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Former Rocket Still Setting His Sights Above the Rim

| June 1, 2011
Former Rocket Still Setting His Sights Above the Rim

By Tish Williams It takes a lot of Advil to be Matt Bullard. “When you’re my size, you can take 16 a day,” says the 6-foot, 10-inch former NBA world champ, a nine season Houston Rockets alum, and current TV broadcaster for the team. Bullard has been retired for nine years, and has a 14-year-old […]

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A 15-Year-Old Race Car Phenomenon: Meet Alec Udell

| June 1, 2011
A 15-Year-Old Race Car Phenomenon: Meet Alec Udell

The youngest World Challenge SCAA driver By Melanie Saxton Few 15-year-olds are driving, especially in race cars, yet one talented local teenager has made history as the youngest World Challenge SCAA driver. Alec Udell is an Honor Roll student at John Cooper Academic Prep, and, on the surface, appears to be an ordinary teenager. He […]

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Celebrity Fathers: Dan Pastorini & A. J. Foyt

| June 1, 2011
Celebrity Fathers: Dan Pastorini  & A. J. Foyt

With Father’s Day comes a special occasion to cherish memories and celebrate the importance of family. Whether separated by distance or living nearby, it’s the love that matters. By Melanie Saxton

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Celebrity Father: George Foreman

| June 1, 2011
Celebrity Father: George Foreman

The father of 10, former boxing champ George Foreman pulls no punches with his advice on being a successful parent By Melanie Saxton It’s been 10 years since we last interviewed George Foreman, the two-time former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and Olympic gold medalist. As the father of 10, he also knows a thing or two […]

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Sweet Stuff: Frederico Mora, Frosted Betty, and Father’s Day

| June 1, 2011
Sweet Stuff:  Frederico Mora, Frosted Betty, and Father’s Day

A young entrepreneur’s biggest supporter — and baking assistant — is her dad By Melanie Saxton Many have heard of Frosted Betty, the “girl power” cupcake shop with two storefronts and a hip traveling van. Entrepreneur Nicole Mora, 25, owns the business and operates out of the Heights and in Katy. Yet few know about her […]

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Opens

| June 1, 2011
Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Opens

Thousands from West Houston community attend fun-filled children’s festival to celebrate An estimated 3,200 West Houston area parents and children enjoyed entertainment, snacks and fun-filled activities on the grounds of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus at a free outdoor celebration marking the opening of the new pediatric community hospital. Preceding the children’s event, Mark A. Wallace, […]

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Animal Attraction For shelter volunteer Amanda Mickan, leaving her favorite dogs and cats each time is the hardest part

| May 1, 2011
Animal Attraction For shelter volunteer Amanda Mickan, leaving her  favorite dogs and cats each time is the hardest part

One of the hardest parts of an internship at an animal shelter is most likely the clean up work. But not for Amanda Mickan, a 23-year old special needs student. The hardest part of Amanda’s job is leaving. Amanda is used to being surrounded by those who love her. She has her family, who travel […]

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Modern Moms of Katy, Meet four local moms who manage to juggle it all

| May 1, 2011
Modern Moms of Katy, Meet four local moms who manage to juggle it all

By Melanie Saxton
With the demands of motherhood, career and household, women often twist themselves into pretzels trying to be everything to everybody. These four moms manage to juggle it all —and enjoy the journey — in a very modern world.

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Siblings Inspire Grays Flag Legislation

| May 1, 2011
Siblings Inspire Grays Flag Legislation

Rep. Zerwas sponsors proposal to “borrow” flag from Mexico By Melanie Saxton Creech Elementary student Audrey Smith, 9, and her brother Dalton, 6, inspired a legislative bill filed on March 10 by State Rep. John Zerwas, M.D., of District 28. Thanks to the Smith children, Texas will seek to “borrow” back from Mexico the historic […]

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HLSR’s 2011 Houston Supreme Scrambler Award Winner

| May 1, 2011
HLSR’s 2011 Houston Supreme Scrambler Award Winner

Hanna Holsapple’s hard work and devotion pay off By Melanie Saxton Despite this age of instant gratification, some students develop a hands-on work ethic through years of devotion to the animals they raise and show in FFA programs. Meet Hanna Holsapple, a Cinco Ranch High School junior, who recently earned top honors at the Houston […]

