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Childrens Emergency Center Now Open.
The City of Sugar Land re-cently distributed formal re-quests to
local developers to determine interest in locating a minor league
baseball stadi-um in planned developments.
The Requests for Statement of Interest are intended to en-sure
the most cost effective and appropriate site for the Citys new
The deadline for receiv-ing the statements is June 15, and the
City expects to make a fi nal decision by the end of summer.
One site that continues to be explored is at U.S. Highway 59 and
University Boulevard where the City leases land from the University
of Hous-ton System at Sugar Land.
The stadium is expected to result in nearby commercial
development, so the City is considering other locations to ensure
the greatest economic benefi t to the community.
Other sites being consid-ered are near the intersections of U.S.
Highway 59 and Uni-versity Boulevard and State Highway 6 and U.S.
City Manager Allen Bogard said in a statement: One im-portant
consideration is that the stadium will be built on undeveloped
land, preserving the Citys existing neighbor-hoods from any direct
impact from the project.
We remain committed to selecting a site that minimizes and/or
eliminates any adverse
impact to r e s i d e n t s with respect to traffi c, noise and
safety. Pro-tecting the quality of life for the residents of Sugar
Land will be a c r i t i c a l consider-ation in determin-ing the
A goal of the site selection will be to maximize economic benefi
ts, energizing the area surrounding the stadium.
The stadium will be de-signed and operated as a com-munity
destination enhancing the quality of life for Sugar Land
In addition to the stadium serving as a community ame-nity, a
conservative and prag-matic cost benefi t analysis performed by
Conventions, Sports & Leisure Internation-al shows the project
will pro-vide an annual benefi t to the community of $7.7 million
or a return of $169 million over 30 years.
Based on this solid meth-odology, the stadium has the potential
of attracting more than 300,000 visitors annu-ally, tourism that
will also benefi t hotels, restaurants and other retail
The stadium will have a di-rect impact on the community by
increasing the Citys sales tax and Hotel Occupancy Tax revenues by
keeping local entertainment expenditures within Sugar Land and Fort
The initial vision for minor league baseball was devel-oped by
citizens serving on the Visioning Task Force, a group that
established a goal to enhance entertainment and family-oriented
opportunities within the community.
Funding for the project was approved by voters in Novem-ber
2008; based on continued community support, the City is working
toward the devel-opment of a stadium and ex-amining its potential
Sugar Land City Coun-cil approved on May 18 an agreement with
Opening Day Partners, LLC to bring profes-sional minor league
baseball to Sugar Land.
Stadium site selection by end of summer
BE FIT RALLY. Commonwealth Elementary won the Be Fit Rally for
its high level of student participation in the Be Fit Challenge,
presented by Childrens Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Houston
Rockets. The rally featured a high-level performance and
inspirational mes-sages from Rockets entertainment designed to
inspire all students to be fi t. Childrens Memo-rial Hermann
Hospital and the Houston Rockets present the Be Fit Challenge to
Houston area schools to provide children with nutrition and
activity tips. Children can also win prizes by participating in fun
and educational activities. More than 200 students at Commonwealth
Elementary participated in Be Fit Bingo by completing at least fi
ve of 25 nutrition, physical fi tness and self-esteem activities.
The Be Fit Challenge encourages parents to take part in their
childrens healthy lifestyles. Revving up students at the Be Fit
Rally were Clutch, the Houston Rockets mascot; Steven Ramirez,
sports medicine coordinator at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land
Hospital; Karen Chitty-Boe, marketing director at Memorial Hermann
Sugar Land Hos-pital; Shawn Respert, director of player programs
for the Houston Rockets; Toni Scott, nurse at Commonwealth
Elementary; and Charmaine Hobin, principal at Commonwealth
A graphic presentation of the sites.
By SESHADRI KUMARLocal governments are
stepping up across Texas to give taxpayers a transparent look at
where their money goes.
The Comptroller of Public Accounts launched the Texas
Comptroller Leadership Circle program in December 2009 to recognize
local governments across Texas that are striving to meet a high
standard for fi -
nancial transparency online. The comptroller is spot-
lighting those local govern-ments that are:
opening their books to the public
providing clear, consistent pictures of spending
sharing information in a user-friendly format that lets
taxpayers easily drill down for more information.
The Comptrollers offi ce
has developed a free, self-scoring process that will be verifi
ed by its Local Govern-ment Assistance Division.
The Comptroller then awards Leadership Circle designees with a
certifi cate refl ecting their Circle Award level: Gold, Silver or
Gold highlights those en-tities that are setting the bar with
their transparency ef-forts.
Fort Bend County, the tenth largest county in Texas, has adopted
a positive approach to fi nancial transparency. Cur-rently, the
countys Web site contains budgets since 2004, comprehensive annual
fi nan-cial reports (CAFRs) since 2001, and check registers since
New check register re-ports are added weekly af-ter the
approves expenditures and checks are issued.
These documents were placed online by in-house staff without
using specialized software.
All documents were con-verted into PDF fi les, which provide
easy access for the public at minimal expense.
Fort Bend County fi rst de-cided which documents had the most
useful information for the public, then deter-mined how to prepare
these documents for online posting.
The commissioners court provided input on what they wanted in
the disbursement report (check register), in-cluding a short
description of the payment and year-to-date vendor totals, and
these items were incorporated into the re-port.
Rather than being an added expense, having these docu-ments
online has saved the
County gets gold for transparency
See TRANSPARENCY, Page 4
ECLIPSE SOCCER. Sign up for the fall season at
www.eclispesoccerclub.com or by visiting one of the walk-in sites
on Saturday, June 19. Registration for Eclipse Soccer Clubs fall
2010 recreational season is open now at www.eclipsesoccerclub.com.
Parents can register their child by visiting the website or by
attending walk-in registration on Saturday, June 19: 9 a.m. to noon
at Club Sienna, 9600 Scanlan Trace in Sienna Plantation, Missouri
City; 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Eclipse Soccer Club offi ce at 4638
Riverstone Boulevard, Suite 200, in Mis-souri City (behind Kohls).
Families can get more information from Eclipse staff and meet
members of the Eclipse board.
June 14 is Flag Day, which marks the adoption of the Ameri-can
Flag. Girl Scouts of all levels par-ticipate in fl ag ceremonies at
Council events and out in the c o m m u n i t y , which means they
must be well-versed in fl ag etiquette. From the start, girls learn
how to handle the American fl ag, a skill they can take with them
through the rest of their lives. See story on Page 4.
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Connor Duran and Mad-ison Taylor, left, fi fth-grade students at
Sienna Cross-ing Elementary School, have been selected as delegates
in Education in Actions 2010 Lone Star Leadership
Acad-emy-Dallas/Fort Worth sum-mer program.
