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Hair Salon Receptionist – Full Time

BH Hair Studio is an established, departmentalized salon who has been in Katy for  six years. They are an education-centric studio that conducts ongoing, advanced training for their stylists. They are seeking a receptionist with the following attributes and skills: Team player with excellent interpersonal skills, strong work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task. Must also have a professional attitude and fashion forward appearance that reflects the image of BH Hair Studio. Apply in person at 23701 Cinco Ranch Blvd. during their normal business hours. (Closed on Sundays and Mondays).  Please mention Katy Magazine referred you. 

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Fathers Day Events and Specials in Katy, Texas

Katy, TX Blog (June 7, 2017) – Tell dad how much he means to you with a day of fun and new memories at one of these Katy businesses.

EVENTS

Wednesday – Saturday, June 14 – 17, 2017 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Dad’s Day Feast
Agave Rio
1185 FM 1463 

Treat dad to a manly feast featuring one appetizer of his choice, and the choice of an 8 oz. grilled fillet with lump crab hollandaise or 8 oz. Chilean sea bass with lemon herbs, two sides, and a molten lava chocolate cake all for $55. Call 281-665-3337 for reservations.


Friday, June 16, 2017 3:00 p.m.
Macho Nacho Night
Oh My Stars
1935 Ave. D.

Dads can enjoy a yummy nacho bar while their loving wives shop for their gifts.


Saturday, June 17, 2017 8:30 a.m.
Father’s Day Breakfast
Central Baptist Church

2855 Greenhouse Rd. 

Join the CBC family for prayer, breakfast, and fellowship to celebrate all the wonderful fathers in our community. Visit centralbcs.org.


Saturday, June 17, 2017 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Fishing & Fun with Dad
Oil Ranch
23501 Macedonia Rd., Hockley

Dad’s get free admission when you mention their Facebook ad. Bring a fishing pole and bait for a quiet, relaxing day on the ranch or shoot some targets. The swimming pool is open as well.


Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Father’s Day Brunch
Las Alamedas Mexican Restaurant and Bar
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 

Treat dad to a meal that includes all his favorites like beef and chicken fajitas, pollo en mole poblano, snapper, salmon, waffles, bacon, and more. Adults are $34.95, children ages five through 12 $12.95, children four and under are free.


Sunday, June 18, 2017 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Father’s Day Appreciation
Cane Island

2100 Cane Island Pkwy. 

Cane Island dads can stop by the Welcome Center for special mustache cookies. Visit caneisland.com.


SPECIALS

Abuelo’s Mexican Restaurant
Dad receives a special gift when you dine on Father’s Day, June 18.

Alamo Drafthouse Mason Park
Get 25% off when you spend $100 or more with dad.

Boardroom Salon for Men – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
Get 50% off annual Boardroom memberships, a free hand grooming with the purchase of a $100 gift card, or buy two, get the third 50% off all Black Jack Products on Fathers Day, June 18.

Splashway Waterpark & Campgrounds
Dad’s get in free on Father’s Day when accompanied by a paying guest.

TCBY
Bring dad in for a free, 6 oz. frozen yogurt on Father’s Day. 

Tilt Studio
Buy one attraction, get one free on Father’s Day, June 18.

Typhoon Texas
Dad’s get in free on Father’s Day when you purchase a regularly priced above 48″, single-day ticket.

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Katy ISD Student Nominated for 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl

Katy, TX (June 7, 2017) Taylor High School student Max Wright has been nominated to play in the 2018 U.S. Army All-American Bowl presented by American Family Insurance. In total, 400 football players are nominated, but only 100 are selected to participate in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, the nation’s premier high school sporting event, held every January.


Wright was nominated by the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee, which consists of All American Games, its national network of coaches and scouts, as well as 247Sports. This nomination recognizes the versatility and adaptability Wright possesses both on and off the field.

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is a unique event designed to showcase and recognize the talents of America’s youth while celebrating the team that makes a difference every day for the nation – the U.S. Army.

 

 

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British International School Students Wow Crowd with Innovative Health Care Solutions

Katy, TX (June 6, 2017) By Christine Hall

Kids can invent the darnedest things—and the TMC Young Inventors Forum is an example of just how creative they can be.

For the past three years, the British International School of Houston and the Texas Medical Center have partnered on the TMC Young Inventors Forum, an eight-week program for 7- and 8-year-old students to learn the fundamentals of innovation and how to apply them to health care.

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Katy ISD Schools Rank High in the Region

Katy, TX (June 6, 2017) Children at Risk releases annual school rankings based on four different measures: Student Achievement Index, Campus Performance Index, Growth Index, and College Readiness Index.

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Katy ISD Breaks Ground on Elementary #41

Katy, TX (June 2, 2017) The drum roll from the Seven Lakes Junior High Band marked the official groundbreaking on Elementary #41, which is set to be built in the fairly new community of Cross Creek Ranch.

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Katy ISD Honors High School Seniors with Awards of Excellence

Katy, TX (June 1, 2017) Katy ISD recognized 88 high school seniors who were chosen by their campus administration for their dedication, perseverance and achievement during the 2016-2017 school year. Alongside each one of them, an outstanding teacher, who was selected by the student, was also acknowledged for having a profound impact in that student’s life.

These students are the finest example of the character and commitment of the Katy ISD community. Their passion for excelling embodies the Katy ISD mission and vision to prepare and inspire each student to live an honorable, fulfilling life….to create the future.

“The accomplishments of this senior class are outstanding,” said Superintendent Lance Hindt during the ceremony. “It is gratifying to know that Katy ISD will be well represented in colleges, universities, the military and the work force throughout our nation.”

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 Awards of Excellence winners!

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Katy Mayoral & City Council Election

Katy, TX (May 5, 2017) – Polling locations for the City of Katy mayoral and city council election.

Election Day
Saturday, May 6, 2017 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Ward A
Katy City Hall
901 Ave. c

Ward B 
Katy Municipal Courthouse
5432 Franz Rd.

Click here to see the most current City of Katy Ward map.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns Statewide Recognition for Quality and High Performance

Katy, TX News (April 28, 2017) The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

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Paetow Band and Color Guard Information

Katy, TX News (April 28, 2016) Information for students who will be attending Paetow High School for the 2017 – 2018 school year and are interested in being a part of the band or color guard

  • Color Guard Auditions for the 2017 Paetow High School Guard will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; May 2nd, 3rd and 4th from 5 – 7 PM at Morton Ranch High School. Anyone interested is welcome to attend, no experience is necessary. Please bring athletic attire and a good attitude. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com.
  • Students planning to be a part of the band program at Paetow High School are expected to attend our first mini-camp on Wednesday and Thursday; May 3rd and 4th  from 4 – 7 PM at Morton Ranch High School. Make sure to bring your personal instrument, athletic attire and water. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com
  • All percussion students or piano players attending Paetow High School need to attend our percussion technique days Thursday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 10th from 4 – 6 PM at Morton Ranch High School. For additional questions please contact Greg Redner or access paetowbands.com
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Stretching and Foam Rolling for Cyclists

Katy, TX (March 21, 2017) Stretching and soft-tissue therapy are essential components of a complete exercise program. Incorporating them into your fitness routine will increase performance, reduce injury, improve range of motion and benefit overall physical fitness.

Stretching
Static stretching is a slow and constant stretch, with the end position held for 20 to 30 seconds. A static stretch includes the relaxation and elongating of the stretched muscle. Dynamic stretching is a type of stretching that actively moves a joint through the full range of motion. It closely duplicates movements required for a sport or activity.

Soft-Tissue Therapy
One of the most commonly used modalities in stretching routines is the foam roller, which mimic a therapist’s myofascial release techniques and has been shown to increase range of motion, reduce soreness, improve tissue recovery and decrease the overall effects of stress placed on the body. Rollers come in several different lengths, densities and surface structures.

When to Use
Foam rolling should be done before dynamic or static stretching exercises to increases body temperature and improve the tissue’s ability to lengthen during a stretch.

How to Use
When using the foam roller before exercise, roll eight to 10 times at a moderate pace along the muscle and follow with dynamic stretching. When using post-exercise, slowly roll the targeted area until the most tender spot is found. Hold on that targeted area for 20 to 30 seconds until discomfort is reduced. If discomfort becomes intolerable, back off the area.

Common Areas
The most common troubled areas cyclists experience are the iliotibial bands (IT bands), hamstrings, quadriceps, glutes, hip adductors, calves and the back. These areas are very susceptible to tightness, which can lead to injury. With rigorous training programs and competitions it is vital that these areas are addressed to decrease the chances of injury and potentially increase performance.

Precautions
Individuals who have been medically diagnosed or are experiencing symptoms related to osteoporosis, diabetes, high blood pressure, varicose veins or pregnancy, or who are unsure about their condition, should consult a physician before beginning to apply soft-tissue therapy.

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With Cases on the Rise, Memorial Hermann Encourages Immunization, Proper Hygiene Practices to Stop Flu’s Spread

Katy, TX (February 24, 2017) As influenza continues to spread across the state, leading to a spike in hospital visits and doctor’s office visits throughout Texas, Memorial Hermann stresses the importance of vaccination and hygiene to protect against this dangerous and deadly virus.

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Tiff’s Treats is Coming to Katy

 

 

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Katy, TX News (February 24, 2017)  As it begins its 18th year in business, Tiff’s Treats announced today it will be opening its first 2017 store in Katy, the 6th location in the Houston area. The Katy location will be the company’s 28th store overall, the 25th store in Texas. In 2016, Austin-based Tiff’s Treats, the first in the nation to create the warm cookie delivery concept, also opened 3 other stores in Atlanta Georgia, its first locations outside the state of Texas. The Katy store, at 21788 Katy Fwy B-800, Katy, TX 77449, will celebrate with a grand opening event Saturday, March 4 from 9 am to 1 pm., with cookie sales benefiting Texas Children’s Hospital. More at https://cookiedelivery.com/Company/About/New-Store-Openings/Events/Katy.aspx

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Katy Magazine’s New Year’s Eve Party Guide

Katy, TX – December 27, 2016 Deciding where to celebrate New Year’s Eve can be stressful, but if you go to one of these amazing places, you can’t go wrong. We have put together the best places to dine, stay, and ring in the new year with your family, a date, or group of friends.

