very unsettling, to say the least. With the current climate of mass violence in public areas, more importantly, schools, society has an increased awareness and emphasis on safety and security. Stafford Municipal School District is not only committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment, but it is our top priority. There is no price tag on safety, and we would like to reassure our community that safety will not be an issue for the school or

an area of concern for our parents. You have my promise as the president of the board of trustees that Stafford MSD will have three school resource officers (SROs), an increase over last year, housed on the complex of SMSD. Along with those officers, the police chief of the City of Stafford has promised regular patrolling of the area. As our continued commitment to the safety and security of our students, we have consulted with local and federal agencies to identify areas of improvement to enhance our security.

In agreeance with the recommendations proposed by those entities, we are implementing several security enhancements in the upcoming school year that will bolster our security efforts. We are expecting a prodigious year, one filled with significant accomplishments and memorable experiences. The board of trustees would like to wish all our students and families happiness, excellent health, and prosperity. Best Regards, Christopher Caldwell President, Stafford MSD Board of Trustees

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Skeeters roll over Revs, get bumped by Barnstormers By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

After going 5-2 at home against division rival York Revolution, the Sugar Land Skeeters hit the road and a few road bumps last weekend. Traveling to Lancaster, Pa., for a three-game series with the Barnstormers, the first game on Friday got rained out, forcing a double-header on Saturday. The Barnstormers won both games but the Skeeters avoided the sweep by taking Sunday’s game 7-0. The week began at home with York beating Sugar Land 7-6 on July 30. Pitcher pat McCoy fell to 2-2 on the season but Juan Silverio went 1-4 with a three-run homer. The next night started a three-game winning streak for the Skeeters with

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a 10-3 walloping of the Revs. James Russell picked up his fifth win and Courtney Hawkins went 3-4 with two runs-batted-in and scoring two runs. Wednesday’s game was nearly as dominating for the Skeeters as they took out the Revs 9-2. Japanese pitcher Yasutomo Kubo earned his first win and Hawkins delivered big with a grand slam.

Courtney Hawkins slides in safe at home after colliding with catcher Luis Cruz as the Sugar Land Skeeters defeated the York Revolution 5-2 Thursday night. (Photo by Joe Southern)

Thursday’s game was much closer with Sugar Land prevailing 5-2. Alex Wimmers came out of the bullpen to notch his first win of the season. Denis Phipps provided the power at the plate with three RBIs. In Lancaster, the Skeeters fell in Game 1 on Saturday 5-2. Despite having been named the Atlantic League’s pitcher of the month for July, Matt Sergey took the loss. Barrett Barnes was 1-3 with two RBIs. Konner Wade took the loss in the nightcap as the Skeeters fell 8-3. Alvaro Rondon was 2-3 at the plate with an RBI and a run. The Skeeters found redemption in Sunday with a 7-0 pasting of the Barnstormers. Matt Chavez led the way by going 3-5 with a home run and four RBIs. Russell earned the win.


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Sugar Land Skeeters pitcher Matt Sergey has been named the Atlantic League’s pitcher of the month for July and is this week’s Fort Bend Star Skeeter of the Week. (Photo by Joe Southern)

the Month for July, Matt Sergey brings home Skeeter of the Week honors from the Fort Bend Star. In five starts during July, he accrued a 3-0 record with a miniscule 1.61 ERA. The 29-year-old struck out 26 batters over 28 innings of work while conceding just five earned runs and four walks. He held opponents to a .218 batting average during the month, helping the Skeeters to a league-best 16-7 start to the second half. Sergey earned three consecutive wins to begin the month, highlighted by a nine-strikeout performance on July 13 where he tossed seven scoreless innings against the Road Warriors. The first-year Skeeter did not allow a run in three of his five starts.




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DISTRICTS, FROM PAGE 1 ponents often cite Houston instead of the nearby Lamar ISD, which also has singlemember districts and has no discrepancies in education levels. On the matter of getting out the vote, Johnson said blacks are not the only ones staying at home during elections and added that the issue is not just getting out the vote but having “fair representation from trustees so that all board members are addressing education discrepancies.” Pastor White, reading from a fact-sheet highlighting FBISD talking points, noted the FBISD has invested in the Willowridge and Marshall feeder patterns to the tune of more than $3.58 million for their literacy center. School board meetings, however, have been rife with parents complaining that their side of the district is ignored and schools on the west side of the district have more programming and newer schools. Marshall High School students have complained that they don’t have working computers and have daily substitute teachers for crucial AP classes needed for college. They also complain that the district takes good teachers

from their schools and sends them elsewhere, leaving their students with new and inexperienced faculty. During the community-wide facility planning meetings, scant mention was given to schools on the east side, prompting parents to get vocal and collaborate with other parents who said they were surprised to hear of resource problems in the east side schools. In the most recent bid for a school bond, the district announced innovative plans for an early childhood literacy center in the Marshall High School feeder pattern that drew appreciative applause from the Friday night crowd. The pastors’ council and Tassin also noted that the district has a training academy teaching interested members on how to become a good board trustee. The FBISD Leadership Academy is taking applications through Aug. 17 for adults interested in learning about the FBISD through the nine-month academy. For more information, see www. Since they did not have access to the microphone, parents discussed the meeting Friday night in the parking lot. “People were leaving and I was saying please don’t leave.

Let’s have our say, we are here to speak on behalf of the parents who can’t be here like the mother working two jobs to feed her kids and keep them in school,” said school volunteer and community activist Monica Taylor. Marshall High School parent Alison Metz said once the teachers are trained at Marshall they are sent to Clements and Elkins.

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LEGALS NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FISCAL YEAR 2019 PROPOSED BUDGET Public Hearing 6:00 p.m. City Council Meeting August 21, 2018, City of Sugar Land City Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North to hear all persons interested in the proposed Fiscal Year 2019 budget. This budget will raise more total property taxes than last year’s budget by $10,271,104 or 25.78%, and of that amount, $8,876,260 is tax revenue to be raised from new property added to the tax roll this year. The proposed budget may be inspected in the Office of the City Secretary, City of Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday or you may call 281-275-2236 for information. The budget is available at . The Sugar Land City Council encourages all City of Sugar Land taxpayers to review the proposed budget and to be present and participate in the public hearing. Porter Superior Court Valparaiso Indiana Cause Number: 64D02-1801-DN-000794 Marriage of Yaminibahen B Patel (Petitioner) vs. Bharat Thakorbhai Patel (Respondent) You are sued by the Petitioner. The nature of the proceedings against you is a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage which is on file in the Office of the Clerk. Your Final Hearing is August 21, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. at the Porter Superior Court, 16 Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383. If you fail to file a written appearance with the Clerk and serve a copy on Petitioner’s counsel, you may not receive notice of any further proceedings in this action. Your continued failure to appear may result in a final judgment by default. If you have a claim for relief against the Petitioner you may be required to assert such claim in a written pleading to be filed with the Clerk. Any claim or defense you may have in response to the Petition may be raised without written claim. The following manner of service is hereby designated: Service by Publication Law Office of Traficante 2047 Crisman Rd. Portage, IN 46368 (219) 762-6615

NOTICE TO BIDDERS COLLECTION SYSTEM REHABILITATION PROJECT D (PACKAGE #2 – PIPE BURST) The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME:

Collection System Rehabilitation Project D (Package #2 – Pipe Burst) CIP PROJECT NUMBER: WW1601 LOCATION OF WORK: City of Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Texas 77479 The project consists of the rehabilitation of approximately 11,125 L.F. of existing 6” thru 15” sanitary sewer by pipe bursting and approximately 320 L.F. of existing 6” thru 8” sanitary sewer by curedin-place pipe (CIPP) lining. The project also includes television inspection, manhole rehabilitation, service reconnections, and all labor, equipment, materials, and incidentals required for the project. All work described in the bid form and in these specifications and drawings will be performed under a single prime contract. Bid documents may be obtained from, search Fort Bend County. 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. 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, August 23, 2018, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.

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LEGALS NOTICE TO BIDDERS CONCRETE LIFTING PROJECT The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: 2019 Concrete Lifting Project CIP PROJECT NUMBER: N/A LOCATION OF WORK: Throughout City of Sugar Land Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase 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, August 23, 2018, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. Questions regarding this bid must be submitted online to the by Friday, August 17, 2018 on or before 1:00 p.m. The City will award and give notice within sixty (60) calendar days after the opening date and time.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS CULLINAN PARK IMPROVEMENTS – SECTION 1, PHASE 1 The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: Cullinan Park Improvements – Section 1, Phase 1 CIP PROJECT NUMBER: PK1704 LOCATION OF WORK: Cullinan Park 12414 Highway 6 S, Sugar Land, TX 77498 Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from or documents may be purchased for $175 in the office of the Project Landscape Architect: White Oak Studio at 611 W 22nd St #202, Houston, TX 77008. 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, August 30, 2018, 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., Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 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: 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 16, 2018, at Cane Room, 1st Floor, Sugar Land City Hall 2700 Town Center Blvd North, Sugar Land, TX 77479.

