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Katy ISD Education Foundation Among Finalists for Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award

Katy Texas News
Posted October 07th 2016

Katy, TX (October 7, 2016) – The Katy ISD Education Foundation, a southwest region finalist for 2017 Chick-fil-A True Inspiration awards, invites the entire Katy/West Houston community to rally in support of its campaign. One of four non-profit organizations competing for the prize, the Foundation could potentially gain up to $75,000 for its Inspiring Imagination teacher grant program.  The winning organization will be determined in part by number of votes received. Voting ends at midnight, Monday, October 17. (more…)

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

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Posted September 30th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2016

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

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24th Annual Katy Triathlon at Firethorne is This Weekend

Katy Texas News
Posted September 29th 2016

Katy, TX (September 28, 2016)

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

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

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

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

Hosts:  Rotary Club of Katy and City of Katy

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

Temp:  65 degrees at the starting time

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Katy ISD Board Member Reelected to State Association Board

Katy Texas News
Posted September 28th 2016

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

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

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

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

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Sod Webworms Taking Over Lawns

Katy Texas News
Posted September 22nd 2016

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

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

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

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Katy Family YMCA to be Renamed in Honor of Katy Philanthropist

Katy Texas News
Posted September 13th 2016

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

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

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Posted September 08th 2016

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

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

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Posted September 07th 2016

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

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HCESD 48 Introduces New Fire Safety Program

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Posted September 07th 2016

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

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

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Memorial Hermann is Celebrating 35 Years of Caring in Katy

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Posted September 02nd 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 31st 2016

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

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Staying Safe This Labor Day Weekend

Katy Texas News
Posted August 31st 2016

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

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

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Posted August 30th 2016

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

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Lamar Consolidated Begins Construction on Lindsey Elementary in Firethorne

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Posted August 30th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted August 29th 2016

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

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West Nile Virus Case

Katy Texas News
Posted August 24th 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Courtesy of The City of Katy
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Mini Cheer Camp Hosted by the Texans Cheerleaders

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Posted August 17th 2016

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

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Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus Receives Donation From Katy-West Houston Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Group

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Posted August 04th 2016

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

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

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Posted August 04th 2016

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

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

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40 Years of Life Flight, 40 Days of Thanks

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2016

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

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The Katy Area Mourns the Loss of Three

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Posted August 01st 2016

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

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

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

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

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Katy ISD Statement Regarding Teacher’s Arrest

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2016

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

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

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

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Ground Breaking Ceremony for Callegari Park

Katy Texas News
Posted July 29th 2016

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

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

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Posted July 28th 2016

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

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Simon Youth Academy at Katy Mills Under Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted July 27th 2016

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

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

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Posted July 21st 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 15th 2016

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

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British International School of Houston Collaborates with MIT

Katy Texas News
Posted July 14th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 14th 2016

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

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

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First Harris County Zika Virus Case Diagnosed

Katy Texas News
Posted July 14th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 11th 2016

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

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

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

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Posted July 11th 2016

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

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Local Cardiologist Sets Fundraising Goal for Katy ISD Education Foundation

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Posted July 07th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2016

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

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Katy Fire-EMS Vehicles Now Carrying Blood Products

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Posted June 30th 2016

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

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Grand Parkway Project Receives Prestigious Award

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Posted June 29th 2016

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

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Physicians Encourage Safety While Celebrating Independence Day

Katy Texas News
Posted June 29th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 28th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 27th 2016

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

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US-290 Weekend Travel Alert

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2016

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

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Quick Action by an Attentive Neighbor Saves the Day

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 24th 2016

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

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Fort Bend County Working to Manage Mosquitoes After Flooding

Katy Texas News
Posted June 22nd 2016

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

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Katy ISD Education Foundation Announces Teacher Grant Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2016

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

 2016-2017 Katy ISD Ed Foundation Grant Recipients

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 14th 2016

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

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Donations Drives and Shelters for Flood Victims

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2016

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

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

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Brazos River Levels Surpass Record Levels

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2016

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

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

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UH System Regents Approve Development of New Campus in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 20th 2016

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

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Texas Children’s Unveils the Lewis Jewelers Dialysis Unit

Katy Texas News
Posted May 19th 2016

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

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

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Memorial Hermann Recognized with National Awards for High Quality Stroke Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2016

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

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Flood Changes Location of Early Voting Polling Places

Katy Texas News
Posted May 17th 2016

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

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

Katy Texas News
Posted May 13th 2016

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

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HANAFI and Nubia Gala

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Memorial Hermann Building New Urgent Care in Fulshear

Katy Texas News
Posted May 12th 2016

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

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

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Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Expansion with New Time-Lapse Movie

Katy Texas News
Posted May 12th 2016

Katy, TX (May 12, 2016)

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

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

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

 

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Upcoming Traffic Switch on I-610 West Loop Northbound at US 290

Katy Texas News
Posted May 11th 2016

Katy, TX (May 11, 2016) A significant traffic change is coming to the I-610 West Loop/US 290 interchange.  The contractor is progressing with construction activities and crews are ready to begin work on the US 290 westbound mainlanes from I-610 to W. 34th.  This requires the US 290 exit off northbound I-610 West Loop be relocated from the left side of the freeway to the right side.  The exit will be temporarily placed on a portion of the ramp that will eventually connect I-10 to US 290. The switch is planned the weekend of  May 13 and involves placing barrier, pavement markers and signs.

