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  • FORT BEND FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE.

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    P. O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, 2010

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    Fort Bend Independent is published every Wednesday (for a sub-scription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas 77477. Periodical post-age application pending. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487.

    HOLI 2010. Indian festival of Holi, known as Festival of Colors, hosted by Masala Radio 1480AM, the Gujarati Samaj of Houston and the India Culture Centre will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m 4 p.m. at Sugar Lands Oyster Creek Park. Last year over 9000 revelled in colored powder, as the youth exhausted unspent energy from the winter. Guests took breaks to watch colorful Indian dances on the Main Stage and fl ocked to delicious Indian food booths while younger kids remained glued to the free activities such as giant slide and rock climbing wall. This year, the event will once again be hosted by long time Sugar Land resident Sunil Thakkar, main host of Texas popular Indian Radio Station Masala Radio 1480 AM. The Hindu Festival of Holi celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil through a symbolic Holi Bon-fi re. Holi has traditionally served as the Spring Festival, as people across the country shake off winter blues and are instantly forgiven for color-throwing pranks. For more details, contact Masala Radio 1480AM at 281-277-6874 or visit www.masalaradio.net. The event is free.

    Fort Bend Independent asked Rick Miller and Mike Gib-son, candidates for the Fort Bend County Republican Party Chair, in the March 2 primary elec-tion, to respond to questions so that Republican voters can get to know the candidates better.

    Following is the response giv-en by the candidates.

    Describe your political phi-losophy as a Republican.

    Rick Miller: I believe in the principles stated in the Repub-lican Party of Texas Platform. Having served on the Platform Committee, I am a Conservative Republican in every sense of the words Conservative and Republi-can. But I also believe in not mea-suring others against my personal beliefs and philosophy. The vast majority of Republicans in FBC support 90 percent of the Con-servative Principles espoused in the Platform. I am very proud of the country and I was honored to serve this country for 30 years in the military.

    GOP party chair candidates defi ne their platform

    Mike Gibson:I am a Reagan Conservative

    who believes that when freed from government oppression, ordinary people can do extraor-dinary things.

    Describe your activities in the local GOP.

    Miller: Since November 2007, I have served as the Chair-man of the Republican Party. My

    previous activities for the Party include: State Platform Com-mittee Member 2008; Precinct Chairman 4119, 2006-2008; member of Executive Commit-tee Finance, By-Laws and Ethics Committees; member of Senato-rial Convention Credentials and Resolutions Committees; mem-ber of the Mighty Texas Strike

    Miller Gibson

    Republicans continue to outpace Democrats in early voting turnout in Fort Bend County.

    Countywide, 6,732 Fort Bend voters have voted early in seven days.

    In the fi rst six days of early voting 3,927 Republican and 1,658 Democrats have cast ballots at Fort Bend Countys 17 early voting sites in the party primary elections.

    In addition to those who have voted in person, the Fort Bend County Elections offi ce has sent 3,647 ballots to eligi-ble voters who have requested

    a ballot by mail. Of these, 1,674 Republi-

    can and 48 Democratic bal-lots have been returned to the Elections Offi ce.

    On Monday, the seventh day of early voting, 1147 Fort Bend Voters cast early bal-lots.

    Missouri City Community Center saw the largest turnout with 164 bringing their seven day total to 845.

    After seven days of ballot-ing the First Colony Confer-ence Center has had the most ballots cast with 988.

    On the fi rst day of early

    voting on Feb. 16 in Fort Bend County 972 voters cast ballots.

    The two busiest sites in Fort Bend were the Missouri City Community Center and The First Colony Conference Center where 131 ballots were cast at each.

    The overall turnout com-pares favorably with the March 2006 primary when 522 ballots were cast on the fi rst day, but lags behind March 2008 when 2,654 voted on the opening day, Fort Bend

    Republicans outpace Democrats in early voting

    See VOTE, Page 2

    Clements High School Stars Dance Team swept The Houston Regional Dance Competition Sat-urday February 13th at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena. The Team took home a total of 21 awards including the highest honors of Super Sweepstakes, for both the Dance Offi cers, and Team. Dance Offi cers Stephanie Malloy (Colonel); Deja Heckard (Lt. Colonel); Megan Short (Lt. Colonel); Christina Dillion (Captain); Natalie Jung (Captain); and Tansy Stobert (Captain), also won in other categories such as Lyrical Choreography Award, Jazz Choreography Award, Modern Choreography Award, Best In Class Offi cers, Outstanding Technique, and Winners Circle. The winnings for the entire team were, Super Sweepstakes, Lyrical Choreography Award, Jazz Chore-ography Award, Modern Choreography Award, Military Choreography Award, Outstanding Tech-nique (Top Score), High Point Lyrical, High Point Jazz, High Point Modern, High Point Military, Best in Class, and Winners Circle. Offi cer Megan Short placed 4th for her Senior Soloist dance, and the ensemble for Only You placed 2nd in large ensemble. Pictured: Front Row (l to r), Clements Stars Director Chelsea Harrison, Assistant Director Michelle Barth, and the Clements Stars Dance Team.

    See GOP, Page 4

    See VOTE, Page 2

    Sugar Land City Secre-tary Glenda Gundermann re-ceived the Community Build-er Award, presented by the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge at an event on Feb. 15.

    Gundermann has been City Secretary of Sugar Land since 1983.

    She brings over 45 years of municipal experience to the position, including over 26 years with the city and over 4 years with the municipal utili-ty district that served the Sug-

    ar Creek Subdivision prior to being annexed into the city.

    As city secretary, Gunder-mann, is dedicated to uphold the integrity of public service by providing professional leadership and ensuring that all initiatives under her di-rection remain aligned with the vision statement, guid-ing principles, goals and ob-jectives of the City of Sugar Land and in support of open and responsible governmen-tal processes, according to the

    Sylvia Morgan, left, Janis Chescheir, Susan Wagner, Robin Hicks, Awardee Glenda Gundermann, Nelda McGee, Kelly McCulley, Jackie Hasselmeier, and Linda Drapp.Photo by Julius Baumann.

    Glenda Gundermann gets Community Builder Award

    award citation.Throughout the years Gun-

    dermann has recognized the valuable resource found in networking, linking either directly or indirectly with other entities, serving as state President in 2000 of Texas Municipal Clerks Association Board of Directors, Salt Grass Chapter Municipal Clerks As-sociation President and Board of Directors, and actively in-volved in professional orga-nizations on the international, state and local level.

    What Gundermann likes best about her job is: The variety of challenges and situations presented to her on almost a daily basis and build-ing relationships.

    The best advice she has re-ceived is: the foundation has been built now it is up to you to add strength to the frame-work with your talents and abilities.

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    FORT BEND STARs YELLOW DOG JOURNALISM !!!!!!

    Dear Fellow Republican:

    Do not be fooled by the Fort Bend Star or its brand of Yellow Dog Journalism. Recently, just before early voting in the Republican Primary election for District Attorney, in two diff erent issues, the Star Newspaper slandered the Raymond name insinuating many disturbing untruths as factual or alluding to the same as accurate. The Stars apparent motivation must be to exert undue infl uence on the upcoming Republican Primary race for District Attorney. You may not be surprised to learn that the Star has a history of endorsing politicians who are on the fringe, liberal, and do not represent our Fort Bend values.

    The Fort Bend Star reported that I had participated in a criminal enterprise with Joey Sula whereby he defrauded Karen Pearson out of $500,000 and that I was his business partner. This is simply not the truth. This is a lie. My sole involvement regarding this matter, apart from testifying to the facts at trial, was to render legal services to Mr. Sulas corporate entity, JT Equity Partners, LLC. I do not now, nor have I ever owned any part of this entity or any entity of Sulas that received money from Ms. Pearson.

    I have posted the documents relative to this transaction, on my web site: www.RichardDRaymond.com. These are copies of the documents presented at Sulas trial. You be the judge.

    The Star has gone to great lengths to smear my marriage and integrity based on misrepresentations of court papers and unsupported allegations from almost two decades ago. Although the road of life has not always been straight and paved for Melissa and I, we could not have a stronger and happier marriage and family today.

