New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 9, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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useum gets a million-dollarExaminer: Jail inmate’s death natural
New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music Executive Director Charles Gallagher and Business Manager Debbie Vorhees are relieved that an anonymous local businessman has guaranteed more than $1 million in refinancing.
THIS HAS BEEN MIRACULOUS. THE COMBINATION OF THESE THINGS HAS ENABLED US TO PUT ISSUES BEHIND US.
— Charlie Gallagher executive director. NBMA&M
Deal ensures NBMA&M will stay open
By Ron Maloney
T he story of the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music isn’t quite ‘it s a Wonderful Life," but it sure could be.
The saga comes replete with everything one could ask in an epic tale of perseverance in the face of adversity.
A week before Christmas, a foreclosure notice was tacked up on the wall of tile building, located in the 1200 block of Gruene Road, and Executive Director Charles Gallagher and Business Manager Debbie Vorhees were contacting exhibitors, trying to determine where to return
property after the museum shut down. But they hadn’t given up.
Now, Gallagher said, both believe in miracles.
The museum — one of few with an affiliation with the Smithsonian Institute — has been saved. Smithsonian Institute Director Michael Carrigan will come down from Washington, D.C. later this month to discuss future programming with the NBMA&M — and with the community.
Just before Christmas, a prominent local businessman who wants to remain anonymous stepped in and guaran
teed more than $1 million in refinancing and helped negotiate a lease for a restaurant operator — another prominent local businessman — who will soon reopen the former River’s Edge Restaurant adjacent to the museum.
Lender Bill McCaskill crafted a deal that enabled the museum to gain ownership of its building — and reduced debt service so the restaurant lease could cover the museum’s payments.
A long-standing parking hassle with Gruene and the City of New Braunfels that helped run the River’s Edge
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By Ron Maloney
A 42-year-old New Braunfels man died Wednesday night in the Comal County Jail of natural causes, a medical examiner said.
Comal County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Lt. Mark Reynolds said Gilberto Gonzales jr. was pronounced dead at 8:01 p.m. in the McKenna Memorial Hospital Emergency Room.
Assistant Jail Administrator Capt. John Bell said Dr. Diane K. Molina of the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy Thursday morning on Gonzales’ remains.
"At this point in time, it appears it was a heart disease-related death,’’ Bell said.
The autopsy revealed no indications of trauma, he added. “Shes ruling it as a natural death at this time.” Bell said tissue toxicology tests had been ordered and that a conclusive cause-of-death ruling would come when results of the tests are returned in three to four months.
New Braunfels police arrested Gonzales Tuesday.
I ie was booked into jail on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in connection with a dispute at his West End home in which
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Garden Ridge OKs new park
By Leigh Jones
Garden Ridge residents will soon have a new park.
In a 5-0 vote Wednesday, with Councilman Bobby Roberts abstaining, Garden Ridge City Council approved development of the new "pocket park” at the corner of Bat Cave Road and Park Lane.
T he lot is already owned by the city and was the site of the former water pumping station.
In order to approve the park, council turned down a $ I (),()()() offer to buy the property. The potential buyer intended to purchase the two adjoining lots, not owned by the city, and replat all three into two homesites.
The issue first arose at the last council meeting when Georgia Xugay, spokeswoman for the informal committee formed to investigate the potential costs associated with lite parks development, addressed council members.
“At that time, there were no offers to buy the property," said Mayor Jay Eeibelman. “Turning the lot into a park seemed to he a no-brainer.”
The proposed park layout includes
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In other decisions,
B Designated an existing police department vehicle as a criminal investigation and crime prevention unit
■ Approved the request by Trophy Oaks subdivision for traffic enforcement.
■ Decided to rename Municipal Parkway as John T. Phillips Municipal Parkway in honor of the former judge who died Nov 21. 2003
Blood substitute tests could begin in a month
By Dylan Jimdnez
University Hospital won t use an experimental blood substitute on area patients for at least a month.
Hospital leaders met Wednesday with a dozen Comal County residents. The meeting was one of at least IO informational meetings about Poly Heme, a blood product they hope to test in trauma patients soon.
Under consideration is a study to give Polylleme to
University Hospital trauma patients who have lost more than 1-1/2 quarts of blood.
In many of the 22 counties the medical facility services, meetings will be conducted during the next month to get community consent for the study.
Although individual consent is traditionally required for all medical trials, the test will not require it because the hospital will he studying trauma victims who will not be able to give consent when
they need the blood.
“The patients who could most benefit from this are not in a condition to give consent." said Dr. Ron Stewart, principal investigator for the study.
Residents turned in anonymous surveys Wednesday, giving their opinion of whether Polyl Jeme should be given to county residents without their consent.
Once the hospital completes its community meetings, it will determine whether the study can go forth in (binal (bunty
and other communities. (bunty residents will he notified al that time.
The study would last between one and two years During that lime, San Antonio Airlife crews would give as many as six units of IblyJ leine to some trauma patients in the1 first 12 hours alter injury.
About 20 hospitals nationwide will study Polylleme in 720 patients, ll is undetermined exactly how many county residents would In* pan
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