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Women Leaders of Memorial Hermann Support YMCA’s Healthy Kids Day

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2016

Katy, TX (May 3, 2016) Get moving, keep learning and live healthier are just some of the goals of the YMCA’s annual nationwide Healthy Kids Day. This year several volunteers from Women Leaders of Memorial Hermann helped make the event a success at three Houston area locations.

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Memorial Hermann Medical Group Firethorne Welcomes Family Medicine Physician

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2016

Katy, TX (May 2, 2016) Rafael Moncayo, M.D., a board certified family medicine physician, recently joined the Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG) Firethorne in Katy.

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Dr. Moncayo received his medical degree from Universidad Industrial de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia, and completed his residency at Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program in Houston.

He is fluent in Italian and Spanish and provides highly personalized care for patients age 6 to adult. Among the many conditions he treats, his special interests include diabetes, hypertension and dementia.

Dr. Moncayo joins family nurse practitioner Angela Leslie, MSN, RN, FNP-C, as part of the Memorial Hermann Medical Group Firethorne. He is seeing patients at 2750 FM 1463, Suite 100, Katy, TX 77494.

Appointments may be scheduled by calling 832-658-3010, or online through ScheduleNow at mhmg.memorialhermann.org.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann

 

Katy ISD Board of Trustees Selects Namesakes for Three New Campuses

Katy Texas News
Posted April 29th 2016

Katy, TX (April 26, 2015) Last night during their monthly meeting, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees selected the namesakes for Elementary School No. 40, Junior High No. 15 and High School No. 8, which will open in fall 2017, thanks to the 2014 voter-approved bond program.

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Updated Flood Recovery Resources

Katy Texas News
Posted April 28th 2016

Katy, TX (April 28, 2016) I wanted to go ahead and send you an update on flood recovery options.  As the waters recede, we are getting better information on how to receive assistance.

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False Evacuation Orders

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2016

Katy, TX (April 20, 2016) **Please assist us in finding these individuals and post a picture of the vehicle they are driving**

We have received multiple calls about people posing as firefighters going door to door in select neighborhoods advising them of an impending evacuation. ESD 48 DOES NOT have any crews going door to door in any neighborhood within our district and as of 5pm (4/19/16) we have not issued any evacuation orders.  I have attached a graphic with our official department patch which is easily recognizable by the prominent 48 at the base of the patch. If anyone wearing a fire department shirt without the attached patch advises you of any emergency orders, please gather their name and ask which department they are with if you feel it is safe to do so. If you can write down a description or get a picture of them, their vehicle and/or license plate, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (713) 221-6000 is investigating these reports and could use your help. It is not uncommon during large scale disasters for scammers to use false emergency evacuations as a method to get people to leave their home unattended. We are in constant contact with Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management and should water levels rise and an evacuation be necessary, we will send out an emergency alert via Nextdoor to the affect area and will also post on our other social platforms. You can assist us by getting your friends and neighbors to join Nextdoor and/or invite them follow us on Facebook and Twitter at the links below.  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HCESD48/  Twitter: https://twitter.com/HCESD_48_Fire  Thank you and stay safe out there!

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Courtesy of Harris County Emergency Services District #48 Fire/EMS

 

In Honor of National Donate Life Month, Transplant Recipients at Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute Gather to Show Appreciation for their Organ Donors

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2016

Katy, TX (April 14, 2016) Scores of transplant patients recently gathered at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) to celebrate their health and thank the organ donors who made it possible for them to be there.

In honor of National Donate Life Month, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-TMC (HVI) hosted its first ever “Celebrating the Gift” event for more than 140 heart transplant patients and their families in a show of appreciation for those who give the gift of life.

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Solis Mammography Adds New COO to Leadership Team

Katy Texas News
Posted April 15th 2016

Katy, TX (April 15, 2016)  – Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of screening and diagnostics for breast health, today announced that Ted Bucknam has been named their new chief operating officer.

As COO, Bucknam will be responsible for overseeing day-to-day operations and will lead internal operational efforts in promoting Solis’ planned expansion into additional markets across the U.S. The Solis board of directors made the unanimous selection after careful consideration of his past career success in the healthcare field. (more…)

TIRR Memorial Hermann Hotwheels On The Road To A Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted April 06th 2016

Katy, TX (April 6, 2016) The TIRR Memorial Hermann junior Hotwheels team – the defending champion of last year’s National Wheelchair Basketball Association national tournament – along with the adult Hotwheels team, are heading to Louisville, Ky., hoping to bring back national titles to Houston.

The TIRR Memorial Hermann junior Hotwheels team enters this year’s tournament ranked third in their division. The adult Hotwheels team is ranked No. 1 going into the tournament with an eye on the national title after finishing in sixth place last year.

“We’re very proud of our teams and the way they represent TIRR Memorial Hermann across the country,” says Carl Josehart, Sr. Vice President and CEO, TIRR Memorial Hermann. “We want them to know the entire TIRR family and city of Houston is behind them and we look forward to celebrating two National Championships this year.”

The junior Hotwheels open play in the Varsity Divison Thursday, April 7, at 9:00 a.m. CST, against the Seattle Junior Sonics. In Division III, the adult Hotwheels play their first game Thursday at 11:00 a.m. CST against the winner of an earlier game between the Music City Lightning and the Shepherd Stealers.

The championship games will be broadcast LIVE at www.nwba.org. The Varsity Division championship will be broadcast Saturday, April 9 at 1:00 p.m. CST and the Division III championship game will be broadcast Sunday, April 10 at 9:00 a.m. CST.

You can also find LIVE updates on the TIRR Memorial Hermann Facebook page.

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Courtesy of the Memorial Hermann

 

MHMD, the Memorial Hermann Physician Network, Appoints New Physician-in-Chief

Katy Texas News
Posted April 04th 2016

Katy, TX (April 4, 2016) Memorial Hermann Health System announced today the appointment of Nishant “Shaun” Anand, MD, FACEP, as Physician-in-Chief for MHMD, the Memorial Hermann Physician Network, effective June 2016. Dr. Anand most recently served as Chief Medical Officer for Banner Health Network (BHN), a large physician and provider network based in Phoenix.

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Texas Children’s Hospital names Dr. Tamir Miloh as Director of Pediatric Hepatology and Liver Transplant Medicine

Katy Texas News
Posted April 01st 2016

Katy, TX (March 31, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital is proud to announce Dr. Tamir Miloh as director of pediatric hepatology and liver transplant medicine. For more information visit texaschildrens.org/GI.

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Books Alive! Luncheon

Katy Texas News
Posted March 28th 2016

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

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Physician and Patient Team Honored For Raising Awareness About Juvenile Arthritis

Katy Texas News
Posted March 25th 2016

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

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Dr. Kamdar was named the foundation’s 2016 Medical Honoree at the 10th Annual Joints in Action Golf Tournament on March 24, a fundraising event that celebrates patients with arthritis who continue to enjoy active lives after joint replacement.  The foundation also honored his patient, 12-year-old Allie Guerino, who was named the 2016 Youth Honoree. Proceeds from the event help support the foundation’s mission to conquer arthritis through information and resources, access to health care, advancements in science and community connections.

“People have the misperception that arthritis is an old person’s disease, but it can affect all age ranges,” Dr. Kamdar said. “Many people have never even heard of juvenile arthritis, but the young people who suffer from it are forced to deal with a lot at an early age. While most kids are able to live a fulfilling life, and even continue to play competitive sports, in some cases, they have to take infusions and shots and medications every day, just to be able to move.”

Allie was diagnosed with juvenile rheumatoid arthritis at 9 years old after suffering with extreme swelling in her joints. Her family was told that, because of the shortage of pediatric rheumatologists, it could take up to three months to get an appointment. But Allie’s father sent an email to the colleagues at his law firm, and one recommended Dr. Kamdar, who was able to see Allie within a week, helping ease her parents’ anxiety about the diagnosis.

“Dr. Kamdar cares so much about each and every patient,” Allie’s mother, Sallie Guerino said. “He gives so much time and attention to them and he has this huge heart. It’s obvious that he loves this line of work. He gives it his all.”

Thanks to a specialized treatment regimen prescribed by Dr. Kamdar, Allie, now in sixth grade, continues to lead an active lifestyle. She’s a key contributor on her basketball team and loves playing field hockey and softball at St. Francis Episcopal Day School.

“I hope to raise awareness that kids get arthritis and it makes a big impact on their lives,” she said.

Dr. Kamdar, who has been actively involved in the foundation since 2007, has been a leader in trying to encourage more aspiring doctors to consider a career in pediatric rheumatology. Dr. Kamdar first recognized the shortage during his pediatric training, noting that there were not enough doctors to see the number of children diagnosed each year with juvenile arthritis. Dr. Kamdar is now the associate program director of the general pediatrics residency program at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth, and has worked diligently to educate future doctors and health professionals in all levels of training so that they are better equipped to care for patients of all ages suffering with rheumatic disease.

Arthritis, the leading cause of disability in the United States, afflicts one in every five adults and one in every 250 children, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Children with arthritis can struggle with eye inflammation and growth problems. The chronic disease can also cause their bones and joints to grow unevenly. The disease can be diagnosed in infants as young as 1-year-old, requiring lifelong medical treatment, but the risks increase with age, with nearly half of adults over the age of 65 suffering from arthritis.

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 25th 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Medical Group

 

Cane Island Parkway Open

Katy Texas News
Posted March 24th 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23rd 2016

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

For many, this pain can be treatable with a procedure known as spinal cord stimulation – a process that entails implanting a small device under the skin which then sends electrical signals to the spinal cord to interfere with the nerve impulses that make one feel pain. In the U.S., approximately 25,000 new spinal cord stimulation implants and 8,000 replacement implants occur each year. However, if one of these patients was in need of an emergency MRI, the devices were not MRI-safe – until now.

Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) was recently selected as the first site in Texas to receive the Medtronic Specify SureScan® MRI Technology, which is the first-ever MRI-safe spinal cord stimulation device. MNI will have access to the device beginning March 23.

“The MRI-safe SureScan will be great for all of our chronic pain syndrome patients because no patient can predict when they might need an MRI,” said Dr. Albert Fenoy, UTHealth neurosurgeon affiliated with MNI. “We treat a large number of patients for chronic pain syndrome, and it is important for them to have the same care experience as other patients when an MRI is needed.”

Based on Millennium Research Group’s 2014 market analysis of pain management devices in the U.S., 82 percent of patients implanted with a spinal cord stimulator are expected to need an MRI within five years of receiving their implant. These new neurostimulation systems will offer patients the confidence of knowing they can receive optimal diagnostic imaging anywhere in the body should the need arise. Without an MRI-safe device, Dr. Fenoy says patients would need to have the device removed, undergo the MRI and then have the device implanted again, which is costly and time consuming.

“We are incredibly honored to have been selected as the first site in Texas to have access to this new technology,” said Dr. Fenoy. “It speaks volumes of the work we are doing at MNI and the innovative treatments being provided by our UTHealth physicians.”

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23rd 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 22nd 2016

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

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 10th 2016

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

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Upholding Texas Children’s mission of providing the highest-quality health care for children, West Campus is continuing to expand their services to meet the growing needs of their patients. Some of the most recent highlights include the opening of the state-of-the-art special isolation unit, which is the only one of its kind in Texas and the Southwest region, and the activation of the hospital’s helipad that allows all helicopter services in southeast Texas to bring patients directly to West Campus. The hospital is also currently undergoing a three-year, $50 million expansion effort that includes projects that will add a new inpatient capacity of 42 total beds, double operative capacity, substantially increase access to outpatient subspecialty care with the addition of more than 25 new exam rooms, and construct a dedicated interventional radiology suite for high fidelity image guided procedures.

To learn more about the exciting things happening at West Campus from the hospital’s leadership team, click here to view the video.

Courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 09th 2016

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

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Ron Hoover RV & Marine Just Got Bigger

Katy Texas News
Posted March 08th 2016

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

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

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

Courtesy of Ron Hoover RV & Marine

 

Larry Boyd Receives Prestigious Award

Katy Texas News
Posted March 07th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 07th 2016

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

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Pattison Elementary PTA Reflections Winners

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Posted March 07th 2016

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

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Visual Arts:  Luciana Aguilar, Melissa Huang, Kevin Kim, Austin Li, Yana Park, Abby Grace Propes

Dance Choreography:  Selena Mori, Iris Shin

Photography:  Jeffery Liu, Parks Mulkey, Gracie Wu

Literature:  Kevin Kim, Anika Rakkhit

Film Production:  Adam El Omrani

Pattison has 2 students, Selena Mori & Jeffery Liu, that have advanced to State-Level judging!  It is a wonderful achievement as nearly 60,000 students participate in the program annually and less than 3% of those advance to Texas PTA.

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Michael Griffin Elementary Teams Head to State Destination Imagination Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted March 04th 2016

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

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SabinoCompTech Focuses on HealthCare IT

Katy Texas News
Posted March 04th 2016

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

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

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

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

 

Courtesy of SabinoCompTech

 

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 03rd 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 03rd 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 02nd 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 01st 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted March 01st 2016

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

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Officials Celebrate FM 1093/Westpark Extension Groundbreaking

Katy Texas News
Posted February 29th 2016

Katy, TX (February 29, 2016) Fort Bend County Officials along with Fort Bend Toll Road Authority and TXDOT Representatives, gathered today for the groundbreaking celebration of the long awaited FM 1093/Westpark Extension.  Phase One of the project includes 4.12 miles of FM 1093 and approximately 2.5 miles of the Westpark Tollway  extending from State Highway 99 to FM 1463.  This phase is set to be complete by February of 2018.  Phase 2 of this project includes 4.15 miles of FM 1093 extending from FM 1463 to James Lane and is scheduled be bid by the end of the year with a completion date of July 2018. Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert said, “This vitally needed project is finally underway. Completion will provide greatly improved traffic flow to this fast growing area of North Fort Bend County.”

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Pictured L to R:Grady Mapes, TXDOT; Richard Stolleis, Fort Bend County Engineer; Jim Dannenbaum, Dannenbaum Engineering; Bill Brudnick, TXDOT;  Charles Rencher, FBCTRA Director; Commissioner Precinct 3, Andy Meyers; Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert; Lance Lacour, Katy EDC; Jeff Wiley, GFBEDC; Dean Hrbacek, FBCTRA Director
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Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute Wishes Houston a Safe Rodeo Season

Katy Texas News
Posted February 26th 2016

Katy, TX (February 26, 2016) The kick-off of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo marks the start of the city’s annual weeks-long extravaganza of mutton-busting, bull-riding, star-studded concerts and, of course, world-class barbecue. Every year, more than 2.5 million people descend on NRG Park to take part in the spectacle of one of the Bayou City’s biggest events of the year. Amid the non-stop entertainment, free-flowing beer taps and heavy crowds, the Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute care team wants to remind RodeoHouston visitors how to stay safe and drive sober this season.

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The Katy Grand Theatre Project

Katy Texas News
Posted February 26th 2016

Katy, TX (February 26, 2016) The Noyes Fine Arts Foundation (NFAF) announces the launch of its Capital Campaign to build The Katy Grand Theatre, an initiative known as The Katy Grand Theatre Project. Founded in 2011 by fellow artists Andrew Noyes and Dr. Debbie Siebert, NFAF was established as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization intending to create a permanent center for professional quality performing arts, entertainment, and arts education in Katy, Texas. As lifelong advocates for arts, and music, and theatre professionals themselves, Noyes and Siebert tried to locate a well-appointed and affordable performance space for rent, and soon discovered Katy’s need for a state-of-the-art performance venue to fit this need. With successful theatre companies in smaller neighboring communities, Katy benefits from having its own community minded, professional quality theatre company. With a focus on producing the highest quality theatre and musical presentations tapping into community involvement, building a new venue fills that need and provides local organizations an affordable, quality option to rent.

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ESD 48’s Future is Coming to Life

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2016

Katy, TX (February 25) Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Fire Department (HCESD 48) is continuing to move ahead with plans to enhance their service and response times as the volume of calls and constant growth of the Katy area shows little sign of stopping.

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Karen Myers Named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (February 22, 2016) Karen Myers, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, has been named Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), effective Feb. 26. As a Magnet®-designated hospital in recognition of its excellence in nursing, Memorial Hermann-TMC is committed to the highest standard of nursing care, a standard that Myers has spent her entire career advancing and nurturing.

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Magician Visits Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2016

Katy, TX (February 17, 2016) Magician Chad Chesmark performed at Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School’s annual Bluebonnet Bash.  In order to attend the Bluebonnet Bash, students had to read eight books from the Texas Library Association’s current list of books nominated to receive the Texas Bluebonnet Award.

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Pictured: student Luke DesJardin and Magician Chad

Award Winning Presentation on Keeping Your Family Safe Online

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2016

Katy, TX (February 17, 2016) The PTAs of Beck Junior High, Beckendorff Junior High, and Seven Lakes Junior High partnered to showcase the award winning presentation “Keeping You and Your Family Safe Online–Public & Permanent.” The presentation, created by Richard Guerry, focused on the reasonable use of technology and internet safety. This program received the 2010 & 2011 Exemplary School Safety Program Award by the School Safety Advocacy Council. Mr. Guerry has appeared as an internet safety expert on CNN, Radio Disney, and MTV’s Thin Line Campaign.  The event was held at each junior high for students as well as a parent only presentation in the evening.

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Pictured: BDJH VP of Programs Carrie Zamora, Richard Guerry, BDJH PTA President Cindy Cruz-Davis, and BDJH Principal Mindy Dickerson

Beckendorff Junior High Celebrates School Bus Drivers

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2016

Katy, TX (February 17, 2016) Beckendorff staff and parent volunteers, led by Principal Mindy Dickerson and PTA President Cindy Cruz-Davis, celebrated the school’s bus drivers during the recent Bus Driver Appreciation Week.  Bus drivers were given gift bags filled with goodies from the PTA and BDJH as a token of thanks for their hard work and dedication.

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Pictured:BDJH Prinicpal MIndy Dickerson, PTA President Cindy Cruz-Davis, BDJH staff/administration, BDJH parent volunteers, and members of the BDJH bus driving team.

 

Beckendorff Junior High PTA Hosts Carnation Fundraiser

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2016

Katy, TX (February 18, 2016) The Beckendorff Junior High PTA hosted the Annual Carnation Fundraiser around Valentine’s Day. Proceeds will be used for the BDJH 8th grade dance to be held in May. This is one of BDJH’s most popular events/fundraisers.

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Pictured: Principal Mindy Dickerson with BDJH PTA parent volunteers

Memorial Hermann Unveils Countdown Clock to Super Bowl LI

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16th 2016

Katy, TX (February 16, 2016) The countdown to kickoff for Super Bowl LI has officially begun. Memorial Hermann Health System, a Founding Sponsor of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, unveiled a five-foot-high digital countdown clock in the lobby of the Memorial Hermann Tower at 929 Gessner. The clock will keep track of the days, hours, minutes and seconds until the big game kicks off on Feb. 5, 2017 at NRG Stadium.

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Wood Group Mustang and Morton Ranch Junior Develop Multi-Faceted Partnership

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16th 2016

Katy, TX (February 16, 2016) Katy ISD’s Morton Ranch Junior High is celebrating its second year of a unique partnership with Wood Group Mustang via the company’s Founders Legacy program.  Launched in 2007 in honor of the company’s 20th anniversary, Founders’ Legacy honors Mustang founders -Paul Redmon, Bill Higgs and Felix Covington – and fulfills a company core value of giving back to its community.  The program encourages Wood Group Mustang employees to become personally involved in campus activities throughout the school year.  “The Founders Legacy program focuses on middle school youth because of their impressionable age and the critical crossroads they face in terms of future education and career choices,” said David Jackson, community support program manager at Wood Group Mustang.

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McDonald Junior High School Has a Big Heart

Katy Texas News
Posted February 16th 2016

Katy, TX (February 16, 2016) The PTO and staff of McDonald Junior High School hosted a dance which also acted as a community service project. There were 275 students in attendance who donated approximately 1,000 mom-perishable food items for the Katy Food Pantry.

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Schmidt Funeral Home Receives Exemplary Five Star Service Award

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11th 2016

Katy, TX (February 8, 2016) Schmidt Funeral Home announced today that it received the Exemplary Five Star Service Award at the Annual Texas Vital Statistics Conference held recently in Austin, Texas. Schmidt was the only funeral home in the State of Texas to earn this prestigious award in 2015 and has now been a recipient of the Five Star Service Award for 11 consecutive years. The award recognizes excellence in timeliness, customer service, the application of technology, training and accuracy in filing death certificates.

According to Managing Partner Cyndi Hoots, “Our entire staff is to be congratulated for their tireless efforts in maintaining the high standards that have allowed Schmidt to be recognized as one of the premier funeral homes in Texas. We would also like to acknowledge the dedication and diligence of Funeral Directors Megan Veselka and Shannon Henderson, who played a major role in Schmidt’s qualifying for this award.”

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About Schmidt Funeral Home

Established in 1945 by Milton and Rachel Schmidt, Schmidt Funeral Home has been serving Katy and West Houston area families for more than 70 years by offering personalized funerals, memorial services, burial, cremation, advanced planning, and now, an on-site crematory. Schmidt Funeral Home operates two facilities in Katy, Texas: 1508 East Avenue in historic downtown Katy and our new location at 1344 West Grand Parkway South.

For more information, please visit the Schmidt Funeral Home website at www.SchmidtFuneralHome.net.

The Orchard Partners with the American Heart Association to Educate the Public About Heart Health

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11th 2016

Katy, TX (February 9, 2016) During the month of February, it’s not uncommon for hearts to emerge as a recurring theme. This time of year is known as a time for sharing love and happiness with those around you and making sure everyone understands the importance of a healthy heart. The Orchard Assisted Living & Memory Care community in Katy (24802 Kingsland Blvd) is doing its part to raise awareness by partnering with the American Heart Association for a free lunch-and-learn on February 24 at 12:30-2:00 p.m. that will focus on health factors and lifestyle behaviors that best support heart health. The lunch-and-learn is open to the public and will feature a discussion with speaker Morton Fefer, called “The Seven Health Factors and Lifestyle Behaviors That Support Heart Health”. Fefer will discuss information regarding heart disease, risk factors such as smoking and drinking, as well as activities that promote good health. The presentation will conclude with a CPR demonstration and information on what to do in the event of an emergency. The Orchard specializes in person-centered care, and is excited to help share this critical information with the local community to help them live with the healthiest hearts possible.

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Over 120 Attend the Katy ISD Men Who Mentor Breakfast

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2016

Katy, TX (February 8, 2016) Keep Encouraging Youth toward Success (KEYS), the Katy ISD mentor program, hosted the Men Who Mentor Breakfast on January 22nd.  Comprised of existing and potential mentors, this annual event served as networking and encouragement for men who already mentor and information and recruiting for those interested in becoming a mentor.

The West Memorial Junior High Trash Can band provided exciting and invigorating entertainment, after which Superintendent Alton Frailey shared his personal thoughts on the impact a mentor can have in a child’s life.  Area Superintendents Dr. Steve Robertson, Lee Crews and Dr. Tory Hill gave campus perspectives on the KEYS program and how they’ve seen first-hand how mentors change lives.

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Katy Youth Football Cheerleading Organization Donates to Those in Need

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2016

Katy, TX (February 8, 2016) Julie Bolton is the founder of Cheer for a Cause, a nonprofit organization that makes cheerleading a possibility for girls overcoming physical disabilities and/or whose families are experiencing economic hardship. She had just received a delivery of over 500 brand new cheerleading uniforms donated to her organization by Katy Youth Football’s cheerleading program. KYF® donated enough uniforms to outfit all of her cheerleaders for years to come. When KYF® updated their cheer uniform design last year, they chose to donate all of their surplus inventory of the previous style to Cheer for a Cause, because they provide the girls involved a chance to forget about their struggles and focus on something positive, something fun. KYF® felt a kinship with this organization, as a fellow 501(c)3 nonprofit, whose sole focus is enriching the lives of children.

