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On most any given Wednesday evening, Rick Nixon can be found walking with others along Bissonnet Street in some of the roughest parts of Houston. “Bissonnet’s like a microcosm of Houston,” Nixon said. The parts he walks are notorious for drugs and prostitution. He and others like him aren’t there for illicit purposes. They walk and they pray and they try to help those caught up in the sex trade to escape. It’s just one small way the Sugar Land man can help make a difference for those tangled in the web of human trafficking. “An enormous amount of revenue is generated by human trafficking,” he said. According to experts, Houston is a major hotbed of human trafficking in the United States and one of the most prominent areas is just north of the intersection of Highway 59 and Beltway 8. The proximity of the problem isn’t lost on Charles Jessup, the mayor of Meadows Place, a one-square-mile community bordering the troubled area. “We know it’s expanding down into Fort Bend County,” Jessup said. Like most middle class suburbanites in Fort Bend County, Jessup was unaware of the darkness and human suffering encroaching on his community. He recently learned about the Freedom Church Alliance and its efforts to combat human trafficking. The alliance formed in 2013 and currently has 15 churches and 20 nonprofit organizations collaborating in an effort to rescue victims and bring an end to human trafficking in Houston. Nixon is a member of one of two Sugar Land churches that are part of the alliance. He is a member of Sugar Creek Baptist Church. The other is Sugar Land First United Methodist Church. Recently, representatives from both churches met at Meadows Place City Hall to talk about their efforts to fight back against human trafficking. Along with Nixon were Jeremy Scott and Dawn Rigsby of Sugar Creek Baptist and Jimmy Fenwick of Sugar Land FUMC. “This leverages all of those organizations,” Fenwick said. “We’re all in this together. As a collective, we all have to do this together.” One of their goals is to help average citizens get involved in the effort to stop human trafficking.

Pictured are members of local churches that are involved in the Freedom Church Alliance, a ministry aimed at stopping human trafficking in and around Houston. From the left are Dawn Rigsby, Jeremy Scott, Jimmy Fenwick, and Rick Nixon. (Photo by Joe Southern)

ing.” Their primary tool is a GoOne of the complexities Box, a small box filled with Human trafinformation, a video, a music ficking in our of the issue is age. At 18, CD, a GoBag, and numerous area affects women can be charged with other items that people can all of us. See prostitution even though page 4A many women over the age use to help victims escape of 18 are victims of sex trafslavery. “It’s a toolkit we use to help mo- ficking. “These girls shouldn’t be busted bilize people to be a part of the for prostitution, they need to be taksolution,” Scott said. en in and moved to victimization and handed off not into the legal What is human trafficking? In order to be a part of the solu- system but into the health system,” tion, people first need to know what Jessup said. It was estimated in 2015 that lahuman trafficking is. According to the U.S. Department of Health and bor trafficking alone generated $150 Human Services: “Human traf- billion worldwide. That doesn’t inficking is a modern-day form of clude sex trafficking. “More money is made on this slavery. Victims of human trafficking are subjected to force, fraud, or than all the sports teams make,” coercion, for the purpose of sexual Rigsby said. She said it’s highly profitable for exploitation or forced labor. Victims are young children, teenagers, the pimps and slave owners. “Drug dealers are going from men and women.” Although a high percentage of drugs to girls because they can use human trafficking slaves serve them over and over,” Rigsby said. in the sex trade, not all do. Many How to help are forced into labor in various inLike any industry, human trafdustries, especially in restaurant, manufacturing, mining, and con- ficking follows the laws of supply struction industries. The Freedom and demand. The Freedom Church Church Alliance website explains Alliance strives to attack the probthat not all prostitutes are victims lem at both ends. One of the primary of sex trafficking, but many are. concerns for those in the alliance is The victims are usually young girls for the safety of all involved. According to the Department of under the age of 18. “The common age is 14 to 16,” Homeland Security, “The safety of Jessup said. “That to me is terrify- the public as well as the victim is

Rick Nixon, left, of Sugar Land visits with a resident along Bissonnet Street during one of his nights walking the street in an effort to help curb human trafficking. (Submitted photo)

paramount. Do not attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to any suspicions. It is up to law enforcement to investigate suspected cases of human trafficking.” “I can’t go in and rescue those girls,” Fenwick said.

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The Rev. David Sincere knows firsthand the difference a caring adult can make in the chaos-filled life of a child. He was only 7 years old when the man who financially took care of his family, but also beat his mother and trafficked drugs, was killed. The dichotomy of emotions that situation brought is difficult enough for an adult to handle, let alone a child. So little David shut down as he watched his family and home situation deteriorate even more. He stopped speaking in school and when he did speak he was disruptive. He became one of those students that would make some say, “something’s wrong with that boy.”

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Mehaa Amirthalingam, a freshman at the Global Studies Academy at Travis High School, loves to dance, enjoys photography, and strives to revolutionize current water conservation methods. She is the proud second place winner after competing among the top 10 young scientists in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge. Her platform of research has been water conservation, which she has been working on for the last three years. Through the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge, she was recognized for her innovative idea of a novel toilet flushing system that uses both freshwater and grey water. She was recognized as one of the Top Indian American Role Models for Girls in the nation and was also recognized in many publications such as the Pioneer Press of St. Paul, Minn., A Mighty Girl, Travel Beats, Masti Time, India West and Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls to name a few. On Oct. 22 she was invited to ring the New York Stock Exchange closing bell with the top winner. “If we do not make small adjustments in the way we utilize water now, we may have to make huge compromises in the future,” Amirthalingam said.

