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Virginia student is top winner at international science fair - WSLS.com
AP RENO, Nev. (AP) - A Virginia student has been named one of three top winners at an international science and engineering fair held this week in Reno, Nevada. Fourteen-year-old Tara Adiseshan of Charlottesville (Va.) earned a $50000 college...
Asia 'retail condo' idea catches on in Chinatown - Houston Chronicle
By DAVID KAPLAN A “Condo for Sale” sign stands outside Sterling Plaza at 9888 Bellaire in southwest Houston's Chinatown. Several shopping centers in Chinatown offer businesses the opportunity to own their retail spaces. With its scores of shops,...
Wreck snarls northbound West Loop traffic in Bellaire - Houston Chronicle
A wreck on the northbound West Loop approaching the Southwest Freeway snarled rush hour traffic through Bellaire this morning. A two-vehicle collision on the West Loop northbound near US 59 is causing headaches for commuters this morning....
HEB recalls beef sold at Bellaire store - Houston Chronicle
HEB is encouraging customers to return ground beef items packaged on foam trays and bought Sunday at its store at Bellaire and Texas 6 because of possible toxic material in the product. The grocery company issued its own precautionary recall after...
BELLAIRE --Meadowbrook High's girls finished second and the - Byesville Village Reporter
BELLAIRE --Meadowbrook High's girls finished second and the boys were third in the OVAC Class 3-A Track Çhampionships at Bellaire's Nelson Field. St. Clairsville won the girls' Class 3-A meet with 140 points, with Meadowbrook a distant second with 94....
Police thwart Houston-area drugstore heist; 1 dead - Houston Chronicle
2009 AP BELLAIRE, Texas — Police say a would-be thief died by his own hand after officers thwarted the attempted closing-time heist of a Houston-area drugstore. The incident happened about midnight Sunday at a CVS Pharmacy at Bissonnet and Chimney Rock...
Katy, Cinco cruise; Taylor, Seven Lakes lose - Katy Times
Closer to home, Taylor fell to Bellaire and pitching ace Kat Espinosa 3-1 at Stratford High School and Seven Lakes gave up two runs in the top of the seventh to fall 3-1 to Aldine MacArthur. The Tigers wasted little time routing the Generals,...
Family sues police, Bellaire in shooting - Houston Chronicle
By ROMA KHANNA The family of Robert Tolan (shown in March) alleged that discrimination is a matter of policy for the Bellaire police. See images of the case involving a Bellaire police shooting that injured a black man outside his home....
TEX GIRLS: Trinity Downs Bellaire to Win Division II State Title - West Side Lax
Junior middie Morgan Stamm registered a game-high nine points on seven goals and two assists to lead Trinity to an 18-8 victory over Bellaire in the Texas Girls High School Lacrosse League Division II state championship game Sunday afternoon in Austin....
Science fair winners announced in Reno - Houston Chronicle
Tara Adiseshan, 14, Charlottesville, Va., Li Boynton, 17, Bellaire, Texas, and Olivia Schwob, 16, Boston, were named the top winners at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair held this week in Reno. More than 1500 high school students...

Bellaire High School (Bellaire, Texas)

Houston-area apartment complexes zoned to Bellaire advertise the school assignments to attract families

Bellaire High School is a secondary school located in Bellaire, Texas, United States, with a zip code of 77401. Bellaire High School is part of the Houston Independent School District.

Bellaire High School serves the incorporated city of Bellaire and the Houston neighborhood of Meyerland, and other Houston neighborhoods.

With over 20,000 high schools in the United States, the school ranked number 80, 86, 112, 109th and 100th in Newsweek's 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, and 2008, respectively, lists of the top high schools, meaning Bellaire's academic program ranks in top 0.5% in the country. The Challenge Index ranks schools by the number of AP and IB tests taken by students at a school in 2002 divided by the number of graduating seniors. 323 students at Bellaire High School in the 2004–2005 academic year earned the designation of AP Scholar by the College Board in recognition of their achievement on the college-level Advanced Placement Program Exams.