    By Gods Grace, we are blessed. Melissa and I invite you to join us Sunday at Holy Cross Church, 5653 W. Riverpark Drive, Sugar Land, TX, just off the Grand Parkway. We generally attend the 11:00 a.m. service. You will always fi nd Gods presence in our Church. Come see for yourself, visit with our friends and congregation and let your heart fi nd the truth.

    Thank you for allowing my Family and I the opportunity to set the record straight.

    Most Sincerely:Richard & Melissa Raymond

  • Page 2 INDEPENDENT FEBRUARY 24, 2010

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    Election Administrator John Oldham said.

    On the second day of early voting in Fort Bend County 904 voters cast ballots.

    This was down slightly from the 972 who voted on the fi rst day.

    After two days of balloting, 1308 Republican and 568 Democratic Ballots were re-quested.

    After three days of ballot-ing, 1,925 Republican and 822 Democratic Ballots have been issued.

    On the third day of early voting 871 voters cast ballots, bring the total to 2,647.

    More voters in Fort Bend

    County went to the polls on Feb. 18 than on any previous day of the early voting period for the March 2 Primary elec-tion.

    On Friday, 1,177 voters cast ballots bringing the four day total to 3,922.

    Another 1,658 early voters went to the polls in Fort Bend County over the weekend. On Feb. 20, Saturday, 1,333 cast

    ballots, with 325 voting on Sunday.

    All of the sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. this week with the exception of Pecan Grove Baptist Church where balloting will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.

    Unlike the election day, one can vote in any location dur-ing early voting.

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  • FEBRUARY 24, 2010 INDEPENDENT Page 3

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    PLANTATION COLONY

    John Healey knows the job and has done it well. Theres an old saying: If it aint broke, dont fix it! Thats why we should keep John Healey as our D.A. ALLEN OWEN - Mayor of Missouri City

    In looking at the sum total of the 17 years that John Healey has done the job of District Attorney, he has done a fine job. He and his staff vigorously work to protect our citizens and truly care about victims of crime. John has earned our continued support. ERNIE TAYLOR - Former Sugar Land Police Chief

    You want a District Attorney to be honest, fair, tough and accessible. John Healey is all of those things and he demands the same from his prosecutors. For 17 years he has been a D.A. who has made us proud. JOE GURECKY - Mayor of Rosenberg

    John Healey is a true champion for children. During the thirteen years that I have been associated with Child Advocates of Fort Bend, seven of which were spent as the Executive DIrector, John demonstrated a strong committment to protecting and gaining justice for several thousand abused children. With his highly qualified team of specialized child abuse prosecutors, John Healey has made the protection of Fort Bend Countys children a high priority. SUSIE MOSELEY - Former Executive Director, Child Advocates of Fort Bend

    The following people and association have endorsedme and know my record as District Attorney

    - Mayor Charles Jessup - City of Meadows Place - Mayor Allen Owen - Missouri City - Mayor Margie Krenek - Village of Pleak - Mayor Joe Gurecky - City of Rosenberg - Mayor Leonard Scarcella - City of Stafford - Police Chief Mark Hopkins - Katy ISD

    THE MISSOURI CITY POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATION

    Dear Citizens of Fort Bend County,

    It is an honor serving you during these 28 years as a prosecutor, 17 of which have been while performing the duties of District Attorney, managing the largest law office in Fort Bend County.

    To keep the D.A.s office running effectively, one needs experience which my opponents lack. Neither has ever prosecuted a criminal. One is a family law attorney whose heart belongs to defending criminals. The other has a heart which belongs to his 19 year Tax/CPA practice. One has always been a solo practitioner, the other has one partner. Because they know so little about my office, they have run a campaign heavily laced with distortions and fabrications.

    I will stand on my record in seeking your continued support. Those who know it, and who can objectively assess it are included within this advertisement. My record as D.A. has been dedicated to both serving and protecting the public. I ask for, and would feel privileged to have your vote, in order to continue the progress we have made during the last seventeen years.

    John Healey

    KEEP THE 28 YEAR CRIME FIGHTER THE HEAD OF YOUR D.A.S OFFICE!Healeys EXPERIENCE and SUCCESS is the difference!

    VOTE FOR DISTRICT ATTORNEY

    JOHN HEALEYMARCH 2 - REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

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    Theodora Healey, Treasurer, P.O. Box 1412, Sugar Land, TX 77487

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    ENDORSEMENTS FOR HEALEY (partial list)

    By BARBARA FULENWIDERSidewalks are still a problem

    for homeowners in some Mis-souri City.

    A Missouri City homeowner had problems closing on his house because the buyer wanted the sidewalk repaired and the driveway next door replaced pri-or to closing. That was almost a year ago.

    At the time of the closing, Missouri City had work orders issued to replace the sidewalks in

    front of three houses on Double Lake Drive in Lake Colony. The work still hasnt been done be-cause the city ordinance says the problem that caused the sidewalk to buckle or crack has to be re-solved fi rst.

    In First Colony, the sidewalk problems are blamed on tree roots and removing a tree is expensive so the new owner of the house thinks the tree removal should be done by the First Colony Com-munity Association (FCCA).

    First Colony thinks otherwise.Sherrie Knoepfel, executive

    director of FCCA, said the issues have been predominantly a Mis-souri City issue because the city makes it one. When First Colony was developed the developer re-quired street trees be planted in Sugar Land and Missouri City.

    Missouri City just recently accepted responsibility for re-pairing sidewalks, which had been the responsibility of hom-eowners. To repair the sidewalk,

    Knoepfel said, it may require mitigation of street trees and if a tree has to be removed they (the homeowner) has to replace it with something else. A tree can be replaced in another part of the yard but it depends on the situa-tion.

    She said there are more than 27,000 street trees in First Colo-ny. For years it was no problem, because they werent mature. Tree roots need air and moisture so they grow under (sidewalks)

    and then come out. They suck the moisture out of the soil and then the sidewalks fail and thats why I have a problem with Missouri City putting the problem on the trees.

    With Sugar Land theres no ordinance about having to re-place trees. The homeowner may or may not have to replace it. Every situation is different now. We look at everything on an in-dividual basis now, on a case by case basis. We do love our trees

    out here.As for the failed sidewalks on

    Double Lake Drive she said, It appears that the concrete work was not up to par. I dont know who did it or when it was done long before there were any city specifi cations for concrete. All the driveways and sidewalks have problems in that neighborhood. Theres probably not two inches of cement on the sidewalks and no structural reinforcement,

    By BARBARA FULENWIDERAt a special Missouri City

    Council meeting on Feb. 15 Mayor Allen Owen said that U.S. Rep. Al Green is on board to make sure the Hwy. 90A commuter rail project goes through.

    The current proposal is to bring commuter rail from the Fannin Street station to the intersection of Hwy. 90A and Beltway 8.

    Owen said Green has com-mitted to meeting with the county judge and will work to get Houston Mayor Annise Parker onboard.

    The mayor also unequivo-cally stated that Missouri City is not interested in a park and ride but is only interested in commuter rail, which Owen, Stafford Mayor Leonard Scar-cella and Rosenberg Mayor Joe Gurecky have been work-ing to get for the past 10 years.

    Currently the Metropoli-tan Transit Authority (Metro) is looking at property for a park and ride and future rail station at Sam Houston Toll-way and U.S. 90A but the

    residents of Fondren Park op-pose it because they believe it would create heavy traffi c on their two-lane neighborhood streets.

    Why Missouri City is see-ing a little action on additional transit options from Metro is because in 2003 Missouri City voters approved a spe-cial referendum that approved a number of Metro transit is-sues including one that would come from the Fannin Street station eight miles to a Mis-souri City station.

    The referendum passed but since then, Owen said, we have really heard very little about this project. Owen also reminded all that Union Pacifi c, which has tracks par-alleling U.S. 90A, has made it very clear that they will not share tracks with commuter rail.

    This forces Metro to look at purchasing their own right of way. Because Missouri City is the only city in Fort Bend County that is a member of Metro, they are only cur-rently looking at it going to our city, Owen said.

    The mayor also said that in Metros talks with him they mentioned that with a station at Beltway 8 and 90A there has to be adequate parking for commuters and that is where the talk of a park and ride lot surfaced.

