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Fort Bend County Libraries’ Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library will have a special event for teens going into grades 9 through 12 — “Board Gaming for Young Adults” — on Monday, July 10, beginning at 3:00 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the library, located at 8100 FM 359 South in Fulshear.

Teens who enjoy the challenge, excitement and competition of playing table-top games or card games are invited to test their skills against one another at this special event for young adults entering high school in the fall. Games such as Munchkin®, Pandemic, and Catan will be on hand, but those attending the event are welcome to bring their own favorite games as well.

Materials for this program are provided through the generous support of the Friends of the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library. Proceeds from the Friends of the Library book sales and annual membership dues help to underwrite the costs of special programming and various cultural events at the library.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Bob Lutts Fulshear/Simonton Branch Library at 281-633-4675 or the library system’s Public Information Office at 281-633-4734.

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Nicole Lavrack

Rylander Elementary student Nicole Lavrack has been selected to travel this summer to Austin and San Antonio to participate in the 2017 Lone Star Leadership Academy camp. She was selected based on her outstanding academic success, demonstrated leadership ability, involvement in school and community activities, as well as her successful completion of a previous Lone Star Leadership Academy camp.

Nicole will join a delegation of outstanding students to develop leadership skills while learning about the great state of Texas and its leaders. As a participant of the academy, she will visit significant sites in the area, learn about future career and internship opportunities and will visit with her Texas State Representative and Senator, whom are well aware of Nicole’s accomplishments.
Education in Action is a non-profit organization which hosts the Lone Star Leadership Academy camp designed to empower young people to be informed and active leaders in their communities.

For more information about the camps visit www.educationinaction.org.

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 HOUSTON (June 15, 2017) – Susan G. Komen® Houston, the local affiliate of the world’s largest and most comprehensive breast health organization, today announced $1 million in new community grants for 2017. To help achieve Susan G. Komen’s bold goal to reduce current breast cancer deaths by 50 percent in the U.S. by 2026, Komen Houston annually funds local projects to help meet the most critical needs of the community, including projects that provide vitally needed breast cancer screening, diagnostic and treatment services and support, including patient navigation, education, medical supplies and financial assistance.

Breast cancer is the number one cancer diagnosed in women and, in 2017 alone, 40,000 women in the U.S. will die from this disease. To put it in a local perspective, 3,100 women in the greater Houston area will be diagnosed with breast cancer and nearly 600 of them will die from it. Komen Houston is committed reducing the number of breast cancer deaths.

Komen Houston on Wednesday hosted a reception to honor the 2017-2018 funded partners. This brought together members of the Komen Houston Board of Directors, Medical Advisory Council, volunteers, sponsors and funded partners to celebrate our efforts to reduce breast cancer deaths in the community.

This year’s local Komen grants were awarded to:

American Cancer Society, Inc.

The Transportation Project provides transportation to breast cancer patients who need assistance getting to their treatment. 

Asian American Health Coalition

The Phoenix Project provides breast cancer education, screening and patient navigation services for underserved women.

Baylor College of Medicine

Pink For Life: Facilitating Breast Cancer Prevention and Treatment in Underserved & Minority Women Project provides funding for patient navigation for those seeking services at Smith Clinic.

Bayside Healthcare Foundation

The Breast Cancer Care Project provides screening and diagnostic services to the rural population in Chambers County.

Boat People SOS, Inc. Houston

The Health Awareness and Promotion Program provides education, patient navigation and screening services for Vietnamese women in Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Chambers and Brazoria counties. 

D’Feet Breast Cancer, Inc.

The D’Feet Breast Cancer Mammography Project provides screening and diagnostic services to underserved and uninsured women who reside in Galveston County. 

Harris County Hospital District Foundation

The Navigators to Success Project provides patient navigators to ensure prompt care for underserved women seeking breast health services at Harris Health System.

Health Center of Southeast Texas

The Liberty County Breast Cancer Outreach, Screening and Diagnostic Project provides breast cancer screening, diagnostics and treatment to uninsured and underserved women.

Houston Hospice

The Hospice Care for Unfunded Breast Cancer Patients Project provides hospice care for uninsured or underinsured breast cancer patients. 

