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Sugar Land Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Stafford & Fort Bend County

2020 OFFICIAL NEWCOMERS GUIDE

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ow’s it going, y’all? We’re happy you’re here. I can relate to being new to Fort Bend County, because I started working here last year after spending a few years away. The people here made me feel welcome in a part of the Houston area that was familiar yet foreign. I was new, and they helped me acclimate. That’s exactly what we’d like to do here. So if you’re new to the area as I was nearly a year ago, welcome. It’s a joy to have you and I can’t wait to see what the area has in store for you, much of which we have highlighted in this publication As you look around, one thing hits you so hard and fast you barely even realize it’s happening – this melting pot is truly one of a kind. We have so many different creeds, faiths, cultures, ethnicities and personality types in this place – the most diverse county in Texas – yet the world continues to spin and we make it work. Why? Here in Fort Bend, we take pride in our history – because you can’t know where you’re going unless you know where you’ve been and how collaboration paves the way for progress. It’s an innate part of us. Just last month, we detailed Missouri City’s Black History Month celebrations. Last July, we had the honor of reporting on County Judge KP George bringing the county its first dedicated cricket field, giving the international sport a home in Fort Bend. In November, we chronicled the origins of the county’s All Faiths Thanksgiving service that has been going since 2014. And that’s not all. Our many parks are still vast and beautiful, offering the perfect balance between exercise and the freeing nature of, well, nature. At Cullinan Park and Brazos Bend State Park, there are hike and bike trails for those avid training gurus. There are also monkey bars for the kiddos and park benches for those of us adults who want to do nothing more than take in the scenery. However, we’ve got some cool new toys, too. In Sugar Land, there’s now that field dedicated to cricket. Down the road in Meadows Place stands a new all-inclusive playground so youngsters of all ages can simply be kids and not worry about a thing. On the professional sports scene, Sugar Land is home to the baseball-playing Skeeters, who have become consistent Atlantic League contenders since their inception. And Constellation Field isn’t a bad place to take in a ballgame, either. We’re also growing in efforts to become a destination county. With the opening of The Grid in Stafford last November, a whole new world of retail and cuisine is becoming available to residents. So as you can see, Fort Bend has a lot going for it. And we’re excited that you get to be a part of the next chapter in this burgeoning area’s story. Hold on tight.

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County medical facilities span healthcare spectrum By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

aSometimes, those aches and pains may be minor annoyances. They also can be symptoms of an ailment in need of medical treatment. Whatever the case may be, and whatever type of care is needed, there are places for Fort Bend County residents to find exactly what they need to get well and get on with their lives. From hospitals and pediatric centers for physical wellness to mental health centers, options abound. One of the more well-known names in the region is Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, located at 16655 Southwest Fwy. Among other services, the hospital and its more than 950 doctors are most widely known for stroke and cancer care. Houston Methodist Sugar Land is an accredited cancer center by the American College of Surgeon Commission on Cancer and has previously received the American Heart Association/Ameri-

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is one of the most recognizable hospitals in the region. (Contributed photo)

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practice in Rosenberg at 2520 B.F. Terry Blvd. that offers a broad spectrum of general care, including family medicine, internal medicine, gastroenterology, general surgery, obstetrics, gynecology, podiatry and addiction medicine. It also offers athletic physicals and well-woman examinations along with pediatric vaccinations. For families needing specialized pediatric care, Texas Children’s Hospital’s Sugar Land campus offers the same treatment as its other Texas facilities and is known as one of the best pediatric heart centers in the country. Texas Children’s is an Accredited Pediatric Heart Failure Institute and was ranked the top pediatric care center for cardiology and heart surgery and pulmonology by the U.S. News and World Report. It is one of only 10 children’s hospitals to achieve Honor Roll designation. The area also has several options available for citizens seeking mental wellness. Westpark Springs Mental Health at 6902 S. Peek Rd. in Richmond specializes in behavioral health services for depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, drug and alcohol addiction and more. It offers inpatient treatment and rehabilitation for those age 18 and up as well as

partial hospitalization and outpatient programs for kids age 5-17, according to its website. In Sugar Land, Taylor Recovery Center at 11352 Sugar Park Ln. is another option for mental wellness. The center offers individualized care for addiction treatment, tailoring its programs to each person who walks through the door. In

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efforts to create a more holistic approach to recovery, Taylor Recovery Center offers yoga, cross-fit, writing groups, art therapy, nutrition, weekend beach and surfing trips and other activities. So whatever medical need may arise, Fort Bend County residents can rest assured that care is within reach.

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HOSPITALS, DIAGNOSTIC CENTER, & ER DIRECTORY BREAST CARE CENTER HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL 16655 Southwest Frwy. Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.242.PINK (7465) CHI ST. LUKE’S SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL 1317 Lake Pointe Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-637-7000 FORT BEND MEDICAL & DIAGNOSTIC CENTER/ KELSEY SEYBOLD CLINIC 11555 University Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-442-9100 HEALTHSOUTH SUGAR LAND REHABILITATION HOSPITAL 1325 Highway 6 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-276-7574 HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL 16655 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-274-7000

ECOMPASS HEALTH 1550 First Colony Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-275-6000 M.D. ANDERSON REGIONAL CARE CENTER 1327 Lake Pointe Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-566-1800 MEMORIAL HERMANN SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL 17500 West Grand Parkway South Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-725-5000 MEMORIAL HERMANN SURGICAL HOSPITAL 16906 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-243-1000 MENTAL HEALTH & ADDICTION TREATMENT WEST PARK SPRINGS 6902 South Peak Rd. Richmond, TX 77407 832-535-2770

NEUROSCIENCE & SPINE CENTER - SUGAR LAND AT HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL 16655 Southwest Frwy. Sugar Land, TX 77479 281.274.7979 OAKBEND MEDICAL GROUP SUGAR LAND 6350 Highway 90A, Ste. 600 Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-265-7000 ST. MICHAEL’S 24 HOUR EMERGENCY CENTER SUGAR LAND 16062 Southwest Freeway 281-980-4357 SUGAR LAND CANCER CENTER 15500 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 7747 281-274-8200 SUGAR LAND DIAGNOSTIC CENTER 15500 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 7747 281-274-6600

TAYLOR RECOVERY CENTER 11352 Sugar Park Sugar Land, TX 77478 713-322-3334 TEXAS CHILDREN’S HEALTH CENTER 15400 Southwest Freeway, Suite 200 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-494-7010 TEXAS ONCOLOGY CANCER CENTER 1350 First Colony Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-277-5200


