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Sugar Land, TX News – New Certification for Sugar Land Hospital

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 05th 2015

Sugar Land, TX News (January 5, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has taken a giant step towards improving the health of newborns and infants by earning the Texas Ten Step Program facility designation from the Texas Department of State Health Services.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Free Heart Health Screenings

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (December 20, 2014) –  Think of your heart as your body’s delivery system. It pumps out the good stuff—oxygenated and nutrient-rich blood—to every inch of you via a network of arteries.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sweetgrass Men’s Club Donates to Charity

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (December 19,2014) - Richmond’s Del Webb Sweetgrass Men’s Club presented a check for $1,655 to Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels to benefit the senior citizens of Fort Bend County.

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Sugar Land, TX – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Physicians Perform New Procedure to Relieve Post-Surgical Abdominal Pain

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (December 10, 2014) – Physicians at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently performed Fort Bend’s first transversus abdominis plane (TAP) block with laparoscopic colon surgery to minimize post-surgical pain.

TAP blocks numb the nerves supplying the anterior abdominal wall prior to abdominal surgery. They are performed under general anesthesia in the operating room. The TAP block limits the amount of post-operative pain, minimizes the need for post-surgery pain medication and reduces the length of stay in the hospital.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fire Risk Increases After Christmas Day

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 04th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (December 3, 2014) - Most homeowners are aware holiday decorations should be used with care. Each year, statistics tell the story of the fire danger resulting from frayed wires, proximity to heat sources, and lights left on unattended. But Natalie Holst of SERVPRO of Sugar Land wants local homeowners to know that the danger of fire caused by holiday decorating, and by Christmas trees specifically, actually increases after the holiday. Citing research from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Holst says while four out of five Christmas tree fires happen in December and January, the 10 days with the highest average number of fires were all after Christmas Day.

“For many families, preparing for the holiday season is a very busy time,” said Holst. “Come December 26, it’s tempting to relax and stop watering the Christmas tree, replacing bulbs in outdoor lights and tucking indoor garlands back into place. Dry greens, open sockets and decorations that slip dangerously close to light sockets or fireplaces can all increase the risk of fire in the days after the Christmas holiday.”

The American Christmas Tree Association** quotes Nielsen research that says Americans purchased 21.6 million live Christmas trees in 2011. That number is significant because, according to the NFPA, Christmas trees remain the number one culprit in holiday fires. Forty-three percent of Christmas tree fires happen in December, but January is close behind, claiming 39 percent-numbers that demonstrate the danger of allowing Christmas trees to dry out during and after the holiday season. Tragically, Christmas tree fires are particularly deadly, claiming on average one life in every 40 fires compared to an average of one death per 142 total reported home fires.

Holst encourages Sugar Land homeowners who choose to decorate with live Christmas trees to be diligent about watering their trees both before and after the holidays. “When a Christmas tree dries out, it takes only a single spark from the fireplace, a draft that blows a candle flame too near, or a carelessly held cigarette to turn your holiday celebration into a tragedy,” says Holst. “Beyond the damage from the fire itself, a Christmas tree fire, like any fire, can result in extensive smoke and water damage throughout your home, and can even be deadly.”

As the holiday season moves into full swing, Holst reminds homeowners to take common sense precautions based on a clear understanding of the potential danger to help prevent holiday traditions from turning into a holiday nightmare. For more fire prevention tips and information about fire and water damage restoration services, please visit www.servpro.com.

For more information on SERVPRO of Sugar Land, please contact Natalie Holst at (281) 313-1338 or NHolst@servproofsugarland.com.

Sugar Land, TX News – 100-Year-Old Woman Visits Newborn to Commemorate Birthday

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 26th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (November 26, 2014) – Memorial area resident Janet Unger was born at 7:25 am on Nov. 25, 1914.  To commemorate her birthday yesterday, the 100-year-old woman and her daughter visited Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center to meet and give a gift to a newborn who shared her birthday.  Unger presented baby girl Utsa and her family, who reside in Sugar Land, with a hand-written card about life’s blessings, as well as a photo of herself as a centenarian and a $100 bill.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Medical Center Receives Grant for Indigent Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News – OakBend Medical Center in Richmond, TX was recently granted $750,000 from the George Foundation to support the hospital’s Indigent Care Program.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend Women’s Center Receives Grant

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (November 6, 2014) – The Sugar Land Verizon Communications Store Team recently presented a Hopeline Grant of $15,000 to the Fort Bend County Women’s Center in support of the “Safety Teen Leadership Program.” The program reaches teens before or as violent relationship patterns are emerging, and provides education and empowerment for developing healthy relationship habits.

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Sugar Land, TX – Houston Methodist Streamlines Cancer Diagnoses & Staging

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 30th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (October 30, 2014) – Pulmonary and sleep specialist Priya Oolut of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently performed the first endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) with fine-needle aspiration biopsy to diagnose and stage lunch cancer in a patient in Fort Bend County.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Memorial Hermann Offers Advice For Arthritis Pain

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (October 16, 2014) – Memorial Hermann Sugar Land knows that hand pain can be debilitating and prevent you from accomplishing simple tasks like opening a jar or picking up a child. The good news is, it can be easily treated.

“Osteoarthritis affects one in three people age 65 and older, probably because older joints and surrounding cartilage wear out,” says Matthew Koepplinger, D.O., a hand surgeon with UT Physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Sugar Land. “One of the most common places for arthritis to strike is the hands, and women are more likely to suffer than men.”

Other possible causes of hand pain include accident or injury, overuse disorders such as carpal tunnel syndrome, stroke, and osteoarthritis.

One of the most effective methods of treating hand pain is hand therapy, which can help ease the ache and restore lost abilities. This type of relief is typically provided by an occupational or physical therapist. Nonsurgical treatment options include exercises to increase flexibility, splints to prevent or correct injury, and training to perform tasks correctly and easily.

The first thing a therapist does is learn what you normally do with your hands and find ways to adapt. If you like to bake, for instance, spooning batter for cupcakes may be easier than pouring it from a bowl. Your therapist may also give tips for how to deal with hand pain throughout the day. For example, if your hands hurt most in the morning, beginning your day with a warm bath or shower may ease your pain.

It may be just as important to find out what you shouldn’t do with your hands as what you should do. To stop or change activities that cause hand pain, don’t bend or twist your hands repeatedly, avoid using tools that are too big for your hands, keep your forearms level with your keyboard to avoid flexing your wrists when you type, and take regular breaks to avoid repeating the same hand movements too frequently.

To learn more about hand pain and other orthopedic issues, visit www.memorialhermann.org/orthopedics.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Board Approves Land Exchanges and Purchases for Future Schools and Agriculture Facility

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 15th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (October 15, 2014) – On Monday, October 13, The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees met during a Special Called Meeting and unanimously approved the exchange and purchase of four parcels of land to be used for future FBISD schools and facilities.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Hospital Performs Single-Site Hysterectomy

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 13th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (October 13, 2014) - Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital recently became the first hospital in Fort Bend County to perform a single incision laparoscopic hysterectomy procedure.

“Memorial Hermann Sugar Land is passionate about providing the best patient care available and offering more options for our patients,” said Board-certified Gynecological Surgeon Nicole Fleming, M.D., who performed the first procedure in August. “Fewer incisions may speed recovery time, reduce the chance of infection and other surgical complications, and potentially result in less pain for the patient.”

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Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Welcomes New Associate

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 07th 2014

Sugar Land TX News (October 7, 2014) – Susan Mathew, M.D., recently joined the Sugar Land staff of Houston Methodist Rheumatology Associates.

Dr. Mathew cares for patients with a wide range of rheumatic diseases, with a special emphasis on lupus. She comes to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from Geisinger Medical Center, a clinical campus of Temple University in Danville, Pennsylvania, where she served a fellowship in rheumatology.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Groth Corporation Awards Fort Bend Cares

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 29, 2014) – Fort Bend Cares Executive Director Angie Wierzbicki accepts a $3,000 check from Betty Jurado (left) of Groth Corporation in Stafford. This award was the first time Groth provided such a donation to Fort Bend Cares. Groth is a global leader in manufacturing pressure/vacuum relief valves, flame and detonation arresters, blanket gas regulators, and other low pressure relief products.

Betty Jurado, Groth Corporation, and Angie Wierzbicki, Fort Bend Cares

Betty Jurado, Groth Corporation, and Angie Wierzbicki, Fort Bend Cares

 

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Deploys New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 24, 2014) - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the first in Fort Bend County to use a next-generation cardiac ablation system to treat a patient with a common heart rhythm condition called atrial fibrillation, or AF. Patients with AF are typically treated with point-by-point radiofrequency ablation, which uses heat to ablate, or remove, extra tissue that is causing the heart to beat irregularly.
However, Sohail Jalal, M.D., a board-certified electrophysiologist, used the new Arctic Front Advance Cardiac Cryoballoon System, made by Medtronic, to treat his patient in a minimally invasive procedure at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Heritage Museum Receives Green Light for Permanent Space in Imperial Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 18, 2014) – The Sugar Land Heritage Museum, with its treasure trove of rare photographs, art and mementos capturing the storied history of Sugar Land, now has a permanent home.

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Sugar Land City Council has approved the museum’s new location in Imperial Sugar Land where it will occupy 12,600 square feet of space on the second floor of a historic container warehouse once used by the Imperial Sugar Company.  The space is located near the Imperial Sugar Char House on Highway 90 at Kempner Street. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD to Host Town Hall Meetings

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 16, 2014) – At the August 18 Board meeting, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees called a $484 million bond election for November 4, 2014 to address the District’s growth, to provide safety and security improvements, and to upgrade the District’s technology infrastructure. Fort Bend ISD invites community members, parents, guardians and students to attend one of 12 Town Hall meetings to be held starting Tuesday, September 30 to learn more about the FBISD Nov. 4, 2014 Bond. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 10, 2014) – The City of Sugar Land has confirmed the presence of West Nile virus at mosquito traps located in the Sugar Land Business Park and the Sugar Creek subdivision. The mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile on Sept. 9.

The City increased mosquito spraying to twice per week this summer and has been working closely with the Texas Department of State Health Services to trap and test mosquitos for the presence of the West Nile virus. The traps supplement the City’s larvicide and mosquito spraying operations. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Local Teacher named 2014 Presidential Award Finalist

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 09th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 9, 2014) – Lisa Baum, a third-grade science teacher at Colony Meadows Elementary School, is one of only eight Texas teachers named a finalist for the 2014 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). This is the highest recognition a mathematics or science teacher may receive for exemplary teaching in the United States. The National Science Foundation administers the PAEMST on the behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to K-6 grade teachers whose innovative methods bring teaching to life in the classroom.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Seniors Catch the Acting Bug at MGCC

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 03rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (September 3, 2014) - Look to Mamie George Community Center for advice and resources to help seniors get the most out of life. Mamie is changing our attitudes towards aging from the traditional image of decline to a new vision of continuous growth. Keep looking forward! Your senior years can provide wonderful opportunities to learn new skills, pursue new adventures, develop new passions or explore old ones.

Retired Seniors 55 and better are invited to participate in Community Theater at the Mamie George Community Center.  Auditions for readers, actors, singers and dancers will be held at the center on October 29th 10 am – 12 pm.  This is an opportunity for seniors to develop their skills and perform in a staged production. Seniors of all levels of experience, from novice to seasoned pro, are welcome to participate.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Trustees Approve Revisions to Board Policy

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 27, 2014) - This month, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved revisions to board policy governing attendance boundaries and feeder patterns. Based on the adoption of this revised policy, the administration is developing procedures, a timeline, and comprehensive plan to put the new policy into action.

The policy revisions reflect the items closely reviewed, including the board’s overall philosophy regarding attendance boundaries, feeder patterns, and distribution of programs. The policy addresses priorities held by the community, as well as the board’s desire to maintain neighborhood schools, reserve “pure” feeder patterns, maintain a student-centered approach, ensure students zoned to campuses are not moved or negatively impacted when distributing programs among schools, and create attendance boundaries that will stand for five or more years when possible.