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Cinco Ranch JH Promoting Healthy Relationships

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2016

Katy, TX (February 8, 2016) February is National Teen Dating Violence Awareness and Prevention Month. Awareness education for students is part of the Texas Education Code Section 37.0831. This week, the CRJH counseling staff will promote healthy relationships by: ?

  • Providing information about healthy relationships and respect during morning announcements ?
  • Wearing orange February 9, 2016 to promote respect and healthy relationships ?
  • National Respect Announcement on February 12, 2016. ?
  • Displaying information regarding healthy relationships throughout the school

The counselors would like to encourage parents to start having conversations with their kids about healthy relationships.

FACTS:

  • 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their kids about domestic violence or sexual assault. ?
  • 44 percent of all students have been in an abusive relationship by the time they graduate college. ?
  • Talking about what it means to have a healthy relationship is the first step to preventing dating violence and abuse. ?

For more information/resources, please visit the following website: http://www.loveisrespect.org/

Cinco Ranch High School Students do Good for Animals

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2016

Katy, TX (January 30, 2016) The members of the Cinco Ranch High School Future Business Leaders of America came together to make dog toys for the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals during a school holiday.

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SH 99 Grand Parkway Segments Now Open to the Traveling Public

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2016

Katy, TX (February 5, 2016) Traveling on the northwest side and north side of Houston will get a lot easier and more convenient this weekend as the Texas Department of Transportation has opened the newest segments of the Grand Parkway from US 290 to IH 45 as part of the completion of Segments F-1 and F-2.

These segments span approximately 24 miles from US 290 to I-45 North, and include direct connectors from SH 99 eastbound to I-45 northbound, and I-45 southbound to SH 99 westbound. Improvements to these important roadways are critical to the region’s continued mobility and economic vitality.

Crews on Friday (February 5) began the process of moving traffic barrels and verifying the safety of all traffic movements along the two new segments of the Grand Parkway.

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Local Girl Scouts Engage in Hands-On Medical Emergency Lessons

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2016

Katy, TX (February 4, 2016) Houston Methodist Cinco Ranch Emergency Care Center hosted 12 girl scouts from junior level troops 152015 and 152011, and nine parent chaperones on Saturday, Jan. 30.

The young women had the opportunity to tour the facility and receive hands-on lessons regarding blood pressure testing, various pediatric treatments, stroke, radiology, and other emergency services. Baystar EMS welcomed the girls to view the back of an ambulance, with one scout pretending to be a patient on a gurney.

“We were proud to guide the girls through this exciting and important exercise, and to be part of their journey to earn their First Aid Legacy Badge,” said Ike Akanu, nurse manager of the emergency care center. “Our facility is new to this community and we are honored to partner with our neighbors.”

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YMCA of Greater Houston Kicks Off 2016 Annual Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Katy, TX (February 4, 2016) The Katy Family YMCA kicked off its Annual Campaign on January 28 to help raise funds that will provide scholarships to local youth, teen, families, and seniors. Last year this effort raised $457,000 to benefit over 5,000 people in our community. Each of the 36 YMCAs across the greater Houston area work together to meet the $7.6 million goal.

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Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Welcome Angel Blanco, M.D.

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Katy, TX (February 3, 2016) The Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Angel I. Blanco, M.D. Dr. Blanco will direct radiation and stereotactic radiosurgery at MNI and serve as an assistant professor at McGovern Medical School’s Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery.

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Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute and UTHealth Welcome Neurosurgeon Spiros Blackburn, M.D.

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Katy, TX (February 3, 2016) The Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute  at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) and the McGovern Medical School at UTHealth are pleased to announce the addition of Sprios Blackburn, M.D. Dr. Blackburn will see patients at MNI and at Mischer Neuroscience Associates-Memorial City, and will also serve as an assistant professor at the Vivian L. Smith Department of Neurosurgery at UTHealth’s McGovern Medical School.

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Katy Brothers Introduce Students in India to FIRST Robotics

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Two students from Katy recently had the opportunity to introduce some students from India to the world of FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) robotics.

On a family vacation during winter break, Abhishek Routray, a 2015 graduate of the Cinco Ranch HS FIRST Robotics Competition Team 624, CRyptonite, and currently a Mechanical Engineering major at UT Austin, along with his brother, Anuraag, an eighth grade student on the Beck JH FIRST LEGO® League team, Naturally Beck, presented a robotics workshop to students of the Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya (JNV) school (http://www.jnvkhurdaorissa.org/ ), in Khordha, Orissa, on the east coast of India. Their mother, Chetana Samal, a Mentor and for both the CRyptonite and Naturally Beck robotics teams, is originally from this part of India.

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Libraries Launce New Smartphone Checkout Capability

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2016

Katy, TX (February 3, 2016) Want to check out something from the library, but don’t always carry your library card with you? Now patrons at Fort Bend County Libraries can use their smartphone to take a picture of their library barcode and use that picture to check out items at the library’s checkout desk!

Barcode scanners with the capability to read images have been installed at all checkout desks in the library system. These new barcode scanners are able to read the barcode from a picture taken with any type of smartphone. The barcode image on the smartphone must be clear and able to be read horizontally by the scanner. The picture should be taken directly over the card – not at an angle – and must not show any glare over the barcode. (more…)

Cinco Ranch High School Student Wins Young Artist Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted February 02nd 2016

Katy, TX (February 1, 2016) Congratulations to Ethan Le (2nd from the left), a senior at Cinco Ranch High School, for winning First Prize at the Schmidbauer Young Artist Competition at Stephen F. Austin State University on January 30, 2016.  As its first prize winner, Ethan received $2,000 and an appearance as guest soloist with the Stephen F. Austin Orchestra of the Pines on March 7, 2016.

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Memorial Hermann Opens Third Mental Health Crisis Clinic

Katy Texas News
Posted February 01st 2016

Katy, TX (February 1, 2016) Memorial Hermann, continuing its effort to help close the behavioral and mental health resource gap in the greater Houston region, recently opened its third and most centrally located Mental Health Crisis Clinic.

The new clinic at 4850 West Bellfort, is located in Meyerland’s Meyer Park Shopping Center and joins two other Memorial Hermann Mental Health Crisis Clinics located in Humble and Spring Branch.

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Generous Donations Delivered to Memorial Hermann Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 29th 2016

Katy, TX (January 29, 2016) Earlier this month, United Airlines’ North Houston Contact Center Leadership team took time to deliver Adventure Bears to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  Forty-eight “Ben Flyin” Bears will be donated to children as they undergo outpatient procedures, visit the Emergency Center or are admitted to the hospital.

Additionally, a new neighbor recently gave back to the hospital.  Wal-Mart Neighborhood Market on Highland Knolls presented a $1,000 check to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital’s Volunteer Auxiliary.  The funds will be used to support hospital patients and staff.

Thank you to these generous organizations for giving back to their community!

For more information about Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, call 281.644.7000 or visit www.memorialhermann.org/katy.

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Katy ISD Open and Concealed Carry

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Katy, TX (January 26, 2015)

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Guardians and Community Members,

You may be aware of recent changes in Texas law that went into effect on Jan. 1, 2016, regarding carrying firearms in open view in some locations. We would like to reassure you that Katy ISD has never allowed handguns or other prohibited weapons to be carried into any of our campuses or school facilities.

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Katy’s Got Talent!

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Katy’s New World Theater will be holding auditions for the Katy’s Got Talent Contest. The contest is open to all ages. Prizes will be awarded!

Auditions will be held at the World Theatre, 1012 South Mason Rd., Katy, TX 77450. Initial auditions will begin on January 30th.

There are three ways to register:

  • On-line at www.worldtheater.us
  • Email worldoftheatertexas@gmail.com
  • Call 832-552-5115

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HCC President Honored for New Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Katy, TX (January 26, 2016) Houston Community College (HCC) has the largest international population of any community college in the country. In no small part by the efforts of HCC president Dr. Zachary Hodges to attract foreign students.

The World Chamber of Commerce recently recognized Dr. Hodges’ innovative thinking with the International Pioneer award.

“Houston Community College is an inclusive institution and is only strengthened by the diversity of our students,” said Dr. Hodges. “The programs that we implement are meant to help students grow in a 21st century economy and it’s wonderful that students around the world see the benefits of attending school in Houston, one of the most diverse cities in the country. I am pleased to accept an award recognizing the hard work HCC puts in to grow the next generation of workers, entrepreneurs and innovators.” (more…)

“Stop Hunger Now” Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Stop Hunger Now is a nonprofit organization that works to end World Hunger by delivering meals, building hospitals, irrigation systems, wells, and much more in developing countries.

Wahibah Hannan and Huma Baig, juniors at Mayde Creek High School, are organizing a meal packaging event at their school. Wahibah has spent three months raising funds that are needed to pay for the food to pack the meals; $1,000 of which she saved herself.

On Saturday, February 6, 2016 at 10:30 a.m., Mayde Creek High School will be open to volunteers who would like to help package 10, 152 meals for Stop Hunger Now. These meals will be sent to a developing country to feed the hungry. For some of these people, this is the only food they get. The students ask for any time that you can give for this campaign.

If you would like more information about Stop Hunger Now, please visit stophungernow.org.

Mumbai Suburb Rotary District Governor Elect Visits Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted January 27th 2016

Katy, TX (January 27, 2016) Dr. Chandrashekhar Kolvekar, the district Governor elect of Rotary International District 3142 passed through Katy on his way to Florida.

Dr. Kolvekar is an anesthesiologist and an active community social worker. He presided over a suburb Rotary club near Mumbai about 27 years ago and initiated milestone projects which helped many people in the area. (more…)

Odessa Kilpatrick’s Polar Express Day

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 21, 2016) Muralist George Bevill shares his illustration, inspired by Chris Van Allsburg’s book The Polar Express, during Odessa Kilpatrick Elementary School’s annual Polar Express Day.

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Pictured Front row: Alyssa Clutter, Timmy Hutchins, Brianna Cabral, Elizabeth Mower, Gonzalo  Garcia, and Brianna Cabral Back row: OKE Principal Malynn Rodriguez and Muralist George Bevill

Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Activates Helipad

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 19, 2016) Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus recently activated the hospital’s helipad and have fully trained their staff on how to receive patients via air transport. The activation of this helipad allows for faster transport and subsequently quicker treatment.

Previously, patients coming to West Campus via helicopter would land at an adjoining facility and then be brought to Texas Children’s via ambulance. With this activation, all helicopter services in southeast Texas are now able to bring patients directly to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Helipads will also be built at Texas Children’s Hospital The Woodlands when it opens in 2017 and on the roof of the new pediatric tower being built at the main campus in the medical center.

For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.

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World Theater

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 19, 2016) Katy’s new World Theater is spinning it! The Golden Buddha Jazz Orchestra, USA Premiere performances with talented professional musicians, playing original Jazz music with a combination of Ancient Chinese and Western musical instruments will take place at World Theater on February 18th and 19th.

Awesome Martial Arts featuring Katy and Houston area’s outstanding martial arts companies will showcase Tae Kwon Do, Aikido, Ju Jitsu, Judo, Kick Boxing and other diverse Martial Arts on February 25th through 28th. (more…)

Texas Children’s Heart Center Welcomes Trio of Cardiologists

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 19, 2016) Texas Children’s Heart Center is excited to welcome three new pediatric cardiologists to the team –  Dr. Tobias Schlingmann, Dr. Betul Yilmaz and Dr. Justin Zachariah.

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Beck JH Wins Robotics Qualifier Tournament

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (December 5, 2015) Cinco Ranch Junior High was filled with the sound of cheering as Cinco Ranch High School’s CRyptonite Robotics Team hosted their fourth annual FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO® League Katy Qualifier robotics tournament.

For the second year in a row, Team 9066 (Naturally Beck) from Beck Junior High won the First Place Champions Award as the team with the highest combined score from all elements of the competition, beating out 23 other teams  from all over the Houston Metro area.

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Scholarship Fundraiser

Katy Texas News
Posted January 22nd 2016

Katy, TX (January 20, 206) Join Texas Tech Parents Association on Saturday, February 20 at Wine Styles Tasting Station in Cypress, Tx. for a fundraising event to support eligible Texas Tech students through scholarships.

The cost is $40 per person and includes three drink tickets (wine or beer) and light snacks. The event includes information about wine parings as well as the drawing for the Pearl Fundraiser.

