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June 5th 2012

NOCOG Community Survey

The New Orleans Coalition on Open Governance has designed this Community Survey to further our examination of the City’s use of our tax dollars, and to determine if the budgeting for outcomes philosophy is actually achieving any results. Please take a moment and complete this survey!

May 30th 2012

Timolynn Sams Honored by NDF

NPN’s Executive Director Timolynn Sams was recently honored with a 2012 Leadership Award from Neighborhood Development Foundation, and today the Times-Picayune profiles Timolynn’s tireless work in community engagement and organizing.

November 7th 2011

New Website Provides Resources and Tools to Increase Public Engagement in Community and Neighborhood Health Improvement Efforts

Media Contact:
Mary M. Fein
(504) 301-9814

New Website Provides Resources and Tools to Increase Public Engagement in Community and Neighborhood Health Improvement Efforts

New Orleans – November 7, 2011 – To create greater community awareness of factors that influence personal and community health outcomes in New Orleans, the Neighborhood Partnership Network (NPN), Concordia, LLC, and the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) announced today the launch of the Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods website that offers resources and tools to help increase public engagement in community health improvement activities.

The new site, http://www.HealthyNola.org, was developed with guidance from local neighborhood and community organizations, community planning experts and public health professionals. Funding for the development and current support for the web-based resource was provided by the Kresge Foundation, Troy Michigan.

The HealthyNola.org website provides health data and information at the city level as well as some detailed information at the neighborhood level. Visitors to the site can also find information about services located in their neighborhood, neighborhood crime rates, air quality, education rates, community gardens, and more.

“This website supports civic engagement and better informed community health decision-making. It not only provides community information, but also access to promising community health innovations from across the country,” said Joe Kimbrell, CEO of LPHI.

In addition to neighborhood-based data, the site also offers links to local and national organizations that support healthy community activities, planning tools, health news, and more than 1,500 evidence-based community success stories from across the country, to inspire and inform residents and community leaders.

“The Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods website will help anyone who has worked to recover and sustain their neighborhood to know and understand their neighborhood’s needs without struggling to access needed data, information, and tools to do their work more efficiently and effectively. Whether they seek project ideas for writing grants or neighborhood figures to track community progress, HealthyNola.org will be a welcomed and much-needed addition to the neighborhood-leader-toolbox,” said Timolynn Sams, Executive Director of NPN.

A primary goal of the HealthyNola.org initiative is to provide residents with neighborhood-based tools and information that educate visitors about multiple factors that influence community health, while empowering community leaders and planners to use data and best practices to make informed changes that support healthy and resilient neighborhoods. Special features of the site include interactive community maps that allow neighborhood by neighborhood comparisons and visual tools that rate neighborhoods on more than 120 data metrics across health, social, economic, education, transportation, and environmental factors.

“I support the goals of HealthyNola.org, which seeks to link and leverage resources across New Orleans,” said City Health Commissioner Dr. Karen DeSalvo. “We look forward to working with LPHI as they continue this innovative project.”

For more information about the program, visit http://www.HealthyNola.org, or contact Eric Baumgartner at (504) 301-9800.

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October 10th 2011

Forum with State Senate Candidates Specific to New Orleans East Community - Wed. Oct. 12, 6:00 pm

NEWS RELEASE | VILLAGES OF THE EAST COALITION

For Immediate Release: October 7, 2011
Contact: Minh Nguyen; , (504) 253-6000

VILLAGES OF THE EAST COALITION HOSTS PUBLIC FORUM WITH STATE SENATE CANDIDATES SPECIFIC TO THE NEW ORLEANS EAST COMMUNITY
Forum will offer space for attendees to ask questions of the candidates

New Orleans – The Villages of the East Coalition is hosting a State Senate Candidates Forum with Senators J.P. Morrell and Cynthia Willard-Lewis on issues specific to New Orleans East. The forum is open to public, which will provide the candidates the space to report what they have done in the Senate, give their current analysis, and explain the next steps on how they will work with the community to improve the conditions in New Orleans East. The event will be held on Wednesday, October 12, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at Sarah T. Reed High School Auditorium, 5316 Michoud Boulevard, New Orleans, Louisiana 70129.

The candidates will be asked to discuss their plans on how they will work with the New Orleans East community to improve the education, economic, environmental, infrastructural, health, housing and transportation issues in New Orleans East. They will also be asked to discuss how they plan to work with the Villages of the East Coalition to create opportunities that will prepare the young people of New Orleans East to participate and successfully engage the New Orleans community and in the 21st century economy and society. The candidates will also be answering questions from the public.

A participant in the Villages of the East Coalition noted, “We know there are a lot of questions we need to answer as we work towards building a brighter future for New Orleans East, but we can’t do it alone.”

Minh Nguyen, Executive Director of Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA) comments, “This forum will be different from many of the other meetings with candidates. It will not be a debate. Instead it will be a forum and a space where we the community can ask questions and hear what their views are on the issues we care about most in our community and what they plan to do about it.”

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Villages of the East Coalition is a multiethnic group of community leaders residing in and around the Michoud are in New Orleans East who came together to build a community that fosters safety, enrichment and opportunities for neighborhood youth. The Coalition is comprised of representatives from the Maple Ridge, Oak Island, Village de l’Est, and Willowbrook Neighborhood Associations, Mary Queen of Vietnam Community Development Corporation (MQVNCDC), Metropolitan Youth Foundation, New Orleans East Charter Academies (NOECA), Vietnamese Initiative in Economic Training (VIET), and parents and other community members with organizational support from the Vietnamese American Young Leaders Association (VAYLA), Puentes New Orleans, and Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN).

October 6th 2011

Tickets Now on Sale for Third Annual Mid-City Porch Crawl

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 5, 2011

TICKETS NOW ON SALE FOR THIRD ANNUAL MID-CITY PORCH CRAWL
Unique event delivers a distinctly adult trick-or-treating experience for a good cause

NEW ORLEANS, LA — The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization cordially invites you for some Adults-Only Trick or Treatin’ at their 3rd annual Porch Crawl on Friday, October 21st. The weekend before the kids get to have their fun going door-to-door for goodies, the adults will show them how it’s done at the Mid-City Porch Crawl.

Starting from Ralph’s on the Park, groups of revelers will stroll through the City Park neighborhood visiting six unique porches. Amidst these stunning homes and gardens, Trick or Treaters will enjoy cocktails, beer, and wine from Mid-City Yacht Club, Evangeline Lounge, Finn McCool’s, Bayou Beer Garden, Clever Wine Bar and New Orleans Rum. Culinary delights will be provided by Crescent City Pie & Sausage, Katie’s, Juicy Lucy, and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged.
The Porch Crawl is the primary fundraiser for the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization, one of the most active neighborhood groups in New Orleans. Last year, more than 100 people participated in the Porch Crawl. Past attendees say it’s not just an opportunity for Mid-City residents to meet their neighbors, but a night for forming friendships.

This year’s participants will meet at 6:30 pm at Ralph’s on the Park, 900 City Park Avenue, to start the Crawl. At the end of the route, groups will return to Ralph’s to continue the fun at an exclusive After-Party. In addition to the food and beverage donors, this event is made possible thanks to the support of The Haunted Mortuary, Whitney Bank, Capital One Bank, and Hooley Inc.
Tickets are available at http://www.MCNO.org, and all proceeds benefit the Mid-City Neighborhood Organization.

About Mid-City: The Mid-City neighborhood, which stretches from Tulane Avenue to Orleans Avenue and from City Park Avenue to Broad Street, has been recognized as one of the most historically and architecturally intact and diverse neighborhoods in the entire Southeast. Since Katrina, the neighborhood is becoming even more vibrant than before the storm, with New Orleans icons such as Mandina’s, Liuzza’s, and Endymion, along with new businesses and residents arriving daily.

About MCNO: The Mid-City Neighborhood Organization is a civic group active in the Mid-City neighborhood of New Orleans. The organization’s main goal is to improve the quality of life for all citizens within its boundaries. In pursuit of this goal, MCNO has been an active voice in the rebuilding of Mid-City following the levee failures that flooded the area in August 2005.

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For media inquiries, Contact Mike Raborn at 504-220-1865 or

September 6th 2011

CITY REMINDS RESIDENTS OF WASTE COLLECTION REGULATIONS

The city continues to respond to weather-related incidents due to Tropical Storm Lee.
Normal waste collection and recycling schedules will remain operational throughout the week. As such, the city reminds residents of bulky waste restrictions for residential and small business pickup.

The following items can be placed curbside next to garbage carts on scheduled collection days:

Six bundles or less of tree limbs and branches cut less than 4’ in length and 12” in diameter (each bundle cannot weigh more than 75 pounds)
Six bags or less of leaves, weeds, grass, hedge clippings
Tires (maximum of four per scheduled collection)
The following items are acceptable as bulky waste, but residential property owners must pre-schedule pickup with their waste collection contractor:

More than six bundles of tree limbs and branches cut less than 4’ in length and 12” in diameter
More than six bags of leaves, weeds, grass, hedge clippings
Carpet less than 4’ in length rolled and tied
Appliances
Furniture
Contact information

Metro Disposal: 504-520-8331
Richards Disposal: 504-241-2142
SDT: 504-940-2177
Small businesses are not eligible for bulky waste pickup.

The city’s Transfer Station on Elysian Fields Avenue is currently closed to the public.

September 6th 2011

SWIRL FOR A CURE!

Join Touro Saturday, October 1st for our 31 Days of Pink community Kick-Off and Fundraising Event.

Visit Pinkberry’s Magazine Street store (5601 Magazine) on October 1st. Mention Touro with any purchase and Pinkberry will donate 20% of profits to Touro’s Supportive Cancer Care Center.

Stop by and visit with the folks from Touro and learn about all of the exciting things we have planned for this year’s 31 Days of Pink breast cancer awareness campaign. Purchase “Cancer. Beat It” merchandise, sign up to walk with Team Touro at the Komen Race, enter to win pink giveaways and more!

September 6th 2011

CITY JOB FAIR, SEPT. 6

The city announced that it will hold a Disaster Recovery Business and Employment Information Job Fair on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. at the JOB1 Office, 3400 Tulane Avenue.

JOB1 Office, 3400 Tulane Avenue
Today from 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m

The city’s Department of Sanitation and the Office of Supplier Diversity are hosting the informational fair in conjunction with DRC Emergency Services and SAIC, the city’s disaster recovery contractors responsible for debris removal.

The city is committed to providing opportunities to local individuals and businesses who may be interested in helping the city recover from a disaster such as a hurricane, should one occur. The Disaster Recovery Business and Employment Information Job Fair will help DRC and SAIC identify individuals and businesses who may be able to assist with these efforts.

At the event, DRC and SAIC will provide information regarding the basic requirements needed to pre-qualify to work with the city. Companies with hauling equipment greater than 30 cubic yards, bulldozers, grapple trucks, bobcats and front end loaders interested in subcontracting opportunities, and individuals over the age of 18 interested in working as debris removal monitors are welcome to attend. All interested individuals and businesses, especially small and local businesses and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBEs) are strongly encouraged to attend.

For more information, please contact the Department of Sanitation at (504) 658-3800 or email .

September 6th 2011

CANAL STREET DEVELOPMENT IS PIVOTAL POINT FOR STATE AND LOCAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Developer Maintains History & Transparency in Major N.O. Downtown Development

In less than 20 days, the New Orleans City Council will take up a high stakes economic matter that has the potential to revitalize a historic commercial and community landmark, which has sat vacant for more than 20 years. If approved by the council, the redevelopment of 1031 Canal Street in New Orleans could generate $200 million in economic impact for the state as well as $7.5 million in construction related sales taxes for the city.

Over the last year, developers, leaders in city government, hundreds of citizen supporters and opponents alike have engaged in this highly visible and lengthy public process. The City’s Planning Commission (CPC) recently voted in favor of the measure with a majority vote. Previously, 6 of the 11 commissioners for the Central Business District Historic Landmarks Commission voted in favor of the project.

Throughout this timeframe, a significant portion of the conversation has focused on proposed height elevation for the structure and 1031 Canal, LLC’s legally acceptable request for a height and FAR waiver as allowed under the city’s charter. It is unfortunate that such a legally permissible request has dominated our opponents’ arguments and guides their misleading attempts to thwart the development.

The encouraging realities are that 1031 Canal coincides with the New Orleans’ Master Plan; preserves history with modern design; is supported by citizens and neighboring businesses; maintains transparent public processes and is poised to result in millions of positive economic impact for Louisiana and New Orleans.

1031 Canal Coincides with City’s Master Plan
In agreement with Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s mantra of “One Team, One Voice, Once City,” 1031 Canal not only embraces but fits within the New Orleans’ Master Plan. In fact, the City Planning Commission’s (CPC) staff has determined that the project is “not in conflict with the City’s Master Plan.” Specifically, 1031 Canal fits squarely within the requirements for a CBD-3 zoned parcel for a mixed use, high density purposes in downtown New Orleans. As such, the development will serve as residentially and commercially productive site with mutual benefits for the surrounding theatre and medical corridors.

1031 Canal Preserves History within Modern Design
1031 Canal, LLC maintains its commitment to honor and reflect the historic significance of the site by working to secure the site’s original lunch counter from its owner to incorporate in the design. As a Civil Rights icon, the lunch counter gained popularity and community sentiment as home to landmark anti-segregation sit-ins in New Orleans during the 1960s.

1031 Canal Supported by Citizens & CBD/Downtown Businesses
More than 1,000 citizens have expressed personal support of the project as well as nearly every business along Canal Street.

1031 Canal Maintains Transparent Public Processes
1031 Canal, LLC conducts public matters in accordance with the law and an in an open and fair processes as set forth at each level of government.

1031 Canal Promises Millions in Positive Economic Impact
If approved by the New Orleans City Council, 1031 Canal would result in $200 million in economic impact for the state, including $7.5 million in construction related sales taxes and $1.5 million thereafter. The development phase would yield 1,250 jobs during the construction and approximately 115 permanent jobs once the project is completed.

The New Orleans City Council will take up this matter during a regular meeting, Sept. 22, 11 a.m., Council Chambers, New Orleans City Hall, 1300 Perdido Street. The meeting is open to the public.

To learn more about the development, visit http://www.1031canal.com.

September 6th 2011

Recovery School District Event Tonight

RSD Superintendent John White will present the Recovery School District’s commitments tonight during a public event. The commitments are deliverables from the superintendent’s 100-day strategy, launched soon after his arrival in May.

Superintendent John White’s presentation of “What Will It Take?”
The Recovery School District’s Commitments to New Orleans
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
6 p.m.
Louis J. Roussel Hall
Loyola University*
6363 St. Charles Ave.
New Orleans, La, 70118 *Free parking available in the Loyola University parking garage

Click or copy this link to RSVP: https://docs.google.com/a/npnnola.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dDBqeF85OWZlakQ0RmtTdGlSS3BzeEE6MQ

September 2nd 2011

City Council learns about open-records laws as they prepare to appoint interim member

Karen Gadbois

By Karen Gadbois, The Lens staff writer

The New Orleans City Council’s commitment to openness and transparency wavered a bit Thursday as it considered the process to fill the soon-to-be-open seat of Arnie Fielkow.

At least three of the seven council members wondered whether it is a good idea or necessary to make public the names of people who will apply for the position. State law says the applicants must be made public.

Fielkow has resigned, effective Oct. 1, and the council will appoint an interim member until an election can be held for a council member to fill out the rest of his term, which ends in May of 2014. At the meeting, the council scheduled an election for March 24; if necessary, the runoff will be April 21.

Councilman Jon Johnson expressed concerns that candidates “may have a situation” where they don’t want anyone to know they are applying for the position, and they do not want “the public exposure” of a public vetting.
He said publicly identifying candidates could be “scaring good people away.”
Fielkow said he, too, thought it was an “awkward situation to have them publicly vetted.”

Clarkson, who frequently points to her experience of more than 20 years in public office, didn’t know whether such applications or meetings had to be public. She asked for a legal opinion.

The council’s chief of staff said it was, indeed, required, and the council’s outside attorney concurred.

The council moved its next regular meeting from Sept. 15 to Sept. 22, to allow time for a meeting of its Governmental Affairs Committee to “view and vet” the candidates, Clarkson said.

Clarkson stressed that the eight-month duration of the appointment makes it even more important to be diligent in the selection process.
Clarkson said applicants “don’t have to appear” at the committee meeting. Rather, it is an opportunity, and she said that the committee was going to present all qualified applicants to the full council. The committee will not screen candidates, but merely weed out those who are ineligible, she said.

“We won’t hold anything against them” if they don’t appear at the committee meeting, she said.

Clarkson claimed there have been a number of inquiries into the position from people who didn’t realize that a council member must live in New Orleans Parish, and that the successful candidate will be barred from doing business with the city.

While residency and conflicts of interest may seem to be common sense, Clarkson said a surprising number of applicants don’t know.

Johnson expressed slight exasperation “seems like they are going to have to jump through more hoops than we did to get elected” and went on to say “of course we have to vet for conflicts” but was worried that they was “a lot of rigmarole” involved in the process.

Clarkson ended the debate with the explanation “we are not trying to make it harder, we are trying to be transparent.

It’s not like they have a choice. Here’s the state law: The name of each applicant for a public position of authority or a public position with policymaking duties, the qualifications of such an applicant related to such position, and any relevant employment history or experience of such an applicant shall be available for public inspection, examination, copying, or reproduction.”

And the council shouldn’t be meeting privately in executive session to discuss the appointment, either. This is from the state Open Meetings Law: …Nothing in this Paragraph shall permit an executive session for discussion of the appointment of a person to a public body…

September 2nd 2011

MAYOR LANDRIEU UPDATES CITIZENS ON TROPICAL WEATHER SYSTEM PREPAREDNESS

Visit this link to see streets in New Orleans that are prone to flooding:
http://www.nola.gov/PRESS/City-Of-New-Orleans/All-Articles/~/link.aspx?_id=7D5A2933FBD24135A4B2E4512A1D5325&_z=z
Take all precautions to protect your car.

Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu joined City officials as they outlined the City’s preparedness plans for this weekend’s potential heavy rain and wind event caused by a tropical weather system.

“Today, we are preparing for a significant rain and wind event that could last into early next week,” said Mayor Landrieu. “It is unpredictable and slow-moving. The City and our partner agencies are taking all necessary steps to prepare. I am asking all of our residents to get prepared and heed our warnings.”

In advance of the weather, the City is taking the following precautions:

· Sewerage and Water Board pumps are 100% operational, and backup generators at the Sewerage and Water Board Power Plant are active.

· The Department of Public Works has two contractors on standby for road repair and debris removal.

· The Departments of Parks and Parkways and Sanitation have equipment staged and ready to clear roadways for fallen trees or debris.

· Capital construction projects will be shut down if sustained winds reach 25 miles per hour.

· The city is also coordinating with tourism leaders to ensure the safety of visitors.

In advance of the weather, the City is asking residents to take the following precautions:

· Clean or clear catch basins near your home.

· Prepare emergency supply kits to ensure your personal safety and well-being in the event of loss of power or heavy street flooding.

· Secure debris and loose furniture on your property.

Additionally, the City is allowing residents to secure their vehicles on the neutral ground throughout the weekend.

EMERGENCY SUPPLY KITS

According to Emergency Preparedness officials, families should build an emergency supply kit at home that includes:

· Water (one gallon per person, per day – three day supply for evacuation, two-week supply for home)

· Non-perishable food (three-day supply for evacuation and a two-week supply for home)

· Can opener for food

· Radio (battery-powered or hand crank)

· Flashlights

· First aid kit (medications and medical supplies, seven-day supply)

· Whistle

· Dust masks

· Sanitation items

· Personal hygiene items

· Wrench or pliers to turn off utilities

· Maps

· Important family documents

EMAIL AND TEXT ALERTS

Citizens are encouraged to sign up for email and text message alerts by going to http://www.nolaready.info or sending a text message to “NOLA4U”. This service allows city officials to contact citizens during emergencies, which includes life-threatening weather events, evacuation or shelter in place information, and other pertinent emergency information.

September 1st 2011

New Orleans Police Tries to Stop Street Flooding Before It Happens

Weather forecasters are predicting 10-12 inches of rain to fall on New Orleans over the next five days. We encourage you to check the storm drains on your street and clear any leaves or trash that may be blocking them. Unclogged drains help prevent streets from flooding, vehicles stalling and flood waters from seeping inside of parked cars or buildings.

Please ask your family, neighbors and friends to sign up at NOLAReady.info to receive these City alerts, especially during this hurricane season.

THANK YOU!

StateStreetDrive.com

Visit StateStreetDrive.com at: http://statestreetdrive.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

August 31st 2011

Dr. John weighs in on Charity Hospital!

Dear Friends,

New Orleans’ own Dr. John – a national treasure and Charity Hospital Baby – interrupted his packed schedule to weigh in on the new “all options” study currently underway for the University Medical Center and to urge folks to sign the petition.

The study will be a determining factor in the long awaited business plan for the new Academic Teaching Hospital due on the governors desk by September, 2011 that is meant to determine it’s size and location.

Copy the link to watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f4zWV-NO19c

It has been six years since LSU and the State shuttered the Reverend Avery C. Alexander Charity Hospital that created a man-made healthcare crisis in New Orleans and we still lack a teaching hospital. It is clear that gutting and retrofitting Charity Hospital is the least expensive and fastest alternative to restoring healthcare facilities to the downtown area.

Can the UMC Board genuinely say that they have considered all options if they do not considerer using the existing building that is surrounded by vast swathes of usable space in the now vacant Historic Downtown Medical District?

We’re working hard to bring back Charity Hospital but we need your help.

If you haven’t yet signed the NEW petition at SaveCharityHospital.com to urge the UMC board to put Charity Hospital in the study, please consider adding your voice. If you have already signed, we thank you and please tell a friend… (or two)!

Your time and efforts in helping to hold the UMC Board and the government to account is invaluable.

All the best!
Your friends at SaveCharityHospital.com

August 31st 2011

NOELA upcoming events

Sept. 6, 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. Greater New Orleans Immunization Network Free Immunizations for children up to 18 years old. N.O. East Walgreens at Lake
Forest and Bullard. Bring Child’s Immunization Record. For more information, call (504) 733-3268 or go to http://www.gnoshots4kids.com/index2.html.

Sept. 6, 5:30 p.m. Orleans Parish Hospital Service District A meeting. Methodist Campus, 1st floor Conference Room, 5620 Read Blvd. Meetings are held on the 1st Tuesday of the month.

Sept. 6, 6 p.m. West Barrington Association meeting. Holiday Inn Express, 7049 Bullard Ave. Meetings are held every 1st Tuesday of the month.

RESCHEDULED! Sept. 6, 6 p.m.
Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission (ENONAC) Commissioners Advisory Board (CAB) Meeting for Neighborhood Association Presidents. St. Maria Goretti Community Center, 7300 Crowder Blvd. CAB meetings are normally held on the last Tuesday of the month, but this meeting
was rescheduled due to the Mayor’s Budget Meeting on Aug. 30.

Sept. 6, 6:30 p.m. Lake Bullard Neighborhood Improvement District meeting. Cornerstone United Methodist Church, 5276 Bullard Ave. Meetings are held
on the 1st Tuesday of each odd-numbered month. Agenda: Selection of Interim President and Night Out Against Crime.

Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m. Mark Homeowner Association Meeting. 9701 Hammond St. Resurrection Of Our Lord Cafeteria. Meetings are held on the 2nd Thursday of the month.

Sept. 9, Rosedale Subdivision Meeting.
Greater Bright Morning Star Baptist Church, 4253 Dale St., New
Orleans, 70126. Rosedale Subdivision meets the 2nd Friday of
every month.

Sept. 10, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Lake Willow Neighborhood Meeting. St. Maria Goretti Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd. Lake Willow Neighborhood meets every 2nd
Saturday of the month.

Sept. 10, 10 a.m. Spring Lake Subdivision General Meeting. Meetings are held at St. Maria Goretti Church, 7300 Crowder Blvd.

Sept. 10, 10 a.m. Transform-Her Meeting. Children’s Palace Learning Academy, 5615 Read Blvd. Meetings are held every 2nd Saturday of the month. Contact
Shirley Mitchell at 245.2754 for more information.

Sept. 10, 1:30 p.m. Melia Subdivision Meeting. Anchored in Christ Church, 4334 Stemway Dr. Meetings are held every 2nd Saturday of the month. Contact Cheryl Diggins, President, at 504-715-1217 for more information.

Sept. 11, 9:30 a.m – 1:30 p.m. Saint Maria Goretti Church Annual Health and Wellness Fair. 7300 Crowder Blvd., New Orleans, LA. Topic: Ways to stay healthy. In addition to blood tests, blood pressure screenings, eye, ear, and other health related exams, there will be cooking demonstrations with an emphasis on ways to incorporate more plant based meals into our daily diets.
Certified exercise trainers and yoga instructor will be on hand to provide helpful information and interactive demonstrations. The church nutritionist, nurse, and pharmacist, as well as doctors, various home health agencies and representatives from local hospitals will be present to provide helpful information and to answer your health related questions. For more information, visit http://www.smgnola.com/wellness.

Sept, 15. Deadline for Taxing Districts to provide a resolution from the taxing district board that was adopted at a duly noticed meeting to the City of New
Orleans. Contact the City’s office of Intergovernmental Affairs at 504-658-4928 for more information.

Sept. 16, 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. NOELA Mixer. Fidelity Homestead Savings Bank, 5530 Crowder Blvd., New Orleans, LA 70127.

Sept. 17, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Operation Clean Sweep. Join Councilmember Jon Johnson and over 300 volunteers representing 50 New Orleans East organizations to clear debris, cut overgrown lots, and pick up trash throughout New Orleans East. Afterwards, volunteers will celebrate in Joe W. Brown Memorial Park with live entertainment from local bands and great food.

Clean Up Headquarters: Household of Faith Church, 9300 I-10 Service
Road. 7 a.m. – Registration / Supply Distribution. 8:45 a.m.
– Transportation to key sites. 8 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Corridor
Clean Up. 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. – Celebration in Joe W. Brown Memorial Park.
Email for more information.

August 31st 2011

FAIR HOUSING REPORT DEMONSTRATES HUD’S EFFORTS TO END HOUSING DISCRIMINATION

A recent report released by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shows that the agency is resolving individual housing discrimination complaints faster, increasing its focus on complaints that affect multiple people, and launching more investigations using its authority to initiate cases on behalf of discrimination victims where no one has filed a complaint. HUD’s Annual State of Fair Housing Report also illustrates how the agency is helping municipalities and state and local agencies receiving HUD funding to comply with civil rights requirements and holding non-compliant recipients accountable.

“Our goal is to put an end to unlawful housing discrimination,” said John Trasviña, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity. “We have made progress in reducing housing discrimination, but more work needs to be done to make ‘fair housing…part of the American way of life,’ as President Johnson said in 1968 when he signed the Fair Housing Act into law.”

More than 10,000 fair housing discrimination complaints were filed in fiscal year 2010, according to the report. Discrimination based on a person’s disability continued to be the largest single category of complaints. Of the 10,155 complaints filed with HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies, 48 percent alleged disability discrimination, 34 percent alleged discrimination based on race, and 15 percent alleged discrimination based on family status – consistent with the number and type of complaints received during the previous three years.

The report shows that in fiscal year 2010, HUD and its Fair Housing Assistance Program partner agencies processed 4,494 new complaints within 100 days, 328 more than in 2009 and 583 more than in 2008. The report also shows that HUD proactively pursued its own Secretary-initiated investigations, charging four and conciliating eight cases that developed from such investigations, and launching another 10 such investigations.

This year’s report shows that HUD has placed greater emphasis on ensuring that recipients of HUD funding create greater housing opportunities for minorities, families with children, and people with disabilities. In 2009, Westchester County, New York, a recipient of HUD funding, entered into a settlement agreement with HUD and others to resolve claims that the county had falsely certified compliance with the requirement to affirmatively further fair housing. HUD continues to work with the federal monitor and the county to ensure the county’s full compliance with the agreement.

HUD’s activities in fiscal year 2010 have led to significant relief for victims of housing discrimination, including:

Ø African Americans in whose neighborhoods a bank did not locate branches or provide banking services. A conciliation agreement between HUD, the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council, and the First National Bank of St. Louis, Missouri, provides that the bank will increase its commitment to minority and low-income communities by, among other things, investing more than $2.5 million over four years in St. Louis City, North St. Louis County, and St. Clair County, Illinois.

Ø Women on maternity leave who were denied mortgage loans and insurance. HUD launched a landmark maternity leave case investigation that resulted in a settlement with Cornerstone Mortgage Company and a charge against Mortgage Guaranty Insurance Corporation (MGIC). In the settlement, a Washington state woman was awarded $15,000 based on her claims that she was denied a mortgage loan even though she was on paid maternity leave and planned to return to work. The settlement also created a $750,000 victims’ fund to compensate other borrowers who experienced discrimination because they were on pregnancy or maternity leave at the time they were applying for a loan. In a separate action, HUD charged MGIC with discriminating against a Pennsylvania family by denying their application for mortgage insurance unless and until the wife returned to work from maternity leave.

Ø African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Asian Americans, and families with children who were tenants or prospective tenants of an apartment complex that engaged in widespread discriminatory rental practices. In 2010, HUD charged the owners and managers of the subject apartment complex in Renton, Washington. In 2011, the Department of Justice reached a settlement agreement that provides that the housing provider will, among other things, pay $85,000 in damages and $25,000 in civil penalties and maintain a common recreational area for all tenants, including children.

Ø Six families with children who were charged fees for using the common recreational areas of a condominium. In 2009, HUD charged the owners and managers of the subject condominium in Methuen, Massachusetts. In 2010, the Department of Justice obtained a consent decree under which the housing provider must, among other things, pay $130,000 in damages and $20,000 in civil penalties.

In addition, the report highlights how HUD, through its Section 3 program, is creating jobs for low-income residents of areas where HUD-funded construction is taking place, and contracting opportunities for the businesses that hire them. Between 2009 and 2010, the program provided jobs to more than 16,000 residents and contracts to 2,900 Section 3 businesses. HUD also announced, in June, that it was providing $600,000 in competitive grants to enable public housing authorities and state and local agencies that receive Section 3 funding to hire a program coordinator to help report on the success of their job creation and training efforts.

Going forward, HUD will continue to reach out to groups that have historically lacked sufficient protection from housing discrimination, such as lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons. HUD has announced that it will issue a rule to clarify that the term “family,” when used in HUD programs, includes all eligible LGBT couples and individuals.

Furthermore, the Department is expanding its education and outreach to immigrants. HUD is conducting fair housing conferences throughout the nation to raise awareness of fair housing rights among advocacy and social service organizations working with immigrant communities. Also, as part of HUD’s efforts to make its programs accessible to all, the agency has translated more than 100 vital documents into 17 different languages.

For a copy of HUD’s Annual State of Fair Housing Report, go to:

http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=ANNUALREPORT2010.PDF.

FHEO and its partners in the Fair Housing Assistance Program investigate more than 10,000 housing discrimination complaints annually. People who believe they are the victims of housing discrimination should contact HUD at 1-800-669-9777 (voice), 800-927-9275 (TTY).

August 30th 2011

Party with Crimestoppers and STOP Crime! Deadline Sept. 5

Is your group planning a party or another event for Night Out Against Crime on Oct. 11? Then we want to promote YOUR good work in our Party and Stop Crime Contest!

Enter to win our Crimestoppers of Greater New Orleans Night Out Against Crime Contest! Neighborhood groups, civic associations, and other organizations in our eight-parish service area are eligible to enter their Night Out event to hold the title of “Crimestoppers #1 Party to Stop Crime”. Your group will win refreshments (up to $200 or $400 depending on event size) for your Night Out Party, a visit at your event from the Crimestoppers Party Van, “Party and Stop Crime” t-shirts plus other Crimestoppers prizes, including VIP local and federal law enforcement, Crimestoppers and media attendees! We’re looking for a few standout parties to support to help combat crime in our communities and make our neighborhoods safer, so enter the contest today!

**The deadline to enter is Sept. 5.

*Download the contest flyer at our Web site: http://www.crimestoppersgno.org.

*Complete contest details can be found on our Facebook Event Page. Visit our main Crimestoppers Facebook Page and “Like” us at: http://www.facebook.com/CrimestoppersGNO.

*To stay up-to-date on the contest and other Crimestoppers news and tips, you can also follow us on Twitter @CrimestopperGNO.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact the Crimestoppers Office at 504-837-8477. Crimestoppers of GNO works in partnership with law enforcement, the media and the community; Crimestoppers GNO supports National Night Out Against Crime.

August 30th 2011

LOUISIANA ASSISTS WITH ORLEANS PARISH MARSH FIRE

PRESS RELEASE

Contact: Veronica Mosgrove

(225) 358-5667

LOUISIANA ASSISTS WITH ORLEANS PARISH MARSH FIRE

Baton Rouge, LA (August 29, 2011) – State agencies are helping to respond to a marsh fire located in a remote area in Orleans Parish. The Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) is in contact with the New Orleans Office of Emergency Preparedness and the National Weather Service which is monitoring wind direction. GOHSEP is also coordinating efforts with other state agencies to ensure the safety of citizens.

Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ):

A mobile air quality lab is now located in New Orleans near the marsh burn.

After testing the air quality, DEQ has put out an “Action Day” advisory meaning the air quality is unhealthy for sensitive groups.

Department of Health and Hospitals (DHH):

DHH medical professionals and toxicologists are advising local government officials and first responders on the situation.

DHH is monitoring its surveillance of local hospitals to provide insight into health trends and issues that may arise among the general populations related to the marsh fires.

DHH is providing advisories to the general public on how to protect themselves, especially those with respiratory conditions.

Individuals with asthma, allergies, and other respiratory conditions should avoid prolonged outdoor exposure, continue to follow their treatment plans as determined by their health care providers, be certain their prescriptions are filled and have their medications with them.

Individuals who become symptomatic should seek medical advice from their health care provider.

Individuals bothered by the smell should go indoors to minimize exposure.

Individuals are advised to run their air conditioners or central air conditioning systems if they have one. If the air conditioner provides a fresh air option, keep the fresh-air intake closed and recirculate indoor air. Make sure that the filter is clean enough to allow good air flow indoors. Vehicle air conditioning systems should also be set to recirculate inside air.

Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF):

LDAF fly-overs indicate that the fire is 100 percent contained because the area is surrounded by water on all four sides. It is estimated that approximately 1300 acres have burned to date, and there are 1,000 acres remaining in this water-locked area.

LDAF will conduct a more detailed Geographic Information Systems (GIS) reconnaissance flight within the next 24 hours and provide estimates for when the fire may burn itself out.

Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD):

DOTD is prepared to display “Limited Visibility” warnings on message boards located along the interstate should smoke pose a problem.

August 29th 2011

Entergy Pledges $1 Million Additional Assistance to Help Customers Deal with Extreme Heat, High Bills

In response to this summer’s extended heat wave and record power usage, the Entergy Corporation is allocating $1 million across its four-state service territory to help qualifying elderly and disabled customers who are in need of assistance pay their summer energy bills.

The Entergy Corporation is donating $220,000 to Louisiana agencies to assist elderly and disabled customers.

The allocation is divided into two parts:

Entergy shareholders are providing $500,000 to local nonprofit agencies that provide bill payment assistance to elderly and disabled customers who need assistance. Additionally, Entergy is launching a “Double Your Power” fundraising drive to bolster The Power to Care customer assistance fund. Entergy shareholders will give $2 for every $1 in new customer donations to The Power to Care fund, up to an additional $500,000.

“We know from living in Louisiana that summer means higher electricity use as customers try to stay cool,” Charles L. Rice, Jr., president and chief executive office, Entergy New Orleans, Inc. said. “This summer we’ve experienced sustained, record-breaking heat, which can be dangerous and can lead to higher energy costs. To provide some relief, we’re building on our summer initiatives by offering a combination of programs to help customers deal more effectively with the hotter weather and increased energy costs that this weather brings.”

These supplemental donations will provide emergency utility assistance for thousands more elderly and disabled customers beyond those already assisted by Entergy this summer in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Orleans and Texas.

Customers should apply directly to the area agencies for assistance. For more information, contact:

- New Orleans Council on Aging – 504-821-4121

- Jefferson Parish Council on Aging – 504-888-5880

August 27th 2011

Macy's Shop for a Cause

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To see if your organization qualifies visit:
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August 26th 2011

District Attorney's Office Inviting Citizens to Study and Make Recommendations on Criminal Justice System

It is with great pride that I introduce you to an exciting outreach project of our Orleans District Attorney’s office:
The Orleans District Attorney’s Citizen’s Academy.

I am inviting the citizens of New Orleans to participate in an interactive eight-week study of the criminal justice system from within our offices where prosecuting criminals is a team process from arrest to conviction and beyond. Each class of approximately thirty to forty participants will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 PM-8:30 PM in the Grand Jury Room of the DA’s building at 619 S. White Street, NOLA 70119.

I am inviting the community of New Orleans to participate in the first Academy class scheduled to begin on Tuesday October 18, 2011. Any of us could be the victim of a crime or a witness to that crime or to serve on a jury. In an effort to make our city safer we will share with the public whom we serve, how we do our part to make the criminal justice system run smoothly. Their knowledge of the system is an important part of how effective we will be. Presentations and discussions on such topics as Domestic Violence, Juvenile Crime, Diversion, Victim/Witness Assistance, Homicide Investigation, and much more is planned.

Please e-mail Anne Zoller Kiefer in our office at or call her at 504-822-2414 ×2937 and your registration packet will be sent to you. Forms can be signed and returned by FAX or snail mail. The class will be limited to 40 participants to ensure interactive participation.

Each person who attends six of the eight classes will “graduate” and receive a diploma. This will happen on the last scheduled class and refreshments will also be provided. It is our hope to have these sessions informative and interesting with time for many questions and answers. We are proud of what we are doing in our office and are eager to share our knowledge with those we serve.
Please join us for our first Citizen’s Academy.

With hope for a safer New Orleans,
Leon
Leon A. Cannizzaro, Jr.
District Attorney, Orleans Parish

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August 26th 2011

MAYOR LANDRIEU, FEMA Get Millions More for Neighborhood Streets

As the sixth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and FEMA officials today detailed significant progress on New Orleans’ recovery efforts since the Mayor took office in May 2010. Since Landrieu took office, a joint task force made up of officials from the City, Sewerage and Water Board, FEMA, and the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) meet regularly to coordinate and share information and to resolve issues as projects move from planning to construction. The City has met with FEMA officials in 215 meetings and site visits resulting in nearly 250 action items, and the funding for City projects has substantially increased over previous years.

Since August 29, 2005, the City and Sewerage and Water Board have received nearly $1.1 billion in total obligated FEMA funding. The City received about $706.6 million and Sewerage and Water Board received $376.5 million. This funding is reflected in 4,709 total project worksheets (PWs) which describe eligible work, the scope, and cost estimates for repair. Since Mayor Landrieu took office in May 2010, funding for City repairs has significantly surged over the past years-649 PWs have been produced resulting in $170.6 million. This equals more than $11 million per month. Further, 27 percent of funding for the City’s permanent repairs has been obligated in this sixth year.

“When I came into office, the priority was clear. We wanted to get out of the recovery phase and get into the let’s get it done phase,” said Mayor Landrieu. “We wanted to make sure that the City receives everything we’re entitled to but also begin to move beyond haggling and into construction. Our partnership with FEMA has netted significant results for our citizens. We will continue to work together so that our people are made whole and so that we’re creating a smarter, safer, and more prosperous New Orleans.”

In 2010, Mayor Landrieu identified over 100 committed projects that cover a range of facilities and projects from recreation to health clinics to libraries to streets to criminal justice facilities. This year, the projects are moving through the lifecycle more quickly, largely based on the closer collaboration and coordination with FEMA.

“We’ve learned that the key to restoring and rebuilding cities is to work with leaders to identify the projects that are essential to recovery and working out any issues that could derail the progress we want to maintain,” said Tony Russell, Regional Administrator for FEMA. “We don’t always agree on every point, but it is important for us to have an open dialogue and that’s what we’ve achieved with Mayor Landrieu and his team.”

Cedric Grant, the City’s Deputy Mayor for Facilities, Infrastructure and Community Development said, “We realized early on that we needed to have a productive relationship with FEMA and work with them to make sure all eligible damages were identified. After all, the project worksheet is an evolving document and that has been the key in making sure the City has received the maximum amount in obligated funds.”

Interim GOHSEP Director Pat Santos said, “As the 6th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina approaches, the New Orleans area has so much to look forward to as construction and growth continues. And as we’ve done in the past, the state, federal and local officials will work together to make this community more resilient and better than before.”

One key achievement has been a second assessment of neighborhood streets. The first neighborhood to have new funds obligated in this program is the Lower Ninth Ward. As a result of this partnership, Mayor Landrieu and FEMA announced today an increase of nearly $45 million for Lower Ninth Ward street repairs, a major infrastructure improvement targeted for one of the hardest hit neighborhoods in Hurricane Katrina.

