November 19 at Capdevielle Park

by Robert Thompson

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Today, October 18, 2016, Capdevielle Park received attention from the crews at Parks & Parkways. Diseased trees were removed, others trimmed and thanks to a large backhoe, a large step toward rehabbing the center mound for new plantings took place.

mound-capdevielle-2016oct18Sadly, our palm was stricken with Texas Palm Decline, a infectious tree situation requiring its removal. Another tree was found to be infested with termites. The crew courteously responded to several neighbors who had concerns about the work. They also managed removal of a dangerous limb on a street tree at the request of a Bell Street resident. The crew also did some cleanup work in the area. The day didn’t end there as the crew returned to grind the stumps so those eyesores are gone.

All this support from the City means we need to double down on our commitment to restore the central circular bed in Capdevielle Park. On Saturday, November 19th, please bring shovels and rakes, gloves, and muscles so that we can clean up the soil and prepare this bed for greater things to come.

Friends,

Headed toward our second Capdevielle Place (or Park) improvement action. Your help in the past has qualified you to receive more begging appeals from me!
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Seriously, I and others have appreciated the commitments you have made to improve our little neglected park at Crete and Esplanade. I think we are slowly making a difference and are on the way to a much improved public space, one we can proudly claim for our special community.
At the moment we only have a couple of hundred dollars collected. I would like to continue plantings on the periphery begun by Pushpa last meet. Additionally, we have a special gift from Tammany Baumgarten (http://www.baumgardens.com/) of a garden plan for the bed closest to N Broad. More dollars will mean more plants to execute these goals. Large donors seeking tax deduction should contact NOLA Parks For All (a 501c3 http://www.nolaparksforall.org/contact-us.html) who is partnering with us at this time to support citizen actions related to park improvements.
The bulk of the work however is good ole fashioned labor. Litter removal, gutter cleaning, trimming and weeding, bed preparations – all driven by personpower. I have stockpiled pine straw for bed dressing. So please distribute this information in the notice below to interested parties, and respond if you can think auxiliary activities, provide refreshments or have appropriate plant material to donate.
Hope to see you that Saturday, Nov 19 (10a-2p).
Thanks
Robert Thompson
2653 DeSoto
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Paul Capdevielle (1842-1922)


Paul Capdevielle, the forty-second Mayor was of French descent. He was born in New Orleans, January 15, 1842. His father, Augustin Capdevielle, was born in France, but settled in New Orleans in 1825, becoming a prominent merchant in the commission business and active in politics. It was from his father’s interest in politics that young Paul inherited his interest in governmental affairs. His mother, Virginia Bertrand, was born in New Orleans in 1816.Paul Capdevielle was educated at the Jesuit’s College in New Orleans from which he was graduated in 1861. He served with credit in the War between the States, enlisting in the New Orleans Guard Regiment of Infantry, but in 1862 joined Boone’s Louisiana Artillery, and was wounded at Port Hudson.

After the close of the war he returned to civil life, taking up the first employment that offered itself, studied law in April 1868 was graduated from Louisiana State University. In 1892, he gave up law to accept the presidency of the Merchant’s Insurance Company. He served as its President for sixteen years, until it was liquidated and sold.

His political history began in 1877 when he was appointed to the School Board. Later he was a member of the Orleans Levee Board, a Commissioner of Prisons and Asylums and Chairman of the Finance Committee of the drainage commission. Mr. Capdevielle was an outstanding figure in Louisiana politics from the time of his election as Mayor of New Orleans in 1899. He was appointed auditor of Public Accounts in 1904, and re-elected three times, and held this office up to the time of his death. He survived the political storms attending the fall of the state administrations, the last in 1920, when Governor Parker was swept into office.

The Flower administration was a turning point in the history of New Orleans. It closed one epoch and opened another. With it began the period of commercial prosperity which extends into the present time.

