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Cardiff Junior High Teacher Receives Special Honor for Her Contributions After Harvey

Lisa Forney, assistant principal for the Cardiff Colts, has received the title of “Life-Changer of the Year” ” for going above and beyond for her students and community.
Katy Independent School District is proud to announce that Cardiff Junior High (CJH) Assistant Principal Lisa Forney has been nominated by a local business partner as a “Life Changer of the Year” for going above and beyond for her students and community.
 

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS 
 
November 30, 2017
 
 
Meeting the needs of struggling faculty and staff
After Hurricane Harvey, Ms. Forney put pen to paper and outlined a comprehensive plan to meet the immediate needs of the Cardiff faculty and staff who were hardest hit by the storm.  Thus was born the “CJH Boots on the Ground Initiative” which consisted of a group of volunteers who cleaned out flooded homes, delivered food to work crews and collected donated items.  She went even further by reaching out to non-profit organizations to sponsor families and support them as they worked to get back on their feet. Because of Ms. Forney’s detailed planning, communication skills and her dedication to the community, many families received the help they needed after the storm.
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Providing a stress-free Thanksgiving to Katy ISD families
However, her work didn’t end when the flood waters receded.  With the help of many staff members, she organized an essential needs pantry that efficiently served over 200 Cardiff families and community members.  Also, as the Thanksgiving season approached, Ms. Forney along with help from Tays Junior High volunteers, many local community partners and non-profit organizations led the coordination of the CJH Thanksgiving Pop-Up Market which provided turkeys and packaged food to over 100 families.  Her goal was to provide a stress-free Thanksgiving!
 
Ms. Forney’s desire to give without expectation has inspired and changed the lives of many.  Together as a school community, let’s help her win the National Grand Prize by visiting the Forney Life Changer of the Year profile and leaving a comment.
 
The Life Changer of the Year is a national program that recognizes K-12 educators and school employees for the positive difference they make in the lives of their students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.
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Community to Dedicate Spark Park at Memorial Parkway Elementary

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 

Thanks to the SPARK Program and contributions from the local community, this park will be available for public use during non-school hours and on weekends.  It features modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment and learning spaces.

 

 

 

The park will be open for public use during non-school hours and one weekends, and will feature modular playground equipment, walking trails, picnic tables, outdoor music equipment, and learning spaces.

Courtesy of Katy ISD

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Holy Covenant UMC Feeds Hungry Souls on Thanksgiving Day

Cheerful volunteers and community members at Holy Covenant UMC serves 1600 meals, provides clothing, books, and bibles to Katy families on Thanksgiving Day.

By Kathy Fraser

People who responded to the invitation for a free Thanksgiving meal, were greeted with hugs, offers of prayer, and music that warmed the heart, then their tummies were filled with traditional Thanksgiving favorite foods followed by a distribution of donated books, bibles, blankets, coats, clothing, diapers/wipes, and non-perishable food items, that helped to ease the struggle of tough times, even if it was only for a day.

A long-standing Thanksgiving tradition

This year’s community Thanksgiving celebration, hosted by Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, saw record numbers of guests come through its doors. The weather was deliciously cool and sunny, which set the scene for a beautiful outreach that was taking place both inside and outside the HCKaty campus. The tradition began in 2003 with Antioch Church and has been hosted by multiple church communities throughout the years.

Randalls provided the Katy Community Feast with all the necessary turkeys and Midway BBQ supplied all the ham. Good Ole boys cooked the turkeys at no charge with a nominal fee for slicing and packaging while Westside Chevrolet contributed financially. Other goods or services contributed by local Katy businesses are as follows: children’s books from Katy Budget Books, Spanish bibles from Lifeway Christian Store, racks and hangers from Brammers, multiple breads and bagels from Panera Bread, piano music by renowned musician, Steven Jones, and photography services from Photographyfray. Most of these Katy businesses have supplied services, goods, or funds every year since the start of this annual outreach for which the steering committee is so very grateful!

