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Brennan Kraut

The Delaney at Parkway Lakes has named Brennan Kraut to serve as Director of Community Relations for the senior living community, which is under construction and scheduled to open later this summer in the Parkway Lakes development in the greater Katy area.
“Brennan brings valuable experience to his role, but his profound sense of social responsibility is what makes him a great fit for The Delaney at Parkway Lakes,” says Kim Parnell, Executive Director.
Parnell explains, “Brennan grew up in South Africa, with a civil rights attorney father and a mother committed to social justice. Couple that with the fact he’d rather spend time with his grandparents than his peers and it is clear Brennan has cultivated a life purpose to serve and advocate for seniors.”
Kraut joins The Delaney at Parkway Lakes with more than 17 years of experience serving seniors and their families in both long term care and hospice care settings. As Director of Community Relations, he will discuss independent living options at The Delaney at Parkway Lakes and assisted living and memory care lifestyle services offered in the on-site neighborhoods of Hamlets at The Delaney.
“Joining the team now, just months from the opening of the community, is really exciting,” says Kraut. “It is such a unique property. Nothing like a traditional retirement community, it’s more like a casually sophisticated home with a contemporary, but comfortable aesthetic. Residents will have all the freedom and privacy they want in a residence that offers all the beauty and modern conveniences of their current home, but with new friends, restaurant-style dining, and so many amenities right outside their door.”
Kraut has assumed his role at The Delaney at Parkway Lakes and may be reached at the community’s Information Center, now open at 22167 Westheimer Parkway, Suite 145, in Katy, Texas. Those interested in learning more may call (832) 945-1800 or e-mail info@TheDelaneyatParkwayLakes.com.
The Delaney at Parkway Lakes is currently under construction and scheduled to open later this year. When complete, The Delaney at Parkway Lakes will showcase 120 private apartment residences designed for those seeking an independent, carefree lifestyle. In addition, the community features Hamlets at The Delaney, neighborhoods comprised of 56 residences for those who need assistance with the activities of daily living as well as 36 studio suites for residents with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias who would benefit from specialized memory care programming. The Delaney at Parkway Lakes is being developed by LCS Development® and will be managed by Life Care Services®, both of which are LCS companies.

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Students who did not meet the passing standard on sections of the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) Exit Level will have the opportunity to retake the necessary subject tests in June 2017.
Students currently enrolled in school who need to retest are automatically registered; however, those who are out of school need to register online by 5 p.m. (CT), May 26 by accessing the website at www.TexasAssessment.com/taksoos. The registration process will be online only and any submissions received after May 26 will not be processed. Those wishing to take the exam can continue to register at a participating campus on the day of testing, if the campus can accommodate them. Additionally they should arrive at the test site 30 minutes before the designated start time of 7:30 a.m. A picture identification, such as driver’s license, DPS ID, military ID, school ID or resident alien card must be presented to test.
The 2017 June online TAKS tests will be administered on the following dates:

• June 19, 2017
English Language Art
• June 20, 2017 Mathematics
• June 21, 2017 Science
• June 22, 2017 Social Studies

Katy ISD is offering the June Exit Level retest at Taylor High School located at 20700 Kingsland Blvd. For additional information, contact Dr. Christy Gregory in the Katy ISD Department of Research, Assessment and Accountability at 281.396.2128.

