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Gospel Mass set for Monday

Written by staff. Posted in Community

dr ray_portraitRobert RayThe Deer Park High School Choral Department will perform Dr. Robert Ray's Gospel Mass at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, May 21, in the Deer Park High School Performing Arts Center. Executive Director of Fine Arts Barry Talley said the community is sure to enjoy this special evening of great music.

"Audiences have loved the Gospel Mass each year it has been presented, and this year's performance will be equally as special," Talley said. "Over 300 DPHS singers will join to sing together as the choir welcomes Dr. Ray back for the eighth time to Deer Park."

Tickets for the Gospel Mass can be purchased at the door for $5 adults and $3 for students. Children five and under are free.

Ray's Gospel Mass was composed in 1978. Its premier performance was sung by the University of Illinois-Urbana Campus Black Chorus. It was written while Ray was a liturgy team member of the National Office of Black Catholics. The Gospel Mass was created out of a need from these workshops. It has become a standard part of the choral repertoire and is performed by churches, colleges, universities, orchestras and civic choral groups nationally and internationally.

Letter to the Editor: Family gives thanks after fire destroys son's room

Written by Letter to the Editor. Posted in Community

At the beginning of this year, we did not start off on a good foot; on Jan. 28 my family experienced a fire to our home. We are fortunate enough to have our home still standing and the majority of the disaster occurred in my son's bedroom. The room was destroyed along with all of his belongings. The house was covered in smoke and soot was everywhere, but what saddens us most is the loss of our family dog Honey, who did not make it.

My family and I are writing to the Deer Park School District, Rotary Club and community to tell all of you how thankful and blessed my family are to live in a community like Deer Park. I understand that home fires occur all the time and even worse ones than ours and I know that our experience shouldn't be different from any others. But the thing is my husband and I grew up in a part of Houston that you would rarely see this type of generosity and caring in a community and we are just amazed and thankful to see the affection Deer Park has displayed to us.

Dow employees help restore wetlands

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Dow employees from the Houston area's manufacturing sites became official "Marsh Maniacs" on May 5 when they joined the Galveston Bay Foundation in planting stems of smooth cordgrass to create and restore wetlands at the Baytown Nature Center. Dow was a major sponsor of this year's Marsh Mania event, which involves local citizens in hands-on wetlands restoration activities while increasing their awareness and appreciation of wetland habitats and functions.

Marsh grass is essential to keeping Galveston Bay's eco-system healthy. It serves to protect the shoreline from erosion as well as provide habitat for fish and wildlife. In the case of a storm, it protects communities by breaking up wind and wave energy coming into the shore. Solid marsh is important not only to our eco-system, but also to the Texas economy. About 90 percent of the seafood consumed locally spends some part of its life in a marsh.

Letter to the Editor: Golf course funding still questioned

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Deer Park City Council unanimously rejected bids for repairs to the Battleground Golf Course's Pratt Truss Bridge at Tuesday's City Council meeting.

The City Council has targeted $300K for the repairs in a previous meeting and the Mayor has touted that the money comes from the hotel motel tax fund and not the general funds; so why were they so concerned when the bid was well below the $300K?

Is this just putting off the hot potato issue until after the election or is this the old rope a dope routine? Mayor Wayne Riddle also said that he didn't want the tax payers to pay $80K for an alternative bridge from the General Fund; so why does he and most of the city council allow the Republic Grill to continue to operate at a net loss of over $200K ever year; $250,000.00 or more if you include benefit costs that comes from the General Fund?

Letter to the Editor: Your vote matters

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I write this letter as a resident of the City of Deer Park and a tax Payer, not as one who has served on City Council.

I have often wondered why more of us do not vote in Deer Park. After all, we have over 19,000 registered voters in the City of Deer Park with a population of just under 33,000 residents. Yet, most of the General Elections held in Deer Park show that less than 1,500 come to the polls to cast a vote for the candidate of their choice for the next 2 years on City Council.

Could it be that most of us in our city are happy with the ways things are? Is it too time consuming, inconvenient or do our residents not want to get involved? Are they uninformed? Is voting perceived as a cost in time, effort, and lost productivity with no discernible payoff except some vague sense of having done their "civic duty"?

The reason I have heard the most is "My one vote will not make difference". I'm glad not all of our registered voters feel that way. Whatever the reason, I believe we should look at voting in our General Election in Deer Park the same as we do in the County, State and our Country. It is an honor, a privilege and a right that was fought for in the past and present by brave men and women who serve in our Armed Forces, many of whom are from here.