In the past several years, Bellaire has produced several international science competition winners: an honorable mention (research paper) in the 2006 First Step to Nobel Prize in Physics, a silver medal in the International Biology Olympiad in 2005, a U.S. delegate to the ExpoScience International in 2005, a Third Award in Zoology in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2002, and a silver medal in the International Chemistry Olympiad in 2001. The science fair team places high in the Texas Science and Engineering Fair and the Science and Engineering Fair of Houston each year. In the 2005 Siemens Westinghouse Competition, Bellaire had a regional finalist (only 36 regional finalists in individual projects are selected each year from over thousands of projects).

The school's baseball program, which has been ranked first in the first regular season Easton Sports National High School baseball poll in 2004, won the Texas High School Baseball championship seven times with several former or current Major League Baseball players. Seven students made it to the World Finals Qualifiers in the 2006 Odyssey of the Mind competition under the leadership of teacher Debra Jones.

In the 2006-2007 school year, 52 students achieved the title of National Merit Semifinalist. In 2005 and 2006, five students scored perfect scores on their SAT's, two students scored perfect scores on their PSAT's, and one student scored a perfect score on her ACT. In the 2005–2006 school year, 40 students earned the title National Merit Scholar. In the same school year, 57 students scored a perfect 800 on at least one of the three sections (critical reading, math, and writing) on their SAT I Reasoning Tests, and 78 students scored a perfect 800 on at least one of their SAT II Subject Tests. Class of 1998 had 61 National Merit Scholars, the highest number of such recognition in the school's history. In the 2007-2008 school year, 32 Bellaire students were named National Merit Scholarship Program Finalists, 3 were named National Achievement Scholarship ProgramFinalists, and 11 were named National Hispanic Recognition Program Finalists. Bellaire led the Houston Independent School District in number of National Merit Program Finalists.

A mathematics teacher, Ed Mazzoni, was awarded the American Star of Teaching from the United States Department of Education in 2005, the highest honor a secondary school teacher can receive. After competing with thousand of students in the United States, a student won Third Place in the 2005 National High School Essay Contest. The Bellaire economics challenge team won First Place at the 2004 National Economics Challenge in West Region and Third Place in the 2006 National Economics Challenge. In December 2007 a Human Geography teacher was selected to participate in Polartrec's research program, traveling to Antarctica to spend 2 months working on a project entitled "Monitoring the Effects of Human Activities at McMurdo Station, Antarctica".

Four students were selected as semifinalists for the 2005–2006 Coca-Cola Scholars Program (with over 50,000 applicants, the semifinalists selection rate is only 3%); and two of them were selected among the 250 finalists (with selection rate less than 0.5%). In 2005 a student was named Presidential Scholar, while in 2006 two students were nominated for the award.

Each year, many seniors are admitted to world-leading colleges, including Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, Caltech, Columbia, , the U Chicago, Duke, and Yale (see ).

In 2007 13 percent of high school-aged children zoned to Bellaire chose to attend a different Houston ISD school.

Bellaire High School is denoted as a Magnet school for foreign languages, offering a wide array of languages taught from Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Hindi, Japanese, Hebrew, Italian, and Latin. All languages are available at the IB level, and AP courses are taught in Spanish, French, German, Chinese, Japanese, and Latin.

In 2005, over 900 students tested for a space in the Magnet program; Bellaire had only 150 available spots. In the 2004–2005 school year, the TAKS passing percentages for all Magnet students in reading, math, science, and social studies were 100%, 99%, 96%, and 100% respectively.

Bellaire High School has Advanced Placement and IB Diploma Programme (International Baccalaureate) programs. Bellaire High School has been an IB World School since September 1979. In the last examination session, students completed the following exams (in both standard and higher levels): Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, English A1, French B, Geography, German B, Hindi B, Italian B, Latin, Mandarin B, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Psychology, Russian B, Spanish Ab., Spanish B, Theory of Knowledge, and Visual Arts. In the 2005–2006 school year, there were 24 students who successfully received their IB Diplomas.

According to an October 2004 Whatkidscando.org report called "Students as Allies in Improving Their High Schools," in many of Houston ISD's top high schools, including Bellaire, over one half of students are enrolled in high-level courses. According to the surveys given by the organization, many of the students at the schools cited academic pressure issues. 82 percent stated that they do not miss school during illnesses, stating that the makeup work would be too difficult.

