1. RAY’S PIZZARIA, 17700 U.S. 281 North, Suite 108, is the fifth location opened by the Nader family. The eatery serves up New York-style pizza, wings, subs, pasta and more. The family opened the first pizza restaurant in 2009, growing to four locations in San Antonio and one in Live Oak. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sunday. For more, call 530-1030, or visit rayspizzaria.com. (See story on page 15)

2. K2 CRYOSPA, 946 N. Loop 1604 West, Suite 125, recently opened and offers various body-wellness treatments; spa and sauna services; health coaching, too. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday; and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. For more, call 616-2295 or visit facebook.com/K2cryospa.


THE HILL COUNTRY VILLAGE CITY COUNCIL retained the same tax rate during a Sept. 22 budget meeting at 14.5 cents per $100 assessed property valuation for 2016-17. The council adopted a slightly lower budget of $1,543,111, compared to $1.55 million from last year.

HOLLYWOOD PARK CITY COUNCIL kept the same tax rate during a Sept. 20 budget session at 51.1 cents per $100 assessed property valuation for 2016-17. City leaders also adopted a budget of $9,200,954, compared to $3.51 million last year.

78247 IS RANKED FIFTH among the nation’s hottest ZIP codes, according to realtor.com. The ranking is based on affordability and a low cost of living. According to the realty site, millennials make up 36 percent of mortgages in 78247 and have an overall homeownership rate of 61 percent in San Antonio.

MAYOR IVY TAYLOR AND DISTRICT 10 COUNCILMAN MIKE GALLAGHER presented George Small with an official city of San Antonio commendation Sept. 15 in celebration of his 104th birthday. Audience members gave a standing ovation during the ceremony. Small is a daily fixture at the Northeast Senior Center, and he was surrounded by family as he received his certificate. “It’s an inspiration to us all that at 104 years of age, Mr. Small is committed to living a social, active life and learning new things,” Gallagher said.

A PROPOSED PANHANDLING ORDINANCE introduced by District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher is under consideration by the City Council. It was heard by the Governance Committee and is being reviewed by the Criminal Justice, Public Safety and Services Committee and Economic and Human Development Committee. “I’m very pleased that this initiative is moving forward,” Gallagher said. “This is a citywide issue and we need to take a holistic approach to address all aspects and consequences of panhandling. I appreciate the work (Police) Chief (William) McManus has done to research multiple ways to address this problem and the thoughtful commentary provided (by the) Governance Committee.” In radio broadcasts, Gallagher has said panhandlers pose a hazard at busy intersections and claimed some are part of an organized group.

CROSSING GUARDS ARE NEEDED AT NORTH EAST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT campuses, especially at Northern Hills Elementary, according to District 10 Councilman Mike Gallagher. In a recent newsletter, he reminded residents to remain aware of children walking to and from school. Those interested in training to become a school crossing guard can call 207-7393 or apply online at sanantonio.gov/hr/CareerCenter.aspx.

HIDDEN FOREST ELEMENTARY SCHOOL received a $2,500 grant from Community First Health Plans to add a disc golf course to the campus SPARK park, which is open to the public after school and on the weekends. Parent volunteer Mops Dayal and P.E. coach Diane Trevino were excited when they found out, according to officials. “Mops initiated the idea and the grant was submitted on behalf of our P.E. coach,” said Principal Cody Miller. “This is going to be great for our community and for our students during the school day.” Bush and Nimitz middle schools also received grants.

A 2004 MACARTHUR HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE is serving in the Navy aboard the guided-missile destroyer USS Michael Murphy. Petty Officer 2nd Class Raul Garza is an operations specialist on the vessel operating out of Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii. Garza is responsible for navigation and identifying ships and aircraft at sea. “To be on this ship, specifically, is amazing because I always strive to do my best,” Garza said in a release. “The namesake of the ship, Michael Murphy, did his best and it is an honor that makes you want to give the ship your very best work. I owe it to him and the crew to do my best all day, every day.” Murphy was a Navy SEAL killed during hostilities in Afghanistan in 2005; he was awarded the Medal of Honor.

RANDY TOMASINI IS THE NEW DEER MANAGER in Hollywood Park. He formerly served as vice chairman of the city’s Deer Committee. Like other suburban cities on San Antonio’s North Side, Hollywood Park has programs in place to both maintain and control local herds.

HOLLYWOOD PARK CITY COUNCIL APPOINTED Scott Boynton and Ben Henderson to the Economic Development Corp. and reappointed Bert Thomson and Scott Farrimond. President Brent Lane and member Sudie Sartor were not reappointed and their terms ended on Sept. 30.

A LUNCHEON HELD TO THANK SAN ANTONIO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AMBASSADORS recognized the volunteers for their dedication and hours of service, according to city officials. Last year ambassadors assisted more than 336,000 passengers and donated more than 33,000 hours to the airport. Volunteer hours are equivalent to 16 full-time staff members, or an estimated savings of more than $500,000  in salaries each year, officials said. Ambassadors donate a minimum of four hours a week to provide assistance and a warm welcome to visitors. For more on becoming an Airport Ambassador, call 207-3546.

SWBC CHAIRMAN CHARLIE AMATO AND PRESIDENT GARY DUDLEY WERE HONORED with the San Antonio Chamber of Commerce’s 2016 Pathfinder Award. Officials said the men personify characteristics of a pathfinder — pioneers in their field and visionary community leaders.

SWBC INSURANCE SERVICES ACQUIRED SAN ANTONIO-BASED Levy & Levy & Lefton Insurance Agency, one of the oldest independent insurance agencies in the city. David Lefton, principal of Levy & Levy & Lefton, will join the SWBC family and continue to serve his clients. Lefton was named vice president of insurance services. Levy & Levy & Lefton was founded in 1919. Lefton joined his father, Arthur Lefton, at the firm in 1969 after graduating from the University of Texas.

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