78209 Magazine - January 2022

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78209 m a g a z i n e

January 2022



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PUBLISHERS Dale & Cathleen Lane EDITOR Susan Thornton CONTRIBUTORS Ron Aaron Eisenberg Meredith Kay Al Rendon










Business Profile Training tiny dancers for 16 years, The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas is proud that they have had several of their students go on to dance professionally for ballet companies across the United States.

In The Loop

For the Love of Animals

22 M e e t Yo u r Neighbors Meeting through their work in The Episcopal Church, Rayford High and Ann Normand would never have dreamed their paths would cross so many times and ultimately lead to marriage nearly 50 years later.

46 Eat in ‘09 What started as Viet-Cajun crawfish boils for their friends at the University of Texas has become Pinch Boil House, a popular San Antonio lunch and dinner restaurant that recently relocated to the heart of 78209. 6 78209magazine.com

GRAPHIC DESIGN Miriam Jesaijes



On The Market

Church Directory



Home Improvement

Good Health



Home Town Hero

‘09 Eats



School News

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January 2022 Happy New Year 78209! It’s hard to believe that it’s 2022. But it’s a new year and we’ve got so so many interesting people, places and things to write about in 78209. I don’t think we’ll ever run out. We’ve added a Home Town Hero to our editorial calendar this year. There are so many people in our area who are true heroes and we want to share your stories. Another story we want to share with you this month is of The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas has been training ballerinas for 16 years. Their committed staff has created the perfect learning environment for tiny tots all the way up to young adults who want to become professional dancers. At the Ballet Conservatory, dancers learn so much more than ballet. They learn discipline, focus, and drive, all things that will serve them well throughout their lives. I can’t wait for you to meet this months neighbors. They are lovely! Rayford High and Ann Normand are relatively new to 78209. They have known one another through their occupations in The Episcopal Church for 50 years, but only married four years ago. Together they have 14 grandchildren. I think you’ll enjoy reading about them. Our Eat in ’09 article features Pinch Boil House. Owners, Sean Wen and Andrew Ho met in high school and early on discovered that they both had a flair for cooking Southeast Asian dishes. Years later they decided to open their own restaurant. They recently relocated from downtown San Antonio to Alamo Heights. It’s a must try for everyone. As we begin the new year, my hope and prayer for you is that you have good health, happiness, and quality time with family and those you love. Cheers to you in 2022!

Susan Susan Thornton Editor

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From landmarks to community leaders, San Antonio’s photographer, Al Rendon, has photographed the face and heart of San Antonio. His photographs fill books on the history of San Antonio, Fiesta, Charreada, and King William. His commercial photography crafts excellent images for executive portraiture, architectural documentation and marketing. Al’s art photography spans San Antonio’s culture serving as official photographer for the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, the Fiesta Commission and providing photography to the Convention & Visitors Bureau and international magazines. His archival prints are in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and American Art Museum, Museum of Fine Art in Houston, the Cattle Raisers Museum in Fort Worth, and the Mexican American Museum of Art in Chicago.


Ron may be the ultimate Renaissance man; an educator, writer, radio & TV talk host, media & PR specialist, award winning film producer, actor, husband and dad. Many folks also know him as a top-rated radio talk show host of San Antonio radio stations KTSA, 760, The Ticket, and WOAI. He also hosted talk shows on WRC, Washington D.C., and WCAU, Philadelphia. In the non-profit sector, Ron was the first male to serve as executive director of a Rape Crisis Center. He and his wife, Gina Galaviz Eisenberg, live in San Antonio. They adopted three children: Reagan, born in 2011, and twin boys, Carter and Kennedy, born in 2013. Ron also has two older sons, Mitch and Chris.


Half Texan on her mother’s side, Meredith was born and raised in Southern California, where she graduated from Pepperdine University with a degree in Advertising. She has called San Antonio home for over 25 years now and is raising a son and a daughter as a single mom with a pack of rescue dogs. An incurable foodie with an insatiable case of wanderlust, she has traveled the world, and had the opportunity to live in Germany and France where she was opening cast member at Euro Disney. She is passionate about writing, cooking, landscaping and music of all genres. Meredith is usually the loudest person in the room, and she is always up for new adventures and experiences. Find 78209 Magazine at your local grocery and retail locations serving Alamo Heights, Northwood Estates, Oak Park, Terrel Hills, and Olmos Park as well as area Twin Liquors stores and Jim’s Restaurants. @78209Magazine

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By Ron Aaron Eisenberg

All New Landscaping Transforms Entrances to McNay Art Museum In a news release announcing the completion of Phase One of the $6.25 million-dollar makeover of the museum’s entrances and 25-acre grounds, the museum said the work enhances the McNay’s outdoor experience with new sculptures, reimagined fencing, sustainable landscaping, and increased accessibility. It is beautiful to behold, complementing the museum and its treasures. Phase One welcomes visitors entering the grounds from North New Braunfels and Austin Highway as never before. According to the musuem, phase II of the Landscape Master Plan is in development, and updates will be shared when available.

It was a massive landscape project. The museum reports one 142 new trees and 7,892 shrubs, ornamental grasses, and perennials across 40 species of native and adapted plant material were introduced throughout the grounds.

Both campus entrances were reimagined with new entry and exit gates, enhanced signage, improved lighting, and wider roads that create a more accessible and safer two-way traffic flow.

Plus, two acres of greenspace that previously existed at the intersection of Austin Highway and North New Braunfels now connect to the grounds, extending the museum’s footprint from 23 to 25 acres. The added acreage is known as the Mays Family Park in honor of a $2 million lead gift from the Mays Family Foundation.

The Austin Highway entrance is now the Russell Hill Rogers Sculpture Gateway. Visitors entering the campus from North New Braunfels now drive in on Tom Frost Way in honor of McNay’s late Board Chairman Prior to this work, the museum was hidden from view by dense hedges along the edge of the property. If the goal was to keep the museum and its grounds a secret, that worked. But with the hedges now gone, replaced with see-through fencing and native drought-resistant plantings, increased visibility of the museum and grounds from the street is a welcome sight. 12 78209magazine.com

Built in the 1920’s by artist and educator Marion Koogler McNay, the Spanish Colonial Revival residence became the site of Texas’s first modern art museum when it opened in 1954. Today, the museum reports that 200,000 visitors a year admire works by modern masters including Paul Gauguin, Vincent van Gogh, Edward Hopper, Joan Mitchell, Alice Neel, Georgia O’Keeffe, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.

