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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

2500 Block of Cambronne

SIMPLE CRIMINAL DAMAD40997132500 BLOCK OF CAMBRONNE STNew Orleans Police4/30/2013 7:54:00 AMMap It

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Pecan Tree

The neighborhood has a very large pecan tree.
It is always they last tree to leaf out every spring.
Summer's coming.
Say what you want about all the rain we've had lately.
The trees have not looked this good in YEARS!

Delight & homebuying

"You don't just buy the house, you buy the whole neighborhood."

"Where you choose to live — whether in a bustling city or a quiet neighborhood — has a tremendous impact on how you spend your days."

"Delight has to be an equal player with function and cost, yet delight gets ignored because it can't be quantified on paper. How many bedrooms, kitchen size, appraisal value and costs are hard facts. When function, cost and delight work together, they keep each other in check. Combine the three, find the sweet spot and there you will find the right home."

outreach requests for Jean Lafitte NHP&P BioBlitz & summer interns -- volunteers, housing ...

Dear Colleague,
My Jean Lafitte NHP&P colleagues and I seek your assistance with BioBlitz event volunteer recruitment and with helping our summer interns to find inexpensive local housing.  Please forward/distribute this message to your students and colleagues.
+ We need volunteers to help us carry out the BioBlitz at the Barataria Preserve.  Volunteer roles range from assisting with educational activities to processing biodiversity samples to assisting experts with biodiversity inventories to registering participants and event maintenance work.  To learn more about specific volunteer opportunities, explore the volunteer registration website.  You can make a difference!
+ We seek housing for interns who will work with Jean Lafitte NHP&P's natural resource management group this summer.  If you know of inexpensive housing in the New Orleans metropolitan area, or if you wish to rent a room in your home or sublet your place, please contact me and/or Dusty Pate.  We seek to direct interns to housing beginning between May 4th (!) and early June and extending for up to 16 and 10 weeks, respectively.
+ We still welcome BioBlitz participation by natural history experts and scientists.  It's not too late to register (ignore the opposing statement on the NGS website).  We seek leaders and co-leaders for public inventories, experts who prefer to identify taxa from field-collected samples, and experts who wish to assist with planned educational activities.  See the scientist information page or go directly to the expert registration site.
+ Finally, we welcome your participation in BioBlitz biodiversity inventory and festival activities on Friday 17 May and Saturday 18 May!  Join us with your family, friends and neighbors at the Barataria Preserve for an exciting two days of biodiversity discovery and appreciation.  Learn more about the event at our website and/or register now (go to bottom of web page) to participate in a specific inventory.
Thanks for distributing this to your students and colleagues.
with best wishes,
Julie L. Whitbeck, Ph.D.
Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve
419 Decatur St.

New LED Streetlights. Can we get some(more)?

Folks were raving about the moon this weekend and it was fabulous. But....
What if we could see the Night Sky and STARS everynight? And...
What if it cost the city less for us to do it?  LEDs last longer and cost less to run.

"Scientists have developed a new LED streetlight design to make stars more visible in the city." 
LEDs and Dark Skies
Image examining the spectrum of light pollution.
Photo Source: GASAN & IFLS

See details in BBC article:
"It should be seen as an investment for local authorities to install more efficient street lighting, which will save money and energy waste in the long-term.

"Design is great but councils have to follow through with investment."

One Tree.....

This is one of the reasons we lobbied so hard to have large trees planted on Earhart. Thanks again Parks & Parkways!
  One Tree can filter Source: GASAN

And here is another reason...  Shade makes walkable cities walkable And here is another
Source: Grow Food Not Lawns

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Local Business.... just smart

Even Forbes says so >>> Link

"What Does “Local Business” Even Mean?

Local means closer proximity between producers and consumers, which fosters relationships of trust between consumers and farmers, maximizes the level of economic activity within a community, and minimizes the carbon footprint of shipping.

Local also refers to control. Local control of a business means the proprietor is more likely to re-spend the dollars earned locally, which increases what economists call the “multiplier effect,” while being less likely to relocate to another region. Local businesses also nurture local culture and the presence of diversified local businesses tends to strengthen indicators of community well being, like political participation (see “the benefits of locally owned businesses“)."

Thursday, April 25, 2013

8500 Block of Belfast

BurglaryRESIDENCE BURGLARYD34633138500 BLOCK OF BELFAST STNew Orleans Police4/25/2013 5:27:00 PMMap It

Monday, April 22, 2013

Be on the look out

Dear Neighbos,

We wanted to let you know about some criminal as well as suspicious activity that seems to be going on in the neighborhood.

