N.O. Briefs

Cantrell to discuss existing parade laws

New Orleans City Council member LaToya Cantrell is holding a roundtable discussion regarding Mardi Gras parade ordinance enforcement from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Latter Library Branch.

Cantrell will discuss stronger enforcement of existing parade route laws in the Uptown area. Cantrell began looking at ways to help neighborhoods along the St. Charles Avenue parade route after meeting with members of the Bouligny Improvement Association.

Her goal, according to a press release, is to come up with an updated ordinance to ensure public safety.

Mandeville holds spring celebration

A spring celebration with a petting zoo, face painting, the Big Fun Brass Band and readings for children will be held March 30 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Mandeville Trailhead, 675 Lafitte St.

Children will be able to meet the Easter Bunny and get free Elmer’s candy.

An Easter egg hunt will take place at 12:30 p.m.

Aquarium holds special hours

The Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and Entergy IMAX® Theatre, usually closed on Mondays, will be open March 25.

The Audubon Zoo and Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium will remain closed.

All Audubon attractions are open on Easter Sunday, March 31, 2013 and Monday, April 1.

St. Charles Parish earns ‘Sunny’ award

The Sunshine Review, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to government transparency, named St. Charles Parish as one of 250 winners of its fourth annual Sunny Awards, which honor the most transparent government websites nationwide.

For the 2013 awards, editors at Sunshine Review analyzed more than 1,000 qualifying government websites and graded each on a 10-point transparency checklist.

Editors looked at content available on government websites against what should be provided. They sought information on items such as budgets, meetings, lobbying, financial audits, contracts, public records and taxes.

The winners of the Sunny Award all received an “A” grade during the extensive grading process.

Sunshine Review is a nonprofit organization dedicated to state and local government transparency.

Since its inception in 2008, Sunshine Review has analyzed the websites of all 50 states and more than 7,000 state and local entities.

Chabad center offers
Torah Studies course

Chabad Jewish Center’s Jewish Learning Institute will launch a new Torah Studies course beginning April 7 at the Chabad Jewish Center, 4141 We. Esplanade Ave.

Class time is 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on five consecutive Sunday mornings. Breakfast for participants is at 9 a.m.

The adult education course is designed for people at all levels of Jewish knowledge.

Interested students are welcome to attend the first session free, without obligation to continue. The fee for the entire course is $36, which includes the course textbook.

For more information call Rabbi Mendel Ceitlin at 347-351-6476.

To enroll visit http://www.jewishlouisiana.com/torahstudies.

Seabrook Sector Gate recognized by group

The New Orleans-based Bioengineering ARCADIS, LLC has earned an award for exemplary engineering achievement in the American Council of Engineering Companies’ 47th annual Engineering Excellence Awards for the Seabrook Sector Gate Complex in New Orleans.

The $165 million complex is a critical element of the federally mandated program to safeguard New Orleans and the surrounding area from storm surges.

Spanning the 500-foot wide Inner Harbor Navigation Channel, the complex’s massive sector and vertical gates provide a navigable waterway to Lake Pontchartrain and a barrier against rising storm waters.

All 146 National Recognition Award winners will be honored as preeminent 2013 engineering achievements at the black-tie Engineering Excellence Awards Gala—known as the “Academy Awards of the engineering industry”—to be held April 23 in Washington, D.C.

Each award winner is also eligible for one of EEA’s top 24 awards — 16 Honor Awards, 8 Grand Awards and the prestigious “Grand Conceptor Award” for the year’s most outstanding overall engineering achievement.

Judging for the top awards took place in February, conducted by a nationwide panel of more than 30 engineers, architects, government representatives, media members, and academics.

Awards criteria included uniqueness and originality, technical innovation, social and economic value, complexity, and success in enhancing the practice of engineering.

Leadership Center taking applications

The School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans is accepting applications for the 2013 Fellows program, which is designed to help school leaders improve their school performance scores.

The program requires application by April 1. Spots are limited. To apply call 504-267-7239 or visithttp://www.slc-gno.org/content/docs/Fellows%20Program%20Application%202013.pdf

More than 300 local school administrators have completed the Fellows program since 1997.

Compiled by
the New Orleans bureau