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DPJH unveils enrichment program to Rotary

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Latest

A pilot program at Deer Park Junior High will pair ambitious students with community leaders and mentors who can give real-world insights to careers, hobbies and other interests.

Dr. Tiffany Regan, DPJH principal, presented an overview of the proposed curriculum to the Deer Park Rotary Club Wednesday. The program, known as BIG RED – Building Innovation Growth and Rigor through Enrichment at DPJH, focuses on the strength, nature and needs of the gifted and advanced academic population of the school, Regan said.

BIG RED is made up of advanced-level, advanced-technology mini-courses that encompass each six-week grading period. Students will be able to choose their courses from a catalog, similar to course selection in high school and college.

Council to examine several repair and maintenance items at meeting

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Latest

City Council's agenda for Tuesday's meeting includes a recommendation to enter a contract for preventative roof maintenance. The workshop begins at 6:30 p.m. while the regular meeting starts at 7:30 p.m. Both take place in Council Chambers at 710 W. San Augustine.

Council previously has hired Tremco for preventive maintenance of the roofs of city-owned structures. Renewal of the contact was not included in the 2011-2012 budget. If the city authorizes a new contract, it would be funded with available contingency funds at a cost of $39,463.42, which includes coverage for 24 city facilities. The program covers preventative maintenance issues and leak response whereby small leaks are fixed at no cost while larger leak repairs are eligible for discounted prices.

Also on the agenda is an authorization to seek bids for repairs to the signature bridge at the Battleground at Deer Park Golf Course. In December, Council hired Klotz Associates for design and engineering work for repairs to the bridge. Now that the initial work has been completed, the project is ready to begin receiving bids for these repairs. The engineer's estimate of construction cost is $273,134. The 2011-2012 budget contains $300,000 of hotel occupancy tax funds to make these repairs.

Police Report: 02-20-2012

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The following is a list of arrests filed by the Deer Park Police Department from Feb. 13 through Feb. 20. 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.

Feb. 13

6:50 a.m. Public Intoxication, 9025 Spencer Hwy.

9:26 p.m. Possession of marijuana, 100 W. First St., two arrests

Feb. 14

5:04 p.m. Possession of a substance in Penalty Group 3, 7300 Carrie Ln.

7:34 p.m. Possession of a substance in Penalty Group 4, 1100 Ivy Ave.

Taste of Italy event to help children with brain tumors

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Latest

atasteofitalyOn Thursday, area residents can taste authentic Italian recipes without ever leaving town.

The fourth annual A Taste of Italy wine pairing event March 15 will be at the Republic Grill. The epicurean event is from 6:30 to 9 p.m. and is a fundraiser for the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation. In just its fourth year, A Taste of Italy has outgrown two venues.

"And that's a good problem to have," said event organizer Maggie Sims.

The menu features authentic Italian dishes and deviates from the popular mozzarella and tomato sauce entrees. Dress is business casual.

"Our menu is a little more rustic. We will have a pasta dish and we will also have an Italian brisket for our guests to sample with our wines. It's not the same as the Texas-style smoked brisket we love here," she said.

Tickets are $35 in advance and $40 at the door. If participants choose, they can purchase their tickets via a check made out to Maggie Sims. Tickets purchased in this manner will have their donation matched by Spectra Energy where Sims is employed.

"If you feel comfortable with writing a check to me, I can provide a receipt and everything for you. Spectra Energy will match every dollar that I turn in," she said.

Lubrizol donates $3K to Deer Park Opportunity Center

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lubrizolcheckpresChris Hext presents a check on behalf of the Lubrizol Corporation to members of the Deer Park Opportunity Center, including Chad Burke, Tim Culp, Hext, Bennie Boles, Liz Guyon Sherri Dial and Jerry Mouton. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.

Wednesday morning, the Lubrizol Corporation donated $3,000 to the Deer Park Opportunity Center, an entity tasked with helping unemployed or impoverished persons get the assistance they need to become viable contributing members of the community.

The Deer Park Opportunity Center is in the process of charting a course to meet the needs of individuals by becoming a unique resource that encourages individual economic sustainability and personal growth.

Many non-profit organizations are already involved in these activities. DPOC organizers feel by combining services and creating a seamless, single place to process citizens' needs, Deer Park can develop a model center that ensures a healthy, thriving community in the long-term.