By Theresa D. McClellan

When it comes to educating students, schools in Fort Bend County are bringing the wow factor. Fort Settlement Middle School in Sugar Land was designated a 2020 Texas School to Watch by the National Forum to Accelerate MiddleGrades Reform, which looks at year-over-year test scores, attendance records and more. Just six months prior, the school achieved the area’s high water mark in Texas-based Children at Risk’s rankings, coming in sixth among Houston-area middle schools and 19th in the state. And though it was the cream of the crop, Fort Settlement wasn’t the only Fort Bend ISD school to pass with flying colors. At the high school level, Clements led area campuses with an A-plus mark, while Austin and Ridge Point also received A grades. Among middle schools, Bowie, First Colony, Garcia and Sartartia all received As along with Fort Settlement. At the elementary level, six FBISD schools received an Aplus rating. FBISD also is focusing on students’ future with the $60 million James Reese Career and Technical Center, which

opened in the 2019-20 school year and provides students with challenging career pathways by utilizing real-world experiences and evolving skill sets, attitudes and beliefs. Students from all 11 FBISD high schools have access to advanced career and technical education programming in multiple pathways, including Agriculture and Natural Resources, Architecture and Construction, Arts and Audio/Video Technologies and Communications, Culinary Arts, Human Services, Education and Training, Information Technology, Law and Public Safety, Manufacturing, and Transportation and Logistics. Students also have the opportunity to earn industry certifications and dual credit in areas like cosmetology, medical assistant, computer maintenance and welding. The new center at 12300 University Blvd., while providing a promising future, is not without a controversial past. In February 2018, while starting construction on the building, FBISD discovered 95 sets of human remains at an abandoned and unmarked cemetery on its property. Known as the “Sugar Land 95,” the deceased are believed to have been imprisoned African-Americans leased to a local plantation through the

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state-sanctioned convict leasing program in the late 1800s or early 1900s. During a 2019 memorial service that included protestors as well as a candlelight walk and a bell tolling 95 times, FBISD superintendent Charles Dupre said, “The community we love, and the freedoms we enjoy, have come at a cost. That cost was a harsh reality that people were hurt, violated and put in bondage before they were buried on this site. Over the past two years, there has been controversy, heated conversations had, decisions made and then revisited. These things were a part of this journey, but so was learning, the engagement, the partnerships and the oppor-

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tunity to shed light on the past.” STEM in Stafford Another area school district also has big plans for its future. Stafford Municipal School District has plans for a STEM magnet for grades 3-8 that will be the first of its kind in Fort Bend County when it opens in August 2021. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math. Stafford’s innovative program will include STEM and more. “We will encompass all the arts, English, math, life science, and technology. We call it the Stafford STEM Magnet Academy,” said LaKenya Perry-Allen, the Innovation STEM Magnet Officer for Stafford ISD. This comprehensive program, which focuses on problem-solving as a way of learning, will have robotic labs, a medical lab, coding labs, periodicals room and a gaming room. And not only will students be able to work with Rice University professors through school partnerships, students will get hands-on experiences with experts in their fields such as doctors, scientists, engineers and pharmacists. Seating is limited for the 300-student public school academy. Since it is a magnet school, anyone in Fort Bend can apply for the program touted as a public school with a private-school ambiance. “Superintendent Robert Bostic felt this was a way to revolutionize opportunity for our students,” said Marva Rasberry, the district’s chief operations innovation officer who is heading up the magnet team. The application process, which is open to anyone living in Fort Bend County, is rigorous and includes a one-time $25 application fee and a $125 exam fee. Entry is based on a combination of factors, including the results from the Independent Student Entrance Exam (ISEE), current grades, letters of recommendation from math and reading teachers, a written essay, family interview and state exam or equivalent state exam scores.

The magnet school is part of the $62 million bond voters approved in 2017. “We are teaching the next world leaders,” Perry-Allen said. “We don’t just want a program to get them college-ready, but we want them to be critical thinkers, productive citizens. “And the feedback I got from the parents is that they want to make sure it touches everything about the child. They want a program that has critical thinking but also helps with social skills, community services and teaching them to be team players in culturally diverse environments.” FRESNO Burton Elementary 1625 Hunter Green Ln. Phone: 281-634-5080 Goodman Elementary 1100 W. Sycamore Phone: 281-634-5985 HOUSTON Blue Ridge Elementary 6241 McHard Rd. Phone: 281-634-4520 Fleming Elementary 14850 Bissonnet St. Phone: 281-634-4600 Hodges Bend Middle School 16510 Bissonnet St. Phone: 281-634-3000 Holley Elementary 16655 Bissonnet St. Phone: 281-634-3850 McAuliffe Middle School 16650 South Post Oak Rd. Phone: 281-634-3360 Mission Bend Elementary 16200 Beechnut St. Phone: 281-634-4240 Mission Glen Elementary 16053 Mission Glen Rd. Phone: 281-634-4280 Mission West Elementary 7325 Clodine-Reddick Rd. Phone: 281-634-4320 Willowridge High School

16301 Chimney Rock Rd. Phone: 281-634-2450 MEADOWS PLACE Meadows Elementary 12037 Pender Ln. Phone: 281-634-4720

Leonetti Elementary 1757 Waters Lake Blvd. Phone: 281-327-3190 Lexington Creek Elementary 2335 Dulles Ave. Phone: 281-634-5000

MISSOURI CITY Armstrong Elementary 3440 Independence Blvd. Phone: 281-634-941

Marshall High School 1220 Buffalo Run Phone: 281-634-6630

Baines Middle School 9000 Sienna Ranch Rd. Phone: 281-634-6870

Missouri City Middle School 202 Martin Ln. Phone: 281-634-3440

Briargate Elementary 15817 Blue Ridge Rd. Phone: 281-634-4560

Palmer Elementary 4208 Crow Valley Dr. Phone: 281-634-4760

Divine Savior Academy 770 Waters Lake Blvd. Phone: 281-778-3003

Quail Valley Elementary 3500 Quail Village Dr. Phone: 281-634-5040

E.A. Jones Elementary 302 Martin Ln. Phone: 281-634-4960

Quail Valley Middle School 3019 FM 1092 Phone: 281-634-3600

Elkins High School 7007 Knights Ct. Phone: 281-634-2600

Ridge Point High School 500 Waters Lake Blvd. Phone: 281-327-5200

Excel Adventist Academy 7950 W. Fuqua St. Phone: 281-835-0770

Scanlan Oaks Elementary 9000 Camp Sienna Trail Phone: 281-634-3950

Glover Elementary 1510 Columbia Blue Dr. Phone: 281-634-4920

Schiff Elementary 7400 Discovery Ln. Phone: 281-634-9450

Hightower High School 3333 Hurricane Ln. Phone: 281-634-5240

Sienna Crossing Elementary 10011 Steep Bank Trace Phone: 281-634-3680

Hunters Glen Elementary 695 Independence Blvd. Phone: 281-634-4640

Thornton Middle School 1909 Waters Lake Blvd. Phone: 281-327-3870

International Preparatory School 1717 Dulles Ave. Phone: 281-208-1403

WIDE School 2777 Dulles Ave. Phone: 281-208-9545

Lake Olympia Middle School 3100 Lake Olympia Pkwy. Phone: 281-634-3520

RICHMOND Adolphus Elementary 7910 Winston Ranch Pkwy. Phone: 832-223-4700

Lantern Lane Elementary 3323 Mission Valley Dr. Phone: 281-634-4680

Arredondo Elementary 6110 August Green Dr.


