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WEDNESDAY • NOVEMBER 8, 2017 Election Update


Fort Bend / Southwest • Volume 40 • No. 13

Killer bee invasion

More enter candidacy Man donates services to remove for 2018 Two more candidates have announced their candidacy for judgeships during the primary election on March 6. Lewis White is running for the new Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 6 and Jennifer Chiang is running for Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 3. Both candidates had previously announced their candidacies but were inadvertently left off a list of candidates published last week. Below is the revised list.

State Senate District 17

Kristin Tassin announced she is running for the Republican nomination for State Senate District 17, which covers portions of Brazoria, Fort Bend, and Harris counties. Republican Joan Huffman currently holds the seat. Now in her second term, Tassin serves as president of the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees.

State House District 85

State Rep. Phil Stephenson announced he is seeking re-election to House District 85. He first won election to the seat in 2012. District 85 includes all of Jackson and Wharton counties and south Fort Bend County.

Fort Bend County District Attorney

With longtime district attorney John Healy announcing he will not run, two early contenders have surfaced for the post. Former Fort Bend County prosecutor Shawn M. McDonald announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for District Attorney. In 2006, McDonald started his own law firm and has continued to practice and try criminal juvenile, misdemeanor, and felony cases. Republican Cliff Vacek, retired judge of the 400th District Court, has announced his candidacy for the office. Vacek previously served over 10 years as District Judge before retiring in 2014.

hive from home in Missouri City By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.

Sometimes all it takes is a little buzz to generate an act of kindness. In this case it was the buzzing of tens of thousands of bees that had made their home in the side of an elderly woman’s home in Missouri City that led a local pest control company to act before anyone got hurt. Claude Griffin, owner of Gotcha Pest Control, said the swarm nested in the side of Marie Brown’s house on Maczali Drive appeared to be killer bees. “They had me from hello out in the street while I was putting my mask on,” he said. He said the bees were small and very aggressive. He estimated they had been there about five or six years. “It was rough, it was huge in there,” Griffin said. The only payment Griffin took for the job was the 90 pounds of honey he extracted from the hive. He said after discovering that the 79-year-old woman lives on Social Security and had recently undergone triple bypass heart surgery and had a pacemaker installed that there was no way she could afford his fee. Normally he charges $750 to remove bees and a job as complex as Brown’s would easily run $1,500. It took him four hours to complete the task.

(Photo by Joe Southern) Marie Brown stands by the side of the house where a swarm of killer bees was removed from her home by Claude Griffin of Gotcha Pest Control.

“I couldn’t afford it,” Brown said. “I’m so grateful. … They blessed me and they were so nice about it.” Brown said the hive was on a side of her house that she very rarely goes to. Over time the bees began invading her garage and then her home. They built their hive around the vent pipe for her water heater located in the garage. “I could see so many going into the side of the house,” she said. “Any light she turned on they’d go to it,” Griffin said. Griffin did the job

Stavinoha Bridge plans closures for repairs Staff Reports FOR FORTBEND STAR

Robert Serrett of the Katy area has announced his intent to run in the Republican Primary for Fort Bend County Treasurer. Bill Rickert announced he is running for the Republican nomination for Fort Bend County Treasurer.

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Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8, Judge

District Judge Dibrell “Dib” Waldrip will seek the Republican nomination for Judge of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, Place 8 in the Republican Primary. Waldrip has presided over the 433rd Judicial District Court since his appointment by Gov. Rick Perry in 2007. Waldrip was re-elected in 2008, 2012 and 2016.

Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 3 Judge

Sugar Land Municipal Court Associate Judge Jennifer Chiang seeks election as Judge of Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 3. Chiang was unanimously appointed by Sugar Land City Council in 2015 as an Associate Judge of the Sugar Land Municipal Court. She regularly serves as judge of the Sugar Land Municipal Court and has presided over dozens of jury trials and bench trials. Democrat Juli Mathew has announced her candidacy for Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 3 judgeship. Throughout her 13 years of practice, she has gained experience in a wide variety of le-


What Looks like your typical honey bee could actually be a killer


Fort Bend County Treasurer

County Clerk Laura Richard has announced that she will seek her second term as Fort Bend County Clerk. She was first elected County Clerk in 2014 after serving as Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4.

(Photo Submitted) Pictured is the inside of part of the killer bee hive in the side of Marie Brown’s house.

Lighting the night sky A Tweety Bird balloon takes center stage last weekend at Constellation Field when the BalloonaPalooza Tour came to Sugar Land. The hot air balloon festival featured tethered balloon rides, nightly balloon glows, a carnival, live musical entertainment, arts and crafts, a food zone and more. (Photo by Donna Hill)

The Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority has scheduled closures of the Jodie Stavinoha Bridge on the Grand Parkway over the Brazos River to complete repair of the bridge and stabilization of the riverbank. The northbound lanes will be closed through Nov. 21 and the southbound lanes from Nov. 27 through Dec. 22. The Fort Bend Grand Parkway Toll Road Authority will continue construction on the north bound lanes of the Jodie Stavinoha bridge over the Brazos River located between Riverpark Drive and New Territory Boulevard. The total closure is required to complete the emergency repair that will stabilize the northern bank of the Brazos River and prevent any damage to the Grand Parkway/SH 99 bridge while ensuring the safety of the traveling public. Beginning Oct. 28, the northbound mainlanes between Riverpark Drrive and New Territory Boulevard will be closed continuously until Tuesday, Nov. 21, at 5 a.m. when one lane will reopen. Southbound traffic over the Jodie

Stavinhoa Bridge will remain open in one lane only during that time. Northbound traffic on Grand Parkway/SH 99 may detour by traveling north on the Southwest Freeway, turn left to proceed north on Highway 6, then turn left to proceed west on U.S. Highway 90A and proceed to Grand Parkway (SH 99). Traffic will be able to reenter the SH 99 mainlanes at the northbound entrance ramp from US 90A/ FM 1464. From Nov. 21-27, both northbound and southbound Grand Parkway/SH 99 traffic is scheduled to remain open in one lane only. On Nov. 27, the southbound mainlanes will be closed continuously until Friday, Dec. 22, at 5 p.m. All dates on the southbound traffic closure are tentative and subject to change. Southbound traffic on Grand Parkway/SH 99 will exit FM 1464/ US 90A, turn left to proceed east on US 90A, then turn right to proceed south on Highway 6. Traffic will be able to access the Southwest Freeway to proceed to their final destination. Local New Territory residents may continue to access New Territory Boulevard and Sandhill Drive using the SH 99 frontage roads and auxiliary lane. For more information, visit www.

Skeeters ink Pete Incaviglia as new manager By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.

Sugar Land Skeeters President Jay Miller went deep to left field to find a replacement for manager Gary Gaetti, who stepped down after six years at the helm of the local baseball team. Pete Incaviglia, a leftfielder who played 12 years in the Major Leagues with six different teams – including two stints with the Houston Astros – has been named the second skipper in Skeeters history. “The Skeeters are one of the best organizations in independent baseball. I’m very honored and privileged to be their second manager,” Incaviglia said. He said his relationship with Miller and his respect for team owners Bob and Marcie Zlotnik made it an easy deci-

sion to come to Sugar Land. “The Zlotnik family is a baseball family,” he said. “They put their trust in me and I’m going to do my best to not let them down.” Miller, a former executive with the Texas Rangers, said he is pleased to be reacquainted with his old friend. “I have known Pete since 1985 when he was a first-round pick of the Texas Rangers,” he said. “I am very excited to work with Pete and know he will do an outstanding job of the manager of the Sugar Land Skeeters. We are lucky to have Pete with us. Great days are ahead for the Skeeters.” Incaviglia said he hopes to continue the championship tradition of Skeeters baseball. “I plan to put together a baseball team the fans and the city and the organization can really be proud of,” he said. “I like to play the game the way

Pete Incaviglia

it’s supposed to be played. We’ll be very athletic.” Incaviglia was an Oklahoma State University standout who was the eighth overall pick in the 1985 amateur draft by the Montreal Expos. What happened next led to the creation of what is called the Inclaviglia Rule in Major

League Baseball. Inclaviglia refused to play in the Expos minor league system, so he was traded to the Rangers. He made his debut on April 8, 1986, without ever playing in the minor leagues. As a result of the trade, Major League Baseball made a rule prohibiting a team from trading a drafted player until he has been under contract to the club for at one year. In 2015 the rule was changed to allow teams to trade drafted players after the World Series concluded. The leftfielder played for the Rangers from 1986-1990. He spent 1991 with the Detroit Tigers, 1992 with the Astros, 1993-94 with the Philadelphia Phillies and then spent a season in Japan with the Chiba Lotte Marines. He came back to the Phillies in 1996 but was traded to the Baltimore Orioles where he played into the

1997 season. He concluded the year with the New York Yankees. He split his last season in 1998 between the Tigers and Astros. Much like the legendary Babe Ruth, Inclaviglia was known for his power but also his tendency to strike out. He led the league in strikeouts in 1986 and 1988 and had 1,277 career strikeouts. He still owns single-season NCAA records with 48 home runs and 143 runs-batted-in. He began his coaching career at a hitting coach for the Tigers’ AA affiliate Erie Seawolves. In 2007 he was named the inaugural manager for the Grand Prairie AirHogs in the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He left for a year to be the manager of the Laredo Lemurs and then returned to the AirHogs as the hitting coach.

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A 2009 Elkins High School graduate and Missouri City native is serving aboard the World War II namesake warship, USS Spruance. Petty Officer 3rd Class Gregory Gunn is a sonar technician aboard the San Diego based ship, a guided missile destroyer. As a sonar technician, Gunn is responsible for the operation, maintenance and repair of sonar systems and antisubmarine warfare fire control equipment. More than 300 sailors serve aboard the ship, and their jobs are highly specialized, requiring both dedication and skill. The jobs range from maintaining engines to handling weaponry along with a multitude of other assignments that keep the ship mission ready at all times, according to Navy officials. Gunn has carried lessons learned from his hometown into his military service. “My parents taught me to be an independent person,” he said. “Growing up in a boarding school, I had to adapt to the environment around me and take responsibility for problem solving on my own. This applies every day on a destroyer as you get tasked and a lot of it requires you to think on your own that helps you with solving those problems.” Destroyers are warships that provide multi-mission offensive and defensive capabilities. They are about 510 feet long and can be armed with tomahawk land-attack cruise missiles, variants of the SM missile family, advanced gun systems and close-in gun systems. Destroyers are deployed globally and can operate independently, as part of carrier strike groups, surface action groups, or amphibious readiness groups. Spruance is armed with long-range missiles intended for air defense to counter threats to friendly forces posed by manned aircraft, anti-ship, cruise and ballistic missiles. It was commissioned in 2011 and named after Admiral Raymond A. Spruance. He was a key naval commander dur-

(Photos by Joe Southern) Petty Officer 3rd Class Gregory Gunn is a sonar technician aboard the USS Spruance.

ing World War II, leading U.S. naval forces during two of the most significant naval battles that took place in the Pacific Theatre: Battle of Midway and Battle of the Philippine Sea. He later served as the U.S. ambassador to the Philippines. At Midway, Spruance scored the first major victory for the United States over Japan; generally considered to be the turning point of the war in the Pacific. “USS Spruance is responsible for 22 mission areas, with 350 people onboard each sailor actively supports multiple missions, said Cmdr. Joshua Menzel, commanding officer of Spruance. “As a member of the Pacific Fleet, the crew of USS Spruance patrol the same waters and trains to perform the same missions as the sailors Admiral Spruance commanded during World War II.” Gunn has military ties with family members who have previously served and is honored to carry on the family tradition. “I have one grandfather who retired from the Air Force and served as a pilot during the Korean War,” he said. “Another grandfather retired as a Marine and served during World War

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(Photos by Donna Hill) Robbie, a Belgian Malamois, was adopted by Kristen Mauer, founder of Mission K9 Rescue.

she said. Rescuing military dogs is rewarding for Mauer. “It’s what we do. We bring in military dogs into our care when the military can’t find them a home. We will sometimes get a call asking if we can take in a dog and we will do that.” Yet the process of military members reuniting with their canine comrade is a long process. Handlers (someone who works with a military dog specially trained for bomb sniffing or rescue efforts) can adopt the dog after retirement. “Once the dog retires, and a handler requests to adopt the dog, and a handler is chosen to get the dog, then we will pay to get that dog back to the military member.” Military members sent overseas with their K9 staff get attached to dogs fairly quickly, and Mauer has heard many deployment stories. “These dogs are on the front lines, they’re not only saving their handler, but they are saving their entire unit,” she said. “We’ve all heard stories where a dog was trying to wake the handler in the tent and finally woke him up just in time as explosives were going off all around them. He saved his life.

Any time a dog is in a ware zone, that dog is their lifeline. Not only are they saving lives, but also giving the military staff a sense of home and therapy while they are over there.” Mauer’s adopted Belgian Malamois, Robbie, has seen his share of wartime. “My retired mine detection dog from Afghanistan really had a rough time over there. Neurological disorders, PTSD. When Robbie arrived in the U.S., he weighted 39 pounds. Every veteran dog responds differently to life after wartime and deployment. Some dogs come back resilient, they just do fine. It really depends on the dog.” While Robbie rests comfortably at home, Mauer observes, “All he wants now is love and affection.” For his heroism, a children’s book was written about him: “Mission K9 Rescue” by Tierney James (available on Amazon). Adoptions are available, said Mauer, adding it takes a special person to adopt a military K9. “Potential owners need to understand this dog has spent


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(Photos by Joe Southern) Members of the World Series champions Houston Astros were honored Sunday by the Houston Texans during their game against the Indianapolis Colts at NRG Stadium. Posing for a picture with former President George H.W. Bush, who was the coin toss captain for the Salute to Service game, are Astros infielder Tyler White (91), outfielder and World Series MVP George Springer (holding trophy), President Bush, and pitchers Chris Devenski (80) and Joe Musgrove (10). See more about the Astros on page 6A. See our Veteran’s Day salute on pages 4A-5A. Texans game coverage is on page 5B. (Photos by Joe Southern) Houston Astros players Tyler White and George Springer hold the World Series trophy with former President George H.W. Bush at the Houston Texans game Sunday at NRG Stadium. The Texans honored the Astros during the annual Salute to Service game. Bush was the coin toss captain. See more about the Astros on page 6A. See our Veteran’s Day salute on pages 4A-5A. Texans game coverage is on page 5B..

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find any IED’s (improvised explosive devices) and to protect the other Marines from walking on them. Ivy did great. She had several IED finds,” Heath said. Heath acknowledged that while everybody gets caught up with the number of IEDs found, he’s more concerned on another set of numbers. “The most important thing we like to tell everybody is, it’s not how many IEDs you find; it’s how many you miss, because when you miss them, catastrophic things happen. And Ivy never missed one,” he said. “As a military dog handler, it’s always our job to keep up with the dog’s training, incorporate bomb making materials, new scents, talking and communications, newest intel. The dogs we are paired with are already trained, yet the work we do is more than just giving commands. You have to recognize what are they smelling; what are they seeing.” After Afghanistan, Heath, separated from Ivy, was stationed to California, then returned to his home state of Texas and was still waiting to be paired with his retired military buddy, even after he completed his tour and started going to school in College Station. Putting in the paperwork to adopt her took time. “I was Ivy’s first handler. I was also the first person to put in paperwork to adopt her when she retired. I got the first phone call. But getting the funds to return her to Texas

H CANINE, FROM PG 2A his entire life giving to the country and working to protect. Adopting them is more a labor of love, giving them a life of being a normal dog. Once you’ve adopted a military K9, you realize what these dogs have been through and what they are able to give back – their life for us – no questions asked. They didn’t choose to go – they were drafted. It’s very similar to our two-legged veterans – what can we do to give back to them? That’s what we’re doing here at Mission K9 Rescue, giving back. Sgt. Steven Heath and Ivy were one of the first set of veterans to be reunited via Mission K9 Rescue in 2014. A Texas resident and Marine, Heath, said the opportunity to become a military training dog handler was hard to resist. “When the Marines started incorporating dogs into the infantry, they asked for volunteers and I said ‘let’s do it,’ so I signed up,” he said. Ivy was 3 years old when Heath started working with her in Virginia, training there for eight weeks, then meeting up with her again in Afghanistan, where he was stationed for seven months. Ivy outranks him by one pay grade – K9’s are always one rank above the handler, which makes Ivy a Staff Sergeant. Heath continued training and working with her in Afghanistan. “Our job was to do foot patrols,

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Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 6 Judge

Katy attorney Lewis White announced his intent to run for the new Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 6 as a Republican. He is a native Texan and long time resident of Fort Bend County. White began his career serving the public as an Assistant County Attorney in Odessa. In 2004, he joined the Fort

Bend County District Attorney’s Office as an Assistant District Attorney. He has also served as Chief of Juvenile and Misdemeanor for the Waller County District Attorney’s Office. Attorney Dean Hrbacek announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Fort Bend County Court at Law No. 6. He is a former mayor of Sugar Land.

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Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman announced his bid for re-election. Zimmerman was elected the 10th Mayor of Sugar Land in 2016. He is a former member of the City Council and the Planning and Zoning Commission.

wasn’t easy. His wife, however, did some Internet searching and found Mission K9 Rescue and they in turn came to Heath’s rescue. He then met Mauer, who eventually brought Ivy to Texas, meeting him at the airport in Houston with leash and Ivy in hand. It had been several years since Heath had seen his combat buddy, and was concerned at first about the reunion. “I thought, what would the relationship be like, would she remember me? When she walked around the corner, I knelt down and took her head in my hands and started talking to her and we connected immediately,” he said. Heath, his family, and Ivy have adjusted well to civilian life. “We have three other dogs and they all get along well. Ivy does her own thing … she relaxes, chase balls, swims, whatever she wants to do,” he said. Heath said he owes a lot to Mauer and her ranch. “I am forever grateful to for them for getting Ivy to us. Any time they need anything we do everything we can to help them,” he said. “They are the real deal – they do a whole lot of work and spend a whole lot of time rescuing these dogs. They do a great job.” For more about Mission K9 Rescue and adoptions, visit