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Two Local Students Serve as Honorary Pages at the Capitol

| May 1, 2011
Two Local Students Serve as Honorary Pages at the Capitol

Experience offers insight into state government By Melanie Saxton Students learn about government in classrooms, but nothing can trump firsthand experience. A unique opportunity awaits youth between eight and 18 who participate in the Honorary Page Program at the state capitol. Two local students recently traveled to Austin to serve on the legislative floor. “I’m […]

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Houston’s Annual Pond Tour

| May 1, 2011
Houston’s Annual Pond Tour

Make a splash with great ideas to suit every taste Twenty or more private water gardens and koi ponds will be open to the public on Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5.  There’s something wet and wonderful to suit every taste, from serene backyard garden ponds, to patio-sized “disappearing” fountains, to huge multi-pond landscapes, […]

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Houston Texan Amobi Okoye Helps Change Lives in Africa

| May 1, 2011
Houston Texan Amobi Okoye Helps Change Lives in Africa

Football players and other volunteers return from philanthropic trip to Nigeria Houston Texans defensive lineman Amobi Okoye and 44 others, including fellow NFL players Connor Barwin (Houston Texans), Frank Okam (Tampa Buccaneers), and James Ihedigbo (New York Jets), traveled to Nigeria along with New York State Senator Eric Adams and California MegaMillion lottery winner Cynthia […]

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Katy’s Budding Entrepreneur – 20-something sisters passionate about their own businesses

| April 1, 2011
Katy’s Budding Entrepreneur – 20-something sisters passionate about their own businesses

Being young and lost is a common experience for many 20-somethings. However, two young sisters from Katy have not only realized their passion, but have also become entrepreneurs along the way. Sisters Vanessa O’Donnell and Casi Newbill each own their own businesses in the Katy area. Vanessa went to the Art Institute of Houston to […]

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Autism Program Funds in Danger

| April 1, 2011
Autism Program Funds in Danger

Texana Center urges state to continue current funding grants Caloy is an adorable 5-year-old boy with a smile that could melt your heart. Caloy also has autism. Caloy’s mom, Bernadet Pizarro, is thankful for the enrichment opportunities her son has had through a grant from the state Department of Assistive and Rehab­ilitative Services. “Caloy was […]

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2011 Spring Fashion – From Classic to Quirky, an exotic journey of color and style

| April 1, 2011
2011 Spring Fashion – From Classic to Quirky, an exotic journey of color and style

An exotic journey of color and style Citing exotic destinations like Africa, India, Peru and Turkey as inspiration, fashion designers present intriguing color combinations for spring that transport consumers to foreign lands. “The colors designers have chosen for the spring season present an interesting marriage of unexpected warm and cool tones,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive […]

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Brighten Plain Mirrors with Frames

| April 1, 2011
Brighten Plain Mirrors with Frames

Simple makeovers for existing mirrors can be beautiful, cost effective and environmentally-conscious I know the scenario. I, too, used to suffer from having plain, drab, “builder grade” mirrors. That is, until I learned that there is hope for even the most hopeless of mirrors. And the solution, well that’s the best part. Instead of tearing […]

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Local Author May Have Written the Next Big Thing in Publishing

| March 1, 2011
Local Author May Have Written the Next Big Thing in Publishing

C.C. Hunter pens paranormal romance in new Shadow Falls series In the world of Young Adult literature, paranormal romances are king. While they may be written for the teenage market, many of them appeal to adults, and they often spend weeks on the bestseller lists. Local author and Lifestyles & Homes contributor, Christie Craig, under […]

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Brad Meltzer’s Real Inner Circle

| March 1, 2011
Brad Meltzer’s Real Inner Circle

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The Secrets of Dining, According to Capitol Hill

| March 1, 2011
The Secrets of Dining, According to Capitol Hill

AUTHOR LINDA BAUER COMPILES RECIPES FROM PRESIDENTS AND CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES In classrooms across America, enthusiastic teachers try to make history come alive. Over Foreman grills and Bunsen burners they fry up an old favorite of George Washington’s troops, or serve semi-authentic pioneer-era desserts. While presented by well-meaning educators, unfortunately, the bland-tasting historical artifacts go largely […]

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