The year 2020 for Deer Park started off with the swearing in of three City Council members. Caleb Stapp won the election with 694 votes (his opponent, Heather Newsom had 488), Helen Dee Cragun won with 558 votes (her opponent, Carla J. Philips had 548 votes), and Ron Scholz ran unopposed. Cragun has been a member of the City Council for the past 22 years; by the time of the next election, it will be her 26th year as a councilwoman. Stapp and Scholz are both new to the City Council. Scholz took Position 5, Stapp took 4, and Cragun remains in Position 2.
Deer Park is abuzz with festive expectations as the Greater Deer Park Chamber of Commerce gears up for the third annual Hometown Holiday Celebration. The event promises an evening filled with holiday merriment, featuring vendors, live music, a Christmas Lights Parade, and the tree lighting ceremony at City Hall.