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do not believe in advocacy journalism disguised as news coverage, especially politics. Reporters covering elections should always check their personal baggage at the door. I have always enjoyed and encouraged newsroom discussions about the political process, but I become uncomfortable when fellow journalists openly voice their support for this or that candidate. The problem is compounded when reporters post private views on relatively open social media. Neutrality and objective reporting should be the hallmarks of our daily work. In this day when opinion polls rate the trustworthiness of the press as lower than dirt, our profession must go the extra mile to rebuild credibility with the public. That is not to say journalists shouldn’t privately support a candidate. Just like any other citizen, they have the right to free expression. But considering today’s scrutiny of the press, they should keep those views to themselves and exercise them in the privacy of a voting booth. Otherwise, how can a reporter’s articles be trusted when folks know he or she is partial to one office seeker over another? Quick point here — none of what I’ve written so far applies to opinion journalists, who are expected to publicly voice their support of a candidate, party or principles to spur a community dialogue. I am discussing reporters. Reporters are, in effect, historians. As professional and unbiased recorders of the day’s events, their own opinions, likes and dislikes need to stay out of their stories. I want to assure readers that here at LOCAL Community News, we strive for impartiality.

THOMAS EDWARDS EXECUTIVE EDITOR ON THE COVER: Emily Malik (left) and Oksana Garcia (right) work on mock patient Sydney Anderson as part of an Emergency Medical Technician course involving North East Independent School District high schools and the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. See story on page 15. Photo by Mary Oakes




Heroes needed on the homefront by SUSAN YERKES


arch is a big month for remembering heroes in these parts. The 13-day “siege of glory” at the Alamo, and the bloody battle on March 6, 1836, has become one of America’s most beloved heroic stories. Women’s History Month is also commemorated in March, and I’ve been thinking about how our culture tends to frame traditional “heroes” as rough-andready warriors for a good cause, rather than quiet volunteers on the front lines of hidden, desperate struggles, such as the one to end domestic violence. Every nine seconds a woman in the United States is assaulted or beaten, according to the National Coalition Against

Domestic Violence. The statistic may just be the tip of the iceberg, as an estimated 70 percent of such cases never get reported. Further, more than 30 percent of female homicides come by the hands of an intimate partner. While men can be victims, too, the overwhelming majority are ladies, children or the elderly – the traditionally powerless. Jane Shafer, program director for the San Antonio Police Department’s Family Assistance Crisis Team, or F.A.C.T., has seen the dark side for many years. In 1990, Shafer and her Putting an End to Abuse Through Community Efforts, or P.E.A.C.E., Initiative co-founder Patricia Castillo launched F.A.C.T., a volunteer program to help deal with domestic abuse. Since then, F.A.C.T. has trained thousands of volunteers to team with professional social workers in domestic-abuse cases. “This violence goes on day and night, throughout the city,” Shafer told me. “It happens in every part of town.” Unfortunately, there’s still a lot of shame associated with asking for help, she added. There’s also the danger of escalating violence if a woman or elderly person reports an abuser. Shafer urged everyone in the community to reach out to people they think may be experiencing domestic abuse. Even if they don’t talk about it, if you notice bruises or injuries, just ask if they’re OK.

It’s not always easy to leave an abusive situation; without support from nearby friends or family, it can be difficult to make the break. Some get help through the Bexar County Family Justice Center. Others find refuge at Family Violence Prevention Services Inc.’s Battered Women and Children’s Shelter, where more than a dozen different programs help victims recover their inner strength and prepare for independent lives. Last year, FVPS helped nearly 55,000 women and children, and sadly, the number continues to rise. To me, women such as Shafer, Castillo, FVPS Executive Director Marta Peláez and the many, many mostly unsung advocates who work to unshackle the abused are genuine heroes. Their dedication may not be spotlighted in battlefield glory, but it’s a powerful, often life-and-death struggle … and it’s not getting easier. I remember a moving interview I had two years ago with Maria Falcon, supervisor of counseling at the Family Justice Center.

