On one harrowing day in the line of duty, Stafford Police Officer Ann Marie Carrizales took two bullets at point-blank range (including one to her face!)...and still managed to chase down the alleged gunman! Almost eighteen months later, she needed to go to the emergency room.
But that time we lavish on others and refuse to spend on ourselves catches up with us, doesn’t it? Before long, all the self-care we put off until “later” can lead to things like cavities, discolored teeth, or a crooked smile with gaps. Your family certainly deserves your time and attention...but, Mom, you’re worth looking after, too!
Last year Officer Mark Somer discovered that he had a potentially dangerous blood clot. He says, “I went to my family doctor and saw several specialists but I ran into dead ends. No one could help...and I became frustrated. Finally my hematology doctor recommended Local Vascular Surgeon, Ulises Baltazar MD, RVT, FACS.”
“We first came up with the idea of Dekker’s,” says Mike, “because we wanted another nice restaurant in our community. A place for our family and friends to meet and enjoy great food prepared with the finest and freshest ingredients possible.” And that’s exactly what Dekker’s has been giving the people of Fulshear and the surrounding areas since 2012.
In 2005, together with children Kevin and Karen, the family opened their first restaurant, Mojitos Cuban Bistro in Sugar Land, Kevin says, “Mojitos was extremely successful for us, and we learned a lot, but we wanted to venture more into fine dining,..and in 2008 we came up with the concept of Veritas.” Veritas Steak & Seafood (Veritas is the Latin word for truth) specializes in the finest cuts of USDA Prime beef, fresh seafood, and homemade pasta. “Our menu is seasonal,” says Kevin, “it changes four times a year, and always features the finest and freshest ingredients possible.” And the world class wine list includes more than 300 selections from around the world.
David Shaw, a long-term Rotarian, is a living example of the club’s motto: “Service above self.” Having served on numerous non-profit boards over 50 years in multiple states, David enjoys growing and supporting local charities. At an age when most people are settling into retirement, David Shaw has a brand new board position and mission.
“I had a customer in the other day complaining that no matter what she tried, she couldn’t squash a spider infestation. I told her she needed to call John Onofrey at BUGCO!”
Nearly five years ago Mack McDonald, Lincoln Ward, and Chef J.L. Quevedo brought a little piece of the fabulous New Orleans cuisine to Sugar Land’s Town Square. Today their masterpiece The Rouxpour, managed by Patrick Bigby, is bigger and better than ever! “In our first three years,” says Lincoln, “we expanded 1000 sq ft to add the private dining room and added the 500 sq ft patio area. We’ve done a complete bar renovation, including installation of a state-of-the-art glycol system to ensure that we get a perfect ice cold beer with every pour. And in our most exciting news, we are set to open our 2nd location this November in the fabulous new Baybrook Lifestyle Center...and it’s looking very likely that our 3rd location near Memorial City Mall will open in early 2017!”
“I began this business with a heart for helping others. At the age of 9 I knew I was destined to be a litigator just like my father. The first time I walked into his courtroom I immediately felt at home and I knew that was where I belonged.”
The Texas Bar Foundation recently awarded Child Advocates of Fort Bend (CAFB) a $9,000 grant. The funds will be used to partially fund two forensic interviewers in the Children’s Advocacy Center at Child Advocates of Fort Bend. CAFB is the only agency in Fort Bend County exclusively dedicated to providing critical services, all free of charge, to abused and neglected children and their non-offending family members. The agency’s forensic interviewing program began in 1997. In 2014 alone, the forensic interviewers conducted 691 interviews.