New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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Rains cause minor damage
By Ron Maloney
Heavy rains that went through with a cold front Saturday morning closed River Road and a number of low water crossings, hut most damage was confined to lost lawn furniture.
Weather officials reported rainfall
totals of five inches in the Canyon Lake area and at gauges northeast and northwest of New Braunfels between 6 and 9 a.m.
National Weather Service Meteorologist Marianne Sutton said early Saturday afternoon the river had crested and most of the weather was over.
“ There are some clouds hanging
on, bul it s pretty much pushed through,’’ she said.
In Startzville, Super S market manager Lewis ! brasher reported his store didn’t open until 12:30 p.m. because it had to be squeegeed out — as did the Canyon Hike Hre/EMS central station in Sat tier.
“We probably had an inch of
water in about half the store,” Thrasher said. “There was probably two feet of water in tile parking lot, and it took a while for it to recede.
Then, he said, the name of the game was cleaning up.
“Its squeegeeing and then mopping, mopping and mopping,”
See WEATHER, Page 7A
Scarlet and Joe EdTindell, visiting New Braunfels from Belton, watch as waves beat against the River Road bridge Saturday afternoon.
Drainage impact fee discussed
By Scott Mahon
Since the Hood of 1998, officials have been working to evaluate the city’s existing drainage conditions and to formulate a master plan of projects that would eliminate future flood threats.
New Braunfels lies within the Lower Guadalupe Rivet watershed, and is affected by flooding waters from the Guadalupe River, Comal River, Dry Comal Creek, North Ti Unitary and South T ributary subwatersheds.
After the Hood of 1998, city council members appt tinted a committee to propose solutions to the city’s drainage and Hooding problems.
In late 2(XM), the committee recommended implementing a drainage utility fee that would help defray the cost of maintaining existing drainage systems. I iistorically, the city has paid for the cost ol drainage projects with general fund monies.
A study of drainage utility fees was completed in January 2002.
But the drainage committee also recommended that developers should pay a
See DRAINAGE, Page 3A
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Memorial Primary teacher Karyna Esquivel helps Haley Lucero and James Hall with classwork on the fair.The students in her class speak only Spanish while inside the classroom.
Dual language program teaches proficiency in Spanish
By Leigh Jones
When Carol I boma got a phone call from her daughter jessie’s kindergarten classroom, she could not understand a won! the teacher was saying.
They were separated by a lam guage harrier.
Fortunately, lessie, who was five years old at the time, could translate.
“We talked about quite a few things, including how jessie was getting home that day,” Thotna said. "The whole time, I was just amazed that my little girl knew so much, so quickly."
Jessie’s translated conversation with her motlier was an exercise, not a necessity. I ler teacher was completely fluent in English, but in the classroom, where the call was made, they only speak Spanish.
Jessie is in the dual language program at Memorial Primary. The classes group equal numbers of English and Spanish speaking children with the goal of making all the students proficient in both languages.
Starting in kindergarten, the Lng-
SCHOOL RATINGS ■ Comal, New Braunfels ISDs receive "Academically Acceptable" ratings from the Texas Education Agency. Page 6A
lisli speakers are immersed in a Spanish-only classroom environment. The percentage of English used by the teacher increases each year. By the end of fifth grade, the students should he able to speak, read, write and understand Spanish and English.
Thoma has two measuring sticks to judge the program’s effectiveness — both her school-aged children, first -grader Jessie, now (i, and second-grader Sammie, 7, are in their second dual language year. The girls are enjoying their unique experience now, but Thoma understands the real advantage will come later.
“It’s extremely beneficial to he bilingual, especially in Texas,” she said. “No matter what they choose to do in the future, it will benefit them.”
Principal Dan Bolen said the students would not have to wait until they were job hunting to see the fruits of their labor.
Memorial Primary teacher Karyna Esquivel helps English-speaking students Brandon Kesselring, left, Alondra Athayde and Haley Lucero with a story about the fair in her Spanish-only classroom.
“Kids wlio are truly bilingual do better on certain types of standardized tests,” he said. “If you know a second language well, you will know your first language better, even though at first t here may he a delay.”
While absorbing their second kui-guages, Bolen’s students are still responsible for knowing all of the
curriculum standards their single language schoolmates are learning. The real test will come next year when the first group of third-graders in the program take the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills Cl AKS) test for the first time.
See CLASS, Page 7A
Tour of Faith
Another church is profiled in our weekly series.
Monday final day to register to vote
Monday is the final day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 election.
In Comal County, voters can register either at the county satellite office, I bt) Oak Drive in Saltier (Justice of the Peace, Pct. 4) or at the Voter Registrar’s Office located in Tax Assessor/Collector Sherman Krause's office at 205 N. Seguin Ave. in New Braunfels.
Office hours in Saltier are 8 a in. to 4:30 pm. Monday through I dday. I louis in New Braunfels are 8 a.m. lo 5 p.m.
Prospective voters who have never voted in Comal County need to bring identification. A current and valid driver’s license or state identification are hest. A current utility hill, hank statement, pay check, government check, pay stub or other government document that shows a voter’s address is also acceptable.
If identification isn t presented at time of registration, it will be required at the polls.
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