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Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath discussed some of the many challenges the state faces when it comes to educating more than 5 million children in public schools each year. His remarks came while speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday at Safari Texas Ranch. “When you are around educators you are around people who have chosen to devote their lives, their time, their talent, and their energy to helping the next generation to do better than the last one,” Morath said. He began by talking about his experience as a mentor in the Big Brothers and Big Sisters program. He said he was fortunate as a child, unlike
some in the state, including a “little” he mentored. “Our public schools, this is it; this is the great equalizer in America. This is the whole that we get to make sure that regardless of where our kids are from, regardless of the families they were born into … that we will give them the … highest bar possible to equip them to pursue the American dream. This is the grand tradition of public education in Texas,” he said. Morath, a former school board member from Dallas, shared some alarming statistics about education in Texas. “About 59 percent of our 5-year-olds are ready for kindergarten when they start kindergarten. Think about that for a minute. About 40 percent of our kids when they start kindergarten are not ready for basic lessons in pre-literacy and pre-numeracy,” he said. “Fully 40
percent of our students when they start kindergarten are starting that far behind.” He said if people think those statistics are bad, they’ve been worse. “The good old days were not that good for all of us. This is as good as it’s ever been but it’s still not good enough for our kids,” he said. At the other end of the spectrum, “16 percent of our high school kids score high enough on ACT or SAT to indicate they’re ready for college. Only 16 percent of high school graduates are ready for college. This, by the way, is also the highest it’s ever been,” he said. “Our graduation rate at 89 percent is epically high,” he said.” It puts us in the top five of all states in the country. It’s as high as it’s ever been.” After providing more statistical analysis, he pointed out some conclusions. “There’s two quick con-
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath addresses the gathering last Wednesday at a luncheon hosted by the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce at Safari Texas Ranch. He presented some alarming statistics about the state of education in Texas. (Photo by Joe Southern)
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In what was an emotional Texas State Technical College Board of Regents meeting, outgoing regent Joe M. Gurecky was recognized for his service to the college, the manufacturing industry and the community. At that special meeting a resolution of appreciation was presented to Gurecky and in a rare and distinguished tribute the lab inside the Industrial Technology Center was named the Joe M. Gurecky Machining Laboratory. “I am overwhelmed and moved with emotion,” said Gurecky. “I never expected to have the lab named after me. It is a true honor.” Gurecky was appointed as a TSTC Regent by Governor Rick Perry on June 9, 2006, and reappointed on Sept. 1, 2011, serving more than a decade. It was also some 15 years ago, as mayor of Rosenberg and sitting on the Rosenberg City Council, that he worked diligently to bring TSTC to the community. “It is impossible to state the importance Joe Gurecky has had on TSTC,” said TSTC Chancellor Mike Reeser. “And I want to note that without his contribution, TSTC in Fort Bend County may have never happened.” TSTC Board of Regent Chairman John Hatchel shared Reeser’s sentiment. “It’s going to be difficult to replace Joe,” said Hatchel. “He added stability and wisdom to our decisions.” A product of technical education, Gurecky knows first-hand the impact it can have on a person’s life and calls it a privilege to provide the same opportunity to the community. “The doors of opportunities that opened for me because of my technical education was remarkable,” said Gurecky. “And I, along with my wife Doris, want to give the same opportunities to the students of TSTC.”
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Mascot meets Methodist doctor Dr. Clive Shkedy, a radiation oncologist at Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land, meets Houston Texans mascot TORO Thursday during the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Network Nites event there. Hundreds of people came out for the open house at the cancer center and enjoyed food, beverages and live music. In addition to TORO, Houston Texans player Jonathan Joseph was there to sign autographs and pose for pictures. (Photo by Joe Southern)
On Sunday, May 6, H-E-B announced statewide winners of the 17th annual H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards during an awards ceremony at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Houston. Fort Bend ISD came home with the award for large school district and a check for $100,000. During the ceremony, H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt personally handed out $430,000 in cash awards and grants, and congratulated eight educators, two school districts, one early childhood agency and a public school board for being among the best in Texas. The program has given away more than $9.5 million in cash and grants since 2002. Sal Khan delivered the keynote address to a ballroom packed with hundreds of educators, elected officials, community leaders and H-E-B employees. Khan founded the Khan Academy, a nonprofit organization that aims to provide a free, world-class education to anyone, anywhere. The following winners were selected from a pool of 58 finalists by judges who include former winners, school administrators, and university and
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Sugar Land police rescue woman from sinking car By Joe Southern JSOUTHERN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM
Sugar Land police officers (from the left) Garrett Driscoll, Michael Candler, and Micah Wiks address a press conference Thursday after they were honored for rescuing a woman who was trapped inside a sinking vehicle after she crashed into a lake the morning of May 5. (Photo by Joe Southern)
Three Sugar Land police officers were touted as heroes last week for rescuing a woman who drove into a lake in the Telfair community early Saturday morning and couldn’t escape her sinking vehicle. Officers Micah Wilks, Michael Candler, and Garrett Driscoll recounted the event during a press conference
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Thursday. Wilks, who was the first officer on the scene, said the call came in around 6:20 a.m. just as shifts were changing. The lake at the intersection of Meadowcroft Boulevard and Westcott Avenue was near the police station, so he responded. “I dropped off my duty rig, all of my equipment, jumped in the water and go in after her,” he said. The woman, identified as Mercy Inyang, was described
by police as a 48-year-old nurse who was on her way home from a long, overnight shift and had fallen asleep at the wheel. When Wilks arrived she was wide-awake and panicking inside the sinking SUV. “As I was approaching the lake, I could hear her screaming. She was banging on the window, so you know that she was in desperate need of help,”
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Stafford TI property business announcement delayed a month By Theresa D. McClellan THERESA@FORTBENDSTAR.COM
The May 15 deadline to identify the businesses coming to the proposed $500 million former Texas Instruments site project in Stafford has been delayed a month. When the city approved the plan 6-1 last month, there was a final push by the mayor to learn the names of the companies coming which would attract more dollars and visitors to the city. Steve Robinson, attorney and spokesman for the developers, said at their April meeting that they would deliver the information by May 15. He noted that the secrecy is important in a competitive environment. “There are other sites along (U.S. Highway) 59 who would like to know who we are talking with. We don’t want that to be