Register at http://www.texastechparents.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=637112&group=100016. Attendance is limited.

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Katy ISD Students Run in the Houston Marathon

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2016

Katy, TX (January 18, 2016) Students from Katy High School, Morton Ranch High School, and Taylor High School, participated in the Houston Marathon this past weekend.

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Falcon Wrestlers Take First Place

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2016

Katy, TX (January 18, 2016) After 3 years of opening the doors at Tompkins High School, the Falcon wrestlers took first place at the 2016 Seven Lakes Hall Of Fame Invitational. This is their first year with seniors, and was a huge moment for the team.

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Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes Sponsor Habitat for Humanity Home

Katy Texas News
Posted January 18th 2016

Katy, TX (January 15, 2016) Employees of Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes started the new year with a long-standing company tradition — giving back to the community.

More than two dozen corporate employees donned jeans, heavy jackets, rain gear and hard hats Jan. 6 to spend the day building a Habitat for Humanity home. This is the third consecutive year the company has participated in the KPRC Habitat Home.

Construction of the four-bedroom home got underway Tuesday in the parking lot of the KPRC Channel 2 studios when anchors, reporters, producers and other employees starting building the framework in the pre-dawn hours. Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes staff members followed on Wednesday, unloading and installing the finished frames, securing the frame to the foundation and attaching anchors and windstorm clips.

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Katy ISD Superintendent Stepping Down

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2016

 

Katy, TX (January 12, 2016) Katy ISD Superintendent, Alton Frailey, announced on Tuesday that he would be stepping down from his post this August. Frailey has been a public school educator for 33 years, nine of those are as the Superintendent with Katy ISD. He made the announcement early so the Board of Trustees would have ample amount of time to recruit and select the best possible replacement.

Frailey acknowledged that there are still five months of the school to complete and he is dedicated to remain working to continue fostering learning environments beneficial to student success.

While in office, Frailey was a part of the vast achievements received by school in Katy ISD.  The eight consecutive years of sustaining the Texas Education Agency’s highest ratings, to being ranked this year by Niche as the number one school district in the Houston area, to students consistently outperforming the state in SATs and ACTs, the highly regarded fine arts departments, FFA and athletic programs, to two successful community developed bond referendums, to working with advisory councils such as the Superintendent’s Student, Employee, Parent and Community Roundtables, and the enhanced financial picture, and  becoming a national leader in the implementation of technology innovations.           (more…)

Warm Welcome for Rotary International President

Katy Texas News
Posted January 13th 2016

Katy, TX News (January 12, 2016) Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers, Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes, as well as members of the Rotary Club of Katy and surrounding Fort Bend Rotary Clubs along with Katy Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 extended a warm welcome to the Rotary International President, K.R. Ravindran. Mr. Ravindran and his wife, Vanathy, chose to visit the Freedom Park Memorial Tower as part of their tour across the United States.

The monument was built in collaboration between Fort Bend County, Rotary Club of Katy, VFW Post 9182 and its Auxiliary and was dedicated on September 11, 2015 to the women and men who have served our county in the five branches of our Military Services: the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard, as well as those who died on September 11, 2001. Commissioner Meyers, a long-standing Rotarian, presented the President with a proclamation which declared January 11, 2016 as Rotary International Day to commemorate the special occasion.

Rotary International is the largest humanitarian service organization in the world with a world-wide network of 1.2 million individuals from more than 200 countries. Rotary International in Fort Bend County and surrounding Texas Counties is proudly represented by 62 Rotary Clubs. The Rotary Club of Katy is in its 70th year of service, providing much needed support to Fort Bend County and its citizens.

 

First Baby Born at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2016

Katy, TX  News (January 4, 2015)  The first baby born this year at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital was Aaron Jacob Payan, born to proud parents Edgar and Mariana and big brother Cristian.

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Aaron weighed 5 lbs and 15 oz and measured 18.5 inches when he came into the world at 3:25 a.m. on 1/1/16.  Welcome to the world, Aaron!

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British International School of Houston Choir Sings at Economic Development Council Meeting

Katy Texas News
Posted December 18th 2015

Katy, TX  News (December 18, 2015) – The Katy Area Economic Development Council held its final General Assembly meeting of the year at the Katy ISD Education Service Center on Tuesday, December 15. As members and guests gathered for the meeting, they were treated to holiday music by choir students from British International School of Houston, setting the mood for a festive December meeting.

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This month’s meeting featured presentations by British International School of Houston and Katy ISD. Andrew Perry of British International School of Houston provided an overview of the world renowned school which is located in the Katy area. Perry discussed the outstanding educational opportunities the school provides as he detailed the school’s new $100 million dollar campus which is set to open in August 2016 at West Green and I-10, and its newly formed partnership with Julliard.  The school also boasts partnerships with Harvard University and MIT, and affords its students the opportunity to graduate with a prestigious International Baccalaurean diploma, which aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who are motivated to succeed while preparing them for the rigors of college.

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Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute Names Dr. Joseph Love Medical Director of Life Flight

Katy Texas News
Posted December 16th 2015

Katy, TX  News (December 16, 2015)Memorial Hermann Texas Trauma Institute is proud to announce Joseph Love, D.O., trauma surgeon and associate professor of surgery at UTHealth, as the new Medical Director of Memorial Hermann Life Flight®.

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After founding Life Flight in 1976, the late James H. “Red” Duke, Jr., M.D., trauma surgeon at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC) and John B. Holmes Professor of Clinical Sciences at UTHealth Medical School, served as the program’s first and only Medical Director until 2015.

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Local Salon Featured in National Salon Magazine

Katy Texas News
Posted December 14th 2015

Katy, TX News – (December 14, 2015)– Mo Elkurdi, owner of BH Hair Studio in Katy, TX was interviewed for leading national salon magazine, American Salon. At 138 years old, American Salon is one of the most respected publications in the professional beauty industry. BH Hair Studio was of the  three studios across the nation included in the Culture Club article of American Salon’s December 2015 issue.

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The feature included a photograph of Elkurdi and his team, as well as, insight from him in regards to the culture of team building with tips for other salon owners. Elkurdi shared that team building “establishes relationships that breaks barriers, promotes creativity and continues to motivate team members for more than just a paycheck.”

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Fashion for Charity

Katy Texas News
Posted December 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (December 9, 2015) – What better excuse to have a fashion show than for charity.  The Flaunt Salon’s co-owners Mary Wesley and Oscar Aguilera were very excited to attend the Heart of Fashion show presented by Million Air right here in Houston Texas.  The pre-show had a red carpet entrance, drinks, and a live DJ.  Founder of the show Vivian Wise says it’s “a party with a purpose that you don’t want to miss.”
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The show ran three nights with 12 designers.  The Texas Legacy Foundation chose three charities for this year’s event.  Meals on Wheels, Butterflies & Bandages, and Legacy Community Health Services are the focus charities for Houston’s show in 2015. The goal for Heart of Fashion is creativity, art, and design-with mission to help humanity.

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Renews Commitment as Official Healthcare Provider of Katy ISD Athletics

Katy Texas News
Posted December 01st 2015

Katy, TX News (December 1, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Katy ISD announced the continuance of Memorial Hermann Katy’s role as the Official Healthcare Provider of Katy ISD Athletics.

“We’re excited to extend our relationship with Katy ISD,” says Jim Parisi, Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy.  “As a long-time partner, we are committed to providing high-quality and safe sports medicine services to the District’s athletes to keep them healthy on and off the field.” (more…)

British International School of Houston Collaborates with Juilliard

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – The British International School of Houston today announces that they will become one of the first schools in the world to benefit from an innovative new collaboration between Nord Anglia Education and The Juilliard School in New York. Starting September 2016, students at the school will use an enhanced embedded arts curriculum developed by specialists from Juilliard, along with continued support from, and engagement with, Juilliard alumni and affiliated artists.

The collaboration between Juilliard, the world-renowned performing arts conservatory, and Nord Anglia Education, the world’s leading premium schools organization, is designed to enhance the British International School of Houston’s performing arts offering with its innovative structure, design and approach. The new embedded arts curriculum, which focuses first on music, was developed by curriculum and music experts at both Juilliard and Nord Anglia Education.

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Flaunt Hair Salon Celebrates Stylist Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – This November marks the one year anniversary for Erica Galvan at Flaunt Salon. Erica has made a home for herself alongside the Flaunt Salon Stylists and Co-owner Mary Wesley. Erica takes great pride in her work with a passion and vigor to help clients look their best. Erica is experienced in handling all hair services with her completion of classes that focus on techniques, new products, and current hair trends. She especially enjoys what we call “special occasion hair”.

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Katy ISD Releases Attendance Boundary Survey

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – Katy ISD’s mission is to work with families and our community to provide students with unparalleled learning experiences. To that end, the District is sharing information about upcoming Attendance Boundary Modification proposals that are intended to provide long-range solutions to manage student enrollment growth as we see 2,000+ new students and their families move into the district on an annual basis. Successful ABMs are achieved through campus capacity reductions, capacity increases or a combination of both.

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New Physician Joins Memorial Hermann Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 25, 2015) – Family medicine physician, Prasuna Sajja, M.D., has joined Memorial Hermann Katy Convenient Care Center. Dr. Sajja received her medical degree from Stanley Medical College in Madras, India. She completed her residency with the Houston Methodist Family Medicine Residency program. Dr. Sajja sees patients of all ages and her clinical interests include preventive medicine for children, diabetes and weight management for adults and children.

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Tompkins High School First Signing Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 20, 2015) – Katy ISD’s newest high school campus, Tompkins High School, recently held their first-ever signing day for student athletes.
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Grand Vision Center receives the Art of Katy Award

Katy Texas News
Posted November 18th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 17, 2015) – At KVPAC’s Roaring 20’s Ball at the Mall event, Grand Vision’s Dr. Brett Donaldson and his wife, Fatima were presented with the Art of Katy Award. Grand Vision sponsors the Grand Vision Children’s Theatre at KVPAC as well as the annual KVPAC Arts for All Festival in LaCenterra.

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Katy ISD Meets to Discuss Enrollment Plan

Katy Texas News
Posted November 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 16, 2015) – As Katy ISD prepares to open two elementary schools and one junior high next year, the Board of Trustees will begin considering attendance boundary modifications to help balance enrollment numbers.

District administrators will review the ABM process, present preliminary ABM proposals, and discuss options for landlocked schools exceeding 125% capacity.

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Katy ISD Junior High Celebrates International Day

Katy Texas News
Posted November 11th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 11, 2015) – Katy ISD’s Beck Junior High, located in Cinco Ranch, recently celebrated its annual “International Day” festival for sixth students. The event was chaired this year by PTA volunteer Usha Machiraju and supported by more than 30 parent volunteers.

Machiraju, who also helped to represent India at the event, commented that “This annual event allows Beck students to enjoy the culture, history and food from many countries in one setting hosted by student parents who proudly and playfully engage the students in a “trip around the world”. This year, more than sixteen different countries were represented.”

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Rancher’s Ball Attendees Win New BMW

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (November 9, 2015) – Fort Bend County Precinct 3 Commissioner Andy Meyers was pleased to present the keys to the winners of the brand new BMW X1 at the BMW Dealership of West Houston. The luxury vehicle was raffled at the Inaugural Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball on October 24 for $100.00 per ticket with only 600 tickets available for purchase. Steven Gee and his wife, Suzanne, are now the proud owners of this beautiful SUV.

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Election Day Voting Locations for Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted November 03rd 2015

Katy, TX News (November 3, 2015) Today is Election Day for the General and Special Elections. Voting locations are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Use the resources below to find all Fort Bend County, Harris County, and Waller County voting locations.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Earns ‘A’ in Patient Safety

Katy Texas News
Posted November 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (November 2, 2015) – An announcement released nationally today by the independent hospital watchdog The Leapfrog Group, shows that all nine of the acute-care hospitals within the Memorial Hermann Health System earned an A in this elite national ratings program, recognizing its strong commitment to patient safety.

