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September 4, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster 

Harris County ESD 48 is accepting applications for enthusiastic, dedicated volunteers to serve their community as firefighters until September 31.

Twice a year, Harris County ESD 48 Fire and EMS hosts a Volunteer Firefighter Academy for men and women in the area who want to give back to their community.


The course gives extensive, hands-on training in all aspects of the position, and volunteers from all walks of life are welcome and include executives, teachers, nurses, engineers, and more.

These special, selfless community leaders work alongside career firefighters to protect their neighbors in the event of an emergency.

Here’s a video from a few volunteer firefighters about why they decided to join ESD #48.


Volunteer Firefighters

The Academy for the class of 2018 begins December 4, and applications must be received by September 31, 2018. Print out the application and turn it in at Station 5, at 21201 Morton Rd.

Community Team Volunteers/ Teachers

HCESD #48 Public Information Officer Simon Van Dyk says that volunteer firefighters are always welcome, but there are plenty of volunteer roles in addition to firefighters.


“We are specifically looking for people with teaching backgrounds to help with our fire and life safety programs within local schools,” he says.

For more information about how you can get involved and serve the Katy community with ESD #48, contact them here. 


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August 27, 2018   

Natalie Cook Clark and Katrina Katsarelis    

According to chimney expert, Todd Harkrider, fireplaces that suffered water damage during Harvey or any other flood event, could be at risk for fire or carbon monoxide release.


Harkrider wants to warn Katy Area residents that at least two of the larger fireplace manufacturers – Hearth & Home Technologies (HHT) and Innovative Hearth Products (IHP), are recommending homeowners replace their fireplaces if they have been partially or fully exposed to water. The companies have also deemed fireplace warranties invalid if exposed to water.

System Malfunctions and Carbon Monoxide Risks

The fireplace manufacturers have issued statements of concerns related to fire/carbon monoxide risks associated with rusted holes and potential control system malfunctions due to water damage.  One of the statements is below:

 “From a safety standpoint, it is our opinion that the fireplace be replaced if any of the fireplace has been exposed to or under water. Further, we recommend that the replacement be done by a qualified service person or agency. If you have any questions concerning this matter, feel free to contact our technical department at 800-655-2008.” – Technical Support, Innovative Hearth Products

According to fireplace experts, gas log burners/controls present the same issue with the control system being submerged and warn that attempted operation may result in fire or explosion, property damage, personal injury or even loss of life. “If fireplace damage was the result of flooding during Hurricane Harvey, we recommend checking the homeowners insurance policy for any benefits related to flooding,” states Heart & Home Technologies.

Harris County Emergency Services District 48 Response

“We haven’t seen anything (chimney related fires) yet but it would make sense,” explains Simon VanDyk, Lt. Public Information Officer Harris County Emergency Services. “One thing that most people don’t know is that in the unincorporated Katy there are no residential fire codes. Home inspectors focus on building codes.”  This can create a problem when people think that their home is inspected and approved but then it wasn’t inspected for fire threats.

Some inspectors agree. “The houses flooded from Harvey are now coming back online and I’m seeing, for the most part, that they’ve been rebuilt poorly,” says Jim Davis of About the House Inspection Services. “People need to focus on the overall safety of the home and not the look of the granite counter tops.”

Willowfork Fire Department started offering free fire inspections this year. Harris County Emergency Services District 48 was the first organization in Katy to offer home safety surveys in 2016 . Also residents need to take the time to self inspect their smoke alarms and keep in mind that these do expire. This year would also be the best year to install carbon monoxide detectors as an added precaution.

“Not too many people in the south use their chimney’s too much so with the unprecedented flooding we can expect to see issues that have never come up here before and it is a concern,” stressed Harkrider. This will be the first winter that we’ve experienced this potential threat. Most houses that had chimney water damage would not have been lived in and experiencing chimney use last winter. As the cold weather nears and users start up their fireplaces for the first time since the flood, potential damage and safety hazards could occur.

“I do believe that homeowners did and are missing some good info when they started the rebuild process. I think there were a lot of people that did DIY rebuild/renovations and did not document as well as they should have and are now having trouble selling their once flooded homes,” says George Huntoon, a local Katy realtor.

Bottom line people need to listen to common sense. Make sure that your house is properly inspected.

Here are some tips from the experts:







Special thanks to Todd Harkrider of Harky’s Chimney & Home Services for bringing this story to our attention.


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August 26, 2018

By Jennifer Lynn Skelton

Saturday, one year to the day that Hurricane Harvey began it’s destruction in Katy, voters said yes to a $2.5 billion bond that will fund more than 200 projects in hopes to curtail future flooding in Harris county.

Roughly 85% of voters said yes to the Harris County flood bond with 6.5% of the registered voters participating. This was the same percentage of support that was seen in early voting. Votes rarely, if ever, pass at a percentage that high. Although the improvements are for Harris county, many other communities outside will reap the benefits.


Potential projects supported by bond funding include:

  • Channel modifications to improve stormwater conveyance

  • Regional stormwater detention basins

  • Major repairs to flood-damaged drainage infrastructure

  • Removing large amounts of sediment and silt from drainage channels

  • Voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties

  • Wetland mitigation banks

  • Property acquisition for preserving the natural floodplains

  • Drainage improvements made in partnership with other cities, utility districts, or other local government agencies

  • Upgrading the Harris County Flood Warning System

Click here for more information and a map of improvements covered by the bond.


The Harris County Flood Control District Executive Director Russ Poppe released the following statement about the election results:

“We are very excited that the voters have significantly enhanced the Flood Control District’s ability to address the flooding issues that impact Harris County by approving the issuance of up to $2.5 billion in bonds to help us implement more flood risk reduction projects in a shorter timeframe.

“We intend to make immediate use of this opportunity: Next Tuesday’s Harris County Commissioners Court agenda will include items to advance 14 flood risk reduction projects that are made possible by this new bond funding. There will be more projects in the coming months.

“Harris County residents have put their trust in the Flood Control District and we plan to work extremely hard and efficiently to turn the financial resources made available as a result of this election into the reality of reduced flooding risks across Harris County.”


HCFCD will continue to hold community meetings, such as those held to educate the public ahead of the bond, as projects begin.


The bonds will be sold in increments over at least 10-15 years, as needed for the multiple phases of each project. The actual timing of individual projects will depend on a variety of factors including environmental permitting and right-of-way acquisition.

Projects will be authorized individually for funding by Commissioners Court, based on recommendations by the Flood Control District.


The Harris County Flood Control District anticipates that bonds will begin to be sold in 2020. Taxpayers will not see an increase until then with property taxes that are due January 31, 2021.

Frank Bruce, Harris County senior director of finance and budget stated that the increase is estimated at 1/3 of a cent per $100 valuation. This number is fluid as market conditions and circumstances change. By 2035, the anticipated tax rate is expected to double the 2.83 cents per $100 valuation.

Homeowners over 65 or that have a disabled exemption with a home valued $200,000 or less will not pay any additional taxes.

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August 22, 2018  

Compiled by Jennifer Lynn Skelton  

As more people continue to move to Katy, the need exists for more businesses to support the diverse community. Additionally, residents from smaller cities such as Brookshire, Sealy and Fulshear flock to Katy for their needs.

 (Urban Air Adventure Park – America Ninja Course)


iRace Entertainment  

24984 Katy Ranch Rd.

Now Open

Star Cinema Grill

District West at Parkway Lakes, Richmond

No Open Date Announced

Urban Air Adventure Park

25307 Kingsland Blvd.

Opening Late Summer 2018

Vortex Sports Grill and Entertainment

24757 I-10

Opening End of Year 2018

Xscape Theaters 

26616 FM 1093 Rd., Richmond

Opening September 2018


Oncology Consultants

23960 Katy Frwy., Suite 325

Now Open

Nighlight Pediatric Urgent Care

22720 Morton Ranch Rd.

Now Open

VibraLife of Katy

1222 Park West Green Dr.

Now Open

Your Total Footcare

23230 Red River Dr.

Now Open


85C Bakery

Katy Grand Shopping Center (99 & Grand Pkwy.)

Opening Early 2019

Beard Papa’s

23119 Colonial Pkwy.

Now Open

Blockhouse Coffee & Kitchen

Stableside at Falcon Landing

No Opening Date Announced

Hacienda Real Mexican Restaurant

11605 S. Fry Rd., Fulshear

Now Open

Jax Grill

Falcon Landing

Opening early 2019

Krispy Kreme

1715 S. Mason Rd.

Opening Fall 2018

Mala Sichuan Bistro

23119 Colonial Parkway

Opening Summer to Fall 2018

 (Mala Sichuan Bistro)

Pollo Campero

1818 Fry Rd.

Now Open


9333 Spring Green Blvd.

Now Open

Subzero Nitrogen Ice Cream

Stableside at Falcon Landing

No Opening Date Announced

The Union Kitchen

Stableside at Falcon Landing

Opening Early 2019

Zoner’s Pizza Wings and Waffles
25810 Westheimer Pkwy.

Opening August 2018



FM 1463 & FM 1093, Fulshear

Opening August 29



Grand Morton Town Center (Morton Ranch Rd. @ 99)

Opening Early Summer 2019

Hollywood Feed

Stableside at Falcon Landing

No Opening Date Announced


Grand Morton Town Center (Morton Ranch Rd. @ 99)

Opening Early Summer 2019


Grand Morton Town Center (Morton Ranch Rd. @ 99)

Opening Early Summer 2019


Grand Morton Town Center (Morton Ranch Rd. @ 99)

Opening Early Summer 2019


Garages of Texas 

FM 1463 & Spring Green Blvd.

No Opening Date Announced

Regions Bank

Stableside at Falcon Landing

Now Open

VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa

Stableside at Falcon Landing

Opening Late Summer 2019


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August 14, 2018 


Last week, Katy ISD sent out an email about the additional safety and security measures that will be implemented across the district. Below is a breakdown of the updated safety measures at your child’s school.

When students return to school in Katy ISD on August 15, 2018, they will be met with reinforced and updated safety and security procedures that include software for reporting bullying, more strict identification requirements for parents and visitors, mandatory student ID’s and more.


Required for entrance to any Katy ISD campus:

– Valid, current, government-issued picture ID outside of the main entrance at all campuses.

– Utilize the new controlled access camera and intercom system to present their ID.

– Present valid ID to the front desk receptionist and be logged into the tracking system.


Secondary students must now wear their ID badges at all times during school hours, while on District property.  Students in grades PK-5 will continue utilizing their badges during lunch and library times.  Fourth and fifth-grade students are requested to wear their badges throughout the school day, when practical.  At the secondary level, failure to follow the ID badge requirement may be considered a violation of the Student Code of Conduct.?


Controlled access systems will unlock main entrance doors at a set time each morning.

– Elementary Group 1: 7:35 a.m.

– Elementary Group 2: 7:55  a.m.

– Junior High: 8:10 a.m.

– High School: 6: 45 a.m.


To ensure visitor safety, along with quick and efficient entry into our event venues, Katy ISD has instituted a Clear Bag Regulation. This will limit the size and type of bag allowed at sporting events, performances and graduations held at Rhodes and Legacy stadiums, as well as the Leonard Merrell Center (LMC), and the Katy ISD Livestock Show and Rodeo at the Agricultural Sciences Center.

While Katy ISD encourages visitors not to bring bags if possible, the following types of bags are permissible:

  • Clear, plastic, vinyl or PVC bags

  • Clear, plastic, one-gallon, re-sealable, Ziploc-style bags

  • Clutch bags approximately the size of a hand (4 ½” X 6 ½”)

  • Medically necessary items

Visitors who bring bags that do not meet the criteria outlined, will not be permitted entrance into the venue.



– Procedures for Reporting Allegations of Bullying

– Bullying and Intervention Programs by Campus 

For a full report of Katy ISD’s increased safety and security measures, visit KatyISD.org.


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August 13, 2018

Natalie Cook Clark

With Katy ISD schools starting this week a lot of parents are looking into before and after school care options, especially with the time changes to some of our schools.

The good news is that Katy offers a lot of options and most of these are not just a childcare program but offer curriculum enriched programs with various topics and homework assistance by certified teachers.

How to find the best program for your child?

All of these programs have their own unique curriculum and play structure. It’s always best to research to see to find the best fit for your child.

Safety- What is their pick-up procedures? What kind of CPR and training is required of the staff?

Ask about transportation- Most of these program provide transportation to local school. Be sure and see if your child’s school is one that they service. Do they use carseats?

Curriculum- Different programs focus on different curriculum. Do you want something STEM based? Language immersion? Play based? Homework assistance?

Take a tour- All of these programs listed below offer tours. This is the best way to get a feel for the program and ask your questions.

“I chose Tigerland because it’s great reputation, the majority of the staff have been there for years and the pricing is reasonable,” says Vicky Hegemeyer.

With so many choices in Katy, with a little research it should be easy to find the best fit for your child.


Local Katy Before/After School Programs:

British Private Prep

28031 S. Firethorne Road, 281-394-5889

25935 Cinco Terrace Drive, 281-394-7737

4025 S. Mason Road, 281-828-2000

Childtime Learning Center

170 N Fry Rd, Katy 77449, 281-646-8330

22022 Highland Knolls Dr, Katy 77450, 281-392-2400

Children’s Lighthouse

23060 Westheimer Pkwy, Katy 77494, 281-395-4466

26051 Kingsland Blvd, Katy 77494, 281-392-2211

19607 Clay Rd, Katy 77449, 281-492-2688

 5740 FM 1463, Katy 77494, 281-394-9696

Children’s Learning Adventure

24224 Cinco Terrace Dr, Katy 77494, 281-612-7648

Foundations Academy

20817 Westheimer Parkway, Katy 77450, 281-599-1200

Ivy Kids Early Learning Center

27270 Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy 77494, 281-574-0395

2707 Spring Green Blvd, Katy 77494, 346-307-6922

19919 Lakemont Bend Ln, Richmond, TX 77407, 832-595-1900

Katy Knowledge Beginnings

6130 S Fry Rd, Katy 77494, 281-693-77494

Katy’s Early childhood Enrichment Center

1407 W. Grand Pkwy, 281-693-1999

 Kids R ‘Kids

19814 Keith Harrow Boulevard 281-859-7300

21955 Westheimer Pkwy 281-828-2273

24007 Franz Road 281-347-5444

25950 Cinco Ranch Blvd. 281–392-1370

10602 S. Fry Road 281-392-1414

4515 FM 1463 281-347-5437


2650 S. Peek Rd, Katy 77450, 281-392-2650

22129 Kingsland Blvd, Katy 77450, 281-392-6770

2202 Fry Rd, Houston 77084, 281-578-1415

19510 Clay Rd, Katy 77449, 281-550-1610

Learning and Beyond

19600 Clay Rd, Katy 77449, 832-464-7787

20144 Morton Rd, Katy 77449, 832-848-0369

My Place Early Learning Center

24034 Cinco Village Center Blvd, Katy 77494, 281-392-5900

2212 Katy Flewellen Rd, Katy 77494, 281-396-4734

Primrose Schools of Katy

1249 FM 1463, Katy 77494, 281-371-0099 (West Cinco Ranch)

1540 Peek Rd, Katy 77450, 281-693-7711 (Cinco Ranch)

21480 Park Row Blvd, Katy 77449, 281-492-7400 (North Mason Creek)

2402 Westgreen Blvd, Katy TX 77450 281-828-1600 (Kelliwood)

Safari Kids Learning Center

24936 Katy Ranch Rd, Katy 77494, 832-583-9700

Scribbles Academy

940 S. Fry Rd, Katy 77450, 281-578-1505

Spanish School House

2944 S Mason Rd, Katy 77450, 832-437-0570


5315 E 5th St, Katy 77493, 281-391-8750


Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch 22807 Westheimer Pkwy, 281-392-5055

Mark Chapman YMCA at Katy Main Street 1350 Main Street, 281-665-1213

Do you have a Katy before/after school program that you love? Tell us about it in the comments.


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August 9, 2018 
Ashley Lancaster

College Nannies & Tutors of Katy, a locally owned agency that provides customized childcare and tutoring, was happy to award Katy High School senior Siarah Mazariegos with their first-ever College Test Prep Scholarship.

Siarah is the oldest of four siblings and plays flute for the Katy High School Band as a section leader, serves as student council president and vice president for the National Honor Society. She hopes to attend UT Austin and major in Business, and College Nannies & Tutors of Katy has brought that dream a little closer with a scholarship that will allow Siarah to achieve the highest possible ACT/SAT scores.


The scholarship was created by  Franchise owner Doina Berea and Learning Center Manager Rebecca Baker in order to give back to our local community and help a local high school student to improve on their SAT/ACT score.

College Nannies & Tutors of Katy will provide this scholarship to one outstanding high school senior in Katy ISD every year. To learn more about College Nannies & Tutors of Katy, visit www.collegetutorskatytx.com


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August 7, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

Photography by Hello Darlin Photography

A young Katy couple had no idea just how much people would love their photos at Texas’s most popular gas station. Once the album hit social media, true-blue Texans everywhere absolutely flipped!

Local photographer Kristina Ohl-Boyd, owner of Hello Darlin Photography, has worked with Katy couple Brooks Taylor and Trevor Waters before. “They are a really fun, flirty couple to shoot, so I knew that they would be willing to try and out-of-the-box idea like this,” says Ohl-Boyd.

Saturday began with a planned shoot in Galveston when Boyd mentioned the idea of taking some original photos in a gas station. They went to several convenience stores in the area, but were not granted permission to take pictures. “Every gas station we went to turned us down, saying that the shoot would be an insurance liability,” she says. Frustrated but determined to make her idea come to life, Kristina asked the couple if they would be willing to try again on Sunday, this time at the Buc-ee’s station in Katy. Brooks and Trevor both graduated from Katy Taylor High School, Brooks in 2017 and Trevor in 2018, and live in the area, so it was easy to plan.


“When Kristina mentioned Buc-ee’s, Trevor and I were both super excited. Buc-ee’s is a uniquely Texan treasure, so we knew it would be the perfect place to take photos,” says Taylor.

The 5,000 square-foot, immensely popular gas station chain, known for it’s immaculate restrooms, Beaver swag and kitschy apparel, awesome hot food and road trip -ready snacks opened a Katy location last year. As anyone from Texas will tell you, if you are on the road in Texas, you have to stop at Buc-ee’s.

“The setting was perfect because both Brooks and Trevor are Buc-ee’s veterans, and it was a great way to celebrate something that Texans are really proud to call their own,” says Ohl-Boyd.



When they arrived, they weren’t quite sure what reaction to expect from management, staff, and other patrons when they began taking photos. “When we went in, I told them both that we were just going to start shooting, and wait to see if we got any push back from management,” she says. But the reaction was, in fact, the complete opposite. Buc-ee’s staff immediately jumped in to help make the shoot a success. Trevor, who was a little nervous when he arrived, instantly felt relaxed and comfortable.

“The environment was really fun, and employees were running around making sure everything was clean, keeping other customers out of the frame so we could take photos, and just helping out as much as they could,” he says. The helpfulness of the staff and the positive energy in the store yielded some adorable memories for both Trevor and Brooks. “It was an amazing day to share with someone I love,” he says. The shoot took about 90 minutes and includes photos from all over the store, including the red pick up truck loaded with plush Buc-ee the Beaver dolls.

“They let us jump in that truck and just go crazy getting as many great shots as we could. It was amazing,” says Ohl-Boyd. Even the other patrons joined in on the fun as they passed by, snapping photos for social media and praising the photographer and the couple on the creative idea.


The full album was posted on Hello Darlin’s Facebook page on August 5 at around 8 p.m., and so far has close to 700 shares. “I told Brooks and Trevor when we were leaving the store that this is the kind of photo shoot that goes viral. Texans love their Buc-ee’s,” she says. To her, the Buc-ee’s shoot represents so much about the heart of Texas culture and the pride that runs deep here. “What these photos really show is that you can have fun and make memories anywhere,” she says.

Indeed they do. Hello Darlin Photography has already received several requests for similar shoots at the Katy location, and Ohl-Boyd is on board, with a few simple conditions. “Buc-ee’s can call me back with a lifetime supply of kolaches and Beaver nuggets and we’ll call it even, ” she jokes.

As for Brooks and Trevor, they can definitely imagine future shoots at Buc-ee’s. They will both attend Lone Star College – Cy-Fair this fall, and Brooks is currently working at Shell Corporation through an internship she landed her senior year in high school. “We would love to come back at different points in our life and make this a tradition,” says Brooks.


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If you’re new to Texas and haven’t experienced Buc-ee’s yet, stop by the Katy location at 27700 Katy Fwy near Cane Island.


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July 29, 2018

By Jennifer Skelton

Eight Katy-area eateries will participate In Houston Restaurant Weeks 2018. Each establishment offers a specific menu for the fundraiser that benefits the Houston Food Bank.


Houston Restaurant Weeks is the largest annual fundraiser for America’s largest food bank, the Houston Food Bank.

It’s a month long, August 1 – September 3, dining extravaganza featuring specially priced lunches, brunches and dinners at restaurants from the Houston area.

HRW is planned by volunteers so that participating restaurants can donate 100% of the funds raised to the Houston Food Bank.

Participating restaurants make donations directly to the Houston Food Bank based upon how many brunches, lunches and dinners they sell during the event. The exact dollar amount can be found on the HRW website above the restaurant’s menu. Diners are not solicited for donations.

NOTE FOR DINERS: Please call or visit the web site of your chosen restaurant(s) to verify days of the week for meal service times for brunch, lunch and dinner.

If you are new to Houston Restaurant Weeks, this guide will help you navigate, make reservations if necessary and make sure what you order is included in the event.

Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra

2707 Commercial Center Blvd.
*Reservations are not required. This $20 menu will be available at all times, 7 days a week, including weekends. Diners will also receive a free movie ticket to return an other time.

Alicia’s Mexican Grille – Katy
25725 Katy Fwy.
*Lunch ($20) and dinner ($35) menu. Walk-ins welcome. When making your reservations please let the restaurant know that you’d like the HRW menu.

Grazia Italian Kitchen
22764 Westheimer Pkwy.
*Brunch ($20), lunch ($20) and dinner ($35). When making your reservations please let the restaurant know that you’d like the HRW menu. Check with the restaurant directly for participating times and days. Walk ins welcome. Grazia was recently featured in Katy Magazine’s “The Great Katy Restaurant Explosion of 2018”.

Peli Peli – Cinco Ranch La Centerra
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
*Dinner menu for $45. Please let restaurant know that you’d like the HRW menu when making your reservations. Walk-ins welcome. Peli Peli’s Bacon Wrapped Scallops recently made Katy Magazine’s list of “Top 10 Brilliant Bacon Masterpieces in Katy”.  Peli Peli’s Bobotie was featured in Katy Magazine’s “Katy Magazine’s Top Food Picks for 2018”.

Perry’s Steakhouse and Grille – La Centerra

23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
*Offering a dinner menu for $45. Reservations are required. When making your reservations please let the restaurant know that you’d like the HRW menu.

The Rouxpour – La Centerra
2643 Commercial Center Blvd.
*Dinner menu for $35. Please let restaurant know that you’d like the HRW menu when making your reservations. Walk-ins welcome. The Rouxpour was recently featured in Katy Magazine’s “The Great Katy Restaurant Explosion of 2018”.

Texas Mesquite Grille

20095 Katy Fwy.
*Dinner menu for $35. Please let restaurant know that you’d like the HRW menu when making your reservations. Walk-ins welcome.

Tobiou Sushi and Bar
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
*Dinner menu for $35. Please let restaurant know that you’d like the HRW menu when making your reservations. Walk-ins welcome.

This is a comprehensive list as of July 29. More restaurants and menus can be added up until July 31. Keep checking back here.


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July 5, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

If you’re searching for a new job, beware of the opening listed online for “Amazon Financial Analyst.” Katy Magazine shares how to tell the difference between a legitimate post and the scam.


Katy job-seekers should double check the legitimacy of one particular job opening found online recently for a “Financial Analyst” at Amazon.


Amazon is a popular job search in the Katy area because a new fulfillment center is being built and recently announced that they are hiring 400 new staff members for this location, but one listing in particular is absolutely false.

We contacted Amazon’s Corporate headquarters for an update on the situation.

“Amazon is aware of this situation, and while we do have work-from-home opportunities, this is not one of our initiatives. We are doing what we can from our side to pull down these listings,” says Kayla Hansen, Strategic Communications Specialist for Amazon.

What It Looks Like

Below is a copy of the bogus contract, sent by an “Alexander Solomon.” 

What You’ll Get

Applicants who are being targeted by the scammers will receive:

Phone calls from a (509) area code phone number. In this case, (509) 320-4046.


An email of congratulations from “Solomon”,  letting them know that they have been hired without any interview process at all, or with minimal phone and/or email correspondence.

Two contracts via email, one for Full-Time employment, and one for Part-Time employment.

“Candidates” are given the option to determine their work schedule, and are asked to fill out and sign the agreement and return via email.

The applicant will be asked to provide a copy of their photo ID, a photo of themselves, street address, and bank account information for “Direct Deposit” purposes.

The job offer includes a work-from-home, 1099-basis, full-time employment contract for $5,800 per month salary with 5% commission, full benefits and retirement. Hint: If it sounds too good to be true, it is.

WARNING: The official procedure for Amazon Inc. new-hires is to obtain bank account information ONLY after an extensive interview process, and usually occurs during an in-person employee orientation. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES should you email or text message your bank account information to anyone claiming to be a recruiter or Human Resources rep.

One close-call candidate became suspicious of the offer when he was hired on the spot, and without meeting anyone either by Skype or in person. The red flag was when he was asked for his bank account information sent via email.

“Something just didn’t sit right with me, so I called Amazon’s Corporate office and was informed that this was a popular job scam, and not to give out any personal information,” says Ted Lawrence.

After his phone call with Amazon, Lawrence called the “recruiter” and informed him of what he learned. Mr. “Solomon” hung up and refused to answer or return his calls.

Hansen encourages all candidates interested in jobs at the Houston or Katy locations to visit amazondelivers.jobs to apply.


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June 29, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton

The Ballard House, which provides temporary housing in our community for individuals and their families who are hospitalized or receiving treatment for a serious medical condition, has just reopened at full capacity since they were flooded during Hurricane Harvey. Due to the additional guests, The Ballard House has an urgent need of donations to stock the entire home.

The items below are urgently needed and can be dropped off at The Ballard House located at 21421 Cinco Park Road.

  • Toilet Paper

  • K-Cups

  • Foil


  • Canned Soups (like you would want to eat when you are sick)

  • Peanut Butter

  • Peanut Butter – take along snack crackers

  • Goldfish

  • Wheat Thins, Triscuits, Saltine Crackers

  • Canned Fruit

  • Fruit Cups

  • Pudding Cups (that don’t have to be refrigerated)

  • Cereal – Special K, Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes

  • Success Rice – Brown and White

  • Canned Tuna

  • Bottle Water

  • Any other general snack items that can be taken to the guest’s doctors appt.

In addition to the urgent need above, a complete list of items needed can be found here.


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June 29, 2018 
Ashley Lancaster


Harris County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the man who robbed a Cash Store on Fry Rd. in Katy at gunpoint.


On Monday, September 18, 2017 a black male subject entered the Cash Store located at 1456 Fry Road in west Harris County. The male approached the counter and asked the employees a question.

The subject then pulled a pistol from his waistband and jumped over the counter demanding the cash drawer money. He held both employees at gunpoint and told them to hand over their personnel belongings as well.


The subject then fled on foot in unknown direction from the store. He is described as a black male, 25 to 30 years old, 6 ‘ in height and weighing about 180 Lbs. He has brown colored hair and dark colored eyes, and a tattoo on his neck. Anyone with information is urged to call the HCSO Robbery division at 713-274-9210.


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June 26, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

Katy families and businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey will have an opportunity to recover with the approval of the State Action Plan, totaling just over $5 billion dollars.

 Texas Land Commissioner George P. Bush announced  on Monday that the U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has approved the State Action Plan for a ttotal of $5.024 billions dollars as part of the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery.


Affected areas in Harris County and the City of Houston will receive $2.7 billion in recovery funds, while areas outside Harris County and Houston city limits will get the remainder  of $2.3 to rebuild and restore homes and businesses, and infrastructure. Here is a breakdown in fund distribution and approved programs:

1. Single Family Homeowner Assistance ($1.048 billion)
Provides funding for rehabilitation and reconstruction of owner-occupied single-family homes damaged by Hurricane Harvey.

2. Buyouts and Acquisitions ($275 million)
Eligible homeowners may sell their home to a local government at a pre-storm or post-storm fair market value and move out of harm’s way by relocating outside of a floodplain to a lower-risk area

3. Homeowner Reimbursement ($100 million)

Allows homeowners to be reimbursed for certain out-of-pocket expenses incurred for repairs to their home including reconstruction, rehabilitation or mitigation up to $50,000.


4. Affordable Rental ($250 million)
Provides funding for rehabilitation, reconstruction and new construction of affordable multi-family housing projects in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

5. Local Infrastructure ($413 million)
Repairs, enhances and restores infrastructure for local communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey as part of a comprehensive long-term recovery program.

6. Economic Revitalization ($100 million)

Offers interim assistance to small businesses impacted by Hurricane Harvey through deferred forgivable loans and loans in exchange for job creation or retention. Small business within Harris County and the city of Houston will be eligible to apply for this program.

7. Local, Regional and State Planning ($137 million)
The GLO will conduct planning studies focused on disaster mitigation in the impacted areas with the purpose of promoting sound long-term recovery.

Information on Homeowner Recovery Assistance

Source: Texas General Land Office 


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June 20, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

The rain couldn’t keep Katy’s Top 100 Men and their guests from having a great time at No Label Brewery.

Good food & good friends 

Honorees  on Katy Magazine’s Top 100 Men of Katy list and their guests  enjoyed draft beer, live music, delicious food, and great conversation at No Label Brewery on Tuesday night.


The list is comprised of men ages 18 and up who serve their community with integrity, and includes Katy ISD students and teachers, community leaders, heroes who stepped up during Hurricane Harvey, law enforcement officials, and more.


To see photos from the event, visit our Facebook page. 

Honorees who were not able to attend, or attended but did not pick up their official certificate. Please email editor@katymagazine.com and we will mail one to you!


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June 14, 2018
Ashley Lancaster

City of Katy officials have confirmed  that they will host a “revitalized” newly named event that’s not affiliated with the Katy Area Chamber’s Rice Harvest Festival.

In response to Katy Magazine inquiries, Kayce Reina, the City of Katy’s Director of Marketing and Tourism has confirmed that they will host a festival for residents in the wake of the cancellation of the Katy Area Chamber’s Rice Harvest Festival.

Katy Mayor Chuck Brawner has announced that it will host the newly named “City of Katy Rice Festival” in Downtown Historic Katy the second weekend of October. According to Brawner this will be a revitalized festival that residents, businesses, and visitors would be proud of.

“Our goal is to bring the festival back to its original form,” says Mayor Chuck Brawner. “It will be a family-oriented event with only quality arts and craft vendors, live music, excellent food, and drinks and fun for the whole family.”

Restoring the Festival’s Former Glory

In past years, the event was put on by the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce. This will be the first year that they will not host the festival.

In his official statement, Mayor Brawner expresses the city’s plan to revitalize the festival and bring back the original small-town charm that it has always been known for.

Sponsorship & Volunteering

More information on the festival will be released as the details are formalized in the coming weeks. The City of Katy hopes the community will support their dedication to this iconic festival. Please mark your calendars and plan to be part of the 2018 City of Katy Rice Festival.

If you are interested in getting involved via sponsorship, volunteering or for questions or comments, please contact Kayce Reina, the City of Katy’s Director of Tourism & Marketing, directly via email at kreina@cityofkaty.com or by phone at 281-391-8653.

No comment was received from the Katy Chamber of Commerce.


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June 14, 2018

Congratulations are in order for nineteen local Chick-fil-A Team Members selected to receive a $2,500 Chick-fil-A Leadership Scholarship this fall.


Each recipient not only demonstrated professional leadership, teamwork, and positive influence on the job, but also a commitment to volunteer work in our local community for the past twelve months.  In addition, a personal letter of recommendation from the Owner/Operator, Rusty Wylie, was submitted for each of the outstanding award winners.

Mr. Wylie commented, “It’s a tremendous blessing to be able to recruit so many of our communities best and brightest young people.  One of the most fulfilling aspects of owning three locations is the opportunity to provide leadership training at an early age, giving our young people an edge on success that translates to any future career. I’m so proud of each and every one of them.”  The award winners from Chick-fil-A Mason Road, Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch and Chick-fil-A Katy Green are:

Chick-fil-A Mason Road

Alexis (Lexie) Borowski, Lone Star, Undecided

Sophia Bui, University of Houston, Business/Finance

Nicholas Burnside, University of Houston, Restaurant and Hotel Management

Kandace Dobbs, University of Houston, Communications

Avery Fontenot, University of Arkansas, Business

Brooke Richardson, University of Houston, Communications

Chick-fil-A Cinco Ranch

Jane Akwitti, University of Texas- Austin, Pre Med Track

Savannah Alphin-McPhink, Ashford University, Applied Behavioral Sciences

Avery Connor, Steven F. Austin University, Music Ed

Ellie Farlow, Samford University, Nursing

Aylin (Selena) Morales, Lone Star, History

Fay Walkabout, University of Texas-Dallas, Neuro-Science

 Chick-fil-A Katy Green

Fazeeah Agoro, Texas Tech, Kinesiology /Physical Therapy

David Balderas, Lone Star, Bachelor in Science

Sonya Cadena, Texas State, Physicians Assistant

Destiny Logan, Lone Star, Nursing

Madison Morel, Abilene Christian University, Nursing

Daniel Veillon, Houston Community College & Sam Houston, Criminal Justice

Jake Winegar, Houston Baptist University, Liberal Arts- Political Science


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June 13, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Pedro Gamboa, of Harris County, alleged that he suffered serious injury after slipping and falling on a wet surface at the water park in Katy, Texas.


In the complaint, the plaintiff claims that he slipped and fell on a surface that was smooth and slippery while he was exiting a water slide on August 7, 2016. Gamboa claims that he suffered pain and suffering, mental anguish, medical expenses, and lost wages.

WP Ventures, LLC, acting as Typhoon Texas, is accused of negligently failing to maintain the property and provide warning signs of the condition of the floor.

The plaintiff has requested a trial by jury and seeks between $200,000 and $1M in monetary relief.  He is represented by Loren G. Klitsas and Jared W. Capps of Klitsas & Vercher PC in Houston.

Katy Magazine reached out to Typhoon Texas for comment at 12:00 on June 13. Updates will be posted as we receive them.


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June 8, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

Meet the Katy family behind the heartwarming story of simple, fatherly affection that has gone viral on social media.


Jim Porterfield (left) with his children and son-in-law

 “As some know my dad is mentally and physically handicapped and so especially now that he’s older he’s unable to work or earn an income but he’s been saving his pocket change for the past month for some reason and I thought nothing of it until I came home and found this today,” tweeted his daughter Morgan, a graduate of Taylor High School and former THS Expressions member.


This sweet, simple act of kindness and fatherly affection has gone viral on social media, being picked up by news outlets across the country. The tweet has gotten over 50K retweets and has been shared by People, DailyMail, and more.  We got in touch with Morgan to find out more about her father and their family.

The Accident

In 1981, railroad worker and Katy father of four children, Jim Porterfield, was in a head-one collision with a drunk driver that almost killed him.

Porterfield spent 6 weeks in a coma and underwent a total of 13 surgeries to treat severe head and bodily injuries that included a subdural hematoma, multiple lacerations, and shattered bones. Skin grafts, pins, and bolts were necessary to keep him alive and repair some of the damage – but nevertheless, Jim was left with severe physical and mental disabilities.



“He is unable to brush his hair, teeth, or eat with his dominant hand,” says his daughter, Krista on the family’s GoFundMe page, which they started to raise money to help pay for medical expenses.

Defying the Odds

Doctors said that it was unlikely that Mr. Porterfield would live, let alone walk again, but he defied the odds and not only survived, but lovingly raised and cared for his four children, despite his limitations. He worked in a file room at an oil and gas company in Houston for over 30 years, paying the bills, and providing for his kids the way a good father does.

He was laid of from his job in 2017, and the medical bills have become overwhelming for the family to handle. Not yet eligible for medical care, his children are scraping by to make ends meet. It’s been tough, but even during hardship, Jim is finding little ways to show his children how much he cares.

“My dad has always told me how blessed he is, and tried to teach me to help others and do everything for the glory of God…he’s my hero and the most kindhearted and loving man you’ll ever meet,” says Morgan.


Morgan will start school at Sam Houston State University in the fall, and her younger brother, Evan attends Memorial Parkway Junior High.


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June 8, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Katy Fire Department Chief Richard Payne retired Thursday from the department after 20+ years of service.


Chief Richard Payne was hired by City of Katy after volunteering, 20+ years ago.

The “final call” is a tradition among first responders such as firefighters, police and EMS when they retire. Payne was presented with a helmet. Watch the full video of City of Katy Fire Chief Richard Payne’s final call, at 13:10 on Thursday, June 7, 2018, here.

Congratulations on your retirement and thank you for your service to the Katy community!


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June 6, 2018 

Amy Lookabaugh & Katrina Katsarelis 

We’ve compiled a list of the top 10 most luxurious homes for sale right now in Katy, Texas. 


Take a look at these sprawling, beautifully-decorated resorts style homes that are practically in your own back yard. And all of them are for sales as of June 1, 2018.  Click the links in the titles to see the amazing photos for yourself!

