Archive for April 2013

Courthouse celebrated; Peralta: “major post Katrina project completed”

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
Courthouse celebrated; Peralta: “major post Katrina project completed”

Although it’s been open for a little over a month, the newly renovated St. Bernard Parish Courthouse was celebrated with a traditional ribbon cutting ceremony on April 18. “This was a major undertaking,” said Parish President Dave Peralta. “It has been extremely difficult finding products and matching things. We were almost finished until Isaac struck […]



Proposed tax credit could cost parish schools $3.8 million

Apr 26th, 2013 | By

If a bill introduced in Baton Rouge by Jefferson Parish State Rep. Kirk Talbot earlier this month is passed, St. Bernard Parish School System’s tax revenue could be reduced by $3.8 million. The legislation, HB328 is a constitutional amendment that “adds property tax exemptions for certain inventory held by manufacturers, distributors, retailers and natural gas […]



Maumus Science Center set for 2014 completion date

Apr 26th, 2013 | By
Maumus Science Center set for 2014 completion date

One of the most exciting post-Katrina renovations, the Maumus Center in Old Arabi, is moving along nicely and should be completed by the end of 2014. Once completed, the $15 million FEMA funded project will be a state-of-the-art hands-on Science Learning Center for the St. Bernard Parish School system. Schools will utilize the Maumus center […]



Chef Varisco receives award at Best Chefs of LA 2013

Apr 19th, 2013 | By
Chef Varisco receives award at Best Chefs of LA 2013

Chef Ruth Varisco, Nunez Community College’s culinary program manager, is one of Louisiana’s 2013 Best Food Service Professionals. Chef Ruth and five others received the prestigious honor in the Best Food Service Professional category at the American Culinary Federation of Louisiana’s annual culinary experience and fundraiser, Best Chefs of Louisiana 2013, held on April 8 […]



Small business owners crying foul over sign sweep

Apr 19th, 2013 | By

Beautification of post-Katrina St. Bernard Parish has been a top concern for local government and civic organizations, especially over the last year, and a huge part of that has been tackling blighted or prohibited business signs that dot the parish’s main thoroughfares. After a recent zoning sweep netted 156 businesses for out-of-compliance signs, a hearing […]



Peralta gives State of Parish address at Chamber lunch

Apr 19th, 2013 | By
Peralta gives State of Parish address at Chamber lunch

It has been a year-and-four months since David Peralta took the oath of office and became St. Bernard’s Parish President. And it’s been a rough year. The budget crisis from a lack of sale tax revenue has hit hard. In turn, to keep a balanced budget, 123 parish employees had to be laid off. “It […]



Couple leaves kids and loaded guns in car while shopping

Apr 12th, 2013 | By

A man and a woman who said they were homeless were arrested in Chalmette after they left two loaded handguns in a vehicle with their six children ages seven years to just five months old as they shopped 20 minutes in a store, Sheriff James Pohlmann said. “This could have easily ended in a tragedy,’’ […]



Nat. Guard youth program gets Arabi teen on the right track

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
Nat. Guard youth program gets Arabi teen on the right track

In August, 18-year-old Arabi resident Brittaney Smith’s future was anything but certain. After several years of rebellion and fights at school and at home, Smith was expelled less than a month into her Senior year at Chalmette High School. Her parents were fed up and exhausted. “Brittaney had a track record of behavioral problems, that […]



Sheriff’s Office millage passes by 61 percent

Apr 12th, 2013 | By
Sheriff’s Office millage passes by 61 percent

The 15-mill property tax to fund the Sheriff’s Department for the next 10 years was approved by 61 percent of voters who turned out for the April 6 election. The measure was approved: 2,390 votes for, 1,531 against. The additional 15-mills doubles SBSO’s budget to $9 million annually for the next 10 years. Currently, SBSO […]



Council supports no tax on BP settlement money for commercial fishermen

Apr 5th, 2013 | By

After hearing the pleas of local commercial fishermen, the council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution requesting state and federal delegation to exempt victims of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill from paying taxes on any settlement money. The intent of the resolution, introduced by District E Councilman Monty Montelongo, is to give a push […]