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Walgreens, Mouton kick off Red Nose Day campaign

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

walgreensRNDDeer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton joined the staff at Walgreens to kick off the pharmacy's Red Nose Campaign. Red Nose Day, set for May 26, raises funds for and brings attention to the fight against childhood poverty. Photo by Holly Galvan.

The Deer Park Walgreens kicked off its Red Nose campaign Friday. Walgreens is on a mission to help raise funds to fight poverty of children. The second annual Red Nose Day is May 26.

The VIP guests of the event were the Deer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton and the Miss Pasadena Rodeo Emily Tadalecki.

Mouton said he came out to support the community and a good cause.

“I am always looking for opportunities to support businesses in the community, and this is a great one that is benefiting organizations in Deer Park,” said Mouton.

Funds for the Red Nose campaign that benefits children in all 50 states and 15 countries internationally through programs that keep children and young people safe, healthy and educated. The campaign will end on June 4th. There will be a live TV special that will air live on NBC May 26.

2016 Hall of Honor inductees blaze a trail of selflessness

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

HallofHonor2016(From left) Victor White, Jo Kiefer, Chad Burke and Nathan Colunga were inducted into the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor Saturday night. The four Deer Park High School graduates were honored for their selfless work toward the improvement of their communities. Photo by Holly Galvan.

Four Deer Park High School graduates were inducted to the Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor Saturday night.

This year's class included Chad Burke, Nathan Colunga, Jo Kiefer and Victor White.

The Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor recognizes graduates of Deer Park High School. Honorees are selected who have made a significant contribution through their service or accomplishments to their profession or community and must be considered to be positive role models for the youth. The Deer Park Chamber Commerce hosted the event.

"These are persons who have graduated from this school district and have gone on to their professions and careers and become a shining example of the products of Deer Park," said Tim Culp, Chamber CEO and emcee for the event.

Catch a good time at DPFFA's Fish Fest Saturday

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community file photoThe Deer Park FFA Booster Club is inviting area young people to catch some fun at its 14th annual Fish Fest. The fundraiser for the organization is April 23 at the Deer Park ISD Agricultural Center, at 6804 Line Drive in Pasadena, behind McCoy's Lumber on Red Bluff. The event, sponsored by Shell Federal Credit Union is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. From 11 a.m. – 1 p.m., the FFA will be in the McCoy’s parking lot for its annual fish fry.

The Ag Center's ponds will be freshly stocked with plenty of fish. Participants will have the opportunity to catch as many fish as they can during this timed event. Prizes will be awarded for most fish caught, the longest fish and the top three fundraisers from each age group.

“Fish Fest benefits the community by offering children ages 14 and under an opportunity to experience the sport of fishing at no charge,” said Paula Smith of the FFA booster club. “If the children choose to compete for fund raiser prizes, they have the opportunity to acquire sponsorships. The event is sponsored by the Deer Park FFA Booster Club which supports the various activities of the Deer Park FFA Chapter. The FFA chapter is ultimately benefits financially from this community-wide event.”

APP opens Great American Trailer Park Musical Friday

Written by staff. Posted in Community

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This month the chair-throwing revelry of the Jerry Springer Show comes to the Deer Park stage as the Art Park Players present “The Great American Trailer Park Musical."

The show opens Friday, April 15 with shows continuing through April 30 for this Broadway musical comedy jam-packed with big hair and hilarious fun.

“‘The Great American Trailer Park Musical’ is a PG-13 story that showcases some of the not-so-good parts of the American south, so be prepared to have a good time,” said Director David Eck. “The best part of the story itself is that it’s so ridiculous and far-fetched, but you can still see the humanity in the characters. This is a show you won’t want to miss!”

A true ensemble piece, the show stars Susan Mele as Betty, Emmy Smith as Donna ‘Pickles,’ Julianne McBride as Linoleum ‘Lin,’ Stacey Holiman as Jeannie, Chad McCallon as Norbert, Margo Staley as Pippi and Cody Ray Strimple as Duke.