Mayor Capdevielle’s administration was noted for two events, both inseparably connected with the beginning of New Orleans’ industrial development; the installation of the modern sewerage system and the organization of the Public Belt Railroad. The Board of Port Commissioners also began to function actively during this period.

City Park stands as a monument to his energy and civic spirit. The upbuilding of the park was his constant care, and he served continuously as President of the City Park Improvement Association for more than two decades, holding the office at the time of his death.

The new administration went into office May 9, 1900, at the beginning of the twentieth century when a wave of prosperity passed over the country and was felt in New Orleans. Mayor Capdevielle in his inaugural address spoke of the drainage system about to be constructed and stated if the city desired to have its own electric light plant it could do so without great additional cost by using the power house of the drainage system.

The contract to erect a modern jail, to be called the House of Detention, was awarded for $112,800 and the site of the old Marine Hospital, on Tulane Avenue and Broad Street, was selected.

The Clay statue, being in the way of safe operations of the street cars, was removed from Canal Street to the Lafayette Square on January 12, 1901. The consolidation of various street railways into one corporation under the name of the New Orleans Railways Company was an important factor of the years 1901-1902.

On May 1, 1901, New Orleans was honored by the visit of the President of the United States, William McKinley, accompanied by Mrs. McKinley and Secretaries John Hay, Charles Emory Smith, and E. A. Hitchcock. He was received in the Cabildo by the Governor of Louisiana, attended by his staff in full uniform. The bells of the Cathedral of St. Louis announced the arrival of the President and his cabinet, escorted by Mayor Paul Capdevielle, and a committee of distinguished citizens. As the cortege entered the Supreme Court Hall, Chairman Zacharie announced in a loud voice “The President,” and the assembly arose and remained standing while the Chief Justice conducted the President to a seat of honor at his right on the Supreme Court Bench. The Governor of Louisiana took a seat on the left of the Chief Justice, and the Mayor of New Orleans the one on the right of the President, the Justices occupying seats immediately in the rear of the bench. Chairman Zacharie then conducted the members of the cabinet and their wives to places on the left of the dais, where a seat, filled with roses, had been reserved for Mrs. William McKinley, who, at the last moment, was too ill to attend.

In 1873, Paul Capdevielle married in New Orleans, Miss Emma Larue, who died several years ago. Three sons and two daughters blessed this union; the sons are Christian, Auguste and Paul, Jr., and the daughters are the Misses Edith and Yvonne Capdevielle.

Paul Capdevielle was found dead at his home in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, August 13, 1922.

50 TREES TO BE PLANTED IN MID-CITY

SUSTAINING OUR URBAN LANDSCAPE

Sustaining Our Urban Landscape will be planting 50 trees in Mid-City with their friends at Groundwork New Orleans and the Louisiana Chapter of the American Bar Association!

Please RSVP if you will be attending an info session on Tuesday, September 27th about reforesting Mid-City

1handtreesBoth sessions will take place at the Refresh Community Room at 300 N. Broad (where Whole Foods is located). The meeting is on the second floor so it’s easiest to park on the roof and enter through the rooftop entrance.  Follow the signs to Broad Community Connections.

Please contact Susannah Burley with any questions: 504 616 6888 or sburley@soulnola.org.

Please visit the link below to indicate which session you will attend:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeXEC1Vn2mwoPXaG9RbDtjBQPIUgLRroMl3XQnelZXRZUDk3A/viewform

SOUL is excited to announce its first tree planting project! In a partnership with its friends at Groundwork New Orleans and the Louisiana Chapter of the American Bar Association, we will plant 50 trees in Mid-City on November 5th  CLICK HERE to learn more and RSVP for an info session.


MISSION | Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, SOUL, is dedicated to driving a resilient and equitable New Orleans through improving its water and food systems.


WATER SYSTEMS | SOUL is dedicated to mitigating New Orleans’ stormwater problems through replanting our urban forest and implementing green infrastructure. Just as grey infrastructure, such as canals and bridges, only function well when implemented as a large scale system, green infrastructure, including trees, only works properly when executed as a large scale system.

