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pg. 08 Schertz, SCUCISD combine to construct new natatorium Multimillion-dollar facility will expand programs for junior swimmers

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Operation Comfort aiding wounded veterans S.A.-based organization offers healing programs I was just walking the perimeter, doing a routine patrol; That’s when I was hit by an IED.” Marine Corps Sgt. Josh Sweeney

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RACKEN – A life-altering event led Josh Sweeney to places and experiences he never imagined. “I was just walking the perimeter, doing a routine patrol,” said Sweeney, a Marine Corps sergeant stationed in Afghanistan in October 2009. “That’s when I was hit by an IED.” Sweeney lost both his legs in the explosion. After physical therapy at the Center for the Intrepid in San Antonio, he found his way onto the ice with

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Should You Take A Pension Buyout? Have you recently received a pension buyout offer? If so, you need to decide if you should take the buyout, which could provide you with a potentially large lump sum, or continue accepting your regular pension payments for the rest of your life. It’s a big decision. Clearly, there’s no “one size fits all” answer — your choice needs to be based on your individual circumstances. So, as you weigh your options, you’ll need to consider a variety of key issues, including the following: • Estate considerations — Your pen-sion payments generally end when you and/or your spouse dies, which means your children will get none of the money. But if you were to roll the lump sum into an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), and you don’t exhaust it in your lifetime, you could still have something to leave to your family members. • Taxes — If you take the lump sum and roll the funds into your IRA, you control how much you’ll be taxed and when, based on the amounts you choose to withdraw and the date you begin taking withdrawals. (Keep in mind, though, that you must start taking a designated minimum amount of withdrawals from a traditional IRA when you reach age 70½. Withdrawals taken before age 59½ are subject to taxes and penalties.) But if you take a pension, you may have less control over your income taxes, which will be based on your monthly payments. • Inflation — You could easily spend two or three decades in retirement — and during that time, inflation can really add up. To cite just one example, the average cost of a new car was $7,983 in 1982; 30 years later, that figure is $30,748, according to TrueCar.com. If your pension checks aren’t indexed for inflation, they will lose purchasing power over time. If you rolled over your lump sum into an IRA, however, you could put the money into investments offering growth potential, keeping in mind, of course, that there are no guarantees. • Cash flow — If you’re already receiving a monthly pension, and you’re spending every dollar you receive just to meet your living expenses, you may be better off by keeping your pension payments intact. If you took the lump sum and converted it into an IRA, you can withdraw whatever amount you want (as long as you meet the required minimum distributions), but you’ll have to avoid withdrawing so much that you’ll eventually run out of money. • Confidence in future pension payments — From time to time, com-panies are forced to reduce their pension obligations due to unforeseen circumstances. You may want to take this into account as you decide whether to continue taking your monthly pension payments, but it’s an issue over which you have no control. On the other hand, once your lump sum is in an IRA, you have control over both the quality and diversification of your investment dollars. However, the trade-off is that investing is subject to various risks, including loss of principal. Before selecting either the lump sum or the monthly pension payments, weigh all the factors carefully to make sure your decision fits into your overall financial strategy. With a choice of this importance, you will probably want to consult with your financial and tax advisors. Ultimately, you may find that this type of offer presents you with a great opportunity — so take the time to consider your options. This article was written by Edward Jones for use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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esidents across the Metrocom are being affected by the same old politicsas-usual impasse in Washington, D.C. Those serving in the military, the civilians supporting them and veterans are feeling the pinch of the federal government’s partial shutdown. Those we elected to avoid such a predicament aren’t getting the message. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – or Obamacare – was passed by Congress three years ago and last year was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court. In fact, this issue of Local has a special medical news section featuring the latest in health care. However, there remains a faction in Congress that will not relent in its quest to defund or dismantle the measure. So while threats of government shutdowns and debt-ceiling controversies will no doubt continue, those headlines obscure an even bigger threat – to our country’s military readiness and programs designed to protect citizens. Budget sequestration – a series of forced spending cuts that began earlier this year and are scheduled to run through 2021 – seriously cut into the military, which is charged with defending the country. Sequestration also cut funding for veterans programs, air-traffic operations, food safety, weather forecasting and other government services and agencies created for our protection. Yes, there’s a need to address runaway government spending. But we should do it in a way that doesn’t pose a threat to our way of life or our economy. For the last several years, some members in Congress – as well as the man in the White House – can’t seem to agree how to do it. And until they do, this same old story could someday prove catastrophic.

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City Council’s silence led to Cibolo recall election by Andre Larkins

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ibolo residents will head to the polls Nov. 5 to vote in a recall election of four Cibolo City Council members. In doing so, voters should keep a few things in mind. First, a recall election is a performance evaluation. Residents evaluate the competence of council members and then choose whether they have earned the right to continue representing the people. If not, the people vote “yes” to recall, and remove them from office. Second, this is City Council, not student council. Making a choice in a recall election is not a popularity contest. Council members make real decisions that have real consequences. Property values go up or down, taxes increase or decrease, the safety and character of the community is preserved or destroyed based on their competence. It doesn’t matter if they are your friends or neighbors. The issue is competence. Third, the recall is not about Walmart attempting to build at a bad location in Cibolo. It’s about the council members’ collective and individual reactions to it. From the first town hall meeting on July 1, to the second on July 10 (when the recall petitions became public), they were silent. Silent in the face of overwhelming public concern for the additional crime, traffic, air and noise pollution associated with big-box retail operations. Mothers begged at the podium for the safety of their children who walk and ride bicycles to school. They were met with silence. Homeowners decried the certain decline in property value of $300,000 homes located 50 feet away from the building site. They were met with silence! This was the hour of your need. This was their time to lead. But they were silent! Now it is time for the citizens of Cibolo to speak. And, when they are asked at the ballot box, “Shall this council member be recalled?” they will not remain silent! Larkins is one of the organizers of the Cibolo recall petition.

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VIA streetcar: On the right track? by susan yerkes

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ome folks are saying the VIA Metropolitan Transit Authority has gone off its trolley with the current streetcar plan. Back in 1997, the Metropolitan Planning Organization was the first group to come out with a new-backto-the-past plan to run old-time trolleys in the downtown area. It sounded like a modest proposal. But city planners had broader ambitions. One key idea, espoused early by Nelson Wolff — now the Bexar County judge — and a few other leaders, was a lead-in to (gasp!) light rail. In 2000, VIA took the light-rail idea to voters with a proposal to increase the city’s sales tax for funding. Voters responded with a resounding “no.” But that hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of modern streetcar advocates, who point to other cities where modern electric streetcar systems can help spur prime “infill” development in deteriorating city cores, and connect outlying pockets. After all, VIA doesn’t serve just San Antonio, but several communities in the greater metropolitan area. Advocates are hoping to capture state or federal dollars in addition to local public and private bucks. To many folks, spending millions to tear up downtown streets and put in fixed-route trolley tracks is just nuts — not the seed of mass transit, but a pricey route to ruin. It seems ironic to me that today light rail and streetcar systems are touted as a solution to urban sprawl, knitting together communities and enhancing new growth in now-barren pockets of land along the way, such as some areas of downtown San Antonio. When early VIA plans surfaced a few years back, they seemed more tourist-oriented than steps toward a synchronized system of buses, light rail and inter-city rail. A lot has changed. The downtown area and San Antonio River are coming alive with new development. “People said you’ll never get significant downtown housing, and look at it now,” Wolff said. “The game is changing.

