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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Hair to help Comal stylists go to great lengths to help cancer patients WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Linda Caldwell styles a wig at Shear Success in the Canyon Lake area. Caldwell works with cancer patients to help them feel better about themselves during the healing process. Shear Success specializes in cranial prostheses By Dana Jones Herald-Zeitung Correspondent CANYON LAKE — Inside a newly remodeled salon, behind a partition to ensure privacy, Linda Caldwell fits cancer patients w ith locks of love. By fitting cancer patients with what Caldwell termed a “cranial prosthesis” she hopes to cater to those who need to feel better about themselves while undergoing treatment. “I don’t know of any salon that offers this service in Comal County,” Caldwell said. Hair loss from chemotherapy and radiation treatment causes hair follicles to weaken and fall out. Once treatment ends, the hair will grow back, but it might take a year to grow back completely. “Feelings and emotions pay a big part in the healing process,” Caldwell said. “Helping the patient to feel better about himself and his appearance will aid his recovery.” See SHEAR/5A They grow their Locks of Love By Christina Minor Staff Writer Just IO inches of hair can make a child’s dream come true, and with a little help from a local beauty salon, that dream is becoming a reality. Kreative Kuts, 1112 N. Walnut Ave., participates in Locks of Love, a non-profit organization based in Florida that provides hairpieces for children ages 18 and younger. Norma Martinez of Kreative Kuts became interested in the program after seeing a segment on the television show “Inside Edition.” “The show was talking about how people can donate hair for the wigs,” she said. “I thought it was a good idea, so I decided to start growing my hair out so I could donate it.” Martinez, who spent a year and a half growing out her collar-length hair, received mixed reactions from friends and family. Her husband. Ray, knew why she was CHRISTINA MINOR/Herald-Zeitung Delia Aleman (front left) and Shelley Schulle (back) cut Norma Martinez’ hair for the Locks for Love program. growing her hair but was a little upset to see it cut. “I Ie hated to see it short again,” she said. See LOCKS/5 A Walnut Avenue: Expansion costs are in the details By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Walnut Avenue expansion is on New Braunfels’ proposed bond ballot, but city council hasn’t ironed out several details that could greatly affect the cost. The number of lanes and just what the city does w ith the property it might buy could increase the total cost, now an estimated $5.7 million. But some argue those details shouldn't be worked out; instead, council should scrap the project altogether and find an alternative solution. Others say Walnut is the only north-south thoroughfare in town and needs to be expanded to ease traffic already there. The average daily traffic count along Walnut Avenue near the railroad tracks is 18,004 cars, city records show. New Braunfels Police Lt. John Wommack said he considered Walnut one of the highest traffic areas of the city. “It’s an antiquated street for the traffic,” he said. But Walnut is a neighborhood first and foremost, District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said. Despite her objections, the rest of council voted Dec. 13 to acquire the 33 properties on the south side of Walnut if voters approve the proposition in May. What would happen to those properties has not been decided. Initial estimates show the Walnut project by itself could raise the current tax rate of 31 cents per $100 valuation about 3.7 cents. A resident owning a home w itll a taxable value of $100,000 would pay $350 in city taxes instead of $313 (plus $324 in county taxes and more than $1,640 in school Bond Series Today Walnut expansion Sunday Street and drainage bond projects and staff requests Tuesday Public safety bond projects and staff requests Dec. 29 Communication system Dec. 30 Sports complex Dec. 31 Park improvement bond projects and staff requests taxes). But this could increase or decrease, depending on various factors. The cost of demolition or removing a structure hasn’t been figured into the city’s cost estimates. And the city could end up paying property owners more for the property than currently estimated — or end up paying legal fees to negotiate prices. “It could be more work than I could handle,” city attorney Floyd Akers said. At least one affected homeowner is coned lied about getting an equitable price for his property. Vance Langley, who lives at Walnut and Stonewall, said council needed to decide whether it would buy properties at commercial rates or residential rates. “Are they going to buy it a residential rate and then sell (the property not used for the road) at See WALNUT/5A What’s Up on Walnut $5.7 MILLION Could cost more depending on ... • How much property sells for Legal fees associated with negotiating prices for property • Wnether council includes drainage improvements • How council handles existing properties • Width of streetDWI Statistics • Alcohol involvement remains the leading factor in motor vehicle deaths. • Traffic clashes are the greatest single cause of death for every age from 6 through 33. Almost half of these fatalities are in alcohol-related crashes. • An estimated 2.6 million drunk driving crashes victimize 4 million innocent people. • During the 1998 Christmas holiday weekend, 173 alcohol-related fatalities were reported nationwide. • In 1998, 1,644 fatalities nationwide were caused by drinking and driving in the period from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. Lawmen on holiday alert for drunk drivers By Erin Magruder Staff Writer Residents can enjoy the spirits of the Christmas season without actually drinking them especially if they plan to get behind the w heel of an automobile. Traditionally, the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities in Texas increases during the holiday season, Texas Department of Public Safety reports. If this season proves no different, residents “going to Grandma’s” this weekend will have a much bigger foe than Interstate 35 construction. Drinking and driving is the leading cause of more than 39 percent of motor vehicle deaths each year, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported. New Braunfels Police Department Lt. John Wommack said heightened public awareness about the dangers of driving under the influence — from high-profile organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving —- has contributed to a decline in the local driving while intoxicated arrest rate. “Right now, DWIs in town are down,” Wommack said. “I thank the general public for that. They are realizing it is not a safe practice.” Although NBPD officers make more DWI arrests on holidays such as New Year’s Eve, Wommack said officers w ill actively look for drivers who are intoxicated during the weekend. Comal County Sheriff’s Department also will be out in full force this weekend to make sure motorists do not turn their vehicles into deadly weapons. DPS highway patrolmen said they planned to be ready to protect motorists. Residents can report drunk motorists to law enforcement off icials on county roadways by calling the Comal County Sheriff’s Office at 620-3400 or in the city by calling 608-2180. Inside Abby.......................... .....7 A Classifieds.................... . 4-8B Comics......................... ......2B Crossword.................... ......7 A Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies......................... ......7 A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports........................... .8-10A Today........................... ......2A Television...................... ......2B www.herald-zeitung com Key Code 76 New BkAaisMFELs    ishi*Herald-ZeitungVol. 149 No. 24    20    pgs.    in    2    sections    December    22,    1999    tx    t    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Wednesday Bulverde plane crash sends two to hospital From Staff Reports The pilot and passenger of a Cessna 210 were airlifted Monday evening to a San Antonio hospital after the small aircraft crashed near Cibolo Creek in Bulverde. Bulverde resident Richard Monahan, 62, who was piloting the plane, apparently was not seriously injured but was transported as a precautionary measure. Airlife from University Hospital landed in a field across from the accident scene on Obst Road in southern Comal County. Monahan also is the owner of the Bulverde Air Park, where he was trying to land the plane when the crashed occurred. Trooper Randy Wells w ith Texas Department of Public Safety said Monahan had lacerations and bruises, but no apparent serious injuries. The passenger of the plane, described as a man inSee PLAN E/5 A ;