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Concerts in the Park kicks off tonight

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community


The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department's Concerts in the Park series kicks off tonight at Dow Park with the Gary Michael Dahl Band. Prior to the concert, the department will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. in the Dow Park Pavilion. Both the meeting and the concerts are free. 

Cenikor partnership puts program in San Marcos

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Cenikor biggerThe Hays Caldwell Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has collaborated with the Cenikor Foundation to form a strategic partnership, to expand their respective services capabilities and to enhance HCCADA’s youth and adolescent prevention programs and treatment services to adults with substance abuse. HCCADA has served San Marcos, Texas and the surrounding areas since 1984. Cenikor, now celebrating more than 49 years, offers a continuum of care in Texas and Louisiana, dedicated to assisting people develop the skills needed to become responsible citizens free of substance abuse.

“The Hays Caldwell Council is excited for this partnership with Cenikor and the expansion of services to the communities we proudly serve. We recognize that what we do each day changes the life of someone in need, their families, and our community. Cenikor has many great inpatient and outpatient programs and we are glad they see the need to expand their outpatient programs into the San Marcos area and beyond,” said Grace Davis, Executive Director of HCCADA.

HCCADA’s former Board of Directors will remain engaged and serve as the Regional Advisory Board to support ongoing efforts to expand community participation, promote recovery, and help meet the needs of those in the local communities they serve.

"Cenikor is eager to partner with Hays Caldwell to help expand our continuum of care in this area of Central Texas," says Bill Bailey, President and CEO of the Cenikor Foundation. "We have a strong Texas presence with locations in Houston, Waco, Fort Worth, Tyler, Temple and Killeen, so this relationship helps expand Cenikor's service capacity and our reach. We share a mission and philosophy focused on helping people achieve better health and better lives through recovery, so it makes sense for our two foundations to forge this alliance."

Cenikor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to helping people with substance abuse and behavioral health issues through a full continuum of care. Cenikor proudly serves over 1,000 clients per week, offering prevention, short-term inpatient, long-term inpatient, ambulatory detoxification, inpatient detoxification, adult outpatient, adolescent inpatient and adolescent outpatient programs throughout Texas and Louisiana. Cenikor Foundation is one of the oldest and most successful substance abuse treatment centers in the nation, and looks forward to great positive impact through its work with HCCADA.

HCCADA provides prevention and education services to over 30,000 local youth and adults along with outpatient treatment, counseling, intervention, and treatment referrals. For more information about HCCADA please call 1-800-733-1214 or visit For more information about Cenikor please visit or call 888-CENIKOR (236-4567).

Rotary hears about the dangers of 'The Last High'

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Rotary Club recently hosted representatives of the Bay Area Council on Drugs and Alcohol to talk about the still-growing rise of synthetic cannabinoids/marijuana. A locally filmed documentary is shedding new light on the dark impact of using the dangerous substances.

Library to host Termite Watkins

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TermiteWatkinsThe Deer Park Pubic Library will host former boxer Maurice "Termite" Watkins as he shares his story with the community June 17. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Deer Park Public Library’s meeting room.

Watkins’ boxing accomplishments began at a young age. He became the National Golden Gloves Featherweight Champion when he was just 16 years old. He won 128 bouts as an amateur and 61 matches as a professional. He challenged Saoul Mamby for the World Boxing Council's Light Welterweight Title and was the undercard of Muhammad Ali's "Last Hurrah" match against Larry Holmes. After he retired from boxing he worked as a car salesman before returning to the pest control field. This decision would take him to the war-torn nation of Iraq, where he was approached to lead the country's first national boxing team in decades. Watkins will discuss his remarkable road to the Olympics in his library presentation.

This presentation is the latest installment in the library's Featured Friday series. These monthly programs offer a variety of lectures, movies and special programs of cultural, historical and local interest.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St.

Business Beat: June 2016

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Business Beat is a monthly column recognizing Deer Park’s newest businesses and giving you other interesting business news from around town. Debbie Westbeld is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Deer Park, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-478-2042. Visit for more business information.

Seals participate in Red Nose Day

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Members of the Deer Park Seals swim team partipated in last week's nationwide Red Nose Day. Proceeds from Red Nose and Red Flair purchases benefit the Red Nose Day Fund* which supports charities with domestic and international reach aimed at fighting childhood poverty, including Boys & Girls Clubs of America; charity:water; Children’s Health Fund; Covenant House; Feeding America; Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance; National Council of La Raza; National Urban League; Oxfam America; Save the Children; and The Global Fund. Photo provided by Regina Lee.

Chambers' Young Guns energizes up-and-coming leaders

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

YoungGunsThe Deer Park and Pasadena Chambers of Commerce are helping young professionals find success in their careers through the Young Guns organization. During Young Guns events, participants can receive advice, learn skills and network with local businesses.

Naomi Richison, Deer Park Chamber communications coordinator, said Young Guns focuses on issues relating to the younger generation, but is open for anyone to join.

“Young professionals have a different set of problems. [Young Guns] is a great support network for those just getting out of school or are just getting their feet into the professional door,” said Richison.

Photo Gallery: Chamberville 2016

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The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce hosted its second annual Chamberville Business Expo and Casino Night. Click on the image for a photo gallery of the fun and games, courtesy of Deer Park Photos.

DP Rotary awards $14K+ in scholarships

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community


The Deer Park Rotary Club awarded more than $14,000 in scholarships at its Wednesday luncheon. The funds went to Deer Park High School students and were raised by the Rotary's annual Texas Indepenence Bicycle Tour. Click on the image for a photo gallery of the Rotary's scholarship winners.

CPA Notebook: Catching up with speeders and meeting Ty

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

CPA SpeedersMembers of the Citizens Police Academy used the Deer Park Police Department's radar technology as vehicles drive by on Center Street. These radar guns are the same ones used every day by the traffic unit to catch speeders. Photo by Holly Galvan.

During this week's Citizens Police Academy, Officer C.K. Aurelius talked to the class about the Deer Park Police Department’s Traffic Unit.

In the Traffic Unit, there is a sergeant, two traffic officers and 21 crossing guards. There are also volunteers who assist with duties such as handicap enforcement, parades and fun runs.

Aurelius’ duties as a traffic officer include reducing the number of traffic-related calls for service and number of vehicle crashes by implementing traffic counts, speed surveys and extra patrol of problem areas.

“We don’t go out and just look for people to give tickets to. It's more than that. We are trying to keep this city safe,” he said.

Other traffic unit programs include the Teen Safe Driving Program. In 2014 more than 1,375 Deer Park ISD students were taught about the dangers of distracted and impaired driving.