After 28 years as a licensed professional counselor, Falcon called abuse against women the worst hate crime in our society — one seemingly uncontrollable. “We say it’s a women’s issue, and we work to empower women,” she said, “but it’s happening more than ever.” Falcon said she believes things will begin to change when the struggle against domestic violence is not framed only as an issue for women, but when it becomes one for men, too. “Instead of putting all the focus on empowering the victims of abuse, what about putting the focus on the perpetrators? What about society teaching men not to be perpetrators? Men need to stand up and challenge other men – in politics, in the media, in business, the schools, everywhere in society, to declare that abuse is not acceptable,” she said. Who will join the heroes on the homefront? Share your thoughts at syerkes@ localcommunitynews.com.


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From kindergarten to 12th grade, school choice should be important for all families, whether the learner is collegebound or better oriented for a vocation. Children learn differently from each other; a campus more accommodating for one may not fit the needs of another. There are plenty of possibilities available. In general, the school-choice arena offers traditional public campuses, magnet institutions, publicly supported charter schools and online academic venues. Parents, especially those desiring tailored education for their child or prayer in the classroom, can enroll their offspring in a private or parochial school, or educate them at home.

The topic of school choice recently came to the forefront during National School Choice Week; according to one spokesman with the grassroots effort, 64 percent of Americans would like to have a greater education menu for their kids. During School Choice Week, Gov. Greg Abbott urged Texans to explore the kind of learning system that fits their families, even if it’s not public schools. The issue could take on more prominence during the next legislative session. In 2013, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, then a state senator, and former Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst pushed for legislation which would’ve used taxpayer money to send youngsters to private facilities. The battle over school vouchers resurfaced in 2015, but again made little headway. Though public school officials railed against the proposal, it likely hasn’t disappeared. No matter what, parents uncomfortable with the level of education their child is receiving should have the opportunity to switch to a campus or system they feel is more appropriate.

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Plan your month with our calendar of upcoming events in the community.




NO SCHOOL Students and in the North East 14-18, 25 teachers and Northside Independent School Districts are off a week for Spring Break and on March 25 for Good Friday.


SILVER CINEMA FILM SCREENINGS Films for senior citizens are presented, for free, at the Barshop Jewish Community Center at 1 p.m. Screenings are in Holzman Auditorium; the popcorn and coffee are free, too. Walk-ins are welcome. The JCC is on the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, 12500 N.W. Military Highway at Wurzbach Parkway.


CULINARIA 5K WINE & BEER RUN This annual run presented 19 by Culinaria starts at 8 a.m. at the Shops at La Cantera, 15900 La Cantera Parkway. Entry costs $45 for an







individual runner or $40 per person for teams, which must have at least 10 runners. The chip-timed race sets off right at 8 a.m. from the Residences at La Cantera, and parking is available throughout the Shops. Race Reception tickets, $20, will be available at the March 18 Race Expo, at the Gold’s Gym at 2323 Lockhill-Selma Road. Proceeds benefit The Farm, a Culinaria planned food-education center. For more, or to register for the race, go to culinariasa.org/san-antonio/events. SKINS & SKULLS Urban biologist Jessica Alderson of 19 the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department will talk about South Texas mammals, illustrating her talk with an assortment of animal skins. The program starts at 10 a.m. at the Urban Ecology Center in Phil Hardberger Park, and includes a child-friendly activity. It’s free,


WOMEN’S HALL OF MARCH FAME INDUCTION 19 Seventeen women will be inducted into the San Antonio hall of fame this year – leaders in government, health care, technology, education and creative arts, to name a few. A 6 p.m. reception and silent auction will be followed by dinner and the induction ceremony at 7 p.m. Individual tickets are $100; sponsorships start at $1,500. The gala takes place at the Omni Colonnade, 9821 Colonnade Blvd. To reserve a seat, go to www.sawomenshalloffame.org. JOANNE ROCKLIN In her Barshop Jewish 20 Community Center Author Series talk, Joanne Rocklin will read from – and sign copies of – her book “I Say Shehechiyanu,” which is a blessing to mark first-ever events in a young life. Activities for children will be offered, too. The reading starts at 1 p.m. and is free, but you must reserve a seat; call 302-6820 or go to www.jccsanantonio. org and look under Arts & Culture. The JCC is on the Campus of the San Antonio


Jewish Community, 12500 N.W. Military Highway at Wurzbach Parkway. MEET THE CANDIDATES The Shavano Park Women’s 22 Club is holding its annual Meet the Candidates Night so that residents can see and ask questions of the hopefuls running for three seats on the Shavano Park City Council. John Horner, a 45-year resident of the city and a three-term mayor, is the master of ceremonies. It is 7 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall, 900 Saddletree Court.


