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Boney, Land fight for local council seat By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Earlier this year, Missouri City Councilmember Jeffrey L. Boney nominated Everett Land to serve on the city’s bond committee, in preparation for a November bond referendum. Now, voters in Missouri City will decide on some $85 million in bond propositions. But they will also decide whether or not to replace Boney with Land as the District B representative on council. Early voting started Monday and continues through Oct. 29. Election Day is Nov. 2. “It’s time for new life and a new voice on council,” Land said. Boney, a resident of the city since 2000, has served as the District B representative since winning election in November 2017. Land, meanwhile, is a retired AT&T technician who has served on communications boards and as a member of his homeowners’ association. District B covers a wide swath of Missouri City, beginning near Lexington Boulevard and Scanlin Road in the north and coming south beyond State 6 and east as far as Sienna. Land said he was first inspired to run for office during his time on the bond committee, because he didn’t feel the city or the council, including Boney, were responsive enough to the needs of specific neighborhoods. Residents in District B want to see better parks, less cars parked on the street and other improvements, Land argues. “The city just hasn’t been responding,” Land said. “Sun panels go up, and the people aren’t going to the city or asking the HOA. Storage sheds aren’t build up to regulation size.” Boney, meanwhile, argues much has happened in the time he’s been on council. “I feel strong about my track record,” he said. “I’ve done a lot to improve the district, I’ve been present and engaged and helped bring development and re-

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Doctor notes uptick in area opioid numbers By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

In the two years since Dr. Nisha Varghese started treating those with opioid addictions for AccessHealth, the program has already grown in number, she said. AccessHealth is a community health center with five medical clinics in Fort Bend and Waller counties, including in Richmond, Stafford and Missouri City, according

to the group’s information. “When I first started, I saw about 10 patients on medically-assisted treatment,” she said. “And that is everything from alcohol to opioids. In 2020, that had jumped to 25 to 30. And this year, it’s probably been in the range of 30 to 40 people. I’m seeing that increase.” But the story locally is more complicated than that. While experts like Varghese are seeing a noted increase in the number of

opioid patients locally, it’s hard to make a definitive claim about the state of the opioid crisis in Fort Bend County. No one is collecting data about fentanyl and opioid deaths in the county, but that data is vital, she said. “I just know from a clinic standpoint, I’m seeing a lot of people come in with issues,” she said. And those that do come in are often facing treatment for several substance abuse disorders, she said.

“Patients come in presenting symptoms of polyuse disorder,” she said. “Tobacco, alcohol, cannabis, heroin and you’ll see increasingly fentanyl in toxicology reports.” Several Fort Bend County cities in recent weeks have opted into a settlement involving the state of Texas and several major producers of opioids, including

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Dulles alumnus is leaving impression on local music scene By Stefan Modrich SMODRICH@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

A Dulles High School alumnus and Rice University senior is making a name for himself in the Houston music scene by transcending genres and blending cultures. Pianist and composer Tomás Jonsson, who grew up in Sugar Land, will have two performances in Houston this weekend to premiere music from his forthcoming debut album, “First Impressions.” Jonsson hails from a musical family, and a multicultural one at that. His maternal grandmother was born in Baja California, and his father is from California. “When my mom and dad got married, they had kind of a joke,” he said. “But it was also a bargain they made. (My dad’s end of the bargain) was that all of us will learn to play musical instruments, and on my mom's side, we would all learn to speak Spanish.” Jonsson’s father is a violinist, he said, and he and his three siblings started out playing the violin as well. But Tomás quickly discovered that the violin wasn’t for him, and found himself “wandering toward” the piano. He currently serves as the pianist for the West University Baptist Church, and spent three years playing for The Fountain of Praise in Southwest Houston, which helped him foster an appreciation for the Black Gospel tradition and has shaped his own musiDulles High School alumnus and Rice University student Tomas Jonsson will perform cal composition to this day. in Houston this week to celebrate the release of his debut album. (Contributed photo) Because of his father, Jons-

son’s musical upbringing was mostly classical for the first decade of his 15-year playing career. “And then I started taking interest in jazz from recordings and albums and stuff,” Jonsson said. “And I started teaching myself. And then I really wanted jazz lessons. So right now I'm kind of on two tracks.” At Rice, Jonsson studies both classical and jazz piano performance, and is minoring in politics, law and social thought. He also takes private lessons from Paul English, a Rice University professor and Houston native who has worked with Willie Nelson and other well-known Texas musicians. Jonsson has given many public and private performances over the years, both solo and with ensembles. He has placed in the top three in nine different competitions across the country since 2015, three of which he won individually and two others where he was a part of the top ensemble. “Ever since I started doing jazz, I've really enjoyed playing spontaneously,” he said. “I feel like there's a side of me, some ideas that come out when I'm playing with friends that otherwise I just wouldn't get. So I guess I have a slight preference towards playing with others, but it's close.” The inspiration for a solo album came during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, Jonsson said. “I've never done a solo

