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Sunday, June 15, 2014

Neighborhood Watch and your Mobile Phone

NorthWest Carrollton has enrolled in Neighborhood Watch NOW.

We're testing out how this works.

Neighborhood Watch NOW is a new system that gives your community the power to record and stream un-deletable video straight to authorities as it’s happening.
Here’s how it works:
  • You can download the App to your smart phone
  • If you see something suspicious, record with the App and the video is stored in the permanent evidence vault
  • Neighborhood Watch Captains sign up for the Neighborhood Watch NOW Portal
  • When events are recorded and the “Call 911” button is pressed an alert is sent instantly to:
    • Member’s ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts
    • Neighborhood Watch Captain
    • Participating Law Enforcement Agencies
Together we can use technology to empower our communities!

You can Download the App (Apple or Android)
by clicking on THIS LINK

If you live between Carrollton and Leonidas and Earhart and Claiborne
use the Neighborhood Watch Name of
NorthWest Carrollton





Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Tulane University - Yulman Stadium Operations Meeting

Tulane would like to invite the Carrollton Area Network and its member organizations to a meeting at 6 p.m. on June 10 at the Wilson Center on campus. Tulane will present its football game-day plan for the six home games this Fall and answer any questions related to game-day operations. Please give me a call at 504-343-8937 if you need any information or would like to discuss further. Thank you, -- Paul Harang Director, Community and Neighborhood Relations Office of Government and Community Relations Tulane University 200 Broadway Street, Suite 126 New Orleans, LA 70118 Direct: 504.988.3394 Mobile: 504.343.8937 Fax: 504.988.3388

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Calculate your potential property tax increases

Use this handy dandy calculator from The Lens to calculate what your taxes will be
if Mayor Mitch gets his wish to raise our property taxes. 

Use the Assessor's Website if you need to check what your value your property is currently assessed. (And while you're at it make sure that it says you have a homestead exemption if your property is owner occupied!)

Please note that it looks like the proposal for JUST Fire & Police is 20 mills total, 10 mills each.
Oh and these 20 mills are JUST for Fire & Police.   Go ahead .... now....
Use the handy dandy calculator

Shocked? Probably. But not surprised, right?

When so many neighborhoods were jumping on the "Security District" bandwagon, 
NorthWest Carrollton did our research and decided against requesting one for our area.
WHY?  
Well for one we have a number of fixed income older neighbors and they were against it.
*and* 
We believe that taxes for NOPD should come from and be used for the benefit of the WHOLE city.   

Crime doesn't conveniently stop at neighborhood boundaries.
Neither do Police Districts.

The "I got mine" Security District approach may randomly and rarely benefit a few or give a false sense of security to the neighborhood willing to tax themselves extra but if there aren't enough sufficiently paid police on duty.... it won't matter much.

What I am wondering is just how much of an increase in our property taxes can we take before the boom that New Orleans is seeing begins to bust.









Sunday, April 20, 2014

Simple ways to stay safe and help your neighbors stay safe:

- Say hello to and know your neighbors.    A smile and a wave when you see each other does make a difference.

- Walk your dog!  And say hello as you walk.

- Turn on your porch light.    Use LED Bulbs they may be a bit more expensive up front but last for years and cost pennies to run.

- Put up a NorthWest Carrollton yard sign.   It shows NOPD patrols when they are in our neighborhood and reminds them that we have an active Neighborhood Watch.

- For $25 you can order an NOPD metal Neighborhood Watch sign.  We will be placing an order this May.  Check for the Utility Pole nearest your house and we'll ensure that the sign gets installed. Contact nwcarrollton@mindspring.com if you are interested.

- Plant a tree.  Yes, strange as it sounds studies show that trees reduce crime.  Contact nwcarrollton@mindspring.com if you are interested.  We work with Hike for Katrina to get free trees to plant trees in the Fall.

- Anonymously report suspicious activity or submit a tip to CrimeStoppers at 504-822-1111 or submit a tip online.



