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A “blue wave” crashed over Fort Bend County on Election Day with many Democrats ousting entrenched Republicans in local races. Leaving are County Judge Robert Hebert, District Clerk Annie Rebecca Elliott, County Commissioner James Patterson, District 85 Texas House Rep. Phil Stephenson, district judges Chad Bridges, John Hawkins, and Ken Cannata, and Republican control of open county court-at-law judge seats No. 3, 4, and 5, and the new No. 6 seat. Republican District Attorney John Healey is retiring and will be replaced by Democrat Brian Middleton. Local Republicans keeping their jobs include U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, state Sen. Joan Huffman, state Reps. Rick Miller and John Zerwas, and Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Mary Ward. Republican Kelly Crow won the open Precinct 3
Justice of the Peace seat. The success of Democrats in the mid-term election caught the chairwoman of the Fort Bend County Democratic Party by surprise. “Our success exceeded my expectations. I knew we would win a few, but not as many as we did,” said Cynthia Ginyard. Ironically, one person who was not surprised was County Judge Robert Hebert. “I saw it coming; probably I saw it coming better than a lot of folks that saw it out there,” he said. Ginyard, who has chaired the local Democratic Party since 2016, credited hard work for her party’s success. “We have implemented and executed best practices for winning,” she said. “We feel that continuity, communication and consistency serve us well in organization and management. Still, campaigns are won on the ground. Fluff is fine, but hard work gets the job done. As a leader, I try to engage the constituents
as much as possible in executing our outreach and field game. We started Ginyard early. ‘Labor Day kickoffs’ is a joke to me. You have to be well entrenched on your road to winning by then. Times have changed.” Ginyard credited the candidates and volunteers for working hard this election. “We were fortunate to have a great slate of candidates. That is a major part of it. They help create the energy in many different ways,” she said. “I believe in leading by example. I work hard because I want others to do so, as well. Therefore, I try to ‘walk the talk’ and I never ask anyone to do what I will not do. I wanted my chairs, activists and constituents on the ground with voters, so I was a part of the first batch to go,” she said. For his part, County
Judge-elect KP George realizes the historic significance of his win. “I am the first South Asian county judge – period – in the state of Texas,” George told television station KHOU. “I thought it would be much closer.” He agreed with Ginyard that it took a lot of groundwork for the Democratic Party to find Election Day success. “I believe you need to go out and connect with people, and you need to tell your story. And when you talk to people, be genuine about it. When I tell you I care about you, better mean it,” he said. Hebert saw the election result as political, not personal. “The Democrats did a
SEE ELECTION, PAGE 9
Stafford approves all 13 changes By Theresa D. McClellan THERESA@FORTBENDSTAR.COM
With the overwhelming approval of all 13 amendments to the Stafford city charter on Nov. 6, Stafford voters decided to change the way things are done in their community. Though the official election results won’t be finalized until today (Nov. 14) according to the Fort Bend County election website, the unofficial results show that all 13 amendments passed. Stafford has more than 18,000 residents and less than 3,500 voters made their choices. Of those voting, the amendments passed with an overwhelming majority – between 61 and 85 percent. In a city that has had the same mayor for 49 years, the changes affect term limits for the mayor and the city council and fair market compensation for the elected city officials. For example, Amendment B said the mayor shall be elected at-large to a four-year term of office. Currently, the mayor is elected every two years. So, 72.8 percent of the voters said yes to the change. Both Mayor Leonard Scarcella and Councilmember Wen Guerra, who is also president of the Stafford Economic Development Corporation, have announced their intention to run for mayor in 2019. Garnering the most votes with 85 percent in favor was Amendment K, which changed the city charter to provide that the person “receiving the majority of votes cast for an office of the city subject to election shall be declared by the city council elected.” Which means 50 percent plus one. Additional amendments addressed expectations of when the mayor would submit a budget and when a council member could expect an item to be placed on the meeting agenda. Capturing the second highest voter approval with 84.75 percent saying yes was Amendment L, which stated the mayor has to submit the city budget no later than 45 days before Sept. 30. Stafford Mayor Leonard
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Jingle Tree preview party Guests at the Jingle Tree preview party last Friday at the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land view decorated trees lined up around an exhibit of dinosaur skeletons. Bidding for the 26 trees in the annual fundraiser concludes with a live auction Thursday, Nov. 15. For tickets or more information, visit www.hmns. org/jingletree or call 281-313-2277. (Right) Sue and Jim Lockwood dressed in Star Trek uniforms with the Star Trek themed tree they decorated for the Jingle Tree fundraiser. (Photos by Joe Southern)
Missouri City has two runoff elections By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM
It’s been a long election season, but for voters in Missouri City, it’s not over yet. On Saturday, Dec. 8, voters will decide two runoff elections – one for mayor and one for city council atlarge position 2. The mayor’s race has incumbent Mayor Allen Owen against former councilmember Yolanda Ford. The council race has incumbent Chris Preston against Susan Soto. The election is nonpartisan. In the Nov. 6 general election, newcomer Vashaundra Edwards beat incumbent Jerry Wyatt in
a two-way race for the atlarge position 1 seat 54.28 percent to 45.72 percent. In the three-way race for mayor, Owen led with 36.06 percent, followed by Ford with 34.93 percent and Fred Taylor with 29.01 percent. The at-large position 2 race featured four candidates. Preston led with 45.49 percent, followed by Soto with 24.86 percent, Angie Wierzbicki with 15.44 percent, and Buddy Snyder with 12.20 percent. When a can-
didate fails to get more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters head to a runoff. Registered voters in Missouri City subdivisions located in Fort Bend and Harris counties are eligible to vote in the runoff election. Early voting begins Monday, Nov. 26, and ends Tuesday, Dec. 4. The early voting and Election Day polling locations have not yet been finalized by the city.
For information on absentee voting, contact Fort Bend County Elections Administrator John Oldham at 281-341-8670. Some residents have expressed concern about the impact of the city’s Snowfest Parade on Dec. 8. According to city officials, The Missouri City Community Center will be open for voting on election day. Due to the parade, Cartwright Road, and all intersecting roads, from 1092 (Murphy Road) to Texas Parkway will be closed from 7:15 to 11 a.m. Results of the runoff election will be canvassed Monday, Dec. 17, in a special city council meeting. The elected officials will be sworn into office at the regular meeting the same day.