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She cites the situation of taking baths in a bucket to save and reuse grey water in Cape Town as an example of an extreme possibility in many places in the future. When Amirthalingam was selected as one of the finalists among thousands of applicants across the country in early June she was assigned a mentor, Dr. Jen Hanson, from 3M with the objective of creating a prototype of the idea she submitted to the contest. With a rigorous short-term research and additional help from a panel of 3M water scientists, she created a final product that will potentially sell for a price of $30. Amirthalingam realized

that the reason for the slow growth of grey water usage in homes in America is due to the lack of awareness. She adds that in the early 1900s the use of grey water was considered illegal, but today there are regulations created to make it easy for anyone to adopt grey water recycling. She said it is not only good for the environment but also a good investment due to a reasonable five-year breakeven period. As her next goal, Amirthalingam plans to reach out to water conservation agencies across the globe to increase awareness of her solution and to build model homes equipped with her product. As 3M is an innovationdriven company allowing employees to use 15 percent of their time for any research based on personal interest, Amirthalingam plans to continue to work with Dr. Hanson to create turnkey solutions that include filters and tanks required for grey water purification and storage. She has also been contacted by several researchers in India with technologies for handling and purifying grey water to combine their technology with her solution, more particularly on aspects of microbial disinfection techniques. Amirthalingam’s point is that innovators should focus more on practical issues although it is tempting to work on profit oriented topics.

“Fort Bend Music Center had a very successful and fun event at the 4th Annual Senior Expo Stafford Center on October 10th, 2018. As usual, we signed up a large number of seniors who have never had piano lessons before. Many of whom are so excited about starting piano lessons that they visit the store on a regular basis just to make sure they are still on our list. We started our first piano class on Monday, October 29th. The class was overrun with happy seniors who could hardly wait to start. Some arrived over one hour early. We are planning a 2nd and 3rd class. We can only teach 10 students in a group. We want to take this opportunity to thank John Sazma and Fort Bend Star Newspaper for your dedication, planning, and implementation of this fantastic event. We are so glad to be part of the Fort Bend Star Newspaper family. We are looking forward to many more years of Seniors Expos and other fine events alike. Thanks you so much for including Fort Bend Music Center!” Craig Latson ,Music Education Director Fort Bend Music Center Houston (832) 500-4320 Stafford (281) 494-5885 FortBendMusicCenter.com


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One of the worst human trafficking hotspots is in our back yard What really scared me was the big, red dot. The dot itself was not scary, but its size and location on the map gave me chills. The map is of Houston and the immediate surrounding area. The red dots, which varied in size from a BB to a grape, represent high concentration areas of human trafficking. The biggest dot in all of Houston sits just north of where the Southwest Freeway intersects Beltway 8. Houston is one of the biggest areas in the country for human trafficking and the area of highest concentration is in our back yard. My office is about three short miles from Ground Zero and I was totally clueless. Chances are you were too. Covering and writing the story on the front page of this week’s paper unnerved me. Hundreds, perhaps thousands, of human slaves toil in unimaginable conditions right under our noses. Whenever I drive through the long construction zone that is the Southwest Freeway between Rosenberg and Sugar Land, I can’t help but wonder how many of those workers are there against their own will. The same thought crosses my mind as I watch any of the myriads of buildings going up in our area. I used to think of the workers as mostly illegal aliens doing the hard labor that Americans don’t want to do – if I thought of them at all. Now I’m not so sure. I have to wonder, is our super new interstate highway paved in part by

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slave labor? Do I walk into stores built entirely by free hands? Is the food I eat at restaurants prepared by trained chefs or kidnap victims who have been beaten and tortured into submission? The story I wrote this week is about a group called Freedom Church Alliance. It’s a network of local churches and nonprofit organizations dedicated to stopping human trafficking. Their primary toolkit is a cardboard box called a GoBox. Inside is all kinds of information people can use to help fight human trafficking. One item in particular is a DVD of a documentary called “Nefarious: Merchant of Souls.” It’s not the kind of documentary filled with cute little animals you would show your children. Children should never watch it. It’s a story of a different kind of animal – human monsters who buy and sell other humans. Its focus is on sex trafficking. It goes into vivid detail how innocent children – mostly girls – are groomed or even outright kidnapped off the streets and brutally raped, beaten, and humiliated as their masters prep them for a horrendous life

This map of the Houston area is highlighted by red dots showing areas known for human trafficking. (Photo by Joe Southern)

of unthinkable servitude. The documentary includes interviews with former prostitutes, pimps, and others involved in sex trafficking. It looks at the problem from a global perspective. That’s what makes Houston such a hotbed because of its massive port and mixed cultures. It’s very easy for smugglers to get their human cargo into and out of the country that way. The video includes reenactments of slave sales, brutalization, and other aspects of sex trafficking. Although they are toned down for the benefit of the audience, it still made my skin crawl. I don’t recall the exact figure they gave, but it was something like more than 95 percent of all women working as prostitutes and an untold number in

