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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY, DECEMBER ll, 2003 mummhw SPORTS AIMING HIGH Smithson Valley High School grad John Peel is starting center for the U.S. Air Force Academy football team. Page SA FORUM COCKROACHES Molly Ivins opines that the U.S. financial industry is infested with parasites feeding off your retirement. Pago 4A Serving New Braunfels and Lomai county since 1852. I    DEAR ABBY    3B I    CLASSIFIEDS MB |    COMICS    2B I    CROSSWORD    2B I    FORUM    4A High    Low    I    APPLAUSE    48 64    40    ^    SP0RTS    5A Details .... IB I ^6RIDS 38 Vol. 153, No. 24 12 pages, 2 sections CLICK 500Investigators probing death of infant By Dylan Jimtnez Staff Writer New Braunfels police are investigating a 15-month-old New Braunfels boy whose death last week could be ruled unnatural by medical' examiners. Brandon Robbins’ father called 9-1-1 at 7:30 a. rn. Dec. 2 because the child was unresponsive. When EMS responders arrived, they notified the New Braunfels Police Department criminal investigation division of the situation, which is protocol, said NBPD Lt. Mike Rust. “The younger the victim, the more suspicious the death becomes,” Rust said. Robbins was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital and was later pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Diana Campos, who ordered an autopsy. The results of the medical examinees reports are not completed, Rust said, and might not be completed for another 60 days. Based on preliminary reports, medical examiners think they will determine an unnatural cause of death. “There’s a chance that this death could be ruled as an unnatural death," Rust said. The police investigation is, however, far from over, said Comal County District Attorney DibWaldrip. “We don’t know exactly what we’ve got," Waldrip said, adding that the only determination investigators have is that the death could be unnatural. “Otherwise it would be inappropriate to dispel any supposition as to the cause of death." Robbins’ parents are in their 30s and have been cooperative with the investigation so far, Rust said. “Right now, the only reason we’re involved is because it’s a death of a child,” Rust said.Bulverde breaks ground on community’s first city hall By Scott Mahon Staff Writer More than 50 Bulverde residents and city officials attended a groundbreaking ceremony Wednesday for a new city hall. For years, city offices have been located in several locations, including a shopping mail off U.S. 281. The site for the new building is on Cougar Bend Road. “Bulverde is experiencing tremendous growth, and the city hasn't had enough staff because of limited office space to take care of all the business it need to take care of," said Dick McCaleb, chairman of the city’s planning and zoning commission. “We’ve passed a lot of ordinances over the years, and we can’t enforce all of them because we don’t have enough staff." Construction will be completed in six to seven months at a cost of approximately $680,000. “The design is basically a dupli cation of Fair Oaks’ city hall,” he said. “We rejected the initial bids for the project in July because the final design had not been approved. So we bid the project again and we got a good bid." The general contractor will be FMG Contracting Co. of San Antonio, and the architect is Walter Wong & Associates of Fair Oaks. “The first floor will have about 5,000 square feet,” he said. “We’re going to install an elevator, but the second floor will be for future expansion.” Bulverde Mayor William Cole said Wednesday’s groundbreaking was the third most important event in the city’s history. “We're growing faster than anyone imagined,” he said. “Our population is expected to double in the next five years." According to Cole, BulvenJe’s population grew 50 percent from 1990 to 2000, reaching 5,000 residents. FRONTand CenterScience equals after-school fun Cheer Fund to make its deliveries Saturday By Scott Mahon Staff Writer Volunteers and employees of the Her-ald-Zeitung will be working together Saturday to deliver this year’s Cheer Fund packages to local families. The annual charity is sponsored by the Herald-Zeitung in conjunction with the Community Service Center, which will be delivering toys Saturday to the children of needy families. This year, more than 200 families in New Braunfels are expected to receive Cheer Fund packages containing food items such as canned milk, bread, peanut butter, jelly, Christmas candy and canned vegetables. “We receive monetary donations throughout the year, which we use to buy the food items for the packages," said Rosie Willingham, coordinator of the Cheer Fund. Willingham said Herald-Zeitung employees and their families would sort and package the food items Friday at the newspaper s production facility at 1342 Industrial Dr. Early Saturday morning, the packages will be delivered to families designated by the Community Service Center. “We work closely with the local schools throughout die year to find families that need assistance, especially during Christmas,’’ said Suzie Garcia, executive director of the Community Service Center. “While the Herald-Zeitung’s employees are delivering food, we’ll be delivering toys.” Garcia said more than 400 children will receive toys this year. “The families really look forward to this,” she said. “In fact, I had one person last year who was so in need, she said the food items she received lasted her a whole month.” Garcia said anyone wishing to volunteer Saturday should call the Community Service Center at 625-3439. II Joe and Theresa Castilleja ■ Roger and Patsy Vann K Iris and Arvel Schulle ■ V. Earl Lowery Send your donation to Cheer Fund, 707 Landa St.. New Braunfels. 78130 By Dylan Jimtnas Staff Writer Science oozes at Bulverde Elementary School. Just ask the lucky 15 students who got to dissect a cow’s eye last week. The enthusiasm and reactions of awe have been constant as the students have studied vision after lf interested in bringing Club Invention to your school: Call or entail Karen Williams, regional coords na tor 210402-3526 or 800-9684332 knwiiams®acad- school for the past four weeks. “They love it. They have so much fun,” said Karen Williams, gifted and talented campus coordinator for Rahe Primary and Bulverde Elementary schools. It’s her job to discover new ways to stimulate students at the two schools, located next to one another in Bulverde. She found a fun way to teach them science with Gub Invention, an interactive after-school program. Students have discovered the parts of the eye and how eyes dilate and contract. Students worked with 3D glasses Wednesday. “If you color in blue and orange, the orange disappears," said Jacob Mulkey, a fifth-grader. “What if you had other colors beside blue and orange?" Williams asked. See Page 3A Second-grader Tyler Vacek experiments with the differences between monocular and binocular vision while taking part in Bulverde Eiementary's Photos by DAVID Club Invention program. Above, left, fifth-grader Jacob Mulkey tests his monocular vision using a pingpong ball. Club Invention excites learning among pupils ;