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Honoring Fallen Heroes
Alamo City Gold & Silver
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David Putnam has spent more than 30 years designing and crafting the perfect jewelry pieces for his customers, but as a retired police detective, he has become wellknown for honoring fallen officers around the US through his “End of Watch” program.
22 Meet Your Neighbors
Love, laughter, and crazy chaos fill the home of Ben and Martha Gray who are raising their four children in Alamo Heights. A family who loves to cook and entertain, some of their favorite times are working together in the kitchen.
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October If you haven’t already, it’s time to pull out the fall decorations, grab a few pumpkins and get festive! It’s also a perfect time to grab your kids, dogs or significant other and enjoy the cooler temperatures. The cover photo was taken at Olmos Basin Park and is a great place for a picnic, a walk or just some time in the outdoors with friends and family. Our October Business Profile is Alamo City Gold & Silver. Working as a police officer many years ago, David Putnam started a side career as a jeweler to help supplement his income. Now a retired detective, he has continued to build a very successful jewelry business. But his real pride and joy is his “End of Watch” program. This month’s neighbors you’ll be meeting are Ben and Martha Gray. Friends introduced them at a concert at Floore’s Country Store 15 years ago. Today they’re married, have four beautiful children and are living in 78209. Did you know that Japanese food is one of most diverse cuisines in the world? It’s so much more than just sushi. For you adventurous eaters who love to try new things, you can take a culinary walk on the wild side at Piranha Izakaya. And they’ve got lots of specialty houseinfused cocktails to compliment any meal. We are always looking for interesting people and places in 78209 to share with our readers. If you know of someone, a family, a business, or restaurant that you think our readers would enjoy learning about, please let us know. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy Fall Y’all!
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A Businessman with a Heart of Gold BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON
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Honoring Fallen Heroes
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RON EISENBERG Writer
Ron may be the ultimate renaissance man; an educator, writer, radio talk show host, media and PR specialist, award winning film producer, and daddy. Many folks also know him as a top-rated radio talk show host on San Antonio radio stations KTSA, 760 The Ticket, and WOAI. And he hosted talk shows on WRC, Washington D.C., and WCAU, Philadelphia. In the non-profit sector, Ron was the first male in America 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 & Kennedy, born in 2013. He also has two older sons, Mitch and Chris.
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The Family That Cooks Together The Grays
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Over 100 years ago, a World War I military balloon camp known as Camp John Wise sat in modern day Olmos Park. At its height, the base reached a maximum strength of 33 officers, 1,800 enlisted men and was equipped with four balloons. In 1927, shortly after the closing of the base, the Olmos Dam was built as a direct result of the catastrophic flood of 1921. It has become the first level of defense in flood control. In 1940, the Bexar County Girl Scout Council obtained part of the area where Camp John Wise was located and Olmos Day Camp for Girl Scouts was born. Many ’09 ladies may have memories of these days from their childhood. Today this hidden gem with approximately five miles of dirt trails and two miles of concrete walking paths is called Olmos Basin Park. It’s full of mature oak trees in the picnic area that provide plenty of shade. There are a few areas set up for large family cookouts and a nice little playground for the kids, nice trails for a relaxing walk or run as well as soccer fields.
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In the Loop New Eye Wear Gallery Opens in 78209 BY RON AARON EISENBERG
Calling itself different than other eye wear businesses, Oculus Eyewear at 5024 Broadway says, “Our goal is to get you seeing as clearly as your doctor intended.” The new location is the company’s first in the area. Leah Johnson, Oculus Marketing Director, told 78209 Magazine, “We are a passionate eyewear retailer with over 20 years’ experience in the eyewear industry. We strive to bring you the best quality, style, aesthetics and service you can find.” Johnson added, “Eyewear should not be about just a brand name stamped at the temple of a frame, but a personal statement, physical enhancement, and a representation of the wearer. This is why we work hard to bring our customers the finest quality and unique eyewear from around the world. We have 4 highly trained opticians in our Alamo Heights location.” 14 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
Their licensed opticians offer complimentary VIP styling sessions. “During your session you can relax, sip on a cup of joe, and let us do all of the work. Picking the right frame can be overwhelming, but we help take the stress out of the process,” says Johnson. Oculus Eyewear operates its own in-house lab where certified opticians hand-mount every pair of glasses. The opticians use high definition digital lenses when possible to ensure you are looking through the highest quality lens. Oculus also recommends taking your eyeglasses in for a deep cleaning and adjustment a few times a year. To help you remember, take them in every time you get the oil changed in your car. They also highly recommend scheduling an appointment, which can be done on their website oculuseyegallery.com or by calling 512-396-1500.
LEADING THROUGH CONSERVATION Alice Ball Strunk knows how to lead by example. As the owner of the Hudspeth River Ranch, president of the Devils River Conservancy Board of Directors, and former Conservation Chairman of the Alamo Heights and Terrell Hills Garden Club of America, she is paving the way as a national leader in the field of horticulture, conservation, and civic improvement. Join us in congratulating Alice on receiving The Garden Club of America Zone Conservation Award!
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In the Loop Tradition Continues at Witte with 51st Annual Game Dinner The Witte Museum Game Dinner is one of San Antonio’s best known and well attended fundraisers. While COVID-19 put a crimp in the annual event last year – forcing it to go virtual, the dinner is back on track for this year. Dubbed “The Lone Star Revival”, the game dinner is set for October 18 in the Witte Museum Zachry Family Acequia Garden. On its website, the museum noted, “Last year was all about survival for your beloved museum and you came through so generously. This year, it is about revival. Let’s come together under the stars to share your love of the Witte and to support the museum as the premier center for nature, science and culture relating to Texas.” The dinner will be limited to 750 guests. As always, the Witte says the event will sell out! Guests will enjoy one-of-a-kind live auction packages, a delicious array of wild game cuisine served by the RK Group, Inc., and a rousing country music concert. For more information call (210) 357-1900.
New Smoothie Concept, Kineapple, Now Open at The Pearl Kineapple, a concept by Robby and Neesha Grubbs, the duo behind Local Coffee Founders, is the newest restaurant to open at the Pearl’s Bottling Department. Kineapple will offer a variety of fresh smoothies, healthy snacks, salads, coffee, and more. The team behind Kineapple says they wanted to create an ingredient-driven menu that is easy for customers to navigate. The menu is designed to make healthy eating accessible and delicious. Kineapple’s smoothies can be made with different modifiers like plant based protein, whey isolate, creatine, turmeric, collagen, blue majik, cold brew shot and more. Guests can also pick up a Crunchy Kale Salad, Free Range Chicken Salad Sandwich, Kineapple Farm Bowl, Golden Overnight Oats, an In-house Protein Bar and more. In addition to smoothies and 16 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
snacks, Kineapple also offers coffee from a rotating list of curated specialty coffee roasters. The name Kineapple pays homage to Robby and Neesha’s youngest son, who struggled to say “pineapple” as a child. He pronounced the name of the fruit with a K instead of a P. The founders wanted the concept to incorporate a pineapple, but wanted it to feel personal and organic, so, they explained, Kineapple felt like the perfect name for this venture. Co-Founder Robby Grubbs said, “We wanted to be able to bring high quality, healthy ingredients to the table without sacrificing taste and that’s what we’ve done here.” The new concept will be located in the space formerly occupied by Bud’s Southern Rotisserie, located at 312 Pearl Pkwy Building 6.
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In the Loop School Bus Driver Shortage Confronts AHISD
Like school districts everywhere, Alamo Heights ISD is accepting applications for bus drivers. In the wake of COVID-19, there is a shortage of drivers and a great need for them. Applicants for AHISD bus driving jobs must be at least 21 years old and possess a valid Texas Driver’s License. They should have a driving record that meets the requirements of the district and state of Texas, as well as, be able to pass a background check and fingerprinting. A pre-employment physical evaluation, including a drug test, is required. Plus,
applicants must be able to obtain a Texas Department of Public Safety School Bus Certification within 90 days. The hourly rate for Bus Drivers ranges from $15.06 - $21.66 an hour. Drivers can expect to work a total of 177 days during the school year. Only those persons meeting the minimum qualifications will be considered. For more on the duties and responsibilities of driving a school bus in AHISD and to apply to apply, contact the school district office.
Corie Properties Corie Properties Group continues to build upon the legacy left behind by brokerage founder Corie Fuhrmann Boldt. The longtime leader in the San Antonio real estate market recently opened a new office at 5800 Broadway to better serve the Alamo Heights area. “Our newest office space will empower our agents to do what they do best, which is deliver an unparalleled real estate experience for buyers and sellers in greater San Antonio,” said Fred Hutt, CORIE PROPERTIES Group managing partner. The company, founded in 2011, has served more than a thousand clients in the greater San Antonio tri-city area of Alamo Heights, Olmos Park, Terrell Hills and the adjacent communities. 18 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
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A Businessman with a Heart of Gold BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON
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avid Putnam began his career in the jewelry business as a side job to supplement a young police officer’s salary. Throughout his decorated tenure as a law enforcement officer and detective, he built his business into the thriving enterprise it is today. Alamo City Gold & Silver has occupied the same building on the access road of Loop 410 since 1985. It houses an impressive and spacious showroom and a design studio and mini-museum in the back of the store, showcasing unique collector’s items and sports memorabilia. Alamo City Gold & Silver is a full-service jewelry store offering custom-designed jewelry and decorative pieces. Their creations are one-of-a-kind. The store employs several jewelry artisans specializing in custom rings, pendants, belt buckles, and school-branded jewelry. These artisans have been with David, and his wife, Charlotte, for many years, and they have built their careers crafting the perfect jewelry pieces for every occasion. David is proud of his staff, and it shows when he speaks of them. “Our team here is like a family. We work well together, and it shows in our designs. We have customers that have been coming to us for custom pieces for over 30 years. Our quality is consistent, and we put our hearts into our designs.” David earned his degree in Law Enforcement from Texas State University. He then served in the U.S. Army as a 1st Lieutenant before becoming a police officer with the San Antonio Police Department. He retired as a vice detective in 1990 after 20 years of service, and he is dedicated to honoring the lives of fallen officers with his “End of Watch” program. Every single day, David checks the Officer Down Memorial Page online to read the stories of the brave men and women in law enforcement who have died in the line of duty. David and his staff then set out to create a unique “End of Watch” memorial pendant for the family of the fallen officers. These pendants are sent to the fallen officers’ superiors and usually presented to the families at their memorial services. These memorial pendants are not ordered by the families; they are created and paid for entirely by Alamo City Gold & Silver. David began the program by honoring fallen officers in San Antonio and Bexar County, and then it spread across Texas. Today, the program honors officers across the entire U.S. Some families may never know where they came from, but many of the families are moved beyond words by the kindness of a fellow officer who has made a promise to honor the lives and careers of those who have lost their lives protecting others. There are stacks of binders in the back office full of thank you letters and cards from these families detailing how much this gift has touched them. The “End
of Watch” program has designed and shipped over 3,500 memorial pendants, and Alamo City Gold & Silver is the largest manufacturer of police jewelry in the United States. David and Charlotte have been married for 51 years, and together they make the perfect business partners. Charlotte takes care of everything behind the scenes, managing the books, maintaining the store, and handling customer accounts, while David works with customers to help them select and design jewelry pieces that will be handed down throughout the generations. Alamo City Gold & Silver created the concept of genealogy crosses, and they also craft the keepsake branded jewelry for Alamo Heights High School. Customers come to Alamo City Gold & Silver because they know they can trust David and his team to create and offer custom, quality jewelry at fair market prices. The store even has its own club membership. For just a one-time cost of $75, club members receive special pricing on jewelry with total cost transparency, and they get discounts on all jewelry repair as well. Club members can also bring their jewelry in for complimentary cleaning and tightening at any time. Alamo City Gold & Silver offers so many specialties and services that it is impossible to list them all. Their loyal clientele will attest strongly to the outstanding customer service and honesty of the staff. So, whether you are looking to buy, or sell, any fine jewelry, gold and silver bullion or coins, estate pieces, or custom jewelry, then you can be sure that you’ll be in great hands with David and his team of professional artisans. 78209magazine.com | OCTOBER 2021 21
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The Gray Family Party That Never Ends BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON 22 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
pon walking into the home of Ben and Martha Gray, you would never know they had four children. Their home is a clean palette of whites and neutrals with perfectly placed furniture throughout the living areas. It isn’t until Henry comes barreling into the living room and pounces on his fleet of construction truck toys that you begin to acclimate to the happy noise of large family chaos.
Ben and Martha are both native Texans. Ben grew up in San Antonio and attended San Antonio Christian School. He then graduated from U.T. Austin with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. He currently works for the family business that his father started in 1980. The company, H.A. Gray & Associates, is a regional distributor for EVAPCO and a leader in industrial cooling towers. Ben also oversees their service company, Tower Tech Services, servicing cooling systems in Texas, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Louisiana. Martha grew up in Kerrville and attended Baylor University. In 2006, she was in her third year of residency at the U.T. Health Science Center, studying to be an anesthesiologist, when they met through mutual friends at a Robert Earl Keen concert at Floore’s Country Store. When she isn’t wrangling her energetic family, Martha works part-time as a board-certified anesthesiologist. The Grays have lived in their current home in 78209 for nearly four years, and they love the community. One of Ben’s best friends from childhood lives next door to them, and the brother of another close friend lives on the other side. Ben says of his Alamo Heights community, “Living in 78209 is like living in a small town inside of a big city. Everyone becomes such great friends, and you become ingrained in each other’s lives.” Their oldest daughter, Mattie (9), is very outgoing and engaging. She tried to help corral her younger siblings when the family was trying to get situated for their family portrait. Mattie attends Woodridge Elementary School. Her brother, Henry (5), is a rambunctious ball of boy energy, and he loves to ride his motorized ATV in
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the backyard when the neighborhood boys come over. The younger girls, Liza (3) and Katie (2), are adorable, and they love to play with their big sister’s Barbie toys and with their Legos. When they’re not chasing children around, Ben and Martha love to entertain and have friends over for dinner. Everyone in the family helps out in the kitchen. Mattie loves to bake, and Martha beams when she tells us that her daughter often makes pancakes and waffles for breakfast on the weekends. Ben brags that his wife makes “the best fried chicken” he’s ever had, and when they talk about their time spent with friends, the couple agrees that, “You can’t go wrong with a great steak and a bottle of wine.” In their downtime, the family loves to spend time at their beach house in Port Aransas together, and Ben is an avid hunter of upland game birds, and he enjoys spending time on the family’s ranch with his German Shorthaired Pointers, Pearl and Riley. On most Sundays, you can find the family attending services at Shearer Hills Baptist Church, where they have made many friends. At home, the Grays have big plans for their family as they add amenities to their home to accommodate the kids as they grow. They all love to swim, and they hope to install a swimming pool in the backyard soon. Ben and Martha enjoy spending time with their children more than anything else in the world and it is so evident by the love that can be seen and felt when you enter their home. They are thankful to be raising their children in a neighborhood where family is such a priority. They are so thankful to be a part of the ‘09 community.
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Neighborhood News Neighbors Up in Arms Over Planned Development on Katherine Court BY RON AARON EISENBERG
Trebes Sasser Jr., Ridgemont Properties, is proposing to build a threestory, multi-family-apartment building on properties his firm acquired at 111, 119, 131, and 135 Katherine Court in Alamo Heights. The initial proposal called for more than 60 rental units. Several neighbors claim the project is totally out of character for the neighborhood. One neighbor, whose property would be adjacent to the apartment complex, says it would dwarf her home. Other neighbors say the building will generate too much traffic on their street, while some neighbors suggest the proximity to Incarnate Word University will attract students who will be disruptive to the neighborhood’s tranquility. The developers and their architects have met with neighbors and have proposed a new use for the property -- a three-story multi-family building with on-site parking located in the rear. The new development will follow the planning standards for character, height, setbacks, planting, and impervious cover. It will feature fewer rental units. Alamo Heights city council member Lynda Billa Burke told 78209 Magazine that she thinks the project could be good for the neighborhood, although she has some concerns.
Bottom line, council member Billa Burke said, “Thanks to the Texas State Legislature, local governments have no authority whatsoever to intervene in projects like this one. And the developer doesn’t have to talk with the neighbors, although Ridgemont Properties has chosen to do so. She added, “Neighbors should understand that ‘no’ is never an answer. They should develop a plan A and a plan B to present to the developer as a constructive way to discuss their concerns and ideas for the neighborhood.” But just opposing a project – saying “no” – is counterproductive.