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RIVERS EDGE - Come discover all the small town country feel of living in Rivers Edge. Lovely 3 + Flex Room (could be Study/Media/Music/Exercise/Den or For. Liv. Room) home with partial wrap around front porch & Flagstone walk-up path. No Back Neighbors! Open Concept Floor Plan. Laminate “wood like” flooring. Lots of Architectural Flair - Art Niches, Columns (in & out) & Archways. Interior Paint & Carpet (2015). Kitchen features SS Appliances & Extended Breakfast Bar. Living Room with Cast Stone Style Gas Log Fireplace. $220,000 CALL VIRGINIA MACK 281-207-5200 (VM2615OR)


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Alzheimer’s advocates collecting information in Fort Bend By Donna Hill FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Communication can be frustrating for members of Fort Bend County who have Alzheimer’s or dementia; they may know what to say to those they love, but can’t find the words. The Alzheimer’s Association’s Fort Bend Community Forum is trying to change how people can support these members of the community who find day-to-day conversations challenging. Last week the association invited members of the community to an open forum at the University of Houston, Sugar Land campus, hosted by local Alzheimer’s advocate Karyn Dean. At a previous forum in Richmond, Alzheimer’s Association board member Roy Cordes presented the program. Ann Marie McDonald, the Chief Programs Officer for the Alzheimer’s Association Houston and Southeast Texas Chapter, said the forum, or town hall meeting, was a way for people to find information they need to help people with Alzheimer’s or dementia. After the town hall meeting, the Alzheimer’s Association will bring back information to the Fort Bend community to show ways they can help everyone who may be affected by Alzheimer’s – be it caretaker, medical professional and of course, the patient themselves. “We look at what people have said and then we try to figure out what we can do to help meet that need in that community,” McDonald said. They will then look for people to partner with in Fort Bend County to present educational

programs or support groups. Jessica Van Sweringen, a medical student at the University of Texas, was on hand as a volunteer for the event. “We really want to know what’s going on in Sugar Land, what are community members experiences with Alzheimer’s disease, with senior care, how the Alzheimer’s Association can better support everyone in Sugar Land and the Fort Bend County area,” she said.

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J.J. Lassberg, the marketing and communication manager for the local Alzheimer’s chapter, said the Alzheimer’s Association is reaching out to communities across the entire country as well. “We want to get an idea of how to work within our communities; how to be as effective and beneficial as possible,” Lassberg said. She said when families have been diagnosed with the disease, they sometimes don’t know what to do next.

“I honestly think the two places which we have, that are hands down our most successful and easily accessible tools, are our help line, which most people don’t know about. It’s available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, free in over 200 languages, for anyone who has any questions about any thing to do with Alzheimer’s or dementia.


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CENTER, FROM PAGE 1 She said it took a community effort to convert the house into a center. She said Regas Construction donated a lot of in-kind work. “We couldn’t have done it without them,” she said. Cabezas, a mother of four who is an outdoor enthusiast and a certified Texas Master Naturalist, said it’s more important than ever for people, especially children, to get connected to nature and their

community. “Kids are so detached these days,” she said. “They have to choose to make a connection to nature. It’s too easy for them to be on their phones, or electronics and TV.” The Discovery and Nature Center is open noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $2 for children, $5 for adults or annual passes can be purchased for $10 per child or $15 per adult. For more information, visit https://cityofmeadowsplace. org/departments/parks-recreation/upcoming-events/.

