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Katy Fire-EMS Vehicles Now Carrying Blood Products

Katy, TX (June 30, 2016) Harris County ESD 48 Fire-EMS, in conjunction with Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center and the Memorial Herman Red Duke Trauma Institute, will now be carrying blood products in the field.

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Grand Parkway Project Receives Prestigious Award

Katy, TX (June 29, 2016) The partnership that successfully delivered the Grand Parkway segments F1, F2 and G (from US 290 to I-69/ US 59) has been recognized by the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) for its innovative approach at achieving faster delivery, lower costs and better design.

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Physicians Encourage Safety While Celebrating Independence Day

Katy, TX (June 29, 2016) The upcoming Independence Day holiday may have people thinking about fireworks, barbecues, and outdoor activities. However, they are the very same activities that can make the holiday a dangerous one. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, Independence Day is one of the most dangerous holiday weekends of the year. Emergency medicine physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital want to remind people to stay safe while celebrating.

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Shipt to Launch H-E-B Grocery Delivery in Houston

Katy, TX (June 28, 2016) Shipt, an app-based grocery delivery service that serves 26 major metropolitan areas across the country, and H-E-B, one of the nation’s largest and most respected grocery retailers, today announced the expansion of Shipt’s on-demand grocery delivery service to Houston beginning on June 29, 2016. This expansion follows Shipt and H-E-B’s recent partnership designed to bring the convenience of grocery delivery to customers across the state of Texas.

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Texas A&M Planning to Create Medical School for Physician Engineers at Houston Methodist Hospital

Katy, TX (June 27, 2016) Texas A&M University is planning to create an innovative engineering medical school at Houston Methodist Hospital to educate a new kind of doctor, pending appropriate approvals, who will invent transformational technology for health care, officials announced today.

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US-290 Weekend Travel Alert

Katy,TX (June 24, 2016) Expect heavy delays traveling through US 290 eastbound around BW 8 and US 290/IH 610 this weekend.

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Quick Action by an Attentive Neighbor Saves the Day

Katy, TX (June 20, 2016) On Monday (June 20th) evening around 5:30pm we responded to a fire call for a home in the Williamsburg Parish subdivision.  The family was not home when the fire broke out but an alert neighbor heard their smoke alarms going off and upon investigating further saw smoke and flames through a top floor window and called 911.  The first units were on scene five minutes later and were able to make a quick attack and contain the fire to the room of origin.

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UH System Universities to Launch Higher Ed Programs in Katy this Fall

Katy, TX (June 24, 2016) The University of Houston System will offer bachelor’s- and master’s- level degree programs in engineering, business, education and other high-demand fields in Katy starting this fall.

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Gymboree Celebrates Their 40th Year With a National Day Of Play

Katy, Texas – June 24, 2016
This month, Gymboree Play & Music celebrates 40 years as the leader in parent and child programs around the world. What began as a program in the co-founder’s home has evolved at the forefront of the play movement and continues today as one of the most trusted resources available to help all parents understand and witness firsthand the vital impact play, music and art have on the development of the whole child.

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Today, Gymboree Play & Music has grown into a beloved early childhood play center and program with more than 700 centers in 40 countries around the world.

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Ben & Jerry’s Texas Tour Stops at Firethorne Little Free Library

Katy, Texas – June 23, 2016
The Ben & Jerry’s Texas Churned Ice Cream Truck gave out free ice cream scoops  and frozen treats at the Firethorne Little Free Library in Katy.

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Fort Bend County Working to Manage Mosquitoes After Flooding

Katy, TX (June 22, 2016) Fort Bend County Officials have determined Aerial Vector Mosquito spraying to be unnecessary for the control of mosquito populations within the county at this time.  Due to the recent May 2016 county wide flooding event, Fort Bend County’s Road and Bridge Department has been monitoring the mosquito population with the expectation of an increase due to standing water left over from flooded areas.  As a preventative measure, FBC Road and Bridge has been spraying within a three mile area of the river across the county twice per week.  Traps set up throughout the county have shown very low volumes of mosquitoes making the Aerial spray unnecessary at this time.  Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert said, “I’m very pleased that our local efforts to control mosquitoes is showing great results. We’ll keep monitoring our traps and are prepared to aerial spray the area if we see a spike in population.”  The county is also using a larvicide disk thrown into standing water used to exterminate larvae to control the mosquito population in areas where water removal is not possible, such as ditches and heavily wooded areas.  To help with these efforts to limit the mosquito population in the county, residents are encouraged to eliminate standing water if possible, dispose of debris that may hold water, and keep yards mowed and hedges trimmed.   For questions, residents living in the  unincorporated areas of Fort Bend County may call 281-342-4513.  Residents living within a local jurisdiction should call their city for more information regarding municipal mosquito control efforts.

