Mar 19 2019

Tobin Talk: March 19, 2019

Greetings Neighbors!

We are looking forward to a very busy spring!

Tobin Hill Community Association has several exciting events coming up in the next few months, including a District 1 Candidate Forum, our first ever Fiesta after-party event, and this month’s general neighborhood meeting!

The Social Committee working on our neighborhood-wide Fiesta event, Tobin de Mayo, is looking for volunteers. Make sure to come to the March 28th meeting for details.

Read on below for more info on these and other upcoming events around the neighborhood.

Don’t Forget!

Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Social will follow the meeting.

The owner of the house at 233 E Craig has contacted THCA and requested a meeting with all interested residents. He has stated that he would be happy to answer any questions regarding the property and any future plans. Neighborhood feedback is very important to ensure a project that is compatible with the surrounding area that benefits the community as a whole.

This Thursday, March 21, 2019
6:30-7:30PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main

San Antonio College will host a special Groundbreaking Ceremony for the future Early Childhood Center and Santikos Micronauts Center.
Friday, March 22nd from 10-11 am.To attend, please RSVP to sac-pres@alamo.edu or 210-486-0960.

For more information, visit alamo.edu/sac/Groundbreaking-Ceremony.

The City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation received demolition applications for the structures at:

804 E Euclid; click for photos
430 & 434 E Magnolia; click for photosThe structures aren’t currently designated, and City staff is reviewing the properties and applications. They will hold the demolition applications for 30 days (until March 28 for 804 E Euclid and April 5 for 430/434 E Magnolia).

The demolition applications for 307 & 311 E Evergreen are currently on hold while they are under review for historic significance.

Please contact Jessica Anderson, Historic Preservation Specialist at jessica@sapreservation.com or (210) 207-7984 if you have any questions or feedback regarding these properties and/or the demolition applications.

📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

April: Tell the Wolves I’m Home
May: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
June: The Western Wind

Contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net for locations and more info.


Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted for the following programs:

  • Under 1 Roof
  • Let’s Paint
  • Minor Repair Programs
  • Green and Healthy Homes 

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.


Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming planning and zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, March 26th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm the location of the meeting.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases scheduled to go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission. The next meeting will be Monday, March 25th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.


Click here to renew your 2019 membership online.

Feb 20 2019

Tobin Talk: February 20, 2019

Greetings!

We had an excellent turnout at the Annual Meeting last month. Thank you to our President, Cody Doege! Congrats to our new and re-elected Board members, Michael Cepek, Larkin O’Hern, and Blayne Tucker. You can read the bios of your 2019 Board Members on the THCA website here

At the meeting, Councilman Roberto Treviño gave us updates about scooters, the N. St. Mary’s bond, parking and safety issues, STRs, and more. What great kick-off for the year! We are looking forward to a great 2019 in Tobin Hill.

On February 7th, SAPD, Chief McManus, Councilman Treviño, TCI, Parking Enforcement, and Assistant City Manager, Peter Zanoni, met with residents about parking and safety concerns in the neighborhood. The meeting was well attended, and SAPD followed up with an action plan, which you can view here.

In addition, SAPD met with representatives from the businesses along N. Saint Mary’s on February 14th to discuss the neighborhood concerns and provide the business  owners with an overview of the actions that will be taken by SAPD and the city to address safety and parking.  You can read more about these meetings here.

This year there is a new Social Committee who are working on a neighborhood-wide Fiesta event, Tobin de Mayo. This event will take place on May 4, 2019. Save the date and look for more info to come. We are also looking for folks who are interested in helping to join the committee.

Read on below for more info on upcoming events around the neighborhood.

Save the Date!

Neighborhood Meeting

Thursday, March 28, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Details to come.
Social will follow the meeting.

THCA 2nd Friday Social 

Please join the Tobin Hill Community Association for our monthly Social!

Friday, March 8, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tom & Callie Flynn’s Home
502 E Locust St.

THCA’s monthly Social is a fun way for neighbors to connect!
You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!

