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Written by Heather DiMasi on Sep 3 2010 - 1:34pm
Graffiti tagging is no stranger to San Antonio's urban and residential areas. Drive just about anywhere, and you'll see the spray-painted images and "signatures" on the sides of buildings, fences, utility boxes, you name it.The City of San Antonio's Housing and Neighborhood Services Department, in an effort to gather community support to clean up graffiti in our neighborhoods, has declared Sept. 18 and 25 Graffiti Wipeout Days.
Written by Vanessa Zevallos on Aug 31 2010 - 4:24pm
Despite the economic crisis, people cannot stop buying one thing: food. With many supermarkets today full of expensive organic food to inexpensive products, buying groceries can be a complicated adventure.With a busy life, who wants to lose time in a supersized supermarket with long lines or confusing islands of shelves that look like puzzles?Some find it faster and more familiar to go to a small, neighborhood grocery store.
Written by David McLemore on Aug 19 2010 - 3:27pm
In a 7-4 vote, San Antonio City Council approved a tougher smoking ban Thursday, joining other major Texas cities to ban indoor smoking.The ban will go into effect Aug. 19, 2011, despite pleas by opponents that it be put off for up to three years.Mayor Julian Castro and Council members Mary Alice Cisneros, Ivy Taylor, Phil Cortez, David Medina, Justin Rodriguez and Reed Williams voted for the ordinance.Voting against were Elisa Chan, Ray Lopez, Jennifer Ramos and John Clamp.
Written by Guest (not verified) on Aug 16 2010 - 11:35am
San Antonio students, parents and anyone interested in attending college now have a local resource all their own to provide direction in navigating the college process. Café College, designed by the City of San Antonio and managed by the San Antonio Education Partnership, opens on Tuesday, Sept. 28 in downtown San Antonio at at 131 El Paso St.
Written by San Anto Cultu… on Aug 13 2010 - 1:12pm
The community is invited to help San Anto Cultural Arts paint 40th mural “Transformation,” located at Haven for Hope, from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20. Bring your grandma, cousins children and friends!This is a free event and all materials are provided. No experience necessary, and participants are not required to stay the entire time. There will also be music and refreshments provided.
Written by rudyarispe on Aug 13 2010 - 7:43am
Oscar Maldonado, 30, works hard for his money.He sells paletas from his bicycle, a job that's helped him lose 100 pounds  since December, going from 326 pounds to 226 pounds.Maldonado sells paletas part time, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, and he also works for Alamo Concrete from midnight to 7 a.m., driving bulldozers.He said the paleta sales help him save money to restore a '67 GT Mustang.
Written by David McLemore on Aug 2 2010 - 5:11pm
If you can't go in person for the unveiling of Phase I on Dec. 18, take this multimedia tour of the Mission Reach project as it transforms the San Antonio River on the city's South side, connecting neighborhoods and people ... The river has always been there. And now it's changing in ways that are part engineering, part alchemy.   Jason Stevens and his wife, Leslie Raymond, watch backhoes rip dirt from the banks of the San Antonio River downstream from Roosevelt Park. To them, it sounds like music.  
Written by Heather DiMasi on Jul 30 2010 - 3:58pm
Looking for a playground in your neighborhood? KaBOOM, a national nonprofit dedicated to saving play for America's children, has a map that is searchable by city or Zip Code so you can find the nearest play area to you.According to KaBOOM's website,
Written by Michele Olivarez on Jul 29 2010 - 7:32pm
Once again, Communities in Schools, joined by corporate partners and nonprofit agencies, will Stuff the Bus with school supplies and school uniforms for kids in Bexar County.The long-running yearly project by Communities in Schools began July 25 and runs through Aug. 22. About 1,200 volunteers will be out across the city collecting school supplies Aug 6.
Written by Jennifer Herrera on Jul 23 2010 - 7:35am
San Antonio has embarked on an ambitious effort to make the city a more bike-friendly place. And city planners want your ideas.Julia Diana, senior management analyst for San Antonio’s Sustainable Transportation Sustainable Transportation department, said San Antonio is working on educating residents about cycling issues, including bike safety laws, new bike racks and a bike-share program which is scheduled to launch in 2011.