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CHILD WATCH – EVENING LEAD

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NEW!     Under direct supervision of the Child Watch Director, this position is responsible for providing a quality member service by offering a safe and fun environment for children while family members are involved in YMCA programs.  Must be a positive role model and communicator with children, parents, members, staff, etc.  Embody through job performance the five core values of the YMCA of Greater Houston – honesty, caring, responsibility, faith, and respect. Will assist and offer leadership to other staff in maintaining activities, involvement with children in Child Watch and ensuring policy & procedures are being followed. Submit resume to Pam Filip, pamf@ymcahouston.org. Please mention you found this on www.SugarLandMagazine.com.

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Enjoying Fresh, Springtime Recipes in Katy

Lisa’s Fresh Bean Relish

This springtime relish is easy, fresh, and full of natural fiber.  Thanks to Lisa (Juan’s co-worker), our family enjoys this quick dish often with grilled chicken or as a side to fish.  It turns out best with all the ingredients rinsed and completely drained, and then refrigerated overnight.  It’s one of those dishes that just gets better with time.

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Adventures in Dining

Experiencing New Culture in Katy

Recently, I added some new culture to my family’s diet with some delicious Afghani food.  My dear friend Ghizal and I both packed up our little ones (both 3 years old and best buds.) along for a ride to the Middle Eastern specialty store in Houston.  What a learning experience.  I was surprised at the selection available in organic and specialty health products, though I shouldn’t be.  The culture I was experiencing supports a strong Mediterranean-type diet, with such a fresh appeal.  The amount of aromatic spices and savory sauces and dips available was delightful.  I was like a kid in the candy store, and I plan to go back very soon.

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Cancer Survivors, Patients Invited to Webcast, Panel Discussion at MD Anderson Regional Care Center – Katy

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will host CancerCare’s Ninth Annual Survivorship Series: Living With, Through and Beyond Cancer. The first installment of the webcast series, Chemobrain: The Impact of Cancer Treatments on Memory, Thinking and Attention, will be held on Tuesday, May 3 from 12 – 1 p.m. (more…)

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Griffin Elementary Student Wins People’s Choice Art Award at Houston Rodeo

Griffin Elementary student Siv Henny Horensky has won the prestigious Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo’s People’s Choice award for her idyllic painting of a cowboy and his horse Looking at the Valley. Competition sponsors Reliant Energy presented Henny with $1,000 for the Griffin art department and $1,000 for KISD to purchase art supplies. She was also excited to receive an amazing limited edition Houston Rodeo belt buckle from the 2011 Bareback Riding Champion Clint Cannon, among other gifts. (more…)

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The Best Weekend Ever

My kids are so happy to be off for the holiday today – with the extra stress of cramming for the upcoming TAKS test at school, today came just in time. The weather is so perfect here in Katy today, warm and toasty, but with a cool breeze blowing through. So we started our three day weekend off right, out in the garden and front yard, adding colorful impatiens to our growing collection of spring beauties. Then we planted the rest of our herbs, adding dill, cilantro, and basil to our “edibles” garden. After some fun in the early morning sun, we started breakfast.

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Local Clinic Seeking Katy Residents for Allergy Study

Breath of Life Research Institute, 21715 Kingsland Blvd, Ste. 100, has more than 14 years experience in conducting pharmaceutical research, specializing in asthma, allergies, COPD, diabetes and hypertension studies. (more…)

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Seven Lakes Welcomes New JV Cheerleaders

Seven Lakes High School announced their 2011-2012 Junior Varsity cheerleading squad. (more…)

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Registration Open for Texas Children’s Kamp K’anna

Texas Children’s Hospital announced registration is now open for Kamp K’aana, a unique fun-based summer camp for overweight and obese children ages 10 to 14 years. This two-week, weight management camp is run by experts from Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine where kids lose weight as a side effect of having fun and living an active, healthy lifestyle. (more…)

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Katy ISD Campuses Named Top Schools in the Area

