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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

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 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."

Spots, sponsorships still available at SJC Foundation tourney

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Golf spots and sponsorships are still available for the San Jacinto College Foundation 14th Annual Golf Tournament, with guest host Andy Pettitte, slated for Tuesday, Nov. 17 at the Battleground at Deer Park Golf Course.

Monies raised from the event go directly to student scholarships. To date, the San Jacinto College Foundation golf tournament has raised more than $892,000 for students.

The golf tournament kicks off on Monday, Nov. 16, with a reception featuring live and silent auctions. Auction items include autographed posters of Pettitte, a Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts suite package valued at $50,000, a party for 10 people at Minute Maid Park, a weekend at Caesars Palace Las Vegas (including airfare), a three-night stay at the Golden Nugget Las Vegas (includes dinner at Vic & Anthony’s Steakhouse and round trip airfare), tickets to Schlitterbahn Galveston Island Water park, Texas Renaissance Festival tickets, free legal service (will writing), golf for four at Tour 18, and a party for eight in the CBS Radio suite at a Houston Rockets game.

CPA: Cause for alarm and Eddie lets the dog out

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This is the final installment in a series covering the Deer Park Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Editor/publisher Bobby Vasquez is a member of the academy.

Families and business owners have property they want to protect and one of the biggest theft deterrents are alarm systems. However, if the alarms are not working properly, property owners put their assets at risk. When officers respond to alarms, they are temporarily taken off the streets while they investigate. With two officers responding to the scene, they search the area for the cause.
More often than not, they have responded to a false alarm. Two officers investigating what amounts to be nothing causes a harder work load on the rest of the patrol officers. Officer Merv Howard, who oversees the alarm enforcement codes for the police department, said it is important for citizens and business owners to ensure their alarms are working properly.

DPHS students learn opportunity can start trip of a lifetime

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 Many people wonder what their lives would become if they had opportunity or knew more options. Monday morning, a group of Deer Park High School students learned of those opportunities and options.

 Members of AVID, a college prepartion program focusing on students in the academic middle, were visited by the founder and members of the hit PBS series Roadtrip Nation. 

No vacation
Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation, related his life experiences in high school and college. "It was frustrating because we were coming up short with no opportunities and for exploration," he said. "We have all this pressure on what to do with our future?"

PHOTO GALLERY: A day at the races

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Deer Park High School students test their homemade boats at the 20th Annual DPHS Cardboard Boat Race at the city pool in Dow Park. Using only cardboard and masking tape, teams of students tried their hand at rowing their creations across the pool and back. Some of them made it and others just got wet.

DPISD confirms student death

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A Deer Park student died Thursday night  at a local hospital. Multiple Deer Park ISD officials have confirmed the female student attended the North Campus.

Matt Lucas, DPISD director of communications, said via email that the students' classmates were told about her death Friday morning and counselors were on hand for assistance.

"Deer Park ISD's staff, students and community are united in sympathy for the family, and friends of the student. It's heartbreaking to hear such tragic news and our thoughts and prayers are with the family," Lucas said.


DPHS choir places 67 at region

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The DPHS Choral Department recently competed in the Region Choir auditions. More than 1,000 students representing 24 schools attended the audition. Deer Park had 67 students selected for the region choir. Thirty singers placed in the Mixed choir meaning they will advance to the next round of auditions held on Dec. 3.

DPHS Orchestra students qualify for All-Region orchestra

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Thirteen members of the Deer Park High School orchestra qualified for the All-Region orchestra. Four more were invited to tryout for All-State at recent auditions. file photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Members of the Deer Park orchestra program competed in the All-Region tryouts. Nine DPHS orchestra members were selected to All-Region and 4 others were certified to try out for the All-State orchestra. DPHS All-Region musicians are Desiree Sanchez, Heather Allen, Kara Dean, Laura Shea, Zack Hickerson, Kennedy Castillo, Emily White, Angelica Colon, and Sarah Brock. Students certified to try out for All-State are Daphne Martin, Lori Alfano, Kevin Bombard, and Aaron Vazquez.

CPA: Let's talk this over and who the police call

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CPA member Jenny Coats (front) prepares to enter a room as Jeff Jamail and Julie Muniz receive additional instruction. Deer Park SWAT team officers showed CPA members simple tactics at last weekend's class. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Editor's note: This is the ninth installment of a series on the Deer Park Police Department's Citizens Police Academy. Editor/Publisher Bobby Vasquez is a member of the academy.
Every little now and then, a situation develops that requires more than a patrol officers' regular training, tactics and weapons. When citizens need help, we call 9-1-1. When police officers need help, they call the SWAT team.
Although they are rarely activated, the Deer Park Police Department maintains a team of five-to-10 officers for its Special Weapons and Tactics team. Sgt. Joe Cooper and Officer Doug Nettles talked to us about their weapons, training and how different items are used in different situations. They even brought some weapons and gear to show us.
While there are a lot of good police officers in DPPD, not all of them would make good SWAT team members, Cooper said. Getting on the team is difficult, and they may sound a bit "clique-ish," but there is a good reason.
If there is a history of disharmony between two officers, it could jeopardize the safety of the team, citizens, suspects and the successful completion of their assignments. Even though it's possible to let bygones be bygones, if a past argument is in the back of someone's mind, then it's still in their mind.

Auto tech students give Boy Scouts a taste of college life

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Boy Scouts from local troops 199 and 268 from the Sam Houston Area Council recently visited San Jacinto College Central to earn credit on their automotive maintenance merit badges. Toyota technicians from local Toyota dealers and Toyota automotive technology students from the College served as volunteer mentors to the scouts, providing valuable hands-on demonstrations in the College’s state-of-the-art automotive training center.