Around Jefferson: Long-gone Metairie town to be marked in ceremony

The Jefferson Parish Historical Commission and the Jefferson Historical Society of Louisiana will unveil a Louisiana highway marker this weekend to commemorate the former town of Metairie Ridge, founded in 1927 and dissolved just 18 months later.

The ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Metairie Road and Orpheum Avenue in Old Metairie.

“The city of Metairie Ridge couldn’t accomplish much because Jefferson Parish government withheld tax money, because it did not believe the city was legitimately formed,” explained G. Leighton Ciravolo, president and parliamentarian of the board of directors of the Jefferson Historical Society.

“The Louisiana Supreme Court ruled that not enough voters voted to create the city of Metairie Ridge although the governor at the time, (Oramel Hinckley Simpson) signed the proclamation creating it as a city. It was declared invalid by the Louisiana Supreme Court.”

A reception will follow the ceremony at the Old Metairie Library, 2350 Metairie Road.

Donations needed

Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1001 West Esplanade Ave., Kenner, is collecting personal hygiene products to deliver to the Battered Women and Children’s Shelter in New Orleans.

Items needed include toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, deodorant, shampoo, baby shampoo, diapers and baby wipes.

For more information, call Jody DuSang at (504) 888-0024.

Fundraiser a success

The Dale Hinyup Benefit and Cabbage Ball Tournament, which was held last month at Catfish Bourgeois Park in Westwego, brought in more than $1,000.

The event was held to raise money for Hinyup, 57, who has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body.

Hinyup, who worked at Chevron Oronite Plant in Belle Chasse for 23 years, has started to lose muscle mass in his upper body, is unable to lift his arms and can no longer drive. He was diagnosed with ALS a little more than a year ago.

The funds raised will go toward purchasing a wheelchair lift for the family van.

Hinyup and his wife, Joyce, are residents of Terrytown. They have three children, four granddaughters and a grandson on the way.

In addition to the tournament, there was a raffle, a parade of prizes and a silent auction. All the items were donated for the event.

Friends and family stopped by throughout the day to make donations and to spend time with Hinyup. Seven-year-old Will Arrillaga, the son of Adrienne and Sean Arrillaga, came with his family to donate $17 from his own piggy bank.

A representative from Team Gleason also came to the event. Former Saints player Steve Gleason is living with ALS.

Participating in the tournament were 14 cabbage ball teams with approximately 500 players.

If you would like to make a donation to help the Hinyup family, mail it to the Dale Hinyup Benefit Fund, P.O. Box 1143, Gretna, LA 70054.

Volunteers needed

A training session is planned for volunteers interested in helping with the Visiting Pet Program.

The training session for the animal assisted pet therapy will be from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Harahan Senior Center, 100 Elodie St., Harahan.

The volunteers, along with their pets, visit more than 20 area nursing homes, hospitals, rehabilitation facilities and special facilities for children.

The animal therapists include dogs and cats as well as guinea pigs and rabbits.

Registration is required. For more information about the training session or about the program, call (504) 432-8349, send an email to or go to the website

Memorial Mass tonight

The Bereavement and Support Group Ministry at St. Christopher Church will hold its annual memorial Mass at 6 p.m. Thursday in the church, 3924 Derbigny St., Metairie.

Loved ones may bring a small remembrance of the deceased to be placed on the altar during the Mass. Afterward, the items will be returned to family members. A reception will follow the Mass.

For more information, call (504) 835-0540.

Third son was in Air Force

In the story July 4 on Amelie Prados Cressend, whose patriotic song was recently performed by the Marine Corps Band of New Orleans, I inadvertently left out the name of one of her sons who served in the armed services.

I wrote about her sons Paul and Rufus, who served in the Marines, and a son-in-law who served in the Navy. But I failed to include another son, John Cressend Jr., who was in the United States Air Force.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. To contact her, send an email to or call (504) 430-8053.