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Two corporations relocating headquarters to city

pg.18 Shavano Park and San Antonio negotiate land swap

The road hasn't been easy, and from the start he faced some controversial issues including remarks by a staff member linked to proposed revisions to the city's nondiscrimination ordinance to include sexual orientation. He recently visited with LOCAL Community News to discuss his views for District 8. “Civic engagement has always been a passion. It’s not really the politics of it, or even the office," he said. "It’s really just about civic participation, which excites me.”

Deal aids San Antonio's linear park system, adds development to Shavano Park

pg. 20 National Night Out brings North Side together Block parties and other anti-crime events set for Oct. 1

Councilman continues on pg. 12

pg.22 'Golden bones,' golden years for Castle Hills couple Sichan and Martha Siv’s journey links two fates a world apart

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Every San Antonian deserves equal protection under the law Councilman Ron Nirenberg

pg. 13 End may be near for Mazal Holocaust Library in Hill Country Village

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San Antonio TX – Arthritis sufferers can’t get it fast joint, reduces friction and allows greater motion with enough and doctors offering it can’t keep up with the less pain or no pain at all in some cases. demand. Hyalgan treatment not only lubricates the joint, but “Results are truly impressive and patients are it acts as a shock absorber helping reduce grinding, inthrilled,” mentioned the staff at Osteo Relief Institute flammation, and pain. For Spine, Joint And Neuropathy Pain located at 19016 Here’s something very important to consider: Even Stone Oak Pkwy, Suite 280. though Hyalgan IS a natural substance and is NOT conThey are referring to their innovative arthritis treat- sidered a drug, it is NOT something you can get at your ment program featuring Hyalgan at The Osteo Relief local health food store. It is scientifically researched, Institute in San Antonio, TX - 2 blocks North of Loop developed by pharmaceutical companies, FDA cleared 1604 on Stone Oak Pkwy, behind North Central Baptist and can ONLY administered by a qualified Doctor. Hospital. What’s Results Can You Expect? They’ve found that the response has been a little According to Hyalgan manufacturer, Sanofi Pharmaoverwhelming. Once patients found out there is an FDA ceuticals and their FDA clearance research, “A course approved, Doctor administered arthritis treatment that of Hyalgan treatment– will relieve pain in a majority actually works – without the side effects of toxic pain of patients for 6 months without the safety concerns of But There Is A Problem… pills or risks of replacement surgery - and has enough non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) theraEven though Hyalgan can help many patients, it is scientific research that it is covered by most insurances py. In many patients, the effect of Hyalgan is likely to not a wonder cure. It does not help everyone. and even medicare – the office be came flooded with last even longer than 6 months.” For that reason, every potential patient should have arthritis sufferers wanting to find if they, too, could be And the best part is: Since Hyalgan is a natural helped. substance; it can be used over and over without risk. If a free knee screening. You will only be accepted if we What Is This Treatment And How Does It Work? it works for you, you may be able to look forward to feel you are most likely to get the pain relief and outcome you are looking for. If you are suffering with knee (or other joint) arthritis years with less pain. That’s why Osteo Relief Institute would like to inand pain, you are not alone. Degenerative joint disease Who Should Consider Hyalgan Therapy, vite you to come in for a knee arthritis screening at no or “arthritis” affects 21 million Americans and typicalWhere Can You Get It And cost to see if you actually are a candidate for a comprely involves the weight bearing joints – like your knees. When Should You Start? According to the American College of Rheumatology, You should certainly consider Hyalgan therapy if hensive evaluation and Hyalgan treatments. All you have to do is call 210-714-2766 after readnearly 70% of people over the age of 70 have x-ray you have been diagnosed with knee arthritis or told you evidence of the disease (and the ranks much younger need a knee replacement. If you have not been diag- ing this and when the scheduling specialist answers the victims of this progressive disorder nosed with arthritis but have either phone, tell her you would like your risk free “Conquer Read This If You Have Already continue to grow significantly). knee pain, stiffness, swelling, dif- Knee Pain And Arthritis Screening.” She will know exHad Treatment Without Good The worst thing is: Arthritis ficulty walking or climbing stairs actly what you are talking about and schedule you for Results can be devastating. The pain can or loss of motion in the knee – you our first time available. During this time you can get all of your queskeep you up at night and make getshould have an examination to de…Even if you’ve failed Synvisc, ting out of bed and moving around Supartz, or other arthritis programs termine what the cause of your tions answered in a warm, friendly environa daunting task. The pain and stiff- or had “blind” injection procedures, problem is. If you have any of those ment and begin to find out if Hyalgan therapy and ness can drain all the happiness and issues mentioned, there is a very our specialized rehab program is right for you. good results may still be possible But if you would like to do this, you should call joy right out of a person’s life. good chance you already have - or when using Hyalgan and the right now. The demand for this procedure has been And up until now, treatment are starting to get arthritis. overwhelming. However, since our doctors cannot options have been limited, not that computerized digital imaging system Very Important – Do Not Wait possible screen everyone and we always makes sure good...or that appealing to most pa- employed at Osteo Relief Institute Here’s Why… and our P.A.C.E Rehab Program tients. The basic protocol has been Studies indicate that if the arthritis to give every single patient the personal attention they a steady diet of toxic pain pills un- (we do not utilize SynVisc because is caught soon enough, the cushion- deserve, we have to limit the number of free screenings til your joints completely wear out it is crosslinked with formaldehyde ing effect of the treatments com- to just 20. and other chemicals…) But… just imagine how it would feel to have much, and then it’s time to surgically rebined with our specialized rehabiliplace the knee joint. tation program may actually help if not all, of your knee pain finally gone. Imagine going the knee heal thus help avoid joint replacement sur- to bed and being able to sleep through the entire night– But Now Things Have Changed and waking up refreshed and energized… ready to take Osteoarthritis is a joint disease that mostly affects gery. In other words, the sooner you start – the better. the cartilage. Cartilage is the tissue that covers the ends Does the procedure hurt? A local anesthetic is giv- on the brand new day…without the arthritis pain that’s on bones in a joint. When healthy, cartilage allows en and the procedure is virtually painless. Most patients been terrorizing you and ruining your life. And imagine finally knowing you have a treatment bones to glide smoothly over one another and acts as a say it feels like nothing more than a slight “pinching” to manage the pain caused by your knee arthritis. Well, shock absorber. sensation…that’s it. you may not have to just “imagine” anymore… beYour “normal” knee also contains a small amount Why Treatments At Osteo Relief Institute cause Hyalgan treatments and our specialized therapy of fluid called synovial fluid. This synovial fluid is a Are So Extremely Precise thick, gel-like solution that cushions and lubricates the Our doctors are particularly well trained in state- regimen could be the answer you’ve been looking for. 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fforts by church and city officials to iron out differences in San Antonio's updated non-discrimination policies are to be commended, but the firestorm could have been avoided altogether if the city had just stopped trying to be the thought police. The issue involves strengthening already existing anti-bias rules to ensure fairness on the part of city employees, municipal appointees and city contractors toward the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Some religious groups argued that instead of preventing discrimination, the policy targets them because of their beliefs against same-sex marriage, thus denying them the right of free speech. District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal (pictured) , who pushed for the update, later met with church leaders and softened the language. That speaks well for his willingness to compromise, but why create an issue if none existed in the first place? The city already had an anti-discrimination ordinance. As District 10 Councilman Carlton Soules asked, where is the empirical evidence indicating there is a need to tinker with the policy? This is still the United States where free speech is protected. Offering an opinion or a religious view some find unpopular is an inalienable right under the Constitution. No one in their right mind supports discrimination or bias when someone seeks a city job or a city service. But that is not the same as expressing a personal view or a religious belief with which others disagree.