River Pointe Church opens new children’s building Patrick Kelley, senior pastor of River Pointe Church in Richmond, cuts the ribbon May 10 to open the new 34,000-square-foot children’s ministry building, along with officials from the city, church, and the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce. The two-story building includes nursing rooms, a large outdoor balcony that will double as an openair classroom, large family restrooms and specialized rooms throughout to fit the specific needs of children at varying ages. The grand opening of the building came in time for Mother’s Day weekend. (Photo by Joe Southern)
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Lifetime Achievement: The Lifetime Achievement Category salutes teachers with more than 20 years of experience. Winners received $25,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for their school. Lifetime Achievement Elementary: Bonnie Anderson, Coronado Village Elementary, Judson ISD (San Antonio). Lifetime Achievement Secondary: Pamela Broussard, Cypress Falls High School, Cypress-Fairbanks ISD (Houston). School Principal: Winning principals received $10,000 in cash for themselves and a $25,000 grant for each of their schools. Principal Elementary: Zaida Gonzalez, Andrew Trautmann Elementary, United ISD (Laredo). Principal Secondary: Jerry Jerabek, Frenship Middle School, Frenship ISD (Lubbock area). Early Childhood: The winning early childhood facility received a $25,000 cash prize. Levelland Academic Beginnings Center, Levelland (Lubbock area).
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“In the Moment,” painted by Hannah Li of Clements High School, will hang in the Capitol for a year. (Submitted photo)
Olson honors student art contest winners From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Rep. Pete Olson (R-Texas) recently congratulated the District 22 winners of this year’s Congressional Art Competition. The first place winner is Hannah Li from William D. Clements High School in Sugar Land. Her piece, In the Moment, will be on display in the U.S. Capitol for a year. The second, third and fourth place
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Teacher who jumped on car should be lauded a hero I’m sure many of you have seen or at least heard of the viral video last week of a Dulles Elementary School teacher who jumped on the hood of a car that was cutting through the drop-off line in order to get to Dulles High School next door. The driver of the car, Rita Trimmer-Ray, was late taking her daughter to Dulles High on the same day they were doing the STAAR testing. She drove around two cone barriers and ignored teachers who tried to wave her off until PE teacher Aaron Young Morgan, known as Coach Young, did a belly-flop onto the hood of Trimmer-Ray’s car while her daughter took video of the incident. Trimmer-Ray continued to drive while Coach Young tried to talk to her. In the video, Trimmer-Ray can be heard saying, “You don’t know who you’re playing with.” An outraged TrimmerRay posted the video on social media and then went before the TV news cameras in Houston to play the part of incensed victim of this outrageous act by the schoolteacher. Naturally, the TV stations ate it up, feeding the public her perspective of the story. Anyone with half a brain, however, can clearly draw the conclusion that Trimmer-Ray was in the wrong and that Coach Young is a true hero. Yet Coach Young is the one who is potentially facing disciplinary action by the Fort Bend ISD.
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“While it is important for all of our parents and visitors to follow proper traffic flow patterns to ensure the safety of all students, we do not condone employees using any physical means to stop a vehicle. There were several witnesses to the incident, and district administrators are r e v ie w i n g t he circumstances and will take appropriate action,” the district said in a statement. The appropriate action in this case should be a small reprimand for jumping onto the hood of a moving vehicle, followed by a medal for heroism in the line of danger. Coach Young took immediate and decisive action to try and protect the lives of children who were endangered by TrimmerRay’s actions. Once the school district gathers and assesses all of its evidence, it should share it with the Fort Bend ISD Police Department, the Sugar Land Police Department, and the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. Trimmer-Ray at the very least should be brought up on a host of traffic violations, as well as charges of child endangerment, attempted vehicular assault
Letters to the Editor (Editor’s note: When a committee recommended several options to the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees for rezoing the district, one of the proposals was to turn Hightower High School into and academy and to relocate its students to other nearby schools, as we reported last week in a story headlined “School board faces unpopular zoning choices.” That proposal created such a huge outrage that Superintendent Charles Dupre removed it as an option. In the interim, many people commented on the story and many more online on our Facebook page. Below are some of the comments we received.) Jacquelyn Coleman I am disappointed that the Fort Bend ISD board is considering a proposal to rezone the students at Hightower High School. My daughter will be a ninth grader at Hightower during the 2018-2019 school year and she had plans to graduate from Hightower. She isn’t going to any of the academies, so that means the district’s proposal will put her at either Marshall or Willowridge high schools. Neither of those schools is close to my home. It makes absolutely no sense to send my child to a school that is farther away when that won’t solve the overcrowding issue at Ridge Point High School. It also won’t solve the transportation issue that the district has by putting the academy in one place. They will still have to transport students from all over the district to get to the academy. I don’t know if the district felt that it was easier to move the kids at Hightower because there aren’t as many kids or if FBISD simply doesn’t care about our kids. This plan makes no sense. C.Calvin It seems like the East side of the district is being treated in the same manner of the low-income areas and low performing schools in HISD right now. Just how the district feels that Riverstone and Sienna deserve their neighborhood schools we deserve the same in Fresno and surrounding areas. A Frustrated Parent I am absolutely appalled by what the district is trying to do to our Hightower students and I will do all that I can to stand with my Hightower family against these shenanigans. Kayla Taylor I am appalled and deeply concerned about the state of affairs affecting Hightower High School students and the surrounding community. Both my sons and their friends attended and
graduated from HHS in 2012 and 2015. They had wonderful experiences. To move out and/or rezone students who live in the surrounding communities is absurd and totally unfair. Why should students whose parents pay taxes be bused to Marshall or Willowridge when they have a community school? Then it would cause an overcrowding situation in those schools. And even if it doesn’t I am totally against this idea. Additionally, it is equally offensive and disrespectful that these parents weren’t allowed to speak on the matter during the board meeting. We all need to make our voices heard at the voting polls. Tamesha Geter The east side of FBISD has always been the forgot about area. When we moved here we based it on the school district not knowing this side was the forgot about side. When it books down to it it’s about social injustice. Which side of the railroad tracks do you fall on? Hightower has been neglected for the longest. And it’s not just the high school; it’s the elementary schools as well. The board held meetings as a show. They really didn’t want our input because they already had a decision. Segregation at its finest. I mean think about it … Hightower students will be bused to a school nowhere near their home just to accommodate who? Ridge Point? If everyone went to the school they were zoned too then we wouldn’t have this problem. C. Simon We will not sit idly by while they take away our school. Hightower was here BEFORE there was a Ridge Point to serve both the Fresno and Sienna Plantation area. Now that their community school exists, we have ours swiped away? Why? We still need Hightower, our community school, just as much as
Dulles Elementary School PE teacher Aaron Young Morgan, known as Coach Young, confronts Rita Trimmer-Ray from the hood of her car after she cut through the school’s dropoff line to take her daughter to Dulles High School next door in this image taken from the video shot by TrimmerRay’s daughter.
