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The Harrell Family Opportunity Center is open at 15702 Bammel Village Drive.

The Harrell Family Opportunity Center is open at 15702 Bammel Village Drive.

The master-planned community of Cane Island has been named one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States by Where to Retire Magazine.

CANE ISLAND LAUDED AS ONE OF NATION’S BEST FOR RETIREES

The master-planned community of Cane Island, where active retirees enjoy culinary classes to wine and book clubs, has been recognized by Where to Retire Magazine as one of the 50 Best Master-Planned Communities in the United States.

Cane Island’s selection follows a nine-month process when the magazine’s editors reviewed of hundreds of communities across the country to create its 50 Best Master-Planned Communities list.

The 2016 GHBA Community of Year, Cane Island boasts lifestyle patio homes and larger, family homes in a resort-quality setting where social clubs, classes and workshops create a well-rounded, active lifestyle.

Active retirees also enjoy Cane Island’s Amenity Village with 24-hour fitness center, lap pool, yoga studio with on-demand workouts, glass-walled conservatory and resort-style family pool with cabanas and children’s water playground, ideal for visiting grandkids. Plus, Cane Island’s full-time, on-site Lifestyle Coordinator plans activities for residents of all ages.

“As Cane Island develops its first phase, we’re finding the community has become a nice balance of young families, empty nesters and active retirees,” says Lawren Eckhardt, Cane Island’s director of marketing.

One of the most sought-after master-planned communities west of Houston, Cane Island presents new luxury homes from the mid $200s to the millions from CalAtlantic Homes, Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes.

Go to CaneIsand.com for more information including builder incentives and homes available for immediate move in.

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Jennifer Zebold

Jennifer Zebold

ZEBOLD TO LEAD WERTHEIMER MIDDLE SCHOOL

Jennifer Zebold will be the principal of Wertheimer Middle School when school begins this August. Zebold is a graduate from Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary education. She received her master’s degree in education administration from Houston Baptist University. Most recently, Zebold served as principal at Adolphus Elementary. She was also principal at Williams Elementary, an assistant principal in Katy ISD and a teacher in Katy and Alief schools.

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Mary Catherine Watson

Mary Catherine Watson

TERRY TEACHER WATSON NAMED EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION

Terry High School English teacher Mary Catherine Watson is one of only 150 teachers across Texas chosen as a semifinalist during the preliminary judging of the 2017 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards.

Out of 1,300 applications from educators all over Texas, 150 teachers, 40 principals, 25 districts, 15 early childhood providers and 12 school boards were selected as semifinalists and went on to compete in the regional judging process. The 40 teacher and principal finalists were announced through surprise school visits during February and March.

Watson received a certificate signed by HEB Chairman Charles Butt, $250 in H-E-B gift cards. “This is a small token of our gratitude for all that you do each and every day to inspire and enlighten young minds,” wrote Jill Reynolds, HEB’s director of public affairs. “

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Jennifer May

Jennifer May

Chris Steubing

Chris Steubing

SUGAR LAND PROMOTES MAY, STEUBING TO ASSISTANT CITY MANAGERS

Executive Director of Business and Gov­ern­mental Affairs Jennifer May and City Engineer Chris Steubing, P.E., C.F.M, were recently promoted to assistant city managers. The promotions were part of a city reorganization to address the loss of Assistant City Man­a­ger Mike Goodrum, who accepted the posi­tion of city manager in Coral Springs, Florida.

May’s management responsibilities now include parks and recreation, planning, intergovernmental relations, economic development (including tourism and cultural arts), human resources, finance and communications, while Steubing will oversee engineering, information technology, environmental and neighborhood services, permits and inspections and public works. First Assistant City Manager Steve Griffith will continue to manage fire, police, municipal court, public safety dispatch and aviation, and Assistant City Manager Jim Callaway is tasked with the extensive citywide planning process to prepare for annexation of Greatwood and New Territory on Dec. 12.