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Try The YMCA for Free!

Katy, TX – December 27, 2016 All are welcome to try the facilities at any YMCA in the Greater Houston area!

At the Y, they can help you design a wellness routine that promotes positive improvements in your health and wellness. Become a part of something that nourishes the soul, strengthens your muscles, and keeps you motivated.

Members say that they feel like part of a family at the Y, and that sense of support keeps them motivated, holds them accountable and helps them attain their goals without giving up. From the greeter at the front desk who knows your name, to fellow exercisers in the locker room who make sure you won’t miss a workout, to a friend on the treadmill keeping you company as you burn calories, the Y is a place that makes working out fun.

What’s more, research from the Journal of Preventative Medicine and the Journal of Behavioral Medicine suggests that a support system helps people better adhere to their workout goals.

This is a one-day event on January 7th, and you are not going to want to miss it!

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Professional Golfer Patrick Reed Delivers Holiday Surprise to Patients at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital

Katy, TX – December 22, 2016 Internationally ranked professional golfer Patrick Reed stopped by Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital with his wife, Justine, to deliver special treats for pediatric patients who are hospitalized during the holidays.

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Caps for Cubs

Katy, TX – December 22, 2016 Fourth graders at Griffin Elementary gave the gift of warmth, and advice, to newborns and their mothers at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The students knitted caps for the newborns and wrote letters to the parents, offering “words of wisdom”. It’s a part of their “Caps for Cubs” program.  Women who give birth at Memorial Hermann Katy will have the opportunity to take home the caps and letters over the next few weeks.

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Announcing the 2016 Hall of Honor Inductees

Katy, TX – December 16, 2016 From Jeff Stocks, Principal of Taylor High School:

In May 2015 our graduating senior class officers decided that their class funds would go to the creation of a Hall of Honor which would recognize prominent alumni of Taylor High School. So that summer we launched the James E. Taylor Hall of Honor which is located in a prominent hallway in the school. Our inaugural class of inductees included some really amazing people. (See the blog post from November ’15 for the list.) We invited this inaugural class of inductees to a ceremony which included a pep rally, school tour, and luncheon in their honor, and on-field recognition at a home football game. What transpired was incredible!

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Why Young Children Bite and How to Help

Katy, TX – December 12, 2016  Children who bite others cause a great deal of concern for the parents. The parents of the child who has been bitten are also usually very concerned about infection. Biting is an unacceptable behavior that needs to be stopped at an early age to prevent it from happening again.

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Memorial Hermann-TMC Celebrates this Holiday Season by Encouraging One and All to Consider Giving The Ultimate Gift

Katy, TX – December 16, 2016 It’s the season of giving and Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) is getting in the spirit by unveiling a new installment in the Rick Smith Gallery entitled The Ultimate Gift. The latest installation highlights the importance of organ donation through the portraits of organ donors, donor families and recipients. Gratitude, sacrifice and hope can be seen in the eyes, smiles and embraces of those photographed, who all share one thing in common: their lives have been forever changed by the ultimate gift – the gift of life.

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BP Funds Katy ISD Education Foundation Teacher Grants

Katy, TX (December 14, 2016) The Katy ISD Education Foundation recently launched its fifth Inspiring Imagination teacher grant application process, which will fund Katy ISD teacher grants for the 2017-2018 school year.  Community support for the grants is led by the Foundation’s Cornerstone Investor, BP America, Inc.  This year, BP contributed $40,000 for S.T.E.M.-related teacher grants.  “The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s partnership with BP represents the best of our community,” said Katy ISD Superintendent, Dr. Lance Hindt. “Our district is grateful to both BP and the Katy ISD Education Foundation for providing these opportunities for our teachers and students.”

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Katy ISD Selects Academy Sports + Outdoors for Exclusive Naming Rights of Student Activities Complex

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) Katy Independent School District (ISD) announced that Academy, Ltd. (d/b/a Academy Sports + Outdoors), a premier sports, outdoor and lifestyle retailer, will receive exclusive naming rights to the school district’s Student Activities Complex, as part of a new ten-year deal. The complex is home to Jack Rhodes Memorial Stadium and a second football stadium to be completed in summer 2017.

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Approves Attendance Boundary Modifications

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) During the Regular Meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees approved the attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) presented to them on December 5, in preparation for the opening of Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School.

The approved ABM maps, which are designed to help balance enrollment at overcrowded campuses and ensure all students have equal access to a high quality education, were updated based on the feedback provided by the public through the survey and other reviews of campuses that are currently overcrowded.

These ABMs will impact Morton Ranch High School, Katy High School, Katy Junior High, McDonald Junior High, Katy Elementary and Wolman Elementary. A letter will be mailed directly to all the impacted families by the end of January 2017.

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Katy Magazine Announces Katy People of the Year Awards

The publishers of Katy Magazine honored 10 extraordinary citizens at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s general assembly meeting

Katy, TX December 13, 2016—Today, Katy Magazine officially announced their People of the Year award winners at the Katy Area Economic Development Council General Assembly meeting held at the Education Support Complex. Ten outstanding Katy area residents were presented with awards in front of a large audience of business and community leaders at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s monthly assembly meeting. The 10 honorees are also featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Katy Magazine and will be showcased in their upcoming Katy Business Magazine launching in early 2017.

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Katy Magazine Announces Katy People of the Year Awards

The publishers of Katy Magazine honored 10 extraordinary citizens at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s general assembly meeting

Katy, TX (December 13, 2016) Today, Katy Magazine officially announced their People of the Year award winners at the Katy Area Economic Development Council General Assembly meeting held at the Education Support Complex. Ten outstanding Katy area residents were presented with awards in front of a large audience of business and community leaders at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s monthly assembly meeting. The 10 honorees are also featured in the Dec/Jan issue of Katy Magazine and will be showcased in their upcoming Katy Business Magazine launching in early 2017.

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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Joins Forces with LifeGift to Address Nation’s Critical Shortage of Organs

Katy, TX (December 9, 2016) More than a dozen new people joined the organ donor registry Friday as part of an initiative by Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and LifeGift to address the growing national organ shortage by raising awareness for the mission while celebrating those who make the selfless decision to share the gift of life.

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Founder and Owner, Michael Guevara Named as One of America’s Premier Experts

Katy, TX – December 8, 2016

Michael Guevara, Co-Founder and Co-Owner of The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch and North Katy, has recently been named as one of America’s PremierExperts® in recognition of his knowledge and passion in music.

Michael Guevara has recently been acknowledged by America’s PremierExperts® as one of the leading experts in his field. America’s PremiereExperts® recognizes leading experts, across a wide array of industries, who are willing to provide information and education to consumers as a public service.

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Michael is a composer, musician, speaker and business mentor. He is a founding member of the Katy Jazz Association and member of the Katy Jazz Festival Committee. In 1986 he received his Bachelors of Business Administration in Finance, and he moved to Houston to begin his career in insurance.  Throughout the years he taught children to play the piano when his scheduled allowed. In 2006 Michael and his wife, Berta, opened their first school of music, The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch, which is inclusive of being the only founding school of Carnegie Hall Royal Conservatory Achievement Program in the greater Houston area.  The Conservatory of Music currently teaches more than 25,000 lessons a year and was recently named as “The Best Music Studio / Lessons in Katy for 2016.”

 

 

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Texas Children’s Hospital’s 2016 Radiothon Raises More Than $655,000 to Support Pediatric Care, Education, and Research

Katy, TX – December 7, 2016

Cox Media Group Houston stations – including The Eagle (106.9 and 107.5), Country Legends (97.1) and The New 93Q (92.9) – hosted a two-day live event at Texas Children’s Hospital in December which helped raise more than $655,00. These critical funds will help benefit patient care, education and research at Texas Children’s Cancer Center, the building of a new pediatric tower in the medical center for the most critically ill children, and the opening of a community hospital in North Houston – Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands.

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Rocking for a Cure: Cancer Patients Get Distraction from Treatment with Music Therapy Made Possible by Generous Guitar Donation

Katy, TX – December 7, 2016

Patients at Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-Texas Medical Center now have access to hands-on music therapy thanks to a multiple guitar donation from Joan Holst and Michael Fuller, of Fuller’s Guitar, a guitar store located in Houston’s Greater Heights. Fuller and Holst were inspired to make the donation by their friend, Paul Jardell, who is currently undergoing cancer treatment at the Center. The guitars will be available as a musical diversion for patients to play while they receive treatment. They will also be used by the Center’s music therapy support group.

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“It’s important to me that the patients are engaged in the music, not just by listening, but by participating,” said Maegan Morrow, music therapist with TIRR Memorial Hermann, who also dedicates some of her time to Memorial Hermann Cancer Center-TMC. “By picking up a guitar during long treatments, it can be a distraction that puts the brain in a more positive state. Some patients might already know how to play guitar, but now we have the resources if someone wants to learn as well. We are so grateful to Fuller’s Guitar for their generous gift.”

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Makes Babies’ Health a Top Priority

Katy, TX (December 7, 2016) Research has long-touted the benefits of breastfeeding for newborns, as well as mothers, and that’s why Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is proud to once again receive the Texas Ten Step Designation from the Texas Hospital Association and the Texas Department of State Health Services. The Texas Ten Step Program encourages breastfeeding as the preferred method of feeding for newborns and infants.  This is the fifth year in a row Memorial Hermann Katy has received this designation.

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Nearly 400 Katy ISD Classes Benefit from the 19th Annual Promise to Read Program

Katy, TX (December 1, 2016) This month, 181 community and business members from across Katy came together to bring the love of reading into almost 400 Katy ISD classrooms during Promise to Read.  The annual initiative is part of a 19-year-old tradition led by Katy ISD’s Partners in Education.  Promise to Read affords the community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom of excited elementary students. Each November the program is offered over the course of two weeks at various elementary campuses.