Bible donations, fun for kids, and meals delivered

In 2017, twelve Katy churches supplied the funds, side dishes, and volunteers in ministry needed to make the 2017 feast possible. Those churches include: Alief Baptist Church, Antioch Missionary Baptist Church, The Church at Cane Island, Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, First Baptist Church of Katy, First United Methodist Church of Katy, Grace Fellowship United Methodist Church, Holy Covenant United Methodist Church, Kingsland Baptist Church, New Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Peter’s United Methodist Church, and Trinity Baptist Church. There are some individual and classes from within the churches that provide goods, such as the Rejoice Sunday School Class at FUMC. They used their funds to purchase 35 bilingual bibles for donation. The Katy Community Feast has always been blessed by the services of Boy Scout Troop 557. Since 2011, those boy scouts and their supervising adults have directed traffic, received side dish donations as they are dropped off at the church, and assisted guests with carrying of packages to their cars.

 A Kidz Corner was in full swing during the event. Acorn turkeys were crafted, pin the tail on the turkey games were played, and colorful drawings were made by many of the children who dined in or passed through. Two talented face-painters delighted the younger guests by creating their favorite design atop their smiling faces.

Most people in need of a Thanksgiving meal this year found out about The Katy Community Thanksgiving Feast during their visit to Katy Christian Ministries. Others may have learned of it through flyers distributed at the KCM Food Pantry, Christ Clinic, The St. Vincent de Paul Society at Epiphany of Our Lord Catholic Church, and Texas Children’s Pediatrics. Additional Feast invitations were posted in the local Katy newspaper and social media. People were asked to call in and pre-order their meals. Participants were invited to dine in, pick up meals to go, and if homebound, to sign up for meal delivery.

Help from nonprofit agencies for clothing donations and more

Five Katy non-profit agencies were on site this year to provide information about their services and answer any questions. They included: Christ Clinic (Lara Hamilton, Executive Director) Clothed by Faith (Abi Morton, Executive Director), Hope Impacts (Tina Hatcher Executive Director), Katy Christian Ministries (Deysi Crespo, Executive Director & Lily Rodgers, Social Services Director), and Pregnancy Help Center (Jeannie Z, Executive Director and Norma Zubiate, Volunteer Coordinator). Tina Hatcher has been bringing some of Katy’s homeless to the feast and distributing meals later in the day since 2013. Rona Lee, with Clothed by Faith, has been a part of the steering committee since 2015. Clothed by Faith sets up their large operation at the host church the day before and then on Thanksgiving Day is able to help address the clothing needs of those in attendance!

 This Feast Day saw a flurry of activity from start to finish. The first family arrived at 7:30am and the last ones to be served came late at 2:45pm! Meal orders exceeded 1600 this year and the clicker count indicated that there would not be enough food to feed everyone. However, just as with the story of the loaves and fishes, no one left unfed! Leftovers were shared with the Krause Center. God is good all the time!

 Katy, Texas is a special community. What makes it even more special is when businesses, churches, individuals, and organizations unite to serve a common good.  people who responded to the invitation for a free Thanksgiving meal, were greeted with hugs, offers of prayer, and music that warmed the heart, then their tummies were filled with traditional Thanksgiving favorite foods followed by a distribution of donated books, bibles, blankets, coats, clothing, diapers/wipes, and non-perishable food items, that helped to ease the struggle of tough times, even if it was only for a day. However, the reassurance that there are neighbors that love you, that reach out to care for your needs, and provide resources that can help you through the days ahead, gives hope, hope that feeds the soul.

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Solis Mammography Launches Hurricane Harvey Relief Campaign

Solis Mammography’s ‘Help Us Help Houston’ campaign will benefit the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund through screenings and donations.