1. The Silverhorn Spectacular

2715 Silverhorn Dr. (Above)

Price: $2,300,000

Very rarely does an estate property of this type come available in Katy. Spectacular home sitting on over 1 acre of grounds complete with a tennis court, putting greens, refreshing pool with elevated hot tub, pool house with entertaining spaces, expansive yard and planting areas, circular drive with gate and motor court area with a 4 car garage! You will find the most luxurious amenities including an owner’s retreat with sitting area and fireplace along with its own workout room. Generous bath with glass block shower, spa tub and enormous dressing closet spaces. Additional features include wine room, downstairs secondary bedroom with full bath & craft room. Upstairs is a formal study, children’s study nook, dry sauna, children’s game room, and formal game room with wet bar adjacent to the home theatre room. The exterior breezeway provides access to the enormous guest suite with private bath, living area, and additional storage. VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

2. The Castle on Sparrows Ridge
Address: 1727 Sparrows Ridge

Price: $1,975,000

This opulent corner, cul-de-sac home with stunning lake views to two sides, a circle driveway, large fountain and an INFINITY pool is situated on a rolling 1/2 acre lot. The large covered back patio and outdoor kitchen lends itself to perfect outdoor venues. Inside find a soaring tower, winding staircase, two master retreats and a high end epicurean kitchen with Thermador & Bosch appliances. Guest quarters, media room, and flex room. The pad for this new construction home did not flood during hurricane Harvey. VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

3. Parklake Village Palace
Address: 19807 Almond Park

Price: $1,880,000

Brand NEW, never lived in architectural masterpiece in one of Katy’s prestigious gated communities! Panoramic water view from everywhere in the home. Dramatically high ceilings and open concept living. Marble and hard wood floors, glass railing, exotic granite, Viking appliance package, custom cabinets, wood accents, and onyx: only the highest quality materials. Gorgeous curved INFINITE edge pool, outdoor living room with accordion doors, outdoor kitchen, and so much more. The epitome of modern luxury! VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

4. Lakeforest Paradise

Address: 2406 Ivy Run Ct.

Price: $1,875,000

Exquisite Mediterranean resort style home in the exclusive Lakeforest of Kelliwood!!!! Safe and secure with a 24/7 manned guard gate. This luxurious lakefront home sits on a 3/4-acre lot and boasts 5 spacious bedrooms each with its own en-suite bathroom. The elegant master suite features a sitting area, carved-stone fireplace, and a stunning master bath retreat. The magnificent gourmet kitchen has an extra-large island perfect for entertaining and is equipped with top-line professional appliances: Wolf range and double oven, Subzero refrigerator and freezer, Bosch built-in cappuccino machine, and two Bosch dishwashers. All living areas offer expansive views of the lake. The backyard oasis includes a summer kitchen and fireplace, an extensive covered patio area, and a 20-person cocktail spa with waterfall. The 4-car garage has built-in cabinets and a staircase to attic. Exceptional residence with timeless design and elegant sophistication throughout. VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

5. Cane Island Retreat

Address: 7338 Palmetto Springs Trail

Price: $1,779,000

This grand Mediterranean style 7,052 square foot custom home includes 6 bedroom, 5.5 bath and is absolutely breathtaking! Located in newly developed community of The Estates at Cane Island. Enter to a double wrought iron staircase & large paned windows boasting gorgeous views of a heavily forested, custom lit rear yard. The gourmet kitchen has Viking appliances and a large center island which is open to the family room. An additional staircase leads up to the second-floor game room, theater room and secondary oversized bedrooms (each appointed with walk in closets of course!). Other amenities include: smart pantry for stress free deliveries, large utility room, 3 car garage, pool bath and a 23,036 square ft homesite. VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME


6. Morganfair Masterpiece

Address: 2610 Morganfair Ln.

Price: $1,700,000

Amazing outdoor living space and lakeview! Outdoor kitchen has travertine, gas stove, grill, fridge, dishwasher, bath with sink, toilette and shower, 4 outdoor fire pits, heated pool and spa, custom lighted basketball court. Large balcony off of the game room overlooks this beautiful outdoor oasis. The home features french drains, two french doors, two built in desk, two indoor fire places, granite, marble, tile, and laminate flooring. Two iron staircases and a rod iron front door, front marble staircase, all stainless steel appliances, sub zero fridge, intercom, alarm system, satellite, utility room with lakeview, circular extra wide driveway, custom cabinets in the garage, custom shelving in attic, separated dedicated circuits, amazing landscape lighting, fruit trees, and even more space to build or renovate. One bedroom is made into a gym with wall to wall mirrors. Two master bedrooms on the first floor! VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

7. Summertime Estate

Address: 143 August Lakes Dr.

Price: $1,649,900

Magnificent property built by SSH Custom Homes. Situated on 1+ acre in the desirable August Lakes gated water sports community. This breathtaking residence features panoramic lakefront views and boasts extraordinary living spaces both indoors and out. Premium interior finishes include custom iron entry door, natural stone, decorative wood beams, climate controlled wine bar, three car detached garage, backyard oasis, and much more. Boat dock and neighborhood boat membership included. VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

8. Magic on Meadow Lane

Address: 26603 Meadow Ln.

Price: $1,290,800

Breathtaking Custom Home on 1.633 acres that is truly a one-of-a-kind piece of property in Katy!  The home has 27 foot high Cathedral ceiling in the living room with a gorgeous view of the expansive backyard. The outdoor living area is a must see and has a beautiful pool and hot tub, 2/1 guest house, outdoor kitchen, fire pits, surround sound, and more. The home also has commercial grade security camera system, electronic gates, and lights along the back of the property with 220 voltage x3 in the backyard. And the best part? No homeowner’s association!  VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

 (Photo by Sabrina Casas, Sabrina Casas Photography Studios, LLC)

9. The Jewel of Emerald Court
7511 Emerald Meadow Ct.

Price: $1,199,000

Welcome to this IMMACULATE 5 bedroom, 4 full and 2 half bath custom Mediterranean beauty in the gated community of Avalon at Seven Meadows! Step inside the double door entry to a magnificent foyer with stunning chandeliers, travertine flooring and lake views! Formal dining off entry offers exquisite chandelier, travertine flooring, wood shutters and wrought iron entry to wine grotto. Gourmet kitchen with Wolf appliance package, subzero refrigerator, and 6 burner gas cooktop. Kitchen also offers oversized island with lovely leather finish granite countertop! Family room features sparkling chandelier, cultured stone fireplace and beautiful columns. Spacious master suite offers gas log fireplace, wood floors, relaxing sitting area, beamed ceiling, and access to covered patio! In-law/Guest suite also on the first floor. Enjoy movie nights in the upstairs media room with theater style seating! Relax on the covered patio that features an outdoor kitchen while enjoying breathtaking lake views!  VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

10. A Beautiful Horizon 
27318 Horizon Bay Ln.

Price: $1,284,900

Gorgeous stone and stucco 2-story Partners in Building Model Home on a large 14,747 sf lot in Cinco Ranch Northwest. Backyard oasis with pool, spa and large covered patio. Grand double glass entry doors that opens to the two story entrance. Gourmet island kitchen features stainless appliances, double ovens, custom cabinetry, high end granite, tile backsplash, and walk in pantry. Custom lighting all throughout! You don’t want to miss an opportunity to view this gorgeous home or even design your own floor plan and build a custom home in the last section of Cinco Ranch. VIEW MORE PHOTOS OF THIS HOME

Thank you to Amy Lookabaugh of Cinco Ranch Realty Group for participating in this story! 

Editor’s Note: All of these homes were for sale as of June 1, 2018.


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June 2018 

After taking hundreds of nominations over the past several weeks, we are excited to present the 2018 list of Katy’s most prominent, influential, inspirational, successful, and charitable men who are leading the way in Katy. (Consider yourselves all #1 because these are in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.)



Top 100 men and their guests are invited to attend a fun, casual mixer event held at NO LABEL BREWERY.  Free entrance and beer for Top 100 Men. Their invited guests are also welcome but will be charged $10 for entrance (covers up to 3 beers). This is an exclusive event for Top 100 Men and their invited friends/guests. Visit KATY MAGAZINE’S Facebook page event to RSVP or email editor@katymagazine.com for questions or additional details.

1. Monty Ballard, philanthropist and YMCA namesake

2. Tim Barker, pastor of Katy Community Fellowship

3. Justin Beckendorff, Waller County Commissioner

4. Frank Bielec, cast member on TLC’s Trading Spaces

5. Nic Black, good samaritan and Harvey hero

6. Jay Bobo, teacher of the year, Miller Career and Technology Center

7. Tom Bolin, First Baptist Church former pastor and longtime Katy icon

8. Jeffrey Brashear, Municipal court judge, US Naval veteran, Katy native

9. Sgt. Brian Brawner, Harvey hero, Harris County District 4, Blue Light Letters

10. Chuck Brawner, City of Katy Mayor

11. Rafael Brazo, teacher of the year, Seven Lakes High School

 12. Bob Bryant, former fine arts director of Katy ISD and school namesake

13. Doyle Callender, former City of Katy Mayor

14. Bill Callegari, former State Representative

15. Don Clayton, head athletic director, football coach at Cinco Ranch High School

16. Lee Crews, Katy ISD chief operations officer

17. James Cross, principal of Cinco Ranch High School

18. John Curley, teacher of the year, Seven Lakes High School, father of cancer survivor

19. Andrew Derry, principal of British International School of Houston

20. Brett Donaldson, owner of Grand Vision and philanthropist

21. Ryann Donaldson, owner of Grand Vision and philanthropist

22. Duran Dowdle, Mayor pro tem, City of Katy

23. Jerry Edmonson, senior pastor of The Fellowship

24. Don Elder, former City of Katy Mayor, Board of Directors for Metro

25. Keith Garvin, KPRC reporter

26. Andrew Gaston, teacher, LaCrosse coach at Taylor High School

27. Glen Ginter, longtime Katy dentist and community volunteer

28. Stan Goss, executive coach, Visions events leader, and community volunteer

29. Austin Hansen, author, philanthropist, and volunteer

30. Chris Harris, City of Katy council member


31. Bill Hastings, City of Katy police chief

32. John “Hawk” Hawkins, 268th District County Associate Judge and former Asst. DA Fort Bend County.

33. Constable Ted Heap, Harris County Precinct 5

34. Lance Hindt, Katy ISD superintendent

35. Dr. Zachary Hodges, President Northwest College, HCC

36. Fabol Hughes, former City of Katy Mayor

37. Ken Janda, founding member and volunteer, Katy ISD Education Foundation

38. Mo Jeloudarzedeh, charitable giver, owner of Mo’s Place

39. Gary Joseph, head athletic coordinator, football coach at Katy High School

40. Sam Jow, teacher of the year, McMeans Junior High

41. Andy Kahan, victims’ rights advocate

42. Bobby Katsabas, owner of Snappy’s and community icon

43. John Micah Kerber, teacher of the year McDonald Junior High

44. Lance LaCour, Katy Area EDC president and CEO

45. Bill Lacy, Katy ISD board of Trustees

46. Jim Leggett, senior pastor of Grace Fellowship UMC

47. David Loesch, Katy Rotary and president of WWBF

48. Kevin Luce, Harvey hero and charitable giver

49. Don Massey, Community volunteer and Harvey hero

50. Don McCoy, Fulshear Chamber of Commerce President

51. Mike McGown, pastor of Parkway Fellowship

52. Andy Meyers, Fort Bend County Commissioner

53. Jose Morrillo, business owner and philanthropist

54. Dan Naef, president of Cane Island

55. Johnny Nelson (posthumously), longtime Katy Icon and namesake of Katy Heritage Museum

56. Sage Northcutt, famous UFC Fighter, outspoken Christian, Katy native

57. Ralph Oliver, Harvey hero, founder of Texans Embracing America’s Military

58. Twaski Parker, teacher of the year, Mayde Creek Junior High

59. Richard (Dick) Phillips, University of Houston

60. Steve Pierson, former City of Katy council member and avid volunteer

61. Richard Piwonka, Teacher of the year, Morton Ranch High School

62. Robert Powell, Harvey hero, Grand Lakes rescue and rebuilder 

63. Zachary Randolph, Katy teen fired for paying for police officer’s dessert

64. Rory Robertson, passionate school, sports, and community volunteer

65. Jay Rodriguez, Morning Show Co-Host, SUNNY 99.1

66. Brian Royo, owner of No Label Brewery

67. James Ross, GM of Katy Mills

68. Ryan Rush, Senior Pastor Kingsland Baptist Church

69. Heath Rushing, Memorial Hermann Hospital CEO

70. Bobby Sanders, OTHS teen leadership teacher and head basketball coach

71. Luis Santiago, Katy ISD police officer and Teddy Cops program coordinator

72. Hank Schmidt, former City of Katy mayor and community icon

73. Mike Schofield, State Representative

74. George Scott, Katy ISD Board of Trustees

75. Matt Schomburg, avid community volunteer and business owner

76. Fred Shafer, lifelong educator and Katy ISD school namesake

77. Dr. Jim Siebert, Chief Meteorologist for Fox 26 News

78. Roman Soto, MCHS grad, professional concert cellist

79. Ernest Stevenson, Teacher of the year, Opportunity Awareness Center

80. Nolan Stillwell, Culinary artist, Owner of Sweet Heat Jam Co.


81. James McCoy Taylor, Katy native, musician, contestant on The Bachelorette

82. Cyril Thomas, Entrepreneur and philanthropist

83. Jeff Thompson, Katy rotary

84. Constable Wayne Thompson, Fort Bend County Constable

85. Obra Tompkins, career educator and Katy ISD school namesake

86. Alex Tsounakas , Owner Snappy’s and community icon

87. Lt. Simon VanDyk, PIO, Harris County Emergency Services District #48 Fire Department

88. Downy Vickery, Prosperity Bank and community philanthropist

89. Ted Vierling, assistant superintendent of operations, Katy ISD

90. Hendrik Volschenk, Harvey hero, Texas Game Warden

91. Evan Vourazeris, Katy actor on Netflix’s hit series, Ozark

92. Russell Wilson, Katy Fire Chief and named Texas Fire Chief of the Year

93. Lewis White, Attorney and community philanthropist

94. Robert Willeby, Community advocate and volunteer

95. Tom Wilson, career educator and Katy ISD school namesake

96. Ray Wolman, career educator and Katy ISD school namesake

97. Mark Wiley, President of Hope Impacts

98. Rusty Wylie, CFA franchisee and philanthropist

99. Dr. Ed Young, Second Baptist Church senior pastor

100. Dr. John Zerwas, State Representative and MD


Top 100 men and their guests are invited to attend a fun, casual mixer event held at NO LABEL BREWERY.  Free entrance and beer for Top 100 Men. Their invited guests are also welcome but will be charged $10 for entrance (covers up to 3 beers). This is an exclusive event for Top 100 Men and their invited friends/guests. Visit KATY MAGAZINE’S Facebook page event to RSVP or email editor@katymagazine.com for questions or additional details.


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May 30, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  


On Tuesday, May 29 the Katy ISD Board of Trustees held their monthly regular board meeting. Many changes and additions were approved. All agenda items below were approved 6-0, as George Scott was not in attendance.


2018-19 Teacher Salary Increase 

School Board Trustees approved a $1,230 pay increase for all teachers, which is an average of 2%.

Non-teacher personnel will receive a 2% increase of the midpoint of the 2017-18 non-teacher pay ranges.

New Assistant Superintendent of Operations & SLHS Principal

Ted Vierling was announced as the new Assistant Superintendent of Operations. Mr. Vierling has 20 years of experience in Katy ISD. His service includes four years of teaching and two years serving as an assistant principal at Mayde Creek High School and two years as an assistant principal followed by five years as the principal at Beckendorff Junior High. For the past seven years, he has served as the principal at Seven Lakes High School.

Mr. Vierling is a graduate of Katy High School.  He holds a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M University and a Master of Education Leadership from the University of Houston.  Mr. Vierling’s will begin his new position on July 1, 2018.

For those who have not had the pleasure of working with Mr. Vierling, his name might sound familiar as his speech entitled, “Why not? ” , at this year’s Seven Lakes High school graduation ceremony was highly praised across social media.

On Wednesday, Superintendent Lance Hindt appointed Kerri Finnesand as the new principal of Seven Lakes High School (SLHS). Ms. Finnesand has 22 years of experience in education. Her service includes five years of teaching, three years as an assistant principal, two years as an intermediate principal and 13 years as a principal at all three levels. Ms. Finnesand holds a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master of Education from the University of Houston.

Finnesand will join the Spartan family on May 31.

New Position – Coordinator for Bullying Prevention & Student Support
The Board of Trustees approved a request to create 35 new positions for the 2018-19 school year including a Coordinator for Bullying Prevention & Student Support. This position will be under Ken Gregorski, Deputy Superintendent.

The district has been researching to create this position for the past few months. In looking at Katy ISD needs, HR looked at the entire nation in creating the duties and requirements. Once again, Katy ISD is innovative in this area as not many districts in the United States have this -type of person on-staff. The position open now for applications. Gregorski stated that they are casting a wide-net in order to get the best fit, including but not limited to educators, counselors, and law enforcement.

New Position – Staff Attorney

A staff attorney position was added to work under general counsel. The position will help provide better access to counsel from the campuses, especially for KISD’s special education population.

Families move to Katy ISD for their special education program. Over other area top school districts (Houston ISD, Fort Bend ISD and Cypress Fairbanks ISD), Katy has a higher percentage of special education students, 9.9% that totals 7,805 students in the 2017/18 year school year.

The entire meeting agenda, minutes and video can be found here. The next work study meeting will be on Monday, June 18, 2018 and regular school board meeting will be Monday, June 25, 2018.

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June 1, 2018

A total of $64,800 was raised for the ministry to perform critical, life transforming work in the Katy/West Houston community.

Katy Christian Ministries serves 12 local zip codes, providing emergency assistance to families and individuals who find themselves in crisis or financial difficulty.

These services include Flood Relief assistance, rental and utility assistance, a long list of critical services for victims of domestic and sexual violence, and a Food Pantry for those needing supplemental food and personal care items. Seasonal programs like Red Apple School Supplies, and Santa’s Sleigh help families provide extra school materials and Christmas gifts to their children when the money just isn’t there.

“KCM relies on the community to provide the resources that allow us to serve those in need.  The annual Golf Tournament is a major source of income for our organization, and we are very pleased with the continued support we receive, both in volunteers and in contributors.  Through 19 years of this tournament we continue to increase the overall donations and revenue (this year was one of the best!)  Thanks to all that have supported and contributed to this effort.” – Kent Black, KCM Board President.


Commissioner Andy Meyers was the title sponsor for this year’s event, and Parkway Fellowship claimed the Platinum Sponsorship. “It is truly an honor and a blessing to be able to work in partnership with Katy Christian Ministries. I will continue to be a strong advocate and promoter of the organization. Thank you for all the effort and ministries that your staff accomplishes to make Katy a better home for our citizens.” – Commissioner Andy Meyers, Ft. Bend County, Pct. 3.

122 Golfers turned out to support KCM and enjoy a beautiful day of golf and fellowship for a great cause. This was our first year at the beautiful Weston Lakes Golf Course, and golfers enjoyed grilled burgers, Silent Auctions, a Raffle for a 65” Smart TV, a steak dinner, and awards for the tournament winners.

“I am deeply humbled by the outpouring of love and support by everyone involved. I’m thankful for the opportunities to come together with a purpose, in a unified mission of transforming lives right here in our own community,” says Deysi Crespo, Executive Director of KCM.


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May 29, 2018 

Students who are interested in researching what colleges in the area have to offer can attend a college fair at Cinco Ranch Library.

Students who would like to have more information on area colleges are invited to attend a special “College Fair – PLUS!” at Fort Bend County Libraries’ Cinco Ranch Branch Library on Monday, June 25.


Representatives from colleges and universities will be on hand to share information about their programs with current high school students and their parents or guardians. Students will have the opportunity to learn about educational opportunities available at the colleges, as well as admission requirements, financial aid, student housing, and more.


Stephen F. Austin State University

The Art Institute of Houston

Texas Women’s University

University of Houston – Clear Lake

University of Houston – Downtown

University of Texas – Dallas

University of Texas – Tyler


Auburn Universtiy

University of Denver

University of Louisiana at Lafayatte

University of South Alabama

University of Missouri

University of Tampa

University of Tennessee


Finding Your College Fit, 1 – 1:40 p.m.

Admissions 101: How to Apply, 1:40 – 2:20 p.m.

Financing Your Education, 2:20 – 3:30 p.m.

The event is free and open to the public. Call 281-395-1311 for more information.


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May 22, 2018

In order to address growth in the healthcare industry in Katy, University of Houston Katy campus plans to provide more nursing programs in the near future.


In the Katy area, the healthcare industry continues to be one of the fastest growing industry sectors with thousands of jobs added over the past several years.

Filling an Industry Need

To help meet the needs of the growing industry, the University of Houston is doing its part to ensure qualified nursing candidates are prepared to staff open positions.  Dr. Kathryn Tart shared information about the UH College of Nursing programs and its strong commitment to offering nursing education in the Katy area.  In the coming years, the nursing program in the Katy area is expected to grow with degree programs offered by the UH College of Nursing following the completion of the new UH-Katy campus at I-10 and Grand Parkway.

“The healthcare industry is projected to add over 5,000 jobs in our labor area and we are thrilled to see UH College of Nursing growing its nursing education programs in our area to meet industry needs.,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour.

New Members of the Katy EDC

Several new members were introduced at the meeting including Associate members Experis – Manpower Group, Liberty Mutual, Smart Financial, Martinez Nestor Marinacci, Johnson Controls and Texas Operations and Professional Services – Tops Water.  May membership renewals recognized included Board of Governors members Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, British International School of Houston and CenterPoint Energy. Strategic Partners Costello, Inc., Cross Creek Ranch, Community Impact and Wood Creek, LLC. along with Associate members Beraht Envelope Systems, GEICO, Goya Foods, Integrity Bank, Kingham, Dalton, Wilson, LTD., Powers Brown Architecture, Rooms to Go and Steadfast Development Company were recognized as well.

Texas Children’s Hospital West served as the breakfast sponsor for this month’s meeting.  Kara Abrameit, Director, and Matt Timmons Campus Director shared information on Texas Children’s which is a worldwide leader in pediatric healthcare.  You can find more information on Texas Children’s here. For more information on Katy Area EDC, please visit katyedc.org.


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May 23, 2018

Katy residents in Harris County whose homes were damaged by Hurricane Harvey, there will be an open house to determine allocation of funds for everything from individual home repair to community infrastructure improvements.


The Harris County Community Services Department invites residents who live within the borders of Harris County, but outside Houston City limits to one of a series of open houses.


The Harris County Community Services Department invites residents who live within the borders of Harris County, but outside Houston City limits to one of a series of open houses. Various locations and dates have been selected in unincorporated Harris County and small cities in Harvey affected areas. Residents will have the opportunity to view kiosks showing types of services the County could potentially offer.

“While the funding has not yet arrived, public feedback is critical as we develop and prioritize our plans. We want to identify the issues that may be unique to your corner of the community,” said Daphne Lemelle, Director of Housing and Community Services, Harris County Community Services Department.

Possible services range from individual home repair to community infrastructure improvements. Residential feedback is crucial as plans are targeted to best meet the needs of individual communities within unincorporated Harris County.

For Katy Residents:

Wednesday, June 6, 2018 4:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Weekley Community Center

8440 Greenhouse Rd.


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May 20, 2018

Katy ISD Superintendent Lance Hindt addresses the school shooting in Santa Fe and what the district does on an ongoing basis to protect our schools.

Dear Katy ISD Parents, Staff and Community,

Today, all of us at Katy ISD are saddened at the senseless loss of lives after the tragic events at Santa Fe High School. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Santa Fe community.


As a parent and Katy ISD superintendent, I want to reiterate to our Katy ISD community that we stand in solidarity with the community of Santa Fe ISD.  We also take this opportunity to reiterate to our parents and community that Katy ISD has a robust emergency protocol. Regularly, the Katy ISD Police Department, along with officials from every campus address emergency situations and conduct the appropriate emergency preparedness drills. While classes and activities will proceed regularly, there will be an increased presence of Katy ISD police officers at our schools.

What occurred in Santa Fe is a reminder to parents and teachers of the crucial importance of maintaining an open line of communication with students. We know that the number one deterrent to any threat is an open dialogue between parents, students and staff as they have first-hand knowledge when it comes to keeping our schools safe.

Also, we understand that the students may want to talk. Please know that personnel at our campuses will be available to speak to students who may need to be supported in the wake of the recent events.  Additional information concerning our district-wide safety and security resources can be found here.

Thank you for support,

Lance Hindt, Ed.D.




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May 17, 2018

The sporting and outdoor recreation stores, headquartered in Katy, Texas, announced their new CEO yesterday.

Hicks has been appointed Chairman and CEO. Departing CEO J.K. Symancyk is leaving the company to pursue another opportunity.


“I grew up in Houston with Academy, and I know this company is special because of our mission, values, and people. Our philosophy of making sports and outdoors accessible for all for less is differentiated in today’s retail market, and our focus on our customers will continue to drive our success,” said Hicks. “The Board and I are extremely grateful for J.K.’s leadership, the senior team he’s built, and how he’s helped position the company for future growth.”

“Academy Sports + Outdoors has one of the best teams in retail, and it’s been an honor to serve alongside this team for the past several years,” said Symancyk. “I know I leave Academy in good hands and am confident that the company will continue to put the customer first as we’ve always done.”


Hicks has been a member of the Academy Board of Managers and brings over three decades of senior merchandising, marketing and operational experience in the retail industry. During his six-year tenure as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Foot Locker, he helped develop and deliver on a plan that reversed three years of negative same store sales, generating significant financial return and shareholder value.

Prior to Foot Locker, Hicks served in leadership positions at several major retail companies, including J.C. Penney, Payless ShoeSource, Home Shopping Network and May Department Stores. Ken graduated from the United States Military Academy located in West Point, NY and served in the U.S. Army. He also earned a Masters of Business Administration with highest distinction from Harvard Business School. Hicks, a long-time Academy customer, grew up in Houston and has deep roots in Academy’s hometown region.


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May 7, 2018

Ashley Lancaster

This week, local businesses are showing their love and appreciation for the teachers and nurses that sacrifice so much time to caring for others with free and discounted products and services. Check out where to get them in Katy.




Today, May 7, nurses can get a free sandwich at the Mason Road, Cinco Ranch, and Katy Green locations when they present their badge or ID. Here’s some more great freebies and discounts this week:



-Tuesday: Teachers (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

– Wednesday: Military and Veterans (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

– Thursday: Police & First Responders ( 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

PDQ Cinco Ranch 

Nurses can get half off their total check on Tuesday, May 8 with their ID.

Cinnabon (Katy Mills Mall)

Now through May 12, get one free classic roll, Minibon Roll, or four-count Bon Bites with a badge.


On June 5, nurses can present a valid work ID and get BOGO bowls, salads, tacos or burritos.



On Tuesday, May 8, 2018, teachers can present their ID at the Mason Road, Cinco Ranch, or Katy Green locations and redeem a free sandwich from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. But that’s not all! They have a special treat for nearly everyone this week:

– Monday: Nurses & EMT’s (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

-Tuesday: Teachers (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

– Wednesday: Military and Veterans (11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)

– Thursday: Police & First Responders ( 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.)


Teachers can get 15% their entire in-store purchase

PDQ Cinco Ranch 

Teachers can get half off their total check on Tuesday, May 8 with their teacher ID.


Drix Restaurant & Lounge

Teachers get an additional $1 Happy Hour prices every Tuesday.

Teachers and faculty get a buy-one-get-one deal on Tuesday, May 8, from 3 p.m. to close with a valid ID.

Texas Roadhouse

Teachers can get 10% off their meal every Tuesday with a valid school ID.

Barnes & Noble

Teachers get a 20% discount on qualifying purchases when they are a part of the B&N Educator Program.

Cicis Pizza

Teachers get a free adult buffet at the pizza chain Tuesday with a valid school ID.

Grimaldi’s Pizzeria (LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch)

Teachers can present their school ID and get 15% off a dine-in purchase and take out orders Monday, May 7 – Friday, May 12.

Raisin’ Cane’s

Bring your ID inside on Tuesday, May 8, from 3-8 p.m. for a free box combo.

Did we miss a great deal? Email us! 

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May 5, 2018  

By Katy Magazine Editors 


City of Katy council has announced the results for the 2018 council elections for Ward A, Ward B and At-Large positions.


Congratulations to Janet Corte, Councilman Durran Dowdle, and Chris Harris for being elected to represent the City of Katy.

About Janet Corte (Ward A)

Janet and her husband have lived in Katy for 29 years and love this town!  They have raised four children that attended KISD schools. Janet is an active member of First United Methodist Church, providing support to the young group, Sunday school and confirmation classes. She has been a working mother while her children were growing up, working as an IT Consultant. In her career, Corte has been responsible for projects from inception through closure including project estimating, scheduling and planning, adherence to schedules and project scope, and client communication. She has volunteered in our community for many years as her children’s Girl Scout troop leader and volunteered in the children’s school including President of Project Graduation for the Katy High graduating class of 2004.

About Councilman Durran Dowdle (Ward B)

Councilman Dowdle has 30 years experience in the Construction, Operations & Maintenance industry and has been employed by KBR for over 20 years, currently as a Project Manager. He and his wife, Terri, have been married for 34 years. They have two daughters who graduated from Katy High School, and two grandchildren. Councilman Dowdle served on the Zoning Board of Adjustment before being appointed to the Convention & Tourism Bureau prior to being elected to City Council. He has been in construction and maintenance for 35 years, managing people, projects and budgets. Councilman Dowdle has a history of service in this city, volunteering as a coach, at church, at public events, and at KISD. Councilman Dowdle is finishing up his second term on the City of Katy council and if elected, the third term would be his last due to term limits.

About Chris Harris (At Large)

Chris and his wife Danielle have lived in Katy for 12 years, although Danielle, who teaches 7th grade Math for Katy ISD, grew up in Katy. Their three kids are third-generation Katy residents. Chris Harris played an instrumental role in organizing Hurricane Harvey relief. Not only did he organize matching student and adult volunteers with individuals in need of  “mucking” out their homes, but Chris drove around delivering food to the homes of whomever needed it. Harris also helped set up temporary relief center for Katy Christian Ministries, after KCM was damaged during the hurricane. As a member of the Katy Development Board, a historical marker was placed at Katy Elementary.

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Here is the list of prominent, influential, inspirational, strong, and charitable women who are leading the way in Katy. (Consider yourselves all #1 because these are in ALPHABETICAL ORDER.)



By Katy Magazine Editors



 Development Manager of Christ Clinic


Anti-Sex Trafficking Champion

Executive Director of Ballard House


Parks Director for Willow Fork Drainage District


Philanthropist and Volunteer; Namesake of Ballard House   


Katy Educator and School Namesake


VP of Prosperity Bank and First Woman in the Katy Rotary


Longtime Katy Resident and Volunteer


Katy ISD KEYS Mentor and Katy ISD Partners in Education


Katy Educator and School Namesake


City Secretary, City of Katy 



Keep Katy Beautiful


 Special Needs Advocate and Katy ISD Namesake


Chief Academic Officer, Katy ISD


Founder of Smilin’ Rylen Foundation


Memorial Hermann Executive and Community Volunteer


Executive Director of Katy Christian Ministries


Education Advocate and Community Volunteer


Principal of Beck Junior High


Katy Educator and School Namesake 


Katy Search and Rescue Champion in Hurricane Harvey


Paetow High School Principal


Director of Katy’s Fussell Senior Center


Katy ISD Media Relations and Multimedia Manager


Artist, photographer, and arts philanthropist


Owner of Katy Budget Books


Nottingham/Kelliwood Fry Road Tree Activist


President of Willow Fork Drainage Ditch 


Katy ISD Board of Trustees


Baby Gowns for Eternity


Katy FFA champion and volunteer


Katy ISD Board of Trustees


President of Cinco Ranch Ladies Club


Political activist and national grassroots chair for Ted Cruz, and others.


Social Media Liaison for Harris County ESD 48 and Search and Rescue at TEXSAR


Local dentist and founder of Autism Rescue Angels


Boston Marathon bombing survivor, amputee, writer, and speaker


Katy ISD Chief Communications Officer


Assistant Principal of Creech Elementary


Past president of the RWCK and Cinco Ranch Ladies Club


Katy Christian Ministries Crisis Center Director


Founder of Hope Impacts


Director of the Katy High Bengal Brigade for 34 years


Teacher and First Lady of Katy ISD


ELA Instructional Coach at Exley Elementary


Associate Superintendent, Administration, Governance and Legal Affairs, School Namesake


Entrepreneur and avid volunteer


Owner and founder of Katy’s Early Childhood Enrichment Center, and early childhood education trainer and consultant


District Wide Elementary Teacher of the Year and Katy Elementary Music Teacher


Autism advocate and owner of Stokan Jaggers & Associates


Co-owner of Snappy’s Restaurant


Mural Artist


First Lady of the Katy Area EDC


VP of the Board for Katy Christian Ministries


Retired music educator and avid volunteer


Anti-Sex Trafficking Champion, founder of Childproof America


Principal at Bethke Elementary


Principal of Creech Elementary


Director of Katy Cowgirls


District wide Rookie Teacher of the Year


Golf Celebrity


Principal of Memorial Parkway Elementary


Established Moms to the Rescue during Hurricane Harvey


Founder of Graeme’s Superheroes


Principal at Seven Lakes JH


Retired educator, avid volunteer, on the board of Katy Cares


Arts Advocate and Volunteer


Educator and Hurricane Harvey Book Club Founder


Founder of Clothed By Faith


Founder of Keep Kids Connected 


Widow of Jordan Muesse


Author, missionary, speaker, pastor.


Cancer survivor and volunteer


Founder of Lindsay’s Light, speaker, and relationship violence educator


Cancer survivor and now a Cancer Nurse Practitioner


Chick-fil-A Marketing Director and Community Volunteer


Community Relations Director for Congressman Michael McCaul


Tourism and Marketing Director for the City of Katy


Social Services Director, Katy Christian Ministries


McMeans Junior High Principal


Co-Owner of No Label Brewery and Philanthropist


Entrepreneur and Early Childhood Education Expert


District Wide Teacher of the Year and OTHS Teacher


Keep Katy Beautiful


Special Needs Advocate, Katy Wolfpack coach


Katy Educator and School Namesake


Business owner, philanthropist, and community volunteer


Vice President of KARE (Katy Association of Retired Teachers) and avid community volunteer.


Katy Educator and School Namesake


Principal at WoodCreek JH


Business owner, avid volunteer, Harvey hero


Katy ISD Partners in Education and Katy ISD Education Foundation


President of Katy ISD Board of Trustees


Assistant Superintendent, Student Support Services


VP of DaVita Healthcare and Volunteer


President of the Board of Directors, Katy ISD Education Foundation


President of RWCK


Former Katy ISD educator, Keep Katy Beautiful board member, and school namesake


Bear Creek Elementary Principal


Wife of Rep. John Zerwas

We solicited nominations from community leaders and readers on social media venues and through email to compile these 100 Top Katy Women of 2018!

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May 3, 2018  

By Jennifer Skelton  

Rain or shine the Katy Wild West Brewfest has become a yearly tradition in Katy. This event will feature 150+ Specialty Craft Brewers from various locations all around the country while featuring over 600 individualized craft brews!

BeerYeit.com has awarded the WWBF the “#1 event in the Country” two years in a row for both 2016 and 2017. What makes this event special and unique is that 100% of the profits are donated to local charities.



This event is not just for the beer drinker. In addition to the multiple beer gardens, there are also game zones, food and music throughout the event.Many levels of tickets are available including the “Designated Driver” and VIP – No Beer” for those choosing not to drink. For those that do want to enjoy one of the many beer options, tickets begin at $35 for “General Admission”.

WWBF features 6 covered zones that includes bands, DJ’s, tables and chairs, and great beer all day!

The bands/singers that are set to perform are Kaos, Nervous Rex Band, Horizon, Nathan Quick Band, Cooper Wade & Unchained Freight, Cowboy Diplomacy, Jelly Ellington and The Powell Brothers.


The Wild West Brewfest is proudly hosted by the Katy Rotary Club of Texas. In the past, this event has given back to many local organizations.

  • Camp Hope

  • West Side Homeless

  • Taylor High School

  • Katy Christian Ministries

  • Armor of Hope

In addition, after Hurricane Harvey, an additional $10,000 in funds was allocated to help the organizations helping those affected.


Launch Party – Friday, May 4th 2018 7:00pm to 10:00 pm

Come out Friday night to the Katy Mills Mall (on the east side at the H&M entrance) to have some great food, great music and hand-selected beers from the “Purveyor of Intoxicating Liquids!” The focus is on local breweries. Grab your hotel room quickly for this one, and stay the night Friday and party all day Saturday at the WWBF with us!

Get your tickets for the Launch Party here.

Original Wild West Brewfest – Saturday, May 5th 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm

With over 80 Brewers each bringing a minimum of 4 taps/brands come find out why we are the most sought after to visit Brewfest in the country. Children welcome.

Get your advance tickets here.



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May 3, 2018 

Ashley Lancaster

The parcel of land left vacant for so long at the northeast corner of Pin Oak Road and IH-10 will become The Villages at Katy.


Eighty-four acres of land just north of IH-10 will soon become the mixed-use development, The Villages at Katy.


It’s proximity to the energy corridor, multiple master planned communities like Cane Island, and countless area amenities make it the ideal spot for new businesses looking to expand in West Houston. The master plan includes retail, residential, hotel, office and civic space.

More Businesses Coming to Katy

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John Paul’s Landing Park, named for Pope John Paul II, is now open in the northwest quadrant of Katy ISD on West Road between Grand Parkway and Katy Hockley Road.


April 30, 2018

by Jennifer Skelton


With more than 850 acres, John Paul’s Landing is one of Harris County Sheriff Precinct 5’s biggest parks. Currently, the park surrounded by fields of grass and trees but not for long.  In the next 5 to 10 years, this area will be filled with houses and families. In 2019, Katy ISD elementary school #42 will open, servicing this area, which will include the subdivisions of Elyson and Morton Creek.


Located on West Road, between Katy Hockley Road and Grand Parkway, the park features three separate entrances accessible off West Road. The three areas are only accessible by a walking trail within the park.

At 24202 West Road and 24502 West Road, both areas offer the same option although not identical. Families can enjoy a nice day on the playgrounds, 2.6 miles of walking trails or by throwing a party in reservable picnic pavilions. To make reservations call (281) 531-1592 or email pct3parks@pct3.com.