Wednesday, April 16, 2014

8209 Apple

Reported and sited for blight....




Now we need a sheriff's sale.

Abandoned Vehicles reported to NOPD

Abandoned Vehicles reported to NOPD.


DUBLIN STREET

2800 block of Dublin
West side of street, near corner of Dublin and Apricot
Silver Spider 
LA SAX697

2926 Dublin
Brown Stratus
No Plate

APPLE STREET

Corner of Apple and Dante
East Side
Blue Custom Deluxe Chevy Pickup
MS 584AEE

8404 Apple Street
Beige Olds Alero
No Plate

8400 Block of Apple
South side  Corner of Apple and Cambronne
Nissan Maximum
No Plate

PRITCHARD PLACE

8515 Pritchard
Red/White/Black Pickup
on property of house that is empty and blighted

CAMBRONNE STREET

2700 Block Cambronne
West side near corner of Apricot and Cambronne
Trailer filled with garbage…rats

APRICOT STREET

8502 Apricot Street
Maroon Toyota Carolla
No Plate

JOLIET STREET

2433 Joliet
Maroon Toyota
No Plate

2517 Joliet
Black Toyota Camary
No Plate

NELSON STREET

8400  block of Nelson 
North side
Green Chrysler Convent
LA XMP632

8333  Block of Nelson
Blue Silverado Pickup 
ALA 2B79M27

8333 Block of Nelson
Blue Chevy Pickup
No plate

8329 Nelson 
White Chevy Express Van
No Plate

8229 Nelson 
Black Toyota Celica GT
Indiana 565LPC

Sunday, February 2, 2014

2014 District A results

Looks like folks think that Susan Guidry could do a better job of representing West Carrollton-Leonidas. 

Take a look at the article on Uptown Messenger >>>
http://uptownmessenger.com/2014/02/guidry-expanded-her-support-in-re-election-bid-analysis-shows/

Thanks Brian Denzer!

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Arts Market @ Palmer Park - shop local!

http://www.artscouncilneworleans.org/article.php?story=artsmarket.facts

The Arts Market of New Orleans takes place from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. the LAST Saturday of every month.
Special Holiday two-day show Saturday December 21 and Sunday December 22nd .

What kind of art is featured at the Arts Market? 
The Arts Market features handmade, affordable art from local and regional artists and artisans. Styles of art include Painting, Photography, Ceramics, Glass, Jewelry, Wood, and Printmaking, plus handmade clothing, soap, and other delights. Between 75 and 135 artists display and sell their wares each month.


Map to the Arts Market of New Orleans in Palmer Park
Corner of S. Carrollton and S. Claiborne Ave.
 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Private Property Rights and your backyard

·         Clearing of trees: As the law stands now, one only needs approval of the City before trees are removed from public space (such as the right-of-way adjacent to the street). Removal of trees on private property is not regulated.

·         Paving: As the zoning ordinance is written now, the only limitation on paving is within the required front-yard. Beyond the 40% limitation in the required front-yard area one is free to pave their entire lot.

o   The draft zoning ordinance (CZO) speaks to more extensive paving, but that ordinance is probably about 6-months from adoption.

o   Additionally, the Sewerage and Water Board is proposing to create a mechanism to have people pay for the impact of their paving on the City’s stormwater system. The hope is that this will create an incentive to have more permeable surfaces in our urban environment.

o   Even though there is no limitation on paving, one is not allowed to shed water to a neighbor’s property. The property owner will have to accommodate their own water either through grading the lot to channel water to the street or installing drainage.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

2013 Po-Boy Fest

Abita Beer presents the 2013 Oak Street Po-Boy Festival

7th Annual Oak Street Po-Boy Festival
presented by Abita Beer


Sunday November 24th, 2013
10am-7pm
Oak St at Carrollton


No Saints Game! The Saints will have defeated the Falcons the Thursday before.

Named "Best Food Festival of 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012" by Gambit Weekly

S.O.S. Volunteers needed!



