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WHOLESOME EATING PG.22 Blanco Road locale offers up variety of healthy food options




PG. 12 TxDOT seeks public input on North Side roadways Areas under consideration include 410/San Pedro interchange, U.S. 281


Shavano Park hires new police chief PG. 15 Mayor says Chief Lacy embodies concept of community policing PG. 06 HAPPENING LOCAL PG. 09 LOCAL LOWDOWN OPEN AND OPENING SOON IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

EARNING ACCOLADES PG. 17 Under director Hollie Martinez, Antonian’s young thespians and stagehands are creating top-notch productions, fans say


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THOMAS EDWARDS EXECUTIVE EDITOR ON THE COVER Hollie Martinez (lower left) and her students are bringing plenty of energy to the stage at Antonian College Preparatory High School, where the theater director is overseeing high-quality productions praised by faculty and the community. See story on page 17. Photo by Collette Orquiz

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’ve always found it interesting that two of this city’s biggest economic generators are the military medical establishment and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. With thousands of military and civilian contract employees and a budget in the billions, military health is a powerful part of San Antonio’s economy. There’s a long history of collaboration between UTHSCSA and the military medical folks. However, the

relationship recently took a huge leap forward with UTHSCSA’s creation of the Military Health Institute. The idea came from Dr. Bill Henrich, health-science center president. “Ask any San Antonian what is unique about the city and I would guess the military here would be one of the answers,” Henrich said. “As president here, I’ve seen a number of successful projects with the military, and a big portion of our teaching involves care of veterans and staffing the (Veterans Affairs medical facilities), but we still weren’t taking full advantage of all the opportunities to collaborate for the benefit of the military, the university and the wider community. The institute was intended to do that.” Dr. Byron Hepburn, former commander of the 59th Medical Wing at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland and a one-time deputy surgeon general of the Air Force, heads the institute, which opened in late 2014. He is the perfect person to create the kind of collaborative incubator Henrich had in mind.

“We have a unique interface with VA and the Department of Defense, with the huge military presence, and the amount of research and teaching. Also, the fact the VA is co-located with us, and our faculty is doing most (of) all the research at the VA,” Hepburn said. The focus is to fast-forward research in military medicine at these institutions through partnerships, and the Military Health Institute is working with the other such facilities, as well as with the entire UT System. Current projects include major research on post-traumatic stress disorder, a study of new pain relief for burns, work on long-term outcomes of vascular-extremity injuries, care of gastrointestinal injuries, new indicators of traumatic brain injury and research in how best to help family caregivers deal with PTSD. While these endeavors are geared to the needs of servicemen and servicewomen, the results can improve care for everyone. “There are layers of goodness,”

Hepburn said. “Research done for the military also has direct applicability to all humans, from a burned child to the victim of a motorcycle crash.” The institute’s networking function is also connecting researchers inside and outside the armed forces to coordinate studies and jump-start pilot projects, Hepburn said. After just two years, the results are impressive. In 2016, total funding UTHSCSA received for DOD-related projects increased nearly 45 percent, from $8.5 million in 2015 to about $12.3 million. When I asked Henrich about how much he envisions the institute growing, he said, “The sky’s the limit.” The Military Health Institute is a great way for a lot of smart folks to work together doing important things. It’s good news for UTHSCSA, for veterans and for active-duty personnel. It’s good news for the South Texas economy. Most important, it’s good news for medical research, and for all of us living here in Military City, USA, and beyond.


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their hard-earned dollars are spent to pay for their children’s education. Just like in a free market, the competition could help improve public schools. Proponents also argue vouchers are a mechanism to lift low-income students out of underperforming institutions and place them in a better learning environment. Initiatives in 2017 include giving tax credits to companies donating funds to poor or special-needs students, so they can afford tuition at private or parochial schools. Another option could be the education savings account, which funnels taxpayer dollars to parents as a debit card to pay for schooling other than public. In the end, parents have a right to seek the best education possible for their youngsters, while also being able to decide how to pay for it. -The Local Community News editorial board includes Harry Lees, Gregg Rosenfield and Thomas Edwards.

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AUTHOR LECTURE Liane Kupferberg Carter presents her 12 book “Ketchup is my Favorite Vegetable: A Family Grows Up with Autism” at 7 p.m. at the Barshop Jewish Communty Center, 12500 N.W. Military Highway. The JCC is on the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community. Cost is $10. For more, call Maya Siler at 302-6867.


