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Premier Baseball Sophomore Championship Includes Three Katy Area Athletes

Fifty teams from across the nation traveled to Lubbock this past week in the battle for Premier Baseball’s National Sophomore Championship Title. Three of the four teams in the semifinals were from Texas. Three of the athletes photographed from Katy are: Taylor Jiral – Cinco Ranch High School sophomore; Hunter Wells – Cinco Ranch High School sophomore; and Ryan Hill– Taylor High School sophomore.

Kyle Chapman National Champions

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Katy Area Youth Selected to Participate in National All-Star Bowl in Orlando

Katy, TX (July 29, 2013) – While attending an Offense-Defense Football Camp this summer, Katy area youth Channing P. Dumas, JR., age 9 years old, of Katy, TX, was named an Offense-Defense All-American and invited to participate in the 8th-annual Offense-Defense Bowl Week festivities taking place at the Citrus Bowl in Orlando, FL.

CJ Katy, TexasChanning P. Dumas

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Katy Breast Cancer Support Group “Breast Friends” Encourages and Inspires

Katy, Texas (July 26, 2013) – The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities. The next meeting will be Tuesday, August 13.

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Katy Resident and Transplant Patient Sponsored by Texas Children’s Hospital to Compete at World Transplant Games

 KATY, TX – (July 25, 2013)  – Eighteen-year-old Jasmine Williams, a Katy, TX resident, is a liver and kidney transplant recipient who, at age 7, was diagnosed with hyperoxaluria with oxalosis type 1, a rare genetic disorder in which a liver enzyme is defective which impacts the function of a person’s kidney. Originally from Louisiana, Jasmine and her family would drive to and from Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston for appointments and treatment. At age 8, Jasmine received her much needed donor liver and kidney and was given a second chance at life.

Katy Texas Resident, Jasmine WilliamsJasmine Williams

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Margaret Sparkman Follows in Daughter’s Footsteps as Firethorne Community HOA Manager

KATY, TX – July 24, 2013 – Firethorne has named longtime Katy resident Margaret Sparkman manager of its 1,700-member homeowners association (HOA.)  Located on FM 1463 in Katy/Fulshear, the 1,400-acre master-planned community, will have 3,400 homes when completed.       

Firethorne-MargaretSparkmanMargaret Sparkman

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Lennar Opens Two New Model Homes in Grand Mission Estates

KATY, TX – July 25, 2013 – Lennar, one of Houston’s largest home builders, recently opened two new model homes in Grand Mission Estates, one of the newest communities by Friendswood Development Company. The models showcase Lennar’s Brookstone and Vista collections. The Vista collection is part of Lennar’s new livable luxury line. 

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Katy Spartans Bring Home Championship Title

Katy, TX (July 23, 2013) – The Katy Spartans 9u AAA team, comprised of players from Cinco Ranch, Grand Lakes, and Weston Lakes areas, recently competed in the USSSA Global World Series in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Katy Spartans 9u AAA Team

Katy Spartans 9u AAA Team

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Katy ISD Board Approves Design Services for New Proposed Stadium

Katy, TX (June 18, 2013) – During the June Work Study meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved a recommendation by Superintendent Alton Frailey to retain the services of PBK Architects for the design services associated with the proposed construction of a new second stadium. Available 2010 Bond funds are proposed to fund the initial design work.

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State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy Honored by the Texas Retired Teachers Association

Katy, TX (July 19, 2013) – State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy, TX, was honored in Austin by the Texas Retired Teachers Association for his successful efforts to improve the Teacher Retirement System pension fund with the passing of Senate Bill 1458.

 

719 (3)Pictured (from left) Marcy Cann, TRTA District 4 incoming president, Callegari, Brenda Ritter, TRTA District 4 outgoing president, and Tom Ritter.