NISD TRUSTEES The Northside Independent 22 School District board meets at 7 p.m. in the boardroom at 5900 Evers Road.


TREES OF HARDBERGER PARK This Nature Walk will be led by 26 Master Naturalist Ron Tullus, who will provide information on common trees in Phil Hardberger Park, including hogplum and toothache tree. It starts at 8 a.m. at the Urban Ecology Center near the park’s western entrance, 8400 N.W. Military Highway. It is free, but a donation of $3 per person or $5 per family is suggested.


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HAPPENING continues from pg. 05 LIBRARIES CLOSED All San Antonio Public 27 Library facilities will be closed in observance of Easter.


SHAVANO PARK The Shavano MARCH Park City Council will hold 28 its monthly meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 900 Saddletree Court. SUMMER J CAMP OPEN HOUSE MARCH This session from 3 to 6:30 29 p.m. at the Barshop Jewish Community Center will offer information on this summer’s camp program. You can talk to administrative staff members and camp counselors, and take advantage of early-bird registration; there will be games and inflatables for the kids. The Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community is at 12500 N.W. Military Highway at Wurzbach Parkway. WELLNESS FAIR From 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., 2 visitors can drop by the Third Annual Shavano Community Health, Home & Family Fair on the grounds of the new headquarters of the Bexar County Medical Society, 4334 N. Loop 1604 West near Pond Hill Road. The free event is sponsored by area doctors, clinics and hospitals, according to a release. In addition to health screenings, the fair also features home-improvement ideas, safety information, foods, nutrition and exercise tips. For more, call Terry Kemmy at 8441542 or email terry.kemmy@n2pub.com.


“SEUSSICAL JR.” The Starz Youth Performance Troupe 2-3 of the Barshop Jewish Community Center will stage the family musical featuring all the beloved Dr. Seuss characters and narrated by the Cat in the Hat. Shows are at 7 p.m. April 2 and at 2 and 4:30 p.m. April 3 in the Sheldon Vexler Theatre. Tickets are $7 and are available by calling 302-6859. The Vex is on the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community, 12500 N.W. Military Highway at Wurzbach Parkway.


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HOBBY HAWK 5K WALK & RUN The Hobby Middle School 11 PTA is holding a family run/ walk to raise money for enhancing student instruction programs. It starts at 8 a.m. at Shavano Park City Hall, 900 Saddletree Court. Registration costs $25 for adults and $10 for students younger than 18; register by March 23 to get a T-shirt and goodie bag. Forms can be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the office of the school, 11843 Vance Jackson Road. For more, contact Patti Uresti at 789-3139 or puresti67@gmail.com.


If you feel you or your child’s life is in danger; have suffered a severe injury, animal bite, or burn; or feel that you have symptoms of heart attack or stroke, please dial 9-1-1, or go to the nearest emergency room immediately.

NEISD TRUSTEES North East Independent School District 11 trustees are scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. in the NEISD board room, 8961 Tesoro Drive.


CASTLE HILLS The City Council meets 12 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 209 Lemonwood Drive.


ELSEWHERE IN SAN ANTONIO NORTH STAR MALL WALKERS This group of (mainly) seniors enjoys the mall’s pleasant temperatures and smooth flooring to exercise most mornings. Participants gather just before 8 a.m. at the food court, and set off singly or in pairs or groups – it’s unstructured. The activity is free and open to anyone who wants to walk. On Thursdays, the group gathers at the food court from 8 to 9 a.m. for coffee and a speaker discussing a topic of general interest.


SONS OF CONFEDERATE VETERANS, CAMP 153 15 Hood’s Texas Brigade, Camp 153, meets at 7 p.m. at Grady’s Bar-B-Q, 6510 San Pedro Ave. Members and guests are welcome to eat beginning at 6 p.m.; no reservations are required. The Camp meets the third Tuesday of each month. For more, visit www.hoodstexasbde.com.


SONS OF THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION The San 15 Antonio Chapter of the national organization holds its monthly luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Petroleum Club, 8620 N. New Braunfels Ave. Lunch costs $25. RSVPs are required. Call Bob Clark at 402-0871, or email to reservations@sarsat.org by the Monday before the meeting. The chapter meets on the third Wednesday of each month, except July and August.