Education in Action is a 501(c)(3) non-profi t organiza-tion
dedicated to empowering young Texans to become in-formed and active
leaders in their communities.
The organization accom-plishes its mission by pro-viding Texas
students with experiential learning and leadership development
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lects outstanding students in grades fi fth and sixth from
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All participants must show commitment to community or school
involvement, maintain an 85 or higher overall grade point average,
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BLUE FORT BENDThe Fort Bend County Democratic Party will launch
A Blue Fort Bend in 2010 coordinated campaign with a toast to
Fort Bend County Commissioner Grady Prestage, who has served
Precinct 2 for 20 years, at 7 p.m., Friday, June 18, 2010. Event
Honorary Chairman Commissioner Richard Morrison will be joined by
Fort Bend County Democratic Party Chairman Stephen Brown, former
Houston Mayor Bill White, U.S. Congressman Al Green and a host of
statewide and local candidates as the Fort Bend Democratic Party
kicks off the 2010 campaign season. The event will be held at
Safari Texas Ranch, 11627 FM 1464, Richmond. For more information
call 281-9978-5666 or visit www.fbcdp.org.
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Judy Hurta Domel was convicted by a jury on June 2, 2010 for
stealing thousands of dollars from the Needville Independent School
Domel , a 59 year-old Needville woman, was charged with theft
and misapplication of fi duciary property for stealing school
cafeteria deposits for more than two years beginning in May
Domel was employed by the Needville Independent School District
as the assistant superintendents secretary.
One of her responsibilities included verifying the daily
receipts from four school cafeterias and depositing that money into
the school districts bank account.
But mounting defi cits in food service operations triggered the
school district to retain an outside consultant for advice,
Assistant District Attorney Scott Carpenter said.
The consultant observed that food service revenues were not in
line with the number of students served.
The administration began investigating possible areas of concern
and fi nally focused on the defendant.
A f t e r r e v i e w i n g h e r records, authorities
discovered Domel altered and destroyed documents to conceal the
Current and former cafeteria cashiers testified that they
prepared bank deposit slips,
cafeteria accounting forms and coin sheets illustrating the
number of students fed and the amount of money collected. Those
forms were copied and retained at the campus offi ce while the
originals were delivered to Domel along with the money for
verification every afternoon.
The evidence further revealed that Domel destroyed the original
cafeteria documents, created new deposit slips and accounting forms
which showed less money earned at each school cafeteria, and
pocketed the difference.
Between May 2002 and August 2004, Domel stole $117,000 in cash
from the school district most of which
she gambled away at Louisiana casinos.
Domel was tried in the 434th District Court before Presiding
Judge James H. Jim Shoemake. Theft and Misapplication of Fiduciary
Duty in this case are both third-degree felonies punishable by 2-10
years in prison and a fi ne up to $10,000.
Domel elected for the court to determine her punishment and a
hearing has been scheduled for July 19, 2010. She is eligible for
Assistant District Attorneys W. Scott Carpenter and Lesleigh
Saunders prosecuted the case. Attorney Logene Foster represented
Former Needville ISD employee convicted for stealing school
The evolving Federal reg-ulatory environment associ-ated with fl
ood risks, as well as emergency management challenges created by
Hur-ricane Ike, played a major role in the recent creation of the
Fort Bend Flood Manage-ment Association.
FBFMA members repre-sent most Fort Bend County government
agencies with fl ood management responsi-bilities.
FBFMA sponsored its fi rst annual Flood Risk Reduc-tion
Symposium on June 4 in Sugar Land, with over 100 local offi cials
and consultants in the audience.
The main focus of the group is protecting Fort Bend residents
from fl ood risks as well as providing effective emergency
management re-sources when necessary.
Among the featured speak-ers were Peter Rabbon, Di-rector,
National Flood Risk Management Program of the U.S. Army Corps of
Engi-neers (USACE), George Gru-gett, Executive Vice Presi-dent of
the Mississippi Valley Flood Control Association (MVFCA), and Susan
Gilson, Executive Director of the Na-tional Association of Flood
and Stormwater Management Agencies (NAFSMA).
Elected offi cials also pre-sented, including keynote speaker
U.S. Rep. Pete Olson, State Sen. Glen Hegar, State Rep. Charlie
Howard, and Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert. They discussed
issues such as pending regulations, the National Flood Insurance
Program, and the need for coordinated activity by Fort
Bend fl ood management en-tities to address future crises
associated with hurricanes or other emergencies.
Olson cautioned the audi-ence about the potential im-pact to
Fort Bend County res-idents of President Obamas draft Executive
Order 11988, which affects implementation of the National Flood
Hebert addressed the infl u-ence of the Council on
En-vironmental Quality (CEQ), initially created years ago as a
minor agency, now playing a far greater role in the opera-tion of
other Federal agencies such as the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of
Levee Improvement Dis-trict (LID) boards in Fort Bend County
must ensure that they are proactively meeting
and addressing the standards required by the U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers and FEMA to avoid any non-compliance consequences that
could cost residents millions of dollars in mandatory fl ood
insurance premiums, he said.
Hebert said, Levee Dis-tricts can no longer afford to be passive
agencies. We must understand the issues, debate our options,
establish con-sensus opinions, and, most importantly, let our
elected offi cials hear those opinions as they debate future fl ood
plain or fl ood insurance leg-islation.
Andr McDonald, Presi-dent of FBFMA, said, The FBFMA membership
consists of most of the local Fort Bend governmental agencies with
the combined responsibil-
Fort Bend Flood Management Association holds symposium on
reducing fl ood risk
ity of protecting over 130,000 people and $10 billion of
as-sessed property value from fl ooding.
FBFMA recognized that there was a need to create a higher level
of awareness about what is happening at the Federal level in
regulations on fl ood management.
The purpose of this pro-gram was to provide critical information
and education to offi cials, consultants, and pub-lic sector policy
makers who are tasked with fl ood manage-ment responsibilities.
McDonald said FBFMA will continue to monitor all activity at
both the Federal and state level related to fl oodplain and fl ood
risk issues and will also sponsor future events.
FBFMA conference speakers and members inspect Fort Bend fl ood
control works. (l-r)Fred Hicks, Hicks-Ray As-sociates; Ron McCann,
President of LID # 11 (Greatwood); Glen Gill, LID #2; Andr
McDonald, President of FBFMA; George Grugett, Exec-VP, MVFCA;
Richard Sherrill, First Colony LID; Ed Thomas, Michael Baker
Photo by Brenda Perry
Loving Friends will meet on June15 at the Terrace in Sugar Land
at 5:30 p.m. The entertainment will be Joana Lequang speaking on
perfumes and essential oils. She has written books and is
knowledgeable on this subject. Loving Friends is a widow/widowers
group open to all in the area. For more information and a $17
reservation, call Georgia at 281-438-5224 by June 10.
