Deer Park Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the 2014 Felton F. Waggoner Hall of Honor – a showcase of the top DPHS alumni.
Any Deer Park graduate who has made outstanding contributions to his or her community or profession and is a positive role model for students is eligible for nomination. Nominations are pared down to four entrants. Nomination forms can be found by clicking here and are due Dec. 15. The date of the 2015 ceremony will be announced in the coming weeks.
The Hall of Honor is named for Felton F. Waggoner, a former high school principal who served the district from 1950 until his retirement in 1973.
A long-standing courtesy service from the Deer Park Police Department provides peace of mind for vacationers leaving their homes for extended periods of time. The Vacation House Check Program is a special service available for those who travel out of town for long periods of time and leave their residencies unoccupied. House checking helps minimize burglaries and other crimes while increasing safety for homes.
To request the house check service, residents simply need to stop by the police department and fill out an application.
Citizens who fill out a vacation house check application can have their home checked periodically by a police officer or police department employee during the specified time of absence. Homes are inspected for signs of burglary, vandalism or other crimes, and signs of suspicious or criminal activity are observed as well. At the end of the period of absence or upon cancellation, residents are provided with a log of the inspections made throughout the watch.
U.S. Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Jesse J. Lopez graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.
The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.
Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.
Lopez is a 2012 graduate of Deer Park High School.
The Deer Escorts invite community boys and girls to spend the morning with Santa and his elves on Dec. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon.
Attendees will be treated to performances by the Deer Escorts, reindeer games and can decorate ornaments and much more at Deer Park High School South Campus. The back-by-popular demand event will also include Santa's Market Craft Fair, an excellent opportunity to pick up some Christmas gifts while the kids enjoy the festivities. More than 50 vendors will be on hand, displaying their crafts and selling unique gift items.
Parents are also welcome to drop off their children and return to pick them up at noon. Breakfast items will be available for sale at the event.
The event is $20 per child for pre-registrations or $25 at the door. Photos with Santa will be available for $7 per pose.
The Deer Park Police Department is looking to citizens to help better their crime solving efforts with its new "Silent Witness" program.
The program allows citizens to register the location of their personal exterior facing security cameras with the department for use in future investigations.
The idea came about a few months ago after DPPD solved a string of home burglaries after asking a nearby home owner to go through his security footage according to Lt. Chris Brown. The footage led officers to identify the suspect's vehicle and a quick arrest a few days later.
"Our police department has had a long standing practice of getting the community involved," said Brown. "We try to bring the citizens into the police department so that we can work together to solve crime."
At the November meeting of the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees, the Albemarle Foundation presented a check in the amount of $26,000 to the San Jacinto College Foundation in support of student scholarships.
Since 2008, the Albemarle Foundation has been an active partner and strong supporter of student success at San Jacinto College. For the past three years, it has donated proceeds from its golf tournament to provide funds for San Jacinto College scholarships and internships, and for community awareness in technical programs and training. This year, with its donation, the Albemarle Foundation was a major sponsor of the College's 19th Annual San Jacinto College Foundation Golf Tournament with guest host Andy Pettitte. To date, the Albemarle Foundation has increased its total giving to nearly $90,000.