New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
SPORTS ALMOST TIME
Volleyball players get together to prepare for the upcoming season. Page 5A
CANYON LAKE NEW BOSS
John Johnson takes over as manager at the Water Oriented Recreation District. Page 7 A
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•VY.NE, Canyon middle schools get failing grade
By Melissa Johnson
Only IO districts in tile state earned an exemplary rating under the Texas Education Agency s Accountability system, and Comal ISD and New Braunfels ISO were not among them.
Both CISD and NBISD earned an Academically Acceptable rating, which was based on 17 indicators such as spring 2005 Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills overall and subgroup scores, State-Developed Alternative Assessment II
scores and completion and dropout rates at the secondary level.
Within CISD, eight schools earned recognized ratings and eight others earned academically acceptable rat-ings. In NBISD, two campuses earned a recognized rating and eight
earned an academically acceptable rating.
Both districts earned one academically unacceptable rating at the middle school level by scoring below 50 percent passing rates on SAD II — the states assessment test for spe
cial needs students.
Both schools scored in the lower 40th percentile — with CISD’s Canyon Middle School passing the SD AA II at a rate of 43 percent, and
See GRADE, Page 2A
By Leigh Jones
Pedro Flores and his family moved to New Braunfels on Sunday.
They did not know anyone in town until Tuesday when their neighbors gathered for the subdivision’s first National Night Out block party.
The Floreses emerged from their garage, wheeled cooler in tow, just after 7 p.m.
By 7:30 p.m.. they were getting to know their neighbors over choke-, cake and chocolate brownies.
“We don’t know anyone in town, and we don’t have any family here. Now, our neighbors will be our family,’’ Flores said while nodding and smiling at the people gathered around him.
Safe City Commission member lack Hicks, who attended tire block party on Carlisle Castle Drive, said the Floreses’ experience was what National Night Out was all about.
“Neighbors need to know each other, especially in a new neighborhood,” he said. “Once they know each other, it’s easier to spot strangers who might come into the community.”
The Castle Ridge subdivision is one of New Braunfels’ newest,
with construction continuing within earshot of Tuesday’s party.
Because many new neighborhoods are home to young families who spend most of their time away from home, a community can be harder to establish.
“People usually come home after a hard day, go into their ‘caves’ and shut the door,” Hicks said. “Neighbors just don’t know each other any more.”
Tuesday, that trend began to change as children ran up and down the sidewalks together and mothers and fathers introduced
themselves to their neighbors.
Glenn Graves said he felt more secure letting his son play outside when there were people all around who knew him.
“They can help us look out for him, especially if they see him somewhere they know he’s not supposed to be,” Graves said.
Although Graves met some of his down-the-street neighbors for the first time Tuesday, he already had benefited from good relationships with his next-door neighbors.
See NEIGHBORS, Page 3A
Villarreal honored for bringing down forgery ring
By Leigh Jones
Detective lesse Villarreal was named the New Braunfels Safe City Commission’s Police Officer of the Year Tuesday.
Villarreal, a 14-year veteran of the police department, received the Burney Boeck award while surrounded by liis family and fellow officers.
“I was surprised and honored that they picked me," he said. “Any one of these officers could have gotten this award. ’’
Villarreal was one of four officers honored for their work throughout the past year who were eligible for the award.
Lt. Mike Rust, Cpl. Scott Hinge and Patrol Officer Trey Wahrmund also were nominated.
See HONORED Page 3A
Detective Jesse VillarrealUPDATES
Tracking the news
Drowing death LAST WE KNEW: Comal County Sheriff's deputies recovered the body of 34-year-old Virginia K.Thoma-son-Bias from Canyon Lake July 18.
LATEST: ATravis County medical examiner's autopsy revealed Bias died in a freshwater drowning.
NEXT: Officials are waiting for toxicology results, which could take several months.■ ■■
Special election LAST WE KNEW: The city was planning a special election Nov. 7 to fill the District 6 council seat after Lynn Lim-mer resigned Friday.
LATEST: After checking with state officials, the filing dates have been modified. Candidate filings will begin Sept. 7 and end Oct. 7. The order of names on the ballot will be determined Oct. 12.
NEXT: City council will accept Limmer's resignation.
Business owners, shoppers get ready for tax-free weekend
By Leigh Jones
Back-to-school shopping will be 8 percent less painful this weekend as Texans take advantage of a tax holiday on items every child needs for a return to the classroom.
Piggybacking on the promotion provided by the state comptroller’s office, many retailers ease the pain even more by knocking prices down with additional sales.
Pain Oppelt, owner of local children’s clothing boutique Frilly Frog, was busy applying “Side Item" tags to merchandise throughout her store Tuesday.
“We have lots of things on sale," she said. “We’re hoping to draw people downtown when they’re out shopping this weekend. Its a great way to avoid the crowds at the big retail chains.”
Shopping locally also is a great way to support small businesses, said Pat Clark, owner of local girl s boutique Garden of Youth.
“I encourage people to do their shopping in New Braunfels,” she said. “That’s how our economy is going to survive."
To back up her plea to shop locally, Clark plans to give her customers extra incentive to stay in town.
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“We’re offering bargain prices on last season’s fall items, up to 70 percent off," she said. “Theres some really good deals on the racks.”
Other items, including summer dresses, are also on sale.
The Frilly Frog offers clothing for both boys and girls, accessories and backpacks ready to fill with school supplies.
Oppelt s store also has something New Braunfelsers will not find at an out-of-town store — spirit jerseys and cheerleading outfits for local school districts.
“We have them for New Braunfels, Canyon, Smithson Valley and Marion high schools,” she said. “The elementary school kids wear them on Fridays to show their school spirit."
To make shopping locally even easier, Oppelt will keep her doors open Friday through Sunday.
While Oppelt and Clark are expecting good crowds to fill their stores tliis weekend, big chain retailer Target is expecting a small army of deal seekers to pass through its doors.
“We are anticipating a large influx of guests,” said Manager Krik Kveton. “But we’re IOO percent ready."
Kveton’s staff also has been preparing sale items to fill the shelves first thing f riday morning.
“T here are quite a few awesome sale items. It s going to be a great weekend." he said.
Hie sales tax holiday begins 12:01 a.m. Friday and ends at midnight Sunday.
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Neighbors band together on National Night Out
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Clay Skarovsky, left, and Stuart Worthington were in charge of burgers, sausages and an occassional shrimp at their Castle Ridge subdivision National Night Out block party Tuesday evening. Below, 2-year-old Bailey Skarovsky enjoys a brownie.
Will taxes rise when county commissioners set the budget?
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