& Great Northern Railroad depot) via a network of routes across the city and beyond. In fact, Lone Star Rail is garnering support for an inter-city network that could stretch from Austin to S.A., Georgetown and beyond. “From the two multimodal hubs, we can go anywhere in the city, county and region,” Gambitta said. Like it or not, the streetcar plan is on track and gathering speed. Whether that light at the end of the tunnel is an oncoming freight train of debt or a sunlit future is still unknown. I’m betting on sunshine. What do you think? Email comments to syerkes@ salocallowdown.com.

Reader Comments Let Walmart pay in Cibolo

Cities are very competitive for young professionals who want to live in an urban environment. We’ll be left behind.” Richard Gambitta, former chairman of VIA’s Streetcar Committee and now a member of the VIA board, also sees the streetcar as a step towards uniting S.A’.s sprawling patchwork of neighborhoods in sync with already existing bus routes. The key is linking all these through VIA’s East and West Side “multimodal centers” (bureaucratspeak for transportation centers where bus, streetcar, light rail and even rail can converge, in this case at the Alamodome Nelson Wolff, and the old Bexar county International judge

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Editor: The Cibolo City Council must think voters are stupid. First, the council told residents Walmart will generate much-needed sales-tax revenue. Then, they approved reimbursing Walmart $2.5 million in sales-tax revenue for improvements to Borgfeld Road. The school does not need Borgfeld Road widened to four lanes. The housing areas do not need four lanes. Only Walmart needs four lanes. Walmart chose the location. They insist on building there. With annual profits of over $13 billion, let Walmart pay for it. But, the corporate welfare does not end there. Council also wants voters to approve bonds in November. Proposition 1 includes $1.5 million to expand and widen the intersection of North Main Street and FM 1103. Why? So the big 18-wheeler Walmart delivery trucks traveling on 1103 can turn onto North Main toward the store. Council thinks voters should pay higher property taxes so Walmart trucks can make their deliveries. Bond proposition 2 includes $825,000 to refurbish Fire Station 1 downtown. There is only one problem. Cibolo Volunteer Fire Department, a private organization, owns it — not the city. The volunteers are governed by their own board, not the council. Since when does a city spend taxpayer money improving a building it does not own? The council is clueless about good government. I urge voters to recall, replace and vote “no” on both bonds. Charles Ruppert


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Plan your month with our calendar of upcoming events in the community. SCHERTZ CITY COUNCIL – The Schertz City Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 12 and Nov. 19 at Schertz Council Chambers, 1400 Schertz Parkway. SELMA CITY COUNCIL – The Selma City Council will meet Nov. 14 at 6:30 p.m. at Selma City Hall, 9375 Corporate Drive. CIBOLO CITY COUNCIL – The

Cibolo City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 5 and 7 p.m. Nov. 19 at Cibolo City Hall, 200 S. Main St.

BENEFIT FOR WOUNDED OFFICERS – A chili, beans and barbecue ribs cookoff/fundraiser for two Selma Police Department officers recently wounded in the line of duty, will be held from noon until 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at the Hangin’ Tree Saloon, 18424 Second St. in Bracken. Officer Tiffany Kierum and Cpl. Jesus Balderamas, who were shot while responding to a family-violence call on Sept. 19, have since been discharged from San Antonio Military Medical Center. Police Chief Syd Hall said a benefit for both officers was held Oct. 13 at Bluebonnet Palace. Other events are scheduled throughout San Antonio and the Metrocom. Proceeds from the Oct. 26 event, which will also feature contest judging at 3 p.m. and live entertainment from 1- 7 p.m., will go to the Selma Police Officers Benefit Fund. For more, call 651-5812.

MISS CIBOLO TEA PARTY – A Miss

Cibolo Princess Tea Party, featuring Tiny Miss Cibolo, Little Miss Cibolo and Miss Cibolo Courts will begin at 3 p.m. Oct.

27 at Emily’s Place Coffee Shoppe, 100 N. Main St. in Cibolo. Admission is $5 per person; parents must accompany children. Proceeds will benefit the Miss Cibolo Scholarship Pageant program, which is accepting applications for 2014 Tiny Miss Cibolo, Little Miss Cibolo, Junior Miss Cibolo and Miss Cibolo until Dec. 2. The winners will be announced Jan. 25, 2014. For more, email misscibolosp@live.com, or visit Miss Cibolo Scholarship Pageant on Facebook.

TRUNK OR TREAT FOR HALLOWEEN – The city of Schertz and area businesses

will sponsor a “Trunk or Treat” Halloween celebration, an alternative to the traditional trick or treat, from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the large pavilion in Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St. Businesses interested in participating should contact John Perry at 619-1300.

CIBOLO VALLEY BAPTIST FALL FEST – Cibolo Valley Baptist Church is hosting a free Fall Fest celebration from 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31 at the church, 5500 FM 1103 in Cibolo. The event, slated as a safe alternative for traditional trick or treating, will feature prizes, a moon walk, face painting, cake walk, dunking booth, duck pond, ring toss and more. All ages, with or without costumes, are welcome. For more, call 658-0525 or visit www.cibolovalleychurch.org.

SCHERTZ CHAMBER EVENTS – The Schertz Chamber of Commerce has several events on tap for November. A barbecue fundraiser benefiting Schertz Animal Services is 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. Nov. 2 at Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St. Tickets are $6 in advance; $8 on the day of the event. The Chamber’s monthly mixer will begin at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 7 at Interstate All Battery Center in The Forum

Shopping Center, 8143 Agora Parkway in Selma. The Chamber will stage its second annual Awards and Business Appreciation Banquet at 6 p.m. Nov. 15 at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building 5. The Schertz Chamber Toastmasters meet at the Comfort Inn & Suites meeting room, 5571 Interstate 35 North in Selma, each Monday at 6:45 p.m. Applications for the Chamber’s Leadership CORE program are due Oct. 31. There will be no Chamber luncheon in November; Chamber offices will be closed Nov. 28-29 for the Thanksgiving holidays. For more, contact the Chamber at 566-9000, or visit www.schertzchamber.org.

HAL BALDWIN SCHOLARSHIP GOLF TOURNEY – The Olympia Hills

Golf and Conference Center, 12900 Mount Olympus Drive in Universal City, will host the third annual Hal Baldwin Scholarship Golf Tournament, beginning at 10 a.m. on Nov. 1. The tournament is a fundraiser for the program, which was launched in 2008 to motivate students toward pursuing leadership roles in civic government. Player check-in begins at 8 a.m., with a 10 a.m. shotgun start. Entry fee, which includes breakfast, lunch and green fees, is $75 per golfer. Tournament player cards, $40 each, will also be available. For more, call 6191000, or go to www.visitschertz.com for sponsorship and registration information.

LOKA STUDIOS EVENTS – Loka Studios, which features yoga, Pilates and meditation therapy sessions at 18817 FM 2252 (Nacogdoches Road) in Bracken, will feature the following November classes: The basics of Healing Hula will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Nov. 10; Warrior Workshop Story, or Arunja, is

2-4 p.m. Nov. 16; and Relax and Renew restorative yoga is 2-5 p.m. Nov. 23. Preregistration is required. For more, call 653-5652 or visit www.loka-studios.com.

TRIUMPHANT LUTHERAN SERVICES – Triumphant Lutheran Church, 21315

Bat Cave Road in Garden Ridge, will hold Thanksgiving services at 7 p.m. Nov. 26. The church will also present the Christmas cantata, “What Sweet Music,” at 5 p.m. Dec. 7 and at 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. Dec. 8. For more, call 651-9090 or visit www.triumphantlutheran.org.