ELECTION RESULTS The following are unofficial results from key races in Fort Bend County as reported by the Fort Bend County Election Office. They reflect votes in the county. They do not include complete statewide and regional results. Senator Beto O’Rourke (D) 141,846 / 55.70% Ted Cruz (R) 111,190 / 43.66% Neal Dikeman (L) 1,614 / .63% Congressional District 22 Pete Olson (R) 103,486 / 51.29% Sri Preston Kulkarni (D) 94,033 / 46.60% John McElligott (L) 2,144 / 1.06% Kellen Sweny (I) 2,108 / 1.04% Governor Greg Abbott (R) 125,599 / 49.43% Lupe Valdez (D) 124,879 / 49.15% Mark Tippetts (L) 3,610 / 1.42% Senate District 17 Joan Huffman (R) 42,898 / 50.38% Rita Lucido (D) 40,788 / 47.90% Lauren LaCount (L) 1,466 / 1.72% House District 26 Rick Miller (R) 34,432 / 52.48% Sarah DeMerchant (D) 31,177 / 47.52% House District 28 John Zerwas (R) 44,306 / 54.21% Meghan Scoggins (D) 37,427 / 45.79% House District 85 Jennifer Cantu (D) 20,257 / 51.84% Phil Stephenson (R) 18,819 / 48.16% County Judge KP George (D) 132,298 / 52.91% Bob Hebert (R) 117,747 / 47.09% District Attorney Brian Middleton (D) 134,417 / 53.86% Cliff Vacek (R) 115,132 / 46.14% District Clerk Beverly McGrew Walker (D) 132,148 / 52.98% Annie Rebecca Elliott (R) 117,276 / 47.02% Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant (D) 34,965 / 51.63% James Patterson (R) 32,757 / 48.37% 240th District Judge Frank Fraley (D) 131,721 / 52.89% Chad Bridges (R) 117,329 / 47.11% 268th District Judge R. O’Neil Williams (D) 132,940 / 53.36% John Hawkins (R) 116,218 / 46.64% 458th District Judge Robert Rolnick (D) 131,728 / 52.94% Ken Cannata (R) 117,114 / 47.06% Court at Law No. 3 Juli Mathew (D) 134,737 / 54.08% Tricia Krenek (R) 114,424 / 45.92% Court at Law No. 4 Toni Wallace (D) 132,715 / 53.29% Amy Mitchell (R) 116,330 / 46.71% Court at Law No. 5 Teana Watson (D) 133,033 / 53.43% Harold Kennedy (R) 115,934 / 46.57%
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Election results reflect ethnic, gender equality in Fort Bend County Have you ever noticed how the day after an election feels a lot like Christmas afternoon? The excitement of opening gifts is over and the weeks of anticipation melt away into reality. Maybe you got something you really wanted (or a candidate you supported) but now that you have it, the hope and anticipation are suddenly gone. Perhaps you got stuck with packages of underwear and socks and didn’t get what you really hoped for (or a favorite candidate lost) and all those weeks spent waiting for a moment that never came leaves you feeling empty. In Fort Bend County, a lot of people were feeling blue the day after the election, which was a good thing for the Democrats. The Blue Wave washed over the county in a surge that I think even surprised the Democrats. On election night I made a quick stop at a Republican watch party and the mood was very somber. There were cheers for U.S. Rep. Pete
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Olson, and state Reps. John Zerwas and Rick Miller, but not much else. Sen. Ted Cruz won re-election, but lost significantly in Fort Bend County. Locally, all seven judges plus the county judge, the district clerk, a county commissioner, and the district attorney seats all went to Democrats. Additionally, state House Rep. Phil Stephenson was washed out in the Blue Wave. The few Republicans who did win in Fort Bend County did so just barely when facing opposition from a Democrat. Gov. Greg Abbott, who won re-election, took Fort Bend County by less than half of a percent. For the next few weeks and months there will be
a lot of analysis of this mid-term election. Did Democrats win because they did a better job at getting out the vote? Did Republicans lose because people were tired of the status quo and wanted change? I’ve heard a lot of grumbling by Republicans about straight-ticket voting, but it never seemed to bother them when they were winning. I’ve been around long enough to see political pendulums swing back and forth in many places. Even here, this county was once a Democratic stronghold for decades before things shifted to the right in the 1980s. This swing was very clearly to the left. It’s hard to say if this trend started this year or is the result of momentum during the 2016 presidential election where Fort Bend County went for Democrat Hillary Clinton. I might be wrong on this, but I don’t think this election had so much to do with the liberal ideology as it did with the racial and gender makeup of the can-
didates. Let’s take a look: In House District 85, a white Republican man lost to a white Democratic woman. The race for county judge was won by a South Asian Democrat over a white Republican. A black man beat a white man for district attorney. A black woman beat a white woman for district clerk. For the 240th district court judge seat, a black man defeated a white man. The same went for the 268th district court. In the race for county court-at-law judge No. 3, a black woman defeated a white woman. In the county court-at-law judge No. 5 contest, a black woman beat a black man. In the county court-at-law No. 6 spot, a black man beat a white man. Even in Missouri City’s nonpartisan election, a young, black woman unseated an incumbent black man in one city council race. Now headed to a runoff, the white male mayor is challenged by a black female councilmember and in the other city coun-
cil runoff, a black male incumbent is up against a white female challenger. Clearly, women and people of color found unprecedented success at the polls in Fort Bend County. The results appear to reflect more accurately the racial and ethnic makeup of the county. I think that the days of white men holding the lion’s share of political power in this county are probably over. At least that is the message voters sent last week. So now, what happens next? My guess is there will have to be lot of patience as a large slate of new candidates move into their new positions. Many decades of experience have been vacated and it will take some time for the newcomers to get up to speed. They will all eventually learn their jobs and life will go on. It is my hope that this election will signal the end of party extremism and the beginning of cooperation and a more moderate leadership. With more balanced political power in the
county, we’re all going to have to learn to get along a little better. In the nearly 10 years that I’ve lived in Fort Bend County, I’ve heard a lot of talk about diversity and how unique we are. I guess now we get to prove it. We will start 2019 with probably the most diverse set of elected officials this county has ever seen. Only time will tell if that diversity will pull us together or tear us apart. It’s my hope that we can learn from each other and become more mindful and tolerant of people who don’t look and think like us. Traditionally, minorities don’t trust whites and vice versa. If we are to move forward, that needs to end. It’s time to find common ground and to build on the things that unite us. I believe that we have been doing that for the most part. Now we’re just turning it up a notch. Maybe for Christmas this year we could all wish for less partisan bickering and more cooperation to help continue moving our county forward.
Does Texas’ ‘Robin Hood’ law really take from the rich to give to the poor? When I was a boy, I read the adventures of Robin Hood and his Merry Men. Along with his compadres Little John and Friar Tuck, Robin would waylay rich travelers to relieve them of their gold and then distribute to those oppressed by the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. It was a good story and over the years, many movies about Robin Hood have been made, but none more famous perhaps than Errol Flynn’s “The Adventures of Robin Hood.” In 1994, the Texas Supreme Court issued a ruling that required property wealthy school districts to share their tax revenue with less property wealthy school districts. It was called “recapture” but it quickly earned the nickname “Robin Hood.” The way it works is simple. As a school district’s assessed property value increases in value, the state applies a formula to determine if the district will be subject to recapture. This comes about when the first dollar of a school district’s maintenance and operation tax rate applied to the total taxable value within their appraisal district and then divided by the student average daily attendance exceeds $514,000 per student. If it does, the amount exceeding this threshold
must be paid directly to the state of Texas by the school district. This is called recapture or “Robin Hood” and most notably all recapture dollars are comprised of local property taxes. A recent article in the Texas Tribune cited a report by the governor’s office on school finance. This report is available online at the Texas Tribune. In it, the report stated in part, “As property values have increased, more districts have entered recapture and those districts in recapture have seen their payments continue to increase.” Further, “If current trends hold for the next decade… ‘Robin Hood’ payments may form a larger percentage of school funding than state tax dollars by 2028.” This means in little more
than nine years, taxpayers could be paying more to the state in recapture payments than they are receiving from the state to help fund school district operations. “Robin Hood” has been working very well for the state. In 1994, 34 school districts paid the state of Texas $131 million in recapture payments. However, in 2018 the number of districts paying recapture and the amount contributed rose to 191 school districts writing checks to the state of Texas of just over $2 billion in recapture payments. These payments are projected to rise to over $2.6 billion dollars in 2019. There are over 5.3 million children attending public school in Texas. Sadly, many of them who come from school districts subject to recapture or “Robin Hood” are living in poverty. In many of our large urban school districts, the majority of their students are economically disadvantaged. Is it fair to rob school districts of their own local funding – the funding they need to meet the needs of their children, by a school funding formula the Texas Supreme Court has called Byzantine, antiquated, and in need of reform? I would argue that it is not. So does “Robin Hood” take from the rich to give to
District attorney to have retirement roast From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
After 26 years of service to Fort Bend County, four sheriffs, over six elections, scores of prosecutors, and thousands of legal cases, the guy with good hair and humor is saying good bye. Come to order (or maybe
it is disorder) as the community comes together to roast retiring District Attorney John Healey. Sheriff Troy Nehls will serve as Master of Ceremonies and several special guests will be joining in the teasing. Healey’s term will end on Dec. 31. Healey plans to retire and spend more time with his wife, Theo.