FORT BEND STUDENT ATHLETES RECEIVE BOOSTER CLUB SCHOLARSHIP.
Four 2010 graduating seniors from Stephen F. Austin High School
have each received $500 college scholarships from the Austin High
School Athletic Booster Club. The students were selected based on
their athletic and academic achievements, their commitment to
community service as well as outstanding coach and teacher
recommendations. They were announced at the AHS Athletic Booster
Club Spring Sports Banquet in May. The recipients and their future
universities are: (from left to right) Katherine Walker (the
University of Miami), Brandon Salazar (Texas A & M University)
and Princess Roberts (University of Houston). Not pic-tured: Colin
Capello, (University of Texas at Austin).
Tuesday, June 15, 2010, 6 p.m.
By RON PAULMost everyone agrees that
health care in the United States has major problems, the biggest
problems relat-ing to skyrocketing costs. No one doubts the system
is in need of reform. However, too many in Washington see tight-er
government controls as the solution. In fact, the problems are
rooted in past government controls that created more problems than
Ironically, laws and poli-cies in the 1970s promoting Health
Maintenance Orga-nizations (HMOs) resulted from desperate attempts
to control spiraling costs. How-ever, instead of promoting an effi
cient health care system, HMOs took far too much con-trol away from
patients and physicians and gave it to the insurers. This excessive
reli-ance on third-party payers in-stead removed incentives for
insured patients to economize on health care costs, and al-lowed
the problem to snow-ball. Furthermore, the third-party payer system
created a two-tier health care system where people whose employ-ers
could afford to offer Ca-dillac plans have access to top quality
health care, while others face fi nancial obstacles in obtaining
quality health care.
For these and other rea-sons, I introduced the Private Option
Health Care Act last week. This bill places individ-uals back in
control of health care by replacing the recently passed
tax-spend-and-regulate health care law with reforms designed to
restore a free mar-ket health care system.
First, the bill would provide all Americans with a tax credit
for 100 percent of health care expenses. This tax credit is fully
refundable against both income and payroll taxes. It would also
allow individuals to roll over unused amounts in cafeteria plans
and Flexible Spendings Accounts (FSAs). Next, it would provide a
tax credit for premiums for high-deductible insurance poli-cies
connected with a Health Savings Account (HSAs) and allow seniors to
use funds in HSAs to pay for medigap policies. In addition, it
would repeal the 7.5 percent thresh-old for the deduction of
medi-cal expenses, and thus would make all medical expenses tax
This bill would also cre-ate a competitive market in health
insurance by exercising Congresss Constitutional au-thority under
the Commerce Clause to allow individu-als to purchase health
insur-ance across state lines. End-ing these state-imposed bans
would create a competitive
national marketplace in health insurance.
The Private Option Health Care Act would also ensure that people
harmed during medical treatment receive fair compensation while
simulta-neously reducing the burden of costly malpractice
litigation on the health care system. The bill achieves this by
providing a tax credit for negative out-comes insurance purchased
before medical treatment. This type of insurance would provide
compensation for any negative outcomes without having to go through
lengthy litigation or giving huge sums to trial lawyers.
Finally, the Private Option Health Care Act would low-er the
prices of prescription drugs by reducing barriers to the
importation of Food and Drug Administration (FDA)-approved
pharmaceuticals. Under my bill, anyone wish-ing to import a drug
simply submits an application to the FDA, which then must ap-prove
it unless it is either not approved for use in the United States or
is adulterated or mis-branded.
The Private Option Health Care Act allows Congress to correct
the mistake it made last month by replacing the new health care law
with health care measures that give control to individuals, instead
of the federal government and corporations. Our health is too vital
to allow for the typi-cal results of government in-terference and
Ron Paul represents the 14th Congressional District in
By JANICE SCANLANIts interesting how values
we once took for granted are slowly being superseded. On a
Memorial Day trip to Fred-ericksburg, we visited the LBJ National
Historic Site, which is an area contiguous to the LBJ State Park
that takes you into the Johnson Ranch and fi rst Texas White House.
The curators are restoring the Johnson home to what it was like in
the 1960s. And its in-teresting what 50 years have changed . . .
not in technol-ogy. We all realize that im-pact.
No, Im talking about in-timacy of space. How rooms were made for
conversation and scaled to promote inter-action of the entire
group. The fi ve rooms that have been restored as they were in the
60s are modest and intimate by todays standards. LBJs offi ce was
really a bullpen of fi ve desks, including his. It was made for
work, interac-tion and immediacykeep-ing everyone in the loop.
The land, trees and Peder-nales River are what domi-nate the
landscape, but the fi rst building you see after you cross the
river to the ranch is a working Headstart school. A program LBJ was
rightfully proud and considered it and education in general a
corner-stone of making this country great. As we drove from site to
site on the 700+acres, I kept thinking of a speech that a member of
the Quail Val-ley Garden Club scholarship committee gave presenting
our scholarship recipients. Cindy Calender said, While
serving on this committee yields feelings of gratifi ca-tion, it
also yields feelings of anguish and frustration. An-guish and
frustration because there are so many deserving students in our
communitywe cant help them all.
I have to admit that the con-stant fund raising to support
community service in beauti-fi cation and education some-times is
overwhelming . . . but meeting these three young people, not only
reaffi rmed my faith in young people, but also made it plain why we
keep fundraisingand why so many other groups do so as well.
Young people are the prom-ise of America. And ensuring that
young people get a good education, that doesnt leave them
hopelessly in debt, is becoming more diffi cult.
We are very proud of our scholarship winners and were surprised
that they hung out with a bunch of old ladies as long as they did.
Two of our recipients are Elkins High School Seniors.
Hailey Budnick plans to attend Wayland Baptist Uni-versity and
major in Mo-lecular biology with Minors in Chemistry and Christian
Leadership. Hailey is a swim-mer and is an offi cer for vari-ous
honor societies and active in community organizations. She exudes
David Kronenberger will attend the University of Hous-ton Honors
College and major in Epidemiology. His activi-ties include National
Merit Finalist, thespian, swimming, working with Habitat for
Humanity and hes an Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout Badge, he
completed a proj-ect for his church.
Were a garden club, so contributing to that fi eld is important.
Chris Von Kohn, who will be a senior Horti-culture major at Texas
A&M, is our college recipient. One of Chris professors wrote,
Chris has progressed toward being a professional horticul-turist
much more rapidly than most college students, and in many ways, he
is a profes-sional already. Yes, he is. Hes hybridized more than 50
daylilies and will be a summer intern at Ball Horticulture in
Chicago in the plant breeding area. Chris captivated us with his
pictures of his hybrids and his enthusiasm for gardening as a
pastime, science and a businessbeing a partner in the family
nursery business in Arlington.
