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HCC Katy Supports CAPs and Creates Mural

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31, 2011

Houston Community College Katy Campus selected Citizens for Animal Protection as its charity for the 2010 holidays. The fundraiser and supply drive raised $540 and hundreds more in donated supplies. Additionally, HCC Department Chair Pam Huebner served as a guest muralist for the new Jane Cizik CAPs building located at 17555 Katy Freeway.

CAP officials invited six guest artists to paint murals in their nine real-life rooms which present an alternative to the standard, stark animal run kennel. The rooms feature a cozier, home-like décor with little beds, couches and blankets for the animals. As one of two novice painters asked to design a mural at CAPs, Pam Huebner, Department Chair for the HCC Veterinary Paramedic Program, worked for over a month on her suite at CAPs. Her room was dubbed “Home Sweet Home,” as it depicts a living room with windows open to a serene beach scene with dogs playing Frisbee and other outdoor activities.

Huebner said that her work on the mural is really a partial tribute to her late husband, George Huebner, who was a founding member of CAPs. Huebner even memorialized her husband’s dog by including his likeness in the “Home Sweet Home” mural. Many HCC employees and students have adopted animals and volunteered at CAPs throughout the years. HCC’s Veterinary Paramedic Program also works closely with the animals at CAPs.

HCC supports local non-profits by providing student volunteers. If your organization is in need of volunteers, contact k.montgomery@hccs.edu with details. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Featured in the photograph is Pam Huebner, HCC Department Chair for the Veterinary Paramedic Program. Huebner served as a guest artist for one of the CAPs' real-life rooms, a home-like alternative to a kennel for animals staying at CAPs. She provides finishing touches to her mural titled "Home Sweet Home."

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Katy High School Student to Appear on CNN’s HLN

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31, 2011

On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Katy High School’s KTTV student anchor Ashley Childs will appear on CNN’s Headline News (HLN) Morning Express with Robin Meade between 6 and 10 a.m.

Childs, a senior at Katy High School, was selected in response to her essay written for the Backpack Journalist project for students with military parents. Childs is attending a two-day writing and broadcast workshop in Atlanta, which includes the opportunity to appear on HLN. HLN, a division of CNN, will be hosting a live group of Backpack Journalist Military Youth during their Salute Our Troops segment.

KTTV is Katy High School’s on-campus news show that produces daily stories to keep KHS students and staff informed about campus events and achievements. KTTV students are versed in Adobe Visual Communicator, Premiere Elements and Design Premium. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Ashley Childs

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Katy ISD Planning for Cold Weather This Week

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31, 2011

The National Weather service has issued a hard freeze watch, which is in effect from Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning. An arctic front will push through the region on Tuesday with much colder conditions following. Temperatures will likely fall below freezing before midnight and continue to fall overnight with readings below 25 degrees across most inland portions of southeast Texas. In addition, strong northerly winds will send wind chill values into the single digits and teens.

At this time, the district does not foresee that the cold weather will have an impact on the district’s normal operating schedule. However, should there be a change in the weather that impacts the ability of students and staff to get to school safely, the district will follow established procedures for notifying parents of any changes to the normal school schedule.

Parents are encouraged to take special precautions to ensure that their children are prepared for the cold weather, particularly those that walk to school or wait at a bus stop. Children should wear several layers of lightweight warm clothing rather than one layer of heavy clothing; mittens, which are warmer than gloves; and a hat to keep heat from escaping from the head.

Katy ISD’s Office of Emergency Management is working to ensure that the district is prepared for the onset of cold temperatures. All established procedures and protocols for cold weather have been followed and include such things as:

  • Actively monitoring weather conditions and forecasts
  • Participating in state weather preparedness calls
  • Inspecting buildings and preparing pipes (wrapping/draining) to prevent ruptures
  • Modifying and testing the HVAC program to ensure heat remains on to prevent pipes from freezing
  • Manually inspecting all modular buildings, concession stands and other out-buildings to ensure they are prepared for freezing temperatures
  • Starting buses earlier to ensure they can run; having extra mechanics on hand
  • Monitoring roadways, paying particular attention to overnight weather conditions for possible changes that could impact the normal school schedule
  • Checking with charter bus vendor to ensure they are prepared for cold weather emergencies for scheduled out-of-town student trips
  • Reviewing all outdoor event schedules and modifying as necessary

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Football Great Tom Bettis’ Super Bowl Ring on Display at The Solana in Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31, 2011

If you want a first-hand look at what the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers will be playing for this Sunday, visit The Solana, a senior living community in Cinco Ranch.

Football great and Solana resident Tom Bettis is displaying his Super Bowl IV ring this week for residents to enjoy. Bettis earned the ring and an AFL Championship ring when he coached the Kansas City Chiefs. Prior to his coaching career, Bettis also played as a linebacker for the Green Bay Packers, Pittsburgh Steelers and Chicago Bears. Following his time in the league as a player, Bettis spent 30 years as a coach, working for the Chiefs, Cleveland Browns, Los Angeles Rams, Philadelphia Eagles, St. Louis Cardinals and even the Houston Oilers.

When asked how he thinks his teammates, coaches and team owners would remember him, Bettis says, “I hope they would all say about the same thing: He played all-out every play, was solid and dependable.”

For more information on The Solana, visit thesolana.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Tom Bettis in his Green Bay Packers uniform. He played for the team from 1955-1961 and now resides in Katy, Texas.

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Kilpatrick Elementary Celebrates January Accomplishments

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31, 2011

Kilpatrick Elementary has had a busy start to the year. From students honored for their artwork to naming their “New Teacher of the Year,” the school’s students and staff have accomplished a lot during the first month of 2011.

Kilpatrick Elementary students participated in this year’s Houston Livestock and Rodeo Art Show. The following students received ribbons for their artwork: Avery Hodge, Max Anderson, Haoli Yin, Mandy Chen, Becky Lee, Morgan Hartfield, Jordan Craft, Samantha Thompson, Julia Hand, Kerigan Boudreaux, and Rachel Oberman.

Kilpatrick Elementary student Caterina Faya entered the Texas General Land Office’s “Adopt a Beach” art contest, and her painting was selected to appear in this year’s calendar.

Kilpatrick Elementary student Brenden Townsend received the PTA Reflections Contest Award of Excellence for his Kung Fu choreography entry “Brenden Eagle.” He was the only elementary school student in Katy ISD that received this honor.

Finally, Kilpatrick Elementary named Anna Skalka their New Teacher of the Year. Anna is a Special Education teacher.

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Kilpatrick students won ribbons for their artwork at the Houston Livestock and Rodeo Art Show.

Caterina Faya with school principal Malynn Rodriguez.

Julie Breath, Joey Rhodair, Melvin Townsend, Brenden Townsend and principal Malynn Rodriguez.

Anna Skalka was named New Teacher of the Year.

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Katy Charter Chapter American Business Women’s Association Offers $4,000 in Special Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted January 31, 2011

Katy Charter Chapter of the American Business Women’s Association (ABWA) is funding two special scholarships through the Stephen Bufton Memorial Educational Fund (SBMEF). The field of study is not specified and each scholarship will be awarded in the amount of $2,000.

In order to be eligible for consideration, candidates must be women who: (1) are citizens of the United States and reside in one of the following zip code areas: 77079, 77084, 77449, 77450, 77493, 77494 or 77094; (2) will be college Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior Year level in Aug. 2011; (3) are attending or have been accepted at an accredited college or university authorized to confer a baccalaureate degree or higher; and(4) have achieved a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale. To apply, interested parties should send name and email address to:

Katy Charter Chapter
Ashley Atwood
ashleyatwood@levinandatwood.com

Trustees of SBMEF serve as the selection board for these scholarships. Applications must be completed by May 15, 2011 at www.sbmef.org. The winners will be notified in July. Each one-time scholarship is not renewable. A check will be issued jointly to the educational institution and the recipient. Funds are limited to tuition, books and fees. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Seven Lakes’ Wrestling Season Off to Great Start

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28, 2011

Congratulations to the Seven Lakes Spartan wrestlers, who are off to a fantastic start this season. Their 2011 accolades include:

A record of 25-1
Cy Ridge Classic – Team Runner Up
The Woodlands Invitational – Team Runner Up
Frisco Centennial Titan Games – Team Champions
Bryan’s Doc Hess Invitational – Team Champions
Cy-Fair ISD Invitational – Team Runner Up
Seven Lakes Spartan Duals – Team Champions
Morton Ranch Maverick Stampede – Team Champions

They hope to keep up the great work and move on to district competition. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Seven Lakes Wrestling team.

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Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in January

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28, 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of January, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Redi Clinic Katy, Main Street 25675 Nelson Way; and Whataburger, 25635 Katy Fwy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

RediClinic

Whataburger

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Katy’s Ooh La La ‘Batters’ it Out With Houston Chefs for Honors at Girl Scouts’ Just Desserts

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28, 2011

On Thursday, January 27, eight celebrity chefs from around Houston faced off in a pallet-pleasing competition at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. The challenge? Create an original dessert using a common ingredient: Girl Scout cookies.

