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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Mobile MannersVol, 149, No. 204    44    pages    in    4    sections    August    20,    2000    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    $1.00 By Heather Todd Staff Writer Celluler phones foster rudeness in wired society By Betty Taylor Features Editor While America forges ahead with wireless communications, high-tech cellular phones have given way to low-tech manners. According to a 1999 Southwestern Bell survey, more than half of all Americans are expected to have wireless phones by the year 2003. Eighty-three percent of today’s users who were interviewed believed they had good phone manners. But, they rated fellow cell phone users with a grade of C or lower on mobile manners. Sam Garcia, a sales representative with Absolute Communications, agreed that most vocal critics of cell phone manners are cell phone users themselves. “I hear complaints, even from other people who use cell phones about others who talk and drive,” he said. For some, especially those trying to have a face-to-face conversation, or those giving a speech or presentation, the cell phone rage goes against everything their mothers taught them when they were growing up. “Don’t interrupt me when I am talking (ring).” “Look me in the eye when I am talking to you (ring).” “We don’t talk in church (ring).” Even “Look both ways when you cross the street” can be challenging for the avid cellular junkie. The issue of wireless etiquette has become such a problem that Southwestern Bell even enlisted the help of Peggy Post, great-granddaughter-in-law to Emily Post. She urged cell phone users to take full advantage of the many technological features currently available. “With options such as Caller I.D., Voice Mail and vibrating batteries, it is easy to use a wireless phone and still be considerate of those around you,” Post said. Find out ahead of time whether the cellular phone you are buying offers K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Karen Vann uses a cell phone in Hastings book store. Cashiers are often hesitant about greeting customers when they arrive at the register in the middle of a telephone conversation. these options, Garcia said. Of those surveyed, most agreed there were certain places and events where a wireless phone is not appropriate. These include a funeral, a class, a movie at a theater or during dinner at a restaurant. Almost all agreed that driving while talking on a cellular phone should be avoided. “It’s just using common sense,” said Melba Sheeds, operations manager at Kraft Mobiltel, who said she had heard See MANNERS/5 ANew Water Restrictions <nfels Utilities customers with addresses 3, 7, 8 or 9 can water today before 9 a.m. rn. Well users cannot water today. For all 608-8925Herald-^eitung Inside ► Antique treasure Remember all those Christmas mornings when you tore open the box to find a shiny new toy. Decades later, it could be worth hundreds of dollars./ 1C ► Mack players New Braunfels standouts Erie Sultemeier, Cody Reimer, Nick Martin and Craig Crow recently returned from the 2000 Connie Mack World Series./1B Students and staff at Comal Elementary have the honor of being the second school in Comal Independent School District to earn the exemplary rating in the state./4A Denver Broncos trample Pokes From Staff Reports The Denver Broncos went up 31 to 3 in the first half of preseason play Saturday night. But the Cowboys fought back in the third quarter with two field goals to make the score 31 -16 with four minutes and 55 seconds left. Pro Bowl right tackle Erik Williams ended his four-week holdout and returned to training camp on Tuesday. "This is great news," owner Jerry Jones said. "Erik can really help us.” New Braunfels High School students and staff will not see any immediate changes at the campus when school starts but they will have to adjust to new traffic patterns when a signal light goes up later this fall. In January, New Braunfels Independent School District trustees approved traffic improvements at the campus as a safety measure for students, staff and passing motorists on Loop 337. The district also is working with the Texas Department of Transportation to install a traffic signal light in front of the school’s third driveway, 2551 N. Loop 337. School administrators considered initiating new traffic patterns in and out of the school Wednesday to get students adjusted to changes before the light goes in. But, NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves said the changes would be postponed until the new signal light is installed. “We won’t have any control until we have that light,” he said. “We would have only the one exit onto Loop 337 and we need that device to make it successful.” About 1,800 students attend NBHS, but after-school activities and sporting events typically keep traffic at the high school busy even on weekends. The improvements w ill restrict students and staff to exit the campus only at the lighted intersection at the driveway next to Gruene Wood Villa Apartments. A traffic study of the area indicated that driveway had the highest volume of exiting traffic. Only buses will be allowed to exit from the driveway nearest the school’s baseball field. An automat- See TRAFFIC/5A Firm to survey educational needs By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The CL A RUS Corp. soon will survey local businesses about their views on educational needs in New Braunfels. The survey is the third prong of CLARUS’ research into the educational needs of the community. CLARUS recently finished a telephone survey of county residents and are tabulating those results. The company also surveyed high school students this past year. Information from those three surveys will be part of the results of a study of this area’s educational needs. The study will be finished this fall. CLARUS Corp. President Dr. Kathi Swanson said those resists will honestly assess the community’s educational needs. “If there really is not a heavily demonstrated need, we’re going to be real honest about that,” she said. One of the areas the $60,000 study w ill consider is how accessible higher education is and if it is as accessible as local residents want. The CLARUS Corp. was established in 1988, and is one of the top educational research firms in the country, Swanson said. The company typically works with educational institutions, but it sometimes does research in areas where there may not be a major educational institution. “The thing we have seen for the reason a project like this comes about is education is usually tied heavily into the long-term future of a community,” Swanson said. “You can see several examples across the country where there haven’t been education opportunities available. You make those available and the communities actually do better.” CLARUS has conducted IO- or 12,000 of these type studies, Swanson said. “We come into an area, whether it be for a community group like this or an educational institution, and we really try to See SURVEY/8A Traffic changes delayed at NBHS Index Abby...................... ......................2C Business.............. .................4-6B Classified............... .................1-12D Stammtisch........... ......................3C Forum.................... .......................6A Local/Metro............ .......................4A Obituaries............ .....................3A Sports.................. ..................1-3B Today..................... .......................2A Television............... ............TV Week Key code 77 ► Comal rates New business has designs on downtown patrons By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer The treasures Belinda Green peddles at her new downtown store have been years in the making. That concept is reflected in the store’s name — “Designed by Time.” The store, 230 W. San Antonio St., opened Wednesday morning. It offers a mix of old and new items melded together by Green’s creativity. Designed by Time features items made of old barn and fence wood, antiques, floral arrangements and gifts. “It takes a lot of time to be designed,” Green said. People can take items from her store and make them it into whatever they want, she said. “If you like the design of it, you can always create it to what you like,” Green said. Customers can change the color or find a new use for an old item, just like Green did with a white picket fence in her store window. Gold angels and dried flowers decorate the fence, a copy of something Green did in her bathroom at home. There she used a picket fence decorated with angels and flowers to cover her window instead of curtains. “It takes time and patience and just being creative,” Green said. Green’s creativity runs in the family. Her father, Cresencio R. Duron, made some of the furniture items in her store from old barn and fence wood. Also, her mother, Dolores Duron, liked to sew and make small flower arrangements and swags, Green said. “I believe I picked it up from her,” she said. She admitted with a smile, however, that she and her mother did not have the same tastes. Green loves a yellow and green antique cabinet in her store, but her mother dislikes the colors. “I told her, ‘We’re not buying it for us,’” Green said. “We’re buying it for the public, for the people who come into the store.” Green worked as a cashier at See TIME/5A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Belinda Green has more than a few works-in-progress in her new store, Designed By Time. Green opened her new shop on San Antonio Street Wednesday, featuring many pieces such as bam wood, wood frames and old farm implements. ;