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Katy, TX News – Katy Area EDC Earns Community Economic Development Award

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Posted September 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 29, 2014) -The Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) recently honored Katy Area Economic Development with the top award for communities over 250,000 in population. The awards will be presented at a special luncheon to be held at the Omni Houston Hotel in Houston.

The Community Economic Development Awards program recognizes exceptional contributions of TEDC member areas toward the economic vitality of their communities and the state of Texas through creativity, leadership, and partnership in the achievement of business retention, business recruitment and community improvement.

In the largest population category, the Katy Area competed with Austin, San Antonio and Williamson County and came out on top, marshalling numerous recruitment and expansion projects which created over 3,000 jobs and $218 million in capital investment in office and industrial sectors.

 

 

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Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Offers Guides, Princesses, and Trails Program

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Posted September 15th 2014

Katy, TX News (September 15, 2014) – Registration is now open for the YMCA guides, princesses, and trails program at the Katy Family YMCA. The program is designed to foster companionship and understanding between father and child in a wholesome atmosphere that emphasizes both fun and adventure.

One of Hannah Holt’s favorite activities at the Katori Nation campouts is horseback riding. Pictured is Hannah with her dad Clint.

One of Hannah Holt’s favorite activities at the Katori Nation campouts is horseback riding. Pictured is Hannah with her dad Clint.

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Taste of Katy Tailgate Benefits Local Students

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Posted September 08th 2014

Katy, Texas News (September 8, 2014) – Large crowds attended the first Taste of Katy Tailgate on Aug. 20 in Old Town Katy where tailgaters had a chance to sample the fine food and drink of 17 Katy restaurants, pubs and food/drink companies. Tailgaters were asked to donate a backpack and/or school supplies for needy youth in Katy ISD.

Participating restaurants included D’Amico’s Italian Market Cafe, Babin’s Seafood House, Baker St. Pub & Grill, Hasta la Pasta, Crawfish Café, Da Vinci Ristorante Italiano, The Cellar Door, No Label Brewing Co, Zoe’s Kitchen, What’s Poppin Popcorn, Chick Fil A, Los Cucos, Midway Barbeque, Wright’s of Texas Salsa and the Snowdog Ice Cream truck.

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Katy, TX News – Local Support Group Learns How Cancer Affects the Brain

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Posted August 27th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 27, 2014) – This month, Katy’s Breast Friends Support Group participated in an educational presentation from Sarah Prinsloo, Ph.D., on the ways the brain reacts to various cancer treatments, followed by a group discussion about their current challenges.

The breast cancer support group meets at the MD Anderson in Katy on the second Tuesday of every month with the goal of empowering, uplifting and supporting patients as they go through this challenging time. The meetings are open to all breast cancer patients, regardless of where they receive or received treatment.

 Monica Cerda-Suarez, Rachel Theriault, Laura Finney, Gwendolyn Lindsey

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Katy, TX News – Cinco Ranch High School Junior Helps Katy Family YMCA’s Operation Backpack

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Posted August 20th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 20, 2014) – Cinco Ranch High School Junior, Ruan De Villiers, completed his Eagle Scout project by presenting 100 backpacks filled with school supplies to Connie Stirgus, Katy YMCA outreach coordinator.

Ruan de Villiers presenting backpacks

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Katy, TX News – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch Announces the Return of “Mondays with Mommy”

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Posted August 07th 2014

Katy, TX News (August 7, 2014) – LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch announces the return of Mondays with Mommy, presented by Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus. Mondays with Mommy takes children on a monthly fun, educational journey while utilizing music and movement.  LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is proud to have Mindy Janis with Kindermusik and Vivi Melody & Family as the returning hosts of the Mondays with Mommy program.

“I am so happy for the return of Mondays with Mommy this fall. We will sing, dance, play, and have lots of fun,” said Vivi Melody, Children’s Music Artist with Vivi Melody & Family.  (more…)

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Katy, TX News – The Best Kept Secret in Little Katy Texas

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Posted July 24th 2014

Courtesy of Erin Eder Entertainment

Katy, TX News (July 24, 2014) – Little miss Erin Eileen has come a long way since her debut at the Rice Harvest Festival at the age of 14.

With a new image and a new attitude, Erin will release her new single “Sound of Goodbye,” written and produced by Doug Driesel of Arkansas, July 29th. Erin teamed up with Lake Paradise Recording Studios to produce her second album, Back Road Country Soul. Erin Eder has proven to be one of the youngest seasoned performers in Katy, Texas.

Erin was introduced to country music by Houston entertainer and songwriter Randy Meadows. With his talent and expertise, Erin began entertaining crowds with her upbeat renditions of “Mustang Sally” and “Johnny B. Goode.” It did not take long for Randy’s respect for Willie Nelson and his music to rub off on Erin. Suddenly, Erin began performing a different kind of “crazy.”

Erin Eder’s rich vocals have been compared to LeAnn Rimes and legendary Patsy Cline. Erin Eder’s strong, sultry voice breaks through to compliment her upbeat country music with a lot of soul. She is determined to prove that a big star doesn’t have to come from big, glamorous, far away places, and plans to follow the footsteps of other local celebrities like Clint Black and Renee Zellweger by becoming the next big thing to come out of Katy, Texas.

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Katy, TX News – 2014 Volunteers of the Year Announced at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

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Posted July 23rd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 23, 2014) – Katy residents Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh have been named the 2014 Volunteers of the Year at Memorial Herman Katy Hospital.

“Both Mary Ann and Doris’ passion for helping others, as well as their dedication to Memorial Hermann Katy made them the ideal candidates for this award,” said Heather Rojas, manager of volunteer services.  “We typically pick just one volunteer of the year, but we couldn’t narrow it down this year.  Every day they both go above and beyond the call of duty.  They both deserve this honor.”

(L to R) Mary Ann Knowles and Doris Marsh

Memorial Hermann Katy staff and volunteers are responsible for nominating the Volunteer of the Year. The manager of volunteer services and a randomly selected volunteer and staff member select the winner.  In order to be nominated, an individual must meet the following criteria:

  • Active membership in the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Volunteer Auxiliary.
  • Demonstrates remarkable concern for the welfare and happiness of hospital patients, staff, and other customers of the hospital.
  • Performs extraordinary acts of kindness.
  • Has a positive effect on others.
  • Willingly performs duties, as requested or identified.
  • Day-to-day performance is dependable, consistent, and people-oriented.

Knowles began volunteering at Memorial Hermann Katy in 2005. In the years since, she has dedicated more than 2,600 hours of her personal time to the hospital.  She currently serves as the Volunteer Auxiliary Treasurer. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Katy Resident Crowned Miss Plus America Lifetime

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Posted July 16th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 16, 2014) – Houston-area resident and 2009 Ms. Plus America, Steph DeWaegeneer, was crowned with the honorary title Miss Plus America Lifetime at the 2014 Miss Plus America Pageant™ on Friday evening, July 4, 2014 during the traditional Viva La Diva dinner party. The pageant festivities were held throughout the week at the Westin Atlanta Airport in Atlanta, GA

Women from all over the United States came to compete in three divisions (Miss, Ms., and Mrs.) in a week of preliminary competition, optional competitions, and a host of parties held in their honor. A highlight of the schedule included a break from the competition for a scavenger hunt clue chase at Lennox Sqaure, the premier shopping destination for Georgia fashionistas. This year’s delegates were also chronicled throughout the week by Time Magazine photojournalist.

Even after crowning her successor, Steph continued to support the mission of the Miss Plus America organization by emceeing state-level pageants, recruiting contestants, and serving as an Ambassador at charity events.

Ms. DeWaegeneer resides in Katy, TX and works as a professional improvisational comedian with CSz Houston, performing in their long running show ComedySportz™; and in the nationally recognized murder mystery Dinner Detective.  She also performs as voice-over talent for radio stations throughout the U.S. She is an active member of the Houston West Chamber of Commerce and Katy Lunch Bunch. She’s been married to Jim Collier an independent sales representative for Empire Today for 18 months. They have one adorable dog, named Sawyer. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Ker & Downey to Provide 9,000 Mosquito Nets, Medical Care to Remote Villages in Uganda

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Posted July 10th 2014

Katy, TX News (July 10, 2014) – This July, Ker & Downey President David Marek and his wife Gana are heading to Uganda to deliver medical supplies, care, and mosquito nets to two remote villages near Mbale. This marks their sixth trip with Nets For Africa, a Ker & Downey initiative established to serve the communities of Uganda. Last year the program provided six days of clinics and gave away 9,000 mosquito nets, a goal that will be matched on the 2014 trip. Committed to an ongoing and continual effort to assist the people of Uganda, Ker & Downey has acquired warehouse space to collect mosquito nets in the town of Mbale so that nets can be distributed throughout the year.

Over 300 Ugandans succumb to malaria every day. Almost 40% of Ugandans don’t have access to clean water, and 32% do not have access to basic vaccines and medicines. “Each net protects up to four children and with 9,000 nets we will help protect 36,000 children,” notes David Marek. These treated nets cost $7 each and are a proven way to reduce a child’s exposure to malaria.

“During our six days of handing out nets, approximately 12,000 to 15,000 of mostly women and children will be examined by a doctor, have their blood tested, and then receive any medications necessary,” says Marek.

Ker & Downey underwrites 100% of the cost of the administration for this project, assuring donors that their entire donation is used to purchase nets and medical supplies. Donations can be made at nets.kerdowney.com.

To learn more about Ker & Downey, please visit www.kerdowney.com.

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Katy, TX News – More Grand Parkway Segments Move Toward Construction

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Posted July 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 2, 2014) – In line with the goals of improving safety, enhancing connectivity, and relieving congestion, the Texas Transportation Commission recently moved forward on additional segments of Houston’s 180-mile outer loop known as the Grand Parkway. The Commission authorized a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the development, design and construction, as well as the potential maintenance of all or part of Segments H, I-1 and I-2 of the SH 99 Grand Parkway as a design-build project.

“This design-build approach is helping expedite a critical project in the greater Houston area,” said Commissioner Jeff Moseley, Texas Transportation Commission. “These segments will enhance a dynamic transportation corridor that will help grow jobs and drive the state’s $1.5 trillion economy. I am pleased to see this project moving forward on behalf of the Houston area and the entire state of Texas.”

The project includes Segments H&I which run 37.5 miles from North US 59/I-69 to I-10 east and will include one to two lanes each direction with limited frontage roads through Montgomery and Liberty counties. It will also complete the toll lanes on Segment I-2 which runs 15.3 miles from I-10 east to SH 146. The estimated total construction cost is $1.2 billion.

Today, TxDOT has approximately 41 miles of the SH 99 Grand Parkway open to traffic, with another 38 miles anticipated to open in late 2015. When complete, the 180-mile highway will include seven counties and circle the Greater Houston region.

 

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Katy, TX News – Elks Fish Fry Benefits Local Youth Scholarships

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Posted July 02nd 2014

Katy, TX News (July 1, 2014) – Delicious fried fish, superb hushpuppies, and “to die for” designer fries were the order of the day at the Katy Elks Lodge when the Youth Committee, under the direction of Chair Kelly Minnick and co-chair Matthew Minnick, held its first Semi-Annual fish fry Sunday, June 29. Previously this had been an annual event in January each year, but by adding a June event to the offerings, it has now become semi-annual with the intent to be able to provide more and better scholarships to Katy’s young people.

If you missed Sunday, plan now to be at the January event. Your support goes directly to the community in the form of scholarships which are presented each May during National Elk Youth Week.

The Katy Elks thanks each of you who were able to attend. If you could not be present but would like to donate to this important endeavor, please contact Kelly through the lodge 281-392-2763 or send a check to her attention with youth Scholarships on the memo of the check (Katy Elks, 1050 Katy Fort-Bend Road, Katy, 77493).

One of the previous scholarship winners, Sydney Anderson granddaughter of Elk Wayne Harper, was present to assist with serving additional tea, more food, and provide a friendly atmosphere for diners. This is only one thing that reinforces the Elk motto:  Elks Care – Elks Share!

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Katy, TX News – The Vintage Hospital Urges Firework Safety This Fourth of July

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Posted July 01st 2014

Katy, TX News (July 1, 2014) – With Independence Day just around the corner, the Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital urges everyone to practice safe and responsible use of fireworks. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), approximately 8,700 firework-related injuries were treated in emergency departments in 2012.

“Fireworks create a great risk for injury,” says Dr. Darrell Calderon, Section Chief, Emergency Department at CHI St. Luke’s Health – The Vintage Hospital. “Most injuries include burns on fingers, hands and legs, and eye and face injuries.”

The CPSC suggests the following safety steps:

  • Make sure the fireworks you want to buy are legal in your area before buying or using them.
  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks, including sparklers. Sparklers burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees, which is hot enough to melt some metals. Always have an adult closely supervise fireworks activities if older children are allowed to handle devices.
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks. Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishap. After fireworks complete their burning, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding the device to prevent a trash fire.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly. Never try to relight or handle malfunctioning fireworks. Soak them with water and throw them away.

“It is important for us to keep our community out of our Emergency Room,” said Dr. Calderon. “Our hope is that everyone has a safe and happy Fourth of July without any incidents,” he concluded.

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Katy, TX News – Leadercast Katy Supports the Katy ISD Education Foundation

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Posted June 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 13, 2014) – On May 9, Katy Area leaders joined together for a day of inspiration from nine, world-renowned leaders while benefiting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. This year’s theme, Beyond You, challenged leaders to leverage their influence for the sake of others. As Leadercast so aptly describes their mission, “We believe the world is missing out. We could all be learning more. Living out our purpose. Leading and being led by people who inspire and enlighten us, give us strength and allow us to grow. Leadercast was built on a belief that the world needs better leaders—leaders worth following.” In keeping with the Beyond You theme, the proceeds of Leadercast Katy were donated to an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of young people.

The Katy ISD Education Foundation’s mission is to provide resources to enrich teaching, inspire learning, and enhance opportunities for students enrolled in Katy ISD. The organization strives to unite our community while providing a competitive advantage for Katy ISD students and teachers through targeted investments in our schools. This May, $209,599 for Inspiring Imagination grants was awarded to teachers at 26 different campus locations. Leadercast Katy is pleased to join the community in supporting the Katy ISD Education Foundation. The proceeds from this year’s event, $2,250, enables two additional teacher grants to be fulfilled next year. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry Give Kids A Smile

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Posted June 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 9, 2014) – Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry hosted Give Kids A Smile Day. Give Kids A Smile program is a way for dentists to join in the community and provide dental services to underserved children. The dentists and team members at Harrison & Bethke Family and Cosmetic Dentistry volunteered their time and services to provide screenings, treatments, and education to forty-two Katy area children. The team performed $19,000 work of dental work for free with the support of the following sponsors: FastSigns, Pizza Hut, Selah Medi-Spa, Bagel Café, Brammer’s Athletic Sportswear, HEB, Chic-Fil-A, Jason’s Deli, Wal-Mart, and Red Bull.

