Monday, April 11, 2016

Hundreds Support MDA Event in San Antonio

April 9, 2016

SAN ANTONIO - The MDA Muscle Walk was held today at the AT&T Center in San Antonio. Hundreds of participants came out in support of this annual event as they have for several years. The event draws people afflicted with the muscular dystrophy and family members who  care for those afflicted with this disease.

Every year this event draws many teams from the local area. These are teams that provide outreach and information to their specific communities. Organizers were pleased with the good weather, a good turnout and donations collected. Organizers were also grateful to volunteer groups from local businesses that help with the process and registration of participants. Without a doubt this annual event will continue throughout the following years.

Sunday, April 10, 2016


Billy Martinez, professional league pitcher

"I have always loved baseball. I grew up in the Eastside around the Sutton Homes area and even though we had no organize baseball teams we waited until we had enough players to form two teams and them we would play. It was there that I learned baseball. Older retired baseball players may remember me as the tall lanky leftie pitcher. I remember the day that this man came to our game and asked me if I cared to try out for the San Antonio Missions. I said yes and became their pitcher.
I also remember the day in high school when I asked the baseball coach if I could play. Without hesitation his answer was simple. No, you will likely be in prison before you reach 16. That was a disappointing moment.

The San Antonio missions were pleased with my performance and I played with them for four years. Towards the end of those four years the Baltimore Orioles recruited me. That year was full of new experiences. For one, it was my first time away from home and my first airplane trip. I realize how significant it was for a 15-year-old left-handed pitcher to be playing for a National League. Because of my age I was assigned a chaperone. And yes, it was hard being away from home on my own. Towards the end of my second year I injured my shoulder and came home."
Billy Martinez is 80 years old and enjoys watching his grandson coach the McCollum High School baseball team.

This interview was conducted in the high school stadium which is the right place for Billy to be.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Van de Putte seeks Lt. Governor position

Senator Leticia Van de Putte address hundreds at San Antonio College.
SAN ANTONIO - Senator Leticia Van de Putte ended the suspense and finally declared her intention to seek the position of  Texas Lt. Governor at an event on Saturday afternoon in the main gymnasium at the San Antonio College.

She will join her colleague and fellow Senator Wendy Davis who will be seeking the position of Texas Governor. If successful, Davis would be the third female to hold the office of Texas Governor.

Van de Putte is expected to launch her campaign in the weeks to come and is relying on the Hispanic vote to give them an edge.

Closing my website......

It is out of frustration that I turn to this medium (blog). Sixteens years ago I created a website that served many for that many years. Lately, I was infected with a virus which no virus/malware program can clean out of my program. So I closed that website and in the future will use this space. My concerns grows when I see Yahoo, Google and Gmail all competing for our use and make it difficult to know what is what or which password belongs to which email. Enough. I will return when I have something meaningful to post.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Official Opening of Fiesta 2012 Draws Many

by Robert Castillo

SAN ANTONIO - Local celebrants were probably matched by as many out of town tourists during the official opening of Fiesta 2012  at Alamo Plaza on Thursday  afternoon,  starting at 5:30pm.

Joining the Rey Feo and all the Fiesta Royalty were hundreds who were trying to keep cool in the eighty-six degree temperature.  Public announcements were made throughout the celebration reminding everyone to drink water and to keep hydrated. 

Revelers were seen  buying or trading Fiesta pins and medals throughout the Alamo Plaza area. The Fiesta Commission also had official Fiesta merchandise for sale. 

Music was provided by the all-lawyers band known as the Court Jesters and San Antonio's popular vocal artist  Shelly Lares. The United State Air Force Flight band also performed on the main stage.  

The event had several mobile vender trucks providing different kinds of food and drinks. 
As expected, the Rey Feo carried out the traditional breaking of a cascaron and the crowd proclaimed "Viva Fiesta" loudly and in unison, which officially marks the start 
of San Antonio's biggest celebration of the year. 

The Fiesta-Fiesta event ended at 10:30pm. See more photos on FLICKR.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

"Dia De La Familia" held at Rosedale Park

by Robert Castillo
April 14, 2012

SAN ANTONIO - Hundreds attended Saturday's  "Dia De La Familia." at Rosedale Park sponsored by Avance-San Antonio, an organization that has been dedicated to helping families in need for the past 36 years. 

The event included parent and children activities all with the "Fiesta" theme. Other agencies dealing with family issues and needs were also set up in individual booths. Food and beverage stands were provided. 

One of the event's highlight was a performance by numerous dancing groups from throughout the community performing in the main pavilion. The dancer's ages ranged from teenagers to 4 year olds. Parents and relatives were delighted with the performances. 
See other photos on FLICKR.