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“Born to be Wild” Bowling Tournament

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 15th 2013

On May 18, 2013 Fort Bend Regional Council on Substance Abuse, Inc. will hold its 9th Annual Fort Bend Corporate Challenge “Born to be Wild” Bowling Tournament. Once again Union Pacific Railroad Company has stepped up to be the lead sponsor and invites local businesses, organizations, and individuals to bring a team and enjoy the fun while supporting this worthy organization.

Funds raised from this event will support the Summer Explosion, Youth Leadership Camp, October’s Red Ribbon Week activities, and many other programs provided by Fort Bend Regional Council.

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“The Voice” Contestant to Perform at Star Spangled Spectacular in Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2013

Sugar Land, TX – Sugar Land artist Savannah Berry, a contestant on the 2013 season of The Voice and a member of Team Blake Shelton, will perform at Sugar Land’s Star Spangled Spectacular.

Savannah Berry

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A Ride for the Cure

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 15th 2013

On Saturday and Sunday, April 20th and 21st, Martha Turner Properties sales associates, staff, families, and friends rode in the BP MS 150 bicycle race from Houston to Austin. The BP MS 150 is a two-day fundraising cycling ride organized by the National MS Society: Lone Star, and is the largest event of its kind in North America. Ashton Martini, MTP sales associate and team captain, and Terri Lemons, the MTP director of community outreach, organized and coordinated training, equipment and accommodations for the team and volunteer support staff. Most of the riders were new to endurance cycling.

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Aetna Foundation Supports YMCA Program

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 15th 2012

At a recent presentation at the Fort Bend YMCA, it was announced that the YMCA would be a recipient of a $25,000 grant for the YMCA’s After School and Outreach Health Enhancement program.  During the presentation, Maria Mendez, Mid-America West Regional Director for Aetna, presented YMCA Group Executive Director, Eric Schenkelberg, with a check for $25,000.  “Aetna is proud to be supporting the YMCA in their endeavors to make this community’s youth healthier,” stated Maria Mendez of Aetna.

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Aetna Foundation Supports YMCA Program Promoting Youth Health & Wellness

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 25th 2011

At a recent presentation at the Fort Bend YMCA, it was announced that the YMCA would be a recipient of a $25,000 grant for the YMCA’s After School and Outreach Health Enhancement program. During the presentation, Maria Mendez, Mid-America West Regional Director for Aetna, presented YMCA Group Executive Director, Eric Schenkelberg, with a check for $25,000. “Aetna is proud to be supporting the YMCA in their endeavors to make this community’s youth healthier”, stated Maria Mendez of Aetna. (more…)

Annual WATCH Health and Fitness Fair Draws Large Crowd

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

To help kick off WATCH Week in Fort Bend ISD schools, FBISD and the Fort Bend Medical Society Alliance hosted the 7th annual WATCH Your Wellness Health and Fitness Fair that welcomed community members from across the district for a fun and informative gathering that featured free health screenings, immunizations, cooking demonstrations, live entertainment, activities and giveaways.

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Breast Cancer Support Group Meets in Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 29th 2013

The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Sugar Land sponsors the Breast Friends Focus and Support group for Fort Bend and surrounding communities, and the next meeting with be Tuesday, May 14.

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Builders Selected for Imperial Sugar Land’s First Neighborhoods

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 20th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (August 20, 2013) – Just weeks after announcing plans for its first neighborhoods, the master-planned community of Imperial Sugar Land has selected four award-winning homebuilders for its new patio homes and townhomes, both of which are expected to be available for sale by the end of 2013 with models open in the Spring of 2014.

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Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s Hispanic Business Division Holds Development Breakfast

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance’s Hispanic Business Division held a network development breakfast at Bob’s Taco Station in Rosenberg. For information about the Hispanic Business Division, contact Shannan at sstavinoha@cfbca.org or 281-342-5464.

 Tony Francis, Alicia Casias Nationwide Agency; Liz Moreno, Fort Bend Women’s Center;

Jennifer DeDear, Servpro of West Fort Bend County, and Cathy Pitts,

SIG McDonald & Wessendorff Insurance.

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Central Fort Bend Chamber to hold Community Safety Day

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 05th 2013

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance has scheduled its inaugural Community Safety Day for April 6. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Chamber will offer booths and presentations regarding several aspects of family-safety issues.

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Child Advocates of Fort Bend Offers Training

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 19th 2013

Are you looking for something meaningful to do this summer and interested in making a difference in the lives of children? July 29 to August 2 from 9am until 4pm daily, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is offering a week-long training class to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. This is your last opportunity this year to complete the volunteer training class in a single week.

Recently trained volunteers shown with Judge Ronald Pope of the 428th Judicial District Court are (L to R): Rhonda Miller, Tara Johnson, Caroline Bordelon, Helen Noble, Letha Hensley, Cheryl Fletcher, Charlotte Murphy, and Cecilia Soto.

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Child Advocates of Fort Bend Offers Week-Long Training Class

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2013

July 29 to August 2 from 9am until 4pm daily, Child Advocates of Fort Bend is offering a week-long training class to train volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. This is the community’s last opportunity this year to complete the volunteer training class in a single week.

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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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City Accepting Applications for Land Use Advisory Committee

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 01st 2013

The City of Sugar Land is accepting applications from community members for a citizen-based advisory committee to update the City’s Land Use Plan.

The Land Use Advisory Committee (LUAC) will guide a project to identify policy guidance and future efforts necessary to accomplish the City’s land use goals and objectives.  Work is expected to address issues such as housing types, development of activity centers and redevelopment of aging commercial areas.

