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Detectives from the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office are asking for help identifying a man they say stole $20,000 worth of designer sunglasses from a Richmond store earlier this month. The suspect could be linked to similar burglaries

in the Houston area. Deputies responded to a call in the 7700 block of West Grand Parkway South just before 4 a.m. Aug. 4 after an eyeglass store was burglarized, according to the FBCSO. Police say 79 pairs of sunglasses – brands ranging from Prada to Versace to Armani – were stolen overnight. Surveillance footage from the store showed a late-

model white Honda Civic pull up just after 3 a.m. and a male suspect enter the store. Police described him as having a thin build and thin mustache, wearing a navy blue and gray Astros baseball cap and with different-colored surgical gloves. According to police, the suspect also has a rosary


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Fort Bend ISD makes grade in TEA ratings By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Many Fort Bend ISD schools received high marks in this year’s Texas Education Agency accountability ratings, while several area schools saw significant year-overyear improvement. Last Thursday, the TEA released its annual performance review of public schools and districts. The ratings measure academic performance at all levels according to three categories: student achievement, school progress and “Closing the Gaps,” which compares student groups based on differences such as race and ethnicity, economic status and special needs. Seventy-four of FBISD’s 77 campuses received


Construction continues Monday at Fort Bend ISD's James Reese Career and Technical Center, the site where 95 sets of human remains were discovered last year. Talks between FBISD and Fort Bend County about reinterring the remains appear to have stalled. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

Fate of 'Sugar Land 95' remains in limbo By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

The 95 African Americans whose remains were unearthed during construction of Fort Bend ISD’s James Reese Career and Technical Center last year will have to wait at least a bit longer to return to rest. Talks of a potentially historic plan to return the remains to their original resting place have hit a snag as Fort Bend ISD and Fort

Bend County butt heads over legal issues. The “Sugar Land 95” are believed to have been part of Texas’s convict-leasing program that was in operation until 1911. FBISD announced in July that it had reached an agreement with the county to reinter the remains and transfer land ownership to the county so it could operate the cemetery. But County Judge KP George said last week that an agreement has not been reached.


“We brought together a historic group of stakeholders, passed a bill with the


governor’s approval, and were incredibly close to finalizing a deal with the

school district,” George said in a statement. “The eyes of the nation are watching, and there is simply too much at stake.” In June, 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,


Grand at Aliana construction to begin in coming weeks By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Josh Friedlander of NewQuest Properties knows that with Fort Bend County expanding, there’s no such thing as too much shopping. In that vein, the area will soon see signs of another development in Richmond aimed at serving one of the nation’s fastest-growing counties and its customers. NewQuest Properties is set to begin work on the first phase of its planned 400,000 square-foot mixeduse development, coined the Grand at Aliana, in the

next few weeks. Friedlander said the company’s work began on the land at the northeast corner of West Grand Parkway South and Air-port Boulevard in 2017 before officially acquiring it in 2018. Anchors for the project – situated between the Aliana and Harvest Green subdivisions in Richmond – will include 24 Hour Fitness and Burlington Coat Factory along with Five Below and Ulta Beauty. Restaurants such as Jason’s Deli and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, as well as service cen-ters such as Timewise

The Grand at Aliana, shown here in a rendering with confirmed tenants, will begin construction in the next few weeks. NewQuest hopes to have the first tenants open by the second quarter of 2020. (Rendering from NewQuest Properties)

and Express Oil, are also among confirmed tenants. There also will be green space between the restau-

rants for families to play and picnic. “To get this sort of center with strong anchors is

pretty special,” Friedlander said. “There’s not many of these power centers coming up these days.”

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A Fort Bend County man could end up spending much of his life behind bars. According to the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s office, 22-year-old Jonathan Bradshaw of Kendleton was convicted Aug. 12 of the murder of 22-year-old Ladarian Travon Welch in 2018. Bradshaw was sentenced to 60 years in prison by the 240th District Court and must serve at least 30 years before being eligible for parole, according to the district attorney’s office. Fort Bend County Assistant District Attorney

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home in front of the curb when Johnny parked in the middle of the street and Jonathan got out of the passenger seat, confronting Welch about telling his brother what to do. Rosen said Jonathan then pulled a gun on Welch and fired four times, hitting Welch once in the leg and once in the chest before fleeing the scene on foot. “Jonathan Bradshaw’s inhumane and senseless killing of 22-year-old Ladarian Welch robbed a young man of his future and a mother of her only son,” Rosen said. “We appreciate the jury’s attention and swift justice in this case.”


Courtney Rosen said that on Jan. 20, 2018, Bradshaw’s twin brother, Johnny Bradshaw, was driving on a residential street in Kendleton when Welch told him multiple times to slow down. Johnny Bradshaw then picked up Jonathan, according to Rosen. Rosen said Welch was standing outside of his complete construction of the site’s 200,000 squarefoot first phase and de-liver its first tenants in the second quarter of next year. The rest of the property is slated to be completed and delivered by the end of 2021 or early 2022. Friedlander said there is still leasing space available. For potential leasing opportunities, call NewQuest at 281-477-4300 and ask for

Friedlander or David Meyers. “A lot of it is still just land where we can build all different sizes of property,” Friedlander said. “There’s still plenty of space left, and we’re still hoping to attract more quality restaurants, retail and medical services.” For more development news like this, follow The Star on social media @FortBendStar