for failing to stop when Coach Young jumped on her hood, and possibly contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Let’s examine the evidence, shall we. First of all, by her own admission, TrimmerRay was running late. That’s all the other communities need theirs. Katherine Brown It’s so blatantly obvious that they are choosing to accommodate the schools with a high population of Caucasian students. I have paid taxes in Fort Bend ISD for 14 years and this is not settling well at all. All of this so that Sienna Plantation and Ridge Point are not disturbed. There is no reason at all to move students from Hightower. Why not rezone Elkins? Every move or suggestion from this supposed board has been made to disturb schools with a majority of African American students. When are they going to try and do what’s best for those who truly need the support? Where is your fairness? Where is your transparency? Where is your concern for all students? You were voted in office to do what’s best for the district and it’s obvious that’s not what’s being done. Trust and believe that I will do everything possible to ensure those seats are held by people who want to ensure our children get a proper and fair education. We all knew this steering committee was a smoke screen. We were just waiting for the board to show their hand. Shari Wycoff It is very frustrating and upsetting to know that the board is ignoring the needs of our children. We do NOT want Hightower High School turned into an academy campus. Erica Trinise Lohse Do not move Hightower students from Hightower go make room for other students. Leo Excellent article! It reports the real situation of our communities! Nicole Hollins I think this is such a terrible decision for the communities surrounding Hightower to have this school transformed into an academy only campus. You want to take away Hightower and rezone these children further than the two schools such as Elkins and Ridge Point that are within a five-mile radius! Fort Bend should be shamed! I have had two children graduate from Hightower and one more to go and I am a proud Cane Nation parent. I am ashamed that Fort Bend does not think highly enough of us and the students to fight for our school.
no crime; we all do that from time to time. That she was running late on a STAAR testing day is somewhat inexcusable. Parents are given ample warning and instruction about STAAR test dates and the importance of having your child
rested and ready to go on time. Of all the days to not be late, this one was it. Secondly, Trimmer-Ray cops an attitude of entitlement and a belief that the rules don’t apply to her and tries to illegally cut through the elementary school dropoff line in order to get her daughter to the high school in time. This is not only a traffic violation, but child endangerment by placing the elementary school children at risk, as well as the parents dropping them off and the teachers on duty to make sure the children are safely escorted from vehicles to the school. This is where I feel charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor should come in. Her daughter, if not already a licensed driver, is at or near the age of becoming a driver and is being taught dangerous and possibly criminal activity by her mother. This is continued when she continues to drive while Coach Young is on the hood of her vehicle. At this point she is teaching her daughter that it’s OK to endanger the lives of others, even if they are in the wrong. She should have immediately stopped. Not only has she endangered the lives of children, but also endangered Coach Young’s life. Her continuing to drive shows a blatant disregard for the life and safety of Coach Young. Chewing him out while doing it demonstrates a pre meditated and deliberate
act on her part. As for Coach Young, he should have known better than to jump on the hood of a moving vehicle. That being said, I think he responded as anyone in his position would have after witnessing the reckless behavior of a driver who openly drove around traffic cones and had already ignored one warning by another teacher to stop. Trimmer-Ray presented a clear and present danger to the children Coach Young was in charge of and he acted the best way he could under the circumstances. There was little time to think, only time to act. Thank God he chose to act. Here is the kicker in all of this that hasn’t been reported yet. I did a Google search online for Trimmer-Ray and came across her LinkedIn page. She was a teacher in the Houston ISD for 10 years from 1994 to 2004 and has a master’s degree in education from Prairie View A&M University in 2003. If anyone should understand the importance of child safety in an elementary school drop-off line, it should be her. No, Trimmer-Ray is not the victim here, she is the perpetrator. Coach Young is the hero and is deserving of recognition for risking his own life to potentially save that of others. Thank you, Coach Young! It’s nice to know there are genuine, caring people like you out there looking out for the welfare and safety of our students.
