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Sugar Land, TX News – University Branch Library Receives Donation from Friends of the Library

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX (May 29, 2014) - The Friends of the University Branch Library recently presented a check for $3,970 to the University Branch Library to help underwrite the costs of special programming for the library’s Summer Reading Club and for family cultural events planned throughout the year. On behalf of the Friends organization, Kathy Novosad presented the check to Joyce Berger, Youth Services Manager of the library.

Other members of the Friends organization who were also present were Renee Mathews, Israel Kaboga, and Ed Rubenstein, along with staff from the library’s Youth Services department.

The money will be used by the library to help fund family programs, cultural events, and materials not included in the regular budget. Many of the extremely popular programs during the library’s Summer Reading Club are made possible thanks to money donated by the Friends organization.

The Friends organization raises funds for the library through quarterly book sales and annual membership dues. New members are always welcome, and board positions are available for interested volunteers.         (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Oakland Student Turns Classroom Lesson into Charitable Event

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 29, 2014) - Teachers often wonder how students will respond to classroom lessons and whether they will apply the skills and information they receive to their personal lives. So when Oakland Elementary School second-grade teacher Janet Lavong learned that her student Carson Padilla turned a classroom lesson into a charitable event, she was thrilled.

Lavong presented a study unit on homeless and charitable deeds to her class, and unbeknownst to her, the unit made a big impression on Padilla, who decided to make his “Changers Group” a reality. His charity of choice was the Ronald McDonald House Charities, which provides shelter and support to families of hospitalized children. With the help of his parents and residents of Waterside Estates, Padilla raised $1,200 from the sale of Rainbow Loom bracelets that he made and sold at his neighborhood’s annual garage sale. An area businessman matched Padilla’s amount by $1,000, making the total amount Padilla donated to the Ronald McDonald House, $2,200.

Padilla is shown with his mother, Kerry Padilla at the Ronald McDonald House Charities facility.

“My husband and I are thankful that Miss Lavong helped Carson tap into his charitable side and see that he can help make a difference in the world,” said Kerry Padilla. “He’s already making plans for next year’s charitable event.”

Sugar Land, TX News – Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Leader Selected for Health Care Fellows Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 29th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 29, 2014) - The inaugural class of the Texas Hospital Association’s Leadership Fellows Program was recently announced in Austin and includes a local health care luminary.

Malisha Patel, Chief Operations Officer at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, was one of 24 hospital executives selected for a year-long program designed to promote the professional development of health care leaders and position them to drive health care innovation. THA’s Leadership Fellows program brings together health care leaders from around the state for a focused study in becoming effective health care advocates for Texas hospitals and the communities they serve.

Malisha Patel

“We are proud of the role we play in serving the health care needs of Sugar Land and today we are proud to have Malisha Patel representing Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital in THA’s Fellows program to ensure we are doing even more to influence the future of health care,” said Greg Haralson, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital CEO.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Tips to Be Prepared for Hurricane Season

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 28, 2014) - Although Hurricane Season starts in four days on June 1; our region is already experiencing heavy rains and flooding.

According to the National Weather Service, Missouri City and the entire Fort Bend area is expected to experience heavy rainfall and potential flooding throughout the week.

The NWS Storm Prediction Center is forecasting a risk of severe thunderstorms this afternoon and evening across parts of the Gulf Coast. Damaging winds and large hail will be the main threats to citizens, with periods of heavy rainfall and frequent lightning expected as well.

Citizens are encouraged to limit their driving and outdoor activities as much as possible when flooding conditions occur. Various roads throughout the City have already begun to flood, and citizens are encouraged to take alternate routes until the water has receded.

Working to safeguard families when severe weather strikes our area; Missouri City emergency management officials are prepared to respond to any crisis. Officials caution residents to review and update emergency preparation plans and to inspect supply kits and stock up on necessary items such as non-perishable food, water, flashlights, batteries, radios, first-aid kits, cell phones, chargers, maps, and important documents. Additionally, officials advise that gathering pertinent information will help prepare your family for unpredictable emergencies. They also would like to share the useful tips below: (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Partners with Fort Bend ISD

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 28, 2014) - Tristan Gray, star shortstop for the Elkins Knights’ varsity baseball team, was preparing for his all-important senior season when he dislocated his knee cap in a preseason practice.

Fortunately for Gray, Elkins athletic trainer June Tomlin was at practice that day. She responded immediately, and once Gray was stabilized, she called team physician Dr. Timothy Sitter on his cell phone and alerted him.

When the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital orthopedist examined Gray, he determined that the injury was not season-ending but would require physical therapy. Dr. Sitter outlined an extensive physical therapy program, and twice a day at school, Tomlin worked with Gray on the appropriate conditioning and strengthening exercises.

When the season started, Gray was back in peak condition, and he proved it by being named co-MVP of District 23-5A and signing a national letter of intent to play baseball at Rice University.

Gray was fortunate to have an experienced, licensed athletic trainer onsite at the time of his injury, one with a direct connection to one of the area’s leading sports medicine specialists. Now, thanks to a unique partnership between Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and Fort Bend Independent School District, that comprehensive approach to athletic injuries will now be possible across the district. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Lamar Consolidated Educational Secretaries Association Awards Scholarships

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 28th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 28, 2014) - Eight Lamar Consolidated Independent School District seniors each received a scholarship from the Lamar Consolidated Educational Secretaries Association, LCESA, at the group’s annual End of School Year Luncheon at the Fort Bend Country Club in Rosenberg.

Lamar Consolidated High School’s Victoria Cavazos and Chiamaka Ujari, Terry High’s Clayton Gardovsky and Marcella Quinones, Foster High’s Mallory Soto and Alyssa Stone, and George Ranch High’s Tiffany Silva and Alexander Davis will all continue their education with help from the Association’s $500 scholarships.

2013-2014 Scholarship Winners – Front Row: Alyssa Stone, Mallory Soto, Tiffany Silva, and Chiamaka Ujari.
Back Row: LCESA president Melissa Rodriguez, Alexander Davis, Victoria Cavazos, Marcella Quinones, Clayton Gardovsky and LCESA Scholarship Committee Chair Becky Melendez.

Each year, the Lamar Consolidated Educational Secretaries Association awards scholarships to one deserving student at each Lamar CISD high school.

“This is the first year that the Association has been able to award two scholarships per high school and it’s something that we wish to continue,” said Becky Melendez, Scholarship Committee Chair. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – FBJSL Concludes Another Successful Year

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 27, 2014) - As the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) concludes its 2013 – 2014 League year, it is pleased to announce that it has raised over $400,000 for the Fort Bend County community this year and over $2.7 million since the League’s inception in 2001. Proceeds were raised through various fundraising events, including Sugar Plum Market, FBJSL Spring Fling, and sales of the League’s second cookbook, “Treasures from the Bend, Rich in History and Flavor.” The League also received funds as a beneficiary of Tucanos Brazilian Grill fundraiser and Sugar Land Town Square’s Taste of Town Square.  Additional funds were raised in conjunction with partnering organizations, including David Crockett Middle School, Sugar Land Middle School, and Kempner High School in a collaborative effort with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (HMSLH) to benefit the American Cancer Society (ACS).  Numerous worthy Fort Bend County charities benefited from the League’s donations.  In addition to funds donated back to the community, FBJSL members volunteered over 20,000 hours during the 2013 – 2014 League year.

Front Row (L-R): Treasurer Ashley Joshi-Patel, President-Elect Katrina Sayes, President Debbie Buckner, Past-President Cindy Dempster and Director of Provisionals Mimi Zaybak.
Back Row (L-R): Director of Membership Mindi Zemanek, Director of Member Development Dana Clement, Secretary Soni Karamchandani, Director of Community Relations Heather Carroll, Director of Publicity Caroline Bordelon and Vice-President Hillary Watson.

FBJSL is currently hosting its annual membership drive and invites ladies interested in membership to attend events scheduled for this summer. An informational meeting will be held on June 19th at Flying Saucer located in Sugar Land Town Square at 6:00 pm. A second informational meeting is scheduled for July 17th at a location to be announced at 6:00 pm. These meetings provide an opportunity to learn about the League and membership volunteer opportunities and requirements. For more information, please contact the Director of Provisionals at provisionaldirector@fbjsl.com or visit www.fbjsl.com.

Ladies age 50 and above are eligible for Sustaining membership in the League. Interested ladies are invited to attend the annual Sustainer Membership Coffee this summer. For more information about this event or Sustaining membership, please contact the Sustainer President at sustainerpresident@fbjsl.com.

Sugar Land, TX News – Jessica McMullen Named New Principal of Schiff Elementary School

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 27, 2014) - Fort Bend ISD recently named Jessica McMullen as the new principal of Schiff Elementary School.  Prior to coming to FBISD, McMullen served as principal of an Alvin ISD (AISD) elementary school for two years and as an assistant principal at another elementary school for four years.  She was named Principal of the Year in AISD in 2013.  McMullen’s goal is to influence academic, social and personal growth of her students, teachers, and other administrators through leadership, instruction, empowerment, and engagement.

“I am truly humbled by the great honor entrusted to me by this wonderful district to lead this amazing family of students, educators, parents, and community toward continued success at Jan Schiff Elementary,” said McMullen.  “I absolutely love what I do because I have the unique privilege to make an impact in the lives of children and teachers each and every day, and I look forward to celebrating our achievements in the future that will be the result of the collective efforts by all.”

Jessica McMullen, Schiff Elementary School Principal

McMullen began her teaching career 12 years ago as an elementary teacher in Hudson ISD, with responsibilities including Math Department Chair, Campus Trainer, and District New Teacher Trainer and Curriculum Writer.  She also taught at both the middle and high school levels at Hudson ISD, and was very involved with various extracurricular activities and competitions.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Anthony Indelicato Named Fort Bend ISD Assistant Superintendent

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 27, 2014) - Dr. Anthony Indelicato was named Assistant Superintendent at Fort Bend ISD’s May 19 Regular Board Meeting. Indelicato is currently the principal at Kempner High School, which he’s led for the past four years. Previously, he worked as an Educational Leadership Specialist at Region 4, as both a principal and assistant principal in Klein ISD, and as an adjunct professor at Sam Houston State University. Dr. Indelicato began his education career as an art teacher.

