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Democratic candidate backs opposing party commissioner nominee By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Early voting for the November election is still 42 days away, but the intrigue surrounding some of the races has already thickened. Neeta Sane, a business consultant who was one of two candidates in a runoff election to become the Democratic nominee for the Precinct 4 commissioner spot, has endorsed the Republican candidate Ray Aguilar over her former opponent Dexter McCoy for the general election. “It is my top priority to support competent and mature individuals to public offices to help ensure superior services to all demographics of Fort Bend County,” Sane wrote in a social media post announcing the endorsement. Sane in comments explaining the decision blasted Democratic politics in the county and accused McCoy of being deceitful and immature. “It is of concern that his touted work experience as a politically-appointed staffer is inadequate for the job of Pct. 4 commissioner,” Sane wrote. “Also, with the tacit support of the local party leadership, he engaged in negative campaign against me with lies and unfounded allegations because I had earned the highest votes in the primary election.” McCoy, for his part, declined to respond to Sane’s endorsement directly, instead saying he was focused on the upcoming election. “I’m laser focused on the important issues in Precinct 4 and not on insider politics,” McCoy said of the endorsement.

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Sugar Land police chief search narrows By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

The search for Sugar Land’s next police chief has narrowed to two names. Residents will have a chance this Thursday to meet and talk with the two finalists to replace retired Chief Eric Robins, who left the job on

June 1, according to the city. Loudoun County Undersheriff Mark Poland and League City Police Chief Gary Ratliff have been named the two finalists for the job, which might not be filled until November, according to the city. Ratliff has spent more than 37 years in law enforcement, including

more than four years as chief in Galveston County’s biggest city. Poland, meanwhile, has served with Virginia’s largest full-service sheriff’s office, according to the city. The two men were identified through a nationwide search for Poland

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Hitting a high note

Members of the Fort Bend Boys Choir sing during a performance. The local youth boys choir organization is bringing back its Music Magic program after a two-year hiatus due to COVID-19. (Contributed photo)

Local youth choir program returning after two-year hiatus By Landan Kuhlmann LKUHLMANN@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

For more than four decades, the Fort Bend Boys Choir has offered boys ages 8-12 the chance to receive private music instruction and perform around the country. Then in 1997, the organization began the Music Magic program to give boys ages 6-7 the chance to learn in the same environment. For the last two years,

however, Music Magic hasn’t taken place because of uneasiness over the pandemic and, until recently, vaccine availability for younger children. But the wait is over, and the program is back. Music Magic will resume on Oct. 11 and meet each Tuesday from 6:30-7:15 p.m. until Dec. 6 at the First United Methodist Church - Missouri City, 3900 Lexington Blvd. “We’re all really excit-

ed about this,” Fort Bend Boys Choir executive director Tiana Mortimer said Monday. Music Magic is an enrichment program for boys ages 6-7 who are interested in learning more about “music, singing and having fun,” according to the organization’s website. It is an eight-week course that has been offered each school semester since 1997 save for the last two years due to COVID-19.

“With many people vaccinated already, it is long past time for children to return to musical activities,” said William Adams, the organization’s artistic director. Music Magic began about 25 years ago, Mortimer said, because the choir was having to turn away younger students due to age restrictions. She said Adams and the rest of the organization wanted to give those younger students a chance to get the same

instruction to encourage their love of music instead of turning them away. “Boys at this age, all they know is they love music, they love singing and stuff like that,” she said. “We get them young when they’re still learning.” As a whole, Mortimer said the instruction offered both by Music Magic and the organiza-

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changed since a Ridge Point High School student tested positive for monkeypox, said Sherry Williams, a spokesperson for the district. But those procedures are robust, she said. Employees use disinfectants approved by the Environmental Protection Agency against monkeypox, Williams

said. The district also employees disinfecting devices to further reduce risk, she said. Families recently were informed that a student at Ridge Point High School had tested positive for

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The Fort Bend County WCID #2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax year 2022 The Fort Bend County WCID No.2 Area 1 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the on September 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm at Fort Bend County WCID No. 2, 2331 South Main, Stafford TX yearon2022 on September 28, 2022 at 6:30 pm at Fort Bend County WCID No. 2, 2331 South Main, 77477. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease, depending the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the taxable value of your property in relation toStafford the TX 77477. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser rate, or even decrease The Fort Bend County WCID #2 will hold a public hearing on a proposed tax rate for the tax depending on CountyWCID the tax rate that is Area adopted and onathe change in the valuetaxofrate your property in No.2 1 will hold public hearing ontaxable a proposed change in taxable value 28, of all other property. The Bend change in theWCID taxable your property The in Fort Bend year 2022 on September 2022 at 6:30 pm at Fort County No. value 2, 2331ofSouth for the tax year 2022 oninSeptember 28, 2022 atother 6:30 property. pm at FortThe Bend CountyWCID No. 2, value of you relation to the change taxable value of all change in the taxable Main, Stafford TX 77477. Yourtaxable individual taxes increase at a greater or lesser or relation to the change in the value of may all other property determines the rate, distribution of the tax 2331 South Main, Stafford TX 77477. Your individual taxes may increase at a greater or lesser even decrease, depending on the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the taxable property in relation to the change in the taxable value of all other property determines the distributi burden among all property owners. rate, or even decrease, depending on the tax rate that is adopted and on the change in the value of your property in relation to the change in taxable value of all other property. The of the tax burden among all property value of your property in relationowners. to the change in taxable value of all other property. Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes toproperty find a link to yourtolocal property taxtaxable database onofwhich you taxable can change in the taxable value of your in relation the change in the value The change in the taxable value of your property to the change tax in the taxable on value Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link intorelation your local property database which you can easily access information regarding your property including about proposedofVisit taxall rates all other property determines the distribution of the taxtaxes, burden among allinformation property owners. other property determines the distribution of the tax burden among all property owners. easily access information regarding your property taxes, including information about proposed tax and scheduled public hearings of each entity that taxes your property. Visit Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes to find a link to your local property tax database on which you and Texas.gov/PropertyTaxes scheduled public hearings of each thatlocal taxes your property. Visit to find a linkentity to your property tax database on which you can easily access For the proposal:

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NOTICE OF VOTE ON TAX RATE If the district adopts a combined debt service, operation and maintenance and contract tax rate that would result in the taxes on the average residence homestead increasing by more than eight percent, an election must be held to determine whether to approve the operation and maintenance tax rate under Section 49.23601, Water Code.

NOTICE OF VOTE ON TAX RATE If the district adopts a combined debt service, operation and maintenance and contract tax rate that would result in the taxes on the average residence homestead increasing by more than eight percent, an election must be held to determine whether to approve the operation and maintenance tax rate under Section 49.23601,Water Code.

The 86th Texas Legislature modified the manner in which the voter-approval tax rate is calculated to limit the rate of growth of property taxes in the state.

The 86th Texas Legislature modified the manner in which the voter-approval tax rate is calculated to limit the rate of growth of property taxes in the state.

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Moments are precious and so is our region Matt deGrood MANAGING EDITOR

As is so often the case when you start dating someone seriously, you inherit a completely new set of friendships. Such is how I came to know Rebecca and Peter. Rebecca, first, as one of my wife’s dear friends for many years and, later, Peter, when Rebecca moved to Scotland and started dating him. I can’t recall exactly how it began, but near the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Peter and I began conversing somewhat regularly, bonding at first over our shared interests (soccer, good food, etc.) and hatreds (Lazio, Rangers, etc.), but before we knew

it I would turn to him as a close confidant. At a time when no one was seeing much of anyone in person, our friendship with Rebecca and Peter seemed as close as any other. Michelle and I would spend virtual game nights with them and, on occasion, Peter and I would share a beer and stream a match. Last weekend, Peter and Rebecca came to visit us – Rebecca’s first trip back home since the start of the pandemic and Peter’s firstever stop in Texas. I’m really not sure if their visit was at all indicative of what someone might picture a trip to Texas would look like, but over the course of several days, we shared our little slice of the Lone Star State with our dear friends. We had good conversation at Vino & Vinyl in Sugar Land Town Square. There was enough good food at Houston’s Hobbit Café, St. Arnold’s and