Interested in hosting a Social during 2019? We are looking for neighborhood residents and businesses that would like to host our Socials.
Contact Social Committee Co-Chairs, Doreen Tarango or Luis Montejano. You can call Doreen at 210-393-9912 or email Luis if you’d like to be a host. 


It’s time to renew your 2019 THCA Membership!

Click here to renew your membership online today.

The City of San Antonio Office of Historic Preservation received demolition applications for the structures at 307 E Evergreen and 311 E Evergreen; click here to see photos. The structures aren’t currently designated, and City staff is reviewing the properties and applications. They will hold the demolition applications for 30 days.

Please contact Jessica Anderson, Historic Preservation Specialist at jessica@sapreservation.com or (210) 207-7984 if you have any questions or feedback regarding these properties and/or the demolition applications. If you’d like to provide feedback, please do so by Friday, March 8.

📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

March: Condominium
April: Tell the Wolves I’m Home
May: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society
June: The Western Wind

Contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net for locations and more info.


Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted for the following programs:

  • Under 1 Roof
  • Let’s Paint
  • Minor Repair Programs
  • Green and Healthy Homes 

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.


Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, February 26th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm the location of the meeting.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases scheduled to go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission. The next meeting will be Monday, February 25th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.

Feb 19 2019

Tobin Hill Parking and Safety Meeting

On February 7th, representatives from the SAPD, Chief McManus, Councilman Treviño, the City of San Antonio’s Traffic and Capital Improvements department, Parking Enforcement, and Assistant City Manager, Peter Zanoni, met with residents about parking and safety concerns in the neighborhood.

The meeting was well attended.

SAPD has followed up with an action plan, which you can view here.

In addition, SAPD met with representatives from the businesses along N. Saint Mary’s on February 14th. They discussed the concerns of the neighborhood and provided the businesses with an overview of the actions SAPD and the city  will be taking to address safety and parking.

SAPD has followed up with those that provided their email addresses when they attended the meetings. They have provided updates, including this report on the first week’s actions:

If you have specific questions or concerns regarding safety or parking in the neighborhood surrounding N. Saint Mary’s, you should contact the Tobin Hill SAFFE Officers:

SAFFE Officer Neumann: 210-912-6662, Brigitte.Neumann2@sanantonio.gov
SAFFE Officer Ceja: 210-237-9128
SAFFE Officer Zulaica: 210-275-2281

Additionally you may follow up with Joe Frank Picazo, Assistant to the Director, San Antonio Police Department at Joefrank.Picazo@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-8430.

View the N. St. Mary’s Public Safety Meeting Follow-Up Comprehensive Plan here.

Jan 18 2019

Tobin Talk: January 18, 2019

Greetings!

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting next week. The Nominating Committee has compiled the list of nominees for the 2019 Board election which will take place at this meeting. You can view the nominee bios here.  You must be current on your THCA Membership to vote for the Board, so if you have not done so already, please take a minute to renew today.   

Our Annual Meeting will have a full agenda. In addition to the vote, we are looking for volunteers for the new committees we have planned for 2019. There is a new Social Committee who are working on a neighborhood-wide Fiesta event, and we are hoping to form a committee specifically to address our parking issues. We have some wonderful community partners, and 2019 is already shaping up to be a great year in Tobin Hill. You won’t want to miss this meeting.

A couple of highlights about upcoming events: The City of San Antonio is hosting an Open House on Wednesday, January 23, to update us about the SA Tomorrow Midtown Regional Center plan. There are some interesting neighborhood engagement events coming up on Saturday, Jan. 26: a Property Tax workshop hosted by the Bowen Center, and a Neighborhood Design workshop hosted by the San Antonio Conservation Society. Finally, our Social Committee has starting working on what we hope will become an annual Fiesta event: make sure you Save the Date for Tobin de Mayo on May 4, 2019! 

A reminder from our neighbors at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital: it’s flu season so wash your hands!  Hand washing is the most effective way to prevent the spread of germs and infections!!

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 24 at Eco Centro at 6:00PM.

Read on below for more info.


It’s time to renew your 2019 THCA Membership!