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County residents should take advantage of technical college Will we have the workforce we need in the future? A person doesn’t need a four-year college degree, the supposed stamp of professional competency, to fulfill the American dream. The challenge for high school graduates and those wanting a career change, including veterans, is determining what is out there and how long it will take to study or train for a dream job that can provide a good living. Another potential roadblock is the affordability of an education that will provide the necessary tools. Texas State Technical College (TSTC), an 80-acre campus in Fort Bend County, might provide solutions. “It’s the number one college in the country for conferring STEM associate degrees,” said provost Randall Wooton, the vice chancellor and CEO of the area campus. It is on the north side of U.S. 59 between FM 2218 and SH 36 in Rosenberg and projects an enrollment of 5,000 in what will soon be an eight-building campus. Right now, the enrollment is 600-plus students housed in two

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buildings (Industrial Technology and Brazos Center). As for the STEM degrees, they are in science, technology, engineering and math, or “the hard stuff,” as Wooton said. “We have people that come to us and say, ‘I can’t do math,’ and they go into the welding shop and they are doing algebra, geometry and (trigonometry) and don’t even know it,” Wooton said. The coursework at TSTC is intent on helping to meet the high-tech challenges of the economy, like in welding and other areas. This is done in partnerships that also include businesses, industry and educational institutions. Kent Street, whose home office is in Montgomery, works with TSTC on the

workforce part of the campus’ program and provides a three-week fiber optics training course on-site. With a 19-year operational background from San Diego, California, Street came to Texas to set up his brand here. He’s already trained a few people. The certifications are for working in the telecommunication industry, telephone towers and where copper lines need to be switched over to fiber optics. Street said the demand for this industry is “huge.” The common starting salary for this type of work is $18-$22 an hour and “more than $60,000 (yearly) with experience,” according to Street. There’s also the academia side of the campus’ program for an associate degree, which is a two-year program. So how is TSTC different than a community college? There is only one TSTC with 10 campuses throughout Texas. And unlike other colleges, TSTC is the only one in Texas to adopt a funding model based on student employment outcomes. It’s somewhat of a

novel concept since it is also based on a performance metric called “value based funding.” “We’re held accountable,” Wooton said. “There’s a money-back guarantee on four of the 10 programs in Fort Bend County,” for jobs in high demand with high salaries. “If you graduate and finish one of our programs, and can’t find a job, we give you your money back.” There have not been any such cases since TSTC began its operations here in 2006, Wooton said. The tuition at TSTC ranges from $8,000-$13,000 for each of the programs, according to TSTC spokesperson Lynda Lopez, and scholarships, grants and loans are the same as in other college settings. At the Fort Bend campus, Lopez said programs include cyber security, diesel equipment technology, electrical lineworker technology, electrical power and controls technology, environmental technology, HVAC technology, industrial systems, precision machining technology, robotics technology and welding technology.

Retiring Sugar Land manager receives national award From Staff Reports

Allen Bogard, who is soon retiring as Sugar Land city manager, has been awarded for his service to the community. The International City/ County Management Association (ICMA) recently selected Bogard to receive the Award for Career Excellence, which will be formally presented at the ICMA’s conference in October. The award provides a cap to Bogard’s 40-year


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there’s a stigma for getting a high-skilled job education instead of a college degree? Is college the only true path to success? Breaking with family or others’ expectations to pursue a passion may be a difficult choice. But it could be the right choice in a growing and changing job market, one with inyour-face job numbers and salary projections. It may well be that the future of honorable and respectable work will not be focused primarily on college degrees. It will also be about skills, the kind that fit career jobs waiting to be filled. Let’s not contribute to losing $1.2 trillion in the U.S., which Wooton said will happen “just because we don’t have a trade workforce.”




communities. "I have approached my career in city management as a noble calling," Bogard said in a news release. "Our founding fathers said that government's primary purpose was the safety of the people and their pursuit of happiness, and city government is uniquely positioned to achieve these ends. To create an environment for the people to flourish. Over my career, I have strived to achieve this noble purpose.”

What’s more, for TSTC’s program expansion, there have been contributions of more than $40 million, which Lopez said come with the encouragement and financial support of the cities of Richmond, Rosenberg and Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, Sprint Waste Services, the George Foundation and the Henderson-Wessendorff Foundation. So, we’re told good Texas jobs are unfilled and apparently it’s because there’s a skills gap. “Half the jobs in Texas are in the middle skills,” Wooton said, “and there will be 96,000 new tech jobs by 2020 in this TSTC service area and another 133,000 by 2030.” So what are we waiting for? Have we become such snobs that we think

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He’s one of the first people players see when they arrive at Constellation Field and often one of the last. For the past four seasons, he has been a fixture in the Sugar Land Skeeters dugout, yet almost no one in the stands knows who he is. His name and picture do not appear in game programs or on the Skeeters’ website. “I just fly under the radar,” said Shane Borchert, the Skeeters’ assistant trainer. “It’s like when I worked with the (Oakland) A’s. We had a sports psychologist, and he’s very famous, but people would ask who he was and he’d say, ‘Oh, I’m nobody.’ So I just kind of steal that line.” That “nobody” is one of the most important people in the Skeeters’ clubhouse. He and head trainer Max Mahaffey shoulder much of the medical burden of the team. Both men are outreach athletic trainers for Memorial Hermann Health System. Mahaffey has been with the team since the inaugural 2012 season. Borchert came on in 2016. “Having Shane on board is great,” Mahaffey said. “You know he’s a veteran athletic trainer and brings a lot of knowledge, and the guys really respect what he