 

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Katy, TX News – Student Wins Phillips 66 Scholarship

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Posted June 04th 2014

Katy, TX News (June 4, 2014) – One high school senior will receive a $16,000 college scholarship from the Phillips 66 Dependent Scholarship Program. The competitive program awards outstanding collegebound students whose parents work for Phillips 66 or one of its subsidiaries. The awards are based on academic excellence, community service, and financial need.

The company announced Ana Hernandez of Katy as honoree this year. Ana, daughter of Phillips 66 employee Francisco Hernandez, is a senior at Seven Lakes High School.

“This scholarship program reflects Phillips 66’s commitment to the communities where we live and operate and builds on our corporate vision of improving lives,” said Claudia Kreisle Phillips 66 Director, Contributions and Community Engagement. Phillips 66 is a growing energy manufacturing and logistics company with high-performing Midstream, Chemicals, Refining, and Marketing and Specialties businesses, headquartered in Houston. “We congratulate Ana on her achievements inside and outside the classroom and wish her every success in college,” Kreisle said.  (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Groundbreaking Ceremony for Largest Gallery Furniture Showroom in Houston

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Posted June 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2014) – Gallery Furniture officially broke ground on the new Gallery Furniture Fort Bend/Grand Parkway on Tuesday, June 3, 2014.

Jim “Mack” McIngvale, owner of Gallery Furniture, along with Keenon Rayner of Identity Architects, Dave Cannon of Trend Development, Ft. Bend County Precinct 4 Commissioner James Patterson, and Yvonne Tuttle Streit of The Brookwood Community, were on hand to welcome Gallery Furniture to the Long Meadow Farms and Fort Bend County community.


Festivities included a special appearance from the Brookwood Community hand bell choir and ended with a surprise skywriter that will landscape the Houston skies this afternoon with #gfgp, a social media hashtag that will lead to information and renderings for the new Gallery Furniture location.

The store, which will be the third and largest Gallery Furniture location in Houston, is expected to open in late November/December and will be located at The Market at Long Meadow Farms, 7301 W. Grand Parkway South, Richmond, TX 77407 (next to the Santikos Palladium theater). (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Local Katy Student Heads to Haiti Prior to George Washington University

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Posted June 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (June 3, 2014) – Koralie Barrau, a 2014 graduate of Katy’s James E. Taylor High School, will spend part of her summer on a service project working with YWCA Haiti. Barrau, who was a part of Taylor High School’s National Honor Society, a distinguished scholar with 54 hours of community service under her belt, and an active member of the French Club and Key Club, has felt a strong connection to Haiti her whole life, especially after the 2010 earthquake took the life of her beloved grandmother.

Koralie Barrau, a graduate of James E. Taylor High School’s class of 2014

Throughout high school, Barrau attended multiple leadership conferences and was a student council representative. She proudly co-edited the Taylor High School 2014 year book and is the proud recipient of the 2014 yearbook award. In the Fall of 2014, Barrau will attend George Washington University’s school of Media and Public Affairs. She plans to major in broadcast journalism and international relations.

 

 

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Katy, TX News – Rover Oaks Pet Resort Launches Operation: War Dogs

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Posted May 29th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 29, 2014) – Rover Oaks Pet Resort has officially launched  its fourth annual month-long donation drive, Operation: War Dogs, to support non-profit organization United States War Dogs Association (USWDA).  The drive officially began on Memorial Day and ends on Independence Day, July 4, 2014.  Last year, Rover Oaks raised over $15,000 for USWDA through Operation: War Dogs.

USWDA exists to provide much needed support to the Military Working Dogs serving in the United States Armed Forces. They facilitate adoptions of retiring War Dogs; support returning troops and service dog organizations such as Military Working Dogs, Police K-9 units, and Search and Rescue units; establish War Dog Memorials, and educate the public on the history of all U. S. Military War Dogs from all wars.

During Operation: War Dogs, donors can stop by Rover Oaks Pet Resort in Houston near Reliant Stadium or Rover Oaks Katy near Katy Mills mall to make a contribution or mail a check to Rover Oaks made out to United States War Dogs Association.  Rover Oaks will be giving away a free night of lodging at their facilities to every donor who contributes $100.  Donations of $25 will receive a commemorative army dog tag necklace or USWDA bandana.  In addition, Rover Oaks will decorate their facilities with patriotic paw prints presenting the names of the clients and community members who contribute to USWDA.  Every dollar counts and anyone interested in donating is encouraged to stop by either Rover Oaks location to make a contribution in their name or in honor of a soldier or war dog they wish to recognize.  These donations will provide an abundance of critically needed items including K9 medications, food, grooming tools, bedding, and other necessities. The donations also cover travel costs and facilitate adoptions to bring our war dogs home. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Local Businesses Plant Seeds of Support in Branding Campaign Initiative

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Posted May 28th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 28, 2014) – “Katy – Energy Grows Here” is taking on a literal meaning at the entrance of the PetroSkills Conference Center. A proud supporter of the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s place brand initiative, PetroSkills is one of the first area businesses to purchase a planter specific to the Katy brand.

Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager, says she is looking forward to seeing the Katy brand develop throughout the area. “We feel this will further enhance greater Katy and are proud to showcase how ‘Energy Grows Here’.” The planters prominently display the brand logo along with the sponsoring business’ name. The conference center’s planter boasts a beautiful array of seasonal flowers and an ornamental tree.

Lance LaCour, Katy Area Economic Development Council CEO (Center), Donna England, PetroSkills Conference Center Manager (4th from left) and Don Massey, Katy Mills Mall General Manager and KAEDC Place Brand Committee Member (5th from right) are flanked by oil and gas industry professionals attending training sessions at the Katy Conference Center. These professionals represent 7 different countries and were excited to be part of the “Energy Grows Here” moment!

For the past three years, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has been working on a major place-based branding project designed to capture and articulate the defining characteristics of Katy, as well as to provide a graphic platform for key city assets to have a cohesive look and feel. (more…)

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Partners with Veterans of Foreign Wars to Celebrate Memorial Day

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Posted May 19th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 19, 2014) – The Katy Independent School District has partnered with the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 9182 to celebrate Memorial Day throughout the District on May 26 with a variety of campus activities that will educate students and staff on the importance of this national holiday.

“The Board of Trustees and I understand how important Memorial Day is for our families and staff,” Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey said.  “Because school will be in session, we have been presented with a unique opportunity to create a day of instruction and learning that will include honoring fallen soldiers at campuses and District offices.”

Local veterans representing community members and staff will be at various campuses across Katy to lead the Pledges of Allegiance in the morning. They will also visit history and social studies classrooms throughout the day to share their experiences while serving our country and personally encourage all students and staff to value their freedom and honor those who died to protect it.

Additionally, the Katy Veterans Memorial Service at Katy Magnolia Cemetery will be broadcast live at many Katy ISD campuses.  “For those who served, this is a day with deep emotional roots,” said Katy VFW Post Commander Gary Drahos.  “It is a day for us all to honor those who lost their lives helping to preserve the freedoms Americans enjoy today.”

Through the years, the VFW Post 9182 has also recognized servicemen on Memorial Day weekend by placing U.S. flags at the grave sites of soldiers, airmen, and sailors, and by hosting a memorial service.

 

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Katy, TX News – Construction Ramps Up at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

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Posted May 15th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 15, 2014) – Construction on the new six-story patient tower and second medical plaza is now underway at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, and officials are encouraging visitors to plan ahead and utilize on-site resources, including directional signage, to navigate around the campus.

To facilitate construction equipment and crews on the building sites, hospital officials have temporarily relocated the bulk of visitor parking to the north side, or backside, of the campus. During this time, patients visiting Medical Plaza I should park in the northwest corner of the campus, while those visiting the hospital should park in the northeast corner of the campus.  Handicap spots and dedicated parking for laboring moms are still in close proximity to the hospital and medical plaza entrances.

Directional signage has been installed around the campus to guide visitors to the appropriate lots.  Additionally, the hospital is running a shuttle for those who need help getting to and from their vehicles.  Visitors can call 281-644-7130 to access the shuttle service.

“This is an exciting time for Memorial Hermann and Katy area residents,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.  “The expansion will enable us to better meet the wide-ranging health needs of our community.”

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Katy, TX News – Principals Discuss Technology and Safety Needs; Transportation Department Talks Costs and Services

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Posted May 14th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 14, 2014) – At the May 8 Bond Committee meeting, Katy ISD principals discussed the technology and safety needs on their campuses. Committee members also heard presentations on transportation and portable needs within the District, and shared observations from the April 30 facility tours.

This week committee members get to work on reviewing cost estimates for all the District-wide needs presented to them for their consideration over the course of the past five weeks. These needs include: school and student activity facilities, renovations and replacements, technology, safety and security, and transportation.

The next Bond Committee meeting will be held on Thursday, May 15 from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Meetings are open to the public to listen and observe. For more information, agendas, and presentations from the meetings, visit the Katy ISD Bond webpage.

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Katy, TX News – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity Announce Partnership

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Posted May 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 13, 2014) – Compassion Katy and Houston Habitat for Humanity announced they have formed a partnership to begin a program in Katy, Texas. Compassion Katy Executive Director Diane Walker and Houston Habitat for Humanity Development Manager Jerry Kovaly made the announcement following recent discussions between the two organizations.

“We are completely thrilled,” stated Walker. “The opportunity to partner with a great team like Houston Habitat to bless a Katy family with a decent, affordable place to live offers a great opportunity to make dreams come true and share Christ’s love.”

Compassion Katy is a registered not-for-profit (501c3) organization committed to developing and mobilizing partnerships between churches and the community within Katy, Texas to serve in the name of Jesus. Houston Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities, and hope.

“This partnership offers a unique opportunity for Houston Habitat,” Kovaly said. “Not only are we extending our reach beyond geographical Houston, but in joining with Compassion Katy we are mobilizing a community through its churches’ volunteers, partners and supporters.”

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Katy, TX News – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation Announces Katy ISD Winners

Katy Texas News
Posted May 12th 2014

Courtesy of Katy ISD

Katy, TX News (May 12, 2014) – The National Merit Scholarship Corporation last week announced the 2014 winners of the prestigious $2500 National Merit Scholarship. A total of 10 Katy ISD students were named among only 2,500 designees across the nation.

Katy ISD’s National Merit Scholarship winners are:

  • Joey Gu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biochemical engineering
  • Austin Kuo, Taylor High School; probable career field: chemical engineering
  • Sarina Madhavan, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: biomedical engineering
  • Ojas Potnis, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Anthony Qi, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: corporate finance
  • Dhanatcha Sadetaporn, Taylor High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Siddharth Seethepalli, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: computer science
  • Vidisha Srivastav, Seven Lakes High School; probable career field: bioengineering
  • Catherine Wu, Cinco Ranch High School; probable career field: medicine
  • Jonathan Zong, Taylor High School; probable career field: computer science

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Katy, TX News – Katy ISD Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5

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Posted May 09th 2014

Katy, TX News (May 9, 2014) – Election Day for Positions 3, 4, and 5 on the Katy ISD Board of Trustees is Saturday, May 10, 2014 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 10 various polling sites across the District:

KATY ISD VOTING
PRECINCT

COUNTY
PRECINCT(S)

POLLING
PLACE

1

Ft. Bend – 3006, 3038, 3142,
3143, 3144

Seven Lakes High School
9251 S. Fry Rd.
Katy, Texas 77494

2

Ft. Bend – 3004, 3122, 3130,
3132, 3133

Cinco Ranch High School

23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77494

3

Ft. Bend – 3014

Harris – 639 Ward A

Waller – 420

City of Katy Municipal Building

910 Avenue C

Katy, Texas 77493

4

Harris County – 119, 149,

639 Ward B

Waller – 418, 419

Katy Municipal Court Building

5432 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77493

5

Harris – 362, 619, 644

Memorial Parkway Jr. High

21203 Highland Knolls

Katy, Texas 77450

6

Harris – 400, 509, 522, 547,

751, 772, 993

Taylor High School

20700 Kingsland Blvd.

Katy, Texas 77450

7

Harris – 95, 120, 283,

461, 711

Wolfe Elementary

502 Addicks-Howell Rd.

Houston, Texas 77079

8

Harris – 305, 603, 618, 720,

813, 877

1005, 1061

Morton Ranch High School

21000 Franz Rd.

Katy, Texas 77449

9

Harris – 463, 521, 589, 804

879, 992, 1006

Mayde Creek High School

19202 Groeschke Rd.

Houston, Texas 77084

10

Harris – 398, 517,

523, 621, 622, 650, 771

Bear Creek Elementary

4815 Hickory Downs

Houston, Texas 77084

 

For more information on the candidates and the polling locations and times, view the 2014 Voter’s Guide on the Katy ISD website.

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Katy, TX News – VLK Architects to Design Two Schools in Katy ISD

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Posted April 30th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 30, 2014) – Katy ISD trustees approved VLK Architects to provide design services associated with elementary school #38 within Cinco Ranch Northwest Subdivision and elementary school #39 adjacent to Ventana Lakes Subdivision. The new elementary campuses will be designed to accommodate 1,030 students in grades pre-K through 5th grade to address the increased growth occurring in Katy ISD.

According to VLK Principal Todd Lien, AIA, “VLK looks forward to working with Katy ISD administrators and staff to develop plans for the new elementary schools, and provide the growing Katy community with age-appropriate, student-centric learning environments that are flexible, sustainable, secure, and integrated with the latest technology to serve the needs of the next generation of learners.”

VLK previously participated in a 21st century Learning Symposium hosted by the District to discuss ideas and examples of learning environments that are being designed and built in districts around the country and the state. Among the many items that were discussed were how these concepts could be designed into new schools for Katy ISD.

Approval of VLK Architects came at the recommendation of superintendent Alton Frailey, chief operations officer Thomas Gunnell, and district architect Peter McElwain. Trustees approved the measure as part of the board’s consent agenda.

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Katy, TX News – Koko FitClub of Houston Area Announces Winners of “Ultimate Transformation Giveaway”

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Posted April 22nd 2014

Katy, TX News (April 22, 2014) – Koko FitClub, which has gained the reputation as “The World’s First Digital Gym,” hosted the “Ultimate Transformation Giveaway” as an incentive for local men and women to commit to becoming fit or fitter this year. Five winners were chosen randomly from entries submitted through the contest conducted on Koko FitClub’s Houston area locations Facebook pages. The Ultimate Transformation Giveaway prize packages are valued at approximately $2,500 each and include a membership to Koko FitClub, nutritional foods and supplements, and massages for 12 full months, beginning March 2014.

The Koko FitClub Katy winner and prize package are listed below.

  • Koko’s Katy locations (19901 Kingsland Blvd. and 23010 Seven Meadows Pkwy.) presented winner Laura Ritchie with a yearlong Koko FitClub membership, smoothies from Smart Drinks & Nutrition, massages from Concierge Massage, and healthy meal options from Chick-fil-A on Mason Road or Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch.

