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Party of Seven

The Ashcroft Family

Prescription For Success

The Broadway Pharmacy

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10 Trending in ‘09

14 Happening in ‘09


Business Profile

Broadway Pharmacy is now providing excellent customer service to the third and fourth generations of families in 78209.


Meet Your Neighbors

In the Ashcroft family of 7 organization is key.



One Alamo Heights couple inherits and remodels their forever home.

26 Good Living

28 Realtor Spotlight On The Market

30 Neighborhood News 34 School News

38 Summer Camp Guide 40 Pets - Ask Roxie 42 Society

46 Community Calendar 48 Community Spotlight 52 Eat in ‘09 56 ‘09 Eats

58 Church Directory 60 Outside ‘09 62 Calendar

64 Police Blotter




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Editor’s Letter

Goodbye Spring... Now that Fiesta is over, it’s time to start thinking about summer. Many of you already have your vacations planned. Others of you may be wondering how you are going to keep your kids busy once they are out of school. You’ll want to take a look at our Summer Camp guide in this issue. There are lots of great activities for your children throughout the summer right here in 78209 This month, you’ll meet the Ashcroft family. Joey has wanted a big family for as long as he could remember. He met his now wife, Lindsey and they made his wish come true. Between ballet, soccer, gymnastics, little league and piano, their five precious children under the age seven definitely keep them on their toes. Most of you are probably familiar with Broadway Pharmacy. Since 2005, David Worsham has provided excellent customer service to three and sometimes four generations of families in Alamo Heights. What sets Broadway Pharmacy apart from other pharmacies? David and his staff always go the extra mile with their customers. As a compound pharmacist, David can provide solutions that the larger pharmacies can’t. For all of you sushi lovers out there, this month’s Eats in ’09 article spotlights Sushi Zushi. You will never see more a more beautiful presentation of food! Remember Mother’s Day on is on May 12. The best gift you can give your mom is the gift of your time. We momma’s love nothing more than having quality time with our children, no matter how old you are!


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Jason studied fine art & theatre and competed on the gymnastics team at Ohio State University, then relocated to New York City where he pursued a career in show business and commercial art. where he performed on Broadway, The Metropolitan Opera, and did some television work. He also supported himself as a freelance illustrator. The most pivotal point in Jason’s life was when he came to faith in Christ in the mid 70’s. Since that time he has worked in the commercial art field as a graphic designer and illustrator which eventually led to developing his interests as a photographer and video producer. Still working with graphics and video, the lion’s share of Jason’s current work is now in photography. In addition to his fulltime career in the creative arts, Jason, with his wife Deborah, also invests time with Cru Military Ministry at Lackland Air Force Base.


Bonny Osterhage is a San Antonio journalist, copywriter, and public relations pro with more than 18 years in the industry. Her work can be seen in local, regional and national publications and digital magazines including Mind Body Green and The Fine Line. An avid fitness fanatic, Bonny is a NASM certified small group trainer with Body Architecture San Antonio, and an indoor cycle instructor at Lifetime Fitness. Bonny is married to Mike Osterhage, co-host of KSAT 12 SA Live, and the couple has two teenaged sons.


ON THE COVER 78209 photographer Jason Roberts finds a little bit of paradise at the Botanical Gardens.


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Happenings In‘09 Neighbors Want Shell Station Repairs Completed

Kiddie Park to Close, Reopen at the Zoo Encroaching new development adjacent to the Kiddie Park has resulted in the popular family destination being relocated to the San Antonio Zoo. BY RON AARON EISENBERG

Kiddie Park, which has been at 3015 Broadway Street, 78209, since 1925, is moving to the San Antonio Zoo to keep it going. According to Kiddie Park's owners, the attraction is the oldest children’s amusement park in the country! It was renovated in 2009. But the encroachment of new development adjacent to the facility, including a soon to open Shake Shack, a fast food burger chain, has eliminated so many parking spaces it is increasingly difficult to park near the facility. To keep from closing its doors, the owners and San Antonio Zoo came together to save the park.   Rod Weaver, Kiddie Park coowner, told 78209 Magazine, “It has been our great pleasure to be stewards of this great San Antonio institution for the last 9 years. We are thrilled to be passing the torch 14

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to the capable hands of the Zoo. This necessary change of location will provide for a much better experience for Kiddie Park’s loyal customers. We were very excited to find an innovative solution to keep Kiddie Park around for generations, in a safe and welcoming atmosphere. “Tim Morrow (San Antonio Zoo CEO) and his team do a great job of operating the Zoo, and I am confident they will do a great job operating Kiddie Park.” Weaver said his best guess as to when the park will close for the move is early summer. And, he added, “The move shouldn’t close the park for more than a couple of weeks.” Under the new arrangement, visitors to the park will not have to pay for zoo admission. The Bexar County Appraisal District values the 37,500 square feet park at over $1.45 million.

When tornadoes ripped through parts of 78209 on the night of February 19, 2017, the Shell Station and convenience store at 1795 Nacogdoches Rd. and N. New Braunfels had its roof ripped off one island housing several gas pumps. That roof has yet to be repaired or replaced. Neighbors, at a recent Oak Park Northwood Neighborhood Association meeting, complained that the site has become an eyesore. “Enough is enough,” one resident protested. “They’ve had plenty of time to fix that roof.” Another resident grumbled, “We want it fixed now.” But the delay, according to an area homeowner, may be due to the station owner deciding whether he wants to continue his affiliation with Shell Oil or switch to another gasoline brand. No matter what he decides, the consensus was, the repairs need to take place sooner rather than later.

Stay Tuned for a Battle of the Discounters

Five Below will open soon in the space previously occupied by Earl Abel’s Restaurant on Austin Highway. Dollar Tree prides itself on offering every item for $1 or less. Five Below sells goods for $5 or less. Soon, they will be nearly nextdoor neighbors, competing in the strip center anchored by Target, on Austin Highway, between Mt. Calvary Drive and Seidel Rd. Five Below will occupy the space vacated by Earl Abel’s Restaurant in October 2017, when the iconic eatery moved to 1639 Broadway near The Pearl. Five Below and Dollar Tree sell similar items, although the Tree carries food. Five Below does not.

Business Profile

Prescription For Success A Healthy Dose of Customer Service Keeps Broadway Pharmacy Going Strong BY BONNY OSTERHAGE |


Since opening its doors 14 years ago, the family-owned Broadway Pharmacy has made a name for itself by filling more than just prescriptions—it fills a void in today’s world of automated systems and faceless interactions. Here, customers are greeted by name, real people answer the phones, and prescriptions are filled on site—usually in less than 15 minutes. But what really sets Broadway Pharmacy apart is its owner and pharmacist David Worsham’s commitment to customer service, and his belief that being a pharmacist is about so much more than merely dispensing medications. “Pharmacists are best when they are compassionate humanitarians,” he says. “We try to identify with our customers and treat them like family." 16

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Walking into Broadway Pharmacy is like stepping back in time. The shelves are filled with the expected assortment of vitamins, supplements, and over-the-counter remedies interspersed with a few greeting cards, skin care, and an extensive line of SuperGoop sun and skincare products. There’s a space for customers to relax and enjoy a free gourmet coffee, and the basket of old fashioned “safety pops” that sits on the counter is as popular with the grown-ups as it is with the children who often refer to the pharmacy as “the lollipop shop.” In fact, the only thing that seems to be lacking from this cozy establishment is a soda fountain. “Customers keep asking me when I’m going to put one in,” laughs Worsham. The staff and pharmacists are all right behind the counter, ready to answer questions, consult on products, or simply chat—which is Worsham’s favorite part of his job. "The best part of my day is the customer interactions," he says.

Pharmacist David Worsham greeting a customer.

The pharmacy has specialty services that range from compounding to immunizing. They also offer a “concierge service” for older patients who need pill trays made.

At Broadway Pharmacy, customers are greeted by name, real people answer the phones, and prescriptions are filled on site — usually in less than 15 minutes A Self-Made Man

Worsham, a native of Port Lavaca, Texas, has a career that includes positions as the Regional Manager for Eckerd’s Drug Stores and the Pharmacy Manager at H-E-B Central Market, but he always had dreams of opening his own business. In fact, he got out of the pharmacy world for more than a decade to open Flowers To Go, growing it into the fourth largest florist in the nation before selling it to 1-800-Flowers. From there he opened an IPRO Express, a wholesale drug chain that sold to pharmacies. “The entrepreneurial spirit has always been in my blood,” he confesses. Leaving a successful corporate pharmacy career to open a mom and pop pharmacy in a market primarily dominated by chain establishments could've been daunting to many business owners, but Worsham says he never saw it as a challenge. "I don't see chains as competitors because they don't do what we do," he explains. "We may not have a drive-through, but we have a delivery service or, if you call ahead, you can just pull up and flash your lights, and we'll take it out to your car. Moms of small children really appreciate that." Then there are the specialty services that range from compounding to immunizing, to a "concierge service" for older clients who need pill trays made. “Sometimes it’s harder for elderly people to keep up with their medications,” explains Worsham. “We put all the doses in the trays for them, and all they have to do is open the compartment and take what’s inside.” The extra mile is well traveled at Broadway Pharmacy, and it’s something that his customers have come to expect. Worsham trains his staff and pharmacists on maintaining that level of what he calls “community service.” "We are a family oriented business, and we have two, three

and even four generations of the same families doing business with us," he says. “It’s so rewarding to know you have so many people trusting you.”