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City Council Proclaims April Safe Digging Month

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

Sugar Land City Council issued a proclamation on April 15 supporting Safe Digging Month. The proclamation reminds homeowners to call 811 before starting any outdoor digging projects.

Calling 811 before digging can prevent injuries, property damage and inconvenient outages. A utility line is damaged by digging once every three minutes nationwide, and one-third of these incidents are caused by failure of professional excavators or homeowners to call 811 before digging projects.

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Clements Cadets Give Kudos to Classic Chevrolet

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 28th 2013

On May 23rd, two senior cadets in the Clements High School Navy JROTC Unit presented an award of appreciation to Don Kerstetter, owner of Classic Chevrolet in Sugar Land.  For the past two years, Classic Chevrolet has been a sponsor of the Clements NJROTC Booster Club, which supports the activities and programs of the 102 cadets in the NJROTC Unit.

Pictured with Don Kerstetter (center) are executive officer Edward Alexander and commanding officer Christopher Mann. Classic Chevrolet has the reputation of being a very community-minded dealership, and has been named a GM Dealer of the Year.

Clements High School Cadet Recognized for Artistic and Patriotic Achievement

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2013

Cadet Pearl Wang, a tenth-grade student at Clements High School, has been recognized for her entry in the 2013 Patriotic Art Contest, sponsored by the Ladies Auxiliary VFW of Texas. Her entry was judged and selected as a First Place Winner at the local level by members of the Ladies Auxiliary 4010 VFW of Stafford, Texas.

From there her work was sent on to the state competition where she received a second place in statewide judging. Mrs. Mortimer, President of the VFW Chapter in Stafford, was thrilled that an area student would have her artwork receive such recognition.

The purpose of the competition is to have students depict their understanding of patriotism through their own creative illustrations.

Pearl’s work was the result of her illustrative efforts in her Saturday afternoon art class. She has been a student in the MJAC Art Program at the First Colony Association Facility for five years, under the instruction of Mr. John Rodak.

Her entry will be returned in late June, 2013, and will be on display at the Wells Fargo Branch Bank (Austin Parkway and Highway 6) in August, 2013, along with entries from two other MJAC students, Karen Diao and Sophia Huang (also students at Clements High School).

Pictured from left: Phil Morgante (Assistant Principal), LCDR Kenneth Minnard (Senior Naval Science Instructor), Cadet Pearl Wang, and Karin Grisdale (Associate Principal).

Collaboration for a Good Cause

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 29th 2012

Numerous state government officials and nonprofit representatives joined together last week to cut the ribbon and celebrate an exemplary partnership devoted to providing safe, effective and enjoyable therapeutic horseback riding to people with special needs. As stated on the certificate presented by State Senator Rodney Ellis’s office, the occasion merited “most sincere congratulations … to SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Riding Centers and Richmond State Supported Living Center on the occasion of celebrating their collaboration.”

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Dennis Parmer Hired as Heritage Foundation Director

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2013

The Board of Directors of the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation is pleased to announce that Dennis Parmer has been hired as Executive Director.

Mr. Parmer is well recognized in the community, having served on the Sugar Land City Council from 2003-2009, representing District One.  Additionally, he was an officer on both the Sugar Land 4A and 4B Development Corporations, and was appointed as the City’s representative to the Transportation Policy Council (TPC) for the Houston-Galveston Area Council for five years.

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Doctor’s Day Awards Ceremony

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 29th 2013

At its seventh annual Doctor’s Day awards ceremony, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) 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, community members and hospital employees had the opportunity to participate in the MSLH “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.
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Dulles Avenue Construction Complete

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 26th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (July 26, 2013) – The construction on Dulles Avenue from U.S. Highway 90A to Avenue E, including intersections at Lexington Boulevard and Cartwright Road, is now complete. The Dulles Avenue improvement project is intended to improve the safety and mobility along Dulles Avenue.

Pictured (from left) are Sugar Land City Councilmembers Himesh Gandi, Harish Jajoo, Bridget Yeung and Joe Zimmerman; Mayor James Thompson; Assistant City Manager Steve Griffith; and Councilmembers Amy Mitchell and Steve Porter.

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Elkins High School Student Helps Wheelchair Basketball Team Win National Championship

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2013

Sophomore Fabian Romo of Elkins High School, along with his Houston-based team, brought home the national championship trophy for wheelchair basketball this past weekend in Louisville, Kentucky. Fabian received requests from coaches at the University of Alabama, UT Arlington and the University of Arizona to participate in their summer basketball programs. Fabian is an outstanding student and incredible young man who is recognized for this accomplishment along with the rest of his team.

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FBJSL Awards $5,000 Grant to Helping Hands

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 16th 2012

 The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) was pleased to present a $5,000 Community Assistance Fund (CAF) Grant to Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands that will enable them to provide food to people in crisis in West Fort Bend County. Rosenberg-Richmond Helping Hands is a non-profit organization formed by area churches to help people in crisis by providing basic needs (food, money and clothing) on a short-term basis. Their goal is to provide assistance temporarily until the individual or family becomes self-sufficient.  

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FBJSL Celebrates Success With Encore Party

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 22nd 2012

To celebrate another successful Sugar Plum Market and to recognize its sponsors, the Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL), together with 2011 Sugar Plum Market title sponsor, Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, will host an Encore Party in December at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital.

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FBJSL Spring Fling Announces Memorial Hermann Sugar Land as Sponsor

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 26th 2013

Sugar Land, TX – (July 26, 2013) - The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) is proud to announce Memorial Hermann Sugar Land (MHSL) will return as the Title Sponsor for the 2014 FBJSL Spring Fling (formerly FBJSL Charity Ball).

