New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYTexas Commerce Bank receives Civic Beautification Award, P.2A
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845
16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, Nov. 18,
1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ANGIE VALDEZ
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I Vol. 142, No. 26?
Church Life............................5A, 6A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Shelby Delavan (3 years!), Alice Urbina, Angie Valdez, Michael Seibert, Michael J. Carrizales, Howard Goldstucker, Charles V. Manes, Sr., Bruce Boettcher, Jessica Brugman, Sarah Fuchs.
Crop Walk set for Sunday afternoon
The annual Crop Walk will be held in New Braunfels this Sunday, Nov. 20, beginning at 1:30 p.m. with registration.
A special "Golden Mile" route for senior citizens and handicapped individuals as well as families with young children. The regular route is 6.23 miles.
Sponsorships are still available and can be made by contacting most local churches.
Proceeds (25%) will benefit the SOS Food Bank in New Braunfels.
Sunday H-Zto feature Industrial Profile
Don't miss the Sunday Herald-Zeitung's Industrial Profile section, a close-up look at some of the area's industry Check Sunday's D Section.
Weather center to host open house tomorrow at airport
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Weather forecasts and warnings for most of south and south central Texas will orginate from New Braunfels beginning in February.
The National Weather Service’s new office, located near the New Braunfels Airport, will open its doors to the public Saturday, celebrating an open house from 9 a m. to 4 p.m.
“In February, this office assumes respom iblities for all f >recasts and warnings for an ai i including South Central Texa.s and the Hill Country,” according to Deputy Meteorologist Esther McKay.
The area ranges from Del Rio and Eagle Pass in the south, west to K. rville ai i Fnedeniksburg, north u Austin and east to LaGrange and Cuero. It includes both the Austin and San Anotonio metropolitan areas.
McKf / said this new office features the latest equipment and technology, including the Doppler radar, a more powerful radar that can detect weather events such as s’orms and tornados more accurately.
Staff members will be available to show the public various technology and equipment, and how the operation works.
United Way kudos
Cheers to the employees of New Braunfels Utilities who, under the leadership of Mark Din ga Ida In, have donated $3,042 to this year's campaign. This represents a 78% increase over last year's donation
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Herald-Zeitung photo by ’ r \RNALL
Patty Cook, Mary and Robert (last names withheld by request) light their candles at last night's car em or *.
Shedding a light on domestic violence
Third candlelight vigil brings awareness to national, local epidemic
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
That’s what the Comal County Women’s Shelter was for Mary, family violence survivor.
She spoke to the gathering of about 35 at Main Plaza last night for the Center’s third annual Candlelight Vigil.
“I would have never been able to leave the situation I was in without the shelter, because I would be on the street. And with two small children I didn’t know what else to do. To mc it was a life saver,” said Mary.
The vigil is held each year to remember bartered women who were killed, honor survivors of domestic violence, and celebrate the efforts of those w orking to end violence against women and children.
For most of us, home is a place of warmth and unconditional love, according to Chante Mazy, executive director of the Center “However, for many Americans, this is not true.
For thousands of women and children in this country, the home is a place of unspeakable violence and extraordinary tear,” said Mazy.
1993 was the deadliest year for women in Texas, with 161 women killed by their intimate partners, said Robert Konkel, Chairman of the Center’s Board of Directors. “We all have to be aware. And we all have to make sure that everyone around us is aware of what’s going on,” he said.
Konkel reminded the gathering that having the new Women’s Shelter is up and running is reason to celebrate. “Unfortunately, we’re full, and have been since the new shelter’s been there, he said
The Comal County Women’s Shelter building is spacious and comfortable, with furnishings like those in a middle class home. Bedrooms are in two wings, one for families and one for single women.
The two living areas are designed to make the residents feel comfortable and safe, according to second shift staff Margarita Randolph. One has a large screen TV and the “quiet living area” has bookshelves.
But what goes on inside the building is the cause for celebration.
Women fleeing abusive situations are sheltered there from a few days to a maximum of 42 days. Gradually in the safe, nurturing environment of the shelter, many undergo transformations.
Ofelia Espinoza and her two young children went to the shelter about 18 months ago, helpless and terrified. “I didn’t know where
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Randolph. Chores arc assigned to each resident at meetings held twice weekly. Lists are posted for residents to check when the work is done
The shelter becomes the women’s living space and the women cooperate with each other, forming strong tics, according to Program Coordinator Patty Cook. “It’s neat to sec how the women help each other. It touches your heart to sec how they support each other.”
The Women’s Shelter offers a wide range of services to help residents help themselves. Among them arc individual peer counseling, support groups, legal advocacy, community liaison to a host of available area services.
The shelter also provides for the special needs of children. The playroom is stocked with books and toys The Alternative Choice Program offers curriculum based support groups for children two to 12 years old. “They’ve done wonderful counseling with my children,” said Mary.