We have begun collecting your dues for next year.
Save time at the Annual Meeting…
Click here to renew your membership online today.

THCA Annual Meeting

2019 Board Election
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Please read through the nominee bios here.

Social to follow the meeting at the Kushner’s home.


Please join the San Antonio Conservation Society, the City’s Office of Historic Preservation, AIA San Antonio, and Tier One Neighborhood Coalition for the second of four neighborhood workshops where we will focus on how we develop the common language of design as we work to retain the physical and economic-social character of our neighborhoods.

The workshop is open to all at no cost.

Please RSVP to the Conservation Society at 210-224-6163 or email to conserve@saconservation.org


Understanding Property Taxes
Saturday, January 26, 2019
9 am – 11 am
500 Pilgrim
(Bethany Congregational Church Social Hall)
Featured Speakers:
Michael Amezquita, Chief Appraiser
Rogelio Sandoval, Assistant Chief Appraiser
Rich Acosta of Mi Ciudad es Mi Casa
Join us as we learn about property taxes and market values.
BCAD experts will guide us through the taxation process.
Rich Acosta of Mi Ciudad es Mi Casa will share how to protest your property taxes for free.
Breakfast tacos and coffee will be served.

This event is free.  Please share with your neighbors.
Register online for free on the Bowen Center Website

THCA 2nd Friday Social 

Please join the Tobin Hill Community Association for our monthly Social!

Friday, February 8, from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

THCA’s monthly Social is a fun way for neighbors to connect!
You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!

Interested in hosting a Social during 2019? We are looking for neighborhood residents and businesses that would like to host our Socials.
Contact Social Committee Co-Chairs, Doreen Tarango or Luis Montejano. You can call Doreen at 210-393-9912 or email Luis if you’d like to be a host. 


Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted as follows:

  • Under 1 Roof, Let’s Paint, and Minor Repair Programs: Beginning October 1st and ongoing (as funding is available)
  • Green and Healthy Homes Program: Ongoing, year-round

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.

📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

February:
Upstairs at the White House: My Life with the First Ladies

March: Condominium

April & May books TBA

Contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net for locations and more info.

Market Mondays at Metropolitan are held weekly beginning this Monday, January 21, 2019 from 11am to 1pm! The market is held at the front of the hospital. It is growing in size as more vendors are added weekly.
For more information or if you know of any interested vendors please get in contact with Vanessa Wilsonat Metropolitan Methodist Hospital . There is currently no vendor fee.

Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 29th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm the location of the meeting.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases scheduled to go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission. The next meeting will be Monday, January 28th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.


Resolve to get
Involved!
2019 is a new year and there are plenty of spots on THCA’s committees. Social Committee, Outreach, Community Service, Special Events, and more!
Interested in getting involved?
Let us know at info@tobinhill.org!
Jan 04 2019

Tobin Talk: January 4, 2019

Happy New Year!

THCA celebrated the holidays together at Casa Rosa, the gallery of Luis Lopez. We sang carols around the piano and shared delicious food and friendship, as well as enjoyed a visit from Congressman Lloyd Doggett. Be sure to check out the photos on the THCA Facebook page.

Our Annual Meeting is coming up in just a few weeks. The Nominating Committee has compiled the list of nominees for the 2019 Board election which will take place at this meeting. You can view the nominee bios here.  You must be current on your THCA Membership to vote for the Board, so please make sure you have renewed before then.

Beginning in January, the City of San Antonio is expanding the Fee Waiver program for qualified Owner Occupied, Legacy Businesses, and Historic Rehabilitation projects. Please click on the flyer at the bottom of the newsletter for more details.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 24 at Eco Centro at 6:00PM.

Read on below for more info.


It’s time to renew your 2019 THCA Membership!

We have begun collecting your dues for next year.
Click here to renew your membership online today.

THCA Annual Meeting

2019 Board Election
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Please read through the nominee bios here.

Social to follow the meeting.

THCA 2nd Friday Social 

Please join the Tobin Hill Community Association for our monthly Social!

