The New Orleans Police Department’s First District is asking for donations of $50 to purchase bicycles for the Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade students at Phyllis Wheatley Community School.

This is the 5th year N.O.P.D.’s First District is giving bikes to school kids. A different school is chosen each year. This year, the bikes will go to students at Phyllis Wheatley Community School at 2300 Dumaine Street.

Most of the students at Phyllis Wheatley are very needy (but not all). The School Resource Officer got a head count of the Pre-K, Kindergarten and First Graders; approximately 200 students need bicycles.

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If you have any questions or would like to donate a check for 50 dollars, please do not hesitate to call Detective Kenneth Gill at (504) 658-6398 or email Detective Gill at


photos and info from Jeffrey Major on Facebook…

Yesterday, at about 5pm I spent about 3 1/2-4min compiling some of my pics, some friends pics and some off my FB feed, to give my friends in other places some perspective on what’s unfolding down here. I woke up to 10000 shares, 500 friend requests, 100 messages, 15 nonprofits wanting to use the album, and very sweet ladies from Indiana and Iowa calling me a hero and asking me how they can help.

loveisallyouneedJeffreyMajorIt’s crazy, and on top of disaster recovery, a little overwhelming. But I will take it. Every bit of it. In between clean up and work and fighting bad phone service to check on folks, I’m gonna try and respond to everyone.

It’s time to step up, and my people, Coon-asses we call ourselves, have stepped up. And stepped up big time, in their white boots, their aluminum bateaux skiffs, their big ass trucks, they are stepping up. Welders, fishermen, farmers, lawyers, oil field hands, insurance salesman, housewives, truck drivers, just regular guys and gals who are being real heros. I’ve never been more proud of my people. Please share if you’d like and if you can help, even in some small way, we really appreciate it. Thank you


Second Harvest is distributing water, food, and emergency supplies


Please donate now to help your fellow man




The Louisiana SPCA team is at the flood sites. If you want to help our neighbors NOW, drop off unopened pet food and basic pet supplies at these awesome locations:

Demo Diva, Camp Bow Wow Mid-City New Orleans, La, or Canine Connection.

Several local and national organizations have put a call out to request donations and volunteers in the wake of Louisiana’s historic flooding.














Only 300 tickets will be sold.

Tickets are $100.00 each and are available at the Parish Office, Monday-Friday, 9am-2pm.

Or, mail your check, made payable to “Our Lady of the Rosary”, to the Parish Office:

Our Lady of the Holy Rosary
1322 Moss Street
New Orleans, LA 70119


Our Lady of the Holy Rosary staff will process the raffle ticket and mail your raffle ticket stub!

The drawing date is Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 6:30pm at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary’s
Annual Parish Thanksgiving Dinner (5pm-7pm).

Winner does not need to be present.

If additional information is needed, please call the Parish Office, (504) 488-2659.

hill-domeInformation obtained from the book, “Story of The Building of a Parish Church, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, New Orleans, With Descriptions of Statuary, Windows, Apsidal Decoration”

by Bishop Louis Abel Caillouet, Former Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans.

By Authentic Act before Felix Joseph Puig, Notary Public, dated April 11, 1905, Mrs. Sylvanie Blanc, widow of James D. Denegre, donated to The Society of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of New Orleans, her residence and property which extended from Esplanade Street to Bayou St. John. The donation was accepted for The Society of the Roman Catholic Church of the Diocese of New Orleans by Archbishop Placide Louis Chapelle.

The Act of Donation states that Mrs. Denegre was making this donation: …

“In pursuance of the cherished wish of her mother, the late Mrs. Marie Fannie

Labatut Blanc, widow of Evariste Blanc, who desired that the property…should

Become the site of a Parish Church for the purpose of providing the residents in

the neighborhood of Bayou St. John and Esplanade Street with a Parish Church.”

By way of reiterating the purpose intended by the donor’s mother, there is set forth the express condition that there shall be erected on the property, and perpetually maintained, Parish Church. The text continues:

“and necessary accessories and dependencies, such as parsonage, school, or other

purposes connected with a Parish Church, and shall remain forever dedicated to such

use and no other; and upon the further condition that one mass shall be forever

celebrated in said Church during each and every month after the same shall have been

constructed, viz, six of said masses to be for the living and six for the dead members of

said donor’s family, and an additional mass for herself, the donor, annually on the

eleventh day of April, the anniversary of this donation, and upon the further condition

that said contemplated Parish Church shall be dedicated to the Blessed Virgin and called

the Church of “SAINTE MARIE DU ROSAIRE.’”…

Reverend William J. Vincent was appointed Pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary on October 19, 1907. On December 25, 1907, the first Mass held at Our Lady of the Holy Rosary was said by Archbishop James Hubert Blenk. On January 1, 1908, Father Vincent offered the first Mass in the new frame church.

In September 1908, a parish school was opened. As there was no school building available, much of the space in the Rectory was used for classrooms. School growth led to the construction of a two-story frame building in 1913.

On April 19, 1910, the Congregation of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary of the Roman Catholic Church was incorporated. On July 31, 1913, Archbishop James H. Blenk transferred title to the property until then held in the name of the diocesan corporation, to the parish corporation.

On October 24, 1922, Very Reverend Canon Racine wrote Archbishop Shaw that the building committee had examined and approved the revised plans for the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. Archbishop Shaw granted Father Vincent authorization to proceed with the building of the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary.

Within 12 months, from March 1924 to March 1925, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church was practically completed exteriorly from groundbreaking to the cross surmounting the dome. Interior finishing, including furnishings, took longer. The highly ornate marble altar was ready and installed for the dedication of the new church by Archbishop Shaw on November 22, 1925. It was a gift of Captain John L. Vincent, father of Pastor William J. Vincent. The altar was consecrated December 6, 1925, by Bishop Jeanmard of Lafayette.

