New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends die following birthday wishes to: Debbie Williams (Monday), Becky Brocket,
Ramon Dbu Sr., CIMT Wilkins, Tessie Muter (Monday), Frank Scbnler ll (Monday), Jnab Lcybo Jr. (Monday), Kris! Steak, Tina Routes, Marvin Westmeycr, Cladyi Weetmcycr, Cfrl Fox (belated), Mary O'DomcI (belated), James WyidtKotara,Janete
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Tones (belated), Eleanor Lopes (Monday), Jeffrey Robertson (ll years Monday), May Stepbcns (58 years) and Barbara Martinez.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Dennis and Doris Tart© (18 years Monday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Bundoy — brief morning low clouds becoming partly cloudy with isolated mainly late afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 90s.
Sunday night — mostly fair with isolated evening showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the mid 70s.
Monday — brief morning low clouds becoming partly cloudy with isolated mainly late afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the mid 90s Monday night — partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 70s. Extended forecast, Tuesday through Thursday, partly cloudy with isolated late afternoon or evening thunderstorms. Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s.
-ItoeGruene Bridge wW be closed through the weekend
- Streets to be closed from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday include Union Avenue from Garden Street to Mather Street and Garden Street from Comal Avenue to the tube exit
- All Interstate 35 exits from SoJms road to FM 2252/482 near Schertz will be closed.
The registration period for the various Comal County schools begins this week. The dates and times vary among schools and grades, so see Page 3A for a schedule of school registration dates Also, your child will need to have current immunization records. Contact the Comal County public health office at 620-5595 for clinic days and times.
Marion council mulls nobNo homo rules
Marion City Council win consider adopting a mobile home ordinance when it meets Monday at 6 p.m. at city had, 303 Center St. in Marion. The ordinance would ban placement of 11 obile homes constructed before June 15, 1976. Mobile homes built before 1976 and currently in the city would be grandfathered.
In an effort to address school traffic problems, council will decide whether it wants to place no parking signs on Schulz Street, Cunningham Street and LaVemia Street.
■oily voting continuo* through Aug. I
Early voting in the New Braunfels Independent School District trustee election continues through Aug. 5 at the education center, 430 W. Mill St., and at the Comal County Courthouse annex, 150 N. Seguin | Ave. Early voting for the constitutional amendment election, J which is open to any registered voter in the county, also runs through Aug. 5 in the courthouse annex.
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‘In Ilia past I have encountered strong resistance to simple questions relating to the substance of the orcBnances being - - proposed by NOU.’
— Jacqueline Cullom Murphy city attorney
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— Paula DiFonzo NBU general manager
City, NBU power feud reaches boiling point
City attorney’s memo sets stage for showdown
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By ABE LEVY
New Braunfels City Council has a decision to make regarding New Braunfels Utilities this Monday night, and that decision could mean opting to sell the city-owned utility or auditing its entire operations, according to city staff Those options were spelled out in a Thursday memo from pity Attorney Jbcquekne Cullom Mtepby, who said NBU’s track recon! for communicating with die city was below par.
“In the past I have encountered strong resistance to simple questions relating to the substance of the ordinances being proposed by NBU. My overall objective is, and always has been, to ensure that the council is adequately informed about utility issues before taking action on any NBU-related agenda item,” wrote Cullom Murphy in a July 24 memo.
Council’s decision could affect the city’s future ability to acquire land from NBU, benefit from die utility’s profits and making final policy decisions regarding sewage, electricity aid water services.
NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo said she would not comment on the options contained in the memo and instead faxed a written statement on behalf of NBU:
“We are disappointed that the city attorney has chosen to have published a this time her personal opinion about the relationship between Turn to NBU, Page 2A
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its ratedonship with NBU at 7 p.m. information, call 608-2100.
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History off NBU
a 1942 - New Braunfels Electric System was established by a biuo ribbon panel of citizens that went on to be the first board of trustees man-aged the utility on behav of the city. a 1969 - The city transferred all assets, employees and responsibility
for Vie water and sewer system to New Braunfels Utilities with Vie value of Vie original transfer being $2,425,534. At that time, the city delegated "management and control" of the utility operations to NBU.
