New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 20, 2007, New Braunfels, Texas
MAY 20, 2007Herald-Zeitung
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Vol. 154, No. 163 36 pages, 5 sections
SV baseball falls to Westlake; Canyon baseballer in late tussle with Almo Heights. Page IB
Area musicians help sponsor annual event to benefit children in need. Page 3A
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mmOfficials ponder how to create outer loop
By David Saleh Rauf
They say opportunity knocks only for those who are listening.
Comal and Guadalupe County officials eager to build an outer loop around the city of New Braunfels to help offset traffic congestion caused by rapid growth know something about missed opportunity. In
Meeting set to discuss feasibility, placement
the1980s, when a local Texas Department of Transportation engineer drew up preliminary plans and established a feasible route for an outer loop around the city, a lack of action prevented the idea from ever seeing the light of day. As a result, developers quickly swallowed up the
land before it could be dedicated for road construction.
Now, the opportunity to set aside land for a loop once again is banging on the door — and this time both counties are all ears.
State, county and city officials tasked with finding exactly the right
location — and reserving a route — to build an outer loop around the city before future private and commercial development eats up available land will meet at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Wednesday.
“It’s getting the location and align
ment nailed down. That's the biggy,’’ said Greg Malatek, TXDOT area engineer for New Braunfels and Seguin. “It's a concern with all the development were seeing in the area that these corridors will close off to where we will never see an outer loop.”
Preliminary plans for the loop See LOOP, Page 9A
By Mark Koopmans
From a distance, anyone w1k> noticed all die grown-ups scrambling up, over and around a new play area in [anda Park on Saturday might have wondered if the children would ever get a turn to play.
However, following a play-ground build-day that involved about 50 residents and employees from the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, area children soon will have the equipment all to themselves, if all goes well, park officials said Saturday.
“We’ve been here since 8 a.m. and we ll be here until about 5 p.m.,” District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil said on the hot and humid day. “Apart from several city employees and other individuals who came out, volunteers from the New Lions organization, a large presence from Keep NB NB group and members of the New Centurion Lions have been here throughout the day, too.”
The volunteers built much of the multi-colored play area, which will showcase many unique features that allow for three-dimensional play, parks department spokeswoman Sheri Reinhold said.
After the one-day construction blitz, the nearly-ready
Parents on the playground
work to help complete park project
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Hygienist Tracy Hooker assists Dr.
Horacio Lucero, left, as he numbs the gums of Eleazar Morales, 17, one of about 25 disadvantaged children who received free dental care Friday.
Area dentists step up to the palate
A local dentist who remembers growing up in a home rich in dreams, but poor in finances, has started a program that he hopes will help some of the most disadvantaged children in Comal County.
“I grew up poor myself, but I don’t think it’s the fault of these kids that they can’t receive the proper dental care they deserve,” Dr. I lora-cio Lucero said Thursday. “I’ve been fortunate in my life, and God has given me the gifts to help provide for my family, so I want to give back.”
Lucero, who was born in Texas to Mexican parents, earned his degree in dentistry at
See DENTISTS, Page 9A
* Photos by MIRANDA LAINE/Herald-Zeitung
Stuart Hansmann, left, watches as Cindy Gordan and George Barry work together to secure a mounting bracket on a piece of playground equipment during Saturday’s playground build-day at Landa Park.
■ Disadvantaged students benefit from free dental care
By Mark Koopmans
playground stands where an antiquated wooden playscape once was. During the build-day, each of the volunteers enjoyed breakfast tacos from Granzin’s, while lunch was provided by the New Braunfels Parks Foundation and Starbucks kicked in with some caffeine in appreciation of those who donated their time and talents, Reinhold said.
“Play is vital to the healthy development in children and playgrounds are an integral
See PLAY, Page 6A
Stuart Hansmann, Kevin Webb and Brandy Webb watch as Andrew Webb, 18, top left, and Rustin Adams screw in brackets to secure pieces of playground equipment Saturday.
Jim Powers, area manager for Pitney Jowes, discuss-3S the ramifications of the recent rate lcreases initiat-i by the United State Postal Service on Monday. More than 35 local jsiness owners attended the meeting.
Postal rate hike has big impact on businesses
■Area company owners learn to manage increase
By Mark Koopmans
About 30 small business owners and local residents attended a seminar Thursday to learn about strategies on how to deal with the latest United States Postal Service rate changes that went into effect Mon
The meeting, sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, featured guest speaker James Powers, area sales manager for Pitney Bowes, a company that helps businesses manage their flow of mail, documents and packages.
Most services offered by the USPS have gone up — in some cases significantly — and there also are new size and packaging requirements, said Powers, who shared many tips
and ideas with the attendees.
“The USPS Board of Governors set (this past) Monday as the effective date for new rates and fees for all classes of mail except periodicals, which is delayed until July 15,” he said.
The new rates appear to reflect that shape and size do really matter, because the cost of handling each mail shape — letters, large
See POSTAGE, Page 10A
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