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Bigotry has no place here
he scourge of racism is still present in our country, and remarks by a few in recent weeks brought that point home.
First came the racist musings of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, whose thoughts that blacks might perhaps be better off under slavery overshadowed his fight against the government over grazing rights. Backers quickly disassociated themselves from the elderly rancher, whose stand had gained somewhat of a folk following. Days later, Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling’s disparaging comments about African-Americans – made in the privacy of his own home, but his thoughts nonetheless – surfaced. He may be stripped of ownership in the team and banned for life by the NBA. Sterling’s comments were especially disappointing because of his associations in a league predominantly comprised of minority players and employees. Both men’s idiotic outbursts clearly have no place in our society. We as a country would like to believe we’ve gotten past the days of old, when those thoughts might not have caused much of a fuss. Today, with 24/7 news coverage, expanded social media and improving racial climate, they swiftly came to light. Thank goodness they were just as quickly condemned. A CNN/ORC poll released May 4 indicated that 42 percent of whites believe Sterling should be forced to sell the Clippers, versus 61 percent of non-whites who believe he should. A CBS News/New York Times poll, out May 1, indicated 60 percent of whites believe race relations in the country are generally good, with just 46 percent of blacks agreeing. We need to keep striving for inclusion of everybody in our great melting pot, no matter their ethnicity, creed, gender or sexual orientation. Although we’ve made a lot of progress, evidently more needs to be done.
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Goal is no-kill city by susan yerkes
en years ago, San Antonians came face to face with a shameful reality. The gas chambers in the city pound were working overtime, killing 50,000 helpless animals a year —more than any other major city in the nation. For many years, animal activists had railed against the pound’s gas chambers. Back then, the idea of becoming a “no-kill” city seemed like a pipe dream to most. “It was horrific – a real black eye for San Antonio,” said Animal Defense League Director Janice Darling. “But since then, things have dramatically, dramatically improved.” Today, with a new strategic plan,
bond money, national grants and a number of partner organizations including the ADL, Humane Society, San Antonio Pets Alive!, low-cost spay and neuter providers and other nonprofits, folks at the city’s Animal Care Services can talk about a vast improvement. And the dream of a “no-kill” city seems less like a fantasy. In the first three months of 2014, 80 percent of the thousands of unwanted animals passing through the pound found homes. In January, the city hit a historic high when an impressive 86 percent of all animals brought in to the pound left the new, improved ACS facility alive. The change has been driven by innovative strategies focused on three goals: Enhanced enforcement of animal ordinances; programs to reduce the number of roaming strays through education, outreach and more accessible and affordable spay and neuter programs; and continued efforts to increase the live release rate, according to ACS spokeswoman Lisa Norwood. Today the city has contracts with several shelters to take dogs and cats
that might otherwise be euthanized after a few days because of a lack of space. In February, the city and ADL broke ground on a new city-funded kennel and hospital facility at the ADL, which will house even more of the overflow animals from the pound when it opens next winter. Another new adoption facility, built on the remains of the sad old pound in Brackenridge Park, opened last year. Bottom line: Collectively, animal advocates are not just working hard, but working smarter, to deal with San Antonio’s stray, lost and homeless animals. But no matter how hard or smart they work, the problem isn’t going away. “When you say ‘stray animals,’’’ Darling said, “you’re really talking about three different categories of animals: Pets whose owners can’t or don’t want to keep them, owned animals left unfettered to roam the streets, and feral dogs and cats that were born homeless.“ Spaying and neutering programs are a vital part of the picture. In 2012, an estimated 55,000 spay/neuter operations were performed by nonprofits such as the Spay-Neuter Assistance Program
and Spay Neuter Inject San Antonio, the major animal shelters and ACS. But motivating folks to take advantage of those programs isn’t easy. Last fall, the ADL was among nonprofit groups that shared a major grant to the city from PetCo to perform free spay/neuter surgeries and vaccinations for pet owners living in specific ZIP codes with consistently high numbers of impounded animals. But more than half the folks who have made appointments for the service have failed to show up. “If we can motivate the community, it’s 99 percent of the battle,” Norwood said. “As a civilized community, we have to take better care of our animals, to keep stressing that pets are not just commodities,” Darling added. Thousands of San Antonians are involved in the effort to save unwanted, stray or homeless animals, and that’s a big step in the right direction. But creating a culture of compassion and responsibility is the real key. How can you help? Email comments to syerkes@ salocallowdown.com
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LOCAL LOWDOWN Take a quick look at what’s new in the community from opening and closings to news tidbits.