Low Hanging Branches Damaging AHISD School Buses in Olmos Park Olmos Park Public Works Director Gilbert DeLeon recently alerted residents, “We have received complaints from the Alamo Heights School District regarding many low hanging branches causing damage to school buses. He urged homeowners to make sure trees and branches comply with city ordinance 18-67, Prohibition (d): Overhanging limbs. It shall be unlawful for any person or his agent, owning, renting, or having under his control any lot or premises, whether vacant or improved, within the city to permit trees to overhang Olmos Drive, Devine Road, and McCullough Avenue any less than 15 feet as measured above any drivable portion of the roadway. All other streets must maintain, measured as above, a minimum clearance of 13 feet. The public works director also reminded residents, “When hiring to have brushes or trees trimmed, please follow City 26 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
Ordinance 28-4: Collection of garbage, brush, and other waste materials. d) Trimming by Commercial Tree Services: A commercial landscaping service, whether an individual or a company, shall remove all branches, cuttings, or debris produced by their work. City employees shall not be required to collect or remove limbs or cuttings left in the city by commercial tree trimmers, regardless of the amount. “All brush and large trimmings not in containers shall be prepared, placed along the curb line, and city hall notified that it is ready for collection. Trees or limbs to be collected by the city cannot exceed three inches in diameter or six feet in length, with all lateral branches trimmed. This service shall be provided at least once weekly. The removal of a large volume of brush and trimmings exceeding 250 cubic feet in volume shall be the responsibility of the owner.”
Oak Park Northwood Neighborhood Association Sets NeighborFest Oak Park Northwood Neighborhood Association (OPNNA) is holding its first-ever NeighborFest on Sunday, November 14, from 2–4 pm at the Northridge Park Pavilion. The event will feature music, food, city resources, and more. There is no charge to attend, and all OPNNA residents are welcome. Experience Saint Mary’s Hall: www.smhall.org/BeKnown Local public and elected officials are expected to attend. Plus, the Association says food trucks will be on Expert faculty and supportive mentors hand as well. encourage our students to develop The Neighborhood Association their talents and passions, resulting has also scheduled its Fall General in life-long learners, competitive meeting for Wednesday, October 20, athletes, artists, and effective leaders. at St. Andrew’s United Methodist Saint Mary’s Hall does not discriminate in admission or educational programs against qualified students on Church. The meeting will begin at 6 the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, or national/ethnic origin. pm. The Board will provide updates on OPNNA activities. The meeting will also feature a D-10 Road Show smh78209oct21.indd 1 9/24/21 featuring Councilman Clayton Perry and San Antonio City Department Heads, including San Antonio Police Department. Attendees will be treated to free food provided by the Councilman.
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Neighborhood News Alamo Heights Rotary Volunteers Help Build Beds for “Bedless” Kids Alamo Heights Rotary President Kristen Salazar recently told 78209 Magazine, “We’re putting more of a focus on doing work in the community by volunteering at least monthly.” She said Rotary members have recently volunteered at the Texas Diaper Bank. In October, they are volunteering at Sleep in Heavenly Peace (SHP) to make bunk beds for children who are don’t have a bed. SHP staff told Salazar there are hundreds of kids in Bexar County who go to bed every night without beds. SHP is a group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering hand-made bunk beds to children and families in need. Founded in Iowa in 2012, the organization now has over 240 chapters nationwide, including San Antonio. The Texas Diaper Bank states that one in three families don’t have access to an adequate supply of diapers. The Bank recognized this need and has been working since 2013 to change the lives of babies, children with disabilities, and seniors in the Greater San Antonio Area and 12 surrounding counties. Salazar told 78209 Magazine, “We are looking for other
Alamo Heights Rotary Sets Alamo Heights Night for April 2022 Alamo Heights Night 2020 and 2021 were canceled due to COVID-19. But AH Rotary Club members are now busy at work planning for Alamo Heights Night® 2022. It will be held at the University of the Incarnate Word on Friday, April 1, 2022. This event will be the club’s 34th Alamo Heights Night dubbed “Party Time in ‘09.” Rotary calls the evening the best family-friendly event during Fiesta, which starts on March 31, 2022. The night will feature live musical entertainment courtesy of Hotcakes, Skyrocket, Finding Friday, plus plenty of great food, drinks, and games/rides for kids of all ages. They can always use volunteers to help out at the event. Volunteer opportunities are available for sign-up on the event website at alamoheightsnight.org. 28 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
non-profit agencies that need volunteers, especially those agencies that work specifically with women and girls. There’s a focus from our current Rotary International President to do more to empower women and girls.” And she added, “Service is the number one reason I joined Rotary, and I’m pushing my club to do more service projects this year which is helping to engage our new members.” For more information, check out the Alamo Heights Rotary website at alamoheightsrotary.org.
Coyote Sightings in Terrell Hills Generally, coyotes are reclusive animals who avoid human contact. But in recent months, neighbors in Terrell Hills have reported seeing coyotes in their neighborhoods. The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) notes, on its website, “Coyotes have adapted to urban and suburban environments. They realize there are few real threats and they may even approach people or feel safe visiting yards when people are present. HSUS adds, “These coyotes have become habituated (lost their fear of humans), probably owing to the bounty of food that they have become accustomed to feeding upon in our neighborhoods. These bold coyotes should not be tolerated or enticed, but instead given the clear message that they should not be so brazen.” HSUS recommends hazing as a method that makes use of deterrents to move an animal out of an area or discourage an undesirable behavior or activity. Hazing can help maintain a coyote’s fear of humans and deter them from backyards and play spaces. Using a variety of different hazing tools is critical so coyotes don’t get used to a single stimulus device, sounds, and actions. • Yelling and waving your arms while approaching a coyote
or Yelling “Go away, coyote” • Noisemakers: Voice, whistles, air horns, bells, “shaker” cans full of marbles or pennies, pots, lid or pie pans banged together • Projectiles: sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls – but do not try to hit the animal • Other: hoses, water guns with vinegar water, spray bottles with vinegar water, pepper spray or bear repellent There are several tools that you can carry with you while walking your dog that can be used to repel coyotes. These include: • Homemade noisemakers – like banging pots and pans together • Whistle or small air horn (you can purchase small air horn “necklaces”) • Squirt guns • Pepper spray Visit humanesociety.org/resources/coyote-hazing for more on keeping coyotes out of our yards.
