Local Community News http://localcommunitynews.com Search Local Community News Mon, 14 Aug 2017 15:38:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.6.2 Gastropub offers tastes of Japan http://localcommunitynews.com/gastropub-offers-tastes-japan/ http://localcommunitynews.com/gastropub-offers-tastes-japan/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:44:18 +0000 http://localcommunitynews.com/?p=2575 Steve Mahoney’s newest concept Hanzó is an “izakaya,” or informal Japanese gastropub, where patrons can enjoy handcrafted elixirs and small plates. “I’ve always been fascinated by Japanese culture, their attention to detail and just really their artistry and their craftsmanship. They’re just very dedicated to trying to achieve perfection, even if it takes a lifetime,”… Read More

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Steve Mahoney’s newest concept Hanzó is an “izakaya,” or informal Japanese gastropub, where patrons can enjoy handcrafted elixirs and small plates.

“I’ve always been fascinated by Japanese culture, their attention to detail and just really their artistry and their craftsmanship. They’re just very dedicated to trying to achieve perfection, even if it takes a lifetime,” Mahoney said.

Hanzó, which opened May 18, is at 7701 Broadway, Suite 124 in Dijon Heights. Mahoney described it as a welcoming, casual neighborhood bar.

This is Mahoney’s latest watering hole. He also owns Blue Box, George’s Keep and Francis Bogside, which is being repaired after a fire last October.

Cocktails at Hanzó use fresh-pressed juices, infusions and bitters, all made in-house with Japanese ingredients.

Popular drinks are the Matcha Matcha Man made with matcha green tea, Shiso Thursty with nigori sake, and Southern Root with fresh carrot juice, tequila and mezcal.

“It is a very approachable menu. For the summertime, it’s pretty light and bright.” — General Manager Christine Hill

Beer and sake can also be procured.

Hanzo-10Several tiny meals created by Executive Chef Justin Richardson are available. He tried to build off the cocktail menu to keep the food items “casual but cheeky,” he said.

Dishes include the pork gyoza, handmade dumplings with napa cabbage and a dipping sauce and the salmon temaki, two hand rolls filled with the Atlantic fish, tossed in soy and fresh sushi rice in a soy wrapper, and topped with panko fried avocado stuffed with crab.

“When we were building the menu and developing everything, we wanted to stay true to what is traditionally done and keep all the relevance,” Richardson said.

Happy hour is 4 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday. Deejay Gibb is there Friday evenings, and karaoke is every Saturday night.

Daily hours for the kitchen are 4-10 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. for the bar.


HANZÓ

7701 Broadway, Suite 124

For more, call 826-1488 or visit hanzobar.com or facebook.com/hanzobarsa

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Farmers market returns to Alamo Quarry Customers hail organic selections http://localcommunitynews.com/farmers-market-returns-alamo-quarry-customers-hail-organic-selections/ http://localcommunitynews.com/farmers-market-returns-alamo-quarry-customers-hail-organic-selections/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:38:52 +0000 http://localcommunitynews.com/?p=2572 Three years after a popular farmers market at the Alamo Quarry Market shut down, an all-new outdoor shopping venue featuring stalls with organic foods and artisanal wares has debuted in the parking lot. The new Alamo Heights Farmers Market opened June 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in front of Whole Foods… Read More

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Three years after a popular farmers market at the Alamo Quarry Market shut down, an all-new outdoor shopping venue featuring stalls with organic foods and artisanal wares has debuted in the parking lot.

The new Alamo Heights Farmers Market opened June 18. Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sundays in front of Whole Foods Market.

Rancher Tony Koch, who sold meat and other products at the previous farmers market, said his customers have been asking for it to reopen.

“After it closed, people kept asking us, ‘When are y’all coming back?’” Koch said. “We’ve been working on it for several years to get back to this location.”

Koch was able to reach an agreement with Whole Foods to use part of its lot. The new Alamo Heights Farmers Market has about 25 vendors, with farm-fresh selections including produce, grass-fed/grass-finished beef, lamb, goat and wild hog meats, chicken, eggs, kombucha, pecans, honey, gourmet coffee, lemonade and more.

Customer Chuck Fletcher said he’s glad a farmers market has returned.