Bellaire High School is well-known for its "GPA war/game" in which many students will choose their classes as selectively as possible to achieve a higher GPA. Bellaire's GPA is based on a 5.0 scale, but because students need to take some 4.0-scale classes, including health and physical education there are never perfect 5.0s. The highest GPA ever achieved was a 4.9318 by Harry Huang (Bellaire Class of 2003). Usually, a GPA of 4.8 or higher will earn a student rank in top 15 people in his or her class.

In February 2006, a stabbing involving two male freshman occurred in a school stairwell. The victim survived the stabbing while the perpetrator was arrested and prosecuted. The attacker was a national of Germany.

Bellaire High School is located at 29°41′31″N 95°28′06″W / 29.69194°N 95.46833°W / 29.69194; -95.46833 inside the city of Bellaire, which is mostly residential. Bellaire High School is surrounded by single family houses. Bellaire High School is only about 2 minutes away from Meyerland Plaza, an outdoor shopping center in the Meyerland neighborhood of Houston. The city of Bellaire is an enclave of the southwest area of Houston. Bellaire City Library and the Bellaire Fire Department are a few blocks away from the school.

Bellaire High School had 3,392 students during the 2006-2007 school year.

21% of Bellaire students qualified for free or reduced lunch.

As of 2006, Bellaire is the only comprehensive high school in Houston ISD where White, Black, Asian, and Hispanic students each represent more than 10% of the student body. In the 2003–2004 school year, according to the Houston Independent School District, Bellaire students had a 95.0% attendance rate, 0.9% dropout rate, 748 graduate counts, and 602 Texas Scholars.

Many students in other parts of Houston ISD transfer to Bellaire to escape home schools that do not have good academic performance, causing the attendance figures of those schools to suffer.

There are around 80 clubs at Bellaire High School. Some large clubs or organizations (with 50 or more members) at Bellaire High School include: Choir, Ritmo Latino, European Cultures Club, The Bellaire Leo Club, Academic Challenge Team, African American Association, American Red Cross, Band, Bellaire International Student Association, Chinese Honor Society, Chinese Language Club, Christian Student Union, Debate, French National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, Junior Classical League, Live Music Club, Model UN, Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Science Connection, Orchestra, European Cultures Club, Antares, Spanish National Honor Society, Table Tennis Team Club, Theater, and United Way Kids Way. The Choir, Debate, Academic Challenge, Baseball Team, Feed Houston, Magic Club, Ping-Pong Club, Lacrosse Club, Best Buddies, Booster Club, Birdkeppers Club, Harry Potter Club, Latin Club, Yoga Club, Ms-150, Academic Decathlon,Science Fair Team, and Business Professionals of America have won numerous local and state championships.

All pupils in the city of Bellaire are zoned to Bellaire High School. Several parts of Houston that are around the city of Bellaire, including Meyerland, Braesmont, parts of Braeswood Place that are west of Stella Link and parts that are south of South Braeswood (including the subdivisions of Ayrshire and Braes Terrace), Linkwood, Knollwood Village, Woodshire, Woodside, Westridge, Maplewood, Maplewood North, about half of Westwood, Flack Estates, and a small portion of Willow Meadows, are zoned to Bellaire High School. A small portion of Southside Place is zoned to Bellaire High School.

Houston ISD provides school buses for students who live more than two miles away from the school or who have major obstacles between their houses and the school. Students are eligible if they are zoned to Bellaire or are in the Bellaire magnet program. A METRO bus stop (Maple at South Rice) is located at the school's entrance. Bus line 33 (Post Oak Crosstown) stops at Maple at South Rice.

Middle schools that feed into Bellaire include parts of Cullen, Fondren, Johnston, Long, Pershing, and Ryan. All pupils zoned to Johnston, Long, and Pershing Middle Schools may apply to Pin Oak Middle School's regular program; therefore Pin Oak also feeds into Bellaire High School.

Many pupils who are in the Vanguard program and attend middle school at Lanier or T.H. Rogers choose to go to Bellaire High School. Some students who are enrolled in private schools in the 8th grade choose to go to Bellaire for high school.