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does around the clubhouse. He’s definitely taught me several things over the last several years. I can’t say enough good things about him.” Borchert began his career as a minor league baseball trainer 30 years ago. During his first season, two major league teams played one of the most noteworthy World Series ever. Oakland swept the San Francisco Giants in a series that took a 10-day hiatus because of an earth-quake shortly before the start of Game 3. Borchert was at that game in San Francisco with his grandfather. “We didn’t know what was going on,” he said. “We were in the second deck behind the TV and all those guys. So, their stuff all blipped, you saw a blip and that was it. We knew the stadium was

Shane Borchert is an assistant trainer for the Sugar Land Skeeters. Although he has been with the team for four seasons, he does not appear in game programs and has been a mystery figure to fans at the ballpark. (Photo by Joe Southern)

shaking but we didn’t know the extent of the damage that happened outside. “So, the left-field bleachers, they sit there and five, 10 minutes later they get rowdy and start chant-ing, ‘Let’s play ball,’ but they didn’t have any idea what was happening outside. And

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not soon af-ter that, word of mouth, nobody in the stadium panicked, but then the police cars started coming in in the infield and the players and their families start gathering in the field,” he said. Prior to that, Borchert was just a kid from a small Montana town. “When I was in junior high and high school, I was the clubhouse guy for our local minor league team, the Giants,” he said. “I would help out the trainer and I just got interested at that point. I would help him out with some simple tasks and go on from there.” Borchert attended Western Montana College and got a degree in sports medicine. He was hired by the Giants organization and then spent six years in the A’s farm system. He left baseball for a while but returned to it when his wife’s job brought them to the Houston area. “When I got the job with Memorial Hermann, they knew my background and they asked me to come down and help Max out,” he said. “I had no idea about

independent baseball. This was the first time I had ever seen it. I kind of joked, we all do, because you used to hear horror stories about how bad independent baseball was back in the day, right? But this is like a whole different thing. I had no idea.” In addition to working home games with the Skeeters, Borchert also works for Katy ISD as a trainer at Tompkins High School, where his two sons attend. Ray, 17, is a senior and plays basket-ball. Jeff is 15 and is on the golf team. On a typical day, Borchert and Mahaffey arrive at the stadium five hours before first pitch. “We’ll have a couple hours of treatment. We’ll do a variety of treatments, anywhere from stretching to ultrasound to dry needling to Graston Techniques and taping, bandaging, making some protec-tive gears, any other conditions that might come up,” Borchert said. “We’ll be working with them in different situations, whatever that may be.” After warm-ups and batting practice, the starters

return for whatever they may need – more taping, bandaging or treatments. “Then we’ll do game coverage and then after the game we’ll come back and if there’s any new in-juries we’ll look at them, evaluate them and pretty much do treatments, clean up and go home,” he said. Transactions Sugar Land released pitcher Matt Purke. Pitcher Mick Rumbelow had his contract purchased by the New York Mets. Upcoming The Skeeters are in the middle of a seven-game home stand against the New Britain Bees. The se-ries concludes Thursday. On Friday the team hits the road for three games at the Lancaster Barn-stormers and four games at the York Revolution. Sugar Land returns home Aug. 30 for three games against the High Point Rockers and three against York. Aug. 30 is postgame fireworks. Aug. 31 features a team card set giveaway.

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★ LIMBO, FROM PAGE 1 which amended a state statute to allow Fort Bend County to own and operate a cemetery. FBISD said in July that it had reached an interlocal agreement with the county to transfer the land and would provide an additional 10 acres for a memorial park and pay the county $1 million to help cover costs associated with reinterring the remains. Discussions between the county and FBISD have been ongoing throughout the summer. According to a statement from FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre, it has been during those negotiations that the county suggested FBISD reinter the remains prior to transferring ownership of the cemetery to the county – which changed the game. “Since Fort Bend ISD is now moving forward to reinter the remains prior to conveyance of the cemetery to the county, there is no longer a reason to give the county money,” Dupre said in a statement. “However, some outstanding legal issues have precluded a final agreement being reached.” George said in his statement that FBISD sent out news releases about the agreement without input from himself or the county, causing confusion, and also said the school district seems to have not been negotiating in good faith. “Other governmental entities had warned us about this, which is why they stayed out of the negotiations,” George said in the statement. “Our only goal should be to deliver justice and respect human dignity of these people who were brutally mistreated during their lives. It breaks my

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FBISD board president Jason Burdine speaks at a June news conference about the Sugar Land 95. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

heart to see that we were so close to finalizing the deal, and at the last minute, FBISD decides to go a different route.” According to Dupre, FBISD still hopes to convey the cemetery and 10 acres of land, at no cost to county taxpayers, for cemetery operations and future memorialization. “We look forward to continuing our conversations with the county soon, so that the county may publicly share plans they have developed for this important memorial park and education center,” Dupre said. “We remain committed to partnering with the county to educate students, our community and future generations about convict leasing and the Sugar Land 95. It is time to lay them to rest.” Those at the county level may not be so sure a compromise can be reached. “The only reason I got

the county involved is to serve justice and to ensure human dignity for the Sugar Land 95,” George said. “These people were our citizens. This is an issue the school district has been dealing with for a couple of years in the national media, and the county joined to give them a lifeline to solve it in the best way possible.“ Community activists have claimed FBISD has built over part of the area where the remains of the 95 individuals were discovered in early 2018, according to the Houston Chronicle. FBISD denied doing so. “Fort Bend ISD has not built over any portion of the historic cemetery – and has no intention of doing so,” the district said in a statement. “(We) eliminated a planned wing of the James Reese Career and Technical Center that would have encroached upon the cemetery area to preserve the historic cemetery.”

