Opportunity to Join the Green and Clean Team at 10 a.m.

Dear Friend,
Fall is here and it’s time again to rally around our little pocket park – Capdevielle Park. The past couple of years we have made major progress there, and if we maintain this pace, we will have created a very special neighborhood place. Your efforts coupled with your neighbors are making a difference.
TODAY, Nov 18 (also mayoral election day) we will assemble between 10am and 2pm, leaving plenty of time to vote. Various tasks from litter removal to plantings are planned to involve folks at many levels. Unfortunately a few regulars are out of town, so I hope we can find some new partners for our team – we always do! So invite a neighbor and bring a rake.
Thanks to all who make this happen…


Robert Thompson
City Beautiful Committee
NOLA Parks for All

EASTER EGG HUNT AT 1700 MOSS on April 2nd


April 2nd at 11 a.m. at 1700 Moss
on Bayou St. John

There will be fun for all: games, crafts, and prizes, and an adult Easter Egg Hunt.

EASTER EGG HUNTHot dogs, hamburgers, and drinks (soft and otherwise) will be available.

Bring your own chairs.

Reservation is needed for adults and children

Contact Rose Mancini at rmancini3@cox.net or 504-251-4970 or the Haus at 504-522-8014.

RSVP by March 17


The Easter Egg Hunt is an event produced by the Deutsches Haus

The Deutsches Haus has many events and interesting things to do all year long and is an important contributor to our community.  The Deutsches Haus has partnered with the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association year after year to help “Feed the First” each Mardi Gras weekend.

Feed the First” provides  3  meals each day during the long Mardi Gras weekend to the N.O.P.D. officers of the 1st District.   The officers work extremely long hours during the Mardi Gras weekend and are very grateful for  the hot meals and treats that the “Feed the First” initiative provides.


Incorporated in 1928, the Deutsches Haus was formed as a benevolent and social organization which evolved from the Deutsche Gesellschaft von New Orleans and several other Deutsche groups. The Deutsche Gesellschaft, whose origins dated back to 1848, provided support for the numerous German immigrants in the New Orleans area, providing them meals and housing, helping them find employment, and assisting them in reaching their ultimate destination in the United States and assisting in become U S Citizens.

Expanding on its foundation, the Deutsches Haus grew into an organization with a mission to celebrate and foster the rich culture, musical heritage, language and history of the German people. Our Oktoberfest and Volksfest Festivals features authentic German music, food and beverages for all to enjoy, as well as activities for the kids. These events are an opportunity for our local groups to generate revenue which is used to help sustain us throughout the year and assist in sponsoring future events celebrating our German heritage. But most importantly, these festivals introduce our German heritage to the New Orleans population. We sponsor speakers and German films about issues and events of interest to the German-American community that are free and open to the public.

Deutsches Haus established a scholarship fund, and working in conjunction with the University of New Orleans, Center Austria promotes the German language and German history for students chosen by the University to study in Germany during the summer.

Support is provided for the Deutsches Haus Damenchor and Mannerchor fostering our German musical heritage. Meeting space is provided for the International German speaking fraternity, Schlaraffia, promoting friendship, art, and humor.

We sponsor and support Benjamin Franklin High School and Jesuit High School, of New Orleans, in promoting German music and language through the free use of the Haus and grounds for fund raising activities for their exchange student programs and language programs.

In addition, we support other ethnic organizations, especially the Irish and Irish-Americans. We grant use of the Haus to the Irish to promote the Irish contribution to New Orleans. We offer the Haus for Irish dance and musical groups within the city, as well as, to traveling groups.

We are a Non-Profit Public Charity Corporation as defined in the Internal Revenue Section 501 (c) (3) with a volunteer Board of Directors and Officers.

The Deutsches Haus is proud to have one of the largest private archives of German memorabilia in the country, presently on extended loan to the Historic New Orleans Collection. (http://www.hnoc.org/)

The archives contain records from various German Consulates located in the city prior to 1870, local German newspapers and periodicals, genealogical records, sheet music and membership roles from early German singing societies and more. In keeping with this tradition as an educational organization the Haus sponsors German language classes, lectures and concerts.

The spirit of “Gemütlichkeit” pervades the Deutsches Haus year-round, but it is especially prominent in the early Autumn. Each year, thousands of people come to the Haus to enjoy the traditional German cuisine (everything from Schnitzel to Sauerkraut), dancing in the Biergarten, favorite folksongs and German beer and wine, all part of the annual Oktoberfest celebration. The Haus holds a number of other special events and festivals throughout the year, including Volkfest, Faschingfest (a Carnival celebration), and Tirolnacht, an evening for Austrian exchange students.


Harvard Republican Club
August 4 at 1:30pm ·

Dear Members and Alumni,

In every presidential election since 1888, the members and Executive Board of the Harvard Republican Club have gathered to discuss, debate, and eventually endorse the standard-bearer of our party. But for the first time in 128 years, we, the oldest College Republicans chapter in the nation, will not be endorsing the Republican nominee.