School News THE PUBLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOLS OF ‘09
ALAMO HEIGHTS PEP RALLY Alamo Heights High School held their first Pep Rally of the year, taking it to the field at the newly renovated Harry B. Orem Stadium. Students enjoyed some outdoor games, featured performances by the Mighty Mule Band, cheerleaders, and Spurs dancers, and filled the stands with a whole lot of spirit! Photos courtesy of the AHHS Journalism Department
Carrying American flags, seniors Beau Kleberg and Cody Burke run through the banner before the start of the Central Catholic game. “It was an honor to be able to carry the American flag before the game,” Kleberg said. The Mules won the game to go 3-0 in the season. Photo by Clarissa Cardenas, AHHS
Hitting their mark, the Spurs Dance Team performs for the crowd at the first pep rally of the year. The Spurs are led by Director JessicaMarie Sanchez. Photo by Anna Beth Tipton, AHHS
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In the stands, the members of the senior class cheer during the first pep rally of the year. The pep rally was originally scheduled to be in the gym but was relocated to the new stadium. Photo by Anna Beth Tipton, AHHS
AHHS STUDENT NAMED KENS 5 ALL-STAR
Dylan Corso, a junior at Alamo Heights High School, was surprised with the KENS 5 and UPS Store All-Star Student Award. Dylan made his way to the front of Alamo Heights High School thinking he was going to be a part of promotional to be played on the school’s new videoboard at Harry B. Orem Stadium. Little did he know; the promotion would focus on him and all he does to promote and share the stories of his peers. Surrounded by his peers, Corso learned that he had been nominated for the honor by his Television Broadcast Teacher, Ann Carter, and Principal, Cory Smith, . Dylan is an outstanding student who loves videography, video production and broadcast. He loves to create and share student and staff stories at Alamo Heights High
School. He has long since been a part of the production and broadcast team at the high school and most recently stepped into a leadership role producing sports events for the new video board installed at Harry B. Orem Stadium just a month ago. With his first game under his belt, Dylan is passionate about his work and his enthusiasm is contagious. He is always engaged, thoughtful, asking questions, learning and finding ways to improve his product. He works with a talented team of fellow students and teachers who are beyond excited to be a part of something larger than themselves, rather, it allows them to share the stories and celebrations of others in the most creative ways. Congratulations to Dylan Corso, the KENS 5 and UPS Store All-Star Student for Alamo Heights ISD! 78209magazine.com | OCTOBER 2021 31
School News AHJS TEACHER HONORED WITH EXCEL AWARD
Alamo Heights Junior School’s Tristan Salinas, a third year English Language Arts teacher and coach, has been recognized for his work and honored with the KENS 5 and Credit Human with the EXCEL Award recognizing outstanding teachers. A 2018 graduate of Texas State University with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise and Sports Science and a minor in English, this new teacher has been making connections and building relationships with his students, attending their extracurricular activities to share his support for them both in and outside the classroom. Salinas shares that a quote from Dr. James Comer helps him stay grounded in his work. Comer states, “No significant learning occurs without a significant relationship.” Salinas shares, “This quote truly embodies how I feel about teaching. I feel like a student’s best work is created when they know their teacher cares about them and will do anything in their power to help them be successful both in the classroom and in their life in general. Teaching is all about relationships and as an educator I’m blessed to form those every day I set foot on campus.” Salinas serves Alamo Heights Junior School as a 6th grade English teacher, and 7th and 8th grade boys’ athletics coach. “I chose to become a teacher to make an impact on student’s lives and to inspire them to never set limits on 32 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
themselves. I think being a teacher and a coach is one of the best professions in the world. The impact and relationships we are able to form with our athletes and students is something that I believe lasts a lifetime and truly makes a difference in their lives,” shared Salinas. “I am blessed every day to be a part of such a rewarding profession.” Salinas is making an impact on his students and colleagues at AHJS. His campus principal, Laura Ancira, nominated him for the award, sharing, “Tristan is loved by parents and students. He values the importance of relationships and works daily to build relationships and connect with all students and their families.” Salinas attributes his success to his amazing support system. He shares his gratitude for those who support him in his journey as a teacher, sharing that his fiancé pushes him to do his best every day. He is grateful for parents who have been great in supporting and encouraging him throughout his life, including two brothers who he calls his best friends. He shares his appreciation for his school family, acknowledging that he works alongside a great group of educators and coaches. “I believe that I learn just as much from my students as they learn from me. My students and athletes push me to be the best educator and coach I can be, continuing to amaze me every single day I show up to school,” shared Salinas.
SAVE THE DATE TO REUNITE AT HEIGHTS
Are you an AH-alumnus? Last year, the Alamo Heights School Foundation welcomed 250 guests to Reunite at Heights, our inaugural Alumni, and Hall of Fame Celebration. Join us for this celebration on February 27, 2022 and take trip down memory lane while hearing from current students and teachers about the great things taking place at Heights. Tickets are on sale online at ahschoolfoundation.org.
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Over the last 50 years, Alamo Heights School Foundation has supported Our Children. Over the last 50 years, Alamo Heights School Foundation has backed Our Teachers. Over the last 50 years, Alamo Heights School Foundation has funded Our Schools. 50 years ago, our community established the first public school foundation in the great State of Texas. Throughout the last 50 years, numerous community leaders, parents, grandparents, and alumni have led the Foundation’s efforts to support our students, back our teachers, and fund our schools. This year we celebrate their vision while cultivating community support for the future. For more information about the Foundation and how you can participate visit our website at ahschoolfoundation.org. 78209magazine.com | OCTOBER 2021 33
School News POWERING THE PROFILE John Sheppard has been recognized by his peers and campus leadership as a teacher who embraces and encourages the Alamo Heights ISD Profile of a Learner in unique ways for his students. Sheppard helps his students Seek Knowledge and Understanding by exhibiting intellectual curiosity, actively constructing and demonstrating knowledge and skills and encouraging students to inherently value their own learning. To see and share his work in action in the classroom, AHISD featured Sheppard in the latest episode of Powering the Profile. See the series, celebrating AHISD’s extraordinary teachers and how they bring the Profile of a Learner to life for students, on the district’s YouTube Channel: Alamo Heights Mules.
SMH TEACHER NAMED 2021 OUTSTANDING BIOLOGY TEACHER FOR TEXAS
Saint Mary’s Hall (SMH) Middle School Science Teacher Patricia Nicoll has been named a 2021 Outstanding Biology Teacher by the National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT), in conjunction with Carolina Biological Supply Company and the Texas Association of Biology Teachers (TABT). With 25 years of teaching experience, Nicoll has taught Form 7 Life Science at SMH since 1997. She also serves as a consultant with The College Board and Laying the Foundation, Inc. Teaching ability, experience, innovation, initiative, positive student-teacher interactions, and cooperativeness in the school and community are criteria for earning the distinction. Awarded annually since 1961, the honor 34 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
recognizes a teacher from each of the United States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, other U.S. Territories, and Canada who have made invaluable contributions to their profession and have enhanced the learning of biology. “I want each student to look back on their time with me as a fun journey of exploration, one that they endeavor to continue, and a foundation to the life-long development of their scientific minds,” said Nicoll. The NABT will host a special presentation at its national conference in Atlanta, Georgia. In addition to the certificate, Nicoll will be presented with a gift certificate from Carolina Biological Supply Company, a year’s complimentary membership in NABT, and a year’s membership in TABT.
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Fun Things to Do In and Around 78209 MAKE & TAKE: TAMALES CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL October 12 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM While you sample a selection of tamales, they’ll show you how to make a light and fluffy masa; provide guidance and options so that you can assemble fillings to your taste; and include steaming and serving suggestions. You’ll make 12 tamales and take them with you at the end of class. centralmarket.com
ZOO BOO! SAN ANTONIO ZOO October 1 - 31 San Antonio Zoo kicks off ZOO BOO! presented by Valero Benefit for Children, a fun, non-scary Halloween event for the entire family. Children of all ages and adults are welcomed to don non-scary, family-friendly costumes. Costume masks are only permitted for children under the age of 12. sazoo.org LITTLE MAKERS WORKSHOP DOSEUM Wednesdays and Saturdays in October | 11 AM Give your little one an opportunity to innovate as they have fun building and tinkering in our Maker Workshop in Innovation Station. Little Makers Workshops are designed by DoSeum educators to focus on developmentally appropriate maker skills for early learners, such as sharing and tool use, to help develop social and motor skills. thedoseum.org MAKER WORKSHOP DOSEUM Saturdays in October | 3 PM Located in Innovation Station, Maker Workshops are drop-in programs open to children ages 6-11. The Innovation Workshop can accommodate 16 students. These programs are aligned to Maker-Centered Learning pedagogy and best practices. thedoseum.org
A MIDSUMMER MCNAY PREMIERE THE MCNAY October 14 | 6 - 8 PM Point, plié, and pirouette as dancers from San Antonio Ballet School instruct your inner dancer. A ballet warm-up on the grounds for all precedes the debut music video Midsummer McNay filmed throughout the Museum galleries. Blankets and lawn chairs welcome. mcnayart.org
PERFECT IN PEARLS: A TRIBUTE TO JULIA CHILD CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL October 22 | 6:30 - 8:30 PM This is a meal that Julia would approve of. We will show you how to make each recipe taken from her cookbooks as you sit back and enjoy a glass of French wine that has been perfectly paired with the meal. centralmarket.com
FOODIE CINEMA: SWEENY TODD SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN October 15 | 6:30 - 9 PM Foodie cinema featuring Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, a sinister musical filled with delicious treats. Enjoy English chips with Guinness cheese sauce, British roasted veggie salad with stilton, meat pie and mash, and an English trifle. Wash everything down with a gin Bloody Mary. Registration deadline is October 13 at 6:30 PM. sabot.org THE SECRET WORLD INSIDE YOU WITTE MUSEUM October 16 - April 10, 2022 Explore the rapidly evolving science that is revolutionizing how we view human health and understand the inner workings of our bodies. wittemuseum.org
PUMPKIN PALOOZA SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN October 9 | 10 AM - 2 PM Enjoy the changing season and the final days of the Frida Kahlo Oasis exhibit at the Botanical Garden. Pumpkin Palooza celebrates all-things pumpkin with hands-on activities, tastings, workshops, and fall-inspired drinks and food for purchase. sabot.org
LOCALS DAYS SAN ANTONIO ZOO October 20 Locals can get outside and enjoy nature at the zoo on select days for just $8 per person. This deep discount is the zoo’s way of showing gratitude towards residents of the City of San Antonio. The discount allows for even more people to learn how the zoo combines conservation, animal care, and education in securing a future for wildlife. sazoo.org
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BOOTANICA SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN October 23 | 10 AM - 2 PM Celebrate Halloween and the fall season at the Botanical Garden with a variety of hands-on activities for the whole family. Dress up in your favorite costume, trick-or-treat, and explore the world of other creatures in the garden. sabot.org
HALLOWEEN MAKE-UP DOSEUM October 24 | 1 - 2:30 PM, 3 - 4:30 PM Let your imagination run wild as you think about creating characters. Following a planning and design challenge, families will practice make-up techniques, apply prosthetics, and more as they learn the ABCs of special effects make-up. Creepy or cute? Scary or silly? What will you be? thedoseum.org
COCKTAILS & CULTURE: POLLINATORS AT THE WITTE WITTE MUSEUM October 27 | 6:30 PM Come discover the nature, science, and culture of pollinators found throughout the Witte Museum! From the Cretaceous to today, pollinators continue to play an important role in the natural world and in an array of cultures around the world. Come celebrate these important creatures at the final event of the 2021 Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Festival. wittemuseum.org
LEARN @ LUNCH: GREAT PUMPKIN CENTRAL MARKET COOKING SCHOOL October 28 | 11 AM or 12:30 PM It’s a pumpkin lover’s dream! The Cooking School Instructors will share information about a variety of these delicious winter squashes, including tips on using the whole fruit. You’ll delight in each bite. centralmarket.com
SUNSET FLOW YOGA WITH ALAMO CITY YOGA SAN ANTONIO BOTANICAL GARDEN October 4, 11, 18 | 6 - 7 PM Meet at the entrance of the Botanical Garden and begin your evening with a 10-minute meditative walk through the tranquil space, followed by a 50-minute intentional flow. The yoga portion of the practice will be a sequence of seated, standing, and balancing postures, syncing breath, and movement throughout. All levels are welcome. sabot.org
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Ask Ask Roxie Roxie we move on. First thing, they want to pet the dog. And my first
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their phone. We just have a conversation!” Bella and Bonnie are a volunteer team with Pups n' Planes, where “comfort” dogs and their owners offer distressed travelers a little sugar. “People are waiting, their flight has been canceled, or they may have a four-hour wait, and they are upset.” “One time, two little girls stopped to pet the dog, and I looked up, and the mother was crying. Her husband was being deployed. I spent probably a half-hour with them, and the dad thanked me so many times because it got them thinking about other things,” Bonnie says. Airport staffers implemented the idea after learning how well it worked at the Los Angeles International Airport. Pups n' Planes has been reducing blood pressure and turning frowns upside down for six years. “In the car, she knows that we are almost at the airport. She gets so excited! Her job is to make people smile. She does that job.” And if you saw Bella, you would smile, too. The girl team also spends time at the airport USO, softening the loneliness and longing of our troops, so familiar to military life. While Bella offers kisses, Canine Explosive Detection Supervisor Sgt. Andres Lopez, and his police dog Keyno, provide safety and security. “We are there to make sure that the traveling public is safe, the dog makes that any threats associated with aviation there aren’t real threats,” says the airport K9 police officer. Lopez and Keyno “nose around," sniffing out threats that could come from a parked car, a suitcase, or a person. “Dogs are about as mobile as you can get,” says Lopez. He means the nose is mobile.
ANIMALS ARE AFFECTED BY CLIMATE CATASTROPHES TOO! Fortunately, animal groups come to the rescue Bella is a volunteer with Pups n' Planes, the airport greeting committee. She wears her little pink coat, cheering up tired travelers at the
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Hurricane Ida landed in Port Fourchon, Louisiana, on Sunday, August 29th, bringing high winds, storm surges, and tremendous amounts of flooding and power outages. Most of us watched in awe at the video of Hurricane Ida hitting coastal Louisiana. Victims were left with flooded cars, and wrecked houses, before it moved on to drench New York, Dogs with Jobs claiming lives there. BYHurricane BERIT MASON season doesn’t end until November 30, so who knows what else is on the way. What you might not see in the news coverage are all of the San Antonio International lostThe animals, separated from theirAirport ownersis HUGE! It recently broke a record, flying some 15,000 people A DAY, during the storm. forTeam a totalmembers of 10.36 with million in 2019. thepassengers San Antonio Passengers most certainly frequent the airport, but pups do too. Humane Society (SAHS) have been working Meet Bella. to help those Gulf coast animals. BellaSan is a Antonio petite dog with light, wavy hair, offering everyone “The Humane Society she meets the sweetest smile. Several hours a week, Bella and has been busy, helping fellow shelters owner Bonnie Gioiello roam the airport, searching out the tired, in Louisiana deal with the aftermath of the weary, and the bored. Hurricane Ida,” says Mikela Persson, with “If they look up and smile, they are a dog lover. If they don't, the SAHS. “The SAHS team drove and met the 34 APRIL 2020 |2021 78209magazine.com 38 OCTOBER | 78209magazine.com
Houston SPCA team halfway to transport the dogs back to our shelter.” Like a game of tag, the Louisiana shelter animals were given to the Houston animal shelters, who then gave them to the San Antonio shelter. “SAHS staff and volunteers helped set up the areas that house the pets, as well as assisting with the unloading, bathing, and other tasks needed to make them feel comfortable and safe,” she says. Hurricane Ida was one of the most powerful storms to hit the country, so shelters in the strike zone lost water and electricity, leaving animals in those shelters severely traumatized. Naturally, pets and owners were also separated in the chaos. “By relocating shelter pets from areas at high risk for damage, we are both bringing those animals to safety and freeing up Airport therapy dogs help soothe people who may be upset because of a much-needed space and resources for long wait, delayed or cancelled flight. displaced pets after the storm,” explains SAHS President/CEO Nancy F. May.
Animal rescue groups from around the country rushed in to assist locals, helping with animal search and rescue and emergency sheltering. Some animal shelters in upper Florida flew their dogs to California shelters to make room for pets from Louisiana. It was a relay race, all over the country. In animal rescue, a big job after a climate catastrophe is to reunite pets and owners, so that is why microchipping a pet is so important. Those Louisiana pets collected by the SAHS have remained here to be adopted. “Every year, the SAHS shelters medically treat and rehabilitate thousands of animals. Many are injured, abused, surrendered by their owners, or found as strays. All pets remain in our care until adopted. Our mission is to protect and improve the lives of dogs and cats by providing shelter, care, adoption, rescue, spay and neuter programs, and community education,” says May. The organization is in need of donations of dog/cat beds, paper towels, pet toys, treats, rubbing alcohol, and bottled water. It’s best to call them first to ensure those items are still needed. The San Antonio Humane Society (SAHS) is a local nonprofit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952 but is not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States.