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ouston strong! History earned! World champions! What’s not to love about the story of Houston, Texas, in 2017? It’s been an amazing ride with the city hosting both the Super Bowl and the World Series in the same year. Think back to January when the Houston Texans defeated the Oakland Raiders 27-14 in a playoff game and advanced to the divisional round, capping a 9-7 regular season and the AFC South title. A few weeks later Houston hosted Super Bowl LI, which proved to be the most exciting game in the 51-year history of the NFL championship game. The heavily favored New England Patriots fell way behind the Atlanta Falcons, only to come back and win it in overtime. The Patriots were down 28-3 late in the third quarter, but won 34-28 behind the arm of Tom Brady. Houston hosted the biggest Super Bowl event in history with huge festivals, concerts and activities that will have a memorable and lasting impact on the city. As we moved into spring, baseball began to percolate. The Astros took off on an astronomical start to the season. Locally, we celebrated the Sugar Land Skeeters 2016 championship with their ring ceremony. On the sports front, Houston has been enjoying the limelight this year. Nationally, however, storm clouds of racial and political unrest began tearing at the country’s seams. Just when it seemed things were about to get ugly, Hurricane Harvey hit. Although the storm came ashore south of us, it lingered for days and dumped up to 50 inches of rain, causing the worst flooding in Houston’s history. This is where Houston’s character and strength began to surface. All discriminating factors


of race, religion, ethnicity, etc., were thrown out as we all came together and rose to the challenge of survival and recovery. Houston discovered a resilience, strength and unity that have always been at the heart of the community but it came bursting forth in unimaginable ways. We showed a nation struggling to get along what it means to come together. In our darkest moment we found our finest hour. New heroes arose in the form of a furniture salesman, a football player and hundreds of guys with fishing boats. Stories known and private have been etched upon the pillars of strength and unity that now define our town – H-town. All the while we turned our attention – as we normally do that time of year – to football. The Houston Texans, under the leadership of J.J. Watt, were instrumental in recovery efforts and, more importantly, in bringing the city together. Meanwhile, the Astros continued to churn along as a force in baseball every bit as mighty as the storm that brought death and destruction to the Bayou City. Not only did the Astros rise to meet the challenges of Harvey, but they did it without losing steam on their way to recording 101 regular season wins. In a city filled with a history of sports letdowns and the weight of Harvey heavy on our hearts, the Astros offered a glimmer of greatness. The Astros bandwagon took


the city like a bullet train. Longsuffering fans painted the town orange as the Astros took charge of three of the Major League Baseball’s most storied franchises. First to fall were the Boston Red Sox. Next up were the New York Yankees. Finally, we faced the Dodgers – the team with the best record in baseball. The Astros took the Dodgers in seven games ¬¬– seven wild, heart-stopping, adrenaline-pumping games. And then we danced in their house. With the exception of a few, rare postseason trips, the Astros have been a poster child for baseball futility. It took the franchise 10 years before experiencing a winning season. Their first trip to the World Series in 2005 ended in a 4-0 sweep by the Chicago White Sox. They lost more than 100 games a season for three years from 2011-2013, going 162-324. They were a dismal 70-92 in 2014 when Sports Illustrated did the cover story predicting the Astros would win the 2017 World Series. Well, here we are and that they did! Thank you and congratulations to manager A.J. Hinch and players Jose Altuve, George Springer, Carlos Correa, Dallas Keuchel, Justin Verlander and the rest of the team for making #HoustonStrong and #AstrosGreat! With just under two months to go, there is still plenty of history to be made in Houston’s stellar year of 2017. It doesn’t have to be sports history, but it could be. The Texans are 3-5 and have suffered several season-ending injuries, including Watt’s broken leg and now Deshaun Watson’s torn ACL. The road ahead will be hard for the Texans, but the AFC South is still wide open with half the season left to go. It’s time to man-up and move on. The




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Letters to Editor Missouri City heading in right direction Dear Editor, Most residents of Missouri City have noticed the recent changes in development that have taken place in our City and been very pleased, I think. Commercial development in particular has emerged with hotels, larger restaurants, grocery stores and respectable retail outlets making their appearance. Seventeen years ago when I moved into Missouri City, many of these stores did not even exist. The recent ballot initiatives also signal a subtle but welcome change in approach toward City government for Missouri City. These initiatives give the City Manager more power, thus curtailing the City Council or political approach toward running the City, which has been so evident in the past. Missouri City has to be different in its approach toward City management because unlike its neighbors, Sugar Land and Stafford, we have no commercial or large retail tax contribution to help our budget. We are mainly a bedroom community, like it or not. We very much need a strong, hands-on, informed, and objective oriented approach toward running the City to deal with its unique issues. Past management decisions were heavily based in political initiatives. For instance, we no longer have a population whose primary employer is the Med Center, so rail link contributions are totally unnecessary. In the past, the City incurred huge amounts of debt to placate and satisfy neighborhood-based decisions to invest in golf, tennis, and a City managed restaurant and an event center. The City Council and City Manager don’t need those City based activities to occupy their time. Nor does the City need to support such activities. Missouri City government now needs to focus on meeting the needs of the entire City, not just one or two Districts, and definitely look at how they can invigorate, renew and renovate portions of the City which have been neglected for decades. By focusing on a whole city approach and rejecting special interests, the City will have a bright future. Clearly, private industry, due mainly to our current City management, is finding the City a great place to locate. In summary, the City has many challenges but we are definitely moving in the right direction. We undoubtedly face a succession of tax increases to pay off debt incurred due to past decisions but I think the City will surprise many residents with its prosperity and appeal. Howard E. Moline
Missouri City Blue Ridge landfill isn’t Pearland’s only problem Dear Editor, Our community’s action against the Blue Ridge landfill has been brought to my attention. As residents and business owners in the neighborhood, we’d like to share our opinion. We understand that it’s easy to blame Blue Ridge for landfill odors, but there are many other facilities nearby that produce unpleasant smells and even emissions that can potentially cause health problems. It should be noted that the water reclamation facility – a major contributor to the nuisance of the landfill – is now undergoing a $200 million overhaul. It is my belief that Pearland should be looking at all environmental issues that affect our health and livelihoods. Moreover, we live in a very prosperous community. Any action to shutdown the Blue Ridge landfill will strip healthy revenue from a much less fortunate community over in Fort Bend – who has experienced the same nuisances as we have, if not more so. There are other environmental issues our community should be addressing and we shouldn’t be attempting to shut down a landfill that will rob underprivileged neighbors of




Astros earned it. The Texans must make it happen. Aside from football and baseball, the Houston Rockets are off to a fast start and have the potential to be a powerhouse team this year. And let us not forget Houston’s other orange team, the Houston Dynamo. They are in the playoffs and could bring more glory to H-Town. I don’t think a major city in this country has ever had so much potential for sports glory than Houston does right now. Let’s do this thing! Let’s show the world just how #HoustonStrong we are!

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Respect for Texans in the gutter Dear Editor, I very much enjoy reading your Faith, Family & Fun columns. I recall your article last month about the Broncos and Texans. At the time, I still loved the Texans. However, since then they have gravely disappointed me, and my respect for them is in the gutter. I just yesterday read your Nov. 1 column, and just wanted to tell you that I could not possibly agree with you more. We simply cannot accept their disgraceful form of protest. Keep up the good work. Regards, Karl Wendler Sugar Land Rights of NFL protesters should be protected Dear Editor, What happens when we regard more highly the symbols of freedom than those freedoms they represent; when our democratic ideologies erode into religious dogma; when a flag becomes an icon and standing a sacrament? Our liberties are built on a foundation of parchment, not of bedrock, and every equivocation or qualification of one of them threatens all of them. You say you support a person’s right to protest? Then do so resolutely, and with conviction; not weakly and with qualification. And when someone exercises a right in a way that strains your delicate sensibilities, support them with vigor! For it is at these times when defending those rights matters most. And what of these protests? Do you, Mr. Southern, stand at home in your living room when the National Anthem is played during Monday Night Football? If not, surely you can be forgiven. Why then are we so offended? Is our patriotism so fragile, so externally derived, that it can be shattered simply by the sight of a black man kneeling before the flag? Or perhaps we are uncomfortable in ways we cannot say or will not admit to and so we drum up images of our troops, of Francis Scott Key, and of bombs bursting in air; a non-falsifiable star-spangled justification of our discomfort at such an unobtrusive act. This is about race. It has been about race for 400 hundred years and it will continue to be about race until intellectual honesty wins the day; until the self-righteous sacrifice their manufactured moral high ground and yield to their better angels in the name of compassion for our fellow man. We are upset that millionaire black football players are demonstrating an apparent ungratefulness for what they have been given by America generally and white America specifically. If we cannot talk about that, then this debate is fair-ground spectacle masquerading as thoughtful discourse. And with regard to the original intent of these kneel-ins? Perhaps James Baldwin said it best: “I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” Sincerely, Alexander J. Wagner - Sugar Land

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Brookdale resident tied to former President By Donna Hill FOR THE FORT BEND STAR.

Lennie Sanders knew a good story when she heard it. As a resident biographer and playwright at Brookdale First Colony in Sugar Land, a retirement community for senior living, she uncovers interesting facts about many of the residents, some of which are former members of the armed forces. Take Raleigh Fitzhugh, for example. He spent 33 years in the U.S. Air Force and was a trusted aide to several threeand four-star generals. He had a second rewarding career with USAA, an insurance company that serves military members. He also has two very special neckties he received from President George H.W. Bush. “I’ve been writing biographies people who live here” Sanders said. “The stories are so interesting. When Raleigh told me how he had been an aide to all of these four-star generals, working in the catering department at USAA, I was intrigued. Then he showed me this tie, and I wrote a biography about it.” The biographies of Fitzhugh and several other residents are found in “Telling Lives,” a book proudly displayed at the Brookdale front office. But back to the tie. As Fitzhugh tells it, he was working as the catering coordinator in the food services division in San Antonio, primarily serving military employees.