elsewhere to fill us up for weeks. We took them to see the bay near Bacliff and San Leon. They enjoyed our suburban backyard while petting our beloved border collie, Molly Ivins. And, of course, no visit to the Houston area would be complete without catching an Astros game. It was such a perfect weekend that, by its end, I found myself wishing it wouldn’t end. There were still countless more sights and sounds to enjoy. Matthew, why are you taking space in the Fort Bend Star to talk about a weekend with friends? Why would readers care? Well, I share because the visit reminded me of two important lessons that we might all already know. But they’re still worth repeating, nonetheless. The first is that our area is truly special. We talk all the time about the diversity of Fort Bend County. But anyone who lives in the area knows

Fall 2022 Edition Postponed to 9/28/22 The Fort Bend Star Guide is a twice a year product that serves as a guide to everyday living in our unique community. Where to go, places to see, things to do and services that are available in Sugar Land, Missouri City, Richmond, Rosenberg, Stafford, and Fort Bend County.

it’s not just limited to that. The Houston region shares so many wonders, and a person who lives in one county doesn’t just live in that single slice of life. From the waters of Galveston to the woods north of Houston to the beauty of Brazos Bend State Park, we live in a gorgeous part of the world. Anyone would feel lucky to call it home. The second lesson is that moments are precious. And

time spent with loved ones should always be savored. In the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sometimes it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. One might find themselves counting down the days until the next vacation, or the next highlight. But tomorrow is never promised. And there’s little that compares to the love of a good friend, a devoted pet or family member. Michelle, Molly and I’s

time with Rebecca and Peter this weekend might not have been long enough, but you can bet that we’ll continue to savor each snippet of conversation we share in the months and years to come. I’m thankful for the chance to share Texas with our friends, including one who’d never seen it before. And I look forward to the next time fate brings us together.

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Lawrence Jesse Vargas, 49, passed away on Thursday, September 8, 2022 in Stafford, Texas. He was born on September 25, 1972 in Houston, TX to parents Jesse Vargas and Rosie Martinez Vargas. He attended Kempner High School and lived in the Sugar Land area. Lawrence was an annual participant in the Fort Bend County Fair Cookoff and was a member of the Houston Livestock Rodeo Horsepitality Committee for many years. Annually, he joined the Palomeros for an annual hunting trip in South Texas and never missed a party or an opportunity to have a good time. He began his career as a Roughneck working offshore and worked for various oilfield companies throughout his career. For one of his work assignments, he spent time living in Ecuador and also traveled for work to places such as Kazakstan and Canada. Most recently, he owned and operated Imperial Dumpster Rental in Sugar Land. He will be remembered for his sarcastic, quick witted and fun demeanor with

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had an infectious laugh and larger than life personality, which contributed to the massive group of friends he considered to be family. On Thursday, September 15th visitation will begin at 5:00 pm with the Rosary at 7:00 pm at DavisGreenlawn Funeral home. A funeral mass will be celebrated on Friday, September 16th at 11:00 am at Saint Theresa Catholic Church, 705 St. Theresa Blvd. Sugar Land, TX 77498 with interment following at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Pallbearers include Angel Herrera, Micah Flores, Luke Flores, Jason Jurado, Michael Flores, Craig Finch, Blake Farrell, Adrian Resendez and honorary pallbearers Anthony Vargas and Jonathan Resendez. Tributes and words of condolence may be left for the family at www. davisgreenlawnfh.com. Arrangements are under the direction of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home, 3900 B.F. Terry Blvd. (Hwy 59 South @ FM 2218), Rosenberg, Texas 77471, Phone: 281-341-8800.

a contagious smile. Lawrence is preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Margarita Breceda Vargas & Jesus Vargas and maternal grandparents Francisco Martinez & Romana Lozano Martinez. He is survived by his parents Jesse and Rosalinda Vargas; his son Anthony Lawrence Vargas; his daughter Lauren Jessie Vargas; son Angel Herrera; son Jonathan Robert Resendez; his sister Margaret Vargas (Jason Jurado); his cousin that was more like a sister Bridgett Baker; and nephews Micah Flores, Luke Flores and Jason Jurado. Lawrence has countless cousins and friends who all shared many fun times. Lawrence

