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Katy ISD Seeks Proposals from Businesses for Naming Rights of Student Activity Facilities Complex

Katy, TX (September 30, 2016) Katy ISD is seeking proposals from businesses for the exclusive naming rights of the Katy ISD Student Activity Facilities Complex, which is comprised of the Jack Rhodes Stadium and the future Student Activity Facility: Second Stadium.

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YMCA Offering FREE Classes to Cancer Survivors to Improve Quality of Life and Decrease Fatigue

Katy, TX (September 29, 2016) By far, Harris County sees the greatest amount of newly diagnosed breast cancer cases in women in the state. Every year, an average of 2,295 new cases are diagnosed, according to the National Cancer Institute and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne is This Weekend

Katy, TX (September 28, 2016)

What:  24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne in Katy/Fulshear

When:  Sunday, October 2, 7 – 11 a.m. (North Firethorne Road to close at 5:30 a.m.; swim leg begins at 7:30 a.m.)

Where: In and around Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-planned community on 28100 N. Firethorne Rd. at FM 1463 

Course: 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race, and 3-mile run

Hosts:  Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy

Athletes:  Triathlon relay teams may be 2- or 3-person all male, all female or co-ed.  The youngest age category is 11-14, with age categories going up to 70+.

Temp:  65 degrees at the starting time

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Katy ISD Board Member Reelected to State Association Board

Katy, TX (September 27, 2016) The Texas Association of School Boards (TASB) has reelected Henry Dibrell of Katy ISD to a three-year term on the TASB Board of Directors, representing TASB Region 4, Position E. Dibrell currently serves as sergeant-at-arms for the Katy ISD board. He joined the board in 2011 and has held the positions of vice-president, treasurer, and secretary.

A graduate of Leadership TASB and a current fellow with the Center for Reform of School Systems, he also invests time volunteering with the Katy High School Band Booster Club and mentoring and coaching flag football athletes. Dibrell is the owner of Campaign Crate, a political consulting firm.

Dibrell is a licensed minister who holds a bachelor of science in marketing from Northwestern State University. He is also a member of the Blue Key National Honor Fraternity, where he received the Dean Nicolus Award, and serves on the board of the Katy Pachyderm Club.

TASB is a nonprofit association established in 1949 to serve local public school boards. School board members are the largest group of publicly elected officials in the state. The districts they represent serve more than 5.3 million students.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

 

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Know the Signs and Symptoms of Prostate Cancer

Katy, TX (September 27, 2016) The American Cancer Society says prostate cancer is the second most common cancer diagnosed in men, and screenings often find the disease before a patient has any symptoms. That’s why physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital urge men to consider beginning annual prostate cancer screenings between age 40 and 50.

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The Best Places in Katy To Watch The Big Game

Katy, Texas – September 22, 2016
Some of the best places to watch the game, enjoy good food and drinks, and have a great time

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What better way to watch a sports game than heading to a local restaurant with your buds? There’s no need to spend money on expensive cable sports packages, squeezing your friends into your living room with one TV, or cleaning up. Katy offers some great hangouts to cheer on your team.

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Katy ISD to Host College and Career Night

Katy, TX (September 22, 2016) Parents and students are invited to explore post-secondary opportunities.

Representatives from more than 200 colleges, universities, and career training programs from all over the country will be available to answer questions and provide information about their programs. Click here for a list of participating colleges and organizations.

The event is being held at the Merrell Center on Wednesday, October 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Katy ISD Communications Office at 281-396-2298.

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Sod Webworms Taking Over Lawns

Katy, TX (September 22, 2016) The Harris County Cooperative Extension has leased information about the sod webworms that seem to be causing extensive damage to St. Augustine grass in the Houston area.

Sod webworm larvae feed primarily at night and prefer areas in lawns that are hot and dry during daylight hours. Lawn damage occurs as the larvae chew off grass blades and retreat into their silken tunnels to consume the foliage. Lawns are particularly susceptible during July and August when the temperatures are hot and lawns are not growing vigorously.