The evening is set for Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. at Safari Texas Ranch with an Italian dinner and cash bar. The roast will benefit one’s choice of charity: Child Advocates of Fort Bend, Fort Bend Women’s Center, or Parks Youth Ranch. Tickets are available now at johnhealeyroast.com.
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mission of the public education system of this state is to ensure that all Texas children have access to a quality education that enables them to achieve their potential and fully participate now and in the future in the social, economic and educational opportunities of our state and nation” (Texas Education Code §4.001). Just as we hold our school districts accountable for student achievement, we should also hold the State Legislature accountable for supporting a public school system that provides a quality education for all students as the state con-
HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH • 281-403-4994 2223 FM1092 • Missouri City, TX 77459 Ed Byrnes, Senior Pastor Sunday Bible Study 9:30 am • 6:00 pm Sunday Worship 10:45 am • 6:00 pm Wednesday: 7:00 pm Bible Study / AWANA “A Place To Call Home” - www.hbctx.org METHODIST CHURCH
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stitution requires. The Legislature needs to uphold its constitutional duty to support and maintain a system of public schools in Texas, and fund it adequately and equitably. Let us focus our efforts on improving our public schools, which have and always will educate the majority of our students. If you agree, let your legislators know. Jim Rice Sugar Land (Jim Rice was elected to serve on the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees in May 2010. These comments are his alone and he is not speaking on behalf of the board.)
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MISSOURI CITY CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-261-8944 2019 Bright Meadows Dr. - Missouri City, TX 77489 www.mocitycoc.org Sunday morning services: 10:15 am
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STAFFORD CHURCH OF CHRIST • 281-499-2507 402 Stafford Run Rd. -Stafford, 77477 SUNDAY: Bible Study: 9:30 a.m. Worship: 10:30 a.m. Afternoon Worship 5:00 p.m. WEDNESDAY : Bible Study 7:00 p.m. www.staffordchurchofchrist.org
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the poor. When you consider that “Robin Hood” has continued to rob property wealthy school districts of needed revenue (local tax dollars), which hurts our economically disadvantaged children the most one wonders in this case if “Robin Hood” and the evil Sheriff of Nottingham are not one and the same. All of our children deserve a quality education. The legislature has a constitutional duty to support and maintain a system of public schools in this state (Texas Constitution Article 7, Section 1). State statute imposes a further duty upon the legislature: “The
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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REZONING FROM INTERIM STANDARD SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1-I) TO PERMANENT ZERO LOT LINE SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENTIAL (R-1Z) ZONING FOR APPROXIMATELY 61 ACRES IN THE GREATWOOD COMMUNITY City Council Meeting 6:00 p.m., December 4, 2018, City of Sugar Land City Hall, Council Chamber, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North to hear all persons interested in the proposed rezoning from Interim Standard Single Family Residential (R-1-I) to Permanent Zero Lot Line Single Family Residential (R-1Z) for areas platted and developed as patio homes also known as zero lot line homes, located 1) west of Greatwood Parkway and Scenic Place, 2) south of Riverbrook and 3) north of Winding Brook from Interim Standard Single-Family Residential (R-1-I) to Zero Lot Line Single Family Residential (R-1Z) (approximately 61 acres). This rezoning is proposed to assign a permanent zoning district to the Greatwood residential patio homes that were annexed into the City on December 12, 2017.
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LEGALS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS ENTERPRISE RESOURCE PLANNING SYSTEM REPLACEMENT The City of Sugar Land seeks proposals for performing all work required for the following project in the City: RFP 2019-08: Enterprise Resource Planning System Replacement Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. Sealed proposals, one (1) original, seven (7) copies, and one (1) electronic copy on flash drive shall be delivered to the City of Sugar Land, Office of the City Secretary, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas, 77479, on or before 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 8, 2019, at which time proposals will be publicly opened and read. Proposals received after the opening date and time will not be considered. Questions regarding this proposal must be received by Friday, November 30, 2018 on or before 3:00 P.M. Please post all questions on Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com. The City will award and give notice within one hundred eighty (180) calendar days after the opening date and time.
INVITATION FOR REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS Stafford Centre Video Surveillance Package The City of Stafford is seeking to hire a quality contactor to furnish labor, material and equipment for the turnkey installation of a security camera system located at the intersection of Murphy Road and Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477. Sealed proposals in duplicate, marked “Stafford Centre Video Surveillance Package” addressed to the City of Stafford will be received by the City Secretary, Ms. Tomika R. Lewis, at the Stafford City Hall, 2610 South Main, Stafford, Texas 77477 until 2:00 p.m., local time, Tuesday, December 4, 2018. Proposals received after closing time will be returned unopened. The proposals will be publicly opened and read aloud at that time. Notice of the award of the contract shall be given by the City within sixty (60) days following the opening of proposals. A pre-proposal meeting for all interested parties will be held on November 26, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. at the Stafford Centre, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477. It is highly recommended that all parties interested in submitting a proposal attend this meeting. Plans, specifications and proposal documents may be picked up from the Stafford Centre Business Office, 10505 Cash Road, Stafford, Texas 77477. Any questions concerning this bid may be directed to bryan@ staffordcentre.com. The City reserves the right to reject any or all proposals and waive any or all informalities. No proposal may be withdrawn until the expiration of sixty (60) days from the date proposals are opened. /s/ Tomika R. Lewis
NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING TO DISCUSS The State Financial Accountability Rating for Fort Bend Independent School District 6:00 P.M. on December 10, 2018 In the Board Room of the FBISD Administration Building 16431 Lexington Blvd. • Sugar Land The purpose of this meeting is to discuss Fort Bend ISD’s rating on the State’s Financial Accountability System Public Encouraged to Attend
LEGALS PUBLIC NOTICE Application has been made with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission for a mixed beverage permit with food and beverage by Wonderful Sake Inc. DBA Sake Asian Sushi Wine Bar. To be located at 18921 University Blvd., #900, Sugar Land, TX, Fort Bend County, Texas. Officers of said corporation are Qin Yun Ni, President and Secretary.
