Apr 02 2018

Tobin Talk – News and Events in the Neighborhood

Greetings Neighbors!

Tobin Hill Community Association’s most recent public meeting was March 22nd. We heard from City Planner, Garrett Phillips, who gave an update on the SATomorrow Comprehensive Plan for the Midtown Regional Center. He spend about 45 minutes discussing the draft of the plan, taking input, and answering questions. The draft plan is in the final two phases and public input is welcome and encouraged. To view the most recent draft or sign up for updates, please visit satomorrow.com

Both the Historic and Zoning Committees gave updates at the meeting. Ben Fairbank of the Zoning Task Force asked neighbors to be on the lookout for the large yellow rezoning signs that are posted by the city when a property is applying to be rezoned. If you notice a sign, you can call the number posted on it for more information. Please also contact Ben Fairbank to let him know where the sign is located: baf@texas.net

On March 27th, neighbors and City officials gathered at Tycoon Flats to discuss the proposed improvements for N. St. Mary’s Street.  There was great input from the neighborhood on how neighbors would like to see the bond money used in our area. There will be another meeting about the St. Mary’s Bond Improvements on April 18th.

 

Upcoming Events in Tobin Hill

Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force Public Meeting

Saturday, April 7, 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Sam Houston High School
Help prioritize our city’s housing needs. Your opinions are important to us in this collaboration among community members, housing providers, developers, and the public. Over the months, the Task Force has been gathering data, comments, and proposed solutions. Now is the time to bring this information and recommendations back to the community for your input. Please join us!

Follow this link to RSVP:  https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1VAly2iqfDj2bSuwW6grLkhGA3y0UvHKZJebeWqlnLu0/viewform?c=0&w=1&edit_requested=true

April 13 – Mixer at The Mix!
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Please join us for our monthly THCA Social!
Share some refreshments and get to know your neighbors at this fun event.
You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
April’s Social will be hosted by THCA board member, Blayne Tucker, of The Mix.
There will be THCA Fiesta Medals and T-shirts available for purchase.
We will be having a membership drive at this event,
please invite your neighbors to come along.

Property Tax Forum 2018

Saturday, April 14 at 10:30 AM – 12:45 PM
San Antonio College School of Nursing
Senator José Menéndez, Representative Diego Bernal, and City Councilman Roberto Treviño will co-host a forum about your property taxes and the appraisal process as a whole. There will be resource tables as well as guest speakers from the Bexar County Appraisal District. The event will take place in the Nursing and Allied Health Complex – Room 218. Please call (210) 207-0900 or (210) 733-6604 or (210) 308-9700 with questions.

RSVP here – https://www.eventbrite.com/e/property-tax-forum-2018-tickets-44482060039

N. St. Mary’s Bond Meeting 2

Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Tycoon Flats
Please join us for the second meeting to discuss the N. St. Mary’s St. Improvement Bond that was approved in May of 2017. Improvements will be made along N. St. Mary’s from E. Mistletoe to Josephine including sidewalk connectivity, intersection improvements and signal enhancements as appropriate and within available funding. Please come to share your ideas and give feedback on this important project for Tobin Hill.
No RSVP necessary.


Fiesta Wreath Contest! 
Have an amazing wreath to show off?
Enter the contest!
Just submit your name address and email address to
Cody Do
ege at 210-685-4674
Entries must be received no later than April 26th.
Prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place! 


Tobin Hill’s
Fiesta Medals are available for purchase! 

Please contact Cody at
210-685-4674

Medals are $10 each

Jan 30 2018

“TOBIN TALK” What’s Going On In The Neighborhood?

Greetings to All!

The THCA Annual meeting was held Thursday 1/25/18 at Eco Centro.  Election of new Board members was a large part of the meeting….See the Ballot and Results below. Fellowship followed at TYCOON FLATS with Neighbors visiting and enjoying the FLATS fare. Thanks to Richard and Malcomb the owners for Happy Hour prices for the Group!

 

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El Mardi Gras

The 2nd annual El Mardi Gras will be held on February 11th, from 1:00-6:00 PM, at the corner of St. Mary’s and Mistletoe.  The money raised from this event goes back into the Tobin Hill community.  We are looking for volunteers to help the day of the event with set up, trash collection during the event, and clean up.  A volunteer sign up will go out soon.  Thanks so much for considering helping out during this fun and purposeful event.  We look forward to seeing you there!

 

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Go Nuts If You’re Looking To Prevent Heart Disease

~ Institute for Functional Health
www.iffhealth.com

The phrase “decreasing your risk for stroke or heart attack” usually has some not too pleasant implications that go with it. Hopefully you’re not at the stage that requires taking blood pressure or cholesterol-lowering medication to keep them from becoming excessive. If not, then that means you can focus on the prevention approach, which is usually easier and less unpleasant. Maybe as easy as adding a handful of nuts to your daily diet?

