Needville Bookworms Take a Walk with “Marley and Me” at July 16th Meeting





Marley & Me

The monthly meeting of the Needville Bookworms will take place on Thursday, July 16, beginning at 12:00 noon, in the Meeting Room at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Albert George Branch Library, 9230 Gene Street in Needville.  Bring a sack lunch and enjoy a lively discussion of Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog, written by John Grogan.


Newlyweds John and Jenny Grogan decided to ease into parenthood by starting with a charming yellow Labrador puppy named Marley. His uninhibited puppy antics were cute in the beginning, but they looked forward to the day when he would outgrow his destructive puppy ways. Unfortunately, Marley’s behavior only grew more outlandish, leading to numerous awkward and embarrassing encounters for the growing Grogan family. Marley & Mechronicles the Grogans’ adventures with their lovably naughty canine companion with much laughter and love.


John Grogan was a columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and former editor of Organic Gardening magazine. After Marley’s death, Grogan paid a tribute to his canine friend with a memorial in his newspaper column. The popularity of the tribute inspired Grogan to pen a memoir on the lovable beast. Marley & Me quickly soared to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list.


The Needville Bookworms Book Club meets on the third Thursday of every month. The book club is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Albert George Branch Library at 979-793-4270 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

Albert George Library Children’s Programs for July ’15




Fort Bend County Libraries’ Albert George Branch Library, 9230 Gene Street in Needville, presents a variety of free children’s programs — Toddler Time, Story Time, and School-Age Programs — every month.  These programs are free and open to the public. The summer schedule for July is as follows:


Toddler Time — Wednesdays at 10:15 am — offers caregiver/child activities, stories and songs for older babies, from 12 to 36 months of age. Program dates are July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.


Story Time — Thursdays at 10:15 am — provides stories, movies, and age-appropriate craft activities for pre-school children, from 3 to 6 years of age. Program dates are July 2, 9, 16, 23, and 30.


The School-Age Programs — crafts, movies, stories, and more for school-aged children in 1st through 5th grades — will begin at 2:00 pm each Wednesday during the summer. The July schedule is as follows:

July 1 – Fourth of July Fun

July 8 – Win It in a Minute

July 15 – Strike, Scape, & Shake Show

July 22 – Get Your Game On!

July 29 – Heroes Without Capes (presented by Julian Franklin)


The Young Adult Programs, which begin at 2:00 pm every Thursday in the summer, is designed for youth in grades 6 and above. The July schedule is as follows:

July 2 – Super-Hero Keychains

July 9 – Win It in a Minute

July 16 – LEGO Challenge

July 23 – Candy Sushi

July 30 – Teen Movie Mania


For more information, please call the Albert George Branch Library at 979-793-4270 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.


A Needville teacher was selected to attend “American Presidents and the Nation, 1970–2000,” a professional development institute sponsored by Humanities Texas, the College of Liberal Arts at The University of Texas at Austin (UT) and the LBJ Presidential Library.


Barbara Richards, Needville ISD

Barbara Richards, who teaches U.S. history and film at Needville High School, traveled to Austin to attend the program, which took place from June 7–10.


“American Presidents and the Nation, 1970–2000” drew fifty-five Texas teachers to the LBJ Presidential Library for three and a half days of dynamic presentations and small-group seminars, studying U.S. history through the presidencies of Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton.


H. W. Brands, the Jack S. Blanton Sr. Chair in History at The University of Texas at Austin and author of Reagan: The Life, delivered the institute’s keynote presentation on Ronald Reagan’s presidency.


Other faculty included James T. Patterson of Brown University; Janet Davis, Donna Kornhaber, Mark A. Lawrence and Jeremi Suri, all of The University of Texas at Austin; Michael Brandl of The Ohio State University; Albert S. Broussard of Texas A&M University; Jeffrey Engel of Southern Methodist University; Martin Melosi of the University of Houston; Steve Murdock of Rice University; Luke A. Nichter of Texas A&M University; Chase Untermeyer, former U.S. Ambassador to Qatar, and Mark Updegrove of the LBJ Presidential Library.


“It is important for students to understand where we came from in order to direct where we go,” said Richards. “This institute [gave] me so many tools to use in making my classes fun and interesting.”


“Humanities Texas was pleased to cosponsor ‘American Presidents and the Nation, 1970–2000,’” said Executive Director Michael L. Gillette. “Giving talented teachers the opportunity to interact with their peers and leading scholars will enable them to engage students with exciting new perspectives on our nation’s history.”