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 KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX 
November 21, 2017 
Giving the gift of restoration
Through the end of the year, Solis Mammography – the nation’s largest independent provider of breast screening services – presents its “Help Us Help Houston” campaign through its seven locations across the greater Houston region. From now through the end of the year, patients who schedule and complete their annual screening mammogram at Solis Mammography, will also give the gift of restoration and recovery.
Ten dollars for every mammogram
For every mammogram appointment scheduled and completed at any Solis Mammography center in the Houston area between Oct. 23 and Dec. 31, $10 will be donated to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund by Solis Mammography and its partners in the effort, HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic. To signal their participation in the campaign, all patients need to do is use the code “Harvey” when they check-in for their appointment.
About the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. The fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. Because of the immense need in and around Houston, this fund is dedicated to relieving gaps that are not met by other local and federal efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
“Many of our patients, team members and partners were deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” said DaWanda Nelson, vice president of operations for Solis Mammography in Houston. “We wanted to provide some form of substantial support, while also continuing our message of the importance of preventative screening to overall breast health. In this way, we’ll be contributing to both the health and well-being of Houston women – and the entire community. We’d also like to express our deep appreciation to our partners HCA Healthcare Gulf Coast Division and Hologic for joining us to support and fund this campaign.”
Solis Mammography’s growing presence in the Houston region includes its newly-dedicated breast health center at HCA-affiliated The Woman’s Hospital of Texas. Located in the newly refurbished One Fannin building next to the hospital, the center is uniquely designed to promote patient ease and peace of mind in an atmosphere devoted to both the patient experience and clinical accuracy.
To schedule an appointment at any of Solis Mammography’s seven Houston locations, go to https://www.solismammo.com/schedule-appointment/.
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City of Katy Discusses Flood Mitigation Plans at November General Assembly

City of Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner, Costello Inc., and nearly 100 members and guests gathered at YMCA at Katy Main Street to discuss flood mitigation plans for Katy. 
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Free Car Washes at Buc-ee’s to Celebrate the Arrival of Guinness World Records

The popular Texas gas station chain will offer free car washes to celebrate being recognized by Guinness of World Records.

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Katy Elementary School Receives Historical Marker as Site of First Schoolhouse in Katy

Katy ISD superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt along with members of the  school board, Katy Elementary School staff, Mayor Chuck Brawner, and State Representative Mike Schofield were among those in attendance for the unveiling of the new historical marker at Katy Elementary School, the site of the first schoolhouse in Katy.

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Katy ISD Seeks Help through Santa Cops Program

Katy ISD Police Department is sponsoring the 15th Annual Santa Cops Program, aimed at helping families that may be experiencing hardships by providing gifts and clothing for their children during the holidays.  This year, the program anticipates an increased number of families in need due to the devastation caused by Harvey.

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KATY CRIME: This Week’s Crime Report at a Glance

Here is a compilation of this week’s top crimes November 4-11. Certain incidents such as car burglaries, theft, and criminal mischief were not included in this list.

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Cane Island Hosts Candy Cane Market in December

Cane Island and the Real Craftwives of Katy invites residents out for synchronized holiday lights, photos with Santa, food trucks, craft beers, live music, snow globe fun, great shopping and more seasonal fun. 

 

KATY MAGAZINE – Katy, TX 

November 9, 2017 

More than 60 local vendors presenting holiday gift finds of jewelry, clothing and accessories, items for the home and more will gather at Candy Cane Market with the Real Craftwives of Katy on Saturday, December 2 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (Keep Reading)

           

 

Free and open to the public, Candy Cane Market will be hosted in the Cane Island Amenity Village, 2100 Cane Island Parkway, where families will enjoy live music, food trucks, craft beer from Katy’s very-own Growler USA and free photos with Santa.

While at Candy Cane Market, individuals can take a free photo inside Cane Island’s life-sized snow globe, the perfect way to send holiday wishes to friends and family. 

Photos in the snow globe will continue in the Cane Island Amenity Village throughout December where visitors also can enjoy a nightly holiday light display of twinkle lights synchronized to holiday music.  For dates, times and more information, go to www.CaneIsland.com or call (281) 725-6555.       

To reach Cane Island, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway straight into the community.