More than 150 guests attended Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council’s Just Desserts, an annual donor appreciation event where some of Houston’s top chefs are paired with Girl Scouts to serve up original dessert creations and vie for the title of Best Use of Cookie, Most Delicious, Most Camp Friendly, Most Fun Table Display, Girl Scout Judges Favorite, Most Creative Recipe, Best Dessert Presentation, Celebrity Judges Favorite and People’s Choice Award.

This year’s participants included chefs from Amy’s Ice Cream, Choco Patisserie, Dessert Gallery, Fluff Bake, George R. Brown Convention Center, Haven, Ooh La La and Chef LJ Wiley.

Girl Scouts were paired with members of the media who served as the competition’s judges, which included Kathleen Ballanfant with Village and Southwest News, Amy Davis with KPRC-Channel 2, Nicole Ferweda with Houston Business Journal, Taylor Byrne Ray with My Table, Sarah Rufca with Culture Map and Miya Shay with KTRK-Channel 13. The girl judges were all top cookie sellers, having each sold more than 1,000 boxes of cookies last year.

This year’s winners included:

Best Dessert Presentation – Fluff Bake Bar
Most Creative Recipe – Choco Patisserie
Best Use of Cookie – Dessert Gallery
Most Fun Table Display – Haven
Celebrity Judges Favorite – Amy’s Ice Cream
Girl Scout Judge Favorite – Ooh La La
Most Delicious – George R. Brown Convention Center
Most Camp Friendly – Chef LJ Wiley
People’s Choice Award – Fluff Bake Bar

Girl Scout Cookies are on sale until March 27. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy's Ooh La La, second from left, received the Girl Scout Judge Favorite award at Just Desserts.

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Fort Bend Symphony and St. Peter’s UMC Choir Present Mozart’s Requiem

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28, 2011

The Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra returns to Katy on Saturday, March 26, joining with the St. Peter’s United Methodist Church Choir to present Mozart’s Requiem. The chamber concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at the church, located at 20775 Kingsland Blvd.

Mozart’s last composition, Requiem Mass in d minor, is a musical masterpiece that captures a depth of emotions ranging from uprising, fear, hope and salvation. FBSO will accompany the choir with a smaller chamber orchestra consisting of strings and woodwinds only. FBSO is under the direction of Dr. Hector Agüero and the St. Peter’s choir is under the direction of David Galasso.

General admission tickets are $10 each in advance or at the door. Discounts are available for seniors 55 and over, students, military with I.D and groups of 10 or more. Children 12 and under are free with a reserved ticket.

To close its 19th season, FBSO presents Night at the Movies on Sunday, May 22. This concert, which begins at 2 p.m. at the Stafford Centre, is a fun tribute to the music of the big screen. Concert-goers are sure to enjoy selections from a variety of cinematic genres including Star Wars, E.T., Bridge Over the River Kwai and many others. Reserved seating is only $10 and $15 for adults. The standard discounts for seniors, students and military apply and children 12 and under are free with a reserved ticket.

To purchase tickets, visit fbso.org or call 281-276-9642. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Morton Ranch Junior Received 300 Ring for Bowling

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27, 2011

Morton Ranch High School junior Roger Hebert recently achieved a perfect 300 game at the age of 16. His “300 Ring” was presented to him in January by the United States Bowling Congress’ youth league. In addition, Hebert is the captain of the Morton Ranch varsity bowling team and currently holds the position for highest average in Katy ISD. Congrats Roger! Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Roger Hebert received his 300 Ring for bowling a perfect game.

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Cinco Ranch Cheerleaders Participate in the Susan G. Komen

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27, 2011

The Cinco Ranch High School Varsity and Junior Varsity Cheer Squads participated for the second year in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. “Team Cinco” is made up of cheerleaders, sponsors, and family members. All donations that were collected go directly to the Susan G. Komen fund. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Cinco Ranch Cheerleaders

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Take 20 Minutes to Get Rid of 9 Household Things – and Not Regret It!

Tip to De-clutter Your Home

It is time, Katy families, for more organization and less mess!  It’s time to move out the “stuff” that is just taking up valuable room, and clear the clutter for a more effective home.  How to do it, you ask?  Here are 9 things you can get rid of by throwing or giving away, and not feel guilty about it.  Your pantry and closets will thank you for it when you’re done.  Take twenty minutes now and clear some clutter!

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Fielder Elementary Invites Local Business Representatives to Judge Science Fair

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27, 2011

Fielder Elementary invited area business partners to judge their science fair projects on January 24. The students individually presented their projects to and the judges had the opportunity to interact with the students and ask questions about their projects.  The Rainforest Café donated lunch for the judges.

Science fair judges included:

Aaron Greely-Mission Burrito
Chris Holingworth-Rainforest Café
Theresa Grey-Rainforest Café
Michael Logan-Rainforest Café
Karen Pennywell-Katy ISD secondary science curriculum
Courtney Holmes-Chick-fil-a
Chelsea Taylor-Chick-fil-a
Kelly Fasti-Mission Burrito
Elise Jacobson-Katy ISD elementary science curriculum
Dr. Tolliver-Kelsey Seybold Clinic
Fred Georges-Kelsey Seybold Clinic

Fielder invited local businesses to judge their science fair.

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Taylor Girls Golf Places Second in Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted January 26, 2011

The Taylor High School varsity girls’ golf team won second place at Greatwood Golf Course on January 17-18. Courtney Moro won second place in individual play. Team members include Courtney Moro, Kristen Purser, Remi Fruge, Maya Gruebler and Erin Hagemeier.  The Taylor golf team is coached by Joe Gibbons and Cindy Lloyd. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Coach Gibbons, Maya Gruebler, Remi Fruge, Kristen Purser and Erin Hagemeier.

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Fielder Elementary Celebrates National No Name Calling Week

Katy Texas News
Posted January 26, 2011

Fielder Elementary celebrated National No Name Calling the week of January 18-21. Fielder earned the No Place for Hate recognition from the Anti-Defamation League last year.

No Name Calling Week activities included: say something nice day; multi-color day where students wore multiple colors in their clothing to promote acceptance and inclusion of different people or groups; mix it up at lunch day where they were paired with a student from another class; and positive ribbon day where students designed and displayed ribbons with positive slogans. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Cinco Ranch High School Cheerleaders Attend UCA Camp at Texas A&M

Katy Texas News
Posted January 26, 2011

The Cinco Ranch High School cheerleaders, mascots and sponsors recently attended the UCA Cheer Camp at Texas A&M.  The Varsity Cheer Squad won the top honor of Camp Champion for their team cheer, and a Superior Recognition for their extreme routine, which includes dance.  The Varsity Cheer Squad also received a Leadership Award which was voted on by the other squads attending the camp.  Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Cub Scout Pack 1209 Keeping Busy During Winter Months

Katy Texas News
Posted January 26, 2011

Cub and Boy Scouts in Pack 1209 have been keeping busy. The scouts recently held their winter campout and enjoyed exploring the great outdoors. The Pack also held their 2011 Pinewood Derby competition. Scout Angel Ortiz, a Webelo, won first place and is pictured below with his winning car. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Members of Pack 1209 enjoyed hiking during their winter camp out.

Angel Ortiz won first place in Pack 1209's annual Pinewood Derby race.

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Katy Christian Ministries Awarded Grant from Marathon Oil Corporation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 25, 2011

Marathon Oil Corporation recently awarded $1,000 in a charitable grant to Katy Christian Ministries (KCM) as part of its employee-based Global Volunteer Award Program. The grant was given in honor of Marathon employee, Deanna Washington, for outstanding achievement as a community volunteer.

“At Marathon, we are proud of the many ways our employees make a difference in their communities by volunteering their time and talent in support of worthy organizations,” says Clarence P. Cazalot, Jr., president and CEO, Marathon Oil Corporation. “We call this ‘Living Our Values’ and the Global Volunteer Award Program is a way for us to recognize our employees’ efforts, while at the same time providing support to the communities in which we live and conduct our business.”

Washington has volunteered with the KCM food pantry since the implementation of the one-acre, organic and handicap-accessible vegetable garden in 2008. She has lent her expertise to grow a variety of fresh produce, which augments the nonperishable foods that KCM clients receive through its social services program.

“Deanna has been an instrumental part in the development and on-going administration of the vegetable garden,” says Bruce Kingwell, KCM food pantry director. “Her passion for service is evident by her dedication to assisting those in need through her gifts and talents.”

The grant money will be used toward the addition of an orchard to be planted in the spring, which will add to the more than 3,000 pounds of produce that the community garden produced in 2010.

The fresh fruits and vegetables provided to those Katy-area residents who qualify for assistance include: tomatoes, onions, carrots, cabbage, green beans, watermelon, and cantaloupe among many more.

Marathon has given $42,000 to nonprofit organizations worldwide on behalf of the involvement and dedication of 44 employees who have earned the Global Volunteer Award since 2003. The annual program has provided nearly 50 grants of $1,000 each to the nonprofit organizations designated by the Marathon employee volunteer chosen to receive the award.