    Laura with Travis Denson, co-owner of Koko FitClubs in the Houston area

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Katy, TX News – Educators to Receive Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Awards

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Posted April 21st 2014

Katy, TX News (April 21, 2014) – Three Houston-area educators have been chosen to receive the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL’s) 2014 Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award at the Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award Luncheon at 11:30 a.m., May 2, at the Westin Galleria, 5060 West Alabama, Houston, TX, 77056.  The ADL founded in 1913, is a leading civil rights organization with programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice, and bigotry. The Walter Kase Teacher Excellence Award pays tribute to three Region IV educators for their outstanding efforts to create an atmosphere in their schools that rejects prejudice and promotes respect for and understanding of diversity.

The recipients are first grade bilingual education teacher Beneranda Alvarez of Andre Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District, sixth grade teacher Rebecca Ryan Millhench of the Young Men’s College Preparatory Academy in the Houston Independent School District, and Texas history teacher and department chair Phyllis Nawrot of Cardiff Junior High in the Katy Independent School District.

Beneranda Alvarez recognized that her bilingual education students weren’t exposed to other cultures in Andre Elementary School because their language skills kept them segregated, so she created the Andre Cultural Museum.  The Museum is a two-week transformation of her classroom into a world of diverse cultures and traditions, helping her students learn about people who are different, and that their differences matter and enrich society.

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Katy, TX News – The Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Houston

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Posted April 17th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 17, 2014) – The National Psoriasis Foundation is pleased to announce that the 3rd Annual Walk to Cure Psoriasis will take place at Discovery Green with registration and health fair opening at 8 a.m. followed by the walk at 9 a.m. Walkers will follow a 1K and 5K route around the beautiful park. For more information, please go to npf.donordrive.com/event/houston.

This year, we are pleased to introduce you to three of our Walk to Cure Psoriasis Youth Ambassadors, six year old Melanee Martin from Kingwood, eleven year old McKenna Sheedy from Katy, and 17 year old Arianna Quazi from Houston. All three struggle with the challenges of having psoriasis, a disease that affects 7.5 million Americans and an estimated 180,000 Houstonians. Melanee, Arianna, and McKenna will join us for the walk and share their personal stories about the challenges of growing up with psoriasis. All have put together teams to walk and are actively involved in the walk.

McKenna Sheedy

 

The Walk to Cure Psoriasis in Houston is the largest event of the year for people with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis. Registration is open to anyone with an interest in finding a cure for psoriasis including the general public. Proceeds will go towards psoriatic disease research. We have made great progress in identifying the culprits that cause psoriasis in the last 2 years since the Houston walk program began. In addition, the National Psoriasis Foundation has invested $10 million to date in grants and fellowships that have led to discoveries about the genetic origins of psoriatic diseases and the link between psoriasis and other serious health conditions, like cardiovascular disease. A portion of those funds have gone to scientists in Texas.

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Katy, TX News – Grand Smiles Dental Now Open in Katy

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Posted April 16th 2014

Katy, TX (April 16, 2014) – Dr. Dat Pham has opened Grand Smiles Dental in Katy, located at 403 W. Grand Parkway S. Grand Smiles Dental provides general dentistry, family dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, orthodontics, implants, oral surgery, and more. Their advanced technology will save you time because no matter what you need, they handle it there in the office.

Entrance to Grand Smiles Dental, now in Katy, TX

Patient exam room

 

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Katy, TX News- Energy Grows Here and There: Local Businesses Plant Seeds of Support

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Posted April 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (April 11, 2014) – “Katy – Energy Grows Here” is taking on a literal meaning at the entrance of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The hospital, a proud supporter of the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s place brand initiative, is one of the first area businesses to purchase a planter specific to the Katy brand.

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, CEO, Scott Barbe, says he is looking forward to seeing the Katy brand develop throughout the area. “We feel this will further enhance greater Katy and are proud to showcase how ‘Energy Grows Here’.” The planters prominently display the brand logo along with the sponsoring business’ name. The hospital’s planter boasts a beautiful array of seasonal flowers and an ornamental tree.

Photo L-R: Scott Barbe, CEO, MH-Katy; Marsha Bourgeois, Physician Resources; John Kueven, Dir., Operations; Arlena Washington, Clinical Manager; Juan Hurtado, Engineering; Tianay Brown, Dir., Laboratory; Diana Schauer-Tran, Dir., Marketing; Dana Mersiovsky, Katy Area EDC; Lance LaCour, CEO, Katy Area EDC

For the past three years, the Katy Area Economic Development Council has been working on a major place-based branding project designed to capture and articulate the defining characteristics of Katy, as well as to provide a graphic platform for key city assets to have a cohesive look and feel.

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Katy, TX – Katy High School Graduate Needs Community Support

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Posted April 04th 2014

Katy, Texas (April 4, 2014) — Kurtis Gross, 38, of Katy, is participating in a contest that could mean him receiving a free wheelchair-accessible van from the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association (NMEDA). Kurtis, a 1994 graduate of Katy High School, survived a car accident that left him completely paralyzed at age 19 when he was on his way home from college. Kurtis is participating in the NMEDA’s Local Heroes contest, where participants from across the United States and Canada share their stories of how they have overcome the challenges of living with a disability. The winner of the Local Heroes contest will receive a custom wheelchair-accessible van. The winner is determined by votes cast by family, friends, neighbors, and community.

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Katy, TX News – Katy’s Jamie Wolman Receives Keep America Beautiful’s Sue Smith Leadership Award

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Posted February 11th 2014

Katy, TX News (February 11, 2014) – Jamie Wolman, executive director of Keep Katy Beautiful (KKB), was presented Keep America Beautiful’s Sue Smith Leadership Award at KAB’s National Awards ceremony, which recently took place during its National Conference in Charlotte, N.C.

The Sue Smith Leadership Award is KAB’s highest professional honor and is given annually to KAB affiliate leaders who have built and sustained an affiliate program with outstanding success. Those honored have established model programs and fostered long-term partnerships between the public and private sector. The award is named after KAB’s long-time affiliate trainer Sue Smith, who retired in 2013 after a 25-year career with KAB.

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Katy, TX News – Katy Family YMCA Board Members

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Posted February 03rd 2014

Katy, TX News (February 3, 2014) – The Katy Family YMCA recently inducted new board members, Kevin Campbell, Robert Burns, Steve Reichardt, Ralph Fluker, George Adkins and Pat Sparks. The Board has 37 members which include two emeritus members, Gerri Ayers and Dr. Jerry Edmonson. All members are from the Katy area.

Renita King, the Chairperson of the Board Development Committee, says the YMCA board consists of a variety of caring individuals. “It’s a group of people who truly have a passion for service. We pool our time, talent, financial resources and community connection to assist the staff in fulfilling the organization’s mission.”

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Katy, TX News – Grand Vision’s Focusing on Scholarships for 2014 Graduating Students

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Posted January 13th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 13, 2014) – Dr. Ryann and Dr. Brett Donaldson, therapeutic optometrists practicing at Grand Vision Center are proud to partner with schools in the Katy ISD boundaries to provide 2014 graduating students the “Always Focusing on You” scholarships. Continuing on our efforts from 2006, Grand Vision Center will provide four $1,000 scholarships to Katy area students meeting the requirements and submitting completed applications.

“We are extremely grateful to the community for their ongoing support of Grand Vision and we feel it’s our duty to support the future generation as others have supported us” said Dr. Ryann Donaldson.

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Katy, TX News – New Branding Campaign for City of Katy

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Posted January 08th 2014

Katy, TX News (January 8, 2014) – While No Label Brewing Company, Katy’s only micro brewery, might shy away from some labels, it’s decided that the new logo and tagline, “Katy – Energy Grows Here” suits them fine. So much so, that they’re incorporating the new Katy brand logo on the packaging of six-pack carriers starting this month.

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Katy, TX News – Firethorne Tops 350 Annual New Home Sales

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Posted December 17th 2013

Katy, TX News (December 17, 2013) – In 2013, Firethorne reached two major milestones: topping 300 new home sales in one year for the first time and surpassing the halfway mark for the community’s 3,400-home build-out.

The record-breaking 2013 new home sales – a total of 350 as of December 15, 2013 – represents a 25 percent increase over 2012 new home sales so far this year.  Located in Katy/Fulshear, the 1,400-acre master-planned community has achieved 1,980 new home sales and 1,903 closings project-to-date.

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“Whether they are moving across town, across Texas, the country or the world, new Houston-area homebuyers are attracted to the Katy/Fulshear area and to Firethorne in record numbers,” said Firethorne General Manager Wayne Meyer.

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Don Massey Named General Manager at Katy Mills

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Posted December 04th 2013

Katy, TX (December 4, 2013) – Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, is pleased to announce Don Massey as its new General Manager. The announcement was made by Paul Fickinger, Executive Vice President of Property Management for The Mills, a Simon Company.

“We are excited to welcome Don to the Katy Mills management team, which is focused on our shopper experience, tourism growth and increased sales and traffic,” Fickinger said. “His extensive mall-related experience will be a great asset as we further brand Katy Mills as a leading shopping destination.”

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GEICO to Open New Location in Katy, Bringing up to 1,000 Jobs

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Posted December 02nd 2013

Katy, TX (December 2, 2013) – Governor Rick Perry joined GEICO Chairman Tony Nicely today to announce the company is opening a new claims operation in Katy, Texas. GEICO expects the office to grow to 400 associates by 2015 and up to 1,000 associates in the next three years. The office is located at 21420 Merchants Way in Katy, Texas.

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Katy ISD Partners in Education Food for Families Fundraiser

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Posted November 23rd 2013

Katy, TX (November 23, 2013) – Last year, the Katy community supported students and their families by raising over $16,000. Help the Partners in Education continue to grow support for Katy ISD students and their families. Katy TX

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Katy Highflyers Jump Rope Team Members to Perform in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

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Posted November 22nd 2013

Katy, TX (November 22, 2013) – When the 87th Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off on November 28 in New York City, over 200 jump rope athletes from across the country will participate in the pageantry of the Parade. Featured in the Parade are Katy  jumpers Patrick Anaemejeh and Kalisia Brisco from the Highflyers Jump Rope Team of Katy, Texas.

Organized by the Heartbeats Jump Rope Team in Cleveland, Ohio, the group will appear under the acronym J.U.M.P. (Jumpers United for Macy’s Parade). Jump Rope is a competition sport that has been featured on television in ESPN Sports, Fox Sports, many sports venues and most recently with the Chicago Boys performing jump rope on “America’s Got Talent.”

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Katy Chamber President, Ann Hodge Files for Republican Nomination for HD 132

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Posted November 12th 2013

Katy, TX (November 12, 2013) – Katy Area Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Ann Hodge filed her paperwork for the Republican nomination in Texas House District 132.

“I seek this office after an outpouring of support from area residents for a candidate who will bring people together and campaign on an optimistic, conservative vision for the future,” said Hodge. “I have spent my entire life in the private sector, and the last 30 years bringing jobs and strategic growth to our region.”

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Katy Resident is the Voice of Zombie Civilizations

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Posted October 29th 2013

Katy, Texas (October 29, 2013) – Katy resident Patrick Freeman has a passion for voices. While growing up in Amarillo, Texas, he started mimicking cartoon character voices. Soon, he developed over 50 different character voices.

After twenty years of working in the financial services industry, Freeman decided to set up his own studio in a room sound-proofed and ready with equipment used to create voiceovers for audio books and commercials.

His tone was appreciated he received his first three audio book jobs – narrating zombie and science fiction books. “I must express my appreciation to Steven Ehrman, the author, who gave me a chance,” says Freeman. “As result of working with Steve, I have already received several other audio book offers.”

Freeman recently wrapped up his first book, Zombie Civilization: Genesis, written by Steven Ehrman. His voice over coach Randy Hames at Edgewater Studios in Sugar Land says, “It is not very often you see someone with such immediate success.”Katy, Texas Zombie

 

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Katy ISD Plans for Student Activity Facilities Bond

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Posted October 01st 2013

Katy, Texas  (September 30, 2013) – Katy ISD has a proud and rich history of FFA and agricultural sciences excellence. As one of the District’s oldest and most storied programs, it boasts one of the state’s largest FFA chapters at Katy High School. Across all campuses, more than 3,000 students are involved in agricultural sciences programs.

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Katy Family YMCA’s District VP Shares his Passion for Helping Others

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Posted September 25th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 25, 2013) – One of the things that Brian Haines loves about the Katy Family YMCA is the financial help the Y provides to individuals who can’t afford the full membership rate, or maybe they need help in after school child care, or being able to send their children to one of the youth programs at the Y.

“We want to insure that individuals or families who want to utilize YMCA programs get help when they need it.” This financial assistance is made possible through generous donations to its Annual Campaign and fundraising events, such as the Turkey Dash, which collectively raised $385,000 last year.

Brian Haines

Brian Haines

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Katy’s Baby Boot Camp Owner, Maria Gorosito, Wins Award

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Posted September 17th 2013

Katy, TX (September 17, 2013) – National stroller fitness program Baby Boot Camp awarded its prestigious 2013 Owner of the Year to Maria Gorosito of Baby Boot Camp in Katy, Texas, at its annual conference in Sarasota, Fla., on Sept. 13. 

2013 Owner of the Year     Maria Gorosito

2013 Owner of the Year Maria Gorosito

Available in over 500 locations across the United States, Baby Boot Camp offers innovative fitness and nutrition programs designed specifically to help moms get fit in the years following childbirth.

Parents incorporate their children and stroller as an integral part of the small-group training classes. Weekly play dates and monthly moms’ night out events provide additional social support for new moms.

Gorosito is an owner and instructor for her franchise. Baby Boot Camp client Tricia Richardel of Katy, Texas, nominated Gorosito for leading her to discover her “inner athlete.”

“When I joined Baby Boot Camp, I was a depressed, overweight, out of shape and newly stay-at-home mom,” Richardel said. “Maria gave me an outlet for all that pent-up stress and anxiety. She motivated me to change my lifestyle of sedentary misery to a healthy, active one. With her help and encouragement, I not only lost over 35 pounds and two dress sizes, but I completed my first half-marathon!”

As part of her prize package, Gorosito received a Mountain Buggy terrain stroller. Eighty-five Baby Boot Camp and Karna Fitness owners and instructors represented locations worldwide at the 2013 Annual Conference, where attendees enjoyed a semi-formal three course meal using local, sustainable ingredients and organic wine provided by CalNaturale.

 

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Trinity Charter Schools Names Daniel Smith Principal at Krause Children’s Center Campus

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Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) – Trinity Charter Schools has named Daniel Smith as Principal of Trinity Charter Schools’ Krause Campus, the education source for children at Krause Children’s Center, a residential treatment center in Katy, Texas, for children ages 12-17.  Smith brings a robust background in education to the Krause team along with entrepreneurial and technological experience. Betsy Guthrie, chief executive officer of Trinity Charter Schools, made the announcement.

