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!


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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!


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:

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:

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 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

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:

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:

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 –

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

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!



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!







Go Nuts If You’re Looking To Prevent Heart Disease

~ Institute for Functional Health

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

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

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 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!




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



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

Dec 16 2017

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

Greetings to All!

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

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

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

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



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

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


Elevated Blood Pressure A Risk For Dementia?

~ The Institute for Functional Health

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Important Dates to Remember:


January 25, 2018

Dec 12 2017

THCA Holiday Party




The Association will provide Tamales

Please bring a side dish, a friend, your favorite Cheer… Wear your ugly sweater!

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


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


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

Dec 01 2017

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

Greetings to All!

Really hard to imagine that it is already December!!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and were able to enjoy your time.

Now we are entrenched in the Holiday Preparation….Decorating, Party’s, Shopping , Preparing the house for guests.  This is such a beautiful time of the year and I hope you and yours are healthy.

As you are know there are so many events that take place this time of year. I am pleased to announce that THCA along with HEB have contributed Turkeys(6) to District One Councils Senior Holiday Dance set for December 8th at the America Legion Alamo Post 2 from 10-noon.  I am incredibly grateful we are able to contribute to this Holiday event that gives back to the community.

With the new year around the corner we will be off to a busy start in 2018 with THCA Board Elections on January 25th.  More details to follow.  Please stay tuned.



The Association will provide Tamales. Please bring a side dish, a friend, and wear your ugly sweater!

Ugly Sweater contest Judged by Councilmen Roberto Trevino and Last Years Winner Cyrus Askin!

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

Streetcars in Tobin Hill

by Ricki Kushner – revision of a previously published article

Public transportation had a great influence on the development of Tobin Hill.

Public transportation in San Antonio began in 1878 with a streetcar route from Main Plaza north to San Pedro Park.  Col. Augustus Belknap owned the system which consisted of mule-drawn cars.  The mule barn was where San Antonio College is now located. (1)  The first electric trolleys appeared in 1890(2), with the car barn located where the mule barn had been.(3)  The start of World War I reduced the construction of new homes, but after the Armistice in 1918, vacant land began to be developed again.(4)  By 1919 the eastern part of Tobin Hill, anchored by the Pearl Brewery, was served by a streetcar that ran from Dallas St. to Brooklyn, to McCullough, then to E. Locust, to Kendall, up Jones Ave.(now St. Mary’s) to King’s Court, in the vicinity of Brackenridge Park.(5)  All went well until the Depression, with lower ridership and municipal financial hardship.  In 1933, the Public Service Company, which ran the streetcars, bought out its contract with the City of San Antonio; and streetcars became a thing of the past.(6)

(1) S.A. Express-News, n.d.
(2) S.A. Express magazine, Oct. 1, 1953.
(3) “Convenient streetcar service helped shape city’s growth” / Paula Allen, S.A. Express-News, Sept. 14, 1999.
(4) Tobin Hill Neighborhood Plan. City of San Antonio Planning Dept., 2008.
(5) San Antonio Streetcar Guide 1919 /  Ed Gaida. Pub. by author, 1999.
(6) San Antonio on Wheels / Hugh Hemphill, 2009.

Metropolitan Methodist Hospital Update

2017 continues to be an exciting year at Metropolitan Methodist Hospital as it has once again earned the status as a “Leader in LGBTQ Healthcare Equality” from the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) Foundation; one of only 3 facilities in Texas to earn this designation. The HRC criteria focuses on hospital practices that demonstrate a commitment to equitable, inclusive care for LGBTQ patients and their families, who can face significant challenges in securing the quality healthcare and respect they deserve.  Other important criteria include non-discriminatory and inclusive hiring and training processes for hospital staff.

For the third consecutive cycle, the hospital has also received an “A” grade in hospital safety from the Leapfrog Group.  Metro is the only hospital in the downtown area to receive the “A” grade, and has done so for the previous five out of six grading cycles (grades are given bi-annually).  The Leapfrog Group is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to driving quality, safety, and transparency in the U.S. health system. You can read more about their Hospital Safety Grade system, which has quickly become the industry’s gold standard for measuring patient safety, by visiting

Our mission – Serving Humanity to Honor God by providing exceptional and cost-effective healthcare accessible to all – drives everything at Metropolitan Methodist.  In October, Metropolitan hosted its 5th annual breast cancer survivors’ luncheon with over 100 attendees.  The program included recognition of survivors and a presentation of 250 heart-shaped pillows, created by Girl Scout Troop 739 for patients.

We are thankful to the Tobin Hill Community Association for your continued partnership as we serve our shared community, and look forward to another great year in 2018!