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DPNC Newsletter - June 2007




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****No Summer  Meetings****


Next Meeting Date: Monday, September  17th 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. 30         June 2007



Many of you will remember that the last city council race for our district was won by a single vote. How will you feel if you fail to vote in this election, only to find that the candidate of your choice lost by a single vote?

The election is Thursday, June 14. We will be voting in two races: Douglas and Summey are competing for Mayor, while Hilton and Jameson are competing for City Council Representative for District 3. District 3 includes, but isn't limited to, Deer Park, Northwood Estates, The Lakes, and The Elms.

Deer Park 1A, 2B and 2C all vote at A. C. Corcoran Elementary School. Deer Park 2A votes at Northwood Recreation Center. Deer Park 3 votes at Alice Birney Middle School. All of you are voting reasonably close to where you live.

However, many people in Deer Park 1B will be having to go further from home to vote, to the Ladson Elementary School. This includes those who live in The Elms and on Dantzler, Shadow from 78 to Deerwood, Donner, Blitzen, Fernwood from 78 to Deerwood, part of the 78 side of Deerwood, Wheaten, Nevonna, Gable, University Boulevard, the University Boulevard side of Storen, and perhaps some other locations.  

FREE BUS AVAILABLE: Please note that Bobby Jameson arranged with the Mayor to provide a frequently-running bus for those in Deer Park 1B who do not wish to drive to the Ladson Elementary School voting location. You may catch the bus either at The Elms or at the Low Country Free Will Baptist Church at 2770 Shadow Lane. 


by Julia Long

Many thanks to Linda Vetter, our Crime-Watch chair, for arranging our May speaker on crime prevention and safety. If you are interested in the door alarms, child ID kits, high-quality pepper spray, and other home protection objects that many of us purchased at the meeting, give Linda a call and let her know.


Here are just a few of the many, many safety tips we learned:

1. If women go grocery shopping alone or with small children, they should always ask for a clerk to help carry out the groceries. There are criminals who deliberately target women in grocery store parking lots, knowing they will be focusing on what they are doing and not noticing a stranger approaching. To assure that one of the young baggers will always be glad to accompany you to your car, tip three dollars, enough to make it worth their while but not so much as to make it appear you are carrying a lot of money.

2. Keep your cell phone charger plugged in next to your bed, not in some other room, so that you have quick access to the phone in the middle of the night.

3. You are likely to be better off to refuse to get into a car with anyone trying to force you to do so, as the person is less likely to commit violence against you in public.

Also, the Post and Courier June 7 article "North Charleston candidates talk about taxes, growth, crime" had a number of suggestions for lowering the crime rate in the city as a whole. For example, the District 3 section of the article reported, "Councilman Bobby Jameson said crime watches and neighborhood involvement are key to keeping crime down. Opponent Coakley Hilton said crime is a symptom of boarded-up communities that look like they condone crime, and more time and effort should be spent making neighborhoods look better." 

By the way, as I live in Deer Park 1B, I'll be riding the bus to vote. Hope to see some of you. But no matter how you get to your polling place, get there. Please, please don't fail to vote for the candidates of your choice. If you live in the 1B section of the Deer Park neighborhood and can't make it to the bus, or if you live elsewhere in Deer Park and have no way to get to your assigned voting location, feel free to call me immediately. Please don't force me to hear only when it's too late that you would have voted, but didn't because you lacked transportation.  Voting is a great privilege that many other people in the world don't have. Let's take advantage of it, even if voting takes some effort.


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                                                                                   June 14th, June 28th, July 12th                     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