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Soccer community rallying around flood victim, coach

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

JacobSantosPhoto provided by Misty Cone'.Residents from the surrounding communities have gathered around to support a local soccer coach. Jacob Santos and his son lost all of their possession during the recent flooding in Housto. A GoFundMe page for Santos has raised almost $24,000.

Everything he owned including his furniture, home goods, and vehicles were submerged in flood waters. Santos and his son were rescued by the Harris County Sheriff's Department with the help of high water rescue Army vehicles.

Santos has been a member of the Challenge Soccer Club as a trainer/coach since 2009 and has worked in other local youth soccer clubs since 2003. Several of the member on the team are from Deer Park. He has devoted his life to working with kids and sharing his love of "futbol" said Misty A. Coné, one of the parents who started the GoFundme Page

Business Beat: May 2016

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

NewBBlogoVega’s Mexican Restaurant is now open at 1242 Center St. (former location of the Jug & Muffin). They are open for breakfast starting at 5 a.m. and stay open until 8 p.m.

Look for Bush’s Chicken to arrive in Deer Park this summer in College Park Plaza on Spencer Highway (across the street from San Jacinto College). This family-friendly, community-oriented is labels itself as the industry’s fastest drive-through, and also offers catering services. Bush’s sacred mission is to serve the best friend chicken in the market, along with great sides like fried okra, jalapeno poppers, mashed potatoes with gravy and more.

Pita Pit should open in mid-May at 8015 Spencer Hwy. in Deer Park (next door to Smashburger and Smoothie King). They start with soft, roll-able pita bread; fill it with your choice of lean, grilled meats, fresh vegetables, cheeses and savory sauce. They even offer breakfast pitas with Black Forest Ham, steak, hash browns, eggs and more.

Drug take back day set for Saturday

Written by staff. Posted in Community

hydrocodoneOn April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Southeast Harris County Community Coalition will participate in the ninth National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Deer Park, Pasadena, and Baytown.

The Take Back is hosted in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Agency, Baytown Police Department, Deer Park Police Department, Deer Park ISD, Pasadena Police Department, and The Summit of Pasadena ISD to give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Medications can be brought for disposal to Second Church Baytown at 6227 N. Main in Baytown, Deer Park High School South, Football Stadium at 710 W San Augustine Street in Deer Park, or The Summit at 1838 E. Sam Houston Parkway in Pasadena. Other Take Back locations can be found at

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. No sharp objects can be accepted, but all prescription and over-the-counter medications are accepted. In all previous Take Back events combined, 2,660 pounds of pills have been collected in Southeast Harris County alone.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit unused in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

“Prescription drug abuse is a problem that affects every community. We invite residents to help keep our community safe from prescription drug abuse. Take an inventory of the medications in your home and bring any drugs that you no longer need to one of our Take Back events.” said Coalition Coordinator, Amber Buras.

For more information visit or call 1-800-510-3111.

Annual Summer Reading Club has fun for all

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

SRC2016From toddlers to adults, the Deer Park Public Library's Summer Reading Club has programs for all ages. Registration begins June 2. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park Public Library is preparing to host its annual summer reading clubs, with registration beginning June 2.

The Friends of the Deer Park Public Library book fair kicks off the reading club from June 2 – 11. The theme for the summer reading club is ‘On your mark, get set...Read!”

The summer reading program is for people of all ages. There is a read-to-me club for children still learning to read. There are reading clubs for children, preteens, teens and adults.

The Deer Park Public Library has special events that are tailored to meet just about everyone’s summer needs.

Library honors bookmark competition winners

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

bookmarkwinnersStudents of Deer Park ISD put their best designs forward in the Deer Park Public Library and the Deer Park Education Foundation Bookmark contest. The contest was to promote Saturday's Strides for School Fun Run and the upcoming summer book club. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park Public Library and the Deer Park Education Foundation gave students a chance to show their creative sides with a book mark contest. The contest was to promote the Strides for School Fun Run and the DPP Library summer book club.

Deer Park ISD students were invited to design a bookmark with the theme of “Fitness and Well-Being” for a chance to win a Barnes & Noble gift card.

CPA: What happens when you go directly to jail

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

CPA jailerDeer Park Police Jailer Ryan McBride (right) explains the jailing processes to the Citizens Police Academy. McBride gave the group a tour of the facility as part of the course. Photo by Holly Galvan.

This week, the Citizens Police Academy class got a behind the scenes look at a place where no one should want to spend time: the city jail.

