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Jennifer Selewach, Texas collage and assemblage artist.
local collage artist brings passion to artwork. Jennifer (jz) Zoch Selewach began her creative journey as a writer, creating images with poetry and haiku. Through extensive journaling work with Vikk Simmons and The Artists Way by Julia Cameron, she found that she could express herself visually, as well, through sculpture and collage. Working with Jonathan Talbot, she found a visual collage vocabulary that enabled her expression even more. Selewach has worked with many other collage artists and painters to enhance her visual vocabulary. Today, she works with techniques learned and studied with internationally-known collage artist Jonathan Talbot, local and nationally-known collage artist Mary Wilbanks, Australian assemblage artist Keith Lo Bue, and local painter Sharon Satterwhite, putting them together in a communication with the world that leaves you wondering for more.
Selewach’s artwork may be found in several galleries: The Artists’ Alliance of Sugar Land, Simply Art Gallery in Galveston, Holland St. Gallery in Bellville and private collections across the country. She teaches her collage technique with The Artists ’ Alliance of Sugar Land.
She lives in Sugar Land with her husband, Michael, and dogs KD and Brazos.
fort bend boys choir has new board leadership for the 2008-09 season. The Fort Bend Boys Choir’s 27th concert season is off to a great start with the induction of a new board of directors including a new board president.  
Tom Petrosewicz is leading the board of directors for the season. Other board members include: Tiana Mortimer, executive director and secretary; Joan Sisemore, treasurer; Jacqueline Baly Chaumette, member; Shannon Guerra, member; Ling Yuan, member; Bridget Yeung, member; and William R. Adams, founder and artistic director and member.
Petrosewicz says, “I am proud to be associated with such a fine organization as the Fort Bend Boys Choir. It is my goal to continue the tradition of providing young boys the opportunity to sing and develop self esteem, character and morals. I encourage people to take the opportunity to hear the beautiful voices of these young boys. ”
Adams says, “Our first meeting with the new board was charged with energy and everyone was so enthusiastic and full of great ideas. We are so thankful these community leaders have offered to help us realize our mission, working with boys through the medium of music. ”
(Front row) Jacqueline Baly Chaumette, Ling Yuan; (middle row) Tom Petrosewicz, Shannon Guerra, Bill Adams; (back row) Tiana Mortimer, Bridget Yeung and Joan Sisemore.
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Sugar Land Sends Teams to Assist with Hurricane Ike Recovery. With hurricane recovery focused on debris cleanup in Sugar Land, city personnel assisted other communities harder hit by Hurricane Ike.
Members of several city departments were deployed to Orange County with the San Jacinto All Hazards Incident Management team. The group assisted with a point of distribution operation that provided food, water and ice for communities in the area. The team was later reassigned to a base camp in Galveston to support logistical and support needs for the island ’s ongoing recovery efforts.
The Sugar Land Fire Department is participating with other Fort Bend County agencies to assist the town of Jamaica Beach. The initiative is part of a state collaboration called the Texas Intrastate Fire Mutual Aid System. SLFD provided a pumper fire truck and four firefighters to assist with fire protection and medical response in Jamaica Beach. The team partnered with Stafford, Richmond, Rosenberg and Missouri City to provide rotating coverage on a weekly basis.
The Sugar Land Police Department deployed its mobile command post to Galveston to assist with perimeter control and serve as a mobile communications center. The command unit was sent to Galveston with food supplies for responders donated by area restaurants.
“The experience gained from ongoing partnerships in other communities managing emergencies is a tremendous asset for the citizens of Sugar Land, ” said interim Sugar Land Fire Chief Clay Fenwick. “This expertise will be important as we prepare for and respond to future situations in our city. ”
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(L-R, front row) Stafford High School secretaries Leonila Zambrano and Cynthia Guerra; (back row) Walt Fenn, Stafford Elementary principal; Stafford Rise Vicki Dalton; volunteer Ana Martinzinna; Cindy Hoelscher, SMSD board vice president; Ken Mathew, Stafford councilman; and Fort Bend County Cpl. Barton.
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SMSD’S SECOND ANNUAL REACH OUT TO DROP-OUT WALK. Community organizations and representatives from Stafford Municipal School District joined forces for the second annual SMSD Reach Out to Drop-Out Walk.  
The group of volunteers divided into 10 teams with lists of identified students who had not been enrolled or attending school. The teams encouraged students to complete their high school education. The SMSD Drop-Out Walk was part of the greater Houston area drop-out recovery in other local school districts.
Thirty-four volunteers partnered with Stafford City Council, SMSD Board of Trustees and SMSD administrators and volunteers to encourage the missing students to return to SMSD or enroll in a program to complete diploma requirements.
Each team provided students with an individual plan for graduation, resource information, attendance law information and individual words of encouragement from people interested in helping.  
As a result of the drop-out walk, three students have re-enrolled at Stafford High School.
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