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Food Truck Morphs into Brick & Mortar Location at Los Patios

Naco Mexican Eatery, formerly only a food truck, has opened its first-ever brick and mortar location, named Naco 210 located in the Los Patios development on Loop 410, along the Salado Creek. The restaurant is a concept created by husband-and-wife team Francisco Estrada and Lizzeth Martinez. They serve authentic Mexican plates, traditional tacos, tortas, and chilaquiles for breakfast, lunch, and early dinner service. Naco Mexican Eatery opened its food truck for business in 78209 over three years ago, focusing on the street foods of Mexico with freshly made items using Naco’s own homemade salsas, tacos, and tortas, as well as healthy, keto-friendly, and veggie-forward dishes. The menu at Naco 210 will include all the food truck fanfavorites and add all-day chilaquiles, with new sauce options such as almond mole. A selection of breakfast egg benedicts made with traditional Mexican toppings including huitlacoche and Naco’s Mexican brisket, Mexican-inspired croissants 14 78209magazine.com

with options like guava & cheese, all-natural agua frescas, and more will fill out the menu. The restaurant features a relaxed, family-friendly space, with indoor dining of roughly 2,900 square feet, an area for private events, as well as a large 3,000 square foot patio, surrounded by the natural landscape and a creek-side view. The restaurant will have options for breakfast, lunch, early dinner, and brunch service on the weekends. Naco 210 will also continue its food truck operations. For more information, visit nacomexican.com.

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43rd Annual Alamo Heights Chamber Holiday Parade The annual Alamo Heights Chamber of Commerce Holiday Parade, attracted a sizeable crowd of parents and kids alike on November 20, 2021. Despite concerns about COVID-19, the parade went off without a hitch. This year’s event started at Alamo Heights High School, and ended at the intersection of Alamo Heights Blvd. and Argo Ave., near the AH Pool. Folks gathered post-parade for an after-parade party featuring kid-friendly fun in the pool’s parking lot. Parade sponsors included Grande Communications, Frost Bank, Alamo Heights Rotary, EZ’s Brick Oven Grill, 16 78209magazine.com

Broadway Bank, H-E-B, Alamo Heights Garage, Sunshine Pediatric Dentistry, Gunn Nissan, Orange Theory Fitness, and other Alamo Heights area organizations. More than 35 organizations, school groups, and others participated in the parade including students from the Alamo Heights Junior School Cheer and Unified Champions Club, Alzafar Temple, Meals on Wheels of San Antonio, Alamo Heights High School JROTC Color Guard, Girl Scout Troops 739 and 259, Cub Scout Pack 248, GhostBusters SATX, Elf Louise, and the Alamo Heights Police and Fire Departments.

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Innovative Dog Walk and Boarding Business Opens Near the Pearl A new 1,850 square foot dog walking, boarding, and daycare facility has opened near the Pearl. The facility is owned and operated by Steven and Kaylee Bell, who have moved back home to South Texas after running a successful doggy daycare in Dallas. Good Dog is intentionally designed to be a safe and fun environment for smaller dogs, weighing 35 lbs or less or measuring under 15” in height at the shoulder, but they will provide walks for dogs of all sizes.

Bell’s wife, Kaylee, previously taught at Woodridge Elementary School.

In a news release announcing the new venture, co-owner Steven Bell said, “We’re really looking forward to being a part of the Pearl neighborhood and being able to serve the dogs and dog owners here.” “Every decision was made to create a great experience for smaller dogs - we hope the community loves it!” Good Dog’s daycare and walk services are based on a monthly membership while boarding services are offered to guests at a nightly rate. Additional enrichment play and one-on-one time with dogs are also available as an add-on. The boarding and daycare services apply to smaller dogs only due to space limitations. But thirty-minute and one-hour walks are available for dogs of all sizes throughout the Pearl neighborhood and museum reach of the San Antonio RiverWalk. Bell told 78209 Magazine that the dog walk service will be limited to apartments and other residences within walking distance of his facility. But if it takes off, they may expand the service beyond the immediate neighborhood. The facility includes two indoor play spaces and two outdoor play spaces in addition to its individual indoor kennels. 18 78209magazine.com

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SA Zoo Rehabs

Rough-Footed Mud Turtles Thanks to the San Antonio Zoo, six rough-footed mud turtles were rehabilitated and released back into their home pond at the Fuentez family's Los Alamos Ranch, outside Marfa, Texas. The Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research, Texas Parks and Wildlife, and the Fuentez family joined forces to save the turtles. It was a three-and-a-half-year journey that helped rescue the threatened species. Scientists have been studying to understand and preserve them for future generations. The rough-footed mud turtles are native to Presidio County, Texas, in the United States, and Northern Mexico. The rehabilitation team at the Center for Conservation and Research at San Antonio Zoo worked to restore the turtles' health. It took the same amount of time to rehabilitate the pond by the Fuentez family, who partnered with Texas Park and Wildlife to create an ideal habitat for the turtles. Tim Morrow, President & CEO of San Antonio Zoo, said, "I am very proud of our conservation team, and as a Texan, I am especially proud we were able to help save this group right here in our own state. For San Antonio Zoo, this is a special call to action for us to step in and assist before these species become endangered." Before being released at Los Alamos Ranch, the turtles were weighed, measured, microchipped, and received clearance from San Antonio Zoo's veterinary team.

