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Kim Ogg and Dori Kornfeld Goldman Named NCJW’s 2017 Women of Influence  Kim Ogg, Dori Kornfeld Goldman

Kim Ogg, Dori Kornfeld Goldman

  National Council of Jewish Women, Greater Houston Section has named Kim Ogg and Dori Kornfeld Goldman as the 2017 Women of Influence: As Harris County’s first Democratic District Attorney in nearly four decades, Kim Ogg is ushering in a wave of progressive criminal-justice reforms, including victims’ rights and increasing the transparency and diversity of her office. Dori Kornfeld Goldman is a partner at Yetter Coleman LLP and was co-counsel in a recent landmark case […]

City of Katy Receives $2 Million Grant for New Firefighters

Pictured from From left to right, Lieutenant Carlos Valladares, Firemedic Edison Saunders, Firefighter Nick Bourdoumas, Firemedic Obayana Allen, Firemedic Kyle Fritsche, Mayor Pro Tem Durran Dowdle, Firefighter, Michael Ondurich, Mayor Chuck Branner, Engineer Operator Shay Theriot, Congressman McCaul, Captain Tom Walters, The Fire Chief Russell Wilson, Firemedic Adam Troncoso, Assistant Fire Chief Kenneth Parker, Engineer Operator Joe Villarreal, Firefighter Christian Kugler, Firemedic Krysten Lerchbacker.

By George Slaughter The City of Katy has been working to develop a second fire station. Now the city will receive a $2,181,579 federal grant to pay for the firefighters who will staff it. The grant, known as a Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant, is awarded from the Department of Homeland Security. According to the FEMA web site, SAFER was “created to funding directly to five departments and volunteer firefighter interest […]

Cane Island Developer, Rise Communities, Wins Texas Association of Builders’ Developer of the Year Award

The Living Arches in the Katy master-planned community of Cane Island

KATY, TX (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 […]

Central Fort Bend Chamber Hosts Working Lunch Series Business Plans for Small Businesses  

Left to Right: Bill Klingberg, SCORE; Matt Fitzgerald, SCORE

Central Fort Bend Chamber hosted its Working Lunch Series on Business Plans for Small Businesses at LaCasona Mexican Restaurant, July 20, 2017, bringing 19 local business owners and employers together to learn how to create a business plan. Matt Fitzgerald, a SCORE mentor and entrepreneur, presented topics focused on how crucial business plans are for businesses, what a business plan is (and isn’t), what to include in your business plan and why, and how to […]

City Council Passes Ordinance Restricting Parking Near Katy High School During School Hours

This map shows streets affected by a new city ordinance that sets no parking zones during school hours on school days. (City of Katy)

By George Slaughter The Katy City Council Monday night passed an ordinance that restricts parking during school hours on school days on selected residential streets near Katy High School. The ordinance comes after complaints from residents who live near the school. Students have been parking their cars in front of those residents’ homes, which prevented garbage and recycle pickup and mail delivery. Safety was another issue, as students would have to walk across US Highway […]

KVPAC Wins National Awards

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) Community Theatre Encore Players represented Region VI at the American Association of Community Theatre Festival (AACTFest) National competition in Rochester, MN this weekend with its production of “Answers” by Tom Topor. Several awards of special distinction were awarded to the KVPAC “Answers” cast and crew. Joshua Schorejs won the “Outstanding Achievement in Direction;” Kari Perez, KVPAC’s Theatre Production Manager, accepted the award for “Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Design;” […]

Harris County ReadyHarris App Receives Award of Excellence

(Harris County, TX) – The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) received an Award of Excellence for its ReadyHarris app from the Texas Association of Municipal Information Officers (TAMIO) at its annual conference this June.  “We are honored to be recognized by communication professionals from around the state for our mobile app,” said Harris County Judge Ed Emmett. “The ReadyHarris app helps our residents better prepare and stay informed during emergencies.”  […]

Katy Fire Department Continues Its Evolution to a Full-Time Department

ESD 48 responded to the late night fire at the newly renovated El Tiempo Cantina on Kingsland and Mason Road. Harris County Fire Marshall Office is currently investigating the cause. Photo by Sharon Bowers Graf.

By George Slaughter Second of a three-part series With Katy’s continued growth, it is not surprising that the fire department would also grow from being a part-time, volunteer operation to something more complex, with firefighters needing skill sets besides just fighting fires. With a new station forthcoming, the city is looking for firefighters—but not just any firefighters. Candidates must have a structural firefighter certification, basic level or higher, from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection. […]

Oakbend Medical Center’s CEO Celebrates 10th Anniversary With Hospital

Joe’s 10th Anniversary Richmond, Tx– June is a memorable month for OakBend Medical Center’s CEO Joe Freudenberger, not only was he awarded the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year ® for Health Care, but on June 19th he hit his 10-year anniversary with OakBend Medical Center. Joe began his career in healthcare, spending 10 years with Deloitte Consulting working with major healthcare systems around the country to improve their business operations, 11 years as […]

Tropical Storm Cindy Forms in Gulf

What is the danger? Tropical Storm Cindy in the Gulf of Mexico is stationary, but is expected to move toward the Texas coast in the next few days. The National Hurricane Center and other forecasters anticipate landfall on the Texas coast as early as Wednesday evening. This storm is expected to bring 3-6 inches of rain on the east side of the storm track, but less on the west side. Flooding and rain will be […]