Dr. Anthony Indelicato, FBISD Assistant Superintendent

“Anthony brings successful middle school and high school experience to the Assistant Superintendent role,” said Dr. Christie Whitbeck, Deputy Superintendent. “He has shown strong leadership and collaboration with his peers and community. We look forward to his addition to our team and know that his contributions will help move our district to the next level of excellence.”

Dr. Indelicato received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of North Carolina.  He received both his Master of Education in Administration and Doctorate of Education from Sam Houston State University.

Sugar Land, TX News – Next Level Urgent Care Opens New Clinic to Provide Affordable After-Hours Health Care in Fort Bend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 27, 2014) - Next Level Urgent Care recently opened its fourth Fort Bend County clinic in Long Meadow in Richmond, Texas, continuing its mission to provide a cost-effective alternative to emergency room care for a wide range of illnesses and injuries.

“Our clinic, which is located on FM 99 between West Belfort and Bellaire, provides an easily accessible location for people who need medical care quickly,” said Juliet Breeze, MD, Next Level Urgent Care CEO and Medical Director. “Most medical problems do not require an emergency room visit, we provide an alternative solution that can save patients time and money.”

“Our neighborhood clinics, which are designed around patient comfort, provide an alternative for the treatment of non-life threatening complaints that is faster and an average of six times less expensive than a trip to the emergency room,” Breeze added. “Costs vary depending on your plan, but typical copay with us is $25-$75, compared with $150-$500 for an emergency room. Additionally, we don’t charge uninsured patients more than $200 total for a single visit and that includes doctor’s fees, X-rays, stitches, and other services.”

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Sugar Land, TX News – Marsters Family Recognizes Nursing Excellence at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 23, 2014) - After making so many trips to the hospital that their entire family was on a first-name basis with the staff, Frank H. and Linda Marsters, III, established the Marsters’ Nursing Excellence Award at Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital. Created to recognize the quality, family-centered care received by their extended family, the Marsters presented the 2014 award to Lori Foster, B.S.N., during Nurses’ Week celebration at the hospital.

The couple’s tie to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land began more than 30 years ago. Raising adventurous twin boys and an asthmatic daughter in Quail Valley, the Marsters made frequent trips to what was then Fort Bend Hospital.

“When I say I raised two boys, I’m not kidding,” laughs Linda as she recalls broken bones, stitches, surgeries, and even one son who required a police search when he hid in the oven while playing hide-and-seek. “The hospital has such a family-like atmosphere that is also very professional, warm, and caring.”  (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Child Advocates of Fort Bend Receives Grant from Houston Endowment

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 23, 2014) - Child Advocates of Fort Bend was thrilled to receive a $100,000 grant from the Houston Endowment to be spread over two years for public awareness and age-specific programming. Community awareness of child abuse continues to be very low in Fort Bend County. Many in the community believe that abuse “doesn’t happen here,” particularly with all of the awards and recognition that Fort Bend County has received as one of the top places to live in the United States. Community outreach and education of adults, children, and those individuals who work directly with children is insufficient. Part of the grant will be used to address this issue by increasing awareness of Child Advocates of fort Bend through community outreach projects and educating health care professionals, educators, and childcare providers on signs and symptoms of abuse, their obligation to report abuse, how to report, internet safety for children, parental controls on social media, and what happens when a child is taken into custody in Fort Bend County, among other things. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Residents Asked to Weigh in on Potential Plans for Gannoway Park

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 23, 2014) - The City of Sugar Land will hold a community meeting on June 2, from 6:00 – 7:30 pm, at the Imperial Park Recreation Center, 234 Matlage Way, to discuss possible plans for Gannoway Lake Park.

The 70-acre community park is located near the intersection of Voss and Burney Roads along Oyster Creek and could provide opportunities for passive, nature-oriented recreation.

The property’s potential connection to a network of hike and bike trails, its proximity to several residential developments, and the abundance of natural features on the property could facilitate activities such as hiking, bird watching, fishing, and canoeing.

Area residents are encouraged to attend the public meeting, learn about potential plans for the park, and provide input.

The project is currently included in the City’s Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Master Plan as potential parkland.

A conceptual plan for the property is being developed for planning purposes.  Feedback from this process will be presented to City Council in the future, and funding for the project will be discussed.

Sugar Land, TX News – A Book Sale Benefiting Literacy Programs of the Literacy Council of Fort Bend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 22, 2014) - The Literacy Council of Fort Bend will host a summer buy one, get one free book sale beginning Monday, June 2, 2014 through Friday, August 15, 2014. Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday 8:30 am – 9:00 pm and Friday 8:30 am – 1:00 pm. All profits from the summer buy one, get one free book sale support the free public programs available through The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County. Programs benefiting include: Basic Literacy, English as a Second Language, GED preparation classes, and US citizenship preparation classes.

There will be a tremendous variety of books, both hardbacks for $1 and paperbacks for $.50, most in fabulous condition. Many look like they have never even been opened so they would make great (and inexpensive) gifts. Offered at the sale will be fiction, non-fiction, biographies, cookbooks, books on spirituality, kids’ books, summer reading books, puzzles, and more. The Literacy Council of Fort Bend accepts gently used book donations year-round, so please think of this organization if it’s time to winnow your collection or if you’re moving.

The summer buy one, get one free book sale will be held at The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, 12530 Emily Court, Sugar Land. For more information on the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, including area programs offered, please visit ftbendliteracy.org or call 281-240-8181.

Sugar Land, TX News – Bond Refinancing Saves District $15.2 Million in Future Interest Costs

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 21st 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 21, 2014) - On Wednesday, May 14, Fort Bend ISD completed a refinancing of 2004 bonds that will save the District an estimated $15.2 million in interest. With the assistance of the District’s financial advisor, First Southwest, the transaction took advantage of a favorable market and the savings were substantially higher than what was originally projected. The bond refinancing was approved by the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees in June 2013. Additionally, the District will have the opportunity to pay off $7.7 million of debt early without increasing its debt service tax rate of $0.30.

“We are dedicated to managing our resources in a manner that is proactive, prudent, and conservative,“ said Charles Dupre, Fort Bend ISD Superintendent of Schools. “I am thrilled that this refinancing will save FBISD taxpayers over $15 million in interest, which will help our tax rate remain one of the lowest in the Houston area and allow us to address the district’s growing enrollment without a significant tax increase.”

In addition, through the bond rating process, Standard & Poor’s upgraded the District’s credit rating from AA to AA+. Fort Bend ISD is one of only 15 public school districts in Texas that has a rating of AAA or AA+. According to Standard & Poor’s, the upgrade reflects Fort Bend ISD’s ongoing economic growth and strong financial performance. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Three New Trustees Elected to Fort Bend ISD School Board

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 20th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 20, 2014) - Three new trustees were elected to the Fort Bend ISD School Board on May 10 and were sworn in during the May 19 board meeting. The three new trustees were elected to serve three-year terms.

The new trustees are:

  • Jason Burdine – Position 1, who resides in the west side of the District.

  • Kristin Tassin – Position 4, which is an at-large position.
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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Ranked 4th Among Greater Houston Area’s 2014 Children at Risk Rankings

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 19, 2014) - The 2014 Children at Risk Rankings have been released and Fort Bend ISD is ranked fourth among the 13 large school districts in the Greater Houston area. Additionally, five FBISD schools are among the top 10 schools, and 25 earned an “A” letter grade. Districts and campuses are ranked on student achievement, campus performance, and student growth.

Children At Risk strives to improve the quality of life of children across Texas through strategic research, public policy analysis, education, collaboration, and advocacy. Since 2006, its ranking system has highlighted the successes and need for improvement of local public schools. The rankings not only provide a tool to parents and students, but also provide information to campuses and districts on how they perform relative to their peers and compared against successful models of high-performing public schools.

Children at Risk awarded the top 10 high schools and the top five middle and elementary schools in the Greater Houston Area at an awards ceremony. Five FBISD principals were also honored with certificates commending their schools’ performance and ranking on the 2014 Children at Risk Ranking Lists. Principals Gene Dupont (Colony Meadows Elementary School – 2nd), Joanna Hagler (Commonwealth Elementary School – 7th), Julie Diaz (Fort Settlement Middle School – 2nd); Dr. Jennifer Nichols (Sartartia Middle School – 4th), and David Yaffie (Clements High School – 8th) received certificates on behalf of their FBISD schools. Their schools also earned an “A” letter grade based on the Children At Risk rankings. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Williams Elementary’s Nurse is Honored at Luncheon

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 16, 2014) - For her dedication to the children of Williams Elementary, Nancy Nowak was honored May 8 at the Houston Chronicle’s Salute to Nurses luncheon.

Sponsored by CHI St. Luke’s Health and Houston Methodist Hospital System, the luncheon honored the top 100 nurses in the Houston area.

Nowak, who is retiring at the end of the school year, is the only nurse Williams has ever had, arriving on campus when it opened in 1985.

“To keep from crying, I tell the students I finally passed the (assessment test) and I am moving on,” Nowak said.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land’s 6th Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Set for May 26

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 16th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 16, 2014) - The City of Sugar Land’s sixth annual Memorial Day Ceremony on May 26 at Sugar Land Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd., will pay tribute to those who have shown bravery and honor while serving their country.

The event begins at 10:00 am with a one-hour patriotic musical presentation, onsite exhibits, and activity stations.  A presentation of colors, pledge of allegiance, the singing of the National Anthem, and comments by U.S. Rep. Pete Olson will follow.

During the ceremony, the City will acknowledge names that were recently engraved inside the new Veteran’s Memorial at Sugar Land Memorial Park.

The memorial features an obelisk recognizing all branches of the military. On the interior walls are the names of Sugar Land veterans who have died in the line of duty. The etched names will serve as a lasting expression of gratitude from the City of Sugar Land and its community. Any future names will be added as part of the City’s annual Memorial Day ceremony.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Hurricane Todd to Test Sugar Land Readiness

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 15th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 15, 2014) - The City of Sugar Land and the Texas State Guard will hold a full-scale hurricane exercise May 30 through June 1.