Friday, January 11 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
High Wire Arts Studio, 326 W Josephine St.
Light refreshments will be provided by PSW Real Estate

THCA’s monthly Social is a fun way for neighbors to connect!
You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!

Interested in hosting a Social during 2019?
Contact Social Committee Member, Doreen Tarango at 210-393-9912


Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted as follows:

  • Under 1 Roof, Let’s Paint, and Minor Repair Programs: Beginning October 1st and ongoing (as funding is available)
  • Green and Healthy Homes Program: Ongoing, year-round

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.

Resolve to get
Involved!
2019 is a new year and there are plenty of spots on THCA’s committees. Social Committee, Communications/Newsletter, Community Service, and more!
Interested in getting involved?
Let us know at info@tobinhill.org!
📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

January: THE ALICE NETWORK
February: THE THORNBIRDS

Contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net

Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, January 8th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning and Development Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm the location of the meeting.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases scheduled to go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission. The next meeting will be Monday, January 28th, at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.

Dec 08 2018

Tobin Talk: December 8, 2018

Hello Neighbors!

Thank you to all who attended our last public meeting on November 29. We had a great turnout. The main topic of the meeting was the proposed amendments to the bylaws, which were passed by the membership, 43 to 2. The updated bylaws have been uploaded to the website and can be viewed here: http://tobinhill.org/tobin-hill-community-association/

One of the amendments to the bylaws concerns a new Confidentiality and Conflict of Interest Disclosure form.  This form/policy can be viewed here: https://tinyurl.com/ConfidentialityConflictForm

The Nominating Committee has compiled the list of nominees for the 2019 Board election. You can view the nominee bios here.  The election will take place at our Annual Meeting on Thursday, January 24, 2019.  You must be current on your THCA Membership to vote for the Board, so please make sure you have renewed before then.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our annual Holiday Party on Friday, December 14th at Casa Rosa.

Read on below for more info.


THCA Holiday Party 

You’re invited: Tobin Hill Community Association Annual Holiday Party!
Friday, December 14 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
La Casa Rosa, 527 E Dewey Place
Tamales and chili will be provided by THCA. Please bring a dish to share. You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!



Note from THCA’s Membership Chair, Tom Flynn:

It’s time to renew your 2019 THCA Membership!
We have begun collecting your dues for next year. You can renew your membership in person, by mail, or online here.


NCAA COACH BACK IN THE GAME THANKS TO CARE AT METROPOLITAN METHODIST HOSPITAL
San Antonio, Texas – November 26, 2018 – Hospitality and the commitment to outstanding patient care provided by the leadership and staff at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital scored big with a college basketball coach during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four in San Antonio.Coach Greg Herenda, 57, had not been in a hospital since he was born, but during a trip to  San Antonio to see the Final Four in March 2018 he encountered a life-threatening condition that kept him in the hospital for 15 days.“I could not have picked a better place than Metropolitan Methodist Hospital,” he said.  “My family and I were 2,000 miles away from our home in New Jersey, but the doctors and staff made us feel like family.  I was in a bad situation and they worked hard for me.  I will be forever grateful.”Read more on the THCA blog.



Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted as follows:

  • Under 1 Roof, Let’s Paint, and Minor Repair Programs: Ongoing (as funding is available)
  • Green and Healthy Homes Program: Ongoing, year-round

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.


📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚

The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

January: THE ALICE NETWORK
February: THE THORNBIRDS

Contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net

THCA Annual Meeting

2019 Board Election
Thursday, January 24, 2019
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Please read through the nominee bios here.

Social to follow the meeting.


Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning and Development Committee meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, December 11th at 6:30PM. Please contact Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm the location of the meeting.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases scheduled to go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission. The next meeting will be in January. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.


 

Dec 08 2018

2019 Board Nominees

THCA 2019 Nominees

Nominee for President:

Cody Doege, Resident, East Myrtle Street: Cody Doege was born and raised in New Berlin, TX, and earned his Bachelor of Science degree from SWT in San Marcos. Cody is an active Member of Christ Lutheran Church of Elm Creek and is employed by La Jolla Pharmaceutical.  He has lived in Tobin Hill for nine years and his focus in the community is to engage and encourage sound growth through each Resident’s wants and needs. Municipal accountability and Compliance Strategies are of utmost importance. Cody is running for re-election for his fourth term as THCA President.  