Donald Trump holds views that are antithetical to our values not only as Republicans, but as Americans. The rhetoric he espouses –from racist slander to misogynistic taunts– is not consistent with our conservative principles, and his repeated mocking of the disabled and belittling of the sacrifices made by prisoners of war, Gold Star families, and Purple Heart recipients is not only bad politics, but absurdly cruel.

If enacted, Donald Trump’s platform would endanger our security both at home and abroad. Domestically, his protectionist trade policies and draconian immigration restrictions would enlarge our federal deficit, raise prices for consumers, and throw our economy back into recession. Trump’s global outlook, steeped in isolationism, is considerably out-of-step with the traditional Republican stance as well. The flippancy with which he is willing to abdicate the United States’ responsibility to lead is alarming. Calling for the US’ withdrawal from NATO and actively endorsing nuclear proliferation, Donald Trump’s foreign policy would wreak havoc on the established world order which has held aggressive foreign powers in check since World War II.

Perhaps most importantly, however, Donald Trump simply does not possess the temperament and character necessary to lead the United States through an increasingly perilous world. The last week should have made obvious to all what has been obvious to most for more than a year. In response to any slight –perceived or real– Donald Trump lashes out viciously and irresponsibly. In Trump’s eyes, disagreement with his actions or his policies warrants incessant name calling and derision: stupid, lying, fat, ugly, weak, failing, idiot –and that’s just his “fellow” Republicans.

He isn’t eschewing political correctness. He is eschewing basic human decency.

Donald Trump, despite spending more than a year on the campaign trail, has either refused or been unable to educate himself on issues that matter most to Americans like us. He speaks only in platitudes, about greatness, success, and winning. Time and time again, Trump has demonstrated his complete lack of knowledge on critical matters, meandering from position to position over the course of the election. When confronted about these frequent reversals, Trump lies in a manner more brazen and shameless than anything politics has ever seen.

Millions of people across the country are feeling despondent. Their hours have been cut, wages slashed, jobs even shipped overseas. But Donald Trump doesn’t have a plan to fix that. He has a plan to exploit that.

Donald Trump is a threat to the survival of the Republic. His authoritarian tendencies and flirtations with fascism are unparalleled in the history of our democracy. He hopes to divide us by race, by class, and by religion, instilling enough fear and anxiety to propel himself to the White House. He is looking to to pit neighbor against neighbor, friend against friend, American against American. We will not stand for this vitriolic rhetoric that is poisoning our country and our children.

President Reagan called on us to maintain this, our shining city on a hill. He called on us to maintain freedom abroad by keeping a strong presence in the world. He called on us to maintain liberty at home by upholding the democratic process and respecting our opponents. He called on us to maintain decency in our hearts by loving our neighbor.

He would be ashamed of Donald Trump. We are too.

This fall, we will instead focus our efforts on reclaiming the Republican Party from those who have done it considerable harm, campaigning for candidates who will uphold the conservative principles that have defined the Republican Party for generations. We will work to ensure both chambers of Congress remain in Republican hands, continuing to protect against executive overreach regardless of who wins the election this November.

We call on our party’s elected leaders to renounce their support of Donald Trump, and urge our fellow College Republicans to join us in condemning and withholding their endorsement from this dangerous man. The conservative movement in America should not and will not go quietly into the night.

A longtime student of American democracy, Alexis de Tocqueville once said, “America is great because she is good. If America ceases to be good, America will cease to be great.”

De Tocqueville believed in the United States. Americans are a decent people. We work hard, protect our own, and look out for one another in times of need, regardless of the color of our skin, the God we worship, or our party registration. Donald Trump may not believe in that America, but we do. And that America will never cease to be great.

The Harvard Republican Club

It Makes Your Mouth Feel Happy

Stop reading this and head on over to the Brown Butter Restaurant in the strip mall on Bienville just off North Carrollton.

My wife and I had the fried pickles and we each had steak and eggs.
I had a bloody mary as well.

The staff was friendly and efficient.

I’m an old fart that’s eaten at a lot of places in New Orleans and the Brown Butter Restaurant is definitely in the top ten.

The Brown Butter Restaurant definitely makes your mouth feel happy.

Check out their website at:



Keep New Orleans Beautiful Monthly Meeting

Monday, Sept 23, 2013
5-6 p.m.
Norman Mayer Library
3001 Gentilly Blvd.
New Orleans, LA 70122

Keep New Orleans Beautiful is a network of local organizations & individuals working on recycling, litter reduction and neighborhood beautification. We are affiliated with the national non-profit Keep American Beautiful. Meetings are open to the public and new members are welcome.