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that bad here in Houston, but now I sometimes have to wonder. The problem of sex trafficking probably hits closer to home than most of us realize. The porn industry is rife with sex trafficking victims. Anyone who has ever viewed pornography is guilty of adding to the demand side of the sex trade. I’m guilty. For most of my teen and adult life I was addicted to porn. I confessed my addiction to my wife in 2009 and entered a 12-step recovery program through a Christian based ministry called Celebrate Recovery. I now know that I bear the guilt of someone else’s enslavement and shame. That’s a tough reality to face. It’s only through the grace of God that I can find forgiveness and freedom from my sin. It’s because

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the porn industry are working against their will. They may be acting like they enjoy it, but they don’t. They simply have no choice. They are so harshly conditioned to believe the lies they are told that most of them feel they have no value, no other purpose, and no hope. Even when they are rescued, their minds have to be re-trained to accept that they are valued as a person and that they have a free will and are in fact free. In part of “Nefarious” they showed parents in Southeast Asia who traffic their own children. There are places where having a baby girl is akin to hitting the jackpot because the fathers can make a living selling their young daughters for sex. I don’t think things are

of that grace that I owe to each woman I helped victimize through my consumption of porn not just an apology but a promise to do what I can to help combat this horrific crime. Honestly, I have no real desire to take up sex trafficking as a cause. I have a very full plate and many commitments and responsibilities I must tend to. But if I don’t, who will? If I could find the time to watch pornography I can certainly find the time to pray for the victims and to go through my GoBox and start finding ways I can make a difference. This column and my story are good first steps. I hope that they will open your eyes to the seriousness and depth of the problem right here in our own community. I hope that you will go to your place of worship and ask what you can do to get your church, temple, or mosque involved. A great first step is to visit www. freedomchurchalliance.org and become informed and then involved. If my daughter were being trafficked, I would hope that someone would try to rescue her. I can be that someone for another parent out there. No, I don’t have to be directly involved and I don’t have to put myself in danger. I can pray, I can donate, and I can help spread awareness. If enough of us get involved, we can help shrink that big red dot on our side of the map, or even obliterate it. To sit back and let it grow is a stain on my conscience I cannot bear, nor should you.

Dear Editor, Diversity is defined as individuals representing more than one national origin, color, religion, socioeconomic echelon, gender, etc. Specifically, diversity may best be defined by any way in which we are different which includes the aforementioned, as well as influences in how we grew up such as generation impact, family influences, cultural beliefs and practices/celebrations, and Cognitive Diversity: Differences in perspective or information processing styles. Fort Bend County, with approximately 685,000 people and on track to exceed 800,000 in the next five years, is widely considered one of the most diverse counties in the entire country with 64 percent of the current population considered minorities. What does this mean for businesses? How does this affect the bottom line? With diverse backgrounds comes different thinking and greater creativity giving businesses a competitive advantage. So as businesses embrace this diversity through its ownership, management, and key employees, they would be more able to utilize this advantage. McKinsey & Company’s research shows that gender-diverse companies are 15 percent more likely to outperform their peers and ethnically-diverse companies are 35 percent more likely to do the same.

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Teacher Lindsey Wilson of Stephen F. Austin High School was awarded the 2018 Thomas Aczel Award for Outstanding High School Chemistry. The award, presented by American Chemical Society (ACS), recognizes meritorious performance in the teaching of chemistry in a high school. Wilson has been a teacher at Austin High School since 2010. She grew up in Sugar Land and graduated from Clements High School. She has a bachelor of science biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a master of science education from the University of Houston. She enjoys spending time with my husband, Matt Wilson,

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There was plenty of action to see at the 15th Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta held Oct.13-14 at Brooks Lake in Sugar Land. Teams from Chicago, Louisiana, Dallas and Austin competed in fierce competition to win the cup. Every year the Texas Dragon Boat Association organizes the Annual Gulf Coast International Dragon Boat Regatta. The weekend highlights the traditions and cultures of Asia and Asian-Americans while teams compete in the fastest growing water sport, 40-foot long dragon boats weighing 500

pounds racing 250 and 500 meters on Brooks Lake/ Fluor campus. This year the event included more competitive racing such as the 2K and 6K endurance cup races and the Sugar Land SUP (Stand-Up Paddle) Sprint race. Residents from Sugar Land, Houston, and cities outside of Houston came to watch the action on water and land. At this year’s event, the organization honored First Colony Community Services Association (Jack Molho) for their ongoing support of the event and its yearround paddling program. There were also celebrity emcees, including Sugar Land councilmember Amy Mitchell, political analyst and former Sugar Land councilmember Jacquie

Pictured from the left are Niza Garcia, Miss Harris County 2019; Mary Favre, vice president of the First Colony Community Services Board of Directors; Haydn Jennings, Miss Houston Outstanding Teen; Jack Molho, FCCA executive director; Xie Fei, cultural counselor of the Chinese Consulate General in Houston; Amy Mitchell, Sugar Land councilmember; Liu Yiran, vice consul of the Chinese Consulate; Jim Travlos, board chairman of the Texas Dragon Boat Association; Emy Aninzo-Wong, TDBA committee member; and David Mandell, TDBA executive director. (Photo courtesy Randy Kozlovsky)

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Jingle Tree event begins Nov. 9 at museum From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

The holiday season is a magical time, and even more so at Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land with one of Fort Bend’s most anticipated holiday traditions—Jingle Tree. The special event features a showcase of beautifully decorated trees that are up for bid in a weeklong, online silent auction sponsored and decorated by Fort Bend designers, museum supporters, local celebrities and artistic visionaries. The festive events take place Nov. 9-15 and Dec. 8. “Jingle Tree is a festive way to support HMNS Sugar Land’s mission of science education while helping provide science enrichment to local underserved populations,” said Adrienne Barker, director and chief development officer of HMNS at Sugar Land. “Whether through a classroom

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Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. Sealed submittals, one (1) original, eight (8) copies, and one (1) electronic copy on flash drive, shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2018, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Submittals received after the opening date and time will not be considered. Questions regarding this submittal must be received on or before 3:00 p.m., Tuesday, November 13, 2018. Please post all questions on Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. Notice of award of contract shall be given by the City within one hundred and twenty (120) days following the date of submittals.