Family Values

“Community” and “family” are not just “buzzwords” to Worsham, they are a way of life. He and his wife, Brenda, have been married for 47 years, and have two children and one granddaughter. His daughter, Corrie Washburn, left a career in teaching to go to pharmacy school at the age of 40. Today, she works side by side with her father. “Part of the reason I became a teacher was to make a difference in people’s lives,” explains Washburn. “I can do that here with the customer service mentality of this business.” Worsham is an active member of the Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce, a lifetime member of the North San Antonio Chamber, and has served on boards including Junior Achievement, the Texas Pharmacy Association, and the National Community Pharmacists Association, as well serving as a faculty member at University of the Incarnate Word for seven years. It was there that he met Debbie Broussard, and now his former student works with him as a part-time pharmacist. With Broussard and Washburn behind the counter, Worsham has more time to enjoy hobbies including golf and traveling to the Hill Country with his wife. As for what the future holds, he has no plans to expand, only to continue to do what he does best. "My goal was always to be successful as an entrepreneur, not necessarily open a lot of stores,” he says. “When you’re successful, you don’t mess with it, you just keep it going.” | MAY 2019


Meet Your Neighbors


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Ashcroft, Party Of Seven For This Large Alamo Heights Family, Organization Is Everything BY BONNY OSTERHAGE |


When Joey Ashcroft was a place kicker on the Air Force Academy football team, the coach gave the players a questionnaire to fill out. One of the questions? “What is your main goal in life?” Joey’s answer? “To have a big family with lots of kids.” Today, with five children under the age of seven, it seems that Joey got his wish. Five children ranging from 10 months to seven years of age sounds like chaos waiting to happen, right? But while Lindsey Ashcroft admits that “the noise level can get pretty high around here,” the Ashcroft's make it look ridiculously easy. In fact, the only clues that there are children in the family’s beautifully renovated farmhouse-style home are the island in the kitchen, custom made to seat seven, and the oversized 14-foot long sectional in a 600 square foot family room. “It’s important to us to all be together,” she says. “But even with all that sofa space, the kids still sit on top of each other. They are built-in best friends.” The Ashcroft's met at the wedding of a mutual friend in Lindsey's hometown of Dallas. The two were seated next to each other, and the sparks flew. “It sounds cliché, but it was love at first sight,” she says happily. They married in 2007 and spent the next several years moving from city to city for Joey’s career. When they landed in San Antonio, the Ashcroft's knew they had found the place to raise their growing family. They bought their current Alamo Heights home four years ago, then Joey went into the Air Force reserves and began flying for American Airlines. “We love this school district,” explains Lindsey. “Joey leaving the military was the only way we could stay here and let the kids go all the way through school at Alamo Heights.” Part of the appeal of the Alamo Heights School District for the Ashcroft's was the Spanish Immersion program. Lindsey, who graduated from the University of North Texas, majored in Spanish and uses it often in her job as a Luxury Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker. It is imperative to both she and Joey that their children grow up bilingual. “It’s a life skill,” she says, adding that the family speaks

The Ashcroft’s wanted to raise their five children in Alamo Heights because they love the area and the school district. quite a bit of Spanish at home. “Once you learn it, you always have it.” Another vital life skill in the Ashcroft home is time management. Organization here is key when you have two working parents and five children. Lindsey spends every Monday planning the week’s menu and doing the grocery shopping. She has a list of “Ashcroft favorites,” and gleans ideas from websites and cookbooks like Skinny Taste. "With five kids it can be really easy to get into a rut, but we love to cook, so I try to have something different every night," she says, adding that the meals are simple with few ingredients like sheet pan meals or tacos. "We are Texans, so we have Taco Tuesday every week. And that's one night I don't have to worry about," she laughs. Staying on top of mealtime makes staying on top of the many activities the Ashcroft brood is involved in a little more manageable. There are ballet lessons, gymnastics, soccer, Alamo Heights Little League, piano and more. Joey serves on the Alamo Heights/Fort Sam Houston soccer board and coaches two of his children’s teams. “It’s busy, but it’s a lot of fun.” The same level of organization applies to travel. The family spends a month in the summer at their home in Costa Rica. While they fly for free thanks to Joey’s job, they still have to fly with five kids—and they don’t believe in “plugging the kids in” to keep them occupied. “Everyone has one bag with their name on it filled with toys, snacks, and clothing and that’s it,” she says. “We don’t babysit with electronics. We’ve taught our kids to be decent travelers, but we do sit on the back row of the plane.” she laughs. With so much on their plates, you might wonder how the grownup Ashcroft's get anything done for themselves. Again, it's all about scheduling, and a wonderful part-time nanny who helps out and gives them time for things they enjoy. Both Joey are Lindsey are fitness fanatics, and Lindsey can be found at Pilates Platinum several days a week. The couple also makes sure to schedule a sitter for weekly date nights. “You have to make that time for your spouse and yourself,” Lindsey advises. “It’s so important.” | MAY 2019




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Living Room The living room looks a little different now than it did when the house belonged to Karen’s relatives. New paint has been applied and new furniture installed, but the memories of sitting on the floor reading or listening to family discussions remain.

Family Heirloom A couple Inherits a home in the Heights that they remodeled to suit their growing family and love of entertaining. BY ROBYN BARNES |




Karen and Dave Bonney’s home, like so many in Alamo Heights, is full of family history. The home was built in 1949 by local builder Leland Busby of Busby Building Corporation and was his 30th Anniversary Home. Karen has the newspaper ad that shows the house won first prize in the Better Home and Garden contest. Karen’s uncle bought the home. He and his wife lived there until he died in 1995, leaving the home as her inheritance. She moved in and began a career as a teacher at Coker Elementary. She taught school at Coker for 29 years, long enough to see her sons grow into young men and leave home. Along the way, she met Dave and they married. At that time, the house had a much smaller footprint. It was two bedrooms and one bath, with a living room, a sunroom, and the kitchen. When their second son was born, they agreed it was time for a remodel. Fortunately, the large corner lot provided ample space for an addition. “When we moved in, the house was two bedrooms and two baths. We added a master suite with its own bath and now have 3000 square feet,” says Karen. The Bonneys love to entertain, and the flow of the home is a high point for Karen. From the front door, guests can circulate through the living and dining rooms, the sunroom and the kitchen. The house is a popular location for family gatherings and charity parties. Visitors step through the front door into the living room, where Karen's grandfather's baby grand sits in the exact spot it has occupied since her uncle moved in. Dave is the musician in the family, and he enjoys playing the heirloom now and then. 22

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The living room demonstrates Karen’s love of a neutral decorating palette. The facing white sofas, chairs and art play off the dark wooden floors. Recessed lighting plays off the gas fireplace. The rug is made of tiny squares of cowhide, painstakingly assembled to look like a tile mosaic. The dining room furniture of Karen’s childhood finally wore on her nerves. “I’d had enough of it!” she exclaims. She replaced it with a table that seats ten. But she didn’t stop there. She left the shiplap wainscot but installed wallpaper and new curtains. She sourced the buffet from an antique store on Broadway and found the mirror at a store on Huebner Road. The silver service gracing the buffet belonged to Karen’s great aunt. The chandelier adds sparkle to the pristine space. The kitchen holds many happy memories from Karen's childhood, but she's quick to say that cooking is not her forte. To add prep space, she sourced the island from Armories and Accents. The cabinets are original to the room, as is the porcelain farmhouse sink. The kitchen has had a minor update. In the remodel, a spacious pantry was created as well as a laundry room for a stackable washer and dryer. Recessed lighting was installed to illuminate dark corners. And while the kitchen is serviceable, Karen has plans to enlarge the space to better accommodate the chef who caters their parties and guests who like to hang out. The Bonneys added the master suite in 1997. The spacious bedroom features a carved king-size bed from Restoration Hardware with plush bedclothes and deep pillows. A matching dresser, end tables and mirror complete the set. The dresser

Living Room The antique baby grand piano in the living room is a family heirloom Dave uses frequently when the family entertains. The home has always been a focal point for family gatherings. Dining Room Unlike many homes, the formal dining room in the Bonney home sees frequent use. Karen and Dave host catered business dinners in the elegant space. Kitchen Karen is the first to the say she’s not the cook in the family but she has fond childhood memories of meals served from this kitchen. The cabinets and sink are original to the home, built in the late 1940s. | MAY 2019



Master Suite The master suite was part of a renovation that created a private haven for the homeowners. The birth of a second son prompted the expansion, which added a much-needed bedroom, spacious bath and walk-in closets. Master Bath German smeared mortar over an accent wall fashioned from the home’s exterior brick punctuates the rustically casual dining space. A massive black lantern hangs from the recessed ceiling illuminating the handhewn farm table surrounded by French country chairs dressed in cream linen. Two captain’s chairs upholstered in oatmeal linen flank each end of the table.

by the bath is an antique that belonged to her uncle. The bath and his and hers closets are storage marvels. “Where once we were pressed for places to put things, now we have an abundance of storage,” Karen says. Floor to ceiling cabinets line the wall beside the shower; across the room, vanity cabinet support his and hers sinks. The corner soaking tub is Karen’s haven at the end of a busy day. But it is her closet that makes her happiest. She called California Closets to arrange the custom shelving. Where 24

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once clothes were crammed in with shoes and purses, rods are now mixed among shoe cabinets with glass doors, special drawers for purses and a cabinet for boots and coats. A small chandelier lights the hats displayed as though perched in the finest haberdashery. Karen says her inheritance has served the family well. "We love this house," she says. "I know other people in the neighborhood have sold their homes and moved north of town, but I'll never leave," she says. "It's just right for us!"

Good Living

Kale, collard greens, mustard greens and Swiss chard are powerhouses of nutrients, but the plants can be quite ornamental as well with leaves that can be curly or tagged, purple or shades of green. All varieties are easy to grow from seeds and can be started indoors and then transplanted. A few plants will go a long way in your garden as they are a “cut and come again� vegetable.

Spring Gardens With the threat of frost gone for the year, May is the perfect time for pruning, planting and perfecting your outdoor spaces. When planning your garden, consider including fresh herbs for cooking. Many varieties can be grown successfully in South Texas from March until November.

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May is the time to start making plans for your yard. Many homeowners will opt to have new sod installed in May after the abundant April rain. Now is also the time to trim back or remove overgrown and dead trees. Strong spring storms can uproot dead trees, causing damage to your roof and windows. Homeowners should also test their sprinkler system to see if it is in good working order or will require repairs. Flower and hedge beds should be cleared of old mulch, weeds, and debris. Garden centers will often offer great deals on topsoil and mulch when purchased in bulk this time of year. You’ll also find their shelves stocked with a variety of colorful annuals and perennials as well as fresh herbs and vegetable plants. Tomatoes are fun to grow and the plants will yeild produce until mid-summer. Ornamental pepper bushes grow great in San Antonio and will not only bring color to your garden ...but they will spice up your margaritas and fajitas as well! Lastly, to really bring your space to life visit your local garden center and consider purchasing colorful pots, statuary, and garden accessories.


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Many varieties of tomatoes can be grown in San Antonio from spring until mid-summer. Jalapeno and Serrano peppers also grow well in South Texas.

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Evergreen Garden 922 W. Hildebrand Ave San antonio, Texas 78201 (210) 735-0669 | MAY 2019


Realtor Spotlight ®

On The Market

78209 Home Sales

The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North East ISD in ZIP code 78209 for March

Lynn Boyd

Lynn Boyd has been working as a successful REALTOR® since he entered the business in 1994, producing multimillion dollar sales every year since. Lynn attributes his success to providing superior customer service to his clients, whether they have completed several real estate transactions with Lynn or they are first-time buyers or sellers. Lynn works hard to make his clients’ real estate transactions worry-free experiences and maintains an extraordinary level of service for every client. The industry has honored Lynn’s achievements for many years, most recently with recognition from the San Antonio Business Journal as the #3 REALTOR® for individual sales for 2017, #4 REALTOR® for individual sales for 2016 and as #5 REALTOR® for individual sales in 2015. Lynn enjoys supporting his community. He has served on the board of The Landa Gardens Conservancy since 2010, serving as the Secretary for 2017 and was President of the organization from 2011-2013. Lynn is also a member of the board of Monte Vista Historical Association for 2019.

Lynn A. Boyd III GRI, REALTOR® 6061 Broadway San Antonio, Texas 78209 Office: 210-824-7878 Cell: 210-863-5758


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Total Sales- 42 Average Price-$512,930 Median Price- $444,500 Days On The Market- 121

78209 in Alamo Heights ISD: Total Sales- 26 Average Price- $608,063 Median Price- $589,750 Days On The Market- 147               78209 in North East ISD: Total Sales- 12 Average Price- $404,625 Median Price- $350,875 Days On The Market- 74 | MAY 2019


Neighborhood News

City Updates from Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills

Above, the Conceptual renderings of the new Science Technology Engineering Math building under construction at Alamo Heights Junior school and below, the planned improvements at Orem Stadium at Alamo Heights High School.

