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Council approves contingency grant, hears dog concerns

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Tuesday's city council meeting addressed contingency plans to maintain services should a natural disaster render facilities useless.  

City council, with members Bill Patterson and Jeff Pound absent, unanimously voted to accept the Regional Catastrophic Preparedness Grant in the amount of $95,000.
Sam Pipkin, director of emergency services for the city, said the grant allows the city to conduct business should it lose buildings for an extended period of time. The grant is a reimbursement grant where the city will be required to match up to 25 percent in funds or in kind.
In a memo to City Manager Ron Crabtree, Pipkin said a preparedness survey was conducted and the city lacked a way to continue to operate should a major disaster make city hall or any of current city facilities non functional.

DPISD to hold open enrollment period

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Deer Park ISD officials have added an additional Limited Open Enrollment period for the 2009-10 school year. The program is open to students in grades six through 12. The open enrollment period is scheduled for Jan. 8-15. During that time, the district will accept applications for enrollment from students who live outside the district's boundaries.

NWS: Hard Freeze Warning

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Hard Freeze Warning in effect through Sunday morning

An Arctic cold front will race through Southeast Texas early Thursday morning. The high temperature on Thursday will occur near sunrise. Temperatures will fall to near freezing by sunset. Low temperatures on Friday morning will fall into the lower to middle 20s north of a line from Edna to Houston and upper 20s along the coast. Strong winds will produce wind chill values between 5 and 15 degrees early Friday.

SJC to offer free information session on Alternative Teacher Certification

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The Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College is offering a free information session about the Alternative Teacher Certification program, which provides the opportunity to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas. 

"If you hold a bachelor's degree and would like to find out how to become a certified teacher, please plan to attend this session," said Heidi Cisneros, program manager. "Many teachers start out in another career, but then realize they want to teach."

Funds available for those interested in automated bookkeeping specialist certification training

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The Continuing and Professional Development division of San Jacinto College will offer Automated Bookkeeping Specialist certification training beginning later this month.

Course topics in the training include understanding accounting concepts and procedures, analyzing and recording business transactions (debits and credits), and posting to the ledger and preparing financial statements from the worksheet.
"Students enrolled in this program will develop marketable skills because the training covers the most current bookkeeping concepts and procedures," said David Lewis, director of business and professions at San Jacinto College. "Participants will learn how to effectively use QuickBooks to prepare worksheets, financial statements and journal entries."

Free H1N1 vaccines rescheduled to Jan. 11

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Deer Park ISD will partner with the Harris County Public Health Department to offer free H1N1 vaccines to the community on Monday, Jan. 11. The county will set up two vaccination locations: the Deer Park High School-South Campus cafeteria and the Deepwater Junior High cafeteria. Vaccines will be offered according to the following schedule:

Monday, Jan. 11, 4-7 p.m.
South Campus
Monday, Jan. 11, 4-7 p.m.
Deepwater Junior High

Funeral set for accident victim

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The 12-year-old junior high student who died last weekend after he was hit by a car will be buried on what would have been his 13th birthday.

Nikolas Jaime, a Fairmont Junior High sixth grader, darted through traffic and was struck at the intersection of Pasadena Boulevard and Georgia Avenue. He and some friends were on their way to a local skating rink at the time of the accident. He was flown via LifeFlight to Memorial Hermann Hospital where he died early Sunday morning.

There is a fund set up for Nikolas Jaime's family to help pay for burial expenses. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Project Joy & Hope for the Jaime family at Donations may also be delivered to Fairmont Funeral Home, 6777 Fairmont Pkwy., Pasadena, TX 77505 or any Chase Bank in the name of Nikolas Jaime, acct. No. 2943437240, routing No. 111000614.

FJH Principal Donna Collum said school staff was informed of the accident and death this morning during in-service. Fairmont students, along with the rest of Deer Park ISD students will resume classes tomorrow, the beginning of the spring semester.

Cenikor gives back to community

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Although many Cenikor clients were separated from their own families and friends for Christmas, they decided to spread some Christmas cheer to a less fortunate family in the Deer Park Independent School District service area.

The residents of Cenikor, an in-patient drug and alcohol rehabilitation program, raised more than $1,800 for the family, which lives in the Deepwater area. Members of the Deer Park Rotary club delivered the gifts and money to the family before Christmas.
Robert A., a Cenikor resident, said those who participated in the fundraiser were proud to do so. "We were blessed to take part in this. Sixteen months ago, I had no place to stay, but I had a hope in this world and now have family and friends who care."

DPCAC ends year with Shell control center tour

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The Deer Park Community Advisory Council ended 2009 with a presentation on pipelines and a tour of Shell's downtown control center where it operates its pipeline network.

Jill Derise of the Shell Pipeline Control Center presented "Pipeline 101," covering pipeline design, construction, maintenance and operations. Accompanied by control center tour guides, DPCAC members visited control rooms and talked to the controllers operating the pipeline systems.

Plate scanner to read for warrants

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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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Here are some letters to Santa from's youngest readers. If you have you a young one who would like to write a letter to Santa, email it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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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.