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TRINITY UNIVERSITY HAS NAMED TESS COODY-ANDERS vice president for strategic communications and marketing. Coody-Anders, a Trinity graduate, was appointed by university President Danny J. Anderson following an extensive national search.

THE LANDA BRANCH LIBRARY REOPENED SEPT. 21 after being closed since June 5 for renovations, the San Antonio Public Library announced. The Monte Vista Historic District facility “received a complete exterior restoration and interior improvements to realign public service areas for better customer service and refresh furniture and paint,” according to a press release. “This project will ensure that the beautiful Landa Branch Library remains an iconic part of the San Antonio Public Library system for years to come.” Funding of $815,000 came from the city’s 2016 and 2017 fiscal year budgets, plus $10,000 in private donations. According to officials, the library system celebrates the improvements and the Landa’s 70th anniversary with a family-friendly celebration from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Oct. 14.

OLMOS PHARMACY GENERAL MANAGER ROD CAMPBELL recently announced on Facebook the popular diner/soda fountain/pub at East Hildebrand and McCullough avenues is permanently closed. Over time, it was also known as the Olmos Park Bharmacy after it switched from a traditional drug store and diner to a live-music venue with food. No explanation was given, but Campbell thanked all his regular customers for their support over the years as well as the performers for their many live music events at the watering hole.

THE SAN ANTONIO CONSERVATION SOCIETY IS accepting nominations for its Awards for the Built Environment. According to a release, the goal is to recognize the highest level of accomplishment in historic preservation, and to recognize the highest quality preservation of the built environment, in an effort to educate the public about preservation and to encourage further contributions in that field. The nominations must be delivered by 4:30 p.m. Nov. 3 to Conservation Society headquarters, 107 King William St. For more, visit: www.saconservation.org/Portals/0/Events/NomForm2018.pdf

AFTER A 30-YEAR ABSENCE, AN 1892 FIRE PUMPER has returned to the Alamo City. The horse-drawn apparatus, also known as a steam fire engine, was retired from service in 1910 when fire engines in San Antonio became motorized. The San Antonio Fire Department donated it to the Witte Museum in 1939. Later, the Witte loaned it to the Houston Fire Museum until it was returned Aug. 14 and delivered to the San Antonio Fire Museum, 801 E. Houston St.

DC PARTNERS HAS NAMED JORDAN FOSTER CONSTRUCTION the general contractor for the Thompson San Antonio Hotel and The Arts Residences, a $116 million, 20-level mixed-use hotel-condominium tower on the River Walk that will bring luxury living to downtown. The developer also announced the opening of The Arts Residences Sales Center, located in the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts Administration Building, 115 Auditorium Circle.

THE HERO RIDE, A MOTORCYCLE RIDE BENEFITING the 100 Club of San Antonio and Special Ops Warrior Foundation, recently collected nonperishable food donations for victims of Hurricane Harvey on behalf of the San Antonio Food Bank. The Alamo Quarry Market was one of the first stops, where Food Bank bins were located at Canyon Café and Whole Foods Market for food donations to families that felt the impact of the storm.

AT&T DONATED MORE THAN 150 BACKPACKS to the inaugural freshman class at CAST Tech High School, or Centers for Applied Science and Technology, to help students gear up for success and to help kick off the new school year.

BEXAR COUNTY JUDGE NELSON WOLFF RECENTLY UNVEILED BexarConnect —  new, interactive kiosks installed downtown to deliver street-level communication technology, including free public Wi-Fi, dual 55-inch outdoor displays, touchscreens and USB quick-charge capabilities. BexarConnect also displays information regarding Bexar County exhibits, upcoming events and information on BiblioTech, the digital library, as well as content on geographic points of interest.

THE COMPLETION OF TWO STREET PROJECTS off of Austin Highway has been lauded by District 2 Councilman William “Cruz” Shaw and other city officials.  Olney Drive between Pansy and Ginger lanes, and Pansy from Byrnes Drive to the dead end, were completely reconstructed to provide proper drainage. Both streets received new asphalt pavement, as well as new curbs, new sidewalks, driveway approaches and wheelchair ramps at the intersections. Other improvements include topsoil and grass along the right of ways.

TWO PORTIONS OF BLANCO ROAD HAVE BEEN COMPLETED UNDER THE 2012 bond project, from Edison Drive to El Monte Boulevard and from Olmos Creek to Jackson Keller Road. Both sections received underground drainage improvements, sidewalks, curbs, pedestrian crosswalks, wheelchair ramps and pedestrian signals, city officials said. Additional improvements included improved traffic signals at Dresden Drive, Burwood Lane, Lovera Boulevard, Wildwood Drive and Nimitz Middle School. The budget for Blanco Road Phase II was $14.6 million. The total investment for Blanco Road Phase I and Phase II was $36.4 million, drawn from the 2007 and 2012 bonds. Phase I, completed in July 2014, improved Blanco from San Francisco Street to Edison and from El Monte to Olmos Creek.

HOUSTON BAPTIST UNIVERSITY LONG SNAPPER DANIEL GARZA, a 2013 Alamo Heights High School graduate and a football captain in 2012, was selected to the STATS FCS Preseason All-America Team, officials said. According to a release, Garza, a senior, “picked up third-team honors after appearing in every HBU football game in program history as the team’s long snapper. In 2016, he did not have a fumbled snap on 25 field-goal attempts, 21 extra-point attempts and 80 punts. Additionally, Garza was the snapper on Alec Chadwick’s 60-yard made field goal at Incarnate Word on Nov. 17, (2016), the longest field goal in NCAA Division I (both FBS and FCS) all season.”

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