Pastor's Corner: Feeding hate starves kindness

Written by Robert Briggs. Posted in Community

Pastor BriggsI recently read the following anecdote; it seems that its origins stem from a Native American oral tradition: A grandfather was talking to his young grandson when he tells him "My grandson, you have two wolves living inside of you, struggling with each other for supremacy. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other is the wolf of fear, greed and hatred." "Which wolf will win grandfather?" asks the young boy. "Whichever one you feed," the grandfather replies.

There are so many people in this world consumed with hatred. They feed the emotion within them little by little, nursing it through every slight, real and imagined; they pet and coddle it when wronged or injured; and they make room for and favor it above all other emotions within them, until finally they are totally engulfed with it.

Hatred has destroyed more homes, ended more lives, hurt more people, and created more illness then any of the other negative emotions combined. In fact, like the color black, hate is the presence of every negative emotion combined into one deep dark blot upon the person's life.

DP's Richey wins iPad at Shell Fun Run

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Shell Deer Park is delighted to announce the 2012 Strides for Schools Fun Run Grand Prize winner of an iPad, Craig Richey!

Richey, a participant in this year's race and resident of Deer Park, was randomly selected from over 800 registrants. Thanks to Richey and everyone who supported Shell's community fundraiser for the Deer Park Education Foundation– runners, walkers, sponsors and volunteers. As the proud sponsor of this event, Shell Deer Park has raised over $100,000 for the Foundation in just three years.

To learn more about Shell Deer Park, please visit

APP continues with Shout!

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community


SHOUT! is the mod musical magazine that brings back the beautiful birds and smashing sounds that made England swing in the 60s. From cover-to-cover SHOUT! travels in time from 1960 to 1970 chronicling the dawning liberation of women. Just as Dusty Springfield, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, and Lulu were independent women with major careers, English and American women were redefining themselves in the face of changing attitudes about gender. SHOUT! reflects that change throughout the unforgettable music of the time.

Proclamation asks for motorcycle safety and awareness

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community


At Tuesday's City Council meeting, Mayor Wayne Riddle delievered a special proclaimation for Motorcycle Safety and Awareness Month. Councilmen Jerry Mouton and Jeff Pound presented the proclamation to Rick Nizol (far right). Nizol is president of the Bay Area V-Twins. Also represented were the Women in the Wind, Chrisitan Motorcycle Association and Freedom's Disciples motorcycle clubs.

Salon Mia Bella helping seniors dress for prom

Written by Ashley Smith. Posted in Community

salon mia_bella_promProm is a staple in a teenager's high school experience, but for some the cost that comes with the tradition can keep them from it, that's why the ladies at the Mia Bella salon have stepped in to help.

"We believe everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy themselves and go to prom," said Christie Teaff, salon manager. "We want as many boys and girls to have the high school experience and not feel different from their peers."

For the past three years, Mia Bella owner Kim Allen has held a contest, asking it's patrons to submit names of teenage girls for their Princess for Prom Day event where each winner receives complimentary hair, nail and make-up services for the prom. This year, they have selected five girls for the event.

BACODA to host Rx drug disposal event

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bacodaOn April 28, citizens can safely dispose of their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. The event is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and is sponsored by the Bay Area Council On Drugs & Alcohol's Southeast Harris County Community Coalition and the Drug Enforcement Administration

BACODA will have three drop-off locations in Southern Harris County: Summit Alternative School at 1838 E. Sam Houston Parkway South, Pasadena, Texas 77503; La Porte Neighborhood Center at 526 San Jacinto, La Porte, Texas 77571; and San Jacinto Mall at 1496 San Jacinto Mall, Baytown, Texas 77521.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Ford's 'stache nets SJE $1K

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At Monday's DPISD Board of Trustees meeting, representatives from the Gulf Coast Educators Federal Credit Union presented a $1,000 check to San Jacinto Elementary. GCEFCU's Kyle Ford, third from the right, earned the funds for SJE by winning an online moustache-growing contest via Facebook. Photo provided by DPISD.

Photo Gallery: Totally Texas 2012

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Perfect weather under the Big Blue Texas sky made it a perfect day for Totally Texas! check out this photo gallery from the festival and parade from our friends at Deer Park Photos!