The 2000 pound bell donated by Mrs. Denegre was raised to its permanent location in the brick campanile forming the right rear corner of the church edifice on April 19, 1912. The new organ was installed in 1929. The pulpit, carved from a single block of white marble resting on a separate marble base, was under contract in 1929. The Main Altar was consecrated December 6, 1925.


The Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association is a 501c3 non-profit. Tax i.d. number… 74-2633439

So, money donated to FSJNA is tax deductible. FSJNA is raising funds to make Desmare Playground a better place for children and adults.

Make your money work for you and your neighborhood. Donate today!

FSJNA has $35,000 raised for Desmare Playground as of January 1, 2016, (dedicated checks arriving soon)

Let’s work together to make Desmare Playground a better place for everyone. Donate today!


The people of Faubourg St. John are always thinking of the neighborhood’s open spaces. From the Bayou to the bridges to the beautiful small parks that connect us, we proudly take a pro-active response to ownership and maintenance of these spaces. The people of Faubourg St. John want to be responsive to the needs of the neighborhood and our growing population of young families; refurbishing Desmare Playground at 3456 Esplanade is the current goal. It can’t be done without your generous support.

The goal of the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association (FSJNA) is to revamp the currently worn down playground and make it a more welcoming place for children with the addition of a swing-set (who ever heard of a playground with out swings?) along with a complete replacement of the playground equipment for children, refocusing the basketball court to be “little kid” friendly and re-purposing the space outside of the play equipment and ball field for family wellness as well as “kid-centric” neighborhood events. Bottom line, we want this playground to be a special place for children.

desmare-kids4webWorking with Landscape Architect Dana Brown & Associates (DBA) on the master plan, the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association involved the community in the playground planning process. On January 26, 2013 Desmare Playground held a kid’s charrette where neighborhood residents were invited out, with their children to have a chance to draw and express what they would like to see in the new playground redesign.

The event was a success with a number of families showing up and showcasing their creativity. With white boxes and sidewalk chalk the kids drew their playground ideas. These ideas ranged from swing sets to duck ponds. Especially swings!Desmare-depiction1

The new master plan was developed from the charrette input and keeps it simple providing a maximum play experience for the kids but with an eye towards easy maintenance, sustainability in design and solves the storm water management issues with a rain garden. The new features are extraordinary: Swings, new play structures for different age groups, a new exercise station for adults, more integrated circulation, overhead canopy, a new entry with benches and plantings, a tricycle track for younger kids to cycle around, a water fountain that is dog friendly, waste receptacles and a new bleacher area for the adjacent school softball fields. All new design features in the park are ADA accessible, including the aggregate paths.

The phases of development for the new Desmare Playground are designed to be implemented as the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association raises funds. Each phase of development can be constructed in pieces or as a whole.

Fund raising is the hard part; we have already raised funds and paid for the design work. Our plans are approved by the City of New Orleans. The thermometer below shows where we are so far. The first goal is to get those swings in!
$75,000 –> swing set | bike rack | second entry for handicap access

$65,000 –> Exercise station | rain garden | tree bosque


$125,000 –> entry plaza | seat wall | play equipment for 2 to 5 year olds

$93,000 –> tricycle track | play equipment for 5 to 12 year olds

Dana Brown – Desmare Playground
Click HERE for the Full Scope

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Prefer snail-mail? Please send your check made out to the Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association to: P.O. Box 19101 New Orleans, LA 70179

GiveNOLA Day

Today – May 5th – is GiveNOLA Day!

Hosted by the Greater New Orleans Foundation, GiveNOLA Day is the community’s one-day, online giving event to inspire people to give generously to nonprofit organizations who are creating a thriving community for all. 

GiveNOLA2015Today is our day to come together as one! Every dollar donated from midnight to midnight today to one of over 550 nonprofit organizations profiled on the Leaderboard will be increased with additional “lagniappe” dollars provided by the Greater New Orleans Foundation and the generous GiveNOLA Day sponsors.

Last year,  $2.25 million dollars was raised from 19,000+ donors around the nation. This year, the goal is to raise $3 million from 25,000+ donors! 

How can I stay connected?
For up-to-date information on GiveNOLA Day, follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram #GiveNOLA or watch theLeaderboard in action.

Join us at our Lafayette Square Fiesta!

Today is Cinco De Mayo and you’re invited to a GiveNOLA Day Fiesta! There is music and entertainment between 7:00 am and 7:00 pm. Come watch the leaderboard as millions of dollars are raised; give to your favorite charity at the Donation Station powered by Entergy; and, enjoy Mexican food from Juan’s Flying Burrito benefiting GiveNOLA Day. During happy hour between 4:00 pm and 7:00 pm, enjoy margaritas from Avion, Jose Cuervo, and Milagro tequilas or beer from Dos Equis – all sales will benefit the GiveNOLA Day Lagniappe Fund.

Opportunity to Have Fun

susan-roth-FSJ-daiquiri-booth-facebookThe Faubourg St. John Neighborhood Association will once again be staffing the “Bayou Daiquiris” booth at the Bayou Boogaloo this year. Please consider volunteering for the short 3 hour shifts on Friday night May 15th, on Saturday, May 16th and on Sunday, May 17th.

All the net proceeds will go to helping to rebuild Desmare Playground.

Please lend a hand, its easy and fun. You are with at least 5 other neighbors and we have a great time.

If you are interested in volunteering, email Brenda at

Shifts are 11-2, 2 -5:30, 5:30 to 8:30

If you are unable to volunteer, please stop by the “Bayou Daiquiris” booth at the Bayou Boogaloo, say hello and buy a daiquiri!

Want to know more about the plans for Desmare Playground?

Check it out at: