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Library series continues with George Washington presentation

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GeorgeWashington FlyerHe is considered the father of the country, set the standard for leadership in the United States, and set precedents as a President that are still in place today. But how does history view George Washington's military service?

On Friday, July 22, Mark Lardas will speak about the leadership of George Washington from the perspective of military history. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the library's meeting room.

George Washington's military career began during the French and Indian War when he was in his early 20s. While his actions in that conflict were not entirely successful, he learned a lot from this experience. Washington had no formal military training and still was able to lead the Continental Army to victory. What kind of commander was George Washington? What were his strengths and weaknesses and how did his decisions affect the Revolution?

Lardas is the author of 17 books on maritime, military and naval history. Before working as a technical writer, he worked as a software engineer and a space navigator for the Space Shuttle program.

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.

City honors Parks and Rec with proclamation

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Jerry Mouton presented a proclamation for National Parks and Recreation Month. Members of the city's Parks and Recreation Department were on hand to receive the award.

Business Beat: July 2016

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community


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.

DPVFD joins in on Monster Trucks for Stevie

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Representatives and apparatus from the Deer Park Fire Department joined monster trucks, jeeps, motorcycles and other emergency vehicles to salute a young boy with terminal leukemia. What started as a small monster truck drive-by display turned into a full-fledged event at Thursday’s Monster Trucks for Stevie at Royal Purple Raceway.

Letter to the editor: Beep baseball needing assistance

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

The cry of “Play ball!” is being heard across America! It's that time of year again. The Greater Houston Beep Baseball Association, a baseball team made up of blind individuals with a winning spirit, has the same love for competition as our sighted counterparts. The sport of beep baseball is a competitive game similar to softball but modified to suit the needs of the blind and visually impaired. This is done with the use of buzzing bases and beeping balls. We must sometimes count upon our friends in the community, business, and industry for assistance.

Each year our team looks forward to participating in the Beep Baseball World Series, held this year in Ames, Iowa the last week in July. The world series involves our five teams from Texas along with teams from all-over America and Taiwan. Because of the high cost of beepball equipment, uniforms, travel, hotel expenses and the rental of a 15-passenger van during the week of competition, our team has to seek out financial support and sponsors. Our athletes are extremely anxious to compete again this year. Your charitable contribution to the Bayou City Heat will greatly help this dream become a reality.

We will take every opportunity to publicly acknowledge and thank you for your support. I will also be glad to personally meet with anyone to explain beep baseball and answer any questions. Even though we work hard to hold annual fundraisers, without additional financial contributions like yours, our team would not be able to participate in the 2016 Beep Baseball World Series. Thank you in advance for your generosity to encourage local area visually impaired athletes.

Checks can be made out to GHBBA and mailed to 3405 Dalamatian Ln, Deer Park, Texas 77536. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Helen Boudreaux
GHBBA Fundraising Chairperson

Registration underway for Independence 5K, Patriot Mile

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

focus flagwavingThe Independence 5K, 10K Run/Walk and Kid's Patriotic Mile will be July 2 at the Deer Park Community Center, 610 E. San Augustine.

Parks and Recreation organizes this event in honor of Independence Day. Pre-registration prices for the event are $20 for the 5K run/walk, $30 for the 10K run & $10 for the patriotic mile.

Registration will close at 5 p.m. July 1. Race day registration is $25 for the 5K run/walk, $35 for the 10K run/walk and $15 for the Kid’s Patriot Mile. Registration will open at 6 a.m. and close at 7 a.m. for the 5K and 10K on the morning of race day. Registration for the Kid's Mile will remain open until 8:30 a.m.

Rotary begins its new year with new president

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

For 50 years, the Deer Park Rotary Club has been a beacon for charity, service and humanitarian aid. Last week, the club rang in its second 50 years with its annual installation banquet. New President Beckie Stockstill-Cobb said she is focused on keeping Rotary an avenue of Service Above Self.

Workout, BBQ events to help local family

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

Friends and family are organizing two benefits to help the family of Barrett Michalik with funeral expenses. The 11-year-old was active in local youth baseball and swim leagues. CrossFit Deer Park is hosting a special workout and fundraiser on Saturday while a barbecue cook-off is slated for late July in Pasadena.

The Arcades hit the stage for Concerts in the Park

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

Concerts in the Park returns Thursday night at 7 p.m. with The Arcades. The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department's music series continues at Dow Park. Admission to the show is free. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Concessions are available.

Shell FCU announces Garrison scholarship recipients

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Shell Federal Credit Union awarded 10 graduating high school students its John Garrison Scholarship. Recipients were selected based upon academic performance, communal involvement, extracurricular activities, and response to the application essay. The topic for this year's essay asked applicants to explain the difference between a bank and a credit union, as well as why a young adult would use a credit union over a bank for their financial needs.

More than 70 students from 29 different Harris County high schools submitted applications for the John Garrison scholarship this year. Ten deserving high school seniors were selected as recipients for the John Garrison scholarship award; each of the ten students will be awarded $2,500 to the college, university or vocational-technical school of choice. Below is a list of the 2016 selected scholarship recipients and the college of their choice for Fall 2016.

  • Hannah Jones of Clear Horizons Early College High School; Texas A&M University
  • Miguel Serrano of La Porte High School; University of Texas-Austin
  • Navya Sankoorikkal of Cypress Woods High School; Brown University
  • Ashlyn Campo of Deer Park High School; Texas A&M University
  • Trevor Ruffaner of Clear Horizons Early College High School; Lamar University
  • Lacia Engels of Deer Park High School; Texas A&M University
  • Lauren Taylor of Deer Park High School; Texas A&M University
  • Candice Johnson of Deer Park High School; Texas A&M University
  • Montserrat Tijerina of Pasadena Memorial High School; University of Chicago
  • Shalini Lakshmi of Alvin High School; University of Houston

Since 2000, Shell federal Credit Union has awarded 98 students with the John Garrison Scholarship award totaling $237,500. The scholarship was established in memory of John Garrison, a dedicated volunteer Board Member of more than 50 years.

Entertainment, fun set for 4th Fest 2016

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The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department will host the city's annual 4th Fest celebration at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center on July 4. The free event features family entertainment, food and fun. This year's 4th Fest opens at 5 p.m. and will have performances from the Skyline Band and Big Richard. The fireworks are slated to begin at 9:15 p.m.