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Volunteering

Katy Texas Volunteering

  • The Arc of Katy  832-754-9802
  • ARTreach 4211 Stonecroft Cir. Katy, TX 281-392-5341
  • Autumn Grove Cottage 21803 Oak Park Trails Dr. Katy, TX 281-346-3045
  • Boy Scouts of America- Sam Houston Area Council 2225 North Loop W., Houston, TX 713-756-3349 or Español 713-865-9135
  • Breath of Life Children’s Clinic 21715 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 281-398-7353
  • The Brookwood Community 1752 FM 1489 Brookshire, TX 281-375-2100
  • Carriage Inn 1400 Katy-Flewellen Rd. Katy, TX 281-392-2800
  • Chicktime Katy Chapter
  • Christ Clinic 5504 First St. Katy, TX 281-398-0190
  • Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center 3206 S. Fry Rd. Katy, TX 281-638-8685
  • Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP) 17555 Katy Fwy., Houston, TX 281-497-0591 www.cap4pets.org
  • Clothed by Faith 802 Dominion Dr. Katy, TX 281-676-8837 www.clothedbyfaith.org
  • Colonial Oaks Assisted Living & Memory Care 21601 Provincial Blvd. Katy, TX 281-578-2222
  • Eternal Food Ministry 6801 Highway Blvd., Katy, TX 281-271-1730
  • Girl Scouts of the USA 3110 S.W. Fwy., Houston, TX 713-292-4340
  • The Joe Joe Bear Foundation 1846 Snake River Rd. Katy, TX 281-398-4522
  • Katy Christian Ministries 5011 E. Fifth St. Katy, TX 281-391-5261
  • Katy Fire Department 1417 Ave. D Katy, TX 281-391-3500
  • Katy Heritage Society 5990 George Bush Dr. Katy, TX 281-391-2550
  • Katy Independent School District 281-396-6000 katyisd.org
  • Katy ISD KEYS (Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success) Martha Brown 281-396-2468
  • Katy Prairie Conservancy 3015 Richmond Ave. Katy, TX 713-523-6135
  • Krause Children’s Center 25752 Kingsland Blvd. Katy, TX 281-392-7505
  • Lunches of Love 281-342-8321 lunchesoflove.net
  • Memorial Hermann Katy 23900 Katy Fwy. Katy, TX 281-644-7000
  • Methodist West Houston Hospital 18500 Katy Fwy. Katy, TX 832-522-1000
  • Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston 1450 E. Summitry Cir. Katy, TX 281-578-0078
  • The Solana at Cinco Ranch 24001 Cinco Village Center Blvd. Katy, TX 281-395-9600
  • Special Pals Animal Shelter 3830 Greenhouse Rd. Houston, TX 281-579-7387
  • South Texas Animal Adoption staarnet.org
  • Sunrise Senior Living Center of Cinco Ranch 21939 Cinco Ranch Blvd. Katy, TX 281-240-0500
  • Texas Children’s Hospital – West Campus 18200 Katy Frwy. Katy, TX 832-227-1186
  • West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department 899 Dominion Dr. 281-492-8888
  • Willowfork Fire Department 24655 Westheimer Pkwy. Katy, TX 281-395-0011
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Katy YMCA Focuses on Giving Back to the Community

Katy, TX (July 12, 2013) – The YMCA to most people means a great place to work out and swim. It’s Ganesh Venkataramanan’s task to remind people that the “C” stands for Christian. He heads up the Christian emphasis committee for the Katy YMCA. “One of the things we wanted to do is see how we can give back in a measurable way to the Katy YMCA membership and the Katy community beyond providing a gym and swimming pool.”

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Texas Children’s Hospital Receives “Most Wired Innovator” Award

Katy, Texas (July 10, 2013) – Texas Children’s Hospital announced today that they have received the “Most Wired Innovator” Award from Hospitals and Healthcare Networks, the flagship publication of the American Hospital Association, for the pediatric  hospital’s Rapid Communication System, a comprehensive communication system for its mobile healthcare workers.  The Most Wired Innovator Award is given annually to three hospitals that apply technology in new and innovative ways to more effectively serve their patients, staff and communities.

