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Family Fit Day spotlights healthy options around BR

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Kids bounce in an inflatable on Saturday at City-Brooks Park on Dalrymple Drive during Family Fit Day.

The streets around City-Brooks Community Park and City Park Lake were closed May 21 for Healthy Baton Rouge’s Family Fit Day, held at various locations around the area. Adrian Brumfield, health educator at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and board member for Healthy BR, geared up to take the stage just before… Continue reading →

Goodwood neighbors delight in annual stroll

Photo provided by Rafael Bermudez -- More than 200 Goodwood Property Owners Association members joined the fun at the association's Neighborhood Stroll on May 13. Gathering at the home of Jill and Ed Jimenez, from left, are event organizer Debi Russell, Marsha Arrighi, Jeanne Ryan, GPOA President Norm Ryan and the Jimenezes.

More than 200 members of the Goodwood Property Owners Association enjoyed each other’s company and feasted on a wide range foods and wines during the association’s popular Neighborhood Stroll on May 13. The Neighborhood Stroll featured stops at the homes of four GPOA members on Audubon, LaSalle and Annabelle avenues. Hosts were Cristy and Wallace… Continue reading →

Annual celebration honors local nurses, educators

Photo provided by Cleve Brown Photography -- Honorees at the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association’s 27th annual Celebrate Nursing Banquet on May 2 at Boudreaux’s on Government Street include, front from left, LaTonya S. Dorsey, Lacie Aldridge, Barbara Anthony, Jena Aucoin, Lisa Bayhi, Maya Ki Briscoe, Mandy Lea Broussard, Laura Brown and Elizabeth Choate; and back, Gregory Altazan, Tyrus Ray Cobb, Laura Gomez, Cristy Gremillion, Jason Gwyn, Gena Kalil, Elizabeth LeCoq, Jennifer Lejeune, Vinnie Marcell, Jessica Morris, Lindsay Bratton Mullins, Jill Newell, Dusty Cole Pourciau, Nicole Scott and Francine C. Thomas.

Local nurses were celebrated at the Baton Rouge District Nurses Association’s 27th annual Celebrate Nursing Banquet at Boudreaux’s on Government Street on May 2. BRDNA, founded in 1918, honors nurse in the community for excellence in nursing practice, education, nursing administration and research, a news release said. LaTonya S. Dorsey, of Our Lady of the… Continue reading →

Around the Southside for May 26, 2016

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Director Rebecca Acosta, left, gives instruction on positioning of her feet to Hermia (Charlotte Coyle), as she dances with Lysander (Le'Tiger Walker), Saturday, May 25, 2013 at a rehearsal by  Baton Rouge Ballet Theatre's Youth Ballet members for their summer tour of area libraries, with a production of 'A Midsummer's Night Dream.'

PechaKucha Night, featuring presentations by thinkers and makers from the Baton Rouge community, makes its debut at 7 p.m. Friday at the Firehouse Museum in the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, 427 Laurel St. Speakers include Jay Ducote, Jeanette Plourde, Maxine Crump, Dima Ghawi, Kyla Bates, Clay Achee, Mina Estrada and Katherine… Continue reading →

St. Michael volunteer gets Mother Seton Award

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- St. Michael the Archangel High School Assistant Principal Julie Lechich, Dionne Harter, Principal Ellen Lee and Home and School Association President Lori Steib, from left, gather to honor Dionne at a special luncheon on April 28.

The St. Michael the Archangel High School Home and School Association honored Dionne Harter with its 2016 Mother Seton Award at a luncheon hosted by the Diocese of Baton Rouge on April 28 at Drusilla Place Catering. Each school in the Diocese of Baton Rouge presents the award named for St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, known for establishing… Continue reading →

Troop A’s Nations honored

Photo provided by Sgt. Nick Manale -- TFC Joey Nations, left, of Troop A in Baton Rouge, received the LSP Uniformed Trooper of the Year award from LSP Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonston on May 10.

Louisiana Trooper First Class Joey Nations received the Louisiana Uniformed Trooper of the Year award May 10 during a ceremony in the state police training academy auditorium in Baton Rouge. Nations was one of several troopers and others honored for their bravery, dedication and exceptional work ethic during the ceremony, a news release said. “Each day… Continue reading →

BREC a finalist for parks award

BREC is a finalist for the 2016 National Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Park and Recreation Management. Founded in 1965, the awards are presented by a partnership between the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration and the National Recreation and Park Association. The program honors communities that demonstrate excellence in parks and recreation.… Continue reading →

Peace Fellowship sends LSU grad to Washington for study, writing

Recent LSU graduate Marlee Pittman, of Baton Rouge, is the first LSU student to receive the Herbert Scoville Jr. Peace Fellowship. She is one of three fellows selected for fall 2016, a news release said. The fellowship provides recent college and graduate school alumni with the opportunity to gain a Washington perspective on key… Continue reading →

St. George Fire Department calls for May 8-14.

The St. George Fire Department operates eight fire stations, and its two response districts are roughly separated by Airline Highway, with one zone mostly north and east of Airline Highway, while the other is south and west of Airline Highway. The information provides a summary of the St. George Fire Department’s activity for May 8-14.… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for May 26, 2016

Photo provided -- Butler, a 5-month-old male sharpei/Labrador retriever mix, is neutered, up to date with shots and good with kids and dogs. Email pattidcarson@gmail.com.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, place in homes or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering… Continue reading →

Southside crime blotter for May 16-22, 2016

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between May 16 and May 22: Assault / Battery 8500 BLOCK, RUSH AVENUE, MAY 16, 1:29 a.m. 8100 BLOCK, NED AVENUE, MAY 16, 12:23 p.m. 8700 block, Pecan Tree Drive, May… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for May 27-31, 2016

TOPS CHAPTER LA. 0312: 10 a.m., South Baton Rouge Church of Christ, 8725 Jefferson Highway. SATURDAY BEADING SOCIAL: 11 a.m., Cajun Bead Crafts, 4733 Jones Creek Road, Suite H. No formal instruction. Seating is limited. GROOVE HAUS : 11 a.m., 70810, 10001 Perkins… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish permits for May 15-21, 2016

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from May 15-21. TERRACE STREET 700: $30,000, Owner not listed. Total square footage: 490. Addition of building for bicycle repair work added adjacent to existing BREC building of 2,589 square feet. Issued May 20. JEFFERSON HIGHWAY 9029: $375,000, Owner:… Continue reading →

Antique church bells find home in new church

Advocate staff photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Crews work on the large circular windows in the new St. George church being built on Siegen Lane.

Three church bells originally made for a mainly German-speaking congregation of Catholics in St. Louis were placed last week in their new home, St. George Catholic Church. The bells were installed May 12 at the church, which is under construction just off Siegen Lane. The bells, acquired in August 2014… Continue reading →

Fab 5: Students start school together as 4-year-olds, all graduate LSU together as engineers

Photo provided by SUSAN ANDRIES -- Matthew Skapura, Rebecca Andries, Anne Cooper, Kurt Ristroph and Margaret Granier, from left, all graduated with honors from LSU's School of Engineering with bachelor's degrees in chemical engineering. The five students have studied together since the age of four, when they all shared a Sunday school teacher in Susan Andries, Rebecca's mother.

When Susan Andries taught 4-year-olds in St. Aloysius’ Sunday school about 16 years ago, she knew her students were building more than just biblical knowledge. They were building, from an early age, a “strong sense of community and faith,” Andries said, that would come to serve all of those students in their non-religious studies. Andries… Continue reading →

Women’s group sews to provide comfort

Photos provided by BECKY WILLIAMS -- Jan MacNaughton, left, and Donna Berry cut out prayer shawls that will be blessed and sent to the Baton Rouge Police Department to be distributed as officers see fit among the victims of crime who may need a little extra comfort. Women at St. Luke's Episcopal Church have been creating the shawls for church members who are ill or going through a tough time, said Becky Williams with St. Luke's, but they decided to expand their ministry to the police.

For years, the women of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church’s Prayer Shawl ministry have been meeting periodically to knit, contemplating with every stitch, the peace of mind that comes with faith in God, said Becky Williams, a ministry member and parish nurse. The ministry is part of a larger effort that began in the Episcopal Church in… Continue reading →

On the Southside for May 19, 2016

Get your game on with BREC’s Game Room Tournament at 4 p.m. Friday at Perkins Road Community Park, 7122 Perkins Road. This family-friendly tournament will feature pingpong, air hockey, billiards and foosball. Call (225) 766-9039. Head over to Bluebonnet Swamp Nature… Continue reading →

AT&T beefs up Knock Knock contributions

Photo provided by Shelly Dupre -- State Rep. Pat Smith; from left, Knock Knock Children’s Museum Board Chair Aza D. Bowlin; Knock Knock Children’s Museum Board Member Clarice ‘Cricket’ Gordon; AT&T Louisiana External Affairs Manager Berry Balfour, and President CWA Local 3403 Dwaine Henderson celebrate the community and business support of the Knock Knock Children’s Museum. The facility is currently under construction in City-Brooks Community Park on Dalrymple Drive across from BREC’s City Park Golf Course and lakes and is slated to open during the 2016-2017 school year.