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First Colony Mall Hosts Humane Society Adoption

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 26th 2013

Here’s a coincidence Sugar Land to consider: On Sunday, May 12 – Mother’s Day – First Colony Mall is hosting the Houston Humane Society’s pet adoption. The organization will be at the shopping center from 12 to 4 p.m. with six to eight dogs in a variety of sizes and breeds that are available for adoption. One just might be perfect for mom.

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First Colony Swim Team Leads Open Water Challenge

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 01st 2013

First Colony Swim Team sent four swimmers to the 2013 Open Water All-Star Challenge in Fort Myers, Florida. The swimmers were selected from all of the teams in the southeast Texas region to represent Gulf Swimming. Chris Yeager, Peyton Quattlebaum, Shelby Fruge, and Corey Duke swam the 3rd Annual Fran Crippen Mile on Saturday. FCST was well represented as Chris finished 2nd for boys ages 13 to 14, and Peyton finished 1st for girls ages 13 to 14. The swimmers also competed on Sunday in the 5K challenge. Chris and Peyton both took 2nd place for the 13-14′s, while Corey and Shelby represented the 15-18 age group taking home 6th and 12th place.

Chris Yeager

Peyton Quattlebaum

First Colony Swim Team Sends Eight to USA Swimming Olympic Trials

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 05th 2012

Eight members of the First Colony Swim Team (FCST) in Sugar Land recently competed at the fastest meet in the country. The USA Swimming Olympic Trials held in Omaha, NE is not only the fastest meet a swimmer can qualify for, but is also where Team USA selected its members for the 2012 Olympic team.

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Five-Year Crime Rate Down 18 Percent in Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 18th 2013

Part 1 crimes in Sugar Land increased 8.6 percent last year from an all-time low in 2011, according to the Sugar Land Police Department’s 2012 Annual Report.

Since 2008, Part 1 crimes have dropped 18 percent.  Part 1 crimes include assault, auto theft, burglary, homicide, theft, robbery, and auto burglary.
 
Sugar Land’s crime rate dropped 25 percent in 2011, accounting for the lowest crime rate on the City’s record.  The 2012 crime rate was still the second lowest since computerized records have been maintained. (more…)

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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Fort Bend Cares Golf Tournament Raises Funds for Charities

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 01st 2013

It was a beautiful spring day on April 19th when golfers participated in the 2013 Fort Bend Cares 9th Annual Golf Tournament. The event was held at Quail Valley Golf Club and was generously supported by Memorial Hermann Sugar Land, Quest Diagnostics, Bud Light/Silver Eagle Distributors and Hole-in-One Sponsor Sterling McCall Lexus. Golfers were treated to lunch provided by Witt’s Catering. Proceeds from the tournament go to grants provided to Fort Bend County area youth charities.

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Fort Bend Cares Reaches Fundraising Milestone

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 17th 2013

Excitement was in the air as 31 charities and numerous sponsors and volunteers gathered at Classic Chevrolet when Fort Bend Cares presented grants totaling $155,000 which brought the organization to a total of $1 million plus given. Now entering its ninth year, Fort Bend Cares continues to make a powerful impact on the disadvantaged children and youth of Fort Bend County. There is still much need in Fort Bend County and Fort Bend Cares is there to help fill in the funding gap needed by worthy non-profits working with disadvantaged children.

Representatives from 31 Fort Bend charities who were recipients of Fort Bend Cares’ grants and a host of supporters and volunteers.

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Fort Bend Community Salutes our Newest Military Recruits

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2013

On Tuesday, May 28, 2013, at Constellation Field in Sugar Land, Texas, a recognition and thank-you event, Our Community Salutes (OCS) Fort Bend, was hosted for the young men and women of Fort Bend County who have decided to enter military service upon graduation of high school.

Pass and Review ceremony with new Fort Bend military recruits in
“Our Community Salutes” event on Constellation Field.

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Fort Bend Continues National Job Growth Trend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

The Greater Houston region continues to lead national job growth trends, according to a recent report released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties are among the top 10 in the nation for rate of employment growth (Sept. 2011 – Sept. 2012). The BLS report lists Harris County, which includes the City of Houston, as second in the U.S. in absolute employment growth during the same time period.

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Fort Bend County Museum Association Reaccredited with American Alliance of Museums

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2013

Richmond, TX (July 23, 2013) –In March, Fort Bend County Museum Association received reaccreditations with the American Alliance of Museums through 2022.

Candace Jones and Chris Godbold proudly display the Fort Bend County Museum Association's certificate of reaccreditation

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Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Teams up with Child Advocates of Fort Bend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 15th 2013

Fort Bend County (July 15, 2013) – Fort Bend County Sheriff Troy Nehls has teamed with Child Advocates of Fort Bend to co-locate detectives investigating child abuse cases at their Children’s Advocacy Center in Rosenberg. The Children’s Advocacy Center works directly with child victims of abuse and facilitates the collaboration across law enforcement, the District Attorney’s Office and CPS to ensure that all partners work as a team on these very critical cases. Both the DA’s Office and CPS currently have their child abuse prosecutors and investigative units, respectively, located at the Child Advocates of Fort Bend facility.

Detective Marcia Cox of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office and Child Advocates of Fort Bend Executive Director Ruthanne Mefford. Back row, L to R are: Detective Jerret Nethery of the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, District Attorney John Healey, Child Advocates of Fort Bend’s Children’s Advocacy Center Program Director Fiona Remko and Sheriff Troy Nehls.

