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DPNC Newsletter - April 2007



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Date: Monday, April 16th  2007

Time: 6:30 p.m.                                      

Place:  Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall


The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park

Official Publication of
The Deer Park Neighborhood Council                      Vol. 10   No. 28            April  2007





    We need your help. Yes, yours. No, no, don't say you're too tired and too old or too something else to help. We need you. Saturday, April 21, is the city's annual Clean Sweep Day, when all the neighborhoods try to clean away the year's accumulation of roadside trash and to re-cycle whatever can be used by others. This year, for various reasons, we won't be getting all the outside help that we have had in the past. So your community needs YOU to make a contribution. If you possibly can, meet at Bobby Jameson's house at the corner of Deerwood and Fernwood at 8 a.m. to work with the group. There'll be a lunch prepared for you afterwards.

    If you can't join the groups on Saturday, here are some other possibilities:

1. Collect all your old clothes (no used underwear or socks) - you know those things you've been thinking for ten years that you're someday going to be able to wear again - and the double sheets you never use since you bought your Queen-sized bed, and whatever else you don't use that might be eagerly welcomed by another person. Wash whatever hasn't been washed in a while. Then call Julia Long to pick them up to deliver to Good Will.

2. If you pay someone to mow your yard, perhaps you could offer them a few extra dollars if they will please help you and the neighborhood by raking out the roadside ditch just in front of your house, and picking up any trash they find there. Or, if you're physically able, you might do it yourself, either on Clean Sweep Saturday or anytime in the week beforehand. Or if you have teenage or adult children, or teenage grandchildren, consider asking them to do it for you. (Be sure to supervise those young enough to need it.) Call Dennis Isgitt and tell him, so he'll know that particular ditch has been done.

3. If you have teenage children or grandchildren, consider helping them learn something about their responsibility to the community by bringing them to Clean Sweep Day. Maybe you can supervise them in a work group, even if you aren't able to do much yourself. Or ask adult children to come over and help you out. Or invite your friends over for two hours of work in the morning, and a pleasant visit with you in the afternoon.

4. TELL YOUR CHURCH. If you attend one of the many churches in Deer Park, consider calling your minister, or deacon, or other appropriate person, and ask your church to please consider joining in this important effort to get ugly, unhealthy, and sometimes dangerous trash off our streets where children walk to school. Perhaps the church has a men's group that does volunteer work. Or perhaps it has a supervised organization of teenagers who need to learn to help others. Don't wait for somebody else to call. Do it now. If several people call the same church, all the better. Church volunteers may meet with everyone else at Bobby's house on April 21, but if they choose to clean the street around the church on some other day that week, ask them to please call Dennis so he will know that street has been cleaned. Don't let your church be the only one left on a dirty street.

    It's important that YOU do something to help. Your community needs you. We ask all volunteers to take responsibility for their safety and work cautiously. 


By Julia Long


As you know, we recently lost one of our long-time members and neighbors, Allen Sherrill. He was a man of firm opinions, unfailing wit, and great honesty. His family, church, and community were at the center of his life. He had both the skill to work with his hands and, unlike many people now, the willingness to do so. At his funeral, I heard someone speak of childhood memories of Mr. Sherrill as "a good-hearted man, the kind of person who made the world worth living in."  In a time when so many people have learned to be deceptive or manipulative, perhaps what I liked best of all about him was that I could always depend on the fact that he meant what he said. He's missed.

 Wheeler Tillman's brother Francis has been in the hospital. Also, Bobby Jameson's father, Mr. Russell Jameson, has been ill with a serious infection. We hope both of them will recover soon.




    We were very disappointed to see the changing-image advertising sign on University Boulevard between Shadow and Fernwood. We fear that every sign with moving lights, every sign that suddenly flashes onto new bright colors and designs, can catch the attention of some driver at just the wrong moment. We fear accidents resulting from this unwanted, distracting sign. Some people choose to read signs when they feel safe to do so. But signs like these are designed to grab the eye of someone who never intended to look at it. This distracted driver may have been carefully watching a car about to pull out into the traffic, or a child at the side of the road. It is particularly unfortunate that this sign, designed to startle you into looking at it when you mean to be looking elsewhere, is so close to the Fernwood intersection where numerous children cross to go to the park.