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Texas Children’s Cancer Center Patients Make a Mark with Art

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Posted September 16th 2013

Katy, Texas (September 16, 2013) – The Periwinkle Foundation celebrated the opening of the 23rd Annual Making A Mark, an exhibition of art and creative writing by children touched by cancer and blood disorders at Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Centers. The Auxiliary Bridge on the Third Floor of the Clinical Care Center was adorned with over 330 unique pieces of artwork, 30 of which were awarded Purple Ribbons by a panel of judges.

Nodi Rahman

Nodi Rahman

All of the artwork will be on display at Texas Children’s Hospital until October 7, 2013, and will then travel throughout the region.

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Katy’s Beck Junior High PTA Volunteers Enjoy Open House

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Posted September 10th 2013

Katy, TX (September 10, 2013) – The Beck Jr. High PTA volunteers welcome returning parents and new to Beck Jr. High parents to their annual Open House Night.

Beck Jr. High Volunteer Linda Ames, Student Volunteer Paloma Ames, and Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Angela Bazzi

Beck Jr. High Volunteer Linda Ames, Student Volunteer Paloma Ames, and Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Angela Bazzi

Student Volunteer Rachel Regner, Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Beth Fortier, and Student Volunteer Claire Fortier

Student Volunteer Rachel Regner, Beck Jr. High PTA Volunteer Beth Fortier, and Student Volunteer Claire Fortier

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Krause Children’s Center, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Hosts Back to School Party

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Posted August 28th 2013

Katy, TX (August 28, 2013) – Krause Children’s Center, a psychiatric residential treatment center for children ages 12-17, recently joined forces with Thrivent Financial for Lutherans to host a Back to School Celebration for Krause’s on-site Trinity Charter School.

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Katy EDC Helps Persuade Grocery Giant Costco to Open New Store in Katy

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Posted August 14th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 14, 2013) – Costco, the giant grocery store chain with locations worldwide, is planning to open a Katy area store in the southwest corner of the Interstate 10/Grand Parkway intersection, about one mile east of the border between Fort Bend and Harris counties. The new store will be built by early spring 2014 and will be Costco’s fourth Houston area location.

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Katy ISD Receives State Accountability Ratings

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Posted August 12th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 12, 2013) – Katy ISD final accountability ratings released today by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) show that outstanding student achievement produced a “Met Standard” rating for the District under the new state accountability system.

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Firethorne Reaches Community’s Halfway Mark with 1,871 New Home Sales

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Posted August 06th 2013

Katy, Texas (August 5, 2013) – Each year since its founding in 2005, Firethorne has reached a significant milestone in its build-out.  Now, just six months into 2013, the Katy/Fulshear master-planned community has realized its next impressive benchmark: 1,871 new home sales and 1,739 closings, project-to-date.  This represents attaining the halfway mark for Firethorne, designed for 3,400 homes on 1,400 acres, with 150 acres devoted to parks and recreational amenities. 

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Margaret Sparkman Follows in Daughter’s Footsteps as Firethorne Community HOA Manager

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Posted July 25th 2013

KATY, TX – July 24, 2013 – Firethorne has named longtime Katy resident Margaret Sparkman manager of its 1,700-member homeowners association (HOA.)  Located on FM 1463 in Katy/Fulshear, the 1,400-acre master-planned community, will have 3,400 homes when completed.       

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Lennar Opens Two New Model Homes in Grand Mission Estates

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Posted July 25th 2013

KATY, TX – July 25, 2013 – Lennar, one of Houston’s largest home builders, recently opened two new model homes in Grand Mission Estates, one of the newest communities by Friendswood Development Company. The models showcase Lennar’s Brookstone and Vista collections. The Vista collection is part of Lennar’s new livable luxury line. 

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State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy Honored by the Texas Retired Teachers Association

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Posted July 19th 2013

Katy, TX (July 19, 2013) – State Representative Bill Callegari of Katy, TX, was honored in Austin by the Texas Retired Teachers Association for his successful efforts to improve the Teacher Retirement System pension fund with the passing of Senate Bill 1458.

 

719 (3)Pictured (from left) Marcy Cann, TRTA District 4 incoming president, Callegari, Brenda Ritter, TRTA District 4 outgoing president, and Tom Ritter.

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Katy YMCA Focuses on Giving Back to the Community

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Posted July 12th 2013

Katy, TX (July 12, 2013) – The YMCA to most people means a great place to work out and swim. It’s Ganesh Venkataramanan’s task to remind people that the “C” stands for Christian. He heads up the Christian emphasis committee for the Katy YMCA. “One of the things we wanted to do is see how we can give back in a measurable way to the Katy YMCA membership and the Katy community beyond providing a gym and swimming pool.”

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Nottingham Country Swim Team in Katy Honors the Roberson Family

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Posted July 03rd 2013

 Katy, Texas – July 3, 2013 – The Nottingham Country Swim Team recently honored Les and Pam Roberson for their 23-year involvement with Nottingham Country Swim Team (NCST). 

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Katy Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR, Awards Rylander Elementary Teacher a United States Flag

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Posted June 28th 2013

Katy, Texas – Martha McCullough of Katy’s Star of Destiny Chapter, NSDAR , awarded Rylander Elementary School pre-K aide, Veronica Lemberg, a USA flag and certificate for obtaining her American citizenship. Veronica, her husband, and son were recently sworn in as American citizens of the United States of America.

newcitizen    Martha McCullough (left) presenting flag to Veronica Lemberg

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Cinco Ranch High School Choir Warms Up For Fall Entertainment

Katy Texas News
Posted June 18th 2013

BRAVO! Congratulations to the recently named Cinco Ranch High School 2013-2014 Bravo Show Choir members. This talented group of students is looking forward to presenting many entertaining musicals and performances next school year. Mark your calendars for September 26, 27, and 28 for the Bravo Fall Show. Director Dorothy Wilson and David Lee are excited about the diverse talent this ensemble will bring to the stage. Watch for more information on the CRHS choir website or on KatyMagazine.com.

BravoPictured from front: three-year seniors; Connor Ughetta, Miles Ellis, Ryan Pierson; second row: three-year seniors; Victoria Sweitzer, Madison Rice; third row: two-year seniors; David Tait, Allie Kane, Eric Ander, Meredith Taylor, Ashlee Shipp; back row: new members; Laura Walling, Allie Schauer, Nick Palm, Abby Rogers, Sarah Dray, Shreya Jois, Andre Oyardo, Amber Azinge, Johny Craner, Emily Smith, Jordyn White

 

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Local Autistic Teen Artist is Recognized at the Texas Senate

Katy Texas News
Posted June 07th 2013

The Senate of The State of Texas is pleased to recognized Grant Manier (maun-yea), 17 years old, for his outstanding achievements as an artist.

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Robert Rankin Wins Outstanding Chapter and Americanism Awards

Katy Texas News
Posted May 15th 2013

The Robert Rankin Chapter (Katy area) was awarded the Outstanding Texas Chapter by the Texas Society of the Sons of the American Revolution (TXSSAR) for the nineth time in eleven years for its efforts to encourage patriotism, participate in historical programs, and educate the public.

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Grants From JCPenney Helps Area Children Participate in YMCA Afterschool Programs

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2013

The Katy and Fort Bend Family YMCAs each received a $5,000 grant from JCP Cares, JCPenney’s new charitable giving program, to provide school-aged children with financial assistance to attend afterschool programs at the Y.  Specifically, the gifts are providing children at the Y afterschool programs at Stafford Elementary, Stafford, and Schmalz Elementary, Katy, with financial assistance to participate.  The children that qualified for the assistance would not have been able to otherwise participate without the support of this grant. More importantly, it is providing the supported children with access to life-enriching afterschool programs that cultivate the values, relationships and skills kids need to thrive.

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Katy Breast Cancer Support Group Meets Needs

Katy Texas News
Posted April 26th 2013

The University of Texas MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy sponsors the Breast Friends support group for Katy and surrounding communities and the next meeting will be Tuesday, May 14. The breast cancer support group meets at CHRISTUS St. Catherine Hospital campus on the second Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30 p.m. Meetings are open to all breast cancer patients or survivors, regardless of where they are receiving or received treatment.

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Firethorne Breaks Ground on First-Ever Gated Section

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2013

Firethorne, a 1,400-acre master-planned community in Katy/Fulshear, broke ground on its first-ever gated section, a secluded neighborhood to be built exclusively by Perry Homes. Located just east of FM 1463, the expansion comprises 80 acres within Firethorne and will be developed in two phases.  There will be 163 homes upon completion.

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Local Hospital Earns National Award

Katy Texas News
Posted April 24th 2013

Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy wound care center has received the Center of Distinction Award from Healogics, Inc., a leading wound care management company.

The award recognizes the center as one of the top wound care centers in the country and is given to facilities that have outstanding patient outcomes for 12 consecutive months.

“This achievement is a direct result of the hard work and dedication of our employees and affiliated physicians,” said Noelle Lopez, executive director of operations, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy. “Appreciation and acknowledgement goes to them.”

To earn consideration for this award, a center must excel in several key performance indicators, including:

  • Patient Satisfaction – Greater than or equal to 92%
  • Healing Rate – Greater than or equal to 91%
  • Median Days to Heal – Fewer than or equal to 30

“We are honored and excited to receive this award,” said Steve Barnum, program director, Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine, Memorial Hermann Rehabilitation Hospital–Katy.We constantly strive for the best outcomes, and it’s gratifying when an independent organization recognizes the excellent care we provide.”

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Westland Baptist Hosts High Voltage Rock Camp

Katy Texas News
Posted April 23rd 2013

Join Westland Baptist Church for an open house on Saturday, April 27, from noon to 3 p.m. for a preview of High Voltage – Houston’s premier rock camp which features top-notch musiciancs who teach kids how to write their own music. The open house will feature free pizza and drinks, live performances from former campers, and raffle prizers.

High Voltage Rock Camp is for kids ages 9 to 16. With a staff of experienced professional musicians and certified music educators, High Voltage Rock Camp is your destination for becoming a better musician. Whether you are an experienced player or just beginning, you will learn what it takes to write a song, create your own parts, and play with a band, while simultaneously improving your technique, theory and musicality on your chosen instrument.

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Beckendorff Junior High Students are “Ready to Roll”

Katy Texas News
Posted April 22nd 2013

Beckendorff Jr. High’s Teen Leadership classes held its annual ‘Ready to Roll’ campaign raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society through their ‘Pennies for Patients’ program.  Students and faculty donate spare change to help treat patients with blood cancers.  BDJH raised $25,000 bringing the schools total in the past seven yearly campaigns to $106,000.

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Memorial Hermann Named One of the Nation’s Top 15 Health Systems by Truven Health Analytics

Katy Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

For the second consecutive year, Memorial Hermann was the lone Texas hospital cited for exceptional patient safety and quality performance when it was named this week as one of the nation’s top 15 health systems by Truven Health Analytics, a leading provider of information and solutions to improve the cost and quality of healthcare.  

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Santikos Theatres Unveils the Palladium AVX in Fort Bend

Katy Texas News
Posted April 18th 2013

Santikos Theatres has announced Thursday, May 16 as the grand opening date for the Palladium AVX in Fort Bend County. The cutting-edge, Greek-themed entertainment complex ushers in a deluxe movie-going experience unavailable anywhere else in the U.S. The new, luxury entertainment destination is located just west of Houston on Grand Parkway, one mile south of the Westpark Tollway near Long Meadow Farms. Santikos currently has seven multiplex theatres in San Antonio, and operates the Silverado IMAX in Tomball, TX.

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Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run a Success

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2013

On Saturday, April 13, Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus hosted more than 1,500 participates at the inaugural Texas Children’s Hospital Family Fun Run. In partnership with the Houston Marathon Foundation, the non-competitive Fun Run included 1K and 3K courses for families with children of all abilities – including those needing walkers and wheelchairs.

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Jersey Mike’s donation to the Katy YMCA

Katy Texas News
Posted April 08th 2013

Jersey Mike’s Subs recently presented a check to the Katy YMCA in the amount of $4,000. The new restaurant circulated thousands of coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to the Katy Y’s Partners Campaign.

Brent Jones exemplifies Jersey Mike’s quest for excellence as it selects franchise owners who share the company’s commitment to quality products and exceptional customer service and who are dedicated to giving back to the local community. Since 2010, locations throughout the country have raised more than $5 million for worthy local charities and distributed more than 500,000 free sub sandwiches to help numerous causes.

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Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women makes one year

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2013

Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women marked its one year since it transitioned its labor and delivery services into the new $575-million facility on March 26, 2013. This new facility signaled the pediatric hospital’s major expansion into obstetrics and gynecological care with a special focus on high-risk pregnancies and multiple births.

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CRHS Choir Students Receive All-State Recognition

Katy Texas News
Posted April 02nd 2013

Four Cinco Ranch High School Choir students advanced through the rigorous audition process and received placement in the All-State Choir. The students performed at the Texas Music Educator’s Association convention in February. Congratulations to David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona for their dedicated hard work!

Cinco Ranch Choir Students - David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona

Pictured: David Tait, Hannah Ballard, Lauren Marlow and Eubie Pabilona.

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Girl Scouts receive packages for military

Katy Texas News
Posted April 01st 2013

Troop #17363 was thrilled to receive an anonymous donation of 100 packages of cookies for our military overseas.

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7th Grader named Miss Burnet Outstanding Teen 2013

Katy Texas News
Posted March 29th 2013

Beckendorff Junior High 7th grader Maura Spence-Carroll was named Miss Burnet Outstanding Teen 2013.

She competed in panel interview, talent, lifestyle and fitness, onstage question, and evening gown. For her talent selection, Maura performed a classical vocal solo “Con Te Partiro”.

She is a member of the Beckendorff Choir, track team, and Bear Buddies. Maura is coached by Bri David and receives further vocal training from Miss Amanda Shelton.

This was a qualifying title for the Miss Texas Outstanding Teen pageant to be held in conjunction with the Miss Texas competition this June in Allen, Texas. The Miss America Outstanding Teen is the’ little sister’ to Miss America and is for young women between the ages of 13 and 17.

Maura Spence-Carroll

Photo Credit: Kathy Whittaker

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Katy ISD Named Among Best Communities for Music Education

Katy Texas News
Posted March 28th 2013

For the eleventh time in the past 12 years, Katy ISD has been named among the Best Communities for Music Education by the NAMM Foundation, which recognizes schools and districts across the U.S. for their commitment and support for music education. Katy ISD is one of only 21 districts in Texas to receive this recognition for 2013.

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West Houston Express Network names the 2013 Women of the Year and Top 10 Candidate

Katy Texas News
Posted March 27th 2013

The American Business Women’s Association’s (ABWA) West Houston Express Network (WHEN) named Dawn Mortus as their 2013 Women of the Year and Top 10 Candidate at their monthly meeting on March 14, 2013.

The Women of the Year and Top 10 awards recognize a member in the Network who has made notable contributions and outstanding achievements in their ABWA group, in their profession and in their community.

