New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 23, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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100 mammograms to volunteer clinic
By Will Wright
New Braunfels police are searching for a man who was nearly caught in the act of breaking into a restaurant Thursday morning.
Work starts Monday on Walnut Avenue at San Antonio
By Greg Bowen
Drivers crossing the busy New Braunfels intersection of Walnut Avenue and San Antonio Street are cautioned to expect lane closures and traffic delays starting Monday as construction crews lx*gin installing stormwater, water and wastewater lines in the vicinity of the crossing.
I he work is part of the $27.8 million Walnut Avenue Reconstruction Project.
Various lanes will be closed on San Antonio Street from Sycamore Avenue to Hickory Avenue between 8 a.m. Monday and 5 p.m. May 6.
Once that work is done, the installation of the main stormwater line will have been completed from south of doll Street all the way to Dry Comal Creek.
Elsewhere on the project:
• Octavio Garza, assistant city engineer, said plans are to start advancing the stormwater line from Dry Comal Creek toward I anda Street. Water line installation will advance right behind the stormwater crew.
"We expect to start in the next few weeks," Garza said.
" I he boring subcontractor will work ahead of these two crews
At 3:36 a.m. police responding to an alarm at the Palm restaurant, located in the 700 block of Texas Hwy. 46, discovered evidence of a burglary. T hey noticed a broken window and a man inside the establishment.
at the railroad tracks near Lan-da Street doing the borings and installing the casings for the stormwater and water lines.” He said project officials are reviewing how they will handle the traffic control and will provide a detailed update soon. “But for now, we expect we will be pinching down Walnut Avenue to one lane of travel in each direction from Katy Street to near Landa Street.”
• Crews have completed as much work as they can for the time being on the installation of the water line in front of 11KB between 1-35 and Elliott Knox Boulevard. Work will
The suspect ran away, escaping into a nearby mobile home park. Police describe the man as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, wearing a white shirt and dark pants.
It is unknown if the man
resume later “when we’re in-phase with the roadway work,” Ciarza said.
• On Dry Comal Creek Bridge, workers are continuing the expansion of the bridge by forming and pouring concrete diaphragms and then the bridge deck. The bridge is being enlarged to allow for a 10-foot-wide, Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant sidewalk/hike-and-bike trail on the east side of the bridge. A 5-foot-wide ADA-compliant sidewalk also will be added on the west side. The bridge will retain its four 12-foot-wide vehicle lanes.
took any money from the restaurant, though police reports indicate the man tried to take the cash register.
Anyone with information is urged to contact New Braunfels Police at (830) 221-4100.
• New Braunfels Utilities is nearing completion of utility pole installation in Segment 1 (Katy Street to Elliott Knox Boulevard) in preparation for the coming underground electrical/telecom conversion.
• Excavation of the new roadway lanes continues from Katy Street toward Elliott Knox.
• AT&T completed installation of new aerial lines and removal of old lines from the wooden poles in the area where the poles are in conflict with the proposed stormwater line. Time Warner Cable should be completely done next week with similar work.
Work on the reconstruction project began last fall and is expected to take about three years to complete.
The revamped and upsized Walnut will feature two lanes in each direction, left-tum lanes, hew sidewalks, landscaped medians, improved railroad crossings and utilities, hike-and-bike trails and pocket parks.
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By Marilyn Kuehler
Patients at New Braunfels Volunteers in Medicine Clinic are recipients of 100 free mammograms donated recently by Christus Santa Rosa Hospital — New Braunfels.
The mammograms were part of a donation package from Santa Rosa that included $25,000 in lab work, the surgical consultation services of Dr. Nicholas Metzger of New Braunfels, and the printing cost for the clinic’s annual fall golf tournament.
“We are so grateful for the generous donation,” said Liz-beth Chapa, executive director of the clinic, which provides free medical and dental care for low-income people. "They are really helping out the community.”
Each mammogram costs between $ 100 and $ 125.
"Our patients do not have the money to do it on their own,” Chapa said. “It’s easy to neglect preventive health care when you do not have financial means.”
The 100 free mammograms will be given to patients in June, when Santa Rosa’s Mobile Mammography unit, which services Bexar and surrounding counties, visits the clinic.
The donation package is the first time Santa Rosa has offered mammograms, but the hospital has previously funded the clinic.
“Christus contacted us to partner with them,” Chapa said.
The clinic “serves a real need for patients who do not have access to a medical home," said Jim Wesson, Santa Rosa vice-president and administrator for New Braun-
TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURE ON BRIDGE STREET THROUGH JUNE
The City of New Braunfels has announced a temporary road closure in effect from 8 a.m. Tliesday to 5 p.m. June 30 on Bridge Street between N. Walnut Avenue and N. Sycamore Avenue. This will allow for construction of the new roadway as part of the Walnut Avenue project.
This closure will be in effect for through traffic, 24 hours a day, seven days per week. For information, contact
Downtown New Braunfels Mon-Sat 10-6 • Sun 12-5
fels. “Their mission is consistent with that of Santa Rosa."
Wesson said such clinics are the first line of preventive care where minor ailments can be treated before getting worse. Uninsured patients frequently go to hospital emergency rooms, which are designed to handle “acute issues,” not primary care.
“A sinus infection or earache can be stalled in a clinic,” Chapa said. “Hospital care is the most expensive care you can receive.”
Those "uncompensated cases,” she said, raise healthcare prices for everyone. "Patients suffer, the community suffers and insured people really do pay” through higher insurance premiums and higher hospital prices.
New Braunfels VIM Clinic, which celebrated its grand opening in October 2008, is part of a nonprofit national health-care alliance based in Burlington, Vt.
The clinic grew out of the congregation at Oakwood Baptist Church. Other churches have signed on, but Oakwood remains the clinic's primary financial supporter. In addition to Santa Rosa, other major donors have been the McKenna System, Kronkosky Charitable Foundation of San Antonio, and the Downtown Rotary Club.
But community clinics have ongoing needs, and Chapa is seeking more retired and practicing medical professionals to lend a hand.
New Braunfels Volunteers in Medicine Clinic is at 1195 W. San Antonio St. Call (830) 632-5131. Clinic hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to noon Friday. The clinic is closed for lunch from noon to 1 p.m.
Octavio Garza, assistant city engineer, at (713) 205-6237.
LEADERSHIP NEW BRAUNFELS TO HONOR CLASS OF 2011
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Current Water Restriction Status:
NBU customers are now allowed to use a sprinkler or irrigation system two days per week based on the last digit of your address:
Monday & Thursday
6 or 8
Tuesday & Friday
7 or 9
New Braunfels’ Stage 1 Trigger Levels:
J-17 Well at or below 660 feet, Comal Springs at or below 225 CFS New Braunfels’ Stage 2 Trigger Levels:
J-17 Well at or below 650 feet, Comal Springs at or below 200 CFS
EXPECT LONG DELAYS
Work on the Walnut Avenue project in New Braunfels paused for Good Friday.
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New Braunfels’ Stage 3 Trigger Levels:
J-17 Well at or below 640 feet, Comal Springs at or below 150 CFS
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