In working toward this goal, SOUL is partnering closely with community based organizations in outfitting neighborhoods with urban forests and green infrastructure.

Stay tuned for updates! Exciting progress is in the works.


FOOD SYSTEMS | Improving our local food system means that more people will have access to fresh healthy food, more jobs will be created, and more urban greenspace will be populated by beautiful and productive urban farms.

50 TREES PLANTED IN MID-CITY

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Susannah Burley orchestrated a collaborative effort that resulted in 50 trees being planted in Mid-City on November 5, 2016

Lots of enthusiastic volunteers planted trees along Dumaine Street in Faubourg St. John
Lots of enthusiastic volunteers planted trees along Dumaine Street in Faubourg St. John
Volunteers planting trees on Dumaine on November 5, 2016
Volunteers planting trees on Dumaine on November 5, 2016
Homeowner Brian Lebaron provides support as Charlie London plants trees in front of Brian's home on Dumaine
Homeowner Brian Lebaron provides support as Charlie London plants trees in front of Brian’s home on Dumaine

SOUL and partners planted 50 trees on November 5 thanks to the generosity of Parkway Bakery & Tavern and other local sponsors. Many volunteers came out to help plant trees from 9am-noon on Saturday, November 5.

More at:

http://www.soulnola.org/

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Susannah Burley speaks to the many volunteers who met at Parkway Bakery and Tavern at 538 Hagan to plant 50 trees all over Mid-City
Susannah Burley speaks to the many volunteers who met at Parkway Bakery and Tavern at 538 Hagan to plant 50 trees all over Mid-City

If you are interested in contributing to our next Mid-City tree planting, please donate at https://soulnola.org.

Thanks to the Mid-City, Faubourg St. John and Parkview Neighborhood Associations for coming together to make this happen!

Warmest regards,

Susannah Burley, Founder & Director

SOUL | Sustaining Our Urban Landscape

504 616 6888

sburley@soulnola.org

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baltimoreThe city of Baltimore’s high crime rate inspired a gritty TV drama. But a new study (Tinyurl.com/TreeCrimeReport) by the University of Vermont’s Transportation Research Center, in Burlington, found that a 10 percent increase in trees in a given area led to a 12 percent decrease in crime. “It’s really pretty striking how strong this relationship is,” says Austin Troy, lead author of the study, published in the journal Landscape and Urban Planning.

Researchers examined the correlation in and around Baltimore using aggregated crime data and combining it with high-resolution satellite images to conduct the analysis. The working hypothesis is that because people enjoy spending time in pleasant outdoor spaces, there are more observers present to hinder criminal activity. Also, a well-maintained landscape seems to send a message that someone may be watching.

To avoid culture bias, the study considered many socioeconomic factors, including housing, age, income and race of residents, as well as variables such as rural versus city setting and population density. The findings should prove helpful to urban planners.

NativeFringeTreeLousiana-500x333Fringetrees are excellent anywhere that a very small tree is needed, such as near a patio, in small yards, or under power lines. Like many white-flowered plants, they look especially nice planted in front of a dark backdrop. They can be used as individual specimens, in groups, in mixed shrub borders or in natural gardens. They are well suited to urban plantings due to pollution tolerance and adaptability to varied soils. Fringetrees are not salt tolerant.

Although fringetrees are adaptable and will grow in most soil types, they prefer moist, deep, well-drained, acidic soils. They grow well in full sun to partial shade. Leaf appearance is best in some shade, but flowering is heaviest in full sun. The ideal compromise would be sun through most of the day, but shade during hot afternoon hours. Fringetrees have low maintenance needs once established.