PUBLIC NOTICE OF TEST OF AUTOMATIC TABULATING EQUIPMENT AVISO PÚBLICO DE PROBAR EL EQUIPO TABULAR AUTOMATICAMENTE Notice is hereby given that the automatic tabulating equipment that will be used in the City of Missouri City Runoff election to be held on December 8, 2018, will be tested on November 20, 2018 at 9:00 A.M. at the Fort Bend County Elections Department, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Texas to ascertain that it will accurately count the votes cast for all offices and on all measures. Por lo presente se da aviso que el equipo para tabular automáticamente que se usará en las elecciones de la ciudad de Missouri City escurrimiento que se celebrara en el 8 deciembre de 2018, se probaran en 20 de noviembre de 2018, a las 9:00 en el Departamento de Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, Texas para determinar si el equipo contara con exactitud los votos para todos los puestos oficiales y sobre todos los proyectos de ley. /s/ John Oldham Fort Bend County Elections Administrator Administrador de Elecciones del Condado de Fort Bend FORT BEND COUNTY MUNICIPAL UTILITY DISTRICT NO. 119 NOTICE OF ADOPTION OF RULES AND PENALTIES Notice is hereby given that the Board of Directors of Fort Bend County Municipal Utility District No. 119 (the “District”) at a meeting held on November 7, 2018, adopted a Stormwater Guidance Manual containing rules and regulations related to the proper use and maintenance of the District’s storm sewer system, including prohibitions on illicit discharges, pollutant discharges from construction sites, and pollutant discharges from post-construction sites. Violation of any of the rules contained in the District’s Stormwater Guidance Manual is considered a violation of the District’s Rate Order and will subject the violator to penalties as outlined in the District’s Stormwater Guidance Manual and Rate Order per breach and/ or day, disconnection of water and sewer service, payment of any costs or damages resulting from the violation, and civil and criminal legal action. A copy of the Stormwater Guidance Manual is on file at the principal office of the District, Allen Boone Humphries Robinson LLP, 3200 Southwest Freeway, Suite 2600, Houston, Texas 77027, where it may be read in full. /s/Alan Shelby President, Board of Directors
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Swarna Balasubramaniam, M.D. and Sugar Land Colon & Rectal Clinic are closing the practice at 16659 SW Freeway, Suite 561, Sugar Land, TX 77479.
The practice is relocating to 20403 University Blvd Sugar Land, Texas 77478. Effective January 1, 2019, insurance will no longer be accepted by Dr. Swarna Balasubramaniam or the Sugar Land Colon & Rectal Clinic. All visits and all patient services provided will be on a cash pay basis only.
COMMONWEALTH PARK/COMMONWEALTH – Beautiful Upgraded Stately Home on a Large Corner Lot with a Side-Loading Garage. Located on a Double Cul-de-Sac Street! Over $50K in Updates! Also features a “Laguna Style” Heated Pool w/Tanning Ledge. The Backyard Backs to a Greenbelt! (2017) painted kit. cabinets. (2017) new water heater. (2015) Upstairs AC System. High-end Engineered Wood in formals, family room, staircase steps & master bedroom (2015) & Upgraded Carpet (2016). Huge Upstairs Game room that leads to all 4 bedrooms & study! 2” Faux Blinds throughout. A wall of Custom built-ins in Formal Living Room. The backyard is perfect for outdoor entertaining. It features a large extended patio area & a private pa $489,900 Call Virginia Mack 281816-7827 (VM47SS)
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Patient medical records will continue to be in the possession to Dr Balasubramaniam after the move. You may obtain a copy of your records or have them transferred to another physician by a signed written request to Dr Balasubramaniam at the current address before December 14, 2018 and at the new address after January 1, 2019.
FORM 854 FILE Number: A1118626
Branch Towers III, LLC is proposing to construct a 110’ Monopole located 152 Yards W of Chimney Rock Rd and 284 yards S of Rockergate RD, Missouri City, TX 77489. Per FAA regulations, this tower is not required to be lit. Interested persons may review the pending application by going to www.fcc.gov/asr/applications and entering the Form 854 File Number listed above. Interested persons may raise environmental concerns about the proposed structure by filing a Request for Environmental Review with the Federal Communications Commission. The Federal Communications Commission strongly encourages interested parties to file Requests for Environmental Review online. Instructions for making such filings can be found at www.fcc.gov/asr/environmentalrequest
Interested parties that would prefer to file a Request for Environmental Review by paper copy can submit to: FCC Requests for Environmental Review, Attn: Ramon Williams, 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC 20554
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Seven Fort Bend ISD teams claim playoff spots By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
The regular season has ended and seven Fort Bend ISD teams will be advancing to the playoffs. In District 20 6A, Ridge Point and Travis will compete in the 6A Division 1 playoffs, while Dulles and Elkins will compete in 6A Division 2. Marshall and Willowridge will compete in 5A Division 2. Hightower will compete in 5A Division 1. Last weekend media reports said that Hightower had violated technology rules during several games. The Hurricanes were penalized by forfeiting two games. However, those two games were games they had lost, so their record did not change, and they qualified for the final playoff spot in District 10 5A D1. The reports also said head coach Padriac McGinnis had been fired. Fort Bend ISD Athletic Director Rodney Chant and Hightower principal John Montelongo did not respond to requests for a statement. This week On Thursday, Marshall plays Santa Fe at Hall Stadium and Willowridge plays at Nederland. On Friday, Ridge Point plays Seven Lakes at Hall Stadium, Travis plays Katy at Legacy Stadium, Dulles plays Katy Taylor at Mercer Stadium, Elkins plays Tompkins at Rhodes Stadium and Hightower plays New Caney at Texans Drive Stadium. Elkins 35, Austin 21 Elkins turned a gloomy November afternoon into a bright victory dance as the Knights scored 28 straight points to beat Austin 35-21 last Saturday at Mercer Stadium. The win puts the Knights into the playoffs where they will meet Tompkins on Friday night. Austin took a 21-7 halftime lead as Troy Omeire caught a 46-yard pass from Trey Larsen and Moises Tezzo scored on runs of 2 yards and 72 yards. Michael Granson caught a 20-yard pass from Cameron George for Elkins’ only first half score. The second half belonged to Elkins as Kolby White and George each scored two touchdowns. George scored on an 8-yard run and a 42-yard run. White scored on an 11-yard run and a 5-yard pass from George. Elkins’ Head Coach Dennis Brantley said the halftime locker room was focused. “We didn’t scream at them or anything, we just told them that we had put a lot of hard work into the off-season and up to now, and all that hard work had to show up in the second half. And it did. What I love about it is our guys just stuck together. We made it hard on ourselves by losing the last two games but that’s high school football. You have to play hard every week. This time we were on the winning end,” Brantley said.