May has been with Sugar Land for 11 years. As executive director of business and governmental affairs, she was responsible for the oversight of economic development (including tourism and cultural arts), planning, communications and intergovernmental relations. She previously served as director of economic development, providing leadership for the completion of agreements to secure the expansion of Sugar Land companies such as Nalco Champion, Applied Optoelectronics and Schlumberger, as well as the recruitment of companies such as First Data and the implementation of the lease and development agreements for the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land.

May’s Sugar Land career began in 2006 as a management assistant, a role in which she managed strategic planning and intergovernmental relations programs and served as the City’s liaison for a public-private partnership to transform a Central State Farm Prison building into the Houston Museum of Natural Science at Sugar Land.

May holds a bachelor’s degree in public administration from the University of Arkansas and a master of public administration from the University of Kansas with a focus on urban/city management. She is a member of the Texas City Management Association and International City/County Management Association, as well as a past-president of the Urban Management Professionals of South East Texas.

Steubing is a professional engineer with 20 years of city, county and private-sector experience in the field of engineering and construction project management. He has served as Sugar Land’s city engineer since 2006, providing oversight of plat and plan reviews for new developments and construction of civil infrastructure improvements. He has also managed the development and implementation of the city’s capital improvement program, including planning, design and construction of all construction projects, and provided leadership for floodplain management and administration, thoroughfare planning and land acquisition.

He provided leadership and oversight for the design and construction of the Smart Financial Centre at Sugar Land, the largest capital improvement project in the City’s history, and has provided leadership on projects to develop plans and programs to establish and strengthen relationships and protocols with the city’s drainage and transportation partners.

Prior to Sugar Land, Steubing spent the first 10 years of his career in the Dallas/Fort Worth area in leadership positions with Denton County, the cities of Decatur and Colleyville and Racetrac Petroleum.

He received a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Texas A&M University in 1996, earned a Texas engineering license in 2002 and completed the LBJ School of Public Affairs Public Executive Institute in April 2016. He is a member of the Texas Board of Professional Engineers, the American Society of Civil Engineers, the Texas Society of Professional Engineers, the Texas Floodplain Management Association, the American Public Works Association and the Construction Managers Association of America. He and his wife, Darla, have been married for more than 20 years and have three children.

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NEW MOBILE COMMAND CENTER TO KEEP SUGAR LAND SAFE  

Sugar Land City Council recently approved $319,799 for the purchase of a mobile command center. The vehicle’s custom design will meet the needs of public safety response in Sugar Land. Potential uses could include fires, SWAT scenes, major accidents, chemical spills, train derailments and more.

Construction of the vehicle is expected to take about 10 months.

The 40-foot vehicle will be utilized by police, emergency management and fire-EMS and will include support for state-of-the-art command and control technology and work space at remote locations throughout Sugar Land. It will serve as a communications center, allowing key decision-makers to coordinate activities and tactical resources in and around critical incidents such as natural and manmade disasters.

The vehicle will also support the operation of large-scale events such Tree Lighting, New Year’s Eve and activities at the City’s new Festival Site near the Brazos River.

“This asset directly supports our citywide goal to remain one of the safest cities in the country,” said Assistant Fire-EMS Chief Mario Partida. “It is a key resource in maintaining situational awareness and ensuring the swift, efficient deployment of resources to protect our citizens.”

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Custom Comfort Air owners Heather and Richard Hogan with their Pinnacle Award.

Custom Comfort Air owners Heather and Richard Hogan with their Pinnacle Award.

CUSTOM COMFORT AIR WINS 2017 PINNACLE AWARD FROM BBB

Custom Comfort Air received a prestigious 2017 Pinnacle Award at the annual Houston Better Business Bureau’s Awards of Excel­lence luncheon at the Bayou City Event Center on May 10. The Better Business Bureau Education Foundation honored BBB Accredited Businesses and Charity Members that maintain a superior commitment to ethics, overall excellence, and quality in the workplace. Custom Comfort Air is headquartered in Rosenberg and owned by Fort Bend residents Richard and Heather Hogan.

Custom Comfort Air was one of 292 companies recognized at the annual awards event recognizing businesses and nonprofits for their achievements and commitment to quality in the workplace. Multiple Winners of Distinction (finalists) are chosen in each category and from the group of finalists, one business is chosen to receive the Pinnacle Award.