Areas of focus will include mass sheltering, evacuation, and hazmat response.  Exercise participants will work through scenarios that focus on the following objectives:

  • Resource Coordination: determine strengths and weaknesses in the current plan governing on-scene command and control, emergency operations center operations, and coordination of response resources.
  • Access Control: review plans for area perimeter control, staging and incident command post security.
  • Sheltering and Housing of Pets: ensure the safety of people and animals.
  • Hazmat Response: Identify and contain chemical release and ensure the safety of surrounding communities.

The Texas State Guard will provide the necessary manpower to create a realistic shelter operation at Wheeler Fieldhouse in Mercer Stadium, 16403 Lexington Boulevard.  Partners supporting the exercise include Fort Bend ISD, City of Stafford Emergency Management, Fort Bend County Red Cross, and Brazos River Authority.

The exercise will result in a large presence of military personnel and equipment, as well as radio traffic simulating a disaster response.

The purpose of the exercise is to provide participants with an opportunity to evaluate current response concepts, plans, and capabilities.  The exercise will focus on local emergency responder command and control coordination, critical decisions, notifications, and integration of state and federal assets necessary to save lives and protect public health and safety.

Sugar Land, TX News – Time to ‘Pink Out’ Constellation Field

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 14th 2014

Sugar Land, TX (May 14, 2014) - Join Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the Sugar Land Skeeters for this year’s Pink in the Park, Pink Out game in support of breast cancer awareness. The second annual event will be held May 23.

Survivors are invited to register for the pregame ceremony, and the first 50 survivors to register will receive two Picnic Area tickets that include food and drinks.  In addition, some 2,000 fans will be given a complimentary gift. During Pink in the Park, all registered breast cancer survivors in attendance will receive on-field recognition during a pre-game ceremony.

There will be no doubt that this event focuses on breast cancer as attendees wear pink and the Skeeters’ players wear pink jerseys.  During the game, an auction of the Skeeters’ commemorative pink jerseys will take place with all proceeds benefiting the comprehensive Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Breast Care Center. Last year, $9,500 was raised to support the expansion of the center.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Performs County’s First Hybrid Coronary Intervention

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 12th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 12, 2014) - A local resident is back to mowing his lawn after undergoing two different heart surgeries on the same day— a practice made possible by minimally invasive coronary intervention.

Two Houston Methodist Sugar Land physicians, Yassir Sonbol, M.D., an interventional cardiologist, and Uttam Tripathy, M.D., a cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon, were the first in Fort Bend County to perform a same day hybrid coronary intervention, which is a combination of percutaneous intervention and minimally invasive heart surgery. This allows the patient to have two different heart surgeries on the same day, thereby minimizing the invasiveness of the procedure.

John Strong called his primary care physician, Tayma Shaya, M.D. after experiencing chest pain, a heavy feeling in his chest and trouble walking. He had no previous history of heart problems but did have an elevated blood pressure at times.

Yassir Sonbol, M.D.; John Strong and Uttam Tripathy, M.D.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Tracy McGrady to Make Professional Debut for Skeeters

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 09th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 9, 2014) - The Sugar Land Skeeters’ right-handed pitcher Tracy McGrady will make his professional debut for the club on Saturday, May 10 against the Atlantic League opponent Somerset Patriots, with first pitch scheduled for 6:05 p.m. CT. Fans are encouraged to tune in to ESPN3, ESPN’s digital platform and carrier of all 70 Sugar Land Skeeters home games this season.

Following the outing, McGrady will be made available to the media at Constellation Field. Media planning to attend are asked to RSVP with MJ Burns at mj@sugarlandskeeters.com.

Saturday’s start will mark McGrady’s first regular season appearance of 2014 and the first of his professional baseball career. The 6-foot-8 right-hander is scheduled to start and be kept to a limited pitch count. McGrady officially made the Skeeters Opening Day roster as a Spring Training invitee, tossing 1.0 inning and allowing three hits in his last outing against Alvin Community College in April.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Ray Elementary Principal is District 4 TEPSAN of the Year

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX (May 7, 2014) - Ray Elementary principal Ben Perez is the District 4 TEPSAN of the Year for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA).

Members from the 20 TEPSA Districts across the state annually recognize colleagues for their outstanding service to the association. Honorees will be recognized at the TEPSA Awards Reception June 11, at the Austin Renaissance Hotel.

“These exceptional school leaders go above and beyond the call of duty to serve their students and colleagues,” said TEPSA Executive Director Harley Eckhart.

Perez, whose career in education spans 18 years, is currently serving as TEPSA District 4 President. He was the 2013 named Lamar CISD Elementary Principal of the Year. He is a graduate of Terry High School.

TEPSA has served Texas Pre-K – 8 school leaders since 1917. Member-owned and member-governed, TEPSA has more than 5,800 members who direct the activities of 3 million PreK-8 school children.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Seven FBISD Students among 2014 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 6, 2014) - The National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) recently released the names of the first group of winners in the 59th annual National Merit Scholarship Program. Seven Fort Bend ISD students are among the approximate 1,000 distinguished high school seniors who won corporate-sponsored National Merit awards financed by more than 200 corporations, company foundations, and other business organizations.

FBISD’s 2014 Corporate-Sponsored Merit Scholarship Winners are:

  • Annie Chang, Clements High School – Chevron Corporation Scholarship
  • Ashley Chen, Clements High School – Chevron Corporation Scholarship
  • Michelle Lu, Austin High School – Fluor Scholarship
  • Sarth Raj, Austin High School – BP Foundation, Inc. Scholarship
  • Jenny Ren, Austin High School – Fluor Scholarship
  • William Wang, Clements High School – Formosa Plastics Corporation, U.S.A. Scholarship
  • Miranda Zhou, Clements High School – FMC Corporation Scholarship

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Sugar Land, TX News – St. Laurence Student Sings to “Strike Out Autism”

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 06th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 6, 2014) - Congratulations to St. Laurence Catholic School S.P.I.C. E. student, Jacob Martin, who was chosen to entertain the Sugar Land Skeeter’s Baseball fans during the seventh inning stretch at a recent ballgame to help celebrate, “Strike Out Autism Day” benefiting Hope 4 Three.  Jacob gave a wonderful performance by singing “God Bless America” for the crowd of fans. Jacob is a 6th grader enrolled in the “Special People In Catholic Education” (S.P.I.C.E.) program at St. Laurence Catholic school.  The S.P.I.C.E. program is designed to support the education of children with special needs in our community.

 

Sugar Land, TX News – Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is Proud to be Part of Literacy Campaign

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 5, 2014) - Last week the Barbara Bush Houston Literacy Foundation released the “Houston’s Literacy Crisis: A Blueprint for Community Action.” The foundation’s plan to unite educators, government, and community programs – plus human and financial capital – in a mission of wiping out illiteracy is in line with the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County’s mission. The plan includes targeted strategies and recommended actions intended to mobilize the community toward increasing literacy rates of people of all ages across Houston.

The foundation’s plan to unite educators, government, and community programs – plus human and financial capital – in a mission of wiping out illiteracy is just the kind of comprehensive approach required. The Literacy Council Executive Director, Kelli Metzenthin, was proud to be a part of one of the task force that developed the Blueprint to eliminate the high illiteracy rate in Fort Bend County. “It is an honor for the Literacy Council of Fort Bend County to be included in this community plan. Houston is the first city in the nation to develop a plan to comprehensively combat illiteracy in our greater metropolitan community. Thank you to the Barbara Bush Houston Foundation for including Fort Bend County in the Blueprint.” To view the Blueprint visit bushhoustonliteracy.org.

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Sugar Land, TX News – FBJSL Seeking New Members for the 2014-2015 League Year

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (May 2, 2014) - Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) has begun its membership drive for the 2014 – 2015 league year. Provisional membership is available to women ages 23 and older. Women interested in learning more about the league are encouraged to attend their informational meetings, June 19th and July 17th from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at locations to be determined. Please check the FBJSL website, www.fbjsl.com, for updates.

Left to Right: Angela Parker; Mimi Zaybak, 2014 Director of Provisionals; Chasity Munn; Jen Rizzo; Kelly Gardner; and Katrina Sayes, 2014 President Elect.

 

Along with events such as Spring Fling and Sugar Plum Market, FBJSL members will have the opportunity to provide direct service to the following agencies: Child Advocates of Fort Bend, East Fort Bend Human Needs Ministry, Fort Bend Rainbow Room, Fort Bend County Women’s Center, Fort Bend Seniors, Houston Museum of Natural Science-Sugar Land, Literacy Council of Fort Bend County, Lunches of Love, Parks Youth Ranch, and Fort Bend Teen Service League (FBTSL), a mentoring project of FBJSL.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Bike to Work/School Day Set for May 8

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 30th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 30, 2014) - The City of Sugar Land and Shape Up Fort Bend will hold the fourth annual Bike to Work Day and second annual Bike to School Day on Thursday, May 8.

The event – part of National Bike Month – begins at 7:30 a.m. at the South Meadow Pavilion at Sugar Land’s Memorial Park, 15300 University Blvd., with vendors, giveaways, and music.

Riders will depart for Sugar Land Town Square at 8:15 a.m. The 4.2-mile ride will take riders down University Boulevard to Fort Settlement Middle School, Elkins Road, Sweetwater Boulevard, and Lexington Boulevard.

Sugar Land’s Comprehensive Mobility Plan identifies a vision for “Superior Mobility.”  Participation in National Bike Month is a component of supporting transportation choices and healthy, active lifestyles.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Lamar CISD’s Kindergarten Roundup for 2014-2015

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 24, 2013) - Lamar CISD’s Kindergarten Roundup for the 2014-2015 school year will be April 28-May 9. Registration will be open at all Lamar CISD’s elementary campuses from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., or by appointment.

Online pre-registration is available at www.lcisd.org. After completing the on-line registration, parents must come in person to the school to bring documentation and verify information.

Lamar CISD has three early childhood programs: PPCD, pre-kindergarten, and kindergarten.

The Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities (PPCD) is for children with severe learning problems caused by poor speech, vision, or hearing. Children with physical, mental, or emotional difficulties are also eligible. Lamar CISD will screen any child whose development is of concern to his or her parents. Please contact the Special Education office at 832-223-0400.

Lamar CISD offers full-day kindergarten classes for all children who are five-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2014.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Rolls Out the Red Carpet for Leading Physicians

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 23, 2014) - At its eighth annual Doctor’s Day awards ceremony, Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital literally rolled out the red carpet for their physicians, including seven leading physicians nominated and voted on by over 900 hospital employees. In honor of Doctor’s Day, hospital employees had the opportunity to participate in a “Thank a Doctor” campaign. They were able to thank a special doctor in honor of National Doctor’s Day and show their appreciation to a physician who has touched their life by writing him or her a short note. Many physicians received an envelope containing thank you notes and comment cards at the event.

Seven physicians were recognized at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s Doctor’s Day celebration and medical staff meeting. At the Oscars-style event in appreciation of physicians, secret envelopes revealed the winners. The physician winners then gave a small speech to recognize and thank those that voted and supported them throughout the year.

Physicians in leading roles for 2014 were announced in seven categories: Female Physician of Excellence, Dr. Bushra Cheema, Oncologist; Male Physician of Excellence, Dr. Eddie Patton, Jr., Neurologist; Best Educator, Dr. Mauricio Reinoso, Pulmonologist; Most Respectful, Dr. Shiva Satish, Geriatrician; Most Supportive of Nursing, Dr. Timothy Oppermann, General Surgeon; Best Bedside Manner, Dr. Kumara Peddamatham, Gastroenterologist and Most Technologically Innovative, Dr. Vincent Phan, Orthopedic Upper Extremity Surgeon.

Doctor’s Day Award Winners: Dr. Eddie Patton Jr., Dr. Shiva Satish, Dr. Bushra Cheema, Dr. Vincent Phan, Dr. Mauricio Reinoso and Dr. Timothy Oppermann (not pictured: Dr. Kumara Peddamatham)

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Provides Plan to Address Overcrowding at Commonwealth Elementary

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 18, 2014) - Fort Bend Independent School District is taking measures to address projected overcrowding at Commonwealth Elementary (CWE), with plans to close enrollment for the next two years.  Parents are invited to attend a meeting on April 24 at 6:00 p.m. at the FBISD Annex (3119 Sweetwater Blvd.) in the main auditorium to learn more about the plan.

After consideration of projected growth, facility-use studies, and parental feedback, District officials developed a detailed plan to address the challenges due to excessive enrollment at CWE.  Highlights of the plan include:

  • Enrollment at CWE will be capped for the next two years.
  • New students will enroll at Austin Parkway Elementary, which has been designated as the overflow campus to relieve Commonwealth.
  • If necessary, Colony Bend Elementary will be utilized as an overflow campus if Austin Parkway reaches maximum capacity.
  • The kindergarten projected enrollment mirrors the outgoing fifth-grade enrollment; therefore, new kindergarten students were admitted to CWE during the District’s recent kindergarten enrollment window.
  • New students who currently have a sibling attending CWE in kindergarten through fourth grades will be allowed to enroll at CWE.
  • Students who attend the overflow campuses become students of that campus and participate in activities at the overflow campus. Bus transportation is provided to and from the overflow campuses from neighborhood bus stops, if students meet the District’s established criteria for school transportation.

For more information, please visit the Commonwealth Elementary website by visiting www.fortbendisd.com and clicking on “Schools.”

Sugar Land, TX NEWS – Fort Bend County Volunteer Group Wins National Award

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 14th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 14, 2014) – The Fort Bend County Medical Reserve Corps (FBCMRC), a volunteer organization, was recognized nationally this week when they were awarded the 2014 Mentor Award.

“We are so proud of the great work our Medical Reserve Corps does,” said Dr. M. desVignes-Kendrick, Director of Fort Bend County Health and Human Services. “They work diligently to coordinate and train with other MRCs. They deserve this recognition.”

The award was granted by the Division of Civilian Volunteer Medical Reserve Corps, which falls within the offices of the U.S. Surgeon General and Assistant Secretary of Health. The award, called the Mentor Award, “…honors the unit for successful collaboration with other members of the MRC network over the past year to share practices, participate in activities, and carry out initiatives that have strengthened individual and collective groups of MRC units.”

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Board Approves 4% Raise for Teachers and Staff; Adds New Positions

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 09th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 9, 2014) - FORT BEND ISD ―At a Special Called Meeting on April 7, the Fort Bend ISD Board of Trustees approved staffing and compensation recommendations for the 2014-2015 budget that includes an increase in the starting salary for teachers to $50,000 and a percentage increase on the teacher pay scale ranging from 4% to 8.6% for 2014-2015 to become more competitive overall and to address high turnover with teachers with 10 or less years of experience. The district will be addressing other critical points on the teacher pay scale in future years.

“It is critically important to have the best staff serving Fort Bend ISD and hiring the right employees will enable the district to focus on our mission to inspire and equip all students to pursue futures beyond what they can imagine,” said Dr. Charles Dupre, Superintendent of Schools.

The recommendations are based on the board’s core beliefs & commitments, achieving board-adopted goals and priorities, and a long range financial forecast that substantiates sustainability. The recommendations balance these objectives, while being good stewards of taxpayer funds.

The plan was developed in collaboration with a budget & compensation committee comprised of teachers and employees throughout the district, the teacher forum with representatives from all 74 schools, principals and feedback from the Board.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Next Level Urgent Care Brings Accreditation to Houston Area

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 08th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 8, 2014) – Next Level Urgent Care is the first organization in Texas to achieve Urgent Care Center Accreditation through the American Academy of Urgent Care Medicine (AAUCM). Accreditation is a voluntary process that measures the quality of services and performance against nationally recognized standards.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Addresses Overcrowding at Commonwealth and Oakland Elementary Schools

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 7, 2014) – Fort Bend Independent School District is taking measures to address overcrowding in high growth areas where two elementary schools have significant increasing student enrollment – Commonwealth and Oakland Elementary Schools. The District is developing the best solutions possible based upon the unique circumstances of each school.

Commonwealth Elementary School to address growth over next two years

Fort Bend ISD will be capping enrollment at Commonwealth to address enrollment growth for the next two years until a future elementary school opens. After meeting with parents at the school, the District decided that a proposal for a fifth-grade center at Fort Settlement Middle School would not be the best way to address the longer range view of enrollment growth. District officials instead have a new plan.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Drought-like Conditions Require Voluntary Water Schedules

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 02nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (April 2, 2014) - Sugar Land has implemented Stage 1 voluntary water restrictions to comply with a request from Governor Rick Perry to conserve water.

A recent proclamation from Perry stated that exceptional drought conditions throughout the state pose an imminent threat to water supplies, including those in Fort Bend.

Moderate drought conditions continue in Fort Bend County, and the drought conditions could continue or worsen with the approaching summer months when water demand is traditionally high.

Sugar Land’s Stage 1 water restrictions require voluntary conservation. Customers should limit irrigation to no more than two days a week and adhere to the City’s voluntary irrigation zone schedule.

“While the city currently has plenty of water, reducing irrigation conserves water, helps us stay ahead of drought conditions and reduces the likelihood that the city will need to initiate Stage II mandatory water restrictions specified in our Drought Contingency Plan,” said director of public works Robert Valenzuela. “We are not prohibiting outdoor water use, just asking customers to use water sensibly.”

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Sugar Land, TX News – Richmond Student Receives Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 27th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 27, 2014) – Aniyah King, a third-grade student from Richmond, TX has been awarded a Disney Friends for Change Youth Grant through Youth Service America. The grant will support King in leading a community service project for Global Youth Service Day.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend’s March for Meals Partners With Officials

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 24, 2014) – March for Meals is a national campaign held during the month of March, initiated and sponsored by the Meals On Wheels Association of America to raise awareness of senior hunger and to encourage action on the part of local communities. Hundreds of Senior Nutrition Programs across the United States like Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels are participating.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Fort Bend ISD Receives 2014 TASBO Purchasing Award of Merit

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 19th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 19, 2014) – For the third consecutive year, Fort Bend ISD received the Texas Association of School Business Officials (TASBO) Purchasing Award of Merit recognizing excellence in school purchasing operations.

During its Annual Conference, TASBO recognized 24 organizations that demonstrate excellence in adhering to professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services. Many of these school districts and organizations, including FBISD, have been recognized multiple times since the inception of the award six years ago. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Expanded Recycling Program in Sugar Land Receives State Recognition

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 12th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 12, 2014) – The Texas Public Works Association (TPWA) awarded Sugar Land an Operations Excellence Award for increased recycling efforts during 2013 that reduced garbage sent to landfills by 34 percent.

Sugar Land’s diversion rate – the amount of material kept out of landfills – has increased each year since the City launched an expanded solid waste program in 2011 that included automated curbside collection and expanded recycling. The City’s goal for 2014 is to achieve a 40 percent diversion rate.           (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Cornerstone Christian Academy Students Receive Duke TIP’s State Recognition

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 10th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 10, 2014) – Leah Marut and Lanz Reyes, students at Cornerstone Christian Academy, have received state recognition as part of the Duke TIP seventh-grade talent search. Leah scored a 1590 on the SAT and has been invited to participate in the Center for Summer Studies. Lanz scored a 19 on the ACT and has been invited to participate in the Academy for Summer Studies. Both students will be invited to a special awards ceremony where they will receive medals for their accomplishments.

Duke TIP press release

The Duke University Talent Identification Program (TIP) is a global leader in identifying academically gifted students and providing them with opportunities to support their development.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Crime Rate in Sugar Land Remains Among Nation’s Lowest

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 05th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (March 5, 2014) – Part 1 crimes in Sugar Land increased 3.6 percent last year while the City’s five-year trend shows an overall decrease of more than 18.5 percent. The results were included in the Sugar Land Police Department’s 2013 Annual Report.

