New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Practicing musicians rock neighbor’s peace and quiet
Dear Abby: We are a group of neighbors who have lived in this area for 40 years or more. Some of us work nights and sleep days. This have always been a quiet, well-tended area until recently.
A new family with young adult children moved into our neighborhood. One of them wants to be a drummer and practices constantly. To be honest, he has no talent. On weekends, his friends practice with him. They are just as bad. One of them thinks he’s a singer. I’ve heard mating cats that sounded better. Between this would-be drummer, the truly bad singer and the loud amps, our weekends have
It’s not that we don’t like modem music. Our son plays the drum with a group, our nephew plays keyboards and sings with a professional group.
We have asked them to tone it
down, or to simply give us a break now and then. You can’t believe the rude answers we have received. At one point, I was told that I could allays move.
Recently, one of the neighbors was injured at work and suffered a heart attack during surgery. His doctor ordered complete bed rest and no stress. Because of the noise, this is impossible. The parents of the drummer refuse to acknowledge that there is a problem.
Other than committing mayhem, what can we do to restore peace and quiet? Please advise before someone loses control.
Desperate Neighbors in L. A.
Dear Desperate: Since the parents of the young musician have refused to meet you halfway, you must consider other options.
Investing in earplugs might bring some relief, and sound* proofing your homes could be another option.
Also consider sound-absorbing drapes with acoustical lining, double-glazed windows or storm windows, upholstered walls and wood paneling with insulation between the paneling and walls.
Most cities have. noise ordinances.
Show a copy of the ordinance to your neighbors. (Noise can he
measured with a device called a “decibel meter,” which is available in some electronics stores or through specialty catalogs.)
If the noise violates the noise ': restrictions in your neighborhood, 1 as a last resort, the courts may be * able to provide a solution to your 1 problem.
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Schaeffer said she wanted to have more volunteers working for the museum. Currently the Hummel Museum has a staff of four and has about SO volunteers.
“I am going to have a volunteer meeting on Oct. 21,” Schaeffer said. “One of the volunteers will call the
persons and invite them. They will ask the volunteers to bring a friend.**
Purdum said the museum directors decided to hire a new executive director because they couldst do without one.
“We decided to rearrange the budget to do the things we wanted, such as the security, her (Schaeffer’s) salary and bite the
bullet and give her money to hire secretarial help.**
Purdum said with the new secretarial help Schaeffer would free her to promote the museum.
More exposure for die museum is needed now than ever before, Purdum said, because Sister M.I. Hummel’s art work and figurines are growing in popularity worldwide.
He said the International Hummel Collector’s Club had 250,000 members, and a Hummel traveling exhibit showing in a Pennsylvania museum had been well received.
“We get half of our attendance from out of state,” Purdum said. “We got a new member from Pennsylvania after they attended the art exhibit there.”
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Cable rates are not easily explained, Moore said. A lengthy formula influenced by inflation, changes in local programming, FCC regulatory rates and other factors
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Waldrip said it was not unusual that Ramsay entered a plea on behalfof Carney. He said defendants are presumed to be not guilty, so Ramsay just formalized that.
During the arraignment hearing, Ramsay also denied Carney’s request for a hearing to dismiss the charges. The arrest warrant was issued in connection with a lawsuit filed by the attorney general against 25 members of the organization. The suit alleges that the Republic of Texas group filed illegal liens against the state of Texas.
Carney’s motion contended that the’attorney general acted outside his
determine cable rates for towns and
Currently, basic cable service in New Braunfels sells for $10.98 per month and includes 14 channels. Expanded basic service includes 23 channels and costs $ 15.55 per month.
according to TCI channel listings for New Braunfels.
By contrast. San Marcos residents, also served by TCI, receive basic service for $11.99 and expanded basic service for $14.68 per month, said Moore. A profound difference is
that expanded basic cable service in San Marcos includes 20 additional channels and San Marcos residents pay almost a dollar less per month than New Braunfels customers, according to information obtained from TCI.
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authority when he filed the suit. She also charged that the officer at whom she allegedly pointed a gun and the assistant district attorney who took the case to the grand jury acted without authority, because they had not filed a statement of oath of office with the Secretary of State’s office.
Waldrip said without researching the motion and case law, it was difficult to comment on Carney’s accusations. However, he said it did not seem to be outside individuals’ authority.
“The problem is it’s real hard to tell exactly what their complaint is,” he said.
John Riegler, supervisor in the statutory documents section of the
secretary of state’s office, said the Texas Constitution establishes an oath of office. In addition, it requires elected officials, the secretary of state and appointed state officials to file the oath. Riegler said it was not clear whether the requirement would include peace officers and assistant district attorneys.
“It’s up to the courts to decide who does that,” he said. “I guess it would depend on what you have and how you argue it.”
Waldrip said the case has now been set for a pretrial hearing, and at this point it is hnpnaHble to say when the case might ga to trial. Carney said in the mean time, she would continue working on her defense.
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kids, he said. The number of young adults served by Teen Connection to date in ’97 has jumped to more than 400, Barrington said, evidence of a growing number of youths in need of help.
“More people are in tune to us (Teen Connection) and what we offer,” said Barrington, "but there are more people moving into the community and bringing more social problems with them.”
The increase in abuse of children and teens in New Braunfels can be partially attributed to a rise in countywide population and increased awareness of services available, but family abuse problems are occurring more frequently.
“These are verifiable cases," said Barrington. “The problem is increasing.”
Control issues, such as loss of control over a child, can cause parents to become frustrated and erupt into violence, according to Peter Olsen, Texas Education Foundation counselor for Job Corps.
Domestic abuse occurs between parents and kids because they care about each other, said Olsen. But just because a parent says “I love you” does not mean he or she cannot and will not hurt the child.
“It has been my observation that you hurt the ones you love the most,” said Olsen.
The Texas Family Code defines family violence as an act by a member of a family or household against another member that is intended to result in physical harm, bodily injury, assauk or a threat that reasonably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm.
The law excludes the reasonable discipline of a child and defines abuse as physical injury that results in substantial harm or genuine threat, sexual contact, intercourse or conduct or encouraging the child to engage in sexual conduct.
New Braunfels police officer Martin Mayer has been dispatched to several domestic abuse calls during his 18 years of service. He said children and teens were often pawns in a game between the parents, who used the children in a manipulative fashion to “get back” at each other.
Other familiar scenarios include a teen, usually a son, trying to protect his mother from abuse by her husband or
Violence is usually perpetrated against the woman and the teen, he said.
“People think (family violence) is a female being abused by her husband," said Mayer, “but almost without exception, the kids are in the middle of
Young adults and children who are in need of immediate help or have questions about family violence can call die Teen Connection at 629-6571 Crisis response teams and counselors are available 24 boun a day.
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