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Sacred Heart students’ service trip to Nicaragua

Photo provided by Academy of the Sacred Heart -- Sacred Heart students and family are shown with friends during a service project in Nicaragua.

This summer, 26 Upper School at Sacred Heart students and faculty members traveled to Chinandega, Nicaragua. While there, the group worked with Amigos for Christ, a nonprofit based in Buford, Ga. Amigos for Christ started their work in Nicaragua in 1999 to promote rural development. The ASH students worked specifically in the area of water… Continue reading →

Angler lands record bass in City Park lake

Photo provided by Tim Zissis -- Holding his record-breaking bass caught at City Park Lake is Tim Zissis. He caught the 9.05-pound bass with a homemade lure he calls the 'Who Dat Frog.'

Tim Zissis has been fishing in City Park since he was a boy back in the 1970s. In those days, he’d go with his father to the park’s annual Big Bass Rodeo with hopes of catching a lunker. In years since, he has frequented the banks of the park’s many lagoons and canals and has caught several… Continue reading →

International Baccaulaureate primary school a first for the state

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Morris Jeff Community School second-grade teacher Chris Moore talks to students at the first International Baccalaurate elementary school in Louisiana.

With learning centered on curiosity and compassion, the students heading back to Morris Jeff Community School this week are the first in the state to attend an International Baccalaureate elementary school. The Mid-City school’s leaders have been working toward the authorization since applying for the charter about four years ago. There are seven other high schools… Continue reading →

New Orleans health briefs for Aug. 22-28, 2013

The Greater New Orleans Immunization Network bus offers free shots to children who lack insurance coverage for vaccinations. The network also maintains a computerized registry for easy record-keeping. The bus will be parked: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Wal-Mart,… Continue reading →

New Orleans neighborhood news for Aug. 22-28, 2013

LOCAL COMMEMORATION OF MARCH ON WASHINGTON: Justice and Beyond, a local coalition of community, labor, and religious groups will host a local commemoration of the national March on Washington. Veterans of the historic 1963 march as well as the Christian Unity Baptist Church, the Greater New Orleans AFL-CIO, Safe Streets Strong Communities, Watson… Continue reading →

Animal Rescue New Orleans: Planning where to go key when evacuating

Photo provided by ARNO -- Greedy is a stunning and sweet 7-year-old Husky mix. He is on heartworm treatment, included in the adoption fee. The adoption fee for one dog is $150, but for Greedy and his best friend, Missy, there is a special fee of $225. ARNO would love to get them in a foster home at least during treatment, but would love even more to find them a forever home. The dogs can be visited at ARNO 271 Plauche St. between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. daily or for more information, email

Hurricane season might start on June 1, but this is the time of year when the threat is highest for a storm to make landfall. Last week we talked about planning for an evacuation with your pet and making sure you have proper transportation to get you, your family and your pets out of harm’s way safely. This… Continue reading →

La Vie de Ville: Burgers, bourbon, beer raise food bank funds

Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE - Nearly 500 patrons packed Generations Hall for Second Harvest's annual Burgers, Bourbon & Beer fundraiser.

For the second consecutive year, Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana hosted its popular Burgers, Bourbon & Beer fundraiser to a packed house at Generations Hall. Patrons got a sneak peek at what awaited them inside the venue’s main entrance as restaurants lined the street outside to prep and grill up their burger creations… Continue reading →

Throw Me Somethin’: Fall football big part of back-to-school in community

Advocate Staff Photo by Eliot Kamenitz--- Community news columnist Lynne Jensen

“Back to school” means more than reading, writing and arithmetic. Before and after classes, students take part in extra-curricular activities, including scouting, music and sports. Some activities make their way into our community, where everyone can enjoy the fun. Here’s the fall football schedule for Tad Gormley Stadium at City Park. But before heading to… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Hadassah to sponsor Build-a-Bra workshop

Eva Jacob Barkoff

The New Orleans chapter of Hadassah will sponsor an inaugural event this weekend that promises to be not only enjoyable but, excuse the pun, uplifting as well. Hadassah’s Build-a-Bra workshop will be from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Center, 3747 West Esplanade Ave., in Metairie. “The afternoon promises to be… Continue reading →

West Bank Spotlight: Renovations enhance historic site

Advocate staff photo by John McCusker  -- Yetoria DeShazier

As I walk up the steps of the Cita Dennis Hubbell Library and open the huge massive green front doors, I can’t help but wonder, “if these walls could talk.” But after you walk in, you will notice an area with old and young people on the computer; a section where people are studying on their laptops and… Continue reading →

Goodwill store opens first Metairie location

Advocate staff photo by Eliot Kamenitz -- Sabrina Written, marketing manager for Goodwill Industries, shows off the new Goodwill store at 4329 Veterans Blvd.