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Katy Triathlon Celebrates Record Numbers with Virtual Victory Lap for $25,000 Raised

Katy, TX (November 30, 2016) Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy, sponsors of the 24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne, are doing a virtual “victory lap” to celebrate the record number of participants and the $25,000 net funds raised in 2016.  The success of the competition, whose registration was up 20 percent over last year, enabled the club to increase its Katy Independent School District 2017 college scholarships from $1,500 to $2,000.

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Olympic Gold Medalist Anthony Ervin Visits Katy Aquatics

Katy, TX – November 23, 2016 Katy Aquatics received a special appearance from Olympic gold medalist Anthony Ervin earlier this month on Tuesday, November 15th at the Katy High School Natatorium. Ervin’s visit was part of an outreach effort presented by the USA Swimming Athlete Partnership Program to encourage young swimmers to lead champion lifestyles and stay physically active. These appearances directly promote the sport and the healthy lifestyle it represents.

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Medicare Aims to Cover the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program

Katy, TX (November 23, 2016) After results of a government-funded study revealed that the YMCA’s evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) could save the federal government a substantial amount of money, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this month that it wants to fast track the process of establishing medical coverage for the program – including in the Katy area. Coverage could come as early as 2018.

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Physicians Encourage Screening for Lung Cancer

Katy, TX (November 22, 2016) According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more people die every year from lung cancer than of breast, colon and prostate cancers combined. November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month and physicians affiliated with Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital are encouraging people to be screened for lung cancer.

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Katy Magazine Announces Launch of Katy Business Magazine

Katy Business Magazine to reach 30,000 high level executives, business owners, and decision makeers in the greater Katy and West Houston areas.

Katy, TX (November 22, 2016) The publishers of Katy Magazine announced their newest product, Katy Business Magazine, to be released January 2017. The latest addition to a growing family of award-winning publications serving the greater Katy area, this new publication offers a one-stop resource for everything business in Katy, Texas.  “We are thrilled to provide Katy specific content and local purchasing resources that business owners and executive level decision makers just can’t find anywhere else,” says publisher Matt Katsarelis. Katy Business Magazine will be mailed and hand-delivered to local businesses, executives, and purchasing and HR directors in the greater Katy area. It will also tap into the burgeoning West Houston Energy Corridor where a majority of the Katy executives work.

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Katy Business Magazine covers important topics facing local businesses such as new laws pertaining to labor and health benefits, the latest IT viruses spreading in our community, commercial office space availability, and so much more.  More importantly, this innovative business magazine shines a light on the people that genuinely reflect the work ethic and entrepreneurial spirit of the Katy area. “I’ve been inspired by the sheer grit and determination of local business owners we’ve had the pleasure of working with through the years,” says Katrina Katsarelis, editor-in-chief. “We are delighted to be able to showcase these hardworking people in various features such as our family business success stories, entrepreneur’s panel, and Ask the Experts business forums.”

Katy Business Magazine publishers understand the struggles of growing a business first hand. In 2002, Katrina and Matt Katsarelis founded Katy Magazine out of their home office in Kelliwood Gardens with just a $2,000 investment.  After 14 years, they’ve grown the original publication to $2.5 million in annual sales and have 15 full-time employees. Their magazines have won over 100 national and state level industry awards and accolades in everything from general excellence, cover design, editorial excellence, and community service, to name a few. Katy Magazine also won the highly-coveted Katy Business of the Year Award from the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce in January 2014 and the Katy ISD Media Honor Roll Award. The Katsarelis’ are heavily invested in the Katy community, and serve on multiple boards and committees including the Katy Area Economic Development Council, the Katy ISD Education Foundation, and the Katy ISD Partners in Education.

Katy Business Magazine will have the same heart for the community that all our magazines have become known for,” says Katrina Katsarelis. “We live and work here in Katy, and wanted to create a magazine that has the top resources, exceptional stories, and features on the dedicated people in our growing Katy business community, which is most important.”

Katy Business Magazine welcomes submissions from local authors on pertinent business topics for consideration. Email info@katymagazine.com to submit editorial content or to get advertising information.

 CONTACT: Katrina Katsarelis, Editor-in-Chief & Publisher Katy Magazine 281.579.9840 katrinak@katymagazine.com

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Special Pals Announces 2017 Red White & Rescue Calendar

Katy, TX – November 22, 2016 Special Pals is taking pre-orders for their 2017 Red White & Rescue Calendar, a project helping to fundraise for the shelter.

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The Red White & Rescue Calendar is a collaboration between first responders and Special Pals. The calendar features first responders from the Katy, West Houston, Richmond, Rosenberg, and Fulshear areas along with their own adopted dogs, or adoptable dogs from Special Pals.

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Celebrating the Opening of Katy ISD’s New Jenks and Bethke Elementary Schools

Katy, TX – November 22, 2016 Over the past few weeks, Katy ISD hosted dedication ceremonies for two of their newest schools, MayDell Jenks Elementary and Catherine Bethke Elementary. The Katy community, Board of Trustees, Fort Bend County officials, and the namesakes themselves, MayDell Krivacka Jenks, and Catherine Gigi Bethke, were all in attendance.

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Local Chick-fil-A Restaurant Awards 100th Leadership Scholarship

Katy, TX – November 21, 2016 Chick-fil-A®, Inc. has selected Katy resident Avery Fontenot as a recipient of the chain’s $1,000 Leadership Scholarship, making her the 100th nominee of Chick-fil-A Operator, Rusty Wylie, to receive the award.

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Katy ISD Board of Trustees Seeks Public’s Feedback on Proposed Attendance Boundary Modifications

Katy, TX (November 21, 2016) During the Work Study meeting on Monday, the Board of Trustees discussed attendance boundary modifications (ABMs) to help balance enrollment and prepare for the opening of three new campuses (Bryant Elementary, Stockdick Junior High and Paetow High School) in the fall of 2017.

Based on the preliminary ABMs discussed, the following schools would be impacted: Wolman Elementary, Katy Elementary, McDonald Junior High, Katy Junior High, Morton Ranch High School and Katy High School.

In an effort to gather feedback from the public on the proposed ABMs, the Board encourages everyone to complete the online survey, available in English and Spanish, from November 15 – 30.  Hard copies of the survey are also available at all campuses.

A final recommendation will be presented to the Board on December 5.  For more information and FAQs regarding ABMs, click here.

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World-renowned Heart Surgeon and Medical Pioneer, Dr. Denton A. Cooley, Passes at Age 96

Katy, TX (November 18, 2016) Friends and colleagues at the Texas Heart Institute, join with his family in mourning the death of world-renowned heart surgeon and medical pioneer Dr. Denton A. Cooley.

Cooley, who founded THI as a premier cardiovascular research and education institution in 1962, and served as its surgeon-in chief for more than 40 years, died today at the age of 96 after a long life.

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Traffic Alert for November 18 – November 21

Katy, TX (November 18, 2016) The Texas Department of Transportation’s contractor working on the US 290 Project H from Pinemont to W. Little York continues to progress with mainlane construction.  This weekend, crews will switch traffic on the US 290 westbound mainlanes from Hollister to Fairbanks N. Houston, signifying completion of a major milestone for the project.

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Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital Receives 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award

Katy, TX (November 17, 2016) Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital has been named a recipient of the 2016 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest Presidential honor for performance excellence. U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker made the announcement today recognizing Memorial Hermann Sugar Land for its outstanding commitment to sustainable excellence through innovation, improvement and visionary leadership.

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James E. Taylor’s 7th Annual Katy ISD Ag Olympics

Katy, TX – November 17, 2016

Taylor FFA started the Ag Olympics for all the Katy ISD high school FFA students back in 2010 when they had just a handful of students participate. This year the event has grown to 355 FFA students from all 7 Katy high schools competing against each other in fun Ag related games, hence calling Ag Olympics. The teams are made up of students from each school and compete for points at each of the 10 different games.

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Houston Methodist West Hospital to Host Hands-on Demonstration of Newest Surgical Robot

Katy, TX – November 16, 2016 The West Houston community is invited to join Houston Methodist West surgeons and the Girl Scouts for a hands-on demonstration of the new da Vinci Xi surgical robot on Monday, Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. in the Houston Methodist West Sky Plaza. Houston Methodist West is the only facility in the Energy Corridor to acquire this latest piece of surgical technology.

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New YMCA at Katy Main Street Nearing Completion

Katy, TX – November 16, 2016

The 41,000 square-foot YMCA at Katy Main Street will feature strength training and cardio equipment, group exercise rooms, a basketball gym, an outdoor heated swimming pool, child watch rooms, cycle studio and gathering areas where members can meet for coffee. It will offer health and wellness activities, aquatics, youth sports, afterschool care, summer day camp, summer sports clinics, teen programs, senior activities and more.

“A lot of thought went into the design of this new facility. We’ve used best practice concepts from Ys across the country,” said Brian Haines, district executive director at the YMCA of Greater Houston. “We hope many people will take advantage of the new membership incentive so they can gain access to both Ys in Katy as well as in the Greater Houston area.”

The $12 million center is expected to accommodate the growing population of Katy, serving residents in west and north Katy and in neighboring communities.

The YMCA at Katy Main Street is expected to receive more than 400,000 visits a year. It will provide approximately $250,000 in community assistance and program/membership scholarships and create more than 200 area jobs.

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American Ninja Warrior Artis Thompson

Katy, TX – November 14, 2016

Written by Tassie Hewitt | Select photography by Anetrius Wallace and NBC Studios

Inspiring athlete and amputee, Artis Thompson III, is a winning example of dedication on NBC’s American Ninja Warrior

Artis Thompson III, whose goal is to be the next American Ninja Warrior, stretched his physical and mental strength to the limit and inspired amputees and others all over the world. He competed on the NBC reality TV show and says he will be going back for more. This powerful Katyite demonstrated that no obstacle is too great. km_oct-nov_16_artis-thompson_am-ninja-warrior_photo-by-anetrius-wallace-48

Thompson, who is also a personal trainer at 24 Hour Fitness in Katy, accepts no excuses from his clients, or himself. He boxes and plays semi -professional football with the Fort Bend Storm. Like many athletes, he spends hours in training, sprinting, doing calisthenics, and working on his upper body strength, all with a prosthetic leg.