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Katy ISD SARA App Helps Parents Find School Assignments

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 26, 2015) – Katy ISD’s new mobile app, SARA (Student Assignment by Residential Address), enables parents to find their school assignment according to their residential address. In order to determine which school your child is set to attend, simply visit, katyisd.or/pages/sara.aspx or download the SARA app on your mobile device. From there, select the student’s grade, enter your address, and click the “Find Address” button.

 

KCM Given $2,500 at Domestic Violence Awareness Event

Katy Texas News
Posted October 21st 2015

Katy, TX News (October 21, 2015) – On Saturday, October 17, members of the community gathered in support of Domestic Violence Awareness Month at the Katy Christian Ministries 5K Race Against Domestic Violence. At the event, Verizon presented a Domestic Violence Awareness Month grant of $2,500 to Katy Christian Ministries to support its annual 5K race, which raises awareness about domestic violence and the affect it has on the community.

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Early Voting for Harris County Election Dates

Katy Texas News
Posted October 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 19, 2015) – Early voting for the upcoming November 3, 2015 Election starts today and runs through Friday, October 30. There are 41 Harris County Early Voting locations, some of which have changed. The Houston Community College (HCC) Northeast Campus, the Alief Administration Building, the Riley Chambers Community Center in Crosby and the John Phelps Courthouse in Pasadena will serve as new Harris County early voting locations.

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Eagle’s Trace Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted October 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 14, 2015) – Honoring history and celebrating a bright future, Eagle’s Trace held a three-day celebration to commemorate its tenth anniversary.

The festivities at the Erickson Living retirement community began on October 8 during a ceremony that honored its “founding members,” 93 pioneer residents who moved or reserved in 2005 and the eight employees who began working at the campus the same year.

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SabinoCompTech to Provide Business Services Only

Katy Texas News
Posted October 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 13, 2015) – SabinoCompTech, the family owned and operated computer repair center and IT company located in Katy, will be restructuring to focus on providing IT consulting, support and managed solutions to small and medium sized businesses.  The company has worked with health care offices, financial and consulting firms, and more in the Katy and surrounding areas since their inception and feel that it is right to return to its roots in order to provide the highest level of service. SabinoCompTech’s goal with this transition is to provide enterprise level expertise to businesses who would not normally have access to such level of IT support through customizable subscription based support packages or on a per incident consulting basis.

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Katy ISD Ranks 57th in AS&U Top 100 Report

Katy Texas News
Posted October 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 12, 2015) – According to American School & University’s (AS&U) Top 100 Report issued each year, Katy ISD has jumped 38 spots since 2007, and currently ranks 57th nationwide. Rankings in the Top 100 Report are based on enrollment in public school districts across the nation.

The report also shows that many of the districts that have grown significantly in the last 25 years are in suburban areas, and 20 of the 100 largest school districts in the nation are in Texas.

Since 1928, AS&U has been the information source for education facilities and business professionals — serving the nation’s K-12 and higher-education administrators responsible for the planning, design, construction, retrofit, operations, maintenance and management of education facilities. Click here for more information.

Katy to Develop Boardwalk District

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2015

Katy, TX News – (October 9, 2015) – The City of Katy is pleased to announce that the Katy Development Authority has taken a key step forward in the development of the Boardwalk District (as shown in the accompanying rendering) by entering into an agreement with Sueba USA Corporation for the development of a 22-acre parcel located adjacent to Katy Mills Mall.Boardwalk District

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LaCenterra Fashion Show a Hit in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 06th 2015

Katy, TX News (October 6, 2015) – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch brought high fashion to the streets of Katy, Texas in the form of the first-ever red carpet, runway fashion show. The night featured apparel from high-end retailers in the shopping center like J.Jill, Eddie Bauer, Scout & Molly’s, Jos. A. Bank, Luke’s Locker, White House Black Market, and more.

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Katy Magazine’s Editor-in-Chief and Publisher Katrina Katsarelis was the emcee, and donned a stunning coral gown from Scout & Molly’s. Several community leaders were chosen to model for the event, with familiar faces like Matt Katsarelis, owner and publisher of Katy Magazine, Ana Roman of Katy Contemporary Arts Museum (KCAM), Lori Ann Belin of Commissioner Andy Meyers’ Office, Sam Schultz of Country Park Portraits, and more. The evening, which benefited KCAM and its programs, also featured live paintings that were auctioned off to lucky recipients at the end of the night.

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New Regional CMO for Katy Hospital

Katy Texas News
Posted September 30th 2015

KATY, Texas (September 30, 2015) – Dr. Khalid F. Almoosa has been appointed Regional Chief Medical Officer for Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital.  In his role, Dr. Almoosa will provide leadership to affiliated physicians and clinical staffs to ensure the hospitals sustain Memorial Hermann’s long standing reputation for high-quality and safe care.

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Momentum Indoor Climbing Coming Soon, Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 29, 2015) – Utah-based Momentum Indoor Climbing has purchased land at the intersection of Kingsland Blvd. and Katy Mills Pkwy. and is slated to open in the summer of 2016.

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Not only will this be Momentum Indoor Climbing’s first Houston location, it will also be the one of the largest facilities of its kind in the world. There will be 36,000 square feet dedicated to providing a mountain climber’s paradise, with 50 feet of climbing, yoga classes, and a fitness area.

For more information about what’s coming soon or just opening in Katy, read the New to Katy section in every issue of Katy Magazine!

Katy Taylor HS Goes Gold for Childhood Cancer

Katy Texas News
Posted September 24th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 24, 2015) – In recognition of September as Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, various Taylor High School football, band, Pacesetters, cheer squad and flagmen will wear the color gold to help raise awareness.

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Katy’s Flaunt Salon at Las Vegas Hair Show

Katy Texas News
Posted September 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2015) – The Flaunt Salon Stylist team recently attended the TiGi (Tony and Guy) World Release Las Vegas Hair Show 2015. Hair Cuts, Hair Color, Fashion, and Photo Shoots were the main focus of instruction and education for the dedicated Team. The Hair Industry Show’s theme for 2015 is to “Reignite your creative inspiration”.

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HEB to Open New Location in Cross Creek Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted September 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 23, 2015) – Approximately 30 acres has been purchased by HEB Grocery Co., LP at the northwest corner of FM 1463 and Fulshear Bend Dr. for a new store near Katy’s master-planned community, Cross Creek Ranch.

When completed, HEB will be surrounded by 200,000 square feet of retail space that will include restaurants and medical and real estate offices.

The complex will join the already completed CVS Pharmacy on Fry Rd. and FM 1463, as well as additional retail centers, and  is expected to boost sales tax revenues. The timing for construction and anticipated opening date have not yet been announced.

 

Cane Island Welcomes First Residents

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 22, 2015) – About a year after plans for Cane Island were first unveiled, the Katy master-planned community has welcomed its first residents, a Katy family drawn to the new community for its location, amenities and builders.
Ashley Warren, son Brayden and Ashley’s fiancé Justin Wagner may not have many neighbors now, but that’s expected to change soon with the completion of new luxury homes in Cane Island’s first phase.

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Katy Triathlon Benefits Local Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 22, 2015)  – Since taking over management and planning of the Katy Triathlon in 1998, the Rotary Club of Katy has raised approximately $380,000 for scholarships to graduating Katy ISD seniors, community service projects, grants to rotary philanthropies, and most recently the construction of the Freedom Park Memorial tower near George Bush Park.

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The race attracts thousands of participants in a wide range of athletic abilities and ages every year, and features a 500-meter lake swim, 12-mile bike race, and 3-mile run in and around Firethorne’s 1,400 acre master-planned community.

Triathlon teams may be two or three people, and all-male, all-female, or co-ed. The youngest competing age category will be 11 – 14 years, with many participants over 70 years of age competing.

Computer Repair Center Celebrates 7 Years

Katy Texas News
Posted September 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 14, 2015) -SabinoCompTech, a family owned and operated computer repair center located at 5805 Highway Blvd in the Midway market center on Highway 90 and Avenue D in old Katy celebrates 7 years in business on October 1, 2015. To show their appreciation to the Katy community, SabinoCompTech is offering a Free Tune-up with every virus and spyware removal during the week of their anniversary October 1, 2015 – October 8, 2015.

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Katy ISD Student Killed in Car Crash

Katy Texas News
Posted September 11th 2015

Katy, TX News – Courtesy of KPRC Channel 2 – (September 11, 2015) – A 17-year-old was killed and three others were injured in a wreck in George Bush Park in west Houston. The victim attended Taylor High School.

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Chick-fil-A Mason Road Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted September 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 9, 2015) – Chick-fil-A Mason Road celebrates their 20th anniversary on September 14th, 2015. Rusty Wylie, franchisee of the Mason Road location since its Grand Opening, also operates the Cinco Ranch and Greenhouse Chick-fil-A locations. “What an amazing journey it has been. To have started 20 years ago and been a part of the growth of Katy for the past 20 years is beyond what I ever imagined possible. It really has been a blessing to be a part of this community. We are thankful for the support of our guests, and the groups we partner with here in Katy,” Mr. Wylie commented. The Mason Road location was just the third free standing restaurant for Chick-fil-A in the Houston area when it opened in 1995. Now sixty-three stand-alone locations dot the local landscape. Mr. Wylie explained, “When we opened, Chick-fil-A was really struggling with results in the Houston area. Our brand awareness was low. People didn’t know who we were, what products we served, or even how to say our name!” However, it didn’t take long for Chick-fil-A’s popularity to soar.

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Freedom Park Memorial Tower Dedication on 9/11

Katy Texas News
Posted September 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (September 8, 2015) – Fort Bend County, the Katy Rotary Club, and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9182 will dedicate the Freedom Park Memorial Tower on Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:00 am at the Fort Bend County Freedom Park fields on the south side of Westheimer Parkway, just east of Fry Road with music by the Katy High School Band beginning at 9:30 AM.

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Taylor High School Student Struck by Car, Hospitalized

Katy Texas News
Posted September 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (September 2, 2015) – From KPRC Local 2 – A 15-year-old Taylor High School student was taken by Life Flight after being struck by a vehicle in Katy Wednesday morning.

According to Harris County deputies, a blue Mini Cooper struck the boy on Kingsland and Provincial Boulevard around 7:25 a.m.

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Funeral Service for Deputy Goforth Announced

Katy Texas News
Posted August 31st 2015

Katy, TX News – Courtesy of KHOU 11 – Houston’s Second Baptist Church confirms that funeral services for fallen Deputy Darren Goforth will be held Friday. The public is invited to attend. The funeral is scheduled to start at 11 a.m. at the church, located at 6400 Woodway. Visitation and burial plans have not yet been announced to the public.

Goforth was fatally shot during an ambush at a Cypress gas station last Friday. A suspect has been arrested in the case, officials say.

Memorial Service for Katy Firefighter

Katy Texas News
Posted August 25th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 25, 2015) – Katy Firefighter Jason M. Anderson passed away on Sunday, August 23, 2015, at the age of 30 years. He served the Katy Fire Department and the Atascocita Fire Department from 2013 to 2015.

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Typhoon Texas Coming to Katy in 2016

Katy Texas News
Posted August 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 20, 2015) – Groundbreaking occurred today on Typhoon Texas, a new water park in Katy, Texas. The park is being constructed as part of a 43-acre development east of Katy Mills Mall on Katy Fort Bend Rd., just south of I-10.

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Burn Ban in Effect in Fort Bend County

Katy Texas News
Posted August 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 19, 2015) – Fort Bend County took protective measures by placing a Burn Ban in the unincorporated areas. All county residents should postpone outdoor burning until conditions decrease and make sure to keep all allowed fires attended and report unattended fires immediately by calling 9-1-1. The Fire Marshal’s office will continue to monitor the drought index daily. For more information, visit fortbendcounty.tx.gov.

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Katy Teen Wins USA Gymnastics Championships

Katy Texas News
Posted August 17th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 17, 2015) – Katy, Texas teen Davis Grooms took top honors at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, wrapping up the four-day USA Gymnastics tournament. Grooms won event champion in horizontal bar, but it was the all-around high scores in floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings, vault, and parallel and horizontal bars that won him the gold.

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Ryland Model Home Opens in Cane Island

Katy Texas News
Posted August 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 12, 2015) – Ryland Homes has opened a new model home, fully furnished and professionally decorated, in the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island where the Houston home-builder will add more than 100 new homes with many on prized, waterfront and cul-de-sac home-sites.