The third area, located at 24002 West Road, includes a 150-acre, stocked lake. A walking trail weaves around the lake. Fishing is permitted following the freshwater fishing rules of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. According to the signs at the lake, it is stocked with Bass, Catfish, Crappie and Sunfish. In addition to providing an opportunity for sport fishermen, the lake at John Paul’s Landing Park will be linked to Langham Creek and help mitigate downstream flooding.

Hours of operation are 7:00 am – 10:00 pm.

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April 18, 2018 

With just weeks to go before elections for Katy City Council, the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island will host a candidate forum on Thursday, April 19 starting at 6:30 p.m.


Moderated by State Representative Mike Schofield, the City of Katy Council Candidate Forum will take place in Cane Island’s Amenity Village multi-purpose room, 2100 Cane Island Parkway.   The event is open to the public.


Each participating candidate will present a two-minute opening statement followed by a 20-minute question-and-answer session and a two-minute closing statement.

The at-large candidates will participate from 6:30 – 7 p.m., Ward A candidates from 7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. and Ward B candidates from 7:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.


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


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April 11, 2018  

Jennifer Skelton  


Many Katy residents noticed and were concerned about the huge police presence in the Grand Parkway/99 and Franz Rd area this past Saturday. They took to social media to attempt to find out what was going on. The answer was tied to an earlier mystery from March, that played out on social media, as well, and local news stations, when white domes were moved to an open area of land off Grand Parkway. The mystery to both questions has been solved.

Photo: HRH Mohammed bin Salman, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia with Secretary of Energy and former Governor Rick Perry at the SABIC event in Katy

Saudi Basic Industries Corp., the Middle East’s largest petrochemicals maker, said on Saturday that it plans to build a Katy headquarters for its operations in the Western Hemisphere, a project that would boost its Houston-area headcount from 400 to 1,000. The company plans to complete the expansion within two or three years.

On Saturday, Mohammad bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia spent the day in Katy and Houston. First stop was meeting with former Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush and former Secretary of State Jim Baker.

Next up, was a visit to a Habitat for Humanity neighborhood of Harold Park, where 176 homes where destroyed by Hurricane Harvey’s flooding. Aramco, a Saudi owned gas company that is headquartered in Houston, donated $3.7 million to Habitat for Humanity for Harvey relief.

Last stop was to Katy to meet guests at the event under the big white domes that now are placed off Grand Parkway and Franz Rd.

SABIC’s future location is on the land located Franz Road and Grand Parkway.

At the beginning of March, after the mysterious domes caused many a debate on social media, the company released this statement.

“The Houston area is home to SABIC’s Americas Region Head Office as well as research and innovation centers, including land we own on Franz Road. Site preparation is underway for a SABIC business event to take place in mid- to late March on the land. In recent months, we have taken steps to clear debris from the site and increase security. We have recently erected some temporary dome-like structures to create a venue for the upcoming event, and expect to keep them up for about a month.”

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March 31, 2018  

Katy Magazine Editors

After multiple reports of unsatisfactory service and mail delivery at the Katy Pin Oak Mail Annex for USPS, Katy Magazine reached out for answers and basically got nowhere. What can Katy postal customers do?


The Katy Pin Oak Annex, located at 1331 Pin Oak Road, has received numerous community complaints from residents in reviews and all over social media. The majority of complaints are lost, undelivered, incorrectly delivered, difficulty of getting mailbox keys, extremely delayed mail, hang ups or no answers at the facility, and a lack of customer service primarily at the Katy Annex location.

 We noticed an extensive amount of posts and complaints on social media describing numerous unpleasant encounters, bad customer service, and lost/delayed mail reports from Katy residents and decided to make some calls, and the results were…frustrating.


On Google Reviews, the Katy Annex has a rating of 1.3 with approximately 130 one-star reviews out of 142 total reviews.  Katy Magazine also received all negative complaints when we posed the question on social media.

Just tried to pick up a mailbox key for a new house. First time I was there, they said the key is not ready and ask me to come back again in 2-3 weeks. I called a week later to check on the status, the staff answered the phone not even familiar to the name community. After I clarified the name of the community, she told me the key is not available without even ask my address!…” R. C.

Keep losing our packages, or they are delivered to the wrong mailbox in our subdivision. My mailman only delivers every few days at this point. S. V.

Worst customer service I have ever experienced in my life. I called this post office today to get a few details to resolve a situation with my mail. The “supervisor” I was dealing with on the phone said his name was “Paul”, although I highly doubt that is his real name. When the conversation turned south between “Paul” and I, I asked him to speak to his boss. He told me it was not necessary and refused to give me any phone number or email address to anyone that is his superior. He then proceeded to hang up in my face, and then ignore the next two calls I tried to make! . J. J.

Worst Customer service i have ever received, While waiting, i witnessed a lady ask to speak to the supervisor, Mrs. Twitty, Not sure of spelling because she had previously ignored her calls and hung up on her. The supervisor decided it was a good idea to IGNORE the lady who requested to speak with her and she didnt not even leave her office to come address the situation. Extremely terrible way to handle a customer service issue. If this was a Private owned business she would be fired immediately. R. F.


On Monday, Katy Magazine editors took some time exploring options on the best way to contact the Postmaster General to file a complaint or ask for assistance.

By Location Phone

When we called the number provided on their site, the phone rang 20+ and was disconnected with no option to leave a voicemail. Couldn’t even get them to pick up the phone.

By Hotline/Customer Service Line

We called 1-800-ASK-USPS, and there is no option available to file a complaint or speak to customer service. When we looked online, complaints on mail delivery are routed back to the customer service page (below).

Via Email

Next, we sent a message  through the USPS “Email Us” option – requesting a call back from the postmaster/manager to offer feedback on possible causes and creative solutions to the problem.

On Tuesday, we finally received a call from a representative claiming to be from the Katy Annex. The caller ID said USPS.  When questioned about the various complaints and difficulty reaching anyone, the representative declined to comment further and refused to give her name. The representative also refused to give us another name or contact info for the Postmaster or any other supervisor.


After more research, we dug up the name of a Houston Consumer Affairs representative and left  a message on Thursday, March 29.


On Friday, March 30, 2018, an editor poke to the Strategic Communications Specialist Gulf Atlantic/Houston Districts, Nikki Johnson.

Ms. Johnson informed Katy Magazine on March 30 at 12:30 p.m. that a response would be issued as soon as possible addressing the concerns of residents who use the Katy Pin Oak Annex as their primary postal location. In the phone interview, we were also told that the District Manager for Houston would be notified.

UPDATED 3/31 at 8:56 AM:


“The Postal Service strives to always provide the best possible service to our valued customers. We apologize for any unsatisfactory service that may have been experienced by customers served by the Katy Annex PO. In this specific case, local management is committed to making improvements in service, including improving communications, and ensuring that all customer interactions are positive and professional. We will continue to work with customers to ensure every effort is being made to meet or exceed their expectations. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we continue to successfully resolve their concerns. Customers are reminded that, if they need assistance, they can also contact our national Customer Care Center by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) or they can visit our website at www.usps.com/help”  Nikki Johnson, Strategic Communications Specialist Gulf Atlantic/Houston Districts

Katy residents can also contact the Postmaster General by mail. Here are a few tips on how to effectively send a letter to the Postmaster General at the U.S. Postal Service Consumer Advocate Office, Megan J. Brennan:



United States Postal Service

Office of the Consumer Advocate

475 L’Enfant Plaza, SW
Washington, D.C. 20260-2200


The proper way to begin the letter is:

“To The Honorable Megan J. Brennan,

Dear Madam Postmaster General,”

Body Text:

The more detailed the description of the problem, the better. Mailing/delivery complaints are less likely to reach the office of the Postmaster General themselves.


 Informed Delivery:

“I discovered Informed Delivery by USPS from other Army families….I get an email every morning with scanned pictures of what mail is expected to be delivered that day. It might help with at least figuring out where the hold-ups are in the process,” Katy resident, N. H.

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Katy Area Economic Development Council President/CEO Lance LaCour has been named to the Texas Economic Development Council Board of Directors.  LaCour replaces Paul Davis, former Pasadena Economic Development Council Director.  



Katy Magazine News
March 9, 2018

LaCour will serve the remainder of the board term vacated by Davis with the appointment ending in October 2018.

About Mr. LaCour

Since 2005, LaCour has led Katy Area EDC.  Under his leadership, Katy Area EDC has received several awards from Texas Economic Development Council (TEDC) including Economic Excellence recognition (2016) and the Community Economic Development Award (2014) for communities over 250,001 in population. The EDC was also recognized by Site Selection Magazine for being part of Top 20 Deals in North America.

About TEDC

TEDC is an Austin-based, statewide, non-profit professional association dedicated to the development of economic and employment opportunities in Texas. TEDC is a one-stop shop for ideas, information, and influence and is the largest state association of economic development professionals, volunteers, and elected officials in Texas.  The goal of the organization is to bring new investment and jobs to Texas.

For more information on Katy Area EDC, please visit katyedc.org.

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Katy mothers and daughters who share a uniquely close bond can audition together for a new documentary. 


March 6, 2018
Katy Chamber Announcement
Bodega Pictures, in conjunction with a major television network is producing a groundbreaking documentary series that profiles fun, fabulous, over-the-top and extremely close moms and daughters. They will showcase their one of a kind relationship and livelihood in a fun and feel good new series that celebrates the special mother daughter bond. This is the opportunity to take part in an brand-new and fun show with your mom/daughter, “bestie”, GET PAID, and star in your own TV episode!
Casting directors are seeking nationwide for:
Moms and daughters who are extremely close:
 – Is your mom/daughter your best friend in the whole world?
 – Do you and your mom/daughter travel, live or work together?
– Has anyone ever thought that your relationship is “extreme” or “unusual?”
– To say that you two are, “close” is a major understatement?
– Do you have the exact same tastes, interests, and hobbies as your mother or your daughter?
– Do you two literally do EVERYTHING together?
– Are you closer with your mom/daughter than friends/family members and sometimes even spouses/significant others?
– Do you tell each other everything and hate it when you have to spend time a part?
– Are you at the center of one another’s worlds?
If you answer “Yes”
Email: momdaughtertvcasting@gmail.com with a brief bio, full contact information, names & ages of mom & daughter and several recent photos and a casting team member will be in touch.
NOTE: Daughters must be at least 18 years old or older.
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February 20, 2018
Katrina Katsarelis 

Two prominent Katy Area citizens were recognized today by the Katy Area Economic Development Council as winners of the Stan C. Stanley Leadership Awards.
Pictured: Left: Stan Goss (2016 Winner) Bill Callegari (2017 Winner) Sylvia Zerwas (Winner John Zerwas’s wife), Constable Wayne Thompson (Finalist), Patsy Stanley (Stan Stanley’s widow) Rick Lawlor (Finalist) Karen and Paul Kurt (Presenters) and Lance LaCour (Katy Area EDC President)
Senator John Zerwas and retired state representative Bill Callegari were honored at the KAEDC General Assembly Breakfast as the 2017 recipients of the Stan C. Stanley Leadership Award. The award recognizes volunteers (non-paid) who have made contributions to the Katy area in leadership and economic development.

The award committee chooses recipients based on years of service, leadership skills, special achievements, and qualities Stan so greatly exhibited such as being faithful, conscientious, unselfish and committed to the Katy area community.
Sylvia Zerwas, accepted the award on behalf of her husband Senator John Zerwas, who was at a hearing for Hurricane Harvey.
Stan C. Stanley (below) was the founder of the Katy Area Economic Development Council and spent many years volunteering on the board and mentoring hundreds of students, scouts, and local business leaders.
Stanley was a beloved community leader known and Katy ISD school namesake who died unexpectedly in March 2016 from an undiagnosed heart defect.


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Katy Area EDC names 2018 Executive Committee and Officers and welcomes new Board of Governor’s members.

March 5, 2018
Photo caption: From left to right: Paul Kurt, Dan Boggio, Woody Mann, Lance LaCour, Kent Rosenberger
Back row: Yvonne Kershner, Chad Carson, Richard Phillips, Bob Chalker, Rick Lawler, and Katrina Katsarelis
The Katy Area Economic Development Council Board of Governors appointed Executive Committee members and officers for 2018.
Executive Board Members
The 2018 Executive Committee includes Rick Lawler, Bob Chalker, Katrina Katsarelis, Dick Phillips, Yvonne Kershner, Stan Goss and Chad Carson, and officers Woody Mann, Jr., who will continue to serve as Chairman, Vice Chairman Dan Boggio, Treasurer Paul Kurt and Secretary Kent Rosenberger. Longtime committee member David Woodham stepped off the committee for 2018 and Katy Area EDC would like to thank him for his service from 2014-2017.

Executive Committee members and officers will provide guidance and leadership to the organization and help shape its direction for 2018. Terms for each committee member and appointed officer will last through 2018 with new appointments taking place in 2019.

New Board of Governor’s Members
Katy Area EDC also welcomed several new Board of Governors members to begin the year as well. Caroline Champion of Houston Methodist West Hospital is new to the board this year. Champion serves as the Director of Business Development and Services Lines at Houston Methodist West. Marc Deer, President of Capital Real Estate, will represent the organization. Capital Real Estate focuses on Industrial real estate services and Deer has been working in the area for 12 years.
Sara Montenegro joins the board representing Texas Children’s Hospital. Montenegro is the Assistant Vice President for Texas Children’s West Campus, a world leader in pediatric healthcare, and has been with the organization for 9 years. James Ross joins the board representing Katy Mills Mall. Ross recently moved to the area to take over the role of Katy Mills General Manager. The final new board member is Flint Risien, Director of Property Management Services/Community Services for Caldwell Companies. Caldwell Companies focuses on land brokerage and property management. Risien has been working in the community for roughly 10 years.
“We are extremely fortunate to have great leaders on our Executive Committee and board, and I would like to thank them for their service to our organization and the Katy area,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour. “We look forward to a successful 2018.”
For information on becoming a member of the Katy Area Economic Development Council, please visit www.katyedc.com
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Two of the nation’s top-selling homebuilders are coming home to Cane Island.

Taylor Morrison and Highland Homes have announced plans to join the award-winning west Houston master planned community where both will add new family homes in Cane Island’s second phase.


January 9, 2018

Cane Island 


Homesites from 60 – 80 feet



Taylor Morrison, ranked number seven among the nation’s 100 top-selling homebuilders, will add new family homes on 60-foot Cane Island homesites while Highland Homes, number 21 in the 2017 rankings, will build new family homes on 55- and 80-foot homesites.  New model homes by Taylor Morrison and Highland Homes, both fully furnished and expertly decorated, are expected to open in the spring.

Cane Island’s other phase two homebuilders will be announced in the coming weeks.  The second phase of the community of new homes spans just over 100 acres with more than 250 homesites.

Community has easy access to Interstate 10

The addition of Taylor Morrison and Highland Homes comes just after Cane Island celebrated its new direct accessibility to Interstate 10 via the extended Cane Island Parkway.  Since the opening of Cane Island Parkway at Highway 90 in late October, new home sales in Cane Island are up 20 percent from the previous year.

 “No question the opening of the parkway into Cane Island was a game-changer for the community,” notes Dan Naef, president of Cane Island developer Rise Communities, the GHBA’s 2017 Developer of the Year  “The addition of Taylor Morrison and Highland Homes certainly enhances our momentum heading in the 2018.”

Cane Island Parkway ultimately will be extended through the community’s second phase north of Franz Road.

The carefully planned, 1,200-acre community officially opened in the spring of 2015 offering convenient I-10 access minutes west of the Grand Parkway, proximity to major west Houston employers and Katy ISD schools, including the all-new Bryant Elementary.

Since then, the 2016 Greater Houston Builders Association Community of the Year has attracted first-time homebuyers, move-up buyers and active empty nesters with new homes starting in the mid-$200’s by CalAtlantic Homes, Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes. Eleven fully furnished models homes are open daily.   The community also offers The Estates at Cane Island, an exclusive gated section of luxury custom homes on half-acre homesites.

World-class amenities 

Residents enjoy unlimited access to the Cane Island Amenity Village and its 24-hour, two-story fitness center, yoga studio with 200+ on-demand videos, lap pool, family pool with poolside cabanas and water play area, café, tree house, loft with comfortable seating and outdoor fireplace, event center with commercial kitchen, and glass-enclosed Conservatory, ideal for private events, with a seasonal wall of fresh flowers.


More impressive features

The community’s award-winning arrival experience features a three-acre lake with seven, 30-foot fountains and its impressive Living Arches, custom-made steel sculptures with thousands of individually controlled, programmable LED lights in glass leaves that change colors and patterns for the seasons.

For more information on Cane Island, go to CaneIsland.com or call (281) 725-6555.  Also follow Cane Island at www.Facebook.com/CaneIslandKatyTX and on Twitter and Instagram @CaneIslandKaty.



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Simon Property Group is pleased to announce that James Ross was recently appointed General Manager of Katy Mills.


January 5, 2018

By Ashley Lancaster


In his new role, James will oversee the financial, marketing and operational performance of the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas.

A history with Simon Malls across the U.S.

No stranger to Simon, James has previously managed Liberty Village Premium Outlets in New Jersey and Gaffney Premium Outlets in South Carolina. Most recently, he served as General Manager of Philadelphia Mills. Before his career at Simon, he was a Merchant Analyst at Best Buy’s Minneapolis headquarters.


Optimistic about continued growth in Katy

“Through James’ experience, dedication and leadership, Katy Mills is positioned for continued growth as a premier shopping destination,” said Gregg Goodman, President of The Mills. “He is a proven performer and we are looking forward to having his fresh perspective on the Katy Mills team.”

James is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and the Carlson School of Management. He lives in Katy with his wife, son and two dogs.



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Republican Mike Schofield has served two terms at the Texas Capitol representing District 132 (Katy and Cy-Fair), and announced over the weekend that he has been endorsed by Governor Greg Abbott for reelection.

December 11, 2017
Ashley Lancaster
Below is an excerpt from his letter to Katy and Cypress residents:
“During my two terms in office, I have passed bills to mandate that lawsuits affecting the school finance system are heard by a three-judge panel rather that by one liberal judge in Austin (to ensure that views of the rest of Texas are heard), protect the integrity of our elections by allowing the attorney general to go after organizations that conspire to commit election fraud, increase funding for non-profit groups providing counseling for alternatives to abortion, and I successfully sponsored an amendment to the state constitution to ensure that your vote counts and that laws enacted by the representatives you elected are not thrown out in court without the attorney general having a chance to defend them.
Most recently, I have been instrumental in the drive to ensure that the Republican caucus nominates a candidate for speaker, to prevent the minority party from conspiring with a few breakaway Republicans to pick a speaker beholden to the party the voters did not choose to give control of the House.

Recognizing the work that I have done to fight for conservative Texas values, Governor Greg Abbott announced yesterday that he is endorsing me for reelection so I can continue to work with him to enact a meaningful cap on state spending, reform the property tax system to provide relief to homeowners and business owners, protect property owners from wrongful annexation by cities they don’t want to live in, and continue to make Texas the best state in the nation in which to live and do business.
If you haven’t seen the video of Governor Abbott’s endorsement, you can find it here:
I intend to continue to keep you informed on what your legislature is working on so you can weigh in before the legislature takes action, when your views can affect how your government is run. And I intend to continue to work hard to ensure that your voice is heard in Austin.
I hope I can continue to earn your support.”

Quote from Texas Governor Greg Abbott:
“Mike Schofield is a conservative through and through, having demonstrated his commitment to education reform and lowering taxes as a member of the Texas House,” said Governor Abbott. “The constituents of House District 132 have been well represented by Mike over the last few years, and they can be assured that this trend will continue upon his re-election. That is why I am proud to endorse Mike for another term in the Texas House of Representatives.”


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Katy People of the Year Announced in Katy Magazine’s December Issue Launched today at www.katymagazineonline.com 

December 1, 2017  
Katy Magazine’s announced it’s Katy People of the Year for 2017 in the current issue launched today. This year’s honorees will be celebrated at the Katy Area Economic Development Council’s General Assembly Meeting on December 12. The eight Katy honorees include Superintendent Lance Hindt, Don Massey, Katy Police Chief Bill Hastings, and more. VIEW THE ISSUE 


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



November 9, 2017 

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



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

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

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

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

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


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



November 7, 2017 

By Jennifer Skelton 

Election Day is Tuesday, November 7, 2017. Katy ISD has a bond on the ballot for $609,204,553 that includes six new schools (one high school, two junior highs and 3 elementary schools) to alleviate overcrowding and to keep up with growth in the southwest and northwest quadrants of the district. The full bond includes…

  • 74% – Six new schools

  • 9% – Component replacements

  • 5% – Technology

  • 4% – Buses, portables, fuel tank replacements

  • 3% – Fielder Elementary comprehensive renovation

  • 3% – Safety and security

  • 2% – Expansions for Raines and Katy High

Katy ISD was recently voted the #1 school district in the Houston metro area and is 2nd in growth in the state of Texas adding 2,800+ new students yearly.

Early voting numbers shows 7,374 votes were cast towards the bond broken down by 4,177 from Fort Bend County; 2,880 coming from Harris County; and 188 coming from Waller.

Polling Locations

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

NOVEMBER 6, 2017

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

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

The new intersection of Cane Island Parkway and Highway 90 also offers a four-way traffic signal and a new railroad crossing.

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

The community also offers The Estates at Cane Island, an exclusive gated section of luxury custom homes on half-acre homesites.

For more information on Cane Island, go to CaneIsland.com or call (281) 725-6555.  Also follow Cane Island at www.Facebook.com/CaneIslandKatyTX and on Twitter and Instagram @CaneIslandKaty.

The entrance into Cane Island from the newly extended Cane Island Parkway, now open from I-10 all the way into the master-planned community. 

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October 9, 2017

Katrina Katsarelis

To prevent future Katy Area flooding, Congressman Michael McCaul wants to direct the Army Corp of Engineers to build a third reservoir that was planned, but never built.


Congressman Michael McCaul, whose constituency encompasses much of Katy’s Harvey flooded areas, says a third reservoir is needed to protect Katy Area homes from future flooding. 

Congressman Michael McCaul is proposing a bill to direct the Army Corps of Engineers to begin work on a reservoir in the Cypress Creek watershed, to protect the millions of residents who live between the existing Addicks and Barker Reservoirs.  

The new Cypress Creek Reservoir would be built in a region where the Corps had previously planned, but failed, to build a levee.

The reservoir would go in the Cypress Creek watershed, upstream from the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs. McCaul says he’ll make certain the next Harvey aid bill includes language directing the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to begin work on the project.

Early estimates put the cost of the project at about $600 million. Under McCaul’s plan, much of the money would come from Corps and FEMA funding. But he says the main reason for putting the project in the Harvey supplemental is speed. Experts agree with McCaul that the reservoir is badly needed. 


The following is a post from a concerned Katy area citizen urging other Katy residents to take action and let their wishes be known to their Senators John Cornyn and Ted Cruz:

Reposted from Concerned Katy Resident Chris Hairris

PLEASE SHARE!!! And help!!!

We need the 3rd reservoir built around the Cypress Creek in the North Katy area as a start to strategically STOP our area’s flood control issues. The land is there AND UNDEVELOPED but this issue must be moved fast before the land is lost making the flooding issues worse.

An action item is being prepared by Michael McCaul for the US Congress. This item is his top priority. But our Senators must know it is priority to move it from the US Senate.

Please write our US Senators John Cornyn, and Ted Cruz to show your support of the construction of the Cypress Creek Reservoir.  

Below is a sample letter that you can use or alter as you see fit.

Also included are links to the contact page for the following Senators

John Cornyn, US Senator for TX  

Ted Cruz, US Senator for TX


Dear Senator Cornyn and Senator Cruz,

In the US Congress Authorization for Hurricane Harvey Relief, please include $350 million to be allocated to the building of the 3rd reservoir for Cypress Creek in North Katy, Cypress and Tomball. This 3rd Reservoir was included in the original plans in the 1940’s when the Barker and Addicks Reservoirs were built. The 3rd reservoir was never completed. The Harris County Flood Control District and Texas Water Development Board issued a study which was completed in 2015 named the Cypress Creek Overflow Mitigation Plan. The study determined that the Cypress Creek Reservoir would cost $350 million and would save billions of dollars in potential flooding as well as save many lives. We are seeing the devastation of our area in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey due in part to the absence of the Cypress Creek Reservoir. 

My formal request is to fund the 3rd Reservoir to contain the Cypress Creek Overflow in the Hurricane Harvey Authorization. The anticipated budget for this project is approximately $350MM. 

Thank you for your time and the efforts you give to serve our state and country.
Sincerely, Your name

For more information on Congressman Michael McCaul, visit 



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October 7, 2017

Katrina Katsarelis 


A special announcement from TxDOT about the widening of 99 from 1093 to I-10.


The purpose of the meeting is to gather public input and receive comments on the proposed SH 99 widening.  The project is located in Harris and Fort Bend Counties, Texas. The meeting will be an open house format so the public may come and go at their convenience, and staff will be available to answer questions.


Cinco Ranch High School
23440 Cinco Ranch Boulevard
Katy, Texas 77494 (Map)


Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017
Open House: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m


Project Description:

The proposed project would include:

  • Widening the existing SH 99 from a four-lane divided highway to a six-lane divided highway

  • Adding a center cable median barrier and modifying several ramps. 

  • The project may require additional right of way (ROW) for corner clips; however, the locations where ROW may be required have not been determined at this time. Displacements associated with the proposed project are not anticipated. The purpose of the project is to improve mobility within the study area.



TxDOT Houston District
Public Information Office
(713) 802-5072


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October 2, 2017


The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island will host its Fall Model Home Showcase, open to the public with free admission every weekend in October, when its 11 model homes are decorated with amazing holiday-themed settings.

Get decorating ideas

Bibbs & Burnett Realty and Design Partners will decorate an entry, kitchen, family room, entertaining space or some other area in each Cane Island model home with a magical look and feel for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or New Years.  “If you’re looking for decorating ideas for the holidays, this is the place to be,” says Lawren Eckhardt, Cane Island’s director of marketing.


Open from noon to 6PM

Cane Island’s patio homes and traditional model homes are conveniently located within the community with signage directing visitors to their location.  Hours for Cane Island’s Fall Model Home Showcase are Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday, noon – 6 p.m. with some models open until 7 p.m.


$5000 gift card giveaway

As part of the Fall Model Home Showcase, those who sign a contract to purchase a new Cane Island home in October will be automatically entered into a drawing for a $5,000 gift card to High Fashion Home, a premier destination for home furnishings, fashion and gifts.

Visitor cash prize drawing

Visitors to the showcase also can stop by the Cane Island Welcome Center to enter into a weekly $250 cash prize drawing.

Getting there

To reach Cane Island, the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year, take the Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the temporary detour into the community. MAP IT

About Cane Island

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

For more information on Cane Island’s Fall Model Home Showcase, call (281) 725-6555. Also follow Cane Island at www.Facebook.com/CaneIslandKatyTX and on Twitter and Instagram @CaneIslandKaty.  Visit www.caneisland.com 


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September 26, 2017
Dewberry Farm wants to heal some of the hurts caused by Hurricane Harvey by offering 100 individuals free entry to pumpkin patches, corn mazes, and more. Nominate a family you think deserves some fall fun below!

“Hurricane Harvey caused so much devastation. Our hearts broke for those who were displaced because of it” says Mary Emerson, owner. “If we can take people’s minds off their challenges and bring some normalcy to their lives, we would like to help.”
Nominate a deserving family 
Dewberry Farm is asking people to nominate families affected by Hurricane Harvey to get free admission to their Fall festival.
To nominate a family please go to http://dewberryfarm.com/hurricane-survivor-nomination/. Submissions accepted until 10/13.  Dewberry Farm will be providing free entry to 100 people.
To learn more about the Dewberry Farm please contact Jennifer Gorsché at Jennifer@DewberryFarm.com, or visit our social media platforms: Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
About Dewberry Farm
Dewberry Farm, located just west of Katy, is positioned on 100 acres. It is filled with an 8-acre corn maze, 8-acre pumpkin patch, and a 40-acre Christmas tree farm. There are animals and over 40 activities for families to enjoy. Dewberry Farm is open to the public Saturdays and Sundays, September 30 through November 12.
Visit DewberryFarm.com for more information, or “Like” Dewberry Farm on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram to receive updates.
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Katy, TX News (September 15, 2017) – In June, the Katy Area Economic Development Council conducted a survey focused on the Katy area workforce.  The survey, which was organized in partnership with the newly created Katy, TX Human Resources Networking Group, was formulated to gather information from human resources managers/recruiters and business leaders on workforce trends in the Katy area.

Approximately 21 companies representing over 3,300 employees in industries ranging from energy to healthcare took part in the voluntary survey which was open to all Katy area companies.  The information gathered will provide useful data for benchmarking and workforce development purposes.

Overall, the survey highlighted numerous workforce trends in the Katy area.  Respondents made it clear they believe the Katy area provides strong access to a quality labor force, both skilled and non-skilled.  Most of the surveyed companies expect employment growth over the next five years with new jobs requiring highly-skilled employees, particularly in the technology sector.  Turnover and absenteeism were noted by companies as being low as well. Please click here for the survey report.

“The information provided will be valuable moving forward as we seek to further enhance the Katy area business climate and labor pool,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO Lance LaCour.

Katy Human Resources Networking Group organizer Lorna Hall of Pepperl+Fuchs added, “We are pleased to be part of the growing Katy Area Economic Development Council, which was instrumental in helping us understand Katy and all of the opportunities available in this community.”

Katy Area EDC would like to thank all of the companies that participated as well as the Katy, TX Human Resources Networking Group for its support of the project.  Special thanks go to LaCenterra and Katy Mills Mall for providing prizes to be awarded to two survey participants via random drawing.

For more information on Katy Area EDC, please visit katyedc.org.

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September 11, 2017

Harris County Fire Chief says, “Thank You” to Katy ISD for their relief and rescue contributions. 

All of Katy Stepped Up 

In a recent press release expressing his sympathies and to all families and residents who suffered water and wind damage from Hurricane Harvey, Harris County Emergency Services Fire Chief (Dist. 48) Jeffrey S. Hevey gave his sincerest thanks to several local organizations who stepped up to help rescue people from flooded areas in both HCESD No. 48 and FBESD No. 1. 

Among those listed were the Katy ISD Police Department, Katy ISD campuses, and Katy ISD Department of Transportation (school buses). 

Katy ISD Stands Out 

During the six days of the storm and continued flooding, the district opened it’s doors at Cinco Ranch High School and Morton Ranch High School to accept 4,000 displaced residents and donations for families in need. Katy High School served as the main operating headquarters for U.S. National Guard and other military while they carried out rescue and relief missions all over south Texas. Katy ISD bus drivers bravely volunteered to drive district vehicles into high water to rescue 450 people trapped by flood waters. Katy ISD police officers faithfully, dutifully served their community in every necessary capacity during the storm.  During a time when roughly 15,000 students and 2,600 Katy ISD employees were directly impacted by the storm and subsequent flooding, the impact that the district had on relief and rescue efforts is truly inspiring. 

Below is the full list of the partners and agencies named by Chief Hevey: 

– Powerhouse Church (Shelter)

– Katy ISD Police Department

– CrossPoint Church (Shelter) 

– Westlake Fire Department

– Harris County Sheriff

– Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office

– Harris County Office of Emergency Management

– Fort Bend County Sheriff

– Precinct 5 Constables (Harris County)

– Precint 3 Constables (Fort Bend County) 

– Texas Department of Public Service (State Troopers)

– MIdland, Texas Police

– Webb County Sheriff

– Dallas County Sheriff

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Katy, TX News (September 7, 2017) – Local dance studio will donate 100% of proceeds to Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High teachers. 


On Thursday, September 7 Connolly Dance Arts will host a Dance – A – Thon event from 5 to 10 p.m. to give Katy families a chance to dance out all the stress caused by Hurricane Harvey and connect with their neighbors. The best part? One-hundred percent of the proceeds from the event will benefit teachers at Creech Elementary and Beck Junior High, who lost so much when their schools were affected by the flooding. 

Registration is from 4 to 5 p.m., and the cost is $20 per contestant and $60 per family. They also accept $20 gift cards to Target, HEB, and Amazon. There will be a DJ, bake sale, and refreshments. 

K.T. Connolly, owner of Connolly Dance Arts, says, “Even if you don’t want to participate, we invite everyone to come out and support these amazing Katy teachers!”

Connolly Dance Arts is located at 22760 Westheimer Pkwy., #300

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Katy, TX News (September 1, 2017) – The Katy community of Cane Island has opened its Amenity Village event center, converting it into a temporary dorm for Katy first responders, some of whom had been sleeping in a nearby parking lot.

Beds have been set up and showers in the community’s fitness center are available.  Meals also are being served.  The Cane Island Amenity Village is located at 2100 Cane Island Parkway, just north of Interstate 10.   On Site Contact: Dan Naef, 702-581-1956.



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Katy, Texas News (August 29, 2017) – Peli Peli Restaurant is stepping up in the chaos created by hurricane Harvey to fuel first responders as they attempt to save families affected by the devastation of the flood. 

Their Cinco Ranch restaurant, located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd. in LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and directly across from Torchy’s Tacos, is currently open and working to prepare hot meals for rescuers. 

“Basically, we’re going to cook every bit of food on our shelves to feed Katy’s finest,” says Thomas Nguyen, co-founder and partner. If they run low, Nguyen says that they are asking Katy families who want to help to swing by with food for them to cook and prepare for Coast Guard, National Guard, FEMA, firefighters, volunteers, police, EMT, and others. “If we run out, we invite residents to donate food for us to prepare – our kitchen is ready and our doors are open. We’ll even make sandwiches.” 

For first responders in a hurry, Nguyen says not to worry about coming inside. Just call 281-257- 9500 or 832-259-2448 and someone will run a hot meal out to the curb. 

Today only, they will also be offering hot meals to first responders at their I-10 and Campbell location. 

If you know of a Katy business offering assistance, supplies, or services to those in need, email us!


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Katy, TX News (August 27, 2017) – Here are a few important advisories, alerts and notes from Harris County.



There are over 177 high water locations across Harris County on Houston Transtar. Click link for more info.

Check out their Flood Warning System to see what we see. Click “channel status” on the left and you will see that most of our bayous and creeks are RED and out of bank.

Red= out of banks
Yellow= near top of bank
Green=still ok


You can get swept away in as little as six inches so it’s not worth driving through.

Here is a rescue that took place last night at Saums Rd. Driving to your drowning is one of the most common ways flood deaths occur. It’s not worth it. Stay put! 


First responders are being dispatched to over 1,000 (and growing) rescues at this time. Some water inside is better than being outside. So, please stay put. If water is rising to Stay safe, this is seriously nothing to joke with!


Please heed to the advice emergency officials. It’s devastating sitting in this emergency operations center listening to the thousands of calls coming in to get rescued. DO NOT attempt to leave, just stay put. TRUST US you wont get very far. More rescue boats are coming but the list is long. DO NOT go into attics, you will get TRAPPED! Get on roofs. As soon as day breaks it will be easier to rescue you!

If waters are rising and it’s absolutely necessary, please go onto your roof. We will get to as soon as we can. DO NOT GO IN YOUR ATTIC. 


We understand water is in homes, but only call 911 with life-threatening emergencies. Our 911 call center is inundated with requests, not allowing true emergencies to get thru. If you are dialing and it is a true emergency, STAY ON THE LINE. A dispatcher will get to you ASAP.DO NOT LEAVE YOUR HOME. Stay put.

Harris County Flood Control District 713-684-4000

Red Cross Houston 713-526-8300

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 Katy, TX News (August 26, 2017) – Sites you should be checking while hunkering down in Katy

1. Road Closures
2. River/Creek Flood Gages
3. Electricity Outage Tracker
4. Harris County Rainfall Map

5. Houston Traffic Map

Here’s the latest on the hurricane as it pertains to Katy 

Although it’s been downgraded to a CAT 1 Hurricane, we are definitely not out of the woods. Street and flash flooding expected for the next few days. 

Meteorologists are expecting 12″ inches of rain today with a total of 30″ over the next few days.

Harvey is expected to stay on Hurricane status through Saturday night and high winds may happen through Sunday. 

Flooding expected around bayous and river basins Brazos, Colorado,etc. 

Harvey is a tornado-happy Hurricane and we may have on/off tornado watches until 1 PM today or later.  TORNADO PREPARATION LINK


  • Stay put. Don’t be on the roads. 

  • If you must be on the roads, don’t drive in water. Cars have been carried away in just six inches of water. 

  • Use 911 only for emergencies. 

Katy Kindness Tip: It’s a great idea to check on your neighbors and friends who may be shut-ins, single moms, or senior citizens. 

Thank you to David Thelan for sending us these important links


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Katy, TX News (August 15 2017) – After nearly 15 years of publishing award-winning local content in a printed format, Katy Magazine is excited to announce the launch of Katy’s first, all-digital magazine designed to be viewed on phones and iPads. This decision comes after extensive market research, which shows that while print readership continues at a steep decline industry-wide (3%) digital readership has grown to an unprecedented rate (40%).  


“In the past few years, we’ve seen more engagement and interaction on our social media stories and posts and less and less response in our print issue,” says Matt Katsarelis, Katy Magazine’s publisher. “We know our readers spend a lot of time on their phones and devices so we are meeting them there.”  

Katrina and Matt Katsarelis are husband and wife publishing team who originally moved to Katy in 2000 from Silicon Valley, California. Before making the leap, they studied studied several highly successful digital-only magazines in large metropolitan markets across the U.S and created a platform that would suit Katy readers well. “We know our readers don’t want to click through five screens to get through one story so all our stories are scrollable and super easy to navigate,” says Katrina Katsarelis, publisher and editor-in-chief.  “We are so excited to be able to connect directly with our readers who can now share, comment, post photos, and email us directly from the stories.” 

 Local businesses will benefit from Katy-specific, highly targeted animated ads, in content that closely matches their market demographic. “The ads are designed to be elegant and non-intrusive,” says Katrina Katsarelis. “They’re actually beautiful and are about local companies so they’re also interesting.”  

