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DPNC Newsletter - March 2008



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When:  Monday, March 17th, 2008

Time: 6:30 p.m.: Topic: Setting up Neighborhood Crime Watch                                        

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. 37  March  2008



President’s Corner

 By Julia Long


WARNING: We have had considerable crime in our area the last few months.


Do not open your door to strangers, especially in the evening. Call the police at once if a stranger comes to your door after dark with a request to come inside your house. There have been several events in the last week or two in Deer Park of a pair of men giving odd reasons to try to enter someone's house: an offer to do a free carpet cleaning that would take "just a minute" and an offer to sell the homeowner paper towels. 


There are some people going around our streets stealing from cars. Remember to lock your car no matter how soon you plan to be going out again. Pull your car in as far from the road as you can get it. If you have a garage, use it. If you have a fence, keep your gate closed at all times to give the impression that there may be a dog in the yard. If you have outside lights, keep them on at night, please, at least until this crime gets under control.


Also, if you see a stranger at night in your yard or your neighbor's yard, call the police. There are people who are stealing any loose items left out in the yard, and people who are destroying expensive AC/heating units, especially larger ones, to get a few dollars worth of copper to sell. Deer Park churches might consider shining motion-detector lights on their units at night and/or putting protective locked fences (perhaps with alarms) around the equipment. Those thieves have focused so far mostly on the larger business or medical office units, and at least one church that we know of, but as people with the largest units get more careful, the thieves could target homes.  


Do not challenge or confront anyone! That is for the police to do; they are the experts so we must let them do their job. If the police check on a call you make and find out the suspiciously-behaving person is harmless, the police will not blame or criticize you for having made the call. The police need all the help they can get with descriptions and patterns of suspicious behavior. If you have friends and neighbors who don't get our newsletter, warn them to be on the lookout too. We all need to work together to make our neighborhood safe again.

REMINDER – Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale Event

"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.   If you need more information, contact Barbara Kingsbury at 805-6978, or the website: www.ccpl.org



2008 Clean City Sweep

By Chandler Schwede


The Clean Cities Sweep will be held this year between April 20 and April 27th.  Exact details will be coming in next month's newsletter.  We will be working to beautify an area in our community, and your help is greatly needed!!!  We have been very successful in the past, but we can only do so with your help and participation.  Mark your calendars, and look for more information to come!!!


Otranto Library

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


In celebration of National Library Week, April 14-April 19, 2008, you are invited to stop by the Children’s Department and have fun at the special craft table. Celebrating Earth Day on Tuesday, April 22, at 4:00 p.m., Otranto will feature a Kids’ Gardening Series. This is the first program in a four-part series presented by the Charleston Area Children’s Garden Project, an affiliate of the Clemson Research and Education Center. Executive Director, teacher and gardener, Darlena Goodwin will host the series’ kickoff by assisting children in building a raised garden bed for a butterfly garden at the library. This event is for all ages. Our Preschool Special of the month is Spiders and Flies and Worms, Oh My!. Join the Otranto Children’s Staff for this delightful puppet show. There will be “bug-a-licious” stories, songs and plenty of audience participation.  This wonderful event is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, at 10:30 a.m. Young adults are invited to a fun-filled Karaoke Night, Thursday, April 24, at 6:00 p.m. Teens will sing and dance in friendly competition with a prize awarded to the winner. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Just like Spring, Otranto will have a sense of growth in its adult programming with a new book discussion, featuring the title The Secret Life of Bees, by Sue Monk Kidd. It is the story of Lily, a fourteen-year-old white girl and her black housekeeper set in 1964 South Carolina, a time when racial tensions were inflamed by the civil rights movement and white racists’ frequently violent responses to it.  Join us for a lively discussion of this poignant and compelling book on Thursday, April 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m. We are also offering a new computer class on Microsoft Word Basics. This class will take place on April 3 at 11:30 a.m. and Thursday, April 17 at 3:00 p.m. You will learn how to enter and format text, change margins and line spacing, and copy and paste text. Saving and printing tips will also be discussed. Experience with a PC and mouse is necessary.  Please pre-register for this class at the Reference Desk or call us at 572-4094. Look forward for information in the next issue about Summer Reading programs for all ages and the North Charleston Arts Festival programs at Otranto.

Membership Dues


Membership Dues of $10.00 annually are always received any time of the year. If you wish to mail your check in, make your check payable to Linda Brinson and mail it to 2510 Gable St., N. Chas., SC 29406.  If you are not certain whether or not your dues are up to date, please give Linda a call at 553-8832. Ten dollars per year is a small amount to pay for monthly updates on community activities, events, programs, and many matters of concern to each of us. Even if you do not attend the monthly meetings and desire at least to receive the newsletter, please get your dues paid.


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                                                                                        Mar. 20th, April 3rd, 17th                                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