The promise of these three young people, remind us that new
challenges face us and that we need to encourage
By THOMAS PARR.M.D.Last summer, the Pacifi c El
Nino helped protect us from the extremely hot tempera-tures and
Gulf Hurricanes that normally grace the Houston area.
Unfortunately, many weather experts believe we could have higher
than normal temperatures along the Texas Gulf coast this
Over the last 23 years, I have noticed a correlation be-tween
extremely hot summer conditions and an increase in orthopedic
injuries the follow-ing fall. The reason is sim-ple. We stay inside
with our air conditioning running full speed, doing as little
physical activity as possible. Once the temperatures outside start
to become more pleasurable, we cant wait to get outside and start
doing things again. The problem is our brains remem-ber how we did
things before the summer heat, but our bod-ies do not. They will
have lost their physical conditioning and sense of balance due to
non-use during the hot, humid days of summer.
This can be avoided with a little awareness and some careful
planning. And it needs to apply to the entire family.
Make a rule that there will be at least one hour of physi-cal
activity every day for ev-ery member of the family. Pick activities
that are fun and reasonable for your family, the ages of your
children, and your lifestyle.
The early mornings, before about 8:30 a.m. are usually the
coolest time of day for our area. That is an ideal time to
go for a walk, ride a bike, or go to the park to play. After
some reasonable exercise, you can return home for breakfast and a
shower before you start the rest of your days activi-ties.
If early morning isnt your style, look for other activities
which are reasonable in the summer heat, such as swim-ming lessons,
time at a wa-ter park, or skating at a local skating facility. For
younger children, apply water resistant sunscreen and let them play
in the sprinkler.
Teenagers may also en-joy taking summer classes in dance or
martial arts, or learn-ing a new sport. Many inex-pensive
activities are avail-able at the local YMCA and at our numerous
community recreational facilities.
The point is that children need to be active every day. While
society looks at vend-ing machines and school lunches as potential
causes for our growing childrens obesity problem, The Ameri-can
Journal of Public Health reported in April, 2007, that the biggest
weight gain in
children is often during the summer months away from school.
Parents need to set the ex-ample. My grandson says it is fun to
go running with me, and my granddaughter has no interest in riding
in the stroller while her brother and I run.
If either you or your child has a weight problem, look at the
foods you have around the house this summer. By con-centrating on
foods with few-er calories, and by reducing overall calorie intake
by about the equivalent of a 2 oz bag of Fritos or 4 Oreo cook-ies
a day, you or your child can lose about one pound in a week and a
half. For chil-dren, losing only nine pounds during the summer
months makes a big difference. For adults, one pound lost every 10
days for one year means a weight loss of 35 pounds! Re-member: you
can eat more if you exercise more. There are a number of web sites
on the internet and cell phone apps that will help you decide how
to eat and how much to exer-cise.
And whatever you choose to do for physical activity, remember
the importance of drinking large quantities of water each day. It
is good for your body, and it is critical in preventing heat
related ill-nesses, such as heat stroke.
Dr. Thomas Parr, an ortho-pedic surgeon in Sugar Land, can be
reached at 281-491-7111.Visit www.tomparrmd.net for more
OpinionPage 4 INDEPENDENT JUNE 9, 2010
Seshadri KumarPublisher & Editor
Email: [email protected]
Hot summer may aggravate orthopedic injuries
Many words are synony-mous with Girl Scouting, like cookies and
camping. One of the most important skills Girl Scouts learn,
however, is how to care for our countrys fl ag. Girl Scouts are
often asked to perform fl ag ceremonies in the community, so being
well-versed in fl ag etiquette is a must.
Flag Day, celebrated annu-ally on June 14, commemo-rates the
adoption of the American fl ag. This holiday is a perfect
opportunity for not only Girl Scouts but the entire community to
learn how to honor one of the most recog-nizable American
To celebrate Flag Day 2010, Girl Scouts of San Ja-cinto Council
offers some must know guidelines in fl ag etiquette, taken from the
United States Flag Code:
Display the fl ag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and
on stationary fl agstaffs in the open. When patriotic ef-fect is
desired, the fl ag may be displayed for 24 hours if properly
the hours of darkness. The fl ag should be hoisted
briskly and lowered ceremo-niously.
The fl ag should be at the center and at the highest point of
the group when a number of fl ags of States or localities or
pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
When fl own at half-staff, the fl ag should be fi rst hoisted to
the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff
position. The fl ag should be raised again to the peak be-fore it
is lowered for the day.
The fl ag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the
ground, the fl oor, water or merchandise.
The fl ag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a
fi tting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignifi ed
way, preferably by burning.
The Flag Code does not specify how the fl ag should be folded,
but a standard fl ag will require 13 folds. To specify there should
lengthwise folds and eleven triangular folds, ending at the
Also, make sure your fl ag is dry prior to storing it, as mold
can form in damp envi-ronments. For more in-depth information about
fl ag eti-quette, GSSJC recommends visiting usfl ag.org. To request
Girl Scouts to perform a fl ag ceremony for your organiza-tion,
contact Mona Tolbert at 713-292-0361 or [email protected]
Girl Scouts of the USA is the worlds preeminent or-ganization
for girls, with a membership of more than 3.7 million girls and
adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of cour-age, confi dence, and
char-acter, who make the world a better place.
Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting lo-cally, Girl
Scouts of San Ja-cinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout
councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and
17,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties.
Girl Scouts offer fl ag etiquette tips
county money by reducing printing costs.
Amy Hartman of the county auditors offi ce stated: Over the past
few years we have found that including more information online
makes it more accessible to the com-munity, granting agencies and
other interested parties to view without having to send a hard copy
of information. We are in the process of including all fi nancial
statements online and not just the annual state-ment.
According to Pamela Gub-bels, director of fi nance and
investments, I would say that important steps to consider in-clude,
but are not limited to:
involve all the correct peo-ple/departments;
seek approval from the governing body (i.e., commis-
sioners court);ensure all data to be re-
leased is subject to open re-cords guidelines (i.e., no
personal, protected data is re-leased);
make sure the reports are easy to locate and easy to
maintain reports for mul-tiple years/cycles - as much as is
keep up with posting cur-rent reports as quickly as is
The best thing about trans-parency for the county and
stakeholders, Gubbels says, is that fi nancial transparency allows
taxpayers to see how their tax dollars are being used.
Sugar Land, Missouri City and Fort Bend ISD have post-ed their
budgets on line, but they have not yet been rated by the
Comptrollers offi ce for transparency.