“We used to come here when it was (the Quarry Ranchers and Farmers Market),” Fletcher said. “We go to the Pearl Farmers Market also. It’s good to have more choices, where you can buy organic eggs, corn not sprayed with (herbicides), grass-fed meat — products with no antibiotics, no pesticides.”

John Engel, of Engel Farms in Fredericksburg, said a large following for its tomatoes and peaches have already been drawing customers to the new market.

“The Texas Hill Country is known for its peaches,” Engel said.

Curtis and Debbie Stiefer of 3G Farms also are vendors at the new market. They grow and sell broccoli, carrots, kale, tomatoes, onions, beets, peppers and beet greens. Debbie Stiefer also makes and sells jams and pickles, as well as pickled carrots and pickled okra.

“The pickled vegetables have evolved into a real business,” she said. “People love the pickled rainbow carrots. They are big sellers; people love to put them on sandwiches.”

The Quarry Ranchers and Farmers Market, which was started by Heather Hunter and F. David Lent, opened at the Alamo Quarry Market in 2011. It lost its lease  there in 2014 because of concerns about traffic and parking. It briefly moved to The Yard shopping center in Olmos Park before closing down.

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Woodridge Elementary gets new principal http://localcommunitynews.com/woodridge-elementary-gets-new-principal/ http://localcommunitynews.com/woodridge-elementary-gets-new-principal/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:34:44 +0000 http://localcommunitynews.com/?p=2569 Woodridge Elementary School’s new principal says her goals include building great relationships with the community and stressing public education’s positive aspects. Gerrie Spellmann took over in July. “Back when we were younger, the schools were a center of the community,” she said. “Now there can be some negativity toward it. A challenge is making sure… Read More

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Woodridge Elementary School’s new principal says her goals include building great relationships with the community and stressing public education’s positive aspects.

Gerrie Spellmann took over in July.

“Back when we were younger, the schools were a center of the community,” she said. “Now there can be some negativity toward it. A challenge is making sure we can get the word out about all the good things that are happening in public education. It’s all about building relationships between the adults in the school, between the community members and parents, and between the teachers with the students.”

Spellmann brings 23 years of experience to her leadership role in the Alamo Heights Independent School District.

“I’ve gotten a lot of positive impressions about the district,” she said. “There are so many good things going on with Woodridge Elementary. I’m looking to continue those things because there is a lot of great things already happening.”

Spellmann previously spent 10 years in the Judson Independent School District, with her last post as principal of Copperfield Elementary School.

“We are very impressed with Gerrie’s positive people skills, passion for public education, innovative thinking, commitment to continuous improvement and her leadership beyond her own campus,” said Superintendent Kevin Brown. “Gerrie will fit in perfectly with our amazing Woodridge staff and organizational culture.”

Spellmann felt the call to be an educator at a very young age.

“I love learning and helping others learn. I’ve always wanted to be a teacher since I was in elementary school. I’ve always wanted to be an educator; that’s just one of the things I knew I wanted to be growing up.” — Gerrie Spellmann

Being an educator, whether a teacher or an administrator, means being a leader and helping others, she added.

“I enjoy being an instructional leader,” she said. “Just walking the walk, teaching not only teachers and helping coach and guide them, but also students. I like to see those little light bulbs go off both with our students and staff members.”

She appreciates the teachers and other mentors who helped shape her life and educational philosophy, said Spellmann, who became an administrator later in her career.

“In every profession, every single person is where they are because of the influence of some type of teacher,” Spellmann said. “That is probably the most rewarding, being able to impact lives.”

Spellmann was drawn to AHISD because of the district’s focus on students as individuals, such as the “Profile of a Learner” initiative, including promoting pupils’ social and emotional well-being.

“When I read about Alamo Heights (ISD) and saw their mission and vision and the direction they were going, it was a great match,” she said. “The district really focuses on kids as individuals, as well as meeting the individual needs of those kids and meeting them where they’re at and taking them to that next level, no matter their current level of instructional functioning. It’s not one-size-fits-all education.”

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Supergoop Savior http://localcommunitynews.com/supergoop-savior/ http://localcommunitynews.com/supergoop-savior/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:29:37 +0000 http://localcommunitynews.com/?p=2566 As the school year starts, Howard Early Education Center students will be among the first in the nation taking part in a new program aimed at preventing skin cancer by using sunscreen. That couldn’t have happened in the Alamo Heights Independent School District or any Texas public school two years ago. But thanks to a… Read More

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As the school year starts, Howard Early Education Center students will be among the first in the nation taking part in a new program aimed at preventing skin cancer by using sunscreen.