The administration has begun to develop a long-range plan to address district feeder patterns and boundaries, including new attendance boundaries for two new elementary schools scheduled to open in 2015 and 2016. Based on a new demographic update and other information that will be available in late fall 2014, the administration will review the data and implement a community engagement process to bring recommendations to the board.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD High School Football Season Tickets Available for Online Purchase

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 24, 2014) – Season football tickets are currently on sale for Fort Bend ISD’s 11 high schools. Tickets are valid for regular season games only (not post-season) and will be valid at Mercer or Hall Stadiums for all home and visitor games for that school. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Boy Scouts Prepare Pancake Breakfast for the Exchange Club of Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 22nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 22, 2014) – The Boy Scouts of Troop 731 outdid themselves again this year in preparing a delicious pancake breakfast for the Exchange Club of Sugar Land. A slide presentation showed some of the camping experiences the Exchange Club has helped fund in the past. Troop 731 has produced 92 Eagle Scouts since 1991, preparing youth to become responsible, participating American citizens and leaders.20140820wbc07 (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Iconic Sugar Land Water Tower to Undergo Major Facelift

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 20th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 20, 2014) – Sugar Land’s signature water tower, standing tall since 1924, will receive a complete facelift as the iconic structure is restored and re-painted to serve as one of the signature features of Imperial Sugar Land. The Johnson Development Corp., developer of the Fort Bend master-planned community, is funding the four-month restoration which will allow work crews to stabilize the structure where necessary, and paint it in an earth tone color adorned with the Imperial Sugar Land logo at the top. As a precautionary measure, a large cover will be placed over the top of the tower during the restoration.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Briscoe Junior High Principal Attends Harvard Leadership Institute

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 13th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 13, 2014) – Briscoe Junior High principal Michael Semmler, spent part of his summer at the Leadership Institute at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Statement on Wrecker Truck Contracts

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 11, 2014) – The Sugar Land Police Department identified problems with its wrecker truck rotation that included tow trucks not on the contract arriving at accident scenes claiming they were sent by one of Sugar Land’s contracted companies. Companies working under several different business names made it difficult to verify insurance and licenses. The chief of police recently established a process for annual renewal of the contracts to ensure insurance coverage is up to date and trucks that show up at accident scenes belong to companies on Sugar Land’s rotation. The new process better protects motorists from predatory business practices.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Child Nutrition Staff Available to Help Families Register for School Meal Plans

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 6, 2014) – To help provide students with the nutrition they need to be successful in school, Fort Bend ISD’s Child Nutrition Department offers breakfast and lunch meals to students each school day. Students can buy breakfast for $1.25 (elementary and secondary) and lunch for $2.25 (elementary) and $2.50 (secondary). Children who qualify for the Reduced-Price School Meal program may buy lunch for 40 cents and breakfast for only 30 cents. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend County’s Feral Kitties

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 6, 2014) -In Richmond, and around Fort Bend County, there is a problem with cats and kittens being dropped off at random locations or tossed out of windows of moving cars. These cats turn into feral cats, if they survive the separation from their owners.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend County Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 01st 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (August 1, 2014) - A sampling of mosquitoes in Fort Bend County has tested positive for the West Nile Virus. When an area tests positive for the West Nile Virus in a few mosquitoes, it does not always mean there is a high risk of human infection. Simple measures can prevent the spread or infection of the West Nile Virus. Working together with Fort Bend County and the cities in the county, residents can help control the mosquito population.

When an area has mosquito samples that test positive for West Nile Virus, Fort Bend County Road & Bridge or the appropriate city department makes a focused response to prevent mosquito breeding by increasing spraying and larviciding in the area until a sample of mosquitoes tests negative for the virus. Testing is conducted by trapping mosquitoes and submitting the sample to be tested for viruses.

Mosquitoes positive for West Nile Virus does not necessarily lead to human cases of disease. There have been no human cases of West Nile Virus in the county so far this year. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – YMCA Summer Sites Come Together for Campapalooza 2014

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - On July 24th, the nine YMCA youth outreach summer camp sites across Fort Bend County converged on Bates Allen Park (YMCA Camp Cloud) in Kendleton, TX for their annual “Campapalooza” field day and picnic.  Almost three hundred fifty Fort Bend County youth participated in a variety of activities and competitions.  Thanks to the assistance from six local supporters and donors that participated as celebrity judges for the day; the kids also competed in a talent show.  “The event provides a great opportunity for all of the youth involved in our nine Fort Bend County programs to come together for food, fun, and fellowship,” stated Brian Haines, YMCA District Vice President.

The YMCA “Campapalooza” event was created in 2009 by YMCA volunteers and staff in an effort to broaden the life experiences of the youth in YMCA summer outreach programs and to instill a sense of pride for the community that they represent.  During the one day event, participants represented their Y sites through a variety of individual and team competitions, as well as a talent show.  The children also participated in canoeing and other outdoor activities that they learned at Y Camp Cloud during the summer.  The day culminated with a barbecue lunch served up by YMCA volunteers and staff.

Y Talent Show Champs & Judges  - (From Left to Right) – Back Row Celebrity Judges – Swatson, Mike Flory, John Willett, Monica Rusch, Marshall Whichard, and Mike Davis.  Seated Front Rows – Winning Talent Show Youth from the YMCA’s Taylor Ray Outreach Site.

Y Talent Show Champs & Judges – (From Left to Right) – Back Row Celebrity Judges – Swatson, Mike Flory, John Willett, Monica Rusch, Marshall Whichard, and Mike Davis. Seated Front Rows – Winning Talent Show Youth from the YMCA’s Taylor Ray Outreach Site.

Each year, the highlight of the Y “Campapalooza” event is the talent show.   During the talent show, each YMCA site presented their best talents through a variety of singing and dancing performances.  Judges for the talent show were represented by local organizations and businesses that support YMCA programs throughout the year.  The celebrity judges for the 2014 contest included Marshall Whichard, Y Camp Cloud Co-Chair; Mike Flory, Y Camp Cloud Co-Chair; Mike Davis, Fort Bend County Parks & Recreation Director; Monica Rusch, Houston Astros and Y Camping Services Board; Swatson, Sugar Land Skeeters Mascot; and John Willett, Y Camping Services Board.  After scoring all of the tremendous talent, the judges awarded first place to a team from the YMCA’s Taylor Ray Elementary outreach site from Rosenberg, Texas.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Terry High Holds Back-to-School Events

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - Terry High School will hold its freshmen orientation “Fish Camp,” 9 am to noon, Aug. 13, starting in Graeber Auditorium.

Fish Camp is for incoming freshmen and any students new to Terry. Incoming Rangers will have an opportunity to meet with administrators, coaches, teachers, and counselors and see what clubs and organizations they’d like to join. The event is being coordinated by Terry’s Student Council. Parents are also welcome.

The Terry Ranger Reveille for sophomores, juniors, and seniors, 8 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 3 pm, Aug. 12 and Aug. 14. Students can pick up schedules, apply for parking permits, and visit with counselors.

Terry is located at 5500 Ave. N in Rosenberg. Call 832-223-3400 for more information on either event.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Primary Care Group Welcomes Dr. Rajan

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - Houston Methodist Primary Care Group is pleased to welcome family medicine specialist Dr. Jessen Rajan.

Dr. Rajan will share a practice with Dr. Adelola Ashaye in Missouri City, located at 5819 Highway 6, Suite 370.  Dr. Rajan is board certified in family medicine, and her practice serves patients of all ages, with a special emphasis on preventive care.

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Dr. Rajan

“I am thrilled to be a part of Houston Methodist Primary Care Group,” says Dr. Rajan.  “The Fort Bend area is an exciting place to live and work, and I am looking forward to establishing long-term relationships with my patients in Missouri City and surrounding areas. I am especially pleased to be affiliated with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and to have access to the hospital’s leading technology and excellent staff.”

Dr. Rajan comes to Houston Methodist Primary Care Group from the Lone Star Family Health Center in Conroe.  She earned her medical degree at Texas A&M Health Science Center in College Station and her undergraduate degree from University of St. Thomas in Houston.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Rajan, call her office at 281-276-0653 or schedule online at houstonmethodist.org/primarycare.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Now Offers Endoscopic Ultrasounds

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital gastroenterologist Madhukar Kaw, M.D., recently performed the hospital’s first endoscopic ultrasound procedure, an advanced technology that enables doctors to generate accurate, detailed images of lesions in the digestive tract that are not visible through routine endoscopy.

Endoscopic ultrasound combines traditional endoscopy – in which a small, lighted flexible tube with an attached ultrasound probe is inserted into the upper or lower digestive tract.  The scope includes a tiny device that creates sound waves to generate additional close-up images of organs, enabling the physician to see detailed pictures both from the camera and via ultrasound.  Endoscopic ultrasound is especially helpful in guiding the physician during the biopsy of organs and lymph nodes.

Dana G. Lewis, R.N., endoscopy charge nurse; Kenneth Isaac, endoscopy technician; Madhukar Kaw, M.D., gastroenterologist; Max Mejia, endoscopy technician; Roderick Carter, endoscopy technician.

Currently, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is the only facility in Fort Bend providing endoscopic ultrasounds.

“Images from a traditional endoscopic camera don’t always allow the physician to detect some early-stage cancers,” says Dr. Kaw.  “And routine ultrasounds, because they travel through the body, are typically not helpful until there is a mass of some size.  Now we can create both close-up camera and ultrasound images with one tool that enables us to clearly see lesions or abnormalities and to directly guide biopsies for further study. The endoscopic ultrasound has become an integral technology in identifying and staging gastrointestinal cancers including esophageal, stomach, rectum, pancreatic, and bile duct cancers.”

Sugar Land, TX News – Police Searching for Suspects in Domino’s Robbery

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 28, 2014) - Sugar Land police are looking for two men who robbed an employee at Domino’s Pizza, 11920 Dairy Ashford Road, on July 21.

The 25-year-old employee said he walked outside at about 2:30 am to place an item in his vehicle as he was closing the restaurant. His vehicle was parked behind the restaurant. While standing near his vehicle, he was approached by two men, who displayed handguns and demanded money from the cash register.

The employee told the men that cash receipts had already been deposited at a bank, so the suspects took a small amount of money from the employee and ran away.

A female employee inside the restaurant witnessed the armed confrontation, locked the door, and called police.

There were no video surveillance cameras around the exterior of Domino’s; however, footage from a nearby business indicates the suspects may have left in a small, red, four-door passenger vehicle with black rims.

The suspects were described as black men wearing dark hoodies and black sweat pants.  They were 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet 1 inches tall and 24-28 years old.  They both had thin builds, medium skin tones, and were clean shaven.  One had a short military-style afro haircut.

Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at 281-275-2540 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477).

Sugar Land, TX News – New Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center Now Open in Missouri City

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 24, 2014) - Missouri City residents now have convenient access to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s leading emergency care capabilities.

The new state-of-the-art Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center opened July 15 in the heart of Missouri City, at 8200 Highway 6 between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities. The center is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat patients of all ages who are ill or injured.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital celebrated the new Emergency Care Center on July 10 with over 400 attendees. The 9,600-square-foot facility includes 10 private treatment rooms, full-service X-ray, CT, and ultrasound capabilities.

Maime Ballard, Physician Relations; Dr. Jessen Rajan, Houston Methodist Primary Care Group; Dr. Deepshikha Sharda, Houston Methodist Primary Care Group; Dr. Adelola Ashaye, Houston Methodist Primary Care Group.

Most importantly, Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians specializing in emergency care from pediatric to geriatric patients, working alongside specially trained nursing and ancillary staff with extensive experience in emergency care.

