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DPNC Newsletter - December 2006



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Date: Monday, December 11th  2006

Time: 6:30 PM – Come Enjoy Fingerfood Refreshments/Fellowship!

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.24             December  2006





By Julia Long


Please join us on Monday, December 11, for our annual Christmas party. It's important for everyone to get together from time to time, just to stay in touch. Invite your Deer Park friends and neighbors, regardless of whether they belong to the civic club. If possible, bring a finger food to share, and bring a toy or two for our toy drive. Let me know if you need a ride.


Our meeting last month on crime prevention in our neighborhood was very informative. We continue to have crime problems (yet another church theft this past week), and we all need to take steps to reduce the appeal of our neighborhood to criminals.


We've purchased a few signs advertising our meetings. They'll be given to DPNC members who agree to put them out in front of your house on Thursday nights before each meeting, and take them back in after the meeting is over. Let me know if you'd be willing to help the community by taking responsibility for one of these signs. 



( from a flyer by Chandler Schwede, President of  the HOA in Northwoods Pointe in Deer Park )


"As the holidays arrive, we are reminded that there are many people who are less fortunate than we are. Therefore, I find it appropriate to take the opportunity to help others by organizing the efforts of the subdivision in the form of a toy drive for  MUSC's Medically Fragile Children's Program. This program is an all-inclusive, family-centered medical program that provides care primarily for children in foster care. It provides a means by which foster parents can take children with multiple health issues to one location to receive care. This program focuses on and is successful in improving children's medical outcomes as well as improving adoption rates. 


 It is not uncommon for foster parents to have more than one foster child, and it is undoubtedly difficult for these parents, who have so graciously accepted these children in complicated circumstances, to provide them with gifts for the holidays. In addition, many children are in the hospital on Christmas day and do not get to celebrate in the comfort of their own homes like we do. So I would be grateful to anyone in Deer Park who


can donate any number of toys possible. Toys for all ages of children will be appreciated - stuffed animals, books, etc. -  any toys. All toys collected will be wrapped and delivered to the hospital . . . . Please bring the toys to the Deer Park Christmas party on Monday, December 11." 





In the case of a real emergency, of course dial 911. But if you see any suspicious activities/people in Deer Park, please call 554-5700 to report the matter to the police dispatcher. You could also call our SPEED team representative directly, but you may get a quicker response if you call the dispatcher. Please, when you have time, also call either Linda Vetter or Julia Long about the situation, so that the DPNC can keep up with what the community problems and needs are.


At our meeting last month, the officer making the presentation handed out a booklet that says, "Your police department knows and understands that their citizens can't always be right about what they think is a suspicious or wrongful activity. All they ask is that you CALL THEM whenever you think or feel something wrong is happening. If you call the police and you were wrong about your suspicion or what you thought was wrong, it's OK; you won't be in any trouble with the police, they understand. Remember, it's the police department's job to investigate what citizens believe to be wrong. Your job as a concerned citizen is just to let them know when you think something is wrong or suspicious."


The officer also pointed out something of particular importance when we are at home and hear the doorbell ring unexpectedly. You already know never, never, never to open the door to strangers. But, the officer explained, it is also important to let the person at the door know that someone is home. If a criminal gets no answers to a bell, he may decide it's safe to break in and then kick the door down. So, according to the officer, don't pretend that no one is home: go to the locked door and speak through it, asking who's there and, if necessary, say that "WE" (even if you're alone) won't open the door.


If you want the North Charleston Police Handbook on checking your own home for potential security weaknesses, or if you want a fingerprint kit for your children or grandchildren, please call Linda Vetter and ask her about getting those. 



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                                                                               Dec. 14th &  Dec.28th                                   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                        Susie Anderson             225-1189                                                                        Bill Lusk                          553-1348

Treasurer                       Linda Brinson                553-8832

Board Mbr. Apptd.      Wheeler Tillman               569-0212                  Newsletter                                  Susanne Azevedo         572-2321

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

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

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

Past President                 Robert Jameson           824-1500