Dulles’ Ainias Smith (1) catches the ball over Ridge Point’s Drake Johnson (17) during Thursday’s game. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)
For the game, George completed 14 of 27 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns, and he rushed 24 times for 204 yards and two touchdowns. White had six receptions for 67 yards and a touchdown. “When we went in at halftime, we just saying we have to be a team. We stand as one. Last year we were 2-6 and this year we are in the playoffs, and we want to keep playing,” White said. Austin was led by Tezzo who rushed 35 times for 206 yards and two touchdowns. Larsen completed 9 of 17 passes for 175 yards and one touchdown, and Omeire caught two passes for 58 yards and he had two interceptions on defense. Elkins’ defensive lineman Daelon Mitchell had a key sack late in the game with Austin attempting a pass on fourth down and nine yards to go on the Elkins’ 22-yardline. “I was just trying to get to the quarterback. That’s all I was doing. I needed to help my team out,” Mitchell said. Elkins ends district play with a 4-3 record and Austin ends its season with a 3-4 record. Ridge Point 35, Dulles 21 Ridge Point beat Dulles 3521 to claim the District 20 6A championship with a 7-0 record. This is the Panthers’ fifth district championship in a row. “Hearing districts champs is like music to my ears. This is my third year on varsity and I haven’t lost a district championship yet. It feels good to win three in a row. Really it’s five in a row as the team won two before
me. Back to back to back is just a real good feeling,” Panther defensive lineman Nelson Ceaser said. Dulles scored first on a Myles Heard 34-yard run in the first quarter and the quarter ended with Dulles up 7-0. In the second quarter, the Panthers’ Carter Aycock intercepted a pass on the Dulles 36-yard line, and John Paul Richardson scored on a pass from Will Pendergrass two minutes later to tie the game at 7. With 6:00 to go in the half, Ainias Smith caught a touchdown pass from Cameron Peters and the Vikings went up 14-7. Three minutes later, the Panthers’ Adonal Mitchell scored on a run and the first half ended 14-14. In the third quarter, the Panthers caught the Vikings in a defense mix-up and Mason McBride ran 72 yards through the open slot to give Ridge Point a 21-14 lead with 8:25 to go in the quarter. Three minutes later, McBride scored on a 7-yard run to increase the Panthers’ lead to 28-14 at the end of the third quarter. Four seconds into the fourth quarter, Dulles’ Javian Myles scored on a 1-yard run to cut the Panthers’ lead to 28-21. But two minutes later, McBride scored on a 14-yard run to give Ridge Point a 35-21 lead. Neither team was able to do anything in the final 9:51 and the game ended with Ridge Point on top 35-21. “Going into halftime, our defensive line coach told us what we needed to do in the second half – get off the ball and watch the ball more. That really helped us stop the run and get after
the quarterback. We really like to get after the quarterback, particularly on first and second down, so they have a third and long. We really like to compete against each other to see who can get to the quarterback first,” Ceaser said. Ceaser had two sacks in the game, giving him 20.5 for his career, which is a new school record. Senior safety Jake Sniffen had 10 tackles for the game. On offense, Mason McBride rushed 18 times for 134 yards and three touchdowns. “Dulles is a good football team. They have a lot of seniors on their team that have played a lot of varsity games. We knew it was going to be a dogfight and a war the whole game. Dulles came out in the first half guns blazing, but our kids stood their ground. Our defensive line stepped up in the second half, and our offensive line was dominant in the second half,” Ridge Point Head Coach Brett Sniffen said. Ridge Point lost a lot of experience and talent to graduation last year, but they worked hard to go undefeated in district play and 9-1 overall. “It feels great to win the championship. We graduated 45 seniors last year including eight kids signed to Division 1 scholarships. We had a bunch of new kids who came onto the team and just continued our tradition. They played their tails and did what we asked them to do. Now they get to enjoy the fruits of their labor,” Coach Sniffen said. Travis 24, Bush 7 The Travis defense held Bush to one touchdown as the Tigers won 24-7 last Friday at Hall Stadium. Aundre Smith scored two touchdowns on runs of 40 yards and 1 yard. Smith had 13 carries on the night for 76 yards. Eric Rodriguez completed 11 of 22 passes for 141 yards and Parker Washington had four receptions for 70 yards. Defensive lineman Jared Wright scored a touchdown when he scooped up a fumble and ran it into the end zone from five yards out. Travis linebacker Zach Zimos believes the defense is peaking just in time for the playoffs. “I believe so. On to Katy now. It’s win or go home time, and defense wins championships. We have to be all in come Friday at 6:30 p.m.,” Zimos said. The Tigers will play Katy on Friday night, but center Justin Gwalchmai thinks they just need to play their game. “We just need to stay focused and have the right mindset going in. There is nothing special we’re going to do for them. We just need to follow the game plan and execute,” Gwalchmai said. Marshall 60, Madison 2 The Buffaloes scored 27 first quarter points and went on to beat Madison 60-2 last Friday at Butler Stadium. Marshall went
undefeated in District 11 5A Division 2 play. Quarterback Malik Hormsby completed 5 of 9 passes for 129 yards and two touchdowns and he rushed three times for 69 yards and two touchdowns. Devon Achane had two receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown, and he rushed four times for 27 yards and a touchdown. Jerry Davis had five carries for 30 yards and two touchdowns. Norman Baker led the Buffaloes’ defense with 10 tackles and a sack. “We are proud of the (regular season) accomplishments, but we are focused and excited to begin this next season, which is the playoffs. This team is determined,” Marshall Head Coach James Williams said. Willowridge 21, Sterling 8 Willowridge held Sterling to one touchdown as they won 218 to clinch third place in District 11 5A Division 2 last Saturday at Barnett Stadium. The Eagles scored in the first quarter as Jhamarkus Harris ran the ball in from the 1-yard line. The first half ended 7-0. In the second half, Javion Chatman caught a 32-yard pass from Vaughnte Frederick to make the score 14-0. Sterling responded with a 50-yard scoring run by Frank Brown to close the gap to 14-8. Frederick then closed out the scoring and the game with a 4-yard touchdown run. Frederick completed 7 of 16 passes for 83 yards and one touchdown, and he rushed 21 times for 149 yards and a touchdown. “Vaughnte (Frederick) just went over 1,000 yards rushing yesterday to go along with his 1,400 passing yards, which shows just how valuable he is to this team. He is a special player and a special young man who plays for the people around him and the community he lives in as much as anything. He has fans all over the community because he has been representing us with class and character for what seems like forever. His athletic ability and personality are what make our team go and the blessing is that he is good with that. He doesn’t shy away from the pressure that comes with being a team leader and we are going to be leaning on him heavily again this week as we take on a 9-1 Nederland team, at their home stadium,” Willowridge Head Coach Richard Lazarou said. Clements 27, Kempner 26 Clements won its first district game of the season and second game overall as the Rangers defeated Kempner 27-26 last Saturday at Hall Stadium. With four minutes to go in the game, Kempner’s Jordan Verge returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown to make the score 27-26 in favor of Cle-
ments. Kempner went for the game winning two-point conversion, but the run failed, and Clements was victorious. Kempner’s Jordan Shelton rushed 26 times for 261 yards and three touchdowns. Shelton’s touchdowns came on runs of 46 yards, 67 yards and 58 yards. Clements’ John Perry completed 19 of 28 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns. David Kasemervisz caught four passes for 102 yards and had a 56-yard touchdown reception. Safety Andrew Bottiglieri scored on a 50-yard fumble return. Foster 21, Hightower 20 Isaiah Essisima scored on a 4-yard run with 4:30 to go in the game to bring Hightower within one point of Foster, but the extra point kick was no good and Foster beat the Hurricanes 21-20 last Thursday at Hall Stadium. After a scoreless first half, Kobie White scored on a 5-yard run to give the Hurricanes a 70 lead. Foster responded with two touchdowns to take the lead 14-7. On the kickoff after Foster’s second touchdown, Kobie Campbell returned it 90 yards for a touchdown to make the score 14-14 at the end of three quarters. Foster scored first in the fourth quarter to take a 21-14 lead before Essisima scored and the Hurricanes could not make the extra point. For Hightower, Brandon Smith completed 6 of 12 passes for 82 yards, and White completed 4 of 7 passes for 43 yards and White rushed 15 times for 58 yards and a touchdown. Chance Ceaser caught 4 passes for 39 yards. District 20 6A Ridge Point Travis Dulles Elkins Austin Bush Clements Kempner
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Ridge Point wins Region 3 championship, state bound By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
The Ridge Point Panthers beat Dawson 25-20, 25-21 and 25-18 to win the Region 3 6A championship last Saturday at Wheeler Fieldhouse. The win puts the Panthers in the state finals where they will meet Plano West in the 6A semifinal
on Friday in Garland. A win puts them in the state championship match on Saturday. In the first set, the Panthers were up 19-18 when they went on a four-point run to increase their lead to 23-18. Skylar Fields had two kills and Randee Hennings served an ace during the run. Dawson could only score two more points as the Panthers closed out the
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Ridge Point celebrates their Region 3 championship. (Photo by Bill McCaughey)
first set 25-20. In the second set, the score was 11-11 when Ridge Point went on a 9-4 run to
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grab a 20-15 lead. Claire Jeter led the charge with three kills during the run. Dawson made it close as they closed to within two at 23-21, but the Panthers claimed the win 25-21 with consecutive kills by Fields and Jeter. The third set was all Ridge Point as they raced to a 15-10 lead and cruised to a 25-18 win. Two years ago, the Panthers lost to Seven Lakes
in the region semifinals, and last year they lost to George Ranch in the region semifinals. This year they exorcised a few ghosts by beating both Seven Lakes and George Ranch on their way to the championship. “This year was just amazing. The team has so much talent and these girls are just incredible to coach. They play for each other and I think that has been the difference maker for us
this year. We have had great talent in previous years, but now we have been able to channel that talent and play as one unit and that is very valuable. Our team is just not cultivated around one person. We have so many other pieces to our team and that just makes the team super awesome,” Ridge Point Coach Lori McLaughlin said. Because of the last two years, the players knew it would take teamwork and a super effort to make it to state. “I feel great. I feel very accomplished. We have been working towards this goal forever and I am just glad the time is finally here. This year we took a do or die attitude. This was our last year with Skylar (Fields) who is graduating so we just knew it was do or die. We were not going to accept any other way. I just love this team, they are the best players I have ever played with,” junior Kendall Sekula said. “It’s amazing. We have wanted this for so long. I am a sophomore this year and I have always known we could do it. It’s our time. I really think we can do it (win the state championship),” Tiana Davis said. The Panthers have a record of 46-5 with two matches to go.