AT&T has announced a $10,000 contribution to the Knock Knock Children’s Museum, which is slated to be completed in Baton Rouge next year. AT&T’s cumulative contributions to date — totaling $40,000 — support Knock Knock’s “Who’s There?” Funds will be used for operational capacity building and educational programming for the museum. “The Knock… Continue reading →

Southside cats available for May 19, 2016

Jasper is about 11/2 years old and loves people. He also gets along well with other cats.

Cat Haven of Greater Baton Rouge is a nonprofit rescue organization for cats and kittens. The Cat Haven Adoption Center is at 11130 N. Harrell’s Ferry Road and is open from noon to 6 p.m. for adoptions every day except Sunday. Adoption Day events are held on Saturdays and Sundays at Petco, 6857 Siegen Lane; PetSmart, 1653 Millerville… Continue reading →

Southside dogs available for May 19, 2016

Lai Lai, an 8- to 10-week-old female terrier mix, is spayed, up to date with shots and good with kids and dogs. Email pattidcarson@gmail.com.

The mission of Friends of the Animals is to rescue, place in homes or save dogs, puppies and other pets from euthanasia in East Baton Rouge Parish. FOTA operates the Dog Adoption House, 8476 Highland Road, from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Anyone interested in adopting or fostering… Continue reading →

Runnels juniors achieve Eagle Scout rank

Henry Forgey

Runnels High School 11th-graders Henry Forgey and Michael Martinez, members of Boy Scout Troop 888, recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout, the highest attainable in Boy Scouting. Forgey built an outdoor prayer labyrinth for his church, St. Paul Lutheran in Baton Rouge, for his Eagle Scout project. The labyrinth, a 15-foot circular pathway of crushed limestone… Continue reading →

Episcopal eighth-graders donate to cancer care program

Photo provided by Scott Miller -- Episcopal School students present a donation check to Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center.

Eighth-graders from Episcopal School recently visited Mary Bird Perkins-Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center to learn about cancer care and the programs and resources available to cancer survivors. The students sponsored a fundraiser for Fostering Hope, a program pairing cancer survivors with animals needing a temporary home, a news release said. “Because of the… Continue reading →

Graves honors winners of national art contest

Photo provided by Stacy Schliewe -- Artistic Discovery Contest honorees from the 6th Congressional District gathered with Congressman Garret Graves, center, include, from left, Alyesha Patterson, Chelsea Williams, Lauren Diaz and Owen Bourgeois.

U.S. Rep. Garret Graves recently recognized the 6th Congressional District winners of the Artistic Discovery Contest held nationwide each spring among high school students. The competition is sponsored by members of the U.S. House of Representatives. This year’s winner’s were Owen Bourgeois, of Catholic High School, first; Lauren Diaz, of Christian Life Academy, second; and Cara… Continue reading →

St. Michael students sign to teams

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- Essa Badon, center, is joined by her parents, Jacqueline and Milton Badon, as she signs her national letter of intent to play basketball with Centenary College on May 3 at St. Michael the Archangel High School.

Two senior athletes from St. Michael the Archangel High School signed their national letters of intent May 3 at a ceremony in the school cafeteria with faculty, coaches, students and family members in attendance. Three-year varsity girls basketball player Essa Badon signed with Centenary College. Badon, who earned All-District Honorable Mention, averaged 9 points per game and… Continue reading →

St. Michael’s capital campaign hits the home stretch

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- Jeffery Larson, Lindsay and Eric Guerin and Janelle and Ronnie LaBorde, from left, show their support for St. Michael the Archangel High School at Bishop Robert W. Muench’s reception for St. Michael’s Capital Campaign on April 12 at the Country Club of Louisiana.