A recent operation to rescue victims of human trafficking, which involved 22 local, state and federal agencies, has led to dozens of arrests in Fort Bend County. During the month of July, the Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Constable’s Office and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office joined with law enforcement agencies from the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance for “Operation Freedom,” a three-week sting resulting in 64 arrests, according to the district attorney’s office. “Human trafficking has turned into the most prolific criminal enterprise in the world, now on par, and projected to passgunrunning and the drug trade,” the constable’s office said in a news release. “Even today, with a rapid ascension in cases,a denial persists in suburban society that this horrific crime has infected America.” Officials say Operation Freedom rescued five

adults and two teenage girls from the clutches of human trafficking. According to the DA’s office, an active law enforcement officer and four criminal gang members were among those arrested.

Charges for those arrested include promotion of prostitution, compelling prostitution, various narcotics charges, evading, fraud, forgery and failure to identify, according to officials.

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON TAX RATE The Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 42 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on Monday, September 9, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. at the offices of Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, Houston TX 77027. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

Diane Mauricio, Clinton Chapman, E. Kent Hudson, Cy Sanders

AGAINST the proposal:


PRESENT and not voting:



David Gould



$0.3800/$100 Adopted

$0.3800/$100 Proposed

Difference in rates per $100 of value


Percentage increase/decrease in rates(+/-) Average appraised value

0.00% $285,254




Average taxable value



Tax on average residence homestead



General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions)

Sugar Land city council votes to put $90.7 million bond project on ballot From Staff Reports

The following table compares taxes on an average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Tax rate

Shown here is the distribution for the city of Sugar Land's $90.7 million general obligations bond that will be on this November's ballot. (Graphic from City of Sugar Land)

Annual increase/decrease in taxes if proposed tax rate is adopted (+/-)

- $10.99

and percentage of increase (+/-)

- 1.01%

NOTICE OF TAXPAYERS’ RIGHT TO ROLLBACK ELECTION If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Should you have any questions concerning this notice, please contact the tax office at 281-482-0216.



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Sugar Land voters will have decisions to make about facilities and flood mitigation this November. During a special meeting Aug. 14, Sugar Land City Council unanimously approved placement of a $90.7 million bond on the Nov. 5 ballot to address drainage, public safety facilities and equipment, mobility and an animal shelter. If approved, bond projects would require a

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and cross tattoo on the back of his left hand. “He was in and out in about three minutes,” said the store owner, who asked to remain anonymous. “It’s something that happened, and I just want to forget about it.” The FBCSO said the suspect may have targeted similar businesses in Fort Bend County and surrounding areas. Fulshear Police Department Captain Mike McCoy said last week that he believes the suspect in the Richmond burglary is the same man suspected in a similar incident in Fulshear a week later. Fulshear PD said in a Facebook post that a suspect driving a white Honda sedan with no front license plate pulled into the strip center in the 6600 block of FM 1463 during the early morning hours of Aug. 11. The post said the suspect, wearing an Astros cap, dark long-sleeved shirt,

jeans and gloves, shattered the front door to Elevate Vision Care, quickly made entry and stole several pairs of frames and sunglasses before leaving. A Today’s Vision location near the Houston Heights also was burglarized the morning of Aug. 11, according to the Houston Police Department. The owner, Dr. Esther Kovacs, said surveillance video showed a man drive up in a white sedan, throw a rock through the front door to gain entry and steal about 200 pairs of frames and sunglasses within the span of a few minutes. Kovacs said the man was wearing a light-colored shirt, jeans and a cap and had a rosary and cross tattooed on his left hand. Anyone who has information on the suspect or the burglaries is encouraged to call the Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-8477.

Water District Notice of Public Hearing on Tax Rate The Sienna Plantation Levee Improvement District of Fort Bend County, Texas will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2019 on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 11:30 a.m., at the offices of The Muller Law Group, PLCC, 202 Century Square Boulevard, Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Your individual taxes may increase or decrease, depending on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value on all other property and the tax rate that is adopted. FOR the proposal:

K. Beckman & J.P. Richardson & T. Jones

AGAINST the proposal:


PRESENT and not voting:




The following table compares taxes on the average residence homestead in this taxing unit last year to taxes proposed on the average residence homestead this year.