KRIS KRINGLE MARKET – Main Street businesses in Schertz will hold a Kris Kringle Market from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 7 at Anything Goes With Glass, 816 Main St. in Schertz. An eclectic mix of items from more than 50 artisans and vendors will be on display, along with a silent auction benefiting Texas Burn Survivors Society. For more, call 658-8887. COMAL ISD PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCES – Elementary

schoolchildren in the Comal Independent School District will be released early for parent-teacher conferences on Oct. 28-29. Middle and high school students will adhere to their regular schedules on those days.

CISD QILT EARLY RELEASE SCHEDULES – Students in the Comal Independent School District are under early release during days outlined in the district’s Quality Instructional Learning Time initiative, which provides teachers with time for instructional planning. Elementary schoolchildren are released at 1:15 p.m., middle and high school students are released at 2:25 p.m., and bus schedules are adjusted on QILT days. QILT days are slated for Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 8, Feb. 12 and March 19.

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Comal ISD voters are being asked to approve a $451 million bond package to fund numerous improvements to existing schools and create as many as six new campuses. Voters in the Cibolo Creek Municipal Authority will decide three board positions. Incumbent Richard Braud is running unopposed in Place 3; J.C. Dufresne is facing Jake Jacobs in Place 4, and Bobby Greaves is also running unopposed in Place 5.

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

Open and Opening Soon ASHLYNN ROSE SHABBY DÉCOR, ANTIQUEs, GIFTS AND APPAREL,

820 Main St. in Schertz, offers antiques, shabby-chic furniture, gifts and jewelry, with artisans on site. New clothing and custom-made items are also available. Open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Closed on Sundays and Mondays. For more, call 277-7586. (See story, page 19)

KAJUN KUISINE, offering authentic Louisiana cuisine, has opened at 2053 Universal City Blvd. in Universal City. Open 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 4:308:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. For more, call 236-8834 or visit www. KajunKuisine.com. (See story, page 20) EXPRESS MOTO LUBE, 18414 Fifth

St. in Bracken, offers motorcycle lubricants, oil filters, oil changes and other services. Open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. Call 236-9290 or visit www.expressmotolube.com, or see www. facebook.com/ChucksExpressmotolube.

IN OTHER NEWS BALLOTS SET FOR LOCAL ELECTIONS – Metrocom residents go to the polls

Nov. 5 casting ballots in several city council and mayoral races. Also, voters can decide on nine proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution. Cibolo voters will choose whether to

recall council members Ron Pedde, Karen Hale, Larry Carlton and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Liparoto, whose current terms expire in November 2014. In other Cibolo races, incumbents Miguel Troncoso and Melvin Hicks face newcomers Stosh Boyle and Vernon Garrett for the District 2 seat, while Kris Holmquist challenges Gabriel Castro in District 3. Alan Dunn runs unopposed in District 7, a seat currently occupied by Hicks, who was rezoned into District 2 after the city adopted single-member districts. Former City Council member Dick Hetzel and Lisa Jackson vie to succeed Cibolo Mayor Jennifer Hartman, who faces term limits and can’t seek office again. Cibolo residents will also determine whether to ban alcohol sales within 300 feet of churches and schools, as well as a $2.875 million bond issue designed to upgrade two intersections and Fire Department facilities. They will also weigh 29 proposed amendments to the city charter. Schertz voters can decide three spots on the City Council. Bert Crawford and Daryl John contend to follow George Antuna, who is not seeking re-election in Place 3; incumbent Cedric Edwards faces Grumpy Azzoz in Place 4; and Matthew Duke and Richard Dziewit vie to succeed Sydney Verinder in Place 5. Verinder, appointed to the position earlier this year, is not seeking a full term. Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District trustees on Sept. 3 canceled the district’s school board election after no candidates filed to challenge incumbents Gary Inmon, David Pevoto, George Ricks and Mark Wilson.

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CIBOLO APPROVES WALMART DEAL – The Cibolo City Council on Sept. 24

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Main Street and Cibolo Valley Drive. In return, the city will reimburse Walmart $2.5 million, which will be generated through future sales-tax revenues. Voting for the agreement were council members Ron Pedde, Miguel Troncoso, Karen Hale, Larry Carlton and Melvin Hicks; voting against were Gabriel Castro and Mayor Pro Tem Steve Liporato. Under the deal, Cibolo City Manager Robert Herrera said he expects Walmart to be reimbursed for the improvements within 13 years. This saves the city nearly $1 million in interest, which would have accrued over a 20-year agreement. “The city will rebate a portion of its sales taxes, about half of 1 percent, that it would receive from Walmart, in return for improvements Walmart will make on our behalf,” he said. Those improvements would widen Borgfeld Road between Cibolo Valley and Main Street, install

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a traffic signal at Borgfeld and Cibolo Valley, and reconfigure a water line along Borgfeld Road. During the same meeting, the council also voted 5-2 to approve the final plat for the site of the new store, which Walmart officials plan to open by fall 2015. “We’re really excited to come to Cibolo – to create economic development and bring 300 jobs,” said Anne Hatfield, Walmart communications director. “We’re excited about being a part of the community.”

featured on 30 vehicles traveling the Canyon, Smithson Valley and Canyon Lake high school feeder patterns. The banners, 6 feet by 2 ½ feet, display Crime Stoppers slogans and numbers to call to provide anonymous tips on crimes, which could result in cash rewards if the information leads to arrests and convictions. District officials said the program is the latest feature in the partnership CISD formed with Crime Stoppers in 2010. Since then, CISD students reporting crimes have received more than $3,000. “This not only encourages our students who ride the bus to be participants in the Crime Stoppers program, but it reminds the community of how important the program is and that they can be a part of it too,” said Gus Rodriguez, the district’s transportation director. Comal County-area residents can call Crime Stoppers at (830) 620-TIPS (8477).

RAIN DELAYS I-35 CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS – Rain and its aftereffects

have delayed progress on Interstate 35 expansion in the Metrocom, pushing back closure of the FM 3009 northbound exit ramp from Sept. 23 until Oct. 13. Texas Department of Transportation officials said the ramp would remain closed for three weeks while crews add a lane and configure the ramps with other improvements, soon to include completion of the north-tosouth turnaround lane on FM 3009. Although continued wet weather postponed closing the FM 3009 exit ramp, the overall I-35 project is on schedule, TxDOT said. Crews are still working to complete I-35’s southbound exit ramp to Olympia Parkway, which should reopen in time for the holidays. They are also working to finish the northbound exit ramp to Forum Parkway. Project supervisors estimate work on bridge support beams and the bridge deck layout will be completed by the end of October.

GRAYSA KICKS OFF SEASON – Selma

officials, players and parents participated in opening ceremonies for the Greater Randolph Area Youth Soccer Association’s fall season on Sept. 14 at River City Community Church in Selma. Ceremonial first kick launching a

Work continues on the Interstate 35 expansion project, which officials said will soon include completion of the north-tosouth turnaround lane on FM 3009. Photos by Joshua Michael

new season went to Mayor Tom Daly. Other attendees included GRAYSA President Robert Sheridan, River City Executive Pastor Dave Henning and Lead Pastor Sean Azzaro, and City Council members Kevin Hadas and Jose Silva. According to its website, GRAYSA, a nonprofit, volunteer organization, promotes and develops good sportsmanship, physical health and the sport of soccer in the Greater Randolph area. More than 750 youths, ages 3 through 18, from Schertz, Selma, Converse, Cibolo, Universal City, Live Oak and San Antonio participate in the program.

