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Chautauqua Talk chronicles Greater Fort Bend EDC evolution

By Elsa Maxey The Greater Fort Bend Economic Development Council (EDC) came into being as “the mother of the recession.” Herb Appel, a founder of the organization, shares this and significant milestone about the public/private partnership that started in 1986, where he served from its inception as President for 20 years through 2006.  Both he and Jeff […]

2015 Founders Ball in the making

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Event promotes cultural arts Ladies and Gentlemen, Billy Stritch!  This is what Nancy Porter, active social and civic leader, has been backing on behalf of the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation for its upcoming 2015 Founders Ball set for Jan. 17.  Next month at Safari Texas, this will be a tribute to Billy Stritch’s work. […]

Sugar Plum Market kicks off holidays

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By Elsa Maxey elsa@fortbendstar.com The 14th annual Sugar Plum Market organized by Fort Bend Junior Service League with Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital as its title and presenting sponsor along with the City of Stafford as the venue sponsor, again shows that holiday shoppers’ expectations were more than just met.  Some say they were exceeded […]

Concluding which cuisine will leave your kitty content

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Dear Tabby, I just got my first cat and I’m really enjoying her, but I’m not sure what I should be feeding her to keep her happy and healthy. Help! Proud feline parent in The Heights Dear Proud Parent, When choosing appropriate foods for your kitty, there are several things to take into consideration. For instance, […]

Twas a country fall affair FUMC’s 20th festival celebrates season

Tim Kaminski was spotted shopping at this year’s community fall festival hosted by First United Methodist Church on Murphy Road in Missouri City.  Kaminski joins one of the event organizers, Lori Wirth, and Swatson, the Skeeters Mascot, all armed with shopping bags.

By Elsa Maxey Freshly baked goods is one of the things that attracts many community festival goers to sample and buy what Aunt Hattie’s Bakery offers every year, especially her signature baked items, like cranberry orange bread.  For this year’s 20th Country Affair Fall Festival hosted by First United Methodist Church (FUMC), those making a […]

Sienna Plantation Sweet 16 and still growing

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By Elsa Maxey elsa@fortbendstar.com Now in its 16th year, Sienna Plantation continues to call the attention of many movers and shakers, especially due to its latest development activity.  The TriCity Business Alliance made its way there the other day as members were treated to updates about the latest residential and commercial developments in that part […]

Arranging care for your animals this travel season

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Dear Tabby, I recently adopted a dog and I’m realizing that I have plans to travel this holiday season. I’m distraught, trying to figure out what to do with my pup while I’m away and I don’t want to board him. What should I do? Holiday trekking in River Park Dear Holiday, Congratulations on your new […]

Including pets in your pumpkin preoccupation

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Dear Tabby, Lately, I’ve got pumpkin on my mind (and my mind on pumpkins!). There’s pumpkin flavored everything–coffee, muffins, Oreos, hand soaps…this makes me wonder, is there any way to get my dog in on all of this pumpkin action? Preoccupied with pumpkin in Firethorne Dear Preoccupied, You’re in luck! Pumpkin is incredibly good for […]

Project Noel turns 44: Assistance sought for Christmas displays

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If you’re planning on finding a place that includes having your kids take a picture with Santa and touring a spectacular set of displays during the Christmas holiday season, look no more.  There’s Project Noel, which has been around for over 40 years made possible with the work of many community volunteers and corporations. At […]

The Starspotter 09/24/14

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Stafford grassroots to do it again No one can argue about how so many people living and working in Fort Bend can be said to be caring and giving.  That’s one of the distinctive characters of the communities out here. In Stafford, for example, a core group of community leaders recently met in an effort […]

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