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Missouri City hosting 10th annual ‘Operation Thanksgiving’ From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
In the spirit of giving, Missouri City citizens and staff will partner again this year to host the 10th annual “Operation Thanksgiving— Stuff the Squad Car & Fire
H STAFFORD, FROM PAGE 1 Scarcella was opposed to that, arguing that it gave him 15 fewer days to prepare the annual city budget which is problematic as the needed financial reports from various departments historically come in late with necessary last minute details, he said earlier this summer. Here are the amendments A-M and how residents voted: A: Streamline the City Charter and delete the list of enumerated powers: For: 61.23%, Against: 38.77% B: Mayor to be elected atlarge to a four-year term: For:
H ELECTION, FROM PAGE 1 much better job of getting out their vote than we did on the Republican side and I’m just an incidental casualty of that voter struggle,” he said. “I don’t believe the vote this year had anything to do with my experience or my competency,” he continued. “I think even those that voted against me felt I was at least an adequate if not a very good county judge. But they weren’t going to vote for me. They were on a mission to send a statement and they
Truck!” on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Road. All city departments are collaborating to sponsor the operation and donations will assist families in need during the holiday season. Residents and stakehold-
ers are encouraged to come out and fill at least 10 police squad cars and two fire and rescue services trucks with canned and non-perishable food items. The goods will be donated to Bethel Ministry, Palmer House, and Second Mile Mission Center.
If residents would like to drop-off donations before Nov. 17, they are welcome to deliver them to the following city facilities: • Police and Fire Departments, 3849 Cartwright Road. • City Hall, 1522 Texas Pkwy.
72.80%, Against: 27.20% C: Mayor shall not serve for more than four consecutive terms or parts of terms: For: 69.47%, Against: 30.53% D: Council members shall not serve for more than four consecutive terms or parts of terms. For: 77.67%, Against: 22.33% E: Council members shall be elected to at-large positions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6: For: 79.44% Against: 20.56% F: Council members shall be elected to a term of three years to provide for initial staggered terms of two years for positions 1, 2, and 4 for elections in 2019 and 2020. Then provide thereafter for
three-year terms. For: 79.24%, Against: 20.76%. G: Mayor shall get pay and compensation to not exceed the fair market value of a city’s chief executive officer of a comparable size of the City of Stafford. For: 73.09%, Against: 26.91 H: Council members may receive pay and compensation as prescribed and set by the City Council. For: 66:04%, Against: 33.96 percent I: Any council member may request an item be placed on the City Council meeting agenda and that item shall be on the next regular City Council meeting agenda unless a different time was specified
in the request. For: 81.39%, Against: 18.61% J: Delete requirement that the term of office for judges of the city municipal court be concurrent with the mayor’s term of office. For: 71.46%, Against: 28.54% K: The person receiving the majority of votes cast for any office of the city subject to election shall be declared elected. For: 85.09%, Against: 14.91 percent L: Change to the amount of time for budget submission: For: 84.75%, Against: 14.91% M: Amend charter sections to delete obsolete and transitional provisions. For: 79.46%, Against: 20.54%.
sent a statement of sorts.” George said his election reflects the diverse makeup of the county. “Now it looks like the county’s elected officials are a reflection of the demographics of Fort Bend County,” he said. Hebert is already making plans to hand over the office on Jan. 1 to George. “I’ve met with Mr. George and I’m going to assist him in the transition because I know he has a big learning curve and I want to make it as easy for him to move into his office as I can. I think I
owe it to the people of the county to do that,” he said. Hebert said he will do what he can to help local Republicans rebound. “There are many conservative blacks and many conservative Asians and many conservative folks out there of a completely different background who still value the core values of the Republican side – a love of this country, a love of Texas, a love of Fort Bend County, a love of their family, and a desire to have an efficient government as the most reasonable cost. But if we don’t
include them – and aggressively include them – they’re going to be talked into doing something that will lead to these outcomes in the future, too,” he said. “So we have a big job ahead of us as a party and I’m going to help the party all I can restructure itself and broaden its base.” As for Hebert himself, he is done with public office. “I’ve run for my last office. I was not looking for this job when I got it and I did 16 years, which is longer than I’ve actually been anywhere in my life,” he said.
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H RESULTS, FROM PAGE 1 Court at Law No. 6 Sherman Hatton Jr. (D) 132,768 / 53.32% Dean Hrbacek (R) 116,255 / 46.68% Justice of the Peace Pct. 1 Mary Ward (R) 33,941 / 96.53% Lilly Ubernosky (W) 1,221 / 3.47% Justice of the Peace Pct. 3 Kelly Crow (R) 45,151 / 60.19% Michael Antalan (D) 29,865 / 39.81% Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen
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8,115 / 36.06% Yolanda Ford 7,861 / 34.93% Fred Taylor 6,529 / 29.01% Missouri City At-Large 1 Vashaundra Edwards 10,758 / 54.28% Jerry Wyatt 9,061 / 45.72% Missouri City At-Large 2 Chris Preston 9,441 / 47.49% Susan Soto 4,942 / 24.86% Angie Wierzbicki 3,070 / 15.44% Buddy Snyder 2,426 / 12.20% Fort Bend ISD bond For: 88,715 / 74.71% Against: 30,025 / 25.29%
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Advanced Hearing Center and EarQ provided free hearing screenings and hearing aid fittings to give former professional players the care they need. On Oct. 20, Advanced Hearing Center attended the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation’s health fair event to provide free screenings and hearing aid fittings to former professional players and their family members. The event was held in Houston at St. Luke’s Medical Center. Advanced Hearing Center is a hearing healthcare practice local to Sugar Land. As an exclusive EarQ provider, the practice has opportunities to work with the NFL Players Association’s Professional Athletes Foundation (PAF), an EarQ partner since 2011. The partnership’s efforts are focused on offering hearing healthcare solutions to former professional players, and finding preventative solutions for generations to come. Representatives from Signia also attended the event. One of the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturers, Signia makes fitting the former players with life-changing technology possible. With events such as this one, EarQ and the NFLPA have the opportunity to emphasize the importance of better hearing, and discuss the impact it can have on one’s life. In addition to providing free hearing healthcare services, EarQ also hopes to spread awareness and break down the barriers that prevent people from seeking hearing care.
