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Pettitte to host Arms of Hope gala

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Pettitte AndyPETTITTEMajor League Baseball legend and Deer Park native Andy Pettitte will host a special conversation at the Arms of Hope Reaching Generations Gala on Friday, Oct. 21 at the Downtown Houston Hyatt Regency.

Andy Pettitte played 18 Major League Baseball seasons with the New York Yankees and Houston Astros. He won five World Series championships with the Yankees and was a three-time All-Star. He ranks as MLB’s all-time postseason wins leader with 19 and is the only MLB pitcher since 1930 to win at least 12 games in each of his first nine seasons. After nine seasons with the Yankees, Pettitte joined the Houston Astros in 2004, helping them make their first trip to the World Series in 2005. He rejoined the Yankees in 2007 and produced a fifth World Series championship. His number 46 was retired by the Yankees on Aug. 23, 2015.

Fire Prevention Parade set for Saturday morning

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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Saturday morning, perhaps the city’s loudest parade will traverse down Center Street. The Deer Park Fire Marshal’s Office and Fire Department will host their annual Fire Prevention Parade beginning at 10 a.m. More than 50 different trucks, ambulances, ladders and other fire fighting vehicles from across the region are scheduled to participate.

Letter to the editor: Fire safety magnified during fire prevention week

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Working in the fire service for 36 years, I’ve seen the life-saving difference working smoke alarms can make in a home fire. Sadly, I’ve also seen the devastation that can result when smoke alarms aren’t working properly; the consequences can be tragic, or even fatal. That’s why it’s so important for all our residents to have fully functioning smoke alarms in their homes.

Many people assume that because they have smoke alarms in their homes, they’re automatically protected in the event of a fire. In reality, it’s not quite that simple. Smoke alarms need to installed, maintained and tested regularly to ensure that they’re working properly. Part of that effort includes knowing how old your smoke alarms are, because smoke alarms don’t last forever. That’s something many people don’t know, but at the Deer Park Fire Prevention, we’re working to change that.

In coordination with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), we’re actively promoting this year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign, “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” which reinforces the importance of knowing how old your smoke alarms are, and to replace them after 10 years. Fire Prevention Week is October 9-15, 2016.

To find out when it’s time to replace the smoke alarms in your home, simply look on the back of the alarm where the date of manufacture is marked. The smoke alarm should be replaced 10 years from that date (not the date of purchase or installation).

Here are some additional smoke alarm recommendations and guidelines:
Install smoke alarms in every bedroom, outside each separate sleeping area and on every level of the home, including the basement.
Interconnect all smoke alarms throughout the home. When one sounds, they all sound.
Test alarms each month by pushing the test button.
Replace all smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and hard-wired alarms, when they are 10 year old or sooner if they do not respond properly.
Make sure everyone in the home knows the sound the smoke alarms make, and that everyone understands what to do when they hear them.
If the smoke alarm sounds, get outside and stay outside.

Please share this potentially life-saving information about smoke alarms with your neighbors, and help make our community that much safer from home fires.

To learn more about smoke alarms and this year’s “Don’t Wait-Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years,” visit NFPA’s Web site at and

Fire Marshal Buddy Rice
Deer Park Fire Marshal’s Office

DPVFD's Gift of Christmas campaign underway

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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For nearly 30 years, the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department’s Gift of Christmas has brightened the holidays for countess local families. From gifts for under the tree to a fully furnished meal and more for the holiday season, the fire department has relied on the community’s generosity to complete its Christmas mission.

Library to host lecture on WWII-era internment program

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The internment of civilians in America during World War II remains controversial. How did these camps begin and what was life like for the people who lived there? On Thursday, Oct. 20 Dr. Abbie Grubb will speak about the origins, development and experience of internment during World War II. The program will begin at 7 PM in the library’s meeting room.

After the Imperial Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, President Franklin D. Roosevelt issued Executive Order #9066 authorizing the designation of Military Areas for the purpose of exclusion. Both houses of Congress passed Public Law 503 to carry out the enforcement of the order. More than 120,000 people of Japanese descent were relocated to internment camps, along with several thousand individuals of German or Italian descent. The majority of those interned were American citizens.

Ending child abuse starts with love

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Houston author Sheila Aron visited the Deer Park Rotary Club to talk about child abuse prevention, intervention and treatment resources. Through The Thread Alliance, Aron has helped victims, parents and community members unite to stop the abuse cycle one child at a time.

Shell Rotary bicycle ride set for Feb. 25

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One of the region's fastest growing and most popular bicycle rides is set for Feb. 25, 2017. The Texas Independence Bicycle Tour powered by Shell Deer Park winds through Deer Park, the Bay Area and the historic San Jacinto Monument. Registration and ride sponsorship are underway.

Deer Park, Spencer animal hospitals raise funds for A New Dawn

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Deer Park Animal Hospital hosted the eighth annual Spooktacular Howl-loween Family & Pet Extravaganza recently at the Ella and Friends Dog Park in Deer Park.

The event allowed families to bring their pets for a costume contest and other fun activities. It was held in conjunction with Spencer Animal Hospital with matching donations by both animal hospitals to raise a total of $3,043.00 donated to A New Dawn, a no-kill animal shelter.

A New Dawn is a non-profit adoption agency and shelter, providing homes and foster care for animals that would otherwise have been euthanized. The organization depends on donations, volunteers, and third-party special events, like the annual Spooktacular event.

WW II survivor to speak at DP library series

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The Nazis invaded her city when she was only 14 years old. She heard explosions and witnessed the actions of the Gestapo first hand. On Nov. 11, Johanna Wycoff will speak about her experience in Holland during World War II. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the Deer Park Public Library’s meeting room.

Johanna de Wilde was a resident of Nijmegen, the oldest city in the Netherlands and the first Dutch city to fall under Nazi control. The area was targeted in Operation Market Garden, a controversial Allied military action. At the suggestion of her father, she kept a diary to document her family’s struggle. She translated her diary 65 years later and published it under the title Dancing in Bomb Shelters.

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. For more information, call 281-478-7208.