For more information about sod webworms and how to treat them, visit http://harris.agrilife.org/files/2011/05/sodwebworm.pdf.

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The Zika Virus: Risks and Prevention

Katy, TX (September 21, 2016) ER Katy put together important information about the Zika Virus: http://erkaty.com/2016/09/07/zika-virus-risks-prevention/.  Read below for further information.

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Hand, Foot and Mouth Disease: What Parents Need To Know

Katy, Texas – September 20, 2016 
Hand, foot, and mouth disease is a common viral illness that usually affects infants and children younger than 5 years old. However, it can sometimes occur in adults. Symptoms of hand, foot and mouth disease include fever, blister-like sores in the mouth (herpangina) and a skin rash. Hand, foot and mouth disease is often confused with foot-and-mouth disease (also called hoof-and-mouth disease), a disease of cattle, sheep and swine. However, the two diseases are caused by different viruses and are not related.

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The initial symptoms of Hand, foot and mouth disease include:

  • Fever
  • Poor appetite
  • Malaise (feeling under the weather)
  • Sore throat

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Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital Earns Accreditation for Total Hip and Knee Replacement from The Joint Commission

Katy, TX (September 20, 2016) Memorial Hermann Orthopedic & Spine Hospital (MHOSH) today announced it has earned The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Advanced Certification for Total Hip and Knee Replacement. It is the first hospital in Houston to earn this advanced certification, which is given to Joint Commission-accredited hospitals, critical access hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers seeking to elevate the quality, consistency and safety of their services and patient care.

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Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Welcomes Neurologist Justin P. Morgan, M.D.

Katy, TX (September 15, 2016) Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Justin P. Morgan, M.D.

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Mediterranean Restaurants

  • Cedar’s Mediterranean Grill 1830 S. Mason Rd, Katy, TX 281-392-3242
  • Dimassi’s Mediterranean Buffet 22453 Katy Fwy, Katy, TX 281-574-5977
  • Ephesus Mediterranean Grill 510 S. Mason Rd, Katy, TX 832-321-5947
  • Kabob Korner 557 S. Mason Rd, Katy, TX 281-769-1999
  • Kunafa+ Cafe & Grill 5205 S. Mason Rd, Katy, TX 832-321-5947
  • Shish Kabob Cafe II 19965 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 281-492-8782
  • VERTS Mediterranean Grill 19355 Katy Fwy., Houston, TX 281-578-2846
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8 Creative Ways for Moms to Get Some Much Needed “Me Time”

Katy, Texas – September 13, 2016 
“I need me time!” This is a lament that is heard a lot from younger friends who are moms of young kids – and older ones too.  It is hard to get alone time with children running around.

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Memorial Hermann-TMC CEO Named to Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016

Katy, TX (September 14, 2016) Brian Dean, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), has been named to the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.

Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications Brian Dean, MPH, MBA. VP, Chief Financial Officer. Interim Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center

Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications

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Cinco Ranch sends 23 FBLA students to National Conference

Katy, Texas – September 13, 2016 
the Cinco Ranch High School chapter of Future Business Leaders of America had the honor of sending 23 exemplary student representatives to the 2016 National Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

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However before traveling 800 miles away from home to compete and learn at this national conference, the students had to qualify at districts and state in their respective events, such as business communications, parliamentary procedures, public speaking, and more. Through their hard work and diligence, these Cinco Ranch students set their eyes on Atlanta to compete in their individual or group events, learn from the most outstanding professional leaders such as keynote speaker David Novak, the CEO of YUM! Brands Inc., and connect with a diverse group of people, from as far away as Cuba, the Virgin Islands, Canada, and China.