“The new Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center gives Missouri City residents a first-class ER right in their own neighborhood,” says Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  “Patients treated at the new center will have direct, expedited admission to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital if needed, along with personal assistance from patient representatives in scheduling any necessary follow-up appointments.  And the center accepts all insurance plans that are in-network with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital including Medicare.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – City Manager Files 2015 Budget Proposal

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 24, 2014) - City Manager Allen Bogard presented his proposed fiscal year 2015 budget to City Council on July 22. The City’s fiscal year begins Oct. 1 and ends on Sept. 30, 2015.

Based on the priorities and needs identified by City Council through planning workshops beginning in March, the proposed budget totals $324.15 million.  Capital projects such as a performing arts center, voter-approved parks projects, and street/drainage improvements represent a large share of the proposed budget. Of the total, $166.32 million is for operations, $144.35 million is for capital projects, and $13.48 million is for economic development.

The increase to the City’s operating budget and general fund is 3.8 percent and 4.6 percent, respectively.  The proposed budget includes funding for several high priority City Council initiatives.

The following priorities are addressed in the operating budget:

  • Eleven new firefighter/paramedics, two public safety dispatchers, and equipment for implementation of a fire-based ambulance transport system beginning January 2015 are included.  The effort is the result of a strategic project to meet improved Advanced Life Support delivery standards that were identified by Dr. Joe Anzaldua, Sugar Land’s medical director.
  • Funds are included for implementation of a public safety compensation study that will keep the City’s public safety positions competitive in the local market.
  • Two new code enforcement inspectors will allow a more proactive approach to neighborhood code enforcement.
  • An additional customer service representative will assist with utility billing calls and payments. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Solid Waste, Recycling Program Bags State Award

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 24, 2014) - The Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) selected the City of Sugar Land to receive a Sustainability Practices Award for achievements in solid waste and recycling.

The award recognizes individuals, teams, or organizations that have made outstanding contributions to promote sustainability in public works.

Sugar Land was recognized for an ongoing public education campaign to make residents aware of solid waste and recycling services intended to reduce waste sent to landfills.

Pictured (L-R) during a recent City Council recognition ceremony are Assistant Public Works Director Dawn Steph, Texas Public Works Association Southeast Branch President Andrea Brinkley, Mayor James Thompson, and Environmental Manager Gabe Reaume.

Sugar Land’s enhanced solid waste and recycling program was implemented several years ago with the goal to increase services and reduce the amount of solid waste sent to landfills.  At that time, just 10 percent of waste was being diverted from landfills.

The enhanced solid waste and recycling program now includes automated collections of garbage and recycling, a bulky waste program, and increased recycling services such as a green waste recycling program.

The City designed an education and marketing campaign to ensure residents are aware of the program. The campaign included both traditional and modern advertising including videos, education events, news releases, mailers, etc.  The City of Sugar Land has also made use of social media and developed an informative smart phone app to better educate residents.

Through the education campaign and a partnership with Republic Services, the City was able to provide the enhanced services at a savings to taxpayers of $800,000 annually and diverted more than 36 percent of solid waste from landfills in 2013.

To learn more about Sugar Land’s solid waste and recycling services, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste.

Sugar Land, TX News – New Student Walk-In Registration Dates Set for July 28 and 29

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 23, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD has established Monday, July 28 and Tuesday, July 29 as walk-in registration days where parents may enroll students new to the District at any FBISD school. Schools will hold morning registration from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm, and afternoon registration will take place from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm each day. Families who are unable to attend the walk-in registrations will need to make an appointment to register students on additional days.

Parents of all students new to FBISD begin the process by completing the New Student Online Registration Process. Parents may complete the process from their home computers or at a computer available on their student’s campus. A link is provided on the District’s website. To complete the process, parents will need an email address to successfully create an account.

To make an appointment to enroll their child, parents who have completed the online process should call the school in which their child will attend. No appointment is needed for the walk-in registration dates of July 28 and 29.

Current FBISD students who have moved to another home within the District and will be zoned to a different school in 2014-2015 are not required to complete the online registration. Parents of rezoned students should call their new campus to make an appointment.

To ensure that registration goes smoothly, families are asked to bring the following documents when enrolling their children in Fort Bend ISD:

  • Birth Certificate or its equivalent (for students younger than age 12)
  • Most recent report card or grade transcript
  • Immunization Records
  • Proof of Residence, including a deed, current lease, or mortgage agreement
  • A recent utility bill (water, gas, electric)
  • A student’s Social Security card or a state-assigned ID number
  • A government issued photo ID (TX Driver’s License/ID Card) of the student’s parent or guardian, which provides their FBISD address

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Provides Educational Opportunities and Programs for Homeless Youth

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 23, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD has a policy to ensure that each homeless youth has access to the same free public education and related services as every other school-aged student who attends a school in FBISD.

FBISD’s Special Programs Department and campuses work together to improve the educational outcomes for homeless students by addressing areas of enrollment, transportation, academic, social, and psychological needs.

Amanda Hartley, Title I Coordinator in Special Programs, serves as the District’s Homeless Liaison. For information on services provided to our homeless youth, please contact her at 281-634-1355.

Sugar Land, TX News – Chuy’s Now Hiring for New Sugar Land Location

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 22nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 22, 2014) – Known for its authentic, fresh food, fun and eclectic atmosphere, Austin-based Tex-Mex restaurant Chuy’s, plans to open its eighth Houston area location in Sugar Land in late August. To prepare for the local launch the restaurant is now hiring approximately 160 team members.

“We are thrilled to finally open in Sugar Land,” said Kamel Basma, local Owner/Operator of the new location. “Chuy’s has had more requests for a Sugar Land location over the past few years than any other city in the country.”

To support its fun and family-friendly atmosphere, Chuy’s will be hiring a variety of positions, including front-of-the-house hosts, servers, bussers and bartenders. The Sugar Land restaurant is also hiring kitchen staff and tortilla experts to help prepare its made-from-scratch dishes and signature sauces. Full-time and part-time positions are available.

“We are looking for a team of fun and energetic people who have good attitudes and are just as passionate as we are about serving authentic and fresh food,” said Basma.

Interested applicants can visit the hiring trailer Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., located in the restaurant parking lot at 320 Highway 6 in Sugar Land.

Chuy’s is currently finishing construction on the Sugar Land location. The restaurant is designed with the company’s philosophy: “If you’ve seen one Chuy’s, you’ve seen one Chuy’s.”  Chuy’s Sugar Land will incorporate unique design elements, such as a “dog wall” featuring pictures of local canines, as well as Chuy’s décor staples: sculpted metal palm trees, hubcaps on the ceiling and a shrine to Elvis Presley. Chuy’s Happy Hour offers their Fully-Loaded Nacho Car with chips, salsa, queso and ground sirloin available for free weekdays from 4-7 p.m.

Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City Family Recognized for Coming to the Aid of Injured Police Officer

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 21st 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 21, 2014) - At its regular meeting on Monday, June 16, the Missouri City Council recognized the Muñiz family for assisting Missouri City Officer Benjamin Pahl after he was in a motorcycle accident outside their Sienna Plantation home. Officer Pahl presented the family with an additional plaque that recognized them for their heroic efforts to help the injured officer and other public safety and emergency personnel during and after the accident.

On February 19, Officer Pahl left the Missouri City Public Safety Headquarters after a meeting to head home on his motorcycle. After recently being selected to the City’s new motorcycle traffic unit, Officer Pahl had begun riding his motorcycle as often as possible, but that day he accidentally hit a curb while turning into his neighborhood. He was thrown off of the vehicle and hit a street sign.

“After getting past the initial shock of the accident, I was able to reach my cell phone and call 911. Right after I got a hold of the dispatcher, Juan and Synthia Muñiz, neighbors whom I have never met, came to my aid. Mr. Muñiz took my cell phone and spoke to the dispatcher, giving her the information they needed, all the while checking my injuries and summoning extra help,” Officer Pahl said. “Mr. Muñiz held my twisted leg stable, which I had been trying to do myself. Mrs. Muñiz spoke to me and tried to keep me busy. She contacted my wife and informed her of the accident and which hospital I would be going to.”

Image courtesy of Missouri City
Officer Ben Pahl, center, recognized the Muñiz family for coming to his assistance after he was in a motorcycle accident in front of their home.

The impact had caused an anterior dislocation of Officer Pahl’s left knee and a large laceration to the bone on his lower right leg. The high-impact trauma to his knee was both limb and life threatening. Despite needing emergency care quickly in order to save his left leg, Officer Pahl said that until the Muñiz family stepped in, he felt ignored by passing vehicles.

“I remember thinking to myself ‘why isn’t anyone here to help me?’ I’m not sure how long I was on the ground with no help, but it seemed like an eternity,” Officer Pahl said. “While lying on the ground, I heard many people drive past without stopping to help or come to my aid. Mr. and Mrs. Muñiz didn’t wait for someone else to help, they didn’t stop to take pictures or video, they just came to me. That’s all I needed at that moment.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Extends Reduced Cat Adoption Fees

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 21st 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 21, 2014) - The Sugar Land Animal Shelter is extending reduced adoption fees of $20 for cats through Sept. 8. The fee includes vaccinations, spaying, and a microchip with a lifetime registration.

All cats and kittens include a sleepover option allowing potential families to try out a pet in their home for three to five days. If it’s a perfect match, just return to Animal Services to finalize the adoption.

The City also hosts adoption events at Petsmart, 16758 Southwest Freeway. Adoptable animals from the City’s animal shelter are displayed on a daily basis. Cats are housed at Petsmart seven days a week, and dogs stay at the store on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.

For more information, contact Sugar Land Animal Services, 101 Gillingham Lane, at 281-275-A-DOG (2364).

Sugar Land, TX News – Common Threads Sponsoring Back-to-School Fair

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) – Lamar CISD’s Common Threads program, the Texas Children’s Health Plan and Children’s Dentistry of Texas are sponsoring a back-to-school fair, located at Common Threads, 710 Houston St., Richmond.

The fair will be July 26, from 9 am to 1 pm.

There will be free school supplies for children, grades k-12. Every child must be accompanied by an adult.

Qualifying families can also pick up school clothing, or a voucher to obtain clothing at a future date. Talk to your child’s school nurse for qualification information.

Vaccinations and health screenings will also be provided, as well as nutrition, health, and safety information. Please bring a vaccination record if you plan to have your child vaccinated.

There will also be fun activities, including door prizes, face painting, popcorn, and music.

Clothing and school supplies will be provided to Lamar CISD students only.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Launches New Website

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD recently launched a new website that contains several new features to help parents, students, and community members access District information in a quick and efficient way. With more than two and a half million visitors last year from approximately 150 countries, FBISD’s website is a vital communication tool for the District.

Some of the new features include:

  • Global Icons, representing the most visited webpages, that appear on the top right corner of every page
  • A Translate function to assist the District’s diverse population in receiving messages more clearly
  • Dedicated Tabs for Community, Parents, Students, and Staff with organized information specific to their needs and interests
  • Quick Links for popular webpages
  • An Events section highlighting upcoming districtwide happenings
  • Announcements and Headlines & Features sections with timely information
  • A Search FBISD bar to assist users in locating information quickly

On each webpage, visitors will also find contact information for FBISD departments that will direct them to staff who can answer questions they may have.

As parents and students regularly visit their respective campus websites for information, they will notice periodic upgrades and redesign elements, most of which will occur during Phase Two of FBISD’s new website launch, coming soon.

For optimal user experience, modern browsers (such as Google Chrome, Safari, or Firefox) should be used when viewing the website. To visit the new FBISD website, go to www.fortbendisd.com.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Literacy Council of Fort Bend’s Great Grown-up Spelling Bee

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - Attention Fort Bend County residents, there is a “rumble in the bumble!”  Teams of three adults are buzzing around preparing for the 5th Annual Great Grown-Up Spelling Bee that will take place on Thursday, September 18, 2014 from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the University of Houston-Sugar Land.

