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Taking the Stage…Billy Stritch 13th annual gala’s honoree

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By Elsa Maxey  As promised by SLCAF Executive Director Chad Muska, there were dazzling performances at the 2015 Founders’ Ball, the 13th annual event, presented by Classic Chevrolet and the Sugar Land Cultural Arts Foundation (SLCAF).  Gala Co-chairs, Donna Molho and Bridget Yeung, led an impressive lineup of committees with connections to an equally distinguished […]

Fort Bend ISD teacher reigns as Ms. Texas America 2015

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Crown for a purpose Regina Crafter of Missouri City, preparing for this year’s Ms. American Pageant finals, is Ms. Texas America 2015, a title awarded to her recently by the Ms. America® Pageant.  “I’m your neighbor,” said the 14-year local area resident, who came to Fort Bend from Dayton, Ohio, where she earned her master’s […]

Health & wellness challenge

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Objective: Fort Bend to shed a million pounds this year By Elsa Maxey “Today is the day Fort Bend takes the million pound challenge and begins to create a culture of wellness,” declares Nicole Volek, Shape Up Fort Bend (SUFB) board official. This statement is about the challenge over the course of one year that […]

Spirit of Christmas holiday season

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TriCity Business Alliance commits to Fort Bend Habitat fundraiser By Elsa Maxey An important part of the holiday season is charitable giving and with this in mind, members of the TriCity Biz Alliance stepped up to do just that in keeping with the spirit of the season. In an announcement to the Fort Bend Habitat for Humanity […]

Dear Tabby: It’s never too late to have a well-behaved dog

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Dear Tabby, My old dog needs to brush on up her manners. I’d like to start the new year with a well-behaved dog. How do I even begin? Craving canine obedience in Katy Dear Craving Obedience, You’re in luck. The old adage, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” just doesn’t hold water with […]

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 […]

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