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From Repetition to Perfection By Meredith Kay Photography by Al Rendon

We can all remember the way we felt the first time we saw delicate ballerinas tiptoeing across the stage in their tutus during Swan Lake or The Nutcracker. The graceful pirouettes and powerful leaps into the air that landed like feathers were both astonishing and mesmerizing. Some ballet dancers make the art look effortless, but a lot of hard work, sweat, and commitment comes first before perfection on the stage can be achieved. One San Antonio ballet academy has been training young dancers for over 16 years, and they are located right here in Alamo Heights. The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas is the only non-profit ballet company in San Antonio. This allows them to partner with other non-profit organizations to bring this beautiful art form to those who might not have the opportunity to be exposed to ballet. The Ballet Conservatory company dancers performed in front of 15,000 Title 1 students during the 2019-2020 school year before the pandemic shut down the schools and changed life as we knew it. Elysia Petru Hulings is the Executive Director of The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas. She works hard to ensure that young ballet dancers and company dancers are taught at the highest standards, adhering to strict safety and health guidelines. When asked what sets the ballet conservatory apart from other dance schools in the area, she states, “We are not just a ballet school, we are a ballet home. Our ballet teachers work with our committed staff to create the perfect learning environment for our students, whether they are adorable three-year-olds just learning to dance or young adult dancers looking to make ballet a career.” Elysia was born in Ohio, but her Texan grandmother carried Texas dirt to the hospital on the day she was born and placed it on the floor beneath the hospital bed to ensure that her granddaughter was born on Texas soil. Her family eventually returned to San Antonio, and she graduated from Clark High School and earned her degree in Fine Arts from U.T.S.A. As a young dancer, Elysia danced with the Texas Ballet Concerto, now Ballet San Antonio, until stress fractures in her neck and lower back required surgery and sidelined her ballet career. She has had quite a career working as the Director of the Texas Burn Survivor Society and as a finance consultant for several elected officials in Washington, D.C. However, her love for ballet brought her back to the art that she fell in love with as a young girl, and she is visibly passionate about her job.

She began with The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas in 2015 as a dance instructor, and she has employed her outgoing leadership and management skills as the Executive Director since 2018. The school has produced several professional ballet dancers who have gone on to dance for ballet companies across the country. Elysia emphasizes the conservatory’s commitment to these students saying, “If dancing professionally is the goal of a student, and we see the potential of achieving that goal, then we will commit to helping them get there through extended training, performance opportunities, and career guidance.” Like most businesses, the school had to get creative to keep students engaged when they couldn’t come to the studio when the pandemic hit. They offered virtual lessons, and they continued to use Zoom during closed classes for parents since the lobby is still closed to visitors. The school offers classes to the tiniest ballerinas up to the adult learner looking to learn the art of ballet. The school has ballet students in their 70’s, and they have even taught graceful movement to the most hard-hitting football players. Ballet is a practice that instills discipline, focus, drive, and listening and comprehension skills, all of which are necessary to master to be successful in life, and The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas is proud to teach these skills to ballet dancers of any age. The Ballet Conservatory of South Texas 5200 Broadway at Grove Place (210) 820-3400 Balletconservatory.org JANUARY 2022


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Love Finds a Way By Meredith Kay Photography by Al Rendon

Upon meeting Rayford High and Ann Normand for the first time, you get a strong sense of peace. They are a couple just right for one another and it’s obvious. Though only married for four years, they first met in the early 1970s through The Episcopal Church. Throughout the years, their work with the church has taken them across Texas and around the world, allowing their paths to cross again and again. After seminary, Ann’s first placement was Assistant to the Rector of St Paul’s Episcopal, Waco. The Rector? Rayford B. High, Jr. It was there their two families became close friends. Born in Beaumont, the Rev. Canon Ann D. Normand was always active in the church. However, it wasn’t until she became a fifty-year-old that she received a call to ordination. With a B.S. in Education from Texas Tech University, she taught in elementary schools before pursuing post-graduate Hebrew Studies at Baylor University. Her next step in education was to study Greek at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. That pursuit turned into earning a Master of Divinity Degree, followed by a Doctor of Ministry Degree. Ann served as Rector in parish ministry, as Canon to the Ordinary for the Bishop in the Diocese of Texas, and as a national leader for Transition Ministry in the Episcopal Church. The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr. was born and raised in Houston. After one year at TCU, he transferred to The University of the South, where he received a B.A. in Philosophy. Ever encouraged by his parish priest, the Rev. (later, Bishop) Stanley Hauser, and lay leaders, Rayford continued studies at The Episcopal Theological School, Cambridge, Massachusetts. From Boston, he returned to San Antonio where he served as Assistant Rector at St. Mark’s Episcopal, then as Rector in Victoria and McAllen. Rayford’s career took his family of five to Waco and Houston, where he was elected Bishop and served the Eastern Region of the Diocese of Texas. He retired in 2011 and moved to Ft. Worth to care for his ailing wife. Following her death in 2015, Rayford pursued his passions for hunting, fishing and training his labrador puppy Bishop. He also kept in touch with his colleague Ann. But love finds a way, and in March of 2017, while Ann was Interim Rector in Beaumont, Rayford and Ann fell in love.

Five months later, they were married at St. Paul’s Waco, where they had served together two decades prior. With their 14 grandchildren as the wedding party, Ann and Rayford’s six children and their spouses, countless clergy colleagues, friends and co-workers gathered to celebrate the union. They both continued with activities in the Episcopal Church, and in 2020 Rayford was asked to step out of retirement to serve as the Assistant Bishop for The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. In January 2021, Rayford and Ann moved to San Antonio to begin yet another chapter in their amazing life together. Their home is calm and welcoming, with antique pieces and ancient artifacts reflecting their lifetimes of travel. The pieces are thoughtfully arranged, creating an intriguing setting throughout the living area. Moving into their Terrell Hills home was a daunting process, as the pair merged not only their lives, but also the contents from their several households in Texas. They describe the move to San Antonio as “purging and merging” from among their possessions. Rayford and Ann delight in their new home, even as they anticipate many years together in a community they describe as “vibrant, intergenerational and inclusive.” JANUARY 2022



January Home Sales The following are home sales for Alamo Heights ISD and North ISD in ZIP code 78209 for January. Source: San Antonio Board of REALTORS®

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78209: Total Sales- 22 Average Price- $645,545 | Median Price- $499,250 DOM- 90 78209 in Alamo Heights ISD: Total Sales- 13 Average Price- $788,269 | Median Price- $640,000 DOM- 124 78209 in North East ISD: Total Sales- 7 Average Price- $456,214 | Median Price- $418,500 DOM- 42

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Make Some Elbow Room in Your Backyard By Erin Callahan