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Cowboys Corral: Korey Lee in battle for future playing time Landan Kuhlmann SPORTS REPORTER

At this point last season when he was promoted to Triple-A, catcher Korey Lee was viewed as the Houston Astros’ top positional prospect. While his prospect ranking has since taken a hit with the emergence of other prospects plus recent draftees ascending, I think the 24-year-old still has a completely viable road to becoming a part of the Astros’ roster next season. I spent a little bit of time on Lee last season at the time of his promotion, but I think it’s worth taking a deeper dive into what has transpired since his initial promotion to the highest level of the minor leagues. Initial overview Lee exploded his senior year at the University of California, when he hit

.337 with a 1.034 OPS. The breakout season led to the Astros selecting him in the first round of the 2019 draft with the 32nd overall pick. He would then go on to hit .268 with a .730 OPS with short season Tri-City in the New York Pennsylvania League. Following a lost 2020 season, Lee would hit .277 with a .778 OPS across three levels in 2021 including a late-season stop in Sugar Land. He also threw out 43 percent (23 of 53) attempted base stealers. In his first full season at the Triple-A level this year, Lee is currently slashing .240/.308/.482 with 22 home runs and 70 RBIs for the Space Cowboys while throwing out 23 percent (13 of 57) base stealers. The play earned him a brief call-up to the Astros earlier this season, where the organization’s seventhranked prospect hit .140 with four RBIs. Landan’s lowdown The one tool that scouts have always been extremely high on with Lee is the arm, which was given a 70 grade at its most recent mid-season evaluation ear-

Space Cowboys catcher Korey Lee, right, may have seen his prospect ranking take a slight hit over the last season plus, but remains a strong candidate to make the Astros' Opening Day roster in 2023. (Contributed photo)

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And even though he has only thrown out 23 percent of attempted base stealers so far in 2022, I would advise you to take that figure with a grain of salt. That’s for one simple reason – though it most often gets laid directly at their feet, and sometimes should be, a stolen base is not always the fault of the man behind the plate. Pitchers could be slower than average in releasing the pitch towards home plate. Or the pitch in question on the stolen base attempt could be a bounced breaking ball, which gives the catcher little-to-no chance of throwing the runner out despite still getting dinged for it. All that is to say that Lee still remains one of the premiere defensive players in the Astros’ system, which given his position, is an extremely valuable asset. Scouting reports have graded Lee’s hit and power tools to be average and slightly above average with a 40 grade and 55 grade, respectively. And Lee has certainly flashed that power tool this season in Sugar Land, with 22 homers and 42 total extra-base hits so far this season in just 93 games and slugging .482. However, the overall hit tool has appeared to lag behind even last season’s performance. With the power increase has also come an increase in

the swing and miss, with a 27.8 percent strikeout rate this season in Sugar Land, by far the highest of Lee’s pro career. During his brief time in Houston, he struck out nine times in just 26 plate appearances. So it’s a real issue. One of the biggest reasons for the increase appears to be that Lee has become much more pull happy this season, with nearly 50 percent of his batted balls going to the pull side according to Fangraphs. Now, it’s not a death knell to favor the pull side, many hitters do so. No, what stands out is that it’s such a stark contrast to his first full pro season in 2021, during which it never rose above 45 percent at any stop. He’s gone the opposite way just 23.3 percent of the time this season, according to Fangraphs, the lowest rate of his pro career. And though he’s increased the power, he has decreased his overall contact rate and has looked hapless at times against breaking balls and off-speed pitches. Now, I’m not saying he should go completely back to the approach he had prior, because the Astros have an organization-wide philosophy of pulling the ball hard in the air more often. But at the same time, Lee’s previous approach worked well, and he doesn’t necessarily need huge power