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Bellaire holds off tenacious Travis 9-8 to advance in playoffs By Bill McCaughey FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
The coin flip before game three of the Travis and Bellaire playoff series at Katy Taylor High School last Friday may have been an omen of how close the game would be as the coin landed on its side in the soft dirt at home plate. Since neither coach had called sides, the coin was flipped again, and Bellaire won making the Cardinals the home team and setting the stage for a walk-off win seven innings later. The Travis Tigers were trailing 8-5 in the top of the sixth inning. With the bases loaded and no outs, Mady Leighton hit a ground ball to the shortstop. Skie Villani, running from second base, crossed in front of the fielder as she was in the process of throwing home and caused the throw to go over the head of the catcher as two runs scored. Bellaire pro-
tested but to no avail, and the inning ended with the game tied at 8. With two out in the bottom of the seventh inning, Hannah Fradkin reached on an infield hit. Megan Morris then hit a ground ball to the second baseman, but just as she went to field it, Fradkin ran in front of her, causing a distraction and the ball ending up in right field and runners on second and third base. Travis protested but to no avail. Braidee Glenn then slammed a line drive off an infielder’s glove and the Cardinals were victorious 9-8. They will play Atascocita in the regional semi-finals this weekend. Senior Jolie Duong pitched all three games for the Cardinals. When asked if she was tired, Duong said, “Definitely yes! I was tired, but I knew I couldn’t give up, because my team wasn’t going to give up.” Travis led off game three with three runs in the first
inning, but Bellaire came back with five runs in their half of the inning. “Coming back like that was huge. When we get down, we always want to come right back,” Duong said. A number of players stepped up during the series, but the Cardinals’ freshman first baseman Cole Johnson may have been a game changer with her defense at first base. Johnson made several key plays in game two to keep the Tigers from getting closer and did the same in game three. “In the moment, I just knew I had to make those plays,” Johnson said. “I just reacted because we needed those outs.” “The way the whole series went, neither team deserved to lose. I told my Travis’s Skie Villani gets one of her two hits in her final game of the season in Friday’s kids before game 3, that if game against Bellaire. (Photo by Bill McCaughey) we could score nine runs, Travis will lose shortstop and homerun hitter Noemi we would win. We were ball team. They can hit, down to our last out, but we they are well coached, and Skie Villani and catcher Cortez is a junior, giving go there,” Bellaire coach their pitcher just gutted it Shaina Amir to graduation Tiger fans optimism for Brien Tuffly said. “That out. It’s a shame some one but starting pitcher Rachel next year. Ybarra is just a freshman Travis team is a helluva had to lose this series.”
Stafford boys take second place at state 4A track meet From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
For the third time in four seasons, the Stafford High boys track & field team finished in the top two at the UIL Class 4A track and field meet at the University of Texas in Austin. The Spartans entered the final event (4x400 relay) of the meet with a chance to win their second track championship. Seniors Kenneth Bodwin and Jaylon Hill, junior Tu’Shawn Wilson and sophomore Sterling Riles set a personal record, taking six seconds off their 4x400 time from the regional meet and finishing in third place (3:18.62). It breaks a school record that was set in 2001. The Spartans finished Stafford High senior Kenneth Bodwin won gold medals in the high jump and 300-meter second at the meet with 52 hurdles and a bronze medal as part of the 4x400 relay team. (Submitted photo) points, to Dallas Carter’s 58. After finishing second in 2015, the Spartans won the 2016 4A state champi-
onship. “We couldn’t have asked for more than that from our kids,” coach Sergio Hinojosa said. “We stepped up whenever it was a big meet. I am proud of the way our kids competed when it counted.” Bodwin was the star of the meet, winning gold medals in the high jump (a personal record 6 feet, 6 inches) and the 300-meter hurdles (37.12). He earned a bronze medal on the 4x400 relay. Bodwin is headed to Texas A&M-Kingsville on a track scholarship where his college coach expects him to compete nationally as a decathlete. Junior Ryan Martin placed second in the 100 meters, setting a new school record with 10.41 seconds. He finished second to a Kalon Barnes, a senior from Silsbee, who set a new national record. Martin will enter the 2019 season with the fastest
time of any returning athlete. Martin, who finished fifth in the 100 in 2017, tried the 200 this year and finished eighth (21.70). Sophomore Sterling Riles set a personal best with a fourth place, 48.87 second in the 400. Riles will enter 2019 with the fastest time in the 400, an event that was filled with seniors this year. The 4x100 relay team of Wilson, Bodwin, Hill and Martin finished fourth (41.65), setting a personal record and coming within .21 of earning a medal. The Spartans won the regional, area and district championships this spring.
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After getting off to a franchise record 7-2 start of the season at home, the Sugar Land Skeeters hit a bumpy road as they headed east to face the Lancaster Barnstormers and Long Island Ducks. The Skeeters took one of three from Lancaster and two of three from Long Island and returned home Monday tied with the Barnstormers at 105 atop the Freedom Division. The Skeeters started the road trip with a powerful 9-2 victory over the Barnstormers. The Skeeters, led by newly acquired Rey Navarro, hit four home runs (Navarro had two of them) in the game. Pitcher Danny Reynolds, coming in to relieve Ben Griset in the fifth inning, got the win. Lancaster came storming
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Invitation for Bids The City of Stafford is seeking bids for furnishing all labor, material and equipment for performing of all work required for the storm sewer improvements along Longview Drive at Amesbury in the Sugar Creek Subdivision within the cities of Stafford and Sugar Land. Sealed bids in duplicate, marked “Sugar Creek Storm Sewer Improvements” 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 3:00 p.m., local time, Thursday, May 31, 2018. Bids received after closing time will be returned unopened. The bids 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 bids. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held on Thursday, May 24, 2018 at 10:00 am at Stafford City Hall. All bids shall be accompanied by a Bid Bond in the amount of 5% of the bid from a Surety Company authorized to issue Bid Bonds in the State of Texas, as a guarantee that the bidder will enter into a contract and execute Performance and Payment Bonds in the amount of one hundred percent (100%) of the contract amount within fourteen (14) days after award by City Council. Bids without Bid Bond will not be considered. Plans, specifications and bidding documents can be obtained from www.CivcastUsa.com: search Sugar Creek Storm Sewer Improvements. Bidders must register on this website in order to view and/or download plans and specifications for this project. Questions regarding this sealed proposal can be asked on the website or by contacting Ashish Waghray, PE, CFM at 713-5276465. The City reserves the right to reject any or all bids and waive any or all informalities. No bid may be withdrawn until the expiration of sixty (60) days from the date bids are opened.
