New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 29, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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Black Friday bargain barrage to set final
I street repair priorities
By Scott Mahon
After more than a year of discussion, city officials hope to make final recommendations for street improvements and drainage projects after a workshop Monday night.
“We’ve been talking about street and drainage projects and the various ways to go about it for sev-
N What: New Braunfels City Council workshop
N When: 6 p m.
N Where: Conference Room A.
Municipal Building. 424 S. Casted Ave.
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With special sales on DVD players and Karaoke machines, shoppers vie for the best deals at the electronics counter in Target Friday morning.Folks line up early to kick off holiday retail season
By Ron Maloney
There are reasons store clerks call the day after Thanksgiving “Black Friday.”
Historically; it is the day that jump starts the holiday shopping season—and one of the biggest busiest craziest shopping days of the year.
A shopper who wanted to be first in line .at the New Braunfels Target when it opened at 6 am Friday had to be ready to pay a price.
First said shopper would have arrived before 4 am, which is when Laura Rivera of McQueeney arrived, trying to make sure nobody beat her to a limited supply of travel DVD players, Karaoke machines and inline skates.
Rivera said her family Would hit three stores Friday — she was covering Target and Toys ‘R’ Us. Her husband, Domingo, had the shopping covered at another store that opened at 6 am “He’s getting a bike. They also have a leap frog ... leap pad ... a learning system,” she said, seeming unsure of the name. “That’s about it.”
Behind Rivera stood Melanie Ohlen-busch of New Braunfels.
Ohlenbusch was embarrassed, maybe, that the* neighbors would know she was crazy enough to be out in the dark way before the store even opened.
“It's just a big joke,” she said, laughing. “People are going to say, ‘Don’t you have
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Melanie Ohlenbusch, left, and Laura Rivera waited outside Target for more than two hours Friday morning to be the first ones in line when the store began its after-Thanksgiving sale at 6 a m
eral years now,” said City Manager Chuck Pinto. “Monday’s meeting will be the final workshop, after which we’ll have the final recommendations for city council.’’ Immediately before discussion on street improvements, a workshop will be held regarding future bonds for New Braunfels Utilities projects.
“NBU will talk about some bonding they want to do after the first of the year,” Pinto said.
City staff has previously estimated New Braunfels needs approximately $35 million for routine street repair and drainage projects.
I listorically, the city has spent less titan $200,000 per year on routine street repair. But Pinto said the city will spend close to $1 million this fiscal year on repair and maintenance — $350,000 is budgeted for street repair, and another $600,000 will be equally divided among political districts. T he city’s fiscal year began july I.
A citywide inventory' completed in April reported $16 million in routine street projects. Since April, council has held continuous workshops to prioritize those projects.
Another study this year reported approximately 535 streets in New Braunfels need some kind of minor street repair, and another 58 streets need to be completely reconstructed. After the study, Pinto said officials would have to look at ways to fund the projects.
In May, voters turned down two propositions that would have diverted $6 million over the next four years from economic development to street repair, but
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By Ron Malonoy
Consumers able for the first time to switch cellular telephone carriers and keep their current phone numbers haven't overpowered local providers with requests to change their service.
Reports were mixed on the immediate impact of the Local Member Portability Act, which allows wireless customers to keep their number when they dump their service provider — or switch their landline number to a cell phone.
The new rules took effect Monday in the IOO largest metropolitan areas of the United States and will be in
effect everywhere by May.
Wireless" service providers have offered a number of packages and incentives to sign up new or switching customers — and to keep the ones they have.
The Associated Press reported Tuesday 80,000 subscribers nationwide — in spite of expectations that the number could hit I million or more — had initiated the switch in the first day.
A ceil-to-cell switch should take about 24 hours, while a wireline-to-wireless change could take five to IO business days to complete.
According to AR 75 percent of this country’s 152 million
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Salesman Ivan Morales changes cellular phone providers at Kraft MobileTel Thursday. Morales said his monthly bill had been averaging 1,800 minutes, and he was able to get a lower price by changing providers.
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