    I have made it very clear that Missouri City is not inter-est in just seeing a big park and ride lot built without the rail piece with it. The may-or noted that in Dallas/Fort Worth and other major U.S. cities commuter rail stations have attracted retail shopping, service businesses, restaurants and entertainment venues, all of which provide cities with more sales taxes.

    The main concern of the citizens is that such a develop-ment not impact the residen-tial street traffi c that already exists through Fondren Park and adjacent subdivisions. We do not want to route ev-erything through these neigh-borhoods. It would be much more desirable to force traffi c to 90A and the feeder roads of Beltway 8 as the entrances to the commuter rail facility,

    Owen said. Eunice Reiter, a former

    city council member and now president of the Fondren Park Community Improvement Association, said anyone who talks about it in her neigh-borhood is extremely con-cerned.

    We know that the city cant physically do anything about where Metro chooses to put a rail station but, of course, were hoping Metro is willing to listen. If they are then perhaps they will realize the city is upset, the residents are upset, plus the better place to put this is on the west side of the Beltway.

    Owen said, Metro is a governmental agency that does not need our approval to do this project. What we seek is to be a good partner with them in fi nally bringing com-muter rail to our city and the development that could come with it. Hopefully, we are now beginning to see the reality of it happening and eventually going all the way to Rosen-berg.

    City interested in rail, not park and ride, says Missouri City mayor

    Sidewalk row simmers in Missouri Citys First Colony

    See SIDEWALK, Page 4

  • By Janice ScanlanJudging from the overfl ow

    crowd at Enchanted Forest Saturday, theres a real inter-est among urban gardeners in growing vegetables.

    And Tom Leroy of Agri Services didnt disappoint with his information on growing, preventing pests, harvesting and getting the most production from a to-mato garden.

    Comparing varieties for taste and production, Tom hit the nail on the head of why many of us attendedtheres just no contest between the taste of the least tasty home grown tomato and the best store bought.

    Learning about the stage of picking and what constitutes a vine ripe tomato provides some insight. Those expen-sive vine ripes are picked green in stage one when no fl avor is set and reddened by a hormone applied during shipping.

    No wonder local produce stands and farmers markets are cropping up all over urban areas. My friend in Seattle, who has an organic vegetable farm, says you can yield $60-70 per acre when youre prop-erly set up. She supplies two markets and has a shareholder system for seasonal custom-ers.

    Unfortunately, for the ur-ban gardener like me between buildings, fences and trees, not having the necessary 8 hours of full sun, dramatically reduces crop yieldlike the difference between 10 pounds

    per plant and 40-60 pounds. And that brings us to a topic

    of great interest for health and the good taste of fresh foodthe community garden. Much to his credit, Howard Dunlap of Quail Valley Proud has de-veloped a vegetable garden at Lantern Lane Elementary that serves that community.

    Now a larger, more open to the public garden is in its infancy. Using educational resources supplied by Urban Harvest, Master Gardener Renee Brown is working on a large community garden.

    As the Urban Harvest people said, there are areas thorughout the community at schools, churches and vacant lots. Its fi nding them and having the will and volunteers to get the garden going and keep it running. Dr. Charles Murphy and Heritage Bap-tist Church on Murphy Road in Missouri City have a tract of land ideal for this purpose

    which will include vegetable, herb, fruit and citrus gardens comprising six large plots.

    A composting operation will provide an outlet for re-cycling garden leaves, lawn clippings and other waste as well as non-animal / non-cooked food vegetable and fruit scraps. Harvesting rain in a nearby pond could be one water source. Having a park-ing lot as well as access for vehicles working the garden is another benefi t of the loca-tion.

    Renees vision for the garden is one that will build community relationships thr-ough working the garden, providing food for those in need, and a source for fresh, nutritious food for those who become shareholders through giving their time and talent or provide funding.

    She says, Theres nothing like gardening and working in a garden to bring people to-gether. Its important to have places for people to meet for a common purpose. The beauty of the garden is its produce for the shareholders to enjoy. Her enthusiasm and good will are infectious.

    Imagine a ready supply source for the Missouri City Farmers Market discussed during the last bond issue?

    If you are interested in helping shape this exciting venture, contact Renee Brown at 713-444-0061 or write to me at [email protected]

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    Seshadri KumarPublisher & Editor

    Email: [email protected]

    Janice Scanlan

    By RUSSELL C. JONESSugar Lands stature as

    a signifi cant political force in Texas was on display last week as all three candidates for the Republican nomination for governor made local ap-pearances.

    First on the scene was Debra Medina, who presented herself as the outsider looking in on big time politics. An activist from Wharton, the governors race is her fi rst try for elective offi ce. Medina addressed a Chamber of Commerce gath-ering of about 100 at its of-fi ce.

    Medina addressed only two subjects in detail. She pro-posed the elimination of the property tax, and she criticized the level of the States indebt-edness.

    Unfortunately for anyone trying to follow her logic, she confl ated the two concepts, at-tempting to show that some-how reducing the States debt is related to the abolition of local property taxes. Ques-tioned after her speech, she admitted that the two are es-sentially unrelated, but failed to clarify the tie suggested by her comments. Agreeing that her plan had a few wrinkles, such as how cities, counties, school districts and water dis-tricts would be funded in the absence of property taxes, Medina advocated instead an increase in sales taxes by a percent or two.

    A couple of hours later, Me-dina apparently imploded her candidacy when she was unable to articulate a belief that terrorists, rather than the U.S. government, had been responsible for the 9/11 at-tacks during an interview with Glenn Beck before a national radio audience. After becom-

    ing a serious candidate, Me-dinas comments put her cam-paign on the fast track back to the fringe, according to one Texas commentator.

    Kay Bailey Hutchison ap-peared before about 150 Sugar Land businessmen at Safari Texas. Always personable, the Senator again failed to do what she must do during her campaign for governor: ex-plain why Republicans should boot out an incumbent Repub-lican in favor of another, who would have to vacate her Sen-ate seat if she won and risk al-lowing it to be turned over to a Democrat.

    The Senator was again criti-cal of two of Perrys most un-popular proposals: the Trans Texas Corridor and HPV in-oculations for young school girls. She seemed to suggest that the two issues are still on the table and that her oppo-nent is still advocating them. As State Rep.Charlie Howard noted to this councilmember later that evening, the legisla-ture put a stake into the heart of both programs a year ago, and neither will ever show any life again.

    Hutchison added vague promises of ethics reform and

    term limits to her gubernatorial wish list, but failed to inspire the crowd to rise up against Perry in her favor.

    Perry himself attracted a crowd of 600 or so Chamber of Commerce members at the Marriott. Having come a long way since his days as a legisla-tor vying for his fi rst state-wide offi ce as Agriculture Commis-sioner, the governor articulat-ed a solid path of success for the state during the recent eco-nomic downturn, particularly as compared to other states whose economic woes are as much self-generated as pro-duced by Washington. Calling California, Michigan and New Jersey by name, Perry found it easy to compare our state to others around the nation.

    Perry gloried in his deci-sion two days earlier of fi ling a lawsuit against the Environ-mental Protection Agency for its planned designation of CO2 as an environmental pollut-ant. Perry beamed with pride as the audience applauded his action and vowed to defend Texas environmental success-es against federal overreach. Regardless of the true merits of the EPAs action or Perrys lawsuit, he is probably right that just fi ling the case will en-hance his re-election chances.

    All three candidates consid-er Sugar Land and Fort Bend County as critical to the suc-cess of their campaigns. Vot-ers who came out to see them can themselves take pride in participating in the democratic process.

    Jones is the Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Sugar Land and serves as Councilman for Dis-trict 3. He was fi rst elected to the City Council in 2003. He owns a law fi rm and a title insurance company in Sugar Land.

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    Force in 2004 in Pittsburgh PA supporting the reelection of Pres-ident Bush.

    Gibson: I have been involved in the local party since 1993 as a precinct chairman, candidate, vol-unteer, election judge, Senatorial convention offi cer and delegate and State convention alternate, delegate and offi cer. Over my 17 years of service to the local party, I have worked at the party head-quarters, walked both my precinct and most of the county for candi-dates ranging from presidential to local candidates.

