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Education Love Stories in Katy

Katy, Texas – March 31, 2016
Husband and wife teams who share a love of education, make the grade both in and out of the classroom as they nurture their marriages and Katy students.

Written by Tassie Hewitt | Photography by Anetrius Wallace

Jim & Crystal Janczak
Married: June 21, 1986
He: Morton Ranch High School head baseball coach
She: Tompkins High School principal’s secretary

Jim and Crystal Janczak
A Home Run
Crystal and Jim Janczak met as students at Sam Houston State University. Jim, who was on the baseball team, did not try to conceal his passion for the sport. “On our first date, he taught me how to tamp a pitcher’s mound,” says Crystal. “I knew from the beginning what I was in for and loved every moment.” Years later, baseball still plays a big part in their lives. Jim coached and taught English at Memorial Parkway Junior High School, then coached for 15 years at Taylor High School, and today is the only original coach remaining at Morton Ranch High School since it opened in 2004. The couple have two children, Jaime and Christina, who are both graduates of Texas State University. Crystal and Jim look forward to anniversary dinners at Taste of Texas, eating out at Carrabba’s, and watching the Astros or Houston Texans play. They attend school athletic events together and have worn almost every Katy ISD school color in their education careers. Their advice to couples is simple. “Enjoy it all,” says Crystal. “We both love our jobs. We enjoy seeing students succeed at their dreams.

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Books Alive! Luncheon

Katy, TX (March 24, 2016)  The fourth annual Books Alive! Luncheon Fundraiser, graciously sponsored by and held at Bonefish Grill LaCenterra, brought many civic and arts minded folks from the Katy community together to bring awareness to the importance of the arts, and in particular, Books Alive’s niche of literacy through the arts. Books Alive! is a local Katy professional theatre troupe producing original musical theatre productions of children’s literature on tour to schools, hospitals, and libraries throughout the greater Houston area. By bringing “the page to the stage,” Books Alive! teaches literacy through the arts and often provides children’s first live theatrical experience. This annual luncheon historically provides more than 10% of their annual budget.

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Physician and Patient Team Honored For Raising Awareness About Juvenile Arthritis

Katy, TX (March 25, 2016)The local chapter of the Arthritis Foundation recently honored Ankur Kamdar, M.D., McGovern Medical School pediatric rheumatologist affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, for raising awareness about a silent disease and working to bolster interest in an underrepresented specialty.

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The Place To Be, The Place To See And Be Seen

Katy, Texas – March 25, 2016
The new World Theater at 1012 South Mason Road, is fast becoming the place to be, the place to see and be seen.  Actors, singers and dancers have flocked to auditions and look forward to being seen in the upcoming World Theater musical productions. Local artists as well, have had their paintings and drawings seen in the World Theater Art Exhibition Hall. Audiences have already enjoyed “Katy’s Got Talent,” and “The Golden Buddha Jazz Orchestra.” Now Katy residents and beyond, look forward to seeing “Jacque Brel is Alive & Well and Living in Paris.”

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David Bowie has named Jacques Brel’s original album one of his favorite albums of all time. “Jacque Brel” is one  of the longest running Off-Broadway shows. Burton Wolfe, the musical’s Artistic Director, says, “This is one of my favorite heart-felt musicals because the music and lyrics are filled with passion and are all about the feelings and experiences we all go through in life.”

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Memorial Urology Associates in Memorial City and Katy Will Join Memorial Hermann Medical Group

Katy, TX (March 25, 2016) Beginning Friday, April 1, Memorial Urology Associates in Memorial City and Katy will join Memorial Hermann Medical Group and become Memorial Hermann Medical Group Urology.

The group of seven doctors combines for more than 120 years of professional experience.

Dr. Melvyn Anhalt, M.D., Dr. Ramesh Krishnan, M.D., Dr. Mark Kalish, M.D., Dr. Andrew Selzman, M.D., Dr. Alan Skolnick, M.D., and Dr. Paul Smith, M.D., will staff the office located at 915 Gessner Road, Suite 720, Houston, 77024.