The City of Stafford, TX, has received an application for a Specific Use Permit to allow for the construction of a food processing facility within the RCT, Residential, Commercial and Technology Zoning District, located approximately 450 feet south of West Airport Boulevard, on the west side of Sugar Ridge Boulevard. Copies of the application for Specific Use Permit are available for public inspection at City Hall. A public hearing will be held before the Planning and Zoning Commission on November 13, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, TX to hear any person desiring to be heard regarding this application for a Specific Use Permit. The Planning and Zoning Commission will prepare and send to the City Council a report on the proposed change for City Council’s consideration. The City Council will hold a public hearing on the application for Specific Use Permit on November 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m., also at Stafford City Hall. In addition to the opportunity to speak at the public hearing under State law, you have certain other rights with respect to the proposed amendment to the Zoning Ordinance that would grant a Specific Use Permit. Section 211.006(d) of the Texas Local Government Code provides as follows: “If the proposed change to a regulation or boundary is protested in accordance with this subsection, the proposed change must receive, in order to take effect, the affirmative vote of at least three-fourths of all members of the governing body. The protest must be written and signed by the owners of at least 20 percent of either: the area of the lots or land covered by the proposed change; or the area of the lots or land immediately adjoining the area covered by the proposed change and extending 200 feet from that area.”

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and fun.” This year’s schedule of events includes: Friday, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. – Kickoff Tree Lighting – Featuring a short program with master of ceremonies, the honorable James Thompson, and honoring Mayor and Mrs. Joe Zimmerman and Allison and Cassandra Wen. The VIP and media event allows media and special guests to see the trees up close as they “come to light” during the museum’s first tree lighting event. And, the auction begins. Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 9 a.m. to noon – Bring the Bling – Spend the morning seeing new trends in holiday decorations, visiting demonstration sessions and enjoying light bites. Thursday, Nov. 15, from 5:308:30 p.m. - Jingle, Jingle Mix and Mingle Happy Hour and Auction Close. Wrap up the auction week with the always fun-filled happy hour, an evening of cocktails, tree viewing, on-line bidding and a

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SYSTEM REPLACEMENT The City of Sugar Land seeks proposals for performing all work required for the following project in the City: RFP 2019-08: Enterprise Resource Planning System Replacement Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. Sealed proposals, one (1) original, seven (7) copies, and one (1) electronic copy on flash drive shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 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, November 30, 2018 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please post all questions on Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. The City will award and give notice within one hundred eighty (180) calendar days after the opening date and time.

Should you have any questions regarding this notice, you may call the undersigned at (281) 261-3920. Sincerely, Jeff Johnson City Planner

INVITATION FOR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Stafford Centre Video Surveillance Package The City of Stafford is seeking to hire a quality contactor to furnish labor, material and equipment for the turnkey installation of a security camera system located at the intersection of Murphy Road and Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477. Sealed proposals in duplicate, marked “Stafford Centre Video Surveillance Package” addressed to the City of Stafford will be received by the City Secretary, Ms. Tomika R. Lewis, at the Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477 until 2:00 p.m., local time, Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Proposals received after closing time will be returned unopened. The proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. Notice of the award of the contract shall be given by the City within sixty (60) days following the opening of proposals. A pre-proposal meeting for all interested parties will be held on November 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477. It is highly recommended that all parties interested in submitting a proposal attend this meeting. Plans, specifications and proposal documents may be picked up from the Stafford Centre Business Office, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477. Any questions concerning this bid may be directed to bryan@ staffordcentre.com. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and waive any or all informalities. No proposal may be withdrawn until the expiration of sixty (60) days from the date proposals are opened. /s/ Tomika R. Lewis


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Dulles beats Elkins 22-21, clinches first playoff spot in 6 years Manvel broke open a 7-7 tie at halftime to score 35 points in the third quarter to beat Willowridge 51-7 last Saturday at Mercer Stadium. Willowridge contributed to their demise by losing five fumbles. The Eagles’ Vaughnte Frederick rushed 30 times for 112-yards and he completed 5 of 19 passes for 61-yards and a touchdown.

