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NWS: Freeze Warning

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Winter Storm Warning in effect beginning at 10 a.m.

Rain this morning will be changing over to snow by mid to late morning. During the afternoon hours expect surface temperatures to fall to near the freezing mark. As the upper level low pressure system nears the area periods of moderate snow will develop across the area reducing visibilities. Periods of heavy snow may develop this afternoon. Snow should begin accumulating early this afternoon. The snow will continue into the early evening. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 inch will be commonplace with isolated totals of 3 to 4 inches. Near the immediate coast and on Galveston Island accumulations should be limited to grassy areas.

DPVFD to deliver special Gifts for holidays

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The Deer Park Volunteer Fire Department offers city residents and businesses the gift of protection and valor all year. For needy Deer Park families, they are also offering the gift of Christmas.

For 25 years, DPVFD has gathered food and toy donations from area school children, residents, businesses and civic organizations and delivered them to citizens needing a little extra help during the holidays.
"Every year, it gets bigger, and that's a good thing," said DPVFD member Bubba Coxie, who chairs the annual Gift of Christmas drive. "The community has been great supporting us over the years. It's more than just putting together toys and food. It's a gift of love."

San Jacinto College to offer free information session on Alternative Teacher Certification

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The Continuing and Professional Development (CPD) division of San Jacinto College is offering another free information session about the Alternative Teacher Certification program, which provides the opportunity to become a certified teacher in the state of Texas.
“If you’ve ever had the desire to teach and are thinking about a career change in the New Year, you should plan to attend this session,” said Heidi Cisneros, program manager. “Teaching can be a very rewarding profession.”
The free information session is Dec. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m., at the San Jacinto College North campus, 5800 Uvalde Road in Houston. The session will take place in the Chablis Restaurant inside the Slovacek Student Center. For more information, call 281-459-7119.

Rain halts city tree lighting

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Rains held off for most of the day, but became too heavy for the city to host the annual tree lighting. Photo by Bobby Vasquez.The annual city of Deer Park and Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Christmas tree lighting ceremony has been canceled.


Parks and Recreation will reschedule a visit from Santa Claus, who was to make an appearance to hear Christmas wishes from Deer Park's good little boys and girls.


Deer debate successful in Katy

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The Deer Park High School Speech and Debate team had a successful weekend at the Katy Taylor High School debate tournament.

Junior Madison Logan and sophomore Tyler Gaskin got to the quarterfinal round of cross-examination debate. Freshmen Steven Morris and Jim Bockmon earned second place in novice cross-examination debate, and senior Alexcis Mendoza earned her way to the semi-final round of impromptu speaking. Freshman Walter Tamayo also was successful in congressional debate. The debate team travels to Austin to compete in the University of Texas Longhorn Classic this weekend.

College rings in the holidays with 'Santa's Christmas Magic'

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San Jacinto College Central's theatre and film department rings in the holiday season with their festive production of  "Santa's Christmas Magic: The Musical."

The "family celebration spectacular" will be performed in the Powell Arena Theatre, located on the Central campus at 8060 Spencer Hwy. in Pasadena. Performances are set for Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 7:30 p.m., and on Dec. 6 and 13 at 2:30 p.m. A special matinee performance will be performed for area schools and daycares on Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.
"Santa's Christmas Magic: The Musical" is a fantasy about a sinister plot to steal Santa's magic. The cast includes 30 male and female actors, as well as singers and dancers from ages 5 to adult.
Highlights of the show will include toys that come alive and dance and sing, and singing children elves. Children in the audience will have an opportunity to visit with Santa Claus at intermission.
General admission tickets are $10 per person, or $8 for senior citizens and children under 10. Central campus students, and San Jacinto College employees can attend the show for $8 per ticket. To make reservations, call 281-476-1828.

For more information about San Jacinto College, call 281-998-6150, or visit

Annual home tour helps struggling teens

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From elegant to modest or extravagant to simple, Deer Park homes reflect the personality of their owners. This Saturday, several of those homes will be open during the Seventh Annual Jingle in the City Home Tour.

While area residents visit each of the six homes, they will help out a good cause this holiday season. Proceeds from the Jingle in the City tour go to assisting Deer Park High School youth struggling during the holidays. Tickets are $10 and the home tour is from 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 5.
The forgotten few
"We always hear about activities to help little kids out during the holidays," said Terry Smith, co-founder of Jingle in the City. "There really isn't anything to help out teenagers who are facing tough times. We have some help through the Deer Park Police Department to identify teenagers who need a hand."

Seniors ready for fun, camaraderie at annual banquet

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As Deer Park residents prepare for their holiday parties, there's one date circled for many area seniors. On Dec. 10, the senior services division of the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department will host the annual Seniors Banquet. This year's banquet begins at 6 p.m. at the Jimmy Burke Activity Center, 500 W. 13th St.

DP family conducts symphony of sound and light for holidays

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Last year Deer Park resident John Stein had a great idea for his family's holiday light display. This year, he promises it will be even better.
Inspired by YouTube videos that became a holiday sensation on the Internet, the Stein family's Christmas light display is a carefully synchronized light and music spectacular.
"I liked what I saw on YouTube, so I researched how to do it," said Stein, a 2008 graduate of Deer Park High School. "I found a company who specializes in the hardware and software and bought a starter kit." (To see last year's multimedia Christmas light show, click here.)

Parks and Rec kicking off busy holiday schedule

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With the holidays revving up, the Deer Park Parks and Recreation Department has several community activities to get in the spirit. More information is available on all events at 281-478-2050.
Have your children spend the night with Christmas dreams at the Santa Sleep Over at the Deer Park Community Center. Parks and Rec staff will keep the little elves up with games, movies, snacks, pillow fights and a special visit from Santa Claus. Participants should bring a bedroll, comfortable clothing and a pillow. Door prizes will be given throughout the night. Limit 50 elves, ages 5-11 years old. Children should eat dinner before arriving. The cost is $25 per elf. Drop off is Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. and pick up is Dec. 19 at 7 a.m. sharp. Late fees will be enforced.

Rotary names Pereira DPPD officer of the month

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DPPD Officer Eddie Pereira (left) is honored as the Deer Park Rotary Club's Police Officer of the Month for November. Assistant chief Ken Findley (center) and Rotary Club President Jerry Mouton present him the award. photo.

When it comes to sniffing out drug offenders, there's not many better in the United States than Deer Park Police officers Eddie Pereira and his K-9 partner Charly. Because of his work with the dog and his part in identifying and arresting suspects in an area-wide theft ring, Pereira was named the Deer Park Rotary DPPD Officer of the Month for November.

SJC's commitment to students shines as college takes Chamber honor

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For 50 years, San Jacinto College has evolved to serve the increasing demands of local students, businesses and industry. As a testament of students' success, the college's growth and standing in the Deer Park and surrounding community, the San Jacinto College District was honored as the 2009 Deer Park Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.

The college was recognized at the annual Salute to Industry luncheon Thursday.
"This honor is about San Jacinto College and its incredible, rich history over the last 50 years," said Brenda Hellyer, chancellor of the college. "We look to what the future holds and how San Jacinto College will contribute to the ever-changing global economy.
Students first
Hellyer said she regrets not attending San Jacinto College, but is proud that for the students, the college is "the primary choice, not a fallback plan" to receive their education.
“It is truly an honor to be selected as the Industry of the Year,” said Hellyer. “We have been in this community for nearly 50 years, and we are honored to be a partner in our community. We look forward to conducting our business in a manner that upholds the strong values and direction of our community.”