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Dr. Mila McManus

Dr. Mila McManus

WOODLANDS INSTITUTE FOR HEALTH AND WELLNESS

The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness celebrates 10 years of total body health on March 5. Dr. Mila McManus started her own family practice at age 30, at a time when she too was riddled with various ailments that amounted to poor overall health.

In her family practice, she was allotted 10 to 15 minutes with each patient. Feeling like she was peddling prescriptions, not curing patients, Dr. McManus founded The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness to address the common underlying causes of patients’ health issues. McManus started on her own wellness program and within six months was off all her medications and full of energy. She took her classic medical background and added expertise in holistic medicine to help patients achieve optimal health. Patients come from all over the world to get well at her Institute.

Today, The Woodlands Institute for Health and Wellness has a 5,000-square-foot facility with 16 employees and three healthcare  providers, including Dr. McManus, Sandra Caldwell, PA-C, and Heather Smith, WHNP-BC. McManus anticipates adding another healthcare practitioner in the near future. The office treats men, women and children ages 2 and up.
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Michelle O’Rourke

Michelle O’Rourke

MICHELLE O’ROURKE

Montgomery County Youth Services announced that Michelle O’Rourke has joined the agency as development coordinator for volunteer and community presences. O’Rourke joins MCYS with a vast array of experience from different volunteer organizations and employers. As the co-owner and principal buyer of Outback Western Wear, she has been involved in the Tomball Chamber of Commerce, Magnolia Area Chamber of Commerce, Magnolia Parkway Chamber of Commerce, and The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce. Not only has she coordinated and participated in various fundraising opportunities on behalf of MCYS, such as the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s Fight for a Cause, but she also served with The Woodlands Area Chamber of Commerce as a YPN team leader and Chairman’s Ball chair.

O’Rourke is a 2011 graduate of Leadership Montgomery County. Prior to Outback Western Wear, O’Rourke held leadership positions in retailers such as Williams and Sonoma and The Limited. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Nebraska in Spanish and a minor in biomedical
science.

O’Rourke will also be participating in the 2014 Charity Challenge to raise support for the agency. She will run The Woodlands Half Marathon on March 1 and will continue raising support as she competes in IronMan Texas 2014 in May.
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Karyn Jackson Stephens

Karyn Jackson Stephens

KARYN JACKSON STEPHENS

Karyn Jackson Stephens of The J. Beard Real Estate Company, LP, has been elected as the 2014 president of the Commercial Real Estate Association of Montgomery County (C.R.E.A.M., a diverse group involved in the practice of commercial real estate or providing services to commercial real estate in Montgomery County.

Organized as a nonprofit corporation in 1985, C.R.E.A.M. promotes economic development to prospective businesses and developers, furthers the education of its members in the field of commercial real estate through informative programming, and engages in charitable activities that benefit residents in Montgomery County.

“I am honored to serve as president for 2014,” said Stephens, who has been an active member of C.R.E.A.M. for 11 years, previously serving on the board and as vice president in 2013 and as second vice president in 2012. “The organization continues to be an excellent source of information and network development for the commercial real estate community in our area.”

In addition to C.R.E.A.M., Stephens is a member of the Houston Chapter of the CCIM (Certified Commercial Investment Member) Institute and is active with the North Houston Association (NHA). She also previously served as president of her homeowners association from 2010-12.
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Dr. Mark Weatherly

Dr. Mark Weatherly

DR. MARK WEATHERLY

Dr. Mark Weatherly was selected as principal of Conroe High School at the January meeting of the Board of Trustees. He currently serves as the interim principal at Conroe High School. Dr. Weatherly received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Sul Ross State University, a Master of Science Degree from University of Houston-Clear Lake, and a Doctor of Education degree from University of Mary-Hardin Baylor.

He has 20 years of experience as an educator, four of which have been in Conroe ISD.  During his tenure, he has been a teacher, a coach, an assistant principal, and principal.  Prior to being named the interim principal at Conroe High School in December, Dr. Weatherly served as principal at Peet Junior High School.
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CONROE ISD

Dan Cox, Conroe ISD chief financial officer, announced at the January Board meeting that once again Conroe ISD received a clean audit. Conroe ISD Finance Department assembled the 2012-13 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Weaver and Tidwell, LLP was the auditor.

CAFR is a set of U.S. government financial statements comprising the financial report of state, municipal, or other governmental entity.  A CAFR must be compiled yearly and audited by an external Certified Public Accountant.  The report is composed of three sections: Introductory, Financial, and Statistical.
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Members of the Board of Directors of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival Advisory Committee gather at The Woodlands Waterway® to celebrate the U.S. rankings in Art Fair SourceBook

Members of the Board of Directors of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council and The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival Advisory Committee gather at The Woodlands Waterway® to celebrate the U.S. rankings in Art Fair SourceBook

WOODLANDS WATERWAY ARTS FESTIVAL

Greg Lawler’s Art Fair SourceBook has ranked The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival No. 1 in Texas and No. 3 in the nation for fine art sales among more than 600 art fairs in the U.S. for 2012. For fine craft sales, The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival ranked No. 6. Art Fair SourceBook is regarded as “the definitive guide to the best juried art and craft fairs in the U.S.”

