A BOBCAT WAS RECENTLY SPOTTED IN IN FAIR OAKS RANCH, according to the Police Department. Officers noted the creatures rarely attack people, but offered steps to discourage the cats from invading properties: Maintain domestic animals in a secured enclosure with a sturdy roof; keep pets inside; remove uneaten outdoors pet food between feedings; trim shrubbery, grass and plants to deny bobcats any hiding places; erect fencing (though they can jump up to 12 feet high); and work with neighbors. To report sightings, contact local game wardens or the Texas Parks & Wildlife Departmentat 1-800-792-1112.

BLANCA ALDACO, OWNER OF ALDACO’S AT THE DOMINION, announced the restaurant is closing in order to focus on its Stone Oak location. Its last day at 22211 Interstate 10 West was Nov. 12. La Fogata will take over the premises; an opening is slated for December. “We are very excited for Patrick Richardson and the team at La Fogata, and can’t think of anyone better to take over this beautiful space,” Aldaco said in a release. Richardson also owns Silo, and has a variation, Silo Terrace Oyster Bar, in the same retail development, Dominion Ridge. Aldaco’s Stone Oak locale is 20079 Stone Oak Parkway.

BRANDEIS HIGH SCHOOL CULINARY-ARTS STUDENTS ADALENE BENAVIDES AND TRISTAN BOND RECENTLY BOTH RECEIVED $500 SCHOLARSHIPS AFTER WINNING THE St. Philip’s College Salsa Competition. The duo put their spicy cooking skills to the test, competing against seven other area high schools. Students, given an hour to create their dish in front of judges, were evaluated on taste, technical skills, presentation and sanitation.

NORTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT NATIONAL MERIT SEMIFINALISTS AND COMMENDED SCHOLARS WERE RECENTLY ANNOUNCED in the scholarship program’s 63rd iteration. More than $32 million gets distributed to 7,500 students. Semifinalists include Shuying Zhao of Brandeis High School and Stephen McNierney from Clark High School. Commended scholars include Francis Caruso, Courtney Clark, Mariah Gomez, Lynsey Lamoureux, Sophia Rodriguez and Jared Shannon (Brandeis); Sophia Abuabara, Joshua Daniel, Luke Fitzpatrick, Joseph Koch, Arik Liane, Caitlin Lorenz and Madeline Sykes (Clark); and Julia Barnfield, Elizabeth Bendrey, Kristina Delagarza, Matthew Deniz and Imaya Farrell (O’Connor High School). Also, National Hispanic Scholar Finalists were named including Gomez, Rodriguez, Nathan Bambacigno, Riley Beard, Carmen Gonzalez, Daniel Guerrero, Kathryn Reitman, Sarah Reyes and Katherine Soto (Brandeis); Abuabara, Sykes, Alexandria Garcia, Grayson Gillaspia, Joshua Mika, Abraham Reyna, Eileen Gallegos, Jose Lopez, Antonio Paz and Alexandria Reyna (Clark); and Delagarza, Savannah Ajas, Mauricio Davila Castillo and Augustine Deering III (O’Connor).

A CLARK GRADUATE IN THE NAVY IS CONTRIBUTING TO THE U.S. EFFORT SUPPORTING nuclear defense, a military spokesman said. Petty Officer 2nd Class Addison Perez, a 2006 alum, serves at Strategic Communications Wing ONE at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. His mission stems from a 1961 Cold War order known as “Take Charge and Move Out,” or TACAMO, where personnel are assigned to provide a “survivable communication link” between decision-makers and operators of the nation’s nuclear arsenal. The master-at-arms is part of the Navy’s law-enforcement team providing security to “assets” essential to national security, the spokesman said.

CLARK HIGH SCHOOL CADETS TOOK PART IN VETERANS DAY FESTIVITIES across San Antonio. The Air Force JROTC spent the holiday supporting school and community events, with the color guard presenting the flag at Locke Hill Elementary School and two retirement communities, then finishing with a drill at Methodist Texsan Hospital.

A STATE REPRESENTATIVE FOR THE FAR NORTH SIDE recently announced the relocation of his constituency office. Headquarters for Lyle Larson, a Republican holding the Texas House District 122 seat, is now 16607 Blanco Road, Suite 1405. For more, call 210-405-5402 or email

ASHLEY STEWART IS THE NEW ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT FOR SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION at Boerne Independent School District. Trustees approved her appointment during a special meeting Oct. 26. She previously served as the assistant superintendent for leadership, planning and innovation at Midlothian Independent School District, just south of Dallas. “Boerne ISD is gaining a wealth of experience and professional commitment with the arrival of Dr. Stewart,” Superintendent Tommy Price said in a release.

JAMIE ROBINSON WAS NAMED THE PRINCIPAL OF THE NEW VAN RAUB ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, and Laura Walch will fill his former spot at Fair Oaks Ranch Elementary School as the top administrator. Robinson, appointed Oct. 16, will assume his role in January. Parents and staff from Kendall and Fair Oaks Ranch elementary schools, along with district administrators, recommended Robinson for the position. Van Raub is the first of three fledgling campuses opening under the 2016 bond. Approved Nov. 13, Walch comes to the Boerne Independent School District from Mason, where she served as Mason Elementary & Junior High School principal.

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