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Cars burglarized along 1604 corridor "on a weekly basis" says SAPD


Cars are being burglarized along the 1604 corridor near Hwy 281 “on a weekly basis,” according to the San Antonio Police Department. The latest string of smash and grabs occurred Thursday night at the Drury Inn and Suites. Windows were broken and items taken from roughly four or five cars parked outside the hotel, located north of 1604 at Sigma Road.

A Drury Inn employee said they do have a security guard on the premises, but would not comment further. The hotel’s manager did not return phone messages. But, Gene Lopez, manager of the neighboring Carino’s Italian Grill, confirmed burglaries are common in that area. A few weeks ago, Lopez’s own vehicle was broken into while parked right outside the restaurant doors. At around 4 p.m. the car lock was smashed and his radio and I-POD stolen.

Stone Oak man to compete in SA Marathon



Even if you managed to catch a glimpse of Joshua Trevino, it was a quick one. The 23-year-old Stone Oak resident is little more than a blur these days running full speed in preparation for the Nov. 11 San Antonio Marathon.

Running an average of 10 to 12 miles a day and with less than a month left to train, Trevino says he definitely feels up to the challenging 26.2 mile race. “I think I’m going to do pretty well,” he says confidently, although later admitting, “Hopefully I make it to the marathon since I’ve been plagued with injuries.”

Hundreds attend Jenna Bush book signing

Jenna Bush signs customers books at Barnes and Nobles


Hundreds of people endured the security checks, the specific rules of conduct, the long lines and even longer wait times for a chance to meet Jenna Bush Tuesday evening.

The first daughter made in appearance at the Barnes and Noble near highways 281 and 1604 to sign copies of her new non-fiction book titled Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope. In a brief speech geared more towards the younger members of the audience, Bush explained how she came to know Ana, a 17-year-old girl in Panama dealing with AIDS, motherhood and the loss of her parents.

Rattler Sports Report - October 16, 2007 - Football, Volleyball and Cross Country

Rattler Sports Report


Rattlers get back on Track with win over Wagner

I guess this week better late than never applies for the Rattler Sports Report.  We missed updated as soon as the game was over Friday night as we were to busy celebrating the Rattler Football team getting back on track by beating up on Wagner.  By now everyone knows Marcus Wright had a stellar game and huge second quarter leading your Rattlers to a 6-1 record and 5-1 in district play.  Wagner did a great job of slowing down the Rattlers for the first period but did not have the depth to stop the running and passing attack.  The Rattler defense had a tremendous game lead by some great run defense by the Line backing core.

Power outage along Stone Oak Parkway

Motorists heading home this Friday evening are being hit with hefty traffic along Stone Oak Parkway due to a power outage. According to CPS Energy, downed wires are the cause of the outage which is affecting all street lights along Stone Oak Parkway between 1604 and Huebner Road. The cause of the downed wires has yet to be determined. Crews have been dispatched to the scene for repair.

Construction of retail center at Hardy Oak and Stone Oak Parkway nearly complete

Alta Vista Shopping Center


Although greatly delayed by the constant wave of heavy rain this past summer, construction of the new Alta Vista retail center at the corner of Hardy Oak and Stone Oak Parkway is expected to be completed within the next 30 days. 

“We hope to be finished by the first week of November,” says Rob Golding, chief operating officer at the Live Oak-Gottesman Group, the site’s developer.  Initial plans for the project, which began last spring, called for a Sept. 1 completion date.

Multiple buildings will encompass the five-acre parcel, including a two-story, roughly 32,000-square-foot retail space. 

BexarMet Water Capacity Update for Stone Oak

BexarMet substantially completed the emergency pipeline and well
development project on the Stein tract just west of the Vineyards area
in July 2007. Four water wells are permitted for use through the Texas
Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) and capable of supplying
approximately 3,600 gallons per minute (gpm) of additional water
capacity into the Hill Country system, which includes Stone Oak,
Sonterra, Greystone, The Vineyards, Hill Country Village and Hollywood

A 3,000gpm booster pump was installed at the BexarMet storage and
pumping facility on Knight's Cross Blvd. as part of that project and is
being used to shave the demand peaks from the system between midnight
and 6am when irrigation systems are operating in order to maintain
pressure in the higher elevations in Stone Oak. BexarMet is currently
working to secure a site for an elevated storage tank to provide
additional storage and pressure maintenance for the Hill Country system.

BexarMet is also participating in the upcoming construction and widening
of Blanco Rd. north of Huebner Rd. by relocating water mains. But this
is not expected to affect service in Stone Oak, Sonterra, the Vineyards,
Greystone, or any other BexarMet neighborhood in the area."

This is the update I received from our engineering group on Tuesday.

Nathan Riggs
Manager, Community Relations and Water Efficiency
BexarMet Water District
(210) 357-5705

Selling like Cupcakes to support Breast Cancer Research


These tasty sweets are helping to support a cure for breast cancer.  Stop by My Magical Meals on West Ave. between Blanco and Rhapsody and purchase one, six or a dozen of these delicious cupcakes and 100% of the sale  will go towards the Susan G. Komen Foundation for Breast Cancer Research.  Hurry, the offer ends at the end of October.  According to My Magical Meals owner, Mark Fogelson, "they are selling like hotcakes or actually cupcakes."

Katrina and Mark have recently opened their professional  meal preparation business and want to support the community in many ways.  Helping to cure breast cancer is just one.  Whether you buy one cupcake for  75 cents, six for $4 or a dozen for $7.50, you will brighten your day and know that your entire purchase is being donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Sigma Road Post Office Reopens



Sporting a contemporary look and a different owner, the Sonterra Contract Postal Unit on Sigma Road is once again open for business.  The full-service post office closed its doors July 30 while the new owner, Ted Lusk, remodeled.  Along with shiny new floors, paint and countertops, the post office now has two service windows to better serve customers. 

Of course, long lines are rarely a problem at this postal unit which Lusk agrees is the best kept secret in Stone Oak.  Tucked in the corner of a row of businesses at 18585 Sigma Road, the post office sees a steady yet manageable stream of patrons ensuring available parking spots and quick service nearly every time.

Rattler Sports Report - October 6, 2007 - Rattler Football Goes Down to Madison 42-14


While we were planning on recapping the game and the way the Rattlers fought to the bitter end but were just out classed by a tremendous Madison Maverick team; we thought it might be more important to take some time to pause and reflect.  Tonight Madison's star running back, Devin Thomas was injured in the 4th quarter and left the game on a stretcher with an apparent leg injury.  You can't be a High School football fan in San Antonio and not know about Devin Thomas.  The rivalry between Thomas and our own Marcus Wright has been well documented, even though they are good friends in real life.  Our thoughts and prayers are with Devin, his family and the Madison community.  Injuries happen in this game but when such a talent goes down it hurts the overall quality of all of the area teams play.  While we are dedicated to our own Reagan Rattlers and will back them as they make their way to the playoffs, tonight we will take a moment to reach out to our friends to the southeast in Orange and Blue.  Next week we will be back with more updates and photos but tonight we post a photo of a young man that needs all of our strength and prayers.  Good luck to the Rattlers as they try and put this night behind them and get ready for the Wagner Thunderbirds next Friday night back at Comalander stadium.  Wagner, who just won its first District 26-5A game two week ago, will come into the game hungry for another win.  We will be back with more photos and updates as the Rattlers push to the playoffs.