Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Tulane PRC / Maternal and Child Health hosts nonprofit newsletter workshop

Event Description

The Tulane Prevention Research Center and Maternal and Child Health Leadership Training Program Communication Series presents “Nonprofit Newsletters: How to capture attention and tell the world about your program,” featuring Dee Boling, Director of Communications, Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Please refer to http://prc.tulane.edu/events for more details.


Tidewater Building * Room 1208 * 1440 Canal Street New Orleans, LA


12:00 pm – 1:00 pm



Monday, February 14, 2011

Meeting on redistricting at Dillard University Thursday

Councilmember Susan G. Guidry requests that you notify neighbors and friends that there is a Joint Legislative Committee of the Louisiana Legislature meeting on redistricting at Dillard University, Professional Schools and Sciences Building, Georges Auditorium (Room 115), 2601 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans, LA. The meeting will be held on this Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 6:00 P.M.

The Louisiana Legislature will convene in different areas of the state to discuss changes in boundaries for state house and senate districts, Congressional districts, school, and judicial districts statewide, before instituting new boundaries.

The New Orleans City Council is also required by law to redraw the boundaries of the five Council districts to reflect changes in population since 2001. In order to ensure that the District A office has the most accurate information about our neighborhoods, please email a brief description of the boundaries of your neighborhood organizations, so that your description can be compared with information we have on record. In some cases, these may be legal boundaries from organization by-laws, or they may simply be traditional social and cultural boundaries.

Thank you for your attention to these very important matters.


Deborah J. Langhoff
Chief of Staff
New Orleans District A
Councilmember Susan G. Guidry
City Hall, 2W80
1300 Perdido St., New Orleans 70112
Office: 504-658-1010
Direct: 504-658-1017
Fax: 504-658-1016
Cell: 504-914-2315


Terry Mogilles and S.W. Green Mansion


Join me in celebrating Terry Mogilles' success in saving the Smith Wendell Green Mansion from demolition in MidCity. Terry did not have to endure Ku Klux Klan opposition as Green did while building the property but she did have to face officers at gunpoint and fight state bureaucrats to save this part of African American history in the City of New Orleans.

In case you missed yesterday's article in section B of the Times Picayune, here's the link on nola.com.

Terry did all of this while running multiple day programs serving chronically homeless, indigent and mentally ill clients; caring for family members including an ill and aging father, and still checking in on The Renaissance Project Executive Director and others in the building to make sure all were doing okay.

We love you Terry.

Dr. Kimberley Richards
Regional Organizer/Core Trainer
The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond
601 N Carrollton
New Orleans, La 70119

Gentilly Heights / Vascoville Neighborhood Watch Meeting Monday

Mirabeau Avenue to Pelopidas Street
St. Anthony Avenue to The London Avenue Canal

Monday, Feb. 14, 2011~ 5:30 to 7 PM Gentilly Temporary Library, 2077 Caton St.

1961 Sumpter Street Demolished
Opening Prayer:

Capt. Henry Dean, Commander, NOPD 3rd District

Laura Mellem, Beacon of Hope, Neighborhood Coordinator,
• Discussing Door Hangers
• Volunteers are needed to hang the “Door Hangers”, (2-3 per street)

Tina Metoyer, District “D” Community Liaison

Ms. Lynn Lee, Entergy Liaison Dist. “D”,
• Entergy Appropriation Program

Issues of Concern:
• Sinking Streets and Water Leakage in Streets
Please make a note of the street name and block
• Assessment of the Neighborhood Sprinkler System
• Deteriorating Beacon Light Church & the platform of 2 Gas Station
on Gentilly Blvd, across from the Duck Pond.

• NOMPAC Meeting: Tuesday, February 15, 2011 Time: 7PM, 2nd
floor NOPD, 4650 Paris Avenue, (park in the back parking area).
• Blight Stat Meetings Thursday,
at 8:00 AM in the 9th floor
Conference Room at 1340 Poydras Street
• NOPD Telephone No: Parking Control: 658-8100
Non-emergency: 821-2222 Narcotics: 822-1111
• GCIA: February General Meeting has been cancel due to Mardi Gras

Closing Prayer:

Ms. Gretta R Burns, Assist. Coordinator Telephone: 504-282-2697

Gwen Hawkins, Coordinator Telephone: 288-8278, E-Mail: gwenhawk59@yahoo.com

Gentilly Heights / Vascoville Neighborhood Watch Meeting

Mirabeau Avenue to Pelopidas Street
St. Anthony Avenue to The London Avenue Canal

Dailet new director for Playworks New Orleans

Angela W. Daliet recently accepted the executive director position for Playworks New Orleans.

After the devastation following Hurricane Katrina, she responded by establishing Save Our Schools NOLA to help leverage public school parents and citizens as informed decision making partners for better educational equity and quality.

At Playworks New Orleans, Daliet will work to improve the outcomes for the same students that were served by SOSNOLA with a different type of youth development and school improvement tool - PLAY!