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REQUEST FOR QUALIFICATIONS ANNUAL PHYSICALS FOR FIRE DEPARTMENT The City of Sugar Land seeks qualifications for performing all work required for the following project in the City: PROJECT NAME: Annual Physicals for Fire Department LOCATION OF WORK: Sugar Land, Texas 77479 Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained by registering at Public Purchase www.publicpurchase.com.
Sealed bids in triplicate, one (1) original and two (2) copies, 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 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered.
Sealed submittals, one (1) original, (5) copies, and one (1) electronic copy in PDF format on CD or 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. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at which time the names of the firms submitting their qualifications will be read. Submittals received after the opening date and time will not be considered.
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The City of Sugar Land seeks bids for furnishing all labor, material, and equipment, and performing all work required for the following project in the City: CIP PROJECT NAME: Emergency Generators for Public Works and City Hall Annex CIP PROJECT NUMBER: MU1702 LOCATION OF WORK: 111 Gillingham Lane, Sugar Land, TX 10405 Corporate Drive, Sugar Land, TX Plans, specifications, and bidding documents may be obtained from www. CivCastUSA.com. Sealed bids one (1) original and two (2) copies, 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 11:00 a.m. Thursday, May 24, 2018, at which time bids will be publicly opened and read. Bids received after the opening date and time will not be considered. A non-mandatory pre-bid meeting for all interested parties will be held at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, May 17, 2018, City Council Chamber, City Hall, 2700 Town Center Boulevard North, Sugar Land, Texas 77479. Questions regarding this bid must be submitted online to the www.CivCastUsa.com system or contact Mike Lai, P.E., at (713) 467-9961 on or before 5:00 P.M. Friday May 18, 2018. The City Council will award the contract as provided in the Invitation to Bid. The City of Sugar Land will give notice of the contract award within sixty (60) calendar days after the opening date and time.
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always a concern of ours,” Candler said. The whole rescue took less than two minutes. “After we got her out the car was under water in a matter of 30 seconds,” Wilks said. When asked how they felt about the rescue, Candler said it’s all part of the job. “It’s very inspiring when we’re able to do that. It’s what we want to do as police officers,” he said. “My only thoughts were that this lady needed help.” Inyang was not injured and Driscoll suffered a small cut on his hand.
H RESCUE, FROM PAGE 1 he said. “From that point it didn’t look like she was going to be able to get out of that vehicle.” Candler and Driscoll came in behind Wilks and helped pull Inyang from the vehicle after breaking out a back window. “She was scared. She wanted to come through the front window first,” Driscoll said. With the front window disappearing under water, she changed her mind and went back. “Her drowning was
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Connor, Tim, and Haley White of Missouri City represented Texas recently at the US Create VEX National Robotics Championship in Iowa, and they represented Texas and the United States at the VEX World Championship in Kentucky. Following a stellar season of winning the South Texas regional tournament in Galveston; “Best Robot Design” at the Texas State Championship; and placing second in their division at the Texas State Championship tournament. This is the third consecutive year Connor won the Texas State Championship in the category of Best Design. For the award, he placed first of the top 70 teams in the state. Most teams have at least 12 members, with mul-
H SKEETERS, FROM PAGE 6 lowly Southern Maryland Blue Crabs. After a break on May 21, however, the Skeeters return to the road and face Liberty Division leader Somerset for three games and then the New Britain Bees for three more. The SkeeHello, my name is Trooper. I am a black coated domestic medium hair mix and I am just over 5 years old. Come by and visit with me today. ters started the season 6-0 at home against the Bees. I would love to meet you!
tiple robots, coached by a teacher/engineer, and are sponsored by their school or district. Team 1814 Delta competes with one robot built and operated by a set of triplets working from their home garage. When Connor and his siblings transferred to a high school that did not have a VEX robotics program, Connor was not discouraged; instead, he created an independent team, 1814D (nickname “Delta”), and continued his stellar trek. As an “Independent,” limited funds and space, Connor built his robot in his family’s home garage and practiced in the their dining room and hallway. When possible, he traveled to schools in Houston and Texas City to practice on their fields. Meanwhile, Connor’s father, Tim, along with his siblings, Tim and Haley, joined the effort. Last year, while attending Westbury Christian
Friday night will be a big game for the Skeeters fans. In addition to Friday night fireworks, it is Pink in the Park breast cancer awareness as well as Girl Scout night. On Saturday the Skeeters will give away puzzles and Sunday is Bark in the Park. Transactions Easy come, easy go. Just
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three days after signing infielder Rey Navarro, his contract was purchased by the New York Yankees. On Monday the Skeeters re-signed outfielder Denis Phipps. He was signed and released by the Skeeters before the season started. Logan Bawcom had his contract purchased by the Los Angles Dodgers on Monday.
Skeeter of the Week Utility player Anthony Giansanti picks up the Fort Bend Star Skeeter of the Week honors. He and Courtney Hawkins are tied for second in the Atlantic League in home runs at three. He is currently fourth on the team in batting average at .333. In 60 plate appearances Giansanti has 20 hits, 12 runs and 6 RBIs.