During Katrina, roadways throughout New Orleans were inundated with flood waters, resulting in widespread street damages. Additionally, excessive weight from emergency vehicles and construction trucks on the already vulnerable roadways caused further damages. As such, additional eligible damages have been realized.

In addition to the Lower Ninth Ward street obligation, the City and FEMA have completed road and sidewalk assessments for 28 other neighborhoods including Broadmoor, Bywater, Filmore, Florida Area, Florida Development, Holy Cross, Lake Catherine-Venetian Isles, Lakeshore-Lake Vista, Lakeview, Lakewood, Little Woods, Marlyville-Fountainbleau, Marigny, Mid-City, Milan, Milneburg, Navarre, Plum Orchard, Pontchartrain Park, Read Boulevard East, St. Anthony, St. Claude, St. Roch, Touro, Treme-Lafitte, Viavant, West End, and West Lake Forest. Other neighborhood assessments are ongoing.

The total road and sidewalk assessments for neighborhoods impacted by Hurricane Katrina, including the full allotment for the Lower Ninth Ward, have generated $86.6 million in obligated funds from FEMA for the city’s streets.

Landrieu said, “As we talk with residents across the City, one of the main complaints is about the poor condition of our roads. We know that much of the problem was the pressure placed both on the street surface and the sub-surface water lines and utilities by sitting water during Hurricane Katrina. I want our residents to know that we are continuing to work with FEMA to ensure that we get fair assessments. This new funding will not solve all of our street and water problems, but it will go a long way helping resurface streets in our most impacted neighborhoods.” Additional evidence of the successful City and FEMA partnership has resulted in the following:

Facilities:

Pools. The City opened 12 public pools in June across the city. More than $1.8 million of FEMA funding was provided for these recreational facilities.
Youth Study Center. FEMA recently obligated about $8.1 million in additional funding to the YSC raising the total obligated to $24.4 million.
Sewerage and Water Board:

Water Line Point Repairs. FEMA has recently obligated $16 million to Sewerage and Water Board for city-wide water line point repairs and pavement restoration.
New Protocols and Coordinated Construction. FEMA and the Sewerage and Water Board have cooperatively developed new protocols to improve the assessment of subsurface water line repairs and agreed to replace water lines instead of simple point repairs when there are several point repairs needed on a single line. The City’s Department of Public Works and Sewerage and Water Board will also coordinate sewer, water and roadway reconstruction projects by neighborhood.
Private Property Demolitions:

Demolitions. FEMA has obligated $55.6 million for the demolition of private properties, over $23 million of which has been obligated in 3 PWs over the last year. Thus far, FEMA has provided funds for the demolition of as many as 5,759 properties.
Temporary Housing Units:

FEMA Trailers. The City and FEMA have coordinated their efforts to reduce and eliminate FEMA trailers in New Orleans. In December 2010, there were 230 trailers still within city limits. Through FEMA casework and assistance and City enforcement of existing ordinances, that number has been reduced to 16 today with additional hearings and removals scheduled.

August 26th 2011

City to Bust Bandit Signs

In an exclusive interview Charlie’s Neighborhood News has learned from a trusted source that the City of New Orleans will be giving Sign Bandits until September 12th to get their act together.
On September 12th the City of New Orleans will begin aggressively fining those who insist on placing signs on public property. To learn more about bandit signs and how you can help fight blight, please visit the link below:

http://business.fsjna.org/steps-to-stomp-out-blight/

August 26th 2011

INDUSTRIAL TRAINING INITIATIVE PREPARES N.O. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR PROFITABLE CAREERS IN PROCESS INDUSTRIES

In the very near future, an emerging group of new technologically savvy professionals will be required to occupy process operator positions in Louisiana’s petrochemical plants and other process industries due to natural attrition. Local industry leaders, education experts and community and business partners are working collectively to develop that future workforce.

The Process Technology (PTEC) program currently underway at L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans is an innovative, dual enrollment initiative that provides technical training to high school students, while allowing them to enroll in college coursework simultaneously.

An Open House for PTEC at Landry will take place at the school, 1200 L.B. Landry Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114, today, Wednesday, August 24, from 10:30AM to 11:00AM. A reception, facility tours and equipment exposé will follow.

Invited guest and speakers include: L.B. Landry Principal Lee Green; Ava Dejoie, Business and Community Outreach Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Education; Lawrence Donsereaux; Radford Bustin; Tommy Warner, Chancellor, Nunez Community College; Ray Rigdon, Operations Manager, ConocoPhillips; Judge Roland Belsome, Chair, Orleans Student Scholarship Foundation; and Christopher Kane, President, Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

PTEC is the science of manufacturing that contains all of the elements of production, which will control the quality of a product. Careers in this area are found in refineries and manufacturing plants and typically require an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology/Process Technology. For the PTEC program at Landry, the school, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), Nunez Community College, Nunez’s Industrial Technology Advisory Committee, ConocoPhillips, the Orleans Scholarship Foundation and the Algiers Economic Development Foundation (AEDF) are working collectively to grow and sustain the program.

LDOE has been instrumental in certifying PTEC instructors for the classroom and working with the program’s visionary Lawrence Donsereaux, II, Alliance Team Leader for Training and Development at ConocoPhillips and Chairman of Nunez Community College’s Industry Advisory Committee, and Alliance Training Supervisor Radford Bustin to develop, pilot and fully launch the program.
“The ConocoPhillips Alliance Refinery is excited about the launch of the Landry PTEC program,” states Ray Rigdon, the refinery’s Operations Manager.

“Our Training Department has invested significant time and resources in partnership with Landry, Nunez, and the state of Louisiana to bring this curriculum to the Algiers community and the students. We see this as a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved and a significant step toward developing a qualified local workforce.”

Ava Dejoie, Business and Community Outreach Coordinator for LDOE, recalls the charge from former LDOE Superintendent Paul Pastorek last year to bring college classes to Landry. Dejoie says: “The initiative has blossomed into so much more. The classes are at Landry, and the business and the community are at Landry. Better still, industry experts are serving as part-time instructors. These individuals are Landry and New Orleans Public School alumni. They are mentors and role models to the students.”

Donsereaux, an alumnus of L.B. Landry’s class of 1969 said, “This has been a dream of mine. I know that these students can be future employees of ConocoPhillips or other operators. This lab opens up a world of opportunity.”
Upon successful completion of the program, students have the potential to earn $50,000 to $70,000 annually. Similar models are in place at several Louisiana colleges that offer Associate Degrees in industrial Technology/Process Technology, including Louisiana Technical College, McNeese State University, SOWELA Technical Community College, Louisiana Delta Community College and Baton Rouge Community College.

As the only school in the nation to have received National Association of Industrial Technology accreditation, Nunez will offer the college coursework and credentialing to PTEC students at Landry. ConocoPhillips donated a significant amount of PTEC lab equipment, while the New Orleans Student Scholarship Foundation donated $10,000 to the program. The Algiers Economic Development Foundation is serving as a conduit between the education, community and business sectors to sustain the program.

“Program sustainability is a major component of enhancing and expanding this initiative. The Algiers Economic Development Foundation brings critical partnering opportunities to the business community for workforce and resource development purposes,” said Christopher Kane, President of the Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

The first cohort of PTEC students started the program about two weeks ago. Approximately 40 students are enrolled in Landry’s PTEC program, which is facilitated by two former industry professionals who have undergone an extensive certification process with LDOE. One long-term goal is to expand the program to service adults.

August 26th 2011

FetchPuppy: A Faithful Friend to Local Businesses, Shoppers, and Charities

FetchPuppy is a New Orleans-based online deal site, custom-built and scaled to benefit New Orleanians in countless ways by providing online deals while directing a portion of revenue generated to the local charity that gets the most votes each week.

Refer a great local business and get a $50 referral fee. Nominate your favorite local non-profit to receive 10 percent of all sales completed in a week. Purchase a coupon for the daily deal. There are so many ways to play with this pooch.

For more information on FetchPuppy, please visit http://www.fetchpuppy.com/.

August 26th 2011

Rebirth Financial Links Small Businesses to Lenders

Rebirth Financial serves the greater New Orleans community by connecting small businesses with banks and individual lenders. This local start-up makes it easier for small business owners to acquire loans and allows them to focus on their business, instead of chasing money.

NOLA Brewing have benefitted from this innovative lending platform. “Without Rebirth Financial, we wouldn’t have been able to expand and increase our production by 100 percent and finally put our products into cans,” says Kirk Coco, founder and CEO.

Learn more at rebirthfinancial.com.

August 24th 2011

Search for an Interim City Councilmember-At-Large

Councilmember Head looks forward to an open process for the selection of the interim Councilmember-At-Large to be led by Councilmember Guidry, Chair of the Governmental Affairs Committee. The Governmental Affairs Committee will hold a public discussion and vet proposals for an interim councilmember in short order.

“I urge anyone interested in this public service to provide the Council with a letter of interest and a resume. We have a lot of work ahead of us on the 2012 budget. Therefore, I hope we will move the interim process forward transparently and efficiently,” Head said in an official statement from her council office today.

NOLA City Council The New Orleans City Council is the legislative branch of New Orleans city government. The Council considers and enacts all local laws that govern the City of New Orleans. The Council also approves the operating and capital budgets for the City, as recommended by the mayor, and continually monitors revenues and expenditures for local government operations.

The City Council is also the regulatory body for public utilities. It also reviews and has final say on many land use and zoning matters, as well as considers major economic development projects for the City. As a Board of Review for Orleans Parish, the Council examines appeals of property tax assessments for real estate taxes, and certifies tax rolls to the Louisiana Tax Commission.

Other responsibilities of the Council include overseeing the operation of the public access television in Orleans Parish.

The City Council is comprised of five districts and two councilmembers-at-large. Council President and Councilmember-at-Large Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson; Council Vice President and Councilmember-at-Large Arnie Fielkow; District “A” Councilmember Susan G. Guidry; District “B” Councilmember Stacy Head; District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer; District “D” Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell; and District “E” Councilmember Jon D. Johnson.

For more information, call Jason S. Abate at 504-658-1020 or email
.

August 24th 2011

INDUSTRIAL TRAINING INITIATIVE PREPARES N.O. HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS FOR PROFITABLE CAREERS

In the very near future, an emerging group of new technologically savvy professionals will be required to occupy process operator positions in Louisiana’s petrochemical plants and other process industries due to natural attrition. Local industry leaders, education experts and community and business partners are working collectively to develop that future workforce.

An Open House for PTEC at Landry will take place at the school, 1200 L.B. Landry Avenue, New Orleans, LA 70114, today, Wednesday, August 24, from 10:30AM to 11:00AM. A reception, facility tours and equipment exposé will follow.

The Process Technology (PTEC) program currently underway at L.B. Landry High School in New Orleans is an innovative, dual enrollment initiative that provides technical training to high school students, while allowing them to enroll in college coursework simultaneously.

PTEC is the science of manufacturing that contains all of the elements of production, which will control the quality of a product. Careers in this area are found in refineries and manufacturing plants and typically require an Associate’s Degree in Industrial Technology/Process Technology. For the PTEC program at Landry, the school, the Louisiana Department of Education (LDOE), Nunez Community College, Nunez’s Industrial Technology Advisory Committee, ConocoPhillips, the Orleans Scholarship Foundation and the Algiers Economic Development Foundation (AEDF) are working collectively to grow and sustain the program.

LDOE has been instrumental in certifying PTEC instructors for the classroom and working with the program’s visionary Lawrence Donsereaux, II, Alliance Team Leader for Training and Development at ConocoPhillips and Chairman of Nunez Community College’s Industry Advisory Committee, and Alliance Training Supervisor Radford Bustin to develop, pilot and fully launch the program.
“The ConocoPhillips Alliance Refinery is excited about the launch of the Landry PTEC program,” states Ray Rigdon, the refinery’s Operations Manager. “Our Training Department has invested significant time and resources in partnership with Landry, Nunez, and the state of Louisiana to bring this curriculum to the Algiers community and the students. We see this as a ‘win-win’ for everyone involved and a significant step toward developing a qualified local workforce.”

Ava Dejoie, Business and Community Outreach Coordinator for LDOE, recalls the charge from former LDOE Superintendent Paul Pastorek last year to bring college classes to Landry. Dejoie says: “The initiative has blossomed into so much more. The classes are at Landry, and the business and the community are at Landry. Better still, industry experts are serving as part-time instructors. These individuals are Landry and New Orleans Public School alumni. They are mentors and role models to the students.”

Donsereaux, an alumnus of L.B. Landry’s class of 1969 said, “This has been a dream of mine. I know that these students can be future employees of ConocoPhillips or other operators. This lab opens up a world of opportunity.”
Upon successful completion of the program, students have the potential to earn $50,000 to $70,000 annually. Similar models are in place at several Louisiana colleges that offer Associate Degrees in industrial Technology/Process Technology, including Louisiana Technical College, McNeese State University, SOWELA Technical Community College, Louisiana Delta Community College and Baton Rouge Community College.

As the only school in the nation to have received National Association of Industrial Technology accreditation, Nunez will offer the college coursework and credentialing to PTEC students at Landry. ConocoPhillips donated a significant amount of PTEC lab equipment, while the New Orleans Student Scholarship Foundation donated $10,000 to the program. The Algiers Economic Development Foundation is serving as a conduit between the education, community and business sectors to sustain the program.

“Program sustainability is a major component of enhancing and expanding this initiative. The Algiers Economic Development Foundation brings critical partnering opportunities to the business community for workforce and resource development purposes,” said Christopher Kane, President of the Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

The first cohort of PTEC students started the program about two weeks ago. Approximately 40 students are enrolled in Landry’s PTEC program, which is facilitated by two former industry professionals who have undergone an extensive certification process with LDOE. One long-term goal is to expand the program to service adults.

Invited guest and speakers include: L.B. Landry Principal Lee Green; Ava Dejoie, Business and Community Outreach Coordinator, Louisiana Department of Education; Lawrence Donsereaux; Radford Bustin; Tommy Warner, Chancellor, Nunez Community College; Ray Rigdon, Operations Manager, ConocoPhillips; Judge Roland Belsome, Chair, Orleans Student Scholarship Foundation; and Christopher Kane, President, Algiers Economic Development Foundation.

August 23rd 2011

Capacity College Transit Symposium this Thursday

Learn where transit investments are
being made and how to get involved

Thursday, August 25
6 p.m.- 8 p.m.
New Orleans Healing Center- 2nd Floor Gallery
2372 St. Claude Avenue New Orleans, LA 70117
Please enter in the rear of the building on St. Roch Ave. (parking available)

This event is free and open to the public

Why is transit important?

What is the impact of the St. Claude Streetcar Line in my community?

What is the latest on the Claiborne Overpass study and how can I get involved?

What does blight have to do with transit?

NPN and Transport for New Orleans (TfNOLA) have come together to host the second symposium in the Capacity College summer leadership colloquium series focused on Transit to answer these questions.

Panelists
Walter Brooks, Regional Planning Commission
Stephen Crim, Transport for NOLA
Rachel Diresto, Center for Planning Excellence
Jeff Hebert, City of New Orleans
Stefan Marks, Regional Transit Authority

RSVP
Call NPN at 504-940-2207
or e-mail

August 22nd 2011

Statement from Councilman Arnie D. Fielkow on his resignation

Nearly twelve years ago, I received one of the best phone calls of my entire life when New Orleans Saints ownership called to offer me an opportunity to fulfill a life-long dream – a senior front office position in the NFL and to live in the great city of New Orleans. I had worked my entire professional career for such a chance and will be forever grateful to the Saints organization. During my six-year Saints tenure, we enjoyed some incredible moments both on and off the field. I will certainly never forget watching my Dad, who passed away a few months ago, swell up with pride and joy when I was announced as the Saints new Director of Administration. Also, who will ever forget that magical night at the end of December, 2000 when 70,000 Who Dat fans literally danced the night away after the club’s first ever playoff win. Jim Henderson’s call of “Hakim dropped the ball, Hakim dropped the ball, there is a G-d after all” will forever ring in my and Saints fans’ ears.
But along the way, something interesting also occurred. While my family and I moved to New Orleans for a job, we totally fell in love with a city – its people, culture, food, music and so much more. My wife Susan and I have made life-long friends in this great community. Our children – all now certified black and gold fans for life – grew up in the Crescent City and all of us will forever treasure the time we have spent here. When my life – like so many others – was changed dramatically after Katrina and my spirits so down after departing the Saints, New Orleanians picked me up, put me on their shoulders and provided me with a most incredible professional opportunity to help build back our beloved city by electing me Councilman-at-Large. Not a small feat for a first time politician, and a Yankee at that! I owe all New Orleanians a huge debt of gratitude for embracing my family and me, and always supporting us through thick or thin.

Over the past six years in public office, I have been both honored and privileged to serve the people of New Orleans. I have worked as hard as possible to help improve the lives of all New Orleanians and am proud of our joint accomplishments. Be it helping ensure that the Saints remained in New Orleans for the long term, the reform of NORD, the recent ground breaking of the new Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy, the creation of the new public-private partnership for economic development, creation of the Office of Inspector General, authorship of laws to strengthen local and minority contracting, strong advocacy to combat discrimination and inequity, ensuring social justice for the gay, lesbian and immigrant communities, supporting a broadening of adoption laws, passage of laws to ensure a more transparent and open government, or even our annual youth civil rights trip to Birmingham, I can honestly state that I have given everything I had, and have finished much of the agenda I set out to accomplish to make New Orleans a better city and help it realize its yet untapped potential. Of special importance, the Saints continued presence here in New Orleans means everything to our citizens and I am tremendously gratified they have remained here and will be here for years to come.

I continue to be awed each and every day by the resiliency, courage and passion of New Orleanians, and, under the leadership of Mayor Landrieu and the City Council, have no doubt that New Orleans will soar in the future. It will certainly be the adopted home forever of Arnie, Susan, Justin, Michael, Steven, Yana and Svetlana Fielkow.

But as the familiar lyrics from the Pete Seeger song states, “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose . . . “ And for me and my family, such a time has occurred as an opportunity has arisen which, for both personal and professional reasons, just cannot be passed up at this time in my life. The announcement today is being made with a mixture of both joy and sorrow. My family and I are greatly excited about this tremendous new opportunity, and most importantly the chance to have all of our children be within a stones throw of our new home. As New Orleanians certainly know, there is nothing more important than family and the chance to live in the same city as all of our children is something which simply could not be passed up. Having our two young daughters grow up in the same area with their brothers and having a chance to watch our youngest son compete at the intercollegiate athletic level the next four years were certainly very important considerations in our decision. Regrettably, though, this professional opportunity requires us to leave a city we love and will undoubtedly miss. Also, while I sincerely wish the timing for this new position had been different, regrettably I had no control over when it presented itself. I have given as much as I humanly could to the City of New Orleans over the past twelve years, and I very much hope that New Orleanians will understand and wish me well as I pursue a professional dream.

As my close friends know, I have dearly missed the sports field, an industry in which I have spent over 20 years. Today, I am announcing that I am returning to this career to accept the position as the new Chief Executive Officer of the National Basketball Retired Players Association. The NBRPA, the official association of the NBA, ABA and Harlem Globetrotters, is comprised of all former players from these organizations. This Association was founded in 1992 by basketball legends Oscar Robertson, Dave Bing, Dave DeBusschere, Dave Cowens and Archie Clark, and works in direct partnership with both the NBA and National Basketball Players Association. This new leadership opportunity presents an incredible upside for growth, including initiatives around the globe, national television and marketing, and events/programming designed to enhance the quality of life for all former players. I am extremely honored that the NBRPA Board of Directors, after an exhaustive national search, has entrusted me with the leadership of this prestigious organization,

This morning I tendered a formal letter of resignation, effective October 1, to City Council President Clarkson and look forward to working with the entire Council in concluding my city work over the next six weeks. I am confident the Council will identify an able and qualified interim replacement on October 1, pending a special election this fall.

I would like to thank the members of my staff for their incredible efforts and the dedication they have exhibited. I will certainly be working with each of them to assist in whatever way I can relative to their future professional endeavors.

Let me close by saying that, while my family and I are very excited about what lies ahead, we will always call New Orleans home and will closely follow the great success still to come for this city. We look forward to returning often – including next spring when our oldest son graduates from Tulane Law School – to watch the city’s progress, its accomplishments and without question its future Two Dats and Three Dats Super Bowl championships. In fact, my new position will undoubtedly allow me to do good things for, and in, New Orleans, and don’t be too surprised if the Fielkow’s return to our great city somewhere down the road.

Thank you New Orleans for the best twelve years a family could ever have. We will miss you dearly and forever treasure the moments we shared. May God bless this city and its incredible people!

Arnie D. Fielkow

August 19th 2011

FISH FRY

Friday, August 26

4:30pm—7pm

Dine-In or Take-Out

$8 adults
$4.50 children

(All proceeds go to St. Matthew’s Mission
Team for local & international efforts)

St. Matthew’s United Methodist Church
6017 Camphor St.
Metairie, LA 70003
888-1155
(Buy tickets now or call to reserve your
dinners in case we sell out early!)

August 18th 2011

NOLA Wise: A New Financing Opportunity for a Healthy, Comfortable and Efficient Home

New Orleans Green Building Resource Center: Monthly Sustainability Series, August 24

Global Green USA proudly partners with the AIA, New Orleans Chapter, and USGBC, LA Chapter, to present a monthly panel and community discussion series on issues of sustainability and environmental responsibility.

This month, join Global Green USA’s Program Manager Camille Lopez and leaders from the local environmental industry to discuss NOLA WISE – an exciting new energy efficiency, job creation and financing program to help New Orleanians live comfortably, save energy, and save money. The program, in partnership with the City of New Orleans and the Department of Energy, helps New Orleans homeowners save at least 15% on their utility usage, connects homeowners to trusted, vetted, and nationally certified green contractors, and provides incentives and low interest loans to help pay for your upgrades.

Clean Energy Solution’s Jacquelyn Dadakis will discuss how to get involved with the NOLA WISE program. She will elaborate on the process of getting a home energy rater, what energy efficiency measures you might install, and how you can reduce your project cost by accessing incentives. Green Coast Enterprises’ Co-Founder Reuben Teague will talk about the innovative financing options available to all homeowners or residential rental property owners in New Orleans, contractor selection, and how contractors can take advantage of job training opportunities available through the NOLA WISE program.

NOLA Wise: A New Financing Opportunity for a Healthy, Comfortable and Efficient Home
Wednesday, August 24th, 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM
Global Green USA’s Green Building Resource Center
841 Carondelet Street, New Orleans, LA 70130

Light refreshments served at 5:30 PM, panel presentation begins at 6:00 PM. Very special thanks to our good friends at Whole Foods Market and Ste Marie Restaurant for their generous ongoing support of our Green Building Resource Center sustainability series.

For more information on this and past events, please see our website here: http://globalgreen.org/bibg/calendar/ or contact Heidi Jensen at our Green Building Resource Center:

August 18th 2011

NOCCA launches Culinary Arts & full-day Academic Studio program

After years of careful planning, two highly anticipated programs have finally launched at NOCCA: Culinary Arts and the Academic Studio.

Emeril Lagasse Foundation funded four years of Culinary Arts training during NOCCA’s Summer Session, and at long last, the year-round program is kicking off this fall. NOCCA’s new, on-site kitchen — the Emeril Lagasse Foundation Culinary Arts Studio — was completed in March, and Chef Dana D’Anzi Tuohy along with Master Chef-in-Residence Frank Brigtsen welcomed the first 21 year-round Culinary Arts students last week. You’ll find details at http://www.NOCCAInstitute.com.

The Academic Studio has been a dream for even longer. As the name implies, the Academic Studio provides instruction in math, science, and the humanities, allowing students to attend NOCCA for the entire school day — a first! Academic Studio students avoid the hassle and expense of transferring to NOCCA over the lunch period or after school, and early feedback from students is that it’s a huge success. For more information about this very exciting program, please visit http://www.NOCCAInstitute.com.

August 18th 2011

Drop the Chalk to be celebrated as “Champion of Change” at White House

Drop the Chalk to be celebrated as “Champion of Change” at White House
New Orleans resident is one of 11 entrepreneurs being honored in the ceremony
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, Jennifer Medbery, founder of Drop the Chalk—the first company to be financed by the New Orleans Startup Fund, will be honored during a ceremony at the White House. The Teach for America alumna is one of 11 entrepreneurs who will be recognized as “Champions of Change.” The program is an ongoing series where the White House highlights individuals who have created effective projects and initiatives that have helped better their communities.

Founded in 2009, Drop the Chalk is a web-based education software company that enables teachers to collect and analyze classroom data in real time. The company seeks to catalyze education reform by empowering teachers to use student data effectively. In April 2011, the Startup Fund—designed to accelerate local early-stage companies that demonstrate high-growth potential—announced that it would fund the company.

“I cannot express how grateful and humbled I am to be included as part of the White House’s ‘Champions of Change’ program,” said Medbery. “For two years, I have been striving to bring an innovative data analysis solution to educators, and it is nothing short of an absolute honor to have that passion recognized in this way.”

Craig Cordes, founder of New Orleans-based Cordina Frozen Drinks, will also be honored during the White House’s ceremony. Both Drop the Chalk and Cordina are members of The Idea Village’s Entrepreneur Class of 2010. Drop the Chalk secured a $100,000 investment through the organization’s Entrepreneur Challenge, and Cordina was the winner of the Coulter Challenge IDEApitch during New Orleans Entrepreneur Week 2010.

The full list of individuals included as Champions of Change during today’s event is as follows:

Torya Blanchard – Detroit, MI, Good Girls Go To Paris Crepes
Craig Cordes – New Orleans, LA, Cordina Frozen Drinks
Jennifer Donogh – Carnation, WA, Young Female Entrepreneurs
Kwanza Fisher – Atlanta, GA, Neighborhood Mathematica
Zach Hamilton – Scottsdale, AZ, DevilWash
Susan Koger – Pittsburgh, PA, ModCloth
Josh Linkner – Detroit, MI, Detroit Venture
Jennifer Medbery – New Orleans, LA, Kickboard by Drop the Chalk
Alex Rincon – Helena, MT, four0six
Andrew Yang – New York City, NY, Venture for America
Erica Zidel – Somerville, MA, Sittingaround

Today’s announcement adds to a growing list of accolades for Medbery. Earlier this summer, Drop the Chalk was featured in Businessweek’s list of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2011” and in Inc. magazine’s “30 Under 30” list of young business owners.

In addition to these honors, the company is the recipient of numerous other national awards, winning the Domain Companies’ prize at the Tulane Business Plan Competition, the UPenn Graduate School of Education Business Plan Competition, and the Tulane University New Day Challenge. Drop the Chalk was also a finalist for the Mass Challenge, the Unreasonable Institute, and the Echoing Green competition.

“We are thrilled for the national recognition of Jen and Drop the Chalk,” said Matt Wisdom, Chairman of the New Orleans Startup Fund. “Not only does this underscore Jen’s remarkable efforts, but it also highlights Greater New Orleans as the hotbed of innovation it has become. She should be very proud of her work, and I expect more good things to come her way.”

To qualify for funding from the New Orleans Startup Fund, startups must be headquartered within the 10-parish Greater New Orleans region and must demonstrate a clear vision to grow their business to between $20 and $50 million in revenue within five to seven years.

“We are pleased to see that two of the 11 honorees are based in our region,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of GNO, Inc. and CEO of the New Orleans Startup Fund. “The economic comeback of Greater New Orleans has been led by entrepreneurs. GNO, Inc. extends its congratulations to Jen and Craig for their success to-date and wishes them the best in the future.”

The “Champions of Change” ceremony begins at 2:45 p.m. EDT today. The White House will stream the event live at whitehouse.gov/live.

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About New Orleans Startup Fund

The New Orleans Startup Fund is a non-profit 501©(3) evergreen seed fund established by Greater New Orleans area business and financial leaders to accelerate the growth of early-stage, innovative businesses into venture-ready companies. The Startup Fund’s mission is to create jobs and economic prosperity for the 10-parish region of Greater New Orleans by providing seed capital and business assistance to early-stage firms that demonstrate significant growth potential. The Startup Fund measures success by the creation of a strong portfolio of companies able to attract outside financing and the development of a local capital ecosystem.

More information can be found at http://www.neworleansstartupfund.org.

August 18th 2011

Interested in the development of the Lafitte Corridor?

Are you wondering, “What, exactly, IS the Lafitte Corridor?”

Go to http://www.lafittecorridorconnection.com for more information.

Lafitte Corridor Connection Kick-Offs
http://www.lafittecorridorconnection.com/workshops.html

Some of the following events have already occurred. See below for tonight’s workshop, Thursday 8/18 and future events

To provide an opportunity for the general public to hear about the project, comment on initial analysis, and express interest and concerns about the project. Keypad polling devices will be used to collect public feedback.

Monday, August 15th – 6PM to 8PM
Two Locations: Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 2200 Lafitte Street and Grace Episcopal Church located at 3700 Canal Street
Lafitte Corridor Connection Open Studio

To provide flexible hours for the general public to stop in and view progress on the project. Only necessary to participate if unable to communicate ideas and concerns during the kick off or other opportunities.

Daily August 15th-19th from 10AM to 5:30PM

Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 2200 Lafitte Street. (Studio hours are extended August 16th-18th to 7PM to play the Greenway Design and Land Use Chip Game)

Lafitte Corridor Connection Topical Discussions

To provide an opportunity for the general public to provide input on issues and opportunities relative to the specific topic. Only necessary to participate if unable to communicate ideas and concerns during the kick off or other opportunities.

Daily August 15th-19th from 4:30 PM to 5:30PM

Sojourner Truth Community Center located at 2200 Lafitte Street

* August 15: Recreational Activities and Programming AND Corridor Education, Employment and Jobs Opportunities * August 16: Greenway Arts and Interpretive AND Transportation, Stormwater, and Infrastructure * August 17: Land Use and Urban Design AND Housing and Economic Development Strategies * August 18: Financing, Operations and Maintenance * August 19: Health and Environment

Lafitte Corridor Connection Greenway Design and Land Use Chip Game

To provide an opportunity for the general public to play the Greenway Design and Land Use Chip Game – a tool for drawing out public preference and priorities for the greenway, greenway park, and corridor.

* August 15 – 19: 11:30am – 12:30pm * August 16 – 18: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Lafitte Corridor Connection General Community Meeting

To provide the public with a chance to comment on proposed plans, recommendations and strategies. Keypad polling devices will be used to collect public feedback and determine preferences and priorities.

Saturday, August 20th from 9:30AM to 12:00PM
Delgado Community College, City Park Campus – Student Life Center, Lac Pontchartrain Room at 615 City Park Avenue

Workshop Dates
Workshop 1 August 15-20, 2011
Workshop 2 TBD (mid-November)
Workshop 3 TBD (mid-February)

August 13th 2011

Melia/Rosedale/Pine Village Neighborhoods: Diabetes Walk/Health Fair

Support 1st 2 mile Walk for the cause!

August 12th 2011

Free Dance Classes For Any Child in Orleans Parish!

NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance Announces
Fall 2011 Free Dance Class Registration and Audition Dates

New Orleans, LA –The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) are pleased to announce the Fall 2011 registration and audition dates for the tuition-free dance classes at the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance. The pre-professional dance program is for students, ages 9-18, with demonstrated talent and includes local and guest artists, guest speakers, performance opportunities, and technique classes in ballet and modern. Since 1992, the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance has been providing classes to school-aged children as well as field trips, mentors, and the opportunity to work with visiting artists.

Pre-Professional Program Auditions at Tulane University
Saturday, August 27, Tulane University, McWilliams Hall, 3rd Floor
10am-12pm—ages 9-12
1pm-3pm—ages 13-18
Requirements for Audition: Auditions for youth ages 9 to 18. There is no pre-registration for the auditions and no audition fee. The audition will consist of a technique class in ballet and modern (no solos). Students must have at least two years of ballet training. Students should wear tights, leotards, and ballet shoes (girls) and a t-shirt with pants and ballet shoes (boys). There will be no change areas available on-site, so come dressed to dance. Classes take place on Saturdays at Tulane University from 9 AM to 5 PM beginning on September 10 (schedule depends on students’ placement). If accepted, students must attend a minimum of two additional technique classes during the week at NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance sites, performing arts schools, and or private dance studios in order to enhance the technical training of students.

Registration Dates for Fall 2011 Classes at Center For Dance Sites
All classes are free. Ages six and up.

Annunciation Center (Ballet), 800 Race Street (Lower Garden District)
Tuesday, September 6, 5-7pm
Classes are Tuesday and Thursday between 4:15-7:15pm

Behrman Center (Ballet), 2529 General Meyer Avenue (Algiers)
Tuesday, September 6, 5-7 pm
Classes are Tuesday and Thursday between 4:30-8:30pm

Cut Off Center (Ballet/Tap), 6600 Belgrade Street (Westbank)
Wednesday, September 7, 5-7pm
Classes are Monday 5-8pm and Wednesday 5-7pm

St. Bernard Center (Ballet/Tap), 1500 Lafreniere Street (Gentilly)
Wednesday, September 7, 5-7pm
Classes are Monday 4-7pm and Wednesday 5-8pm

Trinity Christian Community (Ballet), Cypress Grove, 3611 Cambronne (Hollygrove)
Tuesday, September 6, 5-7pm
Classes are Tuesday 5-7pm

All information above is also available at http://www.nobadance.com. For further information, please call (504) 522-0996.

NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance
Currently celebrating its 20th Anniversary, the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance is a cultural community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA). Founded in 1992 with seed money from the Freeport-McMoran Foundation, The CFD was born out of a need to make dance accessible to all school-age children. A program that began with just 30 students now has an annual gross enrollment of more than 750 children at 5 NORDC centers and three partner sites citywide. With a core curriculum of ballet, classes are open to any child in Orleans Parish with a demonstrated interest in dance. Through a professional faculty, master classes by NOBA Main Stage artists and other visiting artists, a mentor program and field trips, the CFD works with each child to cultivate dreams and strengthen futures. The NOBA programs are a recipient of the 2005 Louisiana Governor’s Arts Award, 2005 Big Easy Classical Arts Award, and 2002 Coming Up Taller Award by the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

August 9th 2011

HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT YOUR PROPERTY ASSESSMENT?

The Orleans Parish tax assessor has sent out letters informing
property owners of new assessments for 2012. If you did not receive a
letter, you may be one of the four in five homeowners whose assessment
is NOT being changed. If you did receive an increase and feel it is
unfair, find out how to appeal an assessment by going to the website,
http://www.nolaassessor.com. Keep in mind that assessments may only be
changed in the first two weeks of August, through August 18!

The tax assessor’s office is open weekdays but no appointments are available, it is on a first-come, first served basis.

Tax Assessor Office, City Hall, fourth floor, 1300 Perdido Street,
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., 504.658.1300,
http://www.nolaassessor.com.

August 9th 2011

Sankofa Farmers Market moving to Holy Angels

Rashida Ferdinand, director of the Sankofa Farmers Market, will formally announce at the Bywater Neighborhood Association meeting tonight that the market is moving from its Lower Ninth Ward site to Holy Angels, beginning August 27. The meeting will be held at the Holy Angels Convent, 3500 St. Claude Avenue, 7 p.m.

August 5th 2011

Mayor Landrieu and Councilmember Head to Hold Community Budget Meeting Next Week

From the City Media Advisory:

Contact:
Ryan Berni
504-658-4992 (office)
504-621-9504 (cell)

“On Tuesday, August 9, 2011, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu will launch a series of community meetings in each councilmanic district to discuss 2012 budget priorities. The first meeting will be co-hosted by District B Councilmember Stacy Head. They will be joined by Deputy Mayors, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, NOFD Superintendent Charles Parent and department and agency heads. The Budgeting for Outcomes process is aimed at producing a more citizen-driven budget and ensuring improved government performance and accountability.

Prior to the meeting, from 5:30-6pm, the City will host a Resource Center with representatives from several City departments and agencies. During that time, citizens will have the opportunity to talk one-on-one with various departments about specific complaints and concerns.

WHO: Mayor Mitch Landrieu Councilmember Stacy Head- District B City officials

WHAT: District B Community Meeting

WHEN: Tuesday, August 9, 2011 Resource Center- 5:30pm Meeting- 6:00-8:00pm

WHERE: Dryades YMCA 2220 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. New Orleans, LA 70113 “

July 27th 2011

POSTPONED: Financial Planning & Wealth Management for Neighborhoods

The Capacity College Clinic on Financial Planning & Wealth Management for Neighborhoods for tomorrow, Thursday, July 28 at 5:30 p.m. has been postponed.

If you already registered and made a payment for the clinic, we will reimburse you.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at or call me at 940-2207.
Thank you for your interest in NPN’s Capacity College!

July 26th 2011

Treasurer Kennedy Discussion on the Fiscal Realities of the UMC Hospital Project

Treasurer Kennedy is coming to town.

This is your chance, as a member of the public, to sound off on the proposed UMC hospital. Bring your suggestions, your questions, and make sure you voice is heard. Call for the state to do the right thing – and reopen Charity Hospital as a brand new facility within the shell of the existing and historic Charity Hospital building.

Treasurer Kennedy has consistently questioned the wisdom, in a fiscal sense, of building a new medical center in Lower Mid-City. And now, more than ever, we need a dose of this realistic viewpoint before the state commits itself to a crippling mistake.

Here are the details:

Treasurer Kennedy Discussion on the Fiscal Realities of the UMC Hospital Project

July 26, 2011

6:30 p.m.

Grace Episcopal Church, 3700 Canal Street

New Orleans, Louisiana

We encourage folks in New Orleans East who are concerned about Methodist Hospital to attend and find out how the unnecessary expenditures on the UMC affect the likelihood of financing for a hospital in the East.

We encourage anyone concerned about the risk of a true fiscal boondoggle to attend. Despite all the talk about the project moving forward, there are some very real risks that have not been addressed, specifically on the financing and operation costs.

We urge anyone concerned about mental healthcare facilities in New Orleans to attend as well. You’ll recall that a study by Blitch Knevel Architects, on behalf of the State of Louisiana, said that part of Charity could be renovated to provide the area with a stand-alone mental healthcare facility. The state’s own study says this.

Finally, we urge any community members to attend who are concerned about the precedent set by the disastrous treatment of the Lower Mid-City neighborhood by the city, state, and federal government. New Orleans neighborhoods should not stand for the utter disregard, disrespect, and outright hostility toward their residents. And the state and city governments, should not bowl over and hang their own residents out to dry when they start to see dollar signs before their eyes.

Come on out on Tuesday night. The current UMC push jeopardizes the return of a hospital to New Orleans because it is so irresponsible. We are strongly in support of the event on Tuesday night because we view it as a way to help ensure the success of a world class institution that is sustainable and right for the city and the state. For this to happen, all options and alternatives must be considered, including the Charity Hospital option.

July 20th 2011

Michelle Obama Announces Commitments to Provide Millions of People Access to Healthy, Affordable Food

First Lady Michelle Obama Announces Nationwide Commitments to Provide Millions of People Access to Healthy, Affordable Food in Underserved Communities

SUPERVALU, Walgreens, Walmart and regional retailers among those making major commitments

First Lady Michelle Obama joined leaders from major retailers, foundations and small businesses today to announce commitments that will provide access to healthy, affordable food to millions of people in underserved communities. The commitments from SUPERVALU, Walgreens, Walmart and regional retailers will include opening or expanding over 1,500 stores to serve communities throughout the country that currently do not have access to fresh produce and other healthy foods. These stores estimate that they will create tens of thousands of jobs and serve approximately 9.5 million people in these communities throughout the country. Currently, 23.5 million Americans – including 6.5 million children – live in low-income areas that lack stores likely to sell affordable and healthy foods. Studies have shown that limited access to healthy food choices can lead to poor diets, higher levels of obesity and other diet-related diseases.

“The commitments we’re announcing today have the potential to be a game-changer for kids and communities all across this country,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. “We can give people all the information and advice in the world about healthy eating and exercise, but if parents can’t buy the food they need to prepare those meals because their only options for groceries are the gas station or the local minimart, then all that is just talk. Let’s Move is about giving parents real choices about the food their kids are eating, and today’s announcement means that more parents will have a fresh food retailer right in their community – a place that sells healthy food, at reasonable prices, so they can feed their families the way they want.”

Mrs. Obama has been leading a nationwide effort to combat childhood obesity so that children born today will reach adulthood at a healthy weight. The Let’s Move! Campaign is a comprehensive, collaborative, and community-oriented initiative that has sought to engage every sector of society to tackle head-on the many different factors that lead to childhood obesity. Today’s announcement is a historic step towards addressing that issue and achieving the primary goal of Let’s Move! – solving the problem of childhood obesity within a generation

The White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity Report to the President identified access to healthy, affordable food as key to solving childhood obesity. In February 2010, Mrs. Obama traveled to Philadelphia where she announced the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, a multi-million dollar public and private investment to improve access to healthy food. The President’s 2012 Budget proposes funding for the multi-year initiative to increase the availability of affordable, healthy foods in underserved urban and rural communities. The Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, and Treasury are proposing $330 million in financing to community development financial institutions, other nonprofits, public agencies, and businesses with sound strategies for addressing the healthy food needs of communities.