Due to a naturally strong branch structure fringetrees rarely need pruning. Pruning while young may be desirable if a single stem tree form is preferred. Fringetrees do not transplant well so take care to choose an appropriate permanent location and use proper planting methods. Plant it high, it won’t die!
Plant it Low, It Won’t Grow | Plant it High, It Won’t Die
The most important consideration in planting trees and shrubs is the planting depth. Don’t plant too deep!
Plant all trees and shrubs about one inch above the surface of the existing soil. No dirt should be placed on top of the existing roots and nursery soil so as to not smother the root system. Mulch well, leaving a two inch gap around the caliper(s) of the plant.

For the most efficient use of water, construct an earthen berm two to three inches high around the drip zone area of the plant after planting. Water in well after planting!
TREES TO PLANT IN NEW ORLEANS
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MISSION | Sustaining Our Urban Landscape, SOUL, is dedicated to driving a resilient and equitable New Orleans through improving its water and food systems.


WATER SYSTEMS | SOUL is dedicated to mitigating New Orleans’ stormwater problems through replanting our urban forest and implementing green infrastructure. Just as grey infrastructure, such as canals and bridges, only function well when implemented as a large scale system, green infrastructure, including trees, only works properly when executed as a large scale system.

In working toward this goal, SOUL is partnering closely with community based organizations in outfitting neighborhoods with urban forests and green infrastructure.

Stay tuned for updates! Exciting progress is in the works.


FOOD SYSTEMS | Improving our local food system means that more people will have access to fresh healthy food, more jobs will be created, and more urban greenspace will be populated by beautiful and productive urban farms.

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AMAZING DONATIONS TO MAKE RIGHT NOW

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

http://www.gofundme.com/louisianafloodfund

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Second Harvest is distributing water, food, and emergency supplies

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Please donate now to help your fellow man

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https://m.facebook.com/2ndHarvestGNOA/

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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.

http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/08/15/where-to-donate-and-volunteer-to-help-victims-of-historic-flooding/

Several local and national organizations have put a call out to request donations and volunteers in the wake of Louisiana’s historic flooding. http://midcitymessenger.com/2016/08/15/where-to-donate-and-volunteer-to-help-victims-of-historic-flooding/

 

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ONLY 300 TICKETS AVAILABLE – HOLY ROSARY RAFFLE

ONLY 300 TICKETS AVAILABLE – HOLY ROSARY RAFFLE

$10,000 HOLY ROSARY PARISH FUNDRAISER RAFFLE

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

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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.

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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.

YOU TOO CAN BOOGALOO AS A VOLUNTEER

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Help the Bayou Boogaloo to remain FREE

You too can Boogaloo as a volunteer

Bayou Boogaloo Volunteers! – http://www.thebayouboogaloo.com/info-directions/volunteer/

Are you interested in volunteering with The Bayou Boogaloo on the banks of beautiful Bayou St. John on May 20, 21, and 22?

You can visit the sign up page by visiting https://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/987188364026

If you are unable to volunteer this year but would like to join The Bayou Boogaloo’s
volunteer mailing list for future events, please, sign up on The Bayou Boogaloo’s website.

For any questions or concerns, please email
volunteers@mothershipfoundation.org

Interested in Volunteering with The Bayou Boogaloo?

See all of the 2016 volunteer opportunities and sign up for a spot here.

On top of becoming part of the Boogaloo Family and being one of the key players that help keep the festival free, Volunteers also receive a free t-shirt that is not available for sale to the public.

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Bodacious Boogaloo
by Charlie London

Since the beginning, the Bayou Boogaloo, held on the banks of Bayou St. John in New Orleans during May, has had a mission to give back to the community. The first Bayou Boogaloo in 2006 was a healing effort for the community. Many folks were still rebuilding their lives and their houses after “the storm”. The Bayou Boogaloo was a welcome respite from the daily grind. It provided much needed fun for both adults and children.

One of the often forgotten aspects of the Bayou Boogaloo is its emphasis on zero impact on the environment. I’ve personally witnessed the meticulous cleanup after the event. One would never know the music festival ever took place because the area is left as clean or cleaner than it was before the event.