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Best Summer Festivals in Texas’

Katy, Texas – June 20, 2016
The greatest and most flavorful summertime festivals all over the state

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If you are looking for something new and adventurous to do with your family this summer, look no further. Katy Magazine has compiled a list of the most fun festivals in Texas, ranging from music festivals to food festivals and everything in between.

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Texas Children’s Hospital Launches upWORDS Program to Improve Long-term Success of Children

Katy, TX (June 17, 2016) As one of the first hospital-based programs of its kind, Texas Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of upWORDS, a program aimed at closing the opportunity gap. The upWORDS program will give parents the knowledge of how to improve the quantity and quality of language spoken with their child and educate them on the long-term impact language can have on their child’s success in life. Developed in association with the LENA Research Foundation, the program at Texas Children’s will launch a pilot program this summer at the hospital’s West Campus. To learn more about, or register for, the upWORDS program at Texas Children’s, visit texaschildrens.org/upwords-program.

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St. John XXIII College Preparatory Coach Named TAPPS 4A Male Coach of the Year

Katy, TX (June 15, 2016) St. John XXIII Swim Coach Dana Abbott was recently chosen as the TAPPS 4A Male Coach of the Year for 2015-2016 and received the organization’s Edd Burleson Leadership Award.

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients

Katy, TX (June 15, 2016) The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently announced its fourth year of Inspiring Imagination teacher grant recipients. Two hundred Katy ISD teachers at 33 different campuses were chosen for grants this year. Grant activities range from school gardens to robotics and extend to all subjects and grade levels. Funding will be provided for the 2016-2017 school year.

 2016-2017 Katy ISD Ed Foundation Grant Recipients

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New Businesses in Katy

Just Opened 

9Rounds Fitness
1806 Avenue D
281-371-0080

Apex Urgent Care
6111 N. Fry Rd.
832-427-6015

Ashiana Indian Restaurant
829 S. Mason Rd.
281-647-6111

Beckendorff Farms Wedding and Event Venue
28533 Morton Rd.
713-725-6207
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Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers Earn National Accreditation

Katy, TX (June 14, 2016) The Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) has granted Three-Year Accreditation with Silver Commendation to Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers.

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Discovery Park Officially Opens, NASA Astronaut Barry “Butch” Wilmore Gives Inspiring Talk at Dedication Ceremony

Katy, TX (June 14, 2016) Amidst a rainy backdrop, Discovery Park officially opened and was dedicated to the Brookshire-Katy Drainage District (BKDD) Saturday, June 4 at 9 a.m. As Waller county’s newest attraction for youth and families, the highly anticipated opening of Discovery Park united close to 200 community members, civic leaders and children. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk and offers a rocket-themed playground, 60-foot by 60-foot pavilion, community garden and soccer field.

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Special Family Event – Circus Night

Saturday, June 18  5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch
23860 Westheimer Pkwy.
The circus is in town!  Make your own miniature big-top tent & fill it with yummy circus animal crackers to snack on while you watch a performance by a Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown, starting at 5:15 pm! Kids dressed as a circus performer (ringmaster, lion tamer, acrobat, clown, etc.) will receive a FREE Nuggets Kids Meal (4-count) Visit www.cfarestaurant.com for more information.

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Texan’s Children’s Zika 101

Katy, Texas – June 13, 2016
With all of the coverage in the news about the Zika virus lately, it is understandable that parents have questions. Here are the facts you need to know about this virus.

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More than 200 Cancer Survivors and Caregivers Celebrate Life at a Texas-Themed Event

Katy, TX (June 13, 2016) Talk about a Texas-sized event! More than 200 cancer survivors and caregivers donned their best western-wear as a part of a recent “Survivor’s Celebration of Life” event at the Westin Memorial City hosted by Memorial Hermann Cancer Centers.

Attendees at this year’s Texas-themed event dined on healthy country fare, let their hair down in the photo booth, and showed off their dance moves on the dance floor. Memorial Hermann staff members also led the group in a specially-choreographed line dance.