Dr. David Kent, M.D., will staff the Katy office located at 23920 Katy Freeway, Suite 380, Katy, 77494. Dr. Krishnan and Dr. Smith will also see patients at the Katy location.

For more information or to schedule an appointment call 713-830-9100.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Medical Group

 

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Cane Island Parkway Open

Katy, TX (March 24, 2016) The signature roadway to Katy’s newest master-planned community, Cane Island Parkway, now is accessible from Interstate 10 in both directions with the opening of the Cane Island Parkway/I-10 interchange less than four miles west of the Grand Parkway.

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Now open from I-10 east and west, the four-lane, tree-lined Cane Island Parkway is currently open to Highway 90 where motorists can take a short detour to enter the Cane Island master-planned community via First Street.  A crossover at Highway 90, providing direct access into the community from Cane Island Parkway, is currently under construction.

“The ability to access I-10 from Cane Island Parkway is certainly one of the community’s chief selling points,” notes Dan Naef, president of Rise Communities, developer of Cane Island.  “The Cane Island Parkway exit is now less than a half mile to our main entrance.

For directions to Cane Island and to sign up for e-mail updates from the community, go to www.CaneIsland.com.  Also, follow the community at www.Facebook.com/CaneIslandKatyTX and on Instagram and Twitter @caneislandkaty.

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First in Texas: Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute Selected for New MRI-Safe Technology to Aid Patients with Chronic Pain Syndrome

Katy, TX (March 23, 2016) According to studies, an estimated 11 percent of American adults suffer from chronic pain. Chronic pain syndrome can often arise from trauma, nerve damage, degenerative conditions, cancer, debilitating headaches, facial pain diseases and systemic metabolic disorders such as diabetes. Sufferers often feel aches in their joints, bones or muscles for months and even years.

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Cinco Ranch High School Robotics Team Advances to Final of Alamo Regional Robotics Tournament

Katy, TX (March 23, 2016) In an exciting kick off to the 2016 qualifying tournament season, FIRST® Robotics Competition Team 624, CRyptonite, from Cinco Ranch High School, advanced to the finals of the Alamo Regional, winning a heart-stopping third and deciding match 116-106 in an extremely close best-of-three semifinal.

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International Educator Offers An Insider View Into The College Admissions Process

Katy, Texas – March 22, 2016
The British International School of Houston welcomes Dr. Siva Kumari, director general of the International Baccalaureate Organization, to Houston to share her insights about developments in education, specifically the increased importance and emphasis colleges and employers are placing on individuals with international mindedness and global competencies. She will detail how an International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma offers students a passport to the world’s top universities. (more…)

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Katy ISD Students Compete in Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition

Katy, TX (March 22, 2016) Three Katy ISD student artists recently earned top honors in the 2016 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo School Art Competition. Taylor High School’s Allyson Bishop was selected as the Class Champion for all 3D artworks. Cinco Ranch High School’s Ashley Coleman won the Reserve Class Champion award for all mixed media art pieces. Tompkins High School’s Lucy Chen won the Reserve Grand Champion award for all high school art and broke the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo record for highest auction amount, $220,000. As a whole, Katy ISD student art brought in $468,000 in this year’s art auction. Additional Katy ISD students were selected for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Art Award finals.

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Welcoming a New Stylist to Flaunt Salon

Katy, Texas – March 21, 2016
Flaunt Salon is very excited to announce that Katt Hurtubise is the newest addition to the great stylists that work at Flaunt. Co-owners Mary Wesley and Oscar Aguilera welcomed Katt and offered her the station near the front window where you can see Katt “change lives and create happiness.”

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Katy, TX (March 9, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built and equipped exclusively for children, has proudly served the west Houston area for five years. Since opening their doors in 2011, West Campus has provided more than 750,000 patient encounters in one of the fastest growing pediatric communities.

