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Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center opens first “green” facility in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 29, 2010

Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center recently celebrated the grand opening of their highly anticipated new location at the corner of Westgreen and Kingsland across from Taylor High School and next to CrossPoint Church. The first “green” state-of-the-art eye care facility in Katy offers the most advanced eye care available in our community with ophthalmologists, Mike Mann, MD, Paul Mann, MD now available to see patients four days a week. To schedule an appointment, call 713-580-2500 or 1-800-MY-VISION!

The Katy Chamber of Commerce welcomed Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

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Katy ISD Statement Regarding Automated Call on 2010 Bond Referendum

Katy Texas News
Posted October 29, 2010

On Wednesday evening, an automated call was placed to residents of Katy ISD regarding the 2010 bond election. This call was initiated and coordinated by the Team Katy PAC. Katy ISD was not involved in the coordination of the call, nor was any district resource used in the making of this call.

We have heard from several parents who are concerned that the calls not only went to their home numbers, but also to cell phone and work numbers that were only given to the district as secondary contact numbers. We immediately began looking into the situation and discovered the following: On April 28, 2010, a Public Information Request was submitted asking for “phone numbers only of parents, staff and volunteers of Katy ISD who currently reside within the boundaries of Katy ISD.” The requestor also asked that the numbers be sorted by zip code.

The district responded to the request in accordance with the Public Information Act, and provided the requestor with parent phone numbers sorted by zip code; no other information, such as parent or student names, was given.

Because the Public Information Act does not provide an exception for the district to withhold secondary numbers, such as cell phone or work numbers, and considers this information public, the district is obligated under law to release these numbers as well. In addition, the district, by law, is not permitted to ask a requestor why they are asking for the information, or what they intend to do with it.

Although the release of cell phone and work numbers was done in accordance with the Public Information Act, we understand, and share the concerns of parents regarding their privacy and the issuance of phone numbers they consider private.

We are currently exploring any steps we may be able to take to allow parents to keep their secondary phone numbers from being released as a result of a public information request.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience or concern this may have caused. We take very seriously the management and safeguarding of student and parent information. We will continue to look for ways to keep information private that parents want kept private.

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Katy native participating in NASCAR truck race this weekend

Katy Texas News
Posted October 27, 2010

Attention Katy NASCAR fans! This weekend lifetime Katy resident Doug Hanson will be participating in the Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala., but he won’t be behind the wheel of his no. 1 DougHanson.com truck.

For that, he’s found someone more qualified: Larry Foyt, son of racing legend AJ Foyt.

“I am thrilled to have DougHanson.com as a sponsor this weekend,” says Foyt. “I’ve always been impressed by (Doug) and his approach to life. He’s one of those guys that you like instantly. He has a knack for bringing out the best in people. He’s funny, caring, and very talented at helping business leaders create a winning environment. He offers a variety of services, delivered both live and on-line, to help companies create highly skilled and engaged employees. I hope to tap into those resources as we plan for next year.”

Hanson, who was raised in Katy, received his undergraduate degree from Sam Houston State University and a master’s from the University of Houston. His wife has taught at Katy High School for more than 20 years and all four of his children attend or have attended Katy ISD schools. He has worked as a show director for ESPN Motorsports, spent 10 years in the computer industry and now owns his own business offering seminars on creating peak performance mindset in the workplace.

“We help companies improve performance while also improving the workplace environment,” says Hanson.  “I see a parallel to racing.  Racing starts with having a competitive car or truck.  Likewise, businesses need to enter the marketplace with a competitive product and business model. But how often do you see a very competent car, or business, that doesn’t live up to its potential?  Like race cars, there are plenty of businesses with high quality products and services that don’t succeed, and their challenges always come down to the people component.  Leadership, teamwork, the competitive spirit of the group, and their overall mindset all come into play.  That’s what we’re about—putting all those pieces together.

“I’m very proud of being involved with the Foyts because they’ve been creating winning teams for decades.  I’m excited about the energy that comes with being part of a quality racing team, and look forward to using this experience to further impact the performance of my clients. This sponsorship is a new way for me to reach people and we’ll just see where it goes, but I’d like to be involved for a long time.”

