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Cone Zone This Weekend!

August 25 – 27, 2007
US 281 Southbound between Isom and Sunset (COMPLETE CLOSURE)

Beginning at 3:00 a.m. on Saturday August 25, 2007 crews will issue a complete closure of the US 281 Southbound main lanes between Isom and Sunset.  Crews will also close one to two lanes on US 281 Northbound, on an as needed basis, due to crane overhang. The Entrance Ramp from Jones Maltsberger and the Exit Ramp to Sunset will also be closed.

Due to the location of the beam placement, crews will have to close the exit to Terminal Drive, Westbound Terminal Drive between Jones Maltsberger and US 281, and the US 281 Southbound Frontage Road between Jones Maltsberger and the IH 410 Westbound Frontage Road.

New Traffic and Criminal Laws Effective Sept. 1st

If you have a young driver with a learner's permit, you'd better put down the book or DPS will throw it at you. 

There are new Texas laws that become effective September 1st.  You might want to read about them if:

  • You own a dog (Lillian’s Law)
  • You have a driver with a learner’s permit (pay attention or else)
  • You have a concealed handgun license (continuing education required)
  • You own a car (new minimum liability coverage amounts for insurance)
  • You are 79 or older (new driver license rules)
  • You own an ATF (new registration requirements)

There are 29 different bills covering everything from the theft of copper wiring to tougher penalties (including GPS monitoring) for sexual predators.  The entire document can be found here.

Top Ten Signs You’ve Had Too Much Rain, The Sequel

Here we go again... 

10.      The only high ground in the area consists of fire-ant mounds.

9.        It’s August and you’ve only used the lawnmower twice.

8.        So much dirt has been tracked in that seedlings are springing up in your carpet.

7.        You can sleep through the alarms on your weather radio.

6.        The high population of bugs is causing the birds to become morbidly

A Little Friday Humor

Best "Out of Office" Automatic e-mail Replies:

1. I am currently out at a job interview and will reply to you if I fail to get the position.  Be prepared for my mood.

2. You are receiving this automatic notification because I am out of the office.  If I was in, chances are you wouldn't have received anything at all.

3. Sorry to have missed you, but I am at the doctor's having my brain and heart removed so I can be promoted to our management team.

4. I will be unable to delete all the unread, worthless emails you send me until I return from vacation. Please be patient and your mail will be deleted in the order it was received.

Flashing Beacons Light Up School Zones


City Councilman Kevin Wolff was riding high in a cherry-picker this morning as he unveiled the new overhead flashing beacon on Evans Road at Tejeda Middle School.  The beacons are part of his Safe Schools Program and are funded through District 9 NAMP (Neighborhood Access and Mobility Program) funds.  Wolff has earmarked $255,000 for school zone flashing beacons at fourteen schools in District 9 – five of them in the Reagan cluster. 

Councilman Wolff reported that once school starts, his office receives a flood of calls from parents concerned about school zone safety.  “The benefit of the overhead flashing beacon is that it is visible to all lanes of traffic (moving in the same direction) which will lead to increased compliance in school zones,” Wolff states.  The overhead beacons at District 9 schools are the first of their kind in San Antonio. 

Dr. Richard Middleton, Superintendent of Northeast ISD attended the ceremony and thanked Wolff and the City of San Antonio.  He credited Councilman Wolff for his work in getting the recent bond issue to rebuild Bulverde Road approved.  NEISD Executive Director for Safe and Healthy Schools, Speedy Gonzales (yes, that’s really his name) said the growth in Stone Oak is a real logistical challenge for NEISD.  He’s already working to meet the traffic challenge the new hospital will bring to Sonterra.

Sales Tax Holiday This Weekend!

It won't be long (14 days - not that we're counting!) until the kids head back to school.  Retailers are starting their back-to-school advertising, too.  Want to get a head start but not sure what to buy?  Here’s a link to the NEISD School Supply Lists for Elementary, Middle and High School students.

The Texas sales tax holiday this year is on August 17, 18, and 19 if you want to save even more money.  For more information, click here Sales Tax Holiday.

Happy shopping!

Dine at Clear Springs Restaurant and support the Food Bank!


                             1st Annual San Antonio Restaurant Week! 

During the week of Monday, August 13 – Sunday, August 19 the entire city is encouraged to eat dinner at several participating restaurants, $5.00 from each meal served will go directly to the San Antonio Food Bank.  Clear Springs Restaurant is the location in Stone Oak that is participating.

The city's finest chefs have prepared amazing menus that are sure to impress and tantalize the hungriest fans of great food.  For $35.00 you will be treated to a full three course meal, not including beverage, tax and gratuity.

                            Clear Springs Restaurant  Menu:

13th Annual Arts and Eats Event Set for November 1st


 Haute cuisine and extraordinary art! Mark your calendar! The 13th Annual Arts & Eats will be held on Thursday, November 1st from 7:00 – 11:00pm and we cordially invite you to participate in one of San Antonio’s most anticipated and recognized events.   

Once a year, the Blue Star Contemporary Art Center coordinates a culinary and visual art spectacular known as Arts and Eats. Each year more than 30 of San Antonio and surrounding region’s top chefs feature their signature culinary delights to over 1,000 attendees, showcasing their high profile expertise while competing for top awards from a panel of fabulous celebrity judges. Each restaurant provides complimentary samples of one of their preferred dishes to attendees, as well as to the discriminating celebrity judges who determine the winners in several categories. In conjunction with such gastronomic delights, a select group of highly collectable art pieces from Texas’s most distinguished artists will be on exhibit the evening of the event. 

Importance of back to school eye exams

Learning Disability or Vision Problem?

Why A Back-To-School Eye Exam Is Essential


Almost 80% of what a child learns in school is presented visually.  It stands to reason then, that good vision is essential to learning. Yet studies show that only 31% of children between the ages of 6 and 16 have an annual eye exam. And 70% of children under 6 years, the age at which most vision problems can be treated before permanent damage occurs, have never had an eye exam.

Horseback Riding on the Horizon in Stone Oak


At the Stone Oak POA Advisory Committee meeting Wednesday, the proposed development of the Diamond T Ranch was unveiled.  Although District 9 Councilman, Kevin Wolff was unable to attend the meeting he is quite supportive of the project which is adjacent to Stone Oak Park.  Dode Harvey, Mike Mazur and John Krause from Diamond T Partners presented their master plan that includes 50 home sites, an equestrian facility and a 20,000 square foot office/retail facility.

They envision a setting similar to Brackenridge Park where families can spend a day walking the trails, horseback riding and enjoying a meal at one of the restaurants.  In partnership with the Parks Department, they will make improvements to facilitate better access to Stone Oak Park.  The office facility will provide also provide a respite area for park and police officers.  New stables for about 40 horses will be built and Diamond T residents will have the exclusive opportunity to board horses.  Construction on the project could begin by the end of this year.