SAN ANTONIO CIVIL WAR ROUND TABLE 17 The group meets the third Thursday of each month at Grady’s Bar-B-Q, 6510 San Pedro Ave., for a 6 p.m. dinner and 7 p.m. meeting. Those interested in Civil War history are invited to share stories and ideas. No reservations are required. For more, contact Nancy Hodges at lyndz76@yahoo.com or Daniel Snell at surveyking@satx.rr.com.



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108, offers a unique assortment of tapiocas, smoothies, teas and other flavorful drinks. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday. For more, call 468-5088 or visit facebook. com/bobbosip15. (See story on page 27)

Huebner Road, are new living quarters that offer an upscale vibe, according to property manager Kandi Aguirre. “This stylish mecca … blends industrial design with modern amenities at every turn,” she said in a prepared release. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 1-4:30 p.m. Sunday. For more, call 888-5114631, email info@triompheapartments. com or visit triompheapartments.com.

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THE NORTHSIDE SPORTS GYM is currently being built at the Dub Farris Athletic Complex, 8400 N. Loop 1604 West. The $2.63 million athletic facility will provide competition space for various Northside Independent School District sporting events as well as a venue for other NISD special occasions. The 2,500-seat gym is half-complete and is being built by Bartlett Cocke General Contractors. The gym was designed by Marmon Mok Architecture. Funding for the gym came from the 2014 school bond. THE CLARK HIGH SCHOOL CHEER SQUAD took second place in the mediumnovice category at the recent National Cheerleaders Association National Championships in Dallas. According to a spokesman, four Northside Independent School District squads came home as national champions in their divisions and seven out of 10 finished in the top three. LEE HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORE WRESTLER Angelina Gomez won the University Interscholastic League State Wrestling Championship title in the 6A 95-pound weight class of the girls division. The wrestling state tournament was held Feb. 19-20 at the Caldwell Center in Garland. Along with her first-place finish, Gomez won the Most Outstanding Wrestler Award for the 6A girls. She finished the wrestling season undefeated at 32-0.

MARCH 14 - APRIL 11, 2016 KATIE WEST, A JUNIOR AT THE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF THE AMERICAS, took first place in senior dramatic historical performance at Regionals and received Best In Show Senior Division at this year’s San Antonio Regional History Day competition, according to school officials. The student will compete at the state level against several area school districts on April 30 in Austin. This is her second time to compete at state. If she is victorious there, she will compete at National History Day in Washington, D.C. later this spring. THE SAN ANTONIO BOARD OF REALTORS has announced that President and CEO Angela Shields was named the 2015 Tom D. Morton Association Executive of the Year during the Texas Association of Realtors winter meeting Feb. 8. Also at the meeting, SABOR’s “Rookie-to-Pro” program was named the Education Program of the Year in the marketing category. The program was created to bring new real-estate agents up to speed in the business as well as to help current Realtors reach the next level of the profession. A “SMART” RADAR TRAILER THAT DISPLAYS MOTORISTS’ SPEEDS WAS UNVEILED Feb. 12 on the North Side by District 9 Councilman Joe Krier, Police Chief William McManus and Officer German Huerta, assigned to a San Antonio Fear Free Environment unit with the San Antonio Police Department. According to officials, the acquisition of the smart trailer, manufactured by Stalker Radar, will provide the city’s Transportation & Capital Improvements Department and the Texas Department of Transportation with “a more accurate snapshot of areas with traffic safety issues by measuring the number of cars and their given speeds in addition to logging time and location. Such metrics will help to locate any speeding or traffic ‘hotspots’ across District 9.” During the unveiling, the new radar trailer was placed along the right of way on Blanco Road, just north of Don Johnson Realtors, 16845 Blanco. THE VANCE JACKSON NEIGHBORHOOD INC. HOSTED a candidate forum on Feb. 20 at the Colonial Hills United Methodist Church, 5247 Vance Jackson Road. The forum featured candidates running for Bexar County Commissioners Court, Precinct 3 — Republican incumbent Kevin Wolff and fellow GOP challengers Mike Koerner and Pamela Lill. Also featured were candidates running for the state Senate District 26 seat as well as Bexar County sheriff. Each candidate was given two minutes to state why

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Officials: Most businesses want transit service to stay by LUCILLE SIMS THOMAS


ASTLE HILLS — Residents will decide during the May 7 elections if they want to keep VIA Metropolitan Transit service in their city.