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Firethorne Launches First-Ever Little Free Library in Katy-Area Master-Planned Community

Katy, Texas –April 9, 2016
Firethorne resident Meg Glenn is a former English teacher whose life-long passion for instilling the love of reading books into the minds of children has opened a new chapter in her life. Though she officially retired from the Katy ISD classroom in 2013, she now dedicates herself to placing books in the hands of avid young readers as the founder and steward of two Firethorne Little Free Libraries, outposts of an international movement to share literacy on a neighborhood basis.

Firethorne Little Free Library Steward Meg Glenn

“When I learned about the Little Free Library, a free neighborhood ‘lend-a-book or give-a-book’ program, I thought this would be a good link to education and reading in our own community,” explained Glenn.  After extensive research, she presented a proposal to the Firethorne homeowner’s association board to fund a Free Little Library. “The board agreed to fund two of these libraries and there is talk of opening a third library for adults,” added the former educator, whose 21-year career included teaching reading and English on the elementary, middle school, and high school levels.

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Memorial Hermann Health System Announces Benjamin K. Chu, M.D. as new President and CEO

Katy, TX (March 8, 2016) Following an extensive nationwide search that included both internal and external candidates, the Memorial Hermann Health System Board announced today the appointment of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., MPH, MACP as President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System, effective June 2016. Dr. Chu – a well-respected, national thought leader in the health care industry – brings to Memorial Hermann an accomplished, four-decade long career as a physician, administrator and policy advocate.

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Ron Hoover RV & Marine Just Got Bigger

Katy, TX (march 8, 2016) Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers, Houston’s #1 Google-rated dealership, will celebrate the Grand Opening of its new 100,000 square-foot dealership, located at 29029 Katy Freeway in Katy, Texas (just west of Katy Mills Mall), April 28 through April 30, 2016. This special 3-day event will include lots of door prizes, free hamburgers and hot dogs from 11am to 2pm, and a Grand Prize that will be your choice of a Sabre 365MB 5th Wheel or a Blue Wave 2200 Pure Bay boat.

Ron has included two gourmet coffee bars, a play area for the kids with videos and games, and a pet area for the four-footed members of your family. And, when our customers bring their units in for service, there are 19 service bays, ensuring the quality service and fast turnaround time that Ron Hoover is famous for. Add to that the RVIA-Certified Service Technicians, Factory-Certified Marine Technicians and an entire staff of Service and Sales support personnel, and it’s no wonder that Ron Hoover RV & Marine Centers is Texas’ largest RV and boat dealership.

During this fun-filled 3-day event, we will be joined by Manufacturers Reps for those with questions, Bank Reps for those looking for financing, and the Hoover family will be there as well to meet you and welcome your family to our newest location. Food, fun, friends and a first visit to our new comfortable “home” where every day, in every way, we care about making your time with family a time to remember!

Courtesy of Ron Hoover RV & Marine

 

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Larry Boyd Receives Prestigious Award

Katy, TX (March 7, 2016) Lawrence (Larry) E. Boyd, Jr. of Katy received the 2015 Benjamin “Woody” Woodson Award presented by the Society of Financial Service Professionals Houston Chapter.  The Woodson Award is presented to an individual from the Houston financial service community in recognition of meritorious service to the industry and community.

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71st Annual Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Reveals Official 2016 Show T-Shirt Design

Katy, TX (March 7, 2016) The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by Irish Day Farm (www.pinoak.org) has announced that a horse drawing by Angelina Flack, 13 and a resident of Austin, has been selected for this year’s official Pin Oak Charity Horse Show T-shirt.

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Pattison Elementary PTA Reflections Winners

Katy, TX (March 4, 2016) Pattison Elementary is proud to highlight their 2015/2016 PTA Reflections winners for this year’s theme “Let your Imagination Fly”.

