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Get your plan on — school calendar

August 1st, 2012 4:39 pm

Not to rush you past your remaining summer, but if you want to get a head start on vacation planning, it’s time to look ahead to the upcoming school year.

Our August issue should help get you in the mood.  If you haven’t yet, check out the print magazine or the home page of this website.  Our back-to-school issue is …

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Bellaire July 4 Parade Photos

July 5th, 2012 2:08 pm
Thank you to the friends and family of The Buzz Magazines who participated in the Bellaire July 4 parade and kept the crowd happy by distributing bubble gum despite the 100-degree weather. Pictured are (top row, from left) Blake Myers, Dr. Jeff Myers, Juliet Hubbell, Pooja Salhotra, Kara Neumann, Anita Morton, Leslie Little, Michael Hoffman, Gina Taylor, Matt Hoffman and Kelly Engler and (bottom row, from left) Mary Hubbell, Seth Taylor, Joni Hoffman, Gaby Santiago and Annie Blaylock-McQueen.

The annual Bellaire Independence Day Parade and Festival was a hit! People of all ages dressed in red, white and blue and lined the streets of Bellaire waving flags to show off their patriotism. Children collected candy and colorful beads that were tossed out from the floats and by parade participants. The Buzz Magazines held the final spot in the …

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Best apps for the road

May 25th, 2012 12:03 pm

In the Travel Buzz column in our June issue, you will get to ride along with the Craig family as they take the ultimate American road trip out West, with all the ups and downs you might expect in a marathon driving trip with kids through the desert.

As writer Tracy L. Barnett talked with road-trip queen Christy Craig about …

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Blessing of the Animals, Saturday, 10 am in Bellaire

March 29th, 2012 1:14 pm

If your pet is truly a member of your family, he/she deserves to be showered with blessings.   Bellaire United Methodist Church (BUMC) on Bellaire Boulevard at Newcastle invites the community to bring their pets to the church’s “Blessing of the Animals” on Saturday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. to noon.

This traditional celebration honors St. Francis of Assisi, declared Patron …

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Wine, music, rodeo and friends

March 8th, 2012 10:07 am
Pictured (from left) are Sharleen Walkoviak, Pat Mann Phillips, Michael Hart, Jimmie Allen, Laura Kent, Debbie Adams and Paula Robinson.

The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s Wine Garden was buzzing Tuesday night.

Kudos to different Beast, featuring Buzz contributing photographer Michael Hart on bass, who rocked the Wine Garden under a full moon. Even though special guest Sharon Montgomery was feeling under the weather, her incredible voice left the crowd begging for more.

Speaking of the crowd, we loved hanging …

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Anniversary party in living color

February 23rd, 2012 9:27 am

Here’s a live-action recap of The Buzz Magazines’ 10th-anniversary party at Hotel Sorella last month. We had such a wonderful time with old friends and new ones. Looking forward to another decade with you all.

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Party guests grace our covers

February 2nd, 2012 9:08 am

We all get our moment of fame one way or the other.

Party guests at our 10th-anniversary celebration last week got a glimpse of the media spotlight when The Face Exchange took their photos and put them on miniature magnetized Buzz covers to take home.

A good many of the party-goers had been on actual Buzz Magazine covers already, but …

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Check out our anniversary party pics

January 31st, 2012 12:29 pm

We were thrilled to have nearly 500 friends brave the rainy skies on January 24 to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of The Buzz Magazines.

The party at Hotel Sorella’s new Meetings & Events Centre was orchestrated by Ashleigh Scanlan’s Double the Details. It featured miles of creative food tables and liquid nitrogen ice cream from Rosemary’s Catering, petals …

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Looking back at the best of 10 years: The Shutterbugs

January 25th, 2012 4:46 pm
This Halloween-costume photo by Mike Hart was the result of darkroom magic.

