COMMUNITY PARTNERS TEAMED UP TO BOOST FIRE SAFETY AWARENESS for area seniors, including the Independence Hill Retirement Resort Community at Stone Oak. The San Antonio Fire Department collaborated with Independence Hill and two other neighborhood groups – Pride PHC Services Inc. and the Alamo Area Home Care Council – for a town-hall event featuring remarks from Fire Chief Charles Hood. The event was a precursor to National Fire Prevention Week, Oct. 8-14.

MICHIN GRILL KITCHEN & TEQUILA BAR CAME TO THE AID of the band at Reagan High School with a fundraiser. The Stone Oak restaurant donated 15 percent of its Sept. 27 food and beverage sales to the school’s fine-arts department, specifically, the marching band.

THE STONE OAK PROPERTY OWNERS ASSOCIATION CONTINUES TO ACCEPT DONATIONS for Hurricane Harvey victims through October. Items sought include nonperishable foods, baby food, diapers, hygiene products, water, batteries, flashlights, new and packaged clothing (not used), unscented baby wipes, pet crates, and new towels and sheets. Bring contributions to the POA office, 19210 Huebner Road, Suite 100; they will be delivered to the San Antonio Food Bank and the Animal Defense League of Texas.

THE REDLAND ROAD CONSTRUCTION PROJECT IS UNDERWAY, creating an impact on traffic from Loop 1604 to Jones Maltsberger Road. According to District 10 Councilman Clayton Perry, the work calls for temporary traffic-control devices. Located at Redland and Jones Maltsberger, city officials recommend allowing extra time to travel the area.

THE NORTH EAST INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD APPOINTED JOSEPH TREVINO as the Single Member District 3 trustee on Sept. 18. He’ll hold the seat through May, when an election for the full term decides the next representative. Trevino replaces Sandi Wolff, who resigned after moving out of the district. According to NEISD, “Trevino has been an active member of the PTA for several years and is currently the PTA president at Colonial Hills Elementary School. He is also an active member of the NEISD Council of PTAs and the chairman of the Back the Future committee. He and his wife have one daughter who attends Jackson Middle School.”

A LOWER PROPERTY-TAX RATE THAN PREVIOUS YEARS, OK’D BY the North East Independent School District Sept. 18, could result in savings of up to $160 annually for the average NEISD homeowner. The rate is $1.365 per $100 valuation. “The tax rate adopted tonight marks the third straight year the district has lowered the tax rate,” said Brian Moy, NEISD executive director of finance and accounting. “Over those three years, the tax rate has gone down by just over 7 1/2 cents.”

THE ARMY JROTC RATTLER BATTALION, VIPER TEAM DELTA from Reagan High School took first place Sept. 23 in the varsity girls division at the Urban Raider Challenge competition, officials said. The contest was held at the North East Independent School District obstacle-course complex, according to educators. The activity included four events: obstacle course, ruck run, one rope bridge and the cadet challenge.

WORK ON A NON-TOLLED EXPANSION OF U.S. 281 continues, with almost daily lane closures, according to state Rep. Lyle Larson, R-San Antonio. Larson, who represents a vast swath of the far North Side as part of Texas House District 122, urges residents to check his Facebook page for closings, both on 281 and in north Bexar County. For more, visit www.facebook.com/Lyle-Larson-234118818638/?ref=bookmarks.

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