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Bellaire Bridge

The Bellaire Toll Bridge' or Interstate Bridge is a privately-owned toll bridge that spans the Ohio River between Benwood, West Virginia (near Wheeling) and Bellaire, Ohio (near Martins Ferry). It provided a link for commuters between southern Ohio border towns and West Virginia steel mills.

The overall length of the bridge is 2,770 feet (840 m), including the approach of 850 feet (260 m) on the West Virginia side and 670 feet (200 m) on the Ohio side of the river. The highest point in the bridge is 350 feet (110 m) above the water line.

It is currently unused, its approaches no longer providing it with traffic to carry. As of 3 April 2009 (2009 -04-03), the bridge remains standing, its ultimate fate uncertain.

The bridge was designed as a truss bridge by J. E. Greiner and Company, with the Vang Construction Company as contractors of the substructure; the J.E. Moss Iron Works and the Mt. Vernon Bridge Company as co-contractors of the superstructure. The R. R. Kitchen company of Wheeling had charge of placing the floor in the bridge.

The bridge was constructed over 18 months starting in June 1925 at a cost of about $1.5 million, which is equivalent to $18.3 million in present day terms. Funds were raised primarily through subscription by local residents. During construction, although hundreds worked on the bridge, only one worker was killed: Fred Morning fell from a pier on the Benwood, West Virginia side to the ground below on June 12, 1926.

Over seven million tons of structural steel was used in the construction of the bridge. Railroad track for streetcars was laid in the bridge deck, but never saw use. The bridge opened to traffic on December 22, 1926, with over 7,000 vehicles crossing it on its opening day.

In order to cover the cost of construction, those crossing the bridge were charged a toll. Initially, a one-way trip cost 5 cents. For nearly 45 years, the toll remained unchanged until, in 1971, the toll was increased to 25 cents one-way, 40 cents round trip. The bridge began losing money in 1984, so the owners increased the toll once more to 50 cents one-way, one dollar round trip.

This bridge was closed to traffic on May 1, 1991 because the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) needed to demolish the approach ramp to the crossing on the Ohio side of the river in order to provide right-of-way for a relocated Ohio State Route 7, which would no longer service the bridge.

ODOT paid $2.1 million in November, 1990 to the Interstate Bridge Company, the bridge's owner, and demolished the ramp soon after its closure. The U.S. Route 250 and West Virginia Route 2 approaches on the West Virginia side were concurrently abandoned.

The bridge was sold to Roger Barack, owner of a construction company in Bellaire, in March, 1991. There were talks of building a new approach on the Ohio side, however, no action was ever taken. $895,000 of the Ohio Department of Transportation payment had been set aside for demolition of the bridge but no demolition came about.

With assistance from then-state Senator Bob Ney, Barack approached ODOT about reopening the bridge, but those plans never bore fruit because "the costs involved far outweighed any potential for the bridge to function economically," according to a 2003 letter from ODOT Deputy Director Randall F. Howard.

Bob Ney, who had become a member of the U.S. House of Representatives, obtained a $1.7 million Federal grant in 2005 to fund demolition the bridge. This soon engendered controversy, due to Ney's preexisting personal and political ties to Barack. Before Bellaire switched from Ney's district to that of Ted Strickland as a result of Congressional redistricting driven by the results of the 2000 United States Census, Ney rented his Congressional office space from Barack for $1,800 a month. Ney also received campaign contributions of $6,000 from Barack and his wife, most recently in 1997. Along with this, Ney nominated Barack's son for appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.

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Bellaire High School (Bellaire, Ohio)

The first high school in Bellaire was organized around 1875; classes met in the Central Building that also housed the public primary school. The school gained its own building in 1925 at the school's present location.

The mission of Bellaire High School is to provide quality educational opportunities for all students and to prepare each student for academic , social, and personal success by providing a productive and safe learning environment. Therefore, students will develop the necessary life skills to adapt to and thrive in our society as competent and responsible citizens.