The Mountain Dew 250 will be televised Saturday starting at 2 p.m. on SPEED channel.


NASCAR driver Larry Foyt, left, and Katy-native Doug Hanson.

No. 1 DougHanson.com truck Larry Foyt will race in Saturday's Mountain Dew 250 at Talladega Superspeedway.

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‘Share the Warmth’ this holiday season

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26, 2010

Each holiday season the western branch of the American Red Cross, in collaboration with the United Way, distributes items to families and individuals in need throughout the community. They are asking for assistance with their holiday efforts. The western branch of the American Red Cross and the United Way are currently working on two projects this season. Donations will be collected at the Waller United Way Service Center in Brookshire.

“Share the Warmth 2010”
These two organizations will distribute coats, blankets and sweaters to families who receive assistance at their food pantry. Other in-need members of the community can also receive coats if they come to the service center during normal business hours. To participate, it is asked that the community collect new blankets and gently used/clean coats and sweaters. The deadline for drop-off of these items is November 16. Distribution begins on November 22.

A Stocking for Every Child
Each Christmas, the Waller United Way service center hosts over 120 children at their open house. For many of the kids, this is their only opportunity to meet Santa. The Waller United Way’s goal is to distribute a stocking to every child. They are asking for donations such as treats like candy, stickers, books and crayons. Creativity is the key! The deadline for drop-off of these items is December 3.

If you have collected items but cannot drop them off, please call to arrange for pick-up: 281-822-4220.

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CRHS Choir students advance to region choir

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26, 2010

Congratulations to the  63 Cinco Ranch High School students who participated in the second round of auditions for a chair in the Texas Music Educators Association’s All-State Choir.  The 53 students, pictured below, earned a chair in one of the Region Choirs.   Thirty-two of these students advance to the Pre-Area audition for the Texas All-State Choir.  The choirs will perform Saturday, November 13 at Westbury Baptist Church in Houston.  The CRHS choir is under the direction of Dorothy Wilson and Eric West.

Cinco Ranch High School choir

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Katyites “celebrate their princesses”

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26, 2010

More than 750 Katy-area men, women, children and even dogs “celebrated their princesses” and raised awareness for breast cancer on Saturday, October 23 at Cross Creek Ranch for CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital and Trendmaker Development’s second annual “Celebrate Your Princess” walk, benefit and survivor honoring event. Event highlights included a Pink Market full of pink product shopping, live music, testimonials from the “Royal Court” – a group of local breast cancer survivors – and pet pampering. Photos courtesy of Country Park Portraits.


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Girl Scouts launches travel club in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26, 2010

Every girl deserves a chance to see the world. Girl Scouts offers opportunities for girls to travel to new places, both domestic and international, meet new people and learn about different cultures. Girls in the Katy area interested in travel and exploration activities can join the Area 17 Travel Club. The first interest meeting is Thursday, November 4, at 7 p.m. at the Katy ISD Law Enforcement Center (20370 Franz Road) and is open to interested girls in grades ninth through 11th and their parents.

“This is a great way for girls to enjoy the benefits of Girl Scouting, while they explore their passion for travel and exploration,” says Linda Craft Area 17 Travel Club volunteer group advisor. “These girls will be surprised at how much they will learn about their own capabilities when they are budgeting and planning these wonderful excursions to some of the most wonderful places in the US and abroad.”

As part of this girl-led Travel Club, girls will learn about different regions and cultures and use their findings to determine what places they’d like to travel. They will work to develop a budget and develop fundraising opportunities, including the annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale, to raise money for their trips. Ultimately, the girls will travel to a destination that they have selected. Local experts will be invited to speak to the girls about travel conscious topics such as how to pack a suitcase, how to obtain a passport and how to be safe during traveling.

The group is also seeking volunteers, who consider themselves experts in the travel industry or travel connoisseurs, who can serve as specialists in different travel destinations and who would be willing to educate the girls on a number of travel topics.