Pitch in for 3 hours of your time and get a free Oak Street Po-Boy Fest T-shirt and an invitation to an exclusive Volunteer Thank You party.

The Oak Street Po-Boy Festival is an excellent opportunity to get involved in the community, and experience the rich culture of New Orleans. Here's how you can help on fest day: set up, host, greet, distribute maps, take surveys, staff VIP/Hospitality area or Kid's World, bus tables, hang signs, clean up, break down, and more.

To volunteer, please fill out our handy form at www.poboyfest.com/get-involved



Details for the Fest are shaping up!


Check our website for all the latest menus, schedules, and information!

The menus are out! Check out the delicious po-boys that will be served up by OVER 30 PARTICIPATING RESTAURANTS! Experience the best po-boys in the city all in one place for one day only. Save room to try multiple varieties - Shrimp, Oysters, Roast Beef and all manner of classic as well as unique taste combinations.



Music throughout the Fest!


The Main Stage will be located at the corner of Oak & Eagle and will feature Los Po-Boy-Citos, Flow Tribe, Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Rebirth Brass Band & More!
NEW: Saloon Stage at the Maple Leaf Bar—Lineup TBA soon!
+ Brass Bands on Leonidas Street & Plum.



History Center is back!


Poppy Tooker will host the traditional telling of Gendusa & Martin Brothers Po-Boy family stories this year! Join us at the Mater Dolorosa Parish House.
Panels will showcase the saga of the po-boy all day kicking off at noon.

12:00 to 12:30: First Families of the Poor Boy: Martin and Gendusa
Celebrate the 83rd anniversary of the Poor Boy with the two families responsible for its creation following the 1929 streetcar strike. Family members tell stories about the founding fathers of the poor boy sandwich and the poor boy loaf: restaurant owners Bennie and Clovis Martin and baker John Gendusa.
Featuring: Gendusa& Martin family members
Moderator: Poppy Tooker, Host of Louisiana Eats!, WWNO 89.9
Free Tasting Samples: Gendusa Poor Boy Bread (Donated by John Gendusa Bakery)

12:30 to 1:00: Louisiana Eats! The People, the Food, and Their Stories
You listen to Poppy’s weekly radio show, now discover her new book. Poppy Tooker talks about Louisiana Eats! The People, the Food, and Their Stories and shares stories about Louisiana food culture.
Featuring: Poppy Tooker, Host of Louisiana Eats!, WWNO 89.9
Author book signing sponsored by Blue Cypress Books immediately afterwards in History Center



Families, don't miss the Kid's World hosted by St. Andrew's Episcopal School on their beautiful, spacious campus.



More better fest!


We're always improving and this year will prove no different!
This year's festival is designed for a much smoother pedestrian flow. Plan on exploring the entire 8 blocks from Carrollton to Eagle and down Leonidas to Plum Street! We’re adding a new Food Truck Village on Leonidas and there will be brass band music at the corner of Plum & Leonidas St. This year we’ll have multiple new eating areas/beverage centers just steps off Oak St. for you to sit and enjoy your sandwiches. Look out for the main dining area + Parkway Tavern, Bratz Y’all and Bayou Girls Po-Boys in the Advocacy Center parking lot on the corner of Oak & Cambronne St.

Thirsty? Just like last year, drinks come to you via roving beer vendors.



Getting to Po-Boy Fest


The streetcar tracks from Napoleon to Carrollton Ave are still under construction but don’t fret! If you are catching the streetcar downtown, NORTA will have a shuttle available at Napoleon Ave where the street car line ends that will drop you off on Oak & Carrollton Ave. Simply let the streetcar driver know you’ll need a transfer for Shuttle 13.

Bike to the fest! Bike Easy will manage a bike parking corral just steps away from the fest.

This festival proudly supports the Oak Street Merchants; many will be open festival day. For a complete listing check out the Shop Oak page on the website.
 