“The dance just gets bigger and better every year. It’s something survivors and their caregivers always rave about. Not only do they love seeing us dance, but they love joining us on the dance floor! It’s a great way to get people moving and smiling,” says oncology nurse navigator Jessica Burgess with Memorial Hermann Cancer Center- Memorial City Medical Center.

This year’s event also featured keynote speaker and cancer survivor Dr. Dan Shapiro. The Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs at the Penn State College of Medicine, Dr. Shapiro is also an author whose writings about the patient experience and physician patient relationships have been featured in the New York Times, the New England Journal of Medicine and others.

Memorial Hermann also wants to thank the nearly 40 staff members from 5 campuses who volunteered their time putting on the annual event for survivors and their loved ones.

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Cajun

Katy Texas Cajun Restaurants

  • BB’s Café 406 W. Grand Pkwy. S., Katy, TX 281-665-7843
  • Captain Crawfish 979 S. Mason Rd, Katy, TX 832-599-3848
  • The Cravin’ Cajun 2323 N. Fry Rd., Katy, TX 832-739-9023
  • Good Ole Boys 26403 Katy Fwy., Katy, TX 281-391-4333
  • Orleans Seafood Kitchen 20940 Katy Fwy., Katy, TX 281-646-0700
  • TaD’s Steak and Seafood 1425 FM 1463 Katy, TX 281-665-1149
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Summer Safety Tips for Your Pup

Katy, Texas – June 6, 2016
We’re dog gone excited that summer is finally here! As the weather continues to heat up, follow these tips to ensure a healthy and happy summer for your pup.

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Keep water fresh. Do leave out water for your pet, but don’t let it sit outside all day as the high heat can cause bacteria to grow. Metal water bowls can heat the water even faster.

Use sunscreen. While you’re slathering sunscreen on yourself, don’t forget about your pup! Dogs with light skin and hair are more susceptible to burns. Not all pet-specific sunscreens are good for your dog – find a natural, human-safe sunscreen without zinc oxide.

Check sidewalks. Burns on pads of dogs’ feet are common in the summertime. Check the heat of the sidewalk with your hand before walks – if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your hound!

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Donations Drives and Shelters for Flood Victims

Katy, TX (June 6, 2016) Multiple locations are available for donations for flood victims.

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ER Katy Medical Scholarships Awarded to Katy-Area High School Seniors

Katy, TX (June 3, 2016) The 3rd Annual ER Katy Medical Scholarship Awards ceremony was held at ER Katy where five Katy area high school seniors were awarded scholarships ranging from $300 to $1000. This year ER Katy received 48 applications up almost 3x from last year. With such a great collection of essays and outstanding resumes, the scope of the scholarship was expanded to five winners and two honorable mentions.

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Recognize stroke symptoms FAST

Katy, TX (June 1, 2016) It started as a typical Friday night for 69-year-old Patricia Franklin. The Katy resident watched her grandson Jordan play football, but on the way home, her right temple began to throb.  Franklin chalked it up to overexertion, thinking rest, a bowl of ice cream, and a few minutes of television might make her feel better.

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Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Extends Special “Thank You” to Former Houston Texan Chris Myers & Wife Jenny

Katy, TX (June 1, 2016) Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital recently held a special event to thank and acknowledge recently retired Houston Texans player Chris Myers and his wife, Jenny, for their longtime contributions. The Myers family has generously supported Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Pediatric Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Program for several years with volunteer efforts and financial support through the Dreambuilders Foundation.

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Pictured from left: Susie Distefano, Dr. John Teichgraeber, Chris Myers, Jenny Myers, and Dr. Matthew Greives

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Brazos River Levels Surpass Record Levels

Katy, TX (May 31, 2016) The Brazos River in Fort Bend County is reaching record levels. The Office of Emergency Management along with law enforcement, municipalities, school districts, Levee Improvement Districts and many critical county departments are working together to coordinate planning, preparation and support to affected residents.

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Bois D’Arc flowing to Jones Creek, Simonton, TX

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Common Sense Education Certifies Tom Wilson Elementary as 750th School in Award-Winning Digital Citizenship Program

Katy, TX (May 31, 2016) Tom Wilson Elementary in Katy, Texas was recognized today as the 750th Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School. Tom Wilson joins 146 schools in Texas and 17 others in the Katy Independent School District in Common Sense Education’s award-winning program that prepares kids to address critical issues related to using technology at home and at school — from creative copyright and protecting student privacy to cyberbullying and sexting.

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