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Sienna Plantation Donates $1,400 to ACHIEVE Fort Bend County From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
First grade students at Heritage Rose Elementary School will have plenty to read this summer thanks to a donation made by Sienna Plantation to the ACHIEVE Summer Reading Program. The community donated $1,400 to the program whose goal is to support young students attain grade level reading skills. First implemented in 2016, the ACHIEVE program gives first graders who are the lowest performing readers in their class 10 books of their own to take home and read over the summer. Books are matched to the children’s reading and interest levels. “Children who are not reading well by third grade are four times more likely to eventually drop out of school — poverty
compounds this problem.” said James Patterson, Precinct 4 Fort Bend County Commissioner and ACHIEVE Fort Bend Board president. “Aware of this and similar research studies, ACHIEVE members sought out a way to help support young students. The goal in doing this was to support schools through an early-intervention, dropout-prevention program.” A packet of 10 books costs $50. The Sienna Plantation donation will provide 28 students at Heritage Rose with books. “Sienna Plantation is very involved with local schools,” said Alvin San Miguel, general manager of master-planned community. “Anytime we have an opportunity to make a difference we are happy to help.” Students are excited to receive the books, said Patricia Garner, ACHIEVE Fort Bend
Board secretary. “Some of our participating schools organize small/casual assemblies to give the children the impression that they are being ‘awarded’ the books,” she said. Garner and Fort Bend County constables will deliver books to the students at Heritage Rose. Each child’s name will be written in his or her books to show that the books are theirs to keep or share. Last year, the program helped 80 percent of participating first graders to maintain or increase their reading levels over the summer. Fundraising efforts in 2017 garnered more than $18,000. A matching grant from the George Foundation meant that approximately $36,000 was spent to provide more than 750 students with books. This year, organizers hope to put books in the hands of 900 first graders.
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Missouri City taking scholarship applications From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Missouri City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Post- Secondary Educational and Vocational Scholarship Applications are now available. As part of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) CDBG Program, the scholarship program provides reimbursement for qualified expenses to cur-
H TSTC, FROM PAGE 1 Gurecky and his wife have donated more than $100,000 for scholarships and the Chancellor’s discretionary fund, which is used to facilitate the institution’s needs. Gurecky always gives credit where credit is due; he said he could not have spent the last 12 years as a regent, or the last six decades pursuing his career, without the support from his wife and family. “I couldn’t have done what I have done alone,” he said. “This is as much their accomplishment and honor as it is mine.”
rent Missouri City residents who are classified as lowto moderate-income and are enrolled in community college, university or vocational programs. “This program awards funding to high school students who are graduating in 2018 and entering postsecondary institutions and/ or full time undergraduate enrollees in post-secondary institutions,” Community Development Coordinator LaToya Ricketts said. “This program accomplishes one
of the city’s Consolidated Plan priority goals, which is Education of Youth and Adults.” Missouri City’s estimated CDBG allocation for 2018-2019 is approximately $9,975. The CDBG scholarship application may be obtained from the city’s website at ht t p:// bit . ly/2HO 9F 7n or in-person at the city’s Development Services Department, 1522 Texas Pkwy. Applications are due by 5p.m. on Thursday, May 31.
Gurecky spent 27 years working for Baroid Corporation, a Houston-based oil and gas industry production company, before using his family’s life-savings in 1983 to open Gurecky Manufacturing, which operated out of his garage with only three machines. Since then, the company has undergone significant growth and is now housed in a 40,000-square-foot-facility filled with state-of-art precision manufacturing machines. And although Gurecky will no longer serve as regent, he said he will continue to work closely and share his experiences and advice with TSTC
as a mentor for students, and assist with recruitment efforts. “Joe and Doris are pillars of this community and to have Joe serve as a regent has been a distinct privilege for TSTC,” said TSTC Field Development Officer John Kennedy. “He has brought a unique perspective to the board and we will forever be grateful for his years of service to the college.” Kennedy added, “Joe and Doris are financially vested in TSTC. As a result of their generosity more than 150 students have been able to attend classes at our Fort Bend County campus.”
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Hats off to Reining Strength’s Derby Day event From staff reports FOR THE FORT BEND STAR
Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship’s 4th Annual Derby Day Party was held May 5 at Safari Texas in Richmond. Nearly 400 people attended, and attendees came ready to participate in the ladies hat contest and men’s boot contest. There was a large silent auction, live auction, and Kendra Scott mystery jewelry pull. Derby Day event benefits Reining Strength Therapeutic Horsemanship of Fort Bend County and the greater Houston area. The proceeds from the event help with programming for individuals with physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs while providing safe, effective services that meet and exceed PATH
H SCHOOLS, FROM PAGE 1 have-nots in our state. The trends would indicate we are
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not eliminating those gaps,” Morath said. He said that 20 years ago, 17 percent of students graduated from high school ready
for college, making it statistically the same as today. “How is it possible that our middle income kids are doing better and our low income
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kids are doing better but as a state are the same or marginally worse?” he asked. He answered that by noting a greater proportion of students are coming from low-income homes. “Twenty years ago a little over 45 percent of our students qualified for free and reduced lunches. Now it’s about 67 percent,” he said. As head of the Texas Education Association (TEA), Morath said he knows what must be done. “What we have got to do, we have to significantly raise that level of improvement. We’ve got to get better faster than we ever have, especially for low-performing districts. And we must find the strategies that work most effectively,” he said. “You don’t have to care about kids at all to recognize that this is the single most depressing, the single most existential issue facing the state of Texas, because if you think that our economy will continue to grow and perform as it has when the student population we have looks like it does, and the outcomes we have look like they do … ,” he said, his voice trailing off. “This is the most important issue facing the state of Texas and we have got to improve results far more rapidly than we have in the past. We have to celebrate the achievements of our very hard-working ed-
International Standards (Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship). Reining Strength is a nonprofit organization whose mission is - by partnering with horses - to help people realize their individual potential through customized equine-assisted activities and therapies. Recently, one of RSTH’s clients participated in Special Olympics and won two medals. This is the story, told by his mother: “We truly didn’t expect my son to ever be able to walk. We were told that the critical window for hope of a child with cerebral palsy to walk is by age 5 to 7. So, when he turned 8 we had prepared ourselves to focus elsewhere. Last summer, we enrolled him at Reining Strength and, really didn’t know what to expect. “But wow – even though
he is non-verbal, they have taught him simple commands that he understands, and he does what they ask him to do. He has a mind of his own, so following instructions had always been an issue for him over the years during weekly sessions with his physical and occupational therapists. Thanks to these therapeutic horsemanship sessions, his core strength has gotten better, and his balance has improved! But the best thing of all: I was speechless and overcome with joy as I watched him take his very first steps during a physical therapy session just recently!” Reining Strength cannot operate without the community’s support and trained volunteers to assist in sessions. To donate time, talent, or money to Reining Strength, contact Heather@reiningstrength.org.