When groups attack conservatives for their views, will their opinions bar them from public service or city jobs? Probably not. The law says speech should only be limited when it threatens physical harm or incites a panic. Policing opinions is not the purview of the government. Plenty of other countries have such practices, but they are not democracies. Instead, city governments should stick to their core mission: fixing roads, maintaining health standards, ensuring public safety and a variety of other functions that keep the buses running on time and potholes filled. Perhaps such ordinances are proposed by leaders trying to curry favor with certain voting blocs for the next election. Local councils — not just in San Antonio — should avoid the temptation to seek popularity with one set of voters at the expense of free speech. That is a slippery slope.

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it is the parents' responsibility and duty to raise their children. It is a shame that so many neglect this responsibility, but that does not give the right to take the responsibility away from the rest of us. We have too much government interference in our lives as it is. We are supposed to be a free people. Ronald L. Williams


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powerless to challenge sexual predators? To understand why women often feel defenseless in such situations, I turned to Maria Falcón, counseling supervisor at the Bexar County Family Justice Center, where she teaches empowerment classes for abused women. “Men who violate, who cross boundaries, it’s their personality," she said. "They are going to keep doing it. Look at Anthony Weiner! Look at (President Bill) Clinton! And their wives, who are powerful women, just stand up with them like it doesn’t matter! How are things going to change if we say it doesn’t matter?" She added: “Instead of putting all the focus on what you need to do to stop being a victim, what about putting all this effort into teaching men and boys not to be perpetrators? The prevention needs to be done with the abusers, the same way it was with racism. "Not just women, but men need to stand up and challenge other men, politically, in the media, in the schools. This isn’t a women’s issue. It’s a men’s issue. To make a difference, we have to transform...how we see men, women and children; with respect.” That’s a lot to think about. What do you think? Email comments to syerkes@ salocallowdown.com.

'50 Shades of Gross' by susan yerkes

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This year’s steamiest, most scandalous summer read was not a novel. It was a true-life drama, played out in dozens of front-page stories — the sexual assault trial of prominent San Antonio dermatologist Dr. Calvin Day. You might call it “50 Shades of Gross.” More than a dozen of Day’s former patients and employees took the stand to testify against him. The media served up constant reports packed with enough raunchy details to satisfy the most salacious thrill-seeker, along with powerful pathos and downright tragedy, when Day’s son committed suicide just hours after the jury found his father guilty in late June. Day could have been sentenced to 20 years in prison, but was granted probation. His family was shattered and his reputation was in ruins. Still he continued to fight the verdict, and on Aug. 26, state District Judge Ron Rangel granted his motion for a new trial,

Full disclosure: I was Day's patient 15 years ago, but I never experienced anything unsavory. As the trial unfolded, I found myself shocked, outraged and perplexed. After all, most of us have known guys who were by all appearances decent men, but in some circumstances turned out to be lecherous jerks. Day will get a new day in court and possibly a chance to tell his story, but what about other defendants in other cases? Here’s what drives me nuts: How can otherwise responsible men risk jobs, reputations, families and even prison for a quick feel? And why do women allow them to get away with it, before somebody finally speaks out? Even after the trial, I kept thinking about those questions. I recalled how the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Clarence

Thomas’ Supreme Court nomination became must-watch TV after Anita Hill’s allegations of sexual harassment. I remember my mother’s reaction to the whole affair. "A good, hard slap in the face is a lot better solution than dragging this kind of thing out in court,” she said tartly. That remark kept coming back to me. Why do even smart, successful women often feel

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G. Komen Foundation to research a new way to treat triple-negative breast cancers.

The latest in medical, health care and fitness news for your community.

A new dental practice, FLOSS, opened in April at 19903 Stone Oak Parkway, Suite 103. Dr. Clint Herzog owns the practice and Dr. Alexandra Forney is the full-time dentist on staff. FLOSS is part of a chain of dental practices in Houston and Dallas. The office is open 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Call 293-0101 for more information or to make an appointment.

Medical Center Landmark, 5330 N. Loop 1604 West, which opened Aug. 1. Munoz has more than 10 years of human resources leadership experience and was recently the human resources manager for the Children’s Hospital of San Antonio.

Alex Garcia, who became CEO of Victory Medical Center San Antonio in early 2012 , is now the CEO of Victory Medical Center Landmark.

Dr. Jane Appleby has been named the chief medical officer for Methodist Hospital and Methodist’s Children’s Hospital. Appleby has practiced as an internal medicine doctor for 20 years. She received her doctor of medicine degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. For the past five years, Appleby was the chief quality officer for Methodist Healthcare. In her new position, she will oversee the medical affairs at Methodist and Methodist Children’s hospitals.

University Health System has been

Dr. Karla Munoz has been added to

the dermatologist team at Dermatology Associates of San Antonio’s new location at the Shops at La Cantera. She received her medical degree from Harvard Medical School. Before moving to San Antonio, she practiced dermatology in New York.

Jeanette Munoz has been named human resources manager at Victory

named one of the nation’s Most Wired Hospitals and Health Systems for the fifth time based on a survey by Hospitals and Health Networks magazine. The survey evaluates how well hospitals and health systems adopt health information technology such as electronic medical records.

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Dr. Frank Harrison, the first president

of the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, died peacefully in Dallas in early August, according to the school. Harrison was president from 1972 until 1985. During his tenure, The School of Nursing and Dental School buildings were built and he helped establish the School of Health Professions and the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at UTHSC.

August Charles Trevino II is the new

development director of the Bexar County Medical Society, an organization of about 4,400 physicians. Trevino — a business owner — worked in sales and was a consultant. His position connects businesses with physicians to help sponsor educational programs and events.

Forty nursing graduates began

their yearlong residency in mid-August at University Hospital. The residency program is the only American Association of Colleges of Nursing residency program in San Antonio.

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through sept 21

North Star Mall Fights Hunger The mall will help

the San Antonio Food Bank mark SA Goes Orange for Hunger, raising awareness of hunger in the community and funds to fight it. During September, the signature Cowboy Boots will be lit in orange; through Sept. 21, the mall hosts Canstruction, a display of remarkable – even gravity-defying – sculptures made from thousands of cans of food. From noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 14, Food Bank chefs will prepare gourmet dishes for public tasting, using canned food.

through sept 30

Romo, Gribou, Agrawal

Gallery Nord takes part in Fotoseptiembre with an exhibition featuring photographs by some University of Texas at San Antonio heavyweights – President Ricardo Romo; Mauli Agrawal, interim vice president of research; and Julius Gribou, executive vice provost. Gallery Nord is at 2009 N.W. Military Highway; the exhibit is on view from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. For a wider look at the monthlong photography festival, go to http://fotoseptiembreusa.com/ fotoseptiembre/2013-fotoseptiembre/.

sept 14

Autumn Dinner Dance

Various charities will benefit from this semiformal dinner, dance and auction presented by the Confraternity of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Dinner is served 6:30-7:30 p.m.; dancing runs from 8 p.m. to midnight, with music by the Tobias Band. There will be both live and silent auctions. Tickets cost $35 per person and can be purchased by calling Oralia Saucedo, at 342-2040, or Marcelo Perez, 349-2734. The party takes place at the

McDonald Family Center of St. Matthew Catholic Church, 10703 Wurzbach Road.

Vino Van Gogh Class Create an oil painting, with help from an artist/teacher while you sip wine and enjoy good company. This 7-9:30 p.m. class at the Barshop Jewish Community Center will focus on a Tree of Life painting. The cost is $35 a person. Bring your favorite beverage and a (kosher) snack. To register or for more information, call 302-6827. The center is at 12500 N.W. Military Highway.

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Castle Hills Social Night The Castle Hills Civic

Participation Committee will be the host of this event at Azro Moroccan Bistro, 2211 N.W. Military Highway, Suite 131, Happy Hour prices will be in effect during the gathering. RSVP by Sept. 20 to Audrey Poole at 8676582, also indicating meal preference.

sept 26

Love and Logic A free

community presentation by Jim Fay, author of "Parenting with Love and Logic," will cover topics for parents, grandparents and foster parents about behavior without screaming, threatening or negotiating with a child. The talk is 6-9 p.m. at St. George Episcopal School, 6900 West Ave. Parking is limited due to construction, but a free shuttle will run from Castle Hills First Baptist Church at the corner of Northwest Military Highway and South Winston Lane. For more, call 342-4263 or email pevans@saintgeorgeschool.org.

ISA Garage Sale The International School of the Americas at Lee High School will hold a garage sale from 8 a.m. to 1

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oct 9

St. George Episcopal Church Mental Health Family Support Group This

gathering takes place the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. Patients and their family members, friends and providers are all welcome. Participants should park in the large lot on East Castle Lane; after entering the Parish Building, follow the long hall toward the sanctuary but turn left down a short hall next to the glassed-in nursery. The meeting room is at the end of that hall. St. George is at 6904 West Ave.

Elsewhere in San Antonio Quarry Farmers & sundays Ranchers Market Purveyors of produce, meats, eggs, baked goods and other items gather in the Alamo Quarry Market parking area near Whole Foods Market every Sunday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., regardless of the weather. Find out what’s seasonally fresh or check out special events at http://quarryfarmersmarket.com.

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A Conversation with the Constitution Participants

will be asked to read the U.S. Constitution prior to this event, in which the discussion leader will pose an opening question and a free-form discussion will follow. The aim is to expand the public’s understanding of the document itself and of how the government works. The discussion will be led by Dr. Christopher Phillips, a senior writing fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and founder of the nonprofit Democracy Café. Tickets cost $75, which

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Antonio sites will be part of an annual Smithsonian Magazine event – free admission for two people with a coupon available from Smithsonian. They are the Institute of Texan Cultures, 801 E. Cesar E. Chavez Blvd.; Spanish Governor’s Palace, 105 Plaza de Armas; and Villa Finale Museum & Gardens, 401 King William St. For more information, go to Smithsonian. com/museumday, click on Find a Museum and type your address into the box at the top of the map of participating sites. Pop-ups on the map offer information on each site.

oct 4-6

Tent Sale of Books The

Friends of the San Antonio Public Library organization will hold its annual sale in the basement of the Central Library, 600 Soledad St. Books, CDs and audiobooks will go for 25 cents to $1 each. Hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 4 and 5, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 6. For more information, call Monica Hernandez at 227-9519.

oct 5

Call for Entries/ Application Workshop

Artist Foundation of San Antonio has issued a call for applications for its 2013 artist awards – 10 $5,000 awards in visual, literary, performing and media arts; set design; costume design; and classical singing. Applications will be accepted through Nov. 12. The workshop for artists interested in applying for the funds will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 5 at Trinity University. More information and an online application form are available at www.artistfound.org.

oct 5

Cinderella Children’s Ball It’s the Ballet San Antonio

prelude to its season-opening performance – a fairytale event for the younger set featuring lunch (with a special dessert), music and dancing. A ball gown for the photo ops with Cinderella and Prince Charming is a nice touch. The ball runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the St. Anthony Hotel, 300 E. Travis St. Tickets cost $50, or $350 for a table of eight. Go to http:// balletsanantonio.org/cinderella-childrensball/ to download a ticket order form.

oct 8

Tuesday Musical Club Season The long-running

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Woodlawn Ave. A season ticket costs $75 and individual concert tickets are $25 each. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.satmc.org; tickets also can be purchased at the door about half an hour before the show.

oct 10-13

Cinderella Ballet San

Antonio opens its 2013-14 season with the classic fairy tale, choreographed by Ben Stevenson. There will be three evening performances and two matinees, all at the Lila Cockrell Theatre, 200 E. Market St. in the Convention Center. For information on all the season’s productions and to get individual or season tickets, go to http://balletsanantonio.org.

oct 12

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Address of local business

LOCAL LOWDOWN Take a quick look at what’s new in the community from opening and closings to news tidbits.

Open and Opening Soon

dance lessons and a social in the Colonies Clubhouse 7-9 p.m. every Wednesday for ages 12 and up. Instructor Gabriel L. Best teaches salsa, two-step, swing, waltz, cha-cha, triple-step, merengue, Bachata and wedding choreography. Cost is $5 a person or $8 a couple. For more, call 584-3569 or visit GabrielsDanceAcademy-com.webs.com.

IN OTHER NEWS... The North East Independent School District board in August

1. Cover 3, 1806 N. Loop 1604 West

at Huebner Road, is redefining the traditional sports bar by combining that concept with a luxury restaurant. For more information, call 4799700 or visit http://www.cover-3. com. (See story on page 28)

2. Pixel Savvi, 11854 Wurzbach Road

at The Elms Shopping Center, is a digital studio offering events — a meeting, a social gathering or a private moment — using the "canvas" of an iPad. Under a guided process, visitors create a digital print to take home. Events are Tuesday through Saturday for adults, 21 and up, and teens, 13 to 18. No previous painting experience is necessary. Acrylic, chalk and watercolor included on different evenings. For more, call 547-3809 or visit www. pixelsavvi.com. (See story on page 26)

3. Spoiled Rotten Pet Care, which

operates out of the North Side, is a professional pet-sitting business offering dog walking, pet sitting in your home, overnight stays, pet taxi and house-sitting services to give a home a “lived-in” look while the occupants are away. For more, call 800-6592, visit http://www.

saspoiledrotten.com/ or check out the Facebook page. (See story on page 27)

4. Fattboy Burgers & Dogs, 11224

Huebner Road, Suite 206, is opening this second location between Interstate 10 West and Expo Boulevard. The original site of the family-owned restaurant at 2345 Vance Jackson Road remains in operation. Traditional fare includes Fattchick combo ("the Big Mama of chicken burgers"), Slimchick Combo, the Fattdog Combo and juicy burgers. For more, call 3773288 or visit http://www.fattboyburgers. com/. (See story on page 29)

5. The Pastry Box, 11860 Wurzbach

Road, is now open in The Elms Shopping Center at Lockhill Selma Road. The shop specializes in Brazilian pastries and eats, but also offers traditional favorites from cinnamon rolls to cupcakes. Hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and closed Monday. For custom cakes and cupcakes, or to stop in for a taste, call 479-1116 or visit thepastrybox.com.

6. Reed's Country Diner, 2313 N.W. Military Highway, is now open under

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owner-operators Chuck and Nancy Reed. It offers homemade-style cooking that includes drinks in Mason jars, burgers, chicken-fried steak, gravy, onion rings, mashed potatoes, pork chops and breakfast. Open seven days a week from 8 a.m.-8 p.m. For more, call 314-5952.

7. Gabriel's Dance and Wellness Academy, 3511 Colony Drive, offers

Cover 3 has taken the typical sports bar and amped it up by adding dishes such as North Atlantic scallops in a white-wine-and-goat-cheese sauce, applewood smoked bacon, asparagus and toasted almonds at the former site of The Roaring Fork. Photo by Collette Orquiz

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recognized Daniella Johnson and Guillian Paquilla as outstanding students from Castle Hills Elementary School.

Christian DeBerry, a special education teacher at Hobby Middle School, is one of six finalists for Texas Teacher of the Year. The annual competition is organized by the Texas Association of School Administrators. DeBerry is among the three elementary and three secondary educators picked from the 40 regional Teachers of the Year in each of the state's 20 education service

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centers. The finalists are in the running to be named Texas Elementary Teacher of the Year and Texas Secondary Teacher of the Year. An announcement will be made in October. One of the winners will be selected for consideration as National Teacher of the Year. DeBerry was honored in March as Northside Independent School District’s Middle School Educator of the Year and in August she was named Region 20 Secondary Teacher of the Year.

Students from Blattman Elementary School participated in this summer's Northside Independent School District Chess

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Webster University, located in

the One Castle Hills building at 1100 N.W. Loop 410, Suite 600, celebrated an open house Aug. 6. Founded in 1915 with its home campus in St. Louis, Webster University is a Tier 1, private, nonprofit university with campus locations across the planet To learn more, visit www.webster.edu/.

The Torah Academy of San Antonio, dubbed Texas' newest private

Jewish school, recently held a back-toschool party with a guest list that included several faculty members, parent leaders and others. The mission of the Orthodox day school "is to provide a cutting-edge Torah and secular education," according to its website. The campus is at 3003 Sholom Drive, Suite No. 200. The phone number is 607-7261 and the website is http://www.torahacademysa.com/.

Platinum Shavano Oaks, a new luxury apartment development, is under construction at 14811 Huebner Road east of Northwest Military Highway. The first building is projected to open Oct. 2. In addition to the Cyber Cafe, there will be a 24-hour business center, a pool, an outdoor kitchen for entertaining and a dog park. For more details and leasing options, call 855-601-0913. Castle Hills Homeowners Association officers for 2013 are John Strieb, president; Nancy Batchelder, vice president; Stacy Spridgen, secretary; and Trey Batchelder, treasurer.

Officials with CPS Energy are

warning North Side residents about burglars who pose as utility workers and loot homes. CPS offers these tips to protect yourself and your property: verify the worker arrived in a CPS vehicle, ask for CPS identification and call CPS Energy security at 353-4000 and provide an employee number to verify the worker's status. A meter reader doesn't need to come inside a home and very rarely asks a homeowner to accompany him around the yard, officials said.

Anzleigh Bryant, a third-

grader at Colonial Hills Elementary School and a Girl Scout, received a citizenship award from District 8 Councilman Ron Nirenberg after she spoke up during the Citizens to be Heard segment of the Aug. 28 City Council meeting to decry proposed fee increases after midnight in city parks. Anzleigh is one of many community members who enroll in multiple classes that cultivate an appreciation for the arts. The fee increase is proposed by the Parks and Recreation Department.

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Training, council work coming together for Nirenberg DISTRICT 8 VISION

In his “embedded” position as a District 8 resident, Nirenberg brings an inside perspective to the job as councilman. Nirenberg and his wife moved to the area when looking at schools for their son. “The Jewish Community Center (on Northwest Military Highway) had sparkling recommendations, so it was the

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epicenter of our home search,” he said. Once he joined the community, Nirenberg — general manager of KRTU 91.7, the radio station at Trinity University — said he began looking at the future. “The challenge in District 8 is that everything has to do with how we deal with growth,” Nirenberg said. “District 8 is growing twice as fast as the rest of San Antonio in terms of population. We grew 16 percent in the city, we grew 33 percent since the last census in population. In terms of area, we’re also growing." “It’s the site of major economic centers, educational institutions, the medical center, USAA, Valero, you name it, it’s there. The Interstate 10 corridor is booming. We have an extremely diverse population in terms of socio-economics, demographics, and politics. Very diverse. So, we are a

The challenge in District 8 is that everything has to do with how we deal with growth Councilman Ron Nirenberg

great study for how the city can deal with growth in a smart way,” he added. The newly minted council member is grappling with taking care of core services while maintaining the quality of life, including fixing streets and preserving public safety. "At the same time, we have to make sure we’re protecting certain regional assets such as the Edwards Aquifer," added Nirenberg, who supports aquifer-protection initiatives such as the Prop 1 sales tax to buy up development rights over the aquifer. “I think in District 8, as we grow out I-10 and develop over the recharge zone, what we do in our district is going to have a dramatic effect on development and growth policy moving forward as a city and probably the region,” he said. In a recent, highly charged situation in which District 9 Councilwoman Elisa Chan was caught on tape making comments about same-sex couples that alienated many, Nirenberg had to make a decision about his chief of staff. Jeff Bazan, previously Chan’s chief of staff, is heard on the secret recording making anti-gay comments during a conversation with her. Bazan was hired as Nirenberg’s chief of staff after the election, but long before the tape was leaked to media outlets. When Bazan's conversation surfaced, Nirenberg placed him on indefinite administrative leave and issued a statement saying the staffer's comments did not reflect his own views. A few days later, Bazan resigned. The incident seemed to rally Nirenberg to a decision on the non-discrimination ordinance, which passed Sept. 5 in an 8-3 vote at City Council. The councilman said in a statement that he supported revisions to the revised policy because, "Every San Antonian deserves equal protection under the law.” Nirenberg added, “My position came after long deliberation and working with (District 1 Councilman Diego Bernal) and the city attorney to address my initial concerns. The revisions now make it a strong and fair ordinance.”

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT

College work and real life are coming together again for Nirenberg in his new position. Nirenberg worked for the Annenberg Public Policy Center for 10 years. “I worked in 22 cities around the country teaching people why it’s important to be involved, not just voting, but also asking questions, seeking redress of issues in their community,” he said. Nirenberg becomes passionate when he talks about his civic-involvement projects and developing curricula for schools. “We worked with a lot of young people in schools. We had programs, curriculum,

we would work with school districts and have them (adapt) their curricula in citizenship for core government classes," he said. "Our approach was, ‘You can get people to care if you start talking about the issues they care about.’" Later, while in San Antonio, Nirenberg was working with a film crew making a documentary about elections by observing local balloting. On Sept. 11, 2001, the film team was in New York to document the primary election when terrorists attacked, destroying the World Trade Center with hijacked airliners. “I was in San Antonio that day,” Nirenberg said. “So on 9/11, I was there at 5 or 6 in the morning, gathering the news. I turn on the radio and hear about the planes,” he said. “That was kind of a seminal moment. Everything shifted … That film crew immediately pivoted to a program called ‘Mayors in a Time of Crisis.’ We filmed the documentary basically about the city’s response to 9/11.” Nirenberg used their work to develop a standardized curriculum for government classes. He remains excited about the results of the civic engagement program that came from the work. “So all the measures that we look for in civic engagement in things like SA 2020 (city plan for growth) and just dreaming about how our city should be – we were doing that," he said. "And it just had to do with talking to people about stuff they cared about.”

FITNESS

The new councilman also supports initiatives that help make San Antonio a fit city. Nirenberg was serious about bodybuilding in college, but not for the reasons some think — it was an academic thing. “One of the things I did in college was study subcultural communication. I was at the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania,” he said. Nirenberg viewed subcultures from an ethnographic perspective, and one of the case studies focused on the subculture of body building. “It was very interesting stuff,” Nirenberg said. “How people formulate their ideas, why they’re so committed, the formation of communities. . .While I was doing that, I became involved in auto ethnography, where the researcher embeds himself in the community and reports out.” Once out of college, Nirenberg started a fitness program in San Antonio. “When I was at Trinity, I studied communication and also business — and I have an entrepreneurial bone. So I started a (fitness business) and built a studio. I started taking clients in.”


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Library may be broken up to attract collectors by Ron Aaron Eisenberg

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ILL COUNTRY VILLAGE — For Harry Mazal, the Holocaust was all-consuming.

Over time, he built one of the largest private Holocaust libraries in the country, but its future is now in question because no one locally wants to acquire or maintain the collection. Mazal, 74, died in 2011 after spending years amassing the books, documents, photographs, recordings and other materials for the Mazal Holocaust Library. “To see that we have a history but no one (in San Antonio) wants to house it is very sad," lamented Cantor David Silverstein, a family friend. "It’s depressing. But it is what it is.” Using his own money, Mazal constructed a 3,000-square-foot library at the back of his 8,000-square-foot home on Hidden

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View to house the collection. It is said to be the world’s largest private collection on the Holocaust – with thousands of books and scores of other documents on display. Mazal was raised as a Presbyterian. He embraced his Jewish heritage when, as a freshman, he was blackballed by a Georgia Tech fraternity because he was “Jewish.” His fascination with the Holocaust began in 1967 when he visited

Germany and several of the death camps, including Bergen-Belsen. The Holocaust is defined by the National Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., as “the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of approximately 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators” during World War II. Mazal’s journey to research and document

all that he could about the Holocaust began with that trip to Germany, long before he settled in San Antonio in 1989. He collected everything he could related to the genocide. The house and library sit along a quiet stretch of roadway. And the library itself, designed and built by Mazal, is calming and beautiful despite the horror contained in the records housed there. Even as he battled cancer, Mazal worked tirelessly to gather every shred of evidence he could to document the Holocaust, friends and relatives said. He devoted untold hours discrediting the so-called Holocaust deniers, an effort that continued until the day he died. During the years, the library attracted scholars from around the world who came to study the original documents he’d amassed. Dignitaries and others have visited the facility, too — most recently San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro in April. But with Mazal gone, odds are the library and its collection may be doomed, according to friends and relatives.

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n today's society, career women are expected to be superhumans who can juggle work, family and friends without dropping the ball. But that's not always possible, especially since a woman — no matter how successful her career — is often still expected to be the primary caregiver, the glue that holds the family together. So how does she balance the expectations both personally and professionally? In the case of Dr. Kay Morris, trained in obstetrics and gynecology and founder of Refined Balance, a bioidentical hormone replacement center, it takes some thinking outside the box. “I would take my children on rounds with me when they were little,” said the mom of two sons, ages 23 and 30. “Their dad would also bring them up to the hospital to have dinner with me or they would do their homework at my office. It was what we had to do to make it work sometimes if I wanted to see them.” Morris said she was fortunate her husband was a stay-at-home dad able to handle the daily schedules and activities. When the couple divorced, however, Morris hired full-time help with her boys during the day. For Morris, the balance came from finding quality time with her children more than quantity time. Weekends were filled with trips to the zoo or the park. An avid potter, she and the boys spent time in her home pottery studio or attending art classes together. “You have to make your time together count,” she said. “Just being in the same house isn’t enough. You have to be interacting and communicating.” Even as the boys grew up and their

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During the past 12 months, two major corporations have decided to relocate their headquarters to the San Antonio suburb. Pape-Dawson, the civil engineering firm that worked on the AT&T Center,

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the Toyota Tundra assembly plant and Brooks City-Base, has already broken ground on its future headquarters building at Loop 410 and West Avenue. Joining Pape-Dawson in relocating its business headquarters to the same 12-acre campus is the Bank of San Antonio. For many years, developers avoided Castle Hills because it was so hard to get anything done, according to Mayor Bruce Smiley-Kaliff. Now, the town tries to make it easy for new development to happen — within the rules. “Quite frankly, we have redone so much of this city in the way it is organized, in the way it moves forward — we’ve gone from a community that says no to a community that says yes,” Smiley-Kaliff said. “And now, in the last couple of years, the council and the city management and, in part, me the mayor, have tried to make it a culture of asking people to come invest in our city.”

being issued — just a lot of excitement in the air right now,” she said. “We’ve got some new homes going up. We’ve got a builder that came in and leveled an old house and is rebuilding a beautiful new 3,500-square-foot home. It’s just a lot of stuff going on — people are excited to come into Castle Hills,” she added. “The business climate in Castle Hills has gotten very friendly. We don’t overregulate — however, we do protect our community,” Smiley-Kaliff said. Other construction projects starting or about to begin involve a restaurant, medical facilities, a university and a new school. They include: • A new medical arts center with a restaurant in the lower level that will be located at Loop 410 and West Avenue. • The old Firestone building across the

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end over and grasp an oval on the ground the size and weight of a 2-liter soda bottle. With William Tell-like marksmanship, spiral it backwards through your legs to a narrow target 7 yards away. Repeat, doubling the distance.

Welcome to the world of the football long snapper. Under the tutelage of North Side resident and long-snapping coach Doug Conrey, this football exercise recently was displayed on a sun-drenched, 100-plus degree summer afternoon at Reagan High School. In this football-mad state, Conrey oversees the only year-round clinic in Central and South Texas for campers who yearn to learn the art and science of long snapping. The instruction is "basically unique because there are very few football staffs in America that have coaches that actually do long

snapping," Conrey said. "Very few coaches have actually performed the skill. It’s not a difficult skill, but if you don’t know it, you can’t teach it." He also believes in the "10,000-hour rule." "Whether it’s in music, violin, tennis, dance, swimming, it takes almost 10,000 hours to perfect the skill," he said. "The most important quality is if you’re willing to work and put in the hours to practice. I tell my snappers they have to have at least 100 snaps per day, during off-season training, at least 50." That includes "time away from high school practices to practice on their own,” he added. Like pilgrims, some boys trek hundreds of miles to learn the skill, one from as far away as California, but most are North East and Northside independent school district high school lads seeking knowledge from the 65-year-old football guru. On and off the field, explaining the fundamentals and genesis of long snapping is a never-ending sermon for Conrey. Such was the case on a recent trip to Austin where

High school football players from the North East, Northside and other school districts far and wide learn the secrets of the long snap at a camp conducted by coach Doug Conrey. Photo by Steven Gilmore

Conrey also holds long-snapping camps. Tugging at his sweat-soaked “Texas Long Snapping” T-shirt promoting his camp and website at www.txlongsnapping. com, Conrey recalled one give-andtake with an inquiring layman. “I said, 'Have you ever seen a football game?' ‘Of course, I have.’ 'How does the ball go back?' ‘I don’t know.’ 'We’re the guy lined up over the ball and snap it back to the punter and hopefully he catches it.'”

Conrey has a long association with the gridiron. He is a Lee High School Hall of Famer, helping the Volunteers get all the way to the 1965 Texas State Championship Game, playing for a squad referred to as the "Dream Team." While quarterbacks get the cheers and publicity, long snappers usually remain anonymous at best and become

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havano Park and San Antonio have crafted a land swap involving the latter's linear park system that officials say will benefit both cities and it doesn't cost a dime. Though the negotiations for the land deal have been going on for years, they kicked into high gear when San Antonio got more funding for its park, officials said. No money is involved in the swap. There were some areas of land that were in a flood zone that were not being used that were within our territorial jurisdiction — within our city," said Shavano Park Mayor A. David Marne. "We deeded them or are in the process of deeding them to San Antonio, which actually benefits San Antonio and Shavano Park in a big way.” The swap includes land for San Antonio's growing linear park system, which is in

keeping with the Alamo City's efforts to increase fitness and exercise by residents. Meanwhile, the swap will increase the amount of commercial property available in Shavano Park and the city’s borders will make more sense, that city's officials said. “This will help us in the long term in our development and also unify the linear park with oversight from the city of San Antonio. It was truly a win-win situation that benefited the city of Shavano Park and the city of San Antonio,” Marne said. Shavano Park interim City Manager Chuck Pinto said the deal must finish going through a process that determines the value to each city and could take 90120 days. A developer also is involved. “Oh, it’s a fantastic idea. I don’t look at just Shavano Park. San Antonio is continuing a very valuable project with the linear park system — it is used a lot, it’s the linear trail," Pinto said. "And if you go to their website you can see there’s some pretty extensive planning for the future, and it’s an environmental thing as well. And what’s happening is, people from San Antonio and Shavano Park and anywhere else in this area use that system.” He didn’t know how much property was involved in the swap, but the land being discussed that Shavano Park owns is creek

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Football continues from pg. 17 infamous at worst, he said. "That’s it, no accolades, 'cause we know when it’s a good snap, it’s a personal gratification and also we just helped our team. That’s what we’re here for, not the limelight,” Conrey added. During the biweekly, two-hour sessions, with roughly eight to a camp, the Mr. Miyagi of long snapping instructs with physical techniques – including “Superman fingers” — as well as mental building blocks for football and elsewhere. “I’m really big on teaching life skills,” Conrey said. “Do the right thing. Say thank you; yes, sir; no, sir. Look people in the eye." Athletes said Conrey teaches them valuable skills about one of the sport's most overlooked contributions. “I hear all the time, ‘Oh, that’s not even a real position,’” said camper Kyle Heffron, an 18-year-old Reagan graduate attending Texas Tech University this fall. “But, there are three parts of football – offense, defense and special teams – and if you’re not right with all of them, you’re not going to succeed." Countering the monotony and drudgery of long snapping is easy for Conrey's disciples. “It doesn’t become repetitious, because the first day he’ll change some things and the second time he’ll kind of put fine touches on you to make you better,” said 17-year-old Johnson High School senior Shane Retzloff. “You break a whole lot of bad habits like I had.” Conrey’s devout, old-school approach does not go unheeded. “I’ve worked with him a little over a year and a half and without him, I don’t know where I’d be to this day,” Heffron said. Conrey commands respect and, in turn, admiration. “He’s one of those coaches who works with you until you get it right,” said Alec Huntley, 16, a Johnson junior. A previous Conrey camper and Reagan graduate, Connor Knight, is currently the long snapper at Oklahoma University. Also, the first student Conrey taught was from Churchill High School. Because he could long snap, the student played in an All-Star game and ultimately earned a college scholarship. Conrey hopes his long-snapping clinics can become a San Antonio-area tradition that will help many long snappers in high school, college and beyond. Though Conrey plans to retire from his day job next year, he has been associated with long snapping for nearly a half-century and won’t be shuttering his 2-year-old camp anytime soon. “Don’t let go of the vine in your hand, until you have another one in sight. It’s the rule of the jungle,” he said. “This is where I need to be. God has put it in me – a love for kids in my heart.”

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Mazal continues from pg. 13 Daughter Aimee Mazal Skillin, who lives in Colorado, serves as executive director of the library and is trying to find a home for the collection. Of her dad, Skillin said, “I have to say, it was such a privilege to have him as my father. He was an amazing person who accomplished so much in his lifetime. He died long before he was done with what he wanted to do." The challenge now is finding a new home for the collection, Skillin said. Mazal’s widow, Jerry Mazal, still lives in the family home. But living alone in a large residence attached to a significant private library is challenging. She wants to move, but is hesitant to do so until a home is found for the library — and that is proving to be next to impossible. When asked what her husband hoped would happen to the library after his death, Jerry Mazal laughed and said, “He never thought he would die. Neither did I. He never talked about it.” So far, no individual and no organization in San Antonio seems willing to house and manage the Holocaust library.

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an Antonio, with the help of North Side communities, hopes to reclaim first place in a nationwide competition against other cities next month for the most participation in National Night Out. Celebrating its 30th anniversary, National Night Out was introduced by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984 to bring neighbors and police together to craft anti-crime strategies. National Night Out in San Antonio is Oct. 1 and lets neighbors "give crime a going-away party," according to a national organizer. The Alamo City has been in the top three places in the 300,000-population and up category for participation the past six years, said Juan Ayala, San Antonio's coordinator and city community services supervisor. “You know you’re doing something right when San Antonio is always at

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Longtime Mazal friend and library volunteer Howie Nestel said they have talked to several parties in Bexar County about taking over the library, including the University of Texas at San Antonio. “At first there is great interest, but that interest is tied to wanting money to come with the collection. And there is no money,” Nestel said. Jerry Mazal agreed. “Everyone talks a good game, but then they want money and I don’t have any to give them,” she said. Mark Freedman, former executive director of the San Antonio Jewish Federation, always hoped the collection would end up at the Campus of the San Antonio Jewish Community on Northwest Military Highway. He and Harry Mazal were best friends. “The collection is enormously valuable and important. It belongs in San Antonio,” Freedman said. But if no one local is willing to take over the library, Freedman plans on talking to Vanderbilt University in Nashville, where he now heads the Nashville Jewish Federation. “There is a vibrant Jewish community in Nashville and I sense a real commitment to Jewish history at the university, so perhaps

that’s an option worth exploring,” he added. Skillin is planning to reach out once again to several San Antonio educational institutions and others to see if there is any interest in housing the collection. Her other option, she says, is to break the library into

pieces and offer it to institutions across the country. It’s an alternative she resists, but it may be the only choice they have. The loss of the library could leave a gap in the fabric of San Antonio's culture, Silverstein added.

the top of the list when it comes time for national recognition,” Ayala said. Last year, the city ranked second, and Ayala said volunteers are working hard to get the Alamo City back on top. Dellview Area Neighborhood Association has planned a fun evening at the Granados Senior Center, where President Anthony De La Zerda invites the neighborhood, including children, for an evening of food and entertainment. “Our objective was to get people out of their homes and to meet their neighbors and actually have fun together,” De La Zerda said. “We want folks to be involved, informed and interested in their community.” The association has invited their San Antonio Fear Free Environment officer from the San Antonio Police Department and the crew from Fire Station 19, as well key members of the community including representatives from security companies and District 1. De La Zerda said five years ago the number of criminal incidents in the area went through the roof, including break-ins, graffiti and several homicides. He believes the association's efforts to create neighborhood unity have helped curb those rising rates. “By getting more people directly involved, it has worked wonders for our community personally. Dellview is

indeed getting to be a nicer and much safer place to live,” De La Zerda said. Preparing for NNO takes time and hundreds of volunteers. In addition to the Oct. 1 observances, lead-up events to the big night include the annual Neighborhood Resource Conference, Target Safety Fairs, a Missions baseball game, the proclamation and lighting ceremonies. The annual National Night Out traditionally takes place the first Tuesday of the month, in August for other states and October for Texas. In addition to block parties, organizations and volunteers gather for cookouts, parades, festivals, safety fairs, youth events and visits from local officials and law-enforcement agencies. “This event is an all-out San Antonio gathering that helps create the leaders of tomorrow,” Ayala said. A rising tide of crime three decades ago helped spur the creation of National Night Out, with neighbors vowing to take back their neighborhoods, officials said. The most common misconception is that National Night Out is just another party, Ayala said. The night-out program remains focused on fighting crime and drugs. It allows participants to learn more about each other as neighbors. Ayala believes that without the program, children and future generations could lose cherished values and a sense of community.

Preparing for NNO is no small task, and most organizations start in January, while Ayala and his team kick off in December. It’s a yearly project with plenty of orders to place, phone calls to make, meetings to attend, partnerships to build with sponsors such as Target and communication with the Police Department and dignitaries. “We assist many, providing information and guidance to prepare them for a successful NNO event, especially new participants,” Ayala said. National Night Out today involves more than 37 million people in 15,000 communities from the 50 states, U.S. territories, Canada and military bases worldwide. There is no cost to register for the event; any municipality, law-enforcement agency, crime-prevention organization, community group or neighborhood can participate. “This is a night for America to stand together and promote awareness, safety and neighborhood unity. On NNO, we invite neighborhoods nationwide to join us and 'give crime a goingaway party,'” said National Project Coordinator Matt Peskin on the National Association of Town Watch website. For more information on getting involved or registering, contact Ayala at 207-8927 or juan.ayala@sanantonio.gov, or visit http://www.natw.org/ for more information on National Night Out.

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two teachers, Martha had always wanted to see the world. She graduated from the prestigious Plan II program at the University of Texas at Austin, then earned a graduate degree in library and information sciences. She lived in France before taking a job with the U.N.’s library depository in New Mexico, then transferred to U.N. headquarters in New York. In 1989, after volunteering for George H.W. Bush’s presidential campaign, Sichan

was hired as a deputy assistant to the president in the White House. The couple moved to Washington, where Martha took a job with the World Bank. In 2001, President George W. Bush nominated Sichan as ambassador to the United Nations, so he commuted between D.C. and New York for the next five years. In 2006, the Sivs decided it was time for a change. After considering several cities, they moved to San Antonio. “San Antonio was perfect. And we really found a place we loved here in Castle Hills,” Martha said. Even the moving date was special to Sichan, who has a phenomenal memory for dates and a deeply sentimental respect for tradition. “Martha and I met for the first time on Sept. 15, 1977,” he said. “We moved to San Antonio on Sept 16, 2006. We had planned to move on Sept. 15, but I had to give a speech in Virginia.” The Sivs still lead a busy life, with regular open house parties for South China Seas, an import business for a cause that Martha and two of her friends incorporated back in New York 25 years ago, importing handmade items from women’s groups and community organizations in Cambodia,

Vietnam, Thailand and other countries. Since moving to San Antonio and becoming involved with the Asian American Chamber of Commerce, she has widened her reach, placing some of her collection in local stores including Hanley-Wood, La Vida Gallery, the San Antonio Museum of Art gift shop and The Twig at the Pearl, where a special area is dedicated to her collection of elegant handicrafts. She and Sichan also have been involved in the annual Asian New Year’s Festival at the Institute of Texan Cultures. While Sichan is not a formal partner in South China Seas, he is an enthusiastic supporter. “It’s the best partnership,” he says. “I support her and she supports me.” As he told a recent group of listeners in San Antonio, “Behind every good Cambodian is a great Texan.” In 2008, Sichan’s autobiography, “Golden Bones: An Extraordinary Journey from Hell in Cambodia to a New Life in America,” was published by HarperCollins. It has been translated into Khmer, Portuguese and Spanish, providing more opportunities for the couple to travel. They try to visit Cambodia once or twice a year, where Sichan monitors his beloved homeland’s economic progress.

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trong summer sales led the San Antonio residential realestate market into another record-setting July in houses sold.

July house sales in the San Antonio area were up 27 percent over July of last year to 2,430, according to an analysis of Multiple Listing Service data by the San Antonio Board of Realtors. The average home sales price for July was $215,779, up 10 percent from last year, and the median rose 8 percent to $178,000. They also sold fairly quickly in an average of 71 days. “In the wake of high demand and increased prices, the search for a home has gotten more competitive,” said Angela Shields, president and CEO of SABOR. “Sellers are receiving multiple bids on their homes and often homes are selling quickly.” steven gragg SABOR sabor chairman Chairman Steven Gragg observed that summer is busy for buying and selling homes before the start of the school year. “July had the most new listings and active listings in a single month we’ve seen all year,” Gragg said. “These increases show how confident buyers are in the local housing economy and also the opportunities potential sellers have who are considering putting their homes on the market.” In the 78213 ZIP code, the median sales price in July took a turn for the better, up 39.4 percent from the same month last year to $113,000, according to data gathered from Texas Real Estate Trends. The estimated months of supply of inventory

July had the most new listings and active listings in a single month we’ve seen all year

on the market for that area dropped to 3.4 months compared to 7.6 months last July. Closed sales were up to 27 from 16 and the average number of days on the market was shaved by a month to 85 days. For the 78230 area, the median sales price was up 4.6 percent to $237,450 and closed sales in July rose to 54 from 39. The most dramatic market tightening in the area was in the 78231 ZIP code, where the supply of inventory ended July at 2.6 months, down from 11.2 months last July. The median sales price in the area also rose by 37.4 percent to $233,500. The median price in 78248 was up 7.1 percent to $269,700 and moved somewhat faster at an average of 47 days compared to 72 days last July. And in 78248, the median sales price rose 23.3 percent to $185,000 and total closed sales were fairly flat, up just two to 67. More than 37 percent of houses purchased in July were between $200,000 and $500,000, while 58 percent were under $200,000, SABOR reported.

Houses Purchased in July $200,000 to $500,000

$200,000

78213, 78230, 78231, 78248, 78249

Street Address

List Price

SQ. FT.

Built

BR

FB

ZIP

4414 Cameron Ct

$574,000

3,126

2007

3

3

78249

1414 Bitters Rd

$428,000

2,574

2008

3

3

78248

13811 Dream Cv

$229,900

1,811

2010

3

2

78249

13819 Oakview Cv

$342,500

2,745

2008

4

3

78249

112 Atwater Dr

$229,900

1,804

1956

3

2

78213

120 Riviera Dr

$575,000

5,520

1960

5

4

78213

13727 Pebble Oak Dr

$206,500

1,915

1980

3

2

78231

13703 Pebble Oak Dr

$212,500

2,064

1980

3

2

78231

13711 Forest Point Dr

$219,000

2,304

1981

4

2

78231

15051 Churchill Estates Blvd

$174,000

1,742

1986

3

2

78248

9106 Oak Downs Dr

$189,913

1,897

1968

4

2

78230

3734 Litchfield

$268,515

3,159

UNK

5

3

78230

1734 Wild Deer Run

$470,000

2,602

2008

3

2

78248

17110 Eagle Star

$499,000

3,725

1993

3

3

78248

17211 Fawn Cloud Ln

$299,000

2,864

1992

4

3

78248

6834 Lendell St

$299,900

2,570

1998

3

2

78249

202 Tansyl Dr.

$119,500

1,309

1955

4

1

78213

Listings continues on pg. 32

Real Estate LOCAL Trends ZIP Code

78213

78230

78231

78248

78249

JUNE-12

$87,500

$197,500

$284,500

$294,500

$163,500

JUNE-13

$111,500

$202,000

$275,000

$287,000

$150,000

New listings

JUNE-12

33

64

19

29

85

JUNE-13

36

57

17

31

85

Average days on market

JUNE-12

124

182

158

80

98

JUNE-13

67

93

121

72

76

Closed sales

JUNE-12

27

44

17

32

67

JUNE-13

26

44

18

29

51

Median sold price

Houses Under contract

Houses

Months supply of inventory

37%

58%

JUNE-12

27

31

9

29

65

JUNE-13

27

31

15

23

61

JUNE-12

4.4

4.2

2.7

2.5

3.7

JUNE-13

3.3

3.2

2.1

2.7

3.5

Source: San Antonio Board of Realtors: Texas Market Trends report The properties are new listings put on the market fromAug. 15-28. The properties may no longer be on the market by publication date or prices may have changed. Local Community News assumes no responsibility for errors or ommissions.


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1,161

1957

3

1

78213

12507 Cozy Trail

$179,500

1,834

1982

3

2

78249

10618 Cedar Elm Dr

$197,500

2,197

1966

4

2

78230

7522 Eagle Ldg

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2,158

2007

3

2

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6119 Oakwood Trl

$199,650

1,932

1997

4

2

78249

13019 Ocean Glade

$136,900

1,812

1992

3

2

78249

3610 Hunters Circle St

$315,000

2,867

1979

4

3

78230

3503 Hunters Dew St

$349,900

2,663

1979

5

3

78230

11 Aspen Creek Dr

$750,000

4,060

1996

4

3

78248

147 Arrow Oaks

$149,000

1,721

2006

4

2

78249

151 Adelaide Oaks

$159,900

2,175

2005

3

2

78249

11703 Pepper Tree St

$298,000

2,263

1978

4

3

78230

11703 Pepper Tree

$299,000

3,160

1978

3

3

78230

10803 Teton Ln

$264,900

2,852

1977

4

3

78230

918 Fabulous Dr

$235,000

2,588

1966

5

3

78213

2903 Green Run Ln

$189,900

2,079

1979

3

2

78231

14107 Gray Wing St

$244,900

2,580

1977

4

2

78231

5138 Ascot Place

$249,000

2,193

1999

4

2

78249

7650 Cascade Oak Dr

$165,000

2,307

1989

4

2

78249

11154 Cedar Park

$174,900

2,576

1991

3

2

78249

4 Sleepy Cove St

$427,900

3,794

1978

5

4

78230

6639 Biscay Bay

$125,000

1,344

2004

2

2

78249

6313 Gablewood

$142,000

1,579

1984

3

2

78249

8235 Rockwell Vista

$195,000

1,891

2006

3

2

78249

10814 Rivera Cv

$157,000

1,744

2006

3

2

78249

7930 Rain Shore

$208,900

1,977

2010

3

2

78249

126 Broken Bough Ln

$319,900

2,100

1966

3

2

78231

129 Wagon Trail Rd

$495,000

3,047

1975

3

2

78231

104 Cliffside Dr

$829,000

4,489

1957

5

6

78231

319 Geddington

$545,000

2,931

2006

3

2

78249

211 Durand Oak

$800,000

5,300

1994

5

5

78230

4177 Texas Elm

$330,000

2,976

2008

3

3

78230

14123 Red Maple Wood

$185,000

1,652

1992

3

2

78249

11518 Old Manse St

$110,000

1,704

1970

3

2

78230

4123 Flint Hill St

$139,900

1,254

1969

3

2

78230

6130 Amherst Bay

$178,000

2,430

2006

4

2

78249

5822 Providence Oak

$182,500

2,725

2008

4

3

78249

10434 Apple Gate Dr

$142,000

1,677

1968

4

2

78230

3211 Castledale Drive

$145,000

1,650

1974

3

2

78230

11254 Whisper Willow

$279,000

2,119

1977

3

2

78230

9002 Masset Way

$194,500

1,807

1979

3

2

78230

11230 Woodridge Frst

$205,000

2,562

1990

4

2

78249

4515 Cypress Woods St

$185,900

1,847

1973

3

2

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