Whether you lost your grade-school Spelling Bee and cannot wait any longer to redeem yourself, want to participate in a fun old-fashioned Bee to increase your knowledge, or want to show-off your superb spelling skills, the Bee is for you. For only a $500 team entry fee, a team of three spellers will win a place in our “Honey Hall of Fame” and the braggadocio rights as the “Best Grown-Up Spellers in the County.”

Feeling rusty on your spelling ability? Don’t worry. We will provide each team with a list of words to study prior to the Bee.  Also, we are offering spell-agains, mulligans, and stingers for strategic teams to purchase to assist with any difficult words.  Don’t “Bee” a “Humble Bee;” “Bee” a “Bumble Bee” and grab two of your co-workers, friends, or family members to join the fun as a team in our Bee.

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available for this event, and they range in price from $5,000 to $75. In addition to regular sponsorships, we are offering smaller sponsorships, such as “Bee a Word Sponsor” for $200. At the $200 level, the sponsor will have a spelling word that is related to their business announced during the Bee as one of the spelling words. Bee a Word Sponsors will receive sponsor recognition on the website, at the event, admission and dinner for two. For $100, a sponsor can be a letter in our “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” alphabet sponsorship opportunity. Two sponsor opportunities are available for each letter of the Alphabet. “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” sponsors have the chance to claim the first letter of their business name, last name, children’s name, etc., and have that letter represent their business or their family. The “A-Bee-C’s for Literacy” will be displayed at the event, on the website; will receive admission and dinner for one. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Five Fort Bend ISD High School Graduates Among Additional College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently announced approximately 1,600 additional winners of 2014 National Merit Scholarships financed by colleges and universities, and among them are five Fort Bend ISD high school graduates.

FBISD’s 2014 Additional College-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners are:

  • Alexander Aitken – Clements High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
  • Michael LoPiccolo – Clements High School, National Merit University of Texas at Dallas Scholarship
  • Tanner McKerlie – Clements High School, National Merit University of Nebraska – Lincoln Scholarship
  • Alay Shah – Hightower High School, National Merit Baylor University Scholarship
  • Olivia Wright – Austin High School, National Merit Texas A&M University Scholarship

These Merit Scholar designees join approximately 2,500 other college-sponsored award recipients who were announced in late May. Officials of each sponsor college selected their scholarship winners from among the finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program who will attend their institution. College-sponsored awards provide between $500 and $2,000 annually for up to four years of undergraduate study at the institution financing the scholarship.

This year, 181 colleges and universities are sponsoring about 4,100 Merit Scholarship awards. Sponsor colleges include 106 private and 75 public institutions located in 44 states and the District of Columbia. This final group of winners brings the number of 2014 National Merit Scholars to more than 7,600. These distinguished high school graduates will receive scholarships for undergraduate study worth a total of approximately $33 million. In addition to college-sponsored awards, two other types of National Merit Scholarships were offered—2,500 National Merit® $2500 Scholarships, for which all finalists competed, and more than 1,000 corporate-sponsored Merit Scholarship awards for finalists who met criteria specified by their grantor organizations.

Sugar Land, TX News – Texas Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend, August 8-10

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - Texas shoppers get a break from state and local sales taxes on August 8, 9, and 10 – the state’s annual tax holiday. As in previous years, the law exempts most clothing, footwear, school supplies, and backpacks priced under $100 from sales and use taxes. Given the few exemptions, families can take advantage of the Sales Tax Holiday and purchase back-to-school items for their children, with a possible savings of $8 for every $100 they spend.

For more information on the Sales Tax Holiday/Tax-Free Weekend and to view lists of qualifying sale items (that can be purchased online, by telephone or mail), visit window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/taxholiday/d/.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Welcomes Four New Members to School Leadership Team

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 17, 2014) - The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees recently approved four new school leaders. Joining the FBISD school leadership team are: Jennifer Kapral, associate principal at Lake Olympia Middle School; Theresa Bathe, assistant principal at Highlands Elementary School; Yvette Huerta Mendoza, assistant principal at Holley Elementary School; and Julie O’Hara, assistant principal at Ridgemont Elementary School.

Jennifer Kapral most recently served as a program director at Raise Your Hand Texas, a non-profit education advocacy organization that supports public education in Texas. Prior to that, she served as an assistant principal and coordinator/teacher at the International High School at Sharpstown in Houston ISD. Kapral received her Bachelor’s degree in Politics and Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s in Education Leadership from the University of St. Thomas.

Theresa Bathe has devoted more than 30 years to education, having served as a first- and second-grade team leader, and a fifth-grade Special Education teacher at Meadows Elementary School. She has also worked as an envision Math curriculum reviewer for Scott Foresman Publishing Company. Bathe earned her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Sam Houston State University and her Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Texas A&M University.

Yvette Huerta Mendoza most recently served as a fifth-grade dual language teacher at Taylor Ray Elementary School in Lamar Consolidated ISD. Prior to that, she served as a bilingual teacher at Rosa Parks Elementary School and also completed her student teaching at Burton Elementary School in Fort Bend ISD. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Bilingual Education and her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston.

Julie O’Hara brings a wealth of leadership experience to Fort Bend ISD, having worked as a summer school principal, fifth-grade math and science teacher, an At-Risk specialist/testing coordinator, and a math/science instructional specialist for Cypress Fairbanks ISD. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Integrated Science from Grand Valley State University and her Master’s degree in Education Management from the University of Houston.

Sugar Land, TX News – 2014 Fort Bend ISD High School Football Season Tickets go on Sale in August

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 16, 2014) - Season football tickets will go on sale for Fort Bend ISD’s 11 high schools in August. Tickets are valid for regular season games only (not post-season) and will be valid at Mercer or Hall Stadiums for all home and visitor games for that school. As before, the season ticket entitles you to your assigned seat at home games. When you are a visitor, the ticket will act as general admission to the game, with no assigned seating. After season ticket sales are over, the remaining chair back seats will be sold on a “first-come, first-served” basis. All tickets sold during the football season will be general admission tickets. Tickets sold at FBISD stadiums will cost $8.00 each. For the 2014 football season, parking will be free of charge.

  • Online (credit or debit) purchases will be available through a link on our District website at www.fortbendisd.com on August 4. Please note that a convenience fee will be added to ticket purchase when processed online.
  • Tickets will be sold (cash or check only) at the Wheeler Field House Box Office located in the FBISD Athletic Office (16403 Lexington Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479), from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • On August 4-15, only season ticket holders from 2013 can purchase tickets for seats they held in 2013.
  • On August 18-28, all remaining season tickets will go on sale to the general public on a “first-come, first-served” basis. Season ticket sales for all Fort Bend ISD high schools will end on August 28 when the first game kicks off the 2014 season. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – The Ladybugs Spread Joy to Richmond Healthcare Center

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 16, 2014) – The Ladybugs helped to spread joy to patrons in hospice, retirement, and general healthcare at the Richmond Healthcare Center recently in Fort Bend. The group provided fun games and prizes, sang songs, and brought each patron fresh baked pastries and chocolates, Mardi Gras beads, magazines, toiletries, new socks, and other items to help brighten their day. The Ladybugs, a social/civic group in existence since 2007, flutters to local area facilities to offer encouragement, motivation, and lots of hugs and warm smiles. They help the patrons to participate in various activities or entertainment that they provide, and let them know that they are being thought about.

Ladybugs in attendance at this particular event at the Richmond Healthcare Center included (l to r): Dr. Eugenia Blomstrom, Milly Jones, Dee Dee Blomstrom, Velvete Rojubokan, and Ladybugs founder/coordinator, Vicki Latham.

The Ladybugs are now in the process of collecting teddy bears to hand out to handicapped patrons at local area facilities at Christmas time. In order for this to be a success like last year, the group starts their collection in the summer. If you have new or gently used teddy bears that you would like to donate, please contact the ladybugs coordinator, Ms. Latham at vmlatham@yahoo.com, for information on where to drop off your teddy bear donations.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – City Website Named State’s Best

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 14th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 14, 2014) - The Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers recently named Sugar Land’s citizen newsletter and website as the best in Texas.

Since its inception in 2002, the TAMI awards have served to recognize outstanding municipal government achievements in communications, marketing, and constituent relationships. The program also serves as an important forum for exchanging information and ideas among government professionals.

Judges credited Sugar Land Today and the City’s website as benchmarks for public education and citizen engagement.

Sugar Land Today is an informative newsletter that provides important news and an overview of the many services and programs the City provides its residents. The quarterly newsletter is mailed to all residents and businesses within the city limits, a distribution of approximately 34,000 addresses.

Articles cover important City issues such as flood control, hurricane preparedness, updates on city road projects, finances, major capital investment projects and updates, crime prevention initiatives, partnerships with other municipalities and government agencies, as well as upcoming events, public meetings, and parks and recreation activities.   (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – FBISD Board Member Jim Rice Finalizes Leadership Training

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 10, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD trustee Jim Rice has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB). During the fifth session, June 26-28, school board members in the 2013-14 Leadership TASB class made presentations of their team’s findings following year-long research. Class participants selected topics related to public school boards facing change and selected narrowed research fields for in-depth study. Their research focused on topics that included strategies to deal with school choice, creating advocacy programs that work, meeting the educational needs of all children, loss of local control, and embracing changing culture.

FBISD Board member Jim Rice, right, receives his Master Trustee recognition from Robert Duron, TASB Assistant Director for Governance Services, after completing the year-long Leadership TASB program.

The Leadership TASB class met in conjunction with TASB’s Summer Leadership Institute in Fort Worth. More than 1,000 new and veteran school leaders received extensive training on every facet of effective board governance, heard keynote addresses from renowned education experts, and picked up valuable ideas from district showcases and networking opportunities.

After the graduation ceremony June 27, participants joined the ranks of more than 700 school board members statewide who are Leadership TASB alumni.

The 2014 Leadership TASB class, composed of 31 school board members, represents Texas school districts of all sizes and property wealth. Participants who completed all required elements of the study program earned Master Trustee status, the highest designation recognized by TASB.

TASB is a voluntary, nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local Texas school districts. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 4.9 million public school students.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend Junior Service League ‘Sustainers’ Invite You to ‘Come on Board’

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 10, 2014) - Are you looking for a fun way to get involved with your community? Then we are looking for you to “Come on Board.”

The Fort Bend Junior Service League Sustainers will host their “Come on Board” 2014 Membership Coffee for prospective members on Tuesday, August 12, 2014 from 10:00 to 11:30 am at the home of Judy Maddison. Fort Bend ladies who are of the prime age of fifty and older are invited to come and join this great group of ladies.

If you are interested in becoming part of the Fort Bend Junior Service League through Sustainer Membership, then come and learn how meaningful it is to be part of the League and how you can  help the Fort Bend community. Don’t worry if you can’t commit to set hours of volunteering, there will be something you can get involved in; whether it is volunteering at the Sugar Plum Market or Spring Fling; helping with raffle prizes, auction items, etc., or helping out at one of the League’s core non-profit organizations. For more information, please contact Mary Favre, Sustainer President, at sustainerpresident@fbjsl.com.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Child Advocates of Fort Bend Offers Week Long Training Class

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 09th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 9, 2014) - Are you interested in making a difference in the lives of children? July 28 to August 1 from 9:00 am until 4 pm daily, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is offering a week-long training class to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. This is your last opportunity this year to complete the volunteer training class in a single week.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County. With an army of volunteers, Child Advocates of Fort Bend currently serves more than 400 children each month through its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Volunteers must be over 21 years of age, complete an application and interview, and submit to background screening. For more information or an application, please contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5146 or rlukefahr@cafb.org.

Sugar Land, TX News – Mike Berezin Named Missouri City Chief of Police

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 08th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 8, 2014) - After a months-long search, Missouri City Council members announced at their July 7 regular meeting that former Assistant Chief of Operations Mike Berezin would be sworn in as the City’s new Chief of Police on July 9 at the Public Safety Headquarters.

