WSS and Mayor Suzanne de Leon to Celebrate New Balcones Heights Store Opening with Ribbon Cutting

SAN ANTONIOFeb. 20, 2024PRLog — WHAT: Join us at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for WSS, your new Neighborhood store in Balcones Heights, as we celebrate the opening of our 8th location in San Antonio, Texas. This event, scheduled for Monday, February 26, 2024, represents a pivotal moment in WSS’s continued expansion and highlights our unwavering commitment to supporting inner-city neighborhoods.

Located at 4522 Fredericksburg Rd, Balcones Heights, San Antonio, Texas, the new store features a wide selection of footwear, apparel, and accessories from leading athletic-lifestyle brands, including Nike, Jordan, adidas, Puma, and exclusive brand Eurostar. This diverse range caters to the varied needs and preferences of our community, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

WSS prides itself on being a community-centric retailer, a commitment reflected in our hiring practices. All store managers are recruited from the local Balcones Heights area, and over 90% of our full-time and part-time employees are recruited from neighboring communities. This approach not only nurtures local talent but also strengthens the bonds within our community, laying the foundation for a thriving local economy.

This celebration will not only introduce the new WSS store but also emphasize our dedication to making a positive impact on the community. In support of youth sports initiatives, WSS Cares! is donating $5,000 to SPORTI, a local non-profit organization committed to transforming children’s lives through soccer programs in a family-oriented environment.

This grand opening and our partnership with SPORTI underscore WSS Cares! mission to not only be a leading retailer in the athletic lifestyle footwear industry but also a catalyst for community development and engagement.

WHEN: Monday, February 26, 2024

10:00 a.m. – Brief remarks will be made by Mayor Suzanne de Leon, WSS Senior Vice President Blanca Gonzalez, and Victoria Hernandez, Marketing Director at Wonderland of the Americas.

10:25 a.m. – Check Presentation to non-profit SPORTI Transforming Lives. Remarks by SPORTI Founder, Sandra Carrera

10:35 a.m. – Ribbon Cutting

Foot Locker – Internal Use Only


4522 Fredericksburg Rd, Balcones Heights, TX

MORE: SPORTI is a non-profit organization dedicated to transforming children’s lives through soccer programs in a family-oriented environment. With the vision of playing sports a central pillar of family and community development, SPORTI empowers children and families, promoting values and principles that have a positive societal impact.

ABOUT WSS: WSS, a subsidiary of Foot Locker Inc., is headquartered in Gardena, CA, celebrates over 40 years of retail excellence, known for its neighborhood-based store presence and deep connections within diverse communities. With over 140 stores across the country, our spacious stores display hundreds of styles in footwear, apparel, and accessories from leading brands such as Nike, Jordan, adidas, Vans, Puma, Converse, and many more. Alongside these, we offer high-quality private labels to ensure our customers find the best value. To learn more, please visit and follow us @shopwss on Facebook, Instagram, X and YouTube.

CONTACT: Media Relations: Martha Gil De Montes,

Media Note: Media interested in attending for coverage opportunity must RSVP in advance.

Hong Kong – CS meets Vice Mayor of Tianjin (with photo)

CS meets Vice Mayor of Tianjin (with photo)


     The Chief Secretary for Administration, Mr Chan Kwok-ki, met the Vice Mayor of Tianjin, Mr Zhu Peng, today (February 21). They exchanged views on further strengthening co-operation between Hong Kong and Tianjin.

     Mr Chan welcomed Mr Zhu’s visit to Hong Kong with his delegation and said that Hong Kong and Tianjin have all along enjoyed close co-operation. With the COVID-19 epidemic so far under control, normal travel between Hong Kong and the Mainland has fully resumed and society is returning to full normality. Mr Chan said that he keenly looks forward to the deepening of exchanges and co-operation between Hong Kong and Tianjin on different aspects, including trade and commerce, finance, culture and education, so as to enhance the complementarity and mutual benefits of both cities.

     Mr Chan introduced to Mr Zhu the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government’s new initiatives to proactively draw talent from all over the world, including the Top Talent Pass Scheme that targets high-income people and graduates of the world’s top 100 universities. He welcomed talent from Tianjin to come to Hong Kong for pursuing their development. He also mentioned the HKSAR Government’s establishment of the Steering Group on Integration into National Development at the end of 2022 to press ahead with initiatives across bureaux with steerage provided from a strategic and macro perspective, as well as to enhance communication with Mainland authorities. Mr Chan said that Hong Kong, while further strengthening co-operation with Tianjin, will fully leverage its unique advantages of enjoying the strong support of the motherland and being closely connected to the world, and give full play to its dual role in “going global and attracting foreign investment”.