At issue is whether the town should use the half-cent sales tax that goes to VIA buses — about $500,000 — to instead create a municipal development district to help fund street and drainage repairs and other needed infrastructure upgrades. The City Council recently voted unanimously to place the referendum on the ballotg. The issue has been debated for years. “I think it’s important for the people to decide and I think that when the

dust settles, we will continue to enjoy the service,” Mayor Tim Howell said. VIA officials said the transit operation provides great service to the member cities using its buses and other vehicles, including Castle Hills. “VIA is proud to provide public transportation to the 13 member cities across our 1,200-plus square mile service area. We enjoy a strong working relationship with the city of Castle Hills and believe we are providing important services to residents and visitors at a good value,” said Jeffrey C. Arndt, president and CEO of VIA. He added, “We also respect the right of their citizens to have a say in continuing to partner with VIA as provided in our state’s transportation code, and we look forward to continuing to serve Castle Hills should they elect to remain in the VIA service area.” Castle Hill’s business owners, for the most part, want VIA to continue service in the city since many of their employees use the buses, Howell said. “I know that the business community in our city strongly believes that VIA is necessary to their viability,” wrote Councilman Frank Paul in the January Castle Hills Reporter. “In fact, the tax money that is given to VIA is generated from the sales and use taxes collected in our city from these businesses. The

city does not write VIA a check.” Howell also thinks businesses considering a move to Castle Hills might not look favorably on the city if it doesn’t have a public transportation system. He added the long-term effect of getting rid of VIA could damage the town’s economic corridor, which is Northwest Military Highway. “I think it would stymie some of our businesses because a lot of their employees use VIA,” the mayor said. “There are several people in the city who actually use the bus service for their regular transportation to (the University of Texas at San Antonio) and downtown and different areas.” If VIA is booted out of Castle Hills, officials said the town will have to come up with some type of alternative to both the regular buses and VIAtrans, which services disabled riders and transported more than 2,000 of its residents to various destinations in 2014. Paul in his column noted that VIA bus service would disappear from West Avenue and Northwest Military Highway. The buses would still travel through the city and drop off or pick up passengers on San Antonio streets that border Caste Hills. Also in 2014, Castle Hills received $380,000 from VIA as part of a $2 million Metropolitan Planning Organization grant divided among the 12 suburban

cities that use VIA’s services. The amount of money the cities got was based on a formula that analyzed how many bus miles are traveled in each municipality. As part of that deal, VIA implemented some major route changes that resulted in buses going down the busier Northwest Military Highway instead of LockhillSelma Road. Removing VIA from the city would impact the funding for the deal. It cost VIA about $1.3 million to provide bus service to Castle Hills in 2014, officials said. Howell remains optimistic. “I think that some people don’t see the long-term benefits of a public transportation system and that we are very much part of a metropolitan complex that fits together economically,” the mayor said. “Some people miss that and think that the money (the $500,000 in sales tax) could be used for something other than a public transportation system.” Though some critics of VIA say the funds could be used to help fix the city’s streets, Howell countered the city now has an organized roadway plan that uses funding from digital billboards and new stormwater fees to repair and maintain its roadways. The infrastructure project is now in its second phase with more streets recently added for repairs.

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HAVANO PARK — The city has adopted rules for groups wishing to use the municipal complex, but some residents fear the policy is still restrictive and may deter local civic organizations from meeting there.

The City Council voted 3-1 Feb. 22 to approve a policy that keeps City Hall open during the week, calls for a security deposit after hours and closes it on the weekends to civic groups. The vote came after weeks of oftentense debate among elected officials and residents. The new rules closely match a policy that leaders drafted in 2011. “This policy basically adopts most of our current practices,” City Manager Bill Hill said. But not everyone agreed


with the council’s decision. Following the vote, resident M.J. Smoot said the city is being more restrictive than ever on public use of the council chambers. “We — the private citizens who fund every single solitary thing in this city — have been denied access to the very building we own. Our right to assemble in our building has been voted out by this council tonight,” Smoot said. Nearly a week before the vote, council members in a special meeting Feb. 17 arrived at a consensus on key parts of the new use policy. The revised guidelines permit the occasional meeting of “community and civic organizations” from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday. Fees will be waived for groups using the council chamber. A $500 refundable security deposit is required for use after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays. No groups are permitted to use the interior of City Hall on weekends. The policy does not accommodate rentals for private functions. Former Alderwoman Etta Fanning said a council majority ignored residents’ wishes. She also cited another neighbor’s