The Bayou Boogaloo has promoted solar energy, recycling and encouraged folks to consider the environment. The Bayou Boogaloo has led by example. Several huge oak trees have been planted along the banks of Bayou St. John leaving a lasting positive impact on the environment and the community.

The Bayou Boogaloo gives back in other ways too! The event helps neighborhood organizations raise funds for their operations, has helped build playgrounds, has supported community sports initiatives, helped plant native habitat-building and erosion-preventing marsh grasses, and replaced trees lost during hurricanes.

The City even recognized the Bayou Boogaloo’s founder, Jared Zeller, with a proclamation for promoting an economically and environmentally sustainable event.

Join the Bayou Boogaloo this Friday, Saturday and Sunday May 20, 21, and 22. The Bayou Boogaloo is more than just a music festival, it’s a community building coalition!

More info at: http://thebayouboogaloo.com/

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THE BEAT GOES ON AT THE BAYOU BOOGALOO
By Geraldine Wyckoff
Contributing Writer

It’s been less than three weeks since the last notes rang out at the Fair Grounds to close the 2016 edition of the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival. Not far away, bands will strike up again at the 11th Annual Mid-City Bayou Boogaloo. The free event is presented from Friday, May 20 to Sunday, May 22, 2016 along the banks of Bayou St. John between Dumaine Street and N. Jefferson Davis Parkway. It features three main music stages at Dumaine Street, Orleans Avenue and Lafitte Street plus a Kids Stage that has both music and other activities to please the youngsters.

There are some excellent local and national headliners at the festival that didn’t perform at this year’s Jazz Fest including Nolatet (Sunday, 6 p.m.), The Lowrider Band (Saturday, 7:45 p.m.) and the Wailers (Friday, 7:45 p.m.).

Let’s start with Nolatet, a band of all-star jazz masters – drummer Johnny Vidacovich, bassist James Singleton, vibraphonist/percussionist Mike Dillon and pianist Brian Haas. This performance marks the first time many local people will have the opportunity to experience this group as they’ve only performed in New Orleans several times. Formed spontaneously in 2014 and quickly releasing its exciting debut album, Dogs (The Royal Potato Family) just this year, Nolatet has been out on tour promoting the CD and, according to Vidacovich, has been very well-received. “They liked it a lot – a lot more than I imagined,” he is quoted in OffBeat magazine. “I thought the music would be a little too orchestral. There’s a lot of things that we’re doing that are just out of the norm.”

“I can tell you what it sounds like to me sometimes when I’m involved with the music and my head is spinning,” he continued. “It reminds me of a circus and a Christmas tree with a lot of lights.”

Because pianist Haas, unlike the other members, doesn’t live in New Orleans, Nolatet is a get-it-while-you can band though all concerned express their hope and intent to do much more in the future.

Just an aside – it’s great to have Dillon, who absolutely floored the crowd at last year’s performance of his New Orleans Punk Rock Percussion Consortium – back at Bayou Boogaloo. Hopefully, the Consortium, an amazing collection of rhythm masters will return next year or be booked somewhere else soon.

The Lowrider Band, which partly due to the presence of one-time Crescent City resident, drummer Harold Brown, feels almost like its from New Orleans. It’s also got that funk and street band attitude that music lovers here can really relate to. The last time the Lowriders performed in New Orleans was in 2009 at a benefit for the Save Charity Hospital organization. Now that’s awhile ago…

The band is, of course, made up of original members of the group War, including Brown, the great harmonica player Lee Oskar, guitarist Howard Scott and bassist B.B. Dickerson, who, because of health issues will be unable to perform with his fellow Lowriders. Due to a court order, nobody in the group is allowed to mention their participation in War in any promotional material or advertisements. Fortunately, these talents have been able to retain their rights to their compositions and receive royalties.

“Here’s how we say it,” Brown explained. “We are the original composers of and performers on ‘Why Can’t We Be Friends?,’ ‘The Cisco Kid,’ ‘The World is a Ghetto,’ and ‘All Day Music.’ All our friends know the Lowriders. Everybody knows exactly who we are.”

