New Orleans neighborhood news for Jan. 31, 2013

Advocate staff report

Lakeview

Neighborhood kid’s parade: The annual neighborhood children’s Carnival parade will be Saturday at 3 p.m. Marchers will line up on Pontalba Street on the City Park side of Marshall Foch.

The parade will head right on West Park to Central Park, left on East Park to North Park and left on Middle Park to the party spot at the West’s lot. Volunteers are needed to help with traffic, a car with Mardi Gras music to lead the parade and honk the horn, and to supply tables, king cakes, kids drinks and waters for the party spot. Most important, plenty of spectators are needed on the street. For information, email southlakeview@googlegroups.com.

Lakeview remembers: Children from the Episcopal ISAS Middle School and parishioners from St. Paul’s Episcopal Church joined Saturday to plant oak trees in Lakeview in memory of the Sandy Hook School Shooting. The trees were individually tagged with the names of one of the 26 victims. Children, parents, and other volunteers recorded video messages of hope and inspiration to send the affected families.

Treme

NEWCITY meeting: The January 2013 NEWCITY meeting will be held Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte St.

There will be presentations by Vincent Sylvain of Sylvain Solutions, on the restoration of the historic Carver Theater, and by Maggie Merrill and April Kennedy of HANO on the Iberville Housing Development.

NEWCITY Neighborhood Partnership is a coalition of more than 70 stakeholders in the Tremé and Lower Mid-City neighborhoods of New Orleans. The meeting is free. Lunch provided.

For more information, contact director Sophie Harris at sharris@providencech.org or call (504) 821.7236.

Gentilly

Board elects officers for 2013: The Board of Directors of the Gentilly Civic Improvement Association met to elect officers for 2013.

The meeting was held at the St. Paul’s Homecoming Center in Gentilly.

The new officers are: president, Dalton Savwoir Jr., Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association; vice president, Betty Muller, Mirabeau Gardens Neighborhood Association; treasurer, Sidney Cates V, Gentilly Terrace and Gardens Improvement Association; secretary, Brenda Nolan, Paris Oaks/Bayou Vista Neighborhood Association; and parliamentarian, Victor Gordon, Pontilly Neighborhood Association.

GCIA is a coalition of 22 neighborhood associations in Gentilly and provides support, information, resources, and leadership to the neighborhoods in Gentilly.

Gentilly neighborhood associations name leaders: Joycelyn Evans, voscovillenwa@gmail.com, is the new president of the Gentilly Heights/Voscoville Neighborhood Association, and Alisha Johnson, alisha2709@gmail.com, will lead the Edgewood Neighborhood Association.

Bywater

Preserving our heritage: A historic molasses mill at 3333 Chartres St. has been restored to serve as an office building. Turn Service, LLC, which services the inland waterways industry with fleeting, inspection, cleaning and repair, will occupy the building between Piety and Desire streets, overlooking the Mississippi River at the foot of the proposed Crescent Park.

The property previously housed a sawmill, an almshouse, a Civil War barracks and a stevedoring company. It is the site of the former Dunbar Molasses and Syrup Co., which built the riveted steel structure that provides the framework of the current building.