Open and Opening Soon MAJORS BODY & PAINT, 6464 Randolph Blvd. in San Antonio, services anything in need of automotive repairs and paint, with free estimates. Open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Call 3689295 or visit www.majorsbodyandpaint. com. (See story on page 16) LA CABANA DE EL SABRO COCINA Y CANTINA, 170 Buffalo Place in Cibolo,
offers Tex-Mex dining in a rustic setting. Open 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday, when mariachis play noon-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. For more, call 658-6600 or visit La-Cabana-Page/ Facebook. (See story on page 17)
RANDOLPH FAMILY DENTAL, 3900 FM 3009, Suite 104 in Schertz, offers cosmetic dental services and implants. Open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday; 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday. For more, call 658-9031 or visit www.randolphfamilydental.com. IN OTHER NEWS NEW NORTHEAST LAKEVIEW COLLEGE PRESIDENT Craig Follins officially assumed
his duties on March 24. According to a statement released by the college, Follins has been getting to know “the lay of the land” by meeting faculty, staff and students. Follins met with members of the community during an official welcome on April 10.
In December, the Alamo Colleges’ board selected Follins, formerly president of Olive-Harvey in the Chicago city colleges system, to succeed Eric Reno, who retired after six years as the first president of Northeast Lakeview, which serves more than 6,000 students from 10 Metrocom communities and northeast San Antonio.
JISD SUPERINTENDENT Willis Mackey,
the Judson Independent School District superintendent since 2007, will retire at the end of the 2014-15 school year. Mackey, who has worked in education for three decades, including 17 years as a school district superintendent, said he plans to enjoy his ranch and spend time with his family, according to a JISD release. “On behalf of the entire district, the board of trustees expresses its sincere appreciation to Dr. Mackey for his leadership in establishing and maintaining strong fiscal stability during difficult economic times, continued academic achievement, and for the many other achievements and accomplishments of the entire district,” JISD officials said in a release. The board also commended Mackey for helping raise test scores and academic standards while leading the growing district, which during his tenure added Judson Early College Academy and developed STEM academies — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — for middle school and elementary school students. The district didn’t indicate when the search would start for Mackey’s successor.
A BALLOON RELEASE at Judson Independent School District’s Coronado Village Elementary on May 2 honored 6-year-old kindergartner Jada Craft, who was killed when she fell underneath a
current projections have the turnaround opening the first part of June,” said Donat, who added that project managers with Dan Williams Co. still hope to have the work finished by the early July target date.
school bus on April 15. Teachers and classmates at the school held a brief ceremony in memory of Jada, who reportedly slipped while running to make the bus. The driver was not charged in the incident, which is believed to be the first fatality bus accident in JISD history.
ARTWORK BY ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT Frances Mesko was
THE TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION began expansion of
Loop 337 in New Braunfels in April. The $3.2 million project will widen Rueckle Road’s overpass over Interstate 35 to multiple lanes in both directions and eliminate the south-to-north turnaround lane and raised medians at the intersection. The area experiences increased tractortrailer rig traffic due to a nearby truck stop. Construction, which began in midApril, is expected to last through the end of the year. Most of the work will be done at night to avoid heavier traffic, TxDOT said, with some work performed during the day, making it necessary for drivers to be prepared for delays. Further south on I-35, sidewalks and curbs were being constructed along Schertz Parkway and FM 3009, where both lanes of the northbound exit closed for about a week. Finishing touches are being applied or planned in other areas along the I-35 construction zone. “Paving is the most visible remaining work on the project,” said TxDOT spokesman Josh Donat, citing additional focus at the FM 3009/I-35 overpass that includes the south-to-north turnaround lanes; I-35 main lanes in both directions between Cibolo Creek bridge and Judson Road; the Olympia Parkway overpass, and the approaches and turnaround lanes at FM 1518. “With the work remaining on the south-to-north turnaround at FM 3009,
selected to grace the cover of the 2014 Battle of Flowers Band Festival program in a contest sponsored by The Battle of Flowers Association during Fiesta. The second-place winner was Hannah Webster of MacArthur High School. Mesko’s design was displayed on more than 10,000 programs issued for the 76th annual Band Festival, held at Comalander Stadium on April 24. Mesko and Webster received $300 and $200, respectively.
