New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 5, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
Flags flew proudly in downtown New Braunfels July 4, as the Sophienburg Museum threw a huge party to celebrate Independence Day.
Starting at 9 a.m., the Community Band pla}red one patriotic song after another, setting the stage for the red, white and blue parade and the musical program that followed.
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“We promise a home-town parade, with a home-town atmosphere,” program organizer Anna Lee Hicks said.
Townspeople and visitors gathered at the bandstand to listen to the music, greet friends, drink lemonade and show patriotic spirit. About 200 people gathered in one of the town’s most historic spots.
The parade started with fire trucks and members of the New Braunfels City Council and Comal County Commissioners Court.
Accompanied by the merry music of the Fey Family’s Wurlitzer Military Band Organ, the parade wound through the square, complete with a horse-drawn carriage, old-fashioned cars and a tiny train full of children.
The Sons, Daughters and Children of the American Revolution rode by in their float, decorated with every version of the American Flag.
The Rev. John Lowry of First United Methodist Church gave the invocation. Marine Corps JROTC from New Braunfels High School presented the flag.
James Kristikos, a recent graduate of Smithson Valley High School, sang ‘The Star Spangled Banner.”
The crowd grew silent as Mike Clark presented the Prest Wood Ceremony, relating what each fold meant.
Singers from around Comal County entertained the crowd. The Smithson Valley Barbershop Quartet sang sev-
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Anxiously awaiting the start of the Fourth of July parade in downtown New Braunfels Wednesday morning, 12-year-old Sandee Phelan shows off her patriotic attire.
eral songs before the parade and performed “America” during the musical ceremony. The chorale from The New Braunfels Theatre Company performed “Voices of Freedom” and the Community Band finished with “God Bless America” and ‘The Stars and Stripes Forever.”
The city finished its celebration with a concert at the dance slab and fireworks in Landa Park.
Above: Boy Scouts of all sizes and ages carry a U.S. flag of enormous proportions during the parade in downtown New Braunfels.
Right: The rocket’s red glare amazes crowds at Landa Park during the annual fireworks show presented by the city and H-E-B.
Comal Independent School District trustees gave the green light Tuesday for a triple team of administrators to study new attendance boundaries.
New superintendent Jim Grunert, interim superintendent Anthony Constanzo and Arnold Oates, president of Texas School Planning, Inc., will conduct the study.
Oates’ consulting firm, along with Constanzo and Grunert, will start the study in mid-July and complete it within 45 to 60 days.
The study will cost $1,000 per day, not to exceed $6,000, based upon identified criteria, according to the agreement.
CISD residents voted in 1999 for two bond propositions worth $141 million dollars for a new high school near Canyon Lake and three elementary campuses.
Bond money also
■ WHAT: Community meeting concerning the Comal Independent School District 1999 bond issue.
■ WHEN: 7 p.m. today.
■ WHERE: Bracken Methodist Church, 20377 Farm-to-Market Road 2252 in Garden Ridge.
■ FOR INFORMATION: Call (210) 651-9337.
would be spent on technology upgrades and infrastructure improvements at other district facilities.
District 5 trustee Charles Burt said, “One of the discussions in the community is, what did we promise the voters? I think that should be (on the list of criteria) somewhere.”
Trustees told Oates the criteria should include:
• Locating the district’s new high school north of Canyon Lake as far east as Battler and as far west as five miles west of Cranes Mill Road;
• Availability of land;
• Current and projected student population;
• Projected future schools; and
• Land purchase for the next two to five years, six to IO years and ll to 20 years.
Trustees said they wanted campuses divided up three ways: pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, seventh to eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades.
Trustees said, however, an acceptable alternative plan would be pre-kindergarten through fourth grade, fifth and sixth grades, seventh and eighth grades and ninth through 12th grades.
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.. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”
Dr. Carlos Campos called the phrase from the Declaration of Independence an apt fit for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Westside Community Center early Wednesday at Krueger Lane and the Interstate 35 South access road.
“It’s truly fitting we break ground
today on the 225th anniversary of a document that spoke to the worth of a personality,” Campos said. “This is our belief, and we live out our creed in building this center.”
Those same ideals are the goals of the Westside Community Center, which will offer a diabetes education center, family literacy classes, technical classes and creative arts courses.
Construction will start in August and take about IO months to complete. The 9,200-square-foot facility
will house a gymnasium, a kitchen and three classrooms and will be built by Timbercon Construction from San Antonio.
Friends, supporters and community leaders gathered inside First Presbyterian Church to celebrate Independence Day before heading outside to watch red, white and blue shovels break ground at the site next to the church.
New Americans embrace citizenship
BOSTON (AP) — As most of the nation celebrated America’s 225th birthday on Wednesday with parades, fireworks and barbecues, thousands of immigrants marked Independence Day by embracing their new home.
On board the USS Constitution in Boston Harbor, 19 immigrants were sworn in as American citizens. Leila Nessralla, who moved from Lebanon in 1996, said she was drawn to citizenship by her desire to vote, as well as a desire to be just like her children.
“I have two daughters that are American; now nothing separates us,” she said.
Military veterans from the city’s Chinatown neighborhood celebrated the day by raising an American flag. Immigrants Kin Ye, 72, and Liu Jing Le, 65, sang a Chinese translation of “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
“We want to get people to recognize we’re patriotic to the country we adopted,” said Raymond Chin, president of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association and member of the American Legion Post 328.
In Miami Beach, 22 children became citizens in a ceremony, followed by a concert by salsa star Willy Chirino and a fireworks display.
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Four people suffered injuries in a two-car collision Wednesday at Farm-to-Market Road 3159 and Texas 46. Two were transported by helicopter to area hospitals. Their conditions were unavailable at presstime.
Rev. Tom Martinez, Alan Seelhammer, Cristina Zamora, Naomi Campos, Rosalva Sherrow, Jose L. Munoz, Mary Esther Villareal, Monroe Miller, Juan Luis Martinez, Sonia Munoz, Carlos Campos, Doug Toney and builder Gary Shuck break ground on the Westside Community Center.