Partnership for a Healthier America secured the following commitments and will be working with the companies to evaluate and monitor their progress with these efforts. Decisions on store locations will be made with communities based on their needs.

National Commitments

SUPERVALU – Committed to opening 250 Save-A-Lot stores over the next five years
SUPERVALU is committed to opening 250 new Save-A-Lot stores over the next five years in areas with limited or no access to healthy foods, and estimates that these new stores will serve approximately 3.75 million people and create more than 6,000 new jobs. Headquartered in Minnesota, SUPERVALU is one of the nation’s largest retail and wholesale grocers serving customers across the United States through a network of approximately 4,294 stores, including ACME, Albertsons, Cub, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Save-A-Lot, Shaw’s, Shop ‘N Save and Shoppers, as well as independent grocery retailers served primarily by the company’s food distribution business.

Walgreens – Committed to expanding its food offering to include whole fruits and vegetables, and other healthy options in at least 1,000 stores
Walgreens is the nation’s largest drugstore chain, operating 7,733 drugstores in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. More than 45% of those stores are located in underserved communities. As part of today’s announcement, Walgreens is committing to convert at least 1,000 of its stores into food oasis stores. This means that whole fruits and vegetables, pre-cut fruit salads and green salads as well as basic amenities like breads and ready-made meals will now be available at these locations, along with Walgreens accessible pharmacy, health and wellness services. This will bring basic fresh and healthy food to many communities where there currently is limited or no access. Walgreens estimates that these stores will serve nearly 4.8 million people.

Walmart – Committed to opening or expanding up to 300 stores by 2016
In January, Mrs. Obama joined Walmart executives to help launch the company’s initiative to make food healthier and healthier food more affordable. Walmart’s healthier food initiative will reduce sodium and added sugars form packaged food items, make healthier food more affordable and develop a simple front-of-package seal for identifying healthier food choices. Today, Walmart is committing to opening or expanding 275 to 300 stores which will serve more than 800,000 people in rural and urban areas with limited or no access to grocery options. Walmart also estimates that more than 40,000 associates will work in these stores.

Regional Commitments

California FreshWorks Fund – Secured $200 million to promote healthy food retailing in California
A project of The California Endowment and an all-star team of partners, FreshWorks is a $200 million public-private partnership loan fund created to increase access to healthy, affordable food in underserved communities, spur economic development, and inspire innovation in healthy food retailing. The fund will provide financing to grocery stores and other healthy food retailers and distributors who meet a subset of skillfully developed program guidelines designed to move healthy food retailing forward in an affordable and accessible way and prioritize healthy choices from top to bottom. FreshWorks estimates that this fund will create or retain approximately 6,000 jobs.

Brown’s Super Store – Committed to building one new supermarket in Philadelphia and expanding one existing store in Chelthenham, PA
Brown’s Super Stores is a family owned and operated supermarket chain of Philadelphia area ShopRite supermarkets and was founded in 1988 by President and CEO Jeffrey Brown. Brown operates 10 ShopRite Supermarkets in the Philadelphia area, with five of his stores located in communities that were previously underserved communities. Brown will be opening one new supermarket in North Philadelphia and expanding an existing location in Chelthenham, PA as part of Mrs. Obama’s campaign. The state-of-the-art stores will feature several new innovations including a culturally inspired International Foods Department, Health Clinic, social service office and Pharmacy. Brown expects this expansion and new store will create approximately 325 jobs and serve 150,000 people.

Calhoun Grocer – Committed to building 10 stores in Alabama and Tennessee
Calhoun is an African American, family owned, small local chain based in Montgomery, Alabama. They serve areas in and around Mobile where their stores are often the only ones serving the community they are operating in. They are working to expand their reach and work on improving access to communities in the south who are underserved. As part of today’s announcement, Calhoun has committed to building 10 stores over the next 5 years in Alabama and Tennessee. Calhoun estimates they will create approximately 500 jobs and serve 10,000 people.

Klein’s Family Markets – Committed to opening one new store in Baltimore, MD
Klein’s Family Markets is headquartered in Forest Hill, MD and operates 7 ShopRite supermarkets in Maryland. They were founded in 1925 and have been operating supermarkets for four generations. Klein’s has committed to building one new store in Baltimore, MD and estimates creating approximately 275 jobs and serving 75,000 people. The state-of-the-art store will feature several new innovations including a culturally inspired International Foods Department, Health Clinic, social service office and Pharmacy.

A fact sheet on today’s announcement is available at http://www.letsmove.gov/sites/letsmove.gov/files/Food_access_factsheet.pdf.

July 18th 2011

Marc Morial says black unemployment has actually worsened during recovery

“The black unemployment rate (has) increased since the recovery has begun.”
Marc Morial on Sunday, July 17th, 2011 in an interview on NBC’s “Meet the Press”.

National Urban League president Marc Morial said on “Meet the Press” that unemployment among blacks has actually worsened since the start of the recovery. Is he right?

During a discussion of high unemployment on the July 17, 2011, edition of NBC’s Meet the Press, Marc Morial, the president of the National Urban League, turned the spotlight on unemployment among African Americans.

“We have a jobs crisis in America,” said Morial, the former mayor of New Orleans, “and I think that the debt-ceiling discussion should be decoupled from the deficit discussion, and the nation needs a jobs plan. We have 14 million people out of work. The black unemployment rate is at stifling levels. It’s, in fact, increased since the recovery has begun. “

We decided to check whether the black unemployment rate has gotten worse since the recovery began.

We looked at federal Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers starting in June 2009 — the month the National Bureau of Economic Research determined was the end of the last recession and the start of the recovery.

In June 2009, the unemployment rate for African Americans was 14.9 percent. In the most recent month, June 2011, the rate was 16.2. So the black unemployment rate definitely did rise over that period.

If you look closer at the numbers, they have actually zig-zagged a bit. The rate peaked at 16.5 percent in March and April 2010, before falling as low as 15.3 percent in February 2011. Since then, the rate has climbed almost a full percentage point over four months.

Still, in the period Morial specified, the black unemployment rate increased by more than a full percentage point.

We should note that Morial has some justification for focusing on black unemployment rates.

Of the four major ethnic groups tracked by BLS — whites, blacks, Hispanics and Asian Americans — only blacks saw unemployment rise over the period Morial cited.

White unemployment dropped from 8.7 percent to 8.1 percent from June 2009 to June 2011. Hispanic unemployment dropped from 12.2 percent to 11.6 percent. And Asian unemployment dropped from 8.2 percent to 6.8 percent. All told, the overall unemployment rate fell from 9.5 percent to 9.2 percent.

In fact, some segments of the black labor force showed even higher rates of unemployment. For instance, the most recent unemployment rate for blacks between the ages of 16 and 24 years was 31.4 percent.

July 18th 2011

100 Urban Entrepreneurs Pitch Event: Last day for submission is Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

Don’t forget to invite your clients to submit their business plans and pitch their business ideas for a shot at $10,000 from 100 Urban Entrepreneurs.
Click here for more details: http://www.100urbanentrepreneurs.org

100 Urban Entrepreneurs Pitch Event: Last day for submission is Tuesday, July 19, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

100UE in New Orleans: July 20, 2011

NEW ORLEANS’S ongoing renewal and recovery continues on Wednesday, July 20, when 100 Urban Entrepreneurs heads into the Crescent City to host a 60-Second Business Pitch event. If you’re in or near New Orleans and have a great idea for a business, we want to hear from you.

Click here to do the following

STEP 1: Not sure how a 100UE 60-Second Business Pitch event works?

STEP 2: Read the Official Submission Rules and Guidelines.

STEP 3: Submit your business idea and apply for the pitch event.

That’s it! A representative from the 100UE funding committee will get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if you’ve been selected to participate in the pitch event. You’ll make the best case for your business in front of a live audience and our panel of judges. At stake? $10,000 in startup financing and eight weeks of intensive business mentoring — your chance to join the more than 40 other entrepreneurs we’ve funded and mentored.

Have any questions ahead of time? E-mail us at . Good luck — and we hope to see you in New Orleans on July 20!

July 18th 2011

Register now for the Urban Entrepreneurship Summit set for July 20

Co-hosted by: The White House, The Office of Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City of New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, 100 Urban Entrepreneurs, Urban League of Greater New Orleans, New Orleans Business Alliance, Operation HOPE, & multiple federal agencies

Wednesday, July 20, 2011
8 a.m.- 9 a.m. Registration
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Forum

Xavier University
Xavier University Center
1 Drexel Drive
New Orleans, LA 70125

www.whitehouse.gov and http://www.nola.gov
Twitter: #urbanforum

BACKGROUND:
Mayor Mitch Landrieu, in partnership with the White House Business Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council, will host an Urban Entrepreneurship Forum on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at Xavier University in New Orleans to focus on providing tools to support job growth and foster economic success for local entrepreneurs.

“We are focused on creating jobs, putting people back to work, and ensuring access to economic prosperity for all New Orleanians,” said Mayor Landrieu. “I am pleased to partner with President Barack Obama to develop innovative ways like this forum to get capital on the street and to support local and disadvantaged businesses. President Obama’s continued commitment to New Orleans has been extremely beneficial to our recovery, and our network of entrepreneurs will benefit from access to this caliber of expertise and support.”

President Obama has laid out a vision to win the future by out-innovating, out-educating and out-building the rest of the world – a plan critical for America’s cities and long-term economic competitiveness. Earlier this year, President Obama re-launched the White House Business Council, which focuses on gathering ideas from the private sector and working in close coordination to support the growth and success of American businesses and entrepreneurs.

As entrepreneurship plays a central role in creating jobs and economic opportunity, the Obama administration is committed to creating public-private and nonprofit partnerships to support current entrepreneurs and spark a new generation of urban entrepreneurs. To focus on these initiatives to boost job growth in America’s cities, the White House Business Council, the White House Office of Public Engagement and the Domestic Policy Council are partnering with Mayor Landrieu and other mayors to concentrate on ways to strengthen urban entrepreneurship.

This forum is part of a series of Landrieu administration events and programs targeted at supporting local businesses. Last fall, Mayor Landrieu held the City’s first summit on economic opportunities for local businesses, “People of New Orleans Rebuilding New Orleans” at the Marriott Hotel. Over 500 local businesspeople heard presentations from The City, Sewerage & Water Board, Recovery School District (RSD), Orleans Parish School Board, Veterans Administration, University Medical Center, and US Army Corps of Engineers about upcoming capital projects and over $6 billion in procurement opportunities for local firms. The City has also partnered with Goldman Sachs, HOPE Credit Union and Delgado Community College on the $20 million 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, which links local businesses with practical business training and access to capital.

Space is limited and pre-registration is required.

See the registration form

Residents and businesses interested in more information should contact Blake Stanfill at 504-658-8425 or .

The event is open to pre-credentialed media. Media interested in covering the events should email and .

July 18th 2011

IS A 'GAP' LOAN FOR YOU? HUD program can lend up to $50K to homeowners in mortgage crisis

2011-07-18

Ericka Johnson had never been late on the mortgage payments on her four-bedroom suburban Atlanta home, but now the single parent to a daughter in college is four payments behind.

Her financial challenges were brought on by a layoff from her legal assistant job in February. Efforts to lower her payments through a loan modification have been unsuccessful so far, so she was hoping that the $1 billion of federal monies recently earmarked for the Emergency Homeowner’s Loan Program (EHLP) would be an option for relief. No such luck.

Georgia is not among the 27 states (and Puerto Rico) that qualify for the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program that allows eligible homeowners to qualify for loans maxing out at $50,000, without any interest over a two-year time period.

The loan is considered a deferred mortgage payment “gap” loan. Eligible homeowners must be unemployed or underemployed, three or more months behind on their payments and living in their homes with the intent to stay. July 22 is the deadline for pre-application.

Johnson says she considers the program a good gesture, but thinks the federal money could have been better spent on job creation. “I think it’s a waste of money, to be honest,” says Johnson of Snellville, Ga. “The priority should be getting people working rather than bailing them out of a mortgage they can’t pay. Teach me how to fish so that I can eat for a lifetime.”

For a listing of the qualifying states and eligibility requirements for EHLP, visit hud.gov.

July 5th 2011

EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION FOR SENIORS & DISABLED CITIZENS

BE PREPARED for THE 2011 HURRICANE SEASON!

RTA
&
THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS
Invite You To a Planning Meeting To Discuss

EMERGENCY TRANSPORTATION
FOR SENIORS & DISABLED CITIZENS

RTA
2817 CANAL STREET
NEW ORLEANS LA

WEDNESDAY, JULY 6, 2011
10:00 AM

Mark your calendar to join us for this critical meeting!

July 5th 2011

The 4th Annual Experience LatiNola this Saturday

This week is Experience LatiNola! This year will be our 4th annual community event and will take place on Saturday, July 9th from 11am to 5pm at Lakeside Mall. Never been to Experience LatiNola and want to know what all the hype is about? Experience LatiNola is our biggest community fair to engage the local Latino community and inform organizations with resources available for Latinos. Don’t miss your opportunity to attend this event! There will be live performances by Grupo Elementos, Ballet Cosmapa, Grupo Maculele Capoeira, Julio Y Cesar, Ballet Folklorico, Renovacion 6 and Pan Vibrations Steel Band. There will be lots for all ages, including a Children’s area with fun activities and prizes provided by the Louisiana Children’s Museum. This and so much more is going on at this years’ Experience LatiNola!

Check out our photos from our previous years on our Facebook page. Interested in volunteering? Just send us an email to or call the office at 504-821-7228.

Folkloric dancers gather on stage to end Experience LatiNola in 2010. Don’t miss your chance to be a part of Experience LatiNola 2011!

July 1st 2011

Broadmoor Improvement Association Announces their new website.

A message from the Broadmoor Improvement Association (BIA):

The Broadmoor Improvement Association proudly announces its new updated Web site, http://www.broadmoorimprovement.com .

In the upcoming weeks and months, we will be adding forums, maps and other materials, so the site will become the one-stop shop for all things Broadmoor!

Broadmoor Improvement Association
4520 South Derbigny Street
New Orleans, LA 70125
504-309-2561

June 28th 2011

Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement News

1)

Wisner Grant Information"

2)

City of New Orleans Revenue Estimating Conference: June 28 at 12 p.m. in the City Council Chamber.

3)

Business Information Sessions with the Office of Economic Development, City of New Orleans

District “C” Thursday, June 30, 2011 5-6:30 p.m. NORD, 2529 Gen. Myer Ave.

District “B” Thursday, July 14, 2011 5-6:30 p.m. Rhodes Pavilion, 3933 Washington Ave.

District “A” Thursday, July 28, 2011 5-6:30 p.m. JOB1, 3400 Tulane Ave.

4)
New Crime Maps by NOPD"
Click “accept” and it will take you to the map. It is currently updated at 4 a.m. every day.

5)

2nd District Walk for Peace and Unity with the NOPD Anti-Crime Walk

You are invited:
The 2nd District is making a stand against crime and we need YOU to join us.

The Cops, Clergy and Community Walk for Peace and Unity with the 2nd Police District’s Anti-Crime Walk will take place on Tuesday, June 28 at 6 p.m. on the corner of Valence and Freret. We are coming together from across the entire 2nd district to walk together and talk together, building lasting relationships to continue work together to stop crime in the 2nd district.

This may not be your neighborhood, but it is your city. We want to unite across neighborhoods to support each other. Please join us for this inter-faith, inter-generational, inter-neighborhood coming together.

If you can’t make it to the walk, please come out on your porch, talk to your neighbors between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 28. The 2nd District will be standing up together against crime in our neighborhoods. This is the night to have lemonade on your porch, grill out for dinner, have your kids play on your block, walk your dog and talk to your neighbors.
If you think crime is a problem in New Orleans and you would like to do something about it, please join us!

6)

Master Plan Amendment Process:

A Guide for Submitting Amendments to the Master Plan

The City Planning Commission (CPC) announces the opening of a Master Plan amendment application period. According to the City Charter “at least once every five years, but not more often than once per calendar year… the Commission shall review the Master Plan and shall determine, after one or more public hearings, whether the plan requires amendment or comprehensive revision.” This year’s application period will run through August 5. The Master Plan can be reviewed and downloaded from the CPC website or the Master Plan website: http://www.nolamasterplan.org. Please review the following information pertaining to the amendment process.

1. What are the different types of amendment requests?
Proposed amendments may include changes to policies, the Future Land Use Map (FLUM), appendices or other components of the Plan.

2. Who may propose an amendment?
Anyone may propose an amendment to the Master Plan’s text. However, changes to the Future Land Use Map (FLUM) must be submitted by the owner of the property for which the change is requested. More sizable areas for possible amendment may be requested by a City Councilmember. An application form can be obtained from the City Planning Commission at 1340 Poydras Street, 9th Floor NOLA 70112.

3. When must a proposed amendment be submitted to the City?
According to the City Charter, the City Planning Commission may consider plan amendments once every year. As part of the first annual review, Master Plan amendments will be accepted June through August 5.

4. How is an amendment submitted?
A proposed amendment is submitted in writing to the City Planning Commission. A pre-application conference is required prior to submitting an amendment request to confirm that the request is germane to the Master Plan.

The proposed amendment must consist of at least:
a. A reference to the Master Plan chapter that is proposed for amendment and/or a map of the boundaries
b. Proposed amendment language
c. An explanation of why the amendment is being proposed

For more information on submittal requirements please refer to the attached application packet.

5. What is the cost for filing an amendment?
In 2011, the first year of accepting applications, the City Planning Commission will not charge a fee for amendment requests or submissions.

6. What will happen once the amendment is proposed?
Once the amendment application packet is submitted for review, the City Planning Commission will schedule a public meeting and publish a notice a local newspaper of general circulation at least fifteen days in advance of the meeting. For public benefit and convenience, these meetings may be combined with meetings to revise the Comprehensive Zoning Ordinance. In addition to the public meetings, the City Planning Commission will hold a formal public hearing. A staff report evaluating the requests according to criteria noted in the application will be available to aid the discussion. The Planning Commission’s recommendation will be forwarded to the City Council for final disposition

Please share information with your friends, family and neighbors. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at anytime.

Katrina

—-
Katrina Badger
Liaison, Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement
Email:
Cell: 504.303.0866
Office: 504.658.4976
City Hall, Room 8W03
1300 Perdido St. New Orleans, LA 70112

June 28th 2011

Louisiana Energy Day

On July 18, 2011, we invite you to participate in LOUISIANA ENERGY DAY, a major forum featuring top industry and government leaders, speaking on:

· Exxon Mobil’s announcement that it has made the biggest discovery in the Gulf of Mexico in more than a decade, projected to produce the equivalent of 700 million barrels of oil. The discovery will generate billions of dollars and create thousands of new jobs.

· Shell’s announcement of its multi-billion-dollar investment to develop its major Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

· New oil spill response plans and technologies, including the latest from the Exxon-led response consortium.

· New energy security measures, following al-Queda’s announcement that it is targeting U.S. oil and gas infrastructure for future terrorist attacks.

· Opportunities to provide clean energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency solutions for U.S. military installations in Louisiana, responding to new federal mandates.

· Smart Grid developments for Louisiana.

· New Louisiana solar energy tax credits.

· New government grants and programs for the Louisiana energy industry.

· Congressional and state legislation affecting the Louisiana energy industry.

· How the Louisiana energy industry is giving back to communities and people.

Seating is extremely limited. REGISTER NOW!

Your response is greatly appreciated.

For more information, including sponsorship details, contact us at

Louisiana Energy Day
DATE: July 18, 2011
TIME: 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
LOCATION: New Orleans, Louisiana
MORE: email for information
Seating is extremely limited. REGISTER NOW!

June 15th 2011

Improve Drainage and the Appeal of your Street and your Neighborhood Clinic Part of the Capacity College Summer Leadership Colloquium

Learn how you and your neighbors can improve drainage in response to rainwater that collects on your street and in your neighborhood.

This can help you maintain, protect, and even increase your property value.
Finally, learn from and ask questions of Sewerage and Water Board, state environment, and land-use representatives.

Thursday, June 23
9 a.m.- 11 a.m.
Mahalia Jackson Early Childhood & Family Learning Center
2405 Jackson Avenue, Board Room
New Orleans, LA 70113

Facilitators
Steve Picou, LSU AgCenter
Jeff Dauzat of the State Department of Environmental Quality
Scott Finnney, Sewerage & Water Board of New Orleans
Jen Roberts, Bayou Land Resource Conservation & Development Council
Louis Jackson, CDM Engineering

Limited Seating Available!

Register now & pay online: http://www.npnnola.com/about/view/350/register-for-all-npn-events

NPN Members: $10
Non-Members: $15

Become a NPN Member now!
Questions? Call NPN at 504-940-2207
Email
http://www.npnnola.com

To register for NPN events and programs, go to ABOUT NPN on the website and click Register for NPN events.

June 13th 2011

Addicted to the Lifestyle Forum Targets Prevention in Youth “Thug” and Drug Culture

Addicted to the Lifestyle Forum Targets Prevention in
Youth “Thug” and Drug Culture

Unified Nonprofits of Greater New Orleans will feature a workshop that will help local practitioners build the traits necessary to abate the adolescent thug and drug culture on Monday, June 13 from 9:30AM to 11:00AM at the Goodwill Training Center, 3400 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans. Expert Terry G. Clay, MSW, GSW will facilitate the workshop based upon his Addicted to the Lifestyle® education module, which examines the culture via research and a culturally specific analysis of the issue.

This particular workshop will focus Black on Black Homicide: Why Our Children are Dying. Addicted to the Lifestyle® launched in 2002 as a substance abuse counseling program in Orleans Parish Prison. Since then, the curriculum has been introduced as a community based program and was piloted in the Orleans Public Schools and adult education programs between 2003 and 2005. The curriculum also received national recognition from the Center for Substance abuse prevention Service To Science Project for capacity and recognition as an evidenced based program.

The forum is free and open to the public. Media coverage is requested.

About Unified Nonprofits

Founded in 2005, Unified Nonprofits of Greater New Orleans is a coalition of nonprofit organizations, leaders and advocates. The organization exists to speak with a unified voice on behalf of nonprofits’ roles in the community and provide for leadership development, collaboration and information sharing throughout the Greater New Orleans nonprofit sector.

June 13th 2011

Register for the LOUISIANA ENERGY DAY on July 18

On July 18, 2011, we invite you to participate in LOUISIANA ENERGY DAY, a major forum featuring top industry and government leaders, speaking on:

• Exxon Mobil’s announcement that it has made the biggest discovery in the Gulf of Mexico in more than a decade, projected to produce the equivalent of 700 million barrels of oil. The discovery will generate billions of dollars and create thousands of new jobs.

• Shell’s announcement of its multi-billion-dollar investment to develop its major Cardamom oil and gas field in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

• New oil spill response plans and technologies, including the latest from the Exxon-led response consortium.

• New energy security measures, following al-Queda’s announcement that it is targeting U.S. oil and gas infrastructure for future terrorist attacks.

• Opportunities to provide clean energy, green buildings, and energy efficiency solutions for U.S. military installations in Louisiana, responding to new federal mandates.

• Smart Grid developments for Louisiana.

• New Louisiana solar energy tax credits.

• New government grants and programs for the Louisiana energy industry.

• Congressional and state legislation affecting the Louisiana energy industry.

• How the Louisiana energy industry is giving back to communities and people.

Louisiana Energy Day is produced by the Energy Leadership Forum, bringing together the oil and gas industry, the renewable energy industry, and government leaders at all levels to empower energy security for the United States.

For further background information: http://www.leadershipforum.us/energy-leadership

LOUISIANA ENERGY DAY is an extraordinary opportunity for you to be involved in one of the most lucrative industries in the world. Participate in the forum, get the latest information, and meet key decision-makers.

Seating is extremely limited. REGISTER NOW!

Please click the link below, view the invitation, and respond by clicking either the Yes or No button at the bottom of the invitation. Your response is greatly appreciated.

Click here to respond

For more information, including sponsorship details, contact us at

Best Regards,

Energy Leadership Forum
http://www.leadershipforum.us

June 9th 2011

Come out and attend NPN's semi-annual Membership Meeting!

Neighborhoods Partnership Network

NPN Membership meeting – 6/14/2011 Come out and attend NPN’s semi-annual Membership Meeting! Not only will we be voting on very important bylaw changes, but also the City’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement will be in attendance, to introduce themselves, discuss what they will be doing for neighborhoods, and fielding YOUR questions! Bring your entire neighborhood! Food and drink will be provided! NPN Membership Meeting Location: Grace Episcopal Church Time: ‎5:30PM Tuesday, June 14th

May 25th 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011. 6 p.m. New Orleans 7 th Police District Anti-Crime Walk. Villa Sites Subdivision. Begins at Vanderkloot Ave. and Dinkins St

May 25th 2011

Wednesday, May 25, 2011. 3 p.m. NOPD 7th District Weekly COMSTAT Meeting. 10555 Lake Forest Blvd.

May 25th 2011

Greater New Orleans Immunization Network; Free Immunizations

Wednesday, May 25, 2011. 2 p.m.– 6 p.m.
Greater New Orleans Immunization Network
Free Immunizations for children up to 18 years of age.
CHALMETTE

Winn-Dixie, 3300 Paris Rd. Bring Child’s Immunization Record.

For more information, call 504-733-3268 or go to
http://www.gnoshots4kids.com/index2.html.

May 24th 2011

HYPE Academy Grand Opening Celebration

Tuesday, May 31, 2011
12 Noon to 2 pm
5951 Bullard Ave., Suite 3
(near Baskin Robbins)
Door Prizes & Refreshments

HYPE Academy provides one-on-one and small group tutoring, homework assistance, and access to basic materials and resources necessary to complete school assignments (i.e., poster boards, Internet, tutors)

May 24th 2011

Free Summer Dance Classes For Any Child in Orleans Parish! NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Announces Summer 2011 Registration Dates

Free Summer Dance Classes For Any Child in Orleans Parish!

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Announces Summer 2011 Registration Dates

The New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA) and the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) are pleased to announce the Summer 2011 dates for free dance classes at the award-winning NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance. Any child in Orleans Parish is eligible. Since 1992, the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance has been providing free dance classes to school-age children as well as field trips, mentors, and the opportunity to work with visiting artists. Classes begin June 13 and end July 22. Recognized nationally by the President’s Committee on Arts and the Humanities and other national agencies for excellence, the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance offers over 3,000 free classes and activities annually to more than 350 children. All information below is also available at http://www.nobadance.com. For further information, please call (504) 522-0996 ×207.
Summer Registration Dates

All classes are free. Ages six and up. Classes are first come, first served.

MONDAY, JUNE 6, 5-7PM
CUT OFF CENTER (Ballet/Tap); 6600 Belgrade Street (Westbank);
Classes are Monday and Wednesday between 5-8pm.

TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 5-7 PM
BEHRMAN CENTER (Ballet); 2529 General Meyer Avenue (Algiers);
Classes are Tuesday and Thursday between 4:30–8:30pm.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8, 5-7PM
ST. BERNARD CENTER (Ballet/Tap); 1500 Lafreniere Street (Gentilly);
Classes are Monday and Wednesday between 5-8 pm.

TRINITY CHRISTIAN COMMUNITY (Tap/Ballet); Cypress Grove 3611 Cambronne (Hollygrove);
Classes are Wednesday and Thursday between 4:30-7:30pm.

THURSDAY, JUNE 9, 5-7PM
ANNUNCIATION CENTER (Ballet); 800 Race Street (Lower Garden District);
Classes are Tuesday and Thursday between 4:15-7:15 pm

WILSON CHARTER SCHOOL (Ballet); 3617 General Pershing (Broadmoor);
Classes are Thursday between 5-7pm

NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance

The NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance is a cultural community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA). Founded in 1992, The Center was born out of a need to make dance accessible to all school-age children. A program that began with just 30 students now has an enrollment of more than 350 children per semester at 7 locations citywide. With a core curriculum of ballet, classes are open to any child in Orleans Parish with a demonstrated interest in dance. Through a professional faculty, master classes by NOBA Main Stage artists and other visiting artists, a mentor program and field trips, the Center works with each child to cultivate dreams and strengthen futures. The Center is the recipient of many awards and honors for excellence, including the 2002 Coming Up Taller Award, nominated for the Big Easy Classical Arts Award for best dance performance, national grants through the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts, among others.
This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans (ACNO); a Community Arts Grant made possible through the City of New Orleans as administered by ACNO; a grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the NEA.

May 24th 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011. 6 pm, Bel‟Air East Homeowner Association Meeting. St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church.

May 24th 2011

Operation HOPE seminar on grant writing

Tuesday, May 24, 2011. 5:30 pm. Operation HOPE
seminar on grant writing at 1215 Prytania St., Room 362.
Free. To register, call 504.309.6153, ext. 4, or email Rita
Laners at .

May 24th 2011

Deadline for NORBP Statement of Qualifications for providing media services

May 24th 2011

City Council District "C" Annual Report 2010 - 2011

Today, District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer released the first District “C” Annual Report of the Councilmember’s first year in office.

Click here to read the full annual report:
http://www.nolacitycouncil.com/docs/news/2011/DistrictC_AR.pdf

Contact: Kelisha Garrett Office of District “C” Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer Office: (504) 658-1038 Cell: (504) 251-8154

May 24th 2011

Jericho Road hosts Blight Forum, Wed. May 25 with City and Community Blight Panel

Demolition: A strategy to fight blight and revitalize neighborhoods

Over the coming months and years, thousands of unoccupied properties throughout New Orleans face potential demolition through both public and private anti-blight initiatives.

Efforts to rid New Orleans of blighted properties, including the Landrieu Administration’s goal of addressing 10,000 blighted properties by 2013, raises important yet challenging concerns. In particular, how can we best eliminate blight while preserving neighborhood character and resiliency? While many blighted properties can be addressed by current owners or sold to new ones, hundreds of vacant structures lie in limbo – to either be protected for future redevelopment or demolished. In this choice, opinions vary widely on the use of demolition to eliminate blight and support neighborhood revitalization.

Please join us for a timely and important forum with leaders from the public, private, and non-profit sectors. Discussion will focus on existing demolition policies and programs as well as the opportunities and challenges in achieving effective blight elimination through demolition.

Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
6 – 8 p.m. ○ Christ Church Cathedral – Stuart Hall
2919 St. Charles Avenue
New Orleans, LA 70115
(Please use 6th Street entrance)

PANELISTS

Jeff Hebert
Director of Blight Policy and
Neighborhood Revitalization
City of New Orleans

Leslie Alley
Deputy Director of
City Planning Commission
City of New Orleans

Brenda Breaux
Chief Deputy City Attorney
City of New Orleans

Pamela Bryan
Director of Operation Comeback
Preservation Resource Center

Reina Ehrenfeucht, PhD
Assistant Professor of
Planning and Urban Studies
University of New Orleans

Jane Mentz
General Counsel and
Director of Legal Services
Make It Right Foundation

Ommeed Sathe
Director of Real Estate Strategy
New Orleans Redevelopment Authority

MODERATOR
Jeffrey Thomas, JD
Principal
Thomas Strategies, LLC

Hosted by Jericho Road – Episcopal Housing Initiative
1631 Seventh Street · New Orleans, LA 70115
504-895-6763 · http://www.jerichohousing.org

May 20th 2011

FREE Public Screening of "Welcome to Shelbyville" with Puentes - Mon., May 23, 6:00 pm

From Puentes, New Orleans – http://www.puentesno.org

Puentes would like to invite you to our first event [of our Welcoming Louisiana] campaign. Please join us for the FREE public screening of the film “Welcome to Shelbyville” on Monday, May 23 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm. The film takes an intimate look at a small town in Tennessee as its residents – whites and African Americans, Latinos and Somalis – grapple with their beliefs, their histories and their evolving ways of life.

To watch a preview of the film click here http://www.shelbyvillemultimedia.org/

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Arnie Fielkow (Vice President – New Orleans City Council), Tap Bui (Outreach Coordinator – Mary Queen of Vietnam, CDC) and Rafael Delgadillo (Community Organizer – Puentes New Orleans) where they will address current realities faced by immigrants in New Orleans and ways the community can promote immigrant integration.

The reception, screening, and panel discussion will take place at the Louisiana Humanities Center at 938 Lafayette St, New Orleans, LA 70113. Food and refreshments will be served and there will be free parking behind the center.

May 18th 2011

City Council Encourages Citizen Participation in Cable Television Franchise Renewal Process

New Orleans, LA – May 17, 2011 – The current Orleans Parish Cable Television Franchise is up for renewal this year. Citizens are encouraged to participate in a survey prepared to help the City Council evaluate the performance of Cox Communications, the current cable television provider for Orleans Parish.

The renewal process begins in the City Council Cable, Telecommunications, and Technology Committee, chaired by District “A” Councilmember Susan Guidry.

“We want to hear from citizens. Our public engagement process will include an online survey and public hearings,” said Councilmember Guidry.

To assist the City Council, please take a moment to answer the survey:
http://www.nolacitycouncil.com/resources/resources_coxrenewal.asp

Cox has a non-exclusive franchise to operate in Orleans Parish. The non-exclusive franchise was initially granted in the mid-1980s and renewed in 1995.

Federal law governs cable television franchises and designates citizen input as a step in the local renewal process. The public input gathered will be used in the renewal evaluation process. Federal law does not allow the City Council to set subscriber rates; therefore the Council has no influence over a Cox subscriber’s monthly bill.

The second phase of the citizen engagement process will be a public meeting hosted by the New Orleans City Council Cable, Telecommunications, and Technology Committee. The public meeting will be held in the Council Chamber later this summer.

Click here to participate in the online survey:
http://www.nolacitycouncil.com/resources/resources_coxrenewal.asp

For additional information, visit http://www.nolacitycouncil.com.

May 16th 2011

Freedom Riders of the 1960s Civil Rights Movement: "Finish The Ride" in New Orleans

In Just a Few Hours You Can Be a Part of New Orleans Civil Rights History

FREEDOM RIDERS OF THE 1960s CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT: “FINISH THE RIDE” IN NEW ORLEANS

May 16, 2011, at Ashé Cultural Arts Center

5:00 p.m., Street Fest: | 1700 block of Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

6:00 p.m., Arrival and Reception | 1724 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

8:00 p.m., Screening of PBS Film: Freedom Riders | 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.

Free and Open to the Public

From May until November 1961, more than 400 black and white Americans risked their lives-and many endured savage beatings and imprisonment-for simply traveling together on buses and trains as they journeyed through the Deep South. The trip was intended to end in New Orleans, LA, but was cut short of the goal in Jackson, MS due to violence. On Monday, May 16th, you can be a part of local civil rights history as the original Freedom Riders pick up where history left off and…FINISH THE RIDE! The public is invited to join in this special 50th anniversary event celebrating the end of the 2011 Student Freedom Bus Ride, and welcoming the original Freedom Riders to New Orleans — as originally intended in 1961.

WYES, AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, The Louisiana Weekly, and Ashé Cultural Arts Center want you to line the streets outside Ashé at 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard to welcome the remaining Riders and help celebrate them at a reception followed by the screening of a the film marking the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Rides. Local Freedom Fighters are expected to join in the celebration.

Follow the links to read articles that recently appeared in New Orleans newspapers.

http://www.nola.com/tv/index.ssf/2011/05/freedom_riders_finally_complet.html

http://www.nola.com/politics/index.ssf/2011/05/first_freedom_riders_were_beat.html

Call (504) 569-9070 for more information or directions to Ashé Cultural Arts Center. The location of the event is 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. in New Orleans.

STREET VENDORS PARTICIPATING IN THE EVENT:
Black Sheep Couture & Lady Bug Accessories
Diaspora Boutique
Dr. Foots
Eklektik Ekhos
Gia Hamilton, Gris Gris Lab
King & Queen Emporium
Musician’s Clinic
Patricia’s Kitchen
Shanga Designs
Swy-healing Natural Hair & Beauty
Zohar

www.ashecac.org

May 2nd 2011

5th ANNUAL NEW ORLEANS CHARTER SCHOOLS TEACHER FAIR MAY 14 AT XAVIER

Teachers can register, review charter school vacancies and/or post resumes NOW online at http://www.eastbankcollaborative.com.

Certified teachers are invited to join the New Orleans charter school movement by attending the fifth annual New Orleans Charter Schools Certified Teacher Fair Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Xavier University Student Center, Third Floor Ballroom, 4980 Dixon St., announced Eastbank Collaborative of Charter School Schools (ECCS) President Kathy Riedlinger.

“Full and part-time positions are available for certified teachers and those who will be certified by May, 2011,” said Ms. Riedlinger. She encouraged interested teachers to register for the fair online at http://www.eastbankcollaborative.com by May 1. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged though not required. If desired, candidates can opt to have their resumes posted on the site as well.

Principals and administrators will conduct on-site interviews at the Teacher Fair and share information about the benefits of working at charter schools, said Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools Director Dr. Rose Peterson.

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

The fair is sponsored by the Eastbank Collaborative of Charter Schools (ECCS), with the support from the Louisiana Association of Public Charter Schools (LAPCS), School Leadership Center (SLC) of Greater New Orleans, Baptist Community Ministries (BCM) and Keller foundation. Charter schools from across Louisiana are invited to attend. It is anticipated that over 50 schools will be represented.

For more information about the fair and current vacancies in charter schools, go towww.eastbankcollaborative.com, and hit the yellow button labeled “Charter School Teacher Fair.” For additional information, contact Gina Dupart at 504- 267-7239.

May 2nd 2011

LANGSTON HUGHES ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL TO HOST BENEFIT CONCERT ON MAY 4

Kermit Ruffins and Friends to Perform in Second Annual Event to Benefit Public Charter School
 
Langston Hughes Academy, (LHA), will host its second annual LHA Jazz Night Benefit Concert on Wednesday, May 4 at 8 p.m., with a stellar line up of New Orleans musical greats, at the Republic New Orleans located at 828 S. Peters St. in the Warehouse District.

Admission is $20 for adults 18 and up. This year’s show is on the Wednesday in between Jazz Fest weekends, and immediately following the Marcia Ball Wednesday at the Square event.

All proceeds will fund the students’ end-of-year field trips, band instruments and books for the new library.

The all-star line-up of performers includes Kermit Ruffins, Michael Baptiste, Leslie Smith, Sharon Martin, Gina Brown, Ellen Smith, Young Pinstripe Brass Band, and Craig Paddock featuring Grammy-winning bassist and LHA Music Teacher David Pulphus. Cash bar will be available at show.

“This show is going to highlight not only the talent of the town but some of the talented musicians that work with our amazing students at Langston Hughes Academy each day.,” said Mark Martin, Elementary School Principal at Langston Hughes Academy. “Our supportive school community, especially Ms. Naydja Cojoe, have worked extremely hard to make this event a success. The concert will help provide a means for us to further the opportunities our scholars
get to experience.”

Langston Hughes Academy is an open-enrollment college preparatory, public charter school in the Gentilly/Fairgrounds neighborhood. As a K-8 elementary-middle school, Langston Hughes is committed to providing all scholars with the knowledge, skills and character traits necessary to succeed in high school, college and the world beyond.

To purchase tickets in advance or for more information, please contact Langston Hughes Academy at 504-373-6251 or get tickets online at http://www.republicnola.com.

May 2nd 2011

Check out the Second Line Conference: Ends May 3

Why Second Line?

See schedule and RSVP here: http://www.secondline.com/schedule

In New Orleans, the Second Line is a part of our traditional funeral services. The First Line refers to the procession of mourners from the church to the cemetery, accompanied by slow, dirge-like music. The funeral party is somber, grieving for their lost loved one.
Then, the Second Line is the parade flows out of the cemetery. Upbeat music and dancing celebrate their loved one’s “next life” — an eternity of bliss, free from the tribulations of earthly existence.
In the same way, the Second Line conference is not designed not to mourn the failings of post-World War II capitalism, but to celebrate and nurture the evolving new forms of capitalism that are starting to take shape. Capitalism’s “next life” is being shaped by those who see a profitable economy that is also socially responsible, equitable and sustainable.

Why NOLA?

New Orleans, America’s current societal Petri dish after Hurricane Katrina, is the scene of disruptive innovation, leveraging creativity and design to tackle many of the problems also vexing the rest of the world. The renaissance is fueled by a combination of locals who returned and an influx of designers, technologists, artists, social entrepreneurs, and business professionals looking to put their ideas into play.
On-going experiments in social and business innovation maintain the interest of global change agents looking to apply the lessons learned here.
Against the backdrop of New Orleans the Second Line Conference will create an international forum to demonstrate how business can innovate through design, experience, strategy, and technology.