    Why do you want to become

    the county GOP chairman?Miller: It has been an honor

    and privilege to serve as the County Chairman. I am volun-teering to serve again in this ca-pacity to continue the signifi cant progress we have made the past two yearswe have brought fi -nancial integrity, full accountabil-ity, trust and total transparency in all of our activities. While we have work to do, with a dedicated group of Precinct Chairs and vol-unteers, I know we can do great work to continue to build, grow, educate and convert many like-minded people to our Conserva-tive cause.

    Gibson: I am running for County Chairman because our party has become complacent and inactive. In the past two years, we have published one party newsletter during a time of historic attacks on our fi nancial and personal freedoms. We have abdicated the responsibility to the Tea Party. I am not willing to allow the party to become ir-relevant.

    Do you have any action plan for the local party?

    Miller: My vision for the RPFBC is contained in the fol-lowing key points:

    1.Continue to strengthen and grow the Party through the edu-cation and understanding of our mission and conservative values

    2.Continue to build the respect, accountability, trust, integrity and transparency of the Party leader-ship with the voters

    3.Continue to grow the num-ber of Precinct Chairs and volun-teers.

    4.Continue to outreach to ALL conservative voters in the Coun-ty

    5.Welcome increased involve-ment of like-minded conserva-tives in building a strong grass-roots effort across the County

    6.Educate and inform ALL citizens about the conservative principles that are the foundation of our Party

    7.Continue building trust and confi dence within the Party

    8.Keep the Republican Party the overwhelming Party of choice in FBC.

    I also began a strategic plan-ning process for the Party in 2009 that contains the following 6 ob-jectives:

    1.Solidify the base and grow the Party

    2.Improve the fi nancial stand-ing of the Party

    3.Develop a sustaining leader-ship for the Party

    4.Establish a Permanent Head-quarters (HQ)

    5.Establishment of a Federal PAC

    6.Increase the Republican Leadership in Elected Offi ce

    Gibson: I will establish monthly Executive Committee

    meetings which will be advertised in the local media outlets. I will run the EC meetings as a business meeting. The agenda will be sent electronically to those who desire and paper to those who do not have access to a computer. We will open up the distribution list to anyone who wants the notice. Any motion that is on the agenda along with the treasurers report and minutes of the last meeting will be included in the meeting notice and on the website to en-sure full transparency. With the ECs approval, the Events, Pre-cinct Development and Commu-nications committees member-ship will be unlimited and will allow for members other than EC.

    What do you think are the rea-sons for the poor participation of minorities in the local Republi-can Party activities? How will you tackle this situation?

    Miller: Based on recent statis-tics, FBC appears to be a minor-ity neutral county. So this issue is really about the people who may not vote with the Republicans. There are several reasons for this, including blindly following the direction of the Democrats and most importantly, not under-standing what we Republicans stand for in our values and guid-ing principles. But I believe we can connect with these people because of these values that most of the various ethnic and cultural groups share with our family and conservative principles. We have developed a plan to reach out to each of these groups in the next two years, using the help of the Raging Elephants organization, the leaders of the Fort Bend Chi-nese American Association and others. Our target is the 2012 election cycle.

    Gibson: There is a lack of direction, no long-term plan for outreach and a lack of under-standing of the important issues of each minority group. In order to bring people into the party, we must reach out. I was told 8 years ago that Republicans never come to the African-American commu-nity so why should they become Republicans. Inactivity will be the death of the Party!

    With EC approval, I will form a task force of EC members, leaders from the minority com-munities and elected offi cials to develop a strategy for engaging the large minority communities within FB County. I will submit an amended budget to devote real resources to tackle this long over-due task. No more talk without solid action!

    What is your opinion about the local Tea Party movement?

    Miller: The Fort Bend and Katy Tea-Party activities are very important to raising awareness about what our Federal, State and Local governments are doing and then getting people to stand up, show-up and speak-up against unconstitutional actions, expand-ed role of government in corpo-rate America and in the lives of Americans, and excessive spend-ing and increased taxes. What many people do not know is that the RPFBC actually spearheaded the fi rst Tea-Party event on April 15, 2009 in Sugar Land, attended by over 4000 people. It was my leadership and coordination of this event with new Tea-Party activists that actually began the movement in Fort Bend County.

    Gibson: I am very supportive of the Tea Party Movement. The Republican Party would not feel threatened if we are doing our job of sending constitutional conser-vatives to elective offi ce and then

    hold them accountable. This is the area in which we have fallen down. We have sent people to both Austin and Washington who have run as conservatives but governed as liberals. Because they are Republicans, we have not held them accountable.

    Furthermore, we have stood on the sidelines watching as the momentum and excitement was building and failed to take advan-tage of the opportunity presented by the rising awareness of the electorate.

    Do you think the Tea Party

    activists should remain inde-pendent or become a part of the GOP?

    Miller: I believe the Tea-Party people can stay independent for now, but at some point the link-age to a Conservative Republican Party will occur if we are to be successful in electing the right people, who when elected, will do the right things for the right reasons that is, act and vote with our Constitution in mind and keeping the government in check while lowering the burdens placed on the states and the peo-ple. One important issue is that we can stand-up a third party or I believe we will perpetuate the Liberals in offi ce if we do. We have seen the results of this a few years ago.

    Gibson: I fi rmly believe they should remain independent. We should work with the leadership of the Tea Party movement to help each other, sending information about events they are sponsor-ing to our distribution and asking them to do the same with our EC meetings, precinct and senatorial conventions, special programs or party events. We share much of the same core values of limited government, strict constitutional judiciary, States Rights and indi-vidual freedom.

    Concluding statement.Miller: I am a graduate of the

    U.S. Naval Academy and for 30 years was a Naval offi cer and carrier aviator, with 3 assign-ments in the Pentagon and one year as the Senior Fellow on the Navys Strategic Studies Group. I founded and operate a company focused on the development of leaders, high-performing teams and strategic planning with all types of organizations. My pur-pose in running for reelection is to continue to serve the Republi-cans in Fort Bend County and our elected offi cials and to strengthen what we have already accom-plished the past two years. I have the leadership experience, the passion to serve others and the desire to make the Republican Party a clear difference and the Party of Choice in our communi-ties across Fort Bend County.

    Gibson: I have lived in Fort Bend County for 28 years, been active in the FB Republican Party for 17 years, voted in every GOP Primary since 1982, was one of three individuals who wrote the procedures for our conventions returning the power to the pre-cicnts instead of party insiders, attended 7 Senatorial Conven-tions as an offi cer and 6 state con-ventions including serving as an offi cer. I am the only candidate that can bring our party together, healing the wounds of the past and working to keep Fort Bend County Republican!

    (An article on the Fort Bend County Democratic Party Chair race was published in this pa-per on Feb. 3. Incumbent Elaine Bishop faces Steve Brown in that race.)

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    no structural reinforcement, Knoepfel said.

    One of the homeowners with a broken sidewalk on Double Lake Drive has put up an orange bar-rier warning neighbors not to use the sidewalk. Knoepfel said the barrier has been up for more than a year so FCCA wants it taken down, the tree removed and the sidewalk fi xed.

    Were sending him a new let-ter saying, Look, you really need to let Missouri City fi x your side-walk but were not going to re-move the tree. She also said she may have her compliance team meet with the homeowner.

    Were going to try to facili-tate a good outcome on this. We want to get the situation resolved and make sure all the neighbors are happy and that the homeown-ers have been treated fairly.

    In January Missouri City

    Council members passed an ordi-nance that says the city will repair sidewalks that are in city owned rights of way but if the problem was caused by a tree that problem must be mitigated by the property owner before the city will repair the sidewalk. Some trees have to be replaced while others dont, according to Knoepfel. Some trees that are in rights of way and have to be replaced can be re-placed further up in the yard so the problem wont be repeated.

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    Community Calendar

    Stafford MSD Education Foundation will host its fi rst Golf Tournament, March 18. All proceeds of the char-ity tournament will go to the Foundation to help support student scholarships and teach-er grants. Registration forms are available at www.stafford.msd.esc4.net or by emailing [email protected] The foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization.