to be a valuable asset. So in essence, I think there could be a happy medium between last season’s tendencies and this season’s tendencies. Projection The emergence of Yainer Diaz had eaten a little bit into Lee’s playing time with Sugar Land prior to Diaz’s promotion earlier this month as rosters expanded. However, overall I don’t think that is as much of a hindrance to a potential spot on the Astros’ roster next season. Lee remains the superior defensive catcher of the two, which the Astros and most teams have shown to highly covet when it comes to the catcher position. Not to mention, Diaz could also spend some time at first base - where he has made 48 career minor league starts - despite the potential re-signing of Trey Mancini in place of Yuli Gurriel, who becomes a free agent this offseason. So regardless of what happens the rest of this season, I would still expect to see Lee in strong competition to be the backup to Martin Maldonado to begin the 2023 campaign unless the dynamic drastically changes.

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On the heels of a trip to the program’s first regional final in a decade last season, expectations were high for the Hightower Hurricanes despite the loss of last season’s starting quarterback and a move to the highly-competitive District 20-6A following realignment. At least for the first week, the Hurricanes don’t appear to be fazed by the move so far. Hightower made a strong return to Class 6A district play last week in taking down the Travis Tigers 44-7 to move to 2-1 overall and 1-0 in District 20-6A. Sophomore quarterback Joseph Stewart led the way for Hightower, completing 16 of 23 passes for 277 yards and three touchdowns without an interception. Stewart’s main targets were Zion Kearney (105 yards and a touchdown) and Khaleb Davis (102 yards and two touchdowns), while Austin Bowen rushed for two touchdowns. George Ranch also started off District 20-6A play

on the right foot with a 24-21 win over Clements, which was also their first victory of the 2022 campaign. Three Longhorns rushed for at least 85 yards as part of a 300-yard rushing attack for George Ranch (1-2, 1-0), led by Jaden Shelton’s 113 yards and a touchdown. JR Mirelles ran for 114 yards and a touchdown for Clements (0-3, 0-1), while Josue Aguirre caught a touchdown pass. Following a pair of tough non-district losses to some of the state’s best in Austin Westlake and Dickinson, Ridge Point picked up its first win of the season with a 56-0 victory over Bush. Ezell Jolly paced a 285-yard rushing attack for the Panthers (1-2, 1-0), with 161 yards and three touchdowns on 12 carries while adding a touchdown catch, while Carter Groen also hauled in a touchdown grab. In LCISD action, Richmond Foster remained undefeated on the young season last weekend following a 41-0 win over Terry. Running back Ashton Ojiaku paced the Falcons (3-0, 1-0) with 292 yards rushing and four touchdowns, and Dylan Apponey hauled in his sixth touchdown catch of the season. The Fulshear Chargers continued their high-scoring barrage in the District 10-5A opener last weekend, holding off Magnolia 53-50 to stay undefeated on the

young season. Fulshear (30, 1-0) rushed for 413 yards as a team, with Davion Godley (233 yards, 2 touchdowns) and Calvion Hunter (104 yards) leading the way. Parker Williams also threw three touchdown passes for a Chargers attack that racked up more than 600 yards of total offense. This week’s schedule Thursday George Ranch vs. Austin, 7 p.m., Traylor Stadium Clements vs. Elkins, 7 p.m., Mercer Stadium Friday Terry vs. Magnolia, 7 p.m., Traylor Stadium Dulles vs. Travis, 7 p.m., Mercer Stadium Stafford vs. Lamar Consolidated, 7 p.m., Stafford High School Randle at Bryan, 7 p.m., Bryan High School Needville at Sweeny, 7:30 p.m., Sweeny High School Foster at Angleton, 7 p.m., Angleton High School Kempner at Magnolia

Last week’s scores Hightower 44, Travis 7 George Ranch 24, Clements 21 Ridge Point 56, Bush 0 Fulshear 53, Magnolia 50 Marshall 47, Alief Taylor 0 Stafford 28, Sealy 27 (2 OT) Lamar Consolidated 24, Westbury 6 Foster 41, Terry 0 Dulles 27, Austin 16 Hargrave 24, Needville 14 Columbia 36, Randle 35 Friendswood 27, Kempner 7