Katy Magazine will be promoting the issue and the stories themselves by way of their popular social media venues. Katy Magazine is known for having one of the top social media presences in Katy with 35,100 Facebook likes, 15,300 Twitter followers, and 6000 Instagram followers. 

In between the monthly Katy Magazine themed issues, Katy Magazine will to share up-to-date news items using the digital format, and will continue to share events, community jobs, and resources for the community. 

To view Katy Magazine’s stories and features, click here. 

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For more information email: Katrina Katsarelis, Katy Magazine

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Katy, Texas News (August 14, 2017) – Baker Katz recently announced that they will be opening two new, 6,500 SF locations in the Houston area, one in Katy at the intersection of IH-10 and Katy Fort Bend Road. The new location will be close to popular spots like Katy ISD’s Legacy Stadium,  Typhoon Texas, Katy Mills Mall, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond.

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Katy, TX News (August 9, 2017) – The Katy Fire Department was honored today as a recipient of a Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant awarded for Fiscal Year 2016 from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

The SAFER Grant was created to provide funding directly to fire departments and volunteer firefighter interest organizations to help them increase or maintain the number of trained, “front line” firefighters available in their communities. The goal of SAFER is to enhance the local fire departments’ abilities to comply with staffing, response and operational standards established by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA 1710 and/or NFPA 1720).


The City of Katy is working diligently to build a second fire station adjacent to Katy Mills Mall near Interstate 10 to continue to provide the best response and protection to their residents, businesses and schools. “With the explosive growth in the City of Katy, both in commercial and residential, we have to be proactive to keep our high standard of excellence in public safety,” says Mayor Chuck Brawner. “Furthermore, it allows the City to maintain a very low ISO (Insurance Service Office) rating, which helps our citizens save on insurance premiums.”

Fire Station #2 is in a prime location for critical emergency response and protection. Its location will allow for faster reaction to the southern part of the City and the Katy Fire Department’s response area. “To comply with NFPA 1710 and ISO standards and recommendations, staffing the fire engine at the new station would require 16 new firefighters,” explains Fire Chief Russell Wilson. “With the support from Congressman McCaul, the SAFER Grant has helped us secure funding for this extremely important project.”

This afternoon Congressman Michael McCaul was present to congratulate the Katy Fire Department on being awarded $2,181,579, to be received over a 3-year period, that will be used for the hiring of all 16 new firefighters the City needs for Fire Station #2. The Katy Fire Department was selected from thousands of applicants to be one of only 163 SAFER Grant recipients from across the United States and one of just eight awarded in Texas. “This is a big win for our community and the result of Fire Chief Wilson’s, City Officials’ and our first responders’ hard work and determination,” says Congressman McCaul. “I am proud to see their efforts rewarded with this outstanding accomplishment and look forward to seeing the great work Katy will do with this Grant.”


For more information on the City of Katy, visit www.cityofkaty.com.


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Katy, TX News (August 7, 2017) – Rise Communities, developer of the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island, has won the prestigious Developer of the Year Award from the Texas Association of Builders. The award was presented at the association’s 2017 Star Awards program, part of the Sunbelt Builders Show in Dallas. “When the top minds in home construction and real estate development give you a thumbs up, that’s certainly speaks volumes for the quality of our work,” says Dan Naef, president of Rise Communities.

Katy’s Cane Island, the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year, also was recognized with Star Awards for Best Billboard, Best Website and Best Television Commercial.  Last year, Cane Island was recognized with Star Awards for its Livings Arches arrival experience as Best Community Feature, Best Showroom Sales Center and Best Sales Brochure by a developer.

Established in 1992, the Star Awards are the only statewide tribute to excellence in the home building industry, showcasing the work of Texas real estate professionals in more than 100 categories.

Cane Island offers new luxury homes from the mid $200s to the millions, including those in gated sections and on prized cul-de-sac homesites.  Residents enjoy a resort-style Amenity Village along with easy access onto Interstate 10 via the Cane Island Parkway.  The community also offers The Estates at Cane Island, a gated custom home neighborhood with Houston’s first street pantries.

For more information on Cane Island and its selection of move-in ready homes, go to CaneIsland.com.

The Living Arches in the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island
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Katy, TX News (July 25, 2017) – NAI Partners is pleased to announce that VAHLE Inc., a world-leading manufacturer of mobile electrification products with over 100 years of innovation and tradition, is the latest tenant to break ground at West Ten Business Park, a premier master-planned business park located on Interstate 10 and Cane Island Parkway in Katy, Texas, that John Simons and Holden Rushing of NAI Partners are marketing on behalf of Parkside Capital.

VAHLE Inc.’s July 10 groundbreaking celebration. From left, Contractors, Managers and Technologists Inc. General Superintendent, Booker White, Acosta Architecture L.L.C. Project Architect, Jerry Acosta, Contractors, Managers and Technologists Inc. President, Rusty Monk, VAHLE Inc. Chief Financial Officer, Evelyn Clark, VAHLE Inc. President, Scott Gardner, and VAHLE Inc. Controller, Andrew Clark.


On Monday, July 10, VAHLE Inc. employees joined Rusty Monk, President of Contractors, Managers and Technologists Inc., Booker White, General Superintendent, and Jerry Acosta, Project Architect of Acosta Architecture L.L.C., to officially break ground on a new US headquarters – a 40,000 square foot office building and warehouse that will accelerate the distribution of mobile electrification & automation solutions across the globe and serve more than 700 companies in the United States and Mexico.

VAHLE Inc. President, Scott Gardner, kicked off the ceremony with a toast to the collaboration and continued partnerships between local businesses.

“We’re ecstatic to begin this new chapter and are proud to partner with people who constantly push the envelope and fuel this project with ambition, innovation, and creative solutions to problems,” said Gardner about the partnership with Acosta Architecture L.L.C and Contractors, Managers, and Technologists Inc.. “Selecting Acosta Architecture and C.M.T. Inc. will allow VAHLE to create a modern and extensive facility geared towards further growth and expansion.”

In addition to Acosta Architecture L.L.C and C.M.T. Inc., VAHLE Inc. attributes much of their excitement for this development to the community they are joining.

“So many of our employees live in Katy and want to dedicate their time outside work to their community,” said CFO Evelyn Clark. “We can’t wait to put our stamp on Katy and pour into a community that’s already been so gracious to us.”

The new office building will feature a 20,000 square foot warehouse and a large demonstration room for clients to witness VAHLE’s intelligent power, data, and positioning solutions in action. This 7.7 million dollar project’s estimated completion is Fall 2018 and will allow the small, family-owned company to expand personnel and bring more jobs to the Katy area in logistics and sales job functions.

Will Condrey of Cushman & Wakefield represented VAHLE, Inc. in the land sale.  Mr. Simons and Mr. Rushing of NAI Partners represented Parkside Capital.

To learn more about VAHLE Inc. or follow the building development, follow VAHLE Inc. on Facebook and LinkedIn and visit www.vahleinc.com.

For additional information on land sales at West Ten Business Park, please contact NAI Partners’ John Simons or Holden Rushing at 713.629.0500.

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Katy, TX News (July 20, 2017) – Vista Equities Group is proud to announce that the highly anticipated Peli Peli, a popular South African fusion restaurant, has officially opened its third location at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Peli Peli will be located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd., in Phase I of the mixed-use development, adjacent to Central Green Park.

“It is a dream of ours to be able to open a Peli Peli in Katy! I graduated from Mayde Creek High School and currently live in Cinco Ranch, so this is a bit of a homecoming for me,” said Peli Peli’s Chief Marketing Officer Thomas Nguyen.

Known for their creative spin on South African cuisine, Peli Peli has garnered plenty of attention as one of the most prominent upscale restaurants in the city. With signature menu items such as the Espetada and Kingklip with Shredded Scallops, along with an extensive wine and cocktail menu, Katy residents were eager for a restaurant of this caliber to open its doors in their community.

“Peli Peli is a melting pot of flavors made up of so many different cultures, so we believe that it’s perfect for Katy,” said Nguyen.  “We are bringing a new fine-dining experience to Katy that we hope will be a contribution the Katy community can be proud of.”

“We are thrilled to welcome Peli Peli to our development,” said Woody Mann, President of Vista Equities Group. “We seek to bring the best food and retail developments to LaCenterra, so having Peli Peli open its doors is very exciting for us. Katy residents have been looking forward to this for some time and we are proud to be able to cater to our growing community.”

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is a 34-acre, over 360,000 sq. ft. (410,000 sq. ft. upon completion of the Final Phase of development in Spring 2018) mixed-use development located on the western edge of metropolitan Houston in Katy, TX. Located on the Grand Parkway just three miles south of I-10 with prominent freeway visibility, the property is nestled in the heart of Cinco Ranch, one of the nation’s premier master planned communities.

Peli Peli is open daily Monday through Thursday from 11 am to 10 pm; Friday through Saturday from 11 am to 11 pm; and Sundays from 11 am to 10 pm.


Courtesy of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and Elmore Public Relations
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Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – YMCA Operation Backpack, an initiative of the YMCA of Greater Houston, is one of Texas’ largest back-to-school supply drives. In its 13th year, YMCA Operation Backpack is expecting to reach its highest goal to date by giving school supplies and/or a new backpack to 120,000 youngsters whose families struggle to make ends meet. Last year, the YMCA delivered backpacks and supplies to more than 105,000 children. Thirty-six school districts in the Houston area will benefit from the event.

This initiative is not possible without donors, however. Required school supplies can cost up to $200 per student, yet more than 25 percent of Houston-area children ages 17 and under live in poverty. The month-long school supply drive will run from July 11 to August 11, 2017.

How you can help:

  • Make a monetary donation or purchase pre-packaged school supplies and a backpack at any participating H-E-B at the checkout stand. Your donation will directly support your local YMCA.
  • Text the word SCHOOL to 91999 to make a monetary donation.
  • Visit ymcaoperationbackpack.org to make a monetary donation.
  • Visit ymcaoperationbackpack.org for a list of school supplies if you wish to purchase them individually. Supplies and backpacks can be dropped off at any YMCA or at designated sites specified on the YMCA website.
Courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston 

For information on the Katy Tailgate event that will make donations to Operation Backpack at Katy YMCA’s, click the link here: www.katymagazine.com/katy-summer-tailgate-2/.


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Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

“We are honored to be among the select group of organizations to achieve this distinction from the Quality Texas Foundation. Winning the TAPE award is a reflection of the focus on clinical excellence, quality, and patient safety that the team at Memorial Hermann Katy provides every day,” said Heath Rushing, Senior Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Katy.

The Quality Texas Foundation, known as a national leader in its field, was chartered to recognize the best organizations in Texas. The group uses an extensive evaluation process that includes hundreds of hours spent through on-site visits to evaluate and score applicants in several criteria.

Dr. Mac McGuire, CEO Quality Texas Foundation said, “This award is no small achievement. It’s not about a particular test, or one day evaluation. It is a critical look at both the processes and results shown by Memorial Hermann Katy, in accordance with the Baldrige Criteria. Those who receive the TAPE award have a proven record of excellence.”

The Baldrige Excellence Framework is used by businesses, healthcare providers, schools, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations to improve and excel in their industries. This distinction takes Memorial Hermann Katy one step closer to achieving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital received the prominent award in 2016.

“We know the hard work isn’t over yet. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a lofty goal, but we believe our staff already provides the high quality care outlined by the Baldrige Excellence Framework, and we are confident that we will prove that to the organization in the coming months,” said Rushing.

“I want to congratulate the team at Memorial Hermann Katy on this significant award,” said Dr. Benjamin Chu, President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System. “It is a rigorous journey to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and this is an impressive step in the right direction.”

Memorial Hermann Katy will receive the award during the Quality Texas Foundation annual conference June 27, 2017 at the Houston Westin.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital 
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Katy, TX News (July 7, 2017) – As of fall 2017, the University of Houston’s Katy campus will offer engineering courses that may be applied toward a Master’s degree in electrical, subsea, and environmental engineering upon successful admission into the respective graduate programs. Individuals with a Bachelor’s degree may apply at egr.uh.edu/engineering-katy. Courses can be taken on campus or online.

There will be an information session on Tuesday, July 11, 2017 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1550 Foxlake Dr. Interested parties must RSVP by Monday, July 10, 2017 t0 subsea-advisor@me.uh.edu.

Courtesy of University of Houston, Engineering


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Katy, TX News (July 6, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce the appointment of longtime and highly accomplished System Chief Operating Officer (COO) Charles “Chuck” D. Stokes to President and CEO of Memorial Hermann, effective immediately. In addition to his role as Executive Vice President and COO, Stokes had been serving as interim President and CEO following the departure of Benjamin K. Chu, M.D., who left the organization in June to pursue his passion in public and health policy.

Stokes, who began his career as a registered nurse, is a well-respected industry veteran with nearly four decades of leadership experience and demonstrated success in fostering a culture of innovation and exceptional patient care experiences, with an emphasis on superior quality, safety and stellar operations.

“Chuck has proven himself to be an outstanding leader during the course of his remarkable career with our organization, working tirelessly to guide Memorial Hermann on its journey toward becoming a high-reliability organization with a strong focus on innovation and transformation,” said Memorial Hermann Board Chair Deborah M. Cannon. “He has an unwavering commitment to our patients, medical staff and to Memorial Hermann, the latter of which has been instrumental in helping us transform our operational structure in order to meet the challenges and demands of a rapidly changing healthcare landscape.”

As COO, Stokes was responsible for overseeing operations for the System, which has 17 hospitals, more than 200 outpatient clinics, 25,000 employees and 5,500 affiliated physicians. He has a proven track record of achieving success in service line leadership, employee engagement, physician collaboration, and leadership development.

“I am honored and humbled to work alongside our exceptional employees and talented medical staff as we fulfill our mission to advance the health of all Houstonians,” Stokes said. “In its 110 years of faithfully serving this community, Memorial Hermann has grown to become a nationally recognized organization with an unrelenting focus on providing enhanced access to the safest, highest-quality care, all at an affordable cost.”

Most recently, Stokes’ leadership was instrumental in helping Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital become the first organization and hospital in the Houston area to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, the nation’s highest presidential honor for performance excellence. During his tenure, Memorial Hermann also has been perennially recognized as the country’s most successful Accountable Care Organization, underscoring the emphasis on innovative, evidence-based medicine designed to improve overall population health.

Stokes was recently named among the Top 25 COOs in healthcare by Modern Healthcare, a list that recognizes high-achieving leaders across the industry and the increasingly demanding roles they play. He also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Governors for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE), an organization of more than 48,000 healthcare executives working together to improve care delivery and the education of healthcare leaders. Prior to his appointment as Chairman, Stokes served as ACHE faculty for 10 years.

“At a time when our industry is facing unprecedented challenges with declining reimbursements and escalating costs, I have every confidence that Chuck has the experience and visionary leadership necessary to navigate our organization through this period of change and uncertainty,” Cannon said.

Prior to joining Memorial Hermann as COO in 2008, Stokes served as President of North Mississippi Medical Center, a 650-bed tertiary hospital and a 2006 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient. He previously served as COO for three other health systems and as Vice President of Operations for St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital/Texas Heart Institute in Houston.

In addition to his professional commitments, he serves on the Holocaust Museum Houston Advisory Board and on the Board of the Children’s Defense Fund-Texas. He also serves as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and has penned numerous articles on leadership development.

Stokes, who is board certified in Healthcare Management as an ACHE fellow, earned his Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., and a master’s degree in hospital and health administration from UAB. He is married to Judy Liswood Stokes and has three adult children.

Courtesy of Katy ISD 
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Katy, TX News (July 5, 2017) – Katy Asian Town, the 100,000 square foot shopping center anchored by H Mart, is set to begin construction soon, with plans to open in early 2018. The 15-acre property, located at 23119 Colonial Pkwy. on the northwest corner of Grand Pkwy. and IH-10 will be the third H Mart location in the Greater Houston area, and will offer fresh meat, seafood, organic produce, and a food court.  Other store locations offer services like Smart Cards for discounts, in-store savings, and special entry into sweepstakes.

The grocery chain originally opened in New York in 1982, and currently has 54 stores in 11 states across the U.S., with plans for nine more locations to open in the next year. The chain strives to provide a fun, fresh, diverse multicultural dining and shopping experience for Katy families.

Visit katyasiantown.com for updates on construction progress, jobs, tenant information, and more.




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Katy, TX News (July 5, 2017) – Katy Mills, along with more than 180 Simon Malls, The Mills and Premium Outlets nationwide, has surpassed its $1 million fundraising goal for 2017 in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.  Katy Mills participated in a range of activities from October 2016 through October 2017 to raise funds.

“It is thanks to the tremendous support and engagement we have received from our retailers, shoppers, community partners and employees that we were able to achieve, and exceed this fundraising goal in support of Susan G. Komen,” said Sabrina Scruta, Katy Mills Director of Marketing. “From selling discount cards to honoring survivors through photos and messages to hosting race events at our centers – we are so grateful to all who participated and contributed as part of this campaign to reduce deaths from breast cancer.”

“Reaching the one-million-dollar mark is truly an incredible accomplishment, largely due in part to the unwavering commitment that we’ve received from Simon and their network of supporters,” said Christina Alford, Komen’s Senior Vice President of Development. “These dollars will truly make an impact in the lives of countless men and women – whether to meet the most critical needs in our communities or to continue making headway in breakthrough research to prevent and ultimately cure breast cancer.”

Simon will continue its support of Susan G. Komen in 2018, pledging to raise another $1 million through various fundraising initiatives.

About Katy Mills

Katy Mills, the largest outlet and value retail shopping destination in South Texas, provides the ultimate shopping experience with more than 175 outlet and value retail stores, including Neiman Marcus Last Call, Saks Fifth Avenue OFF 5TH, Coach Factory Store, Forever 21, Nike Factory, Polo Ralph Lauren Factory Store, H&M, kate spade new york and Under Armour. Shoppers can dine at great restaurants including Rainforest Cafe or catch a movie at AMC 20 Theatres.

Katy Mills is located at I-10 and Pin Oak Road in Katy, TX, 28 miles west of Houston. It is open regularly from 10 a.m. – 9 p.m., Mon.-Sat., and 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Sunday. For more information, please call (281) 644-5000 or visit www.katymills.com. Like Katy Mills on Facebook at facebook.com/ShopKatyMills and follow us on Twitter @KatyMeansMore and on Instagram @katymeansmore.

About Simon

Simon is a global leader in the ownership of premier shopping, dining, entertainment and mixed-use destinations and an S&P 100 company (Simon Property Group, NYSE:SPG). Our properties across North America, Europe, and Asia provide community gathering places for millions of people every day and generate billions in annual sales. For more information, visit simon.com.

About Susan G. Komen

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit outside of the federal government while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Komen has set a Bold Goal to reduce the current number of breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $920 million in research and provided more than $2 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. That promise has become Komen’s promise to all people facing breast cancer. Visit komen.org or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at ww5.komen.org/social.

Courtesy of Simon Malls


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Katy, TX News (June 27, 2017) – The 2017-18 edition of Best Children’s Hospitals by U.S. News & World Report ranked Texas Children’s Hospital fourth in the country among the nearly 200 pediatric centers. For the ninth straight year, Texas Children’s Hospital was placed on the Best Children’s Hospital Honor Roll of best pediatric institutions.

Texas Children’s is one of only 10 children’s hospitals across the country to achieve the Honor Roll designation, and the only hospital in Texas – and the southern U.S. – awarded this distinction. Over the last decade, no other pediatric hospital in the state has ever achieved an overall ranking as high as Texas Children’s.

Each year, in addition to ranking pediatric hospitals overall, U.S. News also ranks the top 50 pediatric hospitals across 10 major subspecialties. This year, Texas Children’s Heart Center® ranks as the best cardiology and heart surgery service in the country. In addition, six subspecialties ranked in the top five.

#1     Cardiology and Heart Surgery
#2     Pulmonology
#4     Cancer
#4     Gastroenterology & GI Surgery
#4     Nephrology (kidney disorders)

#4     Neurology and Neurosurgery
#6     Diabetes and Endocrinology
?#6     Urology
#11   Neonatology
#16   Orthopedics

Visit the U.S. News website for more information.

Courtesy of Texas Children’s Hospital
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Katy, TX News (June 26, 2017) – A list of newly opened and coming soon retail, dining, and businesses in Katy, Texas.



Abuelo’s The Flavor of Mexico
24600 Katy Fwy.

AGU Ramen Bistro
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Aji Ramen
1645 Winding Hollow Dr.

The Cheese Bar
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Alicia’s Bakery
3616 N. Fry Rd.

Bambu Desserts & Drinks
9555 Spring Green Blvd.

24600 Katy Fwy.

DR34M Home Rug & Design
5000 Katy Mills Cir.

F45 Training Cinco Ranch West
4950 Katy Gaston Rd.

Iconic Eyecare
9722 Gaston Rd.

Grand Imperial Chinese Restaurant
27131 Cinco Ranch Blvd.

Katy Hardware
559 Pin Oak Rd. 

Mama Fu’s
24600 Katy Fwy.

MedSpa at Villagio
22764 Westheimer Pkwy.

MidiCi The Neapolitan Pizza Company
21788 Katy Fwy.

Mo’s Irish Pub
23645 Katy Fwy.

Raising Cane’s
9730 Gaston Rd.

Sew Special Quilts
21800 Katy Fwy.

Total Wine & More
5472 W. Grand Pkwy. S.

Under Armour
5000 Katy Mills Cir.

Vibe Fitness
1800 S. Mason Rd.

Walmart Supercenter
22850 Morton Ranch Rd.

Watercrest at Katy
200 S. Katy Fort Bend Rd.

5000 Katy Mills Cir.

Yori Yori Korean Kitchen
569 S. Mason Rd.


Apex Burger
21788 Katy Fwy.

beatSTRONG Fitness & Nutrition
6420 FM 1463 Rd., Fulshear

Beck’s Prime
IH10 at Grand Pkwy.
Late 2017

Bucc-ee’s Katy
IH-10 at Cane Island Pkwy.
Fall 2017

Epiphany of the Lord Catholic School
August 2018

Katy Asian Town
23119 Colonial Pkwy.

Jamba Juice
Katy Green Phase III
IH-10 and Baker Rd.

Jinya Ramen Bar
21788 Katy Fwy.
Summer 2017

Roko Grill
406 W. Grand Pkwy. S.
Late 2017

The Rouxpour Restaurant & Bar
LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
2643 Commercial Center Blvd.

Shoppes at Cinco Ranch

Sam’s Boat
Stableside at Falcon Landing

Snappy Salads
Katy Green Phase III
IH-10 and Baker Rd. 

LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch
23501 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
Late 2017

Super H Mart
Grand Pkwy. and Katy Fwy.

Super Yummy Mongolian Stir-Fry and Sushi
Shoppes at Cinco Ranch

Ventana’s Wine Cafe
25551 Kingsland Blvd.
Fall 2017

Katy Green Phase III
IH-10 and Baker Rd.

Send your new-to-Katy items to editor@katymagazine.com
Please confirm dates and locations with individual businesses as details may have changed since the time of print.
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Katy, TX News (June 14, 2017) – “Located off of Kingsland Blvd, just south of I-10 in Katy Texas, The Katy Boardwalk District is an approximately forty acre development conceptualized by the City of Katy and the Katy Development Authority to transform the underutilized property and existing detention lake into an exciting retail, residential and recreational destination.

The project will be located just south of The Katy Mills Mall and within walking distance of the new Typhoon Texas Waterpark. The Katy Boardwalk District will add a number of exciting amenities and services to this rapidly transforming part of Katy.

Plans are currently underway with the City of Katy to complete the master plan for the district and for the final design for the park and lakefront. Ultimately The District will include approximately 650 modern loft residences, approximately 145,000 square feet of mixed-use commercial space and approximately 60,000 square feet of retail space along with a new City of Katy Conference Center and Hotel all bordering a newly improved, eighty acre lake and park to the south.”

Courtesy of The Katy Boardwalk District

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Katy, Texas News (June 13, 2017) – Texas may be oil country, but another energy resource is taking the state by storm. Alba Energy, an industry-leading solar panel design and installation firm, announced today they have expanded operations to Katy, a suburb of Houston.

“The pro-solar business environment in Katy allows us to offer rebates worth as much as $4,500 dollars off individual solar power installations.” Graeme Walker, Alba Energy Founder and CEO

The Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) ranks Texas as the ninth highest state in America for installed solar capacity, third highest for number of solar employees, and the top state for solar potential. The U.S. currently generates 44.7 Gigawatts (GW) of solar electricity, enough to power 8.7 million homes, with over 1 GW of that coming from Texas.

Homeowners throughout Katy and surrounding cities now have the opportunity to save money with solar energy solutions from Alba Energy, backed by a 25-year warranty on every part of the installation. Most homeowners can reduce power bills by fifty percent or more with a solar panel installation.

Businesses can also save money by switching to solar, and Alba Energy’s commercial solar solutions are providing millions of dollars in savings to a variety of industries in Texas including healthcare, data processing, multi-family real estate, and more.

“Alba Energy’s expansion in Katy allows us to serve the local market with high-performance solar installations that pay for themselves in energy savings. This new office and warehouse, along with a team of dedicated solar energy specialists, supports the Alba mission to facilitate growth of clean energy solutions across the Lone Star State.” Sheldon Wilkinson, General Manager, Alba Energy of Houston

To celebrate the new office, Alba Energy is hosting a Grand Opening for local community members. The event will take place Wednesday, June 21st from 5-8 PM at Alba’s office located at 1773 Westborough Drive, Suite 221 in Katy, TX 77449.

Katy Solar Office Open House
Wednesday, June 21st 5-8 PM
1773 Westborough Drive, Suite 221 Katy, TX 77449

Local solar clients will be on hand to discuss their experiences going solar on their homes and businesses. Food and drink will be provided, along with solar presentations and information sessions.

About Alba Energy
Based in Austin with offices across the state, Alba Energy specializes in the design, engineering and installation of exceptional quality commercial and residential solar systems across Texas. Learn more about a solar solution for your home or business by calling 800-238-3112 or visiting www.albaenergy.com.

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Katy, Texas News (June 7, 2017) – Vibra Healthcare, LLC (“Vibra”), Memorial Hermann Health System, and Medistar Corporation (“Medistar”) announced today their collaboration on the development of VibraLife of Katy, a new VibraLife post-acute and residential care community coming to the Houston area. The new state-of-the-art facility will be located in the Parkwest Business Park off Interstate 10, adjacent to Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The facility will occupy 58,000 square feet and provide a total of 104 beds, including a 70-bed transitional care rehabilitation center, an 18-bed assisted living center, and a 16-bed secured memory care unit.


“We are delighted to be jointly pioneering a new post-acute care service model with Memorial Hermann,” said Brad Hollinger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vibra Healthcare.  “Memorial Hermann has an exceptional reputation for the delivery of outstanding, end-to-end patient care experiences. We are committed to delivering the same high quality, affordable care in this new state-of-the-art post-acute facility.”


Affiliated with Memorial Hermann, the largest non-profit health system in Southeast Texas, and Medistar, a long-standing Houston-based developer and owner of healthcare real estate, VibraLife of Katy will be expertly equipped to serve the Houston community. The new, innovative facility will deliver a fully integrated post-acute care continuum and provide personalized services and care options that will help address the unmet needs of local healthcare providers and patients.

“This unique model provides a community-based care continuum that is conveniently housed under one roof, and will serve as the perfect bridge between an acute care stay and home for the patients we serve,” said Carl Josehart, Senior Vice President and CEO of Post-Acute Care Services for Memorial Hermann. “VibraLife of Katy joins our already robust post-acute care network to help ensure this patient population is able to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time, every time.”


Designed and operated by Vibra, VibraLife of Katy will provide high quality care to patients following an injury or illness and will offer a full range of services – medical, rehabilitative, and social – to both patients and senior residents.


“VibraLife of Katy sets a new standard of excellence in post-acute care – a result of the innovative vision and uncompromising commitment to patient-centered care shared by Vibra and Memorial Hermann. For this important project, Medistar has worked diligently to align the real estate solution to enhance operational, clinical and financial efficiencies with an exceptional experience for patients, providers and guests,” said Monzer Hourani, Chief Executive Officer of Medistar.


A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for June 22, and construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2018.

“We are delighted to be jointly pioneering a new post-acute care service model with Memorial Hermann,” said Brad Hollinger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Vibra Healthcare.  “Memorial Hermann has an exceptional reputation for the delivery of outstanding, end-to-end patient care experiences. We are committed to delivering the same high quality, affordable care in this new state-of-the-art post-acute facility.”


Affiliated with Memorial Hermann, the largest non-profit health system in Southeast Texas, and Medistar, a long-standing Houston-based developer and owner of healthcare real estate, VibraLife of Katy will be expertly equipped to serve the Houston community. The new, innovative facility will deliver a fully integrated post-acute care continuum and provide personalized services and care options that will help address the unmet needs of local healthcare providers and patients.


“This unique model provides a community-based care continuum that is conveniently housed under one roof, and will serve as the perfect bridge between an acute care stay and home for the patients we serve,” said Carl Josehart, Senior Vice President and CEO of Post-Acute Care Services for Memorial Hermann. “VibraLife of Katy joins our already robust post-acute care network to help ensure this patient population is able to receive the right care, in the right place, at the right time, every time.”


Designed and operated by Vibra, VibraLife of Katy will provide high quality care to patients following an injury or illness and will offer a full range of services – medical, rehabilitative, and social – to both patients and senior residents.


“VibraLife of Katy sets a new standard of excellence in post-acute care – a result of the innovative vision and uncompromising commitment to patient-centered care shared by Vibra and Memorial Hermann. For this important project, Medistar has worked diligently to align the real estate solution to enhance operational, clinical and financial efficiencies with an exceptional experience for patients, providers and guests,” said Monzer Hourani, Chief Executive Officer of Medistar.


A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for June 22, and construction is scheduled for completion in summer 2018.


Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital 
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Katy, TX News (June 5, 2017) – Special Pals, Inc., a no-kill animal shelter serving the Katy/West Houston community, is searching for 13 area first responders to be featured in our 2018 Red White & Rescue calendar.

The calendar will include male and female first responders from the Katy/West Houston/Fulshear areas along with pets from the shelter.  Special consideration will be given to first responders who currently own a pet adopted from Special Pals.

“Our goal for this calendar is to raise funds and awareness for Special Pals,” said Melissa Houser, member of the Board of Directors.  “We also want to recognize our local first responders who bravely protect our communities every day. They work hard to save human lives while we work hard to save animal lives.”

Each first responder featured in the calendar will have their own professional photo shoot with a shelter pet, either one currently available for adoption or a pet the first responder previously adopted from Special Pals. Participants should wear the uniform (formal or casual) of the agency they represent.

Those interested in participating should email two high-quality photos (one full length photo and one headshot)  along with their contact information (name, email, cell phone, and agency represented) to Melissa Houser at board@specialpalsshelter.org. There is no fee to apply or participate.

WHO: Pet-loving first responders (Fire, Law Enforcement, EMS, etc.) serving the Katy/West Houston/Fulshear areas

WHAT: To be featured with a Special Pals pet in the 2018 Red White & Rescue calendar

DEADLINE TO APPLY:  June 30, 2017

Selected participants will be notified no later than July 15, 2017.

Photoshoots will be held in July and August 2017 and will last approximately 60 minutes. We will do our best to schedule photoshoots around each participant’s schedule.

WHERE: Photoshoots will be held at various locations around the Katy/West Houston/Fulshear areas.

WHY: To raise money for Special Pals, Inc. and the animals we serve

For more information, contact Melissa Houser at 713-344-3451 or board@specialpalsshelter.org. To learn more about Special Pals, visit our website at www.specialpalsshelter.org.

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Katy, TX News (May 31, 2017) – The Katy Walmart Supercenter at Grand Morton Town Center held a grand opening ribbon-cutting at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 31, bringing a broad assortment of fresh groceries and general merchandise to the community at everyday low prices. At this store, customers can enjoy convenient on-site services such as a full pharmacy and a free in-store pickup service, providing an easy way to shop millions of products on Walmart.com. The new store, located at 22850 Morton Ranch Road, will employ up to 300 full- and part-time associates.

“The associates have been working so hard to get this store ready for the community,” said Store Manager Jeremy Butler. “It’s exciting for everyone in Katy and we are ready to open our doors.”

Fresh, Affordable Produce, Meat and Groceries

The store includes a grocery department featuring a large selection of fresh organics, crisp greens, and premium products, the finest cuts of USDA choice meats and deli offerings. The in-store bakery offers freshly baked bread, personalized cakes, single-serve items and more.

Shop How, Where and When You Want

Walmart is innovating the shopping experience like no one else, so customers can shop when and how they want. Families in Katy can shop nearly 35 million items on walmart.com. The Pickup Discount gives customers a discount on select items if they choose to pick up their Walmart.com order at a store. In addition, Walmart offers free two day shipping with no extra cost for orders of $35 or more.

Courtesy of Walmart
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Katy, TX News (May 26, 2017) – Today, Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group broke ground on the Final Phase of development at Katy-area’s LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. The Final Phase will be anchored by a 37,000 sq. ft. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space and a 5-story parking garage. “LaCenterra is on the heels of its 10th anniversary celebration, so breaking ground on the Final Phase shortly after is very meaningful and important not only for us, but for the Katy community,” said Woody Mann, President of Vista Equities Group. “We are thrilled to see our development continue to grow and to welcome Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, along with many other exciting new tenants, to LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch.”


Representatives from The Vista Companies; Triple Tap Ventures, owner and operator of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Houston metropolitan area, Lubbock and El Paso; and Tribble & Stephens, which is leading construction efforts for the Final Phase,  made the initial dig and commenced construction of the project. “We are thrilled to work alongside The Vista Companies to help them bring their superior vision to life for the Final Phase of LaCenterra. Over the last decade, the mixed-use development has done so much for the Katy community – we are proud to help continue this legacy and look forward to what it will bring in the next 10 years.” Said Van Martin, Chairman and CEO of Tribble & Stephens.

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is one of the newest and most talked about tenants to join the Katy development. “Bringing Alamo Drafthouse to LaCenterra is exciting for us, as we’ll have the opportunity to provide our guests Alamo Drafthouse’s signature, one-of-a-kind movie going experience in a brand new, state-of-the-art movie theater inside a world-class mixed use development,” said Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen, President and CEO of Triple Tap Ventures LLC.

The new Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra will have eight auditoriums with luxury seating and full in-theater dining service. The Alamo Drafthouse Cinema LaCenterra will screen new releases, classics, independent films, foreign movies and Alamo Drafthouse’s unique signature programming.  All theaters will also feature 4k digital projection and state-of-the-art digital surround sound. Additionally, each auditorium will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the house allows for a great viewing experience. The theater will have an adjacent bar/lounge with outdoor patio seating, serving up a large selection of craft beers on tap and handcrafted cocktails designed by award-winning Beverage Director Bill Norris.
The Final Phase will be located on the southeast side of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Construction of the Final Phase, including Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, is anticipated to be complete in early 2018.

Courtesy of Elmore Public Relations | LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch 
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Katy, TX News (May 24, 2017) – Realself empowers women and men to make sound decisions about cosmetic procedures by providing a unique platform for discussion between those considering cosmetic procedures and experts in their field, such as Dr. Gallas.  Based on decades of experience, continued medical and surgical education, and maintenance of  high ethical standards, Dr. Gallas has once again been named a “Top Doctor” with Realself.com.

His excellent reviews and ratings from patients along with his continual feedback on consumers’ questions regarding plastic surgery, have helped him achieve this honor which is awarded to less than 10% of doctors who participate on Realself. Dr. Gallas feels honored to be recognized as a “Top Doctor” with Realself.com, and pledges to continue to provide sound advice and quality care to those considering plastic surgery.

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Katy, TX News (May 17, 2017) – Simon, a global leader in retail real estate, is pleased to announce the addition of Under Armour to Katy Mills and the Katy area.

“We are thrilled to share this highly-anticipated brand with the community,” said Sabrina Scurta, Director of Marketing and Business Development. “Katy Mills continually evolves to exceed shopper expectations and offer an elevated shopping experience for our visitors.”

The high-end athletic, sportswear and casual retailer is slated to open a 10,000 square-foot space between entrance 6 and 7, across from Smoothie King, during Memorial Day Weekend.

Founded in 1996 by former University of Maryland football player Kevin Plank, Under Armour is the originator of performance apparel – gear engineered to keep athletes cool, dry and light throughout the course of a game, practice or workout. For a full list of Katy Mills retailers, please visit www.shopkatymills.com.

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Katy, TX News (May 9, 2017)  – This year Katy Magazine “Women’s Issue” included “Katy’s Top 100 Women” and over 30 Katy ISD women, including teachers, principals, district staff and namesakes, were recognized.

The list was generated through community nominations and remained a secret until the magazine hit the stands and when social media posts started circulating the final list.

“We get the pleasure of seeing the passion of many of these women first-hand and the love they have for school children so we have a very high regard for local educators, principals, trustees and namesakes,” says Kirsten Cornell, lead associate editor for Katy Magazine. “There were so many other educators and staff that we want to include and will continue to find ways to celebrate and recognize these hardworking women.”

Katy ISD is very happy to work with Katy Magazine on a daily basis to recognize the positive stories taking place in our district. Next year Katy Magazine is working on an even bigger and better surprise for Katy women.  Those interested in nominating a Katy ISD woman, may email editor@katymagazine.com with the person’s name and a paragraph as to why she is so special.

Congratulations to all the Katy ISD women who made “Katy’s Top 100 Women” list!

Courtesy of Katy ISD

View Katy Magazine’s Top 100 Women of 2017.


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Katy, TX News (May 8, 2017) – A total of 20 nurses across Memorial Hermann earned recognition among the best in their profession in the region, including Melissa Evans, RN, at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, who was named one of Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year by the Houston Chronicle. Additionally, 19 other Memorial Hermann nurses across the System were named to the Chronicle’s overall Top 150 “Salute to Nurses” 2017 list.