    SMSD Education Foundations

    Golf Tournament

    Free seminarsCome and meet Drs. Ponce

    de Leon, Kulvinder Bajwa, and Sheilendra Mehta on the third Wednesday of every month starting at 6:30 p.m. at Methodist Sugar Land Hos-pital, located in Conference Room A&D in the Main Pavil-ion. The doctors will present the latest information on Lap-Band surgery and answer your questions. Seating is limited. Call 281-274-7500 to reserve your seat. Seminar Dates: March 17, April 21, May 19, June 16, July 21, Aug. 18, Sept. 15 and Oct. 20.

    The National Alliance on Mental Illness, Fort Bend, will conduct a free Family to Family Course on Monday, March 1, for family members of close relatives with major depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and schizoaf-fective disorder. This series of 12-weekly classes is struc-tured to help family members understand and support their ill relative while maintain-ing their own well being. The course is taught by a team of trained volunteer family mem-bers who know what its like to have a loved one with a seri-ous mental illness in the fam-ily. For registration call 281-494-5193. The classes will be at First United Methodist Church 3900 Lexington Bou-levard, Missouri City, from 6:30 - 9 p.m.

    National Alliance on Mental Illness

    Boogie 2010Sponsors, steering commit-

    tee members and volunteers are needed for the 19th annual ELVIS a 75th Birthday Bash fundraiser benefi ting the Fort Bend Womens Center. There is still time to register as a sponsor and steering commit-tee member. Sponsor party is Thursday, Feb 25, 6:30 p.m. at Perrys Steakhouse. Spon-sorships range from $750 to $10,000. Individual tickets are $75. Silent auction items are still needed. For reserva-tions and information, call 281-344-5757 or [email protected] or log on to www.fortbend-womenscenter.org. Proceeds benefi t survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault and their children.

    Pianist Eugenio DeRosa

    The Friends of the Arts committee, First United Meth-odist Church, Missouri City, presents in concert, pianist, Eugenio DeRosa.

    DeRosa has given recitals in Europe, the United States, Central and South America, and Japan. He has recorded for the RAI Italian Television and the National Radio Com-panies of France, Spain and Japan.

    The concert will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27, the First United Methodist Church, 3900 Lexington Blvd., Mis-souri City beginning at 4 p.m. It is free to the public but love donations will be accepted. For further details, call 281-499-3502 or e mail: [email protected]

    The Clements High School Class of 2010 will host a Stu-dent Talent & Style Show on Feb. 25 in the Clements Com-mons. The fundraiser, orga-nized each year by the senior class to benefi t their ProGrad event, will include a dinner catered by Carrabbas Italian Restaurant, a raffl e, and a live auction. Tickets for dinner and the show can be purchased in advance for $20. Tickets for attending only the show are $5 and will be sold at the door. Reserved tables will be avail-able for $200. The evening will begin at 6 p.m., with din-ner and the Talent Show com-mencing at 7 p.m. followed by the Style Show featuring stu-dents modeling clothing from various local merchants. Con-tact Melinda Henry at 281-565-1122 or Caroline Roberts at 281-491-9269 to purchase tickets for the event.

    Dancing date for Moms & SonsIts time for moms and sons

    to round up their dance moves. Missouri Citys Moms and Sons Western Roundup will be held on Saturday, Feb. 27 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Commu-nity Center, 1522 Texas Park-way. Moms and sons are both encouraged to come dressed up for the occasion, so dont forget the Western wear.The cost is $30 per couple, and $15 for each additional son, and includes entrance to the event, dinner and entertainment. To order tickets, call 281-403-8637 or purchase them in per-son at the Community Center from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

    Talent & Style Show

    Aramco Services Company is partnering with The Meth-odist Hospital System to raise awareness and funds to help reduce the incidence of stroke in the greater Houston area. Aramco Services will be the presenting sponsor for The Methodist Hospital Systems fourth annual Stride4Stroke 5K Walk/Run on March 6. This year, MSLH has chosen to name its Stride4Stroke team in memory of Art Cramer, who gave thousands of hours of dedicated service to our hos-pital as a volunteer. Art suf-fered a stroke in January 2008 and passed away in November 2009. For more information and to register go to www.methodiststride4stroke.com and click Register Here. Se-lect Join a Team then choose to Join Existing Team where you can then select MSLHIN Memory of Art Cramer to join the MSLH team.

    American Cancer Society Relay For Life Sugar Land held a kick off for their up-coming April event and fund-raiser. They will also be cel-ebrating cancer survivors with a complimentary luncheon at noon on Saturday, Feb. 27 at the Christ United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall. If you are a cancer survivor or care-giver and would like to attend, call Janice Shupp at [email protected] or 832-539-1064.

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    Strength of Cancer Survivors On Saturday, Feb.27, the

    American Cancer Society is hosting their annual Relay For Life of Sugar Land Cancer Survivors Luncheon at Christ United Methodist Church Fel-lowship Hall on 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land. The Sur-vivors Luncheon is a kick-off event hosted before the Amer-ican Cancer Society Relay For Life, the organizations signa-ture activity. Relay offers ev-eryone in a community the op-portunity to fi ght back against cancer. Janice Shupp, 2010 Survivor Chair, says: We are looking forward to paying trib-ute to the tremendous personal journey that cancer survivors have been on. Every survivor is invited, whether they were diagnosed yesterday or 30 years ago. Relay allows com-munities to celebrate the lives of those who have survived their personal battle with can-cer. For the newly diagnosed, Relay offers an opportunity to meet and share with others. For the long-term survivor, Relay brings a communities recognition of the struggle and closure. For more informa-tion, or to make a reservation, please call Janice Shupp at 832-539-1064 or email her at [email protected] For more information about the Ameri-can Cancer Society call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.

    Moms Market Just in time for Mothers

    Day, Little Fishers Pre-school will be hosting a great spring craft and gift sale on the grounds of their school and Fishers of Men Lutheran Church 2011 Austin Park-way Sugar Land on April 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This rain or shine event will fea-ture local vendors with unique home, yard, candles, food, soaps, jewelry, kitchen items, handbags, clothing, and baby items. Lunch and snack items will be for sale. Admission is free. Proceeds benefi t the Little Fishers Preschool. For more information, contact Cathy Shisler at 281-285-5656.

    TRI-CITY WOMENS CLUB. Pictured above are Tri-City Womens club President Alma Villareal and Flo Cook of the Flo Cook Dancers at the February meeting of Tri-City Wom-ens club. Tri-City is open to all women in the area. The next meeting of Tri-City is March 9 at 10:30 a.m. at the Sweetwater Country Club. The entertainment will be a style show hosted by Coldwater Creek with club members as models. For more information and a $22 reservation contact Harriett at 281-343-4130 or Trish at 409-363-0091 by Wednesday March 3.

    Recycling tips Keep Sugar Land Beauti-

    ful in partnership with Whole Foods Market invites you for refreshments and recycling tips at the Whole Foods Mar-ket in Sugar Land on Satur-day, March 6 at 1 p.m. What can be recycled in your curb-side bin? Where can you do-

    The American Red Cross will host a Disaster Volunteer Meeting on Monday, March 1, 6:30 p.m. This meeting is for interested individuals or groups who want to get in-volved in American Red Cross Disaster Services. This March, we will have a speaker to dis-cuss being a Red Cross Emer-gency Operations Center Liai-son. The meeting will be held at the American Red Cross, located at 2610 BF Terry Blvd, Rosenberg, TX 77471. For more information, con-tact Caroline Egan at [email protected] or at 281-342-9480.

    Sweet Adelines of Sugar Land

    Sweet Adelines Internation-al is open to women of all ages who enjoy singing and is dedi-cated to educating its members in the art of singing four-part harmony, barbershop-style.

    Musical knowledge isnt necessary to sing with this Cradle of Texas Chorus. Any woman of average singing ability, with or without vocal training, will fi nd a part that fi ts her vocal range. Sweet Adelines/Sugar Land meets on Mondays at 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church, Sugar Land, 3300 Austin Parkway, Room 20.1 For more information, call Charlene, 713-774-3975.

