Dec 01 2017

“TOBIN TALK” What’s going on in the Neighborhood!

Greetings to All!

Really hard to imagine that it is already December!!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy your time.

Now we are entrenched in the Holiday Preparation….Decorating, Party’s, Shopping , Preparing the house for guests.  This is such a beautiful time of the year and I hope you and yours are healthy.

As you are know there are so many events that take place this time of year. I am pleased to announce that THCA along with HEB have contributed Turkeys(6) to District One Councils Senior Holiday Dance set for December 8th at the America Legion Alamo Post 2 from 10-noon.  I am incredibly grateful we are able to contribute to this Holiday event that gives back to the community.

With the new year around the corner we will be off to a busy start in 2018 with THCA Board Elections on January 25th.  More details to follow.  Please stay tuned.

THCA HOLIDAY PARTY

THURSDAY DECEMBER 14TH 6:30-10:00pm
306 EAST MYRTLE

The Association will provide Tamales. Please bring a side dish, a friend, and wear your ugly sweater!

Ugly Sweater contest Judged by Councilmen Roberto Trevino and Last Years Winner Cyrus Askin!

Please bring a canned food item to contribute to the FOOD BANK donation station at the Party.

Streetcars in Tobin Hill

by Ricki Kushner – revision of a previously published article

Public transportation had a great influence on the development of Tobin Hill.

Public transportation in San Antonio began in 1878 with a streetcar route from Main Plaza north to San Pedro Park.  Col. Augustus Belknap owned the system which consisted of mule-drawn cars.  The mule barn was where San Antonio College is now located. (1)  The first electric trolleys appeared in 1890(2), with the car barn located where the mule barn had been.(3)  The start of World War I reduced the construction of new homes, but after the Armistice in 1918, vacant land began to be developed again.(4)  By 1919 the eastern part of Tobin Hill, anchored by the Pearl Brewery, was served by a streetcar that ran from Dallas St. to Brooklyn, to McCullough, then to E. Locust, to Kendall, up Jones Ave.(now St. Mary’s) to King’s Court, in the vicinity of Brackenridge Park.(5)  All went well until the Depression, with lower ridership and municipal financial hardship.  In 1933, the Public Service Company, which ran the streetcars, bought out its contract with the City of San Antonio; and streetcars became a thing of the past.(6)

(1) S.A. Express-News, n.d.
(2) S.A. Express magazine, Oct. 1, 1953.
(3) “Convenient streetcar service helped shape city’s growth” / Paula Allen, S.A. Express-News, Sept. 14, 1999.
(4) Tobin Hill Neighborhood Plan. City of San Antonio Planning Dept., 2008.
(5) San Antonio Streetcar Guide 1919 /  Ed Gaida. Pub. by author, 1999.
(6) San Antonio on Wheels / Hugh Hemphill, 2009.

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Update

2017 continues to be an exciting year at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital as it has once again earned the status as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation; one of only 3 facilities in Texas to earn this designation. The HRC criteria focuses on hospital practices that demonstrate a commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality healthcare and respect they deserve.  Other important criteria include non-discriminatory and inclusive hiring and training processes for hospital staff.

For the third consecutive cycle, the hospital has also received an “A” grade in hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group.  Metro is the only hospital in the downtown area to receive the “A” grade, and has done so for the previous five out of six grading cycles (grades are given bi-annually).  The Leapfrog Group is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. You can read more about their Hospital Safety Grade system, which has quickly become the industry’s gold standard for measuring patient safety, by visiting www.leapfroggroup.org.

Our mission – Serving Humanity to Honor God by providing exceptional and cost-effective healthcare accessible to all – drives everything at Metropolitan Methodist.  In October, Metropolitan hosted its 5th annual breast cancer survivors’ luncheon with over 100 attendees.  The program included recognition of survivors and a presentation of 250 heart-shaped pillows, created by Girl Scout Troop 739 for patients.

We are thankful to the Tobin Hill Community Association for your continued partnership as we serve our shared community, and look forward to another great year in 2018!

Nov 14 2017

THCA Public Meeting

Greetings Neighbors!!

Public Meeting this Thursday November 16th at 6PM

Eco-Centro 1802 N. Main

 

Agenda Items to Include:

*THCA 10th Anniversary of Historic Designation

*Regional Center Update

*Drainage Project Update

*Sign up for Volunteering at the Food Bank for the Holiday’s

*Code Enforcement

 

PIZZA Social to follow at

THE MIX 2423 N St. Mary’s

“Please Bring a Friend”

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HOLIDAY PARTY

December 14th 6:30 PM

306 E. Myrtle

More Details to Follow

Nov 03 2017

“TOBIN TALK” What’s going on in the Neighborhood!

Greetings Neighbors!!

