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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 4, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday May HeraldZeitung 3 Streets a priority for Benitez By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Ambrosio Butch Benitez wants to serve three more years represent ing Dist 1 on city council He has lived at hisKaty Street home for over 30 years He grew up in Pleasanton and graduated from Pleasanton High 1 School He and his wife have raised four children in New Braunfels and I have eight grandchildren living here as Benitez is a longtime employee of Bluebonnet Motors Finishing the job on Dist 1 streets is number one on Benitezs list of things to accomplish if reelected Weve got two projects en route but weve got to get the other things going he I said Give the city the tools it needs to do the job Benitez said Pass that half sales he said then get the city the equipment it needs to do these I Continuing to work on youth vio llence is another top priority for Ben itez whether it comes from outside or inside the he said A Hispanic chamber of commerce is la good idea although its not a new idea Benitez said When I first got Delected three years ago talk was start he said A Hispanic chamber shouldnt duplicate existing chamber services said From what I understand its to strengthen the minority Ambrosio Benitez he said That would be a The friendly lawsuit brought against city council to encourage pas sage of the redistricting charter amend ment was no surprise to Benitez although the timing was he said When the charter was being brought before council I made the statement that if we didnt get sued for one thing it would probably be for he said Naming the city council in the law suit was puzzling Benitez said since the city council supported the amend ment all along It was a unanimous vote on the charter he said City Council District 1 None of us was against One of the things I hope to contin ue will be the summer work Benitez said Making it into a year round program is also a top goal For those kids who get out of school and have nowhere to go this is a thing Im going to pursue whether I get elect ed or dont get he said Benitez has considered other youth issues such as teen pregnancy and cut ting the dropout rate I have given some thought to some he said Making a more detailed state ment would be premature right now Benitez said There are certain people I need to talk to so I can see if I could get these off the he said Bringing World Changers to New Braunfels was a favorite project for Benitez In the program 344 youngsters will volunteer their time this summer to make needed repairs on lowincome homes here in San Marcos and in Seguin Benitez is proud of his city council record Several of his decisions have been confirmed in court he said I try to look at the whole city and make my decisions based on whats best for the city he said On all of the deci sions weve made these three years Ive been able to put my head on the pillow and go to sleep at he said Martinez has deep roots in city By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Juan Luis Martinez lives in the same house on Katy Street that his grandfather built over 50 years ago Im going to open my ears to the Martinez said The people in District 1 can have more input than they Martinez graduatedfrom New Braunfels High School in 1982 and went on to complete a course in dicscl and heavy equipment mechanics from in Waco He has worked at Texas Industries TX1 since 1983 First on Martinezs agenda if elect ed is to help the residents of the Rosedalc area Its privately owned All hes doing is profiting off those poor people and theyre Martinez said Basically its like a slum Another priority is fixing more streets in the west end Martinez said Seelc and Simon streets have no curbs he said We get a few inches of rair and theyre up to here with he said District 1 is not limited to Hispan ic residents Martinez said Its a multicultural district and I want to represent the whole he said Martinez supports the formation of a New Braunfels Hispanic Cham ber of Commerce Many businesses have never joined the greater chamber Juan Maifnez for unknown reasons Martinez said A lot of people say youre trying to divide the he said but both chambers could work hand in hand to improve the Filing the friendly lawsuit against city council urging voters to pass Charter Amendment 1 has some mer it said The amendment would have the mayor elected by the whole city by plurality It would also rearrange the voting districts so two of the six districts would have mainly minority populations The voters can cither pass the City Council District 1 amendment now or be forced to do so by the federal courts Martinez said Primarily theyre trying to awaken the just to put a little more pres sure on the he said Most of the problems with todays youth can be traced back to the fam ily Martinez said It all boils down to he said I grew up in a single parent family If we did wrong we knew she was going to punish he said Martinez supports continuing the Summer Jobs Program Maybe it could be better supervised and fund ed Martinez said maybe by The summer jobs program should target the lowincome at risk kids he said The jobs program should be extended to the whole year not just the summer Martinez said A few hours of work every other day would be enough to help