Custom Comfort Air specializes in repair and replacement of air conditioning and heating systems in single-family homes. The company has been serving Fort Bend County and surrounding counties since 1969. This was the eighth consecutive time Custom Comfort Air was recognized by the Better Business Bureau for service excellence.

“We are so honored and gratified to be recognized by the Houston Better Business Bureau for the work we do,” said Heather Hogan. “Providing our customers with top-quality service is of the utmost importance to us, and it’s one of the reasons we have remained in business all these years.”

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Stephen Judice

Stephen Judice

NEW PRINCIPAL NAMED FOR GEORGE JUNIOR HIGH

George Junior High in Lamar CISD will open the school year with new leadership, as Stephen Judice becomes the new principal.

He has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Judice has 12 years of experience in the Lafayette schools as a principal, assistant principal and teacher.

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Stacy Boarman

Stacy Boarman

NEW PRINCIPAL NAMED FOR ADOLPHUS ELEMENTARY

Stacy Boarman is Lamar CISD’s newest principal, taking over at Adolphus Elementary.

She is a graduate of Northern Arizona University and received a master’s degree from the University of Houston. Boarman has 18-years of experience in education, including nine years of teaching in Fort Bend and Aldine schools and six years as an ESL facilitator in Fort Bend. Most recently, she was the assistant principal at Hubenak Elementary.

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NEW PRINCIPAL NAMED FOR LAMAR CONSOLIDATED HIGH SCHOOL

Dr. Kaye Williams is the new principal for Lamar Consolidated High School. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Lamar University and her doctoral degree from Southern California University. Williams has 24-years years of experience education, including in teaching and coaching the Port Arthur and Spring Branch school districts and as a principal, associate principal and assistant principal in Spring Branch.

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Dr. C. Huie Lin

Dr. C. Huie Lin

HOUSTON METHODIST SUGAR LAND HOSPITAL OPENS CLINIC FOR ADULT CONGENITAL HEART PATIENTS

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital has opened a clinic for patients with adult congenital heart disease to expand services for Fort Bend and surrounding county residents. C. Huie Lin, M.D., an adult congenital interventional cardiologist and director of the Houston Methodist Adult Congenital Heart Program will see patients in Sugar Land every second Friday from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. “Congenital heart defects are structural problems with the heart present at birth,” Lin said. “In many instances, congenital heart disease patients fall off the radar when they become adults. Thus, they do not receive the proper medical care for their condition.” Lin believes there are some 30,000 adult congenital heart patients in the Houston area and that number is expected to grow by five percent annually. He adds many adults with congenital heart disease are operated on at a very young age, and some remain unaware of their condition until they begin to experience shortness of breath, lightheadedness, palpitations or swelling as adults. Lin adds by working with our Sugar Land colleagues in primary care and cardiology, we developed this clinic to offer care to these patients closer to where they live and work. “Because of their complex problems, adult congenital patients need to be seen by a specialist before these symptoms occur so they can maintain an active lifestyle and great quality of life,” said Lin, one of the only cardiologists in Houston who is board certified in adult congenital heart disease. “I have made it my life’s work to take care of these patients and to look for new and innovative ways to treat them. I am looking forward to working with our colleagues and seeing patients in the new Sugar Land clinic.”

To schedule an appointment with Dr. Lin, call 713-441-2894.

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(L-R): Debra Kibble, Debra Jordan, Jeannette Wilding, Mary Jubb and Roy Luo.

(L-R): Debra Kibble, Debra Jordan, Jeannette Wilding, Mary Jubb and Roy Luo.

FORT BEND WOMEN’S CENTER PENNYWISE RESALE STORE CRAFT WORKSHOP

The Fort Bend Women’s Center PennyWise Resale Store in Richmond hosted a free how-to restoration demonstration on June 10. The workshop was open to the general public and was conducted by Jeannette Wilding, the owner of Wild Attic. Wilding has been a long-time supporter of the Women’s Center and shops at the Pennywise Resale stores to find treasures to restore for her customers. Wilding specializes in restoring big furniture pieces such as dressers, drawers and night stands, and all of the work is done in the garage of her home. Some suggestions Wilding offered to the worshop group included the following: If you have a piece that you’re not sure what to do with, don’t get rid of it, but rather experiment with it and restore/ repurpose into something that works for you. The next workshop will be sometime closer to the holiday season on a date to be determined. Follow the group on social media or visit fbwc.org for more details.