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Redistricting fight looms large for future of area By Matt deGrood Boney

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County Judge KP George last week brought Fort Bend County into the ongoing fight in the Texas Legislature over redistricting, when he penned a letter slamming the process and the proposed division of the county into three different districts. “Our residents deserve to choose their politicians, not the other way around,” George said. “I ask you today to make good on that principle by ensuring

that a congressional district, in its entirety, is located within the already-existing borders of Fort Bend County.” The Texas Legislature is gathered in Austin discussing new congressional maps as part of an effort known as redistricting. Redistricting takes place every 10 years in Texas to apportion federal and state legislative districts based on population. Under the current maps, most of Fort Bend County falls into the 22nd U.S. Congressional District, occupied by U.S.

Rep. Troy Nehls, a Republican. “Now 7 is a very democratic Some of the county is in the 9th district,” he said. “It used to be U.S. Congressional District, rep- a swing district to some degree, resented by U.S. Rep. Al Green, just like Fort Bend County. But a Democrat. the Republicans are trading off But proposed maps would an uncertain future in 7 and 22 further divide the county, tak- for a more certain future in 22.” ing the most reliably democratic State Rep. Todd Hunter, a areas out of the 22nd Congres- Republican from Corpus Christi sional District and placing them who chairs the House redistrictinto the 7th Congressional Dis- ing committee, has defended trict – a Houston-area district the work, arguing it's in line with represented by U.S. Rep. Lizzie goals and state law. Pannill Fletcher, a Democrat, "The Senate indicated that it said Brandon Rottinghaus, a professor of political science at SEE REDISTRICTING PAGE 9 the University of Houston.

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Fort Bend County man accused of Stafford man gets 22 issuing fraudulent CPR certifications years for sexual assault By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

A Richmond man has been arrested and accused of selling fraudulent CPR certifications as part of a seven-year fraud scheme, local authorities announced last Thursday morning. Ubadire Sampson Anosike, of Richmond, has been charged with Fraudulent Use or Possession of Identifying Information according to Fort Bend County court records. The charge, if proven, carries a prison sentence of up to two years and a fine of up

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to $10,000, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Anosike was arrested and charged on Sept. 30, according to FBCSO, and was out of jail on a $1,000 bond as of last Thursday. Investigators said Erica Washington of Wharton-based Genesis Education and Training came to FBCSO about a month ago, claiming Anosike was allegedly using her name and contact information to issue fake CPR certifications out of a home of-

fice in Katy under the name of Houston-based Flex Medical Services. Washington said during a Thursday news conference that she has no affiliation with Flex Medical Services. After Washington came to them, investigators said an officer posed undercover as a buyer and approached Anosike. According to police, Anosike allegedly issued the officer a certification card for $65 with no training or instructions given – a process that should take at least two hours, according to Fort Bend County Sheriff Eric Fagan. Washington said she does not know how Anosike allegedly obtained her information. “This is something that is very near and dear to me," said Washington, a nurse whose company has provided certified nursing assistant and CPR training to healthcare professionals since 2010. "CPR is life and death, and we only have one time to die – it means so

much to me as a healthcare provider. … I’m angry, and I’m hurt. I work very hard to build a reputable business that’s upstanding, where I provide solid, good training to healthcare professionals. I know how important it is to provide good, quality care.” Investigators searched a home office in Katy and found hundreds of cards, police said. Fagan last Thursday estimated there could be at least 200, and that investigators accuse Anosike of running the operation since 2014. Fagan has asked anyone who believes they might have purchased a fraudulent CPR certification to reach out to investigators. “We urge the public to protect themselves from being a victim and be aware of healthcare-related certification and insurance fraud,” he said. “It could save countless lives and businesses.”