Since retirement, he no longer needed to wear a uniform, but he would wear a different Mickey Mouse tie to work every day. “When I retired from USAA, I had 70 Mickey Mouse ties!” he said. While working at USAA in 1993, President Bush arrived in San Antonio to play golf with his friend, the CEO of USAA. A private plane arrived after golf, and Fitzhugh, assigned to the company plane as a Steward, was onboard. “It was late by the time everyone was back on the plane. I offered the President a glass of milk, which he accepted,” Fitzhugh said. “I realized he hadn’t eaten, so I also offered dinner for his flight back to Houston.” As the President noticed Fitzhugh’s Mickey Mouse tie, he said, “I have a Mickey Mouse tie. I don’t know if it’s in Maine or in Houston. If I run across it, I will send it to you” Fitzhugh said thank you, but wasn’t quite believing what he heard. “I left the room and said to the Secret Service guy, ‘hey, he just offered me a tie’ kinda laughing, and the Secret Service guy says, ‘If he said it, he will send it.’ Sure enough, a couple weeks later, a red Mickey Mouse tie showed up, with a tie pin, along with a note.” Then a second Mickey Mouse tie arrived, thanks to Sanders. At Brookdale earlier this year, Sanders had asked Fitzhugh if he ever wrote the President a note thanking him

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Stafford High School A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at Stafford High School at 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 10. The ceremony is to honor those individuals who have served and are serving their country in the armed

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There is a large hole in the side of the house that is temporarily covered. “They were getting into the garage and I broke a window trying to get them out,” Brown added. She said she cannot afford to hire anyone and is hopeful another Good Samaritan can help patch her home. “Anything anyone can do would be a help,” she said.

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for the red Mickey Mouse tie. Fitzhugh said no. “So he asked me to write it,” Sanders said. And she did, thanking the President for the tie sent to her friend in1993, plus including her short biography on Fitzhugh. “A couple of months later a package arrived with a letter stating how nice it was to ‘update him on Raleigh’s life since their first meeting in 1993 … I was stunned,” Sanders said. Also included in the package from the President was a blue tie showing the commissioning of the George Herbert Walker Bush Aircraft Carrier

¬– dated Oct. 7, 2006. Both ties are proudly displayed in Fitzhugh’s apartment at Brookdale. During his Air Force career, Fitzhugh worked with nine different generals, at several state and foreign Air Force bases, along with his first job in Washington, D.C., as an aide to the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force, Gen. William H. Blanchard, and for the Commander in Chief of the Strategic Air Command. “I thought it was wonderful of Lennie to write that biography and taking care of letter writing for me,” said Fitzhugh. “It has helped me meet more

Veterans Day events scheduled to honor Veterans Day is Saturday, Nov. 11, and there are several activities planned in honor of the men and women who have served in the U.S. armed forces. Among the events are:


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Vaccinations help ensure holiday merriment Staff Reports FOR FOR BEND STAR

Neatly wrapped packages, pies fresh from the oven, and a peck on the cheek make holiday gatherings merry for the youngest to the oldest. Sadly, someone’s cough or sneeze could spread a life-threatening illness to grandma or your new grandbaby whose bodies are less able to fight off infection. That’s why Texas physicians say making sure families are up to date on vaccinations, including flu, is key to keeping everyone healthy this holiday season. “Making sure your vaccinations are current protects you and others you’ll be around — from your new niece or nephew to your grandparent in a nursing home,” said Arathi Shah, MD, a pediatrician based in Arlington and member of the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA’s) Be Wise — Immunize Physician Advisory Panel. “Diseases like flu and whooping cough can’t spread when many people in a community (and family) are vaccinated.” Infants, pregnant women, and the elderly are among those most likely to get sick and develop a serious complication from a vaccine-preventable illness. Two vaccinations are key to protecting people this holiday season: Influenza (or flu): Everyone six months of age and older, including pregnant women, needs a yearly shot.
 Tdap (protects against tetanus/lockjaw, diphtheria, and pertussis/whooping cough): Pregnant women need this shot in the third trimester of every pregnancy to protect their infant. Other adults need this shot once, then a Td (tetanus/diphtheria) every 10 years. Children and teens receive this shot as part of routine childhood and adoles-

cent vaccinations, so those who are up to date on their vaccinations should have received this. Flu season can last from October to May; in most years, it peaks in December through February. Flu can become serious for anyone. The youngest and the oldest are most at risk, as are people with chronic medical problems like asthma or any condition that weakens their body like cancer. As many as 26,000 U.S. children younger than 5 years of age have landed in the hospital with pneumonia or other flu complications annually in recent years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most flu-related hospitalizations (nearly 70 percent), as well as flurelated deaths, occur in people over age 65. Babies can’t be vaccinated for flu until they are at least six months old. That means those around them must protect them from the flu. The flu shot mom gets during pregnancy protects her and baby until the infant can get vaccinated, said Dr. Shah. Whooping cough, or pertussis, is especially dangerous for infants. The Texas Department of State Health Services says more than half of babies under 1 year of age who get pertussis must be hospitalized. Many will have serious complications, like pneumonia or difficulty breathing, which can be life threatening. Pregnant woman are urged to get a pertussis shot during pregnancy to protect their newborn. Family members who will be around an infant also should get vaccinated against pertussis. Infants often catch pertussis from other family members or caregivers who don’t know they have it because their symptoms can be mild. “Vaccinations are one of the best ways to prevent illness,”

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Fort Bend ISD to host wellness event focus on social media safety and game addiction Staff Reports FOR FOR BEND STAR

Fort Bend ISD’s Counseling and Postsecondary Readiness Department will host a wellness event focusing on social media safety and gaming addiction. The event will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the commons of First Colony Middle School (3225 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land) at 6 p.m. Nathan Driskell will be the evening’s guest speaker. His presentation will focus on social media safety and gaming addiction, touching on topics such as: • Social Media is Everywhere • Social Media is Addicting • Most Popular Social Media

Applications • Texting • Sexting • Online Predators • Steps and Guidelines Parents Can Use to Protect Their Children Parents, teachers, counselors and anyone who works with children are encouraged to attend. The presentation will last an hour and will include a question and answer period. Driskell is a graduate of Houston Baptist University, with a background in psychology and computer information systems management. He is a licensed professional counselor-supervisor and is currently providing therapy services out

of H.O.P.E Psychotherapy of Houston, PLLC. Driskell focuses on the treatment of Internet addiction and Asperger’s Disorder. The presentation is part of FBISD’s Counseling and Postsecondary Readiness Department’s new initiative this year – FBISD Speak Up – which is focused on promoting mental health awareness and suicide prevention by reducing the stigma and fear associated with being an upstander and reaching out for support, either for oneself, a friend or family member. For more information on the event, contact a school counselor.

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Junior Fashionistas hold fall fashion show Staff Reports FOR FOR BEND STAR

The Junior Fashionista Board hosted its annual fall fashion show benefiting Fort Bend Women’s Center on Saturday, Oct. 21, at PennyWise Resale Store in Richmond. Twelve young models walked the runway in shabby chic, cocktail and formal looks. All of the outfits were put together by the models themselves from pictures they found in popular magazines. The fashion show was another event the Women’s Center to honor Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The models walked the runway in purple formal gowns to show their support of survivors of domestic violence. 2017 Mrs. Katy International Mahan Akiri attended the fashion show and spoke about how she (Photo Submitted) will use her platform to help end Young models show new fashions at the Junior Fashionista domestic violence in the commu- fall fashion show in Richond. The event benefitted the Fort nity. Bend Women’s Center. All of the fashions featured in the fashion show can be picked up at any of the PennyWise store Why can’t I just buy locations. a hearing aid on the For more information on how internet? to get involved with the Junior Fashionista Board, contact Resale Store Director Liz Moreno at Although the state of or visit fbwc. Texas prohibits mail ororg/pennywise. der hearing aids, the Attorney General’s office has failed to prosecute Terry Snook internet sites which are AuD, FAAA selling hearing aids. A hearing aid should be programmed precisely for a patient’s hearing loss and hearing needs. One test that should be done is real ear measurement. Real ear measurement is a test that measures sound in a patient’s ear. A microphone is placed in a patient’s ear canal and sounds are presented through a speaker. The sound is then measured in the ear canal. Measurements are obtained with and without hearing aids so that the audiologist can evaluate what the hearing aid is doing in the patient’s ear. In addition, some hearing aids have data logging so that the audiologist can view how the hearing aid is performing after the patient wears it in different environments. This information helps the audiologist fine tune the aids even more facebook/FortBendStar precisely. Purchasing a hearing aid is a big investment and not a simple endeavor. A patient should be very comfortable with the audiologist they are working with since the best results are usually achieved after working closely with that person.