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Marriage for Keeps in Katy

KATY, Texas (KM) – They’ve survived deployments, financial devastation, cancer, the death of a child, and more. Through it all, they have leaned on one another and vowed to stay together. None of these Katy couples think their relationship is out of the ordinary, but between them they have 146 combined years of unconditional love.

Written by Meagan Clanahan | Select photography by Lindsey Shelburne

ADAM AND BAILEY LANIER
To Iraq and Back
Adam and Bailey Lanier first became friends in junior high school and eventually became high school sweethearts. Although they temporarily separated during their college years, they remained close friends. It was during that time that Adam, a U.S. Marine, was first deployed to Iraq. “It’s hard getting off the phone with someone and not knowing if and when you will talk to them again,” says Bailey. “So when we talked or emailed, it was only about the good stuff.”

 

Bailey is incredibly proud of her husband, and high school sweetheart, Adam Lanier, who served as a Marine in Afghanistan

Bailey is incredibly proud of her husband, and high school sweetheart, Adam Lanier, who served as a Marine in Afghanistan

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Nottingham Country Swim Team in Katy Honors the Roberson Family

 Katy, Texas – July 3, 2013 – The Nottingham Country Swim Team recently honored Les and Pam Roberson for their 23-year involvement with Nottingham Country Swim Team (NCST). 

Roberson FamilyPam and Les Roberson

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The Texas Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Katy, Texas (July 3, 2013) – The Texas Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital hosted an all-day Twin-Twin Transfusion Syndrome (TTTS) Workshop on June 15, 2013 in Houston. Under the direction of the center’s co-director, Kenneth Moise, Jr., M.D., who is also a professor of maternal-fetal medicine at UTHealth Medical School, physicians and nurse representatives from 13 lead TTTS centers in the U.S., Canada and the Netherlands gathered together to discuss the latest advances in the treatment of the disease.

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Emily Stepanek Wins U.S. Department of State YES Abroad Scholarship to Study in Malaysia

Katy, Texas – The U.S. Department of State has awarded Emily Stepanek, a high school student in Katy, TX, one of 65 scholarships to study abroad on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program.

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Destination Imagination Team Wins First Place at Global Competition

Katy, Texas – Cinco Ranch High School Destination Imagination team, DI Harder, won first place in the world at the Global DI Competition in Knoxville, Tennessee. There were teams from 45 states, seven Canadian provinces and 13 countries competing with over 15,000 people in attendance.

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The Twin Connection in Katy, Texas

We’re taking a closer look at the bond shared between identical twins through the eyes of local Katyites

Written by Kirsten Cornell Photography by Lindsey Shelburne

KATY, Texas (KM) –  As the crowd cheered and the dust settled, 8-year-old Christie Mewis took to the plate and readied her bat wanting to win another hometown softball game. Back in the dugout, her twin sister Carol suddenly grabbed her cheek, jumped to her feet, and shrieked, “Ouch!” Seconds later, Christie was struck in the eye by the pitch.

The connection between twins is unique and undeniable. There have been stories about twins feeling emotional and physical pain even though they were separated by miles, states, or even oceans. They enjoy a type of closeness beyond what most siblings experience. “We get closer each year that passes,” shares Christie. “I appreciate that she always there for me. No matter the situation or the time of day, I can always depend on her support.”

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A Guide To Finding a Pediatrician in Katy, Texas

Written by Leigh Ann Mitchell

KATY, Texas (KM) – Choosing a pediatrician that you and your child connect with is an important first step in raising a healthy, happy child. Whether you’re expecting your first baby or it’s time for a a change, here are a few words of wisdom from Katy moms and pediatricians.

Asking the Important Questions

Many parents interview potential pediatricians to ensure a good fit. “I don’t think there are a lot of ‘don’ts’ when interviewing a pediatrician,” explains Dr. Farah Mamedov from Katy’s Steeplechase Pediatrics. “You are choosing a medical home for your child, so you have to be comfortable with the doctor and the clinic.” Dr. Mamedov emphasizes making sure you ‘like’ your new doctor, and asking questions to see if you agree on important parenting topics like breastfeeding, discipline, antibiotics, and more.

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