According to a new study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health and published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, that may be all it takes to start you on the path. Researchers looked at the diets of more than 210,00 adults that were tracked for 32 years and discovered that the people who regularly ate walnuts, peanuts, cashews and other nuts had a lower risk of heart disease!

Most nuts typically contain higher amounts of healthy fats, beneficial fiber and nutrients that can help lower cardiovascular disease risk. They are also a healthier snack option rather than partaking of chips, crackers or pretzels if you’re looking for some crunch (with a nutritional and health punch!). Just be careful not to overindulge, as nuts are more calorie dense and the total can add up quickly if you’re not mindful of your portions.

Now, there may have been other healthy lifestyle habits that the study subjects were incorporating as part of their lifestyle, but all that was looked at was the relationship between risk and nut consumption. What the researchers found with the study group, compared to people who didn’t consume nuts, was:

  • Eating walnuts one or more times a week gave about a 20% lower risk of heart disease
  • Consuming peanuts two or more times per week showed about 14% lower risk
  • Eating any tree nuts (almonds, cashews, etc.) in general decreased risk by 15-23%
  • A lower stroke risk was seen in people who ate peanuts and walnuts.

Not a bad bit of benefit from adding a tasty snack! And if you’re incorporating healthy foods along with regular exercise, and giving your body plenty of water and rest to boot, you’ve got a good foundation to help keep future health problems in the “less likely” category. While there are never any guarantees with our health, it doesn’t hurt to try and stack the odds in our favor for a long, healthy life.

On a side note, certain people may need to be careful with peanuts. They remain in the top 10 for food allergies, with reactions that can range from severe breathing issues to promoting low grade inflammation in the body if an intolerance was developed due to leaky gut syndrome. Our patients learn how to properly test for sensitivity once the body has been cleared out and reset with a good cleanse and dietary modifications. As always, you need to know which foods are good for your body and keep the reactive ones out as much as possible.

So for now, think about adding some nuts to your diet and give your heart health a boost! You may even find you’ve discovered a healthier option to replace some unnecessary junk food choices that may have been doing just the opposite!

Jan 05 2018

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

Please Renew Your Membership!!
Go to TobinHill.org

Please plan to attend
Public Meeting with Elections January 25th 6 pm
EcoCentro

Happy New Year!! We have a lot going on with many events in the upcoming month!!

The THCA is preparing for the upcoming Annual Meeting. We have several members on the board that will be term limited and I would like to introduce you to our candidates who will be running for the board. The President will be up for reelection as this position is up annually. Cody Doege will be running again for the Presidents seat. We have three Resident members that will be filled and One Business member slot.

Resident Candidate
Frederica Kushner 405 E. Myrtle St.

Frederica lives in an historic home in Tobin Hill. Research into the history of that home and others in the neighborhood, as well as reading about the American Arts and Crafts movement has helped inform her point of view about historic neighborhoods. She has written two articles for the Office of Historic Preservation: one on the history of Tobin Hill, and one on Oriental Style bungalows.

She worked for designation of the original Tobin Hill Historic District and, more recently, the Tobin Hill North and East French Historic Districts. She was a member of the Planning Team which produced the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Plan, adopted by the City in 2008. And, more recently, she was a member of the Historic Preservation and Cultural Heritage Working Group which contributed to the SATomorrow Comprehensive Plan, now being implemented by the City of San Antonio.

Frederica is a member of the Steering Committee of the Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition, which advocates for neighborhoods close to Downtown and educates their leaders in how to navigate within the San Antonio City government.

She has been a member of the board of the San Antonio Conservation Society and has chaired both their Historic Building Survey and Historic Gas Station Survey Committees. She is also active in the Tobin Hill Community Association as chair of the Historic Preservation Committee, which functions as an architectural review committee.

Resident Candidate
Anisa Schell

I’m Anisa Schell, and I’ve lived on E. Mistletoe Ave. for 4 years. Our family moved to San Antonio from Denver, CO in 2013. After spending a year getting to know San Antonio, my husband, Rick, and I decided Tobin Hill was the place we wanted to raise our three kids. Over the years we’ve grown incredibly close to our neighbors. It has been a joy to see the neighborhood growing and more families moving into Tobin Hill.

In 2006 I left my career in construction estimating and project administration to stay home with my children. Since that time, I have served on numerous boards and committees in my community that have ranged from organizing a city-wide event with the Denver Botanic Gardens, to serving as the secretary for our previous neighborhood’s community association. In 2015 I helped found a homeschool school co-op that currently serves more than 75 families in San Antonio with over 250 members; I was on the on the board from 2015 to 2017 as both the president and vice president. In 2016 and 2017, along with my neighbors, I helped organize the Dia de los Muertos Porch Crawl, an annual event along E. Mistletoe Ave. Currently, I am serving on the Tobin Hill Community Association’s Historic Preservation Architectural Review Committee, as well as representing neighborhoods on one of the five Technical Working Groups for the Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force. I would be thrilled to bring my community organization skills to the board of the Tobin Hill Community Association.