“Art Fair SourceBook is the ‘go to’ website for fine artists across the country, ranking the festivals by artists’ sales. This ranking acknowledges the high quality of work of our exhibitors and the deep interest and support of the community,” said Cindy Hardin, president of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Council, a nonprofit organization that produces the festival annually.

A recent study also indicated that the total economic impact of The Woodlands Waterway Arts Festival is $8.4 million, which includes incremental spending in area shops, hotels and restaurants in addition to artists’ sales.
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(L-R) Courtney West, Donoho’s Jewellers assistant store director; Megan Lichenstein, The Woodlands CVB event specialist; Richard Van der Dys, Donoho’s store director; Dr. Ann Snyder; Casey Snyder, The Woodlands CVB general manager; and Lauren Trice, The Woodlands CVB business development specialist

(L-R) Courtney West, Donoho’s Jewellers assistant store director; Megan Lichenstein, The Woodlands CVB event specialist; Richard Van der Dys, Donoho’s store director; Dr. Ann Snyder; Casey Snyder, The Woodlands CVB general manager; and Lauren Trice, The Woodlands CVB business development specialist

DONOHO’S JEWELERS FOOD DRIVE

The Annual Donoho’s Jewellers Winter Wonderland Holiday Food Drive was a success with 1,357 pounds of canned goods and other non-perishable items collected for Interfaith of The Woodlands.

“We are so very thankful to our community partners like Donoho’s Jewellers for helping us make a difference in our community. The amount of food collected for the Interfaith food pantry was really incredible,” said Dr. Ann Snyder, president and CEO of Interfaith of The Woodlands.

Items collected during the annual holiday food drive, from soups and pastas to snack foods and protein items, far exceeded the previous year’s totals with most of the donations collected at The Woodlands Ice Rink. Those who visited the rink and donated 10 or more items received a coupon for one free admission to the Ice Rink. A $2 off Ice Rink coupon was presented to those donating fewer than 10 items.

In the last four years, thousands of pounds of nonperishable items has been collected for the Interfaith Food Pantry through this food drive.
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MEMORIAL HERMANN HEALTH SYSTEM IN HOUSTON

Memorial Hermann Health System in Houston was named a finalist of the 2013 Foster G. McGaw Prize for Excellence in Community Service, one of the most esteemed community service honors in healthcare, which is sponsored by The Baxter International Foundation and the American Hospital Association and Health Research & Educational Trust. As a finalist, Memorial Hermann will receive $10,000 to be used to support its community health initiatives.

“Memorial Hermann Health System and its subsidiary, the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation, work with community partners to ensure that all residents of the greater Houston area have access to the care they need,” said John O’Brien, chair of the Foster G. McGaw Prize Committee. “The system’s community service initiatives include school-based health services, a mobile dental clinic, an ER Navigation program, a Psych Response Team to identify and refer patients who would benefit from mental health services, and an Interfaith Community Clinic.”

As one of the largest not-for-profit, community-owned health systems in Texas, the Memorial Hermann Health System works together with its subsidiary, the Memorial Hermann Community Benefit Corporation, to implement programs with other healthcare providers, government agencies, business leaders and community stakeholders to ensure that those they serve have access to the care they need to improve their quality of life and the overall health of the community.

”Memorial Hermann’s community benefit organization dedicates enormous effort to improving health opportunities and conditions for underserved and vulnerable parts of our community,” said Dan Wolterman, president and CEO of Memorial Hermann Health System.
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(L-R) Dr. Pamela Schlembach, radiation oncologist and organizer of The Woodlands Breast Friends group, sits and chats with local survivors Danielle Teyssandier and Nina Dialoia

(L-R) Dr. Pamela Schlembach, radiation oncologist and organizer of The Woodlands Breast Friends group, sits and chats with local survivors Danielle Teyssandier and Nina Dialoia

Staff from The Woodlands Regional Care Center with future staff member Ysabelle who was there to help

Staff from The Woodlands Regional Care Center with future staff member Ysabelle who was there to help

PAMPER ME NIGHT

The MD Anderson Regional Care Center in The Woodlands hosted its annual Pamper Me Night for the ladies of the local Breast Friends support group. Every year around Valentine’s Day, the center showers breast cancer patients and survivors with pampering, camaraderie and treats. Area businesses donated products so that more than 125 women could go home with a Valentine’s gift bag. In addition, dozens of volunteers stepped in to become temporary manicurists and masseuses. Physicians and staff members were on hand to help organize the event.
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personal golf fan

