Apr 01 2017

April Message From THCA President Cody Doege

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

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

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

Until next time!!
Cody Doege

Apr 01 2017

THCA March Public Meeting Report

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





Apr 01 2017

April Book Club Meeting

April Book Club selection is Eva Luna by Isabel Allende.

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

Apr 01 2017

May Book Club Meeting

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

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

Apr 01 2017

April THCA Membership Report


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

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

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

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

Apr 01 2017

Of Moss and Mistletoe: The Facts Behind the Folly

Ball moss or mistletoe hanging out in the canopy of your yard won’t necessarily kill your trees, but it’s good to know the difference between these often-misunderstood plants.

With the loss of tree leaves during winter, strange plants inhabiting tree canopies become more apparent. While some are unattractive and completely harmless, others can do some damage if not kept under control. Here’s a few facts behind the folly of feared foliage spotted high up in the tree canopy. This information was provided by the website Garden Style San Antonio; this article and many more can be found by clicking here.

Ball Moss

The Tillandsias, including ball moss and Spanish moss, are epiphytes (air plants) that use trees only for support. They are not parasites.

Many people believe ball moss is somehow absorbing nutrients from the host tree and causing damage, but that’s not true. In fact, ball moss absorbs nutrients and water through the air and by using small dust particles that stick to its leaves. There are more than 500 species of tillandsias distributed all over the United States where temperate climates support the growing conditions it requires.

Ball moss is an evergreen perennial plant that flourishes all year in the form of ice blue spikes. Its leaves are long, conical, greenish-gray tentacles covered with a whitish powder. Tillandsia’s method of reproduction is quite peculiar: thousands of seeds in the form of very fine hairs are deployed by the air until they adhere to any wet surface where they will stick and grow a new plant.

Don’t worry if you see these acrobats hanging from the tallest branches of your trees — they’re not causing any damage. They prefer branches that are moist, dead or in the process of decay — that’s why they’re often associated with the demise of the tree. If you find them unsightly, hire a tree professional to remove them. Otherwise, rest assured ball moss is not harming your tree.


Now let’s talk about a plant that does take from your trees: mistletoe. Phoradendron, from the Greek word “tree theft,” is a plant far from all the countless poems of love it has inspired — and of the infinite kisses exchanged beneath its shadow.

Mistletoe is a hemiparasite plant that grows on deciduous trees absorbing nutrients and water, causing problems to the hosting branches and death if it’s a small tree. We say hemiparasite because it’s also capable of performing its own photosynthesis and will not depend on the host plant 100 percent.

Mistletoe is propagated by seeds that are so sticky they adhere to the beak or plumage of birds, which are primarily responsible for spreading mistletoe to the new growing site.

Mistletoe must be controlled to safeguard the health of the host tree. Because mistletoe takes about three years to mature and produce seed (whitish berries), controlling it before it goes to seed will keep it from reproducing.

Plants within the tree canopy will not necessarily kill your tree and may not require the services of a certified arborist, but it’s good to know the difference between ball moss and mistletoe. Mistletoe may cause damage (and sometimes death), while ball moss, which is very visible in our oaks in San Antonio, will not affect the health of the tree at all.

Mar 01 2017

March Message From THCA President Cody Doege

Cody Doege,Greetings Neighbors!  Happy March!!
I certainly hope that note finds you all well, what with Spring in the air.  It is hard to imagine that we are facing temperatures in the 80’s this time of year.
As I have mentioned several times in the last few months, we have a lot going on here in Tobin Hill.  We continue to look to our neighbors for help on various committees.  Please let me know if you might be available to volunteer your time. We can connect most easily via e-mail:Codydoege819@hotmail.com – I look forward to hearing from you.
Just what does the “association” in neighborhood/community association represent? For some, it is like minded people coming together to work toward the mutual goal of improving their quality of life.
For others, neighborhood/community associations are responsible for honoring neighborhood history, while strengthening the existing infrastructure. This includes being actively aware of endeavors occurring in and around their community and the entire city, as they relate to home. By doing so, they call attention to the value of their neighborhoods.
Neighborhood/Community associations are some combination of all of the above and conceived during the times when neighbors knew and took care of each other.
The fact of the matter then and especially now, is that justification has to be built on more than a proposition of change. It must include the same motivation that previously prompted neighborhood concern. It’s just that simple and just that complex.
How can neighborhood/community associations provide a foundation for seeking healthier living conditions? Should they advocate for infrastructure improvements like better streets, sidewalks, speed bumps, an effective police presence, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness? Do those kind of goals make neighborhood/community associations the common voice? Speaking for the leadership of the THCA, I can assure you we strive to work synonymously to achieve like goals..
Living in a Democracy is what is so great about the Land we live in.  Diversity is a good thing…I feel strongly that is why Tobin Hill is a great place to LIVE, WORK & PLAY!!
Until next time,

Cody Doege


Mar 01 2017

THCA 2017 Board of Directors

Cody Doege                      President
Trey Porter                       Vice President
Elyse Galik                        Treasure
Kimberly Fonzo               Secretary/Renter Board Member
Charles Somerset           Residential Member
Malcolm Hartman          Business Member
Larry Polinard                 Business Member
Byron Berkus                  Residential Member
Greg Seiler                       Business Member
Michael Cepek                Residential Member
Vacant                              Residential Member

Mar 01 2017

A Note From Board member Byron Berkus

During our last Neighborhood Association Meeting, we discussed ways for us to come together as a community.  One family fun idea I would like to suggest is participating and/or enjoying the 3rd Annual Mission Reach Flotilla Festival.  Flotilla is a FREE, family-friendly, Fiesta-on-the-Mission-Reach event held by The San Antonio River Foundation, in partnership with the San Antonio River Authority.  The purpose of the event is to bring awareness to the newly developed Mission Reach Ecosystem Restoration and Recreation Project of the San Antonio River, including over 15-miles of hike and bike trails, pavilions and other outdoor recreation amenities the Mission Reach has to offer. It is a great way to spend part of your day outside on our beautiful San Antonio River, while listening to fabulous music, enjoying delicious food from local vendors, shopping a craft mercado, and watching kids experience the festival activities.  Flotilla also includes a water parade, costume contest, and watercraft decorating contest.  The winner of the watercraft decorating contest wins a $1,000 Grand Prize, which I considering entering with my two kayaks, and giving the money to the Neighborhood Association if fortunate enough to win.
Floatilla takes place on Saturday, April 8, between 11am-5pm at the Mission County Park Pavilions.

Visit www.MissionReachFlotillaFestival.org for entry details for the Flotilla water parade, costume contest, and watercraft decorating contest.
Please let me know if you might be interested in participating.

Mar 01 2017

March Dates To Remember …

Eco Centro meeting site

THCA Membership Meeting on March 23rd at

6:00 pm at the William R. Eco Centro Building

Councilmen’s Office will present and  host a Q&A on behalf of the proposed Historic designation for our neighbors on Mistletoe.  The date and time has not been determined.  A email will go as soon as a date is secured.