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Brazos Bend State Park re-opens Staff Reports


Brazos Bend State Park reopened to public use Tuesday, Nov. 7. The park closed Aug. 24 as a result of Hurricane Harvey and the historic floods that followed. “We are excited to be able to re-open the park and to see Brazos Bend State Park filled with happy park visitors again,” said Park Superintendent Chris Bishop. “We are extremely grateful for

the patience and support of local business leaders, our neighbors and park visitors throughout the closure.” The screened shelters, group dining hall and select trails will remain closed for some additional time beyond the re-opening. The Houston Museum of Natural Science George Observatory will also remain closed for a short time beyond Nov. 7. “Our number one priority throughout this experience has been public safety. Although our team felt a drive to get the park opened again, we

wanted to be certain that we were providing both a safe environment and a quality park experience. We are now at that point, and I am extremely proud of the work that our team accomplished to get us to this moment,” Bishop said. Entrance permits are available from park headquarters for $7 per person for everyone 13 or older. Children 12 or under are free. Entrance fees are also covered by a valid Texas State Parks Pass. Brazos Bend State Park is a 5,000-acre parcel of public land managed by Texas

Parks and Wildlife Department to conserve natural and cultural resources, provide recreational and educational opportunities, and foster an understanding of the diversity of Texas’ lands and heritage for all generations. For more information about Brazos Bend State Park, contact Bishop at 979-553-5101, email christopher.bishop@ or visit www. or Texas Parks & Wildlife on the web at, or join the park’s Facebook fan site.

Donald Leonetti Elementary dedicated Staff Reports FOR FOR BEND STAR

Not everyone can have 123,000-plus square feet of educational space named for them. Yet on Oct. 22, Fort Bend ISD Superintendent Charles Dupre and trustees dedicated what was known as Elementary No. 48 in Sienna Plantation as Donald Leonetti Elementary. The school slogan and lion mascot are synonymous with Leonetti, whose spirit was that of a big kid with a lion’s heart. The fourth and fifth grade choirs sang a beautiful rendition of the song “Tomorrow Needs Us Today” under the large lion mural in the school’s auditorium before Leonetti’s wife Jennifer and his mother RoseAnn took the podium as keynote speakers. As one can imagine, their words shook the cavernous space with both laughter and tears as they spoke of Donald, whose company Leonetti Graphics, has designed and in many situations, donated t-shirts,

logos and signs for many FBISD schools for almost two decades. Jennifer relayed how it was only after his passing that she and her family realized the breadth of Donald’s impact on the community. With a smile she told of how he was an amazing husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. He was also a great businessman. With his partner and best friend Paul Price, he converted an old Missouri City fire station into the corporate headquarters of the company. She relayed how he was “that guy” who would buy a coat for someone homeless on a cold night, mentor youth and business men alike, and leave “thinking of you” notes along with a caricature on the toilet paper. Donald’s mother, RoseAnn, talked of how as a single mother bringing up two children, it took “a village” to raise them, crediting her parents, brother Damon Leonetti and his wife Candy with the tremendous influence they had on Donald’s giving nature. She spoke of how Donald kept a prom-

ise to his grandfather and at age 19 legally changed his name to Leonetti. In an emotion filled voice, his mother also spoke of the fact that two years after his tragic passing, she wasn’t hearing his name as often and how sad that had made her. “Now,” she said, “ he will always be remembered.” Principal Joy Schwinger’s address to the audience echoed the traits the Leonettis had spoken of in Donald in her goals for her teachers and students: family first, a positive attitude, a strong work

Fort Bend ISD announces new Ridge Point High School assistant principal Staff Reports FOR FOR BEND STAR

Mharbe Masculino was named the new assistant principal of Ridge Point High School at the Oct. 23 board meeting of the Fort Bend ISD trustees. Masculino began her career with FBISD at Dulles High School as a science teacher in 2006. She recently served as an administrative intern after receiving her principal certification in 2016. Her leadership experience includes serving as a new teacher mentor, a team leader for the DHS chemistry department and student council advisor. She also was named the 2014 Dulles High School Campus Teacher of

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Operation Christmas Child dropoff collecting gifts for those in need Staff Reports FOR FOR BEND STAR

This month, several locations in the area will serve as drop-off sites for the Samaritan’s Purse project, Operation Christmas Child — joining nearly 5,000 U.S. locations collecting gift-filled shoeboxes for children in need around the world. During the project’s National Collection Week, Nov. 13-20, Fort Bend County residents will transform empty shoeboxes into gifts of hope filled with school supplies, hygiene items and fun toys. Operation Christmas Child will deliver the shoebox gifts to children affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. This year, the hope is to contribute more than 14,626 shoebox gifts toward the 2017 global goal of reaching 12 million children. “We are honored to join the nationwide effort to collect gift-

filled shoeboxes for children who may have never experienced the true meaning of Christmas,” said Regional Director Matt McClelland. “Through these simple gifts and a message of hope, children learn that God loves them and has not forgotten them.” Drop-off sites in Fort Bend County include: • Katy’s First Baptist Church
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“Follow Your Box” and receive a tracking label to discover its destination. Those who prefer the convenience of online shopping can browse samaritanspurse. org/buildonline to select gifts matched to a child’s specific age and gender, then finish packing the virtual shoebox by adding a photo and personal note of encouragement. Operation Christmas Child is a project of Samaritan’s Purse, an international Christian relief and evangelism organization headed by Franklin Graham. The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world and, together with the local church worldwide, to share the Good News of Jesus Christ. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million gift-filled shoeboxes to children in more than 160 countries and territories.

Fort Bend ISD to host GT Academy informational meetings Staff Reports FOR FOR BEND STAR

Fort Bend ISD’s GT Academy will be hosting informational meetings for prospective students and their parents to learn more about the academy and the application process. The meetings will be held Nov. 9 and Jan. 23 at Quail Valley Middle School (3019 FM 1092, Missouri City). Both meet-

ings will begin at 6 p.m. and will take place in the QVMS commons area. Housed at Quail Valley Middle School, the GT Academy provides challenging learning opportunities and a modified learning environment to serve students who have been identified as Gifted and Talented. The application is open to all fifthgrade students who reside in Fort Bend ISD and are currently identified for GT services in Fort Bend ISD. Fifth-grade students

ethic, service to others and to have fun while achieving those. Schwinger said she did not know Donald personally yet after the naming of the school was announced whether it be while she was interviewing teachers or in line at a store, people would say to her “I knew Donald” and then go on to share their Donald story. There was no doubt at the conclusion of the dedication that Donald Leonetti Elementary will truly be “A great place to be a kid!”

who were referred for GT testing this fall should also apply for the GT Academy during the January application window, though their eligibility will not be confirmed until campus selection committees have completed student profiles. Enrollment will be limited to students who reside within the attendance boundaries of FBISD during the application window. Admission will be offered through a lottery for those who apply and are eligible.

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First lady Abbott visits Child Advocates Staff Reports FOR FORTBEND STAR

Texas first lady Cecilia Abbott has partnered with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services on a new initiative – Network of Nurture – to raise awareness about the ways Texans can support the children and families in the state’s child welfare system. As a part of this initiative, she has been touring children’s advocacy centers across the state. Last week, she visited Child Advocates of Fort Bend, toured the facility and met with staff, board members and partner agencies in an effort to better understand the work that the agency and its partners are doing on behalf of abused and neglected children. “We are so happy that the

Abbotts have made child welfare a top priority in Texas and we were honored that first lady Abbott wanted to see our facility and talk to us about the work that we are doing,” said Child Advocates of Fort Bend CEO Ruthanne Mefford. Child victims are referred to Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Children’s Advocacy Center by law enforcement or CPS where trained specialists, social workers and therapists conduct forensic interviews, coordinate the criminal investigation, facilitate resource services, offer criminal court support and provide therapy to help children heal from their trauma. Agency partners are co-located in the building to facilitate this collaboration and the agency has implemented both formal and informal processes and communication to facilitate a

“one-stop-shop” approach. “As a result, we have demonstrated very positive outcomes in these children’s lives,” said Mefford. Child Advocates of Fort Bend is unique in that it has a children’s advocacy center and a CASA program under one roof. “We started our CASA program 26 years ago and added the Children’s Advocacy Center a few years later when we realized that there was a whole population of children who were not being served because they had not been removed from their homes.” The CASA program trains volunteers throughout the community to provide a voice in the courtroom for children who are in the care of the child welfare system. These CASA volunteers advocate for the child’s

“best interests” and ensure that his/her needs are being met throughout the time the child is in foster care, provide stability and a positive role model. Volunteers are trained to serve children in each age group. Each of these services (Infant and Toddler, N.E.S.T. and WINGS) incorporates strategies to help the children develop healthy lifestyles, provide mentoring and guidance, equip the children and volunteers with specialized resources, implement educational enrichment workshops and help the children find the path to a bright future. As an agency, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is committed to making sure it never turns away a child in need of the services. The agency’s Christmas Home Tour is critical to helping them continue to fund

the tour hours. Of the proceeds, 94 percent from this event go directly toward programs and services. To become a sponsor or for more information about the Christmas Home Tour or to purchase tickets for the tour, go to or contact Lisa Moore at

all of the agency’s programs and services for abused and neglected children. Slated for Dec. 8 and 9, the $25 tour ticket enables guests to view five private homes that have been professionally decorated for the holidays. Tickets allow access to each home once during



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Ridge Point, Bush, Hightower, Marshall earn playoff spots By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

With one more game to go in the district season, Ridge Point, Bush and Hightower have earned three of the four playoff spots in District 20-6A. Ridge Point will be the 20-6A district winner in 6A Division 1, and Bush and Hightower will represent the district in 6A Division 2. The winner of the Travis-Hightower game on Friday will claim the final Division 1 playoff spot. Marshall will represent District 23-5A in 5A Division 2.

