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Grinch steals DP family's Christmas; Sinor, citizens & Rotary give it back

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

 SingletonThrough tears, Debbie Singleton (right) talks about Tuesday's burglary that left her and her husband without Christmas gifts for their nine grandchildren. Thanks to the generosity of citizens such as Rae Sinor (left) and the Deer Park Rotary Club, not even a Grinch could steal the magic of Christmas. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

How the Grinch Stole Christmas is a world-renowned tale of how the spirit of the holidays can light a fire of compassion and giving in heart that's two sizes too small.

The alleged Grinch of this story is still at large, but thanks to the generosity of several residents and the Deer Park Rotary Club, Christmas for Debbie Singleton and her family is not only saved, but is a testament to giving.

Singleton and her husband decided to give their nine grandchildren $100 each for Christmas. Borrowing from an idea they found on Pinterest, the Singletons decided to deliver the money, all in $1 bills, in pizza boxes.

After leaving their credit union with 900 $1 bills, Singleton's husband went into the Deer Park Walgreen's to get some tape. He hid the cash in the car. He returned to find the car had been burglarized.

"They took all the money," Singleton said through tears. "He was only in there for a minute. It was just a minute and it was all gone."

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SJC grads walk across stage with new opportunities

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in News

sjc logoeditedDonald Baumhardt walked across a stage at Minute Maid Park on Dec. 14, 2014, as a new San Jacinto College graduate, with an associate degree, a job, a promotion, and acceptance into the engineering program at the University of Houston. He is an example of student success that keynote speaker Khambrel Marshall spoke of during the San Jacinto College commencement ceremony.

"These people right here are the secret to my success," Baumhardt said of San Jacinto College staff as he reunited with Kaye Moon Winters, founder of the N2L Outreach and Support Center for the Adult Learner, and Amanda Rose, student life coordinator. "I came to San Jacinto College to make a clean slate and start over. I have enjoyed every minute of it."

Baumhardt already had an associate degree in information technology and programming. However, when the recession reached its peak in 2008, he was laid off from his job in the field. The military veteran enrolled in the engineering design graphics program in 2013 and received guidance from veteran success coordinators through the College's Centers of Excellence for Veteran Student Success. After just one year, he was hired as a drafter with TKE Engineering & Design. Within eight months, he received a promotion as lead designer. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and Student Veterans of America, and a recipient of a President's Volunteer Service Award for his contribution of more than 600 hours of volunteer work with Relay for Life and PTK.
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Letters to Santa 2014

Written by InsideDP.com staff. Posted in Community

letterstosantaChristmas is here and many of Deer Park's youngest readers are on Santa's nice list! Here are some of their letters to Santa! If you would like us to add your letter, send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.! Merry Christmas, Deer Park!

Dear Santa,

How are you doing how is... Comet, Blizen, Cupid, Dancer, Dasher, Donner, prancer. And is Rudolph true. How's he and Vixen and miss Claus. I wonder how many elves are there will merry Christmas... Santa

Love,
Audrey


Dear Santa,


how was your day? And how was your yere? I don't think I'll be abl to leve you out the cookies! And I hope you have a good day.

Love,
Gracie
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Chamber seeking DP's Most Outstanding Citizen

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

DPChamberlogo colorEvery day, someone in Deer Park makes the lives of those around them better through service, resources and goodwill. The Deer Park Chamber of Commerce is looking to honor the person who has made the most significant impact as Deer Park's Outstanding Citizen.

"It's about honoring someone who has made a significant, positive impact for our community. We are recognizing someone who puts others before themselves," said Nicki Garvis, communications coordinator for the Chamber.

Individuals who have earned this award truly go above and beyond the day-to-day acts to improve the community, she said.

The winner of the award will be announced at the Chamber's annual installation banquet on Jan. 30 at the Houston Marriott South at Hobby Airport.

A panel comprised of the past winners of the award chooses the Outstanding Citizen from the nominations. Past winners include members of the Deer Park community from many backgrounds and professions such as Ryan Taylor, Susan Mele, Melissa Harrison, Bennie Boles, Georgette Ford and last year's winner, Fire Chief Greg Bridges.

To submit a nomination, click here or call 281-479-1559 for more information. Nominations are due Jan. 9 at 4:30 p.m.
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Lady Deer win physical contest, notch first district win

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Sports

fulldeerhead smallThe Lady Deer basketball team won its first district game in almost two years with a 59-52 win over Baytown Sterling.

Madalynn Baker led the Deer with 16 points, shooting 4-5 from three-point range and had fice assists. Katie Owen had 15 points and six assists while Jaya George added 11 points and 10 rebounds.

After finding themselves behind 5-0 early in the first, Deer Park went on a 30-13 run and went into halftime leading 30-18.

During that time out, Theresa White, Lady Deer head coach said she reminded her team of the hard work they put in and the troubles of the program over the last couple of seasons.

"We've worked too hard for this. It's been too long. We've been walked on and beat up and now, this is our time. It's time for us to come in here and fight," she said. "We were prepared and we play tough teams. If we execute like we know we are capable of, we're gonna be just fine."
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Fire scorches East Meadows home

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in News

MeadowWayFireNo one was injured in a house fire in the East Meadows subdivision Thursday evening. The Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene at about 5:15 after the homeowner came home to find smoke. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

A house fire on the 4600 block of Meadow Way is still under investigation. No one was injured in the fire.

At about 5:15 Thursday evening, the Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department was alerted to the fire in the East Meadows subdivision near the intersection of Spencer Highway and East Boulevard.

According to Cheri Perches, public information officer for the department, the homeowner arrived to find smoke coming from their home. Fire units and personnel from all three Deer Park stations responded to the scene and extinguished the fire.

She said the fire appeared to have started in an upstairs bedroom. This was later confirmed by the Fire Marshal's office. Perches said no Deer Park emergency personnel were injured fighting the fire.

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