Nominees for the award are selected based on significant volunteer service during the prior calendar year that benefit the general community, including committee work, fundraising, tutoring, mentoring or neighborhood revitalization. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Deanna Washington, left, gives Sandy Faucett, Katy Christian Ministries’ CEO a $1,000 grant from her employer, Marathon Oil Corporation, as0 support of her volunteer efforts at KCM to start an organic orchard to benefit the community.

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Katy ISD Teachers Initiated into Alpha Delta Kappa

Katy Texas News
Posted January 25, 2011

Seven teachers from the Katy ISD were recently initiated into the Epsilon Mu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa, an international honorary organization of women educators dedicated to educational excellence, altruism and world understanding.

Those initiated included: Jeanna Bickerstaff, Morton Ranch High School; Stephanie Coxe, Creech Elementary School; Wendy Cramer, Creech Elementary School;  Colette Everhard, Kilpatrick Elementary School; Tekara Hicks, Kilpatrick Elementary School;  Kaleena Kroman, Kilpatrick Elementary School;  and Heather Williams, West Memorial;  were recognized by President Elizabeth Stelevich at the ceremony at Stan Stanley Elementary School.

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Mr. Stan Stanley poses with the new pledges of the Epsilon Mu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa in the school which bears his name.

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Rice Harvest 2010 Sets New Record for Attendance

Katy Texas News
Posted January 25, 2011

It is a new record for the annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival. Named one of the Houston area’s top ten festivals, the Katy Rice Harvest Festival, produced by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, announced that the 2010 Katy Rice Harvest Festival was a new record for attendance as well as vendor booth sales. The 30th anniversary of this family favorite event attracted over 52,000 guests to Historic Downtown Katy.

The Katy Rice Harvest Festival is the largest event held annually within the Katy Independent School District boundaries. The event draws guests from all over the United States. It is produced as a family-friendly event with a rich legacy.

The 2010 Katy Rice Harvest Festival presented a check for $18,479 to the City of Katy at the Council meeting this evening. The proceeds will be used to produce the 2011 Katy Freedom Celebration on July 4th. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce and the Katy Rice Harvest Festival are proud to partner with the City of Katy for this effort.

Additionally, the 2010 Katy Rice Harvest Festival has already presented a check for $14,870.92 to the Knights of Columbus as part of their partnership with the Festival.

The Festival is also contributing over $18,250 this year to Cinco Ranch High School, Faith West Academy, Katy High School, Mayde Creek High School, Morton Ranch High School, Pope John XXIII High School, Seven Lakes High School and Taylor High School.

The proceeds to the City of Katy, Knights of Columbus, Cinco Ranch High School, Faith West Academy, Katy High School, Mayde Creek High School, Morton Ranch High School, Pope John XXIII High School, Seven Lakes High School and Taylor High School exceed $51,599.92 for the 2010 Katy Rice Harvest Festival alone.

The dates for the 31st Annual Katy Rice Harvest Festival will be October 8 and 9, 2011.

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce is a voluntary organization of business and professional people who have joined together to offer services to strengthen existing businesses, encourage small business creation and develop a talented workforce. The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce has been serving the Katy area business community as its voice and assisting with business development and economic growth since 1960.

The service area of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce is primarily the same as the Katy Independent School District boundaries. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce presented a check for $18,479 to Don Elder, Mayor, City of Katy at the City Council Meeting January 24, 2011. Pictured center front is Mayor Elder, Kerry R. Gilbert, chairman of the Board of Directors, Katy Area Chamber of Commerce and Ann Hodge, President/CEO of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. Joining them are members of the Rice Harvest Festival committee.

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Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union to Build New Administrative Office in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24, 2011

Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union (BVSCU) celebrates the groundbreaking of its new home office on Katy Mills Parkway in west Houston on Friday, January 28 at 10:30 a.m.

The credit union is commemorating the site to begin construction on a new administrative building. BVSCU President Joe Simmons will lead the ceremony and will be on hand to greet guests. BVSCU members and non-members are invited to attend.

“It’s a new year, and this groundbreaking ceremony begins an exciting new chapter for our credit union and members,” says Simmons. “The more we grow in members and locations, the stronger we become, and this move is a substantial reflection of our continued growth. We hope to maintain this success for many years.”

Construction is projected to finish at the end of this year. Once completed, the new two-story building will contain approximately 25,000 square feet. The current administrative office, located at 438 FM 1463, will continue to operate as a retail branch. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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RAE Dads Hold Special Breakfast with Students

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24, 2011

Roosevelt Alexander Elementary School’s AllProDad chapter held a special breakfast January 21. AllProDad’s is a group that holds a monthly one-hour breakfast before school so fathers and their children can spend time discussing family topics, spend time together, create fun memories and strengthen their relationship. RAE’s AllProDad’s chapter is led by Kenny Horowitz. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Alexander Elementary school recently held their monthly AllProDad's meeting.

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WoodCreek Choir Participates in Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24, 2011

WoodCreek Junior High choir members recently participated in a solo and ensemble competition held at Beckendorff Junior High. Thirty-two of the 27 solos received a first division rating of superior. Six of the eight ensembles received a first division rating of superior as well. All other WoodCreek students received a second division rating of excellent.

“The students worked really hard to receive these scores,” says Clelyn Brown, WoodCreek’s choir director. “The great thing about solo and ensemble is that it directly reflects the hard work that students put into their own musical practice. I’m so pleased to have such dedicated students at WoodCreek.”

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WoodCreek choir students took received superior and excellent ratings at a competition at Beckendorff Junior High this past weekend.

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Three Taylor High School Students to Perform with Texas All-State Band

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24, 2011

Congratulations to Taylor High School wind ensemble students Connor Aimone, Evan Toler and Logan Langford who will perform with the Texas All-State Band in San Antonio, Saturday, February 12 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio as part of the 2011 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic/Convention.

All three were chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region and Area levels.

Aimone is a student of Scott Shanks and plays euphonium. This is his third time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Connor is the son of Tim and Janet Aimone.

Toler is a student of Iris Gonzales and plays clarinet. This is Toler’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Evan is the son of Wesley and Lisa Toler.

Langford is a student of Billie Wilbanks and plays French horn. This is Langford’s first time to perform as a member of a TMEA All-State organization. Logan is the son of Kathi Langford.

High school students selected to perform in the All-State concerts have competed through several levels of auditions beginning in the fall of 2010 to arrive at the state level. All-State is the highest honor a Texas music student can receive. Over 1,500 students are selected through a process that began with over 60,000 students from around the state vying for this honor to perform in one of 13 ensembles (bands, orchestras and choirs). Texas Music Educators Association sponsors the Texas All-State competition.

This competitive process begins throughout the state in auditions hosted by 28 TMEA Regions. Individual musicians perform selected music for a panel of judges who rank each instrument or voice part. From this ranking, a select group of musicians advances from their Region to compete against musicians from other areas in seven TMEA Area competitions. The highest-ranking musicians judged at the TMEA Area competitions qualify to perform in a TMEA All-State music group.

These All-State students participate in three days of rehearsals directed by nationally-recognized conductors during the TMEA Clinic/Convention. Their performances for thousands of attendees bring this extraordinary event to a close. For the All-State concert schedule and conductor information, go to tmea.org/convention.

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Logan Langford, Connor Aimone and Evan Toler.

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My Family’s Healthy Pursuit

An Update on New Year’s Resolutions

The last three weeks of being on a low-sugar lifestyle change have been eye-opening, to say the least!  Saying no to the old way of eating (mindlessly, mostly) and bringing in the new way (completely, constantly mindful) is not easy.  It’s even more difficult when feeding four snack-addicted youngsters, and to further complicate the transition, we’re doing it all on a tight budget!  Well, at least we’re figuring out that it can be done.

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Cinco Ranch Junior Holding ‘Teens for Jeans’ Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24, 2011

With the cold weather finally here, Katy residents are pulling out their coats, sweaters and jeans. Sadly, there are many teens in the community who lack these basic necessities. Kristan Schiele, a junior at Cinco Ranch High School, decided to do something about it.

She has started a jeans drive called “Teens for Jeans” with Cinco Ranch High School Key Club, in association with DoSomething.org and Aeropostale. The campaign calls attention to rising teen homelessness in the U.S. and in Katy by asking teens to collect gently worn jeans for homeless youths. Their goal is to collect 500 pairs of jeans by February 11.

“I was shocked when I learned that one out of three homeless people is under the age of eighteen,” says Schiele. As the cold approaches, giving them an extra layer or two will certainly make them feel warmer. Schiele says she believes that it is an opportunity of a lifetime to help out these teens in need. She is trying to convince fellow teens to donate perfectly wearable jeans to a great cause instead of throwing them away.

If you have any gently used jeans that you know you will no longer wear, bring them to either the main campus or 9th grade campus at Cinco Ranch High School now through February 11 and donate them. Homeless shelters often have a greater need for large sizes, but jeans of all sizes will be happily accepted for this campaign. All of the jeans should be in good condition. The more donations, the more teens we will help keep warm this winter. A little warmth goes a long way, especially when it is from your heart. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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How to get Your Katy Kids to Help With Chores

Five Whine-Busting Secrets Revealed!

