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DPNC Newsletter - November 2008





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When:  Monday, November 17th 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. 45     November 2008







 By Julia Long



Happy Thanksgiving! I have much to be thankful for, as does our neighborhood as a whole. To express our mutual thankfulness for those who support the civic club, we have a very special door prize for this month's meeting: a $100 gas card. Yes, one person attending our meeting will go home with a card for $100 worth of free gas for the family car! Be sure when you arrive to sign in with the secretary so that you are eligible for the drawing that will be held near the end of the meeting.


There are those families who are having an especially hard time during this period of economic downturn and high unemployment, and we want to share our spirit of thanksgiving with the children from some of these families. So please bring along with you to the meeting an unwrapped new toy in its original packaging. These will be donated to the toy drive that is led by Debi Chard of TV's Channel 5. And Debi herself has promised to try to drop by our meeting to say thank you for your contribution! No need to make a special shopping trip; most grocery stores and drug stores and other such places also carry at least a few toys this time of year. Make a note to yourself to pick up one or more the next time you're out. (If the toy you've chosen requires batteries, please pick up a package of those too.) These gifts bring unexpected joy and hope to countless children who may otherwise feel unimportant and forgotten. 


Also at our meeting, we'll be saying a public thank you to various people who have, through the years, made special and unselfish contributions to help Deer Park remain a safe and family-friendly neighborhood to live in. Some of those people are:  Our Deerwood Station Firefighters, our Speed Team and other Police Officers, Mr. Jimmie Mitchum, Tim Scott, Lucy Herman, Bobby Jameson, Sarah Collins, Lenora Sherrill, Linda Vetter, Wheeler Tillman,  Melinda Chambers, Margot Callahan.












Plans continue for the Murphy Oil Gas Station at the old bank location on the corner of Otranto and Rivers. So far, it looks as though the site will be made as attractive as possible. Murphy Oil will be adding a sidewalk that will greatly enhance the safety of anyone trying to cross the road on foot at that intersection. The city allowed a variance that will keep the station's dumpster in the back corner of the lot instead of right out in full view, and beautiful crepe myrtles will be planted under the electric lines. Any business at that corner will, of course, increase traffic there as cars go in and out, so we will all want to be even more cautious when driving in that area.







While focusing on the national elections, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of local elections. Tim Scott is our new House Representative, and Elliott Summey is our new County Council Representative. Both have promised to attend our meetings whenever possible and keep us informed. We'll be looking forward to hearing from them.







We want to congratulate Dennis and Annette Isgitt on their new grandson, Amir L. Jones.  Amir came into this world on November 5th weighing seven pounds and thirteen ounces.  Amir’s mom, Katie, is also doing well.


Also born recently, on October 18th, Aurora Lillian Martha Sligh, weighing ten pounds and seven and one half ounces.  Aurora is the new granddaughter of Julia Long.  Julia’s daughter, Rebecca Marie, is the proud mom.





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.                     Jimmy Wagner                 745-1069


Recyclables:                     every other Thursday                                     Code Enforcement                      Charles Cook                    696-9562                                                                                           Nov. 27th, Dec 11th                                         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                         Chandler Schwede            437-4736                                                                        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