Disruption and innovation are art forms that can lead to major social change and economic benefits, (as well as temporary cures for senioritis). Need better proof? Attend Second Line Conference, a two-day gathering of folks who harness creativity to tackle problems and create sustainable social change.

Join innovators across industries to hear and brainstorm how New Orleans’ individuals and businesses can excel through “disruptive innovation,” design, strategy, and technology.

What are we excited about disrupting? Our workday, for starters, having seen the breathtaking SLC schedule. You’ll be awed by the morning speakers, (Wendell Pierce! Leah Chase! James Carville! Google Android and Lonely Planet!) and puzzled by the time slots, (12 minutes?), the perfect inspired-yet-questioning mindset to segue into SLC’s dynamic, interactive afternoon panels.

May 2nd & 3rd
8am-4pm, plus night events

May 2nd 2011

REGISTER NOW! Coastal Restoration Financing Briefing

RSVP here: http://www.cvent.com/events/coastal-restoration-financing-briefing/invitation-ad03f538186447c6893963b6b56d56f2.aspx?i=502d8614-e295-4fb6-bf45-3fe0a08370cd

Last Thursday at the historic Gulf Coast Leadership Summit, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu announced that BP is contributing $1 billion for coastal restoration. The first $500 million will be received within 45 days.

Contracts will be awarded to support projects such as rebuilding coastal marshes, replenishing damaged beaches, restoring barrier islands and wetlands, building public boat launches and docks, and much more.

You are invited to the Coastal Restoration Financing Briefing, scheduled for Tuesday, May 10, 2011, in New Orleans. Receive the latest information from top officials and experts on:

  • Coastal restoration priorities of Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Each state will receive $100 million to be awarded for projects.
  • Coastal restoration priorities of the U.S. Department of the Interior and NOAA. The agencies will receive $300 million to be awarded for projects.
  • Proposal and contracting procedures.

This new coastal restoration program is an extraordinary opportunity for you to be involved in empowering a better U.S. Gulf Coast. Participate in the Briefing, get the latest information, meet key decision-makers, and get prepared to develop your proposal.

Seating is extremely limited. REGISTER TODAY!

Please click the link below, view the invitation, and respond by clicking either the Yes or No button at the bottom of the invitation. Your response is greatly appreciated: http://www.cvent.com/events/coastal-restoration-financing-briefing/invitation-ad03f538186447c6893963b6b56d56f2.aspx?i=502d8614-e295-4fb6-bf45-3fe0a08370cd

April 26th 2011

City Planning Operational Committee Meeting

City Planning Operational Committee Meeting
Tuesday, April 26 – 12:30pm
1340 Poydras Street, 9th Floor
City Planning Conference Room

April 22nd 2011

Job Opportunities at LatiNola

Job Opportunities at LatiNola

LatiNola is looking for a summer intern! The work will entail planning for our largest event and community fair, Experience LatiNola, which is used to recruit and engage the local Latino community and to advise them of our presence and the opportunities we provide them. Intern will assist in coordinating performers, volunteers, and other participants as well as working on outreach, advertising, securing sponsors, and other event planning tasks.

Applicants should be computer proficient and organized with leadership abilities. Hours are flexible, and the position is unpaid; applicants must be eligible to receive credit through their college.

To apply, please send a cover letter and resume to Ms. Jan Jugran at .

April 22nd 2011

May/June Trumpet Release Party!

The Harrison Cove is an indoor/outdoor market with a seating area, and a speaker system to stream music for our special happy hour event to celebrate the release of our May/June Trumpet magazine!

The Lakeview Grocery will be providing the food, and our fabulous raffle prizes include Snap Fitness donating a three-month gym membership, and the Sneaker Shop, Inc. donating a gift card!

Get your evite here:
https://docs.google.com/a/npnnola.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B6vJ2OgdpcohYmQ0MTg1MTQtMjgyNi00NzU4LWFlNjgtM2EyMDFkMGVhMWNl&hl=en

Location
Harrison Cove @ Lakeview Grocery, 801 Harrison Avenue, 70124

Time(s)
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Cost
Free

April 22nd 2011

Filming in the 600 block of Desire on April 27

Filming in the 600 block of Desire on April 27

Filming is scheduled at 639 Desire Street on Wednesday, April 27.

While the filming is going on, please ask anyone with a radio to contact Locations if you have any questions or concerns.

Please be sure to observe the “NO PARKING” signs on your block. If we need to tow someone from our permitted parking, we will move your vehicle to the nearest parking spot. NOPD will have a record of where it is, just ask for Locations or after filming, call our office or the Episode Manager.

We will have NOPD officers with us to monitor Intermittent Traffic Control between 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the following intersections:

· Desire Street Chartres Street · Royal Street Gallier Street

We will work closely with the NOPD to assure that traffic is flowing on all streets while we are not filming. The effected blocks will remain accessible for residents of the blocks and customers of the local businesses.

As always, we are working with Katie Gunnell, of the Mayor’s Office of Film and Video, who may be reached at 504-658-0923 or by cell at 504-329-0665. We are also working with the New Orleans Police Department and Traffic Engineering to monitor safety for you and our crew.

Jeremy Campbell or Al Caldwell, members of our Location Department, will be distributing these fliers in the neighborhood and welcome the chance to speak with you. You may also e-mail us at or call the Locations Office at 504-799-0121 if you have questions.

Parking will be reserved in the area for our working trucks and “picture” only, and we will therefore be posting City Permitted “No Parking” signs in those areas. The parking reserve will be posted for the hours between 1:00 PM – 11:00 PM in the following blocks and be removed directly after filming:

· 600 Desire Street (both sides)
· 3300 – 3400 Royal Street (both sides)
· 700 Piety Street (both sides)

Should you have any deliveries, events or appointments that we should be aware of, please do not hesitate to call us. Thank you for your patience and support of filmmaking in and around New Orleans.

Evan Gabriele is the Episode Manager for this episode. He may be reached by cell at 917-288-4073.
You may also e-mail us at or call the Locations Office at 504-799-0121.

April 22nd 2011

5th District Crime Anti-Walk in the Bywater Neighborhood on April 27

YOU ARE CORDIALLY INVITED TO ATTEND A COMMUNITY CRIME WALK IN THE BYWATER NEIGHBORHOOD with MEMBERS OF THE NEW ORLEANS POLICE DEPARTMENT and ELECTED DIGNATARIES ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27.

Formation, Location and Time
5:30 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. at Bartholomew and Burgundy.
The walk will begin at 6 p.m. throughout the Bywater Neighborhood.

April 22nd 2011

Community Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at Ashe

ALL COMMUNITY VOLUNTEERS are invited to join Ashé Cultural Arts Center and DOVIA for a Community Volunteer Appreciation Celebration.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Networking: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. | Informal Social: 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.

FREE

Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard, New Orleans
504-569-9070

Music by
BAMBOULA 2000

Please consider bringing a donation toward one of two community projects:
A nonperishable food item for the Food Bank at St. Bernard Community Center
OR
A package of new undergarments for female Victims of Violence assisted by SANE, (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners).

April 22nd 2011

BNA ON FACEBOOK -- WHO DAT?

The Bywater Association’s Facebook page continues to gain on the
Faubourg Marigny Improvement Association! The BNA page now has 53
Likes to Marigny’s insane 1,143. This is 20 more than we had last
week. Go to Facebook and Like! Like! Like! We’re also gaining on
Lakeview Civic (141), Holy Cross (85) but have left Old Arabi (11) and
the Garden District Neighborhood Association (47) in the dust!

Besides registering your neighborhood pride, the BNA Facebook page
will provide you with up-to-the-minute news and interesting links
about Bywater.

Take a look: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bywater-Neighborhood-Association/180937195274451

April 22nd 2011

WHITHER DISTRICT C? PUBLIC FORUMS ON CITY COUNCIL REDISTRICTING

WHITHER DISTRICT C?

PUBLIC FORUMS ON CITY COUNCIL REDISTRICTING

Each city council district will have two public meetings to discuss
the upcoming redistricting process.

Kristin Gisleson Palmer, who represents Bywater as the District C council member, will host a meeting each on the Eastbank and Westbank.

District C now includes all of Algiers, (where Gisleson Palmer lives), and a swath of the Eastbank from the St. Bernard Parish line to Canal Street, and north to
Claiborne Ave., with a long, thin finger running along the Esplanade
corridor to City Park.

To see a map of District C, as well as the current districts for state representatives, state senators and other elected representatives, go to Councilmember Gisleson Palmer’s website:www.nolacitycouncil.com/maps/maps_c.asp

Meetings:

Eastbank: April 25, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Holy Angels Convent, 3500 St.
Claude Ave.

Westbank: May 10, 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Delgado West Bank campus, Building
1, Room 130, 2600 General Meyer Ave.

Contact the City Council for information about meetings in other
districts, (http://www.nolacitycouncil.com), and Councillor Gisleson Palmer’s
office for District C, 504.658.1030,
or mail to:

April 22nd 2011

6th Annual Backbeat Jazzfest Series

Show Spotlights

An Evening with Ivan Neville & Friends

Sun, May 1st 10 PM @ Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre – 616 Saint Peter St. Advance Tickets Available

This show will be a real treat! In Ivan Neville’s own words,

“This show is a stripped down, slightly unfunky, set of music celebrating my songwriting/recording over the years. Something i rarely do. It will be a very special night!!”

This rare show will take place at the intimate and visually stunning French Quarter gem, Le Petit Theatre. Joining Ivan will be some of his Dumpsta-friends and more fellow (and former) band-mates spanning his impressive career. With Ivan on piano, playing from his songbook, this show will be a perfectly memorable way to top off the first weekend of jazz fest.

JOHNNY SKETCH & THE DIRTY NOTES/
Mia Borders/ Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds

FrI, Apr 29th 10 PM @ 12 Bar- 608 Fulton St. – Advance Tickets Available

There’s never a dull moment when Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes are in the house! The Funky Rock band from New Orleans, is classically trained and schooled in making the house ROCK! From a calm, funky groove to a full blown frenzy at the drop of a hat, JSDN rock it, every time, all the time. Opening the show on the 29th will be the soulful stylings of the lovely Mia Borders. Mia and her band captivate audiences locally and nationally with their sexy, energetic blend of funk and soul that highlights Mia’s contemporary songwriting. Finally, Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds will round out this night of powerhouse performances. This big band delivers a blend of gut-busting soul, earthy rock, and New Orleans-inspired beats that has taken New York City by storm!

Kermit Ruffins and the Barbecue Swingers &
Big Sam’s Funky Nation

Sat, Apr 30th 10 PM @ The Temple (also known as Scottish Rite Temple)
619 Carondelet St. – Advance Tickets Available

You can’t get more New Orleans than this. Acclaimed “New Orleans Ambassador of Good Times,” Kermit Ruffins will lead his Barbecue Swingers in a beboppin’ and swingin’, true New Orleans musical throwdown. Then, Big Sam and his Funky Nation will bring the party as only they know how to do. With his big funk sound and signature dance moves, Big Sam refuses to let the audience stand still; he’ll keep the party going deep into the night.
Combine the authentic brass of Sam and Kermit’s horns in The Temple— an incredible space to see a show (when you get the rare chance)— and you get an experience of the ledgendary sort, the kind that keeps you going long after jazzfest is over. As Kermit would say… All aboard!!
Backbeat Jazzfest Series Full Lineup

For Details & Tickets: visit http://www.backbeatpresents.com

April 22nd 2011

BYWATER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION Easter Events

BYWATER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION Easter Events
starting FRIDAY, April 22

Via Crucis: An elaborate outdoor pageant at Blessed Seelos Catholic Church, (formerly St. Vincent de Paul), with dozens of parishioners re-enacting the trial and crucifixion of Jesus. This Good Friday street theater is a poignant and powerful production that is largely unknown outside of the church. Sets have been built in the Seelos parking lot where dozens of costumed men, women and children will take part.

After the trial segment of the production, a bloodied Jesus,
carrying his own cross, leads a procession from the church through the
neighborhood.

Several hundred strong, the procession makes its way
through stations of the cross that have been placed on several blocks,
roughly bounded by Burgundy and Dauphine streets. The Via Crucis, (“way
of the cross”), procession is a major Easter event in many Latin
American churches. Blessed Seelos has a significant Hispanic
membership who have brought the tradition to Bywater.

The event will take place at the Blessed Seelos
Catholic Church, 3053 Dauphine Street, starting at 4:30 p.m.
Call 504.943.5566, or visit http://www.seeloschurchno.org.

Community Good Friday Service: Three neighborhood churches are
joining forces for a Good Friday observance at St. Paul’s in the
Marigny. Bywater’s Grace Baptist Church, (pastored by the Rev. Charlie
Dale, a BNA member), and Journey Ninth Ward, a non-denominational church
in N. St. Claude are co-hosts.

The evening service will include a performance by the children of Grace Baptist and a solo by Aaron Ford, the church’s director of music. There will be a reception with refreshments afterwards.

The event will be held at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2624 Burgundy
Street, 7 p.m., call 504.943.6309, or visit http://www.graceforneworleans.com, or call
504.943.6309.

SATURDAY, April 23:

Easter Egg Hunts

º Saturday, 12 p.m.-2 p.m., grounds of Holy Angels Convent, 3500 St.
Claude Avenue, 504.822.5722, .

º Saturday, 12 p.m., picnic and egg hunt, Grace Baptist Church, 3900
North Rampart Street, 504.943.6309.

Goodchildren Carnival Club Easter Parade

Now in its fourth year, the Goodchildren parade is a happy mash-up of
Mardi Gras, neighborhood inventiveness and Bywater multi-culti. Led by
a band, the expansive procession will include stilt-walkers, pirates
(pyrates), the Big Easy Roller Girls, and this year, the much loved
Baby Dolls of retro Mardi Gras Fame. TeeEva, a Baby Doll, rock’n‘roll
back-up singer and creator of TeeEva’s Famous Pralines, will be queen,
and Al “Carnival Time” Johnson will reign as her king. Party following
the parade at AllWays Lounge, 4 p.m.- 6 p.m., music and even activities
for kids!

*Parade starts at St. Claude & Poland, 2 p.m., and travels St. Claude
to Marigny Street with several scheduled stops, for more information
see the website, http://www.goodchildrencarnivalclub.org, or contact the Head
Goodchild, Kathy, 504.942.8500,* .

April 21st 2011

Win-Win-Win: The Advantages of CBA's for the Community, Developers, Government & You!

Win-Win-Win: The Advantages of CBA’s for the Community, Developers, Government & You!
Tuesday, May 10, 2011 | 8:30 a.m. -11 a.m.

ULI Louisiana’s CrossReach Initiative and The Public Law Center will be hosting a Community Benefit Agreements symposium on May 10 at Dillard University to provide education about the players and processes involved in CBA’s.

Come hear the perspectives of community activists, real estate developers, and government officials, and find out how CBA’s can benefit you!

Registration Details to follow shortly!

April 21st 2011

Speak Up Speak Out About Teen Violence on WGSO 990AM Today

Today, Thursday, April 21, on WGSO 990 AM radio at 5 p.m., From the Ground Up, a live topical radio show focusing on reducing crime in greater New Orleans, will discuss anti-violence teen programs.

The host, Brian Opert, will interview members of Speak Up Speak Out, an established successful teen anti-violence program in New Orleans.

Speak Up Speak Out also promotes self-esteem to nurture, and provide mental and physical health for teens by creating a platform for young adults to express their inner issues.

Speak Up Speak Out is a 501c3 community based non-profit organization that focuses on reaching out, educating individuals who have been affected by abuse, violence or suicide, and by providing mental rehabilitation resources and services targeting area young people.

Call 504-566-9696 with your questions, and to share your ideas and experiences, or email for live on-air comments.

Every broadcast is simulcast on http://www.wgso.com, (“Listen Now”), as well as saved as a podcast “From the Ground Up.” You can hear each broadcast at your convenience.

April 21st 2011

Today's the last day for the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit, follow on Twitter

The summit merged many Gulf Coast leaders and residents together to discuss the future of our waters, and to empower a healthy and economically vibrant U.S. Gulf Coast.

Will you be part of the solution?

Can’t make the summit?

Follow the live blogging and tweeting during the event.

Follow @gulfcoastsummit and bookmark the summit blog:

Gulf Coast Leadership Summit

*Join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #gulfsummit

April 20th 2011

City Redistricting Meetings Only Opportunity to Voice Opinions

At the city’s District D meeting in Gentilly on April 19, the councilmembers said they are not going to develop any alternatives for the proposed districts until after the community redistricting meetings are held.

After they develop these alternatives, the councilmembers said the only public meetings will be with the City Council Committee, which is responsible for the redistricting efforts. But, the committee will not host any more community meetings, so the community redistricting meetings will be the only opportunity for residents to share their opinions with councilmembers.

This is the schedule for the City Council district redistricting meetings. All of the meetings are from 6 p.m. to 7:30pm.

You can visit the City Council calendar for more information on these meetings: http://www.nolacitycouncil.com/content/calendar/default.asp?YYMM=1104&id=53

District ‘D’ Redistricting Meeting
Wednesday, April 20
St. Maria Goretti Church – 7300 Crowder Blvd.

District ‘B’ Redistricting Meeting
Thursday, April 21
Grace Episcopal Church – 3700 Canal St.

District ‘C’ Redistricting Meeting
Monday, April 25
Holy Angels Church – 3500 St. Claude Ave.

District ‘B’ Redistricting Meeting
Tuesday, April 26
Sacred Heart Nims Arts Center – 3901 St. Charles Ave.

District ‘A’ Redistricting Meeting
Monday, May 9
Myra Clare Rogers Chapel – 1229 Broadway St.

District ‘C’ Redistricting Meeting
Tuesday, May 10
Delgado Community College – 2600 General Meyer Ave.

District ‘A’ Redistricting Meeting
Thursday, May 12
First Baptist Church – 5290 Canal Blvd.

District ‘E’ Redistricting Meeting
Tuesday, May 17
St. Maria Goretti Church – 7300 Crowder Blvd.

District ‘E’ Redistricting Meeting
Thursday, May 19
All Souls Episcopal Church – 5500 St. Claude Ave.

For more updates, visit http://www.npnnola.com/all_news/ or The Trumpet Blog at http://npntrumpet.blogspot.com.

April 18th 2011

RSVP today for Mayor Landrieu's State of the Union Address

Please join Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu for the 2011 State of the City Address on Thursday, April 28 at 10 a.m. The doors will open at 9:30 a.m. at the Mahalia Jackson Theater, 1419 Basin Street, New Orleans, LA 70116
RSVP is required to attend this event, so please RSVP to or contact Michael Billups at 504-658-4905.

April 18th 2011

DNIA Annual Meeting Tonight, Monday, April 18th

DNIA Members and Neighborhood Residents,

PLEASE PLAN ON JOINING US FOR OUR ANNUAL GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING 7:00 pm at the Musicians’ Union Hall at 2401 Esplanade, TONIGHT! (Parking in rear lot)

AGENDA Collection of membership dues — $25/year, or $10 for scholarship members as needed.. Presentation by Special Guests on Broad Street and other new neighborhood happenings Nomination and election of board members: Nominations from the floor will be welcomed. Nomination and election of officers New Accounting Service — proposal by Goodworks Network Development of Annual Budget — to be delegated to a Board committee and interested members. Project Updates — Bayou Treme Center, Jazz Fest, and John McDonogh High Transformation Announcements — from the floor. Next Meeting — May 16. Announcement of new member door prize winners of Jazz Fest tickets We look forward to seeing you tonight.

What: DNIA Annual Meeting
When: Tonight, Monday, April 18th @ 7pm
Where: Musicians Union, 2401 Esplanade Ave., across the street from John McDonogh H.S. (free parking lot in back)

Sincerely,

Vera Warren Williams
DNIA President
Community Book Center
504 – 948 – READ

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Are you interested in joining the DNIA Board of Directors, or nominating a another candidate? If so, please join us tonight!

April 18th 2011

City Council Announces Public Meeting Schedule for Redrawing City District Lines

How Will Your City Council District Change?
The City Council will host a series of community meetings in each district to educate the public and get your input about mandatory redistricting. We’ll discuss:

  • What is redistricting, and why is it necessary?
  • What will the new districts look like?
  • Will this affect me, and how?

Meeting Schedule
Council President and Councilmember-at-Large
Arnie Fielkow

Council Vice President and Councilmember-at-Large
Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson

Reminder: All meetings are open to the public. You may want to attend the meetings in neighboring districts if you live near the border of a district that may change

District “A”
Councilmember Susan G. Guidry

Monday, May 9, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Myra Clare Rogers Chapel – 1229 Broadway Street

Thursday, May 12, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
First Baptist Church – 5290 Canal Blvd.

District “B”
Councilmember Stacy Head

Thursday, April 21, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Grace Episcopal Church – 3700 Canal Street

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Sacred Heart Nims Arts Center – 3901 St. Charles Avenue

District “C”
Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

Monday, April 25, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Holy Angels Church – 3500 St. Claude Avenue

Tuesday, May 10, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Delgado Community College Westbank Campus
2600 General Meyer Avenue – Building 1, Room 130

District “D”
Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 – 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
Gentilly Presbyterian Church – 3708 Gentilly Blvd.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011 – 6:00 PM-7:30 PM
St. Maria Goretti Church – 7300 Crowder Blvd.

District “E”
Councilmember Jon D. Johnson

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
St. Maria Goretti Church – 7300 Crowder Blvd.

Thursday, May 19, 2011 – 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
All Souls Episcopal Church – 5500 St. Claude Avenue

April 8th 2011

Register today for the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service

HandsOn New Orleans is excited to announce that registration for the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service is now open!

Now is the time to take part in the world’s largest gathering of volunteer leaders from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors. This year’s conference will be an incredible event, attracting more than 4,500 service leaders to share best practices and resources.

During the 2011 conference, you’ll have opportunities to learn from renowned presenters during multiple workshop blocks. More than 150 workshops, 11 immersion learning sessions and 7 forums will be offered at the conference, in focus areas ranging from disaster response to youth leadership. Expert presenters from the nonprofit, corporate and government sectors will engage participants in hands-on sessions to explore topics relevant to volunteerism and service.
Deadlines
Early Bird Registration Rates: Ends April 15, 2011
Regular Registration Rates: April 16, 2011 – May 23, 2011
Online Registration Closes: May 23, 2011
Onsite Registration Opens: June 4, 2011
For more information or to register today, please visit: http://www.volunteeringandservice.org.

Volunteer Opportunities and Discounts are Available:

HandsOn New Orleans is also seeking volunteers and Volunteer Leaders to assist with the behind-the-scenes work that will ensure that the 2011 National Conference on Volunteering and Service is a success. Individuals who volunteer will receive a discount of $100 on the cost of registration or free admission on the day that they volunteer. Volunteers will also have the opportunity to see first-hand the amount of work that goes in to putting an event of this scale together.

Volunteer opportunities are available from Friday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 8 in 4 or 6 hours shifts. Tasks will vary from registering conference goers to taking photos of the event. To register as a volunteer, please visit: http://demo.handsonnetwork.org/.

Volunteer Leaders are needed from Friday, June 3 – Wednesday, June 8 for full or part-day shifts. If you are interested in becoming a Volunteer Leader, please contact Lindsay Nash at or 504.483.7041 x. 103.

If you plan to volunteer and would like to receive a discount for conference registration, you must register to volunteer BEFORE registering to attend the National Conference. All volunteers will receive an automated email with a discount code when they sign up for their volunteer shift. You must have this code to qualify for the discounted registration price.

For more information, contact Lindsay Nash, HandsOn New Orleans, 504-483-7041 × 103, .

For more information about registering for the conference: http://www.volunteeringandservice.org/

To sign up to volunteer to support the conference: http://demo.handsonnetwork.org/

April 8th 2011

Cause of French Quarter fire still under investigation

There was a terrible fire at 1100 N. Rampart Street on April 7. However, still no word on the possible causes of the fire, although ATF officials have been on the scene.

April 8th 2011

Redistricting Meeting For City Council Districts on April 14

A meeting has been scheduled by the New Orleans City Council to discuss the redistricting process.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 14 at 6pm in the Council Chambers at City Hall.

Similar to the state districts, the council districts are tremendously important to neighborhoods. Please try to attend to learn more about the process and to voice your concerns.

View the City Council website: http://www.nolacitycouncil.com/default.asp

April 8th 2011

Saving Musicians' Landmark Houses in New Orleans Forum April 8

While there is finally an effective effort to relieve neighborhoods of persistent blight, we need to be mindful of not losing historically important buildings. The recent demolition of jazz musician Sidney Bechet’s home is an example of an inadvertent loss that can be avoided.

Please Join us for a forum to explore strategies to help the city preserve our cultural legacy this Friday, April 8, 12pm at the Jazz National Historic Park, 916 N. Peters St.

It is part of the 15th Annual New Orleans International Music Colloquium. With visitors, experts and residents in attendance, we might just come up with a bright idea that is doable. Please add your thoughts and suggestions at this time.

April 8th 2011

Environmental Agencies Speak Out On BP Oil Spill Response And Recovery on April 11

Whether helping people in crisis, saving endangered wildlife or participating in environmental justice, the role of New Orleans’ non-profit agencies has increased since the 2010 BP Oil Spill disaster. As the one-year anniversary of the spill approaches, non-profit leaders plan to reflect on their ongoing role in oil spill response, recovery and long-term planning during a panel discussion hosted by Unified Nonprofits of Greater New Orleans.

The panel, One Year Later: Environmental Nonprofits’ Impact in the Wake of the BP Oil Disaster, will take place Monday, April 11, 2011 from 9:30am-11am at Goodwill Training Center Board Room, 3400 Tulane Avenue, New Orleans, La.
Confirmed panelists include Aaron Viles, deputy director of Gulf Restoration Network, Jordan Macha, Gulf States representative for Sierra Club New Orleans and Amanda Moore, senior coastal Louisiana organizer for the National Wildlife Federation. The forum is free and open to the public.

“In times of crisis and disaster, non-profits are often the first responders and the ones that stick around for the long haul,” said Lisa Kaichen, president of Unified Nonprofits of Greater New Orleans. “It is important for us to acknowledge their roles in environmental recovery and learn from their experiences and expertise.”

Founded in 2005, Unified Nonprofits of Greater New Orleans is a coalition of non-profit organizations, leaders and advocates. The organization exists to speak with a unified voice on behalf of the non-profits’ roles in the community and provide for leadership development, collaboration and information sharing throughout the Greater New Orleans non-profit sector.

To learn more about this meeting and the Unified Nonprofits of Greater New Orleans, visit: http://www.unifiednonprofits.org/unp_006.htm

April 7th 2011

Free breakfast, lunch for youth

Potter’s Wheel Ministries will be offering free breakfast and lunch services to summer youth programs in Greater New Orleans!

To qualify, programs must register by April 11, 2011. Please call Ruby Walker at 504-228-8292 for more information.

April 5th 2011

Harriet Tubman Charter School in Algiers accepting applications for the 2011-2012 school year

Harriet Tubman Charter School is an open admissions, free public charter school that educates youth from kindergarten through 8th grade. Applications for the 2011-2012 school are currently being accepted at the Craig Cultural Center located at 1800 Newton St. in Algiers. Tubman promises a proven K-8 model that maximizes time for academics, offers a well-balanced curriculum and develops adults to perform at the highest levels. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis. For more information, call 504-250-9806.

April 4th 2011

Education Documentary Race to Nowhere Screening April 12

Race to Nowhere points to the silent epidemic in our schools: cheating has become commonplace, students are disengaged, stress-related illness and depression are rampant and many young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.

Attend the one-night only screening on Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at 6PM at the
United Teachers of New Orleans (UTNO) Headquarters, 4718 Paris Avenue.

April 2nd 2011

NORA will hold an auction of “LLT and REALM” properties

Saturday, April 2, at 10:00am, at Xavier’s auditorium, NORA will hold an auction of “LLT and REALM” properties. You can find details on the Gilmore Auction website. There are properties located in District B, including Broadmoor, Freret, Mid-City, Gert Town, Central City and the Lower Garden. PLEASE ALERT YOUR FIREND AND NEIGHBORS. This is a chance to buy a piece of blighted property, invest in New Orleans, and improve our city!

Stacy Head
Councilmember, District B

March 31st 2011

Oil Spill Commissioners Confirmed

President Barack Obama established the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling through Executive Order 13543 on May 21, 2010. The Commission examined the relevant facts and circumstances concerning the root causes of the Deepwater Horizon explosion and developed options to guard against, and mitigate the impact of, any oil spills associated with offshore drilling in the future. This included recommending improvements to federal laws, regulations, and industry practices.

Below is a list of Commissioners who will be attending the Gulf Coast Leadership Summit:

  • Senator Bob Graham, Co-Chairman, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Frances G. Beinecke, Member, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Donald Boesch, Member, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Terry D. Garcia, Member, National Oil Spill Commission
  • Cherry A. Murray, Member, National Oil Spill Commission
    Read more here: http://www.oilspillcommission.gov/page/commission-members

March 31st 2011

The Ford Foundation Announces a $1.5 million Grant to the Greater New Orleans Foundation

Work Continues in Housing, Regional Economic Development, and Transportation

The Greater New Orleans Foundation announces a $1.5 million grant from the Ford Foundation
to continue its work in connecting low-income people to affordable housing, good jobs, and transportation.

“For the last several decades the Ford Foundation has supported the Greater New Orleans Foundation on various initiatives to create a more thriving community for all,” says Albert Ruesga, president & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation. This important work continues with Ford’s support for GNOF’s Community Revitalization Fund and new Metropolitan Opportunity program.

The Ford Foundation’s grant will enable the Greater New Orleans Foundation to support strategies that end the concentration of poverty that often occurs in metropolitan areas. “We’re working to address the numerous challenges faced by those less fortunate throughout the Greater New Orleans region,” says Ryan Albright, metropolitan opportunities program officer for the Greater New Orleans Foundation. “By partnering with community stakeholders, we can produce innovative solutions to the numerous challenges that confront people who live in low-income communities by better connecting them to affordable housing, jobs, and transportation.”

In some communities the poor may have access to affordable housing, but there is a scarcity of decent-paying jobs. Conversely, in high opportunity areas, there may be jobs, but no access to affordable housing. Compounding the problem is inadequate transportation. The grant award is designed to support efforts that reduce blight; promote inclusive regional economic development; increase long-term affordable workforce housing; and advance equitable transit oriented development in the region.

“Take for example the BioDistrict,” says Albright. “All kinds of jobs will become available with the creation of this biosciences industry in Mid-City. We want to be sure we’re connecting people on a regional level with these economic opportunities.”

“This grant continues to build on our historic commitment to the equitable revitalization of the New Orleans metropolitan region,” says Jerry Maldonado, program officer for the Ford Foundation’s Metropolitan Opportunity Unit. ”The Greater New Orleans Foundation is ideally suited for this work. Their recent investments in workforce housing over the past several years have made a tremendous impact. Now they can extend their good work regionally with this grant. ”

For more information, please visit http://www.gnof.org/.

March 31st 2011

16th Annual Tulane Law School Summit on Environmental Law and Policy

Please join us this weekend at Tulane Law School’s 16th Annual Summit on Environmental Law and Policy, entitled The Energy Equation.

The Energy Equation will focus on many of the hot topics in United States energy policy, including declining reserves in our most popular energy resources, the pros and cons of our renewable energy resources and how policy decisions influence energy use in the United States.

Our own Forest Bradley-Wright will be a panel member for the discussion entitled The Demand Side, which will take place on Saturday at 2 PM.

The entire schedule can be found here:http://www.law.tulane.edu/tlsOrgs/tels/telc/index.aspx?id=8798

March 29th 2011

Chief Serpas Third Citizen Police Academy

Friends & Neighbors,

Superintendent Ronal Serpas and the Crime Prevention Section will be taking applications for Chief Serpas Third Citizen Police Academy.

The purpose of the NOPD citizen police academy is not to teach members of the community to be police officers. Instead, it is an opportunity for community members to gain a better understanding of the responsibilities and challenges of the police profession.

The NOPD citizen police academy serves as one component of Chief Serpas’ community policing programs. Participants learn about the criminal justice system and how they can work with law enforcement to address community problems.

The citizen police academy meets on Wednesday evenings for two (2) hours. (6:00 PM to 8:00 PM) It is a twelve week program with speakers such as District Attorney Leon Cannizaro, Criminal Court Judge Camile Buras and NOPD police academy instructors.

Each applicant shall not have a felony conviction and shall be a resident of Orleans Parish. We will be scheduling a start date once we receive 50 applications.

Attached is a copy of the citizen police academy application. Please complete the attached application and email or mail is back to me at the address below.

If you’ve already attended and enjoyed it or would like to attend, please tell a friend join us! Thank you for your continued support of the NOPD and I’m looking forward to hearing from you soon.

“The world is a dangerous place to live, not because of the people who are evil, but because of the people who don’t do anything about it.” Albert Einstein

“The Will to Survive Isn’t Half as Important as the Incentive to Prepare.”

Sgt. Michael A. LeVasseur
Sgt. Michael A. LeVasseur
Commander,
Crime Prevention Section/PAL’s
New Orleans Police Department
715 South Broad St., Fourth Floor
New Orleans, Louisiana 70119
504-658-5590 Office
504-658-5591 Desk

View application: https://docs.google.com/a/npnnola.com/viewer?a=v&pid=gmail&attid=0.1&thid=12ebfbc6461a3e1f&mt=application/msword&url=https://mail.google.com/a/npnnola.com/?ui%3D2%26ik%3D91fe155acd%26view%3Datt%26th%3D12ebfbc6461a3e1f%26attid%3D0.1%26disp%3Dsafe%26zw&sig=AHIEtbST_ckRCn5Of9oPWcp9mthFq_z1ew

March 28th 2011

Do you care about the Lafitte Corridor? Become a Greenway Ambassador!

Do you care about the Lafitte Corridor?
Become a Greenway Ambassador!

What does a Greenway Ambassador do?
Learn about the history of and future plans for the Lafitte Corridor
Share this knowledge with the community, including at the Hike on April 16
Help keep your community engaged with the greenway project

What’s in it for you?
Free Greenway Ambassador t-shirt
Learn local history while helping make history as we prepare for the Greenway
Meeting neighbors who are as supportive of the Greenway as you are!

Becoming a Greenway Ambassador includes a training on Saturday, April 2 at 10:00 a.m.
SIGN UP TO BECOME AN AMBASSADOR TODAY:https://spreadsheets1.google.com/viewform?hl=en&hl=en&formkey=dGpNVUNFRkZzQ3N2V0ZDcmdHSVVSdGc6MQ#gid=0

If you have any questions, please email Maggie Tishman at .

March 28th 2011

New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts Offers Free Masterclass For High School Students at NOCCA

New York Conservatory For Dramatic Arts
Offers Free Masterclass For High School Students at NOCCA

Interested Students Should Register By March 30

New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is proud to announce The New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts will provide a free community masterclass for high school students on Friday-April 1, 6 PM in the art center’s movement studio. Interested young actors are asked to register for this opportunity by March 30. Reservations are accepted by calling 504.940.2854 or emailing .

New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts’ Richard Robichaux will present The Seven Secrets of the Working Actor. This workshop is open to high school students looking for answers to the biggest questions in the business. Do I join a union? Do I need an agent or a manager? Or both? Where do I find an agent? How do I get an agent? Do I move to Los Angeles, New York or I can I stay near home? I want to audition but where do I find them? Be ready to work like never before in this workshop designed with the professional actor in mind. Do you know the seven secrets? This masterclass is free and open to any current 9-12th grade student who registers with NOCCA by March 30.

March 28th 2011

RECYCLE MARDI GRAS BEADS

Donate all your Mardi Gras throws to The Strive Center, 1139 Napoleon Avenue (between Prytania St. and Magazine St., on the riverside corner), or call 895-2557.

The center is accepting EVERYTHING (beads, cups, doubloons, stuffed toys, etc.)! All you have to do is deliver them during the day, (no appointment necessary) and someone inside will help you with your donated items. Donations don’t have to be sorted.

The center hours are 8:00am to 2:30pm, Monday through Friday. Otherwise, you can leave your bags at their door at any hour of the day.

Note: The STRIVE Center is a sheltered workshop for adult retarded persons in the New Orleans area. They can sort and package the throws and re-sell them, so they are being trained in useful local work, and also making some funds for their organization.

We were told by several people that St. Michael’s Special School is also accepting the above items.

Thanks for reminding everyone,

Liz & Charles McKinley

March 28th 2011

BIA Neighborhood News

Hi Everyone,

The BIA hopes all of you survived Mardi Gras and enjoyed all of the activities. If you’re still finding extra Mardi Gras beads around your house, you can recycle at the Strive Center on Napoleon.

There’s a new newsletter available about all things Uptown, including event schedules, etc. If you’d like to take a look or subscribe to the Uptown Messager just click the link: http://uptownmessenger.com.

Below you will find information on the following:

· From Stacy Head – information on blighted house auction
April 2:http://gilmoreauction.com/auction-calendar/upcoming-auctions/auction-details/?id=152208

The website she is referring to (Gilbert Auction) is at this link (Click on documents. Then Property Auction List).

· Fete Francaise on April 2 at 821 General Pershing.

· A report from Faubourg Marengo on the recent NONPAC Meeting.

· A reminder to recycle your unwanted Mardi Gras beads with our neighbor, the Strive Center at 1139 Napoleon.

· If you are interested in signing the petition to save Phillis Wheatley school from demolition, here is information from the Louisiana Landmarks Society.

March 28th 2011

VOLUNTEER EMPLOYMENT OFFICE

VOLUNTEER EMPLOYMENT OFFICE

April 3 : Bywater Home Tour, house docents, welcome table; contact
Harriet Swift, , 504.945.6842

April 7-10: French Quarter Fest, volunteers work at beer booths, fest
merchandising, take surveys and staff information table; http://www.fqf.org,
504.227.3127.

April 17: SPCA vaccination clinic in Bywater, helpers needed for
setting up, registration; volunteers will not handle any animals;
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March 28th 2011

FRENCH QUARTER BIKE-A-LICIOUS? YOU TELL US

FRENCH QUARTER BIKE-A-LICIOUS? YOU TELL US

The Metro Bicycle Coalition, the people who are working hard to turn
New Orleans into a safe and welcoming city for biking, are asking for
help on their French Quarter survey. If you ride a bike once in a
while or every day, take this quick survey. The coalition will use the
information in their ongoing documentation of New Orleans street
conditions and bike-friendliness. For more information,
, 504.861.4022.

Here’s the survey link: http://mbcnola.org/survey.html

March 28th 2011

2011 BYWATER HOME TOUR IS ALMOST HERE -- APRIL 3 SEE THE BEST OF THE OLD, THE NEW, THE GREEN

Seven Bywater sites will be open next Sunday, April 3 for the annual
Home Tour. Organized by Robyn Halvorsen, this year’s tour is loosely
anchored to Macarty Park, with houses on Mazant, Burgundy, Pauline and
Alvar. Houses include the all-new, all-green art house at Pauline &
Burgundy, the home of Sallie Ann Glassman and Pres Kabacoff, the
meticulously renovated Creole cottage of Doug Brantley and Kevin
Viveratti on Mazant and four other marvelous houses.

The tour, from 12 noon to 4 p.m., begins at Camellia Manor, 906 Mazant
Street. Tickets are $12 BNA members, $15 general admission. More
information on the BNA website, http://www.bywater.org, or contact chairwoman
Robyn, .

March 28th 2011

DESIGNING A NEW ST. CLAUDE CORRIDOR INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS LOOK AT MARIGNY, ST. ROCH & BYWATER

Good grief, you’re probably thinking if you read past the headline on
this article, NOT another planning meeting! In Post-Katrina New
Orleans we have been through the Master Plan, the Comprehensive Zoning
Plan, levee plans, park plans, charettes with graduate students from
Harvard to Unknown U., forums on rebuilding, renovating, rethinking.
There’s even a name for this peculiar-to-New -Orleans-condition:
Planning Fatigue. BUT, time to shake it off. Enquiry by Design, the
three-day project that will study our three interlinked neighborhoods,
could yield rich results for Bywater.

The team of nine internationally-known architects, landscape
architects, planners, designers and preservationists will present an
overview of their project on Wednesday evening at the Healing Center
on St. Claude Avenue. The group launches into an intensive survey,
study and discussion, concluding with another program on Friday night,
also at the Healing Center. The Enquiry group, led by London architect
Jon Allen, are exponents of the new urbanism, stressing the importance
of walkable neighborhoods with local businesses and services
integrated into the community fabric.

**The St. Claude Enquiry by Design has been organized by a coalition
of groups, including local organizations, the Preservation Resource
Center and the Healing Center. The American Institute of Architects
and the National Trust for Historic Preservation are also sponsors.
The most interesting mover behind the event is the Prince’s Foundation
for the Built Environment (http://www.princes-foundation.org). It’s the
creation of Britain’s Prince Charles, well-known for his zeal for
traditional architecture and agriculture. Less well-known is the
prince’s vision of sustainable, green cities. His foundation is active
worldwide with Enquiry by Design events and long-term projects such as
training young people in traditional building crafts. The foundation
has instituted a New Orleans version of the UK building crafts
training in collaboration with the PRC. It is called the Rebuilding
Communities Craftsman Apprenticeship Program and its students will be
full participants in the St. Claude project.**

Healing Center, 2372 St. Claude Avenue, Wednesday opening presentation, 6:30 p.m., Friday closing review, 6:30 p.m., free, , .