City Endorses Bond Projects The Alamo Heights Independent School District gets approval for new buildings and renovations. BY EDMOND ORTIZ

Courtesy/Alamo Heights ISD

“As part of the project the existing Muledome gym and the natatorium will be demolished”

The Alamo Heights City Council voted March 25 to approve plans for new science/technology classroom building and athletic complex renovations at Alamo Heights High School. A new structure will house Science Technology Engineering Math (STEM) classes, maker spaces, and the rocketry program. For this project to proceed, work crews will be razing the current cafeteria. Some new construction and improvements will also be taking place at the athletic complex. This will feature demolition of the gymnasium nicknamed “The Muledome” and the natatorium. The athletic complex project will also contain renovations to parts of the main stadium and development of two new gyms. The Alamo Heights council met April 8 to consider the Alamo Heights Independent School District’s request for a special use permit. The district seeks to improve the stadium press box structure to a height of 60 feet. 30

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Council Approves Shaded Parking Structure

The Alamo Heights City Council voted on March 25 to approve the installation of a cover for a parking structure at the Cambridge Shopping Center. The metal canopy will cover five take-out parking spaces belonging to Paloma Blanca restaurant. The project did get support from three neighboring property owners, and opposition from two others.

Neighborhood News The city of Alamo Heights plans to work with a local garden club to add landscaping improvements to a sliver of land between Broadway, Albany, and Townsend, creating a small public pocket park.

Alamo Heights Sets Up New Restricted Parking Zones

The Alamo Heights City Council on March 11 approved the creation of new restricted parking The parked cars on zones in the 200 block of West Fair Oaks Place, Alamo Heights the 200 block of West Elmview Place, and streets reduce the Columbine Street between Tuxedo Avenue and visibility ahd safety of West Elmview. residents trying to back More than 40 residents signed letters to the out of their driveways. Alamo Heights Backs city, expressing concern for people parking along the curb lines of the roads in question. Creation of Pocket Park According to city staff, the number of parked cars The city of Alamo Heights is looking to create a small along these streets had reduced the clear visibility for public park on the western side of the 6000 block of residents who would watch out for oncoming traffic Broadway, between Albany and Townsend. while trying to get out of their driveways. The City Council on March 25 approved landscaping The city found that Alamo Heights High School improvements in a triangle-shaped sliver of a public students were parking on these neighborhood roads right-of-way. The upgrades would be done as part of a after having been displaced for several reasons, such partnership between the city and the Alamo Heightsas parking restrictions around campus east of Terrell Hills Garden Club. Broadway. The city and club members had been considering City staff explained there are other causes for the annual flora, moss boulders, decomposed granite, increased student parking in the neighborhood, such mulch and Bermuda grass for landscaping the as bond-related construction happening around the greenspace. high school, and that the number of student drivers The city estimated it would cost nearly $7,400 to has exceeded the number of available student parking carry out the entire landscaping project. spaces. In late February, the city erected temporary restricted Heights Approves parking zones on Columbine between West Fair Oaks and Tuxedo. The zones were effective on weekdays Demolition Request from 7 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. The Alamo Heights City Council voted March 25 to On March 1, the city added similar temporary twoapprove a request to demolish the house at 203 Grant hour parking restrictions on West Fair Oaks and West accommodating the property owners’ plan to build a Elmview Place. new home with a detached accessory structure. Even with the new parking restrictions, the city William and Wendy Atwell, the property owners, plan proposes working more closely with the Alamo Heights to construct a new house measuring a story and a half. Independent School District to find a long-term solution They presented a tree mitigation plan, too. The city’s to student parking woes. board of adjustment endorsed the overall project. 32

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Saint Mary’s Hall Honors Scholarship Recipients

In April, Saint Mary’s Hall hosted a scholarship luncheon to honor both current and newly-awarded scholarship recipients. The following students were awarded new scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year

Ben McMurray Scholarship: Parker Thill (Form 8) Betty Stieren Kelso Scholarship: Ainsley Hunter (Form 8) Earl Bill Scholarship: Penelope Luna (Form 9) Jamie Armstrong and John Mirza Bennett Leadership Award: Maria Fernanda (Mafer) Benavides (Form 11) Sally and Glenn Ramsdell Scholarship: Leo Cheong (Form 8), Ally Gibbs (Form 8), Elliot Strauch (Form 8), Parker Thill (Form 8), and Jonathan Tubb (Form 8) Susan Gresham Davidge Scholarship: Alex Riebe (Form 8) The Greehey Family Foundation Scholarship, a full-tuition, four-year scholarship: Ally Gibbs (Form 8) The Major General Daniel S. and Mrs. Ruth Taylor Campbell Scholarship, a full-tuition, four-year scholarship: Jack Rykert (Form 8) and Grace Ogden (Form 8) It is thanks to generous donors for making these scholarships possible. Saint Mary’s Hall offers robust scholarship programs and financial aid, allowing them to award more than $2 million in need-based aid and scholarships to students of all socioeconomic backgrounds.


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Talking College

Alamo Heights High School families are gathered around the table to listen and learn on the topic of college admissions! College Counselor Paul Harris launched Table Talks in an effort to address some of the personal questions and concerns that many parents have when it comes to planning and preparing for the journey of college admissions, acceptance and entry. Parents who have a list of questions can get the answers they need, right in the comfort of their own home, among friends and families who may seek the same information. A simple invitation to our AHHS College Counselor to visit can help our AHISD families to feel more comfortable with the college admissions process. This should be a fun and exciting time, not a stressful one. For more information, and to schedule a College Admissions Table Talk, contact Paul Harris at:

Summer at Heights

Registration is now open for another exciting year of enrichment and fun with Alamo Heights Independent School District’s Summer at Heights! The program is designed for students entering Kindergarten in the fall through 8th grade. To Register Visit: ampCode=sah

Alamo Heights Summer Sports Camps

Blue and Gold Football Camp June 3-6th, Grades 4-8, 9am to Noon July 30th-August 2nd, Incoming 9th graders, 9am to Noon Cost $100

Future Heights Girls Basketball Camp June 3-6th, Incoming 1st-6th grade girls, 9am - Noon June 3-6th, Incoming 7th-9th grade girls, 1 - 4pm Cost $100

Blue and Gold Baseball Camp July 8 – 11th, Incoming K - 5th grade, 9 - 11:30am Incoming 6th grade - 9th grade, Noon - 2:30pm Cost $100

On Stage

Alamo Heights High School’s Theatre Arts Department presents their final production of the year, Puffs, or Seven Increasingly Eventful Years by Matt Cox. This play takes places at a certain magical school and chronicles the adventures and eventful learning of the less than popular students at this school. Performances are May 4th, at 7 pm, and May 5th, at 1 pm. Tickets are $10 for General Admission and $8 for students. To learn more go to their website at: As part of their ongoing service-minded efforts, AHHS Theatre Arts is currently collecting used mascara wands for Appalachian Wildlife Refuge. Please bring any used mascara wands in a baggie to the Blackbox Theatre between now and the performance of “Puffs” on May 5th. Wands will be cleaned and donated for use in cleaning the fur and feathers of animals impacted by disaster.

Alamo Heights Business Incubator Pitch Night

Alamo Heights High School’s Heights Business Incubator program is ready for it’s Iinaugural pitch night. Set for May 3rd, at 6 pm in the Alamo Heights High School Auditorium, the top 5 teams will compete for seed money to start their business! Teams will vie for a chance to earn a 1st place prize of $10,000, a 2nd place prize of $8,000, or a 3rd place “People’s Choice” prize of $5,000, with the later decided by audience vote! Five Wild Card teams will be battling it out from 5:30-6 pm, to try to win the last spot as a finalist. Attendees will have the chance to vote for their favorite team, pushing them to the pitch night competition. Get your free tickets now. Space is limited. 2019

Charlotte Stevens, Allison Poulter, Miley Hamilton, and Mia Miller.

St. Luke’s Episcopal School Latin Students Impress at State Competition

All seventh and eighth grade students enrolled in Latin at St. Luke’s attended the statewide convention in Austin, Texas on April 5 and 6. Four of them were first place winners at the 2019 Texas State Junior Classical League Convention. Miley Hamilton won in Roman Life, Mia Miller in Classical Art, Allison Poulter in Latin Vocabulary, and Charlotte Stevens in Costume. In addition to these four first place winners, every SLES student who attended the convention won an award for their performance in their individual academic and creative arts contents. Every year, thousands of Latin students from all across Texas come together to compete against their peers in a wide range of academic and creative categories that include Roman history, Latin and Greek derivatives, Latin sight recitation, dramatic interpretation, catapult construction, mosaics, and many more. | MAY 2019







It’s back! 78209 Magazine’s annual Summer Camp Guide. Find the perfect camp that will match with your child’s interests. ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN DAY SCHOOL SUMMER CAMP 6201 Broadway St., 78209 (210) 822–3213 Camp Dates: June 3-Aug 10 Ages: 6-10 For more info contact: Crafts, experiments, cooking adventures and exciting weekly field trips. CAMP SHOWBIZ 2019 The Magik Theatre 420 S. Alamo, 78208 (210) 227–2751 Camp Dates: June 10 – Aug 23 Ages: 3 – 17 36

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Register online at: summer-camp Campers learn to collaborate together to create one-of-a-kind shows, developing original plays, sharpening acting and improvisational skills, and rehearsing show-stopping musical numbers.

synchronized swimming may be the sport for them! The awardwinning synchronized swimming team, Cygnets of San Antonio will host Intro To Synchronized Swimming camps to introduce basics of the sport. Ages 8-12. Basic swimming skills are required.

