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North Central Local Lowdown/September-October

Alamo Heights High School students (left to right) Olivia Humphries, Timandra Rowan and Jamie Mayes developed their business product, Fyder Filament, which was a winner in this year’s INCubatoredu National Student Pitch. Courtesy photo

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GUS’S WORLD FAMOUS FRIED CHICKEN, 812 S. Alamo St., offers fried chicken, baked beans, fried okra, macaroni and cheese and seasoned fries. Fried green tomatoes and fried pickle spears also are available. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more, call 210-463-4038 or visit https://gusfriedchicken.com/ or https://www.facebook.com/GusFCSanAntonio. 

MIXTLI, 812 S. Alamo St., Suite 103, has a rotating quarterly menu that explores cuisines from different parts of Mexico. Having previously opened in Olmos Park, Mixtli’s new Southtown space features a larger dining room, an open kitchen concept and a new bar. Seating tickets open one month in advance. For more, visit http://restaurantmixtli.com. 

In Other News

CASTLE HILLS MARKS ITS 70TH YEAR AS A CITY WITH A SPECIAL EVENT ON SEPT. 26. The Castle Hills Historical Society invites residents to a celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at City Hall, 209 Lemonwood Drive, where attendees may share facts and anecdotes about the town’s past. Simultaneously, the Commons next door will be the site of a 1950s car rally and a food truck with tacos. From 5 to 8 p.m., an “Evening at the Castle” will be held at the Veranda, 1746 Lockhill-Selma Road. This includes a tour of the historic property led by the original owner’s grandson, Bryant Slimp,  catering with a retro theme, and a presentation by Slimp about the area’s past. Each $75 ticket includes two drink tickets; a cash bar will also be available. Interested people may pay cash or make a check payable to “Castle Hills Community Organization” and mail to CHCO, 209 Lemonwood, San Antonio, Texas, 78213.

ALAMO HEIGHTS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT FORMALLY RECOGNIZED THE STUDENTS BEHIND FYDER FILAMENT, which was a winner in this year’s INCubatoredu National Student Pitch. Jamie Mayes, Olivia Humphries, Timandra Rowan and Alix Rios, all in Alamo Heights High School’s business incubator, developed their concept – a 100% recycled polypropylene 3D printer filament. The student creators say the filament would extend the life of discarded industrial plastic bulk bags by turning them into spools of 3D printer filament. Fyder Filament was among five national finalists in the INCubatoredu pitch held virtually earlier this summer. A panel of professionals judged each presentation. Fyder and a team from Austin Westlake High School each was awarded $10,000 in seed funding to further develop their respective products.

CONSTRUCTION CREWS WORKING ON BITTERS ROAD IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN SAVANNAH PASS AND BLANCO ROAD have stabilized finished a retaining wall footer. They also have installed wall panels and backfilled the area near Blanco and Bitters.

Contractors work on bond-funded improvements on Bitters Road near Blanco Road. Courtesy photo/City of San Antonio

MILITARY TIMES WEBSITE HAS RANKED THE UNIVERSITY OF THE INCARNATE WORD AMONG TOPS IN THE NATION FOR ITS SERVICE TO MILITARY MEMBERS. UIW ranked No. 4 in the Southwest, No. 6 in private not-for-profit institutions, and No. 43 in the overall rankings nationwide in the website’s annual “Best for Vets” listing. this year the website ranked 366 institutions nationwide.

BUILDING OF THE DISTRICT 9 SENIOR CENTER IS UNDERWAY, as construction crews work on setting up structural steel, and new curbs, sidewalks and drive entrances. Water lines and parking lot irrigation sleeves, also, are being installed at the 26,300-square-foot facility going up at 840 W. Rhapsody Drive. 

SAN ANTONIO ZOOS ECHOTHERM CREW SPENT PART OF THE SUMMER CELEBRATING MULTIPLE BIRTHS AND HATCHINGS, some of which are listed as endangered, critically endangered, or extinct in the wild. Ectotherm means any animal whose body temperature regulates by external sources, such as sunlight or a heated surface. Recent births and hatchings include three Mexican lance-headed rattlesnakes, and two rare aquatic species of pupfish.

BRICTON GROUP ANNOUNCED THE HIRING OF DENISE ACUNA AS SALES AND MARKETING DIRECTOR FOR THE NEW MARRIOTT SAN ANTONIO AIRPORT HOTEL, which opens this December. Acuna has more than 20 years of experience opening and maintaining award-winning hotels and venues, including the opening of five multi-million-dollar hotels and two large entertainment venues in El Paso, Texas. Located at 77 N.E. Loop 410, just west of the San Antonio International Airport, the $36 million hotel is a joint venture led by The Bricton Group and The Gettys Group.

THE CITY OF SAN ANTONIO THIS SUMMER COMPLETED IMPROVEMENTS TO A MONTE VISTA ALLEY between East Mulberry and East Huisache avenues from North Main and McCullough avenues. 

FOR THE FIRST TIME, NORTHSIDE INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT HAS THREE INNOVATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD WINNERS. Steven Anderson, student information systems coordinator of programming services, was honored. Early childhood education teachers who were part of the “Learning for Littles” video series also were honored: Kimberly Bundick, Lisa Dadci-Rosillo, Marcelle Landin, Marissa Rodriguez, Kimberly Swenson, Barbara Triplett, and Patricia Zamora. Recognition also went to teachers and staff behind the Middle School Online Course Protection Program: Emily Countryman, Elaine Estrada, Gina Garza, Matt Garrett, Rick Gomez, Jennifer A. Gonzales, Stacey Griggs, Katherine Lyssy, Gerri Rizzo, and Crystal Szcyubialka.

NEW GAS AND SEWER LINES WERE BEING INSTALLED AS PART OF THE NORTH ST. MARYS STREET IMPROVEMENT PROJECT. Phase I road reconstruction began in August. Upgrades are taking place between East Mistletoe Avenue and West Josephine Street.


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