For the sixth year Children at Risk, in partnership with the Houston Chronicle, has evaluated and ranked 998 elementary and secondary schools in greater Houston.  Several Katy ISD campuses have been named top schools in the area: (more…)

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Katy ISD Teachers Selected for Fund for Teachers Grant Program

This summer, a select group of Katy ISD teachers will be travelling to destinations like Puerto Rico, France, Alaska and Thailand as part of the Fund for Teachers Grant program. The program selects teachers across the country to participate in learning experiences around the globe to enrich personal and professional growth. (more…)

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Cinco Ranch Wins HBJ Landmark Award

Cinco Ranch has won the Houston Business Journal’s 2011 Landmark Award for Residential Development, with judges citing the Katy community’s 20-year track record and recent acquisition of 492 acres for expansion as key factors in the win. (more…)

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Grant Helps Katy Teacher Introduce Renaissance Music to 21st Century Students

As most teachers would agree, today’s students are heavily influenced by popular culture. TV shows, video games and music play a huge role in how they view the world around them. For band directors and music teachers, introducing students to different styles and periods of music can be hard. Most teachers are hesitant to bridge the gap between classical music and modern/contemporary music. (more…)

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Cooking Healthy in Katy

Eight Pantry Must-Haves

To cook healthy for your Katy family, your pantry must be stocked with healthy ingredients. Here is a quick list of the items you’ll turn to as you begin to cook healthier dishes for your family. Having them on hand makes last-minute decisions for dinner better choices. If the only thing available to grab and fix is wholesome, the likelihood of “falling off the health wagon” is decreased.

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West I-10 Fire Department Chief to Speak to Katy Exchange Club

Chief and Sr. Captain James Dillon of West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department will be the featured speaker of the Greater Katy Exchange Club. The monthly meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 4 at 6:30 p.m. at West I-10 Fire Station 4, 22855 Franz Rd. (more…)

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Houston Stallions Indoor Football to Host First Home Game at Merrell Center

The Houston Stallions will finally have their home debut Saturday night at the Merrell Center against division rival Corpus Christi.  Despite the challenge of playing their first five games on the road to begin the 2011 campaign, the Stallions have trampled the competition in route to a 5-0 start and a 2.5 game lead in the Southwest Division of the SIFL. (more…)

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The Benefits of Coffee

How to Enjoy a Healthier Daily Cup of Joe

Coffee has gotten a bad rap in recent years, and with good reason.  The coffee that the bulk of Americans are drinking is loaded with additives, sugar and other unnatural ingredients which are harmful to our health.  This post is in no way meant to tout the consumption of the coffee drinks that have become the popular mainstay of the morning routine, but rather to offer a redemptive take on the benefits of the pure form of the dark liquid given to us by nature!

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Ashton Woods Homes Joins Firethorne Builder Team, Debuts Seven New Floor Plans

Ashton Woods Homes will signal its debut on the Firethorne, builder team by unveiling seven entirely new floor plans created for Firethorne West. The homes, priced from $160,000 to the $220,000s, will range in size from 1,800 to 2,900 square feet. Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-designed community Katy/Fulshear, is located 10 miles west of the Texas Medical Center-West Campus.

“We’ve designed a set of all-new floor plans especially for Firethorne to fit the needs of young families just starting out,” says Dan Gezella, vice president of sales and marketing for Ashton Woods Homes-Houston. Gezella was named National Association of Home Builders Sales Manager of the Year in The Nationals 2011 Gold Awards.

For over 20 years, Ashton Woods has been known for designing versatile, energy-efficient homes, balancing healthy-home features with energy efficiency. The company is a Platinum Level Environments for Living and Energy Star builder and is honored with extensive builder awards on the local, regional and national levels.

“We hand-select each of our builders based upon their high standards for design, quality, customer satisfaction and reputation,” says Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer. Completing the Firethorne builder team are: Coventry Homes, Highland Homes, Partners in Building, Perry Homes, Plantation Homes and David Weekley Homes.

Ashton Woods Homes will begin work on a one-story, four-bedroom model home this spring in Firethorne’s Model Park II. The floor plans to be featured at Firethorne will offer such options as extended covered patios, bay windows, recreation room/bedroom, living room/study and half-car and full-car garage add-ons to the two-car garage.