CYGNETS SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING SUMMER CAMP Location to be announced Camp Dates: June 3-6 July 29 - Aug 1 Ages: 8-12 Register online at: Does your child love gymnastics, dance and being in the water,

SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN SUMMER CAMP 555 Funston Place, 78209 (210) 536–1400 Camp Dates: June 10-July 26 Ages: 3-18 Register online at: Weekly camps teach campers

to garden, explore nature, cook and create art. SAN ANTONIO ZOO CAMP 3903 N. Saint Mary’s St., 78212 (210) 734-7184 ext. 1501 Camp Dates: May 28- Aug 16 Ages: K-9th grade Register online at: education-programs Animal encounters, zoo tours, themed games, projects and activities in a fun, nature-playbased environment round out a fun-filled week for zoo day-campers. WITTE MUSEUM CAMP 3801 Broadway St., 78209 (210) 357-1900

Camp Dates: June 3-August 5 Ages: 6-12 Register online at: Campers travel back in time and learn about Texas history, science, dinosaurs, cooking and more. SUMMER ARTS STUDIO Southwest School of Art 300 Augusta St., 78205 (210) 200-8213 Camp Dates: June 3-Aug 9 Ages: 5-18 Register online at: Campers can take over 100 diverse classes. Each week class selections range from fine arts, photography, painting and drawing to fibers, weaving and more. SUMMER AT THE ACADEMY San Antonio Academy 117 East French Place, 78212 (210) 736-5876 Camp Dates: June 3-July 26 Ages: 4-14 Register online at: Camps feature more than 400 enrichment classes to include arts, crafts, cooking, sports, academics, Legos, robotics and more! SUMMER AT THE DOSEUM 2800 Broadway St., 78209 (210) 212-4453 ext 603 Camp Dates: June 3-August 16 Ages: 5-7 Master Camp Ages 5-11 Register online at: summercamp The Doseum’s summer camps have exciting outdoor exhibits like Waterworks and Treehouse! This summer will include Master Camps with campers working with STEM subject matter and 3D printers! SUMMER AT SAINT MARY’S HALL 9401 Starcrest Drive, 78217 (210) 483-9124 Camp Dates: May 28-August 2 Ages: 3-18

Register online at: Summer at the Hall offers more than 250 courses and camps that are safe, fun, and educational. SUMMER AT HEIGHTS Woodridge Elementary 100 Woodridge Drive, 78209 Alamo Heights Junior School 7601 N. New Braunfels, 78209 (210) 824-2483 Camp Dates: June 3-28 Ages: K-8th grade Register online at: _parents/ summer_at_heights Campers enjoy new adventures, expand existing horizons, arouse curiosity, exchange ideas, stimulate creativity and get a chance to have fun in the process. SUMMER AT ST. LUKE’S St. Luke’s Episcopal School 15 St. Lukes Lane, 78209 (210) 826-0664 Camp Dates: May 28-August 16 Ages: 3-13 Register online at: summer.cfm Summer at St. Luke’s offers plenty of classes for each child’s different interests: gymnastics, music, cooking, dance, science, Spanish, sports and many more! THE WINSTON SCHOOL 88565 Ewing Halsell, 78229 (210) 615-6544 Camp Dates: June 17- July12 Ages: K-8th Register online at: academics/ summer-program.cfm The Winston School summer program offers academics, arts, robotics and athletics and more. | MAY 2019





Summer camp has been a right of passage for generations. Children spent their summers swimming, hiking, biking and gathering around the communal campfire. But times have changed and so have summer camps. Aside from the outdoor camps, todays camps capitalize on the opportunity to expose children to experiences that may peak their interest in different career fields or help them to develop lifelong passions and hobbies. This year camp offerings in our community include showbiz camp where campers can learn acting and improv skills. STEM subject matter, like coding, robotics and 3D printing are being taught at camps. They work collaboratively building sets, creating the costumes, rehearsing and finally producing a full length production. For kids who love the outdoors, San Antonio has camps at the Botanical Gardens and the Zoo. At the Botanical Gardens kids can plant, cultivate and harvest fresh vegetables - then learn to cook delicious dishes. The zoo offers animal encounters and education about

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Campers can plant, cultivate and harvest their own food at local summer camps.

habitats and conservation. There are several art camps that teach photography, sculpture, painting with oils, acryics and watercolors, basket-making and weaving. Lots of local camps are offering STEM subject matter. Campers can learn to code, fly drones, build robots and operate 3D printers. Athletic camps are also abundant with several offering baseball, softball, basketball, football, gymnastics, diving and even synchronized swimming.

Other Benefits of Camp

On average, today's children spend more than 7.5 hours a day engaged with technology. The majority of summer camps ban most technology, including TV, smartphones, tablets, and personal computers. Taking a break from technology over the summer allows children to communicate face to face and form deeper bonds with their peers that can lead to lasting friendships. Camps are teaching new skills but learning is free and instructured. This allows kids to try new activites and reinvent themselves without the stress associated with a typical learning environment. Camp also allows children to grow more independent. Whether for a day or an entire summer, the separation from one's parents means a camper has to learn to rely on himself and other trusted adults and peers. This gives the child the ability to think independently, and build self-esteem. | MAY 2019


Ask Roxie

Not all dogs are born with an inate ability to swim. Some dogs actually need to be taught to swim.

Water Safety Protect your pet from drowning this summer with swim lessons, CPR and life vests. BY BERIT MASON

Maybe you've seen those dramatic rescue videos? You know the ones, where a brave man wades out, saving some poor mutt, who somehow, ended up in a frozen river. As summer arrives, swimming pools will open. Boat owners will scrape boat hulls, and river rafters are gearing up. Summer also means drownings. Here are some safety tips to keep the whole family afloat. 40

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1.) Don't assume your dog can swim.

San Antonio Pup, Pup and Away owner Stephanie Garza says: if your dog cannot swim, swimming lessons are in order. “Sure, they may have an instinct to paddle their legs, like they are swimming. But not all dogs are born with this innate ability to swim.” Garza, who runs a dog sitting service, says she remembers putting her pup Merlin in the water, assuming that he could swim, but watching as his hindquarters promptly sank. “Most of our dogs do not know what these big bodies of water are. Give them an introduction.” If water is new to your dog take him gently into the shallow end of a pool, and see how he does. “Some dogs may be afraid, some dogs may love the pool.” If he freaks out, he needs lessons. Garza says to teach them where the steps are, so they can get out when they need to. If he is a water lover, the strong swimmer still needs a cue, to obediently exit the water, when you want him to. Not bothering with this Introduction to Swimming 101, “can be a recipe for disaster,” she says. With toddlers and children, drownings happen in an instant. And so, with dogs.

Pup, Pup and Away owner Stephanie Garza has her staff of professional pet sitters take pet CPR courses so they are prepared to handle emergencies.

2.) Get everyone a life vest.

Travel up to New Braunfels in summer and you will see pups, happily wearing sunglasses and life vests, floating down the river. “A lot of them have a handle on the top, so if you have a smaller dog, you can hang on to them,” says Garza. And to pull a small, or a large dog, to safety. Life vests for your pet are available at stores, for a fair price. Make sure that you also have one for your dog, this boating season.

3.) Watch a CPR video, for pets.

“There are a few pet CPR courses, that are inexpensive.” Garza and her staff at Pup, Pup and Away, have taken these classes. As professional pup-sitters, she and her staff must be prepared, to handle an emergency. And speaking of people prepared for an emergency, 9-11 is also for pets in distress. The Alamo Heights fire department and the police department are at the ready if a non-swimming Fido ends up in the pool. “Emergency services personnel have a history of responding to a variety of domestic and non-domestic animal situations, where the animal is in danger, or the potential for danger exists. This includes both adult and young dogs, cats, ducklings, etc., abandoned under buildings, in storm drains, or just abandoned, sick, or injured,” says Chief of Police Richard L. Pruitt, Sr. Getting Fluffy down from a tree, escorting duck families to safety, or rescuing pups from whatever disaster they seem to land themselves in, is part of the job. “It is safe to say that our emergency services dispatchers will dispatch police, fire and/or animal care services personnel, to any situation necessary to preserve life or property including a dog in a pool.” Until next month! Woof, woof, Roxie | MAY 2019




Girl’s Inc.

The 14th Annual Strong, Smart, and Bold Luncheon honored former board member and current Girls Inc. Guardian, Emilie Herrmann Petty. Husband Christopher Petty and their two boys Hil and Gus and parents Karen and Ronald Herrmann, brother Austin Herrmann and his wife Karah were present as well as numerous friends celebrating the special occasion. The luncheon opened with a welcome by board chair Lindsay Armstrong followed by the invocation given by Heather Haynes. Spring fashions were presented by Julian Gold; teens, Deja Morris, Tyla Oliver, Kimberly San Juan, and Emma Williams from Girls Inc. also took turns on the runway. Girls Inc. luncheon provides the organization with the opportunity to recognize a woman in the community who has gone above and beyond to invest in the lives of girls across the Alamo City. Supporters of Girls Inc. and friends of Emilie Herrmann Petty included sponsors Carla Brozovich, Ana Leah Montemayor, Jessica Worth, Corinna Holt Richter, Bonnie and John Korbell, Julianna Hahn Holt, Caroline Barnes, luncheon co-chair Kelly Wade Fry, board member CeCe Frost Griffin, Sarah Hager, Amelita Mauzé, Bonnie Muecke and Jill Simpson. Another listing of sponsors listed in the program included: Emilie’s Girlfriends-Gloria Steves Dilley, Jolie Flavin, Lauren Garansuay, Adrianna Grossman, Triana Grossman, Lindsay Guenther, Kim Johnson, Christina Ketabchi, Lee Lee, Nicole McClane, Mallory Moorman, Megan Steves, and Kristin Tips. Friends: board chair Lindsay Armstrong, Claudia Nolen, Rita Feik, Karen Lee Zachry, Linda Whitacre, Raven Labatt, Jenifer Brown, Bekki Kowalski, Nelson and Tracy Wolff, Valerie and Jack Guenther, Ashley Weaver, Ruth Medellin, Callie Price, Katie Luber, Natalie Newell, Ana Montoya who was donating a percentage of art sales to Girls Inc., were also celebrating Emilie and Girls Inc. Guests were given Girls Inc. Fiesta medal designed by fifth-grader Xochitl GarzaCortez and board member Angela McClendon Johnson introduced teen girls from Girls Inc. The event surpassed the goal of raising $165,000.

Honoree and former board member of Girls Inc., Emilie Herrmann Petty and husband Chris Petty with sons Gus and Hil.

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Chair Zoe Reilly and executive director Marian Sokol, Ph.D.

Hearts in Harmony Gala

This year marked the eighteenth annual gala benefiting Children's Bereavement Center of South Texas. The annual event honored Mayor Ron Nirenberg and Erika Prosper with special guest speaker Shannon Turner and honorary chairs Suzy and Cappy Lawton (last year’s honorees). Gala chair Zoe Reilly along with committee Emily Cage, Susie DeKoch, DDS; Courtney Gerken, Ann Guerrero, Nicole Johnson, Friends board president Brooke Leddy, Kourtney Little, Alexander McDonald, Katie Rogers, Page Ryan, Faith Stouffer, and Jordan Williams oversaw an evening filled with auctions, dining, and presentations. Fiesta attired guests including Asher Reily, Bert Pfiester, Michelle and Randy Cadwallader, Barbara Wood, Lee Anne and Stewart Hendry, Jamie and Ty West, Edie and John Wright, Janie and Jim Worth, Ann and Andrew Himoff, Katie Reynolds, Allison and Josh Zeller, Patricia and John Sethney, Tam and Tamara Coyle, Brandon Williams, Carol Ahern, Susan Naylor, Courtney and Chip Percy, Lisa Howerton, Kerry and Chris Quinn, Kendall Mazurek, John Turner, William Cage, Blake Stouffer, Jodi and Michael Wood, Janet and Boxy Hornberger, Walter Leddy, Lucy and David Peveto, Kitty Lange, and Dr. and Mrs. Rajiv Rajani, filled the ballroom at this eighteenth annual favorite event. | MAY 2019



A T S FIE 9 in ‘0

Hundreds came out in their favorite FIESTA wear to enjoy Alamo Heights Night at Incarnate Word University on Friday, April 12. The festivities included food from some of San Antonio’s best restaurants including fajitas, Texas style BBQ, street corn and the always-popular chicken-on-a-stick. Sweet selections included funnel cakes, chocolate chip cookies and more! Adults enjoyed Dos Equis, craft beers and wine in the wine garden. Live entertainment included a Mariachi band as well as Finding Friday, Hotcakes, Skyrocket, and the Brandon Michael Band. There was a carnival midway for kids of all ages.


