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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas NB Fire Department works to keep seniors safe October HERALDZEFTUNO Page 7A By Ron Maloney Staff Writer In January an 81 yearold New Braunfels woman died in her bedroom in an early morning fire that destroyed her On the dresser near where the woman was found was a smoke It wasnt mounted and its battery had been disconnect In eight seniors in Texas died in residential said State Fire Marshal Paul The New Braunfels Fire Department is doing its part to help prevent such deaths by offering to bring smoke detectors to seniors install them and then return on a yearly basis to make sure they still Mark Hanna of the Insurance Council of New Braunfels Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter and Comal County Fire Mar shal Lin Manford met recent ly at the citys central fire sta tion to highlight the local smoke detector program and to launch Fire Prevention which in New Braun fels is by proclamation Fire Prevention It begins Fire Prevention Week is set each year as a reminder to Americans of the damage and loss of life a fire can It is set to mark the anniversary of the great Chicago fire of More than three square miles of the city was destroyed 420 peope died and were left home Each New Braunfels firefighters emphasize fire safety in schools by provid ing demonstrations and information to Brinkkoeter STAY SAFE If youre 65 or over and own your own the New Braun fels Fire Department will install a new smoke detector or check your existing one to ensure its working For informa call fire administration at 6082120 between 8 and 5 Monday through Firefighters also work to reach seniors by providing free smoke detectors and by conducting safety inspections in The smoke detec he go to the home of anyone 65 and older who needs There is no instal lation And each we go back and change their bat teries and ensure they still Brinkkoeter The Insurance Council of Texas donated 500 smoke detectors to the New Braun fels Former police officer and Mayor Doug Miller donated another 500 in conjunction with Travel ers Insurance and his local Miller and Miller New Braunfels already has a great smoke alarm program in We want to add to Our program is We want to alarm Hanna We think these smoke alarms will serve about 300 elderly people in New Braun We hope this will not only protect but their lives as whose business includes home insurance said the program was a natural one to If this can save lives and reduce thats what were interested in Miller We want to help To get a new extinguisher installed or for call fire administration at 6082120 between 8 and 5 Monday through Fri WALKER CONTINUED FROM Page 1A Bond package has consumed early days he I try not to deal with the but there are issues I will be confronted Walkers first day on the job was less than a month before CISD present ed voters with a million bond Trustees chose to break the bond into two parts Proposition 1 for million and Proposi tion 2 for million to fund the construction of new schools and renovation of existing The district needs the new schools and renovations that the bond would Walker but he also understands that voters are hesitant to approve more money when the improve ments promised by the 1999 bond are not I think with the last bond we were overly he They thought that the bond would take them farther than it Though trustees underes timated how fast the district would Walker said he has a wealth of experience dealing with population He came to CISD from Pflugerville a Class 5A district near Austin where he served as deputy super One thing Im good at is initiating he A large portion of people dont like but Im used to changing demo finding land and dealing with an influx of Walker already has led CISD to begin negotiations on land for new schools in both the Canyon and Smith son Valley feeder Though the proposed bond doesnt go before voters until Walker said that now is the time to get growth under Thousands of children missing school because of Rita GROVES AP Like most Lennon Comeaux isnt all that upset that he has been out of school since Hur ricane Rita toppled tore off roofs and smashed win dows in this East Texas town nearly two weeks Lennon has helped his par ents clean the reads while its daylight outside theres still no and cares for his turtle and Tens of thousands havent been in a classroom since days before Hurricane Rita slammed into the Gulf Coast on More than three dozen East Texas districts were put out of business temporar He did ask us this morning if he was going to get paid for his Joni said with a I was trying to make some Lennon said with shy Joni Comeaux and her hus said Rita is teach ing better lessons than any thing Lennon could get in a Its been a good life lesson for because we faced a lot of adversity and a lot of if and hes kind of had to roll with the punches and pull his own Jay Comeaux So that tradeoff for the book knowledge is a life les Lennon said which caused some roof and siding damage to the familys 75 yearold and the hurri canes aftermath have taught him I kind of like Lennon said of his time away from the even though most of his classmates arent around to play Joni Comeaux said she thought briefly about putting Lennon in a school near where the family wait ed out the but DRAINAGE CONTINUED FROM Page 1A City council could make final decision