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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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Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Scholarship Luncheon

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 20th 2013

Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Foundation awarded $2,000 scholarships to four Fort Bend County students at the Picnic in the Park luncheon held at the City Centre at Quail Valley, Missouri City, on Thursday 16th May, 2013. Entertainment was provided by the Sugar Land Sweet Adelines and more than 100 guests enjoyed a delicious lunch.

What makes this scholarship program unique is that it provides scholarships for students who are planning to attend college in Fort Bend County and need financial aid to help them achieve that goal. Funds for the scholarships are raised by Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Foundation through an annual silent auction and donations.

Scholarships were presented by FBFN President Nancy Frank to Mercedes Hernandez, B F Terry High School, attending WCJC Sugar Land, Dustin Mikel attending WCJC, Arielle Schochler, Needville High School, attending WCJC Sugar Land and Katelyn Zwahr, Needville High School, attending WCJC.

New Officers were also installed for 2013-2014. For Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Social Club the Executive Committee is: President; Nancy Frank, President-Elect; Marsha Sachs, 1st VP Luncheons; Carole Kanusky, 2nd VP Coffees; Charlotte Guettner, 3rd VP Membership; Sandra Boyd, Secretary; Julie Thomas, Treasurer; Bobbie Bresky. For Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors Foundation the Board of Directors comprises of: President; Nancy Frank, VP-Scholarships; Marilyn Davis, Secretary/Treasurer; Bobbie Bresky plus Sandra Boyd, Gail Grace, Paula Ruskan and Marsha Sachs.

Fort Bend Friends and Neighbors is a social and philanthropic organization open to Fort Bend women. There are many interest groups including bridge, Bunco, Scrabble, photography, bookworms, antiques, lunch bunch, out and about, gardening, pot luck suppers, crafts and a monthly coffee morning. For further information and to view photos of our many activities see www.fbfn.org.

Pictured in the attached photo are (left to right) Nancy Frank, President; Mercedes Hernandez; Dustin Mikel; Arielle Schochler; Katelyn Zwahr; and Marilyn Davis, Director.

Fort Bend ISD has been selected as the 2013 Best Communities for Music Education

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 08th 2013

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation has selected Fort Bend ISD as one of the 2013 Best Communities for Music Education. FBISD is among 307 school districts in the nation to receive this year’s prestigious distinction and has been selected for this recognition for four consecutive years.

In its 14th year, Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) affirms school districts that have demonstrated exceptional efforts toward maintaining music education as part of the schools’ core curriculum.

“In Fort Bend ISD, music education is an integral part in equipping students with the 21st Century skills of creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration, which are essential for future success.” said James Drew, FBISD Director of Fine Arts. “Receiving the Best Communities for Music Education designation for a fourth consecutive year corroborates the quality of our district’s music education programs, and supports the FBISD Fine Arts Department mission of instilling a life-long appreciation for music in all students.”

As Fort Bend ISD finalizes its 2013-2014 budgets, the announcement of this year’s Best Communities for Music Education designation brings attention to the importance of keeping music education part of school’s core education and music’s vital role in student success in school.

Fort Bend ISD Principals Serve Community of Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 01st 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (August 1, 2013) - Two Fort Bend ISD principals were elected to serve as officers for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Christina Hopkins of Rosa Parks Elementary School will serve as District 4 President-Elect, and Laura Ramirez of E. A. Jones Elementary School is the new Third Vice President of Membership. Officers from the 20 TEPSA districts across the state were installed at the association’s July Leadership Conference.

Christina Hopkins

Christina Hopkins

Laura Ramirez

 

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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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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 Junior Service League Receives Funds

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 25th 2013

Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) proudly accepted a check from Sugar Land Face & Body in the amount of $1,620, representing the results of a fundraising campaign that took place in conjunction with the grand opening of their new facility in January of this year. Proceeds will be used to help agencies in Fort Bend County through grants from FBJSL’s Community Assistance Fund (CAF).

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Fort Bend Junior Service League Seeks New Members

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2013

Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) has begun its membership drive for the 2013 – 2014 League year.  Provisional membership is available to women ages 23 and older.  Women interested in learning more about the League are encouraged to attend our annual Bring-A- Friend social at PF Chang’s in Sugar Land on Thursday, May 30th at 6:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m. Two informational meetings will also be held on July 11th and August 1st from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at a location to be announced.

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Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land holds Successful Fundraiser

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 21st 2012

The Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land recently held its 30th Annual Fun Run/Walk. Over $19,000 was raised in sponsor support and Runner/Walker registrations. In addition, over $5,000 in merchandise and services were given away in a drawing at the end of the race.

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Fort Bend Republican Women’s PAC Donates Books to Library

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 19th 2012

Penny Hays and Marian Wright, representing the Fort Bend Republican Women’s PAC, recently donated a number of books in honor of the Texas Federation of Republican Women in support of the Barbara Bush Literacy Library to George Memorial Library in Richmond.

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Fort Bend Teen Service League Announces Membership Drive

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 06th 2013

Fort Bend (August 6, 2013) – The Fort Bend Teen Service League (FBTSL), a mentoring project of the Fort Bend Junior Service League, is welcoming teens across Fort Bend County to join the FBTSL. Membership is open to girls in grades 9-12. The final informational meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 4 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 2245 Texas Drive, Suite 300, across from Guru Burgers & Crepes in Sugar Land Town Square. Encourage the teen girls in your life to attend this fun, social and informative meeting and find out how being a member of the FBTSL can enhance their high school experience.