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Katy Family YMCA to be Renamed in Honor of Katy Philanthropist

Katy, TX (September 13, 2016) On Sept. 22, the Katy Family YMCA, which has been present in the Katy community since 2001, will receive a new name: Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch. The center is being named after Ballard, whose foundation has contributed a seven-figure donation to support the work of the YMCA of Greater Houston. The gift was made specifically to expand YMCA services and programs in the Katy area – including the construction of the new YMCA at Katy Main Street, near Main Street and Kingsland Boulevard, slated to open in the first quarter of next year.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Names Matt Schaefer as President

Katy, TX (September 13, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital is proud to announce Matt Schaefer as president of Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. For more information about West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.

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Katy Area EDC Receives $10,000 Small Business Award Grant

Katy, TX (September 8, 2016) The Texas Governor’s Office of Small Business Assistance (OSBA) announced that it has awarded approximately $100,000 in grant funding to 10 nonprofit organizations from across the state for projects promoting the development and success of small businesses in underserved markets, including $10,000 to the Katy Area Economic Development Council.

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4 Reasons Water Is the Best Beverage for Your Teeth

Katy, Texas – September 8, 2016 It doesn’t matter if your glass is half-empty or half-full: Drinking water is always good for your health. Our bodies are made of 60% water, and staying hydrated helps your system distribute healthy nutrients, gets rid of waste, gives your skin a healthy glow and keeps your muscles moving. Sipping water is also one of the best things you can do for your teeth – especially if it’s fluoridated. Read on to find out why water is always a winner for your dental health.

It Strengthens Your Teeth
Drinking water with fluoride (called “nature’s cavity fighter”) is one of the easiest and most beneficial things you can do to help prevent cavities.

A modern-day tale of two cities shows what a difference fluoride makes, especially in community water systems. In 2011, the Canadian city of Calgary stopped adding fluoride to its water. Curious about the impact, researchers compared Calgary second graders with kids in the same age group in Edmonton, a Canadian city that has had fluoridated water since 1967. Their research, published in the February 2016 journal Community Dentistry and Oral Epidemiology, found children in non-fluoridated Calgary had more tooth decay than children in the city with uninterrupted fluoridation.

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Texas Children’s Cancer Center Kicks off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month with Ribbon Tying Ceremony

Katy, TX (September 7, 2016) To kick off Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Texas Children’s Cancer Center patients, families and doctors came together at West Campus to tie more than 600 gold ribbons in honor of each child diagnosed with cancer in the past year at Texas Children’s. Gold is the symbolic color for childhood cancer awareness and the ceremony honored children and families who have been touched by pediatric cancer. The event began with the Go Gold parade, where patients, families and doctors wore their gold through the halls of West Campus and made their way outside to the ribbon tying ceremony. At the ceremony, guests enjoyed a moving speech from a patient family, encouraging words from Texas Children’s staff and a special performance by Christian Spear, long-term childhood cancer survivor and Purple Songs Can Fly staff songwriter, and Anita Kruse, Purple Songs Can Fly founder and executive director.

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HCESD 48 Introduces New Fire Safety Program

Katy, TX (September 7, 2016) Have you ever seen the result of a preventable fire and asked yourself, “Why?”

Fire is the second most frequent cause of death in the home and the vast majority of these incidents are preventable if you take the right steps. The National Fire Protection Association reports that in 2014 there were approximately 1,298,000 fires (up 4.7%) reported across the country and approximately 360,000 of those were residential. These fires resulted in 3,275 civilian fatalities, 15,775 civilian injuries and over $11.5 billion in property loss. Most of these fatalities could be easily prevented with a few simple precautions such as working smoke detectors, a well-rehearsed escape plan, and basic steps to limit hazardous conditions in the home.

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Memorial Hermann is Celebrating 35 Years of Caring in Katy

Katy, TX (September 2, 2016) When Katy Hospital first opened in 1981 on Pin Oak Road, it had 100 beds, four operating rooms and two delivery rooms. Over the years, that small hospital grew as the community did, eventually   relocating and expanding into what is now known as Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  This month, the hospital celebrated 35 years of service in the Katy community.

Long Time Employees at Memorial Hermann Katy

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