CPA Notebook: Why the Tahoe works & ID theft

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

dppdpatcheditedThis week’s Citizens Police Academy discussed the Deer Park Police Department’s vehicle fleet and a crime that can happen to anyone at any time.

Things have changed around Deer Park Police Department since Asst. Chief Sharon Massey joined the force more than 20 years ago. Massey said she remembers in 1992 when Ford introduced the Crown Victoria cars to police departments.

“[The Crown Victorias] were the go-to police cars for police departments across America. I was shocked when they stopped making them,” said Massey. DPPD had included the Fords in its fleet.

After the Crown Victorias were retired, DPPD needed to choose a new police vehicle. Within the department, there was a promotion available for officers. One of the requirements for the applicants was to present a research paper on a recommendation for a vehicle for DPPD.

Massey said most of the applicants wrote their papers favoring the Chevrolet Caprice because its large size.

Rotary hears dramatic account of 1942's Doolittle Raid

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

DoolittleRetired Lt. Col. Don Houk portrays the late Lt. Col. James Doolittle during a presentation to the Deer Park Rotary Club. He led the famous 1942 Doolittle Raid that boosted American morale following the Pearl Harbor attack. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.When the United States needed a morale boost in the Pacific theater in 1942, a raid planned and executed by Lt. Col. James Doolittle gave military and civilians the shot it needed. Retired Lt. Col. Don Houk of the Frontiers of Flight Museum visited the Deer Park Rotary Club to talk about that raid and its ripple effects during World War II.

Houk’s presentation took a life of its own as he spoke about the sneak attack in character as Doolittle. During the first world war, Doolittle served as a flight leader and gunnery instruction in California. He later attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned his masters of science in aeronautics in one year.

He returned to active duty in the US Army Air Corps in 1940. In January of 1942, he was assigned to the Army Air Forces Headquarters to plan an air strike against Japan in retaliation or the Pearl Harbor bombing just a month before. The result became the famous Doolittle Raid.

“I was so mad I couldn’t sleep. I couldn’t eat,” said Houk, performing as Doolittle.

Planning for the eventual raid began with the concept of safely launching twin-engine bombers from an aircraft carrier. The mission also required the bombers not fly with their regular fighter escort for defense. The B-25 Mitchell was selected for the mission.

“We only had about five inches between the wing and the walls of the carrier,” Doolittle said.

City cuts ribbon on Minchen complex

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

MinchenFirstPitchDeer Park Mayor Jerry Mouton throws the ceremonial first pitch to TJ Haight at the Minchen Athletic Complex. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.Community leaders joined the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department in dedicating the Minchen Sports Complex this week.

Demolition of the existing site began last June and new construction began later during the summer.

TJ Haight, Parks board member and DP Pony League President said the completion on the complex is the end product of a vision for youth sports. The Minchen Complex was built with bond funds. With last year’s voter-approved Type B funding for additional projects, even more improvements are on the horizon, he said.

“The people had vison to upgrade and improve in Deer Park. The Type B passage ensures Deer Park will go on and on,” he said. Haight said he encourages residents to get involved with the upcoming projects.

DPVFD member using talents to help fire victims

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

buffetttablePhoto provided by Max Khan.After a fire last month destroyed a Deer Park home along with everything inside, one Deer Park fire fighter is using his talents to help the family get back on its feet.

Deer Park VFD member Max Khan has built a solid wood entry/buffet table with metal scroll support. It is 70 inches long, 33 inches high and 16 inches in depth and has a custom stain with several coats of semi-gloss finish.

“While no one was injured, the house and contents were a complete loss,” he said.

The auction takes place on Khan’s Facebook page which can be found by clicking here.