For most of us moms, chores are something we dread.  I haven’t met a Katy mom yet who looks forward to folding laundry, washing dishes, or cleaning the bathrooms.  If you’re that mom, you can stop reading this article, you don’t need to waste your time!  This piece is for those moms who do their best to clean up the messes, take care of the daily routine tasks, but often find themselves alone in the process.  If this is you, read on, there is hope for help!

Here are five easy ways to get your kids to help with the cleanup of everyday living – after all, who made the messes, dirtied the clothes, and left the peanut butter jar out anyway?

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Fifth Annual Heart of Katy Fun Run/Walk Puts a Beat in Katy’s Steps

Katy Texas News
Posted January 21, 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital in Katy invites the surrounding communities to participate in the fifth annual Heart of Katy Fun Run/Walk on Saturday, Feb. 12, where every dollar raised will support Katy’s only comprehensive heart program at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital.

The sanctioned, certified, chip-timed 5K Fun Run and Walk event will include a 5K Run, 1 Mile Kids Run, a 1 Mile Family Walk/Run, race awards and an after party with food, music and athletic massages. Awards will be given to the top three male and female participants in each category, to every 1Mile Kids Run participant and to the overall Fun Run/Walk event winner.

“With heart disease on the rise and Katy and the Greater Houston area recently being dubbed the third most stressed out city in America, CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital is more and more aware of – and more and more committed to – encouraging healthy living,” says Dana Mersiovsky, chief development officer at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital. “We’re proud to be Katy’s only comprehensive heart program, and the Heart of Katy Fun Run/Walk is a great way to share our successes with our community and ‘walk’ together into a more heart-healthy future.”

The fun-filled, family-friendly day will begin at 7 a.m. at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital, 701 S. Fry Road in Katy, with late registration and packet pick-up. Event announcements and race line-up starts at 8 a.m., and the 1 Mile Kids Run for ages 12 and under begins at 8:15 a.m., followed by the 5K Run at 8:30 a.m. and Family Walk/Run at 9:15 a.m.

Kids Zone sponsor Chick-Fil-A will provide food during the after party, and KILT-FM 100.3 and MIX 96.5 will provide commentary, music and entertainment. Event participants will enjoy post-race leg stretches and calf massages provided by CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital Sports Medicine, and a 10:30 a.m. performance by the Morton Ranch High School Maverick Belles dance team.

Early registration ends on Friday, Jan. 21, as does the reduced price of participation in the Heart of Katy Fun Run/Walk ($25 per 5K participant, $15 per 1 Mile Kids Race participant and $10 1 Mile Family Walk participant). For more information on registration, sponsorship opportunities, packet pick-up or CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital’s cardiac program, visit CHRISTUSStCatherine.org or contact Dana Mersiovsky at 281-599-6696 or email dana.mersiovsky@christushealth.org. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Physician Nominated for Arthritis Award

Katy Texas News
Posted January 20, 2011

Dr. Padma Chimata of Katy Rheumatology and Associates (KRA) has been nominated by her parties for her outstanding patient care to the Arthritis Foundations’ “My Doc Rocks” program. KRA provides compassionate, evidence-based, team-oriented medical care of various muscular skeletal disease like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, gout, and osteoporosis. KRA has a state-of-the-art infusion suite for dispensing various medications like Remicide, Orencia, and Reclast. Dr. Chimata is a principal investigator and conducts clinical trials for new treatments for rheumatoid arthritis, gout and other diseases.

Katy Rheumatology offers patients infusion-therapy in the comfort of their state-of-the-art infusion suite. Infusion therapy provides the patient with a safe, effective alternative to oral treatment as it administers medications such as Remicide, Orencia and Reclast intravenously. Patients can watch HDTV to pass the time while their treatment is overseen by an RN with fifteen years of infusion experience. Visit katyrheumatology.com for more information. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Fielder Elementary Students Enjoy Overnight Adventure at Children’s Museum

Katy Texas News
Posted January 20, 2011

Fourth grade girls of Fielder Elementary recently had the opportunity to attend the Overnight Adventure at the Children’s Museum of Houston. The girls were guided through the museum’s exhibits and engaged in hands-on art activities with the assistance of volunteers from the Junior League of Houston, Inc. and Fielder staff. The rich experience of interacting with other fourth grade girls from other schools and sleeping in the museum was a chance of a lifetime and one they will never forget. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Hayes Students Enjoy Outdoor Learning Center

Katy Texas News
Posted January 20, 2011

Second graders Jillian Simmons, Gabi Widmer, and Jacob Smith of Hayes Elementary show off their Leaf drawings made during a recent visit to the Outdoor Learning Center.  The OLC is a place where plants and farm animals live and grow and where students can have a hands on experience with science and social studies activities. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Second graders Jillian Simmons, Gabi Widmer, and Jacob Smith.

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Living Word to Install New Senior Pastor

Katy Texas News
Posted January 19, 2011

Dr. Dale Olson will be installed as Senior Pastor of Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy on Sunday, January 30 at 3 p.m. Pastor Olson was the founding pastor of a Lutheran church in Minnesota, and has also been a senior pastor in Arizona and Las Vegas, Nev. He has served in the Lutheran church headquarters in Chicago, Ill. in congregational ministries where he developed church resources and was a presenter at outreach events.

In addition, he has been a consultant to churches and has a website of congregational resources, including music for worship. Throughout Pastor Olson’s ministry, he has served the community by founding a theatre group which has been in existence for 30 years to support the local food shelf, and he has been a court mediator through the County Attorney’s Office.

Pastor Dale’s wife, Alene, has been an educator for 31 years, and loves teaching all age levels. She has taught in the public and private sectors, served as a Children and Family Director, and has served as a consultant for companies such as Group Publishing, Augsburg Publishing and SmartMusic.

In addition Alene has led training seminars, provided market research, and created presentations as a consultant for companies.  As a people-person, Alene looks forward to using her communication, leadership and teaching skills in this community. Pastor Dale and Alene have three children.

The public is invited to attend the installation service and reception following. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Winborn Elementary Names Teacher of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18, 2011

Congratulations to Winborn Elementary teacher Denise Harrell who was named the school’s teacher of the year!

From left, Assistant Principal Ty Jackson, Principal Kelly Rick, Denise Harrell, and Assistant Principal Leah Lowry.

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Boy Scouts Visit Lifetime Fitness

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17, 2011

Bear Den of Pack 542 in Katy recently visited Lifetime Fitness – Cinco Ranch for a physical fitness event. The scouts learned the importance of stretching before and after any athletic activity. Personal trainer Nima Bousheri led the boys through a series of stretching exercises followed by games. The scouts ended the evening by climbing the “Great Walls of Lifetime,” the facilities rock wall. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Pack 542

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Katy Mills to Host 4th Annual Puddle for the Ducks Fundraiser

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17, 2011

Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, is excited to continue to host the 4th annual Puddle of the Ducks on Saturday, February 5 at 7 a.m., with the start and finish in front of Sun & Ski Sports. All of the event’s proceeds will benefit Ducks Unlimited, the world’s leader in wetlands conservation.

“Katy Mills is proud to continue to team with Puddle of the Ducks to raise funds for critical wetlands conservation,” says Cynthia Stansberry, director of marketing and business development at Katy Mills. “This popular bike ride provides a fun way for our shoppers to also get involved and give back to the outdoor resources we all share.”

Ducks Unlimited, founded in 1937, works to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America’s waterfowl, including ducks and geese. These habitats also benefit other wildlife and people. Over the past few decades, natural habitats have rapidly diminished. The Katy prairie that surrounds Katy Mills historically has provided important wintering habitat to migrating waterfowl and has benefited from conservation efforts by Ducks Unlimited and their conservation partners. Two restored wetland projects are just south of Katy Mills and will be referenced during the bike ride.

“Waterfowl across North America need our help and the Texas coast is a high priority area for Ducks Unlimited,” says Texas Ducks Unlimited State Chairman, Pat Arthur. “We applaud Katy Mills for consistently helping us with this great event and we hope to surpass the 2,000 bikers at last year’s ride.”

Participants can choose from a 25, 37, 45 or 70 mile bike route. The registration fee is $30 through January 30, $35 thereafter. Following the ride, registered riders will be offered a light lunch and the opportunity to win a bike. Puddle of the Ducks is sponsored in part by Sun & Ski Sports at Katy Mills and Sellers Bros Grocery. For more information or to register for the bike ride, please visit puddlefortheducks.org or call 713-669-9810. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Taylor Senior Places First in Golf Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17, 2011

Congratulations to Taylor High School senior Eric Redeker, who took first place in the River Ridge I-10 Junior Championship golf tournament. His score of 148 (72-76) earned him the top spot in this competition. He is pictured below with Coach Nordstrom of the Texas Junior Golf Tour. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Eric Redeker with Coach Nordstrom of the Texas Junior Golf Tour.

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Valentine’s Day Brings Romance Writer to The Solana

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17, 2011

Texas romance novelist Donna Grant will review and sign her newest novel Wicked Highlander from the Dark Sword series at The Solana at Cinco Ranch on Valentine’s Day, Monday Feb. 14, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

A light brunch will be served and Katy Budget Books will have an assortment of Grant’s paperback novels, published by St. Martin’s Press, for sale.  They will include Book 1 Dangerous Highlander, Book 2 Forbidden Highlander and Wicked Highlander which was released Nov. 2, 2010.