The Girl Scout Travel Club serves as a component of the travel segment of the six Girl Scout Pathways, flexible ways in which girls and adults can participate in Girl Scouting. This option gives girls the freedom to explore the skills and interests that are most important to them and encourages learning by doing and cooperative educational processes.  Annual dues for the travel club are $12, the same as Girl Scout membership dues.

For more information on how to join the Area 17 Travel Club or to volunteer as a travel expert, contact Kathy Denton, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s Region 7 Membership Manager at 713-292-0300 or kdenton@sjgs.org.

Girl Scouts of the USA is the world’s preeminent organization for girls, with a membership of more than 3.5 million girls and adults. Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. Chartered by GSUSA to provide Girl Scouting locally, Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council is one of the largest Girl Scout councils in the country serving more than 72,000 girl members and 18,000 adults in 26 southeast Texas counties. For more information call 1-800-392-4340 or visit www.gssjc.org.

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American Legion Post 164 collecting unserviceable U.S. flags

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25, 2010

The Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 of The American Legion is encouraging all citizens to bring their worn, tattered and otherwise unserviceable U.S. flags to their flag collection sites on three Saturdays in November. According to the U.S. Code Title 36, Chapter 10:

The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.

The Katy American Legion Post is qualified to meet the requirements for a dignified retirement of old flags and will do so on December 5 at 4 p.m. at the VFW Hall parking lot on George Bush Dr.

The flags can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to noon at the following locations:

  • Kroger’s @ Hwy 99 and Highland Knolls on Nov. 13
  • Kroger’s @ Mason Rd. and Westheimer Pkwy. on Nov. 20
  • Brookshire Bros. Grocers @ Franz Rd and Katyland Dr. on Nov. 27

All area Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and Cub Scouts are invited to participate.

Members of the Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 of the American Legion is currently collecting American Flags for retirement.

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Katy Mayor signs proclamation for American Indian Heritage Month

Katy Mayor Don Elder signed a proclamation for American Indian Heritage Month, which is celebrated in November. Star of Destiny Chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution member Suzanne Neal presented the proclamation to the mayor.

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Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center announce grand opening of new Katy center

Katy Texas News
Posted October 22, 2010

The Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center, a leading ophthalmology practice in the United States since 1977, will host a grand opening event Tuesday, October 26 at their new, advanced LASIK and Cataract Surgery center in Katy. The grand opening is scheduled from 4 – 7 p.m. It will include a ribbon cutting and blessing of the building, as well as tours of this leading edge facility.

The 30,000-square-foot center is Mann Eye Institute’s largest facility and represents a significant investment in the Katy community, says Mike Mann, M.D., the medical director and founder of Mann Eye Institute. “Our new facility is designed with more patient rooms, more operating rooms, convenient parking and the ability to expand our services over time,” says Dr. Mann. “Katy represents a good demographic for our services, and it makes sense for us to expand here with a beautiful new center.”

For more information about the grand opening, call 713-580-2500 or go to www.manneye.com.

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New dog hotel and training business opens to the Katy community Nov. 14

Katy Texas News
Posted October 22, 2010

If you’re away on vacation relaxing and being pampered, there’s no reason why your dog shouldn’t be getting first-class treatment too. Jeff and Adrienne Murphrey will open Katy’s own Canine Country Club, a professional training, boarding, grooming and doggie daycare business that provides a healthy, safe and fun environment for your dogs, on Nov. 14.

“We wanted Katy families to have something truly different: an affordable country club for dogs, giving them a home away from home,” says Jeff, who is also a certified personal trainer for the business.

Canine Country Club prides itself on being dogs favorite home-away-from-home. The facility has 89 kennels and features a swimming pool and a splash pad as well as separate dog daycares for both small and large dogs.

Your dog can have his or her own private cabana suite with color televisions and a view that overlooks the outdoor swimming pool. If that’s not enough, they will also have access to their very own backyard.

For dogs that prefer to stay inside and lounge, Canine Country Club has indoor runs with colored televisions and “furnished” suites, beds included.