The journey from an abusive relationship to self-reliance and self-esteem can be a hard one, said Espinoza “A lot of women don’t realize how strong they are starting over. I found the strength and the support through the community and through the Women’s Center,” she said. “There are a lot of success stories.”
The Women’s Center began in 1985 as a grass roots movement by local women. It gained the impetus to move forward when then District Attorney Bill Schroeder became involved.
Schroeder had a case where he dealt with an abused woman about 60 years of age. Her children lived out of town so she had no one locally to turn to for help
“She was just sitting outside in the hallway crying, all alone And at that time I said, ‘This just can’t happen again. This is horrible, this poor woman sitting here all by herself.’ I guess it was that one little instant that set the fuse, so to speak,” said Schroeder.
Schroeder sought the help of the San Marcos Women’s Shelter for initial organizational ideas. The Center opened the doors of its first shelter in 1988, in a small tw'o-bedroom, one-bathroom house in the city. In April of 1988 the first family was sheltered in this structure.
Dwindling funds caused the shelter to close rn late 1989. but in 1990 a Victims of Crime Act grant allowed the shelter to reopen It has steadily increased funding and services since then, culminating in the opening of the new Comal County Women’s Shelter in September 1994. The $268,000 structure, funded by numerous grants and private citizen contributions, can accomodate up to 27 residents.
“We have sometimes been overwhelmed by the help we’ve received from the community. It’s been incredible,’’ said Patty Cook. I
The Center has trained advocates on 24-hour call to help sexual and family assault victims. The 24-hour crisis telephone number is 620-HELP
Fraser may face recall election
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Speculation that Mayor Paul Fraser will be recalled by petition is irrelevant to the lawsuit filed against Fraser attorney Ed Nolan said Thursday.
Sources, including Fraser and Nolan, have told the Herald-Zeitung that a movement is underway within the community to force a recall election by way of petition. However,
Fraser and Nolan were unsure of who was behind the effort.
Nolan, who is representing Fraser, said if the civil lawsuit was strictly to decide which man would sit on city council, he would not have taken the case
“I live out in Comal County, I don’t care,” he said. "But if you look at the allegations of the petition and the things printed in the paper, they are very serious accusations that have been leveled against several good people who work for the city, who work in the election process and the integrity of the city’s election process itself. All of these have been called into question.”
Nolan said it would easier for Fraser to face the recall rather than to deal with the suit. But he said that move may leave several city employees “hanging in the wind."
“It would leave the future of every city election in jeopardy,” he said. “If we have a situation where every time someone wins that some group does not want to win there is a lawsuit, we are not going to get any public spirited citizens to run.”
The city charter says that a recall can not be instituted until six months after an election has taken place. It also says that any elected official may be recalled on the grounds of incompetency or misconduct of malfeasance in riffler ' “ —v
Another stipulation to the recall for council members elected by district is tHStt the petitfen circulated asking for the recall must be signed by at least 30 percent of the number of votes cast in the last regular district council election in that district. No fewer than 150 names can be on the petition.
Fraser was elected on May 9 by a count of 470 to 448.
A recount on May 13 gave Fraser the edge against Kahlig 471 to 451.
Using the recount, about 277 District 4 voting citizens would have to sign the petition for it to be valid. Petition initiators would also have to meet several other minor regulations according to the city charter, which are not mentioned in this story.
Judge denies request by Fraser to use video taped depositions
By TECLO J. GARCIA
A District Court Judge denied New Braunfels Mavor Paul Fraser’s request on Thursday to take video taped depositions instead of stenographed ones for his defense in the lawsuit filed by Gary Kahlig Judge Joe Dribell of Austin also set Feb. 7 as the trial date for the civil suit in which Kahlig accuses Fraser of election irregularities in the May District 4 city council race Fraser won the election by 20 votes.
The move by Dribell forcing Fraser to use other methods of recording depositions of witnesses Fraser’s lawyer said could not make it to the courtroom, could cost the Mayor thousands of dollars “Realistically the cost would be between $10,000 and $15,000,” said Ed Nolan, who is representing Fraser free of charge. “Its obviously prohibited ”
Although the City of New Braunfels has intervened on Fraser’s behalf? the city council never approved a measure to pay for his fees, which now have exceed over $6,000, according to the Mayor. In addition Kahlig’s counsel, Ken Anderson, has asked the judge to not to allow the intervention by the City The judge did not say whether he would allow City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom to remain on Fraser’s behalf.
Nolan said the city could take some of the depositions to help Fraser with costs “But I don’t think the court ruled that we have to go to the regular stenographic means of depositions,” said Nolan. “I think he ruled that we could continue taking video tape depositions We are just going to have to get them transcribed if want to use them in court .”
Hiring a certified stenographer to record close to 30 depositions could cost thousands of dollars. The amount billed would depend on several factors including length of the depositions.
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