“We are inviting the community, as well as our residents, to our complimentary Valentine’s Day event to meet this young woman who will share her characters known for unexpected depth and honor in extremely moving love stories that keep her readers clamoring for more,” said Lori Vale, Director of Sales & Marketing for The Solana, www.thesolana.com .

Donna Grant, mother of two young children, has two more novels in the Dark Sword series to be released in 2011 with Book 6 scheduled for 2012.  The Dark Sword series unleashes the magic, passion and fury of three legendary brothers cursed by fate but bound by desire for the women they love, according to St. Martin’s press.

To RSVP for the complimentary light brunch and talk, which will be held in the Main Dining Room of The Solana, 24001 Cinco Village Center Boulevard, Katy, call 281-395-9600 by Feb. 11. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Donna Grant

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Seven Lakes Senior Earns Top Ranking at All-State Choir

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17, 2011

Seven Lakes High School senior Dylan Barnard is the first student in school history to place first at the area choir audition. He will travel to San Antonio February 9 – 11 to perform with the All-State Mixed Choir at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on February 12. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Dylan Barnard

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Katy ISD Celebrates School Board Recognition Month

Katy Texas News
Posted January 17, 2011

Katy ISD joins districts across the state to thank School Board members for voluntarily tackling the enormous job of governing local school districts. January has been proclaimed School Board Recognition Month by the Governor, to help highlight the contributions of dedicated men and women who take the time to care about our local schools.

“Our seven school board members are a direct link between the community and the classroom, and have devoted countless hours to help ensure a quality education for our students,” said Katy ISD superintendent Alton Frailey. “I thank them for being true advocates for our students.”

The men and women serving on the Katy ISD seven-member Board are:

  • Judith Snyder, president – Ms. Snyder has served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees since 1996.  She has been named Master Trustee by the Texas Association of School Boards and has also served as a Legislative Representative from Region IV.  Snyder has also been active in community service, serving on numerous boards, including the Katy Business Community Steering Committee and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.
  • Rebecca Fox, vice president – Ms. Fox has served as a member of the Katy ISD Board since 2004.  She has also been named “Master Trustee” by the Texas Association of School Boards.  Fox is a long-time volunteer in Katy ISD schools through programs like KEYS Mentoring and Junior Achievement.  She was awarded the distinction of PTA Lifetime Member for her dedication to students, families and the community.
  • Chris Crockett, secretary – Ms. Crockett has served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees since 2007. She is an active volunteer in the district, having served on the 2006 Bond Review Committee and having served on multiple campus PTA Boards and Campus Advisory Teams. Crockett was named Volunteer of the Year for Memorial Parkway Junior High in 2004.  Prior to moving to Katy, Crockett was an active volunteer in Anchorage, Alaska; Jakarta, Indonesia; Aberdeen, Scotland; and McKinney, Texas.
  • Robert Shaw, treasurer – Mr. Shaw has served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees since 1997.  Shaw has been an active member in the district, having been a former membership chairman and concessions chairman of the Katy High School Athletic Booster Club.  Prior to his board service, Shaw served the district as UIL swim referee, served on the Katy ISD Plan Committee, served as vice president of the West Houston Aquatic League and served as president of the Tiger Swim Club.
  • Joe M. Adams, sergeant-at-arms – Mr. Adams has served the Katy ISD Board of Trustees since 1989 and currently serves as a director of the Gulf Coast Area Association of School Boards.  Adams also serves on the Board of Directors o f the Southern Federal Credit Union and the North Houston Association.  Adams has worked in the oil and gas industry for thirty years, including assignments in London, England and Cairo, Egypt.
  • Eric M. Duhon, trustee – Mr. Duhon has served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees since 1999.  He is a former member of Katy High School Athletic Boosters and is a former member of Katy High School Band Boosters.  Duhon is a Global Director of Data Center Technologies for BG-Group, holds a degree in Technology Management from Pepperdine University and is a Patent Holder.
  • Neal Howard, trustee – Mr. Howard has served on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees since 2009.  Howard has been active in the Katy community, having served as a small group leader at Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church and the Young Life-Katy Adult Committee. Howard has also coached for Katy Youth Basketball for eight years and is a member of the Rice Belt Basketball Chapter of the Texas Association of Sports Officials.

For more information on Katy ISD’s Board of Trustees, visit katyisd.org.  Katy ISD will recognize and honor Board of Trustees members during the regularly scheduled Board meeting on Jan. 24, at 6:30 p.m. in the Katy ISD ESC Board Room. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Students to Participate in Emergency Practice Drill

Katy Texas News
Posted January 14, 2011

Next month, more than 140 students from all six Katy high schools will take part in a hands-on drill that will test their skills in emergency preparedness as part of the district’s Teen Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program. This program assists teens in handling disaster situations that can happen during the school day and when professional responders are not immediately available to help.

In October, 2010, Katy ISD introduced the Teen CERT program to its high schools, signing-up 143 students to participate in the 20-hour course. Students learned about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their schools and community, and were trained in basic disaster response skills including fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. The program also educated students on disaster psychology and terrorism from experts in the field, including local first responders and the Katy ISD Police Department.

In order to be certified in Teen CERT, students must participate in one of two final drills held on Friday, Feb. 18, and Friday, Feb. 25. The day-long event will be held at the Harris County Fire & Sheriff’s Training Academy in Atascocita.  Activities include fire suppression, light search in rescue, cribbing to lift victims, collapsed walls or other heavy items and medical triage. Students will receive community service hours for their participation in the program, and senior students in the program can compete for college scholarships.

Students from the Katy ISD Teen CERT program also participated in Katy ISD’s Mock Full-Scale Exercise held on October. There, students saw first-hand the important role that disaster training plays in a large-scale emergency and how they can avoid becoming victims of a disaster.

Katy ISD implemented the Teen CERT program with the assistance of the Harris County Citizen’s Corps and the Harris County Department of Education.

For more information on the Teen CERT program in Katy ISD, contact the Katy ISD Office of Emergency Management at 281-396-2784. For directions to the Harris County Fire and Sheriff’s Training Academy in Atascocita, visit hcfmo.net/images/hcfm_loc.pdf. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Students Win Big in Regional Scholastic Art Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted January 14, 2011

Competing against students from all Houston-area school districts, Katy ISD junior and high school students received 35 winning entries in the 2010-2011 Regional Scholastic Art Competition.  Students won 11 Gold Key and 19 Silver Key individual awards, in addition to five portfolio awards.

“We are very proud of our teachers for submitting all their entries to Scholastic this year as it was our first year to go completely digital,” says Mitzi Jones, Katy ISD assistant director of fine arts. “The art teachers rose to the challenge, rolled up their sleeves and got right down to business. This was a fantastic way to start the spring semester.”

Katy winners represented the categories of ceramics and glass, digital art, drawing, mixed media, painting, printmaking and sculpture. Winning students represented the following campuses: Cinco Ranch JH, Cinco Ranch HS, Mayde Creek JH, Mayde Creek HS, Memorial Parkway JH, Morton Ranch HS, Seven Lakes HS and Taylor HS.

All Gold Key winners will advance to the national level and will have their work on display locally from Jan. 14 through Feb. 9 at the Art League of Houston, located at 1953 Montrose Blvd. A Gold Key Award Reception will also be held on Feb. 14, from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at the Harris County Department of Education, located at 6300 Irvington Blvd. in Houston.

All Silver Key winners will have their work on display at Texas Art Supply, located at 2001 Montrose Blvd., from Jan. 7 – 30. A Silver Key Award Reception will be held at Texas Art Supply on Jan. 23 and Jan. 30 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Local VFW Post to Hold Vietnam Remembrance Service

Katy Texas News
Posted January 14, 2011

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 will host a Vietnam Remembrance Service on Sunday, January 30 in conjunction with the Houston Vietnamese Veterans Association at the VFW Hall on George Bush Drive in Katy.

The service has been designed to foster an appreciation of the past, to serve as a means to educate our community, and to commemorate this period of time by acknowledging the heroism and courage of all of those that fought for freedom and democracy in South Vietnam to include both our American comrades in arms as well as those members of the South Vietnamese military community. The VFW will pay tribute to the sacrifice of all, and re-affirm a bond of mutual respect that exists between the American military and the South Vietnamese military.  The date coincides with the 38th anniversary of the signing of the Paris Peace Accords, which was signed on January 27, 1973.

The commemoration of this Vietnam War remembrance promises to be an informative event.  The opening ceremony which will encompass an introduction and welcoming remarks will begin promptly at 2 p.m. on Sunday, January 30.  The opening remarks will be followed by a 20-minute video showing the chronology of events from the beginning to the end of the Vietnam War.  A question and answer session, with a moderator, will permit students as well as members of the community to ask questions to a joint panel and U.S. and Vietnamese members.