Dawn is a Director for Keep Kids Connected, a local non-profit organization that provides Netbook computers to kids with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

Since August 2010, the organization has given away over 484 computers.  The organization was created by her daughter, Caitlyn, who is a 3 1/2 year cancer survivor and now, a junior at Seven Lakes High School.

For more information on WHEN, please visit www.whenabwa.org.

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Pictured from left to right:
Rebecca Blackmon, Bobbi Horne (past presidents of WHEN), Dawn Mortus (recipient), Mary Jane Brock (current president of WHEN)

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Sandra Byrd Seeks to Fill Unexpired Ward A Council Vacancy

Katy Texas News
Posted March 26th 2013

Long time Katy area resident Sandra Byrd filed last week to run for the Katy City Council Ward A seat recently vacated by Carol Adams. Adams declared her bid for mayor leaving one year remaining on her council term.

Byrd is proud to be a third generation resident of Katy. She and her husband of 32 years, Bill Byrd, have both been active in the Katy community. They have three children and four grandchildren who all live in the Katy area. They also have an adopted daughter who lives in Colombia, South America. Sandra attended Katy Elementary, Katy Junior High, and graduated from Katy High School. Her three children followed in her footsteps all graduating as Katy Tigers.

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Troop 584 CELEBRATES 50th Eagle Scout

Katy Texas News
Posted March 25th 2013

On January 15, 2013, Chris Mohindroo became the 50th Troop 584 member to earn his Eagle Scout Rank.

Earning Eagle Scout Rank is an extraordinary accomplishment, since the requirements are demanding, and only 5% of Scouts reach that level. The fact that 50 young men from Troop 584 have done so is a testament to the strength of character of the dedicated men and women who lead and volunteer, and to the persistence and perseverance of the parents and young men in this troop.

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The Bible Seminary

Katy Texas News
Posted March 01st 2013

Just over one year ago, ministry leaders from around the Katy/West Houston area gathered at Grace Fellowship UMC to hear about – and pray for God’s blessing on – a new venture called “The Bible Seminary” (TBS). At that time, the young school had no facilities of its own and only a couple of applicants for the new Master of Divinity program scheduled to begin with the Fall 2012 semester.

Recently, barely 12 months later, over 50 Katy/West Houston pastors and ministry leaders gathered at Grace Fellowship UMC again for the second annual TBS Pastors Prayer Lunch. This time, however, they were joined by some of the new seminary students and had the opportunity to tour TBS facilities, including a state-of-the-art classroom, Library/Conference Room, and seminary offices. (more…)

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Robotic thymectomy worth the ticket for a Methodist West Houston Hospital patient

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

A mother of four traveled to Houston from Cairo, Egypt, to undergo robotic removal of the thymus gland at Methodist West Houston Hospital on Thursday, February 7. She was released after a three-day stay and plans to return to Egypt following her final visit with her surgeon.

Cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. Miguel Gomez performed the thymectomy surgery removing Amani Kotb’s thymus gland with the assistance of two robotic arms inserted into the chest cavity through small intercostal (between the ribs) incisions.  Kotb and her husband made the decision to undergo the robotic procedure offered at Methodist West Houston with the hope of reducing her daily dependence on medication to treat myasthenia gravis (MG), a neuromuscular disorder that causes weakness and pain in the voluntary muscles.  For the past 10 years, Kotb had been medically treating her disease but as symptoms worsened, thymectomy surgery became a consideration.

“These past two years I have felt horrible, but I could not risk having my chest opened to take out this gland,” she said. “We have excellent physicians and surgeons at home, but we do not have a robot, so I came here.” (more…)

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SUCCESSFUL “GIVE KIDS A SMILE” DAY

Katy Texas News
Posted February 27th 2013

Dr. Randall W. Hollenberg, a local pediatric dentist in Katy, hosted his first “Give Kids a Smile” Day at his office on February 15, 2013 in observance of National Children’s Dental Health Month. Give Kids a Smile Day was started over 10 years ago by the American Dental Association as a day to raise awareness of the high level of oral disease suffered by children primarily from low-income families. The event held at Dr. Hollenberg’s office was a day of free dental care open to the children of our community who are uninsured and in need of dental care. Dr. Hollenberg and his team set a goal of one hundred patients scheduled and that goal was accomplished one week prior to the event. Of the one hundred patients scheduled sixty-five children attended. With the help of Dr. Megha Patel, an associate dentist of Dr. Hollenberg, Dr. Ulpa Patel, a wonderful  volunteer dentist, and all of Dr. Hollenberg’s office staff, along with 7 other volunteers,  the team successfully  provided over $12,500 of dental services, such as exams, x-rays, cleanings, sealants, fillings, extractions, and stainless steel crowns.  Dr. Hollenberg greatly appreciates all the time and effort that went into this event and would like to thank all of the amazing volunteers. He would also like to thank Benco and Henry Schein for donating some of the dental supplies needed. Dr. Hollenberg looks forward to hosting Give Kids a Smile Day as an annual event with a bigger goal to help more children in the community.

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Mr. Seven Lakes at the Seven Lakes High School Performing Art Center was AMAZING!

Katy Texas News
Posted February 25th 2013

Mr. Seven Lakes is an annual event that features Senior Men contestants from various school groups and organizations.  Fifteen senior men performed their talent—singing, acting, comedy, dancing or even something “out of the box” like Slam Poetry or Tricking to win over a panel of judges.

Participants included: Dustin Kruthaupt, Andrew Cernosek, Joseph Nicholson, Stephen Schaefer, Zavier Mason, Jai Prakosh Baskaran, Carson Kuzawa, Sahil Ajmeria, Michael Schwin, Albert OK, Triet Tran, Jeffrey Alegria, Jacob Muggeridge, Shane Smith and Jefferson Alegria. Andrew Cernosek won the Mr. Seven Lakes crown this year.

Michael Schwin was voted by his fellow contestants as Mr. Congeniality. Jefferson Alegria was 1st Runner up in the Mr. Seven Lakes Contest and Albert OK was 2nd Runner up in the contest. (more…)

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Christ Clinic Names Kara Hill Executive Director

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2013

Christ Clinic, a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable medical clinic serving the uninsured population in Katy, Texas, has named Kara Hill executive director. Hill is responsible for the overall management and operation of Christ Clinic under the direction of its board of directors.

Hill holds a bachelor of science in social work from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, and is a licensed social worker. Her 15 years of experience in the social services field includes clinic management, program management, and development and expansion in the social services/nonprofit sector, primarily with the Salvation Army. She and her family recently moved to the Houston area from Ohio. (more…)

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Local Scout is One of Eight Selected to Share 2012 Scouting Achievements with Congress

Katy Texas News
Posted February 22nd 2013

A delegation of eight young people from across the country— including Matthew Miller of Sam Houston Area Council in Houston—will represent the Boy Scouts of America® in Washington, D.C., Feb. 23–28, to present the organization’s annual Report to the Nation to top U.S. officials. The report is designated in the BSA’s congressional charter and will highlight the organization’s achievements in 2012.

Being selected to the Report to the Nation delegation is a tremendous honor for Matthew and the community that he represents. Each Scout represents the more than 100 million Boy Scouts who have come before them and the millions who will follow. Miller was selected as a delegate for his great demonstration of leadership as the National Sea Scout Boatswain. (more…)

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First Choice Emergency Room Opens New Facility in Katy, Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted February 18th 2013

Hosts Ribbon Cutting & Open House in Honor of Grand Opening

First Choice Emergency Room, the leading freestanding emergency room system in the United States, opened its sixteenth facility in Katy, Texas today. The facility is located at 1510 S Mason Road and is open 24 hours, 365 days a year.

“We are very excited to serve the Katy community at our newest location,” said Dr. Shiraz Pirali, Facility Medical Director of First Choice Emergency Room’s Katy location. “First Choice ER provides our patients with individualized attention and the highest quality emergency medical care.” (more…)

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KEEP KATY BEAUTIFUL Honored by Keep America Beautiful for High Performance Achieved in 2012

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2013

Local Organization Recognized as Among the “Best of the Best” Nationwide

Keep Katy Beautiful received Keep America Beautiful President’s Circle Award during Keep America Beautiful’s 60th anniversary National Conference, which recently took place in Washington, D.C. The President’s Circle Award recognizes exemplary performance made by certified affiliates of the national nonprofit in building and sustaining vibrant communities.

In qualifying for a President’s Circle Award, Keep Katy Beautiful has met Keep America Beautiful’s standards of excellence by conducting an annual Community Appearance Index, calculating the affiliate’s cost/benefit ratio, and administering activities in the areas of litter prevention, recycling and waste reduction, and beautification and community greening. (more…)

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New Robot at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital Expands Surgical Options for Patients

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2013

Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital is enhancing the experience of surgery through the use of a new surgical robot that minimizes risks and complications, as well as rates of conversion to open surgery, maximizing patient safety and quality of care.

The hospital’s new da Vinci® Si Surgical System is a third generation robot that offers technological advancements, including unparalleled precision, dexterity and control that enables physicians to take a minimally invasive approach for many complex surgical procedures, such as removal of the uterus, uterine fibroids and the prostate gland.  These new advancements benefit patients by enabling smaller incisions and less blood loss, thus reducing the patient’s length of stay and recovery time.

“The da Vinci enables our patients to have a faster recovery, shorter hospital stays, and less pain after surgery,” said Scott Barbe, CEO of Memorial Hermann Katy. “We want to offer our community the most advanced care close to home, and the new da Vinci allows us to do so.”  (more…)

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Vista Equities Group Welcomes New Retailers and Restaurants to LaCenterra

Katy Texas News
Posted February 15th 2013

Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group welcomes new retailers and restaurants to its mixed-use development in Katy: LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.

Three new retailers opened for business in the fourth quarter of 2012, and six others have plans in place for first and second quarter openings this year. Lease locations include existing retail space in Phase I and in the new Phase II-A, currently under construction.

New retailers and restaurants include Brothers, The Flower Girls, LAVO Collections, The Sweet Boutique, Bonefish Grill, Emmanuel Salon, Grimaldi’s Pizzeria, World of Beer and Zoës Kitchen. (more…)

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PURPLE BEAVER CREATIONS TURNS YOUR IMAGINATION INTO REALITY

Katy Texas News
Posted February 11th 2013

Local Artist Cindy Jo Levine creates one-of-a-kind murals to transform your home

Local artist, Cindy Jo Levine, has turned a long-time hobby into a thriving new business.  With a minor in Art, Cindy began painting murals for family and friends while she raised a family and taught school.  After years of hearing “You should start your own business” from family and friends, Cindy founded Purple Beaver Creations.  The name of her business speaks of her passion to give her clients what they desire. If you want a beaver to be purple instead of brown, it is possible when Cindy Jo holds the paint brush.

Cindy has transformed bedrooms into the Hundred Acre Woods with Winnie the Pooh and friends, dining rooms into a terrace with a view of a quiet green pasture and deep blue river and when walls aren’t enough, she turns furniture into magical pieces of art. (more…)

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Katy/West Houston Celebrates More Birthdays in Overnight Event

Katy Texas News
Posted February 08th 2013

Save the Date! Join us on March 22nd at 7pm as we fight back against cancer!

Relay For Life is a fun-filled, overnight event that mobilizes communities throughout the country to celebrate survivors (anyone who has ever been diagnosed with cancer), remember loved ones and empower others to fight back against cancer. Teams gather with tents and sleeping bags to participate in the largest fundraising walk in the nation. The event begins with a cancer survivors lap celebrating those who have survived cancer or who are currently battling cancer.  Games, music, and live entertainment encourage people all through the night.  Some teams also hold creative fundraisers at their campsites during Relay. (more…)

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Cinco Ranch is No. 4 Top Community in National Sales Study

Katy Texas News
Posted February 04th 2013

Katy’s Cinco Ranch community is a national powerhouse in new-home sales. The 8,100-acre community ranks No. 4 in the nation – and No. 2 in Texas – for the number of new homes sold in 2012, according to a new report from RCLCO, a national real estate consulting firm.
 
A total of 982 new homes were sold in Cinco Ranch last year, representing a 14 percent increase for the community over last year’s report from RCLCO. For 2011, RCLCO reported 862 new-home sales in Cinco Ranch. (more…)

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Glamm Interiors, Official Sponsor of Couples, Cocktails & Causes February Dinner Party & Logo Launch

Katy Texas News
Posted January 28th 2013

Glamm Interiors, Katy’s premier interior décor resource, is thrilled to announce that we will sponsor the February 9 Couples, Cocktails & Causes dinner benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.  Join local couples (& singles) at Prohibition Restaurant & Speakeasy in Galleria III for an evening of fabulous food, great drinks, and new friends while raising funds for a wonderful cause.   

If you haven’t been to Prohibition in Galleria III, the atmosphere, drink menu, and Moonlight Dolls burlesque show will make you feel like you have been transported back to the 1920’s.  And if you haven’t been to a Couples, Cocktails & Causes dinner yet, this location is the perfect setting for you to join the group for the first time and watch the unveiling of their fabulous new logo! (more…)

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Katy HS Coach Gary Joseph Named National Coach of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted January 24th 2013

American Football Monthly announced their college and high school coaches of the Year for 2012. Topping the list is Katy High School’s Gary Joseph, having been named the high school football National Coach of the Year.  A total of six high school Coaches of the Year were selected this year – the coveted National Coach of the Year and five regional winners.

Joseph has served the Katy High School football program for 31 years, becoming head coach in 2004. During his time, the Katy Tigers have won three 5A state championships and advanced to the state finals on three additional occasions.  Joseph’s coaching record stands at 120-11.

Among Coach Joseph’s awards include being named District 18/19 5A Coach of the Year eight times; the Houston Touchdown Club’s Coach of the Year in 2005; and the Houston Texans’ 5A Coach of the Year in 2005, 2007, and 2008. In 2007, Joseph was named by the Texas Sports Writers Association as Coach of the Year and was also honored by the Katy Chamber of Commerce being named Katy’s Citizen of the Year.  Joseph received the Regional Coach of the Year Award in 2008 for the southwest region of the United States, and was named one of Houston’s Top 100 Professionals in 2010. Additionally, he was voted into the 2012 Greater Houston Football Coaches Association Ronnie Bell Hall of Honor and just received the 2013 Semper Fi Coaching Award – Houston Area. (more…)

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IRS Delays Tax Return Processing

Katy Texas News
Posted January 10th 2013

Liberty Tax Service is alerting consumers of another delay to the official beginning of the 2013 filing season. The Internal Revenue Service has announced it now plans to begin processing individual income tax returns on January 30, eight days later than originally targeted. The announcement means that the vast majority of tax filers — more than 120 million households — should be able to start filing tax returns starting January 30. To further complicate the situation, refunds could be delayed to mid to late February.

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Katy Music Teachers’ Association Grant Recipients

Katy Texas News
Posted January 08th 2013

Katy Music Teachers’ Association is pleased to present our three grant recipients:  Nicoletta Sarabtidis, Cameron Vhalkamp, and Spencer Taylor.  These students were chosen by Brett Nelsen, Cinco Ranch High School Orchestra Director, and Brandon Amison, private string instructor to receive the first ever KMTA String Outreach Grant.  The grant was provided jointly by Music Teachers’ National Association and KMTA to encourage string students to continue music study, reach out to the community, and excel in leadership in their school orchestra program.