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Ten Texas Hill Country Retreats

Katy, TX – November 14, 2016
Written by Kirsten Cornell

Sneak away from the hustle and bustle and re-energize at these countryside getaways.

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UH System and Parkside Capital Finalize Purchase of Land to Establish Katy Campus

Katy, TX (November 11, 2016) The University of Houston System (UHS) has completed the purchase of 46 acres of land in Katy from Parkside Capital. The land is located at the northeast corner of I-10 and the Grand Parkway and will be developed into a campus serving West Houston. Academic programs from two UH System universities, the University of Houston and the University of Houston-Victoria, will be offered at the new campus.

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Monty Ballard YMCA’s School-Business Partnership Supports Katy ISD Children

Katy, TX (November 11, 2016) Since opening its doors in 2001, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch has been devoted to the healthy minds, bodies and spirits of our community.  It serves not just as a place where folks can go to further their individual well-being but also as a place of outreach, kindness and compassion.  And since opening those doors, our YMCA has also been a devoted Katy ISD Partner in Education, always on the lookout for ways to help children.

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Scare Away Hunger

Katy, TX – November 10, 2016

The Cinco Ranch High School Chapter of Future Business Leaders of America got together for their annual Halloween Katy Christian Ministries Can Drive. While Halloween commonly holds the American tradition of people of all ages receiving candy and joy from others, the Cinco Ranch Chapter of FBLA decided to take a refreshing reverse and give to others rather than receive. Members went above and beyond spending a round trip of as long as 6 hours placing flyers on their neighbors’ doors and then returning the next day to collect cans to donate to KCM. With the combined effort of hardworking and generous members, the Cinco Ranch Chapter of FBLA was able to collect a grand total of 1316 cans with Daniel Gaw donating the most at an impressive count 325 cans! Following the collection, they had a spooky social decked out with all kinds of creative costumes including teabags, snapchat filters, zombies, magicians, and much more! After dinner, the members gathered to participate in an exciting costume contest by competing against one another for the best costume on the runway! After a couple hours of fun and games, the winner was declared: Haylee Giang won the contest with her “tea-rrific” costume! Special thanks to PDQ for providing FBLA with a nice location and amazing food for this year’s “Scare Away Hunger” can drive and Abby Rooney’s dad for providing a large truck to transport all 1316 cans to KCM. The Cinco Ranch High School Chapter of FBLA had an enjoyable time making awesome memories and helping out in the community.

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Top 5 Fever Myths and Facts

Katy, Tx – November 9, 2016    Written by Dr. Erica Wang, Texas Children’s Pediatrics – Grand Parkway

For many parents, fever is one of the most concerning and alarming symptoms a child can have. There are many scary fever myths out there – and it’s time to set the record straight! To many pediatricians, fever is considered a good sign that the body is mounting a response to an infection.

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Recipe for a Happy, Healthy Holiday Season

Katy, TX – November 9, 2016 The holiday season is upon us, which means parties and presents and endless festivities. The change in schedule can unfortunately mean an increase in stress, for you and your pets. Here are five simple ways to help keep your pet stress-free during the holidays.

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Katy Area EDC Announces Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award Winner

Katy, TX (November 4, 2016) In March of 2016, the Katy area lost a beloved leader and community member in Mr. Stan C. Stanley.  To honor his contributions and continue his legacy, the Katy Area Economic Development Council created the Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.  Today, on November 3, Stan’s birthday and what has been proclaimed Stan C. Stanley Day by the City of Katy, the Katy Area EDC is proud to announce Mr. Stan Goss as the winner of the inaugural Stan C. Stanley “Eagle” Leadership and Economic Development Award.

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Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center Invites Public to Nominate a Senior Who Could Use Some Holiday Cheer

Katy, TX (November 4, 2016) As part of their community outreach program, Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Center is sponsoring Celebrating the Light, a program created to deliver Christmas decorations to someone who could use an extra dose of cheer this holiday season.

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Dr. Larry H. Hollier Jr. honored as Press Ganey Physician of the Year

Katy, (November 4, 2016) Improving the experience for every patient and family who comes to Texas Children’s Hospital for surgery is a top priority for Dr. Larry H. Hollier Jr., associate surgeon-in-chief for clinical affairs and chief of plastic surgery at Texas Children’s.

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Dozens of Kids at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital “Flying High” after Donation from United Airlines

Katy, TX (November 2, 2016) A visit to the hospital isn’t always a pleasant one, especially for children. However, a special teddy bear aims to help kids through the process with flying colors. United Airlines recently donated 48 Adventure Bears, named “Ben Flyin” to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The bears will be given to children as they undergo outpatient procedures, visit the emergency center, or are admitted to the hospital. This is the second year United Airlines has partnered with Memorial Hermann Katy for the Adventure Bear Program. (more…)

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A Day in the Life of Paige Searcy

Katy, TX – November 2, 2016

Teenage Katyite turned Hollywood actor shares about her Katy roots and life on the silver screen
Written by Kennan Buckner|Photography courtesy of JPI Studios and Marlow Photography

A typical day for recent high school graduate Paige Searcy includes getting her hair and makeup done, running lines with her co-stars, and taping scenes for Days of Our Lives. Searcy was born in Katy and moved to Los Angeles in 2009. “I attended Franz Elementary School which is right down the street from my old Katy home,” she says. “Two of my favorite Katy memories are my sixth birthday party at our community pool on Lavenderwood Drive, and sitting in the passenger seat of my dad’s Golbow’s Garage tow truck chasing down cars that needed a tow.” (more…)

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Notice of Required Identification for Election Day

Katy, TX (November 1, 2016) A voter must show one of the following forms of acceptable photo identification at the polling location before the voter may be accepted for voting, unless the voter has a reasonable impediment to obtaining one of these forms of acceptable photo identification or the voter qualifies for one of the other exemptions identified below:

• Texas Driver’s License issued by the Department of Public Safety (“DPS”)

• Texas Election Identification Certificate issued by DPS;

• Texas Personal Identification Card issued by DPS;

• Texas Handgun License issued by DPS;

• United States Military Identification Card containing the person’s photograph;

• United States Citizenship Certificate containing the person’s photograph; or

• United States Passport.

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YMCA to Offer Free Childcare on Election Day

Katy, TX (November 1, 2016) In an effort to provide busy parents and guardians an opportunity to vote on Election Day on Nov. 8, the YMCA of Greater Houston is offering two hours of free childcare through its Child Watch program.

At the Y, children ages 6 months through 11 years will be supervised by trained and attentive staff members and can engage in arts and crafts, games, puzzles, blocks, and storytelling.

Parents and guardians can register for this opportunity on or before Nov. 8 by visiting their local YMCA in person and completing the registration process. Child Watch hours and capacities will vary from center to center.

“The YMCA wants to make sure that all people are able to exercise their right to vote,” said Paul McEntire, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston.

The YMCA is the largest provider of childcare in the nation.

To learn more about this opportunity or the YMCA’s Child Care programs, please visit ymcahouston.org or visit your local YMCA.

Courtesy of the YMCA of Greater Houston
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Bad Pants Open Golf Tournament a Success

Katy, TX – October 27, 2016 364 golfers teed off at The 19th annual Bad Pants Open golf tournament at The Clubs of Kingwood recently, benefiting premature and critically ill babies at Texas Children’s Newborn Center, the largest neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) in the nation.

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Harris County ESD 48 Fire Department Introduction

Katy, TX (October 27, 2016) Harris County ESD 48’s Annual Open House on Sunday October 23rd was a spectacular success this year with well over 3,000 people in attendance at all 3 participating stations. With the early unveiling of the brand new Station 5, the new multi-building complex drew the largest crowd with just over 1,600 people throughout the day.  Those who came out not only got to see equipment and apparatus that will be stationed there when it officially opens but they also got to take guided tours of the three buildings that make up the new Station 5 Complex.

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Katy ISD’s Partners in Education Kicks Off 15th Annual Food for Families Campaign

Katy, TX – October 27, 2016 The Katy ISD Partners in Education department is once again inviting the community to support families in need this holiday season.  Food for Families is an annual campaign that provides $50 grocery gift cards to Katy ISD students and their families. Principals from every Katy ISD campus identify students in need of assistance, and the gift cards are given to those students before winter break.  Last year, our Katy ISD community raised $25,000 to support students and their families during the holidays.  Since its inception in 2002, this initiative has blessed over 3,000 Katy ISD families thanks to the generous support of our community.

Those interested in participating may contribute cash or check by Thursday, Dec. 8.  Donations of any amount are welcome and will be accepted by Partners in Education in person or by mail:  Katy ISD ESC, 6301 South Stadium Lane, room 1520, Katy 77494.  Please make checks payable to “Katy ISD Food for Families.”

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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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Celebrates Volunteers

Katy, TX (October 26, 2016) Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently celebrated volunteers, both past and present, who have supported the hospital’s operations throughout its 35-year history of serving the Katy community.

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Cinco Ranch High School’s CRyptonite Robotics Teams Up With Sewa International to Promote Science and Technology to Young Immigrants and Refugees

Katy, TX – October 26, 2016 The Cinco Ranch High School FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition Team 624 (CRyptonite) recently collaborated with the Houston chapter of Sewa International to organize a science event at the Katy ISD Robert Shaw STEAM Center (RSC) to foster interest in science and technology among children. The event was devoted to youth involved in ASPIRE – a Sewa program that provides education and mentoring services after school for young refugees and immigrants.

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70+ Memorial Hermann Nurses Honored for Extraordinary, Compassionate Care

Katy, TX (October 25, 2016) More than 70 Memorial Hermann nurses were recently honored by the Good Samaritan Foundation with Excellence in Nursing Awards.  Nominated by their peers for their passion, leadership, mentorship, and service to the Houston community, Excellence in Nursing Award winners are leaders in hospital, outpatient and academic settings who provide extraordinary and compassionate care and service.

