Aug 03 2018

Tobin Talk: August 3, 2018

 

Thank you to all of the neighbors who came out to help with our Community Clean Up last Saturday! There was a great turnout, and Board member, Amanda DeLong posted a live video to our Facebook page of Councilman Treviño, and THCA President, Cody Doege during the event. Thanks to all the volunteers!

We had a successful public meeting last week at EcoCentro. State Rep. Diego Bernal and Councilman Roberto Treviño both attended and shared with us what they are working on for our community. Thank you to both of them!

Don’t forget: Next week is our Second Friday Social! This month’s Social is being hosted by THCA Board Member, Malcolm Hartman at Tycoon Flats!Councilman Treviño, Rep. Bernal, Senator Menendez, and Congressman Doggett will be hosting a Town Hall Saturday, August 18 at 10:00 AM, here in Tobin Hill at the SAC Victory Center on N. Main and Dewey Place.

Read on below for details about these and other events around the neighborhood.

THCA 2nd Friday Social!

Please join us for our monthly Social!
Friday, August 10 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tycoon Flats 2926 N Saint 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!
https://www.facebook.com/events/1927247084234797/

Tobin Hill Book ClubThe book club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary. 

Selected readings:

August: EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS

Sept: AMERICAN WOLF

Oct: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU

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

Save the date!

September THCA Public Meeting

Thursday, September 20, 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/

Jul 13 2018

Tobin Talk: July 13, 2018

Greetings neighbors!

Since our last update, THCA representatives have met with the developer at E. Euclid and N. St. Mary’s to discuss their proposed plans. We asked for their cooperation as we attempt to move two of the existing houses from their lots, and to salvage materials from the other two. They have agreed to this!

Initially they proposed 30 units in five 7-story buildings, which would require a Plan Amendment to High Density Mixed Use, as well as a rezoning to IDZ.  The Commission recommended denial of High Density Mixed Use, but recommended instead Low Density Mixed Use. This aligns with the Tobin Hill Neighborhood Plan, as well as the proposed Land Use for the SA Tomorrow Comprehensive Plan.

The developer has stayed in communication with THCA throughout the process. THCA plans to meet with them again to discuss a revised plan before their Zoning Commission hearing, which is currently scheduled for July 17.

In other news, Board member, Byron Berkus, has scheduled a Community Clean Up event for the neighborhood on July 28th! He has invited Councilman Treviño to attend as we work together to clean up the garbage on the properties surrounding N. St. Mary’s.

Reminder: our next public meeting is on Thursday, July 26th at Eco Centro. Finally, tomorrow, Metropolitan Community Church and John Hill are hosting a Build Your Own Planter workshop.

Don’t forget: Tonight is our Second Friday Social! This month’s Social is being hosted by Larkin and Rachel. Snacks will be provided, please BYOB.

Read on below for details about these and other events around the neighborhood.

Community Clean Up! 

Please join THCA in a Community Clean Up!
Neighbors will work together to clean up the properties along N. St. Mary’s.
Trash bags and gloves will be provided by Solid Waste management.
Please meet at the parking lot behind The Mix. Wear your THCA t-shirt!

Saturday, July 28, 9:00AM
The Mix, 2423 N. St. Mary’s St.
Link to the Facebook event here.

Upcoming Events
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! The Facebook event can be found here.Learn How to Build a Raised Planter
Saturday, July 14, 10:30 am to Noon
Metropolitan Community Church, 611 E Myrtle

All tools, gloves and materials will be provided.  Expert advice will be provided by David Bordelon, Master Naturalist and John Hill, Certified Landscape Professional. Pizza and cold drinks will be provided.

July 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/

THCA Community Clean Up
Saturday, July 28, 9:00AM
The Mix parking lot, 2423 N. St. Mary’s

Please join THCA in a Community Clean Up! Neighbors will work together to clean up the properties along N. St. Mary’s. Trash bags and gloves will be provided by Waste Management. We will meet at the parking lot behind The Mix at 9:00AM. Please wear your THCA t-shirt! Find the Facebook event here.

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

Tobin Hill Book ClubThe book club meets the first Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM. Locations vary. 

Selected readings:

August: EROTIC STORIES FOR PUNJABI WIDOWS

Sept: AMERICAN WOLF

Oct: THE BAD-ASS LIBRARIANS OF TIMBUKTU

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

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