 

Teen Board Photo 2013-2014

Front from left: Valencia Vara, Placement Coordinator; Amanda Truong, Director of Publicity; Victoria Celestine, Big Sister Representative; Alexis Breeze, President Elect; Kaitlyn Key, President. Back from left: Janna Tulabot, Placement Coordinator;  Aileen To, Photographer; Megan Takahashi, Director of Fundraising; Sreya Raju,  Director of Development; Cara Wilkerson, Vice President; Haley Foster, Director of Membership.

 

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Free GED and Pre GED Preparation Classes at the Literacy Council

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 12th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (August 12, 2013) – The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County is announcing its 2013-2014 schedule for upcoming GED and Pre GED preparation classes. Those needing to prepare for the GED test can attend these classes—free of charge. While the classes are free, there is a $30 registration fee.

Fort Bend Literacy Council

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Free Registration for Sugar Land Police Department’s Citzens Police Academy

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 05th 2013

Sugar Land, Texas (August 5, 2013) - 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 recently expanded Citizens Police Academy.

The course begins Sept. 12 and ends on Dec. 5, with students meeting once a week from 7-10 p.m., including weekend courses that include firearm simulations, mock building searches and simulated traffic stops.

Course registration continues through Sept. 9, 2013.

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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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Ft. Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land Has Successful Fundraiser

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 13th 2012

The Fort Bend Optimist Club Sugar Land held its 30th Annual Fun Run / Walk on November 4, 2012.  Over $19,000 was raised in Sponsor support and Runner / Walker Registrations.  In addition over $5,000 in merchandise and services were given away in a drawing at the end of the race.

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Hearts and Hands Foundation Helps at Home and Abroad

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 28th 2013

Hands and Hearts Foundation (HHF) of Sugar Land, Texas, anticipates another mission trip this summer to aid families in Central America. The Foundation teams with Hearts in Motion (HIM), which operates a year-round medical and educational facility near Antigua, Guatemala. HIM coordinates several groups each year from its home base in Highland, Indiana.

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Historic Milestone Agreements Approved for Sugar Land Performing Arts Center

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 04th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (September 4, 2013) ­– The Sugar Land Development Corporation approved a design agreement with Martinez & Johnson Architects on Sept. 3 for the final design of Sugar Land’s future performing arts venue.  The SLDC determination followed Sugar Land City Council’s approval of a development agreement on July 23 with ACE SL, LLC (ACE), whose parent company is ACE Theatrical Group, for the design, development and construction of a future Performing Arts Center.  Renderings of the iconic venue were released on Sept. 4.

Performing Arts Center Rendering

Performing Arts Center Rendering

 

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Houston Methodist Sugar Land Deploys New Atrial Fibrillation Treatment

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted September 24th 2014

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

Dr. Jalal
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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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Joe Wright, Terry High School Teacher, Retires

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 21st 2013

B.F. Terry High School math teacher Joe Wright retired at the end of the 2012-13 school year. Born in Oklahoma, Wright earned his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Oklahoma University. He worked for Mobil Oil Corp. before becoming a teacher 15 years ago. Wright was honored at the end-of-the-year staff meeting.

Joe Wright with THS Principal Dr. Vera Wehring

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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Join the Fort Bend County Women’s Center in Denim Day

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 24th 2013

When: Wednesday, April 24 at 9 a.m.

Where: Sugar Land City Hall, Sugar Land Town Square

Attire: Jeans and a white or teal t-shirt

What: Sugar Land Mayor Thompson will be making a proclamation in recognition of Sexual Assault Awareness Month and then we will be taking a memorial picture of everyone in their denim.

Why: Denim Day has become an international symbol of protest against erroneous and destructive attitudes surrounding sexual assault. History of Denim Day

RSVP: None necessary. If you are unable to attend, please wear jeans anyway and encourage your friends, colleagues and family to do the same! Send pictures to ahowe@fortbendwomenscenter.org

DenimDay 2013

Judges Name Six Additional Semifinalists to Advance to 2013 Sugar Land Superstar Finale

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 18th 2013

Sugar Land Town Square named six semifinalists to advance in its eighth annual Sugar Land Superstar competition.Pictured (L-R) are Brayln Medlock, Taylor Breedlove, Reagan Johnson, Dani Beale, Jenea’ Brown and Kelsey Morrow. For more information, visit SugarLandTownSquare.com.

SUGAR LAND, TEXAS (July 16, 2013) – In the second round of its eighth annual Sugar Land Superstar competition, Sugar Land Town Square judges named six lucky semifinalists who will advance to the finale in August. The American Idol-like singing competition features local talent ages 14 and up.

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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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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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Ladybugs at Atria Retirement Facility

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 28th 2013

The Ladybugs of Fort Bend County fluttered to Atria Retirement Facility in Sugar Land for an Easter visit to spread cheer to the elderly patrons there.

They helped to motivate the residents with games, prizes, songs, delicious refreshments, and harp music. They brought magazines, toiletries, backscratchers, lap blankets, and other items that the patrons love to use.

The Ladybugs have been in existence since 2007 and they enjoy visiting the mentally challenged, elderly, and sick to help brighten their day and to let them know they are being thought about. They wear wings and antennas when they visit them, which helps to bring smiles to the faces of the patrons at the facilities.

 

Pictured: Ladybugs Lana Hodgdon, Patsy Laurel,  Vicki Latham, and Velvete Rojugbokan at Atria Retirement Facility.

If interested in becoming a Ladybug, contact the coordinator/founder Vicki Latham at vmlatham@yahoo.com or 281-384-4006 for further details.