THE JUDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT recently commissioned San
Antonio-based Bartlett Cocke General Contractors to build the district’s third comprehensive high school. The yet-tobe named school will be located near the intersection of Nacogdoches Road and Evans Road, and will join Wagner High School, Judson High School, Judson Early College Academy and Judson Learning Academy as the district’s high schools. District officials said preliminary work is under way on the property, with construction starting this summer. When the school opens in August 2016, it will accommodate about 1,600 students, with plans to gradually expand to 2,500. The facility is part of the $83 million bond program approved by voters in 2013. Also included in the bond is Copperfield Elementary School, slated to open in August at a site near Loop 1604 and Coppergate Drive.
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PARKS PARTNERS FUNDRAISER Universal City
Parks Partners will hold a Stardust Casino Night fundraiser at 7 p.m. at the Olympia Hills Golf and Conference Center, 12900 Mount Olympus Drive. The event will feature music, dancing, a Texas hold ’em poker tournament and casino-style entertainment. Admission includes a $1,000 chip ticket, cocktail, snacks and two drinks. Tickets are on sale at Olympia Hills and French Quality Cleaners, 1014 Pat Booker Road. For more, visit www.universalcitytexas.com.
WINDCREST FIREMAN’S PICNIC The 44th annual
Windcrest Fireman’s Picnic will be held 4-11 p.m. May 16 and 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. May 17 at the Takas Park Civic Center, 9310 Jim Seal Drive. For more, call 599-6007.
LIVE OAK SHINDIG ON SHIN OAK The Live Oak Parks and
Recreation Department will host a citywide celebration 4-10 p.m. at Live Oak
City Hall, 8001 Shin Oak Drive. The event will feature a wide variety of free outdoor activities for the entire family. For more, visit a link at the city’s website, www.liveoaktx.net.
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CANCER SUPPORT TEAM
New Life Baptist Church of Converse, 101 North St., will host its monthly Cancer Support Team meeting at 7 p.m. For more, call 658-1972.
LIVE OAK MEMORIAL DAY PARADE The city of Live Oak
will host a holiday parade. It begins at 10 a.m. near Woodcrest Park, travels through old Live Oak and concludes at City Hall, 8001 Shin Oak Drive. Businesses and individuals interested in participating should contact Cathi Piotrowski at 653-9140, ext. 234 or email email@example.com.
LIVE OAK SUMMER SPLASH
The city of Live Oak will kick off summer with its traditional Summer Splash Party, beginning at 3 p.m.
at the Live Oak Municipal Pool, 7901 Shin Oak Drive. A $2 admission fee for residents, $3 for nonresidents, pays for refreshments, music and giveaways.
on a first-come, first-serve basis; adults may not fish until after the event. Cost is free for residents, $2 for nonresidents.
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The city of Universal City will begin its free Movies in the Park series with “Frozen – a Sing-A-Long,” June 21 at Universal City Park, 305 North Blvd. Activities for the kids begin at 7 p.m. with movies starting at sunset. Other films scheduled for July 5, July 19, Aug. 2 and Aug. 16. Guests may bring lawn chairs, blankets and snacks; some concessions will be available for purchase. For more, including activity details and movie schedules, visit www. universalcitytexas.com or call 619-0721.
LIVE OAK JUNIOR FISHING DAY The city of Live Oak will
UC LIBRARY EVENTS Universal City Public Library, 100 Northview Drive, will host the following events through June. For more, call 659-7048: A free seminar, “Emailing Help,”
membership of Universal City United Methodist Church will hold an annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 and from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 31 at the church, located at 90 Winn Ave. at the corner of North Boulevard and just past the U.S. Post Office. Proceeds will benefit several ministries and community organizations. For more, call Bob Miller at 573-3065 or Jim McDonald at 274-6017.