Each May during National Nurses Week – which aligns with the birthday week of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing – the Houston Chronicle honors the role nurses play in delivering care to the Houston community with its annual “Salute to Nurses” list.  Hundreds of nurses are nominated by the Houston community and nominees are then selected by a panel. From the official nominees, 10 outstanding nursing professionals are chosen to be honored as greater Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year.

“As we celebrate National Nurses Week, we thank and appreciate all of our nurses across the System who serve the Houston community and deliver compassionate, high quality care to our patients. We also want to congratulate all who made the Top 150 ‘Salute to Nurses’ 2017 list,” said Chuck Stokes, RN, FACHE, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Hermann. “Nurses are the backbone of our System and we are humbled to have one of Houston’s Top 10 Nurses of the Year, Melissa Evans, as part of the Memorial Hermann family.”

Evans joined Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in 2013 as a nurse in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU). As an empathetic caregiver, Evans consistently goes above and beyond in treating her patients and their families with the utmost care during the most difficult times.

“I am truly humbled to receive this recognition for doing something I am so passionate about,” she said. “Being a PICU nurse allows me to be there for our youngest and most fragile patients when they are at their most vulnerable, and for their families in a time of pain and uncertainty. I have an unwavering passion for helping others and I am fortunate I get to serve others every single day.”

Also included among this year’s Top 150 “Salute to Nurses” list were:

  • Anton De Guzman, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Intermediate Care Unit
  • Bethany Stanley, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Brad Rush, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital, Emergency Center
  • Bridgette Singleton, Women’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Labor & Delivery
  • Carol Seamon, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Patient Care Unit
  • Debbie Myers, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Emergency Center
  • Debra Raven, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Intensive Care Unit
  • Gabrielle Edquilang, Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center, Neuro Intensive Care Unit
  • Mollie Smith, Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Endoscopy
  • Mujeetbat Kareem, Women’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Labor & Delivery
  • Norah Kibagendi, TIRR Memorial Hermann, Patient Care Unit
  • Pamela Block, Memorial Hermann Medical Group, Physicians at Sugar Creek
  • Rommel Langit, Memorial Hermann Memorial City Medical Center, Emergency Center
  • Rose Ann Rolland,Women’s Memorial Hermann at Memorial Hermann The Woodlands Hospital, Labor & Delivery
  • Ruby Herrera, Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital, Intensive Care Unit
  • Senobia Campbell, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit
  • Stacey Dotter, Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute-Texas Medical Center
  • Vonna Gonzalez, Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, Intermediate Care Unit
  • Yolanda Russell, Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital, Medical Surgical Unit

Memorial Hermann employs more than 8,000 nurses across the System’s hospitals and hundreds of diagnostic and specialty centers. At Memorial Hermann, nurses have a culture of collaboration and are offered career advancement opportunities and cross-training, as well as enhanced benefits available to all employees.

Learn more about nursing opportunities at Memorial Hermann or call (713) 222-2273.

Courtesy Memorial Hermann Katy 
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Katy, TX News (May 4, 2017) -This spring, Katy Magazine competed in the Association of Free Community Papers (AFCP) Awards, a national program that seeks out the “best of the best” and showcases the highest quality publications in the United States. A panel of judges selected winners and finalists from over 1300 entries and 90 categories.

This year, Katy Magazine received 10 awards in categories such as general excellence, best single ad, cancer-awareness, community service, and best original writing. See all of the awards and the judge’s comments below:

  • Special In-Paper Promotion Or Special Section -Separate Section Distribution: (Life – Salmon cover) First Place – Judge’s Comments: “Awesome stand-alone guide -organized well and designed with the reader in mind!”
  • Community Service -Graphics: (SEEN – Stan Stanley Day) First Place – Judge’s Comments: “A great message -encouraging their readers to help others in honor of a wonderful man.”
  • General Excellence – Publications Printed on Gloss: Second Place
  • Self-Promotion –Own Publication: (Katy Go Contest) Second Place
  • Self-Promotion-Other Media: (Wrapped Cars) Second Place
  • Banner or Nameplate -Magazine Format: (Gold balloon letters from December/January 2016) Second Place
  • Feature Article Layout–Magazine Format: (Women Who Rock) Third Place
  • Fitness, Fashion Or Beauty -Single Ad, Full Color on Gloss: (Gallas Ad) Third Place
  • Best Original Writing–Column –A Column written to inform or educate the reader: (Female Athlete Tetrad) Third Place
  • Andrew E. Shapiro Award-Cancer Awareness Promotion: Honorable Mention

View results and winners here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ceu529gwd3s08n4/2017BestoftheBestWinnersSM.pdf?dl=0.

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Katy, Texas News (May 2, 2017) – Katy families may have seen and taken photos with the brightly-painted locomotive on the railroad tracks in Historic Katy. What Katyites may not know is that the train is more than a great photo op. The #1988 SD70ACe locomotive is part of a larger, Presidential Heritage fleet from Union Pacific that pays tribute to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad, and the historical significance it plays in American history.


Other locomotives in the fleet include: 

  • UP Western Pacific, #1996
  • UP Southern Pacific, #1983
  • UP Denver & Rio Grand Western Railroad, #1989
  • UP Missouri Pacific Railroad, #1982
  • UP Chicago & North Western Railroad, #1995

“Union Pacific has introduced the latest addition to its Heritage Series locomotives – the Katy locomotive. Incorporating historic colors and graphic elements of the Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, the new locomotive pays tribute to the men and women of the Katy.

“Our reputation as America’s greatest railroad has been strengthened by the many lines that are now a part of the UP,” said Dick Davidson, chairman and CEO. “The creation of our Heritage Series is just one way we can pay homage to those railroads and the generations of men and women who helped to build a great nation and the foundation for our future.”

The Katy Heritage Series locomotive joins the Missouri Pacific and Western Pacific locomotives unveiled in July. Three more Heritage Series locomotives, the Chicago & North Western, Southern Pacific, and Denver & Rio Grande, will be introduced in 2006. All honor the people and the railroads that have made Union Pacific what it is today.

The Missouri-Kansas-Texas Railroad, affectionately referred to as the Katy, was created in 1865. By the time it joined Union Pacific in 1988, the Katy served six midwestern states with more than 3,377 miles of track. It was an important north-south link between the Midwest and Texas, especially for the growing coal business. The Katy had primary operating centers in Denison, Texas; Bellmead, Texas; and Parsons, Kan.; and was headquartered in Dallas.

The new Katy Heritage Series locomotive is numbered 1988 to reflect the year its namesake joined Union Pacific, and the locomotive will initially operate within territory served by the Katy.

The Heritage Series marks the fifth time in company history that Union Pacific has painted locomotives in colors other than the traditional UP “Armour Yellow” paint scheme. Previously, locomotives were custom painted in 1991 to honor UP employees serving in the Persian Gulf War, in 1994 to call attention to the United Way Campaign, in 1996 for the Atlanta Games Olympic Torch Relay Train, and in 2002 for the Salt Lake City Games Olympic Torch Relay Train.

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America’s leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country and serves the fastest-growing U.S. population centers. Union Pacific’s diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad offers competitive long-haul routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada’s rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico, making it North America’s premier rail franchise.”

Courtesy of Union Pacific
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KATY, TX (April 27, 2017) – The Quality Texas Foundation has awarded Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital the Texas Award for Performance Excellence (TAPE). The prestigious award recognizes strong dedication to quality and high performance.

“We are honored to be among the select group of organizations to achieve this distinction from the Quality Texas Foundation. Winning the TAPE award is a reflection of the focus on clinical excellence, quality, and patient safety that the team at Memorial Hermann Katy provides every day,” said Heath Rushing, Senior Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Katy.

The Quality Texas Foundation, known as a national leader in its field, was chartered to recognize the best organizations in Texas. The group uses an extensive evaluation process that includes hundreds of hours spent through on-site visits to evaluate and score applicants in several criteria.

Dr. Mac McGuire, CEO Quality Texas Foundation said, “This award is no small achievement. It’s not about a particular test, or one day evaluation. It is a critical look at both the processes and results shown by Memorial Hermann Katy, in accordance with the Baldrige Criteria. Those who receive the TAPE award have a proven record of excellence.”

The Baldrige Excellence Framework is used by businesses, healthcare providers, schools, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations to improve and excel in their industries. This distinction takes Memorial Hermann Katy one step closer to achieving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital received the prominent award in 2016.

“We know the hard work isn’t over yet. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a lofty goal, but we believe our staff already provides the high quality care outlined by the Baldrige Excellence Framework, and we are confident that we will prove that to the organization in the coming months,” said Rushing.

“I want to congratulate the team at Memorial Hermann Katy on this significant award,” said Dr. Benjamin Chu, President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System. “It is a rigorous journey to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and this is an impressive step in the right direction.”

Memorial Hermann Katy will receive the award during the Quality Texas Foundation annual conference June 27, 2017 at the Houston Westin.

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

“We are honored to be among the select group of organizations to achieve this distinction from the Quality Texas Foundation. Winning the TAPE award is a reflection of the focus on clinical excellence, quality, and patient safety that the team at Memorial Hermann Katy provides every day,” said Heath Rushing, Senior Vice President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Katy.

The Quality Texas Foundation, known as a national leader in its field, was chartered to recognize the best organizations in Texas. The group uses an extensive evaluation process that includes hundreds of hours spent through on-site visits to evaluate and score applicants in several criteria.

Dr. Mac McGuire, CEO Quality Texas Foundation said, “This award is no small achievement. It’s not about a particular test, or one day evaluation. It is a critical look at both the processes and results shown by Memorial Hermann Katy, in accordance with the Baldrige Criteria. Those who receive the TAPE award have a proven record of excellence.”

The Baldrige Excellence Framework is used by businesses, healthcare providers, schools, government agencies and other nonprofit organizations to improve and excel in their industries. This distinction takes Memorial Hermann Katy one step closer to achieving the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. Memorial Hermann Sugar Land Hospital received the prominent award in 2016.

“We know the hard work isn’t over yet. The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award is a lofty goal, but we believe our staff already provides the high quality care outlined by the Baldrige Excellence Framework, and we are confident that we will prove that to the organization in the coming months,” said Rushing.

“I want to congratulate the team at Memorial Hermann Katy on this significant award,” said Dr. Benjamin Chu, President and CEO, Memorial Hermann Health System. “It is a rigorous journey to receive the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, and this is an impressive step in the right direction.”

Memorial Hermann Katy will receive the award during the Quality Texas Foundation annual conference June 27, 2017 at the Houston Westin.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital
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Katy, TX News (April 27, 2017) – Niche, an online ranking site for colleges, k-12 schools, and places to live, has ranked the Katy suburb of Cinco Ranch as the second best place to live in Texas for 2017. Coming in second only to Rollingwood, a suburb of Austin, Cinco Ranch was given four out of five starts for it’s safety, clean streets, schools, and friendly neighbors. View the Top 100 list below:

  1. Rollingwood – Austin
  2. Cinco Ranch – Houston
  3. Greatwood – Houston
  4. Coppell – Dallas
  5. Frisco – Dallas
  6. Allen – Dallas
  7. The Woodlands (City)
  8. Plano (City)
  9. Sugar Land (City)
  10. West Lake Hills – Austin
  11. Brushy Creek – Austin
  12. Sienna Plantation – Houston
  13. Alamo Heights – San Antonio
  14. University Park – Dallas
  15. New Territory – Houston
  16. Taylor Lake Village – Houston
  17. Murphy – Dallas
  18. Southlake – Dallas
  19. Richardson – Dallas
  20. Spring Valley Village – Houston
  21. Cedar Park – Austin
  22. Terrell Hills – San Antonio
  23. Bellaire – Houston
  24. Flower Mound – Dallas
  25. Bunker Hill Village – Houston
  26. Shady Hollow – Austin
  27. Colleyville – Dallas
  28. Seabrook – Houston
  29. Meadows Place – Houston
  30. Bee Cave – Austin
  31. El Lago – Houston
  32. Olmos Park – San Antonio
  33. Southside Place – Houston
  34. Friendswood – Houston
  35. Keller – Dallas
  36. Hedwig Village – Houston
  37. Hudson Bend – Austin
  38. Parker – Dallas
  39. Round Rock (City)
  40. Trophy Club – Dallas
  41. Lakeway – Austin
  42. Highland Park – Dallas
  43. West University Place – Houston
  44. Fairview – Dallas
  45. Highland Village – Dallas
  46. McKinney – Dallas
  47. Hunters Creek Village – Houston
  48. Sunnyvale – Dallas
  49. Shavano Park – San Antonio
  50. Manchaca – Austin
  51. Scenic Oaks – San Antonio
  52. Garden Ridge – San Antonio
  53. League City – Houston
  54. Pearland – Houston
  55. Missouri City – Houston
  56. Mansfield – Dallas
  57. The Hills – Austin
  58. Georgetown – Austin
  59. Katy – Houston
  60. Pflugerville – Austin
  61. Piney Point Village – Houston
  62. Nassau Bay – Houston
  63. Grapevine – Dallas
  64. Wells Branch – Austin
  65. Heath – Dallas
  66. Prosper – Dallas
  67. Hollywood Park – San Antonio
  68. Clear Lake Shores – Houston
  69. Cross Mountain – San Antonio
  70. Timberwood Park – San Antonio
  71. Serenada – Austin
  72. Addison – Dallas
  73. Westlake – Dallas
  74. Fair Oaks Ranch – San Antonio
  75. Leander – Austin
  76. Castle Hills – San Antonio
  77. Carrollton – Dallas
  78. Rockwall – Dallas
  79. Euless – Dallas
  80. Jersey Village – Houston
  81. Double Oak – Dallas
  82. Corinth – Dallas
  83. Oak Ridge North – Houston
  84. Pecan Grove – Houston
  85. Atascocita – Houston
  86. Cibolo – San Antonio
  87. Barton Creek – Austin
  88. Lantana – Dallas
  89. Wylie – Dallas
  90. Fate – Dallas
  91. Shenandoah – Houston
  92. Lewisville – Dallas
  93. Boerne (City)
  94. Sachse – Dallas
  95. Rowlett – Dallas
  96. Leon Valley – San Antonio
  97. Farmers Branch – Dallas
  98. Schertz – San Antonio
  99. North Richland Hills – Dallas
  100. Deer Park – Houston

Check out home values and schools in the Katy suburb of Cinco Ranch in our 2017 Katy Life Newcomer & Resource Guide.


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Katy, TX News (April 24, 2017) – Early voting for the May 6, 2017 election starts Monday, April 24 and ends on May 2. The Harris County Clerk’s office will conduct elections for eight political subdivisions serving over 900,000 registered voters in Harris County. Fifty-four additional political entities in Harris County will also conduct elections on the same day. The deadline to submit an application for a mail ballot is April 25.

Voters residing in the political entities in which the County Clerk is running the election can find sample ballots, the early voting schedule, and the election day polling locations at www.HarrisVotes.com. The County Clerk’s office is conducting elections for the City of Humble, City of Pasadena, Houston Independent School District, Humble Independent School District, Northgate Crossing Municipal Utility District 2, Northwest Harris County Municipal Utility District 28, Oakmont Public Utility District, Harris County Water Control & Improvement District 91.

Voters in the other political subdivisions within the county may visit the www.HarrisVotes.com website to find out if there is an election taking place in their area by searching via the “Find Your Poll” search engine. Over half of the county’s 2.2 million registered voters are eligible to vote in a May 6 election.

“Contact information for the political entities is provided via the “Find Your Poll” search engine on www.HarrisVotes.com.” said Harris County Clerk Stan Stanart, the county’s chief election officer. “Voters should communicate directly with political entities conducting their own elections to obtain more information about their elections and voting locations.”

For more information about the acceptable forms of photo identification and other means to vote at the poll, the requirements to vote by mail, the early voting period and voting on election day in the upcoming May elections, voters may visit www.HarrisVotes.com or call 713.755.6965.


Courtesy of the Harris County Clerk’s Office


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Katy, TX News (April 20, 2017) –  On Thursday, April 27, 2017, Wood Group will host a community recycling drive at its Park Ten campus to support its environmental stewardship program. A portion of the recyclable proceeds will benefit the Heart of Mustang, Wood Group’s 501 (c3) charitable organizations.   Heart of Mustang raises money to benefit a variety of causes, and its success is a direct result of dedicated employees who generously volunteer their, time, labor and monetary gifts.

Wood Group is committed to protecting the environment and supporting its local community. Drives like this and other initiatives throughout the year allow Wood Group to provide employees and the community a convenient way to donate recyclable items, promote environmental awareness and encourage environmental best practices. The Greater Houston community is invited to drop off their recyclable materials.

Acceptable donations include:  E-waste recycling for outdated or end-of-life electronics – provided by TechnoCycle. Paper, cardboard, aluminum, and free onsite shredding of confidential documents – provided by SE Shred. Boys and Girls Harbor & Katy Christian Ministries accepting donations for new and gently used clothing, furniture, housewares; non-perishable food. New Eyes collecting used eye glasses, frames, eye glass accessories. Pet food, new or gently used pet supplies for local animal rescues.

The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Ten West Center One in the parking lot. The address is 17420 Katy Fwy, Houston, TX 77094.

Contact Bobbie Ireland at Bobbie.Ireland@woodgroup.com or 281.828-3505.

Courtesy of Wood Group Mustang
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Katy, TX News (April 19, 2017) – The dates for early voting and election day for the 2017 Katy ISD Board election have been announced. The Board is comprised of seven members who are elected at-large to fill available positions. In accordance with the provisions of the Texas Education Code, a person may not be elected as a trustee of Katy ISD unless the person is a qualified voter.

An individual seeking election as a member of the Board of Trustees must have been a resident of the state for 12 months and a resident of the District six months prior to the last date on which the candidate could file to be listed on the ballot. The following persons have filed as candidates for the upcoming election.

Dates, candidate information, polling information, and more below.


Monday, April 24, 2017 – Tuesday, May 2, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Cinco Ranch High School
    23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
  • Morton Ranch High School
    21000 Franz Rd.
  • Seven Lakes High School
    9251 S. Fry Rd.
  • Taylor High School
    20700 Kingsland Blvd.
  • Leonard Merrell Center
    Rooms 143 – 144
    6301 S. Stadium Ln.


Election Day is Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Precinct 1 – Seven Lakes High School
    9251 S. Fry Rd.
  • Precinct 2 – Cinco Ranch High School
    23440 Cinco Ranch Blvd.
  • Precinct 3 – Katy City Hall
    901 Avenue C.
  • Precinct 4 – Katy Municipal Court Building
    5432 Franz Rd.
  • Precinct 5 – Hayes Elementary
    21203 Park Timbers Ln.
  • Precinct 6 – Taylor High School
    20700 Kingsland Blvd.
  • Precinct 7 – Maurice Wolfe Elementary
    502 Addicks-Howell
  • Precinct 8 – Morton Ranch High School
    21000 Franz Rd.
  • Precinct 9 – Mayde Creek Junior High
    2700 Greenhouse Rd.
  • Precinct 10 – Bear Creek Elementary
    4815 Hickory Downs
  • Precinct 11 – Pattison Elementary
    19910 Stonelodge Dr.
  • Precinct 12 – Shafer Elementary
    5150 Ranch Point Dr.
  • Precinct 13 – Beck Junior High
    5200 S. Fry Rd.

Click here to locate your precinct based on county boundaries.


Position 3 Candidates 

  • Candice Perkins
  • Ashley Diehl Vann
  • Dr. David Velasquez

Position 4 Candidates

  • Courtney Doyle
  • Carlos Young

Position 5 Candidates

  • Henry Dibrell
  • William E. “Bill” Lacy

Courtesy of Katy ISD. Visit katyisd.org for more information .

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Katy, TX News (April 17, 2017) – The YMCA of Greater Houston is committed to healthy living and wants to share the activities that will keep children’s bodies and minds in good shape over summer break at YMCA Healthy Kids Day ® on April 22.

Free to all families, Healthy Kids Day will be hosted by all YMCAs in the Greater Houston area from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. While activities will vary from center to center, children and their parents will get to sample all of the fun the Y has to offer in day camp, overnight camp, youth sports and swim lessons.

Activities on Healthy Kids Day will include program demonstrations, such as karate and Zumba dance offs; games, including hula hoop contests, water activities and relay races; arts and crafts, such as face painting and coloring; and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activities such as making “elephant toothpaste” and “twisting tornados” in a bottle. Families can also take tours of the facilities for free.

“Healthy Kids Day is a great way to introduce families to summertime activities at the YMCA that not only are fun, but help children continue to grow and flourish when they are not in school,” said Shawn Borzelleri, vice president of Programs at the YMCA of Greater Houston. “We would love for everyone to come out and see what the Y has to offer in terms of day camp, overnight camp, youth sports and swim lessons and to have fun together as a family.”

Healthy Kids Day is a national YMCA initiative celebrated at more than 1,300 YMCAs across the country. More than 1.2 million parents and their children are expected to participate.

Please contact your local YMCA or visit www.ymcahouston.org to learn more about Healthy Kids Day and YMCA summer programs. Those who join the YMCA of Greater Houston by April 24 will not pay a join fee, a savings of up to $125.

Courtesy of YMCA
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Katy, TX News (April 14, 2017) – Phaneendra Kondapi, a veteran engineering educator who helped develop the nation’s first subsea engineering program at the University of Houston, has been named founding director of engineering programs at the University of Houston at Katy.

Kondapi is returning to the University after serving as director of subsea engineering at Texas A&M University for the past year.

The UH Cullen College of Engineering began offering two energy-focused engineering courses at the Houston Community College (HCC) Northwest-Katy Campus last fall, in advance of the planned opening of a new UH System facility in Katy in 2018. The UH System site will be home to UH Katy and the University of Houston-Victoria at Katy. The graduate-level course offerings are focused on areas in high demand in Houston’s Energy Corridor, including petroleum, subsea, electrical and environmental engineering.

Five graduate-level classes will be offered at the HCC Katy campus this fall, in electrical engineering, subsea engineering and environmental engineering. Kondapi will teach one of the subsea courses, flow assurance.

“Dr. Kondapi was vital to developing the first subsea engineering program in the U.S. here at the Cullen College. I am tremendously proud that he will now help to bring our top-ranked engineering programs to the Katy community,” said Joseph. W. Tedesco, Elizabeth D. Rockwell Dean of the Cullen College of Engineering.

Kondapi taught the UH subsea engineering program’s inaugural course, flow assurance, in 2011, and has worked on to standardize global subsea education through the UH-led Global Subsea Education Alliance.

Formerly an adjunct professor of subsea engineering, Kondapi has more than 20 years of experience managing engineering projects at energy industry giants FMC Technologies and KBR.

He said he wants students to learn not just the technical material but to gain an enthusiasm for the field. “My motivation is to make my students successful by encouraging them to get ready for industry,” Kondapi said.

Kondapi was awarded the 2013 SPE Teaching Excellence Award from the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) International, which recognizes petroleum engineering faculty who have demonstrated innovative teaching techniques and creative pedagogy methods in the classroom.

The HCC building in Katy is easily accessible for Energy Corridor professionals pursuing degrees or certificates to enhance their skills. “We are here in Katy to serve both the community and the industry to improve their technical and engineering careers,” Kondapi said.

Courtesy of the University of Houston and the Katy Area EDC
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Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – The Leapfrog Group, a nonprofit organization which assigns A, B, C, D and F letter grades to hospitals nationwide, yesterday released new Leapfrog Hospital Safety grades. Houston Methodist West was one of 823 hospitals to receive an “A” for its commitment to reducing errors, infections and accidents that can harm patients, ranking among the safest hospitals in the United States.

“We are proud to receive our second ‘A’ in a row from The Leapfrog Group,” said Vicki Brownewell, chief nursing officer of Houston Methodist West. “Keeping our patients, guests and staff out of harm is at the forefront of every decision. This is what makes Houston Methodist West unparalleled in safety and quality.”

“Hospitals that earn top marks nationally in the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, have achieved the highest safety standards in the country,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group. “That takes commitment from every member of the hospital staff, who all deserve thanks and congratulations when their hospitals achieve an ‘A’ Safety Grade.”

Developed under the guidance of an expert panel, the Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade uses 30 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to assign grades to more than 2,600 U.S. hospitals twice per year. It is calculated by top patient safety experts, peer-reviewed, fully transparent and free to the public.

To see Houston Methodist West’s full grade, and to access consumer-friendly patient tips for staying safe in the hospital, visit hospitalsafetygrade.org.

About The Leapfrog Group
Founded in 2000 by large employers and other purchasers, The Leapfrog Group is a national nonprofit organization driving a movement for giant leaps forward in the quality and safety of American health care. The flagship Leapfrog Hospital Survey collects and transparently reports hospital performance, empowering purchasers to find the highest-value care and giving consumers the lifesaving information they need to make informed decisions. The Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade, Leapfrog’s other main initiative, assigns letter grades to hospitals based on their record of patient safety, helping consumers protect themselves and their families from errors, injuries, accidents, and infections.

About Houston Methodist West Hospital
Houston Methodist West Hospital is committed to leading medicine in West Houston, Katy and surrounding communities by delivering the Houston Methodist standard of safety, quality, service and innovation. The growing campus offers nearly 200 beds and access to the most innovative medical and surgical care available, including robotic and minimally invasive surgery, full-spectrum heart care, state-of-the-art imaging, cancer care, labor and delivery with a neonatal ICU, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, outpatient rehabilitation and 24/7 emergency services. For more information, visit houstonmethodist.org/west.


Courtesy of Houston Methodist West Hospital
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Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – Katy Magazine released their list of influential, inspirational women who are leading the way in Katy.

(in alphabetical order)

Katy historian and community leader

Arts and community volunteer, CFO for Adams Law Firm

Executive Director of Cinco Charities

Assistant to Superintendent Dr. Lance Hindt

Principal at Morton Ranch JH

Katy educator and school namesake

Founder of Katy ARTreach

VP of Prosperity Bank and first woman in the Katy Rotary

Long-time volunteer, Make-A-Wish

Katy ISD KEYS Mentor and Katy ISD Partners in Education

Katy educator and school namesake

Marketing Director at JDC/Firethorne and volunteer

Teacher who started Read, Deed, Run

Founder and Vice Chair of Keep Katy Beautiful

Chief Academic Officer for Katy ISD

Business Development Director, Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Principal at West Memorial JH

Founder of Carrie’s Heart

Principal at Memorial Parkway JH

Grammy nominee and lead vocalist at Lakewood Church

Author, expert networker, and speaker

Katy ISD Assoc. Superintendent for School Leadership and Improvement

Avid education volunteer

Director/President of Vanessa’s Big Heart Foundation

Principal at Beck JH

Katy educator and school namesake

Co-Founder of Caring4Katy

Coordinator for Simon Youth Academy in Katy Mills Mall

Director of Katy’s Fussell Senior Center

Multiple award-winning Katy ISD teacher

Artist, photographer, and arts volunteer

Secretary of Katy ISD Board of Trustees

Principal at Raines High School

President of Katy ISD Board of Trustees

Praise and worship singer/songwriter

President of Cinco Ranch Ladies Club

Executive Director of Katy Area Ride Service

Founder of Gilbreath Communications

Born with Spina Bifida and longtime advocate

Political activist, formerly national grassroots chair for Ted Cruz

Local dentist and founder of Autism Rescue Angels

Boston Marathon bombing survivor, amputee, writer, and speaker

Katy ISD Director of Communications

Renowned jeweler and longtime Katy resident

President of the Republican Women’s Club of Katy

Founder of Hope Impacts

Director of the Katy High Bengal Brigade for 34 years

Teacher and First Lady of Katy ISD

Principal at Morton Ranch HS

President of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce

Katy educator and school namesake

Founder of Pruning Hooks Ministry

Public speaker, author, and activist for young people with disabilities

Writer/producer who has covered the Cannes & Sundance Film Festivals

Organ donation advocate who registered the 1,000,000th donor in Texas

Registrar at Raines High School and wife of Coach Gary Joseph

First Lady of the Katy Area EDC

VP of the board for KCM, board member of the KVPAC, and realtor

Director of Tools 4 Life, writer, and speaker

Principal at Bethke Elementary

Director of the Katy Cowgirls organization

Chairperson NHPO Katy Chapter

Founder of Graeme’s Superheroes

Author and speaker

Principal at Seven Lakes JH

Founder of KVPAC and arts advocate

Founder of Clothed By Faith

Katy missionary who supports an orphanage in Zimbabwe

Board President for Christ Clinic

Founder of Bennett’s Bears

Principal at Cinco Ranch JH

Founder of Lindsay’s Light, speaker, and relationship violence educator

Principal at Exley Elementary and cancer survivor

Ewings Sarcoma survivor and triathlete

Founder of Breath of Life Clinic

Katy centenarian and longtime Katyite

Community Relations Director for State Senator Lois Kolkhorst

Tourism and Marketing Director for the City of Katy

Principal at McMeans JH

Radio personality

Foster mother and leader of Kingsland Baptist’s Tapestry Ministry

Mentor to pregnant teens and young fathers-to-be

Abstract artist

National activist for the prevention of soldier suicides

Director of Marketing for Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

Pediatric Oncologist at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus

Longest-serving volunteer at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital

VP Katy Grand Theatre Project and arts advocate

Business owner, philanthropist, and community volunteer

Registered counselor, survivor of abuse, and recovery advocate

Retired Katy educator and namesake for the Stan & Patsy Stanley Entrepreneur Award

President and CEO of Katy Cares

Principal at WoodCreek JH

Katy ISD Partners in Education and Katy ISD Education Foundation

Watercolorist and former Katy ISD teacher

President of Katy Area Retired Educators

Owner of Katy Vision who travels the world providing free eye exams to the needy

VP of Katy ISD Board of Trustees

Principal at Miller Career & Technology Center

Former Katy ISD educator and school namesake

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Katy, TX News (April 13, 2017) – The popular Texas convenience store and gas station is rumored to be building the largest car wash in the world. It will be 255 feet long, and will accompany a 56,000 foot store and 120 gas pumps. The store was originally scheduled to open this spring, but construction timelines have been pushed back due to the installation of a generator powerful enough to keep the store running in the event of a power outage. The new anticipated opening is set for this fall, and will provide approximately 200 jobs to the area.

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Katy, TX News (April 11, 2017) – The Katy Chamber of Commerce  will host a candidates forum for the 2017 mayoral and city council member, ward B seats. Community members can email questions for the candidates to ann@katychamber.com or submit via web survey at surveymonkey.com/r/cityofkaty.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 6:30 p.m.
Katy ISD Administration Building
6301 S. Stadium Ln.

Candidates for Mayor
Hill Adams
Chuck Brawner
Steve Jurovic

Candidates for Council Member Ward B
Jessie Campbell
Kayse Kendall Johnson
Jimmy Mendez, Jr.


The candidates forum will follow the guidelines of the League of Women Voters.
Courtesy of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce


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Katy, Texas News (April 6, 2017) – The neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Texas Children’s Hospital is the first to be designated by the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) as a level IV NICU, the highest level of care available for premature and critically-ill newborns. One of the first NICUs reviewed by the state, the hospital was officially designated following a rigorous site visit conducted by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ NICU Verification Program.

The designation comes as a result of legislation passed in 2013 requiring Texas to establish and implement neonatal and maternal level of care designations by March 1, 2018, with the intent of ensuring that neonatal intensive care units have the resources and expertise to provide high-quality patient care that leads to the best outcomes for newborn patients and their families.

Texas is one of the first states requiring NICUs to undergo a site visit to verify the level of care provided to patients meets the Neonatal Levels of Care classifications as defined in the Texas Administrative Code. Completing the designation process is a requirement to receive Medicaid reimbursement for neonatal services by Sept. 1, 2018.

A level IV NICU designation must meet all level III capabilities plus have the ability to care for infants born earlier than 32 weeks gestation and weighing less than 1,500 grams, provide life support, perform advanced imaging including MRI and echocardiography and provide a full range of respiratory support, among many other criteria. View the full list of level IV Neonatal Levels of Care classifications, here.

“Babies born prematurely and those who are critically ill require highly-specialized resources and 24/7 multidisciplinary care in order to have the most optimal outcome,” said Dr. Gautham Suresh, chief of neonatology at Texas Children’s and section head and service chief of pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine. “As the largest NICU in the nation caring for the most fragile infants, we know getting the right care, at the right time, in the right place is critical. This designation helps ensure neonates are treated in the right level of NICU and thereby receive high-quality care.”

“It’s crucial for women, especially those experiencing a high-risk pregnancy, to be educated about the level of neonatal care available in the facility where they plan to deliver,” said Dr. Michael Belfort, obstetrician/gynecologist-in-chief at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women and Ernst W. Bertner Chairman and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Baylor.

Two key requirements of level IV neonatal designation are the development of a Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) committee and a program plan which outlines the level IV program including scope, services, transport, standards, follow-up, disaster response, certifications, outreach and community initiatives. Texas Children’s Newborn Center already had an active quality and safety program which was organized into a QAPI program. The QAPI committee monitors the quality and safety of NICU patient care and prioritizes and supports quality improvement initiatives.

As a level IV NICU, Texas Children’s will continue to provide care for infants with complex interdisciplinary issues, including complex surgical conditions, which may not be available in a level III NICU. To learn more about Texas Children’s Newborn Center, please visit www.texaschildrens.org/newborn.

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Katy, TX News (April 5, 2017) – The Katy master-planned community of Cane Island has named Maddy Burt as its new on-site Lifestyle Director where she will plan family move nights, wine dinners and tastings, culinary classes, signature and holiday festivals, arts workshops and photography classes, resident social clubs and many other events for residents and prospective homebuyers.

“For as long as I can remember, I’ve had a passion for event planning,” says Burt.  “Our Amenity Village, with its central lawn, conservatory, fire pit and multi-purpose event space, is ideal for year-round activities.”

Maddy Burt

Burt joins Cane Island, the 2016 GHBA Community of the Year, after serving in event planning capacities for one of Houston’s premier country clubs and the Stephen F. Austin Alumni Association.

A native Texan, she earned her degree in Hospitality Administration/Management Meeting & Planning from Stephen F. Austin State University.

Burt joins Cane Island as the Katy community embarks on its second year of offering new luxury homes from the $200s to the millions from CalAtlantic Homes, Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes.

Besides its event spaces, Cane Island’s resort-style Amenity Village features a family pool and cabanas, children’s water playground, adult lap pool, two-story fitness center rivaling the finest health spas, yoga studio and poolside café.  The Amenity Village also is shaded by rescued, 75-year-old oak trees.

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

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

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Katy, Texas News (April 3, 2017) – Moving Stronger, an exercise and education program specifically designed for people with multiple sclerosis, will be launched in April by three institutions that are national leaders in their respective fields.

The program, which is free of charge and the first of its kind in the country, was created in a collaboration between YMCA of Greater Houston, McGovern Medical School at The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) and the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society of Houston.

MS participants preparing for an aquatics class. Photo courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston.

“We’ve all been working hand-in-hand to create a safe exercise and education program for people with MS,” said Leorah Freeman, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor and multiple sclerosis expert in the Department of Neurology at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “The program was designed after detailed analysis of existing data showing the benefit of different exercise modalities and healthy living strategies in people with MS.”

While exercise was once discouraged for people with MS, evidence now shows that exercise in a controlled environment can help improve mobility and alleviate certain symptoms from the disease if done regularly.

“The YMCA of Greater Houston has a long history of serving communities in youth development, social responsibility, and healthy living. Moving Stronger is an exciting new offering and we anticipate that it will bring needed resources to those with MS,” said Lharissa Jacobs, director of Community Health for the YMCA. “The YMCA is the perfect setting to meet the health needs of the MS community through increased physical activity and social support.”

MS is a chronic, inflammatory and degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system. It is a leading cause of disability among young- and middle-aged adults, for which there is no cure. MS can cause fatigue, imbalance, weakness, stiffness, numbness and even cognitive dysfunction. It affects an estimated 2.3 million people worldwide and 400,000 in the United States.

“We are very excited about this new wellness program, Moving Stronger, and the collective work we are doing to bring wellness solutions to people living with MS. For a person living with MS, the road to wellness involves more than treatment of the disease and its symptoms,” said Elaine Liserio, associate vice president of Program Development for the National MS Society. “The adaptive wellness opportunities being created through supportive partners such as the YMCA of Greater Houston and UTHealth will make an impact and help people with MS live their best lives.”

The 12-week program will be held at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, 22807 Westheimer Parkway. It will include 24 sessions of exercise, education and bonding discussions around subjects relevant to people with MS.

“It is very stressful for people with multiple sclerosis to go to a gym and most don’t have access to trainers with knowledge about their disease and disability,” said Freeman, who treats patients at UT Physicians, the clinical practice of McGovern Medical School at UTHealth. “Moving Stronger aims to enhance participants’ overall mobility, to improve their quality of life through exercise and social engagement and to give them the tools to stay active consistently. My long-term goal is to make this program accessible to all people with MS, to empower each of them to take part in their care.”

During the first five weeks of the program, patients will learn different modalities of exercise, such as yoga, aquatics and circuit training, which consists of light cardio and weightlifting. The activities will then rotate with increasing difficulty according to the participants’ abilities.

“It has been repeatedly shown that exercise not only improves walking speed, endurance and balance, but it can also improve fatigue, one of the most common and debilitating symptoms of multiple sclerosis,” said Freeman.

The program will include an exercise specialist and yoga and aquatics instructors who are trained through the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, as well as in-person training delivered under the supervision of UTHealth neurologists, to fully understand the needs of people with MS.

“When an MS patient comes to the UTHealth Neurorehabilitation clinic, I provide a comprehensive assessment of physical and cognitive function,” said Nneka Ifejika M.D., M.P.H., associate professor of neurology and director of neurorehabilitation at McGovern Medical School, who worked with Freeman to develop the program. “But what about patients who do not have access to a comprehensive MS center such as the one at UT Physicians? By offering this program at the YMCA, Moving Stronger allows us to bridge the gap – to create a program, tailored to people with MS, delivered in their community – with the goals of directly improving strength, flexibility, balance, coordination and gait, and indirectly improving confidence and quality of life.”

Please contact betterhealth@ymcahouston.org or 713-758-9186 for information about class dates and times at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch.