CYNTHIA WARK INVENTS GOLF CART FAN

Inventor and entrepreneur Cynthia Wark relishes in a good round of golf. In the spring of 2009, while waiting to tee off, the weather was already extremely warm. Wark visualized a fan blowing on her as she rested her swing.  Inspired by Oprah’s numerous segments on woman inventors and reinventing their careers after 50, Wark, with the help and support of her husband, set out to create the ultimate golf fan that would keep players cool during the hot months. After three years waiting for the patent to go through, Personal Golf Fan launched in 2012 and went on to win The Inventors Spotlight Pinnacle Award at the PGA Show in January 2013.

The Personal Golf Fan was one of only a couple others when Cynthia came up with the idea. The others, however, were not portable or pre-installed. To be “country club” appealing or meet golf course etiquette the fan was designed to be easy on the eye, not bounce out of cart, and keep you cool. The Personal Golf Fan has become the “it” golf cart accessory on the course these days, often selling out since its June 19 launch online, where it’s currently sold.
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The Chiswell by David Weekley Homes is one of nine homes visitors could tour during the Grand Opening of Liberty Branch in The Woodlands’ Village of Creekside Park

The Chiswell by David Weekley Homes is one of nine homes visitors could tour during the Grand Opening of Liberty Branch in The Woodlands’ Village of Creekside Park

LIBERTY BRANCH

The Woodlands Development Company celebrated the grand opening of the new 120-acre traditional neighborhood of Liberty Branch in the Village of Creekside Park in February with a free home tour, old-fashioned entertainment and refreshments. When guests visited all nine model homes, they were eligible to win one of three $500 American Express gift cards.

“Liberty Branch is a unique neighborhood situated in The Woodlands’ Village of Creekside Park,” said Tim Welbes, co-president of TWDC. “The design is based on traditional town planning principles, which makes it feel like a classic American small town within the forests of The Woodlands. Residents will have direct pedestrian access to the new Creekside Village Green and Creekside Park Village Center, set to open later this year with an H-E-B grocery store and many other shops, restaurants and services.”

There will be approximately 400 new homes, ranging from townhomes and patio homes to large single-family homes, within Liberty Branch. Four homebuilders — Coventry Homes, David Weekley Homes, J. Kyle Homes and Palmetto Homes — will feature model homes in a collection of classic American architectural styles ranging in price from the high $200,000s to more than $900,000.

Two parks — Liberty Square Park and Rockwell Square Park — add to the nostalgic, close-knit feeling of the neighborhood.  Liberty Square Park is a 1.6-acre green space that features a detailed gazebo, picnicking and seating areas. The design of 1.5-acre Rockwell Square Park harkens back to Norman Rockwell’s time, with a pavilion resembling a one-room schoolhouse as its centerpiece and a playground and open field where neighborhood children can play.
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(L-R, front row) Volunteers of the Year Mike Larson, Deborah Sargeant and Sharon Walker with the Montgomery County Master Gardeners; (back row) Board members Mike Bass, Gordy Bunch, John McMullan, Jeff Long, Peggy Hausman and Bruce Tough

(L-R, front row) Volunteers of the Year Mike Larson, Deborah Sargeant and Sharon Walker with the Montgomery County Master Gardeners; (back row) Board members Mike Bass, Gordy Bunch, John McMullan, Jeff Long, Peggy Hausman and Bruce Tough

The Woodlands Township Vice Chairman Peggy Hausman (left) and Chairman Bruce Tough (right) congratulate one of the Volunteers of the Year, National Charity Roundtable, represented by Celeste Novak (center)

The Woodlands Township Vice Chairman Peggy Hausman (left) and Chairman Bruce Tough (right) congratulate one of the Volunteers of the Year, National Charity Roundtable, represented by Celeste Novak (center)

THE WOODLANDS TOWNSHIP

During a Town Hall Meeting and Volunteer Recognition, the Township honored Mike Larson for dedication to Neighborhood Services, Deborah Sargeant for her work with the Development Standards Committee, the Montgomery County Master Gardeners Association, and National Charity Roundtable.