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Bellaire Historic Society and Toy Museum

Bellaire Historic Society and Toy and Plastic Brick Museum, located in Bellaire, Ohio, is the home of the world's largest private LEGO collection "World's Largest", . It is also the home of the Guinness Book of World Records world's largest Lego image. The museum includes work by Jason Burik.

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Bellaire, Texas

The Bellaire water tower, commemorating the city's little league team

Bellaire is a city in southwest Harris County, Texas, United States within the Houston–Sugar Land–Baytown metropolitan area. As of the 2000 U.S. Census, the city population was 15,642 and is completely surrounded by the cities of Houston and West University Place.

Bellaire was founded in 1908 by William Wright Baldwin, who was the president of the South End Land Company. Baldwin, a native of Iowa, was well known as the vice president of the Burlington Railroad. Bellaire was founded on what was part of William Marsh Rice's 9,449 acre (38 km²) ranch. Baldwin surveyed the eastern 1,000 acres (4 km²) of the ranch into small truck farms. He named those farms "Westmoreland Farms". Baldwin started Bellaire in the middle of "Westmoreland Farms" to serve as a residential neighborhood and an agricultural trading center. South End Land Company advertised to farmers in the Midwestern United States. Baldwin stated that the town was named "Bellaire", or "Good Air" for its breezes". Bellaire may have been named after Bellaire, Ohio, a town served by one of Baldwin's rail lines.

Six miles of prairie was a buffer zone between Houston and Bellaire. Originally the town was bounded by Palmetto, First, Jessamine, and Sixth (now Ferris) Streets. Bellaire was incorporated as a city with a general charter in 1918, ten years after its founding. Bellaire had a population of 200 at the time. Bellaire's population had reached 1,124 in 1940. After 1940, Bellaire had a rapid population explosion in the post-World War II building boom. On December 31, 1948, the city of Houston had annexed the land around the city of Bellaire, stopping the city of Bellaire's land growth. Bellaire remained independent of Houston; Bellaire adopted a home rule charter with a council-manager government in April 1949. By 1950 the city's residents had numbered 10,150. Bellaire High School was established in 1955.

During the Hurricane Rita evacuation, a bus filled with residents from Brighton Gardens, a nursing home in Bellaire, caught on fire and exploded in the city of Wilmer. The September 23, 2005 explosion killed 24 people out of the 38 residents and employees in the bus. On March 23, 2008, a tour bus carrying Tejano singer Emilio crashed in Bellaire. By 2008 an increasing number of houses sold for over 1,000,000 U.S. dollars.

On December 31, 2008, Bellaire police officers confronted Robbie Tolan, the son of Bobby Tolan, in the driveway of his house at the 800 block of Woodstock. Officers suspected Tolan, who was unarmed, of stealing a sports utility vehicle in the driveway and shot Tolan in the chest; Tolan's family owned the vehicle. Tolan was hospitalized with injuries to one lung and a liver. The incident sparked allegations of racial profiling. Members of minority groups reported that Bellaire police racially profiled people; José Cruz, Jr., son of baseball player José Cruz, moved from Bellaire, his hometown, after being arrested by Bellaire police for a missing front license plate on a newly-purchased car and spending one night in jail in 2002. In January 2009 Cruz accused the police of racially profiling. Mayor Cindy Siegel said that she was unaware of racial profiling by police. Siegel announced that the city will investigate racial profiling and hire an independent consultant to look at traffic stop data. The local NAACP branch said that it established a pact with the City of Bellaire; people may report civil rights violations from Bellaire Police to the branch if the people do not wish to contact the City of Bellaire. On April 6, 2009 a Harris County grand jury indicted Sergeant Jeffrey Cotton, the police officer, for aggravated assault by a public servant. If convicted, Cotton could face up to life in prison.

Bellaire is located at 29°42′11″N 95°28′06″W / 29.70306°N 95.46833°W / 29.70306; -95.46833. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²), all of it land.

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,642 people, 6,019 households, and 4,321 families residing in the city. The population density was 4,319.0 people per square mile (1,668.3/km²). There were 6,315 housing units at an average density of 1,743.7/sq mi (673.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.11% White, 0.84% African American, 0.27% Native American, 6.35% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.85% from other races, and 1.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.81% of the population.