This past week a neighbor who lives on Sycamore near Dublin was broken into. Jewelry and electronics were taken. The neighbor was out of town at the time of the break-in. It's is likely the perp/s knew the owner was gone. No one saw who broke in.

Since then, there have been two suspicious individuals hanging around Palmer Park and near the houses around the park. One is a white male about 18 years of age, short blond hair, medium build. He was seen this morning pacing around in the park near the play-set, then out of the park near the corner of Dublin and Sycamore and then back in the park. He was nervous acting and seemed to be scoping things out. Tonight, an hispanic looking male, medium length curly dark hair, around 16-18 years of age was seen lurking around a house on the corner of Neron and Dublin. The owner of the house came out because of barking dogs, confronted the individual and was told he was just passing through. He walked off toward the corner of Neron and Dante but soon reappeared at the same spot of Neron and Dublin when he saw that the owner had gotten into their car and droven away. Another Neighbor who was walking by saw this same individual hanging around in the yard of the house on Dublin and Neron.

It seems as if these two males may be acting as spotters or lookouts. Please email back if you have any information you wish to share. Make sure you lock your doors and use your alarms if you have one and most of all- DO NOT HESITATE to call 911 if you see anything that doesn't look right!!! That is what 911 is for. If you feel more comfortable calling the non-emergency number it is: 821-2222.

Be safe.

Your neighbors from Palmer Park

Date: Apr 22, 2013 10:58 AM

UPDATE: Sunday afternoon, the police stopped and talked to the teen who has been seen around the park and described by several as acting inappropriately toward women. Police told the neighbor who called them that the boy, who is 15, would be taken home to his mother in handcuffs, and he was told not to hang around the park again. Police said his older brothers are known to them, and have been arrested before, though they didn't say on what charges. They also cautioned that the mom likely wasn't the kind to sternly discipline him, that she has problems of her own. This is the guy who is dark-skinned, perhaps Hispanic, with shoulder-length black hair and generally baggy pants. They've taken his picture and have his name now. Police thanked us for making them aware of the problem to begin with, and they said they were waiting for such a call so they could talk to him. This is a great example of neighbors looking out for each other and sharing information. Perhaps none of us would have called the police based on our individual encounters with this kid, but knowing what our collective experience was made it clear that this was a problem that had to be addressed quickly. It's good to be in a neighborhood where we all look out for each other.

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Lafitte’s Barataria Museum & Wetland Trace



About the Museum:
The 6,000-square-foot, $350,000 wildlife and fisheries museum tells the 200-year-old story of the Town of Jean Lafitte, a historic fishing village 20 miles southwest of New Orleans. Featuring a multi-media theatre presentation, an animated museum exhibition and a nature study trail, the museum leads visitors on a journey through the life of pirate Jean Lafitte, the stories and folk traditions of wetland dwellers and the realities of coastal erosion and natural and man-made disasters.
State-of-the-art animatronic figures include a talking alligator as well as a surprise guest who is in search of “the golden thimble.” At the end of the exhibit, visitors emerge to a mile-and-half cypress swamp trail leading to a bayou, rookery and marsh area, filled with alligators, snakes, spiders and exotic birds.
Exhibits displayed in the museum come from the former Louisiana Marine Fisheries Museum provided by the Louisiana Secretary of State, the Louisiana Wildlife & Fisheries Collection from the original Louisiana State Museum in the French Quarter and the Town of Jean Lafitte’s special historical collection.

Multi-Purpose Center
4917 City Park Dr.,
Lafitte, LA

799 Jean Lafitte Blvd.
Lafitte, LA
504-689-2299 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 
Mon.- Fri. 9pm – 3pm

Friday, April 19, 2013

Charming Bed & Breakfast Rental on Nelson

Click here to book and for more photos. 

$200.00 per nite for up to 2 people, 3 or more is $250.00 per night...these prices are for French Quarter and Jazz Festival which will be for a 3 night minimum. Other prices apply for other dates. $75.00 non refundable cleaning deposit.

1300 SQ foot, Cozy apartment in convenient historic neighborhood. Grocery and Drug Store across the street. Excellent proximity to Oak Street, Maple Street, Riverbend, RocknBowl. 3 minute walk to Street Car and Bus Lines. Just around the corner from neighborhood park. Short taxi ride to French Quarter and Fairgrounds.

Kitchen is fully equipped.

Living Room
Has Futon in Living Room so potentially sleeps six.

Enjoy the lovely fenced backyard area for morning coffee, afternoon cocktails or outside dining.

2 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom.
Also offer Washer, Dryer, Cable, Wifi, and Central Air and Heat. 

