Archive for August 2012

Scalise praises RESTORE Act at Chamber dinner

Aug 24th, 2012 | By
Scalise praises RESTORE Act at Chamber dinner

The Chamber Board members marked the occasion with a photo. Seen from left are Board Member Chris San Marco; Chamber CEO Stephen Reuther; Board Members Fred Sigur Jr. and Eric Schmidt; Chairman Jodie Lohfink; Board Member Ewell “Corky” Potts III; Congressman Steve Scalise; Charlene Walsh; Claudette Reuther and Mike Fradella.  *** From the national deficit […]



$32 fee on water passes

Aug 24th, 2012 | By
$32 fee on water passes

Justin Serpas, along with dozens of other St. Bernard residents have been voicing their thoughts on council’s decision to impose a $32 fee to water bills, from September to December 2012. Photo by Terri Sercovich *** Starting September 1, a $32 monthly fee—dedicated strictly to the Fire Department— will be levied on each parish resident’s […]



Lavioleppe Presents Book at St. Bernard Library

Aug 17th, 2012 | By
Lavioleppe Presents Book at St. Bernard Library

Story and photo by Kirsten Wolinski *** St. Bernard native Julie Landry Lavioleppe recently presented her children’s book, “Brush of Truth” to a packed audience at the parish library. Brush of Truth is a digital book that parents can download onto their iPhones and iPads.  The story also gives readers options; readers make choices for […]



EFC to recommend four-month water bill fee

Aug 17th, 2012 | By

The Executive Finance Committee presented a plan to the administration and the public at their August 14 meeting that, if approved by the council next week, would put a $32 fee on residents’ water bills starting September 1. The fee would keep the fire department safe from layoffs for the remainder of 2012. The EFC, […]



Hands-on youth education program back at Jackson Barracks

Aug 17th, 2012 | By
Hands-on youth education program back at Jackson Barracks

STARBASE, a department of defense-funded education program for fifth-grade students, is now back at Jackson Barracks for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. The hands-on education program will serve schools in both Orleans and St. Bernard Parishes, and prides itself on getting students to look at STEM courses (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) in a […]



Garofalo defends Ed. reform vote

Aug 17th, 2012 | By
Garofalo defends Ed. reform vote

Education Reform: Acts 1 & 2 Acts 1 and 2 were the highly debated and sometimes contested education reform bills. Both passed. Act 1 involved the teacher tenure process and is a “pay-for-performance” system. Teachers who are rated “highly effective” for five years within a six-year period are granted tenure, and those not award tenure […]



St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District appoints Medical Executive Committee

Aug 10th, 2012 | By
St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District appoints Medical Executive Committee

The St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District recently appointed its Medical Executive Committee members who will oversee the brand new Chalmette facility slated to open its doors in 2012. The Medical Executive Committee is comprised of Chief of Staff Abdolreza Vadiee, M.D.;  Vice Chief of Staff Mace Scott, M.D.; Secretary/Treasurer Mark Jenkins II, M.D.;  Immediate […]



Ordinances introduced that could increase water bill fees, induce parish govt. layoffs

Aug 10th, 2012 | By

Three ordinances were introduced during the August 7 council meeting that aim to close the parish’s $2 million 2012 budget gap and fix an anticipated $10 million gap for the 2013 fiscal year– all of which were tabled until the August 21 council meeting. The parish’s budget woes are brought on by inaccurate sales tax […]



Two more positive West Nile samples ID’ed in St. Bernard

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By

St. Bernard Parish Government confirmed on July 27 two positive samples of the West Nile Virus, bringing this season’s grand total of positive samples to five. Although the number West Nile cases found in St. Bernard isn’t that big of a jump from previous years, officials have noticed that the virus has sprung up earlier […]



A day for the history books: Construction complete, ribbon cut on new St. Bernard Parish Hospital

Aug 3rd, 2012 | By
A day for the history books: Construction complete, ribbon cut on new St. Bernard Parish Hospital

Pictured holding the ribbon is Parish President Dave Peralta, District D Councilman Casey Hunnicutt, District 3 School Board member Darleen Asevedo, Hospital Service District Board Member Andrew Sercovich, Hospital Service District Treasurer Jim DiFatta, Hospital Service District Chairman Wayne Landry, Archbishop Gregory Aymond, St. Bernard Chamber of Commerce Chairwoman Jodie Lohfink, District C Councilman Ritchie […]