Resident Nominees (two positions available):

Michael Cepek, Resident, East Courtland Place: Michael has been in Tobin Hill since mid-2008, when he bought a 1927 house on East Courtland Place, in the historic district. He is a Chicago native and came to San Antonio to work as a professor of cultural anthropology at UTSA. Within six months of his 2007 arrival, he knew he would stay for a long time, which is why he moved from an apartment in Monte Vista to Tobin Hill. Michael enjoys frequenting the clubs and venues on the St. Mary’s strip with his wife Amy Rushing, who is Head of Special Collections at the UTSA Libraries. He knows many of the owners and workers of businesses along the strip, and believes he can be a good connection to that very significant part of our neighborhood. Many folks here have seen him walking his three dogs–a rat terrier, a chihuahua, and a chihuahua-poodle mix–along our streets, and a few others have already met his mother, Char, who recently bought a home in Tobin Hill to get away from Chicago winters. Michael has long been interested in various neighborhood issues: keeping our homes and streets safe; working to maintain a good balance between Tobin Hill’s history as a mixed residential and business/entertainment district; and helping to make sure the neighborhood remains open and affirming for our many LGBTQ residents, as his brother is gay and his family has a long history of involvement with Parents, Friends, and Family of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). Michael is running for re-election for his second term on the THCA Board. 

Michael Finelli, Resident, Paschal Street: Michael Finelli grew up in Miami Florida, received a Bachelors of Art History degree at Florida International University. After graduation moved to the great San Antonio in 2011. My wife Rachel and I moved to the Tobin Hill community at the end of 2016 and shortly after welcomed our first baby Francine.  Some of my hobbies are traveling, photography and always love attending local events. 

Larkin O’Hern, Resident, East Myrtle Street: Larkin and his wife Rachel bought a home in Tobin Hill in 2017 and (finally) moved in early 2018!  After spending eight years in the Army bouncing from place to place, they were ready to put down roots and loved the community feel of Tobin Hill, its proximity to downtown, and mix of historic preservation with exciting potential.  Larkin is a 2008 graduate of the United States Military Academy and holds a master’s degree from George Washington University-which he uses never.  When not working at USAA Larkin enjoys “walking” along the Museum Reach and biking the Mission Extension and is a proponent for sidewalk and bike-lane enhancements. 

 

Business Nominees (one position available):

Blayne Tucker, Owner – The Mix on N. St. Mary’s Street: 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. Blayne is running for re-election for his second term on the THCA Board. 

Beth Schleif, Director of Business Development, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital: Beth is excited for the chance to participate in the Tobin Hill Community Association as she grew up with parents very active in their own community association in her hometown of Clear Lake, outside of Houston, and experienced the benefits of residents and businesses working together. 

Beth attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, Texas, where she played basketball for the school and participated in Greek life. After completing her bachelors degree, Beth moved to San Antonio in 2008 and began work in fundraising and development with the McNay Art Museum. She later moved to Institutional Advancement for UT Health where she found purpose and inspiration in advancing research and treatment in medicine, particularly seeing the positive impact it had on patients. With a desire to do more in the healthcare world, Beth decided to pursue a Masters in Healthcare Administration at Trinity University. She found her home at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital when doing her Administrative residency year, and stayed on board as an Associate Administrator after completing her degree in 2015. In this operations role Beth had the chance to collaborate with many department teams while implementing the patient food services room service model, overseeing construction projects, and leading employee engagement initiatives. In 2017 Beth transitioned to the business development role and has enjoyed the work she now gets to do, partnering with physicians in both the hospital and community. 

Outside of the hospital Beth enjoys participating in the ministries of her church, Laurel Heights United Methodist, where she sings in the choir, volunteers with the youth group, and serves on the Staff Parish Relations Committee. 

 

Thank you to all of the members who are willing to serve as Board Members for the Community Association.