“American Presidents and the Nation, 1970–2000” was made possible with support from the State of Texas and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Humanities Texas is the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Its mission is to advance education through programs that improve the quality of classroom teaching, support libraries and museums and create opportunities for lifelong learning for all Texans.

For more information about Humanities Texas, visit For information about The University of Texas at Austin, visit For more information about the LBJ Presidential Library, visit

Rosenberg George Library Hosts Teen Computer Classes in July




            This summer, the Youth Services department at Fort Bend County Libraries’ George Memorial Library will present Teen Computer Classes for students in middle school and high school. The classes are designed to help teens navigate school assignments and create fun projects. The classes will begin at 2:00 pm, in the Computer Lab of the library, located at 1001 Golfview in Richmond.


The schedule of classes is as follows:


  • July 8 – Get Creative with Pinterest Basics. Get new ideas for class projects with this social-media resource.


  • July 15 – Get Organized with Google Calendar & Advanced Google Searching. Learn how to use Google Calendar for assignment due-dates and extracurricular-activity schedules. Get tips from librarians on how to effectively search Google.


  • July 22 – Resumé Advantage Class with Job & Career Accelerator™. Learn how this online resource can help create a resumé that will truly stand out.


  • July 29 – Webpage Design. Learn how to use simple online tools to create a customized website.


The classes are free and open to the public. Seating is limited, however, and reservations are required. To register online at the library’s website (, click on “Calendar,” select “George Memorial Library,” and find the program. Participants may also register by calling the library at 281-342-4455, or by visiting the library.

Abbott Signs Bill Decriminalizing Truancy

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with additional comment.

Texas is set to decriminalize truancy after Gov. Greg Abbott signed legislation late Thursday making it a civil offense.

House Bill 2398, which will go into effect as the upcoming school year begins in Texas, effectively ends the practice of jailing students for skipping school. Critics say it disproportionately affects minority and poor students.

“Criminalizing unauthorized absences at school unnecessarily jeopardizes the futures of our students,” Abbott said in a statement Friday, explaining he signed HB 2398 as part of his broader mission to boost the state’s education system.

Before Thursday, it was somewhat uncertain Abbott would sign the bill, by Rep. James White, R-Woodville. Advocates were cautiously optimistic, though, as attorney general Abbott gained a reputation as a tough-on-crime Republican.

White said Friday that Abbott signaled support for decriminalization all along, but his office “wanted to make sure the school districts had tools to address chronic truancy.” HB 2398 offers preventative measures districts can take to curb unexcused absences and suggests rehabilitative programs for habitual offenders. The next step, White added, is to work with the Texas Education Agency to establish a “baseline” for how districts put the bill’s recommendations to use.

Criminal justice reformers had lined up in support of the bill, some hailing it as representative of a shift in law-and-order politics. Among the bill’s backers was Right on Crime, a campaign of the Texas Public Policy Foundation, a conservative think tank based in Austin.

“You really see this is a nonpartisan issue,” said Derek Cohen, a senior policy analyst for Right on Crime. “This is an issue about using our criminal justice system for the very goal it’s intended for. Are we criminalizing behavior that’s actually criminal?”

Before HB 2398, he added, Texas was “basically handling something that is a school discipline issue with the coercive arm of the state.”

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Henry Blase Font Jr.


Henry Blase Font Jr., 73, passed away Sunday, June 21, 2015 in Sugar Land. He was born February 7, 1942 in New York, New York to Henry Blasé Font Sr. and Florence Saraski Font.

Survivors include his 4 children, Henry B. Font III and wife Karen, John F. Font and wife Dinah, Robert Font and wife Natasha, Jennifer Seligman and husband Steve, 3 brothers, Joseph M. Font, Guy A. Font and Kenneth Font, 2 sisters, Dolores Tucker and Pamela Nelson, 14 grandchildren: Amanda Parker, Courtney Boyd, Rachel Novosad, Ashley Font, Victoria Font, Justin Font, Patricia Font, Jonah Font, Elijah Font, Ava Font, Alex Maresh, Cody Font, Stephanie Seligman, Chip Seligman, 5 great grandchildren, Shelby Kuban, Hailey Kuban, Hailey Parker, Waylon Parker and Heidi Boyd. He was preceded in death by his parents, his daughter, Debbie Maresh, wife Patricia Font and grandson, Gunther Font.
In lieu of flowers, make donation to American Diabetes Association. In memory of Henry B. Font Jr.

