Jun 29 2018

Tobin Talk: June 29, 2018

Hello neighbors!

Last night THCA held a special public meeting to answer questions and get community input on two important issues in Tobin Hill.

The first issue concerned the four houses on E. Euclid and N. St. Mary’s Street. These are the four houses surrounding the boxing gym. The owners of the property recently applied for demolition permits on the homes to make way for a new shipping container housing development. It is still unclear what the density or size of the development will be, but the developer has applied to have the properties rezoned from commercial and residential to Infill Development Zone (IDZ).

Three of the properties being considered for demolition are on Euclid (photo from Google Maps). The fourth house is on N. St. Mary’s, pictured at the top of the post (photo courtesy THCA Historic Preservation Committee).

THCA is working with the owners of the homes to have them moved to other vacant lots within the neighborhood if possible.  There were many good questions asked during the meeting, and THCA will reach out to the developer to find answers. We will continue to keep the residents updated as the process continues.

The second part of the meeting was regarding the Midtown Regional Center, which is part of the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan. Tobin Hill’s Neighborhood Plan will be included in the Midtown Plan. Should there be any conflict between the Neighborhood Plan and the overall Midtown Plan, the Midtown Plan will overrule the Neighborhood Plan.

City Planner, Garrett Phillips is encouraging feedback on the Midtown Plan. You can view the Midtown Plan here:  http://www.Midtown.SaCompPlan.com
Feedback can be given to Garrett by emailing him at:  garrett.phillips@sanantonio.gov

Finally, we want to remind everyone about tomorrow’s LGBTQ PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade. The Festival is from 11am to 7pm, Saturday, June 30th. The Parade begins at 9:00 PM at Dewey Place and N. Main Ave. You won’t want to miss getting a first look at the new rainbow crosswalk!

Jun 14 2018

“Tobin Talk” News & Updates – June 14, 2018

Good morning neighbors! 

June is Pride Month, and Tobin Hill is lucky to be home to Crockett Park where Pride San Antonio is hosting this year’s LGBTQ PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival and Parade. The Festival is from 11am to 7pm, Saturday, June 30th. The Parade begins at 9:00 PM at Dewey Place and N. Main Ave. See the event details below, and follow the links for more information!

Last week about 40 neighbors gathered for the June THCA Second Friday Social. We welcomed 4 new members at the event! Thanks to the Schell’s for hosting. We look forward to July’s Social at Larkin & Rachel’s home!

There are quite a few events coming up in the next few weeks around the neighborhood with lots of opportunity for neighborhood engagement and input.

If you’re interested in infill development, you won’t want to miss this Saturday’s Infill Development Seminar at Lift Fund. City representatives will be presenting the proposed new IDZ ordinance to the public for the first time, and will be taking community input.

Next week Garrett Phillips, with the City of San Antonio’s Planning Department will be meeting with Tobin Hill about the Midtown Regional Center. This meeting will be focused specifically on our neighborhood. Community input is encouraged, so please come and join the conversation. Bring your neighbor!

Read on below for details about events around the neighborhood.

Upcoming Events
Infill Development Seminar
Saturday, June 16, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Lift Fund, 2007 W. Martin St. Sponsored by Tier 1 Neighborhood Coalition, Cat Hernandez with the City of San Antonio Development Services Department and Logan Sparrow, Principal Planner DSD, COSA will be presenting a preview of the proposed new IDZ (Infill Development Zoning) ordinance created by the IDZ Taskforce. This is an opportunity to ask questions and voice your opinion on the proposed ordinances that will be presented by COSA personnel. You can preview the agenda here. Free parking, and coffee will be provided.SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan/Midtown Regional Center
Thursday, June 28, 6:30 PM 
Eco Centro, 1802 N Main Ave.

City Planner, Garrett Phillips, will be meeting with our neighborhood about the Comprehensive Plan. Please come to hear the latest updates and provide your feedback as we work with the City to make sure our Neighborhood Plan is incorporated in the Comprehensive Plan for the Midtown Regional Center. 

PRIDE Bigger Than Texas Festival & Parade
Saturday, June 30, 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Crockett Park, 1300 N. Main Ave. 
Admission: $10 for 13 years and up, Free for kids 12 & under

Pride San Antonio, Inc. hosts the official San Antonio LGBTQ Pride Celebration. Festival with food, merchandise, entertainment, community organizations, and illuminated night parade.
More info at: http://www.pridesanantonio.org/lgbtq-festival.html

THCA Second Friday Social
Friday, July 13, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Larkin & Rachel O’Hern’s Home: 503 E. Myrtle

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!

Next THCA Public Meeting
Thursday, July 26, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main Ave.