Do you crave a little “me” space in your home but donʼt have the square footage to spare? You may be surprised to find that a perfectly appointed she-shed or studio offers the ideal solution without forcing you to buy a bigger house. Pop your head over the fence. Your neighbor may have already caught on to this trend that appears likely to stay. New companies, such as Some Elbow Room, are right here in San Antonio building fully customizable tiny structures. Who would want to spend their time in a shed? This is where things get interesting. “Our clientele is seeking a retreat for work and play,” says Amy Moody, COO of Some Elbow Room. “They want the comforts of home in a space that’s beautiful.” Some Elbow Room outfits their buildings with an airconditioner, electrical wiring, insulated walls, LVP flooring, sheathing, house wrap, siding, 30-year shingles, exterior and interior trim, and a pier and beam foundation on blocks. It’s sort of like a tiny home without plumbing. These super-sheds allow you to transform some of your unused outdoor space into an extra room for whatever purpose suits you. One of the most popular uses for these backyard buildings is a classic she-shed (or mancave): a little retreat steps from your back door where you can keep busy with whatever youʼre passionate about. Whether it’s jewelry making, gardening, or painting, people create incredible works of art in their very own studios. It’s an amateur artist’s dream come true. “Weʼd never tell you how to use your she-shed, because, in our experience, most people donʼt have any question in their minds as to what they would do with Some Elbow Room!” says Moody. The modern slant studio pictured here is covered in a white smooth fiber cement lap siding. A stained wood screen plays off the single door painted Superior Blue. The shaded lounge is a great place to read or watch the kids play while safe from Nerf pellets and soccer balls. The interior is transformed into a gardening oasis. Huge windows allow for light to grow almost anything. And it’s brimming with pots, plants, and gardening tools. Inside the bold exterior of the mid-century modern inspired studio is a bicycling gym complete with sea grass wallpaper and floor to ceiling mirrors. Some Elbow Room showcases another backyard beauty affectionately nicknamed “Jeff’’s Zoom Room” by the owner who uses the space as a home office. The 8x16 rectangular box is popular with the stay-at-home workforce that’s decided to permanently end their commute. Find a little backyard space for a shed and you’re all set to join the masses who know the secret to living large through these small rooms. Erin Callahan is CEO of Some Elbow Room, LLC., a woman-owned accessory structure construction and pre-fabrication business based in San Antonio. A wife, mother, educator, hobbyist, and businesswoman, Erin branded her solution to the “new-normal” to share with the masses. For more information visit SomeElbowRoom.com

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Ernest “Ernie” Zernial, 72, is a new breed of American warrior, one of the first to understand that America is in a worldwide cyberwar and a war whose outcome has yet to be determined.

Ernest “Ernie” Zernial

He is a retired Air Force Lt. Col., now living in Terrell Hills. A Marine recruiter said he had the aptitude to be a Marine aviator, and if he joined the Corps, college tuition would be available. So, he enlisted. He served in Viet Nam from 19701971, where he dodged incoming rockets at the Da Nang Air Base.

By Ron Aaron Eisenberg

In August 1971, he enrolled at Southwest Texas State University (now Texas State), joining the ROTC. He graduated in 1975 and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the U.S. Air Force. By 1994, Zernial was a Lt. Col., stationed at the Pentagon. He was looking into what we now know as cyber security and was on the cutting edge of understanding cyber-warfare. “We face sponsored state terrorism, and our country’s infrastructure, intellectual property, health care, and more are all under attack.” Zernial retired from the military in 1998. He is a cyber security consultant, and he may be one of the few who truly understand the new world of cyber warfare.

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Spurs Dance Team Shines Bright On Field By Mary Louise Buchek

Under the leadership of Director JessicaMarie Sanchez and students, Colonel Ainslie Bashara, senior, Lieutenant Colonel Frannie Knox, 1st Executive Officer Francie Decherd and, 2nd Executive Officer Sara Chini, the Spurs Dance Team always puts on a show. With their high kicks and pom poms, they never disappoint, performing at football games, pep rallies and competitions. The Spurs always bring their highest energy. Throughout the year, the Spurs learned close to 20 routines, including four competition routines, four field routines, four stand routines, and plenty of extra routines to perform at pep rallies. They were always supporting each other both on the sidelines and in competitions. Best known for their halftime shows every Friday night at football games, they got to show off their new skills to the community, via a new routine. Off of the dance floor, the Spurs found other ways to be involved, not only within the school, but also beyond the walls of the high school in the community. The dance team is grateful for the relationships that they have built, the shared experiences, and an amazing time under those Friday Night Lights!

During morning practice, senior Frannie Knox and sophomore Francie Decherd work on technique. Photo by Jolie Gomez, AHHS Journalism

At halftime of the Boerne game, the Spurs Dance Team marches off the field after their performance Photo by Jolie Gomez, AHHS Journalism

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Fresh Start Varsity Boys, Girls Basketball Looking for Wins By Diego Reynolds

The varsity boys’ and girls’ basketball teams are back in action. Playing in a new state of the art facility, the teams are finding success on the court. The boys are led by Head Coach Andrew Brewer and the girls are led by Head Coach Marvin Walker. After last season with no home gym and no home court advantage, the Mules are ready to see all of the support from the fans at all the home games this season. The varsity boys’ team is 5-4 with their biggest win of the season against St. Mary’s Hall where the Mules won 80-37. The varsity girls are currently 8-5 with their biggest win against South Side where they won 94-19. “We have been finding our rhythm,” junior Guard Chico Strash said. “We hope to keep getting better as the season moves forward.” The girls are finding success and enjoying every moment. “I think we have a really good team this year,” senior Guard Mary Stuart Gulley said. “Coach Walker is an awesome coach and I believe he will lead us to a lot of wins.”

Senior Forward, Edward Hart goes over a Saint Mary’s Hall defender for the dunk. Photo by Mary Louise Buchek, AHHS Journalism

In a non-district game, a Saint Mary’s Hall player runs the offense as senior Power Forward Teel Sabom plays defense. Photo by Mary Louise Buchek, AHHS Journalism






Varsity Football Found Winning Ways on Field By Ethridge Zacharo

The road to state began for the varsity football team on November 12. The boys took on Edcouch-Elsa in the Mules home stadium. The offense put up 53 points and the defense held Edcouch to one touchdown.