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A Stafford man has been sentenced to 22 years in prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old child in June 2020, prosecutors announced last Wednesday. Jose Antonio ArguetaSantos, 32, of Stafford, has pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child by sexual contact and been sentenced as part of a plea agreement, court records show. Argueta-Santos received a 22-year sentence for the first charge and 20 years in prison for the second, but both sentences will be served concurrently, according to prosecutors. Sheriff’s deputies arrested the Stafford man in June 2020 shortly after they were called out to a report of a domestic disturbance, according to a

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Prop A - Transportation; up to $51.6 million $38 million to fund City wide street reconstruction and major repairs and to be used in the same proportion across all streets in Council Districts A, B, C, D. $13 Million to fund mobility improvements encompassing smart city initiatives, updating and adding traffic signals and major corridor landscaping.

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Take this time to learn about November races It’s hard to believe election season is already here again, but in two short weeks, Fort Bend County residents will head to the polls on election day to cast their ballots in both statewide amendments and several local races and referendums. Early voting already is underway, having started Monday, and is scheduled to continue through Oct. 29. The races might lack the romance and glitz of a presidential or senate election, but this Nov. 2 election is nonetheless the essence of democracy. This week we previewed one of those Missouri City council races, the District B race between incumbent Jeffrey Boney and challenger Everett Land, and plan to take a look at the other one next week.

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In this case, we interviewed two candidates who both seemed knowledgeable, dedicated and teeming with ideas and plans for the future. It is neither our place, nor our inclination to decide who is most-qualified to receive your vote. Both seem eminently qualified. Rather, this is where you come in. Much time and print is spent in this country dissecting candidates for national and local office. Just flip on a TV news channel this time next year, and you’ll hear

endless prognosticating about who might win where, what so-and-so has said and what the results might mean for the country writ large. Lost in the political rat race, however, is the fact our elected leaders and the very country we live in are both reflections of us – the things we hold dear, the conversations we have and the knowledge we bring to each of our decisions. If we want politicians that snipe at and hurt each other, they do so only because it’s what we want. Simply put, a country is only as good as the sum of its many citizens. Perhaps it’s the pandemic malaise, or simply being alive in the year 2021, but I increasingly worry about what our hyper partisan politics mean about the state of our collective souls. More and more of-

SLFD bringing on new assistant chief By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Sugar Land has named a new assistant fire chief to replace the recentlyretired Javier Crespo, the city announced last Wednesday. Mark Campise, a longtime firefighter with the La Porte and Pearland fire departments, has been named the new assistant fire chief, according to a city news release. He started last Monday. Campise started as a volunteer firefighter for the La Porte Fire Department in 1998 before graduating from Sam Houston State University in 2002, the city said. He has most recently served with the Pearland Fire Department since 2007 as a battalion chief, shift commander and assistant chief before taking the job in Sugar Land. During his 15-year ca-

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reer with PFD, Campise was responsible for all hazards response, budget management, leadership development, crew performance and more, according to the city. In Sugar Land, he will oversee response and training for fire suppression and emergency medical services and has been tasked with “expanding professional development,

providing mentorship, developing future leaders and planning for leadership succession," according to a news release. He has also served as an adjunct instructor at San Jacinto College, College of the Mainland and Wharton County Junior College. Campise attends the National Fire Academy as a student in the executive fire officer program and has started coursework toward a master’s degree at Sam Houston State, according to the city. “He has a real passion for public service,” SLFD Fire Chief Doug Boeker said in the release. “This combined with his long track record of demonstrated leadership; ability to mentor and develop first-responders; and create a culture of high performance, innovation and teamwork will be a real asset to our Sugar Land family.”

ten, it seems the battle is won by whoever shouts the loudest. Ignorance triumphs over knowledge. For all of my negativity and worries, however, I’m constantly impressed by the individuals I meet in the course of my job. Whether it’s the neighborhood residents who band together to change the name of a street, a talented young musician, an advocate for renewable energy projects or a longtime Fort Bend County man with a passion for Black history – the tales of impressive people in this slice of Texas are nearly endless. And that fills me with hope, even in these trying times. Fort Bend County is an amazing place, filled with diverse and interesting people all trying to make their marks on the world. This place deserves

political leadership as interesting and complex as those they represent. Bond elections, council races and state amendments might not garner the sort of news coverage that those higher profile races do, but they’re absolutely critical to state and local politics, and the lives that we want to lead. Councilmembers have a say over where roads are built, how money is allocated and what projects are pursued. Here at the Fort Bend Star, we want to step into that information gap and inform you about the races and who’s running for election, but only that. And we hope in reading the first council preview story this week, you walked away from it with a sense of who both men are, and what they hope to accomplish. If we’ve accomplished that much, then our job is

