New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 153, No. 27 32 pages, 4 sections
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Precinct 3 Constable Galindo seeking another term
By Ron Malonoy
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Precinct 3 Constable Randy Galindo will seek re-election.
Galindo, whose job is to provide bailiff services in the Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace office and serve warrants, said he nears the end of his first term having fulfilled his campaign promises.
“Did I do what I said I
would do?” Galindo asked. “I've done that and more.”
Those promises included reducing truancy, making the streets safer and reducing drug use and availability — not considered traditional roles for a Randy constable, even though each is a certified peace officer.
“My deal is to protect and serve. I was going to protect by enforcing laws, clear-ing warrants and being available to my constituents at all times,” Galindo said. “I ve done that.” What Galindo has Galindo aiso done is make prostitution arrests, conduct raids that took nearly a mil
lion dollars’ worth of illegal 8-liner machines off New Braunfels streets, and start a boxing program on his own time that has helped dozens of local kids. Some of those kids have gone to state and national amateur championships in their first year of fighting.
Galindo said he has ideas that would enable him to
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By Scott Mahon
City Council will continue its review of the sanitation department Tliesday, including discussions with representatives from Waste Management Inc. about privatizing the city-owned service.
However, City Manager Chuck Pinto said, council will not make a decision on privatization during Tuesday’s workshop.
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to talk about privatization, but the focus will not be on making a decision about privatization,” Pinto said. ,lWe will be looking at a number of issues, including routes, workman’s compensation, automation. In fact, I don’t think the council has an opinion about privatization yet.”
Earlier this year, council said it would make a final decision on whether to privatize the service sometime in January 2004.
Waste Management officials have been meeting with council over the past months to dis-*cuss how they would take over the service if the city privatized it.
The city-owned service employs approximately 40 people, and workers from the department have said they were disappointed that council has taken so long to make a decision. Also, the anticipation has affected morale.
But Pinto said there would be changes within the department, regardless of whether the service is privatized.
“I think every community in the area, except San Antonio, has privatized their waste
See WASTE, Page 7A
Just like the good of days
Elizabeth Knoll. 17. plays the harp Saturday night for visitors Furniture for the Candlelight tour. Above, visitors enjoy a stopping in the parlor of the Museum of Texas Handmade live Nativity scene accompanied by Christmas music.
Candlelight Christmas tour chills noses, warms hearts
By Scott Mahon
Candles were dim but spirits were bright Saturday evening as New Braunfelsers—and some guests — converged on the city’s historical museums for the 16th annual Candlelight Tour.
This year's Sophienburg Candlelight Tour was held in conjunction with Christmas activities at Heritage Village and Conservation Plaza and was sponsored by the Historic Museum Association. Each museum was decorated in a different theme and served a variety of German foods.
The Sophienburg Museum's Christmas theme was “A Visit to St. Nicks."
Helen Hoffmann, director of this year’s Candlelight Tour, said the event was an opportunity for all three museums to celebrate the holiday season together.
“It was also an opportunity for
people who had never visited the. museums to see what we’re all about,” she said.
Marie Offerman of New Braunfels said the custom of serving German food at the event began years ago.
“Years ago, we started serving foods typical of the food that German immigrants ate while sailing to America from Germany,” she said. “It became an annual tradition.”
Conservation Plaza’s decoration theme was “Nutcrackers on Parade” and served dessert, which included bundt cake and hot chocolate.
At Forke’s Store, a string orchestra entertained guests. The ensemble consisted of youth from Seguin and New Braunfels playing base, violins and the viola.
“They’re all home-schooled children who have just started learning how to play,” said Martha Rehler, director of the Conservation Society.
Heritage Village, home of the
Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, served the main course, which included split pea soup.
For the family of Kay Specht, chairwoman of Heritage Village, New Braunfels Christmas stories go way back. She shared a bit of history.
“My great-great-grandfather and my husband’s great-great-grandfa-ther came here on a ship in 1846,” she said. “His name was Ernst Von Corteh and he landed near Houston before coming to New Braunfels. He and my husband’s great-great-grandfather became good friends.”
Admission this year was $3 for all three museums. Normal admission to each museum is $5.
“It was a chance for the community to visit the museums during the Christmas holiday season and to see something different at each museum,” Specht said. “It was also kind of a Christmas present to the community.”
recipients all smiles
From Staff Reports
Volunteers can’t spread cheer without wearing a smile, and smiles were abun dant early Saturday morning as Herald-Zeitung employees and community volunteers helped distribute boxes of food to neighbors in need.
Every year, the Herald-Zeitung, with the help of the community, feeds 200 families as part of its Cheer Fund program.
The Community Service Center in New Braunfels connected Cheer Fund coordinators with needy families.
The Herald-Zeitung for weeks has been collecting donations.
Each family received food to prepare a basic meal — a canned ham, fruits and veggies, goods for baking and a bag of miniature candy bars.
“We throw in the candy for the kids,’’ said Rosie Willingham, Cheer Fund coordinator.
Friday night, more than 20 Herald-Zeitung employees and their families packed the boxes full of flour, sugar, peanut butter, jelly, vegetables, fruit, loaves of bread and eggs.
The Cheer Fund is a family event for Herald-Zeitung employees. Children as young as 5 years old helped prepare the food boxes. One young girl had to stand on a stack of newspapers at the printing plant to help.
At 7 am Saturday, I lerald-Zeitung volunteers began preparing to distribute the food. Many community volunteers loaded vehicles and hauled food to families all over New Braunfels.
“I love seeing the expressions on the people’s faces,” said Darren Boswell, who has been volunteering with his wife Tammy for several years.
The couple has no children of their own, and Darren loves to see the children smile with appreciation, he said.
Tammy is a former Herald-Zeitung
See CHEER. Page 7A
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Cheer Fund volunteer Gloria Zepeda, right, makes a delivery Saturday morning.