New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Intent of the evening was to share crime prevention information with residents in a positive manner. He
• Said every-day crimes that could have been prevented occur, said the activities go a long way in raising the public’s awareness to this.
“We’re not asking them to get involved in it, just to call,” said Douglas. “That’s what a lot of this is about.”
• Douglas said from a law enforcement perspective, large participation is encouraging. However, he said making an impact is the biggest goal.
v* “Anytime you can inform your public or community ... then I think it’s always a positive,” he said, “lf only one person learns something that night and prevents a crime, then we’re ahead.”
In addition, in a private ceremony before the open house, the Safe City Commissioner will announce the recipient of the first Burney Boeck Memorial Award for the New Braunfels Police Officer of the Year. The award, named after the late police chief who initiated the commission, is awarded based on performance during the past year.
“This is an award that we feel will carry with it tremendous meaning for law officers in this community,” Ferguson said.
Tuesday will be the evening residents head to the streets and porches to meet the people next door and down the street from 7 to 9 p.m.
This will mark the ninth year for National Night Out in New
The reason for th* block party is to get to know who lives in your neighborhood, lf you know your neighborhood, you know who doesn’t belong there.’
— resident Ann Bartholomew
Braunfels, and organizers are expecting it to be the biggest yet, surpassing last year’s number of about 25 block parties. Ferguson sad the parties differ from lemonade in the yard to a party complete with barbecue, a band and games. He said several this year are expected to have live music. Ferguson said city officials and police officers will visit each party. Members of the Safe City Commission will also stop by to visit with residents and judge parties for the best block party trophy.
“Our goal here is to try to recognize those neighborhoods that have made the effort and thank them for their support,” said Ferguson.
Several neighborhoods have been holding block parties since they started in New Braunfels nine years ago. Ann Bartholomew said the Landa Neighborhood Watch Group has been participating in National Night Out for nine years now. She said about IOO to 125 people attend the annual party, complete with a cake walk.
“We just try to get to know each other,” she said. “Every year I see someone new that I didn’t know before.”
Bartholomew said the watch group and annual block party has made residents in her neighborhood feel safe, and she would definitely
recommend it other groups.
“We definitely feel we keep our neighborhoods safe,” she .said. “The reason for the block party is to get to know who lives in your neighborhood. If you know your neighborhood, you know who doesn’t belong here.”
The residents of the 12 houses along Texas Avenue began their block parties nine years ago as well, but now they meet five or six time throughout the year “because we like each other,” said Marsha Kiesling. Kicsling said the groups also started a neighborhood watch five years ago, and that has made residents feel safer.
“We not only get together, we talk to each other every day,” she said. “We know who belongs on our block and who doesn’t.”
In neighborhoods where a party is not planned, Ferguson urged residents to turn their porch lights on, head outdoors and meet their neighbors.
Douglas said the open house and block parties provide an opportunity for officers to meet with the public in a fun and relaxed setting, and there is something for all ages. He said it creates a strong relationship between the public, law enforcement and the safe city commission.
“We’re always elated to do it,” he said. “We look forward to it.”
Marilyn Pedigo passed away on Thursday, July 31, 1997 at her residence in New Braunfels at the age of 68 years. Survivors include four sons, Jack Pedigo of Seattle, Washington, Paul Pedigo of Dallas, Texas, Joseph Pedigo of Houston, Texas and Samuel Pedigo of Seattle, Washington; three daughters, Rebecca Copeland and Cecilia Kiiby, both of New Braunfels and Rachel Soltanil of Dallas, Texas; fourteen grandchildren, one great grandchild and one brother, Ernest Miner of Maryland. Visitation began on Saturday at 12 noon at the Zoeller Funeral Home and continues until service time on Monday, August 4 at IO a.m. in the Zoeller Funeral Home Chapel. Another service will be held at IO a.m. on Tuesday at the St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas, with interment to follow in the Sparkman Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family has requested that memorial contributions be made to HOSPICE New Braunfels.