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HAPPENING continues from pg. 07 DROP-IN MAHJONG The Senior Center in the 18 Barshop Jewish Community Center is home to mahjong on the third Wednesday every month at 6:30 p.m. Coffee will be served. Everyone may play. The JCC is on the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, 12500 N.W. Military Highway. For more, call Cathy Pottorf at 302-6870.


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BEXAR COUNTY MASTER GARDENERS The monthly 19 board of directors meeting is 3:30 p.m. at 3355 Cherry Ridge Drive, Suite 208; BCMG members welcome to attend. A general session, open to the public, is at 6 p.m. Social time will be followed by a 6:30 p.m. presentation. Master gardeners’ involvement in the 2017 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will be discussed. For more, visit or call 699-0663 or email BCMG President Jack Downey at

RETIRED TEACHERS MEETING North San Antonio Retired 18 Teachers Association holds a 9:45 a.m. conference, with coffee and

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EVENING AGLOW MEETING San Antonio Evening Aglow 19 International, a Christian “transformational kingdom” group, meets the third Thursday of each month for fellowship, song and an inspirational message. The gathering starts at 7 p.m. at Anne Marie’s Catering, 12475 Starcrest Drive (at Bitters Road). Everyone is welcome. For more, visit


SILVER CINEMA At 1 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month, a free film is screened for senior citizens at Barshop Jewish Community Center’s Holzman Auditorium; no cost for popcorn and coffee. Walkins are welcome. The JCC is on the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, 12500 N.W. Military Highway. For more, call 302-6860.

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SHAVANO PARK The next City Council meeting is at 6:30 p.m. 23 in City Hall, 900 Saddletree Court. For more and to confirm exact dates and times at meetings normally scheduled the fourth Monday of the month, visit


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Open and Opening Soon 1. WHOLESOME EATING, 13455

Blanco Road, is a food store focused on healthy eating with several options for gluten-free, paleo, vegan, diabetic, cardiac and ketogenic diets. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. For more, visit www. or call 913522-3098. (See story on page 22)

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3. POTBELLY SANDWICH SHOP, 11745 Interstate 10 West, Suite 403, features made-to-order sandwiches with fresh meats and all the trimmings in an atmosphere that feels like home. The menu also includes soups, salads, shakes. The restaurant features live music during the week. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more, call 318-2819 or visit

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LOWDOWN continues from pg. 09 Antonio’s newest entertainment venue and features outdoor performances on a wooden deck. Styled as a traditional Texas dance hall, it features live local country music and bands, 46 taps serving local craft beers and lunch and dinner. Hours are 11 a.m. to midnight Sunday through Tuesday, and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For more, call 572-9307 or visit

4. EDWARDS RIDGE DISTILLERY, 16104 University Oak St., held a grand opening Dec. 31. The distillery produces highquality rum, according to its Facebook page. Tours are provided at no charge during normal business hours. The site can also be used to host parties and special events. Hours are 3 p.m. to midnight Thursday and Friday, and Saturdays from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. For more, call 802-7864, email info@edwardsridge. com or visit or

IN OTHER NEWS NEW DAILY NONSTOP SERVICE TO TORONTO BEGINS MAY 1 AT THE SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT with Air Canada, officials recently announced. The airport now has 38 nonstop flight destinations to three countries and, according to officials, Air Canada will be the 11th airline providing flights from San Antonio. LT. GEN. RUSSELL “RUSS” J. HANDY WAS NAMED aviation director for the San Antonio International Airport, City Manager Sheryl Sculley announced recently. Handy retired from the Air Force Oct. 1 and has more than 20 years of senior executive experience in military and civil aerospace operations, according to city officials. Handy’s duties at the airport began Jan. 9. DISTRICT 8 COUNCILMAN RON NIRENBERG PLANS TO RUN FOR MAYOR in the May 6 election, he announced.