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Stafford police seek help in cold case From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

Colene Cabezas holds a French lop rabbit, one of several rabbits at the Discovery and Nature Center. (Photo by Joe Southern)

On June 18, 2015, at approximately 1 a.m., Stafford Police Department officers responded to an emergency call in reference to a shooting in the 11200 block of West Airport Blvd. in Stafford. When they arrived, they found a red 2014 Ford Focus in the intersection of U.S. Highway 59 Freeway feeder and West Airport Boulevard. According to witnesses, a dark colored, unknown make

or model, passenger car drove up beside the red Ford Focus and shot several rounds into the vehicle. Inside the vehicle, officers found the driver, identified as Marshan Parker, 23, who had succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Stafford Police Department is seeking any information that will aid in the positive identification of any suspects involved in this case. Anyone who has information on this crime is asked to

call Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477), or submit information online at www.fortbend. Information that leads to the apprehension and filing of charges on the suspect(s) involved, could earn the tipper up to $5,000 cash reward. All calls to Crime Stoppers are anonymous. Visit the Facebook page at for information on a new, easy way to submit tips via the P3 Global Intel App.

COMMUNITY CALENDAR FORT BEND COMMUNITY CALENDAR IS FOR NON-PROFIT EVENTS. Deadline is noon every Friday. Please keep wording to a minimum. Answer the “5 W’s” Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Email to or mail to: Fort Bend Star, 3944 Bluebonnet Drive, Stafford, Texas 77477. MONTH OF AUGUST TEEN EVENTS AT THE LIBRARY


programs for the Young Adult community. Programs are free and open to the public. To register, visit, or call 281-238-2952, or visit the library.

p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Aspiring writers will explore the elements of creating believable and well-rounded characters. Those attending should bring laptops, notebooks, or any other materials they 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.



The group will meet at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club at 9:30 a.m. The fall program offers a fabulous quilt show. The quilts will be presented by members. Make reservation by contacting Kay at 281-2384002 or Linda at 281-342-8575 lindasaad@gmail. com. Reservation deadline is Sept.6.



Teens in grades 9-12 are welcome to this recyclable-art series from 2-4


are required. To register, visit, click on events,

Dream4Adoption will sponsor their second annual run at Memorial Park in Sugar Land. The walk/run begins at 9 a.m., followed by the picnic. Each adult registered will have a chance in the mystery box give away. T-shirts given to paid registered guests signed up before Sept. 9. Visit to register.

developmental disability. Parents get to take a break. Staffed with an



volunteers, 6-9 p.m. at Texana Learning Center, 2715 Cypress Point Dr.,

by Hurricane Harvey victims. Visit this free exhibit to see original

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create the dog sculpture of their dreams with papier-m‰ che. Aug. 25 Ð Part

SATURDAY, AUG. 11 HURRICANE PREPAREDNESS AND STRESS MANAGEMENT p.m., 550 Eldridge Road. Learn how to prepare your home and family for

Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, from 10 a.m. to noon. Visit a variety of or call 281-245-0640.

Anyone starting a new business is encouraged to attend a hands-on

SHRED PAPER AND DISCARD ELECTRONICS 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Purge unneeded papers, old cell phones, hard drives and more with ProShred. Enjoy DJ Rico, complimentary popcorn

information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.


This annual event asks residents to purchase school supplies and a backpack and drop them at a YMCA or participating businesses. Drop

information, visit


Love and Unity Works is sponsoring the 5th Annual event from 11 a.m. to You must pre-register by visiting or calling 281-497-1971.

items requested, visit:


Children age 0-21 with an intellectual or developmental disability are whose parents RSVP by Aug. 7 to


the location, and to RSVP for the event, call Kristin at 713-384-8096.


more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.


The public is invited to attend and join us for the fall coffee social in the home of Cathy Stubbs, at 10 a.m. Help support a variety of activities



Caregivers of patients with AlzheimerÕ s disease or other related 7-8:30 p.m. at St. JohnÕ s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street 1-800-272-3900.


Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month for education of wines, food pairings and fellowship at the Quail Valley City Centre, 2880 LaQuinta,


The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center has moved to 4411 Avenue N in Rosenberg across from Navarro Middle School. Volunteers are needed PRMC in other ways, email


Enjoy a free presentation on Sam Houston and early Texas History at the

better serve the public. To learn more about 4-H projects, join 4-H at 7

Richmond beginning at 3 p.m. or call 281-342-3034.



Dinner and entertainment begin at 5 p.m. at Quail Valley City Center., 2880 La Quinta Dr., Missouri City. Scott Graham, a local, renowned

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.

who lost their spouses and want to enjoy fellowship and friendship. Reservations required, please call 281-208-3124.

or 281-633-4734.