Kids welcome, no pets and no smoking inside house but lovely outdoor space allows for that.

2625-27 Leonidas

Whitney Bank to Doka Investments LLC $56,000

Wednesday, April 17, 2013


The Citizen’s Police Academy is managed by the Crime Prevention Unit of the New Orleans Police Department under the leadership of Superintendent Ronal W. Serpas.  The academy is a program designed to provide citizens with information on various functions of the New Orleans Police Department and the criminal justice system.  The program consists of various topics, which will be presented by several police officers and other city officials and leaders.  Some of the topics that will be discussed are: Communications Division (complaint calls); Community Policing (Neighborhood Watch, Crimestoppers); Public Integrity Bureau (complaints against police officers); Domestic Violence (laws and police procedures); Special Investigations (various criminal investigations), Crime Lab Division (evidence collection); Education and Training Academy (probable cause, search and seizure); Crime Prevention Unit (programs and functions) and several other topics.
·         At least 21 years old
·         A resident of the City of New Orleans
·         Must submit an application
Applications will be accepted until announcement is withdrawn.
The 8-week program begins on Wednesday, April 24, 2013.  Sessions are held every Wednesday from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm at the
Special Operations Division Compound located at 1899 Tchoupitoulas Street in New Orleans.  Plans for other 2013 sessions are in progress.  
Contact NOPD  using information below to get a program application.
New Orleans Police Department
Crime Prevention Unit
715 South Broad Street, Room A-412
New Orleans, Louisiana  70119
Office Number: (504) 658-5590
Fax Number: (504) 658-5170

Town Hall Meeting with SW&B + Department of Public Works

Mark Jernigan, Director of Public Works and Joseph Becker , General Superintendent SW&B will be on hand to provide updates on the status of infrastructure improvements in the Carrollton Area.

The Town Hall meeting will held on Monday April 22, 2013 at 6:00PM at St. Mary’s Dominican High School – 77091 Walmsley Avenue.

Secured parking will be available at the rear of the School which can be accessed from Burdette Street.

Access to the meeting is hall is from the Rear parking area.

Security will be present during the event.

"Together – CAN Making Connections"

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Economic Synergies across Southeast Louisiana

Dear friends and colleagues,
Southeast Louisiana has received high marks for its economic performance during the Great Recession. But projected job growth through 2020 is expected to lag Houston, Austin-San Antonio, Raleigh, and Atlanta—which are benefiting from earlier efforts to diversify their economy.

At the same time, relative sea level rise is rapidly increasing flood risk.
By working together to harness their economic synergies, New Orleans, Baton Rouge, and Houma-Thibodaux can diversify into emerging industries such as clean tech and digital media, while at the same time fortifying existing specializations in energy, advanced manufacturing, and water management.
In our new report, we highlight:
  • Southeast Louisiana's significant expertise in engineering and scientific consulting, heavy construction, and water transportation.
  • The synergistic role of wetland restoration activities toward Southeast Louisiana’s economic transformation.
  • The importance of working collaboratively across Baton Rouge, New Orleans, and Houma-Thibodaux.
Read our report,
to learn more about the challenges and opportunities facing Southeast Louisiana at:
Bringing you the data you need to make informed decisions,
The GNOCDC team
Charlotte Cunliffe, Elaine Ortiz, Ben Horwitz, Allison Plyer, and Susan Sellers
The Greater New Orleans Community Data Center is a product of Nonprofit Knowledge Works and is supported in part by United Way of Southeast Louisiana, Baptist Community Ministries, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Metropolitan Opportunities Fund at the Greater New Orleans Foundation, RosaMary Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, blue moon fund, and data users like you.
Greater New Orleans Community Data Center
1600 Constance | New Orleans, LA 70130

Monday, April 15, 2013

Why Apricot, Apple, Fig?

Taken from Tim Garrett's History of Marlyville-Fountainbleau

On July 9, 1894, New Orleans city commissioners did so with the passage of voluminous Act 9411, which further mandated that all of Carrollton’s numbered streets be renamed after hardwood or fruit trees (Maple, Birch, Apricot).

Earhart was originally named 14th Street and was renamed in 1949 to honor 

Mayor Fred A. Earhart.  Too bad it wasn't to honor Amelia Earhart.

Pritchard Place was originally named Brickyard Street and then Woodruff Street before being renamed in honor of RO Pritchard a local hotelier.

Friday, April 12, 2013

How to build community

Know your neighbors.

Open your shades.

Look up when you are walking.

Greet people.

Sit on your stoop.

Put up a swing.

Take back the night.

Also very good Crime prevention tips!