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(L-R): Joe Freudenberger, CEO OakBend Medical Center and Sue McCarty, VP/administrator OakBend Medical Center.

(L-R): Joe Freudenberger, CEO OakBend Medical Center and Sue McCarty, VP/administrator OakBend Medical Center.

OAKBEND CEO JOE FREUDENBERGER CELEBRATES 10 YEARS

June was a memorable month for OakBend Medical Center’s CEO Joe Freudenberger. Not only was he awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year for Health Care, but on June 19 he marked his 10-year anniversary with OakBend Medical Center.

Freudenberger began his career in healthcare, spending 10 years with Deloitte Consulting working with major healthcare systems around the country to improve their business operations, 11 years as CFO for two different hospitals and the last 10 years for OakBend.

During his career Freudenberger has, at one time or another, either overseen or reengineered the operations of almost every department in a hospital. He has a track record of successfully implementing operational and organizational change to help community hospitals regain their financial footing.

On June 19, 2007, Freudenberger joined OakBend as its CF0. Nine months later, when the hospital’s CEO stepped down, the Board of Directors asked Freudenberger to serve as the acting CEO. Within two months, he was named the new CEO.

Freudenberger was recently presented with a framed photo of the hospital with the well wishes from the leadership team written on the mat.

OakBend Medical Center is the last remaining independent hospital in the Greater Houston area. Freudenberger received the Entrepreneur Of The Year 2017 Award in the Health Care category in the Gulf Coast Area. The award recognizes entrepreneurs who are excelling in areas such as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities. Freuden­berger was selected by an independent panel of judges, and the award was presented at a special gala event at the Marriott Marquis on June 15.

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THE SUGAR REFINERY NOW OPEN IN SUGAR LAND TOWN SQUARE

Planned Community Developers, Ltd. (PCD) has announced that The Sugar Refinery is now open in Sugar Land Town Square, occupying 5,366 square feet of space. The restaurant held its official Grand Opening party on May 27.

The Sugar Refinery Grub & Grogs, formerly Blu nightclub, has been redesigned by the owners into a modern, family-friendly speakeasy. The restaurant and bar features an assortment of light bites, heavier burgers and sandwiches, as well as full-sized entrees like pasta or steak – all created by Songkran Thai Kitchen chef Junnejet “Jett” Hurapan and his wife, Jira. The new establishment also plans to mix live music or a DJ on popular nights to create a lounge-feel. The Sugar Refinery Grub & Grogs is located at 2248 Texas Drive.

For a complete list of Sugar Land Town Square restaurants and retailers, visit SugarLandTownSquare.com.

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Mayor Joe Zimmerman delivers the oath of office to McCutcheon

Mayor Joe Zimmerman delivers the oath of office to McCutcheon

CITY OF SUGAR LAND CANVASSES JUNE 10 ELECTION RESULTS

City Council canvassed the official June 10 runoff election returns on June 20, and Carol K. McCutcheon received her oath of office for District 4.

McCutcheon, a retired engineer, replaces Councilmember Harish Jajoo who chose not to seek re-election.

Councilmembers Steve R. Porter, Bridget R. Yeung and Amy L. Mitchell received their oaths of office on May 6 for Districts 1, 2 and 3, respectively. They were unopposed in the May 16 general election.

McCutcheon is a 23-year Sugar Land resident and community leader who served many years as a neighborhood representative on the First Colony Community Association. She currently serves on Sugar Land’s Land Use Advisory Committee and is a past member of the Charter Review Commission.

McCutcheon is a graduate of Sugar Land 101, the Sugar Land Police Academy, the Sugar Land Fire Academy, the Sugar Land Airport Academy, the Fort Bend Leadership Forum, Leadership Houston, Leadership Texas and Leadership America.


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