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Save the Date Saturday, May 4

Texas Biomedical Forum Gala

THE ARGYLE 6:30 PM Enjoy a night filled with music, dancing, bubbles, and Biomed. The theme for this unforgettable event is The Night They Invented Champagne. annual-gala/ Saturday, May 11

Promise Ball

LA CANTERA RESORT AND SPA The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation South Central Texas is having their 20th Annual Promise Ball. This elegant and extraordinary event will have a raffle, live auction, food and wine, and a live band. The JDRF hosts this annual event to help fund research for finding a cure to type 1 diabetes. Contact Amanda Mounts at 210-822-5336, or by e-mail at Thursday, May 16

Reaching Greater Heights Gala

MORGAN’S WONDERLAND 6 PM Special Reach is hosting their 4th Annual Gala to fund programs that benefit families of children in the San Antonio area with special needs. There will be plenty of food, drinks, music, and a raffle! Thursday, May 23

Zoo La-La

SAN ANTONIO ZOO 7 PM The San Antonio Zoo will keep its doors open late for an adult only evening. Take a walk through the zoo with a drink in your hand and live music playing. This event supports the San Antonio Zoo. | MAY 2019


Community Calendar May 1

May 21

11:30am Meet & Greet 12pm Guest Speaker Paesano’s Lincoln Heights 555 E. Basse Rd. San Antonio. TX 78209

5:30pm 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 Meeting is open to the public.


May 1


5:30pm 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 May 6


5:30pm 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 May 7


7pm Earl Abel's Restaurant 1201 Austin Highway #175 San Antonio, TX 78209 May 7


12pm The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 May 8


4:30pm 5100 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 May 13


5:30pm 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 Meeting is open to the public.


7pm Earl Abel's Restaurant 1201 Austin Highway #175 San Antonio, TX 78209 May 21


12pm The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 May 21


5:30pm 6116 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 May 28


12pm The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 May 27


5:30pm 6116 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 Meeting is open to the public.


May 14

12pm The Petroleum Club on the 7th Floor 8620 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217

City Administration Offices 210-824-7401 Non-Emergency Dispatch (Police/EMS/Fire) 210-824-1009


5:00pm 5100 N. New Braunfels San Antonio, TX 78217 Meeting is open to the public.


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May 21

Fire/EMS (Non-Emergency) 210-824-1281 Police (Non-Emergency) 210-822-3321 Police Administration Office 210-822-6433 Taxes 210-882-1503 Water 210-882-1507 Court Clerk 210-882-1501 Public Works (includes solid waste, brush, recycling, streets, etc.) 210-882-1518 Planning and Development Services (permits and inspections) 210-826-0516

May 13





Community Spotlight

Michael Gdovin Don’t Tell City Council, Alamo Heights New Fire Chief Would Do It For Free BY RON AARON EISENBERG

When Michael Gdovin graduated from Madison High School in 1981, he had no idea what he wanted to do with the rest of his life. Born in Connecticut, he and his family had moved to San Antonio when Gdovin was 10-years old. His dad was a draftsman at Church’s Chicken, helping design new stores for the fast food company. Next stop for Gdovin, following high school, was UTSA. He went there “briefly,” but soon decided he wanted to go somewhere “warm.” He traded his 1972 Pontiac Firebird to 48

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his brother for $400. He used the money to buy a one-way ticket to somewhere warm. His brother said, “How about Tampa?” Gdovin said ok. The one-way airline ticket took him to Florida. “I took all my possessions in my ‘Star Wars’ pillowcase, which I still own. It's nearly see-through now, and sits on my bed in the firehouse.” He returned to San Antonio when his brother Joseph developed leukemia and Gdovin cared for him until he passed away. He has two other brothers, Rafael and

Matthew, his twin. Both earned PhDs. “They’re the smart ones,” he laughs. Once back in San Antonio, he began doing construction work. “The guys I was working with were a little older than me. They were always talking about firefighting. How much they loved it. How good it was to help people. I didn’t find out until l asked them what the job paid and they said, they did it for nothing. They were volunteers. “I said to myself, that job is so cool, they’ll do it for nothing. I need to do that.” Gdovin tested for the San Antonio Fire Department, but he ended up number 300 on the list. Some 5,000 had tested. “It would have taken years for me to get into the fire academy. But my wife told me

“The guys were always talking about firefighting and how much they loved it. They were volunteers. “I said to myself, that job is so cool, they’ll do it for nothing then I need to do that.” | MAY 2019


there was an academy in Florida, near where she grew up. So, when our daughter was just three weeks old, we moved back, and I entered the academy there. I graduated in 1988 and began the job as a firefighter on Friday the thirteenth. They gave me badge number 13. That was in 1989. I stayed for five years, working in a department in Central Florida.” But, Gdovin kept returning to San Antonio at Super Bowl time to watch the game with his dad and visit with family. “While I was in town I always stopped by many of the fire departments to see if they were hiring.” In 1993, he moved back to the area and accepted a position with the Alamo Heights Fire Department. He has been there ever since. He worked his way up from shift work to a lieutenant position, to captain, and then, in 2012, to Deputy Chief. In 2019 after former fire chief Buddy Kuhn was named the new Alamo Heights City Manager, he selected Gdovin to be his replacement. The new Chief has come a long way since he first heard about firefighting back in the 1980s. In his thirty-plus years as a firefighter, Gdovin said he has delivered five babies. Speaking of babies, the Chief has two children, a son aged 32 and a daughter

aged 30. He also has three grandchildren. These days, one of his primary concerns is homes without smoke alarms. He told 78209 Magazine smoke detectors save lives. And he noted how sad it is to see folks die in their homes for lack of one. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), “Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.” Gdovin said, "Several years ago we knocked on every door in Alamo Heights to ask if residents had smoke detectors. If they did not have them, we installed them at no cost to the homeowner." Gdovin suggested the department should do that again if they can get enough smoke detectors donated to the city. “The recommendation from NFPA now is to have smoke detectors in every room, plus one outside each bedroom. That gives you several minutes of protection from the flames. Gdovin added, “We offer free home fire safety surveys for residents. And we will install smoke detectors for them if they cannot do so themselves. We’ll even go out at 10pm on a Saturday night if you need help installing a smoke detector. We never close.”

“I ask residents, what would you spend if I put an off-duty officer in your home, to stand outside your bedroom? If there’s a fire, he’s going to wake you up. Well, for just $9.99, you can have that same protection with a smoke alarm. “The pinnacle of our careers is to get someone out of a burning home alive. That’s what we are here for.” He then shared a fascinating fact about himself, “I cannot go up a flight of stairs without counting them. It’s what I do. Because I need to know that when I go down in the dark. Being in a house on fire is not like what you see in the movies or on television. It’s pitch black. You can’t see anything. So, knowing how many stairs are there helps me not trip and fall on the way down, when I may be carrying someone.” Gdovin wanted 78209 Magazine readers to know, “I picked this job as a profession. We have a high standard for our guys. I am so proud of them and the work they do. We are,” he added, “a family. Albeit a little dysfunctional, but we are a family. I’ve never had a day when I didn’t want to come to work.” What is it about firefighting that hooked Gdovin at an early age, “You get to risk your life for total strangers. “And the fact is,” he said, “I’d do it for free.”

Serving the “Tri-City” area of Alamo Heights, Olmos Park and the surrounding areas. The chamber hosts monthly luncheons on the first Wednesday of each month in a private room at Paesano’s (on Basse) in Lincoln Heights at 11:30. Every month a featured guest s)peaker begins promptly at noon.

Register at our website:

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Eat In ‘09 78209

Guide KEY


$ Most Entrees under $10 $$ Most entrees $10 - $20 $$$ Most entrees over $20

Brunch Reservations Suggested Patio Live Entertainment

American 410 DINER

A ‘50s-themed diner serving homemade soups, fresh catfish, shrimp, prime steaks, pork chops and chicken. 8315 Broadway 822-6246 $

Casual dining in a bistro setting. High-quality hamburgers, pizzas, sandwiches and salads are offered for lunch and dinner. 5003 Broadway 828-6860 $

Vintage-themed diner serving fun appetizers, like the Chuck Norris Kickers (chicken and jalapeños wrapped in bacon) and Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos), burgers, BLT’s, Cuban sandwiches and more. 5050 Broadway 826-0069 $

Hand-crafted sandwiches, salads, soups, pastas, and desserts, baby bundt cakes, pies and cakes. 255 E. Basse, #100 441-4553 $



Lunch, dinner and brunch - Cappy’s is fine dining in the heart of ‘09, serving prime steaks, prime rib, rack of lamb and seafood. 5011 Broadway 828-9669 $$$ Brunch




A delightful bakery and small bistro that serves sandwiches, quiche, croissants, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and dessert bars. 5912 Broadway 804-2473 $

The Italian Sub Sandwich with ham, Genoa salami, Capocolla and provolone is a delicious choice for lunch.



