New Orleans area briefs for Dec. 16, 2012

Entergy Foundation helps 10 groups

Ten New Orleans nonprofits will share in more than $137,000 in funding from the latest round of Entergy Charitable Foundation grants.

The grants went to support education, economic development, the environment, disadvantaged residents and the arts in New Orleans.

The programs that received support include:

The New Orleans Start-up Fund, which received $33,000 to help support economic development and job creation.

The Orleans Public Education Network, which received $25,000 for its work in early childhood development and education.

Green Light New Orleans, which received $25,000 to support efforts to provide energy efficient light bulbs to area residents.

Victories in Service Inc., which received $15,000 to help children and families overcome the obstacles of poverty and crime.

School Leadership Center of Greater New Orleans and Start the Adventure in Reading each received $10,000 grants to support educational initiatives.

The group 4.0 Schools also received a $6,720 grant to support education in the city, while the Foundation for Science and Mathematics Education received a $5,000 grant to support summer internships that foster academic enrichment.

Other grants include $5,000 to support the New Orleans Opera Association’s educational programming and $2,500 to the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative to help residents of Central City build credit scores to aid in home ownership.

Sheriff and school staff play for charity

Braithwaite — Phoenix High School staff and the Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office will face off for a charity basketball game at 1 p.m. Friday at the Phoenix High gym, 13073 Highway 15 in Braithwaite.

Admission to the game is 50 cents, and proceeds will be used to buy gifts for the elderly involved with the Eastbank Council on Aging program. Sheriff Lonnie Greco will take to the court with at least eight other members of the Sheriff’s Office.

Traffic to change
on South Derbigny

The Department of Public Works will convert traffic on the portion of South Derbigny Street from its current one-way status to two-way on Monday at about 9 a.m.

The modification is being made to help improve patient access to the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium, in the downtown biosciences district.

This conversion is being done on a six-month trial basis, during which time the department will monitor the effects of the change.

The traffic change was recommended as a part of a 2005 study discussing access to the cancer center.

The city will post new directional traffic signs designating this segment of road as two-way.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau