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The city of Deer Park is just days away from the 125th Celebration Concert! In honor of Deer Park's 125th anniversary, all residents are invited to a free concert and community event on Saturday, November 4th from 4-9PM, featuring headliner RaeLynn, Shell’s 7 Mile Perimeter band, food trucks, history and more!
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At Wednesday’s Rotary Club meeting, the Deer Park club was joined by its La Porte counterparts to celebrate Friday’s Deer-Bulldog rivalry football game. Members shared their memories and experiences of the Border Battle, which dates back to 1946.
For years, the seeds of the spirit of Rotary’s international goodwill are sown early through programs like its youth exchange. At this week’s Deer Park Rotary luncheon, the club heard about how students and families can participate in foreign exchange student programs.
Most plants fared well, with minimal operating impact. Many ride-out crews that stayed at plants during the storm were stranded longer than anticipated because of flooded roads, but no storm-related injuries were reported. On the average, about 20 percent of plant employees sustained damages from the storm. Each company is helping impacted employees. Examples included sheetrock-removal teams, grants or interest-free loans, cleanup and construction materials, and personal time off.
“Time flies when you are having fun!” said Carla Nettles, broker-owner of Summit Realtors, who celebrates her 30th year in real estate this month. “Sometimes it seems like just yesterday that I just got my license.”
Nettles started her career at Deer Park Realty with Delecia Fuller as her broker in 1987.
“Delecia took me under her wing and taught me everything. She was a great role model and teacher.” Fuller’s company later became The Prudential Fuller Real Estate and then later sold to Century 21 H*M Realty.
Nettles moved to Pat Lowery & Associates in 1994 where she worked under the great mentor Pat Lowery. After working for large franchise companies, working for a small mom-and-pop company was icing on the cake. She opened her own boutique real estate company, Summit Realtors in January of 1995.
A lot has changed in real estate over the years.
“When I first got in the business, there were no computers or fax machines. There were no lockboxes and when you wanted to show a house that was not your listing, you would have to go pick up a key at another real estate firm or sometimes the owners would just leave the house unlocked. We would promote our listings with flyers made by cutting and pasting artwork and photos. In a way, it was harder but in other ways not. The contracts were shorter and things were simpler,” she said.
Nettles has been one of the top realtors in the area, having produced more than $130 million in sales and selling more than 1,000 homes. She operates a professional, highly ethical organization with experienced agents.
Her parents are Jimmy and Ruthie Dawson, longtime residents. Her husband, Doug is a Deer Park police officer and his parents, Floyd and Marjorie Nettles are also Deer Park residents. She attributes her success to living in the community for so long and having earned a reputation as a hardworking, full time professional who will do a good job for her clients. She said another factor is keeping up with changes in the market.
Nettles invites all home buyers and sellers to contact Summit Realtors for all of their real estate needs.
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One of the region's fastest growing and most popular bicycle rides is set for Feb. 24, 2018. The Texas Independence Bicycle Tour, hosted by the Deer Park Rotary Club, winds through the Bay Area and the historic San Jacinto Monument. Registration for the bike ride is underway and sponsorships are also available.
Saturday morning, perhaps the city’s loudest parade will travel down Center Street. The Deer Park Fire Marshal’s Office and Fire Department will host its annual Fire Prevention Parade beginning at 10 a.m. Dozens of different trucks, ambulances, ladders and other fire fighting vehicles from across the region are scheduled to participate.
Throughout the month of July, all nine Shell FCU locations collected monetary and school supply donations. Employees sold chili dogs and Frito pies as well as hosted bake sales in the lobbies for their members to help raise more money. In total, the FCU Team raised $2,700 to purchase school supplies for the designated school districts.