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Katy ISD Teacher Named Region IV Teacher of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted August 06th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 6, 2015) – Katy ISD’s 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year Christina Dismuke was named the Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year last night at the annual awards ceremony. Dismuke was selected out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts.

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Katy Man Found Dead in Bahamas, Family Still Seeking Answers

Katy Texas News
Posted August 05th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 5, 2015) Courtesy of Channel 2 News – A Katy man was found dead in the Bahamas last week and his family is searching for answers.

“Mason grew up into such a dynamic young man. He could light up a room,” family friend Stacey Wasek said. Born and raised in Katy, Mason Hart, 24, had just graduated from Texas Tech University three months ago. Mason just happened to graduate, enjoys boats and kinda needed some time to decompress,” said Wasek.

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Miss Cane Island, Brianna Key, To Compete in Miss Texas USA

Katy Texas News
Posted August 05th 2015

Katy, TX News (August 5, 2015) – The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island is poised to stand tall at this year’s Miss Texas USA Pageant with the selection of Brianna Key as its first-ever Miss Cane Island.

One of Cane Island’s first home-buyers, Brianna competed in last year’s Miss Texas USA as Miss Southeast Texas. “Having grown up in Katy, it means so much to represent the area,” she says.

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Harris County Emergency Website Mobile-Friendly

Katy Texas News
Posted August 03rd 2015

Katy, TX News (August 3, 2015) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has unveiled the third generation of its Regional Joint Information Center website, www.readyharris.org.

The website, officially launched in 2011, serves as the primary online emergency information site for the county’s more than 4.4 million residents. This updated version improves functionality and provides an optimal viewing experience for mobile devices.

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City of Katy Resumes Testing of Alarm Systems

Katy Texas News
Posted July 31st 2015

Katy, TX News (July 31, 2015) – Beginning today at 12 p.m. the City of Katy will resume testing the three remaining outdoor sirens on the last Friday of each month. The warning sirens will be tested with a loud, short burst for about 30 seconds. In the event a tornado is spotted, the siren will be activated for a long continuous blast. Residents and business owners should have a plan to seek shelter, preferably in an interior room without windows and “hunker down” until the weather has cleared to a point they feel safe to come out. The City does not have an “all clear” signal and the sirens will not be tested on a Friday if the weather is bad. It is recommended that citizens utilize a weather radio or monitor local weather stations during this time. 

 

Renovation to Katy ISD Junior High Projected for Fall 2015

Katy Texas News
Posted July 28th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 28, 2015) – Plans of comprehensive renovations are set to begin at Memorial Parkway junior high in fall 2015. The project, with an estimated budget at $23.5 million dollars, will provided comprehensive reconfiguration of the campus and will add classrooms, upgrade and replace mechanical, electrical, and plumbing components, and more.KL Learning MPJH Reno Photo

Modifications and upgrades to the 148,627 sq. ft. campus are expected to finish in August 2017 and will be the largest project funded by the 2014 Katy ISD bond measure. For updates on projects funded by the Katy ISD 2014 bond, visit katyisd.org.

District Rep Mike Schofield Will Seek Reelection

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2015) – Mike Schofield, Republican State Representative from House District 132 , announced his intention to seek reelection. First elected in 2014 with 66% of the vote, Mike’s hard work in the 84th Legislative Session earned him “Freshman of the Year” honors from his colleagues in the House as well as being named a “Courageous Conservative” by the Texas Conservative Coalition.

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New Katy City Hall Makes Progress

Katy Texas News
Posted July 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 20, 2015) – The City of Katy has released the latest rendering of the new City Hall building that will be built adjacent to the current facility on 910 Avenue C. in historic downtown Katy. The building, which will encompass 33,000 sq. ft. and stand three stories high, is expected to open in spring 2016. According to Mayor Fabol Hughes, the best part is what this will mean for Katy residents. “When it’s finished, it’s paid for without a tax increase or bonding. It will totally belong to the citizens of Katy unencumbered,” he says.

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For more up-to-date information on the City Hall project and other news, follow the City of Katy on Facebook or visit cityofkaty.com.

 

Katy ISD Trustee Earns TASB Master Trustee Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted July 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 15, 2015) – Katy ISD Trustee Henry Dibrell has earned the designation of Master Trustee upon completion of Leadership TASB, a program sponsored by the Texas Association of School Boards (TASB).

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Teacher Selected as Regional Finalist

Katy Texas News
Posted July 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 12, 2015) – Katy ISD’s 2015 District-wide Elementary Teacher of the Year, Christina Dismuke, was selected as a region IV Teacher of the Year finalist this week out of 94 nominees from 47 area school districts.

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Cane Island Names New Lifestyle Coordinator

Katy Texas News
Posted July 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (July 7, 2015) –  The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has named Olivia Montagna as Lifestyle Coordinator where she will plan resident-only activities including movie nights, wine and cheese events, fun runs, walks and holiday festivals.

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Katy ISD Students Accept Over 21 Million in Scholarships

Katy Texas News
Posted June 30th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 30, 2015) – A total of 696 students from the Katy ISD graduating Class of 2015 received more than $21,023,000 in academic and/or athletic scholarships.

The total amount of academic scholarships earned is $17,117,850 and athletic scholarships totaled $3,957,489.

Total scholarships accepted per campus are as follows:?

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Cinco Ranch HS $4,066,372 $830,332 $4,896,704
Katy HS $1,966,436 $852,619 $2,878,855
Mayde Creek HS $1,912,439 $122,458 $2,034,897
Morton Ranch HS $3,952,073 $887,480 $4,727,790
Seven Lakes HS $2,486,270 $641,720 $3,127,990
Taylor HS $2,732,260 $622,880 $3,355,140
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Katy Fitness Facility to Begin Expansion Project

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 29, 2015) – Crews will begin construction on the west parking lot at the Katy Family YMCA on June 30, 2015. The project is expected take no longer than two weeks, and will add 25 new parking spaces for members. Once completed, the crew will build a sidewalk to connect the Y property with the sports fields on Westheimer Parkway. In addition, a misting station has been added to Camp Cinco for day campers.

Katy, TX News – Camp Bow Wow Chosen as Franchisee of the Month

Katy Texas News
Posted June 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (June 22, 2015) – The Featured Franchisees of the Month are José and Joan Morillo, owners of Camp Bow Wow Katy, TX, which is opening in late summer!

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Katy, TX News – Cane Island’s First Fully Furnished Model Home

Katy Texas News
Posted June 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 19, 2015) – Cane Island’s first model home where homebuyers can tour a fully-furnished, exquisitely decorated home befitting Katy’s newest master-planned community.

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Katy, TX News – New Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach Named

Katy Texas News
Posted June 17th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 17, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School would like to welcome their newest addition to the Spartan family — Kaitlyn Eidson, the new Varsity Girls’ Soccer Coach.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Prepares for Potential Inclement Weather

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 15, 2015) – The National Weather Service (NWS) is anticipating heavy rain and a possible tropical storm early this evening. In response, Katy ISD has elevated its readiness level to Readiness Level 3.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Convenient Care Center Now Open in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 15, 2015) – Memorial Hermann’s newest Convenient Care Center is now open in south Katy. The first visitors included community leaders, Memorial Hermann Health System leadership and Katy residents who attended a ceremonial ribbon cutting at the facility located on the corner of the Grand Parkway and Westpark Toll Road.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Campuses Receive No Place for Hate® Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted June 12th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 12, 2015) – Eight Katy ISD campuses recently received the No Place for Hate® designation for 2014 to 2015 through the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) of Houston.

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Katy, TX News – Ashleigh Wostarek Signs National Letter-of-Intent with Concordia Tornados

Katy Texas News
Posted June 10th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 10, 2015) – Concordia University (Austin, TX) Head Volleyball Coach Nicole McCoy announced the signing of Faith West Academy’s Ashleigh Wostarek to the American Southwest Conference Tornados.

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Katy, TX News – Dine-In Movie Theater Coming to Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted June 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 8, 2015) – Star Cinema Grill, which is building its flagship location at the Baybrook Mall, will build another location in the Katy area, Houston-based commercial real estate firm Wulfe & Co. announced May 28.

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Katy, TX News – Enhanced Convenience and Treatment for Patients at Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute with Brand New Gamma Knife

Katy Texas News
Posted June 05th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 5, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center (MNI) has recently renovated and expanded its Gamma Knife facility, offering patients enhanced accommodations and technologies including a brand new, advanced Gamma Knife.

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Katy, TX News – TxDOT Prepared for Hurricane Season

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2015

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2015) – The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has made preparations for the upcoming hurricane season, which begins June 1 and continues through November 30, and encourages everyone to have an emergency kit and make a plan.

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Katy, TX News – Vehicle Registration Renewals Are Even More Convenient

Katy Texas News
Posted June 03rd 2015

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2015) – Patsy Schultz, Fort Bend County Tax Assessor Collector, would like to inform the public that places to renew their vehicle registration stickers has expanded.

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Katy, TX News – 2015 Varsity Football Season Tickets

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2015

Katy, TX News (June 1, 2015) – There are now options for new purchases when it comes to buying Varsity Football season tickets for the 2015 school year.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann President & CEO Named to Texas Business Hall of Fame

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Health System President & CEO Dan Wolterman will be inducted into the Texas Business Hall of Fame. Wolterman joins five other Texas businessmen in the Hall of Fame’s Class of 2015 and is the only healthcare professional in this year’s class.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD’s Groundbreaking of Elementary School Number 38 Rescheduled

Katy Texas News
Posted May 27th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 27, 2015) – Due to the rain, we are rescheduling the May 26 groundbreaking ceremony for Elementary School No. 38 for Tuesday, June 9 at 10 a.m.

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Katy, TX News – Faith West Academy’s Class of 2015 Valedictorians Announced

Katy Texas News
Posted May 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 26, 2015) – For the second time in Faith West Academy’s thirty-three year history, the honor of valedictorian is being awarded to two graduating seniors, as both have been named co-valedictorians for Faith West Academy’s Class of 2015. Ashley Coalson and Emma Estephan shared a four-year GPA of 4.73.

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Katy, TX News – Rate Changes Coming for Katy Tollway

Katy Texas News
Posted May 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (May 22, 2015) – Major changes are coming to the Katy Tollway.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes High School Named to Superintendent’s ABCD Club

Katy Texas News
Posted May 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 20, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School was named to the Superintendent’s ABCD Club today for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by providing enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community.

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Katy, TX News – Rhoads Elementary Teacher Selected for Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 18th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 18, 2015) – Rhoads Elementary teacher Morgan Dear was recently selected as one of only 155 teachers across the country to attend the 2015 Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy.

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Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Community Information Sessions

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 15, 2015) – Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.

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Katy, TX News – Diversified Economy Will Help Katy Weather the Oil Slump

Katy Texas News
Posted May 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 13, 2015) – The Katy Area Economic Development Council today announced that Katy is well positioned due to strong economic diversification to thrive as the oil industry continues to contract.

“Katy has kept pace with the greater Houston metro in terms of economic diversification,” said Lance LaCour, president/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council.  “Between 2013 and 2014, the Katy area added nearly 5,000 new jobs in the engineering, accounting and research industries.  Couple this with strong growth (over 3,000 new jobs) in the services industry over the same time period as well as attractive, new class A office space coming online this year for prospective employers and the overall outlook is far from bleak.”

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Katy, TX News – Triathlon Training Tips

Katy Texas News
Posted May 11th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 11, 2015) – Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute biomechanist provides triathlon training advice. Triathlons are events of varying distances that involve swimming, cycling and running in successive fashion. There are a wide variety of triathlon distances and events athletes can begin preparing for any time of year.

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Katy, TX News – Local Student Wins Congressional Art Competition

Katy Texas News
Posted May 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (May 8, 2015) – A high school student from James E. Taylor took top honors in this year’s Congressional Art Competition hosted by Congressman John Culberson (TX-07).

“This is one of my favorite events,” said Congressman Culberson during a reception held for the finalists at his Houston office. “I’ve been hosting this event for 13 years, and this is one of the closest competitions we have ever had. The level of talent in our area is truly impressive.”