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host Junior Fishing Day 7-11 a.m. at Live Oak Park City Lake, 18001 Park Drive. The event allows children age 13 and younger to fish and participate in other activities. Free fishing equipment provided
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Happening continues from pg. 05 about the basics of setting up email accounts and sending emails, will be held 10-11 a.m. June 14. Participants must be 13 or older, have a valid Universal City Public Library card and knowledge of computer mouse use. Call or stop by the library to register. “Basic Internet Use,” free seminars on navigating the Internet, will be held 10-11 a.m. May 17 and June 21. Adults must accompany children under 12. Contact the library for registration details. A free afternoon movie will begin at noon June 7. Bring a lunch or snack; call the library to find out which movie will be featured. Senior Social Days are held 2-4 p.m. each Monday. Book Club for Adults will meet at 6:30 p.m. May 21 and June 18. A list of reading selections can be found at www.universalcitytexas.com/ bookclub. The library reserves seven copies of each book for members, distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each Saturday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Friends of the Universal City Library host a used-book sale at the bookstore behind the library. It features a wide selection of books, nominally priced by the inch.
RANDOLPH METROCOM CHAMBER EVENTS The
Randolph Metrocom Chamber of Commerce has scheduled its monthly mixer for 6-8 p.m. May 22. Its annual golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. June 12 at the AT&T Oaks Golf Course at TPC San Antonio, 23808 Resort Parkway. For more details on both events, call 658-8322 or visit www.metrocomchamber.org.
RANDOLPH METROCOM ROTARY EVENTS The Randolph
Metrocom Rotary Club meets Mondays at noon at the Olympia Hills Golf and Conference Center, 12900 Mount Olympus Drive in Universal City. No meeting will be held on May
26, Memorial Day. For more events, visit www.randolphmetrocomrotary.org.
CONVERSE LIBRARY CHILDREN’S STORY TIMES
The sessions for kids are held 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the Converse Public Library, 601 S. Seguin St. The free event gives toddlers an early start to literacy through book readings, music, and arts and crafts. Parents are urged to arrive on time; children must be supervised. For more, call 659-4160.
VFW 4676 SUMMER GOLF CLASSIC Veterans of Foreign
Wars Post 4676 in Universal City will host its annual Summer Golf Classic, beginning with an 8 a.m. shotgun start at Northcliffe Golf Club, 5301 Country Club Blvd. in Cibolo. The $60 entry fee includes greens fees, skins, mulligans and other prizes. An awards luncheon follows the event at the post, 202 W. Aviation Blvd. For more, call 658-9163.
PROGRAMS TO FIGHT DIABETES OFFERED The YMCA
and San Antonio Metropolitan Health District are offering a pair of free programs geared to preventing diabetes. The YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program is open to adults 18 and older with a body mass index greater than 25; it is a supportive 12-month mix of classes and monthly maintenance sessions. The Y Living Program, designed for families, will sponsor a 12-week series of holistic wellness classes. Both programs are at the Walzem Family YMCA, 5538 Walzem Road. For more, call 924-8858 or 656-5577.
ON THE HORIZON UC VETERANS VICTORY RUN
Runners, walkers, families and pets are all welcome at the third annual Veterans Victory Run through
Universal City. The event, featuring 5K and 10K runs, begins at 8 a.m. at Universal City Park, 305 North Blvd. Registration is now open; military discounts are available. For more, visit www.UniversalCityTexas. com/Run or call 619-0721.
ELSEWHERE IN SAN ANTONIO TASTE OF SUMMER CANCER may CARE BENEFIT Women Involved
in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing — or WINGS, a San Antonio nonprofit providing breast-cancer treatment and followup care to uninsured women — will host its second annual “Taste of Summer,” from 6-10 p.m. at The Veranda, 1746 Lockhill Selma Road in San Antonio. Festivities include hors d’oeuvres, multiple food and beverage stations, a signature cocktail demonstration, live music and silent auction. Proceeds will benefit programs supported by the organization. For tickets and sponsorship information, call 9469464 or visit www.texaswings.ticketbud.com.