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Reading your Entergy Bill

The Alliance for Affordable Energy says:
 
Your bill will not have all of the charges listed below. Each company has different ways of charging but this is a pretty good list to start with!

Customer Charge: Fixed part of customer's bill, regardless of energy usage.  The charge covers maintenance of service lines, customer's meters, and service locations. For residential, it is between $7-8/month regardless of your energy use.

Fuel Adjustment fee: The cost that it took to make the energy that you used. This includes the cost of fuel (natural gas, coal, etc) and the cost of transporting that stuff to the power plant (barges, trains, etc).

Energy Charge or Base Rate Charge: Non-fuel costs of providing electricity, including cost of wires, poles, power plants, and service trucks. The total amount of money needed to provide these services is divided up among all bill-payers and we pay for the portion based on the amount of energy we used.

Municipal Franchise Fee: This reflects fees charged by municipalities for municipally owned electric lines and infrastructure.

Louisiana PSC Case Credit/Charge: This may be either a credit or charge tied to a Federal Energy Regulatory Commission order that balances the production costs of all Entergy's Operating Companies in Louisiana. The credits and charges equalize production costs from one Entergy service provider to the Entergy family of companies. They are based on the prior year and appear on bills from June through December.

LURC Hurricane Charges: This is your utility company insurance plan. Insurance companies refuse to insure storm vulnerable areas like South Louisiana. Hence, the Public Service Commission authorized the Louisiana Utilities Restoration Corporation (LURC) sold bonds for Entergy to pay for system restoration costs after Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and Hurricane Gustav in 2008. Customers will pay fees on 2005 bonds until 2018 and 2008 bonds until 2022. 

Storm Reserve Rider: The Storm Reserve Rider is similar to the LURC but allows Entergy to charge customers upfront for costs expected to be incurred due to storm damage. The Storm Reserve is capped at $75 million.

Federal Mandated EAC Rider: This charge is federally mandated to comply with the EPA's Clean Air Interstate Rules that reduce and cap asthma-causing air pollutants including nitrous oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2).

kWh(kiloWatt hour) Metered: This number reflects the amount of energy you used in a month. This is how the utility knows what to charge you. See chart below for how you can spend a kWh:

 

Device
Wattage
Hours used
kWh
medium window-unit AC
1000 watts
one hour
1 kWh
large window-unit AC
1500 watts
one hour
1.5 kWh
small window-unit AC
500 watts
one hour
0.5 kWh
42" ceiling fan on low speed
24 watts
ten hours
0.24 kWh
light bulb
100 watts
730 hours
(i.e., all month)
73 kWh
CFL light bulb
25 watts
730 hours
18 kWh



To figure out how much a device will cost you use this formula:
wattage   x   hours used  ÷  1000  x  price per kWh  =   $ cost of electricity

Friday, November 8, 2013

Tree Giveaway

Native Trees Giveaway 

Thanks to grants from Apache and ACTrees, Parkway Partners is giving away 400 Native Trees.  Limit 2 per household to Orleans Parish residents.

Where:
Parkway Partners
1137 Baronne St.
NOLA 70113

(at corner of Clio in Central City)



When:

This Saturday, November 9

Gates are open from 9am-noon



Why:

Parkway Partners' numerous programs supporting urban trees are all part of an effort to re-forest New Orleans.  We are the most de-forested city in the U.S.! All proceeds from 2nd Saturdays go directly back into the 2nd Saturday Educational Program.

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Entergy Urges Customers to Watch for Phantom Power Users

Simple steps such as using power strips or unplugging chargers can make a difference

 

New Orleans, La. – With Halloween practically on our doorsteps, Entergy New Orleans is encouraging its customers to be on the lookout for phantoms – phantom power, that is.

Phantom power – also known as standby or vampire power – is the energy used by certain appliances and electronic devices, even when they are turned off. A variety of products and appliances, such as televisions, microwaves and cell phone chargers, use phantom power. While it may seem trivial, the amount of wasted energy can add up over time and show up on monthly utility bills.

