Hundreds of people from around the region, state and nation flocked to Schertz Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, for the LoneStar Comic Con.
Schertz hotels were packed with the Comic Con out-of-towners and the Schertz Civic Center parking lot was full as well.
The first-of-its-kind event for the Schertz Civic Center featured such fan favorites as Claudia Wells (Jennifer Parker – Marty McFly’s girlfriend in Back to the Future), Paris Themman (the little cowboy “Mike Tee Vee” in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory), and Jonathon Joss (voice of John Redcorn on King of the Hill).
Also entertaining the visitors were Little People actors Felix Silla and Arturo Gil. Silla’s work includes Star Wars, Star Trek, Buck Rogers and the Addams Family. Gil’s work includes Spaceballs and Epic Movie
A number of participants got really into the Comic Con spirit by wearing costumes including Robin, Catwoman, Wonder Woman, Joker sidekick Harley Quinn, Marvel Comic’s mercenary Deadpool, a cowboy, vampire and many more.
Before the LoneStar Comic Con started, event producer Mike Roberts praised the City. “Schertz is a pretty amazing town and the city has really been above and beyond helpful in accommodating with this convention,” Roberts said in a story in Schertz Magazine. He is talent manager for D-Mented Entertainment.
Volunteers working during the Plant and Play Day proved “getting dirty to get greener” is a good idea as they help build a ring of flowers around the Schertz Playscape, located next to the Schertz Public Library. The event held Saturday, March 23, brought out dozens of community members and City Officials including City Councilmembers Cedric Edwards Sr. and Sydney H. Verinder. The Playscape area also welcomed back the Statue of Liberty that used to be at the previous Playscape.
The City of Schertz has relocated a dozen trees to make way for a future Natatorium
Wednesday through Friday this week (March 20-22), the City moved eight trees to the area between the Schertz Public Library and the new Schertz Playscape.
Four other trees were relocated to the nearby Schertz Veterans Memorial Plaza, in front of the Schertz Area Senior Center, which is next to the library on Schertz Parkway.
The Natatorium will be located in the area of the previous Playscape and will be surrounded by the Library, Playscape, Senior Center and the Schertz Recreation Center, which houses the Schertz Family YMCA.
City officials said the relocation of the trees provides more shade and tree canopy for the Library/Playscape area and the Schertz Veterans Memorial Plaza.
Also Happening in Schertz:
Friday and Saturday – March 22-23 — Lone Star Comic Con, Friday 5-11 PM and Saturday 11 AM to 8 PM at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway Bldg. No. 5
Saturday – March 23 - Plant And Play Day, 8:30-11 AM, at Schertz Playscape, behind the Schertz Public Library, corner of Schertz Parkway and Elbel Road.
The Playscape will be closed Wednesday, March 20, through Friday, March 22, for relocation of trees and preparation for Plant and Play Day Saturday, March 23.
The Playscape is located between the Schertz Public Library and the Schertz Recreation Center (housing the Schertz Family YMCA).
The popular play area will be closed from 6 AM Wednesday through “at least 5 PM Friday,” said City of Schertz Park Manager,” Chuck Van Zandt.
Some trees from the old Playscape site will be relocated to the new Playscape location. The Parks and Recreation Department will also use closure of the Playscape to prepare the site for Saturday’s Plant and Play Day where the public can help landscape the Playscape area.
The Annual Spring Clean For Schertz residents runs through Sunday, March 17.
Below are details:
Drop off at Bexar Waste Site 2221 F.M. 3009 (Near Live Oak Road)
Items dropped off here will be free of charge to residents as a service paid for by the City of Schertz.
Drop off Site will be open March 2 – 17, 2013. (See below for hazardous items drop off times)
Drop offs may be made at Bexar Waste’s temporary collection point, 2221 F.M. 3009 (Near Live Oak Road) between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. ENTRY TO THIS SITE IS ONLY
AVAILABLE TO RESIDENTS DURING CITY SPONSORED SPRING AND FALL CLEAN UP EVENTS.
During the two-week clean up, Bexar Waste will pick up household waste not covered under their normal collection service, such as lumber and general trash as well as major appliances and furniture for a fee (prices determined by Bexar Waste). If you have questions regarding the details, please call Bexar Waste (210-566-5454).
Residents are able to drop off brush and limbs at 2221 FM 3009, free of charge, DURING THE 2 WEEK CLEAN-UP EVENT ONLY.