Offi cials with Missouri City and FBISD said they will now look
into the program and de-cide if it is better than what they already
Visit http://www.texas-transparency.org/index.php for more
information on Texas Transparency and those who won gold in this
Sugar Land spokesman Doug Adolph said:
The majority of the infor-mation required to be recog-nized in
the Texas Comptrol-ler Leadership Circle Program is already
available to citizens on the City of Sugar Land website. However,
the check register requirements of the program specify placing
cer-tain content on the Internet without the necessary context
needed to understand the data. As a result, the City chose not to
include this information at this time and not apply for the
TransparencyFrom Page 1
and support the promise of our youth who have the ener-gy to
tackle those challenges. We need to remember that education and
encouraging inventive minds from every segment of society has made
America great -- our promise for the future.
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LEGAL NOTICEREQUEST FOR SEALED COMPETITIVE PROPOSALSSealed
Competitive Proposals 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, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the
following until THURSDAY, JULY 1, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All
proposals will then be opened in the Of-fi ce of the Purchasing
Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Reading Road, Suite A, Rosenberg, TX
77471 and the names of the proposers made public. Propos-als
received after the specifi ed time will be returned
unopened.R10-102 GENERAL CONTRACTOR SERVICES FORT BEND COUNTY
UNIVERSITY BRANCH LIBRARYA pre-RFP conference will be conducted on
Thursday, June 17, 2010 at 10:00AM (CST). The pre-RFP confer-ence
will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located
in the Rosenberg Annex at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Texas 77471.
All vendors are encouraged to attend.Lump sum pricing is required;
payment will be by check after products/services are rendered.
Bonds are required.Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject
any or all proposals.Signed:Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing
Agent Fort 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, Rosenberg, TX 77471 for the
following until THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2010 at 1:30 P.M. (CST). All
bids will then be publicly opened and read in the Offi ce of the
Purchasing Agent, Rosenberg Annex, 4520 Read-ing Road, Rosenberg,
TX 77471. Bids received after the specifi ed time will be returned
unopened.BID 10-097 BRIDGE REPLACE FOR OLD RICH-MOND ROAD OVER RED
GULLYA pre-bid conference will be conducted on Thursday, June 3,
2010 at 10:00AM (CST). The pre-bid confer-ence will be held at the
Fort Bend County Purchasing Department located in the Rosenberg
Annex at 4520 Reading Road, Rosenberg Texas 77471. All bidders are
encouraged to attend.BID 10-098 EXTENSION OF SOUTH POST OAK BLVD
AND RECONSTRUCTION OF MCKEEVER ROADA pre-bid conference will be
conducted on Thursday, June 3, 2010 at 11:00AM (CST). The pre-bid
confer-ence will be held at the Fort Bend County Purchasing
Department located in the Rosenberg Annex at 4520 Reading Road,
Rosenberg Texas 77471. All bidders are encouraged to attend.Unit
pricing is required; payment will be by check after
products/services are rendered. Bonds are re-quired.Fort Bend
County reserves the right to reject any or all bids.Signed: Gilbert
D. Jalomo, Jr., Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond,
Directory Directory Directory Directory DirectoryAT Renovations,
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Hrbacek & Associates,P.C.130 Industrial Blvd., Suite 110
Sugar Land, TX 77478lawfi [email protected]
Sandersen & Knox LLP , Accountants
130 Industrial Blvd., Suite 130 Sugar Land, TX 77478
PhysicianAccountantNik Nikam, MD
Sugar Land Heart Center16659 S.W. FWY, #361Sugar Land, TX
AttorneyLawn& LandscapeTexans Insurance & Financial
101 Southwestern Blvd., Suite 230 Sugar Land, TX 77478
www.texansinsure.com (281) 277-7800
Basil Housewright, President
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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 following until THURSDAY, JULY 8, 2010 AT 1:30 P.M. (CST).
Q10-104 INDEPENDENT PROFESSIONAL AUDIT SERVICES
Fort Bend County reserves the right to reject any or all qualifi
cation statements received.Signed: Gilbert D. Jalomo, Jr.,
Purchasing Agent Fort Bend County, Richmond, Texas
Cardiologist Sherman Tang, M.D., recently performed Fort Bend
Countys fi rst-ever rota-tional atherectomy at Method-ist Sugar
The procedure uses a tiny rotating burr that is coated with
microscopic diamond crystals to safely remove plaque from narrowed
or blocked arteries.
The burr is attached to a thin guidewire and is inserted into
the artery via a catheter. Dr. Tang guides the burr to the blockage
using an X-ray cam-era and an angiogram.
Rotational atherectomy is a proven technology that ablates, or
sands away, the diseased plaque in an artery with minimal side
effects and without impacting healthy tissue, says Dr. Tang. It is
like drilling a tunnel through the blockage.
The diamond-coated burr is powered by air, and can be set at
speeds of up to 180,000 revolutions per minute. As the rotat-ing
tip moves through the narrowed artery, it scrapes away dis-eased
plaque from the artery walls. Those plaque particles are smaller
than red blood cells and are harmlessly carried away and eliminated
by the bodys circulatory system.
Patients undergoing a rotational atherectomy often receive a
stent, or narrow metal tube, at the location of the blockage to
keep it from closing.
The procedure takes about two hours, and patients can be up and
walking within six hours. We keep the patient overnight for
observation but most can go home the next day, and return to work
within a couple of days, says Dr. Tang.
The fi rst patient to undergo the procedure in Fort Bend,
Bob-bie J. Davidson, was pleased with the relative ease of the
It is a real relief to know that Dr. Tang was able to clear the
blockage in my artery, says Davidson. Plus, I didnt feel any pain
during the actual procedure and there was very little recovery
To make an appointment with Dr. Tang or other cardiologists in
your area, call Methodist Sugar Land Hospitals physician referral
line 281-274-7500 or visit MethodistSugarLand.com.
Methodist Sugar Land performs rotational
You have not seen a mov-ie like this is a while; maybe never. It
is very cleverly writ-ten and directed by 33 year old Nicholas
Stoller. The dia-logue is so full of pop culture that the script
could only be produced by someone under 40. The young Stoller also
at-tracted youthful, modish stars Jonah Hill and comedian Rus-sell
Brand which was not a big stretch since all three collabo-rated on
Forgetting Sarah Marshall.
Will the three of them make gold again? Will Scorsese team up
Stoller, Hill, and Brand have found just the right mix for
bi-zarre, out-of the-box comedy and they are destined to do the
dance again.Hill plays intern Aaron
Green who works for a LA music company headed up by Sergio (Sean
P Diddy Combs) who intimidates all his underlings, but Aaron
some-how screws up the courage to convince Sergio to bring Brit-ish
drugged-out rocker Aldous Snow (Brand) to play at a ten year
reunion at The Greek Theatre in LA.