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Katy, TX News – Firethorne Supports Children’s Cancer Charities through Katy Sunshine Fest

Katy Texas News
Posted May 05th 2015

 

Katy, TX News (May 5, 2015) – Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate Gary Greene, (BHGRE) pulled out all the stops on its “Let’s Go To The Hop” Katy Sunshine Fest to raise funds for two children’s cancer charities, The Sunshine Kids and Triumph Over Kids Cancer. With the support of such longtime sponsors as Firethorne, ticket sales and matching funds by University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the annual fundraiser brought in $45,000 to help bring hope and joy to children undergoing cancer treatment, as well as to fund research specific to pediatric cancer.

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Katy, TX News – CSI Forensics Event at Katy ISD STEAM Center a Smash Hit

Katy Texas News
Posted April 29th 2015

Katy, TX News – Thanks to a partnership with the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office, Katy ISD students gained real-world experience to careers in the field of forensics and crime scene investigation this week during Katy ISD’s first-ever Forensics CSI Day at the Robert R. Shaw STEAM Center.

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Students were able to tour FBCSO’s mobile investigation unit, speak directly with CSU investigators, and utilize skills such as finger printing and blood splatter analysis to solve a crime scene created by the Katy ISD forensic science teachers and instructional specialist Mariam Manuel.

 

Katy, TX News – 1,400 Applicants Attend Katy ISD Teacher Job Fair

Katy Texas News
Posted April 29th 2015

Katy, TX News – More than 1,400 certified teachers gathered at the Leonard E. Merrell Center for the Katy ISD Teaching Job Fair on April 25, hoping to acquire a new job at one of the fastest growing districts in the nation.

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Katy, TX News – Cowboy Chicken Restaurant Coming to Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2015

Katy, TX News – Cowboy Chicken, the popular thirteen-unit, Dallas-based fast casual wood fire rotisserie chicken brand, has done it again! Cowboy Chicken is thrilled to announce their newest franchise partner, Fisher Rothchild, LLC. The 15-store development agreement is the largest agreement signed to date, and will expand the concept to Houston, TX.Cowboy Chicken is excited to welcome Joe Rothchild and his operations partner, Barry Fisher to the family.

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Katy, TX News – Volunteers Make a Difference at Memorial Hermann

Katy Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (April 23, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently celebrated its volunteers during National Volunteer Week.  Established in 1974 by President Richard Nixon, National Volunteer Week was created to recognize and celebrate the efforts of volunteers. Since then, the original emphasis on celebration has widened. The week has become a nationwide effort to urge people to make a difference by getting out and volunteering in their communities.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Student Hit in the Head by Stray Bullet

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2015

Katy, TX News (April 22, 2015) – Courtesy of KHOU – For Kim Karns, a junior at Cinco Ranch, her cell phone is her lifeline. “I was on Twitter or texting someone,” said Karns.

She was sitting by the pool with her family on Sunday. Her head was down, fingers typing away on a text that likely saved her life.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Residents Can Attend Buying & Selling Seminar

Katy Texas News
Posted April 21st 2015

Katy, TX News (April 21, 2015) – Veronica Mullenix Real Estate Group will host Katy Homebuyer and Seller Seminars, a free community service initiative to educate and inform future and current Katy, Texas residents about the ever-changing regulations and protocols surrounding the home buying and selling process. One of the quarterly seminars will be held on Saturday May 2 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Salt and Pepper Restaurant and Catering located on Ave. D and First St. in historic Katy.

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Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Surgeon-in-Chief Speaks at Texas Surgical Society

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2015) – On Saturday, April 11, Dr. Charles D. Fraser, Jr., surgeon-in-chief at Texas Children’s Hospital and professor of surgery and pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine, presented at the Texas Surgical Society meeting in Galveston. Fraser, who is the son-in-law of Dr. Denton A. Cooley, spoke on the 60-year experience (1954-2014) in pediatric heart surgery and the roles played by Cooley and himself.

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Photo by: Phil Steffek, Texas Children’s Hospital

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Katy, TX News – Morton Ranch Junior High Teacher and Student Selected for JASON

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 20, 2015) – Morton Ranch Junior High Science Teacher Kim Thompson, and eighth-grade student Patrick Schumacher were selected this week as two of only 28 individuals nationwide to participate in the JASON National Argonaut Adventure.

As JASON Argonauts, Thompson and Schumacher will embark on a seven-day journey to Cape Eleuthera Island in the Bahamas this summer to experience hands-on research with scientists working on a range of marine science projects.

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Katy, TX News – Redesigned SAT Affects Katy ISD Students

Katy Texas News
Posted April 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 16, 2015) -Dear Parents, Staff and Community Members,

Beginning March 2016, College Board will be administering a redesigned SAT, which was developed to support college readiness and success for students by focusing on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career success.

On Monday, April 20 a representative with College Board will be presenting a thorough overview of the redesigned SAT during the Katy ISD Board of Trustees Work Study meeting at 6:30 p.m. at the Education Support Complex.  Parents and students are encouraged to attend to learn more about these changes and how it will impact students.

The first administration of the redesigned SAT will be March 2016; however, the first administration of the redesigned PSAT will be in October 2015.

Click here to view the Frequently Asked Questions regarding the redesigned SAT.  For additional information on the changes to the SAT, to view sample questions, and sign up for updates, parents and students are encouraged to visit the College Board website.

Information courtesy of Katy ISD Communications Department

Katy, TX News – Scholarships Awarded to Seven Lakes HS Seniors

Katy Texas News
Posted April 16th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 16, 2015) – Seven Lakes High School seniors Brianna Aheimer and Oluwatofe Alimi are the recipients of a $2,500 Achievement Scholarship through the National Achievement Scholarship Program. Aheimer and Alimi are among only 800 seniors nationwide to receive this scholarship.

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Katy, TX News – Commercial Development Projects Near Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 14, 2015) – Information and photos courtesy of the City of Katy  – The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall. Center plans include a two-mile boardwalk that will surround the mall’s 80-acre retention pond.

Aerial map of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District.Aerial map of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District. Photo: City Of Katy

Note: This is only a rendering of the proposed Katy Boardwalk District. Photo courtesy of the City of Katy

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Takes Top Honors in Digital Education

Katy Texas News
Posted April 14th 2015

Katy, TX (April 14, 2015) – The Katy Independent School District was recently ranked second among large school districts in the Center for Digital Education’s and National School Boards Association’s 10th anniversary Digital School Districts Survey. This the second year in a row that Katy has been named one of the top ten digital school districts in the nation.

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Katy, TX News – Jewelry Store Robbed at Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2015

Katy, TX News – It was a scary morning at Katy Mills Mall where smash-and-grab robbers hit a jewelry store.

A witness said the suspects cased the Jared Vault store around 11 a.m., and returned later with two hammers and a gun. They stormed in and one smashed high-end jewelry cases while the other held an employee at gunpoint. Another employee hid in the bathroom and called police.
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Katy, TX News – Fort Bend County Public Meetings on Polling Locations

Katy Texas News
Posted April 10th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 10, 2015) – In order to provide additional information and to solicit comments from the public on a proposed plan to implement a county-wide polling place program, Katy residents within Fort Bend County limits can attend an informational meeting at 7 p.m. on April 23 at Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Court, 22333 Grand Corner Dr., Katy, TX 77494. If implemented, a voter in Fort Bend County on Election Day would no longer be required to vote in his or her home precinct polling location, but could vote at any polling place within the county.

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s Hospital Seeks Progress for Cleft Palate Care

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 9, 2015 ) – Representatives from Texas Children’s Hospital joined an international group of medical professionals, patients and parents to determine a standard set of outcome measures for children born with cleft lip and palate. This work is the first of its kind in pediatrics on an international stage and these guidelines will help all institutions develop a standard treatment of care for this population of patients and will be available for implementation this spring.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Passes Resolution for Changes in STAAR Testing

Katy Texas News
Posted April 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 8, 2015) – The Katy ISD School Board recently passed a resolution calling for the elimination of state high-stakes testing beyond federal mandates, which includes those assessments that are required for graduation, also known as STAAR.  This message is really resonating with members in our community and many at the national level! We do not know of any teacher, parent or educator who believes the STAAR test to be a true test of a child’s ability or the STAAR test to be the right Accountability and Assessment system. There has been no measurable improvement in college readiness.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes Junior High Celebrates Cultural Diversity

Katy Texas News
Posted April 08th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 8, 2015) – Seven Lakes Junior High held a world premiere of a special video titled “Celebrating Diversity” at a recent PTA meeting. Seven Lakes Junior High students speak over 34 languages and their families come from countries all of the world.
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Katy, TX – Retail and Entertainment Park to Open Near Katy Mills Mall

Katy Texas News
Posted April 07th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 7, 2015) – Courtesy of the Katy Area Economic Development Council – The Katy Development Authority continues to pursue its goal of launching a convention center/hotel development next to Katy Mills Mall. Center plans include a boardwalk that will surround the mall’s 80-acre retention pond. “We hope it will be a nice attraction to the area in addition to the mall,” said former Katy mayor Skip Conner, chairman of the Katy Development Authority.

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KATY, TX News – Search Continues for Missing Youth, Kyle Rugg

Katy Texas News
Posted April 07th 2015

Katy, TX News (April 7, 2015) – Courtesy of KHOU – Volunteer searchers tackled the monumental task of searching the shores of Lake Livingston on Monday in connection with the one-month-old search for a missing 20-year-old from Katy.

Kyle Rugg vanished after a trip to Lake Livingston March 4th and has not been seen since.

A friend says Rugg left the lake with two other friends that only Rugg seemed to know. Missing persons flyers posted at various spots around the lake identify those two “friends” only as young Hispanic males driving a tan/yellowish two-door car. At the time Rugg was wearing a black tank top, black hoodie and jeans.

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Katy, TX News – Area Businesses Team Up to Host Pool Safety Event

Katy Texas News
Posted April 02nd 2015

Katy, TX News (April 2, 2015) – KATY Aquatics and Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital will bring “April Pools Day” to families at Katy Mills on Wednesday, April 1. The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. in the AMC Plaza near Entry 8, will feature water safety demonstrations, information booths, games, story time, giveaways and Simon Kidgits Club® activities plus a special appearance by Mayor Fabol Hughes and guest speaker Elizabeth Nuño who nearly lost her daughter last summer in a drowning accident.

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Katy, TX News – Literature Students Excel at Houston Christian High School

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 27, 2015) – Houston Christian High School students have recently participated in several reading and writing competitions with outstanding results. We are proud to announce high honors achieved in the literary arena  through the Library of Congress Letters About Literature competition and WordWright.

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Katy, TX News – Cane Island to Open First On-Site Sales Office

Katy Texas News
Posted March 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 26, 2015) –  Cane Island’s first on-site builder sales offices will open this weekend, March 28-29, and remain open daily where buyers can review floor plans, elevations and pricing for both traditional family homes and luxury patio homes in the master-planned community’s first phase. Four of Cane Island’s first seven neighborhoods will be gated.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Teen Rewarded for Simple Act of Kindness

Katy Texas News
Posted March 23rd 2015

Katy, TX News (March 23, 2015) – At Freddy’s in Katy, Texas, people come for the burgers and fries but stay for the frozen custard. Travis Sattler is always ready to serve. On Wednesday, he took the order of a very special little boy.

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Katy, TX News – Salata Relocates Headquarters to West Houston

Katy Texas News
Posted March 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 19, 2015) –  Houston-based custom salad restaurant Salata is relocating from downtown Houston to a 26,000-square-foot facility in West Houston. The new facility, which sits on two acres at 16720 Park Row, began in January and is expected to be completed this summer.

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Katy, TX News – Memorial Hermann Encourages Healthy Snacking Habits

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 13, 2015) – According to recent statistics, Texas has the 15th highest adult obesity rate in the country. When it comes to childhood obesity, the state isn’t faring much better. Obesity can lead to diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and even contribute to some forms of cancer.

