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  • Students and staff at Tra-vis High School are beaming with pride with the launch of their schools new Apple App, iTigers. THS students Nathan Constance, William ORosky, and Cordero Silva created the free App specifi cally for Travis to allow users access to home-work assignments, campus news, sports information, fi ne arts, faculty, and clubs and orga-nizations from either an Apple iPhone or iTouch.

    The three ninth graders who saw the need for such a tool took the initiative to make it happen. Constance, ORosky and Silva are all self-taught reg-istered Apple App developers,

    having studied and purchased the needed Xcode software to design their schools App.

    We actually thought of cre-ating an App last year in middle school, said Constance. but we were leaning more toward a game App.

    It wasnt until the three en-tered high school and began downloading homework as-signments from their personal computers that they decided to create iTigers.

    In October 2010, the trio ap-proached their schools Instruc-tional Technology Specialist, Jackie McMahon, with the idea. She immediately offered her support, knowing that an App

    would be a great benefi t to stu-dents. McMahon contacted her supervisor, Tanya Heard, who gave the green light to have the students proceed with creat-

    ing iTigers. Constance, ORosky and Silva are still working on fi ne tuning the iTigers App and are receiving continued support from administrators and staff.

    FORT BEND FAIR. BALANCED. INFORMATIVE.

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    P. O.BOX 623, SUGAR LAND, TX 77487-0623WEDNESDAY, APRIL 13, 2011

    VOL 4 No 15 Phone: 281-980-6745

    Seshadri KumarPublisher & Editor

    10701 Corporate Drive, #282, Staff ord, TX 77477Mailing Address: P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, TX 77487

    www.fbindependent.com281-980-6745

    Fort Bend Independent, (USPS 025-572) is published every Wednesday (for a subscription rate of $20 per year) by Fort Bend Independent, LLC., 10701 Corporate Dr., #282, Stafford, Texas 77477. Periodicals Postage Paid at Stafford, Texas. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Fort Bend Independent, P.O. Box 623, Sugar Land, Tx 77487.

    Offi cial newspaper of Fort Bend County, Missouri City & Sugar Land

    The ceremonial installation of home plate at the future site of StarTex Power Field marked an historic milestone for pro-fessional baseball in Sugar Land.

    Joining Sugar Land City Council at the event were the Sugar Land Skeeters, Open-ing Day Partners, the Atlantic League of Professional Base-ball, StarTex Power, Johnson Development and other spe-

    cial guests, including baseball greats Bob Watson, Gary Gaet-ti and Deacon Jones.

    Sugar Lands $27.9 million minor league baseball stadium is expected to be ready for opening day in April 2012.

    The stadium will be funded with a portion of sales tax rev-enues that may only be used for economic development purposes. No general fund tax dollars will be spent on the sta-

    dium. In addition to the stadium

    serving as a community ame-nity, a conservative cost-benefi t analysis performed by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International conservatively estimates the project will gen-erate economic activity an-nually of approximately $7.7 million or a net return of $169 million over 30 years on the in-vestment of the City and ODP.

    Pictured installing home plate are Opening Day Part-ners Chairman Peter Kirk and Mayor James Thompon. They were joined by (L-R) Greg Wine, of Huitt-Zollars; Shay Shafi e, Doug Goff and Larry Johnson, of Johnson Devel-opment Corp.; Deacon Jones and Chris Hill, of Opening Day Partners; Jeff Gerber, of PGAL; Matt OBrien, of the Sugar Land Skeeters; Jon Da-

    nos, of Opening Day Partners; Keith Schnetzer, of Tetra Tech; Frank Boulton, of the Atlantic League of Professional Base-ball; Tim Webster, of Barton Malow; Sugar Land Coun-cilmembers Russell Jones, Mi-chael Schiff, Jacqueline Baly Chaumette and Thomas Abra-ham (mayor pro tem); Chuck Greco, of Linbeck; Sugar Land Councilmembers Donald G. Olson and Donald L. Smith-

    ers; Sugar Land City Manager Allen Bogard; Bill Bailey, of Linbeck; Sugar Land Direc-tor of Economic Development Regina Morales; Sugar Land Project Manager Mike Hobbs; Sugar Land Director of Com-munity Development Jim Call-away; Marcie and Bob Zlotnik, of StarTex Power; and Sugar Land Assistant City Managers Karen Glynn, Steve Griffi th and Karen Daly.