Bowie Elementary 2304 Bamore Rd. Phone: 832-223-1200 Bowie Middle School 700 Plantation Dr. Phone: 281-327-6200 Briscoe Junior High 4300 FM 723 Phone: 832-223-4000 Bush High School 6707 FM 1464 Phone: 281-634-6060 Calvary Episcopal Preparatory 1201 Austin St. 281-342-3161

Crockett Middle School 19001 Beechnut Rd. Phone: 281-634-6380 Foster High School 4400 FM 723 Phone: 832-223-3800 Frost Elementary 3306 Skinner Lane Phone: 832-223-1500 Hubenak Elementary 11344 Rancho Bella Pkwy. Phone: 832-223-2900 Hutchison Elementary 3602 Williams Way Blvd. Phone: 832-223-1700 George Ranch High School 8181 FM 762 Phone: 832-223-4200 LEARN CONTINUES ON PAGE 13

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FORT BEND LIBRARIES

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eorge Memorial Library, the main library in the system, has the largest collection of materials in the Fort Bend County Libraries system-approximately 700,000. It has a particular focus on large-print books, parenting, Spanish-language books, teen materials, literacy materials, and text books from LCISD and FBISD. The library also houses the Genealogy and Local History Department on the second floor of the building; the department’s resources focus on the southeastern United States and includes materials relating to the history of the South, federal censuses, genealogy, and the Civil War. The Joe Grillo Science Center is located in the Children’s Department on the first floor. WiFi Access George Memorial Library provides free WiFi access to the public throughout the building.

Contact the Adult Reference Department at George Memorial for more information and connection instructions to use your personal laptop at the library. Computer Lab George Memorial Library houses a new computer lab with 18 computers and an instructor’s computer, as well as a large screen to show computer/Internet screens, video tapes and satellite downlinks. When the lab is not being used for training purposes, it is open to the public. Patrons may reserve some of the computers at this branch. This facility is scheduled for renovation providing more space as the administrative offices will be moved to a new building. The new building will be an adjacent parcel of land recently acquired from the Fort Bend Country Club.

FIRST COLONY BRANCH LIBRARY 2121 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-238-2800 281-265-4440 FAX

GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY (MAIN) 1001 Golfview Drive Richmond, TX 77469 281-342-4455 281-341-2689 FAX; Adult Services

9230 Gene Street Needville, TX 77461 979-793-4270 281-342-5992 FAX

Hours of Operation Mon. 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tues. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Wed. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm Thurs. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Fri. 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. CLOSED

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Hours of Operation Mon. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Tues. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Wed. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Thurs. 9:00 am - 9:00 pm Fri. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sat. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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8100 FM 359 South P.O. Box 907 Fulshear, TX 77441-0907 281-633-4675 281-346-1265 FAX

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Hours of Operation Mon. 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Tues. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Wed. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Thurs. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Fri. 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sat. 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Sun. CLOSED Hours of Operation Mon. 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm Tues. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Wed. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Thurs. 10:00 am - 8:00 pm Fri. 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm Sat. 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. CLOSED

Hours of Operation Mon. 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tues. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 2620 Commercial Center Blvd. Wed. 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Katy, TX 77494-6407 Thurs. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 281-395-1311 Fri. 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm 281-395-6377 FAX Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. CLOSED

MAMIE GEORGE BRANCH LIBRARY

FORT BEND COUNTY LAW LIBRARY 1422 Eugene Heimann Circle, Rm 30298 Richmond, TX 77469 281-341-3718 281-342-0734 FAX

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1530 Texas Parkway Missouri City, TX 77489 281-238-2100 281-261-5829 FAX

SIENNA BRANCH LIBRARY 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd. Missouri City, TX 77459-7113 281-238-2900 281-238-2901 FAX

SUGAR LAND BRANCH LIBRARY 550 Eldridge Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-238-2140 281-277-8945 FAX

Hours of Operation Mon. 12 pm - 9 pm Tues. & Thur. 10 am - 9pm Wed. 10 am - 6 pm Friday 12 pm - 5 pm Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Hours of Operation Mon. 10:00 pm - 9:00 pm Tues. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 14010 University Blvd. Wed. 10:00am - 9:00 pm Sugar Land, TX 77479-4295 Thurs. 10:00 am - 9:00 pm 281-633-5100 Fri. 10:00 pm - 5:00 pm 281-313-4928 FAX Sat. 10:00 am - 5:00 pm Sun. CLOSED

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MISSION BEND BRANCH LIBRARY 8421 Addicks Clodine Rd Houston, TX 77083 832-471-5900

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Jordan Elementary 17800 West Oaks Village Dr. Phone: 281-634-2800 Long Elementary 907 Main St. Phone: 832-223-1900 Madden Elementary 17727 Abermore Ln. Phone: 281-327-2740 Malala Elementary 11770 W. Aliana Trace 281-327-5700 McNeil Elementary 7300 S. Mason Rd. Phone: 832-223-2800 Meyer Elementary 1930 J. Meyer Rd. Phone: 832-223-2000 Pink Elementary 1001 Collins Rd. Phone: 832-223-2100 Neill Elementary 3830 Harvest Corner Dr. Phone: 281-327-3760 Oakland Elementary 4455 Waterside Estates Dr. Phone: 281-634-3730 Reading Junior High 8101 FM 762 Phone: 832-223-4400 Ryon Middle School 7901 FM 762 Phone: 832-223-4500 Seguin Elementary 7817 Grand Mission Blvd. Phone: 281-634-9850 Smith Elementary 2014 Lamar Dr. Phone: 832-223-2300 Thomas Elementary 6822 Irby Cobb Dr. Phone: 832-223-4600 Travis High School

11111 Harlem Rd. Phone: 281-634-7000 Velasquez Elementary 402 Macek Rd. Phone: 832-223-2600 Williams Elementary 5111 FM 762 Phone: 832-223-2700 Westlake Preparatory Academy 23300 Bellaire Blvd. Phone: 281-341-9910 ROSENBERG B.F. Terry High School 5500 Ave. N Phone: 832-223-3400 Bowie Elementary 2304 Bamore Rd. Phone: 832-223-1200 Culver Elementary 3131 Learning Tree Ln. Phone: 832-223-5600 George Junior High 4601 Airport Ave. Jackson Elementary 301 3rd St. Phone: 832-223-1800 Lamar Junior High 4814 Mustang Ave. Phone: 832-223-3200 Lamar Consolidated High School 4606 Mustang Ave. Phone: 832-223-3000L Living Water Christian School 4808 Airport Blvd. Phone: 281-238-8946 Navarro Middle School 4700 Ave. N Phone: 832-223-3700 Taylor Ray Elementary 2611 Ave. N Phone: 281-341-3350 Travis Elementary LEARN CONTINUES ON PAGE 14

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2700 Ave. K 832-223-2500 Wertheimer Middle School 4240 FM 723 Phone: 832-223-4100 Wessendorf Middle School 5201 Mustang Ave. Phone: 832-223-3300 ROSHARON Heritage Rose Elementary 636 Glendale Lakes Ln. Phone: 281-327-5400

Colony Bend Elementary 2720 Planters St. 281-634-4080 Colony Meadows Elementary 4510 Sweetwater Blvd. 281-634-4120 Commonwealth Elementary 4909 Commonwealth Blvd. 281-634-5120 Cornerstone Elementary 1800 Chatham Ave. Phone: 281-634-6400 Cornerstone Christian Academy 2140 First Colony Blvd. Phone: 281-980-0842