Part 1 crimes include assault, auto theft, burglary, homicide, theft, robbery and auto burglary.

The most recent Part 1 data shows Sugar Land’s overall crime rate is 40 percent below the state and national averages. The City’s violent crime rate compares even better at more than 205 percent below the state and national averages. (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Texas Secretary of State Visits Fort Bend County

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 24th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 24, 2014) – Calling Fort Bend County “an economic miracle,” Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry met with county leaders earlier this month to celebrate the well-earned success and bright future of Fort Bend County.

Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry praised Fort Bend County's success and dubbed it an "economic miracle" during a recent visit with local officials.

Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry praised Fort Bend County’s success and dubbed it an “economic miracle” during a recent visit with local officials.

Starting with an aerial tour via helicopter, Berry was given a true “overview” of growth in Fort Bend County. Berry was accompanied in the aircraft by three local growth experts: Sugar Land Mayor James Thompson, Sugar Land’s Economic Development Director Regina Morales, and Jeff Wiley, President and CEO of the Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Career Day Events Help Students Explore Future Possibilities

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 18th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 18, 2014) – Eighth-grade students in Fort Bend ISD are exploring career paths as they take part in Annual Career Day programs at their campuses.

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Pictured at Bowie Middle School (from left) are: Kyle Alencar, Lorenzo DeCamps, Principal Chris Morgan, Hannah Callison, Grace Renfrew, teacher Lori Sartain, and Shelby Reagan.

Career Day gives students the opportunity to interact with area professionals to receive first-hand knowledge of various career industries and learn about the preparation needed to pursue desired careers. Students also have the opportunity to increase their awareness of extended learning opportunities, such as service learning and internships.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Application Process Re-Opens at Six FBISD High School Academies

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 13th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 13, 2014) Fort Bend ISD – As a courtesy to parents who are interested in having their students apply to academies, Fort Bend ISD has re-opened the application process at six high school academies. FBISD also reminds parents and students of the approaching deadline for applying to the GT Academy at Quail Valley Middle School.

Spaces are still available at the following two academies:

  • International Business and Marketing Academy at Bush High School
  • Digital Media Academy at Hightower High School

Students who have not committed to another academy are encouraged to look into the exciting opportunities offered at these two academies and submit an application.

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Sugar Land, TX News – School Bus Safety Contest Winners advance to Regional Competition

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 11, 2014) – Fort Bend ISD congratulates students who were named winners in the School Bus Safety Poster Contest, sponsored by the Texas Association of Pupil Transportation. FBISD’s Hodges Bend and Lake Olympia Terminal staff judged poster submissions from students in their service areas.

The first-place winners have advanced to the regional competition, which will be held on April 8 during the Gulf Coast Association of Pupil Transportation’s business meeting. Regional winners will advance to the state competition, held in June.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land Director of Parks and Recreation named Director of the Year

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 11th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 11, 2014) – The Texas Recreation and Park Society (TRAPS) named Sugar Land Director of Parks and Recreation Jim Browne its “East Region 2014 Parks and Recreation Director of the Year.”

Browne was recognized for professional leadership, public service and quality-of-life enhancements in Sugar Land.  The award was presented Jan. 25 at the East Region TRAPS Workshop.

Sugar Land, TX Jim Browne

Under Browne’s leadership in Sugar Land, the City opened the Imperial Park Recreation Center, a facility that includes a full gymnasium, an exercise room, two multipurpose rooms, a video gaming room, a kitchen and a beautiful patio/garden area.

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Sugar Land, TX News – KDC and The Johnson Development Corp. to Develop 55 Acres at Imperial

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted February 04th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (February 4, 2014) – KDC, one of America’s leading commercial real estate development and investment firms, and The Johnson Development Corp. announced today an agreement to market and develop 55 acres of commercial land in the master-planned community of Imperial, the largest remaining development opportunity in Sugar Land, Texas.

“We are excited to partner with a world-class developer, The Johnson Development Corp., to market these sites in Imperial for Class A, build-to-suit office space,” said William Peeples, KDC’s Houston Partner. “There is a tremendous demand for new office space in the area, both for headquarter locations and smaller, middle-market tenants.”

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Sugar Land, TX News – Kempner High School Science Project utilizes Fresh Tilapia

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 30th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 30, 2014) - Some students were a bit hesitant, but overall Kempner High School Aquatic Science class students enjoyed taking part in an art project that involved using fresh Tilapia. Science teacher Robert Anderson led his class in a fish-print project, which was an adaptation of the Japanese art form, Gyotaku. The project was a culminating activity following the students’ study of the anatomy of fish.

Tyronda Thomas, Jordan Johnson and Alexandria Cannon are shown working on the project.

Tyronda Thomas, Jordan Johnson and Alexandria Cannon are shown working on the project.

 

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Sugar Land, TX News – Leadership Session on Volunteerism Inspires FBISD Students to Give Back

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 23rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 23, 2014) – Student participants in Fort Bend ISD’s Student Leadership 101 program were inspired to become more involved in their communities after hearing powerful messages from three Fort Bend County professionals regarding their volunteer service to our community.

The FBISD leadership group visited with representatives of CASA House, Project SMILE and Bethel Ministries during their monthly session, sponsored by FBISD Board Vice President, Susan Hohnbaum.

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Ruthanne Mefford, Executive Director of Child Advocates of Fort Bend (left), leads students in a role-play.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Agents Hear Sotheby’s International Realty Director of Education

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 15th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 15, 2014) – Victoria Macdonald, Director of Education for Sotheby’s International Realty, was the main speaker at the Martha Turner Sotheby’s International Realty sales meeting held January 14 in the company’s offices at 50 Briar Hollow Lane.

Based in New York City, Macdonald supports both the business development of Sotheby’s agents nationwide and the learning needs of staff through a curriculum that includes client service, sales and negotiating techniques, and the use of brand offerings and technology tools.

Macdonald has more than 20 years of experience in corporate-based adult learning in the luxury arena. Prior to joining Sotheby’s, she served as Director – Global Education for Tiffany & Co. Previous to her post at Tiffany’s, Macdonald managed corporate learning and development for BMW.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land to Launch Curbside Hazardous, Electronics Collection

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 7, 2014) – Sugar Land will begin offering curbside collection of household hazardous waste and electronics at no additional cost on an on-call basis beginning Jan. 15.

Residents should call Republic Services at 713-726-7307 to describe the quantity and type of materials for disposal. Republic Services will then mail a special collection kit with detailed instructions on how to package items for safe and secure curbside pickup.

A collection date will be provided to the resident and a pickup arranged for a specified date. Items should not be placed at the curb on regular collection dates or prior to the scheduled pickup date.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Citizen Police Academy Application Period Open Through Feb. 24

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 7, 2014) – Want to discover firsthand what it takes to be a police officer, get to know your beat officer and learn more about criminal investigation? Find out by signing up for the Sugar Land Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy.

The 10-week course begins Feb. 27 with students meeting once a week from 7-10 p.m., including weekend courses such as firearm simulations, mock building searches and simulated traffic stops.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Cornerstone Christian Academy performs at the Houston API Luncheon

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 07th 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 07, 2014) – Cornerstone Christian Academy Middle School Band and Choir under the direction of Rachel Sabol, traveled to the ExxonMobil Building in downtown Houston to perform for the American Petroleum Institute’s luncheon at the Petroleum Club.

The American Petroleum Institute (“API”) is a nonprofit organization of oil and gas professionals dedicated to providing a forum for discussion of energy related issues and promoting actions to improve the energy industry through education and personal interaction.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Receives Stroke Gold Plus Award

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 03rd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 3, 2014) — Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has received the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Get With The Guidelines-Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award. The award recognizes Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s commitment and success in implementing a higher standard of stroke care by ensuring that stroke patients receive treatment according to nationally accepted standards and recommendations.

Kate Simpson, American Stroke Association; Dr. Eddie Patton, Jr., Neurologist; Dr. James Ling, Medical Director of the Stroke Program; Maria Socci, Stroke Program Manager; Dr. Larry Tran, Neurologist; Dr. M. Faisal Khan, Neurologist.

Kate Simpson, American Stroke Association; Dr. Eddie Patton, Jr., Neurologist; Dr. James Ling, Medical Director of the Stroke Program; Maria Socci, Stroke Program Manager; Dr. Larry Tran, Neurologist; Dr. M. Faisal Khan, Neurologist.

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Sugar Land, TX News – Sugar Land to Address 2013 Accomplishments, Vision for the Future

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted January 02nd 2014

Sugar Land, TX News (January 2, 2014) – Sugar Land will partner with the Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce to present a State of the City Address focusing on the City’s 2013 accomplishments. This is the sixth year that the City has presented an annual summary of activities to citizens.

The community is invited to attend the program to be held Jan. 24 at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel and Conference Center, located at 16090 City Walk at the corner of U.S. Highway 59 and State Highway 6.

Breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., followed at 8 a.m. with a dynamic presentation of 2013 Sugar Land achievements.  (more…)

Sugar Land, TX News – Martha Turner Properties Supports Joyful Toyful

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 17th 2013

Sugar Land, TX News (December 17, 2013) – For the fifth consecutive year, Martha Turner Properties partnered with The Carmen and David Bridges Joyful Toyful to provide toys for children in need during the holidays.

VP and Partner Tom Anderson and VP of Sales Marilyn Thompson with Martha Turner Properties' Joyful Toyful Collection

VP and Partner Tom Anderson and VP of Sales Marilyn Thompson with Martha Turner Properties’ Joyful Toyful Collection

Now in its twentithird year, Joyful Toyful distributes toys to local charities Boys and Girls Harbor, Casa de Esperanza de los Ninos, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, The Forge for Families, and Volunteer Houston. Collected toys must be new and unwrapped and appropriate for children aged infant through high school.

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SugarLand, TX News – MD Anderson Experts Share Tips for Improving Mood and Energy

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 13th 2013

SugarLand, TX News (December 13, 2013) – A packed winter social calendar, endless temptations for fattening holiday foods, and mounting holiday expenses may make one want to hide under the covers until spring.

