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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

Tammany ushers in anti-bullying program

As St. Tammany students return to school, they have more to challenge them than finding their classrooms, remembering their locker number and keeping up with their textbooks. For students in grades six and higher, they are being challenged to create a school year that’s free of bullying. Rachel’s Challenge, a national program created in the wake of … Continue reading →

Thursdays just got better

Sharon Edwards

St. Tammany students went back to school last week and now is the time for our adult residents to sit down, grab a cup of coffee — and catch up on community news. New to what we hope will become your daily routine is the St. Tammany Advocate, that debuts today with our first edition and columnists … Continue reading →

Managing Lacombe’s rec area a busy job

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  Scott Simpher, director of St. Tammany Parish Recreation District No. 4 at the new exercise station in John Davis Park in Lacombe.

Assuming the helm of a steadily growing recreation district in St. Tammany Parish can be a daunting task. That’s because as the north shore’s population continues to swell, there is an ever-increasing number of children and adults who are looking for a place to play, to compete or simply to relax. Scott Simpher is not the least … Continue reading →

Mother and daughters are teachers of distinction

Photo provided by Jenny Granier -- Jenny Granier, center, and her daughters Laura Granier Gerald, left, and Rachel Granier Brown are all educators.

One St. Tammany family is blessed with three educators of distinction. Two have received nominations for Teacher of the Year and the other is District Teacher of the Year for 2013-14 Laura Gerald, of St. Tammany Junior High School. Gerald’s mother, Jenny Granier, of Abita Springs, has been teaching for 21 years in St. Tammany … Continue reading →

Carmelite sister to lead art-inspired journey to the soul

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Sister Catherine Martin, shown at the Carmelite Spirituality Center in Lacombe, is a featured speaker at 'The Discerning Heart: A Weekend of Prayer, Reflection and Art,'  Aug. 23 through Aug. 25.

After two years away from the grace-filled grounds of the Carmelite Spirituality Center in Lacombe, Sister Catherine Martin is back. The gifted artist and Carmelite sister spent that time caring for her brother in Lafayette, but now she is home in her bayou studio, surrounded by the tools of her trade and ready to guide women on … Continue reading →