Ridge Point 21, Bush 17

In the battle of undefeated teams, Ridge Point came back from a 17-14 deficit to beat Bush 21-17. Both teams will move on to the playoffs as district winners, the Panthers in Division 1 and the Broncos in Division 2. Ridge Point scored first as Adam Bazan caught a 2-yard scoring pass from Aaron Allen. Bush tied it up when Adam Colley caught a 14-yard touchdown pass from Wade Freeman. After a safety by Bush, Bazan caught a 91-yard touchdown pass from Allen. Bush closed out the first half scoring on a 34-yard pass from Freeman to Lawrence Scott. A 2-point conversion made the score 17-14 in favor of Bush. Ridge Point scored the game winning points when linebacker Chad Bailey, brought in to convert a fourth down and 2, ran for a 51-yard touchdown. Neither team could score in the fourth quarter and Ridge Point celebrated a district championship. “We should have played better both ways. We made a lot of mental mistakes that we need to clean up before playoffs,” Panther quarterback Allen said. “But I’m proud of my team. We left everything out on field and our defense came up big for us at the end.” The game was evenly matched as Ridge Point generated 387 yards of total offense and Bush had 369 yards. The Ridge Point coaching staff named Chad Bailey as defensive player of the week, and Aaron Allen as offensive player of the week. Bailey had nine tackles, three tackles for a loss, one pass break up, and on offense, he ran 51-yards for the game winning touchdown. Allen completed 12 of 23 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns. He also rushed for 69 yards. Offensive lineman of the week was Quent Titre. Dylan Malpass was named special teams player of the week as he kicked 3 of 3 extra points and had a 41.5-yard punting average. The defensive lineman of the week was Dennis Osagiede with seven tackles, two tackles for a loss and two quarterback hurries. Ridge Point finishes its district schedule against Hightower on Thursday at Hall Stadium, and Bush will play Austin on Thursday at Mercer Stadium.

Hightower 21, Travis 12

The Hightower defense held Travis to one touchdown and made plays when they needed to be made, as the Hurricanes beat the Tigers 21-12. Travis came into the game averaging 40 points per game in district play, but the Hurricane defense held them to a first quarter touchdown and two field goals. Travis scored first with a 39-yard field goal by Josue Guerro. Hightower took a 7-3 lead as Zaveon Turbin caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Brandon Smith. Travis regained the lead as Kaelen Shankle scored on a 4-yard run. The first quarter ended with Travis leading 9-7. In the second quarter, the Hurricanes took the lead with Chance Ceasar scoring on a 27-yard pass from Smith. Guerro kicked a 21-yard field goal 4:47 to go in the half to bring Travis within two at 1412. At this point, the Hurricane defense stepped up and shut down the Travis offense. The Tigers were driving with 2:00 to go in the half when Hurricane defensive back Isaiah Essisima intercepted a pass at the 10-yard line. With 36 seconds to go in the half, the Tigers were again threatening to score when Quinton Sharkey intercepted a pass at the 5-yard line. In the second half, Travis received the kickoff and maintained possession for 9:53 of the third quarter before missing a field goal. The fourth quarter saw Travis again move downfield but Hurricane linebacker Derrick McClendon intercepted a pass on the Hurricanes’ 14-yard line stopping another potential scoring drive. “I was baiting the quarterback the whole game. On this play, I had him thinking I was dropping to the curl flat, but I watched his eyes and saw the post coming, and then I jumped the route,” McClendon said. The Tigers would not give up and forced Hightower to punt, but with 3:26 to go in the game, Travis fumbled, and Hightower took over on the Tiger 19-yard line. A play later, Devin McAdoo ran 8 yards for a touchdown to make the score 20-12. “Number 9, Kevontae Camp Sims, made a great block and there was a big hole to run through. The line set me up for a good touchdown,” McAdoo said. “Our defense had our back the whole time they were out there in the third quarter. At the end of the game, it was the offense’s turn to shine and we had our moment.” The game was still a onepossession game, and on the extra point attempt, the Hurricanes had an illegal formation penalty and a false start penalty to turn the kick into a 30-yard attempt. But Endy Lopez was equal to the task, and the Hurricanes led 21-12. Needing two scores with no timeouts remaining, the Tigers moved quickly to the Hurricanes’ 16-yard line, but

STANDINGS District 20-6A Ridge Point Bush Hightower Travis Kempner Austin Dulles Clements

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(Photo by Bill McCaughey) A Travis High School player recovers a fumble on the opening kickoff in its game with Hightower last Friday night.

on a fourth down and six, Travis attempted a field goal and it was no good, giving Hightower a 21-12 win and a spot in the playoffs. For the game, Hightower completed 7 of 15 passes for 81 yards and rushed for 219 yards on 34 carries. Travis had 112 rushing yards on 32 carries and completed 22 of 43 attempts for 291 yards. One of the highlights of the game was the one on one battle between Travis receiver Arjei Henderson and Hurricane defensive back Isaiah Essisima. The two potential all-district players each made highlight reel plays during the game. “It was great competition, we just competed with each other all night,” Essisima said. “I was in straight man to man coverage on Henderson all night with no help behind me. It was great competition.” “The win against Travis was a total team effort. Our defense played a great game. They created a number of turnovers and put the offense in a great position to put points on the board,” Hightower Assistant Coach Gerrick Green said. “Our players of the game were the entire defense because they came up with big stops and helped seal the win.” Travis, a perennial playoff team, has been hit with a rash of injuries. On the sidelines during this game were captain and all-district returnee linebacker Jake Lynch, wide receiver Austin Bertness, running back Parker Washington, wide receiver Kollin Jackson and defensive lineman Felix Etugbo. Hightower will play Ridge Point on Thursday at Hall Stadium, while Travis plays Kempner on Friday at Mercer Stadium.

Dulles 57, Austin 34

Ainias Smith scored three touchdowns, and Griffin Maranda and Myles Heard had two touchdowns each, as Dulles beat Austin 57-34. Smith opened the scoring with a 1-yard run halfway through the first quarter. Austin’s Gerad Miller brought the Bulldogs to within one at 8-7 as he scored on a 60-yard run. After that it was all Vikings. Miranda caught touchdown passes of 35 yards and 24

yards from Cameron Peters. The Bulldogs’ Troy Omeire caught a 7-yard touchdown pass from Trey Larson, but Heard answered with a 19-yard scoring run and Smith caught a 19-yard touchdown pass from Peters to make the halftime score 37-15. Austin opened the third quarter with Miller scoring on a 25-yard run, but Dulles’ De’Andre Moore caught a 4-yard scoring pass from Peters to keep the lead at 22. Austin kept fighting as Larson threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Omeire and a 45-yard pass to Miller. That ended the Austin scoring as the Vikings’ defense shut them out in the final quarter. Heard added to the lead with a 9-yard run and Smith closed out the scoring with a 3-yard run. Both teams were able to run the ball as Austin had 308 rushing yards on 29 carries, and Dulles had 388 rushing yards on 48 carries. Surprisingly, Austin had 360 passing yards to just 180 for the Vikings, but they could not turn those yards into scores. Dulles is on a two-game winning streak. “Our coaches have had a very big role in our recent success,” Myles Heard said. “They installed different packages and adjustments to our opponents, and we just executed the play calls. The different packages and plays have really help us find some rhythm.” “We made some mistakes on both offense and special teams that led to costing touchdowns on defense. The offense played well, but we need to clean up the turnovers, so the opposing team won’t have momentum,” Ainias Smith said. “However, it was a great team win, but we have things we need to clean up in all phases of the game if we want to do better next season.” In their final game, Dulles plays Clements next Friday at Hall Stadium, and Austin plays Bush on Thursday at Mercer Stadium.

Kempner 41, Clements 15

Kempner rushed for 398 yards as the Cougars beat Clements 41-15. Jacob Mangum-Farrar opened the scoring with a 54-yard run, and Jor-

dan Oliver added touchdown runs of 7 yards and 8 yards to make the score 21-0. Clements’ Pierre Djunga scored on a 4-yard run to make the score 21-7 at halftime. Once again Mangum-Farrar opened the scoring with a 19-yard run, which was followed by Clements’ John Nork scoring on a 7-yard run to make the score 28-15. Kempner closed out the game with Cade Lubojasky throwing an 18-yard touchdown pass to Michael Adeyeba, and Joel Adams scoring on a 30-yard run. For the game, Kempner generated 460 yards of total offense while holding Clements to 219 yards. “Jacob Mangum-Farrar and Jordan Oliver played both offense and defense and each had touchdowns,” Kempner Head Coach Darrin Andrus said. “Our defense played much better. Abbott Ashiofu and Blake Better had good games defensively.” Kempner will play Travis on Friday at Mercer Stadium, and Clements will play Dulles on Friday at Hall Stadium.