March 28th 2011

A STREETCAR NAMED BYWATER? ATTEND MARCH 29 PUBLIC MEETING TO MAKE IT HAPPEN

As New Orleans moves toward a modern, clean mass transit plan, the
exclusion of Bywater from the planned North Rampart Street-St. Claude
Avenue streetcar line is an ongoing frustration in our community.
While planners tell us the St. Claude line will cross Press Street and
run to Poland Avenue “someday,” there is ample research to show that
the $90 million public works project can include Bywater NOW.

The final public hearing on the St. Claude streetcar plan is Tuesday night (March 29) at St. Paul Lutheran School in the Marigny. This is our last, best chance to effect the decisions about the streetcar route. How do we make Bywater heard? By filling the hall with Bywater streetcar supporters. It is CRUCIAL that we impress upon the decision-makers the depth and breadth of the support for bringing the streetcar into Bywater.

Don’t leave this make-or-break meeting to the handful of indefatigable
community activists who go to the important (but tedious) meetings and
report back to us. If you want the streetcar in Bywater, you have to
vote for it by being at this meeting. Come and bring your family, your
friends and neighbors.

Need a ride or help getting there? Let us know
() and we’ll get you there! The meeting
organizers will make accommodations for anyone needing special
assistance (such as interpreter) to participate in the meeting. To
make arrangements, call 504.228.2626 at least 48 hours in advance of
the meeting.

Meeting info: St. Paul Lutheran School, 2624 Burgundy Street, 6-8 p.m.

March 28th 2011

Become a LA Delta Service Corps Host Site

Become a LA Delta Service Corps Host Site
Application Workshop on April 5th 11am-1pm @ FGUMC 3401 Canal Street

Dear New Potential LA Delta Service Corps Host Sites,

LA Delta Corps can place members with nonprofit organizations, public schools, and government offices. We are specifically looking to partner with grassroots organizations that fit into our goals described below.

My name is David Ferris and I am the New Orleans Liaison for the LA Delta Service Corps. I want you and your organization to know about the opportunity to place a Delta Corps member within your organization to help you mentor new leaders, build organizational capacity and do more good in your community through direct service. I am also excited about strengthening among New Orleans Host Sites a cooperative coalition committed to work for healthy communities, racial and economic equity, social justice, and sustainability, as well as to the process of grassroots organizing in our communities and mentoring young and emerging leaders as means to those ends. If these goals align with the mission of your organization, and you have the capacity to participate in the program, please consider this opportunity and use me as a resource to help make it happen!

On April 5, from 11am to 1pm in New Orleans at First Grace UMC, there will be a meeting with representatives of existing host sites and new potential partner organizations.

I would like to invite you to this meeting where we will launch the 2011-2012 Host Site Application. This is a great opportunity to gain knowledge of our program, investigate ways AmeriCorps members could enhance your program and to meet existing site supervisors.

The meeting is free of charge and we will provide lunch. In order to best anticipate how many attendees we will have, please RSVP by March 25 so we get enough lunch. If you would like more information but cannot attend this workshop call or email me and I would be happy to discuss this with you.

For those of you who would like to explore this kind of partnership without a time commitment to complete the application, you can complete a short letter of intent which will be due by May 6 (email me for instructions).

LDSC is seeking host sites for the Sept 2011 – July 2012 term and is specifically recruiting small, grassroots organizations who want to partner with LDSC to mentor individuals rooted in Louisiana communities, develop their members’ capacities for organizing and leadership, and improve organizational effectiveness.

Your organization may be well positioned to take advantage of this opportunity, to utilize a Delta Corps Member Position to develop the capacity of rising community leaders or young organizers, develop a new community project, create new partnerships and collaborations, and strengthen your organization.

LDSC Positions require a $7,500 cash match (subject to change) from each Host Site Organization. Corps members serve 40 hours per week for 11 months, a total of 1700 hours, starting Sept 1, ending July 31.

LA Delta Service Corps – Host Site Application Workshop – April 5th 11am-1pm @ FGUMC 3401 Canal Street
When
Sat, March 26, 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Here is some additional information regarding the changes in our application this year along with a timeline:

The meeting will be held at the First Grace Church on Canal Street: (http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&msid=205007843853995826106.00043529f44fab727054d&t=h&z=8&iwloc=00045a55b365dd31cb0e3)
from 11am-1pm. Enter the church from the rear parking lot. Lunch will be provided. Please email me by March 25th if you plan on attending.

Some of the changes in the application will be as follows:
1) We will place a heavy emphasis on incorporating our new initiative “healthy futures” (I didn’t make up the name). This will include adding sites that directly serve to combat issues of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, HIV/Aids, teen pregnancies, infant mortality, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse etc. Examples of projects are; starting an afterschool sports team, providing outreach and education to new teen mothers, helping parents sign their children up for LaChip, retrofitting houses to make them “greener”, starting a recycling campaign, etc. Mentoring programs will also fall into this initiative as keeping kids off the streets and teaching them about how to make good choices is part of creating a healthy future for that child.

2) We will also be looking for sites that have been and will be heavily invested in developing the leadership skills of their members. Supervisors will be expected to be mentors and thus will be called corps member mentors. We are also trying to development a model where the training that the members get through LDSC can be and should be shared with other members of your organization. If you have suggestions for how to do this please let us know or at least be ready to discuss at the meeting.

3) We will be making changes in our recruitment to directly address the need for more diversity in our corps. We will also encourage sites to foster community members to become corps members. Often times the people that we provide service for could use the LDSC experience to make huge differences in their futures. Keep in mind that members may even benefit from the childcare assistance that AmeriCorps provides if they have little ones at home.

4) All sites whether returning or new will have to complete the entire application as it is our first year of a new 3 year grant cycle.

5) No change in the cash match. It will still be $7,500 for non-construction and $9,000 for construction positions.

The timeline for the spring and summer is as follows:
April 8th Host Site Application available on website http://www.ladeltacorps.org
May 13th Host Site Applications due to LDSC
May 13th Corps Member Applications available on website
May 27th Host Site Selections Announced
June 1-3 Host Site Orientations and Corps Member Recruitment seminar
July 8th Corps Member Applications due to LDSC
July 11-22 Corps Member Interviews with LDSC
July 18 –August 5th Members interview with Sites
August 12th Host Sites final decisions made / members placed
Sept 1or 2nd Corps Members first day at site/ LDSC paperwork orientation
Sept 5th Labor Day – Members Off
Sept 7-9 Corps Member Orientation/PPD

David O. Ferris
t: 770.883.5637
New Orleans Liaison, LA Delta Service Corps

March 28th 2011

EcoUrban Job Openings

Hello, Friends!

EcoUrban LLC Sustainable Landscaping now has two positions open.
Please to forward to potential interested parties.

For more info re: what we do, please visit: http://www.ecourbanllc.com

Positions:
Project Manager
General Labor

Both Positions require:
Availability 5 days per week, Monday through Friday
An eye for aesthetic balance and form (re: plant shaping and positioning)
Ability to perform light to heavy manual labor outdoors daily
Ability to think thoroughly through logistics and daily tasks, including tool and vehicle coordination
Good, efficient work ethic
Must have a valid driver’s license
Must be able to drive standard transmission vehicle
Previous landscaping or construction experience required

Other helpful skills include:
Carpentry skills
Masonry skills
Irrigation installation experience
Must be able to work well as a team member
Small engine and vehicle mechanical knowledge
Truck ownership is a plus (mileage reimbursed at $0.55 per mile)

Additional Skills Required for Project Manager Position:
Previous team leadership experience
Ability to communicate clearly, providing a bridge between owners and labor force
Ability to delegate tasks to others, including: site and machinery upkeep,
Proactive thinking to help EcoUrban expand into new horizons

There is some flexibility for a vacation in the summer.

Please email contact info and current/previous work experience to: .

We take pride in what we do! Join our team of folks who share a green vision for New Orleans!

-Travis & Demetria

EcoUrban LLC

Sustainable Landscaping Design & Services

Demetria Christo & Travis Cleaver, Owners

504-274-8774

www.ecourbanllc.com

March 28th 2011

EcoUrban Seeking New Soil Site

Dear Colleagues,

Eco Urban is now looking for a site to expand our soil production.

Site features would need to include:
4000 sq ft minimum
Access for heavy vehicles/equipment
Elevation sufficient to keep lot drained
Modest rent
Gravel or concrete slab a plus

Feasible rental scenarios may include:
Renting space while the owners are not using the site
Renting or Purchasing a vacant lot or parking lot

Location:
Location needs to be in light-industrial zone
Conducive neighbors a plus
The closer to Midcity the better

Please email us at or call 504-957-7706.
Feel free to forward this on to anyone who might have any leads.

Thanks!

-Travis & Demetria

EcoUrban LLC

Sustainable Landscaping Design & Services

Demetria Christo & Travis Cleaver, Owners

504-957-7706

www.ecourbanllc.com

March 28th 2011

The Bush Man Eco-Competiton 2011

The Bush Man Eco-Competiton 2011: A Male Eco-Competition with an Environmental & Social Justice Purpose

Who we are & What we’re doing

Eco-Lifestyles L3C is a hybrid green business located in New Orleans, La that provides eco-guidance and develops innovative eco-projects to help individuals, businesses, & communities’ transition into a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Presently, we’re planning a multi-dimensional competition for October 23, 2011 along with a host of cultural, environmental, & sports related preliminary events starting on April 22, 2011. Our mission is to highlight the Natural Eco-Friendly Man with all of his Diverse Qualities!

THE PURPOSE is to popularize healthier and sustainable living among the black community starting with black males who are constantly subjected to negative profiling & stereotyping views. That hinders or prevents them from obtaining fair & equitable opportunities in the education, job, and housing sectors.

THE DOUBLE BENEFIT is that it not only provides contestants with pertinent environmental info, experiences, and exposure; but the competition also serves as a platform for on-going awareness & interest in the survivability of the “San Bushmen” People of Southern Africa, earth’s oldest eco-friendly homo-sapiens; which is why we chose to title the competition after them. And plus, their imposed name is perfectly suited for our target market- which is intended for, but not limited to Black males (ages 21-35) who embrace their ethnic & natural identity by wearing their hair in a Bush/Afro, Dreads/Locks, Braids, or Plaits. Additionally, we’ve come to find that they both share in cultural & identity struggles when attempting to live a natural lifestyle.

F.Y.I- Monies raised will support the on-going production of this annual competition with 25% of event merchandise proceeds donated to the legal & cultural battles being waged on behalf of the Bushmen people’s right to their ancestral lands. Let’s all commit to the preservation of eco-sustainable Human Cultures & their ways – at home & abroad! To find out more about the importance of the Bushmen people, their land, and their culture go to our fb page: Save The Bushmen & Their Land. For their plight is also our plight!

What We Need & What You Get

To successfully launch our eco-campaign & competition, we need to raise an estimated $22,000, or 2/3 of our total budget to cover major expenses. These expenses are the following: production staff & supplies, multi-media marketing, merchandising, venue(s), preliminary events, staging design. If our financial goal is not reached within the intended deadline, we will postpone the project until we reach our targeted goal. We will establish on-going communications with contributors until needed funds are obtained. Furthermore, we will also be seeking out socially responsible companies for sponsorship commitments & merchandising ‘Save The Bushmen’ tee shirts to ensure that this project is actualized.

We implore you to align yourself with an environmental imperative by helping us get the word out, and also by participating as a contributor or partner. On the side of this page you can discover perks that are being offered for your financial commitment. We welcome your comments & suggestions as we make dynamic steps together to make a difference in greening our world & preserving Eco-sustainable Cultures. If you have a desire to make a greater commitment as a contributor, partner, or to participate somehow, feel free to contact us at .

March 28th 2011

2nd Line Against Crime

Visit this link for more information: http://business.fsjna.org/2011/03/pals-lounge-hosts-walk-against-crime/

This Tuesday, March 29th at 6 pm, please join your neighbors and friends at 925 North Rendon for a 2nd Line Against Crime!

925 North Rendon is at the corner of St. Philip and North Rendon and is the location of Pal’s Lounge in Faubourg St. John.

The Young Pinstripes Brass Band has agreed to play and they are sure

to get everyone moving and dancing through Faubourg St. John as we

2nd Line Against Crime this Tuesday, March 29th at 6 p.m.

Join the fun!

WHAT: 2nd Line Against Crime

WHEN: Tuesday, March 29th at 6 pm

WHY: Citizen solidarity against crime

WHO: You and all your friends

Charlie London

http://fsjna.org

March 28th 2011

Financing Your New Home

Build Now TALKS presents a free seminar on how to get the
funds you need to build a new house on your pre-Katrina property

Thursday, April 21, 6 PM
5713 Elysian Fields Avenue

Do you need a new home on your property? This seminar will focus on how to put together the financing package you need using numerous financing sources, from construction loans to Increased Cost of Compliance funds to the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program.

To pre-register or for more information, contact us at
(504) 373-6962 or .

March 28th 2011

AEDF April 2011 Quarterly Business Luncheon

Featured Presentation:
Federal City Development
An Update and Overview

Invited Speakers include Representatives from:

United States Marine Corps
Algiers Development District
New Orleans Federal Alliance
HRI

Wednesday, April 6

11:15AM – 12:00PM Networking Reception
12:00PM – 1:00PM Luncheon and Program

English Turn Golf and Country Club
1 Clubhouse Drive
New Orleans 70131

Sponsored by:
Algiers Redevelopment Foundation
Crescent City Schools
Latter and Blum

Ticket Prices/Individual Seating
Members $30 · Non Members $35

For Reservations call Barbara Waiters at 362.6436 or email: .

Limited opportunities for sponsorship and tables available
To acquire membership please call 362-6436.

Algiers Economic Development Foundation
Phone: 504.362.6436
Fax: 504.362.6564
http://www.algierseconomic.com

Click this link to download the sponsorship form: http://library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1103773510400-14/2011+AEDF+Quarterly+Luncheon+_April+6.pdf

March 28th 2011

NOELA News - March 28, 2011

Click the following link to read NOELA News,
The Eastern New Orleans Newsletter: https://docs.google.com/a/npnnola.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B6vJ2OgdpcohNzZhNzkwMTktNTA5ZC00YjcwLWE2ODctY2Q2NGE2M2Y3OWYw&hl=en

March 28th 2011

Old Algiers Churches to Jazz Up Services for RiverFest™

Five neighborhood churches will offer special jazz-related services the weekend of April 2-3 as part of the seventh annual RiverFest™, a cultural celebration in Old Algiers.

Participating churches include All Saints Catholic Church, 1441 Teche Street, 5 p.m. vigil on April 2 and Sunday services as follows: Greater Providence Baptist Church, 623 Newton Street, 7 a.m.; St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 1100 Verret Street, 11am.; Beautiful Zion Baptist Church, 1017 Elmira Street, 7:30 a.m. and Mt. Olivet Episcopal Church, 530 Pelican Street.

“The foundation for jazz and other forms of music came from the churches, so we wanted to make that part of the celebration of the culture of Old Algiers,” said RiverFest™ Chair Valerie Robinson. “These historic churches will have an opportunity to honor those who were a part of the creation of jazz over the past century as well as those who are performing music influenced by jazz today.”

The church programs may include anything from a jazz service to a simple tribute to jazz musicians. As part of the celebration, RiverFest™ will provide commemorative fans for those who attend the services.

RiverFest™ will be held from 11 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. April 2-3 on the levee at Mardi Gras World Westbank, 233 Newton Street. Musical performances will include Algiers Brass Band, Rebirth Brass Band, Theolonious Monk Institute of Jazz, Panorama Jazz Band, Shades of Praise Gospel Choir, Shamarr Allen and the Underdawgs, Mohawk Hunters Mardi Gras Indians, Tuba Skinny, Tommy Sancton and New Orleans Legacy, Irvin Mayfield and Dr. Michael White and the Liberty Jazz Band.

For more information, visit http://www.oldalgiersriverfest.com

March 25th 2011

Streetcar Expansion Public Meetings to be held Tues, March 29 and Wed, March 30

Streetcar Public Meetings

Rampart/ St. Claude Streetcar Project
When:
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where:
St. Paul Lutheran School
2624 Burgundy Street
New Orleans, LA 70117

Convention Center / Riverfront Streetcar Project
When:
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Where:
Morial Convention Center
Room 283-284, Hall H

The RTA is finalizing environmental and engineering documents for the Rampart/ St. Claude and Convention Center / Riverfront Streetcar lines. These meetings will provide factual, up-to-date information on the RTA’s efforts to fund and build the new streetcar program.

March 23rd 2011

FINO featured during New Orleans Fashion Week

WHAT: Students from The Fashion Institute of New Orleans (FINO) participate and model in Fashion Week NOLA runway show.

WHO: The Fashion Institute of New Orleans (FINO) is a nonprofit program administered by the District 2 Community Enhancement Corporation, which teaches students about the business and creative aspects of the fashion industry. Each year the program reaches over 100 students in New Orleans.

Sponsors for Fashion Week NOLA include; Saks Fifth Avenue, Hemline Boutique, Vanguard Cosmetology/Paul Mitchell Hair, The Transportation Revolution, Jeff Strout Photography, The Make Up Lab, Finish Studio, New Orleans Magazine, Gambit Weekly and NOLA.com.

WHY: Fashion Week NOLA was created to spotlight the talents and collections of designers, boutiques, make-up artistry, hair styling and models through a series of runway shows, exhibits & chic parties. The founders are also committed to giving back to organizations such as FINO who serve the youth in Greater New Orleans community.

WHERE: Sugar Mill 1021 Convention Center Blvd.

DATE: Thursday, March 17, 2011

CONTACT: Chana M. Doreaux 504.684.4070 ©

Chana M. Doreaux
District 2 Community Enhancement Corporation
Director of Marketing & Media Relations
http://www.onevisiononevoice.org
504.244.0090

March 23rd 2011

Upcoming Lower Ninth Ward Neighborhood Council Events

We are currently providing free tax preparation at the office 2014 Caffin Avenue by appointment from 1:30pm to 4pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 9am until 12 noon. Call 504-942-1472.

Employment
There will be an employment opportunity for Jazz Fest with
L&R security. L&R Security will be completing applications on site.

Monday March 21 from 11 am to 3 pm.
2014 Caffin Avenue
Call 504-942-1471 for more information

Minimum requirements:

Age 18 years or older
Completed work application
Criminal record check
Two (2) forms of identification (drivers license,state id, social security card, work or school ID)

Education Session
Tuesday March 22, 2011 1:30 pm
2014 Caffin Avenue
Discussing policy issues affecting the public school system

Youth Event
TCA is gearing up to host an event,
OUR NEIGHBORHOOD 2111 YOUTH VISIONING PROJECT

“What will your community look like in 100 years? What role will you play in your community?

This event is geared towards the youth and can be done individually or in groups. Have fun and join in, letter of intent to participate letters are to be returned to 2014 Caffin Avenue by April 15,2011, 504-942-1471. Category and participation details to follow.

March 23rd 2011

2011 Collectors Club Print by Robert Tannen: Unveiling @ CAC on March 23rd

Wednesday, March 23rd is a very special day for Bob Tannen and me. Tannen’s print honoring 35 years of the Contemporary Arts Center will be unveiled at a special party open to CAC members (at the Collectors Club level and above).

If you have ever thought about supporting the Contemporary Arts Center in this way, this would be THE year to do it! It is such a great honor to look back on these past three and a half decades and know that what began as gleam in the eyes of a handful of friends and art lovers has been realized. And with the help of legions of staff, volunteers and supporters over the years, the place we built continues to celebrate the living artists and performers of our city, while helping to anchor the burgeoning warehouse arts district.

Thank you so much for all you have done to help make New Orleans a leading center for the arts. We would love to see you at this fun and important occasion.

Jeanne Nathan and Bob Tannen

THE MARCH 23 UNVEILING IS OPEN TO CAC MEMBERS AT THE COLLECTORS CLUB AND ABOVE LEVELS ONLY.

PLEASE CALL CHRISTINE AT THE CAC (504-528-3805) TO JOIN AT ONE OF THESE LEVELS IF YOU’D LIKE TO ATTEND THIS SPECIAL EVENT.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW MORE ON THE ARTWORK AND THE MEMBERSHIP LEVELS CAN BE FOUND HERE: http://cacno.org/cc+print.html

March 23rd 2011

Corella Ballet Castilla y León A One Night Only New Orleans Debut

New Orleans has been selected as one of only three US cities for the upcoming tour of Corella Ballet Castilla y León, Spain’s only classical ballet company. Presented by the New Orleans Ballet Association, the company will take to the stage for one night only at the Mahalia Jackson Theater on May 14 at 8pm.

Following their New Orleans debut, the Corella Ballet will also perform in Seattle, Wash. before closing their tour at the Spoleto USA Festival in Charleston, S.C.
To ballet fans all over the world, Angel Corella is the Spanish-born superstar of American Ballet Theatre (ABT) known for his technical precision, bravura dancing and intoxicating charisma. In 2008, this extraordinary dancer added artistic director to his title by founding his own ballet company. Corella, along with his company of 45, brings a stunning program to kick off this American tour.

Tickets for the performance range from $20 to $80. Students and seniors (65 and older) receive a $6 discount off the regular ticket prices. Group discounts also are available. For tickets or information, call the New Orleans Ballet Association Box Office at (504) 522-0996. Tickets may be purchased online through http://www.nobadance.com, or via Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or http://www.ticketmaster.com.

In addition to the performance, the company will also conduct a master class on Saturday, May 14 at Tulane University’s McWilliams Hall for the NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance. For more information, call (504) 522-0996 x. 207 or email .

March 22nd 2011

Special session on redistricting starts this week

The special legislative session on redistricting begins this week (March 20 – April 15th). Congressional, House and Senate Seats, as well as BESE and the Supreme Court will be up for redistricting and constituents need to be well informed to have any possibility of giving public input.

Our partners at the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana (PAR) have released a report proposing ways to increase transparency and citizen confidence in the process of redistricting the state’s political maps. “Louisiana Redistricting: A 2011 Progress Report” makes key recommendations for the work now being undertaken by the Legislature to redraw the boundaries for Louisiana’s seats in Congress, the state House and Senate and other elected bodies.

PAR has also put together a short FAQ sheet that offers a plain-language explanation on redistricting. The FAQ has been translated into Vietnamese with a Spanish translation to come soon. Please review and make your voices heard on this very important legislative issue.

Click here to read PAR articles: http://la-par.org/article.cfm?id=342&cateid=1

Click here to read PAR articles: http://la-par.org/article.cfm?id=340&cateid=1

March 17th 2011

On Sat, March 19, Institue of Women & Ethnic Studies Presents - red tent: National Women & Girls HIV Awareness Day

The Institute of Women and Ethnic Studies (IWES) Presents:

red tent: NATIONAL WOMEN & GIRLS HIV/AIDS AWARENESS DAY

At the McKenna Museum of African American Art
2003 Carondelet St. – New Orleans, LA 70130

ACTIVITIES WILL INCLUDE:
HIV resources & information
Emotional health screenings & information
Speakers * Poets * Artists * Films
Massage * Acupuncture
Break-out sessions
Wellness Tent
Tips on Sexual Health Communication
Refreshments

PERFORMANCES BY:
The Pinettes
BeseSaka Dance Troupe
Asia Rainey
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Michaela Harrison
& MORE!

Dedicated to improving the physical, mental, spiritual health and quality of life for women of color and their families

www.facebook.com/iwes.nola
http://www.twitter.com/iwesnola
http://www.youtube.com/iwesnola

IWES -www.iwesnola.org * 4038 Canal Street * New Orleans, LA 70119 * 504.484.0410

March 16th 2011

Bywater News: U.S. Navy hosts public forum tonight

W E D N E S D A Y * M A R C H 1 6 * 2 0 1 1

BYWATER NEWS & REVIEW

from the BYWATER NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION Ninth Ward ♦ New Orleans ♦ Louisiana

________________________________

Tonight, Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m., the U.S. Navy will hold a
public forum on the future of the Poland Avenue Navy base. The meeting
will be held in the chapel at Holy Angels, 3500 St. Claude Avenue.

Light refreshments will be served after the Navy presentation,
followed by a brief BNA meeting.

A complete overview of the Navy Base project is available on the
website of the Naval Support Activity New Orleans Advisory Task Force,
the local committee that is headquartered at City Hall and has been
working on the issue since 2006:
http://www.nola.gov/en/RESIDENTS/NOATF.

We hope to see you tonight!

March 16th 2011

CPP Experience: Community Breakfast, March 17

Thursday, March 17, 8:30 AM: Community breakfast at City Church of New Orleans, 13123 I-10 Service Road with the Eastern New Orleans Neighborhood Advisory Commission (ENONAC). Sponsored by NPN and CBNO.

March 16th 2011

CPP Experience: Town Hall Meeting March 19

Town Hall Meeting on Citizen Participation this Saturday, March 19, from 9:00 to 11:30 AM at the Zeitgeist Theater, 1618 O.C. Haley Boulevard.

This will be the final opportunity to hear firsthand how the Birmingham CPP has played an important role in strengthening this Southern city, and to ask questions about how the lessons learned there can be applied as we finalize the design of the New Orleans CPP.

I cannot stress how important it is to have our community informed and engaged as we complete the NOLA CPP.

Please circulate the flyer below as widely as possible; please encourage everyone you know to be in that number on Saturday morning. And please feel free to call me at the number below if you have any questions or would like any additional information.

I look forward to seeing you then,
Keith

Keith G.C. Twitchell, President
Committee for a Better New Orleans
(504) 430-2258

The Committee for a Better New Orleans is a diverse community organization, a catalyst and convener, working to bring all voices to the table to build a better future for all New Orleanians.

Click here to view event flyer: https://docs.google.com/a/npnnola.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=1L13xsk3tzwi5_aEs5rsWpUjtE1V-1GA2fxAQ142H5i57×6XB7yQ_bfBcjtgr&hl=en

March 15th 2011

PAR promotes Sunshine Week fact sheets

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT: Robert Scott
President
(225) 926-8414 ext. 221

PAR promotes Sunshine Week fact sheets

The Public Affairs Research Council (PAR) promotes fact sheets about technology and access to public records, and
open meetings. The fact sheets offer a plain-language explanation of the state’s sunshine laws with practical tips on how
the public can request public records and participate in public meetings. PAR also makes available a fact sheet about
reapportionment and redistricting.

The release of the fact sheets is timed with Sunshine Week, March 13-19, 2011. Sunshine week is a national initiative
to open a dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information. Sunshine Week is led by the
American Society of News Editors (http://www.sunshineweek.org).

The fact sheets can be accessed on PAR’s Web site for download and printing. The documents are designed to be
distributed by citizen groups as one-page, double-sided reference tools for guidance through the sometimes complicated
process of gaining access to records and meetings of state and local government bodies. All of the sheets will soon be
available in both Spanish and Vietnamese.

Funding for this project was provided by the Open Society Institute in collaboration with the New Orleans Coalition on Open
Governance. For additional information and research on government transparency in Louisiana, go to PAR’s Web site at
http://www.la-par.org.

Click here to download a copy of the Technology and Sunshine in Louisiana fact sheet. (translated version)
https://docs.google.com/a/npnnola.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B6vJ2OgdpcohMjIwZjE0N2YtNjJkMC00NGZhLWJhOGMtNmY0ZjJmMzA3MDAx&hl=en

Click here to download a copy of the Public Records fact sheet. (translated version)
https://docs.google.com/a/npnnola.com/viewer?a=v&pid=explorer&chrome=true&srcid=0B6vJ2OgdpcohOWVkZWI2YmMtNWM0Yi00OGFlLWJmMDEtNDI5NzcyM2RjNjAy&hl=en

March 15th 2011

YOU ARE MY SUNSHINE: Celebrating Sunshine Law Week

Louisiana has the only governor to ever write and record and a Top-10 hit (ranked #14 Song of the Century). Former Louisiana Governor Jimmie H. Davis, who is a 2008 Louisiana Music Hall Of Famer and two term state governor who recorded the hit ‘You Are My Sunshine.’

Click to view the link
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAfIPNg3wCk

Redistricting game
Click to view the link
http://www.redistrictinggame.org/index.php?pg=game

The Lens editorial
Click to view the link
http://thelensnola.org/2011/03/14/sunshine-week/

March 15th 2011

Hands-On Green Rebuilding & Weatherization Training

Hands-On Green Rebuilding & Weatherization Training
Event Description
Global Green USA is proud to present a Hands-On Green Rebuilding & Weatherization Workshop as an opportunity to receive both a classroom and field training over the course of two days in the city of New Orleans.
Green Building Fellow Andrew Spaulding will be joined by nationally renowned weatherization expert and LSU Ag Center consultant Bill Robinson to present a two-day classroom/field component course on energy efficiency and building science, focusing specifically on the southern Louisiana climate and the New Orleans home.
This training is recommended for anyone who works on renovations, retrofits and upgrades to residential buildings. Whether you are a handyman or an HVAC contractor this course will have something to offer you and it makes a great refresher course for anyone who hasn’t seen the recent advances in building science.
For more information, visit http://www.globalgreen.org/bibg/calendar/ or call (504) 525-2121.
Location
Green Building Resource Center, 841 Carondelet Street, New Orleans
Time(s)
March 28th & 29th, 9am-6pm
Cost
Free to non-profits, available to contractors for a discounted fee of $150. Receive up to 4 Continuing Education Units.

March 14th 2011

Senator Karen Carter Peterson will host Neighborhood Town Hall Meetings in District 5 this week

Dates and Locations Below

NEW ORLEANS – Senator Peterson will host a series of neighborhood town halls to solicit comments and concerns from her constituents prior to the legislative sessions this spring. The town halls will take place across the Senator’s district, from Central City to Carrollton, and will provide a forum for New Orleanians to speak out on their priorities in the coming sessions. Senator Peterson has also invited representatives from several state agencies, including Revenue, Education, Insurance and Health and Hospitals to attend and answer questions. Representatives from Council Districts and State Representatives’ offices have also been invited.

“Our state faces serious challenges that will affect us all, so before I speak as our voice in Baton Rouge, I want to hear yours. That’s why I am hosting several town halls during the week of March 14th in neighborhoods all over Senate District 5. Representing District 5 begins with listening to my constituents and their concerns.”

DATES AND LOCATIONS

Irish Channel
Date: March 14th
Location: ICCF Church, 819 First Street
Time: 6:00pm

Central City
Date: March 15th
Location: Dryades YMCA, 1746 Jackson Avenue
Time: 5:30pm

Broadmoor
Date: March 16th
Location: Andrew Wilson School, 3617 General Pershing
Time: 6:00pm

Carrollton
Date: March 17th
Location: St. Matthews, 1337 S. Carrollton Avenue
Time: 6:00pm

March 10th 2011

Trumpet Release Party TONIGHT! Join Us!

YOU’RE INVITED!
4720 Stemway Drive, New Orleans 70126
5:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Come join the fun as we launch the March/April issue of The Trumpet! The theme is Neighborhood Revitalization and we will spotlight the Pines Village Neighborhood Association, Melia Subdivision and Rosedale Neighborhood Association in New Orleans East . There will be lots of fish, seafood pasta to eat, plenty of drinks and local entertainment as we say goodbye to the Carnival season and hello to spring time in New Orleans!

Tell your neighbors, tell your family, tell your friends; come out and support The Trumpet Magazine“Community Voices Orchestrating Change.”

March 9th 2011

FREE NEW SOUTHERN STYLE CHICKEN SANDWICH SERVED UP AT CHURCH’S CHICKEN RESTAURANTS IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW PRODUCT DEBUT

FREE NEW SOUTHERN STYLE CHICKEN SANDWICH SERVED UP AT CHURCH’S CHICKEN RESTAURANTS IN CELEBRATION OF THE NEW PRODUCT DEBUT
NEW ORLEANS, LA EXCLUSIVE
New Product Delivers Competitive Edge in Both Taste and Value

Church’s New Southern Style Chicken Sandwich lands today in New Orleans. Starting today through March 27, Church’s is offering a FREE Southern Style Chicken Sandwich to anyone who purchases a medium drink. It’s that easy for people to taste what’s different about Church’s brand new sandwich.

Church’s New Southern Style Chicken Sandwich is an all white meat breast filet with a slightly sweet and savory flavor served on a toasted buttered bun with crunchy dill pickle chips. The introductory price of the new sandwich is only $1.99.

Demand by customers moved Church’s Southern Style Chicken Sandwich to the front of the company’s robust new product pipeline with more than a year invested in rigorous testing.

“With Church’s renewed emphasis on guest satisfaction, quality assurance and great value, our new product news gives us a competitive edge even in a challenging and tough market place,” said Mel Deane, Church’s CEO. “We’ll continue to innovate and at the same time focus on our world famous core products – Original and Spicy chicken and our Family Meals.”

“We have been working tirelessly to create a sandwich that meets all the needs of our restaurant guests,” said Kirk Waisner, Church’s Chief Chicken Officer. “While the sandwich seems to be simple, we took the time we needed to perfect every ingredient. The bun is soft, our chicken is moist and our customers asked for not two pickle chips but three. As a result they told us we had a winner that is available seven days a week.”

The new Southern Style Chicken Sandwich will be supported by an advertising campaign with Church’s well-known characters known as Doug the Chicken Genius and his Manager finding ways to get the new Southern Style Sandwich into the unsuspecting hands of everyday people going about their business.

ABOUT CHURCH’S CHICKEN
Founded in San Antonio, Texas, in 1952, Church’s Chicken® is a highly recognized brand name in the Quick Service Restaurant sector and is one of the largest quick-service chicken concepts in the world. Church’s Chicken® serves freshly prepared, high quality, flavorful chicken meals with classic sides and handmade from scratch biscuits. Church’s differentiates from its competitors in care and attention given in preparation of food, and is positioned as the value leader in the Chicken QSR category. As of January, 2011, the Church’s system consisted of more than 1,700 locations worldwide in 23 countries, with system-wide sales approaching $1.2 billion. For more information on Church’s Chicken visit http://www.churchs.com.

March 2nd 2011

Girl Next Door Theatre's Saint Fina: An Original Play

Girl Next Door Theatre’s Saint Fina: An Original Play

Who: Girl Next Door Theatre
What: Saint Fina, an original play
Where: The Shadowbox Theatre
2400 St. Claude Ave
When: Friday through Sunday, March 11-13, 8 pm

Girl Next Door Theatre, a New Orleans based feminist theatre company is
premiering their original play, Saint Fina, at the Shadowbox Theatre, March 11-13, at 8PM.

Girl Next Door Theatre founder and artistic director Meredith Mullins seeks to create compelling and thought provoking theatre in the New Orleans area in an effort to bring forth a feminist voice to the city-wide consciousness. She seeks to involve the entire community, bringing together different backgrounds and gender-classifications in order to enhance the quality of discourse regarding gender, class, and race. An excerpt from her manifesto:

Every gendered role in everyday life that we must play and resent and stomach
will be explored on our stage. However, our company has no intention of
attacking the family, the stay at home mom, the dad who provides – no intention of that at all. Rather, women will be celebrated in every role that they play, while the overwhelming pressures that seek to suffocate them will be unearthed, presented, critiqued, and eviscerated.

Meredith Mullins has woven together a discussion of insanity, fundamentalism,
adolescence, and sexuality, set hysterically before a musical backdrop of Mariah Carey!

The play opens on a room, seemingly belonging to Saint Fina who believes to have finally reached heaven. Suddenly, we are thrown down the rabbit hole, and an explosion of the subconscious of a severely mentally ill girl is thrown in front of our eyes. As we watch her interact with her surroundings, her “dancer,” and the thoughts that explode out in front of her, we are left to ponder the true meaning of insanity, beauty, and freedom.

Meredith stars as Saint Fina, with local dancer Merlyn Walesa-Ashford performing as Saint Fina’s playmate. Established singer Robin Barnes provides her best Mariah Carey stylings, as Paul Thomas accompanies her on the piano.

For more information regarding GNDT, check out our website at:
http://gndtheatrenola.tumblr.com/, or email us at .

And for the facebook official event page, go to:
http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=100430976706373&index=1

March 2nd 2011

Site Selection Magazine Awards Top Ranking to Greater New Orleans Region

New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner Area named in Top 10 Metros as part of Governor’s Cup Awards

State of Louisiana Takes 3rd Place in Governor’s Cup Awards

NEW ORLEANS — Today, Site Selection magazine placed the Greater New Orleans region on its prestigious annual list of the Top 10 Metros for Corporate Facility Location. Based on the number of new and expanded corporate facilities in the magazine’s New Plant Database, the list included the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La. area at the #10 ranking in its population category. Louisiana fared well, securing several other rankings, including the state taking 3rd Place in the Governor’s Cup Awards.

“As ever more companies are investing in our region and creating jobs, this is an exciting recognition of our progress,” said Michael Hecht, President and CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the regional economic development alliance for the 10-parish region of Southeast Louisiana. “The ranking is a testament to our excellent business climate and will help build confidence among those considering the Greater New Orleans area as a location to grow their businesses.”

Site Selection’s New Plant Database focuses on new corporate location projects with significant impact and does not track retail and government projects, or schools and hospitals. New facilities and expansions included in the analyses must meet at least one of three criteria: (a) involve a capital investment of at least U.S. $1 million, (b) create at least 50 new jobs, or © add at least 20,000 sq. ft. of new floor area.

For metropolitan areas with populations over 1 million, the New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner, La. area earned the #10 rank on the list of Top 10 Metros for Corporate Facility Location. Throughout 2010, the region secured 71 notable new facilities and expansions.

“This ranking and last year’s project wins are more indicators that Greater New Orleans has a resilient economic ecosystem and continues to be a great place for businesses to invest and for individuals to pursue careers,” said Hecht.

Louisiana enjoyed widespread acclaim on the lists from Site Selection’s New Plant Database. The State of Louisiana ranked 3rd Place in the Governor’s Cup Awards with 347 new location projects. Baton Rouge, Shreveport-Bossier City, and Houma-Bayou Cane-Thibodaux each placed on the Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier Two list, ranking 1st, 4th, and 5th, respectively. Lake Charles, Monroe, and Alexandria placed on the Top 10 Metro Areas: Tier Three list, ranking 1st, 4th, and tying for 6th, respectively. Morgan City, Hammond, and New Iberia placed on the Top 10 Micropolitans list, with Morgan City ranking 7th and Hammond and New Iberia tying for 9th.

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About Greater New Orleans, Inc.

The GNO, Inc. Mission is to serve as the catalyst for wealth creation in the Greater New Orleans region. GNO, Inc. will accomplish this by pursuing an aggressive agenda of business development – marketing the region – and product development – improving regional business conditions through policy, workforce and research initiatives.

The GNO, Inc. Vision is for the Greater New Orleans region to fulfill its potential as one of the best places in the country to grow a company, and raise a family. The ultimate indication of success for GNO, Inc. will be the presence of a robust and growing middle class in southeastern Louisiana.

More information can be found at http://www.gnoinc.org.

March 2nd 2011

Booklovers: March 2011 Events at Maple Street Book Shops

Booklovers,

During our Furtastic Fundraiser on February 12, 2011, we raised about $500 to $600 for the Sula Foundation and the LA-SPCA Feral Cat Program. Thank you so much for your support. We are considering making this an annual event.

All this month, when you purchase a copy of Swamplandia! or The Quiet World, we will donate 20% of the proceeds to the Red Cross. Bookstores, authors, and others in publishing are participating in Writers for the Red Cross. Check out the website to find other ways to contribute.

Maple Street is looking for a summer intern. We are willing to work with colleges to give credit for this internship. View a full description and obtain application information here.

Many of you know we had some break-ins early in February. We were on the news (links on our website) for this and for our take on the closing of Borders. Most of you may not realize we recovered the first editions that were taken. Get that scoop!

Mardi Gras is almost here. Have fun and be safe!

Cheers,

Donna Allen, Owner

Gladin Scott, Manager/Event Coordinator

Cindy Dike, Children’s Book Buyer/Event Planner

March 2nd 2011

Happy Mardi Gras! Louisiana State Museum News

Happy Mardi Gras!
Our exhibit, Mardi Gras: It’s Carnival Time in Louisiana! has reopened. Come visit us on the second floor of the Presbytère where we celebrate carnival year round! The Louisiana State Museum is deeply committed to collecting and exhibiting artifacts related to this unique, rich tradition in our state. In fact, Mardi Gras costumes, photographs and other items have been displayed at the Museum since the 1930s.

Classic Roadster Returns
The 1928 Isotta-Fraschini luxury sports car owned by south Louisiana timber magnate and aviation pioneer Harry P. Williams returns to the Wedell-Williams Memorial Aviation Foundation collection at LSM-Patterson.