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With one week to go in the season, the playoff picture is clearing up. In District 20 6A, Ridge Point, Travis and Dulles have punched their tickets for the playoffs. Ridge Point and Travis will compete in 6A Division 1, and Dulles will compete in 6A Division 2. The final playoff qualifier for Division 2 will be the winner of the Austin and Elkins game next Saturday. In District 11 5A Division 2, both Marshall and Willowridge will be advancing to the playoffs. In District 10 5A Division 1, Hightower is tied for fourth place and still in the fight for a playoff spot. Dulles 22, Elkins 21 Dulles came from behind to beat Elkins 22-21 last Thursday at Hall Stadium. The win puts the Vikings in the playoffs for the first time in six years. Trailing 14-7 at halftime, the Vikings added a 22-yard field goal by Tristan Wendt in the third quarter to cut the lead to 14-10 to begin the fourth quarter. With 7:04 to go in the game, Elkins’ Issiah Nixon scored on an 11-yard run to put the Knights up 21-10. Dulles cut the lead to 21-16 when Javian Myles scored on a 16-yard run with 5:10 to go in the game. The Vikings then won the game, and their playoff spot, when quarterback Cameron Peters ran into the end zone from 4 yards out with 27 seconds remaining in the game. “Making the playoffs means everything. I remember two years ago we said we were going to go, but this year we actually meant it. We’ve worked hard, and we definitely deserve this position. I’m truly thankful that God has blessed us to make it this far. We’ve made history,” Dulles’ Ainias Smith said. Peters completed 15 of 25 passes for 139-yards and one touchdown, and he rushed 8 times for 21-yards and the game winning touchdown. Myles carried the ball 38 times for 179-yards and one touchdown, and he caught 3 passes for 24-yards and a touchdown. This year’s Viking team has become a close-knit team. “I feel this team has more of a family bond than the teams in the past. We all played together as freshmen and I believe that we as a unit know that we control our own destiny. Our goal for this season was to be one of the four teams out of the district to make the playoffs and we worked our tails off all offseason to make that dream come true,” senior Myles Heard said. The Viking defense held Elkins to 281-yards of total offense, while the Viking offense generated 420-yards of total offense. Elkins was led by Nixon who rushed 14 times for 91-yards and one touchdown, and Kolby White caught 6 passes for 96-yards and a touchdown. Travis 68, Kempner 24 Parker Washington scored two touchdowns in the first two minutes of the game to lead Travis to a 68-24 win over Kempner last Thursday at Mercer Stadium. Washington also scored on a 65-yard touchdown pass in the first 14 seconds of the third quarter as he caught 5 passes for 146-yards. All of his scores were the result of Kempner fumbles on kickoffs. For the game, Travis generated 490-yards of total offense. Quarterback Eric Rodriguez completed 15 of 19 passes for 285-yards and five touchdowns. Mike Samba caught 4 passes for 81-yards and a touchdown and Colin Mushinski had 2 catches for 10-yards and a touchdown. Aundre Smith rushed 8 times for 115-yards and two touchdowns. “Our offense was consistent tonight. We didn’t make any mistakes or have any silly penalties. We talked all week about playing a clean game. We just wanted to come out and do what we do offensively and play sound. If we can get the ball spread around to Parker (Washington) and Kaelen (Shankle) and Aundre (Smith), we expect to have a good night on offense, Travis Head Coach Trey Sissom said. “Aundre is our sophomore scat back who has really come on during the

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season. He has worked himself into the varsity lineup and the last three or four games he has had some really good production.” Kempner’s flexbone offense did generate 399-yards of offense, all on the ground, but their first minute mistakes in each half, prevented them from keeping the game competitive. The Cougars Jordan Shelton rushed 29 times for 147-yards and a touchdown. “Most offenses in our district run the same scheme, so it’s a big change to go against Kempner but I think we handled it pretty well,” Travis defensive end John Henderson said. The Tigers had just a few days to prepare for the flexbone. “We had a short week. We played last Saturday and then we turned around on a Thursday to play Kempner and their running offense. Our kids did really well. They don’t line up in a bunch of different formations, so if we could just get lined up where we wanted to be, we thought we had a good shot. We slowed them down as much as we could, but they still had a bunch of yards. Jordan Shelton, their running back, is as good as anyone in the district,” Sissom said. Austin 28, Bush 27 Moises Tezzo scored on a 1-yard run with 4:20 to go in the game, and Stephen Pijnnaken kicked the extra point to give Austin a 28-27 win over Bush last Friday at Mercer Stadium. Bush scored first on a 25-yard field goal by Wilfredo Guzman. Austin replied with Troy Omeire scoring on a 26-yard pass from Tre Larsen, and Guzman added another field goal to make the halftime score Austin 7 Bush 6. Austin scored twice in the

third quarter, the first on a 34-yard run by Tezzo, and then Omeire caught a 53-yard pass from Larsen to put the Bulldogs up 21-6. Bush never gave up as Demetrice Jones scored twice on runs of 38-yards and 14-yards, and Kenneth Phillips scored on a 5-yard run. The extra point on Phillips touchdown was no good, making the score Bush 27 Austin 21. Tezzo then scored to tie the game, and Stephen Pijnnaken kicked the extra point to give the Bulldogs the win. For the game, Tezzo rushed 19 times for 139-yards and two touchdowns. Larsen completed 7 of 22 passes for 135-yards and two touchdowns, and Omeire caught 5 passes for 130-yards and two touchdowns. Bush was led by Demetrice Jones who rushed 29 times for 148-yards and two touchdowns. Bush was held to just 11 passing yards and they committed 13 penalties for 121-yards.