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital is joining nearly 15.5 million American cancer survivors celebrating the 30th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day® this year. Also being recognized are the many family members, friends and health care providers whose contributions to, and support of, cancer survivors help make the celebration possible.
“Surviving cancer is more than just living. It’s an attitude about life and living each day to the fullest,” said Amy Sebastian-Deutsch, director of oncology services. “You will find our Cancer Survivor’s Day event filled with laughter, camaraderie, hope, compassion, faith, love and music as we honor cancer survivors for their strength and courage.”
“National Cancer Survivors Day is a great opportunity for cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family to come together and affirm there can be quality of life after a diagnosis of cancer,” added Clive Shkedy, M.D., medical director of radiation oncology.
Anyone living with a personal history of cancer – from the moment of diagnosis through the remainder of life – is a cancer survivor, according to the National Cancer Survivors Day Foundation®. Additionally, the foundation says that more people are surviving cancer than ever before, thanks to advances in prevention, early detection, treatment and follow-up care. Cancer, however, does come with many challenges, such as hindered access to cancer specialists and promising new treatments, inadequate or no insurance, financial hardships, employment problems and psychological struggles. “Despite these difficulties, cancer survivors can live active, productive lives with the support of other survivors,” said Shkedy.
Houston Methodist Cancer Center at Sugar Land welcomes all local cancer survivors and one caregiver to join us as we honor cancer survivors. Entitled Survivors: Let’s Wipeout Cancer, the Cancer Survivors Day Celebration and Resource Fair will have a tropical theme and be held Friday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Sugar Land Marriott Town Square. News anchor, Shern-Min Chow from KHOU 11 will emcee the event and this year’s keynote speaker is LaDonna Gatlin. Born into a “showbiz” family, Gatlin grew up performing with her brothers, the well-known Gatlin Brothers. Her presentation, “Sometimes You Just Gotta Laugh!” will combine humor with music. You will also be able to have a tropical photo taken, and gain new knowledge through our resource fair. Recognizing the importance of wellness, you will be invited to participate in physical activity prior to enjoying a healthy Hawaiian style lunch. Feel free to wear a floral shirt, grass skirt or colorful lei. Registration is required. Register online at events.houstonmethodist.org/survivorluncheon-sl or call 281.274.7500.

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Katy Independent School District has again received the “Best Communities for Music Education” designation from the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education for the 14th year. Katy ISD is one of 4% of school districts across the nation to receive this prestigious award.

Katy ISD is leading the way with music learning opportunities as outlined in the federal education legislation, Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The District understands the importance of providing music education as part of the curriculum and knows the vital role music plays in the overall success of students in school and in life.

The Best Communities for Music Education designation honors school districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement in their efforts to provide music access and education to all students.

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More than a thousand faith partners have joined the Department of Family and Protective Services’ faith-based collaboration that Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick has pushed since last May to encourage more families across the state to open their hearts and homes to a child in need.

These faith partners are involved in a range of activities including establishing foster and adoption ministries, supporting families in crisis, and helping children with tangible needs like beds, food and clothing.

“A thousand faith-based partnerships is a major milestone for this initiative,” said Patrick. “Almost a year ago we called on Texas’ many faith-based communities to help children in need and congregations across the state have responded overwhelmingly to meet these needs. This will make a life-changing difference for children and families across the state.

“As we commemorate Child Abuse Prevention Month this April, we know we have more work to do. But the support from our faith-based community is tremendous and I thank you for answering the call to serve children in need,” concluded Patrick.
The lieutenant governor’s office created a special webpage dedicated to this faith-based collaboration to guide potential foster and adoptive parents to information about how they can help. The website also includes information about foster care and adoptions in Texas. To visit the website, go to https://www.ltgov.state.tx.us/adoptions/

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Michaela Filla; Greenscape Associates, LLC; Jeff Haley, Si Environmental, LLC; Joe Freudenberg, OakBend Medical Center; John Kennedy, Texas State Technical College

Want to up your golf short game? Join the Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals Committee as they host Golf Talk on May 18, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Fort Bend Country Club in Richmond, TX. You will have the opportunity to get hands on instruction from immediate past Chairman Jeff Haley, and Chair Elect John Kennedy.

With extensive backgrounds in golf, both Mr. Haley & Mr. Kennedy will provide tips on improving your golf game and will teach you about the basics of golf etiquette. Mr. Haley played golf at the Texas Lutheran University and upon graduating, worked as a Pro at the Houston Country Club for six years, owned Lonestar Golf Academy in College Station for four years and spent five years as a Pro at the Houstonian Golf Club. Mr. Kennedy was a Pro at the Sweetwater Country Club for three years, followed by fourteen years with the Shadow Hawk Golf Club and the Houstonian Golf Club.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber’s Young Professionals are requesting that a monetary donation be made to the T. W. Davis YMCA located in Richmond. Proceeds will go towards the Annual Campaign Program that provides scholarships to kids within the YMCA’s programs such as youth sports, afterschool care, camp, swimming lessons and more.

Registration is now open and tickets are available at www.CFBCA.org. Tickets include the learning golf clinic, two drink tickets and appetizers. Please contact Adrianne Manrique for more information at amanrique@cfbca.org.

The Central Fort Bend Chamber is a 106 year old non-profit membership organization dedicated to creating a strong local economy where businesses can prosper. The Central Fort Bend Chamber advocates for over 1,000 local businesses led by a volunteer board of directors who are dedicated to sustaining Fort Bend County’s quality of life, and keeping our community and economy vibrant.