That couldn’t have happened in the Alamo Heights Independent School District or any Texas public school two years ago. But thanks to a change in state law, a consortium of cancer-prevention advocates and the Terrell Hills mom who created Supergoop, things are different today.

When Holly Thaggard first got the idea for Supergoop, she was on a mission – to create a sunscreen for schoolchildren. Ten years later, she’s making progress.

In the process, she has become the CEO of a fast-rising company with offices in San Antonio and New York. Forbes featured her in July; the Wall Street Journal did a piece in May. A diverse range of Supergoop products, from sunscreen mist and sunscreen mineral-setting powder to sunscreen lip balm are distributed by several retail giants. Just this summer, Supergoop’s combined skincare-plus-sunscreen products earned favorable mentions in several publications.

Thaggard, who rolled out the brand in Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand in July, expects sales to reach $20 million this year.

It all started when Thaggard and her husband, Ty, a lawyer and San Antonio native, were living in Dallas. A close friend, who was 29, was diagnosed with skin cancer.

“A dermatologist friend told me that early exposure to (ultraviolet) rays is usually the basis for skin cancer. Right out of college, I had taught third grade in a very affluent school – and when she said that about early exposure, I suddenly realized I had never once seen children using sunscreen at school.” — Holly Thaggard

Her entrepreneurial spirit kicked in. Working with a chemist, she created a product free of controversial ingredients such as parabens or synthetic fragrances that also did not feel greasy. She called it Supergoop Everyday SPF 30, and aimed to market it to schools in large classroom dispensers.

But there was a problem. Sunscreen is classified as an over-the-counter drug. At the time, in every state except California, it was prohibited in public schools without a doctor’s note or permission slip. The business plan failed. Thaggard turned to refining Supergoop for the retail market, as a skin-protection product that worked with makeup.

“When we launched in retail 2010 we disrupted a very sleepy category in the world of SPF. Nobody was waking up and thinking, ‘How do we deliver SPF in a beautiful anti-aging eye cream or a luxurious body oil?” Thaggard said.

Tennis champion Maria Sharapova, already a professed fan and user, came on board as investor and spokeswoman. The company blossomed.

But Thaggard never forgot her mission. She and Ty moved to San Antonio in 2010 with their two children, Emery and Will, now 12 and 9 years old, respectively.

“When Emery was in first grade at Cambridge (Elementary School), the day before a class field trip she came home with a note in her backpack that said if she was found with sunscreen it would be discarded. That refueled my drive to make the school project work,” Thaggard said.

At last, things are changing. In 2015, based on information from the American Cancer Society, the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and others, the Legislature passed a bill to allow students to use and carry sunscreen in schools, and the Texas Education Agency adopted the law.

“We know from epidemiologic studies that getting sunburn in childhood – or five blistering sunburns between age 15 and 20 — can double the risk of melanoma. And half of children and adolescents get at least one sunburn a year,” said Dr. Jeffrey Gershenwald, a surgical oncologist at M.D. Anderson. As part of a preventive health program, M.D. Anderson has developed a sun-safety curriculum for kindergarten through first grade, featuring cartoon superheroes Ray and the Sunbeatables.

“With some of the initiatives such as sun-safety programs, there will be more awareness,” Gershenwald said. “Simply being able to use sunscreen in schools sets up a paradigm where you can actually practice sun safety. Supergoop has been sort of a partner in that regard.”

Now Thaggard is working with M.D. Anderson to offer free 64-ounce Supergoop! dispensers to classrooms using the Sunbeatables curriculum, or any other schools that are interested, in Supergoop’s  charitable program called Ounce by Ounce. It will roll out nationwide this month.

Howard is the first local campus to have the program. Thaggard started working with the school last summer, said Kathi Martinez, AHISD health coordinator and a registered nurse at Howard.

“Anything that promotes health and wellness for the kids is our job. When Holly reached out to the district, we began meeting last fall to learn more about it and how to implement the program in school,” Martinez said. “Holly was willing to get us the sunscreen, and we needed to get parents and teachers involved.”

The district hopes to add Cambridge and Woodridge elementaries in the future.