Houston Methodist Hospital Foundation

The Houston Methodist Breast Health Initiative Project provides screening, diagnostic and treatment services for medically underserved women in the greater Houston area.

Indian American Cancer Network

The Indian American Breast Cancer Project will provide education and screening services to underinsured and underserved Indian American women. 

Light and Salt Association

A Patient Navigation Protocol to Increase Asian American Women Access to Quality Breast Health Services Project provides education and screening for underserved Asian American women

Lone Star Community Health Center, Inc.

Project Pink provides screening and diagnostic services to uninsured and underinsured women in Montgomery County.

Northeast Hospital Foundation

Project Mammogram provides screening and diagnostic services to medically underserved, low income individuals living in Harris, Montgomery and Liberty counties. 

OakBend Medical Center

The Fort Bend Country Breast Screening Project provides screening and diagnostic services to low income women age 40+ living in Fort Bend Country. 

Reconstruction of a Survivor

The Survivors Offering Support Project improves the quality of life for breast cancer survivors by providing support services. 

Sister Network Inc. National Headquarter

The Saving Our Sisters Project provides patient navigation, screening and diagnostic services to minority women, homeless women and LGBTQ community. 

Spring Branch Community Health Center

The Spring Branch Breast Health Project provides screening to underserved women. 

The Rose

The Continuum of Care for Breast Health Project provides a full spectrum of breast healthcare for a diverse group of women in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty and Montgomery counties who are uninsured or unable to pay. 

University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston

The Komen Complete Care Project provides screening mammograms and diagnostic services to uninsured women residing in southeast Texas.

Since 1990, Komen Houston has funded $39 million to community projects serving local women and men, while contributing $14 million to Komen’s national research grants program.

“We are so thankful for the friends, family and neighbors who fight alongside us, helping to reduce the number of breast cancer deaths in Texas, both on the ground and through research,” said Emelda Douglas, Executive Director of Komen Houston. Texas’ uninsured rate remains the highest in the nation and ranks 34th for mammography screening rates. Every day, three cases of breast cancers are diagnosed at later, harder-to-treat stages in the Komen Houston seven-county service area.   

About Susan G. Komen and Komen Houston

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit 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. Komen was founded in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Komen Houston is working to better the lives of those facing breast cancer in the local community. Through events like the Komen Houston Race for the Cure®, Komen Houston has invested $39 million in community breast health programs in seven counties in the Greater Houston area and has helped contribute to the more than $920 million invested globally in research. For more information, call 713.783.9188 or visit komen-houston.org.

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“Hardworking Texans are excited about seeing more good-paying jobs and even greater opportunity in this community”

ARLINGTON, Texas – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) today joined executives from General Motors, International Automotive Components (IAC) Group, Northpoint Developments and community leaders for the announcement of a new supplier park that GM plans to open to support future vehicle production at its nearby Arlington Assembly plant. The new supplier park is expected to be home to more than 1,200 employees and result in the direct creation of more than 850 new jobs.

Still photos and video of Sen. Cruz’s visit may be viewed here.

“I was honored to visit with the good folks from GM and IAC here today,” Sen. Cruz said. “In Texas, we value jobs. That’s why people from all over the world come to the Lone Star state to do business. My number-one priority in the Senate continues to be focused on jobs and economic growth, because that is the number-one priority of Texans.”

In 1954, General Motors opened the doors of Arlington Assembly in Arlington, Texas. Since that time, the men and women of Arlington Assembly have produced more than 10 million GM vehicles that were sold around the globe. Today, more than 4,255 employees build 1,245 Chevy, GMC and Cadillac full size sport utility vehicles every day at the facility.

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The nonprofit Modern Widows Club (MWC) has announced the opening of a new chapter serving women in the Northwest Houston and Katy areas. This brings the number of chapters in the Houston area to three, with one in central Houston and another in The Woodlands. Modern Widows Club Houston celebrates its three-year anniversary, having been founded here in 2014.

Modern Widows Club Houston is part of a national organization which provides widow mentoring, leadership and empowerment through member services, active social media sites and an inspirational blog. The organization aspires to be a bridge of understanding, comfort, compassion and positive change between a widow and her community and is non-denominational.

The Northwest Houston/Katy chapter of MWC will meet the third Wednesday of every month at Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 15015 Memorial Dr. near Eldridge Road at 6:30 p.m. Women of all ages, faiths and backgrounds are invited to attend.

