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DPNC Newsletter - October 2008



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When:  Monday, October 20th 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. 44     October 2008



President’s Corner

 By Julia Long


Not sure whether you're allowed to transform your detatched garage into an apartment for your mother-in-law? Eager to report problems on your street but not sure how to or would prefer it not be reported in your own name? Curious about the development on the corner where University Boulevard leaves Highway 78 near Gable? Are you concerned about crime, drainage issues, heavy traffic? Do you want new business and apartment development to stay far enough away from your home that it won't cause the value of your property to drop below the amount you still owe on your mortgage? Then you need to belong to the civic club, the Deer Park Neighborhood Council. Even if you are not able to attend the monthly meetings, your name on the membership role will insure that you get timely information, and will help the club be able to represent the interests of every resident in Deer Park, including you.


If you live anywhere within the area bounded by University Boulevard, Otranto, I-26, and Tri-com, you live in Deer Park. Deer Park includes The Timbers, Antler Point, Red Oak, Buck Run, Northwoods Pointe, and other subdivisions. If you already belong to our local civic club, I thank you for it, and ask you to be sure to renew your membership for 2009. You may do that at any time by sending ten dollars to Linda Brinson at 2510 Gable Street, North Charleston, 29406. If you are not yet a member, please join your neighbors in protecting our neighborhood and keeping it a safe and welcoming home for singles and families. If you send Linda your memberships dues now, your membership will extend through December of 2009.


Every day now I expect to hear from my daughter in Atlanta that she's on the way to the hospital to deliver my first granddaughter. I'll be taking care of my two grandsons, Devon aged four and Kieran aged two, while she has a few days to settle in with the new baby. One of the great joys of little children in the family is teaching them about who they are and what their background is. I was delighted recently when Devon said to me, "Grandmama, when you were little, where did Great-Granddaddy Kenneth change your diapers? There's no changing table at Nana's house." So not only had he grasped that I used to be a baby, but he also understood who my parents are (though my father died before he was born)  and what house I grew up in.


I went back through all our old newsletters, and found the article I wrote when we were waiting for Kieran to be born. In that article, I said some things that I believe now more than ever, so I hope you don't mind if I repeat it below:


"March, 2006: I'm waiting each day to hear from my daughter in Atlanta that I have a new grandson. Her older son, two and a half years old, will then be coming to stay a week or two with me and my mother. When he's here, I show him pictures of his great-grandfather Kenneth Long who built the house "Nana" still lives in. And I tell him about his great-great grandparents, Douglas and Julia Long, who built the house I now live in. He's still too young to keep all the people and relationships straight, but I think he grasps that for a long time his family has lived in, and loved, Deer Park. When he plays with his toy tools, he always pretends that he too is building a house.


As people move about, it's easy to lose sight of the importance of really belonging somewhere, a place where you have a history and where you are always welcome. Those of us who have been in Deer Park for decades have watched our neighborhood grow. Sadly, it seems that each developer who builds a group of new houses in and among the older houses gives a marketing name to the new construction area. New people who move in then don't always realize that they too have become a part of Deer Park and its warm family history.


Some of you remember with me when we were first told that a wonderful new road would be built behind us to solve all the area's traffic problems. Of course, we were told, it would cut us off from the people on the other side, but the sacrifice would be worth it. Well, I-26 didn't solve all the area's traffic problems! But by isolating us between it and 78/52, it did, I think, increase our sense of being a distinct neighborhood. Do you remember when we first heard a mall was being built near us? No more driving miles to shop! And how thrilling it was to hear a hospital would soon be constructed nearby. When the Baptists wanted to build a college just a few blocks away, many people in this neighborhood contributed money so our young people could go to school without moving away from home. And what joy when the fire station was built! Before that, neighbors had to run to help each other put out fires in the woods before someone's home could burn. A number of young people who grew up in Deer Park later returned to raise their own children here.


For those of you who are new to our neighborhood, regardless of what religious organizations you may belong to or what other groups you take part in, I urge you to join the Deer Park Neighborhood Council. Make friends, and do your part to help keep Deer Park a safe, attractive, happy place to live. Remember, if you've lived here a while, but not joined, it's never too late to become a part of our family of neighbors. Don't be just someone who passed through without leaving a sign that you were ever here. Become part of the history of Deer Park."



The election is Tuesday, November 4. In addition too the bigger races, we'll be voting for our local County Council representative. The candidates are Coakley hilton, Mickie Kelecy, and Elliott Summey. 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 reaonably close to where you live. However, those in Deer Park 1B will be having to go further from home to vote, to the Ladson Elementary School. This probably 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.  


A potluck lunch and Bingo will be held at the Northwood Park gym on Wednesday October 29, 2008, from 11:00AM to 1:00PM for senior citizens.  Hotdogs and buns will be provided. Please bring a covered dish, chips, or a dessert.  If you have questions, please contact Helen DeLong at the Northwood Park gym 572-5410.


We are in the midst of developing a community information website. Please check out www.OurDeerPark.net, bookmark it, and visit often. Become a reporter, and use the email links on the home page there to submit any neighborhood news we can share with others.






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                                                                                           Oct 30th, Nov. 13th, 27th                                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