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St. Mark’s Episcopal Church Announces Growing Campaign

Katy Texas News
Posted January 07th 2013

On Sunday, January 6, 2013, the congregation of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church viewed a new, professionally-created video supporting their new chapter of “Growing in Grace,” a strategic campaign with goals which include expanding the current facilities.

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Foundations Academy Awarded Accreditation

Katy Texas News
Posted January 04th 2013

The National Accreditation Commission for Early Care and Education Programs announced today that Foundations Academy has been awarded Accreditation.

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Cinco Ranch HS Robotics Team Showcase’s Robot Basketball Skills at Toyota Center

Katy Texas News
Posted January 03rd 2013

Cinco Ranch High School’s FIRST® (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Team 624 (“CRyptonite”) showcased their robot’s basketball shooting and mobility skills at the Toyota Center in downtown Houston prior to the Houston Rockets NBA basketball game on December 22.  Based on their robot’s performance in last season’s  “Rebound Rumble” competition at the Lone Star Regional Robotics Tournament, Team 624  was chosen by the Rockets organization, along with Clear Lake ISD’s Team118, for this first-time event.

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Cardiff and McMeans Junior High Named to Superintendent’s ABCD Club

Katy Texas News
Posted January 02nd 2013

Cardiff and McMeans Junior High were honored last week for going Above and Beyond the Call of Duty and were named to the Superintendent’s ABCD Club. This honor recognizes campuses and departments that excel by enriching experiences for our students and improving their campus and community. These two campuses join Bear Creek Elementary as recipients of this prestigious award.

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Igloo Corporation is Set to Occupy Major Distribution Facility in West Ten Business Park

Katy Texas News
Posted December 31st 2012

Igloo Corporation, a top-ranking company in the cooler industry and headquartered in Katy, recently announced plans to occupy a new distribution facility in the West Ten Business Park.

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Katy Theatre Arts Booster Club Blanket Delivery

Katy Texas News
Posted December 27th 2012

On December 19, The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club delivered 62 hand-made fleece blankets to residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility and at the Heritage Park of Katy Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. 

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PinPoint Commercial Breaks Ground on Innovative Assisted Living Facility in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted December 26th 2012

PinPoint Commercial broke ground today on a new assisted living and memory care facility in the Katy area. Located at Roesner Rd and Katy Gap Rd, The Legacy at Falcon Point will be a two-story, 104 bed community strategically located to be less than one mile from Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Katy Mills Mall, and the planned St. Luke’s Hospital. It is designed to accommodate up to 44 memory care and 60 assisted living residents; however, the innovative building design will allow for adjustments to meet residents’ needs. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2013.

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New Year’s Day Hikes Offered by Texas State Parks

Katy Texas News
Posted December 19th 2012

Texas State Parks Again Offer Guided Hikes on New Year’s Day for First Day Hikes Program For years, two of the most popular New Year’s resolutions have been to begin a fitness program, and spend more time in nature. Now, for the second year in a row, you can combine both by participating in First Day Hikes at a Texas State Park near you on Jan. 1.

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Beck Junior High Robotics Team Advances to Lone Star FLL Championship

Katy Texas News
Posted December 17th 2012

The Cinco Ranch High School FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition (FRC®) Team 624 “CRyptonite” held its second annual FIRST  LEGO League (FLL®) robotics Qualifier Tournament on December 8 at Cinco Ranch Junior High.  Robotics teams of  4th to 8th grade students from all over the Houston metro area competed in the tournament. Team Cryptonite also organized a tournament toy drive to collect board games for the Krause Children’s Center in Katy.

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Wolman Elementary Presents Special Business Partner Award to Firethorne

Katy Texas News
Posted December 12th 2012

Ray and Jamie Wolman Elementary School (RJWE) Principal Kelly Ricks and Assistant Principal Angela Kovar presented a Special Business Partner award to Wayne Meyer, General Manager of Firethorne at the school’s recent Dedication Ceremony. Ricks and Kovar described the award as “a small token of our appreciation to you and Firethorne’s developer.  You (Firethorne) have provided us with numerous monetary and human resources over the past several months to make our school a great place.”

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Star of Destiny, NSDAR Partners with Keep Katy Beautiful and Boy Scout Troop 584

Katy Texas News
Posted December 10th 2012

Katy’s chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR), Star of Destiny, partnered with Keep Katy Beautiful and Katy Boy Scout Troop 584 to plant trees generously donated by the Apache Corporation on 12/01/12.   (more…)

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Earns Five Star Service Award

Katy Texas News
Posted December 05th 2012

Methodist West Houston Hospital has been awarded the Exemplary Five Star Service Award for birth registration by the Texas Department of State Health Services’ Vital Statistics Unit.  It is one of only 22 hospitals in Texas to achieve the exemplary rating.

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Katy Theatre Arts Booster Club Blanket Project

Katy Texas News
Posted December 03rd 2012

The Katy High School Theatre Arts Booster Club has begun a service project to donate fleece blankets to residents at the Cinco Ranch Alzheimer’s Special Care Facility and the Heritage Park Nursing Home in Katy.

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Katy Resident Raises the Real Estate Bar

Katy Texas News
Posted November 29th 2012

 In Jennifer Freeman Stence’s rookie year she has earned 4 real estate certifications: Certified Negotiation Expert, Master Certified Negotiation Expert, Certified Home Marketing Specialist, and Farm and Ranch Certification; and has also earned her Accredited Buyer Representation designation.

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Cheatheams Attend 2012 Canconstruction Houston Colossal Awards Event

Katy Texas News
Posted November 27th 2012

Building Designer Newell Cheatheam, President of Newell’s Designs, Katy, and wife Sharon Cheatheam, Office Manager of Wallace Garcia Wilson Architects, Inc. and 2010-2012 President of SDA –Society of Design Professionals Houston Chapter attended the 2012 Canstruction Houston Colossal Awards Banquet  at  Hotel Sorella CityCentre.

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Methodist West Houston Hospital Free Heart Health Screenings and Seminar

Katy Texas News
Posted November 26th 2012

More than 100 Katy and West Houston community members visited Methodist West Houston Hospital in November to receive complimentary heart health screenings and learn about the latest treatments available for heart disease. Methodist West Houston’s cardiovascular specialists, Dr. Su Min Chang, Dr. Michael Mitschke, Dr. Nilesh Mathuria and Dr. Javier Lafuente, conducted a panel to discuss common heart problems and answer questions.

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KATY Aquatics Swimmer Signs Letter of Intent with The University of Texas

Katy Texas News
Posted November 19th 2012

Austin Vacek currently 18 years old, started swimming part time just 5 years ago and moved to year-round swimming with KATY Aquatics in 2009.  He has made rapid improvement over the past three years, including advancing to the Junior National Championships that were held in August at Indianapolis, IN and the Minneapolis Grand Prix that was held earlier this month in Minnesota.

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Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille in Katy Donates over $18k to Houston Food Bank

Katy Texas News
Posted November 15th 2012

Perry’s Steakhouse & Grille in Katy recently celebrated the success of Houston Restaurant Weeks. Due to the overwhelming generosity of Katy-area residents, Perry’s was able to make a donation of $18,970 to the Houston Food Bank on their behalf. Over 26,000 people across seven Houston-area locations joined Perry’s in support, more than tripling the total Perry’s donation from 2011 to a record-breaking $131,155.

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More than 165 Participate in 15th Annual Promise to Read Program

Katy Texas News
Posted November 13th 2012

Community members from Katy and the surrounding area recently stopped what they were doing to read students in more than 345 classes as part of Katy ISD’s fifteenth annual Promise to Read program. Through Promise to Read, volunteers promise to spend 30 minutes reading to an elementary classroom during one week in November.

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Houston Area Youth Bring Life to A Christmas Carol

Katy Texas News
Posted November 12th 2012

This holiday season a group of 26 area youth will join the Alley Theatre’s production of A Christmas Carol – A Ghost Story of Christmas . These young actors will be working with the Alley’s Company of Actors to tell the tale of Ebenezer Scrooge’s journey with the three ghosts that visit him on Christmas Eve. More than half of the cast is comprised of young actors. The cast members are from various neighborhoods in the Houston metropolitan area including Memorial, Cypress, Tomball, Katy and more.

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First Master of Divinity Class at The Bible Seminary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 09th 2012

The Bible Seminary (TBS), 2655 South Mason Rd, Katy, welcomed twelve inaugural students into its new Master of Divinity program this fall. The seminary began as a Bible Institute in 2008, and has enrolled more than 800 students in Bible Certificate classes over the last five years.

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Pawz for a Cauze

Katy Texas News
Posted November 08th 2012

Rover Oaks Pet Resort and Natural Pawz are joining forces to present Pawz for a Cauze, a fundraising drive to raise money and awareness for one of Houston’s most heartwarming charities.  PAWS Houston is a group that reunites chronic and terminally ill patients with their pets at a time when they need each other the most.  Rover Oaks’ Houston, Rover Oaks Katy, and ten Natural Pawz locations will begin collecting donations for the group from November 1st until Thanksgiving Day.

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Dedication Ceremony for Fred and Patti Shafer Elementary

Katy Texas News
Posted November 07th 2012

Katy ISD held the official Dedication Ceremony for Fred and Patti Shafer Elementary in West Katy on October 18. Katy’s 35th elementary school opened in August to more than 800 students.

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Parkside Capital Sells 56-Acre Tract in West Ten Business Park to Medline Industries, Inc.

Katy Texas News
Posted November 06th 2012

Parkside Capital announced the sale of a 56-acre tract in West Ten Business Park to Medline Industries, Inc. for construction of a 500,000-square-foot facility in Katy/West Houston.

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MD Anderson in Katy Honors Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Katy Texas News
Posted November 01st 2012

The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in Katy recognized Breast Cancer Awareness Month by lighting Heritage Square in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch in a pink blush Friday, Oct. 12.  The Pink Lighting event is held each year to literally and publicly shine a light on breast cancer and resources available in the community to those facing the disease.

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Creekside Community Church Joins a Conspiracy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 30th 2012

Creekside Community Church believes that Christmas can [still] change the world and has partnered with the Advent Conspiracy  to celebrate Christmas by spending less, giving more, worshiping fully, and loving all this season.

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Anchor Dental Expands

Katy Texas News
Posted October 26th 2012

Anchor Dental is growing! They have added 2 more chairs and a new doctor to better serve you. With all the support from Katy residents, Anchor wanted to offer more available appointment times and expanded services with the addition of Dr. Tim Brune.

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Cinco Ranch Wins Award for Best Recreational Amenity

Katy Texas News
Posted October 25th 2012

Cinco Ranch has won a “Houston’s Best PRISM Award” from the Greater Houston Builders Association in the “Community Recreation Center of the Year” category.

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NCI Building Systems Sponsors Upcoming Heart Walk

Katy Texas News
Posted October 24th 2012

Houston-based NCI Building Systems will sponsor the 2012 American Heart Association (AHA) Northwest Harris County Heart Walk, taking place Saturday, Nov. 3 at Lone Star College-Cy Fair. Opening ceremonies start at 8:30 a.m. before the crowd of more than 2,000 participates in the non-competitive, 3-mile walk.

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Beck Junior High Supports Susan B. Komen Foundation

Katy Texas News
Posted October 22nd 2012

Recently Beck Junior High School participated supporting in the Susan B. Komen foundation for Breast Cancer awareness. The school led thousands in raising awareness for breast cancer as well as raising funds.

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Lance LaCour Receives Council Designation

Katy Texas News
Posted October 18th 2012

Lance LaCour, President/CEO of the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) hasearned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment, and a commitment to personal and professional growth.  With 21 years of economic development experience, Lance LaCour has helped create over 14,500 jobs and over $2 billion in capital investment.

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Dignity Memorial® Announces New Funeral Home in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted October 16th 2012

The Dignity Memorial® network of funeral service locations and cemeteries announced today that it is building a new, state-of-the art facility in Katy, Texas.  

With over 9,000 square-feet, the space will be reflective of modern funeral home design and will include a chapel and reception room that can accommodate large and small and traditional and non-traditional services.

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Katy Swimmers Volunteer at Special Olympics

Katy Texas News
Posted October 12th 2012

 

Recently, over 20 KATY Aquatics swimmers and family members share their skills and friendship by volunteering at the Special Olympics Texas Aquatics Competition held at the Don Cook Natatorium. 

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Residents’ Day Out

Katy Texas News
Posted October 12th 2012

Residents of the Spanish Meadows Nursing and  Rehab facility, recently took advantage of the cooler weather and ventured out on a fishing trip.

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Local Charity Gives Away Its 300th Computer

Katy Texas News
Posted October 10th 2012

Keep Kids Connected, a Katy non-profit organization that gives computers to kids with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses, recently gave away its 300th computer 2012 to 6-year old Nicholas Hernandez of Katy, TX. 

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Katy Resident Recognized for Community Service

Katy Texas News
Posted October 09th 2012

 Rob Denton, a CenterPoint Energy learning and development specialist and Katy, Texas resident, was recently honored as an outstanding volunteer and Jefferson Award recipient. The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America, presented on both a national and local level.

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Katy Seniors Enjoy Day at Peckham Park

Katy Texas News
Posted October 05th 2012

Several residents of Spanish Meadows Nursing and Rehab recently enjoyed a fishing trip and day of fun at Mary Jo Peckham Park. Some were trach patients and former ventilator patients, and the trip was their first outing since seeking care. They enjoyed grill burgers, fishing, feeding the ducks, and listening to music at the park. The staff helped turn the day into a great memory for them.

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American Legion Post 164 to Collect Unserviceable U.S. Flags

Katy Texas News
Posted October 02nd 2012

The Jonathan D. Rozier Post 164 of The American Legion is encouraging all citizens and small businesses to bring their worn, tattered, and otherwise unserviceable U.S. flags (5’x 8’ or smaller) to their flag collection sites on two upcoming Saturdays.
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The Methodist Hospital System Bicycling Team Raises Money, Awareness for Breast Cancer

Katy Texas News
Posted September 27th 2012

A team of 48 bicyclists from The Methodist Hospital System recently rode in the Tour de Pink at Prairie View A&M University. Tour de Pink is a charity bicycle ride solely benefitting breast cancer awareness and education and is the first event of its kind in Texas.
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Katy Resident Recognized for Community Service

Katy Texas News
Posted September 24th 2012

Rob Denton, a CenterPoint Energy learning and development specialist and Katy resident, was recently honored as an outstanding volunteer and Jefferson Award recipient. The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America, presented on both a national and local level.
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Katy Sisters Donate to Locks of Love

Katy Texas News
Posted September 14th 2012

Katy sisters Arielle, Avery, and Jalyn Carrejo recently donated their hair to Locks of Love. According to its mission statement, the nonprofit organization provides hair pieces to financially disadvantaged children under 21 suffering from medical hair loss. When Avery, now 8, turned 6 years old, she asked her mom if she could cut her hair and give it to children who needed it. Avery and Arielle are both students of Aristoi Classical Academy, and Jalyn is a freshman at Sam Houston State University. To learn more about Locks of Love, visit www.locksoflove.org.