Ladybugs Second Annual Garden Party Raises Funds for Fort Bend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2013

The Ladybugs Annual Garden Party and Funrdraiser was a success in Sugar Land. The yearly, fun event was held in Greatwood and participants enjoyed wonderful cuisine, games, prizes while also admiring floral murals and other art work amongst the flora and fauna in the garden. Hosted by the founder, Ladybug Vicki Latham, the event also helped the Ladybugs collect various items such as toiletries, lap blankets, etc.  for the patrons that they visit and to raise funds so that they can continue to get items needed to cheer up the elderly, mentally challenged, and sick at local area Fort Bend facilities. The group, in existence since 2007, to “flutters” to local area facilities to brighten the day of those in need by providing motivation, games and prizes, including lots of songs, comedy, poetry, and hugs.  If interested in giving back with your time and talents to the Fort Bend community at local area facilities while making new Ladybug friends, contact the coordinator, Ms. Latham, at vmlatham@yahoo.com. The Ladybugs membership is currently open.

 

Ladybugs attending the Annual Ladybugs Garden Party and Fundraiser in Fort Bend included (L to R) Christine Jue, Patsy Laurel, Ashi Barichello, Gloria Foley, Nicki Earl, Velvete Rojugbokan, Cheryl Hudson Gross, Lynn Lindsey, Diana Collins, and Vicki Latham.

Lamar CISD Purchasing Department honored by state organization

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 26th 2013

The Texas Association School Business Officers has presented the Lamar CISD Purchasing Department an Award of Merit for Purchasing Operations recognizes school district’s achievement in implementing best practices in the area of purchasing.

The Award of Merit recognizes school districts committed to following professional standards in the acquisition of goods and services.

Much of the award’s emphasis is based on the Best Practices in Purchasing, as identified by the Legislative Budget Board during the Texas School Performance Review process, and on the Purchasing Module in the Management Section of the Financial Accountability System Resource Guide published by the Texas Education Agency.

Front row, Purchasing Clerk Terry McColloch and Lamar CISD Purchasing Manager Audrey Fox
Back row, Clerk Teresa Brau and Buyer Robin Sheehan

LEADERSHIP TRANSITION ANNOUNCED BY THE GEORGE FOUNDATION

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 01st 2013

The George Foundation Trustees announce the retirement, effective May 1, 2013, of longtime Executive Director, Roland Adamson, and has recruited Roger Adamson to fill the open position of Chief Executive Officer.

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Legacy Foundation Donates to Great American Trails Grant

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 18th 2012

Sugar Land recently completed the expansion of Eldridge Park Trail, a project supported with a $15,000 Great American Trails grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and the Darden Foundation.

Sugar Land was one of eight communities to receive a 2012 grant and used the funds for enhancements that include benches, trail signage and trash receptacles along the mile-long trail.  The grant was transferred from NRPA  and the Darden Foundation  to the City through the Sugar Land Legacy Foundation.

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Library Presents Swedish-weaving Class

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 10th 2013

A series of instructional classes on Swedish Weaving will take place at Fort Bend County Libraries’ First Colony Branch Library, 2121 Austin Parkway in Sugar Land, on eight consecutive Saturdays, beginning August 3 and continuing through September 21, from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the library’s Conference Room. Interested needle crafters may attend individual sessions or the whole series. All experience levels are welcome.

Eileen Appel

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Literacy Council of Fort Bend County Offers Tutor Training

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 20th 2013

Sugar Land, TX
June 20, 2013

Become an essential part of an adult student’s life by signing up to be a tutor at the Literacy Council. The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County will be holding tutor training on Monday, July 8 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 10 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., Monday, July 15 from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. and Wednesday, July 17 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

May Tutor Training Session: front row, feft to right: A.J. Patel, Alissa Le, and Amber Patel; second row: Manuel Najar, Mallory Dupuis, Leaundra Grace, Michelle Sorensen, and Neha Banka; back row: Tom Lotti, Phyllis Merrill, and Katherine Eggert

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Local Teens Awarded Scholarships for Volunteerism

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 25th 2013

The Fort Bend Junior Service League (FBJSL) was pleased to present Arielle Schochler and Victoria Rigsby college scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each for their outstanding volunteer efforts in Fort Bend County.  The recipients were chosen from a highly qualified pool of applicants from public, private and parochial schools throughout Fort Bend County. The winners stood out among the other candidates as leaders in their schools as well as in their various volunteer efforts.

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Mad Hatter Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 03rd 2013

Packed with an overflowing and sold out crowd, the Stafford Center for the Performing Arts main ballroom was the place to be as the Mad Hatter Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show celebrated, “We are America,” sponsored by Fluor Corporation and benefiting Fort Bend Seniors Meals on Wheels.

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Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Girdner retires from AHS Navy JROTC

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 30th 2013

The Austin Navy JROTC Unit is led by Lieutenant Commander Edwin Sellards, USN (ret) and Master Chief Petty Officer Joe Girdner, USN (ret). This year, MCPO Girdner will be retiring from Austin High School Navy JROTC program. For over seventeen years, MCPO Girdner has served in positions of great responsibility and trust within the NJROTC Citizenship Development program.

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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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Memorial Hermann Named One of the Nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

For the second consecutive year, Memorial Hermann was the lone Texas hospital cited for exceptional patient safety and quality performance when it was named this week as one of the nation’s top 15 health systems by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.

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Methodist patient gets an uplifting visit

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted March 27th 2013

Malcolm Host received a powerful pick-me-up when he received a visit in the hospital by his dog, Chai, a 6 year old toy poodle. Chai’s trip to the hospital was the first personal pet visit at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH), facilitated by PAWS Houston. Typically, pet therapy involves the use of animals that do not belong to the patients.

“This is wonderful of MSLH to coordinate this visit. To me, having her here makes all the difference in the world,” Host said, as he stroked his dog’s ears.