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly, typically on the fourth Thursday of every-other month. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Check our Calendar for other events in and around the neighborhood.

Jun 02 2018

“Tobin Talk” Newsletter: June 2, 2018

Greetings Neighbors!

Last Thursday, May 24th was the THCA Neighborhood Meeting. We had updates from Councilman Treviño’s office about several upcoming events in and around the neighborhood. The Pride Crosswalk will be installed on Evergreen and Main in June, in time for the Pride Parade on June 30! We also heard from Reps. Bernal, Menendez, and Congressman Doggett’s offices.

From the City of San Antonio, we heard from Parking Enforcement and Code Enforcement. They spent time listening to neighborhood concerns and answering questions.

THCA welcomed a new business member, Gonzaba Medical Clinic. Their office is at 1303 McCullough and Dr. Valbuena is taking new patients.

We heard from the DR Semmes YMCA, as well as ideas from Art Garcia about exploring the idea of hosting an event along St. Mary’s.

After the meeting, we gathered at Tycoon Flats for some great food and conversation!

Read on below for upcoming events around the neighborhood.

Tobin Hill Book Club

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

Selected readings:
June: THE SHIPPING NEWS

July: EVERY LAST ONE

August: EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS

Sept: AMERICAN WOLF

Oct: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU 

For more info contact: kell.a@sbcglobal.net

Upcoming Events
Final Public Meeting of Mayor’s Housing Policy Task Force
Saturday, June 2, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Performing Arts Auditorium at Palo Alto College
1400 West Villaret Blvd.
State Rep. Diego Bernal Summer Resource Fair
Saturday, June 2, 10:00AM-12:00PM
Granados Adult & Senior Center
500 Freiling Dr.

THCA Second Friday Social
Friday, June 8, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Anisa & Rick Schell’s Home, 430 E Mistletoe Ave.

Please bring your own beverage. Snacks will be provided.

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!

Next THCA Public Meeting
Thursday, July 26, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Eco Centro, 1802 N. Main

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly, typically on the fourth Thursday of every-other month. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/

Check our Calendar for other events in and around the neighborhood.

May 17 2018

May is National Stroke Awareness Month

May is National Stroke Awareness Month. In celebration of Stroke Awareness Month, Metropolitan Methodist Hospital would like to share Stroke Awareness information.

Stroke is the 5thleading cause of death in the United States and the leading cause of adult disability. Each year about 800,000 suffer a new or reoccurring stroke. Someone has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke can happen to ANYONE at any time. If you think you or a love one is having a stroke, DIAL 911.

A stroke is a “Brain Attack”. A stroke happens when blood flow to the brain is interrupted by a clot or a rupture of a blood vessel in the brain. Brain cells are deprived of oxygen and vital nutrients, causing brain cells to die. If you think you or a love one is having a stroke call 911.

Two types of strokes- Hemorrhagic and Ischemic.

Hemorrhagic are less common; 13% of all strokes are hemorrhagic. A hemorrhagic stroke is caused by a brain aneurysm or a weakened blood vessel leak. 40% of stroke deaths are caused by a hemorrhagic stroke.

Ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel in the brain is blocked by a clot. High blood pressure is the leading cause of Ischemic strokes. Ischemic strokes are more common, account for 87% of all strokes.

Signs of Stroke

A stroke is a serious medical emergency, call 911 immediately. By learning the warning signs of a stroke you can save a life.

SUDDEN- numbness of face, arm or leg.

SUDDEN- confusion or difficulty speaking

SUDDEN- trouble seeing

SUDDEN- trouble walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination

SUDDEN- severe headache

 

How to spot a STROKE- F.A.S.T.

F– Face drooping

A– Arm weakness

S– Speech difficulty/slurred speech

T-Time to call 911, immediately!

Act FAST and save a life!

Reduce Stroke Risk Factors

The American Stroke Association warns people who are physically inactive, eat too much salt and overindulge in alcohol beverages are at a higher risk for having a stroke.   80% of strokes are preventable with healthier life style.  Lifestyle risk factors described by the National Stroke Association include, controllable risk factors of diet and exercise.

Diet- A healthy diet can help you reduce the risk of chronic diseases, improve your overall health, and help you reach or maintain a healthy weight. Eating healthy includes making informed decisions about food choices and balancing your calories.

Exercise- Physical activity includes anything that gets your body moving. A recent study showed that people who exercise five or more times per week have a reduced stroke risk.

Smoking- Smoking doubles the risk of stroke when compared to a nonsmoker. Smoking increases clot formation, thickens blood, and increases the amount of plaque buildup in the arteries. If you smoke, try as hard as possible to stop.

