Facebook Twitter RSS

Katy’s Next Top Model in Katy, Texas

Tommie Cross-Holmes, a Mayde Creek graduate, is accomplishing his dream of modeling in New York City

Written by Cherri Northcutt | Photography courtesy of Tommie Cross-Holmes

Growing up as a student at Mayde Creek Elementary, Tommie Cross-Holmes never imagined that he would one day live in New York and have a successful modeling career. “As a kid, I was always playing outside with friends,” Tommie remembers. “My mom even got walkie-talkies so she could let me know when to come in for dinner. The only problem was, I had to stay within range,” he says.

“Tommie loved to read and play football,” his mother, Denita Holmes shares. In fact, his love of sports led him to Katy Youth Football where he met some of his lifelong friends. His dad played golf, so Tommie started playing in seventh grade. Tommie adds, “I also played football and ran track through junior high and high school.”

KM_DecJan_14_Tommie Cross-Holmes_Editorial shot by photographer Phyllis Lane

Tommie Cross-Holmes, a graduate of Mayde Creek High School, is making a name for himself as a model in mainstream editorial after moving to New York City

(more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy’s Next Top Model in Katy, Texas

Katy, TX News – Sun Devils Football Program Excels at National Level

Katy, TX News (December 29, 2014) – A few members of the Katy Sun Devils sixth-grade football team were recently won the Houston Football University national championship in Naples, Florida. The Katy Sun Devils are ranked #1 in the nation for sixth-grade by National Sports Report (NSR) and they will be competing in the NSR National Tournament to defend their ranking.

Sun Devils

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy, TX News – Sun Devils Football Program Excels at National Level

Leadership In Katy, Texas Education

An inside look at Katy ISD’s dedicated board of trustees

Written by Shetye Cypher | Photography courtesy of Katy ISD

As one of the fastest growing communities in the nation, Katy ISD is the perfect combination of long-standing tradition and a cutting edge approach to learning. Through collaboration, commitment, and a desire for greatness, the Katy ISD board of trustees is always striving to provide the best educational experience possible for Katy students.

KM_14_Katy ISD Board of TrusteesGroup 4x5 Large

The Katy ISD Board of Trustees (Back Row from Left to Right: Charles Griffin, Ashley Vann, Joe M. Adams, and Courtney Doyle. Front Row from Left to Right: Rebecca Fox, Bryan Michalsky, and Henry Dibrell.)

(more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Leadership In Katy, Texas Education

Katy, TX News – Tree Planting in New Master-Planned Community

Katy, TX News (December 16, 2014) – A two-year effort to strategically plant close to 2,000 trees and transplant a collection of treasured live oaks is now well underway in Cane Island.

Cane Island Tree Planting

(more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy, TX News – Tree Planting in New Master-Planned Community

Katy, TX News – Former Katy Tiger Wins 2014 Grey Cup

Katy, TX News (December 16, 2014) – Bo Levi Mitchell, a 2008 graduate of Katy High School, recently led the Calgary Stampeders to a 20-16 win against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and took home the Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award during the 2014 Grey Cup Canadian Championship Football Game.

Bo Levi Mitchell

(more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy, TX News – Former Katy Tiger Wins 2014 Grey Cup

Katy, Texas Businesses – News from December/January 2015

Traditional Cuisine at Alegria
281-394-7753 | alegriagrill.com 

Alegria Brazilian Grill exists to offer their clients the authentic traditional cuisine of Brazil in a warm, family environment. Their serving style will make you feel like you arrived home right at eating time. Slowcooked health dishes are served quickly to hungry kids and parents. The centerpiece of their restaurant is a custom mesquite rotisserie grill producing amazing steak, chicken, sausage, and pineapple. Top off your meal with an aromatic “cafezinho” and a delicious pudim.

Proactive Lifestyle Fitness
832-239-8090 | proactivelifestyle.com
Proactive Lifestyle Fitness is a science-based fitness organization that uses each individual’s uniqueness from anatomy to their metabolic footprint to deliver a solution. Providing metabolic testing and advanced training in a state-of-the-art environment, Proactive Lifestyle will be able to accommodate any goal. If you are serious about long-term success then Proactive Lifestyle Fitness is the right place for you. Come help them change the expectations of the fitness consumer!

Far Pavilions Brings Design to You
281-579-3858 | farpavilions.com
Far Pavilions offers exclusive design consultations. They arrange a visit to your home, take measurements, and help rearrange your existing furniture, accessories, and artwork to create a cohesive and harmonious look. Then, they schedule your visit back to their showroom in order to help you select pieces that are the perfect fit for your home. Don’t forget, they not only offer interior design services, but they offer space planning in your home with your existing pieces.

Star Furniture is Different by Design
281-492-5494 | starfurniture.com
Based in Houston, Star Furniture has led the way for over 100 years as one of the largest and most successful furniture retailers in America by providing high style furniture and décor at affordable prices. Star features a large selection and offers complimentary design services…making them different by design! Find traditional to modern styles, plus hundreds of custom options available. From living rooms to bedrooms to décor and accents, let them create your absolute dream home.

Katy’s Unique Chocolate Boutique
832-321-3580 | schakolad.com
Schakolad Chocolate Factory is a truly custom retail chocolate boutique. Their chocolates are made fresh on the premises, using a tried-and-true, three-generation, European-style family recipe. They specialize in making truffles, clusters, and ganaches, as well as a big selection of molded items for any occasion. They host birthday parties and chocolate-making factory tours for kids and adults.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy, Texas Businesses – News from December/January 2015

Job Fair

Tuesday, December 16, 2014 8 am – 12 noon
Thursday, December 18, 2014
and Monday, December 22, 2014
2 pm – 6 pm
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Dish Society is opening in Katy in late January/early February and is hiring for all positions ( line cooks, prep cooks, servers, bar tenders, baristas, bussers, dishwashers, cashiers, host/hostess) through a series of on site job fairs. If you are unable to attend one of the events, there will be more in January, or applicants can stop by the 5740 San Felipe.