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Methodist Sugar Land Hospital hosts Successful Clinic and Toy Drive

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 08th 2012

 Methodist Sugar Land Hospital, in collaboration with Sugar Land and Fort Bend Exchange Clubs and the Sugar Land Rotary, provided free flu shots to community members who participated in Santa’s Gift Exchange. Fort Bend residents graciously brought new, unwrapped toys or clothing items to Methodist Sugar Land Hospital in exchange for a flu shot. The toys and clothing will benefit local children in the Fort Bend area during this holiday season.

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Missouri City Launches Official City Facebook Page

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

The Show Me City’s newest social media presence—an all-encompassing official City Facebook page, www.facebook.com/MissouriCityTX—has been launched. All residents are encouraged to login and “Like” us!

The news and events portal provides comprehensive coverage and updates on City services and programs while also highlighting successes and accomplishments. Additionally, Facebook offers residents and interested participants another outlet to directly connect with the City on issues that matter to them and will also afford them the ability to stay connected both on- and off-line.

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Missouri City Mom Delivers Miracle Baby at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 04th 2013

Physicians at Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) call little Elayna Nigrelli a “miracle baby,” and with good reason.

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Natalia Kapacinskas Recognized by the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

Natalia Kapacinskas, a junior at Fort Bend Christian Academy, received national recognition with a silver medal for persuasive writing in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards of 2013, presented by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers.  Of the 230,000 submissions received, fewer than 1% were recognized on the national level.  Fort Bend Christian Academy English teacher Mrs. Alex Dravis was also given credit by the Awards for her instruction on Natalia’s piece.

Natalia will be in attendance at this year’s National Celebration, which begins in New York City on May 31, for a special ceremony at Carnegie Hall where she and other recipients will be recognized.

The Awards are the country’s longest-running and most prestigious recognition program for creative teenagers, with 2013 marking their 90th anniversary.  Alumni of the Scholastic Awards have gone on to continue their education at many of the top colleges and universities across the country.  Distinguished alumni include Robert Redford, Andy Warhol, Joyce Carol Oates, Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, John Updike, and Stephen King.

National Signing Day

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 26th 2012

Braxton Wilks signed his National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, November 14th, to play Baseball at Kansas State University.  Currently, Braxton plays Centerfield and is a left-handed pitcher at Episcopal High School.  Braxton is a long-time Sugar Land resident (living over 14 years in Greatwood subdivision).  He is an alum of Lamar Little League, with his 2007 12 year old Lamar National All-Star team making it to the State Championship game in Tyler.

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Neeta Sane Awarded for Service to Fort Bend

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 05th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (July 5, 2013) – Houston Community College (HCC) District VII Trustee Neeta Sane, successful entrepreneur and community leader, has been awarded the Greater Houston Service Award from Volunteer Houston 2013. The Service Award honors individuals who change Houston through their acts of service, such as Sane’s Fort Bend International Festival, where she successfully brings over 5,000 people together to celebrate the multi-ethnic communities that make up today’s face of America. She also founded and manages Positronic Systems, a successful software development and consulting company specializing in innovative fraud-prevention and payment processing systems.

New Headache Center Opens in Sugar Land

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted August 29th 2013

Sugar Land, TX — (August 29, 2013) — It can start as a dull ache - barely noticeable - but by the end of the day you’re clutching your forehead in pain. “Most of the time, headaches are a nuisance and nothing to worry about,” says Rajesh Bindal, M.D., neurosurgeon and medical director of the neuroscience program at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital. “However, if headaches disrupt your life on a regular basis, they should be discussed with a physician.”

Neurologists affiliated with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Headache Center: Larry Tran, M.D.; Irfan Lalani, M.D.; Eddie Patton Jr., M.D.; Amitabh Shukla, M.D.; M. Faisal Khan, M.D.

Neurologists affiliated with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Headache Center: Larry Tran, M.D.; Irfan Lalani, M.D.; Eddie Patton Jr., M.D.; Amitabh Shukla, M.D.; M. Faisal Khan, M.D.

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New RiverPark Playground Opened

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 15th 2012

The City of Sugar Land recently opened a new playground at the Park on the Levee in the RiverPark subdivision.

 The $89,200 playground project, envisioned by the RiverPark Property Owners Association, was made possible through funding from Levee Improvement District 10 and the Sugar Land 4B Corporation, a non-profit corporation established to utilize sales tax funds for projects such as parks that improve quality of life in the City.

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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.

New Vendors, Live Music, Art Unveiling During Farmers Market at Imperial

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 24th 2011

Renowned artist Allison Merriweather will unveilThe Grand Wine & Food Affair’s 2012 commemorative painting, “The Girl with the Cupcake Tattoo” this Saturday at the Farmers Market at Imperial Sugar Land (Highway 90 at Brooks Street). Allison Merriweather will be in attendance with her fine art collection and will be available for a meet and greet prior to and following the unveiling at 10:30 a.m. (more…)

NRG Energy Donates to Literacy Council

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 14th 2012

The Literacy Council of Fort Bend County was recently awarded a grant totaling $5,000 from NRG Energy. The funding that was received will go towards supporting the GED program for adult literacy.

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Online Town Hall Asking Citizens about Crime Prevention Cameras

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 16th 2012

Sugar Land’s new Online Town Hall is now focusing on feedback for the Sugar Land Police Department’s Crime Prevention Camera Program. Citizens are being asked:  What are your thoughts and/or concerns regarding the implementation of the Crime Prevention Camera Program that can be considered during the creation of a policy to provide guidance for the use of the system?