Still on her mission, Thaggard has gone beyond simple footwork. When Martinez asked for help coming up with a way to get children to apply their sunscreen in an orderly way, Thaggard wrote and recorded “This is My Sunscreen,” a jingle to the tune of “You Are My Sunshine,” in English and Spanish. At Howard, before going outdoors to play, kids line up and pump the Supergoop, applying sunscreen and singing as they go.

“In a way, it’s as though I’m coming full circle now,” Thaggard said. “I started out as a teacher, and I guess in a way I’m not far from that today.”

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Let them eat cake, goodies http://localcommunitynews.com/let-eat-cake-goodies/ http://localcommunitynews.com/let-eat-cake-goodies/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 18:22:34 +0000 http://localcommunitynews.com/?p=2557 During the dog days of summer, San Antonio VIPs celebrated special occasions with cake, cocktails and curators, keeping everyone cool as cultured cucumbers. The Briscoe Western Art Museum hosted a reception to present its summer exhibition showcasing a very rare, deluxe set of George Catlin’s North American Indian portfolio. This edition of 31 hand-painted color… Read More

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During the dog days of summer, San Antonio VIPs celebrated special occasions with cake, cocktails and curators, keeping everyone cool as cultured cucumbers.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum hosted a reception to present its summer exhibition showcasing a very rare, deluxe set of George Catlin’s North American Indian portfolio.

This edition of 31 hand-painted color plates is among the most famous color-plate books of its kind.

Guests gathered at the beautiful museum to toast the new exhibition and get a private preview during a fun and informative evening full of cocktails and culture.

Meanwhile, there was plenty of patriotic fervor in Terrell Hills.

The family fun began at the corner of Eldon Road and Ivy Lane for the much-anticipated, always-sizzling Fourth of July parade and picnic featuring floats, firefighters and splashing fun on the Geneseo Esplanade.

Young and old alike, and even canines, enjoyed the food booths, kids’ activities and general, all-American frolicking during this Fourth-tastic event.

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Earl Abel’s heads back to Broadway http://localcommunitynews.com/earl-abels-heads-back-broadway/ http://localcommunitynews.com/earl-abels-heads-back-broadway/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:35:33 +0000 http://localcommunitynews.com/?p=2554 Earl Abel’s, one of San Antonio’s most storied restaurants on the near-North Side, is returning to Broadway. It relocates from 1201 Austin Highway to 1639 Broadway near the Pearl. For generations, the restaurant was a go-to destination for everything from pie and coffee to anniversaries, celebrations, weddings, proms and more at Broadway and East Hildebrand… Read More

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Earl Abel’s, one of San Antonio’s most storied restaurants on the near-North Side, is returning to Broadway.

It relocates from 1201 Austin Highway to 1639 Broadway near the Pearl.

For generations, the restaurant was a go-to destination for everything from pie and coffee to anniversaries, celebrations, weddings, proms and more at Broadway and East Hildebrand Avenue, before clearing out in 2006 to make way for a high-rise condo.

The grand opening celebration at the Pearl is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1, with a soft opening in mid-September.  The Austin Highway location will remain open through the end of September.

Owner Roger Arias plans on using this move as an opportunity to breathe new life into the business.

“This is a restaurant unlike any other,” he said. “The customers are so passionate.  They pled with me not to change anything. But the time has come.”

“We are excited to have Earl Abel’s move in. The restaurant will get a lot more pedestrian traffic.  And once you’ve had their fried chicken, you can’t live without it.” — Glenn Huddleston, owner of Harper/Huddleston Inc. 

With a little help from a design team, Earl Abel’s decor will receive a facelift.  The interior will feel fun, fresh and modern while keeping with Earl Abel’s signature funkiness.

Some old items will make it to the new place, but be warned — some will not.

The famous “Abelisms” like “Eat here.  Diet tomorrow,” or “It’s a brave man who ate the first oyster,” will be there in a “different way,” teased Arias with a sly grin.

“Who knows?” he said.

And to shake things up more than one of the creamy milkshakes, the full bar is coming back.

It will serve up original classic cocktail recipes along with Texas beers from Real Ale Brewing Co., some new twists on old favorites and everything in between.  Another change is that customers will order at the counter instead of the traditional table service.  The menu is being slimmed down and will also include more healthy options such as organic vegetables and a variety of salads.

