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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CD release concert this Friday

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By Elsa Maxey Elsa@FortBendStar.com It started as worship singing weekly and now there’s a CD about to be released by the Merry Ministries Worship Team, recorded earlier this year in the local area.  On Friday, Sept. 12, a free admission CD release concert at First United Methodist Church’s Great Hall, 432 Eldridge Road in Sugar […]

Sugar Land Art Center & Gallery, a portrait of the community

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By Elsa Maxey Elsa@FortBendStar.com What started out with just a few ladies wanting a place to paint has taken a life of its own.   This is Crystal Bradbrook’s description of the beginnings of the Sugar Land Art Center and Gallery opened in 2003 in a 3,000 sq foot facility, which brought it to its […]

Another opportunity to be a Fort Bend Cares volunteer

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By Elsa Maxey elsamalakoff@hotmail.com Volunteers are being solicited for Fort Bend Cares, a locally established and operating charitable foundation that this year will be impacting the lives of over 20,000 disadvantaged children and youth in Fort Bend County.  Last Thursday, the organization’s staff visited about upcoming events with prospective volunteers in Sugar Land at a […]

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