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Local Charity Gives Away Its 300th Computer

Katy Texas News
Posted September 13th 2012

Keep Kids Connected, a Katy non-profit organization that gives computers to kids with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses, gave away its 300th computer on Sept. 11, 2012 to 6-year-old Nicholas Hernandez of Katy. Nicholas is being treated for acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) at MD Anderson Children’s Cancer Hospital in Houston. He received the computer from Caitlyn Mortus, a junior at Seven Lakes High School, who is herself a cancer survivor. She started the organization after she was declared cancer-free in August 2010. She had the desire to help kids who were still in the hospital battling a serious illness.
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Katy VFW Remembers Sept. 11

Katy Texas News
Posted September 13th 2012

Members of VFW Post 9182 of Katy hosted a Sept. 11 remembrance service, honoring the memories of those who lost their lives, as well as those who serve to protect our freedom. The event was attended by the Marine Corps Junior ROTC from Travis High School, as well as guest speaker LTC (Retired) Chuck Bagnato, head of the USMC Junior ROTC program at THS. Bagnato was deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan as a pilot in the U.S. Marine Corps Harrier Jet. Members of the Katy Police Department and the Katy Fire Department also participated in the service, representing the many emergency service personnel who responded to the Sept. 11 attacks. (more…)

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Katyite Breast Cancer Survivor Crowned Top Cancer Crusher

Katy Texas News
Posted September 07th 2012

In an effort to help crush cancer, Katyite Ursula Ross was recently crowned a top cancer crusher by the Komen Houston Race for the Cure committee. She raised $2,175 between Aug. 13 and 17 and is a 14-year breast cancer survivor. Her efforts were part of a new fundraising contest by the Houston affiliate of Susan G. Komen for a Cure, which is honoring local individuals who are on a mission to crush breast cancer and assist in finding cures by raising funds. Ross was diagnosed in 1998 with stage two invasive ductal carcinoma at the age of 38. On a hunch, her doctor sent her to have a mammogram two years early and it was because of that decision that her breast cancer was detected. If she had waited till she was 40 years old for her first mammogram, Ross believes she wouldn’t be with us today.

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The Bible Seminary Celebrates First Day of Master of Divination Classes

Katy Texas News
Posted September 06th 2012

Homemade blueberry muffins, fresh fruit, guttural Hebrew consonants, passionate prayers, and an a cappella rendition of the “Doxology” were among the sights, smells, and sounds that welcomed new students to the first ever day of Master of Divinity classes at The Bible Seminary (TBS).

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Katy Rice Harvest Festival Prepares for Record Year

Katy Texas News
Posted August 28th 2012

Named one of the Houston area’s top 10 festivals, the Katy Rice Harvest Festival, produced by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, recently announced that all vendor booths are sold out for the 2012 event. The festival is held each year around the square in historic downtown Katy.

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Spaghetti Dinner Raises Funds for Keep Kids Connected

Katy Texas News
Posted August 28th 2012

The Caitlyn and Friends spaghetti dinner on Aug. 11 was a huge success, with over 200 guests in attendance. The dinner raised $20,000 for Keep Kids Connected, a local nonprofit organization that provides Netbook computers to kids with cancer or other life-threatening illnesses. Since giving away its first computer in August 2010, the organization has now given away over 290 computers. Founder Caitlyn Mortus and her parents Dawn and Jerry Mortus attended the event, greeting guests. To learn more about Keep Kids Connected, visit www.keepkidsconnected.org.

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Katy ISD Reminds Drivers to Watch out for Students

Katy Texas News
Posted August 21st 2012

As the new school year begins, Katy ISD’s police officers, crossing guards, bus drivers, campus administrators, teachers, and other staff members are working hard to ensure students get to school safely. To that end, they ask drivers throughout the area to watch out for children.

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Milner Competes in Miss Texas USA Pageant

Katy Texas News
Posted August 14th 2012

Miss Katy Lascena Milner will represent her hometown in the Miss Texas USA Pageant at the Hilton American Hotel in Houston on Sept. 1 and 2. Milner is a graduate of Katy High School, where she was on the cheer squad, and currently attends the University of San Antonio where she is studying toward a bachelor’s degree in education. She will graduate in May with a teaching certification for grades pre-K through six.

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Community Gears up for Katy Rice Harvest Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted August 13th 2012

The Katy Rice Harvest Festival rolls into Katy Oct. 13 and 14 and has become known as a first-class, affordable, quality family event. Be sure to stop by Katy Magazine’s booth (near the food court) and get your child’s photo taken for free for the 2013 Katy’s Cutest Kid Cover Contest! Learn more about the contest, by visiting www.katymagazine.com/katys-cutest-kid-cover-contest-2012-frequently-asked-questions/.

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Pin Oak Charity Horse Show Donates to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted August 10th 2012

The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show recently donated $100,000 to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus during a celebration attended by supporters, charity representatives, and hospital leaders. The organization also donated $15,000 to Houston’s Ronald McDonald House, to support the family rooms inside of Texas Children’s Hospital, as well as $10,000 to Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Family Alliance, to support their work with Texas Children’s Cancer Center families. “Pin Oak Charity Horse Show has a simple mission to help children,” shares Lynn Walsh, organization president. Pin Oak Charity Horse Show is one of the oldest horse shows in North America and works to bring support to sick children and their families. 

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Katy ISD’s 2012 Graduates Impact Local Economy

Katy Texas News
Posted August 08th 2012

A recent study by the Alliance for Excellent Education shows that 2012 Katy ISD graduates will have a significant impact on the Houston area economy throughout their lifetime. This year, approximately 4,083 high school seniors graduated from the district’s six high schools: Cinco Ranch, Katy, Mayde Creek, Morton Ranch, Seven Lakes, and Taylor.

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Epsilon Mu Members Look Forward to Start of New School Year

Katy Texas News
Posted August 06th 2012

The Epsilon Mu chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa is gearing up for the start of the new school year. The group will be sponsoring membership meetings from September to December in Katy ISD schools. Interested women teachers who have been actively involved in education for at least two years and have been recommended by an Alpha Delta Kappa teacher are eligible for membership.

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Katyite Earns Harvard MBA

Katy Texas News
Posted August 03rd 2012

Katyite Brett Flodder recently earned his MBA from the prestigious Harvard Business School. He has lived in Katy since 1994 and is a 2004 graduate of Cinco Ranch High School. He graduated from Texas Christian University in 2008. Flodder and his wife Katie will be moving to Dallas where he will be working as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company.

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Katy VFW Marks Korean Armistice Anniversary

Katy Texas News
Posted August 02nd 2012

VFW Post 9182 recently held a remembrance of the 59th anniversary of the signing of the Korean Armistice, the Korean War ceasefire agreement. Five members of the post who saw action in the Forgotten War were honored and shared their experiences defending freedom in that far corner of the world.

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Cinco Ranch Celebrating “Summer of Cinco”

Katy Texas News
Posted August 01st 2012

The “summer of Cinco” is unfolding in west Houston’s Cinco Ranch, highlighted by two new neighborhoods showcasing eight new decorated model homes. Right now, early buyers can take advantage of pre-grand opening pricing and can also have first pick of new homesites, including a limited number of lakefront and lakeview locations.

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Cinco Ranch Community Welcomes Three New Schools

Katy Texas News
Posted July 31st 2012

When school starts back in West Houston’s Cinco Ranch community next month, some students will be attending three new onsite schools just opened by Katy ISD. With the opening of Tom Wilson Elementary, Fred and Patti Shafer Elementary, and Seven Lakes Junior High, Cinco Ranch now boasts 16 onsite schools in grades kindergarten through 12, all part of the highly rated Katy school district.

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Home for the Holidays Gift Market Offering Community Fundraiser

Katy Texas News
Posted July 25th 2012

Home for the Holidays Gift Market is currently offering a fundraiser for local youth groups, school groups, and nonprofit organizations. Interested groups can earn 50% of ticket sales, with more than 100,000 guests expected to attend the event. To learn more, email homefortheholidaysgiftmarket@yahoo.com.

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Senator Glenn Hegar Reminds Katy Families of Sales Tax Holiday

Katy Texas News
Posted July 23rd 2012

The annual state sales tax holiday is right around the corner, according to Senator Glenn Hegar. The three-day annual event will begin on Friday, Aug. 17 and will continue through the weekend to its conclusion at midnight on Sunday, Aug. 19. The tax holiday offers Texas families the opportunity to save on needed back-to-school items.
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Houston Texans Quarterback Matt Schaub Donates to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Katy Texas News
Posted July 19th 2012

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub and his wife Laurie recently presented a $200,000 donation raised through their GR8 Hope Foundation for child life services at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus, Houston’s first community hospital designed, built, and equipped exclusively for children.
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Gators Team up with Katy Wolf Pack for Swim-a-Thon

Katy Texas News
Posted July 16th 2012

The Grand Lakes Gators Swim Team, West Houston Aquatic League’s Division I champions, recently hosted a Swim-a-Thon with proceeds benefiting the Katy Wolf Pack. The Katy Wolf Pack is a Special Olympics Texas team, which offers softball, basketball, track and field, bocce ball, golf, bowling, and aquatics for individuals with intellectual disabilities who live in Katy and surrounding areas. Grand Lakes Gators swimmers collected pledges and swam up to 100 laps each, raising $1,500 to donate to their fellow Katy athletes to assist with the purchase of equipment and operating expenses. Wolf Pack athletes came to cheer on their Gator friends at the event. The Gators’ top fundraisers and coaches presented the Wolf Pack with a large check at the team’s end-of-the-year party.

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Culinary Extravaganza Raises Funds for Arc of Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted July 13th 2012

When they said “too many cooks spoil the broth,” they were not talking about Green Beans and Guacamole’s recent Culinary Extravaganza held at The Wynden. Nine of Houston’s top chefs and restaurants featured in the cookbook gathered together to create a spectacular dinner in support of local nonprofits, Friends for Good, and the ARC of Katy and Houston. The Green Beans and Guacamole cookbook was recently featured in the Winter 2011/2012 issue of Katy Magazine. View the article by visiting www.katymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/Katy-Texas-Green-Beans-Guacamole-Cookbook-Katy-TX.pdf.
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Memorial Hermann Hospital Celebrates Cancer Survivors

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2012

Memorial Hermann Hospital’s recently hosted the Cancer Survivors’ Celebration of Life and Cupcake Contest. More than 275 people in attended the event, which featured classes for survivors and caregivers, a resource fair with 25 exhibits, and a program that was designed to align with the American Cancer Society’s national theme of “more birthdays.”
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Katy ISD Adopts Incentives Policy for Energy Manufacturing Project

Katy Texas News
Posted July 06th 2012

Recently, the Katy ISD Board of Trustees adopted an incentive policy and accepted an application under the Texas Economic Development Act (Chapter 313) incentive program for Weatherford Artificial Lift Systems, Inc., a project that may create up to 425 jobs and $100 million in capital investment. According to the Katy Area Economic Development Council, the incentive may allow Katy ISD to lower the assessed property tax value of the project to $30 million, while the State of Texas makes the school district whole.
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Westland Baptist VBS Donates to Pregnancy Help Center

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2012

Vacation Bible school students and their parents from Westland Baptist Church recently hosted a diapers and baby wipes drive for the Pregnancy Help Center of West Houston. The donations will help the center better serve residents in three counties who are faced with circumstances surrounding a present, potential, or former pregnancy. Peer counseling, parenting classes, limited ultrasound, and help with maternity clothing and baby items are just some of the services the center provides to its clients.

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Katy Scouts Participate in Patriotic Ceremony

Katy Texas News
Posted July 05th 2012

Boy Scouts in Troop 209 lead the opening flag ceremony during a July 4 veterans recognition ceremony and community parade in the Governors Place subdivision. Scouts who participated include senior patrol leader and Eagle Scout Mark Melton, who served as the speaker; Michael Osborn, who presented the American flag; and Joshua Hough, who presented the Texas flag. Troop 209 is based out of St. Peter’s United Methodist Church in Katy.

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Cimarron Swordfish Celebrate Successful Swim Season

Katy Texas News
Posted June 25th 2012

The Cimarron Swordfish swim team recently celebrated concluding an outstanding season. Many swimmers set records in their events, as well as advanced to the WHALe Meet of Champs and All Stars. The team is proud of all athletes and looks forward to the 2013 swim season. To learn more, visit www.cimstswordfish.com.

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KCWC Hosts Prayer Coffee

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2012

The Katy Christian Women’s Connection (KCWC) hosted a prayer coffee on June 14 at La Madeleine in Katy. The ladies enjoyed the fellowship, sharing, and prayers of the women in attendance. Joanne Dyer shared her inspirational testimony of how the Lord has work through her life, with abundant blessings for her family, and she touched everyone’s hearts. This group meets monthly for prayer coffees, a few times a year for luncheons, and also offers Bible studies. Find more information on their website at www.katycwc.org.

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Katyites Celebrate Queen’s Diamond Jubilee

Katy Texas News
Posted June 15th 2012

British and Expat Families of Katy enjoyed a very special evening at Willowfork Country Club on June 8 in celebration of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, marking 60 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth II over Great Britain. Over 120 guests were invited to enjoy traditional British food like bangers ’n’ mash and fish ’n’ chips, along with a royal quiz similar to the typical format of a British pub quiz and entertainment by local British DJ Evelyn Borthwick, who provided a 1970s and 1980s disco.