Of course, The Buzz isn’t all about words. Where would we have been these past 10 years without photographers shining the light on our residents? Here are some favorite shoots:

Photographer Nikki LaWell: “Okay, the chickens, hands down. I never thought I’d photograph a chicken, ever. I hate chickens, but to photograph Laverne because she looks like her owner [Bellaire …

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Looking back at the best of 10 years: Andy Blitzer

January 23rd, 2012 9:04 am
The large Garcia-Prats family made a lasting impression on writer Andy Blitzer. The 10 brothers are (from left) David, Chris, Jamie, Tommy, Matt, Timmy, Tony, Danny, Mark and Joe Pat.

Veteran Buzz writer Andy Blitzer had lots of choices when picking memorable stories from the past 10 years.  Here are a few she says she will never forget:

“It is so hard to say which one is my favorite. As a writer, there is a huge sense of responsibility to each person who shares his or her personal story and …

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Looking back at the best of 10 years: Moms and Kids

January 20th, 2012 9:39 am
Geraldine Bliss and son Charles were featured in the 2010 story Special Moms of Special Kids.

Parenting is a meaningful topic for pretty much all of us, whether parents or children, or both. Maybe that’s why The Buzz has run so many stories on the topic in the course of our 10-year history.

Resident parents and kids made a big impact on these two longtime Buzz writers. This is what they had to say when asked …

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Looking back at the best of 10 years: The Cheryls

January 19th, 2012 12:45 pm
One of magazine's many -- okay, two -- Cheryls.

Continuing to look back on 10 years of (mostly) blissful existence here at The Buzz….

After a chance meet-and-chat with a Buzz editor at a dog park, Cheryl Ursin started writing for us this fall, and we’re so happy she did. She has written stories about mandatory student-service hours and whether kids today are too dependent on their helicoptering

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Looking back at the best of 10 years: Veterans Reunited

January 18th, 2012 2:36 pm
Nathan Fairbanks-Sherrill, pictured here in a 1941 photo, was one of several local veterans profiled in this story.

Again, we say, The Buzz Magazines is 10 years old!

To celebrate, folks are letting us know about their favorite Buzz stories or photos from over the years – to give the rest of us a chance to check them out again, or for the first time if we missed them.

Here’s our second glance into the rear-view mirror, from …

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Looking back at the best of 10 years: The Two Wileys

January 17th, 2012 9:50 am
From A Story of Two Wileys in 2005. Each of these boys, both named Wiley, was adopted by local families.

The Buzz Magazines is 10 years old!

To celebrate, we asked staffers and writers to let us know about their favorite Buzz stories or photos from over the years – to give the rest of us a chance to check them out again, or for the first time if we missed them.

We’d love to share your favorites as well.…

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Good Samaritans help Joni in this week’s flood

January 12th, 2012 7:17 pm
Editor Joni Hoffman credits these two M&M Lighting employees for saving her from falling in this ditch when it flooded this week.

Buzz Editor Joni Hoffman was one of many around here who were surprised by how quickly the water rose in Monday’s thunderstorms. Here’s her story. Do you have a waterlogged tale to tell too?

Thank you to Valentine Ezzy and Phyllis Briggs of M&M Lighting, who saved me from almost drowning in a ditch last Monday.

On that very wet …

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Race to Nowhere screening Jan. 19

January 5th, 2012 12:21 pm
This documentary about education explores the topics of stress, cheating and too much homework in today's schools.

Do your kids have too much homework? Do they miss sleep in order to finish? Do they cave into the temptation to cheat because they can’t get it all done?

Vicki Abeles, a mother-turned-filmmaker, aimed her camera at the high-stakes, high-pressure culture that has invaded many of our schools and many children’s lives. Her documentary, Race to Nowhere, discusses …

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Gabby – 2011 Pet of the Year

January 1st, 2012 11:26 am
Gabby Bellaire

Congratulations to Gabby, our 2011 Bellaire Buzz Pet of the Year who will receive a prize package from Rover Oaks Pet Resort, Carter’s Pet Depot and Houston Dog Ranch.