After being arrested, the suspect is taken to the DPPD jail for processing. The officers will get necessary information such as date of birth, social security number and fingerprints from the prisoners. Next, the officers take the prisoner’s mug shot. DPPD Jailer Ryan McBride said during the first eight hours, new prisoners don’t receive a blanket or a mat.

“It’s hard to do CPR on a mat. People who are intoxicated don’t get mats. The number one complaint I get is people wanting the mats and blankets. People say the first eight hours are the worst,” said McBride.

Companies make DP greener for Earth Day

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

GenesisParksLocal industries partner with the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department for green projects for Earth Day. This year, Genesis Energy and Calpine assisted the department with beautification along State Hwy. 225 and planting trees at the Ella and Friends Dog Park. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department paired with local businesses to make Deer Park a little greener for Earth Day.

Kristy Unzicker, Genesis Manager of Environmental and Marine Compliance said this is the fourth year that Genesis Energy is pairing with the City of Deer Park.

“This year we are planting 300 trees. We are helping [Deer Park] with their reforestation project,” said Unzicker.

Parks Operation Coordinator Tiffany McGallian said Genesis Energy wanted to do something that would benefit the local environment.

Deer Park Relay for Life to raise funds for cancer's cure

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

American Cancer Society Relay For Life LogoResidents from Deer Park can lace up their shoes and walk for a good cause on April 30 at the 2016 Relay for Life of Southeast Harris County. The event will start at 4 p.m. at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center at 500 W 13th St.

This is the 21st year for the event in Deer Park. At the relay there will be activities for cancer survivors, walking, onsite fundraising activities, a silent auction, music, games and a luminaria ceremony in honor of survivors and in memory of those that have lost their lives to cancer.

Relay for Life Community Manager, Krista Bahnsen said Relay for Life started in 1985 in Tacoma, Wash. and has grown to thousands of events worldwide.

Deer Park detailer set for historical project

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

SalazarLeRoux Luxury Detailing's Jason Salazar is one of 58 detailers chosen to refurbish several historical planes, including former Air Force One units. Photo provided by Detail Mafia.

One Deer Park resident is about to leave his mark on several historical aircraft, including Air Force One. Jason Salazar was selected as the newest member of the elite Air Force One Detailing Team. The AFO detailing team has 58 highly skilled members and is also the 2016 Museum of Flight Detailing Team.

The AFO detailing team is preparing the planes for Boeing’s Centennial Anniversary and the opening of the Seattle Museum of Flight’s new Airpark Pavilion.

Salazar, of Leroux Detailing, was trained by master detailer Renny Doyle, who was the first detailer of Air Force One. Doyle has made a group of highly skilled detailers called the Detail Mafia, all members of the AFO detailing team are members of the Detail Mafia. Salazar is the second member of the AFO team to be from the Houston area.

DPPD volunteers make heavy impact

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

volunteerdonation2016Volunteers with the Deer Park Police Department present the city with a check for more than $103,000. The amount represents DPPD's savings through volunteer hours. Photo by Bobby Vasquez

At its Tuesday meeting, Deer Park City Council learned the impact volunteers have at the Deer Park Police Department.

“We have a very successful volunteer program,” DPPD Chief Greg Grigg said. “This last year, they donated 4,479 volunteer hours to the department. That’s 942 hours more than what was donated in 2014.”

That is the equivalent of 2.2 full-time staff members, he said.

“That’s 2,080 hours a year and never taking a day off,” Grigg said of the comparison.

The volunteers come from the Deer Park Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association and police volunteer services. The group organizes a city-wide shred day, assists with the evidence and property room, conducts handicapped parking enforcement, patrols parks, maintains the radar gun inventory, assists with vacation safety school, drug take programs and much more.

CPA Notebook: Crime scene investigation is not like TV

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

CPA MasonMooreDPPD Crime Scene Officer Mason Moore demonstrates equipment used to gather evidence at crime scenes. Unfortunately for real police officers, the process takes much longer than the 60 minutes allotted to the popular forensic TV shows. Photo by Holly Galvan.

This week’s Citizens Police Academy discussed how the Deer Park Police Department handles crime scene evidence.

Evidence can vary from bodily fluids to physical items like rocks. The man who organizes all that information is Property Room Custodian Eddie Salazar.

There can be more than 20,000 pieces of evidence in custody at the DPPD. There are spots for every item and everything is carefully organized, so nothing is lost.

“A barcode system allows us to sign things in and out by scanning the labels on the evidence. It is a great system that has worked well for us all,” he said.

Salazar ensures that the chain-of-custody is followed with all items.