Racks of clothes, shelves filled with glasses, dishes, pots, pans and shoes and cases lined with books are all clearly marked and neatly placed in a retail store in the heart of Metairie. But what makes this space special is twofold — it provides employment for men and women who are disabled or economically disadvantaged and all… Continue reading →

City Bark fundraiser helps keep up home away from home for canines

Photo provided Zander White -- Dogs and their owners enjoy the day at NOLA City Bark.

If a dog had designed Bourbon Street, it would probably look a lot like NOLA City Bark. And just like there’s only one Bourbon Street, there’s no other dog park quite like City Bark. For New Orleans’ four- legged residents, nothing compares to the city’s only official dog park when it comes time to break… Continue reading →

New Orleans school briefs for Aug. 22, 2013

Photo provided by Ursuline Academy -- Each year the Ursuline Academy senior class is granted the special privilege of wearing senior sweaters in the colors of their class mascot. The Sioux of 2014 wore their red senior sweaters for the first time on Aug. 14, the first day of school. From left are Kristen Landry, Lauren Barré, Brandy Demarco, Kayla Garnier and Carley Pressley.

At the beginning of each school year, it is a Dominican tradition for a DHS senior to act as a “big sister” to an incoming DHS freshmen or eighth-grader who becomes their “little sister.” Seniors show their little sisters around, give them pointers and enjoy a lunch on campus… Continue reading →

Katrina remembered with prayer

An interfaith prayer breakfast to commemorate the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina will be held at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at the Treme Community Center, 900 North Villere St. in New Orleans. The focus will be to call for action on climate change to help reduce its effects, including extreme weather events like Hurricane Katrina.… Continue reading →

Chakula cha Jua to perform 1-man show

Photo provided by Ashe Cultural Center -- Growing Up Happu in New Orleans

The Ashe Cultural Arts Center will present Chakula cha Jua in “Growing Up Black (and Happy) In New Orleans… The Life and Times of the Great Chakula,” a one-man-show written, directed and performed by Jua. Final performances are at 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans. Admission is… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central

Photo provided by Steven Forster -- Steven Forster, Advocate New Orleans social columnist and photographer

Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The Advocate. Events featured in the Aug. 18th edition of The New Orleans Advocate: • Bodacious Burlesque: Burlesque queens and royalty-in-training showed off their moves when the New Orleans School of Burlesque held its student showcase at the Allways… Continue reading →

Steven Forster’s Party Central

Advocate photo by Steven Forster -- Casa Argentina's 'Wine, Music and Dinosaurs' was held in the Lake Marina Towers' Harbor Room, with Argentine wines, entertainment by a flute and guitar duo, and a talk by renowned local geologist Tom Bergeon. Dr. Irwin Marcus, Angela Hill.

Read columnist and photographer Steven Forster’s coverage of New Orleans’ social events at The Advocate. Events featured in the Aug. 15th edition of The New Orleans Advocate: • Argentine Evening: Casa Argentina’s “Wine, Music and Dinosaurs” was held in the Lake Marina Towers’ Harbor Room, with Argentine wines, entertainment… Continue reading →

Mass set for descendants of Chahta

Photo provided -- Chahta residents from throughout St. Tammany are shown at a meeting with the Rev. Kyle Dave of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church in Lacombe and Deacon Reggie Seymour of St. Genevieve Catholic Church in Bayou Liberty  with a chasuble worn by Abbe Adrien Rouquette, on display from St. Joseph Abbey. Rouquette, known as Chahta Ima, was a priest who lived amongst the Chahta until his death in the 1880s. A Chahta Day has been planned for Saturday beginning with the celebration of the Mass at 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church, 22088 Main St., off U.S. 190 in Lacombe.

Sacred Heart of Jesus Church will host Chahta Day, beginning with the celebration of the Mass on Saturday, 10 a.m., at 28088 Main St. in Lacombe. The day will be a homecoming of Chahta family members of all faiths who are spread throughout various churches on the north shore near village sites such as Bonfouca near Slidell and… Continue reading →

Daughters of Charity Health Center in Ninth Ward awarded $550,000 grant

Photo provided by Daughters of Charity -- Shown at the recent award of a $550,000 grant to the Daughters of Charity Health Centers in the New Orleans 9th Ward are, from left, Glen Golemi, Gulf States Region CEO, UnitedHealthcare; Sister Bonnie Hoffman, vice president of Mission Integration, Daughters of Charity Health Centers; Charlotte Parent, deputy director, New Orleans Health Department; and M. Cleland Powell III, board chairman, Daughters of Charity Foundation of New Orleans.

