By Local Community News | November 8, 2017 | lcnadmin | Leave a comment PRESS COFFEE’S FRENCH PLACE LOCATION announced its brick-and-mortar operation at 606 W. French Place was expected to close Oct. 22, allowing the Alta Vista-based business to go mobile in the next few months. The new iteration will offer breakfast and lunch, according to a Facebook post. Customers are encouraged to check the page — www.facebook.com/Ilovecoffeeinsatx/ — for future details.IMPROVEMENTS TO BROADWAY AS PART OF A TEXAS DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION project included forming and pouring sidewalks from Grove Place to Arcadia Place, as well as at the Patterson Avenue intersection, according to the Alamo Heights website.THE SAN ANTONIO CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVED A POLICY REQUEST to strengthen penalties for illegal demolitions in historic districts. According to officials, violators will be fined an amount equal to the cost of reconstructing the home with as many of the original materials as possible, including fees for attorneys, architects and an appraiser. Violators also will be subject to civil penalties, officials said.THE PEARL RECENTLY WAS NAMED ONE OF 15 “GREAT PLACES IN AMERICA” by the American Planning Association. The Pearl — a 22-acre shopping, residential and dining destination just north of downtown — rose on the site of an iconic but vacant San Antonio brewery, and today is home to dozens of locally owned businesses. In October, the APA celebrates the best in planning throughout the United States.SAN ANTONIO HAS COMPLETED THE 2017 SMARTSA WI-FI IN THE PARKS INITIATIVE, bringing the number of Wi-Fi accessible city parks to 22. The initiative was designed to improve digital access, and enhance the way residents use community spaces and interact with the environment, officials said.THE LATINO COLLECTION AND RESOURCE CENTER opened at the Central Library to honor the literary culture of Hispanics and Latinos, a representative said. Features of the new space include more than 10,000 books and monographs in English and Spanish, a writer’s workshop and conference room, lecture and programming space, research and study areas, private study rooms and an art gallery featuring pieces from the personal collection of Ricardo and Harriett Romo. Programming in the space will feature “pláticas” — talks — with local authors, art exhibits, writing workshops and community learning events.CENTRAL CATHOLIC HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE ADAM TREVINO is the recipient of a $1,000 scholarship from the Crosley Law Firm. Trevino is a freshman at the University of Texas.GO RIO RIVER CRUISES, A PARTNERSHIP LED BY BUSINESSWOMEN HOPE ANDRADE AND LISA WONG, has officially assumed operations of the boats that ply the waters of the River Walk downtown, according to officials. They are inviting visitors and locals to “Step into the Soul of San Antonio.” According to a spokeswoman, the most visible change to the river cruises is a new fleet of quiet, eco-friendly electric-powered boats with panels of vibrantly colored punched aluminum resembling papel picado. Panel themes will include a mission, a military motif and a nod to the city’s upcoming tricentennial next year.KEYSTONE SCHOOL RECENTLY WAS RANKED THE EIGHTH MOST CHALLENGING HIGH SCHOOL in the country by The Washington Post. The school, located in the Monte Vista Historic District, also boasts San Antonio’s highest percentage of National Merit semifinalists, according to a release. The school also offers aid to students with demonstrated financial need in grades six through 12.AT 100 YEARS OLD, SCHILO’S became the oldest restaurant in San Antonio, according to a release. The origins of this landmark eatery serving German-Texan fare date back to 1917 with founder “Papa” Fritz Schilo, who started it as a saloon. Today, the Lyons family is celebrating a century of delighting diners with iconic root beer, handcrafted Reuben sandwiches, split pea soup and other food favorites.THE TEXAS TAMAULIPAS TRADE CENTER, 3015 San Pedro Ave., recently debuted to enhance trade between Texas and the border state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, in the import/export, agribuisiness and energy sectors. Francisco Garcia Cabeza de Vaca, the governor of Tamaulipas, campaigned on the promise to open a trade center.A NEW DOG PARK OPEN TO THE COMMUNITY from sunrise to sunset has debuted at the Woodbridge Condominiums, 3102 Eisenhauer Road. The apartment recently celebrated the grand opening of the park after transforming the tennis court into what is billed as a uniquely designed area for neighbors and their pets to enjoy.BETSY HOMAN, AN INTERIOR DESIGNER specializing in new construction, renovations, condominiums, family homes, ranches and vacation homes, has been named one of the top 100 interior designers in the world by the Andrew Martin Interior Design Review. She is one of only 13 Americans to be so honored this year.