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, appliances and home electronics can account for as much as 20 percent of a typical monthly bill. And approximately 75 percent of the electricity used to power those products is consumed when the products are turned off.

“Phantom power can be compared to having a leaky faucet,” said Melonie Stewart, director of customer service for Entergy New Orleans, Inc. “A few drips may not seem like a big deal but they can add up to a larger water bill over time. Similarly, appliances and electronics that draw power even when you aren’t using them can add to your monthly power bill. Fortunately there are some simple ways to control phantom power and help you save money.”

Anything with a plug, a glowing light or a display can be a phantom power user. The most common culprits include electronics with remote controls, built in clocks or timers and instant-on features such as televisions, computers, printers, video game consoles and DVD players.

A study by the National Resources Defense Council showed that some cable TV boxes, which are often left on all day, can use as much power as a refrigerator.

Other common phantom power users are appliances and household items that are charged through a wall plug such as digital cameras, power tools, cell phones and MP3 players.

Here are some simple steps that can help you fight phantom power:

·         Purchase an advanced power strip and plug appliances into it.

·         Turn off televisions and computers when not in use.

·         Unplug small transformers (battery chargers and power adapters) when products are fully charged or not in use. Small transformers come with many electronics such as cell phones and electric shavers and plug into standard wall outlets.

·         Check the label. If purchasing an Energy Star-labeled product, choose the model that uses the least amount of phantom power. If the amount isn’t listed on the label, visit the U.S. Department of Energy’s online database to view manufacturer-supplied data by category.

 

For more information on energy conservation and a variety of money saving tips, visit www.EntergyNewOrleans.com/savemoney.

Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana’s Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 169,000 customers and natural gas to more than 100,000 customers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation, which celebrates its 100th anniversary in 2013.

 

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

More Trees for New Orleans

On Nov. 14, 2013 from 7-10pm, MotherShip Foundation will host a 
fundraiser and auction benefitting the Restore the Bayou Canopy 
Campaign. The event will take place at Pearl Wine Co. in the American 
Can Building and will feature entertainment by local artists. In 
addition to the musical entertainment, Marlin Miller—the artist who 
carved the public art sculpture out of the dead oak tree on the corner 
of Orleans Ave and Jeff Davis Pkwy—will also be at the event to share 
his story and auction off a few or his one-of-a-kind sculptures. 
Tickets, which include wine and food, are $50 for individuals or $75 
per couple—with one hundred percent of the proceeds benefiting the 
Restore the Bayou Canopy Campaign.

On Saturday, November 16th, all are invited to witness and celebrate 
the major tree planting on Bayou St. John.

http://fsjna.org/2013/10/trees-on-the-bayou/

Vehicle Burglaries 8200 Block of Fig

EVERY CAR WAS UNLOCKED..... Come on people.... BE SMARTER!!!!


Type Description Case # Location Agency Date Map It
Vehicle Break-In/Theft SIMPLE BURGLARY VEHI J3622813 8200 BLOCK OF FIG ST New Orleans Police 10/26/2013 1:04:00 PM Map It
Vehicle Break-In/Theft SIMPLE BURGLARY VEHI J3620413 8200 BLOCK OF FIG ST New Orleans Police 10/26/2013 12:33:00 PM Map It
Vehicle Break-In/Theft SIMPLE BURGLARY VEHI J3617713 8200 BLOCK OF FIG ST New Orleans Police 10/26/2013 12:09:00 PM Map It
Vehicle Break-In/Theft SIMPLE BURGLARY VEHI J3591113 8200 BLOCK OF FIG ST New Orleans Police 10/26/2013 7:13:00 AM Map It

Sunday, October 27, 2013

Neighborhood Halloween Party

Neighborhood Halloween Party

Palmer Park

This Saturday, Saturday, Oct 26

6:30-9:00 pm

Here’s what you do:

1. Let us know you are coming. Drop off a small donation to the Ribka's mailbox at 8217 Neron Place. (This helps with party expenses. Include your family name and contact info if you wish to be added to our email list)