Total tax rate (per $100 of value)



$0.450 /$100 Adopted

$0.450 /$100 Proposed

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Percentage increase in rates Average appraised value

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Average taxable value



Tax on average residence homestead



General exemptions available (excluding senior citizen’s or disabled person’s exemptions)

Annual decrease in taxes if Proposed tax rate is adopted and percentage of increase (+/-)


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tant City Manager Chris Steubing said. Also, the Fort Bend County Commissioner’s Court recently approved the placement of a flood mitigation bond on the Nov. 5 ballot. The bond would be worth up to $80 and address drainage projects throughout the county. For more information on the Sugar Land bond, including a complete project listing, visit

3-cent tax rate increase beginning in fiscal year 2021, which represents $10 per month for the average Sugar Land homeowner. All projects would be completed or under construction in three years, according to a news release from the city. "Although there is approximately $45 million in debt capacity over the fiscal year 2021-2023 timeframe, that is not sufficient to support the total $90.7 million worth of projects identified in the bond package," Assis-

-$22.00 -1.2755%


If taxes on the average residence homestead increase by more than eight percent, the qualified voters of the district by petition may require that an election be held to determine whether to reduce the operation and maintenance tax rate to the rollback tax rate under Section 49.236(d), Water Code. Questions or comments regarding this notice can be directed to Esther Buentello Flores at the tax office at (281) 499-1223.


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grades of A, B or C, while three campuses received a D and none got a failing grade. Of the 64 FBISD or SMSD schools in the Star’s circulation area, 56 received an A or B rating. “This year’s state accountability results demonstrate that our hard work is paying off,” FBISD Superintendent Charles Dupre said in a news release. “Over the last seven years, we have worked as a collective team – from the board room to the classroom – to develop and implement new systems and new curriculum that ensure all students have equitable access to a quality education. I am especially proud of our teachers. They are doing a phenomenal job in classrooms each day and truly making it happen.” Several FBISD schools, such as Glover and Hunters Glen elementary schools (F to a C) and Marshall High School (D to a C), saw year-over-year improvement. Meanwhile, Lantern Lane Elementary

saw the most dramatic student gains in the area as the campus went from an F in 2018 and to a B this year. Stafford High School and Stafford Middle School also showed improvement in this year’s grades, with both going from C to a B. Stafford Elementary has been designated by the TEA as a school “targeted for improvement” but still received a passing grade of a D. “Stafford MSD works diligently to increase the level of excellence at its campuses,” the district said in a statement. “We are never satisfied with the status quo, we are always striving to do better. Our improvements are a testament to the dedication of each and every staff member on campus.” Below is a list of area

Middle school Baines: B Bowie: B Crockett: B Dulles: B First Colony: B Fort Settlement: A Garcia: A Lake Olympia: C Missouri City: C Quail Valley: A Sartartia: A Stafford: B Sugar Land: B Thornton: B


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Sister Lindsay went to be with her Savior and Lord Jesus Christ on 8/22/2008. We have not stopped loving you. You are forever in our thoughts and prayers. Each year that passes will not diminish our love for you. Sadly missed by your family, friends and all those you cared for and held so close to your heart.

If you are struggling with cramming your feet into pointed-toe high heels or feeling that your feet are unattractive for some reason, cosmetic foot surgery is not the answer. The American Podiatric Medical Association is not in favor of an operation on the foot that is purely for an improved appearance. Surgeries that correct podiatric problems such as bunions or downward-curling hammertoes are approved because they are based on a medical need to reduce foot pain. It is interesting to note that fixing the underlying cause of anatomical foot abnormalities in many cases improves the appearance of the foot as well. The correct podiatric procedures can have a two-fold advantage: less deformity and better function.

Elementary Armstrong: B Austin Parkway: A Barrington Place: B Brazos Bend: A Briargate: B Colony Bend: A Colony Meadows: A Commonwealth: A Cornerstone: A


Oyster Creek: B Palmer: B Patterson: C Pecan Grove: B Quail Valley: C Scanlan Oaks: A Schiff: B Seguin: C Settlers Way: A Sienna Crossing: A Stafford: D Sugar Mill: B Sullivan: A Townewest: C Walker Station: A

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Seminar to discuss business strategies From Staff Reports

The Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce’s Business & Professional Division is hosting “Secrets Behind a Phenomenal Business,” a presentation with Howard Partridge on Wednesday, Sept. 25 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. The luncheon will be held at the Fort Bend Chamber office located at 445 Commerce Green Blvd. in Sugar Land. Imagine starting a business out of the trunk of your car, and building it into a multi-million dollar enterprise. You knew all the secrets to transform your business into a predictable, profitable turnkey operation, and you made it happen! Learn the proven strategies in leadership, marketing, and sales to build a successful business from an experienced business leader who has been helping others around the


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nesses develop and achieve their professional goals. Registration is open. Event Presenter- $400 includes seating for FIVE with priority placement, Company logo featured on event materials and recognition during the event. Member reservation is $25. Prospective member reservation and at-door is $35. Lunch is included. Details of upcoming events can be found at or contact Gabie Forames at 281-566-2158 or

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The Imperial Farmers Market, open every Saturday from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM, is a great place to experience the great array of artisan crafts, freshly prepared meals by local chefs, and live music. The market is located at the Imperial Parks and Recreational Center at 2234 Matlage Way I n Sugar Land. On Saturday August 24th from 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM, the Sugar Land Fire Department will be providing education on the impor-

About the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce As the only 5-star accredited and single-county chamber in the nine-county area surrounding the Houston Metroplex, membership provides both immediate and long-term benefits for your business and helps build momentum for our community’s future.

All branches of Fort Bend County Libraries will be closed on Friday, August 30, for Staff Development Day. Regular

library hours will resume on Saturday, August 31. Your online library is always open at www. for searching the catalog, renewing books or placing holds, streaming movies,

fire safety, there will be fun filled activities for the whole family; with a live musical performance by Jan Seides. If you are interested in become a vendor or would like more information on the market, please visit our website at, or reach out by email at vendorfmi@gmail. com.