Prepared by the THCA Nominating Committee: Callie Flynn, Rachel O’Hern, and Anisa Schell

Dec 06 2018

NCAA COACH BACK IN THE GAME THANKS TO CARE AT METROPOLITAN METHODIST HOSPITAL

San Antonio, Texas – November 26, 2018 – Hospitality and the commitment to outstanding patient care provided by the leadership and staff at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital scored big with a college basketball coach during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four in San Antonio.

Coach Greg Herenda, 57, had not been in a hospital since he was born, but during a trip to San Antonio to see the Final Four in March 2018 he encountered a life-threatening condition that kept him in the hospital for 15 days.

“I could not have picked a better place than Metropolitan Methodist Hospital,” he said. “My family and I were 2,000 miles away from our home in New Jersey, but the doctors and staff made us feel like family. I was in a bad situation and they worked hard for me. I will be forever grateful.”

Herenda is head coach of the Fairleigh Dickinson Knights men’s basketball team. The university is in Teaneck, New Jersey. He had traveled to San Antonio for the National Association of Basketball Coaches convention, held during the Final Four. His leg felt tight on the plane and then he experienced pain while walking on the San Antonio Riverwalk. He decided to sleep on the decision about whether to seek care, but the next day his leg continued to swell. He was admitted to the emergency room at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital. Doctors performed an ultrasound of his entire body. They found two blood clots, one in his thigh and another in his abdomen.

“Coach Herenda’s condition was very serious,” said Demetrios Macris, M.D., vascular surgeon who treated him. “This size of a clot can prove fatal if it dislodges and migrates to the heart and lungs. This could have been instantly fatal.” Coach Herenda was treated with Tissue Plasminogen Activator (TPA), a drug that breaks up clots and restores blood flow, and then with oral anticoagulation medications.

Herenda also was battling a fever of 104º. “I was lying on a bed of ice for a day,” he said. “They were trying anything to break the fever. It would go down and then right back up again.”
“The hospital was incredible, and the people were awesome,” said Herenda. “I made so many new friends. The people were incredible, magical.”

“Greg Seiler, hospital CEO, came to my room and we really hit it off,” said Herenda. “Greg’s a Spurs fan and when he found out I was a college basketball coach, he came by to check on me all the time. Later during my stay, Greg reached out to Carson Cunningham, head basketball coach of the University of the Incarnate Word Cardinals, and he visited me, too. It was awesome to talk to another coach.”

Seiler also contacted Visit San Antonio and told them the story of the special visitor they had and the need for hotel accommodations for his wife for a few extra days. “They made phone calls to their hotel partners, and our San Antonio hospitality really came through when one of the hotels provided lodging for Coach’s wife for a night for her to get a shower and a good night’s sleep,’ said Seiler. “Visit SA was amazing.”

“Basketball played a part in my healing in a funny way,” said Herenda. “At the end of the day, it is encouraging to know that people care. It sounds like a cliché, but I treat every day like it’s a gift. I mean this was scary. The people at that hospital made me feel a lot of love, and they got me through it. I was where I needed to be. It was a team effort.”

Seiler said that having Herenda as a patient was a win-win situation, and he is proud of the way the Metropolitan Methodist team performed. “San Antonio has a growing reputation is a great sports town and our people are an important part of the appeal,” he said. San Antonio will host the Women’s Final Four in 2021 and the Men’s Final Four in 2025.

Note: Some of Coach Herenda’s quotes were taken from an article in the Fall 2018 issue of Time-Out, a publication of the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

Nov 26 2018

Tobin Talk: November 26, 2018

Greetings!

We hope you had a great holiday weekend. The Tobin Hill Community Association is so thankful for our neighbors.

Our November public meeting is coming up this week on Thursday, and we’ve scheduled our annual holiday party for December 14th. You won’t want to miss these and other upcoming events.

Read on below for more info.


THCA Public Meeting

Presentation/Adoption of amended Bylaws
Thursday, November 29, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Review the proposed updates here: https://tinyurl.com/2018bylawupdates

If you would like a printed copy of the proposed updates, please email: info@tobinhill.org

Social to follow the meeting at Plaza Guadalajara.