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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, 11:00 am, 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 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 and 11:30am PEARL STREET CHURCH 400 Pearl Parkway San Antonio, TX 78215 210-504-8897 Services: 9:00am, 10:30am, 12pm and 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 9am Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday ST. DAVID’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH AND SCHOOL 1300 Wiltshire Ave. San Antonio, TX 78209 saintdavids.net 210-824-2481 Services: Sundays at 8am & 10:30am
ST. LUKE’S EPISCOPAL CHURCH 11 Saint Luke’s Lane San Antonio, Texas 78209 210-828-6425 slecsa.org Services: Sunday 8am, 9am, 11am. 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: Bible Study 9am Blended Worship 10:15am UNITY CHURCH 8103 Broadway San Antonio, TX 78209 unityofsa.org 210-824-7351 Services: Sunday 11am Children’s Church 11am
America is a beautiful land with a resilient people. We awaken daily to the opportunity of making ourselves better by helping others get to their next best place in life. The American Dream stirs inside us with a yearning resolve to be a good people who do good work by reaching our God given potential. Sometimes we can lose sight of this in the midst of our currently fussy culture. We can get good things done when it’s not easy. Throughout America, there are symbols such asMt. Rushmore. Four American leaders whose faces are chiseled on a mountain side because Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Roosevelt helped America face seemingly insurmountable odds so the Dream could live on. And nearby is the monument of the Lakota Indian leader Crazy Horse who reminds us to strive forward in a way that unites us – a common people with different backgrounds so everyone can see how we can succeed in a land of freedom. Lord help us to make it so. Les Hollon, PhD Senior Pastor
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410 DINER A ‘50s-themed diner serving homemade soups, fresh catfish, shrimp, prime steaks, pork chops and chicken. 8315 Broadway | 210-822-6246 www.410diner.com $
BROADWAY 50/50 Vintage-themed diner serving fun appetizers, like the Chuck Norris Kickers (chicken and jalapeños wrapped in bacon) and Totchos (Tater Tot Nachos), burgers, BLT’s, Cuban sandwiches and more. 5050 Broadway | 210-826-0069 www.broadway5050.com $
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BIRD BAKERY A delightful bakery and small bistro that serves sandwiches, quiche, croissants, pies, cupcakes, cookies, brownies and dessert bars. 5912 Broadway | 210-804-2473 www.birdbakery.com $
CAPPY’S Lunch, dinner and brunch - Cappy’s is fine dining in the heart of ‘09, serving prime steaks, prime rib, rack of lamb and seafood. 5011 Broadway | 210-828-9669 cappysrestaurant.com $$$ (BR)
EZ’s Burgers, oak-fired brick oven pizzas, rosemary roasted chicken and awardwinning salads, all served in a fun ‘50s-themed atmosphere. 6498 N. New Braunfels | 210-828-1111 ezrestaurants.com $ GOOD TIME CHARLIE’S Good Time Charlie’s has been around since 1979 and soon became a San Antonio landmark restaurant popular with the local college students and faculty. They serve Texas home-style favorites including catfish, steaks and a chicken-fried steak many claim is the “Best In Texas.” They are also known as a favorite happy hour spot with lots of drink specials that include generous pitchers of ice-cold beer. 2922 Broadway | 210-828-5392 gtcsatx.com $ HEARTHSTONE BAKERY CAFE Hearthstone blends the experience of a coffeehouse, bakery and full-service restaurant into one serving gourmet sandwiches, panini, wraps, soups, salad, coffee, espresso and dessert. 3920 Harry Wurzbach | 210-920-2600 www.hearthstonebakerycafe.com $ (P)
If you love ceviche, you’ve got to try the Ceviche Blanco at Soluna on Broadway. This traditional Mexican style ceviche is made with marinated snapper and pico de gallo. It is topped with avocado and a drizzle of chipotle sauce. It’s delicioso! 42 OCTOBER 2021 | 78209magazine.com
IDA CLAIRE A southern inspired destination for relaxing suppers, weekend brunches, business lunches and happy hours. They serve southern classics like fried green tomatoes, pimento cheese dip, biscuits, fried chicken, shrimp and grits, steelhead trout and Ida’s seasonal pies. 7300 Jones Maltsberger Rd | 210-667-2145 ida-claire.com $$ (P) (BR)
J. ALEXANDER’S A contemporary American restaurant, known for its wood-fired cuisine. The menu features a wide selection of classics including prime rib, steak, seafood and rotating specials like Seafood Czarina, Tuscan Steak, Grilled Fish with Mango Papaya Salsa and Chicken Milanese. 255 E. Basse, #1300 | 210-824-0275 jalexanders.com $$ -$$$ JIM’S RESTAURANT 24-hour diner serving all-day breakfast. They offer hearty choices like steak and eggs, omelets and Tex-Mex huevos rancheros. A comprehensive lunch and dinner menu, that includes all the standards — salads, sandwiches and burgers plus nostalgic favorites like patty melts and liver and onions. 4108 Broadway | 210-828-5120 8427 Broadway | 210-826-7001 jimsrestaurants.com $ MAGIC TIME MACHINE San Antonio themed restaurant where staff dresses up as cartoon characters, super heroes, movie stars and pop heroes. 902 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-828-1470 magictimemachine.com $ MAX’S WINE DIVE Gourmet American fare paired with amazing wines. Fried chicken with Champagne...why not? 340 E. Basse | 210-444-9547 maxswinedive.com $ NOSH Nosh offers great wines, craft brews and small plates that are big on taste. A place to relax and indulge in some really great food. 1133 Austin Highway | 210-826-6674 noshsa.com $ SALATA A new concept in soups, salads and wraps. You create your own by choosing from dozens of fresh ingredients including several types of lettuces, chopped onions, radishes, cucumbers, peppers, cabbage, black and red beans, bean sprouts, peas, broccoli and more. There are over 50 different toppings. Then choose from one of their 10 house dressings made with all-natural ingredients. Add fresh lean protein, including baked chicken, salmon or shrimp. 250 E. Basse | 210-462-1466 salata.com $
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SILO ELEVATED CUISINE Silo is listed as one of Open Table’s Top American Restaurants and rated as one of Zagat’s Top Local Picks. They offer New American fare in a casual, yet elegant atmosphere. They offer a small plate menu, and there is also a prix fixe dinner option available. Signature dishes include Chilean Sea Bass, Honey Soy Glazed Atlantic Salmon, Mussels and Linguine and Chicken-Fried Oysters. 1133 Austin Highway | 210-824-8686 siloelevatedcuisine.com $$ STONE WERKS Good food and a hip atmosphere. Over 40 beers on tap, a full bar and lots of bigscreen TVs. The outside patio is a popular happy hour spot. 999 E. Basse | 210-823-3508 stonewerks.com $-$$ (P) TIGER WINGS A variety of chicken wings with lots of exotic flavors like tamarind, Sriracha, garlic pepper curry and Tom Yum. The wings are available for take-out or you can dine in - and they deliver. They also offer fried vegan tofu, edamame and sticky rice. A unique concept. 8210 Broadway | 210-829-5000 tigerwings.com $ TWIN SISTERS BAKERY AND CAFE Healthy food using local ingredients. Coffees and espressos, quiche, pastries, sandwiches, soups and salads. Live music on Friday nights. 6322 N. New Braunfels | 210-822-0761 tsbandc.com $ (LV) ASIAN BREWS LEES TEA An assortment of teas from Taiwan including Matcha, Oolong, Coconut, Milk and Glowing varieties. They also offer rice and noodle bowls, mini pork buns and Taiyaki. 4009 Broadway | 210-598-0068 brewsleetea.com $ FORMOSA GARDEN Tranquil atmosphere, serving sushi, Chinese and Japanese cuisine. A Japanese hibachistyle grill experience is available Wednesday through Sunday during dinner, offering certified Black Angus beef. Reservations are preferred for the hibachi, but walk- ins are still welcomed. 1011 NE Loop 410 | 210-828-9988 formosasa.com $$ (P) HANZO An Asian gastropub serving innovative cocktails and appetizers. 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 | 210-826-1488 hanzobar.com $$ KOI KAWA A Japanese restaurant and sushi bar featuring lots of specialty rolls and dishes with complex and interesting flavors. 4051 Broadway | 210-805-8111 facebook.com/pages/koikawa $-$$
MON THAI BISTRO Thai food and sushi by chef Mmonrat “Mon” Shirley in a beautiful and tranquil atmosphere with tables that overlook a peaceful outdoor garden and fountain. 4901 Broadway | 210-822-3253 monsthai.com $-$$ OSAKA JAPANESE STEAK AND SUSHI Japanese steak and sushi with hibachi tables where chefs cook and perform for audiences. 4902 Broadway | 210-822-0300 osakasteaknsushi.com $-$$ (R) PIRANHA IZAKAYA Sushi, Japanese and Pacific Rim cuisine in Project1_Layout a lively environment located in the Quarry Market. Up-tempo music with a large bar and lots of creative appetizers and sushi rolls. 260 E. Basse, #101 | 210-822-1088 piranhakillersushi.com $$ P. F. CHANG’S Located in the Quarry Market, offering sushi, dim sum, wok classics, noodle dishes and cocktails. 255 E. Basse, #1200 | 210-507-1000 pfchangs.com $$ SUSHI ZUSHI Traditional Japanese and Latin American influences fused into modern, healthy rolls, rice and noodle dishes. 999 E. Basse | 210-826-8500 sushizushi.com $$ TONG’S THAI Beautiful Thai restaurant with tranquil outdoor patio with koi pond. Traditional Thai food, along with Chinese dishes and sushi. 1146 Austin Highway | 210-829-7345 tongsthai.com $$ (P)
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BARBECUE BUN ‘N’ BARREL 1960s-era landmark serving BBQ, burgers, brisket and milkshakes in casual digs with iconic neon signage. 1150 Austin Highway | 210-828-2829 bunnbarrel.com $ L&L HAWAIIAN BBQ Delicious, authentic Pacific Island BBQ with Asian influence. They offer Hawaiian Ramen, Sushi (Musubi) and their take on Pulled Pork (Kalua). They are the home of the Ramen Burger and monthly AlohaFriday entertainment events. 1302 Austin Hwy | 210-474-6699 http://www.llhawaiianbbqsa.com $
