New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, May 5, 1993

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

May 05, 1993

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, May 5,1993 Serving Comal County • Home of Michael I EL wmmiimiiMMmiimmmmmimmmiiimmmmsmmmmmwiiiiry    «imimimmmmmm 210 transition now complete 512 area code no longer accepted Students, parents and teachers at Lone Star Primary celebrated Cin- Cardenas Egos de Mexico and traditional Mexican folk dancers served co De May Tuesday night at a picnic on the school grounds. Mariachi as entertainment during the celebration. Photo by Karla Wenzel. By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeitung The six-month transition to a new 210 are code for residents in the San Antonio area was completed Sunday, according to Southwestern Bell officials. Calls within the San Antonio, Laredo and Rio Grande Valley calling areas will no longer be accepted if dialed using the old 512 code. Tim Tippit, Southwestern Bell’s area manger for external affairs, said the area code came on line May 2. Customers who call a number using the 512 area code will hear a recorded message telling them to re dial using 210, he said The 210 area code went into affect last November and there was a six-month grace period,” Tippit said. ‘That’s it — the grace period is over.” Tippit said the grace period was originally intended to allow people to get used to dialing the new 210 area code, allhough the calls still went through using 512, and to allow businesses time to identify any potential problems with the 210 code. The splitting of the 512 area and the initiation of the 210 code were in response to the growth in South Texas and the depletion of available telephone numbers. Tippit said customer* were notified the change would take place for more than a year through messages on billing statements, letters and advertisements. Although no complaints have been received, Tippit said some problems may crop up for private business exchanges due to system software packages which fail to recognize the new area code. However, such systems need only be updated to include the new code, and Tippit said the businesses’ telecommunications service contractor can perform the required re-programming. The 210 code serves San Antonio, Laredo and the Rio Grande Valley, while the 512 code serves the Austin and Corpus Christi areas. Hispanic heritage celebrated on holiday | School finance options discussed By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeitung Today is the fifth of May, “Cinco de Mayo,” the anniversary of the Mexican victory over the French in 1862 in Puebla. The date is significant in Mexico’s history, because it symbolized the defeat of the French intervention in the country. Locally, Canyon Middle School will be celebrating “Cinco de Mayo” today, according to principal Rusty Brockman. Lone Star Primary celebrated Tuesday night with students entertaining their parents and teachers with Mexican dances and songs. Entertainment was provided by Mariachi Cardenas Ecos de Mexico and Ballet Folkloric Infantil performing traditional Mexican folk dances. Also on hand was New Braunfels Independent School District board trustee, Nayo Zamora, who was honored at the event for his eight years of service on the school board. Zamora pointed out to the parents at the celebration that their support and guidance was critical to how well their children perform in school. “We, as parents, need to keep informed as to how our children are doing,” Zamora said. “Showing an interest in our children’s efforts, helping them with a school project, becoming actively involved with the PTA, meeting with your child's teachers, these are all examples of how we as parents can keep our children motivated m the learning process.” Zamora’s call for parents to take responsibility for their children’s education echoed the call of Benito Juarez celebrated by the “Cinco de Mayo” festivities. According to Mexican history books, in 1858 Benito Juarez assumed the presidency cl the liberal government, which had introduced a new constitution making Mexico a republic and ordering the landowners and the church to sell the large tracts of land they had for the benefit of the people. In opposition to that government, the conservatives named their own president and a three-year war ensued, ending in 1860. Children participate in a dance during a Cinco de Mayo celebration. In an attempt to recover financially from that war, Mexico stopped payment on debts owed to Spain, England and FYance. Mexico agreed to pay the debts once things had improved. Although Spain and England agreed to those terms, France declared war and attacked Mexico. Sympathetic to the French, the conservative element and others revolutionaries in the country decided Mexico should be a monarchy and invited Ferdinand Maximilian of Hapsburg to be emperor of Mexico with the support of Napoleon of FYance. However, when Napoleon withdrew his troops from Mexico, Maximilian was left defenseless against the Mexican people, which recognized Juarez and his liberals as the true national government of Mexico. In 1867, the forces of Juarez drove the French out of Mexico and the French emperor, Maximilian, was executed. The anniversary of the hattle at Puebla on May 5, 1862, is observed in Mexico as an important event of moral significance, sym bolic of the Mexican people’s desire for liberty, equality and sovereignty. In the U.S., “Cinco