STAFFORD Everest Academy 610 Brand Ln. Phone: 281-261-3030

Dickinson Elementary 7110 Greatwood Pkwy. Phone: 832-223-1400

Stafford Elementary 1250 Constitution Ave. Phone: 281-261-9229

Drabek Elementary 11325 Lake Woodbridge Dr. Phone: 281-634-6570

Stafford Intermediate School 1350 Constitution Ave. Phone: 281-208-6100

Fort Settlement Middle School teacher Ken Lee (center) helps Harper Houston (left) and Hannah Figueredo work on an assignment. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

2022 Colonist Park Phone: 281-634-4160

2630 Austin Pkwy. Phone: 281-980-0500

Dulles Elementary 630 Dulles Ave. Phone: 281-634-5830

Honor Roll School 4111 Sweetwater Blvd. Phone: 281-265-7888

St. Theresa Catholic School 705B St. Theresa Blvd. Phone: 281-494-1157

Stafford High School 1625 Staffordshire Rd. Phone: 281-261-9239

Dulles High School 550 Dulles Ave. Phone: 281-634-5600

Kempner High School 14777 Voss Rd. Phone: 281-634-2300

Sugar Creek Montessori School 615 Dulles Ave. Phone: 281-261-1000

SUGAR LAND Austin High School 3434 Pheasant Creek Dr. Phone: 281-634-2000

Dulles Middle School 500 Dulles Ave. Phone: 281-634-5750

Lakeview Elementary 314 Lakeview Dr. Phone: 281-634-4200

Sugar Land Middle School 321 7th St. Phone: 281-634-3080

Fellowship Christian Academy 16355 Old Richmond Rd./Dora Ln. Phone: 281-495-1814

Logos Preparatory Academy 13303 Southwest Fwy. 281-565-6467

Sugar Mill Elementary 13707 Jess Pirtle Blvd. Phone: 281-634-4440

First Colony Middle School 3225 Austin Pkwy. Phone: 281-634-3240

Oyster Creek Elementary 16425 Mellow Oaks Ln. Phone: 281-634-5910

Sullivan Elementary 17828 Winding Waters Ln. Phone: 281-237-2860

Fort Bend Christian Academy 1250 7th St. Phone: 281-263-9175

Riverbend Montessori School 4225 Elkins Rd. Phone: 281-980-4123

Townewest Elementary 13927 Old Richmond Rd. Phone: 281-634-448-

Fort Settlement Middle School 5440 Elkins Rd. Phone: 281-634-6440

Sartartia Middle School 8125 Homeward Way Phone: 281-634-6310

Walker Station Elementary 6200 Homeward Way Blvd. Phone: 281-634-4400

Garcia Middle School 18550 Old Richmond Rd. Phone: 281-634-3160

Settlers Way Elementary 3015 Settlers Way Blvd. Phone: 281-634-4360

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The continued growth of Fort Bend County has come with an influx of varying cultures and philosophies, making the area one of the most ethnically diverse counties in the United States. According to a 2018 Kinder Institute survey for the Houston area, Fort Bend is 34 percent white, 24 percent Latino, 22 percent African American and 20 percent Asian. Fort Bend’s cornucopia of citizens practice a wide range of religions. Churches, temples, mosques and synagogues can be find all over the area. Part of the reason the county continues to thrive is that its people appear to have figured out how to coexist in harmony, realizing that each culture has something unique and valuable to bring to the

The Ismaili Muslim Choir sings worship music during the 2018 Interfaith Thanksgiving service hosted by the Fort Bend Interfaith Council. (Photo by Ejazali Karmali)

table. A few specific annual events have helped to promote that harmony and demonstrate why the dynamic works for the area and its

residents. One of those events is the Interfaith Thanksgiving service hosted each year by the Fort Bend County Interfaith Council at various faith institutions throughout the area. Leaders and clergy members from different faiths around the county gather to showcase their faiths’ expressions of Thanksgiving through readings from the Bible, the Quran and the Book of Mormon as well as

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songs of prayer and praise. FBIC’s event has previously featured more than 30 institutions from the Jewish, Muslim, Hindu and Christian faiths, among others, and saw more than 1,000 attendees at last year’s event. Then in January, the community again saw its diverse faiths in action when more than 100 youngsters united under a common cause – the betterment of the community. Kids from the Christian, Jewish and Muslim communities, among others, took part in service activities spearheaded by different congregations during the annual Youth Day of Service at the Ismaili Jamatkhana and Center in Sugar Land. From making headboards to donate to Big Brothers, Big Sisters to packing lunches for those in need, it didn’t matter their creed. All that mattered was living out their prayers and faiths through service. What has driven Fort Bend County’s burgeoning growth is exactly what will keep it going for years to come. No matter what religion they practice, the area’s citizens believe in making a difference in the lives of those around them.


FORT BEND FAITH DIRECTORY CROSS BRIDGE COMMUNITY CHURCH 281-313-8300 1049 Eldridge Road Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.crossbridge.cc

GRAND PARKWAY BAPTIST CHURCH 281-277-2200 12000 FM 1464 Richmond, TX 77407 www.grandparkway.org

RIVER POINTE COMMUNITY CHURCH 281-277-6767 5000 Ransom Rd. Richmond, TX 77469 www.riverpointe.org

HERITAGE BAPTIST CHURCH 281-403-4994 2223 FM 1092 Missouri City, TX 77459 www.hbctx.org

FAITH LUTHERAN CHURCH 281-242-7729 800 Brooks Street Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.flcsl.org

HOLY CROSS EPISCOPAL 281-633-2000 5653 West River Park Drive Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.holycrosschurch.com

SOUTHMINSTER PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 281-499-2310 4200 Cartwright Rd. Missouri City, TX 77459 www.southminpres.org STAFFORD CHURCH OF CHRIST 281-499-2507 402 Stafford Run Rd. Stafford, TX 77477 www.staffordchurchofchrist.org

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MASJID SABIREEN 281-261-6615 610 Brand Lane Stafford, TX 77477 www.masjidsabireen.org

FIRST COLONY CHURCH OF CHRIST 281-980-7070 2140 First Colony Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.firstcolonychurch.org

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MT. PLEASANT BAPTIST CHURCH 281-494-3826 127 Avenue E Sugar Land, TX 77498

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FRIENDSHIP MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 281-277-5014 16138 W. Bellfort Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.fannersoftheflame.org

ALL SAINTS EPISCOPAL CHURCH 281-499-9602 605 Dulles Ave. Stafford, TX 77477 www.allsaintsstafford.org

CONGREGATION BETH EL 281-499-5066 3900 Raoul Wallenberg Lane Missouri City, TX 77459

ARABIC CHURCH OF HOUSTON 281-403-0434 3403 Cartwright Road Missouri City, TX 77459 www.achouston.org CHINMAYA MISSION HOUSTON 281-568-9520 10353 Synott Road Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.chinmayahouston.org DARUL ULOOM TEXAS MASJID 832-858-0808 11920 Hwy 6 #1400 Sugar Land,TX 77498 www.dutx.org ISGH MARYAM ISLAMIC CENTER 281-715-3500 504 Sartartia Road Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.maryammasjid.org ISGH MASJID ATTAQWA 281-236-2989 10415 Synott Road Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.masjidattaqwa.com