Hazardous Items/Tires and Drop off Times
1. HAZARDOUS ITEMS and TIRES may be dropped off ONLY on the weekends of March 9-10 and March 16-17 from 8 AM to 6 PM
2. Tires are limited to eight (8) per household.
3. Hazardous waste includes but is not limited to:
a. Insecticides, pesticides, herbicides, fertilizers, chemicals, cleaning and bleach products, swimming pool cleaners and chemicals
b. Enamel and latex paints in cans and aerosol dispensers, varnish and stains, paint thinners and removers, acetone, etc.- These items will have a combined 20 gallon limit per household.
c. TIRES are considered hazardous
d. Tires on rims, or wheels, commercial vehicle tires, tractor tires, and heavy equipment tires WILL NOT be accepted.
e. Hazardous waste such as used automotive and cooking oils, filters and batteries- Oils will have a combined 20 gallon limit per household.
f. Empty propane tanks up to seven (7) gallons – VALVE MUST BE ENTIRELY REMOVED.
g. Mercury WILL NOT be accepted.
What you need to know:
The Spring Clean Up is restricted to Schertz residents only. Waste delivered must be separated by type of material by the resident. Spring Clean Up activities do not apply to commercial/rental property clean ups, large property clean up, lot or acreage clean up, or lot and property land clearing. Commercial tree trimmers are not eligible for this service.
A current water bill or tax statement and proper identification are required when making a drop-off. Commercial waste will not be accepted.
LIMITS: Household waste and yard waste only. Maximum of 3 Pick-up truck loads per Household or a Maximum of 2 Trailer loads per Household, trailers are not to exceed 16’ long x 4’ high in size.
Nearly 500 people got up early to fight cancer Saturday, March 2, at the Wilenchik Walk For Life 5K Fun Run/Walk.
The event, hosted by the City of Schertz and sponsored by HEB, is named for former Schertz City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who lost his battle with cancer in 2009. Previous events have raised approximately $106,000 for the UT Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC).
Starting at 8:00 AM, runners and walkers took a new course this year; beginning on Buffalo Drive at the back part of Clemens High School, participants turned onto Schertz Parkway then turned right onto the winding Community Circle Drive and back onto Schertz Parkway at the Kramer House/Visitor Center. Up the hill past Maske Rd, with a turnaround at Woodland Oaks and back to the starting point.
Two water stations, manned by personnel from Walgreen’s and SACU of Schertz, along the 5K route helped runners and walkers stay hydrated.
Individuals and many teams representing local businesses participated. Many could be easily spotted by their distinctive yellow or red or other color shirt.
The runners and walkers passed by Signs-of-Love along the route. The Signs-of-Love contained the names of loved ones who are fighting cancer or who have lost their fight with cancer.
A photo slideshow of the event will be available at www.vistitschertz.com early next week.
The City of Schertz – Engineering and Public Works Departments – are reviewing drainage and storm water ordinances.
We are holding a meeting to gain input from those of you who are involved in developments in the city or as a resident of the city.
Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 – 11:00AM – 12:00PM.
Meeting Location: City Council Chambers at 1400 Schertz Parkway, Building #4
We appreciate your input and attendance.
The 5th Annual Wilenchik Walk for Life 5K Fun Run/Walk will be held Saturday, March 2, and is expected to draw hundreds of walkers, runners and dozens of dogs. It begins at 8:00 AM at the Samuel Clemens High School parking lot in Schertz.
The 5K event, sponsored by HEB, is named for former Schertz City Councilman Tony Wilenchik who lost his battle with cancer. Previous events have raised more than $100,000 for the UT Health Science Center’s Cancer Therapy and Research Center (CTRC).
Individuals and teams can participate in the Walk For Life, which celebrates the lives of loved ones who have cancer or have lost their battle with cancer. Registration ranges from $10.00 – $25.00. Participants can purchase Sign-of-Love with the names of loved ones; these signs will be placed along the route.
For complete information go to www.vistitschertz.com.
The Schertz City Council Tuesday night selected Sydney H. Verinder to fill the vacant Place 5 seat on council. The seat was previously held by Michael Carpenter and became open when he was elected mayor in November.
Verinder will be sworn in at the February 26 City Council meeting. He was selected from a field of 13 applicants.
Council members praised the number and quality of applicants saying it shows that Schertz residents are ready and willing to help improve their community. The other applicants were urged to serve on the various city boards and commissions.
Verinder is a business consultant and previously served as a council member in the Town of Vienna (Fairfax County), Virginia. Verinder also served as Chairman of the Town’s Planning Commission.
He has lived in Schertz since 2010 and has a Master of Science degree from the Texas A&M University Department of Recreation, Park & Tourism Sciences.
City of Schertz offices will be closed Monday, February 18, in observance of Presidents Day. Emergency services can be reached by dialing 911.