“Having been with the City for more than 25 years, I consider it an honor to work with my fellow Missouri City employees,” Chief Berezin said. “Council, for as long as I can remember, has always been supportive of my department, and I’m grateful to serve the City as Police Chief.”

Chief Berezin has been serving as the City’s Interim Police Chief since former Chief Joel Fitzgerald left to serve as the head of the Allentown, Pa., Police Department, in January of this year. Well-known for his leadership and exemplary service, Chief Berezin was promoted to his assistant chief position in 2011 and was in command of the Patrol and Criminal Investigation Divisions.

Image courtesy of Missouri City
City Council salutes Police Chief Mike Berezin at their July 7 meeting. Members from left: Chris Preston (At Large Position #2), Jerry Wyatt (At Large Position #1), Floyd Emery (District D), Chief Berezin, Yolanda Ford (District A), Mayor Pro Tem Robin Elackatt (District C), Don Smith (District B), and Mayor Allen Owen.

Throughout his tenure with the City, Chief Berezin has endeared himself to the countless citizens he has met while serving to protect the community. He quickly rose the ranks of the Missouri City Police Department, building his way up every rank in the department and climbing “every rung on the ladder,” as he puts it. Under previous leadership, he has helped the City become ranked one of the top 20 safest cities in Texas by Safe Wise, a company that specializes in security systems; and he helped facilitate the department’s participation in the City’s homeowners’ association outreach program.

Thanking Council for the opportunity to lead Missouri City’s finest, Chief Berezin said: “You’ve always been there to give the department positive critiques regarding enforcement.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – First Parks and Recreation Eat and Greet Set for July 26

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 7, 2014) - It’s finally July, and that means one thing…Parks and Recreation Month is here. The City of Sugar Land’s Parks and Recreation Department invites everyone to meet the staff during its first Eat and Greet. The event will take place at the Parks and Recreation campus on July 26 from 11 am to 3 pm.

Participants may obtain information about classes, programs and services, parks, hike and bike trails, upcoming events, and much more.

Food will be available for purchase, and free activity booths and games for kids will be available throughout this event.

Instructors will be available to answer questions and provide demonstrations about classes offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.  Tours of both the Imperial Park Recreation Center and the T.E. Harman Center will be ongoing throughout the event.

The Imperial Park Recreation Center is located at 234 Matlage Way next to Imperial Park and the T.E. Harman Center.

For more event information, contact the Imperial Park Recreation Center at 281-275-2885.

Sugar Land, TX News – Applications Accepted for Citizens Police Academy Class 54

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 7, 2014) - Want to discover firsthand what it takes to be a police officer, get to know beat officers, and learn more about criminal investigation? Find out by signing up for the Sugar Land Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy and learn about traffic laws, crime scene investigations, and how to respond during an active shooter situation.

The 10-week course begins Sept. 11 and runs through Nov. 20. Students meet once a week at the police department, 1200 State Highway 6 South, from 7 – 10 pm. The curriculum includes weekend courses that include mock building searches and simulated traffic stops.

While learning about the challenges faced by police officers, laws affecting citizens, the judicial system, and emergency management, participants personally interact with officers, detectives, and other personnel in a nontraditional law enforcement setting.

The training program consists of classroom and “hands-on” instruction designed to provide interested Sugar Land citizens with a working knowledge of the SLPD, its personnel, and emergency management operations.

Topics taught during the academy include the following:

  • USE OF FORCE / WEAPONS/ SWAT: Students are given instruction concerning the legal use of weapons. Students view various types of weapons used by police officers and learn common language and phrases used by police.
  • CITIZENS’ RESPONSE TO ACTIVE SHOOTER EVENTS (CRASE):  Learn what to do during an active-shooter situation, how to survive, how to get away, and how to save others. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Nalco Champion Announces Major Headquarters Expansion in Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 2, 2014) - The City of Sugar Land and the Sugar Land Development Corporation have approved an incentive package to support major new plans by Nalco Champion, an Ecolab company, to consolidate its Houston-area offices and centralize its headquarters in Sugar Land, a move that brings in more than $45 million in investments and over 860 new jobs.

Nalco Champion will build a new approximately 133,500-square-foot facility with 1,000 parking spaces. Existing buildings will be reconfigured to maximize office space, accommodate supply chain needs, and create additional space for the expansion of the company’s research and development (R&D) facilities. The new building and parking lot will be located partially on the 18.5 acres Nalco Champion purchased from Johnson Development in 2013. Construction is expected to be completed by early 2016.

Additionally, Nalco Champion will make substantial rail spur improvements to assist City of Sugar Land efforts to gain Union Pacific Railroad approval for the extension of University Boulevard north of U.S. Highway 90A.

The company decided to centralize its headquarters in Sugar Land after a comprehensive evaluation of other regional opportunities.

“Nalco Champion is proud of its long history in Sugar Land and all that the city offers,” said Steve Taylor, EVP and president, Nalco Champion. “We very much look forward to making Sugar Land our home for Nalco Champion and are ecstatic to have the opportunity to welcome so many new employees to this incredible community.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – New Five-Person Motorcycle Unit Begins Patrolling Missouri City Streets

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 2, 2014) - On Monday, June 16, Missouri City’s new five-person motorcycle unit officially began patrolling City streets and neighborhoods. Created as a way to stealthily target traffic violators, the new motorcycle unit allows the City’s dedicated patrol vehicles to concentrate on watching City subdivisions and businesses.

Members of the Missouri City Police Department have identified areas within the City where frequent traffic violations occur; members of the motorcycle unit will be used not only as a way for the City to curb rising traffic violations and accidents but also as an educational outreach program.

“The newly formed motorcycle unit offers another opportunity for us to be responsive to the concerns of our community, specifically concerns regarding the safety of our roadways,” Interim Chief of Police Mike Berezin said.

Image courtesy of Missouri City

The five-person unit is made up of Sergeant Tracy Cox, Officer Michael Bukowski, Officer Robert Lawson, Officer Ben Lampe, and Officer Brian Norwood, each of whom have gone through Accident Investigation and Reconstruction School and Victory motorcycle training in Tucson, AZ.

“This unit fills a definite need within the City. Between 2012 and 2013, we saw a 50 percent increase in traffic accident,” Assistant Police Chief Keith Jemison said. “These four officers and one sergeant will be located in various Missouri City neighborhoods and communities, which is where we actually receive most of our calls and complaints regarding traffic.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Pedestrian, Bike Improvements Funded

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 2, 2014) - Sugar Land City Council approved a $225,000 contract with Jerdon Enterprise, L.P. for improvements identified in the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan.

Projects to be constructed this year include:

  • buffered bike lanes on Grants Lakes Boulevard, Bayview Drive, and Sugar Lakes Boulevard;
  • shared bike lanes on Alston Road; and
  • side paths along University Boulevard that connect existing bike lanes to Telfair Avenue.

City Council approved the Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan last year after a recommendation from an 11-member citizen task force.  The recommendation was based on significant public input from a variety of activities, including:

  • an online survey that resulted in more than 375 responses;
  • an online mapping activity that resulted in more than 1,000 comments;
  • nine stakeholder meetings;
  • a public meeting with more than 50 attendees; and
  • an Online Town Hall.

The plan identifies a future network that includes 24 miles of bike lanes, an additional 18 miles of on-street shared lanes for bicycles, and 128 miles of pedestrian and bike paths

The network of pedestrian and bicycle routes will focus on connecting key destinations such as schools and commercial areas. In addition, the plan identifies areas for improved crossings at major barriers such as U.S. Highway 59, State Highway 6, U.S. Highway 90A, the railroad, and the Brazos River.

For more information about Sugar Land’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan, visit www.sugarlandtx.gov/pedbike.

Sugar Land, TX News – The Vintage Hospital Urges Firework Safety This Fourth of July

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 01st 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 1, 2014) - With Independence Day just around the corner, the Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital urges everyone to practice safe and responsible use of fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 8,700 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2012.

“Fireworks create a great risk for injury,” says Dr. Darrell Calderon, Section Chief, Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital. “Most injuries include burns on fingers, hands and legs, and eye and face injuries.”

The CPSC suggests the following safety steps:

  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals. Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

“It is important for us to keep our community out of our Emergency Room,” said Dr. Calderon. “Our hope is that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July without any incidents,” he concluded.

Sugar Land, TX News – Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Seeks Volunteers

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 01st 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (July 1, 2014) - Looking for a new volunteer opportunity? The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County needs you. Do you love planning and organizing? They are looking for new faces and fresh ideas for future events. Or is your passion helping others directly? You might be a great fit for the Tutor Training Program. Join the team for happy hour at Fabulous You Boutique in Sugar Land on July 17th at 6 pm for wine and cheese, shopping, and to find out more about the different ways you can be involved. For more information and to be placed on the guest list, contact Cari Middaugh at 281-240-8181 or cmiddaugh@ftbendliteracy.org.

Sugar Land, TX News – Candidates for City’s New PARCS Board Needed

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 30th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 30, 2014) - Sugar Land is accepting applications for the new Parks, Art, Recreation, Culture, and Streetscapes (PARCS) Board.

City Council approved the creation of the board on June 17. The new PARCS Board expands the duties of the previous Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to include a focus on developing a public art plan, evaluating future funding sources for the arts, and establishing a granting program.

The nine-member board will offer an opportunity for citizens to help guide parks, recreation, and cultural initiatives by providing input, feedback, and advice on projects and programs that enrich the visual and aesthetic environment of the City.

The board will provide guidance for long-term planning, goals, and objectives for parks, recreation, public art, cultural activities, streetscapes, and urban forestry programs.

Citizens selected by City Council will work with the City to develop recommendations that:

  • enhance leisure and cultural opportunities;
  • preserve natural resources; and
  • create a park system that meets the needs of the community by providing green spaces, recreation, art, and culture.

Ideal candidates should possess skills and qualifications related to parks, art, recreation, culture, and streetscapes. Examples include people who have served as a parks, art or recreation advocate; landscape architect; architect; interior designer; urban planner; fine arts professional or educator; arts historian; administrator or curator; business or education leader; or philanthropist.

Applications may be submitted at www.sugarlandtx.gov through July 18 at 5 p.m.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Gives Back to FBISD

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 27, 2014) - Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land offers their annual sports physicals for Fort Bend and Alief Independent School Districts’ middle school and high school athletes. They have been associated with these school districts for more than 15 years as team physicians.

University Interscholastic League (UIL) requires all high school athletes to undergo and pass a physical examination prior to participating in sports.

Physical evaluations include testing height, weight, vision, blood pressure, pulse, ears, nose, throat, heart, lungs, abdomen, spine, and all joints in the upper and lower body.  Physicians discuss the athletes’ medical history and consult with them and their parents if further evaluation is necessary prior to releasing them to participate in sports.

D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Kenneth M. Renney, M.D., Sports Medicine; Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery; Eddie T. Matsu, M.D., General Orthopedics, Joint Replacement Surgery; Mark W. Maffet, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Timothy C. Sitter, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Vincent C. Phan, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Carl A. Hicks, M.D., Joint Replacement Surgery; Ray R. Valdez, M.D., Foot & Ankle, Orthopedic Surgery; David A. Braunreiter, M.D., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management; Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery and Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management.

“We truly enjoy working with the schools in Fort Bend County,” said Dr. Vincent Phan, orthopedic surgeon and team physician. “I grew up here and actually went to Elsik High School, so it is an honor to come back and support the players.  We look forward to continuing to support these school districts.”

Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine in Sugar Land generously donates proceeds that are generated from the physical examinations back to the school’s athletic training programs. In the last five years, this group of physicians has donated more than $250,000 back to local schools. Athletic trainers use this money to purchase the necessary equipment they need for the upcoming school year in addition to what their budget allows. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Burton Elementary Summer School Celebrates Independence Day

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 27, 2014) - An Independence Day celebration came early for students enrolled in the Bilingual and English as a Second Language summer school program at Burton Elementary School. During the week of June 23, the students completed activities focusing on the importance of Independence Day and what it means to be a proud American. To commemorate their studies, the students took part in an indoor parade, where they dressed in patriotic attire. They also gathered in the school’s cafeteria to perform chants and songs for their parents and summer school staff.