For information about the UT Physicians Multiple Sclerosis Comprehensive Care Center, contact: 832.325.7080

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Katy, Texas News (April 3, 2017) – The Fort Bend Family YMCA, T.W. Davis Family YMCA, Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street – all four located in Fort Bend County – raised more than $64,000 in the 11th Annual YMCA Spring Golf Classic.

YMCA Spring Golf Classic

Sponsored by Fort Bend Toyota and Sterling McCall Lexus for the sixth consecutive year, the event’s proceeds will go to the YMCA’s Annual Campaign to ultimately provide scholarships and subsidized programming for at-risk children.

The YMCA rounded up more than 130 players and 32 teams to take part in the charitable event – breaking a record of participation. Thirty volunteers helped make the event a success.

“As a YMCA volunteer, it is exciting to see so much support from the business community, which is committed to the YMCA and the impact that it has on our community,” said Barbara Jones of Fluor Corporation, YMCA golf chair and T.W. Davis YMCA board member.

The tournament was held at Pecan Grove Country Club and included several on-course competitions, sponsored by Thom Polvogt Insurance Group, Top Golf and Firehouse Subs. It also included a lunch donated by Swinging Door BBQ and dinner donated by Macaroni Grill.

In addition, participants participated in silent and live auctions that raised more than $12,000. Fort Bend County Commissioner James Patterson served as auctioneer and special guest at the event was Fort Bend County Judge Bob Hebert.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the Annual Support Campaigns of the Fort Bend Family YMCA in Missouri City, the T.W. Davis Family YMCA in Richmond, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street. Combined, the campaigns provide scholarships or subsidized programming for more than 7,000 youth, families and individuals in YMCA programs, outreach and memberships.

“We are thankful to have the ongoing support of so many sponsors and teams who have participated in this tournament since its inceptions.  Through their support combined with all our new teams and sponsors, hundreds of youth and families will benefit from YMCA services this summer,” said Brian Haines, district executive director for the YMCA of Greater Houston.

In addition to the event’s title sponsors, Fort Bend Toyota and Sterling McCall Lexus, other top sponsors were Fluor Corporation, NtheZone Photography, Staff Force Personnel Services, NRG – WS Parish Plant and First Transit.

 Courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston
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Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) today announced plans to open its tenth Texas fulfillment center in Katy where it will create 1,000 new, full-time jobs. Since Amazon launched operations in Texas in 2013, the company has quickly grown its fulfillment workforce in the state to 10,000-plus full-time employees across seven existing facilities in Coppell, Haslet, Dallas, Fort Worth, Schertz, and San Marcos. Previously announced facilities in Houston and Coppell are currently under construction.


“We are excited to continue growing in Texas by creating an additional 1,000 full-time roles at this new fulfillment center in Katy,” says Akash Chauhan, Amazon’s vice president of North American Operations. “In fact, beyond the more than the thousands of employees who currently work for Amazon in Texas, more than 160,000 authors, sellers and developers in Texas are growing their businesses and reaching new customers on Amazon products and services.”

Amazon employees at the one million-square-foot Katy fulfillment center will pick, pack and ship larger-sized customer items, such as music equipment, sports gear, and electronics.

“We are honored Amazon chose Katy to be the location for their next fulfillment center, and we know the City of Katy will benefit from this relationship through increased job opportunities for our residents and their support of local Katy businesses,” says Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes. “We look forward to working with Amazon and the local team for years to come.”

Waller County Judge Trey Duhon says, “I am truly excited that Amazon is considering Waller County and Katy for their next distribution center. Their commitment to bring approximately 1,000 full-time jobs, supported by their unique employee incentive program for career advancement outside of the company, shows a significant long-term commitment to help create a diverse and sustainable local economy, which benefits everyone in the County. Amazon will be a very welcome addition to our corporate community.”

Full-time employees at Amazon receive competitive hourly wages and a comprehensive benefits package, including healthcare, 401(k) and company stock awards, starting on day one. Amazon also offers regular full-time employees maternity and parental leave benefits and access to innovative programs like Career Choice, where it will pre-pay up to 95 percent of tuition for courses related to in-demand fields, regardless of whether the skills are relevant to a career at Amazon. Since the program’s launch, over 9,000 employees have pursued degrees in game design and visual communications, nursing, IT programming, and radiology, to name a few.

To learn more about working at an Amazon fulfillment center, visit www.amazondelivers.jobs. The Katy fulfillment center project is developed by Duke Realty.

Katy Area EDC Statement:
Katy Area Economic Development Council  wishes to congratulate the City of Katy, Waller County and all organizations involved in landing Amazon as the newest major company to locate in Katy. This project will create over 1,000 jobs and have a substantial economic impact on Katy and the surrounding region. Katy Area EDC began pursuing Amazon to locate in the area in 2015 as the company began examining options for construction of facilities in the Houston region. For this project, beginning in early 2016, Katy Area EDC provided site selection/real estate assistance, proposal development and technical assistance and coordination with the entities involved. On behalf on the entire Katy Area community, I would like to welcome Amazon. We are thrilled to have a world-renowned company select our community for construction of its newest facility.  This a momentous day for Katy and further cements our position as a top destination for leading companies throughout the world.  We are eager to work with Amazon moving forward.

Lance LaCour, CEcD
President / CEO

Sources: Amazon.com, Inc. & Katy Area EDC
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Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Houston Methodist West Hospital has received full Chest Pain Center Accreditation from the American College of Cardiology (ACC). The accreditation acknowledges Houston Methodist West’s expertise in dealing with patients who arrive with symptoms of a heart attack.

“Houston Methodist West has been leading the way in cardiovascular care since we were first established,” said Vicki Brownewell, RN, Houston Methodist West’s chief nursing officer. “I’m proud of our team for continuing to deliver the best possible care for all of our heart patients.”

The hospital was first accredited in October, 2013, with its latest accreditation valid until October 31, 2019.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Every year more than 600,000 Americans die from heart disease, with a heart attack occurring an average of once every 42 seconds.

An Accredited Chest Pain Center’s evidence-based, systematic approach to cardiac patient care allows clinicians to reduce time to treatment during the critical early stages of a heart attack. Chest Pain Centers better monitor patients when it’s unclear whether or not a patient is having a coronary event. Such monitoring ensures patients are neither sent home too early nor needlessly admitted.

The ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation process ensures that hospitals meet or exceed a wide set of stringent criteria and undergo a comprehensive onsite review by a team of accreditation review specialists. By achieving ACC’s Chest Pain Center Accreditation status, Houston Methodist West demonstrated expertise in the following areas:

  • Integrating the emergency department with the local emergency medical system
  • Assessing, diagnosing and treating patients quickly
  • Effectively treating patients with low risk for acute coronary syndrome and no assignable cause for their symptoms
  • Continually seeking to improve processes and procedures
  • Ensuring the competence and training of Accredited Chest Pain Center personnel
  • Maintaining organizational structure and commitment
  • Having a functional design that promotes optimal patient care
  • Supporting community outreach programs that educate the public to promptly seek medical care if they display symptoms of a possible heart attack


For more information on cardiovascular care or to find a doctor at Houston Methodist West Hospital, call 832.522.5522 or visit houstonmethodist.org/find-a-doctor/.

Courtesy of Houston Methodist West Hospital 


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Katy, Texas News (March 29, 2017) – Over 700 local residents attended the first annual Katy Color Run. The event benefited three local organizations: Christ Clinic, Clothed by Faith and Hope Impacts. The event got off to a colorful start with a 1K Kids’ Dash and was followed by a chalk filled 5k. The run was held at the APEX medical building at 25277 Kingsland Boulevard in Katy, and sponsored by Kingsland Baptist Church along with the City of Katy and Healthy Gourmet.

Jackson Potter, 12 and Alexia Diermeier, 15 were the top male and female finishers in the 5K. Potter finished with a time of 19:47 and Diermeier clocked in at 21:58. Paloma Medrano, 8 and Kian Ghilzadeh, 11 were the winners of the Kids’ Dash 1K.

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Photo by Tiffany Lanza

Entertainment at the post race party included performances by Marshall Camp and Mark Wells and featured fitness demonstrations by the Katy Main Street YMCA.  Talented local chalk artists created colorful masterpieces. Several local vendors attended the event and offered complementary beverages and snacks to runners and spectators.  A kids zone had games, face painting, balloon artists, inflatables, trampolines and healthy snacks.

All proceeds from the Color Run benefited three local nonprofit organizations: Christ Clinic, Clothed by Faith and Hope Impacts. Christ Clinic is a charity health clinic and provides medical care for uninsured and underinsured patients. Clothed by Faith gives gently used and new clothing to thousands of Katy area residents in need.  Hope Impacts imparts hope to homeless, helpless and under resourced people in the Katy area by connecting them to services and resources. More than 100 volunteers helped make the event a success.

Courtesy of Christ Clinic


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Katy, Texas News (March 22, 2017)The Ballard Foundation has announced that it will donate $2 million to The Ballard House-Katy for an expansion of their existing location.

Katy’s Ballard House provides patients battling life-threatening or critical illnesses, along with their families and caregivers, Texas-sized hospitality in a home away from home environment. “We are so grateful for this generous gift and wish to express our sincere gratitude to The Ballard Foundation and the entire Katy area for their continued support,” stated Kathy Alt, The Ballard House Director.

Families come from around the world travel to stay at The Ballard House, and once there can create bonds and friendships with those who are going through similar life experiences. The expanded facilities at The Ballard House-Katy will allow the local non-profit organization a chance to help more families in need. More information: www.theballardhouse.org.


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Katy, TX News (March 16, 2017) – Club SciKidz Houston, a franchise of Georgia-based, Club SciKidz, LLC is proud to announce its expansion into Katy, TX. With two Sugar Land, TX locations at Faith Lutheran Church and Fisher’s of Men Lutheran Church, Club SciKidz Houston is currently accepting Summer Day Camp registrations for its CrossPoint Community Church location at 700 S. Westgreen Blvd.

Club SciKidz Houston features in-school field trips, after school programs and summer day camp sessions for grades PK – 8 (or ages 4 – 15). While the week-long summer day camps are at churches, Club SciKidz also provides its other services at both public and private schools and day care centers.

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Club SciKidz was founded on the principle that parents want to provide their children with exciting, challenging and life impacting academic enrichment experiences. The company is committed to demonstrating how science works in the real world by providing activities in veterinary medicine, robotics, forensics, video game creation, food science, paleontology, engineering, chemistry and biology.

Club SciKidz Houston believes every child is a scientist and that we can make them even better scientists. All Club SciKidz Houston programs are focused on dramatic science demonstrations accompanied by hands-on/minds- on experiments and projects that meet or exceed National Science Education Standards and College and Career Standards.

For Summer 2017, Club SciKidz Houston will feature many more enhanced programs. Introduction to Java, Little coder, and Dash and Dot camps allow early experiences with computer coding. Additionally, camps Tech machines, Jr. Meteorology, QuadCopter Aerial Robotics, Mobile Game Design, and Water Robotics will immerse students in engineering and robotics. All of these camps can now be found in either Katy or Sugar Land, TX.

Club SciKidz Houston is the most unique provider of science enrichment programs for children. It offers authentic, immersive, and application based experiences. Parents of previous Club SciKidz Houston participants said, ” I like the variety of experiments my kids were exposed to and how actively engaged they were!” and “your summer programs are excellent!”

Club SciKiz Houston is “Where Science and Technology Connect!” With over 40 offerings, we’re sure there is a camp for your little scientist or engineer! Please check our website for all options.

Club SciKidz Houston will be featured at the Kids Directory booth at the McDonald’s Children Festival on April 1 – 2 from 10AM – 2:30PM. To learn more, stop by booth or feel free to contact us via the information found below:

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Katy, TX News (March 14, 2017) – Hill Adams, long time Katy resident and former City Council member, has declared his candidacy for Mayor of the City of Katy.

Hill and his wife Carol have lived in Katy for 25 years and from the beginning they have been very active in our community through schools, church, local charities and public service. Best known for their work with the Katy Heritage Society; Carol is best known for working with then-Mayor Doyle Callender to create Katy Heritage Park and Railroad Park. The Adams’ have been married for 37 years and have two children; Anne and Robert. Strongly rooted in protecting Katy’s past, Hill Adams is also committed to Katy’s future.

Hill Adams

“I’m running for Mayor now because I love Katy. Four years ago we elected a new Mayor and our direction shifted. I was open to see how that would work out. Our friends and others I visit with share concerns about such aggressive growth and our rapidly escalating budget. The things the mayor told us we could count on are not happening so I decided to file.”

Mayor Hughes withdrawal from the race the following day was unexpected. “This campaign still means a lot to me, I think we need a slight shift in priorities at City Hall.” said Adams, “I’m a strong advocate for economic development, but the city has almost doubled in size, we’ve annexed land that will add 2,500 more houses. This rapid growth requires our government to get so much bigger; it includes a huge demand for city resources and permanently alters the lifestyle of the citizens who live here.”

Adams has a background in real estate investment and has worked as an Independent Insurance Agent, owning his own successful commercial broker business for over 35 years. He believes his business background, six years on City Council, experience with state legislative negotiations and great relationships with many other elected officials are assets when working with local government.

“I’m focusing my campaign on careful growth, ensuring what we bring into the city limits is good for the citizens and businesses that are already here. Public safety is also a priority; we have needed and have been expecting a second fire station for four years. Now we may need a third station to serve some of the new homes we’ve annexed, and we haven’t even started the second one. The City of Katy is so fortunate to have a legacy of city administrations that worked hard to build a sound fiscal foundation. The tax revenue we generate could allow a true reduction in the taxes citizens pay, not just the tax rates. I’d like to see the aggressive attitude shift from annexation to addressing issues that impact the lives of our citizens; improved drainage, traffic,parks, and finding ways to hold on to what is left of the ‘small town’ atmosphere so many of us came here for. I’m all for the city growing and am happy with commercial growth that will support the city. Some of the land we’ve annexed makes sense from a business standpoint, but annexing land just to get bigger is wasteful. How big our footprint is, is less important than what is in it.”

Adams is enthusiastic about public service and finds the experience rewarding, “I enjoyed my six years on City Council. I know we can address the issues before us. I want to work with City Council, administration, staff and our citizens to do more. I think it’s time to bring thoughtful, conservative leadership back to Katy, and I am asking for our citizens to vote for me so we can make that happen.”

To learn more about Hill Adams’ campaign and Katy’s issues and opportunities visit his website, www.hilladams.com and find him on facebook @HillAdamsforKatyMayor.

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Katy, TX News (March 13, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital recently appointed Peter Walker, M.D., as its new medical director of the bariatric program.  In his new role, Dr. Walker will oversee the growth of the program, which aims to help people lose weight after diet and exercise options have been exhausted.

“We are excited to have Dr. Walker lead the bariatric program here at Memorial Hermann Katy. He is dedicated to providing patients with state-of-the-art surgical therapies using the least invasive, most advanced and safest techniques available. We know the Katy community will appreciate having his expertise close to home,” says Heath Rushing, Sr. Vice President and CEO for Memorial Hermann Katy.

Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications Dr. Peter Walker - MIST Surgery
Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications
Dr. Peter Walker – MIST Surgery

According to the National Center for Health Statistics, more and one-third of Americans are considered obese. “Obesity puts people at risk for other serious diseases such as heart disease, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or stroke.  It’s important those looking to lose weight, especially those concerned about type 2 diabetes, consult with a physician to explore the various techniques, both surgical and non-surgical, that can help manage their weight,” says Dr. Walker.

Dr. Walker earned his medical degree at Saint Louis University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Missouri.  His general surgery residency at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth was followed by an NIH-funded research fellowship and an advanced laparoscopic and robotics fellowship at UTHealth.

Board certified in general surgery, Dr. Walker’s clinical interests include advanced robotic surgery, weight loss surgery, gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) surgery, hernia repair, biliary (gallbladder) surgery and general surgery.

Dr. Walker is also an assistant professor in the Department of Surgery, Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and associate program director of the Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program at UTHealth.

A resident of Katy, Dr. Walker is married and the father of two young daughters. Outside of his practice, he enjoys running, reading and watching college football.


If you would like to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Walker to discuss your weight loss options, call 281.644.8824.

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Katy, TX News (March 10, 2017) – The British International School of Houston (BISH) varsity boys’ soccer team played an impressive game  and won the 2017 TAPPS Texas Division III State Soccer Championship title against Dallas Covenant with a final score of 5-2. The team notably played 21 matches over four months before winning this coveted title. Over the last six years they have been district champions four times and state champions twice.

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TAPPS, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools (TAPPS), has a membership of 230 schools throughout Texas who regularly compete with one another in athletic events. TAPPS commits to building leadership, fellowship, fair play and sportsmanship of students enrolled in the organization’s member schools in the areas of academics, athletics and fine arts by providing wholesome competition for young men and women.


Andrew Derry, Principal of BISH commented, “I am extremely proud of our team and our students’ success, which was achieved through determination and resilience, epitomizing our core values of unity, respect and pride. At BISH we believe all children are ambitious by nature and can achieve their greatest aspirations with support and access to an exemplary global education.”

BISH provides a nurturing environment with a world-class learning approach that is grounded in each student’s unique experiences, capabilities and interests. This combined with a brand-new campus, purposely designed to support student achievement, allows the school to extend learning beyond the classroom through a wide variety of academic and athletic activities.

About British International School of Houston

The British International School of Houston (BISH) is an independent school catering to local and international students from Pre-K to 12th Grade. Part of Nord Anglia Education Inc., the school offers a challenging, broad course of study that culminates with the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme (IB). Student learning is supported by collaborations with The Juilliard School in New York and MIT. Our new Katy campus spans 34-acres and features purpose driven technology supported by Apple, customizable maker spaces, state-of-the-art science labs, four athletic fields, an aquatic center, two NCAA regulation size gymnasiums, and a 550-seat performing arts theater designed in collaboration with Juilliard. Conveniently located off IH10 at N. Westgreen Boulevard and just minutes from the Grand Parkway, the school is accessible to families residing in major cities across the Greater Houston Area, including Houston, The Woodlands and Sugar Land. Visit www.houston.nae.school to learn more.


About Nord Anglia Education, Inc.

Nord Anglia Education (NYSE: NORD) is the world’s leading operator of premium international schools, serving students from kindergarten through the end of secondary school (K-12).  We teach over 37,000 students at our 43 premium schools in China, Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia and North America. We are driven by one unifying philosophy – we are ambitious for our students, our people and our family of schools. Our schools deliver a high-quality education through a personalized approach enhanced with unique global opportunities to enable every student to succeed. Nord Anglia Education is headquartered in Hong Kong. Our website is www.nordangliaeducation.com.

For further information, please contact:

Jo Turner, Communications Manager

Tel: 832 248 0581

Email: jo.turner@houston.nae.school

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Katy, TX News (March 7, 2017) – Chuck Brawner has filed to run in the open seat to be the next Mayor of the City of Katy.  Brawner served as Katy City Council Member since 2013 and Mayor Pro Tem since 2014. He was required to vacate his Council Seat to run for Mayor.  Brawner is committed to making the families of Katy and the city’s legacy the center of his campaign.

“Katy is one of the most fantastic cities in Texas.  Our loving and spiritual community is second to none.  We care deeply about our families and their ability to succeed.  We care about our children’s education, we love cheering them on at their sporting events and we know they are safe to grow up playing in our neighborhoods,” said Brawner. “I am running for Mayor because I care about the future of Katy, because I am excited about where we are headed and because I have a path to get us there.  As Mayor, I will focus on public safety, on managing our growth, on increasing our mobility while fiercely protecting our private property rights and on those things that increase the quality of life for our Katy families and their children. I ask for your vote for Mayor.  It would be my honor to serve you and our great city.”

With the Katy family and their quality of life at the forefront of Brawner’s campaign, ensuring a strong financial footing for the city is a responsibility Brawner takes very seriously.

“Creating that quality of life requires a strong fiscal footing. I am a conservative in all things, including all things fiscal, therefore, I will make sure that Katy is financially strong and work toincrease the reserve fund balance.  I will work to make sure we keep our very rare AAA credit rating so the city can maintain its gold-standard financial reputation. I will continue to look for ways to eliminate waste and save money. I will protect our homestead exemptions and find new ways to roll back the tax rate,” Brawner said.

Brawner has a history of smart fiscal management.  As a small business owner, Brawner started with a small investment and grew the company to a sustainable success eventually selling the profitable enterprise.  As Chief of Police for Spring Branch ISD, Brawner always kept his budgets in the black.  He sought money management measures to ensure safety, provide necessary equipment, but not spend more than what was needed.  As Katy Mayor Pro Tem, Brawner has found money-saving methods again to help the city meet its reserve fund requirements and now wants to increase those reserves and the overall savings for taxpayers.  Brawner’s mix of decades of experience as a sound business manager for customers and for taxpayers coupled with his unmatched tenure in public safety and intergovernmental relationships place him in a well-poised position to serve the City of Katy as Mayor.

“I will run a campaign for Mayor that addresses real results, real policy and real concrete plans about how to increase our quality of life for our community, enhance public safety, ensure our taxpayers see stability they can rely on in their family budgets and keep Katy the nicest and most attractive place that people want to raise their family,” said Brawner.

In the coming days, Brawner will be launching his campaign website and announcing a unique approach to visit with the voters of Katy on a regular basis.  Watch the Brawner campaign Facebook page, which can be found by searching “Chuck Brawner” or inputting @ChuckBrawnerKaty in Facebook search.

Chuck Brawner and his wife, Marcy (pictured above), have lived in the Katy area for 37 years and in the city proper for the last 15 years.  In December of 2016, Brawner retired as the Chief of Police at Spring Branch ISD after 21 years of service.  Brawner served on the Katy City Council since 2013 and was appointed Mayor Pro Tem in 2014.  Brawner’s public service runs deep.  For the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Brawner served as a Security Team Leader and, during Hurricane Ike, Brawner was Joint Commander with the Texas Department of Public Safety at the Houston Regional Staging Area for Emergency Response Resources.  In the mid-1980s, Brawner served as a Volunteer Firefighter Captain for the West I-10 Volunteer Fire Department and took on a leadership role as a Member of Fire District 48’s Board of Directors.  He was elected in 1998 as President of the Texas Municipal Police Association after serving a number of years on the organization’s Board.   Brawner was honored to be appointed by Texas Governor George W. Bush to the Governor’s Juvenile Justice Advisory Board and by Governor Rick Perry to the Federal Juvenile Justice Advisory Board.

Brawner is a Graduate of the Bill Blackwood Leadership Command College at Sam Houston State University. Chuck and Marcy have have been married for 30 years. They dote on their four grandchildren and are thrilled that three of those grandchildren live right near them here in Katy.  The Brawners are active members of Parkway Fellowship Church.

Courtesy of Chuck Brawner
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Katy, TX News (March 6, 2017) – Cane Island’s glass-walled conservatory, the only one of its kind in the area, and its multi-purpose event center, both situated within the community’s resort-style Amenity Village, now can be reserved for business, civic and social gatherings.

Available for both residents and non-residents of the Katy master-planned community, both venues are located minutes north of the Cane Island entrance at 2100 Cane Island Parkway.

Cane Island’s 3,500-square-foot event center is serviced by a restaurant-quality commercial kitchen making it ideal for morning, afternoon or evening catered functions, receptions, meetings and networking events.  Ample covered space just outside the event center is available for pre-function activities.  The event center also can be converted into an indoor/outdoor venue by opening its large sliding doors.

For more intimate events, groups can reserve Cane Island’s 1,500-square-foot glass-walled conservatory, the only such facility in the area.  Available for seasonal use in the fall and spring, the enclosed, air-conditioned space with its wall of fresh flowers is ideal for showers or smaller social events. The conservatory also is serviced by the Amenity Village’s full-service commercial kitchen.    Cane Island

Groups reserving either the event center or glass-walled conservatory also can access an upper level fireplace loft and the Amenity Village community lawn with fire pit framed by rescued, 75-year-old oak trees. Ample surface parking for both facilities is available. For rental rates and information, e-mail info@caneisland.com.

The 2016 GHBA Community of the Year, Cane Island is one of the most sought-after master-planned communities west of Houston presenting new luxury homes from the $200s to the millions from CalAtlantic Homes, Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes, Shea Homes, Toll Brothers and Trendmaker Homes.

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

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

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Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017)  – Its doors are open, and YMCA officials are ready to make their newest and state-of-the-art center, the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., official. On March 3, the YMCA of Greater Houston will host a grand-opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the second YMCA in Katy and one of the most unique centers in the Greater Houston area.

KMS Body Pump, courtesy of the YMCA of Greater Houston

A brief ceremony, which will begin at 10 a.m., will include remarks from Paul McEntire, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Houston; Ann Hodge of the Katy Area Chamber of Commerce, David Ruzicka, chairman of the board for the Katy Area YMCAs; Carlos Valdez, chairman of the Board for the YMCA of Greater Houston; and Pam Filip, executive director of the YMCA at Katy Main Street. From March 3-5, all are invited to try the new center free of charge. Those who choose to join before March 6 will pay no join fee, a savings of $125.


On March 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the YMCA at Katy Main Street will host a round of demos for much of what the new center has to offer, including TRX, Body Flow and Zumba classes and a Motion Magix kids’ zone. (See schedule below for all demos.) During the same time, there will be carnival-type activities for families and kids, including face painting, a “selfie station”, balloon making, games, a bingo map for visiting different areas of the new Y, and a drawing for Fitbits and other prizes. If the weather permits, the pool will be open for limited hours. Popcorn and juice will be on hand for refreshments.

On March 5 from 1 to 4 p.m., similar demos and festivities will continue.

KMS free Child Watch, courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston

YMCA at Katy Main Street 

The YMCA at Katy Main Street took the best designs from YMCA centers around the nation and incorporated them into one 41,000 square-foot facility with extra modern amenities and a sleek, airy design.

The $12 million center offers the latest exercise crazes including TRX and aerial yoga. Its outdoor pool is heated and connected to private changing rooms.

The YMCA at Katy Main Street features strength training and cardio equipment, group exercise rooms, a basketball gym, Child Watch rooms to accommodate children from six weeks to 11 years old, an outdoor playground and sports fields, a cycle studio and coffee bar. It also includes health and wellness activities, aquatics, youth sports, after-school care, summer day camp, summer sports clinics, teen programs, senior activities and more.

The new center is expected to receive more than 400,000 visits a year. It will provide approximately $250,000 in community assistance and program/membership scholarships as well as create more than 200 area jobs.

KMS Cardio, courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston

Demo Schedule:

Saturday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

10:15 – Family Pickleball (Outside)

10:45 – Body Flow (Outside)

11:00 – Dance (Mind/Body Studio)

11:30 – TKD (Outside)

11:30 – Aerial Yoga (Personal Training Studio)

11:45 – Cheer (Outside)

12:00 – Zumba (Outside)

12:00 – TRX – (Personal Training Studio)

12:15 – Zumba Strong (Outside)

12:30 – Body Jam (Outside)

12:45 – DrumFit (Outside)

1:00 – Barre Workout (Outside)

1:00 – Exergames (Kids Zone)

1:30 – Motion Magix (Kids Zone)


Sunday 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

1:10 – Enhance Fitness (Outside)

1:15 – Silver Sneakers (Outside)

1:30 – CXWorx (Outside)

1:45 – Zumba (Outside)

2:00 – Zumba Toning (Outside)

2:00 – Exergames (Kids Zone)

2:15 – Body Pump (Outside)

2:30 – Body Combat (Outside)

2:30 – Motion Magix (Kids Zone)

2:45 – Mat Pilates (Outside)

3:00 – TKD (Outside)

3:15 – Soccer (Outside)


Courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston
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Katy, TX News (February 27, 2017) – On March 27, the Fort Bend Family YMCA, T.W. Davis Family YMCA, Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street – all four located in Fort Bend County – will be hosting the 11th Annual YMCA Golf Classic, sponsored by Fort Bend Toyota and Sterling McCall Lexus. The event will serve as a fundraiser for the YMCA’s Annual Campaign and ultimately provide support for scholarships and subsidized programming.

Spring Golf Classic Tournament, courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston

The YMCA is in the process of rounding up teams and sponsors who will support this charitable event. The deadline for signing up is March 20.

“We are excited to be teaming up once again with an organization that does so much for youth and families in our region,” said Joey Dupuis, a co-sponsor of the event and general manager at Sterling McCall Lexus.

This year, the tournament will be held at Pecan Grove Country Club with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

The Y event will have a best ball scramble format and include several on-course competitions, including the Hit the Green Contest sponsored by Thom Polvogt Insurance Group. It will also include a lunch donated by Swinging Door BBQ and dinner donated by Macaroni Grill. Golfers will enjoy complimentary beverages and snacks during their rounds. And, each golfer will receive a goodie bag that includes a shirt, balls, snacks and more. During the dinner and awards ceremony, golfers can participate in both silent and live auctions.

Supporters already on board include: Fluor, Staff Force, NtheZone Photography, NRG-WA Parish Plant, and Direct Energy.

All proceeds from the event benefit the Annual Support Campaigns of the Fort Bend Family YMCA in Missouri City, the T.W. Davis Family YMCA in Richmond, the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, and the YMCA at Katy Main Street.

For information on available sponsorships or team registration call Connie Stirgus or Brian Haines at 281-392-5055.

Courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston 
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Katy, TX News (February 20, 2017) – Vista Equities Group is pleased to announce that Snooze, “an .A.M. Eatery,” a fast growing culinary-driven breakfast and brunch concept, has signed a 4,098 sq. ft. lease at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. Snooze is anticipated to open by late 2017 and will be located off Cinco Ranch Blvd, conveniently adjacent to the 3-level East Gate Parking garage and the Grand Parkway.

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Offering creative twists on classic breakfast dishes, as well as a selection of local, craft beers and morning cocktails, Snooze aims to change the way its customers think about breakfast. The new Snooze at LaCenterra will offer diners a selection of both sweet and savory renditions on classic breakfast dishes.


“We fell in love with the Houston area and we think Katy exemplifies the very best of what Houston has to offer. Snooze’s company mission is to be an integral part of the communities in which we are located and we believe that Katy is an incredible community,” said CEO of Snooze, an A.M. Eatery, David Birzon.


“We are thrilled to welcome Snooze to LaCenterra! Its unique dining concept, coupled with its commitment to supporting local causes and communities, makes for an exciting addition to LaCenterra, as well as to the Katy community,” said Lindsay Kaye, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for LaCenterra.

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LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is a 34-acre, over 360,000 sq. ft. (410,000 sq. ft. upon completion) mixed-use development located on the western edge of metropolitan Houston in Katy, TX.  Located on the Grand Parkway just three miles south of I-10 with prominent freeway visibility, the property is nestled in the heart of Cinco Ranch, one of the nation’s premier master planned communities.


The eatery is also dedicated to supporting local causes and issues related to the neighborhoods where they live, as well as organizations focused on education and sustainability. In an effort to do so, one percent of sales from each Snooze makes its way back into the local community through the donation of in-kind goods (A.K.A. pancakes!) and services.


Snooze will be open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. daily. Additionally, Snooze at LaCenterra will offer catering to be picked up Mondays-Thursdays between 6:30am-2pm, and Fridays 6:30am-8am.

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The lease was secured by Donna Keith of Vista Equities Group.  Snooze was represented by Jason Baker and Traci Holman with Baker Katz.

Courtesy of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch 


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Katy, TX News (February 17, 2017) – Penske Truck Leasing has opened a new location in Katy, Texas. Located at 517 Stonegate Drive, it has full-service truck leasing, consumer and commercial truck rental and contract truck fleet maintenance services. This location contains four services bays in a 20,000-square-foot building on 2.5 acres.


“We have opened a Katy location to match our business growth in the western Houston suburbs,” explained Chip Jensen, senior vice president for Penske’s south central region. “It is ideally situated near Interstate 10 and is more convenient for our customers.”

To contact the truck rental department, please call 346-307-3112. Hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The service department can be reached at 346-307-3114, and the hours are Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; on Saturday it is open from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Penske Truck Leasing Co., L.P., headquartered in Reading, Pennsylvania, is a partnership of Penske Corporation, Penske Automotive Group, GE Capital Holdings and Mitsui & Co., Ltd. A leading global transportation services provider, Penske operates more than 240,000 vehicles and serves customers from more than 1,000 locations in North America, South America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Product lines include full-service truck leasing, contract maintenance, commercial and consumer truck rentals, used truck sales, transportation and warehousing management and supply chain management solutions. Visit https://www.gopenske.com/ to learn more. Penske Truck Leasing social media: Move Ahead Blog, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, YouTube, Pinterest, and Instagram.

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Katy, TX News (February 15, 2017) – Katy The Noyes Fine Arts Foundation (NFAF) will host the first annual Tee-Off for the Arts golf tournament on Monday, April 24th, 2017 at 9am at the exclusive Club at Falcon Point in Katy.  All proceeds from this tournament are dedicated to The Katy Grand Theatre Project, an NFAF effort to build a $3.4 million dollar performing arts center in Katy.  The Katy Grand Theatre is to be a flagship fine arts venue for symphony, concerts, and year round musical theatre productions for the Katy community.  Player Registration and Tournament Sponsorship opportunities are now available through the website at www.nfaf.org.

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NFAF has already secured $3.1 million in funding for the KGT Project.  The Tee-Off for the Arts golf tournament is one of many fundraising efforts to raise the remaining $300,000 needed to complete the funding requirements necessary to build Katy’s first 300 seat, 13,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art performance center.  The venue is set to be built near Avenue D in Katy.  The contractual deadline to raise these funds is July 2017.

NFAF currently offers programs enriching the Katy and surrounding communities, including the Katy Youth Symphony, the Katy Youth Choir, and the Books Alive! touring theatrical literacy through the arts program.   Details about these existing programs can be found on the website at www.nfaf.org.  Once built, the Katy Grand Theatre will be home to these programs, now outsourcing space, along with a community based, professional quality theatre troupe and a theatrical training program for students.  Additionally, the venue will serve private and public organizations that may rent the performance center at affordable rates – which is not currently available in Katy.

Support the community and this much needed venue by participating in the NFAF Tee-Off for the Arts golf tournament.  Player Registration and Tournament Sponsorship opportunities are now available through the website at www.nfaf.org.

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Katy, TX News (February 15, 2017) – The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch is proud to announce that it has been selected as the new Assessment Center of the Royal Conservatory Music Development Program for the greater Houston area.

The Royal Conservatory Music Development Program provides a recognized national standard of musical success through an effectively sequenced course of study from beginner to advanced levels. The Music Development Program was developed by the acclaimed Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada, and was created in response to feedback from parents and teachers throughout the US, requesting a top-quality nationally-recognized system to track students’ musical progress, celebrating their accomplishments.

The Program centers on periodic assessments for students—one-on-one adjudicator-to-student performance evaluations that also function as valuable teaching and learning opportunities. In each practical assessment, a certified professional adjudicator evaluates a student’s performance of repertoire, studies (etudes), and musical proficiency skills. Assessments are offered for keyboard, string, woodwind, and brass instruments; voice; and the academic subjects of music theory, music history, and pedagogy.

“It was an honor to have been named as a Founding School of the Music Development Program back in 2012,” says Dr. Michael Guevara, manager of the The Conservatory of Music at Cinco Ranch. “Now, having been selected as the Assessment Center for the Music Development Program in the Houston area, this honor further solidifies our desire to offer access to the finest in music education within our community. Students who participate in this program will be provided with experiences and skills that will benefit them now and into the future.”
Assessments are held several times a year at locations across the US. For a list of upcoming assessment session dates and registration information, please visit www.MusicDevelopmentProgram.org.

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Katy, TX News (February 6, 2017) – Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and Memorial Hermann Cypress Hospital will soon be connected by more than just the Grand Parkway.

Memorial Hermann Health System is pleased to announce Heath Rushing as Sr. Vice President and CEO for Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress. Rushing, who previously served as Sr. Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital, will officially begin his role on Monday, February 6.

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“Having a single leader for the two hospitals speaks to Memorial Hermann’s commitment to providing coordinated and consistent care throughout the System. We are confident this streamlined structure will foster a spirit of collaboration, allowing us to better meet the healthcare needs of the entire region,” says Craig Cordola, Sr. Vice President & Regional President – West, Memorial Hermann Health System.

Rushing joined Memorial Hermann in 2002 and throughout his career he has held several leadership roles. During Rushing’s tenure at Memorial Hermann Northeast, the hospital became a certified primary stroke center, introduced the community’s first neurosurgery spine program, began a start-up interventional cardiology program, and re-established the hospital’s peripheral vascular program. Rushing also established deep roots in the community, serving on a variety of community boards within the Lake Houston area.

“Heath led Memorial Hermann Northeast during a time of great change and expansion. I know he has the expertise to guide Memorial Hermann Katy and Cypress into a bright future,” adds Cordola.

“I am excited about the opportunity to join the team at both Memorial Hermann Katy and Memorial Hermann Cypress hospitals.  I am confident that together we will be able to build on the strong foundation that is already in place to navigate this ever-changing industry,” says Rushing. “I hope my tenure as CEO will not only facilitate a better experience for our patients, but also for our employees and affiliated physicians.”

Rushing, his wife, Sara, and their three children plan to relocate this summer to be closer to the communities he now serves.

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Katy, TX News (February 6, 2017) – In honor of Solis Mammography’s 30th anniversary in 2016, three pioneers in women’s breast health – Dr. Timothy Freer, founder and practicing radiologist; Dr. Stephen Rose, chief medical officer; and James Polfreman, CEO and president of Solis Mammography – gathered for a roundtable discussion.

Describing the origins of what is now Solis Mammography, Dr. Freer remarked, “It’s pretty amazing that what started off as one 600-square-foot location, one radiologist, one film mammography machine with one technologist in Plano, Texas, in 1986 has today grown into Solis Mammography, the nation’s largest independent provider of breast imaging services with 38 centers across six major markets serving more than 600,000 patients each year.”


Although the panel discussion revolved around three decades of serving breast health, more time was spent talking about the changing role of technology in advancing breast imaging – specifically with advances in three-dimensional (3-D) mammography, also known as digital breast tomosynthesis.