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Michael Griffin Elementary Teams Head to State Destination Imagination Tournament

Katy, TX (March 4, 2016) On Saturday, February 27th, 8 teams from Michael Griffin Elementary participated in the Gulf Coast Destination Imagination (DI) Tournament held at Seven Lakes High School.  DI is a world-wide creative problem solving competition for students in grades K-university.  The competition is divided into “challenges” which enable students to showcase their research and creativity while learning about science, fine arts, engineering and community service.  The teams began to work on their solutions to their challenge in early October.

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SabinoCompTech Focuses on HealthCare IT

Katy, TX (March 4, 2016) In October of 2015, SabinoCompTech made the transition from residential and business IT support to business only. The idea was that the transition would allow them to focus on providing higher quality IT support to businesses in the area. Since then, the family owned company relocated their office from a retail location in old Katy to a centrally located office on Mason Road.

Since the transition, SabinoCompTech has hyper-focused on the Healthcare industry helping medical and oral health care offices with all of their IT needs. After working closely with many offices in the area, they found that there was a large gap between the technical understanding of HIPAA compliance and the use of technology, so to help with that, SabinoCompTech is now extending their consulting services to include HIPAA IT consulting.

HIPAA compliance is no longer something that can be ignored or thought of as a “eventually”. The fines are outrages and a breach can cost more than just the federal fines. SabinoCompTech is on a mission to help healthcare offices be HIPAA compliant especially with more technology being used.

For more information on HIPAA IT Consulting or SabinoCompTech, please visit www.hipaaitconsulting.com or www.SabinoCompTech.com or call them at (281) 392-8802.

 

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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Announce 2015 Physicians of the Year

Katy, TX (March 2, 2016) Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital are proud to announce the two individuals selected as their 2015 Physicians of the Year: Saleem Khan, M.D., Chief of Emergency General Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, affiliated with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, and KuoJen Tsao, M.D., the Children’s Fund, Inc. Distinguished Professor in Pediatric Surgery at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth and co-director of The Fetal Center at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital.

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Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Welcome Neurosurgeon Sebastian R. Herrera, M.D.

Katy, TX (March 3, 2016) The Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Sebastian R. Herrera, M.D. Dr. Herrera will serve as a neurosurgeon at Mischer Neuroscience Associates-The Woodlands as well as Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Cypress. He will also serve as an assistant professor at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth’s Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Welcomes “Leaplings” to the World With Special Birthday Celebration

Katy, TX (February 29, 206) Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital commemorated the extra special birthday of four babies delivered on Feb. 29 with a special surprise to celebrate the occasion that happens just once every four years. Each newborn who arrived on Leap Day received a hooded bath towel decorated with a frog, the unofficial symbol of Leap Year. Memorial Hermann Katy would like to congratulate the proud parents of all the little “leaplings” born this year! These babies won’t officially turn one until Feb. 29, 2020.  For more information on Memorial Hermann Katy, call 281.644.7000 or visit http://www.memorialhermann.org/locations/katy/.

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                                                   Leo Gong, 8:25 a.m., 6 lbs, 14 oz                                  Avraj Singh, 9:37 a.m., 9 lbs, 12 oz
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Memorial Hermann Health System Welcomes Little “Leaplings” to the World with Special Birthday Celebration

Katy, TX (February 29, 2016) Hospitals across the Memorial Hermann Health System commemorated the extra special birthdays of babies delivered on Feb. 29 with a special surprise to celebrate the occasion that happens just once every four years. Each newborn who arrived on Leap Day received a frog hat or a hooded bath towel decorated with a frog, the unofficial symbol of Leap Year. Memorial Hermann would like to congratulate the proud parents of all the little “leaplings” born today! These babies won’t officially turn one until this day in 2020.

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Andy and Jordan Dalton Reveal ‘Hub’ at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Katy, TX (February 29, 2016) Former Katy High School and Texas Christian University standout and current Cincinnati Bengals quarterback, Andy Dalton, and his wife, Jordan, revealed ‘Andy & Jordan’s Hub’ at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus on Saturday morning.

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