On the field, McCallum defenders try to stop senior Quarterback James Sobey. Photo by Mary Louise Buchek, AHHS Journalism

Senior Linebacker Roan Erwin had 17 tackles and senior Running Back George Flesher hit 1000 rushing yards on the season. The team showed the entire state what Mules football was all about. On November 19, the Mules faced Austin McCallum at Canyon High School. They opened the game with a great return by senior Wide Receiver Bennet Angulo and was 28-0 by the end of halftime. The game ended up being a blowout as the Mules won 55-28. Everyone played great and it really showed when the offense, defense, and special teams did their jobs. The Mules thirdround game was against Marble Falls on November 26 at 32 78209magazine.com

Dripping Springs High School.Everyone played with great effort, especially Flesher who had 33 carries and never gave up. The Mule defense showed great effort against a tough offense that ran it down the Mules throats every single play. Junior kicker Ethan Ball make a game winning field goal to send them to the fourth round. The Mules beat Marble Falls in the last few seconds of the game to keep their playoffs run alive and to advance to the regional finals. In the fourth round, the team played tough and fought hard for all four quarters and their effort really showed as they battled it out, against an equally tough Liberty Hill. With a final score of 43-40, the Mules walked away with the pride of a historic season, with a final record of 13-1.

Stepping Up To The Plate In sports, it’s all about teamwork. So perhaps it’s fitting that a couple of MacArthur High School coaches are stepping up to the plate to drive buses amid a nationwide driver shortage. “Right now, I am not in season, so I can get away and help,” said MacArthur Head Softball Coach Anthony Alfaro. “They really need it. We are short drivers.” Nearly all North East ISD coaches are CDL certified, so it is a pretty easy transition for some of them to pick up a couple of routes. MacArthur’s Head Soccer Coach CJ Morrison is also picking up a route. She’s getting students from the MacUP and Institute of CyberSecutiry and Innovation (iCSI) programs back to their home campuses. “I think iCSI is great for our school district,” said Morrison. “We need to keep that running. So, if I can help out and get those kids where they need to go, then I am here. It’s the kids who matter.” Stepping up to the plate. Pinch-hitting. Relief Pitcher. Sports lingo isn’t hard to find for NEISD employees willing to help out whenever and where ever they’re needed. Thankfully it’s also not hard to find NEISD employees willing to help out. These are just two coaches who are hitting it out of the park. And the sports analogies aren’t lost on them either. “I preach to my softball team all the time: It’s about the team; it’s not about you,” said Alfaro. “It’s always team first. So, right now, I am putting the team first.” JANUARY 2022





“My youngest son was diagnosed with autism. I knew that the diagnosis alone would lead others to think that we couldn’t or wouldn’t be able to do certain things,” said Reid. “I want to encourage my boys and children everywhere that they are capable of doing way more than they think.” So, Reid started writing; and remembering how Sharronda used to draw in class back at Madison, she asked Smith to illustrate her book. The story is called “The Tale of Aspire.” It’s about a bird-like creature who discovers there is more to him than meets the eye.

Aspiring to Inspire By Evan Henson, ehenso@neisd.net

Sharronda Smith and Charity Reid met in science class at Madison High School. They graduated in 2004 and became teachers. Smith now teaches science at MacArthur High School. Both want to empower the next generation.

“Sometimes society -- and ourselves -- we put labels on ourselves and on what we can do,” said Smith. “We limit what we believe we can do. We believe in the outside voices, but we may be made for something greater. Don’t limit yourself.” Reid and Smith hope “Aspire” will inspire students to be everything they can be and try new things. One of the first people to do that for Smith was her English teacher at Madison, Bruce Henry. “It had nothing to do with art--nothing to do with science. It was more about believing in myself. Mr. Henry-- he taught me how to believe in myself.”

SMH Recognizes Master Teachers Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) held its annual Founders’ Day ceremony in November. The SMH community gathered to celebrate the storied history of the school and the announcement of the 2021 Master Teacher Awards.

SMH 2021 Master Teachers

During the event, Head of School Len Miller introduced each of the four teachers recognized as distinguished winners of the SMH Master Teacher Award and shared comments from nominations by students, parents, and colleagues. Before recognizing this year’s recipients, Miller remarked, “Though we honor four teachers today, every teacher who has ever been recognized for excellence in teaching will be the first to say that good teaching is not possible without great colleagues, staff, and support.” The following extraordinary educators were awarded the distinction of Master Teacher: - Clea Underwood (Lower School) – Drama Teacher - Lourdes Saks (Middle School) – Spanish Teacher - Jamie Holbrook (Upper School) – Science Teacher - Patrick Cunningham (At-Large- Upper School) - Technical Director/Theater Manager/Scenic Designer 34 78209magazine.com

Established in 2002, the Master Teacher Awards honor one faculty member from each division and one “at large” faculty member based on written nominations from the SMH community. At Saint Mary’s Hall, a Master Teacher is defined as someone who has “distinguished themselves through exemplary service to the school community and extraordinary performance leading to the progress of their students.”

Coloni al Christmas Northwood Elementary School 5th graders traveled back in time to Colonial Williamsburg by dressing up and participating in various activities such as approving or rejecting laws at the Governor’s palace, learning to sew at Dame school and playing a board game at the local Tavern. The teachers did a wonderful job transforming their rooms so the students could feel like they went back in time.

Vo cat ion s Week at S t. Peter ’s S c ho ol In December, middle school Religion students discussed vocations and the idea that the two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why. They welcomed guest speakers Guillermo M. Hernandez, Immigration Attorney; Tiffany Tovar, English Teacher; and Bro. Mark Motz S.M., Vocations Director of the Marianist Province of the United States. These speakers shared how their calling has influenced their lives and the importance of being open to the various opportunities and experiences God will place in our lives.

St. Peter School Christmas Program

On December 13, St. Peter School held their annual Christmas program. The evening began with the celebration of Mass that included student readers, followed by a night of music featuring performances from the elementary school music classes (PK3 - 4th grade) and a performance by the middle school Tiger Cheer team. Guest performances also included songs by Dr. Zachary Ridgway and the student mariachi group from St. Anthony Catholic High School. Each grade level was responsible for spreading Christmas cheer by decorating a tree on the campus, which culminated in a tree lighting ceremony at the conclusion of the Christmas program. It was a festive evening filled with faith, fine arts, and fun.

