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CPA: Catching up with speeders and every breath you take

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CPA members Julie Smith and Larry Scurlock use a laser to gauge speeds of drivers on Center Street. Photo by Bobby Vasquez

Editor’s note: This is part eight of a series covering the Deer Park Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Editor/Publisher Bobby Vasquez is a participant in the academy.

Deer Park Police Officer Campbell Aurelius is a pretty nice guy. It's safe to say he's well liked by those who personally know him. But, if you're running stop signs or speeding through the streets of Deer Park, he's a guy you are probably going to meet, even if you don't want to. All Deer Park police officers can execute traffic stops. Through his assignment to the traffic division, Aurelius is the only patrol officer who does it on a full-time basis.

College’s new HR exec has extensive business and industry experience

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TRNCAKStephen Trncak was named vice chancellor of human resources, replacing James Fowler, who retired Aug. 31 after 41 years as an instructor and administrator. Trncak comes to San Jacinto College with extensive experience in the field.

As vice president for human resources at Merisol USA LLC, a position he held for the past 14 years, Trncak was accountable for the creation and articulation of the company’s human resources strategic plan, which he accomplished through the introduction of strategic alignment around the company purpose, values, talent development, culture creation, organizational structure, technology, process designs, performance metrics, accountability, and communications.

Trncak has also held human resources management positions with Merichem Company, Panhandle Eastern Corporation, and Dixilyn-Field Drilling Company, through which he has gained a broad-based understanding of human resources issues and developments.

In all, he has more than 25 years of human resources experience in the chemical, drilling and natural gas industries.

College’s honors program a showcase of excellence, diversity

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San Jacinto College’s honors program is one of the most diverse organizations on campus, with students from China, Vietnam, Africa, Pakistan, Latino nations, and various other nations, as well as non-traditional students 25 and older.

Iza Sheith is a sophomore honors student from Pakistan who attends San Jacinto College. A disciplined student who maintains high grades, Sheith is majoring in radiology.

Resident turns party into successful fundraiser

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When friends Rae Sinor and Patti Rountree planned their joint birthday party, they rejoiced as they counted their reasons to celebrate. But as the day grew closer, the dark cloud of tragedy hovered. Days before the party, Pasadena police officer Jesse Hamilton was shot and killed as he responded to a domestic disturbance.
With more than 200 people on their invitation lists, Sinor found a way to turn their celebration into a vehicle to help Hamilton's family.
Instead of requesting gifts for their birthdays, the women asked for donations to give to the Hamiltons. At the party, more than $2,000 was raised.

Papa's got a brand new bag

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Deer Escort Drill team members were joined by their fathers at the annual Bob and Sue Halftime Show at last week's varsity football game. Photo provided by Deer Park Photos.

Click below to see more scenes from this special halftime show, which included all four Deer Park ISD junior high bands.

CPA: Tracking crime, even if it's not there and the long arm of the law reaches out

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Editor’s note:This is part seven of a series covering the Deer Park Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Editor/Publisher Bobby Vasquez is a participant in the academy.

Living in a community such as Deer Park, it’s difficult to fathom the types of crimes and the rates cities such as Houston and even Pasadena experience.

 However, crimes happen and when they do, Lucie Corley, the Deer Park Police Department’s crime analyst is keeping tabs.

Local church refills food bank's empty shelves

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Last Sunday, members of Deer Park’s CenterPoint Community Church were not in church. Instead, they were out in our community collecting food for Deer Park's InterFaith Helping Hands food bank and praying for our city, as part of their Faith In Action Sunday.
"We just want to thank all of our neighbors for their generosity. The response was amazing," said Pastor Bob Hotten. "The rain broke, hearts opened and people were blessed." The need continues, and Hotten encourages everyone to take a moment and consider what he or she can do to help someone else. "Several churches have food banks that are in need as well, so please consider making a donation to any food bank," Hotten said.

The InterFaith Helping Hands food bank is located next to San Jacinto Baptist Church, 3002 Center Street in Deer Park.

San Jacinto College and West Gulf Maritime Association receive training grant

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“We live in a global economy and the maritime industry is the entry point into this economy for Texas,” said Nathan Wesely, vice president, treasurer and general counsel for the West Gulf Maritime Association. “This grant allows us to train hundreds of workers in this critical industry.”


The Continuing & Professional Development division of San Jacinto College and the West Gulf Maritime Association (WGMA) have been awarded a $441,978 educational training grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

The Rose offers hope to women fighting breast cancer

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The Rose CEO Dorothy Weston-Gibbons accepts a check for $250 from Deer Park Rotary President Jerry Mouton on behalf of the club. Donations such as this assist uninsured women receive the treatment and services to fight breast cancer. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

When women are running out of breast cancer treatment options, The Rose has been there for them. Dorothy Weston-Gibbons, CEO The Rose breast cancer treatment center, was the guest speaker at this week's Deer Park Rotary Luncheon. Her message was loud and clear: Women may think they are too young to get mammograms, but they are not too young to get breast cancer.

San Jacinto College Foundation hosts 14th annual tournament

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The San Jacinto College Foundation will host the 14th annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament, with guest host Andy Pettitte, on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2009 at the Battleground Golf Course in Deer Park.

Monies raised from this event are dedicated to student scholarships. To date, the Foundation golf tournament has raised more than $892,000. In fact, for the 2008-09 academic year, the Foundation awarded over 600 scholarships totaling more than $265,000.