But everyone remain calm — the old favorites such as the fried chicken, pies, chicken fried steak, pancakes, eclairs, cream puffs, fried shrimp and catfish will remain.

“My father was in the service and we would go to Earl Abel’s whenever we went off base.  We would just hear the name and scream, ‘Let’s go!’” said Joseph Cruz, a local mechanic and loyal customer.

Generations of San Antonians have visited Earl Abel’s for more than one birthday, special occasion, family gathering or morning-after unless, of course, they have been living under a rock for the last 84 years.

But Earl Abel’s is more than just the legendary fried chicken. San Antonio’s love affair with this icon goes beyond the pies and eclairs in the dessert case.  When the beloved landmark decided to close in 2006, San Antonians reacted as if the Alamo was being turned into a Starbucks.

“I remember going there with my family after my first communion in 1956,” said Pam Haney, owner of Invitations, Etc. in the Sunset Ridge Shopping Center.  “It was a big deal back then.”

“We used to go there when we were kids and would visit my grandparents who lived in Olmos Park, way before we moved to San Antonio,” said longtime customer and graphic designer Christine Sykes.  “I know most people go there for the fried chicken, but my mother and I still like to go for the All-In-One Breakfast. It’s a perfect little meal.”

The eatery began in 1933, when out-of-work silent picture organist Earl Abel opened his first restaurant in a small house on Main Avenue.  And before the days of air-conditioning, San Antonio was really hot. But Abel came up with the idea of serving dinner al fresco (because it was 20 degrees cooler outside in the shade) and the outdoor “Garden of Eatin’” was born.

Next, the ever-entertaining Abel, who missed performing for an audience, began telling jokes whenever customers bought a beer.  Before he knew it, Abel was a success.

His business branched out to many locations (including one in California), but eventually settled into the beloved circular building at Broadway and Hildebrand in 1940, where it remained for the next 66 years until the Abel family sold the property to make way for The Broadway condos.

After a public outcry, Arias bought the rights to the business and moved it to Austin Highway.

“When we reopened at our current location in 2006, there was a line around the block,” he chuckled. “Mr. Abel’s secret was to give the customers what they want and that’s what a whole new generation of customers are going to get at our new location.”

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Fund set up for Olmos Park stray animals http://localcommunitynews.com/fund-set-olmos-park-stray-animals/ http://localcommunitynews.com/fund-set-olmos-park-stray-animals/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:30:22 +0000 http://localcommunitynews.com/?p=2551 OLMOS PARK — With costs rising for the care of stray animals, city officials are hoping residents will contribute to a fund set up to defray veterinary expenses. For Fiscal Year 2017, the city authorized a budget increase to cover the keeping of loose cats and dogs, and in May the City Council approved the… Read More

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OLMOS PARK — With costs rising for the care of stray animals, city officials are hoping residents will contribute to a fund set up to defray veterinary expenses.

For Fiscal Year 2017, the city authorized a budget increase to cover the keeping of loose cats and dogs, and in May the City Council approved the additional creation of the Stray Animal Fund supported by voluntary contributions.

“We’re probably going to be over budget and that’s why we are doing this fund. The expense keeps crawling up,” said City Manager Celia DeLeon.

The city has long collaborated with Eagle Veterinary Hospital, 4701 McCullough Ave., to look after the animals and get them adopted into good homes, according to officials.

The voluntary fund is in addition to allocations of $9,000 already authorized under the current municipal budget. The city earmarked $8,500 last year.

“Olmos Park is a small city filled with wonderful, caring residents who are always lending a helping hand even to stray animals that find their way here,” said Councilman Enzo Pellegrino. “We have seen an increase in stray animals being picked up by our residents and Police Department.”

Leaders hit upon the idea of the voluntary fund for stray animals after residents kept asking how they could help, Pellegrino said. The fund will cover shots, checkups and adoption efforts.

“This fund will allow us to continue to care for these animals as well as allow us to maintain a well-balanced budget.” Enzo Pellegrino, Councilman

The city is bordered by Olmos Basin Park, and people have been known to dump their pets in the woods.

“Our budget was increasing for that particular line item because we have so many stray animals located or found in our area,” DeLeon said. “So we developed a fund and we’ve been receiving contributions to help with costs to care for those animals. There’s been a positive response.”