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CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital to Host LiveWell Women’s Conference May 12

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14, 2011

CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital will host Katy and west Houston’s first LiveWell Women’s Conference on May 12. Featuring keynote speaker Naomi Judd, the day-long event will comprise workshops covering topics of special interest to women, with a strong focus on achieving a balanced and healthy lifestyle.

The LiveWell Women’s Conference will take place Thursday, May 12, 7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. at the Omni Houston Hotel Westside and will feature 16 breakout sessions led by top physicians and other community experts in their fields. The theme of the event is The Power of a Little “Me Time” – addressing the importance of giving enough attention to the person who is often the most overlooked in a busy woman’s life: herself. Workshops address such diverse topics as advanced women’s heart health, financial management, decluttering and organizing your space, treating migraines with Botox and ways to stay in shape. In addition, Platinum Sponsor MD Anderson Cancer Center is hosting a physician-led session on knowing and reducing cancer risks. (A full list with descriptions of workshops accompanies this press release.)

Judd, a multi-platinum country music artist, best-selling author, humanitarian and communicator, will deliver the keynote address – focusing on topics for which she is well known: creating health, wealth and happiness from nothing; aging gratefully; and living a more hopeful and transparent life.

“Naomi Judd’s story has inspired women throughout the United States, and she really embodies the goal of our first women’s conference – to help women achieve greater balance, health and satisfaction in their lives,” says Christa Clifton, marketing and public relations director at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital. “We are so excited to bring Ms. Judd and the entire event to the women of Katy and west Houston. We look forward to women of our community gathering together for ‘a little ME time’ to learn from and share with each other.”

The CHRISTUS St. Catherine LiveWell Conference – which is also sponsored by CBS Radio and KPRC-TV, among others – is open to the general public. Early registration, now through April 27, is $50. Beginning April 28, registration is $75 and continues through May 6. The registration fee includes a continental breakfast, keynote luncheon, refreshments, access to 16 workshops, free health screenings, a shopping area and door prizes. Registration and conference information is now available at www.christusstcatherine.org. To learn more about the event, call 281-599-5181.

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Naomi Judd will be the keynote speaker at CHRISTUS's first-ever LiveWell Women's Conference.

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Becoming a Healthy Katy Family

Survival Tips For Transition

When the decision has been made to get healthier as a Katy family, the look of your food shelves must change, little by little!  In order for the family to eat healthy, the available selection must be healthy.  There are several items I suggest you stock in your pantry for both cooking needs and quick snacks.  One thing that is so important to remember that during the exchange of previous foods to healthier picks: it takes time for your family to adjust.

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Katy ISD to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11, 2011

The Katy ISD Police Department will join forces with members from the Houston Drug Enforcement Administration during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day to collect potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. This initiative will take place on Saturday, April 30, 2011. Katy ISD will have two locations this year. The south location will be Roosevelt Alexander Elementary located at 6161 S. Fry Rd., and the North location will be Sundown Elementary located at 20100 Saums Rd. Both locations will be manned by Katy ISD Police Officers.

“We encourage all families to take a moment to look in their medicine cabinets and drop-off any unused prescription drugs,” says Katy ISD Police Sergeant Tom Donalson. “This is an easy and anonymous service that could potentially save a life.”

Patrons may drop off their expired or unwanted prescription drugs for on-site destruction between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria.

According to the U.S. Department of Justice DEA, prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing at alarming rates – as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

This event is the second of its kind. The first event was conducted in October of 2010, and Katy ISD Police manned one site. That site netted over 200 lbs of expired or unwanted dangerous drugs. For a complete listing of collection sites across the U.S., visit www.dea.gov.

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Straw Poll for Texas Coaches Association Ranks Seven Lakes No. 17

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11, 2011

The Seven Lakes girls softball team was recently ranked no. 17 in a new straw poll by the Texas Coaches Association. This is a huge accomplishment for the Seven Lakes softball program, as this is the first time in the program’s history to receive this recognition. With a current district record of 5-2 and wins over Katy Taylor and Cinco Ranch, Seven Lakes is making their mark in what is considered an extremely competitive district full of talented teams and players.