New Orleans is no wasteland

New Orleans is no wasteland  Opinion published in Times Picayune 4/12/13
By Bryant S. York

In his segment on crime and corruption in New Orleans last week, Geraldo Rivera referred to everything outside the French Quarter as a "vast urban wasteland." I'm not taking issue with the string of factual inaccuracies in his piece. No, the good folks of the New Orleans business community and the local media have already pinpointed and corrected them several times over.
The trouble here is the "wasteland" comment. And the problem is Mr. Rivera's misunderstanding of two things: the Crescent City and the English language. As a (relatively new) New Orleanian and a former English teacher, I'm peculiarly well positioned to help him out here. So let's see what we can do.
First, let's discuss wastelands. There are many kinds. For example, we can look to the nuclear variety (see Chernobyl, 1986), the environmental (see the Dust Bowl, 1934-1936), the urban (see Dresden, 1945) and the poetic (see Elliott, T.S.). This is extreme stuff. By definition, a wasteland is barren, ugly and uncultivated. Not so much a place where someone wouldn't want to live, but rather a place where no one can live. They are, in short, uninhabitable.
Next, let's turn to New Orleans. When my wife and I decided to move here in 2011 after 16 years in New York City, we weren't being adventurous or glib. We weren't experimenting with planting our flag on some barren tuft to see what we could make grow. We didn't know it at the time, but the decision to move to New Orleans was made for us by the city on our first visit years ago. That decision was confirmed time and again on each subsequent trip, including a notable one when we were married here with a host of wide-eyed New Yorkers in tow. (They had never seen a second line. Mr. Rivera should try one.)

Why this decision? Why join so many others leaving New York or Chicago or San Francisco or elsewhere to find a home in New Orleans? Because here, you not only know your neighbors, but they take care of you (even the newbies). Because here, as with all of surrounding southern Louisiana, they preserve and enhance what is local - whether in the form of language, customs, cooking or dozens of other iterations. Meanwhile, the country at large is steadily losing its sense of the local. It continues to slip towards homogenization.
But New Orleans reassures us that it doesn't have to, and New Orleans points the way back. Because here is a celebration of community, hosted daily, that is typically seen from afar only during community celebrations. Because here is a patchwork of far flung peoples and histories fused into a cultural generator, whose celebrated products are too often reduced to the shorthand of food and jazz. The city, with outsized influence, projects this active legacy steadily upward and outward, like the Mississippi flowing in reverse. (Quick thought experiment: name another city with anything in spitting distance of a 350,000 population that has had a similar impact on life, and living, in America. Timer starts now.)

And that brings us back to Mr. Rivera's bumbling with language. If it was aimed at reality, it sailed far wide of the mark. The city he calls barren is full of life. What he calls empty is actually full. Of course, everyone is at liberty to be wrong. But Mr. Rivera is an entertainer. (I would have reached for journalist, but there are, after all, only so many triple axels that poor Mr. Murrow and Mr. Cronkite can land in their graves.) And as an entertainer, there is a sequence in what Mr. Rivera does. He has a thought, utters it into a microphone, and off it goes pinging around the country and the globe. In that position, more is required of him. A moment of pause between thinking and scattering his thoughts to the televised winds.

Willful blindness is not an option. At the bare minimum, it requires that he correctly identify the wasteland. Here's a hint: it's right there, in residence, between his ears.
Bryant S. York lives in New Orleans, where he practices law as a civil litigator.

8428 Pritchard Place

Sold for $90,000


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Backyard Beekeeping

Backyard Beekeeping
Gates are open from 9am - noon
1137 Baronne Street, New Orleans, LA 70113
o 504 620 2224  
Urban beekeeping expert, Russell Harris, speaks at 10am.  Come learn how to start your own colony of bees and keep this indispensible species thriving in New Orleans. 
Available at the Greenhouse: Vegetables, herbs, LA SuperPlants and lots of color.  Special sale on trees.
Arrive early to get a seat!

Net-Metering Slated for Execution

Net-Metering Slated for Execution

Unless we all step forward to defend this critical policy, Louisiana will be the 1st state to eliminate solar net-metering.  Under current law in Louisiana (and every other state), all energy generated by solar customers belongs to them.  Every kWh they feed onto the grid they are entitled to a credit worth a kWh in return.  At the end of the month the customer owes the utility the base customer charge plus whatever extra power they used over what they produced.  
The proposed rule change will force these customers to sell their power to the utility at a fraction of its value (wholesale cost $0.03-0.04/kWh)), then the Utility is allowed to sell that same energy to other customers at retail prices ($0.08/kWh). Forest Wright, Regulatory Director for the Alliance for Affordable Energy said, "There is no precedent for this change anywhere in the nation. Cmmr. Holloway is using shoddy facts to excuse wiping out thousands of dollars of investment for solar families.  This is nothing but a power grab for utilities." 
You can read the comments we submitted to the LPSC: February Comments 
And here: March Comments
The decision will be made at the April Public Service Commission Meeting on April 17, 2013.  If you have solar on your roof or if you want solar on your roof, you should come to the meeting and tell the Commission to stay the course on net-metering.  In the immortal words of James Brown: "Say it Loud! Say it Proud!"
Meeting starts at 9 AM and plan on being there through 1 PM.

