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Library presentation to highlight end of city's 125th celebration

Written by Staff. Posted in Community

Simeon H. WestAs a finale to the City of Deer Park's year-long 125th anniversary celebration, City Council member Sherry Garrison is returning to Deer Park Public Library for an encore of her popular presentation from January, which tells the story of Deer Park founder Simeon West. The address will also touch on several events throughout the year that spotlighted West’s impact on Deer Park.

The presentation will begin at 11 a.m. on Friday, December 15 in the library’s meeting room.

“This presentation will explore who Simeon West was, where he came from, his interests and beliefs, and his vision for Deer Park,” Garrison said. “We have learned a lot about Simeon and his family this year, some of it from his great, great grandchildren and some of it from a series of letters written in his own hand.”

Send your letters to Santa!

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letterstosantaLETTERS TO SANTA
This month, InsideDP takes on its most important assignment: Ensuring all the letters from the good little girls and boys in Deer Park reach Santa Claus. The week of Christmas, we will put them on our site to make sure Santa sees them before Rudolf and the reindeer pull the sleigh into town! Don't let your little one get left out! It's FREE! Email their letters to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Business Beat: December 2017

Written by Debbie Westbeld. Posted in Community

Business Beat is a monthly column recognizing Deer Park’s newest businesses and giving you other interesting business news from around town. Debbie Westbeld is the Economic Development Administrator for the City of Deer Park, and can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 281-478-2042. Visit for more business information.

Reindeer Park set for this weekend

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It’s almost time for Deer Park’s Christmas Celebration. Reindeer Park returns Dec. 1-2 and despite what weather forcasters predict, there will be 100 percent chance of snow at the city’s annual winter festival. Most activities are free with some requiring a small fee.

DPCAC hears about chemical levels, next meeting tonight

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Using two common chemicals whose emissions the group tracks annually, Deer Park Community Advisory Council (DPCAC) members invited speakers to explain the characteristics of benzene and 1,3-butadiene, how a company manages them, and how the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) assesses risk and sets concentration limits to prevent harm to human health and the environment. In a dramatic example of how exposure limits have become stricter over time, members learned that benzene, which is subject to low exposure limits now, was used in the 1900s as an after shave because of its sweet smell.

Joseph “Kip” Haney of TCEQ’s Toxicology Division provided an overview of how the agency reviews air data, assesses risk, sets permit levels, communicates risk, and publicizes data for policymakers. The complexity of the state environmental agency’s processes helped members understand their efforts to be cautious when determining exposure limits and using them to evaluate plant permits.

Benzene and 1,3-butadiene are typical refinery products, and an input to many chemical processes, so DPCAC members asked Shell Deer Park to speak. Environmental Manager Kathy Daniels explained the chemicals’ properties, uses, and hazards and how a plant manages them. Angie Espinoza spoke about the corporation’s Product Stewardship program, which looks at a chemical’s health, safety, environmental, and security aspects throughout its entire life cycle from research to waste disposal. Product Stewards also monitor chemical safety practices of suppliers, transporters, customers, and others involved in the supply chain that surrounds the manufacture of chemicals.

Asked how the public may obtain more information about these chemicals, speakers suggested specific TCEQ Toxicology publications, Shell’s Product Stewardship Summaries, Safety Data Sheets, and the DOT Emergency Response Planning Guide. Links to these resources are listed on the DPCAC website.

DPCAC meets again on November 27 for its Annual Air Quality Report, which will also cover changes in ozone standards over time. Visitors are welcome. For an invitation and details about the 6:00 p.m. meeting, contact the DPCAC facilitator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Visit to read about recent meeting topics, find links to useful resources on emergency communications and the environment, see lists of DPCAC community and plant members, and read our mission and purposes.