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Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital: Seena John, RN, MSN, CCRN and Karen Coulson, MSN, RN

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Stan Stanley Day – November 3rd

Katy, TX (October 25, 2016) If you ever had the pleasure of knowing Stan Stanley, one of the first questions he asked was, “How can I help you?” He genuinely looked for ways to help others by offering advice, assistance, or just an encouraging word. Stan mentored hundreds of students, teachers, and boy scouts throughout the years and made sure each of them knew how unique and important they were. After an undiagnosed heart condition claimed his life earlier this year, thousands of people showed up at his memorial service to celebrate the man who made an enormous impact on Katy and enriched so many people’s lives.

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Katy’s Texans Cheerleader

Katy, TX (October 24, 2016)

Cinco Ranch graduate, Brianna Garcia, shares her dream and journey to cheer for the big leagues.

Written by Debbie McDaniel | Select photography courtesy of See What Develops

As a child, Brianna grew up watching the Texans play football and remembers the anticipation of going to the stadium with her dad every season. Brianna was starstruck by the cheerleaders and couldn’t wait to be one of them. “Ever since I was little, I would tell him, ‘I can’t wait to try out for the Houston Texans Cheerleaders as soon as I turn 18!’” Her dad, Joey Yadi Garcia, has been a season ticket holder since day one, when the team first took the field as the Houston Texans. When Brianna heard her name called as one of the Texans Cheerleaders, she felt a rush of adrenaline like she had never felt before.

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Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary’s “Outbackers of the Month”

Katy, TX – October 24, 2016  

“Outbacker of the Month” is Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary ‘s most prestigious award. Kilpatrick Outbackers exhibit “Koalaty” character: they always lend a helping hand, have a smile on their face, serve as role models, and go above and beyond to make OKE an exemplary school. Each month, one student from each grade level, a staff member, and a volunteer are selected “Outbacker of the Month.”  Our September  Outbackers are teacher Rhonda Miller, students Edward Barbee, Grayson Sanchez, Declan Hoeferlin, Racheet Bedi, Caroline MacLellan , Tyler Cline and volunteer Felicia Schubert.

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Early Voting Locations October 24th

Katy, TX (October 24, 2016) To ensure the voting process is a pleasant experience, the chief election officer of the County  has a few suggestions for voters heading to the polls:

 

1.   Voters should confirm voter registration status. A voter registration search can be performed at http://www.hctax.net/voter/search;

2.   Voters should study a sample ballot, mark it, and take it to the poll. Voters can download a voter-specific ballot at www.HarrisVotes.com;

3.   Voters should identify the nearest or most convenient early voting location. Voters can vote at any one of the 46 early voting locations;

4.   Voters should find out what photo identification is acceptable to vote at the poll, what other identification options are now available to vote a regular ballot, and what identification expedites the qualification process. The voter identification guidelines are available at www.HarrisVotes.com;

5.   Voters should NOT wear clothing or paraphernalia that promotes a party, a candidate or a proposition to the poll;

6.   Voters should be aware that the use of electronic devices is prohibited inside the poll. The right to cast a secret ballot must be respected;

7.   Voters should not wait until the last minute to vote early. During peak voting hours, the wait time could be  longer than we wish.

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Katy ISD Communications Department Receives 2016 MarCom Awards

Katy, TX (October 20, 2016) The Katy ISD Communications Department was recognized by MarCom Awards, an international competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by creative professionals involved in the concept, direction, design and production of marketing and communication materials and programs, as a Gold Winner in the category of E-Newsletter.

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Hundreds Reunite with Caregivers at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital’s 6th Annual NICU Reunion

Katy, TX – October 19, 2016  Halloween arrived early for hundreds of Houston area families on Sunday as Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital celebrated a record-high turnout for its 6th annual Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) reunion.

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Katy ISD Police Department Teams up with Drug Enforcement Administration for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

Katy, TX (October 17, 2016) The Katy ISD Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in five years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, October 22, from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. at the Mark L. Hopkins Law Enforcement Center located at 20370 Franz Road.

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Building on its Legacy, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® Offers Active Shooter Training for First Responders

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) For the past year and a half, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® crew members have been working alongside first responders throughout the Greater Houston area to prepare them to respond and provide timely emergency care in active shooter situations. Life Flight is the only air medical transport service in the Southeast region to offer this specialized training, which is part of a national training program called Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC). By coordinating emergency response efforts and operating under a single protocol, first responders can work quicker and more effectively to identify and treat the injured, helping prevent any additional fatalities and casualties.

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Cane Island Takes Home GHBA Community of The Year PRISM Award

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) Less than a year after its grand opening, Katy’s Cane Island has been named Community of the Year by the Greater Houston Home Builders Association.

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US 290 Project to be Completed by 2018

Katy, TX (October 14, 2016) State Representative Mike Schofield issued a statement about the construction of US 290:

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Willow Fork Park Grand Opening

Katy, TX (October 12, 2016) Willow Fork Park is a passive-use park that will provide residents with another high-quality recreational environment. The project which is part of WFDD phase II of their master plan, improved flat land into a multipurpose environment with compelling topographical undulations, open lawns, trails, a lake, and other recreational features. Additional park components include boardwalks, a pedestrian bridge, and pavilion with restroom facility, playground, 18-hole disk golf course, solar-powered lighting, rock outcroppings, bio swales, and educational signage.

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Texas Children’s NICU Nurses Sport Bad Pants for Fundraiser

Katy, TX – October 11, 2016 Recently, neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) nurses at Texas Children’s Hospital were celebrated for the care they provide to the hospital’s tiniest and most critically-ill babies. The nurses wore “bad pants” decorated with bright, colorful adornments in the spirit of the Bad Pants Open, an annual golf tournament that raises funds to support research and advanced education for NICU providers at Texas Children’s. Houston media personalities acted as “bad pants” judges, checking out each nurse’s bad pants and awarding the top three designs with hand-painted commemorative plates created by hospital patients.

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Solis Mammography Wants Women to “Rethink P.I.N.K.” This October

Katy, TX (October 12, 2016) Every October, it seems the United States is awash in pink. Pink ribbons spring up on vehicles and clothing, and even professional sports organizations trade in their team colors for pink. Many organizations have aided in breast cancer research, advocacy and education, and Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast imaging services, applauds this important work. Since 1982, the pink ribbon has made it acceptable for men and women to talk more openly about women’s breast health and associate the pink ribbon with breast cancer awareness. With the passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010, 2D mammography is covered 100 percent by nearly all insurance plans. And yet the sad reality is that almost half of American women who have health insurance are still not getting their annual mammogram.

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UTHealth and Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates Welcome Interventional Pain Management Specialist Joseph Amos, M.D.

Katy, TX (October 11, 2016) Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Associates (MNA) and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Joseph Amos, M.D., a clinical assistant professor at the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery and Interventional Pain Management Specialist at Mischer Neuroscience Associates in Katy and Memorial City.

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Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications
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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Expands Hospital’s Perioperative Suite

Katy, TX (October 6, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently unveiled the newly expanded perioperative suite, which includes four new operating rooms, a new procedure room, three new call rooms, as well as a new doctor’s lounge, staff kitchen and break area. The expansion brings the total number of operating rooms at West Campus to eight and doubles the total number of procedure rooms.

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UTHealth and Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute Welcome Brain and Spine Tumor Neurosurgeon Yoshua Esquenazi, M.D.

Katy, TX (October 5, 2016) Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of  Yoshua Esquenazi, M.D., an assistant professor in the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery and Mischer Neuroscience Associates.

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Katy’s Cane Island Wins Award for Best Community Feature

Katy, Texas – October 5, 2016– Cane Island’s Living Arches, part of the Katy master-planned community’s impressive arrival experience, has won a Texas Star Award for Best Special Feature of a Community.

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Presented by the Texas Association of Builders, the Texas Star Awards showcase the outstanding work of builders, remodelers, architects, designers and sales, marketing and construction professionals throughout Texas.  The award is the only statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry.

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Houston Methodist Receives Vizient Quality Awards

Katy, TX (October 3, 2016) Two Houston Methodist hospitals received the highest honors today from Vizient (formerly UHC), an alliance of the nation’s leading academic medical centers.

Both Houston Methodist Hospital and Houston Methodist West Hospital were honored with the 2016 Bernard A. Birnbaum, MD, Quality Award given to hospitals and academic medical centers that have demonstrated superior performance as measured by Vizient’s Quality and Accountability Study, conducted annually since 2005.

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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.

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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

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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.

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One Small Step for National Insurers, One Giant Leap for Women’s Health

Katy, TX (August 31, 2016) August 23 was a monumental day for women and women’s breast health, reported Solis Mammography. Cigna announced that they would begin providing insurance coverage for 3D mammograms, effective immediately, becoming the first national private insurer to cover 3D mammograms. Medicare announced coverage in January 2015, and for the past 20 months, certain private insurers have added coverage, but only in select regional markets.

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Memorial Hermann Life Flight Teaches Students at Dr. “Red” Duke Elementary about Their School’s Namesake

Katy, TX (August 31, 2016) As part of the “40 Years of Life Flight, 40 Days of Thanks” campaign in honor of the 40th anniversary of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, Life Flight crew members recently visited Dr. James “Red” Duke Elementary School to educate students about the important service the air ambulance program provides the community. They also taught the kids about the program’s founder, who is also their school’s namesake, and shared some important injury prevention tips.

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Staying Safe This Labor Day Weekend

Katy, TX (August 31, 2016) Labor Day is a national toast to the American worker. It’s a time to relax with family and friends as we say cheers to another year of hard work and goodbye to another summer. Many Americans will come together this weekend over a well-earned beer, and as always, we’ll be encouraging drinkers to celebrate responsibly.

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Tiger Rock Martial Arts of Katy Will Host Board Break-A-Thon

Katy, TX (August30, 2016) “The students look forward to the event with anticipation. Some of our youngest students end up with stacks of boards taller than themselves and they break every one of them! We are thrilled by the enthusiasm our students put in to this event,” said Master Michael Reade, the lead instructor at the academy.