done. What happens next is up to you. We hope you take this information and go a step farther. Ask followup questions. Consider who best aligns with what you’d like to see from local government. And think about what is even possible within the confines of local rules and laws. Find someone with whom you disagree, take them out for a coffee and have a civil conversation about the ballot. Negativity and meanspirited partisanship both prey on ignorance. It’s only by cutting through the noise to the heart of the matter, by educating ourselves and becoming knowledgeable about even the smallest of elections before walking into the voting booth that we can craft a better future, for all of us.

Houston man accused of murder in Mission Bend road rage shooting By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

A man is dead and another arrested after a fatal shooting following a two-vehicle car crash last week, according to the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office. Ramon Vasquez, 19, of Houston, has been charged with murder in connection to the death of Humphrey Magwira, 20, said Jacqueline Preston, spokesperson for the sheriff’s office. Vasquez

as of Monday afternoon was in the Fort Bend County Jail on $500,000 bond, jail records show. Deputies on Friday responded to calls about a two-vehicle crash

near the intersection of Beechnut Street and Addicks Clodine Road in the Mission Bend neighborhood of Fort Bend County, according to the office. Investigators said they think Magwira was allegedly at fault in the crash, and that Vasquez allegedly approached him and shot him before leaving the scene, according to the sheriff’s office. The case remains under investigation, Sheriff Eric Fagan said.

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LAST WEEK’S SCORES DISTRICT 20-6A Ridge Point 44, George Ranch 14 Travis 41, Clements 0 Elkins 30, Dulles 0 Bush 24, Austin 3 DISTRICT 10-5A Hightower 61, Kempner 0 DISTRICT 11-5A Marshall 56, Willowridge 7 DISTRICT 12-4A Stafford 35, Needville 14

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The Elkins Knights football team has been searching for a spark all season, and may have found it in last week’s game, which ended with their first win of the 2021 season while keeping them very much in contention for the fourth and final District 20-6A playoff spot. Elkins took down the Dulles Vikings by a score of 30-0 at Hall Stadium on Friday night, improving to 1-6 overall and 1-3 in District 20-6A competition, one game behind Clements and George Ranch. Dulles dropped to 2-5 overall and 0-4 in district play. Junior quarterback Isaiah Smith led the way for the Knights on Friday with his best all-around game of the season, accumulating 171 total yards and three touchdowns. Smith completed just 10 of 21 passes for 78 yards and a touchdown through the air, but made up for it with 93 yards and two touchdowns rushing. It was his second consecutive game with multiple rushing scores. Elkins receiver Jaxon Hart had 46 yards and a touchdown in the game, and also completed a 25-yard touchdown pass to Andre Pittman on a trick play early in the fourth quarter to put the game away. Avion Stewart led the Knights' defense with nine tackles and four tackles for loss. Taurean Crawford had five tackles and a fumble recovery, while Demarion Stewart had his first interception of the season. Marshall 56, Willowridge 7 The Buffalos’ defense took

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Elkins' Isaiah Smith (with ball) scrambles away from Bush's Kosy Okoroafor during a Sept. 30 game at Hall Stadium in Missouri City. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann) control of this one early and often as five Eagles turnovers tended to stifle any chances they might have had to take control of District 11-5A. Adari Haulcy had three interceptions in the game, returning two of them for touchdowns on backto-back drives midway through the third quarter. Mike Patterson also had a strong defensive night for Marshall (8-0, 6-0), recovering a fumble and hauling in an interception of his own. Rundrick Dudley had two touchdowns (1 rushing, 1 receiving) for the Marshall offense. Ja’Koby Banks connected with Chris Marshall for two catch-and-run touchdowns, and added a rushing score of his own. Blaize Covington threw his eighth touchdown pass of the

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The skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex towered over me as I walked through the entrance of the Houston Museum of Natural Science’s Sugar Land campus last Saturday. The museum is filled with modern and interactive exhibits — ranging from a touch-screen periodic table and molecule creator to movable magnets and pendulums — and is primarily geared toward its main cliente of young families with children, said Kavita Self, the director of the museum. The museum, which was once a warehouse in the Telfair neighborhood that had fallen into disuse, opened in 2009. Among its most popular exhibits are its butterfly garden and insect zoo. “One of the things that we tried to model for kids is how local science is,” Self said. “Science is in your backyard, basically. You can go outside and learn, and that's the best classroom that there is.” One example of this was a “tarantula tea party” hosted by Erin Mills, an entomologist, or scientist