ucators,” Morath said. He said he does have a plan. “We listen, I listen as much as possible to parents, teachers, students themselves, school board members, policy makers, activists, business leaders, and from that we have crafted a plan at TEA to drive the progress in the state of Texas,” he said. “We start with the goal in mind. We want every child, regardless of their background, from every village, every hamlet, to have access to an education that helps them to become successful,” he said. To do that means the state must do a better job at recruiting and retaining teachers and principals. He compared teachers to a neurosurgeon. The surgeon is able to prepare and focus on one brain, and it’s asleep. “Our teachers walk into the operating room every day and there’s 20 brains and they’re very much awake and giving feedback during surgery,” Morath said. “Teaching is the most complicated job I have ever been exposed to in my entire life.” He said when it comes to recruiting educators, he often finds a battle with an old cliché. “Those who can, do and those who can’t, teach,” he said. “This is like a virus. This is the most toxic view of the teaching profession I have
ever imagined.” “The jobs of our teachers is incredibly hard,” he said. “And what are we doing to recruit the best and brightest minds to the profession? If you talk to any valedictorian coming out of a Texas public school today and you ask, ‘hey, are you thinking about being a teacher?’ are they going to answer yes or are they going to dismiss it as a career path? What are we doing to recruit the best and brightest minds?” Recruiting is one thing. Retention, he said, is another challenge. “Oh, by the way, 70 percent of the people who enter the profession are gone within seven years. … Gone … as in a different business,” he said. Morath said he has become a proponent of vocational education in public schools, especially given the small percentage that are ready to go to college versus those who will go into the military or on to work. When looking at some of the things that are working well in public education, he found inspiration in high school football coaches. “Every Friday night in the fall there is a high-stakes assessment in Texas,” he said. He explained that after each football game the coaches do an outstanding job of problem solving and equipping the players to improve. He said that model can work in the classrooms as well.
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The 31st annual spaghetti dinner of the Exchange Club of Sugar Land, held recently at Fluor Corporation, featured what Bob and Carole Brown have made one of the most popular live auction items in Fort Bend – the puppy auction; and with James Patterson as the auctioneer. Doug and Ellen Earle (pictured) won a puppy during an exciting bidding war. Doug was overheard saying the dog’s name should be Five Grand. Another puppy went for $4,800. This local fundraiser supports local non-profit organizations and includes a spaghetti sauce cook off by participating law enforcement agencies and firefighters. (Photo by Elsa Maxey)
DAVID ARCHER STEGALL AUGUST 11, 1980
Memorial Services celebrating the life of David Archer Stegall, 37, of Sugar Land, TX, will be held at 11:00 am on May 15, 2018, at Sugar Land First United Methodist Church with Reverend Martin Nichols officiating under the direction of Sugar Land Mortuary. David was born August 11, 1980, to Pamela and Richard Stegall. He passed away on May 7, 2018. David enjoyed spending time with family and friends, but more than anything he loved spending time
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with his son, Hayden. He attended The University of Mississippi before becoming a realtor and creating a photography business.
David is survived in death by his parents Pamela and Richard Stegall, son Hayden Harrison, brother Rick Stegall, sister Stacy Morris (David); and sister Kelli Stegall; maternal grandmother Mildred Archer; three nieces Madelyn, Ella, and Laine Morris; and numerous loving aunts, uncles, and cousins. David is preceded in death by his paternal grandmother and grandfather Lynnette and Raymond Stegall and his maternal grandfather Donald Archer.
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THURSDAY, MAY 17 FIRST TIME HOMEBUYERS SEMINAR
Hosted by George Memorial Library from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Learn about down payment assistance programs, credit scores, the mortgage loan process, loan programs, and many other topics associated with the home purchasing process. For more information, call 281-507-8798 or 832-418-1614.
MOD ART SHOW TO BENEFIT PARKS YOUTH RANCH
Join us at MOD Pizza of Sugar Land, 19820 Southwest Freeway, Sugar Land, 6-8 p.m. Artwork by the children of Parks Youth Ranch will be featured. Admission is free, light bites, artist meet and greet. 20 percent of MOD Pizza’s sales that evening will go toward supporting Parks Youth Ranch. Visit www.parksyouthranch.org or email volunteer@ parksyouthranch.org.
FRIDAY, MAY 18 GRAND OPENING PRMC
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SATURDAY, MAY 19 PRE MARRIAGE PREP
Join Pitcher Ministries at Brazos Professional Building, 130 Industrial Blvd., Sugar Land, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. to learn how to navigate the storms of life. $30 per couple, includes lunch. Receive $60 off Texas marriage license with completion of class. www.pitcherministries.org; 832-945-5323 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
FRIDAY, MAY 25 AGING IN PLACE - PREPARING TO STAY PUT
The University Branch Library will present the program for older adults and their family members at 10:30 a.m., 4010 University Blvd in Sugar Land. A real-estate specialist and certified senior-housing professional will share tips on how senior citizens can make easy and smart preparations for living independently into their golden years. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-633-5100 or 281-633-4734.
SATURDAY, MAY 26 SIENNA SUSHI FEST
The Sienna Branch Library will celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with a Sienna Sushi Fest, 1 p.m., 8411 Sienna Springs Blvd in Missouri City. Carl Rosa, founder of the Sushi Club of Houston, will demonstrate and lead the audience in the making of sushi rolls. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2900 or 281633-4734.