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Lamar Consolidated Begins Construction on Lindsey Elementary in Firethorne

Katy, TX (August 30, 2016) Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (LCISD) has begun construction on Kathleen Joerger Lindsey Elementary School, named in memory of a brilliant Fort Bend County attorney and distinguished community leader. The 92,324-square-foot school, located at 2431 Joan Collier Trace Road in Firethorne, is set to open for the 2017-18 school year. It will mark Lamar Consolidated ISD’s first school in Firethorne, its 24th elementary district-wide and its first school with a Katy address.

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Memorial Hermann’s Contributions to Operation Backpack Add Up to a Great Start for Hundreds of Area Students

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) Memorial Hermann recently teamed up with the YMCA of Greater Houston to help make sure hundreds of area students have the supplies they need to start the school year. Memorial Hermann physicians, employees and volunteers donated money and school supplies as part of the YMCA of Greater Houston’s Operation Backpack 2016.

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Memorial Hermann’s Contributions to Operation Backpack Add Up to a Great Start for Hundreds of Area Students

 

Katy, Texas – August 29, 2016 – Memorial Hermann recently teamed up with the YMCA of Greater Houston to help make sure hundreds of area students have the supplies they need to start the school year. Memorial Hermann physicians, employees and volunteers donated money and school supplies as part of the YMCA of Greater Houston’s Operation Backpack 2016.

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Memorial Hermann campuses have long supported Operation Backpack but this year Women Leaders of Memorial Hermann along with Memorial Hermann’s Partners in Caring, worked closely to consolidate the initiative across the system. Collection sites were set up at 10 locations across the Memorial Hermann system and employees could also donate online through the Memorial Hermann Foundation.

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Month-Long Apple Fest Debuts in October in Katy’s Cane Island

Katy, Texas – August 26, 2016 – One of the area’s newest master-planned communities, Katy’s Cane Island, will host Apple Fest, a month-long celebration of the most widely grown fruit symbolic of education, great-tasting sweets and fall family fun.

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Free and open to the public every weekend in October, Apple Fest will present all-things apple, from candied apples and pie-eating contests to apple cider and apple ale tastings.  Both Apple Fest celebrations will feature food trucks, DJ music along with apple-themed games and bounce houses for the kids.

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Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization: Medicare Shared Savings Program Performance Year 2015 Quality and Financial Results

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) today announced the 2015 performance year results for the Medicare Shared Savings Program and the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model that show physicians, hospitals and health care providers participating in Accountable Care Organizations continue to make significant improvements in the quality of care for Medicare beneficiaries, while achieving cost savings.

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Katy ISD Partners in Education Hosts KEYS Mentor Program Kick Off

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success – KEYS – the Katy ISD mentor program, will kick off another successful year of mentoring on Thursday, September 22, from 8-9:30 a.m. in the Merrell Center.

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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s Newest Art Gallery Installation is a Tribute to Dr. James H. “Red” Duke

Katy, TX (August 26, 2016) Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center’s latest installment in the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann Atrium, is a tribute to the late UTHealth trauma surgeon, Dr. James H. “Red” Duke. “Our Dr. Duke,” which opens to the public today, features stories from some of Dr. Duke’s closest friends and colleagues in the Texas Medical Center who walked the hospital’s hallways with him every day. Also included in the exhibit are photographs and memorabilia from his legendary life that are as rich as the tales told in his memory.

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Former Patients & Crew Members Give Thanks for 40 Years of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®

Katy, TX (August 25, 2016) To commemorate its 40th anniversary, Memorial Hermann Life Flight® has dedicated 40 days to giving thanks to the Houston community for supporting the award-winning air ambulance program over the years. Today, a few former patients and crew members returned the favor by coming together to show their appreciation for the lifesaving service that was the first of its kind in Texas, and the second such program in the nation.

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Houston Methodist Recommends Next Level Urgent Care for Convenience and After Hours

Katy, TX (August 24, 2016) Houston Methodist Primary Care Group recently announced it’s plans to collaborate with Next Level Urgent Care for the provision of after-hours care for its patients.

In an effort to allow patients greater access to care at night and on the weekends without over-utilizing the emergency departments, organizations such as Kelsey-Seybold, Oak Bend Medical Center and Community Health Choice also recommend Next Level Urgent Care to their patients when primary care physician offices are closed.

“We are working with Next level Urgent Care to be sure our patients always have access to care when they need it,” said Stephen Spielman, president of Houston Methodist Primary Care Group. “This partnership offers an important alternative to the emergency room for non-life threatening issues.”

With hours extending to 9pm seven days per week, Next Level Urgent Care can treat a variety of conditions, including fever, allergies, wounds needing stitches, broken bones, and sports or work injuries. Next Level can also provide sports and work physical examinations and can identify and refer chronic illnesses to primary care physicians to be managed on an on-going basis. “We are honored to be the trusted medical facility for after-hours care by such high quality healthcare organizations” stated Juliet Breeze, MD, CEO of Next Level Urgent Care.

Courtesy of Next Level Urgent Care

 

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Former NICU Babies Reunite with Caregivers at Texas Children’s Hospital

Katy, TX (August 24, 2016) More than 400 parents and children and over 100 doctors, nurses and staff members from the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) attended a “Made in Texas” themed reunion, celebrating babies who were born prematurely or critically-ill and spent the first weeks or months of their lives in the NICU at Texas Children’s Hospital. The reunion offers a special opportunity for families and their “NICU graduates” to reunite with the doctors, nurses and staff members that cared for them.

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New Businesses in Katy

Katy, Texas – August 24, 2016
Just Opened

Aerial Fitness
11605 S. Fry Rd.
302-753-7247

Arthur Murray Dance Studio of Katy
3750 S. Mason Rd.
832-916-5500

Bling Out Loud
623 S. Mason Rd.
727-282-5464

Define Body & Mind
27131 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
832-437-7704

Frio To Go
24449 Katy Fwy.
713-338-1350
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West Nile Virus Case

Katy, TX (August 23, 2016) Harris County Public Health (HCPH) has confirmed a positive West Nile Virus (WNV) human case in our portion of Harris County. The virus was confirmed in an elderly patient who resides in the City of Katy limits.

West Nile fever is a mosquito-borne infection by the West Nile virus. Approximately 80% of West Nile virus infections in humans have few or no symptoms. As this case is an isolated incident, it is a good reminder that we depend on our community to help in the efforts of controlling the breeding and habitats of the mosquito population. Infection from the mosquitos can be a real concern. Historically, July through September have been the peak timeframe for West Nile Virus transmission.

The City’s Mosquito Control Department began mitigation efforts to control the mosquito population in May. The City does weekly spraying as well as placing larvacide pellets in multiple areas of the City. City owned property is regularly patrolled after rain events to make sure there is not accumulated or standing water. In efforts to combat the complication of recent rains, the City has modified their spraying to accommodate weather events and better keep up with the retention of the mosquito spray.

Your best defense against being bitten is by being prepared. Remember to “Prevent the Bite, Day & Night!”

Personal Protection:
– When outdoors, prevent the bit by using an EPA-registered insect repellant that contains one of the following DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535. Follow product instructions.
– If possible, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks. For infants, place mosquito netting over infant carriers, cribs, and strollers.

Courtesy of The City of Katy
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Memorial Hermann-TMC’s Ertan Digestive Disease Center Recognized by Leading Gastrointestinal Medical Society for Quality and Safety

Katy, TX (August 17, 2016) The American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ASGE), a leading gastrointestinal medical society, has recognized the Ertan Digestive Disease Center, a Gastroenterology Center of Excellence at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), as part of its program specifically dedicated to promoting quality in endoscopy in all settings where it is practiced in the United States. The Ertan Digestive Disease Center is one of only 400 endoscopy units to be granted the recognition since 2009. The ASGE Endoscopy Unit Recognition Program honors endoscopy units that have demonstrated a commitment to patient safety and quality in endoscopy as evidenced by meeting the program’s rigorous criteria, which includes following the ASGE guidelines on privileging, quality assurance, endoscope reprocessing, CDC infection control guidelines and ensuring endoscopy staff competency.

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Mini Cheer Camp Hosted by the Texans Cheerleaders

Katy, TX (August 17, 2016) On Tuesday, Aug. 16, patients at Texas Children’s Hospital were treated to a Mini Jr. Cheer Camp hosted by the Houston Texans Cheerleaders.

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Join Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine Primary Care Sports Medicine Physician M. Nameer Sidiquee for Sports Physicals

Katy, TX (August 12, 2016) Playing school sports is a great way for students to get physically active and build life skills such as teamwork and communication. Each year, numerous students participate in school sports and one way to ensure students are performing at their best is through a sports physical, also called a preparticipation physical examination, which provides a detailed look at a student athlete’s health and fitness.

“With any sport there is risk for injury. Sports physicals are highly recommended because the exam provides insight into a student’s past injuries, personal and family medical history,” said M. Nameer Sidiquee, MD, CAQSM, MD, primary care sports medicine at Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine. “The information gathered during the physical gives a better understanding of the risk of potential conditions that can prevent a student from reaching optimal performance,” said Sidiquee.

M. Nameer Sidiquee, MD, primary care sports medicine, Houston Methodist Orthopedics & Sports Medicine

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All Katy ISD Campuses Will Be Closed Monday, August 15th

Katy, TX (August 11, 2016) The Katy ISD Communications Department sent an email regarding the closure of all campuses on Monday, August 15th.

Please be aware that all Katy ISD campuses, including the Education Support Complex (ESC) located at 6301 S. Stadium Lane, will be closed to the public on Monday, August 15, 2016 while staff attend the Superintendent’s Convocation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Merrell Center.

There will also be increased traffic in the area as nearly 100 school buses transport staff to and from the Merrell Center that day.

If you had planned to visit a campus or the ESC on Monday, we urge you to reschedule for tomorrow or Tuesday during regular business hours.

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99 Ranch Market Grand Opening in Katy

Katy, Texas – August 10, 2016
99 Ranch Market is proud to announce the opening of new store in City of Katy. This is also going to be the 40th store of the Asian supermarket chain in the nation. Katy joins 99 Ranch Market’s Texas family which includes Houston, Plano, Sugar Land and Carrollton. Now, the best products in groceries, seafood, meat, produce and hundreds of Asian specialty items are even more convenient for local customers.