★ OPIOID FROM PAGE 1 Johnson & Johnson, Cardinal Health and McKesson, among others. As part of that settlement agreement, local cities give up the ability to sue the companies in the future, and receive a portion of money based on how many cities sign up. Missouri City, for instance, stands to gain as much as $209,633 for opioid addiction treatment. Local health leaders after Missouri City opted into the settlement acknowledged they didn’t have expertise in the area of opioid addiction. “HHS does not currently have staff versed in that arena,” said Rita Obey, communications manager for Fort Bend County Health & Human Services, which typically oversees the county’s response to major health issues, such as the pandemic or other community-wide problems. Varghese, in an interview with the Star, said she thought the Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse or local emergency rooms might have some more information about the local state of the opioid crisis. But officials with the council referred questions to AccessHealth. Esther Schinzler, a spokesperson for Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, said doctors at their

★ SEAT FROM PAGE 1 sources to the area. I’m optimistic my track record will resonate with voters.” Some developments Boney is particularly proud of include new plans for an old building that used to house an HE-B right off Cartwright Road, helping to institute an ethics commission and assisting residents in lowering the threshold needed to change a street name to 70 percent of those living on it, he said. Other highlights include an Amazon facility moving into the district and new subdivisions that are

in the fall instead. Wallin said the museum is hoping for feedback that can help the museum make the necessary adjustments to its exhibits to make them accessible for all guests. She also sent out an email survey to all who attended the event. “Based on the feedback we get,” Wallin said, “we're hoping to do a sensory guide about the halls that on a regular day might be too loud or too bright.” Axtell said she hopes the museum will have events throughout the year for families of children with sensory difficulties to have a quieter, calmer experience. Being surrounded by families who can relate to what other parents and children are going through is an important support system, she said. “If your child has a little bit of a difficult day or is starting to have a meltdown or something, this is just a more welcoming and accepting environment,” Axtell said. I was impressed by the technology on display at the museum and its chronicling of the evolution of the energy industry in the

region, as well as lesserdiscussed topics like the prevalence of salt domes in the area and the history of salt as a global commodity. Not only does the museum explore physics and chemistry, it also does a good job of showcasing the geology and the biodiversity of the area and from all over the world, with a prominent display of shimmering minerals from India. Axtell said it is important that attendees provide constructive feedback to ensure the museum will truly be sensory-friendly, and that the museum may partner with other organizations similar to The Arc in the future. “You want to make sure you're serving the population,” Axtell said. “(So) you don't launch it without really knowing (what works). Maybe they’ll have different feedback on what does or doesn't need to be in the sensory-friendly backpack or any of the exhibits and they'll make improvements from there and it’ll be even better, but I thought it was really good and I enjoyed it.”

can do for people that might be interested in working with me on music.” Jonsson’s music has many inspirations, including pianist Rubén Gonzalez of the AfroCuban All Stars and Buena Vista Social Club. He grew up listening to his father playing Ludvig van Beethoven and Johannes Brahms. His goal is to eventually be signed by a label that can fund and promote his work, or to find someone who is looking to fund and help the next generation of upcoming

artists find commercial success. “I'm trying to build a portfolio for myself,” Jonsson said. “I'm trying to show that I can produce high-quality music on a small budget costeffectively.” While he is proud of his previous projects, he said he’s looking forward to releasing something that “makes a statement” and displays all of his musical influences. “It’s called ‘First Impressions,’” Jonsson said, “because it’s the biggest

statement I've made so far as an artist.” Jonsson is performing at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Duncan Recital Hall and 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Kawai Piano Gallery. The link to RSVP to the Kawai Piano Gallery concert is at https:// w w w.facebook .com/ events/1195956460871243, and the link to live stream the concert at Rice University is at https://oit.rice.edu/ event-3.

else’s vote. I can cast my vote, but if the map is gerrymandered to keep a particular party in power, that vote is meaningless unless I align with that party.” Fort Bend County has emerged in recent years as a center of demographic changes across the state that could have repercussions on politics for years to come, Rottinghaus said. “What’s happening now is that the legislature sees it cannot game the system by drawing lines to ensure Republicans will be strong in new areas in the future,” he said. “So, they’re instead focusing on maintaining their current strength.” Between 2015 and 2020, the population in Fort Bend County increased from about 715,260 to 839,706 residents, according to one analysis by HireAHelper. That makes it the second fastest-growing county in the United States. But it’s the specifics of that population growth that make