Master of Ceremonies VFW member George Rissky will introduce American and Vietnamese guest speakers.  They will talk about their recollections of this period of time. The presentations will include a depiction of military life in Saigon before the 1968 TET offensive, the treatment of the American service personnel upon their return home and time with the American Rivererene service, among others.

Immediately following the closing remarks, all will be invited to join the VFW Honor Guard at the Flag Pole area on the corner of George Bush Drive and Avenue D for a wreath laying ceremony, plaque presentations and the firing of the 21 gun salute to honor fallen comrades. At the conclusion, all will be invited to re-gather at the Post Hall for refreshments, fellowship and remembrance.

The entire Sunday afternoon remembrance ceremony is open to the public.  For more information contact Colonel (Ret) Mike Mastrangelo, Commander, of VFW Post 9182 at 281-391-8387 or Senior Vice Commander Dave Brasell at 713-725-3938.

VFW meetings are held at the VFW Hall at 6206 George Bush Drive in Old Town Katy on the first Monday of each month at 7:30 p.m. preceded by a covered dish dinner at 6:15 p.m. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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New Infants Stay Warm Thanks to Living Word in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 14, 2011

Volunteers at Living Word Lutheran Church in Katy recently knitted and crocheted baby hats to help fill newborn kits. These kits are distributed by Global Health Ministries to Lutheran-supported clinics in countries where babies are born under primitive conditions. Living Word will be sending these kits in mid-February and members of the community are invited to donate knitted and crocheted hats to help keep new babies warm. Living Word can provide yarn and patterns. For more information, call the church office at 281-392-2300. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Living Words members Lauren and Kristin Fogt and Olivia Grobowsky show off some of the knitted hats already donated to the church.

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Dinner Is Done Katy delivers fresh, preservative-free meals to your door

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13, 2011

Families on the go often struggle with the issues of healthful nutrition and quality time during the frenzy of work, school and extra-curricular activities. Cinco Ranch mother of three, Katie Moore, grew up in a home where dinner was always served at the kitchen table and the conversation allowed her family a chance to reflect on the day’s events. She enjoyed the tradition and – because she also enjoyed cooking – implemented it in her own home by making dinner time family time with a home-cooked meal. Over time, she began to offer to cook dinners and deliver them to family and friends in the Katy area. Dinner is Done Katy was born.

“As a wife and mom, I witnessed the battle that so many of my friends had – and often lost – in trying to be creative enough in the kitchen to entice their young ones,” Moore says. “Too often, fast food and eating on the go becomes a default. I wanted to be helpful to others through my own integration and exploration of classic meals with the reality of outside competition. After awhile, it became clear that our community had a real “appetite” for what I provided.”

In the summer of 2009, Moore partnered with friend and Cinco Ranch mother of two, Kathleen Ram, who has more than 20 years experience in restaurant management, and moved the business to “the kitchen” at 20660 Westheimer Parkway (near S. Fry).  Through Dinner is Done Katy, they offer delicious, fresh and homemade meals delivered to busy families who enjoy a nutritious and fun dinner together. Dinner is Done Katy has quickly grown into an expanded menu of family favorites like chicken enchiladas, Mom’s meatloaf, chicken tenders and flank steak, among others. Each meal is delivered cooked and ready to be served in recyclable containers for quick and easy clean up. As an added value, a simple conversational game is provided to keep families connected. In addition to family meals, Dinner is Done Katy provides a la carte freezer meals, nuts, breads, cookies, salads, snack packs and gift certificates.

“Dinner is Done Katy not only has helped my family out on those hectic school nights, but it also enables me to be able to provide meals for my friends who have had surgery or a baby,” says Jennifer Dolcefino. “Sometimes I just don’t have time to cook, but still want to help. The meals are always fabulous and well-balanced!”

Weekly menus are posted online at dinnerisdonekaty.com and sent via e-mail every Thursday. Customers simply call or e-mail orders@dinnerisdonekaty.com at least 24 hours ahead, with the order, delivery location, telephone numbers and desired delivery time (between 4 – 6 p.m.). Areas located north of I-10 are delivered between 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. only. Delivery is free within a 10-mile radius and a minimum purchase. Dinner is Done Katy accepts all major credit cards, PayPal, or cash/check at delivery. Average cost for a dinner (entrée, side and starch) is $29.00 (feeds four) and $39.00 (feeds six), less than a restaurant or other take out.

Customers are also encouraged to stop by the Dinner is Done Katy store front kitchen to pick up a delicious loaf of just baked bread, fresh salads, veggie and fruit trays or popular freezer meals like French toast casserole, chicken divan, spaghetti pie, king ranch casserole and more.

Katie Moore and Kathleen Ram

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Newland Communities CEO Receives Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13, 2011

Bob McLeod, chief executive officer of Newland Communities, the country’s largest privately held land development company and the developer of the Cinco Ranch master-planned community in Katy, will receive the 12th Annual Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award tomorrow at the National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show in Orlando.

The Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award honors leaders in the homebuilding and community development industry who have demonstrated a lifetime commitment to making their communities a better place to work and live. The award includes a $100,000 prize that recipients donate to the charity of their choice.

“Receiving the 12th Annual Hearthstone BUILDER award represents the dedication of our team members in communities across the country that lend their time, compassion and expertise to helping neighbors in need and to strengthen communities,” says McLeod. “In Katy, our Cinco Ranch community offers an excellent example of how Newland is truly committed to helping people facing challenges, even during times when we might be facing challenges in our industry.”

Examples of Newland’s recent humanitarian efforts at Cinco Ranch include hosting the Westside Chef’s Throwdown this past fall, which raised money for summer camp programs for the Houston chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association. Newland also donated a homesite in Cinco Ranch to provide a new home for a severely wounded veteran through the HelpingAHero.org program

In addition to a core focus on philanthropic efforts, Newland has achieved solid business results with five of its communities ranked in the top 15 bestselling master planned communities in 2009, including Cinco Ranch, ranked number one nationally in new-home sales. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Taylor High School Choir Students to Compete at All-State

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13, 2011

Congratulations to Melanie Piché and Jasmine Johnson, junior Taylor choir students who earned places in the Texas All-State Choir to be held at the annual convention of the Texas Music Educators Association,  February 9-12, 2011 in San Antonio.

Area Auditions were held Saturday, January 8 at Deer Park High School. Piché placed second in the Soprano 2 room and earned a spot in the All-State Mixed Choir. Johnson placed tenth and earned a spot in the All-State Women’s Choir. The Taylor Choir is under the direction of Kevin Riehle and Kristin Likos. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Photos courtesy of Piche Photography

Jasmine Johnson

Melanie Piche

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Five Ways to De-Clutter Your Kitchen Countertops in 15 Minutes or Less!

Making the Most of your Family’s Favorite Room

If your house is anything like ours, the kitchen is the family gathering place in the home.  It is the conference room, eatery, comfort space, and homework central all rolled into one room.  Although this is a good thing for familial relationships, it can often become a problem area for clutter and mess.  Here are five simple ways to de-clutter the space, and restore order and function back to your Katy kitchen.

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Houston Christian High School to Hold Annual Gala

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12, 2011

An evening of splendor awaits the Katy attendees of Houston Christian High School’s “Positively Palm Beach” Annual Gala and Auction at the Omni Hotel Houston Riverway on Friday, March 25. Cascading bougainvilleas and towering palm trees will enhance the evening as the popular Houston band, 5th Avenue, will perform many current dance favorites. Guests will have the opportunity to show their support for HCHS as they bid on many silent and live auction treasures that include family getaways, entertainment events, and the always popular fellowship parties.

“We are so excited about this year’s event,” says Nancy Tutunjian, gala chairperson and HCHS mom. “The evening brings together faculty, parents, and friends to celebrate all of the joys at Houston Christian and its commitment to providing our students with a quality education in a Christian environment.”

The 2011 Gala Committee invites all who are interested to attend this fundraising event which provides funding for student financial aid, fine arts, athletics, technology, and academic programs. Ticket information can be found at HCHSgala.org or by contacting HCHS at 713-580-6030. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Junior High Enjoys Take a Texan to School Day

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12, 2011

Two Katy Junior High School students, Riley Garrett and Sierra Schriefer, were winners of the “Take a Texan to School” art contest, winning a special campus visit from Houston Texan players Shelley Smith and Cole Pemberton. The two players visited the student’s art class to conduct the NFL’s “Fuel up to 60” program about nutrition, health and physical fitness.  Afterward, the players conducted athletic drills with the students in the school’s cafeteria.  Students enjoyed getting autographs and interacting with the players. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

From left, Houston Texan Shelley Smith, Katy Junior High students Sierra Schriefer and Riley Garrett, and Houston Texan Cole Pemberton.


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Taylor, Seven Lakes Perform at Sugar Bowl

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12, 2011

Congratulations to the Taylor and Seven Lakes High School bands who performed during the pre-game at the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans.