“The teachers and staff did an outstanding job of incorporating Independence Day activities within the guidelines of our summer school program,” said Elizabeth Williams, Summer School Principal at Burton Elementary School. “Students were actively engaged in many hands-on experiences, and just truly enjoyed themselves.”

Pictured (left to right) are: students Jorge Garcia, Juan Monge, and Marissa Magana; Rosy Martinez, Summer School Facilitator; and Elizabeth Williams, Summer School Principal.

Pictured (left to right) are: students Jorge Garcia, Juan Monge, and Marissa Magana; Rosy Martinez, Summer School Facilitator; and Elizabeth Williams, Summer School Principal.

Sugar Land, TX News – Chris Morgan Named Principal of Kempner High School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 27, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD named Chris Morgan as the new principal of Kempner High School.  Most recently, Morgan served as principal of FBISD’s Bowie Middle School after serving as principal of Garcia Middle and Walker Station Elementary Schools.  Prior to coming to Fort Bend ISD, Morgan was a principal in Irving ISD and began his teaching career 20 years ago.

“I’m very excited about joining the Kempner High School family,” said Morgan.  “I am looking forward to working with the incredible staff and continuing the culture of academic excellence that has been established at Kempner. Go Cougars!”

Morgan received his Master of Education in Administration from Texas Women’s University and his Bachelor of Science degree in Kinesiology from Stephen F. Austin State University.  He is currently attending Rice University’s Educational Entrepreneurship and Leadership Program.

Sugar Land, TX News – FBISD Administrative Offices and Campuses Will be Closed June 30 through July 4

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 27, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD Administrative offices and campuses will be closed the week of June 30 through July 4. The District will resume its summer four-day schedule (Monday – Thursday from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm) on Monday, July 7. This schedule will be in operation through the week of July 28 (August 1 being the last Friday we are closed). FBISD will resume regular work hours (Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm) on Monday, August 4.

Sugar Land, TX News – Financial Management Policy Statements Approved by City Council

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 26th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 26, 2014) - Sugar Land City Council recently approved a resolution adopting revisions to the City’s Financial Management Policy Statements, a document that addresses ten key areas of financial management and provides direction in managing finances.

The statements were first adopted in 2002 and reflect City Council’s vision for the City.  They are reviewed and adopted semi-annually.  The process takes several months of detailed review by finance staff and the council finance/audit committee, with revisions reviewed by the entire City Council in a workshop setting before adoption.

Rating agencies have noted the policy statements — and the City Council’s willingness to abide by them — as contributing factors in the strong financial management of the city and the resulting AAA rating assigned to the City’s outstanding debt by both Fitch Ratings and Standard & Poor’s.

The AAA on tax-backed debt is the highest rating attainable and results in lower borrowing costs for the city when bonds are issued for capital projects.

Sugar Land, TX News – Summer School Students Participate in Cultural Celebration at Mission West Elementary School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 25, 2014) - As part of their summer learning experience, students enrolled in Bilingual/English as a Second Language classes at Mission West Elementary School took part in a multicultural festival to recognize and celebrate the diverse population represented in the summer program. Students in 21 classrooms joined school staff and parents in the celebration that featured cultural artifacts and exhibits, spirited song and dance performances, and cultural meals prepared by parents and staff members representing countries from around the world. Participants also wore traditional garments representing their native land.

“The multicultural festival was a rewarding experience for everyone involved,” said Jennifer Spears, Summer School Principal at Mission West Elementary School. “Our students, staff and parents were eager to share various aspects of their cultures and learn about others as well. It was an exciting summer activity for us.”

Shown (from left to right) are: Eryad Bachachi, Summer School Principal Jennifer Spears, Malia Bachachi, Shalimar Bachachi, Nijad Bachachi and Talla Ameen.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Welcomes Dr. Michael Yaakovian

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 25, 2014) - Michael Yaakovian, M.D., is joining Drs. Timothy Oppermann and Ashish Saharia at Methodist Department of Surgery, effective in July.

He comes to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital from Kaiser Permanente Healthcare in Baltimore, where he was a general surgeon and director of the wound care unit.

Michael Yaakovian, M.D.

Dr. Yaakovian is board certified by the American Board of Surgery. He performs a broad range of surgeries and procedures including colon surgery, breast surgery, gall bladder surgery, hernia surgery, skin and soft tissue surgery, colonoscopies, and upper endoscopies.

“We are excited to have someone of Dr. Yaakovian’s background and skill set join our team,” says Dr. Oppermann. “He is a talented surgeon who recognizes the importance of providing personalized, hands-on care to his patients.”

Dr. Yaakovian is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, and he completed his residency and an internship in general surgery at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, where he also served as a research fellow in trauma/critical care. He later completed a fellowship in minimally invasive surgery at the University of Texas Medical School in Houston and served as an assistant professor of surgery at the school before accepting the position at Kaiser Permanente.

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Yaakovian, call 281-275-0860. His office is located in Medical Office Building Three on the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital campus, 16605 Southwest Freeway, Suite 450.

Sugar Land, TX News – FBISD Seeks Parents to Serve on Campus Language Proficiency Assessment Committees

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 25th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 25, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD is seeking qualified parents to serve on its Language Proficiency Assessment Committees (LPAC) for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Serving on the committee gives parents the unique opportunity to offer input regarding placement, review, assessment, and end-of-year decisions concerning students who are English Language Learners (ELLs).

To qualify, you must be a parent or guardian who:

  • has a child actively participating in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program
  • is not employed by Fort Bend ISD

There are currently openings on committees at various FBISD campuses. For more information, contact Yunghee Choi at 281-634-1553 or yunghee.choi@fortbendisd.com.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Breaks Ground on New Orthopedics Facility

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 23, 2014) - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital recently celebrated the official groundbreaking on a new 60,000-square-foot home for Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine.

The state-of-the-art facility – on the corner of Highway 59 and Sweetwater Boulevard – will allow Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine to move from its current location on Highway 6 and Brooks Street to the Houston Methodist Sugar Land campus, with easy access to the hospital and its diagnostic imaging and other services.

Anthony J. Muffoletto, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery; Jeffrey A. Kozak, D.O., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management; D. Dean Dominy, III, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Vincent C. Phan, M.D., Hand & Upper Extremity, Orthopedic Surgery; Eddie T. Matsu, M.D., General Orthopedics, Joint Replacement Surgery; Timothy C. Sitter, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Lindley Cramer, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Practice Administrator; Carl A. Hicks, M.D., Joint Replacement Surgery; Jeffrey B. Wood, M.D., Orthopedic Spine Surgery; Ray R. Valdez, M.D., Foot & Ankle, Orthopedic Surgery; Mark W. Maffet, M.D., Knee and Shoulder Surgery, Sports Medicine; Kenneth M. Renney, M.D., Sports Medicine and David A. Braunreiter, M.D., Sports Medicine, Concussion Management.

“Orthopedics and sports medicine are among the fastest growing specialties of care in Fort Bend and Southwest Houston, and this amazing new facility will be a tremendous benefit to our patients, bringing all our related services together at one site on the hospital campus,” said Chris Siebenaler, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital CEO.

In addition, the new building will include space for physical therapy, occupational therapy, aquatic therapy, an outside training facility for athletes recovering from injury, a sports medicine urgent care clinic, and a sports performance training program.  The building is expected to be completed in the summer of 2015. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce Partnered to Host 2014 State of the City Address

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 20th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 20, 2014) - Speaking to a packed house on Thursday, June 5, at the City Centre at Quail Valley, Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen delivered his 2014 State of the City Address, highlighting citizen partnerships that have been pivotal to the City’s diverse success and economic development.

Highlighting a range of accomplishments and reflecting on completed goals in his speech, Mayor Owen presented to a wide range of local business leaders such as representatives from the event’s presenting sponsor, Muller Law Group; to area elected officials such as Council members from Missouri City and other Fort Bend cities, Fort Bend ISD Trustees, State Representatives, and Congressmen.

The event was hosted in partnership with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, a long-standing partner of the City that has been vital in welcoming new businesses to Missouri City and hosting various events highlighting the City’s economic development. Chamber Chairman Glenn Smith was on hand to present several of the day’s speakers, including Mayor Owen. Members of the City’s Senior Planning Council were also honored by Mayor Owen as an example of a partnership the City has developed to benefit residents and promote the City’s core principles of City First, Communication and Collaboration.

“Our story is one that features a diversity of strong partnerships. Every day, City officials and staff collaborate to provide excellent services to citizens, businesses, and stakeholders,” Mayor Owen said. “Utilizing strategic policies and goals, City leaders adhere to an alignment to achievement approach, thereby ensuring continuous progress across all operations, including public safety, fiscal management, infrastructure improvements, economic development initiatives, parks programs, and citizen outreach projects.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Child Advocates of Fort Bend Offers Week Long Training Class

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 19, 2014) - Are you looking for something meaningful to do this summer and interested in making a difference in the lives of children? July 28 to August 1 from 9:00 am until 4 pm daily, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is offering a week-long training class to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. This is your last opportunity this year to complete the volunteer training class in a single week.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend is a non-profit agency dedicated to providing a voice for abused and neglected children in Fort Bend County. With an army of volunteers, Child Advocates of Fort Bend currently serves more than 400 children each month through its Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Program and Children’s Advocacy Center.

Volunteers must be over 21 years of age, complete an application and interview, and submit to background screening. For more information or an application to participate in the Flex Training, please contact Volunteer Services at 281-344-5172 or cdavis@cafb.org.

Gearing up for training (L to R) are: Child Advocates of Fort Bend CASA staff members Carol Thesing, Heather Rashid, and Casey Davis.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Board Approves 2014 – 2015 Budget

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 18, 2014) - The Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved a $561,700,652 operating budget for the 2014 – 2015 school year at its June 9 regular business meeting. The FBISD budget reflects an increase in the property values of the District and is designed to provide educational services for a projected 72,317 students. The 2014 – 2015 budget is balanced and fiscally conservative while still supporting Board priorities and instructional programs.  The 2014 – 2015 district budgeted cost per student is $7,767 with more than 64 percent of the budget allocated to instruction.

Included in the budget is a minimum of four percent salary increase for all teachers and an increase in the starting teacher salary to $50,000 from $46,500 that the Board approved in April. This budget also provides adjustments to the Teacher Salary Schedule to provide greater consistency in raises as teachers advance in experience. Additionally, the approved budget includes a salary increase for all other staff that is four percent of mid-point. As stewards of taxpayer funds, Fort Bend ISD designed this balanced budget to meet need to be competitive and recruit the best and brightest, while being frugal with taxpayer funds.

Budget includes new positions for the 2014 – 2015 school year
The budget includes the addition of 395 new campus positions – 253 teachers and 142 campus support staff – and 57 non-campus staff to address identified district priorities. Many of the new campus positions address class size, significant special education concerns, and counselor workload. Some positions address the needs of schools with growing enrollments. By adding more outclass teachers, assistant principals, and other supporting jobs, the District will better ensure smooth campus operations at our larger schools. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Brian Gibson is Named the New Principal of Velasquez Elementary

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 18, 2014) - At its regular June meeting, the Lamar CISD Board of Trustees approved Brian Gibson as the new principal of Velasquez Elementary.

Prior to becoming principal at Velasquez, Gibson served as an assistant principal at Edgar Glover Jr. and Sugar Mill elementary schools in Fort Bend ISD. He also taught 2nd and 4th grades, and served as a campus math specialist in Fort Bend ISD.

Gibson earned his bachelor’s degree at Sam Houston State University and master’s in Education Administration from Prairie View A&M University, where he is pursuing his doctorate in Educational Leadership.