     Mr Chan pointed out that Hong Kong and Tianjin are cities with both Chinese and Western cultures, as well as rich historical and cultural backgrounds. Both cities can further promote co-operation on such aspects as culture, arts and tourism to enhance people-to-people bonds. He added that the HKSAR Government released the Youth Development Blueprint at the end of 2022, which aims to nurture on all fronts a new generation of young people with an affection for the country and Hong Kong and equipped with a global perspective, an aspiring mindset and positive thinking. He said that he looks forward to holding more youth exchange activities between Hong Kong and Tianjin, with a view to promoting Hong Kong youth’s awareness and understanding of the motherland, strengthening their exchanges with Mainland people, and enhancing their sense of national identity.

Mayor Anderson Honors Guy Whitesman with a Key to the City of Fort Myers

 Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A., is pleased to announce that The Florida Bar Tax Section celebrated Guy E. Whitesman as the 2021-2022 Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Tax Attorney of the Year at a reception held Saturday evening, May 21. During the reception, City of Fort Myers Mayor Kevin B. Anderson honored Whitesman with a key to the city. The tradition of granting a key to the city dates back to medieval times, and it symbolizes the freedom of the recipient to enter and leave the city at will as a trusted friend of city residents. Whitesman was honored with a key to the City of Fort Myers for his outstanding contributions and dedication of service to the community.

Whitesman concentrates his practice in mergers and acquisitions, business organization operations and planning, taxation, estate planning and healthcare law. He is the past chair of both The Florida Bar’s Tax Law Section and Tax Law Certification Committee. He is also the immediate past chair of Henderson Franklin’s Business and Tax Department. Whitesman has been Board Certified in Tax Law since 1992.

Whitesman has received much recognition over the years, including being named to Florida Super Lawyers® Magazine every year since 2006, Best Lawyers in America every year since 2013, a Naples Illustrated “Top Lawyer,” and a Florida Trend “Legal Elite.” Best Lawyers in America also named Whitesman “2021 Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers,” “2020 Trusts and Estates Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers,” “2019 Tax Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers,” and “2017 Corporate Lawyer of the Year in Fort Myers.”

Whitesman received his undergraduate (B.A.) and law degree (J.D.) from University of Michigan, and his Masters in Taxation (LL.M., Taxation) from the University of Florida. He can be reached at or by phone at 239-344-1180.

Henderson Franklin is one of the largest, locally-based law firms between Tampa and Miami with over 60 attorneys dedicated to providing a wide range of legal services in the areas of business and tax planning, estate planning, family law, business and civil litigation, eminent domain, intellectual property, workers’ compensation, employment law, real estate, and land use and environmental law. Since 1924, Henderson Franklin has been assisting clients to build their homes, businesses, and communities in Southwest Florida. Henderson Franklin operates offices in Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Naples and Sarasota (by appointment). For more information on Whitesman or Henderson Franklin, please visit

Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A.

Gail Lamarche




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Mayor Cantrell Keeps NOLA Culture Alive with Family Gras, The Batistes & More

In advance of Mardi Gras, The Batistes, NOLA’s Royal Family of Music join in Family Gras Celebration with thanks to Mayor Cantrell and her Office of Cultural Economy, Keeping Music, NOLA’s Cuisine & Joy Flowing!

The Batistes & NOLA Mayor's Cultural Economy Team

The Batistes & NOLA Mayor’s Cultural Economy Team


And the beat goes on with Louisiana Hall of Famer, David Batiste on today, Saturday, February 19, 2022 in the line-up at Family Gras, a free music festival taking place  two weeks in advance of Fat Tuesday.

“As we always say ‘ music is healing’ and it’s great to be leading the way to getting back on track after two years of having the music scene in New Orleans impacted by the pandemic,” said David Batiste. “It’s great to be a part of a festival paying tribute to Allen Toussaint and on the same bill as Marie Osmond, Sister Sledge, Girl Named Tom, Ann Wilson of Heart and others including the Batiste Brothers working to safely bring back the music.

Family Gras, just a few minutes from downtown New Orleans, yearly has had crowds surpassing 80,000 people. Held from Friday, February 18, through Sunday, February 20, Family Gras includes national and Louisiana artists, interactive games, New Orleans cuisine, kids entertainment and more.

“It’s a family affair in more ways than one,” said Damon Batiste, New Orleans Cultural Ambassador and Founder of NOSACONN, Inc. (New Orleans South Africa Connection).  “My Dad’s Band, ‘David and the Gladiators’ and also my uncle Paul’s band, “The Batiste Brothers” are helping to bring back the fun and music. And above all, Mayor Cantrell and her Office of Cultural Economy are leading the way for New Orleans’ culture to take center stage in the nation and the world with our own unique NOLA Flava!”