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Morton Ranch Teacher Wins Regional Award

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12, 2011

Jeanna Bickerstaff, the English department chair at Morton Ranch High School, was nominated for and won the AP Award for the College Board’s Southwest Region. The region includes Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Only four of these prestigious awards are given each year. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Jeanna Bickerstaff

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Katy High School Celebrates Teacher’s Doctoral Degree

Katy Texas News
Posted January 12, 2011

Katy High School recently celebrated Dr. Jim Kearny’s successful completion of his doctoral degree from The University of Texas. Dr. Kearney, a Katy High School German teacher and foreign language department chair, joins eight other doctoral degree holders at Katy High School: Dr. Alton Royer,  assistant principal for instruction; Dr. Holly Stack, Pre-AP biology Teacher; Dr. Rhonda Burrough, chemistry and AP environmental science teacher; Dr. Kim Harvey, licensed specialist in school psychology; Dr. Lynn Roney, English teacher; Dr. Roxy Riefkohl, counselor; Dr. Chad Teague, senior class principal; and Dr. Steve Robertson, Katy High School principal.

Katy High School faculty members Dr. Alton Royer, Dr. Holly Stack, Dr. Rhonda Burrough, Dr. Kim Harvey, Dr. Lynn Roney, Dr. Roxy Riefkohl and Dr. Steve Robertson.

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Achieving FOCUS in Your Home Business

Four Tips on How To Manage Your Work Duties

As I write this, my pre-teen son is hassling me for a snack – he just arrived home from school with an empty stomach, and caught me in the middle of “work.”  Working at home is an on-going challenge to the life balance for sure, especially when there are children living in that same home.  It is specifically difficult to stay focused on the job at hand and the direction of a business when said children are present and hungry!

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Takeaways from 2010

Lessons Learned, Memories Made and New Dreams Cast

In all of the excitement of the New Year and all the looking ahead we do, I wonder if we sometimes forget to look back.  Not for long, I mean, but just a glimpse, almost like a life review.  I’ve done that this year; maybe because it was such a good, full year in 2010, and I don’t want to close the proverbial door on it until I’ve grasped every bit of what I was supposed to take away from it.

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Firethorne Achieves Record High in 2010 New Home Sales

Katy Texas News
Posted January 11, 2011

Firethorne continued its record-breaking ways in 2010, selling 254 new homes, an all-time high for the five-year-old Katy/Fulshear residential development. This represents a 6.7 percent increase in new home sales over 2009, when the 1,400-acre master-designed community marked its previous record-breaking 238 homes sold.

“The continued growth of the Katy/Fulshear/West Houston economy, the Federal tax credits for first-time homebuyers (offered earlier in the year), our outstanding public schools and ongoing support from the local Realtor community have fueled the success we achieved in 2010,” says Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer.  “Realtors have been instrumental to our growth, generating more than 80 percent of our 2010 new home sales.” The industry norm in a new community such as Firethorne is 60 percent Realtor-generated home sales.

Jimmy Franklin of ReMax Grand, followed by Jay Theime ReMax Cinco Ranch, ranked as Firethorne’s Top Producing Realtors in 2010.

Project-to-date, Firethorne has sold 1,132 new homes.   The Firethorne homebuilders are Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes and David Weekley Homes.

In terms of growth, energy companies have relocated employees to the area, plus three major Houston hospitals are expanding in the Katy/West Houston areas, including Texas Children’s Hospital-Katy, Memorial Hermann-Katy and The Methodist Hospital-Katy.

Firethorne is attractive to the Houston relocation market with its proximity to the Energy Corridor, location in the top-ranked Katy Independent School District and Lamar Consolidated Independent School District, and availability of lots typically found in the country with all of conveniences of master-designed recreational amenities, such as state-of-the-art technology and nearby shopping, retail, dining, entertainment, schools and medical facilities.

The community features 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities, a 12-acre lake with surrounding greenbelt, resort-style swim center, sports fields, hike/bike trails, parks and playgrounds, discovery-rich wildlife observation area and a natural bird habitat.  It’s where the vibrancy of West Houston meets the small-town charm of Katy/Fulshear. Firethorne is located 15 miles west of Houston’s Energy Corridor off I-10. Visit firethorne.info or call 281-693-1011. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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New Health, New Habits!

Breaking the Cycle Can Help You Feel Good

Frankly, I am shocked at my “progress” with this brand new health and lifestyle change my family and I have implemented this year.  I emphasize the word progress because the scale doesn’t say anything different than last year’s weight yet.  The clothes I yearn to try on without popping the front button off don’t fit me – yet.  No, nothing has visibly changed as of now.  On the outside, that is.  Inside, however, there is change – and it’s good!

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Beckendorff Junior High Participates in Operation Teddy Bear

Katy Texas News
Posted January 10, 2011

Members of the Beckendorff Junior High Cheerleading Squad and Pep Squad participated in the Third Annual Operation Teddy Bear Event. Students stuffed teddy bears and decorated T-shirts for their bears, which were donated to patients and their family members at Memorial Hermann Hospital in Katy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Beckendorff Cheer and Pep Squad members show off their teddy bears.

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Cub Scout Pack 925 Completes Service Project

Katy Texas News
Posted January 10, 2011

Cub Scout Pack 925 completed their third annual December service project. The boys gathered and compiled items for the Christmas boxes for the Port of Houston’s annual Christmas Gift Box Program. Cub Scouts organized and wrapped 42 boxes that were delivered to the Port of Houston. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Members of Cub Scout Pack 925 donated Christmas presents to the Port of Houston’s annual Christmas Gift Box Program.

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Hayes Elementary Enjoys New Playground Equipment

Katy Texas News
Posted January 10, 2011

Students at Hayes Elementary were excited to go outside and play on the new playground equipment at their school. The Hayes PTA worked hard to raise funds for a new rock wall and swings for students to enjoy during recess.

From left, third graders Noah Bigler, Hayden Barrios, Karenina Urquieta, and Jack LaTorre enjoy their new playground equipment.

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Creating a Productive Home Office Workspace

Six Simple Ideas

For those of us who work from home, whether part or full-time, the quality of our workspace has a real impact on productivity.  We can make do with a card table in the corner of the living room for a while, or pop open the laptop on the kitchen table to “clock in.”  If you plan on working from home for a substantial period of time, however, establishing a pleasant and professional workspace is a must.  Here are some simple ideas to create a permanent workspace that produces creativity and consistency.

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Katy Chamber Welcomes RediClinic

Katy Texas News
Posted January 7, 2011

Members from the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, RediClinic staff and Katy-area residents celebrated the grand opening of a new RediClinic, located at 25675 Nelson Way in Katy, with a ribbon cutting ceremony inside the H-E-B store at Pin Oak and I-10 on Tuesday, Jan. 4. The new RediClinic location is a part of a 20-clinic expansion across Texas, and is the second RediClinic in Katy (the Grand Parkway RediClinic is located at 6711 S. Fry Road). RediClinic, a leading operator of retail-based healthcare clinics, is open seven days a week with extended weekday hours, and no appointments are necessary. For more information about clinic locations, hours of operation, services and prices, visit rediclinic.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

RediClinic is now at HEB at Pin Oak and I-10.

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Seven Lakes Seniors Visit Junior Achievement Finance Park

Katy Texas News
Posted January 7, 2011

Seven Lakes High School seniors recently spent all day with their economics class visiting Junior Achievement Finance Park at West Oaks Mall. The Finance Park is a new hands-on program that gives students the opportunity to learn financial literacy though real-life scenarios. Up to 150 students per day can visit under the guidance of 15 to 20 volunteers. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Seven Lakes seniors work as JA volunteers Craig Narum and Tim O’Brien look on.

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Taylor High School Orchestras Entertain with “Winter Extravaganza”

Katy Texas News
Posted January 7, 2011

The Taylor High School orchestras entertained audiences during their Winter Extravaganza concert. Kevin Cho, a Taylor High School senior, had the privilege of conducting the combined concert orchestras during their performance of “Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 5.” Cho has been actively involved in orchestra during his high school years and is currently the president of the Taylor Orchestra Student Association.

The Taylor High School Orchestras are under the direction of George Engelmann, Chris Bailey, and Aimee Norris. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Kevin Cho conducts the combined concert orchestras at Taylor High School during their performance of “Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 5.”

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5 Easy Steps to Eliminate Those Perpetual Paper Piles in the Home Office

Katyite Offers Tips to Get a Jump on Spring Cleaning

It’s a new year again, and time for a fresh start in your home office.  Take a look around your work area: is it clean and organized?  Or, like many other home offices, is it in dire need of streamlining?  What many career professionals working from home have found is that it is not as hard to keep systems, like a paper flow filing system, in place.  It is the initial setup that can be overwhelming.  Here are some easy steps to take to tackle the daily influx of paper and mail that inevitably stack up at the end of the day.  Once you implement these five tips, you’ll eliminate the stress and mess that come with the piles, and have a system in place for a smooth working year of paper-pile freedom.

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New Year Brings New Eye Surgeon for Mann Eye Surgical Team in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 5, 2011

The Mann Eye Institute and Laser Center, a leading refractive and cataract surgery center, announces that Brian D. Wright, M.D., has joined the Katy office as the newest member of the surgical team.

“We are pleased to begin the New Year by welcoming Dr. Wright to the Mann Eye Institute,” says Mike Mann, M.D., founder of the vision center.  “Dr. Wright will allow us to expand our practice in Katy to better serve the growing population there.”