Brian Gibson is named the new principal of Velasquez Elementary

Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City Partners With Texas Husky Rescue and Pilots N’ Paws to Help Rescued Husky

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 17th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 17, 2014) - Since the creation of the City’s new Animal Shelter in the fall of 2013, the assistance provided to the City’s lost and homeless animals has been provided in many interesting and creative ways, many of which were the result of the tireless work the City’s dedicated Animal Control officers provide. One prime example of a creative and strategic animal rescue occurred this May, when Missouri City Staff was able to partner with two dog friendly volunteer agencies to rescue a homeless, broken-legged husky who was found within City limits.

Toward the end of May, Missouri City Animal Control officers found a friendly husky wandering around with a broken leg. Despite his injury, the dog showed no signs of timidity and jumped right into the Animal Control vehicle.

Staff and Animal Shelter volunteers quickly appealed to local husky, sled dog, and Eskimo dog rescues to seek treatment for the dog’s broken leg, which, despite its severity, had not brought the cheerful dog’s spirit down. A group in Carrollton named the Texas Husky Rescue offered to help the dog, but it was unable to provide a means of transportation.

“We immediately sent out pleas through social media and personal contacts looking for transportation for the dog,” Missouri City Animal Control Supervisor Juan Acevedo said. “After hours of searching, miraculously Pilots and Paws, a group of private pilots that fly dogs to rescues, agreed to fly the husky to Carrolton over the weekend.”

Missouri City Animal Control Officer Richard Perez delivered the dog to the ArcolaAirport early one Saturday morning, where the husky was flown by Pilots N’ Paws to his new home in Carrollton. The dog received a new name, Red, was treated and put up for adoption.

Residents interested in visiting the Missouri City Animal Shelter, can contact Acevedo via phone at 281-403-8707 or email jacevedo@missouricitytx.gov to set up an appointment.

Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City Releases Proposed FY15 Annual Budget

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 16, 2014) - At its Monday, June 2, Regular Meeting, Missouri City Council Members heard a presentation on the proposed Fiscal Year 2015 budget and listened to a run down of the previous year’s financial standings. Council will vote to approve the new budget today, June 16, at 7 pm in Council Chambers, 1522 Texas Pkwy.

“The City’s proposed budget is the culmination of months of planning, difficult discussions, continued revisions, and challenging thinking to gauge, prioritize, strategize, and eventually put into action programs and services for the citizens of Missouri City,” City Manager Ed Broussard said. “Adoption of the annual budget is one of the most important actions of the Council each year as it provides a road map to City staff and citizens on what the City will do the next year. It is a connection between the long-range plans of the community and the annual revenues the City expects to collect.”

In the FY 2015 proposed budget, the City will maintain its current tax rate of $0.57375; have total revenue of $38,531,087; and have total expenditures of $39,386,459.

Highlights include: (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Tickets Going Fast for Sugar Land’s Star Spangled Spectacular

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 16, 2014) - Tickets to Fort Bend County’s largest Independence Day fireworks and family entertainment show are still available. The Star Spangled Spectacular is set for July 4, from 7 – 10 pm.

The festivities will culminate with a 15-minute patriotic display that will light the sky over Constellation Field, 1 Stadium Drive, home of the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Fort Bend Salutes America, a group of regional musicians, will perform patriotic music for the capacity crowd just prior to the start of a pyrotechnic display rivaling any in the region.

It’s a show described as constant action — radiant color combinations like violet/lemon; aqua/pink; and the time-honored tradition of red, white, and blue. Amazing effects such as crossette, twitter glittering, rings, and color-changing chrysanthemums will be mixed in to illuminate the skies in Sugar Land.

The grand finale is intended to be the ultimate crowd pleaser and the most exhilarating part of the display. The sky will erupt with multi-color peonies and thunderous salutes expected to leave the audience wanting more. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Board Reviews Master Capital Plan

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 13th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 13, 2014) - At the Regular Fort Bend ISD Board Business Meeting on June 9, the FBISD Board of Trustees reviewed a long-range Master Capital Plan presentation to prioritize the District’s capital needs that include: construction, security, technology, and transportation projects, as well as facility and educational adequacy deficiency improvements over the next decade.

The priorities in the Master Capital Plan were developed as part of a three-phase plan and based on significant community engagement for developing a Facilities Master Plan, a Security Master Plan, and a Technology Master Plan. These plans served as guides in prioritizing the immediate and long-range capital needs for the District. The administration also discussed with the Board their recommendation to call a November 2014 bond election for Phase One of the plan in the range of $333.4 million.

Preliminary plans for the Phase One capital needs for the next three years include:

  • $279.8 million for construction projects: new construction of elementary schools in Aliana and Riverstone, as well as two other schools; classroom additions, current facility deficiencies, educational adequacy deficiencies, and building system life-cycle needs;
  • $34 million for security and safety upgrades: security cameras, security vestibules, window film, security fencing, access control, emergency generators, new emergency notification system, and others;
  • $15.7 million for transportation needs: bus cameras, bus global positioning systems (GPS), and new school buses;
  • $65.7 million for technology infrastructure: Internet infrastructure upgrade, wide area network refresh, data center SAN and virtualization, data center facilities modifications, wireless network deployment, local area network refresh, and others;
  • $18.4 million for land purchases; and
  • $19.2 million for other needs: athletic facility life-cycle replacements, white fleet vehicle replacements, energy conservation initiatives and bond support. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City to Host Next Electronic Recycling Event

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 12th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 12, 2014) - From 8 am to noon on Saturday, June 14, Missouri City will partner with Missouri City Green and Texas Green Giant to sponsor the next Electronic Recycling event at the Public Safety Headquarters, 3849 Cartwright Road.

The previous electronic recycling event, held on January 11, drew more than 250 residents and 28 City-wide volunteers. Following the success of the previous electronic recycling event, the City has expanded the program to include a data cleansing service for a fee of $10 per hard drive; drives will not be returned to residents.

To view a list of acceptable and non-acceptable recycling donations, visit the Missouri City website at missouricitytx.gov and click on the event’s calendar listing. For more information on the event, visit missouricitygreen.org

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Police Searching for Hit-and-Run Driver

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 11, 2014) - Sugar Land police are looking for a vehicle that hit a 24-year-old woman traveling in the eastbound lane of Lexington Boulevard near Riverbend Crossing just after midnight today.

When police arrived, the woman was lying face down in the roadway and bleeding from her face. There was a damaged bicycle next to her and a large amount of broken glass on the roadway. The woman couldn’t remember what happened. She was transported by ambulance to Memorial Hermann Hospital in the Medical Center.

Police believe the woman was hit by a vehicle, and the driver did not stop to render aid. Several people who saw the woman in the road stopped to help, but said they did not see the vehicle that hit the woman.

Anyone with information should call the Sugar Land Police Department at 281-275-2020 or Fort Bend County Crime Stoppers at 281-342-TIPS (8477).

Sugar Land, TX News – Tucanos Brazilian Grill Celebrates the World Cup

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 11, 2014) - Tucanos Brazilian Grill, a festive, family friendly Brazilian steakhouse, announced plans for a month-long celebration of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™. Tucanos will celebrate Brazil hosting soccer’s world championship with activities for the whole family, featuring a decidedly Brazilian flair. The limited-time celebration will include special World Cup menu items and “tailgate” carryout packages, daily in-restaurant viewing parties, an online social media contest, and the introduction of what may be the next “must-have” World Cup souvenir – the caxirola. The caxirola – created in the image of the caxixi, a traditional Brazilian percussion hand instrument – is a rhythmic noisemaker that has been dubbed the official musical instrument of this year’s World Cup in Brazil.

Tucanos restaurants may be one of the few places where caxirolas will be available since the instruments have been banned from World Cup venues for “safety reasons” due to some fans throwing them at players, coaches, and other fans.

World Cup enthusiasts can get their own caxirola at Tucanos Brazilian Grill in a number of ways:

  • Entering a social media contest through Tucanos’ Facebook page
  • Attending viewing parties at your nearest Tucanos restaurant
  • Reserving carryout orders for special World Cup package meals
  • Participating in a youth Soccer Shoot-out on July 12
    (Promotions and special events may vary; caxirola giveaways while supplies last.) (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Laureen Sanford Named New Principal of Holley Elementary School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 11, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD recently named Laureen Sanford as the new principal of Holley Elementary School. For the past two years, Sanford has served as assistant principal of FBISD’s Meadows Elementary and was assistant principal of Commonwealth Elementary for three years prior to that. She has 14 years in education, all in Fort Bend ISD, and started her career as a third-grade teacher.

“Laureen is an exceptional leader, and I’m excited about the experience and ideas she’ll bring to the Holley Elementary family,” said Dr. Javier Villarreal, FBISD Assistant Superintendent.

Sanford received her Master’s degree in Administration and Supervision from the University of Houston-Victoria, and her Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Houston-Downtown.

Sugar Land, TX News – Service Days for Bulky Trash Collection to Change

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 10, 2014) - Service days for bulky waste pickup will change for all residents on August 4, 2014.

Bulky waste service is provided once a month for items too large to fit in the garbage cart. Bulky waste does not include construction, demolition, or hazardous wastes.

Some residents will also have a new day for recycling, but collection days for garbage and green waste will not change.

The changes are detailed at sugarlandtx.gov/solidwaste, and residents will receive information by mail that includes a magnet detailing the new service schedules.

Automated recycling service is provided once a week utilizing a City-issued green cart with a wide range of materials being accepted, including:

  • all colors of glass bottles and jars;
  • newspapers, magazines, catalogs, phonebooks, office paper, school paper, mail, paperback books;
  • cardboard, paperboard, and paper bags;
  • steel and tin cans (labels are ok);
  • aluminum cans, foil, and food trays; and
  • plastics #1-5, 7.

Green waste collection is also provided weekly.  The green waste program ensures all green waste — grass clippings, leaves, brush, tree limbs, etc. — will be recycled rather than sent to a landfill.  Green waste materials should be placed in a reusable container or tied bags; compostable bags are not required.

Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City to Participate in 2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 10, 2014) - From June 15 – 21, Missouri City will participate in the 2014 International Fire/EMS Safety and Health Week. Safety and Health Week is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC). The event is coordinated by the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and the NVFC and is supported by a network of fire service, health, and safety organizations.

This annual event aims to improve firefighter safety and health to give all a better chance of survival during emergencies and long-term. Fire departments across the world will take time during the week to increase awareness and action so that safety and health become a priority in all fire departments.

“Missouri City’s Fire and Rescue Services Department is dedicated to living up to our slogan of Service, Honor, Commitment. We cannot say them unless we accept responsibility and are willing to hold each other accountable for their meaning,” Fire and Rescue Services Chief Russell Sander said. “These three words are the hallmark of accountability each member of MCFRS should embrace. We are accountable to our families, each other, and our citizens.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Missouri City to Host Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 09th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 9, 2014) - From 6 – 9 pm on Friday, July 4, Missouri City invites citizens to flock to Buffalo Run Park for an exciting day of family friendly activities, patriotic games, delicious food, and the always popular firework show.

The annual Fourth of July Celebration and firework show will once again take place at Buffalo Run Park, 1122 Buffalo Run Blvd. This year’s celebration will include moonwalks, rides, a rock wall, mechanical bulls, a trackless train, and human hamster balls.

Food such as shaved ice, barbecue, funnel cakes, tamales, and crepes will be available for purchase via cash only. The evening will end with a fireworks show at approximately 9:15 pm; parking and stadium seating will be available at Thurgood Marshall High School.

Sugar Land, TX News – Math Earns Mission Glen Elementary School Student Academy Award

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 6, 2014) - Mission Glen Elementary School (MGE) third-grader, Eric Martinez, received a 2014 Academy Star Student award as a “runner up” in the awards program sponsored by EPS Literacy and Intervention’s Academy of Math. The award honors students who have overcome significant challenges to build proficiency in math, as well as teachers who go above and beyond on a daily basis to provide their students with every opportunity to improve their skills.