Resident Candidate
Trey Porter

Trey Porter has been a resident/owner in the Tobin Hill Historic District since February 2015. Originally from East Tennessee, Trey moved to San Antonio in 2008 to attend law school at St. Mary’s University School of Law. Trey’s first job out of law school was at a firm located in Tobin Hill. Trey quickly became familiar with the neighborhood, and also had a front row seat to the growth and redevelopment of the area. Trey still works in Tobin Hill, where his law practice focuses primarily on Criminal Defense. Trey is passionate about making Tobin Hill an even greater place to live, work, and play. His primary interests are working to grow the membership and member involvement of both resident and business owners, as well as the further development and improvement of Crockett Park.

Business Candidate
Blayne Tucker

Mr. Tucker has worked on virtually every aspect of the music and entertainment business for a variety of clients including Cyril Neville, Bobby Valentino, and Gary Clark Jr. On behalf of Gary Clark Jr., Mr. Tucker has participated in every aspect of his career: management, business management, legal affairs, tour management, booking, promotions, marketing, publicity, merchandising, fan club interaction, and publishing administration. He is the founder of the North St. Mary’s Business Owners Association, served as Commissioner on the Tricentennial Commission when appointed by then Councilman Ron Nirenberg, and is owner of The Mix on North St. Mary’s St.

Additionally, Mr. Tucker is the managing partner for Do210.com. San Antonio’s premiere event calendar listing providing the most comprehensive event database for local and national events.

Mr. Tucker was in private practice handling a wide variety of cases that involved: business litigation, multi-district litigation, criminal defense, business transactions, international law, wills and probate, personal injury, divorce, child custody, adoption, and appeals before the Court of Veterans Appeals and Air Force Board for the Correction of Military Records. Mr. Tucker has practiced extensively in both state and federal district and appellate courts.

Mr. Tucker completed his B.S. from the University of Nevada Las Vegas in just over two years, as well as attaining his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law in Fort Worth, Texas.

As you can see we have a lot of talented candidates…I look forward to seeing each of you at the upcoming meeting!

 

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TOBIN HILL’S CHURCHES – PART 1

There are four active houses of worship located in Tobin Hill, with histories into the 1920s and before. Bethany Church, located at 611 E. Myrtle St. is one of them.

In 1904 the Evengelische Friedens-Gemeinde zu San Antonio (the Peace Church or Friedens Kirke) was formed, meeting in a building on the south side of Elmira St. In 1927 the congregation built a new building at 611 E. Myrtle St. When the church was dedicated, however it only consisted of a parsonage, an education wing, and a fellowship hall (a basement). The sanctuary and bell tower were not built until 1951, after the Great Depression and World War II. Drawings for the Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church Addition, 1948-1949, by the architectural firm of Henry J. Steinbomer are located at the Alexander Architectural Archive at the University of Texas at Austin. The list of Steinbomer’s drawings also includes one titled Evangelical Friendan’s [sic] Church Building, which could be a drawing of the original church building, either on Elmira or on Myrtle. Meantime, in 1936, the congregation changed its name to Bethany Evangelical and Reformed Church. In the 1960s the church began to minister to the elderly in Tobin Hill, and in the 1970s it started a nutrition program for the elderly in the Tobin Hill and Government Hill neighborhoods.

In 1975, Bethany Church began to engage the Hispanic population. Soon a Spanish-speaking congregation formed under the name of “Betania, Iglesia Unida de Cristo”.

From 1977 to 1978, Bethany Church facilitated the formation of the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Association, its pastor becoming the first secretary of the Association.

In 1979 the Bethany congregation united with Pilgrim Congregational Church and moved to that church’s facility in the Dellview area, in northwest San Antonio.[1]

The buildings are now occupied by the Metropolitan Community Church, which continues the tradition of providing food for the needy.

In case you may have wondered about the empty metal bell tower at the back of the Metropolitan Community Church sanctuary, the bell accompanied the Bethany congregation to their new location in Dellview.

[1] Coming Together in Christ: a Centennial History of Bethany Congregational Church, 1904-2004 / by Rev. John B. Culver, Pastor Emeritus

 

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El Mardi Gras

The 2nd annual El Mardi Gras will be held on February 11th, from 1:00-6:00 PM, at the corner of St. Mary’s and Mistletoe. The money raised from this event goes back into the Tobin Hill community. We are looking for volunteers to help the day of the event with set up, trash collection during the event, and clean up. A volunteer sign up will go out soon. Thanks so much for considering helping out during this fun and purposeful event. We look forward to seeing you there!