would address all of the plain tiffs legal he stressed the ordinance was not a reaction to the We were working on this before they filed Zech It would have come before city council if they had just Plaintiffs attorney Robin Melvin of Austin did not return calls from the Herald Zeitung Friday but previously said she and her clients were looking forward to seeing the Two weeks the city vol untarily agreed to an injunc tion against the fees estab lished by the existing ordi If the new ordinance will supersede the injuction and once again place the mandatory fees in effect for developments that escaped them If the developers do not decide to drop their suit based on the new they will plead their case in the 274th Judicial District Court on Mondays vote will be the second time the current city council has considered mod ifying the existing decided against If enrolled she Lennon would have to adjust and keep up at a new school then cover the same material again back It was really too many changes for our she It was too much all at once and we just decided to come make the best of Willis the superin tendent of Port Arthur Inde pendent School says district officials were still assessing damage at its 18 campuses and didnt know when any of the schools would have electricity and It has been veiy said who has been working from Houston and a Port Arthur hotel powered by It has been a strain on the community and on the district that was We are going to have to put this puzzle back together as best we Zech proposed removing the mandatory requirement July but council was even ly divided on the ending debate with a 33 tie Mayor Bruce May or pro tern Gale Pospisil and Councilwoman Valerie Hull voted for the with councilwomen Sonia Munoz Beth Sokolyk and Kath leen Krueger voting against my famil of your family invisalign straight no braces Free Whitening with Invisalign DAVID Comal ISO Superintendent Marc Walker watches as Frazier Elementary student Desiree Storch and others work on an experiment during science The land prices seem high but we dont have a concept of what high will be in a few he Gas prices are also driving up the cost of but if growth we wont sell bonds and well sell back the The proposed bond is esti mated to meet the districts needs for five but will likely be followed with another If the bond would allow for reno vations to several including Goodwin Elementary is expected to become an alternative I hope to make this area a lot he Right we have a lot of lean tos and portables we can get rid he also was sur prised to find innovative use of resources at schools such as The thirdgrade teachers pooled their resources and built a science lab that is used by all Thirdgrade teacher Eliz abeth Adams said the facul ty was lucky to have a chance to make the learning envi ronment more Were very excited about the science she watching students in their diaper Although I dont know what kind of real world les son this Betsy principal of Frazier and said the students also use the lab to prepare for the science portion of the Texas Assess ment of Knowledge and A lot of what is on the fifthgrade TAKS test is based on third grade she Frazier received a recog nized rating for last years TAKS along with sev en other Three schools were rated accept and Canyon Middle School received an unac ceptable No schools were rated Walker said although low er ratings were based on confusion over new he would not rest until scores were exemplary throughout the Our major focus has to be student he They just changed the testing and the teachers and students have to but we will again have all exemplary and rec ognized Building and reorganizing are important for the Walker but the most immediate part of his job is caring for the welfare of the Watching kids be success ful is always the most satisfy ing part of my he Theyre just likesppngesy soaking everything 830 626 MM 1528 Common Suite 9 New Braunfels McKenna Childrens Museum Wishes to Thank the Following Who Helped Make Taste of the Town 2005 Such a Success Participating Restaurants Baskin Blue Chick Clear Eden Granzin Gruene Gruene River Janies Johnny Live Oak Miss Montana New Braunfels Old Fashion River Rock Steak Simple Royal Cheesecakes of and Texas And the Winners Judged by Texas San Antonio Herald and KGNB Best Appetizer Best Main Course Montana Best Dessert Old Fashion Best Breakfast Eden Best Barbecue Granzin Best Italian Johnny Best Mexican Miss Best German River Rock Steak Best Presentation and Peoples Choice Sponsors First Commercial Natural Bridge Wildlife New Braunfels New Car Dealers American Landscape FM Gastroenterology of New BraunfelsSan 1420 KGNB Sporting News William Edge Salon Day Money Written in Heart of Texas Promotional Turner Outdoor Childrens Dentistry of New and Table Reservations Doeppenschmidt Funeral Emergency Service First State Bank and Miller Gerlyn Lambda Construction Oakwood Baptist RealEyes Vision Rita Radosevichs Lunch and Wiggins And a Special Thank You to All of the live and silent auction Taste of the Town general committee generous Canyon High School Comal County Fair David Ferguson Master of TK Schneider Live Leah Flllion and Tosin Mfon Texas Monthly Dining Guide Editorial John Food Editor and Bonnie Staff Food Writer San Antonio Ann Cousin New Braunfels Herald Zeitung First Baptist Christ Presbyterian and New Braunfels Service I
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