Brian Walzel

Brian Walzel

Brian Walzel began his journalism career in 1998 in College Station and has covered a variety of markets and beats. Prior to joining Community Impact Newspaper in July 2011 as editor for The Woodlands, he worked as an editor and reporter in Lubbock, College Station, Houston and Tomball.

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The Woodlands Township is considering expanding its trolley service.

Courtesy The Woodlands Township

Township considering expanding trolley service

The Woodlands Township is evaluating plans to extend its trolley service beyond Town Center. The township is working with HDR Engineers to develop new routes for the trolley service in hopes of increasing mobility. more »

Apr 16, 2014 The Woodlands (2 Comments)

Lone Star College System offers oil and gas drilling training to fill in-demand jobs.

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Education community focuses on training energy employees

Local educational institutions are taking notice of the growing need for better-trained employees in the energy industry and are implementing specialized programs for students as early as junior high school. more »

Apr 9, 2014 The Woodlands

Co-owner Mark Zientek helps operate The Refuge Bar and Bistro in The Woodlands.

Photo by Jesse Mendoza

The Refuge Bar and Bistro

After opening at 24 Waterway in October, The Refuge Bar and Bistro has gained a strong following and reputation among the after-hours Town Center working crowd as well as those looking for signature crafted beers and cocktails. more »

Apr 9, 2014 The Woodlands

Construction is underway on the westbound expansion of Woodlands Parkway. The project is expected to be complete in June.

Photo by Jesse Mendoza

Woodlands Parkway lane expansion completion pushed back to June

The completed lane expansion of Woodlands Parkway between Grogan’s Mill Road and South Panther Creek Drive has been delayed yet again. Menade Inc., the contractor working on the project, now expects to complete the 1-mile expansion and open all lanes more »

Apr 9, 2014 The Woodlands

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On the Town: Week of Nov. 12

Each week at On the Town, we bring you posts on live music, events and recently opened restaurants in the area. Here's what we'll be covering this week: more »

Nov 12, 2012 On the Town

More than 20 draft beers are on tap, with new options rotated in on a monthly basis.

Photo Shawn Arrajj

Super Sports Bars

With football season set to kick off this Sunday, Community Impact brings you ten great sports bars in The Woodlands, Tomball, Magnolia and Northwest Houston area. more »

Sep 7, 2012 , , , On the Town

Rooster's features a patio that overlooks the golf driving range. Golfers may also play at night, since the facility has several lights.

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Best Outdoor Patios

Each month at On the Town, we bring you Impact Lists—an unscientific compilation of fun things to do, eat or see in the Northwest Houston, Tomball, Magnolia and The Woodlands areas. more »

Aug 10, 2012 , , , On the Town

Participating restaurants provide dishes at discount prices and donate a portion of the proceeds to area food banks.

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Local restaurants participate in Houston Restaurant Weeks

The month-long dining event features dozens of restaurants, located mostly in Houston's inner loop and Galleria areas, offering full-course lunch and dinner menu items at discounted prices with proceeds benefiting local food banks. more »

Jul 27, 2012 On the Town

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Perfect Blend offers a variety of freshly baked and homemade cakes, cookies, cupcakes and pies.

Photo by Brian Walzel

Perfect Blend Bakery

The fact that Perfect Blend Bakery and Cafe in the Woodwind Shopping Center on Sawdust Road is a true family affair is a refreshing change. more »

Apr 11, 2013 The Woodlands

Sweet and sour chicken ($9.95) is a popular menu choice at Ace Chinese Restaurant.

Photo by Carrie Thornton

Ace Chinese Restaurant

Ace Chinese Restaurant was an early favorite of Woodlands founder George Mitchell and a reliable constant in the ever-changing local dining scene. more »

Feb 14, 2013 The Woodlands

Among chef Daniel Miranda’s specialties is chamorro en adobo.

Photo by Edgar Rodriguez

La Lupita

The best way to ensure success as a restaurateur in Texas seems to be to open either a Mexican food restaurant or a barbecue restaurant. more »

Dec 13, 2012 The Woodlands

Aldo El Sharif, center, is the executive chef at Aldo’s Cucina Italiana.

Photo by Edgar Rodriguez

Aldo’s Cucina Italiana

There is an old painting above the fire place in the dining room at Aldo’s Cucina Italiana. The painting is likely called “Old Man With Grapes,” because it depicts an old man smelling a bunch of grapes, no doubt destined for a fantastic wine vintage. more »

Sep 13, 2012 The Woodlands