Alcohol- Drinking too much alcohol can increase blood pressure and the risk of stroke. Aim to drink in moderation – no more than two drinks a day for men and one drink a day for women.

High blood pressure is the most common controllable cause of stroke. Recent, American Stroke Association guidelines redefined high blood pressure as a reading of 130/80. Lowering high blood pressure by losing weight, decrease salt intake, stop smoking, drinking alcoholic drinks in moderation, and treating high blood sugars is GREAT start to reduce the risk of stroke.  YOU CAN DO IT!

Please join Metropolitan Methodist Hospital in raising awareness this month by sharing this article with one person.  Help us spread the word!

Resources:

National Stroke Association – http://www.stroke.org/

American Stroke Association – http://www.strokeassociation.org/

May 01 2018

Tobin Talk – News and Events in the Neighborhood

Greetings Neighbors!

We hope you had a fun and safe Fiesta. April was a busy month in Tobin Hill!

On April 18th neighbors and City Officials from the Transportation and Capital Improvements department, as well as Councilman Treviño’s office gathered at Tycoon Flats for the second meeting to discuss the N. St. Mary’s Improvement Bond. Click here for more information.

On May 1st, Councilman Treviño gave the State of the City Center address at the 6th Annual Luncheon organized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Members of the THCA Board were honored to attend with Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, one of the sponsors of the event. The Councilman highlighted the many projects happening throughout downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, with a special focus on art in the city. Click here to view photos of the event. 

At the Luncheon, Councilman Treviño announced a new app, Go See SA! The app will feature tours, plazas, churches, parks, businesses and more. From the website, “The app will provide an interactive and entertaining way to learn about our history.” Click here to learn more about this free app and for links to download it to your mobile device.

Finally, we’d like to announce the winner of our Fiesta Wreath Contest:

Debbie and Robert Olivarez!

Congratulations!


Upcoming Events in Tobin Hill
THCA Second Friday Social
Friday, May 11, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Cody & Chad’s home, 325 E. Myrtle

Please bring your own beverage. Snacks will be provided.

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!

Historic Church Tour & Festival
Sunday, May 20, 12:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, 3107 N. St Mary’s

Historic Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church opens its doors for  tours during the Our Lady of Sorrows May Festival on Sunday, May 20, 2018. The Festival begins at 12:00, lasting until 9:00 pm. Tours will be offered periodically after 2:00 pm.

Be sure to bring the family for Fiesta food and entertainment including flamenco dances, mariachis, samba dancers, belly dancers and live bands. Adults can enjoy craft beer while everyone munches on hamburgers, fajitas, nachos fruit cups and typical Fiesta food.

Our Lady of Sorrows, built in 1915, was restored in 2009 and is home to a small parish.

For more information, contact Linda Wilson at 210-834-7023 or the parish at 210-732-6295.


Public Meeting: Save the Date!
Please join us for the Tobin Hill Community Association’s neighborhood meeting:

Thursday, May 24 at 6:00PM
Eco Centro: 1802 N. Main Ave. 

You do not need to be a member to attend; all residents of Tobin Hill are welcome! There will be a social directly following the meeting.

THCA’s neighborhood meetings are held bi-monthly, typically on the fourth Thursday of every-other month. If you would like to join or renew your membership you can do so at the meeting or on our webpage: http://tobinhill.org/joindonate/


May 01 2018

2018 State of the Center City Luncheon

On May 1st, Councilman Treviño gave the State of the City Center address at the 6th Annual Luncheon organized by the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. Members of the THCA Board were honored to attend with Metropolitan Methodist Hospital, one of the sponsors of the event.

The Councilman highlighted the many projects happening throughout downtown and the surrounding neighborhoods, with a special focus on art in the city. You can read the Councilman’s full address here: http://robertotrevino.org/socc2018/

May 01 2018

N. St. Mary’s Bond Update

On April 18th neighbors and City Officials from the Transportation and Capital Improvements department, as well as Councilman Treviño’s office gathered at Tycoon Flats for the second meeting to discuss the N. St. Mary’s Improvement Bond.

This was the second meeting to gather community input from Tobin Hill residents. Proposed improvements include widening sidewalks, adding designated parking, adding bike infrastructure, improved lighting and pedestrian safety features.

Before the meeting, the City of San Antonio mailed postcard invitations to nearby residents. There were many neighbors in attendance. Most of the meeting was spent giving residents the opportunity to ask questions and make suggestions of what they would like to see on N. St. Mary’s. There will be a follow up meeting in the coming months. Time and location will be announced.

If you have suggestions that you would like to share, please send them to Joey Doctor – Capital Projects Officer at joe.doctor@sanantonio.gov or 210-207-8415.

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