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Orthodontique Open House

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 30th 2012

Orthodontique recently welcomed guests to their office to get better acquainted with their doctor, staff, and facilities.  Fort Bend residents enjoyed  food and festivities.

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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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Oyster Creek Manor Welcomed to Missouri City Community

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted November 20th 2012

On behalf of City Council, Missouri City Mayor Allen Owen welcomed Oyster Creek Manor to the community at the October building dedication for the assisted living and memory care facility. The building is the first phase in a project created by Wallace Bajjali Development Partners.

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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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PennyWise Resale Centers Take Shopping Online

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 17th 2013

PennyWise Resale Centers and the Fort Bend County Women’s Center are excited to announce their new eCommerce site - pennywise.shoprw.com. Now existing PennyWise customers and customers across the country can shop for the best arrivals from the comfort of their own homes. The new site will feature collectibles, sports memorabilia, jewelry, computers and electronics, designer clothing and accessories, home décor, and housewares and more. The best part is that with every purchase, customers will be continuing to help change the lives of the survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault served by the Women’s Center.

“I am really excited about bringing this new shopping experience to PennyWise and the community!” commented PennyWise director Joy Dowell. “We will be able to offer some of our best treasures to collectors and thrift store enthusiasts all around the country. Plus, we’ll be bringing awareness of domestic violence, sexual assault and the Women’s Center to a larger audience. It’s a win-win!”

The eCommerce site will launch with valued Madame Alexander dolls, a Buffet Crampon clarinet, Coach purses and many more great treasures. Customers will be able to instantly buy items via credit card with shipping included in the price. The new site will launch on May 20 and can be found at pennywise.shoprw.com.

 

Pink in the Park to Honor Breast Cancer Survivors

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 16th 2013

Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital and the Sugar Land Skeeters will team up to honor breast cancer survivors during Pink in the Park on Friday, May 17 at Constellation Field. The Skeeters take the field at 7:05 p.m. during the fourth game of a six-game home stand against the Bridgeport Bluefish.

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Pretty in Pink Charity Event Returns This Fall

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 06th 2013

Methodist Sugar Land Hospital and the Fort Bend Junior Service League are coming together once again for the second annual Pretty in Pink-Town Square – presented by local breast surgeons Dr. Sandra Templeton and Dr. Kelly Dempsey – back for the second year.

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Pretty in Pink raises funds for Fort Bend Residents

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 26th 2012

The community charity event, Pretty in Pink—Town Square, raised more than $103,000 to benefit local cancer patients through the Methodist Sugar Land Hospital (MSLH) 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.  “I am honored to be a part of this important event,” says Dr. Templeton, Breast Surgeon. “It was a great way to give back to the community and help bring awareness to the difficulties that so many patients face as they battle cancer. I especially like the fact that all money donated will stay at our hospital and relieve some of my patients’ financial burdens.”

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Record-breaking Shrimp Boil Brings in More Than $130,000 for The Rose

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 16th 2013

Sugar Land, TX (July 16, 2013) — The 24th Annual Shrimp Boil broke fundraising records, drew comparisons to a family reunion, and launched a new awareness campaign for The Rose, the nonprofit breast health organization covering Houston and 24 counties.

Dorothy Gibbons, CEO of The Rose, with State Representative Mary Ann Perez

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Red Cardinal Promotions Sends Relief to West, Texas

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

Red Cardinal Promotions is at 4227  Anenue H, Rosenberg, TX. Central Fort Bend Chamber of Alliance is filling a 30-foot trailer with bottled water and Gatorade. When it reaches capacity, they will deliver it to West, Texas. They have two more trailers to fill up after that. Let’s show our Texas spirit and pay it forward!

Registration Opportunity for Sugar Land to Walk with Pride

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted July 02nd 2013

Sugar Land, Texas – Fort Bend County Social Services will be holding registration for the Walk with Pride shoe program on July 9, 2013 at the Rosenberg Civic Center, 3825 Hwy 36, Rosenberg, from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm.

Each child who is eligible for the program will be invited to a participating Payless Shoe store location to pick out a new pair of shoes on August 18th. Deadline for applications is August 2, 2013.

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Residents Get Up Close Look at Fire Safety

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted October 29th 2012

Nine-year-old Emily Glee Vu clutched her stuffed animal tightly as she carefully listened to a firefighter describe equipment on a fire truck. Three-year-old David Benjamin Mikel, decked out in full firefighter gear, concentrated his attention on using a small fire hose to knock out flames in six windows of a cardboard house. And, dozens of residents stood in awe as a “victim” was extricated from a vehicle using the “Jaws of Life”.

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Restaurant Makes Drink in Honor of Fallen Firefighter, Anne Sullivan

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted June 07th 2013

In loving memory of fallen firefighter Anne McCormick Sullivan, Tradicao Brazilian Steakhouse located at Southwest Freeway and Wilcrest, has created a red cocktail in her honor.

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Rosenberg Mayor Serves as Co-Anchor

Fort Bend Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2013

Rosenberg Mayor Vincent M. Morales Jr. served as co-anchor for B.F. Terry High School’s daily announcements on THS-TV. Morales anchored with Rhiana Garcia.

The THS-TV broadcasting crew is, front, Brenda Roman, Maralee Vasquez, Jaylan Turner, Ben Tannery and Anasara Gamez; back, Deni Hernandez, Shelby Schroeder, Brittish Dixon and Warrick Lathon. Not pictured is Marisol Ocanas, Maria Ocanas, Eugene Wright, Deandre Greer, Victoria Mason and Monique Williams. Adviser is Denise Adams. Principal at Terry is Dr. Vera Wehring.

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