COMAL ISD TAX RATE REMAINS SAME – Comal Independent School District

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trustees on Sept. 20 approved the district’s tax rate for 2013-14, which will remain the same for the third straight year. CISD’s tax rate of $1.43 per assessed property valuation remains constant in spite of 1,000 additional students attending district schools over the past year, district officials said. “The budget has been adopted and the tax rate will support that,” said David Anderson, the district’s chief financial officer, of CISD’s $130.4 million operating budget for 2013-14.

COMAL ISD TEAMS WITH CRIME STOPPERS – Buses in the Comal Independent School District now sport Crime Stoppers banners

Independent School District has honored Canyon High School volleyball coach Heather Sanders and Smithson Valley High School volleyball coach Liana Gombert, who recently posted milestone career victories. Earlier this season, Gombert posted her 500th career triumph, while Sanders achieved her 400th career win. Both received plaques commemorating their achievements prior to the Cougarettes’ District 25-5A victory over the Lady Rangers on Oct. 7. “We’re lucky to have two great coaches leading two of the best volleyball programs in Central Texas right here in Comal ISD,” said David Drastata, CISD school board president. “More importantly than the wins and losses are the hundreds of quality young ladies coach Sanders and coach Gombert have helped learn valuable life lessons.”


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CHERTZ – Almost three years after voters approved building a new natatorium in the city, the project has taken its first viable steps towards fruition.

City officials and the Schertz-CiboloUniversal City Independent School District are close to finalizing a plan for the facility, with both entities sharing construction costs. The city will ante up $6.62 million approved by the electorate in 2010, with SCUCISD contributing $1.65 million. “Now that we’ve got the agreement in place, and can work out the particulars of the elements that need to be included, and which times the school district will need to utilize the facility, then we’ll be able to spend money on the design of the facility,” Schertz Executive Director Brian James said. The natatorium will likely be constructed at the old playscape site, near the corner of Schertz Parkway and Elbel Road. The City Council approved a preliminary partnership with the school district on Sept. 10; the SCUCISD board followed suit on Sept. 17. SCUCISD Superintendent Greg Gibson believes the specifics will be finalized in the coming weeks. “It’s the nuts and bolts of the final agreement, but I don’t see any reason why it won’t go through,” he said. In exchange for the district’s contribution, swim teams from Clemens and Steele high schools will use the facility rent-free for 15 years. They will practice at the natatorium two to three hours on weekdays and hold meets with other schools on weekends. Gibson said a district advisory committee concluded SCUCISD could never afford to shoulder the total cost of building a natatorium, which could run as high as $10 million. “Quite frankly, we don’t need it enough to justify (that expense) for our swimmers, who wouldn’t be using it that many hours every day,” he said. About 80 swimmers participate in the district’s high school programs. During warmer months, they hold early evening workouts at the Pickrell Park pool in Schertz. However, by fall they transition to the Judson Aquatic Center in Universal City, where they

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must arrive as early as 4:30 a.m. to finish ahead of other teams using the facility. “Right now, we’re generally at the mercy of other districts,” Gibson said. During the Schertz council and SCUCISD board meetings this summer, parents of high school and club team swimmers expressed concern about the considerable time it’s taken to build a natatorium to accommodate their children, who they say are at a competitive disadvantage by not having a closer facility. “Almost all successful high school athletic programs have very active feeder (club) programs,” said Clemens swim coach Doug Hammen, who also coaches the Schertz Stingrays of the Buffalo Valley Youth Association. “The location of a competition pool in this area will certainly expand the opportunities for junior swimming programs, which in turn will help the high school teams.” Clemens competes in the University Interscholastic League’s Class 4A, while Steele contends in Class 5A. Hammen said both schools face stiff competition in their respective regions, dominated by San Antonio school districts with larger facilities. “There’s tremendous talent coming up through the pipelines here,” Hammen said. “All we need is the water. Once we have a

facility, I believe this area of San Antonio will produce a lot of state-qualifying swimmers.” Divers and swimmers from both high schools also compete in Alamo Area Aquatic Association events. About 220 swimmers, ages 6-18, participate in the Stingray club program, which also competes in AAAA activities. “A new natatorium is the piece we need to be able to increase that pipeline we’re developing,” Hammen said. “It will be a tremendous asset for everyone in the community.” James said the agreement with the district has enabled the city to choose which kind of facility to build and begin the design process. “We know we have to build a competitionquality facility because that is what the bond called for,” he said, “but now that we’ve done the deal with the school district, we know what some of the elements they need and we can head down that path.” As well as finalizing the interlocal agreement and initiating the design process, the city seeks an agreement with another entity to handle the facility’s dayto-day operations. The Schertz Family YMCA, which operates the city’s two public swimming pools and its recreation center, is under consideration.

“We would love to be part of a project like this and we have had initial conversations with the city and the school district about being part of running operations, but nothing has been set in stone at this point,” Schertz YMCA Executive Director Fredy Degollado said. James said the city pays the YMCA $250,000 a year to operate and maintain its pools, and estimates it would cost up to double at the natatorium. If the YMCA is to operate the facility, its design might be fashioned to accommodate YMCA programs. “While we plan to construct a competitionquality pool, we might have to build another pool within the facility to accommodate programs such as water aerobics and children’s swim lessons,” James said. Degollado said “it would make sense” to include that element. He added the Y provided 800 swimming lessons this summer. “Seniors do water aerobics and children have swim lessons, and there’s recreational swimming,” he said. “All of those are a huge plus for the community. This (natatorium) is a quality-of-life issue – we don’t have anything like this in the area.” James said he hopes to present details of such a partnership to the council “within the next six weeks or so.”

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soon extend into Boerne. In late September, representatives from New Braunfels, Seguin, and Comal and Guadalupe counties officially joined the slate of voting members on the MPO’s Transportation Policy Board. “We now get to have a voice on the board that is making the long-range decisions and plans for the region, not just our county,” Guadalupe County Judge Larry Jones said. “Transportation is not just a city or county issue – it’s a regional issue.” Jones said former Seguin Mayor Betty Ann Matthies and Guadalupe County Commissioner Kyle Kutscher were recently appointed to serve as voting members on the TPB. Others with active roles include Cibolo Mayor Jennifer Hartman and former Cibolo Councilman Dick Hetzel, he said. The recent public meetings were conducted to solicit input and formulate future transit goals for a region projected to add 1.5 million new residents, and amass 3.4 million in total population, by 2040. The MPO’s mission is to provide a cooperative, continuous and comprehensive plan for the safe and efficient movement of people and goods consistent with the overall economic, social and environmental goals within the area. The MPO’s new plan, Mobility 2040, will be a roadmap of prioritized projects and guidelines for the disbursement of federal

and state transportation funding, which totals more than $200 million annually. It will update Mobility 2035, which was approved in December 2009 and scheduled $12 billion in transportation improvements through 2035. “This is the first round of public meetings for the new plan,” said Scott Ericksen, the MPO’s senior public-involvement coordinator. “These were for initial input and the information we gain will go into the first draft of a longrange plan we will present in the spring. The third round of meetings will be held in the fall, ahead of a third draft of the plan.” The planning process involves three steps. The Unified Planning Work Program is a two-year outline that identifies tasks to be accomplished and formulates a budget to achieve those tasks. The Metropolitan Transportation Plan will address future transportation needs and the combination of federal, state and local funding available for projects over the next 25 years. The Transportation Improvement Program is a list of short-range projects approved for financing through the MPO’s Transportation Policy Board. TIP projects are updated every two years and amended quarterly. Ericksen said the Transportation Policy Board, which serves as the MPO’s board of directors, would collect input gained

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EW BRAUNFELS – Planning a region’s longrange transportation needs isn’t a short-term task, and now the residents of the Metrocom have a seat at the table. Hundreds of area residents recently participated in the process’ first stage for updating the regional transportation blueprint into the year 2040. The San Antonio-Bexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization, which distributes state and federal funds for area transportation projects, held eight public workshops in San Antonio, Seguin, New Braunfels and Boerne. Created by federal law, the regional MPO’s boundaries include Bexar County, parts of Comal and Guadalupe counties, and will

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CHERTZ – Forgoing the fanfare that trumpeted its anticipated arrival to the Metrocom this summer, Amazon.com’s 1.2 millionsquare-foot Fulfillment Center quietly began operations in mid-September.