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feared that existing rules would let groups with questionable intent use the building. But several residents have been highly critical of the council, saying essentially city leaders were developing a flawed solution for a nonexistent problem. Many local civic groups had been worried that a new policy might force informational, nonpartisan events such as candidate forums to go elsewhere or be canceled. Alderwoman Mary Ann Hisel cast the dissenting vote, saying it seems unfair to request a deposit, which some groups may perceive as a charge. She added some organizations are unable to have large attendance during the times when they could use the council chambers for free because of other weekday obligations, such as work or school. For those groups such as Scout troops, Hisel said, meeting at night could be their only option because they would be unable to convene there on the weekend. However, city officials could open up the chambers on a weekend for a formal city business function. “Why would we charge anyone anything since we’re not

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5 seat featuring incumbent Douglas Gregory, Don Rochelle and Bruce SmileyKaliff, the immediate past mayor. In addition, voters are being asked to decide whether a half-cent sales tax from VIA Metropolitan Transit — about $500,000 — should instead be used to create a municipal development district to help pay for street and drainage repairs. Shavano Park is holding an at-large election to fill three council seats. Candidates include incumbents Vicky Maisel, Bob Heintzelman and Mary Ann Hisel and challengers M.J. Smoot, Konrad Kuykendall, Mike Simpson and Gary Arnold. In the race for the NEISD school board District 6 spot, trustee and board President Letti Bresnahan did not file to run again. Tony Jaso and Tomas Martinez are seeking the spot. Sarah Hughey has filed to hold on to her District 1 seat, but she faces a challenge from Melissa White and Christopher Herring. The deadline to file for office was Feb. 19.


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in the council chambers. A few residents at the Feb. 22 council session were not happy with the proceedings. One audience member interjected, “You all are doing what you want,” and stormed out. “Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts (were) discussed tonight, but they will not fit the new criteria to have any functions inside on these dates,” Smoot said. “I do not understand why this council feels that this kind of restriction is what the majority of citizens want. I expect they do not agree.” Alderman Bob Heintzelman was not present at the meeting.

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hen it comes to weight loss, the staff at the new medical spa Sculpt Away says it offers a painless, nonsurgical program designed to help customers achieve their ideal body. Sculpt Away Body Shaping & Beauty Lounge is at 9991 Interstate 10 West. The spa has five treatment options: weight loss and body shaping, a rejuvenation bar, SculpSure 25-Minute Fat Reduction, specialty programs, and skin health and beauty. There’s even a small gym for yoga class. Treatments allow customers to enjoy healthy drinks, relaxation

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Shannon Schimmel (above), an aesthetician and co-founder of Sculpt Away (left), powers up the SculpSure, a non-invasive body contouring machine which targets problem areas with 25-minute sessions. Photos by Collette Orquiz

“You’re going to get results regardless,” Overley said. Customers can choose a one-time payment or a pay-as-you-go program. The clinic’s website and social media outlets feature a blog, videos and future eBooks releases that will discuss customer concerns and effective treatments. “We have our fingers on the pulse every minute as to what people are concerned about and interested in,” Overley said. The concept stems from Le Salon Medical Spa, an aesthetic spa managed by Overley, Schimmel and Lopez in 2006. Wanting to rebrand and expand their services, they decided to create their own line of supplements and

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If you enjoy tapioca-based tea, try the basic tapioca cream tea or Thai tea with tapioca. For the true connoisseur or the really adventurous, order the egg pudding tapioca cream tea. Prices range from $3.25 to $ 4.50 with the majority of the drinks at $3.75 — a bargain for the taste, friendly service and cleanliness. Plus there is the fidelity rewards program, which allows customers who buy five drinks to add one free, which equals a 20 percent discount. Huynh said she has no plans to open other locations. What’s the most popular item on the menu? “The Crazy Drink — it’s a mixture of everything,” Huynh said. Other choices include coconut

At Boba Sip, an array of different beverages ranging from coffee, passion fruit, mango, strawberry and more are available for customers. Drink prices range from $3.25 to $4.50. Ingredients include fruit jellies and tapioca pearls. Photos by Collette Orquiz

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