Fort Bend County so central to ongoing redistricting conversations, Rottinghaus said. “Fort Bend County is in a unique position because the growth is so unpredictable, with respect to race and age,” he said. “It’s hard for mapmakers to gauge what the future holds. If Fort Bend is a crystal ball, it’s pretty opaque.” Texas Republicans for years have gerrymandered districts to blunt changing voting demographics across the state, Rottinghaus said. But the quick growth of diverse counties like Fort Bend have made it harder to do so within legal boundaries, he said. “Republicans are rapidly reaching the point where they’ll be incapable of drawing lines that won’t reflect the massive growth of the state’s racial and ethnic growth,” Rottinghaus said. “If they haven’t already.” George in his letter last week called on state leaders to add a district specifically in Fort Bend

County, arguing the county’s population of about 822,700 was near the ideal population for a congressional district of about 766,900 people. “Political boundaries have tremendous consequences on the livelihood and trajectory of a community,” George said. “At this momentous time in the history of Fort Bend County, it is imperative that our residents are not disenfranchised by diluting our diverse community’s votes with that of other, much more rural communities around us.” It might not be long before it’s impossible for congressional districts to reflect Texas’ increased diversity, Rottinghaus said. But it’s unlikely, as long as redistricting remains partisan, that a single congressional district will ever fall entirely in Fort Bend County, he said. “Every public official wants to see lines draw in a way that’s perfect for them,” he said.

The November election comes at a critical time for the city as the council is also searching for a new city manager. The city has had somewhat of a revolving door at the

position in recent years, having fired Odis Jones in April in a 4-3 council vote. Jones succeeded Anthony Snipes, who was fired in February 2020, also in a 4-3 vote.

A young boy tests out one of the sensory-friendly displays at the Houston Museum of Natural Science in Sugar Land last Saturday. (Photo by Stefan Modrich)

who studies insects. Mills said she wanted young children to learn about which insects are safe to handle, and that this knowledge is practical for both kids and adults. Matti Wallin, accessibility programs manager with HMNS, told me the purpose of Saturday’s event, in partnership with The Arc of Fort Bend County, was for The Arc’s members to test some of the museum’s “sensory-friendly” features designed for the special needs community, particularly those on the sensory spectrum or Autism spectrum who are sensitive to bright lights or emergency room don’t keep much data on who comes in for treatment for opioids, she said. Nationally, it’s clear that the coronavirus pandemic has only exacerbated the opioid crisis, Varghese said. In 2020 alone, for instance, drug overdose deaths hit a record of 93,000, far eclipsing the 72,000 deaths in 2019, according to an Associated Press article. “Most of the opioid deaths are related to fentanyl overdoses,” Varghese said. “That’s becoming a real problem.” Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid, which is created in a laboratory as opposed to a natural opioid. The reason for that is a growing number of Americans have become increasingly tolerant of opioids, and require higher doses to meet the addiction, Varghese said. And more fentanyl is coming in illicitly, and cut with other dangerous substances, she said. Additional funding for opioid treatment can only help, but it’s critical it goes to the right places, Varghese said. Making that happen takes data, she said. “We’re screening a lot of patients who do have the disorder,” she said. “But some might not be ready. And some might not need the intense medical assistance. So, I’m not necessarily seeing all patients.” still being built out, he said. Boney also chided Land for taking a seat on the bond committee, and then running against him. “To me, it’s oxymoronic, to claim credit for being the chairman of the bond committee, but then say the city isn’t providing resources to your area,” he said. “Here was your opportunity to do that. What does that say about your leadership?” Missouri City voters will also have a chance to decide whether or not to approve three bond propositions totaling about $85.85 million for mobility, facility and parks and

loud sounds. In an effort to create a more "sensory-neutral" environment in a place where some children might be overstimulated, bright lights on touch screens or exhibits with backlit buttons were dimmed. The volume of videos playing across various exhibits were quieter from the first hour of the museum's opening than at the end of the event, when the museum's exhibits returned to their default settings. Wallin said the Sugar Land location, which is three stories, is smaller and “not as overwhelming” as the museum’s flagship