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Westheimer Parkway and Clay Road Open to Traffic After Weeks Underwater

Katy Texas News
Posted May 10th 2016

Katy, TX (May 10, 2016) Today, Harris County and City of Houston officials announced the opening of Westheimer Parkway through Barker Reservoir (from FM 1093 to South Fry Road), and Clay Road through the Addicks Reservoir (from State Highway 6 to Brittmore Drive), providing some relief to heavy traffic conditions caused by those closures. The sections of those roadways that run through the stormwater detention reservoirs have been impassable due to high water for about three weeks, after torrential rainfall April 17-18 flooded west and northwest Harris County and filled the two reservoirs to record pool levels.

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International Baccalaureate Programme Scholarships Announced

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2016

Katy, TX (May 9, 2016) The British International School of Houston (BISH) is now accepting applications to award two rising Grade 11/Year 12 students a full-tuition scholarship to its International Baccalaureate (IB) Programme beginning in the 2016-17 academic year. Each scholarship, good for two years of study, is valued at more than $55,000.

The application deadline is May 26. For more details and to apply, visit the BISH website.

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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

 

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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

 

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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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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.

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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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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.

Courtesy of Cane Island
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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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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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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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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
Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Katy

 

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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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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.

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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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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/

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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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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…)

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Memorial Hermann Opens Third Mental Health Crisis Clinic

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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

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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

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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.

We would also like to assure you that the safety of your child is our top priority, and we are taking every precaution to keep them out of harm’s way. (more…)

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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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“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.

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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…)

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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…)

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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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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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Coventry Homes and Plantation Homes Sponsor Habitat for Humanity Home

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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…)

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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.

 

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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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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

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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.

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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.

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

 

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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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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

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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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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.

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Memorial Service for Katy Firefighter

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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. 

 

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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.

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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.

 

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Katy ISD Trustee Earns TASB Master Trustee Designation

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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

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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:?

Campus Academic Scholarships Athletic Scholarships Total
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
Raines HS $2,000 N/A $2,000

 

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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.

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

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

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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.

 

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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

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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

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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 – Redesigned SAT Affects Katy ISD Students

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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

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

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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.

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 – 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.

 

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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.

Bridgeland's Tree House Park

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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.

Cane Island FountainsA rendering depicts the fountains planned for the entry to Cane Island.

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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).

 

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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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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

Katy Texas News
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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Katy, TX News – Local Hospital Offers New Technology for Breast Cancer Treatment

Katy Texas News
Posted October 06th 2014

Katy, TX News (October 6, 2014) – At Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, questions about tissue removal, clean margins, and patient communication just got easier to answer thanks to the deployment of the MarginProbe® System, a new FDA-approved intraoperative tissue-assessment tool for breast cancer surgery.

During a lumpectomy, the cancerous breast tumor and a small amount of tissue surrounding the tumor are removed. The purpose of removing normal tissue surrounding the tumor is to ensure “clear margins” so that no cancer cells remain.

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Katy, TX News – Houston Methodist Breaks Ground in Cinco Ranch

Katy Texas News
Posted October 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (October 2, 2014) – Cinco Ranch and Fulshear residents will soon have access to Houston Methodist emergency care services in their community.

Houston Methodist West Hospital recently began construction on a new 9,600 sq. ft. emergency care center, scheduled to open in spring 2015 on the western side of Katy, located at FM 1093 and Cinco Rose Dr. The new facility will serve residents of the Cinco Ranch, Fulshear, Katy and north Fort Bend County communities.

The Houston Methodist Cinco Ranch Emergency Care Center will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and offer 10 private treatment rooms with onsite emergency care services, including the latest technology in diagnostic imaging and laboratory services.  Board-certified physicians specializing in emergency care from pediatric to geriatric patients will work alongside specially trained nursing and ancillary staff to provide care to patients of all ages who are ill or injured.

The hospital’s westward expansion will improve access to emergent care for Fulshear and neighboring communities while also offering the most sophisticated services and technology possible.  For conditions requiring hospital admission or further evaluation, patients will have direct, expedited admission to Houston Methodist West.

“The new emergency care center gives Houston Methodist a physical presence in the fast-growing communities west of our hospital,” said Houston Methodist West CEO Wayne Voss. “Most importantly, this is an exciting development because it will give local residents a first-class medical facility within minutes of their homes.”

To learn more about Houston Methodist West, please visit houstonmethodist.org/west or call 832.522.5522.

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