Daughters of Charity Health Centers announced it received a $550,000 grant from United Health Foundation. The grant will support DCHC’s Patient-Centered Medical Home Model and Neighborhood Health Partnership program at its Bywater Health Center, 1030 Lesseps St. United Health Foundation awarded the grant during a community event at the site in New Orleans’ 9th Ward.… Continue reading →

Care Cadets complete summer session at LSPCA

Photo provided by LSPCA -- The 2013 class of Care Cadets, front row from left: Brenna Robinson, Ally Firmin, Nyela Joshua, Ella Rose Huck, Robert Schexnayder and Victoria Henry. Back row: Andrew Varuso, Rachel Nail, Aimee Cuenca, Maggie Latino, Emily Caro, Emily Sinatra and Mary Zervigon.

The Louisiana SPCA recently completed its 2013 session of Care Cadet Camp, for children entering sixth or seventh grade who want to learn how to be humane educators to their peers. Each day was filled with presentations, including visits from shelter department managers, veterinarians, exotic pet experts, a therapy dog handler and a service dog trainer.… Continue reading →

New Orleans school briefs, Aug. 15-21, 2013

The Greater New Orleans Community Health Connection will hold free school immunizations and health screenings for Orleans Parish students. Also for students, basic school supplies will be given away. The fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Dryades YMCA, 2220 Oretha Castle Haley… Continue reading →

Touro welcomes 46 students to career camp

Photo provided by Touro Infirmary -- Aimee Falgout, left, Touro nurse, performs surgery on Mr. Chicken with assistance from Health Career Camp students Olivia Landry, Caroline Robertson and Katherine Kyriakoudes.

Forty-six high school juniors, seniors and recent graduates from 25 schools in the metro area participated in the annual Health Career Camp at Touro Infirmary. In its sixth year, the Health Career Camp, with the support of the Jackie Wolff Fund and the Keller Family Foundation, included the largest class in the camp’s history. The one-week… Continue reading →

What’s New @ The Libary: E-book fair, Poitier films and chess at New orleans libraries

Come and learn about all of the e-books and other digital downloads that the library has to offer from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the monthly Rosa F. Keller Library and Community Center E-Book Fair at 4300 South Broad St. Instruction and assistance will be provided for downloading any of the more than 10,000 e-books, audio-books,… Continue reading →

New Orleans neighborhood news, Aug. 15-21, 2013

FOOTBALL TRAINING CAMP: Kids ages 8 to 14 are invited to join Devin Lewis from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Harrell Stadium, on South Claiborne Ave., a block off the 8600 block South Carrollton Ave., for a free football training camp. The camp will feature the fundamentals of football safety and hydration techniques.… Continue reading →

La Vie de Ville: Royal Street art corridor shows off funky side

Advocate photo by ROBERTA GROVE -- Mary Len Costa, left, and Dolita Brown work the information booth during the Arts Council of New Orleans Dirty Linen Night in the French Quarter.

Art galleries that line Royal Street were the feature this past weekend during the New Orleans Arts Council’s annual presentation of Dirty Linen Night. The funkier cousin of the Warehouse District’s White Linen event, Dirty Linen originated several years ago as the French Quarter’s way of showcasing art along the Royal Street corridor. The idea is for art… Continue reading →

Around Jefferson: Kiwanis Club hosts bowlers to fund service projects

Photo provided by Rivertown Theaters for the Performing Arts -- Leading the cast for ‘Aladdin Jr.’ that opens Friday at the Rivertown Theaters are, from left, Elissa Roberts as Jasmin, Seth Smith as Aladdin, Carl Ackers as Jafar and Nathan Hannan as the Genie.

If you like to bowl and would like to help a good cause, head over to Harahan this weekend for a special fundraiser sponsored by the Lakeside Kiwanis Club of Metairie. The club’s fundraiser is from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday at the Colonial Bowling Center, 6601 Jefferson Highway, Harahan. The cost is $25 per bowler and… Continue reading →

West Bank Spotlight: Sharing the good news

Advocate photo by Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier -- Grand Master Augustus 'Peewee' Blanco gives a self-defense demonstration with students Gage Brouillette and Cole Callaway at a seminar on how to defuse bullying, held at Household of Faith Worship Church International in Harvey.