For questions, please email Rhonda rhonda@summermoon.coffee

Dec 16 2017

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

Greetings to All!

The Holiday Party was great fun for everyone who attended.  Homemade Tamales by Flora were a delicious hit accompanied by various sides brought in by the neighbors.  A special thanks to Jacob and Amanda for hosting the gathering in their beautifully decorated Historic home.

This year the Christmas Sweater contest was very competitive and well thought out by all the participants.  The judges for this year’s competition were District One Councilmen Roberto Trevino and last year’s Sweater competition Winner Cyrus Askin.

THE REEN was the entertainment for the evening.  “THE REEN” A one man Acoustic Guitar player played many top forty numbers along with Holiday Favorites.

It was really a special evening to have so many neighbors (approximately 55) to gather and ring in the Holidays Tobin Hill Style.

 

MEMBERSHIP by Marty

As Tobin Hill Community Association’s Membership Officer, it is my job is to help grow THCA’s membership. Since its’ we have seen our community organization grow and prosper. We have tried to represent all of Tobin Hill, both residents and business in a proactive and fair way. Our growth (both in members and financially) has been impressive. In fact, our 2017 membership roster included 49 new members. For our growth to continue, we need you continued support by renewing your membership for 2018.

As we continue to grow, the more time it takes to reach out to each member and obtain their renewal. This is where YOU can help. I would consider it a personal favor if you would renew your Residential Membership NOW. Doing this will help reduce our follow-up efforts in January. Please go to the TOBINHILL.org for Membership forms.

 

Elevated Blood Pressure A Risk For Dementia?

~ The Institute for Functional Health

When it comes to high blood pressure, too many patients fall into the trap of thinking that their medication will make everything ok. While it may help keep their numbers in check for a time, if lifestyle factors aren’t addressed, the number of pills may increase to 2, 3 or even a 4th (we’ve seen it happen!) and still stay uncontrolled. The concern is that elevated blood pressure can lead to other risk factors beyond just cardiovascular stress, as a new study has suggested. It also implies that the time in life it develops may also influence certain risk factors.

Looking at women who developed high blood pressure in their forties, they were shown to be at much higher risk of dementia later in life. While there have been prior studies linking elevated blood pressure with dementia, there hasn’t been as much evidence relating it with those having issues with it before their 50’s. For this study that was published in October in the journal Neurology, researchers looked at records of more than 5,600 patients and tracked them over a 15-year period to see who developed dementia and if there was a correlation with hypertension.

What they found was that women who developed high blood pressure in their 40’s did show an increased risk of dementia, which could run as high as 73%! (This was even after accounting for other factors like smoking, diabetes and excess weight.)

Keep in mind that the brain is a very metabolically active organ (or at least it SHOULD be…) and requires a large amount of oxygen and nutrients in order to function properly. Because of that, it has a very proliferative blood supply system associated with it. If circulatory issues arise that begin to compromise that supply to the brain, it could have the potential to affect overall health and function of our most important organ! Therefore, longer-term issues with blood pressure could cause prolonged stress to the brain and be a prominent factor with issues such as developing dementia.

All that being said, it makes sense to keep your blood pressure under control as much as possible. This can sometimes be a challenging process, as so many factors predispose you to having elevated levels. Stress is always a major player, and emotions from anger to anxiety to frustration can all drive the numbers upward, especially if these are experienced regularly. Be it traffic or work environments or relationships, it always seems there is something to “push your buttons”, but learning how to keep the emotions in check can do the same for your blood pressure.

What we focus on heavily through our office is managing the chemical and physical stresses that can affect blood pressure. From a dietary standpoint, limiting pro-inflammatory foods (sugars, processed foods, etc.) and foods that are reactive to the body (allergies, sensitivities) will help keep it in a calmer state. Blood sugar balance, sodium intake and the amount of cholesterol and lipids circulating in the system will also affect blood pressure status, and can be easily controlled with better dietary management.

Pain is a major stressor to the body, and along with persistent inflammation, can cause regular elevations in blood pressure. Addressing the root causes of those nagging muscle and joint pains or overall body aches can easily give your body less reasons to be in red alert mode. Not only is pain physically uncomfortable, but it typically adds mental stress as well, which can give the blood pressure battle a double whammy.

So, if you’re female, in your 40’s, and already dealing with blood pressure issues, it may be time to make an overhaul in one or more aspects of your life. We have many ways to help keep a better state of balance in the body, and in addition, get you feeling better in the process. And it just may save your memory as well!

Important Dates to Remember:

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING/ELECTIONS

January 25, 2018

Dec 12 2017

THCA Holiday Party

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, your favorite Cheer… Wear your ugly sweater!

Ugly Sweater contest Judged by Councilmen Roberto Trevino and Last years winner Cyrus Askin!

 

“THE REEN” will be the entertainment for the Evening.

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

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!!