There were 6,019 households out of which 38.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.2% were non-families. 23.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the city the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 3.9% from 18 to 24, 29.9% from 25 to 44, 26.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 92.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $89,775, and the median income for a family was $104,200. Males had a median income of $72,295 versus $49,766 for females. The per capita income for the city was $46,674. About 1.9% of families and 2.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 2.5% of those under age 18 and 5.1% of those age 65 or over.

Bellaire currently has a city manager style of government. The home rule government was established on April 2, 1949, replacing the general law form of government. The city council is made up of the mayor and six city council members. All are elected at large. The mayor is elected for two-year terms, while each city council member is elected for four-year terms. The mayor may not serve for more than four terms in that position. A council members may have no more than two terms as a city council member. Bellaire has zoning ordinances that dictate types of structures and uses throughout sections of the city. As of 2008, the mayor is Cindy Siegel. The six council members are, in order of position, Will Hickman (1), Jim Avioli (2), Peggy Faulk (3), Phil Nauert (4), Pat McLaughlan (5), and John Jeffery (6).

The Bellaire Fire Department is housed at 5101 Jessamine Street. The fire station includes two fire engines and one medic unit. The fire department operates the Citizens Fire Academy, a fire and life safety program for Bellaire citizens held on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

The Bellaire Police Department is housed at 5110 Jessamine Street. As of 2008 the Chief of Police is Randall Mack. The police department's patrol division, the organization's largest division, includes patrol, detention, K-9, and bicycle units. The support services division includes court, records, and communications divisions. The police department offers the "House Watch Program," where interested residents allow police to check their houses while they are away on vacation.

Zoning and land use controversies, common throughout Bellaire's history, resulted in the 1977 recall of the mayor and three council members. The City of Bellaire voted against banning smoking in bars and restaurants on Monday January 15, 2007. Mayor Cindy Siegel and Pat McLaughlan, one council member, voted for the ban, while the other five members, including Peggy Faulk, voted against the ban. The National Restaurant Association asked Bellaire to consider adopting a smoking ban to put it in sync with the City of Houston, which adopted a similar ordinance in 2005.

Bellaire is within Harris County Precinct 3. As of 2008 Steve Radack serves as the commissioner of that precinct. It is in Constable Precinct One. As of 2008 Jack Abercia heads the constable precinct.

Bellaire is located in District 134 of the Texas House of Representatives. As of 2008 Ellen Cohen represents the district. Bellaire is within District 17 of the Texas Senate.

Bellaire is in Texas's 7th congressional district; as of 2008 John Culberson is the representative. The designated United States Postal Service office is the Bellaire Post Office at 5350 Bellaire Boulevard in Bellaire.

Bellaire is a member city of the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas (METRO). The city is served by bus lines 2 (Bellaire), 17, 33 (Post Oak Crosstown), 49 (Chimney Rock Crosstown), and 65 (Bissonnet). The Bellaire Transit Center, located at 5100 Bellaire Boulevard at South Rice Avenue, has four lines (2, 33, 49, 65).

In Bellaire's early history, Bellaire Boulevard and a historic street car line connected Bellaire to Houston. The street car line, which ran a four mile (6 km) stretch from central Bellaire to Houston's Main Street, started construction in 1909. The streetcar line consisted of one railway track and an overhead electric wire. A waiting pavilion and a turnaround loop were located at the terminus in Bellaire. The Houston Electric Company had simultaneously constructed a south end line from Eagle Avenue to what is now Fannin Street to connect to the Bellaire Boulevard line. Service, with one required transfer at Eagle Avenue, began on December 28, 1910. The streetcar was nicknamed the "Toonerville Trolley". On September 26, 1927 the trolley line was abandoned and replaced by a bus line. This was due to frequent derailments caused by a worn-out track and the advent of the automobile.

The City of Bellaire has property zoned for light industrial, commercial, and mixed-use residential and commercial uses. Bellaire has some high-rise office buildings along Interstate 610. Frost Bank's Houston-area offices are located in Bellaire. AT&T operates its Houston-area headquarters in an office building at 6500 West Loop South in Bellaire; the building was with SBC Corporation before it absorbed the former AT&T. Chevron maintains its Houston area regional headquarters and a sales office at 4800 Fournace Place in Bellaire. The main offices of the Greater Southwest Houston Chamber of Commerce are located at 6900 South Rice Avenue in Bellaire. The chamber assists economy activity in Bellaire.

