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“It’s completely invaluable.”
Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association President Jenny Heymann describes the beautification efforts.
The strategy neighbors on the north side used to deal with an eyesore home could be a roadmap for other neighborhoods dealing with the same problem.
Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association received a letter from Councilman Gallagher in response to a recent incident where a child was injured from a traffic incident.
The letter addresses neighborhood traffic and infrastructure improvements that have been submitted to the city and how residents can provide input.
We appreciate Councilman Gallagher’s response and attention to this incident and the neighborhood’s infrastructure overall.
Click here to read the full letter.
On a recent work day in November, members of the Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association began work on a new improvement plan for the small traffic island. Initial efforts included removing grass, scraping the dirt leveland regrading, creating border areas and a small pathway, beginning to lay landscape cloth and metal edging, and placing a boulder in the center of the site. Association beautification committee chair, Amy Sharp, prepared the plans along with local landscape architect and neighbor, John Lafoon. Special thanks to new neighbor John Romain who lives on the small park space and who also contributed greatly to the initial effort and planning. Future work days will see the landscape complete with extensive planing. Neighbors are welcome to join in the effort.
The Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association has entered into a new partnership with Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church for a joint adoption of the small park (traffic island) located at the corner of Mt. Calvary Drive and Chevy Chase Drive. The partnership is part of the larger long-term effort on the part of the neighborhood association to adopt all traffic islands in the neighborhood and upgrade them with appropriate landscaping and other improvements.
Amy Sharp, chair of the association’s Beautification Committee, worked hard to make this partnership a possibility. Landscape architect, neighbor and former board member, John Lafoon, provided the master plan. The effort included a significant initial donation of money for improvements as well as a recent work day in November during which approximately 25 neighbors and church congregants joined forces to begin work on the improvements. Initial efforts included removing a top surface of grass and dirt, regrading the area at the tip of of the island, laying water permeable barriers to prevent weeds, installing landscape edging, placing several large boulders and planting three large Mountain Laurels donated by the City’s parks department. Future efforts will include laying decomposed granite for a walkway and base for the boulders as well as mulch and additional plantings. Neighbors are welcome to volunteer to assist on future work days. Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church has agreed to be responsible for ongoing maintenance, and they plan to install a memorial plaque honoring their recently decreased long-time pastor.
Coming off the well-received trial effort this past summer to show movies at Scates Park, the Terrell Heights Neighborhood Association’s social events committee has announced plans to show films at the park year-round. While there are many summer movie series, so far as we know Terrell Heights will have the only outdoor film series that is year-round. The neighborhood association will show movies for all ages, classics to contemporary, six times per year in February, April, June, August, October, and December. Films will often be seasonally timed, and concessions will be adjusted accordingly including hot cocoa and (possibly) campfire Smores during the cold months. So, from shorts, flip flops, and ice cream to blankets, hot drinks, and warm sweaters, we hope to see you at Scates.
The next film in Elf who will be shown just in time for the Christmas holiday, on Friday December 18th at 7pm.
At the annual meeting of the neighborhood association in late September, a new board was installed and new officers elected. Board members continuing for another year include: Allison Levine, Tom Payton and Amy Sharp. Board members serve for two-year terms and may serve two consecutive terms.
Newly elected board members include: Walter Brown, Allie Hartry, Jennifer Heymann and Anna Kehde. Their brief bios are shown below.
The following were elected as officers for the new year: Tom Payton as president, Amy Sharp as vice president, Allison Levine as treasurer, and Walter Brown as secretary.
Introductory information on the new board members:
Walter Brown is married with 2 kids and 6 grandchildren. He graduated from Rice University, the University of Texas School of Public Health and University of Texas Law School. He practiced law in Corpus Christi and is board certified in family law. He moved to San Antonio and switched to education in the 1990’s, worked for Harcourt Educational Measurement. He started teaching math at Brackenridge High School in 2001 and retired in 2013. He taught and tutored SAT prep for 25 years and continues to volunteer at Brackenridge helping students apply to out-of-state colleges that meet 100% of financial need.
Allie Hartry moved to Terrell Heights in 2014 after living all over the country. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in Pennsylvania, met her now-husband Erik in Rhode Island, attended law school in California, and clerked for a federal judge in Houston before finally settling down in San Antonio. During the week, she practices employment law at a law firm downtown. When she isn’t working, you can find her walking in the neighborhood, exploring San Antonio and the Hill Country’s parks and restaurants, and taking care of her new kittens.
Jenny Heymann moved back home to Alamo Heights after graduating from Texas Christian University in 2004. She bought her first house on Bryn Mawr and has loved Terrell Heights ever since. She is married to a wonderful husband John and they have two beautiful kids Matthew (2 yr) Madison (3 mo). They also have 2 doggies Kylie and Shelby. When she is not busy with work as a Realtor at Corie properties you can find her at Scates Park with the family or at home working on her needlepoint point.
Anna Kehde has lived in Terrell Heights for 12 years and been a block captain for much of that time. She is a native of Kansas, but moved to Texas soon after college. She is married and has 3 boys who attend Alamo Heights schools. She currently spends her time volunteering for several different organizations and works as a sales representative for a Trinity University Press.