Holiday Parade The Tiger community was proud to participate in the annual Alamo Heights Holiday Parade. A large group of students from our early childhood center to our 8th grade showcased their school and holiday spirit as they joined Santa Claus and our Tiger mascot for a stroll through the community. St. Peter’s faculty, staff, and families always enjoy this tradition and opportunity to spend time with our community partners. JANUARY 2022




Fun Things To Do In and Around 78209

Uniquely Us: Understanding Race And Building Unity The DoSeum January 15 - April 3

Developed in response to families asking The DoSeum for childhood-age resources on race and racism, Uniquely Us explores what it means to be you and me. Uniquely Us presents concepts like race and equity in ways that every learner can understand. Play-based learning, the gold standard in childhood education and the foundation of The DoSeum Experience, is not limited to supporting math and reading skills. Play allows children to explore new ideas, perspectives, and even social roles in a safe, empathetic way. thedoseum.org

Spectra by SOLI Chamber Ensemble San Antonio Botanical Garden January 31 | 7 - 9 pm Works by Canadians Jocelyn Morlock and Malcolm Forsyth, Americans Carlos Simon and Brian Bondari, and Mexicans Arturo Marquez and Gabriela Ortiz shape this concert that considers the spectra of music and culture of our continent. Featuring the world premiere of a new work for SOLI by San Antonio composer Brian Bondari. sabot.org

The Witte Museum - January 15 This year’s Witte 5K and Dino Dash will kick off the popular family day, New Year, New You, with a full slate of fun health and wellness programming throughout the day!

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson Tobin Center for the Performing Arts January 19 | 7:30 pm

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KNOW AND BE KNOWN Saint Mary’s Hall is a nurturing, family-oriented environment where students are known by faculty, each other, and in turn, themselves. By the time they graduate, students are well prepared for success in college and fulfillment in life.

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Le arn @ Lun c h : Lemon y De l i g h t s f r o m th e Am al fi C o a s t Central Market Cooking School January 7 | 12:30 - 1:30 pm In our one hour, lunch-time class, you’ll take a culinary journey to Southern Italy where you’ll pick up tips as we show you how to make three exquisite Italian dishes that feature one of our favorite fruits. Ages 18 and up. centralmarket.com

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Healthy Habits

Keep Your Pet Healthy in 2022 By Heather Smith

As pet parents, we love our pets like family members. The beginning of each year is a great time to focus on your pet’s health. Scheduling an annual visit with your veterinarian helps you stay on top of your pet’s medical needs. Seven steps to keeping your pets happy and healthy 1. Make annual vaccines a priority. By doing so, you’re protecting your pet from preventable diseases. Remember it’s critical to keep up with the proper timing of required vaccinations for your dog or cat to ensure they are fully protected. 2. Be proactive by preventing parasites. Protect your pets from the many diseases carried by fleas, ticks, mosquitos, and 38 78209magazine.com

intestinal parasites by giving preventatives. Preventatives may include giving your furry friend a monthly chewable, topical, or injection treatment. Administer them on a regular schedule to combat the life-cycle of parasites. By eliminating parasites, you’re protecting your pet and your family. Many vector-borne diseases can spread to people. 3. Stop heartworm disease. It’s on the rise in San Antonio. Dirofilaria immitis worms (heartworms) can easily invade your dog’s heart if you don’t take preventative measures.

Cats prefer clean litter boxes every day. Some experts suggest that each cat has its own box. If the cat spends too much time in the litter box, it might have infection. In an South Texas we see mosquitoes year-round, and New cats should have their own room for about two weeks all pets need to be protected, even those that only go to allow them to adjust to your other cats. outsidearound to go their to thebedding bathroom. When youinprotect your Switch when bringing a newcomer pet with preventatives, you also help eliminate the risk because that spreading the disease to other pets. letsofthem familiarize themselves withperiodontal disease. Proper dental care can 4. Stave off onehelp another keep your pet from developing a wide variety of through smell. health issues, one of which is periodontal disease. This is caused by the buildup of bacteria in the mouth. Dr. Until next Chris LaBrie, co-owner and a veterinarian at Kothmann month! Pet Hospital, Woof, woof! says, “Prevention is important due to the link between periodontal disease and heart disease, and Roxie this condition can be very painful for your dog or cat.” Remember to ask your vet to assess your pet’s need for a dental cleaning at their annual visit.

January - 19–25: NationalNational Train Your Dog Month September Dog Week January 2 National Pet Safety Travel Day September 18: Puppy Mill Awareness Day Johnny Kothmann, DVM 1051 Austin Highway, San Antonio

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5. Know what’s in their blood says Dr. John Kothmann, a veterinarian in practice for 50 years, and founder of Kothmann Pet Hospital. He recommends, “If your pet is eight years or older, you may want to consider having senior blood panels run.” These chemistry panels can detect kidney and liver diseases and much more. The earlier underlying diseases are detected, the better your pet can benefit from treatment options such as prescription diets and medications that can prolong your beloved pet’s life. 6. Reduce and minimize allergies. Allergies are often brought on by many types of grasses and trees. Countless varieties of pollens bloom throughout multiple months in allergy prone San Antonio. Fleas are also a common irritant that create a frustrating allergy cycle for both pet and owner. If your pet is red, itchy, or consistently uncomfortable, don’t hesitate to ask your veterinarian for help with allergy control. 7. Exercise your pet regularly and don’t overfeed them. Nobody loves your pet more than you, and you can show your love by keeping their weight in check. Did you realize that your dog or cat’s lifespan will be affected by their weight. Obesity can lead to diabetes, congestive heart failure, joint disease and other degenerative conditions.


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All of these steps are important in ensuring your pets overall health and longevity. Continual care and attention at home and regular visits to your local vet are key. Prevention is best, and remember, don’t wait or hesitate to bring your pet in when you notice something is wrong or seems different about your dog or cat’s behavior. Catching illnesses or injuries early helps prevent pain and minimize or eliminate disease. JANUARY 2022


Church Directory ALAMO HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 6501 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-9539 Services: Sunday 11:00am, Wednesday 6:30pm Praise and Prayer ALAMO HEIGHTS CHRISTIAN CHURCH 6435 N. New Braunfels Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-828-5728 alamoheightscc.org Services: Sunday: 10:50am ALAMO HEIGHTS PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 6201 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-0271 alamoheightspres.com Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am ALAMO HEIGHTS UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 825 E. Basse Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-826-3215 ahumc.org Services: Sunday 8:30am, 9:30am and 11am CHRIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH 510 Belknap Place San Antonio, TX 78212 210-736-3132 cecsa.org Services: Sunday 7:30am, 9am, 11:00am, 6:00pm CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH 6720 Broadway St. San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3394 clcah.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 10:30am MOUNT CALVARY LUTHERAN CHURCH 308 Mt. Calvary Drive

