New Orleans area briefs for April 21, 2013

Covington to get traffic study

The Regional Planning Commission has funded a $35,000 traffic study to look at safety and efficiency at a major intersection in Covington, where U.S. 190 meets La. 25.

Covington Mayor Mike Cooper requested the study, and the RPC selected the firm of Buchart Horn Inc. from among several applicants, according to a news release.

The engineering consultant will examine two alternatives to improve the intersection where U.S. 190 (Collins Boulevard) meets La. 25 and Ronald Reagan Highway. The first option involves the installation of additional turning lanes and improved traffic signalization. The second option is to develop a workable roundabout concept and compare both alternatives regarding overall traffic efficiency, safety and costs.

Cooper, a member of the RPC’s Transportation Policy Committee, said the intersection is in an area that has experienced higher traffic volumes and new commercial development.

When the study is completed, which may take up to six months, Cooper said he will seek state and federal funding to make the recommended improvements.

Alternative program has 18 graduates

The New Orleans Day Reporting Center, an alternative to incarceration, held a graduation ceremony last week for 18 program participants.

The ceremony, presided over by Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman, was the 14th for the program since its creation in 2009.

Participants have undergone education, employment, substance abuse and anger management classes in addition to individual and group counseling sessions.

To date, 253 individuals have successfully completed program requirements, with the majority having already secured post-NODRC employment opportunities, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

Leadership class taking applications

The New Orleans Regional Leadership Institute is accepting applications for its 2013-14 class.

Business, civic and public-sector leaders in the 10-parish region can apply by visiting http://norli.org/application/.

The deadline for applications is May 3, and there is a $35 non-refundable application fee.

NORLI is a nine-month program designed to enhance personal leadership skills and examine issues central to the advancement of the Greater New Orleans region. Through a competitive application process, the class brings together 40 business, civic, and community leaders representing all races, genders, industries and communities in the region.

The NORLI curriculum will examine public policy, education, workforce development, diversity, criminal justice, public safety, environment and sustainability and will focus on how all of these issues affect economic development and quality of life. The NORLI program consists of two overnight retreats and seven full-day sessions beginning Sept. 17 and ending June 7, 2014. Tuition is $2,500 and covers all expenses for the program, including materials, meals and other expenses associated with the opening and closing retreats.

A limited number of scholarships are available on an as needed basis.

St. Charles offers summer day camp

The St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Department is taking applications for its 2013 Inclusive Summer Day Camp.

The camp is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 3 to July 11, Mondays through Thursdays, for campers ages 5-12 and ages 5-19 for campers with developmental disabilities. There is limited enrollment at each site.

Fees are $250 per camper. The deadline to register is May 10, and there will be a $50 late charge for applications submitted after that date.

Campsites include Ethel Schoeffner Elementary in Destrehan, Lakewood Elementary in Luling, Harry Hurst Middle School in Destrehan and Luling Elementary in Luling.

One free T-shirt is included with the camp rate, and additional shirts may be purchased for $5 each. Before and after care is available for a one-time additional fee of $300 at the Lakewood and Harry Hurst sites. The fee must be paid in full prior to camp starting.

Saturday information and registration days will be held from 9 a.m. until noon April 27 and 9 a.m. until non May 4 at the St. Charles Parish Parks and Recreation Office, located at 171 Keller Street in Hahnville. T-shirts will be available for purchase on those dates.

Registration forms may also be picked up at the Parks and Recreation office or downloaded at stcharlesparish-la.gov/recreation. Payment may also be made online. For information, call (985) 783-5090.

Xavier University holds teacher’s fair

Registration is open for certified teachers to attend the seventh annual New Orleans Charter Schools Certified Teacher Fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the third-floor ballroom of the Xavier University Student Center, 4980 Dixon St.

The fair is sponsored by the Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools, and teachers can register, review charter school vacancies and/or post ré sumé s online at eastbankcollaborative.com

“Full- and part-time positions are available for certified teachers and those who will be certified by May 2013,” ECCS President Kathy Riedlinger said.

Walk-ins and candidates who register after April 15 are welcome from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Teachers should bring multiple copies of their resume, teaching certificate, references and any other relevant information for immediate consideration.

Regularly updated charter school vacancy listings are available online at www.eastbankcollaborative.com. For information, contact Rose Peterson at rpeterson@slc-gno.org or (504) 267-7239.

St. Tammany Parish leadership class open

Leadership St. Tammany is accepting applications for the next leadership class, graduating in 2014.

The deadline to apply is April 30, and candidates can do so on line at www.leadershipsttammany.org.

Leadership St. Tammany is a nine-month program that provides and enhances leadership skills and fosters increased knowledge of St. Tammany Parish through presentations by community leaders, enhanced by group discussions and on-site exposure. Topics include education, social services/health care, political activism/media and economic development/planning and growth.

Leadership St. Tammany is an independent community-focused leadership development program that identifies emerging community leaders and facilitates public involvement. It is affiliated with Southeastern Louisiana University.

Sheriff offers
self-defense class

The Plaquemines Parish Sheriff’s Office, in coordination with the Belle Chasse YMCA, will offer a full-contact women’s self-defense class at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the Belle Chasse YMCA.

The training should last about two hours.

The class is free of charged but size is limited. Participants must contact the Belle Chasse YMCA at (504) 392-9622 to reserve a spot. Attendees must be 16 or older.

There will be an informative section for those who are not physically able to participate in the class.

For information, contact Lt. Kevin Johnson with the PPSO Special Services Division at (504) 391-2004.

In May, the PPSO is scheduled to present the self-defense training to nearly 200 female students at Belle Chasse High School.

Compiled by the
New Orleans bureau