“It is good to see the recognition for our program,” says Terry Kangas, head coach. “We have accomplished a lot this year, and that is good for the girls and their hard work that they are putting in.”

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The Seven Lakes girls softball team has a current district record of 5-2 with wins over Katy Taylor and Cinco Ranch.

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Keep Waller County Beautiful to Host First-ever Trash Off

Katy Texas News
Posted April 8, 2011

Republic Services will sponsor Waller County’s first-ever “Trash Off” Saturday, April 16 in an effort to promote recycling and help local residents clean out their homes. Free trash disposal will take place at the Waller County Recycling Center, 32159 Morton Rd., located just west of Old Town Katy from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Acceptable items to bring include:

Cardboard
Shrink wrap
General office trash
Paint cans (completely dry with lids removed)
Wood
Landscaping debris
Metal
Carpet
General appliances
Furniture
Construction debris
Concrete (only in 20 yd ¾)
Bricks (only in 20 yd)
Tree trunks (cut into 3 foot by 3 foot, only in 20 or 30 yd)
Roofing material (not in 40 yd)
Dirt (only in 20 yd and only ¾ full)

Non-acceptable items include:

Tires
Hazardous waste
Batteries
Chemicals
Drums/barrels
Paint cans with liquid and/or lids attached
Refrigerators (unless all Freon removed and stickered)
A/C units (unless all Freon removed and stickered)
Tree stumps

For more information, call Robbie Peterson at 713-545-0955. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Team Katy Donates $3,200 to KEYS Mentoring Program

Katy Texas News
Posted April 6, 2011

Katy ISD’s Partners in Education group was recently surprised with a generous donation of $3,200 from the Team Katy PAC to the KEYS Mentoring scholarship fund.  This donation consists of the remainder of the funds from Team Katy’s 2010 Katy ISD Bond campaign. The donation will assist in providing scholarships to KEYS Mentoring student participants.

“This money could have been returned to donors, but we decided to give it to the kids,” said Joe Simmons, Team Katy representative.  “That’s why Team Katy existed, for the students.”

In the past five years, $61,000 in scholarships have been awarded to graduating KEYS students.  Currently, more than 600 mentors are volunteering their time to the program throughout the district; however, there is a strong need for more volunteers.

“We are especially in need of men mentors,” said Martha Brown, Katy ISD Partners in Education.  “Just one hour a week can make a huge difference in motivating a student to keep pushing forward in school and in life.”

KEYS Mentoring brings adults role models into Katy ISD schools to motivate, encourage and inspire students on the brink of success. Whether spent playing games, reading or just talking, that one hour a week makes a tremendous difference in the life of a child. For more information, visit www.katyisd.org.

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Martha Brown, Katy ISD Partners in Education, accepts a donation from Joe Simmons, Team Katy representative. The donation will be used to provide scholarships to KEYS Mentoring graduating seniors.

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Katy Magazine Makes Community Proud Once Again Winning Bit at State Level Awards Ceremony in San Antonio

Katy Texas News
Posted April 6, 2011

Katy Magazine just returned from the TCNA Conference and Awards Ceremony held in San Antonio, Texas on April 1 & 2, 2011. They competed in 18 state level media categories and won 13 awards total for their three community magazines. The TCNA Annual Awards are open to all free publications including magazines and newspapers across Texas. The competition covers editorial, advertising, photography, and general excellence awards.

Katy Magazine’s 2010 TCNA Best of Texas Awards include:
1st Place – Best Original Page Design
“5 Fun Weekend Vacations”

1st Place – Best Original Ad – Full Color
“Sans Pareil Center”

2nd Place – Best Original News Headline
“The Weight of Katy’s Future”

3rd Place – Best Original Ad – Full Color
“Weston Lakes Country Club”

Katy Magazine’s sister publications Sugar Land Magazine and Cy-Fair Magazine also brought home four and five Best of Texas Awards respectively, for a grand total of 13 awards. For the first time in history, their magazines dominated the Best Original Ad Category winning the first, second, and third place awards for their creative ad designs.

