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DPNC Newsletter - February 2008



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When:  Monday, February 18th, 2008

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. 13   No. 36    February  2008



President’s Corner

 By Julia Long


It’s going to be a good year. Now that we finally have finished the revision process of the City of North Charleston Comprehensive  Development  Plan, the DPNC can at last stop focusing quite so much of its time and energy on fighting the never-ending re-zoning battle, and instead focus more on quality of life issues such as crime reduction, drainage improvement, wetland and wildlife protection,  cleanliness, traffic management, and cultural services for all our residents. We especially need to get our crime watch further organized and operational.


This is an important meeting this month, as we try to identify the various community issues that you think need attention. I expect it will be a long list, but please come prepared to help us set our agenda for 2008.   


On February 16, consider attending the Emergency Awareness Symposium, open to the public between noon and six p.m. at the Charleston Area Convention Center Complex. The purpose of this event is for you to meet and speak with your emergency providers. Event members include LowCountry Community Emergency Response Team, National Weather Service, Charleston County Volunteer Rescue Service, South Carolina Coast Guard Auxiliary, the US Department of Homeland Security, and others.


Monthly Crime Statistics Now Online

Monthly Crime Statistics for each neighborhood can now be found on the City's website.  Simply go to www.northcharleston.org, then to the Police Department then click on "Crime Statistics".  At the bottom of the page you will see the link for "Crime in Your Neighborhood".They  will attempt to have this updated by the 10th day of each month.  Hopefully the information will allow members of our community to keep abreast of what's going on in your area. If you have any questions, please contact Spencer Pryor, with Public Safety Communications  at 740-2548 or by email: spryor@northcharleston.org.

“ Friends of the Library “ Spring Book Sale

"Friends of the Library" is having its first book sale, along with other great activities, in our area on March 15 & 16, at 10 Storehouse Row on the old Naval Base.  It is sure to be an exciting event.  FOL Members Only Hours: Sat, 8-10a.m.   Open to the Public: Sat. 10-6p.m. and Sunday 12-5p.m.  As this is the first time they have brought the sale to North Charleston, we need a good turn out so they will make it an ongoing event!  If you need more information, contact Barbara Kingsbury at 805-6978, or the website: www.ccpl.org.



Otranto Library Honors Black History Month


Contact person:  Paul Bryan, Pre-professional Librarian: 572-4094


Children’s services at Otranto Library has invited Raphael James, the Live Five News Anchor, to read children’s stories written by African Americans on Saturday, February 23, at 3:00 p.m. Children can also celebrate this special month by participating in the annual nationwide Read-In on Monday, February 4, at 4:00 p.m.


In the summer of 2007, Charleston County Public Library participated in the Charleston County Big Read featuring the 1937 epic, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Since the Otranto Branch was closed during the Big Read, we are celebrating this classic novel in February 2008. There will be two programs highlighting the book. The first will occur on Saturday, February 9, beginning at 11:00 a.m., featuring WCSC-TV 5 Anchor, Ann McGill. Growing up in the rural South, Ms. McGill can relate to the world depicted in Hurston’s book, Their Eyes Were Watching God. Ann will read key passages and lead a discussion of the impact Hurston has had on the lives of others. The second program on our featured book of the month will be a book discussion on Saturday, February 16, at 2:00 p. m., led by two of Otranto’s own Reference Librarians. There will also be a special guest in attendance who will bring the character of Janie Crawford to life.


Please join us for all the programs this month at the Otranto Road Regional Library. For more information, you may contact us at 572-4094 or visit our website at www.ccpl.org.



Free AARP Tax-Aide Service

Otranto Library, 2261 Otranto Rd.,N. Chas., - Thursdays, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., Feb. 7 - April 10.


DOT approves new 4 way Stop

The DOT has approved a four-way stop at Deerwood and Shadow. Additional stop signs should be installed soon.




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 Rep.                     Doug Armstead                745-1069


Recyclables:                     every other Thursday                                     Code Enforcement                      Jerry Groover                   740-2671                                                                                       Feb. 21st, Mar. 6th, 20th                                  CAC Representative                  Sarah Collins                    553-0288                         

                                                                                                                    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                     303-2331                                                                        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