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Hospital workers protest third-party ownership

Feb 10th, 2014 | By

Several St. Bernard Parish Hospital employees appeared in the Council Chambers Tuesday night to voice their concerns over their job security and the state of the hospital. On the agenda Tuesday night was an ordinance asking the Hospital Service District (HSD) “to submit a list of operational negative impact items if the hospital were managed […]



Parish braces for winter storm, emerges unscathed

Jan 31st, 2014 | By
Parish braces for winter storm, emerges unscathed

St. Bernard Parish officials were grateful to residents for heeding their cautions regarding the winter storm that fell upon Greater New Orleans on Tuesday. “People did a remarkable job in following our suggestions,” said Parish President Dave Peralta, who declared a state of emergency for the parish after consulting with the National Weather Service. The […]



One-year hospital millage will be on April ballot

Jan 10th, 2014 | By
One-year hospital millage will be on April ballot

  The St. Bernard Parish Council voted unanimously to allow a one-year, 30 mill hospital tax to the April ballot; the hospital hopes the measure passes in order to raise $9 million for operations. “We’re a non-profit. We can’t go to a bank,” said Jim DiFatta, chairman of the hospital’s board of directors. “We know […]



Arabi landmark purposely burned

Dec 2nd, 2013 | By
Arabi landmark purposely burned

  Arabi resident Edwin Roy Jr. noticed something odd as he looked at the windows from his bed at his Mehle Street home at 2 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 22. “There was a glow in the sky. At first, I though it was the streetlight across the street,” he said. Yet, the strange orange glow […]



Congresswoman promises delay of NFIP changes by end of year

Nov 18th, 2013 | By
Congresswoman promises delay of NFIP changes by end of year

The category 5 Katrina did not flood Kathy and Joseph Gonzales’ Braithwaite home. But seven years later, after the completion of the New Orleans Hurricane Protection System, which shelters most of St. Bernard Parish, the slow moving Isaac— a category 1 that was downgraded to a tropical storm— brought them eight feet of water. The […]



Judge Jeanne Juneau takes oath of office

Nov 18th, 2013 | By
Judge Jeanne Juneau takes oath of  office

Judge Jeanne Nunez Juneau took her oath of office during her robing ceremony Tuesday. She is filling the 34th District—Division B seat vacated by Manuel “Manny” Fernandez. She will be finishing out Fernandez’s term, which ends in 2014. Judge Juneau celebrated with her family posing on the bench. She is pictured with husband Timmy Juneau, […]



Judge Jeanne Juneau elected

Oct 28th, 2013 | By
Judge Jeanne Juneau elected

The results are in—Jeanne Juneau was recently named St. Bernard’s first female judge. Juneau narrowly trumped opponent Kim Jones, by 38 votes in last Saturday’s election. “I am honored to be a part of this historical race,” said Juneau. “I am truly grateful that the people of St. Bernard selected me as their first female […]



State audit critiques Parish Government

Oct 21st, 2013 | By

An audit of parish finances by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera notes that some of St. Bernard Parish Government’s accounting policies and procedures are sub par, along with a few other criticisms. Parish officials have stated that these inadequacies were due to personnel changes and timing issues, and that they are in the process of rectifying […]



Port Demolishes Last Kaiser Building

Oct 14th, 2013 | By
Port Demolishes Last Kaiser Building

  Aside from its smokestack, a St. Bernard landmark, nothing remains of the old Kaiser Aluminum plant in Chalmette. This month, the St. Bernard Port, Harbor and Terminal District, completed the demolition of the last remaining structure— a potline building.   When the Kaiser plant opened in 1951 it quickly became an economic engine for […]



CT couple pays respects at Chalmette Monument

Oct 7th, 2013 | By
CT couple pays respects at Chalmette Monument

Last Sunday Charles B. Smith and his wife Doreen, both of whom are newly retired, decided to take a trip to Chalmette to participate in the National Monument Clean-up Day at the Chalmette National Cemetery.   The Cemetery, which is the final resting place for nearly 15,000 veterans, is cleaned annually by volunteers.   The […]