Hiring staffers for the facility, located at Enterprise Avenue and Verde Parkway, began in July. The Seattle-based company said earlier this year it planned to hire 350 workers, though current employment figures are unavailable. “The first batch of employees showed up for work this week,” said David Gwin, director of the Schertz Economic Development Corp., on Sept. 27. “The facility was turned over from the construction firm the week before last.”

Amazon’s initial online job posting – calling for seasonal workers – appeared July 29. Many of the new hires are merchandise associates inside the warehouse, helping pick, package and ship items to customers for same-day delivery. “We are so excited to join the Schertz business community, bringing jobs and investment to the San Antonio area. We have found tremendous talent in abundance in the workforce,” said Amazon media representative Kelly Cheeseman in an email. The project is the latest of several facilities Amazon is building in Texas. Schertz and Guadalupe County officials approved hefty incentives for the retailer to locate to the Metrocom. Selma officials recently announced the city would contribute up to $4 million towards infrastructure improvements leading to the facility and are estimated to total $9.3 million. The most notable improvement would expand Lookout Road from two to five lanes, extending from Loop 1604 through Selma to Schertz, as well as a bridge to replace a low-water crossing on Lookout Road over Cibolo Creek. Selma City Administrator Ken

Amazon.com recently opened its regional Fulfillment Center in Schertz, where merchandise associates package and ship items to customers for same-day delivery. Photos by Joshua Michael

Roberts said the city planned the Lookout improvements long before Amazon was in the picture. “If Amazon benefits from these plans, then great,” he said, “but they had nothing to do with our application for (funding).” In December, Roberts said Selma plans to re-submit a request for the remainder of the funding to the San AntonioBexar County Metropolitan Planning Organization, which determines subsidies for area transportation projects. He said

the MPO rejected the city’s first request. “When we submitted this request last year, the MPO said it was too expensive, yet they extended funds to put hike and bike trails in Kirby and Cibolo,” Roberts said. “Now that the MPO has brought in Comal and Guadalupe counties, we’re of the opinion that since half of the expansion of Lookout Road will be in Comal County, this would be a picture-perfect way of the MPO showing its commitment to its new membership,” Roberts said.

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communities will have adequate representation on the Transportation Policy Board.” Seeking to have more control over transportation funding, New Braunfels, Seguin and Comal and Guadalupe counties failed in an effort to form their own MPO earlier this year. “The next best thing was joining (the San Antonio MPO),” Jones said. “Transportation really is regional, so it makes sense. In the end, it’s going to be good for our county. We’ll have some representation and we’re going to be part of developing a concept for regional transportation.” During the two-hour workshops, attendees paired off into small discussion groups soliciting opinions on the MPO’s proposed vision statement and projected goals, along with a list of 23 transportation topics for consideration as high priorities, low priorities or not a priority. “Long-range plans, by nature, are somewhat esoteric and don’t have a lot of urgency attached to them,” Ericksen said. “At the beginning of the plan, there’s not a map that people can see which project could affect them. But at this point, it’s developing a vision statement, addressing goals and which topics people believe should rate as priorities.”

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Operation Comfort helped open an Auto Motivation workshop in Bracken, where veterans repair and restore old vehicles, above and top. In the photo to the right, volunteer (left) Vic Hash and OC Program Manager Chris Leverkuhn are veterans who were injured in the line of duty. Photos by Joshua Michael

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CHERTZ – Officials in this booming city, where for the first time last month sales topped those of Guadalupe County, hope The Crossvine, a $500 million master-planned development, will spark the same type of economic blaze along Interstate 10 now being experienced on Schertz’s prosperous Interstate 35 strip.

“I-10 is the city’s other major artery and serves the southern part of our community,” said David Gwin, executive director of the Schertz Economic Development Corp. “We’re excited about the potential that the southern part of the city is about to undergo. We think this opportunity

Bulldozers are clearing residential home sites that will be part of The Crossvine, a $500 million masterplanned development in Schertz. Photo by Joshua Michael

means a lot for our community – and we’re looking forward to making it happen.” Site work on The Crossvine has just gotten under way. Workers and machinery are busy on the more than 500-acre plot of previously undeveloped land near FM 1518 and Lower Seguin Road, carving out landscape for streets, utilities and greenbelts to serve the city’s first master-planned development. “Everything’s going fine,” said Chris Price, president of Schertz FM 1518 LTD, the firm developing The Crossvine.

“We’re real high on the I-10 corridor of south Schertz and I think we’re going to be setting a standard for that area.” One of the keys to a successful master-planned community, Price said, is having numerous uses. “We’re going to have multiple residential types,” he said. “We’ll have over 12 miles of trails, pocket parks, community centers. We’ll have a retail component that will be more neighborhood-oriented than a regional destination. Hopefully, we’ll have some assisted care/independent living, some medical uses and that type of thing.” As far as residential, The Crossvine, just a mile from I-10 and near the SchertzCibolo-Universal City Independent School District’s Corbett Junior High School, will feature single-family homes, town houses and multi-family development. It will be constructed in several stages over eight years. The first phase will include 121 single-family homes by builders David Weekley and Ryland Homes, constructed on lots of various sizes. “We’ll have those lots ready for Weekley and Ryland in December or January. They should be able to deliver their homes in the first quarter of next year,” Price said. “They’re

anticipating sales prices on those homes will range from about $250,000 to the mid-$400s.” The Crossvine actually started in 2006 as Sedona Trails, but after 170 lots were developed the project was stalled by the economic downturn. Schertz 1518 LTD purchased the property over a year ago and began working with the city to redesign the neighborhood’s plan. Gwin said the Crossvine became the beneficiary of a city-created Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone. Texas communities often create TIRZs to fund public infrastructure improvements Gwin said. Under a TIRZ – the same type of economicdevelopment tool used for the flourishing Town Center at Creekside, which has become the fastest-growing area of New Braunfels – The Crossvine’s developers will pay for needed infrastructure improvements on their own, but be reimbursed as TIRZ generates monies, which will be held in a special TIRZ-repayment fund. “The TIRZ has to perform in order for them to receive any kind of reimbursement,” Gwin said.