Since 2005, Katy Magazine and its sister publications have won more than 90 TCNA awards. Additionally, they have won numerous other journalism, business, and community awards from various organizations and entities.

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Katy Magazine Marketing Director Lisa McGarity and Katy Magazine Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Katrina Katsarelis proudly display their 13 collective awards from TCNA.

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Katy High School Winter Guard Brings Home State Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted April 6, 2011

The ladies of the Katy High School Winter Guard went to Pearland Friday night with one goal: bring back a state title, which they did. Their last state championship was more than 10 years ago.

Andrew Lee, band director in charge of Guard and Drumline, was visibly moved by his team’s success. “The girls worked hard for this,” he says. “They earned it.”

“I love these girls, and I prayed they do their best and congratulate themselves on an amazing season,” adds guard director Michelle Jordan. The team has been practicing afterschool since marching season ended in December. They competed in three shows prior to finals with two first place and one second place finish.

Most people are familiar with Color Guard work in the marching band with flags, rifles and sabers. Winter Guard competitions are held in gymnasiums with only guard members performing on a painted floor to taped music. While the Novice division is one of the lower levels of competition with teams using body work and flags with some rifle work, Katy went above and beyond and competed with saber work as well.

Greg Horne, father of former guard director Meghan Horne, wrote the show. He picked the music, “The Ascent” by Yanni. Greg and Meghan both flew back from Boston to work with the girls during weekend rehearsals.

Since this is a Texas Color Guard Circuit event and not UIL sanctioned, Katy had members from freshmen thorough senior classes and an eighth grade member from West Memorial Junior High. All of the members had to maintain academic eligibility to participate. As Winter Guard started after football season was over, two marching band members participated as well.

All six Katy ISD schools had teams competing this year with Taylor’s JV squad taking a second place trophy in the Novice Division with Katy. Taylor’s Varsity took second in Scholastic A which competes at a higher level and has different judging criteria than Novice. They will be competing in Dayton, Ohio for a chance at a Winter Guard International title April 7-9.

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Cheer for Charity Showcase Raises $3,000 for Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted April 6, 2011

High school cheerleaders, coaches and mascots joined forces for the first ever Katy ISD Cheer for Charity Showcase that raised just over $3,000 for playrooms at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

“It was good to see the cheerleaders and mascots from all schools congratulating each other on their performances at the end of the evening,” says Bob Bryant, Katy ISD Director of Fine Arts.  “This is another example that shows that, though we have many schools here, Katy ISD is one community working together.”

Approximately 650 patrons attended the event that featured varsity and junior varsity cheerleading squads representing each Katy ISD high school.  High school mascots also joined forces with a combined performance.

“Pushing the students to stay positive and committed to their teams to see the project through was very rewarding,” says Amy McConnell, psychology teacher and cheerleading coach at Taylor High School.  “We tend to be very competitive with one another but, on this night, we were cheering and celebrating together. It was very powerful.”

During the planning phase of the event, cheerleading coaches from all campuses compiled a list of popular charity choices submitted by their squads and voted on who would be the final recipient. This resulted in Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus being the charity of choice for the event.

“I think it was perfect timing with the opening of the west campus,” adds McConnell. “Plus, it’s great to see students doing something for the youth in this community.”

A check presentation to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is scheduled for Monday, April 11.

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The first-ever Katy ISD Cheer for Charity Showcase that raised just over $3,000 for playrooms at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus.

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Griffin Elementary Place at State Destination Imagination

Katy Texas News
Posted April 5, 2011

The Funky Foilinators team from Griffin Elementary finished in third place at the State Destination ImagiNation (DI) tournament in Lubbock, Texas. The students will now compete at the Global Tournament in Knoxville, Tenn. in May.

The team impressed judges with their teamwork and structure they created from wood, glue and foil which held 725 pounds without breaking. The team also won compliments from the judges for their creativity with props and costumes.