an atrisk youth I just wish people would forget their egos and help these kids he said Martinez wishes more Dist I vot ers would become involved in shap ing city policy although he hasnt yet hit on the specifics of how to do that If only half of us would go and vote we would get that he said Folkfest to fill Conservation Plaza this weekend By CRAIG HAMMETT Writer History will come alive this week end at Conservation Plaza when the Folkfest activities resume The weekend event will feature var ious examples of the pioneer lifestyle from churning butter to shoeing hors es l Pam Brandt one of the coordinators the event said the event cele the pioneer tradition by show ing people how the early settlers had to make their living how they performed their daily chores and the tools they used to do so Most of things will be going on 1 continuously each she said will lots of handson crafts exhibits especially for the children They can wash clothes in a washboard learn how to grind corn there will be sand v Also included will be examples of basket weaving the craft of keeping a beehive and extracting honey and even candlemaking something that is always popular with the kids she said Although many of the people exhibiting crafts are local many come from around the state such as a man who will demonstrate what it was like long ago to be a blacksmith There will even be examples of winemak ing sausagemaking and ninepin bowling The Timmermann sisters will be there to demonstrate the art of Easter egg painting using natural products such as leaves to create intricate art Exhibits will join both food and entertainment as items to enjoy on the grounds of Conservation Plaza Build ings there as well as the Texas Muse um of HandMade Furniture will also be open for viewing You can get a map when you come in to tell you where to Brandt said A charge is required for admis sion The event runs Saturday from 10 until 6 and Sunday from 11 to Police dog makes Gillespie County bust By DOUGLAS BRANDT Staff Writer Corporal Spencer Gremmer and Canine Bacchus of the New Braun fels Police Department helped Gille spie County officials find a bur glary suspect in Gillespie County Wednesday May 3 NBPD officials said NBPD canine handler Bill Spence assisted in the operation as a cover officer The suspect in his mid20s was recently deported as an illegal alien He allegedly returned to the United States illegally in search of work He worked for the alleged victims husband doing odd jobs around the house officials said During this time the suspect allegedly developed a fixation with the victim Phone records indicate the suspect began making phone calls to the woman that escalated to harassment calls and eventually to sexual harass ment calls officials said Phone harassment charges were filed against him the day before The suspect allegedly attempted to break into the victims home The victim called 9 11 at Wednesday May 3 and the suspect fled into the Hill Country outside Fredericksburg on Highway 290 West officials said Gillespie County law enforcement officials were unsuccessful in their attempt to locate the suspect with a bloodhound Officials called at to ask for Cpl Gremmers assistance officials said Gremmer Spence and Bacchus began their search at Bac chus located the suspect in heavy brush about onehalf mile from the victims home at about The suspect surrendered without inci dent The suspect faces possible charges of burglary with intent to commit sexual assault The victim was visibly shaken over the incident and expressed gratitude to the officers I treat a situation like this as if it could happen to my own Gremmer said The thanks from the victim is a reward that will go a long I really appreciate the help from the city of New Braunfels in appre hending this Gillespie County Sheriff Milton Jung said No one covers the New Braunfels area like the Herald Zeitung To subscribe today call 6259144 DEFENSIVE DRIVING CLASS Jim Goodbread Gil Lindsey Instructors 2106250312 MAY THE SOURCE Dont let the dark forces of ignorance defeat you Right in this galaxy you can tap into the source free Consumer Information Catalog It lists more than 200 free and lowcost government publications the darkness and get the source Just send your name and address to Consumer Information Center Department Source Pueblo Colorado 81009 WANTED 10 HOMES To Train Factory Siding Applicators Under supervision fully guaranteed TO APPLY VINYL SIDING OR SOFFIT FASCIA overhang trim INTRODUCING HIGHTECH PROVINCIAL SIDING TRIM FREE ALUMINUM GUTTERS STATEWIDE SERVICE 18006389975 WETMORE SIDING TRIM 9820 Lorene San Antonio TX 78217 3490111 I DONT KNOW WHAT I WANT TO DO BUT I KNOW THAT IM NOT DOING IT SOUND FAMILIAR WE CAN HELP HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS COLLEGE STUDENT f ADULTS THINKING OF A CAREER CHANGE trar iNiriturc Fnn MBMCDKMT 2106080033 TRAVEL Dreams Come True with our Honeymoon Registry 133 Landa Street REELECT BUTCH BENITEZ CITY COUNCIL DISTRICT 1 A VOICE NOT AN budgets 0 tax increases Environmental Protection Tough on Crime Organized Gang Task Force Tark Improvements Drainage and StreetRepairs Experienced Leadership Early voting April 17 May 2 Courthouse Annex Room 306 Vote May 6 Lone Star School IM Iul Ad Ambriisin BiniUv TriMMinr your place on the map The 1995 New Braunfels Sesquicentenhial Edition By calling v f V Ti Jt
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