“Modern Widows Club serves to empower widows to lean into life, build resilience and make a positive difference in society,” says Natalie Lancaster, Regional Leader over the Houston chapters of Modern Widows Club. “We welcome women of diverse backgrounds and beliefs into our organization. It’s not a grief counseling group, but women find comfort and solace in sharing their stories with others, in building fellowship and even in job networking.”

Lancaster explained that education is an important aspect of the Modern Widows Club, especially in the area of finances. In many cases, the husband handled the finances, insurance and taxes, so the newly-widowed wife must now take over what can be a daunting task.

“Money and money management can be big issues for many women, and now they no longer have the husband’s income to support them,” says Lancaster. “Guest speakers can help educate on financial topics. We also brainstorm jobs and new careers that women might consider if they are returning to the work force after a long absence.”

The MWC chapter for central Houston meets the second Tuesday of each month at St. John the Divine Episcopal Church at 2450 River Oaks Blvd. Meetings for The Woodlands chapter are held the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at The Canopy in Memorial Hermann Woodlands Hospital, Medical Plaza 1, 1120 Medical Plaza Drive, Suite 250 in The Woodlands.

“I want to invite Houston-area widows to check us out when they feel comfortable stepping back into social situations,” says Lancaster. “For me personally, it’s been a life-changing experience after losing my husband Kevin in 2011. I now want to mentor and assist other women who have had similar experiences and may feel overwhelmed or at a loss for what to do next.”

For more information about Modern Widows Club, visit the website at modernwidowsclub.com

and click on the “Chapters” tab or email natalie@modernwidowsclub.com.

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One of Katy’s most popular family-owned restaurants is bringing its Italian fare to the master-planned community of Cane Island.

Antonia’s Cucina Italiana will present its dinner favorites in Cane Island’s Amenity Village, 2100 Cane Island Parkway, on Wednesday, June 28 when guests can enjoy Italian classics while seated in the comfort of this resort-style setting within Katy’s newest community.

Reservations are required by calling 281-644-6000. Seatings in the Amenity Village’s all-new event space are on the hour and half hour from 5 – 7:30 p.m.

To reach the Cane Island Amenity Village, 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.

Go to www.CaneIsand.com for more information including builder incentives and homes available for immediate move in. Also, follow Cane Island at www.Facebook.com/CaneIslandKatyTX and on Instagram and Twitter @caneislandkaty.

 

 

 

Hindus have welcomed public research institution Texas A&M University (TAMU) in College Station (Texas)

for opening a designated Prayer and Meditation Room in its Sterling C. Evans Library; said to be an all-inclusive worship area.

Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today; called this dedication of a quiet calming space for meditation, reflection and prayer for usage by the campus community—a step in the positive direction.

Zed, who is President of Universal Society of Hinduism, pointed out that with the presence of room for meditation and prayer, TAMU students would have a spiritually meaningful life in addition to material success after they graduated from here.

Rajan Zed thanked TAMU for recognizing the inter

section of spirituality and education. Prayer and Meditation Room would be another feather in TAMU’s cap in making it a top class and wholesome higher education institution.

Zed hoped that at least Bhagavad-Gita, Rig-Veda, Ramayana and principal Upanishads would be made available in this Room to start with; and more Hindu scriptures added in the near future. Zed suggested TAMU to make this Room available to campus community 24-hours and 365 days.

Rajan Zed urged all universities and colleges of USA and Canada to provide prayer-meditation rooms if they were serious in the all-round development of their students.

This Room, located on the northwest corner of fifth floor and lined up with windows, is reportedly open to all students, faculty, and staff of all faiths and none and includes “books that cover various religious and meditation-related subjects”. TAMU already had an All Faiths Chapel, which claims to serve “all denominations and creeds…to encourage the spiritual expression and development”.

“…any and all experiences in the room for prayer or contemplation will lead to better understanding and relationships among all Aggies,” David H. Carlson, TAMU Libraries Dean, stated in a release.

Opened in 1876, research-intensive flagship and oldest public institution of higher education in Texas, TAMU, on an over 5,200 acres campus with about 400 degrees, is home to about 66425 students. Charles W. Schwartz, John Sharp and Michael K. Young are Regents Chairman, Chancellor and President respectively.