Burgers, oak-fired brick oven pizzas, rosemary roasted chicken and award-winning salads, all served in a fun ‘50s-themed atmosphere. 6498 N. New Braunfels 828-1111 $


Good Time Charlie’s has been around since 1979 and soon became a San Antonio landmark restaurant popular with the local college students and faculty. They serve Texas home-style favorites including catfish, steaks and a chicken-fried steak many claim is the “Best In Texas.” They are also known as a favorite happy hour spot with lots of drink specials that include generous pitchers of ice-cold beer. 2922 Broadway 828-5392 $


A contemporary American restaurant, known for its wood-fired cuisine. The menu features a wide selection of classics including prime rib, steak, seafood and rotating specials like Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa and Chicken Milanese. 255 E. Basse, #1300 824-0275 $$ -$$$


24-hour diner serving all-day breakfast. They offer hearty choices like steak and eggs, omelets and Tex-Mex huevos rancheros. A comprehensive lunch and dinner menu, too, that includes all the standards — salads, sandwiches and burgers plus nostalgic favorites like patty melts and liver and onions. 4108 Broadway 828-5120 8427 Broadway 826-7001 $


San Antonio themed restaurant where staff dresses up as cartoon characters, super heroes, movie stars and pop heroes. 902 N.E. Loop 410 828-1470 $



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A family-friendly atmosphere with burgers, shakes and root beer floats. For adults they serve creative cocktails and large-portioned dinners that include baby-back ribs, fried shrimp, meat loaf and chicken-fried steak. 2442 Nacogdoches 826-8303 $


Gourmet American fare paired with amazing wines. Fried chicken with Champagne...why not? 340 E. Basse Rd 444-9547 $


Nosh offers great wines, craft brews and small plates that are big on taste. A place to relax and indulge in some really great food. 1133 Austin Highway 826-6674 $


Cafeteria-style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner. They offer several entrees daily that often include salmon, talapia, fried chicken, chicken-fried steak, grilled liver and onions, roast turkey breast, roast chicken and rib-eye steaks. The entrees are accompanied by hearty Southern side dishes like fried okra, mac and cheese, black -eyed peas and mashed potatoes. 8511 Tesoro Drive 930-3227 $


A new concept in soups, salads and wraps. You create your own by choosing from dozens of fresh ingredients including several types of lettuces, chopped onions, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, black and red beans, bean sprouts, peas, broccoli and more. There are over 50 different toppings. Then choose from one of their 10 house dressings made with all-natural ingredients. Add fresh lean protein, including baked chicken, salmon or shrimp. 250 E. Basse Rd 462-1466 $


Silo is listed as one of Open Table’s Top American Restaurants and rated as one of Zagat’s Top Local Picks. They offer New American fare in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere. They offer a small plate menu, and there is also a prix fixe dinner option available. Signature dishes include Chilean Sea Bass, Honey Soy Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Mussels and Linguine and Chicken-Fried Oysters. 1133 Austin Highway 824-8686 $$


Good food and a hip atmosphere. Over 40 beers on tap, a full bar and lots of big-screen TVs. The outside patio is a popular happy hour spot. Broadway at Basse 823-3508 $-$$ Patio


A variety of chicken wings with lots of exotic flavors like tamarind, Sriracha, garlic pepper , curry and Tom Yum. The wings are available for takeout or you can dine in - and they deliver. They also offer fried vegan tofu, edamame and sticky rice. A unique concept. 8210 Broadway 829-5000 $


Healthy food using local ingredients. Coffees and

espressos; quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads. Live music on Friday nights. 6322 N. New Braunfels 822-0761 $ Live Entertainment


Located in a quaint two story house on Broadway, WD Deli serves lunch only, specializing in scratch-made deli standards. They make several soups daily and have Jersey-style deli sandwhiches including pastrami, liverwurst, Italian panini, egg salad, tuna salad, roast beef and Reubens. They also have a large selection of entrée salads. Be sure to save some room for dessert as they have some really innovative ones, including lemon ooey gooey bars, butterscotch and black salt cookies and an orange dreamsicle cake. 3123 Broadway 828-2322 $ patio


Chef-prepared healthy pre-packaged meals to go. Meals are low-calorie and can be low-carb, Paleo or gluten-free. 5231 Broadway 824-6000 $



Vegan and vegetarian Pan-Asian food. Delicious appetizers include fried rice, spring rolls and cheese rangoons. Entrees include vibrantly flavored favorites like Hunan Beef, General Tso’s Chik-n, Beef and Broccoli, and steaming bowls of pho. 5130 Broadway 437-2200 $ Patio


An assortment of teas from taiwan including Matcha, Oolong, Coconut, Milk and Glowing varieties.They also offer rice and noodle bowls, mini pork buns and Taiyaki. 4009 Broadway 598-0068 $


Tranquil atmosphere, serving sushi, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. A Japanese hibachi-style grill experience is available Wednesday through Sunday during dinner, offering certified Black Angus beef. Reservations are preferred for the hibachi, but walk-ins are still welcomed. 1011 NE Loop 410 828-9988 $ $ Patio


An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 210-826-1488 $$



Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway 822-0300 $-$$ Reservations suggested


Sushi, Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine in a lively environment located in the Quarry Market. Up-tempo music with a large bar and lots of creative appetizers and sushi rolls. 260 E. Basse, #101 822-1088 $$


Located in the Quarry Market, offering sushi, dim sum, wok classics, noodle dishes and cocktails. 255 E. Basse, #1200 507-1000 $$


Traditional Japanese and Latin American influences fused into modern, healthy rolls, rice and noodle dishes. 999 E. Basse 826-8500 $$


Vietnamese cuisine with light soups and spring rolls and phenomenal steaming bowls of pho. 3244 Broadway 892-7461 $$


Beautiful Thai restaurant with tranquil outdoor patio with koi pond. Traditional Thai food, along with Chinese dishes and sushi. 1146 Austin Highway 829-7345 $$ Patio



1960s-era landmark serving BBQ, burgers, brisket and milkshakes in casual digs with iconic neon signage. 1150 Austin Highway 828-2829 $


Authentic wood-smoked barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken. 1610 N.E. Loop 410 824-9191 $ - $$


A family-friendly neighborhood joint serving authentic Texas-style Barbecue. Try the Brisket nachos, brisket grilled cheese or the famous Bloody Mary. A great place to relax and listen to live music on the patio while the kids play on their playground. Also, don’t miss their SOUL FULL Sunday brunch which runs from 10am - 2pm. 106 Pershing 210-267-9136 $


A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring lots of specialty rolls and dishes with complex and interesting flavors. 4051 Broadway 805-8111 $-$$

Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs and chicken, plus delicious sides like Smoke Shack Mac and spicy creamed corn. 3714 Broadway 829-8448 $

Thai food and sushi by chef Mmonrat “Mon” Shirley in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with tables that overlook a peaceful outdoor garden and fountain. 4901 Broadway 822-3253 $-$$




New Oriental eatery in the same location as an old favorite. Offering traditional menu with some new specials. 8338 Broadway St. 210-973-7798 $$


Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso plus artisanal French pastries, savory croissants, sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and more. 118 Davis Court 560-2955 $ patio | MAY 2019






French fusion curine prepared by chef Frederick Costa. A wonderful culinary experience with dishes that feature flounder, roasted duck, escargot and more. 7701 Broadway 828-9050 $$ - $$$ A beer garden and popular happy hour destination with hearty food. Offerings include German schnitzel, a chicken-fried rib-eye and brisket nachos. 7310 Jones Maltsberger 290-8066 $


A quaint French country cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with rustic interior stone fireplaces and quiet nooks where you can relax. Sip on a delicious cup of tea, enjoy buttery croissants, house-made pastries,French onion soup, beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu pasta. 4820 Broadway 829-7291 $-$$


An English-style pub with a Texas twist offering a large selection of craft cocktails, 18 beers on tap, wine and Champagne, and a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner featuring fish & chips, cheese curds, French toast, brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, Scotch eggs, and a hearty burger. The atmosphere is cozy with a large wooden bar, dart boards, and lots of large screen tvs’ showcasing your favorite sports teams. They also specialize in Soccer Saturdays showing games from European leagues. 5148 Broadway 210-721-7762 $-$$



Authentic Greek food with gyros, plus so much more. They have an extensive array of delicious tapas including hummus, dolmas (stuffed grape leaves), falafel patties, kalamata olives and fried calamari. They have large and satisfying salads including a traditional Greek, the Greco Roman, the Mediterranean and Caprese. Additionally, they offer fresh fish and shrimp dishes, grilled rosemary lemon chicken, vegetarian moussaka, pastichio (Greek lasagna) and their signature Papouli’s Feast that includes a choice of 4 meats, pita bread, Greek salad, puff pastries and more. 255 E. Basse, #384 804-1118 $

Hamburgers BURGER FI

Gourmet burgers and hot dogs made from all natural, never-frozen meat. Vegetarian burgers are available too, plus sides like hand-cut fresh fries, crispy onion rings and frozen custard. 1907 Nacogdoches Road 858-4052 $


Burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and sides plus shakes in many flavors. 4200 Broadway 826-0800 $


Rustic casual environment with lots of beers on tap and a genuinely great hamburger. 1006 N.E. Loop 410 805-8600 $


A San Antonio staple famous for charcoal grilled hamburgers with a special blend of spices and seasonings and bakery-fresh buns. They are also known for their ever-popular thin, crispy onion rings, hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes and handmade fruit pies. 838 N.E. Loop 410 932-8040 $



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Casual, family-friendly burger joint with wood picnic tables, a playground for the kids, great appetizers, salads and sides. 1003 Rittiman at Harry Wurzbach 822-7272 $ Patio

A healthy take on your standard burger, fries and shakes with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. 999 E. Basse 824-9600 $


Homemade soups, fresh salads, hand-tossed pizzas and strombolis along with favorites like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti with homemade meatballs. 1017 Austin Highway 822-2300 $$


An upscale landmark Italian restaurant with a large menu of classic and contemporary Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. 555 E. Basse 828-5191 $$ - $$$


Market-inspired, rustic Italian cuisine in a warm and welcoming environment. 255 E. Basse, #500 832-0300 $$


Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with antipasti, seafood and pasta dishes. 5146 Broadway 824-0055 $$

Mexican/Latin ADELANTE

Serving what they refer to as health-Mex. All natural light and fresh dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. 21 Brees Blvd. 822-7681 $


A unique combination of Mexican street food and Latin American soul food. The fish tacos were voted best fish taco in San Antonio. 8142 Broadway 930-9393 $


Enjoy a wide variety of Tex-Mex food served in a friendly, comfortable seting. A favorite for locals. 927 Rittiman Road 210-824-0175 $


Very authentic regional Mexican tacos. Offerings include cilantro chicken, carnitas Michoacan style, carne guisada, picadillo and shrimp tacos and many more. 5231 Broadway 218-5466 $


Casual dining in a relaxed setting, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine, thoughtfully executed. Open for lunch and dinner with a brunch on Sunday. 8633 Crownhill Blvd. 824-4231 $$ Sun Brunch


Tex-Mex favorites including soft and crispy tacos, fajitas, enchiladas, flautas, carne guisada and burritos. They also offer street tacos including brisket smoke pork and their bad-ass barbacoa. They have a happy hour, Monday thru Friday from 4 -7 pm. They are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. 1208 Austin Highway 210-267-2516 $


Dishes from the coastal regions of Mexico. Signature dishes include grilled snapper, ceviche, pozole, handmade flautas and tacos al pastor. 5800 Broadway 822-6151 $$


Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway 930-8070 patio $$-$$$


Rustic indoor-outdoor concept with several different bars and patios. They serve Tex-Mex breakfast to dinner to a local crowd of regulars and frequently have live music. 8403 Broadway 826-4405 Patio Live Entertainment $$


Brightly colored decor, lively music and great food. They feature an extensive list of flavored margaritas, tableside flaming queso flameado, enchiladas, fish and shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas and more. 3210 Broadway 824-3005 $$


Elevated Mexican street food with lots of innovative tacos filled with unexpected ingredients like salmon, Jamaican jerk chicken and ahi tuna. 999 E. Basse 824-1603 $



Pizzas made in Neapolitan style in a wood -fired brick oven. 7959 Broadway 320-2100 $$


Fresh and light California-inspired salads, soups, flatbreads and pizzas. 255 E. Basse 424-2014 $$


Delicious authentic New York-style pizza. 7701 Broadway 805-8646 $ - $$


Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pizzas and calzones. 330 E. Basse, #101 832-8288 $$


