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College rings in the holidays with 'Santa's Christmas Magic'

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San Jacinto College Central's theatre and film department rings in the holiday season with their festive production of  "Santa's Christmas Magic: The Musical."

The "family celebration spectacular" will be performed in the Powell Arena Theatre, located on the Central campus at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. Performances are set for Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and on Dec. 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. A special matinee performance will be performed for area schools and daycares on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.
"Santa's Christmas Magic: The Musical" is a fantasy about a sinister plot to steal Santa's magic. The cast includes 30 male and female actors, as well as singers and dancers from ages 5 to adult.
Highlights of the show will include toys that come alive and dance and sing, and singing children elves. Children in the audience will have an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus at intermission.
General admission tickets are $10 per person, or $8 for senior citizens and children under 10. Central campus students, and San Jacinto College employees can attend the show for $8 per ticket. To make reservations, call 281-476-1828.

For more information about San Jacinto College, call 281-998-6150, or visit

Annual home tour helps struggling teens

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From elegant to modest or extravagant to simple, Deer Park homes reflect the personality of their owners. This Saturday, several of those homes will be open during the Seventh Annual Jingle in the City Home Tour.

While area residents visit each of the six homes, they will help out a good cause this holiday season. Proceeds from the Jingle in the City tour go to assisting Deer Park High School youth struggling during the holidays. Tickets are $10 and the home tour is from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.
The forgotten few
"We always hear about activities to help little kids out during the holidays," said Terry Smith, co-founder of Jingle in the City. "There really isn't anything to help out teenagers who are facing tough times. We have some help through the Deer Park Police Department to identify teenagers who need a hand."

Seniors ready for fun, camaraderie at annual banquet

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As Deer Park residents prepare for their holiday parties, there's one date circled for many area seniors. On Dec. 10, the senior services division of the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Seniors Banquet. This year's banquet begins at 6 p.m. at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center, 500 W. 13th St.

DP family conducts symphony of sound and light for holidays

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Last year Deer Park resident John Stein had a great idea for his family's holiday light display. This year, he promises it will be even better.
Inspired by YouTube videos that became a holiday sensation on the Internet, the Stein family's Christmas light display is a carefully synchronized light and music spectacular.
"I liked what I saw on YouTube, so I researched how to do it," said Stein, a 2008 graduate of Deer Park High School. "I found a company who specializes in the hardware and software and bought a starter kit." (To see last year's multimedia Christmas light show, click here.)

Parks and Rec kicking off busy holiday schedule

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With the holidays revving up, the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department has several community activities to get in the spirit. More information is available on all events at 281-478-2050.
Have your children spend the night with Christmas dreams at the Santa Sleep Over at the Deer Park Community Center. Parks and Rec staff will keep the little elves up with games, movies, snacks, pillow fights and a special visit from Santa Claus. Participants should bring a bedroll, comfortable clothing and a pillow. Door prizes will be given throughout the night. Limit 50 elves, ages 5-11 years old. Children should eat dinner before arriving. The cost is $25 per elf. Drop off is Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. and pick up is Dec. 19 at 7 a.m. sharp. Late fees will be enforced.

Rotary names Pereira DPPD officer of the month

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DPPD Officer Eddie Pereira (left) is honored as the Deer Park Rotary Club's Police Officer of the Month for November. Assistant chief Ken Findley (center) and Rotary Club President Jerry Mouton present him the award. photo.

When it comes to sniffing out drug offenders, there's not many better in the United States than Deer Park Police officers Eddie Pereira and his K-9 partner Charly. Because of his work with the dog and his part in identifying and arresting suspects in an area-wide theft ring, Pereira was named the Deer Park Rotary DPPD Officer of the Month for November.

SJC's commitment to students shines as college takes Chamber honor

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For 50 years, San Jacinto College has evolved to serve the increasing demands of local students, businesses and industry. As a testament of students' success, the college's growth and standing in the Deer Park and surrounding community, the San Jacinto College District was honored as the 2009 Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

The college was recognized at the annual Salute to Industry luncheon Thursday.
"This honor is about San Jacinto College and its incredible, rich history over the last 50 years," said Brenda Hellyer, chancellor of the college. "We look to what the future holds and how San Jacinto College will contribute to the ever-changing global economy.
Students first
Hellyer said she regrets not attending San Jacinto College, but is proud that for the students, the college is "the primary choice, not a fallback plan" to receive their education.
“It is truly an honor to be selected as the Industry of the Year,” said Hellyer. “We have been in this community for nearly 50 years, and we are honored to be a partner in our community. We look forward to conducting our business in a manner that upholds the strong values and direction of our community.”

Board recognizes outstanding students in light agenda meeting

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The artwork of Deepwater Junior High students Elizabeth Lara and Laura Patino were selected as the designs for the 2009 Deer Park ISD Christmas cards. They were honored at November's Deer Park ISD Board of Trustees combined workshop and meeting. Pictured are (left to right) DPISD Board President Lee Giddens, their teacher, Terri See, Laura Patino, Elizabeth Lara and DPISD Superintendent Arnold Adair. Photo provided by Deer Park ISD/Matt Lucas.The Board of Trustees of the Deer Park Independent School District held its combined workshop and meeting Tuesday night.

Prior to the meeting, the Board met several outstanding students who participated in the Pasadena Livestock Show and Rodeo. In all, Deer Park FFA students accumulated more than $86,000 dollars in auction sales. This total represented one-third of the gross auction total of all students participating in the PSLR in 2009, said Matt Lucas, DPISD director of communications. In the Pasadena show, Deer Park students compete against students from all five Pasadena High Schools and Boys and Girls Harbor in La Porte.
The Board also honored Deepwater Junior High students Elizabeth Lara and Laura Patino. The artwork of these two students will be featured on the DPISD 2009 Christmas cards. Lara, a seventh grader, will have her design on the cover while Patino, an eighth grader, will have her greeting on the inside of the card.

SJC, UH enter reverse articulation agreement

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Students who transfer from San Jacinto College just shy of completing their program now have the option to pick up their SJC associate degree while continuing courses at the University of Houston through a reverse articulation agreement.

The transfer plan will allow students, who have at least 24 SJC credits, to continue taking the necessary courses at UH to meet the College's graduation requirements, awarding them with their associate degree. This agreement helps meet the overall goal of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, which encourages all higher education institutions to increase the rate of student completion of programs. 

City manager announces retirement

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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.