Shadow Creek 28, Hightower 12 Shadow Creek remained undefeated in district play as they beat Hightower 28-12 last Friday at Freedom Stadium. The Hurricanes are tied for fourth place in District 11 5A Division 1 and will need a win on

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Marshall 65, Northside 7 The Buffaloes scored 37 points in the first quarter as they stampeded Northside 657 last Saturday at Hall Stadium. Michael Jones started the scoring parade with a 45-yard interception return, followed by a Malik Hormsby 2-yard touchdown run, a safety, a Jerry Davis 15-yard touchdown run, a Norman Baker 20-yard interception return, and a Korey King 15-yard pass from Hormsby. In the second quarter, Davis and Devon Achane both scored on 15-yard runs. Marshall closed out their scoring with a Dalevon Campbell 15-yard touchdown pass from Andrew Reynolds and Jamille Adams’ 2-yard run. The Buffaloes are 9-0 overall and 7-0 in district play.

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H TRAFFICKING, FROM PAGE 1 “Only professionals can go in and do the stings,” Rigsby added. Nixon said none of the street walkers or those manning prayer stations is put in harm’s way. By visibility alone they can help deter activity. He also noted that not everyone who wants to help has to come out and man a station or walk a street. The GoBoxes provide many avenues for people to help. GoBox and GoBag Prayer warriors walking the streets and manning stations are just one of many ways people can help combat human trafficking. Nixon said people can help by utilizing the resources in the GoBoxes. Each GoBox is filled with literature and guides that help people connect with different agencies in the alliance. They also contain a GoBag. The bags are to be filled with specific

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County’s involvement in the war with the community.” Artifacts on display include the original camera and wartime photographs of France and occupied Germany taken by a Houston-area soldier, a full WWI uniform, a gas mask bag, helmets, vintage postcards and more. During the exhibit research phase, Ware was amazed to discover that a member of the DeWalt community was a war casualty. “We knew that residents of the DeWalt community served during World War I, but it was poignant to uncover that the memory of someone who paid the ultimate sacrifice had been forgotten until we started researching,” she

said. “We hope to honor his sacrifice by sharing the sense of service and loss that touched the community during that time.” The exhibit closing celebration will take place on Sunday, Nov. 11, from 1-4 p.m. at the DeWalt Heritage Center, located in Kitty Hollow Park at 9555 Hwy. 6 South in Missouri City. Veterans of the U.S. military, members of the community and their families are invited to attend the event to learn more about Fort Bend County’s involvement in this global “war to end all wars.” Light refreshments will be served. For more information, visit fbhistory.org/ dewalt-heritage-center or call 281-342-1256.

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what kinds of behavior they are seeing in the classroom. Disruptive activities such as fights, sleeping in class, inability to focus, unusually high levels of anger, or emotional outbursts could all be signs of trauma in the child’s life. He asked the teachers how much time they spent learning about educating children and the base amount was 3.5 years. “Now how many of those are years dealing with the emotional side?” he asked. Silence. “This is part of the problem,” he said. Another problem is getting the needed help. Some parents resist the idea of having a child in therapy because of the stigma of seeking out mental health. “But the second leading cause of death in your schools is suicide,” he said. “The level of emotional disturbances these kids are dealing with, we are not trained in this country to deal with and control our emotions.” To make matters worse, judgment is thrown in the mix when a child is disruptive. “With complex trauma or multiple experiences of trauma, it has a cumulative effect and it impacts you. You have a difficult time coping. You may see kids having a difficult time coping. We focus on the behavior. How do we respond? By saying, these are bad kids or mama’s not taking care of them,” he said. Sincere said it is also important to teach children to recognize and identify their emotions. One of the teachers noted that she was proud that the younger students are learning breathing exercises to calm themselves. “We need to train every single teacher. When children don’t know how to self-manage emotions,” he said. He said another important piece is helping the educators. Principal Dr. Toron Woolridge said he tells his staff, “whatever support you need, this is an open door policy. That’s also why we have meetings like this. This is great training. We need transparency and confidentiality,” Woolridge said.

H SINCERE, FROM PAGE 1 A church near his home intervened in his life, bringing food and stability. For Sincere, the importance of strong role models in the life of a child is more than just a story to present to teachers during an in-service gathering as he did recently for Blue Ridge Elementary in the Fort Bend Independent School District. For Sincere, it is personal. He is guided by the words of a former slave, noted orator and social reformer Frederick Douglass: “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.” That is why for the last 20 years Sincere spent his life mentoring students, hosting community forums, volunteering within the FBISD, and serving on the Board Leadership Academy. He created a non-profit called Advocacy Now to inspire others to give back. His efforts captured the attention of the state, which recognized him recently with the “Heroes for Children Award “ from the Texas Board of Education. The state recognized 15 volunteers from each board district including Sincere’s efforts in the FBISD. His educational crusades are part of why he was recognized recently by the State of Texas As he spoke to a room full of teachers at Blue Ridge Elementary School recently, he showed multiple slides including two brain scans – a neglected child and a nurtured child, which indicated a marked difference in brain activity. It is all part of his workshop presentations called Trauma Informed Care, which teaches parents, teachers, and administrators how to identify kids suffering from early childhood trauma. They learned that when kids are “being bad” something deeper is usually happening. “We focus on the academics. Make sure they get good academics but what are they doing with their emotional side?” asked Sincere. “We don’t learn a lot about that.” He asked the teachers