DP woman celebrates her 103rd birthday

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

103 birthdayRebecca "Grandma" Hardy is all smiles as staff at Salon Mia Bella help her celebrate her 103rd birthday. When she was born, Woodrow Wilson had just taken office as President of the United States. Photo by Holly Galvan.With her hair styled and nails painted, Rebecca Hardy celebrated her 103rd birthday at Salon Mia Bella Thursday.

The employees of the salon refer to her as Grandma Hardy. She has celebrated her birthday the last few years at the salon. Hardy has had her hair styled at the salon every Thursday for the last six years.

The party included a cake in her favorite flavor. As the employees and customers of the salon gathered around to sing her happy birthday, Hardy could not quit smiling.

Hardy said her secret to living a long life is her faith in God and health habits.

“I have never smoked or drank alcohol. I attended church twice a day on Sunday and Wednesday,” said Hardy.

San Jacinto reenactment recreates historical battle

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reenactmentPhoto provided by San Jacinto Museum of History. With the annual San Jacinto Day Festival and Battle Reenactment is just around the corner, the City of Deer Park will have several departments represented at the event.

On Saturday, April 23 beginning at 10 a.m., the Parks and Recreation Department, the Deer Park Public Library and the city’s Historical and Tourism committees will join thousands of annual attendees for a day of history, crafts, food and fun, all leading up to the full-scale reenactment of the Battle of San Jacinto at 3 p.m.

The battle reenactment is presented by the San Jacinto Volunteers and other living history organizations from across the state. The event dramatizes the decisive battle where General Sam Houston led his Texian soldiers to victory over the Mexican Army eventually leading to almost one million square miles of Mexican territory becoming a part of the United States. The reenactors dramatically interpret the Runaway Scrape, the cannon duel and the final battle between the two forces. Best of all, the reenactors are all very accessible and knowledgeable, happy to share their knowledge of the Texas War of Independence and frontier life.

DPHS students join city, Rotary for Government Day

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

stugovcouncilDPPD Sgt. Joe Cooper discusses the city's coyote problems with a student-led city council. The Deer Park High School students shadowed council members and city officials. The event was part of Deer Park Rotary's annual Student Government Day. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.This week, the Deer Park Rotary Club partnered with the City of Deer Park and Deer Park ISD to host its annual Student Government Day.

About two dozen Deer Park High School juniors and seniors partnered with Mayor Jerry Mouton, all six council members and the city’s department heads to get a behind-the-scenes look at city operations.

Following a tour of several city facilities, the group met with the Rotary Club at its luncheon to talk about their experiences. The students and city mentors then reconvened at city hall where the students participated in a mock council meeting. They discussed issues such as teen curfew ordinances, recycling and coyotes.

Business Beat: April 2016

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

NewBBlogo1000 Degrees Neapolitan Pizza, a unique "create your own" Neapolitan pizza restaurant, is coming soon to 8015 Spencer Highway (next to Smashburger). Their authentic Neapolitan pizza is made with hand-tossed, never frozen dough and topped with your choice of over 50 fresh ingredients. Coupling the highest quality imported ingredients with their state-of-the-art oven, your pizza will be baked to perfection in less than two minutes. Look for them to open in May.

The former location of HEB grocery store (corner of Pasadena Blvd. at Center St.) is under contract to be sold to a retail developer. Once the transaction closes, the developer plans to restructure the 40,000 sf building into a multi-tenant retail center, while possibly even expanding the building to the north. Leasing information signs are already posted and interested retailers and restaurants are starting to show interest. For leasing information, call Capital Retail Properties at 281-816-6550.

Chamber brings circus to town next month

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

circus logoDeer Park will get a taste of the big top when the Carson and Barnes circus comes to town April 1-2. The circus is presented by the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce.

"We wanted to provide a unique entertainment option for the families in Deer Park," said Tim Culp, Chamber CEO.

Known as the world's biggest big top circus, Carson and Barnes features acts from around the world ranging from contortionists and high-wire acts to the circus staples like clowns.