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Southside Lowdown/June 1-July 6

Outgoing San Antonio District 3 City Councilwoman Rebecca Viagran marked Earth Day in April with a tree-planting at the dog park at Brooks. Courtesy photo/City of San Antonio


BROOKS PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY, 2302 S.E. Military Drive, Suite 101, provides full pediatric dental care. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. For more, call 210-972-6354 or visit https://brookspediatricdentistry.com.


HARLANDALE MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS NOW HAVE A “Little Locker” on campus offering free books, courtesy of San Antonio Youth Educational Support, or SA YES. Students may pick up, read and exchange publications anytime, including during the summer. 

OUTGOING DISTRICT 3 CITY COUNCILWOMAN REBECCA VIAGRAN PLANTED A TEXAS ROSEBUD TREE AT THE BROOKS DOG PARK April 22 in honor of Earth Day. “Every step we take makes a difference, and I encourage you to do something good for the environment today – whether it be planting a tree or recycling, please give back to your local community,” she said.

CUISINE SOLUTIONSNEW FACILITY AT BROOKS WAS NAMED Food Engineering Magazine’s 2021 Sustainable Plant of the Year. The newly $200 million, 315,000-square-foot sous vide processing facility, built in 2020, was recognized for sustainability in design, construction and operations.

SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOLS RICKY LOCK WILL COACH TEAM GOLD in the 2022 San Antonio Sports All-Star Football Game. The match will showcase top local high school players following the All-American Bowl on Jan. 8, 2022, in the Alamodome. Johnson High School’s Mark Soto will coach Team Black in the battle between the area’s top seniors.

BLUE CARES, THE SAN ANTONIO POLICE OFFICERS ASSOCIATIONS NONPROFIT OUTREACH ARM, AWARDED $17,000 IN SCHOLARSHIPS to 12 high school students, including Amariah Gustamante and Christian Salazar, both of Harlandale High School. The Blue Cares Scholarship was created in memory of Officer Patricia Calderon, who drowned in Salado Creek Dec. 27, 1988, while chasing a shoplifting suspect. “The scholarships, which are funded through Blue Cares’ fundraising events, sponsors and SAPOA members, are awarded to deserving students from all across San Antonio,” said SAPOA President Danny Diaz. 

HARLANDALE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT POLICE SGT. GABRIEL GUTIERREZ saved the lives of a family including two students during a house fire in May, officials said. According to a news release, Gutierrez was on duty early in the morning and driving north on South Flores Street when he passed the 200 block of East Amber Street and smelled something burning. He saw smoke roiling from a house, activated his patrol car’s bar lights, jumped a gate and banged on doors and windows. Within a few minutes, the homeowner and her children — two HISD elementary students — were evacuated as firefighters arrived and extinguished the fire. “I commend you for your heroic efforts. As humble as you are, I know you will tell me you were just doing your job,” Superintendent Gerardo Soto said about Gutierrez.

A COLLECTION DRIVE DONATED MORE THAN 100 PROM DRESSES TO SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS, thanks to the effort led by community volunteers Lina Prado and Bexar County Clerk Lucy Adame-Clark. The drive included an in-person donation event at Coffeecionado.

Lina Prado and Bexar County Clerk Lucy Adame-Clark help to lead a collection drive of prom dresses for Southside High School students participating in this year’s prom. Courtesy photo

BROOKS ANNOUNCED THE APPOINTMENT OF TWO NEW BOARD members: Alejandra “Alex” Lopez, a San Antonio assistant city manager, and Daniel “Dan” Rossiter, assistant program manager of research and development at Southwest Research Institute. “We are excited to welcome Alex and Dan to our board of directors. They bring years of leadership in key areas, such as strategy implementation and technology development, that are vital to our future operations and strategy,” board Chairman Jim Campbell said in a statement. “Their counsel and expertise will enhance the energy of our board and strengthen Brooks’ mission to promote and develop a vibrant, sustainable and inclusive community that serves as a catalyst for transformative economic development and regional prosperity.”

SOUTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS WHO PERFORMED WELL ON THE State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness exam had a chance at winning prizes, such as a PlayStation 5, a pair of Air Jordan shoes, mini iPads and a smart TV. These and other incentives were made possible via community donations, officials said. In addition, SISD offered prizes such as a field day at Southside ISD Stadium, and the use of 50 Cardinal bucks per passed exam at Cardinal Stores. In order to qualify, students needed to pass all STAAR exams or raise their scores by 10% over the start-of-the-year results.

SOUTHSIDE HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR CALEB CAMARILLO SIGNED A LETTER OF INTENT on National Signing Day, committing to play football at Air Force Academy. Camarillo has also participated in baseball and track and field at Southside.

SOUTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS LUCIAN BOGRAN WAS NAMED THE SAN ANTONIO AREA ASSOCIATION FOR BILINGUAL EDUCATORS2021 SAAABE English as a Second Language Teacher of the Year. Also, Superintendent Rolando Ramirez was a 2021 SAAABE Honorable Mention award recipient.


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