To help teachers, they created a 30-day “happy teacher challenge,” where teachers can take a lunch break without simultaneously doing any other work and releasing the need to feel guilty. Sincere said his Advocacy Now group is “focusing on the school-prison pipeline. It’s real. I was on the edge of the school to prison pipeline which is why I am passionate about this stuff,” said Sincere. The school to prison pipeline is a process of criminalizing students, usually those from disadvantaged backgrounds, where students are pushed out of schools and put into contact with law enforcement through harsh disciplinary policies. Changing the process can sometimes start by changing the question of “why is the student behaving so bad” to “what is happening with you?” He gave an example of a fourth-grade student who was breaking into cars and homes. “The child didn’t have any food. I have kids wearing jackets to cover up they are dingy and dirty. There are kids who are going through things. That is why mentoring and intervention is imperative,” said Sincere. He still remembers learning his stepfather was dead and resulting chaos of losing their possessions. “I remember going through my academic career with anger and bitterness. I didn’t understand what was going on,” he said. Sincere remembers returning to his old neighborhood and seeing the church still there and a new pastor trying to help. For some children, institutions like the church or the school are the only safe spaces in a traumatized child’s life. “This may be the safest place for a  kid on this campus and that’s why I want to bring that to your attention. I don’t care what the state says about testing, I care about a whole person. This is the only profession where we can’t control the product that comes through our door. We have to be reflective of how we can help the community the best way we can,” he said.

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Pecan Harvest Festival set for Nov. 18 in Richmond Street around historic Morton Cemetery at the edge of Wessendorff Park. An old-fashioned hayride will expose riders to the historic district of Richmond, while the festival features artisan vendors, a farmer’s market, a beer and wine garden, a baking contest, and a classic car show. Texas A&M AgriLife Extension is hosting the pecan education portion of the Richmond Pecan Harvest Festival, including interactive agricultural exhibits and the Fort Bend County Pecan Show. Attendees will find more than 40 varieties of award winning pecans,

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The West Fort Bend Management District and the City of Richmond have announced that the 2018 Pecan Harvest Festival will be held in historic downtown Richmond on Sunday, Nov. 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The festival’s Kidz Zone will be nestled in historic Decker Park, while live music entertains all day from Wessendorff Park’s acoustically designed Gazebo. Festival attendees can stroll along the trails from Second

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MONTH OF NOVEMBER ESL CONVERSATION CIRCLES

Are you learning to speak English? Would you like some practice in a casual, informal atmosphere? Fort Bend County Libraries presents a program to practice your English language and conversation skills. The Conversation Circles will take place at First Colony Branch Library, George Memorial Library, Sugar Land Branch Library, and Cinco Ranch Branch Library. Free and open to the public. For more information, call the library you would like to attend.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 7 BOOST YOUR CONFIDENCE TO BOOST YOUR CAREER

Learn how to interview better and make a great impression on prospective employers at University Branch Library, 1-3 p.m., 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-6335100 or 281-633-4734.

TRANSPARENT LANGUAGE ONLINE

The staff at the Sugar Land Branch Library will demonstrate how to use this resource at 10:15 am, 550 Eldridge. Offering online courses for people who would like to learn a new language. The database includes more than 80 languages – from Afrikaans to Zulu – as well as ESL. Free and open to the public. Reservations required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on Events, select Sugar Land Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281238-2140.

THURSDAY, NOV. 8 YOUNG ADULT ADVISORY COUNCIL

The University Branch Library in Sugar Land is looking for teens in grades 9-12 interested in leadership and volunteer-service hours at the library. Become a member of the Young Adult Advisory Council. Join us at 5 p.m., 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.

FORT BEND-HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING

All retired public school personnel are invited to attend at Sugar Land United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, 1 p.m. Texas Retired Teachers Foundation Update will be presented. Project: FBISD Shared Dreams Family Holiday Meals (bring large cans of soup and crackers). For more information, call 281-499-5885

MAKING SENSE OF POLITICS-THE SHORT STORY

Wharton County Junior College will present the event at 14004 University Blvd. Sugar Land. Jaye Ramsey Sutter, MA, JD, will be the featured speaker at 7 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, visit http:// fortbend-tx.aauw.net/.

FRIDAY, NOV. 9 VETERAN’S DAY LUNCHEON

The Oyster Creek Rotary Club is extending an invitation to all veterans to join us for lunch at the Quail Valley City Center, 2880 La Quinta Blvd., Missouri City. Lunch is free. RSVP via text to 832-265-9676.

SATURDAY, NOV. 10 FREE VACCINATIONS & DENTAL SCREENINGS

Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center at the old Sugar Factory, is offering free flu shots, immunizations & dental checkups to Fort Bend children 9 a.m. to 1p.m. Participants must be in line prior to 12:30 p.m. to ensure registration. No pre-registration is required but space is limited. Parents & guardians must bring child’s immunization records and must accompany child. Transportation for $2 per person roundtrip is available through Fort Bend County. Call 281-633-7433 to make transportation reservations.

YA FINANCIAL SKILLS: KEEP IT SAFE

Teens in grades 9-12, will learn financial literacy and how to guard against identity theft at the First Colony Branch Library, 10 a.m. to noon, in 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. The series gives teens a crash course in daily living tasks they will need in order to thrive after high school. Parents are welcome to attend with their teens. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.

