Newsletter November 2013

Newsletter November 2013

Cody Teen Leaders Profiles

 In their own words

 We are each individuals. Not only that, we are each interesting individuals. We jam hard. We watch movies.  We make history.  We give the library a different atmosphere.  We hang out with a cool coffee machine. Our knowledge of crazy words is extensive. For example, we know what kerfuffle means.  We’re ultra-styling. VJNI Newsletter 2013 11 Cody Teen

In David Gallin-Parisi’s words

 Cody’s Teen Leaders make things happen at Cody Library.  They create programs and participate in them, engaging with each other and expanding the reach of the library to neighborhood teens and people of all ages. They are savvy and talented at so many things: planning events, using technology on the fly, designing visual graphics and fliers, selecting excellent music, and more hidden talents that people have yet to learn about. The teen leaders do know a lot of crazy words. They constantly teach me new ways to see the world. The Teen Leaders create a library setting at Cody that welcomes all teens, opening up a space at the library for a unique, rich, and fun engagement with people.

David Gallin-Parisi Teen Services Librarian

Cody Library Branch of the San Antonio Public Library 210-207-9100


Editor’s Note: Just to make sure that VJNI wouldn’t cross the line of propriety, I looked up the meaning of the word “kerfuffle” and learned it refers to “some kind of commotion, controversy, or fuss.”  So no “kerfuffle” here.  Move along.


Colonies House News

Colonies will be having its annual membership meeting early this year. The meeting will take place on Tuesday, November 12th, at 7PM in the Banquet Hall. We will elect new board members and review our annual budget.  Please feel free to come by.  As always, attendees   will receive a discount on their annual membership.    And please consider joining our   Board.

We are having a Brisket Plate Fundraiser for Colonies on Saturday, November 23rd, from 11AM to 4 PM. Plates will be available  at  Fatso’s  Sports  Garden.  Tickets  are  $8.00. Contact Raul Perales at 210-363-1104 for  tickets.

Colonies will be hosting its annual Neighborhood Spaghetti Dinner on Friday, December 6th, from 7PM to 10PM. Plates include Spaghetti, salad, bread and a drink.  Cost is $7.00 per  plate.    A DJ will be on hand to provide great music and many fun activities are   planned.

Please email me at if you would like to be added to our email  list and so that you can be included in our crime alerts that alert neighbors to criminal activity  in the area. Visit our website at to keep track of upcoming events or like us on facebook.

Raul Perales President

Interesting Fact

 The idea for X-Files character name, Dana Scully, came from Vincent Edward “Vin” Scully, born November 29, 1927. Vin Scully was the announcer for the Dodgers when Chris Carter, the X-Files producer, was growing up in Los Angeles


Cody Library Teen Leadership Group Event

Hallows Giving, Sunday, Nov. 24 2-4:00 PM Scary Thanksgiving with costumes, food, and more.

NISD Growth

Hopefully you are aware that Northside Independent School District (NISD) has over 101,000 students and is projected to grow for years to come. Even with all this growth, we continue high academic standards; our graduation rate of 90% is one of the highest rates in the country for large school districts.  Almost 65% of our students go on to college.

We are managing the growth well but it is now time to plan for more schools for this continuing growth. We completed all past bond projects on time and under budget and had money left over to build an elementary school and update all high school tracks to be regulation size and safer for our students.

We have more than 400 persons from across Northside on a committee to evaluate our needs and make a recommendation to the Board for what to include in a new bond proposal. They will be meeting from October to December to assess our needs and then they will share these with the Board in January.

Many wonderful things are going on at our schools and our students are better-rounded than ever. NISD has one third of all the students in Bexar County, and I am very proud to say that I am a member of the Northside Board!

Katie Reed Trustee-NISD 308-5555

Review of O.P. Schnabel Park

Now that the summer heat has relented and it’s much more comfortable to be outside, we will take a look at a great little park for outdoor activities. O.P. Schnabel Park is a hidden jewel off Bandera Road, 2 miles inside Loop 1604 at the Braun Road intersection.

The park covers over 200 acres, much of which is heavily wooded. The park hosts several nice sports fields, a large pavilion, numerous picnic tables and some playgrounds, but the park is especially known for its abundant hiking and biking trails that crisscross and completely encircle it. There are both paved and unimproved trails to explore.

For die-hard mountain bikers, there are sections of the park with steep hills and nearly vertical cliffs. A lot of mountain bikers enjoy the unimproved areas down by the creek in the far back section of the park. About 2-3 years ago, the city finished a very nice paved trail through the park that connects it to the Leon Creek Greenway trail system. Heading north from O.P., you can bike or hike a paved trail all the way to the I-10/1604 interchange, stopping at the Valero trailhead.  As you head that way, you will pass through Fox and Bamberger parks.  Heading south, you can cross under Bandera Road and proceed down to Ingram at 410 or over to Cathedral Rock Park.

The day use sections of the park are very popular with families, especially on holiday weekends; it can be difficult to find a place if you don’t arrive early. Also, near the entrance to the park is a dry wash which sometimes floods when it rains hard. I was once trapped in the park until they opened a side exit that didn’t require crossing the wash. It’s best not to tempt the weather if it looks like heavy rain.

Overall, I really enjoy the park. It has miles and miles of trails through the woods, and you can ride all day and not have to cover the same trail twice.  There are trails suitable for all levels of riders, and you’re never actually that far from your car, although you may never know it.

I highly recommend you pack up your bikes and a picnic lunch and check it out!

By Jim Bray