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Parish to pay over $2 million in damages

May 20th, 2013 | By

The U.S. Department of Justice and St. Bernard Parish agreed to settle the long-running fair housing lawsuit alleging that the parish purposely restricted the availability of rental housing in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina for racially motivated reasons. Approved by U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan, the settlement requires the parish to pay over $2 million […]



Council approves $3 mil bond for HSD

May 13th, 2013 | By

The St. Bernard Parish Council unanimously approved a $3 million revenue anticipation note for the eight-month-old St. Bernard Parish Hospital Service District at their Tuesday night meeting. A revenue anticipation note is a short-term municipal bond that will be paid with anticipated funds collected from a project. Citing sluggish collections from third-party sources like Medicaid […]



35-year SBFD veteran Larry Salean retires

May 10th, 2013 | By
35-year SBFD veteran Larry Salean retires

Fire Captain Larry Sallean, a retiring 35-year veteran of the St. Bernard Parish Fire Department was honored at the May 7 council meeting for several decades of service to the parish. Before his retirement, Sallean was the Senior most member of the department. Fire Chief Thomas Stone praised him for his leadership and outstanding record. […]



New postal hours take effect Saturday

May 6th, 2013 | By

The Arabi Post Office will be open Monday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with no Saturday hours. The St. Bernard Post Office will be open Monday through Friday from 11:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m., and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Chalmette Post Office Hours will remain the same. “The […]



Job seekers, employers network at Nunez Job Fair

May 3rd, 2013 | By
Job seekers, employers network at Nunez Job Fair

“We do this every year, and every year it’s a success,” said Linda Beaucoudray, Human Resources Manager for United Bulk Terminals at Nunez Community College’s 15th annual spring job fair. Beaucoudray was one of the many employers looking to find top-notch local workers at the April 25 job fair. United Bulk Terminals is currently looking […]



“Diversions aren’t the answer.”

May 3rd, 2013 | By
“Diversions aren’t the answer.”

Hundreds of concerned fishermen attended the second meeting of the Save Louisiana Coalition Monday night to get informed on what coalition leaders say is the biggest issue facing fisheries today: large-scale freshwater and sediment diversions. The Louisiana Coastal Master Plan, approved last year, has several large-scale diversions slated for St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes. One […]



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 […]