Harris County launched the Senior Justice Assessment Center today, World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, at 2525 Murworth in the Medical Center area. The Center is designed to better investigate and prosecute elder abuse in Harris County.

The Center, the first of its kind in Texas, will be similar to the county’s Children’s Assessment Center, pulling together experts in geriatric medicine, protective services, civil and criminal prosecution and law enforcement.

“I think this is a tremendous step forward,” Harris County Attorney Vince Ryan said at this morning’s program launch. “This [partnership] is another statement by Harris County that we care and want to do something about it.”

The Center will bring together agencies at one location to assess and develop interventions for seniors suspected of being abused, neglected, exploited, or experiencing self-neglect. Harris County Adult Protective Services, the Houston Police Department, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, the Harris County Attorney’s Office, and UT Health will provide staffing at one location where suspected victims can be interviewed and helped by trained individuals and directed to the appropriate agencies for further assistance.

Attorneys from the Harris County Attorney’s Office specializing in disability and elder law played key roles in developing the concept and design of the Center. The County Attorney Attorney’s Office worked with Adult Protective Services and Harris County Budget Management to help obtain a $383,000 grant from the governor’s office for the first year of a three-year pilot project.

THE HARRIS COUNTY ATTORNEY’S OFFICE

The Harris County Attorney’s Office represents the County, its departments, elected and appointed officials and employees in all civil matters that involve county business. The Office represents the Harris County Hospital District, the Harris County Flood Control District, the Harris County Appraisal Review Board, and the Greater 911 Emergency Network, which are separate legal entities. The Office also represents the State of Texas in mental health commitments and children’s protective services cases and assists Harris County in administration of the guardianship program, which cares for elderly and disabled individuals who are unable to care for themselves.

 

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AUSTIN – The Texas Public Safety Commission (PSC) and Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Director Steven McCraw presented one Director’s Citation, four Lifesaving Awards, two Director’s Awards and a Unit Citation to DPS employees and law enforcement partners today in Austin.

“The people we honored today epitomize the department’s mission of protecting and serving Texas,” said Director McCraw. “Whether they were rescuing children from harm, saving someone’s life, or providing vital investigatory support, these exemplary men and women have served Texas with distinction, and we are proud to honor their efforts.”

The following awards were presented today:

  • Trooper Patrick Alonzo, Highway Patrol in Georgetown, received a Director’s Citation. From January 2016 through February 2017, Trooper Alonzo submitted 10 criminal charges on six separate adults for exploiting or harming children – and at least seven children were protected or rescued. Using his Interdiction for Protection of Children (IPC) training and experience during traffic stops, crash investigations or roadside welfare checks, he has successfully detected suspects who prey on children – and helped rescue missing and at-risk children, removing them from potential harm. Trooper Alonzo also works closely with the department’s Victim Services counselors to ensure the children receive the appropriate services and support.
  • Trooper James Glaze and Trooper Brandon Laird, both Highway Patrol in Dallas, each received a Life Saving Award. On Dec. 13, 2016, Troopers Glaze and Laird were on routine patrol when they assisted the Dallas Police Department on a possible armed robbery in progress. The Troopers arrived at the scene and located the victim of the robbery bleeding from a shotgun wound to his left arm. As a certified paramedic, Trooper Glaze immediately recognized the victim was in critical condition due to blood loss from arterial bleeding. Trooper Glaze retrieved a department-issued tourniquet from his duty belt and, with assistance from Trooper Laird, applied the tourniquet, which immediately stopped the bleeding and stabilized the victim.
  • Trooper Franklin Randolph, Highway Patrol in Burnet, received a Life Saving Award. On Nov. 7, 2016, Trooper Randolph responded to a call of a vehicle stuck in a low water crossing with a driver still inside. At the time of the call, it had been raining heavily, and water crossings in the area had quickly become impassable. Upon his arrival, Trooper Randolph entered the water to assist a single occupant in the partially-submerged vehicle. He was able to pull the driver through the window, as Burnet County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Eric Molina threw his rescue rope to the Trooper. As Trooper Randolph held onto the driver and rescue rope, the deputy pulled them both to safety.
  • Trooper Samuel Hellinger, Highway Patrol in Gainesville, received a Life Saving Award and Cooke County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Bill Dixon received a Director’s Award. On Jan. 7, 2017, Trooper Hellinger was on routine patrol in Cooke County, when he observed a woman near the edge of the U.S. Highway 82 overpass bridge above Interstate 35. When Hellinger turned around to conduct a check on the woman, she instantly climbed onto the barrier and threatened to jump. Trooper Hellinger spoke with the woman for more than two minutes, pleading with her not to jump, while he waited for assistance.  Lt. Dixon arrived on the scene without being noticed by the woman.  While Trooper Hellinger continued to speak and distract the woman, Lt. Dixon was able to sneak up and successfully pull the woman off the barrier to safety, despite the icy conditions, which made footing difficult.
  • Chief Customs and Border Protection Officer Olga De Luna, received a Director’s Award. Chief De Luna is the liaison assigned to the Texas Joint Crime Information Center in Austin, supporting not only the ongoing Texas-Mexico border missions, but also the entire state of Texas. From Jan. 1, 2017, through March 9, 2017, Chief De Luna assisted with more than 75 incoming Human Intelligence reports. Chief De Luna has aided DPS on matters involving Mexican cartels, homicide, terrorism, violent gang activity, human smuggling and trafficking, narcotics, weapons, theft, fraud, money laundering, kidnapping, threats to law enforcement, stash house locations and corruption. She has provided valuable investigative and operational support to various state and local law enforcement entities in Texas that have resulted in numerous arrests and seizures.
  • Human Intelligence Team, Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division in Austin, received a Unit Citation. Since Jan. 1, 2015, through Dec. 31, 2016, the Human Intelligence Team has produced 136 Intelligence Information Reports regarding tactics, techniques, and procedures of Transnational Criminal Organizations in cooperation with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security partners. The team also worked with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to identify more than 100 foreign nationals of interest involved in illicit criminal activity.  In addition, the team assisted:  the U.S. Border Patrol in locating and identifying stash houses; the FBI in the identification and apprehension of two individuals charged with providing material support to terrorists; and the Texas Rangers in three separate murder investigations.  In another case, the team provided crucial information to the Texas Rangers and federal partners, which enabled Mexican authorities to recover individuals kidnapped by cartel members and return them to the U.S. Captain Jason Brewer, Lieutenant Leonard Hinojosa, and Special Agents Michael McAnarney, David Cordova, and Leo Pena were all recognized as part of the Unit Citation.

 

 

As part of a national effort dedicated to raising awareness about the importance of workplace safety and health programs, Memorial Hermann is proud to continue its efforts to provide leading-edge occupational medicine resources across Greater Houston.

More than 4 million workers sustain job-related injuries or illnesses every year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). In an effort to curb this trend, OSHA dedicated June 12 to 18 as its inaugural “Safe + Sound Week”, aimed at encouraging organizations to effectively promote and champion workplace safety.

Memorial Hermann Employer Solutions has long been a community leader in offering a comprehensive network of providers specially trained to serve the occupational health needs of employers throughout the region. Recently, Memorial Hermann expanded its efforts to create a healthier workforce in Houston with the opening of a new clinic, Memorial Hermann Katy Occupational Medicine Clinic, dedicated exclusively to occupational medicine for area employers. Additional clinics are expected to open across Houston in the coming months.

“When it comes to treating and preventing workplace injuries, Memorial Hermann has an excellent reputation thanks to our knowledgeable occupational medicine specialists who have the expertise necessary to promote worker safety,” said Dr. David James, Senior Vice President and CEO of Memorial Hermann Medical Group. “We are able to provide an experience like no other, with care tailored to fit the needs of both employee and employer, while consistently maintaining our key focus on keeping employee populations healthy and safe.”

Because workplace injuries differ from other injuries, occupational medicine specialists are suited to manage these health needs because they often have an established partnership with employees/employers and they understand government requirements and protocols regarding these incidents.

In addition to work-related injury assessments and treatments, Memorial Hermann’s occupational medicine specialists are also able to provide physicals, disability evaluations, biometric screenings and immunizations, among other specialized services.

Learn more about Memorial Hermann’s efforts to foster a healthier workforce in Houston.