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San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-8748 mtcsa.org Services: Sunday 8:30am and 11am NORTHWOOD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 518 Pike Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-7238 Services: Sunday mornings at 11am NORTHROCK CHURCHALAMO HEIGHTS 1540 Nacogdoches San Antonio, TX 78209 northrocksa.com Services: Sunday mornings at 10am, 11:30am PEARL STREET CHURCH 400 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-504-8897 Services: 9:00am, 10:30am,12pm, 1:30pm ST. ANTHONY DE PADUA CATHOLIC CHURCH 102 Lorenz Road San Antonio, TX 78209 210-824-1743 stanthonydepadua.org Services: Saturday Mass 5pm Sunday Mass 7:30am, 9am; 10:30am, 12pm Daily Mass Monday - Friday 9am

Services: Sunday 8am, 9am, 11am. and 6pm Wednesday Eucharist at 8am during the school year ST. PETER PRINCE OF THE APOSTLES CHURCH 111 Barilla Place San Antonio, TX 78209 210-822-3367 stpeterprinceoftheapostles.org Services: Saturday Mass 5:30pm Sunday 9am, 11am, and 5:30pm Tuesday and Thursday 7am Wednesday 5:30pm Friday 8:00am ST. PIUS X CATHOLIC CHURCH & SCHOOL 3303 Urban Crest Dr San Antonio TX 78209 210-824-0139 spxsa.church Services: Saturday - 4:30 pm Sunday - 8:00 am, 10:15 am, 12:00 pm, 1:30 pm (Sp), 5:00 pm Daily Masses: Monday - 6:30 pm Tuesday-Friday - 8:15 am TRINITY BAPTIST CHURCH 319 E. Mulberry San Antonio, TX 78212 210-733-6201 trinitybaptist.org Services: Mulberry Service 9am Bible Study 10:15am TriPaoint Service 11:30am

ST. DAVID’S EPISCOPAL CHURCHAND SCHOOL 1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 saintdavids.net 210-824-2481 Services: Sundays at 8am & 10:30am

UNITY CHURCH 8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 unityofsa.org 210-824-7351 Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am

ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 11 Saint Luke’s Lane San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-828-6425 slecsa.org

If you are unable to make it to a service, check your church website and see if they are livestreaming so that you can worship from home.




Maintain Good Oral Health for a Healthy Body Periodontal disease could be a risk factor for breast cancer and other diseases By Antonio Gutierrez

If you desire to have a healthy body, then you need to have good oral health. The two go hand in hand, advises a doctor of dental surgery at UT Health San Antonio School of Dentistry. “The oral cavity and the rest of the body are linked,” Dr. Tiffany Tavares, DDS, a professor of oral medicine in the Department of Comprehensive Dentistry, said. “What can affect the body can affect the oral cavity. You should consider your body an important site to maintain health. The consequences of having oral disease, such as gingivitis or cavities, might not be as life-threatening as kidney or liver disease. But it does not mean it’s not important for your overall health.” Dr. Tavares notes periodontal disease is also associated with heart disease, diabetes, and cancer. Furthermore, some recent studies – including research published in “Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention” as reported in a 2015 article in Medical News Today – suggest that periodontal disease could be a contributing factor to breast cancer in postmenopausal women. “Periodontal disease is a potential contributing factor,” Dr. Tavares said. “Different bacteria in the mouth can reach the bloodstream and go into different places and promote inflammation, and that could potentially contribute to tumorigenesis (the formation of a tumor such as cancer). But you wouldn’t have that alone. There would be other contributing factors, such as smoking, exposure to hormones, genetics, among other risk factors. We can’t say with 100 percent certainty that (periodontal disease) definitely is a 42 78209magazine.com

strong risk factor that could contribute to it, but there is a potential risk.” Moreover, Dr. Tavares adds that not only is maintaining good oral health important for patients who have a risk of breast cancer, but oral health can also affect those with osteoporosis. Specifically, there are medications (bisphosphonates and RANKL inhibitors) that post-menopausal women might be taking for osteoporosis, which sometimes are used to treat patients with early breast cancer as well, that have the potential to cause a complication called osteonecrosis of the jaw where patients have exposed bone. “This occurs in only a small percentage of patients, but there is definitely a link between poor oral health and an increased risk of getting osteonecrosis from taking these medications,” Dr. Tavares said. “If you need invasive dental treatment after being exposed to these medications, that increases your risk of developing this complication. It’s not a common event, but if you maintain optimal oral health, it can decrease the chance of this rare event happening while being on this medication.” To maintain optimal oral health, Dr. Tavares recommends seeing your dentist at least once a year for a checkup. And brushing and flossing at home is key. “That’s the most important thing you can do to mitigate your risk of cavities and periodontal disease,” she said. “Having a healthy, diverse diet with fruits and vegetables and avoiding processed sugars and having adequate hydration all contribute to good oral health.”



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PA LO MA B LA NC A Dishes from the coastal regions of Mexico. Signature dishes include grilled snapper, ceviche, pozole, handmade flautas and tacos al pastor. 5800 Broadway, #300 | 210-822-6151 palomablanca.net $$




BIRD BAKERY Treat yourself to “Little ones” mini cupcakes from BIRD Bakery! These delectable bites are available in a wide range of awardwinning flavors including Southern Red Velvet, Chocolate Peanut Butter, Chocolate Salted Caramel, Luscious Lemon, Fresh Coconut, and many more.

S O LUNA C O C I NA ME X I C A NA Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway, #204 | 210-930-8070 Solunasa.com $$-$$$

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L A F O N DA Casual dining in a relaxed setting, serving contemporary Mexican cuisine, thoughtfully executed. Open for lunch and dinner with a brunch on Sunday. 8633 Crownhill Blvd. | 210-824-4231 lafondaah.com $$

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M EX I CO LI N D O Delicious Mexican cuisine including a full assortment of appetizers, salads, soups, tacos, combination plates, hamburgers, tortas, and family orders of fajitas. 555 E. Basse Rd., Ste. 113 210-310-3767 $$ T W IN L IQ U O R S . CO M *RO BERT BURNS SCOTCH SAL E RUNS 1/ 17/ 2 2 -1/ 2 9/ 2 2 . VAL I D O N F EATURED P R ODUCTS. SALE I TEMS CAN BE SHO PPED I N-STO RE AND O NL I NE. SEL ECTI O N VARI ES BY STOR E . ITE M S AN D PRI CES SUBJECT TO CHANG E WI THO UT NOTI CE. NO F URTHER D I SCO UNT O N SALE ITE M S, FIN AL F EW, O R CLOSEO UTS. SO ME EXCLUSI O NS APPLY. PL EASE D RI NK RES P ON SIBLY .