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Job Fair

Katy, TX News – Katy Area Named Top Location for Headquarters Operations

Katy, TX News (December 10, 2014)  – Written by Lance LaCour – President & CEO – Katy Area EDC 

Compared to five other west Houston office sub-markets, the Katy Area came out on top for location of headquarters operations, which was recently presented by Katy Area EDC CEO Lance LaCour at a recent meeting.  The analysis ranked the Katy area as the top sub-market for a 200 person headquarter operation seeking to lease  a 45,000 sq. ft. building,  and compared demographic, economic, real estate, and operational factors. The other sub-markets compared included The Woodlands, East Fort Bend /Sugar Land, Westchase, San Felipe/Voss, and Katy Freeway East. Chief among Katy’s location advantages were population growth rates, educational attainment, workforce participation, quality of life, office space under construction, and lowest overall operational cost for headquarters companies.

According to CoStar, the Katy area, which includes a portion of the Energy Corridor, has over 17 million in sq. ft. of office space with over 2.4  million sq. ft. under construction. Some of the new office buildings under construction in the Katy Area include West Memorial II (325,000 sq. ft.), Mason Creek Office Center II (129,000 sq.ft.), La Centerra Phase III (35,000 sq. ft.), and Katy Ranch Crossing (156,000 sq. ft.).

The study was commissioned by Katy Area EDC and conducted by DCG Corplan Consulting LLC, a site selection consulting firm based out of West Orange, New Jersey.

“Energy service office employers are our main target for business attraction. We have over 41,000 people employed in the energy cluster within a 30 minute drive time from Mason Road and I-10 (the center of the Katy area) and about 1,400 energy firms in that area,” says LaCour. The Office Market Comparison Analysis is part of a long term marketing plan called ‘HQ-Katy’ which involves marketing the Katy area to office developers and office employers.“We are pleased with the results of the analysis and will be using this information to competitively position Katy for recruitment of office headquarters and office related firms to the Katy Area,” noted LaCour.

Katy Area EDC recently won the Texas Economic Development Award primarily for the GEICO Insurance Claims Center, an office employer project that is bringing 1,000 jobs to the Katy area. Other office projects recently announced that are located in the Katy Area include Sasol (175,000 SF), Percheron (40,000 SF) DNV-GL (45,000 SF) and the expansion of Academy Sports and Outdoors (200,000 SF).

 

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy, TX News – Katy Area Named Top Location for Headquarters Operations

A Letter from Katy ISD Communications Regarding Terra Kubala and Trent Weber

Katy, TX News (December 6, 2014) – The Katy ISD Communications department has issued a letter regarding the tragic deaths of Terra Kubala and Trent Weber:

“Dear Parents and Guardians,

The faculty and staff of Seven Lakes and Cinco Ranch High School are deeply saddened to learn of the deaths of  two students who tragically lost their lives in a vehicle accident over the weekend. We ask that you please join us as we extend our deepest and heartfelt sympathy to the families as they mourn their loss.

Grief counselors will be on campus on Monday to help our school community deal with this loss. We will be doing everything we can to help your child and our staff through this heartbreaking experience.

Over the next few days, you may wish to encourage your child to express his or her feelings and listen attentively. It will be helpful to recognize the various steps that we all go through in the grieving process: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.

If you have any concerns regarding your child’s reaction to this loss, please contact your child’s teacher, school counselor or any member of the administrative staff. Thank you for your concern and support during this difficult time.”

Katy ISD

*Katy Magazine would like to express their deepest sympathies for the families of these students, and send wishes for comfort and healing in this time of incredible loss. 

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on A Letter from Katy ISD Communications Regarding Terra Kubala and Trent Weber

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s to Build Special Isolation Unit

Katy, TX News (December 5, 2014) –  As part of the hospital’s long-term vision to care for children with the most serious and complex medical conditions, Texas Children’s Hospital announces its plan to build an eight-bed special isolation unit at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. This unit will be specifically for children with highly contagious infectious diseases, such as pandemic influenza, enterovirus D68, Ebola, and many others. Additionally, Texas Children’s has been designated by the State of Texas as a pediatric Ebola treatment center following a recent visit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

(more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s to Build Special Isolation Unit

Confessions of a Katy Parent

There are times when you can’t believe you just did that. Katy parents reveal some of their most embarrassing parenting secrets.

Missing Something
“When my twins were infants, I was in a constant state of exhaustion. One day they had their 2-month-old check-up. As usual, I got them ready in the carriers and put them by the garage door so I could grab my purse and get everything loaded in the car. Without even thinking, I jumped in the car and headed out. When I got to the end of the street, I realized I had forgotten something very important – the babies! I drove home as fast as I could and swung open the door. My little ones were fast asleep in the carriers with no idea that mommy had forgotten them.” – M.C. (more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Confessions of a Katy Parent

Katy, TX News – Residents Beware of Ticket Scam

Katy, TX News (December 1, 2014) – The Katy Police Department and the Fort Bend County Sherriff’s Office are issuing a scam alert concerning people posing as law enforcement officers or IRS agents in the Katy area. Numerous calls have been made to City of Katy residents where the caller is impersonating a law enforcement officer or an IRS agent, and informs the victim that they must pay a fine or risk being arrested for “red light” camera violations or back taxes. The victims are told to buy a pre-paid gift card to pay for the fines.

(more…)

Share Now Share on FacebookShare on Google+Tweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someone
Comments Off on Katy, TX News – Residents Beware of Ticket Scam