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Plate scanner to read for warrants

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Latest

Anyone with a warrant issued through the city of Deer Park has until Dec. 30 to get it cleared the easy way. After that, it may be cleared the hard way.

The Plate Scan Recognition System, which the Deer Park Police Department purchased this summer, will be programmed to read license plates connected to warrants. When the scanner hits on a plate registered into the system, Deer Park police officers will stop the vehicle and question the driver. If there is a warrant out for an arrest, that person will be taken to the city jail, said DPPD Lt. Bryan Magee.

Volundeers make toy donation

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The Deer Park High School-North Campus Volundeers community service organization recently held a toy drive benefiting the Deer Park Fire Department's annual toy drive. Dave Smith's geography class, pictured, collected five large bags of toys and games and 10 bicycles. The class would like to thank Wal-Mart Manager Brad Umler, who donated two bicycles to the school for the toy drive. Photo provided by Matt Lucas.{jcomments on}

Letters to Santa

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Dear Santa,
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Your friend,
Maggie

Arroyo, Mesa stand tall among DPVFD peers

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If Firefighters and EMS personnel didn't have enough to do already, some go the extra mile to make the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department stronger.

This week, Deer Park Fire Chief Greg Bridge and the Deer Park Rotary Club honored Phillip Arroyo and Joe Mesa as firefighters of the month for October and December, respectively.
 
Although new to the department, Arroyo's contributions are noticed by his peers and the citizens of Deer Park, Bridges said. So for in 2009, he has responded to 378 of 558 EMS calls.

DPHS debate fares well again

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The Deer Park HS Speech and Debate team had another successful weekend competing at the Clear Brook High School debate tournament. Senior Alexcis Mendoza earned 3rd place in Impromptu Speaking and advanced to octofinals of Championship Lincoln-Douglas debate. Freshmen Steven Morris and Jim Bockmon advanced to semifinals in the same event.

Maxwell seniors convince council to award meals bid

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Amid accusations of improperly cooked food, unsanitary utensils and trays, city council got more than an earful from concerned senior citizens at Tuesday's regular meeting. Council was slated to award a contract for meals to seniors at the Maxwell Center and those who are homebound.

Several seniors approached council about the condition of the food served by Ken's Restaurant, which is contracted by the city to provide lunches at the Maxwell Center and to homebound seniors through mid-January.

DPISD Board hears updates on district projects

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The Deer Park Independent School District Board of Trustees took time to honor students, faculty and administrators prior to its combined workshop and regular meeting Monday night.

Students on the men's and women's varsity cross country teams were honored for winning their respective 22-5A district titles. Honored were freshmen Brooke Erdmann, Amanda O'Grady; sophomore Courtney Van Ness (who finished first overall at the district meet); and seniors Jessica Whitt (who was the top finisher at the regional meet) and Jamie Whitt. They are coached by Mike Walker and Yamelis Hennigan. The men's team was represented by sophomore Jeremy Dockan (who finished fourth in district), Joe Vera; junior Rueben George; and senior Johnny Moreno (who finished third in district). They are coached by Russell Elfstrom.

It's all about Peace, Love and Recycling at SJE

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San Jacinto Elementary students Tyler Jones, Willie Lopez and Garrett Gibson empty recycling bins into the school's recycling dumpster. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.In the midst of the "Go Green" movement, the students at San Jacinto Elementary are making big strides. This year, the student body is participating in a yearlong commitment to recycling paper in its "Peace, Love, Recycle" program.

San Jacinto Elementary Principal Helen Boudreaux said the endeavor has taken off with all the students.
 
"They really get behind it and are having a lot of fun with it," she said. "We set up little competitions in the school and so the students get their families involved."
 
One of those was a weeklong competition collecting phonebooks for recycling. That week, San Jacinto Elementary students collected almost 1,000 phonebooks. Boudreaux said one grade level led the competition until one mother brought in several books to help her student's grade.
 
"When the families get involved, that gives us much more to recycle," she said.

College hosts kickoff meetings for innovative educational partnerships

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San Jacinto College (SJC) recently hosted kickoff meetings for two innovative programs in which the College will partner with area colleges and secondary schools to better prepare students for college.

 
The two interrelated programs are Houston Pathways Initiative (HPI), and the K-16 Bridge. HPI is a partnership in which San Jacinto College will work with the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Houston Community College (HCC), Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, as well as the Pasadena, Deer Park and Galena Park Independent School Districts. The Bridge is a collaboration between SJC and all of the secondary schools in the San Jacinto College district — Channelview, Clear Creek, Deer Park, Galena Park, La Porte, Pasadena and Sheldon Independent School Districts.
 
"The two programs are tightly connected," remarked Dr. Catherine O'Brien, who serves as San Jacinto College's dean of teaching and learning, and is heading up coordination of the HPI program for the College. "Houston Pathways is going to create a 'college-ready culture' by working with faculty to better prepare students for college. The Bridge is going to create a 'college-going culture' to help students to understand that everyone needs to go to college."
 
The $1.58 million HPI is funded by the Houston Endowment, Inc., and HCC is appointed as the fiscal agent. Through the initiative, educators will develop and share a database that tracks students' academic progress across institutional levels, from pre-kindergarten through elementary, middle and high school, and on through college.

SJC program specializes in producing rewarding teaching careers

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The path toward a successful, fulfilling career doesn't always begin with certainty. When Che Rogers began taking classes at San Jacinto College (SJC), she tried her hand at many areas of study, even zoology, before entering the school's child development program.
 
"When I first started college, I didn't know what I wanted to do. But after taking some classes in child development here, I realized that this is what I wanted," Rogers said. "The program has taught me so much about children; the instructors have really opened my eyes to the enjoyment of teaching."
 
A career as an educator is often thought of as a profession with moderate pay. However, it is a field with plenty of potential job growth as many enter retirement, creating additional job openings. The number of jobs for teachers is expected to increase about as fast as the average for all occupations through 2016, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. 
 
Those who shine as some of the country's brightest and most influential educators often say they value the rewards of the profession. SJC students are taught early on that there's more to education than classroom instruction.

Rotary gets a peek behind the red shield

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Capt. Eddie Alonzo of the Salvation Army East Haris County Corps, said the institution is an international movement for service and worship.Through community support and spiritual direction, the Salvation Army has served East Harris County communities for decades. Capt. Eddie Alonzo of the East Harris County Corps, gave Deer Park Rotary a peek Behind the Red Shield.

Funds raised through the popular bell-ringing program are used for year-round programs at their facility on Cherrybrook at Preston in Pasadena, Alonzo said. He reminded Rotarians the Salvation Army is a non-denominational church where he and his wife Delia are ministers.
 
"It's not about the bell-ringing or passing out toys, it's about Jesus Christ," he said. "The Salvation Army is a center for worship and services. It's an international movement. We have people from different denominations, not just Salvationists."
 
Alonzo said the Salvation Army serves all ages from all backgrounds.
 
The East Harris County Corps serves 85 seniors daily. From 7:30 a.m. to noon, participating seniors receive breakfast, a snack and a nutritious lunch. There are also activities such as card games, pool and even a Senior Prom in May.