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★ COMMISSIONER FROM PAGE 1 sults. “I trust my neighbors in Fort Bend to look at our campaign and give us a fair shake in November.” Both McCoy and Sane finished above the incumbent Precinct 4 Commissioner Ken DeMerchant to in March primaries, with Sane claiming a slight edge with 39.89 percent of the vote to McCoy’s 38 percent and setting up a primary runoff race, according to election re-

★ CHOIR FROM PAGE 1 tion’s treble tour choir offers young boys a chance to indulge their love of music as well as foster creativity and forge social connections. Pre-COVID, she said the choir had more than 100 boys combined in their two travel choirs. And though that number is still only between 50-60

★ MONKEYPOX FROM PAGE 1 the virus, according to a news release. But district administrators have not provided information about how the student might have contracted the virus. Epidemiologists are

★ CHIEF FROM PAGE 1 Robins’ replacement, according to the city. Sugar Land spent $25,450 hiring a consulting firm to handle the search, according to the city. Staffers with Chicagobased Baker Tilly LLP began reviewing applications for the open spot on July 25, according to Doug Adolph, spokesperson for the city. More than 25 people applied for the position, Adolph said.

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But the in subsequent runoff election, McCoy scored a big win over his opponent, garnering more than 60 percent of the vote compared to her 39.3 percent, according to results. McCoy in that campaign accused Sane of not living in the district, among other campaign issues. Sane in her recent endorsement claims asserted she’d been racially discriminated against by the county

democratic party in recent years. Sane also blasted the decision to change the Precinct 4 district boundaries despite the fact that she’d already decided to run against DeMerchant. The commissioners court last year approved new precinct maps that shifted DeMerchant’s precinct from Sugar Land and Missouri City out toward Richmond and Rosenberg. Commissioners were required to conduct re-

districting once every 10 years based on the latest census numbers. But some at the time accused commissioners, who approved the new maps on a party line, of making political decisions in drawing the new lines. “As poetic justice, the incumbent democrat himself was ousted by the schemes of the African-American candidate who played a major role in drawing the precinct to his advantage, while keeping me out of the

precinct,” she wrote. “This unethical behavior of the democratic party nominee, in part, drove me to look at the republican nominee.”

post-pandemic, she said enrollment numbers are slowly but surely starting to see an uptick. For Music Magic, she said the organization caps participation at anywhere from 15-20 students, and the average class size is between 12-15 students per semester. No auditions are needed for Music Magic, according to Mortimer – just a love of music. “Any boy who loves

music and singing can sign up,” she said. “We’re fostering enthusiasm for music itself.” Mortimer said the organization will still offer masks and hand sanitizer for the safety of the choirboys and music staff. In addition, there will be three feet of social distancing between the boys during rehearsals. Tuition for the class is $100 total for the eight

weeks, according to Mortimer. At the end of the eight weeks, the Music Magic class will get a chance to perform with the organization’s other choirs at their annual Christmas Musicale on Dec. 9. For more information about the Music Magic program, visit the Fort Bend Boys Choir website at www.f bbctx.org or call 281-240-3800 for more information.

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working on contact tracing and will determine possible exposures and notify anyone who might be affected, according to a release. Cases of monkeypox have been on the rise across the country since health experts identified the first cases earlier this

year. As of Aug. 22, more than 19,962 people had tested positive for the virus and monkeypox has caused more than 53,000 cases across the globe, according to data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Monkeypox is a disease

caused by infection from the monkeypox virus, according to county health officials. The virus spreads through contact with an animal, human or materials contaminated with the virus, typically via broken skin, respiratory tract or mucous membranes, according to the county.

City leaders have been searching for someone to fill the spot who has served in a leadership position before and can help Sugar Land maintain its status as one of the cities with the lowest crime rates in the nation, according to a news release. Robins retired from the Sugar Land Police Department on June 1 after about four years as chief. While Robins’ time as police chief was relatively short, the longtime

law enforcement member has been with the police department since 1992. A native Houstonian, the 52-year-old Robins joined Sugar Land Police Department as a patrol officer and moved through the ranks from detective, sergeant, lieutenant, captain and assistant chief. During his time in Sugar Land, Robins watched as the city evolved from a quiet bedroom community into the county center of some 118,000 people that it is today,

he said. And with that, the nature of policing in Sugar Land has also evolved, he said. Sugar Land’s city council might take until November to select one of the finalists to be the next police chief, according to a news release. A posting for the opening lists a salary range of $150,000 up to $175,000. The department has about 174 sworn officers, two assistant chiefs and additional staff, according to the posting.