de Mayo” is symbolic of Hispanic unity. The celebration takes on a slightly different focus than Mexico’s, according to Elena Hovestadt of Teaching & Reading Books, a Spanish language book distributor in New Braunfels. Hovestadt, who moved from Mexico seven years ago, said the holiday is observed in Mexico as a significant event, not as an independence day as it is sometimes called here. According to folk celebrations reference books, the holiday is observed in the U.S. as an opportunity to celebrate Hispanic cultures — including Puerto Rican or Cuban, depending on the region. In Texas, the focus is on Hispanic unity and acknowledgment of the Mexican heritage. It is an opportunity to renew pride and share a culture rich in tradition and custom. For more information on Hispanic history and Spanish-language books and bilingual books for children and adults, residents may contact Elena Hovestadt atT. R. Books, 822 N. Walnut, or call her at 625-2665. By ROSE MARIE EASH Hers Id-Ze Kung The New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees heard a report from Superintendent Charles Brad-berry Tuesday on the status of legislation affecting public school finance. Today (Rep. Libby Linebarg-er) was working on a plan that involves some very significant consolidation,” Bradberry said. “What that would mean to us, I can’t tell you without seeing a list of what would be consolidated. “We’ve lost about $420 million — it’s not available, recapture is not going to happen so the wealthy districts are going to be able to keep that money,” said Bradberry. “So, they can consolidate now or they can place a tax cap and say you can only spend this much and that’s going to mean there's going to be great discrepancies in tax rates in school districts.” Bradberry said there was some discussion of presenting another plan to the voters, but since Proposition I failed by over 60 percent that was not likely. He said he was convinced that the courts would enforce their threat to withhold funds if the legislature fails to provide an equitable solution. Bradberry said at this point the plan is for the district to meet its contractual obligations. He said if the legislature doesn’t come up with a solution and funds are suspended, most of the summer school program will have to be canceled in order to meet those obligations. Bradberry said the district would then begin pa ving employees starting with those earning the least and working up until the existing funds are exhausted In response to the concern of some parents in the district, the board will reconsider the student leadership section of the students’ rights and responsibilities policy. The policy states “participation in extracurricular activities shall be a privilege, not a right. Students who participate in extracurricular activities are considered at all times to be representatives of the district. “Therefore, such students who consume, use, possess, or disseminate alcohol, other illegal drugs in any form, at any time or place, shall be suspended from participation in all extracurricular activities.” The issue was brought to the attention of the board by some parents who say the policy punishes only those students involved in extracurricular activities and does not provide any substitute for those activities as a means of redirecting their behavior. Those who support the policy say it is necessary to have a strict policy that clearly provides limits.* They say the policy is effective and is respected among other districts. After some discussion among the board members, and audience participation, board mem ber Arlon Hermes requested that the issue be put on the action agenda of a future meeting. InsideStammtisch Opinion BRIEFS................ ........3 A CLASSIFIED.......... 5-8B COMICS................. .......8A FOOD..................... ........1B LOOKING BACK... ........5 A OBITUARIES......... ........2A OPINION,;.,,.......... ........4 A SPORTS................. WATER WATCH. .. .........2A WEATHER............. .........2 A The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung incites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, mStammtisch " represents a sitting place reserved for a group of special people — ora time set aside for members of a community to gather and share the day’s happenings. We invite you to share with us.Best Wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Michael Spain, Doris Reininger, Adolpho Castro Sr. and Kimberly Engler. Belated Birthday wishes go to Chris Caballero, April Caballero and Kathrine Ortiz. Anniversary wishes go to Spike and Earlean Reeves.Mother's Day The Mother’s Day Luncheon and Style Show will be held at 11:30 a m. Thursday, May 6 at Vista Village Retirement Community. Dr. John Walker will speak on “Love Makes a House a Home.” The fashions for the style show will be from Bon Worth Factory Store. Admission is $3.50 per person, and reservations may be made by calling 625-1202.Mother’s Day Dance Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church will hold a “day before Mother’s Day Dance” from 9 p.m. to I a.m. Saturday, May 8. The dance will be held at the parish hall. Music will be by Texana Band. Proceeds will go to funding Project World Youth Day.He said, she said Reporters Gary P. Carroll and Rose Mane Eash take a look at the expanding role of women in the military — and the reasons for allowing to participate in comoat situations. 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