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THE BARBECUE STATION Authentic wood-smoked barbecue brisket, ribs, sausage and chicken. 1610 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-824-9191 barbecuestation.com $ - $$
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‘09 Eats THE PIGPEN A family-friendly neighborhood joint serving authentic Texas-style Barbecue. Try the Brisket nachos, brisket grilled cheese or the famous Bloody Mary. A great place to relax and listen to live music on the patio while the kids play on their playground. Also, don’t miss their SOUL FULL Sunday brunch which runs from 10am - 2pm. 106 Pershing | 210-267-9136 thepigpensa.com $ THE SMOKE SHACK Brisket, pulled pork, sausage, turkey, ribs and chicken, plus delicious sides like Smoke Shack Mac and spicy creamed corn. 3714 Broadway | 210-957-1430 smokeshacksa.com $ EUROPEAN BISTR09 Classic French Brasserie by Chef Damien Watel and Chef Lisa Astorga Watel. Extensive wine list and beautifully executed classic French dishes including Duck Breast Al’Orange, grilled quail, duck confit, dover sole, lobster risotto, foie gras, escargot and more. 6106 Broadway | 210-245-8156 bistr09.com $$$ (BR) COMMONWEALTH COFFEEHOUSE AND BAKERY Coffee, latte, cappuccino, espresso plus artisanal French pastries, savory croissants, sandwiches, soups, salads, crepes and more. 118 Davis Court | 210-560-2955 commonwealthcoffeehouse.com $ (P) FREDERICK’S French fusion curine prepared by chef Frederick Costa. A wonderful culinary experience with dishes that feature flounder, roasted duck, escargot and more. 7701 Broadway | 210-828-9050 www.frederickssa.com $$ - $$$ HOFBRAU & BEER GARDEN A beer garden and popular happy hour destination with hearty food. Offerings include German schnitzel, a chicken-fried rib-eye and brisket nachos. 7310 Jones Maltsberger | 210-290-8066 quarryhofbrau.com $ LA MADELEINE A quaint French country cafe serving breakfast, lunch and dinner with rustic interior stone fireplaces and quiet nooks where you can relax. Sip on a delicious cup of tea, enjoy buttery croissants, housemade pastries, French onion soup, beef bourguignon or chicken cordon bleu pasta. 4820 Broadway | 210-829-7291 lamadeleine.com $-$$
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THE WINCHESTER PUB An English-style pub with a Texas twist offering a large selection of craft cocktails, 18 beers on tap, wine and Champagne, and a full menu for breakfast, brunch, lunch & dinner featuring fish & chips, cheese curds, French toast, brisket grilled cheese sandwiches, Scotch eggs, and a hearty burger. The atmosphere is cozy with a large wooden bar, dart boards, and lots of large screen TVs’ showcasing your favorite sports teams. They also specialize in Soccer Saturdays showing games from European leagues. 5148 Broadway | 210-721-7762 thewinchesterpub.com $-$$
HAMBURGERS BURGER FI Gourmet burgers and hot dogs made from all natural, never-frozen meat. Vegetarian burgers are available too, plus sides like hand-cut fresh fries, crispy onion rings and frozen custard. 1907 Nacogdoches Road | 210-858-4052 burgerfi.com $ CHEESY JANE’S Burgers, sliders, sandwiches, salads and sides plus shakes in many flavors. 4200 Broadway | 210-826-0800 cheesyjanes.com $ CHESTER’S HAMBURGERS Rustic casual environment with lots of beers on tap and a genuinely great hamburger. 1006 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-805-8600 chestershamburgers.com $ FRONTIER BURGER A San Antonio staple famous for charcoal grilled hamburgers with a special blend of spices and seasonings and bakeryfresh buns. They are also known for their ever- popular thin, crispy onion rings, hand-dipped ice cream milkshakes and handmade fruit pies. 838 N.E. Loop 410 | 210-932-8040 frontierburger.com $ ORDER UP A healthy take on your standard burger, fries and shakes with gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options. 999 E. Basse | 210-824-9600 orderup-sa.com $ ITALIAN CERRONI’S PURPLE GARLIC Homemade soups, fresh salads, handtossed pizzas and Stromboli’s along with favorites like eggplant parmigiana and spaghetti with homemade meatballs. 1017 Austin Highway | 210-822-2300 ceronispurplegarlic.com $$ PAESANOS An upscale landmark Italian restaurant with a large menu of classic and contemporary Italian dishes and an extensive wine list. 555 E. Basse | 210-828-5191 paesanositalianrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ PESTO RISTORANTE Soul satisfying traditional Italian cuisine with a twist. Build your own pasta. 5221 McCullough | 210-314-1072 pesto-ristorante.com $$ SORRENTO’S Specializing in traditional Italian cuisine with antipasti, seafood and pasta dishes. 5146 Broadway | 210-824-0055 sorrentopizzeria.com $$ MEXICAN ADELANTE Serving what they refer to as health-Mex. All natural light and fresh dishes with plenty of vegan and vegetarian choices. 21 Brees Blvd. | 210-822-7681 adelanterestaurant.com $ BETO’S A unique combination of Mexican street food and Latin American soul food. The fish tacos were voted best fish taco in San Antonio. 8142 Broadway | 210-930-9393 betosaltmex.com $
CAZADORES MEXICAN RESTAURANT Enjoy a wide variety of Tex-Mex food served in a friendly, comfortable seting. A favorite for locals. 927 Rittiman Road | 210-824-0175 taqueriacazadoressa.com $ CHELA’S TACOS Very authentic regional Mexican tacos. Offerings include cilantro chicken, carnitas Michoacan style, carne guisada, picadillo and shrimp tacos and many more. 5231 Broadway, #117 | 210-753-1040 chelas-tacos.com $ LA FONDA 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 $$ (P) MEXICO LINDO Delicious Mexican cuisine including a full assortment of appetizers, salads, soups, tacos, combination plates, hamburgers, tortas, and family orders of fajitas. 555 E. Basse Rd., Ste. 113 210-310-3767 $$ PALOMA BLANCA 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 $$ (P) SOLUNA COCINA MEXICANA Trendy upscale Mexican restaurant with a lively happy hour, impressive margaritas, Tex -Mex favorites and a colorful patio. 7959 Broadway, #204 | 210-930-8070 Solunasa.com $$-$$$ (P) TOMATILLO’S CANTINA Brightly colored decor, lively music and great food. They feature an extensive list of flavored margaritas, tableside flaming queso flameado, enchiladas, fish and shrimp tacos, sizzling fajitas and more. 3210 Broadway | 210-824-3005 tomatillos.com $$ TORCHY’S TACOS Elevated Mexican street food with lots of innovative tacos filled with unexpected ingredients like salmon, Jamaican jerk chicken and ahi tuna. 999 E. Basse, #183 | 210-824-1603 torchystacos.com $ PIZZA BRAZA BRAVA Pizzas made in Neapolitan style in a woodfired brick oven. 7959 Broadway | 210-320-2100 brazabravapizzeria.com $$ CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN Fresh and light California-inspired salads, soups, flatbreads and pizzas. 255 E. Basse | 210-424-2014 cpk.com $$ FLORIO’S PIZZA Delicious authentic New York-style pizza. 7701 Broadway | 210-805-8646 floriospizza.com $ - $$
JULIAN’S PIZZERIA A warm, family-friendly environment serving pizza and Italian staples like spaghetti and meatballs, baked rigatoni and lasagna. 6462 N. New Braunfels | 210-595-3405 julianspizzeria.com $$ VOLARE GOURMET PIZZA An intimate, family-friendly restaurant serving New York-style thin-crust pizza and other Italian standards. 5054 Broadway | 210-828-3354 volarepizza.com $ - $$ STEAKS
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THE BARN DOOR Family-owned steakhouse with Westernstyle decor, serving perfectly grilled steaks, delicious seafood and desserts. Ribeye’s, porterhouse and New York strip steaks, plus Chateaubriand, rack of lamb, Gulf Coast oysters and fresh salmon. They have a full bar and frequently offer fine live entertainment. 8400 N. New Braunfels | 210-824-0116 thebarndoorrestaurant.com $$ - $$$ (LV) FLEMING’S STEAKHOUSE High-end steakhouse serving prime aged beef, pork chops, North Atlantic lobster tails, Alaskan king crab legs, Chilean sea bass and other seafood specialties. 255 E. Basse, #200 | 210-824-9463 flemingssteakhouse.com $$$
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RUTH’S CHRIS Upscale steakhouse that serves prime ribeye,New York strip and filet mignon steaks on sizzling plates. They also feature delicious lamb chops, shrimp, lobster, crab cakes and chicken entrees plus generous desserts. 7720 Jones Maltsberger | 210-821-5051 ruthschris.com $$$
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COFFEE & DESSERTS COOKIE CAB Fresh baked warm cookies delivered to your door. Choose from favorites like chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, sugar, and snickerdoodle. 1832 Nacogdoches Road | 210-848.9920 cookiecab.com $ LA PANADERíA Artisan bakery that bakes several varieties of fresh bread and pastries daily. They have a large, airy dining area and serve gourmet coffee, soup and sandwiches. 8305 Broadway | 210-375-6746 lapanaderia.com $ MENCHIE’S Non-fat/low-fat yogurts with fun toppings you add yourself. 999 E. Basse, Suite 177 | 210-824-1104 menchies.com $ NOTHING BUNDT CAKES Delicious Bundt cakes in flavors like lemon, carrot and white chocolate raspberry adorned with thick cream cheese frosting and decorated for any occasion. 5164 Broadway | 210-233-8430 nothingbundtcakes.com $$
GRIMALDI’S PIZZA Casual, Brooklyn-based pizzeria chain serving brick-oven pizzas and calzones. 330 E. Basse, #101 | 210-832-8288 grimaldispizzeria.com $$
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Eat In ‘09
Where Japan Meets Texas BY MEREDITH KAY PHOTOGRAPHY BY AL RENDON
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giant red octopus greets you as you walk through the door at Piranha Izakaya, and you can’t help but root for the Japanese warrior trying to slay the enormous beast. The mural encompasses the entire wall and sets the stage for the wonderful Japanese fare that has made Piranha Izakaya an Alamo Heights favorite for nearly 10 years.