In addition to Jeff and Adrienne, Canine Country Club is staffed by Certified Personal Trainers and Behavior Specialist Jessica Powell and award-winning Master Groomer Kathy Haley.

Canine Country Club is located at 1440 Katy Fort Bend Rd.

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Apache Corporation’s Obie O’Brien to speak at HCC Katy Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted October 21, 2010

Houston Community College’s Pandora’s Box Film and Speaker Series will host Obie O’Brien on Tuesday, October 26. O’Brien, vice president of government affairs for Apache Corporation, will talk to a group of students, faculty, staff, and community members about the future of national energy policy in this country with reference to Apache’s investment in natural gas and alternative energy sources, the environmental effects of current policy, and an insider’s view on what is possible at what cost. His address will take place at 12:30 p.m. in the HCC Katy Campus, Cyber Lounge.

O’Brien has been director of governmental, regulatory and community affairs since joining Apache in 1992. Prior to joining the company, he served as governmental affairs manager for Mitchell Energy, special projects director for U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen and projects coordinator for U.S. Representative Michael A. Andrews. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Texas at Austin.

This event is free and open to the public. The HCC Katy Campus is located at 1550 Foxlake Drive, Houston, TX 77084. For more information, contact Professor Steve Wolfe at steve.wolfe@hccs.edu or 713-718-5467.

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Katy ISD to be recognized by Discovery Education, Congressman Michael McCaul

Katy, Texas News
Posted October 15, 2010

On Monday, October 18, Katy ISD administration and staff will be recognized for their outstanding use of educational technologies and digital content by Discovery Education, the leading provider of high quality curriculum-based digital content and professional development resources, and Congressman Michael McCaul (R-TX 10).

Katy ISD is one of only a handful of school systems in the nation to be recognized by Discovery Education for their use of educational technologies and digital content in the classroom.  Between 2004 and January of 2009, Katy ISD educators shared over 1 million Discovery Education streaming service videos with students.  Since last year, over 500,000 more educational videos have been viewed.  This tremendous jump in use is indicative of the school district’s commitment to improving academic achievement through the integration of  digital content and educational technology today’s 21st Century students are comfortable with into school curricula.  Today, Katy ISD continues to integrate digital content into existing curriculum in an effort to engage today’s tech-savvy students in the digital world they inhabit.   

Following the presentation, Congressman McCaul will tour the school to witness firsthand the district’s efforts to use the latest tools and resources to teach today’s tech-savvy generation.  Congressman McCaul, whose district includes Katy, serves on the House Committee on Science and Technology.  He is also founder and co-chair of the bipartisan Congressional High Tech Caucus and avidly promotes legislation that increases federal support of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education in our public schools and universities.
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Creech Dads, students participate in Read for the Record

Katy, Texas News
Posted October 15, 2010

Creech Elementary School’s “Creech Dads in Action” took part in the Jumpstart Read for the Record Thursday, Oct. 7.  The annual campaign helps raise awareness of literacy by bringing children and adults together to read the same book, on the same day, in homes and communities all over the world.  Thirteen Creech Dads read “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats to 350 Creech kindergarten and first grade students. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Creech kindergarten and first graders enjoyed reading "The Snowy Day" with Creech Dads in Action.

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Fantastic Sams opens Richmond salon

Richmond, Texas News
Posted October 15, 2010

Fantastic Sams, the world’s largest full-service, brand-name hair care franchise, is proud to announce the opening of their newest salon in Richmond, Texas, located in the Bella Terra Shopping Center.

This location is welcomed to the Fantastic Sams family of over 1,350 salons located throughout five countries. The full-service salons can satisfy the entire family’s hair care needs, from cuts and styles to waves, curls and color. Fantastic Sams also offers an exclusive line of fantastic hair care products, which include quality shampoos, conditioners, styling aids and treatments, in addition to carrying a wide array of other professional hair care brands.

This location is owned and operated by Yanira and Ermis Orellana.  Yanira is a hair stylist with 11 years of experience, six of which have been with Fantastic Sams.