For more information on the Chamber or its programs, call 281-342-5464 or visit www.CFBCA.org.

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Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar

In 2016, the Panama Canal completed a massive expansion that allows it to accommodate many more of the larger cargo ships navigating today’s global trade routes – and it could mean new economic opportunities for Texas ports.

For Texas to benefit fully from increased ship traffic in the Gulf of Mexico, however, it must expand its ports and their accompanying infrastructure. In this issue of Fiscal Notes, we examine the canal’s expansion and the impact it could have on the Texas economy.

“As the nation’s top exporting state, we have an obvious interest in the Panama Canal’s expansion,” Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar said. “The canal provides an essential link between Asian economies and the West. To take full advantage, Texas ports are spending billions to deepen channels and widen waterways to accommodate bigger ships.”

In this issue, we also continue our “Inside the Comptroller’s Office” series with a look at the work of our Criminal Investigation Division (CID), whose investigators pursue tax frauds.

Fiscal Notes is available online and also can be received by subscribing via the Comptroller’s website.

Fiscal Notes helps promote and further explain the Comptroller’s constitutional responsibilities to monitor the state’s economy and estimate state government revenues. It has been published since 1975, featuring in-depth analysis concerning state finances and original research by subject-matter experts in the Comptroller’s office.

 

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Mark Guthrie, Chairman of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, has been appointed to the Board of the National Association of Workforce Boards. The National Association of Workforce Boards, based in Washington D.C., represents approximately 600 state and local Workforce Development Boards and their 12,000+ business members. It plays vital roles in advising policy makers in Washington about how to meet the needs of the nation’s economy through business, government, labor, and educational initiatives and in educating local workforce board members.

“This is a major win for our entire region. Mark has been a true champion for more and better jobs, higher incomes, a more competitive business environment, and an educated and trained workforce prepared to meet the needs of employers,” said Mike Temple, Executive Director of the Gulf Coast Chapter of the Texas Workforce Board.

Guthrie, a leading legal expert in the field of Construction Law and shareholder at Winstead PC, is the current Chairman of the Gulf Coast Workforce Board, and has served as a member of the Board for 20 years. In addition to his legal practice and commitments to the regional workforce, Guthrie also serves as a passionate advocate for adult literacy, education and vocational rehabilitation programs.

“We are very excited to have Mr. Guthrie serve on our national Board. He personally brings such an extensive body of knowledge and a clear dedication to helping employers and employees thrive. In addition, he comes from a great local workforce development board, Gulf Coast, so he understands that great work can happen locally when innovation is the focus, and solid business leadership is present,” said Ronald Painter, President and CEO of the National Association of Workforce Boards.

“It gives me tremendous satisfaction to see employers getting the talent they need to grow and prosper and people engaged in rewarding, well-paying careers. We’ve done a great job pursuing that goal here in the Gulf Coast region, and I look forward to taking what I’ve learned here and helping apply it to the nation” said Mr. Guthrie.

Guthrie concluded, “During 2016, our Workforce Solutions served more than 400,000 people and 25,000 employers in the region – just imagine the impact of the public workforce system across the country.”

Kondapi Will Oversee Engineering Offerings at Energy Corridor Campus

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 in 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.

 

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“Anti-sanctuary city bill” voted out of the State Affairs committee along party lines.

The Texas House Committee on State Affairs voted the final committee substitute for SB 4 out of the committee. The next step for the legislation is debate on the House floor.

State Representative Eddie Rodriguez issued the following statement regarding the vote:

“Despite the improvements we made in committee, SB 4 is still a heavy-handed solution to an imaginary problem. I will continue to oppose SB 4 and stand with my colleagues in the Mexican American Legislative Caucus and House Democratic Caucus to fight the legislation on the House floor.

“And if it comes down to a vote along party lines, my Republican colleagues will own their vote on SB 4. They will own the unnecessary suffering caused by the bill, the decrease in public safety, the next generation of taxpayer-backed lawsuits and the significant growth in the size and power of the Office of the Attorney General.

“Now is not the right time for Texas to enact this sweeping legislation, as there is much uncertainty on the national level. The Texas Legislature should continue to monitor the relationship between local policing policies and public safety, collecting data for the purpose of crafting better public policy.
“Only when a legitimate threat to public safety has been identified and the federal government’s future plans understood should the legislature consider taking the unprecedented step of undermining local control over policing policy.”