New Orleans briefs

City offers Carnival lottery for vendors

The city’s Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue will hold its 2013 lottery for the Mardi Gras fixed vendor locations at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 10 in the Civil District Court Building lobby.

Traditionally, the official Carnival season consists of 11 consecutive days, but the 2013 parade season will be cut into two separate segments. The first segment will be Jan. 25 to Jan. 27 followed by a nine-day break in parading. During this break, Mardi Gras street vending permits are not valid.

Parading will resume again Feb. 6, 3 concluding Feb. 12.

Vendors interested in obtaining a permit must register for the lottery with the Bureau of Revenue between Dec. 31 and Jan. 4. Participants must submit both a completed Official Lottery Registration Card and a sales tax deposit in the amount of $1,000 in the form of a certified check or money order made payable to the City of New Orleans.

Registration materials can be delivered in person or by mail to the Bureau of Revenue, City Hall, 1300 Perdido St., Room 1W15, New Orleans, LA 70112. Mailed registration materials must be received no later than Jan. 4.

Only registration materials received during the designated period will be accepted and used to prepare the official lottery entry card. Participants need not be present at the Jan. 10 lottery. Those who are not selected for a fixed location will be refunded their deposit. Lottery placements are non-transferable.

Those selected in the lottery must attend the fixed location selection process at 9 a.m. Jan. 12 at the Bureau of Revenue in City Hall, Room 1W15. Names will be called according to their placement on the lottery board. A valid ID is required. Participants unable to attend the selection process must authorize in writing, a representative to attend in their place. Representatives must also have valid picture ID. Each participant is allowed 10 minutes to select one fixed location.

Individuals interested in obtaining Walker’s Permits for this Mardi Gras season can go to the Revenue Office the week of Jan. 23 to obtain the necessary permits. Information defining the parameters of these permits can be found on the city’s website at www. nola.gov.

Vendors can obtain more information through the Department of Finance, Bureau of Revenue, Application Unit, at (504) 658-1666 or (504) 658-1643 or (504) 658-1645.

Retired Marine named to post

New Orleans — Col. (Ret.) Gregg T. Habel was appointed as the executive director of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North in a ceremony here last week.

Habel was appointed to the federal civil service as a member of the Senior Executive Service.

Formerly chief of staff for Lt. Gen. Steven Hummer, commander of Marine Forces Reserve and Marine Forces North, Habel is retiring after more than 27 years of service with the United States Marine Corps. A ceremony in observance of his retirement was held Friday in Jackson Square.

Habel began his Marine Corps career in 1985 after graduating from the U.S. Naval Academy with a degree in Political Science. An infantryman, he deployed in support of Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm, graduated with honors from Amphibious Warfare School, and holds masters degrees in manpower and personnel management and national strategy. Habel’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit (2nd award), the Meritorious Service Medal (2nd award), the Navy Commendation Medal (2nd award), and the Combat Action Ribbon.

The Senior Executive Service is a position in the civil service of the United States federal government somewhat analogous to the ranks of general or admiral in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Members of the SES serve in the key positions just below top presidential appointees. As such, SES members are the major link between presidential appointees and the rest of the Federal civil service work force.

Nonprofits open endowments

New Orleans — The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced that a group of local nonprofit organizations successfully completed the Richard West Freeman Endowment Challenge and raised enough dollars to open an endowment at the foundation.

The Freeman Challenge matches one dollar for every two dollars raised by participating nonprofits for the purpose of opening an endowment to ensure their financial stability.

The nonprofits are Communities in Schools, Choice Foundation/Lafayette Academy, Kids Rethink New Orleans Schools, Metropolitan Center for Women and Children, Terrebonne Historical and Cultural Society and Woodlands Conservancy.

Collectively, they raised more than $150,000 and were matched with $75,000 by the Freeman Challenge.

A study conducted by the foundation that found many local nonprofits don’t have enough cash to weather an economic downturn and nearly half of those who responded have less than a three-month reserve.

Established in 1999 by the Freeman family in partnership with the Greater New Orleans, the Freeman Challenge has awarded over $250,000 to help establish endowments for 13 local organizations.

Compiled from
The Associated Press