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a continuación estará abierto de 7:00 a.m. a 7:00 p.m. el día 5 de noviembre, 2013 para votación de una elección general en la 301 Santa Clara City Hall, 1653 N. Santa Clara Rd., Santa Clara se elegirá a un Miembro del Concilio del Distrito 2, un Miembro del Concilio 302 cual Marion Dolford Learning Center, 200 W. Schlather Lane, Cibolo Distrito 3, Office, un Miembro 303 del Schertz Elections 1101 Elbeldel Rd.,Concilio Schertz del Distrito 7, y al Alcalde. Las elecciones 306 especiales Crosspoint Fellowship 2600 la Roy Richard Drive, Schertz tambiénChurch, incluirán votación de 29 Propuestas para Enmiendas a la 403 Carta KnightsConstitucional of Columbus Hall, de 509la Schertz Pkwy., Ciudad, 2 Schertz Propuestas de Bonos (una para mejoramiento 404 de Schertz Community Center North (formerly Fire Station), 3501de Morning Dr., Cibolo calles, puentes, y aceras, y la otraNorthcliffe para una Instalación Seguridad Pública 405 St. John's Lutheran Church, 606 S. Center St., Marion incluyendo una nueva estación de bomberos), así como una elección para una 406 New Berlin Community Center , 8815 FM 775, New Berlin ordenanza especial (para la venta de bebidas alcohólicas dentro de una distancia 409 Elaine S. Schlather Intermediate School, 230 Elaine S. Schlather Pkwy., Cibolo de 300 pies de una iglesia o escuela). También habrá una elección especial sobre Early la voting by personaldel appearance will del be conducted each at: 1, Miembro del Concilio del destitución Miembro Concilio delweekday Distrito La votación anticipada en persona se llevara a cabo de lunes a viernes en: Distrito 4, Miembro del Concilio del Distrito 5, y para el Miembro del Concilio del Early voting in said election shall be conducted at the Guadalupe County Elections Office Suite 7, 1101 Distrito 6. Elbel Rd., Schertz Texas. Early voting hours at said location shall be from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm on

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Warriors continues from pg. 11 Operation Comfort also assists those seeking employment in the field. Businessman Grumpy Azzoz said he donated the land and warehouse for the operation because of his love for the veterans. “They’re the best folks in the world,” he said. “They fought – some of them lost their lives, some of them lost limbs and we need to recognize them. I have the greatest respect for all of them.” The National Auto Body Council in March announced plans to deliver an accredited auto collision curriculum training and support facility for disabled military veterans. It plans to raise $1.5 million to purchase, renovate and equip a 30,000-square-foot training facility in San Antonio on behalf of the OC program. Operation Comfort also leads vets on trips to the Texas Gulf Coast, where they participate in hand-cycling and receive surfing and swimming lessons. It is planning a cross-country bicycle/handcycle tour of Vietnam in 2014, where recent veterans will join Vietnam vets on

Team America’s 300-mile fundraiser. Team America plans to cycle more than 80 kilometers a day and tour major battlefield sites in Vietnam. At each location, the team will lay commemorative wreaths in honor of those who did not return home. Funds raised through the Vietnam Veteran Honor Ride will be used to set up Vietnam-era servicemen with expense-free visits to Southeast Asia. The funds will also enable the recent veterans to tour with the Vietnam vets. “I’m hoping that people will donate – it’s vital that they do this for the veterans,” Azzoz said. Sweeney said he didn’t know what he would do without sled hockey in his life. He said he’s dedicated to the sport, leaving him little time for much else. “Maybe it doesn’t seem like it, but being on the Rampage sled team and the national team, I am gone two or three weekends a month and practicing throughout the week,” he said. For more on Operation Comfort, which is seeking donations, call 826-0500 or visit the website at www.operationcomfort.org.

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Crossvine continues from pg. 12 Price said TIRZ-related off-site construction is already under way near the subdivision at FM 1518’s bridge over Woman Hollering Creek. “That project is critical really, because whenever you get a lot of rain out there it’s always been an issue for flooding,” Price said. “We’re widening it and raising it to be able to handle a 100-year flood event.” Gwin said The Crossvine’s development

formula is expected to serve as a template for the kind of planned communities the city wants in order to meet its economic-development vision for the I-10 area, which is expected to see growing commuter traffic in the years ahead. “Not just in Schertz, but for all of the communities – including San Antonio. There’s a lot of potential for Schertz, for Cibolo, all the way out to Seguin,” he said. “We’re excited, not just in terms of residential development, but the nonresidential component as well.”

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llness can strike even the most cautious, but even in the worst of circumstances, those who live in or near San Antonio have an edge: The city is a great place to find top-notch help, experts say.

Although often overlooked by national media, several health institutions here are nationally ranked. The 2012-13 U.S. News & World Report rankings of hospitals and doctors places the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio’s University Hospital as one of the top 147 hospitals in the nation, a list pared from almost 5,000 institutions across the country. One of the world's largest stem-cell conferences is also coming to San Antonio in December 2014, helping establish the Alamo City's reputation as a hub for cutting-edge medical research, said Mayor Julian Castro. “In San Antonio, we are continually looking for ways to grow and promote

our number one industry: health care and bioscience," Castro said. "The sector creates an annual economic impact of more than $29 billion with a workforce of 156,000."

high-risk people,” said Edward P. Hasty of the UTHSC School of Medicine. Partial funding for that study came from the Cancer Therapy & Research Center.

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• New treatment for brain-cancer patients: Last spring, Elizabeth Allen, a spokeswoman for UTHSC, wrote about Terra Bibb, a woman suffering from a deadly brain tumor who was eight months pregnant with her third baby and visited CTRC. The tumor did not respond to conventional treatment, said Dr. Andrew Brenner. The physician and researcher was able to offer the patient a drug still in clinical trials at CTRC – a treatment that saved her life. "It was a miracle," Bibb told Allen.

• Fighting bladder cancer: Doctors Robert Svatek and Tyler Curiel, both of the University of Texas medical system, are studying why a tuberculosis vaccine — BCG— injected into a cancer-ridden bladder only treats the disease sometimes. Thanks to a $450,000 grant from the Voelker Fund, a local philanthropic organization, the doctors will study the mechanism by which BCG works and try to enhance the effect by adding Rapamycin, a compound discovered on Easter Island. • Stopping cancer in its tracks: Last month, San Antonio researchers reported in Nature, a peer-reviewed scientific journal, the discovery of two pathways through which chromosomes are rearranged in mammalian cells. These changes are associated with some cancers and genetic illnesses. “Our finding provides a target to prevent these rearrangements, so we could conceivably prevent cancer in some

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According to a study conducted by the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas: • Cervical cancer killed 3,343 Texas women between 1997 and 2006 with an average of 334 deaths annually. • In 2009, approximately 1,054 Texas women were diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer and 381 women died of the disease. There are several ways to prevent cervical cancer, such as having regular pap smears and receiving the HPV vaccine. A pap smear is a life-saving screening test that detects cancer of the cervix. A pap smear can also find infections and abnormal cells that can turn into cancer cells. Regular pap smears have led to a major decline in the number of cervical cancer cases and deaths in the United States. The HPV (human

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papillomavirus) vaccine is a vaccine approved for females ages 9 to 26. It protects against the most common viruses, (types 16 and 18) that cause cervical cancer. Contact Institute For Women’s Health to schedule an appointment at (210) 494-2000 Hardy Oak Medical Pavilion, 18707 Hardy Oak Blvd., Suite 230.

