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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 19, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY 2844 AllDistrict baseball team announced See Sports 0 CENTS OUUNIUOWN 308 DAYS NewBraunfete Swquteantennial March March New Braunfels Herald 12 Pages In one section May Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of TRAVIS HOWARD JR I Vol 142 No 135 Inside Sports The Downtown Discovery Stammtisch Birthday wishes from ttMHeraldZftltungl Tto New Brawtfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Bill Kesster Monroe Nuhn Cipriano Luna Alfred GS Malmsten Krfata Krohn Monroe Nuhn William G Taylor Norman Wflcox Christopher Usey Happy Anniversary to Glenn Janet Mack 27 year TNT scheduled by NB Art League The New Braunfels Art League is organizing its Trash and Treasure Sale Scholarships are available Scheduled for June 17 and 18 at 239 W San Antonio proceeds will go toward helping renovate the building To find out more about vendor spaces or to donate items for the sale call Sharon Neuhaus at 625 6570 or Doric Bagley at 62SS736 Downtown Discovery Days to be held The next Dowtown Discovery Days will be held May 20 and 21 Downtown New Braunfels mer chants will offer specials and dis counts to shoppers during two days They will also encourage visitors to discover the Hummel Museum and attend some of the many HummelFest activities that will be taking place For information on Downtown Discovery Days call 6251624 German dancing lessons scheduled Learn dances of the German cul ture like Das Fenster Drei Ledeme Strumpf the Garden Waltz and others at German dance classes Instructors will be members of the New Braunfels German Folk Dance dub Cost will be Thursday evenings from 7 pjn to pm starting May 19 Minimum age is 14 and a partner is required Call 6060844 to sign up Aqua aerobics classes offered by Parks The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering Aqua Aerobics classes again this summer Three monthly sessions beginning June 6 will be held at 8 ajn Monday Wednesday and Fri day mornings at the Olympic Pool in Lancia Park Call Nadya Lehmann at 6259295 The senior center is also offering ongoing aqua aerobics classes Scheduled classes are from am to am and am to am Tuesday and Thursday Mack tie optional for Summer Starlight Gala Members of the American Can cer Society want to remind those wishing to attend the Summer Starlight Gala that a black tie is optional StammHwh Flu Ntw Brawtftb HtraldZtitung inviUs itinadtnlotubmililtnutoStanvituch AccordutftotlMSoplutnbtirgArchivu aitdmtmbtri oftht Otrman community Slemmtitch rtpruvttt a littuig ptactfor mtmbtn eftlu cotmmetity to gather and titan tin happtHutgt Wt invite you The winning numbers Lotto Ttxaa 2940 4150 HOmNon Lafarge to sen plant to Mexicos Cemex ByMARKLYON Managing Editor Lafarge Corporation announced yesterday its intent to sell its New Braunfels Balcones plant and four related cement terminals as well as 52 percent interest in Parker Lafarge Inc for approx imately million to Sunbelt Acquisitions according to Hal Bartlett Lafarges Bal cones plant manager Sunbelt is a subsidiary of Cemex S A of Mon terrey Mexico that countrys largest cement pro ducer and fourth largest in the world Included in the deal are cement storage silos in Fort Worth Tyler Katy and Houston Theyre a very competent company in our said Bartlett said of Cemex They have built themselves a pretty impressive repu tation and are very competitive in the South Texas Bartlett said that the letter of intent included a New Braunfels plant four storage silos 52 interest in Parker Lafaige sell for 100 million stipulation calling for all current employees about 87 to remain in their positions through the tran sition However Bartlett added that it was not a binding agreement and that Cemex would have the final say Bartlett said company officials gathered all the plants employees together yesterday morning to break the news We pulled them together and told them what was going he said We wanted to assure them of our interests in their Bartlett said employees were concerned with their continued employment They asked some very good Bartlett said They wanted to know if they are going to keep their jobs We assured them that we would do everything we could to make sure they keep their Bartlett said the decision by Lafarge to sell its New Braunfels plants and four other Texas loca tions was based on stiff competition in its Texas markets and its attempt to solidify already estab lished markets near waterways in the eastern WeVe got tough competition in our two main markets here in Bartlett said And our location here in New Braunfels does not allow us to compete fairly in those markets Dallas and Houston when competing companies are locat ed very close to those markets We also wanted to strengthen ourselves in markets we are already positioned In a separate deal Cemex sold a cement storage silo to Lafarge for million Bartlett said Bartlett said that Cemexs purchase of the New Braunfels plant marked the first manufacturing facility in the United States for that company which also has plant locations in Mexico Venezuela and Spain Cemex acquired a Venezuelan cement manufacturing facility in March from Compania Veneolana de Cementos the leading cement producer in Venezuela Deadline forme Lafarge sale is Aug Bartlett said The sale is pending government approval and other contractual requirements Bartlett said the North American Free Trade Agreement played no part in the deal NAFTA never entered the he said Tn fact Cemex will be able to forego a tough tar iff by their purchase of the New Braunfels plant With a location in South Texas they can produce and distribute in the United States without paying the HeraldZeitungpboto by JOHN HUSETH Ctty Councilman Butch BenKez left and Cheryl Scott of the Safe City Commission talk with members of last nights audience about keeping local neighborhoods safe West side residents voice concerns over appraisals neighborhood crime u ten ui HwaWZwltofl photo by JOHN HUSETH night s crowd of about 50 citizens expressed concern over property values and neighborhood crime By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer About SO people met at the Lone Star Cafeteria Wednesday evening to discuss their property appraisals and crime in their neighborhood Lynn Rodgers of the Comal County Appraisal District answered numer ous questions regarding average increases in property values among residents of the West Side Many residents were concerned that appraisals had risen 21percent after an article in the HeraldZeitung picked