Every year, 100,000 students from across the United States and over 30 other countries participate in DI. This year Katy schools sent nine teams from six schools to state.  This educational activity requires teams drawn from grades 1 – 12 to solve open-ended challenges and present their solutions at tournaments. Students are tested to think on their feet, work together and devise original solutions.

“We were proud of both our teams who represented Griffin with true DI spirit,” says Nancy Hess, challenge teacher at Griffin Elementary. “The teams worked for several months perfecting their solutions to the challenge and did an outstanding job on their performances. This is the first time we have qualified to send teams to the state tournament. Our team managers really worked hard preparing the students for their performances. Our Griffin students were outstanding. At school we encourage creativity, teamwork and perseverance. Months of hard work and fun have led to an amazing DI result.”

Griffin sent two teams to the state tournament. The RaDIcal Rescuers also did a fantastic job and won sixth place medals for their outstanding performance in both the team challenge and the instant challenge.

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The Funky Foilinators team from Griffin Elementary.

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Six Ingredient Chicken Cacciatore

This Easy Recipe is Sure to Please Any Katy Family

You can cook gourmet dishes in little time, with little effort, offering your family something full and healthy for dinner. Since spaghetti sauces are loaded with sugar, I have resorted to using crushed tomatoes with a small amount of tomato paste stirred in, along with your fave Italian seasonings (garlic, thyme and oregano always work for Italian.) to make quick and easy semi-homemade sauce. This dish is easy, will please your picky eaters and is healthy. Enjoy!

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April’s Stroke Support Group to Focus on Aphasia

Katy Texas News
Posted April 4, 2011

Therapists and staff at Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital-Katy and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital know the difficulties facing family and friends of stroke survivors, as well as the challenges that the survivors face themselves. To support these individuals, the hospitals host a monthly Stroke Support Group where attendees can learn about recovery and gain realistic feedback; get helpful information on topics such as health, hygiene, nutrition and prevention; and socialize with other stroke survivors and caregivers.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 19. Deeya Daniel, speech language pathologist, will talk about aphasia. Aphasia is a disorder that results from damage to the parts of the brain that contain language. Aphasia causes problems with any or all of the following: speaking, listening, reading, and writing.

The stroke support group meets the third Tuesday of every month from 6-7 p.m. in the first Floor Conference Center at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, 23900 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX 77494. All Stroke Support Group meetings are open to stroke survivors, caretakers, and families. Call 713-222-CARE (2273) for more information.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Awarded an ENERGY STAR Label

Katy Texas News
Posted April 4, 2011

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been awarded the ENERGY STAR label by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for 2011. This signifies that the building performs in the top 25 percent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency.

In an effort to reduce energy consumption, improve indoor air quality and create a more patient-friendly environment, Memorial Hermann Katy made extensive energy management changes on its campus, including:

Optimization of variable speed drives, air conditioning and heating systems, which has reduced overall energy consumption by 34 percent while maintaining patient comfort.

Optimization of heating systems, including temperature, pressure, and flow that has reduced natural gas consumption by 75 percent.

Similar to residential cooling and heating units, the facility initiated scheduling changes to automatically turn off hospital air conditioning systems and adjust space temperatures when areas are not being used by patients and staff.

Developed an automated air conditioning temperature optimization program to continuously adjust set points in response to outside weather (temperature) conditions.

Overall Greenhouse gas emissions have been reduced by 30 percent as a result of this energy efficiency initiative.

“Memorial Hermann Katy is pleased to accept the EPA’s ENERGY STAR label in recognition of our energy efficiency efforts,” says Scott Barbe, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital CEO. “Through this achievement, we have demonstrated our commitment to environmental stewardship while also lowering our energy costs.”

By awarding facilities the ENERGY STAR label, the EPA recognizes facilities that meet strict energy performance standards. ENERGY STAR facilities must use less energy, be less expensive to operate, and emit fewer greenhouse gas emissions than their peers. To earn the label, facilities must be in the top 25 percent of their peers in energy efficiency according to the EPA’s energy performance scale. By improving efficiency, facilities can save energy and money and help fight climate change.