Problem: Snow is utterly unreliable so Sergio sends the
uninitiated intern to London to retrieve and escort the crazy
rocker to LA via The Today Show in New York. Before the fi rst
deadline is missed, Aaron and Aldous are knee deep in wine, women
song... and a little heroin.This is a raunchy show and
is not appropriate for your Sunday school class fi eld trip. If
you wonder whats this world coming to? then go see this decadence
that audiences must comprehend because they laughed loudly and
Jonah Hill gets top billing in this soon-to-be blockbuster and
his performance would be legendary, but for the stupen-dous
performance by Russell Brand.
Mick Jagger could not have played this foggy, char-ismatic,
womanizer any bet-ter. Im sorry, Mick, I didnt mean it; we all know
that you could have done it better. I
know you read my reviews so I apologize, Mick.
But Brands Aldous Snow is epic and will be remem-bered as the
quintessential whacked-out rock star with profound problems on top
of a soulful heart.
And the poster child for the need to stay sober. Also, I would
be remiss if I didnt give a shout out to my girl Elizabeth Mad Men
Moss who was charming as Aarons signifi cant other, and I hate to
be remiss. Fun fl ick. Rock n Roll.
Grade 89. Larry H. [email protected]
By BARBARA FULENWIDERThe 2010 Jeep Wrangler
has 68 years of history behind it and is an American icon.
Various historians believe that without it America and its allies
would not have won World War II. These days the Jeep Wrangler is
offered in three models: Wrangler Sport, Sahara or Rubicon. With
any one of them buyers get best-in-class off-road capability in an
open air sport utility ve-hicle.
For 2010 the Wrangler got more refi nements that include a new
and improved soft-top system, which makes it easier to remove for
that open-air experience. The simplifi ed re-moval system
eliminates the need to untuck and tuck the side rails when opening
and closing the top.
The Jeep Wrangler is pow-ered by a 3.8-liter V-6 engine, which
makes 202 horsepower and 237 lb.-ft. torque and is paired to a
standard six-speed-manual or optional four-speed automatic
The Wrangler Unlimited Sahara 4x4 gets an estimated 15 miles to
the gallon in city driving and 19 on the high-way.
The Sport and Sahara mod-els are equipped with a part-time,
two-speed transfer case with a 2.71:1 low-range gear ratio. An
optional limited-slip rear differential provides extra
torque and grip during slip-pery, low-traction situations, such
as driving over sand and gravel.
The Wrangler Rubicon comes with an off-road two-speed transfer
case with a 4.0:1 low-range gear ratio, electric front and rear
axle lockers, an electronic sway bar disconnect and 32-inch
off-road tires. The Wrangler can also be equipped with skid plates,
tow hooks and 32-inch tires.
The test drive Wrangler was the Sahara, which has eye-catching
good looks and travels city streets and free-ways with class and
pizzazz. It features the Jeep heritage seen in every WWII movie
Todays much improved far more comfortable Jeep Wran-gler sports
the classic round headlamps, seven-slot grille, wide wheel fl ares,
exposed forged hinges, fold-down
windshield, sport bar, remov-able tops and doors and wash-able
Jeep spoke folks claim that their Wrangler is the only true 4x4
convertible on the road. The standard soft top provides options for
open-air driving and the three-piece modular hard top provides a
second, easy open-air option.
The interior of the Jeep Wrangler Sahara provides plenty of
space for four adults and their baggage. Cargo vol-ume behind the
rear seats to-tals 17.1 cubic feet and 56.5 cubic feet behind the
The Jeep Wrangler Sahara has a torsionally stiff frame and a
95.4-inch wheelbase, which contribute to the Jeeps smooth ride and
Advanced shock tuning, a heavy-duty powertrain and body mounts
isolate keep the vibrations at bay.
Safety features include hill-
start assist, available trailer-sway control, anti-lock brake
system, brake assist, lower an-chors and tethers for children,
electronic roll mitigation, electronic stability control, an
energy-absorbing steering column, seat-mounted side air bags,
side-impact door beams and a tire pressure monitoring system.
New conveniences and features include such options as a
navigation system with a phone connection, six-disc stereo, MP3
player, SIRIUS Satellite Radio and power windows and door locks,
which are designed so that the doors can be easily removed.
Four Wheeler magazine editors have named the Jeep Wrangler
Rubicon the best 4x4 vehicle of the decade and the four-door
Wrangler Un-limited Rubicon the decades most signifi cant 4x4
With all optional equipment the base price of the Wran-gler
Unlimited Sahara 4x4 is $28,905. Add-ons increased the price to
$36,655, includ-ing destination charge.
Optional equipment in-cluded the chrome edition group, dual top
group, premi-um chrome group, trailer tow group, supplemental front
seat mounted side air bags, engine block heater, automatic
trans-mission, 6.5-inch touch screen display, media center and the
three-piece hard top.
POLICE AND FIRE ACADEMY GRADUATES. Eighteen residents graduated
from Missouri Citys Citizens Police & Fire Academy on June 1 in
a ceremony at the Public Safety Headquarters that featured Police
Chief Joel Fitzgerald handing out certifi cates along with a
delicious spaghetti dinner served up by members of the Missouri
City Police & Fire Auxiliary. The graduates received hands-on
training during the seven-week academy that included searching for
suspects, making a traffi c stop and fi rearms instruction.
Participants also watched a staged SWAT operation and witnessed the
Citys Dive Rescue Team in action. Excited graduates gather for a
class portrait. Pictured, left to right in the front row: Mayor
Allen Owen, Division of Emergency Preparedness Chief John Sheffi
eld, Police Chief Joel Fitzgerald, Andrew Zinn, Rhonda Johnson,
Mark Liss, Mi-chael Torres, Aurise and Stewart Bain (holding
hands), Heidi and Bill Trainor (standing behind the Bains), Deana
Cull, Jack Chiles, Penelope Hazlewood, Alan Trott, Roy Wilson,
Police Department Community Liaison Offi cer Dan Flagg and Charles
Anyanwu. Standing on the fi re truck, left to right: Wayne Croft
and his son Michael. Graduates not pictured are Amy Rob-inson and
Nichole Cheeks. The things I learned were priceless, graduate Roy
Wilson said. I saw this as an opportunity to step up for my three
children so they would understand that the Police Department is
helpful as well as the Fire Department. Weve got to stick together
in the community and keep everybody safe. Penelope Hazlewood,
another academy graduate, said, I was thrilled to be up close and
personal with the Police Department and Fire Department. I had seen
the sign advertising the academy for years and fi nally decided to
take the plunge and Im so glad I did it. The graduates are now
eligible to join the Missouri City Police & Fire Auxiliary
and/or the Citizens Response Team. Photo is courtesy of Missouri
Kevin Chen, a student at Clements High School, was selected as a
member of the 2010 U.S. Physics Olympics Team.
He was one of 20 students selected from approximately 3,300
student scholars from across the U.S. to become a member of the
U.S. team af-ter having completed a rigor-ous exam process that
began in January 2010.