A warm, family-friendly environment serving pizza and Italian staples like spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and lasagna. 6462 N. New Braunfels $$



Family-owned steakhouse with Western-style decor, serving perfectly grilled steaks, delicious seafood and desserts. Ribeyes, porterhouse and New York strip steaks, plus Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, Gulf Coast oysters and fresh salmon. They have a full bar and frequently offer fine live entertainment. 8400 N. New Braunfels 824-0116 Live Entertainment $$ - $$$


High-end steakhouse serving prime aged beef, pork chops, North Atlantic lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, Chilean sea bass and other seafood specialties. 255 E. Basse, #200 824-9463 $$$


Upscale steakhouse that serves prime ribeye, New York strip and filet mignon steaks on sizzling plates. They also feature delicious lamb chops, shrimp, lobster, crabcakes and chicken entrees plus generous desserts. 7720 Jones Maltsberger 821-5051 $$$

Coffee/Desserts COOKIE CAB

Fresh baked warm cookies delivered to your door. Choose from favorites like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sugar, and snickerdoodle. 1832 Nacogdoches Road 210.848.9920 $


Artisan bakery that bakes several varieties of fresh bread and pastries daily. They have a large, airy dining area and serve gourmet coffee, soup and sandwiches. 8305 Broadway 375-6746 $


Non-fat/low-fat yogurts with fun toppings you add yourself. 999 E. Basse, Suite 177 824-1104 $


Delicious bundt cakes in flavors like lemon, carrot and white chocolate raspberry adorned with thick cream cheese frosting and decorated for any occasion. 5164 Broadway 233-8430 $$


A new coffee shop and eatery at the San Antonio Botanical Garden with outdoor and indoor dining, fresh roasted brews, and lunch fare. Garden members enjoy 10% off. Sunday Brunch 555 Funston Pl, 78209 $$


An intimate, family-friendly restaurant serving New York-style thin-crust pizza and other Italian standards. 5054 Broadway 828-3354 $ - $$

Southwestern CANYON CAFE

Creative dishes influenced by the American Southwest. Bison meatloaf, grilled lemon salmon, baja shrimp pasta and fajitas 255 E. Basse, #600 821-3738 $$ | MAY 2019


‘09 Eats

Sushi Zushi The Art of Food on display at the Shops at Lincoln Heights By MEREDITH KAY Photography By AL RENDON

Few cuisines are more diverse than Japanese. An ancient culture full of colorful history, the Japanese have mastered the art of food, and one local restaurant has taken that mastery to heart and given it a Tex-Mex twist. Sushi Zushi is located in the Lincoln Heights shopping center and is one of four locations here in San Antonio. The first Sushi Zushi opened in 2001, and their diverse menu runs the gamut of Japanese cuisine from fresh sushi and sashimi, to their traditional yakisoba and yakiudon noodle dishes, to their panko fried katsu and teppan grilled yakitori favorites. The decor is sleek and modern, and this 56

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design carries over onto the specialty plates that are unique to Sushi Zushi. One of their signature dishes is their Razor plate. It consists of thinly sliced fresh toro, tuna, salmon, octopus or yellowtail, and then topped with a tiny cilantro leaf, jalapeño and a dot of Sriracha. The entire plate is then drizzled with Yuzu, a Japanese citrus, to cook the fish delicately. It is an artistic dish full of flavor, and almost too beautiful to eat. One of the most popular and unique dishes at Sushi Zushi is the Tower appetizer. It starts with a foundation of sushi rice and then it’s layered with Tampa Bay sauce, masago,


Sushi, sashimi, yakisoba and yakitori dishes.


Sleek and modern with wooden tables and chairs and beautiful bento boxes and dishware.


Moderately priced sushi rolls from $10 -$17 and lots of inexpensive appetizers and noodle dishes under $10.

avocado, and a creamy Krab salad. The top of the tower consists of your choice of spicy tuna or spicy salmon with a creamy wasabi drizzle. The plate is garnished with four different caviars infused with habanero, soy, wasabi, and traditional tobiko. It is a gorgeous tower of layered sushi, but the fusion comes into play when your server topples the entire tower and mixes all of the ingredients together to create an explosion of flavors and textures. It definitely has a kick to it, but the flavors balance the heat perfectly. Sushi, of course, is their focal point at Sushi Zushi and you will need to spend some time to digest the extensive menu before making your selections. There are over fifty sushi rolls to choose from. Some of the more traditional, or popular rolls, you will recognize, but the sushi chefs really shine when it comes to their signature rolls. These unique creations are very creative, and some of them are even named for local San Antonio landmarks. One of their newest creations is the Red Moon Roll. Beginning with fresh yellowtail, spicy

mayo and tempura crumbs, you'll also discover an incredibly thin slice of lemon incorporated into the roll. Wrapped in avocado, it is also topped with strips of tuna and garnished with green onions and sesame seeds. The flavors come out in layers as you bite into the roll, with the biggest surprise happening when the lemon makes itself known. It’s very subtle, but the citrus really enhances the flavors of the fish. Sushi Zushi is open for lunch and dinner every day of the week, and they will even deliver anywhere in the 78209 area. You can also order online for takeout or delivery. At lunch, you'll find a separate menu for their traditional bento box meals. A bento box is a compartmentalized dish which allows different items to be served without touching. This maintains the integrity of each item so that they can be enjoyed separately. Their Hawaiian Poké Bento Box features a Mango Tuna Poké served over sushi rice, and you'll receive one piece each of their Cristina, Oaklawn, Bora Bora, and L.I.R. rolls, along with their housemade gyoza and a bowl of Miso Shiru soup. Bento Box lunches are perfect for the days when you are really hungry, but you just can’t decide what you are in the mood for. It covers all of your cravings in one meal. The restaurant also features a full

bar specializing in Japanese liquors and specialty cocktails. You can even educate yourself on sake with their sake flights. Sake is a Japanese rice wine, and at Sushi Zushi you can sample four different sakes served in a special wooden shot glass holder with cards describing each serving and what makes it different. It is a full immersion into the sake culture. In fact, Sushi Zushi offers the entire Japanese experience. The service is outstanding, and the food is both authentic and unique. If you are a fan of Japanese cuisine, then Sushi Zushi will definitely impress you. If you haven’t yet tried, or have been reluctant to try this unique food, then this is the place to start. You will find a knowledgeable staff ready to help you begin your Japanese culinary education, and Chef John Rivera will make sure that your meal is the best that it can possibly be. | MAY 2019



6501 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-9539 Services: Sunday 10:45am and Wednesday 6:15pm praise and prayer


6435 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-5728 Services: Sunday: 10:50am-12pm


6201 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0271 Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am


825 E. Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-3215 Services: Sunday 8:30am, 9:30am and 11am


6720 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3394 Services: Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am


5927 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-8870 Services: Wednesday 12-1pm and Sunday 10:30-11:30am


308 Mt. Calvary Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8748 Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am


518 Pike Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 Services: Sunday mornings at 11 am


102 Lorenz Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-1743 Services: Saturday Mass 5pm Sunday Mass 7:30am, 9am; 10:30am, 12 noon Daily Mass 9am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday


1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 Services: Sundays at 8 & 10:30 am Tuesdays at 7:30 am


11 Saint Luke’s Lane San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-828-6425 Services: Sunday 8am, 9am, 11am. 6pm Wednesday Eucharist at 8am during the school year


111 Barilla Place San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3367 Services: Mass Saturday 5:30pm, Sunday 9am, 11am and 5:30pm; Tuesday and Thursday 7am; Wednesday 5:30pm; Friday 8:15am


3303 Urban Crest Drive San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0139 Services: Saturday 8am, 5pm; Sunday 8am, 10:15am, 12:10pm, 5:30pm Monday-Friday at various times


8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am

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Fiesta Passion, Fiesta Fashion

By the time you read this, Fiesta will be a fading memory…but this wasn't an official Fiesta event, this was an opening night exhibition in early April featuring the works of local designer Graciela Carrillo of Graciela's Creations and the magnificent, overthe-top Michael Quintanilla. Nearly 500 guests and Fiesta revelers were greeted with Mariachi performers and Grupo Folklorico de Bendiciones, as they viewed the installation inside the UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures. Fashionistas, friends and Fiesta fans included Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, Judges Alfonso Alonso and Laura Salinas, San Antonio Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar and his wife Sarah Salazar, Virginia Van Cleave, Martha Tijerina, Dr. Yvonne Katz, Ellen Riojas Clark, Olivia M. Villa, Tawana Timberlake, Cindy Taylor, Lillian Villanueva, Duchess Annette Sanchez-Piñatas in the Barrio, Becky Reina, River Walk Duchess April Gomez, River Walk King John Nunez, Aquila Mendez-Valdez, Angela Zarnoti, Gloria De Hoyos, Diana Aguirre Martinez, Miguel Antonio DeHoyos, and Claire Golden, Michelle Newman, Nancy Fullerton, Blue Rose Alvarez and UTSA Institute of Texan Cultures senior communications specialist James Benavides.

Hamilton Comes To Majestic

The much-anticipated Hamilton will be playing at the Majestic Theatre on May 7-26th. An American Hip-Hop Musical is a sung-and-rapped through musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, with music, lyrics, and book by Lin-Manuel Miranda, inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow. 60

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Honoree Michael Quintanilla

Elizabeth Ruiz, Sheriff Javier Salazar, honoree Graciela Carillo and Sarah Salazar

Olmos Park - Plant the Park

Olmos Park was the setting of a beautification project, Plant the Park, on April 13. A year in-themaking, the project was shepherded by resident John LeFlore who forged a partnership with San Antonio Parks and Recreation to beautify the intersections of Contour Drive at Dick Friedrich Drive and Olmos Drive to make these more charming and welcoming gateways into the Olmos Park neighborhood. Members of Olmos Park Youth Commission along with the Frank Peterson-led Boy Scout troop 809, founded 26 years ago by Olmos Park neighbor Jim O’Brien, turned out to help with the planting. San Antonio Parks and Recreation donated 43 trees, dirt, mulch, tools, gloves and staff. Ross Hosea, Special Projects Manager of San Antonio’s Urban Forestry Division gave a lesson about how to properly plant a tree.  After the trees were carefully planted into the ground, San Antonio weather provided a heavy dose of rain. The sun followed later to finish the job.  The city of San Antonio will maintain the plantings for three years and will host an annual event to assess their progress.  The plantings, which are labeled, include Anaqua, Crape Myrtle, Desert Willow, Dogwood, Eve’s Necklace, Mexican Buckeye, Mexican Olive, Mountain Laurel, Possumhaw Holly, Redbud and Retama.

Lady Bird Tour

Class of 1977 Alamo Heights girlfriends had a great time walking the trails and enjoying lunch at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center during the bluebonnet frenzy. Friends from bottom row included: Cindy Craig Timmins, Rhonda Brannon Low, and Betsy Matthews Akins. Top row: Lynn Stanley Thompson, Mary Frances Churchill, and Alexine Smith Graves.

