When All Hope was Seemingly Lost...Gloria Sanderson of Pioneer Bank Showed Up for Arthur J. Smith Sr. and His Family with a $15,000.00 dollar Check

Arthur Smith Sr., his wife Darlene Koffey Smith, son Arthur Smith III, also known as “Yung Giant”, Gloria Sanderson, SVP, CRA/Fair Lending Officer for Pioneer Bank are the featured individuals on the cover of “VERSION 1” of Houston Business Connections Magazine’s “2017 Year-End Review” edition. Houston Texans football player J.J. Watt is also featured on the cover of this version. Inside this edition, J.J. Watt shares how he plans to distribute the millions of dollars the J.J. Watt Foundation received in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Beyoncé, Mattress Mack, Jim Crane, State Senator Borris L. Miles, State Rep. Shawn Thierry, Dr. Letitia Plummer, Judge Loyd Wright, Judge Christine Riddle Butts, Judge John Schmude, Judge Renee Magee, Attorney Sandra Peake, and Attorney Melanie Wilcox Flowers are just a few of the other distinguished individuals featured inside this edition. Houston Business Connections Magazine© is published by Aubrey R. Taylor Communications. All Rights Reserved. Cover photo by: Kennedy Hall, Phillis Wheatley High School Journalism Department/Photographer

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR JANUARY 19TH, 2018


Gladys Knight is coming to Houston on Friday, January 19, 2018, for the Diamond Dreams Gala at Minute Maid Park

Held on the field at Minute Maid Park, the Diamond Dreams Gala features seven-time Grammy winner, Ms. Gladys Knight -The Empress of Soul, as well as Astros players and legends. The event benefits the Astros Foundation and New Hope Housing, an organization combatting homelessness by providing housing and support services for those in need. In case you don’t know, The Astros Foundation supports local 501(c)3 nonprofits and their causes through fundraising events. They support organizations whose efforts benefit Youth Baseball/Softball, Education/Literacy, Childhood Cancer, Military and Quality of Life.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

OPEN LETTER: Cynthia Lenton-Gary, A Candidate for FBISD School Board Trustee for Position #7 Is Asking for Fort Bend County Voters to Vote for Her in the 2013 General Election in Fort Bend County

Cynthia Lenton-Gary is a candidate for FBISD Trustee for Position #7. The early voting period in the 2013 General Election in Fort Bend County is from Monday, April 29th through Tuesday, May 7th.

Cynthia Lenton-Gary Is the Candidate for FBISD Position #7 Who Is Asking For Your Support on Saturday, May 11th 

Dear Fort Bend County Voters,

I am Cynthia Lenton-Gary, a long-time Resident of FBISD and former Councilmember. I would like to ask for your support on Saturday, May 11, 2013. I’m running to regain a seat on the Fort Bend Independent School District school board. I was appointed by the FBISD school board in 2010 and I’m seeking the Position 7 seat so that I can bring a listening ear, experienced leadership, and innovative policies and programs that will assist FBISD in becoming the best school district in the nation. I believe that the key to moving the county, state, and nation to the next level depends on the strength of our educational system. I am a strong advocate for parental involvement, student academic rigor, professional development for teachers, administrator accountability and smart zoning polices.

I understand the importance of the academies because my sons benefited from them. I also understand the importance of proper zoning and keeping our children in schools in their community. I realize that all children have different educational needs; therefore; we must work to fulfill them by incorporating vocational and technical programs. We must, provide options for educating our children. I also know that it is time to stop telling our teachers and Para professional what they need and start asking what is needed to help them be successful. Moral is a major issue and I will work to re-establish trust and the love for the profession in our educators because having the support of their administrators, the administration and the school board is so significant to their success in the classroom.

I have learned in both my personal and professional life the importance of fiscal responsibility. There are times when we have to make tough choices but they have to be based on priorities. Priorities help us decide between our needs and our wants. Therefore, we have to be sure there is value in what we spend tax payer’s money on. The children that our teachers are educating are going to grow up to be the doctors and nurses that take care of us, the politicians that govern us, the inventors of new technologies and medicines, the police and firemen that keep us safe, and the people that entertain us. We owe it not only to them, but ourselves to invest wisely in their future.

Before pursuing a public service profession, I worked as an environmental chemist, a research chemist and a forensic scientist. I was also a professor of Sociology at Prairie View A&M University. I have a Bachelors of Science degree in Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics and Biology, a Masters of Arts degree in Sociology and have completed core/foundation courses for my Ph.D. I have been married for 31 years and have three sons who are graduates of FBISD. My husband is an ordained Deacon and I am an ordained Deaconess at the Fountain of Praise Church. I am also a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.

With my passion for education and compassion for schools, I will fight hard to be a voice and a sounding board for residents, parents, administrators, teachers, and, most importantly, all students from all areas of the district. As a fiscal conservative, I believe in austerity and will work hard to ensure your tax dollars are used to keep our schools safe, close academic achievement gaps and enhance the teaching and learning experience.

Sincerely,


Cynthia Lenton-Gary
2013 Candidate for FBISD Trustee – Position #7



Please Help Us Spread The Word

If you live in Fort Bend County or know someone who lives in Missouri City (Texas) or Fort Bend County please do us a favor and tell them about this very important General Election about to go down in their county/city on Saturday, May 11, 2013.

We're currently focusing our efforts on highlighting the 2013 General Election in Missouri City, Texas. This is a very important election as Mayor Allen Owen and the entire sitting Missouri City Council are presenting over (15) fifteen propositions for voter approval. There are also, two Missouri City Council seats being contested in this election. In District A Incumbent Bobby Marshall is being challenged by Rodney Griffin and Yolanda Ford. In District B Incumbent Don Smith is being challenged by Henderson James Hunter, Jr for his seat at the Missouri City Council table. Please remind everyone you know about the importance of this election taking place on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Missouri City Texas. If you have any questions, or would like to be included on our blog or in our new newspaper call: (832)212-8735.You can call me directly at: (832)894-1352.

Important Dates for the Saturday, May 11, 2013 General Election to be held in Fort Bend County/Missouri City Texas:

Ballots by Mail May Be Requested
-- Tuesday, March 12 - May 3, 2013

Last Day to Register to Vote
-- Thursday, April 11, 2013

Early Voting Period
-- Mon., April 29 - Tues.,, May 7, 2013

The 2013 General Election Day
-- Saturday, May 11, 2013

Don't Forget To Help Us Spread The Word About The Upcoming Election!

VOTE EARLY IN THE 2013 GENERAL ELECTION

Aubrey R. Taylor Communications, the publisher of Your Thought Matters Newspaper is urging all Fort Bend County voters to vote early at one of the locations listed below:

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday -- April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- CLOSED
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday -- April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- CLOSED
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 - CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- CLOSED
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precint (s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- CLOSED
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 --8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- CLOSED
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 7:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- CLOSED
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday -- May 6 - 7, 2013 - 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 --10:00 AM - 7:00 PM 
Saturday -- May 4, 2013 -- CLOSED
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Precinct(s): All

Monday - Friday - April 29 - May 3, 2013 -- 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday - May 4, 2013 -- CLOSED
Sunday - May 5, 2013 -- CLOSED
Monday - Tuesday - May 6 - 7, 2013 -- 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

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