The U.S. Physics Olym-piad Program was started in 1986 by AAPT
to promote and demonstrate academic excellence.
This years event is orga-nized by the Croatian Physi-cal Society
and the University of Zagreb as the co-organizer, under the fi
nancial support of the Ministry of Science, Edu-cation and Sports
of the Re-public of Croatia and the City of Zagreb.
As a member of the U.S. Physics Olympics Team, Chen was required
to attend an intensive, 10-day train-
ing camp at the University of Maryland.
The training camp offered a crash course in the fi rst two years
of university physics. Students learned at a very fast pace and had
the opportunity to hear about cutting-edge re-search from some of
the com-munitys leading physicists before completing a series of
At the end of the train-ing camp, fi ve of the team members were
chosen as the
Traveling Team to represent the U.S. Team at the 41st
In-ternational Physics Olympiad to be held in July in Zagreb,
Croatia. Chen did not ad-vance to the Traveling Team, but is
honored to be among the original 20 students se-lected to represent
the 2010 U.S. Physics Olympics Team.
All twenty students who participated in the training camp are
champions. They have tested themselves with the best of their peers
for ten days and have proven to be an exceptional group of young
people, said War-ren Hein, Executive Offi cer of the American
Association of Physics Teachers, which sponsors the team.
We are proud of them all and are confi dent that the fi ve
Traveling Team members will continue the tradition of suc-cess for
the United States as they represent the U.S. Phys-ics Team in
Community happeningsPage 6 INDEPENDENT JUNE 9, 2010
CANCER SURVIVORS AT OAKBEND. OakBend Medical Center in Richmond
hosted the 5th annual National Cancer Survivors Celebration on June
2. This years survivor ceremony theme was The Journey That Brings
Us Here. Dr. Douglas Thibodeaux was the keynote speaker for this
event and a blessing was bestowed upon all survivors in attendance.
The guest enjoyed a reception that followed. Survivors are listed
from botton left to right: Lavelle Alkine, Geri Bandish, Janice
Harris, Janet Knox (OakBend Nurse Director), Maria Hernandez,
Mildred Reed, Maria Trevino, Janice Bartos, Francisca Villarreal,
Wanda Sanchez, Maxine Farley (face partially displayed), Roland
Hinojosa, Dr. Bushra Cheema (OakBend Medical Oncologist &
Hemotologist), Gaynell Blahuta, Florence Holesovsky, Dr. Amirali
Popatia (OakBend Medical Oncologist), Ethel Arrington, Ellis
Glueck, Cody Siebert, Anton Kelner, Susan Morales, Jan Thibodeaux,
Dr. Douglas Thibodeaux (OakBend physician and cancer survivor).
Above, Triathletes are in the pool and awaiting their start
during the 2009 Memorial Her-mann Sugar Land Triathlon. A classic
swim-bike-run course that includes wide pool lanes, a divided
four-lane boulevard and shaded neighborhoods awaits participants in
the 13th annual Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Triathlon on Sunday,
June 27. The open event will fi eld 800 triathletes from beginners
to professionals, ages 8 and older. The short sprint triath-lon
begins at First Colony Aquatic Center at 7 a.m. with a 300-meter,
dual-start pool swim. It is followed by a 10-mile bike ride and a
three-mile run that includes two water stations and plenty of
oversight by Sugar Land police. With our focus on sports medicine
and or-thopedics, its important for us to be actively engaged in
sports activities like this triathlon, so we can promote healthy
lifestyles, said Memorial Hermann Sugar Land CEO Jim Brown.
Proceeds from the triathlon benefi t Rainbow Room, First Colony
Swim Team and Cenikor. Finish Line Sports is serving as race
coordinator. The registration deadline is June 15. Cost is $75 for
individuals and $110 for relay teams. For additional information
and to register, visit www.signmeup.com and link through Event
Memorial Hermann Sugar Land hosts Triathlon on June 27
Texana Center held its fi rst Annual Reaching for the Stars
Awards Ceremony at the Fort Bend Country Club on May 25. Affairs
with Flair provid-ed wonderful refreshments for this great
With over 90 in attendance, the atmosphere was buzzing with
excitement as the win-ners were announced with a drum roll and the
traditional opening of the envelope.
The winners include:Volunteer of the Year - Dr.
Suzanna Cruz, who has do-nated her time and energy to all the
holiday activities, in-cluding serving foods, bring-ing treats,
making photo port-folios for our individuals and taking photographs
at nearly every event at the Learning
Center at Sugar Land. Contract Work Company
of the Year - Safi na Offi ce Products, who have provided
contracts for the Learning Centers for over 13 years.
Supported Employment Employer of the Year - The Kroger Company,
Rosenberg, who has employed individu-als with intellectual &
devel-opmental disabilities for the past 30 years.
Supported Employment Manager of the Year - Mike Childs, Manager
of the Krog-er Marketplace in Rosenberg. He has worked with our
indi-viduals for close to 15 years.
Champion of Behavioral Healthcare of the Year - Judge Brady
Elliott, who was in-strumental in establishing the
Mental Health Court in Fort Bend County.
Major Supporter of Texana Center - The George Founda-tion, who
gave Texana a $1.5 million challenge grant which led to us
receiving another $1.3 million, so far.
Other awards given were Volunteer Organization of the Year - Bay
City VFW Post #2438, who has supported people in our Learning
Cen-ter programs for more than 30 years; Supported Employ-ment
Employee of the Year - Kathy Schultz, who works with Pizza Hut in
Hempstead and Media Publication of the Year- Fort Bend Herald for
all the articles they have pub-lished about Texana in the past
Mylana Hearn, a ninth-grade student at Marshall High School, has
set a high
athletic standard for upcom-ing freshmen athletes to meet. She
is the fi rst freshman in
Freshman Track Star at Marshall High School
the history of Marshall High School to advance to the 5A UIL
State Track and Field Meet and compete in an in-dividual event.
On May 15, Hearn com-peted in the Girls Triple Jump 5A event at
state and placed 6th. Hearn advanced to the state meet after
earning 28 points at the district meet. At the District Meet, she
placed 1st in the High Jump event, 1st in Triple Jump, 3rd in Long
Jump, and 5th in the 100-Meter Hurdles.
Hearn is coached by Head Girls Track Coach, Benita Smith. Hearn
is pictured on the right.