2. Dress up in your favorite costume (optional of course)

3. Show up at Palmer Park at 6:30 (after the Arts Market)

4. Bring a dish to share with your neighbors

5. Have FUN!!!

Front Belt - Back Belt - Middle Belt

There are 3 Railroad BELT systems in the New Orleans area:
Front Belt - Railroad System that skirts the Mississippi River and goes through Oak Street and parallels Press Street

Back Belt - Railroad System that goes through Old Metairie and parallels I-610 and goes through New Orleans East. The Back Belt has moved trains through Old Metairie since the very late 1800s when Old Metairie was a very sparsely-populated area. There is a consistent local story which indicates that this section of track was only "allowed" temporarily in reaction to WWII needs and was supposed to be removed.

Middle Belt - Railroad System that has been primarily, but not solely, used to get the Amtrak Trains into Union Station.  These tracks parallel Airline and go through Hollygrove. "But currently and for the last four decades have only been used by passenger trains - one daily (in both directions) and one about every other day - and a short, nocturnal local freight train (delivering news print to THE TIMES-PICAYUNE) one-to-three nights weekly". This route does not and will not have any grade crossings, meaning that there are no grade crossings & associated automobile traffic problems. NOUPT and ex-KCS-now-CN tracks are already exist in this area.

This article and the current preferred proposal for addressing the issues associated with increased train traffic on the critical East-West rail system that moves freight through New Orleans requires:
- eliminating the Old Metairie portion of the Back Belt
- building "the Carrollton Curve" (formerly considered an engineering implausibility)
- moving train traffic onto the section of the Middle Belt that has been used primarily to as a passenger train route
- the construction of new track a very narrow strip of land between Airline Highway and affecting the residences on the southern side of the track.


Middle Belt
Published in Times Picayune


Trains would be stored/parked would be along Earhart just into Jefferson Parish.


Friday, October 25, 2013

Wildlife Habitat in NorthWest Carrollton

Send email to nwcarrollton@mindspring.com if you are interested in turning your yard into a Certified Wildlife Habitat.  We already have one Certified Wildlife Habitat in the neighborhood and would love to add more.


The information below is taken directly from National Wildlife Federations Website

Autumn brings dramatic changes in the bird life of any North American backyard. As many of the feathered residents that visit your yard during summer go south, migrants from regions to the north will pass through. Some will make brief stopovers while others will spend the winter.
You can make the most of this seasonal avian passage by making some adjustments to your property that will attract greater numbers of different birds in the fall—and help them thrive. Consider the following ideas:
 1. Provide running water:
 The sound of running water in a birdbath or pond will be heard by migrating birds from some distance, and will draw them to the bath for a drink, and possibly a quick dip. Most migrants that visit birdbaths with running water eat insects. These include warblers, vireos, flycatchers, thrushes and thrashers. In addition, the juveniles of summer resident birds are likely to spend more time at the pool before moving to more southern climes.
Tip: Running water can be created in a single pool birdbath by installing an electric mister or bubbler, available from bird supply stores. A small pump will move water in a multiple-tiered birdbath, causing the water to make a splashing noise as it recirculates from top to bottom.
2. Leave sugar water feeders out:
Don’t take down sugar water feeders as soon as local hummingbirds and orioles start leaving in the fall. There are huge numbers of hummingbirds and orioles that have spent the summer farther north; as they migrate through your area, they will recharge themselves at the feeders. And juvenile hummingbirds, the last to abandon nesting grounds, feed on sugar water long after their parents have gone south.
3. Clean out birdhouses:
Early fall is a good time to clean out and make necessary repairs to birdhouses in preparation for hosting species that roost during fall and winter. The old nests usually attract insects and parasites and should be removed before winter residents move in. In many areas, bluebirds, chickadees, nuthatches and winter wrens may take up nightly residence in birdhouses to keep warm and safe.
4. Create brush piles:
Save your fall clippings of branches and twigs and pile them in a corner of the yard (where they will be less intrusive) to create cover for birds. Most birds that prefer habitat on the ground—such as dark-eyed juncos, tree sparrows and white-throated sparrows—will use brush piles for roosting at night and for protection from predators.
Tip: Fallen evergreen trees, placed along the border of the yard, create more cover that will last throughout the winter.