Cane Island features traditional homes and lifestyle patio homes from the mid $200s, including those available for immediate move in, by CalAtlantic Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Coventry Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes.

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Katy ISD Kicks of Annual Food for Families Campaign

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX
November 9, 2017

The Katy ISD Partners in Education’s 15th Annual Food for Families has launched and the community is invited to support Katy ISD families in need this holiday season. Food for Families is an annual campaign that since 2003 has helped thousands of Katy ISD students and their families with grocery gift cards. Every Katy ISD campus identifies students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break. This long-standing program has helped thousands of families and Katy ISD Partners in Education hopes to this year touch even more.

Donations of any amount are welcomed and appreciated. The deadline to donate is December 7. To make a contribution online please click here. To donate via check, please remit to “Katy ISD Food for Families” and mail to Partners in Education: Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, Katy 77494.

 

Food for Families, a Katy ISD Partners in Education yearly initiative, unites our Katy ISD staff and community in holiday support for select students and their families.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at www.katyisd.org or contact Tammy Stringer, 281-396-2645, tammyrstringer@katyisd.org.

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Dewberry Farm to Open Houston’s First Christmas Light Trail

The popular, kid-friendly destination in nearby Brookshire known for it’s Christmas tree farm and year-round farm fun will now transform into a Christmas Village for Katy families to enjoy. 
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KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – Katy, TX
November 9, 2017
After years of bringing Fall fun to the Houston community, Dewberry Farm is adding The Trail of Lights to the Christmas season. The Trail of Lights is a 1.5 mile wagon ride through the prairie and woods. Guests will enjoy over a million lights dancing to Christmas music. “Nothing can compare to the brilliance of the lights across the country sky while listening to festive Christmas music,” said owner Mary Emerson. She added, “There is nothing like it this close to Houston.” The entire farm will be transformed into a Christmas Village; there will be entertainment, food, and Santa will be available for photos.

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Tickets are $24.95. A limited number of tickets will be sold for each day by online only. Walk-ups are welcome but cannot be guaranteed ticket availability. Tickets include admission to the Trail of Lights and to the farm. Most of the 40+ attractions will be open during the Christmas season. The Trail of Lights is open from 4 -11 pm, December 7-10, 15-23, and 26-30.
To learn more about Dewberry Farm please contact Jennifer Gorsché at Jennifer@DewberryFarm.com, or visit our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About Dewberry Farm
Dewberry Farm, located on 115 acres just west of Katy, has a corn maze, pumpkin patch, and 20 acres of Christmas trees. The Fall festival runs through mid-November. Choose and Cut Christmas trees are available November 24 – December 10.
Visit DewberryFarm.com for more information, or “Like” Dewberry Farm on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive updates.
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LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Tree Lighting Ceremony Celebrates 10 Years in Katy

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch invites families to their 10th annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus on November 18.

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Katy Elementary School to Receive Historical Marker on Friday, November 10.

Katy ISD’s original elementary campus, built in 1965, will receive a historical marker on Friday, November 10, 2017 to celebrate it’s history and the many Tigers who have pass through it’s hallways. 

 

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Katy ISD Election Day is November 7, 2017

 

Katy ISD Election Day is November 7, 2017, with a $609M bond referendum on the ballot. Read on for polling locations by county, early voting results, and bond details. 

 

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Katy’s Cane Island Marks the Opening of Cane Island Parkway

KATY MAGAZINE NEWS – KATY, TX

The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island now can boast of a location “from I-10 in a minute” with the opening of Cane Island Parkway at Highway 90, a major step for the community of new homes now in its second year. 

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Motorists can now take the paved, four-lane north/south boulevard from Interstate 10 directly to and from Cane Island.

A major selling point for Cane Island
“One of our chief selling points is proximity to the Katy Freeway,” notes Lawren Eckhardt, director of marketing for Cane Island, the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year.  “It’s particularly important when it comes to reducing drive times to the Energy Corridor and other employment centers.”

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