All retired public school personnel are invited to the Ò O Happy DayÓ luncheon, 11 a.m. at Sugar Land United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road. This annual kick off meeting celebrates the new school year for


ADOPT A SHELTER CAT 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


Land. A real estate specialist will lead a will talk about the best ways

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St. Catherine of Sienna Episcopal Church 4747 Sienna Parkway, Missouri City, is hosting the session, 10:30-11:30 a.m. Speakers will provide insights on how to be prepared in retirement and to manage retirement

information, call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.

SATURDAY, AUG. 18 MARRIAGE PREP or call 281-778-2046.


Those needing help with a recovery plan for home repairs, or any unmet today: Case Management Helpline 281-207-2555, Spiritual/Emotional Helpline: 281-207-2505, Lone Star Legal Aid 866-659-0666. A case manager will contact you and get you started on your road to recovery. Visit for more information and to donate.

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With roots dating back over 50 years, Capital Bank enjoys the distinction of being one of the Houston area’s oldest independent banks. Today we offer a full spectrum of financial products and services at locations in Baytown, Deer Park, Jacinto City, Pasadena, Pearland and NOW IN SUGAR LAND. Our desire is to be responsive to your needs. At Capital Bank, you’ll always have access to a local decision maker and friendly, attentive associates that will greet you by name. Capital Bank has become the community bank of choice for many of our friends and neighbors.

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LCISD board named Honor School Board From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

The Lamar CISD Board of Trustees is one of only five school boards from across Texas selected as Honor School Boards as part of the 2018 Texas Association of School Administrators (TASA) School Board Awards. Each year, the program recognizes outstanding Texas school boards for commitment and service that has made a

ALZHEIMER’S, FROM P. 9 They can reach out to us for free. It’s not a recorded service, there’s a real person to answer your call. Any questions, any support you need, even if it’s 2 o’clock in the morning and you don’t know where to turn, please give us a

positive impact on Texas public school students. The five Honor Boards were selected by a committee of Texas school superintendents, chaired by Coahoma ISD superintendent Amy Jacobs, whose school board was named the Outstanding School Board for 2017. The selection committee’s decisions were based on specific criteria, including support for educational performance, support for educational improvement projects, commitment to a code

of ethics, and maintenance of harmonious and supportive relationships among board members. “The Lamar CISD Board of Trustees has an unwavering commitment to a clear vision,” said Jacobs. “When faced with challenges, the trustees look within themselves and do ‘whatever it takes to yield positive outcomes for students.’ Their focus includes leadership development and specific programs aligned to areas of need.”

call because someone is there who will answer the phone.” The other tool, said Lassberg, is their website which offers information on everything from facts about the disease, to how to volunteer, to the 10 warning signs. Some signs may be someone losing their way, struggling with math that used to be second

nature, mixing up words, personality changes. “General forgetfulness is not Alzheimer’s. Leaving your keys in the refrigerator, however, may be a sign something is going on.” The Alzheimer’s Association has a three-prong mission, said Lassberg: one, to fund research and find a cure; the second to support all those affected; and the third to let people know what they can do for their own health and their own future. “We work diligently to change the perception of the disease from ‘the disease our grandmothers’ get’ to a public health crisis. It’s not just an ‘old timers disease.’ One in five people develop the disease over the age of 65, and 1 in 3 over the age of 85. Women are two-thirds more likely to develop Alzheimer’s,” Lassberg said. “The community forum gives them an opportunity to hear from community members they interact with on a regular basis, and focus on what can be done for Fort Bend County to provide services and programs for caregivers, medical professionals and people with dementia and Alzheimer’s,” Outreach Specialist Freddy Batres said. Their biggest fundraising event is coming soon and they want the community to know everything about joining the fight for Alzheimer’s first survivor. It’s called The Fort Bend County Walk. There will be a Fort Bend New Team Kickoff Party on Thursday, Aug. 30, from 6-7 p.m. at the Safari Texas Ranch in Richmond. It’s the first step to take before going to the Fort Bend County Walk on Oct. 27 in Sugar Land. For more information, visit, or on Facebook @ alztexFortBend, or call 1-800272-3900.

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At the Houston Methodist Orthopedic Injury Clinic at Sugar Land, we’ve expanded our services and hours to better serve the needs of Fort Bend County and surrounding communities. When you need immediate orthopedic care, count on our knowledgeable doctors and staff to quickly evaluate and treat your injury, and get you back to your active life. The clinic provides treatment for: • Acute orthopedic injuries

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