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For those looking for fun area events, the city of Missouri City has multiple upcoming events aimed at forging a sense of community. There will be a park cleanup day Saturday, Aug. 24 at Community Park at 1700 Glenn Lakes Ln. from 9-11 a.m. Volunteers are encouraged to arrive at Community Park at 8:30 a.m. to check in and receive event materials. Fall archery classes begin

downloading e-books or music, or using the research databases. For additional information, contact the library system’s Communications Office at 281-633-4734.


tance of fire safety and how to protect you and your family in the case of a fire, and how to prevent one from happening. This will be a great event to bring the whole family to learn about the importance of fire safety while also having the opportunity to experience a real fire truck. In addition to learning about

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Monday, Sept. 9 and will be every Monday until Oct. 7. This beginner session will focus on basic techniques, safety, equipment, and more! The class is for students ages 8 to 18 and all equipment will be provided. The cost is $60 for the five sessions.

In addition to these initiatives, the Missouri City’s Parks & Recreation department has a full program agenda that is fun for all ages throughout the month. Readers can visit mctxparks. com for more information and event listings.







The City of Sugar Land seeks proposals for performing all work required for the following project in the City:

The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for performing all work required for the following project in the City:



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Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase Sealed proposals, one (1) original, (1) copy, and one (1) electronic copy (in PDF format) on CD or flash drive shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, and one (1) copy shall be delivered to HUB International, Attn: Charlotte Starks, 10000 North Central Expressway, Suite #1100, Dallas, TX 75321 on or before 2:00 p.m. on Monday, September 16, 2019, at which time proposals will be publicly opened and read. Proposals received after the opening date and time will not be considered Questions regarding this proposal must be received by Friday, August 30, 2019 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please contact Charlotte Starks with HUB International at Notice of award of contract shall be given by the City within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the date of submittals.

NOTICE OF BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION PUBLIC HEARING. The City of Sugar Land (“City”) Building Official has deemed the residential property located at 214 Avenue H, Sugar Land, Texas 77498 a public nuisance and a dangerous building under the City of Sugar Land Code of Ordinances, Chapter 3, Article XII, Sec. 3-190. The property is in violation of the 2015 International Property Maintenance Code and Section 3-166 of the City of Sugar Land Code of Ordinances. The City recommends that the property be repaired, removed or demolished as needed in order to comply with the terms of this article A hearing of the Building Standards Commission has been scheduled for September 11, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at Sugar Land City Hall, 2700 Town Center Blvd. N., Sugar Land, Texas 77479, to determine compliance with the Order. During the hearing, the owner, lienholder, or mortgagee must submit proof of the scope of work completed to bring the property into compliance with the Order. The Building Standards Commission will review information and make a final determination regarding actions to be taken by the owner, lienholder or mortgagee to bring the property into compliance with the City of Sugar Land Code of Ordinances. Inquiries or comments regarding this matter may be submitted online at or by contacting the City of Sugar Land Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department at 281275-2170. The Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and is located at Public Works Building B, 111 Gillingham Lane, Sugar Land, Texas.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following item at the Quail Valley U.D. office, Thursday, September 5th, 2019, until 10:00 A.M., then publicly opened and read aloud. 120,000 lbs. Liquid Polyphosphate Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley U.D. office, 3134 Cartwright Road,

Specifications and bidding documents may be obtained by registering with Public Purchase Sealed bids in triplicate, 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 29, 2019, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. For questions regarding this bid, please contact Jason Poscovsky, CPPO, CPPB, Contracts Manager no later than 3:00 p.m. Thursday, August 22, 2019. The City will award and give notice within sixty (60) calendar days after the opening date and time.

REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM The City of Sugar Land seeks qualifications for performing all work required for the following projects in the City: RFQ 2019-30: 1. Surface Water Treatment Plant Expansion 2. Surface Water Transmission Line Routing Study 3. Collection System Rehabilitation (Project E) 4. Wastewater Treatment Plants Improvements 5. Distribution System Water Main Rehabilitation Program 6. AWIA Risk and Resiliency Plan and Emergency Response Plan Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase Sealed submittals, one (1) original, five (5) copies, and one (1) electronic copy on flash drive or CD, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 5, 2019, at which time only names of the firms will be read. Submittals received after the opening date and time will not be considered. Questions regarding this submittal must be received on or before 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 28, 2019. Please post all questions on Public Purchase The City will award and give notice within one hundred and twenty (120) calendar days after the opening date and time.

NOTICE TO BIDDERS Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following item, including delivery, to Quail Valley Utility District Office, Thursday, September 5th, 2019, until 10:00 AM, then publicly opened and read aloud: • 36,000 lbs. liquid chlorine in 2,000 lb. containers • 22,000 lbs. liquid chlorine in 150 lb. containers • 1,000 lbs. granular calcium hypochlorite • 20,000 lbs. liquid sulfur dioxide in 2,000 lb. containers

Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley Utility District Office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas (281) 499-5539

Missouri City, Texas 77459 Phone: (281) 499-5539.