ARMED FORCES PARADE America’s Armed
Forces River Parade will begin at 6 p.m. at the River Walk in 17 downtown San Antonio. The event will feature decorated floats traveling the San Antonio River and includes live entertainment from military groups and local artists in recognition of past and
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ELMA – It’s back to the drawing board for city officials, whose dreams of expanding Lookout
present servicemen and servicewomen. Free seating is available along the route, with additional seating for sale at the Arneson River Theater. For more, visit www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com.
SHAKESPEARE IN THE PARK The Magik Theatre
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will present presentations of William Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet,” at San Antonio Botanical Garden, 555 Funston Place. Donations of $5 are welcome to view the performances. Gates will open at 6:30 p.m. with shows beginning at 8 p.m. No outside food or drinks allowed. For more, visit www.magiktheatre.org.
TexasMobilePack is planning a Feed My Starving Children event, where volunteers pack 4 million meals at two San Antonio locations in September. The organization seeks 20,000 volunteers to pack meals in two-hour shifts over two days. Sign-ups began May 1. For more, visit texasmobilepack.org.
Submitting events: Email all the details along with your contact information two months in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org. Road to handle increasingly heavy traffic hit a speed bump when the Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization declined to fund the project. If city officials decide to do the upgrades themselves to attract businesses and augment growth, one option could be using local taxes to help pay for the work. AAMPO’s Transportation Policy Board on April 28 approved 19 projects for
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Upcoming Events: Sunday, May 18, 10:00 a.m. Maranatha 26th Church Anniversary Sunday - Thursday, June 22-26, 6:00 p.m. Vacation Bible School
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Weekly Worship Schedule Sunday Worship Services - 8:00 a.m. & 10:50 a.m. Sunday School - 9:50 a.m. Evening Worship - 6:00 p.m. (First Sundays only)
Wednesday Family Enrichment Night 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Nursery Hours 6:30 p.m. - 7:05 p.m. - Prayer Gathering 6:30 p.m. - 7:55 p.m. - Youth Ministry 7:10 p.m. - 7:55 p.m. - Bible Study/Men & Womenâ€™s Ministry
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a center turn lane and a bridge over what’s now a low-water crossing on Cibolo Creek. Selma City Administrator Ken Roberts said expanding Lookout is critical. According to him, the road serves as a bypass for commuters seeking quicker access to businesses, which now include the Amazon. com Fulfillment Center – located on Enterprise Drive, and intersects with Lookout Road – as well as provides opportunities for future area economic development. “We’ll have to pick ourselves up, dust off and get back in the game,” Roberts said. “We’ve made no secret that it’s not only to relieve congestion, but also we believe the undeveloped property along Lookout will remain undeveloped unless we can offer an all-weather road that can get (drivers) from Interstate 35 to Loop 1604.” Drivers waiting their turn at the four-way stop sign at Schertz Parkway and Lookout are often backed up for
$110 million in funds, part of the region’s 2015-19 Transportation Improvement Program. Rejected projects included a proposed expansion of Lookout Road in Selma and a $19 million proposal to expand FM 2252 (Nacogdoches Road) from Evans Road to FM 3009. Although approval of the latter might have indirectly benefited Selma, the Lookout Road project could have resulted in an immediate impact, officials said. Slated to cost $8.91 million, the project promised to expand Lookout over a two-mile stretch from just northeast of Retama Parkway to the Selma city limit. Now, Selma is considering funding the entire project itself. The city has $4 million committed, but needs another $5 million to widen Lookout from two to five lanes, with
Denied MPO funding for the project, Selma city officials are planning for the city to fund its own expansion of Lookout Road. Photo by Josh Michael
miles – and face longer delays due to flooding at the low-water crossing. Roberts said the city’s traffic study indicated 40,000 vehicles travel the small stretch of road daily, a number that greatly differed from the MPO’s count, which totaled closer to 30,000. Assistant City Administrator Johnny Casias said Selma projects 50,000 vehicles will navigate the route by 2030. The City Council recently approved spending roughly $1 million for traffic signals and left-turn lanes at Lookout’s intersections with Schertz and Retama parkways
and Evans Road. Also, the city already committed $1 million for environmental studies and project preplanning. That is why the MPO decision irked Selma officials, as the project was previously shunned during 2013-16 TIP disbursements. The MPO’s funding criteria awarded technical points based on a project’s public comments, safety assessments and its potential effect on the region’s overall transportation plans. However,
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Schools staging several events with prizes, food, fun by Miranda Koerner
CHERTZ – For the most part, gone are the days when high school graduations are celebrated by a nice dinner out with the family.