Mabel Brown, of New Braunfels, died Friday August I, 1997 at Colonial Manor Care Center at age of 84. Visitation is from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday at Zoeller Funeral Home. Visitation is from IO a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cook-Walden Funeral Home in Austin. A procession will leave the funeral home at 1:30 p.m. to go to Austin Memorial Cemetery for services there.
Teamsters set new Sunday strike deadline
Associated Press Writer
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Teamsters, saying negotiations had yielded little progress, set a new strike deadline of midnight Sunday as union negotiators prepared to send revised demands to United Parcel Service.
“The brown trucks won’t be rolling unless this company agrees to provide the good jobs that American families need,’’ union President Ron Carey said Saturday.
After 15 hours of intensive talks over two days at the Federal Mediation and Congiifatioh Service, ftVsfhfttfd union officials said there really wasn’t much bargaining going on.
“I’m disappointed by the lack of progress,’’ Carey said after he asked for a recess to discuss the situation with his bargaining committee Friday night.
John Wells, the federal mediator, said late Saturday that he was ontinuing telephone contact with both the union and company, but gave no indication the two sides were ready to resume direct talks.
A UPS spokeswoman, Gina Ellrich, called the union’s decision to set a strike deadline “very unfortunate’’ and said “we’re eager to continue talking with the union.’*
The 50-member committee met until midnight, going over their contract proposal item by item to see if there were any changes that might
generate more fruitful discussions with the package delivery giant.
Wells said the union gave him a “comprehensive” revised proposal, which he forwarded to UPS bargainers for their review. He said further telephone discussions were planned for Sunday. The latest proposal included new offers regarding fulltime positions and wages, according to the union.
But union officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the company had failed to address their key issues of putting an end to subcontracting, creating more full-time * j66s and increasing wages.
The union set its new stnke deadline for midnight Sunday after postponing the original strike deadline Thursday night at the request of the federal mediator.
In addition to the union’s demands, another sticking point was the company’s request that it be allowed to withdraw from the Teamsters’ multi-employer pension and health funds.
Union officials consider the demand a diversion and say they told UPS more than a month ago that such a move would be a deal killer.
“We looked very hard to try to find some solutions to some very complex problems,'* Carey said Friday. “I’m disappointed that we could not find some common ground.’’
Ellrich said no job action appeared imminent, but a message on the
union’s answering machine Saturday offered a cool assessment of the situation:
“No progress has been made and no agreements have been reached,” the statement said. “No decision has been reached about further meetings or further action.”
The Teamsters contract covering nearly two-thirds of the delivery giant’s 302,000 U.S. employees expired at midnight Thursday. But talks continued until dawn Friday and then resumed in the afternoon for six hours.
Along with increases in pay and pensions, the Teamsters have pressed UPS to limit subcontracting, strengthen safety and health provisions and create more full-time jobs. About two-thirds of the employees represented by the union work part time.
The company said that in addition to a modest wage increase, the offer it made Wednesday included a $3,060 bonus for full-time employees and $1,530 for part-timers. Full-time UPS drivers earn $ 19.95 an hour on average.
UPS also said it would create 1,000 new full-time jobs and give part-timers a leg up in applying for full-time positions when they become open. The Teamsters have demanded more fulltime jobs.
lf a strike is called, UPS’ 2,000 pilots, represented by the International Pilots Association, have pledged to walk out with the Teamsters.
Bush casts ballot for homeowners9 tax break
By JUAN B. EUZONOOJr.
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. George W. Bush has cast his ballot in favor of a property tax break for Texas homeowners.
The governor on Thursday said he voted early in the Aug. 9 election to
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of theft at Langtree Apartments, 1565 Business 35 North. Unknown people took two fire extinguishers from the outside walls of the building during the hours of darkness of Wednesday and Thursday. Police said they had no suspects or witnesses.