Hi West Bankers, my name is Yetoria Lumpkin DeShazier, and I am your new West Bank columnist. I am very happy to share with you the “good news” on the West Bank. Let me tell you a little more about myself. I previously worked in the newspaper industry for 12 years and informed readers by writing a… Continue reading →

Woman brings full-scale replica to New Orleans

Advocate photos by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jack Hahne and his mother, Erika Hahne, build a boat out of cardboard during the New Orleans Maritime Heritage Foundation fundraising event to create awareness at the Irish House on Saint Charles Avenue.

After spending two weeks sailing on the Lady Washington in the Puget Sound, Gail Lazaras became smitten with 19th-century ships and formed a nonprofit with a single goal: to bring a tall ship to New Orleans. During the voyage that transported her to the early 1800s, Lazaras trained as a crewmember on the traditionally rigged 112-foot ship… Continue reading →

New Orleans market aims to give small businesses a boost

Advocate Photo by VERONICA DOMINACH -- Jocquelyn Marshall, at top, Sharon Sylvester and Wyshonda Marshall enjoy snowballs at the Market on LaSalle Street.

Along just one street in Central City lies a staggering amount of history. It was just off LaSalle Street that the Rev. Martin Luther King famously organized for civil rights, the first voter rights drives in the nation were held, and the historic Dew Drop Inn, once touted as the “swankiest nightclub in the South,” welcomed… Continue reading →

St. Tammany arts and entertainment events for Aug. 15, 2013

Photo provided by Christwood -- At the trio Encore's recent Christwood concert are, from left, Dale Conrad, Joy Bates, baritone Kyle Jones, pianist Kristin Albarado, Georgyee Burke, Julie Howard, and mezzo-soprano Denise Bayraktar.

St. Tammany has a new charity arts program, developed at Armbruster Art Works on North Vermont Street in Covington. Mary Gallagher, organizer of the Ooh La Las, joined forces with several of her fellow classmates to be able to share their artwork with the community and give back philanthropically at the… Continue reading →

ATHENA Leadership Award nominations sought

The East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce’s Athena Committee seeks nominations for its annual Athena Leadership Award and the Athena Young Professional Leadership Award. Deadline for submission of nominees for the Athena award is 4 p.m. Aug. 22 at the chamber offices at 118 West Hall Ave. Slidell. Deadline for submission of Athena Young Professional Leaders is at… Continue reading →

St. Tammany youths dig reading program

Shellie Savoy

It was a wonderful summer at the St. Tammany Parish Library. The Summer Reading Program was a great success with 8,293 children digging the “Dig into Reading” theme and 554 teenage youths going “Beneath the Surface” to uncover a bedrock of titles. Children who reached the 10-hour reading goal received a beach bag and certificate. Teens who reached… Continue reading →

Oshsner names nurse for quarterly DAISY award.

Photo provided by Ochsner Medical Center–North Shore -- Ochsner Medical Center–North Shore awarded Rebecca Eaton, RN, with the DAISY award for the outstanding patient care she provides to patients in the hospital's Med/Surg department. Pictured are, from left, Ochsner North Shore CEO Polly Davenport; Sue Scott, RN; Rebecca Eaton, RN; and Cheryl Woods, MSN, RN and Chief Nursing Officer.

North Shore in Slidell awarded registered nurse Rebecca Eaton with the DAISY Award in recognition of the outstanding patient care she provides. Eaton has been with the hospital for five years and works in the Med/Surg department. She was nominated for the honor by a patient who wrote, “Becky went beyond her requirements when it… Continue reading →

Humane Society celebrates Homeless Animal Day

 Photo provided by St. Tammany Humane Society -- Melanie  is very entertaining, loves chasing bugs, plays with her blanket and even knows her name.  She is available for adoption from the St. Tammany Humane Society.

Since this is our first column, I would like to give some background about the St. Tammany Humane Society. We are a financially independent 501(c)3 nonprofit organized to run a no-kill shelter with limited intakes. What does that mean? Due to our limited space we must first adopt out an animal before we can accept another one… Continue reading →

St. Tammany business briefs for Aug. 15, 2013

The East St. Tammany Chamber of Commerce will sponsor breakfast with the mayor. Slidell Mayor Freddy Drennan will give a State of the City address Friday at LaRosetta’s, 348 Robert Blvd., in Slidell. Doors open at 8 a.m. and the presentation will begin at… Continue reading →