Gulf Restoration Network - BP Gulf Oil Spill

The Gulf Restoration Network is committed to uniting and empowering people to protect and restore the natural resources of the Gulf Region.
Gulf Tides 17: Sediment and Sustainability - Restoring the Gulf of Mexico
Gulf Tides 17: Sediment and Sustainability - Restoring the Gulf of Mexico

If you are going to live here.
You need to  understand this stuff!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

2600 Block of Leonidas

AssaultAGGRAVATED ASSAULTD13065132600 BLOCK OF LEONIDAS STNew Orleans Police4/10/2013 1:19:00 PM

Mrs. Flot Smiling Crime Warrior

"Subject: NONPACC - Mrs. Flot Obituary
Second District NONPACC Community Members,
I writing today to let everyone know that a long time participant, Mrs. Dorothy-Mae Flot passed away last week. Below is Mrs. Flot obitiuary. She will be greatly missed at our monthly meetings. Our thoughts and prayers are with her husband Renauld and her family."

Sample of the response from NorthWest Carrollton friends and fans
"If you don't know who this wonderful woman is you should have. A warrior."

"The Carrollton area and the city have lost a true fighter who believed in setting things straight. I remember her from Incarnate Word church. She had the prettiest smile and the cutest twinkle in her eye. But above all she was a fighter who stuck to the old WWII expression when it came to fighting crime" Damn the torpedoes full steam ahead". She will be missed."

Mrs. Flot
Published in the Times Picayune April 6 to 7, 2013
Dorothy-Mae Williams Flot, a founding partner of Flot Custom Framing Inc. on Broadway passed away on Wednesday, April 3, 2013. Wife of Renauld J. Flot of 56 years. Mother of Monique, Danielle and Sapphire. Proud grandmother of Renauld J. Flot II. Also survived by a host of other relatives and friends . A native and a lifelong resident of New Orleans, LA.
Relatives and friends of the family, also Priests and Parishioners of Mater Dolorsa Catholic Church, former Incarnate Word Church and St. Monica Church, Employees of Larson Johl, USACE and Golden Leaf Energy are invited to attend the Visitation on Monday, April 8, 2013 at Mater Dolorosa Catholic Church, 1228 South Carrollton Avenue from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. Followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 am. Interment Lake Lawn Park Mausoleum. You may sign the guest book on and

Monday, April 8, 2013

Blue Ribbons in Palmer Park

Wondering what those blue ribbons are all about in Palmer Park??

The New Orleans Children's Advocacy Center helped to spread awareness about stopping the epidemic of child abuse with the help of wonderful volunteers from Gulf Coast area College Alpha Phi Omega members. They volunteered as a part of their Conference over the weekend of April 6th at Tulane University. Look for these ribbons throughout April and check out facts about child abuse on each ribbon. All ribbons were donated by Gordon's of Metairie. Ribbons were tied with permission of the New Orleans Parks and Parkways Department.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Community March Against Violence - AmeriCorps

Sent: Sat, April 6, 2013 3:07:32 PM
Subject: [From the Carrollton Riverbend Neighborhood Association] Community March Against Violence

Community March Against Violence
Late Monday night, an AmeriCorps member who had come to New Orleans to live and serve in the community was shot and killed in the Carrollton neighborhood. For those who are outraged by this and other acts of violence that occur regularly throughout our city, there will be a silent candlelight vigil and march to demonstrate our strength as a community and our support of those who dedicate their lives to service. The Community March Against Violence is a community solidarity event, not a memorial service. It will not be used as a forum for discussion, interviews, or speeches.
Those interested in attending should meet at the corner of Jeannette and Dublin Street on Sunday, April 7th at 8pm. The Community March Against Violence will proceed down Jeannette, turn right onto Eagle, and return towards Carrollton on Birch. Please bring your own candle.
For those of you who wish to attend but cannot, feel free to join in spirit by lighting a candle wherever you are.
For questions, contact Andreas Hoffmann at 504-342-4966

Also take the time to read Jarvis DeBerry's excellent Op Ed