In 1953 the Consulate-General of Sweden moved to Bellaire. At one point the Consulate-General of Honduras in Houston was located in Suite 360 at 6700 West Loop South in Bellaire. As of 2009 the Honduran Consulate-General and the Swedish Honorary Consulate are located in Houston.

Bellaire had 8,120 employed civilians as of the 2000 Census, including 3,835 females. Of the civilian workers, 5,368 (66.1%) were private for profit wage and salary workers. Of them 689 (8.5% of the total Bellaire civilian workforce) were employees of their own corporations. 952 (11.7%) were private non-profit wage and salary workers. 446 (5.5%) worked for local governments. 479 (5.9%) were state government workers. 111 (1.4%) were federal workers. 754 (9.3%) were self-employed; none of them worked in agriculture, forestry, fishing, or hunting. 10 (.1%) were unpaid family workers.

Bellaire has several parks within the city limits operated by the city. Bellaire Zindler Park, a 7.5-acre (30,000 m2) park located at 5113 Laurel Street, was given its current name in honor of Marvin Zindler, a Houston journalist; it was originally named Bellaire Park. Bellaire Zindler Park includes a neighborhood pool, two lighted tennis courts, a gazebo, a picnic area, a jogging trail, an open playground, the Bellaire Recreation Center, and the Bellaire Civic Center, which includes auditoriums and meeting rooms. The .875-acre (3,540 m2) Vic Driscoll Park at 4500 Locust Street consists entirely of open green space. The 2.1-acre (8,500 m2) Evergreen Park at 4500 Evergreen Street includes a neighborhood pool and a playground and picnic area. The 4.7-acre (19,000 m2) Feld Park at 6406 Avenue B includes an adult softball field, a playground, two lighted tennis courts, and the Feld Scout House. The .2-acre (810 m2) Joe Gaither Park at 4901 Anderson Street includes a play structure with swings and green space. The 3.1-acre (13,000 m2) Horn Field (Avenue B at Holly Street) includes two lighted baseball fields, youth soccer (football) fields, and a T-Ball field. The .489-acre (1,980 m2) Jacquet Park at Jaquet Drive at Elm Street consists of a playground and picnic area. The 1.5-acre (6,100 m2) Lafayette Park at 4337 Lafayette Street includes a playground and picnic area, an open play area, and the Officer Lucy Dog Park, a dog park. The .75-acre (3,000 m2) Locust Park at 4600 Locust Street consists of an open play area and a shaded picnic area. The 1.795-acre (7,260 m2) Loftin Park at 5100 Laurel Street consists of open green space. The 2.547-acre (10,310 m2) Mulberry Park at 700 Mulberry Lane includes a playground area, a picnic shelter, a youth baseball field, and three lighted tennis courts. The 6.6-acre (27,000 m2) Paseo Park along Bellaire Boulevard includes an esplanade, the Bellaire Trolley and the Special Event area. The 7-acre (28,000 m2) Pin Oak Park at 5801 West Loop South (610 Loop) includes two lighted baseball fields, one lighted soccer and American football field, one jogging track, and three basketball/tennis courts. The 4.1-acre (17,000 m2) Russ Pitman Park at 7112 Newcastle Drive includes the Henshaw House, the Nature Discovery Area, a playground area, a sheltered picnic area, a self-guided nature trail, two pavilions, and an aviary.

As of 1996 Bellaire prohibits smoking in public parks and dogs in all non-dog public parks; as of that year smoking in public parks brings a fine of $500. The ordinance was adopted around 1996 on a 4-3 vote.

Bellaire holds annual Fourth of July parades and annual "'snow' in the park" Christmas celebrations. Bellaire's Little League baseball team entered the Little League World Series in 2000; the team lost to the team of Maracaibo, Venezuela.

The city is served by Houston Independent School District (HISD). Bellaire is within Trustee District V, represented by Dianne Johnson as of 2008.