A Memorial Service will be held Thursday evening, June 25, 2015 at 7:00 P.M. in the Chapel at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home.

Letha Marie Nowak


Letha Marie Nowak, 86, passed away Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in Richmond. She was born November 14, 1928 in Bay City to Joseph and Marie (Lafferner) Plant.

Survivors include her son, Roger Picou and wife Linda, grandchildren; Royce Bacica Jr., Donna Durbin Smith and husband Dean, Kayla Durbin Curry and husband John, Michael Durbin, Sharon Durbin, Scott Peterson and Roger Dale Picou Jr. and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Wilbur Joseph Picou, her daughter, Beverly Bacica and numerous siblings.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 A.M. in the Chapel at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home, Pastor Monty from Needville Community Church officiated.  Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park. A visitation was held Monday evening, June 22, 2015 from 5-8 P.M. in the Stateroom at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home.

Rogers Rodriguez Mendoza

Rogers Rodriguez Mendoza, 59, passed away Thursday, June 18, 2015 in Needville. He was born February 1, 1956 in Austin to Andrew and Tomasa Rodriguez Mendoza. Survivors include his children, Karen and Travis Mendoza and brother Ernest R. Mendoza. He was preceded in death by his parents, his son Rogers Mendoza Jr. and his brother, Roy Mendoza.

Funeral services will be held Monday, June 29, 2015 in the Chapel at Davis Greenlawn Funeral Home at 10:00 A.M. Visitation will be Sunday evening from 1:00 P.M. until 8:00 P.M. with a Rosary at 7:00 P.M.

Benedettini Cabinetry Seeks Employees for Manufacturing Warehouse

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No need to travel to the city! A local successful manufacturing

company is currently accepting applications for the following

positions in our manufacturing warehouse:

  • Sprayer
  • Sprayer Helper
  • Glazer
  • Sander
  • Assembler I
  • Assembler II
  • Machine Operator I & II
  • Material Handler I & II
  • CNC Operators
  • Special Skills
  • Drivers
  • Driver Helpers
  • Maintenance Techs
  • Electrician

– All must submit a completed online application on our website

– Job descriptions are posted online.

Desired candidates will have a desire to work in a team environment,

good communication skills, job stability, great attendance

history, ability to work in a fast-pace environment, & commitment

to reach daily production goals while working safely.

Experience preferred, but not required for all positions.


– Medical

– Company paid Employee Life Insurance & Accidental Death &

Dismemberment Insurance $15K

– Employee / Dependent Life Insurance & Accidental Death &

Dismemberment Insurance

– Vacation – Sick leave – Holidays

EEO Statement:
Benedettini Cabinetry is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression,national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, marital status, status with regard to public assistance, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local law.

Loren Nulisch

Born in Damon, Texas on Feb. 26, 1932
Departed on Jun. 13, 2015 and resided in Sugar Land, TX.


Visitation: Wednesday, Jun. 17, 2015
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Service: Thursday, Jun. 18, 2015
2:00 pm
Cemetery: Greenlawn Memorial Park
Please click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.

Funeral services for Lorene Scherbeh Nulisch, 83, of Sugar Land, will be held at 2:00 p.m., Thursday, June 18, 2015 at Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Chapel in Rosenberg. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Rosenberg with Rev. Allen Bauer officiating the services.
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. until to 8:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 17, 2015 in the State Room of Davis-Greenlawn Funeral Home in Rosenberg.

Lorene was born Feb. 26, 1932 in Damon, Tx. She passed away at home on June 13, 2015.

She was proceeded in death by her husband of 54 years, Alvin Nulisch, parents Hugo and Mary David Scherbeh and brothers Arnold Scherbeh and Frank Scherbeh.

Lorene is survived by five loving children. Sons: Kenneth Nulisch and wife, Agnes of Needville, Alvin Nulisch and wife Linda of Round Top, Charles Nulisch of Damon; Daughters: Betty Law and husband Bobby of Richmond, and Kathy Cartwright and husband Joe of Richmond. Sister: Olga Schulte of Sweeny. Ten grandchildren; one step grandchild; 7 great grandchildren and one on the way.

Lorene retired from Imperial Sugar after 34 years.