DPNC MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
When: Monday, Dec. 14th 2009
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Place: Deer Park Baptist Church Fellowship Hall
Speaker: Bobby Jameson: City Council District 3 Representative
DEER PARK'S ANNUAL DECEMBER CHRISTMAS GATHERING


THE ANTLERS’ SPREAD
The Voice of the United Estates of Deer Park
Official Publication of the Deer Park Neighborhood Council
Vol. 15; No. 58 December 2009



PRESIDENT'S CORNER
by Julia Long

This coming Monday, December the 14th, is our annual Christmas party. If you live or work in Deer Park, The Lakes, or Northwood Estates, please come! There'll be lots of delicious food, a chance to visit with old friends and to make new ones, some door prizes, and Christmas music. Our Councilman Bobby Jameson will be there to catch you up on local and state business. If you can, bring a favorite finger food to share with others.

Unfortunately, our community history book is not ready for sale now. This is entirely my fault. I have been so absorbed in worrying over my mother's illness all summer, and dealing with her estate after her death that I just haven't had time to finish collecting all the necessary information. It makes me sad to have lost her before she had a chance to enjoy reviewing the history of the neighborhood she loved so much. But the project has certainly not been abandoned; it's too important for that! After Christmas, we'll pick up again on the book, and I'll let you know how it's progressing.

We'll soon begin another fresh new year. Please resolve that supporting your civic club will be an important part of your year. Renew your membership as soon as possible by sending $15 to Linda Brinson, and encourage family and neighbors to join as well. Without your support, there will be no civic club. Without a civic club, our neighborhood will slowly go downhill in quality of life and in residential property values as individual business profits become the central driving force behind decisions made here. Business is a good thing, and we value our local businesses. But you can be sure that businesses will continue to speak up for themselves. The only question is whether or not residents will continue to speak out as well. Too often, too many of our residents, say to themselves, "Not now. Somebody else will take care of it." But if you won't stand together with your neighbors to support the civic club right now, when will you do it? And if you don't do it, who will?


ATTEMPT TO REZONE 2380 OTRANTO

There has been a request to rezone the residential 2380 Otranto Road property for commercial uses. This request comes before the County Planning Commission on Monday, December 14.

Such a rezoning would not only violate the future development community-at-large plan that we have through the city, but would create serious future problems. It would bring business traffic down into a heavily residential area in a location where many, many children are accustomed to crossing the street to go to and from school. If this one property is rezoned, it would set a precedent that would be very hard to fight, for other properties on that street to go commercial. While we understand that the individual property owner will make higher profits with a rezoning, those profits will be at the expense of nearby residential properties where homeowners will lose some proportion of their property values because of the presence of increased business.

Past President Jim Brown will be representing our neighborhood at the County meeting next Monday, and our City Councilman Bobby Jameson also plans to attend to object to bringing business further down Otranto. We're written our County Council representative Elliott Summey, to ask him to work with us in denying this rezoning.


FAMILY CHRISTMAS EVENT

Deer Park Church, which graciously allows us to meet in its Fellowship Hall, will be presenting the always-popular "Singing Christmas Tree" the evening of Saturday, December 19, and the morning and evening of Sunday, December 20. For either of the evening performances, you need a ticket. To get free tickets for yourself, your family, and your friends, call the church office at 553-1172.


WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU MEET SOMEONE BEGGING?

It's always sad to see someone begging for money along the roadway or perhaps near the entrance to a business. But we may also feel concerned that the person may use any money we give money for alcohol or drugs. Here's a possible solution: you might pick up a few $10 gift coupons at nearby fast-food places, and offer one of these instead of money. This way you can know your gift won't be used to cause harm. And if the person doesn't want food at that moment, he/she can use the card later. Even better, include the name and phone number of a crisis center that might help.


Garbage Pick-up Schedule

Garbage: Every Wednesday
Leaves/Grass: Every Wednesday
Large Trash: Every Wednesday
(Please note that Thursday will be pick-up day when City Holiday falls on Mon., Tues., Wed.)

Recyclables: every other Thursday - December 24th, Jan. 7th, 21st

Board of Directors

President: Julia Long 553-3235
Vice President: Dennis Isgitt 797-2455
Secretary: Beth Evans
437-4140
Treasurer: Linda Brinson 553-8832



Board Mbr. Apptd: open

Board Mbr. Elected: Susanne Azevedo 572-2321
Board Mbr. Elected: Audrey Carpenter 553-7768
Board Mbr. Apptd: Mary Hutson 553-4451

Key Personnel

City Council District 3: Bobby Jameson 824-1500
County Council Rep: Elliott Summey 200-4244
Neighborhood Crime Watch Representative: John Flinn 863-0659
N. Chas. Dispatcher:   745-1015
Housing Director: Darbis Briggmann 740-2560
SPEED Team Rep.: Jimmy Wagner 745-1069
Code Enforcement: William Holley 740-2681
CAC Representative Membership: Linda Brinson 553-8832
Newsletter Distribution: Jimmy Mitchum
Jim Driver
Bill Lusk
553-0665
553-0768
553-1348
Newsletter: Susanne Azevedo 572-2321
Disaster/ Preparation: James Brown 553-4329
Sick & Sunshine: Susanne Azevedo 572-2321
Voter Registration: Douglas Azevedo 572-2321

Our Neighborhood Website: www.ourdeerpark.net