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Rotary begins its new year with new president

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

For 50 years, the Deer Park Rotary Club has been a beacon for charity, service and humanitarian aid. Last week, the club rang in its second 50 years with its annual installation banquet. New President Beckie Stockstill-Cobb said she is focused on keeping Rotary an avenue of Service Above Self.

Workout, BBQ events to help local family

Written by Bobby Vasquez. Posted in Community

Friends and family are organizing two benefits to help the family of Barrett Michalik with funeral expenses. The 11-year-old was active in local youth baseball and swim leagues. CrossFit Deer Park is hosting a special workout and fundraiser on Saturday while a barbecue cook-off is slated for late July in Pasadena.

The Arcades hit the stage for Concerts in the Park

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community

Concerts in the Park returns Thursday night at 7 p.m. with The Arcades. The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department's music series continues at Dow Park. Admission to the show is free. Concert goers are encouraged to bring their own blankets and lawn chairs for seating. Concessions are available.

Shell FCU announces Garrison scholarship recipients

Written by staff. Posted in Community

Shell Federal Credit Union awarded 10 graduating high school students its John Garrison Scholarship. Recipients were selected based upon academic performance, communal involvement, extracurricular activities, and response to the application essay. The topic for this year's essay asked applicants to explain the difference between a bank and a credit union, as well as why a young adult would use a credit union over a bank for their financial needs.

More than 70 students from 29 different Harris County high schools submitted applications for the John Garrison scholarship this year. Ten deserving high school seniors were selected as recipients for the John Garrison scholarship award; each of the ten students will be awarded $2,500 to the college, university or vocational-technical school of choice. Below is a list of the 2016 selected scholarship recipients and the college of their choice for Fall 2016.

  • Hannah Jones of Clear Horizons Early College High School; Texas A&M University
  • Miguel Serrano of La Porte High School; University of Texas-Austin
  • Navya Sankoorikkal of Cypress Woods High School; Brown University
  • Ashlyn Campo of Deer Park High School; Texas A&M University
  • Trevor Ruffaner of Clear Horizons Early College High School; Lamar University
  • Lacia Engels of Deer Park High School; Texas A&M University
  • Lauren Taylor of Deer Park High School; Texas A&M University
  • Candice Johnson of Deer Park High School; Texas A&M University
  • Montserrat Tijerina of Pasadena Memorial High School; University of Chicago
  • Shalini Lakshmi of Alvin High School; University of Houston

Since 2000, Shell federal Credit Union has awarded 98 students with the John Garrison Scholarship award totaling $237,500. The scholarship was established in memory of John Garrison, a dedicated volunteer Board Member of more than 50 years.

Entertainment, fun set for 4th Fest 2016

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The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department will host the city's annual 4th Fest celebration at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center on July 4. The free event features family entertainment, food and fun. This year's 4th Fest opens at 5 p.m. and will have performances from the Skyline Band and Big Richard. The fireworks are slated to begin at 9:15 p.m.

DPCAC tours new Coast Guard station

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dpcaceditedDeer Park Community Advisory Council members and guests met at the new US Coast Guard Station in late May for a presentation about the Coast Guard’s work and its interaction with industry as well as a tour of the new facility at Ellington Field.

Capt. Rob McLellan, Deputy Commander, USCG Sector Houston-Galveston, talked about the Coast Guard’s missions and the programs in which they interact with industry. This Coast Guard sector includes not just Houston and Galveston but also extends east to Lake Charles and as far north as the Oklahoma-Texas border. The Coast Guard by law is charged to carry out 11 missions: ports, waterways, and coastal security; drug interdiction; aids to navigation; search and rescue; living marine resources; marine safety; defense readiness; migrant interdiction; marine environmental protection; law enforcement; and ice operations. In south central Texas, they carry out all but ice breaking. The agency is now part of the US Department of Homeland Security. The first priority is always saving lives.

Capt. McLellan and Commander Luis Sandoval, Chief of Logistics took DPCAC on a tour of the Command Center and Vessel Traffic Service. The Command Center includes not only Coast Guard operations but also seats for the Harris County Sheriff’s Office and access to its cameras as well as desks for Customs and Border Protection. From this room, the Coast Guard monitors the ship channel with cameras that can zoom in on anything suspicious. Officers showed members footage of fires as they occurred this spring at two ship channel refineries. The Coast Guard conducts Search and Rescue missions from this Command Center, and they track helicopters and boats during a response.

Vessel Traffic Service technology was impressive, especially to DPCAC members who first saw the operations 25 years ago, before it was computerized. Cameras, radar, and an automated identification system let the Coast Guard track ships and barges. At any time, they are tracking 600-700 vessels. They can click on a screen and see the vessel’s name, cargo, where it came from and where it is going, size of ship, whether it is loaded or not, and more. The tracking begins when the vessel is overseas. All deep draft vessels are required to give a 96-hour notice of arrival.

Visitors are welcome to attend the August 22 DPCAC meeting on Industrial Hygiene: Protecting People from Workplace Hazards. For details, contact facilitator Diane Sheridan at 281-326-5253. Visit to read recent meeting summaries, find links to useful resources on emergency communications and the environment, see lists of DPCAC community and plant members, read our mission and purpose statements, and offer input.

Concerts in the Park kicks off tonight

Written by Holly Galvan. Posted in Community


The Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department's Concerts in the Park series kicks off tonight at Dow Park with the Gary Michael Dahl Band. Prior to the concert, the department will host a public meeting at 6 p.m. in the Dow Park Pavilion. Both the meeting and the concerts are free.