Pupils who live in Bellaire inside of the 610 Loop are zoned to Paul W. Horn Academy for elementary school, while students in Bellaire outside of the 610 Loop are zoned to either Condit Elementary School or Lovett Elementary School, the latter of which is in Houston. In addition, all Bellaire pupils are zoned to Pershing Middle School in the Braeswood Place neighborhood of Houston and Bellaire High School in Bellaire. In addition, a middle school called Pin Oak Middle School, which was built in 2002, is located in Bellaire. Students zoned to Johnston, Long, and Pershing Middle Schools may choose to attend Pin Oak instead; therefore Bellaire students may attend Pin Oak. Pin Oak was named a National Blue Ribbon School in 2008.

Maud W. Gordon Elementary School in Bellaire does not have a zoning boundary; it draws excess students from apartments west of Bellaire, in Houston, to relieve other schools in Houston west of Bellaire such as Benavidez, Cunningham, Elrod, and Milne. From its opening to 1953 to 1983 Gordon served as a neighborhood school. After its closure Gordon temporarily housed the Post Oak School and later served as administrative offices. It re-opened as a relief school in 1988 for Elrod and Cunningham schools.

Bellaire's first school opened in 1909; the school moved to a new site in 1914 and an addition opened in 1927; when the addition opened the school was renamed "Condit." Horn opened in 1949, Pershing opened in 1927, Bellaire High School opened in 1955, and Pin Oak opened in 2002. Pershing's current campus opened in January 2007.

Gabriela Mistral Early Childhood Center is the closest public early childhood center to the city of Bellaire and Kolter Elementary School is the closest school with a tuition-based early childhood program. Only economically-disadvantaged students, homeless students, students who are not proficient in English, or children of active-duty members of the U.S. military or whose parent has been killed, injured, or missing in action while on active duty may be enrolled in tuition-free HISD preschools. Students who are eligible for HISD's preschools may attend any Early Childhood Center in Houston ISD for free. Students not eligible may enroll in tuition-based HISD preschool programs.

Three independent (private) schools, including Episcopal High School (9-12), The Post Oak School (Montessori K-8), and the Veritas Christian Academy (K-8), are located in Bellaire. Episcopal High School opened in fall 1984; its campus previously housed Marion High School and the Congregation of the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament, a Roman Catholic school operated by the Sisters of the Incarnate Word and Blessed Sacrament and within the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. The current campus of The Post Oak School opened in 1986; the school had been previously housed in the Gordon Elementary School campus. Holy Ghost School, a Catholic private K-8 school, is located at 6920 Chimney Rock Road in Houston and adjacent to the Bellaire city limits. Private schools near Bellaire in areas of Houston include Saint Agnes Academy, St. John's School, Strake Jesuit College Preparatory, and St. Thomas' Episcopal School.

Bellaire is served by the Houston Community College System (HCCS). The community college district operates the HCCS Gulfton Center, located at 5407 Gulfton Drive in the Gulfton area of Houston. Gulfton Center, a 35,100-square-foot (3,260 m2) campus building owned by HCCS, opened in 1990 after Mutual Benefit Life Insurance Co. sold the building to HCCS for $700,000 (1990 dollars). The West Loop Center, an HCCS-owned campus at 5601 West Loop South which opened in Spring 1999, is in Houston and in close proximity to Bellaire.

The city of Bellaire also operates its own library, the Bellaire City Library, at 5111 Jessamine Street. The Friends of the Bellaire Library, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was established in 1951 to support the City of Bellaire Library.

The Bellaire Buzz is a monthly magazine about people, products and services in the community. It is mailed free of charge to all residents the first week of each month. The Houston Chronicle is the area regional newspaper. Residents receive the Bellaire/West U/River Oaks/Meyerland local section. The Southwest News is the oldest local paper currently published in Bellaire; offices are at 5160 Spruce Street. The Bellaire Examiner is a newspaper also distributed free to residents. At the beginning of 2009, a new online media source came to Bellaire. Bayou City Media Group, Inc. of Houston launched BellaireToday.com. This online portal offers local news, events and more to the community of Bellaire.

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