“Memorial Hermann is proud to participate in the Energy Star program,” says Michael Hatton, Memorial Hermann System Executive of Engineering. “We consider excellence in energy efficiency a compliment to our efforts to provide greater Houston area residents with the most advanced and innovative care possible. As of today, only seven hospitals in Texas and 43 nation-wide have achieved the Energy Star designation.  Memorial Hermann Katy’s rating of ‘80’ denotes its performance in the top 20 percent of energy efficiency in the nation.”

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Katy Girl Scout Creates Videos for Autistic Children to Earn Gold Award

Katy Texas News
Posted April 4, 2011

Girl Scout Ambassador Rebecca Bordelon created videos teaching life skills and social skills to children with autism to earn the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto Council Gold Award, the highest award a Girl Scout can achieve. Less than five percent of girls who join Girl Scouts earn this recognition.

“I learned that hard work and perseverance really pay off in the end, and that when things seem tough or monotonous, you can’t give up,” says Rebecca, a senior in home school.

Earning the Gold Award is a significant honor that requires recipients to demonstrate outstanding leadership skills, career planning, community involvement and personal development. It takes more than 100 service hours and two to three years of intensive work to complete the award requirements, which include planning and completing a project that is a service to the community.

“I chose this project, because I have a brother with autism, and I knew that I would be able to help a lot of children in KISD with autistic disorder,” explains Rebecca.

For her year-long project, Rebecca researched life skills topics, wrote up scenarios, recruited actors and produced videos for the children in the social skills and special education classes at Katy ISD. The videos taught basic hygiene, getting ready for school in the morning tasks, conversational skills and more.

“Rebecca has become better organized, keeping schedules and to-do lists, and is less likely to procrastinate, a big improvement,” says June Bordelon, Rebecca’s mother. “She is also more confident in her abilities, more self-assured and less shy about talking to and approaching adults.”

As a member of Girl Scouts for 11 years, Rebecca was involved in the SPURS and STARS horseback riding programs. Her extracurricular activities include participating in theater and her church’s youth band. Following graduation, she plans to attend the Culinary Institute of America to get a bachelor’s degree in baking and pastry arts.

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Katy Chi Omega Alumni Donate to Make-A-Wish Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted April 4, 2011

The Katy Chi Omega Alumni chapter is proving wishes do come true. The women of Katy Chi Omega alumni association are putting their efforts together to benefit the Gulf-Coast Make-A-Wish Foundation Chapter.

The women of Katy Chi Omega had been gathering child-friendly gifts since January 2011 for a basket to donate to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The basket filled with goodies was presented to the Gulf-Coast Make-A-Wish Foundation at their spring meeting on March 24 at Willow Fork Country Club. The members participated in the Shell Houston Open Golf Tournament at Redstone Golf Club this weekend. The women will volunteer to work at the event and make an hourly wage to be donated to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“Chi Omega and its members are always thrilled to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation fulfill its mission,” says Jan Koci. “The funds we raise and our contributions will help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in Texas and Louisiana.”

The alumni association also contributes to national benefits, which include helping with disaster relief, providing scholarships and other charitable work.  Locally, the Katy Alumnae participates with the University of Houston Psi Zeta Chi Omega Chapter to help with their annual fundraisers.   Meetings and events are held through the year and all Chi Omega Alumnae are encouraged to join the chapter.  The next event is April 26, 2011. For more information, visit katychiomega.org or email janincal@yahoo.com.

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The women of Katy Chi Omega alumni association are putting their efforts together to benefit the Gulf-Coast Make-A-Wish Foundation Chapter.

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Katy Chamber Welcomes New Businesses in March

Each month, the Katy Chamber of Commerce holds ribbon cuttings throughout the community, welcoming new businesses to the area. During the month of February, the Chamber welcomed the following businesses to Katy: Sams Club, 20424 Katy Freeway; and ICON Bank, 23123 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

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Sams Club

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