On Friday, March 20, the Deer Park Public Library will host a presentation on the Battleship Texas in local and military history. Dr. Abbie Grubb from the History department at the San Jacinto College South campus will discuss the ship's role as a military hero and cultural icon. This program will take place at 11 a.m. in the library's meeting room.
The USS Texas (BB-35) was launched in 1912 and saw action in World Wars I and II. In 1948, the ship was decommissioned and came to the Houston Ship Channel to serve as a memorial museum. The Texas is the only dreadnought era ship still afloat in the world.
Grubb's presentation is the latest installment in the library's new adult programming initiative. This monthly series offers a variety of lectures, movies and special programs of cultural and historical interest.
Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Deer Park Public Library. No registration is required and all are welcome to attend. There is no admission fee. The library is located at 3009 Center St., Deer Park, TX 77536.
According to City Council members Ron Martin and Sherry Garrison, members of the Steering Committee for the update, citizen participation is critical to the process and to shaping the future of Deer Park.
The open house will be held on March 12 at the Deer Park Public Library, 3009 Center Street, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the facility meeting room.
Smashburger's Deer Park restaurant is the No. 1 performing store in the Houston region.
According to comptroller's office, there are 562 store-front businesses in Deer Park, plus 285 active home-based businesses.
Local residents Doug and Cindy Wagner are the owners of Brico Services Air Conditioning and Heating in Deer Park, which is celebrating its 6th year in business. Brico is actually a combination of their children's' names Brian and Courtney. Brico specializes in residential and light commercial air conditioning and heating maintenance and replacement, plus attic insulation. All technicians are state registered, and Brico even offers financing. Call them for a tune-up before summer gets here. Their number is 832-878-8146 and you can find them at www.deerparkac.com.
Sweet Peas Children's Boutique at 118 Dixie Dr. (across the street from the post office) is remodeling their store to include a large tea room for children's parties and other special events. Owners Vanessa Nylund and her daughter Wendy Welch will supply plenty of dress up clothes and accessories for both girls and boys. Let them give your kids a party to remember forever. They also plan to have once-a-month evening drop-in care so parents can enjoy Friday date night. Sweet Peas will still feature the sweet baby gifts, children's clothing and accessories that have made them a success. To reserve your party date and get the latest updates, visit their Facebook at SweetPeasDeerPark or call them at 832-339-3826.
In the Deer Park ISD elections, incumbents Ryan Taylor, Rhonda Lowe and Lee Giddens will hold their seats after no one filed to oppose them. Jason Morris, who was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Mike Mills will seek election to that seat, facing a challenge from retired educator Barbara Garcia. This is the first contested trustee seat since 2005.
In the city of Deer Park municipal elections, Mayor Jerry Mouton will face challenger Jeff Pound. Mouton was elected as mayor in 2013, gaining the majority of votes over Pound and another challenger. Pound also served on City Council, holding Position 6.
Councilwoman Sherry Garrison, who also won her council seat in 2013, will keep her seat after no challengers filed for Position 1.
The workshop will begin with the delivery of the Fiscal Year 2014-15 first quarter report. Council will also hear a discussion on seismic testing within the city and a potential related ordinance. At council's Nov. 18 workshop, it heard a presentation from officials with Boone Exploration regarding their interest in conducting seismic testing work inside the city limits of Deer Park.
The city has no ordinance or permitting process in place related to seismic testing, unlike many municipalities. Council asked city staff to research this issue further. Over the past few months, staff has examined seismic testing ordinances and permit applications from several Texas cities. This item is not on Tuesday's regular agenda, but could be on the docket later this month.
San Jacinto College recently announced this year's Minnie Stevens Piper Award nominees, and recipients of Outstanding Faculty and Excellence Awards.
English professor Dr. Karen Hattaway, music professor Michael Mizma, and biology professor Lambrini Nicopoulos are nominees for the prestigious Minnie Stevens Piper Award.
The Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation has recognized outstanding professors from two- and four-year colleges and universities, both public and private, since 1958. The Piper Professor Program is one of its biggest recognitions. Nominations are based on submissions by each college or university in the state of Texas.