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Backpack Shopping Health Tips

Katy, Texas – August 4, 2016
With the upcoming sales tax holiday, parents may be considering the purchase of a new backpack for their child.

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Whether your child will be carrying books or a tablet computer to school, there are some important things to remember when making that very important backpack purchase.
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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Receives Donation From Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Group

Katy, TX (August 4, 2016) The Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi alumnae group recently presented $4,800 to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. These funds will go toward West Campus’ library, which offers books, board games, puzzles and movies for patients and their families to enjoy. The library also houses medical and parenting resources, paperback fiction, magazines, foreign language books, computers and a fax machine.

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Finishing/Charm Schools

Katy Texas Finishing/Charm Schools

  • BE UNIQUE 5529 FM 359 Suite E, Richmond, TX 281-394-7004 beuniquetoday.com
    Christian based program consisting of personal development, etiquette and basic modeling techniques designed specifically for teenage girls.
  • Be Unique 5529 FM 359 Suite E, Richmond, TX 281-394-7004 beuniquetoday.com
  • Miss Academy 1121 Uptown Park Blvd. Suite 5 Houston, TX 713-622-MISS (6477)
  • National League of Junior Cotillions Katy 23030 Cinco Ranch Blvd., Katy, TX 281-224-1463

 

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Eagle’s Trace Gives Back to Area Children With School Supply Drive

Katy, TX (August 4, 2016) July is known as prime vacation season, but the residents and employees of Eagle’s Trace rolled up their sleeves for a good cause.

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Pictured (l to r): Betty Keith, Lisa Hadley, Kristen Kennedy, Fatema Malik, and Ernest Buschhaus

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Memorial Hermann Earns Top Recognition by U.S. News & World Report

Katy, TX (August 2, 2016) For the second consecutive year, TIRR Memorial Hermann has ranked as the No. 2 rehabilitation hospital in the United States, according to U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospital rankings for 2016-2017. This is the 27th year TIRR Memorial Hermann has been included in the prestigious rankings.

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40 Years of Life Flight, 40 Days of Thanks

Katy, TX (August 1, 2016) Four decades after launching the innovative air ambulance service known today as Memorial Hermann Life Flight®, Memorial Hermann Health System will commemorate the program’s momentous 40th anniversary by expressing its gratitude to the community that has helped make the lifesaving service possible.

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InfoSnap – Katy ISD Online Registration

Katy, TX (August 1, 2016) Katy ISD is changing the way students and parents fill out the First Day Packet. Instead of having to sign and fill out multiple pages, parents will be able to update their child’s or children’s information electronically.

Starting on August 8th, all parents and guardians will receive a unique SnapCode for each child currently enrolled in Katy ISD to their email address on file. If you do not have an email address on file, a letter will be mailed to you. A returning student is defined as any student that is currently enrolled in Katy ISD. You are a returning student even if you have moved within the Katy ISD boundaries and are attending a new campus in 16-17 or if you are attending a new school due to promotion (i.e. moving from 5th grade elementary to attend 6th grade Junior High or moving from 8th grade Junior High to attend 9th grade High School).

What is a Returning Student Update?
This electronic, online process will replace the First Day Packet where many various forms had to be filled out manually and returned to the campus. With InfoSnap, you will be able to update all of your child’s information in one spot and electronically review and sign all documentation. All parents will be updating their student’s information, yearly, using InfoSnap.

If your child(ren) is(are) currently enrolled, you will receive a SnapCode the week of August 8th, you will be directed to the Katy ISD website to begin the updating process.

Starting August 8th, if you have any questions about the Returning Student Update, you can contact your child’s campus during business hours. For after hours (5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday) you can call 281-396-7663.

Courtesy of Katy ISD
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The Katy Area Mourns the Loss of Three

Katy, TX (August 1, 2016) The Katy area is mourning the loss of three members of the community who were passengers in the hot air balloon that caught fire and crashed this weekend near Lockhart, TX.

Holly Smith Huckabee, age 50, completed her bucket list with the balloon ride.

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Joe and Tresa Shafer Owens, who were friends with Holly Smith Huckabee, were also killed in this tragic accident. Joe is described as a hard worker who was always willing to help out anyone in need. Tresa was a teacher at TigerLand Preschool who made a difference in the lives of hundreds of young children, their families, and her co-workers. The couple leaves behind children and grandchildren. A GoFundMe page (https://www.gofundme.com/2hat8t22) has been set up for them.

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The cause of the fire is still being investigated by police and detectives. The National Transportation Safety Board’s Robert Sumwalt told ABC News that they are making “a lot of progress” but they still have “a long way to go.” Also according to ABC News, the FBI found “14 cellphones, one iPad, and three cameras” which they are hoping will shed some light on exactly when the fire started.

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Swimmer’s Ear 101

Katy, Texas – August 1, 2016
Summer in Houston means hot, humid weather with many people going to swimming pools, lakes and the beach to find relief from the heat. With all of the water fun, we see more and more children with swimmer’s ear, otitis externa (OE).

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OE can occur in both the ear and the ear canal and starts when excess water gets trapped in the canal, causing skin breakdown and allowing bacteria cultivation. The excess water usually comes from swimming, thus creating the term for the infection – swimmer’s ear. However OE can come from other causes as well, including moisture retention from showering, headphones, trauma of the canal from the use of cotton swabs, and alteration of the pH of the ear canal. Some kids can go swimming all summer long and not get swimmer’s ear, but some could get the infection right after a shower. No one can totally explain it.

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Katy ISD Statement Regarding Teacher’s Arrest

Katy, TX (July 29, 2016) Katy ISD delivered a statement regarding the recent arrest of Robert Milton, an art teacher at Katy High School.

At Katy Independent School District, we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students.  Yesterday the district was informed that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office filed criminal charges against, Robert Milton, a Katy High School teacher, for allegedly engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a student.

As soon as the District became aware of the concern an investigation was launched. Milton was immediately placed on administrative leave.  Several days later, the teacher resigned from Katy ISD.  The District is cooperating fully with prosecutors with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office during this investigation and will continue to do so.

Courtesy of Katy ISD Communications
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Ground Breaking Ceremony for Callegari Park

Katy, TX (July 23, 2016)  On Saturday, July 23, Groundbreaking took place for a new park inside the Lakeview Subdivision, hosted by Harris County M.U.D 64. The proposed Park will be a multi?use Park approximately 3.5 acres, and dedicated to the residents of the Municipal Utility District.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Says Goodbye to Retiring Therapy Dog “Gracie”

Katy, TX (July  28, 2016) Employees, physicians, and volunteers from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital came together yesterday for a special farewell ceremony to wish the hospital’s first therapy dog, Gracie, a happy retirement. Gracie is an Australian Shepherd who first started visiting patients in 2007 with the “Tender Loving K9’s” program. Unfortunately, arthritis is making it too difficult for Gracie to continue visiting with patients and recently her owner announced her retirement. In Gracie’s honor, Memorial Hermann Katy hosted a retirement party to send Gracie off with a tail-wagging good time.

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Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills Under Construction

Katy, TX (July 27, 2016) Simon Youth Foundation (SYF), a national leader in dropout recovery and prevention, has begun building classrooms inside of Katy Mills mall that will be open to students this fall. The non-profit is partnering with the Katy Independent School District to build Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills and to adopt Martha Raines High School into its network. A Grand Opening Ceremony will be held on September 22.

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General and Laparoscopic Surgeons

General and Laparoscopic Surgeons

  • SKS Surgical- Sammy E. Khoury, MD 23960 Katy Fwy., #130 Katy, TX 281-347-0088
  • William A. Currie, MD, Medical Colleagues of Texas 21700 Kingsland Blvd. #202, Katy, TX 281-398-8693
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Molina Healthcare and Memorial Hermann Announce Improved Access to Care for Medicaid, Medicare, and Chip Recipients in Greater Houston

Katy, TX (July 26, 2016) Molina Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE: MOH) and Memorial Hermann Health Plan, Inc. jointly announced today that Molina Healthcare of Texas, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Molina Healthcare, has entered into an agreement with Memorial Hermann to enhance access to safe, high-quality care for Medicaid, Medicare and CHIP recipients in the greater Houston area. At the closing of the transaction, Molina’s approximately 14,000 STAR, CHIP and CHIP Perinate members residing in the Harris Service Delivery Area will become members of Memorial Hermann Health Plan. As part of the transaction, Memorial Hermann will become a contracted provider in Molina’s network serving STAR+PLUS, STAR+PLUS MMP and Medicare D-SNP members. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2017 subject to the receipt of regulatory approvals and the satisfaction of other closing conditions.

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Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women Announces First-in-Texas Zika Clinic

Katy, TX (July 25, 2016) Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, one of the nation’s premier facilities for women’s, fetal and newborn health, is excited to announce a first-in-Texas Zika clinic to ensure that as the virus continues to be a global concern, pregnant women at risk of contracting it have access to a team of experts who can provide the latest testing and monitor their pregnancies.

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Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital Giving HISD Teachers Lessons in Real World Healthcare Jobs

Katy, TX (July 20, 2016) For Chardai Grays, her second stint shadowing healthcare professionals at Memorial Hermann Greater Heights Hospital was more focused, allowing her to glean practical ideas to apply to teaching students in her Algebra I class at Heights High School. Grays, along with a contingent of Houston Independent School District’s (HISD) instructors, spent a week in the hospital as part of the district’s “Teacher Externship” program.

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Retired Rocket Scientist Shares Memories of Apollo at Cinco Ranch Branch Library

Katy, Texas – July 18, 2016
NASA launched Apollo 11 to the moon 47 years ago on July 16, 1969. What exactly did it take to accomplish this successful, history-making mission? Hear a behind-the-scenes account from one of the NASA scientists who helped make that dream a reality, at a special program at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Saturday, August 13, in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 2620 Commercial Center Blvd in Katy.

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The program will be divided into two parts. “Apollo, Part I – To the Moon” will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 am. The second half of the program, “Apollo, Part II – Guidance Equations,” will take place from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. The public has a choice of attending the entire program or the individual sessions.