 5. Plant evergreens:
There is no better natural cover for birds in fall and winter than evergreens. Planted near feeders and birdbaths, they will attract migrants and provide cover (and thus increase the safety factor) for many birds after deciduous trees lose their leaves.
6. Increase the number of feeders:
Autumn is a good time to double the number and kinds of feeders you put out for the birds. Starting with the first cool fall days, the consumption of bird food will increase and continue to increase as the average daily temperatures drop.
Tip: To attract the greatest number and variety of birds, provide a variety of seed and suet feeders. Northern cardinals, for example, prefer tray feeders, where they can perch on a ledge, while chickadees are more adept at landing on small perches or clinging to wire netting that surrounds feeders. Other birds, including several species of sparrow, feed on or near the ground, while woodpeckers are drawn to suet hanging from tree trunks.
7. Move the action closer:
One of the main reasons for feeding birds is so that you can enjoy watching their behavior in a natural environment. If you move your bird feeders and birdbaths closer to the house, you can get close to the creatures without disturbing them.
 Tip: If there is not enough natural cover just outside the windows, plant some or place potted evergreens around the feeders and baths. The birds will adapt to being close to the house quickly.
8. Provide foods for insect eaters:
Many birds that frequent backyards will not eat seeds, but they will eat insects and fruits. Cedar waxwings, American robins, northern mockingbirds, some woodpeckers, and migrating thrushes, thrashers and tanagers will feed readily on chunks of apples, berries and jellies from containers. Bluebirds, robins, mockingbirds and some woodpeckers will eat live mealworms (available at pet supply stores) served in a tray feeder.
9. Bring bird sounds indoors:
With the arrival of cooler weather, people tend to close their doors and windows, blocking out the pleasant sounds of birds singing, scolding and chattering. If you like those sounds, consider installing a wireless baby monitoring device outside, and send the sounds of nature inside to a well-placed receiver.
10. Protect birds against collisions:
More birds collide with windows during fall than any other season of the year. Often migrating birds that are not familiar with the terrain will see the reflections of a woodland in a windowpane and fly right into it. If the reflection can be removed or muted with soap, netting, screening or by hanging streamers on the outside, the birds will veer away from it.
Tip: Whatever technique you use, do it on the outside of the pane. Pulling drapes inside will enhance the reflection on the outside. Pasting silhouettes of birds of prey, such as hawks and owls, may also help deter flying birds.

Adapted from "Avian-Attractions " by George Harrison, National Wildlife , October/November 2003.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Filming in Palmer Park

Heads Up!
You might notice tents and lots of filming trucks in and/around Palmer Park starting tonight through Friday. This is for the ABC Family series Ravenswood. You can catch the 1st episode of the 1st season tonight on ABC Family. The filming is actually taking place at 2000 Carrollton but the crew is calling Palmer Park "home" for the next few days... Welcome!

NOPD Convictions

Seems that the TP did not run the stories on these two murder convictions. Not sure why, they are very positive stories on the good work by NOPD Homicide Detectives...

On 10/16/2013 in CDC section G, Daniel Holmes was convicted in the killing of Tyrez Williams. The crime occurred in the 6000 block of Chef Menteur Hwy in the 7th District. The lead detective was Richard Chambers.

The same day in CDC section I, Larry Haynes was convicted in the killing of Teira Reynolds. The crime occurred in the 2800 block of S. Roman St. in the 6th district. The lead detective was Liz Garcia.

Zoning Ordinance Meeting

We are up against a City Hall deadline to send in our comments on the Proposed Zoning Ordinance before November 30, 2013. 
The City had a public presentation and a Q&A of the proposed Zoning Ordinance last week.  Some of us were present.