These feelings could be signs of the winter blues, said Catherine Powers-James, Ph.D., clinical psychologist in integrative medicine at MD Anderson. ”During winter months, some people experience feelings similar to depression,” Powers-James said.

And, the shorter days and darker nights of winter can amplify this sluggish mood. Daylight lets the body know when it should be awake and asleep. So, more sunlight makes people more alert and less sunlight makes people groggier. As a result, people crave comfort foods, lack interest in their usual hobbies, and have less energy to exercise during winter.

“But giving in to unhealthy habits can not only negatively affect your health, but also cause extra stress,” said Lorenzo Cohen, Ph.D., professor and director of integrative medicine at MD Anderson.

Cohen and Powers-James offer these strategies to help avoid or overcome a winter slump:

1. Eat a healthy diet. Feeling blue can make it easy to desire foods high in fat, carbohydrates and sugar. But try to resist temptation. (more…)

SugarLand, TX News – Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital honors outstanding nurse with DAISY Award

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 12th 2013

Sugarland, TX News (December 12, 2013) – Suresh Thampi, RN, is Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s DAISY Award winner, a national honor that recognizes the contributions of extraordinary nurses.

Suresh, house supervisor, was chosen because he always offers the highest level of compassion and support to fellow nurses. He is known for his cheerfulness and great attitude, even during high stress situations. He is honest and ethical in everything he does, and he is an inspiration to other nurses in the hospital for his strong devotion to work and the Houston Methodist I CARE values.

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DAISY Award recipient, Suresh Thampi, RN, with wife and the DAISY Award committee.

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SugarLand, TX News – Wessendorff Middle School Teacher Wins Latin Grammy Award

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 10th 2013

SugarLand, TX News  (December 10, 2013) ― Like most teachers, Christina Martinez-Benitez has a hobby she enjoys while away from the classroom.

Unlike most teachers, Martinez-Benitez’s hobby is collecting Grammys.

Martinez-Benitez, in her second year as the Director of Bands at Wessendorff Middle School, recently went to Las Vegas to collect the Latin Grammy for Best Children’s Album.

Christina Martinez-Benetiz in the Wessendorff Band Hall

Christina Martinez-Benetiz in the Wessendorff Band Hall

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Cornerstone Christian Academy Students Qualify for Duke University Talent Identification Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 05th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 5, 2013) ― Cornerstone Christian Academy staff and families honored 50 fourth- through seventh-grade students who qualified for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. In order to qualify for this nationally elite group, students must score in the 95th percentile or above in a nationally normed standardized test.

“This is a great accomplishment for our students and our school,” says school principal Gracie Stelly. “It really is a reflection of CCA’s growth in the area of academic excellence. I can’t wait to see how many more we add to this group next year.”

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Fort Bend Junior Service League Now Accepting Scholarship Applications

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 05th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 5, 2013) ― The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is offering two scholarship programs to assist women in Fort Bend County who desire to further their education.

The FBJSL Volunteer Scholarship – The FBJSL Volunteer Scholarship applicant must be an outstanding Fort Bend female high school senior who has completed at least 100 hours of high school community service, has a minimum GPA of 2.5 and desires to pursue higher education in the 2014-2015 school year.

The FBJSL New Beginnings Scholarship – The FBJSL New Beginnings Scholarship applicant must be a Fort Bend woman who has a specific degree or career advancement goal in mind and who has had a break in her education following high school graduation, completion of her GED, or last full-time semester at an accredited college, vocational school or university.

Front row (from left): BRC Members Katherine Minter and Katharine Hunton; Volunteer Scholarship Recipient Arielle Schochler; Volunteer Scholarship Recipient Victoria Rigsby; and FBJSL 2012-2013 President Laura Thompson. Back row (from left): BRC Members Renee Jaramillo, Tanya Pal and Tin Salas.

Front row (from left): BRC Members Katherine Minter and Katharine Hunton; Volunteer Scholarship Recipient Arielle Schochler; Volunteer Scholarship Recipient Victoria Rigsby; and FBJSL President Laura Thompson. Back row (from left): BRC Members Renee Jaramillo, Tanya Pal and Tin Salas.

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Fort Bend Education Foundation to Benefit from Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa Party

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 04th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 4, 2013) ― Let Sugar Land’s Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa pamper you on Sunday, January 26 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm. Make a donation to the Fort Bend Education Foundation of $10 and you will receive one of the following for free: mini facial, mini massage, hot towel foot treatment, hot towel hand treatment, peppermint scalp massage, mini cold stone face massage or aromatherapy.

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Shelbie Farquar, Preet Munday, Terri Wang, FBEF VP of Community Affairs, Rafael Marquez; Owner, Peggy Jackson, FBEF Board Member Randi Henson, and Morghann Milburn

Additional mini spa services available for $10 each. Snacks and beverages will be served, along with games and prizes and introductory memberships specials. Additionally 10% of all other retail sales will be donated to the Foundation. Space is limited. Reserve your space today by calling 281-265-0065.

Fort Bend ISD Title I Social Workers to present at Annual Conference

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted December 03rd 2013

Sugar Land, TX (December 3, 2013) ― A team of Fort Bend ISD Title I Social Workers have been invited to present a session during the 23rd Annual Texas School Social Workers Conference, which will take place February 26-28 in Austin. The conference is designed to give school-based social service providers the skills, strategies and technologies needed for school social work practice in the year 2014 and beyond.

Pictured (from left to right) are Title I Social Workers Kristie Valdez, Regina Garza, LaSonya McArthur, Sara Stansbury and Priti Avantsa.

Pictured (from left) are: Kristie Valdez, Regina Garza, LaSonya McArthur, Sara Stansbury, and Priti Avantsa.

 

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Sugar Land Caring and Giving Project

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 26th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 26, 2013) ― Children at Primrose School of Sugar Land have spent the past month taking part in an annual Caring and Giving project which benefits the Houston Food Bank.

Sugar Land, TX

This program provides an opportunity for children to experience what it means to really help others. The children have spent time learning about proper nutrition, counting money and planning skills as they gathered their money, shopped grocery store ads and used their math skills to figure out how much they could buy with their money.

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Stocking Stuffers Available for Holidays to Benefit Sugar Land Animal Services Pet Adoptions

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 25th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 25, 2013) ― Sugar Land Animal Services will help sell plush puppies at this year’s Christmas Tree Lighting event to support efforts that place dogs and cats with caring families.

Look for the shelter’s booth in Sugar Land Town Square on Dec. 5 from 5 – 8 p.m. to learn about adoptable animals, programs provided by Animal Services and Christmas specials, including the plush puppies.

Sugar Land, TX

The stocking stuffers are being sold throughout the holidays for $8.99 while supplies last.  The promotion is a partnership with Raising Cane’s in Sugar Land, and all net proceeds will benefit the Sugar Land Animal Shelter.                (more…)

Fort Bend GT Academy Students Selected to Present at Rice University Poetry Reading

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 22nd 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 22, 2013) – Thirteen Fort Bend ISD GT Academy students and one Academy alumni presented poetry during a recent poetry reading hosted by Rice University. The students were selected to take part in the event after submitting poetry they wrote based on their experience at the university’s “Words & Art” event, held at the Marshland by Gaia Exhibit, which featured floor to ceiling images depicting Houston’s urban change and development created by Baltimore street artist, Gaia.

Pictured (seated, from left) are: Dylan Sky MacAdams, Mehul Mittal, Anya Pazhoor, Ethan Chow, Kanika Talwar, Sairaja Kurelli; and (standing, from let) David Sebek, GT ELA teacher; students Catalina Chang, Colby Sanders, Leo Dong, Kedar Pandya, Satwik Misra, Siddharth Khurana, Hannah Abraham, and GT ELA teachers Joe Bernhart and Nicole Frazier.

Pictured (seated from left) are: Dylan Sky MacAdams, Mehul Mittal, Anya Pazhoor, Ethan Chow, Kanika Talwar, Sairaja Kurelli; and (standing, from left) David Sebek, GT ELA teacher; students Catalina Chang, Colby Sanders, Leo Dong, Kedar Pandya, Satwik Misra, Siddharth Khurana, Hannah Abraham, and GT ELA teachers Joe Bernhart and Nicole Frazier.

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Clements High School students benefit from $15.7 million Fort Bend Education Foundation grant funded by Schlumberger

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 20th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 20, 2013) ― Computer Science students at Clements High School are exploring the field of engineering by taking part in a pilot program made possible through a $15.7 million Fort Bend Education Foundation grant funded generously by Schlumberger. 

The pilot program will provide educational programs to assist students in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) labs. Included in the agreement are 25 Licenses for Petrel Software, which supports the study of petroleum, earth science and technology, as well as 25 Licenses for Ocean Kit Software that are geared toward science, technology and engineering. Schlumberger will also provide a new computer lab equipped with 25 computers.

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Sugar Land Makes History with Largest Capital Improvement Project

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 15th 2013

Sugar Land, TX ­(November 15, 2013) – The City’s new $69 million surface water treatment plant near the intersection of Voss and Burney Road in the Gannoway Lake area is operational.

The plant has the distinction of the being the largest capital improvement project ever completed by the City.

Construction began in June 2011, and work included an administration/membrane building, chemical building, maintenance building, sludge dewatering building and various treatment units.

Residents who participated in a taste test on Nov. 8, 2008, returned to sample the final product after Sugar Land placed its new surface water treatment plant in service

Residents who participated in a taste test on Nov. 8, 2008, returned to sample the final product after Sugar Land placed its new surface water treatment plant in service

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Sugar Land’s Neighboring City of Rosenberg Develops with Smart Growth for Business and Culture

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 11th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 11, 2013) – The City of Rosenberg, Texas, lies at the geographic and logistical heart of Fort Bend County, named the No. 5 U.S. County for growth by Forbes. Rosenberg leverages its small-town charm, family-friendly surroundings, and business-friendly environment to grow the local economy. Rosenberg successfully mixes old and new, capitalizing on the community’s rich history and promising future, which is based upon logistics and commerce.