NOTICE TO BIDDERS Bids will be accepted by Quail Valley Utility District for the following item at the Quail Valley U.D. office, Thursday, September 5th, 2019 until 10:00 A.M., then publicly opened and read aloud. SLUDGE HAULING AND ULTIMATE DISPOSAL Specifications and additional information may be obtained at the Quail Valley U.D. office, 3134 Cartwright Road, Missouri City, Texas 77459 Phone: (281) 499-5539.

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CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION (MOA) Public Notification of Nondiscrimination in Career and Technical Education Programs Fort Bend ISD offers career and technical education programs in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Architecture and Construction, Arts and Audio Video, Business, Education and Training, Finance, Health Science, Hospitality and Tourism, Human Services, Information Technology, Law and Public Safety, Manufacturing, Marketing, STEM, Transportation, Distribution and Logistics. Admission to these programs is based on student course selection and appropriate completion of pre-requisite coursework. It is the policy of Fort Bend ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex or handicap in its vocational programs, services or activities as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. It is the policy of Fort Bend ISD not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, handicap, or age in its employment practices as required by Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended. Fort Bend ISD will take steps to assure that lack of English language skills will not be a barrier to admission and participation in all educational and vocational programs. For information about your rights or grievance procedures, contact the CTE Title IX Coordinator at Meredith., 281-634-5446, and/or the Section 504 Coordinator at Ronje.Gonzales@, 281-634-1242.

CAREER AND TECHNICAL EDUCATION METHODS OF ADMINISTRATION (MOA) Notificación Pública de No Discriminación en Programas de Educación Técnica y Vocacional El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend ofrece programas de educación técnica y vocacional en Agricultura, Alimento y los Recursos Naturales, Arquitectura y Construcción, Artes en Tecnología y las Comunicaciones de Audio/Visual, Educación y Entrenamiento de Negocios, Finanzas, Ciencias de la Salud, Hospitalidad y Turismo, Servicios Humanos, Tecnología Informática, Ley y Seguridad Pública, Producción en Fábricas, Mercadotécnia, Ciencias-Tecnología-Ingeniería-Matemáticas (STEM por sus siglas en inglés), Transportación, Distribución y Logísticas. La admisión a estos programas está basada en la selección de cursos del alumno y previamente haber completado satisfactoriamente los cursos requeridos. Es norma del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend no discriminar en sus programas, servicios o actividades vocacionales por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo o impedimento, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación de 1972, y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. Es norma del Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend no discriminar en sus procedimientos de empleo por motivos de raza, color, origen nacional, sexo, impedimento o edad, tal como lo requieren el Título VI de la Ley de Derechos Civiles de 1964, según enmienda; Título IX de las Enmiendas en la Educación, de 1972, la ley de Discriminación por Edad, de 1975, según enmienda; y la Sección 504 de la Ley de Rehabilitación de 1973, según enmienda. El Distrito Escolar Independiente de Fort Bend tomará las medidas necesarias para asegurar que la falta de habilidad en el uso del inglés no sea un obstáculo para la admisión y participación en todos los programas educativos y vocacionales. Para información sobre sus derechos o procedimientos de quejas, comuníquese con la Coordinadora del Título IX del programa de educación técnica y vocacional,, 281-6345446, y/o la Coordinadora de la Sección 504, 281-634-1242



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Thursday, September 12 - 6 - 7:30 p.m. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital 17500 W. Grand Parkway S., Sugar Land, TX 77479


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Stafford to honor long-serving mayor Sept. 3 From Staff Reports

The city of Stafford will soon celebrate a milestone not many could reach. Sept. 3 will mark the 50th anniversary of Leonard Scarcella’s taking an oath as Stafford’s mayor. He was re-elected to serve


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his 26th term in May. The city of Stafford will host a “50 years of service” celebration for Scarcella at 7 p.m. Sept. 3 at the Stafford Centre at 10505 Cash Rd. Scarcella helped eliminate city property taxes in 1995. He also had a hand in the development of the Smart Financial Cen-

tre and Stafford Centre as well as education initiatives such as helping create the Stafford Municipal School District – which remains the only municipal school district in Texas – and expanding the presence of Houston Community College’s Southwest system, which has a campus in Stafford.

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COMMUNITY CALENDAR FORT BEND COMMUNITY CALENDAR IS FOR NON-PROFIT EVENTS. Deadline is noon every Friday. Please keep wording to a minimum of 40 words. Answer the “5 Ws” Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Email to or mail to: Fort Bend Star, 3944 Bluebonnet Drive, Stafford, Texas 77477.

THURSDAY, AUGUST 22 CHRISTIAN WOMEN AGLOW MONTHLY MEETING. Thursday, August 22 10:00 am at Christ Church, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. Speaker: Author Pat Sikora. Coffee and cookies will be served. For more information, call 713854-9202

THURSDAY, AUGUST 29 ADULT GUARDIANSHIP INFORMATION SESSION Brazos Bend Guardianship Services is hosting our next fee adult Guardianship Information Session on August 29, 2019 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the University Branch Library 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land, TX. In meeting room 2 on the first floor. The Information Session is designed for families who need information in obtaining legal guardianship of an incapacitated loved one. Alternatives to guardianship will also be discussed. An attorney will be present to answer any legal questions related to guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. RSVP to: Kirk Monroe at 281-232-7701. www.

