New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
Holiday child care options available
By Heather Todd
The upcoming holiday break can be a blessing for kids but a challenge for parents.
For students, the two-week holiday break from school means only one thing — two weeks without homework or tests.
For working parents, the Christmas break means finding inexpensive, safe and educational activities to occupy their children before school resumes in January.
Parents always have the option of enrolling their children in daycare centers. Many local daycare centers will be open during the holiday break for parents who work or who have last minute Christmas shopping.
Some local child care centers, such as Happy Days Day Care, Hansel and Gretel Child Development Center, and Lollipop Kids Child Development and Learning Center will be open on weekdays but will be closed Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve.
Although kids will be out of school, some local daycare providers said the number of parents needing daycare services usually dropped during the holidays.
Sharon Wiedenfeld, director of Hansel and Gretel Child Development Center in New Braunfels, said many families took vacations during the holidays or had relatives in town to look after the children.
“With school out, a lot of the older children will look after the younger ones. It really slows down during the holidays,” she said.
But for parents who can’t take days off during the holidays, several organizations offer youth programs and camps for children.
YMCA of Comal County is offering a Christmas camp for children ages 4 through 13 at Memorial Elementary school, 1900 S. Walnut Ave.
The program will run 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Dec. 23 and Dec. 27 through Dec. 30. The program also will be available Jan 3.
YMCA director Ginny Eanes said parents needed to register children for next week’s sessions by Wednesday. Parents must register children by Dec. 22 for sessions the next week.
Eanes said the deadlines helped coordinate staff each day.
The Christmas camp costs $157.50 for all nine days of the program, or $20 per day.
Eanes said about 50 children participated in the Christmas camp
Remembering the children
Amanda Farrar attends the candlelight vigil organized by local support group Children Forever at Landa Park on Sunday for the National Children's Memorial Day. Farrar's brother, Danny Shea, was killed in a car accident this past January. Many gathered in Landa Park for the service, which was conducted to remember children who have died.
Bond list increases to $38.6M
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council removed no items Monday from a proposed list of bond projects that, if approved, could more than triple the city's tax rate in the next four years.
Instead, council actually boosted the $36.6 million list by more than $2 million to cover the cost of purchasing property on the south side of Walnut Avenue. The estimated increase Monday brought the Walnut expansion project up to about $5.7 million.
Rather than focus on ways to trim the project list, council voted on ways to bundle projects on the ballot (see sidebar), which could be brought before voters in May.
In an interview Friday, Mayor Stoney Williams said council would try to pare down the list at Monday's meeting.
"Otherwise, we’d go from having one of the lowest tax rates in the state to one of the highest," he said.
In an attempt to possibly cut some street projects, Williams asked if sales tax revenue (4B money) could fund some of those propositions but was told this wasn’t an option.
“4B can’t handle projects costing hundreds of thousands of dollars,” city manager Mike Shands said.
Council did not discuss alternate ways to fund parks and recreation or fire and police projects.
lf the $36.6 million worth of projects were approved, a resident owning a home with a taxable value of $100,000 could pay $1,1 IO a year in city taxes by 2004, according to preliminary city pro-
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Two adults, two children injured in Marion accident
By Christina Minor Staff writer
MARION — Four people were hurt Monday afternoon in a head-on collision on Farm-to-Market Road 78 west of Marion.
An unidentified Seguin man in his early 20s driving a small passenger car east on FM 78 crossed the center lane and struck another vehicle driven by a a 63-year-old male motorist, also of Seguin. Marion Police Department patrolman Anthony Plaid said names of those involved in the accident would not be released until an investigation had
Plaid said he believed a tire blowout might have contributed to the accident.
Two children who were passengers of the 63-year-old motorist were flown to University Hospital in San Antonio. One child suffered an unspecified head injury; the other’s face was cut by broken glass. The 63-year-old suffered a broken arm and knee and the other motorist had a broken collarbone. Conditions on the victims were unavailable at press time.
No charges had been filed as of late Monday, Plaid said.In Other Action
Council voted Monday to bundle proposed bond projects in the following
■ Streets and drainage
■ Walnut Avenue
■ Public safety
■ Fire and police communication
■ Recreation center, Olympic pool and sports complex
■ Park improvements
jections. That same resident currently pays $313.
The total projected property tax rate could increase from 31 cents currently to 62 cents in 2001, $ 1.06 in 2002, $ 1.08 in 2003 and $1.11 in 2004.
Bond repayment is only one reason for the substantial increases. The cost of maintaining, staffing and operating certain approved bond projects also would impact property tax.
If taxpayers agree to raise taxes to build a fire station, for instance, the city needs to staff and maintain that fire station.
A bond would not fund staffing and maintenance needs; instead, the general fund would need a boost. Council would decide how to fund that boost, but one option would be a tax rate increase.
This would be decided in the budget process, which includes public hearings.
Fire and rescue personnel tend to a motorist who was injured during a head-on collision Monday afternoon near Marion. Four people — including two children — were injured in the accident.
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Lions Club bell ringer Darvin Altenhoff, 72, mans the Salvation Army kettle while R. Michael Clark, 61, makes a contribution.
Holiday giving rings their bells
Salvation Army bell ringers prove to be a resilient bunch
By CYNTHIA ClELUCH
We see them, and especially we hear them, every year during the holidays.
They are as much a part of Christmas as candy canes, carols and Frosty the Snowman.
They are the bell ringers, more than 400 in New Braunfels alone.
Friendly folks who stand outside of stores collecting money in large red kettles for the less fortunate. All the while, they constantly jingle their distinctive bells and cast out holiday greetings to bustling shoppers.
Lion’s Club member Bill Kolodzie, 74, has been ringing bells for three years and loves every minute of it.
“My favorite part is knowing that I’m working for The Salvation Army because
they are doing such a great job all over the world,” said Kolodzie, a land surveyor and retired elementary school principal.
“That’s the main reason I’m ringing the bell. I don’t mind giving up my time and my talent,” he said.
The Kettle Campaign is probably the most important and well-known part of the Salvation Army’s fund raising efforts. Millions of dollars are donated each year
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