    HattitudeIn recognition of Womens

    History Month, Fort Bend County Libraries Missouri City Branch Library, 1530 Texas Parkway, will cel-ebrate the beauty of wom-anhood with a special pro-gram, Hats: Our Crowning Joy, on Saturday, March 13, beginning at 2 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the library.

    Michele Owens, CEO of The Ultimate DIVAs De-signer Hats, will speak about the importance of healthy self-perception among young women. Using hats of vari-ous styles, Owens will show how ordinary women can have extraordinary poten-tial with a little hattitude!

    If you would like to show off your own favorite hat in the programs Hat Stroll, complete a registration form at the library prior to Feb. 26. Those people participat-ing in the Hat Stroll will be eligible for prizes for the Prettiest Hat, the Oldest Hat, and the Fanciest Hat.

    The program is free and open to the public.

    For more informa-tion, call 281-499-4100.

    AnnieDont wait until tomorrow to

    purchase your tickets for An-nie from award-winning Fort Bend Theatre playing March 5 and 6 at 8 p.m. and March 7 at 3 p.m. at the Stafford Centre, 1050 Cash Rd. Be delighted once again by those preco-cious orphans and that spunky redhead with her dog Sandy as they enjoy a week of luxury with Daddy Warbucks. Win-ner of seven Tony Awards, Annie is sure to be a winner for the whole family. Tickets are on sale now with no ticket fees at www.fortbendtheatre.com with prices ranging from $17 - $42. For more infor-mation, call 281-208-3333.

    Fort Bend County Health & Human Services in part-nership with Fort Bend ISD is conducting H1N1 Flu vac-cination clinics at Dulles and Hightower High Schools. The vaccinations are free and available to everyone. No ap-pointments are required. Vaccination times and loca-tions: Thursday, Feb. 25. Hightower High School

    3333 Hurricane Lane Missouri City, TX77459 Time: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 27. Dulles High School 550 Dulles Avenue Sugar Land, TX77478 Time: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information about H1N1 vaccinations go to: www.fortbendcountyhhs.com/go/site/1257/

    Dulles ProGrad The Annual Dull-

    es ProGrad SensationalSeniors Dinner and Auc-tion will be held at Fort Bend Country Club in Richmond on March 6. Doors will open at 6 p.m. on this fun eveningfeaturing a catered meal, live, si-lent and dessert auctions, raffl esand entertainment. Host a themed table for 10 @ $350 orpurchase individual tick-ets @$35. Ticket dead-line: Friday, Feb. 26. Auc-tion donations are also beingaccepted. For full details re-garding table hosting/dinner reservations visit www.dull-esprograd.net. or contact Juli Goetz @ [email protected] or Michelle Michener @ [email protected]

    Bargain Book Sale

    Friends of First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkwayat Grants Lake, Sugar Land, will hold their monthly bargainbook sale Sat. Mar. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Good condition only.books, CDs, DVDs (no maga-zines or encyclopedias) may bedonated during regular li-brary hours or at the sale and are tax deductible.Childrens items are especially needed. Call 281-416-0936.

    Red Cross

    Loving Friends-a widow and widowers group will meet on March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Terrace in Sugar Land. The en-tertainment will be by former Channel 13 newscaster and anchor Mark Garay. He will give highlights of his life after Channel 13 and a look at tele-vision news. Loving friends is open to all in the area. For more information, call Rena at 281-499-9289 by March 5.

    Quail Valley Garden Club

    Caladium bulb sale Caladiums arrive March

    1 for that bit of summer col-or for your garden. Value priced at 50 cents per bulb, youll have color all summer long. Red, white, pink and a smaller leafed variety. Con-tact Nancy Lindsay at 281-499-2047 or visit our website to download a form http://traction.typepad.com/QVGC/ and select Caladium Bulb Sales from the right column.

    The Annual FBISD Watching Your Wellness Health and Fitness Fair for students, employees, families and the com-munity will be held in Sugar Land Town Square on Saturday March 6, 2010 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Health Fair brings local hospitals, medical businesses, non profi t groups, FBISD wellness, student activity programs, and local municipality or-ganizations to Town Square to share information, screenings, and demonstrations. The Fair showcases FBISD students in-volved in programs encouraging youth physical activity to pro-mote healthy living.

    The Health Fair grew out of the WATCH Program observed in FBISD as WATCH Week. WATCH is an acronym for the 5 risk factors for cardiovascular health: Weight, Activity, To-bacco, Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure.

    The Fort Bend County Medical Society Alliance partners with FBISD on this most important event, continuing to stress the importance of prevention.

    The Fair will expand beyond this central focus to provide information on all aspects of health. Admission is free and open to all.

    The week of March 8-12 will celebrate WATCH in every elementary campus with activities and messages that promote activity and good nutrition and heart health. For additional in-formation, call Mary Kiernan at 281-634-3565.

    Watching your wellness fi tness fair

    Loving Friends

    The Fort Bend County Alumnae Panhellenic is preparing for its annual Sorority Recruitment Workshop for girls who are high school seniors or collegiates and their parents, to be held at Christ United Methodist Church, Gathering Hall, 3300 Austin Parkway, Sugar Land on Saturday, March 27, from 10 a.m. till noon. Attendees will learn about membership in one of the 26 National Panhellenic Conference Sororities. Information will be provided to learn the ins, outs and how tos of participating in Recruitment. Current sorority members will be on hand model-ing clothes that they wore during Recruitment. There will be door prizes and all attendees will receive our 2010 Recruitment Information Workbook. For those who are unable to attend the March 27 Workshop, a smaller Workshop will be held on Saturday, April 10, at Christ United Methodist Church, Room 310 from 10 a.m. till noon. To learn more about the workshop, the scholarship program and Fort Bend Panhellenic visit www.fortbendpanhellenic.org, or Facebook group, Fort Bend Panhel-lenic. Above, Collegiates who have benefi ted from informa-tion received at the workshop are (top row, L to R) Katie But-ler, Travis, Purdue, Alpha Gamma Delta; Gabby Kalil, Austin, UNT, Chi Omega; Kacie Ramos, Clements, A&M,Delta Zeta; (bottom row, L to R) Carly Dyer, Clements, Univ. of Missouri, Pi Beta Phi; Leah Buenik, Dulles, UT, Zeta; Sydney Stevens, St. Agnes, Univ. of S. Carolina, Kappa Kappa Gamma.

    Free H1N1 Flu Vaccinations

    nate gently used items for re-use? Where can you recycle your cell phone or computer?

    This is the perfect op-portunity to have your recy-cling questions answered.

    Keep Sugar Land Beautiful is a nonprofi t affi liate of Keep America Beautiful. Its work-shop kicks off two months of KSLB activities to support the nationwide, Great Ameri-can Cleanup. For more infor-mation, visit www.kslb.org.

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    The 17th annual Fort Bend Education Foundation Gala entitled Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez will be held at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel on February 27, 2010. The good times will be roll-ing along like a hurricane all evening at this ever-popular event.

    Laissez Les Bon Temps Roulez is presented by Fort Bend Mechanical and is guaranteed to be a superb evening. This enchanting event will celebrate the suc-cess of the Fort Bend Educa-tion Foundation and thank the community for its gener-ous support.

    Meander through the streets of the French Quar-ter stopping only for the live auction.

    The mission of the Fort Bend Education Foundation is to enrich, enhance and maximize the quality of edu-cation for all FBISD students. Since its inception in 1992,

    Fort Bend Cares is cur-rently accepting grant appli-cations from charitable orga-nizations.

    The application deadline is Feb. 28, 2010 and the appli-cation form can be found on the Ft. Bend Cares website, www.fortbendcares.org.

    To be eligible for consid-eration, applicants must have 501(c)(3) status and provide services to children/youth in Fort Bend County.

    Fort Bend Cares is a chari-table foundation, founded in 2004 by long time residents of Fort Bend County who recognized the growing needs of disadvantaged youth in the area. Grants are provided to non profi t organizations that support children and youth in areas dealing with physical, health, educational, recre-ational and emotional needs.

    Since its inception, Fort Bend Cares has bestowed grants totaling in excess of $450,000.