    Ceremonial home plate installed at StarTex Power Field

    SURFS UP SCHOOLS OUT. The azaleas are in bloom, the wild fl owers are out, the cold weather is gone. Time to hit the beach, because Surfs Up! OakBend Medical Center is the title sponsor for the 2011 Surfs Up Schools Out, with the Triumphs, benefi tting the Lamar Educational Awards foundation (L.E.A.F.). The dinner, dance and auction will be May 6 at the Fort Bend County Fairgrounds. Dinner is served from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with a live dessert auction following immediately. The dance starts at 8:30 p.m. with entertainment by Fort Bend Countys favorite party band, The Triumphs. Funds raised at Surfs Up go to underwrite grants for La-mar CISD teachers. More than $193,000 was awarded by the L.E.A.F. Grant Express in 2010. Since 2000, L.E.A.F has awarded more than $1.25 million dollars in grants for innovative class-room projects. Individual tickets are $25, which includes a chicken-fried steak dinner catered by Vinceks. Tables for groups of 10 can be reserved for $250. For ticket information or to reserve tables for Surfs Up, contact Janice Knight at 832-223-0334. OakBend Medical Centers Chief Executive Offi cer Joe Freudenberg and Sue McCarty, right, front row: Jody Jones Noirot, and Susan Carruth and Dr. Douglas Thibodeaux, rear.

    iTigers App creators (from left) Nathan Constance, Cordero Silva and William ORosky.

    Court clears way for levee district to proceed

    By SESHADRI KUMARFort Bend County District

    Judge Brady Elliott on Friday denied a motion of injunc-tion fi led on behalf of owners of seven properties in Oyster Point, Sugar Land, against Fort Bend County Levee Improve-ment District No.2 and its chairman Andre McDonald.

    The property owners have placed fences over the fl ood control easement belonging to the LID and the district could not access the area on the banks of Oyster Creek to maintain the levee.

    After the LID threatened to remove the encroachments, including fences and landscap-ing, the Oyster Point plaintiffs obtained a temporary restrain-ing order against the LID last month and a hearing on the motion for injunction was heard on April 8.

    Since 1990, the Oyster Point plaintiffs claimed ownership of the disputed property and they claimed ownership of the

    disputed easement because of what is known as adverse pos-session for over 10 years.

    In June 1979, Sugarland Properties conveyed an ease-ment to the levee district and the LID has constructed and maintained the levee since then.

    The plaintiffs said the LID did not use all the easement and use only a part of the ease-ment.

    The plaintiffs have openly fenced the property, and de-veloped it including planting mature trees. Since the adverse possession continued for more than 10 years and since the plaintiffs have used and en-joyed the properties, the full title now belonged to them, the plaintiffs said.

    The LID had attempted to remove the fences and land-scapes since last year, and gave an ultimatum to the Oyster Point residents that by April 4, the fences should be removed.

    To prevent the LID from re-

    moving the fences, the Oyster Point plaintiffs fi led the law-suit.

    After hearing the arguments from both sides, Judge Elliott denied the Oyster Point plain-tiffs motion for an injunction against the LID.

    McDonald said the LID had planned to improve the levee before the hurricane season and had begun the process. Be-cause of the litigation, the con-tract had to be cancelled and the bid process has to begin again. Because of the delay, the levee maintenance work will continue through the middle of the hurricane season, which is not an ideal situation. Also, the taxpayers had to pay huge costs for the litigation and the delay, McDonald said.

    No comment has been re-ceived at press time from plain-tiffs attorneys Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP of Dallas. Joyce, McFarland & McFarland of Houston and Russell Jones represented FBCLID No.2.

    Ninth graders stun school with new Apple App

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