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of an attempted burglary at 210 B and 211 A Redbud Street Wednesday and Thursday. Two window screens were damaged where police believe a suspect was attempting to gain access to the 210 B Redbud residence. The complainant said the suspect was a white man who was riding a plain motorcycle in the neighborhood.
An unknown person also tried to gain access to 211 A Redbud and damaged one front window screen. Police have no suspects or witnesses.
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of criminal
remind Texans of the importance of voting. Early voting ends Tuesday.
lf approved, the property tax break would come in the form of a higher exemption from local school taxes on primary homestead properties. The current minimum exemption is $5,000. The amendment would raise the minimum exemption to $ 15,000.
mischief at the 400 block of Veramendi Street. An unknown person did about $40 worth of damage to a brick mail box by painting profanities with white paint on it. Police have no suspects or witnesses.
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of burglary of a non-habitation at the 900 block of King Arthur Street. During the hours of darkness between Thursday and Friday, a suspect entered the
That means a home assessed at $100,000 would be taxable on up to $85,000 of its value instead of $95,000. Additional exemptions extended by school districts also could decrease the taxable amount.
Homeowners’ savings amount to their local school property tax rates multiplied by IOO, about $140 for most homeowners.
Athletic Club and took a case of soda, bottles of water, a video cassette recorder, a computer monitor and a Sony stereo system. Police are investigating the incident.
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of a burglary of a motor vehicle Thursday evening. A New Braunfels man, whose driver’s side window was left open and whose door was unlocked, reported his in-line skates and backpack were stolen from the
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she experienced two thefts within a matter of days. Someone took a bicycle from her home and returned a few days later and stole a medical bag from her van.
She said one of the most difficult aspects of dealing with the thefts was having to explain why the door to her van was unlocked only a few days after lecturing her son on taking care of his property.
Aft** being victimized by the two thefts, Bizer started talking to her neighbors about her flight. She said she was surprised to hear her neighbors and friends who had their cars broken into and.had experienced thefts of items such as stereos and bicycles.
Bizer said everyone knew and trusted everyone else in her Willow Street neighborhood and people didn’t even lock their car doors. “We made it easy for them,” she said.
It’s a natural thing to become angry when crime strikes you, but Bizer decided to take action. She said she knew just about everyone on her street, but they didn’t communicate when it came to crime in the
James “Jim” Gilbert, of Canyon Lake, passed away at the age of 70 years in New Braunfels on August 2, 1997. He was born on March 30, 1927 in Palo Pinto County, Texas to Thomas Gilbert and Elmer Wilson Gilbert. Mr. Gilbert served in the United States Navy during World War II. He was a retired pipe fitter. Mr. Gilbert married Normal Haase. He was a member of the Faith United Church of Christ and dtyast member of the Canyon Lake Village Association.
Mr. Gilbert is survived by his wife, Norma; daughter, Janet Fleet and husband Ray of Canton, Texas; brothers, Joe Gilbert and wife Anne and Elmer Lee Gilbert, all from Fort Worth; sister-in-law, Elsie Gilbert of Richardson, Texas; two grandchildren, two greatgrandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Gilbert was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas Gilbert.
Visitation will be held Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. to 8 pm The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, August 5, at IO a.m. at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. Interment will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. John’s United Church of Christ Cemetery in Otto, Texas. Pastor Lee Zillmann will be officiating.
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To overcome this noncommunication, Bizer organized a neighborhood crime watch program. She distributed flyers on her street and neighborhood giving information on the “mini crime wave” the area was experiencing. In conjunction with the crime watch, she also organized a block party to coincide with Monday’s “National Night Out.”
Bizer said it was not in her nature to sit by passively while crime was occurring around her. “Some little smart-aleck guy is walking around saying we really put it over on (the people in my neighborhood). It makes me mad!”
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■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of burglary of a building Wednesday to Thursday at the 400 block of East Torrey Street. A New Braunfels man reported that a lawn mower and a punching bag with a combined value of $215, were taken.
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