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GRACE CHINESE BAPTIST CHURCH 832-382-3316 16755 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.slcbc.org

MURPHY ROAD CHURCH OF CHRIST 281-261-5216 2025 Murphy Road Missouri City, TX 77459 www.murphyroadchurch.org PARKWAY UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 281-494-5050 5801 New Territory Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.parkwayumc.org REIGNING GLORY CHURCH 713-355-4567 8727 Gaines Road Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.rgchurch.com PROVIDENCE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 281-980-2522 3510 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.providence presbyterian.org

ST. CATHERINE OF SIENNA 281-778-2048 4747 Sienna Parkway Missouri City, TX 77459 www.siennachurch.org ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC 281-980-9812 3100 Sweetwater Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.stlaurence.org ST. MARTINS EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 281-980-0695 1123 Burney Road Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.stmartinslc.org ST. THERESA CATHOLIC CHURCH 281-494-1156 705 St. Theresa Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.sttheresasugarland.org ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH 281-240-6721 12627 West Bellfort Avenue Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.stasugarland.com SUGAR CREEK BAPTIST CHURCH 281-242-2858 13333 Southwest Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.sugarcreek.net SUGAR GROVE CHURCH OF CHRIST 281-530-9651 11600 West Airport Meadows Place, TX 77477 www.sugargrove.org SUGAR LAND BIBLE CHURCH 281-491-7773 401 Matlage Way Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.slbc.org

SUGAR LAND CHINESE BAPTIST CHURCH 281-499-1763 10408 Cash Road Stafford TX www.slcbc.org SUGAR LAND FAMILY CHURCH 281-313-1110 1110 Burney Road Sugar Land, TX 77498 www.slfconline.com SUGAR LAND BAPTIST CHURCH 281-980-4431 16755 SW Freeway Sugar Land, TX 77479 www.sugarlandbaptist.org SUGAR LAND VINEYARD 281-240-VINE (8463) 5015 Grove West Blvd. Stafford, TX 77477 www.slvineyard.org THE EPICENTER CHURCH 281-491-0000 7320 Hwy. 90A, Suite 270 Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.epicenter.life THE FREEDOM CENTER CHURCH 281-499-0594 2303 FM 1092 Missouri City, TX 77459 www.freedomcentechurch.com THE FORT BEND CHURCH 281-980-8322 1900 Eldridge Road Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.thebend.org TRIUMPH CHURCH SUGAR LAND/ STAFFORD 281-416-4771 10555 West Airport Blvd. Stafford, TX 77477 www.triumphchurch.com ZUN NURAIN MASJID 832-607-3594 16305 Kensington Drive #210 Sugar Land, TX 77479

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FORT BEND COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES University of Houston System at Sugar Land 832-842-2900 http://www.sugarland.uh.edu

Wharton County Junior College http://www.wcjc.edu

Texas State Technical College 832-595-8734 http://www.tstc.edu

Houston Community College www.hccs.edu

Complete your bachelor’s, earn your master’s or obtain a certification locally. The University of Houston System at Sugar Land (UHSSL) located just northeast of the Brazos River offers the combined UH System resources—University of Houston, UH-Clear Lake, and UH-Victoria and through these programs, the institutions offer junior, senior, and graduate courses for more than 20 bachelor’s and master’s degrees in applied arts and sciences, biology, business administration, computer science, criminal justice, and education. The UHSSL is part of the four UH universities in the system that includes a public broadcast educational television station and the largest university distance learning program in Texas. Each degree at UHSSL is sponsored by one of three universities. The UHSSL also partners with Houston Community College, Wharton County Junior College, and other area community colleges. For more information, call 281-275-3300.

Wharton County Junior College (WCJC) has four campuses in Wharton, Sugar Land, Richmond and Bay City, and at other off-site locations. Students will be able to access learning 24/7 in a virtual campus to complete certificate and degree programs online. WCCJ offers an associate in arts degree for transfers to a four-year institution, associate of arts in teaching degree, associate in applied science degrees, and certificate programs. Web-based and interactive television distance education courses are also available. For more information about programs or registration, call 800-5619252 or 979-532-4560 for the Wharton campus, 281-243-8447 for the Sugar Land campus, or 281-239-1500 for the WCJC Fort Bend Technical Center. The college also offers classes at the Bay City campus.

In partnership with Wharton County Junior College, Texas State Technical College (TSTC) provides the technical instruction and WCJC provides academic instruction. With tremendous support from the local community leaders, to help fill the skills gaps and train local workers for job opportunities in the Greater Houston area, TSTC offers programs in Fort Bend County including industrial maintenance technology, cyber security, telecommunications convergence technology and welding technology. The new technologies are offered via Competency Based Education. Texas State Technical College in Fort Bend County sits on 80 acres on the north side of Hwy. 59 between FM Road 2218 and Hwy. 36, approximately 1.5 miles east of Hwy. 36. Construction began on Building 1 in June 2015. The new campus is located at 26706 Southwest Freeway, Rosenberg. Construction for Building 2 is underway with a projected opening time of fall 2017.

Houston Community College (HCC) System has many college campuses and is the fourth largest community college system in the United States. HCC Southwest has college campuses in Stafford at 10041 Cash Road and opened doors last summer less than five miles away at their newest campus across from Missouri City Hall at 1600 Texas Parkway. The new $21 million,9,340 square foot campus is home to the HCC Center for Entrepreneurship, Technology, and Health. HCC offers academic courses for associates degrees, and for transfers to four-year institutions in the core curriculum in more than 70 fields of work, also in continuing education, for non-degree options and corporate training. For more information visit their website at www.hccs.edu or call about their programs and locations at 713-718-2000 local or 877-4226111 outside Houston area.


By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Everyone needs to play at some point. Whether it’s a game of catch, swaying on the swings at a local park or just resting and taking in nature, many can relate to needing a stress reliever. It’s good news for Fort Bend County residents, then, that the area is bursting with options both new and old, standard and unique, in order to let go of that pent up energy from working the daily 9-to-5 office job. Catch the Skeeters’ bug One of the most popular attractions in the area is the Sugar Land Skeeters, the independent professional baseball team that plays home games at Constellation Field during the spring and summer. Since their first season in 2012, the Skeeters have won two Atlantic League cham-

pionships and kept fans entertained with occasional postgame concerts and firework displays along with hosting offseason community events at the ballpark. And kids can play at the park while their parents watch a ballgame. There is a swimming pool, basketball court and playground beyond the outfield fence. First county cricket field caters to diversity Cricket is another athletic option in a culturally diverse county, and kids now have a good place to hone their skills. In July, Fort Bend County Judge KP George and Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant inaugurated the county’s first public cricket field at the Four Corners Community Center in Sugar Land. Proponents have said cricket in America is where soccer was in the 1970s in the sense it’s usually played

Skeeters second baseman Jason Martinson makes the catch to get the Ducks’ David Washington out. (Staff File Photo)

by people of a particular heritage — in this case, those of South Asian heritage. Area residents of South Asian descent have brought the game to Fort Bend County, where it can be enjoyed and appreciated by everyone.