The décor is chic and minimalistic, with beautiful wooden tables and accents throughout the airy dining room. This allows for the food to take center stage. The menu offers several small plates to get you started, featuring traditional Japanese appetizers like gyoza, crispy pork and vegetable dumplings, as well as edamame and stir-fried Ginger Beef. However, their standout small plate nods back to the eight-legged monster on the wall. Takoyaki are delicious octopus fritter balls rooted in sweet soy and drizzled with a ginger cream sauce and topped with green onion and bonito flakes. They are dense and flavorful, but they are also filling, so make sure to share them so you can sample several different items from the menu. Japanese food is one of the most diverse cuisines in the world. There is so much more to it than just sushi, and Piranha Izakaya showcases this diversity with their ramen noodle bowl options. There are several flavor profiles to choose from and you can add just about anything you like to the ramen based on what you are craving. The Spicy Miso ramen is served steaming hot, but it’s the heat in the broth that will have you ordering another Sapporo. It features chewy bamboo slices, minced pork, scallions, a poached egg, and rayu, a Japanese chili oil that will assault your taste buds and satisfy even the most hardcore spicy food lovers. Once your palate begins to experience the myriad of flavors coming at you, you’ll want to order one of Piranha Izakaya’s specialty house-infused cocktails. Just above the bar on a high shelf, you’ll see several large glass jars slowly seeping fruit flavors into name brand liquors. Try the refreshing Cucumber Cooler with cucumber infused vodka, fresh lime juice, mint, and bitters. The restaurant offers a great selection of sake, as well as Japanese and craft beer and wine. They also feature Happy Hour every day from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with reduced prices at
the bar and on their most popular appetizers. The sushi and sashimi menu features many classic sushi rolls, as well as some delicious and very creative original rolls. Guests will find it hard to decide between the inventive Ribeye Roll, which features cold slices of ribeye steak, cucumber, avocado, scallions, tempura fried sweet potato and spicy mustard vinaigrette, and the signature Piranha Roll with spicy salmon, cucumber, avocado, tuna, spicy ponzu sauce and kizami, a lighter version of wasabi with green onion and citrus. So, whether you are a traditionalist, or your palate is a bit more adventurous, there is always something new to discover at Piranha Izakaya. There are five Piranha Izakaya locations throughout Texas, and the restaurant recently underwent a remodel in 2019 bringing in modern, hand carved furniture and installing a beautiful and very intricate infinity design piece in the center of the ceiling. The architect was inspired by the meticulous woodwork he saw in Japan and wanted to create a modern focal point for the dining room. The restaurant staff is very attentive and friendly, and the General Manager, Hieu Pham, speaks earnestly when he states, “What sets our restaurant staff apart is our teamwork. The customer comes first, and we work together to make sure that our customers leave happy.” Even during this pandemic, when restaurants are having such a hard time hiring and retaining employees, Piranha Izakaya has experienced very little turnover. There is something to satisfy everyone at Piranha Izakaya, and there are plans soon to bring back the yakitori grill, as well. The restaurant is open for lunch with bento box specials, and they are open for dinner and takeout orders. If you are looking for something a little different, and you are willing to be a little adventurous, then Piranha Izakaya is the perfect place to take a culinary walk on the wild side. 78209magazine.com | OCTOBER 2021 47
Police Blotter AHPD CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS DIVISION 6116 Broadway, San Antonio, TX 78209 (210) 822-2164 FAX (210) 822-7111
NARCOTICS VIOLATION, UNLAWFULLY CARRYING A WEAPON A vehicle stopped for a traffic violation emitted a strong odor of burned marijuana; a probable cause search of the vehicle discovered multiple bags of marijuana, vape cartridges containing cannabis oil, and a loaded pistol. 09/11/21 4800 blk Broadway WANTED PERSON The driver of a vehicle observed near closed businesses refused to stop for an officer attempting contact; the driver used multiple evasive actions before being stopped in the 600 blk. College; the driver was uncooperative and secured for officer safety; investigation discovered the driver had an active arrest warrant for criminal mischief. 09/05/21 6100 blk Broadway
DWI, BRIBERY, CRIMINAL MISCHIEF Officers responding to a report of a disturbance found a male and female subject engaged in an aggressive disturbance; the female subject was taken into custody after hitting her head against their vehicle causing lacerations; the male subject stated the female subject went ‘crazy” after becoming intoxicated and started assaulting him while he was driving; investigation revealed the driver was under the influence of alcohol and impaired; the male subject was charged with DWI and the female subject was charged with bribery and criminal mischief for damages caused to a patrol vehicle. 09/05/21 200 blk Blue Bonnet
FRAUDULENT USE/POSSESSION OF IDENTIFYING INFORMATION An officer on patrol during early morning hours observed a vehicle driving aimlessly through the neighborhoods; when the officer began following the vehicle, it swerved quickly to the side of the road, the driver got out of the vehicle then fled into a backyard; two passengers in the vehicle were contacted and identified; officers observed two wallets and tools commonly used in vehicle burglaries; the wallets were retrieved and found to contain credit cards and driver’s licenses of three people; driver not found, but charges will be filed at-large against him as well. 08/30/21 100 blk Rosemary HARASSMENT, TERRORISTIC THREATS Victim reported her husband had started a relationship with another woman; since then, the girlfriend has been making threatening phone calls to the victim and her young sons; the victim went to the girlfriend’s house in San Antonio, where she was threatened by the girlfriend who was in possession of a firearm. 08/27/21 1100 blk Townsend WANTED PERSON Male subject contacted while roaming the neighborhood was found to have an active arrest warrant issued out of Pennsylvania for a parole violation 08/26/21 300 blk Montclair
VEHICLE BURGLARY Unlocked vehicle unlawfully entered during overnight hours to steal property inside the vehicle; missing property found a short distance away. 09/02/21 100 blk Lamont EVADING ARREST, UNAUTHORIZED USE OF MOTOR VEHICLE The driver of a pick-up truck intentionally attempted to evade an officer trying to stop him for a traffic violation; after crashing into a curb, the driver fled on foot but was found hiding in a storage shed in a residential backyard; investigation revealed the truck was stolen out of San Antonio; the driver was booked on felony evading charges due to having previous convictions. 09/02/21 5700 blk Broadway
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