Dr. Rose explained that his first exposure to mammography was Xerox, “Blue and white paper was how we interpreted mammograms at that time. The technology of film screening followed, bringing mammogram resolution to an entirely different level than ever seen before. Digital mammography slightly improved film screening but wasn’t very exciting. However, by 2015, over 95 percent of all mammograms were digital.”1

“Film to digital mammography was an evolution. Digital mammography to 3-D mammography is a revolution,” Dr. Rose stated.

From a patient point of view, there is no noticeable difference between 2-D exam and 3-D exam during the mammogram as both take about the same amount of time, compression and positioning. However, from a radiologist point of view, the difference in the images between 2-D and 3-D mammography is night and day. Providing around 60 images of breast tissue, divided into 1 mm slices, 3-D mammography allows the radiologist to see cancers as early as stage zero and to find masses that might otherwise be hidden within dense breast tissue.  This compares to conventional 2-D mammography which offers the radiologist just two images of each breast through compressed breast tissue.

To better understand the difference between conventional 2-D and 3-D mammography, imagine a book with clear covers and pages. With 2-D, the radiologist must peer through the front or back cover, looking for a single word that does not have the same characteristics as the other words. With 3-D, the breast is seen in 1mm slices, giving the radiologist the ability to look for that abnormal word one “page” at a time.

Dr. Rose reported that Solis Mammography’s greatest accomplishment in 30 years is “the implementation of 3-D mammography.” Peer-reviewed research, co-authored by Dr. Rose, has shown that 3-D mammography increases early detection of breast cancer by 54 percent and decreases recall rates by 37 percent. (A recall is the radiologist calling the patient back for more tests to ensure accuracy).

“To have our chief medical officer be a principal expert on 3-D technology is uniquely distinctive and a reflection of Solis Mammography’s dedication to offering the highest quality care with exceptionally accurate results,” Polfreman said. “From Dr. Rose’s early research on 3-D, to diagnosing the first patient with bilateral breast cancer that was originally missed using the standard 2-D, to his most recent study that proves 3-D is extremely beneficial to women in their 40s — these are critical advances in the clinical science of mammography allowing Solis to be a leading authority on breast health.”

Solis Mammography’s commitment to  3-D technology has translated to $18 million invested over the past three years to upgrade all of its centers to provide 3-D mammography.  To date, 37 of the 38 Solis centers offer 3-D mammography, with the final center being upgraded this month in Chandler, Arizona.

Implementing the best mammography technology is step one, but helping patients afford that technology must follow in suit.  Medicare announced full coverage for 3-D mammography in January 2015.  Other private insurers have added coverage but only in select regional markets.  And CIGNA was the first national private insurer to offer 3-D coverage in all U.S. markets.  Solis Mammography is working to support both federal and state legislation which supports a woman’s right to 100% coverage for 3-D mammography.  “We want to ensure that a woman’s decision on what type of mammogram she has won’t be determined by her financial means,” commented Polfreman.

Simply put, 3-D mammography is the best and most advanced technology for early detection of breast cancer. Early detection not only saves lives, it improves quality of life – providing women better and less invasive options for treatment. Dr. Rose concluded, “I know without a shadow of a doubt that every patient we see is benefiting from the service we provide.”

To watch Solis Mammography’s 30th anniversary video, Three Decades of Breast Health, go to http://newsroom.solismammo.com/2017/01/09/solis-mammography-30th-anniversary/. To view Solis Mammography’s 3-D Mammography infographic go to: http://newsroom.solismammo.com/2016/06/01/3dinfo/.

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Katy, TX News (February 3, 2017) – By taking the best designs from YMCA centers around the nation and incorporating them into one 41,000 square-foot facility, the YMCA of Greater Houston has responded to Katy’s burgeoning population with extra modern amenities and a sleek, airy design.

After nine months of construction, the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., will open its doors on Saturday and offer the latest exercise crazes including TRX and aerial yoga. Its outdoor pool is heated and connected to private changing rooms.

Katy Main Street cycle, courtesy of YMCA

Those are just some of the special features at the $12 million center. The center is expected to be a hub for Katy’s growing needs for child care, health and fitness, and educational programs.

Located at the intersection of Main Street and Kingsland Boulevard (near Interstate 10 and Pin Oak Road), the two-story facility aims to serve residents in west and north Katy and in neighboring communities.

“One amazing thing about the YMCA is the scope of our work, which can be seen at all of our centers, but is especially evident in ever-expanding Katy,” said Paul McEntire, president and CEO of The YMCA of Greater Houston. “Katy’s population is expected to grow from 300,000 people to nearly 550,000 by 2035. In just three years, this new center is expected to serve 20,000 people.”

The YMCA at Katy Main Street features strength training and cardio equipment, group exercise rooms, a basketball gym, Child Watch rooms to accommodate children from six weeks to 11 years old, an outdoor playground and sports fields, a cycle studio and coffee bar. It also includes health and wellness activities, aquatics, youth sports, after-school care, summer day camp, summer sports clinics, teen programs, senior activities and more.

The Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch is currently the largest provider of child care in the Katy area, serving more than 1,500 children each year at before- and after-school care sites in Katy Independent School District. It also offers the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program and LIVESTRONG for those recovering from cancer. In addition, more than 5,000 children participate in the center’s youth sports program. The center serves approximately 50,000 people.

Feasibility studies indicate that 3,000 new families will utilize the new YMCA at Katy Main Street, and that 1,000 current family memberships would relocate for the convenience of the new location.

The new center is expected to receive more than 400,000 visits a year. Projected to be self-sustaining in 12 to 18 months, it will provide approximately $250,000 in community assistance and program/membership scholarships as well as create more than 200 area jobs.

“People need the YMCA at Katy Main Street for their health, for social interaction, and to improve their spirits,” said Brian Haines, district executive director at the YMCA of Greater Houston. “We will make sure we stay true to our commitment to make sure that no one is ever turned away.”

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Katy, TX News (February 2, 2017) –  Yesterday Harris County Judge Ed Emmett and the Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management hosted dozens of elected officials from across the area for a briefing about Super Bowl 51 and its week-long activation leading up to game day.

“Special events like the Super Bowl attract massive crowds that create many safety and traffic challenges,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “We are doing all we can to help support the region and all the entities involved with this major task.”

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Officials also toured the Harris County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) for a glimpse of how emergency management personnel are monitoring all activities related to Super Bowl 51. The Harris County EOC is currently activated at Level 1 (High Readiness) and working with federal, state and local partners to monitor and support all safety and security efforts.

“Our ability to collaborate with others during a major event or crisis is key,” added Emmett. “Many of our surrounding communities have contributed resources and first responders to keep Harris County’s NRG Stadium safe on game day.”

The Regional Joint Information Center is also activated to support traffic, transportation and other public information needs. State and local transportation partners have been assisting media to provide area residents and visitors with information about road closures, parking and public transportation.

Officials attending the briefing included county judges, commissioners, mayors, council members and others.

Residents and visitors are encouraged to download the ReadyHarris app on iTunes or Google Play for the latest emergency information.

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Katy, TX News (February 2, 2017) – Dr. Lauren Kane, congenital heart surgeon at Texas Children’s Hospital, was recently awarded the Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship from The Thoracic Surgery Foundation (TSF). Kane is the first congenital heart surgeon to receive the distinguished honor. For more information about the fellowship visit TSF’s website.

Established in 2013 in conjunction with Women in Thoracic Surgery, The Carolyn E. Reed Traveling Fellowship is an annual award presented to an established female thoracic or cardiac surgeon which provides them the opportunity to travel to another institution to learn a new skill or technology.

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“I am truly honored to receive this award,” said Kane, who is also an assistant professor of surgery at Baylor College of Medicine. “Carolyn was a wonderful, well-respected and beloved leader in the field of cardiothoracic surgery. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to pay tribute to her legacy as I collaborate with surgeons internationally who share my passion for enriching the lives of children with congenital heart disease and defects.”

Kane plans to travel to New Delhi, India to collaborate with an outstanding program there focused on advanced congenital heart disease.

“Dr. Kane is a vital member of our team and I am proud that she has been recognized with this coveted fellowship,” said Dr. Charles D. Fraser Jr., surgeon-in-chief and chief of congenital heart surgery at Texas Children’s, and professor of surgery and chief of the division of congenital heart surgery at Baylor. “I look forward to her returning from her travels with a unique perspective of the keys to success of international programs similar to ours.”

Texas Children’s Heart Center is ranked #2 nationally in cardiology and heart surgery by U.S. News & World Report. The Congenital Heart Surgery Service offers a comprehensive surgical program that includes every procedure available for the treatment of pediatric heart disease and defects. The team cares for children of every age, including preterm and low-birth-weight newborns, tailoring procedures and treatments to the needs of each individual child and his or her family. During surgery, this individualized approach includes cardiopulmonary bypass and neuroprotection strategies customized to each patient’s condition and needs, helping to ensure optimal outcomes are achieved. For more information visit texaschildrens.org/heart.

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Katy, TX News (January 31, 2017) – Dr. James M. Jacobs and Associates with Your Total Foot Care Specialist, are pleased to announce two $1,500 “Stepping into the Future” scholarships for 2017 KISD graduating seniors. Applications must be submitted to the offices of Your Total Foot Care Specialist by March 31, 2017, 5:00 p.m. A third party committee will select the two winning applicants.

“We are proud to be a part of the Katy community and are honored to be able to give back to the community by encouraging future generations to reach and accomplish their dreams”, says Dr. James Jacobs. Your Total Foot Care Specialist has been proudly serving the Katy area for over 25 years to help resolve their patients foot care needs.

The “Stepping into the Future” scholarship program is available to seniors graduating with GPA’s ranging from 2.5 to 3.7. Our doctors were able to graduate from undergraduate and then podiatric medical school through the use of scholarships, grants, and loans. The two “Stepping into the Future” scholarship recipients will be announced at the Katy ISD Awards Ceremonies during May.

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Katy, TX News  (January 25, 2017) – Memorial Hermann has further expanded healthcare services in the Katy area with the opening of Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Fulshear. The clinic represents yet another major investment made by Memorial Hermann in the Katy community over the last few years.

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“The recent expansion of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital and local openings of a Convenient Care Center and Urgent Care clinic demonstrate our commitment to the greater Katy community and our mission to offer health care solutions that fit everyone’s schedule and needs,” says Jim Parisi, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital.

Located in the HEB shopping center near the intersection of S. Fry Road and FM 1463 at 5102 FM 1463, Suite 1200, the clinic provides walk-in care from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., seven days a week. It is staffed by board-certified family medicine physicians Funke Agbasi, M.D., Michael Nguyen, M.D., and Ladan Pourmasiha, D.O., who treat patients six months and older. The clinic also offers convenient access to x-ray and lab services.

“Memorial Hermann Urgent Care clinics provide on-demand healthcare that many people are looking for,” says David James, M.D., Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Medical Group (MHMG). “The clinics provide coverage for the times you can’t get in to see your primary care physician, but don’t need to go into an emergency center.”

If your primary care physician is a member of the MHMG, records of your Memorial Hermann Urgent Care visit will be placed in your Memorial Hermann electronic health record. This will allow your MHMG primary care provider to easily review your Memorial Hermann Urgent Care records during any follow up appointments.

For more information on Memorial Hermann Urgent Care in Fulshear, call 281.574.1104 or go to http://mhmg.memorialhermann.org/locations/urgent-care-fulshear/

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital 
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Katy, TX News (January 16, 2017) – State Representative Mike Schofield filed House Bill 936 this week to prevent state government spending from growing more than the growth in the state’s population, allowing for inflation. The bill would change the spending cap currently in the Texas Constitution to prevent the state budget from growing above the previous budget by more than the increase in the number of people and the cost of providing the same level of services.

“The bill is designed to stop government from taking up a larger and larger percentage of the state’s economy by preventing it from growing beyond its current size, allowing increases only for inflation and for the increased population of our state,” Schofield says. The bill is a companion to Senate Bill 9, filed by Senator Kelly Hancock of Tarrant County.

“Our state’s current spending cap increases as Texans’ incomes rise, so that the harder you work and the more productive you are, the more of your money government can spend” explains Rep. Schofield. “We need a cap that freezes the relative size of government, so that the state can only increase spending to match the increase in costs due to inflation or the number of people needing our current services due to population growth.”

HB 936 is designed to prevent the state government from constantly expanding and taking up an ever-increasing portion of the Texas economy.  Rep. Schofield spoke on spending cap issues at the Texas Public Policy Foundation Policy Orientation on Friday, January 13.

Mike Schofield is the State Representative for Texas House District 132 in Katy and Cy-Fair.  Mike was named “Freshman of the Year” in the Texas House for his work in the 84th legislative session.

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Katy, TX News (January 13, 2017) Houston-based developer Vista Equities Group and Amstar Group, its equity partner, are pleased to announce that the Final Phase of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch will be anchored by a new 37,000 sq. ft. Alamo Drafthouse Cinema.

Construction is scheduled to begin in March 2017 with Alamo Drafthouse Cinema anticipated to open in Spring 2018.  The Final Phase will be located on the southeast side of LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch and will consist of the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, an additional 7,500 sq. ft. of retail space and a 6-story parking garage.

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Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra will feature eight screens of new releases, classics, independent films, foreign movies and Alamo’s unique signature programming.  The facility will have eight auditoriums, seat approximately 900 people and will feature new luxurious wide seats throughout. All theaters will also feature 4k digital projection and state-of-the-art digital surround sound. Additionally, the layout of each auditorium will eliminate the traditional front row, ensuring every seat in the house allows for a great viewing experience.

The theater will also feature an adjacent bar/lounge, outdoor patio seating, a large selection of craft beers on tap and in bottles and handcrafted cocktails designed by award-winning Beverage Director Bill Norris.

“The new Alamo Drafthouse LaCenterra location will allow us to provide our guests with an Alamo Drafthouse experience unlike anything they have experienced in the Houston-area,” said Neil Billingsley-Michaelsen, President and CEO of Triple Tap Ventures LLC, the owner and operator of the Houston Alamo Drafthouse Cinema location. “We will offer the same special events, menu offerings and no-talking policies that we are known for, but in a brand new, state-of-the-art movie theater.”

“We are excited to announce the continued growth of LaCenterra with the Final Phase of development and Alamo Drafthouse Cinema is the perfect addition,” said Lindsay Kaye, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for LaCenterra. LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch is a 34-acre, over 360,000 sq. ft. (410,000 sq. ft. upon completion) mixed-use development located on the western edge of metropolitan Houston in Katy, TX.  Located on the Grand Parkway just three miles south of I-10 with prominent freeway visibility, the property is nestled in the heart of Cinco Ranch, one of the nation’s premier master planned communities.

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Katy, TX News (January 6, 2017) It’s just weeks away from the Feb. 1 grand opening of the new YMCA at Katy Main Street. As the final touches are put on the 41,000 square-foot facility, the YMCA of Greater Houston is inviting the public to preview the premises on designated days beginning Jan. 7.


Though still in the final stages of construction, the center will offer impressive glimpses into Katy’s new state-of-the-art YMCA, which features strength training and cardio equipment, group exercise rooms, a basketball gym, an outdoor heated swimming pool, child watch rooms, cycle studio and gathering areas where members can meet for coffee. It will offer health and wellness activities, aquatics, youth sports, after school care, summer day camp, summer sports clinics, teen programs, senior activities and more. Dates for preview tours are: Jan. 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Jan. 29 from 1 to 5 p.m.; and Jan. 30-31 from 8 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.  After the center opens, anyone is welcome to tour the facility at any time.

Those who join before Feb. 1 will pay no join fee – a savings of up to $125. New members will receive citywide memberships that will give them access to the YMCA at Katy Main Street, 1350 Main St., the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch, 22807 Westheimer Pkwy., and all other YMCAs in the Greater Houston area.

The $12 million YMCA at Katy Main Street will accommodate the growing population of Katy, serving residents in west and north Katy and in neighboring communities. It is expected to receive more than 400,000 visits a year. It will provide approximately $250,000 in community assistance and program/membership scholarships and create more than 200 area jobs.

To apply for a membership before Feb. 1, go to https://search.ymcahouston.org/join or visit the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch or any YMCA in the Greater Houston area. Once the YMCA at Katy Main Street opens, membership applications can be taken at the new center.


 Courtesy of YMCA of Greater Houston
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Katy, TX News (January 5, 2017) Katy Taste Fest is set to serve up good food for a good cause. The festival is an event for foodies to experience fare from Katy’s diverse restaurant scene. Emphasis is on fun for the whole family with a variety of local restaurants, cooking demonstrations, a large kids zone, a dessert oasis, live entertainment, and a silent auction. The festival will debut at Villagio Town Center on March 4, 2017. Katy Taste Fest has partnered with several nonprofits that focus on abused, neglected, and abandoned children.


Celebrating food, having fun, and giving back to the community are the primary goals for Katy Taste Fest,” said Cyril Thomas, the festival organizer. “The delectable food, cooking classes, and live entertainment are certainly vital pieces to the food festival, but partnering with local charities that focus on vulnerable children is what is important to me. We can make a difference celebrating what we enjoy -food, drinks, and fun.”

Katy Taste Fest supports several Katy non-profit groups, including Katy Cares, Helping Kids Ministry, Krause Children’s Center, and Armor of Hope Foundation. All proceeds from Katy Taste Fest will benefit Katy nonprofits that help vulnerable children. “We believe that Katy Taste Fest’s focus on philanthropy is an opportunity for the community to rally for our neighbors in need, both locally and globally, and we’re thrilled to be onboard as a charity partner this year,” said Allison Stark, President and CEO of Katy Cares. For more information about Katy Taste Fest charity partners or to purchase tickets, please visit KatyTasteFest.com.

Stay connected to Katy Taste Fest 2017:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/KatyTasteFest
Instagram: www.instaggram.com/KatyTasteFest
Twitter: www.twitter.com/KatyTasteFest

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Katy, TX News (January 5, 2017) The University of Houston-Victoria is starting the new year with a new ranking as one of the best Texas universities to earn an online degree. Value Colleges recently listed UHV as a 2017 Top 10 Best Online College in Texas.

“UHV leaders realized early on that significant numbers of our students were unable to take a traditional, face-to-face class schedule,” says David Cockrum, UHV interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “If they couldn’t come to us, we wanted to come to them. The university has spent a lot of time and energy coming up with effective ways to teach online. This ranking reaffirms that what we are doing is working and that UHV’s online education remains a great value.”

Value Colleges, a group that offers answers to questions about affordability and value when making college decisions, compiled the list for prospective students in Texas. To make the list, institutions had to offer tuition of less than $15,000 a year. The group also takes into account accreditations and the return on investment for graduates.

The top-10 list is in no particular order. It includes one other UH System School, UH-Downtown, as well as Texas A&M University and two University of Texas System universities. UHV has the third-most affordable tuition of any school on the list.

All three UHV schools – Arts & Sciences; Business Administration; and Education, Health Professions & Human Development – offer programs that can be completed totally online or through a mixture of online and face-to-face classes in Victoria or at the UHV Katy Campus.

“One compliment we often hear is that our online students truly feel like they are part of a class even if they aren’t physically present in a classroom,” Cockrum said. “This is because of all the virtual class discussions and activities implemented in our online classes. Students get to know one another and have meaningful interactions with professors.”

Courtesy of University of Houston Victoria – Katy Campus

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Katy, TX News (January 4, 2017) State Representative Mike Schofield filed House Bill 771 to disqualify and replace faithless electors in the Electoral College.  Senator Paul Bettencourt will sponsor the bill in the Senate. HB 771 would require electors to cast their vote for the candidates for president and vice president who received the most votes in Texas.  If an elector attempted to change their ballot, that elector would be removed and replaced by an alternate elector.  Under HB 771, alternate electors would be chosen in the same process that electors are chosen.

“Democracy means nothing if the votes of the people of Texas don’t count,” said Schofield. “All of our state’s electoral votes need to go to the candidate the voters chose in the election.  HB 771 aims to ensure transparency and accountability in the electoral process,” said Schofield.

If this bill is enacted, Texas would join 29 other states and the District of Columbia which require their electors to cast the state’s electoral votes for the candidate their state’s voters chose in the general election.

“The Electoral College is an important and unique feature of the American system of government,” Senator Bettencourt said. “Having served as a 2012 Presidential Elector, I know how important it is that these votes represent the choice of Texas voters in the Presidential Election. I commend Representative Schofield’s HB 771, which will ensure that Texas electors cast ballots that reflect the will of the voters in this state. I look forward to being the Senate sponsor of HB 771 and assisting with its passage so that Texas electors will honor the voice of the people.”

Mike Schofield is the State Representative for Texas House District 132 in Katy and Cy-Fair.  Mike was named “Freshman of the Year” in the Texas House for his work in the 84th legislative session. Senator Bettencourt represents Senate District 7, which includes portions of Harris County. Prior to becoming a member of the Texas Legislature, he served as a Presidential Elector in the 2012 Presidential Election from Congressional District 7.

Courtesy of Rep. Mike Schofield

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

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


This list of honorees includes Katy area residents from all walks of life– extraordinary educators, volunteers, heroes, and community leaders across Katy. The oldest honoree is 93-year-old Avadele Short, an active volunteer who’s logged more than 10,000 hours serving at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The youngest honoree is Nolan Stilwell, age 27, a beloved Katy entrepreneur who thrives despite having Down syndrome. One honoree, Stan Stanley, was named posthumously, for his dedicated service and humanitarianism in Katy.

The 2016 Katy People of the Year Honorees are as follows:

  • Andy Kahan, a dedicated crime victims’ rights advocate
  • Avadele Short, a 93-year-old avid hospital volunteer
  • Bob Bryant, Katy ISD’s former director of Fine Arts and new school namesake
  • David Morrison, a community superhero who volunteers as HolyBatman to brighten the lives of children
  • Karen Sparks, Katy ISD Restorative Practices Coordinator who has inspired hundreds of students
  • Kay Callender, founder of Keep Katy Beautiful whose projects have won many awards
  • Nolan Stilwell, creator of Sweet Heat Jam Co. and who also has Down syndrome
  • Peter McElwain, Katy ISD’s leading planner and architect who is retiring after 18 years
  • Stan Stanley, founder of the Katy Area EDC, school namesake, and community leader (Posthumous honoree who passed away March 29, 2016)
  • Tina Hatcher, founder of Hope Impacts, an organization that helps transform the lives of Katy’s homeless


“We couldn’t be more honored to celebrate these extraordinary citizens who are definitely making Katy a better place for all of us,” says Publisher Katrina Katsarelis. “Each honoree exemplifies the loving, caring spirt of Katy, Texas.”


Last year’s 2015 Katy People of the Year recipients included: Da’dra Greathouse, singer, songwriter, musician, and speaker; Rebekah Gregory, Boston Marathon bombing survivor; Andy Dalton, NFL quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals; Christina Dismuke, 2016 TASA Region IV Elementary Teacher of the Year; Alton Frailey, former Superintendent of Katy ISD; Coach Gary Joseph, head coach for the Katy Tigers; Shari Nightingale, founder of Lindsay’s Light; Mayor Fabol Hughes, elected mayor in 2013 and reelected in 2015.






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

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Katy,TX (December 7, 2016) This fall, Katy Magazine competed in the FOLIO Awards, a national awards program which showcases the best editorial content and designs in the magazine industry. A panel of more than 300 judges narrowed 2,800 entries down to 1,000 finalists. In total, over 250 awards were given across 33 categories.


Katy Magazine competed against nationally renowned Parents Magazine, FamilyFun Magazine, and Family Circle, all published by the Meredith Corporation who rakes in a near 1.5 billion dollar annual revenue. Katy Magazine fared extremely well gaining an honorable mention for the April/May 2016 issue; other honorable mentions included Parents and Family Circle Magazine.


View the results full here: http://www.foliomag.com/2016-folio-eddie-ozzie-award-winners-full-issue/3/.


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Katy, TX (December 5, 2016) Chef Laurenzo and the El Tiempo Cantina- Katy Family have released the following statement:
To the residents and businesses of Katy, Texas,
I just wanted to reach out and say thank you for all of the wonderful support from the people of Katy. We are grateful for everyone’s help and outpouring of support and words of encouragement. Thank you to the businesses in Katy who were able to, and have, offered employment to those who lost their jobs as a result of the fire. The El Tiempo family is so very grateful for such kind acts in helping us out in this challenging time. Thanksgiving this year was one which we will never forget as it was marred by the loss of our Katy location and many of our employees sacrificed their Thanksgiving to help out in any way they could. It was an unexpected, tough, and sad sacrifice, one in which we were grateful that no one was hurt. We thank the Katy and surrounding fire and police departments for their hard work.

The loss of El Tiempo Katy has set us back, but has not broken our spirit. We will work hard to try and rebuild our Katy store and hopefully one day we will be back! It is our first such devastating loss in over 50 years in the food service business and it displaced many employees which we care for dearly. Thank you Katy for your help! We love you!
We continue to offer our support and prayers to the El Tiempo family.
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Katy, TX (November 23, 2016) After results of a government-funded study revealed that the YMCA’s evidence-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) could save the federal government a substantial amount of money, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced earlier this month that it wants to fast track the process of establishing medical coverage for the program – including in the Katy area. Coverage could come as early as 2018.

This is the first time a preventative service pilot funded by the CMS’s Innovation Center has proven to reduce cost and lower cases of Type 2 diabetes.

Nearly 7,000 Medicare beneficiaries who were at high risk for developing diabetes participated in the pilot that tracked their progress in the YMCA’s DPP from 2013-2015. The average weight loss per person was 11.7 pounds one year after participation – a clinically significant loss of weight, according to the CMS. Furthermore, it was demonstrated that Medicare could save an average of $2,650 for each person who participates in the program.

The American Diabetes Association reports that $1 of every $3 Medicare dollars is spent on diabetes care. People with diabetes and prediabetes cost the country $322 billion a year.

While most recent statistics show that 29 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes, 86 million adults, including at least 22 million people ages 65 and older, are prediabetic. Prediabetes occurs when blood sugar levels are higher than normal but not high enough for a Type 2 diabetes diagnosis.

Research by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has shown that programs such as the YMCA’s DPP can reduce the number of new cases of Type 2 diabetes by 58 percent overall, and by 71 percent in adults over the age of 60.

The YMCA’s DPP, which was created by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the NIH, is the largest provider in the nation. It is offered at approximately 1,000 YMCAs – eight in the Houston area – and has helped Americans lose an average of 5 percent of their body weight, significantly reducing their chances of becoming diabetic, according to the CMS.

As of February, the YMCA’s DPP has served more than 42,000 people across the country.

Some insurance carriers currently cover the YMCA’s DPP, which can vary in cost. Participants learn how to cook healthy foods in a variety of sumptuous ways and how to create a balanced plate, among other helpful lessons. The program’s ultimate goal is to help participants reduce their body weight by 7 percent and to increase physical activity to 150 minutes a week.

Qualified participants in the YMCA’s DPP at the Monty Ballard YMCA at Cinco Ranch must be at least 18 years old and have a Body Mass Index of 25 or greater or 22 for Asians. In addition, participants must qualify with a blood glucose level in the prediabetes range, a prediabetes diagnosis from a physician, or a self-assessed score calculated from risk quiz that can be accessed at the following link: www.ymcahouston.org/links/ydppquestionnaire.pdf.

To confirm eligibility, please contact the YMCA of Greater Houston at 713-758-9152 or diabetes.prevention@ymcahouston.org for more information.


It was only a matter of time for Carrie Felder Stokes. The 56-year-old retiree was overweight, battled high blood pressure, and her bloodwork showed she was quickly on her way to becoming diabetic.

Most recent statistics show that 29 million Americans have Type 2 diabetes. An estimated 86 million have prediabetes, and Stokes is one of them.

Having spent more than $7,000 on various diet programs and special foods over the years, Stokes all but gave up on efforts to improve her health. “I knew that I needed to do something, but I just had a hard time getting motivated,” she said.

After coming across a flier about the YMCA’s Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), Stokes signed up last year for the 25-session program.

The YMCA is the largest provider of this evidence-based program, which was developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Now one of approximately 42,000 people in the nation who have completed the program, Stokes has lost 20 pounds, her blood pressure has dropped from 140/100 to 124/76, and her Hemoglobin A1C values – which determine a person’s risk for Type 2 diabetes – are now significantly lower.

“I made friends with people who had similar concerns and we were able to exercise together and encourage each other to remain healthy,” said Stokes, who has participated in a 5K race, a golf tournament, organized a neighborhood walking group and has gotten hooked on Zumba classes offered at the YMCA.

The YMCA began offering the program, which is taught in Spanish at some locations, in 2011 to help reduce diabetes in communities across the country, said Lharissa Jacobs, director of Community Health for the YMCA of Greater Houston.

The program is available at eight YMCAs in the Greater Houston area. It is open to the public and financial assistance is available.

“The YMCA’s DPP is a community-based lifestyle improvement program. Its purpose is to empower adults with lasting lifestyle changes that will improve their overall health and reduce their chance of developing Type 2 diabetes,” Jacobs said.


  • Eating too much sugar does not cause diabetes, but being overweight is a risk factor.
  • People with prediabetes may not have any symptoms.
  • An estimated 86 million Americans ages 20 years or older have prediabetes.
  • Of those 86 million Americans, 89 percent have no idea they are at risk for diabetes.
Courtesy of The YMCA


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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

The 46 acres purchased by the UH System is part of a larger 125-acre site that UHS and Parkside Capital have rebranded as University Center, a master-planned, deed restricted, mixed-use development. Parkside Capital will soon begin design and construction of all interior infrastructure including streets, utilities, lighting and landscaping.

“We are excited to welcome the University of Houston and UH-Victoria to University Center,” said John S. Moody, Parkside Capital CEO. “We look forward to working with the UH System to create a first-class environment.”

The UH System will construct an 80,000-square-foot building at University Center, expected to open for fall 2019. The project is in the design phase, and construction is expected to begin in August 2017. The campus is expected to initially serve 2,000 students, but the master plan includes 500,000-square-feet of space that will eventually be able to accommodate 8,000 to 10,000 students.

“Residents in this area have a need for higher education, but it can be a hardship to travel all the way across Houston in order to go to school,” said Paula Myrick Short, UH System vice chancellor for academic affairs. “The UH System’s expansion will give residents in parts of Harris, Fort Bend and Waller counties an opportunity to earn their degrees closer to home.”

Expanding higher education opportunities in West Houston has long been a priority for regional leaders and the UH System, which has offered programs in the area for 30 years. UH and UHV both offer classes in Katy at separate leased locations. They previously offered academic programming at the System’s Cinco Ranch site, which is being sold.

The purchase of the land and the construction of the building in Katy are funded by $46.8 million in Capital Construction Bonds approved during the 84th session of the Texas Legislature. The UH System assembled a task force to assess the educational needs of West Houston, and an independent demography study was conducted to determine the ideal location of a campus that would be accessible and visible.

“This site is well-suited to meet our needs,” said Short. “It allows the System room to grow strategically with the population increase that is expected in this area.”

According to data from the Katy Area Economic Development Council, the population of the Katy area is expected to increase from 317,000 residents to 550,000 within the next 20 years, and about 200 companies are headquartered there, including many in the energy sector.

Courtesy of University of Houston System


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

Much of what the Monty Ballard YMCA does for Katy ISD students often goes unnoticed except by the grateful beneficiaries of their generosity.  They provided 243 pairs of jeans for homeless teens and 100 blankets for elementary children.  Our YMCA supported 80 students in the KEYS “Katy Students Run” program, helped kids receive braces at no cost to their families and provided books to children attending Camp Cinco.


Through their campus partnership with Shafer Elementary, the YMCA collectively donated canned goods for Ballard House and Eternal Food Ministries along with 100 coats for children who needed them.  Individually, employees serve as KEYS mentors and Sundown Elementary Carnival volunteers, while District Executive Director Brian Haines serves on the Partners in Education Advisory Board and often lends his skills as a guest speaker.

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But the epitome of the YMCA community outreach is their backpack drive – an initiative of Greater Houston YMCAs – that impacts thousands of regional children annually.  This year in Katy alone, our local YMCA collected 49,351 items….that went into 2,459 backpacks….that benefitted children at 32 elementaries, 8 junior highs and 4 high schools.   According to Outreach Coordinator Connie Stirgus, “When I started in 2011, we collected 250 backpacks my first year.  I knew this community could do more, and we have!  The generosity of Katy is sometimes overwhelming.”

Katy ISD School-Business Partnerships have one requirement:  human resource involvement that will ultimately benefit a child.  And because of their philosophical promise and commitment to families, the Monty Ballard YMCA of Cinco Ranch is a stellar example of a business partner who does just that.


About Katy ISD Partners in Education – Katy ISD Partners in Education creates school-support opportunities for parents, businesses and the community by offering a wide variety of options amenable to every schedule, talent and expertise.  We bring volunteers into Katy ISD classrooms at each campus and all grade levels.  To learn more, visit Partners in Education under the “Community” tab at www.katyisd.org.

Courtesy of Katy ISD Partners in Education
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Katy, TX (November 7, 2016) – Kat Garza never dreamed she would work for Cane Island when she moved to the new Katy master-planned community with her husband and two small children.

“We were looking for a community to raise our kids with good schools and a short work commute to the Energy Corridor where my husband works,” she says. “I never thought my new job would be right in my backyard!”


As Cane Island’s new Lifestyle Coordinator, Garza will be responsible for planning a range of activities for residents and prospective homebuyers including movie nights, wine and cheese events, fun runs, walks and holiday festivals.

“I love Cane Island’s hometown feel, welcoming atmosphere and the opportunity to interact with our neighbors,” Garza adds. “When presented the opportunity as the community’s new Lifestyle Coordinator, I jumped at it.”

One of the most sought-after master-planned communities west of Houston, Cane Island offers new luxury homes from the $200s to the millions, including those in gated sections and on prized, cul-de-sac homesites from Coventry Homes, Toll Brothers, Ryland Homes, Shea Homes, David Weekley Homes, Perry Homes and Trendmaker Homes.   Residents enjoy a resort-style Amenity Village along with easy access onto Interstate 10 via the Cane Island Parkway.

The community also offers The Estates at Cane Island, a gated custom home neighborhood with Houston’s first street pantries. To reach Cane Island, take the new Cane Island Parkway exit off Interstate 10 minutes west of the Grand Parkway.  Head north on Cane Island Parkway and take the temporary detour into the community.


Information courtesy of Cane Island
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Katy, TX (September 14, 2016) Brian Dean, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center (TMC), has been named to the Houston Business Journal’s 40 Under 40 Class of 2016.

Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications Brian Dean, MPH, MBA. VP, Chief Financial Officer. Interim Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann Texas Medical Center
Photo by Dwight C. Andrews/The University of Texas Medical School at Houston Office of Communications

The prestigious award annually recognizes 40 of the Greater Houston area’s top up-and-coming professionals under the age of 40. Honorees have to be nominated and are chosen by judges based on leadership, overcoming challenges and community involvement. There were over 500 nominees for the award this year, according to the HBJ.

“What a humbling experience to be included in such a wonderful group of talented individuals who make a tremendous difference in the lives of Houstonians,” said Dean, who will celebrate his 40th birthday later this month. “This recognition is not about me, but rather the amazing work that our team here at the hospital does every day to heal others and save lives.”

Dean has already had a significant impact on Memorial Hermann during his short time with the System. After serving in leadership roles at healthcare systems across the South, he joined the TMC Campus in 2013 as Chief Financial Officer. Dean worked quickly to optimize financial outcomes and improve overall productivity for the Campus, earning high praise and a swift promotion to CEO within two years of joining the institution, following the promotion of his predecessor Craig Cordola to Regional President for the System.

“Since coming on board, Brian has furthered our reputation as a provider of high quality, patient-centered, world-class care by working closely with our academic medical partners at McGovern Medical School at UTHealth as well as our private physicians,” said Cordola. “He’s committed to a strategic vision and his pursuit of that vision will no doubt ensure that, together, we’re providing patients and families with the best, safest and most innovative care for years to come. His contributions to our organization have been considerable and he has a very bright future as an emerging leader in the healthcare industry.”

Despite his hectic, round-the-clock schedule at work, Dean – a married father of two young daughters – has managed to remain heavily involved in community outreach. He is a licensed pilot who spends his free time flying and regularly volunteers his resources for Angel Flight, a non-profit that provides free air transportation to healthcare appointments for people with medical needs.

“I often get asked, ‘What does success look like?’” Dean said. “Here’s what success looks like to me: As a campus did we contribute to the community by helping bring people from a state of injury or illness back to health and wellbeing? As a clinical team, did we bring the most innovative tools and therapies to our patients in order to heal them faster, safer and more effectively? As a leader, did I help our employees achieve their short- and long-term career aspirations? Success is all about what and how we give back, both to the communities we serve and the teams we lead.”

Due to the plethora of impressive 40 Under 40 applicants this year, HBJ also named 16 individuals as 40 Under 40 Class of 2016 Honorable Mentions, including Mario Garner, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Pearland Hospital, and John Kueven, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Herman Katy Hospital.

This is the second year in a row that Memorial Hermann employees have landed a spot on HBJ’s elite 40 Under 40 list. Last year, honorees included Memorial Hermann Northeast Hospital Senior Vice President and CEO Heath Rushing and Manish Shah, M.D., UTHealth pediatric neurosurgeon affiliated with Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and the Memorial Hermann Mischer Neuroscience Institute at the Texas Medical Center.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital


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

In 2015, Medicare Accountable Care Organizations had combined total program savings of $466 million, which includes all Accountable Care Organizations’ experiences, for 392 Medicare Shared Savings Program participants and 12 Pioneer Accountable Care Organization Model participants. The results show that more Accountable Care Organizations shared savings in 2015 compared to 2014, and those with more experience tend to perform better over time.

Medicare ACOs are groups of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, who come together voluntarily to provide coordinated high quality care to their Medicare patients. The goal of coordinated care is to ensure that patients, especially the chronically ill, get the right care at the right time, while avoiding unnecessary duplication of services and preventing medical errors. When an ACO exceeds quality and financial thresholds – demonstrating achievement of high-quality care and wiser spending of health care dollars – it is able to share in the savings generated for Medicare.

The Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization is one of the ACOs that shared savings.

“A commitment to delivering high quality and safe care is fundamental to the Memorial Hermann’s mission and a key reason why our ACO continues to achieve year-over-year success,” said Dr. Benjamin K. Chu, President and CEO, Memorial Hermann. “In the three years since the Memorial Hermann ACO volunteered for MSSP, it has delivered a value proposition of better clinical outcomes and lower costs to Medicare recipients, many of whom are on fixed incomes. These types of results bode well for that population – and all populations – going forward.”

Chris Lloyd, Senior Vice President and CEO of MHMD, the Memorial Hermann Physician Network and Memorial Hermann ACO, added:

“When we began this journey four years ago, our objective was to reduce the cost of care while at the same time demonstrate increased quality by using data to underpin the practice of evidence-based medicine,” said Lloyd. “Our year-over-year performance for three consecutive years confirms that our clinically-integrated physicians’ network combined with our use of innovative technology and a team concept to managing the care of patients is not only resulting in savings but also high quality clinical outcomes.”

Nishant Anand, MD, FACEP, as Physician-in-Chief for MHMD said regarding the savings:

“We are excited about the MSSP results,” said Anand. “We also are firmly committed to population health. Going forward, we are even more excited as we will continue to improve the coordination of care as well as redefine the delivery of care through new innovative models. We are building the type of coordinated, holistic care that we would want for ourselves and our loved ones – a model that truly emphasizes enhancing the health and well-being of our patients rather than simply providing ‘sick care’.”

Additional Resources

Visit the Medicare Shared Savings Program News and Updates webpage to access the CMS press release and fact sheet, the link to the Performance Year 2015 results file, and to learn more about the program.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital


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

“Memorial Hermann is proud to be named ‘Most Wired’ for the 12th consecutive year,” said David Bradshaw, Memorial Hermann’s Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer. “Our technology has been instrumental to improving and better managing the care of our patients, delivering high-quality and safe care while simultaneously providing a better cost value to healthcare consumers.”

H&HN’s Most Wired Survey is an annual review designed to measure the level of information technology adoption in hospitals and health systems throughout the United States. The data collected from the survey helps healthcare delivery systems establish industry-standard benchmarks for IT operational, financial and clinical performance. The review is intended to be used as a tool by hospital and health system leadership to map strategic IT plans of the future.

The nation’s Most Wired hospitals and health systems have deployed technologies that improve patient documentation, advance clinical decision support and evidence-based protocols, reduce the likelihood of medical errors, and rapidly restore access to data in the case of a disaster or outage, according to the survey.

Memorial Hermann has been at the forefront of adopting and aggressively utilizing IT tools to promote improved patient care and safety, operational efficiency, data collection, and to reduce healthcare costs. It’s the primary reason Memorial Hermann has been lauded as one of the nation’s “Most Wired” systems for 12 of the 18 years H&HN survey has been conducted.

“We strive to continually introduce cutting-edge technologies and systems that further advance our patient care and improved efficiency,” said Emily Handwerk, Memorial Hermann’s Vice President of Information Systems Division (ISD) Applications. “Our use of technology is a key differentiator for our System and is essential to us being a healthcare leader in patient safety and clinically-integrated care.”

For example, Memorial Hermann is employing Cerner technology to among other applications, help manage population health and plan anesthesia care before and after surgery by using documentation tools that provide real-time documentation and access to patient records.

Additionally, Memorial Hermann is using a speech recognition tool that enables physicians to do real-time documentation as well as an electronic prescribing tool that sends prescriptions directly to the pharmacy – thus simplifying the medication ordering processes while at the same time increasing patient safety.

“Memorial Hermann will continue to apply rapidly changing improvements in IT and information systems to its clinical, administrative practices, and population health efforts in a way that enhances quality patient care and service and aligns with our commitment to helping patients better their overall health and healthcare management,” said Amanda Hammel, VP, ISD Operations and Population Health.

Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital
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Katy, TX (June 17, 2016) As one of the first hospital-based programs of its kind, Texas Children’s Hospital is pleased to announce the launch of upWORDS, a program aimed at closing the opportunity gap. The upWORDS program will give parents the knowledge of how to improve the quantity and quality of language spoken with their child and educate them on the long-term impact language can have on their child’s success in life. Developed in association with the LENA Research Foundation, the program at Texas Children’s will launch a pilot program this summer at the hospital’s West Campus. To learn more about, or register for, the upWORDS program at Texas Children’s, visit texaschildrens.org/upwords-program.

“We are so proud to be one of the first hospitals to launch a program like this,” says Dr. Christopher Greeley, chief of the Section of Public Health Pediatrics at Texas Children’s. “The earliest years of a child’s life present an incredible window of opportunity to deeply impact their growth and development. We often wait until the child hits pre-school or kindergarten before we worry about language and speech. This program will allow us to train parents on language progression and techniques to understand how to provide the most successful environment for their child during these critical years.”

By the age of 3, 80 percent of a child’s brain development is complete. These first few years of a child’s life are therefore critical and provide the greatest opportunity to influence their success later in life. Research shows that many children are exposed to nearly 30 million fewer words than their peers by the time they reach the age of 3. The upWORDS program will help parents of infants and toddlers (0 to 6 months for the pilot program) close the “talk gap” by teaching them how to talk and interact more with their babies to increase brain development and positively impact their child’s future.

This six-month program, available in both English and Spanish, includes group classes where parents learn to use the LENA System™ to monitor their home language environment and are taught simple techniques to increase interactive talk with their child. The LENA System, which uses a small recorder that fits inside a vest worn by the child, measures the amount of words a family speaks to their child and how much their child responds in return. The recording is then translated into data that the parents can use to gauge how much they are talking to their child and identify opportunities to increase the level of spoken interaction they have with their baby. The recording is deleted immediately after it is processed so no one can ever listen to it. As part of the program, parents will also receive books to read with their children.

Programs using the LENA Start model have been implemented across the country in San Mateo County, California; Huntsville, Alabama; Ames, Iowa; and Minneapolis, Minnesota. One element that will be unique to the upWORDS program at Texas Children’s will be the individual coaching that parents receive. Twice a month, parents will meet individually with program staff at Texas Children’s and focus on unique program techniques tailored to their child in order to gain the best results possible. Parents will have the opportunity to not only discuss their data results from the LENA System, but also work through any additional obstacles that could potentially hinder their child’s development.

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

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“We are so honored to receive this award,” says Chanda Cashen Chacon, president of Texas Children’s West Campus. “Here at West Campus, we are dedicated to the west Houston community and love being involved with so many wonderful individuals and organizations in the area.”

As part of their community engagement efforts, West Campus hosts annual events such as the Family Fun Run and sponsors area events including the inaugural Typhoon Texas Triathlon. The hospital also recently hosted a group of over 50 eighth graders from The Village School to teach them about the health care industry and the numerous career opportunities available. This new partnership will provide additional experiences for more students in the community to learn about the hospital and help them choose potential areas of interest to study in high school and college.

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

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

“On behalf of the Solis Mammography board, we welcome Ted to our organization as our new chief operating officer. Ted has developed a reputation for collaborative leadership, customer loyalty, employee engagement and continuous improvement,” says James Polfreman, president and CEO for Solis Mammography. “Solis’ short-term and long-term trajectory of expansion, growth and opportunity will be well served by a healthcare executive of Ted’s combined talent and experience.”

Bucknam previously served as president of Concentra, a multi-location healthcare subsidiary of Humana, Inc. He spent 20 years working his way through the ranks of the healthcare organization, beginning as an area administrator. His tenure included stints as director of operations, vice president of operations, and senior vice president of operations.  Then, from 2011 through 2015, he served as chief operating officer and then president.

“Solis Mammography’s growth strategy is exciting. I am energized to serve as the company’s new chief operating officer and look forward to overseeing a period of extended growth, expansion and success,” says Bucknam. “I’m excited to serve both the internal team members and the more than 350,000 patients under our care through Solis’ peace-of-mind promise.”

Bucknam earned his Master of Health Services and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Michigan and an undergraduate degree from Bates College, where he majored in economics. He is both an avid golfer and runner, having once completed the Chicago Marathon. He is married and lives in Southlake, Texas, with his wife and two daughters.

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

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In his new role, Dr. Anand will help lead MHMD – one of the largest physician organizations in the country, with more than 4,000 independent and employed physician members. He also joins the Memorial Hermann Accountable Care Organization (MHACO), recognized as the top-performing Medicare Shared Savings ACO in the country two years in a row. “With his physician leadership background and keen understanding of clinically-integrated care and population health management, Dr. Anand will be an asset on our executive team,” said Executive Vice President and CEO of MHMD and MHACO, Chris Lloyd.  “He has an outstanding background with demonstrated results and success – including as a practicing physician.  We look forward to him joining MHMD and the Memorial Hermann family.”

With BHN, Dr. Anand managed the clinical integration initiatives for physician committees that were designed to address care quality across the entire continuum, from acute and post-acute care to telehealth and wellness. He achieved innovative contracts with payers including risk capitation, bundled payment, shared savings and pay-for-performance models. Prior to his CMO role at BHN, Dr. Anand served as associate program director of the University of Arizona Emergency Medicine Residency Program, in addition to serving as fellowship director for the simulation program. In 2012, he was appointed vice president of Business Development and Care Delivery for Emergency Professional Services.

Recognized as an expert in population health, Dr. Anand served on the Cerner Population Health Advisory Board which guides Cerner’s strategy pertaining to population health and data analytics. Most recently, he was appointed to serve on the Arizona Governor’s Council for Infectious Disease Preparedness and Response.

“I am extremely honored to join such a forward-thinking organization, like Memorial Hermann,” Dr. Anand said. “It is a very exciting time to be in healthcare, particularly at Memorial Hermann and specifically a part of MHMD, where the focus on population health and clinically-integrated care is a priority.”
Dr. Anand earned his medical degree from the Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and completed his residency training in Emergency Medicine at Stanford.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr. Chu will succeed current president and CEO Dan Wolterman, who has impressively and passionately led Memorial Hermann for 17 years.

Dr. Chu currently serves as the executive vice president of Kaiser Foundation Hospitals and Health Plan, Inc., and Group President of Kaiser Permanente Southern California and Georgia regions. He directs health plan and hospital operations for 14 hospitals and 237 medical offices, serving more than 4.5 million members in Southern California and Georgia. Dr. Chu, who also serves on the organization’s national executive team, has helped set the short and long-term strategies of Kaiser Permanente, one of America’s leading healthcare providers and not-for-profit health plans, with an emphasis on quality and patient safety, physician integration and population health.

“Ben is a proven leader with extensive national experience and a demonstrated ability to elevate an organization to the next level,” said Will Williams, Memorial Hermann Board Chair. “We are confident he will be able to continue our mission of advancing health in Southeast Texas.”

The complexity and size of an organization like Memorial Hermann called for a thoughtful and thorough selection process.

According to Williams, “After a comprehensive search that included strong and capable internal candidates, the decision to appoint Ben as the new president and CEO came down to his exceptional experience. That, along with his remarkable career, passion for people and commitment towards patient-centered care, is what makes Ben the right leader at the right time, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the Memorial Hermann family.”

In his career with Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Chu focused on quality, patient safety and service delivery resulting in a number of national accolades. He effectively implemented a fully-integrated electronic health record system and population health management tools in the Southern California Region and helped expand Kaiser Permanente’s health plan membership to 10.5 million for the entire program. Notably, he also successfully managed a multi-year, $13 billion capital program.

Before joining Kaiser Permanente, Dr. Chu was president of New York City’s Health and Hospitals Corporation (HHC), the largest public hospital system in the country. In 1994, he was acting commissioner of health for the New York City Department of Health.

Dr. Chu also has experience as an academic health center leader, serving as senior associate dean at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. At New York University School of Medicine and Medical Center, Dr. Chu was associate dean and vice president for Clinical Affairs. As a policy advocate, Dr. Chu was a Robert Wood Johnson Policy Fellow, working as the legislative assistant for health for New Jersey Sen. Bill Bradley. In 2014, Dr. Chu, who gained a national profile in health policy, was elected chair of the American Hospital Association Board of Trustees, becoming the top elected official who represents America’s hospitals and health systems.

“I’ve admired the success of Memorial Hermann from a distance and have always been impressed with its forward-thinking strategies, including the transformation from a hospital-centric system to one that is based on patient-centered care,” said Dr. Chu. “I’m deeply humbled and honored to join the System and look forward to building upon Dan’s legacy and continuing the journey he started to make Memorial Hermann a high reliability organization, focused on population health.”

Officially retiring Aug. 1, Wolterman will work with Dr. Chu over the course of the coming months to effectively transition his role.

Wolterman joined Memorial Hermann in 1999 and was promoted to CEO in 2002. Known for his passion for creating solutions to increase access to care for the underserved and uninsured, he spearheaded the creation of the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation. His tenure as CEO has seen Memorial Hermann achieve year-over-year double-digit growth, ascend to the largest not-for-profit health system in Southeast Texas and one of the largest in the country, while expanding to 13 hospitals with more than 24,000 employees and 5,500 affiliated physicians. Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, the System’s flagship hospital, is home to the country’s busiest Level I trauma center and is the primary teaching hospital for McGovern Medical School at UTHealth.

Dr. Chu’s appointment as president and CEO marks the first time in Memorial Hermann’s history a physician will be leading the System. The move is indicative of the changing landscape in healthcare where the successful future of the industry relies on the true integration of provider and physicians, according to Williams.

“Physician integration is a key tenant of Memorial Hermann’s operations. For two consecutive years, Memorial Hermann has led the country’s most successful Accountable Care Organization (ACO), and has been at the forefront of practicing innovative, evidence-based medicine to better manage populations, improve outcomes and deliver value for the healthcare dollar,” said Williams.

While Dr. Chu has nearly 30 years of experience in healthcare administration, he began his career as a primary care internist in Brooklyn, New York.

“I am first and foremost a clinician who became an administrator because I wanted to change our healthcare delivery system to a markedly more effective outcome-oriented, patient-centric model,” said Dr. Chu.

Dr. Chu earned his medical degree at New York University, his master’s degree in public health from Columbia University and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Yale University. He is married to artist Donna Moylan and has three adult children.

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

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

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

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


“Larry is a perfect choice for this honor,” said Brian Cororve, JD Houston Chapter president. “He embodies the true spirit of this award by giving his best to his clients, colleagues and community. We are pleased that the Society of FSP Houston has recognized his contributions.”

Mr. Boyd is Managing Principal and Co-founder of Oak Bridge Financial, LLC, a Wealth Management and Financial Services company. He has been an active member of the Society of Financial Service Professionals for many years and served as its President in 2011-2012, during which time the Chapter received the National SFSP Medal of Honor award. He is a Qualifying and Life Member of the Million Dollar Round Table and member of the National Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (NAIFA).

Larry recently completed a term on the Board of Directors for Impact A Hero, a 501(c)3 that provides immediate and on-going financial and emotional support to our severely wounded post-9/11 Heroes and their families. He continues to serve as the Co-Chair of the Impact A Hero 5K, which has raised more than $2mm for our Heroes.  He, and his wife, Brenda, live in Old Katy where they are active members of the community.

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

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

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

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


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

Dr. Khan was nominated by four different employees recognizing him for his kind demeanor and his inspirational leadership. Nominators lauded Dr. Khan for his efforts to make others feel appreciated and comfortable. One employee described him as “the kind of doctor that all doctors should be like” and added that Dr. Khan treats employees like family and “will do anything in the world for all of his staff.”

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Pictured: Brian Dean, Senior Vice President & CEO of Memorial Hermann-TMC; Saleem Khan, M.D.; and Stanley Rhone, Director of Respiratory and Pulmonary Services for Memorial Hermann-TMC

Dr. Tsao also received high praise for his compassion with patients, employees and colleagues. One nomination said that Dr. Tsao earned the respect of employees at all levels because he is trustworthy, dependable and has a deep passion for his job. “Dr. Tsao is a true example of what every children’s hospital is searching for in a physician champion to drive a safety-focused culture,” the nominator wrote.

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Pictured: Courtney Tsao, wife of Dr. Tsao; Susie Distefano, Senior Vice President & CEO of Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital; KuoJen Tsao, M.D.; and Stanley Rhone, Director of Respirator and Pulmonary Services for Memorial Hermann-TMC

The Physician of the Year award is an employee-driven initiative recognizing those who go above and beyond to deliver exceptional patient care. Dr. Khan and Dr. Tsao were presented with their awards at a recent dinner for hospital leadership, physicians, the honorees, and guests. Each received a framed plaque and a monetary gift to the charity of their choosing.

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


Dr. Herrera specializes in neurological surgery and the minimally invasive treatment of brain and spine disorders. He has special interest in the treatment of primary and metastatic brain tumors, skull base tumors, endoscopic surgery for pituitary adenomas, minimally invasive spine surgery, facial pain, peripheral nerve disorders and normal pressure hydrocephalus.

“The addition of a neurosurgeon like Dr. Herrera to our outstanding staff at Mischer Neuroscience Associates brings tremendous benefit to the patients we serve,” said Geoffrey Zubay, M.D., UTHealth neurosurgeon with Mischer Neuroscience Associates. “His experience in neurological surgery and minimally invasive treatment of brain and spine disorders will aide us in continuing to provide excellent care to our patients as well as a safe and accelerated recovery process.”

Dr. Herrera is a transitional member of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons and is a co-author of articles that have appeared in the Journal of Neurosurgery, Surgical Neurology International, and Neurosurgical Focus and Core Techniques in Operative Neurosurgery.

Originally from Cartagena, Colombia, Dr. Herrera completed his neurosurgical residency at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center, where he was chief resident. Prior to joining Mischer Neuroscience Associates, he served as a staff neurosurgeon at Southern Arizona VA Health Care Systems and held a concurrent appointment as clinical professor of surgery in the division of neurosurgery at the University of Arizona College of Medicine.

About Memorial Hermann

An integrated health system, Memorial Hermann is known for world-class clinical expertise, patient-centered care, leading edge technology, and innovation. The system, with its exceptional medical staff and more than 24,000 employees, serves to advance health in Southeast Texas and the Greater Houston community. Memorial Hermann’s 13 hospitals include four hospitals in the Texas Medical Center: an acute care hospital which houses the Texas Trauma Institute and a Level I trauma center of which Life Flight® air ambulance is a part, a hospital for children, a rehabilitation hospital and an orthopedic and spine hospital; eight suburban hospitals; and a second rehabilitation hospital in Katy. The system also operates three Heart & Vascular Institutes, the Mischer Neuroscience Institute, three IRONMAN Sports Medicine Institute locations, an urgent care center, convenient care centers,  joint replacement centers, cancer centers, imaging and surgery centers, sports medicine and rehabilitation centers, outpatient laboratories, a chemical dependency treatment center, a home health agency, a retirement community and a nursing home.

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

“We are excited and honored to welcome Karen to our team here at Memorial Hermann-TMC,” said Brian Dean, Senior Vice President and Chief Executive Officer of Memorial Hermann-TMC. “She is a proven leader with a wealth of experience, talent, compassion and enthusiasm for nursing – who also is committed to developing, retaining and recruiting top nurses – all of the skills needed to help us continue delivering the innovative, high quality of care for which our hospital is known.”

In her new role, Myers will oversee the nursing department and its patient care services and operations, including working with physician and hospital leaders and the entire nursing team to enhance clinical performance, quality and safety and the overall patient experience.

“This Campus is Magnet®-designated and has a national reputation for its commitment to delivering safe, quality care through a patient-centered experience; I knew this was a professional environment I wanted to be a part of,” Myers said. “I look forward to joining the team that is going to continue setting these high standards both here in the Texas Medical Center and far beyond.”

With more than 30 years of healthcare experience, Myers has held a diverse range of leadership roles throughout her career. Previously, Myers served as Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer for CHI St. Luke’s Health-Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. During her tenure at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, she also served as Vice President of Nursing, Director of Cardiovascular Services and Director of Critical Care Nursing Services. As a result of her strong leadership skills, among many other accomplishments, Myers is credited with consecutive Magnet® re-designations, fostering interdisciplinary collaboration, improving capacity management, and empowering staff through shared leadership to keep the organization moving forward in the face of a changing healthcare climate.

In addition, Myers is committed to various organizations dedicated to the advancement of the nursing practice, including the American Association of Critical Care Nurses, the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Nurses Association & Texas Nurses Association District 9 and American Organization of Nurse Executives. She has also been the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Mary Alice Harris Metcalf Scholarship – Outstanding Doctoral Student in 2015 and Nursing Celebration Outstanding Nurse for the Texas Nurses Association Foundation – District 9 in 2014. Myers is a Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellow, Wharton – University of Pennsylvania, through her completion of The Johnson & Johnson/Wharton Fellow Program in Management for Nurse Executives in 2010.

She earned her BSN from South Dakota State University and her MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing. She also is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Nursing at Texas Woman’s University.

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


“As one of the first Founding Sponsor signatories of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, Memorial Hermann is proud to help energize and mobilize the region for the big game,” said Dan Wolterman, Memorial Hermann President and CEO and Houston Super Bowl Host Committee Vice Chair. “The excitement around Super Bowl LI is palpable but it means so much more for the greater Houston area. The opportunity to showcase our great city and its people is invaluable.”

As a Founding Sponsor of the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, Memorial Hermann serves as an active participant in helping to host one of the world’s largest single sporting events.  Memorial Hermann is the Official Healthcare Provider for the Houston Super Bowl Host Committee, a private non-profit organization responsible for planning Super Bowl LI festivities and logistics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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


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

“Having British International School in the Katy area is very special,” said Katy Area EDC President/CEO. “It is truly a unique educational opportunity not available most places in the world yet we have it right in our own backyard.”

Katy ISD Director of Career and Technical Education Sarah Martin provided insight about career and technical education programs in Katy ISD.  Katy ISD offers 95 unique courses covering a wide range of topic areas from auto repair classes to engineering. District-wide 23,891 students are enrolled in career tech programs, roughly one-third of the Katy ISD student population. Martin specifically addressed the importance career tech programs play in workforce development and preparing students for careers, specifically in the Katy area, following graduation.

In addition to presentations, longtime friend of the Katy Area EDC and Board of Governors member Joe Simmons was honored. Simmons, of Brazos Valley Schools Credit Union, is retiring at year’s end and will relinquish his duties of Katy Area EDC treasurer which he has held since 2012.

“Joe is a great supporter of our organization and we’d like to thank him for his dedicated service,” added LaCour. “We are certainly sad to see him go, but excited about the opportunities that are ahead for him during retirement.”

Katy Magazine Editor-in-Chief/Publisher Katrina Katsarelis and member of Katy Area EDC Board of Governors was on-hand to introduce the 2015 Katy Magazine People of the Year. The eight recipients are members of the Katy area that have made a positive impact on the community. The 2015 recipients include songwriter and Grammy nominee Da’dra Greathouse, Boston Marathon bombing survivor Rebekah Gregory, Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and former Katy Tiger Andy Dalton, 2015 Katy ISD Teacher of the Year and 2016 TASA Region IV Teacher of the Year Christina Dismuke, Katy ISD Superintendent Alton Frailey, Katy High School head football coach Gary Joseph, dating violence educator and founder of Lindsay’s Light Shari Nightingale and City of Katy Mayor Fabol Hughes. To learn more about each of the recipients, please read the latest edition of Katy Magazine.

The program ended on a festive note as Katy Magazine played the role of Santa. Led by Katsarelis, Katy Magazine gave away a variety of gifts to members and guests in attendance including a flat screen television.

New members introduced at the meeting included Cunningham Law Group, Tyco SimplexGrinnel, Q10 KDH and Structure Tone.

Membership renewals recognized at the meeting included Board of Governors member City of Katy and Associate members Skybox Data Centers, Stewart Title, Residence Inn and Wolff Companies.

To learn more about the Katy Area EDC and how to become a member, please visit www.katyedc.org or contact Frank Lombard at franklombard@katyedc.org.


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

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

The Medical Director provides clinical oversight for flight crews by developing and maintaining best practice medical protocols, reviewing patient records for appropriate application of medical care, preparing for flight review, and mentoring where appropriate. In addition, he or she is responsible for educating the crews and setting the tone for research, quality improvement and professional development within the Life Flight program.

“It’s an honor to join such a distinguished team that has been delivering safe, quality patient care in the Houston skies for nearly 40 years,” Love said. “Trauma care truly is such a team effort and I am excited to get to work alongside so many experienced, highly-skilled professionals as we provide life-saving support to the residents of Southeast Texas and beyond.”

Love received his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado and his doctoral degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his residency and fellowship at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio, Texas before joining the Texas Trauma Institute and UTHealth in 2012. He is also a U.S. Air Force veteran and married father of six.

“It was important to us that we found the perfect fit for the Medical Director position,” said Tom Flanagan, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Memorial Hermann-TMC. “Dr. Love is well-respected by the staff, while his military background and medical expertise make him an ideal choice for the role. We are confident that, under his clinical leadership, Life Flight will carry on its long-time commitment to excellence and the highest safety standards.”

Life Flight serves the Greater Houston area within a 150-mile radius of Memorial Hermann-TMC. The program, the only hospital-based air ambulance service in Houston, retrieves critically ill or injured patients and brings them to the Texas Trauma Institute where they can receive expert care. Life Flight has flown over 140,000 missions since its inception.


Content Courtesy of Memorial Hermann Hospital 

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


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

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When asked to give team building ideas, Elkurdi advises readers to “build a leadership team that inspires others on a daily basis through transparent communication” and to “offer monthly contests and quarterly rewards in a spirit of friendly completion that builds camaraderie and motivates staff.”

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


For a wedding, a Christmas Ball, a holiday ceremony, or any special occasion, Erica is ready. She analyzes the client’s hair for texture, density, and length. She then gets an idea of what you want to create. Erica has a talent for making a polished, finished, and balanced look so you can “Flaunt” your look. Erica has even traveled to a venue to do on-site multiple up-dos in a time sensitive environment. Co-owner Oscar Aguilera says, “Erica is an excellent stylist with a fantastic work ethic. She has much passion for her work and it shows in the hair that she does for her clients.”

Erica is planning to attend the Tony and Guy Academy in New York during the 2016 Calendar year with other Flaunt Salon Stylists. She is attending in an effort to expand her knowledge and continuing her education separates her from the average stylist. If you would like to book with Erica for any hair service, please call 281-282-7198. Or to see some of Erica’s work, check us out at www.Facebook.com/FlauntSalonKaty.com

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


Dr. Sajja joins family medicine physician Amber Kazi, M.D., and pediatricians Shailaja Kancherla, M.D., and Sridevi Muppidi, M.D., as part of the Memorial Hermann Katy Convenient Care Center located at 22430 Grand Corner Drive, Suite C1:400,

Katy, TX 77494. Appointments may be scheduled by calling 281-371-1980 or online through ScheduleNow.

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


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

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The Fort Bend Ranchers’ Ball is an annual event  hosted by Commissioner Meyers and benefits Fort Bend Charities; a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization which supports Katy Christian Ministries, Lone Star Veterans Association, Simonton Christian Academy, Fort Bend Fair Association, Katy FFA and others. These organizations help families in need in Fort Bend County. Commissioner Meyers was thrilled when the event sold out two months before the event date with the help of his amazing committee and the many generous people throughout the community.

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

The Hospital Safety Score is the gold standard rating for patient safety, compiled under the guidance of the nation’s leading patient safety experts and administered by The Leapfrog Group, a national, independent nonprofit. The first and only hospital safety rating to be peer-reviewed in the Journal of Patient Safety, the Hospital Safety Score is free to the public and designed to give consumers information they can use to protect themselves and their families when facing a hospital stay.

“This recognition is a great acknowledgement of the commitment to patient safety and quality demonstrated daily at all Memorial Hermann hospitals by our clinical staff and employees” said Dan Wolterman, President and CEO of Memorial Hermann. “Our commitment to being a High Reliability Organization is the right thing to do for our patients who are entrusted into our care. This award affirms and validates the trust those families placed in us to care for their loved ones.”

Developed under the guidance of Leapfrog’s Blue Ribbon Expert Panel, the Hospital Safety Score uses 28 measures of publicly available hospital safety data to produce a single A, B, C, D, or F score – representing a hospital’s overall capacity to keep patients safe from preventable harm.

“The A grade earned by all of our hospitals recognizes our dedicated effort as a System to cultivating a culture of zero harm when it comes to patient safety and quality,” said Dr. M. Michael Shabot, System Chief Clinical Officer for Memorial Hermann. “It also affirms Memorial Hermann as a leader among the nation’s leaders in not only implementing innovative patient safety and quality programs, but executing them on a daily basis. That says to our patients that all Memorial Hermann hospitals are safe havens where families can be assured that we are working daily to eliminate all potential sources of harm from all our facilities, including hospital acquired infections, medication errors and other adverse events.”

More than 2,500 U.S. general hospitals were assigned scores in October 2015, with 773 hospitals receiving an A grade. The Hospital Safety Score is fully transparent, offering a full analysis of the data and methodology used in determining grades on the website.

The Memorial Hermann hospitals that earned an A Grade are:

“Memorial Hermann’s A grade is a powerful reminder of its commitment to putting patient safety above all else, and we are pleased to recognize the persistent efforts of your clinicians and staff to protect your patients,” said Leah Binder, president and CEO of The Leapfrog Group, which administers the Hospital Safety Score. “Our families, neighbors, colleagues and friends deserve a hospital that will pull out all the stops to keep them safe, and we urge Memorial Hermann and all other A hospitals to preserve and renew your commitment to safety year after year.”

Patients can also review their hospital’s past safety performance alongside its current grade on the Hospital Safety Score site, allowing them to determine which local hospitals have the best track record in patient safety and which have demonstrated consistent improvement.

To see Memorial Hermann’s full score, and to access consumer-friendly tips for patients and loved ones visiting the hospital, visit www.hospitalsafetyscore.org or follow The Hospital Safety Score on Twitter or Facebook.

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

“Voters should be aware that new Early Voting and Election Day polling locations are established only if previously used facilities are not available, if there is an opportunity to establish a better location, or if a change is mandated by law,” noted Stan Stanart, the chief election official of the county. “Finding facilities to use as early voting locations is always challenging; however, we are committed to doing everything possible to relieve voter traffic at high turnout voting locations, to fill in gaps in growing parts of the county and to ensure citizens have easier and more access to early voting.”

To obtain an early voting schedule, view one’s personal sample ballot, review the list of acceptable forms of photo identification to vote at the poll, or to find early voting and Election Day locations, voters can visit www.HarrisVotes.com. Voters can also call the Harris County Clerk’s office at 713.755.6965, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for information.

Location Street City Zip
Harris County Administration Building 1001 Preston Houston 77002
Moody Park 3725 Fulton Houston 77009
Ripley House 4410 Navigation Boulevard Houston 77011
H.C.C.S. Northeast – (NEW Location) 555 Community College Dr, Bldg 09 Houston 77013
Northeast Multi-Service Center 9720 Spaulding St, Bldg #4 Houston 77016
Metropolitan Multi-Service Center 1475 West Gray Houston 77019
Palm Center 5300 Griggs Road Houston 77021
Kashmere Multi-Service Center 4802 Lockwood Dr. Houston 77026
Harris County Public Health Environmental Service 2223 West Loop S Houston 77027
Lone Star College Fairbanks Center 14955 Northwest Freeway Houston 77040
Tracy Gee Community Center 3599 Westcenter Drive Houston 77042
Hiram Clarke Multi-Service Center 3810 W Fuqua Houston 77045
North Channel Branch Library 15741 Wallisville Road Houston 77049
Sunnyside Multi-Service Center 4605 Wilmington Houston 77051
Fiesta Mart, Inc. 8130 Kirby Houston 77054
Trini Mendenhall Community Center 1414 Wirt Road Houston 77055
Freeman Branch Library 16616 Diana Lane Houston 77062
Champion Forest Baptist Church 4840 Strack Road Houston 77069
Prairie View A&M University – Northwest 9449 Grant Road Houston 77070
Alief ISD Administration Building – (NEW Location) 4250 Cook Rd Houston 77072
Bayland Park Community Center 6400 Bissonnet Houston 77074
Hardy Senior Center 11901 West Hardy Road Houston 77076
Nottingham Park 926 Country Place Drive Houston 77079
Glen Cheek Education Building 16002 Westheimer Pkwy Houston 77082
Bear Creek Park Community Center 3055 Bear Creek Drive Houston 77084
HCCS  Southeast College, Eastside Campus 6960 Rustic Street Houston 77087
Lone Star College Victory Center 4141 Victory Drive Houston 77088
Acres Home Multi Service Center 6719 W. Montgomery Houston 77091
Baldwin Boettcher Branch Library 22248 Aldine Westfield Road Humble 77338
Octavia Fields Branch Library 1503 South Houston Avenue Humble 77338
Kingwood Branch Library 4400 Bens View Lane Kingwood 77345
Northeast Houston Baptist Church 18000 W. Lake Houston Pkwy Humble 77346
Tomball Public Works Building 501B James Street Tomball 77375
Champion Life Centre 3031 FM 2920 Road Spring 77388
Juergen’s Hall Community Center 26026 Hempstead Highway Cypress 77429
Richard & Meg Weekley Community Center 8440 Greenhouse Road Cypress 77433
Harris County Annex 57 19818 Franz Road Katy 77449
Harris County Courthouse Annex #25 7330 Spencer Highway Pasadena 77505
John Phelps Courthouse – (NEW Location) 101 S. Richey Street Pasadena 77506
Baytown Community Center 2407 Market Street Baytown 77520
Riley Chambers Community Center – (NEW Location) 808 Magnolia Ave Crosby 77532


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

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

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Special guests included Texas State Representative Jim Murphy, Brooke Bacuetes representing Congressman John Culberson and Heather Ramsey-Cook representing Congressman Ted Poe, all of whom presented proclamations. Governed by a Board of Directors, Eagle’s Trace board members Michelle Bohreer, John D. Bowser, Shelaghmichael Brown and Boone Powell attended.

Steve Aigner, Executive Director of Eagle’s Trace, served as the emcee. “By 2005, we had the land, building and people, but along the way, Eagle’s Trace became home,” stated Mr. Aigner during the kick-off event. “A home to new friendships, relationships and caring hearts. A home where we always gather to achieve more. And home to some really wonderful memories with many more to come.”

The day was completed with an elegant dinner prepared for all residents by the Dining Services team in the Garden Room Restaurant.

The celebration continued on October 9, as residents and employees partnered to create the “perfect 10,” a photo op held in the community’s front courtyard. In the evening, Eagle’s Trace hosted a cocktail reception for residents and priority list members.

With the weekend came the circus.  The community held an outdoor, family-friendly event featuring music, games, food and even rides with “Patrick the Camel.” Eagle’s Trace employees Faye Drennan and Lisa Hadley served as co-chairs of the 10th Anniversary Committee.

Opened in 2005, the 70-acre campus is currently home to over 650 residents and 425 full and part-time employees. Eagle’s Trace features 463 independent living apartment homes in a variety of floor plans and 112 extended care residences providing assisted living, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and memory care health services.

Its residents have formed 90 groups, clubs and service organizations, and in 2014, contributed more than 36,000 hours of volunteer service on campus and throughout the greater community.

Growth is on the horizon with the future addition of Amarillo Terrace, a new independent living building under construction to meet the demand for the lifestyle the community offers. Scheduled to open in the fall of 2016 and currently reserving, the project features 108 new residences in a variety of floor plans.

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

The SabinoCompTech team is deeply grateful to the Katy residential community for the support they have shown the company over the last 7 years and they vow to continue to give back to the community through sponsorship and volunteer work.

The company will no longer accept residential computers or residential on-site work after October 16, 2015 to allow time for last repairs before the retail location closes.

About SabinoCompTech

SabinoCompTech has combined 25+ years of experience in providing computer repair and IT support. They are a team of individuals dedicated to providing the best support and knowledge in the industry. Their technical, business and customer service talents is what has helped the company be successful thus far and they hope to only increase that by focusing on small to medium business IT support going forward.

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

Sueba USA Corporation intends to use the parcel to construct a high quality mixed-use development consisting of loft living space, retail and restaurant facilities, and a public plaza. Sueba USA Corporation’s development will be a strong addition to the Boardwalk District which will also include a convention center, hotel, and restaurant row, all anchored by an 89- acre nature park with a central lake, boardwalks, nature preserves, and a 2-mile walking trail system. Construction of the nature park will commence this winter with an anticipated completion and public opening by the end of 2016. Katy Development Authority and Sueba USA Corporation are excited to be joint participants in the construction of the Boardwalk District — a project that will provide Katy residents and visitors an additional first class development to live, work and play.

Katy Development Authority was formed by the City of Katy, Texas to promote economic development through public-private partnerships that support the completion of public infrastructure and high quality private development. Sueba USA Corporation is a Houston based real estate development company that is an established leader in the acquisition, development, construction, and management of both residential and commercial real estate.

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

New CMO for Memorial Hermann Katy Hosptial Dr. Almoosa

Board certified in Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care Medicine, Dr. Almoosa most recently served as medical director of the Transplant Surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center and Associate Professor of Medicine at UT Health Science Center.  He currently serves on several critical care and health care quality committees and has published manuscripts on pulmonary, critical care, and end-of-life topics. Additionally, Dr. Almoosa is a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine and a fellow of the American College of Chest Physicians.  Over the course of his career, he has been awarded grants to study critical care topics, and has been a principal investigator on several clinical trials.

Dr. Almoosa received his medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons in Dublin, Ireland. He completed a residency in Internal Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and a Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine Fellowship at the University of Cincinnati, where he also received a Masters of Science degree in Clinical Research.

Dr. Almoosa has lived in Houston for eight years with his wife, who is a native Houstonian, and two children ages 5 and 7. He enjoys hiking, home improvement projects and amateur astronomy.

For more information on Memorial Hermann Katy, visit www.memorialhermann.org/locations/katy/.  To view construction progress at Memorial Hermann Cypress and Memorial Hermann Katy, visit www.breakingnewgroundproject.org.

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


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

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

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

The two day event included TiGi stylist o