Some of the proposed changes have an influence on the quality of life in the Carrollton Area.

Please go to this CPC website http://www.nola.gov/city-planning/comprehensive-zoning-ordinance/.  This 575 page document will give you a lot of details.

Some of the most important changes in favor of residents is the Citizen input and storm water management issues (paving of yards, etc). 

When adopted anyone needing a variance must meet with neighborhood before they submit to the City.

 

Please become familiar and attend a meeting to hear and discuss some of the issues with other Carrollton residents . 

This not a meeting organized by the City and may not have people from City Hall. 

This is a meeting to develop consensus and exchange opinions of what we all understand the new rules will / may be / what we may wish to have CPC change.

TUES, OCTOBER 29th

 

                                                ST. ANDREW’S PARISH HALL

                                                            8017 ZIMPLE ST.

                                                   enter under the red awning

                                                               6:30 – 8:30pm     

Your active participation is welcome.

Friday, October 18, 2013

8237-39 Apricot

Security Development Company, LLC to Melissa Lopez for $12,000.

This is the burned out and essentially empty lot.

Transfer Tax - a VOTE FOR is actually a vote AGAINST Transfer Tax

Transfer Tax - Nov. 19th Ballot

If you vote "No" the tax will be implemented!

Reminder - 98% of the people in Louisiana are NOT familiar with this tax
on the ballot for Nov. 19 . This is a tax that both buyers and sellers of
a home in Louisiana will pay
at the time of sale of their home if this tax
is ever passed . As an example, if you sell your home for $250,000, both
buyer and seller will each pay to Louisiana $4,925.00 as a transfer tax.
And, if this tax is ever passed, it would most likely be raised again in
subsequent years.

This is the tricky part: Most people who are not aware of this tax will
just click "NO" on the ballot thinking they are voting against the tax.
But, they will then be voting FOR the tax. The Amendment starts out with
"To prevent....tax" so vote "FOR "

Voting "YES" prohibits any new real estate transfer taxes in the state.
(Orleans parish already has a transfer tax). Voters must vote "YES" which
means "stay tax free".

We would encourage everyone who lives in Louisiana to go to the following
website: http://www.staytaxfree.com/ On the home page there is a
calculator that figures the tax you will pay at closing if this tax is
ever passed.

This is an excellent website with great info. This website is sponsored by
the Louisiana Realtors Assn which is our watchdog for new taxes. I hope
everyone will look at this site and figure what their tax to Louisiana
could be just for buying or selling a home . You are just one click away.
http://www.staytaxfree.com/


Please pass on to your families and friends who live in Louisiana and
probably know nothing about this tax.

40 additional Project NOLA Crime Cameras in West Carrollton

According to an article in Uptown Messenger
"The anti-crime nonprofit Project NOLA received a $10,000 grant Wednesday from the Westway Group to expand its network of private surveillance cameras by 40 locations in the west-Carrollton neighborhood..."
 
But will we get any in NorthWest Carrollton? 
If we were to get cameras, any suggestions as to where they should be located?

NorthWest Carrollton is part of the West Carrollton-Leonidas neighborhood.

Why the name NorthWest Carrollton?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Guidry Town Hall Meeting - Monday

Councilmember Susan G. Guidry would like to invite you to
the Uptown Area Town Hall meeting.

City department officials and other groups will be on hand to provide updates about ongoing work in your neighborhood and address your questions and concerns one-on-one.
Photographs and documentation of any issues are highly encouraged.


Where

Audubon Tea Room
6500 Magazine Street


When 

Monday October 21st
 5:30-8 p.m.




The following organizations will be in attendance:
 
Sewerage & Water Board
Department of Public Works
NOPD
NOFD
Paths to Progress
Project NOLA
Energy Smart
NOLA Wise
Tulane University
Regional Planning Commission
Regional Transit Authority
 


If you need more information call (504) 658-1010