Marshall 42, Texas City 12

Marshall moved a step closer to the playoffs as they beat Texas City 42-12. The Buffalos did all of their damage on the ground as they rushed for 460 yards on 43 carries, and had just 41 yards of passing. The Buffalo defense held Texas City to just 111 yards of rushing. Devon Achane and Jerry Davis took turns scoring touchdowns for Marshall as the Buffalos led 14-5 at halftime, and 35-5 at the end of the third. Achane started off the scoring with a 56-yard run, Davis had a 16-yard touchdown run, Achane ran it in from 71 yards out, Davis had a 7-yard run, Achane came back with a 55-yard run, and Davis finished the Buffalos scoring with a 42-yard run. “We just want to take it step by step all the way to state,” Marshall wide receiver Henry Thomas said. “I am very proud of the way the team played. We faced some adversity early and some mistakes were made, but they stayed focused and overcame. All of our units played well,”

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Marshall Head Coach James Williams said. “Our defense has improved every week and our offense has continued to be explosive. Jerry Davis and Devon Achane each scored three touchdowns against Texas City. We will keep focusing on getting better going into the playoffs.” Marshall closes out its season with Santa Fe on Friday at Santa Fe Stadium.

Willowridge 64, Galena Park 61

Willowridge’s Javion Chatman caught a 5-yard touchdown pass from Vaughnte Frederick with 2:31 to go in the fourth quarter to give the Eagles a 64-61 win over Galena Park. Defense was absent on both sides as the teams combined for 1,406-yards of total offense. Willowridge passed for 370 yards and rushed for 356 for 726 total yards of offense, while Galena Park passed for 346 yards and rushed for 334 yards for 680 total yards of offense. Willowridge was down 3314 at halftime, with the Eagles scoring on a 68-yard run by Chris Carter, and Lidarian Carter catching a 41-yard pass from Frederick. The Eagles closed to within 53-43 at the end of the third quarter, as Joe Johnson scored three touchdowns, a 27-yard run, and touchdown passes of 9-yards and 43-yards from Frederick, and Lidarian Carter added a 64-yard scoring run. In the fourth quarter, Johnson scored on a 59-yard pass from Frederick. After a Galena Park touchdown, Frederick scored on a 22-yard pass from Johnson to bring the Eagles to cut the lead to 61-57 with 5:56 on the clock. The Eagles finally took the lead, and the game, as Chatman caught the gamewinning pass from Frederick. Willowridge will finish its season on Friday at Galveston Ball.

Galveston Ball 42, Elkins 7

Galveston took a 21-0 halftime lead and didn’t let up as the Tors beat Elkins 42-7. Elkins’ Kashon Martinez scored on a 46-yard run to make the score 28-7, but the Knights could not score again. Elkins will meet Texas City on Friday at Texas City.

Colts defense shuts down Texans, 20-14 By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR

The Indianapolis Colts’ defense came into the game as the worst defense in the league, giving up an average of 407 yards per game and 31 points per game. After holding the Texans to 288 yards and 14 points, they left town as the league’s eighth best defense. Such is life for the Texans without quarterback Deshaun Watson. Despite their ineffectiveness, the Texans had four plays at the Colts 7-yard line to win the game, but they failed to get into the end zone. With 42 seconds to go in the game, quarterback Tom Savage found DeAndre Hopkins for 10-yards to the Colts’ 7-yard line. On first and goal with 18 seconds to go, Savage’s pass to Bruce Ellington was short. On second down, Savage targeted tight end Stephen Anderson, but the pass was again short. With 7 seconds to go, Savage went to Hopkins over the middle, but the pass was incomplete as Colts’ cornerback Nate Hair-

ston had a grasp on Hopkins for the entire route. No penalty was called, and the Texans had two seconds and one play left. On the last play, while Savage was looking for a receiver, defensive tackle Jabaal Sheard sacked him, causing a fumble and the Colts celebrated their third victory of the season. “We got a drive there at the end and we got enough opportunities and just couldn’t put it in,” Texans Head Coach Bill O’Brien said. “We called every red area play we had and just couldn’t get it done. So, we have to go back to the drawing board.” When asked about time management at the end of the game, O’Brien said, “Yeah, we had one timeout left in the game, so there’s no doubt, everybody’s got to be faster, get the call in as fast as we can, and we have to get lined up faster. But, again, like I always say, I have to coach better. It starts with me and goes from there. But, in that situation, you’re saving that timeout for a key fourth-down call. That’s what you’re saving the timeout for, so I really don’t want to hear

any B.S. about clock management. I really don’t want to hear it this week. He (Tom Savage) tried to do the best he could. We got lined up as fast as we could. We’ve practiced two minute (situations) every week and we just didn’t get it done.” The Colts opened the scoring when T.Y. Hilton raced past the Texans’ secondary and caught a 45-yard pass from Jacoby Brissett. The Colts added to their lead when Adam Vinatieri kicked a 22-yard field goal. The Texans’ defense scored when Brissett fumbled when he was sacked by Eddie Pleasant and Lamarr Houston scooped up the fumble and returned it 34-yards for a touchdown, making the halftime score 10-7. In the third quarter, Hilton caught a pass from Bissett and raced down the field. As he was about to be tackled around the 25-yard line, Hilton dived over the tackler, laid on the ground as another Texan ran by him thinking he was down, and then got up and ran into the end zone for a touchdown to make the score 17-7. “Yeah, he’s a great player,

got great speed. He’s a go-to guy. He’s made a lot of plays for a lot of years for them” O’Brien said. “He’s a great player.” After another Vinatieri field goal, Savage found Hopkins on a 34-yard scoring pass to make the score 20-14 and set the stage for the final seconds. Frank Gore led the Colts in rushing with 51 yards on 17 carries. Brissett completed 20 of 30 passes for 308 yards andtwo touchdowns. His quarterback rating was 122.6. Hilton had 175 receiving yards and two touchdowns. The Colts had 371 yards of total offense. For the Texans, Hopkins caught six passes for 86 yards and a touchdown, and Lamar Miller carried the ball 10 times for 57 yards for the Texans. Savage completed 19 of 44 passes for 219 yards and a touchdown. His quarterback rating was 66.4. “The most frustrating part of it is the fact that there’s nothing they were doing that we weren’t prepared for. The coaches did a great job coaching us up. It’s probably the most frustrating game of my life,” Savage said. “It’s just one of those deals

(Photo by Joe Southern) Indianapolis Colts defenders Jabaal Sheard (93) and Henry Anderson (96) sack Houston Texans quarterback Tom Savage (3) during the Colts’ 20-14 victory Sunday over the injury-riddled Texans at NRG Stadium.

that I just wasn’t making the throws and guys were open. I’m not going to give you the politically correct answer and say like blah, blah, blah, we can get better. No, I have to make the throws. I played like crap.

That’s what it is.” The Texans will travel to Los Angeles to play the Rams on Nov. 12. They return to NRG Stadium on Nov. 19 to host the Arizona Cardinals.

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Tillman Infrastructure,LLC is proposing to build a 160-foot self-support tower (180-ft w/appurtenances) located at 153 Evergreen Street, Fresno, TX 77545. Structure coordinates are:(N29-32-44.91/W95-2653.87). No lighting is anticipated. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure Registration (ASR Form 854) file number is A1092110. Interested persons may review the application at by entering the file number. Environmental concerns may be raised by filing a Request for Environmental Review at within 30 days of the date that notice of the project is published on the FCC’s website. FCC strongly encourages online filing. A mailing address for a paper filing is: FCC Requests for Environmental Review, ATTN: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554.

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Tillman Infrastructure,LLC is proposing to build a 260-foot monopole tower (280-ft w/appurtenances) located at 155 Charlie Roberts Lane, Kendleton, 2x4 Classified Adare: (N29-26TX 77451. Structure coordinates ENGINEERING SERVICES 37.28/W96-00-02.91). The tower is anticipated to LIFT ESTATION ASSESSMENT have FOR FAA Style (dual medium intensity) lighting. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Antenna Structure Registration (ASR Form 854) file number is A1092169. Interested persons may review the application at by entering the file number. Environmental concerns may be raised by filing a Request for Environmental Review at within 30 days of the date that notice of the project is published on the FCC’s website. FCC strongly encourages online filing. A mailing address for a paper filing is: FCC Requests for Environmental Review, ATTN: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554


A full description of the lawsuit and the relief sought is contained in the District’s Petition, Ex Parte Sienna Plantation Levee Improvement District, Cause No. 17-DCV-246028, filed in the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas. IT IS HEREBY ORDERED and Notice is hereby given, that any Interested Party or the Attorney General of the State of Texas may become a named party to this proceeding by pleading to the Petition on or before, and may appear for hearing and trial in the courtroom of the 240th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, at 10:00 a.m. on November 20, 2017, it being the first Monday after the expiration of 20 days from the date this Order is issued. After said date, Interested Parties may become named parties by intervention with leave of Court. IT IS FURTHER ORDERED, that, at such hearing and trial, any Interested Parties desiring to do so may appear, and the Attorney General of the State Texas shall appear, and show cause why the prayers of the District’s Petition filed in this action and generally described above should not be granted and the Bonds described above should not be validated and confirmed as therein prayed. Be on further notice that, at such time, place, and date the Court will proceed to full and final hearing on the merits of all matters and prayers within the District’s Petition.


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Editor’s note: Fort Bend Community Calendar are for non-profit events. Deadline is noon every Friday. Please keep wording to a minimum. Answer the “5 W’s”: Who, What, When, Where, and Why. Email to or mail to: Fort Bend Star, 3944 Bluebonnet Drive, Stafford, Texas 77477. WEDNESDAY, NOV. 8


University Branch Library will present the program at 2 p.m., 14010 University Blvd. Learn how to use free, online photo-editing tools, get tips on adding special effects, borders, and overlays. Free and open to the public, reservations are required beginning Oct. 25. Visit, click on Events, select University Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-633-5100.