A board-certified ophthalmologist, Dr. Wright specializes in the latest advanced procedures for vision correction.  He is certified in several leading-edge technologies, including all-laser LASIK; Intacs corneal implant lenses as an alternative to LASIK and for the treatment of keratoconus; and the STAR Vision Implantable Collamer Lens for the treatment of nearsightedness.

In addition, Dr. Wright is experienced in premium lenses for cataract surgery and has received certification in the groundbreaking IStent, a new implantable medical device for treating glaucoma that is pending FDA approval.

“I am very enthusiastic about joining the Mann Eye Institute,” says Dr. Wright.  “I appreciate the opportunity to be part of organization that has such an excellent reputation for superior results and patient satisfaction.”

A Texas native, Dr. Wright graduated cum laude and was a member of the Alpha Epsilon Delta pre-medical honor society at Texas A & M University in College Station.  He then went on to receive his medical degree from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School, where earned the class rank of 15 and was elected a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Society.  He completed his residency in ophthalmology at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, WA.

Before joining the Mann Eye Institute, Dr. Wright was in practice locally for several years.  He is a member of the Houston Ophthalmological Society, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery and the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

For more than 30 years, The Mann Eye Institute has been at the forefront of advances in cataract and refractive surgery.  In addition to Blade-Free LASIK and cataract surgery with premium lenses, the Mann Eye Institute offers treatment for corneal and retinal disease, including corneal transplants, surgery for glaucoma, advanced treatment for dry eye syndrome and a variety of cosmetic procedures, including Botox.

Patients can be seen at one of the following locations: Humble, Houston, Austin, Sugar Land, Katy, Liberty and Cleveland.  The 30,000 square foot vision care center in Katy is the newest and largest Mann Eye Institute facility, offering patients a state-of-the-art cataract and surgery center, a laser suite, optical services and general eye care clinic under one roof. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Named Fastest Growing Community in 2010

Katy Texas News
Posted January 5, 2011

Gadberry Group announced its list of the most notable high-growth areas in the U.S. during 2010, and Katy, Texas was ranked no. 1.

“This year the no. 1 spot went to Katy, Texas where household growth seems unaffected by the economic conditions that challenge many parts of the nation,” says Gadberry Group principal Larry Martin. “Katy topped the list with an 8.71 percent increase in households from 2009-2010.”

Headquartered in Little Rock, Gadberry Group provides location intelligence services and date for the world’s top retail brands. Their list also included suburbs of Fort Worth, Dallas, Phoenix and more. Katy was the only Houston-area suburb to be named to the list.

Overall, Gadberry Group says Katy was the fourth fastest growing area of the 10 since 2000. The Cinco Ranch development continues to contribute new households to Katy’s growth.

“Compiling the 2010 was especially interesting as we anticipate the release of the 2010 Census household counts, which we are confident will confirm our household counts,” says Martin.

The 10 selected places in this year’s list had an average household growth of 150 percent from 2000-2010, compared to last year’s list average of 170 percent from 2000-2009. Martin noted that, in spite of the economic challenges of the past few years, there continues to be pockets of growth in the most resilient areas of the country. Texas is noted as bucking national economic trends by capturing four of the slots of the list. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy TaeKwonDo Academy’s C3 Booster Club Donates Toys for Tots

Katy Texas News
Posted January 4, 2011

The Katy TaeKwonDo Academy’s C3 Booster Club worked with the U.S. Marine Corps. to collect toys for the annual Toys For Tots toy drive.  Martial arts students brought new toys to the academy in December and then helped load them all up with Marines on December 11.

Leading the toy drive for the Katy TaeKwonDo Academy were Farrell Hochmuth and Nilesh Popat, both board members of the academy’s C3 Booster Club. The booster club helps the Katy community throughout the year by way of its programs that demonstrate three of the TaeKwonDo tenets: “Community,” “Courage” and “Courtesy.”

The C3 Booster Club operates with financial support of memberships, sponsorships and the dedicated volunteer board of members who make its philanthropic programs possible. Primary fund raisers throughout the year are corporate and private sponsorships, Parents Night Out and membership dues. This philanthropic organization strives to make a difference in Katy by giving back to its students and the community. For more information about the Katy TaeKwonDo Academy or the C3 Booster Club, visit katytkd.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Katy TaeKwonDo Academy collected Toys for Tots during the month of December.

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Members Choice Credit Union Opens LaCenterra Branch

Katy Texas News
Posted January 4, 2011

Members Choice Credit Union held a ribbon cutting ceremony on Dec. 8, 2010 for their sixth branch located in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch (Grand Parkway @ Cinco Ranch Boulevard).

The Katy Area Chamber of Commerce provided the “super-sized” scissors that President/CEO Steve Gilman used to officially open the office. The ribbon was lined with $10 bills that were donated to the Spirit of Texas Toy Drive, which Members Choice is proud to support.

“We are delighted to be opening another branch for the residents of Katy and the surrounding area,” says Steve Gilman, president and CEO of Members Choice. “We welcome everyone here where you can shop, dine and then bank at the new MCCU location.”

The 4,100 square foot facility features two drive-up lanes, a drive-up 24-hour ATM, full lobby services including walk-up teller facilities and new account and lending services. The office also features an eight person conference room that can be used by community groups in need of a meeting space.

Members Choice Credit Union is a not-for-profit financial institution established in 1941, and proudly serves residents of West Houston, Katy, Cy-Fair, and nearly 200 employee groups. Members Choice has over 34,000 members and $328 million in assets. For more information, visit mccu.com. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in December

Katy Texas News
Posted January 4, 2011

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of December, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Duffey and Grissom CPA’s, PC, 21218 Kingsland Blvd.; Steak N Shake, 20950 Katy Fwy; Members Choice Credit Union LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch, 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd Ste 100; Fala Creative, 2501 S Mason Rd Ste 263; and Galaxy Fireworks, 21311 Katy Freeway. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

Duffey and Grissom CPA’s, PC

Steak N Shake

Fala Creative

Galaxy Fireworks

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Katy High School National Honor Society Participates in Local Charity Walks

Katy Texas News
Posted January 4, 2011

As one of their many service projects throughout the school year, Katy High School National Honor Society members recently helped at a “Celebrate Your Princess” walk. Students are active throughout the year with a variety of community service activities. More than 750 individuals participated in the walk, sponsored by Christus St. Catherine Hospital and Trendmaker Development.

Katy High School NHS members also helped  at the Walk MS: Katy at Katy Mills Mall. Walk MS is a community event to help raise funds for MS research and education, as well as programs and services to help individuals with MS move forward.

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Celebrate Your Princess Walk

Walk MS: Katy

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Katy Teacher’s Organization Welcomes New Members

Katy Texas News
Posted January 4, 2011

The Lambda Tau Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International recently welcomed six new members. DKGSI is an honorary women teacher’s organization, and the Katy chapter was founded in 1980. New members include, from left in photo below, Laura Jungeblut, Pattison Elementary; Lori Button-Edelson, Cinco Ranch High School; Kris O’Leary, Fielder Elementary; Julie Schneller, Seven Lakes High School; Madalyn Lee, WoodCreek Elementary; Haldi Shannon, Pattison Elementary. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

New members of Lamba Tau Chapter of the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Celebrates First Baby of 2011

Katy Texas News
Posted January 4, 2011

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital celebrated its first baby of 2011 with the birth of Easton Russell Witt on Jan. 1 at 8:26 a.m. Born to Crystal and Russell Witt, of Katy, little Easton weighed 6 lbs., 9 oz., and was 19 inches long. Congratulations to the Witt family!

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The Witt Family

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Katy Girl Scouts Kick off Cookie Sales Jan. 8

Katy Texas News
Posted January 3, 2010

People say it’s just a cookie. What can a cookie do? A Girl Scout Cookie can do a lot. It could help send a city kid to camp. It could help pay for a fresh change of clothes for an abuse victim rushed to a shelter. It could cheer up a soldier far from home. When you buy Girl Scout cookies, you help girls do great things!

January 8 marks the start of the Cookie Program for Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council (GSSJC). The Girl Scouts Cookie program is the largest girl-led business in the country and generates over $700 million for girls and communities nationwide. With every season of Girl Scout cookies, another generation of girls learns about goal setting, decision making, money management, people skills and business ethics. As women, they’ll need these skills, whether they goal is to start a business or a family.

Girl Scout Cookies are available in eight varieties, including a new flavor this year:  Thin Mints, Peanut Butter Patties, Peanut Butter Sandwiches, Shortbread, Thanks-A-Lot, Caramel deLites, Lemonades, and Shout Outs. All varieties of Girl Scout Cookies are zero trans fat per serving and the price for a box of cookies is still only $3.50.

From February 18 through March 27, Girl Scout Cookies will be sold at cookie booths outside of grocery stores and other retail venues. The sale ends March 27.

When all of the cookies have been consumed, remember, the box is not empty.  Each box sold helps to create thousands of happy memories and incredible achievements that the cookie program has made possible.  Every box of Girl Scout Cookies resonates with promise and possibility. Your support of Girl Scouting through purchasing Girl Scout Cookies helps make that promise and those possibilities into realities for girls. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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