Texana Center awards announced
Clements student qualifi es for 2010 U.S. Physics Olympics
On May 26, Andrew Suter of Clements High School received the
Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award from the Exchange Club
of Sugar Land. This award recognizes high school seniors who have
overcome great physical, emotional, and social obsta-cles to
succeed in the class-room. This recognition serves as a powerful
example to all stu-dents that hard work and per-severance really do
matter. Andrew has excelled in aca-demics and athletics since the
illness and unexpected death of his older sister, Kelly in
Photo by Ed Lee
Anjum Faraz (L) receives ACE Award from Helga Zauner (R) youth
chairman of the Sugar Land Exchange Club.On May 19, Anjum Faraz of
Kempner High School received the Accepting the Challenge of
Excellence Award from the Ex-change Club of Sugar Land. Anjum has
Scoliosis, but that has not stopped him from excelling in school
and serving the com-munity. He is truly a role model to his fellow
students. The Exchange Club of Sugar Land meets every Wednesday
morning at 7 a.m. at the Sweetwater Country Club. Photo by Ed
2010 ACE award winners
SOUTH WEST AREA PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZA-TION. Join the SWAPEN
meeting on Tuesday, June 15, at the home of Rhonda Walls, 707
Salerno (Venetian Estates) Sugar Land. 11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Networking and 11:30 a.m - 1 p.m. - Meeting. Glenn Smith, owner of
The Growth Coach Hous-ton, will be the guest speaker. SWAPEN is a
business network-ing group whose goal is to bring together business
women of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them
to help themselves and others to grow personally and
profession-ally through leadership, education, networking support,
and na-tional recognition. SWAPEN meets the third Tuesday of every
month at Sugar Creek Country Club in Sugar Land, 11 a.m. 1 p.m. For
more information, visit www.swapen.org
Front, Dee Koch, left, Willie Greer, Suzanna Cruz, Susan Lee;
Rear, Bob Haenel, left, John Null, Bill Jameson, Brady Elliott,
Jeff Robertson, Richard Thompson, and Mike Childs.
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Girl Scout Elizabeth Bess of New Territory wanted residents
especially children in the community to be educated on pet care.
She wrote an article for a local paper explaining what to do for
your pets during hurricanes. She made dog bag posts for local parks
and taught several boys and girls how to make these. She also did
an animal food drive for the local animal shelters and trained 19
younger girls how to make dog beds for the local shelters. Thus,
Bass, a member of Girl Scout Troop 486 of Rainbow Stars Service
Unit, earned the Gold Award, the highest achievement given by Girl
Scouts of the USA.
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Bill Cannon, Kristi Bajjali and Julie Moise RE/MAX Fine
erties Mario Rios and Minesh Patel, last week announced the
arrival of new Sales Associates Ju-lie Moise and Bill Cannon to
their family of Realtors.
Moise and Cannon will be partnering with vet-eran Top Producing
agent Kristi Bajjali forming Kristi Bajjali and Team.
Moise is a native Housto-nian raised on the north side of town
and has a Bach-elors degree in Business from Sam Houston State
University. She has over 18 years of experience in sales and
business admin-istration working for some of Houstons top CFOs in
the oil and gas industry.
Moise started her ca-reer in the housing in-dustry working for
New-mark Homes, assisting the CIO and back up support for the CEO
Once leaving Newmark Homes she had the opportu-nity to work with
accounting and marketing services for both residential and
com-mercial Real Estate agents. She has been assisting Kris-ti
Bajjali since the summer of 2009 and is now ready to hit the ground
running with her own transactions.
Cannon was born and raised in South Texas and attended Texas
A&M Uni-versity with studies in Business Management.
Before becoming a Re-altor, Cannon created a successful company
which he owned and op-erated, Training Wheels.
This company provided dealership and automo-tive manufacturers
consult-ing in operations, sales, and processes. Cannon is also a
certifi ed PADI Dive Master, and Master Scuba Diver, and travels
through-out the Caribbean and South Seas. He and his wife are also
working together to establish the PBGV Club of Texas and are
involved in fostering rescue dogs.
Cannon brings over 35 years of buying and selling experience to
his real estate career.
Additionally, he has been involved personally with numerous
remodeling and new construction projects, as well as land
development that has given him a wealth of experience to share with
clients. He looks forward to representing clients in the Houston,
Katy and Fort Bend area, as well as rural tracts in the country
We are pleased to have such a high caliber team join our family
of Realtors says Co-Owner Minesh Pa-tel. Kristi Bajjali has built a
tremendous business from repeat and referral clients, and she is
dedicated to the
RE/MAX Fine Properties welcomes Kristi Bajjali and Team
long-term development of our community to help people achieve
their home buying and selling goals.
By adding Julie and Bill to her team, Kristi is de-termined to
continue and expand her level of ser-vices to our community.
For more information on Kristi Bajjali or her team, visit
www.KristiBajjali.com or call 281-433-4462.
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L EADING M EDICINE
Join Us For Our Free Summer Seminar Series:
Attendees will receive a free colorectal screening kit to take
Seating is limited. To RSVP call 281-274-7500.
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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is once again Leading Medicine in
Fort Bend County, this time in the area of Colon and Gynecologic
Colorectal cancer is the third most-common cancer, but is
treatable when detected early and even preventable with the
of polyps. A colonoscopy is recommended at age 50 for
at risk of developing colon cancer, and it should be given even
if you have a family history of colorectal cancer.
A family history of breast or gynecologic cancers also puts
at a greater risk for cancer. However, the earlier its found,
more treatable it is. Annual Pap and pelvic exams are potent
Call 281-274-7500 to reserve your seat at our free colorectal
gynecologic cancer seminars.
Watch this delightful fairy tale from The Brothers Grimm come to
life in Award-Winning Fort Bend Theatres production of Twelve
Danc-ing Princesses, to be per-formed June 12 - 27, Tuesday,
Wednesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. and on Saturdays and Sundays at 3
p.m. at 2815 N. Main St in Stafford.
This traditional fairy tale tells the story of the twelve
beautiful, young princesses with a mysterious secret that the king
is desperate to dis-cover.
Tickets are available now on the FBT website
www.fortbendtheatre.com and are only $8. For more informa-tion,
Princess Periwinkle (Syd-
12 Dancing Princesses come to Fort Bend Theatre
nie Brown) tells her sister Princess Camelia (Skyler
Underwood) their secret in Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Pictured above are outgoing board memebers of Tri-City Womens
Club. This was at the May meeting at Sugar Creek Country Club.
Seated left to right-Alma Villarreal, Nancy Frank, Bet Cooper,
Harriett Ransbottom, Dolores Patterson, Brenda Stevenson. Second
row standing-Sue Adam, Grace Wallace, Elaine Aleman, Cherie
Kiernan, Connie Kaleta, Arlene Rivenes, Diane Schuler, Bobbie
Tomlin, Julie Beu, Connie Pace, Shirley Beu, Norma Smith, Wanda
Kolk-horst, Cindy Corbett, Mary Abbott, Linda Diez, Trish Piper,
Marcia Hollingshead. Tri-City is open to all women in the area. The
next meeting will be on Sept. 14 at Sweetwater Country Club. For
more information, contact Cherie at 281-499-4067.
Tri-City Womens Club