New Orleans Saints says thanks to troops

NEW ORLEANS — The New Orleans Saints will honor Veterans Day by joining up with the Red Cross to support the Holiday Mail for Heroes program.

Fans are invited to bring a holiday card to today’s game or sign a card at one of the Red Cross tables. Volunteers will provide fans with the opportunity to write a message of thanks and support before the game outside of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, at Gate A East Island Ground Level and Gate C Upper Level Concourse from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

During the game, fans have the opportunity to sign a card inside the Superdome at the Red Cross table near the Plaza Level Section 130.

Cards can also be mailed to the following address by December 7,: Holiday Mail for Heroes, P.O. Box 5456, Capitol Heights, MD 20791-5456

Pitney Bowes Inc. will screen, package and ship the cards at no charge, and contribute thousands of volunteer hours at sites around the country.

Red Cross volunteers will sort and distribute the cards to service members, retirees, veterans, VA Medical Center patients, residents of the veteran’s homes in our community, and active duty members serving on military installations overseas.

Heart walk promotes health, education

New Orleans — The New Orleans Heart Walk, a noncompetitive 3.6-mile walk to raise funds to support heart disease and stroke research, and educational programs in the greater New Orleans area, will be held at Audubon Park, Shelter 10, with festivities beginning at 8 a.m.

The Heart Walk is designed to help participants understand the benefits of brisk walking to heart health. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:30 a.m. with the walk commencing at 9 a.m.

The Heart Walk is free and open to the public. To register, visit or call (504) 830-2300.

Stompers schedule calendar party

New Orleans — The 610 Stompers will hold their calendar party Friday, beginning at 8 p.m. at the Roux House, 2nd Floor of Walk-On’s Bistreaux & Bar, 1009 Poydras St.

Tickets for the party are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Ticket buyers will be receive a complimentary 610 Stompers 2013 Calendar, free beer, food and food.

Ticket information is available at

Stomper sand Splits will be dressed in their themed months and available to sign calendars.

Scholarship honors aspiring filmmaker

New Orleans —New Orleans Video Access Center will launch the Joshua Short Memorial Scholarship in January in remembrance of the 25-year-old aspiring filmmaker, Joshua Short who was killed while visiting a student he tutored after a neighborhood Night Out Against Crime event.

At the time of his death, Joshua was preparing for his participation in NOVAC’s competitive PA Bootcamp Program.

Short tutored and mentored the youth in his neighborhood. He first became interested in filmmaking when he and his twin brother were featured in Vincent Morelli’s documentaries “Left Behind” and “If the Children Are OK,” both of which focus on New Orleans public high schools, and were sponsored by NOVAC.

After being featured in the movies, Joshua worked as a production assistant to Morelli and was intent on making a career for himself in the film industry, which is why he applied to NOVAC’s film industry training programs. NOVAC is creating this opportunity so more young people from a variety of backgrounds can have access to creative and economic opportunities that will help create a pathway out of violence.

NOVAC will sponsor the cost of one seat in each of their four annual film industry workforce training or technical education classes offered each year, beginning in 2013. Scholarship winners will also earn a yearlong NOVAC membership.

Applicants between the ages of 18 and 27 who have demonstrated an interest in pursuing a career in film and or television but have been unable to receive the proper training due to financial hardship are eligible.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed twice a year for admission to fall and spring classes, respectively. NOVAC will begin accepting applications Dec. 3 for the 2013 fall semester.

For more information and how to apply, visit or email Applicants should also sign up for the NOVAC monthly newsletter by visiting

Franklin students earn perfect scores

New Orleans — Three Benjamin Franklin High School students in the class of 2012 have earned a perfect SAT or ACT scores. Arman Rahman scored a perfect score on the ACT and Will McGrew and Douglas Yang scored perfectly on the SAT.

Benjamin Franklin High also received the highest School Performance Score Grade in the state, and 35 percent of its senior class was recognized by the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program, with 27 National Merit Semifinalists.

Kenner Mayor’s Court hosts visitors

Kenner — Kenner Mayor Mike Yenni and the Mayor’s Court hosted dignitaries from Mexico’s Interior Ministry in an effort to prevent, punish, and eradicate domestic violence.

The group met last week to examine and discuss criminal proceedings related to domestic violence cases in Mexico with Magistrate Miguel Elias and Clerk of Court Director Meg Vincent.

Since 2010, the Ministry has been essential in the creation of five justice centers in Mexico, all providing integrated legal, psychological, and social services to women who are victims of crime.

Ministry members are now visiting “best practices” in the U.S., including Washington, D.C., Minneapolis, and the city of Kenner as part of a master plan to develop 17 new centers.

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