Now, many Metrocom high schools treat graduating seniors to chaperoned all-night parties featuring paintball, dancing, bowling and blackjack. Welcome to Project Graduation. Created in Maine in 1980 to promote student safety after alcohol-related traffic accidents claimed the lives of some seniors during commencement, Project Graduation offers adult-supervised, alcohol-free activities, usually held on graduation night. The festivities often start late in the evening, sometimes after commencement, and conclude with breakfast early the next morning. Depending on the school, teachers or
PTO members spearhead campaigns funding the events – and prizes such as laptops and iPads – designed for a wholesome send-off. “It’s a safe night for seniors,” said parent Jeanne Enlow, a Dobie Middle School secretary heading Project Graduation at Steele High School. “They’re not running in the streets. Any kid that is a senior at Steele can go.” The once-modest celebrations have morphed into large-venue bashes in order to steer more graduates away from the temptations of illicit shindigs held by their peers. At Wagner High School, English teacher Tina Tubbs helped take Project Graduation from dorky to hip. “A few years ago, the kids would get a $20 gift card and pizza and they stopped going,” Tubbs said of previous activities at Wagner, which cancelled Project Graduation a few years ago because of a lack of interest. “When they asked me to help, I told them if we were going to do it, we had to do something the kids would like. “(Wagner Principal Milton Fields)
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Only 4.8 percent of registered voters in Bexar County chose to cast ballots, with similar turnouts to decide city council races in Selma, Universal City and Garden Ridge. Live Oak’s turnout was heavier, as voters there overwhelmingly approved bonds for citywide street improvements ($8.76 million) and the expansion of
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Selma city officials are planning for a low-water crossing on Lookout Road over Cibolo Creek (top), which will cost almost half of the proposed $8.9 million expansion of the road, which intersects with Schertz Parkway (bottom). Photos by Josh Michael
in the most recent cycle, Lookout Road ranked next to last in technical points assessed all Added Capacity projects being considered by the MPO. Roberts claimed politics also played a part in the snub, as proposals in New Braunfels, Boerne, Seguin and Schertz – each of which entertained forming its own MPO during the past three years – received funding. MPO-area approvals included a $2.8 million plan to install sidewalks along 3009 in Schertz and $23.8 million to improve FM 306 and expand Loop 337 in New Braunfels. The MPO also rejected funding an upgrade of 2252 from Evans north to 3009, which would have expanded the road from two to four lanes with a center median and widened the two-lane bridge over Cibolo Creek –
which ranked second in technical points but was also bypassed for MPO funding. Roberts said the city would consider several options regarding Lookout’s expansion. One might be dipping into the city’s property taxes that are designated towards debt service. “We lowered property taxes by 4.5 cents per $100 (assessed property valuation) last year,” Roberts said. “If we financed this project using interest and sinking funds, we’d not only have to hike that back to where it was, we’d have to raise it another cent, to 5.5 cents.” Another alternative is issuing certificates of obligation, bonds not requiring voter approval. During a May 8 council meeting, representatives from Southwest Securities advised members on that and other options. However, Roberts said he doesn’t believe voters would accept either option without giving their consent. He acknowledged the city’s 8,500 residents might choose maintaining the status quo over a project. The latter could spark – in Roberts’ estimation – a boom doubling Selma’s population. “My recommendation to (the council) will be not to issue COs – but put it on a ballot,” Roberts said. “My gut feeling is that they have to have a say if we’re going to issue this kind of debt. “But the people who live here enjoy
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money, but every year we make it.” Sometimes it’s the students who initiate Project Graduation. After not having it last year, MacArthur High School seniors petitioned Principal Peter Martinez to reinstate the tradition. “The kids missed it,” Martinez said. “(Project Graduation) provides an opportunity for a safe environment. They are being observed by chaperones and participating in non-alcoholic activities as a class.” Local businesses have also come on board. Whataburger hosted an “Oh Whata Night” fundraiser April 24 at its Schertz location at 5570 FM 3009. The event raised nearly $500 for Project Graduation at Steele.