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Jazzercise Raises $2100 for Fort Bend County Women’s Center

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 08th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (November 8, 2013) Sugar Land Jazzercisers raised $2100 for Fort Bend County Women’s Center by staging a Beach Party benefit dance-fitness class.  According to Jazzercise instructor and benefit organizer Gi Gi Horrell, Fort Bend County Women’s Center will use the donations for housing and assisting women and their children in need of emergency shelter and services after surviving domestic violence.

Thousands of Sugar Land Area Children to Receive Christmas Gifts

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 08th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (November 8, 2013) - Santa’s Exchange is a joint community service project of The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary, The Exchange Club of Fort Bend and Toys for Tots. This year 5,000 children will receive Christmas gifts through the efforts of Community Service Clubs, businesses, churches, and schools that collect gifts for the children.

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary, The Exchange Club of Fort Bend and Toys for Tots have partnered to provide toys for over 5,000 children this Christmas. Project coordinators pictured are l/r Kevin Barker, John Robson, Greg Oelfke, Ward Pendleton, Greg Pendley, Chip Smith, Farha Ahmed, Carolyn Tarver and Katina Scott.

The Exchange Club of Sugar Land, Sugar Land Rotary, The Exchange Club of Fort Bend and Toys for Tots have partnered to provide toys for over 5,000 children this Christmas. Project coordinators pictured are: Kevin Barker, John Robson, Greg Oelfke, Ward Pendleton, Greg Pendley, Chip Smith, Farha Ahmed, Carolyn Tarver, and Katina Scott.

Parents in need are sent an invitation to visit Santa’s Exchange and “shop” for three new toys for each child. The kids have a chance to sit on Santa’s lap and “elves” entertain them with crafts and games. Traditionally over 1,000 volunteers from local community service clubs, high schools and churches assist on the day of the project.

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Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Welcomes Sugar Land’s Quadruplet Boys

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 07th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (November 7, 2013) – On October 8, 2013, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital joyfully celebrated the births of four healthy brothers to Sugar Land’s Aggour Family.

Alfredo Gei, M.D., Tamir Aggour (dad), Omar Aggour, Kareem Aggour, Tamara Aggour (sister), Marwa Farrag (mom), Saif Aggour, Deen Aggour and Sandra Uribe, RN, BSN

Alfredo Gei, M.D., Tamir Aggour (dad), Omar Aggour, Kareem Aggour, Tamara Aggour (sister), Marwa Farrag (mom), Saif Aggour, Deen Aggour and Sandra Uribe, RN, BSN (Photo by John Lynch/Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital)

According to the National Organization of Mothers of Twins Club (NOMOTC), in 2011 there were a total of 3,953,590 births, 239 of which were quadruplet births. With so few quadruplet births, the Aggour identical triplets Deen, Kareem and Omar along with singleton Saif definitely beat the odds.

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Fort Bend Education Foundation’s Annual Gala

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 05th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (November 5, 2013) – The Fort Bend Education Foundation is pleased to announce its theme for the 21st annual gala to be held on March 1, 2014, at the Sugar Land Marriott Hotel.

Gala co-chairs Patty Godfrey and Terrie Gorney announced this year’s theme “Roaring 20’s” presented by PerdueBrandonFielderCollins&MottLLP, promises to be the most opulent party of the season. This “hotsy totsy” evening will celebrate the successes of the Fort Bend Education Foundation and serve as a thank you to the community for its generous support.

Gala Co-Chair Patty Godfrey, FBEF Events Coordinator Carol Evans, Gala Co-Chair Terrie Gorney. 2nd row (l-r): Rinku Ray, Peggy DeMarsh, Sonal Bhuchar, Jessica Kij, Smita Singh, Donna Tyler-Murray.  3rd Row (l-r): Jeanne Megna, Violet Robertson, Seeju Dupre, Nappinnai Natarajan, Wendy Brooks, Yolanda Humphrey, Carol Scott, Danita Carey, Terri Wang, Mary Favre, Debbie Depinet.

Gala Co-Chair Patty Godfrey, FBEF Events Coordinator Carol Evans, Gala Co-Chair Terrie Gorney. 2nd row (l-r): Rinku Ray, Peggy DeMarsh, Sonal Bhuchar, Jessica Kij, Smita Singh, Donna Tyler-Murray. 3rd Row (l-r): Jeanne Megna, Violet Robertson, Seeju Dupre, Nappinnai Natarajan, Wendy Brooks, Yolanda Humphrey, Carol Scott, Danita Carey, Terri Wang, Mary Favre, Debbie Depinet.

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Thousands Attend Texian Market Days

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 04th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (November 4, 2013) – Over 6,000 guests explored four historic sites and a plethora of activities at George Ranch Historical Park on Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26. The Park was bustling with excitement over the weekend as guests traveled from miles around to experience over 100 years of Texas history at the 30th Annual Texian Market Days, benefitting the Fort Bend County Museum Association’s educational programs and historic preservation efforts.

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Texas CASA Names Kirchof Board Member of the Year

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 31st 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 31, 2013) – Nalco General Manager and board member of Child Advocates of Fort Bend Kurt Kirchof was honored as the Texas CASA Excellence in Governance Board Member of the Year by Texas CASA, the statewide network of local Court Appointed Special Advocate programs which recruit, train and support volunteers who speak up in court for children in the foster care system. The award was presented during Texas CASA’s annual conference in San Marcos on October 25.

Child Advocates of Fort Bend Executive Director Ruthanne Mefford, Kurt Kirchof and Texas CASA Chief Executive Officer Vicki Spriggs

Child Advocates of Fort Bend Executive Director Ruthanne Mefford, Kurt Kirchof and Texas CASA Chief Executive Officer Vicki Spriggs

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Ridge Point High School Band and Color Guard Head to State

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 29th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 29, 2013) – The Ridge Point High School Marching Band and Color Guard, led by Director Dr. Michael Barnes and Assistant Director Andrew Lee, have made school and district history by advancing to the UIL State Marching Band Contest.

This is the first year that the band and color guard have advanced to the competition, and they are only the third Fort Bend ISD band to do so. (They follow the Austin High School and Clements High School Bands.)

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Eclipse Soccer Raises Money for Memorial Hermann Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 28th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 28, 2013) – Eclipse Soccer, recently had a shirt sale/drive for Breast Cancer Awareness month. They created pink t-shirts for their club and sold them to their community. A portion of the amount raised from sales of the Eclipse Pink shirts (the ones the girls are wearing), was donated back to the Memorial Hermann Foundation.

Paul Rossetti, Eclipse President said, “With over 3 million women battling breast cancer in the U.S. today, it is our responsibility to join the efforts to raise money for research and awareness.”

Dr. Michael Kent (Richmond Bone and Joint), Kim Vinson (Eclipse Soccer club), Steven Ramirez (Memorial Hermann Sugar Land) and Paul Rossetti (Eclipse Soccer Club). Front row, from left: Nicholas Sanders, Joshua Sanders, Lauren Vinson, Taylor Vinson, Kara Canetti, Morgan Vinson, and Owen Rossetti

Dr. Michael Kent (Richmond Bone and Joint), Kim Vinson (Eclipse Soccer club), Steven Ramirez (Memorial Hermann Sugar Land) and Paul Rossetti (Eclipse Soccer Club). Front row, from left: Nicholas Sanders, Joshua Sanders, Lauren Vinson, Taylor Vinson, Kara Canetti, Morgan Vinson, and Owen Rossetti

 

Lamar CISD Program Helps Students “Recover” Their Love of Reading

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 28th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 28, 2013) - Reading Recovery is just what it sounds like – a program that helps students recover from a faulty start, catching them up with their classmates.

But it recovers something else: children who love to read.

Reading Recovery teacher Jessica Thibodeaux with Smith first-grader Lucki covarrubio

Reading Recovery teacher Jessica Thibodeaux with Smith first-grader Lucki Covarrubio

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Second Annual Pretty in Pink Raises Funds for Cancer Patients

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 25th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 25, 2013) – The community charity event, Pretty in Pink—Town Square, raised more than $114,000 to benefit local cancer patients through the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital Cancer fund.

Presenting sponsors, Breast Surgeons – Dr. Sandra Templeton & Dr. Kelly Dempsey joined a wide range of other sponsors and donors to make Pretty in Pink a huge success.

Diane Chambers, Brittany Scally, Rosalie Thornblom and Evelyn Traylor

Diane Chambers, Brittany Scally, Rosalie Thornblom and Evelyn Traylor

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New Territory Women’s Association Donates to Rosenberg Railroad Museum

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 24th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 24, 2013) – The New Territory Women’s Association is proud to donate $1,500 to The Rosenberg Railroad Museum. The Rosenberg Railroad Museum preserves and displays historical resources related to rail, and provides an educational and entertaining rail experience to visitors.

NTWA President, Sarah Warburton, RRM Executive Director, Lisa Rickert, NTWA Community Service Chair, Lisa Dolezal and RRM Assistant Administrator, Colette Lock.

NTWA President, Sarah Warburton; RRM Executive Director, Lisa Rickert; NTWA Community Service Chair, Lisa Dolezal; and RRM Assistant Administrator, Colette Lock

The New Territory Women’s Association, founded in 1996, is a diverse group of women with a variety of interests joining together to make new friends, have fun and give back to the community.

Eleven-year Winning Streak for Bush High School Navy JROTC

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 17th 2013

Fort Bend ISD (October 17, 2013) – For the eleventh consecutive year, Bush High School Navy JROTC cadets earned the first place overall award for their outstanding performance at the Fort Bend ISD Drill and Skills Competition, held at Kempner High School.

Luis Salazar, Male Color Guard Commander; Trashawn Sillimon, Armed Exhibition Commander; Daniel Mendoza, Battalion Commanding Officer and Armed Regulation Commander; Siomara Ayala, Female Color Guard Commander; and Rosmeri Ayala, Unarmed Drill Team Commander.

Luis Salazar, Male Color Guard Commander; Trashawn Sillimon, Armed Exhibition Commander; Daniel Mendoza, Battalion Commanding Officer and Armed Regulation Commander; Siomara Ayala, Female Color Guard Commander; and Rosmeri Ayala, Unarmed Drill Team Commander.

