New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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BRACKEN—A 33-year-old San Antonio man who allegedly threatened to shoot his girlfriend — firing shots as he did so — is being held in Comal County Jail.
A Comal County Sheriffs’ Office official said Javier Garcia was arrested just after midnight Friday morning in the 18000 block of Farm-to-Market Road 2252.
He was booked for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and is being held on $15,000 bail in connection with that charge. No bail has been set on a previous Bexar County warrant alleging assault causing bodily injury.
According to a Sheriffs’ report, deputies and Garden Ridge police arrested Garcia after an incident in which he allegedly fired a 9 mm handgun in the 4th Street yard of a Bracken residence and threatened to kill his girlfriend. He did not fire it at the woman.
COMAL COUNTY COMMISSIONERS’ COURT —
workshop meeting to discuss redistricting, 10 a.m. Monday, Commissioners’ Courtroom, 3rd floor,
Comal County Courthouse Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS BUILDING STANDARDS COMMISSION — 5:30 p.m., Monday, conference room D, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS RIVER ACTIVITIES COMMITTEE — 6 p.m.,
Monday, conference room A. 424 S. Casten Ave.
NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT — regular meeting, 7 p.m. Monday, The Education Center, 430 W. Mill St.
NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL WORKSHOP WITH NEW BRAUNFELS UTILITIES BOARD OF TRUSTEES — discuss Senate Bill 7, electric rates and utility issues, 5:30 p.m., Tuesday, council chambers, New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave.
NORTHWEST COMAL COUNTY ENVIRONMENTAL COALITION — public meeting, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, in the auditorium of Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, 36101 Farm-to-Market Road 3159, Smithson Valley. For information call 885-2292.
SOUTH CENTRAL TEXAS REGIONAL WATER PLANNING GROUP — meeting to discuss comments on the Initially Prepared Region L Plan, 9 a.m. Nov. 27 in the San Antonio River Authority Board Room, 100 E. Guenther, San Antonio.
Honor loved one on Hospice Tree of Lights
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Lost in the fascination of Weihnachtsmarkt, Jared Lell, 5, studies the workings of a mechanical Santa Claus Friday afternoon at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Weihnachtsmarket continues from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Seguin Avenue. Admission costs $5 and is good for all days of the market. Children ages 10 and younger are admitted free.
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Light up a life this holiday season with a gift to the Hospice New Braunfels Tree of Lights. Throughout the season, lights on the Hospice Tree atop New Braunfels Utilities will symbolize donations in memory or honor of a loved one or event.
A tree in the lobby of McKenna Memorial Hospital, 600 N. Union Ave., holds a white dove for every person honored during the Hospice Tree of Lights campaign.
Also, travelers along North Walnut Avenue are treated to a symbol of the annual fund-raiser’s progress thanks to a wooden “tree-ometer” in front of the Hospice New Braunfels building.
The annual Tree of Lights campaign is a yearly tradition for the 16-year-old non-profit hospice. Donations may be made to Hospice New Braunfels in honor of someone living or in memory of someone who has died.
Hospice New Braunfels and Home Health Services has served patients and families facing end-of-life issues in Comal and surrounding counties since 1984. Hospice New Braunfels is committed to providing personalized care to persons in the final stages of the lives so they may live as fully and comfortably as possible.
While remaining at home among family and friends, patients are visited by a registered nurse who controls the pain and symptoms of the terminal illness, giving patients the freedom to remain as active as they choose.
A team of professionals — medical director, social workers, home health aides, chaplains, vol
unteers and bereavement counselors — provides services to meet the physical, emotional, spiritual and practical needs of patients and families.
A gift to the Hospice Tree of Lights will provide hospice care for the truly needy, including pain-relieving medications and therapies, spiritual and psychological care and bereavement care for survivors.