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needs of Fort Bend County kids of varying physical ability levels. In the small town of Meadows Place, the community ushered in the HELFMAN Playground for All Abilities in November of last year. The park includes artificial turf specially installed by H & H Landscaping and specialized equipment such as swing sets and seesaws, with a wheelchair-accessible carousel and more.

Area parks offer reliable fun Just because there are shiny new toys to play with doesn’t mean old reliable has gone out of style, and Fort Bend offers a plethora of parks and open greenspace for residents to enjoy nature. In Missouri City, you can check out Kitty Hollow Park at 9555 Hwy 6. The park offers something for those of all interests, including athletic fields, multiple playgrounds, a fishing lake, a dog park and picnic shelters. And with a rating of 4.5

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It’s no secret that Fort Bend County’s cultural diversity is something to behold. As such, it shouldn’t be a surprise that the area’s food and cuisine scene reflects its melting pot of cultures. Whether you’re craving a traditional American favorite like a bacon cheeseburger at Live Oak Grill in Sugar Land, a steaming bowl of pho, tandoori chicken or a plate of enchiladas, there’s plenty of options to satisfy your hunger. There are not just chains, either. Though “The Grid” in Stafford may have the outside allure with places like In-NOut Burger and Whiskey Cake Kitchen & Bar, there are plenty of community restaurants that are staples in Fort Bend. Take for example Hunan Gardens in Rosenberg, which has served up traditional Chinese fare for decades. The restaurant was a Star Reader’s Choice Award winner in 2017 and was named one of 11 favorite American-style Chinese

Restaurants by Eater Houston. Out in Richmond, family-owned Swinging Door BBQ has a long-standing tradition in the Fort Bend community of high-quality pork, brisket, ribs and more. In Sugar Land, you can stop by Lupita’s Mexican restaurant for your fix there. You can also try out more niche cultural spots like Dervish Table Top Grill in Stafford – which serves up Indo-Pak and a fusion of Indian, Arabian and Middle Eastern cuisine. There is also Azuma on the Lake, which features sushi and Japanese meals, or Café Goo Goo Yen in Sugar Land. So whatever your fancy, there’s likely a taste nearby to satisfy your cravings. Below is a listing of the top five rated restaurants in the area, categorized by type of cuisine, according to Google reviews.

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Aki Steak and Sushi 510 Hwy 6 #180, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-565-1110

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BAKERIES Cillie’s Cakes of Houston 867 Dulles Ave. A, Stafford, TX 77477 281-530-1666

San Juan Huetamo Bakery 10822 W. Bellfort Ave., Houston, TX 77099 281-933-8565

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FORT BEND COUNTY NONPROFIT ORGANIZATIONS 2-1-1 TEXAS/UNITED WAY HELPLINE Information and referral service with a free confidential helpline operated by the United Way of Greater Houston 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Trained helpline specialists connect those in need with critical social services. United Way of Greater Houston-Fort Bend has a trained specialist on site 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 2-1-1 or 281-207-2300 ACHIEVE FORT BEND COUNTY ACHIEVE Fort Bend County is a diverse group of business, community and education leaders throughout the county whose focus is to provide an interconnected system of sources to reduce dropout rates and provide opportunities for those citizens without high school diplomas. 314 S. Belknap Sugar Land, TX 77487 281-243-4804 www.achievefortbendcounty.org AID TO VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC

ABUSE Provides free information on the legal system, safety planning, protective orders, custody and other services to all victims of domestic violence in Fort Bend and Harris County. 713-224-9911 avda-tx.org/ ARC OF FORT BEND COUNTY Advocacy and support for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families. 123 Brooks Street Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-494-5960 info@arcoffortbend.org arcoffortbend.org ATTACK POVERTY Empower people to attack poverty in their life and community by strengthening under-resourced communities through spiritual growth, education, revitalization and basic needs. 3727 Greenbriar Drive, #100

Stafford TX, 77477 832-847-4379 attackpoverty.org BIG BROTHERS BIG SISTERS Provides meaningful monitored matches between adult volunteers and youth to develop positive relationships. Outings focus on development of academic and social skills through exposure to a variety of enrichment opportunities. 281-207-2330 www.bbstx.org CAREER AND RECOVERY RESOURCES Helps overcome barriers to employment. Supportive services for veterans and families including assistance with security and utility deposits, rent, moving expenses, financial literacy and housing counseling. 281-207-2300 www.careerandrecovery.org CHILD ADVOCATES OF FORT BEND Serving victims of sexual abuse, physical abuse and neglect. 5403 Ave. N. Rosenberg, TX 77471 www.cafb.org FORT BEND CARES Giving disadvantaged children in Fort Bend County access to a better quality of life. P.O. Box 17748 Sugar Land, TX 77496 213-819-2005 www.fortbendcares.org

Hope For Three is a local nonprofit and autism advocacy group. The organization provides resources and support to families living with autism spectrum disorder and creates awareness through outreach, education and events.

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FORT BEND COUNTY ANIMAL SERVICES Providing love, care and attention to more than 3,500 animals. 1210 Blume Road Rosenberg, TX 281-342-1512 www.fbchhs.org/animal-services FORT BEND SENIOR MEAL ON WHEELS Helping seniors maintain independence through service and resources. 1330 Band Road Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-633-7049 fortbendseniors.org FORT BEND WOMEN’S CENTER Bringing healing and hope to survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1980. 501 E Hwy 90 A

Richmond, TX 77406 281-344-5750 www.fbwc.org HOPE FOR THREE Advocacy group providing awareness, outreach, education, resources and financial support to families living with autism spectrum disorder. 12808 W. Airport Blvd. Suite 375 Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-245-0640 www.hopeforthree.org LITERACY COUNCIL OF FORT BEND COUNTY Improve family, community and professional lives through literacy 12530 Emily Court Sugar Land, TX 77478 www.ftbendliteracy.org LUNCHES OF LOVE Helping end childhood hunger in Fort Bend County by providing a free nutritious sack lunch during extended school holidays and weekends. P.O. Box 1161 Rosenberg, TX 7747 832-586-6995 lunchesoflove.net SECOND MILE MISSION CENTER Second Mile exists to love our neighbors by meeting physical needs and equipping them to lead a responsible life in Christ. 1135 Highway 90A, Missouri City, TX 77489 281-261-9199 volunteer@secondmile.org www.secondmile.org UNITED WAY OF GREATER HOUSTON Transforming individual lives, bringing longlasting systemic change to tough issues like family instability and academic success. 12300 Parc Crest Drive Stafford, TX 77477 281-207-2300 www.unitedwayhouston.org YMCA OF GREATER HOUSTON Provides programs that promote youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Includes after school programs, swim lessons, teen leadership, summer day camps and activities for older adults. 281-499-9622 www.ymcahouston.org