At Playworks schools, kids are physically active and have fun at recess. The students feel good about school and go back to class ready to learn. This positive impact on school climate is key to student achievement. Playworks is driven by the vision that one day all children will play safely at school everyday. Ultimately, Playworks stops chaos on school playgrounds, shifts students’ behavior in positive directions, and accelerates learning in the classroom.

There are so many ways you can get involved. Please check out the website at www.playworks.org/nola. They have recess everyday in office around 3pm or email her at adaliet@playworks.org.

The 2nd Annual New Orleans Oyster Festival to be held in June 2011

Organizers of last year’s inaugural event donated $20,000 to support coastal restoration

The Louisiana Gulf Oyster Industry is proud to again host the New Orleans Oyster Festival, June 4-5, 2011, in the French Quarter by the Mississippi River at Berger Parking Lot Z (Decatur Street, between Jax Brewery and Hard Rock Café).

Last year’s inaugural Oyster Festival was held less than two months after the Gulf Oil Spill as a way to highlight the benefits of the Louisiana Gulf Oyster, as well as honor and celebrate the restaurateurs and oyster farmers who have solidified New Orleans’ position as the "Oyster Capital of America."

“All odds were against us but we were able to host a successful event that showcased the importance of the Louisiana oyster industry,” said Lucien Gunter, New Orleans Oyster Festival board member. “Because of the tremendous participation and support of last year’s event, the New Orleans Oyster Festival board was able to donate $20,000 to coastal restoration.”

“We hope to raise even more funds to help rebuild our cherished wetlands with this year’s event,” said Sal Sunseri, New Orleans Festival board member.

The 2011 New Orleans Oyster Festival will feature great Louisiana music, a cultural oyster tent, the finest local cuisine, competitions for oyster shucking, the Acme Oyster House® World Oyster Eating Challenge, and the largest oyster. A percentage of raised funds will go to rebuilding Louisiana’s coast on behalf of “Our Community, Our Culture, and Our Coast”, in support of coastal restoration and the men and women who serve the oyster industry daily.

Coverage: Media interested in interviews or coverage of the New Orleans Oyster Festival should contact Monica Pierre with Pierre Principle Communications at 504-231-9837.

Website: www.NewOrleansOysterFestival.org

President Obama's plan to get the nation out of debt

The president's 10 year plan would reduce the deficit by $1.1 trillion - but still add $7.2 trillion in new debt

Orleans jail population an issue for anticipated expansion

Orleans Parish jail population is hard to forecast for expansion plans

$3.73 trillion national budget revealed

President Barack Obama unveils $3.73 trillion budget for 2012

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Announcement of Series of Public Hearings Statewide on Redistricting

There will be a series of statewide public hearings in February and March to receive public input on the upcoming redrawing of legislative districts.

Under federal law, following each decennial census and prior to the next election in each state, all electoral districts must be redrawn to reflect changes in population. The newly drawn districts must then be approved the United States Department of Justice prior to implementation.

At the various hearings around the state, the committee will show current district maps with the new Census population figures for current districts and discuss which districts no longer meet population guidelines. It is important for the public to participate in these meetings and make their opinions known so that the committees may consider public input as plans are drafted and discussed.

All meetings will be streamed live over the Internet, and comments and questions can be submitted at http://house.louisiana.gov/H_Redistricting2011/.

Lawmakers anticipate holding a Special Session of the Legislature beginning in March, prior to the Regular Fiscal Session that begins April 25, to hammer-out the details of the new districts and submit the new maps to the Justice Department. Significant shifts in existing boundaries are expected due to a loss in population over the last 10 years and a shift of residents to different communities following Hurricanes Rita and Katrina in 2005.

Qualifying for the Fall 2011 elections will take place on Sept. 6, so the Committee and the Legislature as a whole are under significant time constraints. Congressional and legislative districts, in addition to districts for the Public Service Commission and the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education must all be redrawn.

The first public hearing will be held in West St. Tammany on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. A schedule of additional hearings is below.


Click here for meeting locations


Thursday, 17th 10:00 a.m. Northshore (Covington or Mandeville)
Thursday, 17th 6:00 p.m. New Orleans
Monday, 21st 10:00 a.m. Houma
Monday, 21st 6:00 p.m. Baton Rouge
Tuesday, 22nd 10:00 a.m. Lake Charles
Tuesday, 22nd 6:00 p.m. Lafayette
Monday, 28th 6:00 p.m. Shreveport

Tuesday, 1st 10:00 a.m. Monroe
Tuesday, 1st 6:00 p.m. Alexandria

Monday, February 7, 2011

NPN hosts Town Hall Forums on New Orleans Jail Size

Neighborhoods Partnership Network hosted a town hall forum on the New Orleans jail size moderated by executive director, Timolynn Sams, on January 19th, 2011. After very successful public turnout and rich discussion, participants requested Neighborhoods Partnership Network to host a second town hall forum on this issue before the February 3rd council vote on the Jail Ordinance. So, NPN hosted a second forum on Jan. 26th.The council unanimously voted on February 3rd to reduce the bed size at Orleans Parish Prison to 1438. Read what community members had to say at the town hall forums at: http://www.npnnola.com/resources/