Pictured with award honoree Eric Martinez are: (from left to right) Assistant Principal Melissa Mehall, Special Education Teacher Chastity Gonzalez and Principal Kari Bruhn.

MGE Special Education teacher, Chastity Gonzalez, has worked closely with Martinez challenging him daily in math through the online EPS Math Academy, and the hard work has paid off. EPS representatives Peter Cleary and Lynne Cook presented Martinez with the award on May 22.

Sugar Land, TX News – Work Group Members Named For UH Sugar Land Transition Team

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - The UH Sugar Land Transition Team has begun its work in earnest with the appointment of Work Group members. UH System Chancellor Renu Khator has reviewed and invited a diverse group of University and community stakeholders to participate in this important effort. A complete list of the members engaged with each of the Work Groups is included on the website: uhsa.uh.edu/sugarlandtransition.

The Steering Committee, led by Paula Myrick Short, senior vice chancellor for academic affairs for the UH System, reviewed the charge of each of the four Working Groups in an initial meeting with the members. Short emphasized the importance of an open and transparent process, with broad engagement and communication with all stakeholders.

The 19-member UH Work Group, under the leadership of Earl Smith, interim chief health officer at UH, is working toward the smooth transfer of the UH-Victoria nursing program to the University of Houston. Current plans are to make the transfer effective Sept. 1, 2014.  The Work Group is identifying the tasks and changes necessary to mitigate the impact on nursing students, faculty, and staff.

The 30-member UH Victoria Work Group, led by Charles Alcorn, director of corporate and foundation relations at UHV, has begun its work to develop a proposal to make UHV a self-sustaining destination university. The Work Group has established subcommittees to envision and recommend realistic goals and plans to achieve the transformation of UHV from a two-year senior university and extension operation to a four-year destination university. A national consulting firm is being contracted to assess the costs required to implement the transformation. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Gridiron Legends Promote Good Health at Brazos Bend Elementary School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - Former NFL players are making their way into area classrooms to promote healthy eating habits among students. J.J. Moses, former Houston Texans Kick Returner, and Don Trull, former Houston Oilers Quarterback, recently surprised students at Brazos Bend Elementary School with a visit as part of the Gridiron Legends Fit for Life Program.

Pictured (from left) are Don Trull, PE Teacher Sandra Arreola, Brazos Bend Principal Ida Ford, Assistant Principal Stephanie Viado and J.J. Moses.

Presented by Kelsey-Seybold, the program promotes healthy living and an active lifestyle through a fun-filled, interactive presentation. Moses and Trull spoke to students in grades 3-5 about the benefits of eating a healthy diet and surrounding themselves with positive people. Trull also demonstrated his athletic ability by throwing passes to students throughout the presentation.

Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Names Kristi Corbitt as Director of Elementary Curriculum

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - Kristi Corbitt has been named Fort Bend ISD’s Director of Elementary Curriculum. She began her career in education 10 years ago as a teacher at Seven Hills Elementary in Northwest ISD. In 2009, she was named assistant principal at Walker Station Elementary School and also served in that position at Burton Elementary School prior to receiving her new position.

Kristi Corbitt, Director of Elementary Curriculum

“I feel fortunate to have had the opportunity to support and work collaboratively with FBISD teachers and staff in creating a positive learning environment where students can reach high academic goals,” said Corbitt. “In my new position, I will continue to support school staff as we work toward our common goal.”

Corbitt received her Master of Arts in Education in Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and her Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of North Texas.

Sugar Land, TX News – Terry High Lady Rangers Basketball Team’s Coach is Named Outstanding Coach of the Year in Texas

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - Melissa Fields, coach of the Terry High Lady Rangers basketball team, is the 2014 4A Outstanding Coach of the Year in Texas.

Fields received the Dean Weese Outstanding Coach Award from the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches May 16 at the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches Annual Clinic.

The award is named for Texas basketball legend Dean Weese, a member of the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, winning 10 state titles, four national college titles, and four National Women’s Invitational Tournament titles.

The Lady Rangers were 22-10 on the season and reached the Regional semifinals, the furthest the team has ever gone in the playoffs.

Fields is finishing up her 18th year at Terry and has been in teaching and coaching for 23 years.

Sugar Land, TX News – FBISD Names Steve Shiels as Director of College and Career Readiness

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 5, 2014) - Steve Shiels has been named the Director of College and Career Readiness for Fort Bend ISD. Most recently, Shiels served as the College and Career Readiness Director in Pflugerville ISD. Prior to that, he was a high school lead counselor in Pflugerville ISD and a middle school lead counselor in Austin ISD. He also served as a counselor in the Chicago Public Schools system for several years after working as a case manager and therapist in Illinois. Shiels began his career as an English teacher in Umea, Sweden.

Shiels received his Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology from Trinity International University in Illinois, and his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Broad Field Social Studies from Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

Sugar Land, TX News – New Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center Opens in Missouri City

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 4, 2014) - Missouri City residents will soon have convenient access to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s leading emergency care capabilities.

The new state-of-the-art Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center opens July 15 in the heart of Missouri City, at 8200 Highway 6 between the Sienna Plantation and Riverstone communities. The center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week to treat patients of all ages who are ill or injured.

The 9,600-square-foot facility includes 10 private treatment rooms, full-service X-ray, CT, and ultrasound capabilities.

Most importantly, Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center is staffed by board-certified emergency medicine physicians specializing in emergency care from pediatric to geriatric patients, working alongside specially trained nursing and ancillary staff with extensive experience in emergency care.

“The new Houston Methodist Emergency Care Center gives Missouri City residents a first-class ER right in their own neighborhood,” says Chris Siebenaler, CEO of Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.  “Patients treated at the new center will have direct, expedited admission to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital if needed, along with personal assistance from patient representatives in scheduling necessary follow-up appointments.  And the center will accept all insurance plans that are in-network with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.” (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Armstrong Elementary Afterschool Soccer Program Keeps Girls Active and Social

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 4, 2014) - A new soccer program offered this spring at Armstrong Elementary School is giving young girls the opportunity to get active, while building self-esteem and friendships. Thirty fifth-grade girls take part in the program, meeting once a week after school to play soccer and have fun socializing with each other.

Pictured are participants of Armstrong Elementary School’s soccer program.

Data Specialist Callie Day and Paraprofessional Elsa Villarreal thought of the idea after realizing that the girls needed an afterschool outlet that would allow them to be active and build friendships. With the support of their Armstrong Principal Lori Craig and Student Wellness Coordinator Stephanie Kellam, the idea became a reality. Kellam secured donations of soccer equipment (including soccer balls, goals, cones, bags and water bottles) from UnitedHealthcare, who now serves as the program sponsor. A team manager was selected and second-grade teacher, Vanessa Villalobos, also joined forces with Day and Villarreal in creating positive experiences for the girls. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Highlands Elementary School Celebrates “Diversity at Work” at Annual Event

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 4, 2014) - Highlands Elementary School hosted its 23rd Annual Multicultural Parade of Nations and Festival that welcomed many students, staff, parents, and community members to a celebration of cultures. This year’s theme, “Diversity at Work: Our School was Built on It,” reflects the school’s proud heritage of embracing people representative of cultures from around the world. The theme was prominent throughout the celebration and appeared on t-shirts that were proudly worn by parents and staff.

Parade leaders pictured (from left) with their “Kids Are First” banner are students Mason Soto, Olivia Luhnau, Samantha Uschold, Kayla Moya, Olivia Flores, Josephine Griffith, Trace Hankins, Brady Culberson, Austin Sanchez and Preston Oliver.

The annual event gives participants an opportunity to share in Highlands’ rich culture by taking part in a parade of nations highlighting students and teachers from all grade levels dressed in ethnic clothing, an assembly featuring sing-a-longs and slide presentations, and a festival of cultural foods, games, rides, and other fun activities for families to enjoy.

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Breaks Ground on New Patient Tower

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 1, 2014) - Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital celebrated the official groundbreaking for its new six-story patient tower in May.

The new tower – part of a $131 million expansion effort under way at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital – will add 104 beds, primarily for intensive care and medical/surgical patients, and will provide space for future growth as needed.  Once the new tower joins the Main and Sweetwater Pavilions on campus, the hospital’s total capacity will reach 347 beds.

“Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital continues to grow to meet the needs of the community,” says CEO Chris Siebenaler.  “Our investment in new facilities, like our new patient tower, enables us to continue to expand our service offerings and provide the latest and most sophisticated procedures right here in Fort Bend.”

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Team breaks ground on new six-story patient tower

The new tower should be open for patients in the Spring of 2016.

The patient tower is just one of five major projects included in the hospital’s current expansion plan, which also includes construction of a new 60,000-square-foot facility for Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine, expansion and relocation of the Heart Center and a stand-alone Emergency Care Center to serve residents of Missouri City. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – PE Coach Inspires Hunters Glen Students to Complete First Marathon

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 3, 2014) - Hunters Glen Elementary School students proudly completed their first marathon, which was held on their campus during Physical Education classes. The students ran a mile (an equivalent of four laps around the block) during PE class each day, with many students running more than a mile.

Shown with the Hunters Glen marathon runners are Principal Angela Dow, PE teacher Lewis Rhone (left), and Music teacher Theresa Grayson (right).

“The students didn’t think they could actually complete the entire marathon,” said Coach Lewis Rhone, “but once I explained how the mile could be divided into smaller distances, they were excited to join in.”

Hunters Glen Elementary thanks the marathon sponsors, including H-E-B and BlueCross BlueShield, who helped make the event enjoyable for students.

Sugar Land, TX News – Skeeters Acquire Brian Barton From Blue Crabs

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 02nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (June 2, 2014) - The Sugar Land Skeeters announced today that the club has acquired former Major League outfielder Brian Barton from the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in exchange for future considerations. The announcement was made by Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti.

Barton, 32, joins Sugar Land after playing 30 games for Southern Maryland this season, hitting .131 (14 x 107) with two home runs and seven RBI. The California native is currently in his fifth season of Atlantic League play, having spent time with Southern Maryland (2011 – 2014), as well as Bridgeport (2010) and Newark (2010). In his 446 career Atlantic League games, the outfielder is hitting at a .295 (492 x 1669) clip with 218 RBI and 73 stolen bases. Over his 10 professional minor league seasons, Barton owns a .294 (1042 x 3541) average with 182 stolen bases and 508 RBI in 985 games.

Known for his community involvement and charitable efforts, Barton also wrote and published his first book “Mindset” while with Southern Maryland in 2012. The book, inspired by his time spent with troubled youth in the St. Louis area, is intended to encourage thought and self-awareness of influencing factors of the mind while suggesting courses of action to overcome mental weakness. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – School Community Comes Together in Building of New Playground Pavilion

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 30th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 30, 2014) - Oakland Elementary School students and staff are enjoying a new playground pavilion thanks to the generous donations and efforts of school supporters. The new structure was funded with donations from the Waterside Estates Community Association, Fort Bend County Mud District No. 118, Oakland Elementary’s Physical Education Department, and the school’s PTO.

Shown during the ribbon cutting ceremony are (from left) Jason Kirby, Fort Bend County Mud District No. 118; students Avery Smith and Gavin Allen; Romain Barski, President of the Waterside Estates Community Association; Wendy Perry, former Oakland PTO Board Member; and (back) Lori Hoeffken, Oakland Elementary School Principal.

The school hosted a dedication ceremony in April to reveal the new playground pavilion. More than 1,100 students joined school administrators and staff, as well as former principal Barbie Herrington, in gathering to give thanks to those responsible for the structure. Fifth-grade Student Council members Gavin Allen and Avery Smith opened the ceremony giving thanks to the special guests. The school choir sang a special song written by music teacher, Tory Randle, with assistance from fourth and fifth-grade choir members; and Principal Lori Hoeffken presented special guests with plaques in appreciation of their contributions. Following the dedication ceremony, guests enjoyed a reception organized by counselor Tonichia Jackson.

Oakland Principal Lori Hoeffken thanks the honored guests.

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