• Effective triple-therapy for diabetes: Local researcher and physician Ralph DeFronzo, professor of medicine, chief of the Diabetes Division at UTHSC and deputy director of the Texas Diabetes Institute, presented findings at the 73rd Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association that could change the way doctors manage the endocrine disease. The standard approach starts newly diagnosed patients on a drug called

Glucophage (metformin). The researcher, however, said this does not preserve the basal cells, which secrete insulin, leaving patients insulin-dependent and suffering from bouts of hypoglycemia, thanks to the addition of other drugs. By using three drugs together — Glucophage, Actos (a pill) and Byetta (an injection) — at the outset, basal cells that make insulin are preserved and the problem of weight gain seems minimized, DeFronzo said.   • Possible cure for schizophrenia: Neuroscientists’ research at the School of Medicine at UTHSC suggests the possibility of using stem-cell transplants to treat schizophrenia.  “Since these cells are not functioning properly, our idea is to replace them,” said Daniel Lodge, assistant professor of pharmacology in the School of Medicine. Lodge and Stephanie Perez, a graduate student in his laboratory, biopsied tissue from rat fetuses, isolated stem cells from the tissue and injected the cells into a brain center called the hippocampus. Rats treated with the transplanted cells have restored hippocampal and dopamine function.

Women’s health shifting focus from illness to wellness by BONNY OSTERHAGE

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he landscape of women’s health care is constantly evolving. Gone are the days of a one-size-fits-all approach to issues such as hormone replacement, and cancer screening and treatment. In its place is a more personalized, customized approach to health care that takes the whole woman into consideration. Safer and less invasive methods of treating patients are becoming mainstream, and mental and nutritional health aspects are often integrated. The result is a new approach that focuses on promoting wellness rather than just treating illness.

The 'horror' of hormones One of the hottest topics in women’s health in recent years has been the use of bioidentical hormones. This type of hormone-replacement therapy is able to help not only older women who are going through the stages of menopause, but also those women who, regardless of age, are

New research at facilities such as the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is providing more insights into promoting wellness for women, rather than just treating an illness. Photos by Sarah Sudhoff

suffering from a hormone imbalance. It used to be the only method available for treating the hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and other menopausal symptoms was synthetic hormone-replacement therapy. However, once these drugs began to be linked to increased risks in cancer, heart attack and stroke, it became clear to many in the health care profession that an alternative was needed. According to Dr. Kay Morris, founder of Refined Balance, the problem lies in the fact that synthetic hormones have been altered from their natural structure so the medical companies can patent them. Therefore the body does not absorb the hormones properly and that’s when problems arise.

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obody likes being called “Fatso,” but collectively, San Antonians have gotten used to it. Yet little by little, that scale seems to be changing. For years, the Alamo City’s population has ranked almost at the bottom of nearly every national study of obesity and fitness, and near the top of the charts for prevalence of diabetes. According to San Antonio Metropolitan Health District figures, a whopping 60 percent of the population is either overweight or downright obese. This spring, the American College of Sports Medicine’s annual “Fitness Index” placed San Antonio third from rock bottom among the 50 largest U.S. cities. Now things appear to be turning around In July, Mayor Julian Castro trumpeted good news: Metro Health figures showed that from 2010-12, some 70,000 adults — close to 7 percent of the population – dropped out of the “obese” category. More good news, he said, was a recent survey by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control that now

ranks San Antonio fitter than most of Texas. Castro, who constantly has pushed fitness-and-health initiatives, attributed much of the change to a $15-million plus federal obesity prevention grant that has energized a diverse group of community partnerships and initiatives stressing exercise, nutrition and healthier lifestyles. But there is another group working just as hard to make San Antonio a fit city — the medical community. Dr. Daniel Juarez, a clinical assistant professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio with a long-established private practice, has been stressing increased awareness of health and fitness for decades. But there’s only so much a doctor can do, he said. “The medical community in itself has very limited resources to be able to perpetuate what is needed to really make a difference in awareness of preventive health,” Juarez said. “I think that commitment has always been there, and physicians do their part in educating and recommending, but it takes the patient’s interest and compliance to make a difference.” He added: “Employers, the community in general, all need to be involved. And we still need to educate the insurance

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and files insurance, and we see a lot of patients with diabetes, hypertension and high cholesterol,” she said. “Food is such an important component of those diseases. You can throw medicine at

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Wellness continues from pg. 16 "Think of it like a key,” Morris said. “If you change one squiggle on the shape of the key, it will not open the lock. The same is true of hormones. Every chemical structure has a physical shape. When you alter that shape, it simply doesn’t work the way it was originally intended.” Bioidentical hormones are just that — identical. Therefore, the body absorbs, utilizes, degrades and eliminates them in the same way it always has. In order to get a very specific and accurate hormone-level reading, a saliva test is used. Unlike a traditional blood test, the saliva test can accurately measure the active or “free” levels of hormones present in the body. Then the appropriate amount of bioidentical hormone can be prescribed and created in a compounding pharmacy. Traditionally, the only hormone therapy for women has been progesterone and estrogen. However, the BioTe hormone replacement therapy is gaining in popularity thanks to the fact that it can safely provide testosterone to women. Doctors Karen Hasty and Nancy Rector-Finny of Four Seasons OBGYN began offering BioTe in June 2013. Hasty said it has been very popular in treating perimenopause and menopause in older women, but that it helps younger women as well. “Most patients notice a difference in one or two weeks,” Hasty said.

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brachytherapy, and it can reduce the radiation treatment time from several weeks to just five days. It also prevents healthy tissue from being affected by the radiation. Following a lumpectomy to remove the cancerous tissue, small catheters (or struts) are custom-fitted to the lumpectomy cavity. This allows for precise targeting and individually controlled doses of radiation. “There is simply no need to use radiation on the entire breast,” said Dr. Bryan Lin, radiation oncologist at Cancer Care Centers.

An ounce of prevention An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, and one of the biggest trends in women’s health care is trying to prevent illness by promoting wellness. “It’s called epigenetics,” Morris said. “What it shows us is that genetics do matter, but we have the ability through lifestyle choices to change the impression of those genetics.” Morris said 274 toxins have been detected in the core blood of newborn babies. Keeping our bodies free of toxins is, in her opinion, one of the essential components of maintaining wellness.

Fit continues from pg. 17 them, but if you change the way you eat, you can cut the medicine in half.” According to Tilley, “In the past few years I’m seeing more doctors who embrace dietitians as part of the solution. I know of several doctors in town who won’t take a new patient until they see a nutritionist.” Jenny Hagendorf, outpatient dietitian for the UT Health Science Center, agreed. “If patients have a family history of diabetes or heart disease, doctors are beginning to refer them to nutrition counseling. With all these diseases there are a lot of factors we can’t control,” she said. “But we can control nutrition and exercise. “You need both to get the best results. And more and more physicians understand that — there’s been a real turnaround from a time they just prescribed medicine for weight loss or high cholesterol.” Still, the journey from Fat City to Fit City is a long one. “There’s increased awareness,” Tilley said. “But so many families are so busy and stressed, and money is so tight, it can seem easier to get a bag of burgers for $10 than go home and cook a healthy meal.” Cooperation and mutual support are also key components, Juarez said. “They say it takes a village to raise a child. And it’s going to take all of this village to raise a healthy city,” he added.