    Grant recipients for 2009 include: Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Breath of Life Chil-drens Center, Casa de Es-

    peranza, Ft. Bend Child Advocates, Communities in Schools, DePelchin Chil-drens Center, East Ft. Bend Human Needs Ministry, Ft. Bend Rainbow Room, Ft. Bend Family Health Center, Ft. Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Ft. Bend County Womens Center, Ft. Bend Young Life, Lifeway, Parks Youth Ranch, Poohs Panda Special Needs Acade-my, Sam Houston Area Coun-cil - Boy Scouts of America, Second Mile Mission Center, SIRE, Inc., Soaring Eagle Ministries, YMCA.

    The foundation generates its funding from individual and corporate donations as well as annual fundraising activities.

    Tickets and sponsorships for the upcoming March 6th Roadtrip to Key West, to be held at Fluor Daniel, and the April 12th Golf Tournament at Sweetwater Country Club, are currently available on the website. Questions can be ad-dressed to Jill Curtis, Grant Committee Chair, at [email protected]

    Louise Hernandez, R.N., BSN, has joined Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hos-pital as director of perinatal services. Formerly with St. Joseph Hospital in downtown Houston, Hernandez brings two decades of experience in womens services to her new position.

    Hernandez is excited about the growth of Memorial Her-mann Sugar Land. My goal is to continue the expansion in all perinatal service ar-eas, she said. We are cur-rently adding two new labor and delivery rooms and plan to expand the NICU Level 2 (high risk) nursery. A second maternal-fetal medicine clinic day has also been added.

    Hernandez cites an ex-cellent staff, private birthing suites, Texas Ten Step Facility breastfeeding support, mas-sage therapy, and music thera-py as additional reasons why more than 900 women choose to deliver their babies at Me-morial Hermann Sugar Land every year.

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    CONSTABLE SALEUnder and by virtue of a Writ of Execution and / or Order of Sale issued on the 19th day of JANUARY 2010 by the 240TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT Court of FORT BEND COUNTY, Texas in cause #08-DCV-168968 in favor of the Plaintiff - FORT BEND COUNTY & ET AL, Plaintiff , for the sum of $5,694.94+++costs as taxed on said Execution and / or Order of Sale and further the sum of executing the same. I have levied on the 28TH day of JANUARY, 2010 and will off er for sale on the 2ND day of MARCH, 2010 at the County Courthouse steps of Fort Bend County, Texas in the city of Richmond, Texas between the hours of ten oclock a.m. and four oclock p.m., any and all rights, title, interests and claims which the said Defendant(s) -JACQUELINE CAMEL LEWIS AKA JACQUELINE R. LEWIS had of, in or to the following described Real property situated in Fort Bend County, Texas; viz.:LEGAL DESCRIPTION: TRACT 1: LOT 107 IN BLOCK 15 OF MEADOWCREEK SUBDIVISION, SECTION 3, A SUBDIVISION IN FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS, ACCORDING TO THE MAP OR PLAT THEREOF RECORDED IN VOLUME 19, PAGE 15 OF THE PLAT RECORDS OF FORT BEND COUNTY, TEXAS (ACCOUNT NUMBER 4960030151070907)Any properties sold shall be subject to the right of redemption of the defendants or any person having an interest therein, to redeem the property or their interest therein if allowed, within the time and in the manner provided by law.ALL SALES SHALL BE BY CONSTABLES DEED AND ARE WITHOUT WARRANTY AS TO TITLE OR CONDITION, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS EVIDENCED BY CONSTABLES DEED.MARKET VALUE: $162,150.00Terms: Cash, Cashiers Check or Money Order; Sale to held at or about 10 a.m. At the steps of the Fort Bend County courthouse.

    ROB COOK, CONSTABLEFort Bend County Precinct 312550 Emily Court, Ste 200Sugar Land, TX77478(281) 491-7226 Deputy Juan Diaz, #1306

    PUBLIC HEARING NOTICEThe Commissioners Court of Fort Bend County, Texas has set a public hearing at 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 for Christian Brothers Automotive being a partial replat of Reserve B of Waterside De-velopment, Pct. 3. The hearing will be held in the Commissioners Courtroom, William B. Travis Bldg., 309 S. Fourth St., Rm. 700, Rich-mond, Texas.Under state law, you the owner, have certain rights with respect to the proposed replat. Should you wish to exercise your right, you may be heard at the planned public hear-ing. You may contact Raul Wong at Halff Associates Inc. at 713-523-7161 for informa-tion prior to the hearing.Submitted by,Dianne WilsonFort Bend County Clerk

    LEGAL NOTICEREQUESTS FOR STATEMENTS OF QUALIFICATIONSSealed Qualifi cation Statements will be received in the Offi ce of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchas-ing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg TX 77471 for the fol-lowing until THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST). Q10-066 ENERGY AUDITFort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualifi cation statements received.Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing AgentFort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

    LEGAL NOTICEINVITATION TO BIDDERS

    Sealed Bids will be received in the Offi ce of Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., County Purchasing Agent, Fort Bend County, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosen-berg, TX 77471 for the following until THURSDAY, MARCH 4, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Offi ce of the Pur-chasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg, TX 77471. Bids received after the specifi ed time will be returned unopened.BID 10-055 TONER AND INK CARTRIDGESUnit sum pricing is required; payment will be by check after products/services are rendered. No bonds required. Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all bids.Signed:Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas

    CITATION BY PUBLICATIONDIVORCE

    The State of TexasTO: Oluoha Onyebuchi Okorie Address Unknown, and to all whom it may concern, RespondentGREETINGS: You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not fi le a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The Original Petition For Divorce of Roddery Martin, was fi led in the 328th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas, on September 10, 2009 against Oluoha Onyebuchi Okorie, being numbered 09-DCV-174767 and entitled In the Matter of the Marriage of Roddery Martin and Ugo A. Martin and in the Interest of Chinedum Alex Martin and Oluoha Onyebuchi Okorie, Children. The suit requests divorce.The court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree dissolving the marriage and providing for the division of property which will be binding on you.The Court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree in the child(ren)s interest which will be binding upon you, including the termination of the parent-child relationship, the determination of paternity and the appointment of a conservator with authority to consent to the child(ren)s adoption. Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 12th day of February, 2010.Petitioners Attorney:Joseph R SotoJOSEPH R SOTO & ASSOCIATESONE GREENWAY PLAZA STE 920HOUSTON TX 77046-0000713-703-6579

    DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT

    Deputy District Clerk Rosalinda SalinasTelephone: 28-633-7649

    CITATION BY PUBLICATIONDIVORCE

    The State of TexasTO: Haliru 0 Momodu , and to all whom it may concern, RespondentGREETINGS:You have been sued. You may employ an attorney. If you or your attorney do not fi le a written answer with the clerk who issued this citation by 10:00 AM on the Monday next following the expiration of twenty (20) days after you were served this citation and petition, a default judgment may be taken against you. The Original Petition for Divorce of Nkechi M Onyeugbo, Petitioners, was fi led in the 328th Judicial District Court of Fort Bend County, Texas on the February 18, 2010 against Haliru 0 Momodu, Respondent, being numbered 10-DCV-178660, and entitled In the Matter of the Marriage of Nkechi M Onyeugbo and Haliru 0 Momodu. The suit requests divorce.The court has authority in this suit to enter any judgment or decree dissolving the marriage and providing for the division of property which will be binding on you.Issued and given under my hand and seal of the said Court at Richmond, Texas, on this the 18th day of February, 2010.

    Petitioners Attorney:Nkechi M Onyeugbo4407 Mesa Crossing LaneSugar Land TX 77479 DISTRICT CLERK ANNIE REBECCA ELLIOTT

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    Film Review: Shutter IslandI saw this fl ick on a dreary

    Saturday afternoon; an omen of things to come.

    This movie is a bust. The great Martin Scorsese has fallen to earth and he took Leonardo DeCaprio with him. The two of them have had some good times (De-parted) but you cant win all the time.

    But dont feel sorry for these two; Marty is still one of our most accomplished directors and Leo is on my short list of top actors.

    Nothing about this movie has made me change my mind about their talent and I forgive them for boring me.

    And besides, I have been a huge fan of Leos ever since he got rooked out of a nomination and Oscar for his memorable portrayal of Jack Dawson in Titanic.