I hope this finds you well. I am happy to report that the Movie Night in the Park was a huge success!!! We had a few more than 85 Neighbors in attendance!! The weather was just perfect for an evening in the Park! Many enjoyed an array of food from several trucks. A big THANK YOU to District One Councils office, San Antonio College as well as Metropolitan Methodist hospital for their support! A big Thanks is also in order for THCA Board Member Trey Porter for being the Board lead for organizing the first of many movie nights in the Park to come. Stay tuned!!

 

Website Updates:

Please note on the Website “TOBINHILL.ORG” there is a new entry under the Community Association Tab…it is a Calendar the will have all of the upcoming events pertinent to THCA.

Speaking of Calendars… Please note the next THCA Public meeting is set for November 16th at EcoCentro.

 

The Tobin Hill Historic District is 10 Years Old!

Contributed by Marty Kushner

We did it, the Tobin Hill Historic District is Official was the headline of an e-mail that included a notice that I sent to many Tobin Hill residents on November 30, 2007. The notice went on to say: “On November 29, 2007, at approximately 5:15 pm, the San Antonio City Council approved a City Ordnance to establish the Tobin Hill Historic District. This capped an effort that started in 2004. Turing the three-year period, many Tobin Hill residents took part in the process to collect the required signatures to begin the application process.”

The official request was submitted on August 23, 2017, unanimously approved by the Historic Design and Review Board (September 19) and the Zoning Commission (November 6) prior to unanimous approval of the City Ordnance by the San Antonio City Council. It didn’t take us long to celebrate our success. By 6 pm a group of over 20 Tobin Hill residents that spoke in favor of the designation at the City Council meeting were at the Kushner residence “to toast our victory, tell stories of Tobin Hill and discuss the hopes and dreams for the future.”

The notice concluded with this thought: “THE FUTURE IS BRIGHT for all of us. With the Riverwalk expansion, Pearl Brewery, River North and the potential of a new Performing Arts Center at the Municipal Auditorium, we are a neighborhood on the move… so lets all unite and help move Tobin Hill forward.”

Well, that was 10 years ago, and I have to say that the concluding statement certain has proven to be true, both for the Tobin Hill Historic District, and all of Tobin Hill. I remember hearing many naysayers suggest the proposed Tobin Hill Historic District would be extremely harmful to the neighborhood. I honestly believe the opposite has been proven to be true. And most importantly, THE FUTURE CONTINUES TO BE BRIGHT.

 

How Tobin Hill Got Its Name

As the years passed, the part of the city between San Pedro Creek and the Upper Labor acequia (now the southwestern section of the neighborhood) became known as the Old Main Association as the land was sold to the Maverick family, Gillum & Yongue, and other large landholders. Part of the area now known as Tobin Hill was the result of an 1876 lawsuit between Gillum & Yongue and the City. In a lawsuit for clear title, the City had misinterpreted the amount of land in a “labor” (seven acres inside city limits, but 177 acres outside city limits). It awarded Gillum & Yongue 177 acres. When it realized its mistake, the City sued but did not win the land back. Gillum subdivided the 177 acres into lots, donated two blocks on either side of Main Ave. to the City as what is now known as Crockett Park, and sold the remaining lots, which became known as Gillum Addition. At that time developers didn’t build the houses, the owners of the lots did.(3)

During the 1880s and 1890s, when members of the Tobin family built seven homes in that area, the Old Main Association and Gillum Addition began to be known as Tobin Hill.(4) Unfortunately, none of those houses exists today.

(2) Unknown newspaper article, “Court error gave away Tobin Hill”, dated June 21, 1927 – DRT Library.

(3) Ibid.

(4) San Antonio on Track: the Suburban and Street Railway Complex through 1937 / Ann Maria Watson. Trinity U., 1982.

[Reprint from Sept. 2011 THCA Newsletter. This was the 2nd in a series about the history of Tobin Hill.]

 

Oct 13 2017

“TOBIN TALK” What’s going on in the Neighborhood!!

Greetings to All!!

  

National Night Out 2017

To say that the Tobin Hill National Night out event on Tuesday October 3rd was a success would be an understatement.  Over 60 people (Residents and Guests) were among the Attendee’s.

A Special Thank you to Jacob and Amanda for hosting at their home. Many outdoor activities were enjoyed by all ages and more thanks are due to all involved.  Hot Dogs were served, along with various sides that the neighbors contributed. As for special guests, SAFD with the Fire Truck that children thoroughly enjoyed and found it fascinating. The neighborhood SAFE Officer Robert Rodriguez representing the Police Department, as well as Councilmen Trevino and staff,  Representatives from Congressman Lloyd Doggetts, State Senator Jose’ Menendez, State District 123 Representative Diego Bernal. Retired SAPD officer Eddie Gonzales showed off his Vintage Squad Car. Thanks to the “Grilling Team” Tom Flynn and others. The Dogs were great!