five homes in the area and averaged their appraisal increases Rodgers said the figure was high due to one or two houses that had greatly raised their appraisal value Still an 8 percent increase was not ed citywide and in the west side area Residents were concerned however that the appraised value of their homes differed greatly from the market value what they could sell the home for We cannot find qualified buyers to buy the homes for the market value said Commissioner Cristina Zamora Other residents said taxes in the area are increasing and hurt many older residents who no longer work There is a problem we have around said Henry Munoz There are 14 or 15 little homes around my neigh borhood We pay more taxes than some who live up in the Rodgers said the CCAD tries to keep appraisals near the market value If residents feel their appraisals are too high they can take their complaint to the appraisal office and can also look at values of other homes in the area Should residents still not be satisfied they can take their case to the local Appraisal Review Board and try to get their values lowered which in turn normally means lower taxes Were not going to make arbitrary said Rodgers Were going to take a look at do have the right to go to the Appraisal Review Rodgers said his office looks at many factors in determining value While appraisals have gone up area wide the market value is also in much better shape he said He added his office has no control on the market value of a home just the appraised value We are in a much better market today than in the past several he said have to be at market value by Jan 1 What it is selling for that is the market Also at the meeting residents dis cussed crime in the neighborhood and efforts to improve the Eikel Field Cheryl Scott of the Safe City Com mission told residents that they needed to form a Neighborhood Watch pro gram to help fight crime Neighborhood Watch works because my neighborhood got orga nized and we dont have the problems she said Mayor Pro Tem Ambrosio Butch Benitez said residents need to take the initiative and help police efforts to control crime Somebody has to come forth and take the he said it comes down to pressing charges a lot of folks say No we dont want Efforts to improve parks like Eikel Field will not do any good unless crim inals and rowdies are kept away from areas where children can play safely Whats going to happen if we make improvements said Victoria Roble do The people are not going to use them because they are Drive to express herself brings Chante Mazy to New Braunfels By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The drive to be able to express her self in her work is what brought Mazy to New Braunfels to serve as executive director of the Comal County Womens Center The Board of Directors of the Comal County Womens Center recently selected Mazy as executive director She began working on May 2 and is excited about the chance to be part of a growing agency I am overwhelmed about what I have learned about the capital cam said Mazy I was surprised about how many people really put their financial support toward mak ing this movement in the community I feel very fortunate to become a part of this organization during such a growth Mazy said The results of the capital campaign and the new shelter in progress definitely apeak for the level of commitment the people of this community have for the battered womens movement I have much respect for the hard work that went into this Mazy sees many needs for the Comal County Womens Cen ter She hopes to use the momentum of the capital campaign to make positive additions to the organization Right now the board wants me to 1 concentrate oa getting my feet on the ground We want to be really good at providing the services we already have I have been working with the Texas Council on Family Violence When it is time to branch out I know the council will assist us with apply ing for grants and using she said Mazy explained her philosophy in stopping family violence is to work with the source She told the story of a river in which babies were being thrown down a waterfall and drown ing One person was in the river teaching the children how to tread water one person was dragging the babies to shore and one woman walked by the river without helping at all Mazy said soon no more babies were being dropped in the river because the woman who had walked by the river had stopped the person who was throwing the babies in the water Part of what we are doing is teaching people to cope and how to get out We are not yet at the source of battering by working with the men and working toward ending family she said I want us to be that woman who stops the children from falling in the Mazy said her first priority is to establish and maintain the quality of services currently provided but she does have a vision for the future I would like us to offer a batter ers program play therapy for chil dren and expanded counseling ser she said Providing both coping and prevention skills would allow us to address all sides of the family violence Mazy said her predecessor planted the seeds for success at the center My predecessor really planted a seed I am inheriting the fruit of that I will cherish and honor the fruit of that seed I am honored the board has entrusted me with the fruit of their she said Before moving to Comal County Mazy worked in Jacksonville where she provided psychological services to dualdiagnosed men with mental retardation and mental illnesses for the Lufkin State School These men taught me about oppression and discrimination and that one can gracefully live in the midst of that said Mazy Mazy volunteered and worked for Denton County Friends of the Family throughout graduate school In 1990 she was named Denton County Friends of the Family Volunteer of the Year Mazy has a masters degree in counseling from the University of North Texas in Denton She received her bachelors degree in journalism from Stephen F Austin State Univer sity During her graduate internship Mazy served as an inhome family service provider working with people targeted by Child Protective Services as atrisk of having their parental rights terminated She also worked at the DCFOF shelter as a staff member Her responsibilities included providing informal counseling to clients intake procedures and serving as a liaison between shelter residents and other community resources Mazy 28 and her husband DWayne who is an artist live in New Braunfels For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 or Metro 6060846   

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