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IMPORTANT NUMBERS TO KNOW FORT BEND CHAMBER OF COMMERCE Sugar Land, Texas 77478 281-491-0800 www.fortbendchamber.com Contact the Chamber of Commerce for a Relocation Package. Includes a magazine with information on area housing, schools, churches, retail, restaurants and more. The Chamber also sells Fort Bend County street maps for $2. 445 Commerce Green Blvd. FORT BEND ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS 281-343-9300 Contact the Fort Bend Association of Realtors for information on a Realtor in the Fort Bend County area. You also may want to request a copy of the association’s annual publication. Fort Bend County Houston’s Finest Address A Guide to Homes, Neighborhoods and Lifestyles. FORT BEND ISD 16431 Lexington Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas 77479 www.fortbendisd.com 281-634-1000 LAMAR CISD 3911 Avenue I Rosenberg, Texas 77471 832-223-0000 www.lcisd.org FORT BEND COUNTY COURTHOUSE 309 South Fourth Street Richmond, Texas 77469 (Mailing Address) 301 Jackson 281-342-3411 Richmond, Texas 77479 Court Coordinator Fax Number 281-341-4426 www.fortbendcountytx.gov FORT BEND CENTRAL APPRAISAL DISTRICT 2801 B.F. Terry Blvd. Rosenberg, Texas 77471 281-344-8623 www.fbcad.org TEXAS DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY (Driver’s License) 28000 Southwest Freeway Rosenberg, Texas 77471 281-517-1630 www.dps.texas.gov COMCAST-XFINITY STORE 16111 Kensington Drive Sugar Land, Texas 77479 800-934-6489

U.S. POST OFFICE SUGAR LAND MAIN POST OFFICE 225 Matlage Way Sugar Land, Texas 77478-3273 281-494-0013 FIRST COLONY BRANCH 3130 Grants Lake Blvd. Sugar Land, Texas 77479 800-275-8777 CENTERPOINT ENERGY 800-275-8777 www.centerpointenergy.com RELIANT ENERGY All Service Requests Handled via phone 713-207-7777 www.powertochoose.org (this is where you can choose y our electric provider) CITY OF SUGAR LAND TREASURY MANAGEMENT 2700 Town Center Blvd. North Sugar Land, Texas 77479 281-275-2750 WINDSTREAM COMMUNICATIONS 866-455-908 www.windstream.com AT&T 800-288-2020

DMV PHONE NUMBER 281-341-3710 fax 281-238-3265 fbauto@co.fort-bend.tx.us www.co.fort-bend.tx.us Also, online auto registration renewal; visit TxDMV Vehicle Registration Renewal for eligibility requirements. VOTER REGISTRATION Ask for a voter registration card at Sugar Land CIty Hall, a U.S. Post Office or a county office. Return the form to the Voter Registrar. Questions should be addressed to the Elections/ VOter Registration Office at 281-341-8670. FORT BEND COUNTY RECYCLING & ENVIRONMENTAL CENTER 1200 Blume Road. Rosenberg, Texas 77471 281-633-7581 281-633-+7527 (Recording) ELECTED OFFICIALS CONTACT INFO FORT BEND COUNTY JUDGE KP GEORGE 401 Jackson St., 281-341-8608 Richmond, TX 77469 FBC.Judge@fortbendcountytx.gov COUNTY COMMISSIONERS

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION 10703 Stancliff Houston, Texas 77099 800-772-1213 www.ssa.gov

VINCENT MORALES, PRECINCT 1 1517 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, TX 77469 281-344-9400 commpct1@fortbendcountytx.gov

FORT BEND COUNTY TAX ASSESSORCOLLECTOR 12550 Emily Court Sugar Land Substation 281-242-4311

GRADY PRESTAGE, PRECINCT 2 303 Texas Parkway, Ste. 213, Missouri City, TX 77489 281-403-8000 commpct2@fortbendcountytx.gov

FORT BEND AUTO REGISTRATION 1317 Eugene Heimann Circle Richmond, Texas 77469 281-341-3709 FORT BEND COUNTY REGISTRATION & TITLING Mailing Address: (FB Co Tax Office) 1317 Eugene Heimann Circle Richmond, Texas 77469 281-341-3709 5855 sienna springs way Missouri City, Tx 77459 832-471-4140

ANDY MEYERS, PRECINCT 3 22333 Grand Circle Dr., Katy, TX 77494 281-238-1400 Andy.Meyers@fortbendcountytx.gov KEN DEMERCHANT, PRECINCT 4 12919 Dairy Ashford Road, Ste. 200, Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-980-2235 commpct4@fortbendcountytx.gov U.S. CONGRESS, TEXAS DISTRICT 22 – PETE OLSON Address: 2277 Plaza Dr., Sugar Land TX 77479 281-494-2690

TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 26 – RICK MILLER Address: 130 Industrial Blvd., Suite 126, Sugar Land, TX 77478 281-980-0117 (district office); 512-463-0710 (Austin office) TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 27 – RON REYNOLDS Address: 2440 Texas Parkway, Suite 102, Missouri City, Texas 77489 281-208-3574 (district office); 512-463-0494 (Austin) TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 28 – GARY GATES Address: Room CAP GW.11, P.O. Box 2910, Austin, TX 78768 512-463-0657 (Austin) TEXAS HOUSE DISTRICT 85 – PHIL STEPHENSON 834 Third St., Rosenberg, TX 77471 281-232-7900 (district office); 512-463-0604 (Austin) SUGAR LAND MAYOR J OE ZIMMERMAN 2700 Town Center Blvd. North, Sugar Land, TX 77479 281-275-2313 jzimmerman@sugarlandtx.gov MISSOURI CITY MAYOR YOLANDA FORD 1522 Texas Pkwy., Missouri City, TX 77489 281-403-8500 STAFFORD MAYOR LEONARD SCARCELLA 2610 South Main St., Stafford, TX 77477 281-261-3901 mayor@staffordtx.gov MEADOWS PLACE MAYOR CHARLES JESSUp One Troyan Dr., Meadows Place, TX 77477 281-983-2950 Email: mayor@cityofmeadowsplace. org RICHMOND MAYOR EVALYN MOORE 402 Morton St., Richmond, TX 77469 281-342-5456 ROSENBERG MAYOR WILLIAM BENTON 2110 Fourth St., Rosenberg, TX 77471 832-595-3300 William.benton@rosenbergtx.gov


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Increased mobility, flood mitigation take center stage By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

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As leaders for one of the fastestgrowing counties in the nation, Fort Bend County officials are constantly searching for ways to cater to that growth and keep its 760,000 residents moving along. They’re also looking for avenues to lessen the impact of major storm events like Hurricane Harvey in 2017 and Tropical Storm Imelda in 2019. In light of such goals, there are several construction projects – that are underway or on the horizon – to keep an eye on as the county strives to continue being a rising star in the Greater Houston area. One major mobility improvement is a construction project on Highway 59, which began in 2014 and is nearing completion. A major portion of the project, which the Texas Department of Transportation said will double the traffic capacity of the major thoroughfare, was com-

pleted in November 2019. In addition to increasing capacity to four lanes in both directions, adding high-occupancy vehicle lanes each direction past Reading Road in Rosenberg and continuous frontage roads, additional widening from Reading Road up to the Wharton County line is planned for completion in September of this year. Following Hurricane Harvey and the effects from Tropical Storm Imelda, the calls for improved flood control and infrastructure reared its head once again. Those calls are being heeded as there were several measures aimed at mitigating future effects that will soon impact the area moving forward. In November, Sugar Land voters passed Proposition A, related to drainage improvements, with nearly 70 percent in support. The IMPROVE CONTINUES ON PAGE 30

