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Cell phones in school zones, signs and more on Tuesday agenda

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

cityhallbigDeer Park City Council and the Police Department will discuss a possible ordinance that would prohibit the use of cellular phones while driving during designated school zone hours. The discussion takes place at Tuesday's council workshop beginning at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall, 710 E. San Augustine.

The item is on council's regular agenda which follows at 7:30 p.m.

The ordinance would prohibit the use of a wireless communication device in a school zone within the city.

According to the memo on the item from the city manager's office, the ordinance states that an operator may not use a wireless communication device while operating a motor vehicle within a school crossing zone, unless: the vehicle is lawfully parked; the wireless communication device is being used to obtain emergency assistance to report a crime, medical emergency, traffic accident or other emergency to a 911 operator; or an operator of an authorized emergency vehicle is using a wireless communication device while acting in an official capacity.

APP opens Broadway favorite Hairspray this weekend

Written by staff. Posted in News

hairsprayhorizontalFrom left to right, Chris Zacharie as Seaweed, Julianne McBride as Tracy and Alex Trevino as Link practice “You Can’t Stop the Beat.” The Art Park Players production of

The Parks and Recreation Art Park Players are bringing Broadway's "Hairspray" to Deer Park, and residents won't want to miss its incredible music, enduring social commentary and bright colors.

"Hairspray" is set in Baltimore, Maryland in 1962, where full-figured teenager Tracy Turnblad's dream is to dance on The Corny Collins Show, a local TV dance program. When Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes an overnight celebrity, and meets a colorful array of characters. She then launches a campaign to integrate the show.

The production, starring 17-year-old Junior Art Park Player Julianne McBride as Tracy Turnblad, opens July 10 at the Deer Park Theatre and Courts Building.

"'Hairspray' is such a fun show – the music is so upbeat, and audiences of all ages are going to enjoy the show for the singing, the dancing and the wonderful characters," McBride said. "Even though the story deals with many of the social issues of American society in the 1960s, this story isn't about a person's size or the color of peoples' skin – it's more about everyone coming together and being able to see the beauty in every person."

According to Susan Mele, Artistic Managing Supervisor for the Theatre, "Hairspray" was chosen as the Art Park Player's summer production due to McBride's remarkable talent and ability to play the role of Tracy.


Military News: Sara P. Bucek

Written by Military News. Posted in Military

flageditedAir Force Airman Sara P. Bucek 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.

Bucek is a 2013 graduate of Pasadena Memorial High School.

Police Report: 07-06-2015

Written by staff. Posted in News

The following is a list of arrests filed by the Deer Park Police Department from June 29-July 6 along with seven warrant arrests. The information was retrieved from P2C. All locations are posted as blocks. Suspects are innocent until proven guilty. Court decisions are not reflected in this report.

June 29

7:35 p.m. Driving while license invalid, 700 East Blvd.

10:56 p.m. Driving while license invalid, 1700 S. Battleground Rd.

11:49 p.m. Failure to identify, 700 N. Parktown Dr.

June 30

1:40 a.m. Possession of marijuana, 2100 Robinwood Dr., two arrests

1:51 a.m. Public intoxication, East X Street/East Boulevard

3:43 a.m. Driving while intoxicated, 3500 Center St.

DP Chamber touts hits, misses on 2015 legislative session

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

DPChamberlogo colorDuring the 2015 Texas legislative session, the Deer Park Chamber of Commerce joined with local and statewide chambers in support of several pieces of legislation. The Deer Park Chamber's legislative committee was active this session in hopes of legislative action that could help the business climate in the city and across the state, said Tim Culp, Chamber president.

He said the committee surveyed the chamber membership to find out what issues were important to them and formulated recommendations on how to handle certain legislative issues. Based on those recommendations, the Chamber decided to actively support, oppose or monitor legislation during this session.

The Chamber joined a movement by a statewide parks committee that supporting sporting goods sales taxes to be put back into state and local parks funding.

"It has a tremendous impact in Deer Park because the parks and recreation department can go after grant funding to continue to improve what we have. It also helped secure $25 million for the Battleship Texas," Culp said.

DP student among Shell FCU scholarship recipients

Written by staff. Posted in News

shell federal credit union squareShell Federal Credit Union annually awards John Garrison College Scholarships to deserving seniors. This year the students were required to write a 250-word essay explaining the difference between a bank and a credit union and why a young adult would use a credit union over a bank for their future needs. Other criteria such as grade point average, community involvement, extracurricular activities and volunteer hours also factored in scoring the applications.

This year more than 75 students applied for the John Garrison Scholarship, and nine fortunate students were awarded $2,500 each. Shell FCU works with the recipients and their college, university or vocational-technical school of choice to fund the scholarships.

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