PINCH BOIL HOUSE Walking through the door at Pinch Boil House, your senses are assaulted by a myriad of unique aromas, some familiar, and some mysterious and exotic. The atmosphere is bright and welcoming, and you’ll immediately notice the rainbow of colors in the Southeast Asian dishes as diners chomp, chew, and slurp happily.

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Pinch Boil House is now open in The Stewart Center on Broadway. They have relocated their downtown restaurant to Alamo Heights and are excited to introduce the neighborhood to their delicious cuisine. Partners, Sean Wen and Andrew Ho, have known each other since their high school years in Houston, where they grew up. They both attended the University of Texas in Austin. Sean earned his B.S. in Psychology and Andrew holds a B.A. in Corporate Communications. In their free time they would combine their cultures to throw Viet-Cajun crawfish boils for friends and special events around Austin. These events grew to be quite popular, and they joked that one day they should open a restaurant together. After college, they both headed off into the corporate world. Andrew later moved to Thailand to teach English, and Sean would often go visit him there. It was during one of those visits that they decided to take a leap of faith and pursue their dream. They both moved to San Antonio and Pinch Boil House was born as a pop-up restaurant concept, creating, and fine-tuning their Taiwanese and Vietnamese fusion recipes, while they looked for a brick-and-mortar location. They opened the first Pinch Boil House downtown in 2017 on the corner of Main and Houston Street, but they have decided to focus their efforts on becoming a part of the community, instead of focusing on tourists and the downtown lunch crowd. The food at Pinch Boil House is outstanding and there is something for everyone, even if you are not familiar with Southeast Asian cuisine. One of their most popular dishes is Kap’s Chicken Curry. Named after their chef Kap Sounraj, who was born in Laos, Kap’s Curry is a rich and velvety Panang curry dish served over jasmine rice, with roasted chicken, coconut milk, lemongrass, potato, and cilantro. Most of the dishes at Pinch Boil House are layered with spices but you’ll find a variety of heat levels to satisfy everyone. The fresh seafood boils, however, are the signature dishes here and the Business Boil covers it all. They take a half pound of peeled shrimp and marry it with sausage, corn on the cob and potatoes to create a rainbow of flavors that seems to work in all of the food groups together. However, you can also make your own boil bowl in a three-step process that puts your tastebuds in charge. First, select your seafood (shrimp, crab legs, mussels, or fresh crawfish, when in season). Second, select your sides (corn, potatoes, smoked sausage, and/or steamed rice). Finally, you pick your sauce and your spice level. Sauce options include their O.G. Garlic Butter, their sweet and savory Coconut Curry, or their firebreathing Dragon Sauce. They’ve even been creative with their heat index levels: Mild Child, Spice is Nice, or Spice God. When asked what their motivation for Pinch Boil House was, Sean states, “We wanted to introduce our cuisine to the city in an affordable and approachable way. We only use the freshest ingredients. Nothing is ever frozen, so we only serve crawfish in season.” The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner and they offer take-out and delivery through Uber Eats. Pinch Boil House

5130 Broadway at Barilla In the Stewart Center (210) 227-8801 | pinchboilhouse.com Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 11:00AM - 9:00PM, Closed Monday JANUARY 2022


Police Blotter AHPD CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 6116 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 Fax (210) 822-7111

Burglary, Building

A television was stolen from a building in the backyard of a residence; a neighbor’s surveillance camera recorded a male subject carrying the television down the alleyway to a parked vehicle. 12/11/21 100 blk. Rosemary

Theft Service

A party of four persons left a restaurant without rendering payment for the meals. 12/11/21 5800 blk. Broadway

Vehicle Burglary

Two unlocked vehicles unlawfully entered during overnight hours; miscellaneous property stolen. 12/10/21 100 blk. Primrose

Assault / Bodily Injury, Family Member

Female victim reported she was struck in the face with a closed fist by her husband during a disagreement three days prior; husband not available when report made. 12/10/21 500 blk. College Blvd.


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Male subject stopped for an extended period of time in a running vehicle during early morning hours was contacted by officers; investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and impaired. 12/08/21 100 blk. Blue Bonnet

Vehicle Burglary

issued by Atascosa County. 12/06/21 300 blk. Austin Hwy.

Theft, Construction Equipment

Backhoe and tractor loaded on a transport trailer were stolen from a construction site during overnight hours. 12/06/21 600 blk. Tuxedo

Narcotics Violation

Driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation was found to have a suspended driver’s license; pre-impoundment inventory of the vehicle discovered unmarked pill bottles containing three types of controlled narcotic prescription drugs; driver stated he did not have a prescription for the drugs. 12/05/21 100 blk. Austin Hwy.

Narcotics Violation

An officer detected a strong odor of burning marijuana emitting from the interior of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation; investigation discovered a quantity of marijuana,THC wax (marijuana derivitive) and related paraphernalia. 12/05/21 100 blk. LaJara

Attempted Theft, Shoplifting

Male subject observed placing miscellaneous merchandise into a computer laptop carrying case; when confronted outside the store by security the subject placed the bag on the ground and fled on foot. 12/02/21 4800 blk. Broadway

Two secured vehicles were unlawfully entered by breaking out windows to access property left in open view within the passenger compartment. 12/07/21 5800 blk. Broadway

Wanted Person

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Officers responding to a suspicious person call initiated contact on a male subject fitting the description provided by the caller; investigation revealed the subject had two active arrest warrants for Terroristic Threats of Family/Household and one active arrest warrant for Assault w/Bodily Injury / Family Member issued by Bexar County. 12/07/21 4700 blk. Broadway

Wanted Person

Driver of a vehicle stopped for a traffic violation was found to not have a driver’s license; further investigation discovered the driver had an active arrest warrant

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1952 Iconic Mobil Station on the corner of Broadway and Austin Highway. Photo courtesy of UTSA Archival Collection.

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