Coming off a recent trip to South Africa (…) his 82nd trip to Africa, the younger Batiste, will soon be on his way back to Africa in March to solidify sister city relationships between New Orleans and Durban, South Africa and other sister cities.  “It’s like the original African beats of Congo Square inspire me to make the connection between the motherland and New Orleans.  Yes the beat goes on as I work not only on culture and arts but tourism and trade generating business,” added Batiste.

For more details about Family Gras click here. (…)



David Batiste, Musician & Louisiana Hall of Famer

Alana Harris, Deputy of Arts and Culture

Lisa Alexis, Director of Mayor’s Office of Culture Economy

Damon Batiste, Musician & Founder of NOSACONN~New Orleans-South Africa Connection

Bryon S. Cornelison, Deputy Director of Programs


Congratulations to Batiste’s NOLA Royal Family member Jon Batiste! Oscar, Golden Globe, Annie Award, NAACP Image, 11 Grammy Nominations:

Related NOLA RFM: Music is Healing:

Flagstaff Mayor Deasy, Tó Nizhóní Ání, Local Leaders Support Clean Transportation Investment

PHOENIXJuly 28, 2021PRLog(Flagstaff, AZ) — Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy and community leaders urged Arizona’s elected leaders in Washington to support federal investments in clean transportation infrastructure in Flagstaff, the Navajo Nation and Northern Arizona. The press conference was sponsored by Moms Clean Air Force Arizona and is part of a series of grassroots events coordinated by the Climate Action Campaign.

Speakers called for Congress to pass bold federal investments in clean transportation to support the expansion of electric buses and electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure in Flagstaff. This expansion will further boost the local economy while helping to clean up the air for northern parts of the state.

Flagstaff Mayor Paul Deasy said, “Cities like Flagstaff have already recognized the need to transition to a cleaner economy. We know that e-buses and clean transit infrastructure have immense potential, which is why we need federal action with robust investments to help our cities accelerate the expansion.”

Transportation accounts for the largest source of climate-harming carbon pollution in the United States. Modernizing Arizona’s transportation sector and investing in clean-transit buses are critical to combating climate change.

“In Arizona, wildfires and extreme heat make it crystal clear that we need urgent action on climate,” said Adrian Herder, media coordinator, Tó Nizhóní Ání. “We need to make a strong move toward clean energy, and we’re calling for our representatives in Washington to support bold and strong investments in that effort.”

“Extreme weather events like droughts and wildfires are a direct threat to our livelihoods,” said Jim Babbitt, retired businessman and Owner of Babbitt Ranches. “Urgent action on climate and funding for clean technology like electric vehicle infrastructure is necessary to secure the future viability of ranching.”

Investments in clean transportation and electric buses and vehicles are essential to meeting Flagstaff’s climate goals, reducing air pollution, improving public health, achieving environmental justice and spurring the economy. Arizona is home to a growing base of electric vehicle manufacturing, including right here in Flagstaff. Meaningful federal investments can spur the advancement of this industry, which leads to cleaner air, reduced fuel costs and more family-sustaining jobs for our communities.

Jack Fitchett, MPA, business attraction manager, City of Flagstaff said, “We have already had an EV manufacturer move into Flagstaff, so we are first hand proof that commitments to clean energy are a recipe for economic growth. With a strong infrastructure plan from Washington, we can bring new businesses and good jobs to Flagstaff and Arizona.”

Recent polling found that these investments are popular in Northern Arizona. Approximately 75% of voters in the 1st Congressional District support investments to rebuild roads and bridges and modernize public transportation to ensure it is cleaner and able to serve more people. In addition, 57% also support investments in electric vehicles and charging stations to reduce pollution and help more Americans buy clean cars.

“Understanding that climate change is the most immediate and existential environmental justice issue, we must move quickly in scaling up investments in and adoption of clean energy, electric vehicles and smart charging technology; building out EV infrastructure; and stimulating the market for EVs so that the up-front costs come down quickly,” said Dara Marks-Marino, Environmental Justice Analyst at WattTime. “Financial investment in EVs and clean energy will directly lead to job growth and economic development.”

Speakers thanked Senators Kyrsten Sinema and Mark Kelly and Congressman Tom O’Halleran for their climate leadership. They also urged continued support for clean energy growth and the expansion of the market for clean vehicles and buses in order to improve public health and create economic opportunity for all Arizonans.

For a video of the press conference, please visit [HERE (].