★ MUSIC FROM PAGE 1 project, even though I spent most of my life doing solo music,” Jonsson said. “So I thought that I should do a solo album that represented me alone, doing everything. So that goes from writing all the tunes to playing them all. And mixing, mastering, recording and revision every step of the way, in part because of the pandemic. And also because I think it's a way to demonstrate things that I

★ REDISTRICTING FROM PAGE 1 complies with all applicable law; in the constitution, the Voting Rights Act and the requirement to equalize populations based on the 2020 Census," Hunter said in a Houston Public Media article. "Keeping political subdivisions together, keeping communities of interest together, preserving the course of existing districts, creating geographically compact districts, directly partisan considerations and protecting incumbents." Redistricting in Texas has long been subject of severe political controversy and lawsuits because, unlike some states, the process here is partisan. “What bothers me is that I don’t have a voice,” said Lydia Ozuna, a Fort Bend County resident who in 2017 helped launch the nonpartisan Texans Against Gerrymandering nonprofit organization. “My vote doesn’t count as much as someone recreation projects across the city. Land said he found the bond process frustrating, and that he didn’t have power to make the changes he wanted. Land also has the time to dedicate to the job, and knows most of the neighborhoods because of his service on the homeowners’ association, he said. “I talk to candidates all the time,” he said. “They always talk about what they plan to do. I’m asking the people in my community what they want, instead of telling them what I’m going to do for them. I’m getting good response from people.”

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Ultimately, residents will decide the fate of the District B seat, Boney said. “It’s the people’s seat, and the people will decide,” he said.

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It’s that time of year again — pumpkin spice, apple cider, apple cider doughnuts and soups made of squash or whatever gourd is trendy this particular fall. It’s of course also the season of Oktoberfest. Though this festival has already concluded officially in Germany, it continues here in the Houston area. However, there are not many places to get German food in Fort Bend County, so if you’re a fan of schnitzel and sausage, I would recommend making a trip out to The Sauer Kraut Grill in Richmond, which has an extensive selection of German favorites, some of which have a Texas or international twist to them. In keeping with tradition, I ordered the Grobe “Oktoberfest” bratwurst, ($11.50) served on a fresh roll with spicy mustard and fresh sau-

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The “Oktoberfest” bratwurst, ($11.50) served on a fresh roll with spicy mustard and fresh sauerkraut, comes with a side of fries at The Sauer Kraut Grill in Richmond. (Photo by Stefan Modrich)

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Two things I would have done differently, if it were up to me: While I enjoy most types of mustard on whatever hot dog, burger or sausage I have in front of me, I thought the mustard used in this case was too acidic. I could have either used less of it or more sauerkraut to moderate the overwhelming strength of the mustard. I also would have appreciated a softer bun that was easier to chew, though I understand that it is customary in Germany to have a smaller bun used with an oversized brat. Having a side of fries (included with the bratwurst) and a fried and salted pretzel ($5) helped cleanse my palate. The pretzel had a lightly crunchy outer layer and was served

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A family-friendly Cajun restaurant is expanding to Fulshear next year. Orleans Seafood Kitchen, 6230 FM 1463, is expected to open in the spring, according to a news release from Erin Woolsey of Public Content. The restaurant first opened in 2008 at 20940 Katy Fwy. The menu will be the same at the new location and feature Cajun staples like seafood gumbo, etoufée, poboys, char-grilled oysters and boiled crawfish when it is in season. For more information, email info@orleansseafoodkitchen.com. Oktoberfest event scheduled for Saturday in Richmond Those looking to get a taste of German culture will have an opportunity to do so this weekend at a local bar.

Scotty’s Saloon, 114 Agnes Road in Richmond, whill host an Oktoberfest event from 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. The event will feature craft beer, food, music, as well as games and contests. For more information, call 713-560-1804. Sugar Land church to host ‘Trunks and Treats’ Families looking to get a headstart on their trick-ortreating can do so in Sugar Land this Saturday. Fishers of Men Lutheran Church, 2011 Austin Parkway, is hosting its fourth annual Trunks and Treats event from 3-6 p.m. Families are invited to bring kids of all ages to dress in costume and collect treats from car trunks decorated for Halloween. Games will be available, as well as music and food. Admission for the event is free. For more information, call 281-242-7711.

Pictured is a sampling of the Cajun fare at Orleans Seafood Kitchen, which is slated to open next spring at 6230 FM 1463 in Fulshear. (Contributed photo)

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