Mamie George Branch Library will present the adult craft event from 10 to 11 a.m., 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford. Encourge kindness in Fort Bend County with kindness messages painted on the bottom of rocks that will be left in random places. Materials will be provided. Free and open to the public, reservations are required. Visit, click on Events, select Mamie George Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2880.


The Fort Bend Astronomy Club will bring its telescopes to demonstrate how to view stars, asteroids, meteors, and other wonders of the night sky at the Sienna Branch Library, 7 p.m., 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.


The Literacy Council of Fort Bend will host the event at Constellation Field to raise funds for adult literacy programs in Fort Bend. For more information, visit or call 281-240-8181.


The test will be administered at the Sugar Land Branch Library, 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 550 Eldridge. Students will take a full-length practice SAT test to gain experience and become better prepared for the actual test. Free and open to the public, reservations required. Visit click on Events, select Sugar Land Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2140.


The free festival will take place 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 618 Vineyard Hollow Court, in Richmond. Music, food trucks, a farmers market, apple bobbing, a pie-eating competition, bouncy houses, a balloon artist, face painters and more. For more information, visit www.


Teens in grades 9-12 are invited to the Sugar Land Branch Library, 10:15 a.m. to noon, in the Tech Center at 550 Eldridge. Learn the basics of writing JavaScript computer code and hear about various websites and resources for the beginning coder. No experience is necessary. Free and open to the public, but reservations are required. Visit, click on Events, select Sugar Land Branch, and find the program, or call 281-238-2140.



The University Branch Library will present Thanksgiving Favorites, 1:30 p.m., 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.


The Missouri City Toastmasters Club will host a demonstration meeting, 7 p.m. at Harvest United Methodist Church, 9029 Sienna Ranch Road. Learn what the Toastmasters program can do for you. Must be 18 and older invited to attend. For more information, call 806-778-7472 or 281-435-0462.


This interfaith Thanksgiving service brings together people from diverse faith groups and backgrounds to celebrate our shared values of hope, love, and gratitude. 7-8 p.m. St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3100 Sweetwater Blvd., in Sugar Land. Please bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the East Fort Bend food pantry, punch and cookies will be served after the service.


At First Colony Library, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway. All types of books at bargain prices. Donations of books, CDs, and DVDs accepted during the sale or any time the library is open. All proceeds benefit the library and its programs.


Help Hope For Three Autism Advocates take over Constellation Field to bring awareness to autism. Awards, prizes and bragging rights guaranteed. Visit for registration or call 281-245-0640.



At the University Branch Library, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., 14010 University Blvd., Sugar Land. All ages and skill levels welcome. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-6335100 or 281-633-4734.


Sugar Land Branch Library will present the craft class 2 to 4 p.m., 550 Eldridge. All ages and skill levels welcome. Free and open to the public, reservations are required. Visit click on Events, select Sugar Land Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2140.


Benefiting The Arc of Fort Bend County at the George Ranch Historical Park Arena in Richmond. Join us at 6 p.m. For sponsorship information, call 281-269-7230. For tickets call 281879-1158 or 281-240-1313 or visit


Sugar Land Branch Library will host the program 10:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., at 550 Eldridge Road. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.


George Memorial Library will host the program at 1:30 p.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. Learn about the requirements of naturalization and how to prepare for citizenship. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-6334734.



George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview, Richmond, will present the program at 7 p.m. Learn how Native Americans influenced the expansion and cultures of Texas. On Saturday, Nov. 18, Native American Foods will be presente4d 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.



The University Branch Library will host at 6:30 p.m., 14010 University Blvd. in Sugar Land. An overview of branding, marketing, and public relations strategies for nonprofit organizations. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281633-4734.


Mamie George Branch Library is looking for teens in grades 9-12 interested in leadership opportunities and volunteer-service at the library. For more information, call 281-238-2880 or 281-633-4734.

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


Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30 to 8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-6334734.


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


Sugar Land Branch Library will present a free, two-part series 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 550 Eldridge. Continuing on Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the same place and time. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140 or 281-633-4734.

Held at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, 13016 University Blvd., Sugar Land, at 9 a.m. for Jingle Tree’s new event. Discover new trends in holiday décor. Tickets are $20 per person. Visit www. to purchase. For more information, email:



Every Saturday to help revitalize the community in North Rosenberg. If you or your group would like to join, please email: Barry@ or


Chinese Family Support Group to support all Chinese speaking families with a family member living with mental illness. 6:30-8:30 p.m. Call NAMI 281-494-5193 or Chinese line 832-273-3117.


Free study sessions focusing on the sermons and teachings of the Book of Mormon prophets - King Benjamin, Nephi, Alma, and Jacob about the Savior Jesus Christ begins at 7:00 PM on Thursday nights at 14555 Lexington Blvd, Sugar Land, TX 77478. Call (713) 371-8979 for more information. See


Does someone have a drinking problem? Weekly, one hour meetings every Saturday night, 8 p.m., Lamplighters, 2425 FM 1092, (Murphy Road) in the Baytown Seafood strip center. Last Saturday of month the meetings are held at Denny’s Hwy.6 near Murphy Rd. Call Dorothy 281-416-3711.


Monthly meeting at Missouri City Recreation/Tennis Center. 2701 Cypress Point Dr., Missouri City. Second Monday of every month. 11:15 a.m., 1 p.m. Fun/Food/Fellowship/Learning. Contact Buddy or Barbara 713-859-5920 or 281-499-3345.


The Oyster Creek Rotary Club meets every Friday at noon at The Quail Valley Centre(Golf Club), 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. All are welcome to come. For Information contact Bike Baker, 281-770-0060,


Are you a stay at home mom? They would love to have you join their group. Playgroups, socials, mom’s night out, book clubs, and many more fun things planned! Any age children are welcome, or just come yourself if your children are in school. For more info, email


New Pathfinders Group Of Narcotics Anonymous, 4203 Avenue H, Rosenberg 77471, Monday and Tuesday from 8-9 p.m., Wednesday from 8:15-9:15 p.m.


Hope Sweet Hope Group of Narcotics Anonymous, 16755 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, Room 201, 7-8 p.m.


First Colony Branch Library will host at 2 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.


Join Rep. Ron Reynolds from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Christian Bible Baptist Church, 3222 Texas Parkway, Missouri City.


Visit Historic Downtown Richmond and enjoy a day of fun activities. Vendors, farmers market, beer and wine garden, baking contest, classic car show and more, Noon to 8 p.m. For more information, visit





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The December meeting at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club will begin at 9:30 a.m. “Pecan Grove-Shining Bright at Christmas for over 35 years” a history of the Pecan Grove Christmas lights. Email or call to reserve a spot by Dec. 8. or 281-342-8575

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First Colony looking good at 40 THE FORT BEND STAR SPOTTER ELSA MAXEY

(Photo by Lucy Cruz) Pictured from the left are Allison Wen, Sugar Land Heritage Foundation; Don Janssen, Principal with Planned Community Developers; Carey Kelley, Executive Director, FCCA; Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman; Les Newton, Planned Community Developers, and former Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson.

(Photo by Lucy Cruz) Active community leader and former Fort Bend ISD school superintendent Better Baitland and Sugar Land City Councilmember Bridget Yeung.

(Photo by Lucy Cruz) First Colony officials, FCCA Board President Rick Conley; Mary Favre, Board Vice-Chair; and Cary Kelley, Executive Director.

(Photo by Lucy Cruz ) Hi Tech Texan Michael Garfield, Hillary Goldstein, and Celia Olson.

In a ceremony acknowledging First Colony’s 40th anniversary, community leaders and guests at the Roberts Markel Weinberg Butler Hailey law office in Sugar Land Town Square celebrate the significance and success of the all-inclusive master planned community on Nov. 1. Former mayor James Thompson emceed the occasion on, which included proclamation presentations by Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert and Sugar Land Mayor Joe Zimmerman. The community

that continues to drive master planned community development to this day, First Colony is close to 10,000-acres and spans through a large portion of Sugar Land with some of it in Missouri City. Principal with Planned Community Developers (PCD) Don Janssen presented a Cousins Properties and Sugarland Properties book to Allison Wen, representing the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation. It details the proposed development of the community after the purchase of the First Colony property. PCD’s Lew Newson, a familiar face to the development community, joined the celebration along with other local leaders. The vision for First Colony was set in motion by Houston real estate developer Gerald D. Hines, founder of Gerald D. Hines, Interests, now one of the largest real estate firms in the world. Hines purchased most of

the land comprising First Colony in 1973 from Sugarland Industries, which owned the sugar factory. Later, more acreage was purchased and added to the First Colony development from the notable Frost Ranch. The creation of Sugarland Properties in 1973 followed the initial land purchase to manage the property, and later it formed Planned Community Developers. Sugarland Properties sold its last piece of real estate in First Colony this year. The Star Spotter salutes the First Colony as an exemplary master planned community with a visionary, entrepreneurial plan that looked to the future for growth and opportunity, and also Sugarland Properties for its 45-year success in an impactful community that has forever changed Sugar Land, Fort Bend County, and Texas.

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