St. Michael the Archangel High School faculty, parents and alumni and community members turned out for a reception hosted by Bishop Robert W. Muench for the school’s Capital Campaign on April 12 at the Country Club of Louisiana. Speakers included Principal Ellen Lee, Capital Campaign Chairman Dr. Beau Clark, Eddie Rispone and Muench. “It is… Continue reading →

St. Michael athletes sign letters of intent

Photo provided by Kristi Watts -- St. Michael the Archangel High School senior Jeremiah Campbell, center, signs his national letter of intent to play football at Mississippi College on May 11 with his parents, Kassie and Kenneth Campbell, in attendance.

St. Michael the Archangel High School senior athletes Jeremiah Campbell and Clarence “C.J.” McGarner Jr. signed their national letters of intent to play football during a special ceremony in the school gym May 11 with faculty, coaches, students and family members in attendance. Campbell, son of Kassie and Kenneth Campbell, signed with Mississippi College. He earned All-District… Continue reading →

St. George Fire Department calls for May 1-7, 2016

The St. George Fire Department operates eight fire stations, and its two response districts are roughly separated by Airline Highway, with one zone mostly north and east of Airline Highway, while the other is south and west of Airline Highway. The information provides a summary of the St. George Fire Department’s activity for May 1-7.… Continue reading →

BR students receive LSU Communicator Award

Baton Rouge residents were among 56 graduates to receive the LSU Distinguished Communicator Award during commencement exercises on May 13. To receive the award, students must earn high GPAs in communication-intensive courses based on written, spoken, visual and technological communication. The students also built digital portfolios, displayed as public websites, which included their communication projects from… Continue reading →

East Baton Rouge Parish permits for May 8-14, 2016

Permits issued in East Baton Rouge Parish from May 8 through May 14. GOVERNMENT STREET 3172: $800,000, Owner: Gene Tullier. Total square footage: 10,900. Phase III remodel and change of occupancy from mercantile to educational for expansion of existing 11,325 square feet. School (Phase I — permit No. 25556) + 5,255 square feet (Phase II… Continue reading →

Southside crime blotter for May 9-15, 2016

Calls for assistance received by the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office between May 9 and May 15: Assault / Battery 8000 BLOCK, SKYSAIL AVENUE, MAY 9, 6:53 p.m. 8200 BLOCK, SKYSAIL AVENUE, MAY 9, 7:12 p.m. 8500 block, Leake Avenue, May 12,… Continue reading →

Southside calendar for May 19-26, 2016

WINN-DIXIE JOB FAIR: 2 p.m., Winn-Dixie, 13555 Old Hammond Highway. Winn-Dixie is hosting a job fair to accept applications and conduct interviews for part-time associate cashier candidates. The grocer hopes to fill these various openings available immediately at the Old Hammond Highway location. Candidates should apply online at jobs.segrocers.com/ or visit the store’s customer… Continue reading →

Women wanted for BR soccer leagues

Advocate photos by C.J. FUTCH --  Bo Cassidy, executive director of the Baton Rouge Soccer Club, leads a women's soccer skills clinic May 4 at the Burbank Soccer Complex.

About 100 women play on various teams that make up the women’s division of the Baton Rouge Soccer Club, Amy Bains said in between exercises at the women’s soccer skills clinic May 4. While that number makes up enough teams to book continuous games each week, skill levels are not always easy to match. “We have… Continue reading →

Walkers don red wigs to raise HIV awareness

Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- WAFB news anchor Donna Britt, one of the Red Wig Walk's Grand Marshals, shows off her red wig-- 'I feel like a Muppet, it's all stringy!'-- before Baton Rouge's annual Red Wig Walk.

About 200 people wearing red wigs marched through downtown Baton Rouge on Saturday, hoping to draw attention and start a conversation about HIV in the capital city. Booths set up near the riverfront offered information about sexually transmitted diseases at the third annual Red Wig Walk, while a DJ, marching band and… Continue reading →

Kenilworth sixth-graders place second in course

Photo provided Kenilworth -- From left,  Kenilworth Science and Technology School teacher Hilil Cicek and students Altoris Jordan and Samuel Frith receive the SeaPerch trophy.