Bienvenue, la France!
In the ever continuing enrichment of our historic document collection, we welcome Romaine Le Gendre of the Institut national du patrimoine, who is cataloging French language manuscript holdings for our LSM Historical Center.

Is the Old U.S. Mint Haunted?
Tune in to Ghost Hunters on Wednesday, March 16, at 8 p.m. on the Syfy channel and find out. Television’s top-rated paranormal reality show recently investigated LSM’s Old U.S. Mint for evidence of haunting by ghostly entities. Boo!

Explore local lore in free lunch-hour lecture series
Lunchtime Lagniappe, a weekly series of lively presentations on local history returns. The free hourlong programs are held at noon each Wednesday at LSM-Baton Rouge. The first two in our March series are “Furnishing Louisiana,” a survey of early Louisiana cabinetmakers and “More Tales of Tiger Town,” a look at LSU’s historic North Gates community through photographs and stories.

Strenuous or Social Life?
Join us to discuss the iconic New Orleans Athletic Club. Founded in 1872, it is one of the oldest athletic clubs in the United States. Just as the club opened the doors at its current location on Rampart Street, the stock market crashed and the United States plunged into the Great Depression. The club shifted its focus from the “strenuous life“—a physical fitness ideal grounded in masculine vigor and popularized by Theodore Roosevelt—to the social benefits of club life.

Between Joy and Lamentation

More than five years after Hurricane Katrina we are still grappling with its impact. For many, the storm raised profound theological and ethical questions. Come explore with theologian, ethicist and lawyer M. Christian Green the ethics of rescuers and bystanders and religious resources for understanding resilience and recovery—including the importance of family, culture and the need for joy along with lamentation in the storm’s aftermath.

Louisiana State Museum
751 Chartres Street
New Orleans, Louisiana 70116

March 2nd 2011

Show Us Your Mardi Gras

Show Us Your Mardi Gras

The next issue of N.E.W.S. will feature the many faces of Mardi Gras, including yours if you want. Please send us your own special way of celebrating Mardi Gras in a couple graphs, with or without photos, and we will share your ideas with others looking for a new or special way to celebrate our city’s favorite day of the year.

Respond to this email with any ideas or thoughts about Mardi Gras or give us a call at 504.218.4807.

March 1st 2011

Curbside Recycling through the City Now Available!

As posted on Mid-City’s website: http://mcno.org :

Recycling is Back!!
March 1st, 2011 by bonnie

Citizens Can Register for Carts TODAY
As part of the Mayor’s efforts to re-negotiate the sanitation contracts, Metro Disposal and Richards Disposal have recently announced the return of the New Orleans Curbside Recycling Program!

Residents can must sign up for these services by visiting this link: http://www.nola.gov/en/RESIDENTS/Department-Of-Sanitation/CartRegistration.aspx and requesting a recycling cart.

Tell your neighbors and spread the word that we support curbside recycling!

Items Accepted For Curbside Recycling:

  • Paper products including office paper, newspapers and color inserts, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, paperboard boxes (including cereal boxes, 12-pack soft drink boxes) telephone books, shredded paper
  • Plastic containers coded #1 through #7 (water, soda, juice bottles, etc.), plastic pots from nurseries, plastic bags
  • Small metal cans
  • Cardboard

About the City’s Recycling Drop Off Center

In addition to continuing operation of its Saturday recycling drop off center at 2829 Elysian Fields Avenue from 8:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M. Items accepted at the recycling drop off center:

  • Paper products including office paper, newspapers and color inserts, magazines, catalogs, junk mail, paperboard boxes (including cereal boxes, 12-pack soft drink boxes) telephone books, shredded paper, waxed juice or milk containers
  • Plastic containers coded #1 through #3 (water, soda, juice bottles, etc.), plastic pots from nurseries, plastic bags
  • Small metal cans
  • Cardboard
  • Up to 4 tires (up to 4 tires are also eligible for curbside collection)
  • E-waste-computer hardware, computer accessories (keyboards, mice, speakers, etc.), telephones, telephone systems, security systems, cell phones/bag phones, DVD movies & video games, MP3 players, Xboxes, Playstations, Wii, Digital Cameras, Digital Video Recorders (DVRs), Digital Picture Frames, Portable Navigation & GPS Devices (such as Garmin, Magellan, Tom-Tom), printers, toner cartridges, ink jet cartridges

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March 1st 2011

Recommendations for New Orleans: Best Practices in High School Reform Panel

Recommendations for New Orleans: Best Practices in High School Reform Panel

One out of three students in Louisiana fail to graduate. Did you know that only 39 percent of black males in Louisiana graduate from high school? And that only 8 percent of black males are reading at grade level in the 8th grade? And did you know over 75 percent of New Orleans public school graduates must take remedial classes in college?

In New Orleans, we are failing to graduate students from high school and failing to prepare students to be successful in college. Young black males in our nation, state, and specifically in New Orleans are dropping out of school at alarming numbers, giving them limited life opportunities. Please join OPEN and the ONE STEP Campaign as we explore high school reform and the crisis of black male students.

March 17 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Sojourner Truth Neighborhood Center, 2200 Lafitte Street, New Orleans

Refreshments Provided

For more information contact OPEN at:

(504) 523-9800 http://www.onestepnola.org

March 1st 2011

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Announces Summer Intensive 2011 Audition Dates

NORDC/NOBA Center for Dance Announces Summer Intensive 2011 Audition Dates

Local Students to Train with renowned National Dance Artists

New Orleans, LA –The NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance (CFD), a cultural, community partnership of the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission and the New Orleans Ballet Association, will hold auditions on Saturday, March 19 for the Summer Dance Intensive that will take place at Tulane University in July.

Auditions Date & Times for Summer Intensive

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Tulane University, McWilliams Hall, 3rd Floor

Times: 10am – 12pm – Youth ages 9-12

1pm – 3pm – Youth ages 13-18 * Summer Intensive classes take place July 5 – July 29, 2011 from 9am to 4pm on Monday-Friday. * Junior Intensive classes take place July 6 – July 28, 2011 from 5pm-8pm on Monday/Wednesday/Friday.

Audition Requirements: Auditions for youth ages 9 to 18. There is NO pre-registration for the auditions and no audition fee. Students must have at least two years of ballet training. Students should come dressed to take technique classes in ballet and modern. If accepted, students must attend the entire four week camp. There is a supplies fee of $150/participant for the Summer Intensive and $75/participant for the Junior Intensive.

An extension of the CFD’s year-round pre-professional program, the Summer Intensive provides training for 90 dance students ages 9-18 with local and guest artists for four weeks. The tuition-free program, which includes technique classes in ballet, modern, and other dance forms, is designed to give advanced students the opportunities to broaden their understanding of various dance styles, to study with world renowned guest artists in an intimate, dynamic environment, and to make friends with other youth from around the region.

This year’s guest artist faculty includes Ballet Hispanico Artistic Director Eduardo Vilaro and dancers, as well as other national artists to be announced. Vilaro and Brooklyn-based choreographer Ronald K. Brown, both of whom have been part of NOBA’s Main Stage Series multiple times, handpicked the CFD as a forum for piloting and refining the educational components of Espiritu Vivo, a new Ballet Hispanico-commissioned work by Brown that explores the intersection of the African and Latino Diasporas in the Caribbean and Latin America. During the intensive, Vilaro and two Ballet Hispanico dancers will offer technique classes, a lecture, community interaction, and a series of movement studies and workshops that explore the choreographic process and cultural context developed through the new Brown work. The resulting work will be performed by the students in a culminating concert at the close of the camp.

Both Ballet Hispanico and Ronald K. Brown have worked and performed in New Orleans several times over the past few years. In November 2008, Ballet Hispanico visited New Orleans to perform on NOBA’s Main Stage and to conduct a one-week residency in New Orleans public schools. In addition, Vilaro, who was artistic director of Luna Negra Dance Theater at the time, participated in the Summer Intensives in 2005 and 2006. Ronald K. Brown’s company Evidence has appeared on NOBA’s Main Stage Series in 2002 and 2007, and conducted extensive residencies in the schools and with the CFD.

The diversity in style and training of the guest artists in this year’s Summer Intensive represents a unique opportunity for artists, students, and audiences in the New Orleans area to celebrate the excellence and outstanding repertoire of both classic and new works.

“The camp provides an opportunity for dance students throughout the area to gain access and insight into what it takes to train at such an intensive level,” said Jenny Hamilton, NOBA Executive Director. “Since the guest artists work with all levels of students, even the beginners, students as young as 9 are provided with a rare opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed artists.”

For more than a decade, the summer intensive has provided extraordinary training opportunities for students throughout the community, and has grown each consecutive year to support the demand. Past guest teachers include highly acclaimed artists from Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, Luna Negra Dance Theater, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Pilobolus, and Dance Theatre of Harlem, among others. Artists are chosen to participate in the Summer Intensive because of their deeply rooted commitment to working with youth.

“NOBA’s ongoing dedication to the NORD/NOBA Center For Dance and their passion for enhancing the lives of our children has been critical to the tremendous success and national recognition of this program,” said Vic Richard, Director of NORDC. “We’re excited to continue this partnership with NOBA and to be a part of the creativity, discipline, and imagination of our youth as they are given the opportunity and access to truly explore the arts.”

The Summer Intensive program will culminate with a public concert for the local dance community and general public. The program will feature two works by Ballet Hispanico dancers, as well as the premiere of new works developed over the residency performed by the students. The date, time, and location of the performance are TBD; for more information call NOBA at 504.522.0996.

NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance

The NORDC/NOBA Center For Dance is a cultural community partnership between the New Orleans Recreation Development Commission (NORDC) and the New Orleans Ballet Association (NOBA). Founded in 1992, The Center was born out of a need to make dance accessible to all school-age children. A program that began with just 30 students now has an enrollment of more than 350 children per semester at 7 locations citywide. With a core curriculum of ballet, classes are open to any child in Orleans Parish with a demonstrated interest in dance. Through a professional faculty, master classes by NOBA Main Stage artists and other visiting artists, a mentor program and field trips, the Center works with each child to cultivate dreams and strengthen futures. The Center is the recipient of many awards and honors for excellence, including the 2002 Coming Up Taller Award, nominated for the Big Easy Classical Arts Award for best dance performance, national grants through the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Guild of Community Schools for the Arts, among others.

This project is supported in part by a Community Arts Grant made possible by the City of New Orleans as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans; a Decentralized Arts grant from the Louisiana State Arts Council through the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts as administered by the Arts Council of New Orleans; by grant from the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with South Arts and the Louisiana Division of the Arts; and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserved great art.

March 1st 2011

Louisiana Green Corps Recruiting Jefferson Parish Youth for Workforce Training Program

Louisiana Green Corps Recruiting Jefferson Parish Youth for Workforce Training Program

LA Green Corps is a green job skills training program with a facility in Mid-City New Orleans. We are offering a free construction and weatherization training program for Jefferson Parish youth ages 18-21. Eligibility requirements:

· 18-21 years old

· Resident of Jefferson Parish with proof of address for at least one year

· Birth certificate, SS Card, Photo ID

· Proof of family income

· Desire to enter the green construction (deconstruction, insulation installation, energy efficiency upgrades, environmental remediation) industries or pursue apprenticeship.

· Willingness to commute to New Orleans everyday for training (bus tokens provided) Willingness to learn new things, change habits and get on a career path

· Youth with intellectual or developmental disabilities encouraged to apply

Types of Certifications:

· OSHA 10

· CPR/1st Aid Training

· HAZWOPER&/or Building Performance Institute Building Analyst Certification

· National Center for Construction Education & Research Certification

· EPA Lead Remediation Certification

Job placement will be upon completion of the training. This is an opportunity to earn an AmeriCorps Education Award Scholarship of a $1000. Contact Tranisha Walker at 504-613-4661 for more info and to set up an interview! http://www.lagreencorps.org.

March 1st 2011

Entergy Offers 'SmartView' to Qualified Customers Smart meter test program to help customers take control of energy usage

Entergy Offers ‘SmartView’ to Qualified Customers

Smart meter test program to help customers take control of energy usage

Customers of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. will soon receive tools to help reduce their energy usage while saving them money on their electric bills thanks to the work of the utility and the U.S. Department of Energy.Partially funded by a $5 million stimulus federal grant, the test program named SmartView is placing smart meters and other equipment in the homes of up to 7,400 customers in New Orleans – at no additional charge.

Beginning this summer, Entergy New Orleans will test smart meters, also known as Advanced Meter Infrastructure or AMI. The cutting-edge technology provides near real-time energy usage information in the convenience of the customer’s home.

“We encourage customers to take advantage of this unique opportunity that’s aimed at giving them more control over their energy usage and lowering home energy costs,” said Charles L. Rice Jr., president and chief executive officer of Entergy New Orleans, Inc. “It’s also an exciting opportunity for Entergy to test new options for energy management and to better understand the impact that smart grid technology has on our customers.”

Entergy New Orleans will partner with qualified customers and provide them with easy-to-use tools, training and information at no additional costs. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis, and registration is limited. Qualified participants must be Entergy New Orleans residential electric customers with active accounts since Jan. 1, 2010 and meet specific household income requirements.

For more information, call Entergy New Orleans toll free at 1-855-33-SMART (1-855-337-6278), visit the EntergyNew OrleansCustomerCareCenter at 3400 Canal St. in person or visit entergy-neworleans.com/smartview. Customers can also contact or visit these partnering organizations to learn more about the program:

· Catholic Charities – 2200 Lafitte St.; (504) 827-9963

· Council On Aging – 2475 Canal St., Ste. 400; (504) 821-4121

· Green Light New Orleans – 8203 Jeannette Street; (504) 324-2429

· Kingsley House – 1600 Constance St.; (504) 523-6221

· Neighborhood Development Foundation – 1429 Rampart St.;

(504) 488-0155

· Total Community Action – 1420 S. Jefferson Davis Pkwy.; (504) 827-0337

Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility serving Orleans Parish and is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. The company provides electricity to more than 150,000 customers and natural gas to more than 96,000 customers in Orleans Parish.

February 28th 2011

Melia Subdivision resident Grand Marshall of Oshun

Charles Jackson, aka Action Jackson, was chosen as the Grand Marshal of the Oshun Parade that kicked off the Mardi Gras parade season on Feb 25.
Jackson has lived in the Melia Subdivision for eight years. Jackson is also active in many local communities. He is the co-founder, along with his brother DJ Ro of Don’t Even Trip Dream Foundation. The Melia Subdivision congratulates Action Jackson as reigning Grand Marshal!

February 23rd 2011

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

Crescent City Connection Tolls, Algiers Ferry & General DeGaulle Drainage Project

Algiers Town Hall Meeting

AEDF in partnership with Sen. David Heitmeir, Rep. Jeff Arnold, Rep. Jim Tucker & New Orleans Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer

DATE:

Wednesday, February 23, 2011 TIME:

6:00PM to 8:00PM

LOCATION:

L.B. Landry High School

1200 L.B. Landry Avenue
New Orleans, LA

PRESENTERS:

Secretary Sherri LeBas and David Miller

of the Louisiana Department of

Transportation & Development

February 22nd 2011

Funeral Services for Lloyd Sensat, a much beloved preservationist, educator and raconteur

Dear friends,

It’s with great sadness that we share the news of the death of Lloyd Sensat, a much beloved preservationist, educator, and raconteur who, along with partner Gene Cizek, saved Sun Oak, one of the great Creole houses in Faubourg Marigny.

Lloyd’s beaming smile and hearty laugh were his trademarks. For the regular walking tours he offered in the warm months, Lloyd’s uniform made him readily identifiable, even from a distance: white shirt, white pants, pith helmet, and neon orange shoes. Often, his tours passed the VCPORA office, so we had the pleasure of seeing Lloyd regularly. We were also honored to have him as our speaker at the 2010 Annual Meeting.

Services for Lloyd will be this Friday, February 25 at 12:30 at Our Lady of Guadaloupe Chapel (411 N. Rampart Street). Burial will be in Bernard de Marigny’s tomb in St. Louis #1 Cemetery (Basin at St. Louis). Following the services, there will be a celebration of Lloyd’s life at Sun Oak (2020 Burgundy Street).

Our sincere condolences go out to Lloyd’s family and his many, many friends.

February 22nd 2011

Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods provides resources, community awareness

Neighborhoods Partnership Network, Concordia and the Louisiana Public Health Institute has formed a partnership to launch a new website called Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods.

This morning, various community action representatives and neighborhood activists learned more about the website that will provide resource development for healthy neighborhoods such as neighborhood health data, personalized neighborhood webpages and other useful tools and guides.

Healthy neighborhoods are those which address the broad drivers of health such as social justice in housing, education, employment as well as healthy nutrition, active living and health care services.

Neighborhood data is a function on the Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods site that will display information such as child care services, farmers markets, fire stations and grocery stores.

The new Healthy NOLA Neighborhoods site will also have mapping functions and monitor demographics provided by residents in various neighborhoods.

Read more here:
http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/pages/Neighborhoods-Partnership-Network/141757308388

February 21st 2011

Timolynn Sams joins Good Food Revolution panel

Join the Good Food Revolution
What will it take to make New Orleans ‘The City that Ended Hunger?’
Monday, February 21
7:30 pm @ KIPP Renaissance High School
(3820 St. Claude Ave. 9th Ward)

NPN Executive Director Timolynn Sams will join a a panel next week to discuss how we can work together to make New Orleans food secure.

The panel will discuss the role of urban food security and how it can work to revitalize communities, support vulnerable children, build innovation for resilience and a stronger non-profit/ justice sector.

Other scheduled panelists include Will Allen (Growing Power), Chef John Besh, Nat Turner (founder of Our School at Blair Grocery), Marco Cocito-Monoc (Greater New Orleans Foundation), Brian Dassler (Principal KIPP Renaissance), Brian Gotreaux (Sustainable Farmer), and Liz Tuckermanty (USDAs Community Food Projects)

Admission: Sliding Scale Donation to Enter
Questions? Call 831.246.4088 or 718.415.0890

February 18th 2011

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW FOR FEB. 18 STARLIGHT RACING

Greetings! Join the Press Club of New Orleans at the Fair Grounds Race Course for Starlight Racing starting at 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18!

Press Club members and guests will have access to a private tent located right next to the track where you can enjoy great music and specials on Miller Lite and Blue Moon. The cost is only $10 — and 50 percent of each ticket purchased will be donated to the Press Club of New Orleans scholarship program so please invite any and everyone you know!

To benefit the Press Club, you must purchase your ticket in advance of the event. To buy tickets, please visit the Press Club Store at http://www.pressclubneworleans.org. The tickets will be available for pickup the evening of the event at a designated Press Club of New Orleans table.

For those of you who haven’t experienced a night at the racetrack or are looking for something different to do, this is a perfect event for you. Starlight Racing brings an upscale club atmosphere to the racetrack, with live music, dancers outfitted in jockey silks, themed lighting, specialty cocktails, beer specials and lounge seating. It’s a fun opportunity for an office team build.

Who: The Press Club of New Orleans and Fair Grounds Race Course
What: Starlight Racing, benefiting the Press Club of New Orleans
When: 5-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18
Where: Fair Grounds Race Course & Slots, 1751 Gentilly Blvd., New Orleans 70119

See you at the track!

February 17th 2011

Redistricting Meeting at Dillard Thursday

Dear Community Leaders,

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.

Sincerely,
Deborah

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

http://www.nolacitycouncil.com

February 14th 2011

NPN & OPEN to Host Forum on School Governance

Wednesday, February 23rd 6-8 pm
Wilson Elementary School
3517 General Pershing St.

NPN and OPEN (Orleans Public Education Network) will host a forum featuring 4 New Orleans schools in transition and the surrounding communities as they navigate complex RSD and OPSB processes to maintain schools that are responsive to the needs of the neighborhoods they are in. The 4 schools are Colton, Frantz, Priestly, and Sarah T. Reed.

February 11th 2011

LatiNola Strategic Planning Session - Tonight! @ 5:00 pm

From LatiNola a program of Puentes New Orleans:

“LatiNola will be holding a strategic planning session THIS FRIDAY EVENING, February 11th, from 5:00-8:30pm. No worries, dinner will be provided! We will be getting together this year to redesign LatiNola to best serve the community. We understand that not all of you can make it and some of you may be late. We will be meeting in our office building (1050 S Jeff Davis Pkwy) on the third floor in the coke room. Please confirm your attendance ASAP to so we can order enough food for everybody. Feel free to bring people who have not known about us to the meeting or people who are interested in learning more/participating.”

For more on LatiNola, see http://www.latinolanow.org

February 10th 2011

New Report on TOPS and Go Grants

New Report on TOPS and Go Grants

For Louisiana to grow and prosper, we need more people to attain the skills needed to participate in a competitive economy. Those skills generally require some form of a postsecondary education, whether at a technical college, community college, or a four-year university. Unfortunately, many Louisiana students cannot afford the cost of tuition at these institutions without some form of state support.

Through its TOPS program, Louisiana has been a leader in providing financial aid to higher-education students. However, due to policy changes in 1998, TOPS was transformed from a need-based program to a merit-based program, with much of the money going to those who need it least. Spending on need-based aid is considerably out of line with that of other states. The recently enacted Go Grant program, designed to provide more need-based assistance, has been chronically underfunded.

TOPS A STRUGGLE FOR THOSE AT BOTTOM
Report finds the popular state scholarship program benefits most those who need it least; recommends policy changes to TOPS and full funding for needs-based Go Grants scholarships
A new report by the Louisiana Budget Project takes a close look at the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, or TOPS, which provides tuition assistance to Louisiana residents seeking higher education at state schools.
The report concludes the popular scholarship fund, having nearly tripled in size since 1998, has outgrown its intended purpose as an aid for economically disadvantaged scholars and become a de-facto entitlement for middle and upper-income students.
An evolution of the former Louisiana Honors Scholarship, TOPS is named for Louisiana businessman Patrick F. Taylor, whose guiding inspiration in 1988 was that access to college education be “based on the ability to learn, not the ability to pay.” In its original form, the Tuition Assistance Plan, or TAP, was restricted to low- and moderate-income students who met academic requirements including a GPA of 2.5.
Legislative changes in 1997 removed the mandated family income cap of $35,000, thus opening the scholarship fund to all academically qualifying students regardless of financial status. Since then, the taxpayer-funded program ballooned in cost from $54 million to $139 million and shifted its recipient base into the upper income brackets: Today 72 percent of all TOPS recipients come from families that make over $50,000 annually, and nearly 40 percent of TOPS scholars come from those with income over $100,000 a year.
According to analyst Tim Mathis of the Budget Project, which monitors state spending on behalf of Louisiana’s low- and moderate-income families: “This is a questionable allocation of scarce [public] resources in a state in which 56 percent of households make less than $50,000, while only 16 percent make more than $100,000.”
“It’s very discouraging,” said Budget Project Director Edward Ashworth. “What began as a helping hand to bright scholars of modest means has become more like a helping hand-out to kids who could probably pay their own way to school.”
To reduce the overall cost of TOPS and allow for greater needs-based scholarship support, the Budget Project report makes several recommendations, including a phased-in increase of academic requirements for TOPS, with a plan to funnel resulting cost savings into the under-funded Go Grants scholarship program.
For a complete list of Budget Project recommendations and more on the TOPS program in Louisiana, go to: http://www.labudget.org.

February 10th 2011

News on Nomination of Breach Sites to National Register

Few things speak more directly to the mission of Levees.org than our quest to place two levee breach sites on the National Register of Historic Places.

To help us navigate the daunting application process, we have retained historian and author Dr. Mark Barnes to assist us with nominating the 17th Street Canal breach site in the Lakeview neighborhood and the Industrial Canal (east side north) breach site in the Lower Ninth Ward.

Dr. Barnes, an associate professor at Georgia State University has worked on thousands of nominations in his 35-year career with the National Park Service.

We offered Kevin McGill of the Associated Press an exclusive to the story. He accepted and his story has appeared in many news outlets including WWL-TV, WDSU-TV, and the Times Picayune.

Click here for the story which appeared in The Birmingham News.

http://blog.al.com/wire/2011/02/hurricane_katrina_levees_group.html

Press conference In addition to Dr. Barnes, we have enlisted a team of experts and civic leaders to assist with the time-consuming nomination process including Elliot Perkins, Director of the Historic Districts Landmarks Commission for the City of New Orleans, Steve Nelson, Professor and Chair of the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University, and Rashida Ferdinand, Executive Director for Sankofa Community Development Corporation.

Click here to see the Team members enlisted thus far.

http://levees.org/team-to-nominate-levee-breach-sites-to-national-register-of-historic-places/

Soon we shall be commemorating a historic event of national significance that people all over the world saw on TV.

Thank you for your support of Levees.org.

We’re winning.

Sandy Rosenthal
Founder, Levees.org
http://www.levees.org

February 10th 2011

Rails-to-Trails Conservancy in the news

In this month’s national e-publication by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy there is a nice interview of board member Edgar Chase. Check out “Trail Voices” under the heading of “Trail Building”: https://mail.google.com/mail/?hl=en&shva=1#inbox/12e0c11bb1b65166.

Way to go, Edgar!

February 2nd 2011

City Council will vote on jail reform Thursday

We, as members of the Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition, have been meeting with various members of the City Council to educate them further about the negative impact of an oversized jail and the need to adhere to the 1,438 bed limit on OPP recommended by the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Working Group. We have shared with them loads of information, many documents, individual stories and numerous concerns expressed to us by many of you.

On Thursday Feb 3 at 3pm, the City Council will vote to adopt an ordinance that closely follows the language of the Criminal Justice Working Group’s recommendation to cap the jail size at 1,438 and to decommission and demolish the old buildings of OPP. This cap is crucial to deciding the future of our city.

Will we continue to be home of the largest per capita jail in the nation? Or will we put stock in the reforms that have been proven as best practices in public safety across the country? Now is the critical time to reach out to our elected leaders and press them to do the right thing.

Councilman Arnie Fielkow is the Council President and Councilman at Large and so his job is to represent all those who live in the city. Based on our meeting with him, we are concerned that Councilman Fielkow will defer on this issue to the leaders of the Criminal Justice Committee of the City Council. As City Council President, we want to encourage him to take a strong position and show leadership on this issue.

We are asking you to take action by contacting Councilman Fielkow to express your concerns at . Thank him for having a strong track record on supporting evidenced based reforms for better public safety. Remind him that as President, he has a responsibility to show leadership on such an important matter. Let him know that you will be following this issue and that you feel strongly that the jail should be held to a size limit of 1,438.

This is the language that we are using to express our position on the ordinance:

“We declare our support for the Land Use Ordinance pertaining to the construction of a new jail currently under consideration by the City Council. We believe that this ordinance captures the spirit of the resolution passed by the Mayor’s Criminal Justice Working Group on November 22, 2010 and is an important step in creating a safer and more humane New Orleans.”

We hope send out action alerts based on information from meetings with other councilpersons to the persons who live in their districts,too. If you haven’t already given us your address and/or council district, please respond with that information and we will work to make sure that you receive the action alert for the councilperson who represents your council district if and when we are able to schedule a meeting with him/her.

The vote will be held during the regular City Council meeting on this Thursday, February 3 at 3pm. We ask that anyone who can attend please do so to show their support. We suggest that people come with their voter registration card pinned to their shirts. If you’ve misplaced your card, you can have city hall reprint one for you before the meeting. If you don’t have one, we will also have cards that express your support for the resolution that you can pin to your shirt, too.

Thank you,

Orleans Parish Prison Reform Coalition

February 2nd 2011

Deadline Extension for Capacity College is Feb. 8

Capacity College Registration Week!

Feb. 7-14

Course Catalog will be posted on http://www.npnnola.com soon!

* Winter/Spring course offerings will be in data, communication/outreach and advocacy * Apply for NPN membership now and register for Capacity College at a discounted rate. Complete an online membership application at http://www.npnnola.com/about/view/220/membership

Download the 2011 Capacity College application now:

http://www.npnnola.com/about/view/219-333/capacity-college-application

Extended deadline is Feb.8, 2011

Submit applications to or fax to 504-940-2207.

January 26th 2011

Mayor Landrieu announces new operator for New Orleans East hospital

Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced Wednesday that the Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System will be the operator for the planned community hospital in eastern New Orleans.

Read the full story: http://npntrumpet.blogspot.com/2011/01/mayor-landrieu-announces-new-operator.html

January 26th 2011

Longtime Holy Cross Neighborhood Association member, Mrs. Laurentine Leonide Ernst, dies at 91

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 27 http://npntrumpet.blogspot.com/2011/01/longtime-holy-cross-neighborhood.html

January 26th 2011

Mayor’s group made jail decision based on bad info from Sheriff

Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman appears to have misled the public about the ownership of a key property that is part of his planned jail complex.

Gusman told a jail working group convened by Mayor Mitch Landrieu that the city owned the property. But his office has owned it since 1992, according to public records.

The distinction is important because the sheriff’s ownership of the land places him in a more powerful negotiating position with city officials over the new jail. The block is in a strategically important position.

Read more on The Trumpet Blog
http://npntrumpet.blogspot.com/2011/01/mayors-group-made-jail-decision-based.html

January 26th 2011

Town Hall Jail Forum Tonight: Will You Be There?

Read more on The Trumpet Blog at http://www.npntrumpet.blogspot.com/

January 25th 2011

City Jail Work Group Members Respond to Community Feedback with Jail Forum, Advocacy

Community leaders share their insights about the meaning and impact of different jail sizes

In light of the community conversations around the proposed expansion of Orleans Parish Prison, NPN has been asked to host another town hall forum this Wednesday, January 26 from 6pm to 8 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne in New Orleans.

Last week’s town hall forum on the jail size that NPN hosted was a huge success and we hope to connect these important conversations to the work of the NPN Advocacy Task Force.

Neighborhood Partnership Network, a nonprofit, 501c3 organization consisting of a citywide network of neighborhoods that was established after the Hurricane Katrina disaster to facilitate neighborhood collaboration, increase access to government and information, and strengthen the voices of communities across New Orleans, is pleased to sponsor this Town Hall Forum on the size of the city jail.

One of the most significant decisions that we will make as a community about our future centers directly around the city jail. At stake is more than the size of the jail, as you will hear from our guest panelists. But, what is truly at stake is the potential to make a bold statement about who we are as a community and what values we hold dear. With the size of the jail as a catalyst, we could potentially end wasteful and inefficient practices and policies that have failed for decades.

Join us as we give each panelist the opportunity to explain what each has learned from their experience as members of the mayor’s jail working group and what they believe are some of the critical issues that need to be resolved as we move forward.

BEFORE THE FORUM
Please come to the Advocacy Task Force meeting from 5pm to 6 pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Church, 5212 South Claiborne in New Orleans, which is also the location of the town hall forum.

January 21st 2011

Gain a Bright Future with Capacity College

NPN is preparing for its winter 2011 session of Capacity College! This program will include core and intermediate classes on a monthly basis starting in mid-February.

If you are a seasoned neighborhood leader or if you want to learn how to be a capable leader in your community, this is the program for you.

Come out to our information session to get your application and learn how to apply online, too. You will also have a chance to learn about our course offerings.

RSVP to attend this session at .

Information Session
Monday, January 24, 2011
NPN
4902 Canal Street
Suite 301
New Orleans, LA
504-940-2207

Refreshments will be served.

September 20th 2010

Submit your Trumpet Award Nomination by October 15!

For its third year, Neighborhoods Partnership Network is hosting the 2010 Trumpet Awards. We need you to nominate your picks for the most dedicated and effective community organizers and leaders in New Orleans. The Trumpet Awards annually honors individuals, elected officials, businesses and groups who share our vision in “making all New Orleans neighborhoods a great place to live.”

Awards will be presented in the following categories:

Good Neighbor to Neighborhoods Award recognizes the neighborhood group that best supports others by sharing their knowledge, serving as a valuable resource for other neighborhood organizers.

Neighborhood Phoenix Award recognizes the neighborhood that has had the greatest transformation in the past year, rising from the ashes to renew itself.

Best Neighborhood Councilperson is awarded to the council member who is involved and responsive to community groups in his or her district.

Best Education Advocate honors an individual or group who exemplify what it means to advocate for children in our public schools.

Best City-Neighborhood Partnership celebrates an excellent partnering between the City of New Orleans and a neighborhood that allows the neighborhood and the city to grown and prosper together.

Best Recovery Resource identifies the group who has the information, tools and/or volunteers residents need when you need them, and are key to the recovery of our community.

Best Community Beautification Project recognizes the best program wherein a group comes together to bring more beauty to a community.

Best Business Neighborhood Project recognizes the best partnership between a local business and neighborhood association.

Most Outstanding Youth Group is the youth group who works to reform the public school system and advocate for themselves.

Best Faith-Based Community Initiative honors a church, synagogue, mosque, or other religious or faith-based organization that offers opportunities for connection and leads its neighborhood in the recovery process.

Model Citizen Award is for an individual who works so hard and so tirelessly that he or she becomes an example of what is possible for our community.

Please click here to submit your nomination form to honor the individual or organization of your choice. Winners will be awarded at the 2010 November/December Trumpet Release party.

September 15th 2010

After School Program at Audubon Zoo

Attention parents & teachers! Audubon Zoo is offering a FREE after-school program, with transportation provided, for students age 13-16. Students will visit the Zoo twice weekly to experience activities designed by youth for youth; focusing on leadership, animal husbandry & conservation, as well as local and global environmental issues. Homeschoolers welcome. For more info & to register, call Veronica at 504.212.5226

August 18th 2010

President Obama Comes to New Orleans for 5th Anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

President Barack Obama, accompanied by members of his Cabinet, will travel to New Orleans on Aug. 29 to mark the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

The visit will include remarks by the president at Xavier University, where, days short of the first anniversary, then-U.S. Sen. Obama delivered the commencement address to the first class to graduate after the storm.

The announcement was welcome news for political leaders and others in the city and the region who are ever wary that the connection and commitment of a nation that was once so fixed on New Orleans and surrounding communities in the terrible wake of the disaster, is perhaps inevitably waning with each anniversary.

July 31st 2010

MAYOR LANDRIEU AND COUNCILMAN JOHNSON TO HOLD FIRST COMMUNITY MEETINGS

Next week, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and Councilman Jon Johnson will hold the first round of community meetings in District E. They will be joined by Deputy Mayors, NOPD Superintendent Ronal Serpas, NOFD Superintendent Charles Parent and department heads. These are the first in a series of community meetings to be held in each councilmanic district to discuss budget priorities.

Monday, August 2 – District E (New Orleans East)
Household of Faith Church
9300 I-10 Service Road
6:30pm – 8:00pm

Wednesday, August 4 – District E (Lower 9th Ward)
MLK Charter School
1617 Caffin Avenue
6:30pm – 8:00pm

NOTE: Doors will open at 6:00pm for both meetings.

July 30th 2010

Trumpet: September/October issue

We are proud to announce that we are preparing for our September/October issue of Trumpet Magazine and we will be spotlighting the Carrollton neighborhood.

The theme is Mobility/Transportation but we encourage you to share whatever you want the city and its residents to know about what’s happening in your neighborhood.

The deadline for the articles is Aug 20. Please forward all submissions to

July 30th 2010

PROPERTY ROLLS OPEN MONDAY, AUG. 2, 2010

The public inspection period begins August 2,
and ends August 16, 2010, Monday through
Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Those disputing an assessment are welcome to visit Assessor
Williams’ office, 4th floor Room 4E01, 1300 Perdido Street, City
Hall to discuss their concerns . Real property assessment
information is also available at http://www.nolassessors.com.
Appraisers will be available to discuss the assessed value
of your property, and to explain the assessment review and appeal
process
“If your notice from my office is addressed to you, but you no l
onger own this property, or if you are a new owner and the notice
is in the previous owner’s name, kindly return the assessment notice
with the new and corrected information to the Assessor’s office,” said
Assessor Williams.

www.nolaassessor.com

June 21st 2010

Chase Community Giving Launches Summer 2010 Online Program

Chase, the U.S. consumer and commercial banking business of JPMorgan Chase & Co., has announced the launch of its Chase Community Giving Summer 2010 program on Facebook. The program will award a total of more than $5 million to be shared among two hundred charities.

Chase Community Giving is a program that allows users to vote online for the local charities that matter most to them. By participating, users will help Chase direct corporate philanthropy dollars to eligible small and local organizations working in the focus areas of primary and secondary education, youth development, healthcare, housing, community development, the environment, combating hunger, arts and culture, human services, and animal welfare.

The first Chase Community Giving program, held earlier this year, was the most popular corporate philanthropy crowdsourcing campaign of its type. More than two million Facebook users became fans of the program and helped decide which of the more than 500,000 charities that participated should receive a share of $5 million. More than a hundred winners from thirty-one states were selected.

For the summer 2010 program, the number of charities eligible to receive awards has doubled and several new tools have been introduced. Charities will be able to edit their charity profiles and add meaningful media to help tell their stories in the form of videos and photos. In addition, badges, which users earn to indicate their commitment to their community, have been introduced. And a Gift Vote feature that lets users earn the right to give additional votes to a friend has been added.

To underscore the program’s focus on small and local organizations, 501©(3) public nonprofits with operating expenses of $1 million or less are eligible to receive funding. The top vote-receiving charities meeting the eligibility and other requirements of the program rules will receive the top grants. The eligible charity with the most votes will receive $250,000; the top four runners-up will receive $100,000 each; and the remaining eligible charities in the top two hundred will each receive $20,000. There will be one round of voting. Voting begins June 15 and ends July 12, 2010.

For more information and program requirements, visit the Summer 2010 Program Web site: http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/

June 21st 2010

Do Something Offers Change for the Children Grants

DoSomething.org has teamed up with the Jonas Brothers Change for the Children Foundation to award project grants to individuals (age 25 or younger) who are taking action in their communities across the United States and Canada.

Grants are available for sustainable community action projects, programs, or ideas. While projects that cover any cause are eligible to apply, special attention will be given to projects that focus on one of three causes — Special Olympics, diabetes awareness, and volunteerism.

Ten projects will each receive a grant of $1,500. All winners will be featured on DoSomething.org and ChangefortheChildren.org, and celebrated through various marketing platforms.

Applicants must be 25 years of age or younger and a U.S. or Canadian citizen.

Visit the Do Something Web site for complete program guidelines: http://www.dosomething.org/grants/changeforthechildren

June 21st 2010

Youth Service America Accepting Applications for Global Disney Friends for Change Grants

The Walt Disney Company and Youth Service America are inviting applications for this year’s second round of Disney Friends for Change Grants.

The Friends for Change program funds youth-led fall service projects that focus on making environmentally friendly changes and engaging youth between the ages of 5 and 18 as leaders in their community. The goal of the grant program is to inspire children to join their friends and families, schools, and communities to address critical environmental needs as “friends for change” at the local, national, and/or global levels.

The program will award seventy-five grants of $500 each to youth-led service initiatives around the world that demonstrate youth leadership and a commitment to making a positive impact on the environment. Eligible applicants will be asked to implement their projects between September and November and to connect their projects to International Coastal Cleanup Day or National Public Lands Day, both on September 25, or on other environmentally-focused days of service.

The grant program is open to schools, organizations, and individuals planning service projects. Applications submitted by younger children (ages 5 to 14) are especially welcome.

YSA will host webinars on June 29 and July 6, 2010, for potential applicants to learn more about the application process. Visit the YSA Web site:http://www.ysa.org/grants/announcements/friendsforchange2010 for further information.

May 28th 2010

Major NORD Reform To be Considered by City Council During Regular Council Meeting Tuesday

Major NORD Reform To be Considered by City Council During Regular Council Meeting Tuesday

After several years of evaluating ‘best practices’ and developing a comprehensive model for improved New Orleans recreation, the City is close to implementing a new vision for municipal recreation, which will be the subject matter of City Council consideration, Tuesday, June 1st at their scheduled meeting in the City Council Chambers, 1300 Perdido.
Once considered a national model of excellence the proposed reforms aim to return New Orleans Recreation Department to this standard of excellence.

The proposed reforms, supported by Mayor Landrieu and co-authored by all seven Councilmembers, will place NORD under the purview of a public private partnership, necessitating a charter change which will be subject to public approval. If the voters pass the Charter change in October, the new Commission will then appoint its board of directors and begin the search for a full-time executive director.

The proposed reforms also entail a significant increase of funding for the new recreation model. All of the cities with award-winning municipal recreation departments have budgets far exceeding the budget currently in place in New Orleans. The source for this new funding, which all parties understand is crucial to the initiative’s success, will be allocated through the 2011 budget process.

“I am greatly excited to work in partnership with Mayor Landrieu and my Council colleagues in implementing what I believe will be one of the most beneficial and important initiatives in New Orleans history,” said City Council President Arnie Fielkow. “The future of our City rests in our youth, and it is incumbent upon us to provide these youth and all other New Orleans citizens with a quality and equitable municipal recreation system, both in terms of facilities and programming.”