■ Today - NBU’s electric service area covers 150 square mites from York Creek to the north, Northcliffe to the south, Crystal Clear to the oast and Smithson Valley High School to the West Eighty percent of its meters are inside the city, representing 58 percent of its revenues. Source: NBU records
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Night Out organizers plan big turnout
By ABE LEVY
Organizers of the National Night Out 1997 said they were ready for one of the biggest turnouts in the nine-year-old campaign to improve police and community relations.
The two-day event, sponsored by the city’s Safe City Commission, will kick off at 7 p.m. Aug. 4 w ith a celebration at the Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Ave.
Activities will include an open house at the police station, information booths and briefings bv police and a demonstration by the well-known K-9 unit of the New Braunfels Police Department.
It’s open invitation to the citizens of the New Braunfels area to learn about the local police, fire and EMS departments.
The next day. beginning at 7 p.m., more than 24 neighborhoods have committed to hav ing block parties.
The parties are an organized attempt for neighbors to get to know each other in an attempt to prevent crime in their areas.
Police officers, firefighters, the may or and members of the city council will visit people at the block parties and the Safe City Commission will give an award for the best block party.
“We’re trying to strengthen the police and community relationship." said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, "lf people are not able to attend a block party, they still can take part by turning their porch light on and saying hello to their neighbor.”
Scheel discusses creek clearing
County Commissioner Danny Scheel will meet with residents in the Bulverde area on Tuesday to discuss clearing the creek bed of Lewis Creek. - The county tried to get federal assistance for the clearing, but did not qualify. The county now will make use of the inmate w ork program and chipping program to clear the creek.
The program will be explained to residents at the meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday. Bulverde Fire Station No. 2 in the Oak North Subdivision.
Easing the transition
Experts offer advice for children going back to school
By DA VK) DEKUNOER
The first day of school in any new school environment can be a very anxious one for kindergartners, middle schoolers and freshmen alike.
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Children and their parents go through various emotions from joy to anxiety when school is ready to begin.
But experts, teachers and principals say children and parents can make it positive with communication, experience and support.
Local psychologist Dr. Ben Ferguson said that the first day of school can be a tremendous experience for children, especially those entering kindergarten.
*\A lot of kids who are starting school will fed anxiety and apprehension,” Ferguson said. “It is something new. They sense it is a big deal.**
Ferguson said the duty of parents is to make die first day of school for kindergartners as comfortable as possible.
“It is important for parents to speak about school in a positive way and that they (children) will begin to learn stuff ”
Carol DeHaven, principal at Memorial Primary, said teachers and staff do their best to make the first day of school for kindergartners a happy and pleasant one “What we do is our teachers send a letter ahead of time inviting diem to come up, bring their children and meet their 'cachet (during registration),” DeHaven said “Everybody gets to hug each other... and say hello.” When the first day of school comes for the kindergartners, DeHaven said school personnel and teachers do their best to help the children out.
“We have quite a few of kindergartner parents and FTA parents who stand along the hallways with staff members helping to get the children to their rooms,” DeHaven said. “If someone looks scared they will take them to where they need to go.”
Susan Brooks, a kindergartner teacher at Turn lo Transition, Page 2A
Curmudgeon airs views about school supplies
By CHRIS CREWS
A lot has changed since my day, when I had to walk IO miles to and from school (uphill both ways and in the snow, of course). All the school supplies I needed were my slate to write on and my piece of charcoal to write with.
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Syrens Morrison carries soma supplies that aha will need to start kindergarten.
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there wasn’t progress during my day. By the end of my third year in the sixth '
grade, chalk had replaced charcoal as the writing instrument of choice. I’m not sure, but I w as told the change had something to do with all of the teachers losing their eyesight trying to read pig Latin written in cursive letters with black charcoal on the black slates.
In any case, I am the product of a progressive school.
Alas, so called “educators” have eschewed the simplicity of the past for so called progress.
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