The newly opened Fantastic Sams salon is located: 5614 W. Grand Parkway S. Ste. 105, Richmond, Texas 77406 and is open Monday through Friday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m., Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. Stop by for a visit, or call the salon 281-394-0530. No appointment necessary. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy YMCA Class Reaches Out to Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan

Katy, Texas News
Posted October 11, 2010

The influence of an indoor cycling class goes beyond the walls of the spinning room in Katy, TX. The group has adopted 4 soldiers serving overseas through “Adopt a US Soldier.org”. Members buy toiletries, magazines, puzzle books, and snacks and ship them in care packages to their adopted soldiers. The men have responded with heartfelt appreciation and stories of life in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Thank you for all the support. This is much more than I could ever have asked for,” said Daniel serving in Iraq. “I am thrilled there are still people out there willing to help and support their troops away from home. It’s nice to know we’re not forgotten,” responded Joshua .

The Adopt a Soldier project has influenced the class members as well. “The project has served not only as an outreach but has brought class members closer. It’s been overwhelming to see the generosity of our YMCA members,” reported Becky Ricketts, cycling instructor. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

      

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MD Anderson in Katy

October 11, 2010
Katy, Texas News

“Nurse Practitioner Stephanie Williams (right) from the MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy answers questions for Katy resident Catherine Justilian. Williams spoke recently to the Mother’s Share Group at St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, sharing educational information on breast cancer prevention.”

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Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center Named a “Leading Provider of Laser Eye Surgery” For Third Consecutive Year in Forbes Magazine

October 5, 2010 – Katy, Texas – Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center is nationally recognized in the September issue of Forbes Magazine by Goldline Research as a Leading Provider of Laser Eye Surgery. This is the third consecutive year Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center has received this prestigious award.

Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center obtained this remarkable achievement due to their excellence in patient care and satisfaction. They are dedicated to providing advanced all-laser LASIK technologies to provide patients customized procedures specifically tailored to unique vision needs.

“At Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center, the peace of mind and satisfaction of our patients is our ultimate goal,” said Mike Mann, M.D., F.A.C.S. “Our team approach, commitment to the latest technologies and general dedication to VIP care allows us to exceed our patients’ expectations and deliver remarkable results.”

Goldline Research, an independent, third-party research firm specializing in evaluating special services firms, undertook an extensive research process, including individual company interviews, qualitative analysis of company data and customer reference checks to determine high-quality patient care. Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center was the only practice chosen in the South and Central Texas regions due to their unparalleled service and overall patient satisfaction in the industry. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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CRHS Choir Students Advance to Region

October 1, 2010 – Katy, Texas – CRHS Choir Students Advance to Region Congratulations to the 74 Cinco Ranch High School choir students who earned a spot in the Texas Music Educators Associations Region 23 District Choir. These students also earned the right to audition for the Region Choir, and will be practicing hard in the next few weeks to earn a chair. CRHS choir is under the direction of Dorothy Wilson and Eric West. They are proud of all 91 students who auditioned. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Newland and SEKISUI HOUSE form Joint Venture to acquire real estate development projects in the United States

Joint venture acquires 492 acres of land west of Houston for expansion of Cinco Ranch, Newland’s top-selling planned community, advancing SEKISUI HOUSE’s overseas expansion into the U.S. real estate market

October 1, 2010 – Katy, Texas -SEKISUI HOUSE, LTD., and Newland Real Estate Group, LLC <http://www.newlandco.com/> , announced today that they entered into agreements for the purpose of acquiring real estate development projects in the U.S. consisting of residential and commercial land development. 

Japan’s largest home builder and leading diversified developer has advanced their entry into the U.S. real estate market through this joint venture with Newland, a national diversified real estate company. SEKISUI HOUSE <http://www.sekisuihouse.co.jp/english/index.html> formed its 100 percent subsidiary, NORTH AMERICA SEKISUI HOUSE, LLC, (NASH) to manage U.S. business operations, including this joint venture with Newland. (more…)

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