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   New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 2009, New Braunfels, Texas                                 TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6,2009  Zeitung  DAILY PLANNER  Today's S" •wonts ^  Find activities for the whole family. Paga 9  »¿A  m  NEWS Karats kids  Local martial arts school stresses academics. Pmum 14  Serving New Braunfels arid Comal County since 1852.  Vol. 156, No. 283 14 pages, 1 section  80«  herald-zeitunq.com I « '"56825"oooo'  High Low  93 73  Details .....9  DEAR ABBY 11 OASSIREDS12-13 COMICS 10 CROSSWORD 10 FORUM 4  OBITUARIES 3 SPORTS 6-8 TV GRIDS 11  One wet weekend  Parts of Comal County soaked in 5 inches  ByTlMffon Brittain  The Herald-Zeitung  Comal County got a little extra relief from a painfully dry summer this weekend, receiving between 2 to 5 inches.  Rain showers began Friday for New Braunfels, and grew in intensity until Sunday evening.  Amanda Fanning, a forecaster with the National Weather service, said New Braunfels received .03 inches Friday, 1.54 inches Saturday and 2.26 inches Sunday.  The downpour inconvenienced at least one part of town. Residents at Gruene Crossing were prevented for hours from entering or leaving their subdivision while a river of drainage water cut across the one entrance on Common Street.  And more is on the way.  Fanning said showers are expected today. A cold front arrives Friday, bringing more rain with it. The rain is not expected to be as severe as this past weekend but isolated downpours are possible.  The recent rain events could be a preview of a wetter, colder winter, said Fanning. As the  See WEATHER, Page 3  LAURA MeK»IZIE/Herald-Zeitung  Brown water flows over the small dam at the Common Street bridge Sunday following heavy rains.  A wall of waten  »»••«.V» residents from leaving home  ByThsron Brittain  The Herald-Zeitung  Recent rain showers, a blessing for most of Comal County, have been a curse for residents of the Gruene Crossing subdivision.  The 226-home property, located just south of Farm-to-Market 306, has only one entrance and exit point on Common Street. Because of new development nearby, including the construction of a retaining pond less than a hundred y^s uphill, rainfall exceeding more than a couple of inches results in a torrent of water two to three feet deep running across the entrance point.  The stream of water cuts off access to the entire subdivision.  "We can't go to our jobs, get our kids to school, go to church - nothing," said resident Rachel McDonald. "There's no way to get ambulances, police cars, fire trucks or school buses in."  McDonald decided to test her luck and drive through the rushing water.  "A bunch of cars made it through, so I thought I could," said McDonald of an attempt to cross in September.  Her car stalled in the middle of the stream. McDonald spent $3,800 on a new  See WATER, Page 3  Photo submitted  Radiel McDonald measures the depth of the flood water at the Gruene Crossing subdivision entrance on Saturday.  Know your neighbors  National Night Out on tap for tonight  By Eric J. Wsilbachsr  The Herald-Zeitung  The National Night Out gets under way tonight, with over 39 block parties scheduled from 6 to 9 p.m. throughout New Braunfels.  The National Night Out. held in August in most parts of the United States but in October in Texas to avoid the heat, seeks to bring together neighborhoods and form cohesive partnerships between fire and police departments and residents.  More parties are expected. "People are continually registering for the event." said Lt. Michael Penshorn of the New Braunfels Police Department.  "Police and fire officials will be visiting most if not all of the parties," he said. Pen-shorn said for the parties to  expect visits lioni the ( it\ manager, iii;i\()i ( ity i oiiik il nicmhcrs, (ouiiix (otiimis sinners iiiid  Learn  () I h e r s "I lopehil ly flic we.11 I) (' r  holds out. VV e ' r <> expe( lin^ a latKastii i Event is from innioui 6 to 9 p.m. "We've h e e 11 ni ee t i n g with sever-NBPD at (830) iH-igli 608-2179 horhood a s so r i a tions, trying to sei uj) neigh lìorhood vvat(lies," Peiishnrti said. But neighbors oiiK knf)vv how to look tor p« »ssible crime in the neighhodiond il  See NIGHT OUT, Paq.; 3  i At least 39 block partif^s are schedulod tonight m New Braunfels  For more  information  contact  Christmas tree bare? Blue Santa can help  By Becky Rosebrock  The Herald-Zeitung  On Christmas Eve, Santa will come to the needy children of Comal County wearing blue. Instead of a sleigh, he will be driving a police car.  The Blue Santa program was started in New Braunfels 11 years ago by police officers who wanted to give back to the commimity They wanted children to view them in a better light, said Lisa Lasseter, Blue Santa chairperson. "They want the children to know that they 're not the bad guys. They're here to help them."  Blue Santa will be accepting applications for low-income families and families in need on three Saturdays, Oct. 10 and 17 and Nov. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at The Salvation Army, located  at :m Hl^inda St.  Applications will al he accepted at The SaKaiiiiii Army Monday through I ri day, 9 a.m. to l p.m and at 'i"he F amilv I He ( cnler, lorai ed at 5.512 III :?r) S, on Mon day, Tuesdav and I hiiis(l.i\ from 9 a.m. to I p.m. \|>pli cations will he ac tcpied iiiiiii Dec. 4.  l^achyear, Blue Santa help> approximately {()() ( hildien Fiach family is interviewed, and the children are asked to give a wish list ol iwo toys and two clothing items These wish lists atf l iungon trees in buildings around the city. Residents piii, up the lists and buy the ri'i|uested items.  Twenty to M) volunteers from the (jtizens Police Academy Alumm Associa tion wrap the gifts, which aie  See SANTA, Page 3  Program helps students with special needs join the work force  ByEric J.W»ilbaclMr  The Herald-Zeitung  Like most parents, Patrick Lynch is excited to watch his daughter graduate from high school this year and hopes she has a happy, productive life.  But he knows she has obstacles ahead of her that many graduating seniors do not.  Patrick's daughter, Tilli, has epilepsy, and because of it has been enrolled in special education programs since ¿e sbcth grade.  lOtlOAtM  (Trtfitltlon eontiet $ue Smtr at rAeom»l{»(t.or9 for  InNfttSP  "She's a senior in high school but reads at a second grade level" he said.  Patrick wants to make sure his daughter is not left out in the cold without a skill set in the world after  school.  That's why this past Wednesday his family attended an orientation for the UFE/Bridges lïansitions program.  Jointiy run through New Braunfels Independent School District and Comal ISD, UFE/Bridges seeks to work with children and young adults who have completed their high school requirements, but are still entitled to receive special education services. The goal of the program is for the students to receive "training to allow them to live as independent  ly as possible in their community," according to the program's introduction materials.  The program, administered by Sue Saur and Nancy Edelen for CISD and NBISD respectively, focuses on four areas: Functional academics — the basic math and reading skills needed on the job in order to be success-fill; Daily Living Skills — being able to cook for themselves, clean their homes, make doctor's appointments and advocate for their own needs; Community Access and Participation — preparation for driver's per  mit tests, familiarity and control in dealing with the Social Security Administration and Housing Authority, as well as knowing where every thing they might need in town is located, such as the hospital and parks; Vocational — on-the-job training, role playing interviews, appropriate work behavior training all leading towards internships iind possibly paid employment.  This is the only special education program in the country involving  See PROGRAM, Page 3   

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