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Katy Highflyers to Compete at National Jump Rope Competitions

Katy Texas News
Posted June 13th 2012

The Katy Highflyers jump rope team will take center stage, when 20 team members travel to Long Beach, CA to compete at the U.S. National Jump Rope Championship from June 21 to 24. An additional five team members have also qualified for the U.S. National Team and are heading to the FISAC Rope Skipping Championship in Tampa, FL from July 30 to Aug. 9.
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First Victoria National Bank Celebrates Groundbreaking of New Katy Location

Katy Texas News
Posted June 11th 2012

The Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance recently conducted a groundbreaking ceremony for First Victoria National Bank’s Katy location, which is scheduled to open in early September. The banking center is officially scheduled to open its doors in early September and will be located at 9610 Spring Green.
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Neville Recognized by Texas Music Teachers Association

Katy Texas News
Posted June 11th 2012

Elizabeth Neville recently received the senior award trophy, commemorating 12 years of piano study with music educator Mary Ann LaCour of Katy. Neville also earned the Texas Music Teachers Association’s Student Affiliate Senior Award. Neville has participated in many activities sponsored by the Katy Music Teachers Association and will be attending Stanford University in the fall. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Neville of Katy and is the current salutatorian of the graduating class at Taylor High School. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Indian Princess Tribe Gathers for Reunion

Katy Texas News
Posted June 08th 2012

Dads and daughters in the Concho Tribe, Songon Nation of Katy recently celebrated their 12th reunion at the family country property of Elroy and Ken Kiecke in Cat Springs. Once a year, the group, which formed as part of the YMCA’s Indian Princesses dad-daughter program, has gathered for a weekend of camping and recreation. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.
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Officials Seek Bids for Further Grand Parkway Construction

Katy Texas News
Posted June 08th 2012

As construction continues on a new portion of the Grand Parkway from I-10 north to U.S. 290, officials are soliciting bids for construction of three more segments that will extend the road to U.S. 59.
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Katy Area EDC Announces Construction of Mason Creek Office Center

Katy Texas News
Posted June 06th 2012

The Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC) recently announced that Myers, Crow and Saviers, Ltd. will begin construction on the 135,000-square-foot Mason Creek Office Center, located on Merchants Way near Mason Road in Houston’s Energy Corridor, in the third quarter of 2012 with completion set for April 2013. The property is located on 10.8 acres in Mason Creek Corporate Park, a covenant-restricted, master-planned business park owned by Parkside Capital. The two-story office building will feature 67,500-square-foot floorplates, energy-efficient construction and systems, and flexible parking ratios to accommodate high-density office users. The project is applying for LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
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Senator Glenn Hegar Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips for Severe Weather

Katy Texas News
Posted June 04th 2012

Two named tropical storms made their grand entrance in the Atlantic last month, well ahead of the official start of the hurricane season on June 1, marking the first time for such an occurrence since 1908. Alberto formed off the South Carolina coast and Beryl made landfall in Florida, bringing drenching rains and driving winds with her.
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Katy NCL Chapter Members Celebrate Accomplishments at Mother/Daughter Tea

Katy Texas News
Posted June 01st 2012

The Katy Chapter of National Charity League, Inc. recently celebrated its year-end with a mother/daughter tea. Members of the class of 2016 earned many awards, with each girl earning the Mother/Daughter Award for 25 combined hours of philanthropy service, as well as the Modelette Award for three hours of service in seven different charities. Members honored include Riley Hayford, Emily Kimmich, Elise Nicknish, Allison Schmidt (who also earned the Yellow Rosebud for 50 hours of service), Catherine Sliva (who also earned the Yellow Rosebud, Yellow Rose, Hour Glass, Mission Bell, Heart of Gold, and Yellow Rose Bouquet Awards), Victoria Zinkham, and Hannah Clifford (who won for the most league hours). Catherine Sliva also won the award for the most philanthropy hours in her class and the Merci Award for the most volunteer hours in the chapter with 211.5 hours. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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McMeans NJHS Hosts Toy Drive

Katy Texas News
Posted May 31st 2012

The National Junior Honor Society at McMeans Junior High recently held a school-wide stuffed animal and toy drive for young patients at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. Under the guidance of Mrs. Krolczyk and Ms. Canavati, the drive was a huge success and helped collect about 450 donations. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Dyna-Drill Moving Headquarters and Manufacturing to the Katy Area

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

Business expansion in the Katy area received a major boost this week with Dyna-Drill Technologies’ decision to move its headquarters, research and development, and manufacturing facility to the Katy area, according to the Katy Area Economic Development Council (Katy Area EDC). Dyna-Drill, a Houston-based company, has been designing and manufacturing down-hole motor equipment for the oil and gas industry since 1958. The company’s new facility of more than 300,000 square feet will be located at Colonial Parkway and Grand Parkway, just north of Interstate 10.

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Donating Handmade Quilts to Christ Clinic in Katy

Katy Texas News
Posted May 29th 2012

Members of Piecemakers, a Living Word Lutheran Church mission ministry which is open to the community, recently delivered 24 quilts to the Christ Clinic for use by their clients in need. The quilting group meets four times a month in the morning and evening at The Gathering Place at Living Word and is looking for volunteers who would like to help prepare the quilts. Service opportunities include sewing patches into quilt tops, cutting fabric, and tying layers into quilts. This ministry relies heavily on community donations. Any donations of fabric and thread for quilt tops and backs, and donations of used fabric such as bedding or tablecloths for quilt middles, is appreciated. Cotton fabric for baby quilts is especially needed. For more information, please call the church office at 281-392-2300. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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ABC Casting Call

Katy Texas News
Posted May 25th 2012

ABC Daytime and Bunim/Murray Productions are seeking an energetic, positive, knowledgeable and friendly Registered Nurse to help front an innovative, new daily daytime talk program, The Hospital. The show will be set at an actual working medical center. The celebrity host will work closely with a nurse co-host, and together they will interface with celebrities, guests from news headlines, cutting-edge scientists, and the actual people behind all of it — the doctors, nurses, staff, and patients of this major American hospital.

To apply, please submit your contact info, description of your work, your resume, and a few recent photos to nursecastingproject@gmail.com by June 1. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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10 Tips for Making Summer a Promising Season of Learning

Katy Texas News
Posted May 24th 2012

Your child worked hard all school year to perform at their best. But according to the National Summer Learning Association, when kids take an absolute break from education during the summer months – whether by circumstance or by design – they lose about two months’ worth of grade-level equivalency in math skills and more than two months’ worth of reading achievement. With all the potential excitement over field trips to amusement and waterparks, don’t let your child ride the slippery slide of taking too much of a mental break during summer.
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Katyites Vote in City Council and School Board Elections

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2012

The Katy City Council and the Katy ISD Board of Trustees recently held elections this past weekend, with two city council positions and two school board positions up for election. In the Katy City Council race, Steve Pierson and incumbent Larry Gore were elected to serve. In the Katy ISD Board of Trustees race, voters elected Brian Michalsky and Charles Griffin to serve. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

 

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Tiger-Rock Martial Arts Congratulates New Black Belts, Tiger Cubs, and Instructors

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2012

Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Katy (formerly Katy TaeKwonDo Academy) recently announced its newest class of Black Belt students reaching personal milestones, instructors who each passed testing requirements for their next rank level, and Tiger Cub graduates during the April belt rank exam.
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Katy Moms Volunteer in Support of Aggie Big Event

Katy Texas News
Posted May 16th 2012

“Big Event,” an Aggie tradition since 1982, is the largest, one-day, student-run, service project in the nation. On March 24, a record 17,500 Texas A&M University students came together to say thank you to the Bryan/College Station community by completing volunteer projects for residents and community organizations. To recognize and support this student event, local Aggie moms met at Living Word Lutheran Church to tie fleece blankets for charities in Katy. The group completed 58 blankets, which were donated to the Krause Center in Katy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy ISD Announces Volunteers of the Year

Katy Texas News
Posted May 09th 2012

Katy ISD’s Volunteers in Public Schools initiative recently hosted its annual VIPS Breakfast honoring the thousands of school district volunteers who donate their time supporting Katy ISD students and teachers. This school year, 14,700 volunteers donated 761,321 hours, which, in human resource terms, equates to $16,588,988. This year’s speakers were music therapist Meagan Morrow, clinical coordinator Dawn Phillips, and speech pathologist Kelley Warren Kirst from TIRR Memorial Hermann.
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First UMC Katy Celebrates Girl Scouts

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2012

First United Methodist Church Katy recently celebrated 100 years of Girl Scouting in the community. The group recognized all of the members who have participated in Girl Scouting, honoring their accomplishments and contributions to the Katy area. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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McMeans Students Achieve Highest Girl Scout Cadette Award

Katy Texas News
Posted May 04th 2012

Four eighth-grade Girl Scouts at McMeans Junior High School recently earned the Silver Service Leadership Award. Each girl volunteered 70 hours or more this year by making fleece blankets for seniors at Christmas and hosting a pet collection drive to aid seniors with pets through Meals on Wheels. In addition, their troop earned the Girl Scout Community Service Award for volunteering with other organizations. Pictured are (from left) Keely Keeney, Harley Maldonado, Emily Ridgaway, and Insiyah Sulemanji. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Gallas Plastic Surgery Celebrates New Provincial Park Surgery Center

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2012

Gallas Plastic Surgery is pleased to announce the opening of Provincial Park Surgery Center. The Provincial Park Surgery Center is located at 21300 Provincial Blvd. and is unique to Katy. The luxurious, ultra-modern, private surgery center is state licensed and fully equipped to provide a flawless and pleasant outpatient surgical experience for patient and surgeon alike. The team at Gallas Plastic Surgery invites you to call 713-554-6350 for more information. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Crowds Go Wild for Bridgeland’s Nature Fest

Katy Texas News
Posted May 02nd 2012

Record-breaking crowds attended this year’s Nature Fest, held April 28 in Bridgeland, with more than 7,000 people wild to see a 600-pound white tiger, dancing butterflies in giant bubbles, and the community’s new mascot, Bridgeland Bill. The Staples Safari Animal Magic and Primarily Primates shows were popular with crowds, with throngs of children and adults enthralled by the animal antics. Birds of Prey, which has appeared all five years during Nature Fest, is a perennial favorite, and making a repeat appearance this year were The Drum Café and the Crocodile Encounter. New to the event were the Butterfly Spheres from Los Angeles, elaborately costumed dancers who appeared in clear vinyl spheres. Bridgeland also debuted Bridgeland Bill, who posed for pictures and entertained children throughout the day.

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Daisy Troop Gives Back to Katy Community

Katy Texas News
Posted April 25th 2012

Daisies in Troop 17546 are celebrating an amazing year, with wonderful members, volunteers, and projects. The troop recently attended a Houston Astros baseball game, sold lemonade for Lemonade Day, raised money selling Girl Scout cookies, donated to Katy Christian Ministries and Citizens for Animal Protection (CAP), and attended a University of Houston softball game. The Daisies will bridge to Brownies in May. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Guest Speakers for Annual Katy ISD VIPS Celebration Breakfast Announced

Katy Texas News
Posted April 20th 2012

Katy ISD Partners in Education recently announced guest speakers for the annual VIPS celebration breakfast on May 1 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at the Merrell Center. This year’s speakers include TIRR Memorial Hermann music therapist Meagan Morrow; clinical coordinator Dawn Phillips; and speech pathologist Kelley Warren Kirst. Attendees may recognize this trio from features on CNN and ABC’s Diane Sawyer – Special Report, detailing the recovery of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords. The celebration breakfast will also include the long-awaited announcement of each campus volunteer of the year and special performances by Katy ISD student groups.

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Construction Begins on Willowfork Fire Station 2

Katy Texas News
Posted April 19th 2012

Construction officially got underway on Willowfork Fire Station 2 on Thursday, April 12 with a groundbreaking ceremony. The audience gathered to witness the ceremony included employees and volunteers of the Willowfork Fire Department, friends, and family, as well as some members of the public.

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Faith West Academy Alumnus to Play Jesus

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2012

The president of the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor, Dr. Randy O’Rear, has selected Chase Riggs to play Jesus in the school’s 2013 Easter pageant. Each year, Dr. O’Rear chooses an outstanding student for the honor of portraying Jesus. This casting is based less on acting ability than on a strong Christian faith and attitude. (more…)

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Lake Forest Group Offers Tips for Neighborhood Security

Katy Texas News
Posted April 17th 2012

Over 70 Katy residents recently gathered to discuss ways of increasing security in Lake Forest of Kelliwood. The committee’s goal was to get neighbors talking with one another and sharing ideas about how to increase safety, both as individual homeowners and as a community.
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Kilpatrick PTA Honored at State PTA Convention

Katy Texas News
Posted April 13th 2012

Members of Kilpatrick Elementary, along with PTA leaders from across the state, recently gathered for the Texas PTA Convention. Texas PTA President Sharon Goldblatt welcomed local members Cindy Cruz-Davis, Traci Faulk, and Shantania Leggins, along with many other members to the event-filled weekend. Highlights included a founder’s day dinner, featuring keynote speaker and famous dad Ed Smart, and a general meeting dedicated to advocacy with keynote speaker Rep. Donna Howard. The event honored Kilpatrick Elementary and other PTA councils that have maintained a strong campus presence by sustaining and growing membership. Other convention attractions included an exhibit hall, parenting and leader training workshops, and networking activities for all attendees. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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LifeGift Celebrates National Donate Life Month This April

Katy Texas News
Posted April 11th 2012

LifeGift, the local organ and tissue recovery agency which helps people who need transplants, is celebrating April as National Donate Life Month. The month-long celebration honors the generosity of organ, eye, and tissue donors and their families and commemorates all transplant recipients in the U.S., including Katy. Activities in April will focus on encouraging Texans to join the Donate Life Texas Registry as official organ, eye, and tissue donors. (more…)

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Katy Student Teacher Earns Education Award

Katy Texas News
Posted April 10th 2012

Lauren Redeker, a 2008 graduate of James E. Taylor High School, recently earned the Spring 2012 Always Expect More of Aggies Teacher Award. The award was established by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Culture in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University with the purpose of recognizing outstanding TLAC student teachers who have demonstrated exceptional work ethic and commitment to the teaching profession. Recipients are recognized by the department and receive a certificate and a $200 scholarship award. Nominated by her university supervisor and cooperating teacher, Redeker received the award for her exceptional effort and dedication during student teaching in initiative, organization, professional integrity, and dedication. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Katy Piano Students Perform at Spring Music Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted April 09th 2012

Katy piano students Lindsay Chu and Lexie Kwon were recently selected to perform in the Katy Music Teachers Association spring festival honor’s recital at Houston Community College. Chu and Kwon are both students of piano teacher Mary Ann LaCour. Chu is the daughter of Eduardo Chu and Cecilia Sui-Chu, and Kwon is the daughter of Vincent and Victoria Kwon, all of Katy. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Cinco Ranch Ice Cougars Face Seven Lakes Spartans to Win Third at State

Katy Texas News
Posted April 05th 2012

The Cinco Ranch Ice Cougars hockey team recently skated home with a third-place trophy in the Texas Cup State Championship Silver Division, held in Dallas. The win topped off another stellar season for this high school hockey team. The Ice Cougars ended their regular season in first place in the Interscholastic Hockey League with some impressive statistics, including 19 wins, two losses, and one tie. The Ice Cougars took on hockey teams from Houston, Dallas, and Austin at the state championship.

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SLOPA Showcases Music at Family Arts Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted April 04th 2012

Members of the Seven Lakes Orchestra Parent Association (SLOPA) recently participated in the annual KVPAC Arts for All Family Festival at La Centerra, earning the best booth award. The booth displayed the art instruments for their annual Music to the Eyes raffle, provided an instrument “petting zoo” where children could try out a violin, and featured live serenades performed by SLHS orchestra ensembles throughout the day. Please mention you found this on www.KatyMagazine.com.

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Music Students Perform at KMTA Spring Festival

Katy Texas News
Posted March 30th 2012

The Katy Music Teachers Association recently held its annual spring festival, with 210 piano students participating in the event. Students performed for a judge, who gave them a rating between one and four. Students who earned a one or two received blue and red ribbons, respectively, and all students earned a certificate.
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