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Pee Wee champion Seminoles honored at council

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Seminoles Pee Wee football team was honored at City Hall Tuesday evening. The Seminoles were one of three teams from the program which won the Gulf Coast Premiere Football League Super Bowl in its age division. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Library to host discussion on Christmas' bad guy

Written by staff. Posted in Community

KrampusIf good boys and girls are visited by Santa Claus, who comes to see the naughty kids? According to traditions in Austria and Germany, a strange figure named Krampus is said to arrive to punish the children who misbehave. On Friday, Dec. 16, Professor Art Fitz-Gerald will discuss the real history of the Krampus character and the unusual Christmas traditions in Europe’s Alpine region. The program will begin at 11 a.m. in the library’s meeting room.

The tradition of the Krampus dates back hundreds of years. His name is derived from the German word for “claw.” Over time, the tradition has spread to other countries in Europe making its way south to Switzerland and as far east as Hungary and Slovenia. Krampus has recently started to appear in American media, being referenced on General Hospital, Grimm and Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated. A Hollywood movie based on the character was released in 2015.

Business Beat: December 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.

Jingle in the City home tour returns Dec. 10

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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Jingle in the City is back. The beloved annual Christmas home tour is set for Dec. 10 and includes four stops in Deer Park and one in Pasadena. Proceeds from Jingle in the City benefit a special fund that assists DPHS youth who are homeless or are struggling through the Christmas holiday.

Reindeer Park opens tonight

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The city's official Christmas time celebration begins tonight at Reindeer Park. The festival features the city's the tree lighting, choirs, snow area and much more. Reindeer Park kicks off at 11 a.m. with Mrs. Kringle's Claus-ette at the Municipal Courts Theater Building. The tree lighting and a visit from Santa begin at 5 p.m., also at the Courts Theater Building.

Reindeer Dash set for Dec. 3

Written by staff. Posted in Community

Join the Parks and Recreation Department for our annual holiday 5K run and kids’ walk, the Reindeer Dash. Scheduled to begin on Saturday, Dec. 3 beginning at 9 a.m., this event will raise funds to support the Deer Park Opportunity Center.

Pre-registration is $20 per person, and registration the day of the race is $25. Deer Park Independent School District students may register for $10 each with a valid ID.

“Bring the whole family to take part in this cross-country event led by the one and only Rudolph,” said Scott Swigert, Director of the Parks and Recreation Department. “Come walk or run this course with your antlers and holiday outfits on as we raise money for families in need during the holiday season.

“This will be a fun and relaxed run for our local residents. There will be snow on the course, which will take you past several City facilities, and we hope everyone will enjoy the chance to get outside and get an active start to the holiday season.”

Please note, awards will not be given and participants will not be chipped. The department will have a clock at the finish line.

For more information visit our registration site at, where tickets are also available for purchase for Reindeer Park on Dec. 2-3, or call 281-478-2050.

Chamber seeking Deer Park's most outstanding citizen

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2016 Citizen of the Year Award. The award is presented to a person who selflessly contribute to the Deer Park community without seeking honor or recognition. Nominations are due at the Chamber office Jan. 13. The award will be presented Feb. 2 at the Chamber banquet.

City officially dedicates Wynfield Park

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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The city dedicated Wynfield Park earlier this week, the latest park renovation completed under the parks and recreation master plan. Wyfield Park is also the second park to receive the city’s new wayfinding sign system. Runningbrook Park, which was dedicated earlier this month also has a stone and wood sign.

APP's Circle of Wreaths fundraiser begins Nov. 29

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CircleofWreaths1st Row L-R: Margo Staley, Susan McBee Mele, 2nd Row L-R: Diane Manning, Tammy Jones, George Jones, Dorothy Weston Gibbons, Murline StaleyDuring the week of Nov. 29-Dec. 3, Art Park Players, Deer Park’s Own Community Theatre, located at 1302 Center Street in Deer Park, will bring the holiday season right to the theatre facility from 6-9 p.m. every evening and on Saturday from 6-8 p.m. A mall of vendors will set up shop in the lobby during our Christmas Shows, selling treasures designed to both delight and inspire.

The lobby will also be "bedecked" with an array of beautiful wreaths, which are graciously donated by "little angels" in the community honoring someone who has had breast cancer. The public is invited to participate in the silent auction and the winners will be announced at the end of the evening on Saturday, Dec. 3.

Last year over 60 wreaths were donated and this year we are hoping for more. If you would be interested in donating a wreath, please contact Susan Mele at 281-478-7288. All donations are 100 percent tax deductible and all monies collected go straight to the Rose.

Chronic unease helps keep Shell, neighbors safe

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

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In honor of Veterans Day, Shell Deer Park is shining a spotlight on a few veterans who work at the facility. Shell spoke with Mike Bauschka about his time in the U.S. Army, why Shell Deer Park feels like a family, and how he uses chronic unease to keep everyone around him safe.