THURSDAY, MAY 30 MISSOURI CITY TOASTMASTERS CHARTER CEREMONY
Beginning at 7 p.m. at the Harvest United Methodist Church, 9029 Sienna Ranch Road, Missouri City. Toastmasters International is a non-profit world leader in communication and leadership development. Free and open to anyone 18 years and older. For more information, call 806-7787472 or 281-435-0462.
THURSDAY, MAY 31 DIGITAL PHOTO-EDITING BASICS
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The University Branch Library, 14010 University Blvd in Sugar Land, will host at 2 p.m. Learn how to use free, online photo-editing tools to fix or fine-tune photos or to create special photo effects. Free and open to the public, reservations are required. Visit www.fortbend.lib.tx.us, click on Events, select University Branch Library, and find the program, or call 281-633-5100.
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Sugar Land Branch Library will host the program for students wishing to volunteer during the summer. 10:30-11:30 a.m., 550 Eldridge. Applications for summer volunteers accepted through May. For more information, call 281-238-2158. Will be presented at First Colony Branch Library beginning at 2 p.m., 2121 Austin Parkway. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2800 or 281-633-4734.
FIRE STATION 3, OPEN HOUSE
Missouri City Fire and Rescue Services will host an open house at Fire Station 3, 2496 Texas Parkway, Missouri City, from 10 a.m. to noon. Free and open to the public with activities and door prizes for the entire family. For more information, contact Lt. Robert Jasper at rjasper@ missouricitytx.gov.
BARK FOR LIFE RETURNS TO RIVERSTONE
Presented by Lake Olympia Animal Hospital, prancing pups and their humans can take steps to combat cancer, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. All proceeds support the American Cancer Society. Join us at The Club at Riverstone, 18353 University Blvd. An after “paw-ty” features the Houston Disc Dogs, pet vendors, animal adoptions, music, food trucks and more. Free and open to the public. The first 300 guests receive a goodie bag. For more information, visit www.relayforlife.org/barkriverstonetx.
MONDAY, MAY 21 CAMP HOPE GOLF TOURNAMENT
Camp Hope, an organization that provides interim housing for military veterans and their families coping with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, is holding a charity golf tournament at the Pecan Grove Country Club. The event begins at 11 a.m. For more information and to register, visit birdeasepro.com/camphopegolfevent or contact Curtis Brown at email@example.com or David Esch at firstname.lastname@example.org or 281-342-9945.
TUESDAY, MAY 22 DIABETES EDUCATION
Join UT Physicians Rosenberg on May 22, May 29, June 5, June 12, June 19, June 26, and July 3 from 2-4pm, 5115 Avenue H, Suite 701. Find out how diabetes affects your body. Free and open to the public. Registration is required; call 713-486-1973.
THURSDAY, MAY 24 BRAZOS BEND GUARDIANSHIP MEETING
George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond will host the meeting, 6:30-8:30 p.m. For families needing information on obtaining legal guardianship of an incapacitated loved one. Alternatives to guardianship will also be discussed. An attorney will be present to answer any legal questions related to guardianship and alternatives to guardianship. RSVP to: Kirk Monroe at 281-232-7701 or by e-mail: kmonroe@ brazosbendguardianship.org or visit www.brazosbendguardianship.org.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 2 ROSENBERG SYMPHONIC BAND PERFORMANCE
George Memorial Library will host at 2 p.m., 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The performance will take place in an outdoor amphitheater, seating is concrete, so cushions are recommended. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-342-4455 or 281-633-4734.
BARGAIN BOOK SALE
Join the First Colony Friends of the Library 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 2121 Austin Parkway. Paperbacks, hardbacks, DVDs, children’s/youth books. Donations of books, CDs, and DVDs accepted. Proceeds from the sale benefit the library and its programs.
ANCIENT EMPIRES: ROME
Sugar Land Branch Library will host the seminar from 2-4 p.m., 550 Eldridge. Learn about the Roman Republic and Julius Caesar, the Roman Empire and Augustus Caesar, and Emperor Constantine and the rise of Christianity. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281238-2140 or 281-633-4734.
CORPUS CHRISTI CELEBRATION
Sacred Heart Church, 507 S. 4th St., Richmond, will host the 3rd annual Corpus Christi celebration. Eucharistic Procession at 4 p.m., Mass at 5:30 p.m. Reception after Mass. For more information, visit: www.sacredhrt. com or call 281-342-3609.
THURSDAY, JUNE 7 SCORE: BUSINESS ALTERNATIVES FOR THE ENTREPRENEUR
The Sugar Land Branch Library will host an overview of business ownership, 2-3:30 p.m., 550 Eldridge. This program is presented in partnership with SCORE, the non-profit mentoring arm of the U.S. Small Business Administration. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281-238-2140, or 281-633-4734.
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ONGOING 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 281-633-4734.
ADOPT A SHELTER CAT
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.
FORT BEND RECOVERS HURRICANE HARVEY HELP
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.
INTERNATIONAL COFFEE HOUR
Beginning, Monday, Jan. 29, and the last Monday of every month, George Memorial Library will host the event beginning at 9 a.m. 1001 Golfview in Richmond. People of all nationalities are invited to come to the informal gathering to get to know one another, share cultural experiences. Free and open to the public. For more information, call 281342-4455 or 281-633-4734.
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Two performances are offered at 9:30 and 11 a.m. at Creekside Christian Fellowship, 16628 Hwy 36, Needville. The choir is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Africa’s most vulnerable children today so they can
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June 1 is the last day to register for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County 2018 Summer Session that runs June 4 to July 27. In-person registration required on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays from 1-6 p.m. The cost is either $50 or $80 per 8-week session. For more information, call 281-240-8181.
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