Kenilworth Science and Technology School sixth-grade students Altoris Jordan and Samuel Frith took second place in the obstacle competition at the first Louisiana Regional SeaPerch competition, held April 9 at the C.B. Pennington Jr. YMCA. Nearly 60 middle and high school competitors took part in SeaPearch, which featured student-built, underwater vehicles operated by students through remote control.… Continue reading →

Runnels School tennis team players qualify for state tournament in Monroe

Samantha Sieberth

Runnels School varsity tennis player Samantha Sieberth captured the girls singles crown at the LHSAA Division IV-Region 3 Tennis Tournament held April 18-19 at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Sieberth qualified for the state tennis tournament, held April 25-26 in Monroe. She defeated the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds at the regional… Continue reading →

Runnels students showcase their art

Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Advanced Placement Art student Anna Morgan, a Runnels senior, won five awards, including a first-place Student’s Choice award, for her ebony pencil self portrait at the 2016 Runnels Spring Art Show on April 24.

More than 2,000 pieces of original student artwork were on display at the 2016 Runnels Spring Art Show, held April 24 in the school gym. The gym was staged as an upscale art gallery, featuring benches, plants, art walls, refreshments and live music by the Bill Kimbrell Trio. Awards were presented in several categories. Judges’ Choice… Continue reading →

Supervisor named Staff Member of the Year

Photo provided by Jennifer Mayer -- Celebrating at the Geaux Blue for Kids awards ceremony April 21 are Child Advocacy Program attorney Leslie Lacy, left, and CASA Advocate Supervisor and Louisiana CASA Program Staff Member of the Year Ricketta Cotton-Monroe.

Capital Area Court Appointed Special Advocate Association advocate supervisor Ricketta Cotton-Monroe, the 2016 Louisiana CAASA Program Staff Member of the Year, was honored at the Geaux Blue for Kids awards ceremony hosted by LouisianaChildren.org at the Capitol Park Welcome Center on April 21. Cotton-Monroe supervises volunteers who advocate for abused and neglected children living in foster care,… Continue reading →

LSMSA student earns top science award

Photo provided by Crystal Evans -- Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students Alyse Jones, of Shreveport, Victoria Carroll, of Grand Cane, Hannah Vincent, of Youngsville, and Elisabeth Davis, of Baton Rouge, from left, attend the Future Scientist Program banquet April 23 in Natchitoches.

Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students who participate in the Future Scientist Program were recognized during the 10th annual banquet on April 23 at the National Center for Preservation Technology and Training in Natchitoches. Senior Elisabeth Davis, of Baton Rouge, completed FSP and will receive an Excellence in Science award at the senior recognition… Continue reading →

SLU’s Phi Kappa Phi honors BR student

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Southeastern Louisiana University Phi Kappa Phi inductees and award winners from East Baton Rouge Parish were honored at the society’s recent banquet. Pictured are, from left, chapter President Cindy Elliott, William P. Rossman, of Greenwell Springs, Amelia Lapayrouse, of Baton Rouge, and President-Elect Erin Johnson.

Southeastern Louisiana University’s chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi national honor society inducted nearly 50 students and faculty on April 21. Students must be in the top 10 percent of their senior or graduate class or a second semester junior in the top 7.5 percent of his or her class to be inducted into Phi Kappa Phi.… Continue reading →

Women’s Caucus awards ceremony set May 24

The Louisiana Legislative Women’s Caucus will present scholarships and awards at its ninth annual Women of Excellence Awards and Scholarships ceremony and reception at the Governor’s Mansion in Baton Rouge on May 24. The awards were created in 2008 to recognize and honor the achievements and contributions of Louisiana women and girls who personify excellence… Continue reading →

SLU honors Baton Rouge students with Dean’s Award

Photo provided by Tonya Lowentritt -- Jeni Frick, of Baton Rouge, was honored at the Southeastern Louisiana University College of Nursing and Health Studies honors convocation with the Charles Campbell Award in Communication Sciences and Disorders.

Jordan Hale, of Baton Rouge, was among five students to receive Southeastern Louisiana University College of Nursing and Health Sciences’ highest honor, the Dean’s Award, at the college’s annual honors convocation on April 25 in the Student Union Theatre. Hale studies in the School of Nursing. Each department presented the Significant Partnership Award in recognition of… Continue reading →

BR student represents La. at poetry contest

Kyla Rose Bates, of Baton Rouge, represented Louisiana at the Poetry Out Loud national finals May 3-4 in Washington, D.C. Poetry Out Loud is the nation’s largest youth poetry recitation competition, a partnership between the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. “In a recent survey, four out of five teachers said that… Continue reading →