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“Twenty-seven years ago, a group of volunteers, many of whom are still involved, opened their homes, decorated them for Christmas, baked some cookies and charged admission in an effort to keep Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s (CAFB) doors open,” said Lisa Moore, Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s development officer and event chair. Thanks to those generous ladies and many others who have participated through the years, this event not only kept the doors open, but it has allowed the agency to Hello, my name is Trinity. I am a brown and white boxer increase its programming mix and I am a little over 2 years old. Come by and visit and staff in order to meet with me today. I would love to meet you! the needs of the Fort Bend community. CAFB has announced that Notice of Release for Public Review and Comment City of Sugar Land Program Year 2017 Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) Community Development Block Grant Program The City of Sugar Land, Texas has prepared its Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program for the period of October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018. Pursuant to 24 CFR 91.520, the City will submit the CAPER to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by December 29, 2018. The purpose of the CAPER is to provide the City of Sugar Land with an opportunity to annually evaluate its overall progress in carrying out priorities and objectives identified in the City’s HUD-approved Consolidated Plan and to report the progress to HUD and the citizens of Sugar Land.
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The City of Sugar Land actively encourages ongoing citizen participation and feedback. All residents are invited to comment on the CAPER by mail or fax during the period of November 15, 2018 through November 29, 2018. A draft of the CAPER may be found on the City website at www.sugarlandtx.gov and in the Office of the City Secretary, City of Sugar Land, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Suite 122, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Residents may send comments to the City of Sugar Land Environmental & Neighborhood Services Department at P.O. Box 110, Sugar Land, Texas 77487 0110. Residents may also fax comments to the City at (281) 275 2465. Any comments received will be forwarded to the regional HUD office.
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five generous homeowners in Sienna Point, Sienna Plantation, Alkire Lake, Lakes of Williams Ranch and a historic home in Richmond are planning to be on the Home Tour on Dec. 7 and 8. “Homeowners are so special to us – we wouldn’t have a tour without them,” Moore said. “The addition of two new neighborhoods (Sienna Point and Richmond) is what keeps the Home Tour fresh. Each year we are able to showcase an assortment of neighborhoods, displaying the variety of Fort Bend County.” Nationally, one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the age of 18 and it is estimated that only 1 in 10 ever tells anyone. “The number of children and families served by our Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) increased 25 percent in 2017 alone and has increased 58 percent in the last five years. In addition, as of Aug. 31, we’ve conducted more forensic interviews for children who have made outcries of abuse than in all of 2017,” stated CEO Ruthanne Mefford. “By sponsoring or participating in the Home Tour, you can help us ensure that all child victims of abuse get the therapy and healing services they desperately need.” The Christmas Home Tour features private homes in Fort Bend County beautifully decorated for Christmas. One ticket allows entry to all homes during tour hours. The Tour runs Friday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sponsorships are now available. Sponsorship Opportunities range from $100 to $15,000. To become a sponsor or to volunteer, visit www.cafb.org/events/ home-tour/ or contact Lisa Moore at 281-344-5108 or email@example.com.
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WELCOMES DR. KENT AND DR. RIVERS
Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine at Sugar Land is pleased to welcome two of Fort Bend’s prominent surgeons, Michael Kent, MD, and Thomas Rivers, MD. Together, these board-certified orthopedic surgeons treat a wide range of orthopedic conditions in both children and adults, ranging from acute sports injuries to chronic degenerative conditions. Now backed by the advanced technology of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, both doctors are dedicated to providing comprehensive, world-class orthopedic care, performing on a higher level, so you can, too. To schedule an appointment, visit houstonmethodist.org/orthopedics-sl or call 281.201.0396.
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THURSDAY, NOV. 15 DESIGNER PURSE BINGO
Holy Family Catholic Church Parish Hall, 1510 5th St. Missouri City will host the event. Purse preview at 5:30 p.m., bingo begins at 7 p.m. All proceeds will go to support the Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program, to help find bone marrow donors and to support donor-related costs. Prizes include purses from Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Cole Hahn, Brahmin, Coach and more! Each purse is authentic, new and unused. For more information, to become a sponsor, or to purchase tickets, call 713-791-7718
FRIDAY, NOV. 16 BE THE MATCH WINE RAFFLE
Gulf Coast Marrow Donor Program is partnering with Andy Allen Clays for a Cure Challenge this fall. Wine valued at $2,400 will be given away and all the proceeds go to Be The Match Houston. Tickets are $25/each; you could be the winner of five Bottles of 2012 Alexander Valley Cabernet. Visit www.gcrbc.ejoinme.org/wine to purchase tickets. Need not be present to win.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17 BEST IN THE WEST
You can support the Arc of Fort Bend County at the 40th edition of the dinner, dance and auction at the George Ranch Historical Park Arena in Richmond. Bar B Que provided by The Swinging Door, the Triumphs will provide the music while you enjoy friends and neighbors and bid on the silent auction. Doors open at 6 p.m. For ticket information and to learn how to be a sponsor please call 281-269-7230 or 281-879-1158, or visit www. arcoffortbend.org.
The Friends of the Mamie George Branch Library will host the sale, noon to 5 p.m., 320 Dulles Avenue in Stafford. Gently used children’s and adults’ books and DVDs. For more information, call 281-238-2880 or 281633-4734.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20 LOVING FRIENDS MEET
Join us at 5 p.m. at Quail Valley City Cr., 2880 La Quinta Dr., Missouri City. Loving Friends is a social group of men and women, who lost their spouses. It is not a grief support group. For more information please call 281-2083124 for a reservation. Other monthly activities include pokeno, book club, monthly luncheons and bridge. New members are always welcome.
THURSDAY, DEC. 6 FORT BEND- HARRIS RETIRED EDUCATORS MEETING
All retired school personnel are invited to Lunch at Sugar Land United Methodist Church, 431 Eldridge Road, 11 a.m. Have a Souper Holiday (appetizers, soups and desserts); Program: Sugar Land Middle School Choir; Project: Decorate bags for Lunches of Love. For more information, call 281-499-5885.
SATURDAY, DEC. 15 SIENNA PLANTATION SIP AND STROLL
Indulge in a festival of flavors while helping families affected by cancer, 5-9 p.m. at Sawmill Lake Club, 10323 Mount Logan. Sip and Stroll is an opportunity to enjoy the best Fort Bend has to offer. Guests can nibble at the social bar, relax in front of the fire pit with a glass of wine and enjoy the company of friends — all while doing good for others. The $65 ticket includes food, wine and beer as well as a s’mores bar and music. Purchase tickets at www.siennaplantation.com/sipandstroll. Guests must be age 21 or older to participate. $20 of each ticket sold will be donated to A Shelter for Cancer Families. The organization provides free, tangible support in the Texas Medical Center to families affected by cancer.
WINTER WONDERLAND CARNIVAL: TRANSITION AND DISABILITY RESOURCE FAIR
Fort Bend ISD, along with The Arc of Fort Bend, will host the fair, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Clements High School, 4200 Elkins Road, Sugar Land. Free and open to the public, the event is geared toward children with special needs, but is open to all children in the community. The Clements High School Honor Society will be helping to provide games, music, arts and crafts and other fun activities. Parents will also have an opportunity to listen to speakers and talk to vendors in Fort Bend County that provide services and resources for children with special needs.
CHRISTIAN WOMEN AGLOW
Will meet at 9:45 am. Come join us for a Thanksgiving celebration. For more information, call 713-854-9202. Women Aglow is an international Christian ministry.
SATURDAY, NOV. 17 MARRIAGE MATTERS
Do you have the relationship tools necessary to equip yourself and your spouse for the journey ahead? Be part of this series at the University Branch Library,
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Join us for an evening of dancing, dining, and a $500 raffle to support Liberty Christian Center’s 2019 graduates at the Mamie George Community Center, 1111 Collins Road, Richmond, from 7-10 p.m., $25/ person. For more information, call 281-804-8119.
Invest in your future marriage. Join Pitcher Ministries at Brazos Professional Building, 130 Industrial Blvd, Sugar Land, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Receive tools to help navigate the storms of life ($30/couple). Receiver $60 off a Texas marriage license. Call 832-945-5323 or email contact@ pitcherministries.org
TEXANA TROT 5K FUN RUN
Registration is open for this annual event, benefiting Texana’s Forward Together in Fulshear capital campaign. Presented by Richmond-based OCuSOFT, Inc. Organizers hope to raise $25,000 this year. To register or become a sponsor, visit https://app.mobilecause.com/ vf/TEXANATROT. The race will begin at 8 a.m. and it will be followed by an after-party with music, food and vendors.
MONDAY, NOV. 19 UNITED IN GRATITUDE
The Fort Bend Interfaith Community invites everyone to an all-faiths Thanksgiving service, 7 p.m. at St. Angela Merici Catholic Church in Sienna. The event will feature readings, songs, poems and prayers from a wide range of faiths including Christian, Muslim, Jewish, and Hindu. The service brings together people from diverse faith groups and backgrounds to celebrate our shared values of hope, love, and gratitude. Free and open to the public. Guests are asked to bring non-perishable food item to be donated to local food pantries. Coffee, punch and cookies will be served after the service.
MENDED HEARTS CHAPTER 362 MEETING
HBU Bradshaw Fitness Center, 7731 Southwest Freeway, 5:30 p.m. Meeting is free with free parking. The speaker, Cynthia Portugal, NASM certified personal trainer, will speak on strengthening your body after heart surgery.
“KINGDOM OF TEXAS”
The performance will be at the First Colony Branch Library, 2 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway . Magik Theatre of San Antonio performs. Hear folk tales, lore, and legends that make up the storied history of the state of Texas. Family entertainment, free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.
TUESDAY, NOV. 20 GOT TREES AND GRASS AND WEEDS?
Deborah Birge, a 15-year Fort Bend Master Gardener, will discuss horticultural techniques at the Sugar Land Garden Club. Join us at St. Basil’s Hall, 702 Burney Road. Social time begin at 9:30 a.m. program at 10 a.m. Free and open to the public. Visit www.sugarlandgardenclub. org for more information.
WEDNESDAY, NOV. 28 HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS WITH 3D PRINTING
Learn to make ornaments on a 3D printer at Mamie George Branch Library, 10-11 a.m, 320 Dulles Ave in Stafford. Use Tinkercad and the library’s 3D printer to create holiday-themed ornaments that can be personalized and unique! Free and open to the public. Registration required, visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us click on calendar, select Mamie George Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-238-2880.
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TUESDAY, DEC. 11 PECAN GROVE WOMEN’S CLUB
Will meet at the Pecan Grove Plantation Country Club at 9:30 a.m. for coffee and visiting. The program begins at 10 a.m. featuring the Golden Heirs Choir from the Calvary Baptist Church in Rosenberg. We will be collecting cake and brownie mixes and cake frosting for Helping Hands. Reserve a spot by calling 281-238-4002 or 281-342-8575. Reservation deadline is Dec. 7. The program is free; lunch is $15.
ONGOING BINGO AT THE VFW
Help support our veterans! Play bingo at Post 3903 every Tuesday and Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. 1903 First St, Rosenberg. All prizes paid in CASH!! Pull Tabs, $200 Bonanza, $300 Coverall, $750 Coverall, kitchen & bar service.
RICHMOND-ROSENBERG ALZHEIMER’S CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP
Caregivers of patients with Alzheimer’s disease or other related dementias are invited to attend the first Thursday of each month, 7-8:30 p.m. at St. John’s United Methodist Church, 400 Jackson Street in Richmond, across from the historic Fort Bend County Courthouse. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 713-314-1313 or 1-800-272-3900.
QUAIL VALLEY WINE SOCIETY
Meets the fourth Wednesday of every month for education of wines, food pairings and fellowship at the Quail Valley City Centre, 2880 LaQuinta, Missouri City. For more information, call 281-437-6798 or jackipauley@comcast. net
The Pregnancy Resource Medical Center has moved to 4411 Avenue N in Rosenberg across from Navarro Middle School. Volunteers are needed on a continual basis. For information on volunteering or supporting the PRMC in other ways, email email@example.com.
4-H, FOOD & NUTRITION
Fort Bend 4-H is looking for input from the community on how it can better serve the public. To learn more about 4-H projects, join 4-H at 7 p.m. at the University Library ( 14010 University Blvd Sugar Land), visit fortbend4h.eventbrite.com or call 281-342-3034.
STORY SPINNERS WRITING CLUB
Hosted by the George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. 5:30 to 8 p.m. All levels welcome to write, share, learn and support. Free and open to the public. The program meets on the third Thursday of every month. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281633-4734.
ADOPT A SHELTER CAT
At the First Colony Library, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway. Donations of good condition books, CDs, and DVDs are accepted during the sale. Any proceeds from the sale benefit the library and its programs.
Fort Bend Pets Alive is partnering with Half Price Books in Sugar Land to find homes for shelter cats and to promote literacy among young readers. School aged children are invited to come read to a cat, receive an “I read to a cat” bookmark and be eligible to adopt a cat for 50 perecent off that day. Held 1:30- 4:30 p.m. the first Saturday of every month at 3203 Hwy 6 S, Sugar Land.
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Families will enjoy 70,000 pounds of snow and holiday cheer — not to mention a chance to meet Santa and the missus, noon to 3 p.m. Winter happens at 2422 Sandhill Crest Lane, with fun that includes a three-lane slide, DJ, performing elf, ice carvers, face painters, a trackless train, 76-foot obstacle course and more. A giant snow globe offers the perfect spot for holiday photos. Hot chocolate and cookies top off the day! Free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.jordanranchtexas.com/ snowfest.
JORDAN RANCH FORECASTS SNOW!
Families can enjoy 70,000 pounds of snow and holiday cheer — not to mention a chance to meet Santa and the missus — during Snow Fest, noon to 3 p.m. The winter salute happens at 2422 Sandhill Crest Lane, with a three-
Those needing help with a recovery plan for home repairs, or any unmet needs, Fort Bend Recovers is here to help. Call one of these Helplines today: Case Management Helpline 281-207-2555, Spiritual/Emotional Helpline: 281-207-2505, Lone Star Legal Aid 866-659-0666. A case manager will contact you and get you started on your road to recovery. Visit www.fortbendrecovers.org for more information and to donate.
The Sienna Branch Library, 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City presents a variety of programs every month. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281-633-4734.
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