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Memorial Hermann Named One of the Nation’s “Most Wired” for 12th Consecutive Year in Hospitals & Health Networks Survey

Katy, TX (July 18, 2016) The Memorial Hermann Health System was named one of the country’s “Most Wired” for the 12th consecutive year in the Hospitals & Health Networks (H&HN) recently released annual survey conducted in partnership with the American Hospital Association.

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Memorial Hermann Earns American Hospital Association Awards for Commitment to Quality, Innovation in Palliative Care and Improving Community Health

Katy, TX (July 15, 2016) In a rare accomplishment for a U.S. health system, Memorial Hermann was nationally recognized for awards in multiple categories by the American Hospital Association (AHA) – notably for its commitment to quality, employing innovation in palliative and end-of-life care and for improving community health. Memorial Hermann will be the only Houston health system recognized at the Health Forum/AHA Leadership Summit in San Diego July 17-19.

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British International School of Houston Collaborates with MIT

Katy, TX (July 14, 2016) The British International School of Houston today announced that it will be part of a new collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The British International School of Houston will implement a unique science, technology, engineering, visual arts and mathematics (STEAM) programme based on the multi-disciplinary approach pioneered by MIT.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Employees Donate Scrubs to Help Victims of Domestic Abuse and Sexual Assault

Katy, TX (July 14, 2016) In an effort to help victims of sexual assault, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital employees recently donated dozens of scrubs to Katy Christian Ministries. The like-new scrubs will be given to victims to wear after a hospital examination.

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Pictured: Lieet Benitez, Deysi Crespo, Dywane Gordon, Christina Ortega, Jacqueline Simpson, Paula White, Miti Willis, Sherry Winkelman

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First Harris County Zika Virus Case Diagnosed

Katy, TX (July 14, 2016) State Representative Mike Schofield put out a letter about the recent Zika virus case in Harris County:

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Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital Patients Spend a Magical Afternoon with Fairytale Royalty and Favorite Superheroes

Katy, TX (July 11, 2016)  The top floor of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital was recently transformed into a fairytale land, as princesses, princes and superheroes joined pediatric patients and their siblings for an afternoon of coloring, crafting and jewelry making.

The children got a chance to take a break from their treatment and spend time socializing with Cinderella, Prince Charming and Ariel from “The Little Mermaid,” as well as Captain America and Spiderman. The characters were members of the Fairytale Foundation, a nonprofit organization aimed at boosting the spirits of young children struggling with disabilities or illnesses by visiting them in hospitals and other facilities.

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Farm-Fresh Organic Veggies and Fruits Come to Katy’s Cane Island

Katy, TX (July 11, 2016) Some of the freshest fruits and vegetables in Texas along with farm-fresh dairy, artisan baked goods, organic cuts of meat and local poultry are coming to Katy’s Cane Island.

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Local Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education Foundation

Katy, TX (July 7, 2016) Cardiologist Dr. Randeep Suneja believes a quality, exceptional educational experience is the greatest gift the Katy community can give its children, and he’s taking steps to support that effort. Inspired by his own teachers from elementary through medical school, Suneja is a passionate advocate of education. As a result, Suneja is using his participation in the annual Katy Half-Marathon to rally the Katy community in support of its teachers. “As a 25 year resident of Katy and former Katy ISD parent, I have seen firsthand the quality of Katy ISD’s educational system. I believe our community can enhance that system and significantly impact a tremendous number of students by providing resources for their teachers,” declared Suneja.

Dr. Randeep Saneja 2016 Katy Half-Marathon

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns ACR Accreditation

Katy, TX (July 6, 2016) Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has been awarded a three-year term of accreditation in breast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the result of a recent review by the American College of Radiology (ACR). MRI of the breast offers valuable information about many breast conditions that may not be obtained by other imaging modalities, such as mammography or ultrasound.

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Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center Announces New Exhibit at the Rick Smith Gallery: Holocaust Museum Houston’s “The Butterfly Project”

Katy, TX (July 5, 2016) Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) are proud to partner together in order to bring The Butterfly Project, sponsored by Christensen Building Group, to the Rick Smith Gallery, a small art gallery located near the main lobby of Memorial Hermann-TMC in the Hermann atrium.  The Butterfly Project was created by HMH as a way to connect a new generation of children to the children who perished during the Holocaust.

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Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine Announce the Creation of the Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center

Katy, TX (July 5, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine are excited to announce the launch of a national quality improvement center in partnership with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA). The Emergency Medical Services for Children Innovation and Improvement Center (EIIC) was created to improve the quality of care and outcomes for children across the U.S. who are in need of urgent or emergency care. To learn more about this new center, visit www.EMSCImprovement.Center.

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Fourth of July Pet Safety Tips

Katy, Texas – July 1, 2016
The 4th of July is a great time for getting together with friends and family, and naturally you want to include your four-legged companion in the celebrations.

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However, according to PetAmberAlert.com more pets go missing around the 4th of July than any other time of the year. Animal Control Services sees a 30% increase in lost animals around the holiday, but only 14% are returned to owners.

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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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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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Faith West Academy Baseball Semi-Finalist

Katy Texas News
Posted May 23rd 2016

Katy, TX (May 19, 2016) Congratulations to the Faith West Academy Varsity baseball team, TAPPS 3-A State Baseball semi-finalists! They played a great season of baseball.

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Faith West Academy’s Class of 2016 Valedictorian Announced

Katy, TX (May 19, 2016) Faith West Academy announced its valedictorian as Jamie Coalson (GPA 4.74), and two co-salutatorians for the Class of 2016. Salutatorians Rebecca Lockyear and Allison Klimple shared a four-year GPA of 4.70.

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Cooper Wade Headlines Month-Long Cane Island Summer Concert Series

Katy, Texas – May 18, 2016
The new Katy master-planned community of Cane Island will present its Summer Concert Series every Friday night in June on the shady lawn of the community’s Amenity Village where families can enjoy blues, jazz, and classic rock, free kids activities and events in the Cane Island conservatory.

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Country music sensation Cooper Wade kicks off the concert series on June 3 followed by saxophonist and vocalist David Caceres on June 10, the zydeco and blues sounds of Bourbon Street on June 17, and the classic rock sounds of the Grateful Geezers on June 24. Each free concert starts at 7 p.m. with the Cane Island amenity lawn opening for activities at 6:30 p.m. The summer concert is open to the public. Lawn chairs are welcome.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Receives Business Partnership Award

Katy, TX (May 20, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently received the Houston West Chamber of Commerce’s Business Partnership Award for their continued efforts to improve and enrich the lives of individuals in the west Houston area. Since the hospital opened its doors five years ago, they have been incredibly committed to not only providing the highest-quality care possible for patients, but investing in the community through partnerships, events and educational opportunities.

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UH System Regents Approve Development of New Campus in Katy

Katy, TX (May 20, 2016) Working to expand higher education opportunities in Katy and West Houston, the University of Houston System has announced plans to purchase 46 acres and build a state-of-the-art academic building in the fast-growing suburban area. The new site will be known as UHS University Park. UH System regents approved the purchase Thursday.

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Texas Children’s Unveils the Lewis Jewelers Dialysis Unit

Katy, TX (May 19, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital is excited to unveil the Lewis Jewelers Dialysis Unit. Each November, the Lewis family hosts a fundraiser to support the Renal Department at Texas Children’s Hospital where their son, Levi Lewis, was once a patient. Levi is now healthy and these funds raised will help other children in the community receive the specialized care they need.

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John R. Nicken, Dr. Michael Braun, Slade Lewis, Cindy Lewis, Jackie Ward, Helen Currier, Frida Wilson, Tina Ninan, and Valesca Adams

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FOR SALE – High Chair

FOR SALE – This Chicco Polly high chair goes up and down. Asking $40. Has small brown stain on belt buckle. Crossposted. Contact Amber.

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Memorial Hermann Recognized with National Awards for High Quality Stroke Programs

Katy, TX (May 16, 2016) Memorial Hermann is proud to announce that eight of its hospitals have received recognition from the American Heart Association (AHA) and American Stroke Association (ASA) for the high-quality stroke care provided to patients.

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Flood Changes Location of Early Voting Polling Places

Katy, TX (May 16, 2016) The recent flooding continues to affect everything from our commutes to work to extensive repair work on hundreds of homes throughout our community.

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Texas Children’s Hospital Earns American College of Surgeons Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center Verification

Katy, TX (May 16, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital is proud to announce the American College of Surgeons (ACS) has verified the hospital as a Level 1 Children’s Surgery Center. For more information visit the ACS website.

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Katy artist, Nubia Gala, Organized Successful Exhibition for HANAFI, World-Renowned Abstract Artist

Katy, TX (May 13, 2016) On Saturday, May 7th, The Institute for Hispanic Culture of Houston held an opening reception for the new art exhibit by world renowned abstract artist HANAFI, from Indonesia.  The exhibition, When the Spanish and Portuguese left:  Story of the Spices, runs through May 18 at the Institute, located at 3315 Sul Ross Street in Houston.

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Memorial Hermann Building New Urgent Care in Fulshear

Katy, TX (May 12, 2016) Memorial Hermann is announcing plans to open Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Fulshear in early 2017.

The new Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Fulshear will be staffed with board-certified family medicine physicians from the Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) who will provide walk-in care for non-life-threatening health conditions. The 2,847 square-foot Urgent Care will also offer x-ray and lab services and join HEB as part of a new shopping center currently under construction at the intersection of FM 1463 and Fulshear Bend Drive.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Expansion with New Time-Lapse Movie

Katy, TX (May 12, 2016)

WHAT: Memorial Hermann Katy hospital recently completed an $85 million expansion project to meet the needs of the growing Texas community. EarthCam’s construction camera was onsite to document the project with HD imagery from September 2014 to March 2016 and the entire process is showcased with EarthCam’s new time-lapse movie.

WHY: The new six-story, 229,000-square-foot patient tower will add capacity to multiple areas. Renovations to the existing hospital include new surgical suites, labor and delivery, an expanded emergency department and more.

HOW: Watch and share EarthCam’s hand-edited time-lapse movie of construction for the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital expansion project.

 

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