The entire Event was coordinated by NNO Chair Amanda Delong.  Thank you Amanda! Here are some images of the folks that were having a great night out …

Movie Night out in Crockett Park

Join us for our first Movie Night in Crockett Park! We would love to make it a huge success so please come out and bring your Neighbors and Friends! Please see flyer below:

 

From the President!

It is great to be back online! As many of you know the website is back up!! We continue to tweak various parts of the site to make it more functional. We will be launching an every other week update to the website which you will be receiving a link to read the updates.

The next Public meeting is slated for November 16th. Please note this is the 3rd Thursday not the 4th Thursday due to Thanksgiving. It is the time of year that we have the Nominating Committee working on Nominations for 2018. We will have two resident vacancies and one business vacancy. If you are interested in serving on the Board please reach out to Byron Berkus byronberkus@gmail.com or Trey Porter jameskporter3@gmail.com . We continue to look for new talent for the board so I encourage each of you to get out of your comfort zone and serve your Neighborhood!!

Apr 01 2017

April Message From THCA President Cody Doege

Cody Doege,Greetings to all and Viva Fiesta!!!!!

Yes, it’s that time of year and we are getting ready to make it the best of Fiestas yet!!!  Stands selling sizzling fajitas. Majorettes strutting as military bands march. Cascarones, colorful eggshells filled with confetti, dotting the crowds with prismatic color as they’re broken. Extravagantly decorated floats. Music, mariachi, blues, jazz, rock, country coming from everywhere. These are just some of the sights and sounds of San Antonio’s Fiesta, our extravagant 11 day citywide party. This year marks the event’s 126th anniversary.  Get out and enjoy the rich culture that our great city has to offer.
Many Neighbors often suggest how cool it would be to have a sanctioned fiesta event in Tobin hill. I could not agree more!  So with that comment in mind I challenge you, and you know who you are, to research this and get with me and or the Board with the details for future years!!!

This is the First year for THCA to have its own Fiesta Medal!  I encourage you to get yours while they last!  Please feel free to reach out to me or one of the Board members to get your own…
Visit www.fiesta-sa.org for a complete list of Fiesta events and descriptions, and get a taste of the festivities with photos and videos from previous years.

Until next time!!
Cody Doege
210-685-4674

Apr 01 2017

THCA March Public Meeting Report

With 45 members in attendance, the March 23rd Public meeting was well attended with many new faces and several new neighbor signing up as members.  Some of the Highlight of the meeting included Dr. Vela with San Antonio College presented on the Bond for the College District and many of the line item expenditures. The City of San Antonio Senior Planner Garrett Phillips presented briefly on the Implementations of the Comprehensive Plan and the time lines around the upcoming Planning Meetings.  He did allow everyone who was interested in being apprised of the timelines to sign up for the email notices. .  .  Councilman Trevino updated the Neighbors on District 1.  Amanda Delong was voted onto the Board of Directs into the vacated Justin Johnson’s seat. The THCA Fiesta Medal was unveiled and a well-attended social followed at Tycoon Flats. Fun was had by all. It is always great to see the community enjoying working and playing together. Below are a few images from the meeting at the Eco Centro building, thanks to the THCA photographer Chad Walling.

 

 

 

 

Apr 01 2017

April Book Club Meeting

April Book Club selection is Eva Luna by Isabel Allende.

We will meet on Thursday, April 6, 2017, 7:00 PM at the home of Alma Rocha, 335 E Park Ave.  For questions or inquiries, kell.a@sbcglobal.net or 210-865-2569.

Apr 01 2017

May Book Club Meeting

May book club will meet on Thursday, May 4th @ 7:00 PM at the home of Elyse Galik, 517 E Park Ave.

The selected reading is Lexicon by Max Barry.  For questions please call 210.865.2569, or e-mail kell.a@sbcglobal.net.

Apr 01 2017

April THCA Membership Report

 

Is the glass half-full or half-empty, with respect to the current THCA Membership level?

For those seeing the half full glass, our March 23, 2017 membership meeting brought us 14 New and Renewing memberships, which was very encouraging. On the other hand, almost a third of the 2016 membership have not renewed for the current year, and that result is after backing out those folks that I know have left Tobin Hill. E-mail reminders have been sent to our Residential members and phone calls and personal visits have been made to quite a few of our Business members. Many have said they had just forgotten and promised to rejoin. Nevertheless, we are still falling short of last years total. THCA needs your help.

If you are one of the those that have not renewed yet but plan to, please do so soon, as our membership numbers reflect to the various government entities and business in the area that THCA really does speak for the TH community. If you believe there is a better way to attract new members and especially motivate our paid members to renew early and often, I would appreciate hearing your thoughts. Please feel free to call me at (210) 223-2814 or send me an e-mail at mfkushner@yahoo.com.

If you have already renewed, THANK YOU SO MUCH for your continued support. If you are wanting to join or re-join, you can find the needed details by clicking  here. Martin Kushner, Chair of the THCA Membership Committee