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 PECAN GROVE WOMEN’S CLUB Pecan Grove Women’s Club will be held on Tuesday, September 10th at the Pecan Plantation Club. A country club membership is not necessary to visit or join the Women’s Club. We welcome all women who enjoy laughter and good conversation. Join us at 9:30a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program will start at 10:00a.m. An optional lunch will be served at the club. Join us for lunch by calling or emailing Kay McNinch at 281-238-4002(

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 12 FORT BEND-HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING The Fort Bend Harris Retired Educators will have a meeting on Thursday, September 12th @ 1– 3 p.m. in The Great Hall at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Rd. Come earlier to socialize. FBHRE is the local unit for the Texas Retired Teachers Association (TRTA). Program: “Emergency Preparedness”, Kathy Renfrow, FBC Office of Homeland Security. Project: Collect school supplies for first year teachers to create goodie bags for distribution. All retired public school personnel are invited. For more information, call 281-499-5885.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14 PREGNANCY RESOURCE MEDICAL CENTER Boots For Life Gala, Silent Auction Begins at 6:00 p.m. Dinner and Program at 7:00 p.m.Rosenberg Civic Center To Register , Go To: https:// upcoming

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28 4TH ANNUAL GOLF “FORE” AUTISM SUPPORT LOCAL FAMILIES ~ REGISTER YOUR TEAM NOW! @ Sweetwater Country Club Sponsorship and Volunteer Opportunities Available events. Hope For Three Autism Advocates Office 281-2450640.

ONGOING EXCHANGE EXCHANGE, America’s Service Club, always welcomes guests and is in search of new members! Various Fort Bend clubs exist and can accommodate early morning (7 am), noon, and evening meeting time desires. We are about 1) Doing Good in and for our community, 2) Having FUN!! 3) Making New Friends & 4) Developing Professional Relationships through our Programs of Service in Americanism, Youth, numerous Community Service Events and our National Project, the Prevention of Child Abuse. We are in “Unity for Service” as we work together to inspire our communities to be better places to live! For more info, contact Mike Reichek, Regional Vice President, 281-575-1145 or mike@ We would love to have you join us and see what we are all about!

SIENNA CRAFT/SEWING GROUP Sienna Craft/Sewing group. Meets every Tuesday from 10-noon at Sawmill Clubhouse in Sienna Plantation. We sew, crochet, knit, needlepoint, etc. contact Livia Erich at 281-5433524 or for additional information.

ESL AND GED CLASSES REGISTRATION Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. ESL and GED Classes Registration. Registration is Tuesday – Thursday’s. 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land, TX 77478 The Literacy Council offers GED, ESL, Basic Literacy 1x1 Tutoring, Citizenship and Basic Computer Skills

AHFC JUNIOR HURRICANES (JHSL) Registration For the FALLl 2019 - Now Open - The Junior Hurricanes Soccer League (JHSL) is led by professional United States Soccer Federation (USSF) licensed staff and is designed for boys & girls who want to play and have fun in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment. The JHSL program is being offered at multiple locations and in conjunction with CFSA at the Schiel Road Complex.To learn more about each location and to register please visit www.

DAV CHAPTER 233 MONTHLY MEETING The second Tuesday of every month at the United Way fort Bend Center, 12300 Parc Crest Dr., Stafford, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. For more information, call 281-222-4888.

MISSOURI CITY AARP CHAPTER 3801 SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 21 SUGAR LAND ROTARY CLUB 2019 FALL CLASSIC CASINO NIGHT Its only fundraiser supporting local charities – Sat., Sept. 21st, 6:30 – 11 p.m., Safari Texas. Title Sponsor: Classic Chevrolet – Sugar Land. Happy hour, bid board, casino games, silent & live auctions, food, prizes. Tickets: Admission & Dinner - $100. Raffle - $100 for a chance to win a ‘96 Chevy Corvette convertible. For sponsorship opportunity, susan@ More at

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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WHILE WE’RE WAITING SUPPORT GROUP For Bereaved Parents - grieving the loss of a child at any age. Meets the third Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the First Colony Church of Christ, 2140 First Colony Blvd., Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-413-2484

BINGO AT THE VFW Help support our veterans! Play bingo at Post 3903 every Tuesday and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. 1903 First St, Rosenberg. All prizes paid in cash. Pull Tabs, $200 Bonanza, $300 Coverall, $750 Coverall, kitchen & bar service.

ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias are invited to attend the first Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. John’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 1-800272-3900.

QUAIL VALLEY WINE SOCIETY Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month for education of wines, food pairings and fellowship at the Quail Valley City Centre, 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. For more information, call 281-437-6798 or

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

4-H, FOOD & NUTRITION Fort Bend 4-H is looking for input from the community on how it can better serve the public. To learn more about 4-H projects, join 4-H at 7 p.m. at the University Library ( 14010 University Blvd Sugar Land), visit fortbend4h.eventbrite. com or call 281-342-3034.

STORY SPINNERS WRITING CLUB Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30 to 8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.

ADOPT A SHELTER CAT Fort Bend Pets Alive is partnering with Half Price Books in Sugar Land to find homes for shelter cats and to promote literacy among young readers. School aged children are invited to come read to a cat, receive an “I read to a cat” bookmark and be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off that day. Held 1:30- 4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land.

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BECOME A FOSTER GRANDPARENT 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.

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08-21-2019 Edition of the Fort Bend Star  

08-21-2019 Edition of the Fort Bend Star

08-21-2019 Edition of the Fort Bend Star  

08-21-2019 Edition of the Fort Bend Star