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Years pass, but old adages stay the same. Evolution is necessary, and you must adapt or be left behind the times. The area has managed to do so with several forward-thinking developments either already here or in the works, from a much-anticipated opening to more retail centers soon to make their home in Fort Bend County. The region’s most noteworthy development is The Grid, a large commercial and residential project in Stafford that began to take shape in November when its first few restaurants opened their doors. Chains such as In-N-Out Burger, Whiskey Cake and Pluckers already are operating on the Kirkwood Road side of the development, while the Verizon and Chipotle have opened on the West Airport Road side of the 192-acre development positioned on what used to be the campus for Texas Instruments off Highway 59. Developers hope the $500 million project will help make Stafford

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a destination city, and there’s much more that is still to come. In addition to a diverse mix of retail shops and entertainment venues, The Grid will also include 2,400 multifamily units, 500,000 square feet of office space and a network of pocket parks and jogging and bike trails upon completion, which developers have targeted for 2021. For more information and to keep up with progress of The Grid and individual projects, visit experiencethegrid.com/. Mixed-use developments all the rage Also on the commercial development front is the ringing in of new retail centers, of which there are several to look forward to in the coming months and years. In May, Brett Levinson with real estate Firm Weitzman said they represent a client that is building a nearly 15,500 square foot shopping center near the intersection of Highway 90 and Easton Avenue. The development, coined Shops at New Territory, began delivering spaces on BUILD CONTINUES ON PAGE 28

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the property near the New Territory and Telfair master-planned communities earlier this year. Also in May 2019, developers broke ground on the Marcel District, a mixed-use development with 68,785 square feet of combined office and retail space located adjacent to Johnson

Development’s Riverstone masterplanned community in Sugar Land. Developers have tentatively scheduled project completion for this spring. Last September, construction began on the first phase of the Grand at Aliana, a planned 400,000 square foot mixed-use development located at the northeast corner of West Grand Parkway South and Airport Boulevard in

Customers wait in line for In-N-Out Burger in Stafford, which opened in November. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

Richmond. Anchors for the project – situated between the Aliana and Harvest Green subdivisions – will include 24 Hour Fitness and Burlington Coat Factory along with Five Below and Ulta Beauty. Restaurants such as Jason’s Deli and Freddy’s Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, as well as

service centers such as Timewise and Express Oil, also are among confirmed tenants. Josh Friedlander with NewQuest Properties said the hope is to deliver the first tenants by the second quarter of 2020, while full completion is tentatively scheduled for early 2022.

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When it comes to art in Fort Bend County, any day of the week you will find a way to express your creativity and kick up your heels in dance, lay down a stroke of color in paints, explore classes for all your interests and marvel in the area’s cultural diversity. One of the biggest local attractions is the Stafford Centre at 10505 Cash Rd. in Stafford. Home to entertainment such as international dance, symphony and other musical performances such as the upcoming Alan Parsons Live Project on March 19, there’s no shortage of satisfaction for the artistically inclined. In that same vein, the Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land provides a bevy of events for the Fort Bend community. The state-of-the-art indoor performance venue at Highway 59 and University Boulevard is home to unique acts such as Marc Anthony’s upcoming performance March 6 and the Dancing with The Stars live tour the next day. Book your tickets now, because they’ll be scooped

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up quickly. In historic downtown Rosenberg at 2012 Avenue G, the Art League of Fort Bend (AFLB) attracts painters, sculptors, glassmakers and many other creatives. The artists not only get together to create or sell their works, but they also teach, said Sue Zelko, board secretary of AFLB. Membership is $45 yearly and you get monthly meetings with an artist demonstration and access to mini-workshops. “This is a one-of-a-kind facility,” Zelko said. “We have lots of teachers, classes, and activities.” For more information, visit www.artleaguefortbend.org. Or check out the Imperial Art Alliance, a nonprofit devoted to promoting the visual arts in Sugar Land and surrounding areas. It provides various art shows, competitions, workshops and demonstrations. General meetings are typically held on the third Saturday of each month at 10 a.m. September through CREATE CONTINUES ON PAGE 31

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June at the Imperial Park Recreation Center, 234 Matlage Way. Find more information at https://www.imperialartalliance.org/. Dance academies and studios abound in Fort Bend. To keep you on your toes you can learn ballet, ballroom, fusion, hip hop, Indian folk, jazz and western, to name a few. If you want to just explore, Fort Bend County is home to a plethora of fairs and festivals. One favorite is the annual International Art and Kite Festival held March 28 at Crown Festival Park, 18355 Southwest Fwy in Sugar Land. The festival that celebrates creativity and culture from around the globe is one of the largest spring art festivals in Fort Bend County featuring the diversity of cultures around the world. Here you will find professional and homemade kites and cultural food and entertainment

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Chuck Charlton of Charlton Auto Body in Stafford understands customers and treats them like family. The foundation for the success of Charlton Auto Body has always been focused on the customer, and it’s been that way for three generations. “My grandfather, E.C. Charlton, moved to Stafford in 1950, and opened up the business in 1951, and later named the company Charlton’s Garage and Auto Sales. In 1970 my dad, Johnny Mack, took over the company. When he retired in 1982, I took over,” Charlton said. Chuck kept the same phone number and business name, and built “Charlton Auto Body into what it is today.” It’s been 24 years in a very active auto business focusing on collision and insurance work. “If you wreck your car, that’s the kinda work we do – fix any damage. We’ve repaired them clear up to the value of the cars, so we’ve seen it all. And we work on all vehicles,” he said. As a successful small businessman in Stafford, Charlton is firmly established in the industry, yet has no plans for expanding the business. “I like to keep the business small so I can keep an eye on all aspects of the company,” he said. Charlton is candid about car tips after a collision.

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“Number one, insurance companies try and get you to go to shops that work for them. I tell everybody you don’t have to work with shops that work with insurance companies. Most are so big, and they don’t have the hands-on experience we have here at Charlton’s. I tell people you have the right to choose the body shop of your choice. We have a great customer data base and a lot of customers, and most of our work is word of mouth,” he said. He stays away from cars during the weekend, but talks to customers over the phone if they need him. After discussing any damage issues, Charlton said, “I really don’t recommend customers take the car to the storage lot. Tow it to the house and I’ll get it out the next morning.” Not a tinkerer of cars in his spare time, Charlton does like his trips to Mexico. It’s one of his favorite fast vacation getaways. “We can get there in two hours,” he said. He’s happy to note that customer satisfaction is the key to success of the family business of Charlton’s Auto Body. “Our customers are not just a name and a number here, you know. We become friends with them, too,” he said. “Bring your car to Charlton’s. Where you’re treated as family and not just another customer,” he said.

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