TUESDAY, NOV. 13 SOCIAL SECURITY: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Learn how and when to apply for retirement benefits and Medicare, and the differences between Medicare Parts A, B, C, and D, at the Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd., 6:30 to 8 p.m. Survivor disability benefits and retirement planning will also be discussed. Learn how early retirement affects your benefits and how to get the most from your benefits. Attendees should set up a My Social Security account at www.socialsecurity.gov/ myaccount and print out a Social Security statement to

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Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1510 5th St. Missouri City will host the event. Purse preview at 5:30 p.m., bingo begins at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to support the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, to help find bone marrow donors and to support donor-related costs. Prizes include purses from Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Cole Hahn, Brahmin, Coach and more! Each purse is authentic, new and unused. For more information, to become a sponsor, or to purchase tickets, call 713-791-7718

Registration is open for this annual event, benefiting Texana’s Forward Together in Fulshear capital campaign. Presented by Richmond-based OCuSOFT, Inc. Organizers hope to raise $25,000 this year. To register or become a sponsor, visit https://app.mobilecause.com/ vf/TEXANATROT. The race will begin at 8 a.m. and it will be followed by an after-party with music, food and vendors.

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Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program is partnering with Andy Allen Clays for a Cure Challenge this fall. Wine valued at $2,400 will be given away and all the proceeds go to Be The Match Houston. Tickets are $25/each; you could be the winner of five Bottles of 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet. Visit www.gcrbc.ejoinme.org/wine to purchase tickets. Need not be present to win.

The performance will be at the First Colony Branch Library, 2 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway . Magik Theatre of San Antonio performs. Hear folk tales, lore, and legends that make up the storied history of the state of Texas. Family entertainment, free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.

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You can support the Arc of Fort Bend County at the 40th edition of the dinner, dance and auction at the George Ranch Historical Park Arena in Richmond. Bar B Que provided by The Swinging Door, the Triumphs will provide the music while you enjoy friends and neighbors and bid on the silent auction. Doors open at 6 p.m. For ticket information and to learn how to be a sponsor please call 281-269-7230 or 281-879-1158, or visit www. arcoffortbend.org.

Deborah Birge, a 15-year Fort Bend Master Gardener, will discuss horticultural techniques at the Sugar Land Garden Club. Join us at St. Basil’s Hall, 702 Burney Road. Social time begin at 9:30 a.m. program at 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. Visit www.sugarlandgardenclub. org for more information.

The Friends of the Mamie George Branch Library will host the sale, noon to 5 p.m., 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford. Gently used children’s and adults’ books and DVDs. For more information, call 281-238-2880 or 281633-4734.

Families can enjoy 70,000 pounds of snow and holiday cheer — not to mention a chance to meet Santa and the missus — during Snow Fest, noon to 3 p.m. The winter salute happens at 2422 Sandhill Crest Lane, with a three-lane slide, DJ, performing elf, ice carvers, face painters, a trackless train, 76-foot obstacle course and more. A giant snow globe offers the perfect spot for holiday photos. Hot chocolate, cookies will keep everyone warm. Free & open to the public. For more information visit www.jordanranchtexas.com.

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TUESDAY, NOV. 20 LOVING FRIENDS MEET

Join us at 5 p.m. at Quail Valley City Cr., 2880 La Quinta Dr., Missouri City. Loving Friends is a social group of men and women, who lost their spouses. It is not a grief support group. For more information please call 281-2083124 for a reservation. Other monthly activities include pokeno, book club, monthly luncheons and bridge. New members are always welcome.

THURSDAY, DEC. 6 FORT BEND- HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING

All retired school personnel are invited to Lunch at Sugar Land United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, 11 a.m. Have a Souper Holiday (appetizers, soups and desserts); Program: Sugar Land Middle School Choir; Project: Decorate bags for Lunches of Love. For more information, call 281-499-5885.

SATURDAY, DEC. 15 WINTER WONDERLAND CARNIVAL: TRANSITION AND DISABILITY RESOURCE FAIR

Fort Bend ISD, along with The Arc of Fort Bend, will host the fair, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Clements High School, 4200 Elkins Road, Sugar Land. Free and open to the public, the event is geared toward children with special needs, but is open to all children in the community. The Clements High School Honor Society will be helping to provide games, music, arts and crafts and other fun activities. Parents will also have an opportunity to listen to speakers and talk to vendors in Fort Bend County that provide services and resources for children with special needs.

CHRISTIAN WOMEN AGLOW

Will meet at 9:45 am. Come join us for a Thanksgiving celebration. For more information, call 713-854-9202. Women Aglow is an international Christian ministry.

SATURDAY, NOV. 17 MARRIAGE MATTERS

Do you have the relationship tools necessary to equip yourself and your spouse for the journey ahead? Be part of this series at the University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd, Sugar Land. Learn about communication, conflict management, family dynamics, sex and affection, setting financial goals, maximizing differences, date nights, and more. Free and open to the public, but registration is required. Call 281-342-3034 or email Courtney.bryant@ag.tamu.edu to register and for more information.

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Join us for an evening of dancing, dining, and a $500 raffle to support Liberty Christian Center’s 2019 graduates at the Mamie George Community Center, 1111 Collins Road, Richmond, from 7-10 p.m., $25/ person. For more information, call 281-804-8119.

ONGOING 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.

RICHMOND-ROSENBERG 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 1-800-272-3900.

QUAIL VALLEY WINE SOCIETY

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

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

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.

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