To have your pet considered for Neighborhood Tails please submit a high resolution photo and 160 words to ( info (at) thebuzzmagazines (dot) com

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Bright lights, big city

December 23rd, 2011 10:24 am
River Oaks' lights are spectacular.

It’s time to pack into the car and take a tour of neighborhood Christmas lights. Many neighborhoods in Houston are famous for their spectacular displays of bright lights, and we took a drive around River Oaks and Tanglewood to spot some of the best displays this year.

Even if it’s not the holidays, River Oaks Boulevard always shines.  As soon …

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Local singer and songwriter team up on Christmas tune

December 21st, 2011 1:07 pm
Here on Buzzworthy, you can listen to singer Sharon Montgomery's newest holiday song, written especially for her by local attorney/songwriter John Yow.

Just in time for Christmas! Click below to listen to a new song called You’re the Christmas in My Heart written by attorney and songwriter John Yow of West University. (Click here to read a Buzz story about John’s experiences becoming a father at age 50.)

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John is delighted that local chantuese …

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Mayor Cindy Siegel says goodbye

December 19th, 2011 2:39 pm
Here's a photo of Cindy Siegel (left) and then-outgoing Mayor Mary Ann Goode that ran in The Buzz eight years ago. Bellaire's new mayor will be Dr. Phil Nauert..

The Buzz wishes farewell and a heartfelt thank you to Cindy Siegel, who is stepping down due to term limits after eight years as mayor of Bellaire.

Here is what she had to say in her final mayoral message.

Dear Bellaire Friends and Neighbors:

I am sitting at my desk thinking (and stressing) about everything that I still need to …

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Time for some holiday tunes

December 17th, 2011 11:27 am
The Blenders play every third Saturday at Hickory Hollow on Heights.

If you are in the mood for some holiday tunes and maybe some chicken-fried steak, head to Hickory Hollow, 101 Heights Blvd., 5:30-8:30 tonight (Saturday, Dec. 17).

Bellaire resident Greg Hassell, who you may have seen with his banjo on The Buzz’s cover in 2005, will be adding a little bluegrass to the party on stage as a member …

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Sweets to exchange? Take it one cookie at a time

December 15th, 2011 10:33 am
Easy-to-make candy cane fudge.

Buzz stories with recipes are some of our most popular articles, especially this time of year.

We got a call the other day asking about the Iced Pumpkin cookies in our December issue. The caller wanted to try them but was concerned there might have been an editing error, as there were no eggs in the ingredient list. We checked, …

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Patrons present $125,000 to City

December 8th, 2011 3:37 pm
Patrons photo

Patrons for Bellaire Parks has presented Mayor Cindy Siegel and City Council members with a check for $125,000 for construction of the Bellaire Town Square Donor Plaza. Construction on the plaza, which will be built around the gazebo behind City Hall, will begin in the next few months. Over the past several years, Patrons has been selling brick pavers for …

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The Evelyn’s Park Conservancy receives $100,000 challenge grant

December 7th, 2011 11:33 am
EPC  logo

The Evelyn’s Park Conservancy (EPC) has received a fundraising challenge grant of $100,000, announced EPC Board President Marybeth Flaherty. The donor has asked to remain anonymous.

The challenge grant will match dollar for dollar all donations made by Bellaire residents up $100,000 by November 30, 2012. This challenge grant to the EPC follows the recent contributions of $100,000 each from

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Santa expected at West U tree lighting Monday night

December 4th, 2011 8:11 pm
The tree-lighting ceremony kicks off the holiday season.

Sources from the North Pole are predicting Santa’s official arrival in West University Place at the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, at the Community Building, 6104 Auden.

Members of the Houston Girls Chorus, West University United Methodist Church Hand Bell Choir and West University Baptist Church Choir, along with resident John Pickul, will provide the …

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