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image on the floor, military flags and a wall-sized letter from Nimitz to the school that was written many years ago. CASTLE HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL WENT ON EMERGENCY LOCKDOWN Dec. 9 after police chased a man on foot in the area. The case began when a motorist was pulled over for speeding on Loop 410 by the San Antonio Police Department near Honeysuckle Lane and West Avenue about 11 a.m., according to reports. The man then ran from his vehicle with police in pursuit, investigators said. SAPD and K-9 officers teamed up with Castle Hills police to look for him, detaining the man a little later, according to officials. The school lockdown was lifted soon after, police say. SARAH AGUIRRE OF COLONIES NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL recently was named the English as a Second Language Teacher of the Year by the Education Service Center Region 20 during the 2016 Language Conference in November.

COLONIES NORTH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL CELEBRATED ITS 50TH anniversary in November with a special ceremony that “captured the unique diversity of the campus,” school officials said. SHAVANO PARK HELD ITS ANNUAL HANUKKAH MENORAH LIGHTING Dec. 25, the second of the eight nights of the Jewish holiday. City officials, residents and religious leaders were on hand for the festive ceremony, which took place at nightfall. THREE ARRESTS ARE REPORTED BY SHAVANO PARK POLICE in the wake of some car break-ins Nov. 9. Two burglary suspects were detained that morning after police stopped a suspicious vehicle. A third suspect also was eventually taken into custody. The Bexar County District Attorney’s Office is now reviewing the case, according to officials. THE ANTONIAN COLLEGE PREPARATORY HIGH SCHOOL SILVER


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DANCERS won their third straight Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools state championship title in dance team competition Dec. 9. In addition, the Antonian Silver Dancers had just returned from performing at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City on Nov. 24, through a special invitation given to the team due to their multiple wins at previous national competitions. The 24-member ensemble is coached by Drea PenaKocian and Diandra Buckley. THOSE INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR MAYOR OR CITY COUNCIL DISTRICTS 8 or 9 in the San Antonio May 6 race can collect information packets at the Office of the City Clerk, located on the second floor of City Hall at 100 Military Plaza. Packets are $30 and can be purchased during regular office hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, contact Alexander Pytel, executive assistant to the city clerk, at 207-7254.

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He became chief of police Oct. 3, replacing the outgoing David Creed. “The core values which I have posted on the police web page set forth the basis of our standards,” said Lacy, a 35-year police veteran. “I set the bar high, but every officer can meet and exceed those standards.”

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“Leadership and managing a police department begin with setting a level of expectation and ethics, and demonstrating that from the top down,” the chief said. “I wear my police uniform with pride each day, and will not ask the wonderful police officers of the Shavano Park PD to do something that I am not willing to do.” Lacy says he is impressed with the community that he has sworn to protect and serve. “The community and people of Shavano Park are wonderful,” Lacy said. “The neighborhoods are beautiful, with large trees, wildlife and lovely homes. The citizens are warm, friendly and appreciate the service that the police, fire and city employees provide to make Shavano Park a warm and wonderful city to live in.” Lacy said one of the best experiences so far is planning and working with residents and city staff. “I look forward to continuing my goal of providing excellence in service to each and every citizen for many years,” he added. City Manager Bill Hill said the new chief got right to work. “We have an outstanding Police Department and with Chief Lacy’s leadership and experience it will only get better,” Hill said. “Already he has made (an) immediate impact on handling day-to-day operations. In fact, our Police Department has recently apprehended several burglars in business and residential areas and charges are filed in the district court.” Hill said there is more to come. “I look forward to the chief ’s sixmonth assessment report, where I expect he will be making recommendations for the future,” the city manager added.

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Fans of the theater director, who is in her third year at the private school, say Martinez has transformed the drama program from a run-of-the-mill elective and extracurricular activity into a vital learning experience. Under her guidance, school officials add, students are producing and starring

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to sit on the floor during training sessions because the space was too small, she added. “The problem was not that we couldn’t bring in any more volunteers, it was that we didn’t have the space to have the staff that would work with them. We couldn’t train them effectively, we couldn’t really conduct our program,” Barkhurst said. Renovations and furniture cost $500,000. “The move itself was way cheaper than we anticipated. The staff did a great job in terms of purging all the stuff that wasn’t necessary, packing everything up. We moved all the stuff from one office to this office in one day,” Barkhurst said. Big Sister Monica Garcia has been mentoring her Little Sister Doriana Debrow for three years and said “the sky’s the limit” when it comes to the new location. “It’s an awesome and a very welldeserved move for the organization. If you’ve ever been to the previous facility, you’d know that their space has intensely multiplied,” Garcia said. The larger facility will accommodate current and future programming and


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