New Business Openings Nearby Kilwins

The Symphony Ball Belles

Kilwins will be located downtown at 109 Alamo Plaza. They plan to open somtime this summer. They will serve hand crafted fudge, old-fashionedpeanut brittle, caramel apples, chocolate confections and over 40 flavors of their “original recipe” ice cream in a nostalgic setting.

Macy’s Backstage

Symphony Ball

The San Antonio Symphony League hosted the 49th Annual Symphony Ball: An Evening in the Gardens of Versailles, with the presentation of the 2019 Symphony Belles and escorts: Elizabeth Allison and escort Benjamin Louis Fitch, Sadie Mae Bashara and escort Brady Reed Hunter, Berkley Behnke and escort Jaden Paul Martin, Ella Behnke and escort Hunter McLellan Campbell, Lauren Bellinger and escort Berni Gomez, Abigail Burk and escort Jackson Alexander Kiesle, Faith Christianson and escort Donald Cage Flannery, Hana Cole and escort Sean Spencer O’Neill, Chloe Collins and escort Benjamin James Chapman, Alexa Connolly and escort Parker Joseph Ambrose, Camille DeWees and escort Robert Christian Raney, Carly Fuhrmann and escort Christian Matthew Guerra, Lauren Gillespie and escort Connor Thomas Ding, Caroline Granados and escort Konner Drew Fox, Emily Heard and escort Daniel Christopher Offield, Madeleine Lee Hulse and escort Maki Augustus Carabin, Catherine Jacob and escort Patrick Miller Bowen, Mollie Kelleher and escort Patrick Thomas Brierty, Sarah McFarland and escort Robert James Ellwood, Michaela McTee and escort Benjamin Stuart Zeller, Caroline Medellin and escort Braedon William House, Madeline Miller and escort Evan Anthony Will, Rachel Miller and escort Emory Owen Scott, IV, Elizabeth Mueller and escort Jay Thomas Mulligan, Emily Noble and escort Brandon Maverick Rubsamen, Caroline Oliver and escort Reed Anderson, Renata Olson and escort Matthew Jacob Giddens, Julianna Rendon and escort Alexander Michael Jimenez, Erica Schmueckle and escort Douglas Ernest Karam, Lindsay Speck and escort Dylan Mackaid Charlton, Caroline Vassar and excort Cole Walker Thompson, Alexandra Vaughn and escort Frank Michael Wood III, Sydney Vaughn and escort Luis Medina Bordes, Samantha Ward and escort Jack Elliott Chapman, Jacquelyn Welsh and escort Brandt Adams Basso, Ava Wheeler and escort Zachary Alexander Story and Emily Zeller and escort Quin William Barry were recognized. Ball chairs Rebecca and Keith Long and Belle chair Angelia Wagner along with emcee Mike Osterhage and Symphony League president Maureen Hillman welcomed sponsors, honorees, guests, families, and friends to the 49th annual ball. Following introductions, guests were treated to a performance by Youth Orchestras of San Antonio - An American in Paris-George Gershwin, followed by the Belles presentation, dinner and dancing to Finding Friday.

And other Symphony League volunteers included Cathy Siegel, Laura Soules, Renee Bailey, Debi Flume, Andrea Olson, David Kinder, Danny Cuellar, Paul Overstreet, Matson Multimedia and(2020 Ball Chairs)Heather and Jac Craig.

Macy’s plans to open its third Backstage outlet store at the North Star Mall sometime in June. They have two other locations in San Antonio at the Rim and Ingram Park Mall.

LEGOLAND Discovery Center

LEGOLAND is a new indoor kids play space at the Shops at Rivercenter in downtown San Antonio. The entrance is on the street level next to Alamo Plaza. LEGOLAND has two rides where adults can ride with their children. There is also a classroom for LEGO building workshops and private rooms for birthday parties.

Mo’s Irish Pub

Mo’s Irish Pub, located in the Quarry, has happy hour from 3PM-6PM Monday through Friday. They have live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. They have a reasonably priced full menu with lunch specials, dinner and a kid’s menu. Word on the street is that their Wisconsin Fried Cheese Curds are AMAZING!

Baklovah Bakery & Café

This new Turkish bakery and café is located in Southtown near Blue Star complex. They have an outdoor patio and are dog-friendly. Some of their specialties are their pizza, Gyro plates, Turkish delight and cannoli’s. | MAY 2019



The Alamo City Opera - Havana Nights

Garden’s own Chef Dave Terrazas and special guests. The Festival of Flowers

Maker Workshops Every Friday


Located in Innovation Station at the DoSeum, Maker Workshops are special drop-in programs for children ages six-eleven. They learn to explore science through hands-on experiments and activities.

Free Knowledge Tuesdays Every Tuesday


Every Tuesday, admission to the museum is free. Tour the exhibits, learn about Texas history,

and see historical artifacts.

Free Admission For Teachers Throughout May


Texas teachers get free admission to the best zoo in Texas. Teachers can also bring up to four guests for half priced admission.

Free Admission to the Museum Every Thursday


Explore the beautiful artwork

The Conference on Texas May 3-4

inside and outside the McNay Art Museum for free every Thursday.

Foodie Cinema: Tortilla Soup

May 3


Join us at the Garden as we screen films with great food scenes while enjoying samples of dishes from, or inspired by, the movie. Paired wines and amazing sunsets, included. Learn about seasonal and geographic-based foods during a short culinary talk with the


Learn all about Texas Art at the second annual Conference on Texas: 250 Years. Discover the historical movements that helped influence Texas art. This speakers symposium will be a deep-dive into the history and context of Texas art as a compendium to the groundbreaking exhibition The Art of Texas: 250 Years.

Botanical Soap Making May 4


Learn how to make your own botanical soap from instructor Liberty Heise. Liberty will demonstrate the art of soap making using botanicals for color, smell, texture and simple beauty. Participants will receive information on preparation of different oraged botanicals and will cut and take home their own soap.

Paella Party May 7


Learn how to make Spanish paella from different regions and cultures. The cooking instructors will teach you how to make Valencia Paella, Chorizo & Pork Paella, Seafood Paella, spanish appetizers and more.

( EDITOR’S PICK ) Zoo La-La! May 23


Wander through the Zoo with a drink in your hand and listen to live music. Sample food from 50 of San Antonio’s top restaurants. Purchase VIP tickets and get the chance to have an up-close animal encounter. This is a 21 and up event.


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The Art of Texas at the Witte

Gardens & Yoga May 11


Practice yoga and meditate in the stunning Botanical Garden. All ages and levels are welcome. Wear some comfy clothes and bring your mat. This class is open to all levels, ages and sizes.

Decorate Cupcakes with Spring Flowers May 11


Learn to decorate cupcakes with spring flowers. The cupcakes and frosting will be anticipating your arrival so come ready to decorate. After our instructors introduce you to the techniques, your imagination will be your guide. And you'll take six  of your cupcake creations with you at the end of class.

Teen Takeover: Road Trip Unplugged May 16

MCNAY MUSEUM 6:30 – 7:30PM


Gardens & Yoga at the San Antonio Botanical Garden Teen night at the McNay will include local teens performing classic hits beside the special exhibition Classis Cars and Postwar Paintings.

Havana Nights May 18


The Alamo City Opera is hosting Havana nights at Azuca’s. So come dressed

in your best guayaberas and polleras, and enjoy authentic Cuban food, drinks, and music.

Brews and Blooms May 25


Sample over 40 craft beers from over 20 different breweries at the Brews and Blooms 14th semi-annual event. There will be plenty to eat from several food trucks, live music and lawn games. This is a 21 and up event.

Annual Festival of Flowers May 25

Cocktail Scavenger Hunt May 26


Locate fresh ingredients growing in the San Antonio Botanical Garden, take a picture, and get rewarded with a delicious cocktail! This is a 21 and up event. Hunt, snap, sip. Challenge yourself and your companions to a find and photograph ingredients growing in the Garden and then present them to a bartender in exchange for a refreshing cocktail.



CENTRAL MARKET 6:30 - 9:00PM Enjoy an evening learning a little more about this blended cuisine based on traditional Italian regional recipes combined with American ingredients and style. You will work in teams to create these classic dishes found in Italian-American restaurants throughout New York: Shrimp Scampi with Garlic Bread, Caesar Salad, Linguine with Clams, Chicken Parmesan and Chocolate Chip Cannolis.

The 22nd Annual Festival of Flowers will have experts showing garden watersaving techniques. There will be free plants available and lectures to provide even more information. The Festival of Flowers brings together gardeners from throughout South Texas. Co-Hosted by San Antonio Water System, the show focuses on water-saving gardening, landscaping and horticulture practices.

The Cocktail Scavenger Hunt at the Botanical Garden | MAY 2019


Police Blotter AHPD


6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111 04/01/19 5200 blk Broadway

04/06/19 6000 blk Broadway

An officer on patrol observed a vehicle speeding and weaving across two traffic lanes; the vehicle was stopped and an investigation determined the driver was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; criminal records showed the driver had two previous DWI convictions.

An argument at a bar between a male and female roommate resulted in the male subject breaking the female's cell phone and damaging her vehicle; a short time after the female returned home the male subject arrived and kicked the door open to their apartment; the male subject damaged the female's personal property in the apartment and physically assaulted her causing injury; the male subject was apprehended a short distance away and transported to jail.


04/03/19 200 blk Retama


A vehicle parked on the street was forcibly entered during daylight hours to steal a purse left in open view on a seat. 04/03/19 400 blk Wintergreen


A driver stopped for a traffic violation had never had a driver's license issued; further investigation discovered the driver had an active arrest warrant issued by Wilson County. 04/04/19 5200 blk Broadway


A residence was unlawfully entered by unknown means while the owner was out of town. 04/05/19 6300 blk Broadway


A driver stopped for a traffic violation was found to have a suspended driver's license; a passenger in the vehicle gave officers a false name; further investigation determined the passenger's true identity and an active arrest warrant issued by Comal County for aggravated assault against a family member with a firearm; the subject was also found to be in possession of illegal methamphetamines. 04/05/19 5200 blk Broadway


A driver stopped for a traffic violation was found to have a suspended driver's license and an active arrest warrant issued by Kendall County.


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04/06/19 200 blk Montclair


A driver stopped for speeding was found to be under the influence of alcohol and impaired. 04/07/19 5900 blk Broadway


An employee's ex-boyfriend came to her place of employment and wanted to talk; when the employee refused, the ex-boyfriend punched the glass door to the business causing the glass to break 04/07/19 5900 blk Broadway


An officer contacting the driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation detected a strong odor of burning marijuana; further investigation discovered several bags of marijuana in the vehicle. 04/07/19 600 blk Austin Hwy


Lawn equipment was stolen from the open bed of a pick-up truck while unattended; video surveillance captured images of the suspect and a white van.

Vintage View


The Tee Pee Steak House on Austin Highway was a local favorite for a night out for many years.


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Profile for 78209 Magazine

78209 Magazine - May 2019  

Community and Lifestyle magazine for the 78209 zipcode of San Antonio.

78209 Magazine - May 2019  

Community and Lifestyle magazine for the 78209 zipcode of San Antonio.