“When we come to play in New Orleans it’s like playing at home in our living room,” Brown once proclaimed. “You can drop all of your big shot attitudes. In New Orleans they want to know about your soul – your spirit. I tell people when they come into the city, to turn off the radio and roll down the windows.”

The socially conscious messages of tunes like Bob Marley’s “One Love” are much needed in today’s world. The Wailers keep that warmth, the much-loved classic songs and laid-back reggae riddims alive. Bassist Aston “Family Man” Barrett is the only member of the touring band that performed and recorded with the group that backed the late, legendary Bob Marley who influenced the world with the magic of his music and his pen. Barrett was the heartbeat of the rock steady beat, the sound that could be felt to one’s core. Reggae by the Bayou seems so right.

Our local stars like bassist George Porter & the Runnin’ Pardners (Sunday, 4 p.m.), the Queen of New Orleans Soul, Irma Thomas (Saturday, 5 p.m.) and zydeco go-getter, accordionist/vocalist Dwayne Dopsie (Friday, 6:15 p.m.) also bolster the impressive schedule.

Parents might want to bring their children to the Kids Stage on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. where Daria Dzurik, the leader/steel pan player/vocalist of Daria & The Hip Drops fame will hold a percussion workshop. With her talent, lively personality and big smile, Dzurik has the qualities to educate and entertain the whole family. She and the Hip Drops certainly caught the crowd at this year’s French Quarter Festival.

On Friday, the music schedule is abbreviated and begins in the evening on two stages starting at 5 p.m. The Wailers, which hit the stage at 7:45 p.m. close it down. On Saturday and Sunday the music gets going at 11 a.m. Naturally there are food and beverage vendors aplenty and arts and crafts booths from one end of the fest to the other.

One of the beauties of the festival remains its wonderful setting and just being able to sit along Bayou St. John and relax.

This article originally published in the May 16, 2016 print edition of The Louisiana Weekly newspaper.

Affordable Care

healthcare On Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, residents will have the opportunity to attend enrollment events at convenient sites throughout the city and get help from trained Marketplace enrollment helpers to shop around for the best healthcare plan to meet their needs.

In December, Mayor Mitch Landrieu announced that the City of New Orleans accepted the White House’s Healthy Communities Challenge as part of a national effort to promote enrollment in insurance through the Marketplace. Throughout the rest of the Marketplace open enrollment period, which ends on Jan. 31, 2016, the City Health Department along with its local, state and federal partners will continue to actively engage uninsured New Orleans residents to use the Marketplace to directly compare and purchase private health insurance options, often for lower costs.

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504HealthNet is dedicated to ensuring everyone in our community has access to high-quality primary care and behavioral health services.

504HealthNet is an association comprised of 22 non-profit and governmental organizations in the Greater New Orleans area. Membership is open to those who provide primary care or behavioral health services in a community setting irrespective of the client’s ability to pay, with a special focus on low-income, uninsured populations. Our members independently operate 60 service locations throughout the Greater New Orleans area ranging from comprehensive adult/pediatric primary care and behavioral health sites to medical mobile units.

You can download a map with our locations here, or the full resource guide here.

There are several insurance programs available for the Greater New Orleans Area. Find out more here.

For help locating a clinic in your community call (504) 658-2053.  Our partners at Second Harvest will be glad to help you.

MAKE YOUR TAX DEDUCTIBLE GIFT WORK FOR YOU

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!

RAISING FUNDS FOR DESMARE PLAYGROUND

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!
Phase
phase1
$75,000 –> swing set | bike rack | second entry for handicap access
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Phase
phase2

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

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Phase
phase3

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

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Phase
phase4
$93,000 –> tricycle track | play equipment for 5 to 12 year olds
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Dana Brown – Desmare Playground
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Join or donate at —> http://fsjna.org/links/#account/join

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

https://givenola.org/

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. 

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