–Welcome & Introductions

–Keeping good standing with Keep America Beautiful (Requirements/Reporting Events/Community Appearance Index)
–Facebook/Website/Twitter sites created by Charlie London .  See links below.

–Healthy Louisiana Grant.  Grant of $1750 received for litter pickup signage and supplies.
–Issue of Bayou St John abandoned boats

–Issue of Bandit signs (Ken Ducote)

–Announcements from Partner Organizations


Links to the new sites:




Announcements from Keep America Beautiful:

America Recycles Day (ARD)
Online event registration is now open at www.americarecyclesday.org for local organizers to schedule events in their communities and gain access to valuable resources to plan, promote and host events.  America Recycles Day, a national initiative of Keep America Beautiful (KAB), takes place annually on November 15, recognizes the benefits of recycling while providing an educational platform that helps raise awareness about the value of reducing, reusing and recycling – every day – all throughout the year. Join us on Tuesday, September 24, 2013 from 2:00-3:00 pm EST for a one hour overview of America Recycles Day 2013. Space is limited,  register here today!

External Grant Opportunities
Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation is now accepting applications for K-12 Public School Improvement projects. For the 2013-14 school year, the foundation will give priority to basic necessities, with a preference for funding requests that have a permanent impact, such as facility enhancement (both indoor and outdoor) as well as landscaping/cleanup projects. Projects that encourage parent involvement and help build stronger community spirit are encouraged. Grant money cannot be used to pay for memorials, stipends, salaries, artists in residence, field trips, scholarships or third-party funding.

  • Eligibility: Any individual public K-12 school or non-profit parent group associated with that public K-12 school is eligible to apply. Parent groups that are applying (PTO, PTA, etc.) must have an independent EIN and official 501(c)(3) status from the IRS. Groups that do not have a 501(c)(3) status must apply through their school. Pre-schools are not eligible.
  • Funding: Between $2,000 and $5,000 per school is available. Lowe’s will donate up to $5 million to schools and school parent-teacher groups at as many as 1,000 different schools during the school year.
  • Deadline: October 15, 2013

The Whole Kids Foundation and FoodCorps have collaborated to develop the School Garden Grant Program which is now accepting applications. This program supports school garden projects that help students learn about complex topics such as nutrition and health, sustainability and conservation, food systems and community awareness.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be a nonprofit K-12 school (public, private, or charter) and/or a 501(c)(3) organization that is developing or currently maintaining a garden project on school grounds that will engage children with fresh fruits and vegetables. Garden projects may be at any stage of development (planning, construction, or operation).
  • Funding: Grants will provide $2,000 for projects lasting a year and will be limited to one per school.
  • Deadline: October 31, 2013
  • Contact: Whole Kids Foundation
    550 Bowie St, Austin, TX 78703
    Email: gardens@WholeKidsFoundation.org
    Website: www.wholekidsfoundation.org/schools/programs/school-garden-grant-program

Office of Sustainability | 107 A Richardson Building | Tulane University | New Orleans, Louisiana 70118

ldavey@tulane.edu | green.tulane.edu | 504/865-5145



Volunteers will meet at the Bayou Kayaks launch site at 1101 Florida Ave (near the LSU Dental School) at 9 a.m. on September 21st and collect debris until 11 a.m. Kayaks will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers on foot are especially important as there are many items to be collected along the banks. Please join the Bayou Clean Up on Saturday, September 21st to keep Bayou St John beautiful.

Meet at 9 a.m. on September 21st at Bayou Kayaks’ Launch Site, 1101 Florida Ave
(on the bayou near the LSU Dental School).

** Clean up from a kayak (if you get there early) or clean up the banks & the bayou on foot.
** Food will be served to those helping with the clean-up. (grilled foods)
** T-shirts
** Receive a $10 off kayak rentals for helping!
** Be the FIRST to experience the SUP (stand-up paddleboards) that Bayou Kayaks will offer soon.
For those who want to stick around after the clean-up, take a spin on the board for up to 30 min for free!

** Looking to let a Food Truck know about the event, so if you know any that might be interested, e-mail us at bayoukayaks@gmail.com Thank you!

Volunteers will meet at the Bayou Kayaks launch site at 1101 Florida Ave (near the LSU Dental School) at 9 a.m. on September 21st and collect debris until noon. Kayaks will be available for use on a first come first serve basis. Volunteers on foot are especially important as there are many items to be collected along the banks.

Please join the Bayou Clean Up on Saturday, September 21st to keep Bayou St John beautiful.


urbanwatersFrom Councilmember Guidry:

Today, GNO, Inc. officially released its 6.2 billion dollar Urban Water Plan. The plan, designed by local architectural firm Waggoner & Ball, in conjunction with local, state, federal, and international water experts, is designed to help us change our focus from protecting against water to learning how to harness it to help beautify our communities and increase economic development across the region.

Check out the URBAN WATERS PLAN reports by clicking here.