    The city permitted the sign on the grounds that the DOT allows similar signs on completely different sorts of roads, so long as the new message doesn't flash upon the screen for six seconds after the old message suddenly flashed up. This six-second rule is not even in the city ordinances. We feel that while this rule has been applied in good faith, it is inappropriate to apply it to a business road with children crossing and cars constantly entering and leaving. The change-every-six-seconds standard was designed for people cruising along roads like the interstate where there are no such routine dangers for drivers glancing up to read a sign. We want the city to upgrade its enforcement standards for changing signs (except perhaps for the part of a sign that gives the time) to sixty seconds or more, a far more reasonable standard for crowded city streets. And we hope that other civic clubs and homeowner associations will support us in this request. After all, if the city can change the speed limits on roads, why can't it change the speed limit for signs to change?


OTRANTO ROAD REGIONAL LIBRARY, 2261 Otranto Road: 572-4094

Yoga @ Your Library! Saturday, April 14 at 2 p.m.

Join local yoga instructor Suzanne Gannon at your library as she demonstrates various yoga positions and techniques.  This will be an interactive class so wear comfortable clothing.  Please call the branch at 572-4094 to register for the program.


Young Adult Game Time (grades 6 – 12) Monday, April 16 from 3:30 – 5 p.m.


Do you have a love for board games? Join other teens for fun and games after school. Bring a friend and your favorite board game. Popcorn, drinks and a limited selection of board games will be provided.


Book Bingo (ages 5 – 11) Tuesday, April 17 at 4 p.m.


Join us for Book Bingo fun in celebration of National Library Week.


Preschool Special: Puppet Show (ages 6 and under with adult) Wednesday, April 25 at 10:30 a.m.


Celebrate The Week of the Young Child with a puppet show including a menagerie of animals from a loveable puppy to animals of the wild.

Young Adult Poetry Slam (grades 6 – 12) Monday, April 30 from 6 – 7:30 p.m.


Poetry contest participants are encouraged to attend the Poetry Slam. Teens will have an opportunity to recite their poems, poet against poet in a fun competition, with a prize awarded for the top two poems. Refreshments will be provided.


Garbage Pick-up Schedule                                                                      Key Personnel

Garbage:                         Every Wednesday                                              City Council District 3              Robert Jameson                824-1500

Leaves/Grass:                Every Wednesday                                               County Council Rep                  Tim Scott                         797-3065

Large Trash:                  Every Wednesday                                               Neighborhood Crime                  Linda  Vetter                    303-2331

                                       ( please note that Thursday                              Watch Representative

                                        will be pick-up day when City                         N. Chas. Dispatcher                                                             745-1015

                                        Holiday falls on Mon.,Tues,Wed.,                  Housing Director                        Darbis Briggmann            740-2560        

                                                                                                                    SPEED Team Reps.                    Paul Schofield                  745-1069

                                                                                                                                                                          Ethan Bernardi    

Recyclables:                     every other Thursday                                     Code Enforcement                      Jerry Groover                   740-2671                                                                                 April 19th, May 3rd                                         CAC  Representative                 Chuck Anderson              225-1189                          

                                                                                                                    Membership                                Linda Brinson                   553-8832


Board of Directors

President                         Julia Long                         797-0893                  Newsletter Distribution            Jimmy Mitchum              553-0665

Vice President                Dennis Isgitt                     797-2455                                                                        Jim Driver                        553-0768

Secretary                         Linda Vetter                     225-1189                                                                        Bill Lusk                           553-1348

Treasurer                        Linda Brinson                   553-8832

Board Mbr. elected        Wheeler Tillman                442-9435                  Newsletter                                   Susanne Azevedo             572-2321

Board Mbr. elected        Susanne Azevedo             572-2321                  Disaster/ Preparation                 James Brown                    553-4329

Board Mbr. Apptd.        Audrey Carpenter              553-7768                  Sick & Sunshine                        Susanne Azevedo             572-2321

Board Mbr. Apptd.        Mary Hutson                     553-4451                  Voter Registration                      Douglas Azevedo             572-2321

Past President                Robert Jameson                824-1500