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Review: Elite Indo-Pak Restaurant offers elegant lunchtime dining on your budget By Matt deGrood MDEGROOD@FORTBENDSTAR.COM

Elite Indo-Pak Restaurant strikes me as the sort of place you might take to impress out-of-town company. The employees at the Sugar Land restaurant, 11941 State Highway 6, clearly spend time on the details and it shows, from the immaculate shape of the dining space itself down to the beautiful display of the food itself. A simple mango lassi, for instance, appeared before me dressed like something you might order at a high-end coffee shop, complete with little artistic flairs. There’s so much to impress about this newish restaurant in Fort Bend County, but perhaps the thing that made me the happiest is that it also served as a perfect lunch destination for someone seeking tasty flavors without spending too much. As I would learn during a visit last week, Elite Indo-Pak Restaurant offers a $10 lunch menu that offers enough variety to give you the full spectrum of taste. The lunch menu featured several different options, but I settled on the tikka boti combo, which came with the main dish (a well-cooked and seasoned skewer of chicken) along with a curry of your choice, a rice and naan. I opted for some chana masala to balance the chicken main dish and paired that with fried rice and a mango lassi on the side. Together, the lunch combo adds up to enough food to feed a hungry person, but individually, some of the portions seemed

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Elite Indo-Pak's $10 lunch specials proved to be a hit last week, offering a pleasant lunctime dining experience on a budget. (Photo by Matt deGrood)

a little small. Sort of hilariously, the naan was the one thing that came in abundance, with an entire plate full of the tasty bread alongside a plate containing the rest of my meal. While I ate most of the meal working diligently to balance the remaining portions of each dish (a little bit of rice for each bite of chicken I ate, etc.), I could feel free to tear off as much nan as I wanted. Assessing Elite IndoPak on its food alone might be the trickiest part of a review. The various dishes were tasty, delivering the restaurant’s unique spin on timeless classics, such as chana masala. I certainly wasn’t unim-

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One of Fort Bend County’s bustling hotspots will host an Oktoberfest next month. On Oct. 1, Sugar Land Town Square will put on the event from 4-9 p.m., which will have a biergarten, local marketplace by Boho Market, live music and dancing and traditional German food along with games, contests and more. A news release said the Flying Saucer Biergarten will also feature dozens of different brews, and there will also be Oktoberfestinspired dishes by Town Square restaurants including Mahesh's Kitchen, The Rouxpour, The Sweet Boutique, and more. There will also be Dachshund Dash, stein races, and stein holding contests, tarot card readers and more festivities. Brandani’s giving to Lunches of Love Each Tuesday through the end of this month, a Missouri City restaurant is donating a portion of its sales to a local charity dedicated to providing meals for children in need. Brandani’s Restaurant and Wine Bar, 3340 FM

1092 in Missouri City, will be donating 20 percent of its sales from both dinein and takeout orders to Lunches of Love to help end hunger in the Fort Bend community. Lunches of Love is a Rosenberg-based charity that provides free nutritious sack lunch during extended school holidays and weekends, according to its website. Visit lunchesoflove.net for more information on the charity. Floyd’s Seafood hosting annual golf tournament A Houston-area seafood restaurant with a Sugar Land location will host its annual charity golf tournament benefiting a national charity next week. On Sept. 19, Floyd’s Seafood – which has a local restaurant at 16549 Southwest Fwy. in Sugar Land – will have its annual Dawg Daze Golf Tournament in celebration of owner Floyd Landry’s birthday, with all proceeds from the tournament going to the Make A Wish Foundation. Proceeds will come from registration fees, a silent auction, and more. Registration is $600 per team, and teams can sign up at floydsseafood.com/ floydsbirthday.

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