“Supporting the local community is something Whataburger really values,” said Lexie Gonzalez, a field-marketing representative for Whataburger, who added the eatery is sponsoring several such events across the San Antonio area. “We have really generous customers who like to give back. We’re grateful for the support to make happen.” For parents and volunteers who often help set up and clean up, Project Graduation is a bittersweet experience. “The kids aren’t even talking about it being their last night, they’re having such a good time,” Tubbs said. “(Last year) there were no incidents. Everything was what it was supposed to be. It inspired this year to start out strong.”
A Whataburger location in Schertz recently raised $500 towards Project Graduation at Steele High School, which expects to host 300 graduating seniors. Photo by Josh Michael
Care continues from pg. 11 There are so many hurdles cancer patients go through that until it affects you personally, you would never know of.” Tina McDaniel and a friend, both cancer survivors, attended a recent meeting of the organization’s Peer Support Group, which meets monthly at the Schertz Public Library. “We discussed and talked about our cancer and how it affected us,” McDaniel said. “Sharing our stories is a healing process of its own.” McDaniel, who previously volunteered with Ambrose aiding other causes, said she “absolutely would” attend more support-group meetings and network with other volunteers to see where she can lend a hand to cancer patients. The nonprofit held a fundraiser, the Rita’s Rack and Run 5K, at Paul Davis
Park in Garden Ridge on April 12. The proceeds went towards the organization’s goal of giving women with cancer a feeling of control over their treatment. Ambrose said having control is “probably the most important piece” of the recovery process. “When you get diagnosed you’re fighting for your life, and when you’re fighting for your life you have to have some sense of control,” she said. “I was diagnosed at an advanced stage. God brought me through it for a reason, so I would be able to help and support others. I want to help women know what to expect, so they’ll know how to move forward.” For more, contact Ambrose at 6836147, Ingram at 315-6020 or visit www.circleofcancercare.org.
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In Garden Ridge, Todd Arvidson defeated Patricia Ramirez for Place 2 on the city council. Incumbent aldermen John McCaw (Place 1) and Bobby Roberts (Place 5) ran unopposed. In Universal City, incumbent council members Beverly Volle and Tom Maxwell were selected along with Tom England for three at-large seats. Mayor John Williams ran unopposed for re-election. There will be a June 14 runoff election for two board positions in the Alamo Community College District. Lorena Pulido and Albert Herrera will face off in District 4, while incumbent Gary Beitzel will face challenger Clint Kingsbery. District 9 incumbent Jim Rindfuss easily defeated challenger Felix Grieder. In the only contested race facing North East Independent School District voters, Place 2 incumbent Edd White won a sixth term, defeating challenger Bob Coster. Running unopposed were Sandi Wolff, wife of Bexar County Precinct 3 Commissioner Kevin Wolff, for the Place 3 slot, and Place 7 incumbent Brigitte Perkins. Elsewhere, New Braunfels voters chose Barron Casteel over Greg Gallagher as the city’s new mayor. Casteel will succeed two-term incumbent Gale Pospisil, who reached term limits. Casteel is the son of Carter Casteel, a former New Braunfels mayor, Comal County judge
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IBOLO — La Cabaña de el Sabro Cocina y Cantina — a restaurant in a log cabin nestled along Cibolo Creek — is offering made-from-scratch dishes sure to please anyone who enjoys South Texas fare. The eatery is at 170 Buffalo Place. Since November 2010, co-owners Joyce Sanchez and husband Alfred Ruvalcaba, as well as their staff, have worked to maintain the authenticity customers enjoy at traditional Mexican-food restaurants. “We serve quality food and deliver excellent customer service at very reasonable prices. We have something for everyone,” Sanchez said, touting amenities such as the kiddie
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