    Kate Winslet was good in Titanic but it was Leo/Jack that won the day not Rose. Ok, fi ne Ive said. Lets move on with life.

    I had high hopes for Shut-ter Island because Im a sucker for psycho thrillers involving the criminally in-sane but now I just feel like a sucker.

    I was sitting at the very top of the aisle in Theatre #16 at AMC The Fountains. I like that seat and since there were no seats in front of me, I liter-ally stretched my legs as far as I could down the steps. I felt like I was sitting in the cat

    birds seat. Anyway, I got so bored

    about midway through the movie that I spotted a pair of shiny white Nike Shox about two rows in front of me and I started watching this guys shoes instead of the movie. Thats a fi rst for me.

    I decided to call it the Shoe Bomb Theory which should not be confused with the God Bomb Theory even though both theories are similar.

    The Theories are simple: Stop this movie now and let me out of here!

    I did not like any characters and while I completely under-stood the story and the twists and turns, I did not care. When a bad guy (I guess he was a bad guy) slipped up be-hind Leo and started choking him, I hoped that the bad guy

    would kill Leo so the movie would end.

    The screenplay by Laeta Kalogridis, who is also an executive producer for Ava-tar, must take the fall for this disaster.

    I have not read the novel by Dennis Mystic River Lah-ane but based on the movie, I bet the novel is pretty good.

    What does that mean? The movie could not connect the dots.

    The sun got in Martys eyes and he couldnt see clearly and Leo was just doing what Marty told him to do.

    Thats my story and Im sticking to it.

    Rock n Roll.

    Grade 72. Larry H. Email [email protected]

    Community newsEducation Foundations gala set for Feb. 27

    the Education Foundation has awarded over $2.5 mil-lion in grants to FBISD teach-ers and schools. Foundation programs include the Grants to Teachers and Schools Pro-

    gram, Grants for Experts and Angel Gift

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Indian festival of Holi, known as Festival of Colors, hosted by Masala Radio 1480AM, the Gujarati Samaj of Houston and the India Culture Centre will be held on Sunday, Feb. 28 from 11 a.m – 4 p.m. at Sugar Land’s Oyster Creek Park. Last year over 9000 revelled in colored powder, as the youth exhausted unspent energy from the winter. Guests took breaks to watch colorful Indian dances on the Main Stage and flocked to delicious Indian food booths while younger kids remained glued to the free activities such as giant slide and rock climbing wall. This year, the event will once again be hosted by long time Sugar Land resident Sunil Thakkar, main host of Texas’ popular Indian Radio Station Masala Radio 1480 AM. The Hindu Festival of Holi celebrates the triumph of Good over Evil through a symbolic Holi Bon- re. Holi has traditionally served as the Spring Festival, as people across the country shake off winter blues and are instantly forgiven for color-throwing pranks. For more details, contact Masala Radio 1480AM at 281-277-6874 or visit www.masalaradio.net. The event is free. Fort Bend Independent asked Rick Miller and Mike Gib- son, candidates for the Fort Bend County Republican Party Chair, in the March 2 primary elec- tion, to respond to questions so that Republican voters can get to know the candidates better. Following is the response giv- en by the candidates. Describe your political phi- losophy as a Republican. Rick Miller: I believe in the principles stated in the Repub- lican Party of Texas Platform. Having served on the Platform Committee, I am a Conservative Republican in every sense of the words Conservative and Republi- can. But I also believe in not mea- suring others against my personal beliefs and philosophy. The vast majority of Republicans in FBC support 90 percent of the Con- servative Principles espoused in the Platform. I am very proud of the country and I was honored to serve this country for 30 years in the military. GOP party chair candidates define their platform Mike Gibson: I am a Reagan Conservative who believes that when freed from government oppression, ordinary people can do extraor- dinary things. Describe your activities in the local GOP. Miller: Since November 2007, I have served as the Chair- man of the Republican Party. My previous activities for the Party include: State Platform Com- mittee Member 2008; Precinct Chairman 4119, 2006-2008; member of Executive Commit- tee Finance, By-Laws and Ethics Committees; member of Senato- rial Convention Credentials and Resolutions Committees; mem- ber of the Mighty Texas Strike Miller Gibson Republicans continue to outpace Democrats in early voting turnout in Fort Bend County. Countywide, 6,732 Fort Bend voters have voted early in seven days. In the first six days of early voting 3,927 Republican and 1,658 Democrats have cast ballots at Fort Bend County’s 17 early voting sites in the party primary elections. In addition to those who have voted in person, the Fort Bend County Elections office has sent 3,647 ballots to eligi- ble voters who have requested a ballot by mail. Of these, 1,674 Republi- can and 48 Democratic bal- lots have been returned to the Elections Office. On Monday, the seventh day of early voting, 1147 Fort Bend Voters cast early bal- lots. Missouri City Community Center saw the largest turnout with 164 bringing their seven day total to 845. After seven days of ballot- ing the First Colony Confer- ence Center has had the most ballots cast with 988. On the first day of early voting on Feb. 16 in Fort Bend County 972 voters cast ballots. The two busiest sites in Fort Bend were the Missouri City Community Center and The First Colony Conference Center where 131 ballots were cast at each. The overall turnout com- pares favorably with the March 2006 primary when 522 ballots were cast on the first day, but lags behind March 2008 when 2,654 voted on the opening day, Fort Bend Republicans outpace Democrats in early voting See VOTE, Page 2 Clements High School Stars Dance Team swept The Houston Regional Dance Competition Sat- urday February 13th at Sam Rayburn High School in Pasadena. The Team took home a total of 21 awards including the highest honors of Super Sweepstakes, for both the Dance Officers, and Team. Dance Officers Stephanie Malloy (Colonel); Deja Heckard (Lt. Colonel); Megan Short (Lt. Colonel); Christina Dillion (Captain); Natalie Jung (Captain); and Tansy Stobert (Captain), also won in other categories such as Lyrical Choreography Award, Jazz Choreography Award, Modern Choreography Award, Best In Class Officers, Outstanding Technique, and Winner’s Circle. The winnings for the entire team were, Super Sweepstakes, Lyrical Choreography Award, Jazz Chore- ography Award, Modern Choreography Award, Military Choreography Award, Outstanding Tech- nique (Top Score), High Point Lyrical, High Point Jazz, High Point Modern, High Point Military, Best in Class, and Winner’s Circle. Officer Megan Short placed 4th for her Senior Soloist dance, and the ensemble for “Only You” placed 2nd in large ensemble. Pictured: Front Row (l to r), Clements Stars Director Chelsea Harrison, Assistant Director Michelle Barth, and the Clements Stars Dance Team. See GOP, Page 4 See VOTE, Page 2 Sugar Land City Secre- tary Glenda Gundermann re- ceived the Community Build- er Award, presented by the Sugar Land Masonic Lodge at an event on Feb. 15. Gundermann has been City Secretary of Sugar Land since 1983. She brings over 45 years of municipal experience to the position, including over 26 years with the city and over 4 years with the municipal utili- ty district that served the Sug- ar Creek Subdivision prior to being annexed into the city. As city secretary, Gunder- mann, is dedicated to uphold the integrity of public service by providing professional leadership and ensuring that all initiatives under her di- rection remain aligned with the vision statement, guid- ing principles, goals and ob- jectives of the City of Sugar Land and in support of open and responsible governmen- tal processes, according to the Sylvia Morgan, left, Janis Chescheir, Susan Wagner, Robin Hicks, Awardee Glenda Gundermann, Nelda McGee, Kelly McCulley, Jackie Hasselmeier, and Linda Drapp. —Photo by Julius Baumann. Glenda Gundermann gets Community Builder Award award citation. Throughout the years Gun- dermann has recognized the valuable resource found in networking, linking either directly or indirectly with other entities, serving as state President in 2000 of Texas Municipal Clerks Association Board of Directors, Salt Grass Chapter Municipal Clerks As- sociation President and Board of Directors, and actively in- volved in professional orga- nizations on the international, state and local level. What Gundermann likes best about her job is: The variety of challenges and situations presented to her on almost a daily basis and build- ing relationships. The best advice she has re- ceived is: the foundation has been built now it is up to you to add strength to the frame- work with your talents and abilities.
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