New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 17, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
Police promise tough river enforcement
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels police officers say their efforts to control crime on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers will be just as tough this year as last year.
Sgt Mac McEachem, who oversees the parks and water recreation area task force, said the efforts began five years ago and have been successful.
McEachem said most of the crimes that have occurred in the parks or rivers are assaults, theft and public order crimes.
“It got to where we were losing our
families who were visiting. That is the business we are trying to increase,” he said.
McEachem explained that die major-ity of the people arrested for thefts and assaults were local residents who were preying on the tourists. However, most of the crimes that tourists committed concerned public ceder, he said.
McEachem explained that the police are also available to assist any person who has trouble on the river.
‘’It is also critical to maintain a police presence to assist people in trouble, such as children who art separated horn their families,” he said.
Police officers are also responsible for keeping the Greene Bridge safe. McEachem said during one holiday weekend, 850 people were walking on the bridge.
The task force assigned to the river consists of off-duty police officers who ate being paid overtime to work extra days. The funds for the officer’s pay are part of the department’s budget McEachem said on a holiday weekend there are 8 to IO officers on the Greene Bridge, two officers in the boat, four task force members and four people in the park. No patrolmen are called off of their regular beats during
the weekends, he said.
The New Braunfels Police Department encourages anyone who sees a crime on the river to call a special phone line dedicated to the river. The number is 608-3000. Calls to this number will be answered on the police department's boat which is used on the two rivers. If that line is out of service, residents should call the police department at 608-2179.
The summer tourist season for the rivers traditionally starts on Memorial Day weekend. McEachem said the tourist season in the parks began on Easter weekend.
Summer Starlight Gala will really swing
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Sounds of saxes and trombones will keep people In the Mood as tunes from the big-band days of Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman and Tommy Dorsey fill the air at the Summer Starlight Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society June IO.
The Red Parrock Orchestra will entertain people with three hours of music from 9 p.m. to midnight. The orchestra brings back music from the glory days of the big-band sound as well as playing some more contemporary hits, polkas, and waltzes.
The orchestra will feature singer Shey Alexander at the vocals.
Red Parrock was bom in Houston but grew up near Canyon Lake and graduated from Canyon High School. The band, which began in 1969, is celebrating its 25th anniversary.
MWe originally started in New Braunfels but moved to San Antonio,” said Parrock. “We play all over Texas. Most of our members are from San Antonio and we have a few from Canyon Lake.”
In addition to Texas, the orchestra has played throughout the United States and performed in Europe. With their female vocalist, the band features saxophones, clarinets, trumpets, trombones, a big string bass and piano. Parrock himself plays the trumpet.
“I lived in New Braunfels, grew up in Canyon Lake,” he said “We're very happy to be performing at this benefit.” Tables will be placed around the Civic Center so that people can dance. Music will begin following a prelude by the Europe Trio, a three-man band featuring an acordian, guitar and violin. The trio will play during the dinner portion of the gala followed by the Ren Parrock Orchestra at 9 pin.
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and exchanged the air in the Senior Citizens Center on Lands Street is wonderful,” said Center pifedbr Gladys Barding. “One of the reasons we considered it is because the vents are old and were from the old shopping center that was here. We felt they really did need a cleaning.”
“I feel it’s very good It will be something that is much better for all foe people who come through hefter aba said.
Bob Reak of Environmental Air Services said the value cf the serries
to the center is $3,000. He said the people who helped with foe project worked voluntarily.
“We wanted to give something bade to the community,” said Reek Environmental Air Services is linked to Rainbow Cleaning Company. According to Reek, foe owners of Rainbow hid received inquiriea from people who wanted : ab ducts cleaned and decided to
“So many people have asthma and iliifgies. We had a lot of inquiries. It is a service that New Braunfels did not have,” he said “We exchange foe air in the building. We use the same system as is used in hospitals and the Space Shuttle”
Reak said the company also deans molds and mildew in foe air ducts. He said nine out of IO air conditioners will have mold or mildew in the system.
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Friends of library in need of storage space
By ROGER CROTEAU
With only days left before their deadline to remove their books from their current location, the Friends of Dittlinger Library still have not found a new place to store foe thousands of books they collect for their annual book sale.
For foe last two years the group has stored its books in foe old Sears Building next to Landa Pharmacy free of
charge, said club President Sue Ragusa. She estimated foe club needs about 300 square feet or more to store the books.
Asked what the Friends of the Library will do if no suitable storage site is found within a week, Ragusa said, “I don’t know. I really don’t know.”
Anyone who thinks they can help out may call Ragusa at 620-5665.
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