The competition invited all FBISD JROTC Drill Units to enter the competition and demonstrate their skills. The units were evaluated on Personal Appearance, Armed and Unarmed Drill, Color Guard Demonstration, and Physical Fitness prowess.Bush cadets earned the first place overall award after receiving first place in the following areas of competition:

  • Armed and Unarmed Drill
  • Male Color Guard Demonstration
  • Female Color Guard Demonstration

Special Guests Await at Sugar Land’s Halloween Town

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 17th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 17, 2013) – Radio Disney is making its way to Town Square for Sugar Land’s sixth annual Halloween Town event on Oct. 27, from 4-8 p.m.

Michael Jackson’s “Thriller,” spectacular prizes and the Radio Disney road team will spice up the night with choreographed dance moves and interactive intermissions.

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Campbell Elementary Kids Celebrate Pinwheels for Peace

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 11th 2013
Pinwheels for Peace

Campbell Elementary students

Campbell students in Art teacher Deborah Holzhuter’s class were introduced to International Peace Day. This event is held word wide. Their students celebrated by making a pinwheel and taking it out to put in their school-wide pinwheel display. This is the second year our school has participated in this event as they, “Imagine… whirled peace!”

David Crockett and Sugar Land Middle Schools Raise Cancer Support Through Volley Pink Project

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 10th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 10, 2013) – David Crockett and Sugar Land Middle Schools raised $1,040.47 for the Volley Pink Project volleyball game October 4 at Crockett. It is the third year the two schools have teamed with the Fort Bend Junior Service  League to help local cancer patients with the costs associated with their treatment. Each school contributed just over $500 to the cause.

 

Stacey Rouze, DCMS nurse and volleyball assistant; Antwanita Bonom, DCMS volleyball coach; Chanel Johnson, DCMS volleyball coach; Heather Carroll, FBJSL Director of Community Relations; and Thomas Graham, DCMS Principal. Front row (l to r): Favour Alejo, Sugar Land volleyball player, Karen Efron, Sugar Land volleyball coach; Debbie Cooper, Sugar Land volleyball coach and co-coordinator of the Volley Pink Project; Versie Turner, DCMS volleyball coach; Stephanie Carter, DCMS volleyball coach; Cindy Dempster, FBJSL President; Debbie Buckner, FBJSL President-Elect; and Joshua McLain, co-coordinator of the Volley Pink Project.

Stacey Rouze, Antwanita Bonom, Chanel Johnson, Heather Carroll, Thomas Graham; front row from left: Favour Alejo, Karen Efron, Debbie Cooper, Versie Turner, Stephanie Carter, Cindy Dempster, Debbie Buckner, and Joshua McLain.

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U.S. Army Drafts Terry High School Principal Vera Wehring

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 08th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 8, 2013) – The U.S. Army has drafted Terry High principal Vera Wehring. Wehring is one of only 15 principals in the United States selected by the Army and the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) to attend the inaugural leadership and professional development in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

Wehring and Araguz

Wehring and Araguz

 

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Austin Bulldogs Marching Band and Angels Dance Team Compete

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 03rd 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (October 3, 2013) - Despite the thunder at the end of their preliminary performance, the Austin Bulldog Marching Band and Angels Dance Team finished in second place at the fourth annual Friendswood Marching Festival.

Austin Bulldog Marching Band and Angels Dance Team

Austin Bulldog Marching Band and Angels Dance Team

Stephen F. Austin took home the awards for best auxiliary and best general effect in both the preliminary and finals competition. This year the band and Angels are under the direction of Bob Chreste, Michael Roche, Clark Gardner, Lilian Mason, and Ashlee Williamson.

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Fort Bend Junior Service League Awards Grant to ESCAPE

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 30th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 30, 2013) – The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) recently awarded a $4,660 Community Assistance Fund (CAF) grant to ESCAPE Family Resource Center.

FBJSL President-Elect Debbie Buckner, FBJSL BRC Chair Tanya Pal, ESCAPE Family Resource Center CEO Lidya Osadchey, FBJSL BRC member Katherine Minter and FBJSL President Cindy Dempster

FBJSL President-Elect Debbie Buckner, FBJSL BRC Chair Tanya Pal, ESCAPE Family Resource Center CEO Lidya Osadchey, FBJSL BRC member Katherine Minter and FBJSL President Cindy Dempster

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Pelvic Cancer Study at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 30th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 30, 2013) – A trip to Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital’s emergency room for a swollen leg uncovered a major surprise for Pauline Stevens – a pelvic tumor about the size of a soccer ball.

The mass was determined to be cancerous, and it had spread from Stevens’ uterus to her ovaries. Jorge Darcourt, M.D., hematologist/oncologist and director of the Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital infusion center, diagnosed Stevens with endometrial cancer.

Pauline Stevens and Jorge Darcourt, M.D.

Pauline Stevens and Jorge Darcourt, M.D.

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Kempner High School Student Receives Award of Bravery

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 27th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 27, 2013) – Ben Nguyen, a Kempner High School sophomore and member of Boy Scout Troop 911-Sugar Land, was honored with an Award of Bravery from the Sam Houston Area Council in recognition of his immediate response to assisting his grandmother during an emergency. Nguyen treated his grandmother for shock after she lost consciousness at a family dinner.

Ben Nguyen

Ben Nguyen

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Memorial Hermann Announces $93 Million Expansion of its Sugar Land Hospital

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 25th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 25, 2013) – Memorial Hermann Health System today announced a $93 million expansion and upgrade of its Memorial Hermann Sugar Land hospital into the area’s most advanced facility.

The expansion to Memorial Hermann Sugar Land hospital is designed to significantly enhance the patient experience and meet the healthcare needs in the rapidly growing Fort Bend County region. Through this expansion, Memorial Hermann will continue to provide high quality, safe and nationally recognized patient care to families in the Sugar Land community as it has done for nearly a decade. When complete, the expansion will include a new six-story, 120,000-square-foot patient tower that will increase the hospital’s total bed count to 141, as well as an additional professional building, new equipment and related facilities.

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Former Terry High School Student Competes on The Voice

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 25th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 25, 2013) – Tamara Chauniece Williams has always had a talented voice. But can she be The Voice? In the coming weeks, the 2008 Terry High School graduate will appear on NBC’s The Voice, where she will compete against singers from across the country.

Tamara Chauniece

Tamara Chauniece

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Oyster Creek Elementary Student Named Winner in Skeeter’s Reading Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 25th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 25, 2013) – Sugar Land Skeeters players Michael Nix (pitcher), Kevin Rios (infielder), and Adam Godwin (outfielder) visited Oyster Creek Elementary School to congratulate fourth-grade student, Eduardo Guerra, on winning the Skeeters reading program contest.

 

Oyster Creek Elementary student, Eduardo Guerra, is shown with Sugar Land Skeeters players (from left) Michael Nix, Kevin Rios and Adam Godwin.

Oyster Creek Elementary student, Eduardo Guerra, is shown with Sugar Land Skeeters players (from left) Michael Nix, Kevin Rios, and Adam Godwin.

 

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Hunting for Homes

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 20th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 20, 2013) – As preparations begin for Hunting for Homes MEGA Pet Adoption, the Animal Service Agencies of Fort Bend County are reaching out to community members and area merchants to lend a hand. Shelters are taking in a large number of animals that will make good family members. But they will need families to foster dogs and cats until the adoption day due to space limitations.

Hunting for Homes

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Austin High School Students Score Well on National Spanish Examinations

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 20th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (September 20, 2013) - Recently, several Spanish language students from Stephen F. Austin School who attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2013 National Spanish Examinations were recognized by the Fort Bend ISD School Board.

Mrs. Chong and Gold recipients - Poonam Vaidya, Safiyah Bharwani, TJ Brooks, Elliott Seiler, and Zoha Momin.  Not pictured- Jennifer Kaufman and Agnes Archibong

Mrs. Chong and Gold recipients – Poonam Vaidya, Safiyah Bharwani, TJ Brooks, Elliott Seiler, and Zoha Momin. Not pictured- Jennifer Kaufman and Agnes Archibong

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Join Fort Bend County Libraries for “Gulf Coast Reads”

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 17th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (September 17, 2013) – Fort Bend County Libraries invites the public to join in the “Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page” reading program, a community-wide reading project encouraging communities to read and discuss a particular book together in October and November. The 2013 selection for “Gulf Coast Reads” is Peter Heller’s debut novel, The Dog Stars.

The Dog Stars

The Dog Stars

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Sugar Land to Host Playoffs in Skeeters Pursuit of First-Ever Championship

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 11th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (September 11, 2013) - The Sugar Land Skeeters have achieved another historic milestone with a playoff berth and the best record in all of baseball.

After record attendance figures in the team’s first year that far exceeded City projections, the Skeeters will host home playoff games at Constellation Field on Sept. 17 and Sept. 18 in the best-of-five Freedom Division series. Should the Skeeters advance, the team will host games three, four and five from Sept. 27-29 in the best-of-five Atlantic League Championship Series.

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Kempner High School Seniors Expect Another Frenzy of Fun at ProGrad ’14

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 10th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (September 10, 2013) - “I keep hearing about this thing called Pro Grad. What is Pro Grad?” Great question.  Pro Grad is actually short for “Project Graduatio.”

Project Graduation was formed in 1980 to prevent drug and alcohol-related tragedies during commencement season. It began in Oxford Hills area of Maine after the area experienced seven alcohol and other drug-related teen deaths during the 1979 graduation season. Adults planned alcohol-free activities as part of a post-graduation party, in lieu of student-run events with alcohol or drugs. They called this chemical-free party “Project Graduation.”

Kempner seniors and their parents are creating a fantastic night of celebration for the Class of 2014.

Kempner seniors and their parents are creating a fantastic night of celebration for the Class of 2014.

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FRIENDS of Child Advocates of Fort Bend Announces Membership Coffee

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 10th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (September 7, 2013) – The FRIENDS of Child Advocates invites members of the Fort Bend Community to a Membership Coffee to be held on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. in the home of Farha Ahmed, 6 Ellicott Way in Sugar Land.

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