“From the beginning it has always been about the kids,” said Rod West. “We’ve set the table and now New Orleanians get to decide if we are satisfied with the status quo or whether we are willing to pay the price to be a great city for the young and young at heart,” said West

April 14th 2010

Take the Social Innovation Survey

Mayor- Elect Mitch Landrieu established the Social Innovation Task Force to address the challenges and opportunities that exist in New Orleans and to create and grow dynamic social solutions. This survey is about listening to you. We want to hear from you and learn from your perspective. Please take 5 minutes to answer the following questions. Your voice is important. Together we will improve this city for all of its residents.

If you would perfer to submit a printed survey, please return your survey to Transition New Orleans,1615 Poydras St. Suite 860. If you require additional information or assistance please contact the Transition Team at 504.529.5300

Additionally, paper surveys will be available at the following community events:
April 13th, Tuesday (Farmer’s Market at Uptown Square)
April 15th, Thursday (Farmer’s Market at American Can)
April 17th, Saturday (Farmer’s Market in the CBD)
April 18th Sunday (Franklin Ave Baptist Church)

CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY&

The Survey will be closed on April 20th.

March 17th 2010

The Trumpet Magazine Theme Announcement:

The next issue of The Trumpet Magazine (May/June 2010) will spotlight the Faubourg St. John neighborhood and focus on music, art and culture in New Orleans.

The deadline for submissions is April 20th and should be sent to: .

Here are some story ideas:
-interviews/profiles of local musicians or artists
-directory of art galleries
-stories related to cultural aspects that are specific to New Orleans
-your favorite New Orleans traditions

CLICK HERE FOR FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

March 15th 2010

New Orleans 311 Call Center Dissolved

The 311 phone reporting system that handled city issues and problems has been dissolved.

Effective immediately, please call 658-2299 to report Quality of Life issues and follow the prompts:

Press #1 for Public Works (potholes, clogged drains, missing street signs and traffic signal outages)
Press #2 for Housing / Code Enforcement (status of a hearing, report a blighted structure)
Press #3 for Environmental Health (vacant lot with high grass)
Press #4 for Department of Revenue (property tax, sales tax, occupational license, sanitation fee removal)
Press #5 for Parks & Parkways (City tree trim request or downed trees)
Press #6 for Emergency Preparedness (house elevation, hazardous mitigation, city assisted evacuation plan, Dept of Homeland Security)
Press #0 for all other Department / Agencies
To report streetlight outages, call 658.2299 and follow the prompts for streetlights. You will be directly connected with Robinson Industries, the City’s contracted streetlight repair vendor.

January 5th 2010

Trumpet Release Party Featuring Mayoral Candidates as Celebrity Bartenders!

It’s The Trumpet’s third birthday; and you won’t want to miss it!

New Orleans Mayoral Candidates will be helping us celebrate – by serving as celebrity bartenders for the event. So come out and chat it up – one of them will be your next mayor!

The Trumpet Release Party welcomes people from neighborhoods throughout New Orleans, non-profits, young professionals and local businesses. Feel free to bring your kids.

Cash Bar (wine donated by UnCorked wines )
Fresh Produce provided by Hollygrove Market and Farm
Birthday Cake provided by Fancy Cakes

The dress code is casual to business casual and all are welcome to attend.

Email to R.S.V.P. or if you have any additional questions!

January 20th
Hollygrove Market and Farm
5:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.
FREE EVENT! (but bring cash for drinks – there will not be a card machine)

December 31st 2009

Point Foundation Opens 2010 LGBT Scholarship Application Season

The Point Foundation, the nation’s largest scholarship-granting organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students of merit, has announced the opening of its 2010 application season. Students who will be enrolled in undergraduate or graduate programs for the 2010-11 school year are eligible to apply for the prestigious multiyear scholarships.

Point Foundation’s rigorous selection process requires of its candidates demonstrated academic excellence, leadership skills, community involvement, and financial need. Particular attention is paid to students who have lost the financial and social support of their families and/or communities as a result of revealing their sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

The average amount of annual support devoted to each scholar is between $25,000 and $33,000. A Point Scholarship award includes financial support as well as programmatic support in leadership training, community service, and mentoring.

Individuals selected as Point Scholars agree to maintain a high level of academic performance, attend Point’s various leadership forums, participate in press interviews, and give back to the LGBT community through the completion of an individual community service project each year. To better prepare its scholars for success in school and in society, they are matched with mentors from the professional world through Point’s Mentoring Program; mentors lend their professional expertise and career guidance and become important role models to scholars.

For information on how to apply for a Point Scholarship, visit the Point Foundation Web site.

Posted on December 17, 2009
Deadline: February 12, 2010

December 29th 2009

American Academy of Dermatology Offers Shade Structure Grants to Organizations Serving Children and Youth

The American Academy of Dermatology’s Shade Structure Program awards grants in the amount of $8,000 each for the purchase of permanent shade structures designed to provide shade and ultraviolet (UV) ray protection for outdoor areas. AAD also provides a permanent sign to be displayed near the shade structure that promotes the importance of sun safety. This is the tenth year AAD has offered the program to nonprofit organizations seeking permanent shade structures for outdoor locations that are not protected from the sun (e.g., playgrounds, pools, eating areas etc.). AAD receives support for the program from Johnson & Johnson Consumer Products Company.

To be considered for grants, applicants must be a nonprofit organization or public school that primarily serves children and teens 18 and younger; demonstrate an ongoing commitment to sun safety and skin cancer awareness by having a sun safety/skin cancer awareness program in place for at least one year prior to application; and be sponsored by an AAD member dermatologist.

AAD awards thirty to thirty-five grants each year, depending on the availability of funding.

Visit the AAD Web site for guidelines and application instructions.

Posted on December 16, 2009
Deadline: April 12, 2010

December 28th 2009

Morris Animal Foundation Announces Program to Help Shelters Help Cats

With funding from an anonymous donor, the Morris Animal Foundation has announced a Request for Proposals for projects aimed at developing methods (research, education) for preventing or treating infectious diseases that result in negative outcomes for shelter cats. The foundation is particularly interested in proposals related to feline infectious peritonitis and in projects with a training component that will increase the number of scientists working in animal health/welfare research.

MAF anticipates that a total of $250,000 will be available to fund studies for up to three years. The maximum allowable indirect cost rate is 8 percent. MAF does not pay for capital equipment exceeding $1,000 or salaries for faculty appointed to regular/tenure track, full-time, full-salaried positions. Salaries may be requested for technicians, residents, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows and other support staff based on their percentage of time involved in the study. Expenses under $3,000 for travel to scientific meetings may be included in the budget for the purpose of presenting study findings.

The complete shelter cats RFP can be downloaded at the Morris Animal Foundation Web site.

Posted on December 15, 2009
Deadline: February 5, 2010

December 22nd 2009

Nominations of Young Female Social Entrepreneurs Invited for Gladys Marinelli Coccia Awards

Youth Service America is accepting nominations for the first Gladys Marinelli Coccia Awards to recognize two young female social entrepreneurs whose initiatives serve the common good. The awards were created in memory of Gladys Coccia, who began her entrepreneurial career when she was a young girl in West Virginia and later became a very successful businesswoman in Washington, D.C.

To be eligible for the award, nominees must be between the ages of 14 and 17 on January 1, 2010; reside in the United States; have started her own social enterprise or organization; be supported by contributions of at least $1,000 (cash and/or in-kind); and have a business plan, including an itemized budget.

Special consideration will be given to nominees from West Virginia and metropolitan Washington, D.C. Self-nominations are accepted.
The award includes $2,000 for the awardee’s social enterprise and travel, lodging, and registration expenses to the National Service Learning Conference in San Jose, March 24-27, 2010. The awardee will serve as a spokesperson for YSA’s initiatives, will be invited to serve on the executive board of Girls Helping Girls, and will be provided access to YSA’s resources to support and expand social enterprise.

Program information and application are available at the YSA Web site.

Posted on December 11, 2009
Deadline: January 15, 2010

December 21st 2009

Tony Hawk Foundation Offers Grants for Skatepark Construction

The Tony Hawk Foundation makes grants to encourage and facilitate the design, development, construction, and operation of high-quality public skateparks in low-income areas across the United States.

The foundation will consider funding for skatepark projects that are designed and built by qualified and experienced skatepark contractors, include local skaters in the design process, are in low-income areas and/or areas with a high population of “at-risk” youth, can demonstrate a strong grassroots commitment to the project, have a creative mix of street obstacles and transition/vert terrain, do not require skaters or their parents to sign waivers, encourage skaters to look after their own safety and the safety of others, are open during daylight hours 365 days a year, do not charge an entrance fee, and are in areas that currently have no skateboarding facilities.

The applicant must be a 501©(3) public charity or a state or local agency, including public school systems or public projects.

Grants range from $1,000 to $25,000 each. The foundation may offer technical assistance related to design and construction, promotional materials, training materials, and safety information, and it may also facilitate support from vendors, suppliers, and community leaders.

The online application for the Spring 2010 season will be live after January 15, 2010. Visit the foundation Web site for complete program information.

Posted on December 10, 2009
Deadline: March 1, 2010

December 18th 2009

President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Invites Nominations for Coming Up Taller Awards

Coming Up Taller, an initiative of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities, works to showcase cultural excellence and enhance the availability of out-of-school arts and humanities programs to children.

The Coming Up Taller Awards recognize and support outstanding community arts and humanities programs that celebrate the creativity of America’s young people and provide them with learning opportunities and chances to contribute to their communities.

Award recipients receive $10,000 each, an individualized plaque, and an invitation to attend the annual Coming Up Taller Leadership Enhancement Conference. In addition, thirty-five exceptional youth arts and humanities programs across the country receive a Semifinalist Certificate of Excellence.

Awards are given to organizations for a specific program or programs. In some cases, the organization and program may be the same.

To be eligible, nominated programs should operate as a program for children and youth outside the school day; use one or more disciplines of the humanities or the arts as the core content of its program(s); concentrate on children and youth who live in family and community circumstances that limit their opportunities (underserved children and youth are the primary participants in the program); involve children and youth as active participants in the arts or humanities experience; provide participants with regularly scheduled sessions on an ongoing basis; integrate arts or humanities education programs with youth development goals; have been operational since January 2006 for a minimum of five years (including 2010); be a nonprofit tax-exempt 501©(3) organization, unit of state or local government, or federally recognized tribal community or tribe; and be in good standing if a recipient of a federal grant.

Visit the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities Web site for complete program information.

Posted on December 10, 2009
Deadline: January 29, 2010

December 17th 2009

National Film Preservation Foundation Announces Registration Deadlines for Basic Preservation Grants

The National Film Preservation Foundation is accepting applications for its Basic Preservation Grants. These cash grants are awarded to nonprofit and public institutions for laboratory work to preserve culturally and historically significant film materials.

Grants are available to public and nonprofit institutions in the United States that provide public access to their collections, including those that are part of federal, state, or local government. The grants target orphan films made in the United States or by American citizens abroad and not protected by commercial interests. Materials originally created for television or video are not eligible, including works produced with funds from broadcast or cable television entities.

The grant must be used to pay for new laboratory work involving the creation of new film preservation elements (which may include sound tracks) and two new public access copies, one of which must be a film print. The grant does not fund HD transfers.

Awards generally range from $3,000 to $18,000 each.

Visit the NFPF Web site for complete program guidelines.

Posted on December 11, 2009
Deadline: February 12, 2010 (Registration)

December 16th 2009

American Federation for Aging Research Accepting Applications for Medical Student Training in Aging Research Program

Administered by the American Federation for Aging Research and the National Institute on Aging, the 2010 Medical Student Training in Aging Research (MSTAR) Program provides medical students early in their training with an enriching experience in aging-related research and geriatrics under the mentorship of top experts in the field.

Students participate in an eight- to twelve-week structured research, clinical, and didactic program in geriatrics appropriate to their level of training and interests. Students may train at a national training center supported by the National Institute on Aging or, for a limited number of students, at their own institution. Research projects are offered in basic, clinical, or health services research relevant to older people. Most scholars will do their training and research during the summer months.

Any allopathic or osteopathic medical student in good standing who will have successfully completed one year of medical school at a U.S. institution by June 2010 is eligible to apply. Applicants must be citizens or non-citizen nationals of the United States, or must have been lawfully admitted for permanent residence.

Visit the AFAR Web site for complete program information.

Posted on December 9, 2009
Deadline: February 5, 2010

December 15th 2009

Miley Cyrus and Youth Service America Launch Global Grants Program for Young Volunteers

Deadline: February 22, 2010

Entertainer Miley Cyrus has partnered with Youth Service America to create Get Ur Good On, a social network that brings together youth to support each other in their mission to do good in their communities. As part of the program, YSA will launch Get Ur Good On Grants to fund youth-led service initiatives on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, 2010.

Available to children and youth (ages 5 to 25) around the world, YSA’s Get Ur Good On Grants will award a hundred grants of $500 each to support projects that address critical community issues such as poverty, education, and environmental sustainability.

Visit the YSA Web site for a program eligibility quiz and application instructions.

December 14th 2009

Starbucks Foundation Offers Support for Young Social Entrepreneurs

A program of the Starbucks Foundation, the Starbucks Shared Planet Youth Action Grants program is designed to help young people realize their natural potential to reinvent their local communities. The program is the primary vehicle through which the Starbucks Foundation invests in communities globally as part of the Starbucks Shared Planet commitment to communities. Since launching the grants program in 2007, more than $1.5 million in total has been invested in youth-led initiatives around the world.

The Starbucks Foundation will solicit applications from organizations that provide young people (ages 6 to 24) with a continuum of service opportunities in social entrepreneurship. To be eligible, U.S. applicants must be tax-exempt, 501©(3) nonprofit organizations. Applicants outside the United States must be charitable in purpose and identified as nongovernmental organizations or the equivalent of a tax-exempt nonprofit organization.

Grants will range from $10,000 to $25,000 each for one year.

The foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals. Interested organizations may submit an online profile. The foundation reviews these profiles periodically and will contact those organizations about which it is interested in learning more. The Starbucks Foundation reviews the submissions on a quarterly basis; there are no deadlines for the submission of organization profiles.

For more information, visit the Starbucks Foundation Web site.

December 11th 2009

Sprint Character Education Grant Program Seeks to Support Positive Development of Young People

Sprint has announced the 2010 entry dates for the Sprint Character Education Grant Program, its annual character-education grant program for schools and school districts across the United States. The 2010 program will run from January 4 through February 5, 2010.

Now in its third year, the program awards Sprint Foundation grants to school districts and individual schools in support of resources that facilitate and encourage character education among K-12 students. The program is open to all U.S. public schools (K-12) and U.S. public school districts.

In 2010, the grant program will award individual-school grants between $500 and $5,000 each and school-district grants between $10,000 and $25,000 each. In 2009, the Sprint Foundation awarded more than $450,000 in combined grants to schools and school districts through the program.

The program will accept applications for character-education programs that promote and/or address youth leadership, youth volunteerism, a positive school culture, and drop-out prevention.

For additional information, a list of previous winners, and application instructions, visit the Sprint Web site.

December 10th 2009

National Geographic All Roads Film Project Offers Seed Grants for Indigenous Storytellers

The All Roads Film Project is a National Geographic initiative dedicated to helping indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture storytellers around the world showcase their works and promote greater knowledge, dialogue, and understanding with a broader, global audience. All Roads includes a film festival, photography program, and seed-grant program.

The seed-grant program is open to indigenous and underrepresented minority-culture filmmakers as well as filmmakers who can demonstrate that they have been designated by indigenous or minority communities to tell their story. Grants funds should be used toward the development and production of a feature film, long documentary, short documentary, shorts, animation, or music video.

The program awards grants ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 to up to sixteen film projects annually. Funding may be used for equipment, travel for field research, editing time, etc.

Submission deadlines are quarterly on the 15th of March, June, September, and December.

Visit the All Roads Web page for complete guidelines and application instructions.

December 9th 2009

Haitian Memorial Foundation Invites Pierre Toussaint Art and Essay Entries

The New York City-based Haitian Memorial Foundation identifies and creates commemorative markers that locate Haitian history, historic persons, and presence by funding and maintaining public art, monuments, and sites consciousness in the built and natural environment that recognize the contributions of Haiti and Haitian descendants in the global community.

The foundation seeks proposals for three programs:

Pierre Toussaint Monument Project in New York: The foundation seeks an artist or team of artists to develop artwork or aesthetic installation in New York City to memorialize Pierre Toussaint, the formerly enslaved African from Haiti/Saint-Domingue who was brought to colonial New York in 1787 by his French master. A devout Catholic, the freed hairdresser performed numerous charitable acts and is currently being considered for canonization by the Vatican. Toussaint would be the second American saint and the first saint of African descent from the Americas. The project budget, including artists design fee, materials, installation, travel, and expenses, is $500,000. (Deadline: December 28, 2009.)

Pierre Toussaint Art Sculpture Award for the Pierre Toussaint Humanitarian Award 2010: The foundation seeks an artist/sculptor to create a three-dimensional bust sculpture of Pierre Toussaint to be presented to the winners of the Pierre Toussaint Humanitarian Award 2010. The project budget, including artist’s renderings and design fees, materials, fabrication, and delivery/travel expenses, is $8,000. (Deadline: December 10, 2009.)

Pierre Toussaint Essay Contest: The foundation seeks the national involvement of all American high school students to enter an essay competition on Pierre Toussaint. Essays should evoke a solid understanding and appreciation of Toussaint and his achievements. Essays may be submitted in either English or French and must not exceed 1,500 words. The three winners will each receive a plaque and cash award. (Deadline: April 30, 2010.)

Visit the Haitian Memorial Foundation Web site for complete information on each of these programs.

December 8th 2009

Sundance Documentary Fund Announces Deadlines for Spring 2010 Grants Round

Posted on December 3, 2009
Deadline: February 9, 2010

The Sundance Documentary Fund, a program of the Sundance Institute Documentary Film Program, is dedicated to supporting U.S. and international documentary films that focus on current human rights issues, freedom of expression, social justice, civil liberties, and critical issues of our time. In supporting such work, the fund seeks to encourage the diverse exchange of ideas crucial to developing an open society, raise public consciousness about human rights abuses and restrictions of civil liberties, and foster an ongoing dialogue about these issues.

The fund considers proposals in two categories:

Development grants of up to $20,000 each to filmmakers whose projects are in the early research or pre-production stage. A previous directing sample is generally required.

Production and post-production grants ranging from $20,000 to $75,000 to filmmakers in various stages of the production and post-production stages. Applications should generally include at least twenty minutes of continuously edited material.

Proposals are evaluated on artful storytelling, stylistic innovation, subject relevance, and potential for social engagement. The fund will only consider projects that range in length from full broadcast hour to long format feature.

The deadline for the Spring 2010 funding round is February 9, 2010. Complete program guidelines and online application instructions will be available at the Sundance Institute Web site.

December 7th 2009

Aaron Copland Fund for Music Announces Updated Grant Guidelines for Recording Program

Posted on December 3, 2009
Deadline: January 15, 2010

The Aaron Copland Fund for Music seeks to encourage and improve public knowledge and appreciation of contemporary American music.

The fund’s Recording Program provides grants to document and provide wider exposure for the music of contemporary American composers; develop audiences for contemporary American music through record distribution and other retail markets; and support the release and dissemination of recordings of previously unreleased contemporary American music and the reissuance of recordings that are no longer available. The program does not make grants for the purpose of commissions to composers.

Proposals may be submitted by nonprofit professional performance ensembles, presenting institutions, and nonprofit or commercial recording companies. Performance ensembles and presenting institutions must include a Letter of Intent from a recording company or other established physical copy and/or online distribution entity. Compositions for the proposed recording must be completed by the postmark deadline.

Reissue projects are eligible only if the reissuance involves a change of label or significant re-mastering.

Recordings that will be distributed primarily by downloads are eligible. Recordings that will be distributed primarily by streaming are generally not eligible, but exceptions will be made for streaming projects that involve high-caliber works that would otherwise be unavailable.

In general, grants will not exceed $20,000 each. Recordings must be released within two years of an award being paid.

Visit the Copland Fund Web site for complete program information.

November 23rd 2009

Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund Invites Letter of Intent From New Orleans Youth Organizations

The United States Golf Association’s For the Good of the Game Grants Initiative works to create opportunities in the lives of underserved juniors and individuals with disabilities through the game of golf.

The USGA is currently accepting grant applications for 2010 junior golf program support.

The USGA will consider funding requests for the following items provided the applicant is committed to the goals of the “For the Good of the Game” program and its target population(s): golf course access and practice range access; golf instruction; golf equipment; transportation provided for participants to attend programming; and certain construction costs for alternative, beginner-friendly golf courses and golf facilities in areas where there are obstacles to affordable access to the game.

Funding amounts vary. All grant recipients must be tax-exempt 501©(3) organizations or government entities such as schools or municipalities.

Note: The USGA expects to have information available on grant requests for individuals with disabilities no later than January 2010.

See the USGA Web site for complete program information.

Posted on November 19, 2009
Deadline: December 20, 2009 (Letters of Intent)

November 23rd 2009

PeyBack Foundation Announces 2011 Grant Guidelines to Support Programs for Disadvantaged Children

The PeyBack Foundation, a public nonprofit corporation, was established by professional football player Peyton Manning in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth (ages 6 to 18) by assisting programs that provide leadership growth and opportunities for children at risk.

Requests for grants are accepted only from agencies and organizations actively working to advance the welfare of disadvantaged children in Indiana, Tennessee, and New Orleans metropolitan areas. The foundation will not consider applications from groups outside these geographic areas. Applicant organizations must have 501©(3) tax-exempt status. For a program to be considered for funding, a significant majority of children being served must be economically disadvantaged.

The foundation prefers to fund programs that have a direct benefit to children through relationships and activities, promote positive interaction with peers and adults, provide opportunities for children to be creative, promote youth and life skills development, develop social skills, provide physical activity, and offer meaningful community involvement.

The foundation does not fund fundraising and sponsorship events, projects/groups benefiting an individual or just a few individuals, building/renovating expenses, travel of individuals or groups, re-granting organizations, post-event fundraising, multi-year gifts, or any meeting, conference, workshop, or seminar expenses.

Starting with the 2011 grant cycle, organizations that have been funded three years in a row (2008, 2009, 2010) are asked to wait until February 2012 to apply again. Requests for funding are limited to one request per organization

Most grants will range between $1,500 and $10,000 each.

Visit the foundation’s Web site for current grant guidelines and application.

Posted on November 20, 2009
Deadline: February 1, 2010

November 23rd 2009

Institute of Museum and Library Services and NASA Invite Museums and Libraries to Apply for Space Shuttle Artifacts

The Institute of Museum and Library Services invites museums and libraries to apply for free NASA space shuttle artifacts, including small items such as astronaut helmets, gloves, and boots, and large items such as shuttle motion-based simulators and crew compartment trainers. NASA will retire the Space Shuttle Program at the end of 2010, and seeks to help the public learn about space exploration through museum and library exhibitions.

Eligible institutions include museums attended by the public and free libraries serving all residents of a community, district, state, or region. Museums and libraries must first be determined as eligible through the State Agency for Surplus Property in their state. Artifacts, which will be released as they are no longer needed by the Space Shuttle program, may be viewed by eligible institutions that have been given log-on and password information at the program’s Web site: http://gsaxcess.gov/NASAWel.htm.

The artifacts are free, but eligible recipients must cover shipping and special handling fees. Shipping fees on smaller items will be relatively inexpensive, while larger items may involve extensive disassembly, preparation, shipping, and reassembly costs.

The artifacts are offered in batches. For eligible museums and libraries, the current screening period ends November 29, 2009. A new batch of artifacts will be made available in January 2010.

Visit the IMLS Web site for the program announcement and access to program resources.

Posted on November 18, 2009
Deadline: Rolling

November 23rd 2009

Chamber Music America Invites Applications From Member Organizations for Residency Partnership Program

Chamber Music America’s residency partnership program supports live ensemble music in rural, urban, and suburban communities across the United States. Dynamic collaborations and non-traditional partnerships among ensembles, presenters, and community-based organizations are encouraged. The program is open to ensemble and presenter members of Chamber Music America.

Residency projects may include workshops, ensemble coaching sessions, lecture/demonstrations, and/or concerts that are not part of a regular series. The length of the collaborative project ranges from a minimum of three days to one year. Support ranges from 50 percent to 80 percent of proposed costs. These may include cash from other grants, earned income, in-kind donations, or an allocation from the organization’s general operating funds.

Short-term projects — a minimum of three days with a minimum of three residency activities — are eligible for grants of from $2,500 to $6,000 each. Extended projects — a minimum of ten activities over a period of one month to a year — are eligible for grants of from $5,000 to $12,000 each.

In addition, one recipient will be selected each year from the string quartet applicants to CMA’s Residency Partnership Program for the Guarneri String Quartet grant, an annual residency grant for a string quartet.

Visit the CMA Web site for program guidelines and CMA membership information.

Posted on November 18, 2009
Deadline: February 12, 2010

November 11th 2009

Echoing Green Opens Application Period for Social Entrepreneur Fellowships

Posted on October 26, 2009
Deadline: December 2, 2009

Each year, Echoing Green awards twelve to fifteen two-year fellowships to social entrepreneurs. Fellows receive seed funding and technical support to turn their innovative ideas into sustainable social change organizations.

Echoing Green seeks individuals or partnerships (organizations led by two people) with innovative solutions to significant social problems; strategies to create high-impact, sustainable change in people’s lives; and the ability to grow and lead a new organization.

The application process is open to citizens of all nationalities working in any country. Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, and must have sufficient English fluency to participate in interviews and Echoing Green events.

Organizations must be the original idea of the applicant, and must be independent and autonomous. (Organizations cannot be considered independent or autonomous if they are started under the direction of an existing organization.) Organizations must be in a start-up phase. To be considered a start-up, the applicant may have been running the organization full-time for approximately two years, and Echoing Green’s financial support should qualify it as a major/primary early funder. Applicants who have only worked on their organization on a part-time basis or have yet to start an organization are generally considered eligible. Applicants must make a full-time commitment to the organization’s development.

Fellows receive up to $90,000 ($60,000 for individuals and $90,000 for partnerships of two people) in seed funding over two years.

Visit the Echoing Green Web site for complete eligibility information, application materials, and profiles of fellows and their projects.

November 11th 2009

Nominations Invited for 2010 Tech Awards

Posted on November 1, 2009
Deadline: March 31, 2010 (Nominations)

An annual program of the Tech Museum of Innovation, the Tech Awards are designed to inspire global engagement in applying technology to humanity’s most pressing problems. The awards recognize individuals, organizations, and companies from around the world that are utilizing innovative technology solutions to address urgent issues in the areas of education, equality, environment, health, and economic development.

Each year, candidates are nominated and then invited to submit applications. Individuals, for-profit companies, and not-for-profit organizations are eligible. Self-nominations are accepted.

International panels of judges will review the applications and select fifteen laureates. Awards will be presented in five categories — health, education, environment, economic development, and equality. Three laureates in each category will be honored and one laureate per category will receive $50,000. Laureates will be honored at an annual gala event and inducted into the Tech Awards Network. The goal of the program is to create opportunities for learning, networking, and exposure to assist the laureates in furthering their work.

Nominations are accepted year-round. The 2010 deadline for nominations is March 31, 2010. Nominees that meet the eligibility guidelines will be invited to submit a more detailed application.

“Visit the Tech Awards Web site for complete program information.”: http://techawards.thetech.org/nominate/

November 11th 2009

Clorox Announces New Grant Initiative to Fund Youth Programs

Posted on November 5, 2009
Deadline: November 29, 2009

Clorox Clean-Up, a product of the Clorox Company , has announced that its new Power A Bright Future program will award five grants of $10,000 each to kids’ programs in hopes of enriching the lives of youth across the United States.

The program invites individuals to nominate nonprofit youth programs for a Power A Bright Future grant by submitting a photo and short essay about the project. A panel of children’s advocates will review all submissions and select fifty finalists. From December 7 to January 17, 2010, the public will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite finalist’s program. The final five will be announced by the end of January. Each winner will receive a $10,000 grant to help the project grow.

For more information about the Power A Bright Future grant program, including official contest rules and entry guidelines, visit the program’s Facebook page.

November 11th 2009

Black Metropolis Research Consortium Announces Two Fellowship Programs in African American Studies

Posted on November 5, 2009
Deadline: January 11, 2010

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium is an unincorporated Chicago-based association of libraries, universities, and other archival institutions. Its mission is to make broadly accessible its members’ holdings of materials that document African-American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics, with a specific focus on materials relating to Chicago.

The Black Metropolis Research Consortium is accepting applications for two fellowship programs:

With support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the BMRC short-term fellowship program in African-American studies supports scholars, professional artists, and writers who wish to conduct research in BMRC member institutions’ collections relating to African-American and African diasporic culture, history, and politics. The fellowship period is for one or two months during the summer of 2010. Fellows will receive a stipend of $3,000 per month to conduct research in Chicago. Qualified scholars, composers, media artists, musicians, visual artists, and writers are encouraged to apply. Priority will be given to applicants who wish to conduct research at more than one of BMRC’s member or associate member institutions.

BMRC is also administering the Timuel D. Black, Jr. Short-Term Fellowship in African American Studies. The Timuel D. Black, Jr. Fund, a standing committee of the Vivian G. Harsh Society, Inc., is providing short-term research fellowships related to the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature housed at the Carter G. Woodson Regional Library of the Chicago Public Library. The fellowship program supports scholars, writers, educators, and institutional researchers who would benefit from research conducted at the Vivian G. Harsh Collection. The fellowship period is for one or two months during the summer of 2010. Fellows will receive a stipend of $2,000 per month while conducting research in Chicago.

Visit the Black Metropolis Research Consortium Web site for complete program information.

November 11th 2009

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Pew Charitable Trusts Announce Health Impact Project

Posted on October 30, 2009
Deadline: Open

A collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trust, the Health Impact Project is intended to encourage the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to help decision-makers better assess proposed policies, projects, and programs with respect to their impact on health so that they may avoid adverse health consequences and costs and improve health. The program partners have issued a call for proposals to demonstrate the effectiveness of HIAs and promote their incorporation into local, state, tribal, and federal decision-making.

Eligible applicant organizations include: state, tribal or local agencies; tax-exempt educational institutions; and publicly supported charitable organizations that are exempt from federal income tax as an organization described by section 501©(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Applicant organizations must be located in the United States or its territories at the time of application.

Up to fifteen demonstration projects will be awarded in this round of funding. Grants will range from $25,000 to $150,000 and must be completed within twenty-four months. Proposals for more than $150,000 may be considered under rare and exceptional circumstances. Grants are awarded on a rolling basis; proposals may be submitted at any time.

Complete program information is available at the RWJF Web site.

November 11th 2009

ING Unsung Heroes Program Offers Grants for K-12 Educational Projects

Posted on October 29, 2009
Deadline: April 30, 2010

The ING Unsung Heroes program annually provides grants to K-12 educators utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning.

Each year, educators submit applications for an ING Unsung Heroes grant by describing projects they have initiated or would like to pursue. Each project is judged on its innovative method, creativity, and ability to positively influence students.

One hundred finalists will be selected to receive a grant of $2,000 each, payable to both the winning teacher and his or her school. At least one grant will be awarded in each of the fifty states, provided at least one qualified application is received from each state. Of the hundred finalists, three are selected for additional financial awards — $25,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place.

All K-12 education professionals are eligible to apply. Applicants must be employed by an accredited K-12 public or private school located in the United States and be full-time educators, teachers, principals, paraprofessionals, or classified staff with effective projects that improve student learning.

Visit the ING Web site for complete program information.

November 11th 2009

Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation Invites Nominations for Inclusion Champion Award

Posted on October 29, 2009
Deadline: May 1, 2010

The Mitsubishi Electric America Foundation works to help young people with physical, mental, or learning disabilities to lead full and productive lives.

The MEAF Inclusion Champion Award honors individuals who have made significant efforts to promote the full inclusion of youth with disabilities in society. The focus of the efforts may include, but is not limited to, helping to create a culture of inclusion within an organization or community or developing innovative strategies for inclusive programming in school activities, after-school programs, community service, and leadership development.

The Inclusion Champion is selected each year by a panel of experts in the field, and is presented during the Kids Included Together annual conference. The award consists of a trophy and $1,000 donated to the charity of the awardee’s choice.

Criteria for selection include evidence that the nominee’s efforts have changed attitudes, increased inclusion, made a measurable impact on the lives of young people with and without disabilities, and promoted sustainability of inclusion outcomes.

Visit the MEAF Web site for complete nomination materials.

November 11th 2009

Terra Foundation Offers Summer Residency in France for Artists and Scholars

Posted on October 29, 2009
Deadline: January 15, 2010

The Terra Foundation for American Art annually offers ten summer fellowships to artists and scholars from the United States and Europe. The residency is designed to provide participants with an opportunity for the independent study of American art within a framework of interdisciplinary exchange and dialogue. The setting for the program is the village of Giverny, France, located less than an hour from Paris.

These fellowships are awarded to artists who have completed their studies at the master’s level and to doctoral students engaged in research on American art (from the eighteenth century to the 1980s). During their eight-week stay, senior artists and art historians are in residence to mentor fellows and pursue their own work.

Applicants must be nominated by a professor at an academic institution. Eligible applicants are American and European doctoral candidates researching a subject that contains a significant American art component, or that examines artistic exchange between America and Europe; and American and European artists who have completed a master’s program (or its equivalent) in mixed media and/or painting. All applicants are expected to be fluent in English. Knowledge of French is desirable, but not required.

Each Terra Summer Residency Fellow is provided with lodging and study or studio space, daily lunches, and a program consisting of independent study, meetings, and seminars. Terra Summer Residency fellows are awarded a stipend of $5,000 and artists receive an additional $200 for the purchase of materials.

Visit the Terra Foundation Web site for complete program guidelines.

November 11th 2009

More Affordable Housing in Mid-City

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas (FHLB Dallas) and First NBC Bank awarded a $500,000 Affordable Housing Program (AHP) grant to Gulf Coast Housing Partnership (GCHP) to renovate a vacant, flooded apartment complex, creating 108 units of affordable and supportive housing. The historic Sacred Heart High School was previously converted to an assisted living facility for seniors, which has been vacant since Hurricane Katrina floodwaters damaged the property in 2005.
GCHP is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote housing production and community redevelopment in areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. This project, to be known as 3222 Canal, is located in an area with a high demand for affordable housing, and the grant will help bridge the funding costs for renovations.

“There has always been a need for affordable and supportive housing in New Orleans, and especially since Hurricanes Katrina and Rita,” said Noel Henderson-James, Project Manager at GCHP. “By renovating historic and abandoned structures, we are bringing the buildings back into commerce and improving the surrounding neighborhood.”

The structure will offer affordable housing units for very low- to low-income individuals, as well as supportive housing for the homeless and those living with special needs.

“The redevelopment of the former Sacred Heart School continues the major revitalization of the famous Canal Street of New Orleans since the flooding of Hurricane Katrina. We thank the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas for its key role in making this project possible,” said Ashton J. Ryan, Jr., President of First NBC Bank.

The project remains in the initial planning stage, and construction is scheduled to begin in March 2010.

Each year, the FHLB Dallas returns 10 percent of its profits to the communities served by member institutions in the form of AHP grants issued through its member financial institutions. As of September 30, 2009, FHLB Dallas has awarded $8.4 million to projects within its five-state District, including more than $2.1 million to projects in Louisiana, resulting in the creation or renovation of 332 housing units in the state.

For more information about FHLB Dallas programs, please contact the Corporate Communications Department at 214.441.8445.

About the Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas

The Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas is one of 12 district banks in the FHLBank System created by Congress in 1932. FHLB Dallas, with total assets of $67.3 billion as of September 30, 2009, is a member-owned cooperative that supports housing and community development by providing competitively priced loans and other credit products to more than 900 members and associated institutions in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, New Mexico and Texas. For more information, visit the FHLB Dallas web site at fhlb.com.

CONTACT: Federal Home Loan Bank of Dallas Corporate Communications (214) 441-8445 http://www.fhlb.comhttp://www.benzinga.com/press-releases/g38998/fhlb-dallas-and-first-nbc-bank-award-500-000-grant-to-gulf-coast-housing-partn

October 21st 2009

Vote Now: Trumpet Awards

Follow this LINK to vote for the 2009 NPN Trumpet Awards!

October 19th 2009

Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries Accepting Applications From School Libraries

In order to promote a love of reading, the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries works to provide books to the school libraries and students that most need them.

The foundation makes grants of up to $6,000 each to update, extend, and diversify the book collections of school libraries. All LBF grants are made to individual schools rather than to school districts, county systems, private organizations, foundations, or other entities. LBF gives selection preference to schools in which 90 percent or more of the students receive free or reduced lunches and are likely to have the fewest books at home.

Foundation funds are available only for library books and magazine/serial copies and subscriptions. The Laura Bush Foundation is unable to honor requests for staffing, shelving, furniture, equipment, software, videos, classroom book sets or any kind of book guides, tests, or exams. Only one application per school is allowed per year.

Libraries at public and private schools are eligible to apply.

Deadline: December 31, 2009

Visit the LBF Web site for complete program information and application instructions.

October 19th 2009

Fund for Teachers Accepting Applications for 2010 Summer Education Grants

Fund for Teachers invites educators from across the United States to design and submit proposals for their own educational adventures next summer.

The program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to pursue areas of personal and professional interest and bring their experiences back to the classroom for the benefit of their students. Eligible projects include tours, conferences, and independent studies anywhere in the world.

The program offers individual grants of up to $5,000 each and team grants of up to $10,000 each for the summer of 2010.

Deadline: January 29, 2010

“Visit the Fund for Teachers Web site for detailed information about the schools/districts eligible for Fund for Teachers grants and for complete application guidelines.”:

October 19th 2009

Fund for Teachers Accepting Applications for 2010 Summer Education Grants

Fund for Teachers invites educators from across the United States to design and submit proposals for their own educational adventures next summer.

The program is designed to provide educators with the opportunity to pursue areas of personal and professional interest and bring their experiences back to the classroom for the benefit of their students. Eligible projects include tours, conferences, and independent studies anywhere in the world.

The program offers individual grants of up to $5,000 each and team grants of up to $10,000 each for the summer of 2010.

Deadline: January 29, 2010

Visit the Fund for Teachers Web site for detailed information about the schools/districts eligible for Fund for Teachers grants and for complete application guidelines.

October 19th 2009

MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship Seeks Nominations of Exceptional University-Based Community Outreach Programs

The Talloires Network, an international association of universities committed to ensuring that higher education strengthens communities the world over, and the MacJannet Foundation have announced that nominations are being accepted for the second annual MacJannet Prize for Global Citizenship.

The prize recognizes exceptional university-based programs around the world that encourage active citizenship and student leadership. The prize is designed to raise awareness of higher education’s distinctive role and responsibilities in benefiting both local and international communities through understanding, outreach, and service.

Eight prizes will be awarded in 2010 — a first prize of $5,000, two second prizes of $2,500 each, and five third prizes of $1,000 each. Prize money will be used to further the goals and strengthen the impact of the awarded programs. Winning programs will demonstrate exemplary service in addressing an issue of global significance such as threats to public health in the developing world, efforts to promote literacy, or assisting the economic development of distressed communities.

Only programs originating from member institutions of the Talloires Network are eligible for the prize. Nominations will be accepted from students, faculty, staff, or administrators at member institutions. Leaders of higher education institutions around the world are invited and encouraged to join the Talloires Network.

Deadline: December 15, 2009

For additional information on the MacJannet Prize or the Talloires Network, visit the Talloires Network Web site.

October 19th 2009

Youth Service America Seeks State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant Applications

Youth Service America is accepting applications for State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grants to support service-learning projects that culminate on Global Youth Service Day, April 23-25, 2010.

School and community educators across the United States and Canada (select provinces) can apply for up to $1,000 in funding for youth-led projects. Service-learning is a teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with academic study and reflective practice to enrich learning, build civic engagement, and strengthen communities. State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning grant applicants are encouraged to develop projects that launch on Martin Luther King Day of Service, January 18, 2010, and culminate on the weekend of GYSD, April 23-25, 2010.

Deadline: November 9, 2009

For the State Farm Good Neighbor Service-Learning Grant application form, visit the YSA Web site.

October 19th 2009

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Arts Program Accepting Applications for Fund for National Projects

As part of its initiative to help strengthen the national performing arts sector, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation’s Arts Program will support select national projects that strengthen the health of the dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields.

The foundation’s Fund for National Projects supports projects that strengthen the national infrastructure of the professional nonprofit dance, jazz, presenting, and/or theater fields; or improve conditions for the national community of performing artists in professional nonprofit dance, jazz, and theater.

National projects engage a broad national constituency, occur once (or periodically) rather than annually, and have the potential to significantly impact a field. Eligible projects include research projects assessing the national health of professional nonprofit arts groups or of individual professional artists; special national convenings for entire professional nonprofit performing arts fields (beyond traditional national annual conferences); and special projects that address unique circumstances that affect an entire professional nonprofit field.

Single nonprofit organizations and consortia are both eligible to apply.

From 2009 through 2011, the fund will award a total of up to $1 million in grants each year to support key national projects. Grants range from $60,000 to $200,000 each and cannot exceed 40 percent of a project’s total cost.

The arts program staff reviews letters of inquiry on a rolling basis. Deadlines for letters of inquiry are November 1 and May 1, with full proposal deadlines (upon invitation) due no later than December 1 and June 1, respectively.

Deadline: November 1, 2009 and May 1, annually (Letters of Inquiry)

Visit the DDCF Web site for complete program information.

October 19th 2009

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Accepting Applications for 2010 Institutional Grants

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences funds the Institutional Grants Program to assist in fostering educational activities between the public and the film industry while encouraging the appreciation of motion pictures as both an art form and a vocation.

Academy Institutional Grants are awarded only to nonprofit film organizations and to film programs within schools, colleges, universities, and other institutions and nonprofit organizations. Grants are not awarded to individuals or to for-profit companies or organizations.

Eligible programs include but are not limited to craft workshops and conferences in which college students and/or adults are trained in one or more of the various craft fields of film production (directing, cinematography, screenwriting, editing, etc.); internship programs in which college students are placed in professional environments outside of their schools, either on film productions or in film-related offices; library and archival projects in which the papers of filmmakers are preserved and/or made available to the public; screening programs, especially those in which filmmakers interact with audiences; seminar programs, in which film professionals discuss their work and/or particular aspects of the creation and distribution of films; teacher training programs, in which production techniques and/or film appreciation information is presented for teachers to take back to their classrooms; training/bridge programs, in which college students and/or adults are trained for and then placed in film industry jobs (this includes mentoring programs); and visiting artist programs, especially those in which a filmmaker spends several days in residence at a college, university or media center.

Grants are not awarded to cover the expenses of producing a film or to film festivals. (The academy has a separate festival grants program.)

Deadline: January 15, 2010

“Visit the academy Web site for complete program guidelines and application.”: http://www.oscars.org/education-outreach/grants/institutional/index.html

October 2nd 2009

Samsung's Four Seasons of Hope Offers Technology Donation Competition for U.S. Schools

Students, parents, and teachers across the United States are invited to help improve technology in classrooms by submitting a brief essay for the opportunity to receive a portion of over $1 million in technology from Samsung Electronics America’s Four Seasons of Hope campaign. The philanthropic initiative will reward winning writers with a Samsung Go Netbook and their local schools with Samsung products, Microsoft software, DIRECTV educational television programming, and cash grants as well as special @15 gift cards supplied by Best Buy.

Competition participants are invited to submit hundred-word essays on how the consumer electronics, computer equipment and software awarded through Samsung’s Four Seasons of Hope could benefit their school. Participants should nominate a public or state-accredited private school for grades K-12 in their community. Home schools, colleges, universities, and vocational/trade schools are not eligible for nomination.

Posted on October 2, 2009
Deadline: November 1, 2009

Complete contest rules and online entry forms are available at the Four Seasons of Hope Web site.

October 2nd 2009

Powered by Service Offers Funding to Seed Youth-Led Service Projects

Usher’s New Look, a nonprofit organization founded by entertainer Usher Raymond IV that supports underprivileged youth in using their talents to become community leaders, has announced the launch of Powered By Service, a new initiative to encourage young people around the world to become involved in addressing the most pressing problems facing their communities — from preventing malaria and stopping the spread of HIV/AIDS to ending gang violence and increasing access to clean water.

Young people all over the world can participate in Powered By Service. Participants will have access to online toolkits and opportunities to apply for financial resources to support their projects. Grants will be awarded for exceptional service ideas.

Powered By Service currently has two grant opportunities available for youth volunteers.

Sponsored by the United Nations Foundation, the “Nothing but Nets” grant is designed to help youth create projects that increase awareness and funds for the purchase of bed nets to prevent the spread of malaria in Africa.

Sponsored by the Corporation for National and Community Service’s Learn and Serve America, the “What’s Your Power?” grant opportunity offers funding for projects that address any issue. Youth are invited to design a project around the cause that interests them.

For complete program information, visit the Powered By Service Web site.

October 2nd 2009

Surdna Foundation Accepting Applications for Arts Teachers Fellowship Program

The Surdna Foundation has announced the tenth year of a national initiative to support the artistic revitalization of outstanding arts teachers in public arts high schools.

Through the Surdna Arts Teachers Fellowship Program, fellows will design individualized courses of study that provide both immersion in their own creative work and the opportunity to interact with other professional artists in their fields.

Teachers will be expected to design a fellowship program that provides opportunities to interact with professional artists and enhances their understanding of current techniques, activity, and thinking in their artistic domain(s). A fellowship program may include study in arts courses; attendance at advanced art-making workshops, festivals, or institutes; residencies at artists’ colonies; formal mentor relationships with recognized professional artists; independent study towards the completion of an artistic project (which includes interaction with other professionals), or other artistic pursuits.

All permanently assigned full- and part-time arts faculty in public arts high schools may apply. Eligible schools include specialized public arts high schools and arts-focused magnet and charter high schools. Teachers of all arts disciplines are eligible — visual arts, photography, theater, music, dance, film, video, multidiscipline, and creative writing. Applicants must be minimally in their fifth year of teaching arts in high school, and plan to continue as an arts teacher in their specialized public arts high school in 2010-11.

Twenty awards of up to $5,500 each, with a complementary grant of $1,500 to the fellow’s school to support post-fellowship activities, will be made.

Visit the Surdna Web site for complete fellowship program information.

Posted on September 27, 2009
Deadline: November 13, 2009 (Intent to Apply)

October 2nd 2009

MAP Fund Accepting Letters of Inquiry for Contemporary Arts Performance Projects

Funded by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation and administered by Creative Capital, the MAP Fund works to help build a risk-welcoming contemporary performance field by providing project-specific funding to playwrights, choreographers, directors, composers, and performers experimenting in any performance tradition or discipline.

MAP seeks especially to support work that brings insight to the issue of cultural difference or the concept of “other,” be that in class, gender, generation, ethnicity, or formal consideration.

Letters of inquiry and full applications must come from organizations based in the United States that have current nonprofit 501©(3) federal tax status. Unincorporated artists or ensembles may apply to MAP through an eligible fiscal sponsor. Organizations and artists must demonstrate at least two years’ professional experience.

Posted on September 30, 2009
Deadline: October 19, 2009 (Online Letter of Inquiry)

Click Here To Read More

September 21st 2009

Home Construction: Preventing and Recovering from Contractor Fraud

NPN presents:
an informational round table hosted by Galante Bivalacqua,
LLC on the major problems faced by homeowners and
contractors alike, and how to identify possible contractor
fraud in the post-katrina environment.

Wednesday, September 23rd – starts at 6:30pm The Urban League of New Orleans 2322 Canal St For more information, e-mail kellynpnnola.com

September 17th 2009

Trumpet Release Party: Success!

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to The Trumpet Release Party last night! We had 78 AMAZING guests and made enough money from the raffle to purchase 3-4 new magazine racks to increase Trumpet distribution; and we are hoping that the November Release Party will be even bigger and better!

Huge Thanks to HOUSE OF BLUES for donating The Parish Room, which was an amazing space and for all of their help throughout the event, and also thanks to Fair Grinds Coffee and to Body Bistro Salon and Spa for their generous raffle donation of a Day at the Spa (which was won by Trumpet Contributor Brian Opert)!

And of course, The Trumpet wouldn’t even exist without fantastic contributing writers – and we have some of the best! Please check out their amazing stories.
You can read the online Trumpet here: September Trumpet

Or pick up a hard copy at a distribution location near you: Distribution Locations

Here are some of the tweets from the night:

jonahevans: Excited for the @NPNnola Trumpet Release party 2nite!

lunanola: My article is the friggin’ feature article/centerfold in this month’s The Trumpet — Thanks, @NPNnola! I’m awestruck!

jonahevans: So proud of heyitsmegan for putting on a great Trumpet Release party for NPNnola. Pick up a copy!

champsuperstar: RT NPNnola: Phenominal party tonight - thanks to Hobnola and everyone who came out!!!

champsuperstar: @NPNnola Thank you! Very cool event!

sherinola: @NPNnola sorry we were late but so glad we made it. got to chat it up with some greatness!

lizmoney: @NPNnola Had a great time last night at the event! Looking forward to more great things to come!

RedCrossSELA: @NPNnola Congratulations on your successful event! ^RC

September 1st 2009

SCSJ to award Grants to support Census outreach

SCSJ is giving small grants to organizations to support outreach efforts for the 2010 Census.

Eligible organizations are located in our five target states of Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Louisiana, and work with our target populations including low-income people, people of color, tenants, migrant workers, homeless, and others at risk of undercount.

Link

August 27th 2009

Greater New Orleans Foundation Accepting Applications for Grants from the Norco Community Fund

NEW ORLEANS – The Greater New Orleans Foundation announced today that approximately $50,000 will be made available to 501©(3) organizations that serve the Norco community. Grants made from the Norco Community Fund aim to improve the quality of life for Norco residents through the support of programs that serve their community. The deadline to apply for a grant is September 18, 2009. A grant application form is available at http://www.gnof.org. Specific areas of interest include the arts and humanities, community building and development, education, environment, healthcare, human services, and youth development.

Established in 2003 by Shell Chemical Norco and Motiva Enterprises, the Norco Community Fund has awarded over $200,000 to nonprofit organizations serving the Norco community. “We are proud to continue a company tradition of investing in our community,” said External Affairs Manager for Shell and Motiva, Lily Galland.

Interested organizations should submit completed a grant proposal with all supporting materials to:

The Norco Community Fund P.O. Box 70
Norco, LA 70079

The Greater New Orleans Foundation is the community foundation serving the 13-parish Greater New Orleans metropolitan area. We design and lead initiatives that improve the region, connect donors to community needs, identify and support great nonprofits, and strengthen civil society.

August 24th 2009

Ezra Jack Keats Mini-Grant Program Accepting Applications From Public Schools and Libraries

Created by the children’s book author and illustrator, the Ezra Jack Keats Foundation is accepting applications from public schools and libraries anywhere in the United States and its protectorates for program or event mini-grants of $500 each.

Creative programs funded in the past have included ongoing pen-pal projects bringing disparate communities together; multi-cultural portrait projects; art projects culminating in art shows, murals, or quilts; bookmaking; creation and performance of puppet shows; and inter-generational journals.

Deadline: September 15, 2009

Link

August 24th 2009

Applications Invited for State Farm's Youth Advisory Board Service-Learning Grants Program

The State Farm Youth Advisory Board is a group of thirty diverse youth that helps create and oversee a State Farm-funded grantmaking initiative for student-led service learning projects in the United States as well as Alberta, New Brunswick, and Ontario, Canada.

Grants are available for projects that address the issues of environmental responsibility, natural and societal disaster preparedness, driver safety, financial education, and accessing higher education/closing the achievement gap.

Link

August 24th 2009

Open Society Institute Seeks Entries for Moving Walls 17 Documentary Photography Exhibition

The Open Society Institute invites photographers to submit a body of work for consideration in the Moving Walls 17 group exhibition.

Moving Walls is an exhibition series that features in-depth explorations of human rights and social issues. Thematically linked to OSI’s mission, Moving Walls is exhibited at OSI’s offices in New York and Washington, D.C. The show will feature the work of seven photographers.

“Link”: http://foundationcenter.org/pnd/rfp/rfp_item.jhtml?id=262900004

August 17th 2009

Applications Available for AAUW Community Action Grants

Grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to individuals, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations, and well as local community-based nonprofits working to promote education and equity for women and girls….

Deadline: January 15, 2010

Link

August 13th 2009

UnitedHealth Group Offering Grants to Help Combat Childhood Obesity

Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to young people working with educators and other youth leaders to create local hands-on programs that address the issue of childhood obesity in their communities….

Deadline: October 22, 2009

Link

August 6th 2009

NPN seeks new board members!

The NPN Nominating Committee is requesting nominations for the NPN Board, to be elected at the October membership meeting. Board Members must be members of an active NPN membership neighborhood association, have a commitment to citywide neighborhood unity, recovery and development, and be able to commit to serve one 3-year term. Please e-mail nominations to or contact Kelly at (504) 940-2207 for nomination form.

You can also download a nomination form here:

July 27th 2009

The "Master Plan" draft - available now

The Residents’ guide to the draft of the 21st Century Plan for New Orleans (a.k.a. “The Master Plan” draft) is available now!
Click Here!

June 16th 2009

The Trumpet Blog has a new look!

After a few months of dormancy, The Trumpet Blog is back. Visit us at http://npntrumpet.blogspot.com. We’ll keep it updated with community news and events, so check back often to see what’s going on in your community. Send us an email at if you’ve got a story that you want to contribute!

May 11th 2009

NPN's Capacity College Featured in the Times-Picayune!

Click here to read the article!

April 16th 2009

NPN Seeks Trumpet Editor!

The Trumpet Editor Position:

Neighborhood Partnership Network (NPN) mission is to improve our quality of life by engaging New Orleanians in neighborhood revitalization and the civic process. The Trumpet is looking for the next Editor. It is a great opportunity to lead an authentic and growing community publication. The Editor is a part-time position. Help carry the torch of community writing.

Job Duties

  • Reach out to community residents, students and non-profits and work with them on their submissions.
  • Edit and manage the design of the print edition of The Trumpet which is published 6 times during the year, with one of the editions being the “The Trumpet Anniversary Edition” – January issue.
  • Act as a liaison with the Times-Picayune, the Gambit, and other local papers
  • Coordinator graphic layout and printing of the Trumpet to ensure execution of the magazine
  • Ensure the sustainability by researching potential underwriters.
  • Collaborate with established leaders in the non-profit, community organizing, and government sectors
  • Write editorials, give presentations, or undertake such additional tasks as may be requested by the Executive Director or the Board which are conducive to marketing New Orleans neighborhoods and promoting NPN events.

Skills and experience required:

  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office and programs such as Adobe Photoshop and In-Design (preferred)
  • Graphic design skills (preferred)
  • Experience with use of the Internet
  • Organized and ability to meet deadlines

Please send cover letter, resume, writing sample, and design examples to

Timolynn Sams
Executive Director

March 9th 2009

NPN Releases 2008 Annual Report

NPN recently released its annual report for 2008, detailing our organizational achievements for the year. Click here to read the report!

March 2nd 2009

NPN Holds Breakfast with Members about Legislative Priorities

Yesterday, March 2, 2009, over 30 NPN members gathered at a breakfast to discuss legislative priorities before state legislators go into delegation in Baton Rouge on April 27. The breakfast was a proactive move by the NPN network to ensure that the concerns and priorities of New Orleans citizens are addressed by our representatives. In the meeting, residents voiced concerns and suggestions on issues surrounding crime and safety; education; streets and roads; and the general recovery of the city.

Notes and a full report from the breakfast meeting are forthcoming, and will be posted on npnnola.com. While none of the invited legislators attended this initial meeting, three legislative aides were present. Ultimately, NPN will use yesterday’s conversation as a springboard for a final meeting before the April 27 delegation, in which we will seek once again to engage our legislators in a conversation about our shared interests and opportunities in the coming year.

Members, stay tuned for information about this upcoming event.If you are not yet a member of the network, become one today and ensure that your voice is heard!

December 3rd 2008

Education Advisory Task Force Meets to Plan Capacity College

The NPN Education Advisory Task Force, composed of neighborhood residents and nonprofit staff, had a successful meeting November 25th. Among the points of discussion were:

  • What are the five overarching core classes for Capacity College?
  • How do we make sure the workshops have a strong “takeaway” for neighborhood participants?

We are preparing to invite neighborhood leaders to apply for Neighborhood Educator Fellowships, a year-long leadership development program within Capacity College. Fellows will receive development training, prepare and teach a Capacity College workshop and meet with regional/national experts and leaders. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone who you think would be an excellent Fellow please email

November 11th 2008

NPN's Timolynn Sams Named one of "50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World"

NPN’s Executive Director, Timolynn Sams, was recently named one of “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader. Sams was featured in a section alongside Brahm Ahmadi, cofounder of People’s Grocery in West Oakload, California. Click here for the online version of the full article.
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GROWING THE GRASS ROOTS

The mendacious politician who belittles the role of community organizers should hoof it to People’s Grocery in West Oakland, California, where Brahm Ahmadi leads the crusade for food justice.

What started as a few people dissatisfied with their lack of access to fresh produce is now a model for how to integrate a sustainable local food system into an inner-city community. Ahmadi stresses the need to build a set of choices first, and then enable individuals to make those choices for themselves. He’ll soon take on a new role as CEO of the first community retail market when it rolls out over the next two years.

Elsewhere, another solution-oriented movement is making headway under the direction of native New Orleanian Timolynn Sams. After Hurricane Katrina wreaked havoc on her city, Sams wrote to the Neighborhoods Partnership Network, asking to be involved with the organization through AmeriCorps. Instead, they put her in charge.

Once leaders truly empathize with citizens, they can leverage the peoples frustrations and make change, says Sams, who faces the same struggles with overcrowded schools and power outages as do the people she serves.

She describes New Orleans as a laboratory for the entire country. While the challenges of natural disasters and institutional bungling are universal, what makes Louisiana special is its citizenrys uncanny resilience and generations of community ties, which have linked to form an unbreakable bond.

Sams knows there will always be another storm but remains upbeat about the soul of her city. As for the rest of the country? She admits to being a little concerned.

October 27th 2008

Operation REACH's Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund Call for Nominations

Operation REACH’s Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Media Contact: Hamilton Simons-Jones
October 23, 2008
(504) 529-1722 ext. 110

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Operation REACH, Inc Seeks Outstanding Youth to Serve on Grant Awards Panel

New Orleans, LA—Operation REACH, Inc is pleased to announce a call for nominations for members of the Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund Youth Advisory Board, a youth philanthropy program that awarded over $12,500 in grants last year to local youth-led and youth-driven organizations. Operation REACH is seeking energetic, community-oriented youth who are looking to make a difference in the community.

Thirty middle and high school students from around the Greater New Orleans area will be selected to serve on the Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund Youth Advisory Board. The students, who are nominated by schools and local organizations, must complete an application and interview. The deadline for nominations is October 31, 2008.

The Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund (GYAF) engages youth as leaders and empowers them with the resources to make strategic investments in their peers and communities. GYAF is a program of Operation REACH, Inc., a local community education organization that engages, empowers, and inspires children youth and families through informal learning. Operation REACH runs the Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund in partnership with the Greater New Orleans Foundation (GNOF) and supported by the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, the Foundation for the Mid South, Rebuilding Our Community, Inc., United Way of Greater New Orleans, the Metropolitan Human Services District, FedEx Corp., State Farm Insurance Companies, and Interfaith Works.

Youth participants will be trained in all aspects of philanthropy. They will facilitate training workshops for youth and adults, review proposals and serve on a panel that makes grant awards of $500 to $5000 to local youth-led and youth-serving organizations.

�The Advisory Board will have adult-level responsibilities and adult-level resources and assets to be actual policy shapers and decision makers, thus having a direct impact on this community�s recovery,� said Dr. Kyshun Webster, CEO of Operation REACH, Inc.

�They will learn and take responsibility for advocating for positive change in their schools, amongst their peers and in their communities.�

Youth Advisory Board members will be selected and begin training in October. The training sessions will be led by community leaders and mentors, including topics like fiscal management, community organization, public relations, and the art of reading and writing business proposals. Youth will also learn how philanthropy relates to economics, geography, government, history and civic engagement.

To request a nomination form for the Youth Advisory Board, visit http://www.thegyac.org.

Individuals and corporations interested in donating to the Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund should call (504) 529-1922 × 110.

For more information on the Gulfsouth Youth Action Fund, visit http://www.thgyac.org

October 24th 2008

Funding Opportunity for New Orleans Area Nonprofit

New Orleans Nonprofit Organizations Invited to Take Freeman Challenge to Build Endowments

Deadline: November 17, 2008

The Richard West Freeman Endowment Challenge through the Greater New Orleans Foundation (http://www.gnof.org/) is designed to assist nonprofit organizations within the Greater New Orleans area looking to create an endowment for the first time or build on an existing one.

An endowed fund is one where the principal is kept intact and invested, with only a certain portion of the investment income distributed back to nonprofits for their general use. Often, nonprofits will see their endowments grow by reinvesting earnings and by adding additional contributions from donors.

The Freeman Challenge will match one dollar for every two dollars raised by nonprofits up to $15,000. Nonprofits will have the opportunity to select a preference for one of three matching categories: 1) the nonprofit raises $10,000, the Freeman Challenge matches $5,000; 2) the nonprofit raises $20,000, the Freeman Challenge matches $10,000; and 3) the nonprofit raises $30,000, the Freeman Challenge matches $15,000.

Nonprofit, tax-exempt, 501©(3) organizations are eligible to apply, as are organizations that have a fiscal agent relationship with a 501©(3) nonprofit.

RFP Link

October 23rd 2008

Education, Community, and Health Funding Opportunity -- RGK Foundation

The following funding opportunity announcement is likely to be of interest to nearly all nonprofit organizations certified as tax exempt under Sections 501c(3) or 170c of the Internal Revenue Code and/or classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). Hospitals, educational institutions, governmental institutions, and school districts meeting these requirements are eligible to apply:

EDUCATION, COMMUNITY, AND HEALTH

RGK Foundation

Application Deadline: There is no deadline for submitting an electronic letter of inquiry. Foundation staff reviews electronic letters of inquiry on an ongoing basis and typically responds within two days, but asks that applicants allow up to two weeks for a response. The foundation will send an e-mail message either declining each applicant’s request or inviting the applicant to submit a formal application packet for further consideration.

Description: The RGK Foundation awards grants in the broad areas of education, community, and medicine/health. Community Improvement programs include those that enhance nonprofit management and promote philanthropy/volunteerism. Other programs considered include human services, abuse prevention, and youth development programs. The Foundation is also interested in programs that attract female and minority students into the fields of mathematics, science, and technology.

Limitations: As a general practice, RGK Foundation refrains from funding capital campaigns/renovation projects, emergency or disaster relief efforts, and indirect/administrative costs. The Foundation prefers to provide programmatic support ~ including program salaries ~ for nonprofits. Reference website for a complete list of restrictions.

Who May Apply: Grants are made only to nonprofit organizations certified as tax-exempt under Sections 501©(3) or 170© of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a). There are no geographic restrictions (within the United States) on the Foundation’s grantmaking program.

Funding Amount: Although the foundation occasionally awards grants of more than $100,000, grants generally average $25,000.

For more information, go to:
http://www.rgkfoundation.org/public/guidelines

September 25th 2008

NPN GUSTAV ROUNDTABLE A SUCCESS

Neighborhoods Partnership Network hosted two roundtable discussions moderated by Executive Director Timolynn Sams and facilitated with board members LaToya Cantrell (Broadmoor) and Tillman Hardy (Leonidas/Pension Town) at noon and 6:00 PM. The purpose of the meeting was to voice neighborhood concerns and experiences about what was and was not successful during the Gustav evacuation and return as well as posit solutions for future hurricane preparedness.

Residents from all parts of the New Orleans area were represented at both discussions. A total of 83 sign-ins with 50 of the persons present being representatives from neighborhood organizations, and 32 city, state, and non-profit agencies were present for the conversation.

The discussion for the meeting included broad topics such as Travel, City Transportation, Shelters/Hotels, Expenses, Crime/ Safety, and Retuning Home. Citizens were asked to provide the good, the bad, and the ugly about their personal experiences during and after Gustav.

We are excited that the City Council will review the final document to consider the citizens and grassroots perspective on New Orleans hurricane preparedness and return procedures.

Download the Packet Here

September 24th 2008

Green Jobs Now! Rally at Lafayette Square September 27

SEPTEMBER 27 will be a national mobilization to say, “I’m ready for the green economy.” We are ready to tackle the climate crisis by building a green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Come out to visit and tour green project sites around the city, sign up to volunteer for green community service projects, and learn where our candidates stand at a local political forum, or just come out and participate at Green Jobs Now rally!

See our events on the NPN Calendar for September 27th

Tentative Listing of Greater New Orleans 9.27.08 Events:

The Alliance for Affordable Energy at 1001 South Broad Street, New Orleans, LA 70125 will host a sneak preview of our New Orleans BuildSmart learning center.

The Conservation Corps of Greater New Orleans will host a series of service projects focused on public lands and green jobs at different sites around the region. To learn more, contact the CCGNO office (504)267-7301

The Global Green House, 409 Andry Street, New Orleans. Open for public tours Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11am-4pm, Saturday 10am-1pm. For more information, please call 504-525-2121, email , and visit http://globalgreen.org/neworleans/holycross/

Loyola University and the Gulf Restoration Network will host the Louisiana 2nd Congressional District Candidates’ forum from 7pm-9pm at Roussell Hall on Loyola’s campus.

NOLA100 Energy Efficient Home Renovation: 1441 St. Roch (corner of St. Roch and N. Robertson), NOLA 70117 or call (504)583-1214. Tours will take place from 10AM-1:30PM

September 12th 2008

NPN Awarded Grant for Capacity College

The Neighborhoods Partnership Network was awarded a grant from the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation to develop Capacity College – a series of workshops, forums and partnerships designed by and for neighborhood organizations and residents.

The NPN Education Committee invite all NPN members to join the committee and help work on the program’s design and implementation. For more information contact

September 9th 2008

Neighborhood Roundtables: Debriefing on Gustav Evacuation, Return and Recovery

Neighborhoods Partnership Network (NPN) will hold a round table of neighborhood leaders to review the Gustav evacuation and return on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis to identify what worked, what did not, and make recommendations for improvements. Overall the evacuation went smoothly, but to avoid widespread evacuation fatigue, we must address those aspects of the process that did not work.

Key leaders from neighborhoods and some service providers will talk frankly during a “debriefing” for the first hour of two sessions, the first at noon, and the second at 6 p.m. During the second hour, solutions and recommendations will be developed for submission to public officials and provider agencies. A review of the issues discussed during the first hour will also be covered during the later session. Issues such as pick up points, transportation, shelter conditions, communications regarding evacuation and return, psychological issues, security, debris and trash removal, grocery and other supply availability will all be reviewed.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 10, 2008
1st session: 12 p.m. 2 p.m.
2nd session: 6 p.m. 8 p.m.

WHERE: 3500 Canal Street, 2nd Floor (NPN OFFICES)
WHO: ALL INVITED – neighborhood organizations, leaders and citizens to join them along with representatives from the Mayors office, city agencies, Entergy, City Council, New Orleans Police Department.

August 31st 2008

New Orleans "Emergency Operations Center" Update

Quoted from New Orleans “Emergency Operations Center”

The following is updated public information from the City of New Orleans Emergency Operations Center.

Media Briefing:

- The next media briefing will occur at 7:45 p.m. today in the City Council Chambers on the first floor of City Hall.

Emergency Operations Center:

- State of Emergency Declaration filed on August 29, 2008

- The City of New Orleans Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is activated to a level 2

- CAEPCAEP began at 8:00am. Citizens are making their way to the 17 pick up locations. RTA is bringing citizens to the Union Passenger Terminal for processing. The lines are lengthening but are still being managed. Water and snacks are available for the citizens waiting to be processed. Trains and buses are being loaded as quickly as possible. The first Amtrak train departed New Orleans at noon.

- The Central City Senior City pick up location published is incorrect. 2020 Jackson Ave is the correct address, not 2020 Philip Street.

- New Orleans Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness are encouraging all citizens who need assistance evacuating to continue going to the 17 pick-up locations. Please do not wait until the last minute to evacuate.

- Tourists should continue to evacuate as well. Tourists with airline tickets need to proceed to the Sheraton Hotel on Canal or Harrah’s Hotel. These tourists will be routed to MSY.

- Over 100 busses have been loaded and are enroute to shelters. A second Amtrak train will be departi.

- As of 1:00pm 19,885 citizens have registered for the CAEP. Prior to the impending storm only 7,000 citizen registered. 12,885 have since the impending storm.

- Currently the only people who need to register with 311 are those who are confined to a bed or those who cannot make it to one of the 17 pick-up locations on their own.

New Orleans Fire Department (NOFD) Capt Terry Hardy, Public Affairs

- The New Orleans Fire Department has split its Incident Management Team to handle command, finance, logistics and planning.

- NOFD has agreed to work with city finance and purchasing to handle logistic and finance for the city.

- New Orleans Fire Department will check nursing home facilities at 12:00 noon and report the stats to Emergency Operation Center.

- New Orleans Fire Department will transport pet from the seventeen pick-up sites to the Union Passenger Terminal.

- New Orleans Fire Department will run full staff today and tomorrow. We will use operation activation to recall all uniform fire department personnel.

New Orleans EMS (NOEMS) Jeb Tate, Public Information Officer

- NOEMS has activated 80% of their staff with 100% of staff reporting Sunday morning at 6:00am

- NOEMS is not currently experiencing high call volume. NOEMS has answered over 40 calls for service since 6:00am today.

- No significant hurricane evacuation related responses

Clarifications

- Citizens are not being turned around at the Texas state line – Entergy is not going to disconnect power at large apartment complexes – Citizens with questionable citizenship will be allowed to evacuate in the CAEP safely without risk of deportation.

August 29th 2008

PSA From City: Citizens Urged to Sign Up for Assistance with Evacuation

Quoted from Mayor’s Press Office
Citizens Urged to Sign Up for Assistance with Evacuation

Buses will pick up people at 17 locations

NEW ORLEANS, LA (August 29, 2008) – Mayor C. Ray Nagin and Lt. Col. Jerry Sneed, Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness, are urging residents who will need assistance to evacuate from New Orleans to register for the City Assisted Evacuation Plan.

The City estimates that 30,000 people will need evacuation assistance because they do not have vehicles, cannot afford to evacuate on their own, or have special medical needs,

Below is key information about the program:

- Register by calling 311 or (504) 658-2299

- Citizens also may register in the Office of Public Advocacy,

- Citizens will board RTA buses at 17 pickup sites once the CAEP is initiated. Each site has special signage.

- Citizens should identify the closest pick-up site now.

- People who have not registered may still show up at one of the sites.

- ID will not be required in order to board a bus.

- Buses will transport citizens to the Union Passenger Terminal. From there, they will be transported to a shelter outside the New Orleans.

- Bring luggage similar to what would be taken as a carry-on for an airplane – one medium-sized bag and a personal bag, such as a purse or laptop bag.

- Maps are available online at http://www.cityofno.com

Citizens with special medical needs

- Residents with special needs are urged to evacuate with a family member or friend if possible.

- Registration is critical for those with special medical needs who may need to be transported by ambulance or who may require other special care.

- Residents with special medical needs who have been pre-identified will be transported from their homes.

- Citizens with special medical needs should plan to bring one attendant with them.

Pets

- Citizens may bring their pets with them.

- All pets should be in kennels

August 20th 2008

Web Workshop

Web Profile Training – Learn How To use Your Group Profile on NPNNOLA.com

WHEN: Wednesday, August 20th 6:00pm
WHERE: Gentilly Terrace Elementary, 4720 Painters Street.
Please RSVP 504-267-4669

Come for a hands-on workshop. Whether the profile is your group’s first website or part of your communications strategy, you will learn how to maximize its potential. Learn to:

  • Share news and announcements with groups across New Orleans
  • Improve your group’s exposure and outreach.
  • Find partners and services that fit your group’s needs.
  • And more……

August 13th 2008

Rebuilding Information Station

The Rebuilding Information Station provides information to assist homeowners in managing the various aspects of rebuilding hurricane-damaged homes. LSU AgCenter, UNO-CHART, Tulane City Center, and The Road Home will be supporting the stations mission.

The Station houses community educators with whom homeowners can participate in one-on-one conversations about rebuilding projects, as well as provides access to numerous resource-materials. A Road Home representative will be there to look up your records to say yes, they have your elevation grant application but haven’t distributed your money. They also deal with other issues with full access to your records.

Information will be provided to homeowners on how to:

1.Build a safer, more energy efficient home
2.Prepare financially for your restoration or rebuilding project
3.Better understand the construction process including changing building codes
4.Navigate the registry of licensed local contractors for homeowners’ particular needs
5.Obtain information on hazard mitigation
6.Manage your contractors and learn how to avoid contractor fraud

Hours: Tuesday & Thursday 10AM-6PM Wednesday & Friday 9AM-5PM

Where: UNO’s Research/Technology Park in the CERM Building, 2045 Lakeshore Drive, Suite 103.

UPDATE: Mini-seminars on Hurricane Resistant Home Improvement which will be offered this month at the new Rebuilding Information Station. There will be ample time for questions and discussion after each presentation.

When: Thursdays in August, 4:30-5:30 pm August 7, “Protecting Windows and Doors” August 14, “Storm Resistant Roofing Techniques” August 21, “Make Your House Stronger With Hurricane Straps” August 28, “Foundations For LA Homes”

August 5th 2008

Neighborhoods and Universities Come Together to Discuss Partnerships

On Wednesday, July 23rd, neighborhoods, nonprofits and local universities came together to discuss the possibilities within neighborhood-university partnerships. At the Developing University Partnerships Workshop, co-sponsored by NPN and the Tulane Center for Public Service, over 50 individuals listened to presentations, engaged in discussion and networked. Cheryl Diggins from Melia Subdivision and Audrey Browder from Pontilly Disaster Collaborative provided neighborhood perspectives on working with universities to design and implement projects. Key information on university partnership opportunities was presented by Warren Puneky, Director of Service Learning at Delgado Community College, Nick Harris, Director of the Dillard Community Development Corporation, and Michael Pizzolatto and Bridget Smith from Tulane Center for Public Service.

The presentations showed attendees the diversity of available options when looking to engage in neighborhood-university partnerships. During the reflection, several attendees expressed that they had learned about opportunities of which they were not previously aware. A networking session allowed both presenters and attendees to address specific questions, share ideas and exchange contact information. According to feedback provided to NPN, this event was a successful introduction to university-neighborhood partnerships and may have even sowed the seeds for future partnerships between participants.

Read the minutes from the Developing University Partnership Workshop
Download the handouts

August 5th 2008

Neighborhood Groups of NPN Elect New Board of Directors

On July 30th, twenty-two (22) neighborhood groups and seventeen (17) nonprofit organizations gathered for the 1st Annual Neighborhoods Partnership Membership Meeting. With a membership of 70+ neighborhood groups and nonprofits, NPN is committed to take its lead from the network. Accomplishments at the membership meeting included: Electing eight new Directors to the Board, Reviewing the year’s Annual Report, Establishing Committees such as“Advocacy and Outreach” and “The Trumpet Editorial Board.”

Resident and nonprofit leaders throughout the city of New Orleans had an opportunity to set the direction of NPN’s coming year of programs, workshops and committees. Board Members Phil Costa (former Board Chair), Deborah Langhoff, Amy Lafont, and Kim Henry served from Fall of 2006 through July 2008, giving their time and energy to establishing the foundation of the Neighborhoods Partnership Network.

Jessica Knox led a facilitated discussion inviting the membership to provide feedback on NPN programs and set the course for NPN’s 2008-2009 goals. Common suggestions throughout the meeting included having more opportunities for peer neighborhood groups to network with one another, what role NPN can have with regard to advocacy or issue education, and continuing the personalized support throughout NPN’s programs.

August 4th 2008

LRA Approves Funding for Jeremiah Group's Homeownership Strategy

The LRA Approves Funding for Jeremiah Group’s Project!

On Wednesday, July 30th, the LRA voted unanimously to support The Jeremiah Group’s Project Homeownership strategy, allocating $75 million for zero-interest soft-second that will make homeownership affordable for working families and restore thousands of blighted properties throughout the City. The allocation will create the largest homeownership strategy in the City’s history!

In addition to the funding approval, the board backed legislation calling upon federal housing officials to let the Road Home program pay grants based on the highest available property value and showed interest in reimbursing Road Home applicants up to $7,500 for the cost of adding storm-resistant house features.

The LRA’s endorsement must still approved by the Housing and Urban Development which has shown support for the subsidy. The program is set to begin in November if it is approved by HUD.

Get in touch if you want to be involved with the next phase of Project Homeownership — Making sure our local entities implement it quickly, effectively and fairly!

For more information can be found at this link http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/capital/index.ssf?/base/news-6/1217482525154890.xml&coll=1&thispage=2

July 31st 2008

PATHWAYS TO HOMEOWNERSHIP PROGRAM DESIGNED TO INCREASE HOMEOWNERSHIP OPPORTUNITES AND REVITALIZE NEIGHBORHOODS

“From the Mayor’s Press Office”

(New Orleans, LA) July 31, 2008) —Today, The Finance Authority of New Orleans in cooperation with the Louisiana Recovery Authority, the State of Louisiana Office of Community Development and the City of New Orleans will launch the first phase of a global ‘Pathway to Homeownership’ Soft-Second Mortgage Loan Program designed to assist residents in purchasing homes, and those current homeowners who need help with renovating their homes.

The program will be open to properties located in the Housing Opportunity Zones in Orleans Parish, which were created in response to the two year citizen-driven Unified New Orleans Plan (UNOP) for recovery and redevelopment of New Orleans.

The initial phase of the program funded by the Louisiana Recovery Authority (LRA) offers soft-second mortgage loans for up to $65,000 to first time homebuyers with household incomes of 80 percent or less of the metropolitan area median income (AMI). The loans will be available through participating lenders, and are offered at zero percent interest with payments on the loan deferred until the sale or refinance of the home. In addition, this phase of the program offers up to $10,000 in closing cost assistance for the homebuyer’s principal residence in any one of the Housing Opportunity Zones.

Homebuyers who have already received payments from the State under the “sell” or “relocate” options of the Road Home Program are not eligible to participate in this program.

The actual amount of the loan and closing cost grant received will be determined by need and annual household income, since the goal of this loan program is to cover the ‘gap’ between the highest affordable first mortgage loan for which the homebuyer would qualify, and the purchase price or value of the home. The LRA has approved $27.8 million to fund this portion of the program.

The City plans to expand the program to more of its citizens by matching the LRAs funds, increasing the income eligibility, and including soft-second mortgage loans for rehabilitation and renovation. The additional program funds will provide homebuyers with higher incomes an opportunity to utilize the program, and will help to fill the reconstruction gaps experienced by many citizens. The City has pledged $27 million to fund this portion of the program and anticipates the full approval by the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) by mid August.

“We anticipate the full approval of the expansion of this program within the first couple of weeks of August. By partnering with the State, the City will provide a $54 million dollar Soft-Second mortgage program that will reach almost 1000 homeowners, including those in the middle class who historically don’t qualify for these types of programs,” said Mayor C. Ray Nagin. “By focusing on the targeted Housing Opportunity Zones, this program will be a catalyst for the recovery and renewal of our neighborhoods by creating infill, clustering and rebuilding, and fighting the Jack-O-Lantern effect, just like the residents told us to do in the UNOP.”

Those approved for the loans must commit to remain the owner and/or occupant at the financed home for at least three years. Those borrowers who demonstrate continual occupancy for five years will receive loan forgiveness equal to 20 percent on the balance of their Loan.

For more information on Housing Opportunity Zones in Orleans Parish visit http://www.financeauthority.org . For more information qualifications visit

July 23rd 2008

Governor Jindal Vetos Millions to NGOs

Governor Jindal vetoed 258 budget earmarks intended to Non-Government Associations (NGOs) July 14. With much of the funds going to non-profits and NGO service providers in New Orleans and other Louisiana parishes, there is concern that the budget cuts will hurt the availability of services for residents. Setting a record with the most vetoes ever, Governor Jindal cites that the $16 million dollars cut from the budget did not comply with the letter to legislators outlining the criteria for NGO funding. According to Governor Jindal’s website the criteria are as follows:

  • Must have statewide or substantial regional impact.
  • Must have been presented/openly discussed during the legislative session.
  • Must be a state agency priority.
  • Must have the proper disclosure form published online prior to consideration for funding (consistent with information provided in the House disclosure form). Quoted from Governor Jindal’s web site.

Some local New Orleans non-profits are questioning how funding can be cut to parishes that so badly need funding due to Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rita and the federal levee failures. For a full list of the vetoes cut from House Bill 1 (HB 1) click on the following link http://www.gov.state.la.us/index.cfm?md=newsroom&tmp=detail&articleID=337 .

If you want to get involved with legislation about non-profits, Louisiana Association of Non-Profits (LANO) located at 1812 Orethat Castle Haley Blvd provides updates on policy concerning NGOs, non-profits and service providers.

NPN seeks new board members!

The NPN Nominating Committee is requesting nominations for the NPN Board, to be elected at the October membership meeting. Board Members must be members of an active NPN membership neighborhood association, have a commitment to citywide neighborhood unity, recovery and development, and be able to commit to serve one 3-year term. Please e-mail nominations to or contact Kelly at (504) 940-2207 for nomination form.