Groups recognized for their volunteer work included the Bicycle Task Force, Community Emergency Response Team, Development Standards Committee, Law Enforcement Advisory Committee, Parks and Recreation Advisory Council, Residential Design Review Committees, Village Associations and The Woodlands Convention and Visitors Bureau. View the complete list at thewoodlandstownship-tx.gov/DocumentCenter/View/3710.
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(L-R) Gina Rovegno, assistant director of philanthropic resources MD Anderson; Barbara Hilton, FAITH “Fighting Cancer” president; Dr. Pamela Schlembach; Maggie Marmack, FAITH vice president/secretary; Mary Beth Oglesby, FAITH treasurer; and Dr. Angela Coscio, MD Anderson Center

(L-R) Gina Rovegno, assistant director of philanthropic resources MD Anderson; Barbara Hilton, FAITH “Fighting Cancer” president; Dr. Pamela Schlembach; Maggie Marmack, FAITH vice president/secretary; Mary Beth Oglesby, FAITH treasurer; and Dr. Angela Coscio, MD Anderson Center

FAITH “FIGHTING CANCER”

FAITH “Fighting Cancer,” an organization whose mission is to provide emotional or financial support to cancer patients and their families, hosted a High Tea event that raised money for the Christmas Children’s Project. Attendees also made donations for many items for individuals.

In 2013, the organization donated $10,000 to The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center Regional Care Center in The Woodlands. This contribution provided assistance to patients currently in cancer treatment, individual preventative care, and/or educational services and support programs within the department and social services needs. Dr. Pam Schlembach directs the fund and signs off on all expenses paid from the fund. FAITH “Fighting Cancer” approved the donation of another $15,000 to MD Anderson in February 2014.
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BONEFISH GRILL

Bonefish Grill has a great fish story to tell when it opens its doors for business on Tuesday, March 4, at 1555 Lake Woodlands Drive, Ste. 435. The restaurant’s polished casual approach appeals to those who crave high-quality seafood and wood-grilled specialties at a good value in a comfortable, upbeat atmosphere.

The restaurant specializes in market fresh fish prepared to order over a wood-burning grill, giving the fish a savory, even cook. An array of signature sauces, ranging from fresh and light to rich and flavorful, are offered to enhance the flavor of the fish. Recognized as the “Fresh Fish Experts,” the restaurant offers a variety of eight species from which guests can choose on any given day. The fish is flown in fresh, inspected for quality and hand-cut daily. Guests will be treated to a level of hospitality that incorporates friendliness and attentiveness, as directed by Managing Partner Erica Gibson. Dressed in chef whites, the servers’ attention to detail is a direct result of a customized training program that is totally oriented to customer satisfaction.

The March 2014 opening marks the 200th restaurant for the Bonefish Grill family. The restaurant is hiring 115 local area residents from The Woodlands. Applications are being accepted through the March 4 opening for various Angler positions including server, host, bartender and kitchen staff, and are available online. Interviews will be conducted with qualified candidates who apply online. Visit bloominbrandscareers.com/Bonefish and enter 60911 for The Woodlands and complete the online application. Applicants can call also the hiring center at 936-222-6948 for information.
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(L-R) Tim Welbes, Robert Heineman and Alex Sutton accept the ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award trophy

(L-R) Tim Welbes, Robert Heineman and Alex Sutton accept the ULI Houston Development of Distinction Award trophy

The Woodlands Development Company

The Woodlands Development Company garnered the inaugural Vision Award for Exemplary Leadership for The Woodlands Master Plan, presented by The Houston District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) at its 2014 Development of Distinction Awards. This marks the first time ULI Houston has honored an outstanding project and its leadership with this award.

“We were honored to accept this prestigious first-time award from our distinguished colleagues at the Urban Land Institute,” said Paul Layne, executive vice president of Master Planned Communities for The Howard Hughes Corporation.

Alex Sutton and Tim Welbes, co-presidents of TWDC, along with Robert Heineman, vice president of planning, accepted the award. ULI’s press release states: “The Woodlands went beyond the mortar of live-work-play fundamentals to add environmental preservation and social consciousness to the mix, considerations that color every aspect of development as evidenced by the forests that line major thoroughfares shielding homes and businesses. “

The statement also credited TWDC for striving to create jobs in the area and making The Woodlands the primary economic generator for Montgomery County as well as a regional entertainment destination, with The Woodlands Waterway® District, The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, The Woodlands Resort and abundant shopping and dining opportunities.

BG Group Place, Historic Fire Station No.6 and James Berry Elementary School also received top honors from ULI Houston. Friends for Life – The Don Sanders Adoption Center was the winner in the People’s Choice category.
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CRUST PIZZA CO.

The Howard Hughes Corporation®  and its wholly-owned subsidiary The Woodlands Development Company announced that owners Clint Price and Mark Rasberry have signed a lease for Crust Pizza Co. in the new Creekside Park Village Center in The Woodlands’ Village of Creekside Park.

Crust Pizza Co. will open an approximately 2,500-square-foot pizzeria in the Village Green within Creekside Park Village Center. The completion date is slated for the fall 2014. Crust Pizza uses fresh ingredients and makes their dough from scratch in-house daily. Along with pizza, the restaurant offers salads, pastas and subs.


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