She added, “There’s always residents that want to help out, so this is something we put out there to see if they can help out.”

So far the fund has raised about $3,300.

DeLeon said the city has had a good working relationship with Eagle Veterinary for many years.

“They’ve been taking care of our stray animals and getting them ready for adoption, but it’s getting really expensive to maintain the costs of the vaccinations and examinations the animals need, so this is why we did this,” she added.

Those interested in donating can mail or drop off a check at City Hall, 120 W. El Prado Drive, Olmos Park, TX 78212. Make checks to “Stray Animal Fund.” For more, call City Hall at 824-3281.

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The Local Lowdown – August 2017 http://localcommunitynews.com/local-lowdown-august-2017/ http://localcommunitynews.com/local-lowdown-august-2017/#respond Mon, 07 Aug 2017 17:22:51 +0000 http://localcommunitynews.com/?p=2549 DAVID’S LEGACY FOUNDATION HAS PARTNERED WITH iHeartMedia in the fight against teen cyberbullying by launching the David’s Law Anti-Cyberbullying Pledge. The initiative was designed by Left Right Media and includes stickers that can go on “cellphones, computers and other communication devices to serve as a statement and reminder that the device will never be used… Read More

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DAVID’S LEGACY FOUNDATION HAS PARTNERED WITH iHeartMedia in the fight against teen cyberbullying by launching the David’s Law Anti-Cyberbullying Pledge. The initiative was designed by Left Right Media and includes stickers that can go on “cellphones, computers and other communication devices to serve as a statement and reminder that the device will never be used as a weapon” to bully. David’s Law, which gives schools and the police more legal power to investigate cyberbullying, is named after David Molak, a 16-year-old Alamo Heights student who took his own life in January 2016 after being victimized by online harassment.

THE ALAMO HEIGHTS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT RECENTLY WAS designated a Common Sense Certified District for digital citizenship by Common Sense, a “national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology,” officials said. The recognition lauds AHISD as having “demonstrated its commitment to taking a whole community approach to preparing its students to use the immense power of digital media to explore, create, connect and learn, while limiting the perils that exist in the online realm, such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.”

THE INAUGURAL CLASS OF  THE NEW CAST TECH PROGRAM housed at the renovated Fox Tech High School recently met at Rackspace to participate in Tech Industry Day. Pupils “used interactive skills to design a Rube Goldberg machine and coding skills to program a robot,” according to officials. They also listened to an industry panel and toured the facilities. CAST Tech, or the Centers for Applied Science and Technology, is an in-district charter campus billed as San Antonio’s first high-tech school. It opens in the fall to freshmen, and uses computer-based facilities to enable students to pursue technology-oriented professions.

THE WELLS FARGO BANK IN OLMOS PARK has closed its doors, according to reports. Located at 4014 McCullough Ave., the bank was shuttered as part of a decision by Wells Fargo to close 200 branches this year, officials said. Last year Wells Fargo shut 84 branches, and next year is set to close another 200, according to the company.

WHOLE FOODS MARKET DONATED A BUTTERFLY GARDEN to the Hemisfair Conservatory, a spokeswoman said. A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the garden took place June 24 and the celebration included “art activation, face painting, kite flying” and other festivities. The butterfly garden complements the “500 nectar and host plants of 16 varieties” that have been planted in the downtown park, officials say.

THE SAN ANTONIO CONSERVATION SOCIETY HAS NAMED officers for one-year terms that started June 29. They are Susan Beavin, president; Patti Zaiontz, first vice president (historic structures); Kathy Krnavek, second vice president (missions, parks, waterways); Barbara Hall, third vice president (education and public relations); Maggie Arnold, fourth vice president (Night in Old San Antonio); Sandy Sands, fifth vice president (budget); Patricia Seidenberger, secretary; Rose Moran, treasurer; Jackie Fellers, NIOSA treasurer, Joanna Parrish, presidential adviser; Mary Rogers, parliamentarian; and Margaret Winn, chaplain. Vincent Michael is the executive director.

TRINITY UNIVERSITY IS A RECIPIENT of the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation’s Raising Texas Teachers, a program to provide $50 million over the next 10 years in scholarships for students “committed to a career in teaching,” according to a release. The investment is sponsored by H-E-B Chairman and CEO Charles Butt. Our Lady of the Lake University is the other local recipient.

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