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situated in a converted 1920s-era residential home, Ladewig said. There, customers can find busted watch pieces resurrected as antique jewelry, old Scrabble letters inheriting magnetism, and broken vintage, wooden tools transformed into something wearable. The shop also features antique, turn-of-the-century furniture – such as bedroom sets, cabinets and the like – created as far back as the late 1800s. Although AshLynn Rose has no website, Ladewig credits word-ofmouth for spreading the store’s virtues throughout the area’s arts community. Ladewig and her husband James have lived in Schertz 15 years. Her spouse, an assistant chief with the Olmos Park Fire Department and part-time home

remodeler, is a full-time assistant in AshLynn Rose’s operations. He takes furniture orders from customers and helps clients integrate the shabbychic aesthetic into their homes. Ladewig said she plans to present art exhibitions and participate in community events, such as the Kris Kringle Market, where her store will join other Main Street businesses in featuring a mix of items from more than 50 vendors. The event, which will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Dec. 7, will include a silent auction, with proceeds benefiting the Texas Burn Survivors Society and other organizations. “I want to give back to the town and community,” Ladewig said. Customers entering AshLynn Rose boutique in Schertz, featuring antiques and knickknacks, are greeted by an old-fashioned shingle. Photos by Joshua Michael

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Median home prices are still on the rise in San Antonio and moving faster as the available inventories shrank in August to their lowest since early 2007. Houses in the greater San Antonio area sold during the busy month of August in an average of 69 days on the market, according to the San Antonio Board of Realtors. SABOR’s analysis of Multiple Listing Service data found that the median sales price   increased by 8 percent to $174,500 compared to August 2012. The average price rose 7 percent to $209,672. Total homes sold citywide were up 15 percent to 2,413. The median house price for the 78108 ZIP code was up 1 percent to about $186,000 for August, when compared to July data from the Texas Market Trends Report. Closed sales were fairly flat at 58 houses for the month. The median price in 78132 dipped 7 percent to $325,000 month over month, but closed sales climbed to 40 in August from 27 in July. Median price was down 8 percent in the 78154 area to about $162,000, but closed sales were up by six to 57 houses and the area had one of smallest available inventories with an estimated three months supply of houses for the market. The 78266 ZIP code experienced a mostly flat median sales price at abou $318,000 in August, but average time on the market dipped to less than three months, compared to about 4.5 months the previous month. “August was another outstanding month for

the San Antonio market, and it’s no surprise as we have seen steady gains in sales and prices since the beginning of 2012,” said SABOR Chairman Steven Gragg. “Median prices particularly have shown substantial growth, and part of that has to do with a rise this year in sales of higher end homes. Since February, homes priced over $500,000 have edged close to or gone over 4 percent of total homes sold. Usually that number is closer to 3 percent.” The Texas A&M Real Estate Center reports that all the major markets in Texas have seen upward movements in housing market strength all year and sales hit record high in the second quarter of this year.

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78108, 78132, 78154, 78266

Street Address

List Price

SQ. FT.

Buillt

BR

FB

ZIP

3309 Fresno Pl

$169,900

2,206

1996

4

2

78154

210 Winburn Ave

$117,500

1,866

1951

3

2

78154

240 Bear Creek Dr

$279,000

2,070

1970

3

2

78132

150 Fallen Oak

$495,000

3,148

1993

4

3

78132

573 Foxford Run Dr

$179,000

2,096

2005

3

2

78108

2518 Hourless Oaks

$254,900

3,075

2005

4

3

78108

2660 Crusader Bnd

$260,000

2,977

2006

4

3

78108

541 Celtic Ash Run

$189,000

1,668

2008

3

2

78108

Listings continues on pg. 22

Real Estate LOCAL Trends ZIP Code

78108

78132

78154

78266

sept-12

$186,000

$325,000

$162,000

$318,000

sept-13

$183,650

$349,875

$177,500

$322,750

New listings

sept-12

97

30

71

7

sept-13

82

56

71

14

Average days on market

sept-12

82

125

73

86

sept-13

89

70

88

136

Closed sales

sept-12

58

40

57

8

sept-13

60

27

51

9

Median sold price

Under contract Months supply of inventory

OF THEIR LIST PRICE

sept-12

51

25

44

3

sept-13

49

28

55

6

sept-12

4

5.6

3

5.6

sept-13

3.9

8.7

3.3

5.1

Source: San Antonio Board of Realtors: Texas Market Trends report The properties are new listings put on the market from Sept. 27-Oct. 9. 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 omissions.

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Harvest Rainwater. The Beautiful Way.

313 Hilton Drive

$259,929

2,618

2009

4

3

78108

208 CJ Jones Cv

$194,000

1,845

2004

3

2

78108

3517 Roy Richard Dr

$269,900

2,600

1993

4

2

78154

3544 Sumter Glade

$150,000

1,906

2001

3

2

78154

3408 Abbeville Dr

$187,000

2,277

2001

3

2

78154

484 Wilderness Way

$327,000

2,777

2012

4

3

78132

2630 Wilderness Way

$285,000

1,785

2005

3

2

78132

2635 Wilderness Way

$310,000

2,559

2005

3

2

78132

124 Brookview

$182,400

1,919

2005

3

2

78108

109 Rawhide Way

$189,041

1,637

2013

3

2

78108

105 Rail Lane

$98,500

1,070

1996

3

1

78108

5248 Columbia Dr

$174,995

1,745

2009

3

2

78108

5317 Storm King

$149,500

1,745

2009

3

2

78108

3624 Storm Ridge

$194,900

2,492

2010

4

2

78108

120 Dyess Cor

$267,416

3,284

2004

5

3

78108

4512 Cascade

$294,000

3,141

2000

5

3

78154

1616 Yucca Park

$170,000

1,871

1999

3

2

78154

120 Verbena Gap

$159,900

1,868

2004

3

2

78108

10420 Ivy Field

$349,628

2,887

2013

4

3

78154

10416 Ivy Field

$386,284

3,163

2013

5

3

78154

5729 Maxfli Dr

$161,000

1,708

2007

3

2

78108

15811 Glenn Ln

$218,900

2,290

2006

3

2

78154

15723 Glenn Ln

$225,000

1,859

2012

4

2

78154

15817 Fair Ln

$232,000

2,323

2008

3

6

78154

276 Primrose Way

$206,000

1,560

2013

3

2

78132

230 Posey Pass

$208,661

1,797

2013

3

2

78132

273 Primrose Way

$236,671

2,562

2013

4

3

78132

350 Posey Pass

$180,827

1,458

2013

3

2

78132

346 Posey Pass

$185,833

1,651

2013

3

2

78132

224 Primrose Way

$204,778

1,801

2013

3

2

78132

265 Primrose Way

$217,665

1,801

2013

3

2

78132

274 Posey Pass

$244,638

2,385

2013

4

2

78132

338 Posey Pass

$249,999

2,655

2012

4

2

78132

228 Primrose Way

$278,069

2,959

2013

4

2

78132

617 Magdalena Ln

$219,900

2,171

2008

3

2

78132

681 Mountain Laurel Dr

$590,000

2,603

2009

4

2

78132

19511 Creekview Oaks

$474,900

3,604

2012

4

3

78266

332 Suncrest Dr

$299,000

3,051

2001

3

2

78132

9909 Marie Mdw

$475,000

3,400

2003

4

3

78266

16215 Horse Brg

$147,000

1,608

2009

3

2

78154

$209,000

2,733

2003

3

2

78108

$389,000

2,808

2009

5

2

78132

$449,000

3,666

2005

4

3

78132

$990,000

5,071

2005

4

4

78132

$165,000

2,704

2006

4

2

78266

$138,900

1,976

2001

4

3

78132

$235,178

2,590

2013

4

2

78108

$246,120

2,426

2013

4

3

78108

$469,723

4,100

2013

4

3

78132

$139,900

1,774

1970

3

2

78154

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2,960

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3

78132

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3

2

78108

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3

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