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City manager announces retirement

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Latest

Deer Park City Manager Ron Crabtree has announced his retirement, setting off a search for a new person to oversee the day-to-day operations of the city. He announced his intention to retire to city council two weeks ago and then to his staff.

"I really think the time is right," he said, following Tuesday's regular city council meeting. "I wanted to retire at a time when I still felt I had something to offer in other opportunities. I'm very happy here and what we were able to accomplish here, but the time is right for me."
 
Mayor Wayne Riddle said the search is already underway for Crabtree's successor, a task that won't prove easy.

Police Report for 11-19-2009

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Deer Park Police arrest two on burglary charge
The Deer Park Police Department have arrested two males in connection to at least eight burglaries of Deer Park businesses over the span of about a week. Both Paul Decarlis, 19, and Phillip Hollier, 22 of Deer Park were charged with one count of burglary of a building by the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Both of their bonds were set at $2,000 each. 

CPA Alumni visit Rosharon prison

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Members of the Deer Park Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association recently toured the Darrington Prison Unit in Rosharon. While at Darrington, they learned about the everyday life of an inmate, the different levels of inmates, the crops and livestock on prison grounds and even the contraband smuggled into the prison and how some inmates bring into the unit.

Because it was right after the prison had finished serving of dinner and inmates were going for showers, at times, the CPA Alumni were standing or walking in the same area as inmates. When they were leaving, the group was asked to stop and step back to the wall as three correctional officers escorted a shackled and handcuffed inmate back to his sell from the infirmary. The alumni were told that he was the second-worst inmate jailed at Darrington and had committed murder.

College aims to keep Just One More student in school

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San Jacinto College is taking the national Achieving the Dream initiative one step further by implementing the college-wide campaign Just One More and encouraging all employees to play a vital role in student retention.

The College has already introduced several programs to help students stay in school with the Student Success Centers, newly mandated freshman orientations and a retention-calling program. The calling program is designed to have students contacted by phone three times during a semester to remind them of the importance of class attendance and to offer them assistance through financial aid, counseling or tutoring in the success centers.

DPCAC hears details on new channel security district

Written by Norma Hysler. Posted in Latest

The Deer Park Community Advisory Committee heard an overview of the recently created Houston Ship Channel Security District. The district is a public-private partnership designed to improve safety and security for facilities, employees and communities in the Houston Ship Channel area. The district focuses on prevention of disruption to commerce from terrorist attacks as well as other man-made or natural disasters.
 
This industry-government partnership is unique in the United States and serves as a model for other regions. Funding for capital improvements has come from Department of Homeland Security grants. Industry members will provide funds for ongoing maintenance and operations.

DP grads excel on top-ranked SJC program

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The San Jacinto College North speech and debate team is arguably one of the best in the nation (no pun intended).

A pair of student teams from the College recently earned spots on the top 50 rankings by the National Parliamentary Tournament of Excellence (NPTE). In the latest listing, the two-member team of Ian Jacoby and Tyler Cashiola ranked 13, while the two-member team of Amanda Alexander and Jason Savoie achieved a NPTE ranking of 46. SJC North was the only two-year college in the nation with students ranked in the top 50. All the other teams in the top 50 represent four-year colleges and universities.

Military: Samuel A. McGuire

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MCGUIREAir Force Airman Samuel A. McGuire graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
 
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
 
He is the son of Aaron McGuire of Seabrook and Elizabeth McGuire of Deer Park. The airman is a 2009 graduate of Deer Park High School.

Military: Lilly M. Castillo

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CASTILLOAir Force Airman Lilly M. Castillo graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
 
She is the daughter of Lilly Rodriguez of Lawndale, Calif., and Roberto Castillo of Pasadena. The airman is a 2005 graduate of Olympic High School, Santa Monica, Calif.

Military: Michael T. Moore

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Michael T. Moore has graduated from the Army ROTC (Reserve Officer Training Corps) Leader's Training Course at Fort Knox, Ky.

The four-week course is a leadership internship for cadets that can lead to the ultimate goal of becoming an Army officer. College students experience and examine the Army without incurring an obligation to serve in the Army or ROTC, and are eligible to receive two-year college scholarship offers and attend the Advanced ROTC Course at their college.

Military: Matthew J. Albertson

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Army National Guard Pvt. Matthew J. Albertson has graduated from Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

Albertson is the son of Mark Albertson of Pasadena.

Council nixes county bus route in city

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Latest

Deer Park residents could not find a good reason to add a county-sponsored bus service. Neither could city council. A measure that would have added bus lines in the city of Deer Park was voted down unanimously at Tuesday's regular city council meeting.

"Talking to residents, some talking to me, I didn't see or hear anything that this would be something Deer Park would want to participate in," said Mayor Wayne Riddle during the pre-meeting workshop.
In the vote, city council had the option to vote on installing the bus stop signs. By installing the signs, the city would agree to participate in the bus service. The measure would allow for about 10 bus stops to be placed around the city, linking service to Pasadena, South Houston, La Porte and San Jacinto College. The service would be paid for by grant funds through September of 2010. However, beyond that no one was sure how the bus service would be funded.
That, among other reasons was a major sticking point to Council member Beckie Stockstill-Cobb.
The city has not been contacted with a need for bus service and after the first year, the city would be on the hook for multiple thousands of dollars to pay to continue the service, she said.
"Seniors have ample free transportation through city or healthcare and have meals brought to them. Students have sidewalks and bicycles," she said. "I just don't see the numbers to justify this."

YMCA, Deer Park area maintain evolving, strong relationship

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Latest

 For 40 years, the Deer Park, Pasadena and La Porte areas have generously given to the San Jacinto Family YMCA. And for 40 years, the YMCA has generously given back.

Amanda Hunt, executive director of the San Jacinto Family YMCA was this week's guest speaker of the Deer Park Rotary Club. She described the close-knit relationship the communities and the YMCA maintain with each other.
 
"Deer Park, Pasadena and La Porte are what I like to call the trifecta," she said. "I've never worked with a YMCA that had communities that supported each other so much. As the communities evolved around us, we have evolved to continue serving the communities."