📚 Tobin Hill Book Club 📚

The book club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary.

December: THE SOUL OF AMERICA
January: THE ALICE NETWORK
February: THE THORNBIRDS

Contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net


THCA Holiday Party 

You’re invited: Tobin Hill Community Association annual holiday party!

Friday, December 14 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
La Casa Rosa, 527 E Dewey Place

Tamales and chili will be provided by THCA. Please bring a dish to share. 

You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!


Note from THCA’s Membership Chair, Tom Flynn:

It’s officially time to start signing up for your 2019 THCA Membership!
Start getting your finances in order as we will start collecting your dues for next year now. You can renew your membership in person at the THCA Public meeting on Thursday, November 29, by mail, or online here.



Housing Programs
The Neighborhood and Housing Services Department offers several home repair and energy efficiency programs for income-qualified homeowners. Applications are being accepted as follows:

  • Under 1 Roof, Let’s Paint, and Minor Repair Programs: Ongoing (as funding is available)
  • Green and Healthy Homes Program: Ongoing, year-round

Click here to learn more about the City’s repair and remediation programs, and to download an application.

Committee Meetings:

THCA’s  Zoning Task Force meets bi-weekly (as needed) to review upcoming zoning cases in the neighborhood. The next meeting will be Tuesday, November 27th at 6:30PM. Please contact Zoning Task Force Chairperson, Rick Schell, to confirm the location of the meeting.

THCA’s Historic Preservation Committee meets monthly to discuss cases scheduled to go before the City’s Historic Design Review Commission. The next meeting will be Monday, November 26th at 6:30PM. Please contact Committee Chair, Ricki Kushner, for meeting location details.

Oct 26 2018

Tobin Talk: October 26, 2018

Good afternoon Neighbors!

A quick update: last night members of the Association met to adopt the proposed bylaw amendments. Unfortunately, we did not have enough members in attendance to vote on the amendments. We will be presenting the amendments at our next general meeting on November, 29. Please mark your calendar and plan to be there for this important meeting!

We know that the next few months will be a busy time for everyone. Here is a quick reminder of upcoming events in the neighborhood.


THCA Public Meeting

Presentation/Adoption of amended Bylaws
Thursday, November 29, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

Review the proposed updates here: https://tinyurl.com/2018bylawupdates

If you would like a printed copy of the proposed updates, please email: info@tobinhill.org



Join our neighbors on E. Mistletoe Ave. for a night of food and friends!
There will be food and festivities on the following porches:

418 E Mistletoe 431 E Mistletoe
426 E Mistletoe 511 E Mistletoe
430 E Mistletoe 512 E Mistletoe

Please BYOB. This is a kid and pet friendly event.


THCA 2nd Friday Social

Please join the Tobin Hill Community Association for our monthly Social!

Friday, November 9 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
El Búho, 2710 N. St. Mary’s St.

THCA’s monthly Social is a fun way for neighbors to connect!
You do not need to be a THCA Member to attend.
Please invite your neighbors to come along!


In 2017, Councilman Roberto Treviño initiated a Council Consideration request in response to demolition penalties and neighborhood concerns in San Antonio. One of the recommendations from the Council Committee was for the Office of Historic Preservation (OHP) to further explore deconstruction as an alternative to traditional demolition.

The meeting will feature a presentation from city staff, a deconstruction case study from a historic district resident, and an interactive exercise.
This event is FREE and open to the public!

Can’t attend the meeting? Your input is still important to us! Please take time to email your comments to info@sapreservation.com. Written comments will be documented on the project website: www.sanantonio.gov/historic/Programs/Deconstruction


Note from THCA’s Membership Chair, Tom Flynn:
It’s officially time to start signing up for your 2019 THCA Membership! Start getting your finances in order as we will start collecting your dues for next year now. This Halloween don’t be the person dressed as a non paying member for 2019.

You can renew your membership in person at the next Second Friday Social on November 9th, the Public meeting on November 29, by mail, or online.