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Katy, TX News – Student Robotics Team to Compete in World Championships

Katy Texas News
Posted March 13th 2015

Katy, TX News (March 13, 2015) – Cinco Ranch High School’s robotics Team 624 (CRyptonite) punched their ticket to the FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) World Championship by winning the 2015 Dallas FRC Regional Tournament. The tournament marked the first week of the seven-week world-wide FRC qualifying tournament season, which culminates in the World Championship at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Certified Teacher Fair

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2015

Katy, TX  News – On April 25, 2015, Katy ISD will host a massive job fair for certified teachers to fill open positions in all grade levels throughout the rapidly growing district.

The fair will be held at the Leonard E. Merrell Center (6301 S. Stadium Lane, Katy, TX 77494) from 8 to 11 am for junior high and high school positions, and 1 to 4 pm for elementary positions. Applicants must bring a copy of their certification and/or TEA/SBEC content exam scores in order to be admitted, and the fair will be open to current Katy ISD teachers who meet transfer eligibility requirements.

All Katy ISD campuses will be represented at the fair, so applicants should bring enough resumes to share with representatives from 35 elementary schools, 13 junior high schools, and eight high schools.

Visit katyisd.org for more information and directions.

 

Katy, TX News – YMCA Purchases Land for Second Katy Location

Katy Texas News
Posted February 24th 2015

Katy, TX News (February 20, 2015) – The YMCA of Greater Houston is proud to announce the purchase of a prime site that will serve as its second location in the Katy community. Located in the Katy Main Street development, the 6.58 acre property sits west of Pin Oak Road and I-10, on Main Street near Kingsland.

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Katy, TX News – Bridgeland Hosts Grand Opening Event for Hidden Creek

Katy Texas News
Posted February 20th 2015

Katy, TX News (February 20, 2015) – Bridgeland is unveiling its newest community, Hidden Creek, and launching new homesites in its Traditional Neighborhood Design development (TND), Lakeland Heights®, with a grand opening event that offers participants a chance at winning $2,500. From Feb. 23 until March 8, the general public is invited to tour model homes located in the community. Upon completion of visiting all 11 homes, participants will be given a scratch-off ticket valued anywhere from $10 to $100. One lucky winner, selected at random, will walk away with the grand prize of $2,500. Additionally, homebuyers that sign a contract during the grand opening will receive a $1,000 gift card after closing.

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Katy TX News – Build-Out of Cane Island’s Lake System Now in Full Swing

Katy Texas News
Posted February 19th 2015

Katy, TX News (February 18, 2015) – With the opening of on-site builder sales offices in Cane Island just weeks away, work crews and a team of field biologists have started the build-out of the community’s catch-and-release fishing lakes, fountains and geysers as the first phase of development as the Katy master-planned community continues.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Names New Leadership Team

Katy Texas News
Posted February 09th 2015

Katy, TX News – (February 9, 2015) – Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus is proud to announce Chanda Cashen Chacón as president, Dr. Jeanine Graf as chief medical officer and Dr. Allen Milewicz as chief surgical officer of the hospital. For more information about Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, visit texaschildrens.org/westcampus.

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed exclusively for children, was created to respond to the growing need for expert pediatric health care in West Houston, one of the city’s most rapidly expanding communities. The hospital offers expert care in a location that is convenient and accessible for area families.

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Katy TX News – New FDA Study on Miralax and Children

Katy Texas News
Posted February 03rd 2015

Katy, TX News (February 3, 2015) – Dr. Eric Chiou, pediatric gastroentrologist at Texas Children’s Hospital, examines the safety of a commonly-used ingredient in medication recommended for constipated children:

“Recently, there have been several media reports on a new study sponsored by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) looking at the main ingredient found in Miralax, an over-the-counter medication for constipation commonly recommended by pediatricians and pediatric gastroenterologists for use in children.

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Katy, TX News – Seven Lakes Junior High Principal Reinstated

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 28, 2015) – After being placed on leave, possibly for linking to a Christian website in the Seven Lakes Junior High e-newlsetter, Principal Imelda Medrano has returned to her job. Katy ISD officials were not able to say exactly why the principal was suspended, but stated that Medrano had not been accused of any criminal activity nor any conduct that would risk the safety of the students.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Students Perform in London

Katy Texas News
Posted January 26th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 26, 2015) – Brittany Bowles, Elena Irvine, and Amanda Stoner from St John XXIII College Preparatory in Katy, Texas are three of more than 500 high school cheerleaders and dancers from across the U.S. who performed in the world famous London New Year’s Day Parade, now in its 26th year.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Veteran Wins Texas VFW Election

Katy Texas News
Posted January 21st 2015

Katy, TX News (January 21,2015) –  The election for the State of Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars Junior Vice Commander was recently held at the Texas State Convention in Dallas, and Colonel Peyton Lumpkin won by a resounding margin. There were approximately 48,000 delegate votes cast, and Lumpkin received over 70% of the votes. This win places him on track to assume Command of  the Texas VFW in 2016 at the annual VFW Convention in Dallas.  In this capacity, he will be serving approximately 78,000 combat veterans in the Texas Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Katy, TX News – Hospital Appoints New Chief Nursing Officer

Katy Texas News
Posted January 09th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 9, 2015) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital has selected a new leader for its executive team with Linda Stephens, RN, MBA, BSN being named Chief Nursing Officer (CNO).

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD to Survey Parents for Transportation Feedback, Options

Katy Texas News
Posted January 07th 2015

Katy, TX News (January 7, 2015) – With ongoing community growth and development spurring a nearly 3,000-student annual increase in enrollment, Katy ISD’s student transportation system is facing mounting pressure. To address this growing problem, district leaders are searching for a more sustainable solution and need the community’s help to identify the best path forward.

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Katy, TX News – Sun Devils Football Program Excels at National Level

Katy Texas News
Posted December 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (December 29, 2014) – A few members of the Katy Sun Devils sixth-grade football team were recently won the Houston Football University national championship in Naples, Florida. The Katy Sun Devils are ranked #1 in the nation for sixth-grade by National Sports Report (NSR) and they will be competing in the NSR National Tournament to defend their ranking.

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Katy, TX News – Tree Planting in New Master-Planned Community

Katy Texas News
Posted December 17th 2014

Katy, TX News (December 16, 2014) – A two-year effort to strategically plant close to 2,000 trees and transplant a collection of treasured live oaks is now well underway in Cane Island.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Area Named Top Location for Headquarters Operations

Katy Texas News
Posted December 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (December 10, 2014)  – Written by Lance LaCour – President & CEO – Katy Area EDC 

Compared to five other west Houston office sub-markets, the Katy Area came out on top for location of headquarters operations, which was recently presented by Katy Area EDC CEO Lance LaCour at a recent meeting.  The analysis ranked the Katy area as the top sub-market for a 200 person headquarter operation seeking to lease  a 45,000 sq. ft. building,  and compared demographic, economic, real estate, and operational factors. The other sub-markets compared included The Woodlands, East Fort Bend /Sugar Land, Westchase, San Felipe/Voss, and Katy Freeway East. Chief among Katy’s location advantages were population growth rates, educational attainment, workforce participation, quality of life, office space under construction, and lowest overall operational cost for headquarters companies.

According to CoStar, the Katy area, which includes a portion of the Energy Corridor, has over 17 million in sq. ft. of office space with over 2.4  million sq. ft. under construction. Some of the new office buildings under construction in the Katy Area include West Memorial II (325,000 sq. ft.), Mason Creek Office Center II (129,000 sq.ft.), La Centerra Phase III (35,000 sq. ft.), and Katy Ranch Crossing (156,000 sq. ft.).

The study was commissioned by Katy Area EDC and conducted by DCG Corplan Consulting LLC, a site selection consulting firm based out of West Orange, New Jersey.

“Energy service office employers are our main target for business attraction. We have over 41,000 people employed in the energy cluster within a 30 minute drive time from Mason Road and I-10 (the center of the Katy area) and about 1,400 energy firms in that area,” says LaCour. The Office Market Comparison Analysis is part of a long term marketing plan called ‘HQ-Katy’ which involves marketing the Katy area to office developers and office employers.“We are pleased with the results of the analysis and will be using this information to competitively position Katy for recruitment of office headquarters and office related firms to the Katy Area,” noted LaCour.

Katy Area EDC recently won the Texas Economic Development Award primarily for the GEICO Insurance Claims Center, an office employer project that is bringing 1,000 jobs to the Katy area. Other office projects recently announced that are located in the Katy Area include Sasol (175,000 SF), Percheron (40,000 SF) DNV-GL (45,000 SF) and the expansion of Academy Sports and Outdoors (200,000 SF).

 

Katy, TX News – Texas Children’s to Build Special Isolation Unit

Katy Texas News
Posted December 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (December 5, 2014) –  As part of the hospital’s long-term vision to care for children with the most serious and complex medical conditions, Texas Children’s Hospital announces its plan to build an eight-bed special isolation unit at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. This unit will be specifically for children with highly contagious infectious diseases, such as pandemic influenza, enterovirus D68, Ebola, and many others. Additionally, Texas Children’s has been designated by the State of Texas as a pediatric Ebola treatment center following a recent visit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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Katy, TX News – Residents Beware of Ticket Scam

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Posted December 01st 2014

Katy, TX News (December 1, 2014) – The Katy Police Department and the Fort Bend County Sherriff’s Office are issuing a scam alert concerning people posing as law enforcement officers or IRS agents in the Katy area. Numerous calls have been made to City of Katy residents where the caller is impersonating a law enforcement officer or an IRS agent, and informs the victim that they must pay a fine or risk being arrested for “red light” camera violations or back taxes. The victims are told to buy a pre-paid gift card to pay for the fines.

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Katy, TX News – Promise to Read Program Benefits Katy ISD Students

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Posted November 24th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 24, 2014) – Community members, businesses and organizations across Katy came together over the past two weeks to bring the love of reading into nearly 500 Katy ISD classrooms. The annual reading program is part of a 17-year-old tradition lead by the Katy ISD Partners in Education department that brings the community into the classroom. Through Promise to Read, the program provides the business community a unique opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the world of children’s literature by spending 30 minutes reading to a classroom full of excited elementary students. The program currently runs for two weeks at 13 elementary campuses each year in November.

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Katy, TX News – Seasonal Fire Safety Message

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Posted November 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 10, 2014) – Harris County Emergency Service District #48 and the West I-10 Fire Department would like to remind homeowners it is time to prepare their homes for the holiday season and cold weather. Preparation now can reduce your chance of the West I-10 Fire Department responding to your residence for a fire, electrical emergencies, or carbon monoxide issue.

Last season (November 1 – March 1) the fire department responded to several residential fires involving alternate heating source fires (fireplace and chimneys) electrical fires involving holiday decorations.

Please follow the fire safety tips from the United States Fire Administration listed below:

Keep Fireplaces and Wood Stoves Clean

  • Have your chimney or wood stove inspected and cleaned annually by a certified chimney specialist.
  • Clear the area around the hearth of debris, decorations and flammable materials; clear the area around and near the flue in the attic for accumulated leaves and pine needles.
  • Always use a metal mesh screen with fireplaces. Leave glass doors open while burning a fire.
  • Install stovepipe thermometers to help monitor flue temperatures.
  • Keep air inlets on wood stoves open, and never restrict air supply to fireplaces, otherwise you may cause creosote buildup that could lead to a chimney fire.
  • Use fire-resistant materials on walls around wood stoves.

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Katy, TX News – New Convenient Care Center Coming to South Katy

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Posted November 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 5, 2014) – Memorial Hermman hosted a ceremonial groundbreaking of the new Convenient Care Center in South Katy this week. Executive officers from various branches posed for a photo to celebrate the construction of the new facility.

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Bond Referendum Approved

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Posted November 05th 2014

Katy, TX News (November 5, 2014) – Katy ISD community voters approved the $748 million dollar School Bond Referendum that will provide new schools and student activity facilities, address growth trends, and improve existing campuses.

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Katy, TX News – Second Helping

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Posted October 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (October 13, 2014) – On Saturday, October 11, hundreds of volunteers mobilized to collect items at Houston-area grocery stores in support of local food banks, homeless shelters and returning military families.

This was Second Baptist Church’s sixth annual Second Helping food drive. Volunteers gathered at entrances of the area supermarkets to distribute lists of needed items. As shoppers exited the store, volunteers collected and consolidated their donations.

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