Hospice New Braunfels is a non-profit community-based organization governed by a board of directors. Hospice New Braunfels accepts patients regardless of their financial resources. This year, about $80,505 in unreimbursed care will be provided to patients who have exhausted their financial resources.
In fact, each year, between 15 and 20 percent of the care provided to more than 200 patients is nonreimbursable. Thanks to the generosity and support of the community, Hospice New Braunfels is able to provide assistance to those patients and families.
Members of the New Braunfels High School Health Occupation Students of American Club spent hours this fall folding and labeling solicitation cards for the Tree of Lights campaign.
Donations for the annual Tree of Lights campaign may be made in person or mailed to 613 N. Walnut Ave., New Braunfels, Texas 78130.
For information about Tree of Lights, or Hospice New Braunfels in general, call 625-7500 or 606-1717.
Brierty family spearheads Children’s Museum fund drive
By J.L. MCMICHAEL
The Brierty family spends a lot of time at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum.
In fact, the family has enjoyed the museum so much that they recently were named “Honorary Chair-family” of the 2000 Fundraising Campaign.
Tim and Ashley Brierty and their three children, Hannah, 4, Cathleen, 2 and Patrick, 9 days, • are avid supporters of the museum.
And it is easy to understand why.
Tim said, “The biggest part is just the creativity that it brings. There are different workstations on gluing, painting, art, coloring. It brings out the kids’ and the parents’ creativity. You do not have a choice when your kids are saying, ‘Dad, do this,’ ‘Morp, do that.’”
In a letter to members of the Children’s Museum and to residents of the community, the family writes, “We have pretended to be both little brother and sister in Grandma’s Attic exhibit area. We have been a patient with an 843-degree temperature and five broken legs in the McKenna
Hospitable. Our faces have been painted where we do not even recognize each other at the face painting station.”
This year’s goal is $16,000, but the Brierty family has set a goal of $20,000.
“Fund-raising this year is extra necessary because we are trying to move,” Brierty said. “...We need to create a space that is not only as good, but better than we already have.”
The museum, now in Suite 530 of the New Braunfels Marketplace Shopping Center, is scheduled to relocate January 2001 to a larger facility within
the Marketplace. The museum's square footage will increase to 10,000 square feet.
The new facility, Brierty said, will have separate rooms for storytime and drama, and the additional floor space will be put to use for more exhibit and programming space, storage and offices.
This past year, 50,000 children and their parents visited the New Braunfels Children’s Museum to take part in the fun. Several local businesses and individuals con
tributed generous donations, executive director Julie Swift said.
During the Children's Museum fall fund-raising, New Braunfels residents and businesses once again will have the opportunity to support the museum.
“I think its greatest contribution is it’s a place where the whole family can go and not only have fun, but learn,” Brierty said.
Anyone interested in making a donation can contact the museum at 620-0939.
Take two minutes to prevent frozen pipes
SAN ANTONIO —Every winter, homeowners have the most control over whether life goes on as normal or whether they face the chore of cleaning up when a frozen, burst pipe sends water cascading into their house.
Homeowners can avoid frozen pipes by having adequate insulation where pipes run along outside walls, floors and ceilings. They can disconnect outside garden hoses, wrap exposed pipes with insulating sleeves or tape and seal foundation cracks that let arctic air freeze pipes in crawl spaces.
A couple of simple tasks that might take homeowners only about two minutes can help protect pipes and homes when a severe freeze is predicted:
Open cabinet doors to allow heat to get to piping under sinks and vanities near exterior walls.
*• Run a small trickle of water at vulnerable cold and hot faucets.
The destructive power of an open water pipe should not be
underestimated. State Farm claim records show damage into the hundreds of thousands of dollars in some homes that fall prey to a single frozen, broken pipe. A one-eighth-inch (3 millimeters) split in a pipe can spray more
than 250 gallons (946 liters) of water a day.
For information on avoiding the preventable disaster of frozen pipes, contact State Farm Public Affairs or see the web site at statefarm.com
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